Our Awesome Team

 
 
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Eva Büman, Founder/ Manager / Yoga Instructor

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).

 
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Bronwyn Weetman, Yoga Instructor

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.

 
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Yola Barbounis, Yoga Instructor, 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.

Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Hugh Lee (50hrs)
Advanced Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Hugh Lee & Becky Andrews (24hrs)
 

 
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Lou West, Yoga Instructor

Lou began a regular yoga practice in 2008 when she was living in Hong Kong participating in a university exchange program. Feeling a lack of personal space and increasing apprehension in her new surroundings led her to the yoga studio where she experienced a deep sense of inner spaciousness and found a sanctuary amid the hustle and bustle of the city.

Over the past decade she has developed a committed and sincere personal practice and has studied with many international yoga luminaries such as Ana Forrest, Donna Farhi, Sharron Gannon and David Life. An extended trip to India in 2014 confirmed her feeling of wanting to share her love of yoga with others and begin the lifelong process of learning to ‘teach yoga’. She completed the 200-hour Power Living teacher-training program in Melbourne in 2015 and went on to graduate as a full Level 1 teacher from the Australian Yoga Academy in Prahran, one of the foremost yoga schools in Australia, the following year. She is also qualified in Yin Yoga teaching through Grass Roots Yoga.

Lou has a specific interest in the application of yoga and meditation practices in the mental health space and is currently studying a Masters of Social Work with the aim of bringing the multitude of benefits attributed to a yoga practice, to this field. She believes that yoga is a personal practice of which an individual can frame their life around in a way that supports the balance, health and healing of the mind/body. Lou currently teaches in a private hospital facility in Melbourne that specialises in recovery from addiction, and has a special interest in this area. She is committed to sharing the tradition of yoga with others and believes that everyone can benefit from a yoga practice that should be tailored to the individual and result in a fit body, a peaceful mind and a happy life.

Certificates, Teachers & Training
Dominique Salerno (Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching 350 hour), Duncan Peak and Cassie Lee (Power living 200 hour and Advanced Vinyasa training), 50 hour Yin Yoga training with Grass Roots Yoga, workshops with Donna Farhi, Ana Forrest, Sharron Gannon and David Life.

 
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Gemma Falk, Yoga Instructor & Prenatal Covers

Gemma began practising Yoga in 1997 as part of her training in Contemporary Dance Performance at Adelaide’s Centre for the Performing Arts. She initially practiced Ashtanga
Yoga at this time, enjoying the detail that could be found within the discipline and repetition of the sequences.
Gemma fell in love with Yoga and meditation whilst practicing Buddhist meditation with Kadampa practitioner Gen Kelsang Dornying. She discovered a deep connection with her
body and mind through both meditation and the gentler Yoga styles of Hatha and Pre-Natal Yoga with Renee Wilner while pregnant with her son Archer in 2012. Gemma has a reverence for Yoga and its ability to heal the body, mind and spirit and relishes the fact that
yoga philosophy has now truly seeped into every aspect of her life, bringing an endless sense of hope and possibility for the future even in the midst of chaos and the busyness of
life.

Certificates, Teachers & Training
Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching (350 hour) Australian Yoga Academy
Pre-Natal Training and Mentoring with Melanie Macintosh
Art of Adjusting Workshop- Dominique Santana Salerno
Art of Vinyasa Sequencing Workshop- Nicky Hanley
Keys to Health 1- Ayurveda, Yoga and Digestion- Dominique Santana Salerno
Mentored by Mark Pheely in Vinyasa Teaching- Slow Flow
Anatomy and Physiology- Jenni Morrison- Jack
Meditation- David Young (mindfulness) Gen Kelsang Dornying (Buddhist meditation)
Samantha Coker- Godson (Zen and Insight style meditations)
Ashtanga Yoga- Simi Roche, Johannes Mochayedi, Amanda Stead

 
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Sarah Murphy, Yoga Instructor

Coming from a background of gymnastics Sarah was originally drawn to the athletic facets of Yoga, although it didn’t take her long to discover that the outcomes can be far more wide-reaching. She experienced first-hand the potential for Yoga to enhance all aspects of life.

As a teacher, Sarah is delighted for the opportunity to assist others in their own journey and humbly wishes to share her teachings in an authentic, safe, practical and accessible way. Sarah is passionate about maximising the potential to heal the mind, body and spirit through a holistic self-care practice, and would like to invite participants to listen to their bodies with a sense of curiosity and develop greater awareness around individualised self-care techniques so as to nourish oneself from the inside out, and the outside in. Sarah believes the mat can be considered a playground where we have the opportunity to explore new physical, emotional and metaphysical territory; planting seeds which can be nurtured to cultivate a lifestyle with more union and simplicity.

Certificates, Teachers & Training: 

Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching 350 hour Australian Yoga Academy (Dominique Salerno), Advanced 300 hour Yoga Training & Bhakti Immersion Supersoul Yoga (Raghunath Cappo), workshops with Sri Dharma Mittra, Les Leventhal, Jo Buick, Nickie Hanley and Karina Smith.

 
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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)

 
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Michele Bisetto, Yoga Instructor,Qi Gong practitioner & Tai Chi Instructor

From an early age Michele discovered she had an interest in Eastern Philosophy, which eventually drew her on a path toward studying and practicing Yoga and Meditation, Martial Arts and Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies.

These practices continue to underpin, support and nourish her family life and professional work as a shiatsu therapist, yoga teacher and martial arts/qi gong, tai chi practitioner.

Michele has a particular interest in how the effects of stress, tension and trauma can be resolved by mind body practices such as yoga, qi gong and tai chi.

Certificates, Teachers & Training:
Associate Diploma Applied Science, Myotherapy, (RMIT)
Diploma Shiatsu and Oriental Medicine (Australian Shiatsu College)
Advanced Diploma Yoga Teacher Training (AYA)
Tang Soo Tao 2nd Dan Black Belt

 
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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