TEACHERS


Nea Ferrier


Nea is the founder of Nilaya House and Ashtanga Yoga Dubai. She has been teaching yoga since 2008 and is is a KPJAYI level II authorised teacher of Ashtanga Yoga. Originally from Sydney, Nea has shared her love of yoga with students in Australia, China, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Turkey and now Dubai, where she settled in 2013. She has been practising yoga daily for 15 years and continues to study with senior teachers of various yoga methodologies. She is also a committed meditation practitioner and student of yoga philosophy.

Alexey Pavlyukov


Alexey has been practicing Ashtanga yoga since 2007 studying with authorised teachers in Moscow. In 2010 he became a student of KPJAYI and has made four individual trips to Mysore since that time as well as attending trainings and classes with David Swenson, Richard Freeman, Lino Miele, Petri Raisanen, Eddie Stern and Mark Darby. Alexey has been teaching Ashtanga for the last seven years, at the Ashtanga Yoga Shala and Ashtanga Yoga Center in Moscow and Ashtanga Yoga Dubai since 2015.

Anmar Arjan


Anmar has been practising Ashtanga Yoga for 13 years. She completed her teacher’s training with senior teacher Mark Darby in Montreal Canada in 2009 and has also studied yoga in Mysore India. She continues to maintain her regular yoga practice at Ashtanga Yoga Dubai alongside a full-time career in the corporate world and her role as founding partner of Nilaya House.

Aparajita Ghose


Aparajita has been teaching yoga since 2008. Over the years she has practiced different styles including Bikram, Bihar School of Yoga and Iyengar Yoga. She completed her teachers’ training at Yoga Point in Nasik and is currently training under the Iyengar Method at the Iyengar Institute in Pune. Her classes are fun and approachable, with attention to alignment, breath and maintaining mindfulness through the practice.

Britni Allen


Britni has a degree in Health Education and Kinesiology and is a Certified Birth and Postnatal Doula. She is certified to teach Prenatal, Postnatal and Mommy & Baby Yoga and is currently continuing her education to become a certified Childbirth Educator and Breastfeeding Counselor. She has been teaching in Dubai for three years as well as working as a doula with the aim to support a couple, both physically and emotionally, throughout their pregnancy, labour and the birth of their baby. Her pre-natal yoga classes also include a discussion of the different aspects of pregnancy and birth. Britni is a mother of two and dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioner.

Naseem Kapasi


Naseem started practising Iyengar Yoga in 2001 with Djoeke Van Der Werf one of the pioneer Iyengar Yoga teachers in Dubai. She started teaching after completing her Introductory Level certification in 2004. Over the years she has had the good fortune of studying at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune under Guruji BKS Iyengar. In addition she has attended classes and workshops with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar. Other senior teachers she has studied with include Jawahar Bangera, Rajvi Mehta, Gabriella Giubilaro , Mary Dunn and James Murphy among many. She currently holds Junior Level II Intermediate Certification and is working towards Level III under the guidance of Azita Dadfar a Senior Iyengar teacher in Dubai.

Rangaji Ramachandran


Rangaji is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and also holds a Masters of Yogic Science from SVYASA University Bangalore. He has a strong interest in how yoga can been used to maintain health and combat lifestyle related diseases. He has spent time applying yoga techniques to patients in hospitals in Bangalore, including apprenticing under Dr. John Ebenazer in his orthopaedic hospital and with Dr. Gladson Johnson in understanding biomechanics and application of exercise in the field of injury management and prevention. Rangaji compliments his knowledge in yoga with foam rolling and self-myosfascial TP therapy.

Zainab Ali


Zainab Ali is one of Dubai’s most loved kids’ yoga teachers, (Yoga with Zee) and is known for her playful and positive classes with kids from ages four to teens. She is a strong advocate of introducing yoga to children when young and providing them with the opportunity to participate and grow in a non-competitive and encouraging environment. Her class include imaginative stories, creative engaging games and of course, tons of fun and laughter! She is a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher and has been practising Ashtanga yoga daily for the last five years.

Hodis Kavian


Hodis has worked in fitness since 2001 and has been teaching yoga since 2008. She is currently training within the Iyengar method of yoga, regularly studying with her teacher Gabriella Giubulario in Florence Italy. Her classes combine her deep understanding of the body along with the desire for students to experience the peace and wellbeing that yoga can bring. She is fluent in Iranian, English and French.

Amanda Smith


Amanda has been a keen body worker for 15 years. Traveling around the world for many years gave Amanda a passion of being with and listening to others. Studying Traditional Thai Massage in Thailand and the U.K., a natural progression was to move into full-time Personal Training. For eight years, since taking her 200 hours yoga-teacher training with Gabrielle White Wolf, Amanda has continued to study, listen and observe all different bodies with a sense of curiosity. In 2015 Amanda completed a 100 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Jade Wood. The training changed her entire outlook on how people connect with their bodies. Joining the dots with the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. She teaches regular classes and workshops at Nilaya House as well as individuals and small groups privately.

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