“Confidence, clarity and compassion are essential qualities of a teacher.”
– BKS Iyengar
Our Adelaide Hills studio teaches in the Iyengar method. The style of teaching delivered facilitates learning in different ways, including: clear instruction, demonstration, progressive levels of practice and the use of props.
Our team of teachers are passionate and committed practitioners who train regularly with their own senior teachers.
We are interested in supporting the growth of students individual practice to nurture optimal health and happiness.
We share the journey of our practice and study of yoga with you.
LORETTA VOIVODICH – Principal 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. 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
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
LOREN BARKER – Teacher
I was introduced to yoga when I met my husband in 2000. I would tentatively go to our few yoga books (before internet) at different stages of my life, particularly during my four pregnancies. Often to practice Asana but I was also drawn to the spiritual practice of the eight limbs of yoga. It wasn’t until my fourth child began kindie in 2012 that I ventured off to find myself a yoga teacher. I knew after my first Iyengar class I would always return to the mat, and so I have.
In amongst the busyness of family life I began my studies and have the privilege to study under Wendy Samek a direct student of B.K.S. and Geeta Iyengar. I love working with children and adolescents. Invoking the imagination through Indian mythology and storytelling. Introducing meditation in a fun and light-hearted manner. To help build a strong foundation to allow the next generation to step into the future with the tools to help them with anxiety, depression and stress. To allow them space and time to be still and unhurried in a society that is always in a rush. I am passionate to encourage people to embark on this journey with me, to trust that our body and minds are capable of great things, if only we allow ourselves the chance to unfold.
SAMANTHA SMITH – Teacher
Sam has been a dedicated student of Iyengar yoga since 1999. She was first drawn to the focused physical alignment of this style of yoga and the body awareness, strength and flexibility that brings. However, it was the calmness that rippled from the practice throughout her daily life that encouraged her to continue. Sam originally completed a Yoga Alliance recognised 500-hour teacher training with Byron Yoga Centre in 2017. She went on to finish her Iyengar teacher training with Stephanie Hansen at Hills Yoga, and feels privileged to be able to share the teachings of Iyengar yoga with students, young and old. As a secondary school teacher, she finds her yoga practice to be a source of rejuvenation and restoration!
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
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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