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For over a decade Uma has been passionately sharing the path of Yoga. Her depth of compassionate understanding, coupled with her knowledge of Philosophy & Mythology make her unique approach to teaching both deeply joyful and transformational. Through playful sequencing and a colourful variety of Yoga styles, she skilfully translates the ancient to the modern.

Uma believes in giving people the space to expand into their truest nature; presenting Yoga, Creativity & Women's Retreats, to encourage deep enquiry & cultivate the space necessary for lasting, conscious change. She has collaborated with Clare Bowditch, Pip Lincolne, Mama Kin, Mia Muse & Lucy Peach.

Uma is a core Teacher on both the 200 hour (foundation) & 300 hour (advanced) Teacher Training Programs at Gertrude st Yoga Studio in Melbourne. 

You can find her most afternoons in her garden, with her children and a pot of tea, soaking up the good stuff.

“Uma” is one of the names given to the Goddess Parvarti (the feminine aspect of Shiva), who is celebrated widely as the deity of the integration of motherhood & Spirituality - the essence of the non-dual path of Yoga. Parvarti shows us that we can both nurture others and ourselves; that staying true to the path of Yoga does not have to exclude you from a life of rich connection and intimacy.

Uma (formerly Jessie Neave - Yoga with Jessie) does not take her name lightly, learning from her own children as well as her own uneasy childhood - and turning the very real challenges of the physical world into potent fuel for awakening and evolution.