Aerial Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga
Christine is into movement and body art since she was a little girl. Her yoga path started parallel to being a dancer and evolved deeply while traveling Central America. Christine became a travelling Yogini, dedicated Yoga practitioner and a passionate Vegan. Yoga is an art of living that makes her embrace and appreciate herself and everyone and everything around her. It lets her find new answers, makes her shift perception and reinvents herself over and over again. Awareness became a key and a planet-friendly lifestyle a permanent accessory. She completed a 200hours Vinyasa Teacher Training in Mexico, Playa del Carmen in 2009 and the 300hours Jivamukti Teacher Training in New York in 2011. Ever since she brings together what she has been taught and continues to shape and grow her practice as well as her teaching – on and off the mat. Christine’s classes offer students the opportunity to embody the Asana so as to challenge and shift perceptions. Her teaching style is compassionate and grounded, can take you out of your comfort zone and is always spiced up with some fun moments. “I am in love with life, full circle – the deep and heavy moments as well as the light and playful ones are welcome and get chewed up. I am looking for the clouds dancing in the skies and I love silly things. Playing is a requirement and growing up optional. I am coming to terms with my own uniqueness and will encourage everyone to do the same.” Christine is grateful to each and every teacher that she has met on her journey; they all became a part of her.
'What makes it [Wellicious] really exquisite for me is the fact that they produce eco-friendly and responsibly in Europe. We have a responsibility towards Mother Earth and all its inhabitants and, therefore, it is an honor to support Wellicious in their attempt to be a role model in this field. '
Céline is an advanced certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher. Before settling in her hometown Bern in Switzerland, where she opened the studio Dayayoga in 2011, she travelled around the globe spreading the yogic teachings of compassion and non-violence.
Her vision of a more peaceful planet has originally brought her to the studies of political and social sciences, but through Yoga Céline has found a different and effective platform to motivate people to live more compassionately and peacefully. She has studied and continues to study under the guidance of her beloved teachers and mentors Sharon Gannon, David Life, Yogeswari, Lady Ruth, Manorama and many more who keep being an inexhaustible source of inspiration.
Céline artfully weaves the teachings of Yoga into her creative and vigorous classes who are infused by spherical sounds and tribal beats. Her classes will not change your life but inspire you to become the change from within.
When I first discovered the writings of transcendentalists like Emerson and Thoreau as a teenager, it sparked an interest in Hindu texts and curiosity in the potential of human consciousness. On my school lunch break one day, I walked into a Yoga and meditation class in a church in Notting Hill. Needless to say, I was captivated.
Later, while a student at King’s College London, I started to explore different methods of Yoga such as Ashtanga and Kundalini Yoga during my free time and this practice planted seeds for a future lifestyle.
A few years later, while working as as a holistic therapist in a rehabilitation centre in Cape Town, people started asking me to share with them what they would sometimes see me doing in the garden. I reluctantly agreed, as I felt like a beginner and had not yet trained as a teacher. The experience was mind-blowing and has since served as a limitless source of inspiration, a reminder of the transformative power of Yoga.
After discovering Jivamukti Yoga in London in 2008, I undertook Jivamukti Yoga teacher training with Sharon Gannon and David Life in New York in 2010. I went on to complete an apprenticeship with Cat Alip- Douglas at Jivamukti Yoga London, where I was based as a teacher until the end of 2013. In January 2014 I moved to Luxembourg, to co-found the Dancing Kala Yoga School.
My dream is for Yoga to inspire human beings to wake up and get in touch with who they really are and to set about living in a way that causes the least amount of harm possible, whenever possible. I believe a Yoga practice, over time, enables us to directly experience the inter-connectedness of life and to become de-hypnotised from oppressive cultural norms and conditioning.
Yoga also teaches us to be courageous and kind, strong but also soft, to be flexible so as to not to ever become bent out of shape or broken – not just in our physical bodies but in our minds, hearts and attitudes. Yoga calls on us to let go of divisive world views and to come together in pursuit of a higher goal.
When not working with you at Dancing Kala Yoga, I can be found unrolling my Yoga mat at workshops, retreats, in local forests, at home and in sacred sites and spaces around the world, embracing that ever greater sense of incremental interconnectedness of life.
(Website coming soon)
Jasmin has been qualified in April 2011 at the Teacher Training in NY by Sharon Gannon and David Life as a Jivamukti yoga teacher and has subsequently made the apprenticeship with her mentor Anja Kühnell in Berlin. Jasmine teaches at Jivamukti Berlin and at also works as a lawyer in Berlin.
Jasmin has also taught for some time in a prison (JVA Berlin), with the premise of yoga being good for those who want to be happy and free, regardless of external conditions and circumstances.
Yoga helps us to find a way to be happy and free always and under all circumstances, namely NOW (atha yoga anushasanam / PYS I.1)
'Wellicious feels good in every aspect: on your own skin (materials); for the environment (eco friendly); for others (non-exploiting) ... so it goes together well with one of the most important tenant of Jivamukti Yoga: ahimsa (non-harming)'
Having found more hope for a better world through yoga than through round tables and suits, Linnea, originally from Sweden, left a promising career in international relations for creating more peace in the hearts of women and men. She took the Jivamukti Yoga 300-hour Teacher Training in 2012 and since then teaches full time in Moscow, Russia, where she lives with her husband who is gracious enough to let her share his everyday life. She is inspired by the courage of every single person who steps onto the yoga mat, daring to turn inward instead of chasing abundant distractions without. Her classes have been described as a meditative flow of breath, music and awareness. Linnea is humbly grateful to all her teachers off the mat and on, to Sharon Gannon and David Life for creating the worldwide satsang that is Jivamukti Yoga, and to her first teacher, her mother, for being the embodiment of compassion.
"As a yogi, and particularly a yoga teacher, I try to practice the values of these teachings to the best of my ability (while still looking good doing it). Therefore, it is wonderful to see a clothing company like Wellicious that adheres to these guidelines, promoting sustainability and social responsibility as their core values."
London, United Kingdom
I grew up living near the water, and I suppose because of this I’ve always been drawn to the elements; water, wind, fire, earth and sky. I’ve found these elements present in every place that I’ve been enticed to call home, which is perhaps why I feel most at home in my yoga practice, which is so interwoven with the elements.
First drawn to yoga as a philosophy student over 25 years ago, yoga has been instrumental in finding balance in my own life. It was like finding a map to better understand how to be in the world; with myself, my body, and in relationship with others. My studies of yoga include a variety of internationally renowned teachers and schools, most notably the Jivamukti and Iyengar yoga methods, which I’ve been practicing for over 15 years.
I teach the Jivamukti method, and this includes alignment cues, awareness of the breath, and plenty of music. Hands-on adjustments are a unique aspect of my classes intended to give the practitioner a better understanding of correct alignment, the energetics of asana and an awareness of the body in space.
Above all else, as a yoga teacher, a Rolfer and a human being, I aim to create a space in the world where we celebrate our individuality and co-exist with compassion.
'Wellicious clothing are comfortable, soft and stylish. I’m proud to wear them because they are environmentfriendly and made locally, here in Europe.'
Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Power, Jivamukti & Restorative
Alexia is a holistic health coach and yoga teacher based in Vienna, Austria. Having trained all around the world in several different styles of Yoga, Alexia merges techniques from Ashtanga, Power Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga in her teachings. As she structures classes according to the Yin & Yang principle, you will find challenging dynamic sequences to strenghten as well as restorative postures to relax and unwind. In addition to traveling, one of her biggest passions is making raw chocolate and green smoothies. Alexia is currently training to be a burn-out prevention/ anti stress and nutrition coach and runs retreats all over the world.
“Wellicious fabrics are so unique and so comfortable - they make me feel like I am floating in my yoga classes.”
New York, United States
(website coming soon)
Alexandra Voukitchevitch is an Advanced Certified 800-hr Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, a 200-hr YogaWorks Certified Teacher and 25-hr Ma Prenatal Yoga Certified Teacher. Yoga transformed Alexandra – it saved her. Her message is to empower the students that come to the classes she teaches to go deep into the practice and free themselves through these liberating Yoga practices of Self study, compassion through non-harming, devotion, deep listening, and meditation. Alexandra thanks her teachers: Mother Earth, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Cassandra Rigney, Ganesh Das, Joshua Greene, Manorama, her spouse and her students. Alexandra teaches at Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City during the week and at Euphoria Yoga in Woodstock during the weekends. She serves on the Georgetown University Alumni Admnissions Committee and speaks fluent Spanish and French. Alexandra models with Elite Model Management and is a Georgetown University graduate. Peace!
'As a vegan Jivamukti Yoga teacher I like Wellicious and Wellicious Clothing because of its commitment to eco-friendly and socially responsible practices. I also love the stylish and practical clothing that you can wear from the studio to the street!'
London, United Kingdom
Durga Devi, the name given to Denise Teperino by her beloved teachers, Sharon Gannon and David Life, is a former dancer and competitive gymnast who grew up in New York City. After high school, she studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and hung out in Manhattan’s East Village soaking up the downtown music and art scene.
She was introduced to Jivamukti yoga in 1994 by close friends. Asana practice felt very natural to her, but it was the chanting, the philosophy and the ancient and holy teachings of yoga that really hit home. Durga is one of the original teachers of the London Jivamukti Yoga Centre. She is Advanced Certified in the Jivamukti method and taught at the Lafayette street New York Centre for over three years before moving to the UK to assist with opening Jivamukti Yoga London centre in early 2005.
"The clothes look and feel totally fabulous!!!"
Scottsdale, AZ, United StatesJivamukti & Vinyasa YogaJumping, horses, painting, chanting, handstands, love, olive oil, sand, music, laughing, teaching, bicycles, kissing, cats & dogs, good talks, hugging, breathing…
Jessyca (E-RYT 500) practiced yoga since the age of 20. For 15 years she taught, and places her focus with love and passion to the anatomically healthy alignment of yoga asanas as well as breathing and the philosophy of yoga.
In addition to her great interest in Therapeutic Yoga (be was taught by BKS Iyengar’s student David Jacob, South Africa) Jessyca’s passion lies particularly in the dynamic Vinyasa Yoga style (Jivamukti YogaTM by Sharon Gannon and David Life).
‘On my path of yoga, the ethical way of life is fundamentally important to me in all areas. With Wellicious I have found beautiful products that support my position as a vegan yogini and I can support them wholeheartedly.‘
Jivamukti & Free Floating Aerial Yoga / Ayurveda
www.claudia-lederer.deI enjoyed all kinds of physical activities since I was a child. After many years as a personal trainer in the fitness- and aerial area, I accidentally encountered yoga. Since then I have been working intensely with a variety styles of it.
My first passion in life was working in the gym, my 2nd great passion was and is yoga and my third passion is free-floating aerial Yoga. All my knowledge, my enthusiasm and experience I bring into the free-floating practice.
Free Floating Aerial Yoga is a unique method that is based on a special concept, with selected asanas, a thought-out class concept and with special training sequences.
I am a fitness-and B-and A-licensed Step- and Aerobics instructor, also licensed Hot Iron instructor and personal trainer. But since 2003 I teach and practice only yoga.
I took part of Dr. Patrick Broome’s training program for one year, after in 2005 I did the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training with Sharon Gannon and David Life at the Omega Institute in New York.
Since then I have been teaching in several different centers in Munich (including the Jivamukti Center & Leo's Sports Club), privates, as well as at my own Yoga Retreats in Ibiza.
In addition I participated in April 2007at a pilot project to IHK-certified yoga teachers and in March 2010 I successfully finished my training with as a European Ayurvedic therapist.
In 2011 I graduated from New York's Teacher Training Antigravity Yoga. Since December 2012, I am a certified Antigravity teacher.
I am developing Free Floating Aerial Yoga, in which I bring all my knowledge my enthusiasm and my experience.
In January of 2014 the first Free Floating Aerial Yoga Teacher Training was held in Airyoga Munich.
'I like the philosophy and the clothes. So I will promote Wellicious on my facebook wall and on the DVD.'
London, United KingdomJivamukti YogaNicole is a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher from Switzerland. Her playlist is just as eclectic as her roots: Nicole is the daughter of a Greek / Hungarian mother and a Swiss / Dutch father, and she aims to implement those different cultures into her teaching. Nicole believes that yoga can unite body & soul but it can also bridge different cultures and languages.
Nicole started practicing yoga as a means to strengthen her neck & back after a series of back injuries she had sustained over a period of 15 years:
From a snowboarding accident in the Swiss Alps, a boating accident on the Turkish coast, to a motorbike accident in Greece: her back had been severely injured. Numerous therapies followed, but nothing seemed to help. A series of fortunate events then took her to London where she started practicing yoga. What she found during the classes was much more than she could ever have hoped for.
Not only did the yoga practice strengthen her back, but she also found inner strength & peace through her asana practice, and that is what Nicole strives to pass on in her classes.
Her assists are gentle but forceful and very much inspired by her mentor, Lady Ruth.
Yoga Teacher, poet, writer
“I believe we are stronger united than apart, that yoga's engagement should start within our yoga community. I believe in a borderless community of hearts, where difference is respected--even celebrated--because we are each other's family.
I believe we both heal ourselves and cultivate our own unique gifts by embracing the multi-faceted rainbow spectrum of human experience. Diversity is beauty blossoming.”
A former curator of photography, a poet and longtime student of Asian philosophy, Hope is a deeply committed teacher of flowing breath-centric yoga. Her classes draw from her background in the arts, are nourished by her continued studies in Tantric philosophy and mythology, and take flight on her encouragement for all students to find and ride their own current of inspiration.
Hope finds beauty in the mundane, the special and the extraordinary—all of which surround us every day.
Frankfurt, GermanyYoga LehrerinXimena Gutiérrez, E-RYT Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance® *
She is a Certified Jivamukti Yoga® Instructor and Khalsa Way™ Prenatal Yoga Teacher originally trained in the Sivananda Yoga tradition. Her style, distilled from more than a decade of teaching experience, combines intense physical energy with compassionate guidance. In her classes and seminars she includes yoga lessons to encourage positive changes in daily life. Ximena is featured in the television series Aire Yoga, shown daily on PBS’s Spanish-language network V-me and is also a faculty member of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, the most trusted source for wellness and personal growth in the U.S. She hold Masters on Communication and Education and finalizing a Master Program on Raw and Vegan Nutrition.
'Environmentally friendly means all for me, Yoga is higher consciousness, thank you Wellicious for caring for mama tierra!'
Munich, GermanyJivamukti YogaGabriela Bozic, MA, co-founder of the Jivamukti Centers in Munich, Germany, holds a master's degree in linguistics and advanced certification in Jivamukti Yoga. Gabriela leads workshops and trainings internationally and is an established presenter at yoga conferences worldwide. Her classes integrate both physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of yoga into modern lifestyle without losing sight of the ancient and universal goal of the practice—liberation. Gabriela is known for her dynamic, passionate, life-loving and thorough approach in teaching, skillfully blending mystical and practical teachings of yoga in her classes. Her optimism and vivaciousness are contagious; therefore, you may find yourself laughing, dancing and singing in her classes too. Her personal goal is to inspire and motivate students to live an empowered life in truth, understanding and love and by integrating yoga into their lifestyle to make this world a more loving, non-judgmental and peaceful place. Practicing and studying yoga since 1998, she has extensively trained with Sharon Gannon and David Life since 2001. Her deep interest and love for people, nature, yoga, philosophy, Sanskrit, mysticism and psychology have led her to study with many other known and unknown teachers from different spiritual lineages including R. Sriram, Gurmukh, Mark Whitwell, Satyarthi, Dr. Bayer and Mona Miller to name a few. She has been featured in many international magazines and TV shows. She co-authored with Patrick Broome the book ”Yoga for Life: Reconnecting to Mother Earth with Jivamukti Yoga” published in German, Italian and Czech language. Visit our web-shop to purchase Gabriela's DVD: Yoga - All I need