Vivienne O’Brien

Vivienne O'Brien - Iyengar yoga retreat in Bali

In 1990, Vivienne decided to take a year off to travel through Asia. On a small island in Thailand, she was introduced to yoga. For one week, rising early every morning, she practiced yoga. Instantly she felt its profound impact and by the end of the week intuitively knew that yoga would become a large part of her life. Returning home, initially her practice was intermittent, but she soon learnt the value of consistent practice; how each day on the mat was fundamental to her yoga journey. After discovering Iyengar Yoga there was no looking back. It offered her a complete practice with vast challenges.

Vivienne has dedicated her yoga practice for twenty five years to the Iyengar Yoga method.

She did her teacher training in Melbourne and became a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher in 1998. In 2000 she opened the Luna Yoga Studio in Fairfield. Set in an intimate and warm environment, the studio offers a dynamic yoga experience for beginners to advanced yoga students. Vivienne continues to upgrade her certification and travels regularly to Pune in India where she feels privileged to study directly under the Iyengar family.

Vivienne’s aim as a teacher is to share her understanding of how yoga can transform us and our lives. She believes that a consistent and dedicated practice builds momentum that in turn allows us to develops our yoga skills. Together momentum and skill can carry us to great heights and lead to deep insight. She is passionate about sharing the experience that she has gained over 20 years of practicing and teaching Iyengar Yoga.

Vivienne wishes to bring together these two powerful components of a yoga practice – a framework in which students will develop consistency and a space in which they will be able to deepen and mature their yoga skills. Vivienne believes that through our practice of yoga we become grounded; more connected to our inner selves. She sees yoga as a practice that integrates, providing a platform for transformation.


10 Seconds with Vivienne O’Brien

Why yoga?

For me yoga is ‘complete’ system or experience and is constantly challenging me. It encourages me to be creative, it develops my intuition, and is a bridge to exploring my mind.   One of the main reasons I choose yoga is for the sheer exhilaration and  pleasure I get from the practice.

How do you come back to inner peace?

I think ‘coming back’ to inner peace may only be achieved after looking at what is blocking inner peace. Inner peace is like the fruit that results from addressing our issues, facing rather than avoiding our reality. I feel we arrive at inner peace through the practice of yoga and in doing so we are able to glimpse the possibilities of how a fulfilled life can be led.

Top wellness tip?

To listen to your body is my top wellness tip.  Only when we listen can we reflect, and on reflection we can respond appropriately to our needs. I don’t think there is a definitive answer to this question as one approach rarely suit everyone.

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Interview with Vivienne O’Brien

How has yoga changed your life?

I don’t think it has changed my life so much as enriched it. It has given me a very clear direction – a path to follow; and with clarity life becomes less complicated.  Yoga has simplified my life and at the same time  broadened my horizons.

What attracts you to lead a retreat in Bali?

The attraction to Bali is its natural beauty, both the people and the environment. At Kumara Sakti I am able to escape the city and my hectic western lifestyle – time slows down!

In your opinion, how does the purification ritual enhance your retreat experience?

The purification ritual is a very personal experience as each of us reflects on what we wish to release and yet, at the same time, it is a coming together that bonds the group. Everyone experiences a state of innocence in that moment – dressed in the same batik sarongs, in a place that feels so ancient, the spring water is clear and refreshing and we are all wishing to respect the ‘magical’ culture.

Who should join your retreat?

The retreat is ideal for participants who are curious and open to experiencing yoga and for practicing students who are looking to explore and expand their understanding of yoga.

What are your tips to beginner yogis?

Be patient. The practice of yoga is so vast! I believe it may take many lifetimes to fully understand it, so in the scheme of things we are all beginners. I believe it’s important to practice in order to gain an understanding and enjoyment of the process rather than purely to attain results.

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pure iyengar yoga

Iyengar has been one of the most popular yoga types practiced by people today. With over twenty five years of experience to the Iyengar Yoga method, join Vivienne in this retreat which is focused on precision, alignment and safety in each pose to build strength, flexibility, stamina and balance.