Renee Villanueva-Last


Hello, I’m Renee – welcome to Bright Lotus Yoga.

I attended my first yoga class in 2003, and to this day I still remember the feelings I had after that first class. I felt so relaxed, recharged and alive after being reminded to breathe and to move with the breath. The more I did yoga, the more I wanted to learn about it. I was hooked and my yoga journey began.

In 2014, I qualified to be a yoga teacher, and I’ve been teaching and sharing yoga ever since. I am currently training to be a yoga therapist and doing my diploma course with Yogacampus.

Being a yogi is being a perpetual student. This suits me well because I love learning, and I love sharing what I learn with others. Sharing the numerous benefits I get from my yoga practice allows me to serve and live my life with purpose.

Yoga has been a companion and comfort to me over the years. When things get challenging, I can always rely on my practice and draw from it. The lessons I learn and the insights I gain also extend off the mat. The peace, lightness and joy that result from my practice, along with the kindness, space and acceptance I give myself during my practice, are things that I can take with me into my daily life and interactions – the key is to remember. There are, of course, times when I forget (we are human after all), but my practice grounds me and helps me to face life with humility, patience, gratefulness and grace.

I hope to see you soon and I look forward to practising yoga with you.


Practicing yoga does not eliminate life’s challenges, and neither does it provide us with a convenient trapdoor to escape from life’s distractions. Instead, yoga gives us the skills to meet life head-on with dignity and poise.

Donna Farhi