(B. Physiotherapy, MAPA; Cert. Yoga Instructor)

Juliana portolesi

Director, physiotherapist & yoga teacher

A physiotherapist, yoga teacher, perpetual learner, ever curious, and chronic perfectionist. I am passionate about health, life, the human body and every experience that relates to these.

I have been working with people and movement for almost 20 years and it’s my passion to connect with people and to educate, empower and inspire you with the know how to lead a healthy, happy & peaceful life.

A healthy body has always been a precious commodity in my mind and as a graduating young physiotherapist, I understood the importance of exercise and eating well to maintain health. What I didn’t realise, was that the health of our minds was just as, if not, more important. I learnt this the hard way…the result of my high desire to achieve, with part time studies on top of full-time work, the challenges of maintaining a long-distance relationship and interrupted sleep patterns was mental illness in the form of anxiety.

I am lucky in my life that I have a great support network of family and friends and an open-minded GP who thinks laterally. My journey back to wellness was by slowing down and finding ‘Centred Ground’ through a regular yoga and mindfulness practice, good nutrition, sleep and connection within the community.

Graduating Physiotherapy in 2005, I’ve had such varied experience- managing general and work-related musculoskeletal disorders, sporting and acute orthopaedic injury, upper limb injuries and chronic pain conditions. But my greatest learning and understanding of the connectedness of the human body and mind has come from my own personal experiences and my studies and practice in Iyengar yoga over the past 12 years.

Prior to my yoga journey, I trained in the Clinical Pilates method and have also  completed advanced training in dry needling, occupational health, Anatomy Trains Structural Integration and Connect Therapy with Dr LJ Lee. I’m currently completing further studies in Women’s Health Physiotherapy.

The human body amazes me, people amaze me. I love that I get to educate and inspire good health, great movement and positive changes in people. We're a never-ending puzzle - there's always something more to learn or understand. And I love that moment when the penny drops for someone & they're able to move pain-free and return to the things they love.

Professional Achievements:
  • International Ergonomics Association Congress- Presenter August 2015 Melbourne, Australia: “Achieving consistency in the inconsistent world of health: a single system wide approach to job analysis.”
  • Development of a Job Analysis Management System and methodology for SA Health
Extra Studies:
  • DMA Clinical Pilates
  • Jones Institute of Strain-Counterstrain  – cranial
  • Advanced Neuromuscular Dry Needling
  • Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training
  • Ergonomics and Occupational Health
  • Structural Integration
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of South Australia 2005
  • Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health Management 2015
  • Registered Level 1 Yoga Teacher 2017, Yoga Australia (Iyengar Method)
  • Connect Therapy Series Graduate
  • Level 1 Iyengar Yoga Certification 2021
Professional Memberships:
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Joint member Human Factors and Ergonomics Society & Australian Association for Manual Handling Practices
  • Yoga Australia Certified Member


(pronounced l/ee/za)
Yoga Teacher

“Yoga has been one of the constant’s in my life for about 7 years and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.”

This happy smiling face is Liza… having just returned from India, Liza is excited and keen to share her love of yoga with you. She is a ray of sunshine & warmth, with a sneaky wit about her. Amongst her talents as a yoga teacher, she is also an artist and professional photographer.


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Calling all amazing health and wellness professionals....

centred ground has spaces available to rent- from treatment rooms to our yoga studio space. If you’re interested to know more, please contact us.

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