Who introduced Steven to a deep practice of pranayama and meditation, and re-awakened his spiritual practice. Someone who exudes happiness with every breath, his personal realisations of Yoga philosophy demonstrate how to live in the world without being weighed down by it.
Who taught Steven how to teach and how to adjust students in their postures, and continues to inspire with her honesty and attention to detail as well as being an incredible teacher who brings out the best in all of her students.
Who continues to inspire Yoga practitioners around the world with his incredible passion for yoga and knowledge of anatomy and physiology. He teaches others how to use this knowledge to enhance both their own yoga practice and their everyday life. Besides which, his asana practice is amazing!
Sarah Goss is our newest teacher and whilst some of you have already met her, many have not, so I thought it was about time to introduce her and give you a little background! Originally from Canberra, Sarah lived in many places growing up and travelled the globe throughout her twenties. She settled in Sydney for ten years, but eventually moved to Wollongong after falling in love with a little house in the bush. She’s lived here for ten years now, and absolutely loves the lifestyle and surrounds. Sarah dabbled with yoga over the years, but it wasn’t until she jogged past an outdoor yoga class and impulsively joined in that she began a serious practice. She completed her teacher training at the beginning of 2015, and has been immersing herself in study and courses ever since. Like most of us, Sarah initially came to yoga from a purely physical standpoint, but it has evolved into a far more meaningful and spiritual practice. She loves music of all styles, from acoustic, to jazz, to techno, and anything in between; she is constantly listening to new music for her class playlists. Some of her old favourites include Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Pearl Jam, but now she’s more frequently listening to music with a soulful Eastern influence. When not practicing or teaching yoga, You’ll most likely find Sarah hanging out with family and friends, surfing, taking photos, walking her dogs, reading, or at the cafe!!
Steven grew up in a devoutly Christian household, and although he had a strong sense of spirituality from quite an early age, he became somewhat disenfranchised in his late teens. In 1996 he first travelled to India and began to study Yoga philosophy, which expanded upon and complemented his earlier beliefs. In 2000 he took his first Yoga asana class on the recommendation of a massage therapist he was seeing to treat a recurring shoulder injury caused by intensive rock climbing. The injury went but the Yoga stayed, and in late 2004 he was selected to undertake a two-year, one on one teacher training apprenticeship with Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy in Sydney, one of the few yoga schools in Australia still instructing teachers in this traditional way. Both Bianca and Simon are members of the Australian Physiotherapists Association, and as such Steven’s teaching integrates modern medical knowledge with the traditional forms and practices of Yoga. Steven has also studied at length with Clive Sheridan, having attending numerous weekend workshops, a number of week-long retreats, and 2 of Clive’s 3-Week immersions in India. His other teachers include Shandor Remete, and Shyam Mishra of Varanasi. He relocated to the Illawarra in early 2008, and brings with him a genuine love of Yoga in all its forms, and a desire to share this passion with others. Steven taught extensively with Yoga Synergy from 2005 before moving back to the Illawarra in 2008. He then taught at Younga Yoga in Wollongong for 4 years before starting the Vinyasa Yoga Studio in mid-2012. He has been a teacher and speaker on numerous weekend retreats and has also run asana workshops and adjusting workshops (for teachers). Steven generally instructs a flowing style of asana; he places a strong focus on control of the breath, which is regarded as the subtle link between the body and mind and the key to unlocking the full potential of any yoga practice. He also teaches pranayama classes, and has continued to study Yoga philosophy, particularly concentrating on how we can integrate the tools of meditation and inner focus to recognize the patterns of our individual mind, and in so doing experience the joy hidden in everyday life.
Born and bred in Wollongong, and a nurse who enjoys the nature and movement of the ocean, I had years of an uncertain practice of Hatha yoga. In 2009 I connected with my teacher, Steven Hinchliffe. I have had a dedicated yoga practice now for 6 years and every day my love and knowledge of the yoga teachings deepens. I have recently completed my teacher training with Steve (in an apprentice style manner for 18 months) and now I continue to draw knowledge and support from the students at the Vinyasa Yoga Shala, fellow teachers, my teachers' teachers, and from the yoga community within Wollongong and world wide. I am so grateful for the gift of yoga and everything it has given me up until now. I am only at the beginning of this journey and can't wait to grow and pass on this extraordinary gift to others. As I am still learning , I constantly attend retreats, workshops and study the philosophy of yoga to deepen my practice and follow the life that is always meant to be. A wife to my loving husband and mother to 3 very busy boys, yoga is my time to connect with my true self and to become one within. If you would love to begin a regular practice - or if you already have one - drop into the Shala. I love to teach yoga but I also love to learn from everyone around me, so let's enjoy this journey together.