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.
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.
Michelle began yoga as she was seeking to find balance in life. It was when she was living in Los Angeles when she discovered the wonderful practice of hatha vinyasa yoga and meditation. 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 and 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. She has traveled to Mysore, India on several occasions to practice under the guidance of Ashtanga lineage holder R.Sharath Jois at KPJAYI. Michelle has undertaken the Hatha Vinyasa Yoga teacher training at The Yoga Space. She is a member of Yoga Australia and E-RYT500 & RPYT with Yoga Alliance.
Michelle is co-founder MindfulBirth, a Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia accredited Pregnancy and Post natal yoga teacher training course, with Dr Jean Byrne and has completed a Diploma of Childbirth Education. She has delivered MindfulBirth teacher training course in Australia and Asia for many years,. She is also furthering her learning through workshops with Active Birth proponent Dr Sarah Buckley, and has a deep interest in the diverse application of mindfulness practice in the various facets of life – work , family, community life and continues study from leading mindfulness teachers and researchers.
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!
In 2014 Odette travelled to Copenhagen to practice with Sharath Jois and she made her first trip to Mysore, India to practice with Sharath Jois in 2015, followed by multiple trips in 2016, 2017 & 2018. Odette is also the owner of The Yoga Space North, and an Authorised Ashtanga Level 2 Practitioner/Teacher and Level 2 member of Yoga Australia.
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.
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.
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.