Past trainees out in the world teaching with the essence of Brahmani.
Brahmani Yoga has run teacher training programmes since 2004 and we are proud to have a wonderful collection of past trainees out in the world teaching with the essence of Brahmani. Our aim has always been encouraging students to find their own power and rise to their own excellence. Assembled here is a listing to help you find a "Brahmani" near you and help us spread the inspiration throughout the world.
Adriane has been practising Ashtanga yoga since 2000. She is a long-term student of Julie Martin and completed her teacher training in Goa in 2006.
During her many travels she has studied with Guruji in Mysore, and with many other senior Ashtanga teachers including Nancy Gilgoff and Louis Ellis. Adriane has been teaching at Brahmani for several seasons but decided in 2011 to move back to Brighton to teach Ashtanga there full-time.
Adriane is also a long-term dedicated Thai Massage practitioner and has assisted and taught on several courses worldwide. The knowledge she has gained through her massage practice can be felt in the way she teaches and adjusts her students.
Adriane will be travelling again from the end of 2012 so please send her an email to find out where she will be teaching next.
email: [email protected]
Emil E. Wendel
Emil was born in Switzerland and has been living in Asia since the mid-seventies, studying first Chinese Classics and Taoism in Taiwan, and then Sanskrit and Indian Thought on the Subcontinent. This early research was made possible through a six-year grant by the Department of Education of his home country.
Making Nepal his home in 1980, he became a founder-partner of Machan Wildlife Resort, a safari lodge in the jungles of South Nepal. While continuing his studies and occasionally retreating in East Asia, India and Nepal, Emil had the privilege to come into contact with several remarkable human beings and teachings. Among them were adepts, representing different branches of Yoga. His own Sâdhana – the spiritual search began in earnest.
Emil remains deeply passionate about philosophy and especially its application in Yoga. He practices and teaches Hatha-Yoga, using a method of merging physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation with discussions on liberating knowledge, to deepen a Yoga practice beyond the mere physical experience.
The many years of residency in Nepal and India have allowed Emil an exceptional insight into the depth of Indian Civilization and its underlying currents. One of his mentors was the late Professor Saraswati Prasad Ghimire. The affiliation with him and other Pandits covered research in Hindu and Buddhist literature, as well as thought and ritual, in their original context.
In the field of Âsanas, first years at Iyengar-style routines lead to an Ashtânga Mysore practice, and, since 1997, to Vinyâsa-variations of Hatha.
Emil’s Prânâyâma (breathing techniques) and his instructions in Kriyâ-Yoga (Processes of Movement of Awareness) are essentially following the tradition and methodology of the Bihar School of Yoga, distilled through years of self-practice and experimentation.
The study of a variety of Âshram traditions and treasured time with Sadhus and living Buddhist masters have brought a strong appreciation of the subjects of Mantras and Mudrâs, as well as other methods of Pratyâhâra (sense-withdrawal) and Dhâranâ (concentration), the ancient yogic tools which may, over time, bring about that delightful state of true meditation (Dhyâna).
Emil is presently instructing in teacher training programs for Yoga Arts of Australia, Purple Valley of India, and some European training schools, in the subjects of Prânâyâma, meditation and yoga philosophy, the latter a series of lectures encompassing the known history, the different disciplines and traditions, and the personalities and masters of Yoga.
The countries of India and Nepal remain Emil’s home. When not involved in practicing, teaching, and researching there, he leads workshops and retreats in Europe, as well as in Bali, Singapore, Thailand, Australia and Japan.
Yoga has been an immense teacher and gift in my life! It has given me a profound sense of purpose and connection to others. My own practice brought me into better alignment with my true purpose and unlocked an entirely new energy, creativity, passion and joy. This is what I hope to inspire and nurture in all that come to the practice.
I took my first teacher training in 2010 with Absolute Yoga in Thailand. Since then I have been teaching full-time and have been lucky enough to find opportunities at various studios and retreat centers in Belgium, Ireland, Morocco, The Phillipines, India and Dubai! I just completed the highly respected level 2 teacher training at Brahmani in 2013 and am excited to continue on this path with openness and dedication. To see stronger, steadier and more vibrant people walk off the yoga matt inspires me daily to do this work with great love, full presence and the highest quality of attention!
I fell in love with the dynamic forms of yoga almost 10 years ago. My first yoga class was like coming home. I could not get enough and a year later I was already following a Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training (Yoga Moves, Holland). After this I gradually started sharing my love for yoga by teaching. To deepen my understanding about yoga and life I travelled to many beautiful places, most of the time India. Here I have had the opportunity to study with great teachers. In 2008 I completed the Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training at Brahmani (Goa, India) and continued to work and study there after. I teach ashtanga and vinyasa flow classes for beginning and advanced students, as well as mysore class and private sessions. Since 2008 I go to Italy every summer to teach retreat weeks. And when ever I am in Holland I work for different yoga schools in Utrecht and Amsterdam. At this moment i am living in Brasil and starting up many yogaclasses there as well! Again and again I realise yoga is a beautiful gift and I love working with this passion!
Contact: [email protected]
Helen has been practicing Hatha yoga for over 20 years. Her main inspiration has been her mentor and guide Elizabeth Pauncz, who practiced yoga for many years with Vanda Scaravelli.
Helen’s background in bodywork and her passion for movement in spirals in the form of dance also has a strong influence on her teaching style. The major focus is to encourage others in their practice to STOP, LISTEN AND MOVE! Simplicity and slowing down is an important part of the teaching. You will be encouraged to take time to accept and acknowledge the way your body moves in the present moment with the breath, the ground and your spine as your friend, no matter what shape you are.
Helens yoga classes are open to everyone at any age or level of fitness and are packed with lightness and fun!
“To feel liberated in your body is to experience true happiness!”
Jenn originally hails from a dance and circus background having performed professionally for 12 years. Her yoga journey began as a way to rehabilitate the frequent injuries that are so common with professional dancers. In addition to achieving a stronger, more supple body, she quickly began to experience the profound effect that yoga has not just on the body but the mind… she fell in love with this ‘moving meditation’. Following the completion of an intensive teacher training at Himalaya Yoga Valley Goa in 2012, Jenn began regularly teaching ashtanga, power and hot yoga in her native Birmingham before taking a leap of faith in 2013 and quitting her job to travel the world and teach.
During a year teaching on retreats in Morocco and Croatia, Jenn began to experiment with new ways of practicing. Drawing on her experience as a dancer and using improvisation, sequencing and music, her style naturally evolved into a creative vinyasa flow. Whilst developing a mat-less dance and yoga hybrid, she was introduced to Julie Martin’s method and instantly knew she had found her mentor. In 2014, Jenn travelled to India to complete her 500hr TTC with Brahmani Yoga.
Jenn is now a travelling yoga teacher and Thai yoga masseuse currently based in South Goa, and has taught extensively in the UK, Morocco, Croatia, India, Indonesia and Thailand. Her style continues to evolve as she immerses herself in the practice with incredible yogis all over the world. She is passionate about making yoga accessible yet challenging and connecting her students to the practice’s higher purpose as a vehicle for self acceptance and gratitude. Her classes are a light-hearted exploration of the body incorporating the flow and playfulness of her dance background, whilst staying true to the underpinning values of yoga. Her uplifting vinyasa flow classes take students on a creative journey, exploring the use of breath, body and awareness to create a beautiful flowing practice taught to an awesome soundtrack.
In addition to vinyasa flow, Jenn teaches partner yoga, hatha, yin and restorative yoga. Her current yoga-obsession is acro yoga which she practices on the beaches of Goa with her partner Yoko. She is also a practicing Thai Yoga Masseuse certified with the internationally recognised Sunshine Network.
For Jenn, yoga is practice of awareness, self acceptance and gratitude, allowing her to approach life with a sense of joy and openness. She encourages her students to have fun exploring their infinite capabilities … after all, what your body is allowing you to do is truly amazing!
Jörg Gyan Beckhoff
Yoga Teacher, Traveller, Explorer, Retreat Manager and trained in Ayurvedic Yoga, Massage, Gyan is an enthusiastic Teacher, always drawn by the bright Side of Life. He truly believes that Yoga can improve Health, Fitness and Relaxation, to help find Steadiness and Ease. Gyan completed a 500 Hours Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training at Brahmani Yoga in India, and followed up with a Level 2 Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training Programme. Since 2007, he has worked as Studio Co-Ordinator, Teacher and teaching Assistant, which has enabled him to keep on learning through Courses, Workshops and with his Teachers. Having experienced other Forms of Yoga such as Yin, Sivananda and Acro Yoga, Gyan also spent much time over the last 15 Years traveling all over India, meeting with various Yoga Teachers and Gurus. Gyan loves sharing the Knowledge that has been passed on to him over the Years: he believes Yoga is a Gift, and should be made accessible to Everyone. Teaching with clear Words, visual Demonstrations, using adjustment Skills and Bodyworker‚Tricks’, his classes combine both challenging Asanas and fluid Motions to bring Students closer towards inner Stillness and Joy ...
Lou has been empowering people to make positive changes in their lives for over 20 years ; working with disadvantaged communities, families and individuals to promote health, wellbeing and happiness through coaching, social work and more recently, yoga. She has been working with her own body and mind over the last 16 years, initially to help manage a stressful career and navigate her way through emotions. Lou trained as a yoga teacher in 2010 with Julie Martin (Brahmani Yoga) to deepen her own spiritual practice while giving her the ability to assist others to grow and develop physically and emotionally.
She is a Qualified Social Worker, Life Coach, NLP Practitioner and has a Certificate in Counselling. She brings all these skills, attributes and a depth of experience to delivering a process of creative flow with music that strengthens and nourishes the body and mind inside and out. The sequences are both challenging and fun.
Lou updates her portfolio of professional competence yearly by investing in training with people who inspire her. These include Julie Martin, Marianne Williamson, David Swenson, Byron Katie, Shiva Rea, and Gary Carter.
“My passion is helping others to find strength, joy, peace and contentment through exploration of the body and mind. I believe in making a better life for all through working with the values of integrity, humility, empathy and compassion.
The body is a fantastic vehicle for promoting change, expanding awareness and accessing wisdom.
Come and join me...
Email: [email protected]
M. Alice Pallotta
In this life I am honored to have the possibility to be a guide for other people, as well as for my self to feel and live Yoga, the union of all the elements that the universe comprise. And through this spiritual and phisical practice get in touch with our real essence which is Love Peace Freedom Strength Openess. In my teens I had the chance to go to India and fall in love with the colourful nature, and began practicing yoga with renowned yoga teachers, by whom I was profoundly inspired. And as I learn to love, respect and be compassionate to myself and to others, life unfolds in beautiful and anexpected ways. I'm very grateful for all the wonderful Yoga teachers that have passed on their knowledge. How lucky we are to be alive, each one in is own special way.
Pleuni van Hulten
As a dancer and a choreographer Pleuni discovered yoga early in her life. A few years ago she left the Netherlands to travel the world and live as a nomad while teaching Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, MFR and Mantra chanting. At the moment she is mainly teaching workshops and retreats.
Pleuni has worked with Julie Martin several times following workshops, trainings and classes and completed the Brahmani Yoga level 2 teacher training in 2017. In her Vinyasa classes she works with exploring the bodies natural way of moving and trying to find a lightness in the practice. The classes focus on body awareness rather than forcing the body into shapes. Movements can express themselves freely and postures arise based on what the body needs.
In her Yin yoga sessions she creates a safe meditative space to open up and work through physical and emotional blockages. Individual needs are important and while looking at the function of a pose there are many different options given throughout the practice.
Su Mei Tan
Su Mei has been a keen yoga practitioner for 8 years. She started her Ashtanga journey with Laura Gilmore who introduced her to the teacher training in Brahmani Yoga, Goa, India. After obtaining her Yoga Alliance Teacher Training with Julie Martin and Melanie Cooper she has taught yoga to kids and adults in Malaysia, Bolivia, Italy and the United Kingdom. She has been based in Turin, Italy and will be moving to London this September where she will be teaching Ashtanga-Vinyasa Yoga there. She combines her background of Hip-Hop Dance with Yoga to create an interesting flow.
Astrid Felsenreich is a psychological counselor and mother of three adult children. Her Yoga journey started at age 14, when her mother took me for summer holidays to a Yoga Ashram in Switzerland. Throughout her life she found Yoga always gave her solid ground.
She is excited about exploring how physical practice, breath, conscious observation of the mind and yoga philosophy can all be connected and used in everyday life challenges. She believes the practice of yoga and life off the mat are never separated. They mirror each other.
Her teachings are dedicated to connecting with people through mindfulness and care, offering the wisdom of yoga in a respectful way that opens a space for the needs of each individual, inviting them to unfold their natural and full potential.
She shares Yoga as a practical healing tool, that energizes the body, reconnects the mind into the present moment and helps integrating and accepting past experiences. This can lead to more positive, constructive and loving relationships with others and oneself.
In her Flow-, Yin Yoga- and Prenatal classes she cultivate a genuine, warm spirit of safety, acceptance and humor while focusing on alignment and encouraging my students to explore the inner space where breath, movement and stillness can unfold.
She studied with excellent Teachers through out the past 30 Years and has completed Level 2 TT with Julie and Emil 2012 in Goa and Restorative Yoga training with Jodi Boone in 2013.
Based in Vienna out of ”LITTLE YOGA ROOM” as Co Director with Carola Fassl. They offer intelligently sequenced Vinyasa Flow classes of different levels inspired by Julie Martin's Brahmani style.
I grew up by the sea in northern England and have been practising Yoga passionately for 15 years and teaching for 8. I have studied in several ashrams and schools across the world and have taught Yoga and meditation in the UK, Thailand, Bali and mainly Berlin where I am currently based. I teach an invigorating, yet deeply relaxing variation of Vinyasa Flow Yoga. In my classes, I aim for the flow of postures to become a steadily-paced, organic meditation in movement - always with a strong focus on the breath and the importance of each individual, and always maintaining a profound awareness of the true meaning of the practice.
I am a animal and nature person. I spent lots of time in the stables and on the horse back and also been working as a veterinary assistant for 10 years.
A sore back and lack of self care brought me to yoga. I started of with Iyengar and strong vinyasa yoga that was good for that time. Over the years I noticed that my body got even more exhausted and injured. I was doing one Teacher Training after the other, gaining good knowledge but still not finding my way.
Still looking for inspiration and deeper knowledge, I signed up for the Brahmani Teacher Training. It was an intense self-awareness time as it opens up layer after layer and did let me grow and go deeper into my yoga practice. Meeting Julie and getting the "allowance" to explore, was the gateway to find my practice and take my practice to my students. A practice that is strong yet soft and smooth.
Now, I have a Yogastudio since 2009 in Kiel Germany
Sivananda Yoga TT 200h
Ashtanga Yoga TT 100h
Vinyasa Yoga Lance Schuler - 200h
Pre-&Post-Natal TT 45h, Patrizia Tielemann - Spirit Yoga
Hormony Yoga TT, Lalla Turske
Yin Yoga TT, Paul Grilley / Sara Powers / Power Yoga Institute
Budokon Yoga TT 50h
Brahmani Yoga, Julie Martin - 300h +
Thai Yoga Massage - Institut für Traditionelle Thai Yoga Massage
Spiraldynamik Basic - Spiraldynamik
Ayurveda Therapie - Campus Naturalis
Pilates Matwork Degree 1 & 2 - Bodymotion Pilates
Elisabetta started to practice yoga with Brahmani during her first trip throughout India in 2004, and since then, it has been and amazing journey in the practice on and off the mat.
She has also had the privilege in her travels during the past 10 years to enjoy practising yoga with great teachers like Denise Payne in Bali, James Figueira in Singapore, Rolf & Marcy in Goa and Glenn Ceresoli.
In this moment of her life I love the feelings of joy and happiness that come from sharing this journey while teaching on a regular basis. She has settled down and opened her own yoga centre in Verona, Italy she continues to draw support and inspiration from the Brahmani family.
I’ve always felt a strong love for and connection with nature, and as I grew up a curiosity arose regarding holistic knowledge-systems. In my twenties I started exploring yoga. I became a shiatsu-therapist, a mindfulness teacher and then also a yoga-teacher. All along I combined my work and studies in the eastern traditions with studies in the western academic setting – which led to a bachelor’s degree in medical anthropology and a masters degree in public health science. Now I’m doing a PhD, evaluating a program called mindfulness-based childbirth and parenting. Taking the level 2 teacher training with Julie Martin was so much fun and such a wonderful learning experience!
I teach yoga with kindness, awareness and playfulness!
Jennie fell in love with yoga in 1999 and has been teaching full time since 2005. She has attended a wide range of teacher trainings and workshops over the years, ie. in Ashtanga vinyasa, Anusara yoga, Brahmani Yoga's Vinyasa flow, Virya yoga,Yin yoga, Ayurvedic yoga massage and anatomy. She is curious and eager to continually broaden as well as deepen her knowledge; yoga is a lifelong experience.
Jennie strongly believes that there are many truths in yoga; what is “right” will be different from one person to another, and her intention with her teaching is to guide the students into learning how to communicate with their bodies and mind; using principles of alignment as a structure and then tuning in to what is true to them instead of just listening to general guidelines. She encourages curiosity and to cultivate breath, awareness and gratitude; to make it easier to access these qualities into our everyday life, off the mat. She’s warm, enthusiastic and has an extensive knowledge in biomechanics and how to make the practice safe but still a nurturing exploration.
Jennie met Julie Martin at Brahmani Yoga in Goa in 2006, and ever since, India has been her home during Swedish winters.
India has been Josefins second home for the past 20 years where she has dedicated her time to learn yoga and dance her passions in life. She discovered the happiness and freedom in the practice, seeing the effects from yoga in people from all different paths of life she decided to start teaching in 2005.
Living in Mysore Karnataka for many years she has deepened her understanding of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system.
She is working globally with teaching yoga and dance and the combinations of these two art forms has developed the Kaivalya Project in India.
The energies and emotions in the yogic practice and the dance are intimately interwoven.
Josefin is using yoga as a tool for social change and is teaching in the prison system in Sweden and in the schools for children of all age groups. She is working with children who has been the victims of abuse in Mumbai and is seeing the healing effects of yoga and dance therapy. She is also a part of Sumeet Nagdev dance arts in Mumbai as a yoga teacher for the diploma students.
Her inspiration to share the yoga practice comes from her beautiful linage of teachers where John Scott and Lucy Crawford Scott are some of the teachers which knowledge is passed on with great honour.
Josefin is a certified Jivamukti yoga teacher and received the blessing to teach from David Life and Sharon Gannon 2012. She is also inspired by the Brahmani Yoga style of sequencing in Vinyasa flow by her teacher Julie Martin, Melanie Cooper and Emil Lime. She is registered as a 500 hrs Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher educated at Brahmani yoga 2012.
I used to practice and teach a lot of physical activities back in the 90´s until I felt something was missing..In the year of 2000 yoga came into my life to stay. It was just too good to be true – physical and mental challenges in the same package! Yoga definitely made me more patient, more tolerant, more humble and it didn´t take long until it became a need and an amazing tool to deal with my everyday life. I took the step to become a yoga teacher thanks to my first major yoga teacher/guide Larry Schultz from San Fransisco. He was such a warm and colourful person and he tought with so much humour and love! His 4 teaching corner stones were: 1) Kindness 2) Compassion 3) Discipline 4) Humour, wow! I took all this to my heart, and I try to adapt just that when I teach myself! I have realized that all of us have different bodies and this is also something that I emphasize in my classes! My students should feel proud, comfortable and good enough wherever they are and whatever their bodies can do right at that moment!
Over the years I´ve had the opportunity and privilege to teach youths with HIV, youths and adults with various functional disabilities as well as teaching stressed out personnel at companies/authorities - all so rewarding!
Thank you yoga, and thank you all of my inspiring yoga teachers, such as Josephine Selander, Julie Martin and others that I have met and studied for throughout the years! It is so much richer with you in my life!
2005 TTC Ashtanga Vinyasa, 200 hours
2007 TTC Virya yoga, 200 hours
2010 TTC Yin yoga
2012 TTC Level 2, Vinyasa, 200 hours
… plus various teacher training courses like Anusara yoga Immersions; Virya yoga: Vinyasa/ Therapeutics/Anathomy/ Ayurveda/Senior yoga/Philosophy…and more!
Email: [email protected]
Marika comes from Stockholm, Sweden and have been practicing Yoga since 1997 and teaching since 2008. She has attended a number of teacher trainings, retreats and workshops. She primarily focus on Virya yoga and Brahmani Vinyasa Flow. For Marika Yoga is a journey in self discovery and life itself. She is also an NLP Master coach and passionate about everything around mind-body-spirit connection
Marika believes that when we change our body posture, we also change our thoughts and emotions and then the body will follow and symptoms that we have carried for a long time will change or disappear. And she believes that if we only dare to listen, it will give us invaluable information on we feel. She is fascinated by our inner wisdom and give it the opportunity to shine with its beautiful unique light. Marika encourages curiosity and self exploration in her classes. Marika also cultivates an environment where yoga is an individual experience and give us the the possibility to become flexible and strong in the body as well as the mind. For her yoga is a meditation in movement with awareness.
Since her childhood and youth, Angela collected a founded anatomic and body's knowledge through the study of Ballet, modern dance and took part at international dance competitions and workshops.
Besides German and Italian (mothertongue), Angela speaks fluent Spanish and English. After her academic studies in International Political Science in Rome and various working commitments in Madrid, Malta, Chicago and London, she finally landed in Zurich. Working as Product Manager for a wellknown swiss tour operator, she travelled and collected many valuable human and working experience. In her private life, she set up a little family and through it she decided to dedicate and devote herself more and more to the Yoga practice. Besides Pilates training, she completed in October 2010 at Planet Yoga the Yoga Alliance Level I 200 hrs Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training under the supervision of Christina Waltner, Brigitte Hauser, Claudia Guggenbühl, Remo Rittiner and Myriam Wagner. In October 2011 she completed another Yoga Alliance 100 hours Teacher Training with Julie Martin and continued her development through her own dedicated practice and many workshops with Christina Waltner, Lance Schuler, Glenn Ceresoli, Bryan Kest, Patrick Oancia, David Lurey and Stephen Thomas. In January 2014 she completed her the Level II 300 hrs Yoga Teacher Training with Julie Martin, Director of Brahmani Yoga.
With positivity, emotionality and creativity, Angela will motivate you to develop your own body understanding. Advanced students as well as beginners will know how to appreciate the accuracy and joyfullness of her lessons.
Email: [email protected]
Deborah never wanted to practice Yoga – since everybody did it. Well, 2008 she couldn’t resist anymore and went down the path of Yoga. She follows this path ever since both with earnestness and her typical lightness. Dogmatic is one thing the theologian and journalist is not. There is no such thing as one right way. But a beautiful variety of possibilities.
Yoga is the chance to take another point of view. To leave old worn thought patterns and try new ones. And to experience what it actually means to be alive and present, now, in this very moment.
Deborah finished her first 200hrs Teacher training 2013 with Poonam Stecher Sharma and Sanjeev Bhanot. Through workshops, books, retreats and discussions with experienced teachers, she works on expanding her knowledge constantly. In December 2014 Deborah completed her 300hrs, Level 2 Teachertraining with Julie Martin and Emil Wendel.
"It’s not about doing. It’s about being."
So much of our lifes we spend disconnected from our bodies, disconnected from life itself. We run from one task to another, chasing happiness. That’s where Deborah's Recover the Feminine can lend you a hand. In her teaching, she sets the intention on recovering. Be that from all the pressure you put on yourself, from all those deadlines you need to meet or from the millions of thoughts in your head. And pause for an hour and fortyfive minutes. Explore, how it feels to breathe and move with as little effort as possible. Relax, recover, receive, be open, tender, vulnerable, soft, yet fierce, wild and mad. We will welcome and nourish your feminine qualities, because the world doesn't really offer the space to explore these gifts.
Come, as you are. No need for fancy yogagear, makeup or scent. Shed those layers. You can show up with your raw and sweet self. No fear, no societal rules.
Maria Eugenia Velasco
I practice yoga since 2007. 200 hours trainings: 'Radiantly Alive' in 2009 and 'Yoga Arts' in 2010. Have attended and continue to attend workshops with Richard Freeman and Emil Wendel.
Did Brahmani's advanced training end of 2012.
I like practicing physical yoga with a combination of effort with ease, and see it as a 'dance of awareness'. As such it brings beauty and awareness to our lives and bodies. I also spend time reading some of Yoga's scriptures and mythology, and keep learning yoga philosophy.
Currently I am starting to teach Hatha and Vinyasa yoga to groups and individuals near Zurich.
Modern yoga differs from the ancient broad system of Yoga; many modern practitioners take the best of both and make a combination, I think the result is great! The important thing for me, as it is taught in the Brahmani training, is to teach with awareness, compassion and integrity, ie care. To this I like to add a touch of playfulness and spontaneity. I have two goals: to bring more yoga philosophy to classes, and in the longer term to teach self practice group classes, with sequences developed for each person as i believe this can bring enormous benefit.
Yoga has crossed Sarah’s path many times before she found herself in the right place to fully engage in it's vast variety of what it has to offer. That was after her second child was born. Since then, yoga has become an inherent part of her life. Sarah is truly fascinated by how her practice has allowed her to grow and how it has impacted her life quite deeply.
Sarah is passionate about working with the body and breath intelligently and with awareness and she strongly believes that these practices can bring around countless benefits for everyone who engages in them mindfully.
Sarah has been very fortunate to study with and learn from senior teachers like Michael Hamilton, Christine May, Stephen Thomas, Doug Keller, Josh Summers and Julie Martin. She completed her Level 1 Teacher Training (registered with Yoga Alliance) at AIRYOGA Zurich in Switzerland. Countless workshops and Intensive Trainings in Yoga as Therapy and Yin Yoga have enriched her understanding of yoga in it's different facets. In December 2013 Sarah completed the (Yoga Alliance registered) Level 2 Teacher Training at Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India.
Sarah lives in Zurich with her husband and her two children who remind her daily, that the true challenge lies in taking yoga off the mat and into everyday life.
Delphine So Dakini
Originally from Switzerland, I am an adventurer at heart. Curious by nature, I seek out the unexpected with the belief that everything is connected. I choose to express myself with my body. The body is an incredible source of connection, life and wisdom!
When I started out, I was involved in art and design (Professional Artistic Maturity in Fine Art) and then dedicated myself to dance, particularly cabaret dancing where I weaved sensuality and femininity into my shows. With aerial in my soul, I specialised in aerial arts (trapeze and fabric) and included them regularly in my shows.
I lived several years in Shanghai where I began to practise yoga more intensively, my balance, my breath, my guide. I began teaching Yoga and Aerial Yoga after training in Hawaii and China and I am continuously learning. After a teacher training in India (350h), an encounter with Julie Martin/Brahmani Yoga steered the direction that my journey and classes would take: "movement" and "freedom".
Yoga, rich with a thousand-year-old tradition of perpetual movement, has evolved, just like us. Through a yoga practice that is more free and creative, I created classes that reflect me. I also regularly lead workshops on femininity and sensuality to help women own and appreciate their bodies.
Claire has been teaching dance and performing whilst traveling the world since 2004, learning from great teachers and cultures along the way. Her path to yoga evolved around the same time, noticing how yoga helped her not only on a physical level but mentally even more so.
In 2011 Claire completed the Vinyasa Flow ttc at Brahmani Yoga.
Yoga to her is a path of self discovery... bit by bit peeling off layers to come closer towards the connection of true self. She keeps evolving and learning through diverse workshops, classes, her own practice, life itself and the connection with the people that surround her.
Claire teaches dynamic vinyasa flow as well as light slow flow and restorative yoga. Her classes contain a great sense of calm and positivity and allow room for play and self discovery. She has a great body awareness which she is eager to share with her students offering various modifications combined with hands on adjustments to help them.
She uses themes and repetition allowing her students to get out of their minds and into their bodies.
Claire believes everyone should find their own path within yoga and offers people a safe and friendly environment to do so
Also offers private yoga, reiki and t.l.c. (tender loving care) sessions. Please contact for more info.
Email: [email protected]
Juul is a Yogi, yoga teacher, dancer and a massive movement geek. But most of all, Juul likes to live her life in a very positive way. Sharing that through yoga might be her biggest passion. Although she feels life is to short to feel miserable, she knows that a happy and liberated life is not given to you. A happy life unfolds itself if you learn to cope with change, accept who you are, take responsibility for your actions and last but not least; learn to live from your heart! Juul tries to cultivate this in her classes and combines that with creative flow sequences which are all inspired by the dance of the breath traveling through the body.
Juul finished her first 200 hour TT in 2013 and has been a passionate teacher and student since then, learning from different high qualified vinyasa yoga teachers. In December 2016 she finished her level two 300 hour TT at Brahmani yoga and she feels deeply honoured and grateful to have been practicing with Julie and Emil.
Anna’s passion for yoga began over 15 years ago and she’s been teaching since 2003. Her many inspiring teachers have included: Godfrey Devereux, Louisa Sear and most recently Julie Martin of Brahmani in India, where she returns regularly to teach and study.
Her Vinyasa Flow classes are inclusive and accessible and she teaches with warmth and presence. Creating intelligent sequences that biomechnaically prepare the body, using the Vinyasa Krama method. Waves, pulses and flows, reawaken muscles, and tight connective tissue. The body is eased in safely, so it feels stable, tuned in and ready.
“Yoga reconnects you with the present moment. You arrive back in your body. Reconnecting with yourself and to what is actually happening. Letting go of the need to know what’s coming next, and the anxiety that often accompanies that need. It is this connection that makes yoga so much more than just exercise.”
Dr. Rhys Beynon
Rhys 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. 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.
Within a light-hearted environment, Rhys guides his students through a personal and limitless journey of self-enquiry and expression inviting students to reconnect with their bodies through their breath, movement and stillness.
Rhys teaches Vinyasa Flow, and is also available to teach anatomy workshops, and anatomy for teacher training courses.
Inna first discovered yoga in London in 2000. With a background in media and a stint in PR, she experimented with a variety of yoga paths, before deciding to trade her desk for a yoga mat, and embark on an intensive Yoga & Ayurveda teacher training course in Goa, India. In London, she practices with and assists Hamish Hendry, and carries on learning through workshops and with her teachers. She has studied with a number of inspiring teachers such as R. Sharath Jois, David Swenson, Rolf Naujokat, Emil Wendel and Norman Blair.
Inna is fascinated by yoga in all its forms, its effects, and the intricate links between physical and mental well-being. She loves helping and watching students develop, and believes yoga is a lifelong learning process: a dedicated, regular –and yet fun- practice can only bring about energy and happiness.
Inna is also a freelance writer and loves sharing her passion for yoga, travel and the environment both off the mat and across the globe.
She has worked at Brahmani Yoga between 2008-2011, and during that time helped co-ordinate regular Clean up Goa events with the Green Goa Works organisation and Brahmani Yoga in Anjuna.
Practising since 1975; teaching since 1980; initial TTC with BWY (British Wheel of Yoga) over 4 year period. Guruji's blessing 2001 Astanga; numerous trainings & workshops over the years with many marvellous teachers of world renown.
Yoga is an endlessly fascinating, healing art, science, & way of life in which I have great faith. I've been fortunate to have studied & taught all forms of Hatha, & also Astanga Yoga, extensively over many years; classes, private clients, workshops, retreats, holidays around the UK, Europe, Egypt, India. I teach with gratitude, love & a deep appreciation of Yoga, people, Life, & travel. Teaching skills: A broad base of asana, chanting, philosophy, meditation; plus Astanga Vinyasa Yoga Primary Series, creative Vinyasa Flow (much influenced by Brahmani) & restorative Yoga. I am happily available to teach BWY accredited IST workshops on a variety of topics by invitation.
Laura Gilmore has practiced yoga for almost 20 years with many of the world’s most respected yogis. She is a natural teacher who shares her understanding and knowledge of yoga with warmth and humour.
Through her studies of various yoga traditions Laura uses her wealth of experience to teach in a way appropriate for each student. Laura holds teaching qualifications from Yoga Alliance, Rishikul Ashram and Birthlight and has taken further teaching studies through the Life Centre, Sitaram Partnership and with Nancy Gilgoff.
Melanie has been practising Astanga since 1993 and teaching since 1997. She has a background in massage and healing and brings this experience and knowledge to her adjustments and teaching. She runs the morning Mysore self practice at the prestigious Life Centre in London. She has studied with Hamish Hendry since 2001, assisting him from 2004-11. She also studied with Guruji in Mysore, Nancy Gilgoff and Julie Martin in Goa. Melanie teaches on Yoga Alliance registered courses in Goa and in Bristol, UK.
She is an experienced and dedicated student and teacher of yoga and her love and enthusiasm for yoga comes across in her teaching.
Shameema (Shimmy) experienced her first yoga class with Norman Blair in 2003 and hasn’t looked back. Having experienced many schools and approaches to yoga, Astanga became the discipline that resonated with her the most. She still continues to explore variants and other styles, but remains attracted to the flowing grace of Astanga.
In 2008, she completed the BWY Foundation course at Yoga Junction (London) with Tara Fraser, followed by a Yoga Alliance RTY500 Astanga Vinyasa Teacher Training at Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India, in 2009. She has also completed her RYT100 Pre & Postnatal Teacher Training and a RYT Restorative course with Jodi Boone at Brahmani Yoga, Goa
Her approach to teaching is somewhat similar to her approach in life: being light but grounded, dedicated, mindful, aware, and understanding personal limitations that are inherent to each and every individual. With a smile and love for teaching, seeking to instill a sense of lightness and ease to ( students, whilst assisting in that discovery of oneself, inevitably connecting mind and body in subtle ways.Taking comfort in knowing that much may be achieved with a bit of imagination, perseverance, fun and that most things are subject to change.
Sophie has been teaching yoga classes in Sussex and internationally since 2000. She first attended a yoga class while at university and then started attending Ashtanga yoga and Scaravelli influenced hatha yoga classes regularly. She found that it soon transformed her life. She was lucky enough to study with Sri Pattahbi Jois, Sharath and many wonderful teachers while living and teaching in India for a 3 year period.
Sophie thinks yoga is the answer to just about all of life’s most important questions and never underestimates the grounding it provides to allow her to fully see life in all its light. She is forever grateful for the strength and clarity that yoga can provide at times when life is challenging.
North & South America
Jelena Ilumina - Canada
I started my yoga journey in my teen years and it transformed the course of my life. Through yoga, I am able to practice compassion and presence. In 2009 I traveled to India and completed my first 500 hour teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa at the Brahmani Yoga centre. It was such an incredible experience that immediately the following year, I returned and completed the 400 hour Vinyasa Flow teacher training. I realize how lucky I am because not only did I receive the opportunity to teach in some of Canada's most incredible yoga facilities, I was also gifted with the opportunity to join the Brahmani Yoga team in India, teaching public classes as well as assisting on the teacher training programs over the course of two seasons of 2010-2012 and counting!
It is an incredible honor for me to share the passion and the reverence I hold for this practice with my students. I am also grateful for the ability to remain a student, to continue to grow and transform, and most of all, I am grateful for this beautiful practice, which to this day, remains the greatest Love of my life!
Chelsea Bird - USA
Originally from Michigan, Chelsea lives and works in Seattle, happily embracing the fresh air and beautiful communities of the Pacific Northwest as her second home. She lives in possibility – drawing inspiration from people and art, travel and words. She feels most alive experiencing a new place, breathes easiest in alpine air, and is happiest surrounded by loved ones. She is most herself in her yoga practice, or when she's making something beautiful and unique.
Chelsea's love for yoga grew from the way it made her feel about herself and the world around her. Yoga, over and over again, brings a sense of perspective, strength, and oneness to her life. She teaches a nurturing, fluid, and creative vinyasa flow that brings focus to feelings over shapes. Her intention is for students to gain connection, awareness, and autonomy in their practice — leading to strength, embodiment, and a deeper understanding of themselves. Her hope is that people leave class more in tune with their minds and bodies — grounded, open, loved, and alive.
Anouk Aoun Wendel
I feel one of Yoga’s most precious gifts to humanity lies in its emphasis on our relationship to ourselves and to all other Beings around us. It is a constant challenge to apply a fluid stream of tolerance, kindness and contentment in our daily lives, but as result of my own spiritual search, I am persuaded it can only start from contemplative work we do within ourselves.
After attending my first class back in 1997, I continue to be drawn to Yoga as a daily practice, in and beyond its physical aspect. I am fascinated by Yoga philosophy, the work with our breath, and what lies beyond our physicality, and find myself drawn ever deeper into the legacy that Yoga has left us.
I completed my training at Brahmani Yoga in 2009 and since have had the privilege to participate in assisting and teaching at several of Brahmani’s TT programs and public classes of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation. I feel ever grateful to my teacher Julie for tutoring me. Her approach to educate us to become good teachers and the structure of her trainings is extremely thorough!
Today, my Yoga classes are inspired by my heart teacher and husband Emil Wendel.
My intention as a guide and teacher is to encourage us all to learn to be awake to the present, remaining self-observant, inquisitive, and kind to one another. I find that the quality of being joyous and non-dogmatic along our spiritual journey helps to cultivate a lightness of being.
Thelma is a certified yoga teacher-Level 1 (200 Hours) from Yoga Arts Australia and Level 2 (300 Hours) from Brahmani Yoga India. She is also a chakra therapist who teaches and practices mainly in Indonesia. She has her own studio named KARMARATI Oracle House in the Nyuh Kuning area in Ubud, Bali, where she recently relocated after having taught yoga in Jakarta since 2009. Her classes comprise of Vinyasa Flow, bioenergetic movement, sequential movement, and deep awareness to the subtle elemental energy of the chakras. She combines structure and exploration in all her yoga classes and public chakra workshops. Her approach to the therapeutic chakra system is holistic. She provides therapies associated with chakra trance, chakra psychology diagnostic, movement therapy, and chakra healing mudra (hand gestures). In recent years, Thelma has grown her practice into crystal and card readings, as well as energy space clearing.
Thelma holds a master's degree in Psychology from the University of Indonesia, and she utilizes the knowledge of psychology towards a more integrated yoga and chakra system practice for the well-being of her clients. Her aim is the self-empowerment and self-discovery of her clients through their own gradual and consistent practice. The practices involve physical movement and intuitive energy exploration.
Thelma's experience with Brahmani Yoga has inspired and enriched her orientation towards holistic yoga. In previous years, Thelma had dedicated KARMARATI as the first yoga studio in Jakarta to adopt the Brahmani Yoga style. Now in Ubud, she looks forward to resume her Brahmani classes when her new yoga studio is completed by end 2020; however, all other services of reading, learning, and consultation are available by request/appointment both in meet-up sessions or Skype sessions.
Thelma is grateful for the teachers on her path of yoga, chakra, esoteric, and holistic practices, and deeply grateful for the opportunity to learn with her students and clients. Her work can be viewed at http://www.karmarati.com/.
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Nobieh is a Yoga Alliance-certified Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level (E-RYT 500).
It was in 1998 when Nobieh was studying to become a computer engineer that she stepped on a yoga mat. Maybe there was something magical with that Yoga mat that took her to a totally different path like a magical flying carpet taking her to several journeys in India to discover and explore different styles of Yoga. Iyenger Yoga was her stepping stone into the path of yoga. She began to study and teach yoga with senior Iyengar yoga teachers in her hometown Tehran, Iran.
In 2003, She obtained her advanced teaching training in Sivananda center in Kerala, India, and later was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore. After completing the Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training and Vinyassa flow TTC in 2009-10, at Brahmani Yoga Centre with Julie Martin, she joined Brahmani teacher team and organized yoga kids classes and kids yoga teacher trainings with Brahmani.
Nobieh’s passion for dance and movement has led her to explore Soul Motion dance with Vinn Marti and developed her own style she calls “Dance of Life”. Now, it has been 12 years that she is teaching yoga and travels internationally leading advanced teacher trainings, dance workshops and group therapies around the world.
Nieke Franken (1984) got introduced to yoga at the age of 22, after completing an instructor course from Les Mills to teach BodyBalance. Nieke had been teaching several gym related classes and dance classes since the age of 18 but after an accident in Australia, where her spine got dis-located at 4 places and her tailbone was fractured, she focused on rehabilitating through Yoga. This has been a magical experience and her interest in healing through Yoga grew tremendously. Nieke offers Vinyasa classes with beautiful transitions, creative sequences and buoyant movements with a dance like feel; keeping the body fluid, light, healthy, strong, flexible and most of all, injury free! She also offers therapeutic yoga and gentle Hatha yoga, where the focus lies on correct alignment and healing through (restorative) poses. Also suitable for pregnant woman or moms after birth. Nieke offers kids programs for the little yogis as well.
Jo is from England, although she has lived and traveled around the world since her mid 20’s as a language teacher. Within this movement, the true journey was revealed as the inner path! Jo is rooted in an ashtanga foundation and recently completed intensive training with Richard Freeman as well as her initial Brahmani 500 hour foundation. Jo has studied iyengar, yin, hatha, vinyasa flow, swasthya, jivamukti, acro and kids yoga with a huge range of inspiring yoga teachers giving her a broad, non-dogmatic and open-minded approach to the art of union. As a philosophy graduate, Jo underpins her classes with deep roots and hopes to inspire others to seek yoga as a chance to reconnect in every possible sense to mind, body and spirit. Jo embraces the Brahmani approach to yoga as awareness where yoga evolves as a practice of compassion, non-attachment and devotion. Her approach to yoga is both intense and serious as well as light and humorous and includes pranayama, a focus on the yoga of sound (chanting) and meditation (the ultimate end point of all yoga practices). Jo has taught ashtanga, vinyasa flow, yin yoga and kids yoga since 2010 and now works as a full time yoga freelancer in Dubai where she lives with her Argentinian filmmaker husband. Jo balances a yoga lifestyle with an eclectic interest in all aspects of culture, including modern art, film, poetry, theatre, music, gastronomy, craft, fashion, design and philosophy. She has a long term ambition to complete a Phd in Yoga and Cultural Studies when the time is right.
Joanne Smallwood has been a devoted yoga practitioner since her early twenties, and has taught internationally for the past 12 years. Completing her Teacher Training in 2005 at The Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, with Ron Reid and Diane Bruni, she soon traded the infamous Canadian winters for warmer shores of India. Since 2005, Joanne has been working in Goa, India, as the general manager of Brahmani Yoga, one of the leading yoga centres in the region. This enabled her to expand her knowledge and love of yoga, her teaching, whilst allowing her to further develop her passion through courses and in her own practice. During that time, Joanne attended most of the Brahmani teacher trainings including Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal and Restorative, and holds the Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 hours accreditation. Her teaching focuses on Vinyasa Flow, but also reflects her diverse background to incorporate other traditions and styles. She teaches with awareness and enthusiasm, whilst always being attentive to students' needs and the energy of the class. Joanne is teaching regualr classes at Zoga Yoga Cafe in Dubai, UAE and it avaialble for private sessions.
India has been one of my greatest inspirations for over 10 years, and through my adventures lead me to my yogic path. The freedom, peace, love and contentment I feel is when I practice, teach and share this beautiful gift of yoga. Creating a deeper relationship between my body, my spirit and my mind, allowing me to grow into a better, more aware human being and teacher. In 2009 I completed my first 200 hour course and then was fortunate/lucky/blessed to find Brahmani Yoga where I completed the 400 hour Vinyasa Flow training and the 500 hour Ashtanga Vinyasa training in 2010/11. Again extremely blessed, I was given the opportunity to join the Brahmani team, teaching public class's, assisting on the teacher trainings. I have assisted and worked alongside Julie Martin around the world on various workshops and teacher trainings. I currently share my love for the practice at Zen Yoga in Dubai. I am always excited and curious to learn more and continue growing as a teacher, and feel so fortunate to be inspired by such great teachers at Brahmani.
My yoga journey started in 2010 when I moved to Abu Dhabi from Norway. I was new in the city and looking for something new to do, as a mum of three it was highly needed to distress on the mat! I fell immediately in love with it all! After only 18 months I continued my yoga journey by taking 200 hours Hatha Yoga teacher training in Darjeeling, Himalayan Yoga Bliss Center,it was amazing and I started to teach straight away. After two years of teaching I felt that I needed to go deeper in the yoga world, I was so lucky to find Julie Martins Brahmani school where I took my 300 hours Vinyasa flow teacher training. Yoga helped me to discover new sides of my self and the life. I loved the feeling I had after each class and I never wanted it to end.
Suddenly I felt more alive, relaxed, awake, less judgmental and super curious about my body and what is coming towards me.
I enjoyed the combination of meditation, asanas and relaxation so much so I decided to share it with others. That’s how I became a yoga teacher.
I am passionate about yoga and how important it is to keep the body healthy, yoga for me is not about fancy asanas, its more about feeling good in it! With my students I try to give them the space and freedom one and each of them need, so that the curiosity about their movement and mind comes more and more to the surface and they can continue to develop - not only on the yoga mat but also in the daily life. I learned that important skill from Julie Martin and I am going to keep it with me forever.
I teach full time as private teacher and I arrange retreats, with focus on detoxing the mind and body in this hectic world.
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I dived into yoga in 2003 in South Korea where I started by studying Hatha, meditation and Pranayama under the guidance of Aryong Choi Hankte. A bit later I entered a vinyasa class and I was hooked.
As yoga became more and more a life style for me over the years, I realized I wanted to infuse my passion to others around me. I wanted to help people to discover the numerous physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga. I therefore decided to become a teacher in 2011 when I completed my Level 1 (200hrs) with Louisa Sear, Lucy Roberts and Rose Baudin of Yoga Arts Australia.
I have enjoyed teaching yoga since, which is why I decided to complete my Level 2 (300hrs) in 2015 with Brahmani Yoga.
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