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:
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:15am ALL LEVELS – Claremont
- Monday 12:15pm RESTORATIVE – Claremont
- Tuesday 9:15am BEGINNERS – Claremont
- Tuesday 6.15pm ALL LEVELS VINYASA – Claremont
- Wednesday 9:15am ISHTA SWEAT + SAMADHI
- Wednesday 10:45am ANXIETY COURSE- Claremont
- Thursday 9:15am MEDITATION + YIN – Claremont
- Friday 9:15 ISHTA SWEAT + SAMADHI – Claremont
- WEEKDAY TEACHER TRAININGS – Claremont
- INTENSIVE TEACHER TRAININGS
- POSTGRADUATE TEACHER TRAINING
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.
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 love experiencing Margaret’s classes as she guides you through easeful practices that gradually allow the body to open and yield into beautiful poses that feel so great on the inside. She has been teaching Mixed Level, Beginners, Restorative, Yin, Pregnancy and Fascial Release classes for many years now along with Workshops and Retreats.
Margaret’s teachings are informed by her background as an experienced Naturopath and Nursing Practitioner. She has a strong interest in Ayurveda and Anatomy, weaving these teachings along with Yoga Philosophy, Mantra and Pranayama through her classes so that they are interesting, very safe, strengthening, healing and nurturing to your body and mind.
Margaret infuses her classes with fun, lightness and a strong desire for you to feel so good in your body and in your spirit.
- 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
James 'Fish' Gill
Fish’s love of yoga has played an essential role in developing his sense of peace and contentment in a complex, challenging, ever changing world. In Fish’s classes you will come to discover the role yoga can play in developing both strength and flexibility, as well as exploring techniques to help you feel more at ease and be less impacted by the stresses in your life. Fish brings his humour, passion and experience as a facilitator, working with men who are keen to relate more closely to themselves and others. Sharing yoga and breaking down modern misconceptions of yoga that can make it feel inaccessible, is the ultimate combination of his passions.
- Monday Men’s Only Beginner’s Course – 7.15pm – Bibra Lake
- Tuesday Men’s Only Beginner’s Course – 7.45pm – Claremont
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:
- Friday 9.15am VINYASA ALL LEVELS – Bibra Lake
- Sunday 4pm YIN YOGA – Bibra Lake
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.
Relax and let Pennie take you on a journey inwards to Self – where true peace resides. Students describe Pennie’s classes as “inspiring and elegant”, “soothing, yet uplifting’, and “truly magical!” With a keen interest and background in Psychology and mental health issues, Pennie’s classes are as much an exploration of your mind as they are of your body. Having experienced first hand the transformative power of yoga to shift old thought patterns, Pennie is passionate about sharing what she has learnt and is still learning. Whether strengthening, lengthening, flowing, or just being still, Pennie’s gentle guidance will enable and empower you to unveil the true brillance of your soul, heal your body and your mind, and create the life you deserve.
After a class with Jess, you will feel light, but strong. With a focus on correct alignment, Jess will guide you through sequences giving you the tools to feel empowered from the inside – out.
Throughout practicing with Jess, you will learn subtle techniques that will leave you with a whole new sense of self, using both yogic philosophy and body alignment cues.
Regardless of how much yoga you have practiced, you will feel safe and supported throughout a class with Jess as she layers sequences, offering modifications to support your individual needs.
When you are in Nicola’s class she will ensure that you feel enlivened and fully in the present moment. Her love for yoga philosophy is woven through the asana practice to gift you with wisdom for life. To help ensure you take your yoga practice out into the world with you, Nicola guides you through not just a physical but also a spiritual practice, using breath work and meditation. You leave Nicola’s classes feeling lighter and more in touch with your true self. Every class will deepen your love for the practice of yoga and increase your knowledge of yoga’s real nature and meaning.
- Wednesday 6am HOUR OF POWER – Claremont
- Thursday 6am HOUR OF POWER – Claremont
Luca has been a Chiropractor for 6 years and started doing yoga for general health and physical fitness about 5 years ago. It wasn’t until completing the Yoga Teacher Training 6 week intensive program with Alan and Sarah Finger in New York at ISHTA Yoga that he realised the true meaning of Yoga, which started his life journey of finding and staying in touch with the true essence of being. He began to realise the importance of daily practice, not only for the physical benefits, but as dedicated time where we can reconnect to our true self and to the flow of the Universe.
In Meditation we are quieting the constant chatter of the habitual mind and staying present while we explore the rest of our consciousness. This allows us to de-fragment our minds and become whole again, bringing ourselves once a day into that inspirational state, so that we can experience a different perspective and weave this into all other aspects of our lives.
During the Meditation Course Luca teaches you will learn the meditation process of ISHTA Diksha and focus on 4 different Kriya yoga techniques involving breath and visualisation around the body, as well as several Mantra and Pranayama techniques, all used to help you get to a higher state when you can sit to meditate and transcend normal consciousness.
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.
- Tuesday 7.15pm RESTORATIVE** – Bibra Lake
- Thursday 9.15am YIN YOGA – Bibra Lake
Anna first started coming to Tamara’s classes as a teenager and has been practicing for over 10 years. An eternal student herself, Anna feels no separation between herself and her students, no matter where they are on their yoga journey. A lover of language and inspiring ideas, Anna weaves literature and philosophy into her class flow to create space for new insights and understanding. Anna teaches that through presence and intention we can transform our yoga practice into a sacred and transformative experience. Anna also integrates her knowledge as a Psychology Teacher and Behavioural Scientist, developing a practical understanding for students of the links between the spiritual and physical practices of yoga and our social and emotional wellbeing. Anna is so grateful to be able to share yoga and create a safe space for students to be challenged, to feel peace, and to experience bliss within themselves.
After being faced with health issues Bec found it was time to ‘reassess, reset, and restore’. As the saying goes when the student is ready the teacher is there. That teacher was a friend encouraging her to try going to yoga at Tamara Yoga. Taking the initial step took more bravery than she expected, as she faced the fear of doing something new, something just for her. Bec found yoga encompassed much more than just asana. She discovered the teaching of breath work, philosophy and day to day connectedness with herself, others and the world, through the teachings being shared with her by teachers at TY. This was the beginning of her ‘yogi’ journey from student to teacher and her passion to share her life changing experience with others, rejuvenating the body and mind state. Bec teaches from a place of compassion with herself first, which emanates like magic to others. Her loving smile and authenticity comes from turning her own life challenges into pathways of learning.
“Bec’s class is so relaxing and enjoyable that you don’t notice just how far she pushes you. You finish the class stretched, challenged and blissully relaxed.”
Renae believes that yoga truly is for every body. Renae found yoga whilst pregnant and practiced throughout each stage, including prenatal, during pregnancy and post natal. She found that each phase presented a different change in her body and so a different practice was required, even while the same themes flowed through.
Renae finds compassion for yourself, meeting your body where it is and practicing gently, lead to both physical and mental strength.
She will lead you through a practice seemingly tailored just for you with modifications and variations offered throughout class.
Her classes endeavour to leave you feeling fulfilled, nourished and nurtured.
Jo has worked as a Registered Nurse and qualified as a Naturopath. With her healing and scientific background, she’s always blown away by the numerous proven health benefits of yoga. First introduced to yoga as a teenager by her mother, she always knew of the holistic benefits of yoga but had not found a style or teaching of yoga that really drew her in until she experienced a class at Tamara Yoga. She was drawn to the Tamara Yoga teaching lineage of ISHTA. ISHTA encourages the student to really listen and notice how their body responds to the yoga practice, adapting and modifying if needed to make their yoga practice therapeutic for the individual. So someone else’s posture or practice may look different to your own, and that’s ok as long as your feeling and gaining the benefits in a safe way. Jo particularly loves Pranayama (breath practice) and meditation, having experienced anxiety and panic attacks, she finds this really helps bring her back to her happy and safe place, back to the present, quickly calming the mind and diminishing any overwhelm or over thinking. Jo also teaches children’s yoga and having 3 children of her own understands the benefits of yoga for children particularly with the pressures they experience in this fast paced world. When you come to Jo’s class she aims to create a space where you feel comfortable not intimidated by what you think yoga should look like. Its about what you feel like! She wants you to be able to laugh, be playful and really be present. Noticing how your body and mind feel during the class and leaving feeling blissful, restored and inspired.
Mara discovered Tamara Yoga and signed up for a beginners class that changed her life. Starting her yoga journey like so many, seeing it as just another form of physical exercise, she soon noticed that there was a beautiful sense of quiet in the mind when she stepped onto her mat. Classes left her feeling stronger physically and mentally, and she loved the feeling of community and connection within the studio. Mara explores a slow and steady practice which aims to reconnect individuals with the subtleties of their body, as a way of helping them delve deeper into self inquiry.
Having completed Yoga Nidra Training in New York with Mona Anand, Mara continues to aim for her students to acknowledge the balance of sthira (strength) and sukha (sweetness). A way in which to cultivate devotion, passion and trust in the practice and process of yoga, which has been so transformative in her own life.
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.
- Monday 5:45pm BEGINNERS COURSE – Claremont
You will feel Annabelle’s passion, enthusiasm and love of yoga when you attend her classes. Drawing on her experience as an Occupational Therapist, Annabelle will help you to find peace, joy and connection through immersion in yogic wisdom and movement awareness, and the relationship with our everyday world. She advocates self-empowerment and encourages ability to heal through listening to our own inner wisdom.
Attending her classes will allow you to feel more prepared and able to cope with all of life’s lessons. Feedback from students who attend her classes say “attending yoga with Annabelle has allowed me to cope better with my difficult family relationships”; “I just feel so good”.
After discovering the peaceful sanctuary at Tamara Yoga, Mel fell in love with the practice and community and was inspired to begin the two-year Teacher Training programme to explore more. By immersing herself in the teachings of yoga she is now passionate about sharing the magic of yoga with others. Mel has a love of sharing yoga with children and teens, as well as adults of all levels and capabilities.
Mel considers yoga to be an essential daily practice – the key to balancing the chaos of hectic family life and allowing her to turn inwards, creating a sense of calm and clarity to help her live as the best version of herself. Mel says “Yoga has become an integral part of my life and my practice has helped me to learn how to quieten my mind and connect to myself, whilst building strength, flexibility and conquering many fears”.
“I enjoy all of Mel’s yoga classes. Her knowledge, guidance and peaceful voice keep me engaged and present at all times. When leaving I feel both invigorated and calm. I can’t wait to do more with her”
“Mel is a very inclusive teacher, welcoming to all levels. Her classes give me time quieten my mind but then also give me added productivity for the day. I love how Mel is interested in how yoga fits holistically into people’s lives to enhance overall health and wellbeing”
Steph was introduced to yoga at the age of 16 to help manage stress & anxiety. Experiencing the vast healing and nurturing benefits of yoga, she has since gone on to become a Tamara Yoga teacher, teaching workshops, classes & retreats.
Her teaching style is grounded in the Tamara Yoga ISHTA Australia system; a lineage created by Kavi Yoga Swarananda Mani Finger and his son, Alan Finger. Steph has been studying this lineage daily for 5 years with Tamara.
Steph teaches light-hearted, uplifting and therapeutic classes, weaving philosophical teachings into modern day application. Mixing strong vinyasa with soothing restorative & yin poses, her classes can be individually tailored for each student. Each class incorporates both pranayama and meditation, to guide students gracefully into their individual practice.
Caroline worked as a physiotherapist for 13 years in both the UK and NZ before moving to Perth with her family. Longing to be able to guide people back to health and activity, yoga felt like the natural next step, providing a holistic integration of mind, body and breath. Pranayama, meditation and yogic philosophy learned with Tamara has allowed Caroline to do this, along with an added course in yoga for pain management.
You will experience both body and soul nurturing in Caroline’s classes. She has a passion for yin and restorative yoga, which allows extra time and support for nurturing of both the body and soul. Whatever your age, current health status or experience you will be welcomed into a friendly, nurturing space with Caroline, and leave feeling re-energised and peaceful.
When Courtney discovered yoga she felt she had found the thing which had been missing from her life. She finds yoga to be a journey which becomes increasingly rich and joyful the longer she travels it. She has maintained a dedicated meditation practice for ten years and has enjoyed attending a number of silent retreats.
Courtney incorporates yogic philosophy into her classes and teaches her students to practice “kindfulness” which is an attitude of both mindfulness and kindness towards the mind and body.
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.”
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 protected] or to chat with River call 9385 2242.