Our wonderful Teachers! 

Hannah Cartmel

Hannah is a qualified Vinyasa yoga teacher, with a background in Iyengar practice, who completed her yoga teacher training with Lianne Metcalf at SomaChi yoga studio. She has enjoyed taking part in further training with Donna Farhi, Lisa Petersen, Daniel Aaron and Dianne Bondy. She is also certified by Rainbow Kids Yoga to teach yoga for children, teenagers and family groups.

Hannah is really excited to be a part of the Fat Yoga team, having always struggled with weight and body acceptance herself.  Hannah is delighted to share the joy she finds in movement with people young and old in a relaxed environment. She firmly believes that yoga should be accessible and fun for people of all body types and abilities and she encourages mindful movement with introspection and injury-prevention in mind.

Venesha Wray

Venesaha has been practicing yoga since 2001 and is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. She has been a saxophone teacher, been active in the climate movement and has completed a Masters of Social Work looking at community food systems. Venesha has been through a long journey of body acceptance. Through yoga, she has fostered a deep respect for the amazing capacity of the body (and mind!), cultivating a holistic sense of well-being. 

Venesha aims to inspire students to actively bring yoga principles out of the yoga room and into their journey of self-inquiry. The senses and the mind are constantly drawn outwards, and we lose sight of our inner wisdom and calm. Yoga reconnects you back to the body and breath, cultivating a sense of self-integration. Iyengar Yoga is a practice that uses the body to study the workings of the mind; uniting the body, mind and soul into a calm, cohesive state of being

Suzy Taylor

Suzy has been teaching yoga since 2008, after completing her Yoga Teacher training at the Australian Yoga Academy.  She has a background in Science and a passion for understanding HOW yoga is creating change in the body, nervous system and brain.  She teaches in a style inspired by traditional Hatha yoga, and encourages students to develop a yoga practice that suits their individual and unique needs, believing that yoga is an inclusive practice for everybody and every body. 

Lanie Tobias

Lanie comes to yoga with a background in Social Work. Transitioning from the social work role to the yoga studio, Lanie has been inspired to deepen her practice and share her love of yoga with others upon recognising the transformational qualities yoga brings to her own life. Lanie is experienced in teaching Vinyasa (flow), Yin, Restorative and pre/post natal yoga to all levels and all ages.  She is skilled in teaching the fundamentals of yoga for beginners and also tailors the practice to suit the needs of intermediate and advanced students.  

Lanie has a clear and compassionate teaching style that emphasizes progressive learning and self-study.  She aims to give her students the tools to cultivate their own understanding and love of yoga; working to bring the experience of Yoga off the mat and into the practice of Life. Lanie provides a safe, encouraging and nonjudgmental environment where students can explore their Yoga practice.  Lanie’s goal is to help her students find and maintain a peaceful mind and body.  

Jani Sharon Jamieson

Jani has been teaching Yoga for six years and her background is from an authentic tradition of Classical Yoga. She is also qualified as a Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher and has a strong interest in the experiential practices of Somatics and Art Expression. Jani’s approach to yoga, meditation and somatics leaves out nothing. She simply loves exploring what’s there. Beginning from a place of acceptance, she sees curiosity and exploring as the essential elements to discovery and believes practice should be playful and fun.

Nina Monger

I have been teaching yoga since 2014 and aqua aerobics since 2008. I have always identified as fat, but I found that yoga and aqua were ways that I could love to move my body and help quiet my mind. I found Sarah and Fat Yoga after completing Yoga For All training in early 2016.  I really believe that yoga is for every body and that nobody does yoga wrong!

Lindsey Bailie
"If you can breathe, you can do yoga" - Krishnamacharya

Lindsey fell in love with yoga over 20 years ago and started teaching 4 years ago. Lindsey's teachings are inspired by Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga, and she finds a way to make yoga poses accessible to every body.

 Lindsey offers a grounded class with freedom to explore your own breath and connect it with dynamic yoga sequences taking what you need each class. Expect some quiet time and a journey inwards ending with a guided savasana.

Lindsey believes yoga is for the mind and a smooth calm breath leads to a smooth calm mind. The yoga poses are just the fun icing on the cake. In class, you will be guided to experience the present moment, sense the body and notice the breath and mind connections.

When not practicing or teaching yoga Lindsey is being a yoga nerd reading all things yoga related especially on how beneficial yoga is your mental health and wellbeing. 


Acknowledgments and thanks to Emily Doyle who put together a 'fat yoga Melbourne' class on Facebook from which the Facebook Group began! 

Acknowledgement and thanks to Lucia Ondrusova for all the wonderful photographs on this site