Ava Irani


My name is Ava and I am the creator of Functional Spirituality. Let me be honest - the mission of this platform has risen out of a journey of struggle. I've struggled with life, relationships, my body, my emotions, my mind... I've struggled with my spiritual practice, my ambitions 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 lived with a traumatic compulsion of needing to get ahead, be the best, do the most, achieve the highest. 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. And it has blessed my life with profound experiences of love, beauty and connection that a functional spiritual practice inevitably bestows.

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 breathtaking portals into beauty, love, peace and joy.

I look forward to learning about your unique journey and to share this path together.

x Ava

Ava Irani

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 an open-hearted community of 100’s of yogis across W.A. who call the urban sanctuary a second home.

Learn more about Ava's journey on the podcast here.

teachers & influences

sahajananda hridaya

paul muller-ortega


Cicely Milne



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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