Meet the team behind The Yoga Collective Central Coast and get to know our family.
Arjanna Van Kan
Jeannie has been teaching a variety of yoga styles for the last 5 years, but her yoga practice extends back to over 25 years, with a foundation of Ashtanga and Hatha. Growing up in the foothills of Byron Bay in the 90’s where she also trained for 16 yrs in classical and contemporary ballet at the Conservatorium of the arts with Southern Cross University where she was also trained in Yoga with teachers Rachel Zinnam and Louisa Sears. Finding a passion for music though dance, her passions led her to become an electronic music producer and DJ, founding her own business a record label named Solar Records.
Arjanna Van Kan
Ten years ago, the Srilankan born and bred Arjanna first fell in love with the dynamic movements and “stretching” sensation that entailed the physical practice (asana) of yoga to compliment her then busy career as a Medical Scientist and avid road-cycling.
Emily has been living in Australia for over 10 years and been practicing yoga for many years. Born and raised in France, she moved to Australia in her twenties where her free spirit and love for the ocean continues to deepen. One day she decided to change her life and went on a journey of discovery to India to grow, to learn more about herself and the Universe, and to progress within the profession of teaching yoga.
Harjinder is a KRI Certified Professional Trainer, Yoga Therapist in training and an accredited Senior Teacher and Mentor with Yoga Australia. At a time of great challenge in her life in 2008, Kundalini Yoga opened the doorway to her inner strength, potential and grace. She has since wholeheartedly dedicated herself to serving others, students and teachers alike.
Jacqui fell in love with yoga over 20 years ago where she was drawn to the physical benefits of strength and flexibility that yoga provides. However, as her practice deepened and became more consistent, she observed a shift in her mindset. Jacqui noticed an increased sense of calm and contentment within herself. .
Leah is The Collective previous owner and teacher. She is a passionate yogi, human rights activist and storyteller. Drawing on the inspiration of sages, poets and freethinking minds, Leah’s classes are fuelled with purpose. Linking the physical body with the intellect, breath and spirit, Leah uses her skills in storytelling to create a class that takes her students’ practice off the mat and to empower positive change.
Mardi has taught both nationally and internationally, gaining her teaching experience in Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Restorative style teaching in Australia, New Zealand, Bali, Nepal, India and Bhutan. She hopes to create space for students to connect, listen and nourish their ‘whole’ selves in this moment, gaining the tools for acceptance, gratitude and humility.
Mark founded Qi Health & Yoga in Manly over 20 years ago and has practiced Yoga for 28 years with well over 11,000 teaching hours under his belt. He is renowned for inventive, deceptively simple but inspiring classes
Samie teaches to inspire connection to earth, Spirit, community and Self. She began her practice of yoga right here as a student at The Yoga Collective many years ago.
Yoga has been the key part of Sophie’s life for four years now. What started as a new year’s resolution to commit a whole entire month to practice yoga daily, she found herself finally awake with a passion she never felt before and has not stopped practising since.