Our gorgeous yoga teachers are handpicked and amongst some of the best teachers in the industry. They are friendly, warm-hearted and come from all walks of life so they each bring their own little sprinkle of uniqueness to the studio. They're passionate and dedicated to enriching your yoga and pilates experience - it's what they live for - so you can expect to always be greeted with a friendly smile and be taken very good care of. Don't take our word for it. Come along and see for yourself.
Owner + Yoga Teacher
Emma is a Yoga Teacher, Yoga Mama, proud indigenous Australian and founder of Yogaventures. She's also an avid freediver, surfer, scuba diver and skydiver! Emma first found yoga in 2013 as a therapy for her own anxiety and depression. It changed her life forever. After graduating from a QUT Business degree and undergoing extensive hours of yoga training, she left her corporate role to share yoga. Today she is an Experienced Yoga Teacher (ERYT® 500), Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT®), Registered Childrens Yoga Teacher (RCYT®), Yoga Teacher Trainer (RYS® 200 + YACEP®) and specialises in beginner yoga and yoga for the therapeutic benefits. She has travelled teaching workshops, retreats and teacher trainings across Australia, Asia, Europe, and the United States. Then In 2020, with a lil yogi-bub on the way, she decided to ease back from travel and open the dreamy Yogaventures Coolangatta studio. Join Emma for class - you’ll be in for a treat with a heart-centred practice followed by the juiciest, most beautiful Savasana.
Studio Coordinator + Yoga Teacher
Maddy's lifelong passion for travel, holistic health and psychology eventually lead her to discover (or re-discover) yoga and meditation. She had tried a few classes over the years, but never understood the hype until 2018. After graduating from uni with a degree in Business + Psychology and moving to Hamilton Island, she decided to give yoga another try - and finally got it. The practice shifted from being one she understood in theory, to one she resonated with as a powerful tool for self-awareness, understanding and connection. Five months later, she flew to Costa Rica to study under internationally renowned yoga + wellness expert, Dr Liz Lindh, and returned home to work full-time at the island's gym. She created and facilitated yoga workshops for staff, hosted recovery sessions for athletes competing in the prestigious Endurance Series, and was even requested to teach for the Prince and Princess of Saudi Arabia. Now on the Gold Coast, she specialises in accessible and educational beginner classes and athlete recovery programs. Her vision is to create yoga experience that encourages heart and body connection, and releases fear, doubt and self-consciousness in favour of courage, empowerment and joy.
Iveta was born and raised in the Czech Republic (you'll be lulled into savasana by her beautiful accent). After finishing a degree in Business and Economy, Iveta found her true love... yoga. Yoga introduced Iveta to a better understanding of the body-mind complex and its place in the universe itself. She believes Yoga brings us back to our natural state of equanimity from which we can experience peace within and without. With an extensive 1000 hours of yoga teacher trainings, Iveta has studied with some of Yoga's most influential teachers like with Mark Roberds, Deepika Metha, Simon Borg- Oliver, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Gregor Maehle, Monica Gauci, Doreena Scale, Dr. Joe Dispenza. Iveta's beautiful style of teaching is a blend of strong asana (poses) focusing on correct alignment and building resilience in union with breathing, chanting and mantra to experience the spiritual side of yoga and yourself. Book A Class with Iveta - you'll walk in and float out.
Jacqui is an experienced yoga and meditation teacher, workshop and women’s circle facilitator and Transpersonal Counsellor. Her introduction to yoga came at a time she was least expecting. After many years of emotional distress and high anxiety, she was exposed to yoga as a means of alternative healing. Contrary to the perception of highly competitive acrobatics as depicted on social media, she was offered an avenue of self-exploration, deep inner peace and for the first time in her life, self-acceptance and the feeling of returning home in her own body and mind. She has since then endeavoured to cater her classes to ANY body who may benefit. Expect creative themes aimed at empowerment and self-acceptance, the inclusion of mantra and meditation, and returning home to one’s self, mind, body and spirit. If you're lucky you'll experience Jacqui's angelic singing voice guiding you into Savasana. Book A Class with Jacqui and she will offer her whole heart, every time.
Sarah started practicing yoga during her final two years of high school - first as an outlet to move her body, and later as means to tame her forever wandering mind. After completing a double degree in media and international studies and finding herself in a fast-paced, highly demanding media and marketing career, Sarah started to see her yoga practice as a non-negotiable practice to relieve her anxiety - never did she think that she would one day be a teacher herself. As fate would have it, life had other plans and continued to guide her toward sharing the pearls of wisdom the practice had gifted her with. Book A Class with Sarah to cultivate strength, flexibility, balance, ease and an openness to explore the depths of this human experience through thoughtfully sequenced vinyasa, pranayama and meditation practices - with pearls of the practice’s wisdom threaded throughout.
Annabel is an E-RYT® 200 + RYT® 500 yoga teacher and was drawn to yoga at age 16, practising to help combat her crippling anxiety growing up. In 2015, Annabel completed her 500hr under Katrina Guthrie at Shades of Yoga. She since trained with Duncan Peak, Power Living, Tara Judelle and Dr Scott Lyons, Embodied Flow, Hugh Lee and currently studying with Judith Lasater, (Ph.D.,PT) whilst also completing a degree in Osteopathy. She has a boundless curiosity for the body and the practice. Annabel’s connection to yoga is inclusive, nurturing and intuitive. She aims to provide a space for freedom and expansiveness through her creative, strong flows and meditative movement. Integrating breath, body and movement; connecting the elements and in doing so calming the mind. Mindfulness and self-inquiry are interwoven in her classes to help you become proactive in your own healing. Book A Class with Annabel and leave feeling like there are sunbeams shining out of your cells.
Kristina has worked with a wide range of clients as a Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Health Coach, Personal Trainer and Yoga Therapist. Originally from New Zealand, her training began at Qi Yoga, Sydney where she embarked on a journey of self-transformation during their 1 year, 420hr Hatha Yoga teacher training. She has furthered her studies with over 1000 hours of training in Yoga Therapy, Yin, Vinyasa, Pre-Natal, Tantra and Yogic Philosophy and is now finishing a degree in Psychology, which she uses to enhance her yoga teaching.
Kristina has a passion for the ocean and is a free-diver who runs Whale Swim and Yoga retreats in Australia and Internationally. She encourages her students to slow down, breath and listen to the wisdom of their bodies. Her style includes Hatha, Yin, Restorative and Meditation. Classes with Kristina focus on centering and soothing the mind, developing strength, balance and grace in a gentle manner with the power of affirmation and intention.
Steph found pilates after her professional dance career abruptly ended due to injuries. After completing her Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction in 2016, she is now governmentally recognised to provide exercise rehabilitation through mindful movement, to both acute and healthy populations. In furthering her education, she has completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise Sports Science and has continued her studies into a Master of Physiotherapy. Her goal is to continue to help people move optimally and mindfully. Catch Steph for Pilates Align, where we build awareness, control and strength, and focus on improving core stability and postural strength for healthy,
pain-free movement long into the future!
Kelly was born in America and spent several years doing competitive cheerleading, which sparked her interest in fitness. She started off teaching fitness classes at The University of Alabama where she studied Business Marketing.
Her passion for wellness, specifically for women's wellness, inspired her to create an all girls health + fitness organization, which partnered with a wide array of fitness studios. Kelly fell in love with barre and began teaching Pure Barre while living in America.
She moved to Australia and gained multiple additional certifications in Barre and Pilates while living in Sydney and working as a personal trainer + fitness instructor. Yoga kept Kelly grounded while adventuring and she completed her 500 hour yoga teacher training in Byron Bay.
She now lives in the sunshine and surf on the Gold Coast, following her many passions and creating classes that change not only people's bodies, but the way they view themselves and the world. A good class is one where you leave smiling (and burning) and inspired to be a better human!
Content + Media Producer
Guillaume (pronounced ghee-om) is our marketing and content guru. Originally from Paris, France and now based in Australia, Guillaume graduated a dual masters degree in Business and Engineering. After working 4 years as an aircraft engineer in France, he quit his job to backpack around Australia and became the talented content creator you see today. He loves to skydive, freedive, wakeboard, surf, scuba dive and balance it all out with sweet, sweet yoga. You may have seen his epic work featured on popular Instagram accounts like @queensland @goproanz and glossy magazines like 'Sail'. He's the creative behind the uniquely beautiful photos, videos and moments captured on Yogaventures website and social media accounts. He's also a soon-to-be yoga-pappa, loves a strong flow class, is a sucker for Roll + Release and insists on calling Yoga Nidra, 'yoga ninja' (for obvious reasons, amiright?!). Catch him around the office or on yoga retreat nerding out with his drone.