Anahata has been practising yoga for nearly 30 years, teaching yoga and meditation classes and retreats since 2002 and working as a yoga therapist since 2013. Anahata explores yoga as a full embrace of the whole mandala of life, that nourishes and integrates us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The fruits we gain from our practice include the ability to move well, breathe well, love well and live well from our innate wisdom and compassion.
Anahata is the Director of One Heart, a yoga and meditation studio based at the Abbotsford Convent. One Heart is also home to One Heart, One World a nonviolent social change project that aims to overcome violence and help create a world based on nonviolence and love. She is also one of the founders of The Peoples Charter to Create a Nonviolent World. Anahata is on the teaching faculty of the Academy of Yoga Learning and Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy. Since 2012, Anahata has run the Yoga of Birth: Teaching Prenatal Yoga: Graduate Certificate. She also provides sacred sound training and mentoring for yoga teachers. In her work as a yoga therapist, she specialises in women’s health, emotional and mental wellbeing, trauma recovery, support and empowerment for pregnancy and birth and finding life purpose. She also runs Theatreyoga workshops with Craig Mathewson www.theatreyoga.com
Anahata is a member of Yoga Australia as both a yoga teacher and yoga therapist. She has the following qualifications: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment; Diploma in Community Development; Somatic Psychotherapy Diploma; Certificate IV in Small Business Management and Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy. She has also done training with Amy Weintraub in Yoga for Anxiety and Depression and has completed 20 hours of training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga with the Trauma Center Yoga Program.
Aruna started practicing meditation and yoga in 1992. From 2001 to 2005 he spent large amounts of time with different spiritual teachers and at various pilgrimage sites in India, Nepal and Tibet.
Aruna’s approach to teaching meditation is radically simple and essential, having naturally evolved from a spiritual awakening in 1997. This awakening revealed and continues to reveal the essential nature, that can be described as an eternal presence, that is boundless and has no centre and is untouched by change or death.
Aruna has been teaching meditation and running retreats since 2007. He runs weekly meditation sessions, monthly urban retreats, Enneagram workshops and residential silent retreats near Healesville. He annually holds a 10 day silent retreat in South India in the month of February.
Aruna has a full-time practice in Rolf Method of Structural Integration Bodywork at the Abbotsford Convent. He also runs workshops on the Enneagram a system that gives deep and profound insights into human nature.
Patrick has been teaching yoga since 2004. Having studied many different styles and with many different teaches,he enjoys exploring a range of different practices, so that no two classes are ever the same. What remains constant, however, is a strong meditative focus. While always aiming to challenge students, he also encourages them to work in a way that is appropriate to their own abilities and circumstances, with the overarching aim of opening to a clearer understanding of their own deeper nature. Patrick is also a student of Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Zen, and is a trained practitioner of Mondo Zen Koan Dialogue Practice (developed by Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi). As well as weekly yoga and meditation classes, he also runs regular retreats both in Australia and abroad.
Renee’s yoga journey began as a teenager attending chanting evenings at Siddha Yoga Ashram in Fitzroy. After completing her BA in Performing Arts, her passion for movement, voice and breath continued into Group Fitness instruction, then Therapeutic & Prenatal Massage.
Renee has trained with John Ogilvie at the Byron Yoga Centre and Pondicherry, South India. The ‘Purna’ style incorporates a gentle and integrated approach to asana, breath and concentration, with a clear focus on safety and working with individual ability. Renee believes in a fun and exploratory approach.Her passion for Prenatal Yoga was born out of her own experience of becoming a mother and the ongoing joy and challenges that it brings. The subsequent Yoga of Birth training with Anahata Giri has inspired her passion to empower women on this individual journey with tools to help them stay focused on their ideal birthing experience. Renee is a certified member of Yoga Australia.
Kaela is the founder of Yoga Sparks and is a certified children’s yoga and partner yoga teacher (Rainbow Kids Yoga). She has had over 6 years experience working with children in dance, rhythmic gymnastics and the performing arts. Kaela has also completed studies in child and developmental psychology while undertaking a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne. Prior to founding Yoga Sparks, Kaela worked as a corporate lawyer for four years. During this time, she benefited immensely from the practice of yoga and mindfulness and wishes she had developed these skills at an earlier age. Kaela combines her passions in cultivating interactive, creative, dynamic and play-based yoga classes that are accessible to all.
Kaela offers kids and family yoga in schools, kindergartens, studios and homes across Melbourne.
A warm and engaging teacher, Kat has been teaching yoga since 2008 in Melbourne and Brisbane. She finds great joy in sharing this transformative practice that is yoga and in witnessing her students growing awareness of their body, breath and inner life, and feeling more vitally alive as a result of their practice.
Kat practices and teaches alignment-based vinyasa yoga. She enjoys the strength, spaciousness and aliveness that she experiences with this mindful and fluid practice. Kat has studied yoga in Canada, attended Vipassana retreats and, in 2008, graduated from a 2 year Advanced Diploma of Yoga teaching. She has also completed prenatal yoga and conscious birth training, Anusara Yoga immersions with Julie Smerdon, Yin Yoga and anatomy training with Jo Barnett, Anatomy and therapy training with Martin Kirk, and Yoga therapy with Tamara James at Yoga Physio. Kat continues to expand her knowledge of yoga and practice under the guidance of senior teachers. She is a registered teacher with Yoga Australia. She is also trained prenatal yoga teacher, yin yoga teacher and a mother of a vibrant 3 year old. The practice of deep presence guides her daily life and teaching.
Having experienced the transformative benefits of yoga and meditation in her own life, Amanda is passionate about assisting others to open the door to a life of connectedness, balance and flow.
Amanda’s approach combines, a knowledge of body alignment with the restorative benefits of meditative awareness. After 10 years of practising yoga, Amanda completed her yoga teacher training in 2012, in the Amrit Tradition. Amrit yoga emphasises the practice of bringing mindful meditative attention to Hatha yoga postures.
Amanda has devoted herself to a process of life-long learning and deepening of her practice. She is continually engaged in learning from inspirational yoga mentors, including Donna Farhi, Kaye Tribe and Anahata Giri. She is also inspired by Body-Mind-Centering® which she has studied with Alice Cummins. Amanda regularly attends meditation retreats in the Insight tradition with teachers Carol Perry, Subhana Barzaghi, Jess Huon and Patrick Kearney.
Amanda brings to yoga teaching her life experience as a mother and qualified social worker and counsellor, and her ‘moment-to-moment’ commitment to taking yoga from the mat into every facet of daily life.
“This body is not me
I am not limited by this body.”
Thich Nhat Hanh