Meet the Team

We Speak Your Languages

Our experienced teachers are at the core of our community. They boast extremely diverse backgrounds, making each class at Little Mandarin a unique and enriching experience.

Together we will help you realise your potential and celebrate your progress.

  Ian Cheney (English)    @freebreathingyoga    I was first introduced to Astanga Yoga in 2002 by a friend at university and have been hooked on the practice ever since. In 2012, I began a 2- year apprenticeship with Gingi Lee in London, before completing a Yoga Alliance recognised 200-hr qualification with my principle teacher – John Scott.    In 2014, I traveled for the first time to Mysore, India to study under the guidance of Sharath Jois at the K. Pattabhi Jois Astanga Yoga Institute. I returned each year and in 2017, Sharath gave me his blessing to teach Astanga Yoga as a KPJAYI authorised teacher.    I try to bring with my teaching the dedication and enthusiasm I find within my own practice. I believe that yoga is a deeply personal experience and encourage students to find their own space, in balance with the wisdom of the tradition. Fundamentally though, I think that while yoga can be challenging on many levels, first and foremost it should be a loving, warm and fun experience for all.

Ian Cheney (English)

@freebreathingyoga

I was first introduced to Astanga Yoga in 2002 by a friend at university and have been hooked on the practice ever since. In 2012, I began a 2- year apprenticeship with Gingi Lee in London, before completing a Yoga Alliance recognised 200-hr qualification with my principle teacher – John Scott.

In 2014, I traveled for the first time to Mysore, India to study under the guidance of Sharath Jois at the K. Pattabhi Jois Astanga Yoga Institute. I returned each year and in 2017, Sharath gave me his blessing to teach Astanga Yoga as a KPJAYI authorised teacher.

I try to bring with my teaching the dedication and enthusiasm I find within my own practice. I believe that yoga is a deeply personal experience and encourage students to find their own space, in balance with the wisdom of the tradition. Fundamentally though, I think that while yoga can be challenging on many levels, first and foremost it should be a loving, warm and fun experience for all.

  Jowing Zhang (English/Chinese Mandarin)    @jowingyoga    Initially I began my yoga practice only to increase my flexibility and reduce my tension from the graphic design work. I found myself gravitating more towards the physical practice, but soon after, I became drawn to the deeper meditative and spiritual roots of yoga.    I am a dreamer. I dreamed of being a yoga teacher. Since I quit from my job and became a yoga teacher, I have been teaching for a decade.   I dreamed of living in different cities. I am now living in this most liveable city - Melbourne. I dreamed of creating a space and community where people from all over the world can learn from each other, practise together, share experience and make friends. This is how Little Mandarin was founded.    Come be a part of our growing multicultural community, feel the Little Mandarin difference and find your potential!

Jowing Zhang (English/Chinese Mandarin)

@jowingyoga

Initially I began my yoga practice only to increase my flexibility and reduce my tension from the graphic design work. I found myself gravitating more towards the physical practice, but soon after, I became drawn to the deeper meditative and spiritual roots of yoga.

I am a dreamer. I dreamed of being a yoga teacher. Since I quit from my job and became a yoga teacher, I have been teaching for a decade. I dreamed of living in different cities. I am now living in this most liveable city - Melbourne. I dreamed of creating a space and community where people from all over the world can learn from each other, practise together, share experience and make friends. This is how Little Mandarin was founded.

Come be a part of our growing multicultural community, feel the Little Mandarin difference and find your potential!

  Winnie Au (English/  Chinese Mandarin&Cantonese)    @winnie.au    Mind-body practice has always been my passion. My own yoga practice is the source of my health, my energy and my inspiration.    What started out as a way to workout, soon became a way of my life. Coming from an architectural background, for years my life had been a juggle of deadlines. Until I discovered yoga in 2012, since then I have found myself faithfully on the mat every day, re-establishing alignment between mind and body; and experiencing the growing joy in my heart, a joy independent of the external. With nothing but blind faith, I left for Thailand in the summer of 2013 to study yoga, which turned out to be a month filled with powerful trust and love with beautiful people, together we spent out days chanting, meditating and practicing yoga and life. I realised that this is the path I want to lead - I have then embarked on the journey of sharing the bounty and blessings of yoga.

Winnie Au (English/Chinese Mandarin&Cantonese)

@winnie.au

Mind-body practice has always been my passion. My own yoga practice is the source of my health, my energy and my inspiration.

What started out as a way to workout, soon became a way of my life. Coming from an architectural background, for years my life had been a juggle of deadlines. Until I discovered yoga in 2012, since then I have found myself faithfully on the mat every day, re-establishing alignment between mind and body; and experiencing the growing joy in my heart, a joy independent of the external. With nothing but blind faith, I left for Thailand in the summer of 2013 to study yoga, which turned out to be a month filled with powerful trust and love with beautiful people, together we spent out days chanting, meditating and practicing yoga and life. I realised that this is the path I want to lead - I have then embarked on the journey of sharing the bounty and blessings of yoga.

  Kelly Foong (English/Malay  /  Japanese/Chinese Mandarin&Cantonese  )    @kellyfyoga    Yoga was not love at first experience for me. It was not until a few years later when I decided to step on the mat out of my own choice, did my love for yoga begin to grow organically.    I love how yoga is a moving meditation and the more you concentrate on your breath and every little transition, you stay present whilst letting your mind and body learn to accept and grow. In 2016, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training in Nicaragua to grow my practice and put myself out of my comfort zone.    My hope is to share the practice with others authentically and hold space for them to go through their own unique pathway, with emphasis on fluidity of movements so you can learn to move intelligently. As my teacher, Meghan Currie, always says: “The breath is the boss”.

Kelly Foong (English/Malay/Japanese/Chinese Mandarin&Cantonese)

@kellyfyoga

Yoga was not love at first experience for me. It was not until a few years later when I decided to step on the mat out of my own choice, did my love for yoga begin to grow organically.

I love how yoga is a moving meditation and the more you concentrate on your breath and every little transition, you stay present whilst letting your mind and body learn to accept and grow. In 2016, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training in Nicaragua to grow my practice and put myself out of my comfort zone.

My hope is to share the practice with others authentically and hold space for them to go through their own unique pathway, with emphasis on fluidity of movements so you can learn to move intelligently. As my teacher, Meghan Currie, always says: “The breath is the boss”.

 
  Atika Fraval (English)    @atikafraval    Bringing mindful movement, connection to breath, yoga philosophy and structural alignment to my classes, I invite students to delve deeper inwards through the practice and learn to accept whatever arises.    Expect to be challenged, nourished and supported in my classes. I enjoy connecting with students, holding the space with a calm presence, and am genuinely interested in the transformational journey yoga allows.     I started practicing yoga in 2002 and welcomed the reconnection between my mind, body and spirit. Working in corporate communications and marketing environments for many years meant I was often living a busy and hectic lifestyle. Yoga restored my inner balance.    I teach Vinyasa, Aerial, and Mindful Pregnancy Yoga, as well as Meditation. My teachers include Alicia Cheung, Sophie LeFevre, Phoebe Cole, Amanda Waaldyk and Phoebe Kiddo. To further my knowledge I regularly attend workshops and practice daily.    

Atika Fraval (English)

@atikafraval

Bringing mindful movement, connection to breath, yoga philosophy and structural alignment to my classes, I invite students to delve deeper inwards through the practice and learn to accept whatever arises.

Expect to be challenged, nourished and supported in my classes. I enjoy connecting with students, holding the space with a calm presence, and am genuinely interested in the transformational journey yoga allows. 

I started practicing yoga in 2002 and welcomed the reconnection between my mind, body and spirit. Working in corporate communications and marketing environments for many years meant I was often living a busy and hectic lifestyle. Yoga restored my inner balance.

I teach Vinyasa, Aerial, and Mindful Pregnancy Yoga, as well as Meditation. My teachers include Alicia Cheung, Sophie LeFevre, Phoebe Cole, Amanda Waaldyk and Phoebe Kiddo. To further my knowledge I regularly attend workshops and practice daily.

 

  Sharon Yu (English/Chinese Mandarin&Cantonese)    @iwonderwhyiwonderhow    Yoga has tilted my world upside down. I stepped out of my first yoga class feeling a sense of satisfaction that I've never felt before in my life.    Shortly after I committed to a regular yoga practice, I decided to follow my passion and completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Yoga has taught me more than just physical strength, but to love and accept my inner self.    I would love to share my knowledge and insights with my students, teaching them to bring awareness into the body through an alignment-based flow that will balance their bodies and nourish their mind. I encourage my students to flourish in their own practice and roll along their own beautiful yet never ending yoga journey!

Sharon Yu (English/Chinese Mandarin&Cantonese)

@iwonderwhyiwonderhow

Yoga has tilted my world upside down. I stepped out of my first yoga class feeling a sense of satisfaction that I've never felt before in my life.

Shortly after I committed to a regular yoga practice, I decided to follow my passion and completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Yoga has taught me more than just physical strength, but to love and accept my inner self.

I would love to share my knowledge and insights with my students, teaching them to bring awareness into the body through an alignment-based flow that will balance their bodies and nourish their mind. I encourage my students to flourish in their own practice and roll along their own beautiful yet never ending yoga journey!

  Elinor Tierney-Heckenberg (English)    @ellie_and_willow    As a child, I was introduced to meditation and yoga through my alternative primary school. I remember looking forward to these sessions and the sense of balance they imparted. Then, like many teens, I moved away from my roots to explore different ways of living, but in 2009 found myself in a small yoga class in a poorly lit community centre. It felt like coming home.     Since this time I have practised with several teachers, and thank Mark Togni, Meghan Kirk, and Karyn Grenfell for their guidance. In 2015 I completed a Vinyasa Yoga teacher training with Diana and John Vitarelli in Philadelphia, USA, and have recently studied Ashtanga Yoga with renowned teacher Sharath Jois in Mysore, India.    I love movement and health in all forms: I hold a degree in Exercise Science and am currently studying Medicine at the University of Melbourne.    Over time the dedicated practice of yoga creates steadiness and an attitude of contentment, both of which I aim to bring into my classes. I offer challenging and fun lessons, grounded in the lineage of Classical Vinyasa Yoga.

Elinor Tierney-Heckenberg (English)

@ellie_and_willow

As a child, I was introduced to meditation and yoga through my alternative primary school. I remember looking forward to these sessions and the sense of balance they imparted. Then, like many teens, I moved away from my roots to explore different ways of living, but in 2009 found myself in a small yoga class in a poorly lit community centre. It felt like coming home. 

Since this time I have practised with several teachers, and thank Mark Togni, Meghan Kirk, and Karyn Grenfell for their guidance. In 2015 I completed a Vinyasa Yoga teacher training with Diana and John Vitarelli in Philadelphia, USA, and have recently studied Ashtanga Yoga with renowned teacher Sharath Jois in Mysore, India.

I love movement and health in all forms: I hold a degree in Exercise Science and am currently studying Medicine at the University of Melbourne.

Over time the dedicated practice of yoga creates steadiness and an attitude of contentment, both of which I aim to bring into my classes. I offer challenging and fun lessons, grounded in the lineage of Classical Vinyasa Yoga.

  Alessia Frisina (English/Italian/Chinese Mandarin/French/Spanish)    @aleyogabjj    Combining my experience and passion for Yoga, Dancing and Martial Arts, I aim to provide students with challenging yet accessible Yoga classes with a focus on movement principles and breath awareness.     My Yoga journey started in 2006. As a University student of Asian studies (Chinese and Hindi) I first travelled to India where I was introduced to Hatha Yoga. I remember experiencing an incredible feeling of peace during class and my heart just melted away when I first heard my teacher chanting OM. I have been practicing Yoga since while also cultivating other interests such as dancing ( I am a Caribbean Dances Instructor) and martial arts (I am a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt). Finally, in 2016, while living in London working a corporate job, I realised my life had gotten too hectic and that I was often irritable. I decided to start practising Yoga regularly again and 6 months later I was on a flight back to India for my Yoga Teacher Training. This time I was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and absolutely fell in love with the practice. Since then I have been teaching and practising all around the world. 

Alessia Frisina (English/Italian/Chinese Mandarin/French/Spanish)

@aleyogabjj

Combining my experience and passion for Yoga, Dancing and Martial Arts, I aim to provide students with challenging yet accessible Yoga classes with a focus on movement principles and breath awareness. 

My Yoga journey started in 2006. As a University student of Asian studies (Chinese and Hindi) I first travelled to India where I was introduced to Hatha Yoga. I remember experiencing an incredible feeling of peace during class and my heart just melted away when I first heard my teacher chanting OM. I have been practicing Yoga since while also cultivating other interests such as dancing ( I am a Caribbean Dances Instructor) and martial arts (I am a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt). Finally, in 2016, while living in London working a corporate job, I realised my life had gotten too hectic and that I was often irritable. I decided to start practising Yoga regularly again and 6 months later I was on a flight back to India for my Yoga Teacher Training. This time I was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and absolutely fell in love with the practice. Since then I have been teaching and practising all around the world. 

 
  Want to join the Little Mandarin team?    Please send your CV to hello@littlemandarin.melbourne

Want to join the Little Mandarin team?

Please send your CV to hello@littlemandarin.melbourne