Dear James
Thanks so much for everything. I came to the course a little broken, both physically and mentally, and now I can honestly say I feel good! Strong. I’ve also accepted a full time job back in Adelaide, which I didn’t feel up to doing before the course.

I am so grateful to you and Nicky for being so supportive and confident in my abilities, when I didn’t feel that at the time. I’m so glad I didn’t give up on the blindfolded yoga session too. It was so confronting for me, on many levels, but I learned so much.

I’ll be continuing my daily practice and may even offer lunchtime sessions at my new place of work (a training organisation where I’ll be mentoring people who want to start new businesses.

I hope to see you both very soon

Brooke – August 2017

Finding the Knoff Yoga School has truly changed my life for the better. Australia was a long way away, but on the strong recommendation of a yoga teacher and friend, I decided to put my trust in Knoff. Versus, my other inclination, which was to attend the more “name brand” or “original” yoga schools in India. No choice in my life has had a more profound impact. I cannot say enough good things about both Nicky Knoff and James E. Bryan and the complete yoga system that they have built up over a lifetime of incredible study, practice and teaching. I don’t think there are any other teachers out there who compare. They teach not only the practice on the mat, but also how yoga is a full life practice.

Toko Hara
Teacher trainee June 2017

Toko Hara – Teacher trainee – June 2017

Hello Nicky,

I am writing to thank you for such a wonderful 2 days of your teaching.

I am SO glad I did Foundation as well, how easy we forget to spend time in these postures taking them right back to basics!

Thank you for all of your adjustments & explaining when doing so. My body ached so much each evening which confirmed how much I was working.

Thanks once again.
Love Cherie Flynn

Student at Master Class Workshop in Melbourne May 2017

Love Cherie Flynn – May 2017


I just wanted to say I LOVED JAMES workshop in Adelaide a few weekends back- I got SO much out of it- thank you!!

I’ve been teaching for ten years now and I feel like you just perfectly articulated everything I’m trying to put out there, so thank you for your skill and clarity in sharing.

I would LOVE a copy of your closing words/ prayers you use if you are open to sharing? Your words resonated beautifully. Many Thanks

Warm Regards,
Kristin Nelson
Fleurieu Yoga

Kristin Nelson – Fleurieu Yoga – June 2017

Dear Nicky,

I see you often but every time when I see you I don’t have time to talk to you. I decided to write Email instead.

I had 3 new students in my class the other day. They have been doing yoga for about 10 years. As soon as they were on the mat I realised that they didn’t know the foundation and any other principles of practice. They have their own habits. After that class I was just thinking about yoga generally. All physical habits come from the habits of our mind which is our ego.

The way you have been teaching us by using the principle of practice leads us to change our old physical incorrect habits. That changes our mental habits and we become free from ego.

Both our body and mind are balanced and have harmony. We feel comfortable physically and mentally. Comfort makes us happy. This is what the difference between yoga and other physical exercise too.

That reminds me that teaching and doing the principle of practice is very simple but very powerful.

There is a possibility that I could have been stuck with my old habits if I went to other yoga school. I can’t appreciate enough that you are my teacher. I am so lucky.

Tomoko Gregory
Knoff Yoga System Teacher
June 2017

Tomoko Gregory – Knoff Yoga System Teacher – June 2017

Please accept my sincere gratitude and thanks. I feel honoured and nurtured to have been with you yesterday for the private session. I had the best nights sleep and am awake early ready to do my neck exercises.

Judy Chapell

Private therapy session with Nicky Knoff for neck pain – April 2017

Before coming to The Yoga school I thought I had been practicing yoga… little did I know that I had only just been touching the surface and my practice was about to transform entirely.

The Yoga School teachers have such a thorough, detailed understanding of the entire human body. Their verbal cueing on how to access each and every posture is exceptional and of a standard I have never experienced before.

Practicing at The Yoga School has helped me on an emotional level through an extremely challenging period of life. It has also helped me on my journey of recovering from a major surgery and the subsequent functional misalignments I have experienced in my body.

Thank you so much to each teacher at The Yoga School for offering such a wonderful space to learn, transform and feel at home. Cairns is very blessed to have such a great school.


Erin – February 2017

I have waited over 20 years to be taught by Nicky, I loved her passion, wisdom and insightful commentary throughout the training.

Maddi Lock

Foundation Teacher Training – January 2017

I regularly attempted to run up Earl Hill, but could not run all the way to the top, I could always only get around half way.
Long story short I damaged my MCL in my Right Knee and put me out of action, I could not run anymore.
I had my teacher training course with Knoff Yoga which is a 3 week intensive course.
Total time with my injury and teacher training time, meant I had not ran or attempted Earl Hill for 3 months.
After my teacher training I went back and ran up 3/4 of the way. Couple of days after I attempted it again and could run the whole of Earl Hill and have been ever since.

My lung capacity was not there before my teacher training course. Now my lungs are able to expand further to allow a full breath and supply my body with more oxygen. Allowing my to have enough fuel to reach the top of Earl Hill, running.

To go from never being able run Earl Hill, then not running at all for 3 months and then suddenly being able to run all the way to the top, was 100% due to an increase in Lung Volume. The Yoga Postures and Pranayama (Breathing exercises) allowed the surrounding muscles of my Thoracic Cavity (rig cage area) to release and my lungs can expand further. This along with the strengthening of my Diaphragm.

I never knew how little of a lung capacity I had until now and it also continues to expand further. Every week I am noticing a little extra with my breathing. There are many more improvements in my overall health and wellbeing thanks to the Knoff Yoga System and the teachers.

Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips, September 2016

I want to say a very big thank you to Nicki, James and the entire Knoff Yoga teaching staff for supporting and nurturing me and my baby through my yoga practice during pregnancy. Your guidance allowed me to continue to practice yoga asana safely, with suitable adjustments and modifications right up to the day of my birth. I felt so much support and kindness from the entire Knoff yoga community, including other students at the school. I had a beautiful birth and I attribute a lot of this to Knoff yoga system and the breathing techniques I learnt at the school.

See you all back in class soon,
Tanya and Quinn

Tanya and Quinn, September 2016

Dearest Nicky. Working with you today was amazing , my sincerest gratitude for your mastery and your wisdom. I cant imagine where I would be today if I had not met you many years ago. You have also shown my children a way to live their lives, I could never thank you enough. Thank you for your kind words, they give me much inspiration.

My love is always with you xxx.

Tess Boes, Owner of Yoga Align, Australia, July 2016

Tonight was my first class back teaching post teacher training last week, and my gosh was it delightful! <3

More than ever I understand what yoga is, and why I do it. I am so charged with passion and an eagerness to share my knowledge around, which makes the work a joy and so very purposeful.

My instructions were delivered with absolute conviction and a confidence that can only be achieved when speaking ones truth, as well as stemming from a heartfelt place. I saw my students with eyes anew, and noticed subtleties which can only be observed after time spent with a GREAT teacher (or 100 years on my mat) 😛

Nicky Knoff you have well and truly set this lil yogi up with the best foundations anyone could ask for. Thanks you!! I will see you soon for level 2 teacher training.


Steph Baron

Steph Baron, July 2016

Hello Denis,

I am writing to you to unreservedly recommended James Bryan as a professional and well-liked yoga teacher and presenter.
I had the pleasure of meeting James when he travelled to Canberra to be a featured presenter at the Summer’s End Yoga Festival. James’ courteous and enthusiastic approach was evident from our first interaction when I invited him to our festival. James responded to my initial enquiry promptly with good questions about the goals of the festival and how he might be able to contribute.
James continued to be responsive and professional in negotiating his involvement and clearly had the best interest of Summer’s End Yoga Festival in the front of his mind. In short, James was easy to work with and I hope to be able do so again.
James attended both Saturday and Sunday of the festival and presented two excellent and well-received sessions. He also actively participated in activities across the whole weekend being a great ambassador for yoga and the festival. I find this very important in a featured presenter as the additional involvement adds great value to the festival and the participants. I observed James simply chatting to participants about their yoga experience and saw him being genuinely interested regardless of their stage of development on their yoga journey.
Participants also provided positive feedback, noting that James executes ‘the best downward dog I have ever seen’ and asking if we could have him back again next year. One experienced yoga instructor who attended his 2-hour session took pages of notes, soaking in the experience and wisdom he was willing to share and the manner in which he interacted with the participants.James is authentic. He has a strong sense of community and displayed great generosity with his time.
I would be delighted to provide more feedback if you’d like to discuss my recommendation further.

Jen Brown

Hello Nicky & James,

A quick message from Melbourne to thank you so much Nicky for the Melbourne Intensive early March.It was so wonderful to have classes with you 5 days in a row, each day building on the one before.The first day I realised just how much I had missed your warm-hearted teaching method, humour, attentive eye for detail and your incredible depth of knowledge & experience.I do feel that if you tell me I can do something, that it will be possible (with extra committed pracice the most likely requirement).I love watching you assist students deepen into postures, increase their body awareness or let go of fears.

Cherie Flyn Student from Melbourne, March 2016

“I had the good fortune to study with Nicky five days a week for nine months in 1979. At that time Nicky was teaching in the University of Auckland. Studying with Nicky was a life-changing experience. Before that I had no understanding of how beneficial yoga could be or that it was a science for the integration of the body and mind into a state of harmony. Nicky showed me that yoga was much more than exercise. Immediately after those nine months I went to India and spent three very intensive weeks with BKS Iyengar, which was another very beneficial experience.

I have continued my yoga on a daily basis throughout the years. In 2009 I spent two months in Cairns, again studying yoga with Nicky. Her style and knowledge of yoga had deepened during the thirty years since we had last done yoga together. Now she wasn’t a teacher, she was a true master who had helped thousands of people.

In 2009 I also, of course, studied with James. Although James’ teaching style is different than Nicky’s, I also have benefited immensely from it. Both of them are true masters whom I have been blessed to have come into contact with. I can’t imagine that there is anyone who would not benefit from studying with them.

Tom Riddle, Ohio, USA, March 2016

I started Yoga classes during a bleak period in my life, about 20 years ago. While no magic fairy dust transformed me , my whole outlook is different now. Insommnia used to be my plague, lying awake and beating myself up because I should be asleep and recharging my batteries but my mind wouldn’t shut down. Yoga has taught me to do that. Now I look forward to 5:30 a.m. when I can rise and shine and stretch for 30 to 40 minutes. For me,it’s better than sleeping in, and way better than Insommnia…Yoga is a very welcome part of my life.

Thanks to all Yoga teachers,

Leon Gordon, March 2016

I would like to applaud Knoff Yoga School for their most excellent standard of Yoga Teacher Training.

As an international yoga teacher I travel and teach in many countries in South East Asia and also Europe.  Over the past   10 years   I have always been asked to recommend a good yoga teachers training course   wherever I go. Unhesitatingly I have always directed those who are serious about becoming teachers to Knoff Yoga Teacher Training.

You will be challenged on all levels and Nicky & James will extract your true potential.

As I keep returning to teach in the same countries I have the privilege often of meeting again the students who successfully did the Knoff Yoga TTC sometimes months or years later. I am never disappointed, and more often astonished by the change in the student in front of me.  The common factor being I see a clarity, confidence and maturity in them and without a doubt I know I would trust that person to teach a class.

To me Knoff Yoga Teacher Training is like’ the organic whole meal bread ‘of all the Yoga Teacher Trainings available today.  It is the one I trust, with all the essential nutrients and ingredients to give a really complete start to teaching yoga.

It is for this reason that I always have, and will continue to send potential yoga teachers to them.

About Paddy: Paddy teaches with passion her ever evolving quest to “unbutton the spine” so it can dance. Using backbends and other classic yoga postures coming from her long term practice under the guidance of yogacharya Venkatesh, Mysore, India and from her Iyengar background, as well as a less conventional but very deep approach, drawing from her more recent studies under Diane Long and John Stirk (UK); she aims to inspire students to develop their own self practice.

Paddy was  based in Sri Lanka from 1989 and in 2011 relocated to Thailand. She teaches yoga workshops and intensive retreats throughout Asia. Once a year, she comes to Europe to teach a schedule of intensive retreats and workshops.

Paddy McGrath Yoga Teacher

Nicky and James are wonderful teachers and they live and breathe Yoga in their daily life.

Yoga is a lifelong path as well as a path of transformation.  Having a genuine teacher is a key ingredient.

I feel very fortunate to have had James and Nicky as my teachers.

Since my training I have referred many people to their teacher training courses and have always received great feedback.

At Knoff Yoga students receive hands on input from two of Australia’s leading Master teachers.  Both Nicky and James are with the students from the beginning of the course to the end and are always available for on-going support and interaction.

I highly recommend them.

Find out more about Mark here:

Mark Togni, Certified Knoff Yoga Master Level Yoga Practitioner, Gold Coast Yoga Centre

I have been practicing and teaching Yoga myself for many years and was seeking to attend a 200 hour training to commit deeper to my practice. I traveled half way around the world (Dresden, Germany) to study Knoff Yoga because the moment I met Nicky many months before, it was obvious to me that she is a person who has dedicated her life very wisely and effectively to the teachings. Nicky is a true Master in the art of Yoga. She is honest, precise and has many great stories to share from over 40 years’ experience on the Yoga mat. Her knowledge of the body and asanas along with her keen eye provided our group with incredible adjustments that ensured each and every one of us understood – at the cellular level – how wonderful and trans-formative a solid Yoga practice can be. I am ever grateful for how generously Nicky passed on her wisdom and would recommend Knoff Yoga to anyone. Thank you!  Amber Spear, Yoga teacher & student, Perth, AUSTRALIA.

Amber begun practicing Yoga 20 years ago as an accompaniment to her many physical disciplines at the time, and has since then been teaching for 10. Her Yoga practice has taken her to explore the highest peaks of the Himalayas as well as study with many modern day masters all over the world. Amber met Nicky Knoff in 2010 and has been practicing Knoff Yoga ever since. Amber offers workshops, trainings and retreats globally, please visit

Amber Spear

“I would like to thank my teachers from the Knoff Yoga  Teacher Training course for the incredible experience I had in Cairns, Australia.   I came far on my journey to be a yoga teacher and totally felt that this was the culmination of many years of ambition to learn how to teach.  Up until this point I was unsure and under confident in this quest.  I was given one of the greatest challenges in my life and achieved, I feel the greatest reward.  I don’t think I have ever worked so hard or with so much intensity in my yoga practice and this lead me through an emotional and physical walk over hot coals to get to the end.  But I did get to the end and it was a fantastic ride!  Nicky is truly inspirational and a compliment from her is worth its weight in gold.  And James and his bizarre analogies is welcome light relief.  I would invite anyone to tread the same path as I did.  Don’t forget that taking the first step is hardest after that it’s all uphill!  No really – the downhill bit is worth the uphill struggle.  Now I am back in the UK and along with another job, teaching 2 classes a week.  But my ambition is securely in place to open my own studio at some point.  And I hope to build a yoga community here such as I experienced in Cairns.  Although unfortunately much colder!  Love, light and pure energy to all.
PS.  I want to come back”

Wendy Buttery – United Kingdom

October 26 2012.  Today is the international teacher’s day.  I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for teaching me.  YOU ARE the best teacher in my life.  I hardly remember what my school teachers taught me.  But I remember every single word that you taught me.  I can still hear your voice sometimes when I am practicing Yoga.  I am still practicing yoga everyday except Sunday and am teaching three days a week.  I didn’t like meditation before, but now I really enjoy it and am doing it everyday.  I am aiming to do the master course some time in the near future.  Thank you. Namaste.   Tomoko Gregory, Yoga teacher & student, Cairns, AUSTRALIA.

Tomoko Gregory

Dearest Nicky & Jimmy Babe (He he he!)

A little note to thank you for a wonderful yoga retreat in Bali.  Amazing Yoga, beautiful people and lots of fun. You both gave of yourselves so generously, it was a privilege to have spent this time with you.

Kindest regards & Namaste

Conny White

Conny White – Bali Retreat Student 2012

Hello Nicky and James!

I send greetings and love to you both! This email is well overdue and although i have wanted to write earlier something had always gotten in the way.

I hope all is well with you both and the Knoff school is also doing well! Thank you for the Christmas greetings and hope you both had a wonderful Christmas and that this year is going well so far.. (it seems to be flying by for me)!
I had the most wonderful experience doing the Bali Yoga Retreat in October 2012 and want to thank you both so much for one of my most memorable trips  and life journeys.

What a wonderful place Bali is!! The Mandala Resort was fantastic, room comfortable and the food was fantastic and the people so very kind and friendly. I met some very wonderful people there too and i am grateful for the special friendships made. Owen was especially great!

Chloe Manier – Sunshine Coast, Australia

Chloe Manier – Bali retreat student 2012

“Happy 2010 James may it be full of blessings for you and Nicky,

How wonderful was the month of July last year I cannot express my gratitude enough for the strong foundation that it has given my yoga practice. My eyes well at the love and guidance that surrounded the whole month and the wonderful, wonderful friends that I now have scattered all over the world. It was an amazing month. The articles that Nina and Cath wrote expressed it beautifully.  I am seriously coming back in August to do my Intermediate Teacher Training. Hope this finds you both well and happy you are often in my thoughts and Nicky’s words guide my practice each day.”

Wendy Diack – Blenheim, New Zealand

“The Foundation Level Teacher Training was a transformational time during which I have learned a tremendous amount, not only about Yoga, but also about myself. The intensity of the course is conducive to a strong personal development — I have met some of my emotional and mental blockages, and I have overcome them. Physically, I have become a lot stronger and my yoga practice now feels strong and safe. It has truly become a part of my life I could not do without. Nicky’s guidance during these 8 weeks was great. Her knowledge in anatomy, yoga and health is simply overwhelming! Her pragmatic and enthusiastic approach to teaching make it a pleasure to learn, and the theory part of the course complements the asana practice well. I always felt safe and supported during asana practice. Nicky’s instructions and adjustments are precise and spot-on, and she gives great attention to correct alignment. Thanks to Nicky’s teaching, I feel that I have gained a thorough and firm grounding in my practice, as well as in teaching the Foundation asanas. I look forward to sharing what I have learned, and hopefully pass on some of Nicky’s enthusiasm to new students.”

Virginie Noel

“I have been teaching around 4 classes (level 1) a week and loving every minute of it — there are constant challenges and overcoming these is enormously rewarding. Sometimes there are things that a student does (or doesn’t do) and I so often find myself asking ‘What would Nicky do in this situation?’. Other times, it might be going into a class after some personally disturbing news or an upsetting day and feeling satisfied afterwards that I have taught a good class because I have had to dig a little deeper and teach from a place in my heart rather than a place in my head. Nicky, I reflect almost daily on the time I had on your course, and on a regular basis different things seem to fall into place. Sometimes I will find myself in front of a class, and almost unbidden an instruction will pop out of my mouth because I’ve seen a particular need for it in a student, and I think ‘Gosh, I had completely forgotten about that.’ or maybe I haven’t even been doing it myself, but suddenly it makes sense.”

Susan Busch – Christchurch, New Zealand

“Dear Said,

I started this email and it was an essay – I had so much to say about alignment and its importance and the importance of doing the “work.” But I could have written for days.


Nicky will always say – “if it hurts you are doing it wrong” – and I have seen it in action. A student came to class, not wanting to do a pose, because the day before it was hurting their back. Nicky got the student to do the pose the way they did it the day before and looked at the pose… she then corrected the alignment, “activate this, ground that” and then asked the student if there was pain.

The student with an amazed look on her face said “there is none” and Nicky said “yes, that is because when there is pain it is never the pose, it is always a lack of alignment and something that we are not doing that we should be doing.” A metaphor for life.

Yoga does require that we work. Yoga is training for living, training for life. Life is not going to tell you that life should be a “moving meditation”. Life is hard and full of suffering. Yoga shows us another way for living, a way out of suffering.

Yoga becomes a moving meditation only after the initial struggle. In the same way that beginners struggle even with the alignment of standing in Mountain Pose. Why do teachers mention advanced concepts to their students, such as moving meditation? Would you teach a student a handstand before they have mastered Mountain Pose?

Nicky encourages, Nicky does not force or push. Although at times, that encouragement will seem forceful.

Nicky will demand alignment – and it is wisdom that demands it. More than 40 years of working with students of all capabilities and unique challenges and assisting people overcome those challenges has developed that wisdom. Iyengar demands alignment and again it is wisdom that demands it (although from what I hear, his approach to students does leave a lot to be desired.)

I have never met a teacher who understands yoga and people as thoroughly as Nicky.

Put aside your fears Said, and just do it, you will be so grateful that you did. I have attended three teacher training’s with Nicky… I would not have returned if she were as harsh as people imagine her to be. Nicky has never forced or pushed me beyond what I am capable of. She listens and watches and assists. The work and the breakthroughs that come from that are yours. Nicky cares enough to help you find them.

On a final note Said, embrace your personality. Why do want something that will not fit it? Your personality is what will make a difference in this world, find what fits it and then express it. You do not need to be concerned that Nicky’s manner will fit you too well, after all, personalities evolve.

Just do it. Seriously.


Steven Golding.”

Steven Golding – Townsville, Australia

“Discovering Knoff Yoga
I discovered yoga properly in 2005 when I was in Sri Lanka for a few months working post tsunami – before then I had dabbled for a few years, trying it at my gym, doing yoga DVDs with friends when living in the Solomon Islands, and going to the occasional class at work or when a yoga teacher visited Honiara.  In 2005 I was privileged to have private lessons with Madurai, a talented yoga teacher.  She would come to my guesthouse before work for lessons. I remember one day going to the office and being present and totally focused on my work for several hours as opposed to the usual manic monkey thinking – it was the most amazing feeling & I wanted more of it.  When I returned to Canberra late 2005 I signed up for a 10-week course with Alan Goode, a very serious Iyengar teacher. I then did a retreat with him & was hooked. 
In 2006 I moved to Bangladesh and during a brief visit to Sri Lanka I caught up with Madurai. She had recently returned from a teacher training course with Nicky Knoff. I remember thinking why would you go to  Cairns from Colombo for teacher training when India is next door…..I discovered why Madurai had made the long journey to cairns when I signed up for a teacher training course with Nicky in 2008. 
I was blown away at the energy, vision, dedication of Nicky – she could monitor and track all of the students – “is that 12 full breaths or sniffs?“  She would ask as I tried to speed through the tougher asanas.  The pace was unrelenting and the level of devotion and commitment much higher than any of the many teachers I have had in numerous courses.  I have the highest respect for all my fellow students – they worked around the clock practicing, studying, observing and assisting in yoga classes…we lived, breathed, dreamed yoga for the month intensive course – it was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done & there were times when I thought I wouldn’t make it, when Nicky would say to me “what’s it going to take?”   It takes a lot but it so worth it……Nicky’s course isn’t for the faint hearted.   I know now that a Knoff trained teacher is the real thing.  
18 months later as I’m reflecting on the after effects of the Knoff experience the first one that comes to mind is the ability to deal with stressful situations. I got to practice that one immediately as my grandmother died during the course and I had to  leave a few days early to attend her funeral in Sydney. I did a yoga session at Coogee beach and then breezed through what would have been a very stressful big Greek funeral …..and living in Bangladesh I get to live my yoga every day. The benefits really have been phenomenal and its one the most transformative things I’ve ever done – I highly recommend it – I don’t think I could survive living in Bangladesh if I didn’t have my yoga practice – my job as assistant country director of an international NGO is chaotic working on development and emergencies, the latter unfortunately Bangladesh has too many of.   I figure my role is not to teach at Byron or Bondi Beach but to take yoga to those who can’t access it – like my female colleagues at work, street girls I teach English to or my driver, Kakoly, who is now sharing it with her family and colleagues.  I’ve had incredible opportunities to share yoga since doing the course including on a boat in the Sundarbans, with colleagues at a conference in Johannesburg and with participants at a 10-day meditation retreat in Nepal earlier this year.  What gives me great pleasure is watching others discover the joys of yoga, like Maya, my colleague, teaching children at a party on Christmas Day or Kakoly demonstrating asanas on new years day.  Yoga is a wonderful gift, and I’m been blessed to learn from the very best – thank you Nicky and James!

Stav Zotalis

“Dear Nicky and James I feel truly transformed, a better, more kind and compassionate person.  It has been an honour to have been taught by you and a privilege to be able to now go on to teach Knoff Yoga.  Also I know Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand) and Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow) are my greatest lessons.  Expect to get a photo soon!  Much love and deep gratitude!”

“My yoga practice I would say has been like many others – intermittent. I recall as a young girl being riveted by the woman on the television wearing her leotard being incredibly calm and tranquil as she performed yoga for her audience. As the years went by I collected yoga books which caught my eye, attended yoga schools all over Australia as I moved around, and I intermittently practiced.
As life tends to do, a huge shift made me reflect on the meaning of my life, I eventually found myself in Cairns studying Oriental Health, and attending Knoff Yoga classes. A year later it was time for me to leave Cairns, but the desire to study yoga under the guidance of a master such as Nicky Knoff stayed with me. It was as I was leaving I made the decision to do the Foundation Level Yoga Teacher Training with Knoff Yoga, a decision based on wanting to improve my own practice, teaching yoga not a motivating factor.
That decision, with all honesty, tortured me for months, in fact I was counselled and supported by James, with his insightful words helping me realise I was indeed putting up barriers to success by doubting my own ability. Also I put so many expectations on myself that the fear of failure almost made me quit before I even started!  Needless to say it was confronting to see these negative thought patterns in process.
Attending the course in July 2009 was possibly one of the hardest things I have done for myself, and without doubt one of the most rewarding. I was and continue to be eternally grateful to Nicky Knoff for her wisdom, energy, and kindness throughout the course. I extended my stay in Cairns to participate in the Intermediate Level Teacher Training as well; the most surprised person was me about that too!
If you are thinking about doing a teacher training course with Knoff Yoga, be aware that you may be confronted by limitation, placed on you by yourself only. If you can overcome your fears, it will be the deepest experience with yourself you could ever imagine.
Namaste Yogini Shirin”

Shirin Richards – Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

“Each day as i get on my mat I am grateful for the ability to work on an asana sequence that  is really helping me build strength & flexibility. This asana sequence was able to highlight to me the areas of weakness in my body. I am committed to now practicing asanas which I neglected in the past. I enjoyed how there was a balance of instructions for the right alignment with the encouragement to BE the posture. For me what was most effective was how it brought forth all my habitual holding patterns some of which I was not even aware of. I have since been working on them and already feel a great difference. For instance, how I held my head during postures & most importantly during seated meditation.  Nicky was absolutely brilliant in her ability to be firm yet tremendously loving & nurturing. She inspired in each & every student the need to work diligently & consistently in order to attain success. My entire practice has undergone a change and my practice is much more balanced than ever before. There is improved strength & a greater awareness in my daily life. I believe the course is perfect for one who is looking for the perfect structure through which to successfully guide students new to Yoga. The 24 principles are brilliant in that they cover the essence of the practice in the most comprehensive manner. I am extremely happy & would recommend anyone looking to teach to take up the course. Despite teaching for many years I like how this has given me greater direction & structure on how to create an effective sequence for the students. I believe Nicky has so much to offer in terms of her experience & knowledge that anyone who is trained under her guidance is definitely poised to become a good teacher.”

Shilpa Ghatalia – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia