Gerry Rixen

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

He started his yoga practice with the Iyengar method in London, developing his approach over 30 years together with professional experience as a teacher and therapist in Shiatsu and Chinese Medicine. He is the founder and director of SYM-Ltd and has been teaching Yoga and Shiatsu in Spain, France, Greece, Italy and the UK.

His profound knowledge of oriental healing arts 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. 

Nathalie Comas

Is a professional Yoga Teacher, 500 hour level, having studied in Mysore and Kerala, India for several years. She went on to teaching Yoga full time, working on Teacher training courses and retreats in Thailand, Indonesia and Spain. She is also an experienced vegetarian chef and has been studying Ayurveda and Naturopathy for several years. She runs her own retreats as well as working on all the SYM 200 hour level Teacher Training courses.
Nathalie originally studied hotel management and worked for many years in the luxury hotel business in various locations worldwide before dedicating her life to Yoga. She speaks fluent English, Spanish and French.

Darina Samuelova

Is a fully trained Yoga Teacher, 500 hour level, having studied both in Europe and in India. It was her love of sports and athletics which led her to Yoga. After spending 5 years as a personal trainer and fitness instructor Darina decided to become a professional Yoga Teacher. She has also been training as a massage therapist and practices Reiki as she finds that the combination of Yoga and body work make for a truly profound healing experience.
Darina speaks fluent English and Czeck.

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

Is a registered yoga teacher with SYM as well as a professional Shiatsu therapist and teacher. He is a qualified kinesiologist and the director of Holismos, a centre for complementary therapies in Poggibonsi, Tuscany, Italy. He also teaches Anatomy and Pyhsiology.
Massimo spent 12 years practising Shorinji Kempo but trained originally as a percussionist, playing for many years in various groups in the UK and in Italy. He speaks Italian and English.

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

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.

More information :

send an e-mail to

SYM has met the strict requirements of Yoga Alliance International, showing that SYM courses are of exceptional quality and that upon graduation students receive the Yoga Alliance International membership and certification

Member of:

HolidaYoga - © 2017 - All rights reserved.