Yoga Teacher Profiles in Casperia
Lucy is the co founder of Sunflower Retreats. and has been a holistic practitioner in the UK and worldwide since 1988. She specialises in a wide range of body work, therapies and energy and spiritual balancing treatments such as Chakra Balancing and Reiki.
Lucy was drawn to the practice of Hatha yoga and the yoga philosophy while studying holistic therapies professionally in London in 1989. In the late 80's and early 90's, then in her twenties, she travelled independently when at that time it was not common for women to travel alone, her journey took her to Nepal, India, Thailand, Malaysia,Indonesia, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Sudan and the USA, where she broadened her studies of yoga, Eastern philosophy and the healing arts, including the American Indian tradition and philosophy.
Lucy is a qualified Holistic Therapist and international yoga teacher, accredited by the Friends of Yoga - a society and examination body for yoga in the UK and India which is recognised by Yoga Alliance©, as an international yoga school. Over the last twenty five years she has helped thousands of people with healing therapies and with yoga instruction, either through her yoga classes and treatments, or through all she has coordinated in the yoga and healing section at Sunflower Retreats' centre in Casperia. Lucy specialises in working with women’s issues and health and wellbeing and her interests also include Ayurveda, Soul food cooking, Shamanism, Astrology, art and the study of the sacred and divine feminine.
Lucy's group yoga classes are holistic and grounding, fusing the elements of Ying and Yang, yoga asanas and practices with some flow sequences and traditional asanas in order to bring balance (union) to the body, mind, emotions and spirit. She also teaches Water Yoga or Acqua Yoga where certain yoga asanas are practiced within the element of water; water being a supportive element for physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
Lucy loves to share and communicate the ancient knowledge of Western and Eastern traditions so to infuse our connection back to Mother earth, our body & self , this is done directly through the healing power of yoga and meditation and Yoga nidra, both in her classes and her treatments.
She is a gentle teacher, encouraging and supportive in her teaching and holistic therapy work.
A mother of two children born by natural childbirth methods, she also teaches pregnancy yoga and preparation for natural birth.
She works personal one to one too.
You can read more on her personal website www.healingthedivinefeminine.com
Lisa Quish - Casperia - May 16th to 29th
Lisa Quish, certified through Yoga Alliance, has been a popular member of our teaching team for many years.
Lisa's mom taught yoga and she grew up in a household where it was part of life. In her teens she studied ballet and contemporary dance and when she later qualified as a yoga teacher it felt like all the pieces of the puzzle had come together. Yoga, like dance, is about movement of the body but also works to harness the breath creating a rhythm which allows the body to flow and open to grace. When the body is bright and healthy, the mind is clear and the spirit is full one cannot but engage with the world in a lighter way.
Lisa's style of teaching is Hatha flow with a strong foundation in correct body alignment. Lisa's style of teaching is Hatha flow with a strong foundation in correct body alignment. She continues to refine her own practice and teaching skills and has commenced a level two teacher training programme and regularly attends teaching workshops to expand her knowledge and bring her students the benefit of her learning.
As a busy business professional and yoga teacher Lisa brings a balance of reality, commitment and fun to her classes, ensuring that students get an equal amount of space and attention so they can discover the freedom and discipline that a well balanced and joyful practice brings.
Ben Rakidzija - Casperia, Italy - May 30th to July 3rd
Ben Rakidzija, born in Germany in 1980, is certified by the American Yoga Alliance (500 RYT). We welcome him to back to Casperia to lead our retreats in June.
Ben’s teaching experience in retreats and studios has taken him as far afield as Costa Rica, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. His yoga style is open; he practises a mix of Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga and QiGong; also involving exercises in Facial Training and Contact Improvisation. The aim of his practice is a stable body and a clear mind.
Ben also teaches Zazen, the meditation practice of Zen-Buddhism, the aim of which is merely sitting, free from thoughts, images or judgments.He has practised Zazen for ten years with various teachers, such as Ryushin Paul Haller, from the USA and Shodo Harada Roshi from Japan.
To further expand his education, Ben visits many seminars and workshops; most recently in Facial Training, led by Dr. Schleip (Germany), and an intensive course in Contact Improvisation, by Martin Keogh (USA). Another part of Ben's life is as a graduate Master of Arts in Philosophy and History.
Jessie Jeanne Stinnett - Italy - August 15th to Sept 3rd
We welcome back Jessie Jeanne Stinnett, from the USA, to Sunflower Retreats to teach in August.
Jessie began practicing yoga as a supplement to her career as a professional dancer. Jessie is a Yoga Alliance Certified instructor through Frog Lotus International. She teaches classes and workshops regularly in London and the US, and is also pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Practice.
Jessie teaches dynamic Vinyasa Flow yoga classes which focus on building strength, stability, and flexibility. She draws on her experience as a dancer/somatic movement practitioner to develop classes which condition and increase awareness of the body and heal, restore, and express one’s inner landscape.
The use of metaphors and imagery are key methods of Jessie’s teaching style which serve the purpose of guiding her students to a deep, subjective understanding of how the techniques and philosophies underpinning the practice apply to them as individuals. She encourages depth of understanding over superficiality: quality versus quantity.
The pace of the class generally includes a quiet time of transition through Tapas (Sanskrit: heat/self discipline), building the internal fire, as the physicality of the practice intensifies to resolution in the final moments of relaxation, observation and reflection. Students are left feeling energized and thoughtful and encased by the energy that their very own body-mind cultivated as a glowing membrane of radiance.
katie spence - italy - july 4th to july 17th
I was bought to yoga from a young age as my mother practised regulary, My love of yoga began as I grew older, practising a lot of dance and surfing. I realised I wanted something more; a deeper connection and understanding of my body and finding yoga gave me that something I was missing.
I did my first yoga training in Goa, India in Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga. I gained a much deeper practise into yoga and I knew this was just the beginning into my learning and teaching. In 2018 I decided to further my yoga teaching training by enrolling in a three month Hatha Yoga training in Byron bay, Australia. This gave me further knowledge into yoga Lineage and made me realise how important in is to connect the body, mind and breath together as one.
As a yoga teacher I strive to bring enthusiasm and passion to my classes.
My aim is to facilitate my students in learning to be happy with themselves and what their bodies can do, feeling healthy, relaxed and energised inside and out.
My class takes inspiration from dance, my passion for surfing, and my love of travel. I hope for every student to leave my class with a smile on their face and feeling inspired to live a healthy life.
Cesare Dapiaggi - Italy - September 19-25 & OCTOBER 10-16
We welcome Cesare Dipiaggi, from Italy, back to our Casperia team this year.
Cesare started practicing yoga assiduously in 2010, after realizing that he could play a key role in treating disorders of the bodies and the minds of people weary from years of intercontinental travel. His job as a flight attendant made him aware of the negative consequences of nights spent on shift work and of jet lag.
After making several trips to Asia, he started the discipline of Hatha yoga through a method created by Supreme Master Gabriella Cella; the first woman to bring the ancient teachings the Sivananda to Italy. After studying for more than forty years in various ashrams scattered across India, she developed the Yoga Ratna method where 'ratna' means 'the jewel' through which we uncover our true being.
Cesare teaches a path that winds through the study of the elements, the asanas that represent the many deities of the Hindu pantheon, and the 'scruti' - listening to their energy impression. Pranayama helps spread this new information in depth, through breathing, and meditation of loving kindness serves as an aid to clear our mind of all negative thoughts.
Anna Sadhana Pilotti - September 5-11 & September 26-2 OCTOBER.
Anna - Swedish-Italian based and a Mum to three lovely daughters - started her spiritual search in the beginning of the 90’s. She went through various personal development programs which led her in contact with Osho and other living Mystics around the world. She travelled through everything from the way of the Mystic, Sufism, Buddism, Advaita Vedanta, Shamanism, Tantra and much more. Curious for the ever-connecting golden thread of consciousness.
After over ten years of practice and spiritual research she changed from normal office hours and business career as a PR consultant to one of Sweden’s biggest firms to full time Yogini and teacher.
She added a diploma as a Mindfulness MBSR teacher and she was part of the creation of one of Stockholm’s biggest yoga schools; Yogayama. She has been teaching retreats in Italy since early 2000.
From 2011 she is also a certified Access Consciousness Bars Facilitator including educating others and giving sessions .
She also works as a Personal Development Coach and gives sessions live and online.
Anna’s yoga classes are very much about learning to listen to the body, learning Energy language and getting through the falseness of tensions and heaviness. She puts much attention to tools of alignment that creates not only a more balanced body but truly gets you into Lightness of your Being and Lightness of moving your body.
Anna likes “ Happy Yoga” and she enjoys taking the seriousness out of the practise. She listen in to the energy of each group and she seeks to empower all to more of themselves; to more possibilities and fewer judgements.
Her yogic experience goes through Kundalini, Hatha, Llyengar, Dona Holleman, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Vinni Yoga and Yin&Yang Yoga.
Today she blends these into her own mix, using the best of all methods for the requirements of the participants attending her yoga classes .
Rosi Robertazzi - Italy - JULY 18-24 September 12-18 & October 3-9
Rosi Robertazzi, from Italy, joins us again this year.
Rosi specializes in promoting wellness through yoga, art and nature. She has studied and practiced traditional Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi gong for twelve years and has been a trainer facilitating a range of classes such as yoga and bodywork, movement and voice improvisation, and themed art classes.
Rosi currently teaches yoga, Partner Yoga, Thai Yoga and Chair Yoga in Sabina, Italy and has been teaching yoga integrated with Thai massage in a way intended to merge, in a harmonizing dance, the individual’s body, mind and spirit. This holistic experience brings the body and mind into the ideal conditions to reach the deeper dimensions of spirit. Her lessons are are designed in a lively, entertaining and creative way.