iRest® Australasia Team

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Fuyuko Toyota
QLD, Australia

Fuyuko is the Director of iRest Australasia. She has been deeply in love with iRest ever since discovering it in 2006.  Studying and practicing iRest with Richard Miller over the past 14 years has helped her to heal her chronic depression born from PTSD. The iRest path led her to heal and rediscover her True Nature and Dharma = her true life purpose.

Fuyuko now recognises her true calling in helping others to heal misunderstanding and misperception, and for them to realise their inherent wholeness, just as she did.

As a Certified iRest Senior Trainer and a Senior Retreat Leader, it is her heartfelt desire to bring and share the precious life changing and saving iRest teachings to the Australasia region and beyond, through Level 1 and 2 Trainings, Immersions, Retreats, and Workshops.

Since 1996 Fuyuko has been studying non-dual teachings and spirituality. She is a Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), a Senior Yoga Teacher (Yoga Australia), and a Meditation Teacher (Association of Meditation Australia).

Fuyuko enjoys mentoring and supervising iRest teachers on the iRest Certification program, as well as sharing private iRest Meditation sessions with people in person or from all over the world via the internet.

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Leigh Blashki
VIC, Australia

Leigh is a certified iRest teacher and iRest Supervisor and Mentor. He is also an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), senior registered teacher with Yoga Australia and Meditation Australia. He currently serves in a voluntary capacity as the Associate Director of the iRest Institute Australasia and serves on the Board of Directors of the IAYT. He is also Past-President of Yoga Australia.

Leigh 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 a sought-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 mentoring to help empower people to better connect with their authentic nature and live more resilient fulfilling and fulfilled lives. He is passionate about sharing these precious teachings and regularly assists with the management and co-teaching of iRest events. He 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 Vedic tradition (Vanaprastha), Leigh now dedicates more of his time to meditative self-enquiry.

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

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Catherine Sherlock
NSW, Australia

Catherine is a Certified iRest® Meditation Teacher, a member of Meditation Australia, and a level 2 Yoga Australia registered yoga teacher.  She uses the tools of yoga and meditation, especially iRest, to educate people towards Awakening to their innate peace and wholeness. She has a particular interest in providing a trauma sensitive approach to gently support people to integrate their suffering.

She teaches public mindfulness courses, works with people one-to-one to establish their own practice, offers group yoga and meditation classes in Richmond NSW, and tailors these profound teachings for use by particular populations. These range from large corporations to small not-for-profit community groups. Her services are offered both in person and online.

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

She has been a spiritual seeker for her whole adult life and finding iRest has brought it all together.  Her passion is to help people from all walks of life to find their own empowerment and tap into their unique purpose, meaning and value. She 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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