AYP Yoga Teacher Training
Andalucia, Spain Feb/March 2019
Tristan e-RYT 200
Tristan first began the practice of yoga in 1985 at school when he was 16 years old. At the age of 19 he travelled to the Himalayas to live in a Mahayana Buddhist monastery. This was really his first introduction to the higher teachings and to the spiritual life. He had his first awakening experience a year later after a meditation retreat in a Buddhist cave monastery in Thailand and experienced the awakening of kundalini the following year in 1991.
Over the next 19 years he continued to study Buddhist meditation and yoga and travelled to Nepal, Sri Lanka and especially India as often as possible to continue the study and practice of yoga in various ashrams and monasteries. He started teaching yoga and meditation in 2006. He qualified as a yoga teacher from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta ashram in Kerala, India.
Some of the most influential teachers in his life have been Amritanandamayi (Amma), Ajhan Amaro, Ajahn Succito, Maharaj, Tapkay Lama and Yogani. The yoga he teaches is integral, incorporating all eight limbs of yoga and his focus is as much about spiritual purification, and self-realization as about the physical aspects of yoga.
Devrim e-RYT 200
Devrim first came to yoga in 1999 through Free Diving. Learning how to control the breath, with pranayama exercises, for longer dives soon lead him to yoga asanas and eventually to the other limbs of Yoga.
He was always fascinated by the yogic myths and colourful stories and as he live in Thailand, he was always just a short step away from India where he received most of his formal yoga training.
He return many times to India and completed his Teacher Training qualification at the Sivananada Ashram in Kerala, India in 2004. He has been teaching yoga since then.
AYP came into his life in 2006 and was a transformation for both his personal practice and his teaching style. Like most teachers, asana practice was his focus , however with AYP he slowly began to understand the connectivity of all other parts of yoga, leading to a much deeper, effective and efficient practice. He also shared his new found knowledge with his students and quickly discovered that they were really enjoying a more integrated style of teaching, so he has continued to teach AYP classes for the last 10 years.
Devrim now runs his own Yoga Studio and Yoga Retreat Centre on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand.
Alex first came to yoga through meditation, and this practice continues to provide the foundation of his yoga journey and the inspiration for his teaching. He sees the practice of yoga postures as a means to integrate the subtle transformative effects of meditation with the physical body creating space in life for peace, energy and creativity to arise.
He completed teacher training with Simon Low at the Yoga Academy.
Alex is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and is currently studying an MSc in Physiotherapy at York St. John University. He is deeply interested in the clinical applications of yoga and mindfulness in pain management, and is currently studying a program specialising in teaching yoga as a treatment for chronic lower back pain. Alex aims to offer a therapeutic practice, leading to healthy, functional and effortless movement in daily living.
He has been practising AYP since 2009 and currently teaches AYP Yoga classes at the Stables Yoga Centre in York, U.K.
Blanche RYT 200
Blanche started to practice yoga when she was nine years old, with her father. Quickly, yoga became a major interest, and she began to read everything she could find on this subject. Growing up in Communist Romania, there were not many books on yoga, no teachers, and no studios.
When the Communist regime fell in 1989, the society opened to new possibilities. Blanche started to study yoga in the Patanjali tradition, while she was a student in psychology at the University of Bucharest in Romania. This included learning effortless mantra meditation. The meditation proved to be an unsurpassed way to learn about oneself and reality, and soon Blanche would spend many hours sitting every day. Her yoga practice reached a new level with the Advanced Yoga Practices taught by Yogani.
Besides Yogani, other major influences have been Katagiri Roshi, the Dalai Lama, and Amritanandamayi (Amma).
Blanche has a degree in fine art painting, a B.A. and a license in psychology from the University of Bucharest, Romania, and a master in social psychology from Syracuse University. She attended the yoga teacher training at West Hartford Yoga, in Connecticut. Her eclectic knowledge and personal experience combined with humor will leave you inspired and energized.
Pieter e-RYT 500
Pieter came into contact with yoga when he was eighteen years old. It felt like a homecoming and in the next few years he completed different teacher trainings in Holland, France and India.
After working as a therapist and a teacher in combination with teaching yoga, the realization dawned that he wanted to fully dedicate his time to practicing, teaching and studying yoga. This resulted in a year of sadhana in India and daily practices have been an import aspect of life ever since. Coming into contact with AYP was a real blessing because, looking back at it, many years were spent in less efficient practices. And although the intentions were good, an efficient and solid method of practice was missing.
Pieter is the owner of DevaDeva school of yoga and meditation in Holland. DevaDeva originated from the wish to share yoga in an authentic and powerful way in weekly classes, teacher trainings and retreats. The school has been constantly evolving especially with the introduction of AYP as the core system of practice. In December 2017 the doors have been closed for a year to allow Pieter to do a long term retreat.
Gemma Van der Wal RYT-200
Gemma started to practice yoga in 2015. She was following and teaching Qigong for many years when she decided to join some yoga classes for her own practice. From the start she was mostly drawn to the more meditative practices of yoga. She took her time to try out styles of yoga, meditation and teachers. After visiting several studios in her country she discovered the school Deva Deva of Pieter. The whole experience at this yoga school was spot on for her and soon after she subscribed for a two years meditation teacher training. In this training Pieter introduced AYP to the students. One year later she was a student in the first AYP TTC.
In her daily life Gemma works part time as a management assistant at Leiden University. In her free time she enjoys her own practice and learning more about yoga and teaches AYP to small groups. She enjoys sharing her passion of yoga with others.