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The YogaFriends Team

Annette Arndt

Yoga & Meditation Teacher, All-rounder

BIO

Annette was born in Wolfsburg, Germany. She holds a university degree in Communicational Design from the University of Würzburg. She has worked as a publicity designer and event manager. But her true passion is teaching. In 2003 she cofounded the O'Neill Surf school in Fuerteventura.

Annette is an avid surfer and is passionate about healthy eating.

Yoga lifestyle is a crucial pillar in her life. She is happy to live with her partner Miguel, son Max and two doggies in the natural beauty and warm surroundings of Fuerteventura.

YOGA

Annette started her Yoga practise at the age of 18. She got hooked on the positive effect of Yoga on body and mind. Yoga has proven to be a natural and ideal progression for a sports fan with background in Tennis, Volleyball, mountain climbing and surfing. She is a qualified Yoga, Tennis and Surfing instructor and teaching comes natural to her.

Annette teaches Hatha Yoga with a teaching style that puts emphasis on natural breathing, the development of natural movement patterns, body awareness, alignment through kinestesia and meditation. Her intention is to present the physical and mental techniques of Yoga in a simple yet engaging way.

Furthermore Annette is a meditation practicioner. She regularly immerses herself in Vipassana, which means "seeing the things as they really are", practicing the teachings of the very pure lineage of Sayagyi U Ba Khi, as tought by S.N. Goenka.

Her hope is to contribute that we soften our hearts, join together, break down the barriers that separate us, and send out love, light and healing to all beings, including our planet.

Annette is registered with Yoga Alliance (US) as E-RYT-200 and RYT-500, she studied for her 500h qualification with Cyndi Lee and holds a diploma from OM Yogacenter NY.

One of the biggest influences in her Yoga practice are the instructions of the reknown Yoga teacher Donna Farhi.

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Miguel Aguirre

Yoga & Meditation Teacher

BIO

Miguel is originally from mainland Spain. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.


He is a dedicated surfer since early age and travelled extensively four continents searching for waves.


Miguel enjoys designing and developing beautiful houses in Fuerteventura since 2001. www.aguirrecasa.com

He skillfully designed and build our beautiful retreat center Casa Yogafriends.

YOGA

Miguel started practicing Yoga during his studies in California, 1993.

He was a Dharmma Bum in India and South East Asia for two years in the late 90´s. There, he learned Yoga and Vipassana meditation. Miguel took Hatha Yoga Courses at Vedniketan Ashram, Rishikesh, International Yoga Academy, Varanasi, Sivananda Ashram, Kerala. He worked at Kalighat, Calcutta.

Miguel has been a Yoga Pioneer in the Fuerteventura. He started teaching in 2000. In 2005 he founded the Casa Yoga studio, and since 2013, he is supporting Annette at Yogafriends.

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Bastian Peters

Inhouse Chef

Originary from Essen Germany, Bastian looks back on over 15 years of cooking experience, he studied to become a Chef in Germany and later honed his skills at various celebrated restaurants in the famous isle of Sylt for almost 10 years.

Surf lover, he came here to Fuerteventura around 2 years ago discovering new flavors of the Island and seeking harmony between textures and flavors in his dishes.

He adapts his cooking style to the holistic experience delivering exquisite vegan and vegetarian dinners.

In our retreats Bastian delights our guests from Saturdays till Thursday with his healthy and tasty cuisine.

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Adan de Miguel

Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Retreat Manager

Born in Bilbao, the north of Spain, Adan is a passionate surfer, he moved to Fuerteventura for the love of the waves of the North Shore.

Adan holds a B.A. (Honors) in Photography and Arts from the University of Westminster, London.

Adan started practicing Classical Hatha Yoga over 20 years ago, to move through other yoga styles such as Ashtanga Mysore, Vinyasa flow, and Yin Yoga. He moved to India, the Yoga motherland, to take further education. Adan has been following his passion of teaching Yoga in The Dominican Republic, India, Sri Lanka and Fuerteventura. and became a certified 500 hours Yoga teacher through Patanjali Yoga Centre in Rishikesh, India.

Adan makes sure the retreat runs smoothly, making sure the administration necessary in the background of a Retreat Center is taken care off. He is always attentive to your needs and the team, he speaks english and spanish.

Franziska Gottschlich

Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Guest Manager

Franziska Gottschlich is a Yoga teacher from Berlin, specializing in Yin Yoga, asisting Yoga teacher trainings."Franzi" has been teaching and hosting at Yogafriends for many retreats. Our guests love her calming and sweet presence.

Guestteachers

Ceri Higgins

Yoga & Meditation Teacher

I’ve been practicing yoga for over thirty years (and I’m still learning!). A fully qualified and insured teacher since 2003, I draw on range of Yoga styles for my own practice and when I teach, including Sivananda, Viniyoga and “Yoga flow”.

My sessions are tailored to the needs of each student and are suitable for absolute beginners and those with more experience of yoga. On our mats we will work towards releasing stress and tension, developing mindfulness, muscle strength, flexibility and body awareness. The focus throughout all classes is on breath, alignment, movement and fun!

When not teaching Yoga, I am a filmmaker and academic. Integrating Yoga practices with work, career and family commitments is central to how I approach my teaching both with Yogis and emerging filmmakers. When I am not on the mat, in the depths of a production or teaching, I love walking, art, music and dancing.

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Viola Kostina

Yoga Teacher

There is a belief that if once Yoga has changed your life completely, you should share this knowledge with as many people as possible. That's what I'm doing!

Somehow I never planned to become a yoga instructor, but life just pushed me into teaching. I spent 5 years as a top-manager of international company with crazy life schedule and 6-10 flights per month, as a result - allergy on stress. Regular yoga practice has cured me and I started getting deeper and deeper into the subject of yoga, and ended up in India. There I passed through a teacher's training and got my international certification.

After quitting the 'real job' I've founded the project "Violet Yoga" and started sharing my love and knowledge of yoga practice all around the world. I'm a strong believer that you can cure almost every disease (mental and physical) with the power of yoga, as this discipline has lots of different tools to offer. All you need is to choose the best suitable one for every particular case. That is the base of my approach as I love to teach personal and small group classes. That is the best way to create really beneficial sequence of asanas, pranayamas and mantras, and help the students to feel benefits of the practice in the very short period of time. Needless to say that I pay extra attention to the safety during performing all the asanas and other exercises during the class and have a special advanced certification for teachers in correct alignment and adjustments of the body in asanas. And as I often say - the hardest thing about yoga is to roll the mat! Namaste!

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Naomi Sturdy

Yoga & Meditation Teacher

Naomi has been teaching for over 10 years. She originally qualified as a Physical Education teacher with a great interest and passion for exercise, activity and a healthy lifestyle. After practicing Yoga and Pilates for many years Naomi set up her own business teaching both disciplines full time. Naomi has many years expeirence with physical training and balances this with a deep appreciation and experience in mental training to create an holistic approach to fitness and health.

When not on her mat or teaching, Naomi loves getting outdoors and rock climbing!

"At the core of my own practice and teaching is the concept of challenging ourselves to grow and learn. I feel that through taking time to connect to ourselves we can gain greater understanding, clarity and appreciation for ourselves and others. I believe that we each have a wealth of resources to deal with our lives effectively and live the lives that we love and enjoy.

My overall philosophy is that we can experience great happiness and this starts with ourselves. Through taking care of both our bodies and our minds we can really begin to live to our full potential."

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