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.
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.
Elena Pinto is a long-term practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga. Her practice has evolved through motherhood and ageing and she refines the practice to suit the student she is working with.
Elena has studied with Sharath Jois both on tour and in Mysore India and besides Jean and Rob is the most long-term practitioner we have ever had on our teaching team. Each year she continues her Ashtanga studies and undertakes mentoring with Jean Byrne and Laruga Glasser to teach Mysore in a safe, inspired and supportive way.
Find her on the mat teaching our morning Mysore program.
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