“In the end only 3 things matter, how deeply you’ve loved, how gently you’ve lived and graciously you let go of the things just not meant for you.”
Hello and welcome to Westside Yoga. I am the founder and proud owner of this amazing Yoga School, which is created around living a more conscious and blissful life.
I am a deeply passionate full time yoga teacher with over 15 yrs experience and I love what I do! My teachings extend across many aspects of traditional yoga including Hatha Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Meditation and Yogic Philosophy. My classes have been described as warm, accessible, challenging, thought provoking and deeply connected.
My training includes:
- Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching Australian Yoga Academy
- Bachelor of Human Movement Studies from University of Queensland
- Qualified Exercise Physiologist
- 100 hour Yin Teacher Training Certificate with Mysan Sidbo
- Training and study in India
My life is balanced by the Ocean. I’m a lifetime surfer with a deep affection and affinity with the Ocean. “The connection between the energy of the Ocean and the energy of the Self is seamless. Surfing in many ways is Yoga on a board”.
Being able to teach yoga is something that I’m eternally grateful for, but equally in my opinion you can only continue to teach if you continue to be the student. I try to do this by seeking out the best yoga teachers, philosophers, and thinkers from around the world and then infusing those teachings into my own personal practice and teachings.
Look forward to meeting you and sharing this extraordinary journey of Yoga.
Omm Shanti x
We love this humble silver fox because he is a pioneer in the yogi game, bringing yoga back to it's simple roots. Mark offers as authentic space for people from all walks of life to open up in his soulful Yin yoga class.The Lululemon Team– Highpoint
The kind of teacher who wraps his students up - sometimes with blankets, other times with love, understanding, compassion, gentle touch or knowing listening.Sara– Facebook
Mark Pheely will always hold a place in my heart... Truly special... so many lives touched.Casey– Facebook
"Your life. Love it. From the hurt to the wonder. From the bone to the flower. Love it with everything you’ve got. It’s yours."
– Nayyirah Waheed
I teach yoga because I have experienced first hand the potential for the practice to nourish, ground and enhance our lives. I see the practice of yoga as a therapy for healing and unraveling the complications that got in the way of our essential experience of unity and joy.
In my experience the practice that we do on the mat is so closely integrated to the way that we move through our lives, and thus, our practice has the power to bring us back into conscious awareness of how we want to experience each moment that inevitably adds up to be our life.
In my teachings and my own practice, I recognize the constant work it takes to stay true to ourselves, and practice living from a place of authenticity. As human beings, we are far from perfect, and I try to consistently remind myself and my students to be patient on this journey. I attempt to teach from a place of compassion that recognises that we are all in different bodies, moving forward from different experiences, therefore, there is not one form of asana or practice that can accommodate us all on any given day.
I combine my teaching of yoga with knowledge I’m learning in my current studies in Shiatsu and Oriental Medicine. This insight enables a diverse and holistic approach to self-care and natural wellbeing.
I’ve been lucky enough to have many knowledgeable and inspiring teachers along the way. I’ve studied Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama, Ayurveda, as well modern yoga anatomy. I am a teacher, but first and foremost I am always a student.
I attempt to let my students find space on their mats to unravel, settle in, open up or just let it out. I always hope that in the end the classes I teach inspire students to simply find their own way deeper into a practice that they love.
Having come from a background of dance and circus, Karina is a lover of movement. Yoga was the evolution of that love. Karina completed her teacher training at AYA in Melbourne in 2010, before travelling extensively throughout India where she studied further Yoga Teacher Training, and applied and theoretical Ayurveda, as well as spending time deepening her spiritual practices.
The eternal student, Karina has since taken up in-depth studies in Anatomy and Physiology, Biomechanics, Health Sciences, and is currently completing her B.A in Chinese Medicine.
Her interest in teaching yoga is the facilitation of bringing the meditation experience out into the physical experience on the mat; allowing the inward journey to inform the outward journey.
Having lived here on the Westside for the better part of a decade, she loves the realness of our yoga community. We all come here with our battles, our challenges, and our mind stuff, but we drop in side by side with each other and be ourselves.
Having worked as a health and fitness athlete, coach and professional for more than 10 years, I have had the joy of later witnessing my own body, mindset and life literally transform through my own personal yoga practice at the Australian Yoga Academy under the inspiring guidance of AYA Principal Dominique Santana Salerno and Senior Facilitator Mark Pheely.
After completing my Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teacher Training with AYA in 2014, I conducted specialist private and semi-private yoga therapy sessions in addition to hosting major Lifestyle and Wellness Retreats for select groups.
In 2016 I was honoured to become a member of the permanent teaching team at AYA, at the same time undertaking a Post Graduate Advanced Teacher Training degree under the auspices of Jenni Morrison-Jack at Melbourne’s Ihana Yoga.
I have had the privilege of participating and practicing in a variety of workshops and trainings with many amazing teachers such as Simon Borg Olivier, Nikki Knoff, James Bryan, Duncan Peak, Tiffany Cruikshank, Emma Power, Mysan Sidbo, Les Leventhal and Ana Forrest to name just a few.
I am in LOVE with our planet and all living things (especially people and dogs!) and I am ever-fascinated by the human mind-body connection. I thrive on experiences and am constantly focusing and refocusing on personal and professional development through yoga in all its forms, and all trainings that promote the nourishing and nurturing of body, mind and soul.
I express this through practicing what I preach and sharing as I teach on this amazing journey called YOGA.
To teach is to become the eternal student, constantly exploring, evoking, and evolving.
Yoga, meditation and art are my greatest teachers and source of unbounded passion and wisdom. I have found my dharma in teaching yet I’m not sure we ever truly teach a thing. I believe teachers hold space for students to connect with their experience, to guide them to dive ever deeper into their practice and to become the silent witness of the innate wisdom which resides within each of us.
Our lives have a way of showing up for us on the mat, the past and the stories we tell ourselves become not only who we are but show up in our biological makeup. Our biography becomes our biology.
Yoga is so much more than something we ‘do’ it’s a way of life, the way we connect with ourselves, others and to something greater.
Lauren is a Yoga, Meditation and art teacher with over eight years of experience worldwide. She’s a Deeksha practitioner and has studied various forms of Meditation including Mindfullness, Chakra and Vedic meditation. Lauren’s dharma is to teach through the mediums of art and yoga (eight limbed path) to awaken and connect students to their innate creative intelligence. Lauren founded and owns ‘NamARTste’ which explores the transformative power of creativity through the boundaries between art and yoga.
Josh has garnered quite a following in Melbourne where he is known for his energetic, transformative and inspiring classes. Deeply respectful of the origins of yoga and acutely aware of modern day needs, Josh brings everyday balance and flow to his teachings.
Forever a student, Josh spent time training in L.A with acclaimed Black Dog Yoga and global training hub Sri Dharma Mittra at Dharma Yoga Centre in New York City, as well as taking many trips to India to connect with the origins of this ancient practice.
One of his talents lies in supporting and facilitating teachers and students of all levels to embrace their fears through focusing on alignment, technique and gaining a deeper understanding of the purpose and place of each asana. Josh’s commitment to a daily practice and his own desire to deepen his own knowledge makes him an inspiring teacher.
Josh’s passion is to guide people to a place where they can feel more connected to themselves. In this quest to facilitate a higher state of consciousness in his students, he brings pranayama, meditation and kirtan to his classes.
Josh’s personal mantra is fostering a deep connection to self as he believes when this occurs, we can begin to live life in a state of balance and flow.
I am an outdoor adventurer and lover of all forms of challenge. I seek deep conversation and enjoy learning about all facets of human experience. I feel that honesty, integrity and openness are my favourite traits in humans. I also have a deep respect for animals and nature. You will often find me exploring outside, snapping photos, eating croissants, dancing and sky gazing.
I believe yoga to be an internal practice which brings one back to themselves and into flow with the natural world. Alongside many years as a student of yoga, I also studied Health Science and Chinese Medicine and would like to study Astronomy in the near future. I believe yoga and meditation have the ability to change humanity through providing a foundation from where we can be our most genuine selves and learn to live outside of our fears and conditioning.
My classes are a fluid, moving meditation, balancing strength and deep release through alignment and correct muscle action to improve mobility and performance. My classes promote self reflection and internal wisdom.
Irene Ais has spent 15 years exploring the ancient practice of yoga and takes her students on a journey to discover the power it has to transform lives.
Irene’s mantra is founded on awareness – she believes our relationship with life transforms when we begin the journey of self discovery.
Her extensive time studying the mind and body through yoga, physiotherapy, AcroYoga and Pilates adds a unique dimension to her teachings. This knowledge coupled with an innate understanding of the mind/body connection makes for a powerful combination.
Irene is passionate about helping students navigate physical poses whilst offering an invitation to drop into the energetic practice. The layers inherent in her teaching draw participants out of the thinking mind and present an experience of deeper self-awareness.
Irene’s strong Hatha Yoga classes will challenge students to explore their edge and find the joy in movement, whilst she focuses on finding each practitioners‘ unique alignment.
Irene has been facilitating 200hr trainings for 3 years, regularly leads advanced teacher immersions and is the creator of the sold out Therapeutic Yoga for Health Professionals course.
Yoga is practicing stillness through movement in order to reveal the potential residing in the truth of who we are.
I teach Asana, Pranayama and Meditation to allow people to feel connected with their body-mind. With a passion for movement and dance, I am interested in the physical practice of Yoga and the effect on Asana and Breath on both body and mind. I also practice Vedic Meditation, and I firmly believe in the power of transformation that it offers.
I hope my students feel inspired in their heart, spacious in their body and fearless in expressing this both on and off the mat.