Breathing Space is Avalons' first eco-friendly yoga studio & the only studio on the northern beaches that uses & promotes organic, eco-friendly yoga equipment & 'green' printing products.
Avalon, NSWContact Yoga Spirit Journeys & Breathing Space Yoga - Avalon
When Denby discovered yoga in 2000, she felt the universe had finally revealed her true purpose in this lifetime. She felt blessed and inspired and left behind a successful career in the Film and Television industry to be in service to others as a yogi and teacher.
She started her yoga journey by completing an intensive 2 year Ki Yoga Diploma teacher training course in 2002 with Master teachers Jack Marshall and Richard Paton and simultaneously began studying a variety of natural therapies at Nature Care College, including Energetic and Spiritual Healing, Kinergetics, Bowen Therapy and Massage. Since then she has completed Pre natal and Mother and Baby Yoga training with Suzanne Swann, (inspired by the teachings of Active Birth pioneer Janet Balaskas); the Hatha/Purna Yoga Diploma with John Ogilvie at Byron Bay Yoga; advanced workshops with Donna Farhi, Tara Judelle, Kathryn Budrig, Lisa Masters, Simon Borg-Olivier and Duncan Peak and birthed a beautiful son, Max, who is her greatest teacher and friend.
She continues to hone her skills as a therapist specialising in pre and post natal yoga; is a certified and registered Level 3/Senior teacher (Hatha and Ki) with YA, a Reiki Master and an Alumni Ambassador with lululemon athletica. Ever the perpetual student, Denby is inspired by leading yogis including Shiva Rea, Donna Farhi, John Ogilvie, Simon Borg-Olivier, Tara Judelle and Francesco Garri Garripoli and guided by the teachings of Gangaji, her husband Eli and the luminosity of healer Caterina Pellegrino-Estrich. Denby is currently studying Cranio-sacral therapy and distributes the incredible DoTERRA organic essential oils through the studio.
Denby is now one of the most sought after yoga therapists on the Northern Beaches, well known for her insightful, compassionate and intuitive approach to yoga therapy and bodywork.
All of Denby’s classes incorporate remedial yoga sequences and seasonal insights that build physical structure, emotional foundation & energetic integrity. The more subtle and energetic aspects of Ki and Hatha yoga are woven within these sequences designed to open the heart and encourage a deep exploration of habits, behaviours and memories. Shifting weakness into strength through this system of corrective yoga helps restore balance on all levels and helps awaken the complete Self.
With over a decade of teaching experience and exploring this relationship between the seasonal cycles, the five element theory and body/mind/spirit, Denby has founded the innovative vinyasa-style practice that she calls ‘Ki FUSION Yoga’, a unique style that reflects her own personal journey with yoga, shamanic practices, energy work and motherhood.
She encourages students to let go of the physical and mental struggle connected with trying to find the ‘perfect pose’ and instead, to find and feel the energies within each pose, with ease, attention and a sense of adventure. Their practice then follows the path of self-inquiry and self-expression, rather than just being a physical activity. Students come away from classes feeling that they have been ‘held’, opened up and safely challenged, at their own level.
Stuart Mashman has over fifteen years of experience helping people improve their physical fitness and well being. He has extensive skills in remedial exercise therapy, personal training and wellness coaching, with formal qualifications including a Masters Degree in Exercise Science.
Stuart developed a passion for fitness early in life, being a competitive middle distance and cross country runner at high school. After leaving school, he continued to challenge himself by completing his first triathlon (swim-cycle-run) in 1986, eventually competing in the Australian Ironman Triathlon Championships in 1993 and 1994.
Stuart’s love of sport and his growing interest in health and fitness led him to the University of NSW where he completed two degrees, including a Masters in Exercise Science. Since graduating, he has applied his skills and knowledge in a wide range of settings including sports coaching, cardiac rehabilitation, personal training and remedial exercise therapy. Since leaving a full time role as Health & Fitness Manager at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre in 2006, Stuart has devoted his time to teaching exercise classes and personal training on the Northern Beaches, and has been teaching Swiss Ball and Stretch classes in Avalon for the past four years.
“Since starting the Swiss ball and Stretch classes in Avalon, my aim has been to provide a high quality, safe and non-intimidating exercise environment, whilst having a bit of fun at the same time. One of the most satisfying aspects of my role as instructor is seeing a nervous beginner transform into a relaxed and confident participant, enjoying all the benefits of a more active lifestyle.”
Stuart is also available for personal training and remedial exercise therapy.