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Our studio

About the Studio

The Balmain Iyengar Yoga Studio was established in 1980 by Pixie Lillas, a Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher, director and principal teacher at the school. All the teachers have been trained by Pixie and hold an Iyengar Yoga teaching certificate. The Balmain Iyengar Yoga Studio offers ongoing classes and courses from Beginner to Advanced level, teacher training, retreats, workshops and intensives for experienced students. We are the longest running Iyengar Yoga studio in Balmain, and are happy to be approaching our 40th year providing the highest standard of teaching to students of all ages.

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Our teachers

Pixie Lillas | Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Pixie Lillas

Pixie Lillas started yoga in 1976 with Dona Holleman in Italy and first went to the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India in 1977. She co-founded the Balmain Iyengar Yoga Studio in 1980 and has been director and principal teacher there ever since. As well as teaching at the BIYS, Pixie runs teacher training courses and workshops in Australia and in Europe. She has been closely involved with the BKS Iyengar Yoga Association since it started in 1985 and with the running of assessments for teacher certification since that time. Pixie continues to go back to study with the Iyengars on an almost yearly basis. She currently holds a Junior Advanced certificate.

Juliet Cobb | Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Juliet Cobb

Juliet relishes the opportunity yoga provides to work deeply on body and mind. As a teacher she takes great pleasure in sharing the joy of yoga with her students and seeing them progress. Juliet is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, trained by Pixie Lillas. She has taught yoga since 2004.

Christine D'Aran | Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Christine D’Aran

Christine D’Aran is a Junior Intermediate level 3 Iyengar Yoga teacher. She has been teaching for over 25 years with the Balmain Iyengar Yoga Studio. She has been to the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune India several times and is an active member in yoga workshops with Senior Teachers in Australia.

Rod Stennard | Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Rod Stennard

Rod started practicing Iyengar Yoga whilst at Art School in Melbourne in the early 1990s. After attending workshops with Pixie whilst living in Tasmania, he continued studying with her when he moved to Sydney in 2001. He went on to complete teacher training in 2004 and is a Junior Intermediate 1 teacher. He has studied with the Iyengar family at their Institute in Pune, India and teaches yoga full-time.

Robyn Pearson | Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Robyn Pearson

Robyn has been practicing Iyengar Yoga and teaching at the Balmain Iyengar Yoga Studio for many years. She is also actively involved in the Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia, where she is a board member and a member of the teachers committee for 2015-2016.

Petra Winkler-Hirter | Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Petra Winkler-Hirter

Petra is currently pursuing Iyengar yoga teacher certification under the supervision of Pixie Lillas. Her knowledge of the body is also extended by her qualification as a remedial massage therapist registered with the Association of Massage Therapists (AMT). She combines her broad knowledge of the human body with a deep passion for health and wellbeing.

Will Northam | Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Will Northam

Will began practising Iyengar Yoga in 2000 and soon after became a student of Pixie’s at the Balmain Iyengar Yoga School. In 2007 Will started teacher training and gained qualification at the Introductory II level in 2011.

Will brings a good balance of authenticity and warmth to his classes and we are pleased to welcome him into the teaching faculty at BIYS.