Jacqui Joyce

I started yoga late in life at the age of 40. I had injured my back playing netball and found yoga was the best recovery. I did my Yoga teacher training as a holiday with a friend. It was certainly no holiday, but it was a life changer. I am a busy high energy person and yoga has taught me how to calm the mind and body which in essence allows the energy to flow even freer. With a background in Nursing, helping people is my great love. I am passionate about helping people regaining their health after injury or disease. I like to mix up my platforms of exercise and enjoy anything from a hard core fitness class all the way through to a restorative yoga and meditation class. My favourite thing of all, is seeing people smile

Verity Joyce

Since a young age, I have always been into gymnastic sort of activities/ sports. I fell in love with Equestrian Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) where as a team and individually, I competed in state and national championships. With a bendy background, it was no surprise that I jumped at the chance to become an Aerial Yoga Instructor for Empowered Centre in 2016. Since Empowered Centre has been open, I have grown as an instructor, going on to learn to teach Barre Fitness, Aerial Hoop, Bungee Fitness, Functional Training and Yoga. I love being able to see the growth and noticeable change in confidence over the months and years I get to know long term students. I would have to say this is the most rewarding part of being an instructor. When I’m not teaching, you will find me behind the reception desk! 

Rachel Lau

Yoga brings me physical and inner strength, which helped me to face the practical aspects of life while working in the corporate world for over 10 years in Hong Kong. My passion for yoga encouraged me to leave the banking world and complete a Certificate IV in Yoga Teacher training in Byron Bay. 

I focus on restoring peoples wellbeing, offering yoga for grownups as well as chair yoga for seniors. I am currently studying a master of occupational therapy at Curtin University. My goal is to combine evidence based occupational therapy solutions and community based yoga to help people restore health. I am committed to helping people live with chronic conditions.

Stephanie Davis

I am primarily a yoga instructor, having completed my 200hr YTT in India two-and-a-half years ago, but since arriving at Empowered Centre I’ve also trained in aerial yoga, barre fitness and bungee fitness.
My favourite class to teach is Vinyasa Flow; I love bringing together traditional yoga asanas and more modern movement practices to create flows that feel GOOD.

I’m a big believer in movement as medicine. My favourite thing about teaching is creating space for students to check-in with themselves and figure out what they need to nourish and rejuvenate themselves physically, mentally and emotionally. Then I get to step in and guide them through this process, drawing on my yoga and fitness training, as well as sometimes pulling from my knowledge of other holistic therapies (aromatherapy, breathwork, energy work).

Suffice to say, I’m completely in love with my job and so grateful to be working with the beautiful Empowered Community.

Darleen Clausen

I’m Darleen,
I have been teaching at Empowered Centre for just over 2 years. I completed my yoga training in Perth 12 years ago, but yoga has been my passion for more than 22 years. I feel that yoga has no goal; I teach so students become more accepting and present within themselves. My favourite pose is savasana as I love to see the state of happiness and relaxation it brings the students at the end of the session.

Lakeisha Collier

I originally joined Empowered Centre with my mum back in May 2017 for some mother, daughter bonding time. As a dance teacher, I decided to further my portfolio and went on to study Aerial Yoga, Barre Fitness and Bungee Fitness. I was offered the ability to teach at Empowered Centre last September and have been teaching since. My favourite class type would have to be Bungee Fit as I am able to express my dance passion during the sessions, while having fun and getting a great workout

Kerri Babbington

My name is Kerri, also known as Mama K. I work in woman’s refuge as well as from home in Koongamia, helping people to find balance in their body and mind. 

As well as this, I love to teach my special blend of yoga I call YINYASA. This combines the magic of Yin with movement which brings release to the body and soul.

I teach absolute beginners, dedicated yogis, injured and older people in my classes. You will find something for everyone. I am well known for my love of teaching spirituality, my motivational style, down to earth sense of humour, all in a supportive and nurturing environment where you are encouraged to do YOU and be yourself.

Toni Riches-Smith

I have been a member at Empowered since it opened, convinced of its importance in my own health care.
During this time I have watched the centre grow and evolve.
I was particularly excited at the introduction of F-Fit and Strength Training, adding to the holistic approach of the Centre.
Fitness and Resistance Training are important across all age ranges, but especially to women as they age, and it is here that I love to make a difference.
Through encouraging, challenging, individualizing and modifying, I want you to get results, and still be standing at the end, feeling bloody awesome!!

Michael Cole

I started practicing yoga while I was working at Empowered in reception and immediately fell in love with it. Finding an activity that exercised my body as well as my mind and soul at the same time was a game changer. The owner of empowered centre, Jacqui Joyce, gave me a once in a lifetime opportunity to become a teacher through the 2018 YTT, an opportunity that I will never stop thanking her for. I decided to take on teacher training and fell in love even more with yoga and it’s teachings. The most important thing that yoga has taught me is to always be a student, to listen and to challenge myself and my fellow yogis. I was so lucky the opportunity to start teaching was presented to me because I have never looked back. Since then I have grown, laughed, cried and learned so many lessons because of the beautiful practice of yoga. By far my favourite thing to see in my classes is my students improving and understanding their practice with each class they attend. I can’t wait to meet you!

Linda Bell

I had been practicing yoga for some years before I decided to complete a 200 hour YTT With Empowered Centre in 2018. Soon after training, appreciating the health benefits of yoga I continued further studies with anatomy. I have since completed a couple of courses with Judith Hanson Lasater and Lizzie Lasater.  These courses were Long hold Restorative yoga and online Experiential Anatomy. With the love and interest for Anatomy I continued on to get certified as a Roll Model Method and Yin Yoga – Paul Grilley Style teacher. My interest in anatomy based yoga has now led me to study Yoga Therapy.  I believe Yoga is practical and achievable for different bodies and abilities.

Sally Jardine

I have been pole dancing for ten years, and practicing aerial hoop for five years.I have competed in various statewide competitions, and I am very passionate about watching my students grow in confidence and accomplish their goals. I am a mother of two beautiful young children.

Hayley Edgar

I started pole a couple of years ago as a way to mix up my fitness regime and meet new people, mostly to get out of my comfort zone! What I found during my pole course was a new found love for my body and a great appreciation for its abilities! I love being active and having a child really keeps me on my toes! As well as running the beginner and intermediate one I also run my own photography business! I love meeting new people and I love helping others to find a confidence in themselves that they may not have known was there!

Jade Cooper

I am a qualified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor and fell in love with boxing while completing my Cert 3 & 4 in Fitness. I find boxing to be a very empowering form of exercise, nothing beats throwing a few punches and kicks to relieve some of that built up stress! Boxing also requires a lot of brainwork, so to be working your mind and body, and to be improving your confidence all in one go is my kind of class!

Claire South

With a background in dance, sports science and health promotion, Claire now brings her passion for all things movement and wellbeing to yoga. Being such a meditative and mindful form of movement, Claire says that yoga really just sells itself! She enjoys providing safe and quality yoga classes that will support and benefit both beginners and the more experienced. She looks forward to sharing her creative flows and connecting with like minded people at Empowered Centre each week!

Anouk Viana

Following various injuries as an equestrian I turned to yoga and pilates for healing and rehabilitation. I am evidence of the theraputic benefits of movement and am keen to share my love for and knowledge of Pilates, fitness, yoga and movement therapy as a teacher and lifelong student.

I teach mat Pilates with a focus on alignment, body connectivity and movement control. I gained my qualification in early 2019 at Studio Pilates International after practising Pilates for the past five years. I am committed to ongoing learning and development in somatic exercise, Pilates, yoga, fitness, anatomy and movement studies.

I love sports and movement of all kinds especially yoga, belly dance and martial arts. I am a Remedial Massage Therapist and live in the Swan Valley with my husband and a bunch of cats and dogs!

Cindy Stevens

Being in the Health and Beauty industry has played a huge part in my Life. From teaching aerobics for 10 years to running my own Beauty business for over 20 years. As I extended into life so have my qualifications and skills. I have since studied to become a Naturopath though not currently practicing. At present I’m finishing off my Hypnotherapy training and am currently teaching dance yoga as well as running my own cosmetic tattoo studio. On the weekends for pleasure and play I sings in a rock band and duo as a singer/Guitarist. I am a true artist and enjoy nothing more than to create dance moves for you so you can go home feeling like you’ve had fun, a laugh, and most of all feel energized and at peace with yourself. Namaste.

Kathryn Chivers

Legally blind and illegally awesome. I bailed on the 9-5 in 2018 after a universal kick up the backside! Two years later I’m trained in Vinyasa, Aerial, Sound Facilitating and Reiki- the perfect tool kit to build a community of like minded, kind and zen individuals. With many events, classes and a retreat up my sleeve, my long term goal is to become a yoga therapist so I can learn and share more about the magic and science of yoga to those who seek it. Practising yoga gets me out of my head and into my body, where I remember my strength, beauty and pleasure. Teaching it allows me to give that to others, and hold space for their self-healing.

Nicole Ilich

I came to yoga from a background in gymnastics and dancing. I’ve always loved exercise that focuses on strength and flexibility, so when I left gym and dance behind I took up yoga. I’ve been consistently practicing yoga for about 15 years now. I started aerial yoga in May 2019 as it resonated with the part of me that still wants to run away and join the circus. I love sharing my aerial practice with my students and like to create a sense of playfulness and fun in all of my classes.

Francesca Mazzotti

I’m a 300-hour Yin-trained yoga and meditation teacher. I discovered the benefits of Yin Yoga when seeking to ease my chronic back pain, which was completely eradicated within two weeks. I wanted to share Yin’s potential for healing with others, and that’s what prompted me to pursue the teaching path. I offer my teaching from a nurturing and grounded place, in a way that is accessible and meaningful. My approach is functional, meaning I concentrate on helping you find the variation of the pose most suited to your individual anatomy, whether you are a seasoned yogi or have mobility limitations. My classes offer a delicious challenge to both the body and mind, and over time may leave you feeling physically and mentally lighter, freer, less restricted and unencumbered by aches, pains and discomfort.

Rebecca Gallagher

Over the last 20 years, yoga has been a continual source of nourishment and healing during the natural ebbs and flows of my life.  

The desire to teach yoga followed soon after but along came three children and the seed to teach lay dormant but very much alive in my heart.  I completed my 350 hour Yoga Teacher training a couple of years ago through The Yoga Space in Perth and was given the opportunity to teach in many not for profit centres, predominantly in women’s rescue shelters. 

I love sharing this practice that allows us to unite body, breath and the one song that is inside us all. For me the benefits ripple out far beyond the mat.