Mela is a yoga teacher, holistic nutritionist and nurse from Switzerland. As a certified yoga alliance teacher she offers classes, workshops and retreats all over the world. She has studied various styles of yoga from Ashtanga to Vinyasa and lived in spiritual communities throughout Asia. Her main practice is Kundalini Yoga, taught through Reinhard Gammenthaler, the last disciple of Dhirendra Brahmachari. It utilizes unique combinations of Asanas, Mudras, Bhandas and Pranayama.
As a nurse Mela has always been interested in health, anatomy and bodywork. She has extensive experience working with children and teenagers in psychiatric clinics. For many years nutrition has been a big passion in her life. She has completed a diploma in holistic nutrition and taken courses in Reiki, Chi Nei Tsang and other healing modalities. Mela’s greatest passion is all about the breath. She studied rebirthing breathwork with Leonard Orr and attended various trainings. She facilitates group breathwork ceremonies and offers One on One sessions.
Mela loves exploring various forms of bodywork in her daily life. She finds her joy in dance, acrobatics, breath-work and singing. She is passionate about using her voice with mantras, playing harmonium and offering space for bhajan. As a teacher she endeavors to share her abundance in a fun and transformative environment.
In her classes students will explore the depths of breath, trust, touch and an awareness of their whole body.
Check out Melas website: melamariposa.com
Jolien van Haaster
During her study at Codarts University of Arts, Jolien found her love for teaching and the joy that comes with sharing her passion for movement and art. As soon as she graduated Dance in Education she joined the Flying Seagull Project; a charity that spreads love and joy over the world by sharing music, dance, circus and arts with disadvantaged children.
After years of teaching dance classes, performing and choreographing she found herself and her friend Jessie walking into an AcroYoga class in India. It was love at first sight! Immediately the pair of them fell in love with the combination of physical challenge, the beauty of connection and the feeling of freedom.
She became a certified Partner Acrobatics teacher and Jessie and her started PLAY AcroYoga to spread Peace Love & AcroYoga as far as they can. Get ready for her open heart and loving and positive way of teaching. Before you know you are upside down and you will be hooked for life.
Rhiannon Cherokee Wynn
Having taught a variety of things so far in her life, from Elementary Spanish to Taekwondo, it was a natural step for Rhiannon, after beginning her journey with yoga in 2005, to transition from practicing into teaching. Also and avid dancer and sports practitioner, she loves the way that yoga allows her to blend her love of movement and athleticism with mindfulness to make it a truly conscious experience.
Her first training was a Yoga Alliance 200-hr Power Vinyasa Teacher Training and she hasn’t stopped studying and learning yet. She has also completed a 500-hr Teacher Training, additional Power Vinyasa training, Yin, Partner Acrobatics, HoopYogini™ and Elemental Yoga Therapy trainings. She has gone on to assist trainings internationally and offer her own unique retreats.
Rhiannon offers a unique blend of yoga, developed from her 15 years as an educator- Elemental You Yoga. Elemental You Yoga offers how to’s to relieve chronic pain, depression, stress, food related issues, insomnia and more. Asana practice is over-layed with the ageless wisdom from Traditional Chinese Medicine to return practitioners to wellness through awareness of the five elements-earth, water, fire, air & ether.
Rhiannon thanks her many teachers and draws from all she has learned to encourage students to discover their inner strength and power while tailoring a personal practice to complement their individual needs and abilities. She is dedicated to making yoga accessible, fulfilling, fun and joyful for all those who attend her classes. Rhiannon aims to guide students to find how yoga can enrich their lives and unlock the divine potential in us all.