Our Teachers


Meet our certified teachers

 

Caroline CogginsCoggins

Caroline Coggins is the principal Iyengar yoga teacher and Director of the Yoga Centre.

Caroline has been teaching yoga for over 30 years and brings to her teaching a particular awareness and sensitivity, informed by her early training as an osteopath and naturopath and later training in psychotherapy. Her focus is to find a connection between the mind and yoga practice. The aim of her teaching is to encourage each yogi to find a way into the asanas, emotionally, physically and spiritually, in order to develop the spirit itself.

Caroline is a Senior Iyengar Teacher and is qualified to train teachers in the Iyengar method of yoga.

Caroline has been a student of the Iyengar family since the early 1980s. Most years she travels to India to study directly with the Iyengar family.

 

Suzi Chin Silicz

Suzi is an experienced Junior Intermediate Level 1 certified Iyengar Teacher and has been practising yoga since 1983 and trained with Caroline Coggins.

She has been teaching at the Yoga Centre for over 20 years and at The Garvan Institute for Medical Research & Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute for many years. Suzi has studied with the Iyengar family in India and Australia.

Off the mat, Suzi is a freelance graphic designer.

 

Peta Keaney

Peta is a long time yoga practitioner and certified Iyengar yoga teacher. She started practicing yoga in 1982 and committed to Iyengar yoga in 1987. Peta completed her teacher training with Caroline Coggins and Alan Goode.

In early 2014 Peta travelled to Pune and studied at the Iyengar institute.

 

Helen Willoughby

Helen joined Caroline Coggins’ teaching program early in 2014 after more than 10 years as a dedicated Iyengar yoga practitioner in Sydney and Canberra. Helen holds a Intro Level 2 certification.

Off the mat, Helen works in employment and holds a Masters in Public Policy.

 

 

Meet our teachers in training 

 

Belinda Piggott
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Belinda was first introduced to yoga in the 1990’s and has been a regular practitioner of Iyengar for the last 8 years. She started pre-teacher training in Hong Kong and has been studying with Caroline Coggins since January 2016. Her formal training has been complemented with intensives with members of the Iyengar family in China and Malaysia.

 

Caro Sherwood

Caro’s interest in the body and physical wellbeing has been fuelled by her life long passion for Yoga. As a Remedial Therapist and a yoga practitioner she has developed a profound understanding of the physical body. Caro entered the teacher training program with Caroline Coggins in 2016.

 

 

Angela Bateman

Angela has been practicing Iyengar yoga for 10 years at Half Moon Yoga under the guidance of Claire Havey. She is currently undertaking the Introductory Level teacher training program with Caroline Coggins.

Angela is a Registered Occupational Therapist and has a background in health, safety, ergonomics and injury rehabilitation. Angela is also completing a Master of Art majoring in Painting.

 

Sam Sgambellone

Sam Headshot 1Sam begun practicing yoga seriously as a means of deepening his meditation practice and as a result is particularly interested in yoga as a means for exploring the relationship between body and mind. After practicing primarily Ashtanga yoga, he begun practicing with Caroline in 2016 and has recently begun the teacher training program.

Off the mat, Sam is a small business owner and a director of a not-for-profit.

 

 

Marie Kouzi

Marie joined Caroline Coggins’ teaching program 2016 after 5 years as a dedicated Iyengar yoga practitioner in Sydney.

She is passionate about the space and freedom yoga has brought to her life, as well as the way it has improved her posture and overall wellbeing.

Off the mat, Marie works in the corporate world and enjoys travelling the world.

 

Casey Willoughby

Casey has been practicing Iyengar yoga for over 10 years and started her teacher training with Caroline in January 2017.

Outside of yoga Casey studies Psychology  at the University of New South Wales.

 

Rachel Gentely

Rachel was first introduced to yoga five years ago and has since developed her personal practice with a strong interest in Iyengar yoga. Rachel moved to Sydney in 2016 and found the Yoga Centre, she embarked on her teacher training program with Caroline Coggins in January 2017.

Her formal training is complimented by regular workshops and assisting other teachers at the Yoga Centre on an ongoing basis.  

 

Suzanne Waplington

Suzanne was introduced to Iyengar Yoga over 10 years ago and has been a committed practioner ever since. She joined Caroline Coggins Teacher Training Program in 2017 looking to further deepen her yoga practice.

Off the mat, Suzanne has a legal background and works in Technology.