Instructors & Speakers

Instructors & Speakers 2022

Larah Davis

EN

Larah Davis

Visionary, writer, teacher, facilitator and lover of music, nature and life itself, Larah is a Soul Consciousness Coach, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master practitioner, Integrative Quantum Medicine™ practitioner, Mindful-flow Yoga teacher, clinically trained Yoga Therapist and Holistic Wellness consultant. Larah’s dedication to her work and ongoing, experiential trainings and development, have been inspired by intense and alchemical life initiations. From transcending the chronic back pain and emotional trauma of a severe car accident to receiving the ShaktiPat from a Guru in Manhattan in 1998, to mountain-top vision quests, Larah has lived, studied and travelled around the world, to share the art and science of holistic wellness and conscious, co-creative leadership.

@avatara.life

Svetlana Negashova

EN/NO/RU

Svetlana Negashova

Svetlana’s fun teaching style is the result of many years of personal training and teaching in yoga, pilates, classical ballet, wushu, taiji, dance, massage, Tibetan buddhist meditation, and observing thousands of clients. Her classes are always unique and adapted to the yogis, their needs, level and abilities. Her main intention is to fine tune the body-mind of every individual, to inspire others to be creators of their own lives, able to direct awareness and energy. 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.

@verbieryoga

Tapashi Devchoudhury

EN/FR

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.

@tapashivam

Adrian Atma

EN / ES

Adrian Atma

Adrian was born in France and started his journey with music in his early 20’s. teaching himself guitar, piano and many other instruments. His first band was a french songs repertoire for which he was writing and composing. Very quickly, he grew his music skills into flamenco, french gypsy jazz, Klezmer and middle eastern music before setting off to travel the world alone and immersing himself in meditation, tantra, shamanism and yoga. For Adrian, music is very sacred and a spiritual practice itself which can awake the deeper aspects of each and everyone.

@adrian.atma

David Gaillard

FR/EN

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.

Milly Harrison

EN

Milly Harrison

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.

Joanna Lancaster

EN/FR

Joanna Lancaster

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.

Blanche de Marion

FR / EN

Blanche de Marion

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.

Andrei Siderski

EN

Andrei Siderski

Accidentally having seen a documentary about “real” Hatha yogis from Kathmandu, it impressed Andrei so much that he thought: this is what I want to do in my life. He was 6 years old then. He was sick as a child with a terminal illness which traditional medicine couldn’t heal. Trying simple gymnastics for health by a system created by two soviet doctors, he then also did swimming exercises, athletics and diving. It helped him to heal. Both the gymnastics and swimming preparation exercises included techniques from Hatha yoga, which helped his understanding of the main principles of yoga practice. In 1978 Andrei started studying yogic gymnastics and at that time he realised that Hatha yoga was actually a genius, universal and effective training system, but it didn’t have much of a system anymore by the time it reached our modern times, either lost or intentionally hidden. He decided to create his own ‘system’, the Yoga Workout Self-Adjustment System. This allows in our modern reality, through the means of the traditional Hatha yoga practice, that vigorous, real, Raja yogic result of inner stillness, for which Hatha yoga was originally created many centuries ago. It is clear that during the three short classes it’s impossible to fully understand and master the system from scratch. It might take several years of study and practice to fully embody it. But at the festival it will be possible to try the system for yourself and experience the highest algorithm of the system - Yoga Workout Meditation.

@andrei_siderski

Emilie Thomas

FR / EN

Emilie Thomas

Emilie was born in the mountains of Verbier. From an early age, she was passionate about ballet and danced until the age of thirty. She is an avid mountaineer, climber and skier, embracing mountain life. After studying law at university in Geneva and Basel, she began to practise as a trainee lawyer. She discovered how the human mind is tricky and how often the root of our difficulties lies in our state of mind. This encouraged her to study yoga philosophy and meditation. Starting with Ashtanga, she then continued with a 840 hour yoga teacher training in Switzerland, learning Viniyoga, or school of Madras, with Anoula Sifonios and Johan Vermeylen. She travelled to India and Indonesia to deepen her practice and learn from other experienced teachers. She likes sharing a powerful practice with strong connection to the breath and a deep purpose. She believes that a meaningful and regular practice can transform our lives and our world experience. Emilie usually teaches in French, but also speaks English. ​ ​

Mirthe Eckl

EN / DE

Mirthe Eckl

After completing a degree in Health Science, Mirthe took a post-graduate certification in Functional Medicine Her own diagnosis of the autoimmune condition Crohn’s from an early age lead her down a road of “trial and error” in many different areas of treatments. Eventually, always questioning the status quo, she found medical research to relieve her of her disabling symptoms, and only thereafter discovered the new emerging field of Functional Medicine. With a stint travelling the world looking after the NZ Olympic Team and surfers on the World Surfing League, she has since made it her mission to dig deeper, help clients and provide them the information and tools to address their issues and to live the best possible version of themselves.

@mirthe_precisionhealth

Cherries von Maur

FR / EN

Cherries von Maur

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 Hulbert

EN

Jonny Hulbert

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 Jetzer

DE/EN

Anita Jetzer

Anita‘s credo is that we think, feel, and act as we breathe. She is a certified Breath Coach, Clarity Breathwork Facilitator (conscious connected breathwork), Hatha Yoga Teacher (500 RYT), and a Holistic Health Coach. Anita uses a holistic approach including all aspects of body, mind and soul and integrates elements of yoga, as she believes its therapeutic healing power.

Destiny Sophia Gagiano

EN

Destiny Sophia Gagiano

Destiny Sophia is a guided meditation practitioner, passionate about co-creating a space for you to nurture a greater connection with yourself. She is a trained Yoga Body breath coach and Yoga Nidra practitioner. She also holds a Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy with a minor in psychology.

@artofinnerknowing

Noona Ayres

EN/FR

Noona Ayres

Noona has practiced Sivananda yoga since 20002, instantly feeling the mental and physical benefits. The journey evolved and she decided to study more and then trained to teach. Noona is also a Reiki Master Teacher and is fascinated by the body-mind-movement connection and the interrelation with the subtle energy body. These themes are weaved throughout her work. Along with reiki and yoga, Noona is also a SOMA Breath Instructor and loves taking people on breathwork journeys to explore the depths of their inner landscape, bringing about altered states of consciousness, deep connection and clarity.

@revitalize.fr

Emilien Badoux

FR/EN

Emilien Badoux

Emilien Badoux was a freeride world champion when he took up yoga, an art of living passed on by his mother from his teenage years. Today he teaches in Verbier and includes yoga in his coaching of young snowboarders. He is the resident yoga teacher at the W hotel and leads sunrise practice at the top of Mont Fort 3300m every summer. According to Emilien - our only limits are those we set for ourselves.