“If you can teach from the heart, the yoga comes naturally.”
Teaching yoga is just as much about making a connection with another person as it is the asanas. So if you love yoga, I know you can teach it since that is how it all came about for me. I have been teaching yoga for over 18 years and it all started simply because I wanted to help others feel the way yoga makes me feel… good! A good teacher understands that it is okay if you can’t do the perfect headstand, balance or twist (aka be human), because yoga is not about how well you can do a headstand — it’s about making other people feel good about themselves. Hope to see you on the mat!
“You don’t just do Remedial Yoga; you feel it.”
What a journey I’ve been on, and blessed to be a part of this amazing business helping people transform their lives and their careers. Having spent 25 years in the corporate world, I know how fantastic it is to be doing something you love. I was a full-time working mum but started to teach yoga and loved every minute of it. I’ve have now been teaching for 10 years and took the privileged step to qualify in training and assessment. Today, I still love teaching yoga, but also really enjoy training wonderful people so they can start a career or change careers to teach Remedial Yoga. Seeing our students grow into confident, mindful, beautiful teachers is so fulfilling to me.
A sensitive practitioner, and a thoughtful trainer, Hari brings his two passions of shiatsu and education together here, as lead trainer for the Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies. With a long history in both fields, Hari seeks to deeply engage students on a journey through the wonderful world of oriental medicine.
Kaitlin’s experience and studies bring modern ideas and understanding to the study of ancient philosophies. Having worked in a range of clinical situations including, Allied health teams, multimodality groups and research practices, as well as in community health, refugee services and solo private practice. Kaitlin’s clinical approach is heart-centred, gentle and individually tailored to address the root cause of any issue that has brought people to seek treatment. Assisting people to reach and maintain their physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing is the intention and direction of treatment.
Kaitlin Edin has been a practising acupuncturist for over a decade. Introduced to medicine and its practice in Japan, she spent several years learning from a master practitioner in Nagoya. On her return to Australia in 2000, she began formal studies in Chinese Medicine at UTS.
As a student and since graduation, Kaitlin sought out the techniques of many Japanese styles, including Dr Manaka, Dr Nagano (Kiiko Matsumoto), and Dr Sawada. In 2013, she completed a Toyohari certificate, to further develop her skills in meridian therapy. This training greatly developed her diagnostic perceptions and palpation skills.
Since that time Kaitlin has continued to deepen her practice in Classical forms of eastern medicine and meridian therapy, with Jeffrey Yuen’s teachings, training in Dr Tan’s Balance Method and Si Yuan Ba Zi.
As part of her work in community health and refugee services, Kaitlin has worked with survivors of torture, those in addiction recovery and those with significant mental health concerns, for all, the impacts of trauma have a large effect on the body and the psyche.
In response, Kaitlin has developed a strongly informed and sensitive approach to care that draws from the eastern spiritual teachings and its medical paradigm, Compassionate Inquiry, (Mate) the IFS model, and Thomas Hubl’s Collective trauma work.
Before Chinese medicine became a passion, Kaitlin was a teacher of Modern History and Economics. She has taught graduate CPE seminars for a number of years and loves sharing knowledge as much as she loves to practice.
A director on the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA) National Council, she currently holds the Acupuncture Branch Chair.
Mandy has a unique, abundant brand of energy that she brings to every course, and shares with all her students. Her love of health, happiness, yoga and oriental energy healing therapies makes her an invaluable member of the COTY team, and a caring guide for your journey here at COTY.
Dominic brings a combination of Eastern and Western training and movement therapy principles to our programs with a background in the Japanese martial art of Aikido as well as a Degree in Exercise Physiology. His love of oriental therapies and the study of energy in and around us makes him an invaluable member of our oriental therapies and yoga training team.
“My happiest days are the days I teach”
Leaving the corporate world and training to become a yoga teacher at COTY was one of the most significant events in my life. Teaching and practising remedial yoga has changed the way that I live my life, and there is no greater joy than being able to support and share my experiences with all the graduates and students of COTY. I love talking about yoga and I will always be there to help others achieve their health and happiness goals.
“Trust in the yoga — it’s perfect.”
Having given up the 9 to 5 rat-race, I am proud to say that I am now fully dedicated to teaching yoga and training others to do the same. Yoga is a lifelong journey, but it helps to get the right training and advice from the start. As a graduate of COTY myself, I love what remedial yoga can do for people and enjoy sharing it with student teachers and helping them improve their own health through this therapeutic, down-to-earth yoga style.