Our Team

Our team is a highly-skilled group of teachers, with diverse yoga styles, corporate backgrounds and family lives. We are dedicated to passing on the authentic teachings of yoga, meditation and conscious living in a professional yet heartfelt way. As members of Yoga Australia, the professional association for yoga teachers in Australia, we are committed to upholding ethical standards in our service to the community.

Natalie Snooke Momentum Coaching and Yoga

Natalie Snooke

Natalie is the founder and director of Momentum and an inspired coach, teacher and facilitator. Her vision is for people to live and work joyfully, empowered to grow and be the best person they can be.

With a Bachelor of Business (HRM) Natalie held senior positions as a human resource manager for 13 years, specialising in wellness, workplace relations and organisational development, before a spiritual yearning led her to the path of yoga.

Specialising in mindfulness (or self-awareness) Natalie works intuitively to develop wisdom, presence, creativity and purpose in others. She takes a pragmatic and light-hearted approach to delving into the layers of the body, mind, heart and our spiritual essence. Holding space with compassion and a warm presence, her classes and sessions are engaging and often deeply moving.

In all her work Natalie draws on the underpinning principles of Yoga, Buddhism, the Enneagram, Somatic Therapy and NLP. Natalie has been coaching since 2007 and is a certified Enneagram Facilitator, Life Coach and Transformational Presence Coach with 1500+ hours of specialist coaching experience. Her Mindful Leadership and Life Coaching clients range from artists and entrepreneurs to psychologists and corporate leaders.

Natalie has practised and taught yoga and meditation (Vipassana or mindfulness meditation) since 2007. She maintains a dedicated daily practice and spends time annually on 10-day silent meditation retreats. She has been fortunate to study and practice yoga locally and internationally with many prominent teachers including Dr Jean Byrne (Ashtanga Yoga); Paul Dallaghan (Hatha Yoga); Julie Martin (Vinyasa Yoga); Sri OP Tiwari (pranayama) and Sharath and Sri K Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga Yoga). Natalie remains inspired by the teachings of Mooji, Tara Brach and her direct teachers Emil Wendil (Yoga) and Patrick Kearney (Vipassana).

Natalie is a Registered Yoga Teacher (Level 1) with Yoga Australia. For several years Natalie served on the National Management Committee of Yoga Australia and is a current active member of the International Coach Federation.

Away from Momentum, Natalie loves a good chai and creating food for friends in the kitchen. She enjoys exploring the colour and diversity of art and urban culture as well as the natural quiet of bush-walking. Natalie was born and raised on a farm in Meckering, Western Australia and pays respect to the Nyoongar people, the local, traditional owners of this land.

Laura Cargill Momentum Coaching and YogaLaura Cargill

Laura is a Registered Level 2 Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia and our Momentum Studio Coordinator.

She completed Yoga Teacher Training in 2001 with Gita International, an established yoga school in Melbourne. Gita Yoga (being a style of Hatha Yoga) is designed to balance the endocrine glands and corresponding chakras, bringing about natural cleansing from the inside.

Laura has taught classes for the elderly, pre-natal and post-natal women, babies, children, teenagers and a range of beginners through to advanced students. She has experienced how yoga changes the way we see ourself, our health and our mind. She feels 'at home' participating in and teaching yoga. Being lucky to have found her calling in yoga, Laura hopes to continue teaching until she is 80!

"What we give is what we receive - giving the gift of yoga to yourself is transformational on many levels. IN this fast-paced 21st century we all need time to reflect, unwind and nurture the self. Being clear-minded, positive and filled with laughter through yoga, we can change lives. Learned behaviours can be altered and new habits formed." ~ Laura

For Laura, the keys to abundant living are health, acceptance, joy, respect and self-responsibility. She welcomes people of all ages, stages and levels of physical ability. Peace, tranquility and love can be experienced by everybody. Being a mother of three vibrant children teaches Laura to be patient, centred and honest - three qualities essential in all other aspects of life. She sees how these qualities are reinforced with yoga practice. 

Alison_Hilton_Yoga_TherapyAlison Hilton

Alison is a Registered Level 1 Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia and our specialist pregnancy yoga teacher at Momentum.

Alison's yoga journey began in her early twenties, at the urging of family and friends to combat the stress of a demanding career in the corporate sector. Initially drawn to Ashtanga Yoga, Alison maintained a dedicated Mysore practice for six years. Whilst she noticed the positive effects physically, mentally and spiritually in her yoga practice, it was not until Alison became pregnant that the full impact of yoga in her everyday life was realised.

As a mother of a young family, Alison’s yoga practice is very much centred in family life. Yoga is not just a practice on a mat in a quiet room – it unfolds around us, in our daily lives and it is not uncommon for her home yoga practice to include her daughter and the many treasures she brings with it! As an adult educator, Alison is passionate about engaging students in the self and shared experience of learning. With an eclectic mix of employment across diverse industries, Alison has been able to integrate these skills and experiences into her yoga teaching.

Alison is a certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor. She has completed an Advanced Diploma in Holistic Classical Yoga Practices through Greenwood Yoga Academy. Alison is also a member of the Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists (AAYT). Her other creative passions reside in her garden and quirky creations with fabric.

Natasha Tay Momentum Coaching and Yoga

Natasha Tay

Natasha is a  Registered Level 1 Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia. She is passionate yoga teacher, having completed her training at Gita International in 2009 and teaching for five years in Melbourne before recently returning to Perth. Her journey to yoga truly started when she was diagnosed with an overactive thyroid in 2001 which she sees as her wake up call. However it took her several years of soul searching, travel, experimenting with other healing modalities and therapies and her move to Melbourne, before she discovered her love for yoga.

Her temperamental thyroid was what drew her to the Gita practice (a style of Hatha Yoga) because of its particular focus on balancing the endocrine (hormone producing) glands. Though it wasn't the miracle cure she on some level had hoped it would be, it has been pivotal on her journey to experiencing greater health and balance. And it is the deeper layers of understanding that yoga teaches us about Self and Life that resonates the most for her and helps her not only make sense of this world we live in but also cope in these ever changing times. Natasha has also completed extensive Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training studies. 

"Yoga takes me out of my busy wandering mind and back into my body. It reconnects me with the simplicity of life through the breath, the innate wisdom that lies in the body and reminds me of the power of being truly present in the moment. It relaxes, balances, grounds, centres and uplifts me every time. And it's all of this that I am passionate about sharing with others." - Natasha

Cameron Coutts

Cameron Coutts

Cameron is a Registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia. He loves travel and yoga - the learning, the exploration and the sharing of it. He found yoga some 19 years ago after a career playing rugby. Back then it was all about helping to fix the physical body, now it is so much more.

Completing Yoga Teacher Training with Radiantly Alive in Bali in 2005 grounded Cameron in the principals of yogic living - having a strong foundation, eating real alive food and finding your purpose in life. Since then he has studied Hatha, Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga with many international teachers including Donna Farhi, Simon Borg-Olivier, Govinda Kai and Gurmuk Khalsa. 

Cameron has journeyed through India many times and participated in three International Yoga Festivals in Rishikesh. India by far has been the biggest influence in his life, where just being amongst the people and India's mystical nature inspires him to share the joys of yoga. His journey continues on a daily basis with a disciplined and regular self practice. Simple living...leads to higher thinking.

Kristen_Rodic_Momentum_Coaching_YogaKristen Rodic

Kristen is a Registered Level 1 Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia. She has been practicing yoga in various forms since 1999. As a fitness instructor she was initially drawn to the physicality of the practice before realising the beauty and benefits of meditation and pranayama.

Soon after commencing a vinyasa practice at Momentum with Petra, Kristen undertook her Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Dr Jean Byrne at The Yoga Space in 2013. Kristen was pregnant with her son throughout her training and so has a keen interest in yoga for women, in particular pre and postnatal yoga. In 2014 Kristen undertoo massage therapy training with the Australian College of Massage (Now Evolve College) as she could see the benefits of connecting movement of the bodya and awareness of the breath from yoga with relaxation therapy.

Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Education), Bachelor of Education, Certificate III in Fitness and Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice and is a registered member of Fitness Australia, Yoga Australia and the Australian Association of Massage Therapists(pending). Kristen's enjoys spending time with her family and friends, the outdoors and eating dark chocolate.


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Satyen Schmitz

Satyen is a Registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia. He has been teaching yoga since 1994, being certified with Yoga Vidya Germany. He is also a medical doctor and transformational therapist.

Satyen first travelled to India in 1979, participating in some of BKS Iyengar’s yoga classes. He then joined the Osho ashram in Pune where he focused on meditation and personal growth and trained in bioenergetics, breath work, Tibetan healing and Tantra. His love for Yoga inspired a daily asana practice and he continued studying asana, pranayama and philosophy from books and scriptures.

In 1993 he followed his guru Swami Samdarshi to the Himalayas where he lived in a spiritual community for 12 years. The guru asked him to teach what he knew about Yoga to the disciples, so they could sit more comfortably in longer meditations. This is how Satyen first became a yoga teacher! His formal yoga teaching qualifications were completed in Germany in 2004 under Swami Sukadev, a direct disciple of Swami Shivananda and Vishnudevananda.

Satyen's approach to practising and teaching Yoga is 'all inclusive', recognising it as a 'complete life style system'. His method is unique, creative and at the same time, traditional. As well as teaching yoga nad meditation he travels twice a year to Germany to work as a doctor in rehabilitation for heart and orthopaedic patients. Satyen has also led yoga and meditation retreats to Tiruvannamalai, India.

Madeline-Clare-yoga-teacherMadeline Clare

Madeline is a Registered Level 1 Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia. She has been practising yoga for three decades. She began at the age of 8 and then later as an adult whilst living in London. Madeline began yoga teacher training in 2008 with the British Wheel of Yoga and continued in Australia where she graduated from the Fremantle School of Yoga in 2010. She has undertaken further training with the Byron Yoga School, The Ashtanga Research Centre in Bali and attended workshops with international teachers Donna Farhi, David Swenson, Clive Sheridan, Janet Stone, Sean Corne and Les Leventhal.

To unify her collective experience of yoga traditions - Ashtanga, Kundalini, Iyengar - Madeline seeks to identify form, geometry and alignment. She interlaces a buoyant, graceful rhythm in her classes through asana, to realign mental and physical responses within a gentle yet dynamic practice of spontaneous, playful enquiry. Her love of yoga has evolved from the pursuit of health and the underlying curosity to understand life. Madeline also studies Fine Art, using paint and charcoal to express the playfulness of the human spirit. She loves to sing and chant as she continues her daily sdhana as a mother of three.

Madeline has taught open, restorative and vinyasa classes in Fremantle, Coogee and Shenton Park studios for beginners, pregnancy and intermediate students and specialist classes for individual therapeutic needs. She has taught at the Loft, Broome and taken retreats within Australia. She brings her lightness of being, empathy for others and dedication to her students to encourage balance, simplicity and equanimity.

As a certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Therapist, Madeline completed an Advanced Diploma of Ayurveda in 2016 after participating in Vaidyagrama's Ayurvedic Conference, India in 2015 where she cemented six years of experiential and academic study.

 Dani Sands

Dani is a Registered Level 1 Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia.

Dani completed her teacher training in 2014 and aims to share her personal practise and teaching with a sense of intellect, intuition and fun. She believes everyone can benefit from mindful movement through yoga and its wisdom.

Trained by 'Its Yoga' in Ashtanga Vinyasa, she has experience teaching internationally and is committed to the development of each individual student in a fun, safe and challenging environment. Recently she completed her Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Tara Fitzgibbon that is accredited with Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance.

Irena Brnic

Irena’s yoga journey began over 15 years ago in Germany. In her very first yoga class, she discovered that it gave her a sense of peace she had not experienced in other physical activities. There was something different about yoga. With this new appreciation, Irena began to further her yoga practice and felt a shift in her life. Irena believes that through yoga we are accessing a deeper level of ourselves that is more real and true than anything else that is part of our so called ‘identity’.

Irena completed her Yoga Teacher Training with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Scotland in 2009. Since then she has taught yoga in Germany, Bali and Australia. Yoga brought her in contact with Ayurveda, the ancient Indian holistic mind-body health system and Irena completed her training as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant in 2012 and now works as an Ayurvedic Therapist.

Irena includes her Ayurvedic knowledge in her yoga classes as well as the skills and insights that she practices in her Life Coaching. She completed her Life Coaching training course in Perth in 2014. Irena also holds a Masters degree in Sociology.

In her classes, Irena likes to introduce classical yoga postures that open the energy channels and allow an exploration of benefits on a physical and mental level. Breath work is also a part of her classes, connecting us with a deeper experience of ourselves and life. Irena feels deeply honoured to be a messenger and promoter of the treasure that yoga is to human kind.

“In the world of comings and goings, yoga came into my life to stay.” Irena

 

Special Guest Teachers

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Atul Mulji

Atul partnered with Momentum to co-lead our India Retreat 2016. Atul is indian by origin but made Portugal his home more than 25 years ago. Having left behind a successful career in telecommunications, he decided to follow yoga and the calling of the heart. Ever since he came in contact with yoga as a young boy in India his dream was to spread yoga and share this science and wisdom to humanity.

Atul's search for freedom has taken him to many yoga schools, institutions and gurus, having studied with Sivananda Yoga and Satyananda Yoga, as well as at Kaivalyadhama and Swami Vivekananda's Yoga University. More recently he has practised the methods taught by Indian philosophy masters including Iyengar Yoga and the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, all helping him towards the same goal. A fully-qualified Massage Therapist, Atul complements his yoga with bodywork through Ayurveda and Thai Massage.

For the last 15 years Atul has been teaching regular yoga classes in Portugal as well as workshops, seminars, courses and retreats in Europe and Asia. He has written and published two books so far, the first one on 'Mudras', the second on 'Pranayama' and is currently working on a third book on 'Mantras'. Recently adding on the study of marma science and myofascial energetic release as applied therapies. All of the above are contributing and moving him towards an integrated approach to a pain-free life on all levels.


Amber Spear

Amber Spear

Amber has presented her inspirational 2012 Untie & Unify workshop, 2013 Elemental Flow master class and 2016 Free-Flow Energy workshops at Momentum.

An Aussie in and through, Amber now lives in the very seasonal Switzerland. Her formal Yoga practice spans over 20 years, of which she has been teaching globally for over half. With a background in classical dance, the martial arts and Clinical Yoga/Remedial Therapy, Amber is well adept in the anatomy of the physical, energetic and emotional bodies.

Amber's passion and knowledge has taken her all over the world to train with many modern-day masters within varied traditions of the healing arts. Amber teachers yoga in the lineage of Krishnamacharya, infused with further studies of Vedanta and the wisdom of her own diverse path. To read more about Amber and her offerings please visit www.amberspear.com.

Ava Irani

Ava is a passionate meditation and yoga teacher with a well-defined personal practice - that extends throughout her lifestyle and daily experiences. Her life is centred around bringing balance and motivating others towards making healthy choices about diet, Ayurvedic massage and purification techniques, as well as yoga.

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