Our People

Dr. Jeff Miller, Director of Teacher Training, Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Counselor, Psychotherapist, Coach

BA (Hons) & PhD (Psychology), Current – MCounsPsyTh
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Jeff, the founder of Botannix Yoga, is a highly experienced instructor with over 600 hours of formal yoga teacher training qualifications, studying with number of renowned gurus including Donna Farhi, Jasmine Tarkeshi and Emily Stone, Alana Kaivalya, Katie Manitsas, David Life and Sharon Gannon. He is a certified Lotus Flow™ and Jivamukti Yoga™ Instructor and is highly-regarded for his creative and thoughtful approach to yoga and his ability to make the ancient teachings relevant to a wide range of people living in the modern western world.

Jeff, a doctor of psychology with a specialization in interpersonal relationships, carries with him an in depth understanding of human nature. He combines this knowledge with the ancient techniques of yoga, creating a practice that is personal, heartfelt, uplifting and spiritually supportive.

He is known for his focus on self-inquiry, compassion and acceptance, and generosity as a path to greater health, happiness connectedness. His classes involve a fun and insightful journey through creatively sequenced postures integrating mindfulness, meditation and pranayama, set to uplifting soundtracks, leaving you enlivened, renewed and awakened to your true self.

Training

200 hours – Samadhi Yoga Teacher Training
300 hours – Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training
100 hours – Lotus Flow Yoga Mythology Teacher Training
50 hours – Lotus Flow Ayurveda Teacher Training

Classes at Botannix Yoga

Lotus Flow

Anne Stringer, Yoga Teacher, Owner Director

At age 48, Anne has been teaching for 11 years and is regular practicing yogi – on and off the mat, trying to keep as mindful as she can in every day life; merging everything she has gained so far, to teach to others. Her classes focus on the breath, grounding down to the earth, connecting the subtle body with the physical body, building strength in the postures whilst having a calm mind. Playful, encouraging, strong yet safe alignment and sequencing with hands on adjustments where applicable.

Anne believes yoga is a journey that has no end, it’s how we deal with what’s thrown at us along the way on and off the mat. Be honest, listen to your heart, trust your gut, be in tune & feel your body – let your mind go, loose the ego & don’t be in your head! Just like when we were kids – carefree, fun with no agenda or script. On the mat we cultivate intentions that can create balance, peace and harmony in our daily lives; awakening our senses, creativity, intuition and spirituality to help release, let go, create space, reset, focus, achieve, believe, transform, build strength and conquer fear. The real yoga happens off the mat – how we are to others and ourselves in this crazy, busy, fast paced world, what we allow in & what we choose to let go.

Anne’s first yoga class was 27 years ago in a cold village hall in London, starting with Ashtanga and Iyengar Asana practice. In 1997, Anne’s love for yoga really deepened when she lived in India for a year & absorbed herself in daily life, temples, gods, gurus, chanting, rituals, philosophy, mythology, asana and ayurvedic medicine, which enriched and furthered her own yoga practice on and off the mat. Anne immersed herself in teacher training in 2007, this had a knock on effect to do many varied teacher trainings & workshops with Australian & international teachers, furthering her knowledge of the mind, body, spirit & soul.

Training

200 hours – Kate Manitsas – Samadhi – Hatha / Vinyasa – Full teacher training
100 hours – Melanie Mclaughlin – The Yin Space – Full Yin teacher training
50 hours – Jasmine Tarkeshi – Laughing Lotus – Ayurvedic teacher training
50 hours – Jasmine Tarkeshi – Laughing Lotus – Bhakti teacher training
25 hours – Joan Hyman – Yoga Works – Travelling from the outside in
25 hours – Octavio Salvado – The Practice – Immerse & Deepen the Practice
25 hours – Matty Ezraty – Yoga Works – Finding the teacher within – Alignment
Reiki Healing level 1 – Wiebke Queisser – Yoga Time – Reiki healing

Various workshops with Sharon Gannon & David life, Jules Febre, Janet stone, Ana Forest yoga , Shiva Rae, Twee Merrigan, Matty Ezraty, Amy Pilotti, Sarah Power, Sarah Owen, Les Leventhal, Noelle Connelly, Bryan Kest, Tara Judelle, Simon Park Annie Carpenter, Nancy Goodfellow, Simon Lowe, Mark Breadner, Donna Fahey, Channel Luck, Tiffany Cruikshank, Dice Iida-Klein, Patrick Beach, Carling Harps, Melanie Mclaughlin, Wiebke Queisser, Jeff Miller, Katie Manitis, Jasmin Tarkeshi, Meghan Currie, Yogeswari

Classes at Botannix Yoga

Slow Vinyasa Flow, Vinyasa Flow and Yin

Aly Clarke, Yoga Teacher

Aly brings a playful approach to the practice of yoga that combines strong, creative and considered sequencing, with her passion for the evocative power of language. Since her original training at Laughing Lotus NYC in 2011, she has completed over 500 hours of study with teachers and mentors including Noelle Connolly, Maty Ezraty, Shiva Rea, Simon Park, Emily Stone, Jasmine Tarkeshi and Kate Kendall.

Training

200 hours – Laughing Lotus, NYC – Yoga teacher training
100 hours – Laughing Lotus NYC – Bhakti and Fly teacher training
50 hours – BodyMindLife – Art of Alignment & Assists teacher training
50 hours – BodyMindLife – Practical teacher training
550 hours – BodyMindLife – Super Sequencing teacher training
Sindar Kaur – Meditation for Health & Happiness
25 hours – Matty Ezraty – Yoga Works – Finding the teacher within – Alignment
50 hours – Simon Park – Energetics Alignment & Assists
Shiva Rea – Soma Prana Vinyasa Lunar Arts Immersion

Classes at Botannix Yoga

Vinyasa Flow, Yin

Cristina Arango, Yoga Teacher

Cristina is a yoga teacher, Wellness coach, Ka Huna Body Work Therapist.  Christina is a firm believer that yoga, meditation, and spiritual practices are the best way to illuminate our true self and spark a revolution of loving action.  Her passion for life and her desire for self-discovery fuel her teachings. She weaves together intelligent sequencing and alignment with elements of challenge and creativity. Cristina has completed over 1000 hours of yoga teacher trainings with Mark Breadner, Nicole Walsh, Jasmine Tarkeshi, Shiva Rea and Lorin Roche.

Training

200 hours – BodyMindLife – Yoga teacher training
500 hours – Mark Breadner – Yoga teacher training
150 hours – In Yoga – Yoga teacher training
50 hours – Shiva Rea – Elemental Vinyasa & Mandala of Asana
50 hours – Shiva Rea – Chakra Vinyasa
50 hours – Lorin Roche – Meditation teacher training
50 hours – Shiva Rea – Evolution of Asana
50 hours – Jasmine Tarkeshi – Laughing Lotus – Bhakti teacher training
50 hours – In Yoga – Art of Alignment and Assisting
50 hours – Mark Breadner – Meditation teacher training
25 hours – Jasmine Tarkeshi – Laughing Lotus – Super Sequencing

Classes at Botannix Yoga

Vinyasa Flow

Deb Taylor, Yoga Teacher

A local to the Eastern Beaches, Deb has a passion for health, wellbeing and fitness combined and loves to be as close as possible to the ocean and nature. Deb’s classes combine vinyasa flow and yin yoga – drawing on her experience of the physical effects of running, gym training and open water ocean swimming to both activate the body and relax the mind.

Deb’s journey on the mat accelerated when she suffered injuries that put an end to her life-long competitive running career, during preparations for her first marathon and Surf Life Saving World Masters sand events. She fell in love with the peaceful ease she found in every movement, as well as the physical and health benefits.

Training

200 hours – John Ogilvie – Purna Yoga – Byron Yoga Centre
200 hours – Elisha Yang and Fraser Guthrie – KAI Yoga – Vinyasa teacher training
100 hours – Melanie Mclaughlin – The Yin Space
10 hours – Melanie Mclaughlin – The Yin Space – Advanced Yin teacher training
100 hours – Sarah Powers – Advanced Yin teacher training
25 hours – Matty Ezraty – Yoga Works – Finding the teacher within – Alignment

Classes at Botannix Yoga

Slow Vinyasa, Yin

Karolina Szymala, Yoga Teacher

Karolina has been teaching yoga since 2011. She is an Advanced 1000+ hr Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, Certified Yin Yoga Teacher and a Mentor for newly certified yoga teachers. She has been also apprenticing with her Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Eileen Hall since 2017.
She is known for her intelligent and strong sequencing and hands-on assists reflecting her knowledge of physical and subtle body anatomy. Karolina brings her love for art, music, eastern philosophy and healing aspects of yoga together and along with her experience she creates an ambiance of an authentic and grounded practice.
She is forever grateful to her mentor Narayani and her teachers: Sharon Gannon, David Life and Eileen Hall for the depth of their teachings and guidance given over the years.

Training

Sharon Gannon and David Life – Rhinebeck – Jivamukti Yoga teacher training
Nicole Nichols (Narayani) – Jivamukti Yoga School
Advanced Jivamukti Yoga Certification in NYC
Melanie Mclaughlin – The Yin Space – Yin Yoga teacher training

Numerous Continuing Education workshops with Senior Teachers within the Jivamukti Yoga Lineage: Sharon Gannon, David Life, Yogeswari, Jules Febre, Rima Rabath, Emma Henry and continued education with Mark Robberds, David Swenson, John Scott, Richard Freeman, Eileen Hall and Maty Ezraty.

Classes at Botannix Yoga

Vintasa Flow, Yin

Maria Uribe, Yoga Teacher

Maria found yoga six years ago in her search for inner peace, purpose and something deeper. She became a Yoga Teacher in India and completed further studies with Nicole Walsh and Shiva Rea.

Maria’s intention as a teacher is to share her love for the practice and to create space for people to discover the joy that resides in each of us.

Maria ‘s classes are fluid – a connection between breath and movement and energising – a combination of strength and balance.

She seeks to incorporate the balance between traditional and modern yoga. Her teaching embodies her love for spirituality and movement inviting everyone to clear their body and mind from static energy and heal.

Training

200 hours – Shiva Yoga Peeth, Rishikesh, India
150 hours – Nicole Walsh – Level two intermediate Vinyasa teacher training
50 hours – Shiva Rea – Evolution of Asana
50 hours – Shiva Rea – Evolution of Asana – Soma Prana Vinyasa Luna Arts teacher immersion
50 hours – Nicole Walsh – The Art of Awakened Teaching: philosophy, theming and language

Classes at Botannix Yoga

Vinyasa Flow

Mel Rosina, Yoga Teacher

Mel believes that yoga can save the world, and intends to do just that by sharing what she knows with all who are interested. It is her mission to bring peace to as many as possible through these enlightening practices.

A certified Jivamukti, Lotus Flow and Yin teacher Mel hopes to help students experience the transformative effects of yoga as she has. With a deep love for the deities you can expect chanting, stories and yoga philosophy (and probably a few bad jokes). Mel adores and reveres the yoga practice greatly and considers it an honour to be able to share these ancient teachings in a meaningful yet light hearted way. Mel is eternally grateful to her teachers Anna Laurita, Jasmine Tarkeshi, Katie Manitsas and Sharon Gannon, and of course, to her first guru, her brother.

Training

240 hours – Anna Laurita – Davannayoga, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
150 hours – Idit Hefer Tamir – Sukha Mukha Yoga – Advanced Teacher Training
50 hours – Jasmine Tarkeshi – Laughing Lotus – Ayurvedic teacher training
50 hours – Sarah Owen – Yin teacher training
50 hours – Jasmine Tarkeshi – Laughing Lotus – Bhakti teacher training
300 hours – Sharon Gannon – India – Jivamukti teacher training
50 hours – Jasmine Tarkeshi – Laughing Lotus – Super Sequencing teacher training

Classes at Botannix Yoga

Vinyasa Flow, Slow Vinyasa Flow, Lotus Flow

Jo Day, Yoga Teacher

Seventeen years ago Jo embarked on a journey of self discovery, attending a 10 day Buddhist retrea that became a annual event for over the next decade and beyond. This experience along with further Buddhism study and meditation, helped truth find her truth and heart connection.

Jo soon discovered yoga and found that when coupled with meditation, it assisted with the physical demands of being a hairstylist and Jo soon fell deeply in love with the completeness of yoga. In 2012 Jo became a proud Muma to Ziggy.

Jo teaches from the heart, and is so excited to share the gift of yoga with others on and off the mat.

Training

500 hours- Mark Breadner, Sharon Elias, Sindar Kaur – Nature Care College
200 hours – Paul Dallaghan – Samahita, Centred Yoga, Thailand
60 hour Mentorship – Jeff Miller – Botannix Yoga

Classes at Botannix Yoga

Vinyasa Flow

Paola Amorelli, Yoga Teacher

Paola’s teachings began in 2015 when she completed her 200hrs teacher training, whilst she fell pregnant with her daughter Leia. This took her down an alternate path to what she had in mind it has been a journey ever since.

Educating herself with many trainings and workshops, she developed a specific love for teaching mums, bubs, pregnancy, pre, post natal, birthing and kids yoga which she holds in a fun, safe, group environment and one on one sessions.

Paola is forever delving deeper and lately has been listening more intuitively to her own inner wisdom for guidance; being drawn to the magic of the female body, Paola is excited to be there to support women on one of the biggest transformations they will experience in their life. She Looks forward to holding a safe, relaxed space and exploring a path together.

Classes at Botannix Yoga

Prenatal Yoga, Mums & Bubs, Kids Yoga

Amy Sadgrove, Yoga Teacher

Amy completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Botannix Yoga under the guidance of Jeff Miller in 2015. That was the start of a beautiful friendship with Lotus Flow – a signature style created by Jasmine Tarkeshi and Dana Trixie Flynn, co-founders of Laughing Lotus. Amy has since completed advanced trainings with both Dana and Jasmine, and visited both studios in San Fran and NYC and thoughtful sequencing married to a groovy playlist is how Amy loves to practice!

A natural progression for Amy was to participate in a 150hr advanced teacher training with Idit Tamir and Katie Manitsas – both teachers were Jeff’s first teachers. This was a great support during Amy’s second pregnancy and reiterated what yoga is – connection and awareness.

Amy sees yoga in all aspects in life and her intention is to continue to develop as a teacher to offer this sense of being to others. She hopes that her classes can bring an overall sense of uplifting and that they are accessible to all, no matter what you may be going through in your own life.

Training

200 hours – Jeff Miller – Botannix Yoga
60 hour Mentorship – Jeff Miller – Botannix Yoga
25 hours – Jasmine Tarkeshi – Laughing Lotus – Super Sequencing
50 hours – Jasmine Tarkeshi – Laughing Lotus – Ayurvedic teacher training
50 hours – Jasmine Tarkeshi – Laughing Lotus – Bhakti teacher training
50 hours – Idit Hefer Tamir – Sukha Mukha Yoga – Advanced Teacher Training

Classes at Botannix Yoga

Lotus Flow

Carla Burke, Yoga Teacher

For Carla, yoga just happened. “It was something that I instantly connected with. When I discovered yoga at the age of 12, I just knew it was important for some reason”. Carla was first introduced to vinyasa yoga after receiving a DVD with some practices on it. She eventually found studio vinyasa classes. “Vinyasa really takes me – I love the creativity of the flow and how present you have to be.”

Carla’s teaching journey began after almost two years of daily practice. She completed her initial 200hrs and went straight into teaching. Since then, she has gone on to continue to build her skills and is trained in Lotus Flow and children’s yoga. She also devotes herself to reading about everything yoga and to maintaining her daily practice in whatever form it takes. ‘My relationship to my practice is always changing. There are times that I just need to slow down and time that I just need to keep going. I believe it doesn’t matter why we show up; it just matters that we do’

When Carla is not yoga-ing, you can find her writing music, swimming in the ocean, cooking, reading and enjoying the company of her friends.

 

Training

200 hours – Jeff Miller – Botannix Yoga
60 hour Mentorship – Jeff Miller – Botannix Yoga
25 hours -Zenergy Yoga – Childrens Teacher Training
50 hours – Jasmine Tarkeshi – Laughing Lotus – Bhakti teacher training
50 hours – Jasmine Tarkeshi – Laughing Lotus – Super Sequencing teacher training

Classes at Botannix Yoga

Vinyasa Flow

Lori Dahm, Yoga Teacher

Lori has been teaching yoga for 12 years, 7 of these at Botannix where she creates a sacred space for students to explore their own deep healing and to find more peace and joy.

She has been greatly influenced by teachers such as Eckhart Tolle and Sally Kempton, who she has done extensive study with.

Lori’s personal practice is deeply inspired by the Divine Feminine and she is passionate about sharing the wisdom of the ancient practices with all who are interested.

Lori is Canadian born but has lived in Australia since 2000 with her husband Brad and two children Kaliana and Kaden.

Training

500 hours – Mark Breadner, Sally Flynn, Sinder Kaur – Nature Care College – Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teacher Training
100 hours – Mel Mclaughlin – The Yin Space
Various workshops with Donna Farhi and Judith Lasater

Classes at Botannix Yoga

Slow Vinyasa Flow, Yin

Karen Miller, Yoga Teacher

Karen attended her first ever yoga class around 25 years ago, when she was living in the North of England. However it wasn’t until she had returned to Sydney and started attending Body Mind Life Surry Hills (which was then a Bikram yoga studio) in 2002, that her love of yoga grew.
For Karen, a mother of 2 young boys, yoga is about creating space, softness and strength and cultivating a sense of kindness towards self and others. She teaches in a way that promotes a deep sense of self awareness and believes that yoga’s true power lies in its lessons of self-acceptance and compassion.

After many years of practicing yoga, including Bikram, Power and hatha vinyasa, Karen found Botannix Yoga Studio in the suburb where she was born and bred, Botany. Karen still resides in Botany with her family and has practiced at Botannix since 2010. In 2013 Karen completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Botannix Yoga under the guidance of Jeff Miller. In July 2015, she undertook a 100 hour Yin Yoga training with Melanie McLaughlin, which deepened her passion and true connection with yin yoga. Knowing first-hand how yoga can help with every aspect of life, she is honoured and humbled to share her passion for this time-honoured tradition.

Training

200 hours -Jeff Miller – Botannix Yoga – teacher training
100 hours – Mel Mclaughlin, The Yin Space – yin teacher training

Classes at Botannix Yoga

Yin

Sarah Benton, Yoga Teacher

Sarah brings a creative teaching style that links her Shiatsu training with her approach to teaching Yoga. This brings insight and understanding of the self and creates a strong focus on balancing energy and self regulation.

Sarah has been a dedicated Yoga practitioner for over 20 years, working with a number of styles from Igenyer, and Ki Yoga; She has a love for the self discipline that the practice of Ashtanga vinyasya brings, as well as its potential for physical and mental development. Sarah loves the flow, freedom and dance of the Lotus flow.

She draws on this collective knowledge to sequence a balanced practice with the aim of immersing both the body and mind in an uplifting class that releases the body’s good chemistry.

Training

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Botannix Yoga
60 Hour Teacher Mentorship with Jeff Miller, Botannix Yoga
30 Hour Lotus Flow Super Sutra Sequencing
25 hours – Zen Renaissance Healing Centre – Ki Yoga Healing
Shiatsu Practitioner Training MRSS – Aberdeen School of Shiatsu

Classes at Botannix Yoga

Vinyasa Flow, Slow Vinyasa Flow

Sally Foley, Yoga Teacher/Marketing

Sally is a lover of yoga and the joy and steadiness it brings both on and off the mat. Sally enjoys bringing yoga’s ancient teachings to life in our modern world whilst leading a safe exploration of flexibility and strength through the physical side of the practice; she has found that with practice, these qualities manifest in the mind too, helping to create greater clarity, compassion and self-expression.

Interwoven in philosophy, movement, meditation and pranayama, Sally’s classes invite you to leave your day at the door so you can dive within and emerge connected with the truest version of you. Sally is grateful to have found this sacred space and for the opportunity to bring yoga to the beautiful Botannix community.

Training

200 hours – Jeff Miller – Botannix Yoga
60 hour Mentorship – Jeff Miller – Botannix Yoga
11 hours – Donna Farhi – Qi Yoga – Mastering the Art of Adjustments

Classes at Botannix Yoga

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