Taryn Weggelaar | Director
Growing up by the pristine coastline in Western Australia, with loving parents who also enjoyed frequent camping adventures in the outback, Taryn was constantly surrounded by nature. She believes all these natural elements were her first teachers to broaden her awareness to the lasting wild beauty of life.
Taryn loves ‘all things yoga’. She embraces all yoga styles and enjoys learning about herself through practices that offer a challenging vinyasa format, where postures are linked together, as well as a gentle or yin approach where poses are held for a longer period.
Her teaching approach utilises a progressive format where postures are built step by step and grow in complexity towards a challenging or pinnacle posture (asana). She has an inclusive attitude and integrates the use of blocks, belts, straps and blankets to make the postures accessible and to invite challenge. Creative sequences and a fresh minded view of the world lead to classes that move students towards their full potential and inspire the desire to look for the good.
Layering alignment instructions with reminders to connect and move with the currents of the breath, Taryn uses themes emphasising yogic philosophies that celebrate individual expression and encourage reverence for life.
Skillful corrections and assists, therapeutic adjustments and a vision for detail, accentuated by instructions that enhance her student’s feeling of strength and grace, are hallmarks of Taryn’s teaching style. Her strongest desire is to be of service and to remind each student to connect to the power of their own inner light.
Although she first experienced yoga when she was 16, Taryn devoted herself to the practice of yoga in 2008 and has been a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) since 2013. She completed her training in Australia and is currently an independent teacher at the E-RYT 500 level. She has specialised in teaching in various yoga studios, corporate yoga and sports teams (including both the Australian men’s and women’s Olympic hockey teams).
Teaching in Australia, India, Indonesia and internationally for 8 years, as well as running yoga teacher training courses in India and Bali, she has logged over 9000 hours of teaching experience with Yoga Alliance. As an avid practitioner she embraces all styles of yoga. Being an ardent student, Taryn participates in advanced Yoga studies to further her understanding and ability to serve others.
Yann Cadic| Anatomy Teacher & First Aid Instructor
Yann has been working in Australia, New Caledonia and several countries in Africa (including South Africa, Gabon, Angola, Chad and Mali) where he was working independently as an Intensive/ Advanced Care Paramedic in extremely remote locations.
Sharada Felicidario | Yoga Philosophy Teacher
Together they danced all over Bali for two months in temples and sacred festivals, as well as at the popular Bali Spirit Festival. Today she still shares the jewels of this ancient practice in a prayerful authentic way during ceremonies, classes and women’s devi circles.
Ingela | Yoga Philosophy Teacher
Ingela, also known as Pinglan in Bali, is also part of the Sama Yoga team and co-founder of the yoga studio “Under the Banyantree”, in Ubud, Bali.
Committed to a spiritual lifestyle, she studies and teaches Vedanta, Sanskrit, Vedic chanting, yoga and ceremony for over 15 years now.
She arrived in Bali ‘The Island of Gods’ in 1999.
“I knew right from the start there was something special with Bali. The vivid traditions, culture and the spirit fascinated me. I truly believed that, with its spiritual essence, Bali has so much to share with the rest of the world. And I still do.”
It was in Bali she met her revered Guru, Swami Vagishananda Saraswati. With him, she started her Vedanta studies. Understanding we are all one unlimited being, she finds herself continually emotionally growing and healing past trauma and pain, resolving into joy and trust. With a fierce-fully loving inner strength she shares her heart with all who cross her path.
Her cheerful, energetic personality and wisdom of life make her inspiring company. Someone who can be with you trough fear and laughter, leaving you feeling a bit lighter and brighter than before.