Yoga vacations, Meditation Retreats, all levels, Thailand Koh Yao Noi
“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”
Christian D. Larson
David Sharpe

UK born David lives in Thailand where he established “Island Yoga” retreats on Koh Yao Noi. David has studied yoga/meditation and Tai Chi in India, China, S.E. Asia, USA and Europe. Although he considers himself a serious student of spiritual disciplines, he has a lighthearted and often humorous approach to teaching and, through his engaging style; he can make seemingly complex subjects simple, fun and interesting.
His deepest passion is teaching movement in meditation. Be it based in yoga, dynamic chanting, Tai Chi Qi Gong or even rock climbing, you’ll be sure to come away from his classes with a greater appreciation for the “Art of Meditation”.

About Veerle Geuens
Veerle is a 500hrs accredited yoga teacher, specialised in vinyasa, yin and restorative yoga. With 10 years of yoga practice and yoga teacher trainings in India, Bali, Thailand, Switzerland, Belgium and UK, Veerle has a profound knowledge in teaching yoga and tailoring classes to the students specific needs. Veerle has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, Buddhism and meditation, Ayurveda, Mindfulness, Pranayama as well as Yoga Therapy for stress, burn out and chronic fatigue.

Veerle has a background as a Clinical Psychologist and is more and more convinced of the benefits of yoga to bring more balance, peace and health in our western bodies and mind. Over the last years Veerle has dedicated more time and practice in the therapeutic effects of yoga and pranayama, offering private therapeutic yoga sessions beside her vinyasa, yin, restorative and meditation group classes.

Personally for Veerle the highest aim of yoga is to honors the wisdom of life, and trust that life offers us exactly what we need in this moment, whether we recognize it or not. Yoga is a practice, never the same, never done, of moving with life instead of against it. Yoga has the power to heal and sooth our bodies and mind and at the same time strengthen and train both of them so we come closer to our own seat of knowledge, re-connect with who we truly are and start to realize our fullest potential. Yoga nowadays means embodying the qualities we develop on the mat and act according them into a world where more kindness, truth, love and connection is needed.
 
Roni Miteff
Roni is an experienced Certified Yoga Teacher E-RYT 200 RYT 500 level in Classical Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin Yoga, as well as a Certified Yoga Therapist with IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists). She has over 10 years experience in yoga and accrued over 1000 hours yoga therapy, teacher training and workshops with internationally renowned teachers Simon Borg-Olivier, Bo Forbes, Leslie Kaminoff as well as Indra and AG. Mohan, and their son Dr Ganesh Mohan, who were a personal student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya for 18 years. Also greatly influenced by mindfulness and meditation practices from the Buddhist tradition for the last 20 years, Roni took refuge in the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in 2004. Living in Buddhist Centres in UK, Nepal and India and periods in silent retreat, she is now under the guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.

Roni is passionate about using the tools of yoga to bring us back to a state of balance or ‘sattva’. With specialized skills and knowledge she offers a blend of Yoga Therapy, Myofascial Release, Ayurveda, Mindfulness, Mantra, Pranayama and Philosophy for an integrated yogic experience. She works with a broad range of students with structural injuries, herniated discs, osteoporosis, asthma, stress, anxiety, depression, and women’s health issues. Roni is also a Sound Therapist incorporating the use of singing bowls, tuning forks, gongs and other instruments for deep relaxation and emotional clearing. She joins her husband sharing group Sound Baths in many locations.

Roni offers a fluid and meditative yoga practice deeply rooted in the breath and the practice of mindfulness. Her classes are insightful and creative, exploring yogic philosophy, therapeutic elements, biomechanical principles and creative themes of the mind-body connection, delicately woven throughout. She invites students to approach yoga from a place of curiosity and acceptance through cultivating awareness and being truly present, developing wisdom and compassion.
 
Aliya
Aliya Galim is International Certified Yoga Instructor, E-RYT 200, RYT 500. Practitioner and follower of Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Free flow dance, Zen Yoga. Aliya is talented in so many ways. She is a loving, caring, strong and fearless woman, who practices her Feminine Essence everyday through Yoga, dance, body movements, breath, studies, teachings, connection with people and Nature.
She started the journey of self-love from Yoga 11 years ago. And since then it evolved and transformed into a spontaneous, fluid, joyful lifestyle. Aliya's yoga class is famous for it's good explanation, sense of humor, creative flows, mix of stretch, strength and relaxation. Aliya will take you deep into the pose and challenge your mind with visualizations and verbal guidance through sensations, thoughts and feelings. She becomes a story teller while you are on the mat and the story she tells is all about you. Taking you into discomfort zone and making you face your limits and abilities.

Aliya is founder of MEMYSELFANDI Feminine Yoga journey and Shakti Yoga Flow. She facilitates Women’s Circles, Shamanic breathwork and Cacao Ceremonies. Her individual sessions are famous for releasing emotional blocks and stress – Guided Somatic Dialogue.
Few times per year Aliya hosts her own developed 200 hours Teacher Training Course approved by Yoga Alliance – Somatic Yoga Movement. In this program she inspires students to teach form their heart, overcoming low self-esteem and confidence issues.
Dimitri Miteff
Dimitri has completed several Yoga Teacher Trainings as RYT 200 in Vinyasa, Yin, Calligraphy Yoga and also Classical Hatha Yoga in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnmacharya as taught by AG Mohan. He draws from a broad range of experiences to create an alignment-based, dynamic class with breath, mindfulness and self-empowerment as the primary focus. Other influences include Simon-Borg Olivier, Anna Forrest and teachings of J. Krishamurti. He now continues to study Calligraphy Yoga, under Master Zhen Hua Yang. This is a gentle and flowing combination of Indian and Chinese practices, yoga and qigong, to develop inner power and increase energy ‘Qi’ production promoting blood, digestive and mental circulation.

Dimitri was first introduced to the world of subtle energies of the body and power of the mind when he practiced Chinese Kung Fu in his early teens. His interest and passion for working with energy and holding space as a healer has lead him to become certified in a range of healing modalities including Cranio Sacral, Reiki and also Pranic Healing as by founding Master Choa Kok Sui, using chromo therapy and crystals. Dimitri has also been initiated into Native American and Indonesian rituals with Shamans in Bali as well as the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (FFSS) founded by Michael Harner under the guidance of Kevin Turner.

The power of Sound is his main passion however, using frequencies and vibration for deep release. He is a Professional Level Sound Therapist and works mainly with singing bowls, gongs, tuning forks and buffalo drums with the support of Shamanic practices. His work has evolved into Integrative Vibrational Therapy combining several modalities, offering transformative private sessions and powerful large group Sacred Sound Baths.
 
Antonella
Antonella is a travelling yogini who is passionate about movement and breath. Living in India for 2 years, she was able to significantly deepen her practice under the guidance of yoga masters.

She teaches Hatha Flow in a slow and fluid style that synchronizes movement and breath together with a strong focus on correct alignment. Antonella believes connecting with breath and the practice of pranayama is fundamental to good yoga. No breath, no energy, no life!

A practitioner of 16 years, Antonella draws inspiration from many styles of yoga; she believes that creating space within the body through asana practice also helps create "space" within the mind. With space comes flexibility and flexibility is not a purely physical thing. A flexible and open mind can be the ground for healing, compassion, freedom and, why not, adventures . Thus we become explorers of our true self.

As a mindfulness meditation practitioner, Antonella encourages her students to not only embrace the physical aspects of yoga but to learn also how to connect deeply with the true self and the world around us.
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