Honouring our lineage and teachers
Chanthalah and Nathan would like to honour their yoga lineages that include teachings of T Krishnamacharya, (AG Mohan, Patthabi Jois, BKS Iyengar), Siddha Yoga, and Satyananda Yoga. They have both spent time working with AG Mohan, peer of TKV Desikachar and devoted student of Krishnamacharya, and their philosophy is aligned with Mohan’s belief that the practice of yoga, personal reintegration and the application of its numerous tools should be undertaken in such a way that it suits the changing needs and requirements of the individual.
Both have trained with Judith Hanson Lasater in Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga, Wade Imre Morissette in Vinyasa, and in myofascial stretching with soft tissue therapist Thomas Myers (Antomy Trains), movement trainer Ian O’Dwyer and myofascial decompression techniques in the ELDOA Method with french osteopath Dr. Guy Voyer.
They would also like to give thanks for the yoga teaching opportunities, support and insights of Diane Nance-Kivell, who is also Nathan’s mum, who, without her breaking her arm in 2000, they may never have discovered the path of yoga teaching!
Chanthalah Webster-Tight – Yoga Teacher, Physiotherapist (APAM)
Senior Level 3 Member YA (1000+)
MPhty St, BA Dance, AD Dance, Dip Yoga Teaching IYTA
Chanthalah (pronounced gen-ta-lah) believes Yoga is for everyone; and yes, she was gifted with her traditional Lao name by her parents. It means full moon, and it does leave her a little kooky! She is dedicated to sharing the gifts of yoga to her clients through her specialized, sequential approach, combining evidence-based, Western medical knowledge of Physiotherapy with the ancient Eastern science of Yoga.
In 2009 Chanthalah graduated with a Dean’s Commendation for her Masters in Physiotherapy Studies at the University of Queensland (UQ). It was culmination of a long journey of a love of understanding the human body, movement dynamics, and yoga and it has continued to be one of the best and hardest things she has ever completed. This passion for the body in motion was sparked from the completion of her Associate Degree and Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2000 and then and the completion of her Diploma of Yoga Teaching through the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA). Practicing and teaching yoga has formed Chanthalah’s foundation in unraveling and deconstructing movement patterns, strengthened by her biomechanical understanding gained through her clinical physiotherapy work.
In addition to teaching yoga full-time and running her own private musculoskeletal clinic in West End, during 2009/12, Chanthalah also lectured and tutored in Human Anatomy for Creative Industries (CI) at QUT between 2003 and 2011. During that time she also coordinated the Transitional Training Program, which allowed her to teach yoga and functional dance anatomy and biomechanics to the full-time, pre-professional tertiary dance students at QUT. She was also their diagnostic physiotherapist.
Between 2010/12 Chanthalah was employed and mentored by senior sports physiotherapist Peter Wells at RHP Physiotherapy who is both the lead physiotherapist for the QAS and Professional Therapies Coordinator for Swimming Australia and for the Olympic Swimming Team. She had the opportunity to refine her skills with senior physiotherapists Andrew Grigg and David Macdonald with a focus on sjoulder rehab and visceral manipulation. Changing dysfunction of the upper limb has become a key area of focus for her and is something she works on with many yoga practitioners and teachers throughout Queensland.
Chanthalah is passionate about optimizing the health and wellbeing of her patients through the integrative practice of yoga and physiotherapy. As part of Core Yoga’s Wellness and Health Partnership with Queensland’s Expressions Dance Company (EDC), she is the company physiotherapist and has also had the privilege of working with professional dance companies including dancers from Dance North, Queensland Ballet, Australian Dance Theatre, West Australian Ballet, Ochre Contemporary Dance Company, Melbourne Ballet Company and New Zealand Ballet.
Off the mat, the same attention to detail and precision is given to fabrics and quilting. Chanthalah is a total sucker for Japanese silks and traditional woven fabrics and textiles, and you may see some of her Laotian heritage on show in some of the beautiful antique embroidery pieces in the studio.
Nathan Tight – Director, Practice Manager, Yoga Teacher
Senior Level 3 Member YA (1000+)
(AD Dance, Dip Yoga Teaching IYTA)
In 2000 Nathan received his Associate Degree in Dance Performance at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and followed this with the completion of his Diploma of Yoga Teaching through the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA). Nathan has been the Director of Core Yoga Studios Brisbane for 15 years and is a Senior Level 3 Yoga Australia registered teacher. Nathan is one of only a few people in Australia Certified in both ELDOA Level 1 and 2 and Myofascial Stretching as taught in Soma Training by french osteopath Guy Voyer DO.
Nathan has always had a keen artistic, visual eye following from his earlier years as a visual artist and youth arts facilitator. He was able to integrate his love of making movement and art during 2 years of working with renowned Artistic Director of Circa, Yaron Lifschitz in 2001/03 in a choreographic and artistic capacity.
Between 2003/12 Nathan was a valued sessional lecturer for Creative Industries (CI) in the Dance Department at QUT, sharing his skills in yoga and technical alignment with the full-time, pre-professional tertiary dance students at QUT enrolled in the BFA (Dance Performance). During his career as a full-time yoga teacher and movement educator his work has directed him towards an insightful, informed, and refined sense of how a person moves within the context of yoga and movement therapy. He articulately presents classes with a clear understanding of anatomy and core alignment that are integral in safe, flowing movement.
Over the past 5 years through Core Yoga’s Wellness and Health Partnership with Queensland’s Expressions Dance Company (EDC), Nathan teaches weekly company yoga class for the beautiful company dancers, both in the studio and in the theatre. This continues today. Furthering his studies and deepening his practice Nathan is currently completing his Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy through Yoga Therapy Australia.
Off the mat, Nathan is also a keen self-taught baker with his organic sourdough french country loaf an absolute must!
Catherine Mullins - Yoga Teacher, Core Essentials and Pilates Instructor
Level 1 Member YA (350+)
Catherine Mullins has an extensive background in dance and movement. Starting at the tender age of 4 with dance classes in her hometown of Mackay and completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) from QUT in 2011.
During her dance training Catherine worked extensively with Yoga and Pilates and can testify to the transformative benefits of this style of strength and movement training.
This fantastic combination of movement is something she has been enthusiastically exploring ever since. Catherine is a fully qualified Matwork Pilates Instructor and Yoga Teacher having undergone CoreYoga Teacher Training here at West End. She is currently studying anatomy, physiology and biomechanics at the University of Queensland.
Catherine is a regular teacher here at CoreYoga and has had the pleasure of sharing yoga with professional dancers at Expressions Dance Company and pre-professional football players at UQ.
With a genuine fascination and appreciation of how the body works, Catherine strives to assist her students in achieving their most vital and healthy body. Her classes will evoke a sense of exploration and delight as she works with you and your body to experience the yoga that is right for you!
Tina Higgins- Yoga Teacher
Level 1 Member YA (350+)
I’ve been interested in health and movement for most of my life. While, as a young child, I had dreams of becoming a dancer, sadly, my non-compliant teenage body and lack of talent said otherwise, and I instead headed down an academic path. Even so, my interest in movement continued. I went to yoga classes, off and on, until, in 2007, I began doing classes at Core Yoga, with Nathan and Chanthalah.
I love learning, and when I take on a new interest, I become absorbed. I’d wanted to do teacher training for many years, but as a way to learn more about yoga, and create a more complete practice for myself. Once I began the training, however, and began to develop new skills and confidence, I saw that I was being drawn to teaching, and to creating connection and sharing an activity that influences and enriches long after stepping off the mat.
Why Core? I’d been doing classes with Chanthalah and Nathan for many years. I knew their style of yoga, and their way of teaching—a solid base in traditional yoga, with the balance and wisdom of current scientific knowledge. I also enjoyed the ‘community’ that had become part of the studio—a welcoming, inclusive place where I felt at home.
My favourite yoga pose is Downwards Facing Dog. It’s the pose that, for me, opens the door to other poses, it’s stable and secure, and it’s both strong and calming. It’s the pose I go to when I’ve been at my desk for too long, when I’ve come home from ride or run, or whenever I begin my yoga practice.
I’m passionate about showing people that yoga will benefit them, no matter who they are—that they don’t need to be ‘flexible’ to begin. I want them to have the confidence to see how easy it is for yoga to have a place in everyday life, and how that can benefit them.
Away from the studio, I enjoy getting outdoors, being active and challenging myself. For many years, I’ve enjoyed cycling, and I’ve just moved from road riding to learning mountain biking. I know what it’s like to be an absolute beginner—that anxious feeling (fear, even) of stepping into the unknown and challenging myself, physically and mentally—and the satisfaction of discovering that I’m capable of more than I thought.
When I’m not on the mat, I’m probably on a bike or running, with my head in a book, or lying on the grass somewhere watching clouds, probably with coffee and a donut.
Sarah Cochrane – Yoga Teacher
For 16 years, yoga has played a role in my life, developing from a personal practice into a passion for sharing it with others. After leaving my career as an environmental scientist in 2014, I surrendered to yoga’s calling studying Anusara-based Hatha Yoga in Bali receiving 200 hr International Yoga Alliance teacher accreditation in January 2015. In May 2015 I completed 50 hr Yin Yoga teacher training with Joe Barnett, which sparked a deeper interest in the complexities and uniqueness of the magic of the human body, mind and breath.
Yoga has played a huge role in my life and over time I’ve immersed myself more and more into the practice; the experiences obtained during soul-filled asana and meditation now has a very strong home in my body and soul. Through conscious breath, movement and becoming aware of the subtle energies, I seek to guide others through their practice to a more connected life, to Self, the Earth and each other.
I am a passionate environmentalist and seek to support the planet through many and varied ways, bringing people closer to their connection to the planet. I’ve dedicated my life to better understanding our interconnectivity with all things and look to further my skills and ability to work directly with communities and more effectively educate others about their environment and how to feel more apart of it.
Courtney Scheu - Yoga Teacher, Professional Independent Dancer
Level 1 Member YA (350+)
Courtney Scheu is an independent performer, choreographer and teacher.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours (Dance) and a Graduate Certificate in Dance in Education.She has collaborated with various artists, presenting work for festivals and independently in Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne.
In 2013 Courtney commenced her level I yoga teacher training at Core Yoga Studios. Courtney has been teaching yoga i since then in yoga studios, dance studios and festivals. Courtney has a passion for teaching yoga to dancers to help develop sustainable movement practices and enable them to continue doing what they love.
In 2014, Courtney toured around QLD performing dance theatre works 'Shift' and ‘No Way’, choreographed by Liesel Zink and commissioned by Artslink QLD. In 2015, she choreographed and performed as a guest artist for MakeShift Dance Collective.
Courtney is working with Liesel Zink, LissaJane Dance, Claire Marshall and QUT through out 2016. Courtney completed her yoga teacher training at CoreYoga West End and has also taught for the Queensland Ballet Public Classes.