ABOUT US

Want to find out a little more about us at Synergy Yoga and Pilates is in Glenelg, Adelaide, South Australia ? Read on. Synergy first opened in August 2012. Monique wanted to create a studio where people could feel at home, part of a community and offer a wonderful retreat like BOUTIQUE space that offers a range of classes per week to match everyone’s needs. A unique and personalised service that is inclusive friendly and welcoming. Monique recognised that there was a need to create a studio and a community that offered a range of services. Yoga, Pilates, Mindfulness, Meditation, Yoga Training and Education, Courses and Exciting events. All offered by a team of highly skilled and dedicated teachers with many years experience and training in a range of modalities. A professional space that ensures safety and attention to people’s individual health and wellness needs. Synergy Yoga & Pilates – a boutique Yoga and Pilates studio with a focus on YOUR HEALTH and options for all ages. SYNERGY YOGA & PILATES is a way of life connecting MIND BODY HEALTH, Education, Retreats, Workshops and Wellness. We specialise in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Ayurveda, Thai Yoga Massage and Corporate Yoga/Pilates and Wellbeing programs. Contact us for your next retreat or Corporate Workshop and classes.
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Monique Leverington – Founder & Director of Synergy Yoga & Pilates

Training and Education

Founder and Director Monique Leverington is qualified and certified by Yoga Alliance International (Australia) 500 ERYT and Yoga Australia Level 2 in Yoga and Pilates.  Monique has  to date completed 1400 hours of  teacher training since 2011. Completed teacher training courses in 400 Hour Yoga  & Pilates Teacher Training, 200 hr MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction),  285 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Vinyasa Flow Immersion Training, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy and Consultation with Yoga Trinity,  Rainbow Kids Yoga and Family yoga teacher training, Pre/Post natal yoga training with Bliss Babies. Monique has also trained with and dedicates her joy of yoga to her incredible teachers: Leslie Kaminoff  (NYC) (author of Yoga Anatomy), Mel McLaughlin (The Yin Space) Maty Ezraty formally from Yoga Works (NYC), Jo Phee from Yinspiration, Sarah Powers from Insight Yoga (NYC), Heather Agnew from Yoga Trinity (AUS), Malcom Huxter (Clinical psychologist and Buddhist Meditation teacher), Bodhin (Phillip) Woodward from Mindfulness Academy Spain.

Monique is qualified as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher from the Mindful Academy of Spain (Solterreno) in TRR1 and TTR2 completing 200 hours http://mbsr.website/qualification.  Monique is one of the few qualified and internationally endorsed teachers  in Adelaide to be able to facilitate the course developed originally by Jon Kabat Zinn and his team – The 8 week MBSR training that is now facilitated worldwide and is keeping in line with Gold Standards of University of Massachusetts and Medicine (UMASS), Bangor University (UK). This course is offered in many settings worldwide, including medical, psychological, schools, universities, corporate settings, prisons and other healthcare settings.

Background

Monique’s background and other qualifications include Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences and CBT counselling, Post Graduate Degree in Adult Education and teaching at TAFE SA, Diploma’s in Youth Work, Addictions, Mental Health, Community Services and Welfare and Workplace Teacher Training and Assessment.
Monique has worked in the Community Services Industry for many years in Adelaide and was also employed as a Lecturer at TAFE SA in Community Health and Welfare Services. Having practiced Yoga/Pilates for a number of years Monique became inspired to learn and become an instructor as she saw the amazing benefits she gained herself from Yoga/Pilates. Monique facilitates Introductory courses in Mindfulness as well as the MBSR 8 week program. Mindfulness has been researched and proven to be an effective tool for dealing with trauma, stress, anxiety and depression.

Events and hosting
Monique wishes to continue to expand her knowledge and studies in these area’s hoping to provide an overall holistic approach to her teacher training. Monique loves to bring community together for the benefit of overall health, wellness and fitness, she has also co produced with Skye Lockwood an Adelaide based festival known as THE SANCTUARY YOGA AND MUSIC FESTIVAL.

Monique is continually inspired by her students and her teachers and has loved the way yoga makes her feel both physically and mentally. A passion for sharing this holistic and ancient philosophy and practice with others so that they may also discover the same benefits offered by daily movement and mindfulness. Monique credits her Yoga and Pilates practice to feeling fit, strong and balanced (body and mind).

Ainhoa Barriola (Yoga Instructor)

Ainhoa Barriola Fontana

Hi! My name is Ainhoa (pronounced ‘i-no-ah’) and I first knew yoga existed thanks to my father, who used to practice āsana and some cleansing techniques when I was a child.
Many years passed before I took an interest in unveiling the concepts and practice of yoga and at the beginning it was mainly driven by the aim of getting my body moving in new ways. It quickly developed into a permanent state of curiosity on an intellectual, physical and spiritual level.
I started my own āsana practice in late 2010 and attended my first formal training in India in October 2015. I’ve had the pleasure to train with several teachers since then, including training with Jo Phee and Melanie McLaughlin (yin yoga), Leslie Kaminoff (anatomy), Donna Farhi (restorative), Jules Mitchell (biomechanics). I am permanently curious and updating my studies.
I am currently striving to bring a science informed perspective into the yoga community where I have the privilege to work, learn and teach. My aim is to provide a smart approach to the movement practice that is yoga, to offer tools and hold a free and creative space where we can all learn to move within our own uniqueness.
In my classes and workshops I hope to ignite the sparkle of self-discovery, prompting you to ask questions about your own practice.
I believe āsana is a powerful tool to reconnect with our bodies and build awareness. From this connection, born from a physical practice, we could perhaps start to cultivate a yoga practice that goes beyond the mat.

Instagram: yogawithainhoa

Ciara Costello


(B.Ed, YTI Diploma) Yoga Therapist, Primary School Teacher
Ciara has been practising yoga and meditation for over ten years and has trained in MBSR and MBCT. She has, attended retreats all over the world, in Spirit Rock, California, PlumVillage in France, Sivananda ashram in India, The Sanctuary in Dublin and Kalyana Retreat centre Dingle. Ciara is passionate about mindfulness and yoga and how the practise can contribute to our health and wellbeing.
Ciara has been teaching mindful yoga in Ireland in the clinic of natural medicine in Dublin since she qualified in yoga therapy. She gained one hundred percent in her final Anatomy and Physiology exam. She has just moved to Adelaide from Dublin. Ciara has started teaching in primary schools in Adelaide, and is inspired about offering mindful training through the Synergy Yoga and Pilates centre.

Liliana Bruno


“In my classes I invite students to find functional alignment, with just enough intensity to acknowledge and honour their own unique needs and intentions. This experience of ‘self-sensing’ and ‘self-awareness’ becomes a tool that I encourage my students to apply in their daily life”
Liliana discovered yoga in 2001, initially drawn to it as a form of exercise but as the years have passed it’s become an essential part of moving with grace and awareness through life’s ups and downs. Practicing yoga was instrumental in helping Liliana cope with homesickness after moving to Australia, from Canada in 2010. That prompted Liliana to complete her first 200hr Teacher Training. Since then Liliana has completed over 500 hrs of yoga training being certified in Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin Yoga, Pre/Postnatal and Kids Yoga. Liliana is also certified in Pilates Matwork, Barre and Thai Yoga Massage Level 1 from Trinity Yoga. In 2016, she completed her studies and is now a registered Primary School Teacher.