Welcome to Ballina Yoga

An Iyengar Yoga School

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

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

Whether you are a local, or visiting our region, you will be most welcome among our diverse yoga community. Being an Iyengar school means we follow the traditions of Ashtanga Yoga as applied 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.

Our teachers are all 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


Lyn Cole

Director, Ballina Yoga

Lyn is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and has been a student of yoga for many years. She studied Purna Yoga in Byron Bay and Hatha Yoga in Melbourne before commencing her Iyengar yoga journey.

In 2008 she commenced teacher training and since 2018 trained with senior Iyengar teacher, Julie Hodges of Lismore Yoga Studio.

In June 2017, Lyn travelled to India to study yoga at the Iyengar Institute in Pune. She continues to attend classes, workshops, and intensives.

In September 2016 Lyn opened the Ballina Yoga studio.

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Helen Willoughby

Director, Ballina Yoga

Helen is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga for more than 18 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. In 2016 and 2018 she travelled to Pune in India to train under the Iyengar family.

In September 2019, Helen joined Ballina Yoga and became a Director in April 2020 while continuing her mentorship under Caroline. She has two adult daughters who have been practicing Iyengar yoga since their early teens.

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Kate Gray


Kate is a certified Iyengar Intro Level 2 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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Denise Kerr


Denise,is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. She first encountered yoga when she was 17 and was instantly hooked. In 2004 she completed the International Yoga Teacher training and continued to deepen her knowledge with senior teachers from around the world: Judith Lasiter, Donna Farhi and Lois Steinberg.

After attending the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in 2012, she commenced her Iyengar teacher training with Julie Hodges in 2017. Denise believes that Yoga can enhance the life and health of everyone.


Adene Rigby


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 the only fully equipped yoga studio in Ballina. We are conveniently located at 182 River Street, in the centre of town.

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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Ballina Yoga School

Our Community

Ballina Yoga is much more than a yoga school. It is a community of committed yoga practitioners 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.

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke in March 2019 the studio had to close along with many other businesses in Ballina. Our gratitude goes to our students who continued to support us online so we were ready to re-open three months later.

Since re-opening, we have been delighted to see many new faces at Ballina Yoga along with the return of our regular students.

teacher demonstrating yoga pose to students
teacher demonstrating yoga pose to students

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