Our entire team shares a common philosophy: to approach all of our efforts with the idea of pure service or ‘seva’; to share only what we know to be true because we have experienced it deep within ourselves; and to teach as much as possible by example, letting the way we live reflect the greater truths that we wish to impart.
DIRECTOR & YOGA TEACHER
Raised and educated in Switzerland, Simone began her life of service in early childhood, saving up her monthly allowance and sending it to international aid organizations. After years of working as a counselor specializing in women’s issues, she trained with Yoga Arts in Australia before teaching throughout the greater Asian realm, enjoying the simple, free and romantic life of a traveling Yogini. Initially inspired by Ashtanga, she moved on to study Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga before founding the School of Sacred Arts (‘SOSA’), later diving into Yoga Nidra, in order to share the gift of yoga more deeply.
Increasingly drawn to nature-based spirituality, that speaks to the indigenous soul within us all, she brings this essence into her yoga practice and teaching, holding space with a gentle grace in her trainings, workshops and retreats around the world.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
School of Sacred Arts
CO-FOUNDER & YOGA TEACHER
Based in SE Asia for over 12 years, Troy established The Sanctuary Resort’s Spa and Wellness Centre in Southern Thailand in 1998 and a Hot Yoga studio in the US in 2002. After serving as a consultant for the Yoga Barn in Ubud, Bali, he relocated to the island to co-create SOSA. Now residing in Nelson, British Columbia, his practice continues to deepen as he explores the synergistic effects of earth-based spirituality and yoga in the Canadian wilderness.
Believing that following a tradition or a specific teacher should be secondary to discovering one’s own, unique path, he encourages his students to be free, think for themselves, and to trust their intuition—the voice of Spirit within.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500
School of Sacred Arts
YIN YOGA GODDESS
Founder of TNYT Yoga Therapy, director of Alchemystic YogaDance and trained in both Yogic and Taoist/Chinese modalities, Yin Yoga specialist Tina has taught Yoga and movement meditation for the past decade throughout the globe, sharing her passion for ‘healing’ while celebrating the interconnectedness of body, mind and Spirit.
Exuding a rich, earthy femininity, Tina’s radiance and accessibility inspires her students to explore the depths and heights of yoga practice, it’s rich symbolism and inherent beauty.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
YOGA TEACHER & ENERGETIC GUIDE
Combining her studies with yoga masters, healers and shamans around the world, Cat offers a personal interpretation of Forrest Yoga along with guided meditations and energy work during her classes. Having overcome great personal challenges through her practice, Cat teaches with passion, clarity, and a finely tuned ability to connect deeply and immediately with her students.
Her philosophy is simple: be real, be you, be here, be now, connect with your core, stay in your power, and do not stray.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
YOGA TEACHER & POSTURE CLINIC PRINCESS
With a background in political science and development, Bex works with children and young adults around the world who live with war, occupation, and poverty, in addition to—and along with—her sharing of Yoga.
Studying and practicing yoga throughout her humanitarian journeys, Bex attended her first of many teacher trainings in Dharamsala, India. Her belief in the ‘One Human Family’ is reflected in her original and extremely popular yoga classes, built on themes of cooperation, peace and justice.
A voracious student, Bex brings a wealth of experience in many styles and practices, including AcroYoga (she’s a certified instructor) and is always working to bring yoga off the mat and into the larger world.
COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR, YOGA TEACHER & SINGER EXTRAORDINAIRE
Balinese native Eka Sabeh discovered that yoga helped to balance his hectic lifestyle while studying for a Master’s degree in communications in the United States under the Fulbright Program, and while working as a broadcaster at the Voice of America in Washington DC. Returning to Bali to deepen his exploration of yoga, Eka now teaches Hatha and Vinyasa Flow, combined with Balinese tradition and culture, in addition to his role as an administrator and facilitator with the School of Sacred Arts.
With a deep passion for music and singing, Eka regularly performs at local venues, sharing his gift with those fortunate enough see him perform in the Ubud area.
Randall O’Leary aka Ram Giri Baba has practiced and taught both Hatha and Jnana Yoga for over 20 years. Beginning his studies in the Iyengar tradition in 1991, he later apprenticed with esteemed ViniYoga teacher Gary Kraftsow in Hawaii before developing his own style and approach, ultimately completing his advanced teacher training with Louisa Sears at Yoga Arts in Byron Bay, Australia.
After years spent studying with the sadhus of Northern India, he eventually took diksha (initiation) as a sadhu of the Giri Sampradaya sangha, living the simple life of the renunciate while learning to read, write and speak both Sanskrit and Hindi.
Director of Yoga at The Sanctuary Spa and Wellness Centre in southern Thailand since 1995, Randall holds workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings throughout the US, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
DR. MICHAEL SMITH
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER
Dr. Michael Smith is a respected pioneer in the field of ‘Integrative Medicine’, a combination of Nutritional, Functional, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Co-founder of the prestigious Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences, he is also an accomplished martial artist and instructor, as well as the author of ‘Returning to an Ancestral Diet’, a health guide and recipe book.
DR. SUJATHA KEKADA
A certified Ayurvedic doctor (B.A.M.S), who completed her degree in Karnataka, India, Dr. Kekada has worked at respected clinics and retreats throughout Asia, practiced as a consultant in Europe, and teaches regularly in North America.
Her knowledge of Ayurveda, combined with her warm and caring attitude, has facilitated deep healing for many people. A mother of two, Dr. Kekada specializes in pre and post natal care, and runs her own ayurvedic clinic in Ubud, Bali, where she is a beloved member of her adopted community.
SPECIAL GUEST – KIRTAN
A world-renown performance and recording artist, Daphne has merged her spiritual practice with her deepest passion. She’s a soulful singer/songwriter, a wandering minstrel with a heavenly voice who shares contemporary kirtan, folk and a great deal of love wherever she finds herself.
Since her initial yoga class 17 years ago, she studied music at the University of Texas, The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and Kirtan with Jai Uttal. Her music is featured on many of Shiva Rea’s yoga music compilations and DVDs’s, and her newly re-mastered CD, Mata, was released in 2008.
Daphne is committed to expanding consciousness on the planet through global community events (such as the BaliSpirit Festival) whose focus is on music, yoga, dance and all other forms of art that inspire peace in action.
DR. ADOLF BROWN
ANATOMY TEACHER & HOLISTIC CHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIAN
With a degree in holistic health to compliment his Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Brown was in private practice in the US for many years, eventually founding and serving as president of the Gaia Clinic natural health facility in Tucson, Arizona before relocating to Bali.
As one of our anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology teachers, Dr. Brown will draw on his studies and practitioner experience in the areas of acupuncture, physiotherapy, Applied Kinesiology and Cranio-Sacral therapy as well as nutrition and of course the chiropractic arts.
Dr. Brown is also available for private treatment sessions and consultations.
LIFE COACH & RESIDENT WISE WOMAN
Drawing on a unique synergy of educational, psychological, and spiritual traditions, a lifetime of experience teaching, and her professional coaching skills, Irene MacKay incorporates a holistic world view into her sessions, offering strong guidance and support as she lovingly and respectfully accompanies individuals through life-changing experiences.
A Canadian who has served an international clientele in Switzerland for the past 33 years, Irene’s presence and expertise allow students to better process and integrate the transformational experience of the SOSA training into their lives.
If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
a hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you are a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
(Shel Silverstein, from “Where the Sidewalk ends”)A world-renown performance and recording artist, Daphne has merged her spiritual practice with her deepest passion. She’s a soulful singer/songwriter, a wandering minstrel with a heavenly voice who shares contemporary kirtan, folk and a great deal of love wherever she finds herself.
FASTING/CLEANSING, PRENATAL AND A&P
After a decade of global nomadism with significant time in India, Andrea has settled into her naturopathy practice in Bali, and serves as the Director of the Detox Department at the Yoga Barn.
Having studied under some of the rebel greats of the modern yoga world such as Ray Long and Glenn Black, Andréa teaches with a high-energy precision, focusing on personal empowerment and the use of ‘discerning inquiry’ by yoga practitioners.
ND, MSc, Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
A dynamic yoga teacher who loves meditation, asana, strategy and spreadsheets!
Heather found herself on the mat almost ten years ago seeking a deeper connection to self following a military upbringing, successful careers in dance and the non-profit sector, and struggles with eating disorders. In April 2014, she found herself embarking on the 200-hour teacher training with SOSA and never looked back! After assisting on the November 2014 SOSA yoga teacher training, she became more involved by signing on as their Communications Director!
Born in San Francisco, she grew up traveling the world, living in a wide variety of communities and cultures. Passionate about activism, personal empowerment, diversity and inclusion, she seeks to create inspired spaces of deep connection with those she practices yoga with – both on and off the mat!
In addition to her work with SOSA, Heather is the founder of Journeys on the Mat.
Yoga Alliance RYT-200
DRIVER, TOUR GUIDE & FRIEND
Trustworthy, friendly and loyal, our good friend and professional driver Dewa Alit is available for all of your transport needs while in Bali. A careful, reliable and otherwise extremely competent driver (the importance of which cannot be overstated in Bali), Dewa offers his 22 years of experience, his knowledge of Balinese culture, tradition and special areas outside of the usual tourist zones, as well as fair, reasonable, pre-discounted rates for all SOSA yoga students.