Yoga Teacher Training in London and Nepal
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Raffaela Resta | Africa

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.

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Natasha Dunn | Australia

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.

Website: www.pindayoga.com.au

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pindayoga/

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Robyn Sawatzky | Australia

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.

Website: http://peaceofheartyoga.com.au/index.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peaceofheartyoga

 

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Alessandra Bernsen  London

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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alebernsen/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alebernsen/

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Alexa Dean  London

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.

Website: https://www.alexadean.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexadeanyoga

Video: https://www.alexadean.co.uk/watch-pregnancy-yoga-video-with-alexa-dean/

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Caroline Pointer  London

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.

Website: http://carolinealexandra.co.uk/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carrie_yogabunny/?hl=en

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Ellie Steel  London

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.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elliesteelyogi/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw–laKzWvM

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Claire Rother  London

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.

Website: https://www.clairerother.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/claire_rother

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Joanna Hunt  Sheffield

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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joanna.hunt.5283

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Toni Roberts  Cornwall

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.

Website: https://www.lokyayoga.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lokyaretreats

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Lindsay Sweetman  Croydon

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.

Website: https://www.cherrytreeyoga.co.uk/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindsaysweetman/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cherrytreesurrey/?ref=settings

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Mathieu Gugumus Léguillon  London

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.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/degugumus/

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Maria Dowson  Teeside

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.

Website: https://www.yogateesside.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yogateesside/

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Yulia Karabut  London

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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Yoga-with-Yulia-Karabut

 

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Nuria Reed Santa Monica

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.

Website: https://www.nuriareed.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nuria.reed

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nuriareed/

 

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Betsy Arias Texas

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.

Website: https://anandaforlife.liveeditaurora.com/pages/home

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/primayogarina/

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Ariane Albecker Paris

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.

Website: http://yogacoaching.fr/index.php

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yogacoaching/

 

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Isabelle Esposito Madrid

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.

Website: http://attayoga.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/attayogaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/attayoga/

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Janine Osterwalder Zürich

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.

Website: http://yoga-moment.ch/index.html

Twitter: https://twitter.com/josterwalder?lang=en

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Josta van der Kolk Amsterdam

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.

 

Website: https://urbanbalance.nl/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/urbanbalancenl/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/urbanbalancenl/

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Myrthe Capitain Amsterdam

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.

Website: https://yogamimi.org/

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Kerli Granholm Finland

Kerli completed the Elton training in Goa 2013 and has since started her own teaching practice.

She teaches Ashtanga yoga in Vaasa, Finland.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tmi.kerli.granholm/

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Silja SperlingMunich

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.

Website: http://www.palmasole.ch/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/miliyogazurich/

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Livia HollensteinZürich

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.  

Website: http://www.yogaelements.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YogastudioYogaElements/

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Simone SeijffardtLeiden

Simone is a runner, swimmer and yoga teacher, who was part of the Elton training in Goa 2012. She opened Liv Yoga in Leiden, Holland and offered a variety of classes for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/seijffardt

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simoneseijf/

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Veronique HanoteauBrussels

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/veroniquehanoteauyoga/

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Kat Owens  Abu Dhabi

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.

Website: http://www.katowensyoga.com/

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Elske Klasen  Qatar

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.

Website: http://yogadoha.com/home.html

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Kelly McHugh  London (2018) 

Kelly McHugh is a yoga teacher and digital marketer who helps yoga teachers to learn how to effectively share their message and build their communities.

She’s a pioneer of yoga business and marketing education, founding Digital Yoga Academy, an online platform that enhances the business and marketing skills of yoga teachers worldwide.

Before qualifying as a yoga teacher, Kelly spent 15+ years working in global businesses, agencies and tech start-ups, managing marketing teams and multi million pound budgets.

She’s also the founder of Good Yoga Life, a successful retreat business that offers yoga retreats abroad.

Kelly is passionate about supporting yoga teachers to turn their passion and expertise into a successful yoga business.

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Matthew Clark  | London (2017) & Nepal (2018)

Matthew Clark (MA, PhD) teaches Philosophy on the London TTC. Matthew is a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS – University of London), where he taught Hinduism between 1999 and 2003. Matthew has taught on various yoga teacher trainings since 2002, and has been invited to teach  in the UK, Europe, Israel, India, Sri Lanka and the USA.

Matthew has published articles and books on yoga, soma/haoma (the ritual drink of brahmans and Zoroastrians) and sadhus (yogis). Matthew first travelled in India in 1977 and has been a regular visitor ever since. He spent about 12 years in India, visiting hundreds of pilgrimage sites and trekking over 2,000 miles in the Himalayas. He began experimenting with yoga as a teenager and since 1990 has had a regular practice of modified Ashtanga Yoga. Matthew also writes songs, plays guitar, and makes records as Mahabongo.

 

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James Mallinson  |  London (2013 & 2014)

James Mallinson taught Yoga Philosophy on the London 2013 & 2014 TTCs. After leaving school in 1987 at the age of 17, Jim Mallinson spent 7 months in India and has been back every year since, spending a total of ten years there, much of it wandering with traditional sadhus and yogis. In 1992, he attended his first Kumbh Mela, where he met Ram Balak Das, his guru, perhaps the last remaining practitioner of Vajroli, the ultimate practice of traditional yoga. He read Sanskrit at Oxford, then did an MA at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, for which his prize-winning thesis was on Indian asceticism. He did his PhD at Oxford under the world’s leading scholar of Tantra, Professor Alexis Sanderson. His thesis was a translation of a 14th-century Sanskrit text on Khecarīmudrā, the yogic technique of cutting free the tongue so that it can be turned into the top of the skull to taste the nectar of immortality. In India he found the few remaining yogis who continue the practice and he went as far as to learn it for himself. From 2002 to 2008 he was the most prolific translator for the Clay Sanskrit Library.

James is currently a professor at SOAS in London. He is also affiliated with Oxford once again, where he is setting up a research project to edit and translate the six earliest Sanskrit texts on the roots of Hatha  Yoga. James traveled to the 2013 Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India – the largest gathering of human beings the world has ever seen. He was accompanied by actor Dominic West to make a ground-breaking documentary film.

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Emil Wendel  | Goa (2009 – 2017) & Nepal 2015 & 2016)

Emil has taught Pranayama and Yoga Philosophy on the Goa  TTC since it’s inception in 2008. Emil is deeply passionate about yoga, in particular, the aspects of breath and meditation in both the Buddhist and Hindu traditions. His many years of residency in Nepal and India have brought about exceptional insight into the depth of Indian civilization and its underlying currents. His study of Âshram traditions, and treasured time with Sadhus and living Buddhist masters, have brought a strong appreciation of the subjects of Mantras and Mudrâs, as well as other methods of Pratyâhâra (sense-withdrawal) and Dhâranâ (concentration), the ancient yogic tools which may, over time, bring about that delightful state of true meditation (Dhyâna).

Ian Baker  | London (2016)

Ian Baker taught Tantra on the London 2016 TTC. He was lead curator for the 2015-2016 Tibet’s Secret Temple: Body, Mind and Meditation in Tantric Buddhism exhibition at London’s Wellcome Collection. He is the author of several books and academic articles on yogic practice within Tibetan Buddhism, including The Dalai Lamas Secret Temple: Tantric Wall Paintings from Tibet and the forthcoming Tibetan Yoga: Secrets from the Source. He lived for more than twenty-five years in India and Nepal and is an initiate of both Tibetan Buddhism and Tantric Saivism.

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Matteo Pistono  | Goa (2016)

Matteo Pistono taught Buddhist meditation and philosophy on the Goa 2016 TTC. He began studying Buddhism and yoga in Nepal in the early 1990s, and later lived and worked in Tibet and the Himalayas for a decade, which he has written about in Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal (Hay House, 2014) and In the Shadow of the Buddha: Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet (Dutton-Penguin, 2011). Matteo earned a Masters in Indian Philosophy from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London in 1998. He studied Buddhism under Tibetan meditation masters and engaged regularly in extensive retreats over the last 20 years. Matteo maintains a daily Asthanga yoga practice.

Daniel Simpson  |  London (2017)

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.

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John Weddepohl  | Goa (2011 – 2014)

John Weddepohl taught Self Knowledge on the Goa TTC. He opened his first yoga studio in 1969 in Johannesburg at the age of 19. Since then, he has spent his life in the pursuit of music, freedom, happiness and knowledge. An accomplished musician, John found success as a session singer working in local South African bands and later as a music composer and producer for film and TV where he was awarded internationally for his work.

John travelled to India in 2004 to explore different yoga traditions. He spent time at the ashram of Swami Satyananda Saraswati of Bihar, travelled to Pasupathinath in Nepal to stay with the Aghori yogis and Babas, and did pilgrimage in Varanasi, Ganghotri and Orissa. He has been initiated into the Dravidian tradition of the Tamil Siddhas in Tamil Nadu. And  studied Advaita Vedanta with Swami Dayananda Saraswati in Rishikesh.

Stuart Girling  London (2014 & 2016) & Goa (2011 – 2018)

Stuart has taught anatomy and sports injury on the Goa TTC since 2011. He has a clinical practice specializing in yoga-related injuries and tension patterns. Stuart brings his passion for yoga anatomy into the classroom and teaches in a way that makes the learning experience fun, relevant and, above all, useful to the asana practice. He believes that a good understanding of yoga-related anatomy and physiology is an excellent tool in a teachers toolbox to help balance and progress a student’s practice.

Stu is also the creator of LoveAntomy.com, a brilliant yoga anatomy resource website.

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Richelle Ricard  London (2017) 

Richelle Ricard (LMP, RYT) has been studying, practicing and teaching within the bodywork and yoga world since 1994. Her career began in sports medicine, moved on to a focus on clinical massage therapy in 2000, and has been teaching and developing anatomy curriculum for yoga students, teachers and teacher trainees since 2007. Her anatomy curriculum has been taught in workshops, YTT programs, and advanced trainings across the USA and Canada.

 

Her own practice is one of unification between the physical and the ephemeral, though her true passion is making the intricate workings of the body in yoga accessible to the masses. She is currently writing an anatomy manual that will be essential reading in any YTT. Her charismatic approach to teaching makes even the most dry information seem fascinating. She hopes to build within her students a deep curiosity about functional movement, safe practice, and the nature of the human body that lasts long after they leave the classroom, and drives them to continue seeking deeper understanding.

 

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Edward Clark  | London (2013 & 2014)

Edward Clark taught the Vinyasa module on the London TTC in 2013 & 2014. Edward is internationally recognised as a teacher of advanced yoga technique and philosophy. He is the creator of Tripsichore, the London-based yoga performance group that has delighted audiences around the world.

Edward says, “VINYASA in our definition, is the evenly metered flow of movement, breath and thought resulting in a smooth, uninflected state of being. The vinyasa techniques are pursued to bring about clarity and stability to one’s thoughts and actions.”

Most yoga discipline has worked on refining one’s self in the direction of greater stillness – an absence of movement in the mind and body. Superficially, vinyasa would seem to contradict this. However, the mental focus and physical technique needed to bring about continuous fluid movement can also bring one to a “seat” of great stability and clarity. The stability is not only in the posture, but in the transition between postures – to the point where there is no distinction between movement and stillness.”

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Leela Miller | London (2013 & 2014)

Leela teaches Yoga Nidra on the London TTC. She has been teaching yoga since 1986 when she completed the Sivananda teacher training program. She later went on to study Ashtanga, Iyengar and Shadow yoga. She loves the beauty, power and serenity of merging alignment, movement and breath. Leela weaves the precision of Iyengar alignment, the energetics of Shadow Yoga and the spiritual commitment of Sivananda Yoga into her love of Ashtanga.

A subsequent diagnosis of glaucoma led Leela on a personal search for the underpinnings of health. Through her study of anatomy and physiology, and craniosacral therapy with the Craniosacral Education Trust under the guidance of Michael Kern she began to understand and apply the healing power of dynamic stillness – the ground substance of consciousness – that underpins all movement, and ultimately life. This led her back to yoga, her Sivananda lineage and the study of Yoga Nidra as taught by Swami Satyananda.

Heather Mason  |  London (2016)

Heather taught the module on Mental Health for the London 2016 TTC. She is the founder of The Minded Institute in London. After years of depression and anxiety, Heather moved to SE Asia to practice Buddhist meditation. In 2003, she did an MA in Buddhist Studies at SOAS University London, followed by an MA in Buddhism-based Psychotherapy. Heather developed an 8-week course for depression, anxiety, and stress, combining the insights of therapeutic yoga, mindfulness, and psychotherapy. She was the first person in the UK to train people to teach trauma-sensitive yoga under the guidance of the Boston Trauma Center.

 

Heather taught mind-body medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, developed the first MA of Science degree in Yoga Therapy at Harvard, and lectured on Neuroscience and PTSD with the Boston Trauma Center, as well as for organisations throughout the world.

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Rachel Zinman  | Goa (2010 – 2015)

Rachel was our Bhakti queen and  Ayurveda teacher on the Goa TTC. She originally trained in Iyengar and Astanga and has practiced yoga for 25 years; and taught for 18. She also trained as a professional dancer and choreographer in the USA and in Australia. Rachel is an award-winning musician for her album of chanting and devotional song, Sita Ram, and is a published poet. Her teaching style continues to reflect her deep engagement with the arts – dynamic and precise with an emphasis on mindfulness.

While living in New York from 2000–2004, Rachel taught with Alan Finger (Yoga Works and ISHTA yoga founder) , and co-created and coordinated his Be Yoga Teacher Training Program, becoming a senior facilitator and mentor.

Rachel returned to Australia to teach in the Yoga Arts Teacher Training, and since 2005 has created and facilitated her own teacher trainings and workshops in the ISHTA System in Australia, India, Bali, Japan, New York and in many major cities in Europe. In 2006, she began practicing Bhakti Yoga and has incorporated Yantra, Mantra, Mudra and Tantric rituals into her workshops and trainings.

THE ASSISTANTS
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Shirin Mehta | Goa (2012- 2017)

Shirin is ‘The Assistant’ and asana teacher on the Goa TTC. 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 Khatri  | Nepal (2019)

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 welcomes you all with deep respect and gratitude.

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Louise Premila | London (2016)

Louise is ‘The Assistant’ on the 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.

 

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YOGA THOUGHT

“Patanjali’s one direct instruction for asana is Sthira Sukham Asanam. Heaviness and lightness need to be integrated in every posture. Sthira means either firm, steady, fixed, steadfast or unchanging. Sukham translates as either easeful, happiness, delight or joy. Asanam is the plural form of asana, meaning posture, pose or seat.”
– Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’s 2.46