Tal Swissa: Lead Trainer, Director of Yoga Program
A co-founder of Gaia Yogashala, Tal has dedicated herself to the practice, study and teaching of yoga since discovering its joys and benefits in 2001. She is trained in the disciplines of Sivananda and Ashtanga-Vinyasa, Yoga Therapy and Kinesiology (Dr. Gil Solberg), Iyengar, Pilates, Prenatal yoga, Yoga for Kids, Reiki Master (Orion Healing Center), and Theta Healing (Vianna Stibal). Tal has taught yoga at retreats and centers around the world including India, Thailand, Israel and the Bahamas. Tal modifies her classes to match the practitioner’s needs, strengths and physical challenges. Her classes combine a blend of styles and techniques stemming from her extensive experience with various schools of yoga, inducing Sivananda, Ashtanga-Vinyasa, Vinyasa, Vinyoga, Iyengar and Yoga Therapy.
Tal emphasizes alignment and strength in addition to flow and softness, with each class tailored to the needs of her students. She encourages her students to attune themselves to the current requirements of their bodies so that they establish a balanced, healthy yoga practice, as well as acquire and master their own optimal body posture. An avid yoga therapy practitioner, Tal emphasizes alignment, core and lower back muscles work.
Arnaud Chartier: Senior Yoga Teacher
Arnaud's classes and teachings combine different styles and techniques, including Iyengar yoga, mindfulness meditation and energetic and therapeutic yoga. He emphasizes mindfulness as a foundation to activate the self healing mechanism of the body and mind through yoga.
Arnaud encourages his students to find their own intuitive yoga practice to answer and support the homeostasis (balance) of their body and mind. Incorporating the alignment of the body, he guides his students towards an inner journey of discovery and self healing.
With years of Hatha Yoga practice, Arnaud took his yoga practice deeper with 2 years of training under Iyengar teachers in India. His practice also incorporates a strong background in buddhist meditation as he lived in a monasteries in Thailand and New Zealand for multiple years. After years spent tailor-making programs for individuals in one on one sessions while also teaching Alignment Yoga classes to groups, Arnaud realised how important it is to adapt his teaching to different environments as well as the typology of a person. This led to his training as a Therapeutic Yoga teacher.
His background as a boxer and rock climber gives him perfect insights to work with other highly active people to improve their qualities in their own practice. Arnaud loves to create a bridge between sport and yoga to bring the healing aspect of yoga in very different surrounding (i.e. boxing schools) and using this helps create individuals as well as team to train and practice more mindfully. Using all of these techniques, he created workshops and exercises for corporate teams to help their work place environment become a place of self development.
Arnaud is also a gardener. For him yoga is for a way to connect deeply with nature and support Her to heal outside but as well inside of the body. This is another aspect of creating a bridge between the inside and the outside, an idea he incorporates in most of his teachings.
Naama Nami Peled
Naama Nami Peled is a healer and a teacher, she has been practicing yoga for 17 years going from Iyengar yoga to Ashtanga, Viniyasa , Feminine Yoga and Therapeutic Alignment. She's undertaken 5 TTCs and endless workshops, between her main teachers you can find Richard Freeman, Dharma Mittra and Sean Corn. She is also a bodywork therapist focusing on the physio-emotional-enrgetic anatomy of the body.
She was the owner of a yoga studio in Israel for 10 years and has spent the past 2 years teaching in international TTC courses around the world. In her classes there is space for emotional healing and authentic reveling. She is a traveler, spending her time between Asia to Europe, a mother of 2, a woman and a partner.
Michal Mika Schwarts
Mika has a psychology background and has been following the path of yoga since the past 12 years. Her knowledge and deep understanding of the essential body alignment principles come from the old Indian tradition.
She has taught meditation, Iyengar yoga, Asthanga yoga, Hatha yoga as well as ran a yoga school and led yoga teacher trainings. She also designs tailor made therapeutic practices for individuals.