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!
Svetlana is a former ballet dancer and a national norwegian wushu and taiji champion. The main intention behind all Svetlana’s teaching is to fine-tune the bodymind of every individual to it’s maximum potential, to inspire others to be creators of their own lives, by directing awareness and energy. Svetlana’s classes create a state of empty mind, where the inner dialogue stops and creativity starts to flow freely. Svetlana believes that everyone has an immense potential for growth, transformation and creativity and she is very humbled to guide her clients on that path through the means of physical hatha yoga practice and meditation.
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.
Annie is originally from Verbier, she has traveled around the world to grow her personal yoga practice and deepen her knowledge of yoga philosophy over the last 10 years. Annie’s vision is to embody the teachings of yoga from beyond the mat to everyday life. She strives to create a positive, light and fun environment for you to practice, as her ultimate goal is to help you seek peace and contentment through yoga.
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.
Milly came to yoga, like many, with a fitness perspective, but was immediately struck by the transformative qualities both on and off the mat. With 550hrs of qualifications in different styles, including Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Yin, Milly hopes to spread her passion for yoga, and the amazing benefits that it has both physically and mentally. Her teaching is creative and uplifting and her morning classes at Inspire Yoga Festival will help to heal, cleanse and detoxify the mind, whilst challenging the entire body and building both strength and flexibility.
It all started with a thirst to live life differently, with a desire to be free from conditioning. Already living in a community at 16 years old, it was only a year later that the road to India was taken to discover Mother Earth and her mysteries. The sages, the philosophy, the rituals as well as the cuisine of the sub-continent were instantly intoxicating, a few more journeys and the mystical practice of Yoga was approached. From her 20s, the foot was on the mat and did not come off. During this decade it was the practice of Iyengar, then the whole of her thirties and still to this day Ashtanga rhythms the days. Also trained in Jivamukti, Joanna’s 12 years of teaching are borrowed from these three practices. Her classes are fluid with an emphasis on alignment, influenced by philosophy, but also sometimes, if not frequently, from British humour.
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Blanche embarked on her journey along the sacred path when she was very young. She left home at 18, deciding to hit the road, follow the flow of life and travel the world. Her life motif was to learn about each country, religion, ancestral custom, language, music, ancestral medicine and more… She met a lot of teachers on her travels and has dedicated the past 20 years of her life to yoga and wellbeing. She has studied different Hatha Yoga lineages all over the world (Ashtanga, Prana Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Jivamukti & Zenthai flow). She is now based in the French Alps, Chamonix, where she has opened her yoga and massage school and organises the annual Chamonix Yoga Festival in July. Her yoga classes are based on fluid movement and follow the seasons regarding chinese medecine.
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Emilie was born in the mountains of Verbier. From a very young age, expression through the body, whether artistic or postural, has been her way of relating to Nature and Life. Later on, this impulse found expression in the practice of yoga. For Emilie, yoga is a daily reconnection to the source, a way to return more and more to the essential. The practice unburdens the body and mind, frees the breath and restores presence. For her, yoga is a key that opens a door to the splendour of life every day. Years of experience in the field of law and conflict management have highlighted the need to break out of thought patterns and cultivate calm. Convinced that yoga and meditation have an enormous potential to promote social peace and health, she co-founded, in Martigny, a space dedicated to practice, art and culture: Shala yoga space.
Georgia believes it is not for the chosen few to love what they do, but that everyone should love their work and never feel they have to sacrifice another area of their life to achieve it. She is obsessed with helping people launch a new venture, develop professionally or find that balance in life. As a life coach and business coach, she aims to help you bring your dreams to fruition, to help you design and build the life you love.
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.
As Mika came in contact with Yoga in her early 20's she discovered that the practice was offering something far beyond the physical activity she was doing. Yoga became a practice to reconnect with the body and to explore the mind body connection. She noticed how the body was holding emotions, how every time she opened up her hips there would be emotional responses. The path of discovering the ancient teachings has led her to various teachers, finding Tantric Hatha, meditation and Yin practices. Through all of it, the main motivation has been the same as what she discovered right at the beginning: Yoga as a practice of self study. How a conscious practice offers the opportunity to cultivate self awareness and how that will give the opportunity of both letting go and becoming free. How you respond on the mat is a reflection of how you\ll react to things in life. This has become the essence and foundation of what and how she teaches her classes.
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Cherries is an avid nature guide since 2007. She can't help it, the natural world has motivated her daily and incorporating it into her outings just "flows naturally" during her walks. She brings participants to experience it in new and original ways. Every outing is a magical blend of surprises and knowledge. Nature is being taken for granted and her passion stems from discovering the beauties and mysteries that are simply right in front of us! Whether it is in the forest, by a lake, with your nose in a flower, up on a rocky ledge - there is a personal experience for everyone! Cherries started Shinrin Yoku, the Japanese art of forest bathing and full consciousness in nature outings as a logical extension of what she loves. These are simply new ways to be accepted into our wonderful universe.
Jonny is a Sound Practitioner recently returned from 10 years living in Asia , fascinated by how sound and vibration can alter a state of consciousness. As a performer and DJ for over 20 years,Jonny has seen first-hand the power that sound can have on individuals and communities. In recent years, his focus has shifted to use sound as a powerful meditative tool to entrain brain states which are well suited to deep meditation, relaxation and achieving higher states of consciousness. He is particularly fond of his hand forged Symphonic Gong whose densely packed resonant overtones vibrate throughout the listeners body to induce Theta brainwaves which calm, rejuvenate and energise.
Anita is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Transformational Life Coach, specialised in Women’s Self Care. She has 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. Anita describes herself a world nomad and incorporates experiences, encounters and newly learned from different cultures into her practice and work.
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