Chris Newell

I was born in Canada in 1953 and as a 20 year old had the good fortune to travel and explore the world, eventually settling in West Australia in 1974. I am now an Australian citizen. In 1975 I embarked on a fulfilling career as a Horticultural Scientist starting with a BSc in Botany from the University of WA. Since then I have specialized in the diverse and fascinating local flora. I earned a Doctorate in Horticultural Science from Murdoch University in 2005. My R&D focus predominantly revolves around plant selection and development, especially plant propagation and its applications in commercial horticulture and the nursery industry.

I have been active my whole life and as my fitness journey progressed, I developed a profound interest in Circlework.Training, envisioning it as a pathway to achieve a harmonious balance of body and mind. My ultimate mission now revolves around teaching High Performance Aging, a unique form of resilience training for the nervous system and somatic body.

The practice of High Performance Aging is deliberately slow-paced and centered around the concept of using balance as our reference point. It blends conventional strength and conditioning with elements of Yoga and Qi Gong. Through this practice, we refine our proprioception and interoception, becoming more mindful of how we move and breathe. We also develop resilience, energy and an innate sense of well being

I aspire to teach others High Performance Aging, fostering a lifestyle that promotes physical and mental well-being. My vision for Circlework.Training is to empower individuals to lead lives filled with movement and vitality promoting holistic health and personal growth.

I have been teaching bodywork for the last 13 years and have instructor qualifications in Subtle Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan, various Qi Gong forms and strength and conditioning. I am a Registered Personal Trainer with AUSactive (formerly Fitness Australia). I have worked in the fitness industry and have taught Qi Gong and worked in yoga studios. I am currently training out of the Morley Noranda Recreation Club.

I currently study yoga with two Yoga teachers, Kristine Weber at Subtle Yoga and Denise Roulout at Denise Yoga Co.

I learned my first meditation, yoga asana and pranayama techniques in the early 1970's as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the Transcendental Mediation community. I have studied vajrayana buddhism with Chim Shore, resident teacher at the Origins Centre. I have taught and collaborated for over 22 weekend workshops at the Origins Centre since 2015. I have also been teaching Somatic Yoga and Somatic Qi Gong at Restful Waters Wellness Centre since 2021.

I have practiced a large number of both external and internal martial arts including practicing Hsing I Chuan with Roy Jenzen in the 1980's and 1990's.

I met Master Sam Chin in 2000 and discovered a love and deep interest in Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan (ZXD/ILC).

My current teacher, Shane O'Donnell, with whom I study marital arts, lives in Queensland. The simplicity, practicality and health benefits of this art are very appealing to me and have formed the basis of my practice since then.

In 2016 I was awarded a gold medal for Seniors Push Hands at the 2016 Australian Kung Fu Championships and have several awards for Tai Chi forms as well.

My passion has always revolved around mastering the fundamentals of training, emphasizing safety, functionality, and a future-oriented approach. I firmly believe that regardless of the specific training modality, we all share a common anatomy, allowing us to adopt safe movement patterns and habits. What intrigues me the most is how these practices extend beyond the training mat and into our everyday lives. By engaging in this process, we not only enhance our personal health but also contribute positively to the well-being of our families and communities.

If you desire to improve your fitness and strength while prioritizing safety and long-term health, I would be thrilled to have a discussion about how you can achieve your fitness goals. Together, we can explore strategies to support your well-being and maintain optimal health throughout your lifetime

I am very fortunate to have teamed up the Morley/Noranda Recreation Club and offer weekly classes there, see Events.

If you would like to contact me you can email me at or you can message me on my FB site, please like and follow. I look forward to hearing from you.


TAFE WA and Australian Fitness Academy

Certificate IV Gym Instructor, strength and conditioning

AUSactive - activating everybody

Level 2 Registered Exercise Professional & Personal Trainer and Fitness Professional

Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan

Student Level 6, Instructor Level 2

Subtle Yoga, Trinity Yoga and Denise Yoga Co.

I would like to acknowledge with respect my yoga teachers, Heather Agnew, Kristine Kaoverii Weber and Denise Roulout.

Qi Gong for Yoga Teachers 2022

Exercise Medicine Australia

Tai Chi for Health and Falls Prevention

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