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About our studio…

Meet Natalie…

Natalie Ristoski is the proud owner and yogini behind Living Flow Yoga Ashfield.

First discovering yoga as a way to seek solace during her hectic corporate career in the fashion industry, in 2015 Natalie decided to embark on the yoga lifestyle full time as a teacher and facilitator and then studio owner.

Living Flow was first established in 2015 when Natalie began sharing yoga from a local dance studio. Those humble beginnings was where the steady roots of the Living Flow community were first grounded, and then in January 2017 we officially opened our doors to our purpose built yoga studio and growing yoga offering.

Living Flow has evolved into not only a place to practice yoga but also as a space to feel belonging and to be part of a real community. Natalie’s warmth and enthusiasm for yoga is key to this community, and has sourced other like-minded yoga teachers to make up her teaching team.

Natalie is passionate about yoga as a vehicle for embodiment and transformation, women’s wellbeing, and fostering connection. You can catch her at the studio for energising flow and restorative yin classes, at her regular Saturday morning run or for one of her inspiring workshops or even a nourishing retreat.

When not hanging out in the local Ashfield area, she’ll be in the Blue Mountains with her partner, founder of Happy Buddha Retreats. Natalie is also working on a future Living Flow yoga teacher training program, something many of her yogis will be excited to be part of.

Our Purpose

“To be present; one moment at a time.
To embrace life, whole-heartedly and with passion.
To feel deeply connected to oneself, others and the magnificent world around us.”

“Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom
that you may not have known even existed.”

~ BKS Iyengar

Our welcoming yoga teachers

Zsa Zsa Power

Zsa Zsa is an experienced yoga teacher who has a keen interest in anatomy and is an accredited nutritionist.

Zsa Zsa Power

Drawn to the therapeutic benefits of yoga, Zsa Zsa encourages students to connect to themselves, and move with the body they inhabit today so that they practise safely and modify the postures where required.

With a background in athletics and gymnastics, Zsa Zsa found that yoga was the perfect antidote with it’s attention to breath and respectful body movement. With a quietened mind, she knew this practice was special — and hasn’t been able to leave her mat since!

Pigeon is Zsa Zsa’s favourite pose. “It feels so good in the hips and frees the spine, with the added benefit of the forward fold, to become still and introspective.”

Join Zsa Zsa for a dynamic flow or juicy, blissed-out yin.

[Image: Christie Victoria Photography]

Teaghan Alexander

For Teaghan, yoga is a way of life and was drawn to it for it’s creativity, embodiment and fluidity.

Erin Dooley Yoga Teacher and Writer

Teaghan is continuously exploring different styles, broadening her knowledge through numerous teachers around the world, and looking for ways to make that available to others through her teaching.

Her teaching style is slow, strong and technical through the embodiment of alignment, and the potency and poetry of presence. Her classes are focused on the breath, flowing detailed movement, and steeped in reminders of the simplicity and joy of being ones authentic self.

Her favourite Asana pose is Mālāsana. The grounding presence one experiences when sitting in this pose, holds a steadiness towards clarity and awareness.

Samantha Brett

Samantha teaches beautifully strong, slow, and intuitive sequences to take you deep into your practice.

Erin Dooley Yoga Teacher and Writer

Originally from Canada, Sam moved to Bondi in 2014 and was called to the yoga mat over a decade ago.

Since then, Sam believes yoga has taught her how to live, to be alive, how to be compassionate, kind, disciplined, soft, inspired. She truly feels the magic of yoga is when she feels fully conscious, aware, like nothing else matters.

Expect a strong, slow, and intuitive sequence to take you deep into your practice harmonizing movement with breath.

Favourite Pose? “That’s a tough choice, the postures are always revealing themselves in new ways, a blank canvas, even the most familiar postures, can feel brand new.  Parivrtta Trikonasana might be it for the moment.”

 

Marnie Palomares

Marnie is a contemporary dancer and an experienced yoga teacher.

With its breath, movement and creative flow, yoga has been a form of medicine for Marnie, in helping maintain a healthy lifestyle and sustain her dancing career. And for Marnie, syncing of breath, movement and creativity is key to yoga.

Marnie’s dynamic flow practice is mindful with slow transitions and movement. She is passionate about the powerful benefits of yin yoga and teaches with a gentle approach and very considered sequencing. She enjoys shaping the practice in a waythat honours what your body/mind needs in that particular moment.

For Marnie, the beauty of yoga is that it has the potential to influence your life on and off the mat. Her favourite pose is half pigeon; a yin-flavoured moment to receive and restore.

Join Marnie for her regular flow and yin classes.

Melanie Palomares

A yoga teacher and secondary dance teacher, Melanie believes yoga is the perfect holistic approach to life and well-being!

Trained in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, prenatal/postnatal and yin yoga styles, Melanie’s interest lies in sequential flow and the sensitive somatic experience. Her classes are dynamic with a steady progression, providing the space for individuals to work at their own pace and own level of experience.

In Melanie’s own words, “I like to create a calm and grounding space for students to become more attuned to their body.”

Her favourite shapes are Cobra for it’s lengthening qualities and Warrior 2 for grounding and yet energised stance.

Catch Melanie for flow, yin and for the occasional prenatal class.

Elsa Geelan

Elsa loves that through yoga she can share the beautiful benefits of the breath and great alignment to every level yogi.

Erin Dooley Yoga Teacher and Writer

Elsa’s yoga journey began after the birth of her second son. She was searching for something that would help calm her mind and help her deal with the very demanding job of motherhood. She fell in love with the physical practice of yoga after her very first class, but quickly started to see that the benefits for her were far more than only those of the body.

Elsa’s love of yoga hasn’t stopped there – she currently adores bringing yoga to those starting out on their journey, by teaching the benefits of the breath and great alignment, as well as bringing a slow and strong flow to more seasoned practitioners.

“I want the gift of the asana, combined with the spaciousness between our thoughts that yoga gives us, to be accessible to everyone. Whenever in doubt always come back to child’s pose!

Tanya Veselcic

Tanya teaches from a place of wanting to empower others with a yoga practice rich in accessible yoga philosophy.

Tanya’s classes are a place to experience freedom, practice presence and to learn more about oneself through movement, breath and stillness. She believes that yoga is the beauty of living with awareness. Tanya hopes that her classes encourage students to exercise their whole being towards openness with a greater sensitivity & receptivity in the relationship with themselves and all living things.

Tanya’s first introduction to yoga was during her contemporary dance studies. With the fusion of breath and flowing movement, she was instantly hooked.

Savasana is Tanya’s go-to pose: “It is only in stillness, surrender and silence that we can truly see, know and remember.”

Paige Isley

Not only a fantastic and yoga and meditation teacher, Paige is our resident nurse and birth/postpartum doula.

Paige’s classes are guided by compassion and kindness while still challenging mind-body boundaries. Her vision is to educate & empower people to use yoga and mindfulness therapeutically as a supplement in the day to day life and a key component in healthcare. Guided by intuition and a natural curiosity, Paige discovered yoga.

Her shape of choice is the toe sit! “As we live in a society that often has neglected ankles and feet, this pose stretches and lengthens the plantar fascia like no other.”

Join Paige for a dynamic flow, prenatal yoga, gentle mums + bubs class or for one of her pregnancy workshops.

More than the studio and teachers, it’s our community of students which also makes Living Flow Yoga so special.

Our beautiful studio

Living Flow Yoga is a light-filled studio with good vibes all around and located in Ashfiled, NSW.

It’s a simple space with the main yoga studio (including an area to store your shoes as you walk in), and a back-section which houses a complimentary tea station, cube storage for personal belongings, yoga props, two change rooms and our small retail section. You’ll also have access to toilet facilities.

The studio has been purpose built with yoga-friendly flooring and panel heaters at the ready for the cooler months. We often have fresh flowers, candles and palo santo burning to enhance the entire experience.

We’re located not far from Ashfield Mall at 5/6-8 Holden St, Ashfield NSW 2131. There is ample street parking around the neighbourhood.

Join a yoga class today!

Keep connected with your yoga community, stretch out and feel grounded. All studio classes are live-streamed.

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Read our article about the power of practice.