Dublin, IrelandVinyasa & Restorative Yoga, Mat Pilates(website coming soon)Dee is a student, teacher and obsessed yogi. She is a certified Hatha/Vinyasa yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga for over 8 years. She completed her 500hrYTT Purna Yoga in Byron Bay, Australia. Dee discovered yoga after struggling for many years with chronic illness and a demanding career in advertising and magazine publishing. Her passion is to teach classes in the Hatha/Vinyasa tradition with a focus on breathing and healthy alignment to promote spiritual and physical awareness, oh and to have fun. Dee enjoys teaching both dynamic and restorative classes for a full rounded practice. Finding stillness in breath and movement is the cornerstone of all her classes. She is also a qualified Anti-Gravity yoga & Pilates Mat Level 1&2 teacher.
Aachen, GermanyHatha Vinyasa Yoga(website coming soon)We don’t do yoga, yoga does us! For Nina Yoga is more than a means to express her creativity and aesthetics, but her Yoga practice also became an essential tool to combine physical wellbeing with mental peace. . She practice a playful and innovative method of Yoga inspired by her teacher Jonathan Monks (Urban Yoga Monkey) that teaches you how to unblock the ‘stuck’ places in our busy bodies and minds. It’s approach creates a lean, agile, powerful body with a chilled mind. She pays attention to powerful and dynamic flow sequences that are fun and awake the joy of life expressed in motion. In addition to Yoga, Nina has been working in the fashion industry doing hair and make up for big brands for the past 10 years. Travelling the world for work as well as for fun is another one of her passions. As a certified Hatha Vinyasa Yoga teacher (Member of Yoga Alliance USA) she is currently teaching in Germany, UK and Yoga Holidays.
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Vinyasa Yoga“I love Yoga and everything about it: The physical practice, the natural work with the power of the breath and also the challenges each one faces - the way it focuses everything on the present, bringing together body, mind & spirit. Yoga is so much more than just Asanas; it is about the choices we make and the actions we take.” In 2008, Saskia completed her 200 hour teacher training at Balance Yoga in Frankfurt. “Yoga is a journey of discovery in which we can make use of body and breath awareness to better understand our personality and thus create the basis for changes that enriches our lives. What yoga gives to me every day, I want to pass on to my students: Concentration on our inner power, the courage to face new challenges and be satisfied with what we are and what we have.” Saskia’s classes are powerful yet calming. The emphasis is always on having fun and being present and focused.
Helsinki, FinlandSauna YogaTiina Vainio holds master's degrees in social sciences and media studies. She developed the Sauna Yoga technique and is highly regarded as a yoga instructor. She has worked for 14 years with the world-renowned Les Mills International group fitness programs, as well as leading marketing and concept design projects with advertising and design agencies for various wellness brands. A few years ago she became inspired by the quiet room in a local health club in London, where people could sit in their bathrobes on sun loungers as they gazed silently through the window at the canalside. This felt very Finnish to Vainio, and it prompted her to think of the sauna, where it is natural to enjoy silence and to be quiet in the presence of other people. She began to refine her ideas into an activity to be done in the sauna. Now there are over 30 companies all over Finland that offer Sauna Yoga classes to their customers. There are 140 qualified trainers. In 2013, Sauna Yoga classes will also be launched in Sweden, Spain and Estonia.
'I like the way they look and feel on my skin. I also really appreciate the fact that they are ecologically sound.'
Tallinn, EstoniaHatha YogaI was first introduced to yoga back in 2007 in Lebanon and since then never stopped practicing. Inspired by my first yoga teacher, I passed the Sivananda TTC, then learned Art of Breathing in Art of Living Center in Estonia and Germany. Learned meditation in India, UK and Latvia in the Vipassana centers under the guidance of Goenkaji. I also learned Baby Yoga in UK under guidance of Uma Dinsmore-Tuli back in 2011. In 2013 studied yoga-in-depth with Mataji in Rishikesh Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
Frankfurt, GermanyYoga LehrerinXimena Gutiérrez, E-RYT Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance® *
She is a Certified Jivamukti Yoga® Instructor and Khalsa Way™ Prenatal Yoga Teacher originally trained in the Sivananda Yoga tradition. Her style, distilled from more than a decade of teaching experience, combines intense physical energy with compassionate guidance. In her classes and seminars she includes yoga lessons to encourage positive changes in daily life. Ximena is featured in the television series Aire Yoga, shown daily on PBS’s Spanish-language network V-me and is also a faculty member of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, the most trusted source for wellness and personal growth in the U.S. She hold Masters on Communication and Education and finalizing a Master Program on Raw and Vegan Nutrition.
'Environmentally friendly means all for me, Yoga is higher consciousness, thank you Wellicious for caring for mama tierra!'
Vienna, Austria8-year ballet training at the Palucca School Dresden and the Conservatory of the city of Vienna. Training to become a fitness trainer of the BafL (Federal Institute of Education), aerobics instructor and much more. Pilates trainer for mat with Juliana Afram. Afterwards Power Pilates training to become a studio-coach. 2004 opening of the own Pilates studio FIRST PILATES in Baden near Vienna. Additional training to become a teacher trainer and working as a presenter on international conventions. Worked as a trainer in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In addition, co-founder of the Pilates Association Austria and licensed Pilates instructor of the PMA (Pilates Method Alliance). Since 2013 the Director of School Education THE PILATES STANDARD (international Director Bob Liekens) for Austria.
Montpellier, FranceHatha Flow & Restorative Yoga(website coming soon)Cloé is a Hatha Flow Yoga Teacher in Montpellier in the south of France. Beside Hatha flow, she also teaches Restorative Yoga in her classes. She graduated with the YogaWorks 200 hours training, under direction of Celine Antoine.
Her yoga classes are based on the balance between precision & alignment for a deep, conscious & dynamic practice of asanas.
Her teaching is influenced by her practise which began many years ago : Sivananda, Hatha Yoga, Kripalu, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Anusara, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, etc. in France & abroad. Asana practice is a way to develop this interior awareness & living in the moment.
'I love Wellicious as it is an eco friendly brand & their clothing are stylish, feminine and I feel so comfortable in it during my yoga practice & teaching. Actually, I love to wear out my yoga mat in my day to day life : fashion, comfortable & attractive.'
Paris, FranceVinyasa Yoga, Yoga DETOX, Yin/StretchingI discovered yoga in my early ages with my aunt who was an incredible yoga & massage lover. Yoga was a way to release stress and bring more focus into my sportive activities, especially gymnastics that I practiced for over 10 years.
Soon after a horse-riding injury and with the beginning of the studies, I left those practices on the side, and then started a career as a computer science engineer but quickly felt very uncomfortable in this situation. The lifestyle, the work, the relationships, nothing was making sense to me anymore. It is during this life-crisis that I re-discovered yoga, which took me right back to my roots. Yoga quickly became part of my daily life and I soon decided to quit my job to start my journey into holistic healing and yoga.
I completed a first 200 hours Yoga Alliance Teacher certification in Hatha Yoga, Sivananda inspired, in India and have recently completed my 500 hours Advanced Yoga Teacher Certification in Ashtanga Yoga with Michel Besnard (direct student of B.K.S. Iyengar and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois) in Thailand. I also had the opportunity to practice and learn with world-renowned teachers such as Nora Mangiamele, Simon Park, Michel Besnard, Annie Carpenter, John Scott, etc and always continue to explore the wonderful world of yoga.
During this amazing journey I also discovered thai massage, reiki & energetic healing, and hypnosis that I actually practice in private consultations.
I am now teaching vinyasa flow, detox yoga and yin/stretching in private, group classes and workshops in Paris, and looking forward to organize retreats in the world to share my passion for yoga and holistic healing.
'I love Wellicious for the the super comfy clothes, incredible high quality and eco-friendly materials, and the chic yoga style.'
Los Angeles, CaliforniaJessica’s dedication and passion for movement began as a young child and has continued to flourish throughout her entire life. After earning a B.S. in Kinesiology, Exercise and Movement Science, at San Francisco State University, Jessica has completed the pre-medical academic curricula and coursework in neuromuscular science.
Starting with classical ballet, Jessica continues to practice and perform all forms of dance. After having received certifications in Gyrotonic and yoga, she teaches these disciplines in her private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Along with her private practice, Jessica volunteered in two Intensive Care Units at the University of California San Francisco Medical Hospital under the tutelage of Heidi Engle, DPT, a pioneer in the early mobilization program.
To prevent and treat disorders in diverse populations, Jessica is creating specific equipment that combines the gymnastic aspects of Gyrotonic/Yoga/ Pilates/Capoeira with traditional physical therapy techniques. Jessica’s dream is to be earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in the United States to endow her with the expertise and experience to transform her passion into her life’s work.
Jessica is continuing her studies in the field of physical therapy at Samuel Merritt University, DPT class of 2016. She is indebted to the physical therapy profession for changing her life on three different occasions: first, as a blossoming dancer, then to her trials with lower extremity paresis and lastly, to her volunteer experiences. Jessica's ambition is to evince physical therapy is preventive medicine and benefits all members of society.
Jonkoping, SwedenAshtanga YogaAnna was born in the USA and raised in Sweden. She used to be a fashion designer with dreams to commit fulltime to yoga and because dreams do come true that’s now what she is doing with her whole heart. She teaches Ashtanga yoga under the guidance of her teacher, Manju Pattabhi Jois, and owns two yoga schools in Sweden.
Munich, GermanyHatha YogaI am a trained and certified yoga teacher (WOYO® Hatha yoga teacher training, pre- and postnatal Vision Yoga) qualified social educator and a mother.
I teach Hatha yoga, which combines traditional yoga techniques with modern exercise principles. I use tools such as belts, balls, blocks and shoulder plates to prepare simple exercises for classical yoga postures.
The origin of yoga and the belief in the power of nature characterize my teaching. Particularly during my pregnancy, I got a lot of strength and confidence through yoga. My fear of a childbirth was enormous, but then my daughter came into this world through natural birth and was healthy. It was truly an amazing experience.
I come from a very sports-loving family and had my first encounter with yoga already when I was eight years old. I got a children’s yoga book and tried to the postures of crocodile, dog and lion... During my studies in 2002 I began to practice yoga regularly. I lived for some time in New York and London, where I met and visited some workshops with internationally known yoga teachers from different yoga styles such as “Bikram Yoga”, “Yoga Works”, “TriYoga”, “Jivamukti” and now “Laughing Yoga”. In 2011 I fulfilled my dream and completed a yoga teacher training at the WOYO® Club in Munich. Yoga has become an integral part of my life.
It is important for me to be respectful towards my body, mind and soul and also to pay attention to my diet and try or to learn something new each and every new day.
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Rome, ItalyPilates, GyrotonicHer professional skills are based on her experiences in dance and different disciplines of movement. She started in 1984 with classical ballet, then she moved towards experimentation of new languages and contemporary dance techniques, passing through martial arts until attaining in practicing free climbing. During her career she taught contemporary dance, collaborated as dancer, actress and choreographer, and she produced some plays on her own. Since 2003 she started practice Pilates and yoga and since 2005 she took up her profession with Polestar Pilates Education. She teaches Pilates method since 2006, collaborates with her education school and worked in the most important fitness centres of the city. From 2009 she has been directing her Pilates Studio in Rome, now called Loft Studio Cerere.
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London, United KingdomHimalayan Hatha Yoga, AyurvedaWith a 10 years background as a Human Resources Professional within the Financial Services sector, I started practising yoga in 2007 and ever since wanted to learn more about the philosophy behind. I appreciate the deep connection between body and soul in a way I never did before and how beneficial it is, not only physically but on a more subtle level. Through yoga I found access to myself, to my inner truth and to my soul – found peace within. In October 2010 I decided that I want to deepen this knowledge in India, the place of origin of Yoga & Ayurveda.
With the inspiration and support of my teacher Yogi Ashokananda I set off to Vrindaban in India, where this beautiful journey started. I still feel blessed for all the lovely experiences made during my trip and my studies in India and Thailand. In November 2011 – back from my trip – I started working for Wellicious, an eco-friendly, ethical yet feminine and luxurious yoga fashion brand and parallel to my work I certified as a Himalayan Hatha Yoga Teacher with Yogi Ashokananda. I am focussing on combining my professional skills with my yoga teaching and holistic skills. I am teaching in London and currently in Zurich where together with a friend we run detox weeks in spring and autumn. My passion for healthy lifestyle, helping others to understand the benefits of yoga, food, thoughts and behaviour is my vision...
Toronto, CanadaCristin developed her passion for physical movement as a young dancer in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and went on to earn Bachelors degrees in both Dance Performance Studies and Communications from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island where she graduated magna cum laude in 2005. After college, Cristin danced professionally with Boston’s most highly acclaimed contemporary dance company, Prometheus Dance from 2006-2009. During those years, she additionally choreographed numerous theatrical productions and taught various styles of dance in the Boston area while earning a 600-hour comprehensive certification in Pilates (mat, reformer, cadillac, wunda chair, high chair, barrels, magic circle and ped-o-pull) by the worldwide leading educator of classical Pilates, Power Pilates, NYC.
Cristin relocated to San Francisco in 2009 to start her first business, Brio Pilates and dedicate 15 months to a rigorous study of nutrition at Bauman College in Berkeley. Since 2005, Cristin has balanced her work with a hobby of working as a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) actor in many popular films, television shows and commercials.
Cristin is passionate about bringing supreme health to everyone that she is fortunate to reach. She believes that creating community through nutritious food and movement is the best way to do this. With her extensive professional experience in the fields of exercise, kinesiology, dance performance, and holistic nutrition, Cristin brings an abundance of knowledge to the table.
Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha YogaBorn in Toronto, Canada in 1978. I studied dance as a child modern, tap and ballet. Yoga and meditation was natural to me and I practiced as a child learning mainly from books. I was inspired by including Krishnamuti and Gandhi.
In 1996 I travelled to the north of India, Ladehk and studied Buddhist meditation. Afterwards, returning to practice yoga and meditation.
Moving to Los Angeles in 1998 for work in between travels I studied with Bikram Choudhury in his small studio on Robertson and Wilshire for several years, sometimes practicing twice a day. I noticed that this heated asana practice gave me great strength in my daily life.
In 2000 I moved to Paris and at the time there was no Bikram studio. I went back to practicing yoga through books and internet. Sivananda, Jivamukti and Iyengar yoga. Travelling to Africa and India and through Europe as a script supervisor and practicing different disciplines of yoga.
In 2002 I moved to Grasse in the south of france and lived a 'raw food lifestyle' and growing produce in the garden.
I started teaching Vinyasa and Hatha yoga in 2005 in Antibes. Afterwards I discovered Ashtanga yoga on one of my trips to India.
I opened a small studio in 2008 and began teaching Ashtanga yoga in 2009.
After many years of yoga I have found a yogic discipline that encompasses the many different schools I have practiced. I am so glad to be able to share this complete yoga system with all who wish to learn. The many different types of yoga that I have learned previously allow me be a very knowledgable, compassionate and adaptable teacher.
My mission is to empower people to live fearlessly in the present moment.
Berlin, GermanyHatha YogaWhile I was working in Spain in summer 2003, I went barefoot in the sand to my first Yoga class early in the morning. After the first asanas I already felt very familiar with the poses, as if I had done Yoga some time earlier. Characterized by this positive experience it was no surprise that Yoga became a morning ritual for me. I started my journey to Asia with the wish to discover more about Yoga. I visited convents and ashrams, where I learned how to meditate and be silent. I got to know many different Yoga teachers and styles in Thailand and India. I began to realise that I wanted to share my experience with others. In Berlin in 2007 I finally found a Yoga place and style in which I have been taught and became a teacher myself. City Yoga Shri Community in Berlin. In summer 2007 I graduated in another Hatha Yoga Teaching Training by Randall O’Leary at Koh Phangan. To share my Yoga passion with my students is the greatest gift for me.
Hannover, GermanyYoga Teacher & Massage TherapistAbout Sonja Zernick: Since May 2005 I am the owner of the mobile Yoga School “The Little Yoga Garden" and since December 2007 I am the director and founder of "Yoga & Relaxation Centre" in Hannover, Germany. I am 38 years of age and a mother of a 14-year-old son. In addition to my apprenticeship as a nationally recognized educator, called “Marmayogalehrerin ® by Dr. Roque Lobo” (IPSG), I am a Yoga teacher for children and young people (with a total of 500 lessons) and besides the training as a relaxation instructor I have a large repertoire of training for Yoga & relaxation techniques, various seminars and a lot of life experience to offer. Also, I am an Ayurvedic Marmaoil masseuse. To expand my own Yoga practice and the deepening of the Yoga-philosophy I visit Yoga classes, workshops and seminars regularly.
The peculiarity of my listings is characterized by the fact that personal contact and the handling of the participants are very important to me. The most important thing for me is to inspire people with the topics of Yoga, self-awareness and to work with them through my bright spirit. With a work experience of over 19 years in various social areas I manage to respond to the individual needs of my participants in the combination of different methods. Especially the work with children and adults with special needs has become one of my specialties. The positive feedback from the people in my classes and seminars often inspire me to develop new ideas that I really like converting, and will help me grow and move forward.
Witten, GermanyAyurveda Consultant & Hatha YogaSince the beginning of my medical studies I began to focus on the field of pathology and therapy, on the complex concepts of health and prevention as well as salutogenesis.
"How can you influence personal health positively through simple and self-directed activities and therefore prevent the development of diseases (especially "modern" diseases, such as burn-out, obesity, back pain, etc.)?" This is one of the key questions I asked myself.
I am convinced that this is possible through an individual mind and body work (e.g. Yoga and meditation), adequate nutrition and supportive measures (e.g. Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine).
Along this path a positive body and mind awareness can be created and life-satisfaction increases tremendously.
And all that can be integrated with good fun into everyday life!
For me it is important to merge my knowledge of the medical school, Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga therapy as optimal as it can be and adjust it for the individual. On and beyond the Yoga mat!
Salzburg, AustriaFor Jeanette Yoga is more than a means to express her creativity and aesthetics, but her Yoga practice also became an essential tool to combine physical wellbeing with mental peace. She pays attention to powerful and dynamic flow sequences that are fun and awake the joy of life. Jeanette has discovered the regenerative effect of Yin Yoga and cleansing Detox Yoga sessions not only in her own practice but also through her students. In addition to Yoga, traveling is another one of her passions. Her travels to Yoga workshops get her to meet international personalities on a regular basis. Jeanette prefers practicing Yoga at inspiring places around the world - whether in California, Mexico or India, whether in Bali or in the Algarve. She has a yearly Yoga travel event called "Yoga with friends" which goes on to with Jeanette, Yoga teacher Antje and event planner Maryam every year since 2012. The Yoga Experience – 2012 in Mallorca and 2013 in Tuscany – gives the opportunity for enthusiasts to relax quickly and become friends in a Mediterranean atmosphere. More Yoga travel events will take place in cooperation with Yoga Place Salzburg in 2014.
Saltsjöbaden, SwedenI tried yoga for the first time in 2002, and I was hooked!
Loved it ever since!
The combination of physical activity, deep breathing, meditation and an absorbed feeling of presence.
I completed my first education as a Yoga Teacher in the spring of 2012 and have been teaching since then!