Welcome to Ballina Yoga

An Iyengar Yoga School

Ballina Yoga is a modern, fully equipped yoga school located in the heart of Ballina in the beautiful Northern Rivers.

We offer daily classes, along with courses and workshops, to suit most ages and levels of capability. 

Whether you are a local, or visiting the Northern Rivers region, you are most welcome to join our diverse yoga community.

Being an Iyengar school means we follow the traditions of Ashtanga Yoga as prescribed by the late BKS Iyengar and his family. BKS Iyengar devoted his life to the study of yoga and its self-transformational qualities so that this knowledge could be passed on to others, making yoga accessible to all.

All our teachers at Ballina Yoga are professionally trained and experienced in the Iyengar method of teaching. The emphasis on training and ongoing teacher development distinguishes us from other styles of yoga.

You can find out more about our school and teachers, what’s coming up, and information and resources to help you, on this website.

Iyengar Yoga Teachers

Our Teachers

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Helen Willoughby

Director, Ballina Yoga

Helen is a certified Level 2 Iyengar Yoga teacher who has been practising yoga for more than 20 years.

Since 2013, Helen has studied under Senior Iyengar teacher Caroline Coggins, teaching at Caroline's school in East Redfern, Sydney, before relocating to the Northern Rivers in mid-2019.

Helen joined Ballina Yoga in September 2019, becoming a Director in April 2020 and becoming owner in July 2022.

She has two adult daughters who have been practising Iyengar yoga since their early teens.


Kerri Larken


Kerri is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher who started her Iyengar Yoga journey in Newcastle in 2009 to supplement karate training. She credits yoga as having improved flexibility, strength and focus in her Karate.

Kerri is also a retired high school teacher. She is passionate about teaching and the sharing of learning experiences.

Kerri started teaching at a Newcastle Iyengar Yoga Studio in 2018. She joined Ballina Yoga in July 2022.

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Kate Gray


Kate is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. She began practicing yoga more than 20 years ago in England before relocating to Byron Bay.

Kate began teacher training in 2009 with Glenn Ceresoli and over the years has been fortunate to deepen her practice under the guidance of senior Iyengar teachers in England and Australia.

She continues to train and develop as an Iyengar teacher while exploring yoga within her daily practice both on and off the mat, often sharing her yoga space with her two young children.

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Andrea Werner


Andrea (Andy) Werner joined Ballina Yoga as a teacher in October 2022. She is a qualified yoga instructor now training in the Iyengar method. Andy has studied with Senior Iyengar teacher James Bahuth in Melbourne.

Outside yoga, Andy is an experienced photographer, film maker and editor. She lives in the Northern Rivers with her partner and two young children.


Adene Rigley


Adene is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher who started practicing yoga in 1999. Adene trained with senior Iyengar teacher, Alan Goode, and has taught yoga in various locations, including sporting clubs, private sessions and gyms.

In 2005, she travelled to Colorado to attend workshops and intensives with Guruji and other senior international Iyengar yoga teachers before gaining her qualification as an Introductory (Level 2) Iyengar yoga teacher.

Ballina Yoga School

Our Space

Ballina Yoga is a fully equipped yoga studio in Ballina. We are located at 182 River Street, in the centre of town, only 15 minutes drive from Lennox Head and 30 minutes from Byron Bay. We are close to many other towns and regions in the Northern Rivers.

Our school is air-conditioned and has ceiling fans for your comfort.

There is a secure space for your belongings and an on-site bathroom where you can change.

We have a wide range of props, including ropes, so students can gain more access to the yoga asanas (poses). Props are an important tool in Iyengar yoga as they enable people working with restrictions to be supported, and for others, they provide a mechanism for greater extension.

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Our Community

Ballina Yoga is much more than a yoga school. It is a community of committed yoga practitioners from across the Northern Rivers who find the experiential nature of learning Iyengar yoga engaging and highly rewarding.

Many of our students have been coming to the school since it first opened in 2016, some starting as beginners.

We are most grateful to all our students for their ongoing commitment and dedication to learning Iyengar yoga, and supporting Ballina Yoga and its teachers.

We have been delighted to see many new faces at Ballina Yoga over the years, along with those have been with us for longer. 

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