ONCE UPON A TIME...
Anna and Rich joined forces to create a unique yoga portfolio... Together their joie de vivre is contagious. They inspire light hearted courage, empowering those around them to shine consistently – during the dark times and the bright. Their loving, playful style of educating instills confidence in students of all levels as they illuminate their strengths, gently guiding them toward their higher potential by offering tools to elevate their happiness and optimize their lives. The dynamic duo are currently based in Brighton, England, with their baby daughter, Stella.
Anna, international yoga teacher and teacher trainer, sparkled in Los Angeles as a designer, entrepreneur and yogi, but her heart desired adventure and knowledge... So for years she traveled the earth focusing on humanitarianism – en route, practicing and teaching yoga classes, workshops, retreats, festivals and teacher trainings. Over 100 of her graduates are currently sharing yoga worldwide.
Since 1998, Anna has been fortunate to have studied with renowned teachers around the globe, all of whom have shaped her own practice and teaching approach. Her dharma is sharing her passion for spiritual balance, and she devotes herself to exploring this – as a student and a teacher.
Anna obtained her 500 hour certification in the Himalayas, from a duo of gurus – a doctorate of philosophy and a doctor of Ayurvedic and Western medicine. Immersed in the vibrant energy of India, she also studied spiritual philosophy and Eastern medicine, and instructed intensive yoga teacher trainings.
Integrating appropriate anatomical alignment, challenging sequences and intelligent transitions with creativity, enthusiasm and joy, it’s been said that Anna plays yoga. During philosophical Yin classes, Anna’s captivating voice invokes peace; whilst her laughter-packed, Ashtanga-based flows culminate in blissful vinyasa fun, focusing on strength, mindfulness and grace.
Anna’s love for playful motion and holistic wellbeing is her offering – she aims to assist others in discovering and nurturing their ethos. She believes it's deep rooted passion which sparks the joy that will maintain a strong self-practice, peace of mind, a happy life, and the ability and authenticity to share it with others.
• E-RYT 500, RYS 200, RYS 300, YACEP
For over 15 years, Richard has worked as a Strength & Conditioning Coach in High Performance Sport, with some of the best organizations and athletes in the world. Diving, football, judo, boxing, snowboarding, skiing... He has supported teams in preparation for two Summer Olympic Games – London 2012 and Rio 2016 – and is currently working toward the the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang, with Great Britain's Park and Pipe squad.
Whilst living in Beijing, China, Richard’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, so he moved home to care for her during the final stages of the disease. That was life changing. It sparked a momentous shift in perspective, self-discovery, consciousness, and a desire to learn what life really means.
Travel and an openness to experience different cultures have helped Rich discover practices that continue to guide and heal the grief. This is why wellbeing has become his focus and passion. It’s not just about performance – it’s about helping as many people as possible by sharing new perspectives, facilitating fun and effective ways to move, and generally optimizing life.
Rich's coaching, teaching, and mentoring are sought after by up-and-comers in his field, as well as successful peers – due to his extensive experience and sensitivity in understanding different styles of learning and how to present accordingly. This translates beautifully into Yoga Teacher Trainings – offering insights that speak to longtime yogis and those who are surprised to find themselves on the mat.
BSc [Hons] Sports Therapy
MSc Strength and Conditioning Science
Licensed Sports Masseur
WHERE DID SHE HEAR THAT?
Neurobiology of Yoga: Yoga Medicine – David Vago – Koh Samui, Thailand
the latest scientific understanding of the brain mechanisms by which self-transformation is possible through yoga practice.
January 24, 2016
All Things Spinal: Yoga Synergy – Simon Borg-Olivier – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
In depth study, observance and practice of the profound effects of the subtle breath on the spine.
November 16-17, 2015
Teachers’ Immersion: YogaMazé – Noah Maze – Singapore
Advanced intensive focusing on sequencing, breathing techniques, verbal and hands- on adjustments, instructing inversions, class involvement, etc.
October 14-18, 2015
Bend Don’t Break: YogaMazé – Noah Maze – Bali, Indonesia
An intensive study of twisting poses, hip openers and progressive sequencing toward back bending. Deep investigation into the body, mind and heart to seek the progress in expansion and truth in limitation.
March 29-April 2, 2015
Yin Teacher Training: Sebastian Pucelle & Murielle Burrellier – Koh Samui, Thailand
Intense study of the anatomical and energetic benefits of the Yin practice via exploration of philosophy, breath, practical anatomy, sequencing and intelligent application.
September 8-15, 2014 (50 hours - Anatomy & Theory)
Advanced Therapeutics & Myofascial Release: Yoga Medicine – Tiffany Cruikshank – Samahita, Thailand
Focused on anatomy and creating personalized therapeutic yoga prescriptions by using a combination of Western anatomy and physiology, infused with traditional Eastern philosophy.
March 10-16, 2014
Spinal Freedom: Paddy McGrath – The Yogarden, Thailand
In the lineage of Vanda Scaravelli, this intensive workshop entailed attaining freedom in the body and getting in touch with the true inner teacher.
June 14-18, 2014
ALTERNATIVE HEALING EDUCATION
Energy Alchemy: Abigail Pattman – Koh Samui, Thailand Study and practice of healing modalities, via energy and emotion. August 28, 2014 (ongoing)
Osteopathy: Damian Gallagher B.O.A. – Bangkok, Thailand
Practical study dealing with the musculoskeletal system. May, 2014 - November, 2016
Neuro Somatic Reprogramming: Sebastian Bartu C.O. – Koh Samui, Thailand
Comprehensive study of the science of human neurological empowerment. March 25-30, 2014
Ayurveda: Ayureka, Liz Stites – Cincinnati, Ohio USA Implementing Eastern practices into Western lifestyles to maintain wellness in body and mind. January 8, 2014
Reiki I and II: Reiki Masters Mark, Silvia and Leila – Dharamsala, India
Received attunements, symbols and permission to practice. April, June 2013
Bryce Yoga Immersion: Dice Iida-Klein & Briohny Smyth – Absolute, Thailand
Study of Dice and Briohny’s unique, inversion’centric sequencing techniques and the philosophy behind it.
July 22-29, 2014
Essential Iyengar Course: Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre – Dharamcot, India
Studied philosophical and practical aspects necessary to teach others how to maintain an independent self-practice.
April 14-20, 2013
AcroYoga Immersion: Joe Barnett – Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Practiced therapeutic and acrobatic techniques for teaching beginners and flying with advanced acro yogis.
July 12-14, 2012
500-Hour Advanced Hatha & Ashtanga YTT: Chandra Yoga International – McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala India
Advanced therapeutic, meditative and dynamic yoga teaching methodologies, with focus on ayurveda, anatomy and physiology, philosophy, The Sutras of Patanjali, Sanskrit, meditation and pranayama.
Completed on October 2, 2012 (E-RYT 500, Yoga Alliance)
200-Hour Hatha YTT: Maharishi Yoga Vihar Foundation – Rishikesh, HP, India
A blend of Hatha including Ashtanga, vinyasa, power, Sivananda, yin and prenatal, including mantra chanting, meditation, pranayama, kriyas, sanskrit, philosophy, The Sutras of Patanjali, anatomy and physiology.
April 12 - May 14, 2008 (E-RYT 200, Yoga Alliance International)
25-Hours here... 50-Hours there... Los Angeles, California USA
Yoga Works, Santa Monica – Brock & Krista Cahill
Golden Bridge, Hollywood – Gurmukh
Mukti Yoga – Julie Rader, Genevieve Fischer 2003-2010
Pre-Yoga Alliance… Immersions and Modules – Los Angeles, California USA
Anatomy-centric studies (biomechanics and therapeutics specific to shoulders, hips, spine), purposeful sequencing, yoga as preventative medicine... 2003-2010
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