ABOUT

Breathing Space is for anyone who wishes to take time to give back to themselves through yoga, and other movement practices, start or dive deep into meditation, explore evidenced based mindfulness and self-compassion practices, and be part of a supportive and inclusive community. 

Our classes and courses will invite you to step into your own wholehearted space so you can breath, reset, and remember how magnificent you are!

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Michelle Papa - Founder

Michelle is a senior yoga teacher, a mentor to many yoga teachers, and has been teaching locally and internationally for over a decade. She believes in the importance of understanding the various rhythms and transitions in life with awareness and self-compassion.

 

She started her yoga journey almost 20 years ago as she was seeking to find balance in life. It was when she was living in Los Angeles when she discovered the powerful practice of vinyasa yoga and meditation under the guidance of Annie Carpenter and Sharon Salzberg. Through yoga she was able to connect with a part of herself that she thought she had forgotten. Her interest in a love for yoga has grown exponentially upon moving to Perth in 2007 completed her Hatha Vinyasa yoga teacher training at The Yoga Space. This led her to several trips to Mysore, India where she practiced and studied Ashtanga, Yoga and chanting at KPJAYI. 

Michelle's deep interest in supporting women in pregnancy, birth and post-natal life has led her to co-create Mindful Birth Australia, a Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia accredited Pregnancy and Post-natal yoga teacher training, over a decade ago. She has delivered the Mindful Birth teacher training course, in person and online all over Asia and Australia. She is a qualified antenatal educator with a Diploma in Childbirth Education, studied with Dr. Sarah Buckley, and with Spinning Babies founder Gail Tully. 

 

She also started Inspired Girls, a community centred program that aims to nurture teenage girls through mindfulness, leadership, and educational workshops. Michelle is currently studying Psychology in Charles Sturt University  and continues to mentor adults and young girls.

TEACHERS

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Kimberly Ashton

Kimberly is the creator of Qi Food Therapy.  She has been teaching and practicing yoga for over a decade. She is a wellness coach since 2009, plant-based chef and teacher, and a macrobiotic counselor. She spent over 16 years in Shanghai, 8 of which she co-owned China’s first health food store and nutrition cooking studio.

 

She has trained in Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Sarah Powers, Sebastian Pucelle, Murielle Burellier, and Andre Riehl.


Kimberly has completed level 3 Macrobiotic Counselling at the Kushi Institute of Europe and Macrobiotic Institute of Portugal. She is also an author of a TCM inspired Healthy Smoothies book (in English) and Everyday Chinese Superfoods (in Chinese) theory & recipe books. In 2021 Kimberly launched her website www.qifoodtherapy.com offering private coaching, online courses/programs and e-books based on the wisdoms of the 5 Elements, Chinese Medicine food therapy and Emotional & Metaphysical Anatomy.

 

At Breathing Space, Kimberly will be teaching Yin classes and will also be sharing her passion on the energetics of nutrition in relation to how food & cooking methods effect Qi, transform physical health, mood and emotional well-being through her workshops.


You'll leave Kimberly's classes and workshops feeling connected, grounded and with knowledge that can be useful in daily life as she is generous and passionate about sharing the gift of wellbeing to all.

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Simone Lambert

Simone Lambert is a teacher of traditional hatha yoga. She draws her teaching from 24 years of yoga experience influenced from Ashtanga yoga, Satyananda yoga and more recently Shadow yoga. Having also studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts she has a strong passion for the creative process. She designs yoga sequences reflecting on the principle known as Vinyasa- Krama. Krama meaning- to step, nyasa meaning- to place and vi- in a special way. Within this format she chooses asana (postures) that form a progression, inviting one asana to set up the body for the next.

Her class sequences will contain circular rotations that move towards more dynamic standing postures to seated movements that end in stillness. All the while keeping close attention on breath. She draws inspiration from the rhythms that are significant in yoga and life - seasons, moon cycles, time of day . She encourages her students to begin slowly while building a strong foundation with patience and persistence.

She is currently studying Ayurveda to complement her yoga teaching whilst developing a more extensive knowledge of how the gross and subtle bodies work. She looks to traditional ancient texts to inspire her teaching. Simone hopes to help people transform their everyday life into connected living through the cultivation of awareness that yoga brings, encouraging an open, receptive and fluid body and mind.

Simone is looking forward to be holding space for you as she shares her love for yoga at Breathing Space.

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Irene Malamas

Irene's yoga journey started shortly after losing her mother, when she wanted to understand why chronic illness develops in a seemingly healthy person. She read about studies that revealed the relationship between lifestyle and even our thoughts and attitudes with our health and well being. She learned that yoga and meditation could make significant positive changes in people with all kinds of health issues. She was young and healthy and She began to think about how she wanted to age. This is what brought her to her first yoga class in 1998.

After 20 years of dedicated practice, she realised that yoga was central to her wellbeing and wanted to share it with others. In late 2018, she commenced her studies with one of Australia's most reputable and comprehensive yoga schools, gaining her 460 hour Diploma of Yoga Teaching with the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) in 2020.

As a yoga teacher, she want to help people find awareness of how they move and interact with the world and find steadiness and ease, both on and off the mat.

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Tamara Sweeney

Tamara is a teacher of traditional Hatha/Iyengar yoga.  Yoga has been a part of Tamara’s life since she was 12 years old.  After juggling a career in the fashion industry and being mother of two, it was time to take her interest and passion to the next level.  Having completed both her level 1 and level 2 teacher trainings with Judy Krupp and Byron Yoga Centre, several years ago, she has since been loving sharing her passion for movement, form, stretch and strength to make yoga accessible for all.

During Tamara’s Gentle Flow classes, you will move a little slower, taking the time to explore what is happening in your own bodies.  Working with your breath to move deeper into the postures, finding your alignment and strength throughout the lesson.  A practice to support your health and wellbeing whilst encouraging and supporting movement for every age and ability!  

Tamara is currently studying the Feldenkrais technique and looks forward to incorporating this into the classes to help with freedom of movement, while releasing tension from the body. Feldenkrais is a practice of an awareness through movement to help with pain, injuries, aging, stress, anxiety and improving posture & balance. This class is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.