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Jon Smillie Yoga Teacher

Yoga Teacher - Jon Smillie


Jon Smillie’s perspective in life and interests

Jon tries to live a life of balance and presence, and the truth continued in the centuries old traditions and practices of Yoga is a cornerstone for this.

Training and major influences

Jon has been practicing Yoga since 2005, taking classes with a variety of teachers and in a variety of styles for several years. He trained with Yoga Trinity in 2015, began teaching in early 2016, and undertook further training with Knoff Yoga in 2017. Jon’s own practice is in the Iyengar style, a form he first experienced, and found resonance with through Maurice McCann from the Yoga Room in Burleigh Heads. Building on this foundation, Jon has been a regular student at the Yoga Mandir Iyengar Yoga Institute since 2017.

Style of teaching

Jon teaches from his experience and practice. The techniques of Yoga, working with the body, breath and mind, allow us to enhance these aspects of our existence, but they also allow us to develop qualities which improve our overall experience as living beings. As B.K.S. Iyengar pointed out, Yoga without this dimension is mere acrobatics.

Most recent inspiring experience

My long-time Iyengar teacher, Maurice McCann, practiced with B.K.S. Iyengar regularly over many years, and I recently learned he was actually with Guruji at the time of his death in 2014. It’s been a privilege to practice personally with someone who was so close to such an inspirational figure.

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What people are saying about Canberra Yoga Space…

"I just want to pass on what a fantastic teacher Elena has been and I believe it is through her class that I have made the greatest gains in terms of understanding about muscular relationships. Her focus on rehab is niche and very important. My own practice has never been easier nor has it ever made such a difference in terms of overall flexibility. My thanks to Elena for a truly great Yoga Therapy class." - Alice, May 2019