When you come to a class or workshop with Tamara regardless of how many other students are there, you’ll feel as if it was just made for you. So many students have said 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 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 mother introduced her to yoga as a child and she began practicing meditation in 1986. After qualifying as a special education teacher she began teaching yoga as a part of the school day in 1991. 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 fellow yoga teachers to high profile clients like Donna Karen, as well as busy CEO’s and medical specialists. From 1998 – 2004, Tamara taught group and private yoga classes for both adults and children in New York. Tamara has studied with many internationally renowned yoga teachers.
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. Since moving to Australia and establishing the thriving Tamara Yoga schools 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- the transference of spiritual energy to assist meditation and the experience of highest consciousness. Tamara is honoured to represent ISHTA Yoga in Australia.
Tamara is an E-RYT 500 Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and Senior Teacher with Yoga Australia. Tamara runs three tracks of Yoga Teacher Training and Postgraduate Training recognised nationally by Yoga Australia and internationally by Yoga Alliance.
Tamara teaches the following classes at the Claremont studio:
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 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. In addition to weekly classes, Julie teaches regular Tamara Yoga retreats in Margaret River and Bali. Julie is a registered Senior Teacher with Yoga Australia and co-teaches Tamara Yoga Teacher Training with Tamara.
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.”
When Zoe is your teacher, be prepared to laugh, to feel alive and to connect dots. Zoe is a successful graduate of both the two-year Tamara Yoga Teacher Training and Postgraduate Teacher Training. 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. Students find Zoe’s adjustments particularly helpful – to open, to soften, to feel in a more subtle way. Individually tailored, each is delivered from compassion and understanding. As a student emailed us: “I attended my first Tamara Yoga Beginners Yoga Course with Zoe, and it was the best yoga class I’ve attended anywhere in the world. Really inspirational, calm and relaxing and inspirational as yoga should be.“
Zoe has been practicing yoga for 14 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 now a qualified and practicing Physiotherapist.
You will feel invigorated and restored after a class or workshop with Carol. Students have said, “I learn something new in every one of Carol’s classes,” and “I really enjoy Carol’s classes. I feel like I’ve had a great work out but am so relaxed at the end it can be a struggle to get off the mat! I see many patients with anxiety and “stress” and always recommend yoga to them. The breath work involved helps to calm them and the philosophy of yoga reminds them to stop and find inner serenity… Patients with upper or lower back pain find it very helpful too. I love yoga. I think it’s a great antidote to modern life.” – Doctor Rachel Horncastle.
Carol is a successful graduate of both the two-year Tamara Yoga Teacher Training and Postgraduate Teacher Training. Carol began her practice of yoga in London 18 years ago after feeling pain 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. 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. While enjoying the physical challenges of asana, Carol is particularly drawn to the benefits of pranayama, meditation and the teachings of yogic philosophy, which she uses as inspiration for her classes.
Annie had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer when she started class with Tamara in 2004 and found yoga helped in her complete recovery. Soon after she commenced the two-year Tamara Yoga Teacher Training. Annie’s love of yoga is inspirational and motivating. You will experience renewed vitality of body and mind. “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 in there is such a happy, welcoming atmosphere, I feel part of a supportive community. When I walk out I feel stronger and calmer.”
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. 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 took part in further yoga therapy certification 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.
Annie teaches Yoga Therapy and:
Students love Fiona’s classes: “I just wanted to stay there forever… it was so peaceful.” And, “I was really impressed with the class I went to with Fiona…there was a really good flow of instructions and movements.” Fiona is a Registered Nurse and has worked mostly in healthcare, and 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 L.A. 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 the two-year Tamara Yoga Teacher Training in 2008 and now teaches beautiful, heart-felt yoga classes.
As well as being a Registered Tamara Yoga teacher, Margaret is an experienced Naturopath and was a Registered Nurse. 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. 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 have said they feel “complete, relaxed and re-energized.”
- Monday 9:15am ALL LEVELS – BIBRA LAKE
- Monday 10:45am RESTORATIVE – BIBRA LAKE
- Tuesday – 7:30am ALL LEVELS – CLAREMONT
- Tuesday 10:45am ALL LEVELS – CLAREMONT
- Wednesday 9:15am ALL LEVELS – BIBRA LAKE
- Wednesday 10:45am PREGNANCY COURSE – CLAREMONT
- Wednesday 5:45pm ALL LEVELS – CLAREMONT
- Friday 9:15am ALL LEVELS – BIBRA LAKE
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.”
Sarah completed the two-year Tamara Yoga Teacher Training and is a Level 1 registered teacher with Yoga Australia. Sarah began yoga 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 energy 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 offers a space of calm after her work. 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.”
Liz 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.”
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 successfully completed the two-year teacher training program. Liz teaches:
You will leave class with Bridget with lightness and a smile, as you feel reconnected to self, your own strength and your potential. Her love for yoga stems from the search for peace in chaotic surrounds. The concept of finding your centre, and being able to flow with whatever may happen, is one that Bridget applies to every class. Attending yoga with her mother from a young age, she developed a strong interest in the benefits of physical practice, meditation and relaxation, which materialised into a desire to teach and share the knowledge of the profound benefits of yoga. Bridget has completed a Bachelor of Legal Studies and is currently enrolled in a Juris Doctor. Human rights and gender equality are a driving force in her life. Her teaching draws on the belief that you can only give to the world what you have, and so you must start with yourself if you want to change the world. In her classes Bridget draws on the whole of yoga philosophy in order to facilitate your journey towards strength, flexibility and stillness.
Evonne offers heartfelt, accessible classes that invite you to explore and journey deeper. You’ll focus on integrating the flow of breath with mindful movement, to leave you feeling more revitalised, balanced and happy. Evonne has a deep appreciation for the transformative effects of yoga and will help you to embrace all that you encounter in life more fully. She is incredibly grateful for the teachers and friends that have influenced and contributed to her yoga journey. She feels very lucky to be able to share her love of yoga, and its calming, therapeutic and healing effects. The lessons she learns on the mat continue to change her life for the better. She looks forward to meeting you on the mat, and hopes yoga will change your life too.
Coming to Alex’s classes will leave you feeling invigorated and totally alive as well as deeply relaxed and restored. Alex began practicing yoga as a teenager over 10 years ago to assist with her own back issues and soon realised the vast benefits yoga can have on the body as well as the mind. Alex has also completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science at the University of Western Australia and later trained at one of Australia’s leading dance schools, performing internationally as well as teaching in Perth and Melbourne. Through completing her Yoga Teacher Training with Tamara, Alex has developed a deep love for yoga and a great desire to pass on the teachings of this beautiful practice to others. ‘Yoga has enhanced my life in so many ways, my back is now mostly pain free, I feel healthier, happier and more content. ’ With the additional benefit of Alex’s dance background you will find her dynamic classes flow beautifully, really taking you in to the present moment, leaving you in a state of complete relaxation and peace.
Pennie teaches from her heart. She will gently guide you to challenge yourself and find your inner strength; to treat yourself with compassion and let go of any obstacles to achieving your unlimited potential. You will leave with a deep sense of inner calm, feeling nourished and ready to embrace your life from a place of peace. You will be glad you took the time to self-care. Pennie is an artist and cake decorator, busy mother and animal lover. Although she had practiced yoga sporadically for many years, it wasn’t until discovering Tamara Yoga and undertaking the teacher training course that her mind was opened to the deeper, more philosophical aspects of the practice and it has since become an integral part of her life. “Yoga has helped me on so many levels: creatively, personally, socially and spiritually. My life has been enriched beyond measure. It has been like finding the missing puzzle piece. Yoga completes me.” Let yoga complete your life too. Make space in your diary for a class today.
Fiona’s Beginners and All Levels classes are meditative and deep, blending softness and strength. You’ll be challenged, not to push harder, but to let yourself surrender to the depth yoga practice can bring. During her Restorative classes you’ll experience total relaxation and rejuvenation.
Yoga is a passion, a medicine and a way of life for Fiona. After a number of careers in the corporate, education and the not-for-profit sphere and multiple university degrees she decided to throw logical career decisions to the winds and follow her heart into Yoga Teacher Training. “In many ways it is the most unlikely move for me. I had worked so hard to develop a career that was entirely based on rational commercial leverage of what I thought were my best assets… yet I always had a feeling that I had not found my place in the world. When I gave myself permission to stop and truly look at what I was passionate about, it was yoga and helping people who are struggling with the pressures of life, like I have.” Fiona loves teaching yoga and gets great joy out of connecting with students and seeing them glow from yoga.
You will find Alicia’s classes rich with philosophy, thoughtfully sequenced with a strong focus on alignment. You will be encouraged to expand your comfort zone and cultivate mindfulness.
Alicia has spent the last fifteen years in love with yoga. Her yoga journey began after she left the Australian Ballet School. After spending 10 years as a ballerina, in a profession obsessed with the physical and its limitations, Alicia found yoga extremely nurturing and healing. Originally seeking a physical practice, Alicia was changed forever by the sense of balance and well-being yoga offered. She tried various styles of yoga and studied with many excellent teachers in Australia and the UK. However, it wasn’t until she found Tamara Yoga after moving to Perth that her dream of studying yoga became a reality. Alicia is continually inspired by Tamara’s teachings and has found her yoga home in the ISHTA lineage.
Alicia also teaches Baby Massage and Mums and Bubs Yoga and has studied at Birthlight in London. Prior to becoming a Mum, Alicia worked in Public Relations and Marketing in Sydney and London and has a Bachelor of Arts in Organisational Communication.
Now, through teaching yoga, Alicia hopes to spread the sense of peace, love and joy that keeps her reaching for the mat.
In Jane’s classes, expect to laugh, relax, challenge yourself and explore your boundaries within a safe and nurturing environment. Leaving you feeling calm deeply nourished. Jane’s natural sense of playfulness combined with her deep understanding and empathy for each individual’s struggle for self-acceptance is a perfect combination if you want to experience the moment.
Whatever your needs or ability, you’ll be given options and suggestions emphasizing your self-care and self-awareness. Jane’s classes reflect her love for the practice and philosophy of yoga as a way of life. In her view, a physically challenged and fully inhabited body translates into a strong mind and spirit and you will be encouraged to cleanse, release and renew physically and spiritually.
Modern life is fraught with challenges that can threaten to overwhelm our sense of equilibrium. Jane says, “What I love about Yoga is that no matter what is going on in my world, Yoga is always there; it has become my sanctuary. My passion is to empower you to enrich your own life through the wisdom and practice of Yoga.”
Sarah believes that yoga is for everybody and can benefit everyone. She enjoys using yoga to connect mind, body and soul through balance, flow, strengthening and deep relaxation.
Sarah first began yoga in her teens but years later whilst suffering with a severe chronic illness she found Tamara Yoga and began practicing restorative yoga for her symptoms. Through this journey Sarah discovered the transformative power of yoga and is passionate in sharing this with others. She has found that yoga has had a profound positive influence on all aspects of her life and is committed to helping others discover this for themselves.
Sarah completed the 2 year Tamara Yoga Teacher Training and uses the lessons she’s learnt from her teachers as inspiration for her classes.
You will feel grounded and cared for when you come to class with Dee. She imparts the understanding that you are already good enough right now in this present moment.
Dee began yoga in 2008 while pregnant with her first child. She continued to practice sporadically, and says “it wasn’t until I immersed myself in the 2-year teacher training course with Tamara Yoga that my whole life began to change. Being able to safely immerse myself in the practice of yoga has been the inspiration I have been searching for my whole life. It feels like I have been taught the tools to finally come back home to me, back to my true authentic self. Yoga has been my life-line, like coming up for a breath of fresh air and it continues to heal me from some past emotional challenges in my life.”
You will be welcomed and understood when you come to class with Dee. A student said, “I’m really glad I came. I feel so wonderful. Dee’s kind, warm voice just transported me into such a beautiful experience. I didn’t want it to end!”
When you come to class with Ilona, you’ll be supported by a wealth of knowledge. She has completed a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Health and Clinical Science and is a registered Osteopath. Ilona started practicing yoga after a car accident in 1981, finding both pain relief and fun, and completed her first yoga teacher training in 1984.
Whatever your level of yoga experience, you will be provided a practical approach to asana and benefit from Ilona’s understanding of the body and her passion for healing. Ilona imparts a love of meditation and how to work beyond the physical, into your mental-emotional and energetic layers. She has personally gained support from the practices of Tibetan Buddhism – mantra, compassion practices and meditation. While working with Chinese Medicine practitioners, Ilona discovered the flow and energy of qigong. When Vinyasa yoga came her way, a lifetime of movement and meditation coalesced and she commenced Tamara Yoga Teacher Training in 2014. Ilona says she now “feels privileged to be sharing the beauty of yoga; mind, body and soul all engaged at once!”
You will experience all of the benefits of yoga while feeling uplifted during Dimitra’s energetic and nurturing classes. Dimitra’s first memory of yoga was as a child mimicking poses from her father’s B.K.S. Iyengar book. Years later, while pregnant with her own child, having heard the numerous benefits for pregnancy and birth, she attended her first class at Tamara Yoga. Instantly drawn to the energy, community and after glow, she thrived on the physical challenges that gained her strength and flexibility. She soon realized that yoga enhanced her life well beyond the physical.
“Yoga has given me the impetus to look at myself honestly and gently. It’s had an enormous influence on my life and my relationships. One of the focus points in Vinyasa is tying the breath to movement. This has a profound effect of quieting the mind and bringing a calm awareness. Yoga has become such an important part of my life; it completely realigns my state of mind. I love yoga and what it does; it makes me a better wife, a better mother, better all round. Yoga is very powerful and life changing.“
You will experience both body and soul nurturing in Caroline’s clear and knowledge filled classes. Caroline worked as a physiotherapist for 13 years in both the UK and NZ before having her third son and moving to Perth with her family.
Practicing yoga for more than 15 years, it was “after finding Tamara on our arrival in Perth 6 years ago, I fell in love with the added teachings of pranayama and yoga philosophy which I had not come across previously. Longing to be able to guide people back to health and activity, yoga felt like the natural next step, with the more holistic integration of mind, body and breath. I have always had an interest in eastern medicine, stemming from acupuncture practice, and this has grown with my yoga practice. I have been particularly drawn to yin and restorative yoga which I feel allows time for nurturing of both the body and soul.” Whatever your age or experience you will be welcomed in to a friendly, nurturing space with Caroline, and leave feeling re-energised and peaceful.
Rochelle aspires to teach classes that enable you to enjoy the blissfulness of feeling into your body, cultivating feelings of expansiveness and profound rest, releasing and lengthening and feeling yourself limber. Rochelle teaches children’s and adult’s yoga. Children are naturally inclined to be playful with yoga allowing for a relaxed and receptive way of engaging. Her classes are infused with reverence, compassion, and love.
Her love for yoga spans back to her teens, having attended classes at her local surf club. After trying various styles of yoga over the years, she finally found her teacher and her lineage, whilst pregnant with her first child. She maintained an active practice throughout her consequent pregnancies and continues to teach her three sons and partner.
This line from the Bhairava Tantra deeply resonates with her:
“What is this power we call Life,
Appearing as the play of flesh and blood?
How may I know this mystery and enter it more deeply?”
She holds a Bachelor of Communication from Edith Cowan University and has worked as an assistant film producer, studied fashion design, and is a passionate ceramicist. She is an actively involved parent at the Perth Waldorf School.
With an insatiable zest for life and appetite for the new and progressive, she equally retains a sense of devotion to tradition, and past wisdom.
Nicole first began her yoga practice over a decade ago after a colleague recommended it to relieve some of the stresses and strains of working in a high pressure job in the advertising industry in Melbourne. But it wasn’t until a bout of illness motivated her to find a meaningful commitment outside of work, that she started the TY teacher training. Balancing her work as a TV producer with the teacher training was challenging, enlightening and ultimately transformational. “My practice has become a life rope – always there to gently guide me. And I’m passionate about sharing with my students how the ISHTA practice allows us to support and nourish ourselves no matter what we bring to the mat on any day.”
Hasser Graham teaches the Manifest Seminar at Tamara Yoga. Hasser is a registered Psychologist and hypnosis therapist. He is also the co-founder of Executive Vision, providing engaging professional development in vital applied psychology for the workplace. Hasser has consulted for over 20 years to individuals and international organizations. He has been repeatedly invited as a special guest on the award winning International Radio show “The Good Life.” He has personally coached Managing Directors of a number of leading private investment firms. He has also assisted numerous world class singers, actors, authors and television personalities to overcome their career-threatening mental blocks and then helped them go on to achieve their full potential. In Australia, Hasser has consulted for the Australian Football League Players Association, AFL coaches, the Australian Institute of Sport, and has appeared as a regular on Radio 6PR. He has also been involved in television documentaries addressing Youth Suicide.
Hasser is particularly skilled in the psychology of change and influence. His expertise in corporate coaching, psychology and peak performance enables leaders to easily address areas that require improvement leading to outstanding results. Manifest Seminar is your opportunity to learn directly from Hasser. Manifest the process is a way to create a new reality for your life.
The next Manifest Seminar:
You’ll meet Olivia at our front desk. She’ll show you where everything is and help you feel at home from your very first class or visit to our shop.
She loves helping to create the perfect santuary for yoga practice and retail therapy.
Olivia’s earliest memory of yoga was as a little girl, practising with her very patient mother. Since then, yoga has become an important part of her life and it was a natural transition for her to become part of the Tamara Yoga family.
Olivia is in her final year of a Communications and Politics degree and is driven by an interest in human rights and international relations. She also volunteers part-time at a youth-run organisation called Oaktree as a Community Partnerships manager, helping to coordinate national campaigns to promote awareness about extreme poverty and to raise funds for partners in the Asia Pacific region.
Practicing yoga since before she was born, with Tamara as her mother, River has grown up with yoga as an integral part of her life. River manages all the fine details of the studio as well as big picture planning. She’s the one to talk to if you have questions about classes or bookings for courses, workshops, retreats or wish to apply for teacher training. Email River at email@example.com or to chat with River call 9385 2242.