Lamu Yoga Festival Teachers

We are hon­oured and delight­ed to wel­come this year’s yoga teach­ers — a diverse, tal­ented and expe­ri­enced group from around the world.

Alexan­dra is reg­is­tered with Fit­ness Aus­tralia as a qual­ified fitness leader and Yoga Alliance ! Inter­na­tion­al in Ash­tan­ga and Vinyasa Flow. She presents her class­es inter­na­tion­al­ly in Aus­tralia, Africa and Europe and is a per­son­al yoga train­er to super­mod­el Naio­mi Camp­bell. ! ! Alexan­dra blends years of expe­ri­ence as a fitness instruc­tor and yoga teacher into Yoga­Core™ and SUP yoga. Both yoga genre encom­pass fluid asanas focused on core strength yoga ! com­bi­na­tions, guar­an­teed to chal­lenge and devel­op strong and toned abdom­i­nals. Suits all lev­els. Come get the Lamu six-pack!! ! Alexan­dra also presents a fun Zum­ba class– a dance fitness par­ty that will spark your inner dance moves, tone and oxy­genate the body. A sure way to have fun and a won­der­ful way to loosen the spine allow­ing increased flex­i­bil­i­ty for yoga.
David
Beat­ty
was
born
in
Lon­don
and
has
worked
as
a
safari
guide
across
Africa
and
Asia
and
as
a
free­lance
pho­tog­ra­ph­er.
He
has
trav­elled
wide­ly
and
lived
at
dif­fer­ent
times
on
three
con­ti­nents,
Europe,
Asia
and
Africa.
His
work
as
a
pho­tog­ra­ph­er
and
occa­sion­al
writer
includes
reports
on
the
threat
to
indige­nous
com­mu­ni­ties
and
eco-­‐sys­tems
by
large-­‐s­cale
devel­op­ment
projects.
His
engage­ment
with
the
Bud­dhist
Dham­ma
began
in
Sri
Lan­ka
in
1981
as
a
res­i­dent
lay
Bud­dhist,
an
upasa­ka,
dur­ing
a
long
retreat
on
a
Bud­dhist
island
monastery
on
a
lagoon
in
the
south
of
the
coun­try.
Lat­er
he
became
inter­est­ed
in
the
engaged
Bud­dhism
of
the
Sar­vo­daya
Sra­madana
move­ment
in
Sri
Lan­ka,
a
grass
roots
social
move­ment
for
change.
In
spite
of
an
active
life
as
a
trav­el­ling
pho­tog­ra­ph­er
he
con­tin­ued
to
deep­en
his
study
and
prac­tice
of
these
teach­ings
and
how
they
could
trans­form
our
under­stand­ing
and
awak­en
a
deep­er
rela­tion­ship
with
the
earth
to
turn
our
glob­al
cul­ture
away
from
the
path
of
destruc­tion.
He
cites
the
Viet­namese
monk
Thich
Nhat
Hanh
as
an
inspir­ing
spir­i­tu­al
leader
and
peace
activist
who
said:
“You
car­ry
Moth­er
Earth
with­in
you.
She
is
not
out­side
of
you.
Moth­er
Earth
is
not
just
your
envi­ron­ment.
In
that
insight
of
inter-­‐be­ing,
it
is
pos­si­ble
to
have
real
com­mu­ni­ca­tion
with
the
Earth,
which
is
the
high­est
form
of
prayer.”
David
has
lived
in
Kenya
for
20
years
and
in
2014
he
cre­at­ed
The
Deep
Cen­tre
for
Diver­si­ty,
Ecol­o­gy,
Ethics
and
Prac­tice
to
focus
aware­ness
on
the
human-­‐e­co­log­i­cal
predica­ment
and
to
nur­ture
new
socio-­‐e­co­log­i­cal
mod­els
of
sus­tain­abil­i­ty.
He
now
teach­es
Mind­ful­ness
Prac­tice
which
is
based
on
the
Sati­pathana
Sut­ta
the
Buddha’s
dis­course
on
the
Four
Foun­da­tions
of
Mind­ful­ness,
which
is
the
aware­ness
that
aris­es
through
the
pur­pose­ful
cul­ti­va­tion
of
pay­ing
atten­tion
moment-­‐to-­‐mo­ment
non-­‐judg­men­tal­ly.
The
ener­gy
of
mind­ful­ness
can
lib­er­ate
us
from
our
anx­i­eties
and
stress
by
touch­ing
deeply
the
won­ders
of
the
present
for
it
is
the
only
moment
avail­able
to
us.
In
teach­ing
Mind­ful­ness
he
focus­es
in
par­tic­u­lar
on
the
embod­ied
nature
of
con­scious­ness
and
the
eth­i­cal
aspects
of
the
Dham­ma.
Dur­ing
prac­tice
we
become
ground­ed
in
the
body
through
the
breath
and
learn
to
be
aware
of
bod­i­ly
sen­sa­tions,
feel­ings,
emo­tions,
and
mind
states
with­out
iden­ti­fy­ing
with
the
per­son­al
sto­ry
they
arise
from.
The
aware­ness
we
bring
non-­‐judg­men­tal­ly
to
the
incli­na­tion
of
the
mind
in
rela­tion
to
expe­ri­ence
and
the
actu­al
nature
of
our
moti­va­tions
brings
clar­i­ty
to
our
actions,
and
lib­er­ates
heart
and
mind
through
the
awak­en­ing
of
com­pas­sion.
David
Beat­ty
2017
Kathy was first intro­duced to Yoga in Sri Lan­ka where she was raised. Although yoga and com­ple­men­tary health was always in her fam­i­ly, she only picked up yoga as a teenag­er dur­ing a peri­od of spir­i­tu­al seek­ing. After her moth­er passed, it was through the prac­tice she learned how to found solace, ease and also bal­ance.

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

 

*Orig­i­nal­ly from Mex­i­co City, cit­i­zen of the world.

*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.

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Sal­im Rollins has main­tained a ded­i­cat­ed yoga prac­tice since 2000 and was cer­ti­fied as an instruc­tor through Yoga Alliance in 2007. He has stud­ied under the men­tor­ship of sev­er­al mas­ter teach­ers includ­ing Jhon Tamayo (New York), Ullas Kumar (Ker­ala, India), and Sud­hesh Chan­dra (Mysore, India) among oth­ers. In recent years he has estab­lished Soul Flow, which holds class­es, retreats and work­shops in yoga, dance and oth­er well­ness prac­tices through­out Kenya. In 2016 Soul Flow orga­nized two retreats in Kenya: Move & Flow: Capoeira & Yoga Retreat and Yoga on Dub: a Reg­gae & Yoga Fes­ti­val. Sal­im typ­i­cal­ly teach­es a “vinyasa” or “flow” style yoga set to the sound of glob­al soul music. He has con­duct­ed exten­sive research on yoga phi­los­o­phy with schol­ars, yogis and sad­dhus through­out India. In addi­tion to his work as a Yoga instruc­tor, Sal­im also teach­es the Afro-Brazil­ian mar­tial art, Capoeira Ango­la and tru­ly enjoys engag­ing his stu­dents through phys­i­cal exer­cise and men­tal focus.
Chris­tel has been a Yoga teacher for the last 25 years. In her class­es, she com­bines ele­ments of dif­fer­ent styles into a unique blend where move­ment, flow­ing sequences, pre­ci­sion work in Asanas or a sequence of Kun­dali­ni Kriyas take the focus of a class.

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.

For more infor­ma­tion con­tact christel.flowers@yahoo.com

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.

Born and raised in Kenya, Kel­ly has made quite a name for him­self as a tal­ented, ded­i­cat­ed and qual­i­fied yoga teacher and once a train­er to Inter­na­tional super­model Nao­mi Camp­bell.

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.

Pay­al is a dynam­ic mul­ti style yoga teacher based in Ugan­da. She runs a small home stu­dio “The Enlight­ened Cat” and is set­ting up Uganda’s first ded­i­cat­ed Yoga Teacher Train­ing School in 2017.  Raised in a tra­di­tion­al Indi­an house­hold while liv­ing most of her life away from India, Pay­al has always had a keen inter­est in observ­ing the spread of Yog­ic Val­ues across cul­tures.

 

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.

Meg­bar Ayalew, Art of Liv­ing teacher from Ethiopie:

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

When Moni­ka came to Lamu for the first time 17 years ago dur­ing her world trav­el, she imme­di­ate­ly fell in love with the beau­ty of Lamu Island. She announced that Lamu was THE place for yoga and destress­ing.

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!

I focus on self empow­er­ment and how to tap the strength with­in. I use aro­mather­a­py dur­ing my prac­tice too. Every class is dif­fer­ent. I devise my own flow and include Pranaya­ma, Mudra and Band­ha. I also use var­i­ous meditation/visualization tech­niques includ­ing Chakra cleans­ing to aug­ment the flow of ener­gy dur­ing my class.

 

Nina But­ler is an expe­ri­enced yoga teacher and writer. She is the cre­ator of YOGICOMM, an online mar­ket­place for yoga instruc­tors to share and mon­e­tise bespoke or per­son­alised yoga instruc­tion with their clients. Orig­i­nal­ly cer­ti­fied as a Sivanan­da Yoga Teacher in Vrin­da­van, India, Nina taught Hatha Yoga to a diverse range of stu­dents in Gra­ham­stown, South Africa while com­plet­ing her post­grad­u­ate stud­ies at Rhodes Uni­ver­si­ty. After grad­u­at­ing with a PhD in His­to­ry, Nina trav­eled to Mysore and trained in the tra­di­tion­al Mysore-style Ash­tan­ga Sha­la, and has since incor­po­rat­ed this expe­ri­ence into her yoga prac­tice in sur­pris­ing ways. Nina’s expe­ri­ence in work­ing with an Ayurve­da doc­tor to share pri­vate ther­a­peu­tic yoga ses­sions with clients, and vol­un­teer work for the Town­ship Yogi Project, deep­ened her knowl­edge of the infi­nite health ben­e­fits of yoga as well as her under­stand­ing of pranaya­ma, align­ment and pos­ture. When Nina isn’t run­ning her busi­ness, con­sult­ing for oth­er yoga busi­ness­es, teach­ing yoga, hik­ing and trav­el­ing, she is work­ing on a nov­el. You can learn more about Nina at www.ninabutler.net.
Orig­i­nal­ly from France, Ori­ane was intro­duced to Yoga in 1997 while liv­ing in Sri Lan­ka where  she was work­ing in the gar­ment tex­tile indus­try.
She then moved to Africa and for the past 15 years has been ded­i­cat­ed to share her love for Yoga through teach­ing tra­di­tion­nal Ash­tan­ga, Pranaya­ma and soft restora­tive yoga. 
She recent­ly trained in the Dhar­ma Mit­tra yoga tra­di­tion with the Mas­ter in NYC and will be teach­ing this approach of Yoga at the Fes­ti­val. Root­ed in Ahim­sa, Dhar­ma Yoga is a devo­tion­al prac­tice based on the ancient teach­ing. Ses­sions will inte­grate breath­ing and med­i­ta­tions, offer­ing dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions of asanas for all lev­els of prac­ti­tion­ers.
 
Ori­ane organ­is­es Well-Being Safaris and runs Yoga Retreats around East Africa and Europe. Cer­ti­fied by the YOGA ALLIANCE and the Cen­tered Yoga Insti­tute, Ori­ane qual­i­fied as a Yoga Instruc­tor in 2004. She keeps on study­ing Yoga asanas, phi­los­o­phy and anato­my and has prac­ticed a vari­ety of yoga styles includ­ing Ash­tan­ga, Flow, Vinyasa, Yin, Scar­avel­li, Dhar­ma, Yoga Nidra and recov­ery Yoga. Ori­ane instructs yoga novices and advanced prac­ti­tion­ers, and also guides through Yoga Ther­a­py to help with a vari­ety of mind and body relat­ed issues. Over the years she has devel­oped a refined style and a great pas­sion for teach­ing. Her approach to yoga is com­pas­sion­ate and root­ed in the core tra­di­tions of clas­si­cal yoga.
For more info on class­es, venues and retreats Vis­it www.yogavinyasa.co.uk Or write to oriane.torode@gmail.comor info@yogavinyasa.co.uk Or Whats app +254 735 096 348 Namaste Ori­ane
Paul teach­es Dru Yoga and Dru Med­i­ta­tion at Wata­mu.

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.

www.treehouse.co.ke

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.

My name is sal­ly Elusa, am 24 years old and yoga instruc­tor.
I have been prac­tis­ing yoga and teach­ing for 5 years, am spe­cial­ized in J.I.P, vinyasa flow, cre­ative flow, pre-natal and post-natal class­es.
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!

 

Saman­tha, artist, Yogi­ni & moth­er of four chil­dren.

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.

 

 For fes­ti­val:

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.

www.yogasamantha.com

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Dionne left her finan­cial ser­vices career in NYC and became a yoga teacher in 2012. She has taught thou­sands of yoga class­es (Bikram, Bap­tiste, Ash­tan­ga, Vinyasa flow, Yin and Nidra) inter­na­tion­al­ly since then. As a mom, cer­ti­fied life coach, West African Dance performer/teacher, actress, and pub­lic speak­er she believes we cre­ate our own mag­ic on our mat that extends off our mats.

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.

 

Katherine’s yoga pas­sion evolved from the yang of vinyasa and Ash­tan­ga prac­tices to the yin of restora­tive after train­ing in yoga ther­a­py and dis­cov­er­ing for her­self the heal­ing that comes with giv­ing one­self over to com­plete relax­ation. With the body held in com­fort and still­ness, the mag­nif­i­cent abil­i­ty of the breath to shift ener­gy is expe­ri­enced on dif­fer­ent lev­els of the koshas. Restora­tive yoga enables an un-wrap­ping of deep tis­sue ten­sion allow­ing mus­cles and con­nec­tive tis­sues to soft­en and the soul to re-con­nect to source in both sub­tle and pro­found ways.
ASSISTING TEACHER

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.

   ASSISTING TEACHER

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.

 

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