I am passionate about teaching yoga and want everyone to experience the benefits that I have received from my own practice; increased strength and flexibility, a deeper connection to self, increased confidence and a sense of happiness and joy in life.
I was interested in yoga and meditation from a young age but it wasn’t until I became a mother in my mid-twenties that I actually took my first yoga class. After bending over to fold a nappy and feeling something go in my back, I realised that I had to learn how to look after my spine and my body so that I could look after my daughter. I took my first class and never looked back. It didn’t take long for me to realise that yoga is not only about the body, it is also and even more so about the mind. Yoga helps us to travel through life with grace, joy, equanimity and love. A daily practice can transform your own life and the lives of those around you.
I found my love of yoga in London whilst working in Public Relations and the shift from student to teacher happened when I moved back to Perth. For many years I taught yoga part-time. My desire to open a studio was finally realised in 2016 when Annie suggested we open a studio together. I am very excited to see what the future holds for us at Glide Yoga and look forward to being a part of a yoga community that values the ancient teachings of yoga which means union or connection.
I have been teaching over 50’s yoga for more than 6 years and am passionate about the health benefits of yoga for every body. As we age our bodies tighten, we become more stiff and less flexible, but it doesn’t have to be this way! To quote BKS Iyengar, I have discovered that ‘yoga is the golden key that unlocks the door to peace, tranquillity and joy!’ Yoga allows us to age gracefully and if practiced as little as three times a week, can actually start reversing the ageing process. You will very quickly begin to feel more ease in your body. As well as teaching Glide’s vibrant and ever growing over 50’s community, I enjoy teaching Glide’s Flow classes which are for all levels and all ages.
I am passionate about a lot of things in life and have run many successful businesses but my greatest joy and fulfilment has come from opening Glide Yoga. I completed an ISHTA inspired yoga teacher training course (300 hours) in 2010 and also studied with Nischala Joy Devi (100 hours) completing a Yoga of the Heart yoga therapy certification for people living with heart disease and cancer.
My life has been enhanced and my horizons broadened by my yoga practice. So often life offers you a challenge and there have been many in my life, but these days I am a lot calmer, happier and more centred. I look forward to welcoming you to one of my classes where you will experience renewed vitality of body and mind.
Simone Van Vugt
I found yoga whilst studying performing arts in Melbourne. It brought me a sense of peace and equanimity that helped me to stay focussed and grounded throughout my studies and in my working life as an actor. I found that a daily yoga practice kept my body supple, strong and tension free and helped me to sustain a working life that was at times unpredictable, demanding and stressful. Working, auditioning and touring, yoga took on a whole new meaning to me as a tool through all aspects of my life.
My own personal transformation led me to consider becoming a yoga teacher and after ten years in the entertainment industry I decided to study philosophy, asana, pranayama and meditation in Byron Bay. I have also studied a number of courses with Laughing Lotus in New York who have a creative sequencing style that appeals to the dancer within me. I love creating a meditative flow through my sequencing, encouraging students to move their bodies in a way that helps them to find the good space inside, to find the joy that arises from breathing deeply and moving with the breath in a meditative way. It is my desire to enable others to find the magic that I experience through yoga.
Rumi said ‘Don’t wait any longer. Dive in the ocean, leave and let the sea be you’. I’m loving living back in Perth, love living by the ocean and love the opportunity to share this gift of yoga with the Glide Yoga Family.
Vinyasa means the connection of breath and movement. My classes have a strong focus on this to internally cleanse and bring you into the present moment. I will guide you through a creative sequence of asana poses that bring sthira and sukha (steadiness, strength and ease/flexibility) to your body and mind. These qualities help in creating space to find balance. I have experienced so many positive effects through the practice of yoga and meditation. Just to name a few include greater presence, awareness and confidence, and a wonderful increase in my health, vitality, gratitude and joy for life.
I am inspired when I can see the benefits of yoga in students, mentally, physically and emotionally. When they too can journey a truly incredible transformation and connection to self. I enjoy sharing from my own experiences and helping others to deepen their yoga and meditation practice. Through my caring nature, I hope to make students feel comfortable and safe through guidance of proper alignment, breath and movement. I have a passion to share my knowledge on using yoga and meditation as a way of living a holistic lifestyle, and as a therapeutic approach to overall well being, healing and self care.
I was introduced to yoga ten years ago after being dragged to a class by my best friend. I assumed that it would be super easy and thought that sitting still and meditation was not made for me. My best friend knew me better than I actually knew myself and I have been practicing yoga ever since. My practice guided me through the stress of my midwifery studies and taught me to breathe through life. After a few years of work in the hospital I decided to change my lifestyle in order to find a more holistic way to take care of people. I left France and went travelling completing my yoga studies at Byron Bay Yoga Centre. I am also a qualified midwife and pre & post natal yoga teacher.
My teaching style is both challenging and nurturing. I teach a powerful and soulful flow focusing on breath and postural alignment. My aim is to create space where students can cultivated a deeper understanding of themselves and leave feeling balanced, strong and centred.
Kids Yoga Teacher
I have completed a Yoga Australia accredited children’s yoga course plus a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy. This combination of specialist skills and knowledge allows me to not only provide fun, safe and dynamic yoga sessions for kids of any age but also provide a clinically therapeutic element to each session and a child’s individual progression and development. I am thrilled to be specialising in and teaching kid’s yoga at Glide Yoga. I have been practicing yoga for my own personal and physical development for 16 years. Everyday yoga helps me to be mindful and compassionate. Yoga also keeps me physically in tune to allow me to fully enjoy the sports I love being surfing, tennis, snowboarding, swimming and running. Due to these amazing benefits to my own life, I love yoga! I am also a father of two beautiful girls who light up my heart every day, plus keep me on my toes!