Originally from Scotland, Julia fell in love with yoga while living in New York. After arriving in France, she co-founded O Yoga, Lyon’s first Vinyasa yoga studio, in 2011, where she taught and co-managed the space for several years before leaving the city for the mountains. Now Julia teaches Vinyasa and prenatal yoga in Haut-Savoie. Living in the Alps, Julia is passionate about movement, whether it’s yoga or roaming around exploring her mountain home. Julia’s approach is playful yet thoughtful, combining a creative flow with a focus on alignment and mindfulness, that invites us to find space, freedom and joy for ourselves. She loves sharing how we can use our practice as a source of nourishment, self discovery and transformation. Julia has been teaching since 2009. She has trained in Vinyasa yoga in Paris with John Gaydos of YogaWorks (2009) and in prenatal yoga in New York with Mia Borgatta of Lila Yoga (2010), and continues her studies in London with Alessandra Pecorella, as well as with Simon Park. Her weekly classes and the community of yogis in her valley are her anchor, but she also leads retreats and workshops elsewhere. Julia occasionally works with Yoga Journal France, and helps to organise the new Sixt Fer A Cheval Yoga Festival. Photos of Julia by Eva Bigeard.
Eddy teaches Vinyasa Power Flow yoga and is inspired by Vijñāna and Anusara. He was first introduced to yoga in 2007 in Canada, where he was born and lived at the time. From the beginning, Eddy was very enthusiastic about transferring his weight onto his hands, therefore quickly becoming an expert at inversion poses. He continued to practice every day at a yoga studio and at home, gradually discovering the close connection between the physical practice and the spiritual aspect of yoga. Later, this led to yoga filling his world and becoming his life’s main occupation. With the influence of having been raised in a Buddhist household, Eddy enjoys incorporating heart quality themes in his classes with the intention to fuse the mind & heart together, to create a distance from one’s ego and instead to connect to the higher self. Today, he lives in Tel Aviv and teaches in many studios all over the city. Eddy’s classes consist of dynamic position flows, focusing on strength, creating inner heat, meditative transitions, flexibility and free breathing. Eddy believes that once we leave our comfort zones, to where the mind meets the heart – growth, building and transforming into a strong and healthy body are made possible.
Practicing yoga since 2011, Polly has studied with Iyengar method teachers. Her training as an instructor began with Eyal Shifroni in Tel Aviv, after which she continued at Anat Zahor’s Dharma yoga school, and then Charlie Stuart-Brown’s Indiv yoga school in Switzerland. Today, Polly teaches Dharma yoga and yoga with props, in France, and participates in yoga workshops both in Israel and across Europe. Dharma yoga emphasises precision and understanding, basing itself on the Iyengar yoga method – understanding the position, experiencing practice flow, utilising props, breathing exercises, and practicing mindfulness meditation. The meaning of the word dharma is truth, justice and integrity, the complete reality of life and nature, but also social and moral duties. This is man’s ‘right way of living’, with himself and with those surrounding him.
Jackie was first introduced to yoga in 2006 in Vancouver Canada, after which she continued her studies through Jivamukti yoga in one of the most popular schools in New York. Jackie teaches active and powerful Vinyasa classes, combining adjustment, movement, music, philosophy and meditation. This method inspires creativity and change in the daily life of the modern yogi who never ceases to learn. Jackie believes in the power of the mind’s deep connection with physical practice and emotional body that yoga provides, making life one big amazing practice. Jackie moved to Israel in 2014, and has since been teaching yoga in many studios all over Tel Aviv, as well as workshops in Israel and abroad. "When I discovered that yoga is a practice providing tools that would guide and inspire me to become a student for life I was in! Not only the physical practices, but also the philosophy and science of yoga intrigued me. The deeper connection of the mind to the physical and energetic bodies yoga provides is powerful and I believe the tools of yoga allow us to make life an amazing platform to learn, grow and become self realised."
Shivani teaches Hatha yoga, guided by the three A’s of Anusara Yoga: Attitude-Alignment-Action and combines a dynamic flow with steady asanas. Her classes will usually end with Yin inspired Asanas to prepare the body for deep relaxation. She sees what is needed for the students in class, and guide them accordingly. This is why her classes are suitable for beginners so as for advanced. Her students say her classes are both challenging yet relaxing, full of humour and Love. In 2005, accidentally entered a class in a small gym, since then Yoga became her daily routine. Lived for a year in the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas to live a yogic lifestyle & practice Karma Yoga. Completed the 200 RYT Sivananda & Yoga for Kids TT. Inspired by of Anusara Yoga, based on the Tantric Yoga Philosophy, studying the principles of Yin Yoga in the Josh Summers School of Yin Yoga in Zürich. "From Israel to the Bahamas, Berlin and currently settled down in Switzerland, I acknowledge more and more how yoga guides me on my path, and as long as I do what I love, I feel I am at home."
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