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Brisbane's Best Yoga and Aerial Yoga Teachers

At Bend + Fly, we have great mix of aerial and floor yoga teachers – most of which have over 500 hours of yoga/aerial teacher training. We hand pick our teachers not only on their expertise but also their ability to care and connect with our students.

Our floor yoga teachers are Power Vinyasa and Yin Yoga qualified – trained to deliver the beautiful combination of strong and soft yoga and movement classes.

While our Aerial Yoga Teachers all trained under our Senior Aerial Teacher Renae Stevens – a pioneer in bringing Aerial Yoga to Australia in 2011. Renae and the Bend + Fly Aerial Yoga Teacher Team were among the first to teach Aerial Yoga in Australia through their connection with Flight Skool at West End – the original and founding home of Aerial Yoga in Australia. With the Owners of Flight Skool moving on to other ventures, we were fortunate this legacy of quality teaching, innovation and passion for flight has been continued on to Bend + Fly.

Lauren Mason

Aerial | 1ON1 Teacher

Growing up as a gymnast, Lauren has always felt just as comfortable being upside down as standing up! After injuring her back during a training session 4 years ago, Lauren turned to Yoga to heal both body and mind. “Yoga nurtured and changed my life in so many positive ways. It lead me onto this path where I am grateful to teach and share the beautiful practice of Yoga, and the joy and freedom of AntiGravity.” Lauren's classes include a balanced mix of flexibility, strength and fun with a genuine love of flight! Book a 1ON1 Session with Lauren

Rachael Gibson

Aerial | Yoga | 1ON1 Teacher

Rachael Gibson has been teaching for more than 15 years and has 700+ hours of training in mat and aerial yoga. Rachael has been practising Yoga and Meditation for more than 15 years, and has been performing and teaching Circus Aerials since 2002. With aerial yoga being a perfect combination of so many of her interests, Rachael loves sharing the freedom and flow of yoga and AntiGravity Aerial Yoga. Book a 1ON1 Session with Rachael

Renae Stevens

Lead Aerial Teacher | 1ON1 Teacher

Renae Stevens, Founder of Aerial Yoga Therapeutics Training Courses, is one of Brisbane's most qualified aerial & yoga teachers with 20 years yoga teaching & is a certified Level 5 AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga Master Instructor. Renae is also a qualified Pilates Rehab Instructor & has completed a 3 year intensive training program for Personalised Yoga Therapy at the Yoga Arts Academy in Melbourne & completed Physiotherapy Foundation Studies in anatomy & physiology at UQ. Renae also holds a master’s degree in Mental Health & is a registered Art Therapist & Yoga Therapist specialising in trauma recovery. Book a 1ON1 Session with Renae

Carla Raleigh

Yoga | Aerial | 1ON1 Teacher

Carla’s passion for yoga began in Canada as a daily stretch and warm up for snowboarding. She found by practicing yoga, every aspect of her life became more fluid, and everything began to fall into place. According to Carla, “The more I practiced yoga, the calmer and more connected I felt, and everything in my life began to improve. I became less reactive to outside influences, and felt like I had finally gotten out of my head and back into my body.” Carla’s goal in every class is to help her students build this mind body connection. As a qualified acupuncturist, Carla brings her knowledge of anatomy into her teaching to ensure safe alignment and a personalised practice. Her classes will challenge you. Not just physically, but also mentally. Learning to let go of expectation and break through the barriers of doubts and fears the mind often creates, allowing the body the freedom to move with ease. When we release expectation from the mind and allow the breath to be our guide we find ourselves doing and experiencing things we never thought possible. Book a 1ON1 Session with Carla

Cameron Taylor

Aerial | Yoga | 1ON1 Teacher

Cameron brings over 7 years of teaching experience and more than 400 hours of training in yoga, aerial, mobility, fitness, physical therapy and personal coaching. He is passionate about helping you to move your best and love moving your body! Book a 1ON1 Session with Cameron

Nirvana Pilkington

Yoga | Aerial Teacher

Nirvana has a love of movement that has taken them on a journey in the realms of yoga, dance, partner acrobatics, handstands, aerial yoga and acroyoga. As a former high school teacher, yoga offered much relief to a high stress occupation, and at the same time a great cross training skill for Nirvana's love of circus training. Combined with their passion for teaching, Nirvana offers a dynamic flow and creative sequencing to all classes. Their playful nature encourages people to explore their edge feeling the joys of taking flight in Aerial Yoga in a safe, supportive environment.

Roz Yee

Yoga Teacher

Originally a Foundation Member of Bend and Fly, Roz first discovered yoga in 2006 at the gym as a way to stretch within her fitness regime. But it wasn't until 2014 that she made the commitment towards a regular weekly yoga practice. What started off as a physical means for her to relax, eventually transformed into a greater awareness of the mind and body both on and off the mat. In May 2018, after 5 years of continuous and dedicated practice, Roz took her yoga journey to another level and greater depth, and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Creature Yoga in Byron Bay. Having previously worked in the hotel, travel & real estate industries, in various accountant and administration capacities, Roz is pretty excited to be away from the corporate world for now and be on a path that allows her to teach and share a passion that has changed her life. As a teacher and forever a student, Roz enjoys guiding and practising vinyasa, yin and restorative styles of yoga. Expect her classes to be a melody of strength, mobility, mindfulness, softness and hopefully fun!

Albina Bezdetko

Aerial | Yoga Teacher

Yoga has been a part of Albina's life for over 15 years. Having always wanted to teach but never having the courage, she found her wings with Antigravity Aerial Yoga and completed her first training with Renae Stevens at FlightSkool in 2014. Albina realised early on that her journey as a teacher and student had just began. In 2015 she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training. Albina has also completed 50 hours of Yin Yoga training with Joe Barnett. Dedicated to always remaining a student of the practice Albina is deeply grateful for the loving wisdom her teachers have shared with her. At the heart of Albina's teaching is the passion to help others heal - body, mind and soul, and walk away with a smile. Albina is known for her playful classes both in aerial and yoga - very much a reflection of Albina's fun and infectious personality

Carly Ponter

Yoga | Aerial Teacher

Carly has achieved a variety of yoga accreditations over the years, as well as qualifications in Pilates, Aerial Yoga, and Massage Therapy. She utilises all of these elements to inform her teachings. This vast and varied body of knowledge helps her make the practice of yoga accessible to people of all ages, body types and backgrounds. You can expect classes with her to be focused firmly around anatomy and cultivating a deeper awareness of your body... all with a cheeky dash of humour! Book a 1ON1 Session with Carly

Ash Caeiro

Yoga Teacher

Ash started practicing Yoga in Brisbane and has been taught by some of Brisbane's best across many studios and intensives. Whilst originally a power hungry hot yoga student, he found his pace in the more mindful challenges of Yin and VinYin. He likes to take your practice past just the asanas and really get into the mind and allow for introspection. You'll see him pop up from time to time covering power classes too, where the challenge will definitely be on.

Emily Horvath

Yoga Teacher

For Emily yoga is a life-long practice - she is passionate about sharing the experience of yoga not just through the physical asana, but as a philosophy and lifestyle. A huge influence in Emily's teaching comes from encouraging students to explore their own intuition through mind- body connection. Emily incorporates a mix of western science and eastern philosophy to make my classes accessible and safe to a large demographic. Emily loves creating sequences and that emphasis movement with rhythm and breath.

Chrystal Nesbitt

Yoga Teacher

Always an active and physical individual, Chrystal came to Yoga as a way to balance the more strenuous side to both her training and lifestyle. Serving for almost 8 years in the British Army as a Physical Training Instructor, Chrystal discovered that within soldiers under her instruction (and her own body and mind) that there was a real deficit of rehabilitation and injury prevention in the Armed Forces. Something she was inspired to help overcome. Yoga had been something that Chrystal practiced irregularly since her teens but began a more focused practice and fell in love with the connection and awareness that it gave, hoping to share this with others, she completed her 200 hr YTT in Ubud, Bali and with this momentum she then went on to find a more authentic style of training from arguably the home of Yoga; Rishikesh, India becoming a 500 hr RYT. Due to her military background and qualification as a Personal Trainer, Chrystal has a strong style of teaching, focussing on clear verbal instructions as well as knowledge of the functionality of the postures and how they are relevant in everyday life. Chrystal believes that movement is the spice of life, but that it should be undertaken with mindfulness and self awareness; her Yoga classes aim to promote this ethos.

Dan Ross

Studio Owner

After opening several yoga studios within fitness centres he operated, it was here Dan got hooked on the joy of yoga and later aerial yoga. in 2016 Dan left the fitness industry after 14 years to embark on opening his own yoga and aerial studio - travelling far and wide, going to the best yoga studios across Australia for inspiration. Finally launching in West End early 2017 (originally opening as Yogabox, later re-branding to Bend + Fly) with the focus on creating a culture of caring, community and fun. Dan is a Qualified AntiGravity Instructor - one day you may see Dan Instructing, but at the moment Dan enjoys focusing of creating an environment for his teacher team to shine.

Michelle Chan (Michelle is on Maternity Leave)

Yoga Teacher

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. Since then, she has 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.

Emma English (Emma is on Leave)

Yoga Teacher

Emma is a self professed Earth Child. Nothing makes her happier than being in nature, amongst plants and animals. Previously a primary school teacher, Yoga for her was, and still is, a way of staying mentally and physically fit. Emma is studying full time to become a Naturopath and so being surrounded by talented, warm and genuine people, perfectly balances out her busy study and work life.

Brodie Rees (Brodie is on Leave)

Yoga | Aerial Teacher

Brodie is one of the most loved yoga and aerial teachers on the Brisbane yoga scene. With a beaming smile and a warmth in her teaching style, it is easy to see why so many students gravitate to her. Brodie, a Lululemon Ambassador, lives for sharing her love and passion for yoga with others and after 20 plus years experience as a dancer, she has deep awareness and appreciation of the body and breath. Originally being drawn to the physical aspects of yoga, it slowly turned from being about the physical to becoming a beautiful spiritual journey for her. “Yoga has had such a positive influence in my life, and for me it means creating a peaceful state of mind as well as a healthy balanced body through regular practice.” Brodie’s vision as a teacher is to simply share the joy of yoga, with anyone who is open to it and watch the benefits improve people’s lives as it has improved hers.