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.
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. Strengthening the body and calming the mind – 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 certification and method of teaching is in the Iyengar style. This style focuses on natural movement and alignment to protect the body, the use of props for support and a thorough understanding of each yoga asana or pose. Sometimes I combine this with a Hatha flow style, using breath and awareness to move deeper into each pose. My classes are suitable for all levels, and aim to let you leave the yoga space feeling uplifted and ready for whatever comes your way.
A decade or so ago as I approached my 50th year, I first turned to yoga hoping to find a way to maintain my active lifestyle and general good health. Yoga and I seemed to click somehow, it felt right from my very first class and as I practised under the watchful gaze of some wonderful teachers I soon came to realise that it could meet those aims, but also provide so much more.
Receiving much encouragement from teachers and friends, I then started on a teacher training course at the Fremantle Yoga School. Initially I simply hoped to deepen my own practice and my own understanding, but as the course progressed my confidence in sharing some of the joy and the benefits of yoga built, and I now love teaching full time.
I use a combination of asana practice, breath, and relaxation techniques to bring my love of, and belief in the powers of, yoga to my students. A key philosophy of mine is that a yoga class should be something to look forward to, not something to be endured!
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.
Stefani started her yoga journey with Nikki at Yogaveda and was instantly inspired by the uplifting effect it had on her mind and body. Very soon she was exploring options to study to become a Teacher and within 6 months had begun the Fremantle Yoga Centre teacher training. Stefani’s Yoga studies include Iyengar inspired Hatha Yoga , Yin Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga.
She also has a special interest in Pregnancy Yoga, as along with her Pregnancy Yoga training, she has a background of over 20 years as a midwife and birth educator.Stefani is passionate about empowering women to have the birth experience they desire, through a holistic and healthy approach to pregnancy.
Stefani believes that the practise of yoga is a constant exploration of the body’s physical and spiritual energy and is a blend of conscious movement, intentional breath and relaxation. In all her classes she strives to hold an open,positive space where students are supported to explore their minds and bodies through movement and breath.To also challenge themselves in the most compassionate way possible and to experience the practice as a means of letting go,growth, transformation and healing.
I landed on the mat in 1997 as an angst ridden teenager, after a friend’s mum suggested I do something positive, like yoga. I resisted to begin with but curiosity got the better of me and that first class had me hooked. The practice took me out of my mind and into my body. With focused attention on breath and alignment in the postures, I left feeling lighter, more open and definitely a lot less caught up in the mental noise.
Over the years, through my travels I’ve practiced all over the place and experienced many different types of yoga – the common thread is always how yoga makes me feel grounded in my body and settled in my mind. And that’s all it takes to keep me coming back!
I did my 350 hrs teacher training with Fremantle Yoga Centre and have been teaching for a couple of years. The classes I teach are suitable for all levels and structured the way I like to practice myself. Strong focused postures and simple flowing sequences, conscious breathing and a good stretch. I love a great playlist, incense and finding the edge with a sense of humour.
Dani became intrigued with yoga in South Africa in 2011 by the effect it had on her mind, her mood and her body. Throughout the years she has experienced yoga as a sanctuary in many parts of the world and experienced different styles.
She completed her Teacher Training at the Fremantle Yoga Centre in 2017 and is continuing her studies in Pregnancy Yoga.
She enjoys a mixture of Hatha style with some flowing sequences and always includes enriching pranayama into her classes. She likes to encourage her students to explore mindfulness and presence.
Rachel brings to the mat an enthusiasm, a smile and a passion for yoga that is warmly welcomed by her students.
Living and breathing all things Yoga and Natural Health; her ambition is to bring Yoga to as many lives as possible.
Rachel qualified as a Yoga Teacher with Canadian Sacred School of Arts in Hatha Vinyasa in 2013 and also trained in Yin Yoga and Fly High Yoga.
Having practised Iyengar, Ashtanga and a variety of Yoga methods; Rachel incorporates a wide array of styles in her classes. She loves connecting and sharing so that everybody from all walks of life can access Yoga and feel the buzz of energy and happiness it brings.
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.
Brad Ravenscroft has been practicing and studying yoga since 1993. He finished his teacher training under Kale Leaf at the Fremantle Yoga Centre in 1999. He has been teaching yoga full time for 18 years.
Before teaching yoga Brad gained a Bachelor of Science from U.W.A majoring in Human Movement with a minor in Anatomy and Physiology. He has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Health and Addiction Studies from Curtin University.
Since graduating from university he has been involved in many aspects of health including injury rehabilitation, strength and conditioning.
Brad teaches all ages and all types of people.His classes focus on strength, flexibility, deep relaxation and as a husband and father of three children, understands the importance of balance in a busy life.
He has worked with the Perth Wildcats, many professional athletes and for the past 17 years has been the yoga teacher of the Fremantle Dockers.
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.
Victoria started her yoga journey in 2003 while she was studying and undergraduate in Sociology in Valparaíso, Chile her home country. At the University she did her first class and was immediately attracted by the meditative aspect and the gentle approach. Being a runner at the time, yoga became part of her weekly routine, little by little spending more days on the mat.
Due to her studies, she came to Western Australia to study a Master in Education at UWA. In 2011 she arrived in Fremantle and stared classes at Yogaveda.
She did her training at the Fremantle Yoga Centre teacher training in 2016.
She is also a therapeutic clown since 2008, and from 2011 she works for the “Clown Doctor Program” run by the Humour Foundation at Fiona Stanley and Princess Margaret Hospital.