woke yoga sydney


is a boutique studio on Sydney's North Shore. We believe that life is too short to be asleep at the wheel. So, we create the conditions for waking up through synthesising the best of modern science and ancient wisdom. We're open to all technology ( both new and old ) that accelerates human evolution.  WOKE  YOGA is owned by Lyndsey Benn, Em Cruickshank and Cora Geroux - who were all long time independent yoga teachers before they joined forces to create their shared vision, WOKE. 

While our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds and lineages they all share the core beliefs that yoga is so much more than fitness, that inclusivity is key, and community is everything - especially when it comes to waking up.



Our People

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Em Cruickshank

Em is in a long term love affair with yoga after attending her first yoga class in 1998. Due to long term illness and a snapped ACL Em's yoga journey has dipped in and out of the physical practice of asana - but she always maintained her inner practice of meditation. 

Em qualified to teach through the Byron Yoga School, and then went on to study under Sarah Powers in the Insight Yoga Community. Em specialises in teaching Yin, Restorative and Meditation. When you come to Em's class you can expect to feel grounded, supported and nurtured. She creates a safe space for healing and authenticity to emerge. Em is a true guide and mentor on the spiritual journey.  Em is also a co-owner of WOKE YOGA.

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Lyndsey Benn

Lyndsey is a teacher's teacher and has been practicing and studying yoga for nearly two decades. Her teaching journey began in Japan and then deepened through spending a number of years in and out of India. During that time she completed an in-house Diploma of Applied Science and Yoga at Bihar Yoga Bharati, a still active ashram yoga university. 

In 2002 Lyndsey drew from her sports associated background to deliver yoga programmes for NZ All Blacks, Super Rugby & The Black Caps. Since 2008 Lyndsey has been an active and respected member of the Sydney Yoga Community. Most recently Lyndsey has been a vital component of the national yoga training for Fitness First. Lyndsey is also a co-owner of WOKE YOGA. 

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Cora Geroux

Cora first started practicing yoga as a teenager with her Mum’s Rodney Yee VHS tapes, however, it wasn’t until she was studying Psychology in University that yoga became a regular practice. Cora graduated with a BA in Psych from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and promptly became a yoga teacher.

She first trained in Moksha Yoga, later in Vinyasa and has found the love of her yoga life in the slow, quiet practice of Yin. Cora has trained with Bernie Clark and Sarah Powers.

Cora has been teaching yoga for almost a decade, is a co-owner of WOKE YOGA and is the creator and lead trainer for our 200 HR Hatha, and 50 HR Yin Teacher Training.

Lisa Theodore Woke Yoga

Lisa Theodore

Lisa began her relationship with yoga in 2003, discovering the safety and mental respite of her yoga mat during high school.

Then began an 11 year journey working in the health and fitness industry dedicated to helping others as a trainer, coach, instructor and mentor finally arriving in her happiest incarnation to date as a yoga teacher in 2014.

With the intention of creating a safe place for all her students to land, Lisa delivers classes that reflect her vitality and love for life.  Fusing anatomy, traditional philosophy, breathe and creative sequencing into a fluid felt experience you will find an opportunity to deepen your connection to self (and maybe sweat/swear a little too).

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Ryan Barraclough

Ryan's understanding and experience of the human body comes from over 10 years of self-study and rehabilitation in the pursuit of peak performance, whilst also applying his experience by coaching others to develop and express their greatest potential.

By weaving the subtle understandings and applications of yoga with his knowledge of functional movement and holistic health, Ryan builds an efficient practice that maintains the integrity of the physical body, helping his students to dive deep into the everyday, moment to moment practice of yoga.

Ryan teaches heart based, grounded yoga, leaving plenty of space for self-inquiry and self-guided, experiential learning. His journey to date has been highlighted by incredible teachers and mentors from all walks of life, and a rich tapestry of life experiences.

Jess Keys Woke Yoga

Jess Keys

I've been practicing yoga on and off for the past twenty years, first discovering it in my late teens as a useful tool in helping to alleviate the stresses of high school, especially when it came to exam time. I began working in the media industry when I was 20 years old and spent 15 years as a television programmer. I turned to yoga during these years as my form of exercise and as a much needed break from my days spent in front of a TV and computer. 

In 2012 I decided to turn my love for yoga into a career, undertaking a 400 HR Hatha Yoga Teacher Training - and I haven't looked back. I believe that by joining forces with your body, breath and mind anything is possible. 


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Eliza Giles

Eliza has spent over a decade studying with modern and traditional masters across the globe. As a young teenager she was introduced to yoga and at 17 she moved to India to be immersed in the sacred traditions and eastern teachings still alive within the culture there.

At 20 she began her training in the traditional sciences of the yoga systems, moving to live and study in the Omkaranada Ashram in Northern India where she completing her first training in Meditation, Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga. She has since trained meditation and yoga with masters and senior teachers across world holding influences from contemporary yoga pioneer Duncan Peak,  Blissology founder Eion Finn and Dr Lorin Roche.

Eliza’s classes hold space to experience the weaving of these ancient traditions, philosophies and methodologies with functional anatomy, mindful movement and understanding of the western sciences to access the physical and energetic systems of the body.

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Matt Van Schie

Matt was told to try yoga in 1997 after an ankle injury ended his basketball career. He fell in love with it straight away. In 2004 he was on the road to becoming an Ashtanga Yoga teacher after training with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore India, when an opportunity arose with his other passion, music.

“Yoga was my saviour on many occasions whilst touring around the world as a performing artist. It helped ground me through some tough times.” In 2016 Matt completed his 200hr Teacher Training at Power Living. Matt teaches how he likes to practice, with discipline and focus, whilst maintaining a light spirit.

"I believe in not taking yourself too seriously. It’s OK to laugh and fall in my class!"

Hayley Stanway Woke Yoga

Hayley Stanway - Studio Manager

In 2016 Hayley resigned from her event management career and took a leap of faith, having spent ten years working in the events industry and ignoring her health she decided that it was time to make a change because her body was suffering.  

In 2017 she signed up to complete her 200hr yoga teacher training at Woke Yoga with Cora Geroux and Lyndsey Benn. Since then she hasn't looked back. Her whole world changed the moment she said "YES". Since completing her 200hr YTT training in September 2017 she has also completed her 50hr yin training with Cora Geroux and Em Cruickshank.

 Her classes are designed around themes or intentions based on the rhythms of life and our natural environment. She encourages self empowerment through self awareness of the physical, mental and emotional layers of the body. Hayley believes that the true magic of yoga is when we begin to sit in a space of self awareness and response instead of leading from reactivity.

Sara Spitzer Woke Yoga

Sara Spitzer

Sara found Yoga in the early 1990’s and felt in her bones and heart that she had discovered something pretty special which she kept close to her while she worked in marketing for two cosmetic giants for the next two decades.

In 2010 Sara joined a 350 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Qi Yoga and began teaching locally. In 2013 she found her Mentor and Teacher Kelly Sunrose and began to dive into the Vedic Texts, which she loves bringing to life in her classes with a sense of reverence and humour. In 2015 Sara flew to San Francisco and studied with Elena Brower, which was a dream come true, since then Sara has enjoyed studying and learning with Cora Goreaux and Lorin Roche and enjoys teaching Hatha, Yin, Yoga Nidra, Pranayama and Meditation.

When you come to class with Sara you might just walk away with a new poem to love, a deeper and accessible sparkle of wisdom from the Vedic Texts and a lightness in your step. She dreams of quiet weekends, with her family, her sweet cavoodle Teddy and a good cup of coffee.

Joe Rundle Woke Yoga

Joesph Rundle

Growing up in Japan Joseph was deeply influenced by the rich cultural and spiritual traditions of the Far East, especially by Japanese martial arts and Buddhist teachings. He was introduced to yoga as a young teen by an Indian guru en route to America and this encounter initiated his yoga journey. He also spent time at the Eiheiji Temple learning Zen meditation, and practiced Zazen and lived alongside the monks. Joseph draws his inspiration from a variety of sources including Zen, Jnana Yoga, Sufism, Agnosticism, Advaita and Taoist philosophies and the mystics around the world.

Joseph has trained in Advanced Assisting (adjusting and enhancing anatomical alignment), Advanced Vinyasa Sequencing and Theming, and holds a Yoga Alliance RYT-350 HR Silver Designation.  As a certified teacher of both Vinyasa and Yin yoga Joseph infuses his teaching with mindfulness, inviting practitioners to deepen into the present moment, aligning body and mind to the inner Self. In his classes expect to find both challenge and relaxation in a balanced practice that will invite you to more deeply connect with your body and Spirit.