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Yoga Australia Mini Conference- Perth (WA)

November 19, 2023 @ 9:00 AM 4:00 PM AEDT

Let’s gather again as a community and celebrate our passion for Yoga at our first mini- conference in Fremantle on Sunday 19th November.

Enjoy presentations from experienced yoga teachers and trainers, accrue CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points and have the chance to network and mingle with other yoga teachers and passionate yogis at this one day event.

Featuring a combination of both movement-based practices and verbal presentations, this event is ideal for yoga students and yoga teachers wanting to immerse themselves deeper into their own practice whilst gaining professional development.

Who is this conference for? If you are new to yoga or just learning about it, this is a great place to start! Join our passionate yoga community to explore what yoga is- outside of Asana (poses). Ideal for current yoga teachers, trainers, therapists and students.


We have an incredible lineup of speakers for the upcoming mini conference!

Charley Hickey:

Charley Hickey C-IAYT is a certified practicing yoga therapist & meditation teacher.  She is the director of Charleyoga in Applecross & Fremantle, WA & online (www.charleyoga.com.au ) With 20+years of teaching experience and 30+years of yoga and meditation practice; her work includes regular group and private therapy classes along with specialised workshops.  She has a special interest in yoga for persistent pain, working with older adults & people with injuries or chronic conditions.     

Valerie Fimat-Fanceo:

Valerie is a reputed teacher who started to practice yoga in 1994. She began teaching in 1999 in the USA after taking a 200 hours course, and then went on to complete more than 8 combined years of training in the tradition of Krishnamacharya with her mentor Frans Moors in Belgium and at the KYM in India with Mr Desikachar and other senior teachers. Through these long studies and decades of personal practice she has gained expertise in all tools of yoga: postures and their modifications (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), energetic seals (mudra), energetic locks (bandha) the use of sounds and mantra in yoga practice, visualisation (bhavana), meditative techniques (dhyana), Yoga philosophy, and the pedagogy of teaching people of all ages and abilities, including seniors, pregnant women, children and athletes.

As a Teacher Trainer certified under the direct supervision of Mr. Desikachar in 2007, she has been conducting teacher training courses and mentoring yoga teachers. Her 500 hours course has been rated as one of the most in-depth and comprehensive courses in the Asia-Pacific region.

Valerie followed the 4-year Yoga Therapist Training Program at the KHYF in India and specializes in one-to-one tuition, helping her students incorporate realistic yoga programs in their daily life, dealing with all sorts of health conditions or simply giving them tools to stay fit.

For the past several years she has also coached executives and athletes to help them cope with physical, mental and emotional stress. Her experience brings her referrals by word of mouth and from the medical community. Valerie was twice assistant senior teacher at the annual KHYF Global Yoga Summit in Austria in 2010 and 2011. She has lectured and conducted workshops for schools and organisations in Singapore such as the Singapore Air Force, the Singapore American School, True Yoga, and Touch the Toes.

Valerie’s passion is Vedic chanting and the study of yogic texts, especially Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutra. In March 2012, she translated the book Liberating Isolation: the Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali, a commentary of Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutra by Frans Moors, which was published in India. She occasionally contributes articles to yoga magazines in the region.  After 17 years in Singapore, Valerie has just moved to Perth with her family and is looking forward to serving the Perth Yoga community. 

Dr Chandrika Gibson:

Chandrika Gibson PhD is the founder of Surya Health studio and clinic, and co-director of Yoga Therapy for Wisdom Yoga Institute.

Surya Health is a complete mind body wellness centre in Banksia Grove, north of Perth, offering yoga, yoga therapy, meditation, cancer support, counselling and naturopathy.

 Chandrika teaches vinyasa flow, beginners, prenatal and restorative yoga and is also available for individualised yoga therapy.

 She is a Senior member of Yoga Australia, former Vice President of the Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists, certified C-IAYT by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

 One of Australia’s most highly qualified Naturopaths, Chandrika holds a Master of Wellness degree and a PhD in psychosocial support for people with cancer.

A dedicated yoga practitioner for more than 20 years, Chandrika is a sought after trainer of yoga teachers and co-created the Yoga Space/Surya Health Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy, now called Wisdom Yoga Therapy.

You can get to know her evidence-informed, holistic approach on facebook by searching Surya Health, Chandrika Gibson PhD ND c-IAYT, and Wisdom Yoga Institute. For classes and integrative support visit www.suryahealth.com.au. For yoga teachers who wish to become a Yoga Therapist, see www.wisdomyogainstitute.org 

Dr Jean Byrne:

 Jean began practising yoga at the age of 19 while completing a Bachelor of Arts in World Religions and Philosophy. After lengthy travels in India and South East Asia studying different yoga and meditation traditions she became a student of the late Ashtanga Yoga Master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and she is Authorised by him to teach the Ashtanga method. Jean has lectured in Eastern philosophy at various Australian universities and has a PhD in Eastern Philosophy & Feminist Theory. She is a qualified primary school teacher, Childbirth Educator, a Yoga Alliance E-RYT500 and Registered Pre Natal Yoga Specialist Teacher (RPYT), and a senior member of Yoga Australia (YA). Jean co-ordinates the YA Teacher Training course at the Yoga Space. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at Curtin University in Midwifery.

Jean is co-editor of the book, Yoga in the Modern World: Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge 2008) and writes for yoga magazines, yoga websites and academically her work is published in books and peer reviewed journals. She has undertaken the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Professional Training retreat with Dr Jon Kabat Zinn and conducts Mindfulness-Based research projects. She is mum to a beautiful boy, Jamie, whom she gave birth to drug and intervention free at the Birth Centre. Jean is passionate about women’s spirituality and the benefits of yoga for pregnancy, birth and beyond. Parenting is for her the ultimate practice of taking her yoga off the mat.

CPD: This conference will provide Yoga Australia members with 4 CPD points.

BRING: Please bring your own yoga mat, water bottle and food for snacks and lunch. Alternatively, you can purchase food from nearby cafes/ supermarkets on the day. To keep the ticket prices down as much as possible, this event is not being catered however there will be allocated breaks during the event.

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A very special thank you to our Conference Sponsors for their support.

A$40.00 – A$68.00
2/ 34 Paget Street
Hilton, Western Australia 6163 Australia
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