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Loka Yoga School

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Taryn Weggelaar | Director​​

“To do what you love, and feel that it matters, how can anything be more fun?”

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 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.

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 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 both the Australian men’s and women’s Olympic hockey 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 9000 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 & First Aid Instructor​

Yann is an anatomy and physiology expert who teaches students all they need to know about the human body.  His diverse and extensive background, complimented with a keen desire to share his knowledge and expertise, allows students to learn everything they need to know about yoga anatomy and beyond.
 
Starting off with a Bachelor in Nursing at Caen’s University France, he started his career in Europe’s largest hospital, La Pitié Salpetrière in Paris.  Here he was mentored in Cardiac and Thoracic surgery by two of the best heart surgeons, Professor Christian Cabrol and Professor Iradj Gandjbaksh (together they conducted the very first European heart transplantation!).
 
Broadening his skills in highly technical units such as Medical Intensive Care Units, Yann was treating people in a life-threatening and critical state, whilst also assisting people with various cancers (including lymphoma, myeloma and leukemia) and collaborating with the French blood bank and transplanting bone marrow and stem cells in Haematology.  Yann then worked in Traumatology and Orthopedic surgery under the teaching of Professor Christophe Hulet  allowing him to deepen his knowledge and understanding about the musculoskeletal system to the next level! 
 
Yann has been working in Australia, New Caledonia and several countries in Africa (including South Africa, Gabon, Angola, Chad and Mali) where he was working independently as an Intensive/ Advanced Care Paramedic in extremely remote locations.
 
During the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014, Yann was based in West Mali at the border with Guinea and Senegal.  He was heavily involved in the medical management of the refugees (fleeing the Ebola infected areas) and collaborating and reporting to the World Health Organisation, the Red Cross, Doctors without borders and International SOS.
 
 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.

Yann’s extremely diverse professional experience, personal interests and advanced medical trainings, have allowed him to broaden his skills and knowledge in many different fields of medical expertise. He thoroughly enjoys sharing his knowledge, experience and stories with his students.  Speaking from real life experience, this enriches his overall teachings and lectures and allows his classes to be easily understood, absorbed and relateable!
 
With a keen desire to share his knowledge and expertise, to help others to learn everything they need to learn about the body and how to save lives too, Yann has joined the American Heart Association ‘Instructors Team’ to facilitate International First Aid Training courses and educate others on correct CPR and First Aid knowledge and skills.  He is excited to be able to present his graduates with this globally-recognised qualification, suitable for all yoga teachers, and any other teacher, parent or professional who wishes to benefit from life-saving skills.

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.    
 

Ingela | Yoga Philosophy Teacher​

Nature lover Ingela organises tours for travellers Under the name “Yatra Tours”, meaning “sacred pilgrimages”. Her pilgrimages reflect a deep devotion to Mother Earth and the Balinese Hindu culture.

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.

Eric Schwarz | Teacher

“Yoga is just as much about learning as it is unlearning. Creating as it is destroying. Living as it is dying.”
American born yoga teacher and life coach, Eric Schwarz is now currenty focussed on sharing his passion in Western Australia and Bali. 
 
His breath-focused style of teaching always includes extended centering and various styles of meditation.  Whether through coaching or yoga, he supports a way of living that is natural, creative, and empowering, embracing the full potential of body and spirit. 
 
Eric’s initial relationship with yoga was of pure escapism.  After a knee injury from running as a way to “blow off steam,” the first few years of his practice were a substitute in disguise: high impact, intense and aggressive.  Through loss and life, his practice evolved and the subtler, softer and sweeter gifts of yoga slowly infiltrated and became the principle force of his own self-practice and teaching.
 
Eric is extremely hands-on in his teaching, personal in his delivery of philosophy, and finds great joy in unifying the movement, story and energy of the practice into a comprehensive mind-body experience.  Regarding patterns of both the mind and body, Eric feels that yoga is just as much about learning as it is unlearning, creating as it is destroying, and living as it is dying.  Eric teaches students to discern reality from truth and empowers them to create a fulfilling life that is equally passionate and compassionate.
 
Eric is an E-RYT 500, has led several yoga teacher trainings worldwide and in 2016, was voted “Best Yoga Teacher in Washington, D.C”!