Ashiyana Yoga School Teachers

The Ashiyana Yoga School comprises a number of experienced, senior teachers from a wealth of different backgrounds and disciplines.

Please contact us to find out who will be teaching in your training.

Tobie T

200hr Teaching Team
Tobie is a keen student and practitioner of many types of bodywork and pain relief techniques. He is heavily influenced by Dynamic & Osteo-thai massage (Davide Lutt/Takis/Pichet), Chi Nei Tsang (Leigh Blyth) & Fascial Release (Robert Schleip/Jo Alison).  Tobie enjoys deconstructing the bio-mechanical nature of our beings, allowing us to follow certain structural and physiological principles, however he believes in an undeniable mind-body synergy, and that we can access and affect one via the other to help expand, heal and enjoy.

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Yamuna Devi

200hr Teaching Team
Yamuna has studied the beauty of Yoga, Dance & Healing Arts for most of her life.  Her soft and gentle approach will guide you through your practice so that you can flow with love, devotion and surrender. The style of her classes is mainly Hatha flow but she may also include circle ceremonies, partner flow, therapeutic flying and Thai massage.

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Akhilesh Brahmchari

200hr Teaching Team
Akhilesh Brahmchari was born and raised in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. From childhood, he was fascinated by the mysteries of creation, life, death and human suffering. This fascination led to an intense urge to help the poor and get involved in his community.  His teaching combines his wide experience with his light, humorous way, his infectious laugh and his loving approach to the students.

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Matthew

200hr Teaching Team
Matthew has an MA and a PhD in Indian studies and has published articles and books on yoga and Indian asceticism. He has taught several undergraduate (BA) courses on Hinduism. In 2012 he has began conducting research into soma, the ritual drink of the Vedas. This research has now begun to be published. Since 2006, Matthew has been teaching and lecturing worldwide on yoga, religion, and both eastern and western philosophy.

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Mao Uemura

200hr Teaching Team (Japanese)
Mao is currently running the Ashiyana Teacher Training in Japanese twice a year.  Her background is in classical Ballet for over 20 years. After that she was introduced to yoga as an English-Japanese interpreter for yoga teacher training and started to teach Asana classes. Since then she has been teaching over 15 teacher training course around the world.

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Chris Sakowski

200hr Teaching Team
To me, yoga is a never-ending journey of self-realization and celebration. I spend a lot of time connecting with nature as an avid trekker and professional scuba diver. I find that yoga is a great way to experience, embrace, and celebrate the connection between ourselves and the world that surrounds us, stomping our feet in time with our inner heartbeat.

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Chris Nelson

200hr Teaching Team
My desire for a class that I teach is that it facilitates relaxation and a deep inner connection. Although alignment is discussed, I have no preconceptions about how a posture 'should' look and I realise that it is better attained through surrender than effort. I encourage everyone to relax, rest and follow their own inner guidance. Herein a class becomes an experience of "your body and your yoga".

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Linda d'Antal

200hr Teaching Team (Modular)
Linda d'Antal (EYRT-500 YAUSA, SYT YAUK) is our  'teacher's teacher' and  Director of the Ashiyana Teacher Training School.  She has been a student and teacher of Yoga, meditative movement, massage and healing for over 30 years. Her love and respect for the art and depth of the practice and teachings grow daily and it is this beautiful evolution that she loves to share in her classes and trainings.

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Susie Legge

300hr Advanced Teaching Team
Susie is a Psychologist, Bodyworker and Senior Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher and teacher trainer with more than 10 years’ experience teaching in the UK, India, USA and now Brazil.  She brings a flowing graceful approach that gently guides students to deepen their practice through awareness of subtle energy flow and breath.

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Chris Calarco

300hr Advanced Teaching Team
Chris Calarco is a dedicated yoga student and instructor in Portland, Oregon with deep passion for the transformative power of the practice. His studies are rooted in the Anusara, Iyengar and Vinyasa styles but he honors all lineages and paths.

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Louise Lavigne

300hr Advanced Teaching Team
When teaching, Louise draws upon different styles of yoga, finding it helpful to combine the more physical and dynamic styles with the more subtle and slow in order to gain access to the power and potential that live in a pause, in stillness. 

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Shamarda

300hr Advanced Teaching Team
Shamarda is an experienced psychotherapist and group facilitator with 18 years of working with groups and individuals with therapy and meditation.   Qualified in Neo Reichan Therapy, Rebirthing, Family Constellation, Primal and Inner Child therapy, he teaches for the Omega Institute of Transpersonal Psychology of Brazil.

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