Our Teachers

Idit-WEB1Idit Hefer Tamir

The founder of Sukha Mukha Yoga and the Director of Sukha Mukha Yoga teacher training (formerly known as Samadhi Yoga teacher training) was extremely influenced and inspired by Jasmine Tarkeshi  from the Laughing Lotus Yoga Studio in NYC and San Francisco, Katie Manitsas from Samadhi Yoga Newtown and Sharon Gannon and David Life the co-founders of  Jivamukti Yoga.
While living in NYC she stepped into the Laughing Lotus studio and fell in love with Yoga. Jasmine has reminded her of her dormant spirit and the power of transformation that resides inside of us all if we only dare to believe. Since then her life has never been the same.
Inspired by how much Jasmine have changed her life for the better she was looking for a teacher training course with the hope that she will be able to help more people.
She arrived in Australia and the universe led her into Samadhi Yoga where she took her first teacher training course. Since then Samadhi has been a home to her and has helped her grow in her practice, her teachings and her life.

There is a famous saying; “Take your Yoga seriously but do not take yourself too seriously”
This is Idit’s approach to Yoga and to life. Take it seriously, commit to doing the best you can each and every day, but do not take yourself too seriously….
“If you make up your mind to find joy within yourself, sooner or later you shall find it” / Paramahansa Yogananda
Come and join her on this journey of celebration and exploration.

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Sara-WEB-e1368491264301Sara Smith

Sara found her way onto the yoga mat about 4 years ago and it was love at first sight.

To begin she  practised private lessons, before deciding she  would like to deepen her practise, learn more and share this beautiful gift (of yoga) with other people.
She then enrolled to the teacher training at Samadhi Yoga Newtown, completing 200 hour teacher training. Changing her life and most importantly her  attitude toward life.
She then studied at Body, Mind, Life yoga studio at Surry Hills, where she under took a teacher mentoring program, developing further her understanding of yoga both as a yoga student and a yoga teacher.
She is interested in all facets of yoga – especially the connection she finds between mind, body and spirit and finds she can experience this best through the practice of vinyasa yoga as the breath marries the movement, creating a moving meditation.
In her classes she likes to incorporate ways to take yoga off the mat and into our every day lives – as this is when and where the real yoga happens.
She encourages laughter in class as after all – laughter is the best medicine.
She considers herself fortunate for the journey she has taken so far and looks forward to learning and experiencing more through yoga on and off the mat.

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Amanda (2)Amanda Piper

Amanda was first introduced to yoga several years ago when moving through a difficult period in her life and instantly fell in love. The amazing benefits that yoga brought physically, mentally and spiritually were immediate and it was then that she realized what a beautiful gift yoga is. After deciding to deepen her own yoga practice by completing the Sukha Mukha teacher training course with Idit Hefer Tamir, Amanda knew she had found her path in life and is eager to share this passion and knowledge with others.

Being an early childhood teacher, Amanda has a very playful and open heart. She believes in cultivating mindfulness and compassion by embracing a more yogic lifestyle. Amanda teaches vinyasa flow yoga with an emphasis on finding balance in every day life and uniting the heart, breath and spirit. Her classes are warm and welcoming with an aim to challenge, inspire and unlock the happiness from within.

Amanda sees yoga as a wonderful tool of self discovery, exploration and connection and is eternally grateful for its transformative powers. She is passionate about helping others to harness vitality and spiritual bliss through the magic of yoga.

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Reiku-WEB-e1368687295875Reiku Morello

Reiku is skilled in teaching Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative Yoga. She has learnt through her own experience how strongly and gracefully Yoga influences one’s life. Yoga has also led her towards a simple and sustainable living, being in harmony with oneself and nature.
As a yoga teacher trained under the guidance of Idit Hafer Tamir and Katie Manitsas, it would be an honour for her to serve the inner peace to as many students as possible. She looks to create an environment where students of all ages and levels can feel comfortable and calm.

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Kellie Jones

Kellie began her love affair with yoga whilst studying performance at university back in 1995. She explored and practiced many different styles in the years following before travelling through Central America in 2003 with two Hatha yoga teachers where her practice became a part of her daily life.

Inspired and nourished by the sense of strength, calm and energy she gained from her yoga practice, Kellie chose to take it to a new level by completing her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Samadhi Yoga in January 2011. Under the guidance of her wonderful teachers, Idit Tamir and Katie Manitsis, she’s developed a passion for a dynamic, Vinyasa style which has been transformational. Her classes are always creative, vibrant and focused sprinkled with the necessary elements of fun and play.

Kellie feels grateful and blessed for the chance to share her learning with others and to continue to learn herself from the many wonderful teachers that surround her.”

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PenelopePenelope Irvine

Penelope first discovered yoga 10 years ago when she found the physical practices a great remedy for the stresses of working in the corporate world. She soon learnt that yoga is so much more than a physical practice! Through learning to let go and connecting with her truth, Penelope tapped into the transformative power of yoga, bringing about significant changes both in her personal and professional life.

Mahatma Ghandi’s saying ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ strongly resonates with Penelope. Her love of yoga and firm belief that what the world needs now is more yoga, led Penelope to complete the Sukha Mukha teacher training with Idit Hefer Tamir in 2012.

Penelope developed a keen interest in prenatal yoga through her own practice when she became pregnant with her first child. To deepen her understanding in this area, she completed the Bliss Baby pre and postnatal yoga teacher training with Ana Davis.

As a new mother, Penelope loves practicing yoga with her son Bhuvan. In her mums and bubs classes she offers a calming yet rigorous practice for mums, while also being fun and stimulating for babies, and providing an opportunity to nurture the growing relationship between mum and bub.

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Patty, lululemon athletica ambassador at the Sydney Bondi Junction store.Patty Kikos

Patty is a respected yoga teacher & healer that lectures on teacher trainings around Australia. She is well known for her lighthearted approach to life, and for the powerful results her clients receive through 1:1 balance sessions & 6 week programs.

Patty runs popular chakra balance courses that are also available online as 40 day e-courses.  Her past lives include working as a social worker & dancer, and her current life also includes her business as a civil celebrant.

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rsz_1rsz_annasAnna Spierewka

Anna’s  yoga journey began around 1990 when she went to Iyengar yoga classes. She found it beneficial on many levels, and life-changing. Not only did she feel her body open up and be renewed, yoga helped to open a part of her that wanted more from life than the usual norms of success. Her attention turned to meditation and sprituality, yoga in the broader sense. While maintaining a simple self-practice of yoga asana, she became a meditation student of Sri Chinmoy in 1994, a practice that she continues. In 2009 she started practicing Ashtanga yoga and fell in love with the vinyasa style. Having worked through chronic medical conditions, and still managing fibromyalgia, she felt a need for a practice that could be varied.

Anna was delighted to find that Sukha Mukha Yoga taught the spiritual aspect of yoga alongside the physical practice, in a very simple and practical way, and completed her Level 1 teacher training there. She is interested in a balanced practice and teaches simple breathing and meditation techniques, yin and gentle flow, as well as more dynamic practice. And always with the intention to gradually let go of limitation, expand awareness and connect with the higher self.

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Kamala Angel

kamalaKamala is a Sivananda accredited Yoga Teacher who has been teaching in Katoomba (Blue Mountains, NSW) since 1989.  She commenced her practice in Sydney in 1977 with respected Yoga Teacher Acharya Upendra Roy, and taught at Acharya’s Yoga Meditation Centre in 1979 under his guidance.  Kamala completed the Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course in 1981 and the Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training Course in 1988 under the direction of renowned Yoga Master Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati.

In 1992 Kamala accompanied Swami Vishnudevananda on a Ganga Parigrama – a pilgrimage down the Ganges from its source at Gomukh in the Himalayas. Since 1999 Kamala has been cataloguing Swami Vishnudevananda’s archives – personal papers, lecture tapes and photographs – in preparation for his Biography.  In 2003 she edited the Autobiography of respected Vedantin and Sanskrit scholar, Swami Chaitanyananda of Uttarkashi.  In 2006 Kamala edited Vishnudevananda Upadesa, a collection of extracts from the existing transcripts of Swami Vishnudevananda’s satsangs, talks and lectures.

She is currently auditing Swami Vishnudevananda’s lectures, satsangs and talks for uploading to the web (http://audioarchive.sivananda.eu) and editing Swami Swaroopananda’s Advanced Raja Yoga Course lectures for publication in 2012.  Kamala has been giving workshops to Level I and Level II Yoga Teacher Trainees since 2006.

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maryanneMaryanne Edwards

Having completed the 200 hr teacher training program at Sukha Mukha Yoga, under the guidance of Idit Hefer Tamir, Maryanne has developed her unique style of teaching vinyasa yoga to develop strength, flexibility and mind/body awareness. She draws on her personal practice of 10+ years to bring a dyanmic yet calming combination of asanas to the mat, creatively weaving yogic philosophy through her classes.

Maryanne is mad about yoga, nutrition, dance, design & travel.

“I believe happiness comes from a balance of health, wealth, love, and the time to enjoy them.” - Maryanne

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FernFern Cheyney

My passion for yoga began in 2000 with a community class at a local gym. Yoga soon became a staple in my life and evolved into a lifestyle and life-long love affair.

In 2006, I took a six month sabbatical from my corporate job to complete my first teacher’s training at Sivananda Ashram and also to practice Yoga with respected Indian teacher, Venkatesh, in Mysore.

After my Indian adventure I had the yoga bug and this lead me down the path of more teacher training including training at Nature Care College and Life-Source under the guidance of esteemed teachers, Christina Brown and Richard James-Allen.

In 2010, I travelled to San Francisco to study with Jasmine Tarkeshi to learn the Lotus Flow. My US adventure ignited my passion to teach from a place of devotion, creativity and love. It also inspired me to take up further study with Jasmine and Laughing Lotus which I am about to begin.

In the last two years my deep love for yoga has extended to other health modalities. I am currently studying Nutritional Counselling, Ayurveda and Life Coaching.

I offer students and clients a practical approach to bring you back to balance and transform your life.

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Lauren Bio Bic (2)Lauren Flaherty

Lauren first began practising yoga in 2001 and fell in love with the dance like feel of vinyasa. After many years, Lauren realised that yoga was about much more than touching your toes and was inspired to take her practice off the mat.  Fascinated by the subtle effects of yoga, Lauren’s teaching focuses on the connection between the body and mind and her relaxed style is both calm and uplifting.

Lauren hopes to share the happiness yoga brought her with others and she continues to be inspired and influenced by her own teachers.

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MarjabiopicMarja Jacobsen

Marja had her first taste of Yoga over 13 years ago, and has been practicing ever since. However it was in 2012, when her father passed away, that she decided to delve deeply and wholeheartedly into the next chapter of her yogic journey, where she completed the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Sukha Mukha.
She believes that any challenge, be it physical or emotional, has the incredible ability to transform us into more powerful & peaceful human beings.  Her warm, fun loving nature is mirrored in her classes, which are a beautiful blend of dynamic sequences, hands on adjustments, breathing techniques, meditation & spiritual awareness.
Marja’s intention is to share her love of Yoga, by giving her students the tools they need to improve their quality of life and feel empowered every day.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPeggy Cuthbert

Yoga found Peggy a few years ago and drew her in with its magical, infinite ability to heal and make whole.  She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Idit at Sukha Mukha last year and continues to discover that when practiced off the mat and in daily life, Yoga can change the very quality and depth of every moment.  She is constantly astounded by the timeless truth of the ancient wisdom and how deeply it can be applied to your own self if you so wish.

Peggy loves to teach slow Vinyasa flow with a focus on linking breath with movement and finding a lightness in the poses.  The only thing that makes her happier than practicing yoga is to share the teachings with others.  She knows unquestionably that a small amount of openness is all that’s needed to allow boundless possibilities to take hold and grow.  In the words of the poet Rumi ‘what you seek is seeking you’.

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AnitaAnita Bowler

Anita has practised yoga for several years and her experience with yoga during her first pregnancy fuelled her desire to become a yoga teacher.   After moving to New York City in 2007 she completed her 200 hour teacher training.  In New York she also fell in love with kids yoga practicing with her daughter and this is where her passion for kids and teen yoga evolved.  Anita has completed a 360 hour bridging program, a Kids Yoga teacher training, and a Prenatal training.  Anita’s mantra is “who better to share yoga with than children”.

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rsz_kate_picKate Pippos

Kate experienced a ‘love at first sight’ moment during her initial yoga class when she saw her teacher performing postures and has been practicing yoga in its many forms since that day several moons ago. Kate’s journey with yoga has led her to experiment with different styles and teachers and continues to provide her with a solid platform from which she now teaches. She wishes that yoga was accessible to every human on the planet and is grateful that she can share her passion and joy for a practice that has brought strength, courage and peace of mind to both her life and the lives of her students. Her passion for yoga is infectious and she aims to serve her students by sharing this with each individual. She believes the transformative powers of yoga to be innately potent and ultimately healing. Kate is grateful that yoga has offered her a framework for how to live a more graceful, loving and peaceful existence as a human, friend, teacher, student, lover, sister, daughter and mother.

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Cat Sforza

Yoga has always been in the background of my life through different jobs, different houses and all of life’s ups and downs. Looking back, it seems like it was inevitable to now have it as the leading role. I completed the teacher training at Sukha Mukha and with it, have been able to bring my practice and life back up to speed.

When someone told me the quote “You teach best what you most need to learn”, I knew I was on the right track.

I am learning every day from my own practice and with the students who come to my classes, who are so giving and willing to be there. I try to create sequences to challenge and build strength and flexibility in a nurturing environment that allows students to find stillness in themselves. It is a vinyasa style class inspired by the depth of the history, knowledge and tradition of Yoga.