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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Julia’s connection with yoga started in 2008, after she injured her back. To deal with her injury and rehabilitate her body in a different way she tried yoga, and was instantly drawn to it. She has practiced many styles and is very interested in therapeutic forms of yoga. In 2010 she finished her first 240 hour Teacher Training at Rose Bay Yoga. It wasn’t until Julia met her teacher, Idit Hefer-Tamir, with whom she completed a 200 hour Teacher Training at Sukha Mukha, that she found her way into teaching.
Julia’s classes are aimed at encouraging a detailed awareness of ones yoga practice, a holistic approach to the body, mind and spirit. From her own experience Julia believes that any challenge, be it physical or emotional, has an incredible ability to transform us into more powerful and peaceful beings. Often we just need to find the courage and yoga will support us in many ways.
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.
Patty is a reiki master and healer that also lectures on yoga teacher trainings around Australia. Her past lives include working as a social worker & a dancer and her current life includes her business as a civil celebrant.
Patty has been teaching for the past 10 years and runs popular chakra balance courses that are also online e-courses. She’s well known for her lighthearted approach to life and in her teachings. For more info contact her at www.pattykikos.com
Kendall started practising yoga over 13 years ago. With extensive experience teaching in studios and gyms across the North, East and West of Sydney, Kendall specialises in teaching a dynamic, vinyasa style of hatha yoga and is also skilled in restorative, yin, private and pre-natal classes. With a background in stage performance, singing and language teaching, and having completed Samadhi teacher training in 2011, she is a passionate, dedicated and artistic communicator and practitioner who draws on Jivamukti, Ashtanga and Anusara styles of yoga in her teaching. Her natural effervescence and her desire for all beings to experience their divinity through physicality, breath and spiritual study, lay the foundation for each of her classes. She is grateful for the opportunity to practice and teach yoga, and for her many blessed teachers and spiritual guides including Eileen Hall at Yoga Moves, Elena Brower and the many wonderful teachers of Samadhi Yoga and Jivamukti Yoga worldwide.
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.
Kamala 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.
Viviana has a background in social care. While working in homelesness and drug abuse she came across recovering programs offering yoga. She instantly became curious about the benefits of this practice, but it wasn’t until a year after that she took her first class. She loved it straight away and began to try different teachers and styles. While at the beginning her main focus was to have fun and keep fit, later understood yoga was beyond a physical practice and began to seek ways to incorporate the principles into her life. Viviana always wanted to undertake a yoga teacher trainning to deepen her understanding, but her circumstances didn’t allow her to. It was thanks to Idit Hefer Tamir, to whom she is deeply grateful, that she had the chance to complete her trainning at Sukha Mukha and step into this beautiful journey. Her classes follow a gentle flow, working towards simplifying life and enjoying little things. She believes less is more!
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