"The best yoga retreat in the world" - The Observer Magazine

Yoga Teachers

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.

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.

Daniela Schmid

Yogini, mother, spiritual activist, yoga studio founder Daniela is an experienced Vinyasa Yoga teacher and humble student who is immensely grateful for the gift of yoga inviting her to connect fully to the beauty of each moment.

She has studied with numerous known and unknown teachers following them around the world and welcoming them in her studio in Paris, France. She is as well an Esalen Massage and Myofascial Release therapist. Daniela weaves yoga philosophy and massage techniques into her teachings.

Her classes integrate dynamic vinyasa flow, precise alignment, meditation, visualization, intention and prayer to create an inner journey towards healing and empowerment. Taking yoga off the mat Daniela organises yoga workshops and events to raise awareness and money for different global as well as grassroot charities.

She supports especially the causes of children, women and nature. Daniela donates her time and her proceeds of her teaching in Ulpotha to 'Terre des hommes Core' in Tiruvannamalai.

Daniela is based in Paris, France, where she founded the world famous Rasa Yoga Rive Gauche studio www.rasa-yogarivegauche.com and Frankfurt, Germany, where she lives with her beloved husband and 4 year old son.

She teaches in her 2 hometowns and leads workshops and retreats worldwide. Daniela and her studio in Paris were recently featured in the American Yoga Journal.

Giel Vandecaveye

Giel is one of Belgium's top Vinyasa teachers and is based in Ghent where he teaches regular classes and one-on-ones.

Years ago, Giel found out that yoga could bring peace and structure into his rather chaotic and hectic life, through meditation and consistent asana practice.

It was the joyous enthusiasm of Johan De Backer that made Giel decide to immerse himself in yoga philosophy and asana study. Johan enabled him to become profoundly aware of the power of deep meditation during his 5 years teacher training at the Institute for Patanjala Yoga where the Yogasutra of Patanjali and the Himalaya Yoga tradition were the core teachings. The emphasis on the spiritual and meditative essence of yoga was the solid foundation for the further evolution of Giel's own practice.

Giel completed his training in the spirit of the Himalaya masters by taking the courses of Yogacharya Lalit Kumar, direct student of Swami Vedhabarathi, grand master in the Himalaya Yoga tradition (RYT500). Lalit refined Giel's techniques and performance by focusing on the alignment in the B.N.S. Iyengar tradition.

The fluent dynamic movements of Ashtanga-Vinyasa Yoga, based on the original traditions of both masters, make his courses soft in building up, intense in performance, deep in breathing and joyously uplifting.

Giel has since been teaching yoga at Yoga-On-Call in Ghent, Belgium, and in other retreats around the world. He also offers one-on-one classes with a very personal approach via 37° Yoga, his own organisation, adapting yoga to personal needs and possibilities, adjusting meditation and asanas.

In Ulpotha, Giel will be offering a fun dynamic class in the morning, adapted to all levels, and a more relaxing class in the afternoons to welcome in the evening.

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 Meditation and 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.

Jovinna Chan

Jovinna was born and raised in a village in Singapore. Inspired by the sacred temples and forests surrounding her home, she developed a sense of awe and reverence for daily living. The challenges that presented themselves throughout her early years strengthened her belief and her practice of love, faith, and kindness towards oneself and others.  Her teaching is strongly influenced by these elements.

Loving and fearless, Jovinna radiates warmth, self-acceptance, and compassion. The experiences and inquiries she brings to her students are full of that wonder. Jovinna is masterful in holding and creating sacred space for deep joy and transformational experiences.  She teaches many 200hr and 500hr yoga teacher training, yoga and conscious dance workshops and radiates an alive quality in the joy of movement that students and participants find liberating. Gifted and authentic, Jovinna is a well-respected teacher in yoga, conscious dance, and self-expression.

During your retreat,  Jovinna will design and facilitate effective and accessible yoga and conscious dance classes to create a field for deep relaxation and rejuvenation.  Using the teachings of asana, pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy, and Soul Motion™ conscious dance practice Jovinna guides you to:

  • Get fully into your body
  • Cultivate awareness, presence, and stillness
  • Release fear, inhibition, and judgment
  • Express yourself spontaneously and authentically
  • Move in ways that feel nourishing and supportive

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. Malaika has been practicing yoga for over 18 years, which she has combined with teaching and performing African dance. Yoga and meditation have now become her refuge and tool for self-transformation.

Malaika completed her yoga teacher training in Australia in 2005 in the ISHTA system (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda). ISHTA is a holistic approach to creating a balanced yoga practice embodying its multi-dimensional nature.Since then, Malaika regularly teaches private and group classes in Australia, Costa Rica, Canada and Hawaii. She also created 'The Ultimate Journey', a five-day initiation retreat for women and elemental Trance Dance, an ecstatic dance journey through the 5 elements. Malaika is also a fully qualified Lomi Lomi therapist, a massage based on the traditional Hawaiian art of healing.

Her yoga classes provide a blend of ancient and contemporary teachings catered to your individual needs and she will encourage you to respect and listen to your own body using Pranayama and Visualisation to purify and quieten the mind Asana to stretch, strengthen and balance the body. Meditation to expand your awareness and cultivate loving compassion for yourself and others, and Dance to reconnect mind, body and spirit and celebrate the gift of life.You will be guided through a practice geared to bring you well-being, greater self awareness, inner and outer balance of the sacred Masculine and Feminine, and ultimately self-transformation and inner healing. In Ulpotha she will be combining yoga and 5 Elements Dance Activation™. Her teachings are suitable for beginners and intermediate levels.

Mika de Brito

Mika teaches regular group and private classes in Paris and holds retreats around the world. His wise and playful retreats in Ulpotha since 2007 are extremely popular, so be sure to book early.

Mika started yoga at aged 21 with Baptiste Marceau, one of France's foremost Astanga teachers, who was later to become a good friend and mentor.

Mika was a musician at that time, though yoga had such a pull for him that he left Paris a year and a half later to concentrate on teaching. In 2002 he met a swami in India who offered to teach him tantric yoga. For the next 3 years he traveled between Paris and Rishikesh in India.Many people were asking for private classes, so he started to travel the world, from New York to Morocco to Mongolia to give classes and retreats!

In 2010, he created YOGALAB with Marco Prince, creating sound-immersed yoga for events around the world. For more information, see www.mika-yoga.fr.

Molly Harragin

Molly is a joyous Jivamukti-inspired teacher from London where she teaches at a number of studios as well as to private and corporate clients. She also leads retreats and teaches events and festivals around Europe.

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. It is here that she found her yogic home, attracted to a system that managed to translate the ancient yogic teachings into a modern day setting. She loved the way Jivamukti yoga made a constant correlation between the yoga practice and life off the mat and helped Molly to see the practice as a way of transforming health, cultivating mindfulness, and reconnecting us back to our planet and to one another.

Molly then became a certified Yoga Therapist after studying at Yogacampus in London and has trained in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Yoga Therapy is a way of tailoring yoga to any individual medical conditions 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 holistically as a multi-layered being.

Her 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 kirtans. A special focus is placed on alignment and breathwork in asana (postures) 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 which 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. 

Nigel Gilderson

Nigel Gilderson has been teaching yoga in the UK and on retreats around the world since 1997. He is founder and senior teacher of Brockwell Lido yoga centre in London.

Nigel Gilderson's teaching has evolved over the years and incorporates a blend of many yoga styles, with influences from tai chi and shadow yoga and Alexander technique integrating the celebration of the heart, universal principles of alignment, and balanced energetic action in the performance of asana. Each student's abilities and limitations are deeply respected and honored. The practice builds strength, flexibility, and stamina as well as bringing awareness to the internal creating, capturing and cultivating energy.

Students move from one posture to another in a continual flow and link movements to breath. The use of gentle vinyasa enables the natural progression from one asana to another with a sense of ease and fluidity, ending in a deep and peaceful relaxation.As well as the yoga, Nigel will facilitate practices based on Tai Chi, Qi Gong and bodywork to deeply connect with the natural environment of Ulpotha and its surroundings. For more information, see www.awayoga.com.

Philippa Asher

Philippa is one of a few Ashtanga yoga practitioners in the world to receive the Advanced Certification (the highest teaching qualification) awarded by K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.

She regularly practices the first four series with her teachers at KPJAYI and has Gurujis and Sharaths blessing to teach the Primary Intermediate and Advanced Ashtanga Series.

Philippa established and taught the Triyoga Soho Ashtanga Self Practice programme for several years before moving to South India to work on an exciting project to bring Ashtanga yoga, to all levels of practitioner in nature.

She honours the traditional Ashtanga Yoga method (as taught in Mysore) and also holds a BA (hons) in Dance and Post Graduate Certificate in the Education of Adults (Surrey University).

Philippas dedicated passion for Ashtanga yoga her background as a trained dancer and her experience as a qualified teacher give her a deeply intuitive and sound understanding of bodies yoga asanas people and how they learn. Her approach to teaching and learning asana is serious yet lighthearted and joyful.

Morning and afternoon classes at Ulpotha will cover:

- Concepts of the Ashtanga practice

- Yoga philosophy

- Technique and safe alignment

- Led classes

- Self Practice

- Meditation and pranayama

For more information about Philippa see www.ashtangaphilippa.com

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.

Stephen Ewashkiw

Stephen Ewashkiw is a travelling yogi and adventurer. He is Canadian, and British, and has called many cities home, including Vancouver, Los Angeles, and London.

Stephen leads inspiring, adventurous, and educational yoga events around the world. He regularly teaches in Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China, as well as around Europe, where he is currently teaching in Helsinki, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, and beyond.

Stephen teaches students to find the clarity and courage to live their own adventures through Adventure Yoga. Adventure Yoga classes are alignment-infused, active, intelligently sequenced, instructional classes. Sometimes classes are vinyasa-based, sometimes class will slow down for more focus on specific anatomical lessons. Stephen is passionate about teaching students in a fun, adventurous, yoga environment that will teach you to find your own courage and strength. It is his belief that we should all be able to live our best lives and to live our OWN lives and his teachings are infused with this philosophy.

Stephen's yoga journey started in Los Angeles, where he taught full-time, while studying with Darren Rhodes, Christina Sell, Noah Mazé, Chris Chavez and many other amazing teachers. Stephen is registered with the Yoga Alliance as RYT500, ERYT200. In 2013, he left Los Angeles to travel the world by bicycle with his wife, Jane. They cycled through 22 countries, covering 18,000 km or so. Since then, he graduated from Noah Mazé’s YOGAMAZÉ 300-Hour Teacher Training and has taught yoga to students in more than 20 countries around the world.

In Ulpotha, Stephen's morning sessions will be focussed on yoga postures (asana), combining Vinyasa and Hatha for an energizing start to the day. Expect active, intelligently sequenced, instructional classes.  In the evening classes, we will focus on the more contemplative aspects of yoga, like breathwork (pranayama), meditation, and mantra and how they work in combination with your asana practice.

Find out more about Stephen at: http://www.myfiveacres.com/yoga


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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Bo and Shirley Srey

Originally from New York, Bo Srey has been on staff in major studios in San Francisco, Singapore, and Thailand. Bo and his wife Shirley offer workshops, immersions, and teacher trainings internationally and are two of Ulpotha's leading teachers.

Bo views teaching yoga as service, drawing on 20 years as a student of an awakened master to enrich his hatha yoga classes. This auspicious meeting in 1998 kick started a life-long journey in the practices of meditation, mantra, karma yoga and self-inquiry. He began formally teaching yoga in 2002.

He was certified as an Anusara yoga teacher in 2009, becoming the first certified teacher in Asia. Anusara is a principle-centered, alignment-based yoga school, which at the time had one of the most rigorous certification processes in the industry. Even though he now teaches in his own intuitive way, including drawing from a lifelong love of martial arts, he still uses Anusara’s highly effective alignment principles. His classes are also influenced by Tony Briggs, a senior Iyengar teacher from the San Francisco Bay area, with whom he has studied and apprenticed in-depth. In addition, he is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 credentialed teacher.

Generally, his classes include a dynamic flow punctuated by clear alignment instructions and demonstrations. In his teaching, he also seeks to impart the understanding that 'aligning and flowing' can have a deeper implication: that of connecting us to our profound state of intuitive wisdom and joy—the awakened state of flow.

Originally from the New York area, he has taught at major studios in San Francisco, Singapore, and Thailand. Currently based in Singapore, he and his wife Shirley teach workshops, present at yoga conferences, and offer deeper immersions and teacher trainings, both locally and internationally. His deepest wish is that his students and all beings awaken and abide as pure Awareness. 

Shirley Srey is the first certified Prajna yoga teacher in Asia and former licensed Anusara-Inspired yoga teacher (2008-2012).  In 2006, she completed a comprehensive 200-hour Prajna Yoga Teacher Training with Tias Little in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  In 2008, Shirley was honoured to assist Tias at his Yoga Anatomy Teacher Training and Prajna Immersion in Singapore.  She also assisted him at a yoga conference in Hong Kong.

Since Shirley started studying yoga in June 2005, she has completed more than 2,000 hours of Anusara yoga training.  Her training includes more than 200 teacher training hours directly with the founder, and hundreds of teacher training and immersion study hours assisting Asia's first certified Anusara yoga teacher, Bo Srey.

Additionally, she has over 500 training hours with teachers from various disciplines, including Edward Clark, Ana Forrest, David Swenson, Matthew Sweeney, Shiva Rea, Sharon Gannon, and David Life.  As a student of meditation, chanting, service and contemplation, she has studied and practiced seva at an ashram in Ganeshpuri, India.  Her primary teacher and main influence is Bo Srey, whom she continues to study with to date, as she assists and supports him as his wife, and in his teaching.  A lover of creative movement and expression of the Heart, Shirley explores the elements of precise alignment, lightness, fluidity, and playfulness in her classes. 

To connect with Bo & Shirley , please visit www.spandananda.com

Geoff Mackenzie

Vancouver-based Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher Geoff Mackenzie is a firm believer in the highly adaptable and therapeutic nature of yoga practice. As such, he always places the needs of each individual student first and foremost.

Breath/mind/body awareness, effective vinyasa methodology and hands-on assistance in key postures are all foundational components of his classes.

Students can expect Geoff's morning sessions to be a playful, dynamic, yet deep exploration of the fundamental yoga asanas: utilizing simple, adaptable postures, particular breathing techniques and subtle, internal energetic connections, each student can discover lightness, strength, poise and focus, regardless of previous experience.

Gentler-paced afternoon sessions often include detailed and practical insights into technique, but draw most inspiration from the quieter side of practice, creating focused, calm states where equilibrium can be restored and awareness cultivated.

Geoff began yoga practice as a curious surfer living in Bali in 1998, simply seeking to improve his breathing, agility and mental focus. Suffice to say he found all that and much more: the 'more' including the deep desire to share the benefits of practice with all who care to give it a try. Upon completing a teacher training course in 2004, Geoff began conducting daily classes in Victoria and then Vancouver, Canada. In 2006 he took his first trip to India, to study at the K.Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, where he now returns every year for extended periods.

Geoff is Authorized at Level 2 by his teacher, (KPJAYI Director) Sharath Jois, to teach the Primary and Intermediate series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Since 2010 he has been quite nomadic, teaching extensively in North America, Europe and Asia, sharing yoga practice with people of all ages, abilities and walks of life.

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 country'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. 

James DeMaria

One of Ibiza's top yoga teachers, James DeMaria 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. 

After a varied and international performance career, James began studying Astanga Vinyasa Yoga. Eventually this personal passion led to teaching and a deeper enquiry into the many facets of Yoga as a road to freedom, harmony and good health.

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.  As we begin to focus inward and forget the outer world, habitual patterns of being & thinking are transformed, leaving us to live in freedom without the limitations of our minds. 

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. 

Laura Gilmore

Laura’s teaching is adapted for the specific needs of the students, giving a deeply nurturing experience and the opportunity for supported self-healing. Laura conveys the true spirit and philosophy of yoga through movement and stillness, warmth and humour. With more than 25 years practice and 15 years teaching experience, her deep knowledge and intuition enable students to experience positive transformation, both physical and mental.

There will be four hours of practice each day. The morning session will be Hatha based, with posture work to explore, energise and balance the body and mind. The afternoon work will include restorative practice, deeply releasing flowing practices and bio-energetic work, to balance and stimulate the flow of prana within the subtle body. Each day will also include pranayama and meditation related to our theme that day.

Laura is a creative, inspiring teacher, responding to the needs of the students before her, while relying on the yogic wisdom passed down from her teachers and studies. Most recently she has studied chakras with Anodea Judith, Subtle body wisdom with Tias Little, and for more than 25 years she has studied Iyengar, Hatha yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga with some of the world’s most experienced teachers.  She has also studied Zen and Vipassana meditation, and pranayama and this is integral to her practice and teaching.

Lorraine McConnon

Lorraine first studied with BKS Iyengar in 1986. She has been a life long practitioner of yoga since the age of 16 yrs and has continued to study and teach both at home and abroad since then. She has a Senior Level One teaching qualification.

Her teaching manner is warm yet precise, informed with the knowledge of over 25 yrs teaching experience.

A full time yoga teacher based in London, Lorraine teaches yoga to many people from different walks of life, including school children, the corporate sector, the Metropolitan police and trainee and qualified yoga teachers. Lorraine has contributed to several yoga magazines. For details of published articles see www.artofyoga.co.uk.

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith embodies all things yoga and holds true to her personal belief in freedom. She is truly an example of living life !

Melissa, Yoga Alliance ERYT® 500 in Yoga Therapeutics, Yoga Teacher Trainer, Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner  and AcroYoga® Level 2 Certified Teacher. Native Texan, Melissa currently lives in Calgary, Canada with her 2 sons and leads Love and Service Retreats in Southeast Asia, France and the United States.

In Ulpotha, Melissa will be offering a dynamic slow flow in the mornings and a restorative practice in the evenings.  She will also offer a few AcroYoga sessions for those who'd like to try it out.

Melissa’s therapeutic approach to Yoga is one of personal empowerment.  This healing and restorative approach within a slow flow is designed to wake up dull areas of the body through awareness, yoga prop support and breath. The class will encompass stability and strength, flexibility and mobility, and finally, relaxation and release. The fluid movement and long held poses will energize and restore the heart, mind and body and are accessible for every body. Melissa offers modifications and prop support to work with each student where they are today and specializes in working with injuries and individual student's needs. This individualized approach within a group settling offers each student the ability to create more ease, challenge or adaptations at any level of skill. Suitable for beginners to more experienced practitioners.
Melissa’s evening Restorative Yoga sessions promote deep relaxation and recuperation, support for a strong body, mind and spirit connection. Strategic placement of Yoga props encourage a more peaceful, restful experience. Postures can be supine, seated, or prone and are held for a minimum of 2-5 minutes. A restorative practice supports in order to restore. Perfect for the unplugged, tranquil experience that Ulpotha offers. Some benefits of a restorative practice include: powerful relaxation tools to access a state of withdrawal from our busy mind and thoughts, clarity and connection to mind and spirit, renewed energy and access to the parasympathetic nervous system which is our rest and digestive system for calming the body. 
Melissa’s evening practices may also include therapeutic flying (acroyoga) which will foster community, trust and is super fun and relaxing; Yoga Nidra (a long meditation within Savasana or final resting pose); or Guided Thai Yoga massage. 

Mithila Ubayasekara

In Mithi's yoga classes, we work seriously and laugh a lot. Yoga is a path of Spirit, most importantly about how to be in high spirits through anything and everything.

A lifelong passion for dance and movement and an upbringing in Ayurveda (the Indian science of life), led Sri Lankan born Mithila to work with dance in 1997 and yoga and meditation in 2002. After having left a 6 year career in systems software consulting she now works with yoga, dance, meditation and bodywork primarily based in Gothenburg, Sweden but travels the world for teaching and study. She is trained by GGI in Swedish Classic Massage, Wat Pho trained in Thai Reflexology Foot Massage and does body work infused with yoga therapy.

With a spirit determined to live an authentic life and to guide others in finding their true paths, Mithila continues her studies in spiritual awakening. With a background in Ashtanga Vinyasa basics, teacher training in Classic Hatha Yoga at White Lotus Foundation, Santa Barbara, and Ulrica Norbergs Power Vinyasa Yoga, she has journeyed with Anusara and classic Hatha teachers and now studies with teacher Jonathan Monks of Yogamonks and Kriya Yogananda in the UK.

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Nicolas Shanti

Paris-based Nicolas Shanti's Raja yoga brings strength, flexibility and calm through asana, pranayama, chanting and meditation.

Nicolas first discovered yoga in 1995 during his first voyage to India. Returning to Paris, he studied at the Sivananda Center in Paris and Orleans and became a certified teacher in 2001. From 2000-2003, he began practicing traditional Astanga both in Paris and Mysore and took courses with David Williams, Danny Paradise and Darby. He went on to develop his Vinyasa practice during Jivamukti and Anusara workshops in the US and in France.

In 1999, he began a daily meditation practice and decided to become a teacher of Raja Yoga. Since 2007, he has been studying Kriya Yoga techniques and Satyananda Yoga with Monica Neuvy, Micheline Flak, and the Gianfremi brothers at the Satyananda Ashram in Brittany.

For the past ten years, Nicolas has been studying, practicing and teaching Yoga on a daily basis and spends 2-3 months in India every year deepening his knowledge of yoga. He teaches in Paris at the Rasa Yoga center among other studios, as well as privately and runs the Yoga studio at Paradis Plage in Morocco.

Integrating the dynamism of vinyasa with the precision of traditional Indian teachings, Nicolas also likes to introduce the subtleties of Raja yoga into his teaching. During his classes, one will be encouraged to concentrate on breathwork during flowing postures, and to focus on energy circulation and balance in the true spirit of traditional Indian hatha. Emphasis is placed on postural alignment in each asana and relaxation (yoga nidra) is an important part of each class, allowing one to completely let go. All levels are welcome.

Padma Nair

Padma Nair is a native Keralan who, unusually for an Indian woman, has developed a strong reputation internationally. Padma is highly educated in Yoga, Sanskrit, Psychology, and holds a Masters in Indian Philosophy. Padma first trained in Hatha Yoga in 1980, qualified as a teacher with Sivananda’s Yoga Acharya in 1997, Yoga Siromani in 2001. She qualified to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga from Mysore in 2013. (Since 1980 Padma has been studying yoga with many teachers all around the world).

Warm and humorous she has been teaching Yoga and Chavutti Thirummal (a deep form of Ayurvedic Massage complementary to Yoga) for over 28 years to her students all around the world.

Welcoming all levels from beginners to the more experienced, Padma’s yoga is traditional and classical - fusion of three different schools – gentle Sivananda, precise Iyengar and energetic Ashtanga. With this wide repertoire of approaches, Padma’s teaching can take into consideration that each individual is different. Every class has a different energy as she tailors the guidance to suit her student’s needs. Padma is a gently challenging teacher, over 4 or 5 days she watches what you are capable of and senses when, in a safe manner, you can do more than you believed possible. At these points she gives you individual guidance and support. In inelegant moments, there is often a peal of laughter, you try again and your range expands!

Padma and her Yogashala have been featured in the Huffington Post & in The Guardian in 2014, in The Times in 2013. For more info see www.padmakarma.com

Reema Datta

Reema Datta is an Indian-American teacher, speaker, author, musician and mother who has dedicated her life to offering yoga as holistic practice leading to healing and lasting peace.  

Born into a family of yogis and a graduate of Vassar College and the London School of Economics (Msc), Reema left her life working for the United Nations in New York City in 2000 and has been teaching Yoga and Ayurveda internationally since 2002.  She founded the Usha Yoga Foundation, which has brought yoga to marginalized communities in India, Rwanda, the UK and the US.

Reema leads retreats and 200 and 300-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher trainings in Yatri Yoga which focuses on Yoga's therapeutic roots. Her students range from singer songwriter Sting, Paul Simon and Edie Brickell to humanitarian Zainab Salbi, royal family members of Rajasthan and students across the globe.  She has collaborated with musicians such as Manose Singh, Ronu Majumdar and Krishna Das.

Yatri - Yoga for Emotional Healing™, developed by Reema, begins with understanding how our thought patterns and emotions affect our mental and physical well being.  Antidotes for destructive emotions such as anger, anxiety, depression, attachment, fear and loneliness are taught through practices based in movement, meditation and psychotherapies.

Yatri incorporates prayer, ritual, dance, ceremony, song and the cultivation of a tribe for a lifetime of support, collaboration and joint evolution.

Reema is co-author with Leza Lowitz of Sacred Sanskrit Words for Yoga, Chant and Meditation. She has two music albums released by Nettwerk Music which are available on iTunes and Amazon. Reema is also author of the companion manual for YATRI: Check Your Heart Awareness Practice. Please visit www.reemadatta.com

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 Massage Therapies, Diet /Nutrition and Vedic Chanting. 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 (Breath work 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.

Stephen Thomas

Zurich-based Stephen Thomas teaches a dynamic transformative approach to Classical Hatha Yoga that balances his many years in the Ashtanga System with the alignment approach of the great master B.K.S. Iyengar. He also borrows inspiration from his interest in Tibetan Buddhism and the powerful, life affirming Yoga practices of a Tantric Yoga philosophy. His classes, workshops and teacher trainings cover the range of Hatha Yoga practices from asana, to pranayama, mantra, and meditation.

Stephen Thomas comes from Vancouver, Canada where he originally discovered his yoga practices and teaching. After being guided into the foundations of Yoga, he began teaching at a studio that he co-founded. The years at that mountainside studio were a period of intense creativity and energy which would transform the coming years.

He eventually left Canada for Asia to deepen his studies and understanding of Yoga, Buddhism and the essence of life. He now studies under his spiritual and pranayama guru, Sri. O.P. Tiwari. As his major teachers and influences Stephen also lists Sri. K Pattabhi Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar, Richard Freeman, Dharmanidhi Saraswati and Paul Dallaghan. He continues to visit India, Tibet and Sri Lanka as a seeker on the path and as a yoga pilgrim.

The intention of his teaching work is to present Yoga in its classical form, as a way rediscovering our essential nature and awakening to our fullest potential in all aspects of life. His approach mixes a reverence for the original teachings, with a lightness, creativity and humility that allows students to make there own deep enquiry from a foundation of knowledge and experience.

Stephen is currently based in Taiwan during his months in Asia, and Zurich during the summers. He has also been a part of the Yoga Thailand community since it opened in 2003. He teaches immersions, teacher intensives and classes throughout Asia and Europe. More information can be found at www.stephenthomasyoga.com


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Below are some of the yoga teachers that have worked with Ulpotha in the past

Amanda Latchmore

Amanda began practising Yoga over 35 years ago and has been teaching since 1997. She runs classes in Harrogate, and workshops and teacher trainings throughout the UK. Her aim is to help students develop embodied awareness and greater ease of movement. To this end Amanda creatively incorporates her studies of Body-Mind Centering and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga into a flowing vinyasa form. Qualifications include-Integrative Bodywork and Movement Education Diploma. British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma.

Annoushka Hempel

Yoga trains the body, mind and soul to allow us entry into the magic world of inner meditation. Through the intense practice of Yoga Kriyas postures combined with specific breath awareness including Mantra, the cells of the body are invigorated, electrified made alive. As each student of yoga is gently pushed to find their 'edge' and work that limit within themselves, the chattering of the mind gently ceases as the senses and intellect move inwards through the skin, muscle and bone-to reach that place of no name to attain strength, peace, centeredness and self-awareness 'the inner sanctum'. Beginners and advanced students alike will be gently pushed to ultimately challenge themselves, through friendly and specific guidance culminating in a deeper understanding of the hows and whys of yoga and the peacefulness that is the fruit of a fulfilling practice. Anand Kaur /Annoushka Hempel.

Annoushka first met yoga in 1987 exploring the teachings of Sivananda, Iyengar and Astanga Yoga. After 13 years of training in Asana practice she was introduced to the world of Kundalini Yoga. After becoming a certified teacher of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with training in Spiritual Counselling, Annoushka opened her first Yoga Studio in London in 2000. In 2003 she moved to Sri Lanka and opened a Yoga Studio in Galle. Following the tsunami she moved to Colombo and she continues to explore the world of Asanas and Kundalini.

Annoushka's yoga retreats incorporate asana practice in the mornings and Kundalini in the afternoons, using the posture practice in the mornings to prepare the body for the deep internally transformative work in the afternoons.

Deepa Moodgal

Deepa has been living and breathing yoga for over 14 years and was brought up in a family where yoga was so much part of her daily life. She has studied under the guidance of some of the most well known and respected yoga teachers around the globe, and she offers gratitude to her immediate teacher Shiva Rea who contiunes to inspire her along her yoga path and to her beautiful beautiful son who is simply a magical ball of Prana and to all her students, friends and fellow teachers for their love, strength and encouragement over the years.

Deepa's classes are Bhakti (devotional) led where emphasis is on a dynamic yet nuturing creative flow of asana practice and her students are encouraged to stay present by connecting to their true inner feelings, through deep awareness of their breath-the vital life force-Prana.

In a practice she will often work with the energy that her students present to her rather than to a specific structure or routine, laying emphasis on structural alignment movement meditations and Mudras (Hand gestures). Classes will be more Solar and Dynamic led in the morning with awareness on Pranayama and Kriyas, with the afternoon sessions being more Lunar and Restorative in nature with guided meditations and deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra). Deepa believes that yoga is a gift and a universal path and she offers her practice and study of yoga to everyone with whom she comes into contact.

Edward Clark

Mr. Clark began studying yoga in 1979. Noteworthy among his teachers are Narayani and Giris Rabinovitch, but he confesses huge admiration for the Ashtanga Vinyasa, Sivananda, Iyengar and Viniyoga practices. The technique Tripsichore uses is a synthesis of many aspects of yoga. Tripsichore Yoga Theatre have thrilled audiences around the globe and havebeen hailed as some of the most innovative practitioners of vinyasa yoga. Tripsichore is about to reveal some of the secrets of their technique.Sequestered in their studio in London, England, the company has worked dailyfor the past 10 years to devise and refine yoga techniques of asana, pranayama, pratayahara, dharana, and dhyana.making excursions out to perform their creations to audiences worldwide. Until now, their techniques have only been taught to a very few.

Granville Cousins

UK-based Granville has been practicing Yoga for 30yrs-17 of them devoted to teaching. His Iyengar background has been enhanced by his time practicing with BKS Iyengar at the Ramamani Institute in Pune, India. He has been inspired to study with well known and respected Yogis such as Derek Ireland, Radha and David Swenson. Although Granville is recognized as one of the foremost Astanga teachers in the country, he is increasingly being drawn to the traditional practices of the ancient yogis. Granville places great importance on classical Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation which has led him to develop his dynamic yogAsana-a series of integrated asanas brought together in a flowing sequence concentrating on meditative awareness. His wide expertise enables all students to move confidently through his Yoga sessions ensuring everybody can develop their practice safely and with awareness.

Granville leads popular workshops and yoga holidays throughout the year in a friendly and relaxed way, with many yoga students returning year after year.

Kathy Roberts

Kathy has been teaching since 1997. Her formal training includes Iyengar and Sivananda Teacher Training, a Yoga Therapy Diploma and a 3-year Astanga Vinyasa course with Graeme Northfield. She has also worked in depth with John Scott, Dona Holleman and Sarah Powers, who have greatly influenced her yoga and teaching style. More recently she has been working with Clive Sheridan and incorporating more pranayama and meditation into her practice and teaching.

Kathy has been teaching with Gingi Lee at his Astanga studio in South London for a number of years, and teaches in a Vinyasa flow style in other London studios and privately. Her teaching is grounded in the alignment of the Iyengar system but greatly influenced by the dynamic flow of astanga, while incorporating more restorative practices as appropriate. Her hope is to make yoga accessible to all, whatever level. Having been a massage therapist she tends to use touch a lot as a tool for teaching.

Laura Grace

Laura Grace started her Ashtanga journey in 2006 having practiced Yoga on and off since the age of 14. She travelled to India to practice yoga in the homeland and spent four months of hard graft at Ashtanga Auroville with Monica Marinoni. She then went to Sri Lanka to practice with Kathy Cooper. She returned to Europe and completed her Teacher Training at Ashtanga Yoga Paris with the inspiring Gerald Disse and Linda Munro. She then landed in the beautiful rolling Devonshire hills in the UK and continued her training with the knowledgeable and wise John Evans, who she highly values as one of her main teachers.

Maui called her and she went to train for with Nancy Gilgoff immersing herself in the second series and attentively learning from one of the most senior teachers in the lineage. Nancy was the first western woman to learn the Ashtanga practice and was responsible for bringing it back to the west. Laura has studied in depth with Nancy and continues to seek her knowledge and wisdom, so that she can teach in a way that respects and follows the traditional Ashtanga Yoga Practice.

Laura landed at ecoYoga, where she now lives, works and plays.....

Laura teaches in a way that is soft and supporting, moving at your own pace and building strength and stamina at a speed that each individual is comfortable with. She believes strongly that is a personal practice and one that has to be tailored to fit each person.

Nick Loening

Nick has been practicing and teaching Yoga for over thirty years. His personal Yogic journey has led him to many teachers spread over many continents.

In 1998 he founded the Yoga Centre in Edinburgh which introduced the Ashtanga system to Scotland. In 2005 he opened the ecoYoga Centre with his wife Rachel.

His style is pragmatic and enquiring. He believes Yoga is both a science and an art and constantly returns to the fundamentals of a Yoga practice.

Nick’s classes are fun and light hearted. He puts a great emphasis on safe practice for beginners and carefully instructs on style and alignment of Yoga postures. Above all he strives to create space for individual development with gentle but challenging teachings.

Rajeev Kahn

Rajeev Kahn is Senior Instructor and Former Director of Learning and Development at Pure Yoga in Hong Kong and one of the most loved teachers in Paris.

Exposed to meditation at age 11 and asana at 16, Rajeev was certified to teach Ashtanga in his 20s and Anusara in his 30s but now teaches neither nor. Today the space his students and he co-create is one characterized by vitality, safety, mutual respect, admiration, and playfulness.

During his 5 years on faculty at Rasa Yoga Rive Gauche Rajeev was named a pointure (master teacher) in the book Paris Yoga. The Hong Kong-based Chicago native remains a dedicated student of Sri Baba Hari Dass whom he encountered in 2000. It is to Babaji that Rajeev credits his patience, humor, and optimism.

Angus Ford-Robertson

Angus has been teaching Yoga and Meditation since qualifying as a Sivananda Yoga teacher in 2001. Since then his contemporary approach has drawn on many teachings and has been influenced by Scaravelli, Iyengar, Yin Yoga and dynamic styles. He is indebted to a number of spiritual teachers, particularly Eckhart Tolle, Ajahn Sumedho and the late great Duncan McColl.

Angus' teaching is based on experience rather than theory and is supported by a deep personal understanding of the healing process. He derives great joy from seeing students discover their own inner stillness.Beyond spirituality, motorbikes, music, photography and discovering new lands, Angus' other loves include his partner Nadia, his two boys Rohan and Conor and his daughter Freya.

Cat De Rham

Hawaii-based Cat De Rham has been teaching since the mid-nineties. Schooled in both Astanga and Iyengar yoga, she teaches from the spirit of alignment. She is the author of 'The Spirit of Yoga'
Her workshops in Ulpotha focus on,

A grounding in the core princaples of alignment

Exploring one's internal energetic landscape through Asana

Pranayama and meditation

Dylan Bernstein and Alice Moulimois

Dylan Bernstein is a senior Ashtanga teacher at Pure Yoga in Hong Kong and Buddhist scholar.

Originally from the US, he had the good fortune to be introduced to Yoga and Zen meditation in 1988. Over the last 22 years, he has called upon the practice to engage the body, still the mind and study the soul. Lifelong interests in Asian philosophy, religion and poetry have inspired him to leave American soil and live all over Asia since 2001. During one of the years in India, he encountered Vijay Amar, who introduced him to Ashtanga Yoga and trained him to teach. Since then, he has been lucky enough to study under many of the worlds senior Ashtanga teachers.

The recent years have been spent travelling and teaching through a multitude of European and Asian locales. Dylan now spends half of the year running a Mysore program at Pure Yoga in Hong Kong. The other half finds him leading retreats, workshops and trainings in wonderful places almost as nice as Ulpotha! More information can be found at www.stillnessinaction.com.

Alice Moulimois

Alice hails from the sandy beaches of Noumea, New Caledonia. A graduate of Sciences Po Toulouse, she has been in Asia since 2009 - an auspicious year during which Alice was introduced to Buddhism, yoga asana and meditation. Extensive journeys through India have led her to study and practice with great asana teachers and spiritual masters of various traditions. In 2011, she obtained her Yoga Teacher Certification and learned Thai Yoga Massage.

In her yoga practice as in teaching, Alice values compassion, patience, curiosity and determination on the way to self-knowledge. She believes daily asana self-practice to be a powerful pathway to personal transformation and feels thankful for the opportunity to share this gift in such a precious environment as Ulpotha, one of her favorite places in the world.

At Ulpotha, Alice provides guidance based on her experience of the Ashtanga first series and offers classes in yin yoga, a restorative practice using gravity, slow breathing and mindfulness to gently open the body and free the mind. She is happy to help with English-French translation whenever needed and is looking forward to meeting you there!

Georgia Marnham

Brazil-based Georgia Marnham is a qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher with broad experience, having practised Iyengar Yoga for over 15 years, while teaching in Australia, England and South Africa. She has studied with senior Iyengar teachers from many countries and in 2006 she spent a month in Pune, India at the RMYI with 80 other teachers from around the world for more advanced learning with the founder, 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 poses that reflect the individual needs of each student. Classes will make use of a variety of props allowing correct alignment within the pose, so that the body feels energised and not strained, which is the hallmark of the Iyengar style.

Jean Hall

Jean's classes deeply integrate alignment of the Iyengar Yoga style with the flow of the Astanga Vinyasa Yoga Series to focus, release and energise body and mind. She also incorporates pranayama (breathing technique), meditation and yoga nidra (yoga relaxation and sleep).

She personally has been practicing yoga for 19 years, and initially started the practice as a complimentary training to her profession as a performer and dance artist. In 1995 she became a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher and since has continued to study other yoga forms in India (Sivananda in Kerela, Astanga with Pattahbi Jois in Mysore) and here in London.

She now teaches in London and internationally, running and teaching yoga retreats in places of natural beauty. Her pupils are of all levels, beginners to advanced to learning difficulties. With a Masters Degree in Performing Arts and her indepth dance and broad yoga experience she draws on her diverse background to share and teach the gift of yoga.

Katy Appleton

UK's Katy Appleton enjoyed a 10 year career as a dancer before devoting herself completely to yoga. She danced across the world with the Royal Ballet and English National Ballet, complimenting her dance career with the power of yoga's movements, breathing and relaxation techniques.

Katy qualified to teach yoga in 1998, after studying many different styles with some of the world's leading practitioners. Katy draws on her experiences to teach her own form of yoga, known worldwide as appleyoga. The appleyoga brand has published several yoga books and five bestselling DVDs by Katy, she also appears regularly on Sky TV.

Laura Smail

Yoga has played a major role in Laura’s life for the past 12 years.  As well as being a certified Yoga Teacher, she is also a trained Yoga Therapist, qualified in Ayurvedic Yoga Massage and is studying Tulayoga and Tulamassage.  For the past few years, Laura has divided her time between the UK and Asia, spending two seasons as a resident teacher in a retreat centre in North Goa, as well teaching on several international retreats.  When in London she teaches at two favorite East London studios: Yoga on the Lane and The Well Garden.

Inspired by the teachings of various styles of yoga, from Kundalini, to Scaravalli, to Ashtanga, she has drawn on the influences of teachers from all over the world.  Laura now teaches a combination of mindful Hatha and Vinyasa flow, weaving the wisdom of the 5 elements into her classes. By creating an awareness of earth, water, fire, air and space and using yoga poses, sequences and breath-work to unblock and strengthen these core energy channels, her intention is to bring us closer to ourselves and to nature.  

Morning classes will explore an energising and uplifting vinyasa style, while afternoon sessions will incorporate deeply restorative poses and explore simple meditations, yoga nidra and pranayama techniques.

With a successful career in the corporate world, Laura has firsthand experience and a deep understanding of the stresses of modern life. She is passionate about exploring the therapeutic benefits of yoga and guiding others along their paths to restore balance, health and happiness. Laura believes that the practice of yoga enables us to explore and release the physical tensions and emotional blockages that life builds around us, ultimately helping us to move closer towards our true essence.

Nilesh R. Tiwari

Nilesh’s journey to yoga has taken him through myriad philosophical thought systems and practices that fuel his life’s passion for practice and learning. He began studying yoga asana at primary school in India. He later spent many years studying yoga in various ashrams around India as well as in Mysore.

Throughout the years, he became fascinated by both the rigor and the subtle forms within the Ashtanga Vinyasa system. His study expanded to include Sivananda Yoga.

A former athlete, he has deep interest in the human body combined with keen observation skills and precise hands-on adjustment style. He understands the challenges and also the accessibility of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Mysore method and Sivanada style.

His teaching style is infused with kindness and humility, simplicity and lightheartedness. Nilesh strives to create a class environment that is non-intimidating, cheerful, inquisitive and one in which students are encourage to challenge themselves, and grow with the practice.

Nilesh R. Tiwari teaches in the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga. He is certified by BNS Iyengar and Ajay Kumar from Mysore. He also has been given the title Yoga Acharya - Master of Yoga from the International Sivananda Yoga Vendanta Center.

His shala is in Jakarta Indonesia where he currently been teaching for over 5 years (www.ashtangajakarta.com).