Teachers

Amelia Disspain

Director and senior yoga teacher at Yoga Bellingen

Co founder of Balanced Practice Yoga Teacher Training and Retreats 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 teaches the ancient art of Yoga in a safe, fun and intelligent way, based on a deep understanding of anatomy and physiology, modern medical science and traditional Hatha Yoga .
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 (now Katie Rose)at Samadhi Bliss Yoga, Sydney in 2002.

Amelia taught Yoga full time at Samadhi Bliss 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.Both Bianca and Simon are members of the Australian Physiotherapists Association, and as such Amelias teaching integrates modern medical knowledge with the traditional forms and practices of Yoga
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.

Amelia’s classes are informed by her many years of yoga practice, teaching and study, her classes are inclusive and always incorporate the deeper teachings of Yoga. Amelia has continued to study Yoga philosophy, particularly concentrating on how we can integrate the tools of meditation and inner focus to recognize the patterns of our individual mind, and in so doing experience the joy hidden in everyday life. Amelia is currently enrolled in the Traditional Yoga Studies 800hr History and Philosophy of Yoga course written by Georg Fuerstein.

In 2015 Amelia co-founded Balanced Practice Yoga and co-teaches Yoga Teacher Training Courses and international retreats with her sister in Yoga, Liz Bennett a physiotherapist and yoga therapist and director of YogaEssentia in Warriewood.

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My introduction to the intricate realm of the body-mind complex started when I took my first yoga class at age 15 – deeply touched by the calming and opening effects of the practice on my body & mind, I have been practicing ever since.

Throughout the years, I’ve explored different styles of yoga and had the privilege to learn from wonderful teachers such as Kristen Boddington, Glenn Ceresoli, Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy, Sarah Powers and Tina Nance. I became certified with the School Of Sacred Arts in 2013 (RYT 200) and have been teaching since.

In addition to yoga, I was also interested in the healing arts and so at 19, with a lust for travel, I moved from my native France to Australia, where I studied Herbal Medicine and a range of tactile therapies for 4 years.

After completing my studies, I travelled through South-East Asia to West Africa, Europe, North America and Mexico, broadening my view of the world. Upon returning to Australia, I decided to take my interest in the mysteries of pregnancy and birth and become a Doula (and a Mum!) A journey that has brought me to tears many times – tears of joy for being given the opportunity to share the most precious and intimate moment in a woman’s life.

My approach to life and healing stems from my belief that we are all made up of many layers: physical, emotional, mental and energetic – which all need to be communicating to each other harmoniously, so we can live conscious & healthy lives.

As a yoga teacher, herbalist & body worker, I am passionate about the connection between body & mind & how they affect each other. I am constantly amazed by the infinite intelligence of the body & its innate capacity for balance & healing. I have been practicing Yoga for the last 25 years and I never tire of how profound an effect it can have on people’s lives, by allowing & fostering a better connection between body & mind.

It is with deep gratitude & commitment that I wish to share the gifts of yoga & living a life of balance.