Meet the team
Nicole is a natural, creative and playful Yoga teacher who found the practice at 17 years old as a result of a gymnastics injury. Yoga became a healing process not just for the physical body but also medicine for the psyche and spirit – the asana created strength and stability, the breath clarified the mind and the ritual of practice gave purpose to her heart and spirit. The transformative power of the practice and a deep love for movement is what compels Nicole to share with and teach others.
Completing 200 Hour teacher training with Power Living in 2013 Nicole became a part of the teaching crew and began a quest to develop, inspire and lead others to their own personal transformation through Yoga. Nicole then became a student under Annie Carpenter and explores the Smart Flow method and philosophy of intelligent Asana that sustains the body, subtle expressions of Pranayama and meditation.
Expect to be challenged and elevated to new levels of Asana through creative and intelligent sequencing and alignment in Nicole’s classes. Hands on adjustments and a strong knowledge of anatomy and physiology, Nicole will support you through the obstacles and limitations that arise on the path. Connection to the Modern Movement community both individually and collectively on and off the mat - Nicole’s message is to radically accept yourself and unashamedly propel forward on the spiritual path!
Born and bred in Norway Izzy followed her wanderlust to Australia in 2010 where she began her yoga journey. As a teacher she likes to keep her classes strong, energetic and fun, always exploring opportunities and pushing boundaries.
Since completing her 200hr teacher training with Power Living Izzy has been spreading her good vibes and knowledge all over Perth and Sydney before settling with us on the Northern Beaches.
Passionate about life, yoga, veganism, and wellbeing, Izzy is on a quest to promote positive change and a better lifestyle for both herself and those around her. Any class with her will leave you feeling ready and excited to take on what life has to offer.
James first discovered yoga to ease the stress of his busy corporate life while living overseas in Vietnam. What started as a mental release quickly changed his life for good as he returned to Australia to complete his teacher training, throw in his corporate career and open Modern Movement.
Expect a strong, physical class from James tuned to his favourite music of the day. An active person that struggles to sit still, when he's not in the studio you will find him surfing on the Northern Beaches, sweating it up at Avalon Crossfit or having a cheeky beer in the sun.
Petra's passion for Yoga is unconditional. She loves everything about the practice, the asanas, the breath, the philosophy, the movement, the freedom, the beautiful awareness and the ability to just be.
Born in Brazil, her Yoga journey started in Australia about 9 years ago. What first attracted Petra to yoga was the physical aspect of the practice I was there for the strength and flexibility and the physical aspect of the practice soon led me to a deeper interest into the spiritual practice.
Petra believes that every time we step on our yoga mat it is our own opportunity to play, to explore, to be curious, to be free, to be creative, to heal, to connect and to be open to unlimitless possibilities.
Watching her students moving, breathing and diving into their potential is what feeds and inspires her. Her classes can be strong and challenging (in a good way:) and also nurturing and full of love!
Growing up on a British army base in the Mediterranean, Lou developed a passion for travel, sport, sunshine and the outdoor lifestyle – so it’s no real surprise she ended up here on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
After a bout of glandular fever Lou used yoga as medicine to heal her body and relax her mind and then went on to complete her 350 hour teacher training.
Lou enjoys variety in life and this reflects her teaching which ranges from making yoga accessible to beginners, preparing Mums-to-be for birth and helping athletes improve their performance and recovery.
Lou has completed various yoga teacher training courses and workshops in vinyasa, hatha, yin, kids yoga, yoga therapy and seasonal yoga. Her current study focus is a specialist Pre/Post Natal training with Bliss Baby Yoga.
When she's not on the mat you can find Lou enjoying the beach, park, training at Crossfit Athletic Mona Vale or hanging out with her beautiful family
Jennica has a very diverse background in the health and fitness industry as well as in the medical field. Her interest lies very much in achieving the best most authentic version of ourselves. From her PhD in Medicine to her black belt in Tae Kwon Do she believes that every day has a purpose and there shouldn’t ever be any regrets in life.
Jennica’s passion for yoga started a few years ago when she had a knee injury. She stumbled into a yoga class that changed her life and from that moment on knew that it was something she wanted to share and teach. Yoga offers so much more than just getting fit and strong. It allows healing, nurturing, awakening of the best version of yourself.
Jennica is also a mother to three daughters and when she isn’t busy being mum she loves studying as many things as possible as well as practicing yoga and Tae Kwon Do. She is also a qualified in Swedish massage, aromatherapy, Reiki level 2 and loves crystals!
For Acacia, the Yoga journey began in her early twenties and has continued to be one of the most important aspects of her life. She draws from the philosophy daily so she can live from her heart. She LOVES the holistic lifestyle which yoga teaches.
Completing her initial training in 2009 with Power Living, she then went on to study and develop her practice in India.
Advanced training in Fluid Power Vinyasa (Shiva Rae) really changed her understanding of movement. The fluid quality of the practice has helped her to link her love of the ocean with her love of Yoga. This continues to resonate deeply as she grows.
Acacia wants her students to know that their yoga practice is a very personal journey and that she is there to hold the space for each student to explore. Not one class will be the same, as not one moment is the same.
She also encourages students not take it all too seriously. Health and wellness can come without pressure!
Charli’s passion for yoga started in her early twenties when travelling through Central America. What started as exercise, quickly transformed into something more. She was surprised how the simple practice of breath and body was so powerful in grounding her in a more positive and present state whilst eliminating anxieties she once struggled with.
Completing her initial training with Power Living, Charli went on to study yin and has a background in teaching yoga for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Although her classes can be strong, she is passionate about making yoga available to everyone, offering modifications to tailor classes to individual needs.
Her favourite quote is:
“Saying you’re not flexible enough for yoga is like saying you’re too dirty to take a bath”
When practicing one of Charli’s classes her love for teaching is made apparent through her philosophy, energy and connection with students. When she is not in the yoga room you can find her at the beach, in the surf or camping with friends.
Zoe loves teaching & she's been doing it for 15 years. Something in the way she does it is infectiousas as she draws inspiration from her background in yoga, meditation, Qi Gong and healing.
On & off the mat she explores the 'spaces in between'. A dance between the edges of light/dark, yin/yang, harmony & chaos which brings greater awareness of the whole self. She weaves together powerful & challenging classes that honour her geeky fascination for neuroscience & geometry, deep spiritual practice and an almost poetic understanding of the subtle energy systems.
Sometimes, as a mother of young children her poetic license takes on a certain rhythm and tone that could only be inspired by Dr Suess himself. Fortunately, she has an irreverent sense of humour and doesn't take herself too seriously which brings a grounded lightness to her classes. She loves life, even the torn edges and she really cares about her students.
Keith is an example of someone living the life of a yogi. With a daily practice for the last five years he is evolving his practice every single day to constantly push his boundaries and evolve.
He believes yoga is a very powerful medicine allowing us to let go of the burdens that do not serve us and take in new qualities by exercising spiritually to sharpen the body as well as train the mind. He has many passions other than yoga including acro yoga, surfing, dancing, fire twirling, camping, traveling, billiards, swimming, running, playing, among others.
Keith has recently finished a PhD in quantum physics and traveling the world doing research and giving talks in the field. He is taking a break from the scientific life to dive deeper into his own yoga practice (as he is young, fit, healthy, passionate, and motivated), to teach yoga inspiring others and raising the net consciousness of the planet, and to pursue other projects he has up his sleeve.
Laura was born in Hawaii where she grew up surfing and thus developed a deep connection to the ocean. During a brief relocation to California she obtained her 200 Hr teacher training with Core Power Yoga and began to teach in Hawaii before coming to live in Australia. Wanting to gain more knowledge and skills Laura obtained her Cert 3 & 4 in Personal Training and Group Fitness in 2014. Recently becoming a student under Tiffany Cruikshank, Laura is working towards her 500 Hr certification- diving even deeper into anatomy as it relates to dysfunction within the body. Being passionate about all things active she loves to blend elements of different modalities and find new ways to integrate movement. She believes that yoga is a personal path of exploration where there is no right or wrong and that every time we come to the mat we have an opportunity to know ourselves better without judgment or comparison.
Originally from the Rocky Mountains in Idaho, Melissa was raised with rivers in her veins and nature in her soul.
She found power vinyasa when she moved to Sydney and this quickly lead her on a journey to the Himalayan mountains in India where the yogic practices took hold and changed her path forever.
Forever a student, Melissa continued her studies in all modalities of movement and stillness and has been blessed to learn from some of the most talented Western minds across various fields of Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, energetic healing and meditation.
Mel's classes have become in intricate weave of her psychology background, her love of flow and breath, the traditional yogic practices of the Himalayas and anything else that's real for her today. Expect to laugh, to play, to be challenged and to be deeply connected back to roots. She teaches Shakepears words, 'The earth has music for those who listen'. There's magic in the ocean and all around us, Melissa's journey is to help you find it again.
For Philli yoga is a way of life and a state of being. Yoga includes absolutely everything; the ups and downs, the beauty and the challenges. Off the mat, adventuring and being active in nature, drawing and offering her time to people in need enrich her life.
Forever a student, the love for experiential learning runs deep. Philli completed her 200hr YTT with Ana Forrest, her advanced 300hr YTT with Tara Judelle, has studied Foundations of 5 Element Theory, and has also studied with master teachers Rod Stryker, Carlos Pomeda, Andrea Boni and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.
Astonished by the sophisticated nature of the human organism, Philli feels that the body is a cloak for our creative consciousness and that it is the perfect vehicle for awakening to the vast possibilities of this life.
As a facilitator, Philli loves to guide her students into anatomical explorations in order to focus attention inwards, creating a greater overall body-mind connection. Philli strives to create a safe and nurturing environment for discovery, transformation and the opportunity for students to own their own health by becoming more aware of their true nature.