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Christina Pateras

Christina is a certified Hatha Yoga teacher who started her training in 1999 at Yoga Arts in Byron Bay, Australia. Already a school teacher and yoga practitioner since 1988, she introduced yoga to primary school children in London in 1996 and was intrigued at the impact it had on the children both physically and emotionally.

 

In 2000, she returned to London and started teaching Hatha Yoga at London’s Triyoga where she also introduced teens' and kids' yoga. 

 

Between 2000 and 2004, she studied with Christian Pisano, senior Iyengar teacher and head of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Nice, France. Greatly inspired by him, she deepened her knowledge of ‘internal vinyasa’ – the underlying pattern connecting all postures, and the poetry that makes yoga both science and art form.

 

In 2002, pregnant with her first child, Christina trained as a prenatal yoga teacher with Francoise Freedman, founder of Birthlight in the UK. She later completed post natal yoga training with her too.

 

In 2004, she completed Yin Yoga teacher training with Sarah Powers, wherein she furthered her understanding of Eastern philosophy, learning about Buddhist mindfulness teachings and the importance of stillness in asana.

 

In 2005, Christina moved from London to Sydney. For a few years, her three beautiful children – Steph, Mia and Ellie – took her away from the yoga mat into the yogic journey of motherhood. From them, she is constantly learning the arts of listening, loving, being present & communicating.

 

Christina has been teaching in Avalon, Sydney since 2008. The students around her have been an incredible source of inspiration, connection and purpose. Her classes are both experimental and personal, focusing on developing awareness, alignment and right action. She sees yoga as an invaluable tool in reversing the effects of physical inactivity and mental dis-ease, bringing peace and connection to self and other.

Throughout this journey Christina has drawn on a plurality of methods, practices & teachings, remaining ever curious & committed to serving others. In addition to training with Donna Farhi & Annie Carpenter, she completed Level 2 Insight Yoga Teacher Training in Yin Yoga and Mindfulness, with Sarah Powers in 2019. In 2023, she became a Level 2 Yoga and Ayurveda Holistic Instructor from Jai Wellness. She is currently doing Meditation Teacher Training with Nicole Mahabir.

 

It is to all these teachers, and the lineage of teachers before them, her students, children and dawn practice that Christina gives thanks.

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