Studio Teachers

Jules Payne, Co-Owner & Director of Teacher Training, ERYT-500, C-IAYT (Yoga Therapist)

Jules co-founded Ajna Yoga in 2008 and has been training yoga teachers since 2004. Her foundation is rooted in yoga therapy, anusara, ashtanga and vijnana yoga. Jules has a special interest in teaching 50+ yoga and injury rehabilitation. She teaches group classes, private yoga therapy sessions and teacher training. Jules’ classes are an equal mix of education, therapeutic applications and fun.

Michelle Schroeder, Co-Owner & Primary Instructor of Teacher Training, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT (Yoga Therapist)

Michelle co-founded Ajna Yoga and has been teaching yoga classes in Victoria since 2001and training teachers since 2008. She is trained in Hatha, Pre/Post Natal, Ashtanga and Vijnana yoga~where she completed her 800-hour training with Gioia Irwin and Orit Sen-Gupta. She teaches group yoga classes, private yoga therapy sessions and Ajna Yoga’s Teacher Training. Michelle loves to share her passion of yoga with her easy going personality. Her classes focus on alignment, pranayama (breath), and connecting to the divine self.

Agi Mallory, RYT – 500, YACEP, C-IAYT (Yoga Therapist), MBA

Agi brings a compassionate and gentle approach to teaching, meeting students where they are at, and nurturing gentle transformation through supported practice and breathing exercises. With a passion for supporting clients in living and aging well, Agi is certified in teaching Yoga for Healthy Aging, Yoga for Cancer, Yoga for Osteoporosis, and has completed advanced studies in anatomy, joint therapeutics and movement science. Agi offers drop-in yoga classes, private yoga therapy, workshops, retreats, and has served on the Faculty at Ajna Yoga since 2016..


Agi teaches weekly Bone Health Clinic and  Steadiness and Ease classes at Ajna. She teaches in the Yoga for Healthy Aging, Yoga Therapy for Hips and Knees, and Business of Yoga Therapy modules. You can read more about Agi at her website:, www.Arbutus

Sarah Holmes de Castro, M.A., ERYT-200, RYT-500, TCTSY-F, C-IAYT (Yoga Therapist)

Sarah has been teaching yoga in therapeutic settings since 2004. Her own practice these days is geared to amplifying the steadiness, energy, presence & humour required to be mother to 2 small children. She is Program Director at Yoga Outreach and a yoga therapist at Fine Balance Yoga, offering training and mentorship to yoga teachers offering trauma-informed programs in diverse settings as well as healthcare professionals and support workers. Over the past 12 years she has delivered yoga programs in diverse settings including yoga studios, corporate boardrooms, prisons, detox facilities, mental health teams, art galleries, women’s transition houses, mothers’ support groups and more. Sarah is a certified Trauma Centre Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F), a certified Professional Yoga Therapist with Integrative Yoga Therapy and holds certifications in Functional Yoga Therapy and restorative yoga. She has also completed trainings in Pain Care Yoga is interested in yoga as a path to recovery from both emotional and physical pain. She believes a yoga practice should be accessible, sustainable, and bring greater ease, joy and resilience in everyday life.

Cedar Sorensen, C-IAYT (Yoga Therapist)

Cedar’s first exposure to yoga in 1981 continues to impact her practice and teaching. Since then, her practice & study has broadened and deepened through many gifted and generous teachers who’ve shared their knowledge of Advaita Vedanta, Mindfulness & Buddhist philosophy, Kasmir Shaivism and Tantra, Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa, QiGong, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, etc. Cedar’s passion is to facilitate our ‘return home’~ assisting those who’ve experienced trauma and disconnection, to reconnect to our own bodies, to our free flowing breath, to our integrated & divine selves, connected with our creativity, intuition, wisdom, playfulness, and to nature and each other. Cedar offers group & private yoga classes, in person & on Zoom, Aletheia Breathwork, Integration Coaching, retreats and special focus classes and workshops. Visit Cedar’s website

Janice Arnot, ERYT-500, C-IAYT (Yoga Therapist)

Janice comes to us with over 20 year’s experience teaching aquatics, fitness and yoga classes in the community. Janice has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching yoga for 16 years. As a Yoga Therapist and teacher she is passionate about the therapeutic benefits of mindful exercise and breath practices. Her intention is to share tools that empower her students to feel strong, centred and relaxed. Janice is also a BCRPA certified fitness instructor specializing in fitness for the older adult and aquatic fitness and aquatic yoga.

Laura Benson, RT-200

Laura has always been interested in movement. She studied dance and gymnastics as a child; fitness and strength training as a teen; and in her twenties was a Personal Trainer. A decade after being introduced to yoga, it became an essential life practice that helped her heal a chronic illness. From appreciation of yoga’s profound impact, Laura shares this ancient wisdom as a way to connect back to the Self. She honours the teacher in everyone and encourages a safe, supportive and accepting environment. Certified at Moksana Yoga Centre in 2012, she is currently enrolled in Ajna Yoga’s 500 hour Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga program. Laura guides yoga classes with a mix of dynamic flow and strong long holds to enable mindfulness; empowering you to Be where you are.

Mabel Chong, (1979-2018)

Mabel was a gifted teacher with a gentle spirit and love for learning. In her yoga therapy practice, she specialized in knee and back care injury recovery, as well as women’s health. We miss Mabel deeply and hold her in our hearts forever.