Ash Hope (E-RYT 200)
Pranayama, Asana and Anatomy teacher
Transformative, confronting and empowering are the pillars of how Ash would describe the practice of Yoga. ‘It takes you to your edge and back to the present. You tap into your unlimited potential to become the person that you were born to be.’
Little did she know what impact Yoga would have on her life when Ash went to her first class in 2005. Her inquisitive nature led her to practice various forms like Bikram, Power, Vinyasa Flow until she traveled to India and explored the traditional way of practicing Ashtanga Yoga. Learning from the source has deeply impacted her view on Yoga and opened a much deeper dimension to the practice than just physical asanas. In 2009 Ash completed her teacher training (RYT-200) in India with the Himalayan Yoga school and went back to Australia to study at the Melbourne Ashtanga centre.
Ash believes that to know the real meaning of yoga one has to teach from direct experience. On her own path of practice she spent time with Nancy Gilgoff (Maui), Prem and Radha (Bali) and undertook in depth trainings with Manju Jois and David Swenson. Her motivation to teach Yoga is helping people to reach their fullest potential. This goes for the practice on the mat and transfers in all other areas of life.
Ash lives in Cairns and runs the Ashtanga Yoga centre with regular Mysore classes during the week. She also teaches private classes and has been part of a corporate Health and Wellbeing program that was awarded the best in Australia in 2015.
“I am grateful for the people that walked the path before me and honored to share these teachings with others” ~Ash Hope
Bai Yuting Susu (E-RYT 500)
Asana and Anatomy teacher
Susu graduated from the Shanghai University of traditional Chinese Medicine with special emphasis on rehabilitation therapy. She studied various therapies including TuiNa, Moxibustion, Cupping and Acupucture. After her studies she started to work in several hospitals in Shanghai where she helped rehabilitate many patients. Since leaving the hospital she has worked with hundreds of patients reducing their pain and helping them to recover.
In 2007, she started to practice yoga and after 5 years (in 2012) she completed her first yoga teacher training (RYT 200) with Lance Schuler in Shanghai, China. Then she moved to Koh Samui where Susu completed her second training (RYT 300) with Michel Besnard. Susu fall in love with Ashtanga Yoga and started to practice Mysore style (self-practice) at 6:30 am every morning, six times per week. In 2015 she travelled to India to study Ashtanga Yoga and Sanskrit at Shri K.Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) with Sharathji. After her studies in India she understood that Yoga is not only Asana but it is also your life (Yama and Niyama) and that Asana practice help us to steady our mind and stabilize the body. We must practice for a long time to achieve the blissful state Samadhi. She says: "I surrender to my guru Sharathji. The more I practice, the more stamina I get."
*Note: Susu Yoga will be teaching in February on Koh Phangan, in May&November 2017 and in February 2018. Read more about the YTTC in February by clicking here.
Yogi Abhay (E-RYT 500)
Philosophy and Meditation teacher
Yogi Abhay was fortunate to be born into a family where his parents supported his innate interest in spirituality. His spiritual quest eventually led him to the Osho's teaching and Meditations when he was 19. At Osho Meditation Resort India he got opportunity to learn various meditations and therapies.
Yogi Abhay completed his Yoga Teacher Training at Kaivalyadham, Lonavala India in 2004 and since 2005 he is he is teaching Yoga Philosophy, asana, pranayama, meditation and other Yoga subjects in India and Thailand. For him Yoga is way of living and sharing. He has helped many students to become successful Yoga teachers.
Manfred Suppan (E-RYT 200, RYT 500)
Manfred was born on 1st January 1983 in Austria, and have worked as a systems engineer for 12 years after finishing school. In his early 20s he discovered Yoga and Meditation and realized that he wants to develop and continue his Yoga practice & Yoga lifestyle. In 2009 he started travelling and went to South East Asia to get a deeper understanding of yoga and meditation. He spent time in different Buddhist meditation ashrams in Thailand and India, practiced many dynamic meditations at Osho centers, and learnt as much as he could from Yoga ashrams and teachers all around India, always looking for improvement and the best teachers he could find. He spent 1 month in the Shivananda Yoga Ashram in Neardam, South India, intensively learning the Shivananda style of yoga.
Following, he has spent the last 3 years in India practicing with the 5-times world Yoga champion Chetan Mahesh and practicing intensive Iyengar-style Yoga with Usha Devi in Rishikesh, learning a lot about the art of Yoga and its different styles. In 2011, Manfred completed his first 200-hour teacher training program, and in 2014 his 500-hour training program, both teacher trainings in Rishikesh. He believes in yoga as an instrument of a healthy life-style and an art to balance and yoke the body and the mind. He has a focus on Asana alignment and meditation, and practice different forms of modern Yoga styles. Manfred’s goal is to help people attain a happy and healthy life. Currently he teaches in Arambol, Goa. You can check Manfred’s profile on Yoga Alliance by clicking this link.
Amafah Mubashir (RYT 200)
Asana and Pranayama teacher
Amafah is originally a graphic designer from South Asia. She worked in advertising for a few years before deciding to become a certified Yoga teacher. She was looking for something to fulfill and inspire her. Amafah started practising Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga during her studies at Art School. Her practise became her escape and completed her emotionally, spiritually and physically.
Amafah finished her first 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training with Spiritual Yoga School in July 2015. It was a life changing experience and she has been teaching yoga ever since. She is currently teaching at CORE and MUV gym - fitness centre.
*Note: Amafah will be teaching in May 2017 and February 2018 on Koh Samui. Read more about our upcoming courses by clicking here.
Kayla Nielsen (RYT 200)
Handstand, Inversion and back-bending teacher
is a 28-year-old world citizen, but originally from California. Currently, she is traveling the globe spreading healing light and love through yoga and other philanthropic endeavors. Kayla decided to go through the Teacher Training Program after coming back to the States from a two-year travel. At the time, she was struggling with pretty severe depression and anxiety in the wake of her return "home."
She says: "This training came to me at a beautifully pivotal moment in my life. The experience only further calibrated my inner compass, finally pointing me in a direction that felt fulfilling and just plain right."
Her training focused on Baptiste-inspired Vinyasa (CorePower, Encinitas). However, as much as she loves creating dynamic, & creative sequences; She equally cherishes leading yin practices, and guided meditations, as well.
She is typically classified as an inversion junkie &back-bending queen. This is fair considering how she spends almost as much time on her hands as she does on feet, or with her heart spread open to the sky. Kayla specialises in leading these focused workshops not only out of her love for the asanas, alone; but also for her devotion to the mental and spiritual benefits of these postures, as well.
You can check Kayla's amazing videos and Photographs on her Instagram.
Britany Smith (E-RYT 200, RYT 300)
Asana and Pranayama Teacher
Brittany first started practicing yoga in 2008 after a friend brought her very first class in Vancouver, Canada and she’s been hooked ever since. Having always been active and interested in fitness and sports, what attracted Brittany to yoga in the beginning was the beauty of the physical practice of asana, moving from one form to the other in an expression of physical strength and control. As her practice deepened Brittany’s passion and belief in the healing effects of yoga, not only on the body but also on the mind, inspired her to become an instructor.
In 2013 Brittany moves to the UK where her yogic path started to take form. She completed her 200hr Hatha teacher training under Laura Gilmore at Bristol City Yoga in 2014, and had since went on to complete her 300hr Vinyasa teacher training at Sampoorna Yoga in Goa, India in 2016.
Brittany teaches Hatha, Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga, as well as Pranayama and Meditation to all levels of students. Creating her own unique and dynamic sequences, she incorporates aspects of meditation, pranayama, bandas and mindful movements into every class. Brittany always strives to create a warm, welcoming and safe environment for her students so they can learn, laugh and play whilst enjoying the healing and calming effects of yoga.
*Note: Brittany will be teaching in February on Koh Phangan. Read more about the YTTC in February by clicking here.
Leah Sugerman (E-RYT 200)
Anatomy and Asana Teacher
is a yoga teacher, writer and passionate world traveler. From Leah's very first encounter with yoga, she was hooked. She fell in love with the pure dichotomy of the practice: the stark contrast between the strength and power compared to the grace and surrender. She enjoys the beautiful dance between the two extremes that happens on (and off!) her mat every day. Leah has been a passionate, dedicated practitioner since her very first class.
A grateful student of her vastly knowledgeable teachers, Leah teaches a fusion of the styles that she has studied with a strong emphasis on breath, alignment and the sacred balance between effort and ease in the practice. Her classes find equal emphasis on strength building of the mind, body and soul, as well as flexibility of the same.
When Leah is not teaching, she can be found practicing handstands in the sand, finding magic and eloquence playing with words or traveling to far ends of the globe with her mat in hand.
Ram Vakkalanka (E-RYT 200, RYT 500)
Ram is an internationally known authority on Nada Yoga, Sanskrit and Vedic Philosophy and Sciences. He was born and brought up in India steeped in Yogic culture and tradition. Ram belongs to the lineage of Dattatreya. Musically, Ram belongs to the lineage of Sitar Maestro Ravi Shankar. Currently based in Canada, Ram travels all over the world sharing his deep knowledge of Sanskrit, Yoga philosophy and Nada Yoga. Ram's articles have been published both in print as well as on-line.
His talks are broadcast both on Radio and TV. So far, 18 CDs and one DVD of Ram's works have been released with a book on its way. Ram is a good story teller and puts ancient philosophy in modern perspective. Ram's teachings are always close to the original text and explain the rationale as well as the inner meaning of it. Ram's style of teaching is smooth-flowing, humours and filled with real-life examples.
*Note: Ram will be teaching in May&November 2017 and February 2018 on Koh Samui. Read more about our upcoming courses by clicking here.
Jessica Blackmun (RYT 200)
Jessica's intention in life is serving others and living her truth through yoga and healthy living. For Jess, really living means going after the adventure that is life while spreading light and joy everywhere.
Jessica has been practicing yoga for more than 6 years before she finished her first 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training in September 2016. She has been teaching Yoga friends, family and small groups and she is looking to expand her knowledge and soak up as much experience as she can through work shops, teaching, additional training and what ever other opportunities open up!
Jessica started her Instagram as a way to track and share her progress as her yoga journey and lifestyle evolved so did her social media channels. She has also started doing Instagram consulting to teach others how to build their brand and social media presence. She is also co-founder of Journey Era. Her responsibilities included collaboration organization, content creation (writting, photography, and concept creation), brand marketing, social media scheduling, and anything else that came up!