BenJi’s life has seen him experience stark and extraordinary contrasts. Experiencing significant darkness at the passing of his parents in 2001 & 2002, he struggled prolonged clinical depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other sociological stressors. Receiving a Bachelors Degree in Theatre & Screen, he toured internationally as a Stuntman/Actor from 2011 – 2013, which presented an opportunity to connect with Shamanic plant medicines and Shamans of the Amazon while on a South American tour. This experience alone proved to be a major catalyst that opened his consciousness, healing and the possibilities of life to him.
In 2015 BenJi undertook ‘Core Shamanism’ training with the Asia branch of Prof. Michael Harner’s Foundation for Shamanic Studies and received attunement of Lev. I & II Reiki. Understanding that young people need to experience inspired lives, BenJi established Soul Sonic Academy in 2016, which sees him facilitate inspiring music-based workshops for vacation care, aboriginal organisations and government departments nationally. Undertaking community/youth work studies in 2017 saw him work as a Youth Engagement Officer at an Aboriginal community in regional Northern Territory and now at a transitional accommodation facility for at-risk young people and young Aboriginal families in Perth.
Attending and facilitating men’s groups, yoga and kirtan over the years, he began to step into Kundalini Yoga in 2018 and was wholly moved by the power and potency it presented to him. Undertaking both Lev. 1 Aquarian Age Teacher Training and co-founding Bending Rules with his partner in early 2019, he now channels his life experience into cultivating elevated community through facilitating retreats, teaching classes and managing events alongside respected facilitators, teachers and performers.
A cosmic rule bender for the bold and the brave, Zsuzsa elevates hearts and minds through essential oils, mentoring young entrepreneurial women, special events and of course, Kundalini Yoga.
Zsuzsa's path of transformation has been one hell of ride. It began with a curiosity to simply "start Yoga" as a way to overcome her personal struggles and "get a little fitter". After a few classes - and in her standard style - she decided to send herself off to a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training... in Nicaragua. This experience offered much more than first anticipated and set her on a course of transformation, deeper self exploration, artistry and healing. With immersive international trainings in yoga and meditation, formal studies in Chinese Medicine and Health Science and bold love for poetry, Zsuzsa has a way of getting you out of your comfort zone, mind and into experience what she likes to call Soul Shivers.
Passionate about health and wellness, Zsuzsa is also a doTERRA leader and has unlocked a myriad of opportunities to respond to her own healing and to those around her. Zsuzsa's expanding brand of conscious self care of the body and mind is based on personal revelations of growth and deep reverence to how looking after yourself is the first step in looking after the world.
Zsuzsa's diverse knowledge and understandings culminated in her gaining Level 1 Aquarian Teacher™ certification with KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) via Kundalini Yoga Australia in 2019.
We're delighted that Mel is on the team and brings with her a diverse background culminating in her focus on Kundalini Yoga.
Having worked in the beauty, wellness, day spa industry for quite some time, Mel has always had a passion to guide others toward natural healing modalities and their own healing power. A firm believer in taking a holistic approach to health and wellness, becoming a mother to an amazing baby girl was a big catalyst for her to take the opportunity to explore and accelerate her personal growth.
2015 saw Mel commence her journey into meditation, and she soon found that it was causing great positive impact to every area of her life. What resonated with Mel the most was (is!) mantra meditation, which has led her to undertake meditation teacher training with Holistic Health College in 2018. The history, philosophy, techniques and practical skills learned
opened a path for her to dive deeper and incorporate Yoga into her life.
Feeling the pull to share in the teachings of Yoga Teacher was something was something Mel couldn't deny, then Kundalini Yoga presented itself to her. Upon taking classes and delving int the rich history and potent practices, Mel decided that this was something she needed to do and soon took the leap into gaining Level 1 Aquarian Teacher™ certification with KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) via Kundalini Yoga Australia in May 2019.