Yoga Instructors

Cristina Najjar
E-RYT-500 – Lead Teacher on Kaya Yoga Trainings

Cristina first found yoga in 2009 when a friend brought her to a donation based power yoga class in Santa Monica, California. This sweaty physical practice promptly grabbed her attention and she started practicing regularly as a way to connect to her body and unwind her mind. Her yoga journey evolved and intensified with the loss of her mother in 2009. She used the time on my mat to grieve and work through a wave of emotions. In the process, Cristina ended up gathering a new source of abundance and a desire to share this peace with others. She completed 2 vinyasa yoga teacher training programs in 2012 and made the transition from tutoring math to teaching yoga.

In 2013 she moved to Dubai for an international graduate degree (MBA) and incidentally met her now husband teaching yoga in the park. Today she is still based in Dubai and her intention in teaching is to help people get to know their bodies more deeply by way of flows that empower and benefit physically and mentally. Cristina has led 6 yoga teacher trainings in the USA, Dubai and Vietnam.

Training & Qualifications

  • E-RYT-500 Yoga Alliance Registered Lead Trainer

Lisa Quinn, Abu Dhabi Teacher Trainer

RYT-500, Yoga Teacher Trainer in Abu Dhabi

Having always had a passion for travel, Lisa‘s spiritual journey has seen her live and practice yoga in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Abu Dhabi. She felt the true calling to embrace a more spiritual path when volunteering with people with special needs in Mexico for 6 months. After moving to Abu Dhabi two years ago, Lisa took the next step on her yogic path and undertook 300Hrs YTT under the guidance of Kaya Yoga Therapy. The experience has transformed her outlook on her experience of life and she is particularly interested in yoga for depression and anxiety, as well as yoga for children with special needs. She is continuing her 500Hrs YTT under the guidance of Kaya. She is also a primary school teacher and enjoys reading, cooking, chasing sunsets and travel in her spare time.r everyday lives at a personal and professional front.

Training & Qualifications

  • RYT-500 Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher

Marylene Henry, Dubai, Bali & Online Lead Teacher

E-RYT-500, Yoga Philosophy Teacher, Anatomy Teacher, Osteopathy

Marylene is a Yoga Alliance RYT-500 yoga teacher who specializes in Corporate Yoga and Yoga for depression, stress, and anxiety. Splitting her life between a successful corporate career and teaching yoga, she perfectly understands how everyday demands can get in a way of a healthy body and healthy mind. Using her own experience as a guide, she approaches yoga in a holistic way to help clients find peace of mind and regain self-confidence. Passionate of yoga philosophy, she playfully combines elements of mindfulness, breath work and asanas to help her clients achieve their specific goals.

“There are as many paths of yoga as there is different people, and my goal is to find the right path for my clients to achieve higher level of physical, psychological, and spiritual strength.”

Training & Qualifications

  • E-RYT-500 Registered Lead Trainer with Yoga Alliance
  • Breathwork Facilitator
  • Ostheopath in Training

Ella Trotter, Bali Lead Teacher

E-RYT-500, Yin Yoga, Meditation, Vinyasa & Hatha Yoga Teacher, Yoga Nidra Facilitator

Ella’s passion for yoga started many years before she found herself in India studying Hatha Yoga at Upaya Yoga Center in Goa. After travelling, working and living in Holistic communities, ashrams and retreat centres around the world, she felt the calling to India, and the time to deepen her yoga practice. Completing her 200hr TTC, she stayed in India helping the running of Upaya Yoga School. Since then, Ella has been teaching all around the world, studying and practicing, and has now settled in Bali to run Yoga Teacher Trainings and Yoga Retreats. In Bali, Ella’s calling to a more holistic and healing approach to Yoga lead her to Kaya Yoga where she completed the 300 hours training in Therapeutic Yoga. Ella loves sharing meditation, chakra balancing meditation & Reiki Healing and when she’s not immersed in the Bali yoga world, you will find her enjoying a sunset on the beach with her bali dog and friends and a coconut in hand.

Training & Qualifications

  • E-RYT-500 Yoga Alliance Registered Lead Trainer

Emilie Mikula, Dubai & Abu Dhabi Therapy Teacher

E-RYT-500, Registered Yoga Therapist, Anatomy & Physiology Teacher, Yoga Tune-Up

Having contracted a major case of wanderlust, Emilie traveled the world, working as journalist and teaching movement in Thailand, South Africa, San Francisco, and now Dubai. After two surgeries on her spine, Emilie discovered Pilates and the rest is history…

Emilie’s powerful yet therapeutic classes will help get out of your pain cycle, and empower you with the selfcare tools you need to become the guardian of your own body and keep practicing the activities you love for a lifetime.

Training & Qualifications
  • Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)
  • Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT)
  • Integrated Yoga Tune Up® instructor
  • Roll Model Method® trainer
  • Pilates teacher

Sanne Kerkhof, Bali Lead Trainer

RYT-500, Pregnancy Yoga Teacher, Pre-and Post Natal Expert

Sanne Kerkhof (1970) finished her yoga teacher training with Teresa Caldas in 2004. She had special training in pregnancy yoga with Lillith Turk and Marianne Prins (midwife). She is specialised in teaching yoga for pregnant women, postnatal yoga and restorative yoga. After owning her own Yoga Center in Amsterdam for years, she now teacher Internationally, and on Festivals in the Netherlands and worldwide. 

Sanne excels in: Pregnancy Yoga, New mom Yoga, Baby Massage, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Philosophy

Training & Qualifications
  • Certified 900-hours Yoga Instructor by Teresa Caldas
  • Certified pregnancy Yoga Instructor
  • Yoga Studio Owner in Amsterdam

Dalya Tabari, Dubai & Abu Dhabi

E-RYT-500, Yoga Asana Teacher, Anatomy Teacher, Yoga Philosophy Teacher

Dalya Tabari started her spiritual journey over 10 years ago leading her to embrace and integrate the yoga philosophy in her every day life. An avid traveler, she is grateful to have learned from teachers in Dubai, India, Bali and Thailand.

Her ability to live the typical Dubai-hectic lifestyle with a sense of peace and joy is contagious (not only managing 2 children, but also 2 companies), and a testament to her commitment to live life as a yogi, the only reason she says is possible.

Dalya’s energy and passion visibly comes through her innovative Empower Yoga sessions, designed to help empower the energy you need to live life with strength & peace of mind, no matter your life situation.

Our energy is the manifestation of the brain frequencies we generate and can be re-calibrated through sound & movement. Empower yoga (similar to Vinyasa Yoga) is a new & unique intense flow sequence combining breath work, asanas & your thoughts, synchronized to music & sound to maximize your physical and mental experience, and re-balance your mind & body.

Training & Qualifications
  • E-RYT-500 Yoga Alliance Registered Lead Trainer
  • Business Owner and Consultant