Meet your teachers

Margot Porter

Yoga Teacher/Founder

margot-porter-yoga-bairnsdaleWhat a journey and who would have thought from handstands in the sandpit in New Zealand to founding a yoga studio in beautiful Bairnsdale, Australia.  Margot’s teaching style and understanding of yoga is continuously evolving just like life. She has been practicing Yoga, the art of flowing with your natural energy cycles and slowing down, for over 20 years. Curious and playful by nature, she was initially drawn to the graceful dance-like movements of yoga though now sees movement as a healing modality, a precious opportunity to tune into the rhythms of nature and into the wisdom within. Inspired by natural shapes and movements made by water, wind, earth and fire and from energy patterns created by the world – circles, spirals, figure of eights – she began to see yoga as an expression of a natural self connecting deeply to a fluid changing environment around us that is us

Margot communicates, shares and connects easily with people from diverse backgrounds with her warm and caring approach. Sharing this powerful and profound practice is her passion as it offers a way in, to ground, to be creative, to connect to what is important: compassion, kindness, love, and perhaps the most challenging, the act of letting go – for nothing is permanent.

Margot has worked and traveled extensively through Asia – India, Pakistan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Central America – Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and Europe. She chose to live in beautiful East Gippsland with her partner because they wanted to connect deeply with the seasons, the circadian rhythms of nature and most of all get down and get earthy – in a nutshell, they wanted to grow their own food and live in peace with their environment. With a passion for all that is natural, she can often be found in her organic vegetable garden, orchard and mandala flower garden sipping a cup of tea and soaking up the earth’s healing energy and listening for inspiration. Being in nature grounds and motivates Margot to create beautiful flower mandalas, grow fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers, dream up nature inspired retreats and create healthy delicious recipes and food.

Margot is the founder and principal teacher at Yoga East in Bairnsdale, Victoria. She is a level 2 registered teacher (500hrs) with Yoga Australia. With over 1000 hours in Yoga Teacher Training including Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa, Restorative, philosophy, meditation, pranayama, mantra, mudra, Tantra, and Buddhism, her particular interest is in bringing women home to their natural cycles and empowering them to live the life they envision with grace and dignity.

She has facilitated and taught at more than 15 retreats in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia (Bali) since 2010. Her retreat experience coupled with regular teaching practice of weekly classes, short courses, workshops and intensives is why people keep coming back for more of her yoga magic.

Margot’s Qualifications

This is just some of my studies and is over 1000 hours as I love to learn and share.


Byron Yoga Centre, Yoga Teacher Training, 200 hours, 2010


Synergy Yoga, Fundamentals of Yoga – Anatomy and physiology, 2013, 120 hours

Synergy Yoga, Workshops various 60 hours, 2013 – 2016

Synergy Yoga, Applied anatomy and physiology, 2014, 120 hours

Synergy Yoga, Yoga Therapy, 2016, 50 hours

Yin Yoga – Meridians 

Mysan Sidbo, Yin Yoga Teacher Training 100 hours, 2015

Mysan Sidbo, Yin & Yang Teacher Training 100 hours, 2017


Donna Farhi, Immersion Workshops, 50 hours, 2013 – 2016

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Body Mind Centring, 12 hours, 2017

Liz Koch, Core Awareness, 12 hours, 2018

Prana Vinyasa Flow

Delamay Devi, Movement Medicine Teacher Training, 36 hours, 2018

Shiva Rea, Rasa Prana Flow Teacher Training, 45 hours, 2019


Train the Trainer – Calm Abiding Meditation, 24 hours, 2014


Bachelor of Arts, Double Major – English Literature and Art History, Auckland University, 1991

Bachelor of Letters in Indigenous Studies, Monash University, 2006

Lydia Schoenhals

Yoga Teacher

Lydia found yoga at 16 and it has changed her way of living. Since then she has immersed herself in studies around health, body awareness and movement. Yoga is her source of energy, peace of mind and concept of freedom. Over the last 10 years, she has been lucky enough to meet a great variety of inspiring teachers and has gained many memorable experiences which inform her teaching. Her passion for movement, health and nutrition motivate her to share her knowledge with enthusiasm. It’s a gift for her to guide her students on their journey towards positive body awareness. Her teaching style is a mix of all the teachers that have inspired her and is naturally based on her own practice. 

Her motto is

“Breathe, relax and enjoy.“

Lydia is originally from Germany, and has lived in many different countries over the last 10 years. During and after her studies of cultural and social anthropology in Vienna, Austria, she tuned into existential self – inquiry and has taken classes and completed training in Yoga, Meditation, Thai Yoga Bodywork (NUAD), Massage, Shiatsu, Trance Dance and Acro Yoga.

Over the last few years, she has travelled extensively in Asia, Australia and Central America, where she deepened her yoga through study and practice.She is settling down in Gippsland because her and her partner, who is from the area, have decided to live their dream and create a self sufficient lifestyle on the Gippsland Lakes. Now Lydia is here to share these experiences in classes, workshops and courses at Yoga East.

Every session is a complete and well rounded yoga practice from the warm-up, stronger movement through to savasana. Her classes create a strong base for a regular yoga practice in the studio or at home. Her aim is to create an enjoyable yoga routine suitable for all levels of students. She encourages her students to be in tune with their mind and bodies by combining core principles of yoga with the experience of bodywork to turn your yoga practice into a soulful happy experience.

Lydia’s Qualifications

36hrs Flow Nuad Training with Veni Inge Labi (JUN 2015), Ganesha Yoga Studio, Vienna, AUSTRIA

200hrs Hatha Yoga Teacher Training (APR 2016), Communidad OM SHANTI, Mazunte, MEXICO

300hrs Hatha Yoga Teacher Training (JAN – FEB 2018), Atmavikasa Center of Yogic Sciences, Mysore, INDIA

60 hours Acro Yoga Elemental Immersion (MAR 2018), Goa, INDIA

24 hours Rainbow Yoga Teacher Training for Teenagers and Children, (JAN 2018), Melbourne, Australia

Lydia’s Teachers

Authorized Atmavikasa Hatha Yoga Teacher: Kathrin Jantschgi. (SEP 2012- JUN 2015), Perform Studio,Vienna, AUSTRIA

Authorized Ashtanga Yoga Teacher: Veni Inge Labi. (FEB 2013- JUN 2015), Ganesha Yoga Studio, Vienna, AUSTRIA


Bachelor Degree of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Vienna, 2015