Heartplace is an intentional community. Together students & teachers create a shared space of compassion, connection & community. Together we heal, grow & create peaceful, resilient community. Vision & Mission
Sydel is the Director of Heart Place & co-founded the Home of Yoga & Family Nurturing Centre with her Partner Sam Weinstein 35yrs ago. Sydel teaches Transformational Yoga as mentored by her late partner Sam. She also teaches
Heart Flow Yoga, Restorative, Mindful & Trauma Informed Yoga. Yoga for Mental Health, Attachment Based Yoga, Pregnancy & Parent/baby.
In addition Sydel founded the Mental Health Station and trained with Jon-Kabat Zinn in MBSR facilitating the Mindful Living Program at the HOY for over 20 yrs. Sydel was profoundly influenced by her work with refugees as a Trauma Informed Body Therapist.
Nadia is a Senior Yoga Teacher of the Home of Yoga. An eternal & dedicated student of yoga, Nadia attended Sam Weinstein Transformational Yoga classes for 30 yrs.
Nadia’s learning’s in the ashrams of India in her early 20's germinated the seed of her love of yoga and this quality and the spiritual heart of yoga is deeply felt and experienced in all her classes.
Currently Nadia shares in our Saturday 8am teacher rotation. Nadia's classes are strong, detailed, at times challenging and always inspiring.
Kirstie had been a Home of Yoga student since 2001 and was invited by Sam Weinstein into the HOY teacher mentorship program assisting in classes/retreats.
Kirstie also took an interest in the Breath work section of our retreats with Sam and was further mentored by Lena Kristina Tuulse a pioneer of Liberation Breathing in Europe who regularly partnered with us at our HOY retreats.
As well as being mentored by Sam Weinstein Kirstie has trained in Yoga Synergy with Simon Borg-Olivier having attended two of his teacher trainings. Kirstie works as Registered Nurse, is a trained Shiatsu therapist and a Tango Artiste and bring all these skills to her Spinal Flow classes every Thursday at 5.30pm
Maile Shanti is a writer and teacher of yoga and embodiment. She believes embodiment is a human right and focuses on teaching person-centred, gentle and restorative classes that blend her years exploring yoga, somatics, meditation and pleasure.
A student of yoga since a small child, Maile completed her 350 hour teacher training in 2018 through Prana House and is continually studying in trauma informed and somatic based areas. She is passionate about the ways yoga, somatics, restorative and mindfulness practices can support physical and mental wellbeing for people. Seeking to create accessible spaces through language that is inclusive of all genders, bodies and experiences with the hope to offer these practices to anyone interested.
Maile is teaching Monday nights 5.30pm
Barnabas developed an interest in yoga at an early age to alleviate pain and later to deal with stress while at university. After practising Ashtanga, Bikram & Vinyasa yoga for 7 yrs he completed his 200 hr teaching training in Power Vinyasa in 2015.
As well as teaching and practicing yoga his passion for a holistic approach to health as led him to study a diploma in Kinesiology.
In 2016 Barnabas attended his first class at the Home of Yoga & he is grateful to be teaching in such a heartfelt space. His Early Bird 6am Vinyasa Flow classes are sequenced to gently wake up and energize the body & Mind and maybe even the soul.
Bowen teaches our Bhakti Yoga Class. Has been a student at the Home of Yoga for over ten years and entered the mentorship program.
His classes are enjoyed for Bowen’s devotional and playful nature, love of yoga asana, chant, sound and meditation.
Bowen is a registered psychologist with extensive experience in somatic therapies and trauma informed work. This gives his teaching a sensitivity and compassion.
Most of all he enjoys spiritual connection in the heart of community.
Currently Bowen teaches as part of our Saturday Rotation 8am Class
Mira took her first yoga class with her mum at 10 yrs old seeding an ongoing curiosity & love of yoga which led to studying a range of approaches – from the alignment of Iyengar through to the intense discipline of Ashtanga Vinayasa to the creativity of modern Vinyasa. She completed her teacher training in 2012 with Radiantly Alive Yoga & has taught for several years in Perth & Bali including the Home of Yoga where she frequently attended with many of her yoga friends.
Her specialty & particular passion lies in yoga’s ability to support recovery from trauma, compulsive behavior & addiction issues which fits right in with our focus on the healing nature of yoga at Heart Place.
Mira is also a Resilient Life Coach, Writer. Musician and loves to inspire."Know who you are. Own who you are. Show who you are".
Mira teaches Wed. 5.30pm
Valentina began attending both Sam and Sydel’s classes back in the Swanbourne days of the Home of Yoga, over 20 yrs ago and became a committed student attending regularly.
Inspired to become a yoga teacher, Valentina trained intensively at the Byron Bay Yoga Centre in 2012. On her return she continued a mentor relationship with Sam Weinstein and began to teach at the HOY.
As a Special Education Teacher, Valentina also teaches yoga to her students at school.
Q: What do you love about teaching yoga?
A: I love sharing yoga asana’s, yoga wisdom and together entering a peaceful state of mind.
Valentina teaches Hatha Yoga Tuesdays at 9am.
Bianca is like a fresh breeze of sunshine when she walks into the room to teach, her love of yoga is contagious. The atmosphere in the room for Yin Yoga has a sense of the sacred and students just enjoy being in the space.
Bianca is versatile as a teacher having a solid grounding and mentorship with Sam Weinstein in Transformational Alignment Based Yoga & a variety of professional trainings.
We asked Bianca Q "what do I love most about Yoga ? A: "When I am broken and battered, yoga is there.
When I am exhausted and drawn, yoga is there.
When I calm and grounded, yoga is there.
When I am happy and brave, yoga is there..."
Bianca rotates in our Sat. 8am & Tues. 9am. As well as Little Sunshine Yoga
Rob Findlay teaches every Friday at 9.00am
“I love Home of Yoga because of the feeling of being a real Yoga community as much as a school. I teach Yin/Yang, mindful, hatha yoga where the intention is to stay completely present in the body and breath, observing & exploring without judgement.
I like music and laughter in my class & the feeling of friends who do this together every week. The greatest thing I keep from my teacher Sam Weinstein is to create each class spontaneously from the people, the feeling, the weather and whatever else is in that moment. No rules, no goals, simply playing in and riding the energy of this moment and whatever arises.”
Jodie teaches a variety of classes at our center having a solid grounding in many styles including Astanga, Iyengar and Hatha vinyasa. As a social worker Jodie is passionate about people overcoming their adversities to be the best version of themselves.
“My yoga journey began in my late teens where I dabbled in Hatha and Iyengar yoga. After many years searching for a deeper connection I made the commitment to training as a yoga teacher in 2011, which I completed in 2014.
I have been practicing and teaching at the Home of Yoga for the last 5.5 years. Sam and Sydel providing mentoring and support throughout this time."
Jodie is part of our Sat 8am rotation
As well as Yoga we offer Qigong classes. Andy Green teachers Thursdays at 11am.Andy commenced a daily practice of meditation when he was twenty. He has practiced Tai Chi, Bagua and Qigong for over 40 years, during this time he was taught by different Masters, studied in China at the Shaolin Monastery, and in the Taoist heartland in the Wudang Mountains. He is the director of the Wu Wei School.
Qigong translates as energy-work and the practices taught are for well being. Each class will conclude with sitting meditation. Classes are both healing and rejuvenating, connecting us with the body, the life force (chi), and the spirit (consciousness).
Andy is also a writer his book 'Being' will soon be on the bookshelves .
Alex Lim was born in Central Java Indonesia and was introduced to Qigong at the age of 11. Over the years Alex became experienced with numerous martial arts and went on to become a QiGong Master. Master Lim acknowledges the self healing qualities with the physical, emotional, spiritual and strengthening benefits of Qigong. Regular practice of Qigong assists with the stresses & ups and downs of life as well as facilitating self-enquiry & mastery of self.
Additionally Alex is an acupuncturist and offers an understanding of yoga, Qi healing, Tantra, Shamanistic practices, self-defense & Kung Fu.
Qigong is a way of cultivating Qi energy (life force) in simple exercises compiled by the Taoist sages and healers of Ancient times.
Alex teaches Sat's 10.00am
Jade Lawson is a mother and midwife with a passion for birth education and supporting new mums. Jade loves the magic of mums sharing in safe spaces and coming together as a community. Jade has a long history with the Family Nurturing Centre / Home of Yoga being one of our teenage mums 20 years ago and travelled with Sam and on our Global parent tour. Jade is now a registered midwife, doula, completed 200 hr swastha yoga teacher training with the Mohans, taught and trained in Steiner early childhood playgroups. Jade and Sydel will be teaming up to offer our pregnancy yoga and parent and baby yoga for the Family Nurturing Centre offerings