Resident Teacher & Co-Founder
Claire has been exploring yoga, nutrition and holistic lifestyle for about 17 years, and continues to do so.
She dedicates her time and energy to what she loves, what inspires her and her passions, which are yoga, cooking and baking, chocolate and rock climbing. Check out her online chocolaterie Chocoláctica.
Her main Ashtanga teachers have been Claudia Rathmayer who taught her Primary Series. Prem and Radha who helped her deepen her practice. Alexandra Moreano who initiated her in Second Series. Mauricio Victorica & Lucia Andrade who helped her fortify and go further in Second Series. Gibran Gonzalez who has guided her to refine and complete Second Series.
Although physically not in this world anymore she strongly connects to the teachings of Swami Rama and Ramana Maharshi. They inspire her in countless ways which is why she has also spent time in their ashrams in India.
While living abroad, in 2013 Claire started assisting her teacher Alexandra Moreano and taught the classes when she travelled to India. In 2017 she moved to Amsterdam and started practicing continuously with Gibran Gonzalez. In 2018 she started assisting him. Claire is also a certified Hatha Yoga teacher and continues to connect with her Hatha/Raja Yoga teachers on a yearly basis in France and/or Ecuador. She has been sharing and teaching yoga for more than 10 years.
Her focus and priority lies in continuously exploring the depths of her Self and deepen her practice to be able to help and guide others from a place of personal experience and knowledge.
Through the years she has come to realize that food is one of our direct and most intimate connections with nature. This lead her to study Ayurveda and different ‘western’ nutrition & food cultures. She has taught vegan and vegetarian cooking classes & workshops for many years and loves spending hours in the kitchen.
She loves meeting new people and students and will try to help, guide or just accompany them in any way she can.
Check out her website to know more about Claire.
In Depth Teacher & Co-Founder
Gibran is an international teacher and has received level 2 authorisation by the KPJAYI, Mysore India.
Gibran's yogic path started in Mexico in 2000 with Baptiste Marceau and led him to regularly practice in India, first in Bangalore and then, in October 2005, in Mysore at the KPJAYI (Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute) with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois Rangaswamy.
He has spent more than ten years practicing for 6 months each year between KPJAYI and in Goa with well known teachers Rolf and Marci, currently practicing third series.
In March 2009, Gibran was given level 2 authorization and blessings to teach Ashtanga Yoga by the KPJAYI as the first Mexican teacher. In July-August 2010 he successfully completed Sharath Rangaswami’s Teacher Training and was invited to assist him in December 2010 in Mysore.
We are always delighted to have Gibran in Amsterdam to impart some of his considerable knowledge and understanding of yoga.
Mauricio Victorica Carcasses
Mauricio is an international teacher and has received level 2 authorisation by the KPJAYI, Mysore India.
He began to study yoga in 1997. Later in 2003 he discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. His view on this moving meditation is to approach the Ashtanga Vinyasa system as a lifelong practice, rather than a race for postures or series.
Mauricio has been travelling to Mysore, India since 2005 to continue his studies at the KPJAYI (K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute). Since 2007 he has been teaching Mysore Programs in many different countries.
We are always happy when he comes to share his knowledge and experience with us.
Ursula is an international teacher and has received level 2 authorisation by KPJAYI, in Mysore India.
Ursula's fascination with Ashtanga Yoga started in 2003, after a friend introduced her to a class whilst completing an honours degree in Contemporary Dance.
Beginning with her first teacher, Alexander Medin, she learned how breath refines not just movement but also the mind. In 2008 she made her first trip to Mysore, India, to study at the Sri K Pattabhi Jois Institute and has since returned yearly to study with her teacher, Sharath Jois, with whom she has completed the third series in Ashtanga Yoga.
Ursula was KPJAYI Authorised in 2010. Since then she has held, Mysore programs for the last 12 years. In Japan, Thailand and London. Out of her 17yrs of practice, Ursula has spent 6yrs practicing at Ashtanga Yoga London (with Hamish and Anna Hendry).
Ursula believes the practice has a supportive role, in sustaining “us all” in this busy world.
She believes in encouraging students to find longevity in their practice, in a nurturing and supportive environment.
Xico is an international teacher and has received level 2 authorisation by the KPJAYI, Mysore India.
Practicing yoga since very young, he has a vast experience with body work, adventurous person dedicated to many nature related sports.
Xico spent his 20's learning yoga close to his teachers , living in India and dedicating his life to yoga.
Even though Xico is an advanced series practitioner for more than 10 years. He spends most of his time practicing meditation and soft yoga postures in order to find the ballance necessary to go deep into learning about the body and mind.
Yoga is for me a way of playing with energies. An everyday dance where I align the energies within me and nature. Its fun and very introspective. I don't believe in pain as a good way to do yoga. Yoga is an art form and expression of your being. Ashtanga yoga is a set of tools that have been carried from generation to generation and that have arrived in my life when I was young. The way I try to pass on ashtanga yoga is through love, care, and technique. Using the Ayurveda Principles in order to name the energies that are worked on the physical and mental level. Understanding where and how you are and how you can improve the energy of your body and mind., having a clear intention for life.
Find out more about Xico.
In the beginning magic & mystic are the words that have drawn me closer to the world of Yoga . Many other words appeared later such as integrity, discipline & commitment but the important word is playfulness in Yoga. Iyengar, Shivananda & Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga have been the basis of learning for myself in Asana. More than half my years on earth have been spent in India. I found that coming from a health perspective ( nursing & it’s related sciences)Yoga proved to be a challenge until I surrendered & walked hand in hand with my sadhana (life’s personal route). My Yoga guru Shri . K. Pattabhi Jois & his grandson were formative in the beginning but the sweat came from my brow & am so grateful to all the strong woman & men I have met through life that indiscreetly have been formative in mentoring through the chaos of life. I share my time between Italy & India where there have always been many lessons & learning curves.
I look forward to bringing 40 yrs of yoga experience to exchange with others as we walk the walk of life... hari aum...
Lucia is one of the handful people Certified at K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI).
Started practicing yoga in early age, Ashtanga while she was at university in Brazil and completed a BA in Dance, Communication & Arts of the Body (PUC/SP) in 2000.
Lucia has taught in Brazil, Norway, Mexico, Germany, Taiwan, Spain, Netherlands, Argentina, Peru, Indonesia, to name a few, sharing her experience in the fields of Yoga.
For the last years, she assisted her teacher R. Sharath Jois in the Main Shala of Mysore. She was also, one of the selected to make demos with his teacher´s guidance for locals and medical Indian community about the benefits of Ashtanga Yoga.
She returns to Mysore every year to deeper her studies.
Devoted to support her students, her mission is to pass as pure as possible the teachings she received.