Pru created The Retreat Yoga Studio and community to give people a place to land, to feel accepted and know they belong. A warm and inviting sanctuary where people feel safe and supported as they move, breathe, listen deeply and discover ‘sanctuary within.’
Pru is passionate about the body-mind connection, the whole person and their individual experience. In her mindful, embodied classes, Pru integrates functional movement, myo-facial release, somatic experience and psychotherapeutic practices with the tradition and philosophy of yoga. Her classes are an exploration of self where people not only develop strength and mobility, they grow more understanding, acceptance and compassion for who and where they are, embodying the practice to feel good from the inside out.
Pru is an experienced yoga teacher and registered Counsellor with an integrative approach to yoga, psychotherapy and somatic therapy. She opened The Retreat Yoga Studio in 2016 and developed Mindful Somatic Yoga Therapy, a course for embodied healing: trauma, anxiety. She is currently undertaking the Master of Psychotherapy.
Through her trauma informed teachings students learn to regulate their nervous system, attune to their felt sense and connect to the wisdom of their body.
Pru is warm and engaging, and through meditation, flow, yin and therapeutic restorative yoga, she invites students to be curious and kind as she supports them on their journey to strength, vitality, ease and well-being.
Join Pru on the mat and welcome yourself home to body, mind, heart and soul at The Retreat.
Emma Gilmartin commenced a regular yoga practice in 2010, shortly after the birth of her second son. After 4 years of regular yoga, Emma experienced many benefits including lower stress levels and a greater sense of wellbeing.
In her career as a singer and a singing teacher, Emma also experienced many improvements, including reduced performance anxiety and a much greater sense of ease whist on stage. For Emma, the practice of yoga is the perfect accompaniment to a career in singing.
Emma is passionate about helping her students to feel better about their bodies. You do not need to have a certain body shape or size to practise yoga, and to experience the many benefits.
Emma Gilmartin completed her 350 hour Teaching Certification at Prana House in 2016 and has been teaching regular slow flow, yin, restorative, chair yoga and yoga nidra classes since then. Emma has also completed the Chair Yoga and Discovery certifications with Nicky Knoff in Cairns as well as courses in Trauma informed and Accessible Yoga.
Emma performs regularly with vocal group Coco’s Lunch, and with her jazz quartet in venues throughout Australia and beyond. Emma is a music lecturer at Monash University and Box Hill Institute and lives in Melbourne with her husband and three sons.
Benjamin Hurley has been practicing yoga for the past 10 years, and encompasses its physical, spiritual and philosophical benefits within his everyday life. He has trained with many reputable teachers across Australia and in Bali, and enjoys how every person has a unique expression of the form. He has a dedicated personal practice, and loves experiencing how the benefits expand beyond the mat. His usual class is often light and fun yet physically demanding, finishing with considered pranayama and/or meditation. He is interested in how the practice can weave in an intention in a meaningful way with a strong focus on enabling the student to discover their own breath and impetus.Ben is a movement enthusiast, and believes that it has an immense power for healing, transformation and self discovery. With a background in dance and having performed both locally and internationally in renowned companies and arts festivals for the past 6 years, he is well equipped in understanding the intricate mind-body connection across a range of practices. Ben completed his 200-hour yoga teacher training with the Australian Yoga Academy and has a BFA in dance from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
Having practiced Yoga for many years experiencing its many and varied benefits, Alida embarked on a Teacher Training course and life has never been the same. Coming from a corporate background, running her own business, a family with three teenage children, she lives and breathes yoga, mindfulness and loves to share the holistic benefits of yoga, meditation and mindfulness with those around her. Always continuing her enthusiasm with ongoing education and professional development, she has studied with many inspiring teachers in styles including Vinyasa, Yin and Hatha. Alida believes no one is immune to the gifts Yoga has to offer and she teaches from the heart, practicing unconditional love, acceptance and inner strength in us all.
Isabelle is a professional contemporary dancer, choreographer, and passionate yoga teacher. A Sagittarian daydreamer and eternal optimist. She’s been dancing, performing, and moving her body into all sorts of shapes since she was a kid. Isabelle had practiced yoga for many years before she truly noticed it’s magic! She completed her Vinyasa yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India, and Yin yoga training here in Melbourne. “Yoga has taught me to treasure myself, to listen to my body, and has helped me to find more space and peace within. I love to hold a space for individuals to delve deeper into themselves; fostering a practice that extends beyond the mat.”
Years spent suffering with chronic back pain, acquired from an early obsession with body building combined with the physical strain of working in his family’s orchard, eventually forced Nigel to seek out alternative solutions.
This prompted Nigel to view life from a different perspective leading to interest in metaphysics, meditation and Yoga philosophy. After a lot of soul searching and plenty of reading a chain reaction had begun which started to affect other areas of his life including giving up drinking, becoming vegetarian and even switching up careers from real estate into something more aligned with his soul’s purpose. Discovering the holistic benefits and healing properties of daily yoga, has ultimately led Nigel to becoming a yoga teacher and to support others on their own journey of self-discovery.
After practicing yoga for several years, Steph experienced the transformative benefits of a regular yoga practice during a period of personal and professional burnout in her life. Inspired by the healing offered by the practice, she completed her 350hr teacher training in order to share yoga with others.
In her classes, Steph offers a grounding and accessible practice whilst still remaining challenging and fun. Steph is fascinated by functional anatomy and skeletal variation; she encourages students to stay curious to internal feedback and sensations in order to adjust the posture to suit their individual body.
Off the mat, Steph is also a practicing veterinarian and keen trail runner – often out exploring the beautiful countryside surrounding Melbourne.
Amber loves to share the freedom and inner light that yoga brings to everyone it touches. By exploring mindful movement and nourishing breathwork, she endeavours to inspire her students to find their own strength and vitality within.
After being a stay-at-home-mum and giving her all to her family, Amber sought a way to find inner balance and some space of her own. A re-discovery of yoga took her on a journey of healing and self-exploration. Craving more knowledge, yoga teacher training eventually lead her to teach and to share her experience in a fun and loving way.
In her spare time you’ll find Amber off on adventures with her three young boys, sweating her way through a high intensity work out, or lazing in a hot bath with a good book.
I first came to yoga in my early 20’s to when I experiencing severe physical pain. Iyengar Yoga allowed me to understand the foundations of the Physical practice and gave me tools to apply and support my body in day to day living.
I continued my discovery of Yoga in India, spending time in Multiple ashrams and Buddhist retreats and trained under international teachers. I found the Eastern philosophy aligned with my belief system. From my time in India I adapted more of a spiritual practice, through meditation, pranayama , japa and Bhakti Yoga , which I have practiced over the past 10 years. This pathway allowed the essence of yoga to unlock a lot of barriers within me and offer a true connection and understanding with myself .In 2013-2014 I studied Advanced Diploma of Yoga and began my teaching journey. I have taught in various establishments in England, Melbourne including hospitals and studios. Teaching Hatha, Vinyassa, Restorative, Yin and Yoga Nidra’s.Over the past 3 1/2 years I have endeavoured on the Diploma of Shiatsu to become a Shiatsu and Oriental Therapy’s Practitioner. By Completing this modality, I hope to provide others with a deep connection with their own bodies. To navigate pathways to help heal through Chronic health, Trauma. Also assist people be present with their body in every day life.I am passionate about holding space for others and integrating the physical and subtle layers of the body. Working with breath, movement, stillness, and the knowledge of Eastern philosophy’s of Yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine. By using all these applications within a yoga class we allow ourselves the ability to come away from our mind and back into our centre, finding that rich connection within.
Ling’s yoga classes are particularly grounding. Her approach is to empower personal practice, making deep connections and coming to yoga with enjoyment from the heart.
Ling teaches intuitively and adapts various styles to suit the students and energy at the present moment. Movements are deliberate, mindful and pulsate with subtle refinement.
She weaves life lessons and stories into yoga practice and is known to be cheeky yet nurturing. At present, her biggest yoga teacher is life with a toddler (!).
Ling teaches because she loves sharing what she loves.
Amanda took up her first yoga class 10 years ago and knew that it would never be her last. Amanda fell in love with how she felt after a yoga practice, so strong, flexible, confident and compassionate towards herself. Amanda has completed a 1000 hour advanced yoga teacher training program in 2013 at VIYETT (Victorian Institute Yoga Education Teacher Training). She is certified a yoga instructor and has been teaching full time for over 6 years, Amanda enjoys teaching an energetic Vinyasa flow, blissful Yin practice and engaging teen / kids yoga classes.
Amanda see’s her yoga practice as an essential part of life. Through yoga, you develop an intimate relationship with our body, mind and spirit. Her wish is to encourage everyone to begin their practice and open themselves up to the possibility of change in their lives on and off the mat. Amanda brings a sense of humor to her classes to let students know that a yoga practice is a fun and a valuable experience while exploring the possibilities of yoga to improve your health and well being of mind, body and spirit.
Off the mat, Amanda enjoys travelling the world, exploring new beaches, cultures and people, plus sourcing out tropical locations for upcoming yoga retreats. While at home is a friend, sister, aunt & alchemist, blending organic essential oils for self healing, positive vibes & being a divine goddess.
Student of life, mamma, always up for a chat, dedicated
I began my yoga journey 20 years ago exploring Hatha and Bikram yoga lineages with a regular practice. Two beautiful children later and a long successful career in Marketing and Event Management, I found myself yearning for serenity and peace. Bye bye marketing, hello YOGA.
Yoga has since become my playground, and after completing an Advanced Diploma in Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga (Levels 1 & 2), Tantra Mentorship with The Light Collective, I have been fortunate to share what I adore so much with others.
My practice and knowledge continue to expand and you will notice kriya and chanting filtering into my classes. I am a self-confessed devotee of yoga workshops, literature and Kirtan with my band Bhakti Bliss.
My intent is to create an environment that gives us time to share in a contemplative practice using breath and meditation, physical expression through asana, and nourishment with relaxation. Enjoy in the sense of community with other like-minded yogis, from novice to the advanced. Let’s play!