Established in 2002, the Hawthorn Malvern Yoga Centre (HMYC) was founded by husband and wife team – Shimon Tchobutaru & Jacqueline Brumley. Devoted to a life of yoga, they have over 60 years of collective experience and have been sharing their passion for yoga with HMYC students for over a decade. Coming from a diverse background of yoga teaching styles, both have extensive teacher training and have been previously certified with Iyengar Yoga, which they taught for many years, before formulating their own unique style of teaching. Throughout their careers, Jacqui and Shimon have also travelled extensively to Europe and India to undertake formal study with the yogi masters.
FRIENDLINESS & EXPERTISE
HMYC teach a dynamic method of Hatha Yoga, coupled with an emphasis on alignment and precision. Encouraging postural alignment, balanced muscular action along with steadiness of mind, thus developing effort, intelligence and accuracy.
Emphasis is on integrating the many aspects of ourselves — physical, mental and spiritual. Students can expect to experience increased strength and flexibility, mental clam and wellbeing, whilst learning in a friendly and welcoming environment.
Meet THE TEAM
CO-FOUNDER & INSTRUCTOR
Jacqui's passion for yoga was discovered after her first foray at age 16. By 19, she had already progressed into teaching. Some 35 years later, after extensive training and study, that passion has been transformed into a holistic way of life, where teaching and sharing experience are as much a part of her yogic journey as her daily practice.
At HMYC, Jacqui brings a wealth of knowledge, teaching and nurturing her students, whilst integrating her own unique yogic philosophy into every class. As a principal teacher, Jacqui conducts advanced yoga classes, meditation, pranayama, prenatal yoga and restorative yoga — which is a particular specialty.
“Yoga is a gift that we can give ourselves”
CO-FOUNDER & INSTRUCTOR
For over 20 years, Shimon has been imparting his passion and commitment for yoga to students of all ages and abilities. A highly accomplished practitioner, Shimon relishes demonstrating the power of yoga, but without ego or pretence.
As a principal teacher at HMYC, Shimon teaches a broad cross-section of yoga classes and workshops, but specialises in beginner students. Every class with Shimon is dynamic, fun and accessible. His philosophy is deceptively simple — to engage and assist his students and allow them to discover their own unique passion for yoga.
“Teaching beginners is definitely a speciality of mine. I make my students LOVE Yoga!”
Christy has been practising yoga for more than 15 years, and has been taught by Jacqui and Shimon at HMYC for more than 10 years. She has practised yoga in Melbourne, London and India, as well as throughout two pregnancies.
Christy teaches general yoga classes, helping students to consolidate and build on what they have learned in introductory courses. She teaches so that she can help others to access the support that yoga gives to all aspects of her life..
Yoga is both nurturing and challenging physically, mentally and spiritually. It has improved my strength and flexibility not only in my body and on my yoga mat, but also in the way I approach the rest of my life.