Chris’s yoga journey began in Melbourne 28 years ago when she went along to an Iyengar yoga class.
After leaving her first class Chris recalls having a strong feeling that her life was about to change and that Iyengar yoga would be the driving force behind the changes.
Since that first class Chris has been passionately involved with the practice of yoga.
In 1997 Chris started to teach yoga in Darwin and in 2002 opened Flametree Yoga studio.
In 1997 Chris started to teach yoga in Darwin and in 2002 opened Flametree Yoga studio.
Watching students use their yoga practice to unlock their full potential continues to give Chris an immense feeling of satisfaction.
Chris trained for many years under Alan Goode and still travels to India to study with the Iyengar family. Chris is a Senior Iyengar yoga teacher.For the last few years, Chris has been on the panel of about 30 of the more senior Iyengar teachers who assess the new teachers who wish to get their initial Iyengar yoga qualification in Australia.
Chris teaches Beginners, Transition , Intermediate and Experienced level students, conducts the Intensives, the Pranayama (breathing class)and runs the Teaching Training Programme.
Among other things, Chris has a particular interest in Women Only yoga, as outlined elsewhere on our site. Chris introduced the first programs in Darwin that specialises in this area… at both Beginner and non-Beginner level.
In Flametree’s beginner program, in addition to designing the program, and supervising all teachers, Chris herself teaches the Back Care class and Non- Beginner Women Only.
Each month, Chris presents the Monthly Special Event that has a short lecture on a topic of special interest, followed by poses that address the topic.
Jade began yoga in 2008 . Her my main motivation was to improve her physical health. Jade recalls being sporadic in her engagement with yoga. Outside of attending one beginner yoga class each week she often didn’t make the best choices to align with her value of physical health. But despite being sporadic in the early years , she kept being drawn back to yoga.Slowly Yoga crept up on her and she found that what kept her in yoga was how it made her feel – grounded and clearer. “Slowly over time it has shown me how to live a healthier life, both physically and mentally, and taught me to make better choices. Choices that are more aligned with my values and choices that make me happier.”Jades professional career has focused on health and the body, with an emphasis on neurological disorders. Jade has always been fascinated by the complexity of the human body.When asked to reflect on her yoga journey Jade said “Over time the Asana’s have taught me an incredible amount of knowledge about the body and its systems and how they interact.I have found Yoga to be an incredibly holistic approach to caring for my health as it understands the many layers of the body and mind and teaches them to get along.” Jade teaches Slow Yoga and Intermediate level students.
Belinda Hoult (Belinda H)
Belinda started dabbling in yoga in 2001 in Darwin and became more dedicated and serious about the practice as the years passed.As somebody who had always viewed herself as not a physically skilled person Belinda began to see, through her own home yoga practice and attending classes, the changes that could be made to provide ease and coordination in the body. Yoga also began to provide mental clarity and a sense of calm that is beginning to be translated into other areas of her life.
Belinda is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher.
Apart from teaching and practising yoga, Belinda works in education. Belinda teachers Beginners/Transition to Intermediate, Transition/ Intermediate/ Experienced, and Womens only and the Over 50`s Wednesday class
Renae is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Renae holds Introductory Level 2 with the BKS Iyengar Associaion of Australia. Renae first began to practice yoga in the 1990s in Melbourne attending a small yoga school in her local neighbourhood. She recalls how different she felt in both mind and body following these classes and was eager to continue attending no matter what the weather!Renae sought out yoga classes upon moving to Darwin in 1995 and continues to be amazed at what she discovers about herself ‘on the mat’. Through both attending classes and through her own home practice, she has found a sense of peace and clarity that continues to extend through all aspects of her life. Renae teaches Mid Week Restorative and Saturday Slow Yoga Class.
Cheryl has been practising Iyengar Yoga for many years. Cheryl was attracted to the Iyengar method right from the start and started the Teacher Training Programme with Chris Lalor 5 years ago to further her interest and knowledge in Iyengar yoga.In 2016 Cheryl started her teaching at Flametree teaching a Transition to Intermediate class on a Sunday morning. Cheryl now teaches Transition to Intermediate on a Saturday morning and the Easy Restorative class on Saturday afternoon.
Mary originally came to yoga looking to improve both her mental and physical health. Over many years of coming to classes Mary found that her practice of Iyengar Yoga helped her to feel fitter, stronger and more comfortable in her body. Mary also discovered that her regular practice provided her with great insight into who she really is.In 2015 Mary started Teacher Training with Chris Lalor in order to deepen further her understanding of yoga.
When recently asked why she keeps practicing yoga her answer was that at one level ‘it enables me to feel whole – it helps to quieten my monkey mind , to connect my mind, body, and spirit’. But put simply ‘I feel better on the days I do yoga than on the days when I don`t.’
Mary is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.
Mary teaches the Beginner level , and Mixed Level classes.
Salome first started doing yoga in 2001 at her local gym. “I was immediately attracted to it because it gave me relief of aches and pains and a feeling of calm”. She also felt that she was achieving – she was flexible and could make the shapes. Over time, she has learned that yoga is so much more than ‘achieving’ the postures. “It teaches me to meet myself in the present moment and to accept and work with what’s there. Yoga is so much more than making the shapes!”
As she practices she continues to be astonished at how much mind and body are one – at how we can approach our physical ailments through the mind, and work with our mental states physically. She loves this element of yoga.
Salome signed up to do yoga teacher training in 2017 because she wants to share what she has learned and help other people experience the benefits too.
Margie is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher with over 12 years teaching experience. She started practicing yoga in Sydney in the eighties, discovered Iyengar yoga in the late nineties, and began teaching in Darwin a decade later. Margie has studied with numerous senior Iyengar Yoga teachers within Australia and attended the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute in India for intensive learning.
In Margie’s experience: “Yoga provides a way for me to get to know myself more deeply. Like any relationship worth having, sometimes being with yoga seems like a lot of effort and at other times it seems to just flow. This relationship with yoga is a precious one in which I can grow and share my knowledge and technique with students while also learning how to listen to my own body with presence and awareness.”
Margie currently resides in Hobart and has been generously welcomed by the Iyengar yoga community on the island where she continues to practice, learn & teach.
Margi teaches our Sunday morning online only Pranayama Class.
I’m Kim, I’m a Territorian, born in Alice Springs and raised in Darwin before heading south for university.
As a young girl, I was heavily involved in gymnastics. It gave me strength and flexibility, but often led to injury.
I was first introduced to Iyengar Yoga (which is the yoga style at Flametree) when I was 16. My mother got me started, as she had been attending Iyengar classes for many years. However, it would be over 20 years later before I realised that my mum was onto something remarkable. In turn, this led me to commit to the yoga journey.
In contrast to my early years in gymnastics, yoga gave me equal strength and flexibility, but also with connection between mind and body.
I find that yoga practice looks after all the different parts of me. I’m more in tune with my body and no longer have neck and shoulder pain. Yoga was also instrumental in recovery from Ross River virus 2 years ago.
Yoga is teaching me to stay more grounded, present and calm within the usual crazy, busy world.
I currently teach two beginner classes each week. They are both at 2 Smith Street, Darwin, in the Harbour Room, on the corner of the Esplanade.
Both of my classes are also available live online at the local Darwin time scheduled for the class (5.30pm Tuesday, and 9.30am Saturday).
Some of my classes are also available in our Beginner streaming video playback which is available on demand. All beginner playback classes are at this link.
In the standing picture below, I’m in the Harbour Room (2 Smith Street), where I teach in Darwin City. In my hand, I’m holding the timer that we use to make sure poses are held for just the right amount of time.
In the picture with my pink tights, I’m demonstrating a twist, using a chair, bolster and strap as props.
Apart from teaching yoga part-time, I work in the health industry. Yoga gives me an whole new insight into mind and body, and complements the other health work I do with individual clients.
In 2021, I’m teaching a Beginner class at 6.30am on Mondays, and a combined Intermediate / Transition to Intermediate class at 6.15am on Tuesdays.
For me, yoga is endlessly fascinating. I love the way that the mind and body connects, and the insights into anatomy, physiology & emotions. I like that I can do so many amazing things with my body, and that it creates so many amazing sensations.
Yoga is inspiring. It makes me feel younger, whilst society is hinting that I am too old. I LOVE feeling younger!
My daily practice gives me the space, peace and calm that I need to sustain my busy life. The calm that yoga affords me, allows me to balance the daily demands of being a mother and business owner. Through my practice, I am being taught to listen, respect and nurture my mind and body, to cease pushing and struggling, to rest and restore, and to delight in life.
This love and connection to the joys of yoga began in 1993, with the Ashtanga style of yoga. The breath work, physicality and repetitive nature of this practice was so addictive to me. The way that I started a class was always so different from the way I finished. I loved walking out of the studio feeling so energised, balanced, peaceful and content.
When I travelled and lived overseas for 4 years I was unable to connect with a studio. My yoga practice slipped away. Life went on. I returned home to Australia, started two businesses and had two beautiful children. Life was insanely busy. I existed and survived, loved and laughed; but was always on edge. I was always stressed and worried about how I could fit everything in and manage to find some time for myself.
A connection with a lovely Vinyasa instructor, brought me back to the joys of yoga. I was instantly hooked again.
As I got older, and I started to notice more injuries, and as my fascination with anatomy and physiology grew, I started to look for a different form of yoga. I was hungry to learn more. It took me a good 12 months of practising the Iyengar style of yoga before I truly appreciated the practice. Iyengar is so different from Vinyasa. It is far more disciplined and requires a more cerebral approach. The benefits though, are so rewarding and satisfying.
Iyengar is the practice that I want to be enjoying, benefitting from, and being fascinated by when I am 80, as well as between now and then. I have quite a way to go and I relish the thought of the journey.
With my background, and because I teach classes in the early morning, my classes are quite active. They have elements of the “Get Up & Go” style of morning class that you’ll also find in our Non-Beginner Playback style of classes. Nevertheless, the classes are totally appropriate to the level I’m teaching. In particular, the beginner classes suit all ages and levels of fitness.
Gertie teaches Monday Beginners 6.30am class and Tuesday 6.15 am Transition/ Intermediate class.