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Take an 8 month healing journey to improve what you offer.

Become a part of the solution. Strengthen your healing practice.

The TEFT will revolutionise your healing practice, personally and professionally.  

Over 8 months, in an intimate container with Ava, you will journey through guided practice sessions, group trainings, study and private mentoring.

This is the only offering with Ava that is 100% online and includes 1:1 mentoring.

The result: 

Clarity. Healing. Connection. 

The spaces you hold will be safe, transformational and optimised.

TEFT: For personal and professional development

Everyone holds spaces. What is the quality of that space?

Whenever we relate to someone else, we are either contributing to connection or disconnection.

Most importantly, we are always holding space for ourself.

What is the quality of that space?

Ava leans back, relaxed, against a tree trunk with her eyes closed.

TEFT is a simplified and functional framework to amplify your healing

So the spaces you hold are safe, spacious and clear.

Through a spacious study program, you will learn:

1) How trauma gets held in the body, accessed and resolved through somatics

2) How somatic practices and movement can create Therapeutic Embodiment 

3) What ingredients are missing to optimise your existing tools

4) How to heal from burn out and increase your capacity, in everyday life and at work

5) How to hold Therapeutic Embodiment sessions and incorporate it into existing offerings

Improve the quality of your work

This course is available to anyone as a personal development journey.

For therapists, coaches and teachers, it is so important to understand why many healing modalities don't provide reliable and consistent regulation for the nervous system, and how they in turn end up burning out facilitators and healing professionals.

Step 1: Heal yourself

You've been on the healing journey for years now.

To be honest, you have more tools than you know what to do with.

Your mind longs for something that clearly "works". 

Your body longs for confidence that you can navigate the challenge of life.

No matter how many incredible approaches you have learnt, you will not be able to increase your capacity in the old paradigm of healing.

Healing modalities without psychoeducation create hopelessness... 

The hardest emotion a human being can face.

What is Therapeutic Embodiment?

Therapeutic Embodiment is a framework to help you integrate functional somatics and spiritual inquiry into any modality.

TE also works as a standalone modality that is effective as both one-off or on-going 1:1 or group sessions. 

It can deepen your personal practice, or be woven through your existing m


This training simplifies 6 extensive fields into a pre-digested and nutritional teachings.

  • Healing through Meditation

    Feel what you feel, understand what you think; harness stillness and contemplation to increase presence and peace

  • Somatic Psychology

    Foundations of somatic work and how movement can support the completion of excess sympathetic charge

  • Healing Complex Stress

    The advancements in this extensive field simplified into the framework for 1 incredible tool

  • Boundaries and Emotions

    Optimize your capacity through awareness and management of time, energy, emotions and priorities

  • Holding safe spaces

    Understand exactly what's needed to hold spaces of loving presence in work and relationship

  • Non-dual Being

    The intersection of "enlightenment" (presence, open-heartedness and mystical Being) with trauma resolution

Lead the healing, presence and wisdom movement in your community.

Our community faces a serious problem...

Ava's journey with complex trauma

We are born into a world of fatigue, stress and trauma. 

Its rampant in our families and in our clients. 

Worse, our teachers, healers and parents are burnt out, overwhelmed and struggling to stay resourced. 

It feels terrible. I know this because I have experienced it my whole life - without feeling it clearly - and managed it with spiritual tools instead of resolving i

If you’re holding a space and you don’t feel centred, at peace, confident and resourced, something needs to change quickly for yourself and your community.

Don’t fake it till you make it.

Bonus Material

This training offers 360° support for your home practice, fine-tuning and integration of the material.

  • Mentoring with Ava

    Receive private 1:1 mentoring, feedback on your work and coaching with a teacher who is inspired by the uniqueness of your path.

  • Vault of resources

    Access to the a resource library of extra trainings on topics like money, boundaries, scheduling, as well as guided video self-practices like affirmations and yoga classes.

  • Group home practice

    Choose from 2 live-stream healing sessions each week as well as a connection to a smaller pod group. Practicing in community to further embody the wisdom of the teachings.

How to take this course

TEFT is a life-changing transmission into leadership, healing and optimisation. Access to online platform begins February 1st. Live sessions, practices and assignments run March- October

  • Fill out application form

  • 1:1 Onboarding and coaching call with Ava

  • Start watching online videos, study, and meet your pod group

  • Join monthly 3hr Saturday trainings (starting March 4th)

  • Join monthly 1hr Wednesday TE sessions

  • Enjoy weekly live-stream or pre-recorded healing sessions

  • Book 1:1 support calls with Ava and/or support coaches

  • Submit written reflections

  • Conduct & receive 1:1 facilitation calls

  • Receive certificate and hold incredible spaces

Why mentoring?

A guide who understands and is inspired by your unique path is crucial to embody this work.

An inspiring leader models the wisdom for our systems to reorganise and calibrate without effort.

There is opportunity every month to meet 1:1 with Ava as well as your support coaches who will support you through your small group pod.

Your facilitator will hold space, ask potent questions and unravel the falsities that undermine your wellbeing.

You will receive feedback on your work and your reflections.


Ruby C

I have come out the other side; my heart overflowing with loving-inspiration, my mind full of perspective, my belly burning with a fiery passion and a deeper understanding of self.

Kristina (TEFT 2022)

What I love most was how I felt so connected to the people in the group even though it is an online learning program. I believe this is due tie Ava's heart- centred way to create and lead the course.
For me as a health care professional, learning about the new paradigm of healing felt very meaningful as it matches my personal experience of both my own healing journey and clinical practice.

Jules Ward

Deep love for Spanda School! Being a part of this community has added so much depth and love to my life. The meditation, yoga, courses, events, groups, retreats are all incredible and such an open and welcoming community. Ava is amazing and her teachings are so well articulated. The space feels like home.

Emma Lou

From my experiences, the teachers are ''True''. I don't really know how else to describe it. the school is authentic, welcoming, offers unique workshops and events, and is very passionate about teaching intelligent Yoga.

Stefanos Sifandos

A beautiful space to connect, be nurtured, explore safely and grow within. Highly recommended. More than Yoga & Mindfulness - a community to expand and learn more about who you are.

Freya J

I particularly loved learning from Ava as she has a very grounded, well learned approach to teaching, less jargon, no bullshit approach. Drawing on her direct experiences with the pitfalls many modalities of modern yoga offer, she sets students up for a grounded and balanced yoga practice which is something I find unique in this offering.

Your Teacher, Ava Irani

Spanda School & Functional Spirituality

Ava is the director of Functional Spirituality and the Fremantle-based yoga studio ‘Spanda School’. Her deepest passions are embodied movement, therapeutic sensuality and inquiry into the mystical nature of ‘Being’.

Her yoga journey started in 2008 when she tasted her first, sweet savasana at the end of a 90 minute hot yoga class.

Hooked on the Bikram practice, she practiced daily while completing her degree in philosophy at the University of Sydney.

In 2011, she completed her first 500hour yoga teacher training, along with her very first 10 day silent meditation retreat. She would follow this up with another 500hr YTT from Hridaya, countless yoga trainings, silent, dark and solo retreats, as well as teaching at both the Agama and Hridaya headquarters and worldwide.

In 2016 she moved back to Perth to open her studio Spanda School in Fremantle. Spanda School is the home of an open-hearted community of hundreds of yogis across W.A.

Her journey started with the fervent passion for awakening and non-dual liberation. However over the years her path has matured with a more functional approach that considers the wide-spread complex trauma that lies at the heart of almost every obstacle to happy, healthy and connected living.

She has trained with Paul Muller-Ortega (Blue throat yoga), NARM (complex trauma), Cecily Milne (yoga detour) to name a few.

Ava is predominantly known for her thriving yoga studio, silent retreats and the phenomenal teachers that emerge from her yoga and trauma-informed certifications. She lives in beautiful Western Australia with her husband Jarred of Kommunity brew and their fur-child Honey.


Invest in a transformation to heal your relationship to self and others. Choose from instalment or pay in full options. YTT and Silent retreat students receive a discount, get in touch for details. 24 months access.

Live Training Dates

Live trainings commence March 2023.

Saturday 3hr Live Trainings
Wednesday 75min TE sessions
March 4th
April 1st
April 29th
May 27th
June 24th
July 29th
Sept 2nd
Sept 30th
March 22nd
April 12th
May 10th
June 7th
July 12th
August 16th
September 13th
October 11th

*Session times will be confirmed prior to March 1st.

Certificate requirements

Receive a 70 hour Therapeutic Embodiment Facilitator certificate from Functional Spirituality upon completion of all requirements:

  • 80% attendance of Live sessions

  • Complete all written reflections and submissions

  • Conduct one 1:1 video facilitation to fellow student

  • Receive one 1:1 video facilitation from fellow student

  • Payments completed

  • Completion of online course

  • *Up to 12 months available to complete requirements

Are you ready to join a community, gain a mentor and invigorate your offering?

You can access 1:1 coaching and the incredible course material from February 1st.


  • How will I be held accountable to finish the course?

    We know sometimes it can be difficult to stay on track with study. After thousands of hours of teacher trainings, we have learnt that a spacious structure, 1:1 support and time management training will best guide you through the ebbs and flows that might come to your focus.

  • I'm already a therapist, how will this support me?

    For existing therapists, this is a 70 hour professional development to help you integrate a heartfelt, 'presence-based' approach to your work.
    Understanding the science of how embodiment, connection and heart-fullness heals complex trauma will enhance your modalities and create more sustainable work and business.

  • I'm not a teacher or healer, is this course too advanced for me?

    This course offers the fundamentals of healing through meditation, therapy, self-care and emotional regulation from the Functional Spirituality perspective.
    These pieces are required for joyful, sustainable work and relationships. This course will teach you how to do this work so you can show up as an incredible human for yourself and your community.

  • I cannot afford this training, what options do I have?

    Get in touch with us to receive a low-income application form for those suffering financial hardship.

  • Will I receive a certificate after completing this training?

    Once you successfully complete all the requirements, you will receive the 70 hour Therapeutic Embodiment Facilitator certificate.
    You will have the knowledge and tools you need to facilitate Therapeutic Embodiment sessions. All modalities should be performed under the supervision of a mentor, and within a context of a greater spirituality and therapeutic framework.

  • What currency are payments charged in?

    All payments are charged in Australian Dollars and include GST for Australian Residents.

  • Copyright

    The course material is copyrighted and passing on or sharing the course material to another party is prohibited.

  • How long do I have access to the Course?

    Access is granted immediately upon payment. You have unlimited access to the course for 24 months or until March 2025 - across any and all devices you own. Any files that are downloadable are yours to keep as well.

  • Refunds

    Due to receiving immediate access to the course, please note no refunds are given for change of mind once the course has started.
    In the case a student falls ill / unable to complete the course, please contact Functional Spirituality directly.