About Azulfit

As the founder of Azulfit, I have always been passionate about offering our guests the best experience possible. Our teachers are respected internationally and of the highest standard, and most importantly, genuinely love what they do.

Whether new to yoga or Pilates, or an advanced practitioner, our teacher’s talent, warmth and passion will ensure that you are challenged and guided along your journey, on the right path, at a pace, that’s right for you – from the very first step. Azul is also passionate about its mission of service and helping others, please visit our Seva page to find out more.

The Azulfit in-house team

Jamie Isaac

Master Pilates Teacher
Southern California Retreat

 

Jamie Isaac believes in the power of mindful movement to change the world. Really.

As a surfer, yoga lover and Classical Pilates aficionado, Jamie founded Azulfit & Fluid Art Pilates Studio to share his passion with those who are ready to take their next conscious step toward vibrant health. Changing the world takes energy, clarity and inspiration, and Jamie makes sure his students have more than they need so they can be a shining example to others of what is possible.

Jamie is a Peak Pilates Master Instructor, 2nd Generation Master Pilates teacher and is one of the world’s first specialist Pilates retreat teachers, having designed and taught Pilates retreats for 9+years.

Jamie loves nothing more than supporting and celebrating the transformations of his students… except maybe playing with his awesome kids.

As an eternal student passionate about the method, the learning journey continues.

For more information on Jamie please see www.fluidlifepilates.com

See upcoming speciality retreats and teacher training with Jamie.

Jo Dombernowsky

Pilates Instructor & Nutrition Advisor
Surya Yoga & Pilates Retreat
Jo Dombernowsky

Jo Dombernowsky is in charge of the menu at the retreat and inspires us all with her ability to make really healthy food taste really good. Having studied nutrition for many years, Jo knows the power of food to improve health, energy and wellbeing and prepares her meals to do exactly that. She loves to pass on her knowledge and passion for food throughout the retreat and in her workshops and nutrition weeks.

Originally from Denmark, Jo is quickly becoming the Canary Island’s go to expert on all things nutrition and you may catch her being interviewed on the radio. She has successfully campaigned to improve nutritional education within schools, and is experiencing widespread support for her amazing cookbook, ‘Truly Healthy, Truly Delicious‘.

Jo is also an advanced practitioner and inspiring instructor of Stott Pilates. Her classes focus strongly on understanding correct form, body awareness and body synergy, giving students the understanding and skill to progress in their Pilates safely and quickly.

Jo’s passion for fitness and overall wellbeing shine through in all that she does, and we are delighted to have her as part of the team.

For more information on Jo, please visit her website www.jodombernowsky.com

Training & Qualifications

  • RYS 200 – 200 Hr Yoga Teacher diploma Gayatri School of Yoga
  • Stott Pilates MAT-plus instructor (mat work, fitness-circle, flex band, arc-barrel)
  • Nutritionist & Dietician- “Dietetica y nutrición” ISMET -Instituto Superior de Medicinas Tradicionales, Barcelona
  • Author of ‘Truly Healthy, Truly Delicious’
See upcoming speciality retreats with Jo

Frauke Behrens

Yoga & Meditation instructor
Lotus and Surya Retreat
Spring Cleanse week

‘Live light, Travel light, Spread the light, Be the light.’ – Yogi Bhajan
There are no better words to describe this amazing woman.
Frauke is a reflection of what she is teaching, and each class with her is more than a class, its an experience.

Frauke has been teaching and practicing Kundalini Yoga for many years. She is certified through the Kundalini Research Institute, teaching in the style of Yogi Bhajan and is a full member of the Spanish Association of Kundalini Yoga.

Frauke is passionate about what she does and each class and meditation she leads help us to connect and to cleanse. You will enjoy every minute of her class, from the gentle meditation through to the energetic asanas, to the final relaxation.

Frauke reminds us to connect and centre, to know that life is to be enjoyed, and it’s a great message. Originally from Germany, Frauke has lived and worked in Spain for more than 35 years. We can’t think of a better guide and host for your Azul experience and we are blessed and honoured to have her on the team.

Training & qualifications

  • International Kundalini Yoga teacher certification (by Yogi Bhajan)
  • Quiro-massage therapist diploma
  • Sport instructor diploma

Valentina Parmigiani

Yoga & Meditation Teacher
Surya Yoga & Pilates Retreat
Valentina Parmigiani Hatha Yoga Instructor

Valentina is an inspiring teacher, and blends classical Hatha Yoga adapted for all levels with vinyasa yoga to make classes fun, challenging and inspiring. She connects with each and every student and her warm, open demeanor allow her to really see what each student needs.

Having trained using ancient Indian methods learned in her various studies all over the world. Classes with Valentina improve agility, muscle tone, strength, flexibility and breath control.

Valentina believes in yoga’s physical and mental benefits, providing a holistic harmony in our bodies through asanas and pranayama. This helps to promote a balance between the nervous system and endocrine system, then directly influencing all organs in the body, providing an improvement in overall health and wellbeing.

Valentina loves living and teaching yoga in Fuerteventura where she can surf, kitesurf and body board, and feel the benefits of her yoga practice through improved coordination and flexibility, and sees that yoga improves self confidence and helps us feel connected. She strongly believes in yoga as a way of life, which can only be learned through experience.

TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Advanced training with Matthew Sweeney – winter 2016
  • Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training with David Life and Sharon Gannon, completion: July 2014
  • Advanced training with Matthew Sweeney – spring 2014
  • Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher training at Patanjali International Yoga Foundation with Master Jitendra Das, Rishikesh, India
  • Teacher Training Course in ‘Yoga Flow’ including Ashtanga sequences and special postures for levels from Beginner to Advanced, Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
  • Teacher training at Patanjali International Yoga Foundation, Classical Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Mudra & Bandhas with Master Jitendra Das, Rishikesh, India

Gary Solomon

Customer Service & Business Manager

Gary left his corporate job in the UK to join the Azulfit team, adding his much-welcomed experience working for a large UK tour operator to the Azul mix. Gary was instrumental in launching the Lotus Lodge and has supported this venture to grow into the much-loved beach holiday that it is today.

Not just a quick mind, Gary loves cycling, triathlons and SUP. He can often be found out on his bike or catching some waves on his paddleboard, making the most of the beautiful island that he now calls home.

Gary is a real team player and helps with many aspects of the Azul experience, always bringing a healthy sense of humour and c’est la vie attitude, to keep things light whilst getting things done.

Karissa Isaac

Azul co-founder, All around team player
Southern California Retreat

A geneticist by training, Karissa is a strong believer in a holistic approach to wellbeing and the benefits of Pilates and yoga. She put her passion for holistic health into setting up Azul along with Jamie, and works to make sure that all guests get the most out of their Azul holiday. Karissa is a reiki practitioner and is following her love of healing and holistic wellbeing.

Karissa is currently residing in California, USA with her young children, to be closer to family. Together with Jamie they have set up Azul in Southern California, offering Pilates and yoga retreats, events and workshops. Although she is missing the Fuerteventura lifestyle and her Azul family, Karissa loves the water and is a former America East record holder in the 200 Butterfly. You can still find her in the water, encouraging her little ones in all things water based! She is currently studying Ayurveda with the Dogwood Botanical school of medicine.

You’ll find Karissa behind the scenes working on our website, booking systems, marketing and working on our amazing location retreats to make sure you have the best Azul experience.

Charlotte Mulvany

Yoga Instructor & Retreat Manager

Charlotte started her journey with us as a young yogini and volunteer in 2012, a six month experience which quite literally changed her life. Having learned a new, simpler way of living, she committed to return to London, a place she had previously turned her back on, to continue a career in Media which she had once tried to escape. Her time away from her ´life´ had taught her that she wasn’t defined by a place, a job, or her things, and that she always had a choice. Yoga became her compass, an internal light which when strong will shine through even in the big smoke. Rooted in this knowledge, she found a way to balance her career and her wellbeing, until she realised that wellbeing could just as well be her career!

And so Charlotte came back to Fuerteventura and to the Azulfit family in 2016, to lead our beautiful team as our General Manager and Yoga teacher.

She sees her job as quite simple; to help to make the Azulfit dream a reality- creating an environment in which our team and our guests can meet their greatest potential. Through care, support, positivity and passion inside and outside of the studio we can grow and thrive, and find the inner peace and happiness that is our true nature.

Yoga Qualifications

200 HRs Teacher of Yoga, International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre 2012

100 HRS Yin Yoga and Mindfulness 2017

Erika Franciosi

Yoga Instructor & Vegan chef
Surya Yoga & Pilates Retreat

Erika believes that yoga is a very powerful instrument for the purification and strengthening of the body and mind. Yoga allows us to reach a balance and harmony with our lives, and with the world around us. Yoga is a vehicle which allows us to live up to the full potential of our consciousness.

Erika also believes in the effectiveness and benefits of Pilates practice, for rehabilitation and strengthening. She sees how complementary the yoga and Pilates methods are, and when used together they allow us to use our bodies to their full potential, strong, flexible and free from injury.

Erika loves cooking and believes in the spiritual value of food – she knows that nourishment for body and soul are interconnected. For Erika, vegetarian food is the only way to grow, following the path of yoga to a more spiritual, healthy life.

Training & qualifications

  • Hatha yoga teacher training – Patanjali International Yoga Foundation
  • Advanced and classical Hatha Yoga, pranayama, mudra & bandhas with Master Jitendra Das, Rishikesh India
  • Postural Pilates Academy, Certified Teacher, Torino Italia
  • Fitness instructor

Valeria Franciosi

Lotus Retreat Manager
Lotus Retreat
Valeria

Valeria’s passion for nutrition and health shine through in her lovingly prepared meals at the Lotus Retreat. She loves to share her creative vegan cuisine with our guests, and inspire them to get in the kitchen back home.

She is a yoga practitioner and her love for health and wellbeing shine through in all that she does. She helps host at the Lotus retreat and her island knowledge helps you make the most of your stay.

Claire Evans

Surya Retreat Manager
Surya Yoga & Pilates Retreat
Claire Evans

Claire has an amazing background, having owned and run a successful business in the UK. She has extensive experience in hospitality and her skills and beautiful and warm personality make her a perfect fit for our team.

She moved to the island with her husband for the lifestyle and she loves to share her knowledge and support to our guests. She is currently training for a the Marathon de Sables, a six day ultra marathon in the Sahara desert.

Paco Borges

Tai Chi Chuan Instructor
Villa Azul Yoga & Pilates Retreat
Paco Borges

Paco is from Fuerteventura, born and raised, and has been practicing martial arts for over 20 years and tai chi chuan for ten years. His titles are awarded by Tai Chi Healthways, San Diego California, from the prestigious master Jesse Tsao and ‘Asociación Canaria de Artes Integrales’ (ACAI). He has travelled around the world gaining in experience and enriching his practice and knowledge.paco-tai-chi

To this day Paco continues learning from his teacher and is dedicated to continuing his learning and development along this path. Paco is passionate about the positive effects of tai chi and is dedicated to helping our guests benefit physically, mentally and spiritually through the practice of tai chi chain. His fun and challenging tai chi classes are the perfect complement to the Azul philosophy.

Heraclio Rodriguez Gonzales

Kitchen Host
Villa Azul Yoga & Pilates Retreat
Heraclio

Heraclio does everything with care and love and is such a wonderful addition to the Azul team. He is always there to host you with a smile and prepares your meals with love and care.

He is an extreme body boarder and his smile and sense of humour make you feel right at home as soon as you meet him.

Johanna Maria Kal

Osteopath and Therapist
Villa Azul Yoga & Pilates Retreat
Johanna

ohanna, originally from the Netherlands, is our Osteopath D.O., having studied Osteopathy for five years at the prestigious academy of Cedesna, which forms part of the Universidad del Sur (Mexico), in Valencia, Spain.

She has also studied Quíromassage, acupuncture for pain treatment and ear acupuncture, Homeopathy and Ortomolecular Medicine.

Alejandra Saez Gomez

Therapist
Villa Azul Yoga & Pilates Retreat

Alejandra is a qualified massage therapist and beauty specialist with over 18 years of experience.

She has been fully trained in a wide range of natural therapies such as the original Thai massage (qualified in Thailand), cupping, foot reflexology (method Ingham) and the Japanese cosmo facelift (qualified in China) as well as Aromatherapy and Moxibustion.

For treatments of the energy field she is also trained in Reiki and balancing chakras.

Luisa Cuesta

Therapist & Yoga Instructor
Lotus Retreat
Luisa

Luisa is a Natural Therapist and Reiki Master, as well as a teacher of life energetics and nutrition, but began her studies in this field as a biologist trained in health. Since then she has devoted her research and professional experience to passionately working with people, taking good care of their health: physically, mentally and emotionally.

Her beliefs and practice flow stem from the idea that balance between body, mind and spirit is essential for good health and when health problems and pain are present due to an imbalance, one must go to the source of the problem to solve the symptoms. Luisa is fully trained in a wide range of manual therapies such as Shiatsu, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Thermotherapy, Moxibustion, Sotai-Ho and relaxing and balancing massage.

Azulfit guest instructors

Jo Dombernowsky

Pilates Instructor & Nutrition Advisor
Surya Yoga & Pilates Retreat
Jo Dombernowsky

Jo Dombernowsky is in charge of the menu at the retreat and inspires us all with her ability to make really healthy food taste really good. Having studied nutrition for many years, Jo knows the power of food to improve health, energy and wellbeing and prepares her meals to do exactly that. She loves to pass on her knowledge and passion for food throughout the retreat and in her workshops and nutrition weeks.

Originally from Denmark, Jo is quickly becoming the Canary Island’s go to expert on all things nutrition and you may catch her being interviewed on the radio. She has successfully campaigned to improve nutritional education within schools, and is experiencing widespread support for her amazing cookbook, ‘Truly Healthy, Truly Delicious‘.

Jo is also an advanced practitioner and inspiring instructor of Stott Pilates. Her classes focus strongly on understanding correct form, body awareness and body synergy, giving students the understanding and skill to progress in their Pilates safely and quickly.

Jo’s passion for fitness and overall wellbeing shine through in all that she does, and we are delighted to have her as part of the team.

For more information on Jo, please visit her website www.jodombernowsky.com

Training & Qualifications

  • RYS 200 – 200 Hr Yoga Teacher diploma Gayatri School of Yoga
  • Stott Pilates MAT-plus instructor (mat work, fitness-circle, flex band, arc-barrel)
  • Nutritionist & Dietician- “Dietetica y nutrición” ISMET -Instituto Superior de Medicinas Tradicionales, Barcelona
  • Author of ‘Truly Healthy, Truly Delicious’
See upcoming speciality retreats with Jo

Andrea Everingham

Guest yoga instructor

Andrea is the founder of OneYoga Studio in Manchester and a regular contributor to ‘Ask The Expert’ (Manchester Evening News). She combines her many years of experience studying and working with the human body and movement with an in-depth study of nutrition and raw foods and their impact on overall wellbeing. She is also trained in ante- and post-natal care.

She joins the Azul team in the Fuerteventura sunshine with her natural and empathetic teaching style and infectious enthusiasm. Her holistic and sophisticated approach of total body, mind and spirit integration is as accessible to those new to yoga as it is challenging for the more practiced yogi.

Naturally approachable and caring, her passion is to bring the joy and release of yoga to her students. Her captivating, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed approach continues to attract a strong following of committed yogis both in her studio and through retreats across the globe.

See upcoming speciality retreats and teacher training with Andrea.

Nicola Thomas

Head Pilates Instructor
Villa Azul Yoga & Pilates Retreat

Azul is happy and excited to continue its high level of passionate and experienced teachers by introducing Nicola Thomas to the team. Nicola is a fantastic Pilates instructor, from the UK. She brings a wonderful experience and knowledge to her teaching, with experiences in both Europe and the USA.

Nicola trained classically, in New York, with one of the World’s most respected, authentic Classical Pilates teacher trainings, Power Pilates. From here, she continued her Pilates pathway teaching in prestigious London studios before moving to Fuerteventura.

Nicola discovered the benefits of Pilates after an injury introduced her to the method. Being hyper mobile as well, she almost instantly fell in love with it and the control it gave both her body and mind.

Although originally working in the fashion industry, her passion for Pilates directed her towards taking her teacher training and sharing the joy of this life changing practice. Nicola’s fun and energetic approach to teaching will keep you motivated, whilst her eye for detail and experience will challenge you to take your Pilates to the next level.

Nicola is also a leading Stand Up Paddle Board Pilates teacher and we are planning some specialist SUP Pilates weeks for those wanting to take their Pilates into the water.

When not teaching, Nicola can be found fine tuning her kite surfing skills, or paddling into the distance on a stand up paddle board heading towards Lobos Island. Nicola loves the island lifestyle, and loves spending time with her children when she is not sharing her love of Pilates.

Emma Malarkey

Yoga Instructor
Villa Azul Yoga & Pilates Retreat
Emma Malarkey

Emma originally came to us from Scotland for a six-month period. She was such a popular instructor that we asked her to stay and happily she agreed, having been won over by island life and the friendly Azul team! Clients have been known to return to the island, just for Emma’s classes and her unique and supportive style.

Emma practises and studies yoga extensively in India, experiencing various styles and schools including traditional hatha, tantra, Mysore ashtanga, sivananda, iyengar, hatha vinyasa, and more modern forms such as yin yoga and bikram. She returns to India in between teaching for Azul, in order to further her experience and her personal journey with yoga.

Gaining inspiration from her varied experience, Emma has developed her own personal style for teaching. She enjoys leading a dynamic hatha class, with a strong vinyasa influence, rounding off the class by holding postures to create intensity and deep stretching in the body.

Emma’s experience and smiley, enthusiastic nature make her classes challenging, varied and lots of fun.

Training & Qualifications

  • Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
  • Rishikesh Yog Peeth RYS 200 Yoga Alliance Certification
  • Trikka School of Yoga – Intensive Hatha Certification
  • Mandala School – Intensive Ashtanga Yoga

Anna Rosar

Power Yoga and Yin Yoga Guest Instructor
Annie Rosar

Annie discovered yoga through the hatha style but has become a talented teacher and practitioner of ashtanga vinyasa flow. Annie integrates a dynamic series aimed at the development of strength (especially lower back and abs) with focus throughout the practice. Having studied ashtanga yoga she utilises the powerful flow of the surya namaskara (sun salutation) A and B from the ashtanga series.

Her main attention is to continuous flow with proper breath, aiming to develop a self-dependant unity of movements and breath under the guidance of the teacher. Annie is a well-respected power vinyasa flow teacher within the professional surfing and windsurfing communities and she is the featured yoga expert in a book about power yoga for surfing.

Annie is committed to her journey with yoga and regularly takes part in courses and workshops with inspirational mentors and world-renowned teachers. We are delighted that she chooses Azul as her base in between her studies, and always look forward to trying and sharing the new things she has learned.

  • 2014: Anusara Workshop with Tara Judelle.
  • 2014: Yin Yoga Therapy with Markus Henning
  • 2012 and 2013: Workshops with Bryan Kest, the founder of power yoga
  • 2011: Safa Fitness Austria – personal training course with Pilates, TRX and nutrition focus.
  • 2009 – 2010: Beyond Ashtanga Yoga with Stefan D. Prowaznik
  • 2005: Ashtanga Yoga Vienna, Shinergy Vienna
  • 1998: Yoga Siromani, Teacher of Yoga, International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre

Federico Zanchetta

Yoga & Meditation Instructor

Federico strongly believes in the mind body connection. He encourages you to be present in your classes, and helps you learn alignment and getting comfortable in your own body through pranayama, guided asanas and visualisations. A former international snowboarder, Federico has spent time training and teaching yoga all over the world and brings his experience and knowledge to the Azulfit team.

Federico started practicing Raja yoga in 1998, and has been influenced by various styles including kundalini, vinyasa flow, ashtanga and hatha. He enjoys teaching yoga and especially loves incorporating the benefits of yoga into extreme sport training.

Training & Qualifications

  • Hatha Yoga Instructor Diploma, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
  • Master in Pranayama and Dynamic Yoga in Rishikesh, India
  • Ayurvedic massage degree, Varkala, India
  • Thai Yoga massage degree, Thailand
  • Teacher Trainer at Sivananda Teacher training course – Umbria, Italy

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