Elena Yoga Teacher & Founder of “Sphere”
Elena’s path to yoga began twenty years ago when she tried her first “down-ward dog” in a crowded studio in New York. Since than yoga became her lifestyle and helped her to overcome many challenges and to keep a happy and healthy balance.
Elena believes in teaching yoga from inside out. Her classes are lively and uplifting with the focus on breathing and proper alignment and mixed with spontaneity and humor. She is inspired to help her students to obtain their goal in life, be it peace of mind, healthy balance, self-discovery, or just simply to be the best you can be!
Elena is eternally grateful to her family, friends, teachers and students for their support and encouragement and for making her a better human being.
Andrea Paola Yoga Teacher
Yoga was first introduced to Andrea Paola in her pre-teen years by her mentor and aunt- a buddhist, yogini and yoga instructor- with whom she made her first trip to India and Thailand when she was 13. It was not until much later however, that yoga and meditation became a consistent and integral part of her life, playing a crucial role in her long battle with addictions when all other options had been exhausted.
Andrea Paola became fascinated by the healing and transformative capacities of contemplative therapies, and chose to integrate this into her studies of medicine/psychology. She received her yoga teacher training in Hatha yoga, and loves teaching and sharing the experience of pranayama (breath exercises), meditation and the deep calm that arises from the unity of mind, body and breath during each asana.
In her own practice, she often integrates aspects of ashtanga and vinyasa, as she loves this alternate access to the interior via a more dynamic, playful and athletic movement. It is also a wonderful compliment to her other life's passion: rock climbing.
Ayneh Yoga Teacher
With over 20 years of experience, Ayneh believes Yoga teaches us to breathe instead of resisting, to light the inner light to see with clarity, to recognize each emotion as an ephemeral wave, and to care for and cultivate these two servants who are given to us for life: the body and the mind.
Claire Yoga Teacher & Author
Claire left her career as a physics engineer in 2014, to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to the practice and teaching of yoga. Based in Geneva, she also teaches internationally workshops, retreats, teacher trainings, private and group classes. She is also involved with the NGO “Yoga and sports for refugees” on Lesbos.
Claire believes that yoga can be joyful, inclusive and accessible to everyone.
She teaches a creative Vinyasa flow aimed at exploring asanas and meditation through movement. She likes to make every asana accessible and encourage everyone to listen inside and develop their own practice.
She likes to teach playful classes where everyone can explore and explore their comfort zone in a safe way.
What she loves most about yoga is how it reminds her everyday that she knows nothing, and encourages her to be a constant adventurer.
You can learn more about Claire and her classes and events at https://www.clairelalande.com/
Devika Yoga Teacher
Devika Coles is an educator and artist originally from the beautiful island of Oahu in Hawaii. She is passionate about teaching yoga. Devika uses alignment based vinayasa, pranayama breathing techniques and meditation to help individuals develop greater awareness of their own body-mind connections. She believes that asana practices help to ‘sculpt the mind’, allowing each person to find a sense of balance, stillness, and love as they move throughout their day.
Devika moved to Geneva with her family from New York City in 2012, where she taught media arts and yoga in a public high school for six years to immigrant youth who were learning English. As a mother of two rambunctious girls, her own personal yoga practice helps keeps her grounded and centered. Devika has practiced yoga in the Shivananda, Ashtanga, and Iyengar lineages of yoga. She has a Masters of Art in Art Education from New York University and she recently completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program through YogaWorks, a studio based in the US.
Dominika Yoga Teacher & Therapist
The balance of polarities is what Dominika likes to focus on in her Yoga classes.
As much as we need and want to keep our body fit and strong, we also need to focus on a healthy body. To balance the need for a strong physical workout and building strength, but at the same time not to forget to slow down and allow the body and mind to rest, is the challenge we all face, and Dominika likes to take on in her class. This is why all her classes are build around the following three points: Asana (physical postures), Savasana (relaxation), and Pranayama (breathing).
Hatha Yoga, following the tradition of Swami Sivananda, is Dominika’s daily practice. Her sequencing is rounded to work your whole body and keep this instrument of ours, healthy. Besides that Dominika strongly believes in home practice and encourages and helps her students to establish a home practice, if they wish so.
Estelle Yoga Teacher
After a dramatic motorcycle accident at age 18, Estelle had to give up her dream of becoming a professional dancer. Instead, she became a translator and interpreter, and founded a family. Still, the mind-body connection she had deeply felt as a dancer was missing. After various trainings, Estelle discovered Yoga, and suddenly, everything became clear: teaching and transmitting the spirit of Yoga was going to be her new life‘s purpose. For her, Yoga is not only Asana (the poses) or practice on the mat; she endeavours to pass on to her students that one can export Yoga into everyday life so as to improve balance, well-being and happiness.
Joanna Yoga Teacher
At seventeen, Joanna started hanging out with some Sadhus, on the Gats of Varanasi, with no idea who those Holy Men were. Time in their presence was just “cool” and uplifting to her. It took another few trips to the Mother and a lot of convincing before Joanna dared lay a foot on a yoga mat. The Iyengar practice kept her out of real trouble during her twenties and when extreme wild ties were ready to be given up, Ashtanga & Jivamukti yoga set the tone of her thirties. Joanna feels blessed, or maybe dedicated enough to have studied with some very grand as well as inspiring teachers, including Sharath Jois, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Prem and Radha.
Dedication and perseverance is the key to understanding the body. You can teach with the mind…Joanna’s classes are taught with what is felt by the heart and has been experienced by the body.
Freedom is achieved through discipline. Work hard, play hard, but give up what you believe makes you happy. It lies in the energy and connections, and it cannot be grasped by hands.
Nothing else than the quest for happiness and freedom is what guides Joanna through the multiple layers of this ancient wisdom, life, by tapping into intuition with the best of her abilities and let go to be.
You can learn more about Joanna and her classes at https://holyleggings.com/.
Julie Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Julie has always been a seeker. Seeking new adventures, new challenges, new experiences; meaning. This hunger made her travel and live abroad for most of her life and push her own boundaries in many different ways, perhaps particularly through surfing.
It wasn’t until 2010, when she found herself at a dead end - as her adventures and challenges didn’t fulfil her anymore - that she found yoga, or yoga found her, and she hasn’t looked back ever since. Yoga was the stepping stone that became a new foundation enabling her to transform, let go, be receptive to change and open to new perceptions.
Julie is a certified teacher (220 hrs+) at the ‘Amrit Nam Sarovar’ and is now finishing her second year of a 2.5 years continuous training program (500 hrs+ Amrit Nam Sarovar). Julie has also deepened her knowledge and awareness by working with the ‘Ishtar In’easa mabu’ teachings for the last couple of years (The Path of Light & The Universal Healing Rays).
Silvia Mindfulness and Parent Coach
Silvia is the Founder of The Mind Bliss Coaching, she is a PCI Certified Parent Coach®, with more than 400 hours of one-on-one coaching, and is trained to teach mindfulness techniques to kids and adults.
After 15 years working in the field of international aid and development, and after becoming a mother for the third time, Silvia has decided to devote her energies to supporting parents in reconnecting with their strengths and values, to help them raise their children with presence, awareness and ease. As a consequence of living abroad, Silvia has been very fascinated by different ways to raise children, and how different approaches are influenced by culture, personality and other factors like our own capacity for present awareness.
Silvia attended the PCI one year post graduate Parent Coaching Certification, and since she graduated in 2015, she has been working with parents from all over the world.
For more information please visit her web-site: www.themindblisscoaching.com.
Will Yoga Teacher
Will’s passion for studying the movement of the body began at the age of eighteen in his former career as a professional Skydiving Instructor. For years Skydiving and BASE jumping allowed him to express himself creatively and competitively as well as to study the unlimited possibilities of human movement. After the loss of several close friends, he began to feel less at home in the sky and sought to continue his study of mobility and creativity in rock climbing, free diving and yoga.
Will moved from the United States to Europe in 2008 to experience life in another country and start a family. His own exploration of yoga is best expressed in the words of Patanjali “yoga chitta vritti nirodha” or “yoga is an end to the constant movement of the mind”. Will’s practice began as an exploration of his own spirituality. He was set on a spiritual path as a means of recovering from a personal struggle with addiction. Today, he feels truly privileged to work in a field in which he is certain he is contributing in a meaningful and positive manner to the world around him.