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About  us ...

Hi!  I'm Leela, the new proud owner and teacher at  SHYAM - the South Hobart & Meditation centre. SHYAM was lovingly and generously handed over to me by Ahimsa (Helen Cushing) in February this year.  When I started Satyananda Yoga in 2005 I not only fell in love with the healing and holistic quality of Satyananda yoga, but I also started to dream of having my own yoga centre.  Little did I know it would finally eventuate in 2024, 19 years later! From 2005 I lived at the Satyananda Yoga Ashram in Mangrove Mountain whilst completing the 3-year Diploma of Yogic Studies and Teacher Training.  Following the Teacher Training I moved to Tassie to teach yoga.  Tassie became my second love! I spent 2 years teaching at the Hobart Yoga & Meditation Centre in New Town before travelling to India for a special 3-year course at the Bihar School of Yoga while serving the community and teaching. I returned to Hobart in 2015 and have continued to teach yoga and meditation classes, run workshops and weekend retreats. Inspired by Tara Brach’s book Radical Compassion and fuelled by a desire to keep learning and growing, in 2022 I completed Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield’s 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program.  It is such a wonderful opportunity to be able to continue to offer these beautiful practices of yoga and meditation to SHYAM's yoga community.  These practices continue to provide me with nourishment, transformation, and a deeper connection to myself and to life.

Cate discovered Satyananda Yoga when she first moved to Hobart over twenty-five years ago to work as a new graduate physiotherapist. She has been practicing yoga consistently since then under a range of Satyananda teachers. Yoga has helped her to navigate the challenges of working, childbearing and parenting. Cate works as a physiotherapist in women’s health, pelvic health, continence, and persistent pain. Whilst yoga has always informed Cate’s physiotherapy practice, she has had a longstanding desire to teach yoga in the Satyananda tradition. In 2022 Cate completed her two year Satyananda Yoga teacher training through Sharing Learning Yoga.   Cate is loving sharing and teaching yoga to people of all levels and abilities.

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