Guest Teacher Bios - Pine Rivers Yoga - Brisbane, Australia

Guest Teacher Bios

Tanya Schneider (Dip PRY)

Tanya has been practicing yoga for over 15 years, and undertook Teacher Training at Pine Rivers Yoga (Dip PRY)  in 2010.  Her initial intention was to enhance her own practice, but now she finds joy in the opportunity to share the benefits of yoga and meditation by teaching classes.

Tanya has taken part in many different styles of workshops over the last decade, including Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Knoff. Her experience in India at the Association for Yoga and Meditation with Yogi Chetan Mahesh (M. Sc Yoga, M. Ed, ERT-500) was a highlight, and she has begun Level 2 Teacher Training with Flo Fenton at Intouch Yoga, with a strong focus on Yoga Therapy. She has also attended Vipassana Meditation Courses, including several 10-day silent sits, and is working to continuously deepen her meditation practice. She has studied Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation at the Gawler Foundation with Paul and Maia Bedson and is qualified to teach the Gawler Foundation's 8 week MBSM program.

In the past, Tanya has lectured and tutored at QUT (Queensland University of Technology) in Film and TV Production, taught media workshops to children (receiving the ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Teachers Award in 2008), and more recently she has been teaching Screen Acting workshops and Open Programs for NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art).  Now, yoga teaching allows her to combine her love of yoga with her love of teaching.

Tanya has assisted on the Pine Rivers Yoga Teacher Trainings and works with our trainees on the Voice Procedure module. 

Tanya is a registered Yoga Australia Level 1 Teacher.

Ashlee Noonan (Dip PRY) 

Ashlee came to yoga in 2011, like many, seeking its physical benefits, but quickly fell even more in love with its ability to calm the turbulent waves of her perfectionist mind and balance out her hectic schedule.  She originally undertook a 350-hour teacher training with Pine Rivers Yoga to deepen her own practice, but through it unearthed a passion for helping others find peace and acceptance within themselves through yoga. Her desire to teach is fuelled by witnessing the transformative benefits of yoga each and every day in her own life. She is known for her non-judgemental and compassion-centred teaching style. Ashlee’s classes are grounded in yogic philosophy and breath awareness and range from challenging and playful to gentle and flowing.

Physical and emotional challenges have naturally led her to a deep love and special interest in restorative and yin yoga. She has undertaken specialised workshops in this area with Flo Fenton (Yoga for Stress, Depression and Anxiety), Claire Priestley and Wellbeing Magazine’s Kylie Terraluna. She has also completed a 50-hour yin yoga teacher training course with internationally renowned teachers Karin Sang and Markus Giess in New Zealand.

Ashlee’s yin sessions offer the opportunity to dip deeper into your true self and to make space for kindness, softness and self-awareness to blossom. Through her hatha yoga classes she loves helping students gain awareness, strength, flexibility and a sense of deep calm and inner tranquillity. Her focus is on ensuring you leave each class feeling truly nourished on all levels.

When Ashlee’s not teaching or practicing yoga you’re likely to find her reading about it, eating sweet potato chips, watching cute animal videos or spending time in nature and with friends and family. She looks forward to sharing her passion for Yin yoga with you as a regular guest teacher on our Sunday workshops.  

Flo Fenton

Flo has been practising yoga since 1991, and teaching since 1997. Since the early 1990s Flo has studied Iyengar yoga with Glenn Ceresoli as well as the Sydney Yoga Centre. In 1999 she completed the Yoga Arts Nine-Month teacher training intensive with Louise Sear in Byron Bay. Flo has continued her studies with Dena Weisman (nee Kingsberg), Matthew Sweeney, Clive Sheridan, and the Satyananda Yoga Academy and is currently studying Yoga Therapy at post graduate level with the Vinniyoga Healing Foundation.

Flo focuses on finding our natural ease within the postures, and on cultivating an ever deepening awareness of the relationship between the body, the breath, and our state of mind. She teaches precise awareness of alignment in the postures, through the medium of graceful, flowing sequences in synchrony with the breath. Her style is both meditative and enlivening, balancing the active and the passive sides of our nature. As we focus within, developing the capacity to witness ourselves, the sessions themselves become a form of Yoga Therapy, which flows out into our lives beyond the class-room.

Flo is a regular contributor to Australian Yoga Life magazine, and writes the regular 'Yoga Matters' segment for Nature and Health magazine. She is currently registered with Yoga Alliance at the highest possible level of teaching experience, ERYT-500, and a Registered Senior Teacher with Yoga Australia and a qualifed Yoga Therapist with the Australian Association of Yoga Therapists (AAYT).

Intouch Yoga Byron Bay

Linda Jenkin

Linda is an IYTA-trained yoga teacher and has taught for 17 years both at Avalon Beach in Sydney and on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. She teaches weekly classes as well as regular workshops in both Sydney and the Sunshine Coast. Linda believes workshops are a way in which to help expand one’s understanding of the experiential science of yoga.

Her main yoga influences have been Iyengar yoga and her teachers for the past 30 years, Carolyn Harris and Rick Birrell. Through their influence she has gained the inspiration and confidence to adopt an eclectic style of teaching, prompting her students to explore their own potential—physically, mentally and spiritually.

 Linda sees yoga as offering the opportunity for continual self-discovery and transformation. Her aim as a yoga teacher is to promote flexibility and strength both in body and mind, with a playful, down-to-earth approach. She has a passion for yoga, just as she has a passion for life!

Hinterland Yoga

Marian Cavanagh

Marian teaches a flowing style of yoga that nurtures, energises and deeply relaxes the body and mind. The aim of her classes is to help you find energy and joy in your practice, to feel the connection between your body, mind, breath and spirit, and to understand yourself more deeply through your practice.

Classes begin with a focus on the breath, and we then flow from pose to pose, gradually warming up. We then move into energising sequences and deeply held poses to build energy, strength and flexibility. Each class concludes with deep relaxation and pranayama to balance and revitalise both body and mind.
Marian trained in the Radiant Light style of yoga, an uplifting balance of dynamic flowing sequences and nurturing poses, designed to bring ease of movement to the body and relaxed focus to the mind. Through an awareness of the breath, this style energises while developing a feeling of balance and peace within. Marian feels deeply blessed to be able to share what she has learnt from her teachers Akash and Adam.
Marian has completed both Level 1 and Level 2 yoga teacher training, and has full membership with Yoga Australia.