Kay Parry is a devoted student of Guruji, Geetaji and Prashantji. She first studied at the R.I.M.Y.I in the early 80’s, attended International Conventions around the world and continues to regularly travel to Pune to study.
Kay is a founding member of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia. Beginning with the first Introductory Assessment held in Australia in 1987, Kay is continually involved in the assessment process as a teacher trainer, assessor, moderator, and member of the assessment committee. She currently holds an Advanced Junior level ll Certificate.
Kay is a dedicated teacher to her students, many of whom have been practicing with her for as along as she has been teaching. Kay is joint director and principal teacher at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Bondi Junction where she shares her knowledge and experience with fellow teachers at the school and students.
She had the privilege of being a Co-ordinator of Guruji’s 1992 Australasian Convention and Geetaji’s 1996 and 2003 Conventions. Committed to sharing yoga Kay has written articles for the Yoga Vaani and instigated projects such as the development of Teacher’s Study Booklets from conventions to share Guruji's and Geetaji's teaching with both current and future students of yoga.
“Guruji continues to remain my deepest inspiration to practice and teach. I am eternally blessed to be one of his students and to impart the gift of yoga that he gave me, to my students.”
Carole’s interest, passion and practice of yoga grew after Guruji, BKS Iyengar’s visit to Sydney in 1983. She has been teaching since the mid eighties and is a senior teacher with the Iyengar Yoga Australia - certified at Intermediate Junior Level 3. Carole has visited the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India on many occasions and has had the privilige of being taught by Guruji, Geetaji Iyengar and his son Prashant. In 1989, with Kay Parry, she established the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Bondi Junction with the support of an enthusiastic group of Iyengar Yoga devotees. The ultimate aim in her teaching is to continue to share her passion, knowledge and the wisdom of Guruji’s teachings with students.
“Through the practice of yoga you can explore, understand and enhance your potential, health and wellbeing. I endeavour to guide and encourage students, through Guruji’s teachings, to persevere and be challenged each time they step onto their mats to practice.”
Multiple, youthful, sporting injuries (wrist, ribs, ankle and spinal fractures), accidents and surgery (the first at 2 years of age) left a body beyond the reach of western medicine to repair. Janette’s path to Yoga was through the recommendation of a chiropractor.
She was captured by the intricate connection of mind and body, the nature of precision and alignment and the use of props, which allowed her to work with injuries and restrictions.
A further accident compounded the injuries. But years of practice had given Janette an understanding and never-ending appreciation of the body’s amazing ability to manage trauma.
“My wish, when I teach, is for students to realise how Yoga can become a part of life - steadiness, composure and firmness in both body and mind - as well as a sense of delight.”
Giselle first came to yoga with the hope that it would improve her equestrian skills. She came to the Iyengar Institute of Bondi Junction with Kay Parry and Carole Hart for her very first Iyengar yoga class. That was it, after a few months of yoga exploration, Giselle felt she had to choose between riding and Iyengar yoga as she could no longer give both riding and yoga the time and the depth of commitment she felt the subjects needed. 29 years ago, Giselle chose Iyengar yoga.
She began training with Kay Parry, became a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and began teaching at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Bondi Junction where she continue to teach and learn. Giselle currently holds a Junior Intermediate Level 1 certification. Over the years she has had the privilege of attending many classes in Pune and has been a long term student of Guruji, Geetaji and Prashantji.
“I'm still here, teaching and practising where it all began. I am incredibly grateful that I am part of this yoga school and this community, where I can share this amazing subject with people from all walks of life.”
Tara currently holds a Intermediate Junior Level 2 certificate and is committed to her ongoing teacher development and the certification process. She has been a student of Iyengar yoga since 2001 and in 2003 attended a convention in Sydney with Geeta Iyengar – from this point she began to study and practise with dedication and shortly thereafter began teacher training with Kay Parry. Tara attends workshops, intensives and teacher development courses with senior teachers and members of the Iyengar family. She most recently attended Abhijata Iyengar’s convention in Pune, India.
Tara is a Special Education teacher and is passionate about working with young people with behavioural and emotional needs. She is currently exploring how yoga and meditation can be integrated into students learning to best support positive mental health. Tara’s interest lies in how yoga can be used as a tool to maximise wellbeing. She currently teaches the 10am general class on Fridays and the Remedial class in conjunction with Kay Parry.
“It is my belief that Guruji paved the way for our understanding of integration of mind, body and spirit through the science and practise of yoga. It is up to the next generation of yoga practitioners to continue this fervent study and continue to share, develop and grow from Guruji’s teachings”.
From the very first class Kirsten McKenzie (Shteinman) attended in February 1999, she knew Iyengar Yoga was for her. She was immediately drawn in by its integrity and rigor. Coming to yoga with a scientific background, (PhD in molecular biology), she finds the precision of alignment and ability to adapt asanas for all body types inspirational. Teaching yoga since 2006, Kirsten gained her first Iyengar Yoga teaching qualification overseas. Since 2008 she has been a student of Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher, Kay Parry and currently holds an Intermediate Junior Level 1 Certification.
Inspired by the strength, flexibility and insight that she has gained through yoga, both on and off the mat, Kirsten has attended classes at the Institute in Pune and is eternally grateful to Guruji, BKS Iyengar for so generously sharing his teachings for the benefit of all. Kirsten, who also holds a Diploma of Education, teaches yoga for teenagers at Sydney Girls High School, mature-aged students at the Waverton Hub as well as classes open to all ages at Bondi Junction.
Lisa's yoga journey began with Kay Parry at Bondi Junction in 2000. Kay inspired Lisa to start teacher training, and delve deeper into the practice that has given her so much, wherever the family has lived. In 2002, Lisa and her husband relocated to London. Lisa qualified as a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher.
Whilst living in London for almost 15 years, Lisa was fortunate to do regular retreats with Christian Pisano in Nice and Faeq Biria in Blacons, France. Whenever Jawahar and Rajiv and Birjoo came to London, Lisa was fortunate to be able to practice with them.
"After teaching at studios in London, Tokyo and Bali, I’m delighted to be teaching at the Bondi Junction Institute on a regular basis. Joining these wonderful teachers is a blessing and I really hope to see many of you on Wednesday’s at 10am.
Bertha started Iyengar Yoga at the age of 14 and has been a dedicated practitioner for over 40 years. She visited BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune for the first time in 1981 and continues to visit on a regular basis to study with the Iyengar family. Bertha holds a Senior Intermediate Level II teaching certificate.
Bertha has been closely involved with the BKS Iyengar Association and was President of the Australian Association for four years from October 2011 until October 2015. She continues to be involved with the Association.
Bertha is passionate about the subject of yoga and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with other students of yoga.
‘Look after the health of the body, and the fragrance of the mind and richness of the spirit will flow’ BKS Iyengar.
IYENGAR YOGA CERTIFICATION MARK
All our teachers are certified teachers of Iyengar Yoga and are entitled to use the name of yoga master BKS Iyengar & his teaching method. The Iyengar Certification Mark (below) is a guarantee of a yoga teacher you can trust; is knowledgeable, experienced and has been rigorously trained in the teachings of Iyengar Yoga. Teachers are required to do ongoing learning each year to qualify to use the Iyengar Certification Mark. The CM is registered internationally by Iyengar Yoga Associations worldwide so the community at large can recognise a qualified, licensed Iyengar yoga teacher. It is registered here in Australia with the ACCC.
For more information about the Certification Mark and teaching qualifications visit www.iyengaryoga.asn.au, the website of Iyengar Yoga Australia