Bess grew up on the ocean and then an organic farm nestled in the Blue Mountains, Australia, spending a childhood in wonderment of the earth, the sky, and all the mysterious beings that lived between. She has been practicing yoga more than half her life, beginning at age 14 when she began a daily practice with the help of a Louisa Sears video she found in her mum’s cupboard. She has been graced with years of study with incredible teachers, including Rose Baudin, Sally Kempton, Elena Brower, Carlos Pomeda, Clive Sheridan, Tara Judelle, Rod Stryker and Gwyn Williams. She is in love with the Goddess in all her forms, and shares Devi practices through meditation, mantra, pranayama, and asana. She lives in Byron Bay and is the co-owner of Creature Yoga with Tahl Rinsky. She has been teaching yoga since 2011 and is Yoga Alliance ERYT200 and RYT500 certified.
As a committed practitioner, teacher, and mother to 3 beautiful young children, Tahl lives and breathes the teachings of yoga throughout every aspect of her life. Born in NYC and raised in Israel, Tahl now calls the beaches of Byron Bay Australia home where she co-owns Creature Yoga with Bess Prescott and teaches Yoga regularly. Officially introduced to Ashtanga as a child by her Mom, Tahl established her own practice upon returning to New York in her late teens. In 2012, pregnant with her 3rd child, she completed a 3-year teacher training (2000 hours) with Dena K at the Byron Shala at the Byron Shala and has been teaching yoga since. Forever a dedicated student, she has continued to study extensively and has been blessed with amazing teachers including Elena Brower, Rod Stryker, Rose Baudin, Carlos Pomeda, Clive Sheridan, Simon Park, Gwyn Williams and Noelle Connoly. As a teacher, Tahl shares a creative and accessible breath focused Vinyasa flow influenced by ashtanga in a strong, fun and dynamic style. Her classes celebrate the raw beauty of life’s moments and the individual strengths each of us carry within. Tahl is Yoga Alliance ERYT200 and RYT500 certified.
Passionate about blending eastern and western perspectives in her teaching, Dana is known for her ability to weave together intelligent sequencing, articulate alignment, and practical insights in a light-hearted and accessible manner. She travels across the globe to lead 200HR Teacher Trainings with Yoga Medicine and Tiffany Cruikshank, and is an anatomy lecturer for the Creature Yoga 200Hr Teacher Training program in Byron Bay. Dana is a contributor to Yoga Journal, Yoga Digest, Well Being Yoga Experience, DIY Active, and Yoga Medicine’s social media.
Dana has completed the 500hr Yoga Medicine certification and is more than halfway through an anatomy and therapeutic 1000hr master teacher certification. Her teaching career started in Sydney in 2013, shortly after completing her 200hr teacher training with Power Living Australia Yoga.
Dana's personal yoga practice began almost 20 years ago. She was introduced to yoga through her dance teacher at 12 years old and practiced daily in high school in place of traditional gym classes. She developed her personal practice in her mid-20s, strongly drawn to mental and emotional benefits during a time of change and uncertainty in her life. Physical injuries brought her to delve deeper into anatomy and the therapeutic side of yoga.
Kristina is a dedicated student of Yoga , having experienced first-hand the powerful transformative effects that Yoga has when practiced regularly. Her passion for yoga lies in the interconnection of mind and body, and how we can use one to influence the other. She encourages her students to slow down, breath and listen to the wisdom of their bodies. Her style includes Hatha, Yin, Restorative and Meditation with a background in Pilates and Personal Training. Classes with Kristina focus on centering and soothing the mind, developing strength, balance and grace in a gentle manner with the power of affirmation and intention. Kristina has over 600 hours of Teacher Training in Hatha, Yoga Therapy and Yin Yoga.
Growing up on the beaches of the Gold Coast, Clare discovered yoga when she was at university study Fine Art. At 23 she completed her first yoga teacher training in Ubud with Radiantly Alive, and went on to assist and mentor in Bali for 5 years on their many Teacher Trainings. Here she was fortunate to study with Emil Wendel, Simon Borg-Olivier, Edward Clark, Alanna Kaivalya and Dena Kingsberg. Between her Bali residencies Clare has been a senior teacher at Essence of Living on the Gold Coast, where she has worked with her beloved sister Michelle Merrifield for more than a decade, teaching over 15 public and private yoga classes a week. Clare has been fortunate to further her studies in India, traveling to both Mysore and Rishikesh to experience the richness of Indian philosophy and explore the origins of her teacher's teachers. Most recently Clare completed Lance schuler's Teacher Training in Byron Bay and is deeply inspired by the experience and abundance of teachers and students who call Byron Bay Home. Clare’s classes are influenced by her playful creative nature and are the perfect blend of dynamic movement and soul infused stillness.
Having been immersed in the art of movement for over the last two decades Fee has a passion for sharing her unique understanding of dance, acrobatics & yoga. She began competing as an elite gymnast at the age of five & following an injury in her early teens later went on to travel and teach extensively as a dancer. Fee discovered a passion for yoga in her early twenties and has since completed over 700 hours of yoga training with several world renowned teachers. In 2009, Fee graduated with an honours degree in Psychology so her teaching is also deeply inspired by the impacts yoga can have on our mental processing and emotional capacity.
A fiercely passionate and soulful teacher, Cassie’s classes are a sweaty, fun mash-up of refined alignment based vinyasa, as well as the quieter, nourishing practices of yin yoga and meditation. After many years living and teaching in Hong Kong, Cassie has returned to her home country Australia and set up home in Melbourne and Byron Bay.
Cassie is an Anusara Inspired teacher and has studied with many incredible teachers, primarily Anusara founder John Friend and her main teacher and friend, Patrick Creelman, who has greatly influenced her ‘wild yet steady’ style. She has been teaching for over 10 years and during this time has also had the pleasure of studying with many other renown teachers including Sarah Powers, Rod Stryker, Doug Keller, Ana Forrest, Shiva Rae, Baron Baptiste and of course our home-grown original Duncan Peak.
Originally from the Bay Of Islands, New Zealand, Jamie has been teaching yoga asana for the past 16 years. He completed a 3 year full time apprenticeship at the Yoga Arts Academy, Melbourne under the guidance of Sw. Jivan Prahlad founder of Ghatastha Yoga.
Ga-tush-ta is a form of Hatha yoga with an emphasis on the co-ordination of breath & movement. The style is a carefully prepared program of dynamic & fluid movements that balance all systems of the body to achieve deep physical & mental harmony. Ultimately, by cultivating awareness through specific breathing & movement techniques combined with a loose & natural attitude, the practitioner enters meditation.
Hayley has been fortunate enough to call the beautiful beaches of Byron Bay home her whole life. Growing up here she was introduced to alternative practices from a young age, exploring different aspects of yoga through her early years, she developed a dedicated asana practice in her late teens and hasn’t looked back. She continued to fall in love with yoga as she travelled the world, practicing in most continents and eventually visiting her ancestral land of India to complete her first 200hr training in Ashtanga Vinyasa in 2017. Since then, Hayley has assisted Creature’s own 200hr TT and will be completing the 500hr TT this year. Hayley’s teaching is a balance between a traditional practice and an individual style, mirroring her personality; playful, open-minded and yet supportive and calm. She remains a humble student of yoga and celebrates each opportunity to share her practice with her students.
Originally from the colourful desert of New Mexico, Haley grew up in Australia, along the beaches of northern NSW. With a background in dance, the physical practice of Yoga always felt like a natural progression. Inspired by creative expression and the art of movement, Haley travelled to the United States and within Australia to further her studies in Yoga, post Honours degree in Visual Arts. Currently based on the Northern Rivers, Haley is immersed in the practices of both Printmaking Artist and local Yoga Teacher. With the intention to create a welcome and enjoyable environment to support each individual’s yoga practice. Her sequences are thoughtfully considered. Exploring the subtle space between movement and stillness, in a slow, breath-guided class.
Lahna first came to the mat 8 years ago as a way to touch her toes, what she found and is still discovering is how through movement of the body we can be provided access to something much more. She encourages her students to slow down and pay attention to the subtleties, intricacies, and intelligence of the body as a way for deeper exploration and understanding. To witness the actions and reactions in every practice, and to have curiosity and gratitude for what the body can create. It is these subtleties that Lahna is passionate about sharing with her students. Her classes are challenging and creative, focusing on technique and intelligent sequencing, breaking down the most complex asana making it accessible to all. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from many teachers steeped in experience in Sydney, Byron Bay and internationally, over the last few years finding her main inspiration and guidance from teacher Noelle Connolly who has greatly influenced her technical teaching style.
In the Hindu religious tradition, Ananda signifies eternal bliss, understood to be at very core of the human experience. Yoga is a practice aiming at conscious union with this blissful foundation of our being (Sat-Chit-Ananda). As such, yoga has been part of Ananda’s life from the time of her conception; however, she has been teaching yoga for 11 years, and practicing many more. Ananda is a dedicated SmartFLOW certified teacher and teacher trainer, who is known to teach with humour, grace, and technical precision. As a former yoga studio owner, Ananda cultivated community and culture of teaching and practice. Through many years of love and hard work, she instilled an indelible sense of curiosity and awareness in her teachers and students. Her dedication to the process and practice of yoga continues to remind us that life is in state of constant change. She believes yoga is deep listening, an act of physical and mental attuning, which increases the possibility for personal change. Yoga allows for a greater range of movement, so we might be able to adapt and grow in harmony with the moment. Ananda has compleated over 3000 hrs of Teacher Training with, Noah Maze, Christina Sell, Darren Rhodes, Tara Judelle, Maty Ezraty, and continues to study and apprentice with her beloved teacher Annie Carpenter.
James hails from the shores of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Over the years he has embraced all sorts of body movement practices from martial arts to dancing in front of the mirror but fell in love with the practice of yoga due to its ability to shift energy in both the body and the mind. James completed his 200 hour YTT here at Creature Yoga and will complete his 500 hour certificate at the end of this year. James has a very keen interest in harnessing the power of the breath and gifting people practices in which they can incorporate into their daily lives. He also holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geology from the University of Auckland.