We offer annual teacher trainings and retreats suitable to all levels in Melbourne and afar. Our yoga trainings cover asana, pranayama, yoga philosophy, happiness, meditation, anatomy and music. Learn from highly qualified teachers who will inspire you to find your own unique voice and teaching style. Our yoga retreats are held at tropical destinations all over the world and are designed to share the true meaning of yoga - happiness.
To Be Happy Yoga Retreat
Details: Join us as we travel to the magical land of Mexico for our next To Be Happy Yoga Retreat! Held in Tulum, a bohemian beach town on the Mayan Riviera, this retreat will feature daily hip-hop yoga and yin yoga classes with LA yoga guru Steve Ross, along with a relaxed schedule of meditation and pranayama.
This retreat is all about freedom with lots of time to experience all that Tulum has to offer. Jump on a bike and ride to the ancient ruins, dive into the nearby fresh water lagoons, eat fish tacos, drink margarita’s and relax under the tropical Mexican sun!
Accommodation options range from beautiful beachfront suites to cosy garden rooms. Rooms can be booked as private or shared.
25hr Finding Centre Intensive
Details: As a yoga teacher you will go through many phases of connection to the practice. Before you started the journey of sharing yoga you probably found it easier to focus on your own practice. Now you probably find yourself spending more time running from studio to studio or telling other people about their poses than working on learning about your own. When yoga is your job it can be hard to give it your all when you aren’t working. This program is designed to help you come back to your own practice as a student so you can be your best self as a teacher. You will come back to what made you love yoga in the first place and bring that into all you share.
This 4 day teaching program will give you the chance to reconnect with yourself, your peers, and your practice.
Places are limited!
200 hour Happy Yoga Teacher Training
Requirements: No pre-requisites required.
Details: Become a qualified yoga teacher with a difference. We have designed a unique, fun and comprehensive YTT program that will expose you to the true meaning of yoga – happiness. This training is for those with no prior training experience, and on completion you will be qualified to teach yoga across Australia and afar.
Part one: 3 weeks
Monday – Friday: 10:45am – 4:45pm
Saturday + Sunday: 11:45am – 6pm
Part two: 1 week
Bali retreat immersion with 6 nights accommodation + all food at Desa Seni included.
Sequencing and Creating Classes
Intelligent Adjustments and cueing
Music and Yoga
Business and Yoga
Vinyasa, Hip Hop and Yin Yoga Teacher Training
We run 200 hour, 100 hour and 25 hour teacher training courses in vinyasa yoga, hip hop yoga and yin yoga. Our trainings are open to all levels of yoga experience including students looking to teach and teachers looking for further education.
We have designed unique, fun and comprehensive yoga teacher training courses to prepare students to confidently share yoga with the world. The majority of our past students have gone on to teach in studios both around Australia and internationally with three students opening their own hip hop yoga studios after completing our 200 hour training.
For more information on our various yoga teacher training courses in Melbourne email: [email protected].
To Be Happy Yoga Retreats
We run yoga retreats in tropical destinations around the world such as Bali, Hawaii, Tulum and Sri Lanka. Our retreats are perfect for those wanting to expand their yoga practice or to relax and unwind from their busy working lives.
On our retreats we offer daily Hip Hop Yoga, Chill Yoga or Yin Yoga classes matched with a relaxed schedule of meditation and pranayama. We also understand the importance of free time and allow for plenty of opportunities to explore the local areas, beaches and restaurants.
Our yoga retreats are run by both international and in house yoga teachers, who are committed to creating a happy and welcoming experience for all guests.
We aim to provide a complete wellness experience during our retreats, working with fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients with vegetarian and pescatarian options accomodating to all dietary requirements.
For more information on our upcoming retreats email: [email protected].
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Steve has practiced various styles of yoga for many years and has been an instructor for over 40 years. He has explored the physical aspects of yoga as well as the philosophical and spiritual roots of yoga. Before embarking on his yoga career, Steve recorded and toured with bands such as Fleetwood Mac, the Beach Boys and Men at Work. Steve spent four years as a monk in the Vedic tradition, and since that time, he has ceaselessly sought out and reveled in the presence of some of the most notable masters of our time - in India and elsewhere. He is honored to have the opportunity to share his knowledge and experience with other spiritual seekers.
Steve combines upbeat, inspirational music with a relaxed and easy spirituality that make his classes at Maha Yoga, some of the most popular in Los Angeles. Steve’s presence will leave you feeling happy, free, alive and inspired!
Senior Teacher Trainer
Patrick Beach teaches vigorous and fluid vinyasa yoga that builds strength, creates flexibility and inspires play. Patrick’s teaching goes beyond intelligent alignment; moving any willing student to an introspective, holistic experience that explores the chakras and cultivates mind-body awareness.
Patrick travels the world leading workshops, retreats and
training modules and is like family at Yoga 213. Named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Yoga Teachers by Sonima Live, his strong presence has allowed him to share yoga internationally via his engaging work with global brand H&M, online yoga platform CodyApp and his features in Cosmopolitan UK, People Magazine, Yoga Digest, Draze, Mantra, and Origin Magazine.
Senior Teacher Trainer
Carling Harps is known for her lighthearted attention to detail and commitment to the growth of her students. Connecting individuals to the practice via intelligent sequencing, compassionate adjustments, and her down to earth demeanor. She aims to give students the tools and techniques to access their own unique needs, step into their own bodies, and continue to find the center of themselves each time they come onto their mats.
Carling is trained as a Birth Doula and also specializes in Yin Yoga and Prenatal Yoga. You can find her leading women’s yoga retreats, teacher training modules, and offering classes on global platform CodyApp. She has been featured in and contributed writing to publications such as Yoga International, Mantra Magazine, and Yoga Digest.
Senior Teacher Trainer
Sammy is the owner and founder of Yoga 213. When Sammy was just 21, a fire exploded on her leaving her with 3rd degree burns to 35% of her body. After a month in hospital and learning to walk again she moved to LA and was introduced to Hip Hop Yoga by yoga guru, Steve Ross. After her first class she fell in love with the happiness of yoga and signed up for Steve’s 200hr training the next day. After the training and eager to continue learning, Sammy flew straight to Bali to complete a further 200hr’s where both tradition and discipline were instilled in her. Two teacher trainings later Sammy returned to Melbourne and opened her happy home – Yoga 213.
Sammy’s life experiences and time spent with Steve have made her realize that life is all about having fun and being happy! Basing her studio around her ‘To be Happy’ philosophy and easygoing nature, Sammy continues to share the happiness of yoga with hundreds of students everyday. Her classes are fluid, uplifting and heavily based around music. She also loves teaching mindfulness and meditation, giving her students space and time to turn inwards.
Training with Laughing Lotus (NYC), attending the Asia Yoga Conference in Hong Kong and completing various workshops and retreats with world-renowned teachers has left Sammy with a wealth of knowledge and unique approach to the practice. She is honoured and humbled to be able guide others along their yoga journey.
Senior 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.
Yin Yoga Teacher Trainer
Hugh first discovered the gift of Yoga in 2002 and has been a devoted student ever since. Hugh is a graduate of the Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching, a 2-year course founded by Leigh Blashki, Melbourne. He began teaching in 2008, assisting and co-teaching with his mentor Andrew Mournehis on Yoga retreats in India, Bali and Australia. In 2013, Hugh trained in Yin Yoga with Paul and Suzee Grilley (100 hours level one) and in 2015 trained with Sarah Powers “Insight Yoga” Yin Teacher Training 60 hours.
Hugh came to Yoga and meditation to find tools for healing after years of suffering depression and anxiety. He has found Yin Yoga to be immensely healing and nourishing. He facilitates Yin workshops, retreats and Yin Yoga teacher trainings.
Hugh is now one of Melbourne’s leading Yin Yoga teacher trainers and has held yoga teacher training courses at Yoga 213 since 2015.
Amelia is a yoga teacher and qualified Naturopath (BSc) with a passion for health, movement and wellness. Amelia found her love for yoga in 2007 and has explored various styles from Vinyasa, Bikram, Barkan Method, Power, Ashtanga and Acro yoga. She later completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in the Barkan Method and is currently studying Yoga Medicine with Tiffany Cruikshank to complete her 500hr YTT.
With a background in dance, sport aerobics, gymnastics and Crossfit and Amelia draws upon her broad movement experience to bring a strong, dynamic and uplifting style to her classes. She is passionate about creating an intelligent, conscious movement practice that is supported by her in depth knowledge of the body and yoga anatomy. Encouraging her students to explore their edge, Amelia also gives them the tools to gain a deeper understanding of their practice and to continue to progress on all levels.
On this training Amelia will break down yoga anatomy and give you a deeper understanding of the body and how it relates to yoga postures. This understanding will allow to your align your students safely and give you the tools to guide them through a more powerful practice and ensure the longevity of their yoga practice.