newu wellness
for a new you

At NewU Wellness, we offer a personal journey into health, fitness and nutrition; Helping you to transform and grow into a NewU. 

Become the you, you want to be.


DAVID LAIDLAW - Founder of NewU

Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor and Nutritionist

David Laidlaw, also known as “The Phoenix” developed NewU to meet the needs of people just like you; people who want to undergo a physical transformation in a positive environment with the support of a qualified expert that will be there every step of the way.

David is not an ordinary PT offering ordinary programs. He has travelled a difficult journey and knows how hard it can be to make changes without the correct support. In his late 20s, he was critically injured and suffered 3rd degree burns to 35% of his body. Like “The Phoenix” rising from the ashes, he survived this catastrophic injury but battled demons in his lengthy recovery. He became fat, broke, a smoker and an alcoholic.

With the help and support of some dedicated and committed people that he owes his life to, David transformed his life. Having experienced the highs and lows that he did, David came to the realisation that he could help others to learn through his story of adversity and triumph.


Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

Captivated by the rhythm and flow of vinyasa, Kylie loves to teach the creative vinyasa flow. Her classes welcome complete beginners to experienced practitioners and can include flowing āsana, breath awareness, prānāyāma, meditation, inner inquiry and in particular classes weaving of mythology and sanskrit chanting.  

Kylie believes yoga is an entire system which connects us to the rhythm of the breath allowing us to feel more alive and more present in each moment. When teaching her hope is to create a safe and warm environment for all to come together and practice.

She has a committed daily ashtanga vinyasa practice as well as meditation and chanting. She has taken multiple pilgrimages, and is a level 2 member of Yoga Australia. She has immersed in over 1,200 hours of yoga philosophy including meditation TT,  Himalayan Knowledge, Sacred Sound, Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda.


Breathwork Facilitator

Kelsee believes breathwork allows us to harness our ability to create calm and access a state of peace through stillness, no matter what is going on around us, controlling and influencing the breath allows us to see the truth in what we need most in each moment.

Breathwork has taught her to be with what is present, whether it be thoughts, feelings or sensations, using the breath to regulate her state of mind and body.

The magic and transformation she has experienced through the breath guided her to learn, and share the power of it to others.

the newu difference

"The difference between a goal and a dream
is a deadline" - Steve Smith


the power starts with you

Change is inevitable, Growth is optional.
- John C. Maxwell

Through a range of integrative practices to suit your needs, we can help you to transform your body through strength training and nutrition.



All problems are illusions of the mind.
- Eckhart Tolle.

The word Yoga means 'Unity' or 'Oneness.' Through incorporating yoga and meditation into your regular wellness routine, you can create mental clarity and calmness, centre your awareness and create unity between your mind, body and spirit.


feel good on the inside

“The active turnings, the strident vibrations, of selfishness, lust and hate are to be stilled by meditation, by letting heart and mind dwell in spiritual life, by lifting up the heart to the strong, silent life above, which rests in the stillness of eternal love, and needs no harsh vibration to convince it of true being.”

- Patañjali, the Patanjali Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
The Book of the Spiritual Man


At NewU, our philosophy is based around 7 core foundations to create positive and long-lasting transformation.
After all; Life is a journey, not a destination.
  • 1)  Change Your Mindset
    Stop the “lose weight” mentality. It doesn’t work, as I am sure you will agree.

    People say “I just want to lose 5,10, 20, 40 kg, insert your number. Are you sure? If you had both your legs amputated you will “lose” about 20% of your body weight.

  • 2)   Gain, Not Lose
    We believe in gain, not loss. Your body doesn’t want to lose anything. You are fighting it every time you go on another diet. You don't need to starve yourself to gain the body you desire.

  • 3)   Understand Your Why
    What is the real reason behind your desire to transform? We will find out and help develop this into your new lifestyle.

  • 4)   Develop Willpower
    The science is now understanding that willpower is similar to a muscle, in other words it can be developed.

  • 5)  Accountability
    Enjoy being held accountable with an exercise program that has been developed especially for you,
    with a coach that is with you all the way supporting you to achieve your goals.

  • 6)   Tailored Approach
    We don’t believe in a one size fits all approach. Instead, we will write a personalised program that suits your lifestyle and goals.

  • 7)   Have Fun
    We will teach you how to look after yourself and maintain a positive, healthy lifestyle and correct body composition.

our programs

At NewU Wellness, we offer a personal journey into health, fitness and nutrition.

- Global Wellness Institute

mind, body & Spirit


Through the ancient discipline of yoga practise, our teachers will guide you to restore balance between your mind, body and spirit as you move through a sequence of yoga asanas and breathwork. We offer Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin classes, suitable for beginners to experienced yogi’s and everyone in between.

strength & fitness

Personal Training

At NewU, we work with you to develop a custom and targeted approach in line with  your fitness goals. Through strength conditioning, agility and high intensity training, integrated with yoga and cardiovascular fitness, our goal is to maximise your energy efficiency, improve physical function and help you to achieve your targets.

Health & wellness


As an accredited nutritionist and health coach, we know that one approach does not fit all. At NewU we believe in the old adage, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." We will teach you nutrition principles in order to maintain a lifetime of health and wellness.

where to next?

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david's journey

"My experience inspired me to help others"

“Yoga?!” I exclaimed,

“You’ve got to be kidding! That’s for girls.”

These were the words that I spoke to my chiropractor all those years ago. Little did I know how my journey would follow.

As a triathlete and marathon runner for 10 years, I developed lower backpain that became unbearable. I was no longer enjoying running and my times had dropped, but my chiropractor was able to keep me on the go. Fortunately for me, my chiro was also a keen yoga practitioner and he recommended I give it a go to help further ease my back pain.

I was very reluctant, however as I was about to embark on a half marathon, I was willing to give it a try. I was first introduced to Bikram yoga, which I was assured was ‘anything but easy.’

My first experience was mind opening, to say the least. Bikram definitely fitted in with my interpretation of hard-core exercise so I was hooked; within a few months, I was doing Bikram 3 to 4 times per week and my back started to feel a lot better.

Unfortunately I had also began experiencing some pain in my shoulders, and was unable to lift my right arm above my head. Eventually after lots of specialist consultations, I saw an orthopaedic surgeon who told me that I had arthritis, bursitis, and spurs in my right shoulder and would need shoulder replacement surgery!

"He said that my triathlon days were over."

Feeling deep despair, I told him about my experience with yoga and how it had helped my back pain, and asked him if he thought that might help my shoulder pain, too. He laughed at me, dismissed my proposal and told me that the only way to fix my troubles was through surgery.

With the temporary relief from a cortisol injection, I was able to continue my yoga practice, while simultaneously re-building my strength and focusing on my nutrition needs.

To cut along story short, I never did get the operation. Through yoga initially, and incorporating strength training and proper nutrition, I gained the ability to exercise without limitations. I can now swim, run, bike, push weights and pretty much do whatever exercise I like. I no longer experience pain in my shoulders or back, and I am the healthiest and strongest I have been in my life.

Having experienced my own transformation, I decided to complete my yoga teacher’s training certificate in the AYM Ashram, Rishikesh, Northern India.

I am now a fully qualified fitness instructor, yoga teacher and nutritionist, enabling me to pursue a career designed to help people discover their true potential. I have helped many individuals on the way to a new healthy lifestyle, and my aim is to open up the world of yoga for everyone.

If you’ve never tried yoga but are open to the possibilities is offers, I urge you to give it a try.

- David Laidlaw (Founder of NewU)