Styles + Team

Australia's first Hip Hop Yoga studio.
We combine music and yoga to create a fresh experience like no other.
Our studio is a welcoming home for any Yogi wanting to experience
the happiness of Yoga.

Our Styles

Hip Hop 1

A morning groove, with a gentle touch.
A fluid vinyasa flow to wake you up, with a soundtrack to salute the sun. Soft beats help you move: Acoustic, electronic, reggae, with a mix of r'n'b. Tune in while you tune out.
Bend. Stretch. Harness your practice. Let go.

Hip Hop 2

Make your move. Find your groove.
A fluid vinyasa flow with a strong collection of traditional poses. And an abs session that's going to hurt tomorrow. Because we can. Loud beats help you move: Biggie, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Drake. Acoustic, electronic, and reggae.
Flow. Breathe. Find freedom. Let go.

Chill Yoga

Don’t sweat what you don’t know.
This is home base, a slow vinyasa flow that allows you to say hello.
Reggae, acoustic, folk, old school r’n’b all create a relaxed backdrop.
Breathe. Align. Learn the basics. Find your practice.

Yin Yoga

Get low.
A dark room where you learn to see yourself more clearly than ever before. Long, deep poses, down low on the mat utilizing seated or lying positions; opening the hips, lower back and spine, boosting flexibility and improving the mind. Soothing tunes will guide you through; Jon Hopkins, Bon Iver, Helios.
Relax. Unwind. Move your body. Still your mind.

Donations

You get what you give. A fun vinyasa class practiced to music, all for a higher reason. No payments can be made online for this class, please pay cash into the donations box before or after class. All donations are appreciated, we recommend $10. All proceeds go to Beyond Blue, the national depression initiative. Find out more about Beyond Blue. www.beyondblue.org.au. Hotline 1300 224 636.

Sammy Veall
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Sammy Veall

Sammy is the owner and founder of Yoga 213.

When she was just 21, a fire exploded on her leaving her with 3rd degree burns to 35% of her body. After spending a month in hospital and teaching herself to walk again Sammy moved to LA where she was introduced to Hip Hip Yoga. It was the freedom and joy of the practice that made Sammy fall in love with everything that yoga had to offer. After her first class she signed up for a 3 month training with Steve Ross and became a qualified Hip Hop yoga teacher!

Basing her studio around LA’s Venice Beach and her ‘To be Happy’ easy going nature Sammy opened up Yoga 213 in March 2013, and runs yearly retreats and teacher trainings with Australian and International yoga teachers!

Sammy teaches Vinyasa and Hip Hop yoga at Yoga 213. Her classes are fun, challenging and reflect her easy going happy nature.

Our Teachers

Sammy Veall

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Sammy Veall

Hip Hop + Chill Yoga 

Sammy Veall
Sammy Veall

Hip Hop + Chill Yoga 

Sammy found herself in a yoga class in LA with Steve Ross many years ago. After the class she decided it was all she wanted to do. So she quit everything else and thats what she did. Two teacher trainings later Sammy returned to Melbourne and opened her happy home – Yoga 213. Every detail from the pineapples to the furniture to the paintings on the walls have come from her very creative mind, as well as the energy and happiness that are enclosed in its walls.

Where do you call home? Richmond. But my heart was left at my farm where I grew up in NSW along the Murray River.

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? My very first training that made me fall in love with the happiness of yoga was Steve Ross’ 200hr training in LA about 6 years ago. The day Steve’s training ended I had no urge to go home so I flew to Bali and did a further 200hrs and learnt about the discipline and traditional side of yoga. I also travelled to Hong Kong for the Asia Yoga Conference a few years back and found my groove again at a Laughing Lotus 25hr Training in Melbourne last year. I still continue with other small top ups and retreats when I have the time.

Why yoga? It makes me feel sexy. And I believe it’s the glue to the meaning of life and everything in between.

What can students expect in your classes? All my classes are heavily based around music. Because everything feels better with music. I love teaching mindfulness and meditation and leave a generous amount of time at the start and end of each class to turn inwards. With my movements its all about staying fluid and challenging yourself into new and interesting variations.

A quote or phrase you live by? To Be Happy.

One food you could never live without? If you’re a yogi, you’re a monkey. And monkeys eat bananas.

Your favourite music artist to practice to? It’s constantly changing, but right now it’s any form of disco music. You try and be in a bad mood when disco music is on. I think you’ll find it quite challenging.

To Be Happy is the 213 motto, how do you stay happy? Getting creative in touch or thought. I love interiors, painting, bright colours and the ocean. Practicing yoga to pumping beats, solo time with myself and my hound Tilly as well as giving lots of love to the ones I love and seeing them happy.



Amy Collins

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Amy Collins

Hip Hop + Chill Yoga 

Amy Collins
Amy Collins

Hip Hop + Chill Yoga 

Amy found yoga by accident and because it was the first thing that made her feel truly happy she never looked back. Amy is a born and bred Yoga 213 teacher. Her gentle classes are paired with just enough challenge to make you feel relaxed, grounded and happy from the inside out. We think she’s the bees knees.

Where do you call home? Melbourne. Where I can find my family. I love to explore but I always want to come home after a while.

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? My first training with Yoga 213 and Steve Ross in 2014 not only put me on the path to teach but also made me realise we can never stop learning. From then I’ve completed a 25 Hour sequencing training with Laughing Lotus, a 20 Hour Immersion with Happy Melon, a 10 Hour Adjusting training with (Here) Yoga, a 35 Hour Yin training with Jo Phee, and a second 200 hour vinyasa training with Creature Yoga in Byron Bay. Each training uncovered something new. And they all taught me something about the teacher I want to be or what I needed to let go of.

Why yoga? Connection to my body. Flow. Movement. Stillness. Happiness. Calmness. Strength. Community. Joy. Learning.

What can students expect in your classes? A strong, grounding, and creative flow. I love the feeling when a sequence makes sense in the body and surprises the mind. And I always try to invite my students to question something. A habit, a pattern, or a belief they have. I believe that’s how we grow.

A quote or phrase you live by? It’s not really a quote but trust. I trust that what’s meant to be will be. And everything happens for a reason. Good, bad, or anything in between.

One food you could never live without? Almond butter. Avocado. Dark chocolate.

Your favourite music artist to practice to? Oliver Tank, Dustin Tebbutt, and Rhye.

To Be Happy is the 213 motto, how do you stay happy? I spend time with my family. My niece reminds me to be more present and enjoy the little things. I love to cook. I love to spend time on my yoga mat. But I also love to hit the pads at boxing and work up a hell of a sweat. Walks with friends. Good food and good wine. And eight ours of sleep when I can.



Taylor Hunter

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Taylor Hunter

Hip Hop + Chill Yoga 

Taylor Hunter
Taylor Hunter

Hip Hop + Chill Yoga 

Taylor not only teachers at 213 but keeps everything running smoothly as the studio manager. One of those people with a truly kind heart, Taylor is always looking out to help and support those around her. Her heart shines through in all of her classes.

Where do you call home? Anywhere close to the ocean. I grew up in Bayside near the beach and as I am a water sign (cancer) I feel most comfortable and happy by the water.

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? My first training with Steve Ross and Hamford McDonald at Yoga 213 changed my life. It made me realise the person I wanted to be and the life I wanted to live. Steve and Sammy taught me that yoga is supposed to make you happy and that I shouldn’t take anything (including myself) too seriously. I think that this has influenced my approach to yoga now and the way that I teach. I want students to feel comfortable, relaxed, and happy in my classes.

Training at Sampoorna Yoga in Goa, India was an amazing experience that exposed me to what it was like to live the life of a yogi. Discipline was instilled into me through long vigorous asana practices, hours upon hours of meditation, lectures, and practice teaching. Through this training I learnt that anything is possible if you are focused, determined, and passionate enough about it.

Why yoga? Because it makes me feel so good. Yoga reminds me to slow down, breathe, be present, and live in the moment. Before yoga I was stressed, anxious, and lacking in confidence. I spent most of my life living in my head worrying about things that had happened in the past or what was to happen in the future. Yoga taught me to notice the negative habits of my mind and in turn has made me so much happier.

What can students expect in your classes? A strong, dynamic, and calming vinyasa flow. Interesting transitions and variations. To be challenged physically and to try something new.

A quote or phrase you live by? Trust the timing of your life.

One food you could never live without? Too many. But probably avocados and dark chocolate.

Your favourite music artist to practice to? In Hip Hop classes it’s anything from Drake, Chance the Rapper, Kanye to Snoop and Tupac. In Chill classes I love more relaxed ambient beats from the likes of Flight Facilities, Kyson, RY X, and Petit Biscuit.

To Be Happy is the 213 motto, how do you stay happy? Balance is the key for me to staying happy. But finding balance is not always easy and it’s something that I am working on everyday. Trying to make sure I have a good work/life/rest balance is crucial to feeling good. And also travelling and exploring the world keeps me inspired, connected, and creative.



Hugh Lee

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Hugh Lee

Yin Yoga + Teacher Trainer 

Hugh Lee
Hugh Lee

Yin Yoga + Teacher Trainer 

Hugh Lee brings a different element to our team at 213. He loves the softer side of yoga and incorporating Chinese Medicine into all the classes he teaches. Expect to feel a whole lot calmer after his soothing yin classes.

Where do you call home? New Zealand

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? 1000 hours (2 year) Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching, Level One Paul Grilley Yin Yoga, and Sarah Powers Yin/Yang Insight Yoga.

Why yoga? Yoga gave me a tool for healing from a life long mental illness – Depression – and it continues to help me manage my anxiety disorder. Plus Yoga continues to be a practice to help me cultivate compassion for myself and others, allows me to grow the skill of self awareness of my daily habitual mental patterns that cause suffering, and nourishes me physically and energetically.

What can students expect in your classes? A long slow deep Yin practice with a Chinese Medicine healing approach. I also incorporate Mindfulness Meditation during these soothing floor-based nourishing postures.

A quote or phrase you live by? In order to be compassionate towards others, we need to practice love and compassion towards ourselves first.

One food you could never live without? Tiramisu dessert.

Your favourite music artist to practice to? Moby’s album: Long ambient 1.Calm. Sleep

To Be Happy is the 213 motto, how do you stay happy? Regular daily Meditation and to freely express and honour all my emotions including comfortable and uncomfortable emotions.



Rye Mannix

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Rye Mannix

Hip Hop, Chill + Yin Yoga 

Rye Mannix
Rye Mannix

Hip Hop, Chill + Yin Yoga 

You can’t help but smile when Ryan walks into the room. He’s bubbly, loves to laugh, but understands life isn’t all sunshine. He brings his down to earth approach into his classes and teaches right from the heart.

Where do you call home? Home is Melbourne. I grew up in St Kilda and even though I have lived abroad for a good portion of my life, I always come back to Melbourne and it feels like home.

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? I started with a 200hr in Bali. That led to wanting to learn more and more, even to this day. 100hr Hot training, 50 hours Laughing Lotus, 200 hours Yoke, 100 hours Yin, 25 hours Mindfulness yoga, 25 hours Anatomy Training and countless workshops.

Why yoga? I’ve always loved to move. For over ten years I raced and trained overseas as a professional runner and duathlete, representing Australia on a number of occasions. Yoga started for me in 2010. I became sidelined from the sport, when I broke my hip in a cycling crash. In order to rehab the injury I was prescribed yoga and pilates. After a few classes I was hooked on Yoga. The strength, the movement, the flow. I loved it and have continued ever since.

What can students expect in your classes? A creative blend of fast paced and slow vinyasa. Opportunities to practice strength and take flight. All with an undertone of mindfulness and yoga of the heart.

A quote or phrase you live by? Thoughts become things. Choose the good ones.

One food you could never live without? Avocado. Everyday… and blueberries (can I say two?)

Your favourite music artist to practice to? I love to move to something with a deep beat. No one particular stand out… Loving Biggie at the moment though.

To Be Happy is the 213 motto, how do you stay happy? Surfing, yoga, running, and friends make me happy. And of course a Tropical location.



Hamford McDonald

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Hamford McDonald

Hip Hop, Chill Yoga + Teacher Trainer 

Hamford McDonald
Hamford McDonald

Hip Hop, Chill Yoga + Teacher Trainer 

Straight from Brooklyn, this New Yorker is the real deal hip hop yogi.
Yoga 213 Senior Teacher and Teacher Trainer, Hamford McDonald, started his teaching journey in 2010 completing his first 200 hour vinyasa yoga teacher training at Joschi Institute in New York. Hamford teaches everything from fun and powerful classes to the slow and chilled.
A former recording artist of hip hop music and a closet anatomy geek, Hamford brings something a little different to the yogic table. Since his first, unforgettably horrendous foray into vinyasa yoga some 10 years ago, he has been insatiably fascinated by its never-ending trajectory of self-discoveries. He loves that yoga is infinitely challenging and teaches us how to resiliently weather the storm of whatever is happening in our lives on and off the mat.

Although being a teacher Hamford is also dedicated student and continues to deepen his knowledge of both yoga and movement based practices. Since his initial training Hamford has added core yoga, yin yoga, barre attack, dynamic anatomy, mat Pilates and mindfulness to his teaching repertoire. Most recently Hamford completed an ‘Advanced Asana Immersion’ with Marysia Do of Pure Yoga Singapore along with the ‘Origins of Alignment Immersion’ with Donna Fahri.
Simply being afforded the privilege of helping others initiate this enlivening process of self-transformation, to lead healthier, happier, more authentically fulfilling lives keeps the proverbial candle of his inspiration burning at both ends of the stick, on and off the mat each day. With Hamford, prepare for your ASSana to be turned up! You will discover something new about your body and mind, and probably groove in chair pose to Beyoncé while you’re at it.



Jennalea McInnes

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Jennalea McInnes

Hip Hop + Chill Yoga 

Jennalea McInnes
Jennalea McInnes

Hip Hop + Chill Yoga 

A country girl from Gippsland, Jennalea made her way to Melbourne 10 years ago, and has called it home ever since.

Teaching an array of slow and power vinyasa classes, as well as yin, Jennalea has completed various teacher-training programs, while currently studying nutritional medicine.

Intended for health, healing, and fun, Jennalea likes to connect with her students in class, speaking to each individual body and adjusting as much as possible to elevate the experience of yoga.

Jennalea knows that building awareness brings much more compassion and humility into our lives, and that the magic happens when we step outside of our comfort zones.

She loves getting down to JUICY by the Notorious B.I.G. that graces the Yoga 213 halls, and if she could be any yoga pose, it would be urdhva dhanurasana, otherwise known as wheel pose.

An effortless back bender who finds beauty in staying open to new experiences, Jennalea always has an epic experience in this asana.



Georgia Mort

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Georgia Mort

Hip Hop + Chill 

Georgia Mort
Georgia Mort

Hip Hop + Chill 

Georgia Mort is one of those yogis who can make the most difficult poses look effortless. But she doesn’t take anything for granted. She guides students all the way through her strong classes, helping them to build from wherever they begin.

Where do you call home? Home is where the heart is: The Beach. The Mat. Prahran Market.

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? After trialling a free yoga class in Ubud five years ago, I fell madly in love with the discipline and beauty of the practice. From there my new romance continued as I delved deeper and decided I wanted to share my passion with others around me. I turned to the prospect of becoming a Yoga Teacher whilst balancing my studies in Law. I completed Yoga 213’s 100 hour with Nicky Grimsdale and 100 hour with Patrick Beach and Carling Harpes. I have completed multiple other short training such as an Ashtanga Intensive with Monica Aurora, Anatomical Sequencing Training with Amelia Schrader, and an Advanced Adjustments Course with Nicky Grimsdale.

Why yoga? The practice has become a non-negotiable in my busy life. I love how it makes me feel every time I hit the mat and reminds me to stay with my breath. It makes me feel whole, centred, and grounded in which I aim to take off the mat too. Yoga has become medicine for my mind body and spirit and has created a deeper connection on a number of levels. The practice is simply a journey and not a destination, which never ceases to amaze me.

What can students expect in your classes? A free flowing class that may make you step out of your comfort zone. My classes generally involve a balance of strength, humility, and refinement through adjustments. Students will be left feeling deliciously sweaty whilst grounded and at ease.

A quote or phrase you live by? Embrace each day like it’s your last.

One food you could never live without? Sweet potato or Avocado.

Your favourite music artist to practice to? Bonobo.

To Be Happy is the 213 motto, how do you stay happy? Maintaining a healthy balance of work, life, and play.



Sarah Turner

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Sarah Turner

Hip Hop, Chill + Yin Yoga 

Sarah Turner
Sarah Turner

Hip Hop, Chill + Yin Yoga 

The most smiley yoga teacher you’ll ever meet. Sarah is a breath of fresh air and an energy you want to be around. She brings that into her classes with a fresh perspective and a happy outlook. Mix that with her love of philosophy and creativity, her classes are like no other.

Where do you call home? Melbourne, Seattle, Yoga 213.

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? After completing a 200-hour Vinyasa Teaching Training with Yoga 213 & Steve Ross (LA) in 2014, I began teaching immediately and fell in love with the practice of yoga more and more each day. Eager to learn again and expand my knowledge as a teacher and student, I completed Jennifer Crescenzo’s 50-hour Yin Teaching Training in 2015. Since then, I have attended several other trainings and workshops, most recently completing a 10-hour Intelligent Adjustments Advanced Teaching Training with Nicky Grimsdale and (Here) Yoga in 2017.

Why yoga? Yoga has enriched my life in so many ways. It’s taught me self-discipline and self-care. It’s increased my strength and flexibility (physically, mentally, and emotionally), and made me more self-aware than ever before. It’s led me into a career that excites, energises, and challenges me every single day. It’s connected me to the most amazing people – my students, fellow teachers, and mentors are my constant inspiration. And that feeling I get when I arrive onto my mat, that feeling feels like home. And that’s why I truly love this practice.

What can students expect in your classes? My classes are nurturing, creative, and dynamic with a focus on breath and mindfulness. I love to weave a theme or focus into every class to create a purpose for each pose, transition, and breath. I want my students to feel free in the body and the mind.

A quote or phrase you live by? My daily reminder: “I’m beginning to recognise that real happiness isn’t something large and looming on the horizon ahead, but something small, numerous, and already here. The smile of someone you love. A decent breakfast. The warm sunset. Your little everyday joys all lined up in a row.” Beau Taplin.

One food you could never live without? Coffee and sparkling mineral water (not foods, but an absolute can’t-live-without). Avo on toast is a close second.

Your favourite music artist to practice to? ODESZA – you’ll hear at least one of their songs in all of my chill classes. They’re from Seattle so I feel like it combines my love for that city in my classes at Yoga 213 in Melbourne – combining all of my “homes” together.

To Be Happy is the 213 motto, how do you stay happy? To focus on the little everyday joys. My morning coffee, spending quality time with my friends and family, practicing and teaching yoga, and going for a walk along the beach with my dog, Zoe. And whenever I can – travel and adventure. It always nourishes the soul.



Claudia Wareham

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Claudia Wareham

Hip Hop, Chill + Donation 

Claudia Wareham
Claudia Wareham

Hip Hop, Chill + Donation 

As a Barre Body teacher and an Indian-trained yoga teacher, Claudia brings a varied mix of knowledge to her classes. Plus she brings her own personal style, enthusiasm, and charm. You can’t help but smile when she’s around.

Where do you call home? Warrandyte and Chapel Street. Or any beach. Or wherever my boyfriend is.

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? My Vinyasa Yoga School 200hr Hatha and Vinyasa training in Rishikesh, India, the retreat I did with Steve Ross and Sammy in Hawaii with Yoga 213 studio, and my 150 hour barre body training.

Why yoga? A whole range of reasons. Here are a few. Health. Mental and physical. To feel so good. Get the body moving. Clear out the negative thoughts. Do something nice for yourself. To challenge yourself and find growth. Listening to music. To rid the ego. To find yourself.

What can students expect in your classes? Four rounds of sun salutations – nothing a good sun salutation A can’t fix. Don’t mind a strong plank hold to get that belly switched on. Breath work and gratitude.

A quote or phrase you live by? If not me who if not now when.

One food you could never live without? Honey. Definitely honey. On top of weetbix or oats. And a soy latte. They’re pretty equal.

Your favourite music artist to practice to? The weeknd! – any song.

To Be Happy is the 213 motto, how do you stay happy? A yoga class always makes me happy, I like a low intensity endorphin release. Plus the sun and beach is the answer to all happiness… possibly with soy latte and lots of dogs.



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