Yoga Village Double Bay is Opening it Doors for an Open Day on October 17th with FREE CLASSES all day!!

On the day we will also have specials on all class passes, giveaways and more!

Please note we will not be taking bookings, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your classes and tell your friends!

If you have a yoga mat please bring it along with you.

The schedule for the day will be as follows
  • 8-9am Hatha Martine
  • 9:15-10:15am Beginners Nadia
  • 1030-1130am Ashtanga Nadia
  • 11:45am -1245pm Yin Lauren
  • 1-2pm Hatha Ros
  • 2:30-3:30 Slow Flow, Lucy
  • 4-5:15pm Classical Hatha (Sivananda) Dafna
We look forward to welcoming you to this amazing space!

Love Nadia



Yoga Village Teacher Training Scholarship

YV TT Scholarship Hey Yogis - I have something very exciting and special to announce to you today.

Enrolments are now open for the 2015 Yoga Village Teacher Training Scholarship Program.

Teaching yoga has changed my life.

I feel grateful every day that my 'job' helps people to feel good, get sensitive, listen to their body and connect to their true selves. What a freakin' blessing. Being a yoga teacher also allows me to express myself creatively through sequencing and class themes, to meet the most amazing people and to be part of a community in a way that supports my own health and happiness. Not to mention I get to help spread the teachings of yoga to a wider audience.

However, I almost didn't apply for my first teacher training.

I knew deep down in my heart that teaching yoga  was exactly what I wanted to do. So why did I almost miss out on my first training? I couldn't afford it.  I had just finished a very expensive psychology degree and without professional career prospects - I continued to work in a bar that helped me fund my education. While you can make a pretty decent wage in a North American bar, I had  a huge debt hanging over my head, expensive rent and despite my best efforts I was barely scraping by. The idea of spending $5000 on a teacher training, plus flights and accommodations, was just too much.

Seeing how much this training meant to me - my family banded together, and decided to pay my tuition for my first teacher training, as a University graduation present. If I hadn't been met with such generosity, I'm not sure where my path would have taken me.

I feel incredibly lucky, that I'm now in a position to be able to give something back, to pay it forward and to step into the cycle of abundance from a different position.  I'm literally typing this with a massive grin on my face, and a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart.

We have decided to offer 1 space in the 2015 Yoga Village Teacher Training, to a dedicated student  of yoga who could otherwise not afford to take the course.


+ If you are awarded the YVTT 2015 scholarship your tuition will be waived - excluding costs for text books, yoga classes ( outside the 8 weekends ) and the 5 day residential retreat.  The exact amount for the retreat has not yet been determined, however we estimate costs at approximately $1000. 00. We will only charge you the actual cost of the retreat ( i.e. food & accommodation ) and will not make a profit from this expense.

+ If you apply for the YVTT 2015 Scholarship - you must be able to cover the above costs yourself. The universe helps those that helps themselves .. ya dig?

+ You must be available for the dates of the YVTT 2015 program - which you can review HERE

+ You must live in - or be able to travel to Sydney for the training


+ Copy & Paste the questions below into a word document.

+ Answer all questions from your heart, with honesty.

+ Send your responses via email to Cora at by the application deadline


+ The scholarship will be awarded based on:

a) Financial need

b) Genuineness and sincerity in your desire to become a yoga teacher

c) Your desire to actually teach yoga ( help others ) rather than a purely self- development motivation for taking this course.


+ Application Deadline - Saturday January 31st at midnight + The Successful applicant  will be notified on Monday February 9th via telephone + email + The results will then be posted on social media in the days following February 9th


1) Can you tell me a little bit about your yoga journey?
i.e. how long you've been practicing, what styles you practice etc.

2) What impact has yoga made on your life? 3) Why do you want to become a yoga teacher?

3) If you are awarded this scholarship - how do you plan to use your new qualification?

4) Why are you unable to pay full price for your yoga teacher training?

5) If you are awarded this scholarship, how can you 'pay it forward' and practice generosity with others?
Please complete your answers and email them to Cora at - no later than January 31st at midnight. Applications made after this time will not be considered.
Wishing you the very best of luck, Yogis. Much love, Cora


2015 - New Classes & Changes

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope you have settled in to 2015 and have a positive outlook for the year ahead.

In 2015 I have resolved to be 100% authentic in all my decisions and actions. Over the last few years I have made professional and personal decisions based on fear which I can has held me back from my true calling. Towards the end of last year I began taking actions that were based around facing my fears, and following my heart and have seen so many positive changes in all areas of my life. Everything just feels easier when I trust my instincts rather than trusting other peoples expectations and experiences.

As many of you know I recently returned from my three month study trip to India that was spent studying with my teacher Sharath Jois in Mysore. I return year after year to continue my studies in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition and this year was honoured to be Authorised by my teacher to teach the Ashtanga Tradition – which is something only a select number of people in Australia have been given.

The Ashtanga Yoga tradition involves teaching (and practicing) a Six Day per week Mysore program, in which students of all levels come together to practice their personal sequences as taught by the teacher.

I am delighted to be started a Mysore Program in Potts Point from next week. It will be running mornings from 6am to 9am, and evenings Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Students are welcome to arrive anytime within that window and should allow 60 to 75 minutes for their daily practice. Each person will finish at different times depending on how long their practice is taking. If you have a busy day ahead you are welcome to come in at 6 and finish at 7, so the times can change depending on your life schedule.

There is no expectation for students to have knowledge of the sequence before they start and it can take some time to learn whole of primary series as practitioners only move on to the next pose when they are comfortable in the one before. Those who come along should not feel discouraged or embarrassed not to know the sequence. I will soon be starting Ashtanga for Beginners on Wednesday evenings in Potts Point which will be a good opportunity to get to know the sequence with a group of beginners. Despite its reputation for being suitable only for the young and flexible, this powerful practice is for all ages and abilities; and has the power to transform body and mind more than any practice I have found before. If you find that you “plateau” in another style of yoga then you won’t have that same problem in Ashtanga. This is a practice that will definitely challenge you and will grow with you through life. Please don’t rule it out before giving it a go! I would love for you to join me in the mornings or evenings for Mysore practice. For any questions about Ashtanga please feel free to email me.

We will still be holding the 6:45am Hatha Vinyasa classes Monday to Friday in Potts Point and 6:30am Hatha Vinyasa Tuesday to Thursday in Double Bay. In February we will be adding a handful of new classes to the schedules in both Potts Point and in Double Bay.

Please note that as a part of the Ashtanga Tradition there will be no Ashtanga classes held on New and Full Moon days. These days will be advertised around the studio and also on the website. For more information about why we take rest on moon days please refer to this explanation.

I hope to see you on the mat soon.

Love Nadia

PS - Here is a photo of me just after receiving my Level 2 authorisation - proud as punch outside the Ashtanga Institute



So You Want To Teach Yoga? Teacher Training FAQ with Cora Geroux

Cora Has yoga teacher training been on your mind for what seems like eons, but haven't taken the plunge just yet? Perhaps you're waiting for better timing, or maybe you just have some burning questions that you want answered before you dive deeper into your practice and consider teaching.

Today on the blog, we have Cora Geroux - the lead trainer for the Yoga Village 200HR teacher training on board to answer the most common questions she gets asked when it comes to all things 'becoming a yoga teacher'. Over to you, Cora.
First of all, I just want to say how excited I am to be leading the Yoga Village Teacher Training. When I first decided I wanted to teach yoga, it took me a good 3 years before I actually signed up for my first teacher training. I had so many questions and worries, that I kept putting off actually doing the training, and I think that's pretty common.

After meeting 1 on 1, with many yogis who are considering doing the teacher training here at Yoga Village, I noticed that almost everyone asked similar questions - this is part of our shared humanity... really, we all want the same things in life, and our separateness is just an illusion. I love when I see real life examples of yogic principles - it totally puts a smile on my face.

Anyway, after noticing these reoccurring themes pop up in regards to teacher training, I thought it would be really useful to compile a short FAQ, of all the most common questions I get asked about becoming a yoga teacher. If you're wondering something that's not on the list below - shoot me an email at and I'm happy to chat.

Yoga Teacher Training FAQ

1. Am I good enough to become a yoga teacher?

Of course! Your worth is inherent in the fact that your on the planet right now. You don't need to be 'better' or 'different' in order to become a great teacher. Some of the most inspiring teachers don't comply to the yoga teacher stereotype, and do things their own way.Teaching yoga isn't about obtaining an idealized version of perfection, its about knowledge, experience, communication and compassion for yourself and your students.

2. Do I need to be able to do a headstand/handstand/full wheel etc. to become a yoga teacher?

Nope - absolutely not.

There are 8 limbs of yoga, of which, asana ( physical postures ) are only one. In most teacher trainings, there is a big focus on asana, as this is mainly what we teach in group classes. However, there is no requirement for the teacher to be able to perform every asana perfectly. We all have our own strengths and weakness, and over time we work to balance those out. However, when you enter a training your ability, or inability to practice a certain pose will have little bearing on weather or not you become a great teacher.

For example, I've been working on handstand for the last few years, and I can't free balance in the middle of the room...yet. Hand standing doesn't come easily to me, so I have had to work very hard at finding strength and alignment upside down. I've taken workshops, read countless books, articles, watched videos, worked with a teacher one-on-one.

Now even though I can't perform the asana perfectly, I feel damn well equipped to teach it, because I have been studying it so diligently. Perhaps even more so, than a teacher that could handstand easily from the beginning.

Get my point?

3. I'm not sure if I want to actually teach yoga, but I want to deepen my practice. Is a teacher training right for me?

It depends.

This is honestly one of the most common questions I have been asked about teacher training, and I think the answer is unique to the individual. However, before I get into detail - I think it's wise to consider weather or not your story of 'not wanting to teach' is a scapegoat for a fear of putting yourself out there, or not being good enough. If that's the case, face your fear, and do it anyway.

In the Yoga Village Training, you have 2 bonus coaching sessions with me, and we can work through this together.

If you just genuinely don't have an interest in teaching, but want to deepen your practice, a teacher training is definitely one way to do that. You will explore topics like philosophy, anatomy, meditation and pranayama, that don't get much air time in a group class. As long as you don't mind learning teaching specific skills, like hands on assists, and communication - then go for it. You can always change your mind, and teach at a later date.

4. What if I have a fear of public speaking, can I still become a great yoga teacher?

Totally. I used to have anxiety and sleepless nights for a week before I had to do a presentation in Uni. Today, I've taught more than 4000 hours of yoga in front of groups of as big as 100 students. It's all about desensitization. The more you do it, the easier it gets. I promise.

5. I have a physical limitation or injury, can I still do a yoga teacher training?

It depends. Are you taking yoga classes regularly? If yes - then without any personal information, I would say your more than fit to do a teacher training. If you're not practicing yoga at the moment because of an injury, but still want to do a training, get in touch with your teacher to discuss the specifics of your situation.

6. Who would want to come to my class, when there are already so many great teachers out there?

It's true, there are a lot of great yoga teachers out there these days. Gone are the days when you need to leave the country in order to study with exceptional teachers. However, each teacher, just like each student is unique. What you bring to the table will appeal to certain students, the combination of your unique life experience, prior learning and style will help differentiate you from everyone else. Imagine if your favourite teacher didn't start teaching just because there were so many teachers out there already. Your perfect students are out there waiting for you - don't let them down.

7. How long should I be practicing yoga before I take a teacher training?

While you could take a teacher training at any time in your yoga journey, I think its best to have at least 18 months of a consistent yoga practice before you take a training. This way, you will be in touch with how your body feels in the various postures, you will be aware of your own strengths and weaknesses, and you will have an understanding that yoga is more than physical exercise.

Keep in mind that teacher trainings can be delivered in two main ways:

1) Intensive - in which the whole training takes place in a short span of time, like a month, with full days of practice & learning, usually 6 or 7 days a week.

2) Part Time - is when a training is spread out over several months, in a longer, but less intense format, like the Yoga Village training.

If you have been practicing yoga for quite some time, an intensive could be a great option for you, however, if you are still relatively new to yoga, a part time course would be a better option as you will have much more time to let your practice develop throughout the training.

Well that rounds out the most common questions I get asked about becoming a yoga teacher. The journey from student to teacher has been one of the most fulfilling and transformative experiences of my life - and if you are feeling the pull to open yourself up to yoga in a bigger way, I can't recommended teaching enough. It requires you to look your fear, insecurity, weaknesses and ego straight in the face and make peace with them. It's the best personal growth journey you can take. Not to mention, how good it feels to know that you are truly making a difference in other peoples live. #winning

If you're interested in the upcoming Yoga Village Teacher Training, you can get in touch with Cora at


Kundalini rising: the divine pathway through the 7 chakras with Kendall Goddard

November 29, 10:30 - 1pm

One of the purposes of the yoga practice is to move our innate, divine energy from it’s dormancy at the root of our torsos up through the 7 main energy centres to experience complete awakening. In this dynamic vinyasa and meditation workshop, we follow the ascent of kundalini as she rises from her resting place at the muladhara chakra towards her lover Shiva, who beckons her to join him at the third eye. From here, experience the bliss, as the pair, finally unite and transcend the golden crown and beyond.

We will explore the attributes of each chakra and how balancing the flow of energy in each one can release emotional blocks, illness and deeply-held beliefs that inhibit us from experiencing our destined bliss.

All levels welcome.


Yoga Village Teacher Training - Sydney, 2015

Deepen Your Practice & Share Your Passion For Yoga With Others

Welcome Yogi, 

Yoga Village is excited to announce our Inaugural Yoga Teacher Training Program will commence in March of 2015.

Before you dive in to the details, I would like to share a short quote with you.  It is my hope that these words will impart the flavour, the underlying current or backbone of this training and give you a better understanding of our perspective of the yogic path.  Author, psychologist and buddhist teacher, Tara Brach writes:

"There are two contrasting motifs of spiritual development that I find its valuable to reflect on:

In the first, and this is the more traditional view, the spiritual path is like ascending a mountain of perfection. Our job is to transcend the lower, more impure self and achieve high and rarefied states of purity and perfection. So what that means is the seductive realms of sexuality and sensuality and emotionally are to be guarded against with great vigilance. And the feminine side, our earthy nature is not to be trusted. In fact, we are supposed to control this part of our being. This has to do with reacting to the perceived blight of original sin. Something is inherently wrong with me.

Carl Jung suggests a paradigm shift, a more mature and friendly vision, so this is the second motif:  Rather than a journey towards perfection, our journey is towards wholeness. Rather than ascending upwards, we are turning to embrace this world, this life, in all its realness. Broken, messy, vivid, alive - so we are becoming genuinely intimate with this life. Our essential nature is trustworthy, is good, is awareness. There is nothing to strive for, that is outside ourselves."

In this program, we are not striving for perfection, but rather turning in, towards wholeness.

-  Cora, xx

 If the words above resonate with you, and you have a desire to deepen your personal practice, and learn how to share your passion for yoga with others - we would be exceptionally happy to welcome you to apply for the 2015 Yoga Village Teacher Training Program.

This training will prepare you with philosophical understanding, anatomical knowledge, business understanding and most importantly practical teaching experience; laying the foundation to become a capable, confident and inspired yoga teacher. It is our highest intention that by the end of your training, you are not only qualified to teach yoga, but feel confident walking into your very first class, and teaching from the heart.

What sets the Yoga Village teacher training apart is our emphasis on yoga asana as mindful movement,  practice teaching and hands on assisting. You will go from learning, to doing, to being. This course will fill the gaps that many teacher training programs leave open by providing practical preparation for yoga teaching. Trainees will be expected to attend, observe, assist and eventually teach groups classes in the studio throughout the entire course to enable them to step from the textbook to the classroom confidently.

Teacher trainees will gather monthly from March to October 2015, meeting for a full weekend of theory, personal practice and hands on assisting and teacher.  In addition to the weekend trainings we will meet for a 5 day intensive training retreat.

In between these meets there will be mentoring and assisting,  which will give you a chance to ask questions, receive feedback and  practice what you learn until it feels natural. This takes time, therefore our training has been designed to give you time and space you need to truly understand and consolidate your course work.

Students will also need to commit to attending a minimum of 2 classes per week at the studio outside the teacher training program.

Our training is comprehensive and hands on please make sure that you are available for the following dates. Each of the following dates is a Saturday & Sunday, and will run for approximately 6-8 hours per day. The 5 day retreat dates TBA.

 Course Dates
  • March  - 14th &15th
  • April - 18th & 19th
  • May - 16th & 17th
  • June - 20th & 21st
  • July - 18th & 19th
  • August - 15th &16th
  • Sept - 19th & 20th
  • October - 17th & 18th
5 Day Intensive:  Date TBA
Payment Options  We offer 3 Different ways you can pay:

  •  Early Bird Full Pay - Full Price $4000  (Must be paid in full before December 15th, 2014)
  •  Regular Full Payment - Full Price $4200 (Must be paid in full before February 28, 2015)
  •  Payment Plan Monthly Deductions of $570 From February to September (Total $4560)
Additional Costs:
  •  Course Materials such as books, props for home practice, Yoga Classes (outside of teacher training weekends)
  • One day First Aid course

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Cora Geroux - Lead Trainer

Cora Geroux is a life coach, yoga teacher and writer. Cora is an ERYT 200, RYT 500, international yoga teacher. She has been teaching yoga classes, sold-out workshops, mindful yoga & meditation retreats and private yoga sessions -  full time since for the last 6 years. In this time Cora has amassed more than 4000 hours of teaching experience, in Canada, America and Australia. Cora first came to yoga in an effort to manage her anxiety, and has been practicing yoga for over a decade. In the yoga world,  Cora has studied with Ted Grand, Jessica Robertson, Frank Jude Boccio, Bernie Clark, Sadie Nardini,  and Richard Miller - among many others. Cora teaches strong and sweaty vinyasa classes, deep, introspective yin yoga and insightful meditation & yoga nidra.

On a bigger level Cora's passion lies at the intersection of western psychology, and eastern spirituality.  At the age of 18 Cora began her study of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, and graduated at 24 with a BA in Psych. In 2014 , Cora became a life coach after training with Julie Parker, Rachel MacDonald and Melissa Ambrosini of The Beautiful You Coaching Academy. She weaves this passion and understanding of the mind and wisdom traditions  into the study and practice of yoga philosophy, energetic anatomy, yoga asana and through her writing. Cora’s work and writing has been featured in numerous well known sources; such as Inspired Coach Magazine,  Elephant Journal, The Lululemon Blog, The Wellness Project, The 21- Day Meditation Project, The Loving Earth Blog and countless other. publications. Cora is also an ambassador for Lululemon and a faculty member for the Level 2 Teacher Training at Qi Health & Yoga in Manly. If you want to learn more about Cora - you can visit her at or contact Cora at


Elizabeth Bennett - Anatomy & Physiology 

Liz  has been teaching yoga and working as a physiotherapist for over 15 years.Having my early physiotherapy career in the hospital system, then moving into private practice where I have remained, I've worked with people in a huge variety of settings, both in a hands on treatment capacity and teaching yoga to clients.

My yoga teaching began at 21, when I enthusiastically started classes at the hospital for staff on site. Formal training began in Sydney, in 2004, with a three-year intensive apprenticeship with physiotherapists and yoga teachers Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy. After teaching full time at Yoga Synergy, I moved to the Northern Beaches and undertook a Diploma of Yoga Teaching with Michael De Manincor at the Yoga Institute of Australia. I began teaching Anatomy and Physiology to yoga teacher trainees in 2006.

Liz's  Anatomy and Physiology module for Yoga Village is experiential and practical, oriented towards the questions of  "what are we doing in this pose, why and what can we do for the safety of ourselves and our students." By linking what we need to know of the anatomy of the different joints and systems with visual and kinaesthetic practice in class, my intention is for students to know and embody a deeper understanding of the wisdom of the body. Understand what can prevent and alleviate physical issues. Then, as teachers, you will be able to communicate safe and meaningful knowledge to your students.

For further information, to request a prospectus, or to apply please contact us below or get in touch with Cora Geroux directly at


Inspire Your Yoga Practice & FLY! A Masterclass with Jordan Thackray

DATE: OCT 11, 2014
FROM: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Join Jordan Thackray for a fun workshop to help you create fluidity, confidence and joy within your Hatha Vinyasa practice.
This workshop will work with pranayama, meditation and Kirtan to bring joy and fearlessness to your practice.
Amongst other things we will explore the following ideas within an asana practice:
  • Finding and working with a mantra
  • Allowing yourself to be seen with clarity
  • Clear vision, perspective and creating a more purposeful abundant life
  • How this applies to your yoga practice
When: October 11th 2:30pm-5pm
Investment: $60 (members receive 5% discount)
Location: Yoga Village, Potts Point, 2/20 Darlinghurst Road


Easy Escape - Summer Yoga Retreat with Nadia Rihani

Weekend Retreat - February 06-08, 2015
Join Nadia Rihani this summer for a weekend of yoga, relaxing by the pool, swimming in the river and eating delicious locally sourced food.
Held at Yanada, 90 minutes from Sydney's CBD, this retreat will be a fun and relaxing escape from daily life at home.

Daily yoga practices will keep you active and challenged, the locally sourced food (mostly grown on site) will keep you nourished and with grounds that offer a pool, amazing walks (it is on the national park) and riverfront access there are enough escapes to keep you occupied whilst chilling out.

The comfortable accommodation is in shared rooms (not dorms), each bed is fitted with plush sheets and pillows, catering to your homely luxuries.
You are responsible for getting to the retreat however a car pool will be arranged for those who do not have access to a car. From Sydney CBD the retreat is 90 minutes by car or by public transport.
This retreat will include:
  • 2 Nights Accommodation
  • 2 X Yoga Classes (Suitable for Mixed Levels)
  • 1 X Yoga Workshop
  • 1 X Restorative Yoga Class
  • Daily Meditation
  • All Meals
  • Plus a couple of surprises!
  • $530 Paid in full before 31 December 2014
  • $590 Bookings completed after 31 December 2014
  • Please note that non refundable $200 deposit is required to hold your place.
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Master Class with Dan Fanthorpe - Consciousness VS Matter with Guest Teacher

I am super happy to be hosting my friend and teacher Dan Fanthorpe for a yoga workshop series at Yoga Village Potts Point! Dan has run sell out workshops at Yoga Village for the last 3 years so be quick if you would like to sign up.

Consciousness VS Matter

Asana asks us explore the hidden strengths that lay beneath the play of the mind (duality).

A fun workshop designed to challenge your weaknesses through the energy of Asana & Pranayama.

We will learn how to direct energy of vayu’s, bandha’s & Kryia’s so your practice becomes balanced on all levels.

All welcome

Please bring a towel and water.

Investment: $95

(Members receive 5% discount)

Sign Up!!

About Dan Fanthorpe

Dan has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and teaching for 16 years. He has a background in classical Hatha yoga, including Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, Meditation and Yoga Therapy.

Dan has been blessed by his teacher to teach the Ashtanga Yoga Method as set out by Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois. He is qualified as a Authrized level 2 teacher.

Dan spends most of his time in Newcastle, but travels back to India each year to spend time with his teacher Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore, India. Dan also teachers workshops and retreats Internationally.

Dan believes that Yoga works on creating a balanced body to live in and a balanced mind to live with.

Yoga allows us to extract the Dharma (practice) from the Dramas in everyday life.


How to Join our Free Preview Classes in Double Bay

Yoga Village Double Bay Opening Next Week! 

We welcome you to our beautiful new home in Double Bay and the celebrate are inviting everyone to a complimentary preview class between July 14 and 28th. Please bring some friends along to class with you - the more the merrier.

How to book your preview class

Follow the link below and create a log in (if you have already been to Yoga Village the system should find your details if we have entered them correctly) and then select the class you would like to attend. When you get to the payment section select ‘Double Bay Preview Class’ and then complete the sale.


On the day of your class please arrive 10 minutes early, if you have a mat please bring it along otherwise bring a gold coin donation (donated to charity) to borrow one of ours. The address is Level One, 12 Bay Street and the entrance to the studio is from the rear of the building on Brooklyn Lane

Please email us should you have any other enquiries otherwise we look forward to showing off our new digs!!

Love Nadia & the Yoga Village Teachers