Ahimsa has coordinated weekly classes for war veterans in Australia since 2004. Ahimsa also taught women refugees from Afghanistan, Bhutan and Myanmar, and has worked one-to-one with individuals seeking recovery and healing from the deep pain of trauma. Prior to teaching yoga Ahimsa worked in the media, including in publishing and television. With her interest and experience in writing she began publishing articles and books on yoga. Her latest book, titled Hope: How Yoga Heals the Scars of Trauma, draws on her work with war veterans who have served in Vietnam, the Middle East and other conflicts.
Bryan served as a United States diplomat for 28 years, retiring after postings in Asia and Europe as consul, political officer and deputy chief of mission. In three decades of work in international affairs, he has observed the corrosive effects of stress and trauma on the overall well being of many diplomatic, consular and military colleagues, counterparts in multi-national organisations and NGOs, relatives and friends working in crises and conflicts around the world. He has long benefited from yoga for wellbeing and managing stress; in January 2016 he completed a four-month training at the Bihar School of Yoga in India. He now lives in Vermont with his husband.
Lisa Alessandra Gautschi (Yogatara) is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), transpersonal psychologist, as well as yoga instructor and therapist with extensive experience working in Nepal with trauma resolution. Living in Kathmandu for over 20 years, she is the founder and director of the Isha Institute, a centre of conscious living and holistic learning. Yogatara offers trainings, retreats and seminars globally.
Diana is a journalist, writer, film director, yoga teacher and group therapist. She has studied both yoga and group psychoanalysis, in which she trained at the International Society of Group Psychoanalysis in Bonn. She combines her wide-ranging interests as a creator of a festival of memories in a mountain village in Bulgaria, as a writer, and as a member of the Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Network in Germany. She leads self-awareness groups and yoga groups both in Bulgaria and Germany.
Mel is a yoga teacher, accredited psychotherapist and lecturer in psychology and psychotherapy. She has carried out research in the field of yoga and mental health since completing her Masters in cognitive behavioural therapy in 2008. For the last 14 years, she has been working with people who have experienced complex trauma both as a psychotherapist and yoga teacher. Much of her work includes compassionate mind and mindfulness approaches which integrate her yoga, research and psychotherapy work. Mel has been practicing yoga since her early teens and has been teaching yoga for the last 17 years in general and mental health settings, as well as training other yoga teachers from the UK and Europe in yoga and mental health.
Nadeshda is a trained artist, educator and yoga teacher. Founder of the Bhavani yoga centre in Vienna, she has been practising yoga since 2001, deepening her experience through continuous training and by staying in ashrams around the world. She completed her art education in painting, tapestry and animation at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. In recent years she has become interested in the art of yantra and mandala, linking her skills as an artist to the science of sacred geometry. She also works as an art teacher in school and outside, encouraging and inspiring both children and adults to develop their creativity.