Tori Swedosh is the founder of Sambandha Yoga. She has been practising yoga for more than 25 years and teaching for 10. Having practised many styles of yoga she strongly feels that yoga is NOT about flexibility but is an exploration of breath and mind to the body. In other words getting out of the head and into the heart. Stretching, balance and strength are added bonuses. We practice to stop the chattering of the mind, the constant noise. Yoga in its true essence is about stillness and finding calm, your true nature. It’s a different experience for everyone and should be joyous.

She is also a fully qualified personal trainer and pilates instructor teaching classes from teenagers to seniors.

She is a registered Yoga Australia level 1 teacher. She is fully insured and has current first aid and CPR.

She has worked with most age groups and abilities and it is important to her that her classes are accessible and inclusive.


I have known Tori since 2013 when she began teaching yoga at Fernwood. I am a student in her class and count Tori as a friend as well as my yoga teacher.

Tori is a wonderful teacher and human being. As well as being technically excellent (Tori trained at The Bhava Centre, Warrandyte), she is fun, light hearted and encouraging. Students leave her class feeling wonderful, both in body and in soul.

Tori’s classes are varied with a good balance of the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga. She likes to try out new poses which I really enjoy. She also makes a point of knowing everyone’s names which is really appreciated by the students as the class has a core of regular attendees but a shifting population as well.

The class comprises students with a large range of ability, experience, fitness level, health issues and age. Yet Tori never makes anyone feel inadequate in any way. She assists in a tactful and gentle way to improve our poses.

Sometimes Tori joins us for a cup of tea after the class – which just shows the friendly and caring side of her nature. We all know she is very busy looking after her young family of three children yet she spends this time with us.

I would thoroughly recommend Tori and I look forward to attending many more of her classes.

Elizabeth Bednall

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