Desa Yoga Studio

Hatha. Vinyasa. Slow Flow. Yin. Restorative. Kundalini. Qigong.


At the heart of our mission is building a nurturing community. Our dedicated teachers are here to empower you through the wisdom of ancient teachings and philosophies.


Intro Offer - $50 for 14 Days

We look forward to welcoming you at the Desa Yoga Studio. We offer drop in classes, 10 Class Packs and a Monthy Membership. Bookings are essential, and please make sure to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled class start time, enter via Broadbeach Road. For any questions or enquires feel free to email us at studio@desaretreat.com.au

Meet our Teachers

Emma Flick

Step into Emma’s world of yoga expertise, a captivating journey that spans over a decade and encompasses more than 2000+ hours of dedicated teacher training.

Her profound knowledge embraces a diverse range of styles, from the soothing realms of Hatha and Yin to the enlightening practices of Kundalini and Nada.

Beyond her remarkable qualifications, Emma’s compassionate nature shines through as a qualified Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F). In 2020, she undertook a transformative 300-Hour Certification Program in TCTSY at the esteemed Centre for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI, honing her skills to create a safe and nurturing space for every individual.

Chris Wilson

With over 14 years of teaching experience. In Chris’s classes, a magical key awaits – the art of listening inwardly. Through his nurturing guidance, he empowers students to embrace the beauty of self-awareness, allowing the true essence of yoga to unfold through personal experiences.

As the visionary behind ‘Yoke Yoga,’ Chris aspires to bring forth the ‘Yoga of the Heart’ to the world. With a collective vision that resonates with love and compassion, he invites individuals to join this heart-centered movement and discover the transformative power of yoga.

Ryan Mannix

Meet Ryan, an inspiring soul who has been wholeheartedly sharing his love for meditation and yoga across continents since 2013. With a spirit that knows no boundaries, he leads transformative workshops, classes, and teacher trainings both in Australia and abroad.

Ryan’s classes exude a dynamic and progressive energy, designed to embrace every soul that steps onto the mat. At the heart of his teachings lies mindfulness and the power of breath, infusing each moment with present awareness and inner connection.

Sarah Healy

Sarah (Tara Lakhmi Kaur) is a 200hr KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. Her style of teaching comes from the lineage of Yogi Bhajan who brought KY to the west in 1968. Each class consists of conscious movement, breath work, meditation and mantra.

You can expect to be challenged, with modifications offered for all levels. She encourages students to move within their own ability, but most importantly connect to their spirit and cultivate a stillness within.

Carey Semple

Carey completed her Hatha 200hr Training in 2014 then went on to study Stillness Through Movement over the following five years, a unique modality combining restorative yoga, Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness, aromatherapy and guided meditation.  Carey’s compassion, nurturance, kindness and gentleness allows her to deliver a restorative class that reconnects you to the one true home within.

This style of yoga is suitable for anyone who typically wouldn’t describe themselves as ’the yoga type’; anyone with chronic pain, injury or illness; those with limited mobility; those experiencing depression, anxiety, low mood, or low motivation; symptoms associated with peri-menopause and menopause; adrenal dysfunction; hormonal imbalances; those who are pregnant or wanting to fall pregnant; or simply anyone experiencing major life transitions or emotional upheaval. 

Jahnna McKeag

Passionate about sharing yoga, breathwork + mindfulness in a relaxed and approachable way, her classes are friendly and upbeat. Her light-hearted, grounding breath practices, empowers students to spend time nurturing + embracing the wisdom that lies within.

Jahnna shares her knowledge in an accessible way, an invitation to explore what feels good for your body and mind, honouring your uniqueness. Expect to explore spaciousness, breath + body-mind connection, + to be inspired to take these ideas off the mat and into your day.

Eliza Helm

Eliza is a qualified Qigong teacher with more than 10 years experience studying both in Australia and abroad. She also draws on her knowledge as a qualified Kinesiology and Spinal Flow Practitioner, Rhythmic Movement therapist and has had more than 20 years of functional movement and yoga practice.  Eliza looks forward to sharing all her knowledge to bring you an interesting and engaging class and help you work towards your optimal health and wellbeing.

the ‘Great Ocean Path Sangha’

Our meditation community is called the Great Ocean Path Sangha and the facilitation is done by various people in the community. We practice meditation in the tradition established by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. We practice sitting and walking meditation as well as Dharma sharing, deep relaxation, mindful movement and listening to Dharma talks. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of your experience.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Are the classes suitable for beginners?
Absolutely! Our classes are designed to accommodate practitioners of all levels, including beginners. Our experienced instructors provide modifications and variations, ensuring everyone feels comfortable and supported.
2. What should I bring to a class?
We recommend bringing a water bottle, a yoga mat (although we provide them if needed), a towel, and comfortable clothing that allows for easy movement.
3. Can I drop in for a single class, or do I need to sign up for a package?
We offer both drop-in options and class packages to suit your needs. You can drop in for a single class or take advantage of our cost-effective class packages for more regular attendance.
4. What styles of yoga are offered at Desa Retreat?
We offer a diverse range of yoga styles, including Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Hatha, Kundalini, and more. Each style offers unique benefits, allowing you to explore and find the one that resonates with you best.
5. Can I practice if I have injuries or health concerns?
Yoga can often be adapted to accommodate injuries or health conditions. We encourage you to inform your instructor about any concerns before the class begins, so they can provide suitable modifications and support.
6. Is there an age limit for attending classes?
Yoga & Qigong is for everyone! We welcome practitioners of all ages to our classes. However, if you are under 18 years old, we may require parental consent before attending.
7. What time should I arrive for a yoga class?
We recommend arriving at least 5-10 minutes before the scheduled class time. This allows you to settle in, set up your mat, and prepare for the session without feeling rushed.
8. Are private classes available?
Yes, we offer private classes for individuals or small groups. Please speak to Emma Flick for more information and to schedule your private session.
9. What styles of Yoga is taught at Desa?
At Desa, we celebrate the diversity of yoga and the unique expression of each teacher’s style. Our experienced instructors are trained in a wide array of yoga practices, including Hatha Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Kundalini, Nada, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Slow Flow, Meditation, and Sound Journeys. However, we take pride in fostering a fluid and spontaneous approach to our classes.

Rather than rigidly categorizing classes by specific styles, we encourage our practitioners to explore the essence of each teacher’s offerings in the present moment.

By embracing this open and intuitive approach, we create a dynamic and transformative space where each class becomes an authentic experience, guided by the energies of both the teacher and the students. We hope you will enjoy allowing the magic of yoga to unfold in the present moment, so your practice becomes a ‘one-of-a-kind’ expression of your heart and soul.