Sandra’s Yoga Journey: Sandra has been teaching yoga for 4 years now feeling a call to teach yoga whilst attending the Bali Spirit Festival one year. After an incredible experience there she knew she wanted to share this with the world. She absolutely loves what she does and wouldn’t change it at all.
Yoga Teaching Style: Sandra teaches a very grounding and heartwarming Vinyasa Flow, where one moves mindfully from pose to pose, connecting body, mind and soul. She is skilled in offering different variations to suit all level yogis – be that beginners or the more advanced. Her intention is all about creating a safe, comfortable and relaxed space for everyone to be able to express themselves freely.
Born in Tasmania, Kaela grew up in the USA and traveled widely before returning to Melbourne/Australia.
Kaela’s yoga journey began when she was very young and her parents brought her along to a yoga retreat. Sitting in the back of the room half practicing meditation, half watching them, she remembers thinking “this is weird!”. After that early experience she didn’t return to yoga again until she turned 18. In the following years she would dance between months of dedicated yoga practice, alternating with months of no yoga practice. During the months without yoga she realised that something essential was missing and would end up back in a yoga class once more – only to fall out of the practice again! This pattern continued for a while but after 12 years of seriously practicing yoga she knew she was ready to become a yoga teacher so she could guide the practice of others. Her journey is (and always will be) never ending with this practice. She regards herself as a perpetual student and is grateful for every day she is able to guide others with their journey.
Yoga Teaching Style: When you come to Kaela’s yoga classes, whether it is a vinyasa, yin, slow flow, meditation, you will be held, nurtured and guided back to yourself and the true essence of yourself.
YOGA TEACHER (she/her)
Yoga teaching style: Bella’s approach to sharing and teaching yoga is centred around exploring themes of connection, compassion, and contentment within yourself and with those around you. Warm and open in her approach, Bella teaches through a trauma-informed lens, inviting everyone to come as they are. In class, you can expect fluid and explorative flows that emphasise free movement and expression, while cultivating a sense of strength, connection, presence, and inner calm.
Teaching philosophy/ motto: Beginning with a gentle curiosity, we can all develop strength, flexibility, compassion, and endurance throughout the whole self. Her Yoga journey: She first began practicing yoga in her late teens, and throughout her life have leant on movement, meditation, and pranayama (breathwork) as avenues for healing, release, resilience, and rest. She’s continually inspired by the ways in which yoga supports and nourishes her and the people around he, and feels honoured to be able to share this ancient practice with others.
Movement enthusiast and professional dancer turned into a yoga and pilates teacher. Carla loves exploring and transmitting the importance of movement and rhythm. She teach accessible and inclusive vinyasa classes for both beginner and advanced students.
Yoga Teaching Style: Ryan’s flow classes are energetic, strong, challenging and relaxing. His Yin classes are peaceful, restorative and tranquil. Ryan’s goal is for students to leave his classes with a better connection with the present moment.
Yoga Journey: Initially, practicing yoga for a physical benefits, Ryan found that the yoga mat is a great place to find a sense of contentment, self-awareness, and mind body connection Ryan loves to seek out new and novel experiences, cooking and taking naps.
Yoga teaching style: Lauren teaches a strong, sweaty, grounded vinyasa style class.
Yoga journey: When Lauren came to yoga nearly 7 years ago she was instantly hooked, learning so many different things about herself, and about life through the practice – and now she’s lucky enough to be able to share these insights as a teacher.
Crystal has been dancing and singing ever since she can remember. After studying performing arts at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) she spend years touring around nationally and internationally with various theatre shows, such as Agnetha in Bjorn Again (the world’s No 1 ABBA Tribute Show), singing in her acoustic duo and performing in shows such as Legally Blonde – the musical, Chess – the musical, before moving back to Melbourne and continuing her career as a performer and teacher.
With such a vigorous touring schedule, looking after her body and mind naturally led her to practising yin yoga, barre, pilates, reformer pilates and meditation now for over a decade.
Yin Yoga, in particular, has always been the main practice that helps her to ground herself. It has become an integral part of her self-care routine helping her to heal and care for her body. Since becoming a Yin Yoga teacher she now shares the benefits of this wonderful practice with others. Yin Yoga is an extremely relaxing and gentle way to stretch and open your body and calm your mind. For Crystal it’s like dessert after exercise, a wonderful way to come home to your body.
Eva loves teaching a range of different styles and loves them all uniquely. As an experienced teacher Eva teaches: Vinyasa Flow, Power Flow, Slow Flow, Hot Yoga, Yin, Meditation, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, breath and voice
Her flow classes are suitable for all levels with modifications to go deeper. She loves playful and creative sequencing with strong holds, balances that focus the mind, and drawing union between movement and breath, our most powerful tool and precious gift, which we were given on our very first birthday! When sharing yin practices she enjoys unravelling layers of tension slowly- it is an honour to bring the pace down in what can be a hurried life. One of her friends says ‘life is too busy to be in a hurry’ and she wholeheartedly agree.
SAS DIRECTOR OF YOGA
Pamela – a senior teacher and founding director of Yoga Sanctuary is a consulting Director of Yoga for Stanley Ave Studio.
Pamela’s yoga teaching journey began in the Indian Himalayas in 2003, where she trained to become a yoga teacher in a small Ashram practicing ancient and sacred techniques of yoga. A few years later she had the privilege to study in the house of her mentors in India – famed yogis AG, Indra and Ganesh Mohan and learned how to adapt yoga to the individual using Yoga, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy. Her connection and studies with the Mohans continues to this date. Pamela has been teaching classes, 1:1 sessions, retreats and workshops for over 18 years.
For over a decade Pamela has been one of the key organisers of Yogafest Retreat (a charity yoga festival run on the Mornington Peninsula). Over summer Pamela collaborates with a team of enthusiastic teachers to bring Yoga Sanctuary Beach Yoga to the beaches of Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island.
Hartmut (Hart) Veit
SAS FOUNDER/OWNER/CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Hartmut Veit (Hart) is the founder, owner and creative director of Stanley Ave Studio (SAS). He is a contemporary artist-and yogi-in-resident at SAS and also president of Melbourne Insight Meditation (MIM), a not-for-profit secular community practicing in the tradition of Insight (Vipassana) Meditation which he co-founded in 2009.
Hart is a German/Australian socially-engaged artist who predominately works site-specific with sculpture, installations and performance art and has completed two Masters in contemporary art – a research MFA with thesis at the Victorian College of the Arts/University of Melbourne and a coursework Masters in Visual Art at Monash University. He also received a full scholarship commencing a PhD at VCA.
As an experienced meditator of 20+ years, a long time yoga practitioner as well as a professional artist his intention with Stanley Ave Studio is to create a supportive environment that nourishes creativity, research, personal growth and transformation: in essence building sangha – a community of spiritual friends interested in the modern application and relevance of ancient dharma and yogic practice as a response to the challenges of contemporary life and culture.
His mission with SAS is to integrate the imagination and creative arts into contemporary Dharma practice as an authentic path to deeply inquire into the nature of the mind and lived experience. The intention is to re-connect and transform our relationship with self, other and the living world as a response to the challenges of the world-wide climate emergency.