About Laughing Lotus Yoga

Laughing Lotus Yoga Teachers

Lisa McGarva B.Ed. Registered Level 2 Yoga Teacher (500 hours) Yoga Australia, Certified Yoga Therapist- International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). High School Teacher with the QLD Department of Education and Training since 1998 (Presently a Specialist Behaviour and Projects Teacher).


Yuri Dobrotin Level 2 Yoga Teacher (500 hours), and Yoga Therapist.

Lisa McGarva

Lisa is the principal Teacher and founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga. She has practiced Yoga since 1998, and began teaching Yoga since 2011. As an educator understanding how people learn, combined with her wealth of knowledge on Yoga and Yoga Therapy, Lisa is able to support and extend all students in their individual practice and knowledge. No class is the same. Lisa takes into account the needs of the students at the time of practice, and teaches beautiful classes by teaching to the need at that moment. By regularly attending Lisa’s classes you learn about yoga. Many students over the years have found their practice to have made a real difference to their lives not only physically by being in better health, but the practice has made many positive changes in their lives. Lisa’s students keep returning for more. She offers a wide range of modalities for practice to help everyone find the best way for their needs.

Yuri Dobrotin

Yuri is an Explorer by work and by nature. Yoga for him is one more way to explore nature, fellow humans, as well as himself. Besides yoga, Yuri practiced and taught martial arts for years in Canada, Europe and here in Australia. Always expressing that yoga and martial arts share the same principles –self-knowledge, openness, natural state of being relaxed, alignment, timing and importantly – fun to learn and practice – not too serious. Yes... Laughing Lotus... Yuri graduated as a Yoga Instructor from Flo Fenton In Touch Training Intensive in Byron Bay. He continued his studies under Ms. Fenton to be a Level 2 Yoga Teacher with an emphasis in the training on Yoga Therapy. In his spare time, he is exploring the mineral resources on different continents around the world.

The Practice of Yoga

Many people love to do yoga as they enjoy many of the benefits that it unlocks for you such as physical strength, flexibility, a toned body, more energy, and a calm mind that is able to be focused for longer.

There are many benefits of Yoga, Breathing and Meditation. This list could be endless but here are listed primary benefits:

  • strengthens muscles and internal systems
  • reduces stress, depression and anxiety
  • revitalizes the mind
  • boosts immune system
  • reduces blood pressure
  • improves circulation/detoxification
  • opens and balances nadis (internal energy lines)
  • energy increases
  • sleep improves
  • improves conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis and heart disease
  • to find inward peace
  • you learn a lot about yourself- care for yourself
  • grow physically, emotionally and spiritually

The practice of yoga is an art and science dedicated to creating union between body, mind and spirit. Its objective is to assist the practitioner in using the breath and body to foster an awareness of ourselves as individualized beings intimately connected to the unified whole of creation. In short it is about making balance and creating equanimity so as to live in peace, good health and harmony with the greater whole. This art of right living was perfected and practiced in India thousands of years ago and the foundations of yoga philosophy were written down in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, approximately 200 AD. This sacred text describes the inner workings of the mind and provides an eight-step blueprint for controlling its restlessness so as to enjoying lasting peace.

The core of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, is an eight-limbed path that forms the structural framework for yoga practice. Upon practicing all eight limbs of the path it becomes self-evident that no one element is elevated over another in a hierarchical order. Each is part of a holistic focus which eventually brings completeness to the individual as they find their connectivity to the universe. Because we are all uniquely individual a person can emphasize one branch and then move on to another as they round out their understanding.

In brief the eight limbs, or steps to yoga, are as follows:

  • Yama: Universal morality
  • Niyama: Personal observances
  • Asanas: Body postures
  • Pranayama: Breathing exercises, and control of prana
  • Pratyahara: Control of the senses
  • Dharana: Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
  • Dhyana: Devotion, Meditation on the universe
  • Samadhi: Union with the universe

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