Yoga Teacher & Entrepreneur, Sammy Veall, is truly a Cotton On Body favourite. We first met Sammy five years ago alongside her launch of Australia’s first Hip Hop yoga studio – Yoga 213 – in Melbourne. Driven by the motto “To Be Happy,” Sammy has just opened a second studio close to Cotton On Body HQ in Geelong. We couldn’t be more excited and caught up with the ever-inspiring Sammy to find out more…
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE SENTENCE…
“A small emotional person who loves dogs.”
DO YOU HAVE ANY KEY MENTORS OR PEOPLE WHO HAVE DEEPLY INFLUENCED WHO YOU ARE?
“Steve Ross and my Dad. Steve Ross is my yoga mentor and is the reason I opened up my own yoga studio. He has been sharing his knowledge of yoga, meditation and happiness for over 30 years in his hometown of Los Angeles and around the world. We do annual retreats and 200hr teacher trainings together! My dad funnily enough shares the same morals as Steve on a much quieter level. I learnt these morals from Dad first. He is the reason I got To Be Happy tattooed on my arm when I was 18 and gave me the courage I needed to open Yoga 213. Both Dad and Steve get along very well!”
HAVE YOU HAD ANY LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES, IF SO WHAT WERE THEY?
“I was in a fire when I was 21 years old which left me with 3rd degree burns to 35% of my body. The series of events that occurred after this accident led me to find hip hop yoga which changed my life in its own way. Although my accident did have a life changing effect, it was just an event that happened in my life that is over now. I live in the present moment always try to be happy!”
HOW DID THE IDEA FOR YOGA 213 COME ABOUT?
“On my travels to LA! I did my first music and yoga class at Steve Ross’ studio Maha Yoga in Santa Monica and was hooked! There was so much happiness and love in the practice and I knew I needed to bring it back to Australia. The 213 name stems from the hip hop group 213 Crew with Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg and Warren G and is also the telephone area code for Long Beach in California.”
WHY IS THIS STYLE OF YOGA SO CLOSE TO YOUR HEART?
“It made me realise that I was actually gong to be okay. After my accident I was very unhappy. I was having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that the scars on my legs were going to be there forever, and at 21 there are already so many underlying body issues, scars or no scars. Yoga stretched out the skin on my legs which allowed me to walk freely and it also gave me the confidence to be comfortable with my new body.”
WHAT HAS THE RESPONSE FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY BEEN LIKE?
“The support from the local businesses has been amazing as well as the excitement from the community about our arrival! We are also taking pre season and in season yoga classes for the Geelong Cats, which we are super excited about.”
Book a class at Yoga 213 in Richmond or Newtown.
Sammy (right) wears Body Graphic Tee & Highwaisted Yoga 7/8 Tight.