Hatha


This class is taught by:

Asha Daniels


Trained in India under Master Teachers from the Bihar School of Yoga, Asha is a qualified ERYT 500 Hatha Yoga Instructor and has conducted classes and training workshops in India for 4 years before moving to Sydney in September 2014.

While in India Asha gained a strong foundation in Hatha Yoga as her primary practice and then moved to Ashtanga which gradually and steadily started to play a bigger role as her primary practice. She now currently follows and practices the Ashtanga method and loves the affects it plays on her teaching style and personal journey.

Gabriel Stinga Rihani

Gabriel began practicing yoga in its various forms in 2003 and in 2008 he began a dedicated Ashtanga Yoga practice. He has a background in Buddhist meditation that together with Ashtanga yoga, forms part of his sadhana.
Since his first trip to India in 2007, Gabriel has spent a large portion of time in India learning directly from his teachers. In 2009 Gabriel began studying under the guidance of Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore and after four extended study trips he has been authorised to teach the traditional method. Gabriel also spent extended periods of study over several years learning from certified teachers Rolf Naujokat and Louise Ellis. He was first introduced to the art of adjusting by Anand Zorzo when assisting him in his native Las Palmas, Spain and later assisting under guidance of Natalia Paisano in Stockholm, Sweden.
Teaching Ashtanga Yoga has previously taken Gabriel to Sweden, Portugal, Spain, France and Germany. He is now teaching the Mysore program at Yoga Village together with his wife Nadia. He is also teaching the weekly traditional led Primary class.

Hannah Mckissock-Davis

Twelve years ago Hannah stepped into her first yoga studio with no idea of what to expect. She wasn't flexible, athletic or spiritual, but soon discovered that the beauty of yoga is that it teaches you the discipline, inspiration and perspective to move beyond all of these supposed limitations.

Hannah's favorite part of being a yoga teacher is building a relationship with her students. Whether you are stepping onto the mat for the first time or a seasoned practitioner, Hannah believes the delight of being in a class is working with that shared energy and support.

For the past five years Hannah has devoted herself to two creative arenas, yoga and the arts. Currently dividing her time between yoga teaching and working at Sydney's state gallery presents her with opportunities for constant inspiration.

If you are looking to refine your alignment; build awareness of your body, breath and movement; and find space and laughter in your practice Hannah would love to meet you on the mat.

Jo Gilmour

In Jo’s Yogic life – teaching, practice and breathing – she focuses on trying to be present, open, playful and brave. Jo has been teaching for 10 years and is still awestruck and humbled by the way Yoga can change a person’s life. Her teachings integrate a Yoga flow with the precision of Iyengar into a deep strong practice.

“Gratitude to each of you for your presence and attention. May your practice lead you into a more mindful life”.

Nadia Stinga Rihani

Nadia is honoured to be a Level 2 Authorised Ashtanga teacher, and was given her blessing to teach this method by Sharath Jois in 2014.

Nadia first found the yoga mat whilst studying at university and really felt changed by the practice when she began daily practice in her first job after completing her studies.
After living in the USA, Italy and Portugal Nadia returned home and
discovered the Ashtanga method which she found life changing. After many years of study Nadia left her corporate career to focus on teaching and in 2011 founded Yoga Village with the intention of creating an authentic and non-competitive space in which students could practice and teachers could facilitate their learnings.

Since 2010 Nadia has travelled to India each year for intensive self study and practice, from which she sources inspiration for her teaching and life.

Nadia is extremely grateful to be walking on this path and to be able to share the joy and pain of a sincere yoga practice with her students.

Luc Sanchez

Luc has always had a strong calling and attraction to spiritual practices. He was also a very active child but never called for team sports, so for years he enjoyed regularly rock climbing, Aikido, and Karate. He did his first Vipassana Meditation when he was 16, a life changing experience, that became an important personal practice. He has continued for years now, participating, volunteering and serving

At the age of 21 he started flirting with yoga, casually joining classes, becoming aware of different styles of asana practice, unconvinced and without really committing. The need to link spiritual practice with body work seemed however important. A couple of years later when he was living in Berlin he began to practice acrobatics, contact improvisation and at this time discovered Ashtanga yoga.

The need to follow the path of yoga then became unquestionable. In Ashtanga, the link between the philosophy and practice was obvious and the discipline fundamental. At that point he had just finished his studies in Music Production and Audio engineering, and decided to go to India to be closer to the roots of yoga. He spent the first couple of months in Rishikesh studying under Yogi Kamal Singh and Sunil Sharma and the next months traveling through India, continuing practicing Ashtanga yoga and Vipassana Meditation in the tradition of Saya Gyi U Ba Khin.

In Tulum on the Caribbean coast he had the opportunity to start teaching regularly. He taught daily Vinyasa classes as well as led a 6 days per week Ashtanga Mysore style program and after 1 year organized his first retreat.

Life led him to South East Asia where he completed trainings in Thai Massage with Pichest Boonthumme and Ashtanga yoga with Andrea Drottholm, Kirsten Berg and Iain Grysak. During this time, he also opened a space for yoga in Chiang Mai Thailand, and taught classes as well as facilitated retreats in France, Swizerland and Sri Lanka where he continues to teach every year. In 2015 he went to continue his studies in India.

He knew going to Mysore and practicing with Sharath Jois at KPJAYI was essential for him to understand the roots of the Ashtnaga lineage since then continues to return every year.

He believes the guidance of a good teacher and particularly a consistent dedication to a particular practice is fundamental for authentic personal growth on the path of yoga. But it is perhaps more important to learn how to look inside ourselves to go into deeper levels of self-study and awareness.

In the end it is our own consistent practice and dedication that will lead us forward, that will teach us to become kinder, more aware and attentive, and help us lead our lives in a mindful way.

 
Hatha, meaning the balance between the sun and the moon, is a free flowing and physically challenging style of yoga. This is the perfect for those who are looking for an activity in which they can completely channel their energy. Students are encouraged to breath through the ever changing poses and can expect to feel revitalised at the end of the class.
This is a mixed level class and teachers will offer different options for those of different experience levels. Some experience is required.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon 17 Dec 6:15 am - 7:30 am with Asha Daniels
  • Mon 17 Dec 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Gabriel Stinga Rihani
  • Mon 17 Dec 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Hannah Mckissock-Davis
  • Tue 18 Dec 6:15 am - 7:30 am with Jo Gilmour
  • Tue 18 Dec 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Asha Daniels
  • Wed 19 Dec 6:15 am - 7:30 am with Asha Daniels
  • Wed 19 Dec 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Nadia Stinga Rihani
  • Wed 19 Dec 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Luc Sanchez
  • Thu 20 Dec 6:15 am - 7:30 am with Jo Gilmour
  • Thu 20 Dec 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Asha Daniels
  • Fri 21 Dec 6:15 am - 7:30 am with Luc Sanchez