Our Teaching Team

Meet Your Santosha Yoga Instructors

Our team of yoga professionals are without a doubt amongst the most experienced and qualified in the world. They boast extremely diverse backgrounds and all share one common passion: helping others achieve balance in their lives by finding inner peace and contentment so that they may see true beauty in the everyday, appreciate all life has to offer, and live life to the fullest.

Sunny Richards

SunnyRichards_SantoshaSunny is the founder and director of Santosha and holds a Yoga Alliance ERYT-500 accreditation. She has devoted her life to Santosha, which was born from a dream to create a sacred place for healing, transformation and to awaken the incredible potential of happiness. Sunny teaches and supports her student’s journey from the heart. She allows students to find their inner-truths and come to an understanding of their own body’s abilities and strengths through their connection to their breath. Sunny believes wholeheartedly in being a guiding light for others so that she may shine the way. She importantly believes that to guide others in yoga, one should live a life that is transparent for all to see. In essence, this is an ideal upheld by Patanjali, reflected in the Sutras and found in the first two paths on the eightfold path of yoga: the Yamas and Niyamas. Sunny states “If we cannot be it, we cannot teach it”. Sunny’s passion is to teach and share her knowledge. She dedicates herself to studying, learning, and practicing. She feels that self-practice is the key which allows the transference of what she learns from others to become her teachings. This combination of practice and study through dedication and devotion has assisted Sunny to gain deeper understanding of the art and science of yoga and to apply this appropriately in Asana, Pranayama, Mantra and Meditation for the different levels of students she has the privilege to share the teachings with. A strong strength of Sunny’s is the ability to present the teachings in an accessible way for her students. Her down-to-earth nature and belief that life should never be taken too seriously means that a sense of play and fun is the foundation of what she encourages in life, so that what we do is done with passion and honesty. As a result, Sunny’s teachings are lively and humorous. Sunny loves what she does, life and all it brings, her family and her friends, and she is so thankful for her teachers and for the opportunities that allowed her to create Santosha. Sunny welcomes you all with an open heart filled with love and smiles. She considers all who walk through Santosha’s doors as family and promises to be available to her students throughout her life, whenever needed.

Words From Students:

“I’ve never known a person’s name to suit them so well! You are the warmest, friendliest, most down to earth person I have possibly met. What you do is remarkable! I can only imagine the energy you give to create such a wonderful Yoga Teacher program. You have so much love bursting out of you, and you give so much to the students. Your honesty, open candor and knowledge is such an incredible quality, and I only hope I can take a leaf out of your book. Thank you for all you do and you give” – Jehan

“Sunny, you are such an amazing woman and a great teacher. You have taught us so much about life and yoga. You inspire so many and through each of us there will be positive change in this world. Thank you Sunny” – Milo

“Sunny, I am so proud to be one of your students and no words can fully express my gratitude for an amazing experience. You are an incredible teacher and woman. Much love” – Saeko

“Sunny I cannot begin to describe how much I appreciate your passion for yoga and guiding others. I learned so much from you and I am now a new person. Everything you have done for us in this course has come straight from your heart. Your smile and bright energy is contagious in the best way possible” – Lily

Hamid Ebadi

HamidHamid was born in Tehran, Iran, and has lived and traveled in many different countries, becoming exposed to different cultures, languages and traditions. He is truly cross-cultural. Hamid has also traveled a years-long spiritual journey to discover meaning and truth. He studied philosophy in Paris and learned that he was more interested in wisdom and spiritual truth than academic learning. Hamid practiced meditation until he encountered Japanese Zen Master Ryotan Tokuda in 1998. In 2000, he was ordained as a monk and subsequently authorized by his master to pass on the ancient teachings. In 2005 he finished a three year training program in counseling at ETAPE (École des Praticiens de la Psychothérapie) in Nice, France. Hamid is able to integrate much of Western psychotherapy with Eastern wisdom and meditation traditions. He spends a good part of the year in India and has taught meditation, philosophy and comparative spirituality. His own life experiences have helped him gain empathy towards the difficulties of others. He understands that trusting and accepting relationships are essential, for it is relationships with others that ultimately heals. His guidance has proved to be invaluable help for many students who have required personal and professional support to deal with emotional crises that trainees often experience during intense yoga practice. Hamid is eager and excited about working with Santosha students to create positive change in their lives. Today a growing number of people are turning to the internet for counseling. Hamid uses both Skype sessions and e-mailing in his work. If Santosha students wish, we can have an initial free counseling session to determine if this is what you are seeking. For spiritual counselling enquiries: Hamid can be contacted on Skype: hamid.ebadi3 and Email: h.ebadi@hotmail.com

Sebastian Mora

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Sebastian is a South American certified Yoga Instructor born in the Chilean Patagonia and trained in Northern India. He has been travelling the world exploring and connecting with different disciplines from healing arts and mindful-eating to Tantra and Meditation.

He started Yoga as a complementary practice for Martial Arts and Outdoor Sports and as an attempt to overcome an anxiety disorder that was affecting him in different areas in his life. He finally not only found a path for healing, body awareness and self-understanding, nowadays, he also understand Yoga as a philosophy of life, as a way of living based in love and compassion.

Sebastian has been featured in Chilean wellness journals like Sana Magazine, he is a mindful-eating blogger in “Comienza con tu plato” and founder of Menfulness.com, as a way to empower men to reach their full potential and have a conscious living through mindfulness and meditation.

He has been teaching Yoga in Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia and South America, also assisting in several Teacher Training Courses. His classes are fun and inspiring. He strongly believes that observation is the key that leads to understanding, so creating the space to observe ourselves through meditation, breathing and movement is highly necessary to understand our deeper self and in consequence, to understand everything.

Analu Farina

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Analu is a natural born Costa Rican citizen. You can catch her somewhere in the world, given her nomadic free soul; she is constantly on the move. She is the founder of Pranaluz Conscious Living, dedicated to support individuals in the path of awakening to a conscious life, by offering yoga, meditation and mindfulness; retreats, classes, coaching and workshops all over the world.

Analu is a passionate writer and a musician, who loves sharing her kirtan (plays harmonium, singing and guitar). She holds an EYT-500, an MBA from Costa Rica, and a Master of Arts in Environmental Leadership from Buddhist University Naropa in Boulder, CO. U.S.A. where she deepened her studies in Buddhism, Meditation and Mindfulness.

Analu has been inspired by many teachers and philosophies in her spiritual path. From studying with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in France, to the Dalai Lama in India, self inquiry with vedanta master Sri Mooji, to the Shambhala and Tibetan Buddhist traditions to Vipassana etc. She is passionate for teaching yoga with strong emphasis on alignment, pranayama and meditation; and encouraging students to reconnect with their body mind and spirit; develop a deep sense of self-inquiry, and inspiring them to live a spiritually fulfilling conscious life, in harmony one another and with our planet.
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Cyril Martin

After illness and injury, Cyril started studying Yoga asanas, which led him to passionately pursue learning and adopting a lifestyle that was based on natural healthy living. Shortly after, he travelled to India, not knowing that it would completely change his life purpose and would eventually lead him to become a Holistic Therapist.

Cyril spent five years in India (2009-2014) studying intermittently at renowned establishments such as:

~ The Jag Therapy Centre, a clinic dedicated to natural medicines and healing techniques where he spent 24 months studying and practicing yoga therapy, nutrition, soft and connective tissue manipulation, as well as chakra balancing.

~ The Californian Hypnosis Institute of India, where he completed all five levels of certification.

~ The SVYASA Yoga University of Bangalore, where he completed the Yoga instructor course with a focus on Yoga therapy.

~ Atma Vikasa center of yogic science.

~ Vipassana Centres, where he learned meditation, which he continues practicing daily, in addition to sitting and serving in several 10 day meditation retreats in France, Spain, Australia, India and more recently in Thailand.

Over the past 10 years, Cyril has dedicated his life to developing spiritual and holistic practices, combining several modalities to help an individual who would like to take their health into their own hands, as he did.

You can find Cyril here:
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Darla Baldwin

Darla_yoga_teacher_trainerDarla is a California born physiotherapist who is certified as an instructor in yoga and pilates. Her passion is educating and promoting total wellness. While studying exercise & rehabilitative sciences at the University of Hawaii, Darla attended the required yoga course. It didn’t take long until she became addicted to yoga and the many benefits it provides. In addition to the physical benefits of improved strength and flexibility, she realized practicing yoga helped in other areas as well. Yoga provided her with the ability to focus and dramatically improved her sleep. After graduation, Darla attended Bond University in Australia and earned a Doctor of Physiotherapy. As a physiotherapist and a pilates instructor she had the ability to help people in many ways, but there was still a component missing. It became apparent that by incorporating the powerful practice of yoga, she could provide total care and cultivate a sense of well-being. So, she was inspired to become a certified yoga instructor and had the opportunity to attend a Santosha RYT-200 session. She was privileged to learn from many amazing teachers there. Darla is grateful and excited to be join the Santosha Teaching Team. She is looking forward to meeting the new students and sharing her passion for yoga, anatomy, and biomechanics!

Sarah Loveband

sarahSarah completed her first yoga teacher training (RYT-200) with Santosha in 2012 and since that time has experienced a powerful shift in her awareness, perspective and the way she lives her daily life. This experience inspired Sarah to continue her yoga studies and she has since completed a Diploma of Yoga (RYT-500) under Michael De Manicor. In addition to her yoga studies Sarah is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University in Orange, Australia. Sarah has a strong passion for movement and believes whole heartedly in the powerful effects of yoga as a healing modality for the body, mind & spirit. Through both her personal practice and her experience working on retreats, one-on-one and in class situations Sarah has observed countless people benefiting from a correctly designed yoga practice. Sarah is available both during training and mid-year in assisting students to design a personal practice to suit their specific physical, mental or spiritual needs. If you would like more information or would like to contact Sarah in regards to designing a personal practice please email: sarahloveband@privateyogabondi.com or visit her website: www.privateyogabondi.com

Jamie Chick

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-3-06-37-pmJamie is a New Zealand born yogi, with a passion for nutrition, heart-based meditation and authentic living. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our trainings, and has studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the Padmacahaya Institute of Inner Learning as well as graduating from the Santosha Yoga 200 Hour training in 2010. As well as managing our Nusa Lembongan location, Jamie looks forward to sharing meditation with our 2017 students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leela Kasandra

leelaLeela is a 200 RYT Yoga instructor trained in Yog Peeth Ashram in Rishikesh, India.  She is a Holistic Practitioner graduate from Transformational Arts College in Toronto Canada, a Holistic Health advisor, Reiki Practitioner and sound therapist.

Leela began her transformational journey at the age of 17 with Kundalini yoga. Finding it a great tool for finding inner peace, connection, and transformation in her daily life Leela later went on to study holistic, alternative therapies at TAC (Transformational Arts College) in Toronto.

Leela has trained in Hatha yoga and holds a great focus and importance on the breath. She has attended workshops on alignment, Yin, Ashtanga and Vinyasa as well as held workshops all over Ecuador, from Inversion/Arm balance workshops to sound therapy sessions.

Leela has taught yoga therapy, kids yoga, and has worked with people of all ages and backgrounds. She has had the opportunity to learn from various shamans throughout Ecuador, creating her own healing therapy/modality which includes shamanic sound healing, crystal healing, Reiki, and Therapeutic massage.

Leela loves to write and share her wisdom with the world and also writes articles for online websites such as theperfectfeminist.com

Teaching with an open, compassionate heart as well as with a discipline and knowledge of what yoga truly teaches has resulted in the beautiful, harmonized, and unique teaching approach, appreciated by so many of her students. She looks forward to sharing her gifts with you in 2017.

Tracey Craft

TraceyYogalatesTracey began practicing Soloman Yogalates in 2000 and was amazed at the gradual improvement that a regular yoga practice focusing on functional movement patterns made to her overall health. She studied the Soloman Yogalates method in 2007 – 2008, and has been teaching weekly classes since then. Since beginning to teach, she has also been studying the Tattwas Shuddhi Sadhana (5 Element Purification) under Peter Clifford. Tracey practices and teaches her classes with joy and gratitude. She feels honoured to be a part of the Santosha team, and to have the opportunity to observe the new paths embarked and ventured upon by others.

 

 

Peter Clifford

peter-cliffordPeter Clifford is the founder and principal of Anahata Yoga school, master yoga teacher (E-RYT 500) and pioneer of Elemental Yoga including the Five Element Form. Peter has studied and practiced yoga for forty-eight years. He has had the honour of studying with many wise and knowledgeable teachers in India including Swami Sarasvati, Aghor Sadhu Shankar, TKV Desikachar, AG Mohan and BKS Iyengar. Combining his study of elemental yoga with a lifelong interest in bio-mechanics, postural integration, anatomy and physiology, Peter has developed a unique, powerful and comprehensive yoga philosophy described as the Dance of Shiva and Shakti. Peter has been involved with the development and teaching of numerous teacher training courses around the world. His teaching style reflects his experience as a household yogi and his classes are joyous, opening and transformational. His intention is to introduce Santosha’s students to the magic of internal yoga and provide them with the ability to apply the philosophy of yoga to all aspects of their daily lives.

Mark Wali

MarkReillyMark Wali is a Yoga teacher and healing facilitator currently living in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. Upon completing the Abhyasa Yoga Teacher Training in 2008, Mark has had the privilege of spending over three years living with a self-realized yoga master in a small Balinese village and teaching throughout Asia and Australia. Along with the classical teachings of Yoga, Mark is a student and initiate of Kala Cakra Tantra and Hatha Nava Sanga. All of the teachings he has studied and shares with others are centered in the principles of the Universal Dharma, and offered to his teacher, family, and for the benefit of all beings. Mark is pleased and privileged to be a part of the Little Great Way,where he plans to teach the philosophy and fundamentals of a breath-centered, therapeutic practice of Hatha Yoga. A native of New York City, he now calls the Heart home.

 

Barbara Kündig

Barbara-KündigBarbara has been practising Yoga Nidra herself for many years on a daily bases. She has conducted hundreds of classes and workshops on Yoga Nidra as well as many teacher training courses in Europe. Barbara is the author of a German bestselling book on Yoga Nidra as well as many CDs. Currently based in Germany, Barbara teaches our Online Yoga Nidra training as well as running Yoga Nidra classes and retreats around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

Tracy Gray

Tracy-bakasanaIt was the stretching and strengthening component of a dynamic yoga practice that initially drew Tracy to yoga in 2003, but she soon found that the benefits were far-reaching, spreading into every aspect of life. Tracy is a level 2 teacher with over 800 hours training in yoga teaching and yoga therapy and has a keen interest in bio-mechanics and its application to postural alignment in asana practice. Inspired by the more dynamic tradition of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga, Tracy’s teaching style is also influenced by her studies with Simon Borg-Olivier of Yoga Synergy and senior teacher Kate Pell. Her classes are dynamic and enthusiastic with attention to detail in alignment, balanced with patience and a sense of humour which are essential to a yoga practice. Students are encouraged to practise with ahimsa (non-violence and non-harming), listening to their bodies, and gently challenging themselves to enrich their experience. More recently Tracy has been studying yoga therapy with Dr. Ganesh Mohan of Svastha Yoga Therapy to enable her to better assist her students with injuries or medical conditions. Yoga truly is for everyone.

Bettina Freake

image1(1)Bettina Freake (E-RYT 500) is the founder of Touched by Yoga  and has been deeply involved in human health and wellbeing for over a decade.

With a background in remedial therapy, Human Movement, Exercise science and Psychology her work over the last 12 years has seen her become a specialist in bodywork, massage, injury rehabilitation/prevention and alignment. She is motivated by a core belief that holistic wellbeing is everybody’s human right. Working with the Bluearth Foundation exposed Bettina to many yoga teachers mostly in the Iyengar method and for many years she passionately practiced and taught them to hundreds of students, teachers and individuals Australia wide. Studying herself with Santosha (200hr) and the Jivamukti method (500/800hr).

Bettina is known for her light heart, open mind, healing hands and philosophical teachings. Her focus is on the joy of movement, finding comfort in silence and the depths of self exploration. She continues to learn and teach, and feels blessed to travel the world connecting to so many wonderful souls from all walks of life. Bettina is truly fascinated by the human condition, how we choose to relate to each other, our environment and ourselves. It brings her great joy to create experiences and environments that allow others to look within.

Dr. Sandip Sawant

Dr.Sandip_SawantBeing born and brought up in a Goan village, nature was part of Dr. Sawant’s life since early days. Seeing his grandfather, a Traditional Healer, treating patients with the freshly prepared herbal medicine developed his curiosity about nature and natural medicine, and hence that was his first tryst with Ayurveda. After his initial schooling, Dr. Sawant was strongly attracted to the stream of Ayurveda and completed four & half years of B.A.M.S (Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery) Degree with Merit from Goa University in the year 2003. This was followed by a one-year strenuous internship in Ayurveda Hospitals as well as with renowned Practitioners from Goa and nearby. To understand the nuances of Panchakarma Therapy, he did a course in Panchakarma under the world-renowned Panchakarma Specialist from Dhulia, Maharashtra Vaidya.P.T.Joshi. With the bag full of knowledge and experience gathered by meeting the experts in the field of Ayurveda, he started his Panchakarma Clinic in the year 2005. Dr. Sandip is presently associated with Sandu Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Sandu Ayurvedic Spa and Wellness Centre for past 5 years as well as Ayurclinic Goa since its inception. Happily Married to Dr. Jyoti, who is also an Ayurvedic Doctor and presently managing our Ayurveda Clinics in Bicholim and Sanquelim, Dr. Sandip has been blessed with a sweet daughter, ‘Shaivee’. We re honoured to have Dr. Sandip teaching our online Ayurveda trainings.

Ingrid Schroder

IngridYoga has not only taught Ingrid how to heal herself with asana and meditation, but also to connect with her heart and embrace the present moment to accept, love and forgive herself and others completely. These are the gifts she loves to share with the world as a yoga teacher. Completing her 500HR yoga studies with Santosha in Bali and India, Ingrid turns to many sources for inspiration, especially nature. She believes in the interconnectedness of all living things and is always looking for ways to bring nature into her life – she loves practicing outdoors and dreams of establishing regular yoga sessions in parks around Sydney. A freelance graphic designer, photographer and yoga teacher, Ingrid helps with Santosha’s website, social media, communications & marketing.

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