Uma Spender

As an activist for social justice and the earth, Uma is passionate about sharing yoga and breathwork as a path of service and healing. With almost 20 years experience, her unique approach to sharing and learning is both deeply joyful and transformational. With a playful and nurturing approach, she skilfully translates the ancient to the modern, cultivating a welcoming and inclusive space for all.

Having studied in a traditional Ashram in India, she brings focus to sharing with respect, always honouring the roots of yoga. She is known for her love and knowledge of Tantrik Shaivite and Shakta philosophy and mythology, weaving stories into the embodied practices of breathwork and moving meditation, taking practitioners beyond the asana.

Uma believes in giving people the space to expand into their truest nature; presenting workshops, immersions, trainings and retreats, to encourage deep enquiry and cultivate the space necessary for lasting, conscious change.

WORKSHOP: Ecstatic Breathwork with Uma
Join Uma Neave Spender on a guided breath journey of deep self enquiry and transformation… Ecstatic Breathwork is open-mouth, conscious and connected breathing. This practice naturally releases dimethyltryptamine (DMT) into the brain, which can create expanded emotional awareness, peak experiences of oneness, and spiritual breakthroughs. Ecstatic Breathwork is not recommended during pregnancy, or for those with epilepsy, very high blood pressure, or people suffering severe mental illness. Please talk to your facilitator before the session if any of these raises concern for you.


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Dear Awaken Community ,

It is with extreme disappointment that we need to announce that the Awaken Festival has been postponed until later this year.

The festival’s entire core production team is based in the Northern Rivers NSW region, which has been hit very hard this week with extreme flooding and we are now facing power outages, loss of internet and phone reception, massive damage to property and more. This natural disaster has severely impacted our team and we are now needing to focus on the massive task of clean up and repair.

This has been a huge unseen blow to all of us. After finally getting through the chaos of Covid we were so ready to unite the community with an incredibly positive experience at Awaken.  

We have such deep gratitude to you all for enduring this challenging journey with us and we apologise for any inconvenience. For all current ticket holders, please bear with us while we deal with limited connectivity – we will be in touch asap regarding ticket refunds.

We are fully committed to holding the festival later in the year and we sincerely hope you can join us. We would love to keep in touch with you so please join our EMAIL LIST so we can keep you updated.

We are confident that when we do finally launch Awaken it will be a truly powerful event.

The Awaken Production Team

Uma Spender