Our Awesome Team
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 15+ years, 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. She currently works in conjunction with many psychologists & is referred clients who need to rewire neurology. She works in particular in 1:1settings with people suffering PTSD & other mental disturbances such as depression, anxiety & autism. Her clients include Military groups, CEO's, Corporate Coaches, The Centre for Sexual Violence & Victims of Sexual Assualt and many more.
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!
Certificates, Teachers & Training:
Simon Borg-Olivier(Yoga/Pranayama), Meghan Currie, Swami Yoganandya Maharaji (200hr Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation-India), Dominique Salerno (350hr 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).
Yoga Instructor & Yin YTT trainer.
Yoga Alliance (USA) E-RYT 500, YACEP - Yoga Australia Level 2 Intermediate
Leonie is one of Australia’s first wave of yin yoga teachers. A long time student of Yin Yoga founder Paul Grilley, she returns annually to the USA to refresh her knowledge of Yin yoga, bringing back the latest information to share with her students.
Her love of yoga began in childhood, practicing with her mother but dropped off for a period of years before re-finding yoga’s healing practices in her 30’s. Exploring Yin yoga in 2009 whilst on a 15 month sabbatical in India and Thailand, Leonie knew she had found the style of yoga that she wanted to pursue and she has been teaching this ever since.
Originally employed in the homelessness field as a crisis response worker, Leonie spent over 15 years working with Melbourne’s homeless population, coordinating services before moving to State government. Leaving the security of a full time job in 2012, to follow her passion to work in yoga and massage she has immersed herself in the practice and philosophy of Yin yoga. She has developed and delivered to acclaim Introduction to Yin Yoga, a 50 hour teacher training module, with a second 50 hour module The Energy Body due to unfold in 2018 at Saltwater Yoga. Leonie has also taught the national curriculum of Diploma of Remedial Massage and Certificate IV Massage Therapy.
Leonie runs retreats, yin yoga teacher trainings and workshops with her business Leonie Lockwood Yoga. Her public class schedule is available on her website www.flowinglife.com.au
Certificates, Teachers & Training:
250 hours Ananda Yoga India, 150 hours mentorship Ambika Chadwick, 450 hours Paul Grilley, 115 hours Jo Phee, 40 hours Simon Park (Flow). Workshops, masterclasses and silent retreats with Sarah Powers, S.N. Goenka, Maty Ezraty, Tiffany Cruickshank, Mark Whitwell, Duncan Ewing (aka Prahlad). Other qualifications include: Cert IV & Diploma Clinical Pilates, Cert IV & Diploma Remedial Massage, Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health, Bachelor of Arts, Youth Affairs, Advanced Diploma of Theatre Performance.
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)
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
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
Meditation & Yin Yoga Teacher
Ross has been practising Mindfulness & Meditation since 1994, to alleviate stress and chronic pain after suffering severe permanent injuries in a training accident early on his career with the Australian Army. He found using a mind and body approach to health and healing, had a major positive effect on his rehabilitation and overall wellbeing. Ross managed to return to full duty after he was told he would never walk properly again, and was able to complete a successful 30 year career in the Australian Army. Ross attributes his successful rehabilitation to maintaining a positive attitude, and incorporating wellness modalities into his daily life. In his last 6 years of service, Ross`s portfolio involved the leadership, management and mentoring of personnel within his unit. His key focus here was soldier welfare, including the rehabilitation management of injured soldiers, as well as supporting their families.
Ross practices Yoga and Mindfulness daily to manage his health and wellness, and encourages others to do so. He believes it is essential to incorporate a wellness modality into your daily life, to counteract the stresses of modern day living as well as those who are managing physical and mental health issues. Ross believes a combination of Yoga and Mindfulness practice can provide an excellent balance in life to enhance your health and wellness, reduce stress & build resilience.
Ross`s mission is to introduce Yin Yoga, Mindfulness and Yoga Nidra programs that are fully accessible to everyone, at any age with any injury background.
Certificates, Teachers & Training:
Ross is a registered Yoga Instructor, a Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher as well as an iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher.
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training - VETOGA USA Veteran Yoga
50 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training - Bernie Clarke Canada
50 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training - Leonie Lockwood
80 Hour Meditation Teacher Training - Melbourne Meditation Centre
Member of Meditation Australia
1 Year of Mindfulness Training - Dr Chris Walsh Mindfulness.org.au
32.5 Hour iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 Teacher - iRest Institute
Encouraged to practice meditation as a child, Amy found yoga at 19 years of age and was immediately enamored. Coming from a health, fitness and performing arts background, it was the bodymindspirit ‘union’ that kept drawing her back to the practice. Similar to her experiences with meditation, yoga consistently and gently brought her to understand her inner being and true self. Working across the East Coast and Top End of Australia, Northern Europe and London, meditation and yoga became Amy’s stability and constant.
After 15 years practicing yoga, she became chronically ill and unable to practice Hatha or Vinyasa Yoga for 5+ years. It was during this darkest period of her life that she found the healing practices of Yin, Restorative and Yoga Nidra that have now become her passion. Stepping out of senior roles in corporate finance to rebuild her wellbeing, Amy came to deeply appreciate the impact and the price of modern day living. This inspired her studies of yoga, the energetic body and impact on the brain and physical health. Inspired by Somatics, HeartMath, QiGong, TaiChi and Energy Medicine, she has founded a wellbeing project to bring ancient practices underpinned by modern science into workplaces.
Her teaching style is inclusive and nurturing which evolves from her compassion centred philosophy. Weaving ancient wisdom and modern science into her classes, Amy seeks to create space for healing whether teachingMeditation, Yin, Restorative, Flow or Yoga Nidra.
Lianne Metcalf (250hr Vinyasa & Somachi – Melbourne / India), Sarah Owen (50hr Yin and Mindfulness – Byron Bay), Jo Phee (65hr YinYang & Yoga Nidra of Bihar School), Leonie Lockwood (110hr Yin Yoga - Melbourne), Anahata Giri (Graduate Certificate - Prenatal Yoga), MeiLai Swan (Embodied Flow Masterclasses), Mysan Sidbo (Advanced Yin Masterclass), Lee Heron (Myofascial Yin Masterclass), Christopher Wallis (10hr Chakras Illuminated), Jacinta Percy (Soundweaving Level 1 Course), HeartMath Certified Coach & Mentor, Diploma of Performing Arts & Music, Graduate Certificate Risk Management for Arts Workers, Certificate IV Financial Services, Executive MBA, Australian Institute of Company Directors Course
Tam believes that yoga is an empowering self-care practice that encourages and supports personal reflection and growth. After sporadic practice through her 20’s, she returned to yoga in her 30’s looking to overcome persistent back pain… but found so much more. A truly holistic practice, yoga supports not just the physical, but also the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives.
Tam is a creative at heart, and an eternal student, she loves learning new things and teaches because she has more questions than answers. When not exploring aspects of yoga, you’ll find her engaged in her other passions, design, hanging out with her dog Maisie, art, books, travel, cooking, knitting, pretty much anything crafty or creative.
Tam thinks of yoga as a living tradition. While humbly acknowledging the ancient wisdom on which we build our interpretations, this is an experiential practice that is deeply personal. Learning to trust our individual experience and knowledge is part of the journey. She is excited and grateful to be able to share this practice with the wonderful saltwater community.
Certificates, Teachers & Training
Ihana Post Grad (150hr) Teacher Training with Jenni Morrison Jack, Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching (350hrs) Australian Yoga Academy with Dominique Salerno, Certificate in Vinyasa Teaching - Australian Yoga Academy , Donna Farhi - Workshops and Intensive (60+hrs), Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga - Sadie Nardini (20hrs), Leslie Kaminoff - Hands Free Warrior Series. Sanskrit Phonetics. , The Art of Adjusting - Dominique Salerno
Workshops and trainings with Simon Borg-Olivier, Les Leventhal, Mysan Sidbo, Stefan Camileri, Power & Posture, and many other inspirational local teachers.
Olivia first started practicing yoga to reduce the stresses of completing her university degree and working a full-time job. Her body was tense, her mind was working in overtime, and she constantly felt physically and mentally drained. Within the first week of practicing yoga she noticed a major shift. She learned how to relax not only on her mat but also in the world around her. The teachings of yoga guided her in overcoming stress, fatigue, muscle aches and pains. Little did she know that the wonderful practice of yoga would also change her life forever and lead her to sharing this gift with you!
When participating in her class she will lead you through a sequence that promotes healing and growth in both the body and mind. She invites you to release what is no longer serving you and create space for love, awareness, growth, compassion and acceptance. She will teach you how to release tension held in the body, how to calm the mind and how to grow a deeper connection with yourself.
Olivia truly believes that you are the real teacher in your life. You are already enough and you are completely whole. She is simply here to guide you down a path that allows you to accept yourself fully.
Certificates, Teachers, and Trainings:
Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training (200 hrs) Samma Karuna with Julie Bertrand, Doni Islamov and Vanessa Burger.
Reiki Healing Levels 1 & 2 with Julie Bertrand (30 hrs).
Participated in workshops and trainings lead by wonderful instructors such as Alexa Nehter (Fascia & Myofascial Meridians), Mary Susan Stults (Backbends & Inversions), Dr. Natasja Fox (TMC), among many other inspirations.
Completed the Vedic Meditation Course with Laura Poole and now practices twice daily. "
Yuting is a warm and compassionate yoga teacher who started practicing 15 years ago in the Hatha tradition. Over a consistent practice over time, not only did she develop physical agility and strength, she also noticed a growth in self-empowerment and the ability to deal with various adversities in life with more resilience and grace. These experiences have invigorated a deeper love and appreciation for her towards this ancient practice.
Yuting truly believes that movement and rest are medicine to the body and mind. She sees yoga as a moving meditation and delivers her classes with a focus on mindful fluidity, strength and conscious relaxation.
She invites everyone to join her on the mat to discover the beauty of going slow, paying attention to our breath and listening to the rhythm of our own hearts. Yuting is extremely passionate about women's health, harp therapy for sleep and gastronomy.
Certificate & Training/Workshops:
200 Hour Teaching Training - Move Yoga
100Hr Myofascial Fertility & Yin Teacher Training - Dr Amanda Waaldyk & Phoebe Cole
Restorative Teacher Training - Judith Hanson Lasater & Lizzie Lasater (USA)
30 Hour Soulful Practice in Mantra, Pranayama, Meditation - Sian Pascale
Marysia Do (Liquid Spine), Christina Gagnier & Jess Kamell (Embodied Flow)
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 of two beautiful children under four, 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