Orana Yoga and Wellbeing Centre offers DRU Yoga and Meditation which aligns the body and mind and also works with modified movements to suit the particular needs of class participants.
Dru Yoga has been designed to suit all body types and individual health needs. It is a really beautiful free-flowing yoga where the hour and a half class include carefully planned movements, breath work and a deep restorative relaxation.
It doesn’t matter how bad your body might be feeling, if you haven’t done yoga before we support everyone through modifications to achieve the best results for their bodies and minds.
About our teachers
Julie King Julie is the founder of Orana Yoga & Wellbeing Centre. She has a passion for the wellbeing of all and it is the motivating factor underlying all that she does. She has a deep connection with the World Peace Flame and the education package ‘Peace in Your Hands’. She is also deeply influenced by the ancient Yoga teachings and is currently studying meditation.
Julie’s instructions are clear and simple, always with a focus on keeping her students safe and encouraging them to listen to their own body’s needs and only work at a level appropriate to the individual, at any given time.
Regular yoga, meditation and breath practice has transformed Julie’s life, creating work/life balance and cultivating a new realm of inner peace, strength and serenity.
“I love focusing on moving with steadiness and ease to build strength and flexibility as well as mindful observation of the body and mind. The intention is to always bring body, mind and spirit into harmony.” – Julie
Chelsea Toner Chelsea has worked in the fitness industry for over 10 years and is extremely passionate about and loves everything to do with overall fitness, health and well-being, with a holistic approach to mind, body and spirit.
Chelsea has a deep emphasis and understanding about the importance of balance in all facets of our lives – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually and my intention is to guide and support you on this inspiring and joyous journey.
“My unique offering is stillness, inner peace, freedom and liberation, through listening, healing and present moment awareness”. – Chelsea
Margot Smith Margot is one of our Dru Yoga Instructors and also our Meditation Teacher. With a background studying and working in Health Care, including Mental Health, has sparked a passion to understand how the body can still remember and respond to trauma, even when the mind has “resolved” the issues. Teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga is very effective for healing past trauma. Margot loves helping others discover through Yoga, Meditation, Nature and simple living a conscious way to thrive and transform into their true self. essenceofstillness.com
“In learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn” by Phil Collins
“Yoga and Meditation has enhanced my connection on all levels with my family and with nature and has deepened my understanding and relationship with horses, who I learn from everyday. My four beautiful daughters are my teachers for living with deep gratitude for the preciousness of life and wholeheartedly. I am really just passing on what has worked in my life and my students inspire and teach me about life even more.” – Margot
Rachel Proctor Rachel is a highly motivated, vibrant and creative individual with over 20 years experience in massage, natural therapies, nutrition, pilates and dance. This background in health and healing led her to Dru Yoga Teacher Training; the perfect vocation to compliment her existing practice and passion for assisting people towards optimum wellbeing with a holistic approach. Rachel has been teaching yoga to children, adolescents and adults in Albury/Wodonga and surrounding areas since 2010.
“I obtain great joy and contentment from sharing a diverse range of classes that create a sense of peace, harmony and unity for body, mind and soul.” – Rachel
Maggie Baker Join experienced Meditation teacher and teacher to students studying Meditation, Maggie Baker. Maggie’s classes are designed to either deepen or assist you in beginning your meditation practice. If you are seeking personal benefits from meditation, then you wont be disappointed!
Establishing a regular meditation practice has the power to transform lives; you become healthier, happier and more peaceful and this automatically reflects in the world you create around you.
“If you’ve become disconnected from your true self, want some direction on where to go from here, or have been feeling resistance and frustration as you try to create the things you want in your life, I invite you to reset at our classes. Obstacles are opportunities that challenge you to move beyond your perceived limitations. Find out how to identify and overcome the biggest obstacles you are facing.” – Maggie
Hana Patetl Hana is a retired Adult Literacy Teacher. A philosophy of ‘Literacy for Social Change’ underpinned her work and it is still something she feels very strongly about. Hana has practiced yoga for over 20 years, completing her Diploma of Yoga Teaching with Dru Australia in 2014 and has taught yoga regularly since graduating. Hana is passionate about sharing the joys and health benefits of Dru yoga with others. Hana is committed to lifelong learning and will continue to develop her yoga knowledge and skills by attending master classes and workshops as they become available.
“I look forward to taking my yoga experience to new levels when studying the Post Graduate Mastery course with Dru Australia in 2017.” – Hana
Zoe Mason Since commencing Yoga Teacher Training in Canberra in 2013 Dru Yoga, Zoe has become such a critical and crucial part of her life. Originally drawn to yoga as a form of exercise that might help with her headaches and managing stress levels, it was the mental quietness and physical vibrancy that she felt both during and after class that kept her coming back for more!
Zoe also loves the immediate success achieved in a Dru class- the way it includes health considerations and stages of movements makes it available and achievable for all – no matter your age, flexibility nor experience. Zoe is currently completing the Dru yoga Post-Graduate Mastery course and is qualified to teach kids and teens yoga.
“Since incorporating yoga into my world I’ve see Dru work it’s magic in every aspect of my life – my relationships with my family, with my friends and most profoundly with myself, have all improved and strengthened as a result of my practice. I’m really enthusiastic about sharing the benefits of Dru yoga and I aim to provide nourishing classes which contain the space to get out of your head, a time to connect in with your body and heart, and a moment of pure internal stillness.” – Zoe
Cindy Kelly Cindy’s yoga journey began at age 12 when her mum started taking her to regular yoga classes. Cindy wasn’t quite sure what effect the yoga was having back then, but Cindy could sense a relationship within was forming and a knowing that yoga could take her to a place where she could feel more balanced and peaceful within herself. Yoga was a constant that Cindy continually went back to over the years and after some health issues her desire to go deeper into practice led Cindy to study for her Dru Yoga Teacher Diploma, graduating in 2015.
“Yoga has transformed every aspect of my life including my relationship with myself and others. It has opened me up to a deeper acceptance of all beings and brought so much love and joy into my life. I especially love to do my practice outdoors and anywhere near water. I feel privileged to share the gift of yoga through teaching and love that Dru yoga is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels with modifications for all postures and free flowing sequences- the effects on the entire body are amazing. Namaste.” – Cindy