Meet the Team
I am Ruta Conlon, an open-hearted and self-driven teacher.
For more than 20 years, I have been practising yoga. I first discovered yoga asana and breathing techniques in my early twenties. I remember that first day on my yoga mat and the feeling of bliss. I got excited and started exploring different styles of yoga and spiritual practices. There were some ups and downs on this path, a lot of spiritual practices and guidance were offered, but I felt I needed to find my own way.
Finally, I decided to go deeper by studying every aspect of yoga through yoga teacher training with Yogalife International. It was an awakening process. I rediscovered my full potential and passion to study and teach yoga. I already completed 500 hours in yoga teacher trainings: Hatha Yoga asana; Anatomy knowledge; Yogic studies - Sadhana; Pranayama (science of breath), Antastha sensory yoga and yoga Nidra (yogic sleep).
Ruta teaches Pre-Natal Yoga Thursdays 9.45 and Mummy and Baby Yoga on Thursday at 11.00
Caroline Farley (Founder)
An Australian hailing from Melbourne, Caroline first discovered yoga in her early 20s. Yoga was a frequent but not a daily part of Caroline's life until she began to study it more closely to overcome a severe burn-out and spinal injury..Caroline has completed over 500 Hrs in Yoga Alliance approved Teacher Trainings such as Hatha, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa, Kids and Family Yoga as well as an Energy healing practitioner using Reiki, Quantum Touch and more;
However she has moved her focus towards healing and educating adults with burnout and empowering women through Peri-menopause and menopause with yoga, mindfulness and energy healing.
Caroline likes to teach asana such as Hatha flow, Vinyasa and Yin - Restorative classes as well as incorporating Nidra, meditation and pranayama (breath-work) and spirituality into her classes; She follows her student’s rhythm preferring to inspire them to improve upon themselves in every class whilst listening to their body. Her students leave feeling, rejuvenated, lengthened, toned and strengthened as well as more calm.
Her Kids yoga classes are focused on helping children find their inner voice, a sense of calm and ability to self-regulate in a calm, accepting and fun environment.
"My dream is to help others discover the enormous benefits to a regular practice of yoga and our ability to heal ourselves using quantum energy and mindfulness and to pass this ancient but re-emerging wisdom on to the next generation”
Caroline teaches Hatha Flow Monday and Thursday morning at 9.45 and Yin:Restorative classes Wednesday Morning at 9.30 and Thursday evening at 18.45. In addition she gives private sessions in energy healing (reiki, quantum touch and intuitive modalities) as well as private yoga therapy sessions at the centre or at the workplace or clients home. This includes yoga, breath-work and energy healing.
Clara De Winne
For over 3 years now, yoga is an essential part of my daily life. It brings me flexibility and strength both physically and mentally. In 2022 I decided to deepen my practice and got my 200h-certificate in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and a 50h-certificate in Rocket Yoga. "My mission is simple: to help as many people as I can enjoy the wonderful benefits of yoga, and to make it fun and accessible for everyone".
Clara Teaches Ashtanga All Levels Monday evenings at 19.00
Born and raised in Belgium as the youngest son of Vietnamese boat people, Phong looks back with gratitude on an upbringing that consisted of Eastern and Western values. This resulted in his love for looking at life in a holistic/dualistic way.
As a young boy, his fascination for martial arts, brought him into contact with some Chinese martial arts teacher who guided him for over 20 years. Each lesson was given in the forest with focus on body, mind, breath and nature. It soon became clear that the martial art was merely a way to serve a much greater goal: to cultivate self-awareness… mentally, physically and emotionally. By understanding yourself, you can find the way to regulate yourself.
Phong further explored the world of Qigong, Taiji and mindfulness.Since 2018, Phong has been working as an independent mental coach. He guides people to more inner stillness and self-awareness through mindful conversations and/or eastern health exercises.
In addition, he has been part of the Medical Center Ternat team since 2018, where guidance is provided to people who deal with burnout or other mental / physical struggles. Phong has now joined the team at Gaia Dharma Centre, working with Teens and adults in a group or private setting, spreading the knowledge and tools to enable them to heal and regulate their mind and body in a calming and safe environment.
By performing physical exercises in a slow and mindful manner, Phong guides people to a reconnection with their “inner world” and to experience more control over themselves. Beside body awareness, a sense of wellbeing, self-confidence and self-appreciation is being cultivated during the exercises.
Phong gives private mindfulness sessions that incorporate Kung-Fu principles, Tai Chi, Qigong and Breath-Work. He also gives group classes that can be of ages 9 to 120 on a Saturday morning.
Amina Abouelghar gained her YTT Yoga Teacher Training in 2015 at Yogadadarshanam in India in 2015; A Hatha , Vinyasa and Yin Yoga Teacher with 8 Years teaching experience. Amina is a dancer, choreographer, and yoga teacher from Cairo, Egypt. Abouelghar has graduated from the 3-year full program at Cairo Contemporary Dance Center.
She co-founded the dance collective “Nafaq” which is a Cairo-based dance collective. She studied at Yogadarshanam in India in 2015, Africa Yoga Project in Nairobi in 2018, and received a scholarship from Dancing On The Edge in 2020 where she trained with Michael Schumacher, Alleyne Dance, Christina Mertzani. Her work encompasses physical expression, rhythm,and a need to vocalize the power of dance.
Abouelghar’s work has been shown through various festivals such as Off The Walls, To Be Antwerp Festival, Belluard Bollwerk, Nuit Des .Idees, Fass Forward, Bridging Cologne in Germany, and D-CAF in Cairo.
Amina has collaborated and participated with choreographers Amala Dianor, Nicolas Cantillon, Vincent Mantsoe, Mirette Michelle, Karima Mansour, and others
Amina teaches our weekend Hatha and Yin classes and Monday evening Hatha Flow. Amina's dance inspired yoga workshops will be coming soon.
Beatriz de Sampaio Figueiredo
In 2009 I started my career as a Federated Acrobatics Gymnast in Lisbon,Portugal and now am a fully qualified Yoga Teacher, incorporating both of my passions together.
Some Titles :
● 2015 European Champion Mx Pair 12-18 Acrobatics
● 5 Times National Champion
● 2 Times Flanders International Acro Cup Champion
● 4 Times MIAC Champion
Regular Practitioner of Meditation ,Yoga and Pranayama since 2016. Beatriz Finished her Hatha Yoga Teacher training Course in India in the Grukulam System of Yogic Studies which includes the Practice and Philosophy of Yoga,where we can find the traditional methods of Yoga, Teaching Methodology Anatomy,Kriyas, Pranayamas and Traditional Meditation Techniques
"I am passionate about teaching Yoga and Meditation due to the benefits in people’s lives.I challenge my students to reach their own potential both physically and mentally throughtechniques such as breathing and mindfulness."
Beatriz will bring her expertise and joy of Yoga to children in the Kids Yoga programs which are 12-14 weeks courses for ages 5 - 8 and 9 -12 starting in September. Her workshops for adults will be coming up soon.