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SUSI DAVIES - owner and principal teacher of the ACADEMY

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 the Iyengar family and other senior Iyengar teachers in Australia, USA, UK,  and India.  As well as Patthabi Jois, Nicky Knoff,  Donna Holleman, John Stirk , Diane Long, Aadil Palkhivala, Donna Farhi, Sri Venkatesh, 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

2014-2022 Continuing Education at Yoga University Villeret Switzerland


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 is a great believer in silent meditations and meditates daily.

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


Call: 079 8549752   Instagram: @susidavies


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

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Raised in Berne, after few years of travelling she settled 1990 in Zurich and was involved with the yoga scene since then. She did her 200hr teacher training in 2016 with Susi Davies and in 2017 the 300hr at Yogalives Olive Szembuse and holds her RYT 500 level with US Yoga Alliance. She attended varies workshops with Seane Corn, Brian Kest, TJ Jackson, Max Strom, Simon Borg, Jeanne Heilemann, Steward Mitchell und Julie Martin. 2017 she did the Groovy Kids Yoga TT with Greville Henwood. Since 2016 she has been teaching at varies places around Zurich. She is fluent in G/EN/IT/F and loves spending time in nature or reading inspirational books. Her loving caring compassionate nature makes her a wonderful teacher.

Franziska is also available for private lessons: PH 079 354 3803

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