Teachers

Fully certified to Australian yoga teaching standards, The Yoga Humm teachers are committed to ongoing studies, continual learning & regular mentoring from Ingrid to ensure they provide the best possible service to you.

Ingrid Gravestein

Ingrid Gravestein

Ingrid Gravestein

Regardless of whether it is a simple Basics class, a dynamic Slow Flow class, or a passive stretch and surrender Restorative class, Ingrid will provide space for you to tend to yourself. With care, respect and hands on assists, she will remind you to stay present and listen to your body. Each cue is specific to physical alignment, breath or your attitude of attention.

What to expect in Ingrid's Slow Flow classes:

  • Practice Ana Forrest inspired poses and sequencing that is safer, kinder and deeply healing.

  • Breathe deeply to fuel your practice and shift any stuckness physically, emotionally and energetically.

  • Work at your edge dynamically to build strength and flexibility.

  • Then cool down with deep stretches fully assimilating the whole class.

What to expect in Ingrid's Basics classes:

  • Learn the foundations of Forrest Yoga i.e. active hands & feet, telescoping the ribs, IAP breath, simple yet powerful core exercises

  • All poses are a modified version of the stronger poses offered in the Slow Flow Classes. These modified poses can also be practiced in the Slow Flow Classes.

  • The class starts with a warm up, then just two or three modified Sun Salutations, some standing poses and finishing with yummy stretches and deep relaxation.

More about Ingrid

After visiting her family for the past 30 years Ingrid finally moved to Merimbula to look after her mother and pursue her dream of providing this beautiful place with a dedicated yoga space. Her teaching journey began in 2004 and she feels privileged to have worked for two great yoga studios, Mantra Yoga Crows Nest (a smaller studio boasting a big happy community) and Bodymindlife Surry Hills (the biggest yoga studio in Australia). Ingrid gathered an impressive depth of experience from both studios including teaching classes, training and mentoring teachers, and running workshops. She was also able to continually learn through further training which included international teachers.

Ingrid continues to learn and undertake training with highly esteemed international teacher Ana Forrest of Forrest Yoga. A famous game changer, Ana's 40 years of global teaching has already left a legacy of intelligent sequencing to guide you deep, safely, and sustainably. Sindar Kaur mentored Ingrid for several years and while not as well known Ana Forrest, her intuitive guidance is born from her own truth seeking of the rich yogic texts and many many hours of deep meditation. Having embraced their teachings Ingrid has liberated herself from many burdens and humbly offers this embodied wisdom to all that walk through her doors.

 
Trish Barbara

Trish Barbara

Trish Barbara

You’ll always receive a warm-hearted welcome when coming into Trish’s Class.  Trish teaches Hatha Yoga with a thread of Ana Forrest postures and sequencing.  From Basics to Slow Flow, Restorative Classes and Men Only Classes. She promotes kindness-to-self; encourages strength in both body and mind; fosters awareness of the breath and includes thoughtful consideration to the neck and shoulders. With generous attentiveness to all her students, she’ll help you understand how your personal yoga practice both on and off the mat, can transform your daily life.

More about Trish

Trish was born in the 1960’s with eczema & food allergies and a prognosis of it being a lifelong condition.  At that time, very little was known or understood about these conditions and the only available treatments were using toxic corticosteroid medications (cortisone – which should only be used short term for around 10 days), sleep inducing antihistamines, antibiotics and thick, petroleum-based creams.  Most of her childhood was spent itching, scratching and avoiding the bullies. Her young adult life was occupied with raising a family and keeping her condition under control, using the same steroid treatments and various other experimental new treatments, all band-aid solutions - short term and unsustainable.  At the same time, when she was able, Trish was investigating and experimenting with alternatives such as Chinese herbal medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, with small successes along the way. It was during this time she also turned to Yoga for healing and stress management.

At age 38, Trish’s whole body collapsed under the pressure of the long-term use of both oral and topical cortisone and other toxic medications that damaged her gut and immune system; her vital organs were starting to fail, her skin was raw, broken, dangerously thin, bloody and extremely painful.  The diagnosis, Severe Exfoliative Degenerative Eczema.  Her doctors wanted her hospitalised, however the treatment would still be the same corticosteroids.  She said thanks, but no thanks. 

Right there Trish knew she had to take control of her health and wellness.  It was imperative that she find a way to successfully manage this condition without the use of steroid treatments and other toxic medications.  It had to be Holistic – embracing all planes of health; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It had to be non-toxic & chemical free; very importantly it had to be supportive, nurturing, nourishing, gentle, with loving intention, kindness to self and absolutely on her own terms.

With a combination of Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Kinesiology, Life Coaching, a Dietary Revolution, developing her own Skin Care Products and of course Yoga, she found her way through the recovery maze and into a much healthier state of wellbeing. 

It took 4 years of intense self-care for her to leave her house; a decade of research, courses and studies plus different choices, radical life changes and a lifetime of self-efficacy, for her to be living her vision of a happier and healthier life, here on the Sapphire Coast, Teaching Yoga.

Off the mat, Trish is an Accredited Health & Wellness Coach. She’s passionate about helping others restore their health and wellness in a way that is sustainable and true to themselves.

“I love that these two Wellness modalities, Yoga and Coaching, go hand-in-hand.  I can take my knowledge and experience from one to the other, when I’m teaching Yoga classes and when I’m one-to-one or group coaching – it’s a perfect match”

 
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Suvi Marika Nordquist

Suvi Marika wishes to create a safe, comfortable space for every student to practice yoga at their own level, according to their abilities on the day. She firmly believes that yoga is available to every level of fitness, strength and flexibility, and brings the joy of movement to any day.

What to expect in Suvi Marika’s classes: An emphasis on safe alignment and creative sequencing, each class will be a full spectrum Hatha class and will include:

  • Twists

  • Balances

  • Strength work

  • Opening

  • Forward folds

  • Back bends

  • Time for breath-work

More about Suvi

Born in Finland, Suvi Marika lived in Germany, the UK and Australia before moving to the South Coast in 2011.

Living on the Great Ocean Road coast for a time in 2014, she committed herself to a strong Hatha yoga practice and completed her 350 hour teacher training in 2016.

With a background in classical singing and other creative pursuits, she found great enjoyment not only in the physical poses and the new challenges to mind and body, but also the sense of creativity and the elements of surprise yoga practice can offer.

In addition to sharing her love of yoga with the local community, Suvi Marika works as a medical receptionist and devotes any spare time to her growing garden.

 
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Christine Lolas

Christine Lolas

Fiona McKenna

Fiona will guide you through a nurturing and rejuvenating yoga flow practice creating a moving meditation with breath, body movement and awareness. This dynamic yoga flow of strengthening poses can be adapted to suit all individuals and their level of comfort and fitness. Fiona will explain, demonstrate and gently adjust body alignment to build strength, stability and flexibility. The yoga class commences with relaxation and pranayama promoting relaxation, restoration and quietness of the mind. Guiding the breath to lead physical movement, from warming up poses to a more energetic yoga flow with an emphasis on developing core strength and stability. The class closes with a five-minute relaxation pose – ‘savasana’.

 More about Fiona

 Fiona commenced yoga in 1996 at the Sydney Iyengar yoga studio. Practising Iyengar yoga for many years and enjoying the focus on deepening the  breath and body alignment. She later became interested in Vinyasa yoga where poses become a breath-led yoga flow; allowing one to be physically active but focused and calm in both breath and mind. Since completing her 185-hour Vinyasa yoga teacher training in 2017, Fiona has enjoyed being able to teach in the intimate warm, Yoga Humm studio. Living and working as a Community Nurse in the beautiful Far South coast, she practices yoga to provide personal reflection, relaxation and rejuvenation.

 

Christine Lolas

More info on Christine is on it’s way.

 
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PremKranti

PremKranti approaches each class as an opportunity for students to connect with themselves on all levels. Her mindfulness training and experience is expressed in the way she plans and delivers each class, so each aspect of the class takes students into a deeper state of self awareness. PremKranti will guide you towards this level of experience, moment to moment. 

“ Advanced Yoga practice is not about the difficulty of the pose. Advanced Yoga can be the simplest beginner pose held with deep, sustained awareness and presence. The lovely feeling of relaxation you get from a class is not so much about the stretch, but about the mental focus. As I guide you in each practice, your mind is held on the experience of the practice and its busy ramblings fade in the background of your experience. Its like a holiday for you mind."

Class begins with a guided Yoga Nidra practice. This flows into pranayama, breathing practices and asana (physical poses). Class ends with mindfulness meditation, and compassion practice, from a chair if you prefer. 

What to expect from PremKranti’s class:

Invitational instructions that allow you to meet your own needs on the day and feel empowered to make a choice

Restorative asana with a focus on self awareness and breath. 

Yoga Nidra guided relaxation/meditation that gives deep rest, respite from the busy mind and stillness

Pranayama that includes basic breathing methods and practices to expand your breath capacity. Pranayama calm the mind and regulate the nervous system