Margaret teaches gentle mindful hatha yoga designed to help reduce stress, promote equanimity and nourish mind body and spirit. She also offers a class for people with arthritis and a class for people living with persistent pain.
Marg trained with the International Yoga Teachers Association and runs classes/private lessons for people with disabilities and those living with chronic conditions such as arthritis and persistent pain. Marg also teaches public and private classes and within schools and various organisational settings. As a long-term counsellor/psychologist, Marg has had years of experience working with people with a wide range of needs. She teaches yoga and mindfulness to adolescents and adults and has a background in providing continued professional development for teachers and psychologists. She is also keenly interested in and has training in yoga for pain, trauma sensitive yoga, yoga for seniors and healthy aging as well as somatic and chair yoga.
Her passion for yoga comes out of a sustained personal practice that has brought great joy and equanimity into her life. Marg is a registered level 1 teacher with the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA), Yoga Australia (YA) and Yoga for Pain Care Australia.
Shirley is a qualified Dru Yoga teacher and enjoys teaching in community classes, in corporate and academic environments, also in the gym and for the elderly and those with disabilities. She is a senior tutor on the Dru Yoga Teacher Training courses. With an early career as a university lecturer, Shirley now works as a Shiatsu Therapist in a successful complementary health practice in Canberra. Shirley is a qualified Oncology Massage therapist. She has completed formal training in this specialised area, which provides therapists with awareness and expertise to modify and adjust treatments for people with a history or diagnosis of cancer. She is passionate about teaching yoga and meditation skills to people from all walks of life.
Shirley is a member of the Association of Massage Therapists (AMT), Canberra Yoga Centre, and the Dru Professional Network (DPN) A mum to two adult sons, her favourite thing to do is to take the dog for a walk as early in the day as possible (and celebrates when she catches the sunrise).
Aimee is a passionate yoga teacher with ten years experience. After a childhood of finding excuses to skip PE class and believing she would never have an interest in physical activity, Aimee took her first yoga class in 2008 and instantly fell in love. She felt called by the mind-body connection of yoga and never looked back. Over the next decade yoga became Aimee’s dearest companion, providing her a long awaited channel for physical and emotional expression and laying the foundations for the strong spiritual connection she feels for life today. Yoga provided Aimee with a 'grounded' feeling within day to day life. A sense of 'home' as she traveled and volunteered around the world and lit the path for her most recent big adventure — into motherhood. Inspired to share the physical and emotional benefits of the practice with others, Aimee completed her 200-hour SOULution Yoga teacher training under the guidance of Bonnie Argo and Roz Penfold in Canberra. She later completed her Yin Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation 50-hour training under the guidance of Sarah Owen.
With backgrounds in youth work and a passion for poetry and reading, Aimee interweaves her love for supporting and nurturing others with inspiring pieces of writing to give her students an experience beyond just movement. Through dynamic flows and fluid movements, Aimee’s classes guide students to build strength, flexibility and self-compassion. Students to Aimee’s flow classes can expect a good stretch (and a little sweat!), space to challenge yourself, encouragement to practice self compassion, listen to your body and make the practice your own, along with a thoughtfully chosen playlist, heartfelt words, and a giggle or two.
Nathan Hitchcock Define Fitness is all about helping people become fit and healthy and achieving realistic, sustainable results. All programs run by Define Fitness are uniquely tailored and led by an expert team of personal trainers. Workouts are designed to suit individual needs in order to achieve results.
Define Fitness, has a passionate and well connected community who focus on positive relationships to achieve results. A team who is collectively focused on performing above and beyond when it comes to client's health and well-being, while working towards a clear vision: "A physically active and healthier Canberra".
Nathan, Founder and Director of Define Fitness, is a Personal Trainer and School Teacher. He is passionate about teaching and training individuals health, fitness and overall well-being. Nathan advocates that exercise should be fun and part of everyday life. Built into the daily routine however, it's not always easy.
Define Fitness provides individuals with an element of routine and focuses on individual goals providing guidance, leadership and motivation to achieve results.
Qualifications Include: Bachelor of Education, Certificate 3 & 4 in Personal Training, Certificate 4 in Training & Assessment, Crossfit Level 1 Coach, Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Coach, Level 2 Rugby League Coach and Punchfit Boxing Instructor.
What is Mums 'n' Bubs Yoga?
Mums 'n' Bubs Yoga provides an encouraging, friendly and nurturing environment for mothers and their babies. Define Fitness has developed a class which caters for babies from 6 weeks old (natural birth) and from 12 weeks (c-section), to crawling. Enjoy an hour of postnatal yoga for yourself, while taking the golden opportunity to connect with your baby, which is ideal for development through the leaps and stages of infancy.
How can Mums 'n' Bubs Yoga help you?
Soothe tension and stress, refresh your mind, loosen joints, tight muscles and address lower back pain, learn breathing and meditation techniques to support your sleep, strengthen your abdominal muscles, strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and restore your body back to its pre-pregnancy state.
Yoga Flow is an Ashtanga inspired practice designed to leave you invigorated and energised. A 60 minute class will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to start the day. Yoga Flow has a focus on flexibility, mobility and strength. There is very little, if any, stopping and starting in this style of practice. This is a Vinyasa based class which offers many variations to each asana (pose). Start your day with some time focused on increasing clarity and promoting concise decision making. Allow yourself to be submerged in aligning breath with movement and end with a healthy Savasana.
Focus on improving your posture and stability, addressing injuries or bad habits, improving your fitness, general well-being, while balancing and strengthening the mind and body. The class structure encourages you to challenge yourself, leaving you feeling optimistic and strong. In class, students focus on linking conscious breath with a vigorous and mindful flow. Students will build strength, flexibility and concentration while cleansing the body and calming the mind. You can expect a great cardiovascular and strength building workout combined with breath work.
Suitable for all experience and fitness levels, many options are available for those building strength or wishing to elevate their practice. Options and modifications are available whether your focus is to challenge or take it slower.
Bookings available at Illeso Studio on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Shiatsu Emma Strapps holds a Diploma in Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies (2002) and a Master of Arts (2011). Emma's shiatsu practice is highly tuned in to her clients needs, drawing on many years of experience and knowledge of dance, shiatsu, yoga, tai chi and meditation. Integral to her practice are empathy, professionalism and quality of care. Emma is particularly interested in how stress manifests in the body through physical and emotional pain, blockage and disease. She is committed to a holistic and sustainable treatment approach.
Bookings available on Friday and Saturday on request.
Alyssa Best is a qualified naturopath, having graduated from a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Naturopathy) at the Melbourne-based Southern School of Natural Therapies. She believes passionately in holistic medicine that balances the wisdom of traditional practices with the new understanding offered by contemporary scientific research.
Naturopathy uses the practices of nutrition, herbalism and lifestyle/behavioural change to address the underlying causes of your health imbalances. Using these tools, Alyssa creates a warm and trusting space to explore your health collaboratively, and is deeply interested in your unique story. Alyssa is interested in and well trained to treat all areas of health, and is particularly passionate about women and girls hormonal health, as well as mental health and wellbeing.
Alyssa is an active member of the National Herbalists Association of Australia.
Radka Ševčíková is originally from the Czech Republic and graduated from Endeavour College of Natural Health in Sydney in 2013. Radka is currently completing her Bachelor of Counselling at Australian College of Applied Psychology to compliment her knowledge and for her field work.
Radka's passion for homeopathy is enthusiastic and constantly growing. Since beginning her studies of homeopathy, she has always sought to develop her own practice and contribute to the field of homeopathy through conducting research, clinical studies and presenting relevant findings. Radka has always been interested in the functional aspects of humans, such as people's behaviour and the curiosity behind how and the ways in which homeopathy can assist people to improve their lives. Through studying homeopathy and working with some of Australia's most renowned homeopaths, Radka has discovered some great benefits and possibilities of this medicinal system to compliment a variety of lifestyles.
"I would love nothing more than to share my knowledge and passion for homeopathy so that everyone can benefit from it". - Radka Ševčíková
Memberships and Registrations *Member of The Australian Register of Homeopaths Ltd. since 2014, Reg no. 13-377 *Professional member of The Australian Homeopathic Association since 2017, Cert No.1286