Instructors & Speakers

Lisa Nicholas

Lisa began practising yoga in the 1980s and has been teaching since 2000. Yoga Teacher Trainer, multi-level body worker, former World Cup skier and ski instructor, Lisa seamlessly blends her cocktail of life experience to distill and share the essential elements of yoga. Naturally dynamic and charismatic, Lisa's understanding of anatomy, physiology and subtle energy flows help students build a solid base for a long lasting practice, regardless of the preferred style of yoga. Previously Verbier-based, she currently instructs internationally, with a focus on precise alignment to bring the body, mind and subtle energy systems towards greater balance and harmony, paving the way for deep inner transformation. Inspire are delighted to welcome Lisa back from the beaches of Australia to her spiritual home of Verbier!

Jeff Phenix

Based in London, Jeff discovered yoga and meditation in India in the mid 1990’s, has been teaching since 2002 and has trained yoga teachers for many years. He aims to improve his students practice and understanding of yoga, awaken a sense of bliss, wonder, peace and ease with themselves and the world with a seriously playful and mindful unique teaching style which is varied, creative and inspired by many different influences - including vinyasa flow, Iyengar, Anusara, Viniyoga, Jivamukti and Satyananda. He currently teaches at Triyoga in London and at retreats worldwide. We are very grateful to have Jeff at the first edition of Inspire!

Tapashi Devchoudhury

Born in a Hindu Brahmin family in Northeast India, Tapashi was introduced to asanas very early by her father, and the wisdom of ancient Hindu philosophies by her mother. Such ancestral wisdom has brought her a deep understanding of the subtleties of oriental philosophy and the connections between body, mind and spirit. Fascinated by ancient healing techniques, she is passionate about re-introducing this wisdom to the contemporary world. Tapashi teaches meditation, mantra chanting and asanas. Her style of teaching is a blend of traditional hatha yoga with tai-chi influences. She believes that 'Yoga' cannot be taught, it can only be experienced, and her classes aim to make this experience accessible to the modern body-mind.

Larah Davis

Larah is founder of Ibiza Retreats and a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher, clinically trained Yoga Therapist (Yoga Campus), NLP Master Practitioner and Holistic Life Coach. Together with Susie, her co-director and through their respective learnings, they specialise in intelligent, dynamic yoga flow inspired by Iyengar and Scaravelli to Dynamic Vinyasa and Yin. Both are looking forward to bringing their practice from the magic white island to the mystical mountains of Verbier.

David Gaillard

David began his journey in 1993, first with Buddhism and Vipassana meditation and then with Hatha Yoga and the four great classical paths of Yoga: Karma, Bhakti, Raja Jnana. In 1994 he obtained his first yoga teacher degree at the Sivananda Ashram in Canada. His classes are a mixture of traditional Hatha with some techniques from Ashtanga Yoga. At Inspire, David will be leading a variety of classes from meditation to mantra chanting.

Penney Megginson

As a physiotherapist, pilates and yoga instructor, Penney also specializes in NLP, EFT and Matrix Reimprinting so she prefers to combine both physical and mind training. She has created the Megginson Method: a comprehensive system including mind training, nutrition and workout program to maximize your potential.For Inspire, Penney will be hosting an interactive workshop "Mind Over Matter" where you can practice anchoring & visualization tools along with a few surprise techniques to instantly bring more calm, less stress and better sleep and increase your performance in sport, work, and life.

Joyleen Rao

With a Masters in Adult Teaching from Geneva University, Joyleen Rao studied Shiatsu and Tao philosophy. This led her interest into astrology and and the origins of the Universe: Sound. Through a renowned Master in Nepal, she learnt Sound Healing with the Tibetan bowls. Since 2014 she has been teaching this art in Geneva under the name of “sound of joy” combined with other practices such as yoga and movement meditation in her meditation and yoga studio called Shanti Club which she opened in 2017. During the Festival, Joyleen will take you on a journey across the Universe of Sound.

Anita Jetzer

At inspire Anita will be leading a connected breath session in order to release old energy and support a deeper connection to oneself. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Transformational Life Coach, specialised in Women’s Self Care. She taught in Valais and the Caribbean as well as Brazil. In her one-to-one coaching work, she uses a holistic approach including all aspects of body, mind and soul and integrates elements of yoga, as she believes its therapeutic healing power. She is a world nomad and incorporates experiences, encounters and newly learned from different cultures in her practice and work.

Emilien Badoux

As an ex-Verbier Freeride World Champion and ambassador for Verbier, Emilien now dedicates his time to teaching yoga and coaching younger elite freeride professionals how to become more mindful, focused and stronger in their sports and as well in their lifestyle. At Inspire, Emilien will be teaching the Community class on Saturday afternoon, as an opportunity to share his passion and to allow guests to discover yoga perhaps for the first time and to enjoy this complementary class.