Instructors - Soul Tiger Yoga

Kate Standring


Studio owner Katie has been teaching Bikram Yoga since 2005, the longest serving teacher at the studio.

In a previous life Katie spend 20 years working as a Sales and Marketing professional in London.

When she first came to Bikram Yoga the hardest challenge was to simply lay still! Despite feeling uncomfortable both physically and mentally during her first few classes something kept her going back for more. She soon started to feel more connected with her true self and her life purpose. Losing weight and becoming more flexible was a welcomed extra! After just one year of regular bikram practice she knew she wanted to teach!
Katie has been fortunate enough to have taught in some of the biggest studios in London, California and Sydney.

In 2007 Katie met Martin. Together they shared a dream to create a Bikram Yoga Studio which was full of love and to inspire people to improve their health and happiness. In 2012 Bikram Yoga Northern Beaches was opened.

Katie loves ‘holding space’ for deep healing and transformation. In addition to teaching Bikram yoga, managing the studio (with Martin) Katie teaches Yin Yoga and runs Yoga Retreats in Bali.

“Whatever your age, injury or prior yoga experience (if any at all), this yoga will benefit your mind and body in ways you never imagined possible”. Katie

Known for her compassion and gentle teaching style, she also has has a no-nonsense approach to life and believes that anything is possible with passion, clear intention and love.

Katie has an amazing ability to connect with students whilst encouraging them to keep on sweating and smiling!

Instructors - Soul Tiger Yoga

Martin Standring


Studio owner, Martin aka ‘the Boss’ certified in 2007 and is an inspirational and popular teacher. With over 3000 classes Martin has taught in some of the busiest studios in both England and Australia.

Before discovering Bikram Yoga Martin spent 14 years as a Fire Fighter. He was also a keen sportsman and was a self-confessed gym junkie! Due to the intense sports activities over a number of years Martin suffered serious knee injuries, which lead to arthritis in his knees and ongoing problems with his back and hips until one day is he was persuaded to try a Bikram class.

Back in those days Martin had very little flexibility and was unable to do many of the postures, which frustrated him, but he loved the complete body work out. He says that it was one of the hardest, most challenging things he had ever done in his life! After 5 weeks of regular practice he noticed his knees were pain free and the discomfort in his back and hips had eased. More than that something was happening internally. Through a regular Bikram practice he is a much calmer, happier person.

Martin and his wife Katie met in the hot room and work as a great team.

Martin is one of the most popular teachers and its easy to see why. He teachers with humour and lightness whilst giving students an authentic ‘dialogue’ class every time.

Martin also managers the yoga studio and he is available for students and teaches 7 days a week.

Take Martin’s class and be prepared to you laugh out loud, sweat and cry!

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Rowena Jayne


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.

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Gay Raubal


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

Rob Burland


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

Heather King


Heather has been a nurse for 20+ years, working in a variety of fields ( oncology, palliative care, rheumatology and research to name a few) and as a result is passionate about promoting holistic health and wellbeing to everybody.

Her own battle with breast cancer prompted her to follow her dreams and move to Australia in 2003.

Heather admits to being a heat junkie but had never heard of Bikram yoga before trying her 1st class in 2005 – her practise was sporadic initially until participating in her 1st 30 day challenge. Then she became hooked!!

Reasonably fit, she was well aware of the changes to her body with regular practice – but the changes to her psychological health continue to amaze her!

Heather decided to go to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 and she truly believes Bikram yoga makes us bullet proof.
Heather says “forget what you can’t do- it’s what you CAN do that counts!”

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Susie Carter


Susie started practising Bikram Yoga in 2012. Suzie had heard through a friend that it was a great way get into great shape! Growing up in the tropics of North Queensland and she had always been active and fit so she was intrigued by “Yoga in a heated room? “Piece of cake!” boy was she wrong! Even for Susie is its was challenging, really hard and super-hot!

But she loved it! Susie says “I walked out of my first class feeling absolutely incredible knowing I’d be back the very next day” she went on to say “As I continued on my journey couldn’t help but notice the benefits that I was gaining from my time in the hot room, strength and endurance, both physically and mentally. My discipline, determination, and self-confidence all began to flourish, not only in the hot room, but in all other areas of my life – I was hooked”

Susie has recently move to Newport with beautiful family Marcus and son Phoenix.

We are super excited to have Susie on the team . Not only is she a kick arse Bikram yoga instructor but a lovely person who will support you to reach your gaols.

Susie is excited to be on the teaching team and looking forward to meeting you all.

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Petra Belluzo


Petra’s passion for Yoga is unconditional. She loves everything about the practice, the asanas, the breath, the philosophy, the movement, the freedom, the beautiful awareness and the ability to just be.

Born in Brazil, her Yoga journey started in Australia about 9 years ago. What first attracted Petra to yoga was the physical aspect of the practice I was there for the strength and flexibility and the physical aspect of the practice soon led me to a deeper interest into the spiritual practice.

Petra believes that every time we step on our yoga mat it is our own opportunity to play, to explore, to be curious, to be free, to be creative, to heal, to connect and to be open to limitless possibilities.

Watching her students moving, breathing and diving into their potential is what feeds and inspires her. Her classes can be strong and challenging (in a good way:) and also nurturing and full of love!

Instructors - Soul Tiger Yoga

Barbara Pickova


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

Candace Beede


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.

Instructors - Soul Tiger Yoga

Alison Roberts


Alison limped into her first Bikram Yoga class in 2001, walked out limp free and hasn’t looked back since.

While she came to Yoga to (successfully) avoid a hip replacement, she discovered the benefits to her overall health and wellbeing surpassed anything she had tried before. She quit the gym and became a dedicated Bikram Yoga practitioner.

Alison completed her Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 and she has a range of experience from her time as a gymnast, gymnastics’ coach, karate student and fitness/aerobics instructor that enriches her understanding of human physiology.

And not only that, Alison is also the founder of the DETOX a yoga mat purifying spray that we sell at the Studio!

Come take her class and let Alison guide you though 90 minutes of HOT Yoga and let her help you discover the benefits of “Locking the Knee”!

Instructors - Soul Tiger Yoga

Belinda Russell-Smith


Belinda began her Bikram Yoga journey in 2011. After practicing Hatha Yoga for years, a friend invited her to try a Bikram Yoga class. She found it was very intense & the class basically became a bit of a blur! But she had already purchased the Intro Offer so she tought to herself: I might as well use it!

After her fifth class she started to notice changes both physically & mentally. She was becoming more patient & peaceful, not just in the outside world but with herself. She was even learning to appreciate herself in a way she never knew possible. She bought a membership & was hooked! And the benefits just kept popping up!

After about a year she decided to muster up the courage & go to training to help spread the word… It took some time to pack up her life but she finally went to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 & has not looked back since!

Belinda has taught in Serbia, Scotland, England, Germany, Turkey, Luxembourg… it has changed her life & continues to bring her joy & fulfilment on a daily basis. It’s not easy. She still has moments. She still has a posture that really challenges her. Every day is different yet it has consistency. Belinda loves chatting about the yoga and not just in the studio but all over town!

Instructors - Soul Tiger Yoga

Tracey McConnell


Originally from Canada,Tracey McConnell travelled around the world as a child – living in Indonesia, America, Singapore and Australia where she was a national level swimmer. After school she began a Sports Science degree and then spent five years in London working in hospitality. Since coming back to Australia Tracey has been drawn to the natural therapies and studied Aromatherapy in which she has a diploma.

Tracey has been practising yoga for around 11 years (with a couple of breaks whilst she had her children). Since being in Australia she has practiced various types of yoga and can always find benefits from them all, but Power Living is her home base now. She loves being on the mat and it has slowly transformed her life… She finally got the space in her life to do Teacher Training with Power Living in 2014, and this has led her down a new path in life and she is loving it!

Tracey was looking for something she was passionate about and loves how it has opened her up to take a good look at herself, and she is happy to be helping others do the same. Tracey is in awe of the transformational aspect of yoga both physically and mentally. The journey of yoga is a fluid situation that never ends and is a constantly ebbing and flowing.

Instructors - Soul Tiger Yoga

Paul Gerrard


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

Jessica Whatham


Jessica was born and raised on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and began practicing Bikram Yoga at 14 years old. Since then she has travelled, lived, and practiced Bikram Yoga in London and the United States.

After studying Business and Nutrition Jessica felt that something was still missing and in 2009 Jessica became a certified Bikram Yoga instructor. Jessica began her teaching career in the USA, teaching in studios in Miami and in the North Eastern USA. In 2013 Jessica moved back to Sydney and is very much at home back on the Northern Beaches.

Bikram Yoga is something that has always provided a sound body and mind for Jessica and she loves that as a teacher she can share those same benefits with her students.

“Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, but as it applies to the other.” T. Krishnamacharya

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