Love is your quality. Love is not what you do. Love is what you are - Sadghuru
We encourage the Teachers to be themselves, to find their own voice and structure classes in a way that reflects their personality and life experiences. Our teachers are happy, open and will take good care of you each time you visit Twine, where no two classes are ever the same!
On a mindful, energetic, spiritual and heartfelt level I have been able to discover the essence of my being through the practice of yoga and meditation. Having such genuine care and empathy for others, I am very passionate about sharing my journey with those around me, in hope of bringing all beings back in touch with their authentic, natural selves. I have a strong, firm belief that in life the goal is to stay well. To discover every part of the human body and heart-mind on an intimate level. I believe my role here on earth is to help motivate people to travel far beyond the limitations they place upon themselves, to touch and understand the magical power (truth) that's within, and to bring light to the beauty that is here in every living, waking moment. I am extremely grateful and give thanks to all teachers before me (past, future and emerging). I am so fortunate to have shared advanced yoga workshops with many aspiring teachers around the world. Undergoing Teacher training with Michelle Cassidy (Essence of Living International Academy), Mysan Sidbo (The Sanctuary Yoga Studio) and Mitch Gibson (Sydney).
Justine Thompson - Currently on Leave
Curiosity has been a driving force in my life and has taken me on some pretty extreme paths. It was curiosity that brought me to yoga in my twenties. Now in my fifties I have a stronger appreciation for getting into the details. I am no longer so interested in trying out all the different things but passionate about going deeper into the practices that have sustained me & help me grow in my understanding of myself. As a teacher my interests lie in alignment based yoga taught with appreciation for the incredible structures & systems of the physical body. My classes aim to cultivate strength, balance & understanding of the optimal blueprint for the individual. With the integration of a heart-centred theme each class invites people to move from the physical into the subtle body to foster awareness of the Self. To see with eyes of love. Out of my own struggles with this transition I trained to work with women during all stages of menopause. A time that can feel so overwhelming but can be an incredibly powerful transformation in our lives. I offer individual support as well as workshops & retreats to guide women with accurate information & practices that they can rely on. I continue as a student of Hatha Yoga & the Tantric texts with ongoing study with my teachers Christine Du Fresne & Carlos Pomeda. I have trained in the system of I Am Yoga Nidra which I find is a powerful practice for stepping through the layers of conditioning as well as releasing the symptoms of chronic stress that many people carry.
I first began yoga out of necessity after I suffered a workplace injury that physically broke me. That accident, and the long and traumatic recovery that followed ultimately became the catalyst for a seismic shift in my life’s direction. With an unintentional introduction to the world of yoga, life had finally found me, or I had found life. I realised life is not about our ego, but our love. Love for life love for every thing and everyone, we are all here for each other. I completed my teacher training inn 2021 and have found a true connection with myself and others and gratitude that is part of every day. Yoga to me is an understanding and awareness of myself that I never had before, it transcends the physical restraints and sings to your soul and your heart it is true connection on the deepest level. The physical benefits are absolutely amazing, which allows space for a flexible mind and body. I teach Vinyasa, Yin and a combination of the two. I feel my style is connective with emphasis on the mind body connection.
I feel my love with yoga and the philosophy of yoga has captivated me on my natural path of a life creative. Yoga completes a journey of stepping stones in my life of movement and joy. Movement, expression, improvisation art, performance and play are my (self described) adjectives! I see yoga as an energy exchange for healing. I am comforted by the idea of being a lifelong student in this practice. I have been further studying the extraordinary healing benefits of Yin Yoga, Face Yoga, EFT emotional frequency tapping and the delicious Yoga Nidra. I recognise that we are forever students of this sacred science and practice and hope my offerings are playful and bring joy. I feel I practice with an intuitive creative intuition that draws in on the energy in the room for prompting our time on the magic mat together. My favourite words which I return to throughout our flows and help to anchor me into creating a space of stillness and compassion are 'Stay in between the space between your thoughts.. your space of spirit'. My hope, as an instructor, is that we as a whole recognise that yoga is for all, it is healing and will make a profound difference in mind body and spirit to your life, no matter where you feel you are at. You are welcomed and loved already!
I have a strong intention to bring the essence of mindfulness and presence into every moment, within every breath. Introduced to the world of yoga at the age of 15 through school, created a sensation that my anxiety ridden teenage body hadn’t felt in a while… CALM. This led me on a journey of self discovery eventually completing my 200hr teacher training in 2021, changing my outlook on life forever. Since then, I have finished numerous courses my most recent training taking me to Bali, where I completed a further 100hr Advanced Communication and Anatomy training with Meghan Currie in 2022. Yoga for me is a way to return home and I feel very lucky to have found it at such an influential time in my life! Within every class I love to intertwine a deep connect to the body, mind and breathe, through articulate and intentional cuing. I see each class as an invitation for each student, purely a guide for them to take what they need, for whatever stage they are in. I am passionate in holding a space for people to feel safe, loved and connected.
Renee is a communicator, a healer utilising her knowledge of Integrated body, mind and soul practices with Yoga and meditation techniques, to help people experience physical and mental freedom. Introduced to spiritual practices by her mother at a young age, her Yoga journey began as a way to cope with emotional discomforts and has informed the way she views the bodies ailments. For 25 years she has traveled and worked in varying environments around the world and found her intuitive spiritual practices have guided her. Training by the late Maaida Palmer of the ‘Turiya Yoga Foundation’ , Swami Sudhiranand of Rishikesh India, Katie Manitsis of Bhakti Rose and Tibetan Buddhist teacher Sogyal Rinpoche informs her teaching in a way that fosters regulation of the heart, mind and body. Renee is passionate about inner goddess work after birthing her son at home and teaches Prenatal, Yin, Hatha, Ashtanga, Meditation and Mindfulness practices.
Jade Lucas - Currently on Leave
Jade is a well traveled Gypsea soul that leans into the simplistic side of life. She is an intuitive and supportive teacher who encourages you to dive deeper into your own internal wisdom through the direct experience of Yoga and Meditation. 'I truly believe that the power lies within our own minds and the belief systems we’ve created for ourselves'. After living in India for 2 years and exploring the mind and body in many different ways Jade has completed her 500 hours of YTT and also studied various types of Massage including Ayurvedic Marma/Abhyanga, Chi Nei Tsang (Taoist abdominal massage), Relaxation and is currently studying Remedial Massage. Jade has also undergone 9 Vipassana Meditation courses and continues to incorporate mindfulness and awareness in her everyday life.
Steph has always lived an active lifestyle. She trained in classical ballet in her early years and specialised in contemporary dance through high school. As a young adult she moved away from dance and turned to boot camp style training and continually pushed with grit and effort. Little did she know the constant resistance from this type of training (although beneficial in their own right), masked her emotional scars and prevented any opportunity for letting go and healing. When the universe threw some curveballs in 2017 there was an instant change in the trajectory of her life. Steph began the beautiful, messy, confusing, and at times, lonely journey of finding her way home. Back to self, and back to the inner child that so deeply wanted her to stop, breathe and reconnect to who she truly was. Steph began to balance her intense training with daily meditation, yoga practice and stillness. She began developing skills in awareness of the mind, the body and self. Steph extended her knowledge by completing her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Suka Muka Yoga in 2021. Her classes are inspired by the knowledge gained from this training, her life journey so far, (an almost completed) Health and Medical Science degree, and her most influential teachers to date - Idit Hefer Tamir, Maryanne Edwards, Ashari Hudson and Mysan Sidbo. Although Steph’s role at Twine is as a yoga teacher, she humbly considers herself a student for life.
I was introduced to Yoga from a young age by my older sister, and incredible role model in my life. Over the past 25 years I’ve practiced and studied in India, Japan, Thailand, and Bali. In 2016 I completed my 300 Hour YTT in Bali where my focus was in developing my own personal practice. Always having an interest in Pranayama and breath-work practices through surfing and free diving, this world continues to evolve for me and holds my interest. Also having been a tradesman for most of my life, and knowing pain in my body, my own yoga practice has helped keep my body supple and strong. Never thinking I would ever teach yoga here we are. The style of yoga I wish share with you is for the broken body’s out there. It is feel good yoga, soft and gentle, focusing on going inwards in the hope you’ll find the incredibly beneficial ways of using your breath, not just in your yoga practice, but in your everyday lives.
Ali started her physical movement path at 8 years of age as a committed gymnast with a career spanning eight years, followed by many more years and genres of dance. Discovering yoga later in life and initially drawn to the physical aspect, Ali has since unearthed the many benefits of the practice. As a dedicated and committed student for the last 7 years at UpDog Yoga in Melbourne where she completed her YTT200, Ali is excited to serve the local community by sharing the many teachings she has learnt. She hopes to follow in her mother’s footsteps (or asanas) who is still teaching yoga at 90!
I originally started yoga as a form of exercise when I was working in a fast-paced job in London but pretty quickly it became a way to cope with the stress, insomnia and anxiety I experienced. As I discovered the amazing benefits yoga has to offer to the mind and soul I began to heal. Not only did the physical symptoms I was challenged by disappear, but yoga also helped me to peel away the layers of conditioning and get me closer to my own authenticity. As a result I followed my heart and left the corporate world behind. I completed my yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India in 2019. I am deeply inspired by energetics and deep, meaningful conversations. Nothing brings me more joy than helping people find self-acceptance and understanding of themselves. I'm here to remind you of the truth of who you really are beyond conditioning and limiting beliefs. My mission in classes is to create a safe space for healing, transformation and embodiment. I wish to guide you to explore the present moment and the sensory experience of your body so that you can start trusting the whispers of your innate intuition and become the main character in your movie.
I started practicing yoga in 2007. I was too nervous/embarrassed to practice in front of other people so I bought a beginner yoga dvd, woke up early before my housemates and rearranged the furniture in our tiny lounge room to make just enough space for a yoga mat. I practiced like this for years, waiting for the day I felt like I was ‘good enough/strong enough/flexible enough’ to go to an actual studio. I eventually worked up the courage to go to a class, but found it hard to get past my own judgment of not being ‘enough’. After trying a few different studios I found myself at the Yoga Barn in Ubud, where I finally understood the true meaning of yoga. I realised it wasn’t just about doing the poses, it is so much more. Yoga is a loving invitation into compassionate self-inquiry, where I can meet the truest version of myself. The asana practice isn’t the destination, it’s the gateway. Once I realised this I wanted to learn more and more, which led me to complete my 400hr hatha teacher training in 2019 with a diverse and heart-centred sangha at Qi in Freshwater, Sydney. I’m so grateful to be part of the beautiful teaching community at Twine, and have the opportunity to guide our members through their own journey to self-discovery, love and connection.