Isabelle Achard Lobato

Isabelle Achard Lobato

Owner and director of Yyoga Roseville

Isabelle’s background is in dance and theatre and following several years of performing, teaching and directing projects for dance and theatre, she fell in love with yoga in 1991 while completing an Arts degree at UWS. She was drawn instantly to the attention placed on internal focus and the non-performative nature of yoga. This reckoning marked the beginning of a gradual shift from a professional dance career into yoga which after nearly 3 decades continues to inspire her and steer her into more conscious living.

She commenced her formal teacher training in the Iyengar tradition at the Chatswood Yoga Centre with Carolyn Serich in 2003 and is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher with a deep interest in yoga philosophy and ethics. For Isabelle yoga is an awareness practice that enables us to inhabit our body with more ease, our mind with more clarity and our inner self with more compassion. She encourages her students to work from where they are and gradually learn to move beyond their perceived limitations by embracing the challenges that present themselves on the mat.

“As yoga is limitless, so is our capacity to grow in confidence, equanimity and freedom at different levels of our being” she says. “It brings me great joy to continue witnessing the transformative powers of yoga for students and the difference yoga makes to their lives. As for myself I can affirm that yoga has changed my life in more ways that I can say!”.

Nicole Woods

Nicole Woods

Yoga Teacher

Nicole first discovered yoga at her local gym 10 years ago and over the following years she explored and experimented with different styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin. Her yoga journey led her to undertake her teacher training with John Ogilvie at the Byron Yoga Centre in 2017. Since then, she has continued to study yoga -with a focus on Yin- mindfulness and meditation. Nicole’s dynamic, alignment focused classes are a mosaic of styles taken from her varied background.

Nicole classes are accessible yet challenging and she aims to provide a supportive and nurturing space for students to deepen their practice and connect to their body, breath and inner-self. Her approach to yoga is holistic and integrates the Hatha and Yin asanas with yogic philosophy, meditation and pranayama.

For Nicole being a yoga teacher fits with her fundamental values - to contribute positively to others and to promote holistic health. She learned from yoga the importance of balance, equanimity and focusing the mind on the present moment and she feels that teaching gives her the opportunity to share her experiences with others. She helps her students cultivate awareness and acceptance and encourages them to carry that out into the world.

Ellen Do

Ellen Do

Yoga Teacher

I was first introduced to the benefits of body movement and Yoga in my late teens through dance classes, though did not strongly invest myself in it until 2008; it was when I desperately needed ‘something’ to balance the pace and intensity of my corporate life as a head-hunter. Keen to share my passion for yoga with others, I completed my 200-hour Teacher Training and Backcare Therapy Certification with Dr Venky Shivshakti Yoga in Singapore, Yoga Therapy Certification with Yoga Vidya Gurukul in India and Pre/Post-Natal Certification with Bliss Baby, Australia.

Born and raised in Singapore, I have been teaching since 2014 and my style of yoga is a blend of postural alignment, extended hold of poses and fun, flowing transitions. My classes are light-hearted with realistic approach.

Through the process of having my son, my desire to apply Yoga for women going through pregnancy strengthened and is now one focus I have in practice and teaching.

I believe the path of Yoga is fun and exploratory, where a thrill and pleasure is experienced when your purpose is reached in practice! Ultimately, the aim of yoga should make you happy and healthy - on and off the mat!