Madhu Madhav Das – Level 2 Teacher India
Madhu Madhav Das is a Resident Spiritual Teacher in monastic order at Govardhan Eco Village, the incredible venue for our Santosha Level 2 RYT-500 training. He supports spiritual learning for Yoga participants and facilitates leadership workshops, creative writing workshops, Digital Detox, and other trainings for different visiting groups.
On his journey for spiritual awakening he likes to inspire others along the way – so that we all gradually accumulate assets of permanent value, most important possession of which is our consciousness, our sense of identity, our inner self; all else eventually slips away.
He believes by deepening the understanding of our inner self can assist in our quest for happiness and will answer all the questions in life. Madhu Madhav Das has worked for years with Future Group, Strategy Cell, Group CEO Office – offering practical spiritual guidance and direction.
Madhu Madhav Das is guided by theses words of Krishna:
And of all yogis,
He who full of faith worships Me,
With his inner self abiding in Me,
Him I hold to be most attuned. (Gita, 6.47)
Mathieu (Mat) Côté – Level 2 Teacher India
I’ve been seeking to know thyself for over 10 years now. I’m having beautiful deep experiences while traveling around the world. My life choices are linked to the question: “Who am I?” I have the chance to be guided by spiritual masters and feel very grateful. Since the search seems to go on forever, I enjoy life, accept myself for who I am now, and fill the space with authentic expression (music, water therapy, yoga and more neat stuff:)
My intention is to follow my heart with no expectations as much as I can. I feel comfortable and confident holding space with integrity for groups of people that are ready (or not) to go within. I believe words cannot describe someone very well so, when we meet, I invite you to gaze through my eyes so you can really see me; I’m an open book ready to share the love I feel.
Mat will be sharing his passion and wisdom with our lucky students as a guest teacher on our 2019 India Level 2 Yoga Teacher training – he looks forward to experiencing this magical journey back to the source of Yoga with you.
Jamie – Support Teaching Team
Jamie 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.
Multi-talented Jamie shares his infectious sense of joy and enthusiasm to our trainings – teaching Open Heart meditation and Laughter Yoga on the Level 1 course as well as managing our onsite Nusa Lembongan cafe – Ginger + Jamu. Jamie looks forward welcoming you to our island home, and sharing good times and great food with you on our special little spot in paradise 🙂
Santosha is privileged to have a dedicated spiritual counsellor – Hamid Ebadi – on our team, to assist and support our students with their psychological, spiritual and mental health.
Along with his western psychology qualifications and experience, in 2000 Hamid was ordained as a monk and subsequently authorized in 2010 by his master to teach and 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 and has been in active practice since then.
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 a trusting and accepting relationship is essential for it is the relationship that ultimately heals. His counsel has proved to be invaluable help for many Santosha in the past.
Today a growing number of people are turning to the internet for counselling. Hamid uses both Skype sessions and e-mailing in his work. All contacts with him are private and covered by confidentiality.
Find out more about Hamid’s Spiritual Counselling offerings here.
Tracey – Support Teaching Team
Tracey 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.
Our students rave about Tracey’s teaching methods and breadth of knowledge. 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.
Barbara – Yoga Nidra Immersive + Online
Barbara 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. We are thrilled to offer our popular 50 Hour Yoga Nidra Immersive in Nusa Lembongan in conjunction with Barbara.
Tracy – Support Teaching Team
It 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.
Darla – Support Teaching Team
Darla 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 – Support Teaching Team
Sarah 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.
Jennie – Student Support + Admin
As a Santosha RYT-200 (2011) and RYT-500 (2013) graduate, Jennie is honoured to work for Santosha in an Administration and Student Support role – handling the day to day of keeping a booming yoga business going!
Jennie makes sure life is smooth and easy for all our students – and grads. She handles all student bookings and enquiries and loves to help our new students get started on their journey. She is supported in this role by our accounts whizz, Margie.
Having studied under Sunny and her team of dedicated teachers, Jennie knows first-hand the deeply transformative power of undertaking a teacher training through Santosha… and of being welcomed warmly into the Santosha family.
Jennie is excited to now be sharing this experience with others, and to offer support, strength and smiles along the way. She came to yoga – as many of us initially do – for the physical benefits. It was not until her own struggle with depression and anxiety that she realised the deep strength and stillness that a regular yoga practice brings.
Jennie loves working with all the amazing people Santosha attracts – both students and teachers!
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