Instructors

Ahimsa-ka Satya
Yoga



Ahimsa-ka received his 300 hour yoga teaching certification in 2011 in yoga and yoga therapy in Mysore, India after a year of voluntary yoga study at a retreat in Hawaii.  He has been teaching since then in Bali, Indonesia and frequently goes back to India to continue his yoga studies and to deepen his own yoga practice.  His teachings are a reflection of his daily yoga practice and will provide a sense of completeness for body and mind by taking the body as a starting point to move within.  It is strongly influenced by the Ashtanga Style of yoga, but definitely not limited to it.  Ahimsa-ka's main aim is to empower the student to use yoga as a tool to create a fuller and holistic way of living.


Colleen Coy
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.



Emma Parker
Yoga


















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 Hill
Yoga





















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
Massage















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.


Julie Holth
Ballet | Contemporary Dance | Pilates | Yoga















Julie trained in classical ballet at the Norwegian National Ballet from the age of eleven to eighteen.  She toured and performed various ballet productions around Scotland with Ballet West Company for two years.  Julie earned a Bachelors Degree from the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, and then stayed in London for another three years working as a freelance dancer while studying and receiving her Body Control Pilates Teaching Certificate.  She returned home to Oslo, Norway and received her 200hour Yoga Teaching Certificate in 2012 from Yogaworks, which focused on a mixture of Iyengar and Ashtanga methods.  Julie taught in various dance schools and Pilates studios in Oslo before entering Oslo's National Academy of the Arts where she earned her Teaching Certificate in Dance.  High up in the mountains of Norway she has been teaching ballet at a high school that focuses on dance education, finding time to give Pilates classes and choreograph theatre plays each summer.

In her classes Julie strives to give you awareness and understanding of your own body.  She creates a safe environment for her students and likes to bring humor to class.  Julie is really looking forward to teaching at Dili Wellness!


Märta Bailes
Yoga
Märta Bailes is a Registered Yoga Alliance teacher and graduate of Jeevmoksha Institute of Yoga Studies in Rishikesh, India.  Her career in teaching yoga began after many years working as a massage therapist, often helping people overcome physical injuries and or mental stress.  From her own personal experience she knew yoga could be a solution for both ailments as it helps prevent injury and alleviate stress.  With this in mind she decided to make a career shift to share the gifts of yoga as an instructor in 2010.

Märta teaches vinyasa flow classes with an emphasis on alignment and breath awareness.  In these classes students move through carefully constructed sequences which alternate energetic flows with gentle holds.  Her compassionate instruction is committed to helping her students feel long and lighter, calmer and brighter.


Nicole Seibel
Yoga

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!



Sangeun Yeo (Michelle)
K-Pop Dance












Hello.  My name is Michelle (Sangeun Yeo).  I am from South Korea and I love dancing K-pop!  Previously I won first prize in the K-Pop dance contest in Washington DC, as well as in the several school festivals in South Korea.  I have directed K-pop performances for several festivals and taught K-Pop dance to colleagues when I studied in the USA.  I look forward to teaching you to dance to K-pop songs and sharing the enjoyment of this style of dance with you!  You will love the fun K-pop choreography!  Sangeun teaches completely voluntarily and all payments for her dance classes go to cover studio and administration fees.


Solange Frost
Yoga



















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.

2 comments:

Alessia Anibaldi said...

Colleen is the most amazing and inspiring Pilates instructor I've ever met. I had the pleasure to take both the group as well as individual classes with her. Her ability to draw people in and guide each person through visualisation of breathing and movement techniques, whilst being respectful of the individual's pace, is incredible.

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