Raw Power Yoga Teachers

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Simon Kerle – Raw Power Founder

Simon’s journey into yoga began in 2011. With numerous businesses at the time, high stress and past injuries from an 18 year professional basketball career, a practitioner recommended he start a regular yoga practice. Already placing health and wellbeing as a priority in his life, Simon was drawn to the power and the balance yoga presented to him, both physically and emotionally. As a Health and Fitness Professional, Simon realised that yoga could give others the same benefits he was experiencing and wanted to share this. With a strong athletic background from 18 years in Professional International Basketball, he found yoga to be the perfect compliment to his active lifestyle. Simon teaches a style of power yoga that will keep your body moving and challenged throughout the entire class. You want to be upside down, you got it! Arm balances? They are yours. He loves helping to create healthy minds and strong healthy bodies. His students include s some of the most successful professional sporting teams in Australia, the Brisbane Broncos,Brisbane Lions and the QLD Firebirds, world former dual Australian Rugby League and Union Representative Mat Rogers, International Model, TV Personality and Best-selling Author Chloe Maxwell, NBL Coach of the Year Joey Wright and Matt Nielsen, Australian Olympic Basketball Captain and many more. Two words to describe his classes: “Blissfully Powerful.”

Leanne Gerich

Canadian-born yoga teacher, holistic nutritionist and TCM practitioner. Now based in Australia, Leanne teaches an impressive 20+ yoga classes/wk ranging from vinyasa, power, aerial, hatha, yin, meditation, specialty workshops and basically anything else you can think of. Health and wellbeing is her true passion and she draws from her extensive 8 years study in Health, Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her teachings include a soothing blend of creative sequencing and playful explorations to take you on a journey and soften back in to yourself. Leave her classes feeling elevated yet extremely focused for your day ahead.


Brendan has been hooked on yoga for over a decade! His first teacher training was in India in 2010 and since then he’s also trained and practised throughout the UK, Europe and Asia. For Brendan, Yoga is all about challenging yourself to really look at yourself. It’s about mind-body awareness, self enquiry and self acceptance. And handstands! Lots of handstands! His style is fun, challenging and non-dogmatic, with a strong anatomical focus. Brendan believes in yoga as medicine and yoga for every body. I am excited to introduce Brendan to the Raw Power family his classes are truly amazing and so much fun.


Sally is a Qualified Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Remedial Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner, and currently studying counselling. Sally has been working in the health & wellness field for the last 12years and have worked in many places around the country offering Yoga, Massage & Healing. Sally trained and qualified as a Yoga Teacher in Ropa India with the Himalayan Yoga Institute specializing in Raja Dhiraja Yoga which is a fully comprehensive style of Hatha yoga. I completed my advanced Yoga teacher training in Australia with Byron Yoga and my Diploma in Yoga Therapy with Enlightened Events. I have also travelled extensively around the world gaining different perspectives and insights about all of the amazing cultures and the beauty of the planet. It has made me look at my life differently here in Australia and appreciate it a lot more.


Helping people to achieve a vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle is Kirsten’s passion. She truly believe that the first step to wholehearted happiness is through the balance of a healthy plate, a strong physique and a positive mind-set. Specializing in holistic wellness coaching, she utilises her knowledge of different forms of Strength Training, Yoga, Nutrition and Mindfulness Meditation to provide clients with the best tools for wholesome health and happiness. Entrepreneurial in spirit – she is always passionate and enthusiastic about what she does and considers her self to be ambitious, loyal, conscientious and hard working.


Basically, I am a Yogi. I practise yoga asana every day, and I try to practise yoga in my life. My passion and the focus of my teaching is Power Yoga, but I also practise and teach Yin Yoga, which I find to be an excellent balance to the dynamic Power style. The Power style I teach is Power Living Yoga, which is derived from a merging of Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. Ashtanga, smooth flowing vinyasa practise with each new pose held for 5 breaths and Iyengar, precise biomechanical alignments of the body with long holds. The lineage is ironic, the founders of these two styles K. Pattabhi Jois, and B.K.S. Iyengar, both had the same teacher, Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. Joining the Army at a very young age (15), the lifestyle and physical training methods proved to be unsuited to my body (took 14 years to learn and accept that though), with constant injuries and a lack of sufficient recovery causing mounting health and well being issues. Leaving the army to give myself time to recover and repair, I found that the new less active lifestyle was causing it’s own problems, weight issues and loss of strength and endurance. I tried out many different styles of exercise looking for one that would suit me, until finally a friend dragged me kicking and screaming to a Yoga class, swearing that it would help with the back pain caused by sitting in front of computers to much. During that first class starting, the instructor told us to “rest” in down dog, and here was me, with sweat pouring off me, my arms and legs shaking and unable to catch my breath, astounded at the concept of “resting” in this torture position. Needless to say, I was hooked immediately. For me, this was perfect, an incredibly intense workout with no impact, which was not likely to aggravate any of the niggling injuries I carried. Trying a few different styles, I found that I didn’t like the softer styles, and that I really didn’t like the “hippy” talk from some teachers and styles. I found the right instructors for me, teaching physical classes with a minimum of “hippy”, and I was good to go! Fast forward from that point, and over time I came to the realisation that I was getting more than just a workout.


Having danced for over 18 years Kristy initially turned to yoga as exercise for injury rehabilitation but quickly discovered it was so much more than just the postures. Intrigued she travelled to India to gain an entire modern yogic understanding and completed her yoga teacher training with Dr. Gaurav Malik at the Ashtak Yoga School in Goa. After her teaching training she taught briefly in Thailand before moving to London for a year where she taught in studios, gyms, corporate classes, secondary schools and community classes. Her classes are light-hearted, fun and never too serious.


Martin has a background as a professional ballet and contemporary dancer who dedicated himself to yoga practice as a way to find more richness of body, mind and emotion to enhance life and work as an elite performer. His yoga and movement practices have evolved over the years with him finding great joy in studying a variety of yoga styles. In 2014, Martin completed his yoga teacher training. The principles and passions that shaped Martin as a dancer influence his practice-alignment and technical precision married with the joy of exquisite, comprehensive, organic movement. Marty offers physical practice that is both challenging and nourishing, providing ever deeper union of the elements of the human entity. Martin is passionate about helping people to use their yoga practice to fully inhabit their bodies, their beings, their lives!


My introduction to yoga started as a little girl, watching my mother do her yogic breathing each morning. Ballet and gymnastics played a big part in my childhood, but it wasn’t until age 18 that I actually attended my first full yoga class. Since then, I have had a love affair with this beautiful holistic practice and have been an active participant on and off the mat for more than 22 years. Becoming a yoga teacher was a natural next step when the opportunity arrived to study in February 2012. Having 15 years’ experience in my career as a remedial massage practitioner and involved in many aspects of natural health, my classes are well balanced to create challenge, fun, and to fully relax, leaving you feeling nurtured with an inner smile… maybe an outward smile too.

Michelle Chan

Michelle discovered yoga when she tried to find a long term solution to back pain resulting from scoliosis. As a competitive swimmer from a young age, she was instantly drawn to the aspects of power vinyasa and bikram yoga. She has since been a regular yoga practitioner and has been continuously thirsty for knowledge and the ongoing development of her practice. She has been fortunate to be under the guidance of many respectable teachers in Queenstown, Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney where she completed her vinyasa yoga teacher training with Body Mind Life. Michelle first came to yoga through asana practice but she has discovered that the practice of yoga is more than physical movement. Yoga to Michelle is a way of life, living with awareness, mindfulness and intention. In her classes you will find her guiding you through a journey of creative and powerful sequencing, uniting the breath and yogic philosophy to deepen your mind body connection.


Hi, I’m Emma! I’m a 500RYT and have experience teaching in Australia, Hawaii and Indonesia. My path to yoga began when I found myself in a period where I wasn’t well physically or mentally. So I made changes. I swapped out anything that didn’t serve my happiness and said yes to new things – Yoga being one of them. I’ve been practicing every day since and found that my greatest passion is now sharing these physical, mental and emotional benefits with others. So for me yoga is so much more than the poses you might see. It’s a holistic approach on and off the mat. A workout of the mind, body and soul you might say. I like to teach a challenging yet nurturing vinyasa incorporating a playful flow of poses, pranayama, meditation and mantra. Much like my own practice, these classes aren’t complicated or fancy… Just free flowing, feeling, connecting back and tapping into your inner-awesome!