Team

Learn from our experienced team who all share the same love for yoga and music. Our teachers will safely guide you through your practice with a sequence of postures to strengthen and stretch the body matched with a playlist to soothe the soul.

Our Teachers

Sammy Veall

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Sammy Veall

Yoga, Meditation + Trainer 
Richmond & Geelong 

Sammy Veall

Sammy Veall

Yoga, Meditation + Trainer 
Richmond & Geelong 

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’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? So many! Brown rice and avocado.

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.



Taylor Hunter

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Taylor Hunter

Yoga + Meditation 
Richmond 

Taylor Hunter

Taylor Hunter

Yoga + Meditation 
Richmond 

Taylor not only teaches 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.

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 to accept things as they are.

What can students expect in your classes? A strong yet calming vinyasa flow to strengthen and stretch the body and calm the mind.

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

One food you could never live without? Avocado! And chocolate.

Your favourite music artist to practice to? At the moment i’m into world music, disco, acoustic or anything that makes you want to groove.

To Be Happy is the 213 motto, how do you stay happy? Taking time to rest and meditate. Always looking for the positives in a situation. Spending time with family and friends. Travelling and exploring the world.



Sarah Turner

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Sarah Turner

Yoga + Meditation 
Richmond 

Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner

Yoga + Meditation 
Richmond 

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.



Rachael Mellican

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Rachael Mellican

Yoga + Meditation 
Richmond 

Rachael Mellican

Rachael Mellican

Yoga + Meditation 
Richmond 

Rach loves to flow through a sweaty vinyasa practice just as much as she loves pasta. And we can’t fault her on that. She’s fun and playful with her practice and you can expect a mixture of strength, creativity, and mindfulness when you land in her class. When she’s not teaching or flowing herself she’s helping people in her other role as a nurse. And her healing hands on adjustments show what a caring nature she really has.

Where do you call home? Mornington peninsula. No matter where I go or where I live, the peninsula will always be home.

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? I completed my 200hr yoga teacher training with Yogi Kamal Singh in Rishikesh, India. Since completing my training I taught all around Asia then came home to immerse myself into Melbourne Yoga. I’ve attended many workshops with international teachers and completed a few small courses including an advanced adjustments course with Nicky Grimsdale.

Why yoga?  I was first attracted to yoga for the physical practice. I love moving my body in strong and dynamic ways, building a deep connection to myself through movement. However, after completing my training I realised there was so much more to this practice.  Yoga brings me connection, to myself firstly but also to the world around me. It brings me happiness, peace, and clarity. Yoga for me, allows every single day to be filled with magic.

What can students expect in your classes? ‘Flowing’ is how I love to move, along with strengthening and nurturing. My passion lies in a strong, dynamic vinyasa practice. I pride myself on bringing creativity to my classes with the goal of providing something you may have never tried before.

A quote or phrase you live by? It’s so clichè but it’s the first thing that enters my mind… The world is your oyster. Because, well, it really is. We have the choice in everything that we do, how much we do or how little we do. How much we live or how little we live. It’s so easy to get stuck in comfort zones, but with a gentle reminder there is an entire world out there waiting to be explored, we can perhaps alter our next choice to ensure happiness is always involved in our life.

One food you could never live without? Bananas. Oh and pasta!

Your favourite music artist to practice to? Billie Marten, No Mono, Ziggy Alberts and Joey Pecorara’s Melody’s.

To Be Happy is the 213 motto, how do you stay happy?  My morning walks along the beach, spending time with my 2 year old niece, green smoothies, green tea, and treating myself to a yoga class.



Alex Wall

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Alex Wall

Yoga + Pilates 
Geelong 

Alex Wall

Alex Wall

Yoga + Pilates 
Geelong 

Alex has a smile and an energy that makes you forget about your long day. She’ll choose early morning yoga and empty roads over extra sleep any day of the week. And is as humble as she is talented. Lucky for us she also manages our beautiful Newtown studio.

Where do you call home? A suburb called The Patch in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges (think Puffing Billy).

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? I’m a Yoga 213 devotee through and through. I completed the 200 hour Intensive training in 2017 with Hamford McDonald, Steve Ross, and all the Yoga 213 hall of famers.

Why yoga? To do the rest of life better.

What can students expect in your classes? I love to guide my students’ practice with ‘take it or leave it’ options and create lots of space, freedom, and permission to explore whatever they need from their time on the mat. My Hip Hop 2 classes are often mistaken as RnB theme nights.

A quote or phrase you live by? “I’ve always loathed the necessity of sleep.”

One food you could never live without? Red wine.

Your favourite music artist to practice to? Too many…. Drake, Sampha, Majid Jordan, Shy Girls, Lloyd Banks (see the R&B thing)

To Be Happy is the 213 motto, how do you stay happy? Doing my favourite things with my favourite people (work + play)



Jess Roe

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Jess Roe

Yoga + Meditation  
Geelong 

Jess Roe

Jess Roe

Yoga + Meditation  
Geelong 

Our little pocket rocket. Jess is filled to the brim with enthusiasm, heart, and positivity. It’s rare you’ll see this yogi without a smile on her face and that’s why her classes are so welcoming. She puts her whole heart into everything she does and yoga is no different.

Where do you call home? I grew up in Shepparton and then spent nine years in Melbourne, but I now call Gtown (Geelong) home.

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? I recently completed my 200 hour training with Radiantly Alive in Ubud. The training environment over there was magical and the self-discovery aspect of it was just as enriching as the yoga teaching itself, I never imagined that I could feel this happy, grounded, and content. The Yoga 213 Richmond studio has also been a huge influence. I couldn’t believe my luck when I moved to GTown and its sister studio was opening down there.

Why yoga? Initially it was just a workout, a way to keep fit, but then it grew into much more. First it was how happy I would feel.  And then I started to notice the changes in mindset and that I felt calmer and more grounded than I ever have before. It’s one whole hour in the day to be completely present and in the moment – which is worth a lot in the busy world that we live in today.

What can students expect in your classes? Fun tunes and to feel happy, challenged and zen after a strong but grounding vinyasa flow.

A quote or phrase you live by? Don’t take yourself too seriously.

One food you could never live without? Peanut butter. I’m addicted.

Your favourite music artist to practice to? It’s usually pretty varied. I’m all about the recommended playlists on Spotify and stumbling across new tunes. Right now Vallis Alps, Bon Iver, and JOY are getting a good run in my playlists.

To Be Happy is the 213 motto, how do you stay happy? Being content with what I have, simplifying my life and not worrying so much about what others think. Daily yoga, a hike, meditation, red wine, and spending time outdoors are also guaranteed to keep a smile on my face.



El German

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El German

Yoga + Pilates  
Geelong  

El German

El German

Yoga + Pilates  
Geelong  

Where do you call home? Geelong! I have lived in Geelong for nearly 29 years – my whole life!

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? I graduated a year ago with my 200hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training. I have been fortunate to work alongside some amazing teachers and idols throughout my yoga teaching.

Why yoga? I’ve been practicing yoga for nearly 13years. I’ve always been the athlete – long distance runner, sportswoman, team sport woman but found yoga to be so nice for recovery, stretching and relaxation. I always found yoga to be something special, unique, something that has always felt right within my body.

What can students expect in your classes? Depending on what type of class I am teaching. But Hip Hop Yoga – a very energetic and fun flow with awesome old-school hip hop tunes. For my Chill classes I like to add more breathwork, a slower style class with lots of focus on allowing the body to move and feel freely. I really like to focus on happiness and gratitude in every yoga class.

A quote or phrase you live by? “In a world where you can be anything. Be kind”

One food you could never live without? My mum’s roast spuds!

Your favourite music artist to practice to? Sol Rising – I love his electronic kind of taste and chilled out tunes.

To Be Happy is the 213 motto, how do you stay happy? I like to believe happiness is a choice and a state of mind. I find happiness in everyday things – whether it’s seeing a new sunrise, teaching, running, spending time with friends and family or even a cute pup. Yoga brings me happiness as well as meditation. Happiness is a constant journey every day.



Lauri Phyland

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Lauri Phyland

Yoga + Meditation 
Geelong  

Lauri Phyland

Lauri Phyland

Yoga + Meditation 
Geelong  

Where do you call home? Ocean Grove on the Bellarine Peninsula.

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? I completed my 200hr YTT with Yoke Yoga in Torquay in 2017. I’m still digesting all of the goodness from that training – I found it really transformational. Next on the list is a community-based trauma-informed teacher training with Yoga for Humankind, as well as a Yin training at some point in the near future.

Why yoga? Because it makes me feel spacious, creative and free. Yoga for me is so much more than an asana practice, it’s a way of life.

What can students expect in your classes? A slow vinyasa flow practice, with a focus on breathwork, intuitive movement and mindfulness. I theme my classes around a word or concept – sometimes this is really obvious, other times more subtle. You can expect to feel supported and free to move as you like in my classes, with plenty of variations to build fire or alternatively find more restorative expressions. A generous savasana is also a given in my classes for some well-deserved rest.

A quote or phrase you live by? What a day – what a time to be alive! (fairly sure this is not a yogi quote haha! But I’ll often randomly announce it whilst out in nature).

One food you could never live without? I’m currently going through Hommus like it’s going out of fashion. So Hommus. And good old vegemite & avo on toast.

Your favourite music artist to practice to? Absolutely LOVING Khurungbin & Canadian guitarist Sean Angus Watson at the moment … anything with soulful, modulating guitar riffs or soft electronica for flows. I love to match the music to the energy in the class – lifting the energy in the middle then mellowing it out to match the drop from Yang to Yin. I also occasionally sing and play guitar in savasana. Music is really important to me.

To Be Happy is the 213 motto, how do you stay happy? Nature, community and yoga.



Jess McKeown

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Jess McKeown

Yoga + Pilates  
Geelong  

Jess McKeown

Jess McKeown

Yoga + Pilates  
Geelong  

Where do you call home? My husband and our two gorgeous little people live in Geelong West. I grew up in Anglesea, spending summers in Lorne and the Otways, so the beach, fresh air and open skies always feel like home to me.

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? My 200hr YTT at Yoke Yoga Torquay and their beautiful community have been a huge inspiration. Chris Wilson for his wisdom on all things awareness, Fran Wilson for her kindness, and Ryan Mannix for his incredible sequencing, as well as the beautiful friends I gained during that experience.  Their focus on practicing non-judgement by welcoming in (rather than running from) continues to inspire and guide me. I recently completed my yin and myofascial release training with Dustin Brown and Monica Aurora at Warrior One – further fuelling my love for all things nurturing and yielding.

Why yoga? It turns the lights on. It shows you happiness isn’t something to achieve, but to relax into. I came to a regular practice following a bout of post natal anxiety. Before that, yoga was mainly about the physical practice for me. I’m a heart-on-my-sleeve kind of girl and yoga has showed me that my vulnerabilities are not weakness, but a strength that allows empathy and kindness for others. 

What can students expect in your classes? In my chill classes; meditation, feeling into shapes through breath and body awareness and lots of kindness. My hip hop pilates are challenging and fun (I’ve been told my rep count for pulses is pretty high!) and I always teach both with a smile.

A quote or phrase you live by? Be kind. To yourself and others. We can choose our reactions and choosing kindness gives my life more ease.

One food you could never live without? A nourishing, home made spice-filled soup or a soy latte from my local.

Your favourite music artist to practice to? Can’t go past Sol Rising – great for building flow. Currently loving an old Thrupence album (Voyages) as well as beautiful yin music like Max Richter and Dustin O’Halloran at home and in the studio. I also adore beautiful acoustic covers.

To Be Happy is the 213 motto, how do you stay happy? Spending time with my gorgeous girls keeps me grounded and happy. Kids are so great at being completely immersed in the moment, are naturally joyful and they take things exactly as they are. I think my girls teach me more than I do them, the best little life lesson teachers! Time with friends, meditation, a nourishing yin or a sweaty vinyasa class, coffee, and being in nature.



Elise Brownlow

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Elise Brownlow

Yoga + Pilates  
Geelong  

Elise Brownlow

Elise Brownlow

Yoga + Pilates  
Geelong  

Where do you call home? Geelong! We moved from the Northern Beaches in Sydney 4 years ago and haven’t looked back; little old Geelong has my heart now.

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? I first discovered movement as medicine during my Kinesiology training in 2011. I became fascinated with the mind body connection and wanted to make what I’d leant more accessible, and present it in a way that was sustainable and fun which led me to Pilates! I trained with Breathe Education and fell head over heels in love. I’ve since completed addition courses in Dynamic Reformer Pilates, Barre, Yin Yoga + Myofascial Release, and Pre + Post Natal Care with a few more course on the wish list – watch this space!

Why Pilates + yoga? Both Pilates and yoga teach you to be in the moment and embrace the process of your own evolution. I’m all about that.

What can students expect in your classes? Students can expect a fluid yet dynamic Pilates class that gets those little muscles you never knew you had burning! Excitement levels regarding any new playlist will be high and don’t be surprised if I rap a whole verse (or song) while you’re doing ab work.

A quote or phrase you live by? “You’re a human BEING, not a human doing”

One food you could never live without? Roast veggies with haloumi.

Your favourite music artist to practice to? So many! Right now I’m really vibing on Mac Miller, Anderson Paak and The Avener.

To Be Happy is the 213 motto, how do you stay happy? By moving! Whether it’s going for a walk on the beach with my 2 giant dogs, walking to the coffee shop with the pram, doing a Pilates, yoga or barre class, or simply rolling out my mat and having a stretch at home – I always feel happiest when I move. Also pretty happy when cooking or eating with my little fam.



Patch Thompson

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Patch Thompson

Yin + Chill Yoga  
Geelong 

Patch Thompson

Patch Thompson

Yin + Chill Yoga  
Geelong 

Where do you call home? Phillip Island will always be my home as it’s where I grew up. I’ve lived all over the world and love discovering the world, meeting new people and having amazing experiences in different countries. But when ever I walk through the doors of my childhood home, I feel grounded, safe and settled.

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? A combination of my yoga trainings with inspiring teachers from all over the world plus the knowledge I’ve gained through studying the body in my Chinese Medicine Degree. But I feel like most of my learnings and therefore teachings have come from a place of self discovery and the courage to look inward and be willing to grow.

Why yoga? Originally yoga was my physical outlet, and I loved a strong sweaty practice. Now it’s completely the opposite! We are already surrounded by so much stimulation, that I now use my practice to slow down. It helps me stop the conversations in my own mind, calm the nervous system and nourish my body.

What can students expect in your classes?

A little flow, a little strength, a little philosophy and hopefully a lot of fun!

A quote or phrase you live by?

“Im sharing my perception, not the truth. The truth is in your experience.”

One food you could never live without?

Um peanut butter!

Your favourite music artist to practice to?

I love instrumental music that pulls on your heart strings. Ludovico Einaudi, Max Ritcher, Henry Green are all amazing.

To Be Happy is the 213 motto, how do you stay happy?

Good food, good people, good yoga.



Bonnie Gill

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Bonnie Gill

Yoga 
Richmond 

Bonnie Gill

Bonnie Gill

Yoga 
Richmond 

Where do you call home? Melbourne or my parent’s home in Castlemaine!

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? 200hr YTT with Yoga 213 and a 25-hour intensive with Patrick Beach and Carling Harps. 

Why yoga? For the change of pace, making space mentally and physically, the music, the challenge and the post-flow bliss bubble. It’s an opportunity to re-connect and draw your focus inward and on the present and nothing else. 

What can students expect in your classes? A focus on pranayama, intuitive flows to good tunes, encouragement to come back to themselves and the reason they are on the mat and to not take things too seriously. 

A quote or phrase you live by? Let it go – everything is temporary. 

One food you could never live without? God this is hard. Mine is probably more of a food group ha! But seriously, probably chocolate!

Your favourite music to practice to? Upbeat electronic vibes and old school classics for sure – disco is a huge vibe. 

To Be Happy is the 213 motto. How do you stay happy? Self care and doing things I love on repeat – yoga, good food, music that makes you move, cathartic chores, reading, Netflix days



Tiffany Simon

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Tiffany Simon

Yoga 
Richmond 

Tiffany Simon

Tiffany Simon

Yoga 
Richmond 

Where do you call home? I have lived all over the place and my family are all from different parts of the world, so I’ve never had a single place I call home – now home is wherever my mat, my dog and my plants are.

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? My training through Yoga 213 has had the biggest impact on who I am today as a yoga teacher. It ignited my passion for teaching and allowed me to become my own style of teacher, learning from the very best mentors who all imparted their own specialist knowledge, style and life lessons on me. I’ve attended additional workshops and trainings since then, and particularly loved one I did with Patrick Beach that reminded me yoga is all about fun and play, and bringing your passion for the practice to teaching.

Why yoga? It was love at first down dog for me and yoga. I was instantly hooked on the feeling of stretching out my body while also building strength and clearing my mind. For me as soon as I step onto my mat, it’s the only time I’m able to tune out the rest of the world and my own thoughts in a way that I can’t in any other way. Even if it’s just for an hour, I can find some peace and stillness, and a sense of release that comes from letting it all go just for a little while. 

What can students expect in your classes? Students can expect to have fun first and foremost! For me yoga is a playful practice and I try to bring that across with my sequences and playlists. They can also expect to leave feeling a little lighter, a little more relaxed and empowered to take on whatever comes next in their day.

A quote or phrase you live by? “The heart has reasons that reason can not know” has been a guiding force in my life for a long time – sometimes things don’t make logical sense, but they make sense for some other reason that you can’t quite put your finger on. I’m a big believer in following the unknown if it feels right in your heart.

One food you could never live without? This is a tough one there are so many…This will sound so boring but probably vegetables, if I don’t eat enough throughout the day I don’t like how I feel.

Your favourite music to practice to? This really depends on my mood. Of course I love a good hip hop flow, with a bit of Drake, Travis Scott and the classics like Biggie and Tupac. I also love to practice to old school soul, or if I’m feeling like a slower flow then some Ziggy Alberts or chill electronic or reggae vibes.

To Be Happy is the 213 motto. How do you stay happy? By practicing and teaching yoga as much as I can! Being in the 213 studio is truly my happy place. Outside of that I try and eat yummy healthy food, get as much sunshine as possible, hang out with my dog and meditate.



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