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Guiding your wellbeing

A team of talented & dedicated teachers & facilitators supporting your progress to optimum health.



current Resident Teacher

Mariana Dragan 

Mariana discovered de practice of yoga in 2012 thanks to a very gifted, knowledgeable and generous yoga teacher. And so she began to experience and trust the transformative power of yoga. Ever since, many changes in her life happened including a yoga teacher training in Sivananda Yoga in 2014, quitting a corporate carrier and the decision to dedicate her time to teaching and practicing yoga.

Her activity now includes teaching in several yoga studios in Bucharest and managing a personal yoga platform (together with a friend and yoga enthusiast) that makes this practice friendly, accessible and down to earth for her urban citizen humans in Bucharest. Mariana has and continues to develop her yoga knowledge through trainings, workshops and studies in Europe, India and Bucharest where she resides.

She organises and/or participates in yoga events, retreats, festivals and has been a yoga teacher trainer for a yoga school in Romania. Most of all she is happy to be part of the dynamic growing yoga community in Bucharest now. She teaches in Romanian and English traditional Hatha yoga classes, Sivananda yoga, hot yoga vinyasa classes, yin yoga.

Practice with Mariana at Akasha Wellness Retreat in Transylvania

  Ashtanga | Vinyasa Flow | Nidra | Meditation | Technical Workshops

Ashtanga | Vinyasa Flow | Nidra | Meditation | Technical Workshops

Teacher trainer lead

Robert McWilliams

Originally from Ireland, Rob is our current Resident Teacher at Akasha until the beginning of May.  With a background in musical theatre Rob has been teaching for over 10 years. Having a passion for developing workshops and classes both for adults and children he has gained years of experience teaching students in both performing arts and yoga.

Rob qualified in India and is a registered ERYT200 & RYT500 instructor for Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Kriyas, Pranayama, Meditation and Myofascial Release. He has also certified in Canada with the WPA as a Water Safety, Stand up Paddle-board yoga & fitness instructor.Connect with Rob on his Instagram here: @iso_balance

Learn from Rob in Transylvania - Lead Teacher on Yoga Teacher Training Programme



Teacher trainer lead

Anna Loveridge

Anna is originally from the UK and will be  resident yoga teacher at Akasha Wellness Retreat from May until July 2018. Over the last 6 years she has delved deeper into her own practice soaking up inspiration and knowledge from a range of yoga influences. In 2017, she moved to Spain to embark on a 3 month Intensive Self Practice Exploration at Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre with Frog Lotus International Yoga Teachers. She then travelled to where it all started, India, to complete her 200 hour Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training at Sampoorna Yoga, Goa.

Connect with Anna on her Instagram here @anzahatayoga

Practice with Anna in Transylvania - Lead Teacher on Feb Teacher Training Programme



Teacher Trainer Lead & Escape teacher

Abby Dixon

Abby is nomadic, living somewhere between her yoga mat and her journal. Some years ago she packed up her life in London, leaving behind a career in Human Rights, to follow a dream of exploring the world, teaching yoga and writing poetry. She teaches a self-adapted version of Hatha Yoga, inspired by Hridaya, Sivananda, Iyengar and Agama traditions. With a balance between movement and stillness she guides her students through a sequence activating each chakra in turn. This allows for deeper exploration of these subtle energy wheels and encourages purification and healing to occur on many levels. With a focus on bringing kundalini energy to rest in the heart each practice finishes at Anahata (the heart) chakra. 

Connect with Abby on her Instagram here: @abbypoem

Practice with Abby in Transylvania - Lead Teacher on March Teacher Training Programme

Join Abby for Akasha Escape to Tanzania, Zanzibar & Serengeti in November 2019

 Kundalini | Restorative | Vinyasa | Meditation

Kundalini | Restorative | Vinyasa | Meditation

Akasha Escape Teacher

Arezu Kaywanfar 

Arezu is a lifelong Yogini, she began meditating at the age of 5 and started practicing Kundalini Yoga with GuruSingh by the age of 7. No surprise she broke the record at the age of 14 for qualifying as the youngest certified Kundalini Yoga teacher.

Upon completion of her degree in International Affairs and Humanitarian Studies, Arezu returned home to Los Angeles and followed the words of one of her teacher’s, GuruSingh, “love your work and you will never work another day in your life.” dedicating her life to helping individuals through Yoga to connect within, unleashing their own passions and building a life of purpose. Her brand, InspireZu, is all about finding ways to inspire one another through mind and body practices. She emphasizes working out as well as working in. She is also a Personal Trainer, Boxing, Aqua and Zumba Instructor but yoga remains her main focus and passion. She now teaches over 11 different modalities of yoga from Kundalini to Core Power to Restorative; however, she is most known for her trademarked fusion class, “Kundalini Core Flow” which combines most of her lineages as well as her popularised, “Brain Boosting” workshop.

Connect with Arezu on her Instagram here: @inspire_zu

Join Arezu in Rajasthan for an Akasha curated yoga escape March 2019

 Hatha | Vinyasa | Yin | Pranayama | Meditation

Hatha | Vinyasa | Yin | Pranayama | Meditation

Akasha Escape Teacher

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez is passionate about sharing as much knowledge as he gains, pursuing a way to learn as diligently as he travels and teaches. Soon after Alex graduated with his 500-hour certification in March 2014 he was invited to assist on teacher trainings where he specialised on pose alignment and teaching methodology courses.

After furthering his yoga education Alex offered classes of Vinyasa/Hatha, Yin, Restorative, and aerial yoga theories and sequencing. Furthermore, he is passionate about calisthenics, using that as a method to help students maximize their physical potential. Alex has traveled the world, teaching in healing and retreat centers throughout Central America, Southeast Asia and Europe, eventually finding a piece of home at Akasha Romania. 

Connect with Alex on his website, or Instagram @yogiconnex

Practice with Alex on the Costa Rica Akasha Escape - April 20 - April 27, 2019. 

 Holistic Therapies | Massage |  Ashtanga Vinyasa | Yin

Holistic Therapies | Massage | Ashtanga Vinyasa | Yin

Akasha Escape Holistic Therapist

Kate Smith

Kate’s love of wellbeing and working with people drew her to holistic therapies. She has qualified as a therapist 14 years ago and worked as a Spa Therapist at the Cowshed, Babington House amongst others. Inspired by this, more training naturally followed – reflexology, reiki healing, Dermalogica face mapping and Ashtanga Vnyasa flow RYT200.  Kate has also worked at a number of music festivals across the UK providing treatments and therapies and been part of the wellbeing team at Obonjan festival in Croatia.

She has also worked on yoga retreats in Ibiza providing a range of therapeutic body treatments for guests. I am a member of Yoga Alliance, Federation of Holistic Therapists and VTCT member.

ITEC Holistic Massage
ITEC Beauty Specialists
ITEC Body Treatments
ITEC Facial Electrical Treatments
Reiki level 1 & 2
VTCT Reflexology

Skin & Tonic Facial Therapist
Ashtanga Vinyasa flow RYT200

Connect with Kate on he website, or Instagram @holisticwellbeingkate

Join Kate on an Akasha curated escape to Goa in January 2019

  Naturopathic Nutritionist |  Plant based cook | Photographer

Naturopathic Nutritionist | Plant based cook | Photographer

Naturopathic Nutritionist

Daniela Exley

Daniela Exley, founder of Beets Pulse & Thyme is a Naturopathic Nutritionist, passionate plant based cook and photographer.

Through group cleansing, one to one consultations, retreats and cooking classes, Daniela strives to empower people to call in their innate ability to heal through nutrition, exposure to nature and the connection to the authentic self.

On a healing journey herself, Daniela understands what it’s like to be at the lowest of low. For the past three years she has been able to share her experiences of navigating new lifestyle choices and tackling deeper subconscious beliefs to overcome physical pain and regain vitality through the medium of her blog 

At Akasha Daniela is a valued guest speaker on Nutrition & Cooking Demonstrations and contributes to our social channels & blog sharing her insight in why, what and how to eat better to feel better.

Follow Daniela on @beetspulseandthyme

 Coaching, Consulting and Training based on the Solution Focus approach

Coaching, Consulting and Training based on the Solution Focus approach

Guest Facilitator - Solution Focused Coaching

Petra Muller Demary & Liselotte Baeijaert 

A dream team for solution focused coaching & personal development, Petra & Liselotte bring their programme to Akasha. Their coaching practice is based on a deep trust in the recourses and (undiscovered) potential of our mind and wisdom of the body. As Solution Focused coaches and facilitators they support individuals, teams and organizations to reach their full potential.

Liselotte is a Solution Focused coach and facilitator since 1999 and she co-founded Ilfaro, a Belgian organization for coaching and training. She loves to work with people and be supportive in their journey to more Ease, Flow and Resilience. Together with Anton Stellamans she wrote the book ‘Resilient people, resilient teams’. Liselotte facilitates workshops on leadership, Solution Focus and Resilience and she coaches people using Solution Focus, mindfulness, energetic bodywork, movement, heart-coherence and breathing practices.

Connect with Petra here Connect with Liselotte here

Petra & Liselotte 2019 dates to be announced.


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