Thank yoganess for Rakini. All of the times she has come to the rescue to trouble shoot, support and facilitate yoga teachers, events and the ongoings of yoga classes and communications. Rakini has been centrally instrumental in my growth and subsequent successful career as a yoga instructor over the last eight years. In her role as the FinY teacher training administrator, Rakini was ever ready to communicate and help in any way she could avail to. In my case, I would not have made it through the course that busy year, if Rakini had not helped with special tutoring, mentoring and advice. Since then, our professional relationship continues as I have relied almost entirely on her website for new yoga classes and cover work, including requesting cover teachers as I need them. I value Rakini has a friend and mentor yoga teacher with great integrity and devotion.
Yoga Instructor, Next Generation Clubs - Perth, Western Australia
Rakinandaa is a true professional and a great teacher. She is dedicated, helpful, caring and kind: a true yogini! When I chose to do my Teacher Training with FinY, with Rakinanandaa as Co-ordinator, I had no intention of becoming a yoga teacher; I merely wanted to increase my knowledge of yoga. Rakinanandaa inspired and helped me to become a practicing teacher and lifelong student of yoga, and I am very grateful to her.
Susie - Yoga Teacher and Life Coach, Perth
I was lucky to have Michele as one of the teachers for the 2001 TTC. Her advice to always prepare a program in advance has always stayed with me and her classes are always interesting, varied and very relaxing! Thank you Michele for helping me on my path to become a yoga teacher.
Michelle Kelly - Yoga Teacher - Nedlands, Western Australia
I fully endorse Rakinanandaa (Michele Hendarwin) and her Golden Lotus School. She is one of the most outstanding Yoga teachers I have had the privilege of meeting.
Swami Anandakapila Saraswati
(Dr Jonn Mumford)
I have been in Michele's yoga classes for 4 years. Her style of teaching is suitable for the 18 to 80 age group. Her detail to description and ease of pace makes her classes suitable for everyone. I have been on two of her Bali Yoga Retreats, which could also be called Cultural Retreats, as she has extensive knowledge of the Indonesian culture and people, making them a memorable experience.
Janet - Age Care Therapist, Perth
Michele’s lunchtime classes leave her students feeling fully relaxed and more supple because we are encouraged to thoroughly (but gently) extend ourselves each session while going though a carefully explained series of movements.
Gail - Dept of Education, Perth
I completed my teacher training course in 2005 with Friends in Yoga, and was fortunate to have Rakini as Coordinator of Teacher Training.
Monika - Yoga Teacher, United Kingdom
I am more than happy to be able to endorse Michele (Rakinanandaa) and her Golden Lotus School.
She is an accomplished and sincere Teacher of Yoga, with a wealth of experience.
Yogacharya Swami Ajnananda Saraswati
I trained with FinY when Rakini was the co-ordinator of the Teacher Training Course. I found that her organisational skills were outstanding. The course ran according to schedule and time management was excellent. Her problem-solving and communication skills meant that people of all ages and ability levels were catered for at all times. The success of the course was largely thanks to her pleasant and efficient way of managing groups and ensuring that each person felt they were included and at ease in the group. When exams were pending, she inspired confidence in those who needed encouragement. I also attended many of Rakini's yoga classes. The above-mentioned skills and abilities were evident there as well. In a large public venue, when the people attending were of a diverse ability level - some attending for the first time, and some advanced students, Rakini offered modifications and extensions as appropriate, so that the classes were enjoyable and challenging. Rakini has been pro-active in keeping communication channels open between yoga teachers and students in the Perth environment by sharing information through emails, and her contribution to yoga in Perth has generally been invaluable.
Marion Johnson - Yoga Instructor, Perth
Words can't express what an amazing and impactful influence you have had on my life. Yoga has seen me and continues to see me through many challenges. Thanks for making it so meaningful and for giving so much of yourself.
Gill Ford - Social Worker, Perth
I would like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you for all your patience and wonderful yoga classes that I have been able to attend over the past years. They were all so beneficial and enjoyable.
Pat Cairns - Administration Assistant, Perth