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Our Yoga Teachers

Pleuni

As a dancer and choreographer, Pleuni discovered yoga early in her life. She graduated at the academy of arts and completed her yoga teacher training in Thailand with stillflowing yoga. After 2 years of teaching at her own yoga school in the Netherlands she decided to leave everything behind and live a life of travel. Since then she is teaching vinyasa, yin yoga and dance classes, workshops and retreats all over the world. Pleuni teaches hands on to help her students deepen, stabilize, align or find more ease in a pose. Coming from a background in modern dance, she sees her own yoga practice as one flowing movement sequence, rather than separate postures. The transitions from one posture to another are as important as the postures themselves. Her dynamic classes contain asana, pranayama and meditation and are a total experience. Everything is important. Sound, light, scent and surroundings. All to help students to start their journey inwards.


Fernando Martinez

I ve been into yoga for the last 14 years of my life. It was not until I dettached from my previous projects in 2007 that I had the opportunity to come to India to get my first certification in the subject. Although I had been practicing Vinyasa my whole life, I decided to get into the anatomical process of yoga with an Iyengar approach in the Rishikesh Yoga Peeth for some weeks. After this preparation I came back to Mexico to take another 8 month Hatha yoga certificaction to start teaching in some of the most notorious yoga shalas of the city: Anjali Yoga and Inspira Yoga.

I ve been into yoga for the last 14 years of my life. It was not until I dettached from my previous projects in 2007 that I had the opportunity to come to India to get my first certification in the subject. Although I had been practicing Vinyasa my whole life, I decided to get into the anatomical process of yoga with an Iyengar approach in the Rishikesh Yoga Peeth for some weeks. After this preparation I came back to Mexico to take another 8 month Hatha yoga certificaction to start teaching in some of the most notorious yoga shalas of the city: Anjali Yoga and Inspira Yoga.

Always looking forward to teaching to a new crowd like the one in Sri Lanka.


Alyona Tickhonova

Well, I started practice yoga many years ago. I have many amazing very talented people who have been teaching me. They give me lot of methods and show me yoga system from different sides. I have certificated in Jivamukti yoga which I learned in NY. I certificated in very interesting method of Apnea yoga, it's combined yogin pranayamas and free diving technics. Even I learned Thai body works in LA with Michel Barcks. But the main teacher of me is Andrey Lappa. He is really lead me on my path and inspired on it. I certificated of 4 levels of Universal Yoga and got menthorships in it.


Ksenia Rush

From 4 to 14 years I was into Indian dance and classical choreography.

It was curiosity that brought me to yoga class for the very first time – 10 years ago in St. Petersburg, Russia. Later it was more conscious and deep interest that slowly grew into the way of life.

Yoga for me is as life itself – whole, integral, inseparable. I respect all the schools, teaching, methods, styles and whatever and I have tried myself quite a lot: ashtanga-vinjyasa yoga, yoga of ayengar, yoga 23, shivanada yoga, universal yoga, feminine yoga, kriya yoga - to name just a few.

At my lessons I pay a lot of attention to details of asanas and to safety of performing them. However my main focus is to make students understand why we are doing this or other movements or postures. What is there that his or her body feels? How does it interact and may be change the state of mind? Why we breathe this or that way? Paying attention to breath we do what is usually called pranayamas – breathing exercises – again more exploring how our breath connects body and mind and influences the state of it both.

The main focus of my lessons, my personal practice and of all my life is the endless process of getting to know oneself…

My teachers?

I still remember and am very grateful to my first teacher – Tara. She still leaves and teaches in St. Petersburg. During first years of my practice I went to classes of many Russian and Ukrainian teachers. The most impact I got from ashrams of beautiful indian city of Rishikesh – where I stayed a few times to study classical hatha – yoga and of course Angela Farmer and Viktor Van Kooten.

What else?

An important part of yoga is meditation – which again is a life-long process. Everything can (and actually should) be a meditation – driving a car, washing the dishes, cooking, painting the picture… There are many ways and schools of meditation - personally for myself I have found an inspiration in Theravada tradition of Buddhism and was living for some time and practicing meditation in one of the monasteries of Northern Thailand.


Amy Landry

Amy was awakened to yoga in 2006 whilst working internationally as a professional dancer. Her journey began with a consistent devoted practice of Vinyasa Flow yoga, which allowed for the same fluidity and expression that dance offered, but with the added spiritual practices. As a result, Amy felt that yoga not only aided in recovery of dance injuries throughout the following years, but it also cleansed her mind, body and breath, creating space for growth and transformation. She believes that the path of yoga is not only via sweat (asana), but also breath (pranayama), love (bhakti), seva (service), and conscious living.

Born and raised in Newcastle, Australia, Amy envisions a future teaching both within the Australian community, and also internationally. She was deeply touched and inspired by her journey to India, where she had the opportunity to study, teach and witness the ancient spiritual practices that are still part of the day to day living. This also furthered her love and 'obsession' with Ayurveda – the ancient traditional lifestyle practice from India. Amy is currently completing formal studies in Ayurveda with the Australasian Institute of Ayurvedic Studies, to become certified early 2014.

Amy has studied and practiced in a variety of styles of yoga, including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Purna, Yin, Anusara, Power Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga – from many of the great inspiring teachers known worldwide today. She is devoted to sharing the ancient practices with others as well as helping each soul to find their individual flow and full potential. In her opinion, Amy would love to see even more people practicing all forms of yoga beyond asana, such as meditation, philosophy, breath, kirtan and service. She believes we are drawn to yoga to actively begin the journey to heal ourselves, our souls, and our minds. For further information visit www.amyelandry.com


Lara Baumann

JHer 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 '05 Lara took the Jivamukti 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training, and in July '09 she completed the 500-hour certificate with Tripsichore. Her main teachers are Edward Clark, Danny Paradise and Clive Sheridan.

In January '09 Mandala Publishing released Lara's book & DVD "Quantum Yoga, Creating Your Ideal Practice from an Ocean of Possibilities". Mandala has now published the new expanded edition of this successful book with the new subtitle "Quantum Yoga, The Holistic Approach to Creating Your Ideal Practice". The author has also presented several yoga documentaries and writes features for yoga magazines, as well as making a regular appearance on Body In Balance TV. Lara runs Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training courses in the UK, India and Sri Lanka. From October '08 till March'12, Lara has been intermittently on world tour, teaching the Quantum Yoga workshop series in yoga hubs of the USA, Asia and Europe.

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