About us

The teachers at Centre for Movement Studies and Yoga Moves offer beginner and intermediate yoga classes; classes and private lessons in the Feldenkrais Method and meditation instruction. Currently, classes are taught over a series of four terms per year. 'Terms' are usually between 9 and 11 weeks (casual studies are welcome to drop in at any point in the term). There are also classes during the post New Year period in January. Most yoga classes are one and a half hours long. Feldenkrais and meditation lessons are usually 1 hour in length. A typical yoga class will include stretching and strengthening asanas (postures) combined with breath exercises and a guided meditation at the end of the class. Classes also include practical and pleasurable methods for increasing awareness, relaxation and energy in daily life. In addition to the regular schedule of weekly classes, there are workshops, retreats and corporate classes available.


Sara Elderfield Yoga, Feldenkrais, Meditation Instructor

Sara grew up in Indonesia, Burma, country W.A. and Perth. She studied literature at U.W.A. for three years before meeting her teachers (Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche and Karma Chime Shore ) in 1993, at which point she embarked on an exploration of yoga, movement and meditation. She began teaching in 1996 and in 1999 started Yoga Moves. At the beginning of 2005 she commenced the four year Feldenkrais Method training and now teaches group classes (Awareness Through Movement) as well as seeing clients for individual lessons (Functional Integration). Since 2006 she has been running the Centre for Movement Studies studio which is based in Shenton Park and hosting a variety of workshops and classes run by other local and international teachers. In addition to the classes which run each week, Sara has also taught in numerous workplaces and schools throughout Perth and the South-West and takes groups overseas (Bali, Nepal, Vietnam, Tibet and France) for yoga, Feldenkrais, meditation and walking retreats.

Sue Ward Feldenkrais Practitioner

Sue was born in Scotland and raised predominantly in Perth. She worked as a Clinic Nurse specialising in the care of Oncology and Haematology patients for 20 years. During the last 10 years, as her children grew to be adults, her focus shifted to more preventative health measures and wellness modalities. She has always believed prevention is better than cure. She started regular yoga classes a few times a week in 2006 which led to an increased interest in the balance between mind and body. In 2014, Sue commenced the four year Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Program being run in Perth. Having graduated as a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement teacher in 2015, she is particularly interested in providing classes to help people move with greater ease and comfort. Following Feldenkrais principles, her classes provide alternative options for easier movement. To achieve ease of movement, Sue believes that the key is gaining a greater sense of self through the integration of breath with slow gentle movements. Phone: 0407 717 056 Email: sue.ward@iinet.net.au In January: Sue will teach a general Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class for all on Tuesday mornings 11.30am - 12.30pm. See January timetable on the hone page for more details. In term 1: Sue will teach an open Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement group class 'Sens-ation-all Movements' on Tuesday mornings 11.30am - 12.30pm and "Pregnant Pauses: Feldenkrais for Mums To Be on Wednesdays 11.15am - 12.15am. See the timetable for more details.

Jen Opie Yoga Teacher

Jen approaches yoga as a form of movement-based meditation and loves its capacity to engender self-awareness, self-expression, and self-care. After completing a Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program with Friends in Yoga at Beacon Yoga Centre, Perth in 2009, Jen began teaching at Yoga Moves in 2010. Here she also began practicing mindfulness meditation, and after moving to Melbourne, she conducted an Honours research project on mindfulness-based health enhancement for medical students at Monash University. Jen now works as a mentor on mindfulness programs for wellbeing and peak performance on Monash University’s online teaching platform. From 2014 to 2016 Jen taught yoga and mindfulness meditation at The Yoga Lab, Melbourne and in this time delved into various workshops and training opportunities to explore the anatomy of yoga, teaching methodology, and embodied practice. Jen completed a second teacher training course in India in 2015 and is currently completing a postgraduate yoga teacher training course with Ihana Yoga, Melbourne, as well as postgraduate studies in clinical psychology at Murdoch University. Jen’s classes combine thoughtful and playful movement, alignment precision in asana, strength building, dynamic flowing movements, mind-body awareness, cognitive principles of mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation. She delights in movement and aims to build students’ awareness of and enjoyment in their unique biomechanics so that they can move intelligently, enhancing wellbeing and self-compassion. These classes invite exploration and contemplation both on and off the mat. In January, Jen will teach Hatha Vinyasa Yoga for all on Tuesday mornings 9.15am - 10.45am and Wednesday evenings 6.15pm and 7.45pm starting Tuesday 7th January. Check the January timetable on the home page for details or contact Jen on 0406 773 768 or email: jen.o.ihana@gmail.com. In term 1: Jen will teach 'Renew and Revive - Gentle Hatha Vinyasa' on Wednesday evenings 6.15pm and 7.45pm and 'Strong and Spacious Hatha Vinyasa' on Saturday mornings 11am - 12.30pm. See the timetable for more details.

Jenny D Cruz Feldenkrais Practitioner

Jenny D’Cruz is a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Physiotherapist. She discovered through her own experience with Feldenkrais lessons that movement quality and posture can become easy and graceful. Jenny has been teaching Awareness Through Movement® classes since December 2015. and has over 25 years’ experience as a Physiotherapist working within both the private and public health systems She has extensive experience in the fields of arthritis, osteoporosis, balance training and falls prevention, joint replacement prehab and rehabilitation, pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation. Jenny has also taught Ante-Natal and Post-Natal education and exercise programs and also worked on Maternity wards looking after mothers with musculoskeletal issues and post-natal care. She believes that empowering her clients with knowledge and self-awareness results in improved self-management and less dependence on others for treatment. Jenny offers classes on other days at the Mind Body Heart Studio in Wembley and also offers Functional Integration lessons. Email: jen.infinitemovement@gmail.com Phone 0439 881 300 January Mondays 10am - 11am An Introduction to Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class Term time: Mondays 10am - 11am open Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class Fridays 9.15am - 10.15am open Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class

Madeline Clare

Madeline Clare teaches with a spirit of energetic contradiction, seeking to realign mental and physical responses to subjective and objective phenomena. She adopts an intelligent and empathetic attitude towards her students to encourage simplicity and equanimity. Madeline was introduced to yoga in the 1970s at the age of 8, with a dedicated interest emerging a few years later. Teacher training began in the UK in 2008, and she returned to Australia to graduate from the E-shed Yoga School in 2010. Madeline also studies the holistic sciences of Ayurveda and homeopathy. To unify her collective experience of yoga traditions - Ashtanga, Hatha, Iyengar - into a dynamic, yet gentle practice, of spontaneous play, play being an essential life practice that generates reality, Madeline shares the inspirations that have transformed her own dedicated practice. Iyengar’s alignment provided the solid foundation; Ashtanga vinyasa created the meditative movement and with a good understanding of pranayama, she continues to refine her practice to embrace an organic vitality of healthy living. Thursday evening 4.45 - 6.15pm Beginners A gentle hatha yoga with a focus on body and breath awareness to improve upon strength and flexibility while cultivating a mindful practice. Suitable for all new to yoga or working with injury, trauma or stress related diseases. Thursday evening 6.30 - 8.00pm Intermediate For those who have some yoga experience, an increased focus on pranayama techniques and its physical manifestations in the body and mind to build flexibility and strength. A sense of equanimity in daily living is sought through a gently flowing, yet dynamic practice that encourages a discipline, which can be extended towards meditation. Contact details Madeline phone: 0457 699 666 Website: www.madelineclare.com Email: info@madelineclare.com

Richard Yin Meditation Instructor

Richard is a G.P. with a special interest in the holistic management of those with chronic pain. He has post-graduate training in the Feldenkrais Method, acupuncture, manipulative therapy and musculoskeletal medicine. He is also a long-term meditator aware of the interrelationship between body and mind. Contact Gaby: mindmed@tpg.com.au for class details or see the timetable.

Peter Humphry Yoga teacher

I started practising yoga in 2006 looking for something to increase my strength, flexibility, and general physical health. I enjoyed it right from the beginning, and began to explore different styles, with different teachers; and as I learnt more I started to develop a deeper understanding of all the benefits that a regular yoga practice brings. As it brought strength, flexibility, and balance to my body, it also brought those same qualities to my mind, enabling me to enjoy the highs in life more, and also to cope better with the lows; it helped me start to live a more full and balanced life. I wanted to share this experience and to this end I embarked on the 350 hour teacher-training course at Fremantle Yoga Centre. My classes balance physical asana (postures), movement, and breath work. Phone: 0408 088 801 Email: phumphry@gmail.com January Mondays: Open Yoga 5.30pm - 7pm beginners welcome January Saturdays: Open Yoga 9.15am - 10.45am beginners welcome Term time: Mondays 4pm - 5.30pm Strong and Steady Yoga for all (beginners welcome) Mondays 5.45pm - 7.15pm More Good Solid Yoga for all Saturdays 9.15am - 10.45am Solid and Steady Saturdays (beginners welcome)

Jude Carter Yoga Instructor

Jude’s interest in yoga began as a teenager. Over the years one class a week grew to two and so forth until her passion for yoga eventually lead to teacher training studies in 2005. Jude began teaching yoga at Hospice of Mother Tara, a Buddhist Centre in Bunbury WA, at the request of her yoga teacher. She completed her formal teacher training with Friends in Yoga and continued her yoga study with The Yoga Space in Perth and with Victor Chang (Yin Yoga). Jude is a member of Yoga Australia. Jude also has a Bachelor of Science in Human Movement Studies and Environment with honours and is currently studying Craniosacral therapy and Myofascial Release. Jude has traveled over much of Asia and has taught yoga and meditation to students in Nepal, India, Indonesia and Australia. She has been studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism since her early adulthood and has been deeply moved and influenced by the yogic philosophy that is rooted in the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Her main teacher is the most kind and inspirational, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Jude has witnessed the physical and mental/ emotional benefits yoga has brought to both herself and others over the years. This inspires her to share yoga with others so they too can experience mental and physical wellbeing, stillness, peace and wisdom. Tuesday morning 9:15am – Gentle Hatha Yoga - continuing beginner/ level 1 Gentle hatha yoga with a focus on gentle asanas, improving joint flexibility and function, slowing downing, inner reflection and relaxation. Suitable for all, including those with injuries and reduced mobility. Practice the foundations of hatha yoga in a non-judgemental and non-competitive environment. You will learn to develop mindfulness of your body and mind; breathing techniques that fully oxygenate the body, bring alertness in the mind and promote relaxation; basic yoga asanas (postures) that can balance the systems of the body, increase strength and fitness, and relieve stress and tension; and relaxation and meditation techniques to quieten the mind and bring about stillness and peace. Wednesday morning 9:15am 10.45am – Hatha Yoga – level 1/2 Hatha Yoga is a combination of asanas (postures) and pranayama (energy control using the breath) built on a foundation of ethics. This asana practice works towards increased flexibility, strength, balance and improved functioning of body systems. The class begins with yogic breathing practices, increasing in intensity to suit the level of the class and flows into deeper stretching as the body warms up. The class concludes with a relaxation/ meditation. Contact details Jude Carter: 0406 260 857 Website: www.pemayoga.com.au Email: info@pemayoga.com.au

Michael Bobrowicz Meditation Instructor

Michael has been meditating for 25 years mostly within the Buddhist tradition. He studied for over 20 years with the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche. Michael worked both in private enterprise, owning companies and in the public sector managing waste and recycling for the city of Brisbane and has a good understanding of how to integrate meditation with a busy career. He loves meditation.

Chime Shore

Chime (pronounced Chimee) Shore has studied and taught in the Buddhist tradition for over 30 years. He received ordination in both the Theravadin and Vajrayana Traditions. He is a meditation teacher, sculptor, community worker and father. He has also worked in the mental health system helping people with their personal recovery. All of these things inform his teaching. Chime is known for his ability to speak directly and with kindness. Born in Canada, he now lives and teaches in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. He is the founding teacher of the Origins Centre in Balingup and The Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre near Nelson, New Zealand. He is currently based at the Origins Centre in Balingup and leads regular meditation (mindfulness) retreats for individuals and families. Phone 9764 1275 for details.

Claire Schafer Yoga Teacher

As a student of yoga for more than 15 years, Claire delved deeper into her studies when she completed her formal yoga teacher training in 2007, under the tutelage of Kale Leaf at the Fremantle Yoga Centre. She then taught at the studio from 2007 - 2011 before travelling and working in Port Hedland with her husband. Claire uses yoga as a tool to become more present, grounded and aware in her everyday life. Yoga helps her juggle all her roles, including being a full time mama to two little people. Claire practices in the Hatha and Iyengar-based yoga traditions, with an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment. She also has training and a special interest in prenatal yoga. Her classes are infused with a sense of mindfulness, providing students time to explore and self reflect. Phone: 0439 529 744 Email: findyourfeetyoga@gmail.com Wednesdays: Beyond Beginners (mixed level Hatha, not for absolute beginners) 9.15am - 10.45am