Our Teachers

John Wilson
Studio Owner and Principle Teacher

John Wilson is the founder and principle teacher at Peninsula Yoga. John is a true local, having been a resident of the Woy Woy Peninsula for 30 years and has offered Yoga classes for the past 15 years.

John was introduced to Yoga on advise from a Chiropractor after suffering a serious spinal injury. The therapeutic and meditative benefits of yoga were soon realised. The gentle mobilising and stretching of this first practice not only relieved chronic pain but also led to a positive life changing experience. An unexpected opportunity to teach was the catalyst for John to pursue yoga as not only a life style but also a career. He graduated from the distinguished “Yoga Teaching Diploma” at Nature Care College in Sydney and was accepted as a member of the Yoga Australia. He began teaching in community halls and gymnasiums and soon became a highly regarded team fitness leader. In March 2006, a dream was realised when John opened the Peninsula Yoga Centre.

John has delivered yoga packages to seniors, children with special needs, and people with injuries in the form of rehabilitation, beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels. A teacher of yoga teachers and a well respected yoga educator.
His philosophy to yoga teaching is that: Yoga is available to every person regardless of age, physical or mental condition. A practice is available to anyone who is willing to improve his or her own health and well being.

John is a leading yoga educator and trainer of yoga teachers. He has presented yoga education packages on various subjects ranging from yoga philosophy, meditation, anatomy and functional movement.  

Sunita Patil

Sunita is a yogini, teacher, writer, artist, and coach. She offers the most comprehensive yoga, Ayurveda and meditation teachings and practices so people can realize the wisdom within—bringing true happiness, freedom and fulfilment to their lives. Sunita has over a 30 years of experience in the personal practice of yoga, and over the past 18 years, she has taught 1,000s of students worldwide (Australia, USA and India). Sunita has recorded 15,000 hours of yoga teaching experience.

She is renowned for her depth of understanding in the ancient language of yoga, Sanskrit, and has taught Sanskrit to yoga teachers (and teachers in training)—translating the more sophisticated aspects of yoga philosophy that have been displaced in most of the contemporary yoga practices of today. Sunita teaches Yoga Teacher Trainings, Yoga Therapy Teacher Trainings and Meditation Teacher Trainings in Sydney.

Sunita has combined her study and practice of yoga philosophy, contemporizing its application for people’s lives. 

Her studies are vast and sophisticated, including;

  • Yoga at the Ambika yog Kuteer, BKS Iyengar institute.
  • Sanskrit with teacher Acharya Pandit Rasalji
  • Advance Yoga-teacher training at Nature Care College
  • Advance pranayama & Yoga Functional Assessment at
  • Yogadesign Life-coaching based on Yoga at Yogacoach
  • Yoga as Meditation with Abhyasa Ashram, USA
  • Ayurvedic studies (Indian healing science) at Nature Care College, and
  • Vedas and Upanishadas at the University of Oxford.
  • Philosophy of Yoga at the University of Oxford.
  • Ayurveda philosophy at The Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, USA with Dr Vasant Lad
  • Sunita is  Yoga Alliance ‘ERYT 500 Plus’ member 

Immersion Yoga Teacher Training Central Coast

Maureen Catherine Crawley

After practicing yoga for 10 years, I felt like I needed to deeper connection and yearned to learn more about the sacred teachings, holistic qualities and essence of yoga, I happily found through my teacher training through “Immersion Yoga” with John and Sunita. I am thrilled to have been invited to start classes at Peninsula Yoga as a teacher. I love the way yoga makes me feel and the energy flow that benefits the whole being. I have been studying many modalities all my life and qualifications in

– Energetic Healing

– Spiritual Awareness

– Hypnotherapy

– Meditation

– Astrology

– Aromatherapy

– Wedding and Funeral Celebrant

Yoga is a gift to me, to help aid and complete my lifes energetic journey. I look forward to sharing with you. Always remember “Love is the bridge between you and everything”

From my heart to yours.   

Nicole Turner-Butler

Nicole has been teaching yoga locally for 11 years and is passionate about sharing gentle, powerful and healing yoga. In her classes she guides a balance of strength and flow practices to maintain a healthy, joyful mind and body.

You are encouraged to listen to your body (modify, do less or more) so that the yoga experience fits you rather than you trying to fit into a yoga pose. This may mean that your practice differs slightly or significantly from others sharing the same session. It is a nurturing approach that brings great benefit for beginners and deepens yoga for more experienced practitioners.

Nicole’s journey began with learning asanas (postures) from an unknown book picked up while travelling through Asia in 1985. The first class she participated in was  when she moved to the Central Coast in 1987 and she has practiced continually since then.

Nicole’s yoga journey  deepened when she undertook Yogic Studies in 2002 in the Satyananda tradition and the Byron Yoga Centre (Purna Yoga) in 2010.

Nicole met her Balinese teacher, Guru Made Sumantra in 2008. She commenced formal studies in Markandeya Yoga training in 2012. This yoga is a “smile in your heart” experience and it is with a joyful heart that Nicole shares these teachings.

Nicole injects her own special brand of love and care into everything she teaches and invites you to come and feel the joy as you extend your body and mind.