Raffaella is a Yoga Alliance certified trainer, who completed the Elton training in Goa in 2015. Her technical knowledge focuses on Hatha Flow, Yin Yoga and Restorative yoga. She stresses the importance of class structure development where pranayama plays a central role. Raffaella studied and practices the interaction of yoga with Ayurveda and helps discover how the three doshas can be applied to the different asanas to reach the wholeness. Raffaella also holds a degree in sociology and has worked and volunteered with local NGOs and associations in the areas of women empowerment and children development, especially for those most affected by trauma due to displacement and conflict. Raffaella applies karma yoga and supports activities including on yoga for trauma for women and men as well as chair yoga for refugees, the elderly and those with limited mobility.
Natasha is a senior embryologist who has extended her skill set to include holistic mind and body work. She completed the Elton training in Goa 2017 and also holds a prenatal training with Bliss Baby Yoga. She has since founded Pinda Yoga, specialising in pre-natal yoga fertility for men and women. Natasha has also completed an Advanced Diploma in Medical Nutrition, publishing work in the UK and US in 2015, and working with Bump Nutrition Australia in 2017.
Robyn dabbled in swimming and classical ballet as a child and gymnastics in her teenage years before discovering yoga in her early 20’s when she was studying psychology at the University of Western Australia. She has been teaching classes and leading retreats since 2006, attended the Elton training in Goa 2011 and is based in Perth. Her primary teaching intention is to be helpful and to bring inspiration, playfulness and joy into yoga. She has developed a deep interest in the more therapeutic aspects of yoga practices which help to wind down and soothe the nervous system.
Andrea began her career as an esthetician in 1989, and over the years, has moved from what she calls the “outer-self” to the “inner-self.” She discovered yoga in 1997. She has been trained in various healing arts, such as Reiki, Hawaiian massage and guided readings. In 2014 completed the Elton training in Goa. She is most passionate about helping others to expand into their truth.
Ariane has been practicing yoga since 2007 and describes her relationship with it as “love at first sight.” She attended the Elton training in Goa 2012 and has since also completed prenatal and yin teacher trainings and a women’s yoga therapy training. In late 2013, she launched her own youTube coaching channel and has led retreats in India since then. Ariane is a hands-on teacher who believes that touch is a powerful vector of energy, when this energy is used positively, it can have very beneficial effects and that touch helps explain things speech cannot.
Janine became interested in yoga to compensate for her hectic daily work routine, extra-occupational study and as a complement to mountain climbing. She soon felt that there was a lot more to the practice than just asanas. In 2015, she traveled to Nepal and completed the Elton training to satisfy her curiosity about yoga philosophy. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali now form part of her daily life, be it in compassionate dealings with other living beings, consideration of current living conditions, gratitude for the miracle of nature or in the observation of the mind. In her classes, she does more than just asanas but also pranayamas, short meditations and some philosophy.
Josta’s first experience with yoga wasn’t the great eye-opener some people talk about. The teacher mainly paid attention to the physical aspects, and she didn’t really like him, so she quit. Two years later, she tried again. The group was small and the teacher taught with few words in a very authentic way; she let the yoga-practice do the work. It was then that Josta started to feel the connection between her personal development and the yoga practice. After her teacher Elton training Goa in 2013, Josta was hooked and became a dedicated ashtanga yoga practitioner. She loves the moving meditation of ashtanga every morning to check-in with her body and mind, see what’s going on and start her day fresh. As a teacher she helps students to keep breathing, moving and observing, wherever they are in their practice.
Josie Bounds is a yogini, yoga teacher and artist who lives in France.
Her yoga journey began in my 20’s. She was starving in my 20’s, hungry in her 30’s and overindulged in her 40’s. Now in her 50’s she has the balance to walk a more content path. She has more presence and awareness in her life, conscientiously connecting to what matters most.
Happily, now she is am comfortable at embedding attitudes and practice in my life in order for her to fulfill her most genuine desire of happiness. This is something she would like to pass on and share with others. She lives her life by the tenets and moral code of Buddhism and yoga. Kindness, consideration and respect have been a life long mantra.
Her yogic journey has taken her to India continuing my studies with Heather Elton, Yoga Teacher Training – 200 RYS Yoga Alliance Accreditation. Which has inspired her drive to be an excellent teacher sharing the true nature and essence of yoga with all her students old and new.
Kerli completed the Elton training in Goa 2013 and has since started her own teaching practice.
She teaches Ashtanga yoga in Vaasa, Finland.
Silja’s former roommate was a Sivananda yoga teacher and inspired her to try different styles of yoga. When she discovered Vinyasa Flow and later Ashtanga Yoga, she caught fire and stayed tuned. For her, yoga is all about learning to look inward, to feel at home in one’s body and mind and to find a loving relationship with oneself and one’s environment. She particularly likes the meditative flow of dynamic, powerful movement in conjunction with focused breathing. She attended the Elton training in Goa 2012, is a Shiatsu practitioner and is the co-founder of the Yoga Elements team in Hamburg.
As a teacher who believes in the incomparable value of original products not affected by trends, Isabelle founded Attayoga, which means yoga with a soul, to support craftsmen and encourage fair trade. She believes that when pieces are handmade, they spread care and tenderness, become timeless, echo integrity and “joie de vivre”. This is her approach to fashion, feeling beyond the accessory the hours of work of a generous heart. The brand gathers meaningful, beautiful and usable objects and local designers involved in their communities and inspired by nature and harmony. Isabelle completed the Elton training in Goa 2011.
I came to Power Vinyasa Yoga because I was looking for something that is far removed from any competition, something that I can practice on my own or in a group and, last but not least, something that I do not need a huge amount of equipment for, or that is weather dependent.
With Power Vinyasa Yoga you only need a non-slip mat! Incidentally, the most difficult thing about yoga is that it should be rolled out.
And, because I was so increasingly excited by it, I decided to complete a teacher training. In Zurich I trained as a Power Vinyasa Yoga Instructor. Since then I have been teaching and leading the Yoga-AG at the Hans-Thoma-Gymnasium in Lörrach.
Myrthe was introduced to yoga by her mother, an experienced yoga teacher. After finishing her studies in styling in 2013 at Artemis Academy, Myrthe began traveling and along the way decided to take her yoga practice to the next level. She completed two 200 hour teacher trainings, including the Elton training in Nepal in 2017 after which she felt ready to begin leading her own classes. Myrthe has taught in Amsterdam, Nicaragua, California, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia and loves to introduce new people from all over the world to yoga with her down to earth Dutch approach. She teaches a mindful flow, encouraging participants to create space and detach from their egos.
Livia’s has learned from various teachers from different traditions in Europe and Asia, including completing the Elton training in Goa 2014. Since then, she has maintained a continuous practice and embarked on further education in longer workshops and trainings. The experiences of her own practice flow directly into the lessons she teaches. She views teaching yoga as creating space where everyone can face the moment in a value-free and unbiased way and sees yoga as a way to more moments of inner peace. Livia teaches in German but can also provide lessons in English.
Veronique began yoga in 2006, when she was pregnant and the practice became a way for her to be in the moment, notice harmony and experience calm. She went on to discover the various school including Hatha, Vinyasa, Bikram and Kundalini and enjoyed passionate teachers offering different practices. She completed the Elton training in Nepal in 2017 and teaches regular classes in Belgium, where she lives. Her classes combine attention to the alignment of the body in the Iyengar line to the fluidity of the sequence of postures and accommodate varying levels of experience in practice
Zoe is a cultural anthropologist with an interest in sustainable and healthy living and began practicing yoga in 2006. Yoga allowed her to focus energy not only on thought processes in the head, but also on the body and heart. In 2010, she resigned from her job at the environmental organisation Milieudefensie and has since become immersed in learning and teaching yoga. Zoe has completed two teacher trainings in India, including the Elton training in Goa 2011, a yin teacher training, an Iyengar course and a Level 1 Reiki training. She teaches private yoga and special yoga classes for young people.
Mari came to yoga 9 years ago while deep in the midst of dance training and, like many others, entered the practice to gain greater strength and flexibility. It’s impossible not to notice the profound effect that yoga can have on the body, mind and soul, and following several years of dancing professionally in Europe, Mari realised that her heart lay in taking the steps toward becoming a yoga teacher. Driven by a profound passion to help others and also by a love for, and belief in, the expressive, healing power of movement and meditation, Mari completed her TTC in India with Heather Elton and Emil Wendel.
Mari believes that, “yoga is not only about the asana (the postures), it is a journey inwards. It is about learning to listen, to wholeheartedly tune into the fluctuations of the mind and emotions and by doing so stilling the inner turmoil that is inevitable to the human condition. Being on the mat is a wonderful opportunity for self discovery. Through the practice of yoga we are grounded in the present moment. We can practice loving kindness, explore our innate strength and attentively care for our unique bodies and minds and thus liberate ourselves, and ultimately those around us, from suffering. It is my sincerest hope that I can guide others on this journey.”
Shirin was ‘The Assistant’ and asana teacher on the Goa TTC from 2012- 2017. She lives in Bombay where she teaches at Yoga Cara Healing Arts. Shirin first discovered yoga as a method to overcome injuries from her youth working as a jockey and racing horses and later as a means to dealing with the chaotic streets of Bombay. She has studied both Astanga and BKS Iyengar yoga. Her teachers include Jehangir Palkhivala and Nirav Gandhi from the Iyengar lineage and Deepika Mehta, a student of Pattabhi Jois. She has also studied with David Swenson at the Purple Valley Retreat in Goa. In 2013, she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Heather Elton and Emil Wendel at the Satsanga Retreat in Goa.
Bhuwan lives in Nepal. His spiritual journey began in the cremation grounds of Pashupatinath temple when he first met his Guru, Maharaj Isha Nath Aghori Baba. The charismatic character of Isha Nath changed his life and Bhuwan has learned a lot by experiencing the yogi’s lifestyle and environment.
Bhuwan met Heather Elton at Ishanath’s temple in Pashupati where she was teaching the chelas Astanga Vinyasa Yoga. He studied with Heather at Pashupati and later was offered a scholarship to take her Yoga Teacher Training program in Nepal. Bhuwan graduated in 2018 and since then has been teaching yoga at Pranayama Studios in Kathmandu and Patan. He also has an MA in Tourism and runs a trekking company.
For Bhuwan, Yoga is being with body, mind and breath to connect with soul where we experience infinite light and happiness. His mission is to connect with others and make life more blissful and beautiful. Bhuwan loves to share his skills, knowledge and experience for the benefit of all beings. He is “The Assistant” on the 2019 Nepal Yoga TTC. He welcomes you all with deep respect and gratitude.
Kat first discovered meditation and yoga during college but deepened her practice while working as a counselor for underserved youth/young adults in New York City. After five years of working in education in the Bronx and Brooklyn, she and her partner moved to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Kat received her 200-hour yoga certification with Heather Elton in Nepal in April 2016. She is also a certified Yoga for All teacher, specializing in yoga for bigger bodies and diverse communities. Kat holds additional training and certifications in Accessible Yoga, Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, and Teen Yoga.
As a teacher, she strives to meet each student where they are at, recognizing that we each have a unique biology and biography. Kat believes that yoga is a practice for every body and it should be accessible regardless of ability or background. Kat has been teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga with Heather Elton’s London YTT for the past two years. She currently lives and teaches in Abu Dhabi.
Elske started practicing yoga to become more flexible after running several marathons and teaching TRX training. She found that not only did yoga improve her flexibility but it also also helped her to become stronger, both physically and mentally. She completed her 200-hour Elton training in Goa in 2016, specialised in trauma- sensitive yoga in April 2017 and worked in prison yoga in September that year. Elske lived in Qatar and taught vinyasa, yin and aerial yoga before moving to Holland, where she continues to teach. She uses yoga in a playful way to feed the body, mind and soul in a powerful and creative flow.
Alessandra’s yoga journey began in 2010 when she realised years as a volleyball player had taken a toll on her knees and back. Yoga restored her physical health and showed her how deep the mind-body connection can get. She completed the Elton training in Nepal in 2017 and also holds a qualification as a naturopathic nutritionist. Her classes focus on alignment and creating space and strength in the body by combining movement and breath. Alessandra defines yoga as a personal journey and wishes for everyone to find their own meaning.
Alexa is a Doula, Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist, Hypnobirthing Childbirth Educator and Placenta Remedies Specialist and is interested in yoga as a path to holistic health. She holds 200 hour qualifications in both Hatha and Vinyasa yoga including the Elton training in 2012, and has additional trainings in prenatal, pregnancy and postnatal yoga, baby yoga, kids and family yoga and restorative yoga. She is passionate about active, positive and conscious birth and supporting pregnant women and new parents. Her yoga classes with couples, mums and dads to be and parents with babies are fun and are offered with an open mind and open heart.
Ashley began practicing yoga asana to supplement her dance and athletics practice in 2014, but it wasn’t until she began to explore meditation and yoga philosophy that a real transformation took place and a deeper relationship to the practice and herself began. At a time in her life when she was seeking clarity and direction yoga both supported and empowered her. She found in yoga a combination of practices that benefited her far beyond heightened body awareness, strength and flexibility; they brought mental clarity, self knowledge and a new-found joy to her life. Ashley is deeply passionate about yoga for mental health, emotional wellbeing and self-empowerment. After experiencing the healing and empowerment that yoga can bring first hand, she knew she wanted to teach and share the knowledge and tools with others. Ashley completed her Yoga Teacher Training with Heather Elton in Nepal in 2018.
Caroline discovered yoga through an Ashtanga studio in Clapham and saw the practice as a way to switch off from her hectic London life and clear her mind. She completed the Elton training in London in 2014 and went on to a further 200 hour training in Bali, a Yin and Ashtanga and Pregnancy and Postnatal training. She teaches yoga in London and Surrey and runs annual retreats. Caroline’s intention is to create a safe space in her classes to allow students to relax, rejuvenate and take time out for themselves. She is also a great believer in diminishing the ego when practicing yoga. Yoga is a very personal practice and whilst striving for self-improvement can be healthy it is also important to be kind to yourself and progress with your practice at a steady pace that is right for you and your body.
Claire has been interested in health and wellness from a young age, in particular how we overcome and the fierce power of the human spirit. That also led to an interest in how and why we suffer. She considers herself an empath with a propensity for self-depreciation and a familial tendency for mental health issues who has had her fair share of life’s challenges. She is also pretty skilled at post-meltdown self-reflection which has allowed her to shed a lot of light. She has to try hard at things and this is what gives her gentleness and understanding. Claire completed the Elton training in London in 2016 and teaches yoga in Kent, including pre and postnatal yoga. She is also a writer and podcaster.
Daisy is a lifelong fan of self-work and a spiritual workshop junkie and believe that anything encouraging us to become more open and honest with ourselves can help us grow as we bring greater clarity to life and more integrity to our relationships. Her passion for self exploration has led her through myriad spiritual pursuits, from a solitary vision quest on a mountain side, nine days of silent meditation at a Vipassana centre, ten days of water fasting, countless retreats and much more in-between. She completed the Elton training in Goa 2017. She works as a breath coach, body worker and yoga teacher and offers 1-2-1 sessions throughout the year as well as retreats.
Ellie was first introduced to yoga in India in 1996. Ten years later, after completing a 500 Hour Training in Dharma Yoga in New York, a Rocket Yoga training and the Elton training in Goa 2015, she began to teach, which she saw as a natural progression from her background in alternative and sports therapy. She is passionate about sharing the knowledge she has accumulated over the past 20 years of study, practice and teaching and her teaching style reflects her knowledge of anatomy as well as the spiritual aspects of yoga. She firmly believes that yoga is for everyone and it is her mission to spread the joy of yoga and make it accessible to all. Her motto is to relinquish any expectations of what yoga practice should or shouldn’t be and just allow the yoga to flow through you and enjoy it in the moment.
Daniel taught yoga philosophy on the 2016 London TTC. He first visited India in 1998, and has spent more than two years there, immersed in practice with a wide range of yogis, from traditional sadhus to BKS Iyengar and his family. Back in London, he has studied a master’s degree at SOAS in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation, where his teachers of Sanskrit and yoga history included James Mallinson.
A former reporter, Daniel has a passion for communicating clearly and exploring ideas in accessible ways. He uses extracts from texts and multimedia slides to explain how yoga’s timeless wisdom has evolved. His presentations include group discussions and practical exercises, drawing on his own experience of teaching asana, pranayama and meditation. Having felt transformed by devotion to yoga, he loves sharing it with others.
Geraldine Beirne discovered yoga in a library book when she was 11 and developed a short practice which saw her through her teens and a university degree in English literature. In her early 20s, she became a news reporter and in 2002, tried a proper yoga class as an antidote to a stressful job as a sub editor at the Guardian newspaper in London. She completed the Elton training in Goa 2011. She teaches ashtanga vinyasa, dynamic and yin yoga and has a goal of creating light, uplifting classes to complement busy London lives and inspire people to take their practice further. She believes yoga can be made accessible to anyone whatever their body type, personality or situation in life.
Joanna has a degree in psychology and a decade of professional experience working with children, teenagers and parents. She completed her Elton training in Goa 2014. She has taught in Peru, France, Spain and the United Kingdom. She has works closely with the Sheffield-based Hot Yoga centre, is one of the directors at Mind Body Connect (MBC), a charitable organisation which believes in the transformative powers of exercise. MBC offers therapeutic yoga, circuit classes, strength training and free gym memberships to a range of marginalised populations including victims of human trafficking and those recovering from addiction. She teaches yoga to share how it can change perceptions, beginning with the self, the body and mind, helping people to realise our true potential.
Toni moved to London in 1998 to follow her childhood passion for drawing and painting and gained a BA Hons in Illustration. That same year she began to study and practice yoga as a means to combat the stresses of her burgeoning success as a commercial illustrator and interactive designer. In 2005 Toni qualified as a 200hr Yoga Alliance, Barkan Method teacher And returned a year later to become certified to teach level II & III and hot vinyasa flow. She has since obtained certificates in classical yoga for children and teenagers, pre and postnatal Yoga, Raja Yoga Meditation, Anatomy & Physiology, Yoga History, Philosophy & Ethics and Shoden & Okuden Reiki, Yoga Therapy for Mental Health Conditions. She completed the Elton training in Goa in 2016. Toni leads inspirational yoga classes, retreats, workshops and teacher trainings in the UK and abroad and has trained hundreds of students to become yoga teachers through the yogahaven 200 hr certification program.
For as long as Lindsay can remember, she has enjoyed sport, be it gymnastics, long distance running, athletics, climbing or swimming but she never quite achieved the stillness and quietness of mind she craved. As a teenager she had taken an interest in the practice of and ethos behind yoga so as she got older and life threw many curve balls her way, she decided to re-visit her practice and found that it gave her renewed strength, comfort and focus so that she was better armed to navigate my way through life’s challenges. Lindsay’s journey into yoga has been very much an organic one. She has become calmer, better able to temper her reactions and free to make clearer decisions. She completed the Elton training in London in 2017 and teaches full-time, after previously working as a nurse.
Louise is ‘The Assistant’ on the 2016 London TTC. She has studied yoga for the past 10 years. While living in lndia (2012 – 2016) she felt a strong connection to yoga and its roots and developed a regular practice. Louise has studied mainly under the guidance of Deepika Mehta (KPJAYI certified) in the traditional Ashtanga method. And her love for this method took her to Mysore to study with Sharath Jois at KPJAYI (K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute). In 2016, Louise did her Yoga Teacher Training with Heather Elton in Goa and is certified by the Yoga Alliance. Now back in London (where she is originally from), Louise is teaching Vinyasa Flow classes that draw from both Ashtanga and Iyengar techniques.
Mathieu is an ashtanga practitioner, an Ayurvedic Yoga Masseur, a fashion designer, a Vipassana meditator, and completed the Elton training in Goa 2016. His point of focus revolves around the relationship people build with their bodies. To him, t is a necessity to find balance between social & artistic, personal & spiritual dimensions. He describes his work as ‘Bodywork’ – an umbrella term for the way of life that he wants to share with others, in a compassionate, respectful and stylish way.
Maria first found yoga in 2007 in Ibiza when she swapped her dancing heels for a mat and has not looked back. She completed the Elton training in Goa 2011, and practiced Ashtanga Yoga in Nottingham under Paul Kleesmaa, where she felt its physical, mental and emotional benefits and became curious about the transformative effects of the practice. She spent time in France learning the Dynamic Yoga Method and subtleties of posture, breath and meditation, traveled to Mysore and started teaching in Teesside. Maria’s teaching style is alignment focused with a view to provide modifications and variations to leave students with a lighter body, clearer mind and warmer heart.
Yulia started doing yoga in 2007, in her home country, Ukraine. She combined her a career as a diplomat in the South Caucasus with experiencing a wide range of yoga styles and travels to India. She completed the Elton training in London, where she is now based, in 2017. Yulia is particularly interested in yoga philosophy, is studying Sanskrit and history of esoterica as well as Indian history, religion and philosophy. For her. yoga for me is more than just postures (asana) and breathing exercises (pranayama) but she acknowledges that the practice is also impossible without practicing those. Yulia believes we can work with our emotions through our body and that is what she dedicates her practice to.
Nuria combines yoga and meditation with spiritual principles, her own experience and a deep understanding of the true nature of the self. She completed the Elton training in Goa 2012. Nuria empowers her clients to live authentic and abundant lives. She believes that we all have the potential to heal our core wounds, step into our power and lead lives full of purpose and joy. Her one-on-one healing sessions, online courses, corporate wellness and public classes are designed to blend her own experience with ancient spiritual truths, mindfulness techniques and hands-on work in a relatable and fun style.
Betsy practiced yoga and pilates for more than two decades, obtained her Elton training in Goa 2011, a 500 Hour Ashtanga certification and was the first to teach traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa in El Paso. She is the co-founder of Ananda studios and Prima Yogini and is also a certified sports sports nutritionist, life coach, pilates reformer instructor and level 2 Reiki practitioner. She is the Director of Ananda’s Yoga Teacher Training, which is an internationally recognized Yoga instructor training program and registered with Yoga Alliance. Her passion is teaching pure, traditional yoga and reformer pilates to clients, instructors, children, teens and adults in a safe, caring and judgment free environment to bring the benefits of yoga & pilates into the lives of the general public in the region. She continues her yoga studies and practices regularly between India and the United States under internationally recognized teachers.