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Jenni Morrison-Jack: Principal teacher and owner
Jenni Morrison-Jack

Jenni Morrison-Jack

Senior Yoga Australia registered Teacher (level 3)

Jenni Morrison-Jack is the founder and owner of Ihana Yoga, applied yoga anatomy expert, yoga teachers’ teacher and holistic health coach. Jenni’s past studies (Master of Science in Business Administration) equipped her with an appreciation of scientific research that she now uses in yoga teaching, researching, writing and lecturing. Jenni is recognised by her peers, as the expert of yoga anatomy, and has lectured applied yoga anatomy and asana in five different yoga teacher trainings both in Australia and overseas. She presents in national events, such as Yoga Australia Conference. Australian Yoga Life regularly features her articles.

Coming from a rhythmic gymnastics background, Jenni saw yoga as another beautiful and relaxing form of exercise until 2005, when her regular yoga practice guided her through an emotionally tough year into personal transformation and spiritual awakening. Her desire to share passion for and knowledge of this holistic life style led Jenni to yoga teacher training in Mysore, India. She has spent 6 months altogether in India and in the Himalayas of Nepal studying asana, pranayama, yogic philosophy, chanting and Vipassana meditation, which further reinforced the inner journey that yoga is for her.

Jenni’s life purpose as a teacher includes pioneering in the yoga industry. Her mission to raise the standards of yoga teaching has taken her first through four different yoga teacher trainings and later outside the yoga scene learning from health specialists, including an on-going mentorship with Carl Montgomery, Applied Integrative Medicine and Sports Conditioning Specialist, who has coached hundreds of Olympic Athletes. Jenni’s strength in yoga teaching combines her solid anatomical knowledge with the yogic wisdom teachings to explain how students can activate their body’s own healing mechanisms.

Training
 and studies

  • One-on-one mentoring on applied anatomy and physiology, asana and yogic/energetic anatomy with Carl Montgomery, 2013 – Current and on-going
  • Yoga Teacher Mentoring Program, Applied Anatomy & Asana, 40h level training with Carl Montgomery, Ihana Yoga, Melbourne, 2014
  • Calligraphy Yoga Teacher Training, 100h level training with Master Zhen Hua Yang, Melbourne, 2013
  • Holistic Heath Coach Certificate, Institute for integrative Nutrition, New York, 2012
  • Certified to teach by Nicky Knoff, 212h level “Foundations” training, Knoff Yoga School, Cairns, 2011
  • Applied yoga anatomy and physiology, 150h training with Simon Borg-Olivier, Yoga Synergy, Sydney, 2010
  • Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching, 350h level training, Australian Yoga Academy, Melbourne, 2009
  • Classical Ashtanga Yoga Certificate, 300h level teacher training, Pranava Yogadhama, Mysore, 2008
  • Masters of Science in Business Administration

“Jenni is being frequently described as a ‘very charismatic’ teacher who ‘teaches intelligently’; students value the classes as ‘always well-planned in terms of developing students’ and praise her as ‘a true teacher, not just someone demonstrating postures’. In her ‘both very gentle and powerful’ classes Jenni is ‘very perceptive and gives adjustments only to those students who want them’.
However, most students come to class precisely for the assistance and adjustments, raving about Jenni’s ‘exceptional understanding of anatomy’: ‘She has helped me with a bad injury and has retrained me completely. I can implement what she teaches into any yoga style – it’s almost like doing yoga with a physiotherapist’, says one student, while another states Jenni has ‘completely changed my body and my yoga practice’.”
The Best of Yoga Melbourne Guide 2014

Laura Trimble-Thompson
Laura Trimble-Thompson

Laura Trimble-Thompson

Growing up around football, ballet and modeling, Laura has a unique insight into the search for constant achievement, consistent improvement and perfection that pervades many of our lives.  She aims to provide an environment where people feel that they can connect with themselves on a level completely free from the destructive pressures of competition, comparison and expectation.  Laura describes this goal as creating ‘Space, Stillness and Silence’ in each student.  She blends gentle, purposeful postures with yoga philosophy and the invitation to observe the subtle sensations of the physical body while being a witness to the movement of the mind in response to each practice.  By maintaining this focus in her personal practice, Laura shares with her students that the ability to create space around any thought, feeling or event, to observe the immediate reaction and to consciously choose action or non-action has been her most significant gain from yoga and meditation.

Training and Studies

  • 150-hour Post Graduate Yoga Teacher Training (in progress), Ihana Yoga, Melbourne, 2015
  • 20-hour Certificate of Vinyasa Teaching, Australian Yoga Academy, Melbourne, 2015
  • 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, YogaWorks, Hawaii, 2014
Kerstin Schnekenburger
Kerstin Schnekenburger

Kerstin Schnekenburger

Kerstin has a background in artistic gymnastics and after attending her first yoga class in 2009, she was immediately fascinated by the gentle approach of this physical practice.
The greatest gift of Kerstin’s yoga journey so far has been changing the mindset from pushing the body to perform externally defined movements, and instead honouring what body and mind need.
Being a student of Jenni’s from the start, Kerstin experienced the benefits of precise anatomical alignment tailored to each individual student first hand. She is determined to passing this on in her teachings whilst encouraging her students to value and trust their own inner teacher. In addition to yoga, Kerstin enjoys her new role as a mum and follows her passion for sustainability and education. She also plays beach volleyball and looks forward to skiing untouched, snow-covered slopes with her friends in Germany/Austria.

Training

  • Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching, 350h level training, Australian Yoga Academy, Melbourne
Emily Trimble-Thompson
Emily Trimble-Thompson

Emily Trimble-Thompson

Emily’s early experiences of yoga were glimpses of her mother’s daily personal practice. However, it was only in her late teens that the desire grew to incorporate something both calming and strengthening into her own life – something that would help her manage the stress and uncertainty associated with her hectic modelling career.

While living in London, Emily returned to movement practices such as ballet, Pilates and yoga, but it wasn’t until recovering from chronic neck pain that she really immersed herself in yoga. Yoga proved to be the perfect antidote to the fear of physical exertion still left over from years of coping with chronic pain. The practice also proved to be transformative spiritually, by fostering a deeper, more compassionate connection with Self.

Emily is excited to share the physical and mental benefits of this powerful practice. With an emphasis on natural movement and individuality in group classes, Emily aims to leave you feeling rejuvenated, calm and comfortable in your body.

Training and Studies

  • Post Graduate Yoga Teacher Training (in progress) 150h level training, Ihana Yoga, Melbourne, 2016
  • Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching, 350h level training, Australian Yoga Academy, Melbourne, 2015
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology, University of Melbourne, 2015
Sasha Layton

Sasha LaytonSasha began her yoga journey over 18 years ago, at a small gym in the Melbourne suburbs. She continued dabbling in and out of the practice, whilst living and working overseas for 10 years, but found her true connection on return to Melbourne in 2009.

Sasha’s passion for yoga comes from a unique place of self-healing. Having been immersed in the corporate world for over a decade, the daily practice of asana helped immensely in her recovery from a serious stress related illness. It was this experience and her regular teacher/mentor at the time, that encouraged Sasha to complete her 200hr yoga teacher training, so she could share her discovery with others.

With a clear focus on good alignment, anatomy and building strength, Sasha teaches (and practices) slow and mindful movement which should feel good and right in your body. Expect to feel nurtured in her classes, but also encouraged to sometimes go beyond your expectations, all whilst feeling safe and having fun.

Training:

  •  150hr Post Grad YTT, Ihana Yoga (graduated November 2015)
  • 3hr Teachers Clinic on Sequencing a Peak Pose, The Yoga Social (June 2015) 
  • 8hr Yoga Tune Up Ball Practitioner Training Course, Yoga Tune Up, Melbourne (September 2014)
  • 200hr intensive yoga teacher training, YogaWorks, Dubai (graduated June 2013)
Chali Harding
Chali Harding

Chali Harding

Chali’s journey into yoga began in Thailand in 2000 when she completed a thai yoga massage course, practising yoga under the mango trees at 5am.  The spark continued to glow through the ensuing years of travelling the world, living in Melbourne, London and Paris, and then through the earth trembling experiences of early motherhood.  The spark really turned into a flame on returning to live in Melbourne, with a yearning to delve deep into committed daily self-practice, and a calling to teach this life enhancing, healing art and science of yoga.

The eight limbs of yoga is pivotal in how Chali lives her life and approaches her work with others.  A holistic health coach, with 14 years experience as a natural health practitioner, Chali’s classes are structured to cultivate a holistic experience, encompassing mindfulness and meditative elements to a physical flow.

Chali aims to live by her truth, her authenticity imbues her teaching, and she is humbled by the privilege she has to guide others through their practice and healing journeys.  Her aim is to create and hold space for others to be able to connect into their own vital force and healing potential.

Training:

  • Post Graduate Yoga Teacher Training (in progress) 150 hour level training, Ihana Yoga, Melbourne 2017-18
  • Certificate in Vinyasa Teaching, Australian Yoga Academy, 2016
  • Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching, 350 hour level training with Australian Yoga Academy 2015-16
  • Donna Farhi 30 hour workshop 2016
Tam Connor
Tam Connor

Tam Connor

Tam is a creative at heart, and an eternal student, she loves learning new things and teaches because she has more questions than answers. When not exploring aspects of yoga, you’ll find her engaged in her other passions, graphic design, hanging out with her dog Maisie, art, books, travel, cooking, knitting, pretty much anything crafty or creative.
Tam believes that yoga is an empowering self-care practice that encourages and supports personal reflection and growth. After sporadic practice through her 20’s, she returned to yoga in her 30’s looking to overcome persistent back pain… but found so much more. A truly holistic practice, yoga supports not just the physical, but also the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives.
Tam thinks of yoga as a living tradition. While humbly acknowledging the ancient wisdom on which we build our interpretations, this is an experiential practice that is deeply personal. Learning to trust our individual experience and knowledge is part of the journey. She is excited and grateful to be able to share this practice with the wonderful Ihana community.
Training:
  • Ihana Yoga Post Grad Teacher Training (150hr)
  • Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching (350hrs) Australian Yoga Academy
  • Certificate in Vinyasa Teaching – Australian Yoga Academy
  • Donna Farhi – Workshops, trainings and intensive (62hrs)
  • Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga – Sadie Nardini (20hrs)
Joelle Chaperon
Joelle Chaperon

Joelle Chaperon

Joelle is extremely focused and community minded. She lives with a very simple philosophy of truth & light. She walks with people on their journey always making time for anyone who requires her help/guidance. She loves people & is able to give experiences via a balancing act of yoga & youth work. She is not one without the other.

She believes in balance- physically, mentally & energetically, so after completing a Bachelor of Social Science/Youth work, she continued her learning exploring her other love- yoga. Having practiced for ten years she began her Teacher Training course at AYA.

Teaching since 2012, Joelle has continued to further her exploration of yoga in various workshops exploring the spirituality &, philosophy of Yoga, Meditation, Adjustment & Alignment & intensive workshops with Simon Borg Olivier, Nicky Knoff, Ihana Yoga and more.

Training

  • Yoga Teacher Mentoring Program, Applied Anatomy & Asana, 40h level training with Carl Montgomery, Ihana Yoga, Melbourne, 2014
  • Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching, 350h level training, Australian Yoga Academy, Melbourne
Paul MacCormack
Paul MacCormack

Paul MacCormack

Paul was introduced to yoga by his best friend in 2012 with some quiet backyard practice, and was hooked from his first official class soon after. As a coach of movement and a personal trainer, Paul considers yoga a great compliment to his own movement training and to the coaching of his clients.

He has seen first hand in both his own and his students lives the positive outcomes of a regular yoga practice, new focus, new strengths and new outlooks on life.

Taken under the wing of Jenni from the very beginning of his yoga journey, he found great appreciation in the clear, concise and anatomy based teaching that Ihana prides itself on. He carries this into his teaching and private practice as well.

Outside of yoga Paul loves surfing, tearing up a dance floor, and his puppy Squiggly Bop.

Karen Perkins
Karen Perkins

Karen Perkins

Karen travelled extensively around the world for 14 years living for extended periods of time in India, China, Tibet, Europe and the Middle East learning of different cultures, religions and philosophies. It was in 1995 in Dharamsala India that Karen’s yoga journey began. As she began to feel the transformation yoga had in her life she felt inspired to share the gift of yoga with others.

Upon Returning to Australia she has since completed her yoga teacher training, as well as 3 additional trainings including Ihana Yoga’s Post Graduate YTT. She strives to cultivate happiness and balance through mindful living, hoping to inspire her students to do the same. With that mentality she teaches her classes from her heart creating an uplifting, safe environment for students to begin to explore and expand within their own body and consciousness. She is continually inspired by yoga’s transformative power—both internally and externally. She strives to bring a sense of fun, freedom and kindness to her classes.

Fiona John
Fiona John

Fiona John

Fiona came to the practice following the birth of her first child as a means of easing the body back into movementShe quickly discovered the transformative benefits of yoga for the physical body and mind as well as its ability to bring a deep sense of balance and overall well-being that counteracts the stresses of modern life. 

Passionate about living the essence of yoga every dayboth on and off the mat, Fiona is committed to the ongoing exploration of the path. She teaches sequences that are creative and flowing while keeping a close eye on safe alignment. Students are encouraged to turn their awareness inward during the practice, move consciously and connect with the needs and abilities of their own unique body. Fiona aims to help enable her students to step off the mat feeling more connected with Self, more spacious and balanced.

 

Training:

  • Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching 350h, Australian Yoga Academy, Melbourne, 2014
  • Post Graduate Yoga Teacher Training 150h, Ihana Yoga, Melbourne, 2017
Simone Callahan
Fiona John

 

Simone’s yoga journey began on a trip to India, while there she was able to immerse herself in there culture and experience first hand how yoga encompass’s their lives. She really felt a deep connection from hearing the chanting in the temples to seeing the joy in people’s faces when they looked you in the eye and greeted you. It was during this trip she knew she wanted to try this sacred practice for herself.

After having her 3rd child Simone knew she wanted to spend time practicing and experiencing yoga. Sixteen years later Simone is still practicing and learning, completing her 200hr teacher training at with us at Ihana Yoga and is currently doing her post-grad teacher training with us this year.

Simone credits yoga with helping transform herself, not only physically & emotionally, but also in helping her understand herself better by implementing a yogic way of life on a daily basis. This helps her mentally by feeling more clarity, calmness, & content to take on life’s challenges or tests as she likes to call them.

See our timetable to find out when Simone is teaching next!

Sally Price
Sally Price

 

Sally was introduced to yoga 20 years ago and became a regular practitioner since having her daughter 7 years ago.

Experiencing the many benefits of regular practice, Sally quickly fell in love with Yoga and decided to explore the tradition and philosophy further with training and this lead to the natural step of teaching.

Sally completed her Advanced Diploma of Yoga teaching in 2015 with Australia Yoga Academy and the Post Graduate of Yoga teaching with Ihana Yoga in 2018. Sally is passionate about sequencing for students of all levels and seeks to respect the unique anatomy and personality of each individual student.

Her classes are playful, have a strong anatomical focus and integrate philosophy into the physical practice, creating a safe, nurturing and holistic Yoga environment.