Teachers

MICHELLE CASSIDY

Michelle Cassidy is the founder and operator of Essence of Living studio and Teacher Training Academy on the Gold Coast. After first discovering Yoga and Pilates at the young age of 16, Michelle knew that she had found her calling, and wished to share both the spiritual and physical benefits of the practice with others.

ALICE DENNEHY

Alice began her journey at Essence of living falling deeply in love with Yoga and Pilates. She saw the positive effects it had in her life. She is passionate about sharing this gift with others, creating a harmonious balance between both practices. Join her to reconnect, grow and love unconditionally.

ANITA DOUGLAS

As Anita entered her 40’s, she realised a piece was missing from herself and when she does Pilates she becomes whole. Her love of movement drew her to complete training in Pilates and Barre. Being inspired by Michelle and the EOL family, she hopes to do the same especially for her children.

BRIE QUARTERMAINE

Brie Quartermaine discovered Yoga 10 years ago when she walked into Michelle’s class and was immediately inspired. With a background in dance, Brie is also a qualified Primary PE Teacher and Kids Yoga Teacher. Brie creates a FUN, engaging, relaxing, creative and inspiring space for kids to discover their inner calm and creativity.

CARLA PAPAS

Carla's yoga teaching style is a balance of fun/high energy and blissland. No matter what you're looking for: a full body workout or a chance to reconnect the mind, body and spirit, you'll leave Carla's class with a smile.

CHARLOTTE BRIGNONE

Originally from Paris, I fell in love with the Gold Coast after finishing my degree in archaeology. I started practising yoga whilst I was travelling and fell in love with it straight away. The desire to share the magic of this practice was profound. I had found my purpose in life, sharing the teaching of yoga and supporting people through their life journey. I could be more happy and grateful.

DANI TEVELUWE

Dani is an educator by trade and flows through life with a song in her heart. She first started practising at Essence in 2014, and has since completed her Yoga and Yin training with Michelle. When Dani isn’t gracing the mat you’ll find her singing a tune or hitting the beach with her Golden Retriever Huey.

DANNY COLLINS

Danny’s yogic journey began in Ireland three years ago. He was in search of clarity and peace of mind which he found along with so many other benefits for the body and soul. His love for yoga grew fonder since moving to Australia and he wishes to inspire others creating strength, flexibility and stability while nurturing a safe space for personal growth and inner harmony. Danny is full of gratitude for the opportunity to help others shine their brightest.

DARCY ADAMS

Darcy was recommended yoga by a physio at the age of 25 due to sports injuries. His body benefited from the practice (his lower back in particular) & he can now play all sports pain free. Ultimately though, he keeps returning to the mat for the meditative affects of the practice & the community. He aims to make his classes how he thinks life should be, hard but without expectations and plenty of support.

EMMA PAPAS

Emma’s Pilates teaching style will get you sweating and smiling. Prepare for a full body burn! She’s all about the high vibes and you’ll leave her class feeling strong, confident and all kinds of awesome.

HOLLIE BRADLEY

Hollie Bradley has been a teacher at Essence of Living for over decade and believes yoga is the key to personal happiness. Her classes are inspired and upbeat, with the focus on self enquiry, alignment and personal development. Hollie is qualified in yoga, Pilates, Thai massage, yin, reiki, applied anatomy, visual arts and physiology.

JADE MCCONNELL

Jade McConnell is a dynamic PIlates teacher who will have caught up in her passion and energy as soon as you enter the room. She discovered yoga and Pilates three years ago and credits both practices with having an amazing impact on her life. When Jade isn’t on the mat you’ll probably find her scuba diving, water skiing or surfing.

JANNINE GEARON

Jannine Gearon has a long standing passion for health and fitness, practicing yoga since her late teens as well as dancing many disciplines in the last 35 years. Jannine has completed her yoga, Pilates and yin training at Essence of Living. Her classes are a reflection of her fun and energetic personality.

KASIA WALLIS

Kasia Wallis discovered yoga and Pilates 12 years ago- she was hooked! Kasia has completed yoga and Pilates training at Essence of Living. When Kasia isn’t teaching she’s probably volunteering for an environmental project or traveling the globe (maybe both at the same time!).

KIMBERLEY BARGENQUAST

Kimberley Bargenquast is a lover of barefoot walks, sunrises, nature, full-moons, yoga, meditation, dancing and the ocean. She is passionate and proud to share yoga and loves supporting her students on their journeys to a more fulfilled life. Join her for for a dynamic, fun and light-hearted practice.

KIMBERLEY DUNCAN

Kimberley found her passion for Pilates over 10 years ago  – and she quickly fell in love. Pilates made her feel strong yet feminine, coordinated and improved her flexibility and core strength without the need for heavy weights and heightened heart rates.

She is so grateful to be doing something that she loves every day, meeting new amazing people, watching her students grow and flourish.

LAURA ASHLEY

I feel that my purpose in this life is to bring more love and help people discover the love and wisdom that lies within them. I am incredibly grateful to share the wonderful practice of yoga so we may all reap its benefits

LESLEY PARKES

When Lesley was lost, yoga found her and brought her back to life. Compelled to share the gift & inspire others Lesley became a yoga instructor in 2013 and mentored our 2017 Yoga Teacher Training course. Reiki trained & influenced by Ashtanga her classes combine empowering dynamic flow & nurturing restoration.

MADISON ISLES

Maddy Isles stumbled upon PIlates three years ago when she began practising for rehabilitation. She soon discovered the bliss of balancing the mind and body in order to achieve ultimate health. When Maddy is not on the mat, you will find her reading, travelling or eating delicious food, possibly all three at the same time!

NATALIE AMOTAWA

Nat is mumma to two lovely little girls, loves to swim in the ocean and feel the sand under feet. Her journey led her to undertake her yoga teacher training here at Essence where she can now be found teaching passionate classes with a side of yogic philosophy and spirituality.

NATALIE HUGHES

Natalie became passionate about bringing yoga into her life to heal both emotionally and physically, and since also turned to Pilates as a safe, supportive and effective way to build strength. She will cheer you on through the challenging times, motivate you, inspire you and have you feeling more stronger and connected to yourself with each and every class.

NICOLA DALY

Nicola is the studio manager, as well as being a mum of two. She ensures that everything runs smoothly and makes the studio the special place it is. To be honest we don't know where we would be without her!

NINA HOFFMAN

Teaching Barre and Pilates allows Nina to feel good and confident in their own skin, much like her other passion being a hair and makeup artist. She loves nothing more than sprinkling light into other people's day, and helping them to shine even brighter. Come to Nina's class for some fun, sweat and happy tears!

PRUE COOPER

Prue Cooper is known as the pocket rocket. You’ll find Prue teaching fast-paced, booty-burning barre classes at Essence of Living. You might also be lucky enough to meet Missy, Prue’s teacup Yorkshire Terrier, who often visits the studio office.

RHIANNON DOHERTY

Rhiannon stumbled across Yoga & Pilates over 6 years ago at Essence of Living and hasn't missed a week since! Rhi loves dynamic Yoga classes that create heat & space, Pilates & Barre classes that make you sweat & anything that involves the beach, moving, feeling good & coffee!

SAVANNAH LUTZ

As an ex-dancer, Savannah has always had a love for articulate movement, flow and precision. Savannah followed her passion for wellness, completing her Pilates, barre, yoga, myofascial release and pre + post-natal teacher trainings. Savannah's style of teaching is challenging, yet relaxed and fun, with a focus on flow and form (think slow burn!). Her favourite part about teaching is connecting with students and seeing their strength, balance and flexibility improve every week. Students will leave feeling confident, strong and in a positive mind space.

SIMONE KELLY

Simone has trained with EOL Academy in Yin, Yoga, Pilates and has 20 years teaching experience. Living an inspired active lifestyle, this mother of 3, carefully plans themed sequenced classes that are fun, motivating and designed to balance your whole body physically and achieve harmony in the mind.

STEPHANIE BONIFACE

Steph is our Assistant Studio Manager and also teaches Pilates, Barre and Yoga regularly in the studio. Having studied Dietetics & Health Coaching, Steph is passionate about helping you nurture a joyful relationship with your incredible body. Join her for an intelligently sequenced, dynamic, challenging and heartfelt class.

SUSIE TAGARRO

A lover of all beings, Susie shares her passion for yoga asana and philosophy with classes that will inspire you on and off the mat. Always shared with a heart-warming smile, her classes will leave you feeling energised and full of love!

TARA BAILEY

Tara has a heartfelt passion for yoga & holistic healthcare, currently studying Naturopathy. With a friendly smile & warm heart she aims to deliver a beautifully nourishing class weaving in her holistic health knowledge to fill up your soul, leaving you feeling a little lighter, brighter and with a happier heart.

THALO GREEN

Thalo is a gentle giant originally from Oregon, where he was a professional basketball player. He is now a PE teacher specialising in basketball. Thalo is a long time teacher who is part of our ongoing Gold Coast Active and Healthy program.

YUKA YOSHINAGA

Yuka Yoshinaga joins the Essence of Living team from Osaka, Japan. Yuka didn’t step onto the mat till her move to Australia, and she soon became addicted. Yuka loves to practice and teach yoga, and feels blessed to do so in a place she loves, with the people she adores - the Essence of Living family.