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Zurich Dynamic Yoga Academy - Gewerbestrasse 24, 8800 Thalwil

Your Teachers

SUSI DAVIES

During the Russian Invasion in 1968 her family fled to Switzerland where she was raised and educated. After  her studies (foreign languages and business studies) she traveled around the world and settled in Australia at the age of 24. She was born with a hip defect and this was the main reason she started her yoga path in 1993.

        

She studied: Remedial therapy from 1993 – 1996 at the Australian Institute of Natural Therapies in Brisbane and gained diplomas in:

  • Swedish & Sports Massage

  • Orthobionomy

  • Structural Alignment

  • Lymphatic Drainage

  • Shiatsu

  • Anatomy & Physiology

  • Foot Reflexology

  • 1999:  Thai Massage in Chiang Mai Thailand

 

She  studied  with various Senior Iyengar teachers in Australia, USA, UK,  and India.  She studied with Donna Holleman, John Stirk , Diane Long, Aadil Palkhivala, Donna Farhi, Sri Venkatesh, Geeta Iyengar, David Williams , Erich Schiffman, Seane Corne, Bryan Kest, Noah Maze and others.

 

Yoga teaching certificates & career in:
 

2001 – Iyengar certification
2002 – Asthanga Vinyasa certification
2002 – 2012 Owner of the Cairns Yoga Academy – Australia  (RYS 200)
2002 – US Yoga Alliance Accred. ERYT 500
2003 – Yoga Therapy & Pregnancy Yoga
2007 – DVD Production “Growing Your Lotus”
2010 – JetStar Airline Campaign.
2013 – Schweizer Yoga Verband (Krankenkasse anerkannt)

2016 Certificate in Life Coaching – ExpertRating USA

2014-2019 Continuing Education at Yoga University Villeret Switzerland

 

Susi traveled to Nepal and the Himalayas on a spiritual journey to deepen her meditation practice in 1999 . Her meditation teacher was Laurence Khantipalo a Buddhist monk and later Zen-master Hogen-San.Susi was featured in the Australian yoga Life Magazine as a cover model/ and an article about her hip workshop, was written in the Finnish Yoga Magazine in 2008.   She was featured in weekly yoga articles at the Cairns Post for the entire year of 2009. Susi’s style of teaching is dynamic, inspirational and motivational. She has a great understanding of the human body and assists  students to approach their practice with their own inner intelligence by emphasizing and using the power of Gravity, Intention, Breath, Movement, Grace and ultimate joy.
 

She attends yearly workshops at the Yoga University in Villeret.

 

She is available for private sessions,  retreats and workshops around the world.

 

Call: 079 8549752

 

ELSIE ZIJDERVELD-ETIM

Elsie has been practicing Buddhism since 1989. She has over 20 years of experience in guidance of meditation groups and mantra chanting. She began her yoga exploration in 2007 but started studying Yoga intensively with Susi Davies in 2013. Prior to Yoga, Elsie has been an athlete running the 80, 100 and 200 meters and made it to  Young Athlete of the year in 1982 of the city of Geneva.


Subsequently she has done several workshops to deepen her practice (Growing your Lotus, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Teachers workshops, etc). Elsie is a fully internationally certified RYT 200 teacher. Her style is dynamic and compassionate. She has a wonderful down to earth approach and a great sense of humor.
Elsie is available for private and corporate tuition and can teach in English, German and Italian. She also runs classes in Au/Waedenswil.

Call: 079 625 3590 or check www.elsydynamicyoga.com

MARIA RUIBAL

Maria brings over 20 years of personal yoga experience into the team. She began her yoga journey studying with Senior Iyengar teacher, Kathleen Pringle. From there she moved to California to study with Lisa Walford and other internationally recognised senior teachers in San Francisco and attended various workshops in various styles of Yoga.
 

Since moving to Switzerland in 2016 with her husband and two children, Maria has studied extensively with Susi Davies, her now teacher and mentor. Maria is a fully internationally certified RYT 200 teacher and her style is a dynamic vinyasa flow, emphasizing precise alignment, breath and movement. She has a wonderful compassionate nature and a great sense of humor. She is also available  for private tuition. Call 079 694 32 54

Together with her sisters, she runs her own Yoga Online Store
 

GOSSAMER ZEN Check website for yoga products: www.gossamerzen.com

MONITA SINGH

Monita grew up in Northern India and from a very early age was exposed to daily spiritual practices through her Dadi (grandmother). She moved to America at the age of twenty and then to Europe. After achieving academic and professional success, she decided to stay home and raise her three children. During this time she had the opportunity to return to India for two years. Yoga and meditation once again became a part of daily life. She did daily practice with a qualified yoga teacher and on her return to Europe decided to continue her yoga journey. At a very challenging time in her life, Monita met Susi and decided to complete her teacher training to keep focused and as a way to overcome the challenges in her life.

 

Monita is passionate about teaching yoga to people who may have inhibitions to start their yoga journey due to physical and personal challenges. She is currently working with Susi to create and offer beginner classes to help her students find “Virya” or Energy and Enthusiasm to stay on a focused path to achieve personal yogic goals. 

 

She has made Switzerland her home and lives there with her husband, children and one dog. She is available for private sessions also. Call 079 364 49 76

 

SHALONA CHANDLER

Shalona is originally from the USA but has been living in Switzerland for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Psychology. She is a Bioenergy Therapist as well as a certified BASI (body arts and science international) Pilates and Barre Concept Instructor. She has met Susi in 2010 during a yoga class and she has been a dedicated students since then.

She is enthusiastic, knowledgable, empathetic with a wonderful nurturing quality. She teaches in English and German and is available for private sessions also. Call: 079 405 46 81 email: shalonalei@gmail.com