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.
Cat Pinfold has been practising yoga for over 10 years and meditating for over 30; Cat began her yoga journey with Iyengar moving to Ashtanga, Bikram and finally Vinyasa and Hatha. Since discovering Hatha and the Siva tantra she has found a deeper connection to her practice and thephilosophy. Cat completed her Yoga Teacher Training in Mysore and has been teaching Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin. She passionately believes that we are spiritual, emotional, mental and physical beings and we need to attend to all aspects to remain balanced, connected and present. Yoga is a way to clear the blocks, remain centred, connected and balanced. Life is crazy, sometimes tragic, sometimes magic. It’s the only one we have and needs to be lived to the full.
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.
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
Grace Huang strongly believes that yoga defines the connection between mind and body. She practices yoga herself to find peace in her mind and strength in her body. This, she says, teaches her to be present and open minded as a yoga instructor, a parent, a kids’ yoga teacher, and to be a better person in a busy modern world. She started going to yoga classes shortly after the birth of her first son in 2015 and has competed her yoga teacher training and Yin yoga training at Dancing Warrior Yoga in 2018. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in cultural studies and languages. She is from China and speaks both Mandarin and English. She enjoys reading and salsa dancing. Her class combines traditional Hatha flow with slow Yin for a balanced Yin and Yang practice.