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Mal Yates

Mal started this journey as a farmer in Kojonup. Wanting to "dig a bit deeper," he travelled the globe for a couple of years, meeting some remarkable people and having lots of fun. Eventually settling in Santa Monica, California, he was invited to a Bryan Kest Power Yoga class and was immediately hooked by the energy and the feeling of wellbeing. 25 years later and over 5,000 classes taught and attended, he is still as excited about getting on the mat as ever. He feels that the truth, which we all are drawn to instinctively, lies hidden in the body. Yoga takes us there!  Mal teaches a strong, challenging and invigorating class, suitable for everyone. He believes yoga cures EVERYTHING! 

mal@yogaworx.com.au

 
 
 
 

Wendy Muir

Wendy's unique approach and dance-like sequences set her apart from the norm. She is breaking the mold of what a yoga class looks, sounds and feels like. From her themed classes, classes on the grass and retreats, Wendy creates seamless sequences that challenge and empower the entire body. With her many years of dance and personal Yoga practice, she is charged with creativity, sequence and flow. Finding balance between grounded poses, conscious breath, and playful self discovery she encourages students to fulfil their potential through expressive flow. This is what she strives to achieve in each of her classes.


Joy and lightness can be felt in her classes as she passionately encourages her students to push their limits, feel safe and strong. Wendy continues to study the art of Yoga, to further her teaching vocabulary and understanding of anatomy. She attends immersions and teachers' workshops and remains in the perpetual student mind, most recently with the incredible Les Leventhal, Seane Corn Janet Stone. "It is through all the amazing teachers that have inspired me and encouraged my journey, that I am here today. I am eternally grateful for all of the dance teachers, yoga goddesses, musicians and anatomy gurus that have helped raise my awareness."
She continues to weave the fabric of yoga into her life and is keen to share her love of yoga. She has four children, and along with her partner Mal, runs the popular Yogaworx in Perth.

wendy@yogaworx.com.au

 

 
 
 

Sacha Thompson

 

Sacha first found yoga after an early adulthood filled with instability. Through an intense early morning Mysore practice, first in Australia and then overseas, she found the anchor that she needed to connect and ground herself. After many years of the discipline of Ashtanga, Sacha began exploring other styles of the practice. Through dedication and simply showing up, turning the screws gently, she found the benefits of the practice began flowing back to her, achieving things  that she never had thought possible. Now after completing many trainings, along with a stretch of time living and teaching in Dubai, Sacha is doing what she loves best. She loves sharing the practice and seeing the look of happiness on  students' faces when they achieve something on their mats that they  thought was out of their reach. Sacha is  a dedicated and passionate teacher, who loves to help her students realise their full potential.

 
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Cody Cianfagna

Cody was trained on the beautiful coast of Byron bay completing her Cert IV 500 hr YTT . This training integrated both the physical and the spiritual aspects of these ancient and revered practices. In her classes, Cody skilfully  guides her students through asana, pranayama and meditation techniques to help calm the murmurings of mind and allow the focus to turn inward. 

Cody has travelled around the world experiencing at first hand the connections that can be made, with people sharing this human experience. Her travels inevitably brought her into closer connection with herself. She has chased her "wild-fire"  and felt drawn to teaching yoga,  as a natural progression. Cody soon learned that it was to be her Dharma ( Our Dharma is our true place in the cosmic process: in time, in space, in awareness, in thought, deed and desire) Cody aims to ignite that wild fire within each of us and help to discover what it is that moves us. Maybe even assisting students onto their Dharmic paths!

“Yoga is really an extension or a taste of my soul” she says.

 Having a consistent practice herself for many years she challenges you to question, to explore and to play. With a deep and soulful practice, hoping to uplift you along the way!

 

 

 
 
 

Louise Chapman

Louise’s yoga journey began in 2005 devoting herself to a strong physically challenging daily hot yoga practice to balance the demands of corporate management in Sydney. Out of necessity whilst pregnant with her first child, Louise began to explore other styles of yoga and found a deeper more spiritual aspect to her practice. Relocating to Perth in 2012 Louise completed her 750 hr Level One Hatha Vinyasa training. Louise has been fortunate enough to have practiced and studied with renowned international and local yoga teachers from different disciplines who have guided her own practice and inspired her to share this transforming art and science with others. Louise is passionate in the study of yoga literature, philosophy and meditation. She has taught Hatha/vinyasa, children’s yoga, chair yoga for seniors and holds certificates in Reike 1 Usui system of Natural Healing and Mindfulness Meditation.

Louise takes inspiration for her classes from being aware of the world around her and being present in it. Alongside life, the study of ancient text and philosophy inspire her to create an environment for all levels and ages to align to a deeper sense of contentment, compassion, connection and bliss. Louise believes that yoga doesn’t change you into a better version of yourself but removes the obstacles that conceal your true nature. 

Most significantly her husband Derek has supported Louise tirelessly & her greatest accomplishment is being a mum to their 2 children. Holding a deep respect for the community of students and teachers of Yogaworx, Louise is honoured to be part of the Yogaworx team.

 
 
 

Kylie Whitfield

After only a few months of regular practice Kylie knew she had to share the gift of yoga with others. Over the last 10 years life has lead her on an exploration of self, through meditation, training and practicing in a variety of energy healing modalities as well as deeper esoteric/spiritual studies. Yoga however has been that piece of the puzzle that makes all the other pieces fit better and shine brighter.

With continuous support, encouragement  and inspiration from the Yogaworx team she completed her teacher training in 2013. Kylie's vinyasa flow classes are an extension of her spirit and passion for deep inner transformation and connection to our true selves. An offering to explore your own intuitive guidance system through a creative blend of these sacred shapes (asana), conscious breathing, energy work and imagination. Tapping into the "healer" that exists within all of us Kylie hopes to inspire, uplift and bring light to those areas that need it most.

 
 
 
 

Simone Schroeter

Simone’s yoga exploration started, unromantically. As a uni student following videos in her living room with two smiling yogis, who were stretching in matching outfits on a beach, the sound of (fake) waves in the background. Eventually she found her way into a group class, immediately realising the power that yoga offered was so much more then a good stretch. In 2012 Simone began a 2 year YTT course, to deepen her knowledge of yoga philosophy, as an antidote to corporate life. This altered what the practice of yoga meant to her as she felt powerful changes in all areas of her life. Simone began immersing herself in as many different teachings and workshops as possible.

On teaching her first group of students she was captivated by the reciprocal power of sharing yoga with others. While guiding them to breathe deeply, they reminded her to do the same. While encouraging them to dig deeper she felt compelled to go deeper herself! Simone offers a delicioius flowing vinyasa class with a mix of nourishing holds and smooth transitions. She provides an opportunity to share with students ways to surrender, to balance between active & passive and finding a calm, clear, quiet space within themselves. 

Simone teaches from a deep place of connectedness that they can easily transfer from the mat into daily life.

 
 

Sarah Hill

Sarah first came across yoga in Melbourne during her early teens, establishing the technical foundations of her practice through Iyengar and Hatha yoga.

At 19, she travelled to India to study Hatha yoga and Ayurveda, where she also completed her first formal teacher training. Since then, Sarah has been teaching and continuing to explore and train in other forms of yoga and movement, finding a particular resonance with the dynamic strength of Ashtanga yoga. She is a STOTT-trained instructor of Pilates (mat and equipment-based exercises), and spent several years teaching rehabilitative exercise in physiotherapy clinics in Brisbane and Perth. She has now been living in Perth for nine years, where she works full-time as a medical doctor.

Sarah's classes offer a somewhat rigorous and challenging practice, whilst maintaining accessibility for everyone of varying levels of experience and ability. There is an emphasis on the physical aspects of biomechanical technique, alignment and breath-work, which set the foundations for creating a flowing, meditative and dynamic practice, moving with the breath.

 
 
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Courtney Hahipene

When Courtney teaches it comes from the heart. Her classes are creative and challenging with a gentle and joyful approach. 
Inspired by the ever changing seasons and moon cycles, her classes too, are always changing, receptive and intuitive.  She feels constantly inspired by the students who show up on their mats and is motivated by her their dedication.
 Courtney believes Yoga is truly an internal practice that allows one to reach a state of "cid ananda" (joyful awareness) Her teachings reflect her awareness for safe anatomical alignment. Her passion for the psychology and  the "energetic anatomy" of the practitioner is evident in her offerings.

"This practice has transformed my life in so many ways. My purpose is therefore to evolve and share my knowledge of this poetic and potent pathway." Her passion for this sacred practice is contagious and she will take you along, if your'e willing!

- Yoga is a journey of the self, through the self, towards the self.

Sat Nam!  (there is only one constant)

 

 

Karen Grant

Teaching from the heart, Karen loves to combine creative sequencing, yogic philosophy and some humour into her classes. After all, yoga is fun too! Trained in the ISHTA lineage of yoga (Integrated Science of Hatha Tantra and Ayurveda), a class with Karen will leave you feeling peaceful, balanced, nourished and content regardless of how you arrived on the mat. 

Karen found yoga in her early twenties (or maybe it was the other way around) after a childhood that had more downs than ups. However, since committing to teacher training, it has absolutely transformed Karen’s life, with the most valuable lesson being self-love. 

Karen acknowledges the amazing teachers who have helped her on her yoga journey and continues to learn every single day recognising that she is now an eternal student of yoga. 

TKV Desikachar’s quote, best sums up how yoga has impacted Karen’s life: 

“The success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships”. 

Karen teaches a range of weekly classes including Hatha Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative.

 

Ella Liascos

From our Port Town Freo, travel marked the last five years of Ella’s life. The open mind she grew from exploring new places and meeting different kinds of people led her to discover dance. Finding new ways of movement became a source of joy and a place of uninhibited expression. Knowing there was more to be found in movement, breathing and meditation, she naturally progressed towards Yoga. It wasn’t long before the expanding and untangling effects of the practice began to unfold. After thousands of hours of practice, Ella went to India and parked herself in a hut in the jungle to study with Jagjeet Singh and Chidanand Bubanale for a month. Since then, her intention to teach is to share the same gentle guidance she received, so people can take from it what they need.

Ella will always be a student of the practice and is deeply grateful for the loving wisdom her teachers have shared with her.

 

 

Bernard Kong

Hi all, nice to meet you! I came to yoga from a dynamic, competitive sports background like a lot of us probably have in this modern society. I carried a lot of injuries and misconceptions about my physical body into my practice but as I progressed, as much as the physical ailments subsided, there came a much deeper understanding of the vanity of these vessels we inhabit.

As we open our minds and come to terms with the temporary nature of our bodies – the strength, the flexibility, the aesthetic – we also become aware of the associated mind states – pride, anger, frustration and others – that are also temporary, malleable, mutable. Through the use of our bodies and becoming an objective witness to our own selves when these emotions and mind states present themselves, we can begin to uncover their origins and grasp the necessary accountability of our life and mind’s history.

We are the culmination of every single decision we have made to this exact point in our lives. We journey inwards towards stillness, so we can move from stillness.

 

Allicia Harris

"From the moment Allicia took her first yoga class, she realised something deeper than the physical elements of yoga had been unearthed. It was the connection between the breath and movement that captured her attention and lead to a whirlwind journey to discovering everything and anything about yoga. In 2014, she completed her teaching training to deepen her knowledge and as an escapism from corporate life.

 

Allicia is particularly passionate about yin yoga, having immersed herself in study under the tutelage of Jo Phee. Allicia teaches and practices with a focus on it's benefits of slow, mindful movement, connection of breath and in honouring ones own body to allow for space and balance. She hopes to encourage her students to look beyond the physical asanas and to discover the practice as a place where we can observe ourselves and learn true self-acceptance and compassion."

 
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Julia Watson

Julia brings a deep wisdom to her yoga practice, underpinned by study in Vinyasa yoga, Human Movement, Ayurveda and Bowen Therapy, but most importantly via an insatiable thirst for self-enquiry. Julia’s classes balance a passion for anatomy with a freedom of movement; a seriousness for philosophy with a light-hearted delivery, as she creates a platform where there is no claim or authority on what the healing process and yoga practice might look like to the individual – simply an invitation to play. There is an incessant desire to ask of the body, spirit and mind, to yield to the shape, the asana, the breath, and the space that is held just beyond our edges, to melt into the knowing that we are enough, we are whole and we are connected. Yoga is the tool, the platform for deep yet playful enquiry within, and this journey is one Julia is honoured to share with you. 

 

 
 
 

Greg Jarema

Greg Jarema has just arrived in Perth from the United States.  He brings with him a passion for teaching Vinyasa, Kundalini, Yin, and Hatha classes that infuse a dance-style flow with spirituality and meditation to elevate students through movement and music.  Greg completed a Vinyasa certification in New York City as well as a 220-hour training in Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan® in Orlando, Florida.

All of Greg's classes are designed to inspire connection, humor, storytelling, music, spirituality, and community.  With a career background in theater and dance, you can tell in a second that Greg knows how to take you on a journey. He earned his B.F.A. in Drama from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has spent the past four years as a performer and dance captain with Disney and Universal Studios.

If you like your sweat with a side of enlightenment, then Greg's classes are for you!

 

Sylvia Soltyk

A former academic and teacher at university, Sylvia decided to leave the uni text books and swap them for a yoga mat in search for greater balance in her life after struggles with anxiety and stress. Her healing and yoga journey took her to India where she completed her yoga teacher training at the foothills of the Himalayas. Sylvia is trained in holistic hatha yoga and has a passion for yin yoga. Her teaching focuses on bringing balance and harmony to our minds and bodies through both holistic and slow asana and pranayama infused with yoga philosophy and emotional wellbeing. Get in touch with your intuition, emotions and wellbeing through this practice. Sylvia is honoured to be part of the Yogaworx community.