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Yoga Course Director Course Director, E-RYT 500 David Lertsin

Born from a Thai father and a French mother, David grew up with a cross-cultural understanding that combined the best from both East and West. He was able to manifest in himself a bridge between Asian spirituality with the rationality and freedom of thoughts from European philosophy.

Since childhood, David’s interest in the Orient has been reflected in his dedication to martial arts. His expressive power was balanced through early initiation to Zen meditation under Zen masters, and later into silent meditation of the Vipassana practice. He earned his black belts in Judo and Jiu-Jitsu by the age of 20, and began teaching these disciplines soon after as his teacher’s assistant.

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Yoga Course Teacher Lead Trainer, E-RYT 500 Vari Morales

Vari was born in New York and grew up in the Bronx. Both of his parents immigrated from Puerto Rico and he learned at an early age that life has its challenges. In his 20s, he was seeking spiritual growth and looked for meaning and purpose in life, so he volunteered at Kripalu Center for 1 year of Karma yoga. During his time at Kripalu, Vari studied with many teachers and learned about various philosophies in yoga and Thai massage. He delved into studies about energy, breath work, observing self, intentions, letting go; allowing yoga to work its subtle magic, see our true selves, and experience pure unlimited potential. Vari’s teaching style is influenced from his many years of yoga practice, experiences at Kripalu and numerous pilgrimages to India while he studied in Mysore, Rishikesh, and Dharamsala.

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Yoga Training Teacher Lead Trainer, E-RYT 500 Mathieu Boldron

Mathieu Boldron was born and raised in Paris. He discovered yoga during a period in his life when he was a singer and actor in the Broadway musical, The Lion King. He performed in various shows in several languages and countries: La Cage aux Folles, Sister Act, and many others. His practice became a way to root down, find expression, and to create balance his life.

Mathieu teaches yoga worldwide; he’s most often in Paris, London, New York, Koh Phangan and Istanbul. He’s well known in France for teaching inversion classes and workshops. He mentored with many different teachers including Chris Chavez, Dice Iida Klein, Briohny Smyth and Clara Roberts Oss in Vinyasa and Anusara based styles. His classes are fun and challenging!

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Yoga Training Course Teacher Lead Trainer, E-RYT 200 Marcela Mota

Marcela is an international teacher and co-founder of All Yoga Brazil. She organizes and teaches yoga teacher trainings, advanced trainings, retreats and workshops all around the world. Blending her Brazilian roots and loving nature, Marcela is a lively, caring and playful teacher who spreads love and compassion.

She truly believes that yoga unlocks the potential inside us, and opens the path to a very profound knowledge of who we really are. Marcela is passionate about sharing the gift of yoga. She joyfully helps others discover their unique paths leading to emotional and physical healing, as well as spiritual growth.

Yoga Course Trainer Lead Trainer, E-RYT 200 Corey Wu

Corey was born in Taiwan and lived in North America for over 20 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. Corey is a certified personal trainer and competed in multiple bodybuilding competitions. He worked as an engineer for 16 years, climbing smoothly up the corporate ladder, and at one time even considered yoga a “sissy sport”. He also considered himself the least spiritual person in the world.

However, one day his life was turned upside down due to some personal tragedies. In his darkest hours, he stumbled across yoga. The world as he knew it, changed completely. He was shocked to realize he was living in such darkness, lacking any awareness of it. Corey felt like a baby opening his eyes for the first time. He learned how to release energy, emotions, and negative thoughts. He no longer felt burdened by the stereotypical notions of how to be “masculine”.

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Yoga Philosophy Teacher Philosophy Teacher Dr. Ganesh Rao

Dr. Rao skillfully utilizes his academic expertise to guide students into understanding the authentic traditions of yoga. In this pursuit, the goals of physical health, mental clarity, emotional harmony and serenity may be attained with sincere engagement.

He has conducted more than 13500 sessions of Yoga education to date, covering both the theory and practice of all aspects of Yoga catering towards health and healing. Dr. Rao’s extensive credentials include:

  • Guide for Ph.D. students in Philosophy and Yoga at Mumbai University and K.K. Sanskrit University, Nagpur
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Yoga Training Instructor Trainer, E-RYT 200 Sara Martin Blanco

Sara began her yoga journey at the age of 17. Since stepping onto the mat for the first time, her practice has been a part of her life ever since. A curious and passionate student, she naturally progressed in her yoga education and became a Yoga Alliance accredited RYT 500 teacher. Sara’s teachers include Javier Castro, Chris Chavez, Lucas Benet, Tina Nance, and she’s also studied and assisted with Meghan Currie

Her classes cultivate fire, invite possibility and challenge students to “Burn Bright”. Predominantly based on the Ashtanga system, her teaching is also laced with modern approaches to yoga such as Anusara and Sridaiva.

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Yoga Trainer Trainer, E-RYT 200 Arki Lee

Arki is a native of Taiwan. She started her yoga practice as an alternative form of exercise, though initially she was unimpressed. Arki had attended very gentle classes and felt that it was too easy and there was too little sweating or exertion to be considered beneficial as “exercise”. Everything changed when she went to her first Rocket Yoga class. Even though at the time she was still unable to perform many of the postures, she knew it was something special that she’d never experienced before.

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Yoga Anatomy Instructor Anatomy teacher, E-RYT 500 Wendy Chan

Wendy’s background and interest in eastern and western philosophy led her to explore and study the workings of the mind, body and subtle energies of the universe. After exploring the philosophies and meditation from several traditions, she found her peace in Zen meditation and yoga. This helped Wendy to realize her true calling: to teach and share what she has learnt about yoga and meditation. Having diverse trainings in yoga, philosophy, meditation, anatomy and therapy, Wendy seeks a balanced and complete view of one’s practice and spiritual development.

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Annie Au Yoga Teacher Lead Trainer, E-RYT 500 Annie Au

Annie travels around the world including Mexico, US, Canada, Thailand and Bali leading workshops, classes, trainings and retreats. She has certified over 190 yoga teachers worldwide. Annie holds a Bachelor Degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. Specializes in yoga anatomy, she infuses anatomy knowledge in her yoga classes to help students practice more intelligently and avoid injuries. Annie has the ability to lead a dynamic class filled with inversions with a duality of restorative and healing sequences.

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Word Smith Yoga Teacher Doctorate in Medical Qigong, 500hr Yoga Teacher Trainer Word Smith

Word Smith has been practicing the esoteric/healing arts for twenty years. During this time he has delved deeply into Massage, Yoga, Qi gong, Chinese Medicine, Buddhist philosophy and Internal Martial Arts. He holds a Doctorate in Medical Qi Gong, and 500 hrs of Yoga Teacher Training in Dharma Yoga, Bachelor’s in Philosophy, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, certifications in 5 body work styles. His teachers include Paul Pitchford, Michael Tierra, Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson, Geshe Michael Roach and Sri Dharma Mittra.

He currently lives in Sedona, Arizona translating Chinese and Tibetan and travels the world teaching Yoga, Dharma and Qi Gong.

Pierina Yoga Teacher Trainer, E-RYT 200 Pierina Rivera

Pierina was born in Costa Rica, a well-known yoga and ecotourism destination in Central America. She was always interested in movement and fitness to keep her body healthy and strong. But she realized that to have a fulfilled life you need to exercise much more than just the physical body. Looking for that ‘something’ that was missing, she discovered yoga 4 years ago and it has been part of her life ever since. She quit her full time job and embarked on her first solo adventure to join a 200 Hr YTT with All Yoga Thailand.

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David Lertsin

Born from a Thai father and a French mother, David grew up with a cross-cultural understanding that combined the best from both East and West. He was able to manifest in himself a bridge between Asian spirituality with the rationality and freedom of thoughts from European philosophy.

Since childhood, David’s interest in the Orient has been reflected in his dedication to martial arts. His expressive power was balanced through early initiation to Zen meditation under Zen masters, and later into silent meditation of the Vipassana practice. He earned his black belts in Judo and Jiu-Jitsu by the age of 20, and began teaching these disciplines soon after as his teacher’s assistant

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The following step from martial arts to Yoga was very natural. He was introduced to Yoga at the age of 21 and immediately knew this practice would be the perfect complement to his Spiritual journey.

Trained by the late renowned Yoga teacher Larry Schultz, he soon gained recognition and become Larry’s partner for his entry into Asia.

David not only practice yoga for the healing aspect but also as a moving meditation reaching higher stage of Inner Silence and insight. His Vinyasa Rocket classes are dynamic and grounded in a natural flow, helping students to grow in their practice and building in them more confidence, strength, and mindfulness on and off the mat.

David is a very inspiring teacher and his personalized style based on his background is the perfect way to let go of tensions and go deeper into a practice that will bring joy, happiness, compassion and a deeper understanding of the True Self.

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Vari Morales

Vari was born in New York and grew up in the Bronx. Both of his parents immigrated from Puerto Rico and he learned at an early age that life has its challenges. In his 20s, he was seeking spiritual growth and looked for meaning and purpose in life, so he volunteered at Kripalu Center for 1 year of Karma yoga. During his time at Kripalu, Vari studied with many teachers and learned about various philosophies in yoga and Thai massage. He delved into studies about energy, breath work, observing self, intentions, letting go; allowing yoga to work its subtle magic, see our true selves, and experience pure unlimited potential. Vari’s teaching style is influenced from his many years of yoga practice, experiences at Kripalu and numerous pilgrimages to India while he studied in Mysore, Rishikesh, and Dharamsala.

Vari’s teaching philosophy is rooted in the mindful connection to breath regardless of the style of yoga one is practicing. As breath is life, nothing else is possible without it. For nearly a decade, Vari has been a dedicated yoga teacher sharing his passion and inspiring others on a daily basis. Traveling internationally, he teaches in the USA, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Central America and Europe.

Currently residing in Chiang Mai, Thailand, every day he is grateful for his students and the ability to continue along this wonderful journey. Vari is known for his warmth and charisma, powerful energy, effective hands-on adjustments, chanting, and inspirational talks. His classes are a truly transformational experience!

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Mathieu Boldron

Mathieu Boldron was born and raised in Paris. He discovered yoga during a period in his life when he was a singer and actor in the Broadway musical, The Lion King. He performed in various shows in several languages and countries: La Cage aux Folles, Sister Act, and many others. His practice became a way to root down, find expression, and to create balance his life.

Mathieu teaches yoga worldwide; he’s most often in Paris, London, New York, Koh Phangan and Istanbul. He’s well known in France for teaching inversion classes and workshops. He mentored with many different teachers including Chris Chavez, Dice Iida Klein, Briohny Smyth and Clara Roberts Oss in Vinyasa and Anusara based styles. His classes are fun and challenging!

Mathieu looks for his students to experience through their range of motion the unity that brings expression, awareness and lightness to their life and practice… Follow him on his website: www.mathieuboldron.com

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Corey Wu

Corey was born in Taiwan and lived in North America for over 20 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. Corey is a certified personal trainer and competed in multiple bodybuilding competitions. He worked as an engineer for 16 years, climbing smoothly up the corporate ladder, and at one time even considered yoga a “sissy sport”. He also considered himself the least spiritual person in the world.

However, one day his life was turned upside down due to some personal tragedies. In his darkest hours, he stumbled across yoga. The world as he knew it, changed completely. He was shocked to realize he was living in such darkness, lacking any awareness of it. Corey felt like a baby opening his eyes for the first time. He learned how to release energy, emotions, and negative thoughts. He no longer felt burdened by the stereotypical notions of how to be “masculine”.

Yoga has been such a life­changing journey for Corey that he decided to dedicate his life to it. After receiving his teaching certificate from YYoga in Vancouver and completed Advanced Rocket Yoga Training, he was hired by a major yoga studio in Taipei. He’s had the opportunity to study with Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Kino MacGregor, Doug Swenson and others. Corey now teaches Ashtanga, Rocket, Yin and Hot yoga, and offers workshops. His teaching retains a strong emphasis on yoga philosophy, because after all, it was the very reason why he was originally attracted to this therapeutic and transformative practice.

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Dr. Ganesh Rao

Dr. Rao skillfully utilizes his academic expertise to guide students into understanding the authentic traditions of yoga. In this pursuit, the goals of physical health, mental clarity, emotional harmony and serenity may be attained with sincere engagement.

He has conducted more than 13500 sessions of Yoga education to date, covering both the theory and practice of all aspects of Yoga catering towards health and healing. Dr. Rao’s extensive credentials include:

  • Guide for Ph.D. students in Philosophy and Yoga at Mumbai University and K.K. Sanskrit University, Nagpur
  • Advisor to Kaivalyadhama Health & Yoga Research Center, Mumbai
  • Member of the Board of Studies of Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala.
  • Visiting Faculty at Mumbai University
  • Visiting Faculty at K. J. Somaiya Institute for the Diploma Courses in Yoga and Counseling, for B.A. and M.A. Degree Courses in Philosophy and Yoga Shastra
  • Visiting Faculty at Kaivalyadham, Mumbai and Lonavla
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Sara Martin Blanco

Sara began her yoga journey at the age of 17. Since stepping onto the mat for the first time, her practice has been a part of her life ever since. A curious and passionate student, she naturally progressed in her yoga education and became a Yoga Alliance accredited RYT 500 teacher. Sara’s teachers include Javier Castro, Chris Chavez, Lucas Benet, Tina Nance, and she’s also studied and assisted with Meghan Currie

Her classes cultivate fire, invite possibility and challenge students to “Burn Bright”. Predominantly based on the Ashtanga system, her teaching is also laced with modern approaches to yoga such as Anusara and Sridaiva.

Sara’s infinite love for yoga has inspired her to spread this personal mantra — LOVE FULLY, have fun, keep things simple and experience movement as true medicine.

The words she lives by: “Yoga for me is Home. Make space within you and take it wherever you go.”

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Arki Lee

Arki is a native of Taiwan. She started her yoga practice as an alternative form of exercise, though initially she was unimpressed. Arki had attended very gentle classes and felt that it was too easy and there was too little sweating or exertion to be considered beneficial as “exercise”. Everything changed when she went to her first Rocket Yoga class. Even though at the time she was still unable to perform many of the postures, she knew it was something special that she’d never experienced before.

Arki dedicated herself to the yoga practice and it became such a passion that she decided to quit her job and join the All Yoga 200 Hour Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training and began her teaching career. Working with Corey Wu, Arki is now runs the All Yoga Taiwan teacher training program.

Arki currently practices under the instruction of KPJAY certified Ashtanga teacher Daniel Wu. She also completed Sarah Powers’ Mindfulness Yin teacher training, and also teaches Yin, Ashtanga and Rocket Yoga. Arki believes that if you put your heart and soul into each practice, the presence and awareness is the best reward one can possibly receive.

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Wendy Chan

Wendy’s background and interest in eastern and western philosophy led her to explore and study the workings of the mind, body and subtle energies of the universe. After exploring the philosophies and meditation from several traditions, she found her peace in Zen meditation and yoga. This helped Wendy to realize her true calling: to teach and share what she has learnt about yoga and meditation. Having diverse trainings in yoga, philosophy, meditation, anatomy and therapy, Wendy seeks a balanced and complete view of one’s practice and spiritual development.

Founder and director of Yoga Seeds (Singapore), Wendy hosts regular yoga retreats and conducts trainings in locations all over Asia. She is the lead trainer and program director for Yoga Seeds 200 hr Teaching Training course. When Wendy’s not traveling, she’s back home in Singapore, teaching in various settings, including corporate yoga classes, yoga for children, private yoga sessions, regular studio sessions and also community classes for the underprivileged. In fact, she teaches anywhere that she can unroll her mat! An ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, she organizes regular fundraisers and classes for charity and is deeply committed to giving back to the community. Her style of yoga is a unique blend of Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga, with emphasis on the breath in both movement and stillness.

Certifications & Trainings
  • E-RYT 200, E-RYT 500 in Dec 2016
  • RYT 200 Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training
  • RYT 300 Yoga Teacher Training Rishikesh Yoga Peeth
  • RYT 50 Yin Yoga, Anatomy and theory with Paul Grilley
  • Yoga Instructor Training Certificate, Institute of Vivekananda Yoga and Research Development, India
  • Advanced Yoga Teacher Training (Chinese Medicine and Myofascial Release) with Tiffany Cruikshank
  • Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training
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Annie Au

Annie travels around the world including Mexico, US, Canada, Thailand and Bali leading workshops, classes, trainings and retreats. She has certified over 190 yoga teachers worldwide. Annie holds a Bachelor Degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. Specializes in yoga anatomy, she infuses anatomy knowledge in her yoga classes to help students practice more intelligently and avoid injuries. Annie has the ability to lead a dynamic class filled with inversions with a duality of restorative and healing sequences.

Annie teaches Dharma, Ashtanga, Rocket, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. She is a true believer in finding what style of yoga works for you and keep fine-tuning it. As her teacher Sri Dharma says ‘always practice according to your own conditions. She is eternally grateful for her teacher Sri Dharma Mittra, for showing her the most authentic yogic and scriptural knowledge. He has inspired her to lead a simple yogic life and to serve others with compassion and kindness.

Before yoga, she was a professional contemporary dancer and established Au Dance (a dance school for age 2-16) in Vancouver Canada. Her decade long dance career has taken her around the world including some fond memories touring in India, Egypt, Brazil and Germany.

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Pierina

Pierina was born in Costa Rica, a well-known yoga and ecotourism destination in Central America. She was always interested in movement and fitness to keep her body healthy and strong. But she realized that to have a fulfilled life you need to exercise much more than just the physical body. Looking for that ‘something’ that was missing, she discovered yoga 4 years ago and it has been part of her life ever since. She quit her full time job and embarked on her first solo adventure to join a 200 Hr YTT with All Yoga Thailand.

She was absorbed by everything yoga teaches us; the physical aspect, the philosophy, the energetic bodies, how it all correlates to each other and guides you to your true self. It was one of the most life-changing experiences she has ever had. With a unique latin flavor, Pierina brings a fun, upbeat, joyful energy to her classes. She aims for the students to leave each practice feeling refreshed, empowered and more in-tune with themselves; carrying a smile on their faces.