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Amy Patsalides

Being a natural ‘yang’ personality with a background in marathon training and crossfit, she felt initially drawn to more athletic yoga practices such as ashtanga and vinyasa flow. Her yoga journey began as a new way to challenge her body, but became so much more than that, as she discovered the many layers of philosophy beneath the physical practice. Over the years, and following an intensive teacher training in Tantric Hatha with Zuna Yoga, she began to slow down and appreciate yoga, not just as a physical exercise, but as a holistic guide to being more balanced in body, and more importantly mind. She’s since trained in Reiki, began teaching therapeutic yin and continues to be fascinated with traditional yoga principles, and how they can be applied in the modern world.

Amy is the founder of Akasha, and will be teaching in April on Costa Rica | Multi Discipline

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Katarina Rayburn

After discovering a strong yang style of yoga in London, and then traveling to India to explore the lighter practice of Sivananda yoga that she realised what an integral part of her physical and mental wellbeing yoga had become. She then returned to India a year later to complete her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga and Ashtanga Vinyasa (Rocket) with The Yoga People. Katarina immediately began teaching yoga full time and by 2017 had completed 500hrs of advanced Teacher Training with The Yoga People, in Ashtanga, Rocket, Yin & Mandala Vinyasa. Katarina continues to build her advanced teacher training hours as expanding her knowledge, to pass on to her students is something she’s very passionate about.

You'll be able to join Kat in March on our Bali | Mandala

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Leo Oppenheim

Leo is a multi discipline instructor specialising in balance and core stability. His journey into movement began with skating, traversed through balance board and slacklining, and has ultimately landed him on the yoga mat. He’s convinced that movement lies at the heart of everything we do, and credits yoga with providing the only element that was missing, flexibility. Rather than chasing personal bests and perfection, Leo’s practice has evolved towards moving with intention; no ego or attachment, just working to your best ability. It’s clear that Leo loves to move, but he also loves to teach others how to move with fluidity and purpose. For those wanting to master the art of yoga, or obtain the ninja like balance required for slacklining, Leo understands that it takes both discipline and surrender to get the most out of our bodies.

Leo will be teaching on our April Costa Rica | Multi Discipline

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Lolo Lam

Lolo’s classes combine a powerful yet nurturing energy with a mischievous sparkle, that balance strength with flexibility, and hard work with playfulness. Born among the sheep and cows of the West Country, Lolo was told by every wanderer and hippy that she was a natural born healer. Feisty and full of rebellion, she dismissed those crustys as loons and set off to be a rock star. However they were soon proved right, when she found herself in the world of nursing, running around in scrubs and saving lives! Lolo enjoyed being a nurse, but was constantly reminded of the limitations of western health care, prompting her to close the conventional medical door and train in Ayurvedic medicine – complete with massage, herbs and funky food habits. From here her journey into Yoga began.

Lolo will be teaching our Morzine Retreat in January.

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Skoti Pepper

Skoti strongly feels as a human we have lost our way from being an animal, and when we do that we start creating all these behavioural patterns so subconsciously that we might not even relate to the fact that they might not be serving us and they are up for question. If we can nurture this side of us, the animal, we open the door to endless possibilities. Just remember, when a wild animal gets backed into a corner and suppressed, just think about the many ways it will try to escape and protect itself. Animals are stronger than the human conditioning, it is time to let your animal rise, otherwise it will come out in ways that do not serve you.  He teaches animal movement, conditioning and flexibility and meditation.

Skoti will be teaching on our April Costa Rica | Multi Discipline

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Sam Wilensky

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Sam is passionate about the energetic mind-body connection and the power of tuning in to the deep wisdom our bodies hold about our mental and emotional state. Starting her spiritual career with a fast, fiery, yang vinyasa practice, she ultimately found her heart in the still, deep practice of Yin yoga. Sam's journey as a yoga teacher also led her to find meditation and Reiki as instrumental tools for understanding the roadmap of the mind-body ecosystem. Using her unique blend of tools, Sam works 1:1 and in groups to intuitively guide experiences of deep release and heart-opening in support of the self-healing process. You can expect her classes on retreat to reflect all of her experience and inspiration.

Sam will be teaching on our April Costa Rica | Multi Discipline

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DAVID KAM

David’s joyous teachings reflect his wonderfully non-linear journey as an international movement artist, whose fascination guided him through a degree in architecture, professional dance training and yoga. David honours these influences in his classes exploring asana beneath their blueprints of alignment and beyond the confines of the mat to move from a place of freedom and integrity. Known for his creative indulgence towards exploring every corner of the body and mind, David invites you to appreciate the poetics of the in-between to inspire grace and sensitivity in movement through the influence of imagery. The cheerful Malaysian champions a social practice which celebrates playfulness and intuition within self inquiry. David shares his ever evolving practice extensively with warmth and sincerity.

David will be teaching in Sept Bali | Power of Play

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LAURA BOOTH

As a young teacher, Laura feels completely blessed to have connected to this part of herself so early in life. Her asana practice has transcended her pre-conceived physical and mental limitations, and yoga has infiltrated her life in every way. Yoga brings Laura clarity and inner strength, enabling her to navigate her way through obstacles and fully appreciate every moment of her life. Her teaching encourages students to find their own personal flow within the practice, creating space in body and mind, body positivity, and inner strength. You can expect to find an equal balance between integrity and creativity in her sequences that feel almost like a dance between yoga and self-expression.

Laura will be teaching in June Ibiza | Awaken Your Goddess

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CLAUDIA MIRALLEGRO

Claudia is an internationally beloved health and wellness maven with a passion for helping everyone she encounters — both in her classes and off the mat - realise their full potential. In her life, yoga was the game-changer that helped her articulate and actualise her own, and it is through her yoga classes, workshops, retreats, and online content that she aims to help others find health and happiness. As a former dancer, she grew up with a love for movement. Which translates to a practice and teaching style that is both strong and graceful, challenging and fluid. Her favourite moments are in seeing people find and blend their true values into their practice. 

Claudia will be teaching in April Costa Rica | Mandala

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SARAH GROGAN

Sarah is an Irish yogi, who after eight years working in the City as a stock broker, decided to follow her heart and pursue a life of yoga. Her own personal yoga practice became a powerful tool to help balance to the intensity of city life and she soon realised she was far more passionate about sharing this practice of mindfulness through movement than working in finance. Sarah is certified to teach various forms of yoga, having completed close to 700 hours of yoga teacher training. She is also a FRCms (Functional Range Conditioning®️ movement specialist). Sarah's teaching spans both ends of the spectrum, from meditation to getting people into handstands. Her classes are effective, detailed, and playful as Sarah endeavours to create a safe space to encourage and challenge you in unison.

Sarah will be teaching in April Costa Rica | Mandala

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KELLY MASON

Sarah is an Irish yogi, who after eight years working in the City as a stock broker, decided to follow her heart and pursue a life of yoga. Her own personal yoga practice became a powerful tool to help balance to the intensity of city life and she soon realised she was far more passionate about sharing this practice of mindfulness through movement than working in finance. Sarah is certified to teach various forms of yoga, having completed close to 700 hours of yoga teacher training. She is also a FRCms (Functional Range Conditioning®️ movement specialist). Sarah's teaching spans both ends of the spectrum, from meditation to getting people into handstands. Her classes are effective, detailed, and playful as Sarah endeavours to create a safe space to encourage and challenge you in unison.

Kelly will be cooking in all our 2020 retreats, apart from Costa Rica