Tamara Graham

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:

Fiona Reynolds

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. Fiona teaches:

Margaret Light

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. Margaret teaches:

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. Fish teaches:

Pennie Lawie

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. Pennie teaches:

Evonne Fong

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.

Jess Wilding

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. Jess teaches:

Zoe Turner

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. Zoe teaches:

Nicola Garcia

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. Nicola teaches:

Steph Johnson

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. Steph teaches:

Rochelle Phillips

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. Rochelle teaches:

Caroline Oakes

Our new students love Caroline! When you complete her Beginner’s Course you’ll feel confident and inspired, ready to take on a variety of classes as you step into a regular yoga practice.
 
As well as teaching the daytime TY Beginners Course, Caroline specialises in pregnancy massage, kinesiology, reiki and remedial massage. An in-depth understanding of the intricate workings of the body and the link between the physical, mental and emotional aspects of muscular imbalances inform her teaching. Caroline also loves to teach Yin Yoga as she knows how powerful releasing the fascia and connective tissue in the body can be – not only does it help you feel physically aligned, but it encourages students to slow down and enjoy being with themselves.
By including this knowledge in her classes, Caroline’s unique approach will take you on a journey that can work on all levels – the physical, mental, emotional and energetic – to fast-track results and leave you feeling energised, relaxed and connected. Caroline teaches:

Nadia Pitama

Nadia’s love of yoga has grown phenomenally over the last 10 years, especially after beginning to practice at Tamara Yoga. She enjoys integrating yoga from the mat into daily life and now feels better equipped to respond to challenges as they arise. Nadia’s passion for yoga and the profound influence it can have upon our lives comes across as she teaches. In Nadia’s class you’ll be guided through carefully sequenced asana and breathing techniques that will assist in counterbalancing modern life as you awaken your inner guru. “Nadia is one of those special souls that I’ve had the privilege of meeting in this life. Her spirit is warm and welcoming and after her yoga class I am feeling really relaxed and refreshed.” – Joy “Nadia is a passionate and knowledgeable yoga instructor who has the incredible ability to create a positive, inclusive and warm environment while also demonstrating professionalism and respect for the practice of yoga. As she guides her students through their yoga journey she consistently shows care and adaptability in order to meet their needs. Students leave her class feeling that they have been challenged and encouraged to reach their potential as well as feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, appreciative for the art of yoga and looking forward for more.” Judy  

Renae Morris

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. Renae teaches:

Courtney Henry

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.

Sally Washer

Sally’s classes are a chance to immerse in a truly beautiful transcendent experience. You’ll leave feeling nurtured, present, calm, deeply relaxed and peaceful. Sally suffered trauma as a child which led to an eating disorder and eventually Chronic Fatigue. Her diagnosis meant she found running her business, caring for her family and socialising far more challenging. Caught up in problems and health issues she stumbled on Tamara Yoga and the ISHTA lineage which she loved for its focus on personalising your practice for your own needs. Sally remembers attending the Restorative Yoga Class at Tamara Yoga that day and she says this was the first time she’d ever learnt how to relax, release and let go so she could heal. This newfound feeling turned into a yearning to help others learn how to fall in love with life again. Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Meditation are Sally’s passions. Through visualisation, breathing and supported poses Sally teaches students how to be gentle so they can find the peace in life. ‘You are released; you gain freedom. And with that kind of freedom, with that kind of release, healing becomes possible. Life becomes possible. Joy becomes possible.’ – Thich Nhat Hanh Sally teaches:

 

River Anderson

Currently on maternity leave with gorgeous baby Hudson. For all studio enquiries please contact Sarah at info@tamarayoga.com or to chat with Sarah call the studio on 08 9385 2242. 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.

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