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

Chill, Flow + Trainer 
 

Sammy Veall

Sammy Veall

Chill, Flow + Trainer 
 

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

Chill, Flow, Hip Hop + Yin 
 

Taylor Hunter

Taylor Hunter

Chill, Flow, Hip Hop + Yin 
 

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

Chill, Flow, Hip Hop + Yin 
 

Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner

Chill, Flow, Hip Hop + Yin 
 

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

Chill, Flow + Yin 
 

Rachael Mellican

Rachael Mellican

Chill, Flow + Yin 
 

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.



Bonnie Gill

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Bonnie Gill

Chill, Flow + Yin 
 

Bonnie Gill

Bonnie Gill

Chill, Flow + Yin 
 

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

Chill, Flow, Hip Hop + Yin 
 

Tiffany Simon

Tiffany Simon

Chill, Flow, Hip Hop + Yin 
 

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.



Lauren O'Connor

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Lauren O'Connor

Chill + Hip Hop 
 

Lauren O'Connor

Lauren O'Connor

Chill + Hip Hop 
 

Where do you call home? Melbourne, born and bred.

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? Patrick Beach & Carling Harps 100hr fuelled my desire to teach. And Yoga 213 200hr sealed the deal.

Why yoga? It’s a funny story that begins with my Mum being far more hip than I am. She’s been doing yoga since her thirties and got me into yoga when I was a moody teenager to help calm my attitude. It worked. And I was hooked. She’s actually the one who started coming to Yoga 213. Soon after, I did too. And haven’t looked back since.

What can students expect in your classes? An ebb and flow between strength and ease. Grounding beginnings. Strengthening middle. And calming end.

A quote or phrase you live by? This too shall pass.

One food you could never live without? Potato. In every form. But specially, hot chips with extra salt.

Your favourite music to practice to? Anything with a strong beat and loud bass. More specifically, Innerbloom by Rufus.

To Be Happy is the 213 motto. How do you stay happy? Exercise: running, yoga, surfing, laughing. The high of movement is amazing. And the endorphins don’t suck either.



Sacha Flanagan

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Sacha Flanagan

Chill, Flow + Hip Hop 
 

Sacha Flanagan

Sacha Flanagan

Chill, Flow + Hip Hop 
 

Where do you call home? I’m originally from Perth, so I guess that is home for me- But my heart is here in Melbourne. 

What trainings have made you the teacher you are today? I’ve done a bunch of trainings since completing my initial YTT back in 2014, and the ones that have really resonated were the Soulful Practice with Sian Pascal, drawing from tantric modalities with a focus on meditation, mantra and pranayama. I also just recently completed my advanced 300H with (Here) Yoga, lead by Nicky Grimsdale- who is an absolute sequencing wizard.

Why yoga? I feel most alive when I am in my body. The yoga practice provides me with a platform to inwardly connect and gives me the tools to navigate through this crazy thing we call life. 

What can students expect in your classes? Fluid movements and creative flows, with a focus on interconnectivity through breath to calm the mind. 

A quote or phrase you live by? All that is meant for you will come to you.

One food you could never live without? Mango 🙂

Your favourite music to practice to? It really depends on my mood, but I love creating new playlists for my classes to keep things fresh. I enjoy an electronic vibe, but also dig sexy soulful tunes. 

To Be Happy is the 213 motto. How do you stay happy? Surrounding myself with inspiring people, music and art. 



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