David Sharpe • Founder
Before Island Yoga, David was a green card holder in the mountains of New Mexico, working as a rock climbing instructor and yoga teacher. The spontaneous call to make a home and Yoga Retreat Center sang a beautiful tune to David in 2009 when Island Yoga was born. His down-to-earth style makes seemingly complex subjects simple and entertaining.
David hosts our popular sunrise Tai Chi sessions as well as teaching regular morning vinyasa classes. Though a dedicated student of numerous spiritual disciplines, he is never guilty of taking life too seriously!
Lucy Kellett • Yoga Teacher
Lucy sees Yoga & Bodywork as potent enrichments for our modern-day lives; to embody, re-connect, heal & find presence within our being & surroundings. Yielding support & nourishment, whilst cultivating Authenticity, Clarity & Truth (Tattva) in our interactions with the world.
Delivering a fusion of techniques, ranging from the strength of Vinyasa to the subtlety of Cranio-Sacral Therapy & Chakra energetics, she surfaces many aspects & angles of movement, breath & meditation to shape a whole-rounded practice.
Spirit is her guidance, and offering of gratitude & re-claiming stillness are her foremost life philosophies & daily pursuits. Enamored by the magnetism & purity of Koh Yao Noi, Lucy is abundantly grateful to have the opportunity to share & practice at Island Yoga.
Marcelo Paiva • Yoga Teacher • Yoga Manager
Passionate about movement, self-discovery and personal development, Marcelo’s mission is to inspire changes and motivate people, IN and OFF the mat.
Certified Teacher RYT 500+ (India and Thailand), he leads different types of classes, from intense vinyasa flows, ashtanga inspired and fitness, as well as relaxing classes, restorative, yin yoga, meditation, breathwork, and mantra chanting.
On top of that, he's also our frontline guy and yoga manager, handling Island Yoga communication, schedules, workshops, and also welcoming guests with the best energies!
...if you don't see him in class (or at the office), he's probably drumming around, with his handpan or guitar!
Melanie Jolicoeur • Yoga Teacher
Melanie's specialty is Self Healing Guidance, she incorporates all her knowledge as a Wellness Coach, Yoga Therapist, Breathwork Guide, Ayurvedic Guide, Meditation Guide, Chakra Reading Guide, Speaker, Sound & Tuning Fork Therapist, and Fly Therapist.
She had the opportunity to teach different subjects for the last 20 years. She has learned from experts across multiple fields and therapies. She leads speaking engagements, conferences, workshops, seminars, and wellness retreats internationally, online, and in person.
Melanie has built a reputation around her depth of knowledge and experiences, creating unique wisdom in understanding the therapeutic benefits of a holistic lifestyle.
Roni Jones • Yoga Teacher
C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Roni’s heart-based teachings transpire from her colorful background in arts and music, often incorporating sound therapy for deep relaxation and emotional clearing.
As a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, Roni’s Island Yoga classes are rooted in mindfulness and meditation. She specializes in Yoga Therapy & Ayurveda in fields such as mental health, spinal and structural issues and women’s health.
She brings presence and grace to her Island Yoga classes by cultivating awareness and compassion.
Dimitri Miteff • Yoga Teacher
E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP
Dimitri’s approach is alignment-based and intelligently sequenced, it aims to empower students physically and spiritually. He specializes in holistic calligraphy yoga as well as tai chi and Qigong to increase energy (“Qi”) production. His classes are often adventurous but also deeply grounding.
Island Yoga’s Sacred Shamanic Sound Bath is conducted by Dimitri and features Thailand’s largest collection of gongs! He guides students into profound relaxation so that they may receive the healing properties of numinous sound during this one of a kind experience.
Nuya Laksanachan • Yoga Teacher
RYT 500, AcroYoga Instructor, Aerial Yoga Teacher
Nuya's Yoga journey began in 2006 and since qualifying as an instructor in 2014, she has completed further qualifications in Aerial Yoga, Acro Yoga, and Acroyoga Fit.
In her classes, she combines creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness, and inspiration to help students to deepen their practice, to find harmony within themselves, to thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga.
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