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Chris Lalor

Chris`s yoga journey began in Melbourne 27 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.

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 (Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher) and still travels to India to study with the Iyengar family. Chris holds a JI 111 teaching certificate.

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.  Chris runs the annual Bali retreat.

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 beginner classes for classes called Easy Restorative, and 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.

Richard Mayhew

Richard has been practising Iyengar Yoga for 24 years , and has been a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher for 18 years.

Richard has been inspired by the benefits of a yoga practice , especially the profound effect it can have on an individual`s health and well-being.

In 2018 he moved to Darwin from Broome where he was the Director of Broome Yoga School for 10 years.

During Richard`s time in Broome he was employed by Cable Beach Resort to teach Yoga to their guests. A highlight of living and working in the Kimberley region was being able to teach Yoga to School children across the Kimberley region.Since coming to teach at Flametree Yoga Studio Richard has continued to be involved in bringing yoga to kids and teens.

He runs weekly Youth Only classes at 19 Bishop Street, Darwin. (See more under the “Yoga Classes” tab).

Richard is also involved in teaching in our Retreat Programme and the Flametree Intensives at Christmas and Easter.

Richard says … “There is a beautiful phrase that says “Yoga is life, life is Yoga”. My interpretation of yoga is that when we integrate the framework of yoga practice and philosophy into our daily life we discover a stable platform …and this allows us to move through the joys and challenges of life with grace”

Jade Phillips

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 Beginners, Transition to Intermediate and Intermediate/ Experienced.

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 preparing for assessment in the Introductory Level 2 Certificate with the BKS Iyengar Association of Australia and is completing her Preliminary Teacher Training with Christine Lalor. Apart from teaching and practising yoga, Belinda works in education. Belinda teachers Beginners, Transition to Intermediate, Intermediate/ Experienced, Over 50`s and Restorative Yoga classes.

Renae Moore

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.  In addition to teaching and practice Renae works in health. Renae teaches Beginners , Intermediate classes and Womens Only Classes at Flametree Yoga Studio.

Cheryl Winstanley

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 teaching a Transition to Intermediate class on a Sunday morning.Cheryl spent 2019 recovering from shoulder surgery(after a fall in the Kimberly Ranges)and will return to teaching in 2020.

Cheryl teaches a Beginners class on Monday night at 7.00pm

Mary O’Brien

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 teaches Beginners , Monday 4.00pm in The City and Tuesday 5.45pm at Woolner R2 and Thursday 10.15am R1

Salome Harris

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.

Salome teaches Beginners(Back care Focus) on Tuesday 7.00pm