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.
Tracy has practiced yoga for over 30 years and has been teaching yoga for 15 years.
When moving to our area from teh Central Coast, Tracy spoke about her passion for yoga:
"Throughout my life I have had a strong interest in the health of the mind and body. I have studied extensively the physical body, nutrition and disease, natural medicine as well as the benefits of a healthy mind – exploring more the spiritual aspects of life, counseling therapy, yoga and meditation.
I love to inspire others to help themselves and lead a healthy life by encouraging students to slow down breathe and listen to the wisdom of their bodies."
Tracy has a soothing energy, with her vast experience of teaching and learning about health and wellness, you will feel comfortable no matter what level of experience you have.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A yoga class with Renee will align your sense of self and your centre. Her practice is influenced by a family of Yogis - her mother introduced her to the practice as a young teenager and she was taught by the founder and principal of Yoga Australia, the late Maaida Palmer. She moved on to practice around the world as she studied, traveled and worked - YOGA was her centre, the place she could always come back to for realignment of mind, body and heart.
You can expect a class that will energize and revitalise from brain to bottom, as you develop a healthy respect for the fundamentals of your body. Trained in Rishikesh, India in Hatha and Ashtanga at Shiva Yoga Peeth under the guidance of strict history and philosophy teachers - her love for yoga goes beyond physical. Qualified in Prenatal yoga under the watch of Katie Manitsas in her Yoga of Birth course, Renee has a healthy appreciation for the ever-changing female body. Experienced in teaching children, the elderly, models, elite sportspeople and those in rehabilitation, gives her a wide understanding of the many builds, abilities and desires of students. A class with Renee has a hint of fun, as she gently guides you to exactly where you were meant to be.
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.