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Ava Irani, Your Teacher

Founder of Spanda School & Functional Spirituality

Ava’s yoga journey started in 2008 when she tasted her first savasana at the end of a 90 minute hot yoga class in Sydney, Australia. She was hooked, and became part of the furniture at the local studio while studying communications and 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. From there, her spiritual journey became a full-time career as she lived and studied abroad at the Hridaya yoga centre in Mexico and Agama in Thailand.

After over 2000 hours of yoga teacher training, retreats and study programs, she opened her studio Spanda School, Fremantle, Australia in 2016. Spanda School is the home of an open-hearted community of 100’s of yogis across W.A. who call the urban sanctuary a second home.

In 2020, she launched her online school and podcast called ‘Functional Spirituality’, aimed at integrating profound yogic experience into daily life.

She lives in White Gum Valley near Fremantle with her Fiancé Jarred of Kommunity Brew, and their pet Honey.

A little about Ava

Listen to this episode on the Functional Spirituality Podcast
to find out more about Ava


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. 5/5 stars

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.

FAQ for the 2022 Program

  • Pay in full - How long do I have access to the Course?

    For participants who pay in full, you have unlimited access to the online component of the course for 6 months commencing 30th June 2022 - across any and all devices you own. Any files that are downloadable are yours to keep as well.

  • Payment plan - How long do I have access to the course?

    For participants who choose to pay via a payment plan, you have unlimited access for 6 months (commencing 30th June 2021) across any and all devices you own. Any files that are downloadable are yours to keep as well. HOWEVER should any payments fail and not be reinstated within 24 hours, then your account will be paused and you will be contacted. The regular payments must be completed for the full 6 month access.

  • Refunds

    Places are limited to 15 participants. Please note no refunds are given.

  • Do I require any special software for the course?

    No. The course will be hosted on Thinkific. No additional software is required.

  • How can I contact the School Administrator if I have any questions?

    Please email functionalspiritualityretreat@gmail.com with any questions you are not able to find on this page.

  • How do I cancel my account?

    Once full payment is made, if you wish to cancel you can log into the course dashboard and cancel your account at anytime.

  • 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.