Stephen has been a dedicated student of yoga since 1999. Since leaving his home in Western Canada, he has practiced, taught and lived in Asia and Europe, studying traditional practices and experimenting with modern synthesis, which he incorporates into a clear but non-dogmatic yoga practice.
His background includes studies in Hatha Yoga, Classical Yoga and Buddhism. He continues an in-depth study of traditional Pranayama and Philosophy through his central teacher, O.P.Tiwari based in Lonavla India. This foundational work in Pranayama and Meditation is combined with his deep love for the Asana practices that stems from his direct experience and experimentation with the classical Vinyasa systems and alignment and therapeutic approach of the Iyengar system. His work continues to evolve towards what seems to work for students and what can create clarity and transformation.
Stephen’s appreciation for nature, philosophy, art and music is woven in a simple, direct way to the practices.
His ability to re-frame various viewpoints/practices and to simplify things without sacrificing depth and integrity has helped him develop a unique teaching approach. His works spans Meditation, Pranayama, Asana and the commitment to seeing the practice off the mat. He uses these methods as tools for health and wellbeing and to support the spiritual pursuit of living life courageously and compassionately from one’s own dharma.
Brigi is a dedicated student of Yoga since 2008. Her background in western science, combined with the profound studies in Ayurveda with her main teacher Pandit Dr. David Frawley allows her to merge the wisdom and approach to Health from both those perspectives. She also studies Pranayama, Asana and the Sublte Body with her husband Stephen Thomas.
Her Hatha Yoga classes are strong yet slow paced, focused on alignment and Iyengar inspired. She uses an intelligent sequencing which allows the option to go past the physical layer — touching on what else there is to explore. She teaches from her heart and shares from her own experience of being on this path of Yoga.
In the Ayurvedic Consultations she offers clients to look through a holistic lens which intends to target and initiate longlasting changes in spiritual and physical practice. Emphasis is given to daily life routine and habits in order to establish new patterns, re-balance and re-align harmony in body, mind and beyond.
Roberto is responsible for the online platform of Svarūpa Yoga and provides all technical means and assistance in the different courses & trainings.
The call to answer some fundamental questions in his life, led him to explore different methods and techniques in the field of personal development ending up in the field of Yoga as the most effective one. Yoga in all its facets, has accompanied him as a good friend for many years now. He is particularly fascinated by topics related to moving, strengthening, breathing, meditating, letting go and the constant work on one’s own inner peace.
Having recognized lately that this exciting journey is everlasting, Roberto feels that it is the moment to pass all this on, and share the benefits and support it has provided and still does to him.
You can join him for a journey into Metta practicing Yin with him or simply by laying down on the mat and surrender to the touch of sacred body work experiencing the effects of a regenerating Thai Yoga Massage.