BTY Founder; Tristan Rose


Determined to find an alternative to pain management, Tristan kind of fell into Yoga.  After sustaining several injuries whilst serving in the Australian Army, and the consequential surgeries that followed, Tristan would not accept that pain medication was his only option.  He stumbled on a Yin Yoga class by mistake, it was from that moment that he was hooked.

Practicing regularly, Tristan’s quality of life began to improved immensely.  From initially attending Yoga to increase his physical range of movement, what he received was the mental release, which was more profound than he ever imagined.

He is a certified Yoga teacher and has studied in various places such as the Himalayan International Yoga Academy in Nepal, Canada with Bernie Clark, The USA with Paul and Suzee Grilley and he is also the first coalition Veteran to study at VETOGA in the USA, to name just a few.

Tristan has a deep passion and appreciation for Yin Yoga, along with Yoga Nidra and Meditation. He believes when you take your attention away from the aesthetics of the pose and pay attention to the target areas and skeletal variations amongst the students, you can then modify all poses to accommodate every students physical ability.

Breaking down the barriers of what Yoga is and who it is for is one of Tristan’s driving forces. There is a style and teacher out there for everyone, they just need to find theirs.


BTY Facilitator; Ross Walker

Ross has been practicing Mindfulness & Meditation since 1994, to alleviate stress and chronic pain after suffering severe permanent injuries in a Military training accident early on his career with the Australian Army. He personally found using a mind & body approach to health and wellness has had a major positive effect on managing his own well being; giving him some tools to deal with chronic pain and managing permanent disability. Ross was able to complete a successful 30 year career in the Australian Army, until he was medically retired in 2017. In his last 6 years of service, Ross was intricately involved with Soldier Welfare and the rehabilitation management of injured soldiers and supporting their families, and has a good understanding of the psyche of injured service personnel.

Ross is a certified Yoga Instructor and also a Meditation / Mindfulness teacher through the Melbourne Meditation Centre. He has completed the 200hr VETOGA Yoga Teacher Training in the USA, which is a Veteran specific program designed for Veterans to deliver Yoga programs back to the Veteran community. He has completed a 50hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Bernie Clarke in Canada, a world authority in all things Yin. Ross is also studying IRest Yoga Nidra Meditation, as another great tool to blend into his Yin Yoga and Mindfulness practice.

Ross practices Yoga and Mindfulness daily to manage his physical and mental health and to improve his overall well being, and encourages other Veterans to do so. Ross believes it is essential to incorporate a health and wellness modality into your daily life, to counteract the stresses of modern living as well as those who are managing injuries. He believes a combination of Yoga and Mindfulness practice can provide an excellent balance in life.

Ross`s personal mission is to introduce Yin Yoga, Mindfulness and Yoga Nidra programs that are fully accessible to everyone, at any age with any injury background.

Ross also teaches public classes at Williamstown’s premier yoga studio; Saltwater Yoga Studios.



BTY Facilitator; Keely Thomson

“Truth be told, like many people, what initially brought me to a Yoga mat was the desire to move differently.. and maybe touch my toes which seemed so far from reach!

I had always been active, but that also came at a price, with knee and ankle injuries a plenty from years of start-stop sport, aerobics and the odd Winter day-trips to the snowfields to board. After returning from New Zealand nursing a twisted knee, and not long after spinal x-rays confirming an arthritic lumbar spine (unrelated to NZ), if I was to stay active I was to seek an alternative, gentler form of exercise; wise advice from my chiro – cue Yoga.

Over a number of years, a sporadic practice took me to Vinyasa, Yin and Bikram classes; I even attended a Winter Yoga Retreat. I felt happy when I practiced. Feeling both physically (and emotionally better), combined with a strong desire to transition from my stagnant office role, brings me to where I am today.

Having completed over 600 hours of Yoga training, in both Vinyasa and Yin styles; I now co-own 432 Yoga in Rowville; and am one of the facilitators at Blind Tiger Yoga.

Being the partner of a Veteran (one of whom practices Yoga!), I have stood by during discharge, multiple surgeries and medical diagnosis; I have personally witnessed the impact Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra can make to a person’s life and general ability to cope with all that it throws at you.

I’m a witness to change, and strongly believe that through the teachings of Yoga, that others have an opportunity to experience a positive shift also.”

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