Meet our passionate, diverse and highly skilled team of teachers.
Rachelle is a Hatha Vinyasa Yoga teacher and brings a wealth of Yoga knowledge to her teaching, informed by the study of the traditional teachings of Hatha Vinyasa, Ashtanga yoga styles and mindfulness meditation which she has been exploring for over 20 years.
Rachelle teaches the open level Embodiment & Flow class at Dancing Warrior Yoga on Sunday mornings. She brings an engaging and enthusiastic energy to her classes. Rachelle leads you on a fun and challenging journey from mindfulness meditation, building to a strong heating practice through to calming floor postures with a solid foundation of functional anatomy. Rachelle is passionate about helping students to cultivate mindfulness and awakening the mind-body connection in their practice.
Rachelle completed her 200 hour Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training and 70 hours Advanced Hatha Yoga Mentorship program at the Dancing Warrior Yoga School with its Founder, Mathew Bergen in 2014.
Anna’s interest in meditation was fuelled after taking up yoga in 1990. She started her own regular meditation practice, but felt the need for further guidance. She became a student of the meditation master Sri Chinmoy and continued as his student, also teaching, for twelve years. She remains committed to regular practice and ongoing learning; she recently trained with Sarah Powers and Ian Gawler. Anna’s classes are relaxed and interactive. She wishes to make meditation more accessible, teaching simple and effective meditation techniques to calm and focus the mind, open the heart and increase inner awareness.
RYT350+ experienced teacher with Yoga Alliance Australia.
Clare’s yoga journey began in 2010 on a beach in Byron Bay under the guidance of Mariana De Castro (Swasthya lineage). Her practice, which began as a purely physical pursuit to balance out her often chaotic lifestyle, has evolved into a ‘toolkit for life’ that is with her always.
Clare believes that yoga does not just take place on the mat but intertwines with every element of our lives. Her practice has taught me that genuine happiness is not based on external conditions but can be achieved by living simply and mindfully with generosity and compassion. This is a philosophy that she wants to share with the world. Clare is currently registered at the 350 hour experienced level with Yoga Alliance Australia. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in March 2014 with Mathew Bergan at Dancing Warrior Yoga. She continued to study with Mathew – completing a further 150 hour advanced teacher training by December 2014. Clare has also completed 50 hours of Chakra Sequencing and 50 hours of Ayuvedic Sequencing with Jasmine Tarkeshi (Laughing Lotus Flow). She completed a Yin/Yang advanced teacher training with Sarah Powers (Insight Yoga) and has also trained extensively with Donna Farhi. Clare is skilled in teaching various styles of yoga including Hatha- Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative. Clare manages Dancing Warrior Yoga and coordinates the 200 and 150 hour teacher training programs as well as teaching modules on Meditation, Yin and Yoga Philosophy. She teaches regular yoga classes as well as one-to-one yoga, corporate yoga and yoga therapy for drug and alcohol rehabilitation patients. Clare has a background in community development and is passionate about lending her skills to various not-for-profit organisations.
Phillippa’s love of yoga has grown with her when a loss in the family and struggles with working life drew her to commit to a daily asana practice on the mat as a way of coping. Having grown up attending her mother’s fitness and pilates classes (she is still her greatest teacher), there has always been a pull into the world of physical movement and a keen interest in anatomy. For Phillippa, yoga practice is a dedication and commitment to the betterment of self and provides an inner sanctuary to assist in the ebb and flow of life and its many challenges. Having begun the teaching journey in 2013 following a 9 week intensive hot yoga training, Phillippa continues to learn more, incorporating various philosophies and styles and obtained her 200 RYT certification with Trimurti Yoga School in Goa in 2015. Phillippa has recently completed 50 hours training in the field of Yoga Therapy and is continuing studies in the Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga under Simon Borg Olivier. Phillippa is grateful to be able to share this empowering practice in a safe space, free of judgement. She is dedicated to always remaining a student of yoga, and encourages her students to experiment and FEEL their way through the practice, believing that so often it is not WHAT we ‘do’ but HOW we ‘do it’ that makes all the difference.
500HR+ (E-RYT) Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Holistic Wellness Counselor, Reiki Master Nichole Ferro is a genuine yoga practitioner and devoted yoga teacher, health and spiritual coach and Reiki Master. She began her yoga journey in 2009 and her passion for the art kept growing. Nichole received her yoga certification under the eye of well respected, Jimmy Barkan and continued her education with various renowned yoga teachers such as Baron Baptiste and Shiva Rae. She is most passionate about people, helping and healing others through yoga, nutrition and Reiki. She has been trained by the world’s largest nutrition school; The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Here she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Her Reiki Certification was passed down to her through 10 generations starting with the Reiki Master, Dr. Mikao Usui. Nichole’s commitment is to inspire others to realize their own gifts and powers and to step fully into their most brilliant self. Her dynamic yet soft presence, enthusiasm, intensity, and humor, coupled with her a knowledge, and sensitivity will lead you through a practice of yoga and wellness that is genuine, personally rewarding, and well-rounded in every aspect.
John completed his yoga teacher training at Dancing Warrior Yoga in 2013. John’s classes are a lyrical flowing form of yoga open to all levels of yoga experience. In his classes you will stretch, strengthen and tone the body and then sooth the soul with some gentle meditation. Flowing yoga generates heat throughout the body and allows for deeper range of motion and purification.
Mathew Bergan is the founder of Dancing Warrior Yoga. He enjoyed a professional career in dance and choreography throughout the eighties and nineties and then discovered Hatha yoga in 1990. Mathew completed Anatomy, Physiology and Teacher Training with Yoga Synergy between 1998 and 2003.
Mathew commenced Hatha yoga with renowned Australian teacher Shandor Remete in 1989. He has been teaching yoga since 1990, and set up Dancing Warrior Yoga school in 2003. He has a background in contemporary dance and choreography and previously worked as a Sports Masseur, writer and film maker. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.
Mathew says, “I am always delighted how yoga can be the glue that brings together peoples divergent professional backgrounds, providing them with a new platform to express their spiritual self ”.
Mathew trained with Shri K Pattabhi Jois, (Ashtanga Yoga), Simon Borg Olivier & Bianca Machliss (Yoga Synergy), Shandor Remete (Shadow Yoga), Eileen Hall (Yoga Moves) and Donna Farhi (teacher and author).
Mathew has also attended master workshops with Trevor Tangye, Richard Freeman, Emma Balnaves, Geeta Iyengar, TKV Desikachar, Simon Borg Oliver and Jasmin Takeshi. Mathew also studied Hatha yoga in India with Clive Sheridan.
A holder of an Advanced Diploma in Sports Massage, Mathew integrates into all of his teachings his knowledge of the body learned through 30 years of inquiry into human movement forms including yoga, martial art, Qigong, dance and Alexander technique. Mathew has devised a style for those that have yoga on their mind and movement in their bones. His style fuses the kinetic qualities of movement with the muscular/skeletal foundations of Hatha yoga and conscious breathing.
Mathew is best known for his unique ability to help students embody their evolving spiritual yoga practice with grace and mindfulness while highlighting a sense of happiness and personal well being as the eventual goal of the practice.
Olivia recently became a qualified yoga teacher through the Dancing Warrior Yoga teacher training. She is originally from Sweden but moved to Australia in 2011 and has been practicing yoga for a number of years. She is passionate about all things wellness, as she believes it to be important for us to really nurture and take care of ourselves in the busy society we live in. Yoga has taught her that no one-day is the same in our bodies – physically, mentally and spiritually – we are under a constant transformation and we need to be mindful of that in our daily lives and also in our yoga practice, and most importantly learn to be OK with that. Yoga lies close to her heart because of the emphasis on balance. Olivia loves the more dynamic Vinyasa style Hatha yoga and preferably with some inversions in the mix and she also likes to place a large focus on breathing and incorporating calm stretches. She believes that positive energy, compassion and smiles is the key to a healthy, happy and sustainable lifestyle.
Olivia was introduced to yoga whilst studying at NIDA in 1995. It became a large part of her pre-performance warm ups (body & voice), as well as a way to connect with the body for character development . After finishing her degree she sought to gain a deeper understanding of yoga with a short course in Ashtanga. She totally fell in love with the way it made her feel – physically, mentally, emotionally. After a very serious back injury in 2000, it was a regular & gentle yoga practice which aided her healing immensely. Over the years Olivia has tried many forms of yoga, & also studied various forms of meditation, with teachers including Gita Bellin. In 2015 Olivia completed her 200 Hour Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at Dancing Warrior Yoga & recently completed the Advanced Hatha Yoga Mentorship, both under the expert guidance of Mathew Bergan. She also teaches Kids & Family Yoga & has recently studied Yin Yoga with Sarah Owen. Olivia’s classes are a balanced combination of dynamic standing poses & cooling floor poses, finishing with a mindful meditation. Her focus is on alignment, the breath-mind connection & body awareness – with the aim of cultivating a deeper understanding of our true nature.
Catherine has practiced hatha yoga for over 20 years; and was first introduced to yoga as a way of enhancing her dance training in 1987. She studied Iyengar yoga in Sydney for 10 years, Sivananda yoga in Paris in 1997 and discovered vinyasa, flow yoga in New York City at Jivamukti and Laughing Lotus yoga studios in 1998. She received her teaching certification from master teacher, Sadie Nardini in 2004, and completed an advanced teacher training workshop with Sadie in Feb. 2006. She has also trained in modern, classical and butoh dance. She studied Klien technique for 6 years (classes focus on stretch and alignment) with founder Susan Klien and Barbra Mahlar in NYC and found that this training compliments and profoundly extends her understanding of hatha yoga. Since returning to Sydney Catherine has practiced with Matt Bergan at Dancing Warrior and the Jivamukti Sydney. In June 2016 Catherine completed yin yoga and mindfulness teacher training with Sarah Owen at Egg of The Universe studio.
Yoga was a true blessing that arrived to me at the time I needed it the most. In 2013 I thrived on the fast pace, fashionable lifestyle, and travelled over to London to immerse myself into the studies of fashion. I loved every bit of the experience, but little did I know the power of stress took over me, and consequently depleted my energy and health, leaving me at a crucial point in my life. My reality became out of balanced, my body portrayed an unhealthy image, I lacked self-esteem, I had no self-love, and the meaningful and happy things in my life were clouded by negativity.
Not long later, I finally stepped out of the dark into the light of yoga. I learned to be present and connected to my body, and release stored emotions that were preventing me to express the person I truly was. I re-established a sense of balance and healing and discovered strength I never thought I had. The impact of yoga grew stronger in my life, and I was eager to deepen my practice and understanding of yoga. In 2016 I prompted the desire to inspire and teach the beauty and healing vibrancy I learnt from the practice to others – that’s when I began/completed my 200hr yoga teacher training at Dancing Warrior with Mathew.