Polly and Vera, have dedicated their lives to Yoga. Their life work is to create a safe and supportive environment so that as many people as possible can engage with the work of the practice. Polly and Vera share the subject with skills of exceptional standard. Theirs is a devotional path, and their intention is to be of service. They have a special temperament that has given them the courage and commitment to establish a school that is world class.
Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher
Polly Realf is the principal teacher of The Hervey Bay School of Yoga.
Polly has over 20 years of experience teaching Yoga and is a certified senior teacher with Iyengar Yoga Australia, and a registered senior teacher with Yoga Australia. Polly attends the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute in Pune India for ongoing study with the Iyengar family and also attends ongoing professional development with senior Iyengar teachers in Australia.
Polly worked as a Social worker for 20 years in sectors including disability advocacy, community health, mental health promotion and prevention and also worked in Social work education within the Northern Territory University.
Vera is a certified teacher with Iyengar Yoga Australia. She began Iyengar Yoga in 2002 and has practiced extensively under Alan Goode, one of Australia’s most senior Iyengar teachers. Vera attends the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute in Pune India for ongoing study with the Iyengar family and also attends ongoing professional development with senior Iyengar teachers in Australia.
Vera van de Velde holds a diploma of Yoga Teaching with the International Yoga Teachers Association and has completed both the foundation and advanced "Children and teenagers" yoga teacher training conducted through Zenergy Yoga 4 Kids.
Vera teaches the children's yoga classes and a number of classes on the main timetable of the school.
Vera is a registered nurse and midwife and holds a Master’s Degree in Primary Health Care. Vera has 30 years experience in Primary Health Care working both as a clinician and service manager.