Emma Warmington, (E-RYT500)
Founder, Director, Primary Teacher
If there is such a thing as a typical yoga teacher, Emma is not it. A fiery Celtic spirit with deep passion for authentic living, an infectious laugh and a hardy aversion to spiritual platitudes, Emma is a long term traveller, world adventurer and life-long student who has been teaching yoga internationally since 2006.
A colourful past with a plethora of physical and emotional traumas has fed Emma’s greatest fascination for this life’s odyssey; the human animal’s seemingly boundless capacity for healing and transformation.
For Emma, a life of travel including more than 10 years spent living in yoga communities in Asia, lead her to assist, support and co-teach immersive teacher training programs for 7 years before creating her own school Jivani Yoga. Through her life affirming, experiential & transformative program, Emma has now certified over 200 teachers from more than 20 countries. A passionate teacher’s teacher, she has developed a steadily progressive and highly effective method for training teachers and is currently offering both 200hr & 500hr Yoga Alliance registered courses in Thailand, Costa Rica and Northern Ireland.
Designed to build confidence, personal integrity and reveal raw authenticity, these programs and the dedicated team who teach them, encourage and support trainees in sharing their personal experience of yoga whilst standing confidently in the power of their own unique voice.
As a student and practitioner, Emma continues to seek out the greatest teachers she can find and to date has accumulated over 2000 hours of accredited training with some of the world’s best and upwards of 4000 teaching hours with students from all over the world. A Senior Heart of Yoga teacher, Emma also holds certifications in Science of Chakra Yoga, Anusara-Inspired Yoga, Hatha Yoga (RYT500 from Anusara), Forrest Yoga (Advanced TT), Ancient Healing & Transformational Voice Work (Voices of Eden) & Tao Tantric Arts (Mantak Chia’s Universal Healing Tao), and has taken hundreds of additional hours of training with many notable teachers including extensive study of Body Mind Centering with Amy Matthews and Yoga Anatomy Principles with Leslie Kaminoff.
Additionally, Emma is a Team Up Mindfulness Facilitator providing coaching and mentoring via Skype and a TRE (Trauma Release Exercises) Provider.
In teaching yoga, Emma guides her students with Krishnamacharya’s Principles of Practice as taught by her most beloved and influential teacher, Mark Whitwell. These breath focused principles provide the foundation for all practices and are complimented by sound alignment cues, mantra, hands on assists, self love, emotional release and the development of felt sense awareness as students come back into that place of deep connection with life as it is given. Deeply committed to passing on the gifts of this lineage, Emma’s classes are informed predominantly by the needs of the people in front of her.
An enthusiastic kirtan wallah and crazy in love with sacred sexuality, Emma facilitates retreats and immersions programs with guest teachers as add ons to her trainings. She has a long history of practicing Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), conscious communication, massage, tantra, meditation, qi gong and silent retreats. This multidisciplinary approach has created a richly varied practice and a teaching tool kit that adapts to serve the individual and the ever changing nature of life. She is passionately dedicated to sharing these healing arts as a path to deeper intimacy in relationship, liberation in the body & mind, self-confidence, freedom from struggle in daily life and limitless personal growth.
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Tamar Zick, (E-RYT-200, RYT500)
When she was 10 years old, Tamar went to summer camp for the first time. Thus began a life long love of the immersion experience. The yoga of community learning, practice, laughter and tears is now amongst Tamar’s greatest joys.
Training yoga teachers along side her primary teacher, Mark Whitwell, for the past 3 years in California and Fiji, has prepared Tamar to provide her students with an experience of the principles of yoga in a clear and direct manner. She loves talking yogic philosophy and sharing her understanding with her students. Tamar sees yoga as a direct experience of the nurturing flow of life. Her teaching is based in simple yet profound principles of coordinating breath and movement. The intention of the practice of yoga is to cultivate intimacy with your own mind and body. This intimacy with self then spreads to the ability to connect with others.
Tamar has had her own personal yoga practice since 2006. She teaches, studies and practices in accordance with teachings from Sri Krishnamacharya as brought forth by his son, TKV Desikachar. She has a great respect for this lineage and has gone to great lengths to seek out her teachers. She has accumulated over 1000 hours of learning with various teachers who were direct students of TKV Desikachar.
Having worked as a psychotherapist for many years, Tamar sees each person’s capacity to be at home in their own body as essential to an authentic life which is each person’s birthright. The practice of yoga as the direct participation in life as it has already been given is what Tamar hopes to transmit to her students.
There are many different paths that Tamar has traveled, most all of which center on exploring life alongside a group of fellow human beings. She has worked as a wilderness expeditionary teacher with the Outward Bound Schools, led wilderness trips for adult survivors of sexual abuse, and guided wilderness based adventure travel. She is a 7, the enthusiast, in the enneagram system, enthusiastic about the whole mess of life.
The world is in quite a state. Yoga teachers have the means within their own lives and within their teaching to be of service to a world in need. Tamar takes this mission to heart and very seriously… but not without a strong dose of humor.
Tamar earned her 500 hour credential from Gary Kraftsow and Mirka Kraftsow of the American Viniyoga Institute.
Laurence Gilliot, (E-RYT-200)
Growing up in a bilingual family in multi-cultural Belgium, Laurence learned from a young age how to bring people from different backgrounds together and let them connect as human beings. Soon after she completed her Master’s degree in Business, Laurence chose to follow a path of adventure and service to others. For 5 years, her work in an international non-profit organisation allowed her to facilitate deep community conversations in remote villages in DR-Congo to slums in the Philippines to violent neighborhoods in Papua New Guinea.
Along the way, Laurence started to practice yoga, which had a profound impact on her life. She saw that she could greatly contribute to this world by transforming her own emotional luggage and by sharing her practice with others.
With 6 years dedicated practice to yoga with a wide variety of styles and gifted teachers, Laurence now sees yoga as a journey home, reconnecting us to the deepest parts of ourselves, with our breath, humour and self-love as travel companions. Her classes are inspired by Anusara, Vinyasa, Restorative yoga, Yin yoga and Ayurveda.
Meditation in motion has been a common denominator in Laurence’s life. Besides the practice of yoga, she completed a 5-month walking meditation in the Himalayas, facilitates the dance of Compassionate Communication and is a certified facilitator of Dance Mandala, an ecstatic dance expression, where participants listen and follow the body’s intuitive wisdom.
Since 2006, Laurence has studied Buddhist mindfulness meditation on several retreats with Zen-master Thich Nhat Hanh and she co-facilitates a weekly meditation group in Chiang Mai. She combines this Eastern practice of Buddhist psychology with the Western practice of Non-Violent Communication to coach both individuals and groups towards more fulfilled and joyful lives.
For more information: www.laurencegilliot.org
Gaston is an Executive Coach at the Asian Leadership Institute, co-founder of TeamUp an online Personal Development company and a passionate yoga practitioner for the last 8 years.
As a coach, Gaston lets his clients achieve great results from a place of inspiration and purpose. He helps people to gain self-mastery, tap into their own strengths and unite people around a common vision. Employing a coaching style inspired by mindfulness, conscious communication and neuroscience, he allows clients to expand their perspective, see blind spots and connect with what really matters to them. His work experience in over 20 countries across industries and businesses allows him to listen deeply without judgment and to propose valuable new perspectives.
Gaston helps people to learn how to discover and consciously observe their own limiting patterns in the moment that they arise. This allows his clients to consciously choose the most effective response at every moment instead of reacting out of out-dated patterns.Through deep listening and skilful questioning, he lets people connect to what really has meaning for them, so they can take firm and systematic action towards those goals.
Gaston holds master degrees in International Business and Development Studies from respectively Maastricht University and Radboud University in the Netherlands. He is fluent in Dutch, English and French.
Since 2008, he lives in Asia and has been a Master Coach at the Asian Leadership Institute for the last 4 years. He is an advocate for conscious capitalism, an active entrepreneur and is a board member of two non-profits. Passionate about rock climbing and having trekked the 5 months Great Himalaya Trail, he knows how to bring clients to their growth edge. He also leads a weekly Zen meditation group in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and has a daily yoga practice ranging from vigorous vinyasa to gentle yin depending on what his body is asking for.
While growing up on a wild jewel island on the west coast of Canada, it was clear that Nicole was not likely to take a straight or conventional path in life. Creating with her hands, travel and nature have been recurring themes in what brings joy into her life. It was in the midst of training to be a costumer that Nicole first stepped onto a yoga mat in 2001. As someone never interested in sports, it took her by surprise how much she connected with moving her body in this way. Over the next ten years, yoga became more prominent in her life; in fact it was often the only thing that kept her grounded amidst the madness of designing dance costumes. On her fourth trip to India she met her partner John, who had plans to open a yoga studio in Belfast. So in 2011, Nicole completed her first Teacher Training, sold her things and moved across the world for love. Since then she has been privileged to be part of building a yoga community at Abhyasa Yoga in Belfast.
Nicole’s teaching encourages self-compassion and a playful spirit of enquiry, whether that is through strengthening vinyasa or more gentle restorative practices. While it will always be the bedrock of her own practice that shines through in her classes, she has become a Somatic Exercise Coach and completed a 500 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training course with Lisa Petersen in 2016. Curiosity about embodying her own anatomy has led her to study with Donna Farhi and Amy Matthews, and her interest in Buddhism is guided by Michael Stone and Tara Brach. Nicole has amassed over 300 hours of additional workshops and training and over 1,500 hours of teaching, and is always looking for opportunities to continue to refine her skills. In assisting the Belfast Jivani Yoga Teacher Training course, Nicole has opened up the door to further growth as a teacher. Her friendship with Emma Warmington continues to inspire her to build her skills as a teacher.
Within her practice, much has changed from her early days of fiery Ashtanga practice. As her knowledge has grown, not only through trainings but from countless hours on the mat, Nicole has found that it is the continual investigation and reconnecting to body and breath that is fascinating rather than any particular rules or sequence. That is the spirit that drives her on.
Our guest teachers do not attend every program but rather are occasionally brought in to support or share a speciality.
Ashton was introduced to yoga by his ju jitsu sensei when he was twelve years old. Over the years his practice grew from something he did to keep his body healthy into something that transformed every aspect of his life.
In 2006, after completing his first yoga teacher training with Peri Ness (Synergy Yoga), he packed up his belongings and left the United States on a one way ticket to Asia. Over the following six and a half years, he lived in countries such as Thailand, India, China and Peru, while studying with yogis, shamans, saints and sages. He took additional yoga teacher trainings with David Goulet (Chakra Yoga) and Leeann Carey. His plans to turn away from the world and immerse himself in yogic practices took a radical u-turn when we met his loving wife and they had their first daughter together. The experience radically changed his view of yogic practice as well as his willingness to enter back into the world and offer his greatest passions and love of yoga as service to others.
Having also practiced massage for more than two decades, Ashton’s passion to understand the body lead him to dive even deeper into anatomy and kinesiology, studying with teachers from all over the world. He teaches Anatomy for Yoga as well as Tantric Philosophy on teacher trainings across the globe, and currently lives with his family in sunny San Diego, California.
Jo is an experienced yoga teacher who is warm, honest and playful. A lover of the world she has travelled extensively through South America, Asia and Europe and is currently living and teaching in Oxfordshire, U.K. Jo has a colourful background in art, movement and healing with a deep love of learning. As an advocate of the neo-hippy life style she is inspired by love, peace and Inner-listening. A lover of locally grown food, home cooking and community, you will find in her a passion for equality and freedom of expression.
Jo’s initial yoga teacher trainings were in Hatha Yoga (200hr Y.A) with Sara Avant Stover and Jonas Westring, and Chakra Yoga (200hr Y.A/Gitananda Yoga tradition ICYER). She then trained in the Anusara approach to yoga, becoming an Anusara Inspired™ Yoga Teacher in 2011. Furthering her exploration in therapeutics, Jo studied on a two-year (315hr) Yoga Therapy training program with Yoga Campus in London, becoming certified in 2012.
Throughout her extensive training of over a thousand hours, Jo’s most memorable learning has been studying therapeutics with Doug Keller, Anatomy and Physiology with Ellen Heed and Ruth Gilmore, Vinyasa yoga with Noah Maze, Womb Yoga with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and an Acro-yoga therapeutics immersion with Jason Nemer. She has studied philosophy with Carlos Pomeda, Emil Wendel and Mark Beuvain and asana with Ross Rayburn, Sianna Sherman, Desiree Rumbaugh and Andrew Rivin to mention a few. She has also assisted on Yoga Teacher Trainings and Anusara Immersions in Thailand and partaken in a supervised student clinic (yoga therapy) in London with Lisa Kaley-Isley. She is currently working towards accreditation in psychotherapy and counselling, holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Jungian) and is currently studying a Diploma in Integrative Counseling (Person-Centred). She also works as a part-time volunteer counsellor at Buckinghamshire Mind charity.
Josh ‘Yehoshua’ Brill is a master musician, instructor, and sound healer devoted to using music as a medium to facilitate inner peace, awareness, and consciousness through musical mindfulness practices that he has learned and developed.
Once a Berklee College of Music instructor, Josh is now an internationally recognized expert on the esoteric nature of music, nada yoga, mysticism, mindfulness, and meditation. Merging his deep understanding of the inner working of harmony, sacred laws of vibration, sound healing, and immersive studies in various mystical arts and traditions with his extensive experience as a professional musician and artist, Josh is able to seamlessly present music as a practice of meditation and as a tool to heal and explore deeper parts of the inner nature of the human and universal experience.
As an artist Josh has released six albums, scored music for many yoga dvds, produced a variety of artists, toured across the world, and continues to spread his healing music in various forms of mediums and experiences.
In addition to his current work as a presenter and artist, Josh currently is an active participant in Guitar Craft/Guitar Circle courses and practices, directed by Robert Fripp.
Dave Stringer is profiled in publications worldwide as one of the most innovative artists of the new Kirtan movement. Stringer’s sound invokes the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American gospel and the ringing harmonies of Appalachia. Initially trained as a visual artist, filmmaker and jazz musician, Stringer’s work underwent a significant shift when video editing work brought him to an ashram in Ganeshpuri, India in 1990. It has also been informed by a subsequent period of service
teaching meditation to prison inmates, and expanded by his interest and research in neuroscience.
An articulate and engaging public speaker, Stringer probes the dilemmas of the spirit with a wry and unorthodox sense of humor. His work
intends to create a modern and participatory theatrical experience out of the venerable traditions of kirtan and yoga, open to a multiplicity of interpretations, and accessible to all. In the last decade, Yoga has grown from Indian roots into a global cultural phenomenon. Simultaneously, Kirtan, an ecstasy-inducing, call-and-response form of mantra chanting, has experienced a worldwide renaissance. Stringer and a diverse ensemble of accompanying musicians travel extensively, giving concerts, workshops and retreats in North and Central America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Dave will be bringing his Kirtan Flight School to Thailand as an add-on to the Level 2 Advanced program and shortly afterwards will be joining the Jivani Yoga team on the Level 1 course in Belfast.
Jordan Allen, M.S., L.Ac.
With a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine specializing in orthopedic rehabilitation and sports medicine, and as a certified Symmetry™ practitioner, Jordan has been dedicated to the study of the human body and energy systems for the last 10 years. He brings his wealth of knowledge and experience in physical and energetic therapies to the level 2 Advanced program and to special Therapeutic Immersions.
Board certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, and assistant teacher of Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Jordan specializes in sports medicine utilizing techniques such as postural assessment & therapy, corrective exercises, tui ná, and facilitated stretching.
A passionate teacher, Jordan is heavily involved in training and mentoring students of acupuncture, kinesiology and physical therapy through his CEU training business and at his San Diego clinic.