Our Teachers

Andrea Ushananda Morava

Prana Yoga Perth founder & director Andrea Ushananda Morava is a senior teacher recognised by Yoga Australia who began her yoga journey in 1988 at the Dr. Susanne Schmida Institute in Vienna. She teaches Yoga since 1993 and from from 1995 Andrea was involved in the Foundation of the Prana Yoga Institute in Vienna, where she taught until 2000. During this time Andrea also completed a three year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training in Amsterdam as well as completed the first and second series of Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore (India) She worked with BKS Iyengar, Patthabi Jois, BNS Iyengar and many more great teachers such as Nicky Knoff.

Andrea’s spiritual teacher Swami Alokananda gave Andrea the spiritual Name “Ushananda” (pronounced Ooshananda) and is guiding her into the light and origins of yoga classically taught, its endless wisdom and techniques.

Her study of body psycho therapy, as developed by Dr. Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen, combined with the practice of yoga, gave her a deep understanding of energy blockages in the body, their link to one’s personal history and their possible consequences.

2010 Andrea completed an Australian doula training and supported women, including yoga students, through the birthing process.

She has two daughters, Sara, born in 1994 and Myah, born in 2007

Laura Benzoni

Laura began her yoga journey about 20 years ago in Italy, following the wisdom of a number of teachers, including Cecilia Vindigni (Jyotim, Ravenna) and Emilia Pagani (Iyengar Yoga, Ravenna).

When she moved to Perth in 2014, she met senior teacher Andrea Ushananda, who she has had the honour of learning from and practising with, and who has also become her personal mentor.

She participated in many yoga workshops over the years and in 2015 she attended a Nicky Knoff Yoga Teacher Training course.

Her professional background is in social sciences. She has worked for many years and still does as a social worker for the promotion and protection of human rights.

Laura has a deep interest and some experience in holistic practices and remedies including naturopathy, herbal science and Bach flowers remedies.

As  a public Reiki practitioner (member n.16/425 Reiki association of WA) she volunteers for a local Cancer Assosiation

Lauras work & practices have the common theme of embracing people in their complexity – body, mind and spirit – connecting them energetically with each other, their surroundings and the onenness of life, she likes to share her knowledges with people who feel the desire to seek the experience of this.

Jessica Tabacco

Jessica was born in Germany but grew up mostly in Italy where she started her Yoga journey.

She moved to Perth in 2010 where she explored the spiritual side of Yoga as a residential spiritual seeker and Yoga practitioner at the Sivananda Ashram in Fremantle.

She then discovered Integral Yoga and developed the desire to teach and eventually decided to complete a 2 year training in Perth with F.I.Y. (a traditional Hatha Yoga Training) as well as a basic training Course with Nicky Knoff and has begun to spread the love and knowledge of Yoga.

Currently she is teaching at Prana Yoga Perth under the guidance of Andrea Ushananda Morava, she volunteers to teach Yoga for Mercy Care to the Refugee community 

It has been in times of my greatest need that yoga became much more than a practice but a way of life and also a refuge. I believe that yoga allows us to go inwards with compassion to see where we are resisting a naturally peaceful state in our experience. The practice of yoga helps us to see where we are limiting or selves in our habits and beliefs to ultimately find our true freedom and joy. My hope as a teacher is to spread the love for yoga, you can learn a lot about yourself and others by regularly coming to your yoga mat.” 

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