PHY Founder & Owner Creative Driving Force Senior Yoga Teacher Master Trainer & Facilitator Registered Teacher Trainer
Hello!! My name is Dee and I am the founder and Managing Director of Power House Yoga. Let me tell you a little bit about myself… My yoga journey started some 15 years ago when I returned from touring internationally with a leading New Zealand contemporary dance company. I was looking for something that would nourish my body after many years of probably not looking after it as well as I could have in the grueling environment of the professional dance world. What I got, was so much more!!
I immediately fell in love with the physicality of the power yoga practice and the intensity of it as well as the sweat factor!! I was already working in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and a group exercise instructor, so yoga fitted into my lifestyle perfectly. I was a dedicated student for a few years before I decided to do my teacher training. I actually didn’t do the teacher training to teach yoga, I did it because over the years I had been practicing yoga I had witnessed significant transformations of close people around me and I wanted to learn more about the history, physiology and psychology of the yogic practice. Teacher training confirmed to me that I was on the right path and that yoga was the direction I wanted to head – basically, it changed my life!! I felt a sense of necessity to share my knowledge and experience with as many people as I could – so I started teaching A LOT!!
Over the years, I have taught in various yoga studios and gyms across Melbourne and Sydney. I have facilitated workshops and retreats and I am a registered teacher trainer. I absolutely LOVE sharing the gift of yoga with everyone but especially with people who have not experienced our style of yoga before. I remember walking out of my first class with the biggest smile on my face and a sense of clarity, understanding and acceptance. I felt like I could conquer the world!! I love seeing that same face on so many others that experience it for the first time or for the five hundredth time. I remind myself every day that I am very lucky to have found yoga. Yoga is not just what I do… it is a big part of who I am!!
In my classes, I aim to share that passion, commitment and dedication of the yoga practice and studies in an open hearted, fun loving yet challenging manner. I wish to give the gift of yoga that was given to me. I intend to nurture, but encourage exploration to physical and spiritual depths that may not have been discovered before. I love seeing transformation as well as personal achievements. I believe having goals and achieving them is extremely empowering and I hope to help others reach their goals or even exceed them!
So that’s me in a nutshell… I consider everyone I share yoga with a friend. I look forward to sharing a friendship with you!!
Much love, light and laughter…
Yoga BLOKES Teacher
My passions in life are skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing and motocross. Over the years I have sustained many injuries and had countless surgeries. I was told by my surgeon that I would never run or ride again which completely shattered me. Stupidly, I believed him and pretty much gave up everything that I loved and ended up gaining an extra 20kgs. Dee dragged me kicking and screaming to my first yoga class because I honestly thought yoga was for girls and not blokes like me. And wasn’t I wrong. Dee promised me she would never speak of yoga again if I just did one class, turned out I started going to more classes than her!!
Within six months of my regular yoga practice, I was able to run again and therefore skateboard again. Within nine months I had lost the 20kgs I had gained over a few years and now my body has never felt better. And then there was the mind stuff… I experienced some pretty tough events in my adult life of which I found hard to deal with. Yoga not only helped me deal with them, but made me a much better person for the experience of those events. I can’t be thankful enough for Dee dragging me to yoga and now it is just part of my everyday routine and part of my life.
My aim is to share my yoga experiences and change the perception that yoga is for girls and get all you blokes involved. What we do is not by any definition physically easy which is what surprised me the most about our style of yoga. My aim is to challenge you blokes on a physical level with a light hearted approach along with our studio offering a space to grow on a higher level within.
If there is one thing you can take away from my experience of yoga, it would be to make yourself a better you!!
Come and give it a try… what have you got to lose?
S.M.I.L.E. Program Facilitator
PHY Team Performace Coach
You’ll find me at my happiest wandering through a Farmers Market, walking in the park (and playing on the playground) or passed out in Savasana after a Yoga Heat class.
I’ve been practicing Yoga on and off now for over 10 years – starting on my lounge room floor in front of the TV! Over the years I’ve definitely needed Yoga more than Yoga needed me. It’s been a love/hate relationship – but I kept coming back because it just made me feel so damn good!
Yoga has always been where I’ve allowed myself to be just me – warts and all. Through some tough times, my mat has become my safe place – where I can play and explore and the place I’ve learnt the most about myself. It challenges me constantly - physically, mentally and emotionally.
Power House felt like home for me straight away and with Dee’s gentle encouragement I completed my 200 hour teacher training. There isn’t enough space here to do justice to this experience and the learnings I have taken from Dee and I am humbled and excited to be a part of the team.
Our studio is where I’ve learnt to laugh at myself – being notoriously unfunny, I am determined to share the lighter side of Yoga – and myself, with you all. As a teacher I know I will be a lifelong student of Yoga and I love that! I hope to share a little about me in my classes and will encourage those around me to come along for the ride to maybe learn a little about themselves.
Teacher Training Assistant
My yoga journey began in 2013 when I was advised to try yoga to help balance my lifestyle and also as a stress relief. I wasn't too sure at first, my mind was always so busy focusing on the asanas and the internal self-talk was so loud! However, after a few classes I started to feel the benefits.
I was amazed at the overall sense of calm and peace I experienced after class. I soon became addicted, attending classes regularly to achieve this state. The physical benefits I received soon saw me leave the gym and running so I could focus on yoga.
I remember taking my first power yoga class with Dee and thinking I had found a dynamic, challenging practise which allowed me to find some quiet moments within my busy mind. I toyed with the idea of becoming a yoga teacher for several months although the time didn't feel right. Everything fell into place when Power House Yoga opened and I completed my teacher training in early 2015. As a teacher, I want to share my love of yoga and hope that like myself it can help people through the difficult challenges in life. As a nurse, I am a strong believer in health maintenance in order to prevent disease, both physically and mentally. I enjoy a regular practise and hope to see you all in class and look forward to practising alongside you all.
It took me a long time to find the love for Yoga. Originally it was purely ego driven, finding my way to the mat when I was looking a little frumpy and wanted to tighten up the body. It came and went in my life like many other fads I had tried. It wasn’t until I found an instructor that spoke to my heart and really challenged me physically did I connect. I found my flavour in a Power Yoga class and I was hooked! My life was busy and hectic and I just didn’t have the ability to slow down and quieten the mind but in a power class, I had to focus. I had to focus on the movement, I had to connect with my breath, and I had to listen to my body. I was growing, strengthening and without even realizing, I had found the internal silence I had been searching for. I then noticed the positive impact it was having on every aspect of my life. I was more focused, stronger physically and mentally and had found that outlet which kept me balanced. Back pain I had experienced for years, gone! My fiery temper, gone! Anxiety, gone! I was now responsive, not reactive, much to my husband’s delight.
I now think of Yoga completely differently. It has made me a better person. It has improved every relationship in my life including the one I have with myself. I feel with each practice I continue to evolve. I felt this overwhelming need to share Yoga. Whenever friends would discuss any aches or pains, stresses or hardship in life I would want to drag them to Yoga and hope they received the same benefits over time that I have. Hence why I decided to undergo my teacher training, I just wanted to share my love for yoga with others and see others receive the same benefits I have.
I hope to share a bit of myself with you. In each class, I want you to feel challenged and when you walk out of the doors I want you to be glowing, radiating from the inside out. I hope to bring the same light to you that my lovely instructors have brought to me. I feel incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to guide you through your yoga practice and look forward to sharing this journey with you.
Yoga has been in my life for about 25 years. I first discovered it when I was around 15 years old. I was looking for something to help me connect with myself; to try and find ‘me’. I was a pretty wild teenager and partied quite hard through my teens and early 20's, but yoga was always there as a way to bring me back to ‘me’. I do believe it was the one thing that kept me grounded and stopped me from going off the deep end. I didn't consistently practice; only when I felt the urge call.
Before I stepped into a yoga studio, everything I learnt was self-taught. I used DVDs and books to help me learn the poses and the breathing techniques as well as the philosophy and spiritual “stuff” – as much as I could. I would practice in the privacy of my bedroom trying to calm down the wild teenager that I was.
Many, many years later I took my first step into a yoga studio. Everything just fell into place and my love for yoga was solidified. I practiced as much as I could, whenever I could. I completely immersed myself in it. By committing myself to a consistent practice I began to see and feel the changes both physically and mentally. I was calmer, clearer and just felt amazing.
Then one day my husband, who had obviously noticed the changes in me and my love for the practice, suggested to me that I do teacher training and become a yoga teacher. At first I laughed thinking, “As if I could learn all of that and then be able to share it with others?” But the more I thought about it, the more the urge to learn more really took hold and I started taking the steps to become a Yoga Teacher. The rest, as they say, is history.
I've been teaching for around 2 years now and I still feel an immense excitement before each class I teach. It's a passion and an honour to share what I have learnt. I love to offer challenge to my classes to help practitioners feel the same love and passion I have for yoga within themselves. If I can touch just one person; to help with self-love, to help shed the ego, then I am very happy.
The space Dee has created at Power House Yoga allows me to be able to do just that; challenge myself, challenge the participants, help get out of our heads and into our bodies, to feel, to learn, to go within and to get to know our inner most selves… and love every minute of it – whether we’re dripping with sweat or not! ☺
I can't wait to guide you through your practice!
PHY Studio Manager
I started yoga in 2011 on the recommendation of my chiropractor to improve movement in my spine and hamstrings. I went along to my first class not knowing what to expect and not able to do most of the class. But I finished feeling surprisingly calm and satisfied that I purchased a 10 class pass and a mat. With that, my yoga journey began.
I never thought I would become so hooked! I now can’t get enough! Most weeks I attend 4 classes and whilst there are many possess I still can’t do (and possibly never will be able to do) my strength and flexibility have increased beyond my expectations. The beauty of yoga is everyone’s journey is their own. It doesn’t matter what you can or can’t do, it’s as it should be – experiencing and accepting! That is yoga’s biggest gift to me, coupled with the added bonus of such a calm mind is amazing! I still can’t believe how centred I feel after each and every class.
Dee has been my teacher since 2014. She is just awesome! I fell in love with her style of teaching the first time I practiced in her class. What an inspiring woman. It was a natural progression for her to open Power House Yoga in 2015 and in true Dee style what an amazing studio it is. It has a warm and welcoming energy that is above and beyond and has become my home away from home.
I love working at PHY as the Studio Manager & I am loving teaching. Having recently completed PHY’s Teacher Training, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to teach or to just indulge in my own love of yoga. I am loving all aspects of this yoga journey & look forward to sharing it with you.
I look forward to seeing you around the studio and seeing you on the mat.
Yoga has been a part of my life, on and off, for around 10 years. In 2014 I slipped a disc in my back and was bed ridden for 6 weeks. I remember the feelings of helplessness and confusion at the differing opinions I was getting from healthcare professionals and the sheer devastation when a physio told me that I would never be able to do yoga again and that I should consider alternate exercise. The thought of losing the ability to do something that had given me so much growth was terribly difficult, actually just being told I couldn't do something lit a raging fire within me! It was this experience that drove me to dig deep and bolster the courage to prove them wrong. I realised that if I was going to change my situation I had to change my mindset and from that moment on, I looked at the pain in a new way and I set about a plan for my own rehabilitation and taking my recovery into my own hands.
This was when I found Power House Yoga. Along with many hours in the swimming pool, hot yoga classes helped my body to move with more ease and PHY’s Balance classes appeared to have a significant effect on my mobility. Gradually over time, I found the back pain reducing as my body and mind became stronger. My mat became a place of self-discovery, of exploring my limits and finding the courage to move beyond them, of discovering my beliefs and challenging whether they served me or hindered me. Intrigued by my transformation and eager for more, in January 2016, I enrolled in teacher training with Dee at Power House Yoga with an intense curiosity to uncover the secrets of yoga, take my practice to a deeper level and to explore sharing this great love with others.
As a teacher I love to share transformational theming in my classes that nurtures and challenges people to step out of their comfort zone or take a new perspective. I love a strong physical practice that has high sweat factor and that takes participants on a journey and Yin classes to balance my body back out and challenge my mind in a different way. I adore the depth of learning, challenge and growth being presented to me as I embark on my teaching journey and am so excited about where this path may lead.
I have a great love and passion for our natural environment and have spent the majority of my career campaigning on global social justice issues. Through yoga, I have found a supportive, practical and effective way to truly "be the change we wish to see in the world" (Gahndi) For me, yoga is a practice of growth, peace, acceptance and presence and I truly believe that our internal world is a reflection of our external world. Undoubtable then, it's a practice that can change lives and indeed the world.
I look forward to sharing space and practicing with you. See you on our mats!
Social Media Manager
Hi! My name is Gail and I love to practice yoga and find ways to bring others into the practice of yoga as well. I have been working in the fitness industry for a number of years as a personal trainer; a career which started through a passion for helping others achieve a healthy and rewarding lifestyle. It was through the practice of yoga, that passion for helping others and healthiness has been taken to a whole new level!
From the first time I stepped on a mat several years ago, right through to the day I became a qualified yoga teacher, I have felt a constant growth within myself and those around me. The combination of the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga, when all combined, can have a powerful impact on your sense of self and wellbeing.
For me though, it is the feeling of community that makes yoga really special, particularly at Power House Yoga. Whether it be the chance to meet people with similar interests, to help a newcomer laugh off a difficult pose or being part of a large group all trying to better ourselves physically and mentally, the yoga community is incredibly rewarding. It is also this combination of community and wellbeing that defines the type of teacher I aim to be and the type of classes I like to be part of.
The aim of each of my classes is to share in some fun, laughter and light hearted self-enquiry, whilst challenging ourselves to grow at the same time. I don’t just want to teach yoga, I want to share it with you and experience it together in the hope that we can all help each other along the yogic (& life) journey.
I look forward to seeing you all in the studio and sharing a new and rewarding experience each and every class.
Front of House
Seven years ago, I began practising yoga. My Pilates teacher suggested I try a yoga class, she said that I would love it. She was right!
I love the physical side of yoga but there is so much more to yoga than stretch and strength. I also love that I feel calm and relaxed after a class and that I can maintain that sense of calm off the mat. Through practising yoga, I have learned to pay attention to breath, alignment and self-awareness; to be aware of the present moment.
The practice of yoga has taught me so much and there is always more to learn. At Power House Yoga, I come away from each visit having learned something new.
Enjoy the journey.
I first stepped onto the yoga mat with the intention to increase my flexibility and to reduce injury from body pump workouts and pounding the streets on my 5km runs! For years I considered yoga an extension of my fitness regimen.
A shift happened two years ago when life had become quite challenging, I threw myself into yoga and practiced 6-7 times a week. Suddenly my yoga mat was my escape from reality, it instilled a sense of calm and peace. I felt safe, grounded and balanced.
I completed my YTT in 2017. What an incredibly rewarding and life changing experience. I began to soften and open in body, mind and spirit. The philosophies, along with the physical practice, had given me strength, confidence and self-worth. On a personal level- I stopped searching for happiness. I discovered it was within me, it was in the people I hold dear, my three amazing daughters, my family and friends.
My goal is to live life without expectations, to live in the present moment, to love and accept who I am today, and love others the same. I want to share my experience through my yoga teachings and don’t care if you can touch your toes or not. In my opinion, yoga has the ability to completely expand your body and mind. It can teach you to live peacefully and powerfully…………I strongly encourage you to give it a go.
Hi! My name is Melinda. I began practicing yoga when I was 19 whilst studying oriental medicine. I loved it straight away and it has been a constant in my life ever since. I practiced a Japanese style of yoga called Oki-Do for about 15 years then dabbled in Hatha and Iyengar Yoga for some time.
When I met Dee and experienced her vinyasa style of yoga I was hooked. I love Dee’s inspiring style of teaching and her strong and challenging classes. After meeting Dee and coming to PHY I began meditating regularly, undertook The S.M.I.L.E. Program and started to discover that yoga wasn’t just about a physical practice. It was something much deeper.
Yoga has been life changing for me and has given an added richness and meaning to my life I never knew I needed until I had it. I am now much calmer and more present in myself and as a parent I am so much more connected to my children and my role as a mother. I honestly cannot imagine not having yoga in my life anymore.
In 2017, I completed my Teacher Training and this has further ignited my passion for teaching and practicing yoga. I love meeting people and hearing about their journeys and what has brought them to yoga. I am also an avid reader and enjoy playing music in my spare time. I am thrilled to be teaching at power house yoga, it has been a dream come true for me. I truly feel like I am living my dharma – my life’s purpose.
Community Yoga classes are Yoga FLOW for the community. To cater for PHY’s Mentoring and Teacher Training Programs, these community classes are taught by up and coming yoga teachers within our community under supervision by PHY senior teachers and our Team Performance Coaches. These classes are PHY's way of giving back to the community!!
Pay as little or as much as you can with ALL proceeds going to charity. These classes are designed to give teachers and teacher trainees experience and to give the community a taste of PHY. Come along to support the growth of yoga teachers as well as local charities.
Do good & good will come to you
Here at Power House Yoga, we love to give back to our community and we love to work together to create not just an amazing (and clean!) space to practice in, but also an amazing community to belong to. We have three Karma Yogi’s that help us out around the studio keeping our space extremely clean and tidy (the yogic virtue of shauca). You can be assured that the studio is kept at a very high standard and this will never change. We are very passionate about the yogic path and all yogic morals and values. Our practice space is part of that path and in turn is treated with great respect and love.