At 23 years of age, living in London, active and energetic Livia tried her first Yoga class at her local gym but was left unimpressed and almost fell asleep from boredom.
Two years into her first corporate job and on the verge of going insane, Livia began to realize the benefits of Yoga and her addiction for this art and science started. Yoga was indeed her savior and she was hooked from then onwards! She took an intense 40-day Hatha Yoga Teacher training course (200 hours) in Kerala, India, with an incredibly inspiring Yoga Guru at the Yoga Alliance International School of Yoga Pada, in March 2011 – here the website if you want to learn more about her teaching style http://www.india-yoga.com/
Since returning from India, Livia decided to make yoga her career and started Yoga Retreats in 2011. As a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher and Neuro Linguistic Programming Lifestyle Coach, Livia has a strong passion for inspiring and influencing people to live a more fulfilling life. She loves to explore new cultures, leading groups of adventurers while teaching the Yoga philosophy and healthy living.
Livia practises Yoga regularly, teaching children, group classes outdoors in Dubai, taking private clients and offering corporate offices group classes. Her main goal is to reach as many people as possible, and surround herself with those who believe in investing in their personal overall health.
Dubai has given her the opportunity to practice regularly, establish her own Yoga business and most importantly, encourage others to include it in everyday lives. She teaches Yoga for mums and babies, adults and toddlers and shares the benefits of this art with many corporate clients. Livia continues her education attending regular workshops in Yoga, Personal Development and Wellness. Recently she attended Kreig Weiss Kinesiology Teacher Training (2013) and Les Leventhal Forrest Yoga Teacher Training (2014) in Dubai – both adding another 50 hours to her Yoga personal development.
Livia founded Yoga Retreats to allow everyone to discover Yoga, nature and places being in love with the outdoors and believing that the best place to learn, be inspired, practice and master the art of Yoga is in nature!
What people say about Livia:
“Livia, you are a true diamond in the desert. Your spirit, leadership, love and light shines brightly where ever you are. Nepal would not have been Nepal without your guidance and your direction and I am so grateful for that. Thank you for customizing each yoga practice ensuring that each and everyone of us got what we needed from it. Thank you for loving us just the way we are and thank you for a fun filled trip with many exhilarating moments. From the white water rafting to the amazing views and guided tours/hikes, your efforts provided me with colorful pictures, new friends and lasting memories”. Dianne Lee, Los Angeles, California
“Nepal was another truly inspiring travel experience, filled with all the warmth and enthusiasm that is Livia herself. Just waiting to see where my next adventure with them will take me……” Cynthia, Dubai
“Hi Livia, Thanks for such a great day – I loved it though I’m aching today! It was great to see meet you and everybody else too and I’m sure Katie and I will be signing up for other events so will look forward to doing something different and fun sometime soon. With very best wishes. ” Laura, Abu Dhabi
“Just wanted to say thanks for organising this weekend. Had so much fun! I’d love to stay in touch with you all, especially if you have any future events planned. Thanks again! ” Sonya, Dubai
Rachel Von Kaenel
Rachel began practicing yoga in 2010 while living in the Caribbean, on the beautiful island of St. Croix. She feels that yoga helped her to grow spiritually, emotionally, and creatively, while also serving her physically. During her time on the island she performed with the fire dancing troupe, “Kiki and the Flaming Gypsies.” Yoga helped enhance her fire performances using various apparatus such as poi, fire fans, and hula hoop.
Having been a fine arts teacher, Rachel has a strong desire to share her talents and passions with others. She earned her 200 hr. RYT, under Dr. Sanjay Sharma, and her Rainbow Kids Yoga TT after moving to Dubai in 2014. Since then, she has been teaching Hatha Yoga, Kids Yoga, and now being a new mom herself…Mommy and Baby Yoga for Yoga Retreats.
Rachel feels that yoga is a lifelong journey of mindfulness, health, and well being that should be openly shared with all! She is especially fulfilled when able to share her knowledge of this practice with young ones and their mothers.
Ruth Bronowski has been a movement addict since childhood and started dancing (ballet, modern, Jazz, African dance) at the age of three. She kept dancing while studying History of Art, learning bookbinding, working in Museums, art fairs, and museum education and as a freelance bookbinder.
She only started practising Pilates after the birth of her second child. As she was used to her body being fit, lean and strong, she was urging to get back into shape and to resume dancing. Therefore, she was looking for a gentle yet powerful training method which she could safely follow as soon as possible after giving birth.
Pilates – or Contrology as Joseph Pilates himself named his method – promised what she was looking for: strengthening the whole body, but especially the core, while also lengthening and stretching it. Back home she started teaching dance classes to children, teenagers, adults.
Three years ago she started the Pilates Teacher Training with Pilates Moves Australia and Pre-&Postnatal Pilates with BodyHack Dubai. And since one and half years she is now teaching Pilates on the reformer, tower, Cadillac, chair and mat in different studios around Dubai and private clients.
In her Pilates classes you will be moving your body mindfully and with control, while matching your breathing. Most importantly, the joy of movement.