Yoga & Pilates Instructors Brisbane
At Restoration Zone, we believe in the true restorative powers of yoga. As such, our team consists of Brisbane’s most qualified, friendly and highly experienced yoga & pilates instructors.
Kasia Kondas is a performance psychologist and coach, having trained as an Ashtanga style instructor and running own yoga centre in South Africa. With a decade’s worth of experiences as an elite gymnast, Kasia’s enthusiasm for yoga was the ideal accompaniment to her energetic lifestyle. She caters to corporate sectors and dreams of producing high performing, healthy leaders and workplace cultures.
A thorough understanding of alignment and anatomy is certainly evidenced in the Stretch and Therapy classes of Diane Cousineau. Disenfranchised when her own rehabilitative therapies did not respond well to her sustained injuries, Diane forayed into yoga and soon discovered its advantageous results with Stretch Therapy, a series of techniques which eases tensions in the body. Studying under Nicky Knoff, who taught a complex balance of lyengar yoga’s intelligent alignment with the principles of Ashtanga Vinsaya yoga, Diane applies both her recuperative process and these techniques to her thoroughly relaxing classes.
Lenells’ ‘flowing style’ combines principles learned from her dancing background, along with 15 years of yoga practice, her own philosophy and life experience. It is important to Lenell to share skills, educate, help others enhance their own practice and enjoy the healing balance of mind and body through yoga and meditation.
(Lenell travels to continue her own education on the amazing structural diversity between bodies and to pass this understanding into her teaching.) “My ambition is to help people feel better within themselves and to see smiles on their faces”.
‘Like many I came to yoga for different reasons, and found so much more…and besides, I made a promise to my Grandma as a child, and that over all,motivates me to care for myself and care for others’.
Pascale was first introduced to yoga over a decade ago, but only started to delve into the practice in 2011 when she discovered power yoga. She used the practice as a way to build strength, flexibility and resilience to balance out the stressors of corporate life. Inspired by dedicated practitioners around her, she completed her first teacher training in Power Yoga and her second in Purna Yoga. Her journey soon lead her to discover Anusara Yoga and Yin Yoga. Both styles of yoga allowed her to deepen her practice by listening to the body and cultivating inner awareness. Pascale’s dynamic classes draw from many different yoga styles and place an emphasis on alignment and flow. Her yin classes are more nourishing as they allow time for deep introspection and healing. Off the mat, Pascale currently holds a Master in Integrated Water Management and a Bachelor in Engineering.
Christiana found yoga through a very rough time in her life and was amazed at it's healing ability not only for her physical self but her mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual body.
Over the last years of studying and practicing yoga she has noticed many positive changes in her physical body and her mental state. She has discovered that all these are connected and that it is best for her overall health and wellness to give each of these equal time and energy. Christiana is passionate about making a difference in others lives through the power of yoga. She wants to make a positive change in the world and help others regain there power through self exploration. She is a 600 hour certified teacher, has been teaching yoga throughout Brisbane for over 5 years and her passion continues to grow".
Michelle discovered yoga when she tried to find a long term solution to back pain resulting from scoliosis. As a competitive swimmer from a young age, she was instantly drawn to the aspects of power vinyasa and bikram yoga.
Since then, she has been a regular yoga practitioner and has been continuously thirsty for knowledge and the ongoing development of her practice. She has been fortunate to be under the guidance of many respectable teachers in Queenstown, Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney where she completed her vinyasa yoga teacher training with Body Mind Life.
Michelle first came to yoga through physical asana practice but has discovered that it is far great than that. Yoga to Michelle is a way of life, living with awareness, mindfulness and intention.
Off the mat, Michelle is also a pharmacist, a water lover and a hobbyist photographer.
Ali balances her love of yoga with a career in events and communications, and true to this natural flow of two worlds coexisting, Ali reflects this in her teaching styles of vinyasa yoga and yin yoga.
Her teaching stule of yin, the cooling yoga practice, is closely related to meridian theory, working with the deep connective tissue and exploring the wisdom of the energy body. While in contrast, her lineage of Power Yoga training gives her vinyasa classes a very strong physical edge, with excellent instruction of alignment that will leave students sweaty but rejuvenated.
The freedom you’re invited to experience in the classroom is a reflection of her own experiences, Ali teaches from a passionate place cultivated from years of her own physical practice, supporting you to build a physically stronger and more supple body (a by-product of the asana practice) but also to support your journey to your metta-physical realms; your mental and spiritual depths.
Ali’s love of the natural world gives her the energy and capacity to deliver what she loves most. Forever searching for a beach to swim, a colourful sunrise or sunset, laying in the sun or cooking for loved ones!
‘Yoga teaches you more about your “self” than you know exists. Resist and you’;; struggle, release and you’ll be free. Trust is your greatest teacher!
“what yoga has taught me is how to be free from animosity, ill will and impatience. To continually grow and evolve, to change in a direction that will allow me to be a grateful friend, an effective communicator, an open teacher, an attentive sister, an appreciative daughter, a loving partner and be a beacon of light to all those around me.”
Shay Stafford has been teaching Reformer and Mat Pilates for 7 years. 3 years in Sydney's exclusive Elixir Health Clubs and in her own Xtend Barre Brisbane studios.
Shay discovered Pilates for rehabilitation after injury during her dance career. She was a professional dancer for 20 years, including 12 years in Paris where she captained the dancers at The Moulin Rouge.
Shay has trained 1000s of men and women of all ages and fitness levels, and teaches a dynamic Reformer class aiming to improve core strength and spinal mobility, and always with a focus on correct form.
A serial sweater, Brittney first began yoga rather reluctantly to complement her CrossFit training. When the time was right the benefits of yoga revealed themselves to this 'fitness fanatic' forcing her to take a step back and focus on breath, mind and body connection in her life, both on and off the mat. Brittney considers it a privilege to share her personal practice with students, ensuring they learn more about their bodies – the physical, mental and energetic. Still passionate about strength and conditioning training, Brittney will challenge you to push to your edge, increasing your strength, mobility and mindset.