Ava Irani


My name is Ava and I am the creator of Functional Spirituality. The mission of this platform has risen out of a journey of struggle - let's be honest. I've struggled with life, relationships, my body, my emotions, my mind... I've struggled with my spiritual practice, my ambitions, my life path and my goals. I've struggled with struggle and struggled with peace.

I've lived with blessings and with curses. Almost my entire life I have been cursed with a compulsion of needing to get ahead, be the best, do the most, achieve the highest. And in some ways that has been a blessing, as it has lead me to produce the body of work that you now hold before you.

The material you will find here is born out of a pure intention to share my findings about the unnecessary aspects of struggle and pain, and the most fantastic, breathtaking portals into beauty, love, peace and joy.

I cannot wait to get to know you and share this path,

x Ava

Ava Irani

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.

teachers & influences

sahajananda hridaya

paul muller-ortega




2000+ hours yoga

blue throat yoga


BA Philosophy

Work with ava

the yoga studio

Fremantle, W.A.


Live-stream & in person

Silent retreats

South-west, W.A.


every other month

Online courses

free & paid training courses


for powerful transformation

teacher trainings

twice per year


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