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! Avocado, bread, bananas, tofu.

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 Richmond 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 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 yet calming vinyasa flow with interesting transitions and variations.

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? In Hip Hop classes it’s a mix of old and new. From Drake, Chance, and Kanye to Snoop, Mase and Tupac.

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



Hugh Lee

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Hugh Lee

Yoga + Trainer 
Geelong 

Hugh Lee
Hugh Lee
Yoga + Trainer 

Geelong 

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.



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.



Claudia Wareham

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Claudia Wareham

Yoga + Meditation 
Richmond 

Claudia Wareham
Claudia Wareham
Yoga + Meditation 

Richmond 

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.



Alex Wall

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Alex Wall

Yoga 
Geelong 

Alex Wall
Alex Wall
Yoga 

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  
Geelong 

Jess Roe
Jess Roe
Yoga  

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.



Bryan Woodford

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Bryan Woodford

Yoga  
Geelong 

Bryan Woodford
Bryan Woodford
Yoga  

Geelong 

Hailing from the Gold Coast, this father of two has a yoga practice that might remind you of the likes of our good pal Patrick Beach. Bryan is a happy, freindly free spirit who loves to explore the world, just as much as he loves teaching and practicing yoga.

 Where do you call home?

I live in Winchelsea, but home is where ever my family is.

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today?

I undertook a 500hr training over 12 months at Moksha Yoga with Emma Palmer in Bentleigh.

Why yoga?

When I practice, I feel good. When I don’t practice, I don’t feel as good. So I practice lots.

What can students expect in your classes?

Strong but accessible, my classes are for all.  There are plenty of options to get inverted. And they’re always light hearted and fun.

A quote or phrase you live by?

A Buddhist quote “this to shall pass”. Whenever times are hard I know that everything is impermanent and it will not stay that way forever.

One food you could never live without?

BANANAS. Or any fruit for that matter.

Your favourite music artist to practice to?

Probably Bonobo, or any artist with a good beat. Minimal words, anything that lets me fall into stillness.

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

Yoga. Practice every day and feel the serenity and gratitude that fills you. Family, friends, and food. All essential.



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.



Elle Kiffer

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Elle Kiffer

Yoga + Meditation 
Richmond 

Elle Kiffer
Elle Kiffer
Yoga + Meditation 

Richmond 

Where do you call home? Anywhere the sun is shining.

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? My first teacher training was in New York at Y7 and it was such an awesome start. My practice and my teaching has changed so much since then. I absolutely loved the 100hr Advanced Teacher Training with Patrick Beach and Carling Nicole in 2017. I have since completed another 200hr TT in Guatemala which was such a contrast to the first two. We really embraced the spiritual side of yoga and I found a whole new love for meditation and pranayama exercises. I am always keen to learn new things and we are super spoilt for choice in Melbourne with an abundance of workshops. Nicky Grimsdale’s creative sequencing workshop is a must!

Why yoga? So many reasons! I initially was drawn to yoga for the physical practice. I quickly realized that this practice brought so much more to my life. I feel more grounded, more present and more calm after my practice. I love that you can literally practice anywhere!

What can students expect in your classes? An invitation to explore your own body and breath in a judgement free environment. A fluid flow combining the breath and movement leaving you feel more grounded and centered when you leave. Maybe a little sweaty too.

A quote or phrase you live by? Energy flows where your attention goes

One food you couldn’t live without? Avocados and dried mango. But not together.

Favourite music to practice to? Jon Hopkins, Bon Iver, Bonobo.

How do you stay happy? Surround myself with my closest friends and family, especially my niece and nephew. I cannot stop smiling when they are around.



Errin Briscoe

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Errin Briscoe

Yoga 
Richmond 

Errin Briscoe
Errin Briscoe
Yoga 

Richmond 

Where do you call home?  

I’m originally from Liverpool, UK  but I have been a gypsy from a young age. I have lived in a few different parts of the world, so now home is being within my body, finding comfort in all environments & adapting. 

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? 

I did my 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa training in Sampoorna Yoga in Goa, India. Since then I have travelled lots, practiced with many incredible teachers and self studied. Yoga permeates into every aspect of living, therefore life is constantly training me! Plus I have some future training plans…

Why yoga? 

At first it was mostly for space, clarity & those sweet physical feels post-class. Then, overtime, I wanted to teach so that I could give back to the world, share the gifts of the practice: the delicious nectar of connection with the self & others. 

What can students expect in your classes? 

I teach from the heart, so I will make it personal; as human as possible. My sequences are playful, creative, challenging & help students to step out of their comfort zone so that they feel empowered. Oh & a good soundtrack is crucial!

A quote or phrase you live by?

‘Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be’ + ‘This too shall pass’ 

One food you couldn’t live without?

I am currently obsessed with medjool dates filled with crunchy almond butter.

Favourite music artist to practice to?

Koku by Leif. Music speaks to me, so anything that gets me into a trance so I can move freely. 

How do you stay happy?

By understanding that happiness is cultivated within, that I’m responsible for it. And, of course, yoga. 



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