We offer in-studio and live stream classes, courses, intensives, workshops, retreats, private sessions and open studio practice times ranging from beginners to advanced and teacher training.
Black Lotus Studios was created by Sue-ellen Kohler in 2007 as the new home for the teachers and yogis from The Sydney Yoga Space when Peter Thomson closed his school in East Sydney. For ten years Black Lotus Studios was in Enmore until the building was scheduled for demolition.  Sue-ellen and her partner Melissa Coote took a leap and built a studio in their back garden. The teachers work closely with Sue-ellen and are certified or in training through the B.K.S Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia under the auspices of Senior Iyengar teacher Peter Thomson.

Black Lotus Yoga Studio is located right in the heart of Marrickville, Sydney, Australia.

Close to buses and Marrickville train station. On street parking is available close by.

The studio entrance is through the wooden gate down Stinson Lane and right next to the house at 61 Warren road.  Walk down the side street and you’ll see the gate with our logo. The gate will be unlocked half an hour before class begins.  Press the button on the handle to open the gate and come in.

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Meet the Teachers

Sue-ellen Kohler
Margaret Lum
Sebastian Cilento

What We offer

Why Choose Us

In a yoga class or course

Our classes will introduce you to a method of yoga practice where we align our bodies with the beautiful and harmonious hatha yoga asanas or postures.  Each asana is unique to itself and its shape.  There are roughly sixty main asanas and literally thousands of variations on them.  We think of asanas in groups: for example, ‘forward bends’ ‘backbends’ ‘inversions’ ‘standing’ or ‘restorative’.  A class is usually made up of a skilfully created sequence taken from these groups.  Class sequences consider external influences (like weather, season, time of day) and individual circumstances (injuries, emotional state, age, fitness, menstruation etc.) and through experience and training your teacher will be able to adapt the details to work with your particular circumstances and will also challenge and extend you. 

lets get physical ...

An asana is a shape we strive to achieve with our bodies but to get there we must, as they say, give it our all!  To practice hatha yoga is to connect fully and wholeheartedly with our every action: physically, emotionally, mentally and even spiritually.  When we are in an asana we mirror the physical qualities of each asana in the less tangible parts of ourselves as well.  With practice we can see what is in our way, what is limiting us on a deeper level.  We understand how inextricably linked our bodies are to our minds and by working directly with our bodies we can understand our selves better.  How we think is clearly expressed in our bodies and changing our body also changes our thinking. 


Each individual asana expresses an almost archetypal or primal shape.  For the time that we are in an asana, we become that shape.  The process is creative, and over time, and with through daily practice we will experience all the possibilities of our unique and individual selves.  For example, a backbend opens the chest, cracks open our hard upper back shell and softens our heart.  A forward bend asks us to look deep within and dissolve resistance, denial and demand.  A headstand will turn things literally upside down, asking you to visualise your body differently, question long-held beliefs, and discover compassion along the way.  Standing poses give us legs to stand on and the courage to move forward with confidence.  While this practice aspires to bring us into our full potential, along the way we are brought into contact with what we are feeling and where we really are.  We may not always like what we feel and see, but this discomfort, in turn, helps us understand ourselves better.  This amazing and potent practice offers a pathway for transforming negative or destructive mind states into a more balanced and harmonious expression of our creative selves.   

Not just muscles!

Western science has classified the organisation of our bodies into 11 main ‘systems’:  Skeletal, Muscular, Respiratory, Circulatory, Nervous, Digestive, Immune, Reproductive, Endocrine, Exocrine and Renal.  When we practice yoga asana we stimulate and energise all these systems, and this helps them to function, naturally, in harmony and in good health.  So while the strengthening of muscles is important, when we practice yoga we develop a deeper comprehension and respect for how the body functions as a whole, a kind of ‘community’ where each part is interdependent on every other part.  Further to this while yoga is undeniably physical, our pathway in to feeling and understanding is through awareness, our consciousness if you like.


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Shove the furniture out of the way and make some space, inside and out. Prepare to breath deep and restore your world.

Right now the face to face classes have been suspended due to COVID lockdown conditions.  

Classes are being offered via livestream.  Please enrol and we will send you a zoom link.