Taryn Weggelaar | Director
Growing up by the pristine coastline in Western Australia, with loving parents who also enjoyed frequent camping adventures in the outback, Taryn was constantly surrounded by nature. She believes all these natural elements were her first teachers to broaden her awareness to the lasting wild beauty of life.
Taryn loves ‘all things yoga’. She embraces all yoga styles, meditation and breathwork and enjoys learning about herself through practices that offer a challenging vinyasa format, where postures are linked together, as well as a gentle or yin approach where poses are held for a longer period. Connecting mindfulness, breathing techniques and absolute awareness.
Her teaching approach utilises a progressive format where postures are built step by step and grow in complexity towards a challenging or pinnacle posture (asana). She has an inclusive attitude and integrates the use of various yoga props including the wall, blocks, belts, straps and blankets to make the postures accessible and to invite challenge. Creative sequences and a fresh-minded view of the world lead to classes that move students towards their full potential and inspire the desire to look for the good.
Layering alignment instructions with reminders to connect and move with the currents of the breath, Taryn uses themes emphasising yogic philosophies that celebrate individual expression and encourage reverence for life.
Skillful corrections and assists, therapeutic adjustments and a vision for detail, accentuated by instructions that enhance her student’s feeling of strength and grace, are hallmarks of Taryn’s teaching style. Her strongest desire is to be of service and to remind each student to connect to the power of their own inner light.
Although she first experienced yoga when she was 16, Taryn devoted herself to the practice of yoga in 2008 and has been a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) since 2013. She completed her training in Australia and is currently an independent teacher at the E-RYT 500 level. She has specialised in teaching in various yoga studios, corporate yoga and sports teams (including working with some of the Australian Olympic teams).
Teaching in Australia, India, Indonesia and internationally for 8 years, as well as running yoga teacher training courses in India and Bali, she has logged over 10,000 hours of teaching experience with Yoga Alliance. As an avid practitioner she embraces all styles of yoga. Being an ardent student, Taryn participates in advanced Yoga studies to further her understanding and ability to serve others.
Yann Cadic| Anatomy Teacher & Manager
Since his early years, Yann was very drawn to sports. He turned to track & field when he was a teenager and won several regional and national titles in various disciplines such as Decathlon, 110m hurdles and long jump. Achieving title as a high level athlete, he was very quickly involved in the training and coaching of others.
Sharada Felicidario | Yoga Philosophy Teacher
Almost 16 years ago Sharada’s spiritual journey started with the love for Yoga and Ayur Veda, followed by an Indian Classical Dance called Odissi.
Sharada studied Odissi Indian classical dance and learned about the different archetypes of Hindu mythology, their meanings and stories in India. This devotional dance is a puja, a prayer, in itself. In 2009 she created a group of seven students from Bali and Lombok called ‘The Yoga Dance Dakini’.
Together they danced all over Bali for two months in temples and sacred festivals, as well as at the popular Bali Spirit Festival. Today she still shares the jewels of this ancient practice in a prayerful authentic way during ceremonies, classes and women’s devi circles.
10 years ago she met her revered teacher, Shree Swami Vagishananda Saraswati with whom she has been living and studying the teachings of Advaita Vedanta, Yoga, Vedic mantra chanting, Puja and Sanskrit language. He introduced her to Shree Radhaji, Dr. Carol Whitfield Ph.D. Radha has been Sharada’s teacher of Vedanta, as well as mentor. She guided her personally in psychology, inner child work and meditation.
With the blessings of her teachers she had the privilege and honor to live and study with Shree Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati during the last three-and- half year course of Vedanta, Yoga, Sanskrit and Vedic Tradition at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Anaikatti, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. Sharada was asked to teach along with her teachers on many different occasions, guiding and introducing Vedanta, chanting, puja, meditation and Sanskrit language.
Sharada continues to teach in Bali and teaches on different occasions at well known yoga teacher training schools.
Her love for Vedic chanting and prayers have inspired her to record and teach mantras and prayers for students to learn and chant along.
The secret of Devi, ‘the way of the sacred feminine,’ has been a deep discovery for her. Learning many Devi chants brought her closer to understanding more about Goddess, how to honor and worship her. Sharada’s passion and love for the sacred feminine brought her to lead women’s circles & retreats, sacred gatherings, offering a safe non-judgmental space to heal, find self-acceptance and courage. Sharada loves to offer her students support to overcome fears, insecurities and the sense of unworthiness through knowledge, sharing and devotional practices.
Jeanne Welsh | Kids Yoga Teacher
Deva | Ecstatic Dance Teacher
Originally from Scotland, Deva has facilitated Ecstatic Dance in Cape Town and, in recent years, throughout various parts of Bali. She has been an Ecstatic Shamanic Dancer since 1999 when Ecstatic Dance ‘dropped’ into her being. She experienced an energetic freedom and expansiveness of consciousness and received the gift of ecstasy through dance!
Deva began to DJ and facilitate this transformational practice in 2012, hosting Ecstatic Dance Facilitator & DJ Training in Bali.
She feels truly blessed to have been guided by the Shaman’s of Peru, the Yogi’s in India and international Ecstatic & Shamanic Dance communities. Over the last 20 years she has also been a full-time yoga teacher and been the lead teacher for several yoga teacher training courses.
Deva shares; “Accessing our inner truth and remembering our connection with source energy are at the heart of everything I share.”
Chiara Janssen | Yoga Teacher
Chiara is a very passionate yoga instructor with teaching experience in different settings
around the world. Her key strengths lie in her adaptability, personal attention, passion and
patience to mentor others. Her story starts in the Netherlands where she grew up
surrounded by loving family and friends, but also an adventurous heart. Her adventurous
nature and craving to explore the world, led her to many continents and countries, to finally
settle in Bali.
After completing her 200 hour YTT, Chiara was immediately teaching yoga in the Netherlands.
She taught in both Dutch and English, slowly getting used to an international audience, and understanding the importance of the English language to teach Yoga internationally as well as online.
Working on YTTs here in Bali, she understood the necessity of a broad English vocabulary in teaching yoga, in order to provide students with clear, safe and simple cuing. She also realised that many YTT graduates are not native in English and often lack the confidence to teach and adjust their students in English. These observations inspired Chiara to combine with Loka Yoga School and offer an English Course specifically for Yoga Teachers. She created a comprehensive yoga vocabulary in English, as well as extensive and specific video content, to help international teachers find their voice in English, build safe and strong sequences, and gain confidence teaching in a language that is not their own!
Ingela | Yoga Philosophy Teacher
Ingela, also known as Pinglan in Bali, is also part of the Sama Yoga team and co-founder of the yoga studio “Under the Banyantree”, in Ubud, Bali.
Committed to a spiritual lifestyle, she studies and teaches Vedanta, Sanskrit, Vedic chanting, yoga and ceremony for over 15 years now.
She arrived in Bali ‘The Island of Gods’ in 1999.
“I knew right from the start there was something special with Bali. The vivid traditions, culture and the spirit fascinated me. I truly believed that, with its spiritual essence, Bali has so much to share with the rest of the world. And I still do.”
It was in Bali she met her revered Guru, Swami Vagishananda Saraswati. With him, she started her Vedanta studies. Understanding we are all one unlimited being, she finds herself continually emotionally growing and healing past trauma and pain, resolving into joy and trust. With a fierce-fully loving inner strength she shares her heart with all who cross her path.
Her cheerful, energetic personality and wisdom of life make her inspiring company. Someone who can be with you trough fear and laughter, leaving you feeling a bit lighter and brighter than before.