A compassionate therapist working from the heart, Lyra is inspired by the transformative effects of yoga and the expressive arts. Her teachings and therapeutic work encourage self-enquiry by exploring the body, mind, breath, and creative expression. Lyra loves to integrate the western sciences with eastern medicine, believing they can work together for better health outcomes. She is passionate about holistic health, as well as making yoga and creative arts accessible to all.
Lyra's specialty is working with clients in recovery, as well as clients living with injury, disability and chronic health conditions. All are welcome.
Jiva Wellbeing was founded by Lyra in 2016.
Master of Art Therapy | La Trobe University | School of Psychology and Public Health
Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy | La Trobe University | School of Psychology and Public Health
Master of Art | University of NSW | College of Fine Art
Bachelor of Creative Arts | University of Melbourne (VCA)
AMEB Grade 8 Pianoforte AMEB Grade 3 Music Theory Honours
ANZACATA | Registered art therapist. Professional membership level
Working With Children Check
Lyra is currently practicing clinically as a counsellor / therapist in trauma and addiction as well as in community mental health, with 750+ hours of experience as an art therapist. Her postgraduate studies in mental health included psychology, psychotherapy, counselling, neuroscience, trauma and post-traumatic stress.
Lyra was selected for a specialised art and health training with the National Gallery of Australia, and has participated and facilitated community art and health projects in open studios, art galleries and community spaces.
Lyra is also an award-winning artist, having exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography, Melbourne Museum, Monash Gallery of Art, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sun Studios, and the University of Melbourne.
Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy | Yoga Therapy Institute
Foundational Workshop in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) | Centre for Trauma and Embodiment
Yoga Practitioner since 2005
Yoga Teacher since 2016
Level 2 Restorative Yoga Teacher
Level 2 Aerial Yoga Teacher
Registered yoga teacher with Yoga Australia & Yoga Alliance (USA)
First falling in love with yoga in 2005 and teaching full time from 2016, Lyra has immersed herself in ~1500 hours of formal yoga teacher training and professional development. She is currently completing clinical requirements for registration and accreditation as a yoga therapist.
Lyra has trained in person with many senior Australian and international yoga teachers / yoga therapists, including Leslie Kaminoff (Yoga Anatomy), Dr. Timothy McCall (Yoga As Medicine), Jo Phee (Yin Yoga), J. Brown (Gentle Yoga), Lizzie Lasater (Restorative Yoga), Sal Flynn and Trish David (Yoga Therapy). She learns across yoga lineages to have a wider field of knowledge to draw upon in order to better serve her students and clients.
Her extensive teaching experience includes health, disability and corporate sectors, yoga studios, health clubs, and community centres, running her own classes and private sessions.