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Yoga in Ulpotha

Ulpotha’s natural charms lend themselves readily to a deeply satisfying experience of Yoga. If ever there was a place made for Yoga, Ulpotha is it.

Though Ulpotha was not planned at the outset as a Yoga centre, Yoga very quickly took its central place in the Ulpotha experience through a series of serendipitous events. Having done so, it is hard to imagine a place better suited to the practice of this ageless discipline.

 

One of the world’s most scenic yoga retreats” – Telegraph


Our Retreats



Yoga in nature

Yoga is mainly practised in the Yoga Shala, which is essentially an open-sided hall with a teak wood floor that lets in nature’s charms, from gentle breezes to bird song.

Occasionally your instructor will lead you to other beautiful outdoor spots enabling a deeper communion with nature and a profound healing experience.



Retreats

A variety of Yoga styles are on offer to suit a wide range of preferences.

Each of our highly experienced and world-renowned instructors are proficient in providing just the right mix of encouragement and challenge to every individual, no matter what their level of yoga practice.

You will leave Ulpotha with added yoga knowledge and a renewed motivation to continue your practice at home, both on and off the mat.



Yoga in nature

Yoga is mainly practised in the Yoga Shala, which is essentially an open-sided hall with a teak wood floor that lets in nature’s charms, from gentle breezes to bird song.

Occasionally your instructor will lead you to other beautiful outdoor spots enabling a deeper communion with nature and a profound healing experience.



Retreats

A variety of Yoga styles are on offer to suit a wide range of preferences.

Each of our highly experienced and world-renowned instructors are proficient in providing just the right mix of encouragement and challenge to every individual, no matter what their level of yoga practice.

You will leave Ulpotha with added yoga knowledge and a renewed motivation to continue your practice at home, both on and off the mat.


End of Winter Maha Season
Start of Summer Maha Season
If you would like to book our Special Christmas & New Year retreats, please contact us.

Regular Retreat Schedule

Please enquire for current promotions, local rates, including children & single supplements.
If the dates you wish straddle retreats, please go here.

Special Christmas & New Year Retreat Schedule

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20% Early Bird Discount. Full payment before 15th Oct
Fire & Nectar Retreat

with Margherita Dal Pra

11 Dec 22 - 27 Dec 22

from

US$3,360
US$2,688

1 person, 16 nights / 17 days
(8 day option available)

Private Retreat: past guests please apply for limited spaces
25th Anniversary Retreat

with Wade Gotwals

27 Dec 22 - 03 Jan 23

from

US$1,925
US$1,540

1 person, 7 nights / 8 days

20% Early Bird Discount. Full payment before 15th Oct
Soul Flow Retreat

with Wade Gotwals

03 Jan 23 - 08 Jan 23

from

US$1,250
US$1,000

1 person, 5 nights / 6 days


Our Yoga Instructors

Ulpotha has had the honour of hosting some of the world’s leading Yoga teachers, who in turn have offered their gift of Yoga to Ulpotha’s guests.


OUR RETREATS

Alexandre Onfroy

Alex is one of Paris’ most loved and respected yoga instructors and a life long student of Iyengar.
For the last 25 years, Alex’s passion has been to master the teachings of BKS Iyengar under the guidance of Faeq Biria in Paris. It was Faiq and Corine Biria who first encouraged and inspired him to begin teaching 12 years ago.
Alex has since grown a large following in a some of Paris’ top yoga studios, in addition to teaching privately and in the business sector. He is a regular assistant to Iyengar instructor Corine Biria during her therapeutic classes at the Iyengar Centre in Paris.
His profound knowledge and advanced practice of yoga (asana and pranayama), coupled with a precise yet relaxed teaching style, have led him to become a favorite amongst all levels of students — from beginners to the more advanced.
Expect morning classes to be detailed asana practice and evening classes to be more restorative.  The first week of this retreat will cover foundation practices and lead to more advanced work during week two.


Georgia Marnham

Georgia Marnham is a highly qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher with broad experience, having practised Iyengar Yoga for more than 25 years, and lived and taught in Australia, England, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Brazil and now Portugal where she is currently based. She has Junior Intermediate level 3 qualifications and has studied with senior Iyengar teachers from many countries and on several occasions studied at the RMYI in Pune, India with BKS Iyengar, his daughter, Geeta, and son, Prashant.

Georgia knows first-hand the ability of yoga to rehabilitate and has a strong focus on the restorative and remedial benefits of Iyengar Yoga. She uses a clear and calm style of teaching with an emphasis on the individual needs of each student.

Her classes in Ulpotha will include active morning classes ensuring correct alignment within the pose, leaving you feeling energised and not strained, which is the hallmark of the Iyengar style. The evening classes will have a more restorative focus and giving a chance to focus on any individual issues you’d like addressed. Pranayama will also be included during the retreat.

While deeply understanding that the depth of yoga comes with focusing the mind and learning the art of self observation and reflection, she manages to teach the asanas with joy and humour. She teaches both beginner and general levels. She has three children and practiced yoga through all pregnancies.



Gingi Lee

Gingi founded the Shala in London as a dedicated ashtanga yoga centre in 1998. He has been teaching yoga for over 20 years and is one of the UK’s most established ashtanga yoga teachers.

Gingi began studying and teaching martial arts in the 1980s with his father, Sensei Richard Taibong Lee. During an early trip to India, Gingi came into contact with yoga and spent many years returning to India to study and devote himself to the discipline. For two years he apprenticed with the late Derek Ireland, completing a final training course in Goa. He then went to Mysore to continue his studies with Sri Pattabhi Jois and then completed a two-year teacher training course with Graeme Northfield of Australia.

Gingi has hosted many yoga holidays and workshops in the UK and abroad, including combined retreats with John and Lucy Scott, and Kristina Ireland. He continues to run regular workshops and retreats, which often include elements of pranayama, meditation and tai chi. He is a well-respected teacher who has remained at the forefront of the ashtanga yoga community. He has taught, trained and inspired many British ashtanga yoga teachers and has played a key role in popularizing ashtanga yoga in the UK. His teaching is characterised by sensitivity, warmth and a deep commitment to the practice.



Gypsy Bast

A leading figure in the Bali and international Yoga world, Gypsy Bast has been dancing since a child and teaching both Yoga and Pilates for over 20 years.

Wherever she teaches, she has a habit of offering her greatest dharma, which is to help people feel good and move freely with lasting pleasure. She has been a teacher, healer, and performer for over 23 years, with a practice that evolves from backgrounds of dance, theater, yoga, pilates, and somatic movement therapies.

After surviving 10 car accidents, and numerous dance and stunt injuries, Gypsy restored herself 100% by applying exercises that she learned from healing trauma, as well as her lifetime of study. Using these modalities of healing, and living positively, she feels it is possible for everyone!

She is known for her fun, uplifting attitude, and practices meditation, Yoga Nidra, and loves chanting mantras to connect to the Divine peace within all.

Gypsy has traveled the world teaching yoga retreats and performing, and has had opportunities to train the Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem” and “Corteo” shows in yoga and pilates. She coached children “at risk” of drugs and violence with Yoga, and even did an international tour as a dancer/aerialist, hanging upside down from a chandelier (a great one for neck pain!). Gypsy helps us intelligently discover and source our own energy power with practice… and joy!

Morning classes at Ulpotha will begin with a grounded Meditationand Dynamic Hatha Flow. Using creative sequences, tune into the present moment, breathe, align, and learn adjustments. Listening to your body’s language will allow your true spirit to move freely throughout you. Posture and precision for each individual will be a focus. Peace, softness and ease is cultivated and all levels are welcome.

Evening classes will explore Somatic Movement and Restorative Yoga where the parasympathetic nervous system can be addressed and stress levels reduced in the nerve body. Classes will end with a slowing down and finish gently with Yoga Nidra relaxation.



James De Maria

One of Ibiza’s top yoga teachers, James De Maria has been teaching yoga to adults and kids for over 20 years.

Before coming to Yoga, James trained as a professional dancer at the Central School of Ballet in London and completed his diploma at the London Contemporary Dance School.  He spent his final year expanding his awareness of release technique attending classes with the Siobhan Davis Dance company, under the guidance of Larren Potter, Gill Clarke and Paul Douglas.  During this time James also studied Pilates with Alan Herdman.

Using a choreographic background to break down the fluidity between postures, breath & movement, James combines elements of dance, Pilates and Release Technique to create a balanced style to suit all levels.

Classses include breathing techniques and Mudras to help circulation and the distribution of Prana (life force) throughout our being, relaxation & meditation techniques. The practice of Yoga postures according to one’s ability.



Jovinna Chan

Jovinna Chan, E-RYT 500, leads transformational programs around the world in the art and science of being fully alive through Conscious Dance, Yoga, and Meditation.  Born and raised in a village in Singapore, she infuses her life and work with a sense of reverence and awe that she learned from the temples and forests that surrounded her home.

Jovinna spent eleven years in New York City as a Performing Artist and six years in studying Shotakan Karate. She has served as the Assistant Dean, and teacher trainer for the Kripalu School of Yoga in Massachusetts USA.  Currently, she is a faculty member of Pranotthan School of Yoga and the co-director of the year-long Acharya Intensive program.  In recent years, Jovinna co-founded Shakti Initiation Yoga Leadership School and A Wild Life Sanctuary™.  She is a certified Soul Motion™ and LetYourYogaDance Teacher.

A well-respected teacher of yoga, conscious dance, and self-expression, Jovinna radiates a contagious quality of aliveness – in both movement and stillness – that students find liberating. In the many workshops and trainings she leads worldwide, she creates sacred space for deep joy and transformational experiences.  www.Jovinna.com

During this retreat Jovinna will lead daily Hatha yoga classes with meditation and yogic philosophy.

She invites you to come reconnect with your body, reduce the chatter of the mind, relax and rejuvenate your whole being while creating space for the flow of aliveness in you!



Jules Jenkinson

One of Melbourne’s most admired yoga teachers.

Jules is a yogini devoted to conscious expression and movement. What began for her as a therapeutic physical yoga practice at an early age as a dancer has evolved into a platform of self enquiry and a union between the inner and outer landscapes of her world.

Born in the outback of Australia, Jules grew up in the cultural hub of Melbourne, travelling the world from a young age and gaining curiosity into the world of yoga. This led her to embark on the yogic path in her early teenage years. With discipline, determination and rich learnings, she grew quickly into the yoga community and is now one of Melbourne’s most admired Yoga Teachers. Her teachings place an emphasis on exploring boundaries, sharing her experiences as a student and teacher, as well as building endurance and compassion throughout the whole body. She is known for her strong but warm, explorative teaching style, coaxing her students to feel at home in their bodies, to soften and to connect from a place of patience and curiosity and ensuring safe space is created for her students to examine the relationship between their internal and external worlds. Jules completed her first teacher training in 2012 studying Amrit Yoga.

Meditation in Motion-350 hours over 12 months, was soon given the invitation to teach at the beginning of 2013. During this transformative experience, she trained in a unique fusion of Jivamukti, Anusara, Power and Yin Yoga which eventually led to her being guided by global Prana Flow Teacher Shiva Rea. Working closely alongside Shiva, Jules assisted in retreats, teacher training, workshops and in mentoring graduates. Her love for yoga and life became a curation of retreats in Australia, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Certified by Yoga Alliance as a 500 hour RYT, Continuing Education Provider and Reiki Master.

Flow like a river: Fluid, Strong, Embodied in the morning
Connect to the power of mantra, mudra, meditation, pranayama, philosophy and asana – whether it be by the lotus ring lake or in the sacred shala – as we awaken each morning in Ulpotha to the rising sun. Wherever we land in Ulpotha, it will be one of embodied flow. Slow, smooth and deep is the formula to awaken the subtle layers of the body. Soothing the mind, cleansing the soul as movements of body and breath come into unison.

In the evening, we’ll be grounding in the element of Yin, Restorative and Yoga Nidra.

Our yin and restorative yoga works from a place of calm and surrender, inviting us to embrace our gentle nature and cultivate a sweet inner peace. Yin is the ideal antidote for the yang lifestyle, cultivating a receptive inhabitation of the body-mind: of being rather than doing. Dissolve tension, improve circulation, boost immunity and create more quiet and spaciousness within. Postures are held for longer periods of time with the support of props. Yin yoga is a complement and a balm to deeply nourish, heal and grow. At times we may practice under the banyan tree or somewhere up high in time to welcome the sunset, followed by a deep state of rest through the practice of yoga nidra, a meditative form of self-inquiry, an experience of deep healing and peace.



Lara Baumann

Lara Baumann teaches the Quantum Method® of Yoga to all levels of students both publicly and privately worldwide.

Her powerful relationship with yoga and a strong interest in Eastern philosophy is the result of her upbringing in India and Japan, which subsequently led her to complete an MA in Religious Studies at SOAS, University of London.

As an apprentice, she has studied with Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, as well as BKS Iyengar in Pune. In May 2005 Lara took the Jivamukti 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training, and in July 2009 she completed the 500-hour certificate with Tripsichore. Her main teachers are Edward Clark, Danny Paradise and Clive Sheridan.

In January 2009 Lara’s book “Quantum Yoga, The Holistic Approach to Creating Your Ideal Practice” was published, complemented by the further releases of several DVD’s. Lara runs annual Yoga Alliance accredited one-month Teacher Trainings, see www.quantumyoga.com for more info.

The Quantum Method of Yoga Lara teaches is a dynamic, flowing form that integrates the holistic approach of the ancient healing science of Ayurveda, as well as the modern insights of Quantum physics, and leads to intelligent self-practice.

The pranayama follows classical Indian methods and the meditation techniques are largely derived from Buddhist practices.

At Ulpotha there will be a main dynamic yoga practice, as well as meditation and pranayama sessions. Lara will lead the class and you will receive support and adjustments, as well as spiritual discourse (satsang) and time for Q&A.



Lila Cristine

Lila is a leading Kundalini Yoga, Stress Relief Yoga and Yin Yoga teacher and therapist based in Copenhagen. She also offers relaxation and sound therapy as well as mindfulness with healing.

She holds urban retreats in Copenhagen and weekend retreats in nature in Denmark and leads longer yoga trips to India and Brazil.

With a background in holistic body and healing, Lila trained in Kundalini Yoga in the US and Italy under the guidance of Sada Sat Singh and Sada Sat Kaur, Carolyn Cowan, Snatam Kaur and Mirabei Ceiba and has been a certified KRI since 2013. She has also trained in Non-Dual Therapy with Nukunu Larsen in Denmark and stress relief, anxiety and depression Yoga teaching with Carolyn Cowan in London.

She is also trained in Yin Yoga teaching inspired by Sarah Powel and in sound-healing with Tibetan and crystal singing bowls and is currently studying to be a Rudolf Steiner inspired anthropology psychotherapist.

Lila also has a lifelong interest in aromatherapy and has studied the plants and their effect on the human mind and wellbeing. She often integrates the aromatherapy in her classes. She has practiced Reiki Healing since 1999 and became a Reiki master teacher in 2001. For almost 20 years, Lila has educated others in the techniques of healing and activating their own healing energy to gently lead body and mind into a more loving and relaxed placed.

In Ulpotha, Lila’s yoga instruction will focus on stress relief and joy. She will be combining soft Kundalini Yoga, Mantra Meditation, Yin Yoga and Aromatherapy to enable you to connect deeper within your body, mind and soul to an awareness of gratitude and love. Kundalini Yoga uses a lot of breathwork and moving with the breath, Lila guides it in a gentle dynamic way to relax and uplift your soul.

Lila teaches yoga from a soft and joyful heart space and through the exercises in her yoga class, you will be able to release toxins, tensions and old mind structures and open up for life energy to stream through your body in a greater flow. The yoga can also be dynamic, with conscious breathing to uplift and strengthen your inner power.



Lisa Garratt

San Diego native Lisa Garratt teaches and does bodywork in Santa Cruz and throughout the Bay Area in California, USA.

Lisa’s first experience of yoga was in early childhood, and as such, she does not recall much from those classes except smiling and just feeling really happy in them. Later on in adolescence, yoga taught her how using her breath she could dissolve the pains of cramping while running. In her early adulthood, she recognized its benefits in helping with insomnia, headaches, and an improved feeling of a balanced state of health and wellness when added to her exercise regime.

When Lisa fully immersed herself in training to be a yoga instructor in 2001, she learned that this was just the tip of the iceberg of the myriad of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga. Her training and background is eclectic with a strong emphasis on Iyengar (alignment) and Vinyasa (flow) yoga. Additionally, her approach is influenced by her studies of meditation, massage, Pilates, and personal training. She believes the practice of yoga and mindfulness can help people to be more comfortable in their own skin, more aware of what is going on within themselves, in addition to helping them to be stronger, more mobile, and more focused in their specific intentions in this world.

Lisa’s classes emphasize mindfulness, and depending on the time of day and needs of the students, will incorporate flowing postures, static postures, and detailed alignment instructions. Her classes are suitable for all levels and alternatives and modifications will be given as needed. Students will be encouraged to listen to their bodies and to adjust their practice based on experience, injuries, energy levels, and psychological needs. The morning class at Ulpotha will be more dynamic while the afternoon class will be a playful mix of restorative yoga, pranayama and meditation.



Malaika MaVeena Darville

Originally from Canada, Malaika is now based in Bali from where she travels the world to teach and dance. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience both on and off the mat to inspire those on the path of self-transformation.

In this special retreat we will practice daily yoga moving with the Elements and, on every other afternoon, we will use free ecstatic dance practices to embody the philosophy of yoga in a free and dynamic way. Using great world music to support you to let go and find your own groove. You will be amazed by how much this supports your yoga practice and deepens your ability to meditate.

Malaika incorporates her work as a dancer, Spiritual Healer, and more than 12 years as a bodyworker to help her students find flow, grace and healing to injuries. She fully embodies the deeper philosophy of yoga as a marriage between mind, body and spirit and teaches both in the yoga shala and in natural environments.

She brings a wealth of earth wisdom for personal and planetary awakening having walked the shamanic path for a lifetime. She is dedicated to creating sacred space in ritual and ceremony to help restore balance to our distorted civilized culture. A qualified ISHTA yoga teacher, Water Dance practitioner, African dance performer and teacher, creatrix of 5Elements Dance Activation™ a shamanic dynamic meditation dance journey embodying the five cardinal elements, earth water fire air and spirit. She is also the founder of Journey to the Heart, and Elemental Embodiment™, 5-day transformational retreats for men and women. She has been facilitating groups for more than 25 years in India, Australia, Africa, China, USA, Costa Rica, Europe and Egypt. She offers a spirituality that is rooted in the body to access higher realms of consciousness.  She is currently teaching Elemental Yoga and Yin Yoga at the Barn in Bali.

In Ulpotha, Malaika will be offering her Elemental ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda) Yoga classes which provide a blend of ancient and contemporary teachings to cater to your individual needs. Focusing on flow, alignment, body awareness and expansion to cultivate grace, she will encourage you to respect and listen to your own body using a holistic approach to yoga as a way of being.

What to expect:

  • Pranayama and visualization to purify and quiet the mind

  • Daily yoga and asana to stretch, strengthen and balance the body (firstly Hatha flow yoga based on the elements and, in the second week, focussing on the connection of Yoga to the Chakra system)

  • Daily dance to reconnect mind, body and spirit and celebrate the gift of life using 5Elements Dance Activation™ and Ecstatic Dance

  • Meditation to expand your awareness and cultivate loving compassion for yourself and others

Her teachings are suitable for beginners and intermediate levels and dance is a crucial part of this workshop.



Melissa Smith & Richard Wilkinson

Working together, Richard and Melissa will bring a combination of trust, embodiment and renewed joy for your yoga practice – whether you’re just beginning your yoga journey or have years of experience. This retreat seeks to bring you back to yourself – back to bliss.

Melissa will guide you through mindful, slow and empowering yoga sessions that include traditional yoga postures, somatic movement, mantra, restorative poses and meditation. Through this inquiry based practice, you will feel embodied, awake and aware in your body, mind and spirit. Some evenings we will venture to practice therapeutic Thai Yoga Massage, restorative yoga in addition to Richard’s Yoga Nidra sessions.

Richard will be offering a progressive Yoga Nidra series based upon the iRest method (Integrative Restoration Institute). Yoga Nidra is an ancient meditative practice that only requires you to relax and listen along. It’s simple and easy to do, and very effective. The practice of Yoga Nidra investigates and explores emotions, thoughts, feelings, beliefs and images. We will venture each day into a deep meditation exploration to restore our essential nature and build resilience as we gently consider emotions, thoughts, beliefs, joy and bliss. We will construct the foundation of a grounded sense of being and awareness, that can lead us to a place of receptivity and openness to being with “what is”.

Melissa, Yoga Alliance ERYT® 500 in SustainableYoga, Yoga Teacher Trainer for Restorative, Gentle, Prenatal and Therapeutic Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner and AcroYoga® Level 2 Certified Teacher. Native Texan, Melissa currently lives in Calgary, Canada with her 2 sons and leads retreats in Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States. Her teaching style lends itself toward sustainable, slow yoga with mindful strength elements grounded in biomechanics, yogic philosophy, and deep rest. Her for desire is for students to connect within and integrate their own intuition in practice offering each student the opportunity to deeply listen to their own body’s needs. Melissa is adept at working with injuries and special conditions from beginner to more experienced.

Richard Wilkinson is an iRest Certified Teacher with Richard Miller’s Integrative Restoration Institute for Yoga Nidra. He is also a Yoga Alliance ERYT® 200 yoga teacher through Power Vinyasa Yoga by Frog Lotus Yoga in Massachusetts. Richard’s teaching emphasizes our inherent mind/body connection and explores our body’s wholeness in a fun, all levels format. As the founder of the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, The Internal Peace Initiative, his overall mission is to “guide people to inner peace and happiness through movement, mindfulness and meditation”.

Find them at www.PranavaYoga.Studio, and sign up to stay in the loop and receive a free Yoga Nidra.



Margherita Dal Pra

Originally from Italy but based in London, Margherita is one of the Life Centre’s senior teachers and has been teaching since 2005. Her warm nature and superior yoga knowledge offer you an Ulpotha yoga holiday like no other.

Margharita’s teachings are grounded in the traditional lineage of Hatha yoga and the deep philosophy of Tantric practices married with the movement of Vinyasa Flow, the precision of Anusara, the grace of Rasa Yoga – one of the most heartfelt syntheses of yoga – and the energetics of Ayurveda. She honors the traditions of yoga while awakening the true potential of the individual in the modern world. By weaving together asana, mantra, mudra, pranayama, meditation and chanting, along with shadow work, ritual, and a deep connection with nature, Margherita allows each student to experience a journey that goes beyond the body and pierces deeply into the heart.

As a natural seeker, Margherita is devoted to continuously learning, sharing and radiating this knowledge for everyone to utilize and enjoy. The more she explores and learns, the more she is able to share her wisdom in a new and vibrant light. It is a true blessing and honour for her to share such a journey with her students.

Her self-practice and dedication to the yogic path has also allowed her to merge the wisdom and healing power of Ayurveda – the Science of Life – into a modern language that everyone can access. She is passionate about the benefits for all and believes the rituals within the physical practice of yoga and the modern approach to Ayurveda can be embodied within our daily routines to regain our natural state of health and well-being effortlessly – empowering and equipping you with the means to engage courageously and skilfully in all aspects to live a more vibrant life.

In Ulpotha, Margherita will begin each day with morning meditation, pranayama and dynamic yoga, to cultivate a sense of presence and help you gently tune into Ulpotha’s beautiful natural surroundings.
The evening yoga sessions will be devoted to Nectar and restorative yoga to soothe your body and bring you to stillness followed by long savasana.



Michael Barnes

Mick is a 1000hr Teacher based in Sydney. 200hr Samadhi, 300hr Jivamukti, 500hr Jivamukti mentor, and Advanced cert Jivamukti teacher. Registered with both Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance.

Born and residing in Sydney Australia Mick has co-owned and operated different schools (Jivamukti Sydney, Samadhi Yoga Newtown) over his 12 years of teaching. He currently owns and operates The Yoga Factory at Annandale.

His emphasis nowadays is on inclusiveness, keeping things grounded and accessible to all. This means understanding the importance of fundamental asana and methodology. Giving students the time and space to breathe, find stillness and progress. Finding the breath, observing, giving up desire and attachment to physical form, and turning inward seems to tick all the boxes in terms of improving strength, flexibility, and mind clarity. Rushing the process and forcing students into poses through athleticism and force is not conducive to peace nor progress. The practice is a process, not an event and every day it is different hence the need for some familiarity with the fundamentals.

Morning classes will be building foundations and bringing awareness to the importance of bandha, drishti, and breath. From these fundamentals, we will progress over the two-weeks to new challenges with variations to suit all. Afternoon classes will be some asana with kriyas, pranayama, and meditation. Mick likes to see who is in the class and what and where they are at, therefore creating an intelligent and safe practice for all. He hopes to meet some new faces along with some old faces and enjoy the retreat together at this very special place, Ulpotha.



Michael Larsen

Based in Oslo, Norway, Michael Larsen has been holding space for Yogic exploration full time since 2011 at several yoga studios, privately and to corporate clients. A top level Senior Teacher of Master Duncan Wong, Michael belongs to the first generation of  Duncan’s Yogic Arts senior instructors in Europe.

His practice started at Eight Treasures Yoga, Norway’s only donation based studio, as one of the first students of the founder John Bentham.  After training with Duncan Wong in 2012 he has hosted and assisted Duncan with his Yogic Arts 200hrs TT program in Oslo, France and Thailand.

Prior to discovering yoga, he spent a year at Siping Shaolin Martial Arts academy in Northern China where he learned the foundations of Chinese Martial Arts and was introduced to Taiji, Qigong and meditation.

For the past 2 years he has been studying massage therapy and will be a certified therapist summer 2018.

He is now a father of two.

His teaching style encompasses the heart of Martial Arts, the purification of ashtanga vinyasa and the healing touch of massage. His classes are creative, fun and informative, and focus on grounding the nervous system to optimize movement and posture and ensure that the physical practice brings students into deep relaxation for savasana, after opening and strengthening the body through Asanas in order to permit them to go deeper in meditation.

In Ulpotha, the morning practice will consist of meditation, mantra chanting, pranayama, empowering Vinyasa flows with wave motions, warrior stances, some arm balances, hip-opening and intelligent modifications of finishing poses specifically focusing on safety and effectiveness for even the tightest backs. Michael’s refined approach to assisting and alignment makes the practice accessible and challenging to all levels, giving variations to meet the individual needs of each student.

In the evening practice, Michael will be teaching a rhythmic breathing pattern with gentle, calming movements, yin poses and guided savasana to tune inward towards where sleep awaits.



Mika de Brito

Paris-based Mika de Brito has been teaching yoga for over 20 years and is internationally recognized for his highly atypical approach to yoga.

Traditionally trained, ie in following a master yogi, he was first initiated by Baptiste Marceau (son of the famous French mime artist) to the art of Ashtanga (a dynamic form of yoga originally called Korunta).  This led him to follow the path of a Hindu Swami yogi for several years in the Himalayas, even dwelling in a cave in Gangotree in order to gain insight into a more traditional and meditative style.  Later on he was invited by Sharon Gannon to follow the Jivamukti teachings in New York.  These teachings and many yogic travels and study led him to develop his own very particular style.

Connected to the present, open to the world around him and highly creative, Mika has brought this ancient tradition to his many students around the world.  His demanding and yet playful approach has brought new life into the yogic discipline.  He wants students to rid their minds of modern conditioning and adopt a liberating and compassionate practice, what he calls “being spiritual”, the fundamentals of which are to cultivate a good relationship with oneself, others and the world about us.

He lives in Paris and shares his time between performing music, writing and teaching yoga in retreats and workshops around the world.

Vinyasa Krama with Mika de Brito

(Dynamic practice open to all levels)

We begin with breathing exercises on a metronomic sound in order to bring AIR into the body, then we slowly light the FIRE with sun salutations and the fire purifies the body by eliminating toxins through the WATER of sweat.  These three éléments stabilise with contact to the EARTH, the asanas, the ground.  Once all of these elements are united, then the fifth element ETHER can make its appearance through Meditation.



Molly Harragin

Molly is a joyous highly qualified Jivamukti yoga teacher and yoga therapist from the UK. She is currently teaching in London at a number of studios and works with private clients. She leads numerous retreats and teaches at events and festivals around the world. She is also studying to be a psychotherapist.

Having discovered yoga in Bali in 2007, Molly went on to further her yoga studies through intensive trainings in India, Australia & the UK. After practicing various styles including Ashtanga, Sivananda, and even laughing yoga, she specialised in Jivamukti Yoga being attracted to a system that seamlessly translates the ancient yogic teachings into our modern-day settings. She loved the way Jivamukti yoga made a constant correlation between the yoga practice and life off the mat and helped her teach the yoga practice as a way of transforming health, cultivating mindfulness, and reconnecting us back to our planet and to one another. After her teacher training in the UK she embarked upon a year-long apprenticeship under the infamous Cat Alip-Douglas, founder of Jivamukti London.

After a few years of teaching, traveling and practicing, Molly found herself drawn to the more holistic side of yoga and became a certified Yoga Therapist with a degree from Yogacampus in London. Yoga Therapy is a way of tailoring yoga to the individual and uses yoga to help with medical conditions, symptoms, or injuries with the ultimate aim of self-healing. It brings the ancient system of yoga into a therapeutical setting where the individual is met as a multi-layered being.

Molly’s yoga now combines these two complementary yogic and therapeutic methods in a well-rounded practice which includes meditation, pranayama, chakra balancing, philosophy, vinyasa, hands-on adjustments, partner yoga, yoga nidra, and EFT. A special focus is placed on alignment and breathwork in Molly’s classes.

At Ulpotha Molly will begin the morning with an energizing flow yoga class to invigorate and inspire your day. Classes include a creative sequence based on a particular philosophical theme, chanting, meditation and pranayama. In the evening Molly will offer a more explorative breath-focused approach that incorporates the principles of yoga therapy and prepares the practitioner for a deep soothing session of relaxation and yoga nidra.

Molly is used to teaching complete beginners and advanced yogis alike and welcomes all levels to join the retreat.



Rob Hess

Rob Hess is one of California’s most experienced and fun teachers of Prana Flow – a delicious blend of gentle flowing but deep asanas, incorporating restorative, therapeutic, meditative and spiritual practices centered around the heart.

Rob’s Teaching has evolved and has come a long way from where he began practicing in Cleveland Ohio to his days teaching in Washington DC to now living in Ventura and owning a studio (Jai Rhythm) with his business partner Colin Brightfield. What drew him to the practice of yoga was the physical part but after years of study and devotion it’s the spiritual part of the practice that feeds his soul. And through this amazing journey he found his home in the Prana Flow community with his teacher Shiva Rea.

While Rob’s style is ever evolving, Rob’s teaching is rooted in Prana Flow: a synthesis-oriented approach to living the art of yoga created by his primary teacher, Shiva Rea. Born from the traditions of classical yoga, Bhakti, Tantra and Ayurveda, Prana Flow integrates various forms of spiritual embodiment practice to reveal yoga as a flow of unity consciousness.

Rob has traveled all over assisting Shiva’s workshops and teacher trainings. And through her guidance he loves to share with others all that he has come to know and hold dear to his heart. Rob’s style of teaching is fun, challenging, and lighthearted as he tries not to take life too seriously. He encourages students to enjoy the journey rather than fighting to get to the destination.

Rob has been leading workshops and trainings all over the U.S. and loves how the power of yoga is universal, that no matter where he goes you can feel an amazing sense of community and love.

Rob has found that through his own sadhana, yoga can free the body and mind from the self limitations we impose on ourselves and that through practice we are able to get in touch with the very essence of who we are. His goal as a teacher is to help students uncover their own personal truth and live a life that is empowered.

People will experience a fun and playful journey to the self.  His teachings are open to all levels.  Whether you come to Ulpotha to relax or you come to challenge your practice, Rob will be offering something for everyone.



Samanta Duggal

Samanta is one of Mumbai’s leading yoga teachers. She unites expertise in Yoga, Thai Massage and Vedic Chanting to help you rediscover your storehouse of energy. Her Integrated Teaching Method offers benefits of Sivananda, Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga styles, deep relaxation and detox therapies

Samanta has been dedicated to mind-body health for over 20 years. With a lifetime spent practicing Yoga, Jazz Technique and Bharatnatyam, she is able to combine unique perspectives about wellbeing, healing and physiology.

Samanta’s work centers on Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Ayurvedic and Thai Bodywork Therapies, Sound Healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls and Handpan and Vedic Chanting. The Yoga she teaches centers around aspects of  Movement therapy coupled with the more traditional and esoteric practices of Chakras, Mudras, Bandhas, Mantra and Yoga Philosophy.

In July 2008, she partnered with Shaleen Parekh to open India’s first boutique yoga studio, Yoga Sutra. Samanta started out in fitness as a teenager, and her journey into the body traversed 15 years as an instructor and lead performer with noted choreographer Shiamak Davar. She then transitioned into practicing and teaching Yoga in the year 2000.

Over the last thirteen years she has explored and mastered several healing therapies for the mind and body. She is an Advanced Teacher of the Sivananda Yoga tradition and is also certified in Yoga Therapy, Yoga for children, as well as Pranayama and Dhyan (Breathwork and Meditation). She has designed and teaches corporate yoga and fitness programs, collective and private classes and international retreats. For more information see www.samantaduggal.com.

Each class at Ulpotha will leave you feeling joyous and peaceful. Find inner strength in mind and body like never before.



Tanja Mickwitz

Tanja is a soul guide and mentor, storyteller and priestess, yoga teacher trainer and JourneyDance facilitator. She has nearly two decades worth of experience teaching and holding space for transformative practices. Known for her authentic voice, loving presence and speaking from the heart Tanja holds a sacred container for welcoming ourselves into wholeness. In her capacity as a mentor she weaves astrological wisdom and shadow work with intuitive guidance to offer a deep and rich container for soul growth and alignment.

Tanja’s yoga classes serve as an inspiration and support for life, with asana as the playground and metaphor. Tanja creates a nurturing space for exploration of the internal landscape and inner growth whilst challenging the physical edge with a safely led dynamic practice based on Hatha Vinyasa. Tanja is also an engaging storyteller using the wisdom of stories and symbolism to come into deeper understanding of ourselves and the universe.

Tanja is the first Rasa Yoga Teacher Trainer in Europe and continues to be guided and inspired by Sianna Sherman in her studies and teaching. Tanja has also studied with Para Yoga founder Yogarupa Rod Stryker since 2005 and is initiated into the SriVidya lineage by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute. Currently you can find Tanja teaching for her online community The Sadhana Collective in addition to guest workshops and trainings. She is also available for personal guidance and mentoring sessions. Tanja’s first book ‘Theming Skills for Yoga Teachers’ is is available as part of the Yoga Teaching Guides series for Singing Dragon. Tanja is registered E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance US and a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK.

On this retreat morning sessions will provide more energising Solar asana practices and flows as well as pranayama and meditation, to set you up for the day. Afternoon sessions will have a more nourishing Lunar quality and include slow flow, restorative yoga, meditation and yoga nidra (guided relaxation) as well as storytelling, yogic philosophy, chanting, contemplation and journalling practices. In this way balance of your inner Sun and Moon energies will be cultivated to restore harmony and peace within.

Tanja is experienced in catering for all levels of practitioner, from complete beginners to those with lots of yoga experience – all are welcome to practice at their own pace.



Wade Gotwals

Wade found yoga in the late 90’s during his travels and since then has made it his passion to discover alternative techniques for furthering growth of mind and spirit and for healing the body. He’s taught in Asia, Greece, South America and the U.S. and is always excited about sharing new discoveries.

Wade teaches a unique fusion of styles derived from his travels and from the inspirations of teachers like Dharma Mittra and Rusty Wells. His certifications in Ashtanga/Vinyasa, Thai and Intuitive Massage, and Touch for Health added with his meditation and Advaita studies in India with Ramesh Balsekar have given him many gifts to be thankful for and share with others…

His teaching style is structured but at the same time very playful and always gives options of openness, depth and strength so that everyone will be challenged and can share their energy. The Advaitic principles of ‘oneness and non separation’ are the dharmic principles to his teachings.

On his retreats you can expect a daily creative vinyasa flow based practice, with individual attention to challenging poses deconstructed and a daily restorative practice infused with meditation, dharma and thai yoga. He strives to find interesting ways to keep others inspired and connected and receiving inspiration from others is what keeps his love for yoga alive. www.wadeyoga.com



Alexandre Onfroy

Alex is one of Paris’ most loved and respected yoga instructors and a life long student of Iyengar.
For the last 25 years, Alex’s passion has been to master the teachings of BKS Iyengar under the guidance of Faeq Biria in Paris. It was Faiq and Corine Biria who first encouraged and inspired him to begin teaching 12 years ago.
Alex has since grown a large following in a some of Paris’ top yoga studios, in addition to teaching privately and in the business sector. He is a regular assistant to Iyengar instructor Corine Biria during her therapeutic classes at the Iyengar Centre in Paris.
His profound knowledge and advanced practice of yoga (asana and pranayama), coupled with a precise yet relaxed teaching style, have led him to become a favorite amongst all levels of students — from beginners to the more advanced.
Expect morning classes to be detailed asana practice and evening classes to be more restorative.  The first week of this retreat will cover foundation practices and lead to more advanced work during week two.


Georgia Marnham

Georgia Marnham is a highly qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher with broad experience, having practised Iyengar Yoga for more than 25 years, and lived and taught in Australia, England, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Brazil and now Portugal where she is currently based. She has Junior Intermediate level 3 qualifications and has studied with senior Iyengar teachers from many countries and on several occasions studied at the RMYI in Pune, India with BKS Iyengar, his daughter, Geeta, and son, Prashant.

Georgia knows first-hand the ability of yoga to rehabilitate and has a strong focus on the restorative and remedial benefits of Iyengar Yoga. She uses a clear and calm style of teaching with an emphasis on the individual needs of each student.

Her classes in Ulpotha will include active morning classes ensuring correct alignment within the pose, leaving you feeling energised and not strained, which is the hallmark of the Iyengar style. The evening classes will have a more restorative focus and giving a chance to focus on any individual issues you’d like addressed. Pranayama will also be included during the retreat.

While deeply understanding that the depth of yoga comes with focusing the mind and learning the art of self observation and reflection, she manages to teach the asanas with joy and humour. She teaches both beginner and general levels. She has three children and practiced yoga through all pregnancies.



Gingi Lee

Gingi founded the Shala in London as a dedicated ashtanga yoga centre in 1998. He has been teaching yoga for over 20 years and is one of the UK’s most established ashtanga yoga teachers.

Gingi began studying and teaching martial arts in the 1980s with his father, Sensei Richard Taibong Lee. During an early trip to India, Gingi came into contact with yoga and spent many years returning to India to study and devote himself to the discipline. For two years he apprenticed with the late Derek Ireland, completing a final training course in Goa. He then went to Mysore to continue his studies with Sri Pattabhi Jois and then completed a two-year teacher training course with Graeme Northfield of Australia.

Gingi has hosted many yoga holidays and workshops in the UK and abroad, including combined retreats with John and Lucy Scott, and Kristina Ireland. He continues to run regular workshops and retreats, which often include elements of pranayama, meditation and tai chi. He is a well-respected teacher who has remained at the forefront of the ashtanga yoga community. He has taught, trained and inspired many British ashtanga yoga teachers and has played a key role in popularizing ashtanga yoga in the UK. His teaching is characterised by sensitivity, warmth and a deep commitment to the practice.



Gypsy Bast

A leading figure in the Bali and international Yoga world, Gypsy Bast has been dancing since a child and teaching both Yoga and Pilates for over 20 years.

Wherever she teaches, she has a habit of offering her greatest dharma, which is to help people feel good and move freely with lasting pleasure. She has been a teacher, healer, and performer for over 23 years, with a practice that evolves from backgrounds of dance, theater, yoga, pilates, and somatic movement therapies.

After surviving 10 car accidents, and numerous dance and stunt injuries, Gypsy restored herself 100% by applying exercises that she learned from healing trauma, as well as her lifetime of study. Using these modalities of healing, and living positively, she feels it is possible for everyone!

She is known for her fun, uplifting attitude, and practices meditation, Yoga Nidra, and loves chanting mantras to connect to the Divine peace within all.

Gypsy has traveled the world teaching yoga retreats and performing, and has had opportunities to train the Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem” and “Corteo” shows in yoga and pilates. She coached children “at risk” of drugs and violence with Yoga, and even did an international tour as a dancer/aerialist, hanging upside down from a chandelier (a great one for neck pain!). Gypsy helps us intelligently discover and source our own energy power with practice… and joy!

Morning classes at Ulpotha will begin with a grounded Meditationand Dynamic Hatha Flow. Using creative sequences, tune into the present moment, breathe, align, and learn adjustments. Listening to your body’s language will allow your true spirit to move freely throughout you. Posture and precision for each individual will be a focus. Peace, softness and ease is cultivated and all levels are welcome.

Evening classes will explore Somatic Movement and Restorative Yoga where the parasympathetic nervous system can be addressed and stress levels reduced in the nerve body. Classes will end with a slowing down and finish gently with Yoga Nidra relaxation.



James De Maria

One of Ibiza’s top yoga teachers, James De Maria has been teaching yoga to adults and kids for over 20 years.

Before coming to Yoga, James trained as a professional dancer at the Central School of Ballet in London and completed his diploma at the London Contemporary Dance School.  He spent his final year expanding his awareness of release technique attending classes with the Siobhan Davis Dance company, under the guidance of Larren Potter, Gill Clarke and Paul Douglas.  During this time James also studied Pilates with Alan Herdman.

Using a choreographic background to break down the fluidity between postures, breath & movement, James combines elements of dance, Pilates and Release Technique to create a balanced style to suit all levels.

Classses include breathing techniques and Mudras to help circulation and the distribution of Prana (life force) throughout our being, relaxation & meditation techniques. The practice of Yoga postures according to one’s ability.



Jovinna Chan

Jovinna Chan, E-RYT 500, leads transformational programs around the world in the art and science of being fully alive through Conscious Dance, Yoga, and Meditation.  Born and raised in a village in Singapore, she infuses her life and work with a sense of reverence and awe that she learned from the temples and forests that surrounded her home.

Jovinna spent eleven years in New York City as a Performing Artist and six years in studying Shotakan Karate. She has served as the Assistant Dean, and teacher trainer for the Kripalu School of Yoga in Massachusetts USA.  Currently, she is a faculty member of Pranotthan School of Yoga and the co-director of the year-long Acharya Intensive program.  In recent years, Jovinna co-founded Shakti Initiation Yoga Leadership School and A Wild Life Sanctuary™.  She is a certified Soul Motion™ and LetYourYogaDance Teacher.

A well-respected teacher of yoga, conscious dance, and self-expression, Jovinna radiates a contagious quality of aliveness – in both movement and stillness – that students find liberating. In the many workshops and trainings she leads worldwide, she creates sacred space for deep joy and transformational experiences.  www.Jovinna.com

During this retreat Jovinna will lead daily Hatha yoga classes with meditation and yogic philosophy.

She invites you to come reconnect with your body, reduce the chatter of the mind, relax and rejuvenate your whole being while creating space for the flow of aliveness in you!



Jules Jenkinson

One of Melbourne’s most admired yoga teachers.

Jules is a yogini devoted to conscious expression and movement. What began for her as a therapeutic physical yoga practice at an early age as a dancer has evolved into a platform of self enquiry and a union between the inner and outer landscapes of her world.

Born in the outback of Australia, Jules grew up in the cultural hub of Melbourne, travelling the world from a young age and gaining curiosity into the world of yoga. This led her to embark on the yogic path in her early teenage years. With discipline, determination and rich learnings, she grew quickly into the yoga community and is now one of Melbourne’s most admired Yoga Teachers. Her teachings place an emphasis on exploring boundaries, sharing her experiences as a student and teacher, as well as building endurance and compassion throughout the whole body. She is known for her strong but warm, explorative teaching style, coaxing her students to feel at home in their bodies, to soften and to connect from a place of patience and curiosity and ensuring safe space is created for her students to examine the relationship between their internal and external worlds. Jules completed her first teacher training in 2012 studying Amrit Yoga.

Meditation in Motion-350 hours over 12 months, was soon given the invitation to teach at the beginning of 2013. During this transformative experience, she trained in a unique fusion of Jivamukti, Anusara, Power and Yin Yoga which eventually led to her being guided by global Prana Flow Teacher Shiva Rea. Working closely alongside Shiva, Jules assisted in retreats, teacher training, workshops and in mentoring graduates. Her love for yoga and life became a curation of retreats in Australia, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Certified by Yoga Alliance as a 500 hour RYT, Continuing Education Provider and Reiki Master.

Flow like a river: Fluid, Strong, Embodied in the morning
Connect to the power of mantra, mudra, meditation, pranayama, philosophy and asana – whether it be by the lotus ring lake or in the sacred shala – as we awaken each morning in Ulpotha to the rising sun. Wherever we land in Ulpotha, it will be one of embodied flow. Slow, smooth and deep is the formula to awaken the subtle layers of the body. Soothing the mind, cleansing the soul as movements of body and breath come into unison.

In the evening, we’ll be grounding in the element of Yin, Restorative and Yoga Nidra.

Our yin and restorative yoga works from a place of calm and surrender, inviting us to embrace our gentle nature and cultivate a sweet inner peace. Yin is the ideal antidote for the yang lifestyle, cultivating a receptive inhabitation of the body-mind: of being rather than doing. Dissolve tension, improve circulation, boost immunity and create more quiet and spaciousness within. Postures are held for longer periods of time with the support of props. Yin yoga is a complement and a balm to deeply nourish, heal and grow. At times we may practice under the banyan tree or somewhere up high in time to welcome the sunset, followed by a deep state of rest through the practice of yoga nidra, a meditative form of self-inquiry, an experience of deep healing and peace.



Lara Baumann

Lara Baumann teaches the Quantum Method® of Yoga to all levels of students both publicly and privately worldwide.

Her powerful relationship with yoga and a strong interest in Eastern philosophy is the result of her upbringing in India and Japan, which subsequently led her to complete an MA in Religious Studies at SOAS, University of London.

As an apprentice, she has studied with Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, as well as BKS Iyengar in Pune. In May 2005 Lara took the Jivamukti 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training, and in July 2009 she completed the 500-hour certificate with Tripsichore. Her main teachers are Edward Clark, Danny Paradise and Clive Sheridan.

In January 2009 Lara’s book “Quantum Yoga, The Holistic Approach to Creating Your Ideal Practice” was published, complemented by the further releases of several DVD’s. Lara runs annual Yoga Alliance accredited one-month Teacher Trainings, see www.quantumyoga.com for more info.

The Quantum Method of Yoga Lara teaches is a dynamic, flowing form that integrates the holistic approach of the ancient healing science of Ayurveda, as well as the modern insights of Quantum physics, and leads to intelligent self-practice.

The pranayama follows classical Indian methods and the meditation techniques are largely derived from Buddhist practices.

At Ulpotha there will be a main dynamic yoga practice, as well as meditation and pranayama sessions. Lara will lead the class and you will receive support and adjustments, as well as spiritual discourse (satsang) and time for Q&A.



Lila Cristine

Lila is a leading Kundalini Yoga, Stress Relief Yoga and Yin Yoga teacher and therapist based in Copenhagen. She also offers relaxation and sound therapy as well as mindfulness with healing.

She holds urban retreats in Copenhagen and weekend retreats in nature in Denmark and leads longer yoga trips to India and Brazil.

With a background in holistic body and healing, Lila trained in Kundalini Yoga in the US and Italy under the guidance of Sada Sat Singh and Sada Sat Kaur, Carolyn Cowan, Snatam Kaur and Mirabei Ceiba and has been a certified KRI since 2013. She has also trained in Non-Dual Therapy with Nukunu Larsen in Denmark and stress relief, anxiety and depression Yoga teaching with Carolyn Cowan in London.

She is also trained in Yin Yoga teaching inspired by Sarah Powel and in sound-healing with Tibetan and crystal singing bowls and is currently studying to be a Rudolf Steiner inspired anthropology psychotherapist.

Lila also has a lifelong interest in aromatherapy and has studied the plants and their effect on the human mind and wellbeing. She often integrates the aromatherapy in her classes. She has practiced Reiki Healing since 1999 and became a Reiki master teacher in 2001. For almost 20 years, Lila has educated others in the techniques of healing and activating their own healing energy to gently lead body and mind into a more loving and relaxed placed.

In Ulpotha, Lila’s yoga instruction will focus on stress relief and joy. She will be combining soft Kundalini Yoga, Mantra Meditation, Yin Yoga and Aromatherapy to enable you to connect deeper within your body, mind and soul to an awareness of gratitude and love. Kundalini Yoga uses a lot of breathwork and moving with the breath, Lila guides it in a gentle dynamic way to relax and uplift your soul.

Lila teaches yoga from a soft and joyful heart space and through the exercises in her yoga class, you will be able to release toxins, tensions and old mind structures and open up for life energy to stream through your body in a greater flow. The yoga can also be dynamic, with conscious breathing to uplift and strengthen your inner power.



Lisa Garratt

San Diego native Lisa Garratt teaches and does bodywork in Santa Cruz and throughout the Bay Area in California, USA.

Lisa’s first experience of yoga was in early childhood, and as such, she does not recall much from those classes except smiling and just feeling really happy in them. Later on in adolescence, yoga taught her how using her breath she could dissolve the pains of cramping while running. In her early adulthood, she recognized its benefits in helping with insomnia, headaches, and an improved feeling of a balanced state of health and wellness when added to her exercise regime.

When Lisa fully immersed herself in training to be a yoga instructor in 2001, she learned that this was just the tip of the iceberg of the myriad of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga. Her training and background is eclectic with a strong emphasis on Iyengar (alignment) and Vinyasa (flow) yoga. Additionally, her approach is influenced by her studies of meditation, massage, Pilates, and personal training. She believes the practice of yoga and mindfulness can help people to be more comfortable in their own skin, more aware of what is going on within themselves, in addition to helping them to be stronger, more mobile, and more focused in their specific intentions in this world.

Lisa’s classes emphasize mindfulness, and depending on the time of day and needs of the students, will incorporate flowing postures, static postures, and detailed alignment instructions. Her classes are suitable for all levels and alternatives and modifications will be given as needed. Students will be encouraged to listen to their bodies and to adjust their practice based on experience, injuries, energy levels, and psychological needs. The morning class at Ulpotha will be more dynamic while the afternoon class will be a playful mix of restorative yoga, pranayama and meditation.



Malaika MaVeena Darville

Originally from Canada, Malaika is now based in Bali from where she travels the world to teach and dance. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience both on and off the mat to inspire those on the path of self-transformation.

In this special retreat we will practice daily yoga moving with the Elements and, on every other afternoon, we will use free ecstatic dance practices to embody the philosophy of yoga in a free and dynamic way. Using great world music to support you to let go and find your own groove. You will be amazed by how much this supports your yoga practice and deepens your ability to meditate.

Malaika incorporates her work as a dancer, Spiritual Healer, and more than 12 years as a bodyworker to help her students find flow, grace and healing to injuries. She fully embodies the deeper philosophy of yoga as a marriage between mind, body and spirit and teaches both in the yoga shala and in natural environments.

She brings a wealth of earth wisdom for personal and planetary awakening having walked the shamanic path for a lifetime. She is dedicated to creating sacred space in ritual and ceremony to help restore balance to our distorted civilized culture. A qualified ISHTA yoga teacher, Water Dance practitioner, African dance performer and teacher, creatrix of 5Elements Dance Activation™ a shamanic dynamic meditation dance journey embodying the five cardinal elements, earth water fire air and spirit. She is also the founder of Journey to the Heart, and Elemental Embodiment™, 5-day transformational retreats for men and women. She has been facilitating groups for more than 25 years in India, Australia, Africa, China, USA, Costa Rica, Europe and Egypt. She offers a spirituality that is rooted in the body to access higher realms of consciousness.  She is currently teaching Elemental Yoga and Yin Yoga at the Barn in Bali.

In Ulpotha, Malaika will be offering her Elemental ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda) Yoga classes which provide a blend of ancient and contemporary teachings to cater to your individual needs. Focusing on flow, alignment, body awareness and expansion to cultivate grace, she will encourage you to respect and listen to your own body using a holistic approach to yoga as a way of being.

What to expect:

  • Pranayama and visualization to purify and quiet the mind

  • Daily yoga and asana to stretch, strengthen and balance the body (firstly Hatha flow yoga based on the elements and, in the second week, focussing on the connection of Yoga to the Chakra system)

  • Daily dance to reconnect mind, body and spirit and celebrate the gift of life using 5Elements Dance Activation™ and Ecstatic Dance

  • Meditation to expand your awareness and cultivate loving compassion for yourself and others

Her teachings are suitable for beginners and intermediate levels and dance is a crucial part of this workshop.



Melissa Smith & Richard Wilkinson

Working together, Richard and Melissa will bring a combination of trust, embodiment and renewed joy for your yoga practice – whether you’re just beginning your yoga journey or have years of experience. This retreat seeks to bring you back to yourself – back to bliss.

Melissa will guide you through mindful, slow and empowering yoga sessions that include traditional yoga postures, somatic movement, mantra, restorative poses and meditation. Through this inquiry based practice, you will feel embodied, awake and aware in your body, mind and spirit. Some evenings we will venture to practice therapeutic Thai Yoga Massage, restorative yoga in addition to Richard’s Yoga Nidra sessions.

Richard will be offering a progressive Yoga Nidra series based upon the iRest method (Integrative Restoration Institute). Yoga Nidra is an ancient meditative practice that only requires you to relax and listen along. It’s simple and easy to do, and very effective. The practice of Yoga Nidra investigates and explores emotions, thoughts, feelings, beliefs and images. We will venture each day into a deep meditation exploration to restore our essential nature and build resilience as we gently consider emotions, thoughts, beliefs, joy and bliss. We will construct the foundation of a grounded sense of being and awareness, that can lead us to a place of receptivity and openness to being with “what is”.

Melissa, Yoga Alliance ERYT® 500 in SustainableYoga, Yoga Teacher Trainer for Restorative, Gentle, Prenatal and Therapeutic Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner and AcroYoga® Level 2 Certified Teacher. Native Texan, Melissa currently lives in Calgary, Canada with her 2 sons and leads retreats in Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States. Her teaching style lends itself toward sustainable, slow yoga with mindful strength elements grounded in biomechanics, yogic philosophy, and deep rest. Her for desire is for students to connect within and integrate their own intuition in practice offering each student the opportunity to deeply listen to their own body’s needs. Melissa is adept at working with injuries and special conditions from beginner to more experienced.

Richard Wilkinson is an iRest Certified Teacher with Richard Miller’s Integrative Restoration Institute for Yoga Nidra. He is also a Yoga Alliance ERYT® 200 yoga teacher through Power Vinyasa Yoga by Frog Lotus Yoga in Massachusetts. Richard’s teaching emphasizes our inherent mind/body connection and explores our body’s wholeness in a fun, all levels format. As the founder of the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, The Internal Peace Initiative, his overall mission is to “guide people to inner peace and happiness through movement, mindfulness and meditation”.

Find them at www.PranavaYoga.Studio, and sign up to stay in the loop and receive a free Yoga Nidra.



Margherita Dal Pra

Originally from Italy but based in London, Margherita is one of the Life Centre’s senior teachers and has been teaching since 2005. Her warm nature and superior yoga knowledge offer you an Ulpotha yoga holiday like no other.

Margharita’s teachings are grounded in the traditional lineage of Hatha yoga and the deep philosophy of Tantric practices married with the movement of Vinyasa Flow, the precision of Anusara, the grace of Rasa Yoga – one of the most heartfelt syntheses of yoga – and the energetics of Ayurveda. She honors the traditions of yoga while awakening the true potential of the individual in the modern world. By weaving together asana, mantra, mudra, pranayama, meditation and chanting, along with shadow work, ritual, and a deep connection with nature, Margherita allows each student to experience a journey that goes beyond the body and pierces deeply into the heart.

As a natural seeker, Margherita is devoted to continuously learning, sharing and radiating this knowledge for everyone to utilize and enjoy. The more she explores and learns, the more she is able to share her wisdom in a new and vibrant light. It is a true blessing and honour for her to share such a journey with her students.

Her self-practice and dedication to the yogic path has also allowed her to merge the wisdom and healing power of Ayurveda – the Science of Life – into a modern language that everyone can access. She is passionate about the benefits for all and believes the rituals within the physical practice of yoga and the modern approach to Ayurveda can be embodied within our daily routines to regain our natural state of health and well-being effortlessly – empowering and equipping you with the means to engage courageously and skilfully in all aspects to live a more vibrant life.

In Ulpotha, Margherita will begin each day with morning meditation, pranayama and dynamic yoga, to cultivate a sense of presence and help you gently tune into Ulpotha’s beautiful natural surroundings.
The evening yoga sessions will be devoted to Nectar and restorative yoga to soothe your body and bring you to stillness followed by long savasana.



Michael Barnes

Mick is a 1000hr Teacher based in Sydney. 200hr Samadhi, 300hr Jivamukti, 500hr Jivamukti mentor, and Advanced cert Jivamukti teacher. Registered with both Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance.

Born and residing in Sydney Australia Mick has co-owned and operated different schools (Jivamukti Sydney, Samadhi Yoga Newtown) over his 12 years of teaching. He currently owns and operates The Yoga Factory at Annandale.

His emphasis nowadays is on inclusiveness, keeping things grounded and accessible to all. This means understanding the importance of fundamental asana and methodology. Giving students the time and space to breathe, find stillness and progress. Finding the breath, observing, giving up desire and attachment to physical form, and turning inward seems to tick all the boxes in terms of improving strength, flexibility, and mind clarity. Rushing the process and forcing students into poses through athleticism and force is not conducive to peace nor progress. The practice is a process, not an event and every day it is different hence the need for some familiarity with the fundamentals.

Morning classes will be building foundations and bringing awareness to the importance of bandha, drishti, and breath. From these fundamentals, we will progress over the two-weeks to new challenges with variations to suit all. Afternoon classes will be some asana with kriyas, pranayama, and meditation. Mick likes to see who is in the class and what and where they are at, therefore creating an intelligent and safe practice for all. He hopes to meet some new faces along with some old faces and enjoy the retreat together at this very special place, Ulpotha.



Michael Larsen

Based in Oslo, Norway, Michael Larsen has been holding space for Yogic exploration full time since 2011 at several yoga studios, privately and to corporate clients. A top level Senior Teacher of Master Duncan Wong, Michael belongs to the first generation of  Duncan’s Yogic Arts senior instructors in Europe.

His practice started at Eight Treasures Yoga, Norway’s only donation based studio, as one of the first students of the founder John Bentham.  After training with Duncan Wong in 2012 he has hosted and assisted Duncan with his Yogic Arts 200hrs TT program in Oslo, France and Thailand.

Prior to discovering yoga, he spent a year at Siping Shaolin Martial Arts academy in Northern China where he learned the foundations of Chinese Martial Arts and was introduced to Taiji, Qigong and meditation.

For the past 2 years he has been studying massage therapy and will be a certified therapist summer 2018.

He is now a father of two.

His teaching style encompasses the heart of Martial Arts, the purification of ashtanga vinyasa and the healing touch of massage. His classes are creative, fun and informative, and focus on grounding the nervous system to optimize movement and posture and ensure that the physical practice brings students into deep relaxation for savasana, after opening and strengthening the body through Asanas in order to permit them to go deeper in meditation.

In Ulpotha, the morning practice will consist of meditation, mantra chanting, pranayama, empowering Vinyasa flows with wave motions, warrior stances, some arm balances, hip-opening and intelligent modifications of finishing poses specifically focusing on safety and effectiveness for even the tightest backs. Michael’s refined approach to assisting and alignment makes the practice accessible and challenging to all levels, giving variations to meet the individual needs of each student.

In the evening practice, Michael will be teaching a rhythmic breathing pattern with gentle, calming movements, yin poses and guided savasana to tune inward towards where sleep awaits.



Mika de Brito

Paris-based Mika de Brito has been teaching yoga for over 20 years and is internationally recognized for his highly atypical approach to yoga.

Traditionally trained, ie in following a master yogi, he was first initiated by Baptiste Marceau (son of the famous French mime artist) to the art of Ashtanga (a dynamic form of yoga originally called Korunta).  This led him to follow the path of a Hindu Swami yogi for several years in the Himalayas, even dwelling in a cave in Gangotree in order to gain insight into a more traditional and meditative style.  Later on he was invited by Sharon Gannon to follow the Jivamukti teachings in New York.  These teachings and many yogic travels and study led him to develop his own very particular style.

Connected to the present, open to the world around him and highly creative, Mika has brought this ancient tradition to his many students around the world.  His demanding and yet playful approach has brought new life into the yogic discipline.  He wants students to rid their minds of modern conditioning and adopt a liberating and compassionate practice, what he calls “being spiritual”, the fundamentals of which are to cultivate a good relationship with oneself, others and the world about us.

He lives in Paris and shares his time between performing music, writing and teaching yoga in retreats and workshops around the world.

Vinyasa Krama with Mika de Brito

(Dynamic practice open to all levels)

We begin with breathing exercises on a metronomic sound in order to bring AIR into the body, then we slowly light the FIRE with sun salutations and the fire purifies the body by eliminating toxins through the WATER of sweat.  These three éléments stabilise with contact to the EARTH, the asanas, the ground.  Once all of these elements are united, then the fifth element ETHER can make its appearance through Meditation.



Molly Harragin

Molly is a joyous highly qualified Jivamukti yoga teacher and yoga therapist from the UK. She is currently teaching in London at a number of studios and works with private clients. She leads numerous retreats and teaches at events and festivals around the world. She is also studying to be a psychotherapist.

Having discovered yoga in Bali in 2007, Molly went on to further her yoga studies through intensive trainings in India, Australia & the UK. After practicing various styles including Ashtanga, Sivananda, and even laughing yoga, she specialised in Jivamukti Yoga being attracted to a system that seamlessly translates the ancient yogic teachings into our modern-day settings. She loved the way Jivamukti yoga made a constant correlation between the yoga practice and life off the mat and helped her teach the yoga practice as a way of transforming health, cultivating mindfulness, and reconnecting us back to our planet and to one another. After her teacher training in the UK she embarked upon a year-long apprenticeship under the infamous Cat Alip-Douglas, founder of Jivamukti London.

After a few years of teaching, traveling and practicing, Molly found herself drawn to the more holistic side of yoga and became a certified Yoga Therapist with a degree from Yogacampus in London. Yoga Therapy is a way of tailoring yoga to the individual and uses yoga to help with medical conditions, symptoms, or injuries with the ultimate aim of self-healing. It brings the ancient system of yoga into a therapeutical setting where the individual is met as a multi-layered being.

Molly’s yoga now combines these two complementary yogic and therapeutic methods in a well-rounded practice which includes meditation, pranayama, chakra balancing, philosophy, vinyasa, hands-on adjustments, partner yoga, yoga nidra, and EFT. A special focus is placed on alignment and breathwork in Molly’s classes.

At Ulpotha Molly will begin the morning with an energizing flow yoga class to invigorate and inspire your day. Classes include a creative sequence based on a particular philosophical theme, chanting, meditation and pranayama. In the evening Molly will offer a more explorative breath-focused approach that incorporates the principles of yoga therapy and prepares the practitioner for a deep soothing session of relaxation and yoga nidra.

Molly is used to teaching complete beginners and advanced yogis alike and welcomes all levels to join the retreat.



Rob Hess

Rob Hess is one of California’s most experienced and fun teachers of Prana Flow – a delicious blend of gentle flowing but deep asanas, incorporating restorative, therapeutic, meditative and spiritual practices centered around the heart.

Rob’s Teaching has evolved and has come a long way from where he began practicing in Cleveland Ohio to his days teaching in Washington DC to now living in Ventura and owning a studio (Jai Rhythm) with his business partner Colin Brightfield. What drew him to the practice of yoga was the physical part but after years of study and devotion it’s the spiritual part of the practice that feeds his soul. And through this amazing journey he found his home in the Prana Flow community with his teacher Shiva Rea.

While Rob’s style is ever evolving, Rob’s teaching is rooted in Prana Flow: a synthesis-oriented approach to living the art of yoga created by his primary teacher, Shiva Rea. Born from the traditions of classical yoga, Bhakti, Tantra and Ayurveda, Prana Flow integrates various forms of spiritual embodiment practice to reveal yoga as a flow of unity consciousness.

Rob has traveled all over assisting Shiva’s workshops and teacher trainings. And through her guidance he loves to share with others all that he has come to know and hold dear to his heart. Rob’s style of teaching is fun, challenging, and lighthearted as he tries not to take life too seriously. He encourages students to enjoy the journey rather than fighting to get to the destination.

Rob has been leading workshops and trainings all over the U.S. and loves how the power of yoga is universal, that no matter where he goes you can feel an amazing sense of community and love.

Rob has found that through his own sadhana, yoga can free the body and mind from the self limitations we impose on ourselves and that through practice we are able to get in touch with the very essence of who we are. His goal as a teacher is to help students uncover their own personal truth and live a life that is empowered.

People will experience a fun and playful journey to the self.  His teachings are open to all levels.  Whether you come to Ulpotha to relax or you come to challenge your practice, Rob will be offering something for everyone.



Samanta Duggal

Samanta is one of Mumbai’s leading yoga teachers. She unites expertise in Yoga, Thai Massage and Vedic Chanting to help you rediscover your storehouse of energy. Her Integrated Teaching Method offers benefits of Sivananda, Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga styles, deep relaxation and detox therapies

Samanta has been dedicated to mind-body health for over 20 years. With a lifetime spent practicing Yoga, Jazz Technique and Bharatnatyam, she is able to combine unique perspectives about wellbeing, healing and physiology.

Samanta’s work centers on Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Ayurvedic and Thai Bodywork Therapies, Sound Healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls and Handpan and Vedic Chanting. The Yoga she teaches centers around aspects of  Movement therapy coupled with the more traditional and esoteric practices of Chakras, Mudras, Bandhas, Mantra and Yoga Philosophy.

In July 2008, she partnered with Shaleen Parekh to open India’s first boutique yoga studio, Yoga Sutra. Samanta started out in fitness as a teenager, and her journey into the body traversed 15 years as an instructor and lead performer with noted choreographer Shiamak Davar. She then transitioned into practicing and teaching Yoga in the year 2000.

Over the last thirteen years she has explored and mastered several healing therapies for the mind and body. She is an Advanced Teacher of the Sivananda Yoga tradition and is also certified in Yoga Therapy, Yoga for children, as well as Pranayama and Dhyan (Breathwork and Meditation). She has designed and teaches corporate yoga and fitness programs, collective and private classes and international retreats. For more information see www.samantaduggal.com.

Each class at Ulpotha will leave you feeling joyous and peaceful. Find inner strength in mind and body like never before.



Tanja Mickwitz

Tanja is a soul guide and mentor, storyteller and priestess, yoga teacher trainer and JourneyDance facilitator. She has nearly two decades worth of experience teaching and holding space for transformative practices. Known for her authentic voice, loving presence and speaking from the heart Tanja holds a sacred container for welcoming ourselves into wholeness. In her capacity as a mentor she weaves astrological wisdom and shadow work with intuitive guidance to offer a deep and rich container for soul growth and alignment.

Tanja’s yoga classes serve as an inspiration and support for life, with asana as the playground and metaphor. Tanja creates a nurturing space for exploration of the internal landscape and inner growth whilst challenging the physical edge with a safely led dynamic practice based on Hatha Vinyasa. Tanja is also an engaging storyteller using the wisdom of stories and symbolism to come into deeper understanding of ourselves and the universe.

Tanja is the first Rasa Yoga Teacher Trainer in Europe and continues to be guided and inspired by Sianna Sherman in her studies and teaching. Tanja has also studied with Para Yoga founder Yogarupa Rod Stryker since 2005 and is initiated into the SriVidya lineage by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute. Currently you can find Tanja teaching for her online community The Sadhana Collective in addition to guest workshops and trainings. She is also available for personal guidance and mentoring sessions. Tanja’s first book ‘Theming Skills for Yoga Teachers’ is is available as part of the Yoga Teaching Guides series for Singing Dragon. Tanja is registered E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance US and a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK.

On this retreat morning sessions will provide more energising Solar asana practices and flows as well as pranayama and meditation, to set you up for the day. Afternoon sessions will have a more nourishing Lunar quality and include slow flow, restorative yoga, meditation and yoga nidra (guided relaxation) as well as storytelling, yogic philosophy, chanting, contemplation and journalling practices. In this way balance of your inner Sun and Moon energies will be cultivated to restore harmony and peace within.

Tanja is experienced in catering for all levels of practitioner, from complete beginners to those with lots of yoga experience – all are welcome to practice at their own pace.



Wade Gotwals

Wade found yoga in the late 90’s during his travels and since then has made it his passion to discover alternative techniques for furthering growth of mind and spirit and for healing the body. He’s taught in Asia, Greece, South America and the U.S. and is always excited about sharing new discoveries.

Wade teaches a unique fusion of styles derived from his travels and from the inspirations of teachers like Dharma Mittra and Rusty Wells. His certifications in Ashtanga/Vinyasa, Thai and Intuitive Massage, and Touch for Health added with his meditation and Advaita studies in India with Ramesh Balsekar have given him many gifts to be thankful for and share with others…

His teaching style is structured but at the same time very playful and always gives options of openness, depth and strength so that everyone will be challenged and can share their energy. The Advaitic principles of ‘oneness and non separation’ are the dharmic principles to his teachings.

On his retreats you can expect a daily creative vinyasa flow based practice, with individual attention to challenging poses deconstructed and a daily restorative practice infused with meditation, dharma and thai yoga. He strives to find interesting ways to keep others inspired and connected and receiving inspiration from others is what keeps his love for yoga alive. www.wadeyoga.com


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