Class teachers

Sara Elderfield Yoga Instructor and Feldenkrais Practitioner

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.

Jen Opie Yoga Instructor

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. Jen teaches 'Renew and Revive - Hatha Vinyasa' on Wednesday evenings 6pm and 7.30pm. See the timetable for more details.

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: Email:

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: for class details or see the timetable.

Peter Humphry Yoga Instructor

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: 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. Contact details Jude Carter: 0406 260 857 Website: Email:

Claire Schafer Yoga Instructor

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: Wednesdays: Beyond Beginners (mixed level Hatha, not for absolute beginners) 9.15am - 10.45am