Meet the D-F Studio Yoga Instructors

Meet the D-F Studio Yoga Instructors

Our D-F studio team

We are home to diverse, worldly, wise and kind teachers. No class is the same, nor is any teacher. Explore and meet our wondrous team.

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Eliza Hayward

Eliza’s journey of self-discovery and personal growth began as a curious teenage student where accessing yoga and meditation was part of her ritual.

Her classes are deeply rooted in accessing the physical and energetic systems of the body to awaken the intelligence within.  For Eliza following the yogic path is a joyous journey which has brightened her desire to create her own studio.

Eliza finds that yoga is a wonderful vehicle to gather community and share expression and celebrate this life changing practice with those who also seek and are curious about enhancing their lives. 

 Eliza is an influential yoga and meditation teacher, empowerment coach and retreat host. She is renowned for her passion and joy while honouring the practices of yoga which overflows into the community.

She exudes warmth and loves connecting with her fellow students. Eliza’s classes hold space to integrate all parts of yourself together.

Eliza Giles

Eliza has spent over a decade studying with modern and traditional masters across the globe. As a young teenager she was introduced to yoga and at 17 she moved to India to be immersed in the sacred traditions and eastern teachings still alive within the culture there.

At 20 she began her training in the traditional sciences of the yoga systems, moving to live and study in the Omkaranada Ashram in Northern India where she completing her first training in Meditation, Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga.

She has since trained meditation and yoga with masters and senior teachers across world holding influences from the traditional teaching of Yoga Rupa Rod Stryker, contemporary yoga pioneer Duncan Peak, Blissology founder Eion Finn and Dr Lorin Roche.

Eliza’s classes hold space to experience the weaving of these ancient traditions, philosophies and methodologies with functional anatomy, mindful movement and understanding of the western sciences to access the physical and energetic systems of the body.

Tash Talevski

Tash comes from an experienced background in Personal Training, with a depth of anatomical knowledge. Submerged in the world of health and fitness from a young age, she quickly developed a love and fascination of the human vessel.

Movement through space, with awareness on breath, became profound and necessary tools in her journey toward self-exploration and transformation. In her quest to deepen this inner exploration, Tash eventually found herself living in Mexico at the Hridaya Yoga Centre. Here, immersed in a yogic lifestyle and the traditional Hatha teachings, was the start of her ongoing yoga journey. She has since completed multiple trainings, taught in retreats overseas and continues to inquire with awe into the nature of the human organism.

Tash believes much of our “knowing” has been limited to the brain alone, where many aspects of ourselves cannot be truly met. She draws from her coaching background, in-depth anatomical knowledge and diverse movement education, to guide her students through an integrated practice of conscious anatomical and energetic explorations in order to deepen the Mind-Body experience.

She views each movement practice as a portal for conscious connection with our self and the world around us, and aims to inspire in her students a curiosity of the self – to feel, taste and honour each breath, and subtle bodily sensation as a gateway into revelation.

Sherrie Laryse

Sherrie Laryse is a teacher and mentor with a background of 10+ years studying and working in human behaviour, neuro linguistics, grief, trauma, psychosomatics, mental illness, yoga and mindfulness.

In consulting with clients, as well as applying everything she’s learned along the way to her own life, Sherrie has positioned herself a leading teacher on how to process our experiences – our external environment – in order to control our emotions, our health and our state of being -our internal environment.

Julia Goeller

Julia’s Yoga journey began 10 years ago, and since then she has passionately studied the depths of Yoga philosophy and practice. She is trained in various styles including Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin, and with her background in Ayurveda she brings a diverse range of influences to her teaching, creating classes that are educative, purposeful, nourishing, and deeply grounding. 

Her approach reaches far beyond the Asanas and honours the very traditional essence of Yoga, emphasizing the importance of cultivating awareness of the mind, body, and emotions, as well as encouraging kindness and self-compassion on and off the mat. In Julia’s classes you can expect a harmonious blend of breathwork, meditation, and mindful movement, designed to create a sense of connection with yourself. 

Julia firmly believes that true well-being and lasting happiness stem from a profound understanding of ones individuality and is committed to helping you navigate your practice according to your own needs.

Her mission is to create a safe space where you can connect with your body and mind to help you understand yourself better and learn what works for you (and only you!) and what doesn’t. 

Whether you are a seasoned yogi or stepping onto the mat for the first time, Julia is excited to meet you exactly where you are in your unique journey!

Vanessa Garbellini

Vinyasa | Slow Flow | Restorative

Vanessa has been drawn to ancient traditions/techniques since a quite young age. She was introduced to mantras and meditation as a teenager. She experienced her first yoga class at 16 years ago and deeply connected to it, since then, Vanessa lives the yoga philosophy daily. She believes that it is needed to embody the teachings in order to offer it to other human beings.

She has been devoted to yogic teachings, her life purpose. She has already taken studies in yin yoga, vinyasa, restorative yoga, hatha, power yoga, Tantra, Ayurveda, pre & post natal and Shakti Prana Master Training. Some of her teachers are Janet Stone, Brad Hay, Katie Rose, Lara Zilibowitz, Brooke Elliston, Bernie Clark, among others.

Vanessa also serves as a holistic therapist, where she undertook studies in many modalities of energy healing, human development, counselling, meditation and shamanism.

She is a curious being and loves to explore life and its mysteries fully, embracing everything that comes her way. “Yoga is the path of self liberation and self realisation, we all deserve to come back to our hearts and souls as we explore the limitless potential we hold within

Alice Browning

I guide shapes, asanas, poses and sitting deeply in the now. Teaching full time for over a decade, the way in which I hold space for my students is unhurried, steady, strong and supportive, with a big old dose of realness. A dance Instructor, before I found my mat, teaching is like breathing, to me. Adding to my initial 500 hour TT by attending workshops, masterclasses and advanced training with the likes of Kathryn Budig, Patrick Beach, Shiva Rea and Sarah Powers over the years has aided me in developing my own distinct style.
 
These days, I can be found splitting my time between my little flower Dahlia, teaching in- studio and online. Always with an almond latte in hand, manifesting my dream home in the country with a wrap-around verandah, a place where neighbours are a distant memory.

Laura Hennessy

Trained in yoga, pranayama (breathwork), meditation and Pilates, Laura’s classes offer a supportive space for you to become more aware of your breath, energy, mind and body. Whether you are flowing through different asanas (poses) in Vinyasa, building strength and control in Pilates or releasing in Yin, you will consciously leverage your breath/energy (pranayama) in each class, creating a greater sense of connection to yourself.

Laura grew up on the northern beaches and loves being in nature, music and spending time with loved ones. The elements and astrology will often be interwoven into Laura’s class themes, and she’ll do her best to make you smile and enjoy the more challenging moments.

Ash Veale

Ash teaches an energetic, fun and challenging class! With a background in elite netball and surfboat rowing, Ash started her Pilates journey to complement her cardio and weight based training, recognising the importance of core stability to achieve optimum success.

With a passion to help women and men achieve their personal and health goals, her classes focus on the important fundamentals to improve posture, muscle tone and overall joint mobility, whilst building lean strong muscle mass, to assist you in all areas of fitness.