DREAM TEAM

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.

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EMMA CEOLIN

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.

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MADDY EDWARDS

Studio Coordinator + Yoga Teacher

Maddy's lifelong passion for travel, holistic health, movement, psychology and personal growth eventually lead her to discover (or re-discover) yoga and meditation.  She had tried a few classes over the years, but could never understand how anyone would find contorting their body into random pretzel shapes a genuinely relaxing experience.  It wasn't until 2018, after graduating from a Business + Psychology degree and enduring a deeply traumatic and chaotic year, that she decided to give yoga another try - and finally got it.  The practice shifted from being one she understood in theory ("nice idea, but not for me!"), to one she resonated with as a powerful tool for self-awareness, understanding and connection.

Later that year, Maddy flew to Costa Rica to study under internationally renowned yoga + wellness expert, Dr Liz Lindh, before returning home to Hamilton Island and continue her own journey of personal growth and spiritual evolution. Working and teaching full-time at the gym, she created and facilitated yoga workshops for staff, hosted recovery sessions for athletes competing in the Endurance Series events, and was even requested to teach for the Prince and Princess of Saudi Arabia. Now on the Gold Coast, she works with brands like F45 and Goodlife to deliver athlete recovery and mobility programs, and continues to explore her passion for movement as healing. Her vision is to create yoga experience that liberates practitioners from the confines of their mind, encourages heart and body connection, and releases fear, doubt and self-consciousness in favour of courage, empowerment and joy.​

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IVETA RACKOVA

Yoga Teacher

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.

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JACQUI HUNT

Yoga Teacher

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.

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SARAH COOPER

Yoga Teacher

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.

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MOLLIE COX

Yoga Teacher

Our beautiful Mollie is a Marine Conservation Campaigner and a Yoga Teacher with over 900 hours of Yoga + iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher Training. She specialises in Yoga for Mental Health, Kids & Teenagers, and has extensive experience in the mind-body connection. Her background in gymnastics, yoga and various forms of movement (contemporary dance & karate) over 23 years has given her a thorough understanding of the Anatomy of the human body and the way it moves. Yoga has played a huge role in rebuilding her through recovering from Complex PTSD + debilitating Anxiety. She is based in Currumbin Valley in her Treehouse on the Gold Coast for most of the year. When she is not here, she is either facilitating Teacher Trainings, hosting Retreats, or practicing with her teachers in India or Bali. Her aim is to hold space for each individual and meet them wherever they are at in their own practice. Book A Class with Mollie - you'll leave her classes wishing you weren't.

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ANNABEL GEBBIE

Yoga Teacher

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.

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JANELLE PARRENO

Yoga Teacher

Janelle is a Yoga Teacher with RYT® 200 (Vinyasa & Hatha Flow). Initially when she started yoga it was more about building strength and flexibility however after years of suffering anxiety Janelle found herself in Bali where she completed her Yoga Teacher Training with the School of Yoga Institute (the dream!). There she discovered her passion for yoga and the immense healing aspects to it, with this new lease on life she was able to learn so much more about the self though her practice, using yoga as a tool to combat her anxieties, consciously breathing while intuitively moving the body. Janelle is a huge advocate on spreading self-love and mindfulness, her classes will allow you to slow down, tune in whilst challenging the body + mind, using movement while connecting the breath. Coming from a background in early childhood and a love for kids, Janelle also specialises in kids yoga programs. Book a class with Janelle to start your day a little lighter and brighter.

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KRISTINA AITCHISON

Yoga Teacher

Kristina has worked with a wide range of clients as a Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Health Coach, Personal Trainer and Yoga Therapist. She discovered Yoga attending a class with her Grandmother at the age of 16 and has been hooked since. 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.

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CARLA RALEIGH

Yoga Teacher

Carla’s passion for yoga began in Canada in 2011 as a daily stretch and warm up for snowboarding. According to Carla, “The more I practiced yoga, the calmer and more connected I felt, and everything in my life began to improve.  I became less reactive to outside influences, and felt like I had finally gotten out of my head and back into my body.” Carla completed her first Yoga teacher training in 2013 and hasn't stopped training, teaching, learning and growing since. Carla’s goal in every class is to help her students build mind-body connection, to help everyone feel and function as best they can, for as long as they can. As a RYT® 500 and qualified acupuncturist, Carla draws on her knowledge of anatomy and alignment to ensure a safe and holistic practice for longevity. Learning to let go of expectation and break through the barriers of doubts and fears the mind often creates, allows the body the freedom to move with ease. Book A Class with Carla and challenge yourself

both physically and mentally.

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GEORGIE ORAM

Pilates Teacher

Georgie fell in love with Pilates in her late teens after getting tired of the gym scene and was looking to improve her flexibility, posture, and core strength. So after completing her Bachelor of Business and working within the industry for a few years she decided to follow her passion of a holistic lifestyle and help others discover the benefits of Pilates. Her personal goal as a Pilates instructor is to nurture her clients from inside out, making them feel confident in their own skin. The changes that occur from Pilates both physically and mentally within the body is like no other and it truly is addictive. She loves seeing her clients challenging and healing their bodies through movement, whilst minimising the chances of injuries and increasing core stability. Georgie likes to combine her training of mat pilates, reformer pilates and barre to give you an all over body burn that will leave you feeling strong, confident and toned.

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KIMBERLEY BARGENQUAST

Pilates Teacher

Kimberley is a lover of barefoot walks, sunrises, nature, the moon, yoga, meditation, dancing, & the ocean. From a young age, she was always drawn to movement, immersing herself in dancing, sports aerobics and gymnastics. It wasn't until she came across Yoga & Pilates that she truly felt like she had found her calling. These forms of movements resonated with every cell of her being.  Kimberley has dived deep into her Yoga practice for the past ten years, when she started to add Pilates conditioning to her routine she saw phenomenal changes in her core strength, tone and shape of her muscles. She believes Yoga and Pilates are the perfect fusion and both practices compliment each other. 

Kimberley is deeply inspired to share with her community, particularly her passion for movement in all forms, whether it is Vinyasa Flow, or Pilates - she believes each practice is a moving meditation and is a profound tool for healing and cultivating a deep sense of peace in mind, body and spirit. 

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ASHLEIGH GREEN

Yoga Teacher

Asheligh's love for Yoga started in her early teens and continued in 2014 when she embarked on her first teacher training. Since then she has attended an impressive abundance of trainings within Hatha, Yin, Reiki, and Myofascial Release (Roll & Release or Trigger Point Therapy) and more. A new practice that has recently come into her life is Qi Gong, a wholistic system of self healing exercise and meditation that is continually evolving, and includes healing postures, movement, self massage, breathing techniques and meditation. These more gentle styles are practices close to her heart as she finds them deeply nourishing, relaxing and meditative. Ashleigh loves to work with internal energetic body and help to assist and control the flow and distribution of energy/prana/qi to improve health, longevity and harmony of both mind and body. Book A Class with Ashleigh to experience the holistic and healing side of yoga. 

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LEANNE GERICH

Yoga Teacher, Nutritionist + Acupuncturist

​Leanne is an experienced Yoga Teacher, Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner. Leanne grew up in Canada, and from an early age developed a strong passion for health, wellbeing and yoga. She underwent 8 extensive and impressive years of training and graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2011, Strala Yoga in 2014, Karma Teachers for Vinyasa in 2015, and International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2016. This inspirational lady is a wealth of knowledge! She now calls Australia home and since 2014 has shared yoga classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings all over the world. As a yoga teacher, she's is passionate about stress management and specialises in vinyasa flows to build inner resilience. Join leanne for a beautiful workshop featuring soothing blend of creative sequencing and playful explorations to soften back into yourself. 

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GUILLAUME CORNET

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.

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