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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.

 

It was in the middle of a long hot summer that Robbie attended her first hot yoga class. It took a long time to get used to doing yoga in the heat but she found it to be a complete workout, a journey, and a life changer. Her health improved as she allowed the practice and her teachers to create a space for change, both physically and mentally.

Robbie attended a Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2013. Not wanting to stop the learning journey she went on to complete a 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training at Power Living and is working her way through the 500-hour pathway. In 2017 Robbie commenced a Cert IV in Matwork Pilates through Polestar Pilates Australia. She plans to continue in this direction with possibly a Diploma and courses on Reformer and Studio work.

If you had told Robbie 10 years ago that she would be a yoga teacher, own an incredible studio, and have this much lycra, she would have laughed until she cried.

 
Kat is an enthusiastic and holistic minded yoga teacher of both Bikram (Hot Yoga) & Yin Yoga styles. Since graduating from Bikram’s College of India in Fall 2011 Kat has taught in studios all around Australia as well as in the UK. Yoga has played a transformational healing role in Kat’s life that has seen her go from city party girl to holistic wellness advocate. Having mentored with some of the best senior teachers from Australia and around the world, Kat is always keen to expand her knowledge and education to pass onto the students. Outside of the yoga room, Kat is a Usui Reiki Master & intuitive healer. Combining her passions for metaphysics and movement Kat weaves into her classes her love for the Chakras, Chinese Meridians and current energy forecasting.
 
Kanako, originally from Japan, practiced a number of styles of yoga before she found Bikram. When she did however, it was love at first class. From there her passion and even obsession with the practice grew and she finds that yoga makes her a healthy, strong, better and positive person and yoga is now part of her life.  Kanako feels truly humbled and grateful for the opportunity to share this with others.

With certifications in Bikram Yoga, Power Vinyasa and Yin Yoga, she teaches in a way that encourages students to share the positive energy, have fun and explore their maximum potential by trying the right way in the moment of stillness.

Before embarking on her first teacher training in September 2011, she was daunted by the idea of standing in front of a class, but she took inspiration from her many teachers and then her fellow trainees and she knows that anything is possible when it’s done with love and passion. She now wants to inspire students through teaching and practicing together

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.

 
Nancy started Bikram yoga in 2012. She was overwhelmed with emotion after her first class. She felt revitalised, re-energised, and reborn. The shifts started from there. She quit alcohol in August 2013. Plus quit her job in the childcare industry. A regular yoga practice transformed her entire lifestyle. Everyday became amazing.

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.

 
 
After an injury and feeling like a stranger in her own body, Sophie decided to give Bikram Yoga a try. It's a day she will never forget. The heat, the confrontation of looking at herself in the mirrors, and the feelings that surfaced. It was a lot. But it only took one class and her world changed forever.
She’d always been drawn to a more calm, healing, and authentic way of living. She now knows that her heart and soul knew long before her mind did that she was meant to teach yoga. Sophie trained in Thailand for 9 weeks to become a Certified Bikram Yoga Teacher (500hrs). It was the biggest challenge she had ever put herself through spiritually, physically, and mentally.
Sophie is passionate about making a difference in this world in as many ways as possible and she’s honoured to have yoga to share with the world.
Lee-Anne is mum of three, a naturopath with over 15 years clinical experience, and her yoga practice dates back as far. Certified in Yin Yoga, Rainbow Family and Kids Yoga (Vinyasa), Core + Hot Pilates, Yoga Tune Up®, The Roll Model Method®, PT, BSc (Nat), Thai Yoga Massage, and a broad range of manual therapies, Lee has a solid understanding of anatomy, physiology, human movement, and pranayama.

She teaches from a functional perspective, based in anatomy. You’ll embody the muscle, fascia or function of each pose in Lee’s class. Lee also recognises that each individual is different and can help students find shapes that suit their individual bone structure, injuries/tensions, and flexibility.

When she’s not working she’s at the park or beach with three kids, playing acro yoga or enjoying the gymnastics of crossfit.

You can find Lee at www.facebook.com/synergiahealth and www.facebook.com/fasciaist.

 
The yogic and spiritual pathway is one that started as a child for Mandi and one she has always returned to whenever she feels she has needed to find herself again. Through life experience and many forms of study Mandi has cultivated deep interest in spiritual growth and alternative healing, especially around trauma, addiction, and suffering.
She draws from her own life to offer a diverse, intuitive based Sacred ‘mystyle’ of yoga infused with spiritual teaching and healing. She teaches breath-focussed movement, encouraging students to let go of what holds them back and to become more mindful in every moment.
Mandi teaches yoga and meditation to all people - children, teenagers, adults, disabled, and the elderly. She utilises sound, smudging, crystals, oils, mantra, and meditation in her sessions. She has been teaching since 2012, is 800hr, Cert 4 trained, and holds independent qualifications in meditation.
 
 
Renae found Ashtanga yoga in 2002. In the early years, Renae practiced to stretch after running and boxing but also enjoyed the physical challenge that Ashtanga provided. As the years rolled on and her studies and later work as a Primary teacher became more demanding, she found herself retreating to yoga to become centred and release stress and anxiety.

After teaching in the Pilbara for two years and feeling ‘burnt out’ yoga became a form of therapy. After experiencing a major life turn-around she decided she would combine her love for yoga and her passion for children’s education and embark on her Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 at the Yoga Space. It was here she was able to totally commit to yoga and developed a strong and much deeper practice and understanding of yoga and meditation.

Renae teaches Yin Yoga, Hatha Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, and Power Yoga. She specialises in Children’s Yoga and teaches Mindfulness Courses in schools. She caters to all levels by providing modifications and enjoys working closely with individuals to help them feel safe and challenged in their practice.

 

Astrid found yoga in 2001 and has completed over 400hrs of yoga teacher training since including Yin with international teacher Jo Phee. Her main love is ashtanga yoga. It’s the weaving of the breath throughout the practice that got her hooked on this style and the belief that the body and breath are intimately connected with the mind. By controlling the breath and holding the body in steady poses creates harmony. Yoga encourages a holistic view of the body and promotes a positive self-awareness. Yoga gives Astrid the means to stay focused and calm, strong and healthy.

Astrid believes the power of positive thought can bring balance to busy modern lives - her goal is to help students find that same balance.

 

Jean-Paul moved to Perth from the Seychelles Islands in 2005. He tried out Bikram yoga and after the first class vowed never to come back, as he was on his knees for most of the class. But strangely felt this intense feeling of bliss later that night. He decided to try bikram again the next week - eventually was planning his day around Bikram.

Bikram bought a lot of clarity to Jean-Paul’s life. There became a clear separation between work and home life, he had a greater appreciation for the smaller things in life, and became a happier person generally.

When his local studio started offering vinyasa classes. It blew him away. Eventually Vinyasa become his main practice. Six months later he was drawn into the teacher-training program. Midway through the training, he realised teaching was something he truly loved doing. Jean-Paul teaches Vinyasa in addition to his day job. He loves the balance.

Krushi remembers her first Bikram class being a very hot and very sweaty experience. But she walked out of the room feeling amazing. Since then, Krushi’s practice has given her energy, positivity, and has been incredibly healing both mentally and physically.

Krushi completed her Core+ Hot Pilates teacher training in December 2015 and still says it’s one of the best decisions she’s ever made. It not only opened her life to a whole range of beautiful people, it has also been the perfect complement to yoga. Teaching has inspired her to further her yoga journey and she hopes to be teaching yoga soon.

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