Gerry Rixen

Gerry is a registered Senior Yoga Teacher, SYT, and holds accreditation with Yoga Alliance International, International Yoga Federation, the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center and Yoga Alliance Professionals

He started his yoga practice at the London Iyengar Yoga Institute and later went on to study Sivinanda Yoga. Parallel to his interest and study in Yoga, Gerry is also, with over 30 years experience, a professional therapist and teacher in Shiatsu and Chinese Medicine.

He is the founder and director of SYM-Ltd, established in 1997, and has been teaching Yoga and Shiatsu in Spain, France, Greece, Italy and the UK.

His profound knowledge of oriental healing arts, including Do-In, Macrobiotics and Martial arts (Gerry holds a 4th Dan instructor’s diploma in the Japanese Zen art of Shorinji Kempo) is enhanced by his knowledge of the western spiritual and therapeutic traditions, including Greek philosophy, Astrology and Anthroposophy.

Over the years he has fused his unique understanding of diagnosis, treatment and healing, nutrition, philosophy and psychology to create truly interesting courses and workshops related to personal growth and transformation as well as the healing of chronic and degenerative disease.

After completing his studies in Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University he worked as a language teacher and TV news reporter/producer before dedicating himself full time to healing and teaching.

Gerry speaks English, French, German and Spanish.

Iain Loban

Iain has been practising yoga intensely for over 15 years, he qualified as a registered yoga teacher with SYM and YAI in 2013 and since has been teaching both locally in Southern Spain where he lives, as well as working for SYM on the yoga teacher training courses.
Iain has a very thorough understanding of ashtanga yoga which he practises daily and has married his original style with the softer and more therapeutic approach taught at SYM. He speaks English and Spanish.

Massimo Cantara

Massimo is a registered, certified Yoga Teacher as well as a professional Shiatsu Therapist and Teacher. He is also a qualified Kinesiologist and Cranio-Sacral Therapist.
In 1999 Massimo founded Holismos, a centre for complementary health therapies and Yoga in Poggibonsi, Tuscany, Italy. In 2016 he opened an additional Yoga and Healing centre in Varese, north of Milan.
Apart from his regular treatment and teaching schedule Massimo also teaches Anatomy and Physiology as well as bodywork and healing workshops on several Yoga Teacher Training courses every year.
Massimo also holds a 2nd Dan qualification in the Japanese Zen and Martial Art of Shorinji Kempo. He trained originally as a percussionist, playing for many years in various groups in the UK and in Italy. Today one of his main interests is the study of sound and vibration and their effects in healing and spiritual evolution.

Massimo speaks both English and Italian.

Anna Leslie

Anna has been practising yoga for many years and qualified with SYM and Yoga Alliance International as a certified 200 Hour yoga teacher in 2014. Since then she has worked on various SYM Yoga Teacher Trainings and workshops, as well as having spent 5 months in India deepening her practise of yoga asanas and meditation, in different ashrams and meditation centres. Anna continues to teach Yoga in Spain as well as studying chinese medicine, shiatsu and yoga therapy.

Ela Ciecierska

Ela is an experienced vegetarian and vegan chef based in London. She was trained in Asian traditions and macrobiotics at the East West centre in London. There she worked as a manager and a salad chef studying under Michio and Aveline Kushi, Ed Esko, Rex Lassalle, Shizuko Yamamoto and others. Her cooking is inspired by travels through India, Africa and the Caribbean.
While respecting traditional principles of healthy macrobiotic cooking Ela certainly has her own rhythms and style in the kitchen. Her delicious fusion of traditional healthy cooking is sure to inspire as is her contagious enthusiasm to share her knowledge with everyone.


Certified by Yoga Alliance International

Spain, Cervera del Maestre

13 May - 2 June 2018
(Arrival date 12 May / Departure date 3 Jun)
(Language: English)

8 July - 28 July 2018
( Arrival date 7 Jul / Departure date 29 Jul)
(Language: English)

10 August - 30 August 2018
( Arrival date 9 Aug / Departure date 31 Aug)
(Language: English)

14 October - 3 November 2018
(Arrival date 13 Oct - Departure date 4 Nov)
(Language: English)

Cost 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training,
Dormitory (Max 5 people) : € 2200*
Twin : € 2500*
Single : € 2800*

* Course fees include tuition,accommodation, course manual and textbook, pick up (and drop off) from Peniscola/Benicarlo railway station, two main vegetarian meals per day and Yoga Alliance International certification.

Spain, Cervera del Maestre

25 March - 21 April 2018
(Language: English)

Cost 500 Hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training,
Dormitory (Max 5 people) : € 3100*
Twin : € 3500*
Single : € 3900*

* Course fees include tuition,accommodation, course manual and textbook, pick up (and drop off) from Peniscola/Benicarlo railway station, two main vegetarian meals per day and Yoga Alliance International certification.

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