Profiles

The 2019 schedule will be available soon but these are the teachers, musicians and therapists who are so far confirmed. More profiles are being added all the time!

Musicians

Habiba Willow and Buddhenath :

Habiba Willow and Buddhenath

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Buddhenath and Habiba have been leading bhajans together for over ten years, accompanied with their own guitar and harmonium "We delight in offering sessions which are inclusive, heartfelt and welcoming. We sit in an open circle, we use no amplification and everyone is very much invited to sing. Word sheets are provided. You can join and leave the session at any time (but come at the beginning if you can!)"

For all ages, children welcome.

Tim has been playing music for over 30 years. After a spiritual awakening and some years experimenting with different kinds of voice and sound healing he did his first workshop with Chloe Goodchild, Founder of The Naked Voice, in 2005. This transformative experience crystallised in 2006 with the release of his first CD Planting Peace, starting regular chanting groups and a life-changing trip to India. Since then Tim has worked extensively with Chloe, becoming a Naked Voice Facilitator and been witness to the incredible power of the voice and chanting in particular.

Tim is a regular at UK Bhakti Festivals and yoga gatherings and in 2012 released a kirtan CD, Devotional Heart, produced by Tabla Tom. The follow-up Give It All Away For Love was released in 2016.

Sivani Mata is a student of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of love and devotion) and began her journey with this practice through attending various Kirtan (chanting) evenings in London and on her travels. Particularly with family band GOMA, who inspired her to live in trust and bhakti spirit in all aspects of life. She began to lead Kirtan after spending New Year 2009 with Jai Uttal on his Kirtan camp, followed by a Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico at the Yandara Yoga Institute, where an incredible resident kirtan band, Jaya made chanting a key element. Since then Sivani has been running chanting circles and gatherings in the UK, and has released three kirtan albums produced by bhakti musical magician Tabla Tom: I AM (2012), Shakti Live (2015) and Surrender (2016). As well as her most recent release Jasmine Garden (2017) which blends Kirtan with mystic poetry. Having fallen in love with the path of Bhakti Yoga, Sivani organised the UK’s first ever Bhakti Music Festival (in August 2011), which brought devotional musical practices from various traditions together as one, in the spirit of universal love and devotion. Following on from this she now organises BE LOVE ~ 11hour Bhakti Immersions in London. Inspired by her Bhakti Practice, Sivani also shares Yoga Nidra, Women's Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Shakti Dance with bhakti spirit, centring these practices in the heart to unveil ones true nature.

Sivani Mata feels incredibly blessed to have found this divine practice and be able to share it with others

Jim Fox is a writer, inspirational speaker, sound therapist and musician.

Barry Kristadas Elms :

Barry Kristadas Elms

http://www.chi-yoga.org/.

Barry Kristadas Elms is a yoga teacher, chi kung instructor and kirtan wallah. He loves to share the practices of ‘Holistic Chi-Yoga’ and Bhakti Yoga Kirtan (chanting), and has a passion for Indian Philosophy. In addition to his own classes, workshops and retreats, Barry is a tutor on the Devon School of Yoga’s teacher training courses, specialising in yoga philosophy, chi kung and yoga therapy.

Teachers

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli :

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

http://www.umadinsmoretuli.com.

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli first met yoga when she was four years old: she fell in love, and has been practicing ever since. Her especial passion is deeply nurturing, revitalising yoga that’s accessible to everyone, particularly Total Yoga Nidra and juicy meditative flows and restorative poses. She’s trained over one thousand specialist teachers and yoga therapists in nourishing yoga, and has written four books on yoga and women’s health, including the massive new women’s yoga bible Yoni Shakti - a woman’s guide to power and freedom through yoga and tantra. Uma teaches all over the world, sharing Total Yoga Nidra and Yoni Shakti practices in trainings and retreats from Moscow to San Francisco and from Rekjavik to Lesvos. In 2005 she co-created Santosa yoga camp with her friend and colleague Amanda Brown.

Nirlipta Tuli is founder and co-partner of Sitaram Partnership and also Yoga Nidra Network. Nirlipta's particular interest lies in the therapeutic applications of yoga nidra, where he focusses on insomnia and sleep related issues, lucid dreaming, dealing with stress, enhancing productivity for individuals and groups, and pain related issues. Much of this has been informed by his own experience, using yoga nidra to manage a life lived with cardiomyopathy, autism and insomnia. He offers mentoring and pastoral care to other yoga teachers and to students on all Total Yoga Nidra courses and events.

Before creating Yoga Nidra Network, Nilripta worked as a registered clinical hypnotherapist. He trained at the London College of Clinical Hypnotherapy and has specialist training in perinatal hypnotherapy. He is a full member of the British Society for Clinical Hypnotherapy and also an associate member of the British Association of Clinical Psychotherapy. At the heart of his unique hypnotherapy practice was a specialised approach to perinatal hypnotherapy, including work with birth trauma resolution and the release of fears and anxieties around childbirth.

Nirlipta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and teaching since 1990. He has yoga teaching diplomas from three different yoga teacher training organisations: Bihar School of Yoga, British Wheel of Yoga and Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. He has also has undertaken further training in pregnancy yoga, yoga therapy and the health and safety aspects of yoga teaching. He has particular expertise in teaching yoga practices for positive mental health, stress relief and relaxation. Nirlipta also holds an MA in Indian Religion and Philosophy from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Yoli Maya Yeh is a Yoga & Shiatsu Therapist (AOBTA, VYASA, Yoga for the Special Child) and an Educator in Comparative Religions and Global Studies (MA Comparative Religious Ethics). Raised in her family's Native American spiritual teachings, Yoli spent twelve years of her young adulthood studying language, yoga, tantra, healing arts and meditation in India. A native of Chicago, she blends her understandings of Indigenous wisdom teachings, mind-body science, yogic discipline, and play into innovative learning programs for all ages and abilities. @yoliyogini

Laura-Doe is an award-winning somatic sex educator, comedienne and singer/songwriter. She works internationally using humour, song and science to support people to connect with the wisdom and pleasure within their own bodies and to discover their unique erotic nature.

In childhood Laura-Doe discovered some of the delicious natural pleasures that our bodies are capable of. Curious and puzzled by the lack of accessible information she sought out, as an adult, teachers of sexuality across many traditions and disciplines. She studied and trained with David Deida, Barbara Carellas, Joseph Kramer, Kenneth Ray Stubbs, Margot Anand and others. Gaining professional qualifications in Sexological Bodywork, Somatic Sex Education and Counselling she now is a member of several professional associations: the SSEAA, ASCSB & ASIS.

In 2008 Laura-Doe founded The yOniversity and has presented the workshops in her curriculum in Australia, Bali, USA and the UK. In order to educate about sexual anatomy in people with vulvas, effectively and without embarrassment, she created The Vulvalicious Cushions, beautiful anatomically accurate fabric sculptures. These cushions are used in yOniversity workshops, in various sexology practitioner trainings and by educators and ‘vulvalationaries’ all over the world. She has has produced a DVD, The Art & Science of Female Arousal, developed a pelvic floor programme, yOnilates and written and performs a comic cabaret, Vaudeville of the Vulva.

Felix is an inspirational yoga teacher who draws upon both ancient and modern practices of uniting the body, mind and spirit for health and wellbeing. Following extensive studies with teachers across the globe Felix has designed classes to uplift and inspire students through a dynamic and balanced sequence of exercise and relaxation to develop health, vitality and self-awareness.

His unique style of teaching fused with his vibrant personality and depth of knowledge make his classes fresh and inviting. Introduced to yoga as a child, Felix fully established his practice following a sciatic injury and has worked as a certified teacher for 11yrs with a 200hr Yoga Alliance certification with Amrita School of Yoga, a 300hr advanced certification and an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher qualification under David Swenson. He also owes much of his understanding to time spent with his teachers in India and the Amazon.

In recent years Felix's path has taken on many new elements. To complement the spiritual arts of Yoga and Shamanism he has enjoyed incorporating weight training, calisthenics, and martial arts to his practice, which through exploration of the body have informed his Yoga practice greatly.

Felix teaches extensively across London, offering classes, workshops and private tuition as well as Massage therapy. He is also a passionate artist, educated at the Slade College, UCL and has previously exhibited at the Royal Academy and the VBH Gallery, Maddison Avenue, New York.

I let babies teach me about yoga, and help parents to relax 💛

I have been a Birthlight baby and toddler yoga teacher for 9 years. I also teach baby massage , pregnancy yoga, postnatal yoga and Hatha Yoga. I trained with Tara Fraser (British Wheel of Yoga)
I first met Uma when i was 41 weeks pregnant with my first baby; she and her Brother will be at the camp with me, for our 6th Santosa.

Jai Mā !

Kula Roots :

Kula Roots

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Kula Roots Four Elements Breath and Movement Ceremony 

This ceremony will draw on yoga and dance to take participants on a journey through the 4 elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water,  to facilitate profound connection with ourselves, each other and to nature. Accompanied with voicework and mantra, this is a truly holistic workshop to open our energy channels and fully embody our expression and truth. The session will finish with a deep relaxation to bring participants into profound peace and integration. 
Vandita :

Vandita

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Vandita is a social and environmental advocate with a passion for protecting indigenous rights and rediscovering the traditions of this land. In 2006 she found her spiritual teacher, Amma, who gave her the heart opening opportunity to change the world from within.  As part of her ongoing journey, she helps to spread Amma’s message of love and service through Satsangs, organising Amma’s UK visit and sharing sacred songs and ceremony throughout the UK. After time living and working with a community in the Amazon in Ecuador, she is on an evolving path of sacred activism, balancing the inner and outer worlds to create change and a positive impact in the world.

She will be offering a water blessing and discussion on Sacred Activism.

Devamurti Richie :

Devamurti Richie

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Devamurti’s teachings are directed primarily towards Chit Shakti Vidya. He is a teacher of both meditative self-enquiry rooted in the non-dual Shaivic traditions and embodied, tantric yoga spanning from cleansing kriyas to deep pratyahara techniques. His classes include asana, pranayama, mudra and bandas focussing on sensate somatic insight and inner states of consciousness. Using the technique of yoga nidra he guides guru puja and soul retrieval journeys drawing from the wisdom of the shamanic traditions of both the east and the west.

Shaku Burrell :

Shaku Burrell

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Shaku Burrell, originally from South India but based in London, is an ITEC accredited & internationally certified Holistic Massage therapist, Ecstatic Dance & Laughter Yoga facilitator and loves singing kirtans with her cymbals. She has over 14 years experience in Reflexology, Indian Ayurveda Head Massage and Japanese Face Massage (Tsubo) which she has been offering at many conscious festivals over the years and at events in London, venues around UK and retreats abroad and at Santosa too.

Shaku also works full time in the Corporate World where she offer treatments to staff in the evenings. She practices Yoga, Qigong and mindfulness which she integrates into her everyday life. The dancing, the singing and the laughing, she says, is what keeps her young and healthy and she would love to see everyone else too expressing themselves wholeheartedly and staying healthy.

So if you'd like some wonderful treatments with delicious organic oils please check out the healing area.

Shaku will also be leading a session or two of DANCEmandala (Ecstatic Dance Meditation) and possibly Laughter Yoga workshop for adults & children, time & space permitting. Dont miss it!

Lorraine Taylor :

Lorraine Taylor

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Lorraine has been a dedicated Yogini and lover of Truth for over twenty five years. She offers teacher trainings and retreats around the globe and is dedicated to helping women find freedom through Yoga. In her classes, she is deeply drawn to share her direct experience of the transformation of woman through the unveiling of the Feminine principle and how this manifests through the practice and the movement of daily life. A fully qualified Ashtanga Vinyasa and Tantra Yoga instructor with a multitude of advanced trainings and thousands of teaching hours, she is a great lover of Self Enquiry, Devotional Kirtan and custard.

Theo Wildcroft :

Theo Wildcroft

http://www.wildyoga.co.uk.

I first trained to teach strong, alignment based yoga, but followed my heart into the arts of shakti-honouring with teachers of Dru, Bihar and Womb yoga to become a yogic nomad. I specialise in yoga that celebrates diversity, deep relaxation and connections to the natural world within and without. At Santosa this year I'll be part of Team 'Nidra. I'll also be sharing a little Wild Yoga - yoga, groupwork and bodywork techniques informed by my own spiritual practices, including druidry, dance, ritual and spirit journeying; and also sharing my ongoing PhD research into alternative and radical yoga. Join me on the wild side.

Sandra Sofia :

Sandra Sofia

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Sandra is a free spirited yogini, who creates & shares workshops, ceremonies & retreats with her daughter Sofia across the UK & internationally. From Argentina ~ her soothing voice & words from the heart cannot be forgotten. Often working within a theme, Sandra's offerings of nourishing movement integrate the power of the breath throughout. Woven together with positive affirmations, guided meditations, beautiful visualisations, mantras & mudras. Join in & you will find she culminates sessions with soothing, transporting sound baths.

Veronika de la Pena :

Veronika de la Pena

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REFLEX YOGA is a new unique style of Yoga specifically designed to target the Body-Brain neurological, physical and emotional connections. It is a powerful art of movement that gets to the root of all pattern making and pattern breaking, with its fusion of calming restoring Hatha/Kashmir Yoga flow and a range of subtly dynamic Neuro-Sensory movements that have been proved to help children and adults with all types of conditions.Some being:- ADHD- OCD- ASD- Stroke recovery- Anxiety - Sleep disorders- Depression- Learning or developmental difficulties- low muscle tone - Motor-coordination difficulties, and the list could go on……………….

VERONIKA: A teacher with extensive experience, Veronika frequently encounters people who do not respond in the usual way to asana/breath. Questions answered will be: what is the Primitive Reflex system, why we treat it; how significant our Body-Brain connections are to overall health/well-being; how this can lead to certain types of behaviours/addictions and how powerful this method is breaking physical patterns. - A brief Bio: I began my teaching in Reading Leisure Centre, I then taught in and around Reading for 7 years. I moved to London for a year and learnt Ashtanga Yoga before deciding to quit the city for the quiet life of the Herefordshire countryside where I have been teaching and bringing up my family ever since. I now have 16 years teaching experience and have also retrained in a less well known technique called Hatha Kashmir Yoga. I now also work with Yoga4Autsim and have been developing Reflex Yoga from the work in this field.

Mahala Wall :

Mahala Wall

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Mahala will be taking the 7am vinyasa flow, what to expect -

- Pranayama to wake up the body and mind
- Mudras to activate the day
- Chi gong to get the energy moving
- Meridian tapping to wake up the body points
- Gentle vinyasa to wake up the body, building to something stronger
- Some lovely music

Introduced to Hatha Yoga in 1973, yoga is a constant in Amanda's busy life. From the culinary world working for the Parker Bowles family to the corporate world of Marketing and Public Relations, Amanda formalised her love of Yoga in a teacher training in 2010 having been practicing "yoga with friends" for over 30 years.

Originally a vinyasa flow teacher, her style is deeply influenced by Tom Myers' work on the interconnective web of fascia as well as the 13 Original Clan Mothers - the Immortal Goddesses of the Lakota Tradition that hold each moon in a specific energy that helps distil and clarify challenges or troubles. Often Amanda will draw the Creature Teachers to support a practice as well as drawing on her trainings in Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Pregnancy and Womb Yoga. She is a qualified Laughter Yoga Teacher with Lotte Mikkelson of United Mind Laughter and Dr Madan Kataria.

Amanda has a passion for Kirtan and sings regularly in her home and at workshops / retreats both in the UK and abroad combined with teaching asana, yoga philosophy and nidra.

"As we open our Hearts one petal at a time we get a little closer to our own understanding of the Divine."

She is an artist, charity fundraiser and full time Mum to the lovely handstanding Zack and is always on the field with a hug, a listening ear and an offer of a helpless belly laugh.

Cryn Horn :

Cryn Horn

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Cryn came to yoga at the age of 50, feeling, old, stiff and arthritic. The practice has transformed her life.

Although Cryn started by learning within the lineage of Pathabhi Jois and B K S Iyengar, she has since learned to trust her own intuition rather than follow a prescriptive method. This lead to an initial teacher training with the Inner Yoga Trust (500hrs), graduating in 2008. In the following years she has broadened her offerings to include Womb Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Therapeutic Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga for PTSD, often consolidating her training with assisting on a subsequent course.

Cryn uses her background in making costumes and her ongoing exploration of anatomy to help ‘read’ the bodies of those in front of her in class. She continues to learn – and agrees with the statements that ‘rest is radical’ and that very often ‘less is more’.

Nuku Wondraush :

Nuku Wondraush

www.nukuyoga.com .

Acroyoga

Kindness in Connection with NukuYoga

This discovery based practice will benefit first timers and those with experience. Amongst safe working structures, we will explore this beautiful art. Improving trust, whole body listening, building confidence and allowing ease in balanced supported movement. We will warm up, practice some basic moves and then introduce one or two more technical elements. Finishing with some nourishing relaxing therapeutics.

Claudia Weston :

Claudia Weston

http://www.cloud9yoga.org.

I have been practicing yoga for about twenty four years and teaching for the last eleven. When I first started yoga it was just a class I would go to. It made me feel good, which is why I kept with it - but at the time I didn’t feel the need to take it any further. Pregnancy brought me much more in touch with my body and so it was when I became pregnant with my first child Louis, that my yoga deepened. I began doing yoga every day which I believe helped me through labour and birth. Then a wonderful teacher training course in the tradition of Vanda Scaravelli came along. I chose this course quite by chance - not because of Scaravelli - but because I now had a baby whose needs I wanted to meet and it fitted in with this. As luck would have it the course was just perfect for me. I still miss it now.... The two course leaders Marilyn Freedman and Rosamunde Jordan taught us with a great openness which gave everyone the skills to teach in their own unique way. What I found lovely and has stayed with me in my teaching is the time allowed within the postures and an easiness and playfulness within them. Yoga can be so accessible and with care (and most cases!) very safe to practice. It stimulates the immune system, balances hormones and above all creates a sense of wellbeing. Even if you do just five minutes twice a day (of course more would be great!) after a while it would make you feel really good. The journey of yoga lasts a lifetime and with each breath there opens up infinite possibilities of which path to follow and yet when it comes down to it, yoga can be so simple...

Eliza Kenyon :

Eliza Kenyon

www.theawakeningsong.com.

Eliza a medicine singer, and a facilitator of healing voicework and intentional movement. She loves to support every kind of human being to bring their full, free, and embodied voices into the world. With a commitment to gentleness, truth, and the fierce beauty/wonderful hilarity of the path of awakening, she is a midwife for the sound of the soul.

She is a trained Voice coach, Yoga teacher, and an apprentice teacher in Movement Medicine. She teaches in the UK and internationally.

Kalila Sangster :

Kalila Sangster

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After a challenging period in my life, I found yoga as a transformative spiritual, physical and devotional practice, finding balance and bringing strength, confidence and energy into my life. As a teacher, I am keen to share this with my students. I believe yoga is beneficial for all people on a physical, mental and emotional level as a therapeutic and healing practice. My classes focus on flowing breath and physical postures together to create a moving meditation, entering, energising and uplifting. After spending a few years teaching locally in Stroud, I have spent the last couple of years teaching and practicing abroad in Bali, Thailand and Mexico.

Dynamic Vinyasa Flow is a flowing practice with strong energy focusing on combining breath with asana to create a moving meditation. Beginning with Sun Salutations, flowing through a sequence of postures including twists, balances and forward bends and finishing with a deep relaxation. A perfect way to fire yourself up before breakfast!

Anjali Kaur :

Anjali Kaur

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I discovered yoga after my mum passed away in 2002 and in this discovery began a deep love affair that continues to this day. I love the ever changing and deepening nature of this incredible practice and the way it awakens and allows the life force to find its natural flow. When prana finds its natural flow, it awakens and heals. In this awakening, we come home to our bodies and rest ever more deeply in the Heart. It is such an honour to teach Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and Shakti Dance - The Yoga of Dance. I have also recently started playing the gong and am looking forward to being able to use this beautiful instrument for deep relaxation. My main focus when teaching is allowing people to come into an awareness of the deep silence that is always present within. As we access this silence through yoga and dance we connect with the true nature of our existence.

Mel Campbell :

Mel Campbell

www.yogavida.org.

Mel's love for Yoga came from a desire for a spiritual as well as physical practice coming from a background of institutionalised dance training but missing a deeper connection to life. She found a strong connection to the Shamanic roots of Yoga from training, living and teaching in Costa Rica, particularly in understanding ourselves as deeply connected to nature and practicing to explore the relationship between the energetic, mental and physical human body to guide us towards living to our full potential. Her practice and teachings developed to be an offering with great reverence and gratitude to the force of unconditional love that is know as Source/God/Goddess/Mother Nature and many other names. Whilst offering a broad range of Yoga styles within schools, hospitals and community centres she has always been fascinated with Therapeutic Yoga. A great joy of Mel’s is sharing Yoga with children with Autism and ADHD and seeing first hand the incredible effects Yoga has on soothing the nervous system, organising the vestibular, proprioceptive, sensory processing and kinaesthetic systems, developing inter-hemispheric communication of the brain plus so many more physical and mental benefits!

Her offerings will include group classes of Self Awakening Yoga Therapeutics (a non weight bearing, floor based meditative movement focusing on breath and gently releasing stagnant energy in the connective tissues, particularly in the pelvis and lower back, psoas muscle and shoulders) and One-to-one accessible Yoga for children with Autism and ADHD.

Peter Taliadoros :

Peter Taliadoros

http://www.yogavida.org.

Peter loves to teach and help people achieve things they once believed was not possible for them. Helping people to trust in themselves, God and the practise of Yoga leading to increased awareness, strength, belief and understanding. He leads dynamic flows to open and energise the body, clear the mind and clear out any stuck energy, balanced with restorative holds focused around the breath that links it all together and brings us back to our essence.

His Yoga journey began after consecutive shoulder dislocations and eventually surgery followed by 6 weeks of immobilization and physiotherapy. He then met Felix Price and began an intensive practice at Felix’s Fathers community space in South London where he learnt Yoga is much much more than a physical practise to keep the body healthy but also to maintain a health mind and connection with Spirit. Whilst having a daily sunrise practice Pete learnt the importance of the Yamas and Niyamas before travelling to Rishikesh India to do a 200hr YTTC where he received direct messages on listening to his strong intuition.

His biggest drives are Family, Community and Mother Earth. Our teachers are all around us, in all things, all the time and that the divine is in all.

Elena Rui :

Elena Rui

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Yoga Artist, musician, activist,mother. Elena Riu completed a Yoga Campus (The Life Centre) Yoga Teacher Training Diploma in 2007. She is also a certified Children and Teens Yoga and Mindfulness teacher and was recently fortunate to received Tich Nath Hahn’s Five Mindfulness Trainings at his retreat in France where she also led Children Yoga workshops.

Elena has taught kids classes at The Special Yoga Centre and at Yoga Home. Last summer Elena co-directed the Yoga for Kids and Families activities at Santosa Yoga Camp. In June Elena delivered a session on how to incorporate Tich Nath Hanhn's Pebble Meditation into a Yoga Class for the TeenYogaUK Teacher Training. Her classes use inspiring yoga stories and myths to instill reverence and compassion while weaving fun imaginative movement with mindfulness and relaxation.

Elena has been practicing yoga since she was 11 and after arriving in London where she was introduced to Shadow Yoga by John Evans. She has continued to study with Zhander Remete and Emma Balnaves as well as Paulene Morphet. In the past few years Elena has been fortunate to receive mentoring from Uma Dinsmore-Tuli which has grown her deep interest in Yoga for female health and menstruality. Elena also teaches yoga and Mindfulness’ Circles for females of all ages.

Currently Elena is completing a Red School Menstruality apprenticeship with Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer as well as further training in Mentoring Circles for girls. She is the founder of Hackney’s Women Yoga and Mindfulness Circle and Yoga Seedlings, Buds, Blossoms and Flowers. Elena has been a concert pianist for many years and is a Professor of piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she has recently led a Pilot Study about the benefits of yoga for musicians suffering from PRA and MSDs. The pilot study was jointly funded by Better Practice: Musical Impacts, Teaching and Learning and the Keyboard Faculty. She has been integrating Yoga and Mindfulness in all her teaching. Recently, Elena delivered Yoga and Mindfulness sessions for young musicians at the North London Conservatoire. Elena also has a dance background. Elena has an 9 year old daughter who loves discovering the world through yoga. She has full DBS and is insured by the Yoga Alliance.

Arianna Palin BMus, MMus, LRAM, Yoga Teacher (YA and BWY-accredited)

Arianna took up Yoga in 2004 to help cope with the stress of training as a Classical Pianist. But it soon took over - she caught the Ashtanga bug and trained to teach alignment-based Hatha Yoga in London. She set off for Asia and spent some years as a travelling yogini, immersing herself in the Indian traditions, completing further trainings, studying Buddhism and doing extensive silent retreat. Eventually she found her home in Thiruvannamalai, and her teacher in Ramana Maharshi.

Something brought her back to the UK, where she is now settled and teaching locally in Glastonbury and Wells. She offers Hatha Yoga classes in different styles, drawing on the different traditions she has trained and studied in, primarily Anusara Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Over the years she says she has been blessed to have studied with many other glorious teachers, including Leela Miller, Donna Farhi, Max Strom, David Swenson and Bridget Woods-Kramer, and more recently has completed Pre and Post Natal training with Katy Appleton, who nurtured her through her own pregnancy and beyond.

"Hatha Yoga remains central to my life and everything I do, but because my years on the road and life's journey have brought me to some other expressions, it feels like a complete circle to embrace them. I've studied Indian Classical Music and singing as well as writing my own songs on the road, and been leading Kirtan since 2009. I now offer non-judgemental sacred sound work in the form of a Community Kirtan group and Sound Healing with Tibetan Bowls in the local Glastonbury community."

Mark TJ Keane, following a personal awakening in 2003, works with the kundalini energy through Kundalini Dance, where Mark uses his natural ability to use the medium of dance to reach states of absolute bliss and ecstasy. He trained as certified Kundalini Dance teacher in Byron Bay, Australia in 2005, one of the first to do so, and brought this practice to the UK in 2006, founding Kundalini Dance UK.

Mark is a fully trained and certified Kundalini Yogi. He has practiced this most powerful form of Yoga for over a decade, having qualified in Anandpur Sahib, Northern India in 2005 with 3HO in the residence of Yogi Bhajan. Mark brought Kundalini Yoga to Bristol in 2006, and is one of the most recognised Kundalini Yoga teachers serving the South West of England.

Mark is well known for conducting ‘Kundalini Fire Dance’ journeys in woodland or sacred stone sites, using shamanic drumming, ritual, dance and fire to honour the seasons and accelerate personal liberation at the eight points of the wheel of the old calendar which is more in harmony with nature.

In addition to Sleeping Serpent, Mark also reignited the ‘Conscious Clubbing’ movement in the UK in 2010, which are alcohol, drug free dance events with positive energy and superfood. This has now evolved into the most advanced system of natural ecstacy through a powerful combination of Cacao Ceremony, Kundalini Yoga, Kundalini Dance, Conscious Clubbing and a Gong Bath, and is known as ‘Kundalini Clubbing’.

He recently is pioneering a drum and fire dance form for men, known as Xistdance, activating the divine masculine qualities of the Warrior, Wizard, Lover & King.

Ling Mann :

Ling Mann

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Once suited and booted in the corporate world, Ling previously spent eleven years advancing a career in a large multi-national company. Ling took up yoga to combat the unhealthy sedentary lifestyle of her desk job that involved quite a bit of European travel. She has been practising yoga since 2001, and teaching since 2007. Having swapped the suits and boots for lycra and bare-feet - Ling believes in making yoga accessible for everyone and is therefore trained in Hatha yoga, therapeutic applications of yoga, yoga for children and pregnancy, advanced Yin and is also a teacher trainer in therapeutic applications of restorative yoga. Ling has been busying herself the last seven years furthering her studies and passion in Eastern Holistic therapies and will be offering: Thai Yoga Massage, Thai Oil, Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Chi), and Vibrational Therapy with Tok Sen (resonance healing with wooden tools) and therapeutic sound healing massages and Sound Baths with hand-crafted Himalayan Singing Bowls at Santosa this year.

Maeji Maya Maeioum :

Maeji Maya Maeioum

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Hola! my name in Maeioum, from Mexico. I look forward to share with brothers and sisters the Sacred Space of The Heart, all around the world. One of my strongest Life motors is the realization of our True Nature, for all sentient beings, that’s why it was a blessing to become a Hridaya Yoga instructor, based on the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi: Self Enquire, and then to surrender to Sri Mooji´s direct path for Freedom. In this I found a powerful set of techniques to step into The Heart, this path has changed me deeply as I learned to live with an Open Heart, expand to my actual Spaciousness and light up my Consciousness in order to reveal my True Nature. That’s why I feel the calling to share these teachings with you all. In my vision the only possible way of living this life is in harmony within ourselves, with Mother Nature and with each other, in mutual Respect and Love, and I see the way to achieve by humbly fulfilling our purpose and allowing and helping others in doing so, realizing the Union with the One Source, guided by the Grace of God. I consider myself an Adi-Shakti Mother devotee and have received instruction from a high mountain Brazilian Woman Priestess, a Buddhist Roshi in Japan, a Mother-touched Saint in India, our native Mexican Shamanic healers and “the ancient unity-celebrating rituals”, that had seen me dance to the moon with our wise Grandmothers. I’ve been following meditative and healing practices, which are part of my way-of-sharing with the world. I’m a therapist in water and Holistic Massage, and promote woman wisdom in lunar circles and circular dances, and had keep learning ways of support our elders, our pregnant mothers and our children. I was blessed to have parents that were into metaphysics so the spiritual dimension of life was part of my vision since I was a child, and it became apparent for me that Nature has many clues on how to connect with ourselves, in a way that powerful feelings arise within, stirring up a longing for Oneness and an understanding of life.

Sam Ahern :

Sam Ahern

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Sam Ahern has been practising yoga for over 15 years and after teaching in New Zealand and South East Asia, she returned to the UK in 2013 and qualified with the Devon School of Yoga. She is a Reiki and Shamanic Healer and has been drawn to combine her work, developing Shamanic Yoga workshops and courses. She also loves Bhakti Yoga and believes nothing opens your heart space better than a good Kirtan!

Sharon Gimpel :

Sharon Gimpel

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I an a somatic movement practitioner, Feldenkrais teacher, a dancer and a birthing doula. I passionately believe that through deepening our connection to our bodies we deepen our connection to ourselves, to others around us and to our environment. I find movement and dance as a door into a greater awareness and to a more meaningful joyful journey of life.

I will teach “Awareness through movement” classes (Feldenkrais method) which offers a unique and practical way to realise our potential more fully and to generate greater flexibility and connection of body and mind through mindful gentle movement. I’ve been teaching Feldenkrais for 14 years and with every class I teach I dive deeper into the treasure of wisdom, kindness to oneself and others, self acceptance and non judgmental approach to learning and growing and the door to greater awareness which it offers.

I’m very excited to be part of Santosa this summer.

Angela Brew :

Angela Brew

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Angela Brew with Enactive Drawing. Slow down and experience the hidden lives of things. Draw with nature, fine-tuning the orchestration of eye and hand, and the stillness, focus and engagement of the body.

Emma Relph :

Emma Relph

www.astroyoga.co.uk.

Dances of Universal Peace:

Sacred Songdance is a beautiful way to meet the people with whom you have been doing yoga. Within the circular dances we meet several partners, exchanging with each the blessings of the touch, the glance, and the heart. We sing beautiful mantric melodies, and move with gentle rhythmic steps side to side and in and out, making a a dancing mandala. Our arms form the shapes of the devotional gestures of the heart and soul. This practice originated in San Francisco in the 1960s when Samuel Lewis an American Sufi Master, disciple of Hazraat Inayaat Khan, who taught his flower power students how to develop reverence and discipline as a necessity for feeling the bliss of the Divine. It is a great joy to do these dances and a wonderful way to come together as One.

Astrological Yoga:

I am trained in the astrological yoga of Samuel Lewis and the Kundalini Yoga of Yogi Bhajan. I use also my experience as an actress to inform my lessons on distinguishing the unique qualities of the planets in action within our daily lives. In my classes I cover yoga mudras, and postures, kriyas and mantras which will enhance the positive strengths of qualities you may be deficient in or inflamed with a surfeit of. For instance if you are Moon deficient, it will be very hard to feel safe and cosy and at home anywhere. People will tell you that you can't listen and that you are insenstive to their needs. Conversely if your Moon energy is overflowing you will be clinging too much to cosiness, reluctant to forgo home comforts and far too sentimental and attached to people. There are certain simple yogic practices that bring the Moon into balance within you. The same goes for the other six major classical planets.

Jane balances being a single mum to her daughter with being an Embodiment coach, Senior Embodied Yoga Teacher, and Rites for Girls Facilitator.

Jane specialises in supporting and empowering  women through life’s transitions from menarche, to menopause, and beyond.

Since certifying as a Yoga Teacher in 2006, Jane has trained in Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Kids Yoga, Yoga and mindfulness for Teens, Anusara, Yoga Therapeutics, Pregnancy Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Mother and Baby Yoga and counselling.

Belinda Betony :

Belinda Betony

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Belinda Betony is a Herb Practitioner, ecologist and nature guide. She has a passion for nature and loves to inspire other to deepen their connection to the wild. This year at Santosa she will be running a bat and moth evening, a plant spirit connection workshop and a new moon wild medicine making ceremony.

Lucy Crisfield :

Lucy Crisfield

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Lucy gives talks and workshops throughout the UK and specialises in teaching the philosophy element on yoga teacher trainings. She brings the essence of the yoga sūtras and the vedas alive in a practical, focused and joyful manner. She uses the chants of the vedas, the yoga sūtras and pāṇini's sanskrt grammar to bring her classes to a place of stillness before opening the arena for an investigation into the actual effect these sounds have on our being.

​Lucy has had a deep connection with the world of sound from a young age, obtaining a scholarship to the Royal College of Music aged 10. These early experiences in life affected Lucy deeply, leading her to question the reality of this life and prompting her to eventually travel the globe in pursuit of yoga. However the connection with sound was never far away, as she found her experience with yoga open her to explore the expression of the sacred through sound. ​

Bodyworkers

Sam is a founding director of Natural Genius Ltd. He is a dance movement psychotherapist (MA ADMP) with over 25 years experience at facilitating workshops. Since 2002 has trained adults at festivals, colleges and teaching staff in special needs schools. His regular work is as a psychotherapist in Bristol schools (mainstream and SEN) and adult care provisions. He is also a full member of the College of Healing and body-work teacher with 27 years experience in transformational bodywork. Sam is the author of a book on poetry “Human Ocean” (2nd edition), and an exhibiting artist (2015) and regular performer in poetry, dance, sound and digital media. In addition to his distinction in a three year creative arts psychotherapy MA (2017), he has trained extensively in personal development; : Specialist Mentoring (2016): Advanced Thai Massage (2016) Transformational management/leadership (2012) Non-Violent Communication (2010): De-escalation skills training (2010): Metamorphic Technique (2005): Healing (2004/2014): Improvised theatre and Commedia Del Arte (2003): Psychodrama (2002): Reflexology (2000). He was awarded a First Class Degree in (1999). He is the secretary of Contact Improvisation Bristol and currently teaching Contact Improvisation, Whole Heart, Whole Body; Mens: The Lion and Dove workshops; Body Poetry words and movement; and Igniting Creativity workshops. He is fully CRB checked.

Shaku Burrell :

Shaku Burrell

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Shaku Burrell, originally from South India but based in London, is an ITEC accredited & internationally certified Holistic Massage therapist, Ecstatic Dance & Laughter Yoga facilitator and loves singing kirtans with her cymbals. She has over 14 years experience in Reflexology, Indian Ayurveda Head Massage and Japanese Face Massage (Tsubo) which she has been offering at many conscious festivals over the years and at events in London, venues around UK and retreats abroad and at Santosa too.

Shaku also works full time in the Corporate World where she offer treatments to staff in the evenings. She practices Yoga, Qigong and mindfulness which she integrates into her everyday life. The dancing, the singing and the laughing, she says, is what keeps her young and healthy and she would love to see everyone else too expressing themselves wholeheartedly and staying healthy.

So if you'd like some wonderful treatments with delicious organic oils please check out the healing area.

Shaku will also be leading a session or two of DANCEmandala (Ecstatic Dance Meditation) and possibly Laughter Yoga workshop for adults & children, time & space permitting. Dont miss it!