Soul Tiger Yoga studio originally opened the doors in 2008, we’ve now been open for 13 years and have some amazing loyal members that love the heat as much as we do!.

 

Soul Tiger is proudly a happy and warm studio of fierce tigers from our inspiring teachers to our amazing students! We are constantly blown away by the incredible people that call our studio their home. Nothing beats coming to work every day of the week and enjoying the people that we call our Yoga family.

We hope you enjoy the new classes!”

Mel 

Meet The Team

Instructors - Soul Tiger Yoga

Gay Raubal

About

Gay has been practicing Bikram Yoga since 2013. A regular practitioner of Iyenga, Ashtanga and other Hatha yoga’s’ for 8 years, Gay was no stranger to yoga – or so she thought! “I remember in my first Bikram class trying every trick in the book to cope; I felt like I’d been hit by a truck, I’d never experienced anything like it”. However after about two months of practice, she realised something amazing was happening, her energy levels were higher she had no more pain from arthritis and she had new found flexibility & true concentration never before gained from her past yoga experiences. Gay found such a passion for Bikram Yoga that she has completed several personal challenges including doubles challenges -‘two classes a day, every day for a month’. What was amazing to Gay during the challenges was that Bikram yoga created so much energy that on some days she even did three classes a day. In 2017 the studio owners discovered another incredible discipline -‘ Inferno Hot Pilates’. Gay jumped at the chance to try it and she was hooked, she immediately became an Inferno Hot Pilates teacher. “Inferno is an incredibly beneficial practice in its own right, but it’s also the perfect complement to Bikram Yoga; practicing both really does build strength to create flexibility. Gay’s classes are strong, motivating and fun. ” I’m incredibly excited about the combined health benefits of Bikram Yoga and Inferno Hot Pilates and I truly believe that everyone who practices Bikram and Inferno will feel better than they’ve ever felt in their life”.

Instructors - Soul Tiger Yoga

Paul Gerrard

About

Paul’s first yoga class was in London, fourteen years ago. It was Bikram-method and the benefits were immediate, especially to his long-standing injuries. Having broken both legs, damaged his knees and locked his hips from twenty years of playing sport, he felt that it was time to get well! Yoga helped him more than any therapist or treatment, and he felt calmer and happier from practicing the twenty-six postures and two breathing exercises.

In 2006, Paul trained as a Bikram Yoga Instructor and subsequently taught in the UK, USA and Asia before living in Australia. Paul’s teaching is also certified and accredited by The Yoga Alliance, following 1500 hours of additional training.

Paul’s journey towards yoga was a natural progression having graduated (B.A. 1st. hons.) in movement and drama studies. Apart from teaching yoga, Paul has worked as an actor, presenter and voice coach for twenty years and integrate my skills with The Raja Yoga Academy, coaching voice classes and assisting future instructors. The academy is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for teacher trainees, placing emphasis on therapeutic teaching. Through honest and respectful communication, the academy’s aim is to inspire ethical, compassionate and confident leaders. When teaching, Paul cares deeply about the following questions. Are you practicing yoga or stress? Does the way you practice yoga rejuvenate or deplete your body? Are you creating unnecessary tension and pushing to a point that is more harmful than therapeutic?

Paul’s passion is to assist students in remaining calm and grounded, so that they bring consciousness to the triad of breath, movement and stillness as they practice—initiating healing through the nervous system. Paul would like to walk with you for a step or two along your yoga path…

Instructors - Soul Tiger Yoga

Barbara Pickova

About

Barbara grew up surrounded by a sporty family and has always been active and enjoyed sports, but it wasn’t until she tried Bikram Yoga that she truly found herself. “I found something that makes me feel good from the inside out….. and the best thing is that great feeling doesn’t stop!”

Barabara has practising Bikram yoga daily since 2006. She completed her teacher training in Spring of 2007 and taught in Singapore for two years before returning to Australia, where she spent six months teaching at a newly opened Bikram studio in Noosa.

Now she has returned back to Sydney where she first started and where she feels she belongs the most. “I am thrilled to teach alongside so many amazing teachers here. Teaching is my daily passion and I’m blessed to be able to share something I love with others around me”.

Instructors - Soul Tiger Yoga

Rob Burland

About

Back in 2009, Rob’s partner Christel tried to persuade him to try out Bikram Yoga. Robs response was: “Yoga – men don’t go to yoga, can’t imagine blokes going to yoga.” After a heated discussion and to keep the peace Rob agreed to give it a go…

Rob, a keen surfer and runner at the time had read in a surfing magazine about professional surfers doing yoga and cross training to help them surf better; in fact, they were saying it gave them an edge over other competitors, helping to develop core strength and mental fortitude.

His first class was hard, hot and strenuous on both body and mind. Half way through, he felt like throwing up and doing a runner for the door! He attempted most postures but could not believe how inflexible he was! He was in awe of the rest of the class, many in there 40s, 50s and 60s, in front of him, nailing every posture in complete stillness, simultaneously maintaining a calm breath. He just knew he had to come back! Rob refused to be defeated so he went back to Bikram again and again and again. Each time, he noticed he was getting stronger, his breathing was getting easier and his mind was saying he could do this.

Within a month or two of regular practice, he felt incredible. Feeling energised all the time, sleeping like a baby! He noticed that he felt calmer at work. He was able to concentrate better and felt more relaxed and more confident around colleagues and customers.

In 2011, Rob took long service leave to pack his bags and head to the USA for the 9 weeks intensive Bikram Yoga Teacher Training. Becoming a Bikram Yoga teacher was a life changing opportunity.

Rob says that it’s been the most rewarding personal development of his life. During Robs classes he will share insights, passion and energy through and offer real inspiration to others.

Instructors - Soul Tiger Yoga

Rowena Jayne

About

Rowena Jayne is a leading international Yoga Instructor, Advanced Raw Food Chef and Wellness Presenter. She is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist and has studied Ayurvedic Medicine, Remedial Massage, Raw food Nutrition, Usui reiki and various other modalities.

Rowena’s passion, skills and experience has contributed to the transformation of thousands of lives across the globe through her yoga classes, workshops, retreats, published articles, social media and contribution to a major international yoga teacher training academy, in which she worked for two years.

She is the Two Time, Australian Yoga Champion and coached the 2nd and 3rd place getters in the Female Youth Division of the Australian Championships in 2011.

She has been featured in Inside Sport, Sunrise (channel 9), Channel 7 News, and has written various articles on yoga for Sports blitz, The Australian Women’s Health and the Australian Natural Health magazines. Having undertaken her culinary education with Award Winning, Raw Chef, Matthew Kenney, some of her plating and food pictures are regularly featured on his social media platforms.

Rowena’s first book – The Joy of Real Food – was published in 2015. The book made it to her publishers Best sellers list in the first three weeks of publication! (The Joy of real food for sale at the studio upon request)

Anyone who has crossed paths with Rowena can’t help but be infected by her bubbly personality and her great passion for Bikram Yoga and wellness.

Rowena continues to be inspired by the amazing potential we individually have. It is her personal mission to uplift YOU and make an outstanding contribution to the enhancement and transformation to YOUR LIFE through yoga, real food and healthy living.

Instructors - Soul Tiger Yoga

Candace Beede

About

No matter where Candace finds herself on the globe, she enjoys an active lifestyle mixed with indoor and outdoor fitness. Originating from the mountainous Pacific Northwest corner of the United States, she enjoyed outdoor activities like snowboarding and hiking and additionally participated in CrossFit and a regular yoga practice.

Throughout her travels in South East Asia, Central and South America, Candace practised her yoga regularly, was always on the lookout for the next great hike and enjoyed trying new things like surfing. Since basing herself in Sydney’s Northern Beaches in 2015, Candace discovered Bikram Yoga and a love of the hot room and it’s detoxifying effects. Whilst Candace has felt a complete mental shift based on the meditation that comes with Bikram Yoga, nothing has compared to the transformation she felt since starting Inferno Hot Pilates.

Candace quickly became addicted to the Inferno Hot Pilates classes as she noticed immediate changes in her figure. As a regular participant in the classes she noticed how much stronger she felt with each class attended and could see long, lean muscle mass develop quickly. More than anything, she loved the feeling of coming into class and exceeding her own expectations every time.

Candace believes that when we invest in our personal well being, we are better equipped to make a positive impact on the world around us. Naturally when the opportunity presented itself to become an Inferno Hot Pilates Instructor, she jumped at the chance. Her true passion for the program comes through as she hopes to help students feel empowered to transform physically and mentally.

Sonia Sierra Priego

Sonia Sierra-Priego

About

Sonia is from Northern Spain but she has lived, loved, studied and worked in multiple countries before finding her way to Australia in 2001. She came to this side of the world for a wedding, spent a couple of months surfing her way around Australia and New Zealand and loved it so much she quickly found a way to move here for good!

Her parents say she was an explorer and adventurer from birth and this rich and varied life experience has given her a unique mix of skills but her true passion is teaching health and wellbeing.

Sonia graduated from LSE in London and worked in investment banking for many years.

Nowadays, her adventurous spirit and natural curiosity are turned towards the world of health and wellbeing personal growth and the human psyche. Sonia thinks: “The power of the human mind became clear to me through many years of consistent yoga practice and my experiences as a Bikram yoga teacher”.

“I am fascinated by why we do what we do and constantly inspired by the amazing capacity we have as humans to grow, change and deal with whatever life throws at us’.

Her experience has shown her that is not our outward conditions but our inner decisions which shape our lives.

Sonia’s 1st Bikram Yoga Class was in October 2004. -I remember walking out of class with a feeling that was new to me, I loved it; it was hard but I enjoyed every minute of it; I remember reading a sticker in the changing rooms that read “Bikram Yoga is addicted” and I smiled thinking…. Well, it is official; I am hooked.

Sonia became a certified Bikram Yoga teacher in June 2009 after attending teacher training in Palm Springs.

The learning never ends and in search of ways to help people be the best version of themselves, pursuing a way to assist people achieving the perfect balance between a healthy body and a healthy mind, Sonia became a certified Life and relationships coach in 2012, and in 2014 she Certified in Toronto (Canada) as a Fascial Stretch Therapy.

Sonia is always working ‘for the pursuit of the better’ through self-reflection and continuing professional development, in 2019 October Sonia attended for the very first time to an Inferno Hot Pilates class, the combination of Bikram and IHP was simply “magical”, she felt stronger and more flexible than ever before, she soon decided to attend to the 2019 IHP with Gaby Walters in Melbourne and she became a IHP teacher.

Sonia loves teaching, she is very passionate about physical movement and wellness, Sonia absolutely loves teaching Bikram and IHP, connecting with students, and being part of the Soul Tiger Yoga team.

Instructors - Soul Tiger Yoga

Tony Elliott

About
Tony grow up in a small rural town in the North Island of New Zealand. He was always active, as a kid he swam competitively and played Rugby, as a Kiwi does. After school he joined the New Zealand Army where he continued to enjoy the physical and mental challenges. After leaving the army he found his way to Australia and went looking for new challenges, he was drawn to “ironman triathlons and ultra-marathons”. He has competed in the Australian Ironman in Port Macquarie and several other events around the world.

Like Rob, Tony needed to be talked into attending his first class, “boys don’t do Pilates, that’s a girl thing”. Eventually he also gave in to keep the peace and attended his first Inferno Hot Pilates class on early 2018 and has been hooked ever since. Tony has often commented that he wishes he’d found Inferno Hot Pilates years ago. “It’s a complete workout for the mind and body. No matter what your fitness level or experience you’ll get the benefits, you can see and feel the changes from that very first class”.

Tony believes having a strong core helps with your general health and well-being, it helps develop a strength and determination not only physically but emotionally and a belief that you can take on anything life throws at you.

He is looking forward to meeting you in the hot room soon!

Instructors - Soul Tiger Yoga

Kaz Swerdlow

About

Kaz started her Bikram Yoga practice in 1997 when it was first introduced to Australia

At the time she was participating in basic hatha yoga classes, weight lifting at the gym and working with a personal trainer.

Interested and inspired by yoga she wanted to find a class that was more challenging so tried different styles and after her first Bikram class never looked back!

Kaz completed teacher training in LA ( at Bikram original LA school ) in April 1990. (one of the first qualified teachers in Australia!) She has taught in Sausalito, San Francisco, Pasadena, London, Thailand and LA.
Returning to Australia she studied Yoga philosophy with Sri Rama Acharya and Shiatsu massage to complement her work as a remedial massage therapist.

Since then she has taught in Hawaii, USA and London as well as spending time in India studying Ayurveda and completing teacher training with Dharmavirsingh.

After a diagnosis of breast cancer, Kaz took time out to undergo extensive surgery and treatment before returning to teach in 2012. Kaz rates this time as a huge transition in life and especially her perspective and approach to teaching

After her own humbling experience of starting her practice again from scratch, she aims to teach with compassion, empathy and understanding for each student as a unique individual with their own needs, also bringing passion, motivation and inspiration to each class

As Bikram says: “never too late, never too old, never too sick to start again from scratch “

Soul Tiger Yoga

0434 022 774 (Mel)
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Soul Tiger is so excited to welcome back all our teachers & students

The health and safety of our members and staff is our top priority. We will be following the NSW Health & Safety Measures in our studio, to support our members in their physical and mental wellbeing.

We ask our community to follow the NSW Health guidelines.
● QR code check in upon entry via the Service NSW app.
● Please wear a face mask except for in the studio
● We will have hand sanitiser available at reception
● Practice safe social distancing

Soul Tiger is committed to your health and have the below Studio Measures in place
● Rental yoga mats are unavailable, but we do have some to purchase
● Studio will be cleaned & sanitised after every class
● We have humidifiers and ventilation in the studio room

We will continue to monitor all NSW Health orders and are looking forward to when we can open again to everyone.
Soul Tiger can’t wait to see you all in the hot room, if you have any questions please call or email the studio

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