Allison Dearling

Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance

200 hour yoga teaching qualification with Chi Yoga School, United Kingdom in 2005


Practicing ashtanga yoga since 1999.

Teaching yoga since 2006 in the UK and Australia.

Continuing study with the KPJAYI in Mysore, India.

Yoga Anatomy training with Yoga Synergy, Sydney

Attended many classes/workshops/intensives with the following teachers: R Sharath Jois, David Keil, David Swenson, Kino MacGregor, Tim Miller, Mark Robberds, Eddie Stern, Matthew Sweeney, Paddy McGrath, James Boag.


allison dearling

owner and principal teacher

Recovery from a serious car accident, being made redundant from her accounting career three times in 12 years and the universe’s greater plan are the main influences in Allison’s journey to becoming a yoga teacher.

After working for the BBC and Scottish television in Glasgow, the universe led Allison to studying at the Chi School of Yoga in Glasgow in 2005.

“It’s such a discipline. It’s a real challenge. The set sequence doesn’t allow you to avoid postures you don’t like, so it forces you to notice things about yourself. You can’t hide anything in Ashtanga yoga. It’s a self-study activity. I love that it’s very personal, but it’s also universal at the same time. All of the teaching comes from one individual and has been handed down over time. There’s a consistency to the practice that feels very authentic.”

Allison has extended her training at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India several times. “I absolutely love my teachers in India. I feel such a connection to them with the tradition they pass down, which then gets spread across the world and is practised everywhere, even in Townsville. It feels so good to be a part of seeing the effects it can have on people’s lives.”

“I love that Ashtanga yoga can be different for each individual. For some, it’s all about strength building. Others, it’s about flexibility or movement. Some again, it’s about rehabilitation and others, it’s more about meditation and relaxation.  It’s nice to share in this with all the students that come through the door.”

Teaching yoga for over ten years, the chance to be a positive force in people’s lives is the best thing about each day. “I love seeing the transformation of my students, it makes me very proud of them. I love that yoga and teaching is a slow-burning practice, it’s removed from the instantaneous world we live in, the stress of life that somehow feels like we can’t escape. Yoga can be a key to that escape: it’s about discipline to showing up, and being gentle with yourself. It’s so nice to be part of that, helping people find balance in their lives. And when you are physically strong yet gentle with yourself, which Ashtanga yoga is all about, you’re better able to handle the demands of your day with grace and ease.

“Townsville is a special place. There’s something simple about the way you can live here, enjoying the relaxed pace and beautiful setting. And the weather in winter is heaven!”  “Plus, the Townsville yoga community is very unique. Here, the community is open and supportive of each other, all teachers know one another and catch up regularly and put on events together. I think potential Townsville yogis benefit from that as it means there are lots of great choices for studios and styles, and there’s a greater community aspect to your practice, which can expand one’s horizons even more. All of those factors secured why I wanted to open a studio here and I’m loving it.”

quick facts about allison

originally from: Mount Isa, North Queensland

former life : Certified practicing accountant for 12 years, so I understand about the stresses of corporate life

favourite ice cream: Chocolate and Vanilla (why try the fancy flavours when the classics are just so good?)

signature dish : Spinach and mushroom soup (it’s really simple and anyway, Harry is the cook of the house)

best overseas trips:  India and New York (the two extremes of the earth and if I only go to these places for the rest of my life I am happy)

responsibilities: I’m on management committee of Yoga Tools for Schools, a not-for-profit organisation that provides training to school teachers to introduce yoga into the Townsville school system, and organises community yoga events such as Global Mala and Sundalah Sunday.

something you may not know : I’m a Super fan of  The Bold and the Beautiful. (Seriously, a die-hard fan for about twenty years!)

Harry Normand

200 hour yoga teaching qualification with Chi Yoga School, United Kingdom in 2005

CHEK Exercise coach and CHEK Practitioner Level 2 with the CHEK Institute

Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist


Practicing ashtanga yoga since 2005.

Teaching yoga since 2006 in the UK and Australia.

Worked with professional athletes at the Scottish Institute of Sport and Rangers Football Club

Continuing study with the KPJAYI in Mysore, India.

Attended many classes/workshops/intensives with the following teachers: R Sharath Jois, David Keil, David Swenson, Tim Miller, Mark Robberds, Eddie Stern, Matthew Sweeney.


harry normand

senior teacher and chief chai maker

Harry comes to yoga teaching with a rich background in the health, fitness and sports industry. It all started when he was teaching taekwondo in South Africa in 1998 and 1999.  “It’s a sport that demands high levels of coordination so I wanted to learn more about movement and biomechanics.  Since then I’ve studied continually in the UK, US and India and worked in gyms, clinics and Scotland’s Institute of Sport, helping people to move better for rehabilitation, injury prevention and performance.  For the last three years I’ve had the freedom of working in my own studio, Spark Movement Studio, running a diverse and involved program that continues to help people get great results”“What I love about Ashtanga yoga is that you can never finish it – there’s always another layer of complexity to challenge you – and that the more you concentrate on it, the more you get back from practicing.

For me, yoga is like a reset button for my brain and body.  Getting absorbed, even in a 20-minute practice, can unwind my brain and give me a much clearer perspective on the rest of the day.  It also allowed me to start moving again after a sporting injury sidelined me for two years, so I’ll always be grateful for that.“As a yoga teacher and studio instructor it’s always great to see the positive changes people can make just by concentrating on the simple basics of Ashtanga.  I’m still fascinated by the process, so I learn something from every class.”

What should a participant expect from one of Harry’s classes?  “I always try to act as a guide as much as a teacher, encouraging you to explore the postures with curiosity. As you get to know your own body’s unique reactions to the postures, you can really begin to make yoga your own.”

quick facts about harry

originally from: Glasgow, Scotland.

former life : Mining engineer

favourite ice cream: A nugget slider from the Hillfoot Cafe in Glasgow. (If you’d like to know what that is exactly, you should come to one of Harry’s classes and ask him)

favourite book: On The Road by Jack Kerouac.

best thing about Townsville: After living in big cities for most of my life, I find Townsville the perfect size for me to get around, meet people and do all the stuff I love.  It’s been really easy settling here.

best movie genre: I love old Westerns; they always bring back good memories.

favourite place to visit/holiday destination: I can’t wait to get back to Capetown one day, and I’d love to explore Africa some more. Allison and I always talk about going to Zanzibar, so we’ll have to make that happen one day.

something you may not know: I was the South African heavyweight ITF taekwondo champion in 1999!

Melissa Baker

200 hour yoga teacher training with My Health Yoga


Practising Ashtanga yoga since 2010

Apprenticeship with Live and Breathe Yoga since 2013 and teaching yoga since 2014

Continuing study with the KPJAYI in Mysore, India.

Yoga Anatomy training with Yoga Synergy, Sydney

Attended many classes/workshops/intensives with the following teachers: R Sharath Jois, Mark Robberds, Matthew Sweeney, Eileen Hall and James Boag.

melissa baker


Mel loves that Ashtanga yoga gradually improves physical strength as well as flexibility. “I love the discipline it demands. I love the tradition and lineage underlying the Ashtanga system of yoga, and that the Ashtanga community is an international network of kind and genuine people. I love the way my body feels after practising yoga, and how it offers me an opportunity to tune in, slow down and quieten my hyperactive mind.”

Melissa has joined the Live and Breathe Yoga studio as a teacher after years of practise with Allison and further study. “Teacher training has been the natural evolution of my journey after practising yoga for a few years. Teaching is an opportunity to learn more about yoga and gather more inspiration and knowledge from my amazing teacher, Allison. I want to be able to help others experience the great benefits that Ashtanga yoga can offer.” 

When asked why she’s excited about teaching at Live and Breathe Yoga, Melissa says it’s all about the people and the yoga community in Townsville: “Harry and Allison are excellent teachers, and have created a beautiful space at the studio. I am keen to learn from them both and pass on the knowledge that has helped me so much along my own yoga journey. Live and Breathe Yoga is part of a connected community of yoga schools in Townsville – we are very lucky because Allison and Harry work with others creating lots of opportunities for collaboration for yoga teachers and students.”

What style of class should you expect from one of Melissa’s classes? “Preserving the tradition of Ashtanga yoga but with a strong therapeutic focus, and filled with lots of love!”

quick facts about melissa

originally from – Ayr, Queensland

favourite book Shantaram By Gregory David (about an Australian prisoner who escapes and ends up in Mumbai)

favourite ice-cream Coconut gelato

favourite movie Romeo and Juliet (the Baz Lurhmann varietal)

favourite place to visit – Locally – Magnetic Island, and overseas – Mysore, India

why Townsville is awesome – We can live a healthy, ‘outdoorsy’ lifestyle with beautiful beaches and mountain ranges so close by, not to mention the clean air. People are friendly and the lifestyle is more relaxed, which is great for yoga!

something you may not know: There’s a sneaky reason Melissa likes yoga – it’s helping her towards her “other life” goal to be a traveling circus performer.

jen scott – Version 2

Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance

200 hour yoga teaching qualification with Yoga NRG, QLD 2014


Practicing ashtanga yoga since 2000.

Teaching yoga since 2014 in Townsville.

Attended many classes/workshops/intensives with the following teachers:

Mark Robberds, Matthew Sweeney, Tammy Williams

jenni scott


I first started practising Ashtanga yoga in 2000 and I quickly noticed the physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga. I felt stronger, calmer and more balanced in my daily life.

I moved back to the UK temporarily in 2001 and my yoga practice was rather sporadic and intermittent over the next 10 years, as I continued to travel a lot and my daily routine was often quite interrupted.

I began to notice how much better I felt when I practiced yoga regularly, compared to when I “fell off the mat” for a period of time.

I came to realise that there is something utterly magical and transformative about regular yoga practice.

I decided to do a yoga teacher training course initially to deepen my own yoga practice.

Until I began teacher training, my yoga practice had been mainly focussed on the physical, asana practice, and I wanted to learn more about the rest of the 8 limbs of yoga.

The teacher training course was an amazing and wonderful journey of self-discovery and I decided I wanted to share with others the wonderful benefits of yoga, as it has improved my life immeasurably.

I love Ashtanga yoga for so many reasons.  I love the set sequence of postures, but that somehow every time it is different. I love that it is familiar but that it continues to challenge me each and every time I get on my mat.

I love it because it somehow makes me “more” of me.. It makes me really see myself, who I am, what I want, what I am doing with my life. It makes me happier, nicer and more loving to others.  Ashtanga yoga makes me a better version of me.

My yoga mat is my familiar friend that I can visit when things get too tough. No matter how good or bad I feel when I get on my mat, I always wind up feeling better after I get off.

I am excited about teaching at Live and Breathe Yoga, because Harry and Allison are such fantastic teachers, and the studio is such a beautiful and welcoming space.

I feel so lucky that there is a dedicated Ashtanga studio here in Townsville I feel so happy and honoured to be a part of it.

I love the philosophy behind yoga and the mindfulness that yoga brings into my life, and I hope that in my yoga classes I can share snippets of how this has helped me.

quick facts about jenni

originally from: Glasgow, Scotland, but I grew up in Perth, Western Australia

who are you in your other life : Veterinary pathologist

favourite ice cream: New Zealand hokey pokey, YUMMY 🙂

favourite book: “The Secret Garden” which was written over a century ago by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

best thing about Townsville: The friendly people, the climate and Magnetic Island.

favourite movie: I love romantic comedies. Corny as it may be, my all-time favourite has to be Bridget Jones Diary

favourite place to visit/holiday destination: Anywhere with crystal clear blue sky, turquoise ocean and white beach sand, bliss.