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.
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
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.”
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
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.
Sam had an inexhaustible love of teaching yoga and the community that grew with it. He taught 12-20 classes a week for 33 years in Aust. & was teaching in the USA before this. His classes were fun & an adventure.
Sam passes his love of yoga & community to his teacher/students & we look forward to taking the spirit of the HOY forward into its 40th year (2025).
The HOY teaching team keep his teaching's alive each in their own unique ways. All were mentored by Sam over extended time period. Each add their own interests & other trainings to be the wonderful teachers they are today.
Nadir teaches Every
" I was born in Sudan, in North Africa, with Egyptian ancestry. I have been practicing yoga for over 10 years now. For the most part, I had been practicing general Hatha yoga and the other various styles of Indian yoga. In 2018, I travelled to Jamaica to attend Kemetic Yoga Teacher Training where I became a certified instructor of the YogaSkills Method.
‘Kemet’ was the original name of Ancient Egypt. Kemetic Yoga is a system of health and well-being rediscovered and resurrected from Ancient Egypt in the mid-70’s by Dr Asar Hapi and my teacher, Master Yirser Ra Hotep.
It is a practice for physical, mental and spiritual development. A slower, methodical, meditative practice combining deep controlled breathing and flowing movements that parallel the body’s natural anatomy. I am also available for private sessions."
Stefani has a range of Yoga qualifications and is widely experienced as a yoga teacher, she is also a Midwife having supported 1000's of women.
Stefani began her collaboration with Heart Place from its beginnings at Fibonacci Centre venue & is a valued member of our team.
Currently Stefani teachers two classes weekly at Heart place:
We are excited to be in collaboration with
Laura Benzoni of:
Laura teaches at Heart Place:
"I have been practicing yoga for most of my life and have been teaching since 2016. I am an accredited yoga instructor with Yoga Australia. Over the years I have specialised in the application of yoga to support mental and physical wellbeing. My yoga classes are based on the principles and practices that come from the hatha yoga tradition and its therapeutic applications. The classes are accessible to people of all ages, abilities, and social and cultural backgrounds and tailored to best suit the needs of the individuals and of the group.”
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.
Sydel has facilitated the Mindful Home (Mindful Living) mindfulness training & meditations at the Home of Yoga since its origins, for over 40 years. Beginning with small gatherings in their family home, workshops & trainings at their centre, then travelling out to community groups and workplaces and in more recent years at Bali Spirit Festivals. Sydel travelled to India and America gathering a depth of experiences in meditation and in 2009 trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. As well Sydel is an experienced trauma focused body therapist and mental health educator. Sydel frequently offers donation based meditation sessions at Heart Place, facilitates the Mindful Home mindfulness training both face to face and online as well as weekly mindful yoga class on Wednesdays at 7pm.
**8.00am Yoga with Mira Rao
10.00am Qigong with Alex Lim
'Rest, Restore & Recharge with the music of Robert Graham' 3pm
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