Stewart & Kate Payne

Higher States of Yoga allows you to step into your highest state of being through your senses.

It’s Expansive Experiencing.

Higher States of Yoga, based out of Townsville Australia, combines the work of husband and wife duo Kate (Yoga Therapist & Teacher) & Stewart (DJ, Music Producer & Osteopath).

Kate & Stewart weave their love for body work with their decades of experience in sound + yoga.

Higher States of Yoga was created with a vision to share the transformational experience sound & movement can cultivate in a person.

Using the power of yoga, music, meditation, kriya, pranayama and mantra, Kate & Stewart have carefully curated a selection of core offerings.


Full Moon Events

Step into your fullness with expansive practices that work with the current astrological phase & energy.

New Moon Events

Step into exploration to open to another layer working with the current astrological phase & energy.


Enhance Your Practice

Gather together on the rich earth of Gaia to connect and learn about the bodies intricate layers of existence.

During the Enhance Your Practice Series we explore the 5 Koshas (layers or bodies) which interconnect our body, mind, breath and energy and how using Essential Oils, Acupressure Points, Self Massage, Kriya & Meditation, we can tap into the various layers to enhance our wellbeing and expand our state of consciousness.

Kundalini Shakti

A sacred cacao & chakra dance experience.


An opportunity to come together in community and group energy to share expansive embodied practices and to be witnessed in your experience.

Seasonal Women’s Retreats

Step away from the day to day to spend an afternoon immersed in seasonal inspired yoga practices, meditation, sound healing and Ayurvedic teachings guided by Kate.

We will explore the shift in seasons reflecting on our natural rhythm as it relates to Yoga & Ayurveda for women.

Gather together with women in a safe and sacred space as we explore when to cultivate deep rest & when to move, aligning ourselves with our inner compass, lunar cycles & seasons.

Training & Mentoring

20 hr Therapeutic Yin & Myofascial Release YTT

This yoga teacher training is suitable for those with a 200 hr YTT, health practitioners & dedicated students.

Coming Soon…

350 hr (with a 200 hr pathway), Women’s Yoga Teacher Training. A collaboration with Andrea Broadbear (yoga therapist & women’s health specialist).

HSY Satsung

A 4-month program to expand personal practice and use that renewed energy to funnel into your teaching and holding space for others. Open to Yoga Teachers and dedicated students.

Rising Shakti

A 6-month program for women to expand personal practice, vitality, well-being and consciousness through womb yoga (women’s yoga). An invitation to experience the yogic wisdom living within. Open to Yoga Teachers and dedicated students.

Body Work

1:1 body work

  • Osteopathy
  • Dry Needling
  • Cupping
  • Remedial Massage
  • Women’s Massage
  • Pregnancy + Postpartum Massage
  • Yoga Therapy
  • Sound & Womb Therapy

Our Crew

Kate Payne, Co Founder Higher States & Lead Trainer

Yoga Teacher, Trainer & Therapist

Kate is a qualified Yoga & Pilates Teacher, Trainer and Yoga Therapist. Specialising in women’s health (including pregnancy and postnatal), trauma sensitive yoga, and yin and myofascial release, Kate works 1:1 with clients often in collaboration with other modalities, using yoga, meditation, reiki, sound and massage. Kate is currently completing her Diploma in Remedial Massage (Oct 2019).

Dr Stewart Payne, Co Founder Higher States & Lead Trainer

Osteopath & Music Producer / DJ

Stewart is a Osteopath B.Sc (Clin Sc) M.H.Sc. (Osteo) with a background in exercise science and human movement. Stewart has a direct structural and functional approach to treatment with experience treating a wide range of conditions with particular interest in neck and shoulder pain, headaches/migraine and lower back conditions. He also holds qualifications in diagnostic ultrasound and dry needling.

Mia Dickson, Assistant Teacher & HSY Marketing Maven

Mia DicksonYoga Teacher & Videographer

Mia is a qualified Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release Teacher and women’s health advocate. She is a busy mum of 4, but has found her true life’s passion within the world of yoga. Mia believes in the practice of yoga to used as a medicine to heal and discover our inner and outer true self. With a strong passion for videography and social media, Mia has come on board as Assistant Teacher & Marketing Maven for Higher States of Yoga.