Meet the Little Mandarin Team

Jowing Zhang Initially I began my yoga practice only to increase my flexibility and reduce my tension from the graphic design work. I found myself gravitating more towards the physical practice, but soon after, I became drawn to the deeper meditative and spiritual roots of yoga. I am a dreamer. I dreamed of being a yoga teacher. Since I quit from my job and became a yoga teacher, I have been teaching for a decade. I dreamed of living in different cities. I am now living in this most liveable city - Melbourne. I dreamed of creating a space and community where people from all over the world can learn from each other, practise together, share experience and make friends. This is how Little Mandarin was founded. Come be a part of our growing multicultural community, feel the Little Mandarin difference and find your potencials!

Jowing Zhang

Initially I began my yoga practice only to increase my flexibility and reduce my tension from the graphic design work. I found myself gravitating more towards the physical practice, but soon after, I became drawn to the deeper meditative and spiritual roots of yoga.

I am a dreamer. I dreamed of being a yoga teacher. Since I quit from my job and became a yoga teacher, I have been teaching for a decade. I dreamed of living in different cities. I am now living in this most liveable city - Melbourne. I dreamed of creating a space and community where people from all over the world can learn from each other, practise together, share experience and make friends. This is how Little Mandarin was founded.

Come be a part of our growing multicultural community, feel the Little Mandarin difference and find your potencials!

Phil Low I have been interested in physically challenging activities from a young age. After 12 years of training in a Japanese martial art called Aikido and reaching 2nd degree black belt, I stumbled upon yoga. My life led me to a yoga retreat and I came away with a sense of knowing yoga was the path I’ve always been searching for. Since then there has rarely come a day I haven’t stepped on my mat. Yoga is helping me know more about myself, my strengths, weaknesses and habits. Yoga is transforming the way I move both on and off my mat. Yoga is helping me find a deeper sense of compassion, for myself and others. For me, yoga is both the path and the destination. As a qualified myotherapist, I have a deep understanding of how the body moves. I encourage people to move in a way that makes them feel good, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally.

Phil Low

I have been interested in physically challenging activities from a young age. After 12 years of training in a Japanese martial art called Aikido and reaching 2nd degree black belt, I stumbled upon yoga. My life led me to a yoga retreat and I came away with a sense of knowing yoga was the path I’ve always been searching for. Since then there has rarely come a day I haven’t stepped on my mat.

Yoga is helping me know more about myself, my strengths, weaknesses and habits. Yoga is transforming the way I move both on and off my mat. Yoga is helping me find a deeper sense of compassion, for myself and others. For me, yoga is both the path and the destination.

As a qualified myotherapist, I have a deep understanding of how the body moves. I encourage people to move in a way that makes them feel good, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally.

Mie Takamastu I am a teacher of Hatha, Vinyasa and pre/post-natal yoga. I was originally from Japan and initially, my enjoyment of contemporary dance and movement led me to explore the world of yoga. In 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to deal with the difficulties of various medical treatments. I found the discipline of yoga, meditation and Pranayama had incredibly effective benefits for my body both physically and emotionally, which helped me work through the healing process. I decided to further my training and share the benefits of the practice with others by becoming a yoga teacher. My classes have a strong focus on body awareness and the synchronisation of breath and movement. 

Mie Takamastu

I am a teacher of Hatha, Vinyasa and pre/post-natal yoga. I was originally from Japan and initially, my enjoyment of contemporary dance and movement led me to explore the world of yoga.

In 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to deal with the difficulties of various medical treatments. I found the discipline of yoga, meditation and Pranayama had incredibly effective benefits for my body both physically and emotionally, which helped me work through the healing process. I decided to further my training and share the benefits of the practice with others by becoming a yoga teacher.

My classes have a strong focus on body awareness and the synchronisation of breath and movement. 

Sharon Yu Yoga has tilted my world upside down. I stepped out of my first yoga class feeling a sense of satisfaction that I've never felt before in my life. Shortly after I committed to a regular yoga practice, I decided to follow my passion and completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Yoga has taught me more than just physical strength, but to love and accept my inner self. I would love to share my knowledge and insights with my students, teaching them to bring awareness into the body through an alignment-based flow that will balance their bodies and nourish their mind. I encourage my students to flourish in their own practice and roll along their own beautiful yet never ending yoga journey!

Sharon Yu

Yoga has tilted my world upside down. I stepped out of my first yoga class feeling a sense of satisfaction that I've never felt before in my life.

Shortly after I committed to a regular yoga practice, I decided to follow my passion and completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Yoga has taught me more than just physical strength, but to love and accept my inner self.

I would love to share my knowledge and insights with my students, teaching them to bring awareness into the body through an alignment-based flow that will balance their bodies and nourish their mind. I encourage my students to flourish in their own practice and roll along their own beautiful yet never ending yoga journey!

Kelvin Wong After spending 11 years in business/retail management where continuous standing had resulted in a weak lower back, I discovered yoga in 2010. I was immediately drawn to the physical benefits of yoga which not only lengthen, stretch and strengthen the body but also provides a mechanism for healing the body from within. Over the years, my hunger for yoga grew and from there, it propelled my yoga journey onto another level by becoming an instructor.  Fuelled by my curiosity, passion, love and the connection between yoga and the mind, I hope to explore the different facets of yoga and bring laughter and fresh insights into my classes.

Kelvin Wong

After spending 11 years in business/retail management where continuous standing had resulted in a weak lower back, I discovered yoga in 2010. I was immediately drawn to the physical benefits of yoga which not only lengthen, stretch and strengthen the body but also provides a mechanism for healing the body from within. Over the years, my hunger for yoga grew and from there, it propelled my yoga journey onto another level by becoming an instructor. 

Fuelled by my curiosity, passion, love and the connection between yoga and the mind, I hope to explore the different facets of yoga and bring laughter and fresh insights into my classes.

Paula Lay My love of movement began when I started studying dance and yoga in my early 20’s.  I loved the freedom, the discipline, and how connecting the breath, mind and body has been a continual process into deeper levels of awareness. I pursued a career in professional dance and choreography and my teaching practice over the last 6 years has naturally evolved out of this love for the moving body.  Yoga has been a grounding, healing process in my life, continually reminding me to slow down, be present and awaken to whatever arises. As I recently became a mother, I have been learning more and more, how yoga is possible in all aspects of my life. My teaching practice integrates the disciplines of yoga, mindfulness and dance to discover joy, ease, stillness and authenticity. 

Paula Lay

My love of movement began when I started studying dance and yoga in my early 20’s.  I loved the freedom, the discipline, and how connecting the breath, mind and body has been a continual process into deeper levels of awareness. I pursued a career in professional dance and choreography and my teaching practice over the last 6 years has naturally evolved out of this love for the moving body. 

Yoga has been a grounding, healing process in my life, continually reminding me to slow down, be present and awaken to whatever arises. As I recently became a mother, I have been learning more and more, how yoga is possible in all aspects of my life.

My teaching practice integrates the disciplines of yoga, mindfulness and dance to discover joy, ease, stillness and authenticity. 

Petra Mangos Born and raised in the Czech Republic, I started traveling at the age of 14 and have been on the move ever since. After traveling through Europe and Asia, I found herself in Melbourne, Australia and immediately fell in love with the vibrant and multicultural city that I now call home. I first stepped on the mat in 2012 and have loved expressing myself through the flow of the disciplined physical & spiritual practice of yoga ever since. Over the years, I have learned the importance of maintaining a balanced lifestyle through living a healthy, active lifestyle.  My focus is on breath work, alignment, strength and movement with grace and my classes are energetic and playful. I believe that yoga should play a part in everyone's daily life - no matter the age, shape or gender.

Petra Mangos

Born and raised in the Czech Republic, I started traveling at the age of 14 and have been on the move ever since. After traveling through Europe and Asia, I found herself in Melbourne, Australia and immediately fell in love with the vibrant and multicultural city that I now call home.

I first stepped on the mat in 2012 and have loved expressing myself through the flow of the disciplined physical & spiritual practice of yoga ever since.

Over the years, I have learned the importance of maintaining a balanced lifestyle through living a healthy, active lifestyle. 

My focus is on breath work, alignment, strength and movement with grace and my classes are energetic and playful.

I believe that yoga should play a part in everyone's daily life - no matter the age, shape or gender.