Our passionate yoga teachers are all Iyengar certified and collectively they have over four decades of teaching experience. All teachers maintain on-going Professional Development within the Iyengar tradition.
James Bahuth has been working with people teaching Iyengar Yoga, Thai Massage and related Meditation Therapies for more than 25 years.
He founded the Iyengar yoga studio “Yogaha” in Melbourne and continues to train teachers for certification and on-going Professional Development.
James has helped many in a corporate setting at ANZ, BHP, MIRVAC and the Victorian Government as well as working extensively with teenagers through the Albert Rd Clinic for Health.
Having trained extensively with many senior teachers in Australia over decades, including the Iyengar family in India, he currently sits as an Assessor for candidates gaining certification in Australia.
In the field of Meditation and Healing for Personal Development, James has studied closely for decades with John Morris and The Healing Arts in Melbourne, with Veeresh and staff at the Humaniversity in the Netherlands, Europe and at the Osho Meditation Resort in Pune, India.
In the field of Thai Massage and Remedial Bodywork James trained and later taught with Bruce Bentley at the Australian School of Traditional Thai Massage and also the Byron Healing Academy as a remedial therapist. He was also a member of one of the first groups trained in Pilates in Melbourne under the guidance of Pauline Johnson.
James is passionate about working with people in a way that allows them to be more centered, balanced and light-hearted.
In his spare time he loves camping/motorbike touring, dancing and playing guitar.
Jennifer has been teaching yoga in Melbourne since 2000.
Her personal practice and teaching skills are being continuously developed and honed with the guidance of Peter Thomson, one of Australia’s most experienced and respected Iyengar Yoga teachers.
Jennifer also travels regularly to Pune to learn at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute and attends conventions and workshops organised by the Australian Iyengar Yoga Association.
Having come from a legal background, Jennifer values the way yoga practice helps develop the skills and attributes each of us needs, not just for practice, but for everyday life-
compassion, kindness, flexibility, courage, authenticity.
She is a passionate teacher who will encourage and inspire you to cultivate the qualities you need from your own practice.
Over 15 years of teaching, my focus is about finding balance and establishing where yoga fits into our lives. What are our energy levels from day to day? I help students explore how can we get the most out of our yoga practice when our energy levels are low, and how can we avoid forcing too much when our energy levels are great. Our commitment to yoga requires regular practice, but also an understanding that we have responsibilities and commitments off our mat. And one of our greatest challenges is learning how to take what we learn about ourselves on our mats and apply it to be the best we can be in our lives off our mats? This is our greatest journey and one I foster in my approach to teaching.
I have been practicing yoga for over 25 years and have been teaching for 10 years. I am a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. I have studied with numerous senior teachers and have traveled to India to learn from the source, the Iyengar family at Ramamani Iyengar yoga Institute in Pune, India.
I started yoga when I developed a bad back working in fashion hunched over a desk designing. I discovered that not only did I get physical relief but I also found a calmness and clarity that spoke to my soul. My aim is to transfer all that l have learnt and have benefited from Iyengar yoga to the student. To help the student release from the physical and mental stresses that come from day to day living and to find a path to a calm mind and a fit and healthy body.
Pash has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 1998, initially exploring yoga as a form of exercise, to gain strength and flexibility. As her passion and understanding of Iyengar yoga grew, it cultivated a deep love and patience for practice, yoga principles and time spent on the mat.
Pash has been studying and practicing yoga with James Bahuth, for over 11 years. She completed her Teacher Training Accreditation with support from James, under the guidance of two of Australia’s Senior Iyengar Yoga teachers, Simon Marocco and John Leebold.
Pash commenced teaching Iyengar Yoga in 2007 at St Kilda Yoga School, along with corporate classes for ANZ Banking Group. Now she works closely with the joyful yoga community at Yogaha, in Ripponlea.
Her goal is to continue to help teach, and share the wonderful art of Iyengar yoga. As an epileptic, Pash has been fortunate enough to experience the benefits of a sustained practice and feel the improvement to her health. She understands first hand, the importance of altering your practice to suit your individual health or body.
Pash regularly visits the RIMYI Institute in Pune, India, to study with the Iyengar family and attend global classes facilitated by Dr Geetaji and Sri Prashant Iyengar, and Guruji’s grand-daughter, Abhijata Iyengar. Over 100 students from all over the globe travel to Pune each month to attend classes with the Iyengar family. The time spent in Pune is most inspiring and treasured learning.
Pash is dedicated to her ongoing professional development and commitment to her personal practice. Apart from her visits to Pune, she continues to further develop her knowledge by travelling around Australia to participate in yoga work-shops, intensives and conventions, lead by some of the world’s most revered Iyengar Yoga teachers. Pash has also studied Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga through with Simon Borg Olivier (MSc BAppSc Physiotherapy) and Bianca Machliss (BSc BAppSc Physiotherapy)
Pash’s love of yoga continues to grow and her ‘yoga passion’ is to encourage personal commitment in students, to help develop a deep, sustainable yoga practice….and good health.
Sophie has been practising yoga since 1992. She became a certified Iyengar yoga teacher in 2006 and has worked with the Iyengar family in Pune several times since then.
She is a student of Peter Thompson, a Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher, and participates in on going development with him.
She has a passion for this practice.
She loves quiet time alone and finds the discipline of daily practice brings passion and joy. She has a love of her early morning sitting and pranayama practice. Sophie loves the idea of taking the length and perspective of the body ‘on the mat’ to effect change. Then taking this practice ‘off the mat’ into relationships with others and the world.
Her teaching inspires others to pause and breathe and become less reactive to the world.
Sophie is also teaching and practicing Ayurvedic treatments at her studio in Elwood.
Michelle is a certified Iyengar teacher. She began practicing Iyengar Yoga in 2002 for rehabilitation following injury. Michelle has studied at the Iyengar Institute in Pune. She is committed to ongoing learning and professional development under the guidance of James Bahuth. Michelle is inspired to practice by regularly attending workshops held by James and the wider Iyengar community. Yoga is an integral part of her daily life and she is interested in helping others to experience the benefits of regular yoga practice.
Since her first class in 1999, Anat’s passion for yoga has steadily grown. Her practice has supported her through pregnancies, births, motherhood and all of life’s ups and downs, to the point where it is an essential part of her being.
Anat has come to recognise yoga’s healing properties for body and mind, with focussed attention and slowing of the breath. This holistic approach shapes an overall positive outlook, as well as good physical health. As a teacher, Anat is motivated to help others find what she herself has found in the practice.
Anat is now undertaking teacher training with the guidance and encouragement of James Bahuth. She attends James’s workshops in Bali and Melbourne, regular classes, self-directed yoga and meditation practice. She also assists in a weekly therapy class and works privately with students.