Karyn Grenfell, Director (Certified – KPJAYI)
Karyn is a direct student of the late master of Ashtanga Yoga, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji). In 2012, on completion of the Advanced A (3rd series), Karyn received her advanced teaching certificate from Sharath, Guruji’s grandson, now director of the yoga institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore.
She is the only teacher in Melbourne and one of a handful of teachers worldwide to receive this high level of teaching recognition.
Karyn has been practicing for over 19 years and teaching daily early morning Mysore – style classes in Melbourne since 2001 (formerly Blue Lotus Ashtanga). She feels honoured to be able to share this practice with others and through her own experience Karyn firmly believes in the transformational aspects of Ashtanga yoga.
Karyn first encountered yoga in 1994 to help her deal with the stress of being a newly graduated nurse in a busy Melbourne hospital.
She came across Ashtanga Yoga whilst living in London in 1997 and never looked back! By the end of that year she was en route to Mysore, India to study with Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) (1915 – 2009) and Sharath. The energy of the practice, the inspiration of Guruji and Sharath compelled Karyn to immerse herself in the practice. Since then Karyn has returned annually to Mysore to learn from Guruji and now Sharath.
Karyn’s ongoing travels to India has sparked an interest in all things to do with Indian culture, this has led her to study Sanskrit and Indian Studies at a university level.
Karyn’s intention in teaching is to inspire others to practice with dedication and patience her teachers have inspired her. She believes that once a consistent practice is established, benefit comes and the journey unfolds…. slowly, slowly, of course!
Karyn opened Ashtanga Yoga Melbourne in August 2013 and gave birth to her beautiful little boy, Hamish a couple of months later. It is so amazing to see him grow and change, just as it is great to see so many students enjoying their yoga practice at AYM.
Karyn teaches early morning Mysore – style class on Monday – Thursday and the led class on Friday mornings.
Michelle Brady (Authorised level 2 – KPJAYI)
Michelle started practising varying yoga and meditation techniques from the age of 17. She made her first trip to India in 1999. Discovering Ashtanga Yoga in a small beach town called Pune, India. The practice felt too challenging at the time and she continued with a daily hatha practice and meditation.
Moving to Melbourne, Australia in 2001, Michelle was introduced to Robert Byrne. She continued to study yoga in many forms with Robert on and off until 2008. In 2009 Michelle sensed there was more to an Ashtanga yoga practise than challenging asana. Michelle found Karyn Grenfell and the traditional Ashtanga practice. Since this discovery Michelle has traveled to Mysore, studying with Sharath Jois and recently had the honour of assisting Sharath in Mysore.
Michelle was also blessed with a Level 2 authorisation from Sharath Jois during this trip (2015/2016).
Michelle has assisted and taught at Ashtanga Yoga Melbourne under the guidance of Karyn Grenfell since 2014.
Drawn to the way the body and mind interact Michelle has also studied natural medicine, including aromatherapy, reflexology, TCM and anatomy and physiology. Michelle is a qualified massage therapist and oriental therapist. She also has a degree in contemporary dance. Other aspects of my being include love of the ocean, nature and animals and soul and hip hop music.
Michelle feels incredibly honoured to be able to share the practice of Ashtanga as taught to her by her teachers. Her warm hearted and compassionate approach helps guide students within, allowing the nature of the practice to enhance their lives.
Michelle teaches the evening Mysore classes.
Tina Inserra (Authorised level 2 – KPJAYI)
I started practising yoga in 2005 after being introduced to Karyn by one of her students. I found Karyn to be a welcoming, warm and encouraging teacher with a strong commitment to the traditions of Ashtanga yoga. I have been dedicated to the practice ever since.
I am a photographer and was working in a busy advertising studio when I started practicing yoga. I found that not only did yoga reduce my stress levels but quickly realised that amongst the many physical benefits, yoga also gave me the ability to maintain a calm state of mind, with improved focus and concentration. This has led me to explore the other 7 limbs of Ashtanga yoga, which go beyond the physical part of the practice.
I started assisting Karyn in 2007. I really enjoy working with the other students in the shala, helping them develop their practice with the same encouragement and patience that Karyn has shown me. I feel that this is a true privilege, where I have been able to learn more about the practice from another perspective and also to deepen my own practice.
In 2012, I travelled to India to study with Sharath at KPJAYI in Mysore, which was a truly wonderful experience. I hope to return to Mysore to further my studies and understanding of yoga.
Since then Tina has returned to Mysore for 2 months in Nov and Dec 2014, March 2016 and Dec/Jan2017. Her dedication to the her own practice and teaching are inspiring.
Tina teaches the weekend Mysore classes.
I started practising yoga at the suggestion of friends who thought it may offer an antidote to my hyperactivity. Impressed by the physicality of Ashtanga yoga – the physiques of practitioners and, of course, the crazy poses – I soon found myself drawn to practising more and more.
I recall practice being very hard for me initially, but I felt fantastic afterwards so never regretted going to class, even though it was sometimes hard to get there!
Several years on, I have a daily practice, and make regular trips to India to practice with Sharath Jois at the KPJ Yoga Institute in Mysore; I feel yoga has become second nature to me, like brushing my teeth and it makes me feel invigorated, yet content. Outside of yoga, I enjoy reading Murakami, and dancing with abandon to hip hop and soul music.
I started practicing Ashtanga in 2008, after stumbling across Karyn’s Mysore class while looking for morning yoga classes in Melbourne.
My original interest in yoga was stretching to complement a passion for long distance running. However, I soon discovered there was much more to Ashtanga than stretching and after practicing for a number of months found I had become more passionate about Ashtanga than running!
I particularly value the lessons of commitment, dedication and patience that practicing Ashtanga teaches and the simple philosophy of “do practice and all is coming”. I also believe yoga is the best way to start the day! I have since hung up my running shoes forever…