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.
Gabriel Stinga Rihani instructs the following:
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.
Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Style
Please read the full description on the Yoga Village website before attending
Following the same sequence as the the Ashtanga Led Class, these classes allow students to move at their own pace and are taught in the traditional style or self practice. Students are not expected to know the sequence and will be taught it one on one in a group setting over time.
Students become familiar with the sequence and develop a self practice that is guided by an experience Ashtanga Teacher & Practitioner. Over time this sequence grows as students are introduced to new poses when they have mastered the pose they are currently working on. As a result of this time required to learn the sequence students commit to a regular practice to ensure they learn the sequence properly and safely (3 times per week minimum).
This method, developed by Patthabhi Jois allows students to genuinely progress their practice, at their own pace, which means they are not being pushed forward or held back due to the rest of those attending the class.
Students should arrive early, the doors open half an hour before the advertised class time and you are welcome to get started as soon as you arrive if you already know the sequence. If you are new to this style please arrive at the noted class start time.
Expect your first practice to last around 30-45 minutes, which will eventually build up to a full 90 minute practice.