about marisa & the teachers

August 20, 2014


Marisa van Vuuren – Founder and Director of Yoga Zanzibar & Lead Yoga Teacher of the Art & Science Teacher Training Program

Born in South Africa in the Karoo. Marisa has been living on the island of Zanzibar since 2003.  She fell in love with the island’s ambience, colors, turquoise blue ocean, simplicity of lifestyle, its people and sunsets.

Marisa van Vuuren is the founder of Yoga Zanzibar – the one and only yoga alternative in Zanzibar offering yoga retreats throughout the year since 2009.

Marisa is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the worldwide Yoga Alliance. She teaches dynamic Hatha based on Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Kundalini Yoga, bringing awareness into mindfulness and energy flow. Marisa has been practicing yoga for over 11 years. She also teaches the Art & Science of Yoga 200hr Teacher Training Program certifying yoga teachers.

Marisa’s vision is to be of service to others through sharing the tools of yoga with her teachings. She is passionate about life, yoga, travelling, the ocean, dancing, playing drums and painting.

She is also the co-founder of Divine Diving, Yoga & Dive Center, Zanzibar – the fusion of yoga & scuba diving. www.scubazanzibar.com She is a PADI Dive Master and finds Yoga and diving a true complement as Yoga practice helps you regulate your breath and entering a meditative state while diving.

Marisa also co-hosts International Retreats with Consciousness Coach® Marcel D’Allende, in the most exotic locations on earth, igniting the mind, body and soul.” Barefoot Yoga & Consciousness Retreats” ® are a powerful combination of Consciousness expanding workshops and Yoga. www.barefootyogaretreat.com

Maris is part of a online yoga community offering yoga video classes. To get a taste of Marisa’s yoga classes you can visit www.bemoreyogic.com

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Palma Lancanfora :

Palma teaches the traditional Ashtanga Yoga method, as well as Hatha Flow and Yin Yoga.

Her classes are always student-oriented and full of heart, and her conviction that Yoga has the power to transform her students keeps her enthusiastically engaged as she conveys the many facets of this System.

Students can expect mindful and precise adjustments, individualized lesson plans, dynamic meditation practices, and a healthy dose of fun!

Parallel to her yoga career, Palma is also active as Life Coach, offering online seminars and coaching programs that help people develop self-esteem/self-love, overcome their personal obstacles and  to live the life of her dreams.

In 2005 Palma attended her first Yoga Class, and was immediately fascinated with the Ashtanga Yoga System. Since then it´s been a long beautiful journey discovering the depths of the practice. She was so impressed with the positive benefits of the practice on her own body, mind and life in general, that she decided to participate in a 4 year Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in order to share her passion with as many people as possible. She realized quickly that yoga was not only her professional calling -it is her dharma, her spiritual path.

Through her daily Yoga practice, self-study, 4 year Ashtanga Yoga teacher training, 50 hour Yin Yoga teacher training,as well as her extensive experience studying with such well-known teachers,such as Manju Jois, Dr. Ronald Steiner (Arjuna), Petri Räisänen, Kathy Cooper, Shankara Darby, Govinda Kai, Clayton Horton, Joe Barnett etc.,she´s developed in-depth personal understanding of and authority on many types of Yoga.  Most impactful perhaps though, was her 4 month study at the Siri K. Pattabhi Join Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.

Palma’s website: http://palma-lacanfora.de/