Rachael West

Rachael West Finding Yoga founder

Rachael is Finding Yoga’s founder.  She has more than 15 years experience as a facilitator and learning program designer in the public and third sectors in Australia and UK.

Motivated by personal experience with fibromyalgia, Rachael left an engineering career and ended up running away to the circus. She immersed herself in London’s social enterprise sector to learn about different models for health and social care.

Rachael completed a University Diploma in Yogic Education at the University of Lille, France, where her action-research into awareness through movement and perception of stress at work received a mention très bien (highest honours). She also holds first class honours in Civil Engineering.

Rachael is a member of the Institute for Learning Professionals Australia, was selected for the 2016 Emerging Leaders in Governance Program and a finalist in the 2017 Innovation in Learning Awards. In 2017 she was invited to speak at TEDx Bunbury. She has previously spoken at the International Society for Pain annual conference, at Curtin University and hospitals about the role of yoga in health care.

Rachael started practicing yoga in 1996 and is registered as a Level 2 Yoga Australia teacher.

Theresa Venz

Theresa Venz Research and yoga assistantTheresa is Finding Yoga’s program assistant and researcher. She brings a background in anthropology and training as a yoga teacher, yoga therapist and Shiatsu massage therapist to the role.

Theresa has practiced yoga for more than 20 years and has been teaching since 2011 with Cancer Council WA, Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA, King Edward Memorial Hospital and Bloom Yoga Room.

She also teaches yoga to teenage girls at Standing Strong, a wellness club for girls that aims to build confidence, self-esteem and resilience.

Theresa works privately as a rehabilitation assistant.