Lavana Yoga

Mount Eliza @lavanayoga
Class size
< 15 mats
15-30 mats
30+ mats
Student level
Heat level
Parkingon site
Toilets 0418 602 475
3/18 Ranelagh Drive Mount Eliza VIC 3930
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Our vision at Lavana is to provide yoga classes that empower those in our community who are willing to transform themselves physically, mentally and emotionally both on and off the mat.

We strongly believe in living a life full of joy, gratitude, and freedom…free from the bonds of judgement and criticism. These beliefs inform and guide our core teachings and practices at Lavana. Our focus is assisting students to connect with their true nature in order to appreciate their surroundings.

Preparing for Your Class

When You Arrive:

  • Arrive about 5-10 minutes before class starts
  • There's plenty of parking and check-in is easy!

What to Bring:

  • Your own mat if you have one or we have spares
  • Wear comfortable, breathable clothing
  • Bring a water bottle as we have tap water and herbal tea on offer

Behind the Studio: Lisa Carlyle

Tell us a little bit about how your yoga journey began.

As a child, I felt like the "black sheep." I saw things differently to my friends and family and was often teased for being different; I didn't understand the mainstream way to viewing the world. We were not religious but I spoke to God every night as I knew there was something more to this life than what I saw or was being conditioned to conform to.

Yoga and its elequant philosophy as well as Buddhist teachings made so much sense to me and I felt like I belonged to this way of thinking. I no longer felt like just an unusual girl lost in country Victoria, I was home and I belonged. I also loved dance and movement, so putting it all together, yoga really a no brainer for me.

What inspired you to take the leap and open up your own studio?

When my life took a massive turn with the separation of my partner and I whilst carrying a child AND raising a 3 year old, I suddenly realised that I could do anything I wanted. The ground had already fallen out from under me and there was nothing to lose, I was open and free.

The funny thing about feeling "groundless" is that as much as it is scary, you tend to do things for the right reasons because there's more more bullshit. I finally had the courage to go after my dreams and live a more meaningful and purpose filled life.

I began to explore Reiki and other spiritual practices as well as studiyng a Bachelor of Health Science. When my newborn turned 1 year old, I enrolled in teacher training at VIYETT and yoga soon became a stong passion alongside raising my girls. I loved the opportunity each day of knowing that in some way I'd be giving service which took me away from wallowing in self-pity.

I now own my second yoga studio, run retreats and will very soon be opening a yoga school at Lavana for people who’d like to learn more about traditional yoga and perhaps become teahers themselves one day!

Speaking of inspiration, what words do you live by? Name your personal or professional motto.

Face my fears in order to deepen and widen my sense of love. Keep going. Forgivness is giving up the hope that the past didn't happen.

What sort of experience are you looking to cultivate when someone steps foot inside your yoga studio?

A BIG warm hug! A well-organised and professional loungeroom full of friendly people and wise, knowledgeable teachers.

The funny thing about feeling groundless is that as much as it is scary, you tend to do things for the right reasons.

Describe the kind of music your teachers play during class. What's the music vibe like?

We have a balance of soft spa music to tradional chanting to funky grooves.

While we're in the neighbourhood, what local spots should we check out before or after class?

1001 nights for coffee, fruit shop opposite the studio for a juice and The Pantry for lunch.

If you could collaborate with someone on a dream project, who would it be and why?

OPRAH - she's real and open!

Lastly, what are you most proud of when it comes to your studio and/or your community?

Our authenticity and mission to connect people to themselves and ultimately to each other.

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