16 December 2014

Dili Wellness will be closed from 19 December to 06 January.  Classes at the Upstairs Studio begin again on 07 January and will continue as normal for the foreseeable future after that.  :)  Happy holidays to you and your families!

02 September 2014

Deepen Your Yoga Practice: Six Yoga Workshops with Jeanne Finestone!
Most Saturdays from 9:00-11:00am @ the Upstairs Studio
Take one, some or all:  $25usd per workshop OR commit to all six for $120usd, paid in advance.

Whether a committed yogi, a relative newbie, or someone who drops on and off the mat, we can all benefit from an intensive that takes us deeper into what we know and empowers us to explore the depths of Hatha’s many poses and practices.  Comprised of six weekly workshops, we will explore more than 50 asanas and yogic practices, breaking them down to their fundamentals to ground our practice and experience the full power of each asana’s many benefits. Each 2-hour session will offer a full class, of which approximately 75 minutes will be dedicated to a specific category of poses and practices and how to integrate them in a complete practice for the body, mind and spirit.

Pre-registration requested.  Contact Jeanne or Colleen to register at: +670-7788-2834 (J) +670-7746-3733 (C), anantamedia@gmail.com (J), diliwellness@gmail.com (C).  Minimum number of 6 people required to run each workshop.  Drop-in’s also welcome, space permitting. 

Workshop #1 = Saturday 20 September, 9:00-11:00am, $25usd
Tone and stretch every muscle with Sun Salutation and explore balance with standing poses.

Workshop #2 = Saturday 27 September, 9:00-11:00am, $25usd
Activate the energy of the backward bends and the contemplative power of the forward-bending asanas.


Workshop #3 = Saturday 04 October, 9:00-11:00am, $25usd
Rejuvenate with inversions and cleanse with twists.

Workshop #4 = Saturday 11 October, 9:00-11:00am, $25usd
Integrate the Ha (sun/masculine) and Tha (moon/feminine) of the physical practice with the Pranic (life force) power of deep relaxation (everybody’s favorite), breathing, and meditation.

Saturday 18 October = Rest

Workshop #5 =
Saturday 25 October, 9:00-11:00am, $25usd
Pull it all together in two complete classes.

Workshop #6 =
Saturday 01 November, 9:00-11:00am, $25usd
Pull it all together in two complete classes.

A 30 year practitioner, Jeanne teaches Integral Yoga, the core lineage of the Sivananda School, which includes the Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Anusara Hatha disciplines.  She is also the author of Ener-Chi, Yoga for Teenage Girls.  Jeanne’s multi-level classes includes asana, deep relaxation, pranayama (breathing), and meditation.

Pre-registration requested.  Contact Jeanne or Colleen to register at
: +670-7788-2834 (J) +670-7746-3733 (C), anantamedia@gmail.com (J), diliwellness@gmail.com (C).  Minimum number of 6 people required to run each workshop.  Drop-in’s also welcome, space permitting.
Kevin Vaughn will be here teaching yoga classes while Hector and I are away. 

Kevin will be substitute teaching the following classes beginning on Wednesday 24 September, 2014:
-Mondays 9:00-10:30am (for Hector), $10usd drop-in
-Mondays 5:45-7:10pm (in lieu of Colleen’s Pilates class……please note later end time), $10usd drop-in
-Tuesdays 6:45-8:15pm (for Tanya…..please note later end time), $10usd drop-in
-Wednesdays 9:00-10:30am (for Hector), $10usd drop-in
-Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm (in lieu of Colleen’s Pilates class…..please note later end time), $10usd drop-in
-Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm (for Hector…..please note later end time), $10usd drop-in
-every other Sunday 4:00-5:30pm (for Hector…..on 05 October, 19 October, 02 November), $20usd drop-in

***Hector’s yoga classes will be cancelled on Tuesday 16 September at 6:45pm, Wednesday 17 September at 9:00am, Thursday 18 September at 6:30pm, Monday 22 September at 9:00am, Tuesday 23 September at 6:45pm.

Class description: The class begins with a relaxation so that you can bring yourself into the space and become aware as to how you are in your physical body and mental body.  The physical practice consists of gentle to stronger postures allowing you to explore the areas of your body that you need to relax so that you are not slowly adding tension to a perhaps already tense body. Tense body, tense mind. Be aware of every moment, movement, and the breath.  Breathing practices help us to relax deeper into our awareness of the 'stuff' we need to let go of so we can live our life to its fullest capacity.  The class ends with a guided relaxation.

Kevin Vaughn is a yoga instructor from Hobart, Tasmania.  He has been practising yoga for the past 49 years and teaching for 13 years.  Trained in Byron Bay, Australia with Yoga Arts in the Ashtanga Style, his preference is Iyengar Style with an emphasis on holding postures so the body/mind can relax and open, finding stillness and quietness within the poses.  Asanas (physical practices) are used to help open and strengthen the physical body.  Pranayama (breath practice) and relaxation techniques play a big part in his teaching, leading into a deep, mindful relaxation.

01 September 2014

Introduction to Belly Dancing
(earlier dance experience NOT needed)
Instruction by: Gilda Rocha
Fridays 6:30-7:30pm @ the Upstairs Studio
September 05, 12, 19, 26
$60usd for all 4 classes, paid in advance.

Advanced pre-registration requested.  Minimum of 6 people registered to run the classes.  Drop-in’s also accepted.  Contact Gilda Rocha to register: +670 7793 8613, gildaroc@gmail.com.

Gilda Rocha is a belly dancer since 2005, performing regularly and teaching since 2007.  She studied with Vania Cesario in Porto, Portugal and attended seminars and workshops with world class masters such as Munique Neith, Mahmoud Reda, Mo Gedawi, and Randa Kamel.


~Flamenco Dance Classes~
(earlier dance experience NOT needed)
Instruction by
Laura Giles Álvarez
Mondays 6:30-7:30pm @ the Upstairs Studio
September 22, 29, October 06, 13, 20, 27
$15usd per class or $70usd for all 6 classes.
Advanced pre-registration requested.  Minimum of 6 people registered to run the classes.  Drop-in’s also accepted.

Come and experience the exotic, passionate, magical rhythms of flamenco. Originating in the south of Spain from unknown roots, some attribute this dance to gypsy origins and others to Arabic heritage. Nevertheless it has evolved to become world heritage and a unique expression of Spanish culture and pride around the whole world.  Starting from a beginner level, we will explore some of the basic rhythms, hand movements, footwork, postures and steps in a series of 4 workshop classes.  Get ready to learn a new dance, express emotions, do some exercise, and have a good time.  Everyone is welcome! No partners needed.  Please wear comfortable clothes; long skirt and low, thick heel shoes are preferable for women, though not necessary.


Laura Giles Álvarez started dancing in 1995 at the Escuela de Danza Pilar López in Madrid. She completed 12 years of training in ballet, flamenco, clásico español, Spanish folklore and escuela bolera.  From 2007 she taught flamenco for three years at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland UK, choreographing for beginners and introducing intermediate level flamenco lessons. In 2011 she completed another year of ballet, flamenco and escuela bolera training at Liceo Bougor in Madrid.  To compliment her regular training she completed 20h with Isabel Quintero in flamenco and escuela bolera and also did summer workshops in ballet at Karen Taft and El Horno in Madrid.