Our Teachers

Our Teachers 2020-09-13T18:30:56+10:00

Caroline Tang

Caroline Tang, co-founder of Carja Yoga, specialises in Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Meditation. She has practiced yoga extensively for over 10 years and studied with many yogi gurus around the world including Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley who are founders of Yin Yoga.

She started yoga at a time where she was very stressed, mentally and physically. She had a lot of self-doubt, low confidence, and a negative mindset. This manifested as pain and aches in her body, menstrual cramps, and the occasional headaches. What was even more disheartening was that she felt so unfulfilled in her working life, she didn’t have purpose and felt that every day was the same mundane activities, mostly to conform, survive and pay the bills.

It was through the practice of yoga that gave her a sense of calmness, clarity of mind, peace and self-assurance that she had no idea such a practice would give her. It built her self-esteem and belief in herself that she could do whatever it is that she wants in life. Caroline knew there was so much more to yoga than fitness, that it was a transformational practice if you are willing to delve deeper than the physical practice.

Caroline graduated from a Bachelor of Psychology and has an extensive knowledge of how the mind works. She is a trained therapist with a background in Neuro-Linguistic Programing (NLP) coaching – Masters, MBraining, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Chakra Balancing, Psychosomatic therapy, including Emotional Release Bodywork, and intuitive counselling. She has a strong appreciation for the integration of the mind, body and soul, as a unified being. She now has a multitude of modalities and tools that she utilises in her therapy work offered at Carja Yoga Studio.

Favourite Quotes:
“How do you get world peace? You get world peace through inner peace. If you’ve got a world full of people who have inner peace, then you have a peaceful world.” – Wayne Dyer
“Let it be still, and it will become clear.” – Lao Tzu

Guilty Pleasure

Warm sticky date pudding with hot melted caramel sauce and chocolate mud cake with vanilla ice-cream… Mmm…

Recommended Reading:
Be Mindful & Simplify Your Life, by Kate James
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo

Favourite Quotes:
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix
“Let it be still, and it will become clear.” – Lao Tzu

Rodrigo Capati

Rodrigo is a co-founder of Carja Yoga. He completed his yoga teacher training in India where he studied and practiced traditional Hatha Yoga. His physical practice began at 7 years old, learning traditional Ju-Jitsu. His martial arts experience garnered an understanding of the mechanics of movement and the body, but eventually he recognized rigidity in his movements which led him to yoga.

Since his return from India, Rodrigo pays homage to the practice by offering a class that sticks to its traditions, while still being able to work within our modern day lifestyle. You will find his classes have a strong focus on strength, breath and awareness of the body through movement and stretching. His aim is to share yoga benefits with others to allow them to enrich their lives.

Favourite Quote:
“The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.” – Tony Robbins

Guilty Pleasure:
Donuts

Recommended Reading:
The Power Of Habit, by Charles Duhigg
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

Jennifer Tang

Jennifer is a Senior Yoga Teacher, Master Facilitator, Author, Coach and Co-founder of Carja Yoga Studio & Academy. She has practised yoga for almost 10 years, specialising in Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin.

After 3 years of feeling stuck and miserable in her corporate career, where she was driven by external achievement and drive to impress others by decorating herself in branded clothing and makeup (which did not bring her fulfillment), forcing herself to get out of bed every morning, because her work gave her a sense of financial security and met everyone else’s expectations of her; Yoga gave her the clarity and courage to quit her 9-to-5 job and pursue her life purpose in sharing the benefits of yoga.

Yoga has transformed Jennifer’s life. She grew up unaware of how stressed and anxious she was. Yoga taught her how to quieten and train her mind so she can:
• Listen and follow her soul’s purpose
• Be more present
• Have a sharp mind with less mental clutter to make better decisions
• Be calm and at peace with herself and others every day

Jennifer believes that guiding students through yoga is most effective through nurturing to deepen the practice, over forceful assistance.

She draws from her own decades of learning and experience in yoga & meditation; education, personal growth and improving self-esteem in kids and teenagers, as well as from approaches and leaders in the field, including Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews (Yoga Anatomy), Paul Grilley (Founder of Yin Yoga, Yoga Anatomy), Sarah Powers (Founder of Yin Yoga & Chinese Medicine Meridian Channels), Andrey Lappa (Founder of Universal Yoga) and more.

Her upcoming book, “The Urban Yogi Handbook: A Yogic Guide To Connecting With Your True Self” is coming out soon.

Favourite Quote:
“If you cannot find peace within you, you will never find it anywhere else.” – Marvin Gaye

Recommended Reading:
You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise L. Hay
A Return To Love, by Marianne Williamson

Janelle Kingsley

Janelle discovered yoga more than 10 years ago while studying at university, and loves sharing her joy of this practice with others. She specialises in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, meditation practices, and teaching children! Janelle believes that ‘where our intention goes, our energy flows’, and that our mindfulness and vitality on the mat flows on to enrich every aspect of our lives.

Favourite Quote:

‘Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Guilty Pleasure:

My non-guilty pleasures are chocolate (and honestly, a glass of Shiraz!)

Recommended Reading:

Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Tess Healy

Tess has been practicing yoga for over 15 years, after first being introduced to the practice as a young teenager, initially as a way to manage stress. Since then she has incorporated yoga into her daily life, recognising the ever deepening benefits of yoga, not solely on the physical body, but also its calming and clarifying influence on the mind and emotional body.

Tess specialises in the advanced studies of Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra. With a background in fine arts and creative writing, Tess loves weaving storytelling and play into her sequencing. Tess believes we are all artists in the way we choose to move our bodies and guide our own lives.

Favourite Quote:

“Slowing down is the precursor to yoga practice because this simple act allows us to consider our thoughts, feelings, and actions more carefully in the light of our desire to live peacefully.” – Donna Farhi

Guilty Pleasure:

Cake

Recommended Reading:

Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit, A Return to Wholeness, by Donna Farhi

Katie Beech

As a yoga teacher, performer and registered nurse, Katie loves to serve others. Helping people love the skin that they’re in while inspiring and motivating them to find new ways to challenge themselves and create new goals. Katie truly believes that yoga is for EveryBODY. 

Katie has been practicing yoga for 17 years and is constantly learning and growing within her own practice. Yoga has positively impacted her life in so many ways ,which is why she is so passionate about sharing it with others.

In Katie’s class, you will experience her love of gratitude and fun, so you can connect to yourself and your mind, body, breath and surroundings.

Favourite Quote:

‘You don’t go to Yoga to stay the same.”

Guilty Pleasure:

Over the Moo’s ginger ninja coconut ice-cream.

Recommended Reading:

The Living Gita: Complete Bhagavad Gita and Commentary for Modern Readers, by Sri Swami Satchidananda
Jivamukti Yoga, by Sharon Gannon and David Life
The Art of Wellbeing, by Meredith Gaston

Lucy Liga

Lucy started practicing yoga at age 18. Yoga has helped her through stressful times, work challenges and rearing a brood of three children and is a way to gain greater awareness and access insights about herself in order to heal, change patterns and live a joyful life skilfully with compassion, authenticity and kindness.

Lucy’s passion is making yoga inclusive of age, ability and size. In her class, you will experience other areas of yoga beyond the asana into the other limbs of yoga to heal and sow the seeds of opportunity, clarity, compassion and a deeper enjoyment of life.

Favourite Quote:

“However beautifully we carry out an asana, however flexible our body may be, if we do not achieve the integration of body, breath, and mind we can hardly call it yoga. What is yoga after all? It is something that we experience inside, deep within our being.” – Desikachar
Guilty Pleasure:

Time alone in the house, baths and chocolate.

Recommended Reading:

The Tao of Abundance, by L.G.Bolt
Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing, by Lorie Eve Dechar
The Heart of Yoga, by T.K.V Desikachar

Alessia Frisina

Alessia has been practicing Yoga for over a decade. In 2016, finding herself in an unsatisfying corporate job in London, she travelled to Rishikesh (in India) and completed her Advanced Yoga Teacher Training course at the renowned Shiva Yoga Peeth School.
Alessia‘s teaching combines her passion for Yoga, Caribbean Dance & Martial Arts (she is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt). She provides a challenging, yet accessible yoga class with a focus on movement principles, breath awareness and infused with beautiful mantra and chants. Alessia is multilingual and can speak Italian, Mandarin, Hindi and English!

Favourite Quote:

“You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life.” – J. Krishnamurti
Guilty Pleasure:

Pizza & Coffee (I know, so cliche for an Italian)

Recommended Reading:

The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka, by William Hart
Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius

Ramoncito Abella

Ramoncito is a Yoga Teacher and Life Coach. Having an extensive knowledge of the full system of yoga, he specialises in Hatha and Vinyasa. He has studied with a Yogi Monk from the Himalayas, learning the ancient traditions of yoga and Himalayan vinyasa.

What started as a means to be more fit and flexible over 6 years ago, Ramoncito’s yoga journey has become a path of self-discovery, through peace of the mind and openness of the heart.

When he is not behind a computer passionately helping businesses build their brands (having over 10 years experience as a Graphic Designer & Brand Strategist), he is on the mat constantly striving to better himself so that he can inspire others to do so as well.

Throughout his journey, he came to realise that we are trapped in the constructs of our own mind. Our busy monkey mind, jumping around dwelling on the past or overthinking what hasn’t even happened in the future, is robbing us from the beauty of what the present has to offer. That is why Ramoncito is driven to empower you to shake that cage down that we’ve built for ourselves, so that you can live the life you deserve.

Favourite Quote:

“Be thankful in adversity and generous in prosperity.” – Abdu’l-Baha

Guilty Pleasure:

Packet or Deep-Fried Chips. I can make a big packet of Kettle Chilli chips vanish in 20 seconds!

Recommended Reading:

King, by Elliot Hulse

King Warrior Magician Lover, by Robert Moore