Emil Wendel, E-RYT 500
Emil was born in Switzerland and has been living in Asia since the mid-seventies, studying Sanskrit and Indian Dharma on the Subcontinent, as well as Chinese Philosophy and Taoism in East Asia.
His long residency of 25 years in India and Nepal has allowed Emil an exceptional insight in to the depth of Indian civilization and its philosophical current. He is sharing this insight in teacher training courses, retreats and workshops all around the world, serving to develop and deepen the yogic process.
He has been part of the Brahmani faculty since it's inception more than 7 years ago, offering meditation modules, Mantra Vidya, Mudra sequences, Pranayama and philosophy courses.
For more information on Emil’s yoga and his tour schedule see: www.beyond-the-asana.com.
Julie Martin, E-RYT 500
Julie Martin wants you to think outside the box, get off your mat, shake up the old dogmas and find freedom to unfold into the beauty of a yoga practice that emerges from the inside. With over 25 years of experience and an international following of students and teachers alike, Julie’s greatest aim is to inspire. Her particular passion for human movement means continual investigation of new anatomical approaches, working with natural movement, range of motion, integrated stability and letting go of some of the old asana myths in order to move with the body and not against it. The practice is always an enquiry, a somatic exploration of sensation, movement and stillness.
15 years ago Julie set up Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India after teaching in Brighton, UK for over 8 years. The largest motivation for the yoga centre was to create a community that could join together each winter season and practice without judgement, learn to let everything evolve and be totally inclusive to all yogis. What grew out of that is an international reputation especially in training teachers to challenge the “norms” of the yoga world when they no longer work for us. Julie’s work as a teacher trainer leaves students inspired and empowered.
She encourages people to find their own pace, fluidity and strength in a structure that is only a "suggestion". No longer asking people to get "into" a pose, but if stillness arises in a moment then space is given to pause, feel and sense.
“Coming from a dance background and starting an asana practice to save my knees (which it did) I was initially so thankful for the practice. But as I moved over into the deeper world of yoga and teaching it (25 years ago) I was soon riddled with injuries. I had to rethink how this method that had initially "saved" my body was now the source of pain and injury and why everyone in the midst of it was so intent on a "right way" to do the practice. So I stepped away from the strict methodology (which lost me students in some cases) and worked on combining information from modern anatomy and fascia research, including some of my dance knowledge, with natural movement and letting people find their own alignment instead of forcing ideas of what anything should look like. For me it's about allowing students to find a somatic practice that nurtures and heals the body and mind.”
Your yoga practice should invite you into relationship with your self, your body, your mind and emotions. This is not Instagram yoga or circus skills class. This is moving through layers, feeling, experiencing and observing process, moving towards stillness, moving towards self.
The practice is not in the asana, it is in the awareness - Julie Martin
Dr. Rhys Beynon, RYT 500
Rhys Beynon has worked as a medical doctor since 2002 and currently works as a consultant in Emergency Medicine with a specialist interest in Children’s Emergency Medicine in a major trauma centre in London. He is also a certified yoga teacher since 2011 (RYT500).
Rhys is fascinated by the possibilities that arise with the integration of his medical knowledge with his yoga practice. The structured anatomical and physiological knowledge that he learnt in medical school has been transformed since he has been practicing yoga. His own playful practice has allowed him to develop a deeper awareness and understanding of the body, which he is passionate to share with others.
He is also fascinated by new research involving the body and its relationship to movement. His aim during this level 2 teacher training course will be to interweave this knowledge into the programme in an interactive way so that it will feel relevant and practical to you as a yoga teacher.