Lamu Yoga Festival Teachers
These were our teachers in 2019; soon we will update the teachers for 2020.
We are honored and delighted to present the 2019 Lamu Yoga Festival teachers — a diverse, talented and experienced group from around the world.
Keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page for updates!
I have always enjoyed being active. Growing up, I tried every sport and club under the sun, but nothing stuck. It wasn’t until I discovered aerial arts at Louisiana State University’s School of Theatre that I truly found my calling. The combination of dance, yoga, gymnastics and FLYING was gold! The creative workout of aerial yoga makes fitness fun and exciting. After three years of living in Nairobi, I decided to start AER Africa and grow the community here.
Aerial Yoga uses Vinyasa Flow yoga techniques of breath, alignment, flow and mindfulness. Each participant has their own silk to work from and the suspended yoga hammock acts as an assisting device during various yoga positions to allow for greater range of movement, including some inversions. We welcome people of all fitness levels to come give it a try!
As a Health Coach, Amina is passionate about acting as a supportive mentor and wellness authority helping clients feel their best through food and lifestyle changes by tailoring individualized wellness programs to meet their clients’ needs.
She uses a holistic or integrative approach to both diet and lifestyle changes to improve their clients’ health. Working as a guide towards an overall healthier life, Amina considers her clients’ nutrition patterns, relationships, physical fitness, spirituality, and more.
Amina is also yoga teacher, having undergone a 2‑year teacher training that included sanskrit, meditation, ayurveda and history.
She regularly hosts workshops and wellness retreats
Amina is from Argentina, but home is now Nairobi, where she lives with her husband and 3 children.
Awham Mohamed Ali is a Lamu-born and raised yoga instructor who trained with the Africa Yoga Project in 2017. Before getting his 200-hour certification, he practices yoga for six years. Awham likes to combine vinyasa flow with hatha yoga, and gives community classes to Safari Doctors staff and Lamu locals exploring the practice. He is the in-house yoga instructor at Fatuma’s Tower, guest relations manager at Msafini Hotel, and member of the Lamu Tourism Association. He is grateful that yoga provides him with the opportunity to travel and explore other cultures, places and practices.
Benny has been practicing Hatha and Iyengar yoga since she was 15 years old but only discovered Yin Yoga in 2015. Since then she has never looked back and continues training in and teaching this wonderful practice wherever and whenever she can. Having trained under the Grilley method with senior assistants, Jo Phee and Joe Barnett, her style focuses on long held poses with a functional approach, cultivating a sense of self awareness and stillness that is much needed in this day and age. (RYT 200 Yoga Alliance certified yin yoga teacher)
He attended his first yoga teacher training in 2012, Nairobi Kenya. The style of yoga he was trained in was Ashtanga yoga under the tutelage of Sharon Moon, a teacher under the Jois Foundation banner.
In 2013, he attended the Africa Yoga Project 200Hr Yoga Teacher Training under the supervision of Kiersten Mooney, Lisa Taylor and Paige Elenson. Same year he attended the level 2 teacher training under Baron Baptiste in Malindi, Kenya.
In 2014, Richard attended a 4 module based level 1 Kundalini teacher training and successfully graduated in February of 2015.
Richard can currently be found teaching Ashtanga Yoga at the Shine Center and Acacia Studio in Nairobi, Kenya.
I am an Ayurvedic practitioner and Yoga instructor currently living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I have studied and practiced Ayurveda and Yoga at the American University of Complementary Medicine in Beverly Hills, California and have achieved a certificate from the renowned international Sivananda Yoga Vendanta Forest Academy in Vrindavan, India. After completing my studies, I started my journey teaching yoga in Europe, the United States and currently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. My aim is to serve people with the ancient and traditional knowledge of yoga and Ayurveda by providing practices of discipline and awareness of the body, mind and spirit. In 2013, I opened the very first Ayurveda and Yoga center – Tulsi, Ayurvedic Massage, Yoga and Wellness Center. Tulsi is an oasis for regeneration and continues to offer a range of services dedicated to bringing peace and harmony to individuals of different demographics. Some of our services include; Yoga, Yoga retreats, Pilates and Ayurvedic treatments — massages, consultations and workshops. Furthermore, we organize both local and international yoga retreats quarterly in carefully picked serene and tranquil destinations. Madagascar, Mombasa, Djibouti and Morocco are just a few of many of our chosen locations.
Ayurvedic Yoga — In Ayurvedic Yoga, we work towards balancing the doshas through asanas and pranayama. We dedicate one or two elements every day and explain the functions of the elements in the body and the mind and how we can use the flow and breathing to bring equilibrium.
She brings knowledge gained from her own personal practice and provides strong encouragement and support in her classes. Emma’s Yoga practice has always been very inspired by her Indian teachers of Ashtanga Vinyasa, Sivanada, Iyengar Yoga & Ayurveda. Since 2006, she has been travelling between India, Kenya and the UK. During her travels and studies of Ayurveda she really grasped the essence of teaching according to one’s body type and dosha, as well as the healing power music. Emma believes our energy changes according to the place we live; the seasons and our lifestyle. She focuses on the energy of the students in her classes and incorporates elements of the different yoga practices with music into each class.
Upon her return to the UK in 2009 to run Kanga Events, her classes became remarkably referred to as ‘Kanga Yoga’ by studios in London. Emma is dedicated and passionate in improving people’s lives and empowering communities through the teachings of Yoga & Ayurveda. From her own experiences, Emma has learnt the importance and healing benefits of self-love. She is inspired to help others discover the true bliss that already lies within them. She believes we are all one family and we need to support and love one another. She is actively involved in community outreach projects across East Africa and India.
A huge believer ‘that you are what you eat’, her time spent backpacking around Brazil developed into a fascination with the gut. After years spent battling food intolerances her time in South America taught her about holistic alternatives, leading to an interest in Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine + eventually Yoga.
Practicing under the guidance of Yogasphere’s founders, Flo completed her training on the spiritual island of Bali, under the tantric tutorage of Octavio Salvado, in the spheres of Moon, Sun, + Fire practice. Inspired by the classical roots of yoga her style is focused on meditation + exploring the power we all hold within.
She is trained in West African Dance, Modern Contemporary dance, Lyrical coupled with East African traditional dances, Hip Hop & Dancehall as well as some dabbling in Musical Theatre. Joanne believes that dance for her is a gift and that her gift of freedom through dance helps to liberate ad bring healing and health to others.
Originally from Finland, Inka is a social anthropologist and political scientist working for an international humanitarian organization. She has lived around the world and is currently based in Rome.
It was her interest in eastern philosophies and martial arts that first led her to yoga in Nepal in 2006. She is now a certified Yoga Nidra and Hatha Yoga teacher and mostly gives private lessons.
Inka trained as traditional hatha yoga teacher in Dar es Salaam with the Yoga Academy of Life (based in Gujarat, India). She is also an honorary member of Yoga for Wellness Tanzania and keenly participates in promotional yoga activities. She attended a “Yoga and traditional medicine”-teacher training course in Peru in 2016 with the Bali-based School of Sacred Arts to further explore cross-cultural yoga practice.
This year, Inka will offer more guided meditation sessions, having successfully completed a very special Yoga Alliance-certified Yoga Nidra teacher training in Goa, India, in 2017.
She is very happy to be back to teach at the 2018 Lamu Yoga Festival edition!
This later hugely influenced the way she connects and teaches her students. Teaching since 2013, her classes draw from many different traditions which weave into an intuitive blend of Hatha, Kundalini, Yin, restorative and massage therapy. She is also a trained sound healer and often incorporates sound therapy and mantra invocation in her classes. Through breath, philosophy and movement, she hopes to help you find what feels good and ultimately cultivate a deeper connection with yourself. Having led over 20 retreats in various locations around Asia since 2016, Kathy enjoys creating and holding space for others to further their personal development and spirituality.
When she’s not leading workshops and retreats, she runs a mentorship programme for newly trained and seasoned yoga teachers alike who are aspiring to turn their passion into a successful business. She also runs a leading community collective called Urban Yogis in Singapore. Working with a community of Teachers from all over the world, Urban Yogis offers a unique, fun and accessible way for everyone to enjoy yoga outside of the traditional studio setting.
Kelly is trained and qualified as a Power vinyasa flow yoga teacher with the Africa Yoga Project and has been teaching yoga for 6 years now. He is also an experienced Hatha yoga and Sup Yoga(Paddle Board Yoga) teaching daily classes in Lamu. In his practice as a yoga teacher and organizer of monthly yoga retreats in Lamu, Kelly has been able to meet, interact and socialized with people from all walks of life. He is also the vice chairperson of Lamu Yoga Festival.
Yoga is a daily practice of surrendering to the power of now and honoring one’s truth. My inspiration and creativity come from a life fuelled by love, honesty and courage and the journey of acceptance and trust. I believe in the value of conscious movement that cultivates strength, flexibility and awareness
My teaching style consists of fun, intuitive flowing asanas that inspire curiosity about the body and invite an internal feeling of awakening. I like to weave pranayama and yoga philosophy into the practice and I am excited when a student transcends his or her own boundaries.
My students can expect to be lead through an intelligent sequence of postures, with hands on adjustments and helpful alignment cues designed to build deeper communication between the body and mind. I am a shiatsu practitioner and reiki level II. My love for the subtle body as well as physical body can be identified in the way I teach. I support the health of the physical body, whilst producing a positive influence on ones inner landscape. In 2017 I began leading 200hr Yoga Teacher Trainings. Every cell in my body, my intuition, my heart, my gut and my soul are screaming that I have found my dharma. 2018 will see me co leading a Yoga Teacher Training at Banana House in Lamu after the Festival ends.
She started as a yoga teacher on the beach in 1999 and developed her own style, inspired by yoga teachers whom she invited to give Yoga Retreats in Lamu.
In 2003 she became a follower of the Art of Living organisation, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and since than has deepend her yoga, meditation and pranayama. In 2007 she opened her own studio at Banana House and became Art of Living teacher and Sri Sri Yoga instructor. Monika, always been active promoting yoga, is initiator of the Lamu Yoga Festival and will teach yoga with a smile!
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As time passed, I trained as a Yoga teacher and developed my own style of teaching focusing on alignment, breath and developing your spiritual journey on your mat. My style of teaching involves me teaching a group but focusing on the individual supporting their practice to align the body, mind and soul. I have taught several classes and have been one of the teachers at the International Yoga Day event held World Wide in the Mombasa Region.
I currently work with the House of Yoga Mombasa where I created the signature Yogathon class, bringing in three teachers teaching one session showing a variety of teaching styles.
We look forward to sharing this with you at the Lamu Festival
Olga, who has an immense passion for her practice has a background in Dance as well. She combines her discipline of dance and Yoga to form creative and fun sequences in her practice.
Her practice of yoga has influenced many life changing decisions for her and Olga now holds a variety of different sessions in Mombasa.
After attending his first Art of Living workshop , Nitin experienced a transformation within which reaffirmed his strong urge to serve the humanity. The first meeting with the founder of the Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, inspired him «: gave him a vision for his life. After completing the teacher’s training, he bid adieu to his corporate life and embarked upon a journey of self-discovery & service. In last 10 years, he has traveled extensively across the globe to conduct various programs & music concerts.
In India, Nitin is considered a youth icon for his substantial role in the historic “India Against Corruption” movement initiated by Sri Sri, Anna Hazare & other notable social activists of India in 2011. As a core member of the movement, he has written, composed & sung many patriotic & motivational songs which became the anthems across the country. He has been a guest celebrity singer in Zee TV”s popular show “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa”. His very popular theme songs for big social movements like “Yamuna River Cleaning” and “Clean Delhi Drive” became household names « motivated people to come on the grounds to serve enthusiastically thus proving that music can unite people for a cause.
Nitin has worked extensively in African continent in countries like Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Malawi etc. He conducted Youth Leadership Training Program in Kibera — the biggest slum in whole Africa joined by youths from 4 different slums. He initiated “Smile Africa” — a workshop to inculcate health, wellness, yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, fitness & music into the lives of local residents of Africa. These programs have gained popularity with thousands of youth joining & getting benefits out of it. He has also taught & transformed thousands of hardcore prisoners in 4 different prisons in Africa including some remote areas.
Nitin’s vision is to spread peace, humanity & music to the whole World helping people live stress free, healthy & happy life.
Paska Atim John , she is originally from South Sudan and was born in Juba, South Sudan but raise in Kenya due to the conflict in my country.
She got the chance to study until college, and she finished her diploma in human resource management, 2016
While studying she got involved in yoga in 2014, after practising yoga for some time she felt the transformation yoga has done in her life then she decided to become a yoga teacher in 2016 April in order for her to see the experience with other people as well.
Her main aim was to go and teach yoga to her people in South Sudan but due to the conflict, she decided to come to Lamu and start offering her services to the community of Lamu.
So far, Paska is teaching yoga to Six outreach classes.
1.Anidan children home in Winyoni Lamu
2.Group of Swahili women in Lamu town.
3.Group of Swahili men in Lamu town.
4.Twasukuru primary school in Lamu.
5.Bright girl secondary school in Shela.
6.kijani primary school in Shela village.
Dru is a graceful and potent form of yoga, based on soft flowing movements, directed breathing and visualization. Dru works on body, mind and spirit—improving strength and flexibility, creating core stability, removing energy blockages, building a heightened feeling of positivity, and deeply relaxing and rejuvenating your whole being.
People call Dru the ‘yoga of the heart’ — come and open your heart in a Dru Yoga session.
Founder of One Yoga, dedicated to encouraging people to love more deeply and live more fully. Ancient wisdom provides the framework allowing us to tap into the power of love that regenerates, heals and transforms. Uncovering and aligning each person with their own dharma is a passion. Everything I do is created to ignite our deepest knowing. Celebrating the renewable abundance of nature and its profound effect on our own body ‑mind –spirit. In cultivating awareness, a more enlightened understanding of the Self-blossoms. Delving deep into the waters of Vedanta, Tantra, Sound healing and Shamanic rituals, weaving my way through yoga’s highly evolved techniques, creating an inner shift towards love and higher frequencies, freedom and creativity flow. Sharing the transformative power of yoga is my offering to you both on and off the mat.
Initiation into the space of energy and light was first taught to me by my mother. The grace of Shakti and my female lineage have enabled me to embrace my earthly experiences, my primary devotion as a mother, and exploration of my own evolving journey.
Over twenty years of dedicated discipleship & passion, I try to bring this wisdom into my life and into my teachings.
With the breath as a portal, body and mind simultaneously unite with the dance of spirit. Shedding the fatigue caused by effort. Giving into deep inner synchronicity and existing effortlessly in the moment. An alchemy of the elements transforms stiffness into fluidity, density is replaced with shimmering energy. The landscape of the body is refined, liberated and illuminated from within. Awareness of the self effortlessly melts into peace, revealing our pulsing luminosity and ultimate oneness.
Classes at Lamu Yoga festival will highlight some of Samantha’s signature workshops. They will immerse you in aspects of the inner world of chakras, sound healing, yoga nidra, inner movement, meditative flows, Shakti Spirit & guided visualisation. Connect with your body & soul. Letting you feel free, creative, boundless peaceful and mostly full of love.
Samantha currently leads Teacher Trainings in Yoga & Vedanta philosophy. Offering 200, 500 and prenatal certification internationally. She leads unique workshops and transformative retreats.
She leads a Migrating Bird Protection Community & writes for Home magazine, the Canadian Yoga Alliance Yogi Magazine as well as a contributor to many publications and videos for adults and children alike. She continues to exhibit her ever-evolving artwork internationally.
I practice sound healing with the Tibetan singing bowls, a form of Nada Yoga that I studied in Nepal. I am also a certified Hatha yoga, pranayama and meditation teacher.
I work with the earth energy as guide and channel for all my practices and life decisions. During my sessions I strive to tend to the individual needs of my students or clients, and work from a deep space of love. People usually describe their experience as calming, relaxing, rejuvenating, healing, transforming, transporting and transcendent.
My life currently consists of exploring the intersection between activism & spirituality. I am also digging deep into the roots of African spirituality (Kenya being the land of my birth) and Asian spirituality (India being the land of my blood).
www.nomadgirltales.com/earthchild. @nomadgirltales (Child of the Earth) on FB, IG, Twitter
My TIMBo work has included multi-session programs and workshops for cancer survivors, marginalized widows, mental health patients, informal settlement dwellers, and care workers; cross-cultural trainings in Kenya and Haiti with participants from the US and UK; and international online programs. I have also led a number of mindfulness meditation sessions and workshops.
On a personal level, mindfulness meditation helped me calm an anxiety-driven lifestyle, awakening me to embodied presence and living in the pause. Meanwhile, the introduction to TIMBo in 2012 supported me immensely in leaving an unhealthy relationship, moving countries, and resuming my career. Having experienced the benefits that meditation and TIMBo afforded both me and the individuals I have worked with and mentored, I am dedicated to strengthening the reach of TIMBo and mindfulness around the globe.
Samanta has been dedicated to mind-body health for over 20 years. With a lifetime spent practicing Yoga, Jazz Technique and Bharatnatyam, she is able to combine unique perspectives about wellbeing, healing and physiology. Samanta’s work centers on Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Ayurvedic and Thai osteo bodywork and abdominal chi neitsan Therapies, Diet /Nutrition ‚Vedic Chanting dance movement therapy , Nlp , Singing bowls and sound healing . In July 2008, she partnered with Shaleen Parekh to open India’s first boutique yoga studio, Yoga Sutra. (www.yogasutra.co.in)
Samanta’s personal journey began when as a teenager, she became a performer with noted choreographer Shiamak Davar. After 15 years as a lead performer, she transitioned into practicing and teaching yoga in the year 2000. Samanta was the Wellness programme director with Swaswara – an eco holistic, yoga ayurveda retreat from Oct 2011- March 2012 where she trained yoga teachers for 6 months and helped in defining the yoga and detox programmes on offer. Over the last ten years she has explored and mastered several healing therapies for the mind and body.
Samanta blends a wealth of knowledge and experience to create a unique approach that unites awareness with movement, breath, heart, and humour. She teaches workshops and retreats around the world.