Welcome to The Yoga Space
Find stillness in movement at our beautiful yoga studio in the heart of West Perth. Our love of yoga shines through in each class, with experienced teachers leading you on a journey back home. There is a class for every stage of life at our studio and we warmly welcome beginners and experienced students.
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Authorised Ashtanga Yoga Teacher (Level 2), Co-owner of The Yoga Space
B.A.Hons, Grad Dip Ed, Dip Childbirth Education, PhD.
Jean began practising yoga at the age of 19 while completing a Bachelor of Arts in World Religions and Philosophy. Her study of world religions led to an interest in yoga and meditation and she spent many years intensively studying yoga and meditation in India, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia. For many years she practiced Iyengar Yoga and was part of a dedicated Zen group.
Her academic and personal journey into Eastern philosophy and practice led her to Mysore, India and she is an Authorised Ashtanga Yoga teacher. Her teaching encompasses Restorative Yoga, Intuitive Flow and Vinyasa classes. Jean is dedicated to sharing the transformative power of Yoga and loves working with students and carefully and safely watching the way in which both mind, body and spirit open and unfold through practicing steadily.
Jean has lectured in Eastern philosophy at various Australian universities and has a PhD in Eastern Philosophy & Feminist Theory. She is a qualified primary school teacher, Childbirth Educator, a Yoga Alliance E-RYT500 and Registered Pre Natal Yoga Specialist Teacher, and a senior member of Yoga Australia (YA). Jean is also a certified Yoga Therapist.
Jean co ordinates the YA Teacher Training course at the Yoga Space and works with trainees over the year both in class and workshops to facilitate their pathway into becoming a loving, competent and kind yoga teacher. For her this can only happen with time, and thus the Yoga Space Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training is run over 12 months (minimum).
Jean is co-editor of the book, Yoga in the Modern World: Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge 2008). She writes for yoga magazines, yoga websites and academically her work is published in books and peer reviewed journals. She has undertaken the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Professional Training retreat with Dr Jon Kabat Zinn and conducts Mindfulness-Based research projects.
She is mum to two beautiful boys, Jamie & Jesse, and is passionate about women’s spirituality and the benefits of yoga for pregnancy, birth and beyond. Parenting is for her the ultimate practice of taking her yoga off the mat.
Rob Schutze is a Senior Yoga Australia Teacher, Authorised Ashtanga Teacher, Yoga Therapist and Clinical Psychologist. He is a Post Doctoral Fellow at Cutting University and explores the intersection of pain, psychology, physiotherapy and mindfulness. Rob runs the Psychology practice Wisdom Health Psychology.
Emma Cory is a dedicated practitioner of yoga and meditation. She has been practicing yoga for more than ten years and teaching since 2009.
She has a particular interest in women’s health and assists students in their pregnancy and birthing journey as a yoga teacher and is a certified Australian Doula. She embraces the opportunity to support women and their loved ones in their pregnancy and birthing journey.
Her own experiences in birth and as a mother of two beautiful girls influence her teachings and she warmly shares this journey with her students. Navigating pregnancy, motherhood, friendships, partnerships and careers are all part of the rich tapestry of life she lives and shares on and off the yoga mat.
Emma returned to her home of Scarborough in Perth in 2017 after spending several years living and working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where she taught yoga to western and eastern students as well as Saudi women.
One of her most powerful memories of her time her was assisting a friend and student in her birth at a Saudi Arabian hospital where women’s choices in childbirth need must be wisely navigated to honour the mother and her birthing journey.
During her time in the Gulf region Emma provided mentorship to the emerging community of female Saudi Arabian teachers as well as empowering everyday Saudi women to lead a life of purpose. She was also a contributor to the popular Yoga Life Middle East magazine.
Yoga Australia Level 2 Teacher
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 & ERYT 250 & RPYS
Stephen was introduced to yoga at the age of 16 and immediately felt a connection to its benefits. After some years of exploring the practice he dedicated himself to the traditional system of Ashtanga Yoga.
On his first trip to Mysore, India in 2006 he practiced with Guruji (Pattabhi Jois) before he passed in 2009. On Stephens 3rd and most recent trip to practice under Sharath Jois he delved deeper into the study of traditional chanting and sanskrit. Over this three month period his knowledge of Ashtanga Yoga deepened both in theory and practice.
Stephen is passionate about teaching Ashtanga Yoga in the traditional format as taught to him by his teachers, Guruji, Sharath and in Perth by Jean and Rob. He teaches the evening Ashtanga Led and co teaches the morning Mysore classes. He also finds Yin Yoga a complement to his daily ashtanga practice.
Stephen is registered with Yoga Australia and has completed Yin Yoga & Anatomy Teacher Training with Paul Grilley. He is currently a student of Physiotherapy at Curtin University and is very experienced in working with injuries in a Yoga context.
Saam started doing yoga and meditation in 1991 and spent several years in Asia practicing intensively during the 90’s. He has practiced a wide range of hatha yoga styles and meditation techniques, primarily Zen and Vipassanna.
Saam has spent extensive time practicing meditation and yoga in monasteries, centres and ashrams in Thailand, Malaysia, India, Australia and California. He began teaching in 1995 and his dynamic classes incorporate yoga and meditation techniques from all of the traditions he has studied. He is particularly interested in the links between mindfulness meditation and hatha yoga.
Currently Saam is an associate professor at UWA and teaches Vinyasa classes and meditation workshops at The Yoga Space. He is a Senior Member of Yoga Australia and has 3 young children.
Catherine began her yoga journey in 2003 in her home town of Belfast practicing the traditional Hatha yoga method. The sense of calm, clarity and peacefulness she experienced inspired her to explore a variety of yoga and mindfulness practices throughout her 20’s and into her early 30’s before a particularly transformative retreat invoked a deep intuition to teach and share yoga with others.
Catherine’s favourite affirmation is ‘A time for everything and everything in it’s own time’. With this in mind she enjoys a fusion of traditional and modern yoga practices at times connecting with the quiet, challenging and structured Ashtanga yoga series, at times embracing her enjoyment of music and flowing to her favourite rhythms in a creative Vinyasa but continually finding balance in the stillness practices of Yin yoga and Meditation. Finding refuge in the breath in practice and in life.
Seeing yoga as soul food for the mind, body and spirit Catherine practices because it makes her happier, more content and promotes a deeper sense of connection with herself and others. With a light hearted approach Catherine finds freedom and joy in the Lila (divine play) of life as a yogi, a teacher, a mother, a wife, a friend.
Dimi began practice in her home country of Malaysia at 23. Initially falling in love wiht the physical aspects of the practice yoga has become something much deeper for Dimi.
I explored many styles until I found Iyenagr yoga, and then upon moving to Perth I commenced an Ashtanga Yoga practice at The Yoga Space. I find a different kind of strength from my current practice. One where I can show up find softness and space even on a difficult day. The yang nature of ashtanga yoga has also allowed me to appreciate stiller practices a lot more, this includes meditation, yin and restorative practices which I am enjoying exploring.
My yoga practice has really become a part of me, riding the highs in life and supporting me in my lowest lows. I have always found a way back to myself through my practice in the changing phases and circumstances that life has thrown at me. This is really why I practice and why I am passionate about giving the gift of yoga back to others.