Instructors from richly diverse backgrounds, highly educated and competent in their fields of expertise. All Zuna Yoga® facilitators are graduates of our training programs.
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Our teachers have decades of experience in practice, teaching, training, business and yoga studio management. Our mission is to empower you by sharing our knowledge fully, without reserve.
If we haven't the strength to impose our own terms upon life, then we must accept what it offers us. − T.S. Elliot
Everett Newell has been involved in the energetic arts since 1978. His practice of these arts began with Hapkido, a Korean martial art that led him to one of his most revered teachers Grand Master Bong Soo Han with whom he studied and had a close relationship with for more than 20 years. Everett taught at the International Hapkido Federation® Headquarters in Santa Monica, CA for over 10 Years.
His exploration of Yoga began in 1992 and has been a journey through many traditions such as Tantra, Hatha, Anusara Yoga®, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Taoism and more. Everett's journey has also been influenced by the mastery of many teachers such as Swami Rama, Panditji Rajmani Tigunait, Gary Krafstow, Yogi Bhajan, Dr. Glen Morris, Rod Stryker and the many gifted masters of the Bihar School of Yoga.
A life long fascination by the relationship of fear and the obstacles to success has led to an intensive study through a variety of modalities, including martial arts, yoga and success seminars with Fortune 500 CEO's, former US presidents, and sports and entertainment personalities. His realization: "Many philosophical systems teach us how to embody the traits of success, where as spiritual systems focus primarily on the achievement of fulfillment. Success does not necessarily lead to fulfillment, but in order to experience fulfillment in this worldly plane we must experience success......We are not just here to transcend suffering nor to enjoy the fruits of our labor; we must also fearlessly add to the tapestry of humanity."
Everett was cofounder of Divine Motion Yoga® Los Angeles (2001 − 2009) which was three times voted "Best Los Angeles Yoga Studio" via an audience poll on City Search.com. A second location was opened in Mt. Shasta, Ca in 2006. In 2010 he moved to New York City's Upper Westside where he taught at the one of the City's premier yoga studios, Pure Yoga® and NYLovesYoga. Everett is currently devoting his efforts to the sharing his own synthesis of yoga known as Zuna Yoga®, which he shares through workshops, trainings and retreats internationally.
I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart. − Vincent van Gogh
Originally from the UK, Katherine Girling was awarded the prestigious Chancellor's Scholarship and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Environmental Science and French and a BSc in Chemical Engineering. She was received academic scholarships for study abroad in France and China. She completed a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Northwestern Switzerland, with graduate work in Hanoi, Vietnam funded by UNIDO. Katherine has over 20 years experience in engineering, sales, marketing and training. She has traveled extensively, is fluent in French, German and English, has studied Chinese and Spanish, and has spent nearly 25 years living abroad.
She has been in love with movement her whole life, engaging passionately in team sports, outdoor sports and martial arts. Her first yoga class − now over 20 years ago − was in a gym, and was a purely physical introduction to the practice. While working as a radio DJ in Switzerland, she interviewed visiting teacher Doug Keller, who inspired her to pursue yoga on a deeper level. After a solo yoga expedition to Costa Rica, she was hooked, and wanted to learn more about this empowering practice.
She completed her first 200 hour Teacher Training at Pure Yoga® NYC in 2010. The same year, she was introduced to the Tantric Hatha style of Zuna Yoga® and was inspired by its depth. She left her job as a sales executive in the corporate world in 2013 to help expand the Zuna Yoga® program. She is now based full-time in Ubud Bali, where she has guided over 1,000 students on their yoga teacher training journey.
Katherine has completed additional training in Yoga Nidra, Integral Anatomy, Yoga Tune Up®, Anatomy Trains®, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage and Vipassana meditation. Teachers and scholars who have inspired her include Doug Keller, Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati, Georg Feuerstein, Jill Miller, Gil Hedley and Sensei Tim Hoover.
Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.
− Thich Nhat Hanh
Fran grew up in Germany, where she enjoyed a classical education, studying piano, flute and ballet. After her "Abitur" (German high school degree), she traveled to Italy to work and be immersed in the language and culture. Returning to Germany to pursue a teaching degree, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kassel and started teaching in primary school in 2008.
Indonesia was calling Fran in 2013. She became captivated by the magic of yoga after taking a Zuna Yoga class with Katherine on Gili Air. She returned home and began to casually teach yoga and meditation to her school kids, realizing the great impact a holistic Yoga practice can have on the individual body and spirit.
Fran left her job and her home country in 2015 with the goal of really finding what she loved, traveling and getting deeper into the practice of yoga. It was clear for her that she wanted to start her abroad experience with a 200 hour teacher training in Bali. Becoming a Zuna Yoga® teacher was a life changing experience. After traveling extensively through Australasia, Fran finally decided to move to Bali and to enjoy a simple lifestyle, dedicated to a holistic Yoga practice and connecting with like minded people.
Fran now lives in Ubud where she teaches Yoga, writes for online blogs, and assists Zuna Yoga events. She is thrilled to be part of a program that encourages students to discover their true self, to recognize the voice of their intuition, to live without the clutter of doubts or fears.