Loka Yoga School
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 5 years, as well as running yoga teacher training courses in India and Bali, she has logged over 4500 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.

Realising and understanding the benefits of experiencing yoga in it's homeplace of India, and with wealth of knowledge and contacts with local Indian and Tibetan friends throughout North India, Taryn loves sharing her experiences through the annual 'Journey Through North India' retreats.
Yann Cadic| Anatomy Teacher & First Aid Instructor
Born in Saint Malo, Yann grew up in Britany (North West of France).  

In 2008, he graduated with a Bachelor in Nursing at Caen’s University France.  He has extensive professional medical experience, working in various sectors of the medical industry for over 10 years. 

Yann’s diverse experience has allowed him to broaden his skills and knowledge in many different fields of medical expertise; including highly technical wards in hospitals throughout France and extremely remote areas of Africa.

Yann recently returned from working in Gabon, Africa, where he was assisting and advising his clients on tropical medicine, emergency and medical repatriation.  He is also a certified Health Safety and Environment International Advisor from the worldwide recognised entity NEBOSH.

He is now based in Bali, Indonesia.  With a keen desire to share his knowledge, experience and expertise, to help others to learn how to save lives too, Yann has joined the American Heart Association ‘Instructors Team’.  

His passion continues his journey in Indonesia, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions, 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.    

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"! 

    

Olav Aarts | Teacher
Yoga needs time.  Yoga is known by yoga.  All wisdom is already within. That’s the path.  There are no mysteries.“

Dr. Olav Aarts has over 20 years of Traditional Hatha Yoga experience.  Offering masterclasses, intensives, teacher trainings worldwide, Olav lectures on the origins and developments of yoga traditions and other Asian religions.  In 2013, Yoga Magazine named him ‘Yogi of the year!’.

Trained by yogis in the Netherlands and India, he has profound experience and knowledge of asana, pranayama, mudra and bandha, dhauti and kriya.  Olav has been practicing Vipassana meditation since he was 17.  He has also experienced living as a monk (or ascetic) in monasteries in Burma, Nepal and India.   

Holding a PhD as a sociologist of religion, Olav worked at the Department of Sociology at Radboud University Nijmegen. Olav travels regularly to the Middle and Far East and has lived in England and Indonesia.
Olav’s passion and focus is on the history of yoga, chakra philosophy, didactics, Hatha asana and Hatha pranayama.  

His Hatha yoga classes are taught following the traditional method. This traditional method also implies that techniques are being done for longer periods at a stretch, depending on the student’s level. This intensifies the experiences, both physical and mental. Additionally, he pays great attention to the philosophy of yoga.