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Yoga in Victoria, Australia – 2 of 3 posts – Iyengar Method on Phillip Island, and Hatha on Churchill Island

on January 26, 2015

Last year I was in Victoria, Australia, for several weeks. During that trip I revisited three yoga teachers I had met whilst visiting Victoria in a Feb/March 2013, this post tells of time spent with Fiona Rawson, Iyengar teacher and Karen Easton, Hatha teacher.
Hatha with Karen Easton on Churchill Island

It was lovely to make the now familiar drive onto Phillip Island and then cross over by bridge onto the smaller Churchill Island. Highland cattle barely batted an eyelid as I drove past, and pairs of large Cape Barren Geese nibbled at grass and also seemed undaunted by my vehicle passing by.

139On entry into the Heritage Farm building I made payment for the Saturday morning yoga class. The weather was clear so the class was to be held on the grass, as it was on my first visit. I recognised many of the students faces from a year ago. Karen vaguely remembered me and then recalled that I am the lady that blogs about yoga – “Yes – that me!” And, yes, she is happy to lend me a mat. Another yogi – Jane – was handing out purple, white and green ribbons for International Women’s Day.

We rolled out our mats on the grass – wherever we felt like placing our mat was where we lay – no soldier like rows as you would usually find in an indoor studio. The outlook onto the Western Port was as beautiful as I remember.

Under Karen’s direction we moved through a gentle Hatha sequence culminating with Savasana to the sound of local birdsong.

Karen’s contact details:
Landline 03 5956 7751
Mobile 0432 028 655


Iyengar Method with Fiona Rawson on Phillip Island

161It was great to be back on Phillip Island, and I was very happy to once again take a class with Fiona – I love her warm, nurturing style of teaching.

I felt most grateful to be able to find a spot free in the class for a casual attendee such as me.

Jane – whom I had met at Karen’s class – was also at Fiona’s class. Great to see another familiar face.

The inside of Fiona’s studio was the same as the last time I visited, however the area at the rear of the studio had changed. Fiona had installed recycled glass partitions that are etched with various asana (Fiona’s own impressive hand work). The partitions,  grass and garden beds make for a very nice outlook from the studio.


Recycled glass panels define the garden area at the rear of Fiona’s studio

Fiona continues to provide mats, straps, blocks and other props for students use. Wall ropes are in situ, and a wooden tressler is also available.

For details of class schedule and fees please telephone Fiona 03 5956 8786

Studio located at:

74 Ventnor Beach Road

Cowes, Phillip Island

Many thanks to Karen and Fiona

Love and light



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