Chris Lalor, yoga instructor
Chris’s yoga instructor journey began in Melbourne over 30 years ago. It began by going along to an Iyengar yoga class. Read on for her story, or see details of yoga instructor training options at Flametree.
After leaving her first class, Chris recalls having a strong feeling that her life was about to change. Even then, she thought 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.
Chris has over 12,000 hours of teacher training
Chris gets an immense satisfaction from seeing yoga students use their yoga practice to unlock their full potential.
She trained for many years under another Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher, Alan Goode. She also still travels to India to study with the Iyengar family. Chris is an accredited Senior Iyengar yoga teacher, with over 12,000 hours of teacher training.
As in Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Chris is also accredited to teach pranayama breath meditation, or mindfulness meditation (depending on how you prefer to describe it.).
Chris is also a certified Yoga Therapist. She uses such training in all her teaching and private classes. It’s obviously especially useful in classes where she is making a greater than average number of modifications and adjustments for particular conditions, such as in the Special Focus classes in Gentle Yoga, and Back, Neck, & Shoulder Yoga.
In addition, for the last few years, Chris has been an Assessor, on the teacher trainee assessment panels of about 30 of the more senior Iyengar teachers. These panels assess and certify the new teachers who wish to get their initial Iyengar yoga qualification in Australia.
At Flametree, Chris teaches Beginners, Transition , Intermediate, and Experienced level students. In addition, Chris conducts Yoga Intensives, teaches Pranayama (breath meditation), and runs the Flametree Teaching Training Programme.
Among other things, Chris also has a particular interest in Women Only yoga. 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 class on Back, Neck & Shoulder Yoga, Easy Restorative Yoga, and some Gentle Yoga classes. (See more under the TIMETABLES menu tab).
There’s more about Chris Lalor’s story in this video. At the Flametree TikTok or YouTube pages, you’ll also see tiny vertical videos where Chris is demonstrating a wide range of yoga poses, from Beginner level, to Advanced level.
Gertrude Knight (Gertie), yoga instructor
Gertrude teaches yoga part time at Flametree.
Gertrude, better known as Gerty, or Gertie, first trained in flow yoga styles, where she became a 200 hour certified yoga teacher.
She has now been in Chris Lalor’s Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training program for several years, and has completed over 300 hours of Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training.
So, she’s now in the final stages of preparing for her official certification as an Iyengar Yoga Teacher.
Gerty has also taught at Flametree at earlier times, before COVID re-arranged the life of all of us.
She’s also a co-founder of a popular Darwin restaurant. So, as well as her excellent yoga, you’ll notice the same charming personality that is loved by all those who know the local restaurant.
You’ll find all her classes on the Flametree timetable.
Renae Moore, yoga instructor
Renae is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. She holds Introductory Level 2 with the BKS Iyengar Association of Australia.
Renae first began to practice yoga in the 1990s in Melbourne, when attending a small yoga school in her local neighbourhood.
She recalls how different she felt in both mind and body following these classes. As a results, she was eager to continue attending no matter what the weather!
Renae sought out yoga classes upon moving to Darwin in 1995. Now, she 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.
Among other things, Renae’s yoga practice helped her recover from a major accident she had a few years ago.
In addition, yoga continues to extend through all aspects of her life. Renae works fulltime, but teaches yoga classes when other yoga instructors are not available.
Yoga Instructor Salome Harris
At Flametree, Salome is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. She first started doing yoga in 2001 at her local gym.
She says: “I was immediately attracted to it because it gave me relief of aches and pains, and a feeling of calm”.
In addition, she also felt that she was achieving. She could see she was flexible and could make the shapes.
Over time, she has learned that yoga is so much more than ‘achieving’ the postures. She says:
“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 practises, she continues to be astonished at how much mind and body are one. In her view, we can approach our physical ailments through the mind, and work with our mental states physically. She loves this element of yoga.
Salome started yoga teacher training in 2017. Among other things, she wants to share what she has learned, and help other people experience the benefits too.
Salome is teaches one of Flametree’s Palmerston yoga classes, at 7.15pm on Wednesdays, at Gray Hall, in Gray, Palmerston.
Kim Faehse, yoga instructor
I’m from the Northern Territory of Australia, so I’m a so-called “Territorian” by birth. I was born in Alice Springs, and raised in Darwin, Australia, 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 my own yoga journey.
The benefits of yoga for me
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.
At Flametree Yoga, I currently teach beginner and non-beginner classes, both in Palmerston, and Darwin.
My classes are also available LIVE online at the local Darwin time scheduled for the classes.
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, 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.