Teachers & Practitioners


Christine Villiers

A long time ago, "by chance" I was introduced to one of Shanti Gowans' yoga classes through a friend.  I realised this was what I had been looking for.   I trained with Shanti  and I am still a student of Shanti's, forever grateful for the teachings, the wisdom and love I have received from her.  Shanti's style of yoga is holistic, transformational and peaceful.   In my classes here as a teacher, I aim to create a peaceful space that students can come to where there is no judgement, no expectations, where each student can 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 and I am very committed to my own daily yoga and mediation practice.

I have been running the Southern Yoga and Health Centre for 25 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.   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.



Maite Rivela


Maite started teaching Hatha yoga in Spain when her teacher there recognised her love and dedication to yoga, but she trained here in Melbourne at Victorian Institute of Yoga Education and Teacher Training (VIYETT) and at Rainbow Kids Yoga to teach children.  She is very dedicated to creating a nurturing and safe environment for Yogis of all levels,  that supports inward focus and exploration of the body, mind and spirit.  She has the intention that in her classes her students will be able to improve their quality of life, by honing their mindfulness and meditation abilities.  She brings a lovely warmth and groundedness to her classes and an authentic and fun approach, demonstrating her love and passion for Yoga.

Leah Woroglian,  Children's Yoga Teacher



Leah has recently moved to Melbourne from Perth.  She wanted to know how it feels to build up a life away from all her creature comforts.


She started yoga 6 years ago and was taken aback with the journey it has taken her on.  It has taught her the importance of having a discipline but maybe more importantly she feels it is still teaching her how to have a back bone whilst being gentle and kind to herself and others.


Within the last year she was lucky enough to teach in a high school, teaching year 7's to year 12's.  This opportunity to work with children/teenagers was such a pleasant reminder to be more playful with  both her mind and body.


Leah  very much enjoys teaching the young children here the yoga practices and principles that will empower them and stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.  


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.

Deanne Atkinson


Deanne brings 20 years experience in spiritual development.   As an Accredited Medium, Deanne provides Readings with accuracy and integrity to help you understand your life and gain clarity to move forward.    She also founded Parent with Passion a service supporting Mums with any negative emotions and struggles they are having with parenting, helping Mums find empowerment and providing strategies for a happier household.   


Readings and Parenting appointments are available in Mornington.    Bookings essential and can be made via 0413 316 079 or deanne@parentwithpassion.com.