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.
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 thirteen 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!
Physiotherapy | Pilates
Prideaux is an Australian trained physiotherapist who has been teaching Pilates for over twelve years, across Australia as well as other places like Boston, USA. She has a keen interest in movement patterns and loves the way controlled movement helps our bodies grow stronger, confident, and more comfortable. Prideaux's enjoyment of dance has shaped the way she teaches. She is volunteering at a local rehabilitation facility in Timor-Leste and is thrilled to work with you at Dili Wellness.
Solange teaches a strong, slow vinyasa style yoga where poses are sequenced in flow and movement is linked to breath. Solange is drawn to yoga as a way to sill the mind, come into the present moment, and connect to our universal energetic selves. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in traditional hatha yoga with Amanda Fuzes at Dharma Shala, Australia in 2017. Since she began practicing yoga in 2002 Solange has studied at various schools including Sivanada Yoga at Neyyar Dam Ashram, India and Satyanada Yoga at Mangrove Mountain Ashram, Australia. In Timor-Leste as an Australian volunteer, Solange is grateful for the opportunity to share and develop her teaching practice with the Dili yoga community.