Though Ulpotha has come to be known as an eco friendly, vegan yoga retreat that offers ayurveda, the founders (who are not vegan, do not regularly practice yoga and are not overtly environmentally sensitive) would like to emphasise that it was not established to be anything in particular. It is an enchanting place that sprinkles its magic dust on those who are lucky enough to simply 'be' in Ulpotha. The yoga, ayurveda and eco sensibilities are not central to its ethos - they are there to be enjoyed as one wishes, and taken for what they are. There is no aspiration in Ulpotha to be anything other than what it is - a lovely folly. The founders and villagers welcome you to enjoy Ulpotha in this spirit.
AT A GLANCE
$1,300 Per Person Per Week (see under schedule below)
can choose from amongst five treatment length options
- see below
Please note that guests who wish to pay by credit card will need to pay a surcharge of 5%.
AT A GLANCE
6th November 2011 - 25th March 2012
15th June - 19th August 2012
11th November 2012 - 7th April 2013
During the times Ulpotha is open, holidays are arranged fortnightly with a different yoga teacher for each holiday. For more detailed information on
teacher and their particular discipline and style please scroll
down or click on their name in the Calendar of Holidays below.
Prices are per person per week and include accommodation in a shared hut, tasty vegetarian meals plus snacks, all yoga and meditation classes, excursions, and one massage from visiting therapists. Not included are travel costs to and from Ulpotha, insurance, Ayurveda
treatments, entrance fees to cultural sites, outside meals, single hut supplements, or any additional massages guests may wish to book with the respective therapists - at US$60 per hour, subject to availability.
Specialised Ayurvedic programmes
are available from one week treatments to four week treatments. These can be pre-booked for an additional cost:
Ayurveda by its very nature is a very gentle and subtle approach to well-being. As such one should not expect dramatic changes or results as a consequence of a short treatment - in Ayurveda terms, anything less than four weeks is 'short'. What Ayurveda can do is to help you feel better as it shows you the path to a healthy balance between body, mind and spirit.
Cost per Person
Ashinsanaya (5 days)
Sanasuma (7 days)
Namaskaraya (10 days)
Aswesilla (14 days)
Samadhiya (21 days)
Mokshaya (28 days)
you can choose the length of your programme, the specific
nature and content will be determined after your individual
consultation with Dr Srilal. For more details please go
to the Ayurveda page.
is our experience that, in order to benefit fully from what
Ulpotha has to offer, you visit for a full two weeks. Unless
you wish to take advantage of the longer Ayurveda programmes,
we recommend you arrange your holiday to coincide with the visit
of a particular Yoga teacher. All holidays, whether for one
week, two weeks or longer, begin and end on Sundays. Please note that when flying from Europe that means taking a flight leaving on Saturdays.
to Sri Lanka are not included. Please note the period over Christmas
and New Year is a time for celebration at Ulpotha. For those
of you looking for a quiet holiday, we suggest you avoid this
classes are usually held in the early morning and late afternoon.
However, this schedule is not fixed and will depend on the needs
of the particular group. All levels of experience can be accommodated,
but students are reminded that it is important that during a
class they take responsibility for their own wellbeing and do
not stretch themselves beyond their limit.
Though Ulpotha provides a limited number of yoga mats, we recommend you bring your own.
SCHEDULE - SUMMER 2013
Teachers and Therapists can be subject to change, please check before your holiday
Gingi Lee's teaching philosophy is to inform and enable his students to benefit from a regular astanga vinyasa practice. He is a very open-minded and generous teacher believing that yoga is a living, growing knowledge that evolves throughout our life. Developing the meditative and spiritual side of yoga, students will benefit from his years of study and self-practice in this area. From an early age, Gingi began his Tai Chi studies under the tutelage of his father, Sensei Richard Taibong Lee. Since the early 1990's, through his meeting and studying with Derek Ireland, Gingi has dedicated himself to the astanga vinyasa practice.
Gingi Lee is the Director of the Shala Yoga Centre in South London where Astanga Vinyasa, Restorative Moon practice, Birthlight Yoga for Pregnancy, Kids and Baby classes are held. The teachers at the Shala all share a deep love and respect for yoga which comes through their passion for sharing their knowledge with the students at the centre. http://www.theshala.co.uk
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 performtheir creations to audiences worldwide.. Until now, their techniques haveonly been taught to a very few.
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.
spirituality, motorbikes, music, photography and discovering new lands, Angus'
other loves include his partner Nadia, his two boys Rohan and Conor & his
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 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
“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.
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.
Stephen Thomas studies and teaches a dynamic asana practice rooted in the Ashtanga yoga method. He shares his love for the philosophy of yoga, the science of breath and the intensity of physical transformation and weaves it together into his practice. "Through this practice we access the wisdom of yoga and the intelligence of prana and bring it into our everyday life." On retreat, Stephen teaches asana in a manner that is playful, spiritual and physical. He also teaches pranayama and investigates Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and their relationship to life on and off the mat.
Stephen currently resides and teaches in Asia. He has studied in India, Thailand and his native Canada.
Jean’s classes deeply integrate alignment of the Iyengar Yoga style with the flow of the Astanga Vinyasa Yoga Series to focus, release & energise body & mind. She also incorporates pranayama (breathing technique), meditation & yoga nidra (yoga relaxation & 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 & dance artist.
In 1995 she became a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher & since has continued to study other yoga forms in India (Sivananda in Kerela, Astanga with Pattahbi Jois in Mysore) & here in London.
She now teaches in London & internationally, running & 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 & her indepth dance & broad yoga experience she draws on her diverse background to share & teach the gift of yoga.
Allan Mourad has over 20 years of experience as a therapist and has developed an innovative technique to treat musculoskeletal injuries and illness called Myotherapy - a holistic and restorative treatment using therapeutic massage in combination with gentle yoga stretches, producing a powerful healing effect, eliminating pain and restoring movement. Myotherapy works on drawing the deepest and most problematic muscles to the surface by massaging them while stretched. It also focuses on the fascia, the most abundant tissue in the body. Any breakdown of the fascial system due to trauma, posture, or inflammation can cause abnormal pressure on nerves, muscles, bones and circulation. Myotherapy encourages the body's innate restorative powers by improving circulation and restoring the soft tissue integrity and balance of the body. Allan is committed to helping people to transform their lives and move towards improved health and well-being. Apart from operating a successful practice on the Gold Coast, his involvement in some of Australia's leading health retreats spans almost 12 years. He currently works at a new lifestyle retreat called Gwinganna. He practises yoga daily, and also tutors human anatomy at Griffith University on the Gold Coast.
Paul Harrold studied massage with Australia's leading Ka Huna Institute and has continued with them to become a facilitator and teacher. He operates his own private practice and currently treats people at Camp Eden - Australia's leading Wholistic Health Retreat. He has a passion for massage and teaching and loves holding sacred space for clients and groups of people. Recently he has discovered the benefits of a dedicated yoga practice. Paul's dedication to bodywork goes beyond technique. He practises sacred table treatments incorporating the rythmn and flow of Ka Huna and the deep cleansing ritual of Heartworks Lomi Lomi, both originating in Hawaii. He also specializes in dynamic floor treatments which combine Polynesian Floorwork and Thai massage. His use of sound healing through voice and prayer creates sacred and loving space in which clients are invited to explore their physical, emotional and energetic body.
Chavitti Thirummal is an authentic traditional massage that has been handed down through generations of Padma Nair's family. It originates from her ancestral homeland of Kerala, South India and Padma herself began to learn massage at the tender age of 10 from her grandmother Saraswasti Amma, a well-known healer. Living and growing up in Kerala, Padma has always been surrounded by Ayurvedic, herbal and yoga traditions, which are a natural part of her makeup. She has studied philosophy, psychology and is an advanced Sivananda Yoga instructor. Her years of experience and intimate knowledge of the body and mind has allowed the evolution of Padma's original style of massage. She has developed the ability to incorporate her family's healing traditions and also combining influences of her inspiring teachers she has had throughout her life. She is one of the world's most experienced practitioners and teachers of this ancient art and is responsible for training countless students since 1990. She has a Guest House and Massage Training Centre in Kovalam Beach, Trivandrum, Kerala, India. www.thekarmaworld.com and you can find details about her massage training at www.yogashala.in
Gill practises Shiatsu, Tuina, Acupuncture and Reiki. Having taught Shiatsu and Chi Gong for The European Shiatsu School since 1993, Gill has worked with some of the most powerful and respected teachers, and created courses for retreat settings, Healing Camps and intensive 10 day bodywork courses in Europe, India, and the UK. Gill combines treatments to suit each client, according to which mediums are most appropriate, from the gentlest Reiki touch to full-on meridian stretches, cross fibre techniques and skeletal realignments. While working in Rehab, she has devised group setting Chi Gong and Ear Acupuncture sessions, which are especially beneficial to those clients who may be suffering from jet lag. When in the UK Gill lives and practises in West London.
Florence Dugowson Massage Florence Dugowson began training with the internationally-renowned Ayurvedic specialist Kiran Vyas, creator of the first Ayurvedic centre in France, in 1989. Having worked with him for many years, she is fully qualified in Ayurvedic massage, including Panchakarma, and has completed post-graduate studies in Ayurveda and pregnancy massage.
Flo has also studied reflexology and zero-balancing in England. Her practice includes both modality-specific treatments and a fusion of these three influences. She has been visiting and working at Ulpotha for ten years, exchanging knowledge and techniques with local practitioners. She is very much a part of Ulpotha.
Yoga Flo is also a qualified yoga instructor. Originally trained by Gerard Arnaud in Paris, she has broadened her knowledge of different yoga styles through first-hand experience of the various disciplines taught by the many teachers who have worked at Ulpotha over the years. She has also completed another teacher training in Mysore, India.
Flo teaches in Paris, mainly on a one-to-one basis and to small groups. As a bodyworker she feels it is important to keep her eyes and hands on her students. She adapts her class intensity to students' needs and embraces the wide range of practices that yoga offers, from dynamic Vinyasa flow to the stillness of Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, and meditation. She uses Iyengar as the basis for her flowing breath-driven yoga which connects both to the inner self and to yogic principles. Interested in the link between the Ayurvedic system and yoga, Flo explores the therapeutic effects of a practice lived from within, using the breath as a tool through the Nadis to create movement where energy and matter have become stagnant. She enjoys teaching yoga as a pleasurable and liberating healer of body and soul.
Diane Hudock is known for her eclectic style of teaching and hands-on approach that brings together the expansive and healing principles of Anusara, and the power of Ashtanga within a spontaneous, flowing Vinyasa practice. She has developed her own unique philosophy for the multi-dimensional beings that we are: do a consciously challenging practice that brings you out of your comfort zone, in order to remove fear, expand the mind, and create the greatest freedom in the physical body. Diane has trained extensively in many schools of yoga, and has been leading workshops and classes for eight years incorporating her knowledge and wisdom in energetic medicine, body-work, and female empowerment. She has been a contributing writer to various yoga publications with her teachings on: unleashing creativity through yoga, using the tools of yoga to break through fear and create the life you want, and ultimate transformation. Her students have included many world-class athletes, Fortune 500 CEO’s, and celebrities. She credits the transformative teachings of John Friend, Noah Maze, and Anthony Benedati, for shaping her craft and enriching the path. Diane lives in Los Angeles, California.
Anoushka Pletts Anoushka has a strong Sivananda foundation but since qualifying three
years ago she has undergone intensive training to explore her own
beliefs of yoga as a human movement system. She has been taught by
Shiva Rea, Suzy Daw and Jane Farrimond, all of whom have provided
different takes on possible yoga approaches. She has then synthesised
this knowledge which is currently imbedded with other schools of human
movement such as Dahn Yoga to create her own unique and eclectic
Within her eclectic mix, she has developed a unique approach to the
postures by working closely with personal trainer Tom Marien of One
Personal Training, Steve Clifford of Pulsing Massage and through
reading about the different approaches to static vs. dynamic
stretching. This physiological and anatomical knowledge has enabled her
to create an approach based on ‘isolated ballistic and dynamic
movements’ which through regular use transforms the body’s flexibility
beyond any human movement solution she has ever worked with.
Anoushka uses themes at the start of every class to give her students a
tangible journey. Each class then revolves around the theme to
demonstrate the versatility of yoga as a means of raising consciousness
both in body and mind. She engages the mind by gently introducing
theory and psychological tools to deepen the understanding obtained
through the physical body. One can expect to see flip charts in her
classes yet this does not leave you feeling baffled but rather
enlightened given her ability to simplify theoretical reasoning. This
is the intelligent answer to yoga made accessible to everyone. She ends
her classes with reflective goal setting when the mind /body connection
is at it’s strongest so individuals can start to identify what it is
that really matters in their life.
Mark qualified in Shiatsu at the European School of Shiatsu in '97. Shiatsu is a treatment based on the principles of Chinese Medicine using pressure and stretches to balance and unblock the subtle energy channels (Meridians) of the bodymind. An oil treatment helps to improve the flow of energy...So unlike many massage techniques it is very therapeutic as well as relaxing...
Whilst in Japan Shiatsu can be a rather painful treatment, the European approach is more gentle but still highly effective for relieving all sorts of conditions...especially musculo-skeletal..clients can always ask for a soft or hard session...
Mark has also studied Nutrition, Counselling, Stress Management and Homoeopathy and has taught Chi Kung and meditation techniques which enables him to give farely comprehensive complementary medical advice to his clients...
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. Many people were asking for private classes, so he started to travel the world, from New York to Israel to give classes! In 2002 he met a swami in India who offered to teach him tantric yoga. For the next 3 years he travelled between Paris and Rishikesh in India. For the last 2 years Mika has been teaching classes in Paris and continuing with his private classes.
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.
Malaika, Transformational Hawaiian Bodywork and Energetic Healing
This style of bodywork has its roots in the ancient healing arts of the Hawaiian Kahunas or Shamanic Healers. Performed using fluid movements designed to connect the body, mind and soul to Source allowing the body to participate in its own healing process. Deeply relaxing yet energizing by increasing your mana or life force energy. Clearing cellular memory of trauma and stimulating the lymphatic flow allowing energy to flow more freely in the body. Alot more than just a massage-its a healing experience leaving you feeling cleansed, renewed and nurtured.
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 whom she comes into contact with. For more information on Deepa's classes please visit http://www.facebook.com/l/8852a;www.deepaspirit.com
Sean has trained in conventional western sport and remedial massage techniques, anatomy and physiology and an ayurvedic bodywork technique known as chavutti thirumal; which translates as massage by foot pressure. Although anyone could find benefit from Chavutti it is closely associated with and particularly beneficial for yogis, dancers and martial artists whose muscle and connective tissue can become tired and overworked. Chavutti is applied by feet in both sweeping and isolated movements, freeing nerves and muscles from adhesions and re-establishing the gliding that should exist between the two whilst giving the bodies energy pathways a thorough irrigation. A powerful massage that is hard but soft, deep although remarkably sensitive.
Sean's application of chavutti is influenced by his work in corrective exercise and his long term practice of gymnastics and yoga.
After a number of years working and studying throughout south asia he is now based at Lords Cricket Ground in London and is also studying active release technique.
Jenny is both an experienced Yoga teacher and an Advanced Thai Yoga Massage Therapist. Having practised and taught yoga since her late twenties, Jenny was finding herself drawn more and more towards the healing and transformative powers of yoga, especially in her 1-2-1 work with clients who were suffering from such debilitating conditions as MS and MND. She found that TYM complimented this approach and also shared the meditative and spiritual elements of yoga.
She trained with The Inner Yoga Trust, which is BWY accredited, and has been inspired by a number of wonderful teachers including: Jenny Beeken and Pauline Sawyer, the charismatic Angela Farmer and Viktor Van Kooten, Sophy Hoare and Diane Long both of whom studied with Vanda Scaravelli, Bill Wood and John Stirk. She is currently co-teaching on an Inner Yoga Trust Teacher Training Foundation Course in Surrey, as well as holding weekly classes to address the wide ranging needs of her students and continuing 1-2-1 treatments. She trained in TYM with Kira Balaskas who has studied Traditional Thai Yoga Massage extensively in Thailand with Asokananda and other Thai teachers. She gives treatments in the Farnham area of Surrey. Thai Yoga Massage is a unique and powerful massage therapy combining acupressure, gentle stretching and applied yoga. It is an ancient healing art, which has been handed down from teacher to pupil since the third century BC. TYM works on an energy line system (the Ten Sen) through which the body's natural life force flows. Blockages in this life force cause aches, pains and disease. Jenny uses her hands, feet, knees and elbows to apply pressure to important points along these lines, in combination with gentle stretching and applied hatha yoga. This releases blocked energy and frees the body's own natural healing potential, thus restoring balance, health and harmony. She has a very wide repertoire of techniques, works by intuition, and treats everyone differently according to need. Thai Massage therapy comfortably and effectively resolves many specific issues and commonplace problems, such as lack of use resulting from long hours sitting at a desk or driving, and has many applications for sport. In summary, Thai Massage therapy … • extends awareness from the head to the whole body • releases chronic tensions in all areas • improves posture • increases range of movement • improves sleep • increases vitality • lifts your mood • helps you to work better under pressure • improves your mental and physical performance.
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 has founded ‘Rasa Yoga Rive Gauche’. (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.
Louise comes from a dance background and teaches contemporary dance. She has always been inspired by the body, its movements and intricacies and it was through an injury that she was lead onto the path of therapy work. Louise trained in Shiatsu and has worked in clinics in Brighton and London for several years. She very much enjoys being part of the process of guiding somebody back to their body and their truth by re establishing their energetic flow and therefore promoting a more harmonious lifestyle. Louise is also trained in Indian head massage and swedish massage.
Shiatsu Treatment Shiatsu was developed in Japan more than 1400 years ago and works on the same principals as acupuncture. Shiatsu Massage works to rebalance the body's natural flow of energy which travels through the meridians. This energy can sometimes become stuck which can cause disharmonies and illness to manifest. By strengthening the vital organs, Shiatsu works preventatively before weakness occurs. Unlike western medicine, Shiatsu seeks to address the person holistically and not just their symptoms.
For example, Shiatsu can help:
insomnia headaches anxiety back pain fatigue poor circulation weight problems indigestion/ digestive disorders chills/ flushes poor appetite chronic cases of rheumatism high blood pressure emotional difficulties menstrual/ reproductive problems
Cat De Rham
CAT DE RHAM HAS BEEN TEACHING FOR 15 YEARS. SCHOOLED IN BOTH ASTANGA AND IYENGAR YOGA, SHE TEACHES FROM THE SPIRIT OF ALIGNMENT. AUTHOR OF 'THE SPIRIT OF YOGA' THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE FOCUSED ON 1 - A GROUNDING IN THE CORE PRINCAPLES OF ALIGNMENT 2 - EXPLORING ONE'S INTERNAL ENERGETIC LANDSCAPE THROUGH ASANA 3 - PRANAYAMA AND MEDITATION.
Paula Weisman , originally from the U.S.A., is a dedicated student and teacher of yoga. She took her first yoga teacher training in New York City in early 2002, and began teaching that same year in the United States. Later that year, she moved to Berlin, Germany to continue to teach. In Berlin, Paula completed a second teacher training, specializing in Anusara Yoga, and she also completed a teacher training in Pilates. She taught yoga and Pilates in Berlin for almost 3 years. In 2005, Paula re-located to Singapore to teach yoga there for 2 years. In 2006, she completed a third teacher training with David Swenson, specializing in Ashtanga yoga. Paula's classes are both fun and challenging, and her love of yoga is contagious. Her classes combine asana practice with breath awareness, leaving her students feeling uplifted and light.
Devaki has been practicing Yoga for 26 years now. In 1998 she undertook a teacher training course in the Sivananda Ashram in India. Since then she has been teaching yoga first in London and since 2003 in Sri Lanka where she now lives with her family. Her teachings “offer us techniques to become aware, to expand and penetrate, and to change and evolve in order to become competent in the lives we live and to initiate sensitivity and receptivity towards one life of which we are still only dimly aware. We begin at the level of the physical body, the aspect of ourselves that is most concrete and accessible to all of us. It is here that asana (yoga position) and pranayama (breathing technique) practice allow us to understand our body with ever greater insight and through the body to understand our mind and reach our soul.”
Les began a daily practice of Buddhist meditation and Iyengar yoga in 1987 which radically changed his life and around the same time started a 3-year study of shiatsu which gave him a new approach to understanding and dealing with health and disease. He also fell in love with Astanga vinyasa yoga and avidly attended many workshops and trainings. He eventually finished the Astanga practice as it was giving him imbalances and injuries. After completing 2-year Iyengar yoga teacher training, Les now is an enthusiastic teacher of Iyengar yoga! He finds it to be a more mature and complete form of asana and pranyama practice. It is not stressful on the body, and it is extremely useful in treating disease, misalignment and imbalance of the body. His yoga classes inform and enthuse students so they can develop and refine their own yoga practice and heal their own injuries, ailments, posture problems and imbalances. His classes are friendly and relaxed. He likes them to be fun, informative, healthy, challenging and imaginative, and overall, not too serious. Les's classes are tailored around the students, so that each persons program is modified according to their own particular needs. He has a light hearted, pragmatic and down to Earth style of teaching, which students respond well too.
Les leads popular workshops and yoga holidays with many of his students returning year after year.
For more details about Les's classes, workshops and yoga holidays please visit www.bendyles.net
Florence is both a teacher and therapist. Originally trained by Gerard Arnaud in Paris, Florence has broadened her knowledge of different yoga styles through first-hand experience of the various disciplines taught by the many teachers who have worked at Ulpotha over the years. She has also completed another teacher training in Mysore, India.
Flo teaches in Paris, mainly on a one-to-one basis and to small groups. As a bodyworker too she feels it is important to keep her eyes and hands on her students. She adapts her class intensity to students' needs and embraces the wide range of practices that yoga offers, from dynamic Vinyasa flow to the stillness of Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, and meditation. She uses Iyengar as the basis for her flowing breath-driven yoga which connects both to the inner self and to yogic principles. Interested in the link between the Ayurvedic system and yoga, Flo explores the therapeutic effects of a practice lived from within, using the breath as a tool through the Nadis to create movement where energy and matter have become stagnant. She enjoys teaching yoga as a pleasurable and liberating healer of body and soul.
Helene Moore is one of less than 100 western practitioners in the ancient and little known art of Amatsu, and has been practicing in clinics in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, UK for the past 5 years.
She works with local press and national UK health and fitness magazines to build awareness of Amatsu within the UK.
Amatsu has its roots in traditional Japanese medicine from over 3000 years ago and is based on principles of natural movement. Amatsu is a holistic therapy treating your whole body, not just any symptoms. It comprises a number of different techniques such as gentle massage, soft tissue release, mobilisation, re-patterning and cranial balancing, which will be used in different combinations to suit each guest’s needs.
The stresses of life can damage or distort natural patterns and your body’s own ability to heal itself. Amatsu gently helps to restore these in a very relaxing yet revitalising treatment, working on many levels, which can leave you feeling lighter, brighter and generally more complete.
Amatsu supports the interaction of our Godai or “big five” that must work interconnectedly in order for optimum health. These are:- Our physical - our structure, tissues, bones, muscles, ligaments Our mental - our thought processes, emotions, beliefs and values Our electrical - our energy systems, nervous system and energy levels Our chemical - our hormones, digestive system and the food you eat Our environmental - where, when and how you do what you do None of these work in isolation. An example in disturbance of the Godai would be when mental anxiety leads to physical tension in an area of the body such as the neck and shoulders. As everything within the body is linked, Amatsu always considers the body as a whole rather than just the symptoms. By treating the whole body, all the elements will be able to work together to regain health, function and balance.
Ying's exploration of wellness began with Reiki and meditation when she was 14 years old. Since graduating from Yale University in 2002, Ying has practised massage and yoga as sacred arts, honouring the power of presence, intention and each individual's highest potential for transformation. Tuning into the body to awaken areas of stagnation and harmonise the systems which are out of balance, the basic premise of Ying's work is we release deeply held patterns within the body through emotional and physical awareness and a commitment to nurturing ourselves. With a background in various healing modalities including Reflexology, Shiatsu, Thai and Balinese massage, Ying’s therapy work is now centered on the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. These ancient Maya techniques as developed by Dr Rosita Arvigo represent an unbroken chain of knowledge handed down from generation to generation of Central American midwives, healers and shamans. Through the external, non-invasive manipulation using only hands to reposition reproductive organs and improve blood flow to the digestive organs, the body’s natural healing capacity is supported. The therapy is highly beneficial for those with conditions related to a congested pelvis and abdomen, and also for assisting the body to cleanse and detoxify, clear debilitating blockages or simply to reintegrate in a deep state of relaxation.
Nicolas Shanti practices a peace-inducing deep type of Ayurvedic massage. His treatment combines Ayurvedic massage, learned from different masters in India and Europe, with the intuitive touch of Yoga, drawing on his deep knowledge of the body and its energy paths.
His massage includes stretching, some simple Yoga movements, and breath work, allowing the body to relax comfortably and the mind to surrender. This is followed by a deep massage leading to the ultimate in relaxation.
Nicolas has been a massage therapist and a yoga teacher for the last 12 years. He practices in Paris and abroad in spas such as Les 5 Mondes, or Club Méditerranée, and in many Yoga centres (Rasa, Element Yoga Pilate, etc).
Fabienne Saraswati studied Ayurvedic massage, Tibetan massage and Reiki in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. Combining these different techniques, she offers a soft and intuitive 90 minute Ayurvedic massage, with hot essential oils which are very good for muscular relaxation.
Her massage is a pure moment of shared meditation listening to the body. It leads to a subtle harmonization of one’s energies, linking into the body’s deep needs to show one the way to let go.
Ka Huna Bodywork is a truly transformative and heart opening experience that, while working predominantly with the physical body, can also assist one to experience shifts of an emotional and energetic nature. It is a dynamic, entrancing Bodywork and its effects and benefits can be absorbed and felt long after you leave the massage table.
In my personal experience, this work has helped me to become aware of, and shift though, behaviour patterns and heart barriers that are perhaps lifetimes old. Through the honesty and nurturing the work provides, I have been encouraged to create a healthier, more authentic relationship with myself and others.
Huna is a Hawaiian word used to describe the secret science behind the miracles that ancient Hawaiian Ka Huna (experts) performed. At its heart, Ka Huna connects mind body and spirit. These three aspects to humans are linked, and through our neglect of any or all of them in daily 20th Century life, we often disconnect them. Ka Huna Bodywork is a starting point to help reconnect and balance the three so you become more aware of all that you are.
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/
Kathy has been practising different forms of yoga for over 20 years, and 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.
Tracy Lee Jackson
Dynamic Hatha Yoga with Tracy is slower and deeper with more time spent on preparation building core strength so that you can find your way into traditional yoga poses with ease and grace. The class is not just an instructional set of poses that you perform with the intention of specific achievement, but rather an often spontaneous exploration into who we are physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually for no particular reason at all. The result is a playful, often relaxed atmosphere of serious self enquiry - but without the pressure of finding answers. After all, answers are inherent in the questioning.
Tracy's compassionate and focussed teaching style communicates easily to her students, her passion is for "existential bridges", the spaces between one moment to the next. Practicing hatha yoga embodies this philosophy in a very tangible way and shines a light on the "road home" - or self realization.
The level of physical practice is challenging and dynamic, but no previous experience is required. Tracy works with all levels, ages including children and elderly; she has recently completed a course with Teach Yoga, specializing in Yoga for Pregnancy.
Tracy owes her own light and individual style of practice to learning from some of the best yoga teachers around the world since 1995. She continues to practice with truly inspirational and well known teachers, some of her favourites are Leela Miller (Astanga with an Iyengar eye), David Swenson (The Astanga Guru of the West), Dharma Mittra (An inspiration on all levels), Sarah Powers (Yin Yoga), Max Strom (Sacred Movement) while her current teacher is the amazingly talented and enlightened Jonathan Monks, creator of YogaMonks.
Aside from the two yoga classes daily, Tracy will be on hand to answer your questions in groups, or if you prefer individually, throughout the holiday.
Jo Bowlby is a western shaman with a practice based in London. Over the past twenty years she has trained in and studied many spiritual and non-spiritual disciplines from Eastern martial arts and Yoga to contemporary psychotherapy and NLP counselling.
For the last few years Jo has been studying with Dr Alberto Villoldo founder of the Four Winds Institute learning the energy healing tecniques of the Q'ero (the mountain Shaman of Peru) and the teachings of both the Laika (Inca wisdom keepers) and some of the traditions of the Native American medicine men and women.
Jo has received the full rites of the Inka Shaman in Peru from the Q'ero elders.
The workshop is based on the wisdom teachings and energy medicine of the Q'ero, the Inca shaman of Peru.
Jo teaches some of the key ancient techniques used in Shamanic Healing from sand paintings to soul retrievals, including simple energy practices which can be incorporated into one's day to day lives.
In my 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. Vipassana Meditation and Buddhist psychology are part of her path and she has spent time in silent retreats and regular meditation practice, silence and study is her way of life.
Ryan has been teaching Yoga for over 13 years. Almost entirely self-taught, he has become an advanced practitioner, completing the Advanced A and B series in the Ashtanga Vinyasa system. His skill and style as a teacher comes from a devotion to and confidence in the effectiveness of the Ashtanga system as well as a willingness to let the ideas of the practice go and allow the moment to decide what is appropriate. Ryan is well known for his hands-on adjustments. He has an intuitive understanding of how the body moves and a real talent at getting you into those postures you never thought you would be able to do on your own. Ryan has devoted his life to discovering and pushing the boundaries of human potential. As well as teaching yoga, he also leads and organizes various groups in London and abroad dedicated to the exploration of consciousness and personal growth.
Ryan's program will include:
- an Ashtanga based class every day for all levels, beginners to seasoned practitioners. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a physically challenging series of postures coordinated with a specific yogic breathing technique taught as a moving meditation. It is well-known for building strength, detoxifying the body and promoting overall well-being
-two meditation sessions a day. Ryan teaches simple mindfulness training, present moment awareness, cultivating a relaxed and open mind prepared to look, unwaveringly, into the depths of what we truly are.
-other sessions may include yoga theory and practice discussions from anatomy and physiology to yoga psychology, interpersonal group work, basic, easily applied massage techniques and Trance Dance.
Sam Cunningham began practicing dynamic and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in 1994 with Godfrey Devereux at The Life Centre, London. In 2ooo Sam traveled to Mysore, India to practice Ashtanga with Sri. BNS Iyengar and Sharath Ragaswamy. Wanting to deepen the spiritual and philosophical elements of her practice, in 2oo1 Sam then completed Teacher Training at the Sivananda Ashram in India which lead her to the US; living, teaching and practising at the Sivananda Ashram and Centres throughout California. Back in London she assisted and trained specialising in Pre-Natal Yoga with Lynne Pinette. On a journey to Boulder, Colorado, Sam rediscovered her love of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system with Richard Freeman. In 2oo6 Sam completed Richard Freeman's Ashtanga Teachers Intensive. Sam continues to practice with Richard Freeman whenever possible and enjoys regular practice at Jivamukti London. Sam has studied Vipassana meditation and now practices Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Sam has also trained in the Healing Art of Thai Yoga Massage. Her web site is www.yogapunk.net
Paris-based Chicago native Rajeev Kahn is well known for his enthusiastic, precise and dynamic teaching. Drawing upon over fifteen years of personal practice, his decade plus teaching experience is grounded in the following Shanti mantra:
om saha nāvavatu saha nau bhunaktu saha vīryaṃ karavāvahai tejasvināvadhītamastu mā vidviṣāvahai oṃ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ
OM, Let us be vital together Let us be safe together May we grow stronger & more wise With mutual respect & admiration Peace, True Peace, Peace that begins with ourselves
His signature vinyasALIGNÉ style of yoga is characterized by the adjectives found in the mantra: vital and safe, strong and wise. Rajeev prides himself on facilitating an atmosphere of mutual respect and admiration throughout his classes wherein he aims to light a path towards true peace through Hatha Yoga.
Rajeev learned a few basic meditation techniques and sun salutations from theatre professors in the 1980’s as a very young actor in training. He later stepped into the flow of Power Yoga in 1996 with Bryan Kest in Santa Monica, California. He took his first weekly Ashtanga Vinyasa classes from Gili Ha’rovi in Tel Aviv the following year where, in between classes, he asked Israelis on the street “What is Mulabhandha?” mistaking the Sanskrit for Hebrew. No one knew. The answer came (along with hundreds of other questions) in 2000 when he met the world-renowned traditional Ashtanga Yoga master and silent monk Baba Hari Dass. Rajeev has been a dedicated student of Hari Dass ever since that first encounter and it is to Babaji that he credits his patience, humor, and optimism.
Nico draws on a dynamic range of massage and bodywork techniques including swedish deep tissue, indian head, and pulsing. Nico believes massage is an intuitive art, a science, and a spiritual practice that awakens the body's energized and peaceful potential. He works from a foundation of body awareness and sensitivity to release physical and associated tensions, facilitating an internal experience where you can connect with yourself at your deepest level – leaving you relaxed, positive and calmly inspired.
Alongside massage, Nico has trained in yoga and contemporary dance, and is working towards an extensive training in Somatics. Professionally Nico has worked internationally as a therapist on retreat centers and with dance organizations. His long-term ambition is to open a somatic based education center integrating embodied learning processes into mainstream education.
Sreenivasan Sreenivasan has 15 years of experience in Kalarippayattu, an Indian traditional martial art inspired by yoga and animal movements. He gives regular classes and workshops in Europe and India and has also worked with different dance schools and dance troops as a teacher and a dancer. Sreenivasan has been trained in Kalari massage along with his Kalarippayattu training. He has also been trained in Ayurvedic massage and Kathakali massage. These are three traditional massages from Kerala. The massage he gives is then a combination of these different techniques and the result of his experience as a masseur. This massage or Uzhichil is a combination of Touch therapy and Aromapathy. It is a simple way of strengthening one's immune system. It triggers the release of endorphins, natural pain killers produced by the brain, producing a feeling of euphoria. It invigorates and stimulates the nervous system. This massage aids relaxation and has a healing effect on minor ailments and imbalances like stress, tension, anxiety, tiredness, stiffness, rheumatism, fatigue, insomnia etc. For sportsmen and dancers, there is probably no better way of relaxing and gaining flexibility. This massage is for those who are looking for a natural method of enhancing good health and releasing stress.
Matthew was born in the USA and moved to Asia in early 1989. He first landed in Tokyo, Japan where he made his home for fifteen years. In the early 1990’s he began visiting Thailand and soon discovered, in Chiang Mai (northern Thailand) the incredible benefits of Traditional Thai massage. Shortly after his first massage he enrolled in a course at the then Old Medicine Hospital, postponing his return to Japan. Over the next few years Matthew returned regularly to Chiang Mai to study with various teachers until he found his current teacher, Piched Boonthumme. Thai massage is an ever evolving art and it benefits the practitioner to return to “brush up” on learned techniques and learn new ones. In 2003 Matthew relocated to the island nation of Sri Lanka and owns and operates a small beach resort on the southern coast. Here he offers Thai massages to both guests and non guests. In May of 2009 he is off to Chiang Mai yet again to learn a bit more before spending the summer massaging the masses in Europe.
Traditional Thai Massage It is said that traditional Thai massage has been practiced in its current form for at least 1,000 years but its roots go back much further. Its origins stem from Chinese, Indian and Japanese styles which have been practiced for over 4,000 years so needless to say it’s a tried and tested practice. Thai massage is done on a firm mat directly on the floor, fully clothed and without the use of oil though types of balms can be used on sore or aching areas of the body. A treatment takes up to two hours and is done in five different positions, lying on the back, sides, stomach and finally in the sitting position. First the muscles are warmed with a technique called “palming”. Once the muscles are warmed the circulatory or sen lines are firmly stimulated with a technique known as “thumbing” and finally with the use of hands, forearms, elbows, feet as well as the practitioners complete body weight the joints and bones are stretched and stimulated with gentle to firm twists and turns. This is not a chiropractic treatment but once the above techniques have been carried out properly the bodies circulatory, muscular and skeletal systems all connect and the result is an extremely pleasant feeling. Those who practice or wish to practice yoga will be pleasantly surprised with a Thai massage for it is also known as “lazy man’s yoga”. With gentle to firm twists and pulls, all of the body’s joints along with the muscles are manipulated so that after a two hour treatment the body feels completely stretched, fluid and light which as most of us know has a profound impact on both our physical and psychological wellbeing. A single treatment has instant benefits but should a person have the time and means a series of three over a week has immense and longer lasting benefits. Of course to maintain the benefits of a proper massage, self discipline and a daily stretching regime go hand in hand with good physical and mental health.
Bridget began her yoga practices in
India in 1975 and embarked on an intense program of study to become a senior
teacher and teacher trainer. She has concentrated on teaching since 1988 and
her style of dynamic Yoga has evolved from time spent teaching and studying
with the many visiting Yoga masters at Yoga Works in Santa Monica, considered
to be one of the USA's most authentic and ground-breaking schools.
Bridget is Anusara's UK representative
and main certified Anusara teacher having studied with John Friend, the founder
of the Anusara school of Yoga since 1994. Bridget travels all over Europe
giving Anusara immersion workshops, Teacher training's, and in depth study
courses. Anusara Yoga is a uniquely intergrated approach to Hatha Yoga in which
the art of the human spirit is powerfully blended with the science of
bio-mechanics. Anusara means 'Flowing with grace (going with the flow)
following your heart.
Nominated for Business women of the
year and a leading light in the fitness industry for more than two decades
Bridget launched one of the UK's leading fitness facilities and Health Spas,
'The Fitness Centre' as well as world renowned and ground breaking day spa,
'The Sanctuary' in Covent Garden.
Bridget has authored numerous articles
and books and has a proven record for identifying coming trends. She is known
for her dynamic style of teaching with close attention to alignment detail. She
is extremely dedicated to the many students of all abilities who attend her
Bridget takes every available
opportunity to continue studying to deepen her knowledge. She enthusiastically
embraces a tireless schedule of travel, study, practice, workshops, classes,
private instruction and a very busy family life as wife and mother of two.
Formally a fashion designer, and very much part of the eighties creative explosion of artists, musicians and performers, Rachel then went on to become an International D.J. and music producer. Through the discovery of Innergy Yoga Centre in London's Notting Hill, with Fausto Maria Dorelli, and along with a strong interest in teachings of J. Krishnamurti, Rachel then made the gradual transition towards becoming a Sivananda trained yoga teacher. Rachel is now a full time Yoga teacher, teaching internationally (Egypt, Morocco, India, Italy), at Innergy yoga centre www.innergy-yoga.com, and corporately, as well as in gyms around West London.
Drawing from a wide range of traditions: Sivananda, Iyengar, Jivamukti and Anusara, and with life experience, Rachel teaches a flowing Hatha class with an emphasis on following the breath, awareness of breath in the Asana. Including breathing exercises and Kriya's (Kapalabati), weaving in meditation, and practise of awareness, according to level and context. Rachel will offer a stronger morning practise of more flowing Asana, with emphasis again on breath and body synchronisation. Evening classes will be gentler, restorative with meditation techniques such as Trataka (gazing at an object, flame, etc) becoming the beginning of a personal meditation practise. Classes are suitable for all levels.
Amanda Latchmore & Paola Ceccarelli 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. Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Certification with Donna Farhi.
Paola Ceccarelli Paola has been practising Yoga for 15 years and has been teaching since 2001after training with Yogaarts in Byron Bay. She has studied yoga with Matthew Sweeny, Glenn Ceresoli and Clive Sheridan in Australia and India and attended several workshops with some of the most renowned yoga teachers. She has been studying for several years and continues to study with John Stirk in London. She teaches both a dynamic and a gentle and therapeutic approach to suit the needs of the students. In India in 2002 she had the blessing of meeting her meditation Master under whose guidance she has since been practicing.
Paola is also a qualified osteopath and her approach draws from structural, cranial and visceral techniques while incorporating elements of energy healing and Chinese acupuncture and medicine.
Drawing from her osteopathy training, yoga and meditation practices her aim is to help students and patients to restore ease, function and health to their bodies and to move from a place of awareness and inner rest. She very much believes that the seriousness and discipline of the physical and spiritual practice of yoga should always be embraced with lightness, fun and compassion.
Qualifications include – Yoga teacher training, YogaArts Byron Bay, B.Ost British School of Osteopathy, London, Foundation Diploma in Classical Osteopathy, ICO,Maidstone, Osteopathy in the Cranial field, Sutherland Cranial College, Foundation Course in Syndrome Acupuncture, Reiki level 1&2, Human and universal energy level 1-3, The Reconnective Healing level 1-2.
Amanda and Paola first met at Ulpotha nine years ago. Their love of yoga, and other stuff to do with body and soul, made them firm friends and kindred spirits. They are delighted to be returning in 2009 as co-teachers.
Both Paola’s and Amanda’s yoga teaching is underpinned by a deep knowledge of the body. Amanda’s through her training in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy and Paola’s through her training as an Osteopath.
Morning yoga class will be led by either Paola or Amanda, while the other teacher makes subtle adjustments to help students find greater integrity in their asana. Amanda and Paola will take turns to lead the class – changing after a few days.
The morning classes will begin with breath awareness and gentle warm ups leading to dynamic and flowing vinyasa sequences, finishing sequences and savasana.
Evening Yoga will include restorative poses, pranayama and meditative practices. As in the morning, Amanda and Paola will take turns to lead the class – changing after a few days.
Zimbabwean born Hilary moved to UK in 1976. Following about 10 years of working in a variety of different environments, she started a family and became a full-time mother. It was during this time that she trained with the International Institute of Reflexology. She has been practicing for 12 years and five years ago she created The Lotus Centre near her home in Marlow in order to help people 'reveal their full potential'. It is a multi-disciplinary practice providing holistic care for people of all ages.
Alongside her work as a reflexologist, she is also an Educational Kinesiologist (working mostly with people with learning difficulties) and a Thought Field Therapist (helping people with phobias, bereavement and trauma). She is now an instructor in both disciplines as well as using the techniques in a clinical setting. She uses the Australian Bush Essences to enhance this work.
She has chosen to return to Ulpotha as a practitioner having experienced this very special place as a client and hopes to create some more flower essences whilst working at Ulpotha. She created 'Bowitya Essence' in January 2009 – from a plant growing on Uncle Willy's Rock high above the village.
She believes that reflexology works well alongside other forms of massage and aids detoxification.
Reflexology is an ancient therapy – it involves massaging specific reflex points on the feet which refer to all the organs and parts of the body. Reflexology has a balancing effect on bodily systems such as the endocrine system (hormones) and is very relaxing as well as therapeutic.
Hilary will be offering a form of facial reflexology in addition to the more traditional foot reflexology.
She 'tailors' each session to the individual for maximum benefit.
Nadav Arad offers conscious Thai massage bodywork. Thai massage is an ancient system of healing with its roots in yoga, ayurvedic medicine and Buddhist spiritual practice. It combines rhythmic massage, acupressure along the body's energy channels (sen lines), gentle twisting, deep stretching and meditation.
It relieves tension, increases vitality and creates wholeness of mind, body & spirit.
Over the last 8 years, Nadav has been studying and perfecting his Thai Massage techniques in Thailand with his Ajan (teacher) Pichet Boontume in Chiang Mai. Pichet Boontume is a living example of the old school way of teaching and is considered a true master in his field.
Alistair's passion is Ashtanga Yoga. Before life as a Yogi, Alistair was a
computer programmer. He spent long hours hunched over a computer, and before he
turned thirty, his body started to protest loudly. Alistair listened and he
packed his bags and went around the world to discover more about the world of
Experiencing the effects of the Ashtanga practice on both a physical and
emotional level has made Alistair a strong believer in the practice. Under the
guidance of well known teachers, his knowledge of the practice has grown and
Alistair has over 600 hours of formal yoga training (including prenatal and
kids yoga) and finds that a deep knowledge of yoga philosophy has allowed him
to embrace change without trepidation. In his continual search for holistic
knowledge Alistair has trained as an Ayurvedic Therapist and has a growing
practice in North London.
Alistair is a dedicated Ashtanga Yogi, and enjoys not only assisting other
committed yogis with their practices, but also helping complete beginners start
on their path with this great practice.
Forever curious, Nicole has studied and practiced a number of different styles
of yoga but Ashtanga always feels like home. She's been fortunate to have
met a variety of wonderful teachers, each of whom have enriched her love and
understanding of the practice by bringing a new perspective and spark.
Nicole primarily teaches either Ashtanga or a Dynamic Vinyassa style, bringing
the subtleties of energetics and effects to bear. Her Shadow yoga and
Iyengar yoga experiences bring that acute sense of awareness, whereas the daily
Ashtanga practice releases the mind and brings fluidity.
Her grounding training is in the Ashtanga system, but she continually
accumulates knowledge and refines her ability to pass along the teachings.
She has studied with teachers we all know and love as well as teachers that
have a profound affect on a handful of students.
Nicole practices and teaches with a very simple philosophy of on lightness on
the mat. You do the work, you love the practice unconditionally and you
smile - especially when it's hard. For her, the practice is a personal
discovery of both the physical and emotional body. A practice that
facilitates growth and acceptance. A practice that lives and breathes and
Alistair & Nicole:
Alistair and Nicole met in Thailand two years ago when Alistair was assisting
an Ashtanga workshop. Their enthusiasm for life and devotion to the practice
has made them inseparable ever since.
They have a playful attitude towards the practice of Ashtanga which is balanced
by the strict observance of the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Their program will include:
- An Ashtanga based class every day for all levels, beginners to
seasoned practitioners. Alistair and Nicole will teach together,
offering both led and mysore style classes.
- Afternoon classes will alternate between dynamic vinyasa and
restorative meditation or pranayama classes.
- Other afternoon sessions may contain Yoga theory and discussions
regarding the practice of Yoga. An introduction to Ayurveda and an
understanding of self-healing will also form a part of the afternoon
Paola is a qualified osteopath as well as a yoga teacher. She graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in London and studied postgraduate courses in classical, cranial and visceral osteopathy. Osteopathy is based on the principle that if a person's body is allowed to work properly, it has the inner ability to heal, and vitality will flourish. Stress, emotions, activities that we experience in our daily life accumulate and reflects in our body, affecting our function and health. Paola's curiosity and strong fascination with the self healing ability of the body and the strong connection between mind, soul and body continues to inspire her to deepen her knowledge within manual therapy, meditation and yoga and the power of their interaction in supporting health. Her osteopathic approach draws from a wide range of osteopathic techniques including structural, firm soft tissue, visceral, fascial and cranial to create a global, flowing and relaxing therapeutic treatment that will also focus on structural and postural imbalances and can be both gentle and relaxing as well and energising and vigorous according to individual needs.
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.
For more info on Katy's 2011 Ulpotha retreat click here
Erins journey with massage and healing began when she was 17 years old when she
received her first Kahuna massage. This transformative ocean like dance with the
body stuck with her and she knew she had found what she had been seeking in an
alternative therapeutic healing session. Later in 2006 Erin began studying Kahuna
Massage with Mette Sorensen at Australias leading Kahuna Institute, High Spirits.
Falling more in love with the healing, principals and philosophy that Kahuna offered,
Erin stayed on to complete 6 levels of training at the centre, as well as going on to
be a supporting member of the team as head cook in the centres gourmet vegetarian
kitchen for some Kahuna trainings.
Thirsty for more knowledge on ancient forms of healing, Erin moved to Asia where
she studied Chakra Yoga and became a registered Yoga Teacher. This then led
her to studying the healing systems of Reiki and she attained her Reiki Masters
Certificate in 2011, and has been teaching Reiki around the world ever since.
Alongside Reiki Erin has studied both crystal and sound healing with masters of
these techniques around the world, and often incorporates both in her healing
As a massage therapist Erin has also studied Structural Energy Awakening with
Mike Tan in Chiang Mai. Having now completed her registration of Massage Therapy
in Australia, Erin is offering therapies that include trigger point therapy, pregnancy
massage, myofascial release, deep tissue, sports massage, relaxation massage as
well as Kahuna Bodyworks, Reiki and ELK healings.
Erin believes that love and nurturing are the greatest healers of all and at Ulpotha
she will be offering all of the above treatments tailored to your own individual needs
in a space of nurturing love.
Bo Srey views teaching yoga as
service, drawing on many years as a student in the traditional master-disciple
relationship to enrich his alignment-based hatha yoga classes—classes informed
primarily by Iyengar and Anusara yoga. Bo is a formerly Certified Anusara
teacher who has chosen to pursue his own path while still sharing Anusara’s
wonderful alignment principles.
Bo teaches from a place of deep
personal inquiry and childlike wonder, drawing from over 18 years as a seeker
and internationally recognized teacher. Bo’s deepest wish is that
students connect with and expand the bliss of the Middle, the place of Pure
Awareness, into their lives.
Originally from New York, Bo has
been on staff in major studios in San Francisco, Singapore, and Thailand. Bo
and his wife Shirley offer workshops, immersions, and teacher trainings
Bo’s classes also reflect a
life-long love of martial arts and the wisdom of the Taoists. Students
enjoy the deeply welcoming, playfully intelligent, and dynamically still nature
of his teaching.
Shirley shares her wisdom and
practice with students, through assisting in teaching events and managing
Spandananda. For more about Bo and Shirley, please visit them at
Shirley Srey is a certified
Prajna yoga teacher and former 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 very 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 practicing yoga in 2005, she has completed more
than 2,000 hours of Anusara training. 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
Shirley travels extensively with Bo Srey, offering deeper trainings at
conferences, workshops, and retreats, sharing what their teachers have taught
them to students around the world.
A lover of creative movement and expression of the Heart, Shirley
explores the elements of precise alignment, lightness, fluidity, and
playfulness in her classes.In her
practice, Shirley is an artist, a dancer, a mystic, an inquisitive child, and a
Shirley offers her gratitude to all who have shared facets of their
lives with her, each one of them her teacher, holding up a mirror to show her
who she truly is.She feels grateful,
humbled, and honored to be able to share her love of life and yoga with you.
Thomas originally trained as
a contemporary dancer both in London and Montpellier, France. In 2005 he
wanted to further his interest in Eastern philosophies and disciplines,
and completed his Yoga Teacher Training Course at the Sivananda
Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Kerala, South India. He went on
to assist and have extra teaching guidance at the Putney Sivananda
Yoga Vedanta Centre in London where he teaches. He has also taught
workshops in Japan, Taiwan, France and more recently at the Sensori Spa (Leading
Spas of the World) of the Suncani Hvar Hotels, Hvar, Croatia in the
position of Movement Program Leader (2008-9). As part of this position he
led regular Mindfulness Walks based on the teachings of Zen Buddhist
Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Thomas travelled to Thailand
in 2007 where he trained at the Wat Po (Bangkok) and Chetawan (Chian Mai)
Thai Traditional Massage Schools in General and Advance level massage.
Most recently, he has started
teaching qi-gong and meditation and started The Greenwich Park Walking
Meditation Group and the Mindfulness Improvisation Group.
Vicky is a physiotherapist with a
background/speciality in Acupuncture. At Ulpotha Vicky’s work will involve a
combination of Structural Bodywork, Tui Na massage, Wei Qi energy rebalancing
techniques and Trigger Point Therapy.
The treatment is tailored to fit
the individual and it is based on the assessment of the energy levels and the
constitution of every individual person. The aim of the treatment is to
facilitate healing through mind-body balancing and helping the patient reach
their optimum potential.
Vicky comes from a Greek family of
physiotherapists and has worked both in Greece and the UK. She currently
lives/practices in London, where she successfully treats clients from a variety
of backgrounds and disciplines including elite dancers and performers working
the West End theatre and dance productions, and also treats professional and
I am committed to living the life I love through assisting others find balance of body, mind and spirit. I practice a style of massage therapy I call Structural Energywork, a blend of ancient Thai/khmer knowledge and modern therapy techniques. I have witnessed many people find physical and emotional relief through this transformative work.
Structural Energywork is a modality of physical manipulation which is designed to clear blocked energy ("wind" or "Chi") residing in the body's structural energy lines - the energetic pathways that support the body's mobility.
Muscles, tendons, joints, fascia and other conducting soft tissue components that support the skeletal structure comprise the energetic pathways through which run structural energy lines. Constrictions and misalignments along these invisible yet palpable pathways have physical manifestations such as a stiff hip or a stuck neck. Structural energy lines can become affected by interactions with the outside world such as repetitive movements, injury and muscle overuse. These pathways can be similarly misaligned and constricted by "inside" factors such as thoughts, emotion, trauma and stress.
Clearing and moving this stuck energy is done through targeted and continuous thumb walking combined with focused and selective elbow, knee and foot pressure. Unlike popular Thai massage routines, there is limited stretching and body repositioning. It is a deep massage but done carefully. No treatment is ever the same.
Those who have received Structural Energywork often express a sensation of feeling lighter. Aches, pains, stiffnesses and headaches often disappear. It is a massage for change and lasting correction. By clearing structural energy lines, joints find space and bones slide back into proper alignment. This may not all happen in one session and it may take a few passes. It is a participatory process that is most effective when the person receiving Structural Energywork is able to connect with their body, breath deeply, and fully release.
Vijay is from a family of traditional healers from South India. Vijay has been practicing the ancient Indian ayurvedic massage called Chavutti Thirumal (oil massage using feet) for the last 10 years. Vijay trained under his mother Padma Nair who is a renowned figure in the field of Chavutti Thirumal.During the session the masseur uses a rope to support himself and delivers the massage to the person lying below on the floor.
This Foot Pressure massage is now mostly used as a rejuvenation process and also for relaxation of muscles. For Yoga students in toning and loosening the rigid muscles, this method of massage is greatly beneficial. Not only does it help in shaping and toning the muscles, it also accelerates the movement of venous blood and helps to remove blockages in the tissues. This massage has an overall stimulating effect on the immune system of the body and helps to maintain optimum health. It regulates body functions physically, mentally and spiritually.
My personal journey
I have been inspired by working with the body for over thirty years - through martial arts and personal training then later, by my personal practice of Scaravelli yoga. These awakened my passion for healing and drew me towards body work.
Firstly, I studied deep tissue massage, sports massage therapy, and structural integration. Next, I studied with a Mayan healer for several years where I learnt to use energy healing and to facilitate the ceremony of the Sweatlodge.
Most recently, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to further develop my expertise in soft tissue mobilization and shiatsu techniques by working under KRI Iyenger Jagadish in Mysore, India.
I love my work.
My treatments are unique for each individual depending on their body type, patterns of tensions, injuries and personal wishes. Therefore, no two treatments are ever the same! I specialise in deep tissue release, and where appropriate I will also use other techniques such as invigorating sports massage, soft tissue mobilization, lymphatic drainage, structural integration and acupressure.
Deep Tissue Release:
This is my unique speciality which I have developed from my work with clients over the last ten years. It removes trauma, patterns of emotional holding, chronic tensions and heals injuries.
The treatment consists of slow deep tissue massage combined with energetic release techniques. It is extremely relaxing, revitalizing, and gives a feeling of lightness and openness.
Geoff Mackenzie began yoga practice as a curious surfer living in Bali in 1998, simply seeking to improve his physical 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 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training course in 2004, Geoff began conducting daily classes in Victoria and then Vancouver, Canada. He later moved to Asia where he taught at Pulse Yoga in Manila, Philippines. For the last six years he has taught extensively in North America, Europe and Asia. In Summer 2010, Geoff attended the Teachers' Intensive course at the K P Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India, thereupon receiving authorization to teach the Ashtanga method.
He is a firm believer in the highly adaptable and therapeutic nature of yoga practice and, as such, always places the needs of each individual student first and foremost. Breath/mind/body awareness, "vinyasa counting" and hands-on assistance in key postures are all regular components of his teaching sessions.
Students can expect Geoff's morning sessions to be a playful yet deep exploration of fundamental yoga asana: utilizing simple, adaptable postures, breathing techniques and subtle energetic connection to help each individual discover lightness, strength and poise, regardless of previous experience.
Afternoon sessions draw more inspiration from the quieter side of practice, creating focused, calm states where equilibrium can be restored and awareness cultivated.
Escape With KK at Ulpotha Imagine your mind in neutral time... body and soul in poetic harmony. KKʼs fusion of curative massage include Relaxation, Aromatherapy and Deep Tissue that combines assisted stretching, guided breath-work and pressure point release. Encouraging flexibility for muscles and better flow of life-force to your cells. An intuitive detective of the body, KK works to uncover the root of the problem and can offers preventative exercises and self care plans for her clients following treatment. Divine face rituals are also on the menu, KK uses Nealʼs Yard Remedies from Covent Garden in London - A luxuriously organic range of products that nourish the skin and senses. Facial treatments are complete with a complimentary head, neck, shoulder and foot massage. KKʼs approach has been influenced by the Indigenous people of Australia where she lived and trained as a therapist and holistic fitness coach for 12 years. An accredited Personal Trainer, Mind/Body Group Fitness Leader and certified Massage/Beauty Therapist, her treatments and training - experienced at any level, are deeply rewarding for those that join her. With her roots from Jamaica, KKʼs gentle and calming presence allows you to ʻsimply let go and just be in the momentʼ. And on completion of a session in her healing hands, she ensures that you will depart inspired about your own self-care. Born in the UK, her career journey started in the world of Fashion. She later migrated to Byron Bay, Australia in 1994 and went from ʻCatwalk Modelʼ to ʻRole Modelʼ discovering her souls greatest tonic - motivating and nurturing the lives of others through her spa and fitness company ʻEscape With KK.ʼ Now a sort after practitioner at top retreats around the world, she spends her time traveling to beautiful exotic locations and is deeply honored to share her gifts with others. You can cross paths with KK in Sri Lanka, Australia, The UK & Spain through out the year, with dates and venues to be found on her calendar page from her website. To see also what her clients have to say visit her testimonials page at www.EscapeWithKK.com
Bridget Woods Kramer Bridget began her yoga practices in India in 1975 and embarked on an intense program of study over many years to become a senior teacher and teacher trainer.
Bridget is Anusara's UK representative and main certified Anusara teacher having studied with John Friend, the founder of the Anusara school of Yoga since 1994. Bridget travels all over the world giving Anusara immersion workshops, teacher training's, and in depth study courses.
Anusara Yoga is a uniquely integrated approach to Hatha Yoga in which the art of the human spirit is powerfully blended with the science of bio-mechanics. Anusara means 'Flowing with grace (going with the flow) following your heart.
Bridget takes every available opportunity to continue studying to deepen her knowledge. She enthusiastically embraces a tireless schedule of travel, study, practice, workshops, classes, private instruction and a very busy family life as wife and mother of two.
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.
Stephen 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 and workshops cover the range of Hatha Yoga practices from asana, to pranayama, mantra, and meditation.
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
been studying yoga and massage for the past 12 years covering many conventional
western massage styles and healing modalities as well as acupressure and
shiatsu. In 2003 he discovered the beautiful art of Thai massage and has been
in love with it ever since.He studied
with one of the leading teachers of Thai massage in the U.S., Micheal Buck for
4 years and spent 2009 living in Thailand to further his studies.
sessions are focused on identifying and clearing restrictions in the physical,
emotional, and energetic bodies, and changing the cellular memories that hold
these restrictions in place. The work is guided by his intuition therefore
every session is different.The
underlying theme of all his therapies is metta, loving consciousness, this
allows him to connect to each person and offer what is needed in that moment in
order to create the space they need to heal themselves.He generally works on the floor mat utilizing
a lot of stretching while working the various energy lines of the body,
although he has also integrated many of the principles of these various styles
into a luxurious style of oil massage on the table that works with the physical
and energetic bodies to calm the mind and body in order to nurture the soul.
Thailand Eric has also been studying Chi Nei Tsang, a Taoist abdominal massage
which literally translates as energy of the organs.Chi Nei Tsang offers techniques to release
energy\emotions that have been stuck in various organs of the abdominal area,
the dumping ground of the body for stress, tension, and "negative
emotions" that create unhealthy patterns in the body.The releasing of these stagnant energies
allows the energy to flow more easily to the rest of the body, offering the
body the space and energy it needs to balance itself.This is a wonderful treatment on its own and
is also complementary to other healing treatments.
began her journey into yoga at the Mandala Yoga
Ashram – which has close links with the Bihar School of Yoga - in Wales 15
years ago; this was followed by time at other ashrams in India before
undertaking the Sivananda teacher training in Kerala. Returning to the UK
Sarah started to teach but continued to visit the Mandala Yoga Ashram and Swami
Sarah's interest in Hatha yoga also led her to do workshops and
study with different teachers gaining insights into the various paths that
students take from the more classical training she undertook in India to the
dynamic and popular forms of Iyengar and Astanga. Sarah's teaching
incorporates a unique blend of these different influences and styles.
Sarah undertook a further two years teacher training at the
Mandala Yoga Ashram which is accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga.
Her teaching has taken her all over the UK and to Sri Lanka where she has been
teaching for the last 5 years for 6 weeks every year.
Sarah understands the anatomy and physiology of the body both
through her yoga training but also as a qualified holistic masseur. Her
bodywork led her into gaining a greater understanding of the relationship
between the physical and the emotional, mental and spiritual – seeing and
interpreting the behaviour patterns of the body. A lot of her yoga
students have been with her for many years and it is the joy of seeing people
start to move and behave differently as they literally "open themselves
up" that is one of the true wonders of teaching yoga.
The morning classes will be more physical with stronger asana work but will
always contain pranayama (breathing techniques) and relaxation and/or
meditation. The afternoon classes will be gentler asana work with the
emphasis towards deep relaxation through yoga nidra, pranayama and meditation.
Sarah will hope to look at different forms of meditation and to spend time
exploring the many directions this may take. In its most diluted form
yoga can bring about a fitness regime and promote health and physical well
being. In its most profound form, it can awaken in people true wisdom,
joy and compassion.
studied a combination of Holistic therapies including Reflexology
(incorporating Precision technique), Indian Head massage, and holistic body
massage working with light or deep touch. More recently she has studied
Qi Gong and meditation. Amanda uses a combination of techniques and likes
to adapt each treatment process to the individual client's needs.
Ven. Yogavacara Rahula - *Special group. Click here for details
Rahula was born in California and ordained as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka in
1975. He lived there ten years studying and practicing mindfulness/vipassana
meditation with different teachers and living alone in secluded hermitages. He
also studied yoga with Swami Gitananda in South India. His teaching integrates
the practice of yoga and meditation. Since 1987 Bhante Rahula has been residing
and teaching at the Bhavana Society Forest Monastery in West Virginia with
Bhante H. Gunaratana. He also conducts meditation retreats in Germany and other
parts of the world periodically.
Rahula has written several books: an autobiography entitled "One Night's
Shelter; The Way to Peace & Happiness", a comprehensive study of the
Buddha's Teaching; "Breaking Through the Self-Delusion", a booklet on
vipassana meditation and "Traversing the Great Himalaya" a photo
documentary of a spiritual pilgrimage in the Himalaya.
Meditation with Yoga
will emphasize mindful attention to the body and breathing as the foundation
for cultivating awareness and insight into the deeper nature of our body and
mental process. Slow deep breathing coordinated with mindful bending and
stretching exercises are done to help this process. Periods of sitting,
standing and walking will aid in cultivating a continuity of awareness of the
present moment. The goal of mindfulness/insight practice is to become aware of
our intentions which precede activity of body, speech, and thought in order to transform
harmful habits which bring suffering into wholesome ones which conduce to
peace, happiness, and wisdom. The Buddha's teachings of the Four Noble Truths
inform the practice. How to carry this practice into daily life is given
is suitable for beginners as well as experienced meditators. There will be
nightly Dharma talks, chance for a personal interview, clear instructions, and
guided meditations. Loving-friendliness (Metta) meditation will begin evening
Yogacharini Maitreyi is a
Practical Mystic and the Founder of Arkaya www.arkaya.net. She is originally
from India where she absorbed the Yoga life. She has imparted the love for a
balanced life to a wide variety of people in many countries like Sweden, Sri
Lanka, Italy, Bangladesh and Canada.
She has trained employees
from many top companies like Ford and Lever Brothers and consults on Holistic
Living and Organic Management.
Maitreyi was invited to be on
the advisory board of the World Yoga council in Europe in 2006. She also
received the Yoga Chemmal (Expert) award in India in 2007.
She has over 100 published
articles in various magazines and newspapers and was a columnist for the
Economic Times. She now writes a column called The Pacemaker for the Hindu
national newsdaily in India.
She is building a loving
global, conscious community and has founded a trust for slum children in India.
The trust inspires people to love and honour mother nature and life through its
various activities. She devotes several months each year to teaching dedicated
yoga teachers in Vancouver, where she lives.
Yogacharini Maitreyi teaches
Classical Yoga which is both gentle and deep. It rebalances one's physical,
emotional and mental systems and realigns them with one's harmonious
consciousness. It creates many attitudinal shifts and incorporates a broader
perspective of life.
The Classical yoga she
teaches incorporates hatha as well as raja yoga principles. It realigns and
detoxifies the system. The physical and pranic (energy) practices are
progressive so that the system is not overloaded. It is a step by step
practical approach to healing and accessing one's potential.
Dylan Bernstein Dylan Bernstein 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 in Hong Kong. The other half finds him leading retreats, workshops and trainings in wonderful places almost as nice as Ulpotha!
Kerry Weavind Kerry has always been curious about the mind. She needed however to turn observation into wisdom and found yoga to be useful in this regard. Yoga is not the only path, but for Kerry, it is a creative process of expression and constant learning and playing, of living life gracefully and laughing. I love the mystery, I love change, I love the intrigue that body and mind and maya (illusion & personality) create to make the living experience a gift constantly being unwrapped. This is what unfolds in her yoga classes.
She has been teaching yoga since 2001 and founded The Haum of Yoga in 2003. Kerry was certified through The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, India in December 2001 and the advanced certification in 2010, and expanded her journey in the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system in Mysore India.
Kerry is strongly influenced by philosophy. Her passion for yoga is as a complete system beyond just the asana as well as sage Krishnamurti who delves into an attitude of LIVING with freedom. Through Kerry’s journey, IndiYoga was created as a practical tool for turning observation into wisdom - using the asana practice as the microcosm for the macrocosm of life. Whatever happens on the mat - one's freedom, limitation, internal dialogue, perceptions and belief systems - happens off the mat and practicing equanimity or transforming observation into wisdom on the mat is a great skill for life!
Kerry loves the Vipassana meditation courses, metaphysical studies, art, & voice, these are things that help take her further on her quest for Independent Spirit. The inner exploration of the body through movement, metaphysics, ego and everything are a big part of this self-study, which evolves into practical experiences she offers as a teacher.
It is a privilege to teach Yoga and to study Yoga and a beautiful creative process to live Yoga.
Bridget began her yoga practices in India in 1975 and embarked on an intense program of study over many years to become a senior teacher and teacher trainer.
Bridget is Anusara's UK representative and main certified Anusara teacher having studied with John Friend, the founder of the Anusara school of Yoga since 1994. Bridget travels all over the world giving Anusara immersion workshops, teacher training's, and in depth study courses.
Anusara Yoga is a uniquely integrated approach to Hatha Yoga in which the art of the human spirit is powerfully blended with the science of bio-mechanics. Anusara means 'Flowing with grace (going with the flow) following your heart.
Bridget takes every available opportunity to continue studying to deepen her knowledge. She enthusiastically embraces a tireless schedule of travel, study, practice, workshops, classes, private instruction and a very busy family life as wife and mother of two.
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...
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.
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
Lorenzo has long been
a practitioner of yoga and Chinese martial arts. These practices led him to
discover the world of alternative therapies, which then became his passion.
Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Barcelona, Spain, Lorenzo deepened his
studies into the world of energetic and emotional therapies.EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), NLP
(Neuro-Linguisitic Programming) and Craniosacral Biodynamics are now part of
his practice. He believes in the value
of gentle techniques that allow the client to become aware of the causes
underlying any imbalances, in order to acknowledge and release them.
the same time, Lorenzo’s love for bodywork took him to investigate the art of
Thai Massage and expand his views into Flying Therapeutics, an inversion
therapy that brings people into a weightless, deep and pleasant connection with
the inner child. More
details about his practice are available at:http://www.lorenzobecchi.com
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
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.
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. For more information http://www.yogashantidarshan.com/
Tsang” translates to “transforming the energy of the internal organs”. With a
deep, soft and gentle touch Marion works mainly on the abdomen to detox the
organs and increase their optimal function as well as to release stored
patterns and emotions.
stimulating the body's digestive, reproductive, lymphatic, nervous and
circulatory systems CNT is a powerful way of promoting optimal health,
restoring balance and living better.
Lower Back Pain
- Prevent the
onset of disease
expect from your treatment?
A treatment begins with a dialogue between you and Marion,
discussing your health history and any current health issues you wish to
address. You may experience a deep sense of relaxation and re-connection with
yourself on a physical and emotional level during this treatment. The treatment
will conclude with simple self-care exercises along with nutritional and
lifestyle guidance that you can apply yourself to support and maintain your
Marion is a
dynamic and compassionate therapist who radiates her passion for life to all
those around her. In 1998, she first embarked upon the path of bio-energetics
as a member of a local Tai-Chi and Chi-Kung group. She has since deepened her
studies of Taoism through an apprenticeship in Traditional Chinese Medicine,
'Tui-Na' massage and abdominal acupuncture. In addition to this background,
Marion has studied a vast range of healing modalities ranging from Ayurvedic
and Thai Massage to Osteopathic Cranio-Sacral and Indonesian Animist Ceremony.
specializes in 'Chi Nei Tsang', a powerful abdominal organ detox massage
technique which she offers as a complement to Wellness Coaching and Nutritional
Health Counselling. Marion believes that by fostering optimal organ function,
adopting personalized eating habits and cultivating a balanced lifestyle we can
all achieve long lasting health and a greater experience of life.
currently shares her time between Canada, where she nurtures her love for
nature as a Park Ranger, and her home in Chiang Mai, where she cultivates her
practice of yoga, chi kung and healing therapy while living a life abundant
with radiance, zest and love.
Christophe Cappon maintains a local and international
teaching schedule to help others bridge the gap between yoga's ancient wisdom
and modern day life. As a licensed Anusara-Inspired™yoga instructor and
proponent for conscious living, Christophe inspires others to lead a more
healthy, vibrant and fulfilling life both on the mat and into the world.
Drawing from a broad spectrum of life experiences,
including years of dedicated practice, in-depth trainings and teaching
experience, Christophe passionately transmits a fresh and authentic perspective
on a timeless tradition. Known for threading clear instructions, intelligent
sequencing and skillful adjustments with a hearty, down to earth attitude,
Christophe’s unique ability to bring out each students fullest potential, no
matter what level of yoga experience, is his gift to the world.
Helen has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and has
studied with a variety of different teachers & styles (Ashtanga, Iyenger,
Anusara) including Sarah Powers, John Stirk, Anna Ashby, Joey Mills, Bridget
Woods-Kramer, Ananda Leone, John Friend, Jonas Wrestling & Carlos Pomeda.
Having trained in alignment-based Hatha Yoga at TriYoga in
London she has most recently gone onto complete further teacher trainings in
the uplifting, flowing style of Anusara Yoga. As an Anusara Inspired teacher
she is passionate about sharing yoga with everybody, yoga to benefit all using
the Anusara Universal Principles of Alignment & incorporating Shiva/Shakti
Tantric philosophy into the classes. She sees yoga as a tool for expansion and
freedom in every aspect of life.
Since Oct 2009 she has been on the road travelling &
teaching, mainly in India, Thailand & Bali. She sees her own self practice
as a way to deepen her knowledge & exploration of yoga both on & off
the mat. Teaching gives her opportunity to share her knowledge whilst
continually learning & growing from her students. She has been fortunate
enough to have studied & assisted with Anusara teacher, Bridget Woods
Kramer during her classes in London and at both of Bridget's Yoga Teacher
Trainings in Bali and at the Bali Spirit Festival 2010 & 2011.
Helen teaches from the heart in a playful, joyful & fun
way focusing on helping everyone express their own beauty & using Partner
work to help students support one another in order to reach their true
potential & push each others boundaries. She has also developed a greater
depth & passion for incorporating the breath, Hathenas & Pranayama into
her teachings & practice. Additionally she is practicing Thai yoga massage.
She has now fallen in love with the dance of thai massage after studying in
Lahu village, Chiang Mai & at the Thai Massage Circus in Laos. Her time is
now divided between studying & practising Thai massage & yoga.
Helen is both Yoga Alliance' Certified and a recognized by
the British Wheel of Yoga, as well as Anusara Inspired.
The tranquil setting of Upoltha naturally lends itself to fulfill
our true desire to align with nature. Following the Anusara principles
throughout & weaving in a heart theme, the morning class will be based on a
dynamic practice to revive & awaken our spine, heart and mind;
allowing us to start the day with a feeling of lightness & freedom.
Through a playful dance of asana, restorative yoga, Thai yoga massage &
meditation, incorporating breathwork throughout, the therapeutic afternoon
class will be a chance to explore our bodies: bringing back mobility in
our joints, restoring the natural rhythm of our spine and the free flow of
energy, whilst getting in touch with our inner essence of being.
Sean began walking
the yogic path in the late 90s after attending a weekend meditation workshop in
his hometown of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. The clarity and
stillness Sean experienced that weekend was profoundly transformative and would
inspire him to travel clear across the continent to a newly formed monastery
tucked away in North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains. The following four years
found Sean teaching Hatha yoga and meditation throughout North America, Europe
and Japan while riding the wave of a wildly magical spiritual adventure.
After returning to
Canada in the early 2000s, Sean fell in love with the more physically
challenging styles of Power and Vinyasa Yoga and would later become a dedicated
practitioner of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga thanks to a chance encounter with veteran
Ashtangi, Rolf Naujokat in Ko Pagnan, Thailand. Sean has since traveled to
Mysore India to study under Pattabhi and Sharath Jois and has sat with some of
the world’s most gifted teachers while studying and teaching in Hong Kong and
Sean’s creative, dynamic, Vinyasa-based morning
classes can be enjoyed by practitioners of all levels, while challenging the
strength and flexibility of even the most seasoned asana veterans. Afternoon
sessions will tend to the softer side of asana, pranayama and meditation,
exploring these elements through both traditional and modern methods.
Ultimately, Sean’s aim is to help his fellow yogis uncover the stillness, power
and beauty that is woven throughout the tapestry of each and every one of our
“I always think that
massage is like the ‘apple a day’ that keeps the doctor away. Regular massage,
I am convinced, prevents problems as well as curing them. I am constantly
overwhelmed by its effect. Massage allows you to detox physically and mentally,
calming the mind, which in turn has an incredibly powerful effect on the
body. I am a great believer in the emotional sources of disease, where an
unquiet mind can lead to an agitated body, where healing can just not take
place. I constantly use Positive Energy to allow the body to take time to heal
itself”, she says.
Danielle uses a
combination of science and intuition, drawing on well-established skills in
Advanced Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, LA Stone Therapy, Hopi Ear
Candles and Kinesiology Body Balance to create a completely bespoke treatment
that is uniquely designed for each client. She combines these skills with
combinations of Indian Head massage, pregnancy massage (where applicable),
Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage and Thai massage, aiming
to leave the client feeling relaxed, invigorated and pain free.
Danielle qualified as
a holistic therapist in 1996 and has worked in this area since then, running
her own very successful business in Brighton. Even then she continued to learn:
attending courses in new therapies, keeping herself up to date, and increasing
her range of qualifications one of which is level 5 in Kinesiology. Her Thai
massage experience was gained in Pai (Thailand) on a one to one basis with one
teacher for a month, and she learned LA Stone Therapy at LA Stone, the pioneers
of stone bodywork.
She learned Advanced
Sports Massage in Brighton and even now she exchanges massage with colleagues
so as to continue to pick up new skills and constantly evolve as a therapist.
As she says in her statement, she is passionate about the concept of the ‘whole
body’ healing itself, and works with the client to enable their body to do
this. Her incredibly intuitive approach, experience and qualifications have
impressed other practitioners to such an extent that now a large part of her
client base actually consists of Holistic Therapists and teachers.
committed to developing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being,
Anne-Marie is a certified Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga teacher with the world
renowned Chopra Centre for Well Being, California. She is a highly
qualified and experienced teacher with over 26 years of teaching experience
(including secondary school, health education, RSA YMCA exercise to music and
Pilates — in addition to yoga).She was
named as one of the top Pilates instructors in the UK by Harpers and Queen
Magazine - Feb 2002.She now runs her
own centre - the Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing in the spa town of Harrogate
has spent time in India studying yoga, and is also influenced by the Satyananda
tradition whose workshops/retreats she attends when possible.
Anne-Marie specialises in back problems and many of her students
come as medical referrals.She is also
qualified in pre/post natal and runs Ayurvedic/Yoga retreat days and weekends,
at her centre and in the community.
In the healing surroundings of Ulpotha, Anne-Marie will be
guiding you through a unique personalised Ayurvedic/yoga style practice in the
morning with a more dynamic, hatha flow class incorporating pranayama, chakra
balancing and meditation. The afternoon practice will be more restorative
and yin-based with meditation.In all
sessions there will be an emphasis on alignment, posture and on each
individual's specific needs with suitable variations given for any particular
issues such as back/neck other joint stiffness etc.
is also a keen dancer - particularly Salsa and Argentinian Tango - and would be
happy to teach a few moves if requested!
I have been a lover of touch since I was a
child.I grew up in South East Asia and
my family had their roots in India.In
India in 2005 I was introduced to Ayurvedic massage where I trained in
AyurBalance and AyurYogic techniques through Rasovai, Goa. Teaching originates from Pune master teacher
Kusum Modak who combined ayurvedic massage techniques with Iyengar yogic
stretching. In 2009 in Madurai I completed a Sivananda Yoga teacher training to
deepen my yoga practice, for self-development and to complement the bodywork I
was giving at the time. This year I went to Bali to train in Esalen® Massage.
Esalen® Massage is a full body massage - from the
Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California - a place dedicated to the exploration
of human potential. It is a combination of various bodywork techniques from
across the globe – it’s influences being the movement of the Pacific Ocean,
sensory awareness, Swedish massage, oriental medicine and the meridians,
meditation, Gestalt practice and the deeper work borrowed from Ida Rolf’s
teachings and neural somatic integration, and Trager’s passive movement - to
awaken the body/mind.Each practitioner
uses presence and touch and translates this into his/her own personal art form
with long strokes, compressions, deep tissue work, rocking and cradling,
creating a free-flow session unique to them and the receiver each time.
I am currently giving sessions in Edinburgh from my own
studio space at home and, from 4th October 2011, from the Gathering
Essence School of Daoist Yoga and Meditation.
Julie has studied and practiced massage for over 10 years and has also qualified as an osteopath, deepening her understanding of the human body and developing her massage technique. At the centre of her work is the belief that the body is inherently capable of healing itself and that a holistic approach to restoring structural balance will result in improved function and optimum health.
Her massage comes from the heart and blends the long flowing strokes of traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, using the hands, forearms and elbows, with Swedish and remedial massage techniques. Treatments are flowing and can be relaxing, invigorating or therapeutically focused, according to individual requirements. Julie is currently based in London.
Lara Baumann is one of the UK's most prominent voices in the yoga world. She teaches and lectures internationally, appears on television, radio and other media, and has published the Quantum Yoga book, DVD's and audio CD's.
Quantum Yoga® allows the practitioner to create dynamic sequences in accordance with individual requirements. A system of grouping and linking asana/postures in a breath-synchronised flow (vinyasa), and assessment guidelines based on Ayurveda’s holistic approach, lead to optimal yoga practice.
This inspiring and upbeat yoga class attracts general to experienced yogis, as Lara adjusts its level to the group. It is dynamic and challenging, but always playful, nurturing, safe and healing.
Thierry comes from a rock climbing background which, since
childhood, he has practiced as a form of "vertical" yoga.In 2002 his passion for movement, rhythm,
balance and bio-dynamics crossed paths with the art of traditional Thai massage.Since then, he has traveled endlessly across
Thailand, Australia and Europe to deepen his studies.It is the combination of intuitive,
scientific/medical and spiritual practices which came to form the heart of his
Wishing to further deepen his understanding of the human body, especially its
physical and energy levels, he studied Shiatsu, Oriental therapy and Massage
therapy at Nature Care College in Sydney.
He later returned to Thailand where he has been carrying out ongoing research
with the founders of Osteo Thai massage: Arno Lhermitte and David Lutt… as well
as with the master in Traditional Thai massage, Pichest Boonthumee.
He regularly works in spas, massage centers and physiotherapy clinics in
combination with his own practice in Belgium and Greece where he teaches Thai
In Ulpotha, Thierry will be offering Osteo Thai massage, a bridge between the
East and the West. This technique combines the extraordinary sacred dance of
Traditional Thai Massage with the gentle techniques of Osteopathy; rich
muscular stretching inspired by yoga positions with acupressure work on energy
lines and with harmonic, oscillatory, rhythmic and rocking movements.
Each treatment is adapted to the needs of the patient;
static and dynamic techniques are integrated to form a soft/deep music-like
Osteo Thai massage treats all the physical, emotional and energetic aspects of
the patient as a whole.
Brian teaches IndiYoga, infusing his classes
with strong intuition and knowledge of metaphysical understanding of the body –
teaching beyond yoga. IndiYoga is a style of yoga that promotes independence of
Spirit and Brian embodies this mandate through his instruction to breathe, feel
and work from self respect and self love: “Remember that you are the most
important person in your life, for it is you and you alone who are responsible
for all that happens within your life, honouring those around you that give you
your space, to allow you to honor, like and love yourself for the very special
person that you are, for it is only when you can do it for yourself that you
can give it back in return to those around you.”
Brian has been doing yoga since 2003 and
teaching since 2004. Brian has been actively involved in the development of
Haum of Yoga and its vision. He is an avid Vipassana meditator. Brian developed
a style of healing that involves intuitive reflexology www.solewise.co.za
Classes at Ulpotha with Brian will include a
metaphysical study of yourself in poses from gentle to advanced asana, as well
as allowing a more meditative experience of yoga in the afternoons.
Nora Heilmann teaches and continues to study the Jivamukti Yoga method, created by Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1984. Originally German and with a background in performance art and choreography, she has lived in Amsterdam for many years and taught there at Svaha Yoga Shala and the international School for New Dance Development, SNDO. She is currently a travelling yogi teaching classes, workshops and retreats.
Jivamukti comes from the Sanskrit word Jivanmukti: 'living liberated' or Jivanmukta: 'one who has attained Self-realization'. The Jivamukti Yoga method offers a path to enlightenment through compassion for all other beings, integrating vigorous and flowing asana practice with the spiritual roots of yoga in ahimsa (non-harming), scripture study, Sanskrit chanting, bhakti (devotion), meditation, and deep listening.
Jivamukti Yoga is an experience of the art of yoga at its fullest potential. Asana is not only posture, but in a wider sense it is the yogi's seat and connection to the earth. Jivamukti Yoga spiritually activates the practitioner to create a mutually beneficial relationship with the earth and all other beings. A vegan diet is one of the primary expressions of the Jivamukti Yoga practice.
As a former dance artist, Nora studied a range of eastern movement techniques and martial arts. Her interest to combine philosophical inquiry with the direct experience of physical practices brought her to the art of yoga. She followed several teacher trainings in the Vinyasa yoga style and continues to travel to India for self study and exploration of the traditional roots. Her classes are playful, physically demanding, experimental and grounding. She likes to give special attention to the practice of pranayama in order to deepen and refine awareness to a more subtle level.
Nora offers her deepest gratitude to her teachers and spiritual guides: Sharon Gannon, David Life, Clive Sheridan, Richard Freeman, Adyashanti, and all the students who dedicate their time and energy to the practice of yoga, reminding her of the best place to be at: beginner's mind. She would like to openly share all the knowledge that has been made available to her, with the wish that all beings may be happy and free of suffering.
Tasmai sri gurave namah. I humbly make my offering to the guru, the beautiful remover of ignorance, the enlightenment principle that is within me and surrounds me at all times.
Kammerer specializes in Thai Yoga Massage which holds its oldest
roots in India 2,500 years ago and is attributed to Dr. Jivago, a personal
physician to the Buddha. Thai Yoga Massage teaches both practitioner and
recipient to be intuitive with the body, working as an open channel to identify
and remove the blockages and anything that is preventing an optimal flow of
life force energy. Erin has returned annually to Chiang Mai, Thailand
over the past 6 years to continue refining her gift with Master teacher Ajan
Erin uses her sensitivity to work
with the major blocks that are preventing people from fully enjoying their body
experience. It is her intention to help improve your relationship with your
body. After a treatment, people have shared an experience of feeling
lighter, longer, balanced, relaxed and energized at the same. People are
generally inspired to dance, laugh, love and create more than before. Erin
helps her clients develop an easy to follow treatment plan/life enhancement
plan to maintain that wonderfully open feeling that makes life more fun and
Erin also offers 30 hour Thai Yoga
Massage Trainings for those interested in learning this healing art.
Yoga has been a
constant in Judith's life for the past 18 years and has helped to keep her calm
and centred throughout her career in the hectic music Industry.Working in the highly stressful areas of PR
and Events, she often said that she would love to give it all up and become a
Yoga Teacher.And finally, she did. Now she’s thrilled to
be sharing everything that it has taught her and teaching others to benefit
from this wonderful practise and philosophy from the East, which is so relevant
in the West today.
Judith is Yoga
Alliance certified and completed her Teacher Training in India with Quantum
Yoga’s Lara Baumann. She has since divided her time between the UK and India,
teaching in Goa and London.Continuing
to work and study closely with Lara, she is regularly involved in the Quantum
Yoga Teacher Trainings and also features in Quantum Yoga Advanced Series DVD,
love of Yoga was first honed by Godfrey Devereux (Dynamic Yoga), who was her
teacher at the Life Centre in London.She then went on to explore many different styles including Ashtanga,
Bikram, Jivamukti and Kundalini Yoga.Always a keen
dancer, she was drawn to the Quantum Method, because of its fluidity and the
way one posture informs the next in a continuous flow. A natural linguist, she
has also fallen in love with Sanskrit and the influence of the East is evident
in her classes.
To her, Yoga is a graceful,
ancient dance, which opens up the body and takes us beyond the mind.Her teaching style is Vinyasa Flow. See also: www.quantumyoga.com
Pi Jem is one of Thailand's
"amazing gems" – a very skilled traditional Thai massage therapist
who trained with one of the great Thai masters.
Traditional Thai massage aims
to relieve pain in muscles and joints through deep massage and stretching. Traditional
Thai massage is usually performed on the floor, and you will be fully clothed,
wearing comfortable clothes that allow for movement. No oils are used in Thai
Pi Jem's particular style of
Thai massage is a strong massage that is especially beneficial for those who
practice yoga.It helps circulate the
blood and energy around the body and open areas where there may be blocked
energy or prana which can cause pain and/or stiffness.
Her expertise will leave you
feeling deeply relaxed and at peace, with a supple body relieved of pain.
Malaika Cheze Darville
Originally from Canada, Malaika is now based in Australia 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 & 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. Her teachings are suitable for beginners and intermediate levels.
Melissa embodies all things yoga and holds true to her personal belief in freedom. She is truly
an example of living life! She began teaching Group Fitness 22 years ago while attending
Texas A&M. After a Marketing degree and an adventurous corporate career, she took time off
to be a Mom of 2 amazing boys. She has lived and traveled all over the US and most recently
She extends much gratitude and appreciation for her teachers and influences including:
Chrys Kub (Yoga Therapy, North Carolina), Sadhvi Abha (Kriya, India), Judith Lasater
(Anatomy, California), Lance Schuler (Hatha, Australia), Stephanie Adams (mentor, Oregon),
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
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. (www.yogasutra.co.in)
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 http://www.samantaduggal.com.
Each class at Ulpotha will leave you feeling joyous and peaceful. Find inner strength in mind
and body like never before.
Damien De Bastier
Damien de Bastier had been on meditation medication for nearly 10 years when he was introduced to the ashtanga system of open-heart surgery in 1998. It was love at first stretch as the method combined his inclinations for physical challenge, meditation and self-inquiry. Quickly experiencing the benefits and efficiency of this do-it-yourself procedure he soon found himself in intensive care unit in Mysore, India, where he returns regularly to bow in gratitude at the feet of his doctors: Master surgeon Sri K. Patthabi Jois and his grandson Sharath Jois.
He apprenticed under the supervision of his uncle David Ingalls, founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Washington D.C. and over the years his understanding was refined by the influences of Richard Freeman, Tim Miller and David Miliotis. Damien sees the ashtanga practice as a whole and integrates pranayama, inquiry and nature connection into his daily treatment.
As an authorized teacher, his foremost intention is to preserve the accuracy of the method as it has been transmitted to him, while ensuring the safest and sacred-most environment for the patients to operate on themselves. As a guide, it is with great honor and appreciation that he assists unknowing organ donors in disposing of their heads and opening their hearts. He usually prescribes high dosage of patience, compassion and humor to sweeten the medicine. For more information, see: www.8yoga.com
In Ulpotha, Dylan will be offering the following teachings:
Traditional Mysore ashtanga.
Building and deepening a Self yoga practice by gradually adding the poses on the thread of the breath like pearls on a string. Discovering the gifts of the ashtanga practice: Empowerment, autonomy, awareness, and an amazing sense of wellbeing.
Beginners, intermediates (and advanced too) most welcome.
Not so traditional yoga explorations to deepen the understanding and experience of the internal elements of the ashtanga method, breathing, movement, energy and awareness.