Mia is the founder of Forster Yoga Studio. She was originally a dancer in Stockholm, Sweden. After a dance injury in 1997, she started teaching group fitness classes in 1999. She has taught a vast range of fitness classes, but feels now that she has found "home" in teaching yoga. She is a certified Level 1 Yoga Teacher, well on her way to her level 2 completion with Power Living.
With 20 years of experience in teaching movement, her key message is to encourage people not to get caught up on what the movement looks like, but rather what it feels like. In more recent years, especially after becoming a mother in 2010, she felt an increasing passion for promoting personal growth through movement and yoga. You are not just a body, nor are you just a mind or a soul; all of you is connected and yoga helps you tap into boundless of joy and vitality!
Mia encourages acceptance of self rather than comparison with others. She loves tapping into the 'feeling' of music and her classes are flowing and dynamic. Mia is an avid meditator, and you will find yourself surprised at how relaxed you can feel even after one of her signature vigorous Vinyasa classes.
Cat came to discover yoga through her own journey of health and awareness. Originally working in the field of Psychology, Cat has always been on a mission to help others and after witnessing the dramatic changes yoga and meditation had made to her own life, she left this to pursue her passion of helping others live and move their mind and body in a way that feels good and natural through the endless practice that is yoga.
Through her travels and teachings, Cat has learnt that yoga is not simply about the physical, but is more about the day to day living in accordance with nature from a place of love, kindness, and compassion.
Cat is a 200hr certified yoga teacher, prenatal teacher, and teaches vinyasa, hatha, yin, meditation, yoga nidra, and restorative styles. She also has a fond love of acro yoga, arm balances and inversion therapy.
Cats classes encompass meditation, pranayama and balanced movement to provide practitioners the chance to go inwards and see their own strengths and beauty.
Phil is one of the core teachers at Forster Yoga Studio. He was in support of the studio opening long before its gestation. He has a unique style in that he is the only firefighter (in town) who teaches yoga as his hobby!
He initially took up yoga to aid his aching back, then noticed the ripple effect of benefits across his wellbeing and knows how to deliver a class in a functional, down to earth way.
Phil likes to keep things down to earth and gladly shares on his dad jokes even in the deepest of practices. When coming to one of Phil's classes you are guaranteed to learn something new, be challenged and have fun at the same time.
Christine du Fresne
Christine began a regular Iyengar yoga practice during her last year of art school in Sydney in 1986, and within three years had completed the teacher training requirements for Iyengar certification.
Making a decision to teach art and then travel for a while, she taught yoga in various studios and in high schools, and to whoever was interested on her global travels.
In 1999, on her return from a film making expedition to Central Asia, she met her second influential teacher and commenced a 4-year Anusara Yoga apprenticeship at his studio. In 2005 she started her own yoga studio in Sydney, teaching immersions and workshops as well as regular classes.
After surgery in 2013 Christine decided it was time to leave the city behind and move to the Great Lakes permanently, a decision she has never regretted. She teaches yoga regularly in Bulahdelah, trains teachers and presents workshops in the surrounding communities. She is appreciated for her extensive knowledge of Asana and Tantric philosophy and for her passion for teaching.
Kim was a yoga student long before Forster Yoga Studio opened the doors. When the studio did open, she was one of the first students to join. She did not skip a beat, she was in almost every class, sponging up the teachings of the various teachers while witnessing how what she learned was transforming her life.
A mother of 5 boys, she has the world of experience. She knows what it's like to be busy!
Kim has recently completed her Kids Yoga Teacher Training and her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training and is passionate about Restorative yoga and Yin. She feels this is where she has experienced the most healing.
When not doing yoga, you will find her at the beach with her two shepherd dogs. (More than likely doing handstands!)
Come to her Luna Flow & Restorative classes to experience what it's like to relax. Kim loves giving you a solid, loving adjustment to help you let go of your stresses and insecurities.
Nitya (Nityadrashta) Robertson
Nitya is an accredited Level 2 Yoga teacher, teaching the Satyananda system from the Bihar School of Yoga in India, which is an integral style of Hatha Yoga using authentic teachings (with a long lineage) that are still very relevant for today’s lifestyle. Nitya has a graduate certificate in Yoga Therapy and is also a qualified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach.
Nitya has been practising Yoga since the age of 20 and teaching since 2000. Passionate about sharing the wisdom of Yoga to every-body, Nitya believes Yoga is accessible to all and says “If you can breathe you can do Yoga. It works on all levels of being: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. If you incorporate Yoga practises in your life on a regular basis you will reap the benefits of better health, flexibility, reduced stress, deeper sleep, relaxation, inner peace and balance in daily life.”
Nitya’s Yoga classes are designed to suit all body types and levels of experience and include: asana, pranayama, meditation and where time permits, Yoga Nidra (a deep relaxation practise).
Registered with Yoga Australia and with 500 hours of formal Yoga Teacher Training in India and Indonesia as well as many decades practising and exploring the tradition, Julia is a Level 2 Sattva Yoga and Meditation teacher. Her preliminary training was with Santosha Yoga Institute in Bali and her advanced studies were with Sattva Yoga Academy in Rishikesh - the heart of Yoga in the foothills of the Himalayas with Master Anand Mehrotra.
As a Sattva Yoga and Meditation teacher, teaching Himalayan Kundalini, Hatha-Vinyasa, Laya, Kriya and the Vedic and Tantric transcendental wisdom, Julia brings energy, love and devotion to her teaching. Being drawn to practices that heal through stillness, and following her additional studies in Adelaide with Master Hugh Lee, Breath of Heart, Julia is also certified to teach YinYoga. Her Yin classes at the Studio are woven with music, meditative elements, pranayama and gentle kriya techniques from the Himalayan tradition to allow for an increasing sense of presence, surrender, balance and ease within the body and mind.
When you have found the truth of who you are, you have found Yoga. This profound message comes from Anand Mehrotra who embodies the ancient transcendental wisdom of the Yog-Vedantic Teachings. I have always said, just come to yoga and Yoga will find you.
It is a great honour for Julia to be part of the teaching team at Forster Yoga Studio and to share a knowledge and love of Yoga with all who come forward in wonder and joy.
Yoga has been a part of Ashari's life in some way since she was born. Ashari's life as an adolescent, dancer, actor, traveller, teacher and mother has allowed her to witness the great things that can be accomplished when we are not held back by our fears and limiting beliefs. During time nannying in London her desire to teach yoga was ignited. She saw how valuable yoga could be to both mothers before and after birth and children of all ages.
Ashari trained with Idit Tamir at Sukha Mukha in Bronte 2014 and she is deeply grateful for the loving wisdom shared by her teachers.
Ashari provides a space for mothers to be, mothers and babies, children, teens and adults of all ages, to connect with themselves and each other. She encourages her students to have fun and to love the light within, and be grateful for all that they are, leaving the mat feeling nurtured, nourished, refreshed, and content.
India-Jay is a local to the area and discovered yoga after completing highschool. She has always loved movement and spent a fair chunk of her childhood enjoying gymnastics.
For India-Jay her first yoga class was "love at first sight"; it had her at "namaste". The love grew when she felt the impact it had on her getting out of her head and delaing with depression and self-esteem limits. She also slipped two discs out and found that yoga helped her with her back issues.
She studied with a Taree local teacher for some time before travelling to Nepal to complete her 200 Hour Teacher Training directly from the masters. She also had the opportunity to take some short courses in India at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. While back on home soil she also completed 30 hour Teacher Training locally as well as taking OSHO meditation camps.
You will find yourself be drawn to India Jay's beautiful sequences and feel cradled into stillness by her soft, velvety voice.
Sherrie Laryse is a teacher and mentor who has been practising yoga for over 15 years and spent the last 10+ years studying and working in human behaviour, neuro linguistics, grief, trauma, psychosomatics and mental illness. After completing the 400Hr Functional Hatha training with Mysan Sidbo, teaching yoga was a natural progression and inclusion into her repertoire to be a guide for others through life.
She has positioned herself a leading teacher on how to process experiences (our external environment) in order to control our emotions, our health and our state of being (our internal environment).
As a way of life, Sherrie has chosen to dedicate her energy to increasing global awareness that, as William James put it, “a human being can alter their life by altering their attitudes.”
Sherrie lives and works on the Central Coast, but loves our studio and town so be sure to catch her once per month on Sundays. Her classes are nothing short of life altering, just like her business
Rachel first stepped onto the mat 20 years ago – and a whole new world opened up to her.
Originally dedicated to Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha yoga, her love of yoga has seen her experience a considerable range of the many beautiful flavours that yoga offers today. She has spent extensive time in India where she studied Ashtanga in Mysore, Sivananda Yoga in Trivandrum and Mangrove Mountain and yogi meditation masters. She has also studied with Senior Yoga teachers such as Donna Farhi, Duncan Peak and Nicky Knoff.
Rachel completed her 420 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Diploma with Qi Health and Yoga in Sydney 10 years ago. Her classes are sequenced to challenge the body, deepen the breath and quieten the mind. Expect strong yet nurturing flows, and juicy stretches with a light hearted, playful vibe.
Fern was strongly connected with the ocean and nature early in life. By the age of 18 this love of the natural spirit and balance of the earth led her to Yoga. The holistic nature of the Yogic path deeply resonated with her and it became a central part of her life.
In 2009 she completed her level 2 teacher training at Byron Yoga Centre. This grounded her practice and sparked her passion for pranayama and meditation, strong features of her Yoga style. In 2011 Fern discovered Vipassana meditation which has added another layer to her practice and teaching of Yoga. All classes with Fern include pranayama, asana and a strong emphasis on mindfulness and meditation.
Fern has a background in psychology and works as a school counsellor at a number of schools in the local area. She uses Yoga, particularly mindfulness meditation, with children and young people. She sees Yoga as a vehicle to cultivate psychological flexibility and to strengthen mental health.
Fern teaches Hatha and Vinyasa (Yang) Yoga as well as Restorative classes. She is currently on leave to mother her second child, but will join back up when her little baby is older.
Bernie entered the world of yoga in her early twenties and quickly found a powerful connection to yoga, which has helped her through life's difficult and challenging times. Bernie has now been practising yoga for 30 years. Her practice has helped her grow stronger, become more flexible, more compassionate and caring towards herself and others.
Bernie is our third FYS member who has become a yoga teacher, completing her 200 hour Level 1 Yoga Teacher course at Krishna Village in NSW in 2019. It has been a lifelong dream to become a yoga teacher and Bernie is living proof that dreams do come true when you apply some courage and action!
To her classes Bernie brings her radiant self and her beautiful story of how she discovered how to love and accept herself more and more with the help of yoga. She longs to help you heal your own wounds of the past and become as life affirming as herself. Her classes will include sequences of flow, heart felt mindfulness & meditation, pranayama, leaving you feeling connected with your inner power house.