Blue Mountains Iyengar Yoga Studio

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LULU BULL- Principal Yoga Teacher

 

My journey with Iyengar Yoga began in 1984, in Haymarket, Sydney. In 1986, I was offered to teach “all of the morning classes” and I never looked back.
The practice, the expression, the insights, the language of yoga captivated me and I grew to love it with a passion.
I co-founded the Newton Yoga Room with my ex-husband in 1987 and we both taught there for 12 years. We moved to the Blue Mountains in the early 90’s and set up the Blue Mountains Yoga Studio in Katoomba. The studio has been running ever since and I have been sole director for the past 10 years.
Over the years, I have regularly visited {and continue to} the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India, to attend classes with BKS Iyengar, his daughter Geeta and son Prashant.
I have gained the various levels of teaching certificates and at present hold a Senior Intermediate Level One Certificate. I am currently on the board of the BKS Iyengar Association of Australia, and am also the Teacher Representative. I am an assessor for teacher certification and I also run a teacher training programme within the studio.
I feel blessed to have this practice in my life. It sustains me, humbles me, and brings insights through the trials and tribulations of parenting and life. I feel honoured to be able to live, practice and teach in the Blue Mountains community and landscape, and to be surrounded by a wonderful group of teachers and students who continue to support and teach me everyday.
 


 

  TEACHERS WITHIN THE SCHOOL
   
Blue Mountains Yoga Studio Teachers Liz Oates LIZ OATES
The day that I attended my first class at the Blue Mountains Yoga Studio, in 1997, I knew that I was going to be there for the long haul. Since that time, I have enthusiastically taken to the practice of yoga, where I have started to understand my own body, not just how it presents itself, but how it feels within my own skin. This experiential journey has sustained and nurtured me both physically and mentally and has inspired me in my teaching capacity. I am grateful to Mr Iyengar for his knowledge and wisdom and to my Iyengar Yoga teachers who have helped me along this path. I have recently attained my Junior Intermediate 1 certificate.
Blue Mountains Yoga Studio Teachers Lilliane Berceron LILLIANE BERCERON
Born in France, I started doing some “yoga” in the 70’s….I was then looking to reduce the discomfort of a double scoliosis. In spite of the difficulties I persevered in my practice as my anxiety was channelled into strong physical exercises/asanas, which reduced mental and physical discomfort. In 2005 I met the Iyengar family in Pune, India. I then went on to obtain my first and second Iyengar teaching certificates. I find yoga a physical Art form that suits my personality and a subject of study that is challenging, confronting and a powerful tool for spiritual growth.

JUDE FINCH
I am certified as a Junior Intermediate I teacher in the Iyengar method. I have maintained a practice for more than 40 years and am fortunate to have been a student and a teacher at the Blue Mountains studio for half of this time. I continue to find the exploration and discovery of my body, mind and breath through my practice one of the best ways to stay healthy, purposeful and compassionate. Yoga is core to my sense of who I am in the world, providing a place of sanctuary and a means of aligning my internal and external life. I am constantly grateful to the wisdom in the practice, ever changing and reshaping as my life and body adapts and changes. Yoga, our neighbour Timor-Leste and contributing to community building are my driving passions.  Yoga keeps my feet on the ground and my head in the possibilities. 

  CHIA MOAN
Like many people, I started yoga because of an intransigent injury - and the advice of a helpful osteopath who told me I could either continue to see him weekly or go to an Iyengar teacher, get a practice and get over it. I have been practicing  Iyengar yoga since 1990 when  I took that advice and I have never looked back.  In Sydney I began teacher training with Pixie Lillas in 2002 and achieved my 2nd level certificate in 2005.  Over the years yoga has become much more than I ever imagined it would be: the practice has sustained and changed me at a deep level. I have been teaching at the Half Moon Yoga Studio in Marrickville until my recent move to the Blue Mountains.  I love the word practice because there is no "there"... you do, however, become what you practice.
Blue Mountains Iyengar Yoga Studio Vicki Macauley

VICKI McAULEY
Many years ago, a friend of my husband dragged us along to a yoga class. I haven’t looked back. Yoga has become many things to me – most importantly it became my lifeline when my husband died. And since yoga has been so beneficial for me, physically and emotionally, I decided I needed to be able to pass the gift of yoga on to others. Thus it was that I began my journey of teacher training with Lulu Bull in 2010. I have recently had a hip replacement, which has considerably deepened my understanding of the immeasurable benefits of yoga.
After many setbacks, I have finally attained my Introductory Level 2 teaching Certification.

   
  TEACHERS IN TRAINING
  MOLLY ROSS
I have been practicing yoga since I was 18 and I have studied with Lulu since 2002.
I love to travel and have recently returned from a trip to study with the Iyengar family in
Pune, India. I am a Registered Nurse and midwife. I have a strong interest in nutrition and
wellness and recently completed my health coaching certificate through the Institute of
Integrative nutrition in New York. My primary interest is the integration of yoga philosophy
and practice with our every day life.
I live in the Blue Mountains with my husband and 3 children.
  SILVIA SIMIC
My Iyengar Yoga journey started after I moved to Springwood in 2008. While I was having a coffee across the road from the Springwood Yoga Studio, I noticed the "Yoga" sign on the window & thought "Maybe I should try this out". This was the beginning of an amazing journey. With many changes in my life since moving to the mountains, I have found that my regular practice has played a major role in helping me to gain physical & mental stability in my life. So when Linda asked if I would consider teaching Yoga, I thought "Wow, I can assist others with their Yoga journey". My Iyengar Yoga journey is ever evolving ...

 

 

 

TEACHERS WHO FILL-IN FROM OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL

Blue Mountains Iyengar Yoga Studio Kylie Collard KYLIE COLLARD
I have been practicing yoga for 18 years, 10 of which has been in the Iyengar tradition with Lulu Bull as my senior teacher. Over the past 9 years I have enjoyed teaching Iyengar yoga and currently hold a Level 2 certification. I continue to be inspired by the practice. The clarity, awareness, physical changes and mental well-being yoga gives me is encouraging, motivating and humbling - it’s a true gem!
Blue Mountains Iyengar Yoga Studio Bruce Standley
 
BRUCE STANDLEY
I started yoga in 1993 when I chanced upon an Iyengar school in Glebe in Sydney one Saturday morning. After taking one class a week for several years I began to deepen my practice with more frequent classes, as well as attending retreats and developing a home practice. Having moved to the Blue Mountains, I discovered Blue Mountains Yoga Studio in 2010 and began teacher training with Lulu Bull in 2011. I attained my Introductory Level 2 Certificate in 2016.