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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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Le yoga, le massage, le mouvement libre du corps, Blanche le vie depuis 20 ans et le met en place dans chaque geste de son quotidien ! Elle a choisi la voie du coeur et de la non dualité , appelé aussi l'Advaita Vedānta Elle a dédié sa vie à accompagner les gens dans le bien-être, par les outils du yoga, du massage, de la communication authentique, de la danse libre, des soins holistiques et de la voix... Blanche propose des ateliers Zenthai lors de festivals en Europe ou dans certains studios. Elle accompagne des groupes de femmes, et des groupes mixtes lors de séjours de yoga qu'elle organise depuis 8 ans entre Chamonix, le Maroc et Bali. Ainsi qu'en formation pendant lesquelles elle transmet la profondeur des enseignements qu'elle a reçus auprès de différents maîtres et dans différents pays Les rencontres avec Blanche sont au-delà de ce que l'on peut imaginer ! Ils sont transformateurs et profonds ! Elle ne s’adresse pas à la personne mais de coeur à cœur et d' Âme à Âme
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.
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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.
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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, including yoga, nutrition and meditation as a child. Eventually, always questioning the status quo, and after completing a Bachelors degree in Health Science with Major in Sports Physiotherapy (1st Class Tons, 2011), she found medical research to relieve her of her disabling symptoms, and only thereafter discovered the then newly emerging field of Functional Medicine. She went on to undertake post-graduate studies to become a certified Functional Medicine practitioner (2017), and has continued her research in clinical medicine since. After a stint travelling the world looking after the NZ Olympic Ski Team and elite surfers on the World Surfing League in her 20ies, next to her research work she now works with patients both in Verbier and London, and worldwide via zoom, to look for the root cause of chronic health conditions, but also advise on health optimisation and prevention through lab testing based biomarker testing.
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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‘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 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.
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.
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.
Gaëlle, originally from France, has many strings to her bow having started in the field of well-being as a masseuse ten years ago. This lover of nature and simplicity discovered yoga during her travels, notably in Canada where she worked in a studio, which gave her the opportunity to practise various styles and to open herself to this beautiful philosophy. In 2019, she trained for the 200 hours RYS Yoga Alliance in Hatha and started teaching. Later that same year, she arrived in Verbier in search of the Swiss snow and joined Inspire studio. She continues to discover other universes around fitness but her passion is teaching Aerial yoga with hammock! Air Yoga is curious, creative and relaxing but always playful and light hearted, just like Gaëlle!
Full of enthusiasm and curiosity, Giuseppe left his village in the Italian mountains for a trip to discover the thousand ways of living and exploring his potential. Fascinated by the vitality and joy he felt during his Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India, he now embarks on the adventure of bringing the magic of yoga to everyone and everywhere : an orphanage in Bali, a beach in Thailand, an organic farm in Sumatra, an office in Geneva, or, currently, in the forest and mountains of Verbier. With guitar, dynamism, mountain medicinal plants, singing, wild spirit and dance, Giuseppe aims to create unique and transformative experiences that lead people to rediscover themselves - and their unique talents - to fully enjoy the mystery of life.