More than a retreat, this is your journey

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. Azulfit is also passionate about its mission of service and helping others, please visit our Beyond the Mat 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 & FluidLife 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 & Teacher Trainer, 2nd Generation Master Pilates teacher and is one of the world’s first specialist Pilates retreat teachers, having designed and taught Pilates retreats for 13+years. He is a Pilates Anytime teacher, and you can also practice with him online! Simply enter promo code ISAAC for 30 days of free Pilates online. 

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 Teacher & Nutrition Advisor
Surya Retreat

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

Charlotte Mulvany

Yoga & Meditation Instructor
Surya Retreat
azulfit yoga teacher charlotte

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

  • 300 Hours Yin/ Yang 5 Elements yoga teacher training – Trimurti Yoga
  • 100 HRS Yin Yoga and Mindfulness
  • 200 HRs Teacher of Yoga, International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre 2012

Meditation Qualifications

    • Level 3 Diploma in Meditation Teaching, British School of Meditation
See upcoming speciality retreats with Charlotte

Lindsey Todd

Yoga & Meditation Teacher
Surya Retreat

Hello  – I’m Lindsey.

I am from the UK and moved here with my family 3 years ago. We decided it was now or never before our 2 children started school. So, with that in mind we packed up our camper van and drove through Europe to the beautiful Canary Islands, searching for more sunshine and a slower pace of life. We loved the beautiful landscape of Fuerteventura, the opportunity to be in the water all year round and the general welcoming and peaceful feeling of people on the island.

My love of yoga began 20 plus years ago. When I found myself in New Zealand surrounded by a group of high vibing Yogis, my whole world changed. Finding a connection to the body and mind in a way I had never experienced before. Always feeling better coming off the mat and letting go of anything that no longer served. I found I had a place to go that has served me my whole life.

This started me on my journey of self-development within my Yoga practice and ultimately led me to becoming a Yoga teacher.

I have completed training with the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY), BSY and Yoga Alliance. Loving any opportunity to deepen my knowledge and understanding of our Yoga practice.

For many years I have worked as a UK registered nurse. My nursing background enables me to have a unique way of observing the body. Everyone is different. Everyone has their own challenges in different ways. Always approaching practice with kindness and a loving heart.

I love to teach varied styles from a strong vinyasa to a chilled restorative or Yin class. There’s space for them all at different times. My goal for you in your practice is to help you create space within your body and mind and to deepen your personal practice. I’m always happy to bring in new things you may be working on or want to try into our practice or happy to talk you through any questions you may have for your personal practice goals.

Look forward to meeting you soon!

Leti Porto

Leticia found Yoga like many others, at a time she needed it most. Meditation teacher first, and having experienced a severe back injury and an emotional trauma, she surrendered to the spiritual and physical side of this ancient practice in hope of recovery.

Leticia cried through her first Savasana at the sweet release of emotion and as she says : ” i felt I had arrived home “.

For the subsequent years she followed a strict diet of Meditation and also Ashtanga Mysore style, before undertaking her first 200 hour Vinyasa YTT with her original Yoga Teacher, Andrea Everingham.  Having taught Yoga full time around Manchester and UK and in different Spanish locations for years, Leti felt called once again to dive deeper into her practice and undertook more trainings like  Ashtanga Yoga, with the European Yoga Institute.  She has continued her training on a pilgrimage to India, the home of yoga, to take further trainings in Hatha Yoga, Pregnancy and Postpartum Yoga, Kids Yoga, Yin and Restorative Yoga and her love Yoga Therapy.

With a Kids Yoga Programme for Mindfulness, having worked in youth prisons and alternative schools for the last 9 years, and teaching in the same Yoga Teacher Training she took as a student once in Fuerteventura, Leti Porto follows her heart to “where the call occurs”, she relocates to the Magic Island of Fuerteventura where she runs her own retreats and different yoga classes across the island, Galicia and the UK.

She is guided by a thirst for knowledge that can better herself, her students and her planet.

Community, safe space and respect for tradition are her tools.

A class with Leti will leave you feeling strong yet calm; aligned to yourself and those around you. There will be mantra, movement, meditation and guaranteed giggles.  She meets you humbly in a safe space FOR you. Yoga for all. WeAreOne.

Gary Solomon

Customer Service & Business Manager
Gary Solomon azulfit

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

Azulfit 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 Azulfit along with Jamie, and works to make sure that all guests get the most out of their Azulfit retreat. 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 a teacher training center (Azulfit California), offering teacher trainings and retreats, events and workshops. Although she is missing the Fuerteventura lifestyle and especially her Azulfit 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 Azulfit experience.

Erika Godzsak

Guest Experience Manager
Surya Retreat
Erika Godszak azulfit team

Erika has a passion for all things fitness and wellbeing and brings her wealth of experience in hospitality to head up our Guest Experience at Azulfit!

Erika lived in London for many years managing a bustling restaurant before relocating to Fuerteventura after falling in love with the island.  She adores outdoor activities, exploring the island and being active. Erika is the perfect host for our guests – always happy, always caring and ensuring your stay is exactly what it needs to be – exactly what you need with that personal touch.

We are lucky to have this star on our team and she hopes you will enjoy your stay with us at Surya retreat!

Almudena Leon

Kitchen Lead
Surya Retreat
Azulfit arrived in my life as a gift; working here has been an amazing opportunity to do what I love, to cook, and to focus on quality vegetarian food with a conscience.  We plant important seeds in each and every guest with the food that we prepare and I love watching them grow through the week.  I love all the recipes, so I can’t pick one favourite, but if I had to, I’d choose the mung dhal and all of the cakes!
Most important to me are my family; my son and my two granddaughters and living here I can give them a quality of life and freedom that isn’t easy to find in the world but is preserved here in Fuerteventura. You can still find isolated places here to experience wild nature in its pure form and enjoy peace and quiet.

Yesica Monsalve

Vegetarian Cook
Surya Retreat
 I recently moved to the island from Madrid with hopes of finding a better quality of life and quickly found it here. I have learned so much in the kichen and this is what I love about Azulfit- there is a great feeling amongst the team and we are always trying to improve our flavours, techniques, style, and methods of cooking. For me, the lunches and dinners are all great recipes, but my favourites would be the vegan mozzarella, the spicy lentil soup, and moussaka are delicious.

Ana Vera Guera

Vegetarian Cook
Surya Retreat
I am grateful to work in a such a peaceful and abundant environment, I try to soak up all the goodness here and enjoy single day. I especially love the breakfasts at Azulfit, the apple and beetroot dip is delicious. I also love our vegan take on the Greek salad which works so well as a healthy lunch and because I have a sweet tooth, I always look forward to making the brownie and the apple crumble for our guests.
I was born and raised in Fuerteventura, so I have been here my whole life, as an adult I choose this island because of the wonderful people, the beautiful climate, the clear skys and the amazing sunsets.

Analisa Paloshi

Vegetarian Cook
Surya Retreat
Since 1999 I have been studying and practicing Tao philosophy and what we do here at Azulfit harmonizes perfectly with this philosophy, taking care of ourselves, eating well and learning every day. My favourite recipe – so hard to choose! I love the date truffles we make here, because of the variety of different flavours and textures you can create with them. For me, Fuerteventura is a paradise, it was always my dream since I was a child to live on a sunny island, so I love living here.

Maurizio D’Antoni

Vegetarian Chef
Surya Retreat
1) Where are you from and what made you coming to Fuerte?
I am from Italy and after 15 years of travelling around the world I decided Fuerte was to become my home because I fell in love with the island in 2012! It`s hard to describe the feeling when you are in love with a place… EVERYTHING VIBRATES POSITIVELY!
2) How did you get interested in cooking?
I started cooking when I was 12 years old with my mom and grandmother… travelling brought me to understand that my body is my temple and that medicine is food, and my food my medicine.
3) What`s your favourite thing about the island?
WAVES !! 🙂 WILD & FREE
4) Why do you like working at Azulfit?
The vibe is great and gives me opportunity to share love, because in the end our behavior is the best teaching! People here are amazing!!
5) Anything you want to share:
The greatest of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to effect those ones around him positively!
JAH BLESS US ALL

Carola deGenst

Guest Care
Surya Retreat
1) How long have you been in Fuerteventura?
All my life, although I have had periods when I have been away from the island.
2)What is your favorite thing about the island?
The beach, the atlantic ocean and the good life.
3) What do you like about working in hospitality?
I like to be friendly and make the guests happy with the time they spend here; both with the services that Surya retreat itself,  and all the island offers to them.
4) What do you like doing in your spare time?
I enjoy being with my daughters, my family. And I love the ocean.

Barbara Marino

Guest Care
Surya Retreat

Barbara takes guest care seriously and loves what she does. She believes in a holistic approach to lifestyle and is an avid believer in leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle. She enjoys spending time with her family and loves the healing and mood balancing properties of essential oils.  We are lucky to have her on the team, caring for our guests, cleaning and maintaining the beautiful Surya retreat site with love.

Paul ‘Gecko’ Birchmore

Project & Site Development
Surya Retreat

The island’s leading building expert, we are blessed to welcome Paul ‘Gecko’ Birchmore to our team. He keeps the retreat site running beautifully,  from top to bottom, he loves football and dives with sharks in his free time.

Azulfit guest instructors

Rachel Blunt

Guest Yoga Teacher
Surya Retreat
Rachel Blunt yoga pose with Gyan mudra at Corralejo Dunes
Rachel discovered her love and passion for yoga many moons ago during her previous life as a Youth and Community ‘Street Worker.’
With a life long love of sport and being active, Rachel found that Yoga not only made her feel amazing physically but it did something magic to her mind and gave her the tools she needed to cope with the pressures of her job.
It wasn’t long before yoga became her full time passion and full time career choice! It became clear that being a yoga teacher and youth worker had many similarities… Supporting and guiding people to explore and develop their full potential!
Rachel loves to encourage playfulness and wonder within her yoga practice, her classes and life. She has been teaching full time since 2006, hosting her own retreats and exploring the world. Rachel is from The Midlands in the UK and has lived in India. She is now enjoying the calm and peaceful lifestyle in beautiful Fuerteventura and loving teaching at Azulfit.
Rachel’s commitment to empowering those around her is inspirational and her ability to form lasting and genuine connections with people and raise them up is a true gift, and we are honoured to have her on the team.
You can expect to practice anything from Hatha to Vinyasa to Yin to Partner Yoga and all with a few giggles along the way.
Training and Qualifications
2006 Hot Hatha  9 week intensive Los Angeles, California
2012 200hr YogaAlliance YogaHaven yoga training, Vinyasa Yoga, Morocco
2013 Adapted Yoga with Matthew Sanford, Yoga Alliance London
2014 Acro Yoga Elementals with Bonnie Argo, Yoga Alliance London
2014 Yin Yoga with Norman Blair, Yoga Alliance London
BA Hons Degree in Youth and Community
See upcoming speciality retreats with Rachel

Valentina Parmigiani

Guest Yoga & Meditation Teacher
Surya Retreat

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
See upcoming speciality retreats with Valentina

Jigyasa Shiv

Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Teacher Trainer
Surya Retreat

Jigyasa as her name suggests, was born with curiosity. She was always keen and eager to learn new things ever since she was a child. This quest of hers lead her to turn her love of learning into a lifelong pursuit, deepening her knowledge and sharing this with her students.

She started her career as an Insurance agent, moving onto a Workshop consultant with leading newspaper of India, The Times of India, later she made a switch in Electronic Media, wherein she started as a Creative Sales person and eventually landed herself hosting a Drive Time Radio show on RED FM. Having tried all forms of creative expression, nothing seemed to satisfy her quest in Life. Eventually her encounter with her Master made her realize what she wished to do in pursuit of quenching her spiritual thirst and helping people.

Jigyasa is a Traditional Yoga Teacher and Energy Therapist with a Modern twist. She started practicing Yoga when she was a kid, using the practice as a remedy to help with her health issues. Seeing how the practice worked for her, she has believed strongly ever since in the power of Yoga and Meditation.

Originally born, brought up and trained in India, Jigyasa has been living on the beautiful island of Fuerteventura for a couple of years teaching Yoga and practicing Energy Therapies. Classes/Sessions with her will help you heal your Body, Mind and Soul and connect better with your inner-self. Her classes provide a good mix of Chanting, Pranayama, Asana and Meditation.

Jigyasa strongly believes that Each body is different and dedication can bring in great results.

Yoga Aphorism that Jigyasa strongly believes in is “Ishwarapranidhanadva” meaning “Inner peace can be achieved through complete devotion and surrender (pranidhana) to God or a higher power (isvara)”

Training & Experience-

Yoga, Energy Reading & Healing. Flower Essences & Animal Communication.

Yoga Trainer.

Teacher Training Hatha Yoga at Mysore Hatha Yoga Kendra.

Teacher Training Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore

Intensive Saadhna at Mysore Hatha Yoga Kendra

Short term Yoga Saadhna from Yog Shala, Rishikesh, India.

Meditation.

Practitioner of Kundalini & Chakra Meditation, Sri Vidya Saadhna for a couple of years now.

Energy Practices

Aura Scan & Energy Consultation

Chakra Balancing

Reiki Certified as a Master in Reiki. Have been healing and teaching Reiki as a healing technique.

Pranic Healing Certified as Advanced Pranic Healer and Psychotherapist.

Crystal Healing. Using crystals to heal and help in a person’s health and wellbeing.

Flower Essence Therapist Certified as a flower essence therapist from Australia.

Animal Communication Master Level Certification from The Animal Talk Institute, Australia.

 

Helen Clough

Yoga & Meditation Teacher
Surya Retreat

From a young age I danced, which led to a professional dance career travelling the world, achieving my dreams in my very early twenties. A shift in personal circumstances led me back to the UK where I fell into a corporate world taking up a senior management role where I remained for over ten years.

During that time, my mind yearned for a place to disconnect from the stresses of living in such a yang world and the high intensity stresses of my work environment. Having always been a gym bunny, and enjoyed Pilates throughout my dance career and with my background I have always been fascinated by how incredible the human body is. I was always drawn to yoga, knowing the benefits for mind body and soul, but just couldn’t quite find the perfect place and time. As with most things in life, it came to me, and found me at the right time.

Finally, in Manchester, I had found a place to reconnect to my body on a much deeper level than I could ever have anticipated. I hadn’t connected to my body in such a freeing, liberating, creative, fun and playful way since my dancing days. I particularly loved vinyasa flow, and Jivamukti, and not long after yin and restorative began to seep into my practice. I was hooked, and found myself craving more and more, always with a thirst for knowledge, my mind wanted to know more about Yoga and it’s fascinating history, until finally after my teacher convincing me I was ready I signed up to a teacher training, here in Fuerteventura with Andrea Everingham at Azulfit.

What a location, the whole experienced was truly first class and incredible. It wasn’t long, and didn’t take very much before my teaching days came back to me like they were yesterday and became more important to me than my regional manager role. I made the bold move to quit corporate, and move into teaching yoga full time. It was an easy decision for me when a position at Azulfit came up. Having experienced first hand the home Azulfit create, including their beliefs, ethics and professionalism, I instantly knew this was for me.

Luckily, they felt I fit too. Arriving back at Azulfit, I felt like I had come home. Now I get to do what I love daily, sharing the beautiful gift of reconnecting to ourselves, with wonderful souls in an incredible magnetic island, and our home in Corralejo, Lotus Retreat.

Lærke Heilmann

Pilates Teacher and Vegetarian Chef
Lotus and Surya Retreat

Lærke brings her passion for dance, fitness and healthy living to the Azulfit  team with a quiet confidence and ease. Her background is in ballet and modern dance having studied for years in both Denmark & Brazil. In Brazil Lærke had her first experiences with Pilates and saw how beneficial the training was not only to dance but to body awareness. She trained as a Stott Pilates instructor in 2009 and has been sharing her love for Pilates ever since. Since 2009 she has also trained and taught pre and post natal pilates, breast cancer rehab, stability ball, flexband and other Pilates equipment courses. In 2013 she qualified to teach Reformer Pilates and ballet fitness barre.

Lærke’s dance background has given her the ability to create flow and fun in her challenging classes. Laerke also believes in awareness and teaching to the body in front of you, as ‘working with a group of people always includes surprises and situations that you can´t prepare for.’

Her classes are a mix of technique, cuing, fun and sweat. Her classes are energetic, include everyone and keeping the focus on doing the exercises with correct form.

Lærke grew up in the Danish country side with parents who aimed to be self-sufficient, her mother teaching her about cooking organic, vegetarian food from a young age. At 18 she started working in a organic and vegetarian restaurant. Her passion for healthy living grew; she worked in raw food kitchens and has been inspired by vegetarian cuisine ever since. ‘I love how food and cooking is a form of a creative expression and how you as a chef can expand people’s horizon to new tastes and ways of living a healthier life.’

Andrea Everingham

Guest yoga instructor
Yoga Teacher Training

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.
Lisa practised her first yoga class in 2010. She worked as a stylist in London, complete A type personality. Her work & social life was hectic & deprived herself of sleep & self care. Her yoga practise was the first place she felt truly content.
She was searching for a change, she took part in a 30 day challenge in the hope to lose weight & managed to develop healthy habits, drinking more water, making better food choices & quality sleep In 6 months dropped from a dress size 14 to 8, 78kg to 56kg!
Looking better was just a bonus. she felt incredible, an upgraded version of herself  & felt more in tune with what really mattered. In 2011 she attend her first TT;  this lead to numerous teacher trainings. Learning & keeping up to date is an absolute must, she believes in mastering the craft.
Organically she combined her love for teaching with travel, Teaching on location in New York, San Fransisco, Toronto, Vancouver, India, Italy, Thailand & Spain.
In 2018 she co-founded Willoughby Wellness with her husband Adam. A husband & wife expert team on health, fitness, & nutrition. Together they have over 22 years experience in the fitness industry. They believe wellbeing isn’t just training & eating well but how you live, think & respect yourself & others
“The best asset we have to contribute to the world is ourselves. We must fully engage & look after ourselves physically, mindfully & spiritually to make our highest contribution.”
2011: 12 Week Hatha Yoga Training
2014: 200 hour Vinyasa Training Fierce Grace
201:  Immersion training Yoga On the Lane
2018: Jason Crandell 300 hour Advanced Alignment based vinyasa
2018: Sally Kempton Meditation course

Claire Evans

Ayurveda & Massage

Claire has an amazing all-round background, having owned and run a successful business in the UK for many years. She has extensive experience in hospitality and has trained in Ayurveda to start her business doing what she loves most – caring for people! Visit The Little Wellness Hut for more info.

She moved to the island with her husband for the lifestyle and she loves to share her knowledge and support to our guests. She loves diving and spends her free time on the island exploring the ocean, advocating for animals, camping with her husband and taking care of her two dogs, who share her love of outdoor lifestyle, healthy eating and natural living.

She is studying Ayurveda and adores her yoga practice.

Sarah Warman

Guest Yoga Teacher
Sarah was born in the U.K. but is a child of the world. Her passion in life has been to travel, meet new people and experience as much as possible. She has spent most of the last 19 years travelling, living and working in the Caribbean, Italy, Greece, Australia, South East Asia, Spain, East Africa, India, Nepal, Bali and many other countries. Whilst living and working overseas she has gathered varied skills including working in the travel industry in Italy, teaching English for a charity in Nepal, working on an ecological project in Bali, raising funds and distributing shoes for a children’s charity in East Africa, training as primary school teacher, managing restaurants and even had her own cake business in the Caribbean. Her experiences have given her a broad love for the planet, its wonderful people and a better understanding of our interconnectedness. Her favourite thing in life is her love of people and to help them in any way she can to reach their best potential, either through teaching, charity work or simply by listening and trying to accommodate their needs in her job.
It was during her 7 years living in the Caribbean that she began her health and spiritual journey. After running a successful business working ridiculously long hours and not looking after herself enough, she became quite sick. Suddenly her health and vitality became paramount and she began looking at more healthy, sustainable ways of living. She discovered yoga and the power it brings to connect the mind, body, breath and spirit. She also discovered healthier ways of eating through the health food movement that was sweeping the island. Sarah would go on many yoga retreats herself to rejuvenate, when it suddenly occurred to her, why was she going away on holiday to be healthy, why couldn’t it be a part of her everyday life? So she took the plunge and quit her job to go volunteer in various yoga retreats across Spain, including this one, in a bid to broaden her understanding of healthy eating, to increase her yoga practise of 9 years by training as a Ashtanga Vinyasa and Yin yoga teacher in India, and to see if she could find a way to make it her lifestyle everyday. She was blessed to discover Azulfit and hasn’t looked back since. You can find her local classes in York and her Mandala artwork on My Mandala 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

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