Our Team

Wai Ying Tham

Located in Brunswick West, Reconnect Yoga is the creation of Wai Ying Tham, a passionate yoga teacher and self-confessed ‘anatomy nerd’ who loves sharing the joy and wonder that yoga has brought to her life for more than 25 years.

Originally training as an industrial scientist and well on the path to completing a PhD, Wai Ying took a side step and instead began working in ethical investment. A diagnosis of breast cancer derailed some of her plans, but not her yoga practice.

Learn more about Wai Ying Tham


Vicky Arklie

Victoria grew up on the beautiful island of Guernsey and began practising Yoga there as a teenager. It took her time to feel the ease which came with a deep listening to her body, and is a strong believer that Yoga is not about being good at something, but about offering kindness to your whole self.

Trained in Forrest, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Pre/post natal and Body Positive Yoga, Victoria is passionate about integrating breath and movement to unite, body, mind and spirit. Victoria believes that Yoga is for everybody, and works with students to find a struggle-free way of meeting themselves on their mat on any given day.

Asides from her love of Yoga, Victoria is a student of Psychology at Deakin University and enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring Australia.

Follow her on Instagram @victoriaarklie


Amy Livingstone

Taught to meditate as a child, Amy has practised embodied movement, yoga and meditation throughout her life. Moving out of a corporate career to rebuild her own health, she now supports individuals and businesses to prioritise wellbeing. 

Amy has trained with world-class specialists in myofascial release, leadership, neuroscience, meditation and yoga. She works with wellness clinics, large corporates, military veteran & first responder communities and yoga studios across Victoria.  

Amy is a Certified HeartMath Coach and Mentor, Yoga Nidra Meditation Facilitator (Bihar and Amrit), Yin Yoga & Myofascial Release Therapy Instructor, Pre/post Natal Yoga Teacher and Crystal Sound Therapy Practitioner.

Follow her on Instagram @yoginheart

Janice O'Neill

Hatha yoga has been a constant in Janice’s life since she was a teenager.

After resigning from a career in learning and development in 2016, the opportunity arose to undertake Yoga Teacher training at Yoga Flame in Moonee Ponds.  This was a transformative opportunity to deepen and expand her understanding of yoga and how to not only experience it, but how to share this amazing practice. 

Although always physically active, in the busyness of life as an office based, working mum of three beautiful (now adult) boys (including twins), Janice had developed chronic pain and stiffness in her neck, upper back, shoulder and hip. 

Hearing about ‘restorative yoga’ from a friend, Janice discovered Reconnect Yoga and Hanna Somatics.  A regular practice of Hanna Somatics supported by physio and osteopathic treatment has largely resolved those chronic pain issues.

This experience has had a profound impact on how Janice teaches.  By applying the principles of Hanna Somatics to her yoga teaching Janice loves to see her students overcome their own chronic pain and stiffness, improving range of movement and posture as well as learning yoga techniques to calm anxiety and stress.

Janice is committed to continuing to develop her skills and understanding of how our bodies work and how yoga and Hanna Somatics can enhance our lives.


Renee Willner

Renee’s long interest in how the mind, body and spirit interact, found its perfect expression in yoga, which she has practised for 15 years. As a teacher she takes a holistic and fun approach that allows individuals to find what they need in the practise, in a safe and supportive environment. Her interest began as a teenager, when she attended chanting and meditation sessions at Fitzroy ashram. After completing her BA in Performing Arts, her passion for movement, voice and breath- work expanded to other body-work including spa therapies, group fitness instruction, therapeutic and prenatal massage which she will be offering exclusively to students at Reconnect Yoga!


Learn more about Renee Willner


Despina Sertis

Despina is our kids yoga specialist at Reconnect Yoga.  After studying psychology at university, my interest in the mind-body connection grew and led me to yoga as a way of connecting the two.

I have a 15 year back ground in teaching dance and movement to teenagers and am especially passionate about working with this age group. My aim is to use yoga to help teens develop the skills and confidence to deal with stressors that come up in life from time to time.

I was fortunate enough to travel to India to complete my 200 hour yoga teacher training and more recently participated in teacher training specifically for children and teens. I have had the pleasure of working with young people in in-school and after school programs as well as studios classes. My yoga classes are educational, challenging and fun with a focus on mindfulness and meditation.

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