All of the yoga teachers at Ballarat Iyengar Yoga are either certified by the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) through the BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia or are in training. Other Ballarat Iyengar Yoga teachers are trained by Shayna, Senior Intermediate 1 Yoga teacher, founder, director and principal teacher of Ballarat Iyengar Yoga. Ballarat Iyengar Yoga teachers regularly attend training and workshops with either senior teachers in Australia or with members of the Iyengar family in India.
Director of BIY, Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher Shayna Ogden started yoga classes at sixteen. At 28, she discovered Iyengar yoga and has been studying and practicing it for 20 years. She is a certificated Iyengar Yoga teacher (Senior Intermediate Level 1) and has studied with senior Iyengar yoga teachers in Australia and attends the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India.
She has served on the Board of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia as secretary. She is also sits on assessment panels for junior yoga teachers wishing to gain Iyengar yoga teacher certification. Shayna Ogden trained with Pixie Lillas, Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher, co-founder, director and principal teacher of Balmain Iyengar Yoga Studio. Shayna studied directly with Pixie for ten years, including nearly six years of teacher training. She returns to Balmain regularly to continue her professional development as a senior teacher.
Shayna completed a degree in mechanical engineering in Melbourne and worked in the oil industry and engineering consulting for ten years. In 2003, she moved to Glenlyon in Central Victoria with her partner and opened Daylesford Yoga. In 2013 Shayna opened Ballarat Iyengar Yoga. She is the director and principal teacher of the school.
Yoga Teacher Cara Steele began attending Iyengar yoga classes nine years ago. She was soon captivated by the practice and has been committed to studying and practicing yoga ever since. Cara has completed degrees in psychology and applied statistics. For the past eight years she has worked in universities and in the health sector undertaking social, organisational and health services research. Originally from Melbourne, Cara now calls Ballarat home. Cara is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher (Introductory level), trained by Shayna Ogden at Ballarat Iyengar Yoga.
Annshar Wolfs first came to Iyengar Yoga 20 odd years ago as a university student. Armed with a new yoga mat and a copy of Mira Mehta’s “Yoga the Iyengar Way” she travelled and lived overseas for a number of years. She attended yoga classes from varying traditions during this time in England and China and began developing a personal practice.
Annshar returned to her hometown of Daylesford for the birth of her first daughter in 2008. She returned to practising Iyengar Yoga with Shayna Ogden (Senior Intermediate Level 1) during her second pregnancy (of twins!) and it was very much like coming home. The clarity of instruction, attention to detail, alignment and opportunity for exploration provided her with the capacity to delve ever deeper into her learning.
The last 9 years of her yoga practice have helped to promote healing and gain understanding of chronic back pain alongside many other injuries. Annshar sees these ongoing injuries as opportunities to deepen her learning and understanding and works with curiosity to discover what mobility, stability, integration and intelligence mean for her in her practice and teaching. She makes lots of mistakes, has lots of fear, often feels like she can’t and is not “something” enough (strong, fit, intelligent, practised etc..) and is grateful for all the learning that all this presents. Annshar has found yoga to have a transformative effect on her life and hopes to impart the same life-long love of learning yoga to her students.
Annshar is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher (Introductory level), trained by Shayna Ogden at Ballarat Iyengar Yoga.
Trainee Teacher Glenys has been a student of Iyengar Yoga for nine years. She is committed to the teaching of BKS Iyengar for its physical and mental benefits and because it is experiential in design.
A retired Primary School Teacher and a long-time resident of Ballarat, she is looking forward to growing and learning as a student and as a teacher.
Ballarat Iyengar Yoga is the best supportive environment for this!