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Below are just some of the testimonials we have received since the studio opened in 2013.

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

“I’ve been doing 3 classes a week after going through the beginners course August 2017. CYS has the best variety of teachers & yoga styles anywhere – I was recently staying in Gungahlin for a month & looked to see what studios were out there.. I ended up driving across town multiple times a week to get to classes at CYS. There doesn’t seem to be anywhere like it. I’m so glad I did the beginners course with CYS, not only because it was a fantastic intro to various styles & teachers who are passionate and know their stuff, but also because I lucked into finding what I consider the best studio in Canberra. And there is a beautiful spirit about the place too. I’ll keep coming there as long as I’m in Canberra 🙂

I do regular classes with Jackie – her depth of knowledge about Iyengar & her evident passion make her an effective guru. Her attention to detail & support to adjust & understand my body has been extremely useful.

With Jon – starting with the intensive back in January, his drive to engage us with the energy potential in our bodies & breath is a great motivator. His classes are more physically intense – at times very difficult, but the rewards are magnificent.

With Elena – her knowledge of anatomy & care to teach us to practice safely in order to gain healing effects with Hatha flow is incredible, I’ve gained so much knowledge about my physical needs. She also teaches fantastic breathing techniques which I’ve found useful on & off the mat.

With Nicky – her restorative class changed my life in many ways. Some of the poetic things she would say while my body was gently slowly stretching were just magic.

I’ll be doing the Sunday afternoon with Katie, her class last week was also fantastic. I’m really glad she’s there now. I’ve practiced occasionally with other teachers & always find them to be open & generous with their knowledge. Namaste, I’m so grateful for this in my life.”

– Jenn, May 2018

“Eli Haski’s classes are a lovely combination of relaxation and strength work, with helpful tips and postures for pregnancy. She is an empathetic instructor, committed, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend her classes as part of conscious preparations for labour, childbirth and beyond.”

– Rosemary, June 2015

“I’ve been really enjoying attending the Saturday morning prenatal course and have found it to have the right type of pace with a good mix of stretching, strengthening work and relaxation. My muscles are quite stiff by the end of the working week, but I leave each class feeling really refreshed and well stretched out. Big thanks to Eli Haski who has been a wonderful and empathetic teacher, I’ve really loved all her useful tidbits of information for pregnancy and labour too.”

– Bec, June 2015

“I just wanted to let you know that I am so happy I found your beautiful yoga space. What you’ve created here is exactly what I’ve been searching for! The space and location is great in itself – plus the ease of booking into class, the flexibility of the timetable (I’m a Mum and it fits in so well with my babies!) and being able to do different kinds of yoga is sooooo good! I’m also doing the mediation class on Friday night and I absolutely loved our first class! Looking forward to creating more space for myself to find peace and my inner guide! The sense of community and loving support I’ve experienced at Canberra Yoga Space has been so empowering and motivating. My body and spirit thanks you and my wonderful teachers!”

– Rose, February 2015

“I’d just like to let you know how much I love the studio and community you have created at CYS.  I struggle a lot with mental health issues but yoga has been one of the few things I’ve found that helps to quieten and clear my mind.  It allows me to be present in the moment and in my body, and is one of the few ways I am able to allow myself to nurture myself.  I’ve spent a lot of time away from home in treatment and studying elsewhere, but whenever I’ve been in Canberra over the last few months I’ve been so grateful to be able to come to your studio.  I love it more and more and it has become a safe place for me, where I feel connected, accepted, nurtured, supported, and at peace.  The teachers are such beautiful souls, so friendly, gentle, caring and encouraging.

Angela Baker and Pippa Matthews in particular have been especially wonderful to me, incredibly caring and supportive.  We usually have a little chat before or after class and they have helped me a lot especially over the past few difficult weeks.  I always look forward to coming to classes and being in their presence.  I was able to catch up with Angela today but I didn’t get a chance to thank Pippa properly.  Could you please pass on my thanks for her care and support especially recently?  I love her style of teaching yoga, but it is her genuine interest and care for people that makes her and her classes really special.  The same goes for Angela.  Her light and energy are amazing.  Angela invited me to meet her at her work today, she made lunch for us and we sat outside to chat.  She is so generous in sharing her light and I really appreciate the connection we have made.  I feel like I can learn a lot from all of your teachers, especially Angela and Pippa.

I really look forward to coming back to the studio when I’m back in Canberra.  I wish I could take it with me for a few months!”

– Steph, July 2014

“I’ve been attending classes at Canberra Yoga Space over the last 6 weeks and now that I am heading back to New Zealand I just wanted to thank you for the services that the studio provides and share some positive feedback. I came to Canberra Yoga Space after a period of physical and emotional trauma and started taking classes in the hope that it would help with my recovery. My teachers Eli Haski and Liz Allen were so kind, always greeted me and took the time to get to know me. I felt very cared for and with their encouragement I started to see my physical strength growing much faster than I had anticipated, and with it my self confidence and emotional strength returning too. I feel so fortunate to have found Canberra Yoga Space and I only feel sad that I cannot take to the studio and teachers back to Auckland with me. I will miss coming to classes, but I am leaving with a personal commitment to keep practicing as I have now experienced the many benefits of a daily practice, and I am keen to continue to my yoga journey. Thank you for your wonderful healing space. It has meant more to me than I can properly express here. Warm regards, Julia”

– Julia, July 2014

“Just letting you know again how much I enjoyed Pippa Matthew’s class last week. She has a lovely style of teaching and it was the perfect mix of challenging but also a bit restorative as well. It was a fantastic class and, while I am mixing up my CYS classes all over the place, I am definitely keen to go to more of her classes. I should also say how much I enjoyed having Sam Whybrow back this morning as well!”

– Candice, June 2014

“I am glad I found Canberra Yoga Space. It is such a pleasure attending classes at CYS. Very professional and well organised – starting from the website to the class environment and the teachers. I personally enjoy attending Kat Sadler‘s classes, her teaching style is excellent and I really value the personal attention and support she gives to each and every student in the class. Kat is a real gem at CYS, in my opinion.”

– Dr. Gajan, June 2014

“Just writing to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed Eli Haski’s class last week. She’s a fantastic instructor and I found her to be caring, helpful and supportive. Recovering my stamina from illness that has now gone away, I also pulled up alright the next day and was able to work a full week. Thanks for all your support as well I really appreciate it. You are running a very professional business – Your website is excellent and I really appreciate your communication and follow up.”

– Jack, June 2014

” I feel very fortunate to have stumbled on CYS. I have been wanting to get back into regular practice since regaining function in my torn shoulder cuff about 18 months ago and have been keeping my eye out for a space that is right for me. Your studio is perfect in terms of the location and more importantly, ‘the vibe’ for want of a better word. You have created a really special place and I wish you every success. In short, I’m very very happy with CYS and I’m inspired to take the physical and mental journey for more regular yoga practice. I have been recommending you widely.”

– Gabrielle, May 2014

“I found CYS to have a range of yoga styles and experienced teachers, catering for those new to yoga as well as giving continuing students options to deepen and cultivate their practice in a nurturing atmosphere. ”

– Lorraine, April 2014

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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