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 20 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.
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 Sunday Mysore classes and Wednesday evening led half primary series class.
I was first introduced to yoga in London in 2008, and then 4 years later my boyfriend at the time took me to my first Ashtanga class. It wasn’t an immediate click, but I kept going with him. Then I found that when I was going to other yoga classes, something just wasn’t shifting energetically as it did when I practiced Ashtanga, and I took up regular practice.
I decided to do my first teacher training with my Ashtanga teacher in London, Ryan Spielman, primarily to deepen my understanding of the practice. I hadn’t anticipated what an invigorating challenge I would find teaching to be, nor the exquisite, subtle, somatic connection that occurs in the practice between teacher and student. I was enthralled and eventually began teaching full time.
After a few years in London I moved to Melbourne and found Karyn. It has been a joy and a privilege practicing and teaching with her.
Overall, the Ashtanga Vinyasa System drew me into the world of spiritual awakening where I found my passion for the exploration of consciousness and realisation of Yoga.
Guruji’s famous expression, ‘do your practice and all is coming’, is highly affecting for me in its truth.
Imogen teaches Tuesday and Thursday evening Mysore classes.
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…
Tania teaches the Saturday morning class and assists Karyn in the weekday morning Mysore classes.
Ian Cheney (Authorised – KPJAYI)
Current assistants in Karyn’s morning Mysore classes are:
Alex Lee, Stephane Hisler, Keong Yap, Tania Wilson, Steph Tonkin and Maria Jose Gidi