Johannes Mochayedi (director)

hannesJohannes has been teaching yoga for the last 21 years and has been the Director of the Dance of Life Yoga studio since 2009. He has studied a variety of styles including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Hatha, Power Flow (Vinyasa) and Bikram. His versatility and experience is reflected in his ability to create inspirational and dynamic classes with solid foundation. In supporting safe practice while also challenging growth and development, Johannes focuses on attention to detail, precise alignment and effective use of the breath. Johannes is available to teach both private classes and small groups (up to 4). He can be contacted at or 0438 832 000.


Eugenie Knox


Founder and Director of Dance of Life from 1975-2008 and Founder/ Director of Yogafest since 2005, Eugenie remains committed to her loving and devoted role as teacher and advisor as well as ardent student of Amma, world renowned guru and humanitarian. Eugenie began as a contemporary dancer and formed her own company creating and mounting theatrical feature length dance-works with spiritually based themes for many years. Eugenie and her two teenage daughters developed a mime and dance team Clown Theatre, and travelled extensively in Australia and India. In 1978 after meeting the Guru Swami Muktananda she learned meditation and under his tutelage became a teacher of Yoga. Since those early blissful days she remains devoted to Truth and Reality, the subterranean depths of our mortal existence and conveys this understanding to her students. Still teaching at 76 Eugenie loves each and every moment sharing with her students and certainly intends to continue till her last breath.


Elizabeth Bell

elizabethElizabeth Bell has been teaching and practising yoga for over 30 years. By nature curious and playful, she values yoga for its inherent qualities of peacefulness, strength and steadiness.

Her breath-led vinyasa classes flow with vigour, music and gentleness – the gifts of yoga. Over the years she has studied with cosmologists Maggie Nimmo and Eugenie Knox and in the inspired system of Vanda Scaravelli through Diane Long in Rome; she has spent time with Swami Satyananda in India and from Sivananda she received her certificate to teach. For the last 6 years has studied Patanjali’s yoga sutras with the Mohans and is currently half way through Ganesh Mohan’s Yoga Therapy course. Thankfully, learning never ends! Check out Elizabeth’s Ovarian Temple on her website


Joanna Carroll

Dancer/choreographer/pilates and yoga teacher is also a qualified teacher of visual arts and sculpture. She has a graduate diploma in Movement and Dance with additional studies in Classical Ballet and contemporary dance forms.


Renata Smenda

Renata began practising Iyengar yoga more than 30 years ago, whilst studying dance. During her career as a dancer, which took her to many countries, she continued to learn and advance her yoga practice working with a variety of teachers. Arriving in New York in 1999 she got to experience Vinyasa yoga. It resonated with her immediately. The classes involve movement which is synchronized to the breath. The poses are connected together in a smooth motion, becoming like a dance.  It wasn’t long before she was teaching her first class.

Renatas classes could be described as dynamic yet gentle. Progressing through differing sequences her class caters to a wide range of levels. Safely, she builds up the students’ bodies toward final more challenging poses. And though her classes are serious there is always an element of play about them.


Julie Gargano

Julie has had a long and dedicated career in yoga having established her own yoga and wellness sanctuary, Prana House from 2006-2022.

She also pioneered Amrit Yoga and I AM Yoga Nidra in Australia from the USA having trained with world renowned Yogi Amrit Desai since 2004. She has since developed her own style of yoga called Pranaa Yoga which is influenced by her Iyengar Yoga background, Amrit Yoga, her dance background, plus deep absorption in meditation, energy healing and esoteric training which span over many decades. Her classes are deep, meditative, soulful, powerful, connected and she manages to inspire her loyal following of students to evolve into the purest versions of themselves. Julie’s approach to yoga has a strong emphasis on Prana and it is felt, cultivated and awakened in her Presence. Julie Gargano is delighted to share her love of the wisdom teachings of yoga with the Dance of Life community, both in weekly classes and the Pranaa Yoga Teacher Training course, which runs for 12 months/350hrs.


Eugenie (Maheswari) Knox founded the Dance of Life Yoga Studio in 1974.
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