Collette and Margherita
Yoga is an ongoing revelation and guiding light in my life. It’s how I navigate the world and I am forever enchanted by the spells it continues to cast inside my experience. Since Elena Brower and Tara Judelle first poured the teachings of Anusara yoga into my bones in 2010, i have been inspired to practice, study and teach.
The call was very strong for me and I set a firm intention to find a teacher in 2013. My first 200hr was led by Leila Sadeghee, Bridget Luff and Tara Judelle in London and I am deeply grateful for their extraordinary talents, transmission and holding.
I continue to study with Tara, Leila, Bridget and Hareesh Wallis, and have completed advanced trainings with Sianna Sherman, Elena Brower and Ana Forrest.
My classes are inspired by classical non-dual Tantrik philosophy, Anusara and Embodied Flow yoga, dance and intuitive movement. Above all, I create a safe space that my students can soften and surrender into, before pouring soulful, thematic sequences into their systems and cells. Fluid, liberating and technical, I often sequence to music, dancing on the breath for an immersive experience. One that seeks to bring students into an acute awareness of their infinite potential and the creative life force that rivers through them.
My great love is kula and I am fortunate to have a beautiful community in both Leeds and London, which continues to grow as I travel and teach and, for which, I am deeply grateful.
MARGHERITA DAL PRA
My yoga journey began 24 years ago in Italy with a friend who raved about this new thing called yoga. Back then, yoga was considered strange but I have always been intrigued to try something new so I found myself at a class. I felt awkward, I was shaking and used muscles I didn’t know I had, but savasana and the mantra OM gave me a deep sense of relaxation and the feeling of coming home to myself. Back then I didn’t know this would have been the beginning of a long journey, though it hasn’t always been easy, yoga has provided me with the tools and strength to connect and nurture myself and everyone around me.
As a natural seeker, I am devoted to learning, sharing and radiating this knowledge for everyone to utilise and enjoy. The more I explore and learn, the more I’m able to share my wisdom in a new and vibrant light, it is a true blessing and honour to share that journey with my students.
My teachings are grounded in the traditional lineage of Hatha yoga and the deep philosophy of Tantric practices married with the modern day teachings of Rasa yoga, the heart-centered themes of RasaYoga and the energetics of ParaYoga. I hope to bring a wealth of knowledge, personal practice and experience to my offerings.
My self practice and dedication to the yogic path has also allowed me to merge the wisdom and healing power of Ayurveda -the Science of Life - into a modern language that everyone can access. I am passionate about the benefits for all and believe the rituals within the physical practice of yoga and the modern approach to Ayurveda can be embodied within our daily routines to regain our natural state of health and well-being effortlessly - empowering and equipping you with the means to engage courageously and skillfully in all aspects to live a more vibrant life.
CHRISTOPHER ‘HARESH’ WALLIS
Christopher Wallis, also known as Hareesh, is a scholar-practitioner with thirty years of experience, having been initiated into the practice of yogic meditation at sixteen, and fifteen years of formal education. His degrees include a B.A. in Religion and Classics from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley. His doctoral dissertation focused on the role of spiritual experience in the tradition of Tantric Shaivism. Additionally, he received traditional education at yoga āshrams in upstate New York and India, training in meditation, mantra-science, kīrtan, karma-yoga, and pedagogy. He currently teaches meditation, yoga darśana (practical philosophy), Tantrik philosophy, Sanskrit, mantra-science, and offers spiritual counseling.
Hareesh is the Founder and Head Faculty of Tantrik Yoga NOW. His teachers, mentors, and gurus, in chronological order, include: Gurumayī Chidvilāsānandā (dīkṣā-guru), Paul Muller-Ortega (Śaiva Tantra and Classical Yoga); Alexis Sanderson (Śaiva and Śākta Tantra and Sanskrit); Marshall Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication); Somadeva Vasudeva (Śaiva Tantra), Kolbjorn Martens (Tantrik Yoga); and Adyashanti (Meditation).
Hareesh is the author of Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition and The Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-year-old Spiritual Masterpiece.
Rachel is an international anatomy and movement teacher that specialises in teaching yoga students and teachers awareness of the structure and function of how their bodies move. Her personal mantra “educating and moving the world one body at a time” stems from over 24 years of hands on experience and 15 years of teaching.
Trained at the British School of Osteopathy, Rachel teaches alongside internationally renowned yogis in their teacher trainings, including: Les Leventhal, Tara Judelle, Kaya Peters, Tanya Kaps, Cat Kabira, Emily Kuser, Denise Payne, Bex Tyrer, School of Sacred Arts, Tina Nance and Beate McLatchie.
Based in Bali, the yoga capital of Asia, Rachel travels to yoga schools across the globe to educate yoga students and teachers in a holistic view of how the whole body works. She combines her extensive knowledge of osteopathy, sports therapy, pilates, Thai bodywork, and yoga into unique interactive anatomy and movement classes with the help of Charlie, her skeleton.
Rachel’s teaching experience extends back 15 years where she spent a decade instructing osteopath students at UniTech in New Zealand after graduating from the British School of Osteopathy. She encourages her students to develop their own self-awareness and invokes in them a playful curiosity about what happens under their skin. Rachel’s down-to-earth teaching style uses storytelling and case studies, visuals of the body, interactive exercises and informative handouts to make anatomy an engaging subject for all her students.
Holly Mcfee is the owner of Yoga Hero Ltd. Holly absolutely loves yoga; how it’s so wide-ranging, so accessible and so beneficial to everyone from all walks of life. She became a yoga instructor in the hope of inspiring others to practice yoga; to enjoy its many benefits for the body and mind. Holly is an experienced Ashtanga, Rocket, Vinyasa Flow and Yin teacher, and the diversity across these disciplines combined with her passion for spreading the benefits of yoga, and her dedication to make teachers be the best they can be, mean that those attending her classes receive a vital combination of practicing with safety at the heart, learning to listen to your body, and being kind to your mind.
Aside from teaching and practising yoga, Holly loves to walk her pug, see friends and family, have the odd beer and explore the world.
Ariane will be offering a 3 hour Breathwork workshop during the immersion and she is also offering 121 sessions. Her personal journey with began four years ago, through Rebirthing and Transformational Breath. It changed her life on every possible level and she decided to become a Practitioner to share this powerful modality with as many people as possible. She chose to train with Alchemy of Breath, and integrates in her practice specific elements of each of these techniques, based on her personal experience and her studies. She is always described by her Clients as being compassionate and gentle, with a calm and professional approach, and warm healing energy. She holds a very safe space during her sessions and leads each participant step by step through this powerful and effective process. She is passionate about helping people regain joy and clarity in their life, and reach optimal physical and mental health, which she also does through her Holistic Health and Nutrition Coaching Practice. She has extensive experience in running group and one to one sessions (UK, Bali, France) and she also runs retreats in France.
Delicious, vibrant, creative and wholesome food, carefully crafted over years as a chef and host on luxury yoga retreats in the UK, Europe and Bali. Pete specialises in creating colourful, gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, free from refined sugar, whole food, vegan and vegetarian menus where taste comes first. But how does he do it?
Quickly putting you at ease with his relaxed nature, Pete will share his passion for flavour, texture, nutrition and fresh local ingredients in a 3 hour cooking workshop. Find simple inspiration for your yogic home-cooking, or for when you're catering on your next yoga retreat. Pete will give you insight into his approach and will help you to execute some of his favourite - Indonesian inspired - healthy and heavenly dishes.