“Samaana” is a word from the ancient language of Sanskrit that translates to “all equal”, “of staying in the middle”, or “equally adjusted”. It is derived from the root “Sam”, meaning “equal”.

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Samaana offers Yoga Therapy and Physiotherapy to adults, teenagers and children, with the hope of instilling a heightened sense of balance, well-being and harmony within the body and mind.

Our Vision

To assist individuals in discovering and developing their sense of “equanimity” and “balance” between the body and mind;

To foster confidence, creativity, health, well-being and emotional connectedness; and

To contribute to the health and harmony of the wider community and society.

If there is light in the soul, there is beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world
- Anonymous

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Menaka Thomas

Physiotherapist, Yoga Therapist, Counsellor and business owner

I began working as a Physiotherapist in 2004 and have since gathered extensive experience working in both hospital and community settings with both children and adults. While working as a Physiotherapist, I pursued a deeper personal quest for inner development and found myself exploring practices of Yoga, Meditation and Self-Enquiry, travelling to India and the UK to learn practices from various teachers.

While pursuing a deeper personal quest for inner development, I was working as a Physiotherapist in both hospital and community settings. During this work, I became increasingly interested in the relationship between the physical aspects of well-being, and the emotional aspects of health. As a result, I embarked on a Masters degree in Counselling to try to better understand this body-mind relationship and develop more skills and tools in supporting people through emotional difficulties and challenges.

At that time, I also delved deeper into the study of Yoga, and began to observe in my own experience the interconnectedness of the body and mind, especially through my own experiences of health challenges. I chose to pursue formal Yoga teacher training from Kate Pell and Zara Matthews in 2012. After experiencing the joy of imparting the practice of Yoga to children and adults, I began to explore the application of Yoga to the therapeutic needs of people, by incorporating Yoga practices and principles into Counselling conversations and Physiotherapy with adults and children.

I then completed a Post-Graduate Diploma of Yoga Therapy with Yoga Therapy Australia, under the tutelage of Dr N. Chandrasekaran of the Viniyoga tradition, so that I can authentically apply the principles of Yoga to therapeutic practice.

As someone who has experienced the effect of chronic disease on the body and mind, I have come to value the importance of developing and sustaining “Balance” and well-being of both body and mind, and helping to strengthen these aspects of our health to be flexible in the face of change and challenge.

My sincere wish is to journey with you and assist you in getting to know the strength of your own body and mind so that you can, in turn, inspire and imbibe the qualities of strength, inner calm and balance, or “Samaana” in your life, relationships and broader communities.

Rebecca-Bornstein

Rebecca Bornstein

Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Radiant Light Yoga Teacher

Rebecca is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Radiant Light Yoga Teacher. She has been immersed in the practices and philosophies of Yoga since early childhood. In 2008, Rebecca began studying Yoga’s “sister science”, Ayurveda, with Australasia’s most experienced Ayurvedic Physician, Dr. Ajit. Rebecca has a thriving Ayurveda practice, Earthsong Ayurveda (hyperlink to www.earthsongayurveda.com), which offers authentic Ayurvedic treatments, consultations and cooking workshops to people in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

We are very privileged to have Rebecca teaching the General Yoga Classes and offering Ayurveda treatments from Samaana Physio and Yoga Therapy’s studio!