All the teachers at Yogaveda have years of yoga and teaching experience.
Nikki Leaf is the founder and Director of the Yoga Centre at Yogaveda.
Nikki has been teaching yoga since 1987 and was co-director of the Fremantle Yoga Centre for 20 years.
Her studies in ayurveda have greatly enriched her yoga knowledge, and she has integrated this into her practice and teaching.
Her teaching style has a strong therapeutic foundation and takes into consideration the ayurvedic body type (prakruti) and also any imbalances (vikruti) to create a balanced yoga routine. Nikki also has a special interest in women’s and pregnancy yoga which she has been teaching for many years.
Joy attended her first yoga class in 1999 and was instantly drawn to its holistic qualities. In 2011 she commenced her formal 350 hour yoga teacher training at the Fremantle Yoga Centre and graduated in 2012. Joy has furthered her yoga studies with Lorraine Rushton of Zenergy Yoga and completed her Foundation, Therapy and Advanced Children’s Yoga Teacher certificates in 2013.
Coming from a martial arts background she developed a keen interest in therapeutic yoga to aid and help heal the body from sporting injuries. Joy encourages students to go beyond just the physical elements of asanas and and explore the spiritual, holistic benefits that regular yoga practice brings on and off the mat.
Nathalie teaches Hatha yoga with emphasis on awareness of breath and releasing tension in the body.
Her practice aims at finding a balance between doing the asana and letting go of doing and just being in the asana.
A deep slow practice which brings relaxation, focus and restores the energy flow in the body.
Madeline Clare is a compassionate teacher, guiding her students with energy and intelligence. Madeline has been practicing yoga since 1989, graduating as a teacher from the Fremantle School of Yoga in 2011. She has trained in the UK and Australia and is currently studying ayurveda.
Inspired by a genuine desire to share the techniques that have transformed her own way of being, Madeline draws from a range of yoga traditions – Hatha, Ashtanga vinyasa, Iyengar – to create a dynamic yet gentle practice. Iyengar’s focus on alignment provided her teachings the solid foundation; Ashtanga vinyasa created the meditative movement and with a good understanding of pranayama her teachings and own regular practice have been refined.
Madeline teaches yoga as part of a varied palette of life expression and mothering. She is committed to the spiritual and energetic transformation that grounds her practice.
I was first drawn to Yoga in 1992 when some friends urged me to try it out with the words “come on, its good for you”. Those words hold true regardless of age or ability and I’ve been on the yogic path since then guided by some inspirational teachers.
Yoga provides me with a steadiness and confidence when faced with life’s challenges, as well as a restorative and quiet space when I am in need of rest and rejuvenation. I feel blessed to have this yoga in my life, and enjoy sharing its benefits with others.
I have studied a number of different styles of Yoga, but my method of teaching primarily follows the Iyengar style with its focus on natural movement and alignment to protect the body, the use of props for support. I combine this with a Hatha flow style, using breath and awareness to move deeper into each pose. The class is suitable for all levels, and aims to let you leave the yoga space feeling uplifted and ready for whatever comes your way.
Anne Leishman’s interest in yoga began in 1975 when she attended her first yoga class here in Perth. She learned Transcendental Meditation in 1977 and at the same time began a personal practice of yoga. In 2003 she was inspired by her teacher and classes at the Fremantle Yoga Centre to undertake a teacher training course. She has been teaching full time since graduating in 2005.
Anne has an interest in general yoga practice, anatomy and physiology and working with back problems caused by many hours of sitting while working on computers. She continues to practice and teach Transcendental Meditation which she finds enhances her yoga practice and teaching.
Jasmine attended her first yoga class at her local community centre in 1998 and enjoyed the series of postures that focused on something deeper than just physical exercise. She continued to develop her yoga practice at different Iyengar Yoga studios over the years and also committed to a regular home practice.
In 2010 Jasmine started the 350-hour Teacher Training course at the Fremantle Yoga Centre, focusing on alignment and starting teaching at Yogaveda in 2013. She continues to develop her knowledge of yoga asana through regular home practice, attending classes and workshops. Jasmine believes that yoga is more than just poses. It is a continuous journey where we are given the opportunity to learn more about ourselves through a regular practice.
Recently, she developed an interest in the more mindful and slower paced practices of restorative and yin yoga, which led her to do an intensive Yin Yoga Teacher Training Course with Jo Phee in 2016.
Mira took her first yoga class with her mum at 10 years old & has been hooked ever since.
Being curious to the core about yoga she has studied a range of approaches – from the precise alignment of Iyengar through the intense discipline of Ashtanga Vinayasa to the creativity of modern Vinyasa. She completed her teacher training in 2012 with Radiantly Alive Yoga & has taught for several years in Perth and Bali.
Mira loves sharing the experience of joy, fun & freedom she has discovered through yoga. Her classes are an energizing but relaxing blend of alignment & breath awareness with mindful movement and flow.
Her specialty & particular passion lies in yoga’s ability to support recovery from trauma, compulsive behavior & addiction issues.
Bill was introduced to Iyengar Yoga in 2000 through weekly classes at his workplace and immediately liked the difference it made to his life in terms of improved flexibility, peace of mind and an increase in both vitality and feeling of well being and sought out the nearest Iyengar school, the WA School of Yoga (now known as YogaWest, Shenton Park).
Since then the importance of yoga in daily life has continued to grow and many hours per week have been spent as a student, practitioner, teacher trainee (under the tutelage of John Leebold) and since 2012, a certified Iyengar yoga teacher.
Bill regularly attends workshops and Bali yoga retreats and rates his two visits to Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune, India in 2011 and 2012 as highlights.