Jo Buick - Co-Founder   A registered TCTSY Facilitator, and Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra ®  Facilitator, Jo is deeply interested in the potential for somatic and mindfulness practices to support healing and growth. Prior to teaching yoga, Jo worked with young people experiencing disadvantage as a teacher and a coach. For the past six years, she has worked in the not-for-profit sector, developing local, state and national strategies, as well as training staff teams to integrate new practices into existing programs. Dedicated to broadening access to yoga and mindfulness, she is thrilled to be a part of State of Being.

Jo Buick - Co-Founder

A registered TCTSY Facilitator, and Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra® Facilitator, Jo is deeply interested in the potential for somatic and mindfulness practices to support healing and growth. Prior to teaching yoga, Jo worked with young people experiencing disadvantage as a teacher and a coach. For the past six years, she has worked in the not-for-profit sector, developing local, state and national strategies, as well as training staff teams to integrate new practices into existing programs. Dedicated to broadening access to yoga and mindfulness, she is thrilled to be a part of State of Being.

  Alice Hobday - Co-Founder   Alice is a qualified yoga teacher, trained counsellor and registered Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Facilitator. Alice believes the power of the bodymind is truly underestimated and undervalued. She has studied around the world, covering a wide range of modalities such as yoga, meditation, Reiki and sound healing. She has also completed studies in counselling and continues her exploration of mental health and vitality, being particularly interested in the role of mindfulness practices in recovery from mental ill health.

Alice Hobday - Co-Founder

Alice is a qualified yoga teacher, trained counsellor and registered Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Facilitator. Alice believes the power of the bodymind is truly underestimated and undervalued. She has studied around the world, covering a wide range of modalities such as yoga, meditation, Reiki and sound healing. She has also completed studies in counselling and continues her exploration of mental health and vitality, being particularly interested in the role of mindfulness practices in recovery from mental ill health.

  Priya Namana - Advisory Committee Member   Priya is an artist currently living and working in Melbourne. Priya’s project interests are informed by and situated within personal and contemporary socio-political frameworks with an interest in engaging with communities directly.   Having grown up with yoga, yogic practice and philosophy informs all aspects of Priya’s personal and professional life. Priya 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.

Priya Namana - Advisory Committee Member

Priya is an artist currently living and working in Melbourne. Priya’s project interests are informed by and situated within personal and contemporary socio-political frameworks with an interest in engaging with communities directly. Having grown up with yoga, yogic practice and philosophy informs all aspects of Priya’s personal and professional life. Priya 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.

  Sashi Weerasinghe - Advisory Committee Member   Sashi is a social worker who works with young people who have experienced trauma. She is interested in many different approaches to therapeutic work, and loves storytelling, building community and practising yoga. When she’s not in her professional occupation, Sashi can be found curled up with a book, walking wherever she can smell gum leaves, or eating with friends around a communal table. She is passionate about being involved in State of Being because she believes that the benefits of yoga should be accessible to everyone.

Sashi Weerasinghe - Advisory Committee Member

Sashi is a social worker who works with young people who have experienced trauma. She is interested in many different approaches to therapeutic work, and loves storytelling, building community and practising yoga. When she’s not in her professional occupation, Sashi can be found curled up with a book, walking wherever she can smell gum leaves, or eating with friends around a communal table. She is passionate about being involved in State of Being because she believes that the benefits of yoga should be accessible to everyone.

  Anaya Latter - Advisory Committee Member   Anaya Latter is a marketing and communications professional with over 10 years experience across community sector, not-for-profits, local government and the arts. She first tried yoga at the tender age of 14 and since then has continually been struck by its benefits, strengths and transformative powers. State of Being's mission to decentralise and dismantle the barriers to yoga, and the capacity to hold safe spaces for people in need of stillness, empowerment and support is one that resonates deeply.

Anaya Latter - Advisory Committee Member

Anaya Latter is a marketing and communications professional with over 10 years experience across community sector, not-for-profits, local government and the arts. She first tried yoga at the tender age of 14 and since then has continually been struck by its benefits, strengths and transformative powers. State of Being's mission to decentralise and dismantle the barriers to yoga, and the capacity to hold safe spaces for people in need of stillness, empowerment and support is one that resonates deeply.

  Amanda Healy- Advisory Committee Member   Amanda is a qualified Social Worker who has worked in the youth drug and alcohol sector for 7 years most recently in the out-of-home care system. Amanda is passionate about improving health and well-being outcomes for people experiencing disadvantage and those living with complex trauma. Amanda holds a post Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma, which became the catalyst for her interest in the use of somatic practices for trauma processing and recovery. She is passionate about promoting body-based treatments, such as trauma-informed yoga, and feels State of Being offers unique and innovative programs to the community.

Amanda Healy- Advisory Committee Member

Amanda is a qualified Social Worker who has worked in the youth drug and alcohol sector for 7 years most recently in the out-of-home care system. Amanda is passionate about improving health and well-being outcomes for people experiencing disadvantage and those living with complex trauma. Amanda holds a post Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma, which became the catalyst for her interest in the use of somatic practices for trauma processing and recovery. She is passionate about promoting body-based treatments, such as trauma-informed yoga, and feels State of Being offers unique and innovative programs to the community.