About Us


Yoga Studio

Founded in 2011, Umina Beach Yoga offers the community affordable, convenient yoga classes in a beautiful, peaceful space. Classes cater for all ages and abilities. Our dedicated and experienced teachers offer an extensive timetable with different styles of yoga.

We are a community yoga studio

We are dedicated to supporting you on your yoga journey whether you are new to yoga or an experienced yogi. Yoga can be adapted to suit anyone, regardless of fitness, flexibility or the lack of it!

Expect to feel both calm and energised at the end of a class. You may find you sleep better, cope better with stress and improve your creativity shortly after starting regular yoga classes. You’ll also feel stronger, more balanced and clearer in your mind and body.

Join our Yoga Community

Yoga is for everyone: men, women, kids, teens, through to seniors, mothers-to-be and new mums. Taking your first step onto the yoga mat is an exciting new beginning. Whichever style or class you go with, we believe that the only way to start yoga is with the highest standard of teacher in the best environment. Building a solid foundation is the most important part of your yoga practice.

Unique, powerful exercise

Every time you step on to your yoga mat, you connect to and become part of an evolving and powerful, ancient tradition. Yoga is the ultimate exercise and method of self improvement. Yoga offers a myriad of benefits physically, mentally and emotionally to help us live our lives to the fullest.

Built For Tranquility

There is a magical quality that makes yoga different from western workouts. The goal of yoga is to transform and transcend the mind. Yoga means yolk or to join. To unite our body, mind and soul with our pure consciousness or the divine within. To be free from the identity of our mind, which is limited and to experience freedom and bliss.

Our Experienced Teachers

Helen Macnair

Helen’s yoga journey began in 1990 in her early 20’s. She began teaching in London in 1997 and is a registered senior teacher with Yoga Australia. Helen is passionate about creating a community minded yoga space.


Philippa Curnow

Philippa teaches a variety of practices based on Hatha Yoga principals. She finds this practice the perfect balance of stretch, flow, relaxation and meditation. She has also has qualifications in Yin Yoga.


Liz Pool

Liz has a life- long passion and interest in the holistic practice of yoga. She loves a variety of styles and finally completed her dream of becoming a qualified yoga teacher in 2016.

Julie Hatfield

Julie was captivated by yoga from her first class, nearly 20 years ago! She loves sharing the magic of yoga in a way that is accessible and empowering, in keeping with her training in the hatha vinyasa tradition and her studies in Psychology.

Tina Vella

Tina started yoga later in her life having attended many yoga retreats in Bali and India, which stirred up her curiosity about the benefits of Yoga and how she can apply the practices and principles to her life.

Dee Finlay

Dee Finlay

Dee did her first yoga class when pregnant with her first son in 1982. Many years later she did a 3 year yoga diploma and lived in an ashram for a year where she practised yoga teaching and living a simple life.

Sophie Schwarz

Sophie loves teaching in a creative Vinyasa style, focusing on combining breath with movement in ways that are fun, challenging and always safe for every unique body.

Melanie Manuel

Melanie’s classes create a space for students to feel safe in their bodies. She is passionate about physical and emotional wellbeing, and loves sharing the healing quality of yoga with others.

Nicole Turner-Butler

Nicole subscribes to yoga being a ‘smile in your heart’ experience and injects her own special brand of love and care into everything she teaches. Her classes are nurturing and nourishing.