Christina Brown

Internationally renowned teacher, teacher trainer and bestselling author Christina Brown teaches yoga, Pilates, barre and aerial classes. She is the author of 6 books on fitness and health. Christina created Transform as a sanctuary for people to positively shape their lives, to be nourished with love and support, to encourage them to step up where they can, or to be able to lay their hearts down to rest when they need. Each visit reminds a guest at Transform of their infinite potential and shines a light on how beautiful they are.

Christina has been practising Yoga since 1989 and teaching since 1996.

Since her first Yoga teacher trainings in 1995 and ‘96, she completed her Pilates teacher certification in 1999. In 2013 Christina obtained her Barre certification and went on to gain her aerial teaching certification. Christina adores teaching this variety of classes as it feels her creative spirit and she knows how good it is for body and soul for us to experience difference tastes and flavours in movement. Christina delights in tailoring her classes to suit the needs and ability of each student. Her students love her expert adjustments for postural correction and the chance to squeeze more juice out of their experience. Her students say her classes are both ‘like physiotherapy’ and ‘like having a day in a day spa’.

Christina has authored many books. The Classic Yoga Bible: The Definitive Guide to Yoga Postures, became a classic reference for those who appreciate quality yoga. It has been constantly in print for the past 20 years. It has sold millions and is available in more in a dozen foreign languages. Tracking the evolution of yoga in modern times, Christina wrote a companion volume, The Modern Yoga Bible: The Definitive Guide to Yoga Today. Published in 2017, this book has already been translated several times since.

Christina ran yoga teacher training courses for many years and yoga retreats led by Christina have been voted ‘Best in NSW’.

Christina is the founder and director of Transform where her classes are curated with love and her aim for each visitor is for them to appreciate their own good efforts and delight in their inner beauty. Transform has become a space where great friendships form, and that feels like a sanctuary should the outer world feel harsh.

Christina sees each person as perfect already and understands that sometimes their busy lives get in the way of clearly experiencing that feeling. Every class she teaches is an opportunity for each participant to experience that awe-inspiring sense of connection. It is this connection that will soothe your heart into peace and allow you to greet the world with wonder and joy.

‘If your practices give you a sense of expansion and joy, then they are the right practices for you.’

Petra

Petra Kennis owned her own Pilates and yoga studio in the Netherlands for many years. Then love struck when she and her husband visited Australia on a holiday. They fell in love with the country and people and decided to move their family to Sydney’s Northern Beaches where they have happily settled.

Petra has a unique skillset. She is phenomenal at reading bodies and she appreciates the individuality in each person. From this connection, her students deeply feel her support and love. Petra’s positivity floats around her and we are sure each of her lucky students will enjoy the experience and respect she feels as they get stronger and more supple. 

Petra’s personal life motto is to embrace life, take it the way it comes and make the best of it!  

“My aim is to make people feel good about themselves and their bodies. I coach in a positive, challenging way but always with kindness. My workouts are intended to make you feel good, strong & happy”  

Elaine

Elaine is a German trained physiotherapist. She believes that everyone can achieve their highest goals by getting to know, reconnecting, and strengthening their body, mind, and soul through Pilates. Her Pilates classes are well known for the great diversity of exercises. And there exists a good balance between strengthening and stretching every muscle of your body. With her background in physiotherapy, sports science, and teaching different classes, Elaine has taught everyone. From expectant mums to athletes. As such, she has a great awareness for her clients and loves tailoring the classes to exactly what her students want and need.

Elaine finds her own balance between fast, energetic team sports and her unwinding time on the Yoga mat.

“ There is no better reward than a smile from someone who is achieving their goals by getting fitter, stronger, healthier and happier with the place they are living in. Their own body.”

Lissa

“Anyone can do barre, not just someone from a dance background – you just have to love moving to music, and the exercise will follow.”
Lissa has lived and breathed dance and fitness from the age of three when she began formal dance classes. She has achieved her Associates diploma in ISTD modern, and Advanced 1 in RAD. Lissa studied dance full time at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Education majoring in English and Dance at Macquarie University.
Lissa completed her Barre training in 2014. Besides her barre classes, she teaches contemporary dance to teenagers and began to improve their fitness by teaching them Barre basics.  Since she hasn’t stopped grooving to music from the age of 3, Lissa has no plans to stop anytime soon!

Jenny

Jenny was first introduced to Pilates in 1999 as part of her dance studies. With an emphasis on core stability, mental strength & overall body awareness she found it incredibly useful and since then Pilates has been an important part of her regular life, plus prenatally and as a mum of three.

She loved how through the practice of Pilates, every aspect of mind, body & spirit were exercised, so in 2011 Jenny completed her Cert. IV in Pilates Teacher Training. Since then Jenny qualified to teach barre Pilates and has continued to develop her teaching repertoire through additional teacher training courses. Jenny has done a lot of work in conjunction with physiotherapists and has sharpened her skill at tailoring her group classes to each individual’s needs.

Jenny loves introducing clients to the wonders of Pilates and the significance breath plays not just during the class but every hour of the day. She hopes that by teaching & sharing her positive experiences with Pilates she can inspire and help show her clients the benefits of including the practice of Pilates in their everyday lives.

“Above All, Learn to Breathe Correctly – Joseph Pilates.”

Katie J

Katie has always had a passion for movement. She practiced ballet in Malaysia where she grew up. As a teen fell instantly in love with yoga after she moved to Australia. She journeyed to India for her Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 and completed her Barre Pilates Teacher Training in Sydney in 2018. Katie’s barre based pilates circuit classes welcome all levels — no need for any prior experience as she will guide you through her class leaving you feeling energised. In both barre and yoga she likes to focus on alignment and getting people in touch with their bodies and their potential. ‘What I love about Pilates Circuit is that is it a totally fun way to move your body in a way we aren’t used to, by fusing the best bits of different styles of exercise.’

Katie loves this quote attributed to Buddha:

‘Success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.’

Vanessa

Vanessa’s yoga journey started in 2013 and grew from being not only an inner-exploration on her mat to become a way of living. She went on to gain her certification in Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa and Tantra yoga and loves how profoundly gratifying it is to guide her students to reach the best version of themselves.

From Vanessa’s classes, she aims to provide a sacred space for her students to unblock the locked doorways residing inside their physical body, allowing energy (your inner rivers) to flow freely. In her classes, as you embrace stillness, flow, breath, the present and intention, you are able to get rid of emotional and physical pain while bringing bliss into your heart and mind. The sequences she creates allows you to connect in, diving into your deepest layers and elevating yourself out of the intellectual mind for a time. Then every single particle that exists in your whole being can pulsate and you can move this special energy with the intention of transformation.

Vanessa feels yoga can allow the dark to meet the light. And yoga will heal ourselves, even beyond us in this lifetime.

“When we heal ourselves, we also heal our ancestors, the people around us right now and all the other ones yet to come.”

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate” C.G. Jung

Louisa

Louisa discovered aerial in 2019 and it was love at first flight. She went to every class she could possibly find before completing her first teacher training in early 2020. Louisa went on to do a more comprehensive aerial teacher training at the Aerial Fitness Institute.

Louisa appreciates the mental benefits as she found aerial calmed any natural anxieties and produced a sense of achievement.

I love that the hammock helps you take your yoga poses further. I love how you can see and feel yourself becoming stronger and that it gives me support as well as more challenge when I need it.”

Rachel

Rachel has loved sports from a young age which lead her to complete a degree in sports studies with a post grad in teacher training. Rachel discovered Pilates in 2004. She found it a great complement to her running and an excellent way to prevent injuries. She also just loved the benefits Pilates bought to her overall wellbeing and fitness. Since completing the Polestar Pilates training she has been teaching Pilates alongside her corporate career in HR.

Rachel’s classes focus on considered movement and improving technique which all balance the day to day of city life. Rachel gets great satisfaction in seeing her students increase their range of movement and discovering the broader benefits of Pilates.

‘We do not stop exercising because we grow old
We grow old because we stop exercising’
Doctor Kenneth Cooper

Gaby

Gaby began a long term love affair with yoga after attending her first yoga class in 1998.  Her curiosity with this ancient science led her through some excellent hatha and yin yoga teacher trainings. Her love of movement flowed into completing her Pilates teacher training as well.

Gaby loves to bring the joy through movement in her teachings. When you come to Gaby’s class  you will feel safe, supported, cared for, grounded and nurtured. She teaches to the students’ needs, senses the room, demonstrates clearly and offers modifications so you don’t have to be pretzel flexible to enjoy your classes.

Each yoga class is an interlacing of mindfulness and technique, including how to use the breath as a tool and anchor the mind, how to be in the body.

She makes it feel fun and functional, while creating an experience to take her students on a wonderful journey

Gaby just loves people, and creates a nurturing community class feel where you feel seen, heard and loved.

I love when people get to feel good in their body because their body is their most priceless possession. When you feel good, you do good and when you do good, you make this world a little kinder, a little brighter and a little more beautiful.”

Danni

Danni fell in love with aerial yoga and barre around 5 years ago, before going on to attain her teacher certification for both in 2020. As a barre teacher with a bootcamp background, Danni is a great fit to guide her students through Circuit Pilates classes. Danni is a caring and empathetic teacher. She takes a keen interest in each of her students and works to ensure that her classes are challenging and accessible for all levels to enjoy.

In her spare time, Danni expresses her love of movement through a diverse exercise program encompassing aerial yoga, Pilates, barre, outdoor Bootcamp and Yin Yoga.

Listen to your body, trust your gut and follow your heart.

Bec

Yoga and Pilates teacher Bec has been working as a fitness instructor since 1996. Inspired by her desire to live a healthier, happier life, her journey has been a continuous exploration of many different facets of wellness.

Rebecca’s passion is to help educate, guide and inspire people through their well being journe. She believes yoga and Pilates are two of the best tools to connect inwardly and expand self-awareness. Her artful fusion of yoga and Pilates with health coaching lends support, guidance and encouragement while connecting body mind and spirit. 

Having studied with a number of internationally renowned teachers, Rebecca has cultivated an earnest devotion to her own spiritual practice, which she considers her primary value. She believes that without this, she would be unable to serve with the balance and integrity that she brings to her clients. Bec is also a holistic health coach. She recently spent four years working in Thailand at a wellness retreat centre helping people change their lives for the better.

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