Director and senior yoga teacher at YogaBellingen
Co founder of Balanced Practice Yoga Teacher Training.
Yoga Australia Senior Member, Yoga Alliance International Expert registered teacher 1500+
Amelia brings with her a genuine love of yoga in all forms and a desire to share this passion with others. She believes a regular Yoga practice not only improves your physical wellbeing, it enables you to harness emotional vitality, intellectual wisdom, mental clarity and spiritual bliss.
Amelias teaches the ancient art of Yoga in a safe, fun and intelligent way, based on a deep understanding of anatomy and physiology, modern medical science and traditional Hatha Yoga .
Amelia was first introduced to yoga while studying Fine Arts at the National Art School in Sydney in 1999. Inspired by the joy and serenity it brought her, Amelia began a regular practice before going on to complete her teacher training with Katie Manitsis at Samadhi Bliss Yoga, Sydney in 2002.
Amelia taught Yoga full time at Samadhi Bliss until she was selected to undertake a one-on-one apprenticeship in 2006 with Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy Sydney, one of the few schools left in Australia still instructing teachers in this traditional way.
Amelia taught as a senior level teacher at Yoga Synergy Sydney, instructing group classes from brand new beginners to advanced practitioners as well as private lessons, working with students with injuries and also training yoga instructors, until 2013 when she relocated to Bellingen. There she opened her own studio, YogaBellingen. Amelia teaches group classes including gentle yoga, dynamic classes, meditation and pranayama, plus workshops allowing students to explore the deeper teachings of yoga. Amelias classes are inclusive and always incorperate the deeper teachings of Yoga in a safe and accessible way.
In 2015 Amelia co-founded Balanced Practice Yoga and co-teaches Yoga Teacher Training Courses and international retreats with her sister in Yoga, Liz Bennett a physiotherapist and yoga therapist.
Amelia also continues to work closely with Bianca Machliss and Simon Borg Olivier administrating and tutoring on online Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga courses.
I started practicing with Yoga Bellingen Director Amelia Disspain in May 2014. From the very first class it felt like a perfect match. Strong, graceful and spiritually engaging, Yoga Synergy, originally developed by Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss has become a cornerstone of my practice.
After completing my teacher training under the personal mentorship and instruction of Amelia including ‘Advanced Yoga Fundamentals’ and ‘Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga’ with Yoga Synergy in Sydney I am delighted to be able to share my passion with others.
I never cease to be impressed by the way Yoga works through my body, my breath and my mind to create not only a greater depth of awareness, but an increased sense of being joyfully alive.
What drives my commitment to teaching Yoga is what has driven the decisions of much of my life; the desire to enable, encourage and share with others what I have found to be valuable – particularly with those who may feel marginalised or disadvantaged by society.
In the past I have completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology at Sydney University and Post Graduate qualifications in Social Change and Development.