teachers

“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 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. 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

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.”

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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 it 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, I find yoga practice to be a source of rejuvenation and restoration!”

JACQUELINE ILES – Teacher

Hello, I’m Jacqueline, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, Mum of two and lover of nature and good books!

I began practicing Yoga whilst studying Ayurveda in 1994. I fell in love with it straight away as a way to connect with and move my body and calm my mind. I even realised that those middle of the night stretches that I did as a teenager with insomnia were just like the forward bends in Yoga that calm the nervous system!

I completed an Iyengar Yoga teacher training program in 2001 under senior teachers Pixie Lillas and Alan Goode and have been enjoying teaching ever since.

Ayurveda is the sister science to Yoga. Like two sides of the same coin, these traditions give us wonderful tools to know ourselves deeply so we can create good health and live with more ease and contentment.

As well as teaching Yoga I love supporting my Living Ayurveda clients in creating good health and balance in their lives. With a focus on Women’s Health I offer Consultations and Workshops throughout the year, and my Feminine Vitality Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat each Autumn and Spring to bring together the joys and health benefits of Ayurveda and Yoga.

Yoga will always be a part of my life. It helps me to slow down, nourish my nervous system and, as I age, it helps me stay supple, strong and connected to my inner joy and peace.

I’m excited to join the team at Unfold Yoga and Wellbeing.

“Yoga and Ayurveda cultivate the inner awareness and knowledge that is needed for healthy habits to flourish so you can live in balance with good health and joy”.

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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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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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