Tamara Graham's approach is based on the awareness that within each of us is a deep well of contentment, strength and joy. Yoga is the tool that helps us recover our natural peacefulness and to know the true brilliance of our souls.
When you come to a class or workshop with Tamara regardless of how many other students are there, you'll feel as if the class was just made for you. So many students have said to Tamara after class, "How did you know that's just what I needed? It's like you see into my soul." You will learn how to translate the teachings of yoga directly into your life transforming you into your happiest, best, most authentic Self. Get ready for a whole mind-body spirit workout, for the experience of real yoga. When you leave Tamara's class you'll feel as though you've had fitness, strength and flexibility training, a massage and deep meditation all rolled into just one hour and fifteen minutes! You will feel energised, vibrant, peaceful and clear, more resourceful, wanting to come back, planning your next Tamara Yoga class time. Tamara's love of yoga and enthusiasm for teaching is infectious; you will be inspired to realize the goal of yoga, enlightenment.
Tamara's passion for yoga was kindled at the age of fourteen and she has been practicing meditation since 1986. Formerly a special education teacher, Tamara is able to pace the class to suit multiple levels and abilities so that everyone regardless of age, experience or background feels welcomed, supported and challenged. Tamara has extensive experience teaching students with needs as varied as New York marathon runners to cancer patients to fellow yoga teachers as well as busy CEO's and company executives. Tamara has studied with many internationally renowned yoga teachers. From 1999 - 2004, Tamara studied, and taught group and private yoga classes for both adults and children in New York. While living in the U.S., she studied with Yogiraj Alan Finger of ISHTA Yoga and received Yoga Alliance certification in the ISHTA system of yoga. ISHTA -the Sanskrit word meaning personalized- is a physical and spiritual form of yoga that addresses the individual needs of each student. ISHTA also stands for the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda. Hatha is the physical practice of yoga that creates balance. Hatha practice purifies the body to prepare it for experiencing higher levels of consciousness, particularly uninterrupted bliss. Tantra is the yogic philosophy that recognizes the perfection in all beings and Ayurveda is the ancient, holistic Indian science of healing enabling a long life. Since moving to Australia and establishing Tamara Yoga in Perth, Tamara has travelled back to New York to undertake further one to one studies with Alan Finger. Yogiraj Alan initiated Tamara to transmit Shaktipat. Tamara is honored to represent ISHTA Yoga in Australia.
Tamara is an E-RYT 500 Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and Senior Teacher with Yoga Australia. Recognition as a Registered Yoga Teacher is only granted after demonstration of qualifications via an application process. Yoga Alliance is the international professional organization and Yoga Australia is the national association that provides certification for yoga teachers who have qualified for acceptance by meeting educational standards, background and experience criteria that assure the practicing public of a safe learning environment. The Tamara Yoga Teacher Training Courses are recognised nationally by Yoga Australia and internationally by Yoga Alliance.
Tamara teaches the following classes:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:15am All levels
Monday 12:15pm Restorative
Tuesday 9:15am Beginners
Tuesday 6:15pm All Levels
Thursday 9:15am Advanced
Regardless of how much or how little yoga you have experienced before, you will feel challenged and expanded during Julie's classes. You will find new 'edges' physically, mentally and spiritually. Students have said "I have never been able to do that before", and "I have never experienced such stillness before," after Julie's teaching. You will learn technique and precision and then take that with you to any other time you practice. You will leave Julie's class feeling a deeper connection to life around you - the beautiful result of the practice.
Julie has been practicing yoga for more than 25 years and teaching yoga since 2002. Julie has completed three yoga teacher training courses. She began Tamara Yoga Teacher Training in 2007. In addition to classes, Julie teaches regular Tamara Yoga retreats in Margaret River and Bali. Julie is a graduate of the Perth Academy of Natural Therapies and was awarded a Diploma of Aromatherapy and an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy. Julie has studied Computer Science and Information Systems at Murdoch University and previously worked as a computer consultant. Julie loves teaching yoga, and feels that it's not work, it's a passion and a joy! She said, "Yoga has helped me through difficult times in my life, and shown ways to live with easy happiness. I am so grateful to all my teachers for sharing their passion and sparking my own."
Julie teaches at the following times:
Monday 7:00pm Meditation*
Tuesday 7:30am All Levels
Thursday 7:30am All levels
Thursday 10:45am All Levels
Stuart started his journey with yoga over 20 years ago while studying for a degree in marine biology in Nth Queensland. His yoga practice has remained a welcome source of contentment in a career as a coral ecologist that has taken him around the world and back to Perth. Although he has been introduced to a range of styles of yoga throughout this journey a class with Tamara opened his eyes to the fun in Vinyasa yoga and there’s been no turning back.
Since commencing teacher training with Tamara, Stuart has taught both private sessions and group classes in the UK before settling back in Perth with his family. During this time Stuart also completed his Ph.D in Marine Biology.
Stuart loves to adapt his classes to suit a range of abilities to provide an inclusive and challenging class to all participants. Stuart will help you relate the practices of pranayama, meditation and the teachings of yogic philosophy to your daily life and your own yogic journey.
Thursday 6:00am All Levels
Carol began her practice of yoga in London 16 years ago after feeling something go in her back when she bent over to fold her daughter's nappy. Realising that she needed to take care of herself so that she could care for her daughter, she tried different yoga styles and fell in love with the vigour and flow of Vinyasa yoga. From her very first Vinyasa class, she realised that the benefits of yoga would include far more than a great physique and a strong back, there was something very powerful and life changing about the practice of yoga. Carol previously studied Asian studies at Murdoch University and lived in Hangzhou, China for a year. She then moved to the UK where she worked as a public relations consultant. Returning to Perth in 2003, she began teaching legal research skills at the University of Western Australia and began practicing yoga at Tamara Yoga in 2007. A transition to working part-time enabled her to begin the Tamara Yoga Teacher Training program in 2008. While enjoying the physical challenges of asana, Carol has been particularly drawn to the benefits of pranayama, meditation and the teachings of yogic philosophy which she uses as inspiration for her classes.
Carol teaches at the following times:
Wednesday 5:45pm All Levels
Wednesday 7:15pm Beginners Course*
Saturday 7:00am All Levels
Saturday 9:15am Beginners
When Zoe is your teacher be prepared to laugh, to feel alive and to connect dots. Drawing on her physiotherapy knowledge of anatomy, physiology and movement analysis, Zoe empowers you to link yogic teachings with your own experience of each posture - to relish your divinity in the present moment. You will meet new people, contribute to the sangha, and be supported in your practice whether a complete beginner or more seasoned yogi. Many students find adjustments in Zoe's classes particularly helpful - to open, to soften, to feel in a more subtle way. Individually tailored, each is delivered from compassion, understanding and love.
Zoe has been practicing yoga for 13 years. She has experienced Iyengar, Ashtanga and Restorative styles of yoga, finally coming home to Vinyasa. She loves teaching from the tradition of ISHTA- the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda to deliver a class that is varied, fresh and fun. Zoe commenced Tamara Yoga Teacher Training in 2006. Prior to completing her Yoga Teacher training, Zoe earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and Public Relations and was a pearl technician, working in the South Pacific and Broome, Western Australia. Zoe is a qualified Physiotherapist and incorporates this knowledge into her yoga teaching.
Zoe teaches at the following times:
Monday 5:45pm Beginners Course*
Thursday 6:15pm Intermediate/Advanced
Annie’s love of yoga is inspirational and motivating. You will experience renewed vitality of body and mind. Her light-hearted approach coupled with her years of yoga study and ability to communicate lead to students loving her classes. As one said, “I look forward to my yoga classes so much I have stopped a lifelong gym practice. Yoga empowers me; the classes are vigorous yet we are guided to attempt more challenging poses in such a way that they often seem effortless. When I walk into Annie’s classes there is such a happy, welcoming atmosphere and I feel part of a supportive community. When I walk out I feel stronger and calmer.” Annie teaches Tamara Yoga therapy classes and the Over 50’s classes. “Youthfulness, strength and flexibility are not prerequisites to yoga practice, but are its benefits” __Suza Francina, author of The New Yoga for People Over 50.
Annie started a secretarial agency in Perth when she was 25, opened a catering business and had her own TV cooking show. Later she began a successful property development/ holiday accommodation business. In 2004 Annie was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer. After surgery she was treated with chemotherapy and radiation. Annie said, “I had been dabbling in yoga for a couple of years but hadn’t found ‘my teacher.’ Of course cancer was the great wake-up call and it was very early in my treatment that I found Tamara. Her compassionate approach to teaching enabled me to sail through my sometimes exhausting treatment. An almost daily yoga practice during that time kept me stress free and I recovered very quickly.” In 2009, Annie commenced the 2 year Tamara Yoga Teacher Training and discovered the joy of teaching yoga. In 2011, Annie travelled to Austria to take part in a further yoga therapy certification course with Nischala Joy Devi for people living with cancer and heart disease. Annie says, “My life has been enhanced and my horizons broadened by my yoga practice. So often life offers you a challenge and there have been many in my life, but these days I am a lot calmer, happier and more centred. The most beautiful thing about yoga is that it is for everyone – to quote a wise teacher, ‘if you can breathe you can do yoga.’ Now is the perfect moment.
Annie teaches at the following times:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:30am Over 50s
Fiona Reynolds is a Registered Nurse and has worked mostly in healthcare for the past 25 years, but has also been involved in music production and acting. When diagnosed with health problems of her own she discovered Western medicine alone was not the solution and she spent years researching and trying alternative healthcare therapies. Having tried yoga in Los Angeles and Sydney it wasn’t until she started attending Tamara Yoga in Perth that it all started to make sense, so much so that she commenced her Tamara Yoga Teacher Training in 2008. Fiona continues to work part time as a critical care nurse and teaches beautiful, heart-felt yoga classes at Tamara Yoga.
Monday 10:45am All Levels
Saturday 9:15am All levels (Bibra Lake)
Natasha has completed a Master of Science in Human Biology at the University of WA and has written programmes and taught Anatomy and Physiology within Australia and New Zealand since 1988. The majority of her time was spent with the Perth Academy of Natural Therapies in the role of develop a curriculum for the study of Anatomy and Physiology suited to the needs of a natural therapies program. Natasha moved from this role to a broader role facilitating the development Naturopathic program to meet the standards of both the State Education system and the Australian Natural Therapists Association, for the purpose of approval for Austudy.
Natasha left the Academy in 1995 to lecture and tutor in anatomy and physiology, pathology and research methodology in New Zealand Natasha represented Aoraki Polytechnic at New Zealand Qualification Accreditation framework meetings for Natural Therapies. She also participated in a moderation process between Aoraki Polytechnic, Christchurch Polytechnic and Dunedin University.
Natasha moved back to Western Australia in 1997 where she continued to work within Health Sciences both in the Pilbara and in Perth. She has supported the organisation, delivery and evaluation of programmes in Enrolled Nursing, Registered Nursing, Child Care and Human Services. She taught in the Diploma of Health Science (massage), Diploma of Health Science (Nursing), Diploma of Children Services (Child Care), Certificate IV Human Services and related areas. She was also involved in writing external Anatomy and Physiology programmes at both introductory and advanced levels contextualised for various Health Science programmes in massage and reflexology.
Broadening from health science Natasha moved into development of competencies for mining operations. She has worked in a leadership role supporting the development of an assessment and training system for operators and maintainers in mining operations where she supported an industry review process for competencies within the Metalliferous Mining Training Package and participated on the Minerals Training Council until 2005. Natasha then moved into a Principal Advisor role working with a large mining firm and is currently working full time with Asset Management Competencies and Training where she facilitates the development and implementation of Professional Development Programmes for Asset Management.
Natasha is also currently completing a Master of Education at University of Western Australia in Assessment Measurement and Evaluation. Natasha has developed and teaches the curriculum for the Applied Anatomy and Physiology unit in the Tamara Yoga Teacher Training Program.
Virginia’s mother was a student of Swami Sivananda and Virginia remembers being instinctively drawn to yoga from as young as eight years old. She knew it was a lifestyle that was necessary for sustaining life. From this early age, Virginia understood Yoga was for life- in both senses of the word, giving life, and for throughout the whole of life.
Virginia is a well-respected artist. She has taught at Curtin University, written online sculpture units for Curtin and taught workshops for teenagers at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Virginia is currently completing a PhD in Fine Art. Her work has been exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, in the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Australian National Gallery.
Virginia realized ‘that the science of wellbeing is intrinsic to the creative purpose’ and began practicing at Tamara Yoga in 2005, commencing the 2-year Tamara Yoga Teacher Training programme in 2010. Now teaching the Restorative class on Thursdays at 12:15 she says, “To feel uplifted and not downtrodden is the gift that yoga/union of body, mind and high wisdom entertains.” You will feel deeply supported and relaxed after class with Virginia.
Thursday 12:15pm Restorative
You’ll feel joyful and uplifted after yoga with Rosie Gonzalez. Rosie began Tamara Yoga Teacher Training in 2007 and credits yoga with transforming her life. Though Rosie had previously completed a vast amount of self-development work, including the work of Byron Katie and Avatar she feels that yoga is the missing link.
Rosie is a qualified Psychotherapist and worked for more than a decade counseling at the Drug and Alcohol Authority, the George O’Neil Naltrexone clinic and in juvenile detention centers.
Rosie says, “I can’t imagine my life without yoga. I feel happiest and most at home when practicing yoga. Teaching yoga makes me feel like I’m really contributing as Yoga provides benefits that years of therapy can’t.”
A student after one of Rosie’s beginners course classes said: “It’s like a mind AND body workout.”
Rosie teaches at the following times:
Monday 6:00am All Levels
Wednesday 6:00am All levels
Friday 10:45am Beginners*
Sunday 9:15am All Levels
Sunday 11:15am Restorative
Julie is a beautiful teacher. She has a deep, inner calm that radiates to the children who adore her classes.
Julie teaches at the following times:
Tuesday 3:45pm Childrens classes*
Liz Blain is passionate about yoga’s ability to realign us, physically and emotionally, and believes that when you feel such powerful alignment in your life you will wholeheartedly embrace the extraordinary in each moment.
A student said, “I just walked out of Liz's 6am class and I want to tell you how divine she is. She was confident but calm and incredibly insightful. She put together an amazing sequence with a balance of elements that flowed beautifully. I left feeling balanced and refreshed.” __Vanessa Millar
Liz was drawn to yoga in 2002 due to back injuries she sustained as a result of being a competitive horse rider as a teenager. Her physiotherapist suggested that the way in which yoga helps to create muscle balance and spinal alignment might help her to live with reduced levels of pain. Liz found that if she practiced yoga regularly, she had virtually no back pain at all. After the birth of her first child in 2007, Liz discovered how powerful yoga was in realigning her emotions as well as her spine; she found the ‘sangha’ created by Tamara Yoga was a welcome respite. ‘I found in Tamara Yoga a holistic and traditional approach to yoga, which helped me to feel energized, grounded, inspired – and like I belonged’. It was at this point that Liz decided to study yoga with Tamara Graham and soon after the birth of her second child began Teacher Training. Liz is passionate about yoga’s ability to realign us, physically and emotionally, because when we feel such powerful alignment in our lives we are able to wholeheartedly embrace the extraordinary in each moment.
Liz teaches at the following times:
Wednesday 9:15am All levels (Bibra Lake Studio)
When you come to one of Sarah’s classes you will experience a sense of joy, energy and flow. Sarah will assist you to connect your body, mind and spirit through linking the breath to movement and dynamic sequences. Sarah helps to create a safe environment in which students of all levels can explore postures and connect to their inner peace and joy. Students have said they “felt completely at ease and able to let go both physically and mentally after one of Sarah’s classes.” You will feel a freedom of movement and mind when leaving Sarah’s class, as well as energized from a complete mind-body workout that was taught from a place of compassion and love.
Sarah began yoga on and off as a teen and student at university; however she feels her yoga journey truly began at Tamara Yoga in 2009 where she was instantly attracted to the vigour and flow of the vinyasya style, connecting the breath to movement and using this as a tool for everyday wellbeing, love and joy. Sarah particularly enjoys the whole of body approach connecting the mind, body and spirit as this, along with other yogic philosophy, relates to her work as a social worker in child protection. Yoga also offers a space of calm after her work. Sarah graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2008 and has worked in Perth, Melbourne, Canada, and prior to study, in England. Sarah believes yoga is not only a practice to care for your physical body, but is also a gift to enhance your experiences in day to day life, “I have found after practicing yoga regularly I am both physically and mentally stronger and more flexible”.
Sarah teaches at the following times:
Sunday 4:00pm All levels (Last Sunday of every month is Yin)
As well as being a yoga teacher Margaret is an experienced Naturopath and was a Registered Nurse for many years. You will be nurtured by the holistic way Margaret creates a beautifully balanced experience informed by her healing background, knowledge of Ayurveda and the seasons and understanding of the benefits of each posture. Students in Margaret’s classes find deep physical, emotional and spiritual contentment.
You will be able to practice at your own optimum level as Margaret provides tailored options so that you can work with what is best for you. This enables you to have a fun, safe, healthy yoga practice that will leave you feeling rejuvenated, clear and grounded. After Margaret’s classes students often comment that they feel "complete, relaxed and re-energized."
Margaret teachs at the following times:
9:15am Monday All levels (Bibra Lake Studio)
9:15am Friday All levels (Bibra Lake Studio)
*Bookings essential for all classes marked with asterix. All other classes are drop-in with no need to book.