OUR TEAM

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JO BUICK

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Jo is deeply interested in the potential for yoga and mindfulness to support resilience, growth and healing. She brings to this work a decade of experience as an educator, designing and facilitating diverse programs for children and young people, people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds, mental health groups, survivors of trauma and family violence, and staff experiencing burnout. Jo holds Masters degrees in both Education and Teaching and is specialised in the delivery of trauma-informed yoga facilitation as a Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) and an IRest teacher. Founding State of Being unified Jo's passions for holistic wellbeing, social change and community-led projects, and she is thrilled to work with such a phenomenal team.

HARRY HARRIS

Adult Programs Manager

Harry’s work background is broad and varied, starting out in corporate business and in the past 5 years moving across into social and non-profit sectors with a specific focus in international women’s development & empowerment, yoga and movement. Her work and experiences have ignited a passion to work with grassroots organisations and communities, believing everyone has the right to embodiment and belonging. Harry sees that yoga and movement can be a powerful invitation for participants to cultivate an innate sense of curiosity, connection and wholeness into their bodies. In addition to managing our Adult Programs, Harry is our YWCA Program Facilitator. She is a proud member of the State of Being team.

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ISY STONER

Children's Programs Manager

A senior yoga teacher and practicing artist, Isabelle has many years of experience and training across various modalities, including trauma-informed practices, wellness modalities, philosophy, touch and meditation. Isabelle’s experiences of working with diverse student groups has given her an invaluable understanding of how unique each individual’s self-care practice can be in any moment. As a passionate advocate for inclusivity and accessibility in communities, Isabelle is a spirited advocate for State of Being’s work. Isabelle is not only our Children's Programs Manager, but also our ASRC Program Facilitator.

ANDIE PINEDA

Communications Coordinator

Andie began her yoga journey in San Francisco as a means to counter the stresses of working in the startup tech world. After moving to Melbourne and changing careers into creative production, she became inspired by the local yoga community and started an online platform called Vinny to help yoga practitioners of all levels discover yoga.  As Communications Coordinator for State of Being, she hopes to shift common misconceptions of yoga and the visual content that goes along with them, to be truly accessible, inclusive and representative of all that’s on offer when it comes to the practice. Andie believes that your yoga practice is your 100% own experience and she continues to be inspired by the freedom that can be found and felt because of this.

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PHIL KAYUMBA

Facilitator

Phil found yoga at the tender age of 17 whilst living in India as the child of an embassy employee. Moving to Australia for his tertiary education and later settling as a refugee due to political changes in his mother country of Rwanda, he continued to practice and soon felt a true calling for a journey into yoga, completing his 350 hour Advanced Training with the Australian Yoga Academy. Phil’s passion for community building, service and trauma informed approaches bring him to work with State of Being. His motto for living and teaching is: “Everyone, come as you are”.

HANNAH HAINES

Facilitator

Hannah was drawn to yoga and meditation practices as an entryway into finding a greater sense of wellbeing. Hannah draws on her studies in psychology and counselling, work in the community and not-for-profit sector and diverse trainings in vinyasa, hatha and trauma informed yoga when facilitating and partnering with individuals and communities. She is curious about how we can use yoga to find a greater sense of ease, comfort, connection and agency in how we move in our bodies and in the world. She believes in the power of holding space for one another and creating safer spaces for individuals to explore aspects of their being. Hannah is proud to be supporting State of Being in providing accessible, inclusive programs that celebrate diversity, resilience and hope.

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ANA URIBE

Facilitator

Ana is inspired by how education, yoga and effective community action can support the healing and evolution of our humanity and ultimately create social change. Being young was not an easy journey for Ana, fleeing her country of war and experiencing all sorts of difficulties that led her to be inspired to work specifically within youth justice, youth homelessness and foster care settings, and especially with young girls.  Ana creates spaces that are based in relationship, and is devoted to providing heart and human centred spaces for people to explore and connect to their bodies. She is a qualified yoga teacher and registered Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F).

JEREMY GAY

Facilitator

Jeremy draws on his experience in environmental sustainability, yoga, mindfulness and meditation to explore pathways where people of all ages and abilities can cultivate their own capacity for self-authorship.  He has experience facilitating in trauma and community informed yoga, meditation, tertiary environmental education and community development contexts. His research focuses on embodied and emotional experiences of climate change with view to build emotional resilience and capacities of community groups. He is interested in using yoga and mindfulness as forms of storytelling that open up the possibilities for people to cultivate their own narratives of resilience, connection, and belonging – within themselves, their communities and the Environment.

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BEATA HEYMANN

Facilitator

Beata has worked in the community and non-for profit sector in Melbourne for 10 years as a social worker in early intervention with at-risk youth. Through this work, Beata has seen that there is a need for embodied healing practices in communities affected by trauma, mental health issues and cultural displacement and is passionate about the work State of Being are doing to make such practices accessible to all communities. Beata is also passionate about teaching mindful yoga and meditation, and guiding students to listen to their own body’s innate wisdom so they can learn to connect, trust and move from their centre.

ROSEMARY CRAMP

Facilitator

Rosie recently completed her first yoga teacher training with a certificate in trauma-informed and community based practice. She has volunteered in social justice organisations for over 6 years, and it is through this experience that she has come to feel passionate about facilitating spaces that support people to practice agency over their own bodies. In addition to her university studies, Rosie currently runs trauma-informed and accessible yoga courses in the community through her business, Home Bodies, and supports a program at State of Being.

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MIA KELLY

Facilitator

Mia is a trauma-informed yoga teacher and a high school educator with a background in visual arts and textiles. Mia has also worked and volunteered in the community sector on and off for ten years. Mia strongly believes in creating more accessible ways for all people to experience the benefits of yoga, and is especially passionate about ways in which yoga can help to support mental health conditions together with fostering and creating more opportunities for self-agency and self-compassion in individuals. Mia also has a keen interest in the inclusion of yoga and other somatic and mindfulness based practices into curriculum, as a tool to support both youth and young adults' wellbeing. Mia currently runs financially accessible yoga courses and supports a program at State Of Being.

ERIKA NEWBERRY

Facilitator

Erika began her yoga journey when she returned from a trip to India back in 1998. After years of practice it was when she was living in Brighton, England that she became inspired to become a teacher herself. She then returned to Australia and went on to complete her initial teacher training in 2011. Erika is a registered level 2 member with Yoga Australia, she is also a registered yoga therapist with the Australasian Association of Yoga Therapy and is certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapy. Erika is also a registered Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Facilitator.

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ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Chairperson

PRIYA NAMANA

Priya is an artist, producer and project manager. Priya’s project interests are informed by and situated within personal and contemporary socio-political frameworks with an interest in direct communities engagement. Having grown up with yoga, yogic practice and philosophy informs all aspects of Priya’s personal and professional life. She is particularly interested in the intersectional value of this Vedic practice and how it’s translates cross culturally, engages with different communities and the various states of mindfulness it can facilitate within individuals.