iRest® Australasia Team

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Fuyuko Toyota
QLD, Australia

Fuyuko is a certified iRest Yoga Nidra® Senior Trainer, Retreat Leader and Supervisor/Mentor, senior registered teacher with Yoga Australia and a member of the Association of Meditation Australia.

For the past 20 years she has been deeply committed to Awakening. In 2006 iRest came to her life and upon meeting Richard Miller in 2007, she recognised him as her true teacher. Her Dharma of living in Stillness has since become a reality.

She currently serves as Director of IRI  Australasia, with the aim of spreading iRest in the wider community of South East Asia, Japan and New Zealand.

Fuyuko is Japanese, lives with her Canadian husband Brian, three French bichon frises, and a cat named Tim Tam on the sunny Gold Coast, Australia.

Fuyuko lives with the spirit of Pronoia;  the contagious joy and delight from Loving all and serving all.

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Headshot of Leigh BlashkiLeigh Blashki
VIC, Australia

Leigh is an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), senior registered teacher with Yoga Australia and Meditation Australia, a trained counsellor and a Certified iRest Teacher. He currently serves in a voluntary capacity as the Associate Director of IRI Australasia and serves on the IAYT Certification Committee. He is also Past-President of Yoga Australia.

He has practiced yoga and meditation since 1968 and taught since 1978. He was the founder of the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy and has trained numerous yoga teachers and yoga therapists since 2000. Leigh is often described as the ‘father of yoga therapy in Australia’ and in recent years he has developed a reputation as a leader in the fields of Yoga therapy / meditation and is sort-after presenter nationally and internationally.

Leigh was drawn to the non-dual teachings of Advaita Vedanta in the 1980s and after attending an iRest workshop with Dr. Richard Miller in 2008 knew that iRest would become a foundation of his practice and teaching. Since then, he has woven together iRest and its non-dual teachings with yoga therapy and counselling to help empower clients and students to better connect with their authentic nature and live more resilient fulfilling and fulfilled lives. He is passionate about sharing these precious teachings and looks forward to iRest continuing to grow and become a widely accepted and used modality across many sections of the community.

As part of his movement into the third phase of life according to the Vedanta tradition (Vanaprastha), Leigh now dedicates more of his time to meditative self-enquiry.

In 2013 Leigh was conferred a Presidential Award for “extraordinary service to the field of yoga therapy” at the IAYT symposium in the United States.  

“iRest has become the ‘operating system’ of my life.”

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Headshot of Catherine SherlockCatherine Sherlock
NSW, Australia

Catherine is a Certified iRest® Meditation Teacher, a member of Meditation Australia and a level 2 Yoga Australia registered yoga teacher.  Catherine specialises in applying yoga and meditation for mental health and well-being. She owns and operates a Centre for Yoga, Meditation and Well-being in Richmond NSW and loves to take these teachings into the community to reach marginalised populations.

Catherine currently serves in a voluntary capacity for IRI Australasia assisting with Communications.

Catherine has been a spiritual seeker for her whole adult life and finding iRest has brought it all together.  Catherine is passionate about helping people from all walks of life to find their own inner teacher and to tap into the true purpose, meaning and value of their lives.

Catherine lives in Bilpin in the Blue Mountains of NSW with her husband John.  She loves long walks, anywhere, but especially in nature.

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