The Teaching Team
Jeff Phenix - Lead Teacher
We’re delighted to have Jeff Phenix, one of the UK’s leading and most respected yoga teachers, leading the Yoga West teacher training program.
Jeff has been practising yoga and meditation regularly for almost 25 years and teaching for 18 years. He trained yoga teachers for around 10 years as lead teacher on triyoga’s teacher training course and has received Yoga Alliance’s highest level of certification (E-RYT 500/senior teacher).
His decision to convert his love of yoga into enrolling on a teacher training program was one of the most important in his life and he is delighted and honoured to support you in this exciting new step in your practice and life.
Jeff has a seriously playful and mindful unique teaching style which is varied, creative and influenced by many different schools: the emphasis on breath and movement of vinyasa flow; the precision of Iyengar; the heart orientated grace of Anusara and the spirituality and traditional philosophy of Jivamukti and Satyananda schools.
Jeff was a contributing author on the book ‘Everyone Try Yoga’ and teaches workshops, yoga weekends and retreats both in the UK and internationally. To find out more about Jeff go to https://jeffphenixyoga.com/
ASANA, TEACHING TECHNIQUE, THE YOGA BODY, ASSISTS
Christian Coelho - Co-lead Teacher
We welcome back Christian to Yoga West for this teacher training. Humble, genuine and warm, Christian is inspired by his experience in a variety of styles of yoga. Born and raised in Brazil and initially trained in Ashtanga & Rocket Vinyasa Yoga, Christian found inspiration in the slower and intuitive style of Forrest Yoga. A trip to India ignited a passion for history and philosophy of yoga leading him to a master’s degree at SOAS in the Traditions of Yoga.
Christian continues to share his passion for yoga and its history and philosophy via his European retreats, his annual teacher trainings in Bali and his studio in Brazil - Casa 111.
Christian is inspired to nurture an environment where students feel safe to go deeper, journey inwards and have fun! To him, teacher trainings are a golden opportunity to empower students to let go of what limits them and connect with their best selves. Through his passion for the history of yoga students are guided in understanding how its teachings can be incorporated into our day as tools to heal and enrich life.
To find out more about Christian go to https://www.christiancoelhoyoga.com/
VINYASA SEQUENCING, PHILOSOPHY AND HISTORY
Zeena Kalisperides - Co-lead Teacher
Zeena leads the Mysore yoga programme at Yoga West. Both Yoga West and her Mysore students are delighted she will play such an active role in this teacher training.
Zeena is an Ashtanga Mysore practitioner and teacher with over twenty years of practice and ten years of teaching experience. Having studied biochemistry and dental surgery to degree level and worked as a dentist in the NHS for eight years, Zeena has a scientific, medical and yogic knowledge of the body and mind. She believes that anyone is capable of experiencing health, strength and vitality in all areas of one’s life through these daily rituals. She continues to study and practice under the guidance of her teacher Hamish Hendry, as well as studying the complementary ancient practices of ayurveda and jyotish, teachings of the Vedas and tantric philosophies.
She is passionate about sharing yoga practices in their whole form, honouring the traditional roots from where they came so that students can receive a comprehensive understanding of these practises. She aims to inspire students to experience yoga practices as both a playground for enquiry and growth as well as a mirror to reflect to us where and how we may bring more balance to our lives.
To find out more about Zeena go to https://zeenakaliyoga.wordpress.com/
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Veronika is a qualified, accredited and registered integrative psychotherapist & counsellor, mindfulness facilitator, and yoga teacher & trainer with over ten years’ experience working with individuals, couples, and groups in various capacities. In addition to running a psychotherapeutic practice, she works part-time in the NHS offering both open-ended and time-limited therapy. Her special interest lies in relationship difficulties, cross-cultural issues, and trauma.
A converted business professional dedicated to promoting emotional and mental health and wellbeing, Veronika brings both a pragmatic and holistic perspective to her work. Alongside her therapeutic practice, she facilitates personal development workshops combining her experience and expertise in the corporate world, psychology, yoga and mindfulness.
Veronika’s thinking is based on an embodied mind and the integrative approach allows her to bring together traditional therapeutic theories with evidence-based models and contemporary relational ideas that are grounded in findings from neurobiology. She draws on psychoanalytic and psychodynamic thought, attachment- and regulation theories, sensorimotor and body-awareness approaches to trauma treatment, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy.
To find out more about Veronika go to https://veronikakloucek.com/
Austin is a well-studied and knowledgeable teacher who will lead the anatomy and physiology modules of our training. He is a 500 E-RYT, experienced registered teacher. He completed an ‘It’s Yoga - San Francisco’ Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training course and then continued with their Advanced ‘Rocket’ Vinyasa training. Austin has also completed a Tapasya Yoga training with Kristin Campbell and then added a 300hr Advanced Training in Anusara with the Bindu Yoga School based in Vancouver taught by Suzanne Slocum-Gori and Noah Mace. He has also undertaken five different yin trainings with Bernie Clark, Paul Grilley, Sebastian Pucelle and Murielle Burellier, and Norman Blair and anatomy studies with Gil Hedley and Prof. Peter O'Sullivan. He has completed over a 1000 hours of certified YA teacher trainings with many more in anatomy studies.
As well as teaching classes and private one-to-one instruction, Austin has tutored on YA US certified courses in the UK and Goa, has ran own 200-hour YA Certified teacher trainings with Shanti Power Yoga and is currently running regular, twice yearly, 60 hour yin teacher trainings.
Austin is a very well-read and knowledgeable teacher who is keen to support and encourage his students to really think about what they study.
To find out more about Austin go to https://www.austininceyoga.com/
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Pete is one of the most knowledgeable teachers of meditation and pranayama.
He discovered yoga and meditation in 2003 as a way to alleviate the physical and mental stresses of prolonged touring as a musician. Having graduated from Oxford with a Modern History degree in 1998, he went on to undertake a career as a bass player working with musicians from Beyonce to Joss Stone on David Letterman and Jay Leno.
Yoga and meditation gave him radical changes in strength and mental clarity. The physical benefits deepened and led him to develop an interest in Pranayama (breath control), the practices of Zen and the study of Sanskrit. Pete trained with Erich Schiffman and has also studied with some of the world’s leading teachers including renowned anatomist Leslie Kaminoff, master Power Yoga teacher Fred Busch, Daizan Julian Skinner the first westerner to become a Zen master, and Dr Shrikrishna, one of India’s foremost authorities on the study of breath control. Pete holds a First Class Master’s Degree from SOAS in Buddhist Studies and Sanskrit and is currently undertaking a PhD.
Pete’s passion is to enable all students to experience the richness of self awareness and the startling benefits of regular mind training.
To find out more about Pete go to http://www.theclearmindcompany.com/
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