Teachers & Practitioners


Christine Villiers

About 32 years ago, "by chance" I was introduced to one of Shanti Gowans' yoga classes through a friend.  It didn't take me long to realise this was what I had been looking for, the search had stopped.     I am still a student of Shanti's and am forever grateful for the teachings, the wisdom and love I have received from her.   I feel I will always be a student of Yoga and that I will never stop studying and doing my own practice.   I particularly love Shanti's style of yoga, which is holistic, with  deep philosophy and peace and enjoy going to Queensland for weekend retreats with her.    In my classes here as a teacher, I aim to create a peaceful space that students can come to, a place for them where there is no judgement, no expectations, where I can simply support and encourage each student, and they can release their tensions and anxiety and experience some stillness and connection with themselves.   For me Yoga is the path towards a deep inner peace, with all its wisdom and healing, the path home to ourselves.

I have been running the Southern Yoga and Health Centre for 23 years now, and before that I travelled extensively overseas, studying Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, natural health and diet, all of which expanded my understanding of myself and  life.


Tania Truccolo

In 2001 Tania began practicing yoga and quickly developed a passion for the art.

She has described her discovery of yoga as a life changing experience that she wants to help others achieve. Since this discovery she has taken up teaching yoga in 2008 to all ages and capabilities.


She has a Diploma in Hatha Yoga and a Certificate III and IV in fitness.  


Students have described Tania's teaching style as a very peaceful, calming and enlightening experience.   She focuses on holding postures and maintaining breathing patterns that allows students to calm their minds.  Tania teaches our Yin yoga class, our Friday night class and Sundays.


Jarrod Peterson

Jarrod trained with Shanti Gowans and teaches on Wednesday nights at the Centre. 


He is a very popular teacher here and very committed to his own practice and to the classes he teaches, bringing warmth and a sense of fun to them.


Demi Zeglinas

Demi has been practicing Yoga since she was 12 years old and "by chance" one of the first ever Yoga classes she attended many years ago was here at Southern Yoga!  Demi's deep passion for Yoga and teaching led her to Ubud, Bali, where she obtained her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training International Qualification, enabling her to follow her passion to teach and inspire.


Demi's teaching objectives are to guide her students to connect back inwards to their "true self" and focus on letting go of what no longer serves the body, mind and spirit - creating space for the authentic, blissful self to shine from within and out into the world.  



Michelle Tripcony,  Children's Yoga Teacher


Michelle has been practising Yoga for over 10 years and it has become a vital and integral part of her life.  Since having children of her own, she has become very passionate about exposing children and young adults to the powerful benefits of yoga.  She completed the Foundation and the Advanced Yoga for Children courses through Zenergy Yoga in 2016 and currently teaches yoga and mindfulness in Kindergartens, Childcare Centres and both Primary and High School.  Michelle is very grateful to be able to help children feel connected and empowered through Yoga.




Jo Ryan

Can you remember when you were a child playing barefoot, carefree and confident? You lived for the moment, had limitless potential and would dream about how wonderful life would be when you were big. When we grow up, we develop beliefs about ourselves that hold us back, feel uncertain about our future and are overwhelmed with fear and worry.


Life coaching involves working to close the gap between where you are now and where you want to be. It is about finding out what is really important to you, identifying your goals and developing strategies to achieve them. It is about feeling confident all the time, embracing challenges and giving yourself the opportunity to enjoy your life.


Jo is also offering Reiki Healings here at the Centre. The underlying philosophy of Reiki is that if a person's "life force energy" is low, they are more likely to be unwell or stressed. If it is high, they are more capable of being happy and feeling well.


In a Reiki treatment, positive healing energy flows from the hands of the practitioner into the client, increasing their energy levels, releasing tension and promoting wellbeing.


If you would like an appointment with Jo please call her direct on 0409 183 677.

Michelle Bampfield

Synergy Counselling services is an affordable child and family therapy service.  Michelle is a qualified mental health social worker and child and family therapist with a wide professional experience in the public and private sector.  She specialises in a diverse range of specialist counselling services including:  child centered play therapy, grief and loss, anxiety/depression, parent-child relationship, reactions to trauma, parenting concerns ie. behaviour problems and family adjustment/change. 


She is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), a clinical member of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association and listed on the National Register of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia. She is also an active member of the Mental Health Professional Network.


Flexible and after hour appointments are available. Bulk billing is available for children, young people and those with a valid Health Care Card and GP referral. Medicare rebates are available for those who are not eligible for bulk billing