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! 

Taylor Dunstan

I began practicing yoga at Empowered Centre in 2020 in hopes to bring more movement to my body and find ways to relax the mind. Whilst being a student here, I also found a love for aerial yoga and pole dancing.


In 2021 I did my yoga teacher training and aerial yoga training through the centre, and went on to teach yoga, aerial yoga and beginners pole dancing. I love being able to share the experience with students across all classes I teach and enjoy seeing their progression each week. 

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!!



I have been a Pilates teacher for 15years I love everything about the body, and the importance of the core. I discovered aerial arts a few years ago and have become very passionate about passing on the teachings of the arts. I am also a big kid at heart and love teaching Circus Intro to kids as well as Silks and Lyra.

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.

Allegra King 

Allegra King is a world-renowned pole dancing performer, instructor and competition judge with many titles under her belt, as well as years of experience creating her mesmerising stage shows as she has been pole dancing since 2008. Among her titles, she is a two-time winner of Miss Pole Dance WA, the winner of Miss Pole Dance Australia 2010, and the International Pole Battle 2011, held in Canada. Throughout Australia and in the USA, she has performed opening numbers and judged many competitions, and has taught her signature moves and style in workshops. She is best known as the creator of the pole move named after her, ‘The Allegra’. Allegra loves to nurture her students to achieve their full potential, whilst feeling sexy and having fun!

Rachael Mercy

Rachael began practicing yoga in London in 1996 and since then has practiced a variety of styles. In her classes you’ll find a yoga practice based on fundamentals with a weaving of philosophy to encourage contemplation and transformation.

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!

Shona Schutz

I first started pole dancing to build confidence in myself. Over the years I’ve began to fall in love with my body. For it’s strength, and flexibility and all the incredible things it allow me to do. 

I love all styles of pole dancing, from spinning to static, exotic and floorwork and I continue to develop my skills and style. 

I enjoy being an instructor as there is nothing more rewarding than seeing students progress and achieve their goals and feel empowered in their body. 

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.

Vanessa Robb

Vanessa loves Pilates as much as she loves dogs, coffee and the odd glass of rose`. She’s tiny in stature but is a giant advocate for making Pilates part of your lifestyle for your physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Vanessa discovered Pilates after the birth of her children to get back into shape. After discovering reformer Pilates she was hooked, and was compelled to share this wonderful movement system with others. Vanessa has undertaken internationally renowned Pilates ITC reformer training, is qualified in Barre and is also training to teach matwork Pilates. She is passionate about clients making Pilates a way of life – enjoying movement within a caring community, feeling stronger, more flexible and energetic!  

Allysia Standring

I joined Empowered Centre back in 2015 after severally injuring my neck. Without Empowered I definitely wouldn’t be where I am now. After many years of training everyday I found a real love of teaching and have followed that path.

My main interests are Pilates, Reformer and Fitness classes such as Tramp fit. I love being able to see people’s transformations whether it’s a fitness journey or working through an injury.

Amanda Basanelli

I love to provide a gentle space for all levels of yoga practice and styles! 

Within the classes, we focus on the energy within the body and how we can move & breathe with intention. 

With an easy-going approach to creating space for movement, I love to also focus on the energetic and universal aspects of the human body, allowing students to find a deeper connection between themselves and the mat. With a gentle yet easy going feminine touch, I aspire to have my students leave class feeling just a little more grounded and accomplished within themselves.

Francesca Cantatore

Originally from Italy I moved to Australia in late 2012 and never looked back.

After moving around the East Coast for few years I fell in love with Perth, the layback lifestyle of the West Coast and its beautiful sunsets.

I am fitness and health enthusiast, I absolutely love inspiring clients and friends towards improving their lifestyle, achieving new goals and feeling at their best.

I work as Pilates & pole dance instructor and remedial massage therapist.

In my free time you can find me spinning around a pole or relaxing at the beach with my dog Bella.

Fun fact about me: despite being Italian I am absolutely shocking at cooking (but promise I am working on it).

Bec Van Der Laan

I started practising yoga as a teenager after sustaining a knee injury. I practised on and off for a few years before falling into a regular practise as a support for my mental health.

I believe in the power of movement, love teaching and supporting my students to help them navigate through life, during good times and bad, and anything in-between.