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
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
" 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."
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.
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.”
Please visit our Vision & Mission and If you feel you have a skill to offer that will help us build capacity and expand our offerings we would love to hear from you.
Here is our email.
We are a non-profit and a lot of our activities are on a donation / volunteer basis or scaled to economy.
You may also like to simply hire our space and run your offerings to your community with Heart Place as your venue. We support each other. More information on space hire can be found here.
Sydel has facilitated the Heart & Wings mindfulness training & meditations at the Home of Yoga for over 30 years. Beginning with small gatherings in their family home and workshops & trainings at their centre, 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 offers donation based meditation sessions at Heart Place, facilitates the Heart and Wings mindfulness training both face to face and online as well as weekly mindful yoga class on Wednesdays at 7pm.
We welcome Mandi as a meditation teacher at Heart Place. Mandi will be offering a variety of donation based meditation classes from time to time as well as trainings and workshops beginning with Embodied Wisdom & Grief Movement.
Mandi is a certified and experienced Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner, Life Coach, Meditation and Pranayama Teacher, and Grief Movement Guide. A student of meditation for over 25 years, energy intuitive and Spiritual Mentor, Mandi supports people around the globe through life coaching, grief support, mentorship, deep listening and energy healing - helping others to access their own living presence, awaken to life and transcend and transform their limitations.