Teachers - Pine Rivers Yoga - Brisbane, Australia


Ruth Campbell (Dip IYTA,YA)

Ruth qualified as a Yoga Teacher in 2001 after studying with the International Yoga Teachers Association. Since then she has continued her studies with Yoga for Health Australia gaining an intermediate level diploma in Yoga Therapy. She has also trained with Yoga Trinity in the principals of Ayurveda to enhance her Yoga therapy skills.

In 2010 Ruth continued her Yoga Education by attending an Intensive one month course with Master Teacher Nicky Knoff and qualified to teach the Discovery and Foundation levels of the Knoff Yoga Program.She is a Yoga Australia Registered Senior Teacher.

Pine Rivers Yoga runs an 18 month Yoga Teacher Training which is registered as a 350 hour course with Yoga Australia.  Ruth is the Principal trainer for the teacher trainees.

An addtional training will be introduced in 2020 allowing level 1 students to upgrade to a 150 hour level 2 training. 

Ruth maintains a continuous approach to professional development having recently attended trainings with Heather Agnew of Yoga Trinity, Lance Schuler of Inspya Yoga, Flo Fenton of Intouch Yoga and qualifying as a Meditation teacher through the Gawler Foundation in the Yarra Valley.

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Her general teaching concentrates on the traditional approach to yoga of strengthening the body to calm the mind, and to improve the overall sense of well-being that comes from a happy mind in a healthy body. She believes that yoga and meditation are great tools for dealing with all of life’s challenges.

Ruth’s students come to yoga for many different reasons. She caters for the elderly; for sportspeople needing particular strengthening or flexibility; for people with back pain or injuries; for those recovering from illness; for mothers during pregnancy or after giving birth; and for many people looking for a safe physical practice that offers the additional benefits of releasing stress through focused relaxation. Yoga is indeed for Every Body.

Fiona Clifford (Dip PRY)

The seed for Fiona’s yoga passion was planted at the age of 16 when she first began practicing yoga. Her practice was intermittent at first, but she kept finding herself being drawn back to it. Her desire to practice increased during her pregnancies where she noted the physical benefits in preparing her changing body as well as the breath practice she developed to assist with labour and pain management.  As a mother of two young children, she then enjoyed the opportunity yoga provided to focus on herself, nourishing her physical body and her baby brain! And after that she was hooked.

While dealing with a chronic illness for many years and battling through a stressful job, in 2015, Fiona made the decision to focus on her own health and wellbeing. This sparked the idea of teacher training and ultimately led to her completing her 350 hour Yoga Teacher Training course in 2016.

After persevering with her own physical limitations and pain with the help of yoga, Fiona has a passion for helping others unlock the full potential of their own bodies and minds. She has discovered a deeper understanding of the human body and its energy systems which she enjoys incorporating into her classes.

Fiona has specialist training in Prenatal Yoga as well as Children’s Yoga and you may just find some playful elements added into her ”big kids” classes! Fiona aims to provide an enjoyable, thorough and refreshing class to her students (with a touch of fun) and she looks forward to sharing her time and energy with you. 

Melinda Felder (Dip PRY)

The benefits of alleviating chronic back, shoulder and neck pain has kept Melinda loyal to yoga. A diligent practice has eased the physical and healed the emotional associated pain. This personal experience has inspired her interest in yoga for spinal care, focusing on safe spinal mobility and correct postural alignment.

Practicing yoga for over 10 years, Melinda is a Yoga Australia Registered Level 1 Teacher and has completed a Back Care workshop with Sal Flynn.

After having completed specialised study in Healthy Ageing Through Yoga, Melinda’s passion is about improving quality of life on and off the mat.  Her Hatha and Vinyasas flow style is to strengthen the body and connect with the breath, to calm the mind. Tuning us to handle life’s challenges, improve our vitality and most importantly, feel refreshed!

Melinda aims to make her classes a sanctuary of inclusion, recognizing that everyBODY is anatomically unique. Her classes are accessible to people of varying ages, levels of health and fitness.

She believes that progression in yoga, and life, is more important than perfection. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace and to practice safely and confidently within their own ability.

Melinda’s emphasis is on alignment and finding space within the body, whilst creating a body, mind and breath connection.  Integrating pranayama (healthy breathing practices) and mindfulness into her classes to improve physical mobility, emotional resiliency and mental disposition.

Personally, she loves the concept of balancing the energy within and around us and empowering others to be the best version of themselves.

Melinda looks forward to guiding students to find a sense of calm and equilibrium from which their own journey of healing, nourishment and joy begins!

Heidi Richards (Dip PRY)

Heidi has been a student of yoga for 15 years, starting yoga in 2009 as alternative wellness and healing practice. For Heidi, yoga offers guidance, peace, comfort, and mindfulness to a productive work-life and stability to her overall lifestyle. Having juggled full-time work with the completion of undergraduate and postgraduate university degrees in Early Education and Human Resource Management, from the early 1990s to 2000, Heidi gravitated to yoga to find a place where she could focus on the present moment. Feeling the direct benefits of her practice Heidi wanted to gain a deeper understanding of yoga and offer this practice to others as an opportunity for them to feel freedom from the fluctuations of the mind.

Commencing yoga studies in 2018, Heidi has deepened her connection to yoga completing Level 1 and 2 Yoga Teacher Training (500 hours) with Ruth Campbell at Pine Rivers Yoga, Restorative Yoga Teacher Training (50 hours) with Marian Cavanagha, Meditation Teacher Training with BIYOME (110 hours) with a minor in Yoga Nidra, and currently completing Yoga Therapy Teacher Training with the Yoga Therapy Institute.

Heidi has specialised in yoga psychology and yoga for stress, anxiety, and fatigue. These specialties are complimentary to Heidi’s 15-year career in Human Resource Management. Through people and culture management, Heidi understands firsthand how yoga can benefit people from all walks of life and believes that yoga is accessible to everyone! Heidi has a passion for how yoga can support mental wellness and will continue formal learning in the integration of yoga and brain health. Heidi teaches with awareness, kindness, non-judgment with a focus on developing harmonies of the mind and body.

Nancy Scott (Dip PRY)

In 2009 Nancy was drawn to yoga as a way to build strength and flexibility. She was looking for a gentler way to exercise instead of attending regular classes at the gym. What proceeded and grew was a deep sense of contentment and realisation that yoga was not just about exercise but a way of life. This took time to flourish, as Nancy continued to raise her family, work full time, and kindle the desire to pursue yoga. 

Having dipped in and out of yoga for many years, 2016 was the turning point when Nancy became a regular student at Pine Rivers Yoga. This soon turned into more with Nancy enrolling in Level 1 teacher training. 

Throughout 2018 and 2019 Nancy has been attending teacher training with Pine Rivers Yoga. During this time she has specialised in restorative yoga, yoga for healthy ageing and yoga for psychology. She has a keen interest in helping like-minded people to go deeper into their own practice. 

Through yoga philosophy Nancy has found peace and joy on the mat which she integrates into her everyday life. Working in age care for Alzheimer’s QLD as a Case Manager Nancy has empathy and compassion for the elderly, and provides a valuable support service to not just her clients but to their families. 

Nancy connects with people through her kind, generous and loyal nature. She provides a gentle, restorative approach to her teaching allowing each student to find the time and space to let go and immerse themselves in the experience. 

Nicola Smith (Dip PRY)

Nicola first encountered yoga in her early twenties and enjoyed the physical challenge although not as much as she appreciated the beautiful feeling of calm that she left each class with. To begin with her practice was sporadic but after the birth of her child and returning to Australia from an extended period overseas, she decided to come back to the practice. It was then that she encountered Pine Rivers Yoga, starting with a beginner’s course before going on to attend classes regularly.

Yoga quickly became an important part of Nicola’s life, providing a space for both physical and mental release that were so needed as a mother to a young child. Looking to change her direction in life and passionate about holistic health, Nicola undertook studies in natural therapies before eventually deciding that she wished to share yoga with others by qualifying as a yoga teacher. Nicola undertook an 18-month teacher training program with Pine Rivers Yoga which she completed in 2017. She is now a Yoga Australia Registered Level 1 teacher and has undertaken specialist study in Yin Yoga.

As her journey as a yoga teacher begins, Nicola is looking to extend her knowledge of the natural movements of the human body by beginning a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2018. She is passionate about the physical and mental benefits of yoga as well as its adaptability to those of all levels of fitness and ability and looks forward to sharing these benefits with others.

Cherrie McMillen (Dip PRY)

Cherrie has been practising Yoga for over twenty years. Having benefited greatly from Yoga, particularly in times of high stress, Cherrie deepened her practice by undertaking an 18-month Yoga Teacher Training Course registered with Yoga Australia in 2017. 

Cherrie enjoys teaching a flow style of Yoga that connects movement with the breath, strengthens muscles, releases tension from the body and reduces stress. Cherrie has also trained in Yin Yoga (where poses are held for longer to target the body’s connective tissue) and often incorporates Yin poses into her classes.

Cherrie enjoys sharing the passion she has for her own yogic life with her students and is looking forward to completing her Level 2 Teacher Training Course in 2020.

Jill Button (Dip PRY)

Naturally finding the mat was not how Jill became a Yogi!  In her younger years, she deemed Yoga too slow for both body and mind.  After years in Gym’s, feeding a running addiction, and living a very busy Corporate life, she recognised her body wasn’t coping with the day to day as well as it used to.  Mentally she was running faster than physically and she needed to find a way to slow things down. 

Attempting Yoga again, the gentleness and focused breathing practices this time offered space and healing in her life.  

So taken by the benefits she was experiencing, and already a part-time Personal Trainer and Gym Instructor, Jill saw an opportunity for Yoga to complement her teachings completing Level 1 Teacher Training in 2017 and Level 2 in 2022 - both with Pine Rivers Yoga. In 2018 Jill completed studies in Healthy Ageing through Yoga and in 2019 Restorative Yoga with Marian Cavanagh. Jill also holds current certification in Mental Health First Aid.

While recognising that movement and fitness does not come naturally to everyone, Jill looks to promote functional fitness, particularly as we age, and to this end has undertaken specialist study in Healthy Ageing through Yoga.  As a teacher, her aim is to help you build confidence, strength and resilience in both body and mind.  While always Yang at heart, her personal struggle to find and appreciate the Yin in life will forever be a work in progress.  

She looks forward to working with others, at their level, and passing on the benefits of the ancient art of Yoga. 

Calum Campbell (Dip IYTA)

Calum began to practice yoga in 1997 and qualified as a teacher of yoga through the International Yoga Teachers Association in 2003.

A keen cyclist (road and off-road),  Calum is interested in using yoga to enable people to continue with sports and active hobbies after injury or because they are simply getting older.

He has personal experience of managing severe spinal degeneration and sciatic nerve entrapment through daily practice of yoga asana (postures) and breathing.  

Calum currently teaches small groups of beginners and assists with posture alignment in general yoga classes. He also instructs at the Albany Creek Retirement Centre working with older students some of whom are in their late 80s.