Pre and Post natal yoga
Womens’ Health specialist
Sacred Yogic bodywork
m: 0413 747 644
When Denby discovered yoga in 2000, she felt the universe had finally revealed her true purpose in this lifetime. She felt blessed and inspired and left behind a successful career in the film and television industry to be in service to others as a yogi and teacher.
She started her yoga journey by completing an intensive two year Ki yoga diploma teacher training course in 2002 with master teachers Jack Marshall and Richard Paton, and simultaneously began studying a variety of natural therapies at Nature Care College, including energetic and spiritual healing, kinergetics, Bowen therapy, and massage.
Since then, she has completed pre natal and mother and baby yoga training with Suzanne Swann, (inspired by the teachings of Active Birth pioneer Janet Balaskas); the Hatha Purna yoga diploma with John Ogilvie at Byron Bay Yoga; advanced workshops with Donna Farhi, Tara Judelle, Kathryn Budrig, Chanel Luck, Lisa Masters, Simon Borg-Olivier and Duncan Peak and birthed a beautiful son, Max, who is her greatest teacher and friend.
She continues to hone her skills as a therapist specializing in pre and post natal yoga; is a certified and registered level 3 / senior teacher (Hatha and Ki) with YA, reiki master and shamanic facilitator.
Ever a perpetual student, Denby is inspired by leading yogis including Shiva Rea, Donna Farhi, John Ogilvie, Simon Borg-Olivier, Tara Judelle and Francesco Garri Garripoli, and guided by the teachings of Gangaji, her husband Eli, and the luminosity of healer Caterina Pellegrino-Estrich.
Denby is now one of the most sought after yoga therapists on the Northern Beaches, well known for her insightful, compassionate and natural affinity with teaching and healing.
All of her classes incorporate remedial yoga sequences and seasonal insights that build physical structure, emotional foundation and energetic integrity. The more subtle and energetic aspects of Ki and Hatha yoga are woven within these sequences designed to open the heart and encourage a deep exploration of habits, behaviors and memories.
With over a decade of teaching experience and exploring this relationship between the seasonal cycles, the five element theory and body / mind / spirit, Denby has founded the innovative Vinyasa-style practice that she calls ‘MANA Yoga’, a unique style that reflects her own personal journey with yoga, energy, and motherhood.
Shifting weakness into strength through this system of corrective yoga helps restore balance on all levels and helps awaken the complete self. Her work with shamanic ceremony, birth, and parent circles creates another empowering layer to the work she creates on the mat, making every class different, inspiring, and transformational.
She encourages students to let go of the physical and mental struggle connected with trying to find the ‘perfect pose’ and instead, to find and feel the energies within each pose, with ease, attention, and a sense of adventure.
Their practice then follows the path of self-inquiry and self-expression, rather than just being a physical activity. Students come away from classes feeling that they have been ‘held’, opened up and safely challenged, at their own level.