About Jean Byrne PhD.
Authorised Ashtanga Yoga Teacher (Level 2), B.A.Hons, Grad Dip Ed, Dip Childbirth Education, PhD. & Co-owner of The Yoga Space
Jean began practising yoga at the age of 19 while completing a Bachelor of Arts in World Religions and Philosophy. Her study of world religions led to an interest in yoga and meditation and she spent many years intensively studying yoga and meditation in India, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia. For many years she practiced Iyengar Yoga and was part of a dedicated Zen group.
Her academic and personal journey into Eastern philosophy and practice led her to the home of Sri K Pattabhi Jois and she became one of his students. She was blessed with his Authorisation to teach this method in 2005 by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, and recently in 2015 received Level 2 Authorisation from Sharath Jois. Jean is dedicated to sharing the transformative power of Ashtanga Yoga taught in the traditional manner. She loves working with students and carefully and safely watching the way in which both mind body and spirit open and unfold through practicing in the traditional manner. For her if we follow the teachings of Jois without change, without engaging in opinion or conjecture, but with faith the bene ts are manifold!
Jean has lectured in Eastern philosophy at various Australian universities and has a PhD in Eastern Philosophy & Feminist Theory. She is a quali ed primary school teacher, Childbirth Educator, a Yoga Alliance E-RYT500 and Registered Pre Natal Yoga Specialist Teacher, and a senior member of Yoga Australia (YA)
Jean co ordinates the YA Teacher Training course at the Yoga Space and works with trainees over the year both in class and workshops to facilitate their pathway into becoming a loving, competent and kind yoga teacher. For her this can only happen with time, and thus the Yoga Space Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training is run over 12 months (minimum).
Jean is also an Honorary Research Fellow at UWA in Women’s Studies and co- editor of the book, Yoga in the Modern World: Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge 2008). She writes for yoga magazines, yoga websites and academically her work is published in books and peer reviewed journals. She has undertaken the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Professional Training retreat with Dr Jon Kabat Zinn and conducts Mindfulness-Based research projects.
She is mum to two beautiful boys, Jamie & Jesse, and is passionate about women’s spirituality and the bene ts of yoga for pregnancy, birth and beyond. Parenting is for her the ultimate practice of taking her yoga off the mat.