Located in Brunswick West, Reconnect Yoga is the creation of Wai Ying Tham, a passionate yoga and somatic movement 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.
This one constant helped Wai Ying to navigate rounds of treatment, heal more kindly, be more in tune with her body, and make a conscious choice to follow her passion for science, anatomy and wellbeing, once given a clean bill of health.
Wai Ying encourages all of her teachers and students to explore life as it unfolds with a sense of curiosity and awe. It’s an attitude that underpins Wai Ying’s own yoga practice, her teaching and commitment to professional development.
As a practising yogi since 1990, Wai Ying has studied under local and international thought leaders of movement and meditation. She has also pursued the study of Clinical Somatics with Martha Peterson to journey her way out of chronic pain.
An advocate of the healing powers of the meditative aspect of yoga, Wai Ying is keen to introduce iRest Yoga Nidra and restorative yoga to Melbourne, after studying with US founders and health leaders, Richard Miller and Judith Hanson-Lasater.
Her teaching philosophy is centred on providing students with practices that can be applied in daily life, by sharing soulful tools that reconnect us to the authentic self.
“My practices has sustained and supported me throughout my life. I love sharing the richness of this ancient tradition, so that more of us can integrate the practice of yoga into our busy lives.” – Wai Ying Tham, founder
Away from her mat, Wai Ying is passionate about spending time with her family, learning, travelling and exploring anything food-related. She was born a foodie!
Wai Ying is has completed Advance Diploma of Yoga Teaching (1000+hours), Advanced level Relax & Renew© restorative teacher, Certified iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher and Clinical Somatics Educator.