Belinda started yoga with a Beginners Intensive at The Yoga Space in 2008 to help with lower back pain. She loved the Ashtanga method so much she continued on practicing Mysore with Jean & Rob. Her love of yoga led her to India in 2010 where she spent a month intensively undertaking a Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Point Ashram. During the intensive course she studied asana, pranayama, yoga nidra and chanting in addition to teaching methods and Indian Philosophy.
The following year Belinda decided to take her teaching and practice to the next level and enrolled in Yoga Space’s Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training course. Yoga is now an essential part of her daily life, enabling her to be more connected to herself, others and the world around her.
Belinda is also a qualified Yin teacher and has undertaken the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Course. She teaches Lunch, Yin Yang, Yin and Vinyasa classes at the school.
Gelina is a dedicated practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga and also our office manager!
She has trained with Jean & Rob for many years and made her first trip to Mysore in early 2015 to study with the daughter of Sri K Pattabhi Jois Saraswati Rangaswamy.
Gelina has undertaken Yin & prenatal training and practiced yoga throughout her pregnancy. Life is a balancing act of practice, teaching, and parenting.
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 the home of Sri K Pattabhi Jois and she became one of his students. She was blessed with Authorisation to teach this method in 2005 by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, and recently in 2015 received Level 2 Authorisation from Sharath Jois. Jean is dedicated to sharing the transformative power of Ashtanga Yoga taught in the traditional manner. She loves working with students and carefully and safely watching the way in which both mind, body and spirit open and unfold through practicing in the traditional manner. For her, if we follow the teachings of Jois without change, without engaging in opinion or conjecture, but with faith the benefits are manifold!
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 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 also an Honorary Research Fellow at UWA in Women’s Studies and 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.
Karen is passionate about sharing yoga with others so that they can experience it’s many benefits. She first begun yoga as a way to keep fit, like many others, but really experienced it’s life changing effects when going through pregnancy and found it to be a valuable source of strength during a stressful time in her life.
She completed her Hatha Vinyasa teacher training at The Yoga Space in 2014 which she found to be a transformative experience. She is also a qualified Yin Yang and prenatal teacher and is currently studying to be a yoga therapist. She has a particular interest in yoga for pregnancy & postnatal yoga and yoga for trauma.
She loves teaching pregnancy, therapy, Vinyasa and Yin yoga classes and believes that everyone should practice yoga because it offers them a method of achieving maximum wellness of body and mind.
Yoga has been a part of Katie’s life since her teenage years. She found a body scan tape and experimented with this before finding a teacher in her first year of Uni. When she joined The Yoga Space community in 2009 her practice moved from the sidelines to the centre of her day and life.
In 2012 she took a great plunge into the unknown and began the teacher training and started in the morning Mysore program. This was a life changing decision for Katie and she began, in earnest the great journey inwards. In 2014 Katie made the trip to KPJAYI to practice with Sharath Jois.
Katie is deeply grateful to the dedicated teachers at The Yoga Space and to Guruji and Sharath. She loves being a student and a teacher at The Yoga Space. The warmth of the community keeps her coming back to practice.
Katie is a qualified pre natal and Yin teacher. She is also a qualified social worker, has a masters in human rights and is working on a PhD. Lastly, but most significantly, she is supported by her partner Aaron and and they are parents to two daughters.
Kylie began practicing Vinyasa yoga which gradually became a regular part of her life. She loved the way it made her feel; healthy, strong and flexible. It helped her greatly with anxiety and also helped to reduce the intensity of migraines. It was these benefits that brought about curiosity of the practice of yoga. Wanting to delve deeper and learn beyond the physicality of yoga, Kylie came to enquire about teacher training.
She completed her Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training course at The Yoga Space. It was during this time that she became a Mysore student and really felt that her yoga practice changed to become more internally focused. Her morning practice sets her up for a clearer, more energetic day allowing yoga to also be part of her off the mat.
Her curiosity continues in her belief in always being a dedicated student of the practice of yoga and to the study of yoga. Kylie, her husband and two children made their first trip to Mysore in the 2015/2016 season.
Kylie teaches Tuesday lunch Core, assists Michelle on Thursday Ashtanga Led and covers Vinyasa classes.
Laila began the practice of yoga while at high school and found the benefits to be so great that yoga became a regular feature of her life. Laila began with a flowing Vinyasa style of yoga, before she was drawn to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. She is a dedicated student in the morning Mysore program and has completed a Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training course at The Yoga Space.
In 2011 Laila made her first trip to the K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India to undertake intensive Ashtanga Yoga, Sanskrit and Sanskrit chanting study, her second trip in 2012, third in 2013 and fourth in 2014. Laila is also a specialist kids and pre natal yoga teacher, assisting Jean in the Yoga for Pregnancy Baby and Beyond Teacher Training Program.
She has undertaken Yin Yoga teacher training and enjoys sharing the quiet practice of Yin yoga as a complement to more dynamic practices. Laila teaches Mysore, Vinyasa and Yin at Yoga Space and her classes accommodate all level of practitioners. She also teaches the Tuesday Ashtanga Beginners course and works at The Yoga Space as our Post-Graduate Mentoring program manager.
Michelle began yoga in 2004 in Los Angeles to balance out her stressful job establishing and managing her own Information Management consulting company. Through yoga she was able to connect with a part of herself that she thought she had forgotten due to the busyness of her life. Her interest in a love for yoga has grown exponentially since 2004 and upon moving to Perth in 2007 she found her ‘yoga home’ at The Yoga Space where she practices in the Mysore program.
Michelle has undertaken the Hatha Vinyasa Yoga teacher training at The Yoga Space and has a particular interest in pre and post natal, and yoga for Active Birth. Michelle has completed specialist pre natal yoga teacher training with Dr Jean Byrne and has completed a Diploma of Childbirth Education to become a certified Childbirth Educator with Childbirth International. She is also furthering her learning through workshops with Active Birth proponent Dr Sarah Buckley.
Michelle teaches pre natal, post natal and sometimes The Yoga Space corporate classes. Michelle has made three trips to Mysore, India to study at the KPJAYI with Sharath Jois. Michelle also delivers the Yoga Space Yoga Alliance Registered Pre Natal Yoga Teacher Training course in Australia and Asia. She is mum to Cassy, born in early 2010.
Odette started yoga at The Yoga Space in 2008 to help with stress and fatigue and has never looked back. Yoga is now an integral part of her life that helps her have more energy, handle stressful situations and live life more fully. Mainly, yoga just makes her happy!
She started in the morning Mysore practice with Jean and Rob in early 2009 and her morning practice is now a special part of her day to just breathe and be with no interruptions.
In 2012 Odette travelled to Copenhagen to practice with Sharath Jois, grandson of Pattabhi Jois and she made her first trip to Mysore, India to practice with Sharath Jois in 2015 and her second in 2016. In 2010 Odette enrolled in the Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training course and is now a loved teacher here at The Yoga Space. Odette is also the owner of The Yoga Space North.
Authorised Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Level 2 & Psychologist (Clinical)
Co-owner of The Yoga Space
BA, BJourn, GradDipPsych BSc(Psych)Hons, MPsych(Clinical)
Rob is a dedicated student and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga and is also one of the very few Australians with Level 2 Ashtanga Yoga teaching Authorisation. His guru, Ashtanga Yoga Master Pattabhi Jois granted him permission to carry on this precious lineage. He returns regularly to study in Mysore India, deepening his knowledge of Ashtanga Yoga, Sanskrit, Chanting and Indian Philosophy.
For Rob the Ashtanga Yoga practice is an amazing exercise in letting go, surrender and meditation in movement. It isn’t always easy or enjoyable, yet each day he returns to his mat he is grateful for having shared the teachings, and been in the presence of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. His Level 2 Authorisation enables him to teach Ashtanga Yoga with a deep understanding of the exact vinyasa counts, and personal understanding of the joys and difficulties on the lifelong journey of Ashtanga Yoga. He is currently teaching the Sanskrit counted led classes on Friday mornings for the Mysore students.
While working as a journalist in Asia Rob furthered his interest in meditation by undertaking silent retreats at various Buddhist monasteries and now as a Clinical Psychologist he integrates yoga and mindfulness meditation with traditional psychological therapies.
His research is focused on mindfulness and chronic pain and he co designed the Mindfulness Based Functional Therapy Program for chronic lower back pain.
Rob is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society and offers counselling to individuals and groups. He is also has the highest level of membership with Yoga Australia and is registered as a Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Rob is dad to Jamie and Jesse and when not doing or teaching yoga is at the park with Ebony (dog), Jesse, Jamie and seeing clients at Wisdom Health www.wisdomhealth.com.au.
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.
Sam began the practice of yoga in 2002 in the USA. She felt drawn to yoga and connected with the flow of Vinyasa practice and then later Ashtanga Yoga. She is a dedicated student in the morning Mysore program and made her first trip to the K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in 2010, where she studied Ashtanga Yoga, Sanskrit, Sanskrit chanting and anatomy for two months. She also has a a background in meditation and pranayama.
Having completed her Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training at The Yoga Space, Sam qualified as a pre natal and kids yoga teacher and enjoys teaching yoga to kids, adults and families. She has also completed training with Eric Schiffman.
For Sam the most important aspect of yoga is its value off the mat, in helping her work with the ups and downs of life and live more fully in the present moment. Sam also runs ‘Pop up Yoga on Beaufort’ using interesting and diverse spaces in Mt Lawley to deliver Yoga Class.
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.
Amy began yoga at the age of 23. She committed to a dedicated Ashtanga practice at The Yoga Space and become one of our early Ashtanga Led teachers. Amy has made two trips to study at the KPJAYI with Sharath Jois and is a dedicated practitioner of Yin Yoga. It was while in Rishikesh, India studying yoga that she fell in love with Yin and went on to complete further training in this area. She has since led Yin retreats in Australia and now presents on the topic of Yin in our Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training. For a number of years she shared her love of Yin Yoga in Melbourne. Now back in Perth and mum of Ezra (born 2014) she has returned to teach Ashtanga Yoga and share her love of Pregnancy Yoga and Yin at The Yoga Space. Amy is also a graduate of our Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training course and a Level 2 member of Yoga Australia.
Sarah has always had an interest in yoga, practicing with her mum when she was little. It was upon moving from Melbourne to Perth that she delved into practice trying a variety of styles and teachers. She found her yoga home at The Yoga Space and became a dedicated Mysore student, everything began to click. Initially it was the physical challenges that attracted her, and while she still enjoys the physicality of the practice yoga helps her to be a better person, more calm and loving in her life off the mat. She is a graduate of the Yoga Space’s Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training course, has undertaken Yin Yoga training and the Mindful Birth: Yoga for Pregnancy Birth & Baby training. She has travelled to the source of Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India to practice accompanied by her husband George. Sarah is an integral part of the growing Yoga Space community and you will see her teaching Ashtanga Beginners, assisting in Drop In Mysore classes and teaching covers at the schools.