Santina’s journey from suffering to awareness and understanding through yoga has led her to a rich and real study of yoga as a living practice. San’s practice embodies the Ashtanga Yoga system, and she has diligently completed the Primary, 2nd and 3rd series of this method under the guidance of Mark Togni. Santina first travelled to Mysore, South India in 2014 and commenced tutelage under R. Sharath Jois, grandson of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and current Director of KPJAYI, the birthplace of Ashtanga Yoga. In 2016, Santina was granted Level 2 Authorisation to teach Ashtanga Yoga, by her teacher R. Sharath Jois. Santina is also a certified Master Teacher in the Nicky Knoff Yoga System.

As Santina’s teacher, R. Sharath Jois, says “Yoga is a spiritual practice;” so through devotion, determination and tender endurance with each asana of her advanced Ashtanga yoga practice, San has developed an intimacy with the physiology and spirituality of our human form. San’s commitment to a life of process, practice and courage cultivates rich soil from which to provide meaningful guidance as an Ashtanga yoga teacher. Santina augments her yoga teaching with her work as a therapist, holding a Masters of Gestalt Therapy — A humanistic therapy focusing on sharpening an individual’s awareness of emotions and behaviours in their experience of themselves in the present moment, to reveal what really “is”.

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  • If you have mastery over your life energies, your life and destiny will be in your own hands.” — Sadhguru 

    Yoga Therapy and Integration combines and modifies a selection of the available tools of yoga in accordance with the needs of the individual to achieve specific outcomes. Each personal practice is logically planned and prescribed according to the needs of the individual, their attributes and personality, where they are at the time they commence their yoga practice, as well as their longer term goals.

    The goal of yoga therapy is Psychic and Psychological Integrationthe illumination of psychic, psychological and emotional blocks through yoga asana that helps each student to become aware of what is being presented in their “here and now” experience of themselves. Over time, openings in the body are reflected in the mind and vice versa, creating an organic and harmonious form of healing.

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  • InSan Yoga offers three styles of classes to establish or expand your yoga practice. Each student is provided with individual attention and support.

    • Guided Intro to Ashtanga   This is a Led class that focuses on correct alignment and vinyasa transitions, connecting breath to movement. This class explores Surya Namaskar A & B, standing postures, and various seated postures.
    • Led Ashtanga (Half Primary) – This guided class covers half of the Primary series, typically up to Navasana. Basic understanding of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series preferred.Led-style classes are excellent ways to introduce yourself to or re-visit Tristhana—the breath, the gaze (dristhi) and the pose (asana). Led classes are generally not for beginners as students are led through half the Primary series with little or no adjustments. New students should attend Guided Intro to Ashtanga classes to learn the Ashtanga method slowly and precisely.
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    • Yoga therapy
    • Beginners
    • Ashtanga vinyasa yoga (as taught by Sri.K.Pattabhi Jois)
    • Tips and techniques – arm balances, backbends, pelvic floor power, postural alignment of asana and more
    • Yoga teacher mentoring

    During a private consultation I will treat you with care and consideration. I will observe, experience and assess your body and energy in order to design an appropriate practice for you. We will go over your health questionniare and I will listening attentively to your needs. From this point we can start the process toward devising a practice or therapy program.

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  • Welcome to the Santi Wheel Fundamentals Series

    I am delighted to bring this instructional series to you. By working diligently and consistently with the series you will develop a relationship with the Santi wheel and embody the confidence to create a practice based on your own individual needs.

    The sessions are organised so each foundational movement builds on the next movement within the session and each session gradually progresses to the next. This progression will ensure the whole body is open and fluid before you advance into the deeper back-bending sessions. By working through the series you will have a solid foundation upon which to expand into your own practice.

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Santina Giardina-Chard

Studio Address:
InSan Yoga, 16 Chelsea Ave, Broadbeach QLD, 4218
Just behind “Elk Espresso” Cafe and next to Broadbeach Surf School.

Mobile: 0405 314 440