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Born and raised in Canada, I was introduced to yoga as a way to reduce stress and help condition the body for various sport activities. I turned this love for movement and breath into a career and now I am a certified yoga instructor, Thai massage therapist, and anatomy teacher.
I have been teaching at studios, yoga teacher training’s, ashrams, retreat centers, hotels and corporate offices around the world for the past 6 years. I am extremely dedicated to creating a nurturing and safe environment for students to support inward focus and exploration of the body, mind, and spirit for yogis of all levels. I have specialized in Power Vinyasa & Hatha but also teach Yin, Restorative, Therapeutics, Pranayama & Meditation classes. I like to incorporate different techniques within my classes such as myofascial release and somatics to help students find new and creative ways to connect with themselves.
I have also studied Thai yoga massage to help connect with my students on a deeper level through compassionate touch and yogic mindfulness. I believe that yoga can help bring clarity and balance to everyone’s life no matter age or ability and that life on and off the mat should be met with a blend of playfulness and mindfulness.
Lovely yogi, this is me; an Ashtangi and owner of Mysore Yoga, which I started after selling my language institute when stumbling from burn out to burn out. My Indian roots led me to India in 2017 where I took my 500 hr yoga teacher training and learned primary and intermediate adjustment techniques from Yogi Kamal Singh. I have been teaching and practicing full time ever since.
Starting relatively late in life (39) with asana practice, I had been well exposed to other yoga practices, such as kriya’s, pranayama, chanting, meditation and reading Sanskrit texts in Devnagri (Hindi scripture) to my granddad, a Vedic Pundit. Now that I am pushing 50 I appreciate the beauty and power of my culture more and more and I have an inner urge to share the transformative light of yoga with students who have a hunger to learn from my acquired wisdom. I am living my dharma (purpose in life) and want nothing more than to guide others in finding theirs.
I teach a variety of yoga styles, always adapting to each individuals needs within the group, however my true passion is Ashtanga yoga Mysore style, which I practice 6 days a week as traditionally taught.
Yoga Instructor & Mindfulness Coach
I am a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor with a passion for mindful movement. I use my knowledge, experience, and training to bridge the gap between the powerful flow of ashtanga based yoga with the stabilizing alignment focused practice of the Iyengar system.
I also hold a Masters degree in Experimental Psychology where I focused my academic efforts on writing and researching mindfulness curriculum as a tool for supporting healthy emotional and cognitive functioning.
With more than a decade of experience, I infuse my yogasana and pranayama teachings with the subtle essence of mindfulness. In this way, students are able to stay grounded inside their bodies as they curiously explore asana and vinyasa from the inside out.
Ladina van Swoll-Melchior
Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer & Massage Therapist
Growing up in the Swiss Mountains, I was surrounded by nature, spending most of my time playing outdoor sports. I decided to study contemporary dance in Zurich & New York City and eventually opened up a dance and gymnastic studio with a friend.
I now live on Bonaire and teach regular yoga classes & SUP Yoga at Jibe City along with teaching Vinyasa Yoga at Smiling Buddha.
I combine my wide fitness, sport, wellness & therapy skills with yoga to create the optimal physical and mental training for each of my students. I enjoy coordinating movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next. A meditation in movement! It’s always awesome to see how my students’ monkey minds transform to a quiet, peaceful mind during a physical intensive yoga-practice.
I am so grateful to have yoga in my life and looking forward to sharing it with you!
Six years ago, I fell in love with yoga, this endless path. I believe yoga is for everyone, you only need to find your personal style.
From all yoga types, I love vinyasa yoga as it feels like a dance for the body and the mind. During my vinyasa practice, my mind is so focused on the movement of the flow that the only place to be is the present moment. After my practice, as I get off the mat I feel I can experience life as it truly is, without the filter of the past or future fears and desires. As a result, my mind is calm and relaxed.
Yoga is part of a greater mission in my life. For the past 22 years I worked for the Dutch Military. Today I also teach yoga to my colleagues. I feel so grateful that the Dutch Military gives me opportunity to increase the level of awareness and vitality within the institution. Together, we can create a better world.
I am an E-200RYT + 500RYT yoga teacher, Yoga Alliance certified from the Netherlands. I teach Vinyasa, Hatha, & Yin Yoga. And I also host retreats and various yoga teacher training courses around the world.
Amsterdam is where I lived most of my life and where i worked as a producer in advertising. I practise yoga for over 15 years and have been teaching for some years now. After my two yoga teacher training courses (both in India), I decided to leave my job in advertising and follow my heart and passion for yoga full time. Since then, I have been teaching and travelling around the world. I mainly practice Vinyasa and Yin yoga myself and sometimes also Ashtanga.
To me Yoga is all about making a connection with yourself; with your body, mind and heart. Through yoga you learn to listen more to your body. The focus in my classes is mainly on making that connection to yourself and at the same time getting more flexible and strong.
I discovered Yoga 4 years ago. I was looking to do something to wake up my body in the morning and to lower my stress. I had no idea how much I would fall in love with it.
In 2020, I spent 4 weeks in an Ashram in the Netherlands and became certified as a Hatha Yoga teacher and have been teaching since.
When visiting the island of Bonaire with my husband in 2018, we completely fell in love with the nature and the diving. So, in October 2020, we moved here permanently. And this was one of the best decisions of my life.
I love to observe animals and nature, to take pictures, to read books and to spend time in the water. So Bonaire is the perfect place for me.
It makes me truly happy to be able to share the underwater world with people AND the Hatha Yoga practice. I hope I can help people find a more relaxed and balanced life, while being able to discover what our minds and bodies are capable of.
I do believe that Yoga can change people, can bring more peace and happiness, can open minds and hearts and can make your life and the world a better place.
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