A desire for greater flexibility drew Jo, Yoga Tree Perth owner, to yoga in her early 20s. But it was after a hot yoga class she felt the magic. She left with a sense of accomplishment, calm, and energy she’d never felt before. Her fascination with this ancient science of yoga took off.
Jo was working as an accountant and her family was experiencing some challenging times. Both made Jo think about her life and what she could do with it. This put her on the path of a nine week teacher training in Hawaii in 2007. And she’s been teaching ever since. Jo’s gone on to complete a 200-hour Power Living Vinyasa training, plus an additional 200 hours in India and has completed her pilates training. Jo loves the combination of yoga and pilates and its ability to balance herself and her students. She continues to be inspired by her teachers but also her students.
The practice and process of yoga has been so transformative for her. Jo hopes to encourage her students to cultivate the same devotion, passion, and trust to allow the transformation within them.
It was in the middle of a long hot summer that Robbie attended her first hot yoga class. It took a long time to get used to doing yoga in the heat but she found it to be a complete workout, a journey, and a life changer. Her health improved as she allowed the practice and her teachers to create a space for change, both physically and mentally.
Robbie attended a Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2013. Not wanting to stop the learning journey she went on to complete a 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training at Power Living and is working her way through the 500-hour pathway. In 2017 Robbie commenced a Cert IV in Matwork Pilates through Polestar Pilates Australia. She plans to continue in this direction with possibly a Diploma and courses on Reformer and Studio work.
If you had told Robbie 10 years ago that she would be a yoga teacher, own an incredible studio, and have this much lycra, she would have laughed until she cried.
Meagan was studying to become a Personal Trainer when she discovered Bikram yoga, back in 2009. She went to the North Perth Studio the day it opened. And before she knew it she was going everyday and instantly was addicted.
She finished her Personal Training Course while still practicing Bikram Yoga, but knew she wanted Bikram Yoga in her life. The next step was her Teacher Training in San Diego (USA) in September 2010. It was nine weeks of intense training mentally and physically. Meagan is now in a beautiful place practicing and teaching what she loves, thanks to the help she’s received from Bikram Yoga Perth, Joondalup, Scarborough, and of course Bikram Choudhury himself.
With certifications in Bikram Yoga, Power Vinyasa and Yin Yoga, she teaches in a way that encourages students to share the positive energy, have fun and explore their maximum potential by trying the right way in the moment of stillness.
Before embarking on her first teacher training in September 2011, she was daunted by the idea of standing in front of a class, but she took inspiration from her many teachers and then her fellow trainees and she knows that anything is possible when it’s done with love and passion. She now wants to inspire students through teaching and practicing together
For Deb, things happen for a reason. After a long three-month recovery from major surgery, she returned to a high stress job and lasted one day. She realised working long hours wasn’t what was important to her. Then she found Bikram. Challenging is one way she would describe it. Determination took over and she returned the following day. That turned into attending classes at least 4 times a week. The changes physically were amazing and all of a sudden she had so much more patience at home, on the road, and at work.
October 2011 Deb joined the Yoga Tree family as a receptionist at the Joondalup studio. This inspired her to take a leap of faith and attend a teacher training in 2012 in LA. Teacher Training was one of the most fulfilling and life-changing things she has ever done. For Deb, teaching feels like her place in the world.
In 2014 she became a certified Bikram Yoga teacher after training in LA. For Nancy the 500-hour nine-week process was life changing and priceless. It allowed her to witness her mind, physical body, and spirit being in absolute balance. For Nancy, yoga is a way of life, it’s all encompassing. And she understands it’s a huge topic so continues to study. She became a certified 200 hours Yin Yoga Teacher in 2015, where she learned the importance of meditation. From there she went on to complete a further 300 hours in Hatha and Vinyasa in India in 2017.
Teaching Hot Yoga and Yin Yoga is now Nancy’s full time job. And she’s grateful that her job involves being able to guide people to their own transformative journey.
She teaches from a functional perspective, based in anatomy. You’ll embody the muscle, fascia or function of each pose in Lee’s class. Lee also recognises that each individual is different and can help students find shapes that suit their individual bone structure, injuries/tensions, and flexibility.
When she’s not working she’s at the park or beach with three kids, playing acro yoga or enjoying the gymnastics of crossfit.
You can find Lee at www.facebook.com/synergiahealth and www.facebook.com/fasciaist.
After teaching in the Pilbara for two years and feeling ‘burnt out’ yoga became a form of therapy. After experiencing a major life turn-around she decided she would combine her love for yoga and her passion for children’s education and embark on her Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 at the Yoga Space. It was here she was able to totally commit to yoga and developed a strong and much deeper practice and understanding of yoga and meditation.
Renae teaches Yin Yoga, Hatha Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, and Power Yoga. She specialises in Children’s Yoga and teaches Mindfulness Courses in schools. She caters to all levels by providing modifications and enjoys working closely with individuals to help them feel safe and challenged in their practice.
Astrid found yoga in 2001 and has completed over 400hrs of yoga teacher training since including Yin with international teacher Jo Phee. Her main love is ashtanga yoga. It’s the weaving of the breath throughout the practice that got her hooked on this style and the belief that the body and breath are intimately connected with the mind. By controlling the breath and holding the body in steady poses creates harmony. Yoga encourages a holistic view of the body and promotes a positive self-awareness. Yoga gives Astrid the means to stay focused and calm, strong and healthy.
Astrid believes the power of positive thought can bring balance to busy modern lives - her goal is to help students find that same balance.
Jean-Paul moved to Perth from the Seychelles Islands in 2005. He tried out Bikram yoga and after the first class vowed never to come back, as he was on his knees for most of the class. But strangely felt this intense feeling of bliss later that night. He decided to try bikram again the next week - eventually was planning his day around Bikram.
Bikram bought a lot of clarity to Jean-Paul’s life. There became a clear separation between work and home life, he had a greater appreciation for the smaller things in life, and became a happier person generally.
When his local studio started offering vinyasa classes. It blew him away. Eventually Vinyasa become his main practice. Six months later he was drawn into the teacher-training program. Midway through the training, he realised teaching was something he truly loved doing. Jean-Paul teaches Vinyasa in addition to his day job. He loves the balance.
Krushi completed her Core+ Hot Pilates teacher training in December 2015 and still says it’s one of the best decisions she’s ever made. It not only opened her life to a whole range of beautiful people, it has also been the perfect complement to yoga. Teaching has inspired her to further her yoga journey and she hopes to be teaching yoga soon.