about us

We hope to support people of all walks of life to find balance and wellbeing through yoga and meditation.

Finding yoga is like going on a journey. You start with the familiar, the body. Then you get interested in new areas, of energy and the mind. You find obstacles on the way that need your attention, and healing will happen. And in the end all the unknown is known and you flow with life as it is.

We hope to support you on your yoga journey.

Michael and Sam

Sam Voolstra

Sam Voolstra is a yoga teacher and IRest teacher in Lismore and Nimbin

Michael O'Connor

Michael O'Connor teaches yoga classes in Nimbin and Larnook in the Rainbow Region of The Northern Rivers NSW, Australia. Read more about <a href="https://www.ilovemyselfyoga.com.au/about-3/">Michael O'Connor</a>

Sam is a certified Yoga Australia yoga teacher, and a certified iRest meditation teacher.

Yoga has helped me through some of the difficult parts of my life, and highlights the beauty of every day.

I discovered yoga while living in Nepal and have had the pleasure and honor to study with a wide variety of experienced yogic and Buddhist teachers. I did my formal yoga teacher training in an Ashram in India.

In 2011 I founded Pranamaya Yoga in Kathmandu and it grew into a beautiful community of Nepalese and international teachers and students with yoga classes and workshops in city studios and yoga retreats in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery.

In Nepal I experienced the impact of natural disaster being in an earthquake and I was diagnosed with PTSD.

After coming to Australia to be with Michael I started studying iRest mindfulness-based meditation, Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Somatic Experiencing to learn to heal myself and others with PTSD.

I am now a certified iRest meditation teacher.

I am a certificate candidate of the Trauma Center - Trauma Sensitive Yoga 300hrs course.

I currently teach Trauma Sensitive Yoga at the Mental Health Unit of Lismore Base Hospital.

I am in second year of the three year Somatic Experiencing course.



Michael is a certified Yoga Australia yoga teacher and a certified yoga therapist.

I came to yoga as a builder with back pain. The agony of my builders back made me try a yoga class and to my surprise yoga really helped.

Lots has changed since then and l now teach yoga classes myself, after doing a Yoga Teachers Training in Nepal.

I use my personal knowledge about pain and back issues to help others, and to keep my yoga classes safe and fun.

I also work with people one-on-one in yoga therapy sessions. We together explore ways to use yoga to bring more balance and improve health and lifestyle issues.

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