Joe has devoted the last seven years studying yoga and music, discovering that yoga can help to realize true happiness, inner peace, and strength in day-to-day life. He studied music and Chinese medicine while balancing this with yoga practice to maintain a clear mind and reduce stress. He then traveled to India and Bali to study yoga and has now made Bali his home. Exploring the art and science of yoga has given him enthusiasm for sharing the knowledge and physical practice to benefit all of us.
Puspa has been practicing yoga since 1992. She has over two decades of experience on the mat. A local Balinese from Karangasem, Puspa traveled overseas in 1994 to learn philosophy as well as deepen her yoga and meditation practices. She has taught across South East Asia from Malaysia to Thailand to the Philippines, and of course Indonesia too. In addition to the various classes, Puspa teaches at Serenity Eco Guesthouse and specializes in Prenatal yoga classes.
Dada was searching for spiritual answers since childhood and finally introduced to holistic practices of yoga pose, meditation, and Tantra and Rajadhiraja Yoga in 1993. In 1999, after several years working in the corporate world, Dada’s strong vision for spirituality led him to a major turning point in his life when he decided to leave his job and immerse himself fully in a devoted path of yoga. He went on to pursue training in India as a sannyasin, senior yoga monk.
Based in New York, Janice teaches an energizing, balanced Vinyasa flow with options for all levels. Having started practice at the age of 17, she has studied with a multitude of teachers, experiencing and learning how the physical practice of yoga can translate into practices of mental and emotional happiness or health. As a teacher, her goal is to facilitate the students' mind-body connection through breath and mindful movement, providing space for students to explore the inner-self on a deeper level. Her creative sequencing is designed to empower students.
Elena Smolnikova was born in Russia, Perm City in 1991. She started to go to aerobics at the age of 3. She was a professional rhythmic gymnastics from the age of 8 to 22, then she got the sporting rank to Candidate Master of Sports. Lena loves her job and is now giving stretching lessons for yoga students, CrossFit athletes, swimmers, surfers, dancers, and anyone who wants to improve flexibility and become healthier. She got her yoga teacher diploma (traditional Indian Hatha) in 2017 and then moved to Bali to join the Joga Yoga training team, giving yoga and detailed stretching.
Marylene is a Yoga Alliance RYT-500 yoga teacher who specializes in yoga anatomy, therapeutic applications of yoga, corporate yoga and yoga for depression, stress, and anxiety. Her passion for yoga took a new turn when she helped a friend overcome depression through yoga. Curious about what other benefits a holistic approach to yoga could bring. She devoted her time and energy to study the 8 limbs of yoga. Splitting her life between a successful international corporate career and teaching yoga, she perfectly understood how everyday demands can get in a way of a healthy body.
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)
Todjon’s yoga practice is a mix of the various disciplines stemming from Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Yin, Restorative, and Acro Yoga, as he practicing and studying it under the guidance of many well-respected teachers. He has a background in Sufi or tasawwuf spiritual practice since he was a kid before started his yoga journey in Jakarta 2012. Todjon’s class is often recognized by his students as soulful and spirited one combining asanas, meditation, philosophy and breathing practices. He always loves to share his teachings and passions of yoga through his travels.
from Lebanon, August 2018
"An amazing experience"
I researched yoga trainings for numerous hours before I chose Joga Yoga. I feel very grateful because I truly had a great experience. The training is of great quality, it is well rounded and you can tell the team has put a lot of thought into it. By the end of my training, I was able to teach a one hour vinyasa class and I now feel I have tools to develop my practice further. Each teacher was very knowledgeable in what they were teaching, which is inspiring.
The people I met were all lovely, and all keen to work hard and fully immerse themselves in the journey.
The location where the training is happening is also very special: Serenity is simply a lovely place, harmonious and with a unique soul. It is also great that we were a couple of minutes walk from the ocean, as I could go there every day, as often as I wanted, and enjoy it.
from Thailand, May 2018
The location was great-right next to the beach..amazing vegan food with great variety..as well as plenty of other options in the area...the Shallas were very inviting and cosy to practice in..The training was detailed enough..but not overwhelming overall.
Joelle Von Arx
from Switzerland, March 2018
from California, USA
Joga Yoga has an amazing teaching staff with a very balanced and rounded approach to Yoga practice including its history, Tantric philosophy, methodology and especially practical application. The course left me prepared to step into a Yoga studio and teach fundamental Vinyasa and Hatha sequences right away and feeling confident to have those follow ups with curious students about the realistic benefits and purpose for the practice.
Joe is a really terrific leader with a welcoming, practical approach to yoga instructing, and he was able to recognize the different personal needs and concerns of each student during the course. He made it challenging enough to push us to progress and still comfortable enough to reap the benefits of discipline we were learning.
Puspa gave us the compassionate and well founded instruction on Hatha that was invaluable. And her insights and lessons into the Balinese culture and traditions were such an added bonus to the course. It brought us closer together, and added that sort of worldly experience factor to the whole training.
Dada was the wild card and such a rock solid sort of ‘guru’ for the training. I think above and beyond many other trainings, it was unforgettable to learn from a real, true to life monk whose practice in meditation and yogic philosophy was so genuine. In everything he does, Dada brings that caring smile of understanding, wanting only to convey his knowledge and happiness to everyone he’s around.
Yenny Christine brought incredible insights and tricks for the fundamentals of backbends and shoulder girdle activation that dramatically transformed a lot of our practices. She unexpectedly whipped our booties into better shape with challenging sequences and eye opening practices like Tripsichore yoga.
The stay at Serenity Eco House were very accommodating, and the staff, like most of the Balinese people, were amazingly kind and caring. Their multiple yoga shalas and permaculture facility was super relaxing and zen-like. It had everything you need and was still economic. I was stoked to spend time at the pool or eating at their vegan restaurant. The food was really awesome and provided really good energy everyday for us to keep going at yoga for so many hours at a time. The staff were able to address any of our specific needs promptly whether we needed help with laundry, housekeeping or rides between the dormitories. They were just always happy to be of help. Not to mention, the spa facilities at Serenity were an awesome added bonus! Balinese massage after 3 straight weeks of intensive yoga is a welcome perk!
Being right by the beach in Canggu was also incredible. Amazing places to eat, shop and explore in your down time! Plus we got to see Ubud and the stunning rice paddies. Overall, I’m extremely happy with my experience with the Joga Yoga teacher training considering not the wealth of theory and practice we absorbed but also the gem of a life experience this course was. Great job guys! Thank you sincerely!
from Los Angeles
When I signed up for the Joga Yoga Teacher Training, it was as a roll of the dice. I had just over a month left in Asia before my flight back home, and you don’t find a lot of 200 hour teacher training that are less than three weeks. As a result, my options for training that would be finished before I returned home to the United States were limited. I stumbled upon Joga Yoga as one of those few options and said to myself “what the hell, lets just try it!” That was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
All the teachers involved in the training were kind, fun, patient, and knowledgeable. Each of the teachers imparted knowledge upon me that will stick with me for the rest of my life, as well as a newfound wisdom in my world view. The training comprehensively covered not just the physical asanas of a yoga practice and the methods used in teaching those to others, but also a greater contextual philosophical structure within which to place them.
I finished the training physically exhausted, but mentally and spiritually stronger and refreshed. I can give only the highest recommendation for Joga Yoga.
from New Zealand
The experience I had with Joga Yoga teacher training exceeded my expectations in multiple ways. I went in to the training course not knowing what to expect and questioned whether the yoga skills i had picked up from my own practice would be up to the standard (as it can be quite overwhelming seeing all of the incredible yogis on Instagram). Firstly, Joe is the most down to earth guy and really makes an effort to ensure everyone enjoys the course. He has structured the course well so that the basics are covered early and then your practice grows exponentially over the next few weeks! By the end of the course i felt very comfortable with everything I had learnt. The whole team of teachers he has put together is great. I really enjoyed all the philosophy lectures from Dada, and have taken away a lot from it. I couldn't recommend this course more! Go in with an open mind and you will love it!
The Joga Yoga training was really in-depth and went beyond Vinyasa teacher training. We practiced Hatha, Ashtanga, Tripsichore, Yin, and Restorative with a variety of teachers. This allowed us to experience various styles and approaches and to assess how our own personalities might inform our teaching style. Serenity is a very unique and cool place. I was impressed by their commitment to being environmentally friendly which was really refreshing after visiting many self proclaimed eco friendly hotels that were doing the bare minimum to qualify for that title. The staff at Serenity is super warm and friendly. They will do everything in their power to help you out.
Canggu isn’t my favorite place in Bali because it’s quit crowded and there is a lot of construction but it’s not a bad place to do the training since you’re just a quick walk to the ocean and amazingly tasty restaurants. You’re in the yoga shala most of the time so it doesn’t really matter where you are and you still get the amazing energy that Bali has to offer and the gorgeous Hindu temples everywhere.
Chanting and meditating with Dada every morning before practice was a highlight as were his philosophy classes. He is a legend.
Overall I really enjoyed the training and feel very fortunate to have been able to participate in it and learn from really strong yoga instructors and beautiful people.