About Us

The Wellness Unions team of teachers are passionate, welcoming,  and of highly qualified. Classes are suitable for all levels of experience, and our teachers understand what it's like to step into your first yoga class.

Here's a little more about them, but remember, we're really all about you - creating the most supportive, welcoming, and open environment for you to find your hands, your feet, and your self on your yoga mat.

About Us wellness union

Diane's journey in wellness first began over 15 years ago when she took up the practice of yoga after experiencing lower back pain. She quickly realised many health benefits, along with improved back pain. She commenced her first teacher training in April 2011 - completing an Advanced Diploma. Along the years Diane also took up a great interest in meditation and has practiced many styles deepening her training and experience. Meditation is a particular area Diane is very passionate about sharing with her students. “When I first started yoga and meditation it was for the physical benefits, but over the years the more I practiced, I gained balance in my life and yoga has taught me to be mindful and completely myself.” 

Qualifications & Accreditations

    • Level 3 teaching in asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, anatomy, ethics- Knoff Yoga
    • Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga 150 hours - Yoga Synergy
    • Advanced Yoga Fundamentals 150 hours - Yoga Synergy
    • Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teacher Training 350 hours - AYA
    • Discover Meditation - Australian School of Meditation & Yoga
    • Prenatal Teacher Training - Bliss Baby Yoga
    • Core Vinyasa Teacher Training
    • BA Business, Human Resources & Marketing

About Wellness Union

Anna has had an interest in Yoga and alternative healing since she was 14, where she practised at the Sivananda Ashram in Perth.

Anna completed her first teacher training in 2005. She has been to India 8 times to study Yoga and Meditation. At the Bihar School of Yoga in India, she lived for 2 years to study and live as a Sannyasin (Yoga monk). She completed a 2 year Diploma of Satyananda Teacher Training in 2014. Anna also has a great interest in Indian natural medicine and studied Ayurvedic Massage and Consultancy in Dharmsala India with tradition Dr (Vaidya) Sibichen George. She has completed many Vipassana, Theraveda Meditation retreats in Thailand, India and Australia.

“I have noticed a great change in my wellbeing since integrating these therapies as a way of life. I believe that we have the power to live happy and fulfilling lives when we can see ourselves clearly”.  

Anna teaches yoga and meditation across Melbourne.  

Qualifications & Accreditations:

  • Diploma of Classical Yoga, Australian College of Classical Yoga, 2005
  • Samarpananda Yoga Teacher Training, Rishikesh India, Satyananda Tradition 2008
  • Iyengar Yoga intensive, Rajpur India , 2006
  • Prenatal Teacher Training with Janice Clarfield, 2009
  • Satyananda Yoga Academy Yogic Studies(Diploma)1, 2, 3, 4
Bihar School of Yoga, India, Sannyasa Training Course 2011-2013

 

 

the wellness union

Jess has been a travelling yogini since 2004 with strong roots in the Hatha yoga tradition including Ashtanga Vinyasa method, combined with a Fitness, Ayurveda, nutrition and Wellness coaching background. She shares her extensive experience & passion as a unique, inspiring light along the students individual journey inward encouraging their practice to extend beyond the mat.

Jess lives by Patanjali’s eight limb path as closely as her own path has brought her to date, cultivating a lifestyle to inspire progress not perfection, intentional living and balance in all areas of life. A lifelong student, she regularly trains with Ashtanga Yoga Master Ajay Kumar of Mysore, India and Prashant Jakhmola of Rishikesh and more recently,  Master Jani Jaatinen, (Gokulcandra) and has a disciplined, intuitively driven self practice.

Her ultimate goal is to bring the tradition of the East to the West to inspire and evolve our practices for spiritual growth, healing and cultivate a life of vitality and wellness. Jess also aims to assist in the immersion of Westerners into the East through retreats, in order to fund the education, development, and empowerment of young women in India to fulfill their dreams of visiting the West.

Qualifications & Accreditations

  • University of Wisconsin. La Crosse, WI, USA B.S. Exercise and Sport Science, Strength and Conditioning, Business Administration, 2001- 2005
  • 60 days Sthalam 8, intensive Ashtanga Vinyasa training w/ Ajay Kumar, Mysore India 2016
  • 10 day YogGanga Center for Yoga Studies, Iyengar Intensive w/Rajiv & Swati Chanchani, Dehradun
  • 7 day Kaivalyadhama Health & Yoga Research Center, Intensive Yoga/Ayurveda, Lonavala
  • 10 day, 100hr Vipassana Meditation, Dhamma Salila, Dehradun 2016
  • 500 RYT Nepal Yoga Academy, Traditional Hatha `15 200 RYT Shiva Yoga Peeth, Ashtanga Vinyasa/Hatha Rishikesh, India 2014
  • Certificate III & IV in Fitness, Australia 2005
  • 1st Yoga training AAAI/ISMA Vinyasa, USA 2003/4

    Karen travelled extensively around the world for 14 years living for extended periods of time in India, China, Tibet, Europe and the Middle East learning of different cultures, religions and philosophies. It was in 1995 in Dharamsala India that Karen’s yoga journey began. As she began to feel the transformation yoga had in her life she felt inspired to share the gift of yoga with others... Upon Returning to Australia she has since completed 1 x 200 Hour Hot Yoga, 1 x 80 Hour Hot Flow, 2 x 25 Hour Yin training from Grass Roots Yoga and 150 Hour Advanced Post Graduate teacher training at Ihana Yoga. She strives to cultivate happiness and balance through mindful living, hoping to inspire her students to do the same. With that mentality she teaches her classes from her heart creating an uplifting, safe environment for students to begin to explore and expand within their own body and consciousness. She is continually inspired by yoga’s transformative power—both internally and externally. She strives to bring a sense of fun, freedom and kindness to her classes.

    Qualifications & Accreditations:

    • 200 Hour Hot Yoga Teacher Training
    • 50 Hour Yin Teacher Training
    • 150 Hour Post Graduate - Ihana Yoga
    • Registered Teacher with Yoga Australia