“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 Im 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.
I teach yoga because I believe in the power of asana and meditation to ground, to enliven, and to bring us back home into our bodies. In my experience, it’s not so much the ‘level’ of yoga or meditation that we can achieve in our practice, but rather the gentle journey towards compassionate thinking and living that is transformative.
I love working with students at all levels of experience, and aim to teach classes that are inclusive, welcoming and inspiring for beginners through to experienced yogis. A former high school teacher and community worker, I am currently completing postgraduate studies in psychology. I have a specific interest in the potential of yoga and somatic therapies to frame self-care, to heal trauma, and to empower through body-mind reconnection.
Jen’s love of yoga began in her 20’s when travelling through India but it did not become part of her life until her pregnancy in 2009. She strongly believes in the physical, emotional and health benefits of yoga. She has been teaching since 2012.
Jens philosophy to yoga is that it is a practice of exploration. On the mat we have the opportunity to look within to explore the internal landscapes of our bodies and minds. Sometimes we find joy, sometimes we find tears and sometimes we find strength we didn’t know we had. The practice should be light hearted it is an opportunity for growth, discovery and change.
In addition to her Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teacher Training she has also completed Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training for Conscious and Sacred Birth, Certificate in Meditation and Yoga for Children Teacher Training. She is also exploring the world of Tantra and Kundalini practices.
In her free time Jen loves to explore this city, country and great big wide world with her son. They love to travel, visit art galleries and create adventures in the great outdoors.
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.
Liv has been a mover from a young age, holding a passion for any kind of dancing since she was eight. Having been encouraged by a friend to attend a yoga asana class a few years ago, she has never looked back.
Liv believes that this practice provides the unique opportunity to combine fluid movement, consciousness of breath and learning to be present that we can all translate into our daily lives.
Liv’s favourite yoga pose is dancing warrior because it encompasses a feeling of beauty, lengthening and a sense of humble power. Her favourite foods are carrots and raw chocolate and she may even experiment with mixing them together!
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.
Having trained as a visual artist, my yoga journey un-expectantly began when I discovered the significant benefits of a regular practice. This led me to investigate different yoga styles and concepts. Over time I developed a strong connection to Yin Yoga in particular and this continues to inspire my teaching process.
When I’m not absorbed in all things yoga my other passions and sources of inspiration are; art, travel, spending time with family and loved ones, nature, and drinking endless cups of tea.
I look forward to continuing this journey with such an incredible community of fellow yogis.
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.
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.