Yoga Moves and Centre For Movement Studies Class Instructors
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.
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
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.
Phone: 0406 260 857
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
Term time: Wednesdays: Beyond Beginners (mixed level Hatha, not for absolute beginners) 9.15am - 10.45am
Jen Opie, Yoga Instructor
Jen is passionate about a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, and this is reflected in her work and associated studies as a yoga instructor, provisionally registered psychologist, and online mindfulness course mentor.
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 practising 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 courses 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 Edith Cowan University.
Jen’s classes combine thoughtful and playful movement, alignment precision in asana, strength building, dynamic flowing movements, natural nasal breathing, meditation, and relaxation. She aims to imbue the attentional and attitudinal components of mindfulness in her yoga classes; these include focused awareness and compassion, so that a quality of gentle kindness is encouraged. Jen delights in movement and aspire’s to build students’ awareness of and enjoyment in their unique biomechanics so that they can move intelligently, enhancing wellbeing in a non-competitive environment. These classes invite exploration and contemplation both on and off the yoga mat.
Jen teaches Hatha Vinyasa Yoga. The hatha references held poses (asanas) and the vinyasa references flowing movements, in particular sequences in which poses are connected and the transitions are paid attention to.
Phone: 0406 773 768
Term time: Wednesdays 5.45pm to 7.15pm
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 also offers Functional Integration lessons.
Phone: 0439 881 300
Term time: Mondays 10am - 11am open Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class and Thursdays 6pm - 7pm open Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class
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
Term times: Tuesdays 11.15am - 12.30pm
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.
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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.
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CHIME SHORE, Meditation Instructor
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 Retreat Centre in Balingup and leads regular meditation (mindfulness) retreats for individuals and families.
Phone 08 9764 1275 for details.
Bernadette Robinson, Guest Instructor, Paediatric physiotherapy
Bernadette graduated at the Physiotherapy School at the Georg August University Göttingen, Germany, in 1980. Prior to moving to Australia she worked for 15 years as a Physiotherapist in the Children's Hospital & Child Development Centre in Oldenburg, Germany. Here she treated children of all ages with a variety of medical conditions. During this time she specialised in the treatment of children with developmental, neurological and respiratory conditions. After she passed the AECOP Exam in 1999, she worked for a couple of years at Rocky Bay, treating young adults with neuro muscular conditions, before she became the Senior Physiotherapist at the Fremantle Child Development Service. Bernadette still holds this position and works one day per week in her private practice.
Over the past 16 years, Bernadette extended her knowledge and experience in working with infants & toddlers in Western Australia.
Early Gross Motor Skills and Emotional Wellbeing of Infants & Young Children
Bernadette observed that the development of specific early gross motor skills is fundamental for many of the infant’s developing social, emotional and physical functions and relationships. For example, infants with weak stability and poor control of their core trunk muscles often have concomitant difficulties with not only fine motor skills, but also with the feeding relationship and feeding, sleeping, speech, language and communication. Daily care activities can become a stressful experience for the infant and the caregiver if lifting, carrying, lowering, bathing, feeding, positioning, and protection are awkward and if infant’s cues are misunderstood.
Paediatric physiotherapy involves a mother and infant who are in the very early stages of their relational journey together. Bernadette tries to enhance this relationship by collaborating with mothers to develop positioning and handling skills that make both the babies feel physically secure and the caregivers more confident in their parenting role.
Bernadette is available on Fridays for home consultations.
Physiotherapy Service for Babies & Toddlers
SHENTON PARK WA 6008