A desire for greater flexibility drew Jo, Yoga Tree Perth owner, to yoga in her early 20s. But it was after a hot yoga class she felt the magic. She left with a sense of accomplishment, calm, and energy she’d never felt before. Her fascination with this ancient science of yoga took off.
Jo was working as an accountant and her family was experiencing some challenging times. Both made Jo think about her life and what she could do with it. This put her on the path of a nine week teacher training in Hawaii in 2007. And she’s been teaching ever since. Jo’s gone on to complete a 200-hour Power Living Vinyasa training, plus an additional 200 hours in India and has completed her pilates training. Jo loves the combination of yoga and pilates and its ability to balance herself and her students. She continues to be inspired by her teachers but also her students.
The practice and process of yoga has been so transformative for her. Jo hopes to encourage her students to cultivate the same devotion, passion, and trust to allow the transformation within them.
For Deb, things happen for a reason. After a long three-month recovery from major surgery, she returned to a high stress job and lasted one day. She realised working long hours wasn’t what was important to her. Then she found Bikram. Challenging is one way she would describe it. Determination took over and she returned the following day. That turned into attending classes at least 4 times a week. The changes physically were amazing and all of a sudden she had so much more patience at home, on the road, and at work.
October 2011 Deb joined the Yoga Tree family as a receptionist at the Joondalup studio. This inspired her to take a leap of faith and attend a teacher training in 2012 in LA. Teacher Training was one of the most fulfilling and life-changing things she has ever done. For Deb, teaching feels like her place in the world.
In 2014 she became a certified Bikram Yoga teacher after training in LA. For Nancy the 500-hour nine-week process was life changing and priceless. It allowed her to witness her mind, physical body, and spirit being in absolute balance. For Nancy, yoga is a way of life, it’s all encompassing. And she understands it’s a huge topic so continues to study. She became a certified 200 hours Yin Yoga Teacher in 2015, where she learned the importance of meditation. From there she went on to complete a further 300 hours in Hatha and Vinyasa in India in 2017.
Teaching Hot Yoga and Yin Yoga is now Nancy’s full time job. And she’s grateful that her job involves being able to guide people to their own transformative journey.
Hot Yoga (also known as Bikram) is a series of 26 postures that has been designed to systematically work every part of the body. It stimulates the organs, glands and nerves, moving fresh oxygenated blood to 100% of the body, restoring all systems to a healthy working order. It is a complete, holistic workout doing more for your body than you ever imagined possible! The studio room is heated to 39˚C allowing the muscles to warm for deeper stretching, it thins the blood to clear the circulatory system, allows the body to eliminate toxins, increases heart rate for a better cardiovascular workout, and improves strength. The meditative practice of stillness will calm and centre you, bringing together body and mind.