The Floating Lotus Studio - Instructors

Yoga | Pilates | Barre | Meditation | Retreats

Kaleb Kennedy - Yoga Instructor

Kaleb’s playful and strong teaching style is exactly what you would expect from this character. He first discovered yoga as a way to process the challenges we all face on a day to day basis and to reconnect with a peaceful lifestyle. His passion for yoga soon led him towards a path of teaching a fun and dynamic styled practice to build awareness and strength within the body.

Nalini Vasudevan - Yoga Instructor

Nalini first stumbled into a yoga studio in 2010 to escape the Melbourne winter. She was immediately home. Drawn to the beautiful dualities she found throughout her practice; between strength and flexibility, between control and letting go, using movement to find stillness, and moulding the body to harness the mind, Nalini knew that yoga would be a life-long journey. She completed a 200 hour hatha yoga teacher training course under the guidance of Don Peers at the end of 2015. As a teacher Nalini is passionate about creating interesting and unpredictable flow sequences that move fluidly whilst maintaining a strong alignment focus. Learning as much from her students as she does from her teachers, Nalini is so grateful to be doing what she loves, and caters for all ages and levels of ability in her classes.

Yoshi Suzuki - Ashtanga Yoga Instructor

Megan Barry-Cotter - Pilates Instructor

Megan began practising pilates at age 14 and yoga at 18 as she was a keen ballet student so required the core strength and stability work to balance and complement her dance training.  She went on to pursue a career as a professional dancer and aerialist, working
all around the globe in shows including the Moulin Rouge Paris, Tokyo Disney Sea, Jupiters Casino, multiple cruise ships and many more, and now performs for the corporate scene at home on the Gold Coast as an aerialist.  She studied Mat Pilates, Pilates Barre
and Yoga Level 1 at Essence of Living of the Gold Coast in 2015 and also completed a specialised training in prenatal yoga. She can be found teaching at various local yoga and pilates schools, gyms, aerial training centres, dance schools and physiotherapy clinics.

Natalie Vertley

I am an open minded and open hearted Mumma of two girls. A lover of Yoga, music, travel, being outdoors in nature, swimming in the great ocean and love the feeling of freedom with the sand beneath my feet and sun on my back. I am a spiritual person who believes that love and passion is the key to all in life. Namaste

Darby Watson - Yoga & Pilates Instructor

Born in Vancouver, Canada, this nature lover will warm your heart and brighten your day with just her smile.  With Darby’s relaxing and soft voice, you will be lead through a dynamic flow all the way to utter bliss. She loves to share her passion for yoga and her friendly, genuine approach will make you feel comfortable and relaxed allowing you to find your inner light and peace. 
Darby has enjoyed teaching in Canada, Bali and Australia and loves helping yogis with their practice, happiness and wellbeing. She loves travelling, relaxing at the beach, hiking with her fiancé and fur baby, dancing, learning, music, growing, experiencing new cultures, connection, writing, photography, eating chocolate, laughing, breathing, loving whole heartedly, and living life to the fullest…
Darby has completed Yoga Level 2 (300hr) and Pilates Level 1 with Essence of Living Academy as well as Yoga Teacher Level 1 (200hr) Certificate through Prana Yoga Teacher College and Yin Yoga Certificate through Jo Phee, Senior Assistant to Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers.
Join her on the mat for Pilates, Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga.

Cheryl Pantalleresco - Yoga Instructor

Tristan St Leon - Barre Instructor

Tristan is widely accredited in many fields ranging from Business, Management, Tourism as well as Television presenting.
With an array of knowledge and desire to share he prides himself on bringing a flare or spark to the mat you haven’t seen. This spark is a reminder of his trainings and many hours spent creating a more luminous light for you.
Tristan has trained under several different instructors and has had experiences at Bliss Baby Yoga, FireShaper Australia and aura wellness, as well as online tuition with American teacher Sadie Nardini and Most importantly began his journey at Essence of Living .
Tristan specializes in Vinyasa, Yin, restorative, power, core strength vinyasa, tantra yoga and burn yoga in addition to Pilates, Power Pilates and Barre. Also trained in Punchfit boxing and Metafit Tristan welcomes you to join him on and off the mat to connect, share stories and share your passions.
“Every time I step onto the mat I refill and I replenish…
This is an essential piece of my profession as each time someone new comes to me I empathetically withdraw some of their darkest moments and exchange it for the light I harvest within. The more you surrender your compassion and the stronger you radiate your strength the greater the impact. Guiding someone on their journey isn’t a job, it is a privilege. Be the interconnectedness the world has lost, this inner compassion is far more rewarding than being praised for your outer self”

Mihoko Harrison

Miho is such a sweet & fun little yogini with an incredible energy and genuine soul, you can find her teaching Pilates.