All YogaHara Yoga teachers are members of Yoga Australia, Australia's peak body for Yoga teachers. This ensures your yoga teacher has a certain minimum level of training (Yoga Australia's standards are amongst the highest in the world), is continually participating in professional development and is up to date with training and industry standards. For the timetable and class descriptions, visit the classes page.


Gina Macauley

YogaHara Director


Gina's Yoga journey began in the late 80s as a student and she has been teaching since 2009. Over her years of practice she discovered that there is no one style that best suits her body all the time and it is this philosophy that she brings to her teaching, giving her students the benefit of her combined influences to discover how best to work with their own body and mind to achieve their lifestyle goals. 

Gina has an Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching through the Academy of Yoga Learning, a Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy through the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy and is an iRest® Yoga Nidra Level II teacher in train
ing (currently undertaking Certification). She is on the faculty of the Academy of Yoga Learning and Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy. She has also undertaken studies with Indian teachers AG and Indra Mohan.

Gina is a registered level II Yoga Australia member and has served on the Yoga Australia Victorian Committee. She is continually studying and practicing Yoga and is currently inspired by Leigh Blashki, Paul Wooden and Richard Miller.

Ruth Parker


Ruth has been fascinated by Yoga since her early teens and began a serious, daily practice 12 years ago. She completed the Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching with Australian Yoga Academy in 2008 and since then has taught at various studios and gyms in Melbourne before moving to Bendigo. She is a registered level I Yoga Australia member.

She has been influenced by many different styles of Yoga over the years but gravitates toward a more flowing style both in her personal practice and her teaching style. She loves to teach Yoga because she has seen how dedication to practice has been transformational in her own and others lives.

Nina Hakamies


Nina has been studying various styles of yoga and mindfulness since 1995. She was a slow starter in yoga, but her hectic work and challenges of modern life led her to seek a more natural way of living and inner balance. In 2016, she completed the ‘Train the Trainer in Mindfulness’ course with Assoc. Prof. Craig Hassed at Monash University. In 2009, she studied with Master Teacher Nicky Knoff, in Australia, and graduated as an intermediate level Certified Yoga Teacher from the Knoff Yoga School and the International Yoga Alliance (RYT200).

Prior to teaching yoga, Nina studied health sciences and worked in international development organisations. Her passion lies in combining yoga and health and to pass on to her students the holistic experience of yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Nina is also a highly qualified Prenatal Yoga specialist. She has spent time working for the World Health Organisation in the area of reproductive and sexual health and has also completed a comprehensive Graduate Certificate Yoga of Birth: Teaching Prenatal Yoga. She is a registered level I Yoga Australia member.

Sally Downes


Sally was first introduced to yoga in her teens by one of Bendigo’s original yoga teachers - Shirley Murray - and now says she could not imagine her life without yoga. With the encouragement of her teacher Shirley, and with no intention to teach, Sally completed her first Yoga Teacher Training Course with the International Yoga Teacher’s Association in 2000 and now has 14 years teaching experience. In that time Sally has felt privileged to be able to explore and be influenced by various styles of yoga. 

Sally particularly loves to work with themes and philosophy to integrate our connection not only with ourselves but also to nature and the elements and influences around us. Most recently she has completed further yoga study and teacher training with DRU Yoga International (2009-2012) and is currently completing the International Yoga Teachers Association Post Graduate in Pre & Post Natal Yoga. She is a registered senior Yoga Australia member.

Donna Attewell


Donna remembers doing her first yoga class when she was 16 years old and that was the seed that stayed within her until several years later, when she dived into yoga again due to health issues of her own. Yoga has been a continual thread in her life that has travelled along the challenges and joys of her life. Her yoga draws from the different styles and traditions she has been taught over the years, giving her a rich tapestry of knowledge and skills to share in her classes. Donna has a passion for Restorative Yoga and believes that learning to relax is at the heart of living well.

She has a Diploma in Health Yoga through the Centre for Adult Education in Melbourne. Donna is a member of Yoga Australia. She is always learning and deepening her understanding of herself through yoga and continues to be inspired by Judith Hanson Lasater, Sally Kempton, Sadi Nardine, and Jason Crandell. She is a registered senior Yoga Australia member.

Peta Hawker


Peta first began dabbling with yoga in 2011. As a writing student with a tendency to disappear into her head, Peta discovered that yoga could bring her back down to earth and back into her own body - an experience that truly surprised and astounded her. The opportunity to be truly present and alive in each moment saw Peta turn to yoga as a regular grounding practice. 

Due to having hypermobile joints, Peta has developed a passion for body awareness, alignment and containment. Peta loves teaching and hopes to aid students in developing mindfulness both on and off the mat. She is currently undertaking the Diploma of Yoga Teaching through the Academy of Yoga Learning and in 2015 completed her Yin Yoga Teacher Training through Yoga213. She is a registered level I Yoga Australia member.

Claire Lebek


Claire was first introduced to yoga whilst living in Canada, in 2010. The practice began as a way to stretch and unwind after many hours on the ski hill. After dedicating herself to a continuous yoga practice, she soon discovered it to be an insightful and continuing journey of mindfulness, personal growth and inner peace. Claire loves being a part of the yoga community and with her love of yoga, hopes to empower and inspire other individuals in their practice.

In 2016, Claire completed her Diploma of Yoga Teaching through The Academy of Yoga Learning in Melbourne. She has also trained in Yin Yoga, completing teacher trainings with Hugh Lee through Yoga213 and in Yin and mindfulness with Tina Nance at the School of Sacred Arts in Bali. She infuses this with her training and career in Nursing to bring about body awareness and a gentle and nurturing teaching style. She is a registered level I Yoga Australia member.

Maxine Hawker

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Maxine’ s journey began during 2009 after a visit to the local Buddhist Centre in Bendigo. She then started attending regular meditation classes and meditation retreats. Somewhere along the way she started noticing small positive changes in her life. Liking what she was discovering Maxine attended a Mindfulness-Based Stillness Meditation Teacher training at The Gawler Foundation in Melbourne and since early 2012 has been running meditation classes every week in Bendigo teaching others the benefits of a regular Meditation Practice. She is warm and caring, and you will feel comfortable in her presence.


"In daily practice, reflect on the benefits of love, compassion and kindness, then reflect on the disadvantages of anger. Such continuous contemplation, the growing appreciation of love, has the effect of reducing our inclination towards hatred and increasing our respect for love. By this means even anger can be diminished." -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama