All posts filed under: Facilitators

Helen Cushing (Ahimsa)

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.

Narendra Bharwaney (Brahmananda)

Brahmananda resides in London where he has been teaching yoga for 12 years. Prior to this he worked as a special needs teacher, focusing on autism, and as a mental health social worker for 15 years. He has employed yoga and meditation techniques to help address the spectrum of needs in these environments. He runs short courses and programmes in the UK and abroad on all aspects of yoga; meditation, yoga psychology, yantra drawing and painting, exploring its deeper transformative effects on the personality. He served as director and course coordinator of the Satyananda Yoga Academy Europe until recently. Since 1988, in order to further his studies and expand his experience, he has spent time in ashrams in India attending programmes and immersing himself in karma yoga.

Martin Dietrich

Martin Dietrich

Specialised in psychosomatic medicine and trauma psychotherapy, Martin works as a psychotherapist in Bonn, Germany. From 2004 onwards he worked in the trauma department of a psychosomatic hospital in Bonn led by one of Germany’s most renowed trauma therapists Wolfgang Wöller. In 2014 Martin completed his specialization in psychotraumatology and opened his own practice. Since 2015 he has also been supervising volunteers projects working with refugees in Germany. Martin lives with his partner Diana Ivanova.

Diana Iwnova (Bhajananda)

Diana Ivanova

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.

Melanie King Shantiprriya

Melanie King (Shantipriya)

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 Stürzebecher

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.