Our Team

Mala Yoga is a boutique yoga studio offering professionalinstruction to those seeking balance of mind and body.

Nick and Jaccy

Nick and Jaccy

Carmen

Carmen

Lesley

Lesley

Sarah

Sarah

Madeline

Madeline

Niamh

Niamh

Nat

Nat

Nick Rowe and Jaccy Martin

Owner-Operators / Hatha and Yin Teacher

Nick and Jaccy, owner-operators of Mala Yoga, share a desire to share and promote the benefits of yoga to the wider community.

Nick’s yoga journey began 25 years ago when, following a motor vehicle accident, the desire to self heal and rehabilitate was realised. Nick has discovered that yoga, pranayama and meditation practice has assisted greatly with general health, well-being and stress management. Nick continues to enjoy regular practice from a humble and humorous perspective.

Jaccy was introduced to yoga 13 years ago, enjoying the practices of ashtanga, hatha, vinyasa and yin yoga throughout her journey. Jaccy’s practice has enriched her physical and mental well-being, adopting the yogic principals into every day life for the benefit of herself and others. The desire to become fully immersed in yoga and share this joy with others led Jaccy to complete her teacher training with Byron Yoga. Jaccy embraces an holistic approach to yoga blending asana, meditation and pranayama.

Carmen Delgado

Mysore Teacher

Carmen Delgado started her Ashtanga yoga journey in her late 40s, completing her teacher training with SunSalute Yoga in 2010.

After her profound experience at yoga teaching training, Carmen emerged a happier and changed person, inspired to share Ashtanga with her community. She also completed teacher training in Prenatal yoga in 2011. She uses this training to assist pregnant women in modifying Ashtanga postures to help with their practice and child birth; having also experienced pregnancy 4 times herself. Her children are now all grown and she devotes her time to teaching yoga. Carmen is a member of Yoga Australia and has attended many yoga events and workshops in Australia and USA. She also attended a workshop with David Swenson which gave her a deeper love for Ashtanga yoga.

Carmen has found yoga to help her become stronger both physically and energetically, creating more emotional stability and physical flexibility, enabling her to feel the best she has ever been. She believes age is just a number and that the body is so dynamic that you can do whatever it is you believe you can do.

Teaching Mysore is Carmen’s passion and her experience in posture study, adjustments and pranayama contribute to Mala providing our community with a traditional Mysore experience in the heart of Fremantle.

Lesley Dow

Ashtanga and Mysore Teacher

Lesley Dow began her journey with yoga in 2000 as an Iyengar student in Scotland. She experimented with different styles of yoga including Bikram, Hatha and Flow. In 2003 she went to her first Ashtanga class, she was instantly hooked and found her self wanting to go deeper into the meaning and philosophy of this wonderful ancient tradition. The spiritual side of the practise was a big pull to learn more.

Lesley qualified as a Yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance in 2007 and immediately secured a position teaching dancers Ashtanga at a Fine Arts college in Glasgow. The practise took her to Mysore in India for the first time in 2008 and most years since then, studying under Sharath Jois. Lesley has studied and attended workshops with renowned teachers David Swenson, John Scott and Kino MacGregor.

Lesley has also studied Transcendental Meditation in India since 2008 which she continues to practice. In 2011 Lesley lived and studied at the Yoga Vidya Gurukul Ashram in Nashik, India qualifying in a Diploma in Yoga Therapy. The study of yoga therapy has helped her to understand the anatomy more and the intimate workings of the mind, body and spirit. This approach has helped her interact with her students in a much deeper and more holistic way and be more empathetic to each and every individual’s approach to their bodies and practise. Lesley is driven to share her knowledge with students whilst making Ashtanga yoga a fun and accessible learning experience.

Sarah Gunson

Hatha and Flow Teacher

Sarah has always been passionate about holistic health and wellness. She came to yoga when she was at university – studying human nutrition. With continued practice, she began to notice the way yoga rippled into all facets of her life, bringing increased awareness into lifestyle choices, eating habits and relationships.

“It was difficult to try to explain to people how much just practicing yoga changed the way I looked at the world and myself, people need to feel those shifts for themselves”. After 6 years of practice, Sarah decided that she wanted to teach, feeling they need to delve deeper into the ancient science and pass on its teachings and benefits to more and more people.

Sarah has been practicing yoga for 8 years with multiple trips to India to deepen her practice and teaching, completing her 200 hour training in Vinyasa and her 300 hour in Hatha. Sarah truly believes in the deep connection between the mind, body and emotions. She works to use the movement of yoga combined with nutrition and plant based eating to release blockages and clear energy channels in the body – helping people to feel the best they possibly can, in a well balanced life.

Madeline Clare

Ashtanga Teacher

Madeline is a yoga teacher, ayurvedic practitioner and artist whose practice delivers a dynamic therapy guiding students with a gentle energetic intelligence to realign mental and physical responses while allowing room to play.  Yoga has been a part of her life since 1989 attending a crowded class in Manchester, UK.  In 2008, after practicing for 12 years through the birthing and raising of three beautiful children, Madeline began teacher training with the British Wheel of Yoga, UK, and returned to complete in 2010 with the Fremantle Yoga School, Australia.

Madeline has completed further training with David Swenson in Ashtanga, the Ashtanga Research Institute and the Byron Yoga Centre.  She has explored various styles attending workshops with Donna Farhi, Simon Borg Oliver, Clive Sheridan, Les Leventhal, Sean Corne, Janet Stone, Kale Leaf, James McIntyre and Daniel Aaron.  Trained in Hatha, Inspired Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Restorative, Pregnancy, Madeline has taught a wide variety of students, those recovering from cancer to active vinyasa.

Maintaining balance through the healing arts is integral to Madeline’s wellbeing.  In 2016, she completed an Advanced Ayurvedic Diploma.  Meditation is the key and a refined self-practice enriches her daily life allowing an empathy for others and a dedication to those she teaches, whose very wisdom grounds her own practice and in turn sustains her ability to teach.  She shares and encourages balance, simplicity and equanimity and is committed to spiritual and energetic transformation.

Madeline has a background in the visual arts with a BA Hons degree in Design History, a once-upon-a-time milliner and currently she studies Fine Art at Curtin University.  She works with mixed media to express the body from the inside out with a joyful and expressive playfulness of human spiritedness.

Niamh Barnas

Yoga Teacher

Niamh Barnas began practicing yoga in 2005 and gradually felt the many benefits from her practice, from the flow of the movement to the opportunity to be still and look within. Niamh continued to practice meditation and a variety of styles of yoga and felt her love of yoga deepen upon being taught Ashtanga Yoga in its traditional manner in 2015.

Niamh has discovered that her time on the mat is different each day and that her practice continuously reminds her of how yoga can help her to see things differently and cultivate more compassion for herself and others.

Niamh completed Hatha Vinyasa teacher training at The Yoga Space and is excited and grateful to begin sharing her love of yoga with others in the community.

Nat Johnson

Yoga Teacher

Nat Johnson attended her first yoga class in 1997 and practiced many different types of yoga before discovering Ashtanga.

A daily Ashtanga practice has been part of Nat’s life for over 5 years, leading her to complete her teacher training with The Yoga Space in 2015. Nat has experience teaching many different types of yoga classes, including seniors, pregnancy, kids and community classes. In early 2016 Nat travelled to the source of Ashtanga and studied at KPJAYI in Mysore, India to further her studies.

Interested in joining the Mala family?  We are always looking for passionate and dedicated yoga teachers.  For more information, please contact us.

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