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 Piper – Currently on Maternity leave

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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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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 14 years ago and has been practicing ever since. In 2012 she completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Sukha Mukha (formerly Samadhi Yoga) & went on to further her studies in Yin Yoga, Yoga Therapy & Reiki.
She has trained under senior teachers like Annie Carpenter, Simon Park, Donna Farhi, Christine Sell & Melanie McLaughlin. All of whom have added to her love of Yoga. Marja’s warm, light hearted nature is mirrored in her classes which are a blend of asana, pranayama, yogic philosophy & meditation
“Yoga gives me the guidance & support I need to stay true to myself & love myself, flaws and all. My aim as a teacher is to give others the opportunity to do the same.”
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marion 2Marion Mohl

Marion came to Australia in 2008 with her partner and started working at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. Back then she didn’t realise there was more to life than work until she became sick and began suffering from chronic headaches. That was the time when she discovered Yoga for herself and quickly realised the many benefits Yoga has for life. In the last four years she fell in love with Yoga and explored many different styles. In 2014 she took her Yoga journey to a deeper level and decided to participate in the yoga teacher training at Sukha Mukha Yoga.
In her teaching she tries to combine the physical postures and the spiritual aspects of the practice. Finding ease and a smile in a challenging pose is similar to challenging situations arising in life. Finding stillness in the mind and inner peace is what Yoga is all about. She doesn’t take herself too seriously and tries to bring lightness to her classes.

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rsz_screenshot_2014-10-15-15-47-48Divina Quin

Divina began her yoga practice in Maui, Hawaii, back in 2001, with Nadia Torama. The connection between the body and breath, and the spiritual element really spoke to her. Intoxicated by the physical practice and ancient yogic philosophy, she knew she had found something special.

 She returned to the UK a year later, and continued to practice with many amazing teachers, mainly at the Brighton Buddhist Centre.  Even though there were periods where she couldn’t get to a class, she was always drawn back to the mat, and to the balance of calm and strength. Yoga has always been there through challenges and good times, and was an integral part of each pregnancy and birth of her two daughters. After relocating to Sydney a few years ago, she knew it was time to pursue her dream of teaching. She completed her 200hr teacher training at the beautiful Sukha Mukha Yoga school. Her classes incorporate elements from all the teachers of her journey, integrating vinyasa flow with pranayama and meditation.

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rsz_1photoPats Kinnaird

Yoga has been a part of Pats’ life for many years and through many different phases. It has given her the grounding and the “wings” to develop her “SELF” and herself. A strong desire to share the joy and magic of Yoga with others lead her to Teach. Beginning with training in London with Triyoga, then completing the Teacher Training with Idit and her wonderful studio at Sukha Mukha. Yoga brings an awareness and an openness that guides us as individuals and brings us together and closer as a Community. Our lives are calmer, healthier, happier, and more meaningful with Yoga.

Pats’ aim is to teach with compassion, to guide from her own experience and to share the ancient teachings and traditions with honour. Her teaching is a culmination of the styles and Teachers that have developed the threads of her knowledge and she looks forward to sharing them with you!

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Jessica Guevara

Born in New York, and raised in Miami and Las  Vegas, Jessica discovered Pilates while rehabilitating her knees. After her initial session with Pilates she loved the results and enrolled in Pilates school and  soon was certified by Power Pilates, It was here in the studio where she discovered Barre and was determined to one day teach the method as well. Jessica quickly discovered how regular practice of Pilates and Barre improved her flexibility, strength and coordination. She  is a certified PT and Health Coach, and lastly loves to travel meet new people and always up for an adventure. Her classes are fun and high energy, and you will  be definitely feeling your muscles after class!

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Jennifer Greer

Jennifer was encouraged to try yoga when she was coping with a family illness and was struggling emotionally. At the time her tendency was to resort to being high strung and she didn’t believe that yoga would be helpful. She gave it a try anyway and was both humbled and challenged by her first practice. She’s been in love ever since.

Over the years her practice has evolved from being solely asana focused to incorporating mediation and practices that challenge both mentally and physically. She encourages students to be open to all aspects of yoga, and aims to provide a welcoming and light-hearted environment in her classes where students can feel comfortable exploring all aspects of themselves and their abilities.

Originally from Toronto, she practiced under senior Teachers such as Danny Paradise and Ali Alexander as well as Jules Febre here in Sydney. She completed the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Sukha Mukha Yoga Studio in December 2014 and is excited to share her love for yoga as she serves her students.

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