Yoga Arts Academy



Yoga Arts Academy will begin teaching classes, courses and workshops from a new centre as of 31 March 2014. Our new Academy is located at 261 Bluff Road Sandringham.

Please note that 6-8am Personal Tuition will continue to run as scheduled from Melbourne Natural Wellness studio on Collins Street.


The Yoga Arts Academy has been teaching the principles of Ghatastha Yoga since its establishment in Melbourne in 1998.

The Yoga Arts Academy specialises in Personal Tuition, and also offers courses, classes and workshops in all the disciplines of Ghatastha Yoga. 

At Yoga Arts Academy we have a range of yoga courses, classes and workshops for you to choose from. Absolute beginners looking for an introductory class to current yoga students looking to gain more skills, strength and flexibility. Each class has been designed to give you a complete physical practice whilst teaching you the intricacies of technique from thousands of classical yoga asana.

  • Yoga Arts Academy offers Ghatastha Yoga casual classes designed to help you get flexible, stronger and lighter in body and mind.
  • We are dedicated to teaching a complete Yoga practice that includes stances and standing poses, forward bends, great back flexibility and inverted poses.
  • We want you to feel comfortable in our classes, and even if you are a little nervous the first time, we know that once you have tried a class you will discover just how strong, light and happy you can become with a little conscious exercise.


The best way to contact us is to email Our phone number is 0408 078 564 (if you reach voice mail, please leave a short message with your name and number and we will call you back when we can). 



Personal  Tuition

Personal Tuition

Do you want to take the next step toward enjoying the fullness of the Yoga process…Dive into wellbeing via a practice that reconnects you to the present moment of Living Reality.

Personal tuition sessions are open to beginners and experienced practitioners who have completed a course, 5 casual classes or a workshop in Ghatastha Yoga.

Personal tuition sessions are designed to teach a specific sequence of poses with a particular method of linking breath and poses into one uninterrupted flow.  In these sessions you will learn the fixed forms from the first nine grades of Ghatastha Yoga in the traditional manner.  Emphasis is on commitment and self-discipline.  Proficiency is acquired in the performance of the fixed forms only through long and diligent training.  This style of yoga is progressive and involves the practice of clear distinct graded forms.  Each fixed sequential form directly affects conductivity of the universal etheric energy current or Prana.

  • Session times are 
    • Tuesday to Thursday between 6.00 am and 8.00 am (CBD)
    • Monday to Friday between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm (Sandringham)
    • Tuesday and Thursday between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm (Sandringham)
  • Sessions are between one and two hours duration according to individual requirements.
  • Payment for sessions is due in full on the first day of the course.
  • Fees are valid for 4 weeks from starting date.
  • All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • All are welcome in Personal Tuition sessions regardless of age, fitness or experience.
  • Due to high demand, sessions must be booked. 


Casual Classes (Sandringham)

Vinyasa 1 - Midday Revive - Beginner / General

This is a great class for those who have never tried yoga and would like to give it a go or for those who cannot commit to a course but would love to try Ghatastha Yoga! This class is ideal for beginners and is designed to build correct foundations for a successful yoga practice. Through regular attendance the student becomes familiar with the basics of structural alignment and how to coordinate movements with the breath. 

Length: 45 minutes. Price: $15

Vinyasa 2 - Beginners

Vinyasa 2 is a dynamic class that will improve your postural alignment, extensions, fluidity and transitions between poses. This class starts with a traditional warm up and a range of classical yoga poses that flow seamlessly together. Emphasis is put on correct technique when stretching feet, extending the legs and engaging core stability of the body for quick and light movements. Invaluable for beginners and students attending one of our courses to get in extra practice.

Length: 1 hour. Price: $20 ($15 if you are currently enrolled in a course). Ten class pass: $180 valid for three months) 

Vinyasa 3 - General

Vinyasa 3 is an open level class offering more of a challenge for beginners and experienced students wanting to progress to Intermediate level. The foundation techniques are integrated into a continuous flow, one pose leading into the next along the thread of conscious breathing. Strength, flexibility, coordination and timing are all developed. Deeper, more intense variations of back bends, forward bends and twisting purifies and releases blockages in the arms, legs, spine and abdomin. This class is great for those doing one of our courses to get in some extra practice.

Length: 1 hour. Price: $20 ($15 if you are currently enrolled in a course). Ten class pass: $180 valid for three months) 

Women's Vinyasa - General

Woman's Vinyasa is a special yoga class arranged around the particular strengths and requirements of Women. Not all yoga asana are required to be practiced by both men and women. This class will teach you the fundamentals of flowing movements coordinated with your breath. The different sequences of asana taught in this class can be applied over the course of four weeks to harmonise the female body with the cycle of the Moon.

Length: 1 hour. Price: $20 ($15 if you are currently enrolled in a course). Ten class pass: $180 valid for three months)

Classes subject to availability and must be booked






The below classes are available from 5 April 2014:


  • 10:30 am - 12:30: Personal Tuition ~ Duncan
  • 5:30 pm - 6:30: Vinyasa 2 Casual Class ~ Catherine


  • 9.30 am - 10.30: Womens Vinyasa Casual Class - Catherine
  • 10:30 am - 12:30: Personal Tuition ~ Duncan
  • 12:30 pm - 1:15: Vinyasa 1 Casual Class - Catherine
  • 5:30 pm - 7:30: Personal Tuition ~ Duncan


  • 10:30 am - 12:30: Personal Tuition ~ Duncan
  • 12:30 pm - 1:15: Vinyasa 1 Casual Class - James
  • 5:30 pm - 6:30: Vinyasa 2 Casual Class ~ James


  • 10:30 am - 12:30: Personal Tuition ~ Duncan
  • 12:30 pm - 1:15: Vinyasa 1 Casual Class - Duncan
  • 5:30 pm - 7:30: Personal Tuition ~ Duncan


  • 10:30 am - 12:30: Personal Tuition ~ Duncan


  • 10.30 am - 11.30: Vinyasa 3 Casual class - Duncan




Melbourne - CBD

Classes available in the city run to the following term dates:

   Term 1:  28 January – 4 April
   Term 2:  22 April – 27 June
   Term 3:  14 July – 19 September
   Term 4:  6 October – 19 December

All sessions shown below are Personal Tuition sessions.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday  










Personal Tuition Price List 

Monthly passes (valid for 4 weeks)

4 sessions a week (total of 16 sessions) - $320

3 sessions a week (total of 12 sessions) - $280

2 sessions a week (total of 8 sessions) - $220

1 session a week (total of 4 sessions) - $140

All sessions purchased must be used within 4 weeks, so purchase with care. No extensions are available.

1 Trial session - $50

Thinking about trying Personal Tuition? Pay $50 for your first session, and if you like it you can upgrade to one of the above passes by paying the difference. Note that you must upgrade at the end of your trial session.

All classes are non-refundable and non-transferable.                                    

All prices are inclusive of GST.

As of 4 April 2014




Duncan Ewing

Duncan commenced Yoga in 1986 under Natanaga Zhander in Melbourne Australia. After four years of training Duncan joined Zhander in Sydney to begin a three year intensive Yoga Apprenticeship.

Duncan travelled to India to deepen his understanding of yoga and meditation in 1993, accepting Sannyas from the Mystic, Adept Realiser Osho. Through an intense study of classical Hatha Yoga texts and the teachings of Osho and Zhander, Duncan began to develop his understanding and approach to traditional Ghatastha Yoga.
Duncan has been teaching for 28 years in Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Australia. In 1994 he founded the Hatha Yoga Institute in Cologne, Germany and in 1998 Duncan founded the Yoga Arts Academy in Melbourne, Australia. 




Catherine Fisher

has been training in Ghatastha Yoga at the Yoga Arts Academy for over 6 years. After completing a probation year of dedication at the Yoga Arts Academy Catherine started her 3 year Yoga Sadhana Apprenticeship under the guidance of Duncan in April 2010.





Jack Williams

began practicing Yoga with Duncan in 2008. After completing a probation year of dedication at the Yoga Arts Academy Jack started his 3 year Yoga Sadhana Apprenticeship in January 2012. Jack is also a trained and practicing Physiotherapist.



James Bidmead

began Yoga training with Duncan in 2008 having relocated from his native England. After completing a probation year of dedication at the Yoga Arts Academy James started his 3 year Yoga Sadhana Apprenticeship in August 2012.

Graduates and Qualified Teachers of Ghatastha Yoga

Yatren Nadu .. Brisbane.. The Yoga Raj

Dhali Sandwith .. Queensland.. Yoga Dhali

Renae Stevens .. Brisbane.. 

Julia Sandoval .. Spain.. Yoga con Julia

Jamie Power .. Byron Bay... Yogatsu

Jasmine Johnston .. Melbourne               

Lisa Farinosi .. Melbourne... Mukti Yoga Preston

              Catherine Fisher .. Melbourne



"Duncan rocks as a teacher. His extensive yogic knowledge, coupled with a deep anatomical understanding of how the body works makes him one of the best teachers in Melbourne. The two years that I have spent under his tutelage has seen not only my postures expand, but also a massive change in attitude as to how I approach my yoga practice and life in general. Without the support of Duncan and the staff at Yoga Arts, I would not have coped so well with the amount of personal stressors that I had to deal with in life last year (and they were huge). Not only has my body opened, but also my mind and this has brought about enormous life affirming changes for me."

Leonie Lockwood, Yoga instructor and massage therapist



"Some 13 years ago I took the practical step with my Acharya Duncan! My world wouldn't be same without the depths of his insightful teachings. Let me say this - Duncan is the only teacher that teachers the tradition way, and when I say only I mean ONLY! The light is on."

Dhali Sandwidth, Yoga teacher and graduate of 3-year Yoga Arts Academy apprenticeship



"My world has totally changed since first walking through the doors of Yoga Arts Academy in 2008. At 32, I was unable to walk/use stairs without intense pain in both knees, seeing multiple sports docs and doing weekly physio & pilates to no avail. They all told me it was just the way it was going to be and expect it to get worse. I never got into this style of yoga thinking they would get better, or that they even could. But as a by-product of perseverance, patience & trust in what Duncan has to offer, they did. They no longer are an issue and it absolutely fascinates me to this day. The depth of Duncan's knowledge, experience & teachings is profound. It is something that cannot be adequately explained - it really needs to be experienced!"

Barbara Liddiard




Workshops & Events

31 March - 7 April (Monday 6:30pm - 8:00pm) Yoga Orientation, with Duncan 261 Bluff Road, Sandringham 0408 078 564
28 April - 16 June (Monday 6:30pm - 7:45pm) Introduction to Yoga, with Duncan 261 Bluff Road, Sandringham 0408 078 564
23 June - 11 August (Monday 6:30pm - 7:45pm) Yoga Foundations, with Duncan 261 Bluff Road, Sandringham 0408 078 564

Please note: All courses can be booked through the Yoga Arts Academy
Phone: 03 9670 2997 or email:

For more detail on each event, and to book online, please visit our Events page on Eventbrite.

Course Descriptions

Yoga Orientation

The perfect short course for anyone who has always wanted to try yoga! This orientation course will teach you traditional yoga asana, yoga fitness and how to move in harmony with your breath. This course gives you an amazing introduction to all that Yoga Arts Academy has to offer.

This course runs for 3 weeks (1 hour per week), and costs $75


Introduction to Yoga

No experience necessary! The Introduction to Yoga course is designed for people from all walks of life. This course teaches you a combination of basic yoga stances and standing poses then puts them together with a fun flowing sequence of movements coordinated with conscious breathing. You will learn fundamental movements of the arms, legs, spine and head through classical Yoga techniques. You will understand how to coordinate movement with inhalation and exhalation through correct application of pranayama.

This course runs for 8 weeks (75 minutes per week), and costs $240.


Yoga Foundations - First Grade Fixed Form of Ghatastha Yoga

The Yoga Foundations course will work on your strength, stamina and skills to make sure your ready to progress through the levels of Ghatastha Yoga. Working on strength, we will help you become a master of standing on your Feet and your Hands whilst performing all the beginner asana with ease. This course is designed to ensure every novice Yogi has a strong, stable foundation in correct technical understanding. Suitable for beginners and those with prior background.

This course runs for 8 weeks (75 minutes per week), and costs $240.



Yoga Arts Academy


261 Bluff Road (near corner of Bay St)

Sandringham Victoria Australia 3191

Melbourne CBD

Classes at: Melbourne Natural Wellness

Level 4, 178 Collins Street, 

Melbourne Victoria Australia 3000

Phone: 0408 078 564
Email: (for all enquiries)



Ghatastha Yoga


Ghatastha Yoga is a flowing form of Yoga comprised of techniques for transforming the subtle essences of the body and developing its energy channels.

Ghatastha Yoga aims to achieve the maximum results with minimal expenditure of energy. The different asana used in the many grades of Ghatastha Yoga have been arranged to bring a rich supply of blood to the brain and the various parts of the spinal column. Asana work by stretching, bending and twisting the spinal column in all possible directions. This promotes the health of the nerves that extend from the vertebra to the internal organs, limbs and extremities.

Historically Ghatastha Yoga has been used as a synonymous term for Hatha Yoga. The process of Ghatastha Yoga performed as a meditation in action brings a mastery of the mechanism of the body/mind and increases consciousness for participation in the spiritual process of yoga.



There are nine grades of fixed asana and pranayama forms to master before the advanced Degrees of Ghatastha Yoga Sadhana. Each grade requires a minimum level of mastery before progressing to the next. Mastery of the ninth grade leads to the first degree of advanced Yogasana Sadhana.



  1. Single-minded, unyielding determination is required to advance through the grades of Ghatastha Yoga.  Technique is less important than the forging of the spirit.

  2. To act in accordance with spiritual knowing, enables the practitioner to be free of self contrcting tendencies. If this is understood from the beginning, even if a mistake is made, there will be no danger.

  3. Adapt to changing circumstances like water. Do not rely on one technique. Throw away preconceptions and practise with a beginners mind each and every day.

  4. Students that constantly strive to perfect technique are hampered by too much analytical thinking. Repetition repetition repetition.

  5. Find the strength in weakness and the weakness in strength to master asana technique.

  6. Movement emerges from stillness; therefore movement and stillness are one.

  7. Swiftness emerges from slowness; therefore swiftness and slowness are one.

  8. Fully feel the etheric life current of prana and its course through the body, direct it to the weak blocked areas of poor health and they will be strengthened and healed.

  9. Overly detailed explanations and excessive rationalisation serve to confuse and trivialise the ability of the intuitive intelligence.