Teachers 2019-01-09T02:36:39+00:00
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Jennifer Crisman

Watch out her happy positive attitude and smile are contagious! You can’t help but leave her classes feeling de-stressed, blissful and spiritually uplifted! Born in Oregon, USA, she lived 3 years in New York City and 6 years in Florida before coming to Luxembourg in 2005. In 2001, she discovered her passion for yoga shortly after moving to NYC and was hooked after her first class. Yoga was a natural transition from her first love  ~ ballet and jazz.  She has practiced many different styles such as Jivamukti, Ashtanga, Hatha, Sivananda, Yin, Partner and Vinyasa Flow.  Jennifer is certified in Hatha, Hormone, Partner and Yin Yoga. She is currently working on her 500hr teacher training.

She completed her 200hr yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Vedanta Ashram Neyyar Dam in southern India. Living, breathing, meditating and deepening her knowledge of this ancient practice in its birthplace of India was riveting. She loves learning and expanding her passion for yoga and regularly attends workshops, trainings and conferences with teachers from all over the world. Her teaching style is alignment focused dynamic Vinyasa Flow, while encouraging her students to respect their body’s limitations and enjoy the moment-by-moment beautiful journey of yoga. She believes that the mind-body-breath connection that we learn on the yoga mat can be applied to every moment in life. By this, we live a fuller life with greater happiness and awareness.

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Annabel Stender

Annabel started practicing Yoga after her usual fitness routine started to get boring. At that time she tried out different fitness classes like pilates, barre etc. which she found to be okay, but once she took her first yoga class she was completed hooked!  She was fascinated by the holistic approach in yoga and she saw a lot of potential to improve her physical status. With time she also discovered the mental benefits of yoga. After more than 5 years of practice she decided to complete a 200hr teacher training with INSIDE Yoga in Frankfurt. Putting emphasis on connecting breath and movement during her classes will help you calm your mind and stay focused. Furthermore she sets a high value on correct alignment to make the practice save and profound. In her classes you will build up strength and create more space in your body by stretching deeply. 

Annabel is originally from Düsseldorf, Germany and holds a Masters Degree in Psychology. Currently she is working in psychiatry in Trier, as a part of her post graduate program to become a psychotherapist. Her biggest passion in life is yoga but she also enjoys healthy vegetarian cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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Clair-Louise Walsh

Clair-Louise Walsh is originally from London but her thirst for experience and her free spirit has led her to many corners of the Earth. With a background in performing arts, Clair decided to combine her passion for dance, drama and gymnastics with her love of teaching and gained qualifications in Laban movement, acro and artistic gymnastic coaching.

Clair-Louise trained to be a Children’s yoga teacher in London 2013 and began teaching Children’s Yoga and family Yoga classes in Luxembourg. She followed this by becoming an ambassador for International company ‘Mini-Me Yoga’ enabling her to offer workshops across Europe, training parents and childcare providers to teach yoga to the children in their care. In 2016, Clair-Louise graduated from the Vinyasa Yoga School in Rishikesh, India with a 200 hour teaching certificate and you can now find her on the mat guiding you through some Vinyasa groove.

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Laura Karvelyte

Since I was a young girl I loved various types of movement arts. For some years I was very fond of Latin American dances, did some ballet classes, running, aerobics, tried yoga as well, but somehow back then I did not continue with it.

After a lower back injury at work, I started to look for the best and long lasting healing, and yoga was the key.

Since then I fell in love and got addicted to it. For more than 5 years I practice yoga almost every day trying to grow in every possible way, and always challenging myself. Together with yoga, I discovered meditation, chanting, breathing techniques, all these tools put together changed my life for the better in so many ways.

My favorite style is Vinyasa in which I am certified with 200-hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Certificate. This wonderful training experience happened on the amazing island of Bali, Indonesia, in the middle of rice fields surrounded by many yoga retreat ashrams, this helped to deepen my experience even more.

During the training, we explored many other styles including Yin, Pregnancy, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Aerial, Couples Yoga and more.  In the future, I plan on deepening my knowledge in a few of these styles as I loved them also. Since Yoga, like our whole life, is a journey, I am taking it step by step :-).

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Oana Maftei

Oana is a former gymnast from Romania. She discovered her passion for sports at an early age. She holds a degree in Physical Education – physiotherapy and special mobility and a Master Degree in Physical Therapy – musculoskeletal disorders.

She started to work in the fitness industry more than 10 years ago. Her love for yoga lead her to complete her 200hr Yoga TTC at Rishikesh Yogpeeth – Hatha Yoga in India. She continued her studies, and completed her 500hr Yoga TTC – Yin/Yang & 5 Elements at Trimurti Yoga in Goa, India. Followed by the Inner Engineering program by Sadhguru at Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore, India and a recent Silent Retreat with Mooji in Portugal. She loves to share her knowledge and help others to feel the energetic power of practicing yoga. 

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Hannelore Rivières

Since an early age, Hannelore was passionate about artistic sports. She began practicing rhythmic gymnastics when she was 6 years old but her fascination for anatomy and movement made her experiment with many other various sports such as fencing, volleyball, Karate and athleticism. In 2003, she discovered dance, and from that day on, she dedicated her free time to the practice of Ballroom and Modern Jazz, which she now teaches.

In 2007, her deep interest for Yoga arose as she was looking for methods to efficiently manage work stress…and it was love at first sight! Her dedication to the practice of Yoga fundamentally transformed her life and motivated her professional reconversion as a teacher. She explored many different styles but her favorite one is Hatha and its derivatives, such as Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow. Therefore, in 2018, Hannelore completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training in Hatha Yoga, in Paris, France. She is French and Luxembourgish and has been living in Luxembourg for 13yrs. Hannelore loves sharing her passion of Yoga and her greatest wish is to make the discipline accessible to all.

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Alina Gheorghies

Alina’s journey into yoga started 11 years ago when she began to practice traditional Hatha yoga in her home country, Romania. This started off a process of inner and outer transformation which allowed her to feel the life-changing power of yoga on all levels of the being. She completed a 500 Hours teacher training with the Association of Yoga and Meditation in Rishikesh, India, allowing her to go deeper into the understanding of the therapeutic benefits of yoga and meditation. She loves to teach different styles, but especially Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Yoga with a focus on alignment, but also on the different levels of awareness within the practice.

For Alina, yoga is so much more than a physical practice on the mat. It is a way of life and a path towards self-discovery. Her desire is to inspire people to realize the deeply transformative power of yoga and to reach a state of true health of body, mind and spirit.

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Anna Svennson

Anna is Swedish and has been living in Luxembourg for 20 years. She works as an educator in the European school system. She’s married and has an 11 year-old son. She speaks Swedish, English, French and some German. Yoga has always been her passion. She first became a Certified Yoga instructor for adults and after several years of teaching, she wanted a challenge: to start teaching yoga to kids. It’s in Ireland she successfully completed the Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training. She loves teaching kids in a joyful and playful way.

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Lynn Frank

I have been practicing ‘grown up’ yoga for over 10 years and always wanted to find a way of sharing the feeling of calm connectedness it gives me with kids. Kids are great at connectedness – with nature, with animals and friends. But sometimes with schoolwork and busy schedules they need a gentle reminder of how much fun it is to really be free in their bodies and enjoy just being with other kids. As an overgrown kid myself I need a little reminder too. Rainbow Kids Yoga is a breath of fresh air for parents wanting their child to experience the benefits of yoga whilst having fun!

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Samuel Moldovan

After discovering yoga, I wanted to share this ancient practice with as many people as possible. My interest was and is to connect with anyone who looks in this direction.

As we mature in our own discoveries, we are able to share and make others experience or have a taste of what we have. It is human to share what is good and try to avoid what is bad.

It is just easier to be, in a healthy body, with a healthy mind, clearing some of the tendencies that used to create problems, and creating new healthy activities.

The purpose of yoga is about discovering the Self, not improving it, The Self is Perfect, it just needs to be discovered. This is also why In Yoga attainment is called Self Realization, or liberation, from the idea and the old concepts that we believe or may have about ourselves.

You can improve posture, body, mind, persona (mask), but The Self, yourself can only be discovered.

There are many things that may seem to get in the way of this; aches & pains, unfulfilled desires, traumas, misunderstandings, conscious or unconscious mind, this is also why a Guru is referred also as a dispeller of darkness. Darkness is the unknown, the misconceived, concepts that shape our life and every step we take next. Everyone in your life, who has contributed in opening your eyes, mind, heart is a Guru or a Teacher.

I am sharing my practice to the best of my knowledge and according to the situation in which we are, deeply inspired by Mooji and Sadhguru.

  • Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) Yoga Alliance – Hatha Yoga Traditional Himalayan Style – Rishikesh Yog Peeth – under the guidance of Roshan Singh and Krishna Sikhwal
  • 100 Hr Prenatal Yoga – Trimurti Goa – with Karo Sharma
  • Participation in Sadhguru’s programs – Isha Yoga Center India – Coimbatore
  • Inner Engineering + Bhava Spandana + Shoonya Intensive + 21 days Hatha Yoga Program (Surya Namaskar, Isha Kryia, Surya Kryia, Angamardana, Upa Yoga, Yoga asanas, Bhuta Shuddi and different practices, consecrations and events.)
  • Participation in Mooji Silent Retreats in Portugal, Netherlands, India.

Sharing my practice with all sincere students, who look to know more.

I’ve done yoga with Jennifer for a year now and I’ve enjoyed every single session with her. The classes are fun even though they can be challenging. I like the light and cheerful atmosphere, which differs a lot from some other classes I’ve been to in the past. You feel you’re actually allowed to laugh, which is relaxing. Jennifer keeps walking around, adjusting postures, which I appreciate a lot. And it’s also nice to get the unexpected encouragement here and there :-)  Strongly recommended!

Michaela

YogaBalance is the yoga studio I’ve been searching for in Luxembourg and I’m so happy I found it.. After a few months of classes, I can’t recommend Jennifer and the other teachers highly enough. Jennifer has a wonderful attitude and a structured, fun and dynamic way of teaching so that you leave every class feeling a little bit lighter, brighter and benefitting from that great energy that Jennifer brings with her every time. Class times are also really great. Thank you YogaBalance!

Aisling

As a guy, I didn’t think yoga was for me, but I’m really liking the classes and teachers at YogaBalance. I’ve found that the movements are really helping me have a stronger core and my back pain disappeared after just a few classes.

Patrick

This is a great yoga school with wonderful teachers; passionate, knowledgeable, humble and kind. Every single class I’ve attended so far left me feeling blissful, empowered and centered. Thank you to all. You are amazing! Namaste.

Edina