Awakening to the Divine ~ Yoga Immersion & 200hr Teacher Training
directors of training
Amanda Zdanowicz and Sheila Ferguson met on their Level 1 teacher training with Julie Smerdon at Shri Yoga in 2011. Together they offer over 30 years experience as yoga practitioners, and over 15 years experience as teachers. They share a passion for leading a heart-oriented, alignment focused vinyasa yoga practice on the mat, and for awakening their students to their own intuitive wisdom and the underlying nature of the universe.
Amanda & Sheila will be joined by occupational therapist and certified yoga teacher Terra Bredy who will lead the anatomy & physiology modules.
Amanda initially stepped onto the mat in her twenties inspired by the physical benefits of the practice, but soon discovered a sense of peace and grounding that has kept her returning to the mat ever since.
Her passion for yoga developed as she experienced different styles and traditions and began to explore the deeper teachings, and for 15 years she became a dedicated practitioner while maintaining a successful corporate career.
After completing her first teacher training in Anusara yoga, Amanda left the corporate world in 2004 to realise her dream of establishing SoHo Yoga. She has since completed 500+ hours of teacher training and studied with international teachers Shiva Rea, Sarah Powers, Elena Brower and Meghan Currie.
Now the owner of two studios in Brisbane, Amanda’s classes incorporate contemporary themes that empower students to take their practice off the mat and into their daily lives. She teaches alignment based vinyasa, and mindfulness based yin & restorative yoga for all levels and regularly runs workshops and hosts retreats.
Sheila has been weaving her way through Brisbane’s yoga community for close to ten years since landing here from her home in Nova Scotia, Canada. With her teachings rooted in the Anusara lineage you can expect a strong focus on alignment and expansion, while Sheila’s powerful yet accessible classes and grounded translation of esoteric prose are just some of what she’s come to be known for.
With over 500 hours of training Sheila has taught thousands of classes over the past seven years under the principle guidance of Julie Smerdon for her initial 250 hours and thereafter, along with Noah Maze, BJ Galvan, Lizzie Lasater, Lorin Roche, Meghan Currie and Elena Brower.
Sheila’s teachings are inspired by the great outdoors, her relationships, grief, and most recently motherhood. She lives and teaches from a place of compassion and it is her greatest hope that her offerings highlight the divine in all bodies, experiences, and challenges that life has to offer.
Terra is an Occupational Therapist, Accredited Hand Therapist and certified yoga teacher with a personal and professional interest in heath and wellness. Originally from Canada, Terra has practiced various styles of yoga and completed Level I (200hr) and II (500hr) teaching certifications in traditional Hatha Yoga.
In addition to maintaining a regular personal practice and teaching vinyasa style classes, Terra presents at workshops across Australia for the Australian Hand Therapy Association. She is a senior therapist with EKCO Hand Therapy and previously an Adjunct Professor at Stanbridge University in Irvine, CA where she served as a postgraduate research advisor on projects investigating yoga as a therapeutic modality for chronic pain.
With degrees in Kinesiology and Occupational Therapy, and over 20 years experience in hand, shoulder and upper limb rehabilitation, Terra has a strong background in anatomy and physiology, and a deep understanding of the musculoskeletal system as applied to the practice of yoga.