teachers

“Confidence, clarity and compassion are essential qualities of a teacher.”

– BKS Iyengar

Our Adelaide Hills premium yoga studio comes alive in the lineage of teachings of the Iyengar method. Our teachers are passionate and committed practitioners having their own senior teachers, who they regularly train and practice with. This is a special quality of the Iyengar community, that refines the excellence of practice. You will find that our teachers are interested in and willing to support the progress of your personal practice. The style of teaching delivered facilitates learning in different ways, such as: audible clear instruction, quick visual demonstrations of postures, utilising varied props to assist access to asanas and supporting injury or conditions, and providing adjustments to postures.

LORETTA VOIVODICHPrincipal teacher and director at Unfold Yoga + Wellbeing

Loretta Voivodich is principal teacher and sole director at Unfold Yoga + Wellbeing. Loretta was first certified with the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) in 2003 and is a full member.  Loretta has trained with Iyengar teachers since her early twenties and completed 500 hours of Iyengar teacher training in 2017, receiving her Introductory Level certification.

“My journey with Iyengar yoga began in 1988 at Kensington School of Yoga, Adelaide, where I found the dedication, creativity, and hard work required of yoga practice a blessing. I was fortunate to have exemplary teachers dedicated to the practice. I found inspiration and authenticity within the language of the teachings and the practical exercises offered clarity and ease in my body, my energy, and my life. I was eager from then on to immerse myself in the study and practice of yoga and meditation.”

Loretta encourages people of all ages and from all walks of life to enjoy the benefits yoga can bring. Yoga helps to develop the mental, physical, and emotional conditions needed for lasting health and happiness. Loretta is committed to creating an environment that supports the growth of everyone’s own practice and needs.

“What I love about yoga is that it has no point of arrival. It continues to engender, not the search for results, but the relish of seeds being sown.” – Loretta Voivodich

JAMEY GOSSERT  Teacher

Jamey has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching for 10 years. Jamey currently holds the Iyengar Introductory Level 2 certification. She undertook teacher training with senior teacher Lulu Bull in the beautiful Blue Mountains.

Jamey has a diverse understanding of the body from a background of dance and working in a rehabilitation setting as a physiotherapy assistant. Jamey is currently studying Social Work and is particularly interested in making yoga accessible to people from all walks of life. She believes yoga is a journey towards empowerment in which we identify and build on our strengths and challenge old patterns of limitations.

On her own yoga mat, Jamey is inspired by the simplicity of a yoga pose, and the profound effect it can have to penetrate the mind and body and bring wellness and vitality.

“Yoga has been like a close friend in my life. When times are tough I can rely on my practice to ground me, give me strength, and offer another perspective”. – Jamey Gossert

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JO SLADE – Teacher

Jo has been practicing Iyengar yoga for 20 years and has been teaching for four. She undertook teacher training with Darrin McNally at the Kensington School of Yoga and currently holds an Introductory Level 2 certificate.

Jo found yoga in her late 30s when she was working 30 hours a week, had two young children and was living in the chaos of a home being renovated. The time spent on the yoga mat provided a breather from the demands of family and work; she discovered that far from being a wholly physical practice, yoga brought calmness, perspective and an inner strength that allowed her to live a healthier, happier life.

Jo still works, her children have survived to adulthood (thanks to their mother’s yoga practice) and the house is finished (almost). Yoga will always be a part of her life, it is as vital to her as food, drink and sleep

Yoga has challenged and supported me, and I couldn’t imagine not having a practice. When I teach, I want my students to also feel the joy and benefits that yoga can bring to their life. – Jo Slade

NICOLA SEMMENS – Teacher

Nicola has recently completed 500 hours of Iyengar teacher training with Darrin McNally at the Kensington School of Yoga. Nicola came to yoga in her 20’s with a background in competition gymnastics and discovered that yoga provided her with new tools to explore the physical capacities of the body. As a young yoga student Nicola found yoga was much more than just a physical practice and was inspired by the sense of calmness and mental clarity she experienced after each class.

Along her journey Nicola has found that the practice of yoga can also be a little confronting and sometimes sheds light on all of our perceived physical limitations but, in the end, yoga provides us with the mental and physical tools to help work towards overcoming some of these problems.

Yoga is a discipline that encourages you to continue the journey but always at your own pace and in your own time. – Nicola

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REBECCA McFARLANE – Teacher

Rebecca has been a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher for 12 years. She is a practicing physiotherapist and loves the mutually enhancing combination she finds between yoga and physiotherapy. She teaches anatomy & physiology to yoga teachers and enjoys running workshops to share her knowledge and experiences.

She is passionate about making yoga accessible to students through the school education system.

Rebecca discovered yoga 25 years ago as a way to manage physical issues resulting from years of calisthenics. In her late 20s she also realised that yoga was her most effective ‘medicine’ to address a diagnosed mental health condition. It was then that she made the decision to embrace yoga over medication. Not only did her condition stabilise but through regular practice she has continued to embrace the endless benefits that yoga brings. From successful home births, one at 43, to managing a neck injury, to helping guide, support, inspire & find balance through the ever-changing presentations of life.

“Ageing with yoga at my side is a joy.” – Rebecca McFarlane

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JENNY FORSYTH – Meditation Teacher

Jenny teaches meditation and practises yoga at Unfold.

She has studied and practised meditation with a Tibetan Buddhist  group, Rigpa, since 2004.

She draws inspiration for her meditation classes from her teachers at Rigpa, as well as, Tara Brach and personal life experiences.    

“In my classes I encourage students to explore and experiment with practises that bring mindful, loving awareness to their inner and outer lives.” – Jenny Forsyth

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