Teacher Bios – Course full: Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Nepal with Heather Elton

Dr. Andrew McGonigle

Andrew McGonigle, anatomy teacher for Nepal Yoga TTC

Yoga anatomist and physiologist

After originally training to become a doctor, Andrew moved away from western medicine to pursue a career in alternative healing, as a yoga teacher, massage therapist and anatomy teacher. His enormously warm and engaging teaching style, combined with his deep anatomical and physiological knowledge, have earned him a high-profile reputation as "Doctor Yogi".

Based in London, Andrew has been practicing yoga and meditation for 10 years and teaching strong, grounding, alignment-based classes since 2009. Currently he is a senior teacher at TriYoga.

Using his vast experience and anatomical knowledge he has created his own style of therapeutic deep fibre massage.

Andrew combines all of his skills to teach anatomy and physiology on Yoga Teacher Training courses across London and internationally.

His teachers include Hamish Henry, Paul Dallaghan, Eileen Gauthier and Kristin Campbell.

Heather Elton

Heather is the Founder and Director of Elton Yoga and the Course Coordinator. She teaches Asana, Vinyasa, Astanga, Meditation, Self Inquiry, Techniques and Teaching Methodology. Vinyasa Krama (or Hatha Flow), is an intelligent linking of poses – with breath and dristi – rooted in classical yogic traditions that explores the physical, mental and subtle aspects of the practice. Heather integrates Yoga philosophy into the practice to reveal the spiritual path underlying yoga and the technology to stabilise the mind and realise our true nature, working on a deep physical and psychological level. She is a believer in the ancient yogic path to Self-Realisation. She has practiced Yoga since 1986 and teaches in London and on international workshops, retreats and yoga teacher trainings. Heather has studied many different lineages of Hatha Yoga, including BKS Iyengar technique with Alaric Newcombe, Glenn Ceresoli and Dona Holleman. She has studied Astanga with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath in Mysore, and many of their senior students. She learned the Primary and Intermediate Series adjustments from Nancy Gilgoff, completed a Teacher Training certification with Richard Freeman, and more recently studied the traditional Krishnamacharya method of asana, pranayama & kundalini metaphysics with BNS Iyengar at the Patanajala Yoga Shala in Mysore. On the Vinyasa Flow side of yoga, she completed the Tripsichore Yoga Theatre Teacher Training with Edward Clark and considers David Life and Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti Yoga to be truly inspirational people and teachers. She is currently researching Tibetan Yantra Yoga. She is a serious student of yogic philosophy and is intrigued by the intersection of Indian and Buddhist tantra. As a student of the Tibetan Mahayana path she has studied various meditation techniques, including 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreats in Myanmar (Burma) and Dhamma Dipa (Hereford, UK). She is interested in all forms of non-dualism including Self-Inquiry, the direct path to liberation, based on the teachings of Ramana Maharishi and visited his ashram in Tiruvannamalai, India (2009). Her spiritual path informs the teachings and has led her to sacred sites throughout India and the world.

Annie Seymour

Annie is the founder of Mahalaya Yoga. She teaches Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow yoga through classes and retreats in Kathmandu, with a focus on understanding and experiencing the practices from perspectives of the workings of the mind and the physiological systems, and as a process for bringing the body, mind and spirit into alignment for greater health, happiness, gratitude and kindness.

Annie’s studies have included intensive training under Ashtanga and pranayama masters Paul Dallaghan and yoga anatomists Adarsh Williams and Andrew McGonigle, and she has assisted at multiple workshops, retreats and TTCs including those taught by Heather Elton, Emil Wendel and Ellen Johannesen. Her studies at the KPJAY Institute in Mysore and practice under some of the world's leading Ashtanga teachers including Tim Miller, Hamish Hendry, Lisa Shrempp and Iain Grysak have been instrumental in deepening her practice and teaching style. She brings an energy, warmth and accessibility to translating Yoga practice and traditions to students from all over the world and of all backgrounds.

For more detail on Annie, visit: www.annieseymour.org