Who we are
Studio founder + manager, yoga/pilates instructor
Lauren is a practicing physiotherapist with a passion for yoga, health and wellbeing. She feels there is a strong and natural synergy between physiotherapy and yoga, and enjoys the ongoing learning that yoga practice offers. This is why she founded leaf+bird wellbeing with colleague Mayur Jivanjee. She holds qualifications in yoga teaching (YTT 200) and has completed her APPI Pilates Matwork training. She draws from her training in both fields to offer holistic and caring healthcare to her patients.
Lauren’s classes are balanced, and encourage internal reflection. She asks her students to develop self awareness and self respect so that they can practice safely. Lauren always offers levels and an “opt-in” approach to poses and movements, so students can work at their own level.
Lauren also offers physiotherapy consultations for yoga practitioners who wish to workshop or modify their physical practice, or resume yoga after injury or surgery, or who are new to yoga and wish to develop basic skills prior to attending classes.
Raylene is a practicing nurse who enjoys outdoor activities as well as yoga! Introduced to yoga in 2011, she quickly noticed the benefits of increased awareness and concentration at work, then went on to study yoga, graduating in 2017 at Gita International in Melbourne.
Raylene believes that yoga is 50% physical and 50% psychological, and that it is a journey of non-judgement, self-discovery, self-respect and self-trust. She teaches Gita Hatha Yoga, which includes breath work to energise, gentle limbering to soften and prepare the body, the yoga postures to restore balance which focus on the endocrine system and relaxation to synthesise the body, mind and spirit. You will leave her class with a sense of refreshed energy and calmness that endures all day.
Raylene believes you don’t have to be flexible or ‘fit’ to do yoga, but simply have the desire to achieve.
Helen has completed a diploma of Holistic Living Counselling, a diploma of Meditation Teacher Training and a postgraduate qualification in Family Therapy Systems. She has vast experience working with people of all ages and lifestyles, delivering meditation and mindfulness classes and workshops to help people improve their overall wellbeing.
Helen comes with recognition as an expert in her field, she is an executive member of the Drug Advisory Board of Australia (DACA) and works with people who are recovering from addiction. She has worked for the Australian Centre for Holistic Studies as a Meditation Teacher Coach and Counsellor for many years, and also operates a private counselling practice. She works alongside Psychologist Julianna Bonola of Changemakers Counselling and Psychology, and Chinese Practitioner Marcello D’Intini. Helen also facilitates a series of children’s mindfulness groups.
Helen is passionate about offering a holistic approach wellbeing for adults, children and teachers. In Helen’s classes you will enjoy a combination of supportive communication, relaxation and breath work, and guided visualisations to assist a mindful and peaceful meditation. A wonderful counter the the stresses of busy life.
Kat Stephens is a Melbourne based E-RYT 200 Yoga teacher. She discovered Yoga in 2009 after a friend introduced her to a Hatha Yoga class. Initially Kat found the poses funny and was often seen giggling her way through Baddha Konasana! However as time went on she felt the mental and physical benefits of a regular practice and it is now a full blown passion.
Kat is currently a Registered nurse in palliative care whilst also undertaking a Diploma of Ayurveda through The Australasian Institute of Ayurvedic Studies. Ayurveda is often referred as ‘‘The sister science of Yoga’’ And works beautifully in conjunction with Yoga practice and also as a standalone system of health.
Kat has travelled to India a number of times to expand her knowledge of traditional Yoga and has attended many workshops and classes to pursue her passion in the many different facets of Yoga.
She believes that movement, focus and breath helps us to re-connect to our bodies, helps us to move stagnant energy to make room for the new and allows us to ground ourselves, which ultimately allows us to shine.
Lisa has an innate ability to hold space to allow her students to feel supported in exploring their own journey of yoga.
She freely believes as stated in the Bhagavad Gita that 'yoga is the journey of the self, to the self, through the self'.
It was through her own personal transformation that Lisa was compelled to complete her 200hr yoga teacher training, so she could provide a space for others to feel more embodied physically, emotionally and spiritually. Lisa's classes are poised, flowing and centreing. You will leave feeling uplifted and refreshed, and well limbered through your whole body!
Lisa also has a passion for sound healing and aromatherapy and often incorporates these elements into her classes. She regularly teaches aromatherapy workshops and sound healing workshops alongside her work as a photographer and yoga instructor.