Mandy's teaching style is practical, relevant and spiritual - informed by a lifetime of learning and deep, personal experience
"I didn't realise it at the time, but when I was initiated into yoga at the age of 20 it became my dharma, my life's work, to share the wonders of yoga and help guide others along this beautiful, but bumpy path. I feel the grace of my teachers and the masters is always with me."
Mandy has studied and practiced yoga since 1990 when she was twenty years old in both India and Australia. She has taught yoga for over twenty five years in Perth, India, and on international retreats. She is a registered Senior Teacher with Yoga Australia (over 1000 hours formal training and 10+ years teaching experience), co-founder of the Hatha Yoga Method and co-director of Kookaburra Creek with her husband Robert.
Mandy has had the great privilege of travelling to India many times for extended periods studying directly with teachers and masters of yoga. Mandy's primary influences and long-term mentors are A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan of the Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda, Chennai. Mandy continues to study closely with the Mohans. In addition to this Mandy has studied yoga with:
When young, Mandy was a resident in the following ashrams and spiritual centres:
Mandy is certified (by Svastha Yoga) to teach Hatha Yoga, has also studied Ayurveda at the Australian Institute of Holistic Medicine. Mandy has undertaken additional teacher training in Yin Yoga and is certified (by Jo Phee) to teach Yin.
Mandy considers being still in nature to be the greatest of all spiritual teachers, and seeks out inspiration through immersions in the sublime landscapes of this wondrous planet.
Mandy’s yoga journey has been an integration of these teachings over time and deep personal experience. Her teaching style is practical, relevant and spiritual - with an emphasis on a safe and meaningful practice which leads students towards health of the body and peace of mind. The breath is fundamental to Hatha Yoga and is emphasised in Mandy's classes for the healing benefit dedicated breathing practices bring.
Mandy has developed comprehensive courses, programs and manuals for all levels of students and is particularly focussed on absolute beginners - ensuring those new to yoga receive a comprehensive introduction to the often misrepresented teachings of traditional yoga.
Professionally, Mandy has a BA in English, is a qualified Graphic Designer with a career spanning decades in evolving roles which included working as a writer, editor, graphic designer, publishing and mass communications specialist, communications manager, and most recently as Chief Executive Officer of a health organisation for 5 years. Mandy is an inspiring, highly regarded leader. She brings together her creativity, love of organising, and passion for yoga to create and deliver Kookaburra's yoga and retreat program.
Mandy’s personal practice and the integration of the wisdom teachings of yoga inform every aspect of her life, and have been a guiding influence through the challenges and joys of raising a family and professional life.
In recent years, Mandy has been saddened to learn of the systemic abuse which has occurred within some yoga and spiritual organisations she has been associated with, and acknowledges the dynamics and culture which have enabled such abuse. By listing her yoga experience on this page, Mandy does not endorse the teachings of any ashram, guru or religious organisation, and advises students to always be discerning.