Our Instructors

Thupten Rabgyi - Meditation

Rabgyi was born in Golok, Tibet. When he was 7 years old he entered the local monastery, became a monk. When he was 17 years old he met his Teacher Urgyen Tenzin. He was Urgyen Tenzin’s attendant going around in the local areas by foot and learned meditation from this Teacher. Sometimes if the weather was very bad, Urgyen Tenzin was quite old and could not travel by foot, so he would send Rabgyi to teach meditation. Later he went to India and then to Australia. He was teaching meditation as a volunteer in the local primary school. Then a Buddhist organization promoting inter-religious understanding invited him to teach meditation with children. Then he ended up teaching meditation at mental health clinics and hospitals with the patients and healthcare workers. Then he came to Tenerife and has been teaching meditation once a week for many years with the approval of his Teacher, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Rabgyi finds meditation a simple and easy method that is very beneficial to calm the mind and feel more relaxed.

Alina Kramina
Yantra yoga ・ Respira

Alessandra Policreti
Yantra yoga ・ Respira

Alessandra started practicing Yantra Yoga, the Tibetan Yoga of Movement, over 20 years ago.

Since then she has also experienced different methods and disciplines like Iyengar Yoga, contemporary and modern dance, Pilates, and this allowed her to develop a greater awareness of the body in movement and the connection with breathing.

She was authorized to teach Yantra Yoga in 2010 by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and since then has been holding regular classes and practice groups in Italy, Spain, and online. Alessandra has also studied the anatomy of breathing and in June 2016 she was accredited to teach RESPIRA methods by Fabio Andrico.

Nataly Nitsche
Yantra yoga ・ Respira

Nataly was born in Venezuela, has German nationality, has lived long periods in Costa Rica and Spain.

Since that time she became very interested in the study and practice of Yantra Yoga.

She received her first level teaching authorization in 2008 in Venezuela and her second-level authorization in 2010 in Italy. She also became an authorized instructor of Respira, a profound breathing method, with creator Fabio Andrico in 2013.

Naomi specializes in relaxation techniques based in breath work and also in working with people of all ages and physical conditions.

Stoffelina Verdonk
Vajra Dance・Khaita Joyful Dance

Stoffelina studied the connection between mind and body systems and the interrelationship, contact, between persons in movement, on School of New Dance Development in Amsterdam.

Meeting the Dzogchen master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu in 1986, she studied, practiced, and collaborated in his teaching. The Dance of the Vajra, a profound method to integrate, maintain the state of contemplation in one's body, energy, and mind, and move in harmony together, has been a natural way for her to discover Dzogchen. She has been teaching this practice since 1993.

From 1993 on she studied with her Master the 'Santi Maha Sangha', a profound way to deepen understanding of Dzogchen teaching, in 2015 she was authorized to teach to all sincerely interested. In 2016 she was certified as a Khaita Joyful Dances instructor.

Bringing alive the main points of presence and awareness, through dance, movement, meditation, contemplation, from a sitting position into the movement of life, she brings teachings to persons of all ages in cultural, medical, and educational institutions.

 

Yulia Petrova - Khaita Joyful Dance

Elena Kalistova - Khaita Joyful Dance

Elena is a certified instructor of Khaita Joyful dance since 2016, and also a certified instructor of Kumari Kumari (Yoga for children).

In addition, she has a sports diploma (2007), and is one of the most dedicated Khiata Dancers who participates in many of the local and international performances and has been teaching and dancing Khaita in Dzamling Gar, Tenerife almost every day since 2013.

Languages: Spanish, English, Russian

Algis Lukosevicius
Vajra Dance

Anna Apraksina - Vajra Dance

Anna was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, but has been living in Tenerife for the past five years, devoting herself to the practice of meditation in motion. Has been practicing this method since 2009, since 2015 is a certified instructor.

She has conducted numerous Vajra Dance courses in Russia and Europe. Anna has a wide range of interests - she has a degree in mathematics, as well as interior design, she loves art, dance, and travel.

Languages: English, Russian

Valeria Spasskaia
Yantra yoga ・ Respira

Valeria is a first-level instructor of Yantra yoga, since 2016. She is doing Yantra Yoga herself for 12 years. She has taught in Russia and Spain. Valeriia was authorized to teach Kumar Kumari and is a Yoga Kids instructor, also she is teaching Gravity Yoga for stretching. She taught yoga classes for three years for children with disabilities in the hospital in Russia.

She is now giving some regular classes (Yantra Yoga for beginners and Gravity Yoga) in Dzamling Gar and doing Yantra Yoga and Kumar Kumari classes online. English / Russian.

Urara Taoka
Vajra Dance・Khaita Joyful Dance

Urara was born Born in Kobe, Japan.

She was authorized as an instructor of Khaita Joyful dance and Vajra Dance in 2016 by Dzogchen master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. She started to dance Khaita in Tashigar, Argentina in 2013, since that time she is joining Khaita practice and performance in Tenerife and in Japan.

She studied Body-psycho therapy, Anatomical physiology, Structural Integration in the US, Nutritional therapy, and Aromatherapy. Urara has been working for 20 years in wellbeing area and also has established a healing program for Cambodian children infected with HIV.

Naomi Zeitz - Yantra yoga

Naomi met her teacher Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1987 at Columbia University in New York City where he was giving a public talk on the practice of Yantra Yoga.

Since that time she became very interested in the study and practice of Yantra Yoga. She received her first level teaching authorization in 2008 in Venezuela and her second-level authorization in 2010 in Italy. She also became an authorized instructor of Respira, a profound breathing method, with creator Fabio Andrico in 2013. Naomi specializes in relaxation techniques based in breath work and also in working with people of all ages and physical conditions.

Ludmila Kislichenko - Vajra Dance

Ludmila was authorized to teach since 2000, she received the 1st level diploma from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 2002. She received the 2nd level diploma from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 2005. A student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu since 1994.

She was born in Moscow and lives currently in Spain. She studied physics and also has a degree as a choreograph. She also teaches the Dances of Khaita.

Languages: Spanish, English, Russian

Raúl Barattini - Qi gong & Taichi

Raúl was born in Buenos Aires in 1956.

He studied Tai Chi Chuan with Yang Jwing Ming, Tung Kuo Tsao, Ma Tsun Kuen, Liu Pai Lin and started to teach in 1985, and he studied Qi Gong in Instituto de la Medicina Tradicional China de Argentina. He has been an instructor of Qi Gong since 2013.

He teaches in Spanish and English.