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Jo Buick

Co-Founder

Jo is deeply interested in the potential for yoga and mindfulness to support resilience, growth and healing. She has experience designing and facilitating yoga and other educational programs for people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds, children and young people, mental health support groups, survivors of trauma and family violence, and staff experiencing burnout. She holds Masters degrees in both Education and Teaching and is specialised in the delivery of trauma-informed programming through her training as an inclusive educator and as a TCTSY Facilitator.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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isabelle stoner

Program Facilitator

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 ASRC Program Facilitator, but also our Studio Partnerships Coordinator.

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hayley allen

Program Facilitator

Hayley is a qualified counsellor, yoga teacher and IRest Yoga Nidra facilitator. Hayley likes to inspire people to use their bodies and minds as a catalyst to connect with themselves on a deeper level. She loves being a State of Being Facilitator as it enables her to be part of a wider community that uses yoga to empower people, as well as to provide a space that is inclusive and accessible to all. Hayley is also the co-creator of Mindful Moreland, a local community initiative that invites people in the local area of Moreland to participate in yoga and mindfulness classes, with proceeds from sessions going towards organisations that support women who are experiencing family violence.

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Beata Heymann

Program 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. This work has given her an insight into the challenges experienced by communities affected by trauma, mental health issues and cultural displacement. Beata has seen that there is a need for embodied healing practices in these communities and is passionate about the work State of Being are doing to make trauma-informed, yoga, mindfulness and self-care programs 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.