Pilates | Ballet | Contemporary Dance & Creative Movement | Yoga
Colleen Coy graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance from the University of Wisconsin, USA. She received her Pilates teaching certifications (Beginning-Advanced on Mat and all Pilates equipment) through Movement Insights in the USA. Her Yogaworks 200 hour yoga teacher training certification focused on a mixture of Iyengar and Ashtanga methods. Colleen completed her 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training certification course with Scott Anderson of Alignment Yoga, therapeutic yoga, in the USA. Colleen learned Russian method Vaganova ballet and trained at acclaimed institutions such as the Joffrey Ballet, and has performed and toured with ballet and modern dance companies in the USA.
As an instructor, Colleen brings to her teaching a profound understanding of the body gained through her extensive movement and body-work history. Her teaching takes a holistic approach focusing on proper alignment, the development of core strength, flexibility, balance, and overall body awareness, with respect for individual pain and injury. Colleen works with each client, assisting them to explore the creative and restorative processes of the body.
Yoga and meditation have been Emma’s grounding forces in the wake of a tumultuous adolescence and ongoing migratory lifestyle. After practicing yoga for 8 years in 8 countries, Emma completed a 200+ hour yoga teacher training at the Yoga and Meditation School of India in Melbourne, Australia in 2015. In August 2017 she completed a certification in Pre-/Post-Natal and Children’s/Teenager's Yoga through Santosha Yoga Institute in Bali, Indonesia. Previously Emma taught yoga to students at the University of Melbourne where she integrated yoga into broader well-being programs. Since January 2017 Emma has been teaching yoga and meditation at Dili Wellness. She also conducts free classes with survivors of gender-based violence and family violence. Classes taught by Emma follow the holistic principles of traditional yoga and incorporate elements of hatha and ashtanga streams of yoga. Emma also regularly practices vipassana meditation.
Hector has been learning and practicing various styles of yoga on-and-off for over thirty years. He was first introduced to yoga in 1982 by attending teachings from Paramahansa Satyananda, founder of the Bihar School of Yoga, at Mangrove Creek Ashram in Australia and he later attended regular classes with Satyananda, Ashtanga, and Iyengar Yoga teachers. Hector completed the YogaWorks 200-hour teaching certificate program in July 2012. Hector is currently undertaking his 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training certification with Scott Anderson of Alignment Yoga in the USA.
James Ivaska has been practicing therapeutic massage for 13 years. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois, USA and has since treated hundreds of people for chronic pain or injuries. He has treated problems such as lower back pain, a stiff neck, knee injuries, and much more. James is also a certified neuromuscular therapist and personal trainer. He provides targeted manuel therapy to address musculoskeletal problems, general western massages to maintain muscular health, and suggestions for self care.
Nicole's main aim is to encourage people who have never practiced yoga to try. Many people have the perception that they are too old, too inflexible, or too out of shape to do yoga, but yoga is for every type of body. If you can breathe, you can come join the practice. Nicole speaks Tetum and Portuguese. Timor-oan bem vindu ba aula!
Solange is a newly qualified yoga instructor who has been practicing yoga for over 12 years. She is registered with Yoga Alliance and completed her 200YTT with Amanda Fuzes at Dharma Shala in Bondi, Australia. Solange enjoys dynamic vinyasa flow along with more traditional hatha yoga styles. She has studied at various schools including Sivanada Yoga at Neyyar Dam Ashram, India and Satyanada Yoga at Mangrove Mountain Ashram, Australia. Solange is drawn to yoga asana practice as a way to still the mind and connect with our innate universal energy. In Timor-Leste for 15 months as an Australian volunteer, Solange is looking forward to developing her teaching voice and practicing with the Dili yoga community.