Jonas Westring, originally Swedish with decades in the USA and Asia, began his yoga journey in 1981 at the Scandinavian Yoga School, a branch of the Bihar School of Yoga. He has been immersed in holistic wellness practices ever since and now with 40 years personal yoga experience; twenty-five years yoga teaching; twenty years leading yoga teacher training; Jonas is yoga educator well established in the field.
He also has exceptionally well-rounded and extensive qualifications as a Licensed Physiotherapist; Certified Yoga Therapist; Massage Therapist; Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher Trainer; E-RYT 500, founder-director of Shantaya Yoga & Bodywork School [based in Chiang Mai, Thailand] that teaches 200-hour and 300-hour Teacher Training Programs certified by Yoga Alliance and Anusara School of Hatha Yoga.
Using the bio-mechanically sound, effective and systematic Anusara method based on “Universal Principles of Alignment’ as his main practice and teaching focus, he also has experience in a variety of yoga styles such as Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, Viniyoga, and especially Integrative Yoga Therapy – a therapeutic yoga school where he was teaching faculty from 1999-2003, which mentored him into the role of teacher trainer.
Jonas brings to his teaching not only a multitude of yoga styles and therapies but also a background in clinical physiotherapy which he practiced both in Sweden and in the USA in the 1990’s. With a solid education in western medicine and a life invested in holistic healing modalities and practices from the East, he skillfully integrates both perspectives into educational therapeutic teachings.
He was also one of the early pioneers in spreading the Thai massage healing tradition through a Thai Yoga Certification program he created in the USA in 1998 that trained students in therapeutic yogic bodywork informed by physiotherapy and yoga. This program he taught extensively in the USA for 18 years but also in Japan and other countries.
For several decades Jonas has traveled the world transmitting the essence of yoga, bodywork, anatomy and therapeutics with a light-hearted, educational, anatomical-therapeutic twist. He is known and appreciated for an insightful, joyful teaching style that emphasizes students’ educational advancement as well as providing them an in-depth personal direct experience of yoga.
A yoga teacher, a holistic coach, a dog lover, a nature lover and environmentalist, Living the Yoga and leading a conscious life on Paros Island.
Sasy has been experiencing the multiple benefits of yoga since 2006 and had the call to teach in 2010. She is a certified and registered yoga teacher E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, certified NLP Coach, Ayurveda Practitioner and Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Therapist.
Originally from Evia, Sasy studied English and was teaching it as a second language to children for many years. Her experience in working and teaching children offered her the ability and quality to teach from the heart with openness and compassion.
Sasy was always an active, sporty type of person, full of energy and constantly on the move. She found herself exploring different physical practices, such as aerobics and dancing. Her introduction to yoga came at a turning point in her life while she was experiencing great grief.
The soothing impact of yoga ignited her transforming process and inspired her to help people find their focus and stay grounded. It is through gratitude that she was able to tap into inner calm and self-acceptance, and now she encourages her students to do the same.
Currently, as one of the founders and director of Okreblue Retreat Center based on Paros, she leads the Spiral Yoga Project teaching workshops, trainings and retreats. Sasy is passionate about teaching yoga and supporting students in their quest to discover and live their full potential.
Sasy’s experience in teaching different methods of yoga, has led her to teach from the heart, adjusting her teachings according to every individual’s needs. Combining Anusara yoga method of alignment and Tantra philosophy with Ayurveda, Yoga as therapy and Unnata Aerial Yoga you will find yourself exploring what serves you best for your evolution as a human; body, mind and spirit.
She has studied next to many different amazingly gifted teachers such as Konstantinos Charantiniotis, Tara Judelle, Todd Tessen, Carlos Pomeda, Jonas Westring, and Vivi Letsou, just to name a few.
Her classes emphasize sound body alignment, based on the Alignment Principles of Anusara Yoga. The practice of Anusara Yoga is considered to be ‘heart-oriented’, meaning that it is expressed from the ‘inside out’. Artistically and mindfully, Sasy interweaves a heart theme and meaningful intention, to the physical practice as a way to expand and take your awareness beyond the mat and into everyday life. Each sequence is very carefully designed to meet her students’ needs for continuous growth and healing.
Sasy teaches from the heart and inspires people to live life to its fullest potential, cultivate their inner power, and unfold the strength that is already present to face life’s challenges as opportunities for development and transformation. You can’t help but leave any of her classes amazingly uplifted!