Meet our passionate, diverse and highly skilled team of teachers.
Mathew Bergan is the founder of Dancing Warrior Yoga. He enjoyed a professional career in dance and choreography throughout the eighties and nineties and then discovered Hatha yoga in 1990. Mathew completed Anatomy, Physiology and Teacher Training with Yoga Synergy between 1998 and 2003. Mathew commenced Hatha yoga with renowned Australian teacher Shandor Remete in 1989. He has been teaching yoga since 1990, and set up Dancing Warrior Yoga school in 2003. He has a background in contemporary dance and choreography and previously worked as a Sports Masseur, writer and film maker. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.
Mathew trained with Shri K Pattabhi Jois, (Ashtanga Yoga), Simon Borg Olivier & Bianca Machliss (Yoga Synergy), Shandor Remete (Shadow Yoga), Eileen Hall (Yoga Moves) and Donna Farhi (teacher and author). A holder of an Advanced Diploma in Sports Massage, Mathew integrates into all of his teachings his knowledge of the body learned through 30 years of inquiry into human movement forms including Hatha yoga, martial art, Qigong, dance and Alexander technique. His teaching style fuses the kinetic qualities of movement with the muscular/skeletal foundations of Hatha yoga and conscious breathing. Mathew is the resident senior level teacher and coordinates and teaches the 350 hour teacher training program.
Lucy Rimmer is originally from the UK, Lucy trained as a dancer and a gymnast. She has a passion for all things creative including art, design, photography and works as an architect. With the feeling that there was more to life, Lucy left the UK to go travelling in 2011 and immersed myself in yoga for 3 months in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was here that she discovered the transformative effects that yoga could have on a person. Continuing to travel, she landed in Sydney and decided to stay and make it her home. Lucy completed her 350 hour teacher training at Dancing Warrior in 2016. Her recent discovery of yin yoga has also led her to complete her 75hr yin teacher training. Lucy is passionate about intelligent movement, drawing influence from her dance background. Lucy’s classes are dynamic and creative, with each movement flowing into the next. Her fluid, smooth style aims to help students to let go and work towards creating a moving meditation.
Rachelle Gibson is a Hatha Vinyasa Yoga teacher and brings a wealth of Yoga knowledge to her teaching, informed by the study of the traditional teachings of Hatha Vinyasa, Ashtanga yoga and mindfulness meditation which she has been exploring for over 20 years.
Rachelle teaches the open level Embodiment & Flow class at Dancing Warrior Yoga on Sunday mornings. She brings an engaging and enthusiastic energy to her classes. Rachelle leads you on a fun and challenging journey from mindfulness meditation, building to a strong heating practice through to calming floor postures with a solid foundation of functional anatomy. Rachelle is passionate about helping students to cultivate mindfulness and awakening the mind-body connection in their practice. Rachelle completed her 200 hour Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training and 70 hours Advanced Hatha Yoga Mentorship program at Dancing Warrior Yoga School in 2014.
Bianca Sheedy is a devoted yoga teacher and her mission is to inspire and aid people to restore balance, happiness and joy in their lives. Bianca is also a Reiki Practitioner, a Sound Healer, a Meditation teacher and is currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy. Bianca is currently registered at the RYT200 hour level with Yoga Alliance Australia and completed her 200 hour teacher training with Mathew Bergan at Dancing Warrior Yoga. Bianca is deeply passionate about holistic health and believes that the demand of life can create an internal fire that often needs soothing and this can be supported through yoga. Her classes are engaging, creative and dynamic with the intention to create a safe space where students are able to implement mindfulness and embody connection every time they step onto the mat. Bianca is our resident Himalayan Singing bowl sound bath healer.
Clare Lovelace believes that yoga does not just take place on the mat but intertwines with every element of our lives. Her practice has taught her that genuine happiness is not based on external conditions but can be achieved by living simply and mindfully with generosity and compassion. This is a philosophy that she wants to share with the world. She completed her 350 hour teacher training with Mathew Bergan at Dancing Warrior Yoga. Clare has also completed 50 hours of Chakra Sequencing and 50 hours of Ayuvedic Sequencing with Jasmine Tarkeshi (Laughing Lotus Flow). She completed a Yin/Yang advanced teacher training with Sarah Powers (Insight Yoga) and has also trained with Donna Farhi. Clare is skilled in teaching various styles of yoga including Hatha- Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative. She teaches regular yoga classes as well as one-to-one yoga, corporate yoga and yoga therapy for drug and alcohol rehabilitation patients. Clare has a background in community development and is passionate about lending her skills to various not-for-profit organisation.
John Cusack completed his yoga teacher training at Dancing Warrior Yoga in 2013. John’s classes are a lyrical flowing form of yoga open to all levels of yoga experience. In his classes you will stretch, strengthen and tone the body and then sooth the soul with some gentle guided meditation. John teaches the popular Sun/Moon classes which are a gentle flowing practice followed by a soothing prop based rejuvenating deep relaxation. John is a devoted Ashtanga yoga practitioner with Eileen Hall from Yoga Moves Sydney.
Olivia Pigeot was introduced to yoga whilst studying at NIDA in 1995. It became a large part of her pre-performance warm ups (body & voice), as well as a way to connect with the body for character development. After finishing her degree she sought to gain a deeper understanding of yoga with a short course in Ashtanga. She totally fell in love with the way it made her feel – physically, mentally, emotionally. After a very serious back injury in 2000, it was a regular & gentle yoga practice which aided her healing immensely. Over the years Olivia has tried many forms of yoga, & also studied various forms of meditation. In 2016 Olivia completed her 350 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Dancing Warrior Yoga. She also teaches Kids & Family Yoga & has studied Yin Yoga with Sarah Owen. Olivia’s classes are a balanced combination of dynamic standing poses & cooling floor poses, finishing with a mindful meditation. Her focus is on alignment, the breath-mind connection & body awareness – with the aim of cultivating a deeper understanding of our true nature.
Tara Hordern started her yoga journey with Dancing Warrior purely for physical improvement to help facilitate movement to improve her lifelong martial arts practice. Tara says that working as a hairdresser for ten years had taken a severe toll on her physical body, which delightfully her yoga practice has now strengthened and improved her overall body. Tara is delighted to have found a healthy coping mechanism that allows her to prioritise her well-being. She says “I see this practice as improving her life skills and knowing I get the opportunity to pass these teachings down to others brings me immeasurable amounts of joy. Tara completed her 350 hour teacher training with Dancing Warrior in 2017.
Barbara Courtille has been practicing yoga for 20 years and has delved into several traditions during that time. Through Iyengar yoga she found alignment and discipline, at Jivamukti yoga she discovered the breath and devotion, Yin yoga showed her acceptance and letting go, and through Vinyasa yoga she is able to express flow and creativity.
Barbara completed her 350 hour teacher training at Dancing Warrior Yoga and feels a great sense of gratitude towards all her teachers for guiding her to pursue yoga as a way of life.
Barbara is an artist and her work is strong influenced by yoga philosophy, feminine power and ancient wisdom. You can view her art at yoginithreads.com