Our Teachers 

Teachers Yoga Centre Cairns


Jan Watson

Iyengar Yoga Teacher  – JI 2

Jan is the senior teacher at the centre and has been an accredited teacher since 1991.   She has studied yoga in India and Australia. She is also a senior teacher with Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance.  
Her teaching training began in General Hatha Yoga, Satyananda yoga and on moving to Cairns she began her journey into Iyengar Yoga. Certified as an Iyengar yoga teacher in 1997, she continues to teach this methodology.
Jan is a compassionate teacher. Her instructions are very clear and concise. She teaches general yoga classes, runs intensives and workshops for her students, intensive training for teacher development and has retreats both in Australia and overseas.
She is more flexible now in her 60’s than when she was in her 20’s. Yoga has kept her physically fit and she is able to tackle many injuries through yoga sequencing.
Further more she has learnt that even though changes are inevitable, yoga always helps to keep momentum and balance in life no matter what situation you may find yourself in. 
Yoga simply makes you feel so good.


Nathan Dobbie

Iyengar Yoga Teacher – Intro

Nathan began practicing yoga in 1998 and has been teaching since 2007.  He completed a two-year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training program with Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher Peter Scott, gaining certification in 2010. 
Nathan has attended intensives with Dr. Geeta Iyengar, and continues to attend workshops with other senior Iyengar Teachers from Australia and from overseas.  He follows the Iyengar methodology, and is an inspiring teacher.
Having studied anatomy and physiology at University, he has very good grasp of how bodies function and move and this comes through in his teaching.

An accomplished practitioner, especially in backbends and inversions, his teaching delves deeply into the workings of each pose. He gives solid instructions in helping you get the best pose possible.
Nathan’s classes are challenging and his students gain confidence and courage.

 Margaret Frederick

Yoga Alliance Teacher EYRT 200

Marg first started practicing yoga in the 1980’s and became a regular student when she moved to Cairns in 1994. In 1999 she completed her original 10 week intensive Yoga Teacher Training with Nicky Knoff, Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher.
Marg has continued to participate in many classes, workshops and retreats in both Iyengar and Ashtanga and has explored other schools of yoga to update her skills.
She has been teaching regularly since 2005 and has the experience to observe, adjust postures and offer alternatives to suit individual students so they personally get the benefits rather than ‘making the student fit the class.’
Margaret is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, and her classes will leave you feeling better than when you arrived.

Catherine Traynor

Stretch Therapist

Catherine has been involved in Natural Health since 1989 working as a body worker and remedial/sports massage therapist.  She became a Stretch therapist and teacher in 2005.

She enthusiastically teaches stretch classes for better posture, increased flexibility and strength to both those involved in sports and for those who need rehabilitation.

Her classes involve some partner work enabling you to get a better stretch.

Bonnie Best

Bonnie shares energy, joy and enthusiasm with her Flow classes

Martha Goldman

Yoga Alliance Teacher ERYT 200 and RYT 500

Martha is a caring and competent teacher.  She has completed more than 500 hours of teacher training with Nicky Knoff and continues to attend workshops to upgrade her skills and to learn more about yoga.  She has a background in teaching, having completed a Graduate Diploma of Education and taught in High Schools and Adult Education.


Donna Madden

Donna taught at the Yoga Centre 10 years ago. She has since expanded her skills internationally. Donna recently returned from Canada where she was teaching at an Iyengar yoga School. She has a wealth of knowledge, having attending workshops with the likes of Ray Long MD (author of The Key Poses of Hatha Yoga, and other internationally renowned teachers from India as well as America. 

Jen Earl


*Teachers at The Yoga Centre, Cairns continue their study of yoga through regular attendance at national and international retreats and workshops.