Class Passes


Book Class


Check Account


Unlimited classes* over 14 days for $35

Attend up to a class a day over a two week period.

No experience is required to attend our Foundation (Level 1) or Mixed (Level 1/2) Classes.

All equipment, including yoga mat, provided at no extra cost. Just turn up in shorts or tights and a t-shirt.

Learn yoga at the most established studio with the most experienced teachers in Surry Hills.


Yoga is a process of self-transformation. The mind is engaged to develop awareness of and transform ones physical and mental state. The body, in the form of various postures (or asanas), is used as a tool to achieve this.

At the Central Yoga School the poses are taught in the tradition of the Iyengar system. They are done dynamically so as to make the body strong and supple. Instruction is given on how to align and fine tune the postures as this brings more energy into the body, focusing the mind and developing understanding and clarity.

Aside from this process the poses in themselves, when done correctly, have various physical, physiological and psychological effects, improving health and maintaining an overall sense of well being.

You don’t need to be flexible to do yoga. The most essential thing is to be open minded and willing to learn.

The key to progress is practice.

Choose a class or course to suit. Make every effort to attend regularly. Improvements will naturally follow…

back to top


James Hasemer

James is a Senior Intermediate certified Iyengar yoga teacher and has been practising yoga for 30 years. In 1993 he undertook a traditional yoga apprenticeship with Shandor Remete, where he developed a strong and disciplined practice and learnt the art of teaching. He has also studied with B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. James has been running the Central Yoga School in the Surry Hills area since 1998.

Christine Harpley

Christine Harpley is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and has been studying yoga since 1999. She completed teacher training with Pixie Lillas in 2004 and has studied with Geeta Iyengar.

Christine brings to the practice in-depth knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology. Her unique teaching style is compassionate yet motivating, encouraging each individual to work to their potential. She enjoys sharing yoga with people of all ages and abilities, and works to foster in her students a sense of discovery and confidence as they develop greater strength, flexibility, and awareness in their practice.

Christine D’Aran

Christine D’Aran is a Junior Intermediate level Iyengar Yoga teacher. She has been practising over 20 years and teaching for 16 years. Various career paths led to the challenge of diverse interests being met by Iyengar yoga. With an agile teaching style, her students appreciate and greatly benefit from the knowledge and experience she brings to teaching pranayama.

Kathryn Clarke

Kathryn is a certified Iyengar teacher who has been practising yoga for the past 20 years. She is also a registered nurse who has spent a number of years as a volunteer in remote villages in India. Read more about Kathryn in this blog post.

Terri Love

Terri began taking regular Iyengar yoga classes at the Australian school of yoga in the late 80s.
It wasn’t until 1999 she realised teaching Iyengar yoga was something she would like to pursue.
She began teacher training in that year at the Australian school of yoga
By 2004, she was teaching at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Bondi Junction, under the supervision of Senior teacher Kay Parry
Terri regularly attends workshops given by senior teachers from Australia and overseas
She also attends regular teacher training weekends, helping to keep her practice and classes fresh
One of her favourite quotes from Mr Iyengar is ‘We are all students of Yoga’.

Kathy Savage

Kathy is a passionate yogi having practised Iyengar yoga at Central Yoga School since 2002. She began teacher training in 2012, gained her Level 1 teaching certificate in 2014 and is currently working towards Level 2.

Kathy has a firm yet empathetic approach to teaching, whilst bringing a youthful enthusiasm to the practice. She has spent time studying Iyengar yoga with the Chanchanis in India and continually looks to learn from her students and teachers.

Kathy holds a bachelor of Health/Science in Complementary Medicine and is a qualified Herbalist and Nutritionist with a keen interest in all things wellness.

Lorenzo Sacchini

Lorenzo is passionate about Iyengar yoga and has been practising at Central Yoga School since 2013. For the past year he has been working towards certification. His youthful energy and enthusiasm for the subject is felt strongly in his classes. Read more about his yoga journey in this blog post.

Andrew Lim
Andrew has been practising at Central Yoga School since 2013, and is slowly and steadily building up his teaching experience as he works towards certification. He enjoys that with yoga you reap what you sow, and that the benefits of practice are hard-earned. He simply finds that he’s a better person when practising yoga, and finds learning motivating and humbling.

About Central Yoga School: Beginnings

The Central Yoga School has been running yoga classes, workshops and retreats exclusively in the Iyengar tradition in Surry Hills and near Central Station since 1998. James Hasemer is the backbone of the school and has propagated his passion for Iyengar yoga through his consistent and tireless teaching of classes for more than 20 years. Many students who started classes with him before the turn of the century still attend the school today.
Classes were initially run from a shiatsu college on George Street in Haymarket, close to Central Station. Not long after the shiatsu college closed down and new premises were found in Buckingham Street on the Surry Hills side of Central Station.

The Buckingham Street premises was large and spacious and, at that time, was the only yoga school in the area. In 2005 the building was sold and new premises were sought. The school was relocated to Devonshire Street and continued at these premises for three years.

Since 2008 the school has been situated at its current location on Cooper Street….

Continue on 'Read'

Central Yoga School

18 Cooper St
Surry Hills
NSW 2010

Phone:  0413 741 177

Central Yoga School is a 3 minute walk from Central Station's Devonshire Street exit.

Contact Us

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Message

Notice Board

Next Introductory Course

WHEN: Saturday, 1 July 2017 and Sunday, 2 July 2017

A Yoga Retreat Experience

'A Yoga Retreat Experience' is the latest blog entry.

June Long Weekend 2017 Yoga Retreat

WHEN: Saturday, 10 June 2017 to Monday, 12 June 2017

Receive school updates

Type in your email address below and subscribe