Yoga teachers abound now, across the world. Every yogi has their own path, their own practice and their own belief system. We have formed a teaching team that harnesses years of experience, years of practice coupled with a level of emotional intelligence that we stand behind and are deeply proud of. We are confident you will feel the same.
Core Teaching Team
Your training will consist of a core group of two - four yoga teachers, all of whom work together to bring you the most comprehensive and well-rounded training you would expect. We are intentionally bringing together teachers who have different experiences and different trainings so that you learn from a wide range of yoga systems. When a training is led by teachers who have only had one type of training, it can limit the scope and breadth that we believe is the foundation of yoga. Embracing dualities, understanding the complexity and grasping the expanse that is yoga will teach you how to formulate your own approach, create your own informed opinion and guide you towards authentic teaching.
Summer Dien Trang
Summer is an experienced, international yoga teacher specializing in pranayama and Ashtanga. Trained in the classical pranayama practices of the Kaivalyadham lineage and in the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa system, from teachers Sri OP Tiwari and Paul Dallaghan. Summer continues to study extensively and has over 1,200 hours of advanced yoga education.
Summer brings a softness and grace to the dynamic practice of ashtanga and shows students how to use the body in the most efficient and intelligent way possible. She has a liberal, non-dogmatic approach that is both lighthearted and refreshing. Drawing upon nearly a decade's worth of experience and thousands of teaching hours worldwide, she is gifted in working with both advanced and new practitioners alike.
Within the past five years, she has taught classes, given workshops and hosted retreats in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central and North America. Summer is very excited to be a part of the faculty at Wellness 52's Ashtanga Vinyasa training and to share her knowledge and experience.
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Greg Nardi has been practicing yoga since 1996. He is currently director of Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide where he teaches workshops in yoga practice and theory internationally and co-director of Grassroots Yoga where he teaches in his home of Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
He draws on his experiences in the oral tradition of yoga, studying Sanskrit chanting and yoga philosophy in Mysore, India and asana at the KPJAYI. He’s also studied extensively with teachers in N. America and Europe as well as drawing on his personal experience of practice, and ongoing self-study of academic research in contemporary and traditional yoga.
Since resigning his authorization from the KPJAYI, he works with his colleagues at Amāyu yoga developing an organization and learning pathway for Ashtanga teachers that is consent driven, practitioner centered, and based in practitioner empowerment.
I believe in the healing power of yoga for all. My style of teaching assists students in finding the approach to the practice that is most beneficial for them.
Gwendoline Ferreira is a E-RYT500 and YACEP Yoga Teacher based on the island of Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia. She has been teaching classes, yoga retreats and teacher trainings since 2014.
She took her first yoga class 15 years ago and is a dedicated Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Restorative practitioner. She has studied Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Anatomy, Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga in France, India, and Indonesia with world-renowned teachers.
She completed her last 300hr YTT with Monica Gauci and Gregor Maehle. She has also trained with Laruga Glaser, Janet Stone, Saul David Haye, Sienna Sherman, Paul Grilley and Jason Crandell. She is trained in Yoga Anatomy by Physiotherapist and Chiropractor Monica Gauci, with additional trainings by Judith Hanson Lasater, Paul Grilley and David Keil.Her teaching style combines a traditional approach to yoga fitted to the needs of each individual student.
Rachel has been practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga since 2009, when she was living in Cape Town, South Africa. Though she’s studied throughout the world with David Swenson, Matthew Sweeney and Tim Feldmann, she considers Paul Dallaghan at Centered Yoga in Thailand her asana and pranayama teacher. She completed her 200-hr RYT certification at Paul’s centre, Samahita Retreat, in Thailand in 2012. Since then, she’s continued her asana and pranayama studies under his tutelage and that of his teacher, Sri O.P. Tiwari, completing her 500-hr teacher training in 2015. Rachel tailors her teaching to each individual student and aims to helps students ground the mind, body and emotional life. She infuses her teaching with discipline, encouragement and even the occasional joke.
We have formed a cohesive framework for our syllabus, so that each student will have a directed and unified base of learning. Using this model, you will confidently walk away as a yoga teacher who can guide others effectively, whilst understanding what has yet to be learned. Having the confidence to accept what is to come, and the self-respect for what you have learned, will result in a graduate who can grasp their own limitation as well as their newfound skill. This is the student we will graduate. Is that you?
Trust the Teacher
The lead trainer on the course will teach you for over sixty-five hours during your course. The asana teacher will train you for another twenty-five hours. A specialised anatomy teacher will come in for three days to teach you anatomical lessons and how to approach students from that viewpoint. A philosophy teacher will be on hand to help you contemplate larger and more complex questions, delivered in a manner that is accessible, replete with modern-day metaphors. Your team of teachers will guide you from their base of knowledge, direct every step of your learning, while encouraging you and holding space for your individual experience. We have carefully chosen a unique team for each course in order to best meet the needs of the student. We can't wait for you to meet your teacher and experience the indelible effect they will have on you and your practice.