Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Instructor Biographies
Tribe teachers walk through life embracing and embodying authentic yoga teachings, not just practising yoga but living yoga.
From personal experience they support and guide other individuals, on yoga teacher training courses and retreats, to utilise yoga in their daily living too.
When you attend a Tribe ashtanga yoga teacher training or yoga event the teachers present you with a wide variety of skills, knowledge and understanding. Every Tribe teaching team has a wonderful diversity of practice and experience.
Tribe teachers are unique, special individuals with vibrant characters passionately sharing their love and practice of yoga wherever they go.
Chris Leuenberger was born in 1979 near Bern, Switzerland. He first discovered yoga in 2001 when studying acting in California and felt at home immediately. For once the focus wasn’t on projecting outward and expressing oneself, but much more on inward listening, letting go and settling in the moment. Since then yoga has been his constant companion and haven of peace. During his contemporary dance studies in Amsterdam yoga was an important part of the curriculum. It kept supporting and nourishing him throughout his subsequent career as a freelance dancer and choreographer and has continuously helped him find peace of mind, inner strength and balance. Yoga was and still is the perfect antidote to Chris’ busy lifestyle of traveling around… Learn More
Christian was born in the town of Brandenburg in Eastern Germany in February 1977, in the year of the fire dragon. His yoga journey began 15 years ago whilst traveling Australia. A friend showed him the first sun salutations and ever since he has been hooked. Christian has practiced Ashtanga Yoga as part of self practice for many years. He has completed the Primary and Intermediate Series and practices the Advanced A Series exploring into Advanced B. But nevertheless he is very much attracted to modern Vinyasa styles like the Prana Flow of Shiva Rea. He teaches twisty and bendy Vinyasa Flow and traditional Ashtanga regularly in different Studios in Munic, gives workshops and instructs becoming teachers in the Ashtanga… Learn More
Born in 1979, in Tuscany, Italy, movement and the body as an instrument to create harmony have always been an integral part of Gaia's life. She studied classical, modern and contemporary dance from 1987 to 2003. In 2006 she graduated at the University of Florence with a degree in Communications, Majoring in Multimedia and Linguistics. Her relationship with yoga began in 2008 while trying to find solution to stress and anxiety. That search pushed her to expand her knowledge and experience with different styles of practice, including Hatha yoga, Acro Yoga & Ashtanga Vinyasa. In 2011 she studied with Tribe completing the level 1 yoga teacher training. In the same year she studied Yoga for kids and Families with Rainbow Kids Yoga in… Learn More
James was born in London and first discovered yoga in 2003, whilst at Drama School. However, he truly caught the bug, a few years later whilst performing in a Shakespeare production which toured India. Sunrise practices overlooking the rooftops of Udaipur with an old yogi called Prakash, sealed the deal. Following a martial-arts incurred neck injury, he was told that surgery was the only option. However he resisted and experienced an amazing recovery through his yoga practice. He soon returned to India to train with Tribe Yoga and embark on his path as a Tantric Yoga Teacher. He has taught in Malaysia, Thailand, The Caribbean, India, South America and East Africa but loves to return to his hometown of London… Learn More
Liza’a first taste of yoga was through the physical practice of asana, finding it to be a consistent and reliable refuge from an often scattered and overwhelmed mind. Before long she realized that she was accessing the benefits of teaching that ran much deeper than asana alone. Knowing that her thirst for these teachings would not be quenched in the scope of led classes, Liza set out for India and completed her 200-hour training with Tribe in 2010. This training planted many potent seeds that informed and guided her self-practice as she continued to travel and study for months to come. Upon returning to the U.S.A., Liza sat her first ten-day Vipassana meditation in the style of S. N. Goenka.… Learn More
Rory Trollen was born in Scotland in 1979. In 1998 he went travelling overseas and whilst living in Byron Bay, Australia he first started practicing Yoga. In 2000 his adventurous spirit led him to move to Queenstown, New Zealand where he embarked on a 7 year career in the “Adventure capital of the world” working in outdoor sports and recreation. He began practicing Yoga primarily for its healing benefits and to aid recovery from sporting injuries and noticed significant improvement in reduced recovery time, increased core strength and mental focus. In early 2008 he was introduced to Agama yoga and the profound teachings that they offer. The Agama teachings hail primarily from traditional Indian and Tibetan Yoga and span many… Learn More
Born in Canada in the sign of Libra, Safah began her relationship with yoga in 2001 while trying to find solution to the stress of a corporate career. Four years later she found a spiritual community that enabled her to see a way to be of service to a world that felt increasingly unbalanced. Through the guidance of the teachings of Pranic Healing and a regular yoga practice the veil started to lift and show a new way of being. It was during healing work with clients that Safah realized her natural ability to intuitively support and facilitate positive energy flow in the body. The whole realm of energy felt very familiar, so when she went looking for her first… Learn More
Born in UK, in 1972 to Jamaican and Irish parents nowadays Scarlett spends her time living in Europe during the summer and teaching or studying in Asia during the winter. Scarlett has been a yoga practitioner for more than 20 years and sharing her experience of yoga in many of its various forms with students for over 15 years. Her teaching style for asana originates from her years of study and training in many different styles including Ashtanga and Dynamic yoga and Tantra yoga. Through simple and clear instructions Scarlett offers a practical, light hearted, fun, creative, and spontaneous approach to yoga suited to both beginners and more advanced students. One of her main sources of inspiration comes from Godfrey… Learn More
Sequoia was born in Canada April 20th 1970. Nowadays she lives in India six months of the year teaching and studying and is a spiritual gypsy the rest of the year. She began her spiritual journey in her teenage years when she would secretly attend chakra meditation classes in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This was the start of her spiritual exploration. Her curiosity and thirst for knowledge encouraged her to seek for more through the many classes, workshops and retreats in yoga, healing arts, metaphysics, and personal development activities. Since those early beginnings Sequoia has invested many years in continuous study in the healing arts and yoga and from 1999 to 2007 she ran her own holistic company in Kelowna, B.C, Canada.… Learn More
Shelley was born in England, November 1982. After completing 7 months of chemotherapy in 2010 she explored yoga as a form of rehabilitation. The practise provided her the tools to transform her life, helping her heal, physically, mentally and spiritually. Her passion for teaching was developed when she attended Tribe-Yoga's 200hr TTC in Goa, 2012. The teachings, the practise, the energy opened her eyes to her dream, true desire; to teach yoga. In 2014 she attended another Tribe Yoga 200hr TTC as an assistant teacher. She has also studied intensively with Magic Pond Raja Yoga school in Seoul and Agama school in Thailand. In August 2016 Shelley completed her 500hr TTC with Tribe Yoga, and from that time she has… Learn More
Stella - 500hr RYT Vinyasa and Level 1 Kundalini Teacher KYTA. Experienced Aerial Yoga teacher and CPD provider. 'I found yoga in Bermuda 17 years ago and developed my practice around the world. After overcoming ovarian cancer and surprised to be alive I trained for my first teaching certificates in South India. Influential teachers to whom I am hugely grateful are in Bermuda: Michael Watson and at Tribe: Sequoia Henning, Scarlett Dee and Mark Ansari Also thanks to Simon Low and Jeff Phenix of TriYoga and John Scott for invaluable advanced teaching advice on anatomy and safety. My Aerial Yoga training was with Aerial Steps based in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Constantly researching aspects of anatomy and safe yoga practice, I attend Masterclass teacher training every year. The latest was in Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes in London. The International School of Kundalini… Learn More
Steve grew up in New Zealand and from an early age was curious about the esoteric, unseen elements of life. From 18-22 years he became a youth leader in the Catholic Church and lived in a community exploring group dynamics and communication. Finding the religious system limiting, he broadened his focus to healing, massage, meditation and yoga. 3 years full time study with an Esoteric society gave him a wider perspective on the role of beliefs and ritual in human societies. Travel and the fine arts dominated his 30's, finding many adventures around the world and learning that life is always there to support you if you are willing and open to step out into your passion. Since 1999 his… Learn More
Zuzana was born in Slovakia in 1985. Being an active kid who loved to dance, she went on to study ballet and modern dance professionally. After finishing her studies in 2004 which gave her deeper understanding of movement and posture, she still felt that something was missing, and left the competitiveness of the profession behind to begin the next stage of her journey. In search of what was missing, she moved to London, where she trained in numerous massage techniques including deep tissue, thai yoga and holistic massage. This further sparked her interest in the mind-body connection, the anatomy of human body and how it works. In 2006 she stumbled upon her first Yoga class and it felt like coming… Learn More