The team at Bend It Like Buddha Yoga is made up of a select group of enthusiastic and experienced yoga experts. They come from a variety of backgrounds, interests and specialties, but all share the same commitment to helping you reach your higher self.
Principal Teacher and Owner
Laurin has been practicing Yoga for close to 20 years and holds a Yoga Teaching Diploma from The Yoga Institute, Sydney where she was taught by Michael De Manincor in 2010, one of Australia’s most senior and respected teachers. She has since continued her learnings and reached the highest level of Kids and Teens Yoga qualification completing the Mastery Course with Zenergy Yoga.
Through teaching a balanced practice of pranayama (breath work), asana (movements) and meditation, you will feel stress ease out of the body and mind and leave feeling grounded and calm. She is passionate about designing classes that are specific to the student's need. Her background as an Exercise Physiologist aids in supporting students with injuries.
Sarah has been practicing yoga since 2005. She obtained a Diploma from The Yoga Institute in Sydney in 2019 and is registered with Yoga Australia. She has since done a kids yoga training course and teaches at some of the local schools.
Sarah is a keen cyclist and runner and has found that her students naturally end up having similar interests. Her style of teaching focuses on opening shoulders, chest, back and hips, as well strengthening the core and working the lungs. And while her classes are appropriate for all ages and levels, there will be challenges along the way for those who’d like them. There will always be fun poses to try - often with modifications offered, sometimes using blocks, straps or the wall. Her classes are breath-centered with students encouraged to follow their breathing rhythm.
Her goal is for you to leave her class feeling rejuvenated, a little stronger, slightly looser and relaxed.
Maryanne began her yoga teacher training in 2015 with Vinyasa Flow style at Power Living, and continued to expand her knowledge at the Yoga Institute by completing a 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2019. Along the way she has also trained in Yin Yoga, Meditation, Five Element Theory, Advanced Vinyasa and more.
She has a background in group fitness teaching and martial arts. She is even holds a black belt in karate. A Heated Vinyasa Flow continues to be Maryanne's favorite personal practice. She continues to explore the mind/body connection and how this contributes to health and wellbeing. As an avid student of Yoga Philosophy, she endeavors to apply these principles to a modern life.
Her favorite quote is "Health in the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, and faithfulness the best relationship" - Buddha
Intan is a qualified yoga teacher who graduated in 2018 with 460 hours Diploma of Yoga Teaching with the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) Australia. She's a registered member with Yoga Australia, Yoga Alliance (US) and IYTA Australia.
Intan has a solid understanding of ageing bodies as she's been teaching Hatha Yoga classes to older adults, aged 50+, both in groups and privately. Her recent 690 hours of specialised training as a Yoga Therapy from the Yoga Therapy Institute Australia added depth to her understanding in adapting yoga to suit the body and the mind of the participants.
She has a fervent belief that yoga is for everyone regardless of their age and where they're at in their life's journey.
Kate has practiced both meditation and yoga for over 20 years and started teaching meditation and mindfulness in 2019. Kate’s loves to help people discover the enriching practices mindfulness offers to reduce stress and anxiety, improve attention and memory while cultivating more peace, joy and awareness in their lives.
Kate completed a two year diploma in Mindfulness and Compassion Teacher Training at the Insight Meditation Institute under the guidance of Subhana Barzaghi, a Zen roshi and senior teacher, plus Alan Bassal senior teacher in the Insight meditation tradition. Prior to this Kate’s experience grew from a year long Mindfulness program in 2010 plus many short courses, retreats and her own practice. She is currently studying traditional Chinese medicine in acupuncture.
Starting in 2010 with a 500 hour advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Byron Bay, Tania has continued to dedicate years of study, acquiring numerous certifications in Yoga, Meditation, Health Coaching, Life Coaching, Counseling and various other healing modalities.
Tania continues to focus on discovering what it means to BE a human being and to live a truly healthy, full & satisfying life. Studying everything she can, she began a ten year quest to calm the inner turmoil and sustain peace both on and off the mat. She loves working with individuals who are ready to move into self-leadership and create balanced, meaningful lives.
Jessica has practiced yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching yoga for 12 years. Over the course of Jessica’s teaching career she has furthered her yoga studies across various yoga methodologies including a diploma certification from the Yoga Institute. The result of Jessica’s studies is a well rounded yoga class, drawing on multi lineage practices.
Jessica has taught internationally in residence in Miami, Tulum and Bali. Settling back into Sydney life, Jessica has taught corporates and at various studios across the Northern Beaches.
“Teach what is inside you. Not as it applies to you, but as it applies to the other.” -T. Krishnamacharya
Interested in meeting one of our team members for a private lesson? Contact us to book.