Lamu Yoga Festival Teachers
We are honored and delighted to present the 2018 Lamu Yoga Festival teachers — a diverse, talented and experienced group from around the world.
We are working on getting together a similar team of diverse and high-quality teachers for our 2019 Festival edition. Keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page for updates!
He is currently focussed on teaching Mindfulness Practice, which has its origins in the Buddhist Theravada tradition of Insight Meditation. Mindfulness Practice nurtures awareness of the mind-body relationship, expanding our sense of who we are beyond our fears and self-judgment, and by awakening our capacity for insight, wisdom and compassion.
In June 2017 he participated in a new initiative launched by Christopher Titmuss, a well known Dhamma Teacher and Insight Meditation instructor from UK (see www.christophertitmuss.net), which was the first Mindfulness Teachers Training Course to create Agents for Change (MTTC) which was held at Pauenhof Retreat Centre near Dusseldorf in Germany.
He also attended a course in Mindful Self Compassion facilitated by Chris Germer whose training programme came to Kenya for the first time this month (Feb. 2018).
At Lamu Yoga festival he will facilitate an introduction into the four foundations of Mindfulness Practice in six sessions from 15th to 18th Feb.
He teaches Mindfulness Practice every Saturday afternoon at Planet House, Grevillea Grove, Westlands, Nairobi. More information on Courses and Programmes on Mindfulness from February 20 can be found at www.deepractice.com
Kathy is now based in Singapore and has been teaching since 2013. Her classes draw from many different traditions which weave into an intuitive blend of Hatha, Yin and Vinyasa. She is also a trained sound healer and often incorporate sound therapy or mantra invocation in her classes. She enjoys using a lot of sensory cues and verbal imagery to help you create your own unique, sacred space.
Kathy runs a local collective in Singapore called Urban Yogis and leads monthly yoga retreats around Asia. Her practice and teaching style encourages curiosity and authenticity, essentially to help you cultivate a deeper connection with yourself.
For more information visit: www.urbanyogissg.com or connect with her on Instagram: @dirtyhippieyogi
*She speaks Spanish, English, French and Italian.
*Certified AcroYoga teacher in Montrèal.
*Certified AcroYoga USA, 2012.
* Certified Yoga teacher 5 elements TT Vinyasa Yoga with Janet Stone in Tulum, Mexico and San Francisco, California, 2012.
* Certified Aerial Yoga teacher at Amala Yoga, Mexico, 2012.
* Certified Stand UP Paddle Yoga teacher in San Diego California with “Paddle Into Fitness School” 2015.
Her career in Yoga begins in 1998.
She has studied with great teachers of various lineages (Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Power Yoga, Iyengar, Vijnana)
She studied Thai Massage in Barcelona and Greece with recognized teachers (The Sunshine House). 2011.
From 2009 offers courses and workshops in order to share practice and build community.
AcroYoga and Bhakti continues to bless her life in very positive ways and enjoying sharing the practice with the intention of deepening connections.
To practice AcroYoga is a celebration of our bodies, reconnects us with our divine nature and create an open heart to share this art and help others to feel the beauty of flying straight.
Singing to the divine has been a very powerful tool to deep in the practice of Yoga.
Kirtan Lover has devoted much of her time to the practice of Bhakti Yoga, participating in workshops around the world with excellent international teachers as Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Govindas, Deva Premal, Gina Salá and Daniel Paul.
Marina assists every year, from 2009 to Bhakti and Shaktifest, Joshua Tree, California and Kirtan Camp with Jai Uttal and Nubia Teixeira in order to strengthen her knowledge of Kirtan.
She is currently part of the world music group “Cala Marina” and teaches regular workshops of Stand Up Paddle Yoga, AcroYoga and Bhakti Yoga around the world.II love to share workshops in order to share practice and build community.
Stand Up Paddle Yoga
Stand Up Paddle Yoga
Christel is a qualified Yoga teacher (Yoga Vidya, Flow Yoga), Practitioner for Reiki, Rei-flexology and Bio-resonances Therapy and Focus Trainer. Presently she works as a Focus Trainer and Yoga teacher in Nairobi, Langata/Karen.
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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!
Joanne Ball-Burgess aka Jo-1 uses dance as a pathway to freedom. She is an experienced dance choreographer, song writer, poet and published author. She also started The Cottage School where performing and visual arts are used to ehnance the core subjects.
Judged on East Africa’s dance TV show, Sakata Mashariki for 4 seasons, Joanne has taught dance across the US, Cyprus, Egypt and now in Kenya.
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.
She studied to be a biotechnologist, which piqued her interest even more in studying the intricate balance between the subtle and the physical body. Now a full time yoga teacher, Payal’s vision is to create a community in Uganda that comes together to support, grow, heal and learn through Yoga. She usually teaches Vinyasa and moving meditation, but leading dynamic meditations and teaching Yin/Yang sequences that combine modern and traditional approaches. In her spare time, Payal loves to hang out with cats and dogs, read and weave dream-catchers.
“Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds, we can grow flowers, or we can grow weeds”. I thoroughly believe in the power of thought, your thoughts shape your actions and your actions shape your reaction with “prakriti” hence defining your destiny. I love to read about Hindu and Buddhist philosophy and the more I read, my belief in the power of thoughts get stronger. I am always available for a chat on about yoga sutras and cats.
You can read more about me on www.thenlightenedcat.com
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.
“I got introduced to meditation about twenty years ago after a difficult breakup in a relationship.
Questions like,who am I ? What’s the purpose of life? Why am l here?became a driving force to lead me in to this path.Eventually I met my Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar , the founder of the Art of Living foundation.Art of living is an international NGO which helps people from all walks of life to transform their lives through a breathing technique called sudardhan kyiya .I joined the organization and got trained to be a teacher.I have been teaching Yoga,Meditation and breathing techniques since 2008…
I enjoy sharing the knowledge finding passion,meaning and purpose in my life.I continue learning,wanting to live consciously by bringing awareness in my words and actions.
Life is beautiful and I am here to enjoy it to the fullest with much gratitude.
For more info www.artofliving.org
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!
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.
Richard Kitoshi is a certified Yoga instructor at the Africa Yoga Project.
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.
Richard has also done the Next Generation Yoga training with emphasis on children aged 2–7years and 8–13years under Jodi Komitor the author of the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Yoga with Kids.
In 2014, Richard attended a 4 module based level 1 Kundalini teacher training and successfully graduated in February of 2015.
Richard started out by teaching yoga at a Rehabilitation Centre for girls inKirigiti, Kiambu, Kenya. He also taught mothers in the slum area of Huruma, Nairobi.
Currently Richard can be found teaching at the Shine Center in the evening during the week and occasionally on Sundays in the afternoon. He has also extended his love for yoga by teaching privately in upcoming yoga studios, gyms and residential areas. He is looking forward to running his own yoga studio in the future.
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!
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.
A spinal fracture from a horseback riding accident when she was young left Amanda with pain at an early age. She began practising yoga in 1993 and it changed her life. Yoga was her pathway to healing, and she quickly discovered the deeper benefits that extended beyond the body to mind and spirit.
Amanda has been teaching Kundalini yoga since 2008. Something of a travelling yogi, she has years of experience living and working internationally. Amanda is passionate about her family, her practice, her work and travelling. Amanda is happy to call North Carolina her permanent home.
With a master’s in psychology, a national certification in integrative health coaching and an extensive background in energy and sound healing, Amanda’s classes are imbued with energy and inspiration, bringing a deep sense of peace and healing to participants.
Amanda is passionate about helping people connect to their inner wisdom, energy, and happiness. To learn more about her, visit www.AmandaMayWellness.com.
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.
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.