Sarcha is an advanced practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga yoga. She has practiced Iyengar yoga since 1990 and has practiced Ashtanga yoga daily in the Mysore tradition since 1997.
As our principal Ashtanga and Mysore teacher Sarcha focuses on helping her students develop breath integration with functional movement and alignment patterns. Off the mat her wish is that this translates to more grace, stability and compassion in her students’ lives.
Her own lifelong commitment to yoga includes maintaining a steady daily practice through injury, life’s ups and downs, raising children and adapting to ageing. Sarcha teaches with a humility that comes from many years of dedicated practice and she infuses her teaching with kindness and humour. Grounded and highly knowledgeable in the Ashtanga yoga tradition, Sarcha’s approach welcomes both beginners and advanced students alike.
Sarcha began her yoga journey as one of the original students of Monica Gauci and Gregor Maehle in 1997. She completed a 3 year (500 hours) teacher training in 2009 and an additional year of senior training which allowed her to teach advanced postures and assume the lead teaching role in the early morning mysore classes, as well as undertake teacher training roles. After 18 years with her beloved teachers, Sarcha embarked on a new adventure, opening Yogahub in Mount Hawthorn.
Sarcha is a ERYT500 Certified Teacher with Yoga Alliance and holds a Level 3 Senior Teacher Qualification with Yoga Australia. In addition, she is holds a Psychology Degree at the University of Western Australia. Sarcha continues in undergraduate studies in Sanskrit language at the Australian National University and has three children. Sarcha practices and is competent to teach the Primary, Intermediate and Advanced A Series of Ashtanga Yoga and also runs regular courses in pranayama, yoga meditation and yoga philosophy.
Sarcha is dedicated to mentoring her students through unhurried and deep learning of the whole system of yoga. She remains a curious student of yoga and is committed to sharing the gifts of yoga with everyone.
“Yoga is both my anchor and my sail, the discipline of daily practice provides a grounding to life’s challenges and triumphs. The spiritual practice helps to illuminate the path ahead and keeps me growing in the right direction. To develop a sincere and consistent practice over time brings yoga’s gifts of a strong and healthy body, the ability to focus the mind, and a place where I can turn inwards towards my true nature.
Teaching is a joyful experience for me. My approach is warm and inclusive, catering to the individual’s capabilities with a strong focus on correct technique. It’s a real highlight helping to connect my students with the practice and then seeing them embrace their own journey along the yogic path.”
Read more about Sarcha and her approach to teaching at http://perthashtangayoga.com.au
Sally’s inspiring classes blend Vinyasa and Iyengar styles to create flowing and challenging sequences in coordination with the breath. Expect tapas, alignment and technique exploration that will create a supportive scaffolding for your body for all yoga poses.
Sally joins Yogahub with over a decade of teaching experience and has an exceptionally good radar for catering to various ability levels in her classes. Offering variations and modifications for all levels to ensure all her student’s are able to participate and enjoy yoga with her.
Sally also has a Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) from WAAPA which has given her an insight into encouraging people of all levels to explore what their body is capable of. She has been teaching yoga since 2006 after finishing her teacher training at Fremantle Yoga Centre. While she has trained in many styles of yoga, Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions have been most influential in her teaching. Her dedicated daily Ashtanga practice has inspired her to pass on the information that she has learnt onto her students.
Courtney danced her way all over Australia and the world before she finally found her mat. Her journey into yoga began 8 years ago in Sydney where she immersed herself in all styles.
Courtney’s training began with Radiantly Alive ‘Vibrant Living Yoga’ and more recently with Tamara Yoga ‘ISTHA’ (Integrated Sciences of Tantra, Hatha and Ayurveda.)
Jane has been practising and studying yoga for more than fifteen years. She completed her teacher’s certificate from the Fremantle Yoga Centre in 2006 and in 2012 became a Level 2 certified teacher with Yoga Australia.
Jane has a special interest in applying the 8 limbs of yoga to her own practice and teachings. She believes the therapeutic application of a yoga wall means that those with scoliosis, back, neck, knee or hip injuries, postural alignment problems or arthritis can practice yoga asanas to bring long lasting pain relief.
This lifelong investigation inspires her to study the therapeutic application of posture, breath and meditation.
LORIS DELLA SANTA
Loris’ classes are yoga served ’straight up’ at it’s best. A veteran of the Perth yoga scene, and with 20 years of personal practice under his belt, Loris knows yoga inside and out. If you looking for a genuine, down to earth teacher who can also sport a sense of humour Loris’ classes might be just what you’re looking for. Check out his credentials.
Loris began his yoga journey as a long term student of John Leebold, who is considered Australia’s most senior Iyengar teacher. He also spent some time studying with the legendary Nicky Knoff and in 2006 travelled to the Ramayani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune to work with the Iyengars themselves.
His classes draw inspiration from Iyengar yoga. Characterised by slightly longer pose holds with the intention of creating space for students to increase flexibility, find and refine alignment, build strong long lean muscle and focus the mind.
Christa’s qualities of warmth and openness make her classes simply a lovely to place to be. With a natural confidence, and just a hint of mischief, Christa has a gift for building a sense of connection within her classes and bringing out the best in her students.
Having a background in gymnastics, dance and martial arts, Christa was fortunate from a young age to experience the powerful connection that exists between breath and movement. Being introduced to yoga by a close friend many years ago Christa found there was so much more to be discovered and she continues deepen her knowledge from Hatha, Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga traditions.
Christa’s background in adult mental health has also ignited a keen interest in the philosophical side of yoga. Christa believes that the philosophical aspects of yoga are more relevant than ever in today’s modern world and can provide a rich source of practical information on how to live happily and with resilience.
“For me, yoga is a beautiful gift that continues to both give and forgive each and every day.
Yoga, with its intelligent, purposeful 8 Limbs, opened a window to something much deeper. I like to think of yoga as something akin to a warm, cozy jumper for my mind, body and soul. It just feels like the perfect place to be.
I continue to learn from and be inspired by the diversification of every person I meet in the yoga community, especially by those students who choose to take their first tentative steps on to their mats. It is a very special place to just be.”
Linc is passionate about teaching yoga and has a natural talent for creating an atmosphere that is friendly and inclusive. He sees a regular yoga practice as an empowering way for people to improve their wellbeing, by taking an intelligent and proactive step towards managing their health.
As well as teaching yoga, Linc is studying a bachelor of arts, majoring in Anthropology (the study of human culture), he sees this as a continuation of his Yogic studies, focussing on culture, belief systems and the things that we have in common, rather than the things that divide us.
“I think that practicing yoga is the most the most quintessentially human thing you can do. It relaxes us because it is so natural, just breathing and forming the nature inspired postures, we send ourselves all the right messages. This is so relevant now in the modern world, teaching us how to be kind to ourselves and the people around us while keeping us fit, healthy and happy.”
Lucy started her yoga journey in 2006, when she was drawn to yoga after suffering back pain during pregnancy. After 10 years of a regular Iyengar yoga practice, she moved suburb and fell in love with Yogahub, where she has been practising since 2016. Lucy was immediately drawn to the 8 limbs and philosophy of Ashtanga Yoga.
Lucy offers plenty of modifications in her classes to suit different bodies. She understands that you don’t need the strongest and most flexible body to reap the benefits of yoga. Her own yoga journey has seen her work through various structural issues in her body making her a compassionate first teacher for beginners taking their first tentative steps onto the mat. Her positive, playful, and supportive nature ensure her students the best possible start to their yoga journey.
A long term practitioner of yoga, Lucy completed her 200hr training under Gregor Maehle and Monica Gauci, and is currently undertaking mentoring with Sarcha Thurston.
Yoga just needs commitment and a desire to connect with yourself. For me, that commitment will last a lifetime.
Celesta’s yoga journey began over 20 years ago, practicing at an Iyengar School in Queen Street Perth. Pursuing teaching in 2013 after experiencing the benefits of yoga, she has since completed over 900hrs of yoga teacher training to date, in Hatha Vinyasa, Chair Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, Ashtanga yoga and Yoga Therapy. Celesta is passionate about supporting her students in a nurtured, mindful movement, practicing beyond the physical into a deep awareness to one’s body, mind and breath.
Her personal practice centres around Ashtanga Yoga based on her study and practice with Saraswati, Shareth, Sarcha Thurston, Eileen Hall and training with David Swenson. She is also currently embarking a 12 months sound therapy training with Nicole Lloyd, from Sound Birth.
Additionally Celesta is a devout buddhist, an active member and volunteer at Hayagriva Buddhist centre and currently working on a project with her spiritual teacher on a meditation sanctuary in Bhutan – www.dhyanazhitshok.org
Irene is a designer, ceramicist, avid traveler, green thumb and beach lover – infusing yoga into her work as a designer. By teaching mindfulness techniques in her craft workshops such as Meditation and Clay Irene encourages people to open up, explore and connect within the process.
Irene’s classes blend creativity and inter-personal connection focusing on breath and meditation. Having travelled and studied numerous times to Mysore, India, she is an avid practitioner of Ashtanga yoga. Irene loves teaching the Ashtanga method because of the softness and resilience that can be found in the strong dynamic asana practice.
As a complementary practice to Ashtanga Irene teaches Yin and gentle asana flow which can be accessible to everyone including those with injury and at every age. Creating a nurturing and supportive space, to inspire students to cultivate softness into their own practice and experiences.
Irene continues to learn, explore and is deeply dedicated to the study of yoga.
Having been a gym junkie for years, the time came for Liz to find another sport (or a new set of knees) and so in 2010, she took a plunge into an Ashtanga Yoga teacher training with Gregor Maehle & Monica Gauci. She immediately fell in love with yoga as she discovered an effective method to get stronger and calmer through this ancient practice.
Come to class and Liz will hold a safe space for you through a grounding, rigorous practice infused with chanting and mantra not to mention an equal dose of light heartedness and zen. Liz continues to find new depths to her own yoga experience by learning from past, present and future teachers and students as well as exploring various modes of movement and dance. It is after all through our practice on and off the mat that we reap its rewards in living more mindfully and with grace.
Dominique started her yoga journey in 2010 initially as a form of physical exercise however she immediately fell in love with the clarity and sense of peace that came from the practice. In 2014 she adopted a daily practice and during this time began to notice yoga moving beyond the mat and into her everyday life.
Through her daily work as an Occupational Therapist she realised that health and wellbeing needed a more holistic approach and in early 2015 travelled to Rishikesh to complete her first teacher training. This was followed by five months of further training in other styles of yoga, meditation and alternative therapies in Ubud. Dominique has gone on to complete a further 200 hours in Ashtanga Vinyasa as well as a year long mentoring program with Dana Longton, owner of Sage and registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia.
Dominique’s teaching style is a blend of her own experience – drawing on the foundations of her traditional Hatha training and infusing it with a modern Vinyasa practice to create a dynamic flow. She is a firm believer that yoga is for everyone, with modifications and adjustments for the beginner to the more seasoned yogi.
Claudia completed her Hatha Yoga Teacher Training through Santosha Yoga in Bali in 2012. After which she received a 12month mentorship under the watchful eye of one of Melbourne’s most highly regarded yoga teacher trainers from the Australian Yoga Academy before returning to her home city of Perth in 2014.
Always a student of yoga and life, Claudia continues to participate in ongoing professional development and shares her passion for the replenishing effects of playful and soulful inspired body movement.
Claudia is a water lover, an avid stand up paddler and an essential oil educator. Expect to move like liquid during her vinyasa classes as she weaves in elements of themed poetry and mama earth story-telling to leave you feeling full and satisfied in your heart, body and spirit.
Gail has an eye for detail, teaches with enthusiasm and humour. She enjoys guiding her students in moving correctly and encouraging them to integrate the many aspects of yoga into everyday life.
“I consider myself to be a late starter to yoga, but better late then never! I have tried various styles of yoga, but with ashtanga I immediately experienced a feeling of ‘coming home’ to a familiar path. My practice has improved and enriched my life physically, mentally and spiritually – it is truly worth the effort and dedication needed to follow this path. I am ever grateful to my teachers who continue to guide me and are a constant source of knowledge and inspiration.’
Scott is a qualified Physiotherapist, accredited Yoga Teacher, APA accredited Pilates instructor and owner/director of Inner Focus Physiotherapy. Scott has been working as a physiotherapist for over 13 years.
To overcome a debilitating pelvic injury, Scott began an in depth study of yoga, which continues to this day. Scott has developed extensive knowledge of the role of yoga in physiotherapy and evidence based practice. Scott completed formal training in therapeutic yoga under the guidance of Senior Yoga teacher Kale Leaf, and continues an ongoing personal apprenticeship with Kale in yoga therapy.
Scott has completed the prestigious Dance Medicine Australia Clinical Pilates course and studied extensively the Polestar Pilates method.
Combining his knowledge of physiotherapy with traditional yoga, Scott has been teaching Clinical Yoga to treat chronic pain conditions, and rehabilitate serious injuries.
Scott provides an evidence based approach to treatment.
Scott has studied pain science at Post Graduate level through Sydney University, allowing him to combine the contemporary scientific understanding of pain physiology with yoga and patient education.
After several years of working in a variety of rehabilitation settings throughout Perth, Scott became director of Inner Focus Physiotherapy in Shenton Park. Scott has a compassionate approach and is able to tailor therapeutic yoga sequences to meet the needs of the individual.
Satyen is a medical doctor and level 3 senior registered yoga teacher with Yoga Australia; a Transformational Therapist who has also studied Tibetan Energy Work and Tantra whilst living with his Master in the Himalayas.
Satyen has been teaching for more than 25 years and started to work specifically with trauma in individual yoga sessions and small groups about 5 years ago. He has worked with body-oriented psychotherapy methods in groups and individual sessions since the early 1980’s. Satyen continues to study closely with renowned world leader in the field of Trauma and the developer of Somatic Experiencing Training, Peter Levine.
With over 30 years of practice and teaching behind her, Elisa is worth her weight in ‘yoga gold’. A lifelong practitioner and certified Iyengar teacher her methods are tried and true to the tradition.
Elisa’s mentors are celebrated luminaries of Iyengar yoga. Her first teacher was Luise Wörle. Elisa then completed her formal training with Cle Souren and Nanda Peek in Amsterdam. Elisa went on to further her studies for many years under guidance of Dona Holleman in Italy. Prior to join the teaching faculty at Yogahub, Elisa taught for 28 years under the leadership of Michael Forbes and Margareta Eckl in Munich Germany.
Elisa teaches with a strong focus on alignment and correct technique, with ample knowledge on modifications and the use of props to make every posture safe and accessible to all her students. Elisa offers classical Iyengar yoga at it’s best teaches with clarity, calmness, and an absolute passion for the tradition of yoga she deeply loves.
Walt discovered yoga in his early thirties after exceling in the sport of Muay Thai Kick boxing. Walt has a graceful physicality which has found a natural expression through his practice of hatha and vinyasa yoga; as well as in his work as a musician and drummer. Walt credits his discipline and commitment to his practice to his time studying at the Western Australia Academy for Performing Arts. Stints performing in punk rock bands throughout his 20’s, uncovered a vibrant energy which remains at the heart of his yoga teaching style.
Walt completed his 350 hr Yoga Australia certification in 2017 under the tutelage of highly regarded senior teacher, Kale Leaf and he continues to study Yoga Therapy with his teacher. The pair recently undertook a new adventure, taking groups on retreat in Thailand.
Walt joins Yogahub, on the back of resident teaching positions at several of Perth’s most respected yoga schools and we delighted welcome him to our teaching faculty.
Nicole ‘Lamb’ Iovine is a widely respected activist having worked with some of the biggest names in the Australian dance industry, travelling the globe spreading knowledge of her experience whilst inspiring Young People to follow their creative path.
She has a unique and visionary perspective that drives her to assist others in pushing boundaries creativity whilst linking their personal core values. She is a committed and passionate advocate for creative expression for all humans with an empathetic focus to nurture our Young People. Her sense of altruism drives her to motivate and inspire those who cross her path to dream and create.
Having chosen such a physically active career it was inevitable injury would appear on her journey. This is when Lamb discovered the essence of Yoga. Nurturing 2 broken feet at seperate times, Lamb developed a sense of self/self healing throughout her struggle. This has left her with the understanding that pain is meant to be felt and truly assists the healing process.
Lamb is an internationally recognised Ashtanga Yoga instructor having completed 500hours TTC in Rishikesh, INDIA. Yoga Alliance accredited under the guidance of Yogi Kamal Singh & Sunil Sharma at Tattvaa Yogashala.
In 2013 Lamb founded OWLKEYME – a not for profit, charity with intention to empower individuals and communities to strengthen, develop and awaken their true purpose beyond illusion. From Yoga sessions, dance performances, hosting workshops to creative direction on large scale projects, choreography & assisting artists Lamb has broadened her skill set with the focus to only expand & grow not only as a performer but as a kind person. Lamb dedicates her time to serve those who have struggled, feel it, live it and let it go!
“Yoga is the romance between the body, the mind and the breath. Creating space free from obstacles in your own body to live life comfortably. Yoga is freedom. I am here to assist others seek release so that they can competently dance through life..” – LAMB
Sally joins Yogahub’s teaching faculty having trained and honed her skills in several of Melbourne’s most established and respected yoga studios. With a reputation that arrived before she did, we snapped her up the minute she landed back in Perth after a 7-year absence.
A true native of the Vinyasa yoga tradition, Sally’s superbly crafted sequences focus on increasing subtle attunement to support her students to experience their ability and creativity in full measure. Sally is passionate about sequencing for students of all levels and seeks to respect the unique anatomy and personality of each individual student.
Her classes are playful, have a strong anatomical focus, and integrate philosophy into the physical practice, creating a safe, nurturing and holistic Yoga experience.
Morrison began his study of mindfulness and meditation in 1988, and the yoga tradition in 1989 in the Iyengar style. He began teaching at ‘Tom’s Yoga Room’ in 1993 shortly before beginning practice in the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga tradition. Morrison has travelled many times to Mysore, India both with his family and alone studying Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga under both Sri K Pattabhi Jois and the current teacher of this tradition, Sharath Rangaswami. He has also studied under Sharath on his international teaching tours.
Morrison opened ‘The Scarborough Yoga Centre’; an Ashtanga Vinyasa focused centre in 1996, teaching and managing the centre full time until 2013. During this time Morrison delivered Teacher Training programs, individual and corporate yoga, along with a traditional morning Ashtanga practice and general classes.
Morrison is a husband and father of two who holds degrees in both Religious studies, and Psychology, and currently works full time as a Psychologist and enjoys teaching yoga part time.
Alyssa’s sincerity and gentle nature provide just the right ingredients for teaching those taking their very first steps onto the mat. Her teaching is both patient and clear, encouraging her students to progress while feeling safe and supported. Her background as an allied health professional also enriches her teaching with an in depth understanding of anatomy, bio-mechanics and injuries.
While relatively new to teaching, Alyssa already has a wealth of high quality trainings behind her. She completed her 200hr YTT at Radiantly Alive in Ubud Bali, followed by 6 months | 150Hr Mentoring Program at Yogahub, and another 100hrs of Level 3 mentoring with Sarcha Thurston and other senior Yogahub Teachers.
“My yoga practice has brought more clarity and calmness to my life. I am able to connect better with others and the world around me but more importantly I have discovered a deep and loving connecting with myself.”
Tamzin has taken the slow road to teaching, making her an exceptionally authentic and intuitive teacher. With 20 years of daily Ashtanga practice behind her in the Mysore tradition, Tamzin’s approach is one of both steadiness and grace — that only comes with a lifetime of practice. Her teaching is beautiful balance of experiential and embodied understanding.
Tamzin completed her 200hr training at Yogahub, and is currently undertaking advanced training and mentoring with Sarcha Thurston and other senior Yogahub teachers.
“Initially I came to yoga as I was looking for a discipline. I came from a ballet background and after letting that go due to year 12 exams, I felt a bit lost. I tried gym, aerobics, boxing, and all kinds of exercise. Then I stumbled across yoga. I have been very blessed to have been taught and nurtured by extremely experienced knowledgeable mentors over the last 20 years of practice. I was very fortunate to learn about yoga in a pure and precise form that focused on alignment and breathwork. I was also taught that it is my yoga for my body and strongly embrace this principle in my teaching. My wish is that each student find their yoga for their body.”