Director and senior yoga teacher
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.
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 in Newtown 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, Yoga Bellingen. Here she teaches group classes including gentle yoga, dynamic classes, meditation and pranayama, plus workshops allowing students to explore the deeper teachings of yoga. Amelia also runs regular retreats and immersions to allow students the opportunity to integrate and transform using the tools of yoga.
Amelia continues to work closely with Bianca Machliss and Simon Borg Olivier and attends regular retreats with another of her main teachers, Clive Sheridan.
My first yoga class was in Panama in 2006, overlooking the Caribbean!!! It was a welcomed way for me to reconnect with people again after having travelled for some time and feeling a lack of friends and community. My practice however, did not begin until my return to Sydney in 2008. I was able to immerse myself in regular classes, grateful for the support and nourishment it offered me in that time of transition and excited by the new sense of self I was experiencing.
In 2009 I completed my Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Vidya Gurukul in India. This is when I first experienced the depth and richness of the yoga tradition and began to see it as a way of life, a pathway for personal and spiritual development. My current mentorship with Amelia Disspain of Yoga Bellingen and studies with YogaSynergy have, again, deepened my understanding of yoga and strengthened my own practice and intention/commitment tremendously.
I see yoga as a wonderful gift that we can give to ourselves and one that reaches into all areas of our lives. It offers us an opportunity to better know ourselves, the chance to witness our body’s own intelligence and the gift of physical wellbeing, emotional stability and mental clarity, just to name a few. As a yoga teacher I want to provide a safe and welcoming space where people can practice yoga and give themselves and their yoga journey the time and opportunity to unfold.
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.
Cath teaches the Yoga Synergy method and is committed to working with you as an individual to develop a practice that is appropriate, accessible and enjoyable to you. Her style emphasis teaching you tools to develop mind body awareness so that your learning is embodied and you can practice responsively for yourself, allowing yoga to be a practice that is integrated into your daily life.
Cath studied dance at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane before moving to Sydney and completing her yoga teacher training with Katie Manitsas at Samadhi Yoga in 2004. She began teaching full time and developed an interest in sharing yoga with members of her community that may otherwise not be able to attend, such as adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, children with a range of physical and mental disabilities, women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and individuals with mental health challenges.
In 2007 Cath completed apprenticeship training with Simon Borg- Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy and taught as a senior teacher at the school for the past 11 years. Alongside her teaching Cath offers Ortho-Bionomy® and specializes in teaching yoga that is trauma sensitive, to support clients through their recovery of PTSD and complex trauma. Her other great loves are art, nature and her dog Jasper.
Yoga helps me stay centered in myself, grounded in my body and in touch with what gives my life meaning. I love teaching and sharing the gift of yoga that has impacted my life so greatly. I believe yoga is a personal practice, and my goal in teaching is in supporting my students to find their unique way.
I am most interested in making yoga an accessible practice for my students, done in a safe, comfortable environment. By teaching the Yoga Synergy style I am able to support my students with where they are at, helping them to adapt and progress their practice to suit their changing needs. One of my greatest joys is being witness to my students practicing responsively for themselves while enjoying the support a group class provides.