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, 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.


Udana Vayu

A yin yoga journey to awaken sushumna nadi (our central energy channel located in our spine and home to our 7 major chakras).

Rising 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.

Higher States of Yoga Immersion (Bali)

Sink into Self and experience the art of yoga & sound for 5-days in the sacred lands of Bali. This 5-day immersion is for those wanting to deepen their yoga practice without completing a yoga teacher training.


20 hr Therapeutic Yin & Myofascial Release YTT

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

1 Day Therapeutic Yin & Myofascial Release Allied Health Professional Development

This training provides the fundamentals of yin yoga & myofascial release as it relates to clinical practice.

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. She is a Senior Teacher at Lighten Up Yoga in Townsville and Senior Facilitator for the Lighten Up 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training. 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.