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Annie Au
Course Director

 

Annie was a professional contemporary and commercial dancer for over 12 years.  Before residing in Asia, she was co-founder and artistic director of Au Dance studio, a high quality dance training school for children and youths based in Vancouver Canada. Over a decade of teaching dance/fitness experience who took her to perform all around the world, Annie had developed a sincere passion for human physiology and anatomy. From the University of British Columbia, she had completed a bachelor degree in Human Kinetics and also a certified personal fitness, group fitness and pre/post natal exercise trainer.

 

10 years ago, Annie discovered yoga to help strengthen her physique for intense dance training. Initially believed that yoga was no more than another form of physical exercises, she soon found out that there was so much more to it. Yoga had helped her calm the mind and focus in the present moment. It had a tremendous relief on her restless thoughts and all the injuries attained from dance.

 

It was a very natural transition into yoga when Annie decided to retire from her professional dance career. She completed her 200hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training and Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand. Studied with inspiring teachers such as Boonchu Tanti, Sebastian Pucelle, Murielle Bruellier and Danny Paradise. Delved into the spiritual philosophy of yoga, Annie is passionate about the good will of yogic practices. She believes in practicing honesty, compassion and kindness on and off the yoga mat.

 

Instantaneously fell in love with the nature and friendliness of this Land of Smiles, Annie now resides in Thailand and works full time as program director and yoga teacher at All Yoga Community.

 

Yoga is a way to discover your true self. Annie is excited to share her passion and knowledge with her students!

 

David
David Lertsin

Born from a Thai father and a French mother, David grew up in a mix culture, combining the best from the West and the East and manifesting the bridge between Asian spirituality with the rationality and freedom of thoughts of European philosopher. Since his childhood, the Orient has been reflected with the practice of martial arts. His expressive power was balanced through early initiation to zen meditation under Zen masters and later into the silence meditation of the Vipassana practice.

He reached black belt in Judo and black belt in Jujitsu at only 20 years old and started teaching these disciplines since then as the assistant of his teacher.

The following step from martial arts to Yoga was very natural. He was introduced to the science of Yoga at the age of 21 and immediately knew this practice would be the perfect complement to his Spiritual journey.

Trained by the late renowned Yoga teacher Larry Schultz, he soon gained recognition and become Larry's assistant for his entry into Asia. David not only practice yoga for the healing aspect but also as a moving meditation reaching higher stage of Inner Silence and insight.

His Vinyasa Rocket classes are dynamic and grounded in a natural flow, helping students to grow in their practice and building in them more confidence, strength, and mindfulness on and off the mat. David is a very inspiring teacher and his personalized style based on his background is the perfect way to let go of tensions and go deeper into a practice that will bring joy, happiness, compassion and a deeper understanding of the True Self.

Jamie Clarke

Jamie founds his journey into yoga, while living in San Francisco in 2001. In almost a magical twist of serendipity , he collided with his yoga path just as he was struggling to get over the sudden death of her mum. Since then yoga has become his journey, his medicine, and the portal that allows him to visit a very peaceful place inside himself. He is blessed that he can now help others to find their serenity within themselves.

Over the years he has been fortunate to experience many disciplines of Yoga which has influenced his teaching, most notably with Ashtanga, Rocket, Vinyasa, Yin, Jivamukti and Mandala. He has been honored to learn from the magical and experienced, as well as the very students and companions that enrich my daily life and keep me more "awake". “I would like to acknowledge my dear guru & friend Larry Shultz who took me in and gave me a yoga world that i never dreamed of. He taught me new ways to develop energy and lightness of being, lifting me beyond just the routines to marvelous new heights in my practice. Larry's philosophy's and style have been most influential in how i teach today. To Paul and Susan Grilley, who taught me depth, patience and stillness with the beautiful and complementary approach of Yin. Their approach has been fundamental in my growing practice of meditation.

To David Life who through the artistic creativity of Jivamukti opened my eyes to a broader range of possibilities of teaching with expression.

And, lastly to Dulce Aguilar who gave me real purpose and direction, and the very inspiration to create something special between us and truly transformational for our students. My deepest thanks to all the special teachers and students in my life. ”

Dulce Aguilar

Since her encounter with Yoga, she began a journey of re-connection with her true self. This happened when she was 23 years old in a small studio in Monterrey Mexico, since then she decided to dedicate her life to share her passion for yoga & healing throughout America, Europe & Asia.

During this journey she had the pleasure to share knowledge and energy with fantastic people from different disciplines, such as: Chamanic Healing, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Rocket, Yin, Mandala & Tripsichore Yoga.

“I humbly give thanks to: Jose Luis Gleeson: for being the inspiration to follow this wonderful path. Larry Schultz: for showing me that Yoga is loose and magic and for making me believe that I am stronger than I thought I was. Jamie Clarke: for making the dream alive, while holding my hand, walking this path. Paul & Susan Grilley: for opening my eyes to different disciplines and for widening my view to accept and adapt different doctrines into my teaching. Shiva Rea: for helping me connect with my feminine Inner Guru and getting me out of the box of linear movement. Edward Clark: for re-assuring to me that Yoga is also an art. All Students, fellow Yogis, everybody: for being a mirror of all the unsolved things in my soul. For being an inspiration to keep teaching and to do what I love.”

Nina Alfers

Nina comes from a background of martial arts and yoga and practices as a massage therapist. She has studied Sociology, Philosophy and Psychology and practiced as a counsellor for some years before embracing her other healing capacities. She is based in Melbourne, Australia, and often travels to SE Asia to broaden her knowledge and to facilitate yoga workshops, immersions and teacher trainings.
Her style of teaching combines insights from the areas of martial arts, yoga, massage, philosophy and psychology and focuses on balancing strength and intention with flexibility and growth in self awareness and self exploration. The aim is enhanced alertness and appreciation of both mind and body. Nina’s classes are versatile and detailed, enabling you to thoroughly explore postures and deepen your knowledge of your body’s needs and abilities. In this way, you become self-aware, strong and mindful – great conditions for a healthier life.

Nina has assisted in delivering numerous yoga teacher trainings and advanced course while running intimate yoga immersion in Chiang Mai, providing her invaluable lessons about energy flow, group dynamics and facilitation of the attendees’ personal development within the safety of the group.

Peter Clifford 

Peter is the founder of Anahata Yoga, senior yoga teacher (E-RYT 500) and pioneer of the Five Element Form. Peter has studied and practiced yoga for forty-seven years. He has had the honour of studying with many wise and knowledgeable teachers in India including Swami Sarasvati, TKV Desikachar, AG Mohan and BKS Iyengar. Combining his study of yoga with a lifelong interest in learning about bio-mechanics, postural integration, anatomy and physiology, Peter has developed a unique, powerful and comprehensive yoga philosophy described as the Dance of Shiva and Shakti. - See more at: http://www.anahatayoga.com.au

Peter commenced the study of yoga in 1964 to complement his studies of engineering at university and discovered the wealth of benefits that it contained. This began a lifelong exploration of the inner aspects of yoga and its many pathsAfter commencing studies in hatha and raja yoga in 1964, a deepening interest in yoga led Peter to travel through North East India into Assam. Here he studied Tattwa Shuddhi Sadhana with an Aghor Tantric Sadhu Shankar at the Kamankhya temple near the city of Guwahata where he became proficient in the Five Element Forms. Later he continued his yoga journey and studied Iyengar Yoga with BKS Iyengar, Nicky Knoff and James Bryant. In the 1980s he continued his Iyengar studies with Michele Besnard in Noosa and in 1992 he was trained in the theory and practice of hatha yoga, anatomy and physiology by Swami Sarasvati and became a qualified Yoga teacher recognized by the Australian Yoga Masters Association

Following a serious motorcycle accident in 1997, Peter commenced studies in Vinni Yoga with TKV Desikachar, the son of Krishnamacharya, his wife Menaka, and later with Desikachar’s son Kaustub. With the goal of personal rehabilitation, Peter began to study the internal aspects of therapeutic yoga and his knowledge in this area was further deepened through his studies with AG Mohan and his wife Indra in 2003.

Over a period of forty one years, Peter has practiced and studied the ancient form of Tattwa Shuddhi Sadhana taught to him by Sadhu Shankar at the Kemakhya Tantric Temple in Assam, Northern India. He is now one of only five yogis around the world entrusted by his teachers to impart the knowledge to teach the Five Element Form to his own students.

In 2002 Peter opened Anahata Yoga in Byron Bay after he had contributed as a teacher to the development of the 2000 Yoga Arts Certificate IV in Yoga Teacher Training, the first government accredited yoga qualification in Australia. He has been involved with the development and teaching of numerous teacher training courses around the world.

Corey Wu
Guest teacher

Corey was born in Taiwan and lived in North America for over 20 years. He studied in the department of electrical engineering at Texas A&M University and completed his Bachelor of Science there. He is a certified personal trainer and competed in multiple bodybuilding competitions. Worked as an engineer for 16 years climbing smoothly up the corporate ladder, he once considered yoga as a “sissy sport”. He also considered himself the least spiritual person in the world. For example, he would even laugh at people who shopped at the “self-help” section in the bookstore wondering why they have such weak minds. However his storybook life came to the crashing end with some personal tragedies. His life literally turned upside down. In his darkest hours, he stumbled across yoga. The world as he knows it has changed completely. He was shocked to realize he was living in such darkness without noticing it. Like a baby opening its eyes for the first time, he let his energy, emotions, and thoughts come from inside out, release and revive. He no longer felt that it is imperative to be super muscular and tough. There is nothing he wants to do but Yoga. He decided to dedicate his life to yoga, after receiving his teaching certificate from YYoga, Vancouver and completed the Advanced Rocket Yoga Training. He was soon hired by a major yoga studio in Taipei. He had the opportunities to study with Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Kino MacGregor, Doug Swenson etc. He teaches Ashtanga, Rocket, Hot and Yin yoga and hosted several workshops. His teaching has strong emphasis on Yoga philosophy. After all, the Yoga philosophy was the reason why he was initially attracted to yoga.

Nawarat Teeraprasert
Guest teacher - anatomy and asana clinic

Naw has a background in Industrial and Graphic Design. Because of her job, she has lived her life in a perplex world of commercial art in New York, Bangkok and Prague for more than 10 years. Since 2006, Yoga has become her de-stress remedy while living her hectic life traveling and living around the world. Naw's true journey began in 2010 while earning her 200-RYT from Yoga Alliance with her respective guru, Michel Bersnard. He guided her through Ashtanga and Mysore practice. From then on, it was crystal clear that her self-search was over. Her commitment of learning, practicing and teaching yoga has evolved through the great guidance of many of her admirable teachers, Nancy Gilgoff, Richard Freeman and Matthew Sweeney. She is now traveling every year to Mysore to deepen her practice under the guidance of Sharath Joi, the grandson of Patthabi Joi. Yoga has truly transformed Naw's life completely in so many ways and she cannot wait to share that experience with her students.

Vari Morales

Vari was born in New York and grew up in the Bronx. Both of his parents immigrated from Pureto Rico and he learned at an early age that life was not easy. In his early 20's, Vari felt something was seriously lacking in his life. With his mother's encouragement, Vari seek for spirituality guidance and in so discovered yoga. Inspired to further his progress in spirituality, Vari embarked on a yoga journey volunteering his time and energy at an Ashram at Cre Paulo in Boston. Most of his current teaching style came from his time spent there. From Cre Paulo, Vari traveled to India for two years to continue his development in yoga practice and teaching from the original lineage. Vari's teaching philosophy rooted in the belief of staying connected with the breath regardless of the yoga style one is practicing. As life is breath, nothing is possible without it. For nearly a decade now, Vari has been a dedicated yoga teacher sharing his passion and inspiring others on a daily basis. Currently living in Chiang Mai Thailand, everyday he is thankful for his students and the ability to continue along this wonderful journey. Vari is known for his charisma and his classes are truly a transformational experience.

Ambra Vallo

Ambra was a former gymnast and leading principal dancer with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. As a high level athlete, Ambra introduced yoga into her daily training routine to improve her concentration in performance. Ever since, yoga had taken her physicality to a even higher level, with improved stamina, strength and flexibility as well as a lower risk to injuries. Ambra had recently retired from her successful career as a ballerina. Early this year, she completed a Master in Philosophy in Sport Psychology at University of Birmingham with a research thesis in peak performance and conditioning. In 2013, Ambra established Ambrasana, an elite performance and yoga coaching. Her yoga journey started on a bright note with entrusted gurus in various yoga fields. Most recently, Ambra studied with David Swenson and also certified as a 500-RYT with Yoga Alliance. Ambra is an inspiring yoga teacher and has a way of speaking to the hearts of each student in a loving way. She is absolutely thrilled and looking forward to share her experience with her students.

Wendy Chan

Wendy’s background and interest in both eastern and western philosophy led her to explore and study the workings of the mind, body and subtle energies of the universe. After studying the philosophies and meditative practices from different traditions, she found her peace in Zen meditation and yoga. Her meditation practice calmed her monkey mind while yoga brought health and balance to her life. Eventually, this led her to realize her true calling: to teach and share what she has learnt about yoga and meditation.

She completed the yoga instructor training programme by Institute of Vivekenanda Yoga and Research Development in 2009 and started teaching yoga. In order to pursue a deeper understanding and knowledge of yoga, she continues to attend various workshops by local and overseas yoga teachers. She visited Mysore, India, exploring Ashtanga Yoga at K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, and attends various workshops by international yoga teachers. She received Yin Yoga and Anatomy training by Paul and Suzee Grilley, completed a 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training by It’s Yoga Thailand and is a certified Kids Yoga Teacher by Rainbow Kids Yoga. Apart from yoga trainings, she has attended meditation retreats and trainings in both Zen and Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

Wendy is the founder and director of Yoga Seeds Pte Ltd, a yoga events, retreats and training company based in Singapore. She hosts regular yoga retreats in Bali and Bintan, Indonesia. When she’s not travelling, she’s back home in Singapore, teaching in various settings, including corporate yoga classes, yoga for children, private yoga sessions, regular studio sessions and also community classes for the underprivileged. In fact, she teaches anywhere that she can unroll her mat! Her style of yoga is a unique blend of Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga, with emphasis on the breath in both movement and stillness.