OM Sahana Vavatu Sahanau Bhunaktu Saha Viryam Karavavahai Tejasvi Navaditamastu Ma Vidvishavahai
Meet Our Teachers
Our teachers are inspiring humans who have dedicated their lives to empowering others on the path of yoga.
E-RYT 500 & YACEP
Asana, Meditation, Pranayama, Self Inquiry, Ayurvedic Lifestyle, Course Coordinator, Founder & Director of Yoga Arts
Louisa has dedicated her life to the practice and teaching of Yoga. She is passionate in the inquiry to find ones true nature and freedom. In her teaching, Louisa encourages the understanding and acceptance of life, finding the teacher within and acknowledging the Divine in all. Louisa has been teaching yoga for 35 years and has had a committed Yoga Sadhana practice for over 38 years. She teaches the principles of Tantric Advaita Philosophy and specializes in Self Inquiry, Therapeutic Yoga, Ayurveda Lifestyle, Mindful Vinyasa Asana, Pranayama & Meditation. Louisa is the Lead Teacher on the Yoga Arts’ Yoga Teacher Trainings, Yoga Retreats and Yoga Workshops in Bali and around the globe. Louisa encourages students to develop inwardly by diving deeply into oneself to awaken through mindful conscious practice on and off the mat.
Jose C Leal (Nikhil)
Asana, Teaching Methodology, Yoga Mythology, Meditation & Pranayama
As a child, in Brazil, Nikhil was introduced, by his mother, to the Brazilian Shamanic world of Native Indian and African Mythologies. By 17 Nikhil pursued his passion in theater and for more than 25 years this became his vocation throughout Brazil, Italy and Germany. Nikhil’s love of Spirituality and creativity then took him to India, the motherland of Yoga. Nikhil studied at the SVYASA University in Bangalore focusing on meditation and the 4 Paths of Yoga. A constant object of study for Nikhil is Eastern Philosophy including; the paths of the Sufis and Tao, leading to one’s single point in life ~ Joy and Devotion to all living beings. Nikhil teaches and assists on the Yoga Arts’ 200 and 300 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings, Yoga Rejuvenation Retreats and the 40 Hour YACEP Courses.
Emil teaches yoga philosophy, meditation and pranayama on the Yoga Arts’ trainings. He has been living in Asia since the mid seventies, studying Indian thought as well as Chinese classical philosophy.
His many years of residency in Nepal and India have brought about a passion for yoga, in particular, the aspects of breath and meditation in both the Buddhist and Hindu traditions. His courses offer a glimpse into the treasures of philosophy and their application in daily life, as yoga practice and ritual, all in the original context.
BSc, MSc (Information Technology)
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga
Stuart has a BSc in Health Studies and a MSc in Information Systems. He began his journey in health and fitness working as a personal trainer and then went on to qualify in Sports Massage & Injury Treatment , as well as, Advanced Medical Massage. For the last 7 years he has worked almost exclusively within the yoga community with yogis making up over 90% of his clients.
Stuart has had a dedicated Ashtanga yoga practice for 9 years and an interest in anatomy that has spanned several decades. Having already taught Swedish Massage and associated anatomy his love for both yoga and anatomy led to the natural progression of teaching Anatomy & Physiology for Yoga Teacher Trainings. In this endeavor he seeks to make anatomy accessible, fun and above all usable within a yoga context.
Lucy is a Yoga teacher and trainer with a dedicated practice of more than 20 years. Her style is fluid, feminine, intuitive, & creative, with respect for the roots and ultimate purpose of the practice. That is, remembering who we really are!
Trained by Yoga Arts, Lucy later apprenticed directly with Louisa Sear, spending more than a decade as part of the Yoga Arts faculty delivering Level 1 & 2 Teacher Trainings Internationally.
Since becoming a mother in 2016, she’s been based in Byron Bay with her partner & daughter, teaching regular classes and retreats, offering online courses and 1-1 coaching, alongside the very humbling and devotional practice that is parenting.
Inspired by the heart-centred practices of Bhakti Yoga, the non-dual teachings of Advaita & Self Inquiry, and the contemporary Buddhist teachings of Radical Compassion,
Lucy’s classes are an invitation to greater awareness, and loving curiosity of body, mind and heart.
ANOUK AOUN WENDEL
Asana Teaching, Asana Assistant, Pre-Natal Methodology
Attending her first class in 1997 Yoga soon became a daily practice for Anouk, in and beyond its physical aspects. Over the last seven years Anouk has been regularly teaching at Teacher Training programs, under the guidance of her teacher Julie Martin, in India since 2010, in Bali at Yoga Arts with Louisa Sear and Intuitive Flow with Linda Madani.
Today Anouk’s teachings in these practices are inspired by her heart teacher and partner Emil Wendel. She endeavors to keep learning from the teachers mentioned above, and other senior teachers, as she honors the wisdom they have accumulated throughout their many years of Sadhana.
Working with breath, movement and meditation, Yoga allows Anouk to reach a subtle center point where she experiences a sense of stillness, groundedness and attentiveness. Anouk sees teaching as an act of giving and devotion; her intention is to guide and inform her students and to encourage us all to remain inquisitive, joyous and non-dogmatic along our spiritual journeys.