Our Teachers

Our highly trained teachers offer inclusive and inspired yoga classes that will leave you feeling free in your body and heart.

Cassandra Missio                                                                                                                        

Owner/Director 
Senior Member Level 3 (Yoga Australia)
E-RYT 500hrs (Yoga Alliance)

earth and sjy yoga marrickville cassandra missioI first came to yoga in my early twenties whilst travelling. I knew after my first class that I had stumbled upon a very powerful and potent discipline that left me feeling grounded and clear. On my return to Sydney in 1997 I began to study regularly and in 2003 began a 4.5 year teacher training apprenticeship at the Art of Yoga, Summer Hill. In 2009 after many years of training I was Certified in Anusara Yoga.

I have further refined my practice and teaching skills studying on numerous occasions with the founder of Anusara Yoga, John Friend and many of his senior teachers. I have studied regularly with meditation and philosophy teacher Carlos Pomeda and Yoga Therapist Doug Kellar. I am grateful to all my teachers who have so generously guided me over the past 20 years. My yoga practice has been and is still a constant support through times of physical and emotional challenge including the birth of both my babies and early days of mothering. It is like an old dear friend always encouraging me to look for the good and beauty and focus on what brings connection.

My classes weave precise biomechanical alignment with heart centred philosophy with the intent to offer an experience of freedom and lightness to the body and the heart! My dream of having a beautiful and sacred place in which to practice and teach and a supportive community has become a reality in the manifestation of Earth and Sky and I warmly welcome you.

 


Prudence Davies 

RYT 200hrs (Yoga Alliance)

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Prudence first stepped into a yoga studio in 2009 and was instantly drawn in and intrigued by the practice – not only by the physical aspects of yoga but also the philosophy, the meditation practice, the incredible power of the breath, and how engaging the physical body has such a profound effect on the whole being.

Inspired to teach and share the power of yoga, Prudence completed her 200hr teacher training in 2013 at Sukha Mukha Yoga in Bronte, guided by Idit Hefer Tamir. Prudence further refined her teaching with Cassandra Missio – owner and Director of Earth and Sky Yoga Studio & Advanced Anusara™ teacher – completing a one-on -one mentorship in 2015 focused on biomechanical alignment and application of therapeutic techniques. Further studies include yoga therapy training with advanced practitioner Doug Keller and a full certification in pre and postnatal yoga. Ongoing education continues as Prudence works towards her 200hr certification in Anusara™ teacher training.

Prudence is very passionate about helping students find comfort in the physical body to make day-to-day functional movement steady and joyful. Classes are accessible and creative, catering for students of all levels, with a strong emphasis placed on assisting with props and providing support. Students are taught to find space in the body and are given techniques to take yoga off the mat and into daily life.


Robyn Pulvertaft

RYT 200hrs (Yoga Alliance)

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Robyn is a dedicated student and teacher of yoga and loves everything about the practice (even when it challenges her!). Robyn was introduced to yoga in her home town of Macclesfield in the North West of England 15 years ago, however it wasn’t until she emigrated to Australia and discovered her first yoga studio in Newtown Sydney that she really fell in love with practice and began to study it more deeply. The practice of yoga has given Robyn the tools to face various challenges in her life (physically, mentally and emotionally), it has opened her up to many wonderful opportunities and it has introduced her to a beautiful community of people that she is so very grateful for. Robyn hopes to inspire others through her teaching so that they can go on to discover the depth of the practice for themselves.

Robyn’s classes are inspired by various styles of yoga, including Jivamukti, Ashtanga and Iyengar. You can expect Robyn to encourage you to connect with your mind, body and breath whilst guiding you through creative sequences with a focus on alignment. Robyn will often share some wisdom from her personal study and experience and will always leave time for meditation practice and savasana.

 


Michelle Koh

RYT 200hrs (Yoga Alliance)

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Since her first Bikram yoga class more than fifteen years ago, Michelle has been addicted to the hot room and travels the world in search of “the heat”. Seeking out hot rooms in Sydney, Shanghai, Singapore, London, LA, Koh Samui and beyond, yoga has brought balance to the corporate day-to-day for Michelle.

Michelle believes in the transformative power of yoga to overcome distraction and ego. Her love and passion for health, mindfulness, wellness and wellbeing comes together in her yoga style; a harmonious balance of mental and physical, presence and awareness, on and off the mat. 

 

 


Kate Macdonald

Pilates Instructor

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Kate MacDonald is a Sydney based dancer and Pilates instructor. In 2012, she graduated from the University of NSW with an Honours in Dance studies. While continuing to dance, she also now shares the skills and knowledge she has gained through her dance training teaching Pilates around Sydney.

As a trained dancer, Pilates has always played an important role in her practice, helping to maintain and develop strength for optimum movement function for the body. She brings this viewpoint to her classes with a focus on form through correct technique, body alignment and breathing. It is her aim to get people using their bodies to their highest functionality and leave class feeling great.

Since she began teaching in 2013, her interest in movement and the body has only deepened and she is now set to begin a Masters in Physiotherapy.

She is currently certified to teach Pilates in Matwork, Matwork with equipment, Reformer and has most recently become certified to teach pre and post-natal Pilates through Studio Pilates International.

 


Louise Cooper

RYT 200hrs (Yoga Alliance)

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'Coming from a creative background in theatre performance and exhibition curation, yoga was the practice that united my various paths of self-study.

At the end of December 2017, I completed my 200-hour teacher training at Sukha Mukha Yoga in Bronte, under the guidance of Idit Hefer Tamir and Katie Manitsas. And in July 2018 I completed a six-month mentorship with Cassandra Missio, through which I refined my teaching skills and further developed my understanding of biomechanical alignment.

I believe in the simple and direct, in the value of returning to basics, in lifelong learning. Above all, I believe in accessible and personal classes, and creating a supportive space for exploration.'

 


Kimberley Dixon

Yoga Australia Level 1
RYT 250hrs (Yoga Alliance)

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Kim has been practicing Yoga for close to 10 years and has practiced meditation daily since 1985. She is captivated by the transformational power of yoga, not only physically but across the whole spectrum of psycho-emotional wellbeing. In 2016 Kim completed 200hr Vinyasa and Yin Yoga Teacher training with visiting US trainers, Paul Graham E RYT 200, and Naomi Jones RYT 200. Inspired to delve deeper, Kim later travelled to Bali to train with renown Yin Yoga teacher trainer Mysan Sidbo. Kim continues to study Yoga and Meditation and in 2017 completed a Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yin Yoga Teacher Training course with international Yin Yoga Trainer Jo PheeE RYT 500, and a Meditation Facilitator Certificate with Nikola Ellis, C-IAYT, MCAP in early 2018. More recently Kim completed a 6-month mentoring program with Cassandra Missio, registered senior teacher and Certified Anusara™ teacher, and is currently deepening her Anusara knowledge and skills by working towards a 200hr Anusara yoga teacher certification.

When she is not teaching yoga, Kim works full-time as People & Culture Director with a global environmental non-government organisation. She is a certified Positive Psychology practitioner and her yoga teaching is underpinned by an understanding of the complementarity of traditional yoga theory and contemporary Western research. Kim teaches from a place of compassion, support and empowerment and is always inspired by the magical transformation that occurs in the short space of one yoga class as students settle, breathe, move, and connect to the deepest and best version of themselves.


 

Rachel Gray

Rach GrayYoga has been a source of strength and inspiration for Rachel for 20 years, practicing yoga since 1997 and teaching since 2014.

She trained in Triyoga London completing a 350 hour teacher training in 2013 with Anna Ashby, a leading yoga teacher in the UK. She had a yoga business in London teaching staff who worked in mental health for the National Health System, with a strong emphasis on breathwork to calm the nervous system and bring a state of deep rest and rejuvenation. She then taught humanitarian workers in Jordan.

Rachel teaches alignment based and restorative yoga with a passion for the calming impact of the breath. Her classes draw on her study of yoga philosophy combined with clear and accessible instructions.

Yoga enables her to be present with her lived reality and to grow and develop positively out of that. For Rachel yoga is like an ancient beautiful tree whose roots are nourished by the soil of yoga philosophy, whose steadfast trunk is stems from alignment principles and whose branches flow in the wind.


Tara Maree

RYT 350hr

 

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Tara's intention for teaching is always clear and comes from a place of complete sincerity. She uses all of her available energy to guide her students on their path of self discovery. She brings together the importance of movement, meditation and breath and draw parallels between the yoga world and methods she has learnt through extensive therapy. She combines the skills she has learnt through her path of wellness with the ancient teaching of the east. Her movement knowledge has been built up over ten years with her dedicated martial arts training. With the combination of all of these worlds of thought, she hopes to offer her community a tool kit to guide them through their ongoing personal exploration.

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