Deb & Russ Young established Younga Yoga Studio - Wollongong's first dedicated Yoga space in 2006 with the vision to create a beautiful space that provides the community with a balanced variety of vinyasa yoga classes, inspirational events, healthy living programs and trainings to deepen one's study of Yoga.
They are also the co-founders of The Online Yoga Studio.
In 2009 Younga Yoga Studio moved from Keira St to its current location in Thomas St.
Previously the Wollongong Girl Guide Hall, "The Studio" has a rich history of bringing people together, and Deb & Russ have restored it in a way that honors the past, using reclaimed materials to create a gorgeous oasis in the middle of the CBD.
Our classes are dynamic and challenging, yet we encourage our students to work at their own level and practice safely with awareness. All our classes incorporate the principals of Vinyasa Yoga (working in a moving meditation with the breath), Meditation and Pranayama.
We are committed to providing a space where people feel welcome, supported and able to experience the wide reaching benefits of Yoga.
CO-FOUNDER - RUSS YOUNG
Russ is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and has been practising Yoga for more than 20 years.
Unlike many students who start Yoga in a studio, Russ' reasons were more intrinsic and home-practiced based. He became interested in yoga as a teenager, and taught himself postures out of a book as a way of managing severe pain associated with the imbalances caused by scoliosis. This set him on a path in the health & fitness industry, first as a massage therapist, then later a Degree in Exercise Physiology.
He is a part time guest teacher for the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Wollongong, where he annually teaches Anatomy to doctors in training.
Russ has a keen background in biomechanics & functional anatomy and uses this unique knowledge in conjunction with mindfullness techniques to treat patients with a range of injuries and mental health conditions.
He initially trained with a traditional school - The Sivananda School of Yoga in Kerala, India, and like Deb has since completed various teacher trainings, retreats and workshops with Internationally acclaimed teachers in a range of styles such as Donna Farhi, David Swenson, Emil Wendel, and Flo Fenton.
In recent years Russ has created & delivered Anatomy & Physiology teacher training modules for 200hr trainings for Amy Ippoliti (Yoga Glo) and Flo Fenton.
CO-FOUNDER - DEB YOUNG
Yoga nerd, passionate business owner, proud (sometimes frazzled) mum, creative thinker, ideas chick with an addiction for apps & a love for all things Yoga, business, food & travel. Along with Russell, Deb co-founded Younga Yoga Studio in 2006 and more recently The Online Yoga Studio. They have grown Younga Yoga Studio into a successful business with more than 400+ students each week.
Deb has a Degree in Physical & Health Education & a background in dance, but it wasn't until she met Russ that she discovered her love for all things Yoga and the amazing way it can help bring balance to life.
Deb's has a unique ability to bring Yoga philosophy to life on the yoga mat with dynamic & clear sequencing by drawing metaphors between what we practice ON the Yoga mat as a symbol for what we do in our everyday life OFF the Yoga mat.
Deb completed her initial teacher training in 2005 with some of Australia's most well known teachers: Louisa Sear, Rose Baudin & Flo Fenton.
Over the years she has completed other advanced teacher trainings & intensives with well known teachers such as David Swenson (Ashtanga), David Life & Sharon Gannon (Jivamukti), Louisa Sear and more recently with Amy Ippoliti (Yoga Glo + 90Monkeys) who she continues to mentor with and assist.
Deb has also completed numerous vipassana meditation retreats in silence and finds the tools of pranayama (breath work) particularly helpful as a gateway to reduce stress & address the symptoms of chronic asthma.
Deb & Russ have led many local & overseas lifestyle retreats incorporating Yoga, meditation & wholefoods for better life balance.
She also has two little munchkins, and is a trained Doula with a passion for helping women during pregnancy and beyond.
Deb loves sharing the amazing tools of Yoga as an essential tool for busy women on the go with a passion to help make a difference in the life of those around them.
Valid for 30 days from your first visit & available to those new to the studio - this pass gives you a chance to try us out before committing to a membership or pass. Excludes courses & prenatal.