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Our Story

We love a good story! Phoenix began in early 2015, with the vision to bring quality yoga teachings to the Eastern region of Melbourne.

After 12 years of working as a freelance teacher in studios around the world, our director Sanjay Lavoipierre decided to put his savings into a dedicated yoga training space. Having grown up near the eastern hills, Ringwood seemed like a fantastic area!

And so the planning began.

After 6 months of planning and organising loans from the bank, building commenced.

The space Phoenix now occupies was once a solicitors office for over 20 years. The interior had not been updated since the late 80s, with fading aqua carpets and those ‘lovely’ old brown bathroom tiles. So we had to rip it all out and start from the beginning.

Why the name Phoenix?

And then…

On 11 April 2015 Phoenix held it’s first class – Ashtanga, followed by a Foundation Flow.

Slowly, our yoga community began to grow. From our first two members, to over 1200 since 2015 – we have been truly blessed to meet some amazing people. Some have been with us right from the beginning!

We love meeting new people and assisting them in exploring the world of yoga.

The fun continued…

We just love hosting special events at Phoenix! Whether it be an opportunity to dress up, dance, hike or yoga in nature.

It all about spending time with like minded people – uplifting and full of joy.

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We love tea…

After every class we take the opportunity to sit down and allow the quiet of class to stay with us before heading off in the world – with a cup of tea! At times there may also be cake, cookies, chocolate treats and home-grown veggies to accompany.

New additions…

During Covid-19 lockdowns two new furry friends came to Phoenix. If you happen to attend one of Sanjay’s classes you will likely meet Tashi Jampa (or TJ for short, seal point Tonkinese), and Dalha (grey tabby Oriental). They are extremely friendly and love hanging out with yoga students.

Looking to the future…

Phoenix continues to bring yoga and other beneficial practices to the outer Eastern community. We look forward to meeting more seekers of inner peace and joy.

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03 8838 2586 Address: 1 Ringwood Street Ringwood VIC