Our Awesome Team!

 

Eva Büman, Founder/ Manager / Yoga Instructor

 
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Eva Büman started practicing yoga in 2003 whilst studying a Bachelor of Applied Health Science (Naturopathy) in Melbourne. During the years of practice, yoga philosophy became Eva's lifestyle. 

Going off to work & live in The Netherlands for 5 years, driven by a passion for health & wellbeing, Eva has had her finger in many different pies professionally including international management roles. Yoga has been what helped her stay focused & driven until eventually she landed in India & completed her 200 hr Hatha, Meditation & physiology teacher training with Swami Yogananda Maharaji (107yrs of age).

Over the past decade+, she has practiced & studied yoga all over the globe including France, California, New York, Amsterdam, India & most recently completing her 350hr Advanced Diploma of Yoga teaching at the Australian Yoga Academy & Reiki Healing Level 1 & 2 with renowned Reiki Master Annie Slaughter here in Melbourne.  Eva also practices the ancient art of Tibetan Medicine Bowls (sound healing) following training with Tibetan Monk: The Venerable Lobsang Lama Tendar.

Eva has worked & trained with International trauma psychologists & mental health groups, assisting in the integration of Yoga/mindfulness as a clinical tool for psychologists & has taken part in conferences for trauma psychology speaking about the effects of yoga practice for people suffering PTSD & other mental disturbances such as anxiety & depression.

Coming from a strong fitness background in state & national level competitive sports, Eva delivers a fun & dynamic practice. She backs up her moves with steady scientifically researched benefits to your body & mind (of which she considers to be intimately connected). She balances the seriousness and the fun of yogasana & has a well rounded ability to provide a broad spectrum of options available to EVERYONE!

“Yoga gives you the ability to manually manipulate the chemical/hormonal profile of your body via mindfulness techniques and pranayama (breath control), affecting your mood instantly and in the long term. All systems integrate together as one unit & you dramatically increase & prolong your physical abilities on every level, from grand movements to the mechanics of the molecule! Many people will think its magic. It is not magic. It is yoga. An ancient science which is the most sophisticated scientific technique we have in modern times. It doesn’t matter what shapes you make. The asana (yoga postures) are just a tool to adjust the minds settings. Everyone on the mat is doing the same thing. Becoming aware of the intricacies of themselves & practicing being present & okay with that which is there.”

Certificates, Teachers & Training:

Simon Borg-Olivier(Yoga/Pranayama), Meghan Currie, Swami Yoganandya Maharaji (Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation-India), Dominique Salerno (Advanced Diploma Of Yoga Teaching) Sophie Le Fevre (Mentoring) Duncan Peak, Yogi Dinesh (india:Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Physiology) Geoff Brookes (Ananta Yoga, Byron Bay) , Venerable Lobsang Lama Tendar (Tibetan Medicine Bowl Healing workshop & full healers Certificate Course & initiation),  Annie Slaughter (Reiki Master), David Young (Meditation/Mindfulness Australia), Robyn D Walser PHD (ACT Mindfulness/ trauma therapy).

 


Bronwyn Weetman, Yoga Instructor

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Bron came across yoga in 2000 while living in the UK, it gave her the tools to cope with the stresses of a busy career as a professional chef. As soon as she stepped onto the mat it felt like home and she knew that yoga would always be part of her life.
Teaching Yoga is Bron's passion and she believes yoga is for everyone regardless of age, fitness or flexibility, “Yoga is a personal pursuit not a competition, we each have our own personal goals to achieve as we are all unique”.
“I will always be a student of the practice and am deeply grateful for the support, wisdom and guidance my teachers have shared with me”.

Certificates, Teachers & Training:   

Yoga First - Teacher Training 350hr, Yoga Flame - Teacher Training 200hr, Power and Posture 50hr Level 1 Controlled strength Yoga Inversions and Arm Balances certification, Yoga Synergy - Teacher Training 300hr,Yoga Synergy - Advanced Fundamentals, Yoga Synergy - Anatomy and Physiology, Yoga Synergy - Yoga Therapy, Power and Posture 2 x 8 week Inversion and Arm Balance program, Tamblyn Lord - Pranayama workshop pt. 1 and 2, Simon Borg Olivier Master class at Ihana, Maty Ezraty- Expanding your Toolkit 2 day workshop,Tamblyn Lord - Intro to Arm Balances workshop, Positive Action Pilates - Pilates for Pregnancy workshop, Cecily Chun - Intro to Inversions workshop, Gabor Bukovinszky - Yoga Basics workshop, Positive Action Pilates - Pilates and Props workshop, Positive Action Pilates - Pilates Reformer 2 day course, Illuminate Yoga Studio - Swami Govinanda yoga workshops - Yoga for Vibrant Health, Yoga for the Mind, Yoga for Peace, Donna Farhi 3 day workshop - The Heart Aroused.


Prachi Mehra, Yoga Instructor

 

Prachi is a Hatha yoga teacher, mum of two, nutritional therapist & an advocate for natural living.
She was born and raised in the spiritual land of India and felt a strong connection and passion for ayurveda and yoga from early on. In 2016 she followed her passion and founded Yoga Glow, a brand focusing on Natural and cruelty free Ayurvedic wellness products.
Over the past decade, she has practiced & studied yoga in India & Australia, completing her 300hr Yoga teaching at the Samadhi Yoga. Her yoga training has lineage back to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Art of living Foundation) in India, Katie Manitsas, Idit Tamir in Sydney’s Samadhi, Simon Borg-Olivier and Donna Farhi from New Zealand.
She is also a certified Hypnotherapist, Pranic healer and loves to bring these beautiful modalities into her classes.She considers it a privilege to share what she has learnt over the years and teaches a flowing vinyasa & restorative/yin style of yoga with emphasis on flexibility & rejuvenation. She loves to read and share inspiring quotes, stories and mantras while practicing. Her classes are dynamic, light hearted & uplifting.
She endeavors to assist the students through their yoga journey, whether they experience yoga as a physical workout, a way to relax, a method of recovery from a condition/injury or a spiritual journey. Having experienced the many benefits of yoga in her own life, she is thrilled to help others live this beautiful lifestyle.
 
Certificates, Teachers & Training:
 300hr Yoga teaching at the Samadhi Yoga, Simon Borg-Olivier(anatomy & physiology), Donna Farhi (Spinal integration)
Idit Tamir (chakra Balancing), Arm Balance Intensive and hip opening (sarah trestail)
Pranic Healing Master Choa Kok Sui - Institute of Inner Studies Pranic Healing, Hypnotherapy –Australian success academy & Nutrtional therapy -The Health Sciences Academy


Lucy Lawes, Yoga Instructor

Lucy first discovered yoga in 2012 as an uplifting physical endeavour. This quickly evolved into a committed practice that helped her find peace in connecting body, mind and spirit. Pressures of daily life had seen anxiety become a part of her life for years; it was through the focus and self-awareness in meditation and yoga asana that finally stirred a shift within. The more Lucy's understanding of yoga deepened, the more it brought healing and strength into her life.

"I believe in the power of yoga to unveil the deep wisdom and power in each of us. Our mats are a space for meditation in motion; a place for developing inner landscapes that reflect how we wish to be, and how we want to live. To share this with others is humbling, and something I am deeply grateful for."

Lucy's aim is to help students feel nurtured, embodied, and empowered. Her classes invite a sense of curiosity and play, while focusing on breath and movement that is strong and fluid. She believes yoga is a practice that can guide each person in creating their lives, growing through its challenges and experiencing its joys.

Certificates, Teachers & Training:
Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching (350hrs), Australian Yoga Academy.
Dominique Salerno, Jenni Morrison-Jack
Arm Balance Intensive (Ari Markman), Practical Inversions Workshop (Dominique Salerno), Compassionate Teaching (Jo Buick).

 


Peter Burghardt, Yoga Instructor

Peter discovered yoga while searching for a new creative outlet.  After studying music, theatre and creative arts he felt he needed to find a form of expression that took him deeper within himself in an environment of non judgement and freedom. He found yoga...and has never looked back!

Peter structures his classes around a clear intention. He believes that with the power of intention and the help of your breath you can move through any obstacle: whether it's physical, mental or emotional.

He loves the balance between the flowing power of a vinyasa class and the introspective surrender found in a yin class (chillout). To him all styles of yoga serve a very important purpose in preparing us for our lives off the mat: 'the real world'.  Being happily married, the father to a 1 year old and with his second baby on the way, he is always using the philosophy of yoga to manage daily life.  To him the most exciting part of this practice of yoga is that it's a journey that has no end.  The learning is always continuing.

'Yoga allows us to keep learning about ourselves and I can't wait to share my love of yoga with you all'. - Peter Burghardt

Certificates, Teachers & Training:

Advanced diploma of teacher training Australian Yoga Academy (350 hrs), Mindfulness for stress reduction with Dr Richard Chambers.

Masterclasses with: Paradeep Teotia, Les Leventhal, Mark Robbards, Steve Ross, Will Lau, Dominique Salerno

 


Leanne Grothe, Yoga Instructor

Leanne is known for practicing yoga with strength and purpose, which she brings to the classes that she guides along with a sense of light heartedness and helping others to find growth through philosophy and mindfulness.  
After starting to learn to dance from a young age, Leanne was introduced to yoga early on as part of her dance school routine to help create balance, connect to the conscious mind, and as a means to find stillness.  
Since then, yoga has played a significant role in her life for over 20 years and she has a tremendous love and respect for the practice.
“I aim to help students find the space in their mind, a deeper connection to their body and exploring the potential for themselves so that they leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and more balanced within themselves.”

Certificates, Teachers & Training:

200 Hour Teacher Training Pathway, Power Living Australia Yoga, Duncan Peak, Cassie Lee & Lee Roy Houghton; Yin Fundamentals – Module 1 (15 hours), Jennifer Crescenzo; Pregnancy Yoga Workshop (general classes), Yoga Flame, Cecily Chun; Spinal Care Restorative Yoga Workshop, Ohana Yoga, Gena Kenny; Claudia Whitney (coaching & mentoring)

 

Ti Lee, Yoga Instructor

When Ti first started her yoga practice, she was there for the physical benefits. She wanted to heal her injuries, keep fit, healthy, strong and flexible. She was not there for the spiritual growth and had no idea how much yoga would impact her daily life. As the days went by, she noticed a positive change not only in her body but also in my heart and soul. What merely was just a form of physical exercise has led to so much more.

Ti’s classes are fluid and challenging, yet they allow you to also feel supported through each and every asana.

“When I am on my mat I am able to let go of everything and be completely lost in the moment; to be lost in the sensations of my body and my breath. Yoga has changed everything for me and I cannot wait to share this beautiful gift with you all.”

 


Yola Barbounis, Prenatal & Kids Yoga Instructor

Yola Barbounis is a local resident to Williamstown with 3 children.  She is a conscientious and dedicated yogi who has been practicing for the past 15 years.  Initially, drawn to Yoga for the physical and health benefits, the later years become more evident about an inner practice of understanding herself.  This journey of self and realisation helped synchronise an inner self with her outer self.
Yola has been so inspired by various teachers over the years, she hopes to touch and inspire her students in the same way.  She will guide students through a nurturing, fluid, steady practice that will build strength for a stronger practice.  She encourages students to stick to a regular practice, only then you will notice the physical and mental benefits, like increased vitality and energy, a clear and positive mindset, creating space for new perspectives on life – the effects can be transformational!

 

Certificates, Teachers & Training:

Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching in 2015,  Australian Yoga Academy. 

Yoga for Kids & Families Teacher Training (27 hours), Rainbow Kids Yoga

Certificate in Vinyasa Teaching (Jenni Morrison-Jack), Australian Yoga Academy.