Our entire team shares a common philosophy: to approach all of our efforts with the idea of pure service or ‘seva’; to share only what we know to be true because we have experienced it deep within ourselves; and to teach as much as possible by example, letting the way we live reflect the greater truths that we wish to impart.
DIRECTOR & SOUL GUIDE
A nomadic Canadian raised and educated in Switzerland, Simone worked as a counselor specializing in women’s issues before adopting the simple, free and romantic life of a traveling Yogini, studying and teaching yoga throughout the greater Asian realm for many years before establishing The School of Sacred Arts in Bali.
Increasingly drawn to nature-based spirituality, Simone passionately utilizes both yogic and shamanic tools in support of growth and transformation, holding space with gentle grace in SOSA’s trainings, workshops and retreats around the world.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
School of Sacred Arts
CO-FOUNDER & WISDOM WARRIOR
After establishing The Sanctuary Resort’s Spa and Wellness Centre in Southern Thailand in 1998 and a yoga studio in the US in 2002, Troy co-created The School of Sacred Arts with his partner and an extraordinary team of teachers and guides.
In addition to his work with SOSA, Troy facilitates mindfulness groups via TeamUp and the Asian Leadership Institute’s 3C program and serves as a personal coach, mentor, and consultant, supporting his clients as they go deeper and move forward into a richer, fuller experience of life.
Believing that following a tradition or a specific teacher should be secondary to discovering one’s own, unique path, he encourages everyone to be responsible for their own liberation as they help others to do the same, guided by heart, soul, and the voice of Spirit within.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500
School of Sacred Arts
Randall O’Leary aka Ram Giri Baba has practiced and taught both Hatha and Jnana Yoga for over 20 years. Beginning his studies in the Iyengar tradition in 1991, he later apprenticed with esteemed ViniYoga teacher Gary Kraftsow in Hawaii before developing his own style and approach, ultimately completing his advanced teacher training with Louisa Sears at Yoga Arts in Byron Bay, Australia.
After years spent studying with the sadhus of Northern India, he eventually took diksha (initiation) as a sadhu of the Giri Sampradaya sangha, living the simple life of the renunciate while learning to read, write and speak both Sanskrit and Hindi.
Director of Yoga at The Sanctuary Spa and Wellness Centre in southern Thailand since 1995, Randall holds workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings throughout the US, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
YIN YOGA GODDESS
Founder of TNYT Yoga Therapy, director of Alchemystic YogaDance and trained in both Yogic and Taoist/Chinese modalities, Yin Yoga specialist Tina has taught Yoga and movement meditation for the past decade throughout the globe, sharing her passion for ‘healing’ while celebrating the interconnectedness of body, mind and Spirit.
Exuding a rich, earthy femininity, Tina’s radiance and accessibility inspires her students to explore the depths and heights of yoga practice, it’s rich symbolism and inherent beauty.
YOGA TEACHER & PRINCESS OF MOVEMENT
With a background in political science and development, Bex works with children and young adults around the world who live with war, occupation, and poverty, in addition to—and along with—her sharing of Yoga.
Studying and practicing yoga throughout her humanitarian journeys, Bex attended her first of many teacher trainings in Dharamsala, India. Her belief in the ‘One Human Family’ is reflected in her original and extremely popular yoga classes, built on themes of cooperation, peace and justice.
A voracious student, Bex brings a wealth of experience in many styles and practices, including AcroYoga (she’s a certified instructor) and is always working to bring yoga off the mat and into the larger world.
YOGA TEACHER & SINGER EXTRAORDINAIRE
Balinese native Eka Sabeh discovered that yoga helped to balance his hectic lifestyle while studying for a Master’s degree in communications in the United States under the Fulbright Program, and while working as a broadcaster at the Voice of America in Washington DC. Returning to Bali to deepen his exploration of yoga, Eka now teaches Hatha and Vinyasa Flow, combined with Balinese tradition and culture, in addition to his role as an administrator and facilitator with the School of Sacred Arts.
With a deep passion for music and singing, Eka regularly performs at local venues, sharing his gift with those fortunate enough see him perform in the Ubud area.
SHAMANIC FELINE & ENERGETIC GUIDE
Combining her studies with yoga masters, healers and shamans around the world, Cat offers a personal interpretation of Forrest Yoga along with guided meditations and energy work during her classes. Having overcome great personal challenges through her practice, Cat teaches with passion, clarity, and a finely tuned ability to connect deeply and immediately with her students.
Her philosophy is simple: be real, be you, be here, be now, connect with your core, stay in your power, and do not stray.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
ENERGETIC GUIDE & COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
A dynamic yoga teacher, energetic healer, and life coach.
While Heather has been trained in Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Restorative yoga, her movement is uniquely responsive to the needs of those she works with. She is much more interested in how the movement feels as opposed to achieving the “perfect pose.” A practitioner and teacher of energetic alignment, Heather infuses her adjustments with the same care she uses when giving energy healing and biodynamic craniosacral sessions. Her goal is to provide space for her students to experience themselves in a much deeper and transformative way…going beyond asana and delving into the mental, emotional, and energetic connections to be found on and off the mat.
In addition to her work with SOSA, Heather is the founder of Journeys on the Mat.
Yoga Alliance RYT-200
LETICIA TIKA QANTU SIDERIS
A 5th generation member of a shamanic tradition from Chachapoyas, Leticia has studied, trained, and practiced with various indigenous tribes in Venezuela, Colombia and Peru over the last 8 years, and now holds medicine as well as sweat lodge ceremonies for the Sacred Valley Tribe with strong motherly energy, a blooming feminine wisdom, and exquisite music.
Leticia also assists people individually, helping them to integrate the plant medicine ceremony experience (using shadow work and the reprogramming old patterns) with presence, integrity, and a loving heart.
PRE-NATAL AND KIRTAN FAIRY
In addition to sharing Yoga and Kirtan with grown-ups in her intuitive classes (using a blend of Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin Yoga tailored to the moment-to-moment needs of her students) Lindsey has over a decade of experience facilitating kid’s development through song, yoga, story and movement. After directing a children’s learning center in California, this mother of three moved with her family to the magical island of Bali.
“Yoga and music offer doorways to the soul. It is through our movement, breath, and creative expression that we can see more clearly who we are in this very moment.”
DR. ADOLF BROWN
ANATOMY TEACHER & HOLISTIC CHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIAN
With a degree in holistic health to compliment his Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Brown was in private practice in the US for many years, eventually founding and serving as president of the Gaia Clinic natural health facility in Tucson, Arizona before relocating to Bali.
As one of our anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology teachers, Dr. Brown will draw on his studies and practitioner experience in the areas of acupuncture, physiotherapy, Applied Kinesiology and Cranio-Sacral therapy as well as nutrition and of course the chiropractic arts.
Dr. Brown is also available for private treatment sessions and consultations.
SPECIAL GUEST – KIRTAN
A world-renown performance and recording artist, Daphne has merged her spiritual practice with her deepest passion. She’s a soulful singer/songwriter, a wandering minstrel with a heavenly voice who shares contemporary kirtan, folk and a great deal of love wherever she finds herself.
Since her initial yoga class 17 years ago, she studied music at the University of Texas, The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and Kirtan with Jai Uttal. Her music is featured on many of Shiva Rea’s yoga music compilations and DVDs’s, and her newly re-mastered CD, Mata, was released in 2008.
Daphne is committed to expanding consciousness on the planet through global community events (such as the BaliSpirit Festival) whose focus is on music, yoga, dance and all other forms of art that inspire peace in action.
NUTRITION AND CLEANSING
Co-founder and Director of the Natural Instinct Healing Center in Bali, Kate—a Doctor of Naturopathy and Nutritional Medicine, intuitive healer, author, speaker and yoga teacher—has guided thousands of individuals worldwide to a state of radiant health, facilitating radical healing and transformation on a mind, body and soul level.
DR. RACHEL ELLERY
ANATOMY PHYSIOLOGY AND KINESIOLOGY
An international anatomy and movement teacher and osteopath, Rachel specializes in teaching yoga students and yoga teachers the structure and function of the human body.
Drawing on over 24 years of hands-on experience as a practitioner and 15 years of teaching, Rachel blends her extensive knowledge of osteopathy, sports therapy, Pilates, Thai bodywork and yoga into unique, interactive anatomy and movement classes with the help of Charlie, her skeleton.
Encouraging her students to develop their own self-awareness, Rachel inspires a playful curiosity about what happens under their skin. Her down-to-earth teaching style includes storytelling and case studies, visuals of the body, interactive exercises and informative handouts to make anatomy an engaging subject for all her students.
WEBSITE DESIGNING AND DEVELOPMENT
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Having been in the web industry for over 5 years, they have hundreds of satisfied clients across the world. We’re one of them!
“Every client we work with becomes a part of the team. Together we face the challenges and celebrate the victories.”
DRIVER, TOUR GUIDE & FRIEND
Trustworthy, friendly and loyal, our good friend and professional driver Dewa Alit is available for all of your transport needs while in Bali. A careful, reliable and otherwise extremely competent driver (the importance of which cannot be overstated in Bali), Dewa offers his 22 years of experience, his knowledge of Balinese culture, tradition and special areas outside of the usual tourist zones, as well as fair, reasonable, pre-discounted rates for all SOSA yoga students.