Albee Barton is a graduate of the esteemed Mangala Studios of Yoga and Creative Dance as a qualified Creative Dance and Children’s Yoga Teacher. She believes in the power of movement to connect the mind, body and soul and that dance should be a completely inclusive process for all to enjoy.

Albee’s personal goal is to find a balance between exercise and art, meditation and action. As a nature and animal lover, she strives to live a life full of kindness and compassion for all walks of life and hopes to translate this philosophy into both her personal life and her role here at Prana House.


Joanne Caruso is a qualified Beauty Therapist who has recently transitioned out of the Corporate world (Human Resources) where she has spent most of her career, and is now following her truth by nurturing others through her business, Joanne’s Temple.

Joanne’s focus is on Facials and Massage and making her own Skin & Body Care products that are available to purchase and use at home. Her products are natural, chemical free and most products are Vegan.

“There is nothing more satisfying than seeing my clients relax while I work on releasing tension during a massage or watching clients with acne improve their skin through a facial using my chemical free skin care. For me, that’s what I love about what I do”.

 Joanne’s qualifications are varied and includes, Reiki, Angel Intuitive & Angel Card Reader, Results Coaching as well as her HR qualifications and Certificate in Accounting.

To find out more about Joanne’s offering at Prana House, see Joanne’s Temple

Matt is the founder of Happy and Healthy Relationships, and creator of the 7 step R.E.B.U.I.L.D. relationship coaching program for couples, and 5 step D.R.E.A.M.program for singles. He was inspired to become a relationship coach after the devastating demise of his 14 year marriage, which led him on a journey to discover what makes a successful relationship, and why so many marriages fail. Extensive research, training, and soul searching led Matt to a deep understanding of what makes relationships work, and how with the proper guidance almost every relationship can not only be revived, but can flourish into something better than ever before. Today Matt is a relationship expert who has developed proven strategies that will show you that you can revitalise your current relationship, or create a wonderful new one, and will assist and guide you in your quest to have the truly vibrant and joyous relationship that you deserve. Matt believes so strongly in the ability of people to rediscover their love and passion that he offers a 100% money back guarantee!

Matt is a qualified Master Life Coach, Master NLP Practitioner, and Master Ericksonian Hypnotherapist. He also runs a divorce support meetup group to provide a forum for people trying to deal with the devastation of a broken relationship. He has a very gentle, easy going manner, and is passionate about helping people to live a wholehearted and abundant life.

To find out more about Matt’s offering at Prana House, see Relationship Coaching.

Georgina Papageorgiou is a well-established, ethical and passionate Beauty Therapist who genuinely cares for and nurtures her clients. Her main focus is the well-being of her clients and she offers a variety of Traditional Beauty Services and Well-Being Treatments to support every client’s unique mind, body and spirit.

To find out more about Georgina’s offering at Prana House, see Precious Beauty.

Prana house is an amazing space to hold and share beautiful music and resonant sound; Sue started a women’s singing group here four years ago to nourish the body and spirit through song and chants in a warm and supportive environment.

Initially trained and lectured in improvisation at the VCA, over twenty years ago she co-founded, with Lisa Young, a vocal/percussion group named Coco’s Lunch with a desire to find other women with whom to create original songs and explore the voice in new ways. Over this time Coco’s Lunch has produced seven CDs of original songs for adults and children, receiving awards and standing ovations world-wide.

“One of the most mesmerising songs in Coco’s Lunch’s repertoire is a composition by Sue Johnson called Sister, My Sister. It’s an exquisitely simple, hymn-like piece – a prayer for compassion, support and understanding ….. part lullaby, part prayer, part celebration of the human voice.” – The Age, Jessica Nicholas

Contact Sue to register interest in this group or other groups/workshops she will be starting soon.

Peter Cohen is Australia’s senior-most Heart of Yoga teacher trainer in the tradition of Krishnamacharya — assistant trainer to Heart of Yoga founder and world-renowned teacher Mark Whitwell. Loved for his weaving of inspirational and accessible yoga philosophy into flowing classes, Peter encourages intimate breathing and deep poetic movement as an embrace of life. Senior accredited in 3 yoga lineages over two decades, Peter is also a Reiki Master and certified Feldenkrais movement specialist.

Peter teaches the ancient breath-guided practices of yoga he calls “Hatha Flow Yoga”. The practice has it’s roots in Tibetan Yoga; in the Yoga of T. Krishnamacharya (the forefather of both Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga); and in the work of U.G. Krishnamurti. Integrating principles of emotional giving and receiving to create a nourishing journey into passion and authenticity, the practice culminates in a deeply surrendered vibrant feeling, suitable for meditation and surrendering into stillness.

Peter imbibed yoga, meditation and astral projection from a young age, beginning his yoga journey in India and then becoming inspired with Kundalini Yoga. He then lived at Odiyana Buddhist centre in Melbourne for many years where he was taught traditional Tibetan Yoga by Lama Urgyen Yeshe Ozer after demonstrating a strong commitment to the traditional Tantra. He subsequently studied for 7 years with Nicky Knoff (Australia’s senior-most Iyengar teacher) and became the first male senior-certified Knoff Yoga Teacher — incorporating both advanced Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar styles of Yoga.

In 2006 Peter founded The Awakening Tree Yoga (now The Love of Yoga). He has mentored and trained yoga teachers for almost a decade in the traditional ways of Hatha Yoga breathing and meditation. Peter has assisted international teacher training retreats for the past 5 years with Mark Whitwell and previously assisted trainings with Duncan Wong, Nicky Knoff, Twee Merrigan, and Sam Weinstein in Australia, Bali and Fiji.

Laura discovered yoga 12 years ago to help calm the mind and stretch the body while working a busy corporate job in London. Over time as her physical practice developed she found yoga helped shed light on who she really was and what she really wanted to do.

This unfolded into a desire to go deeper into her practice, which led her to her first teacher training in Rishikesh, India in 2014. This ignited her passion to teach and share yoga. Most recently, Laura has been studying with Tara Judelle in Embodied Flow TM. 

Alongside practicing and teaching yoga, Laura likes to push her limits through endurance sports. In 2015 she completed a 9,000km cycling tour through Africa. She has now turned her corporate skills towards the non-profit international development arena.

Laura’s style is primarily a strong and playful slow vinyasa flow with a focus on breath and listening to your inner voice. Her invitation is to find those moments of stillness, peace and flow on the mat, where we can create more space, richness and joy in our lives.

Fascinated by the body and it’s creative power, Elisa wants to express the wonderful energy we all have in a positive and peaceful way through Yoga and Art.
After a diploma in creative management, Elisa went to India to study yoga. In a traditional ashram, she studied 500hours exploring Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin yoga.
She  wants to integrate the yoga philosophy through her thoughts, words and actions. Through her teaching, she wishes to combine shape and feeling, physical and mental, to permit each student to find their own balance in the yoga asana practice and in each part of their life : to blossom completely.

“A good teacher is a good student “

Maile Shanti completed her 350hour teacher training with Prana House Founder Julie Garagano and has since completed further studies with Alan and Sarah Finger of ISHTA yoga. Maile’s focus on teaching is to offer both a restoring and strengthening practice, honouring the teachings of yoga and simultaneously holding space for every individual students practice. Her focus is to create and teach a safe and conscious practice of yoga
Emma Gilmartin commenced a regular yoga practice in 2010, shortly after the birth of her second child. After 4 years of regular Amrit Yoga classes with Julie Gargano, Emma experienced many benefits including lower stress levels and a greater sense of physical heath and wellbeing.
In her career as a singer and a singing teacher, Emma also experienced many improvements, including reduced performance anxiety and a much greater sense of ease whist on stage. For Emma, the practice of yoga is the perfect accompaniment to a career in singing.
Emma is passionate about helping her students to feel better about their bodies. You do not need to have a certain body shape or size to practice yoga, and to experience the many benefits.

Emma Gilmartin is a qualified Pranaa Yoga Teacher, having completed the 350 hour Teaching Certification with Julie Gargano in 2016. Emma has also attended regular classes with Rick Harvest and Jessie Neave.

Emma performs regularly with vocal group Coco’s Lunch, and with her jazz quartet in venues throughout Australia and beyond. Emma is a singing teacher at Monash University and lives with her husband and three sons.