Instructors from richly diverse backgrounds, highly educated and competent in their fields of expertise. All Zuna Yoga® facilitators are graduates of our training programs.
Yoga Alliance® accredited programs. Attentive customer service from your first contact through graduation and beyond. We pride ourselves on reliability and consistency.
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 debut of 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 awarded 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 spent nearly 25 years living abroad.
She has been in love with movement her whole life, from team sports like soccer and softball to martial arts to outdoor sports including snowboarding, mountain biking and running. Her first yoga class - now 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 with Alanna Kaivalya and Kay Kay Clivio 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 join the Zuna Yoga® team. She now travels internationally, facilitating Zuna Yoga® events and connecting with beautiful souls all over the world.
Teachers and scholars who have inspired her include Doug Keller, Rodney Yee, Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati, Georg Feuerstein, David Frawley, Jill Miller, Gil Hedley and Sensei Tim Hoover. Katherine's classes encourage the development of calm, centered strength, and always end with meditation.
"From this hour I ordain myself loos'd of limits and imaginary lines,
Going where I list, my own master total and absolute,
Listening to others, considering well what they say,
Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating,
Gently,but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me.
I inhale great draughts of space,
The east and the west are mine, and the north and the south are mine.
I am larger, better than I thought,
I did not know I held so much goodness." - Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road
"The quieter you become, the more you can hear" - Ram Dass
Anna is originally from the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where she attended Colorado State University, studied journalism and played basketball. After a few years of living in California, where her interest in surfing and golf began, she spent 9 years working as a commercial real estate broker in Manhattan. Living in NYC sparked her love of art, attending openings and enjoying painting as a means of relaxation and expression.
Health and wellness have always been a priority to Anna. Her love of yoga began over 15 years ago, when she began to explore her spirituality and attended her first yoga class. Since then, she has studied many different styles of yoga under the instruction of various teachers, including David Silverberg, an ISHTA certified teacher in New York.
Her ongoing passion with the practice of yoga combined with the desire to travel moved her to seek out a teacher training program abroad. She selected the Zuna Yoga® teacher training, as it encompassed everything she loved about the practice. Her experience and enthusiasm for the program led her to become a member of the Zuna Yoga® team in 2014, where she hopes to inspire people to live a life full of freedom and courage, one they are proud of.
"The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively" - Bob Marley
Anthony Papalia was born and raised in the coal mining town of Collie, in Australia's southwest. After completing his high school education in Perth, he spent the next decade working and traveling. A few years ago, Anthony began regularly attending yoga classes and quickly became hooked. It was obvious to himself and those around him that Yoga had become a significantly positive influence in his life.
The next chapter of Anthony's Yoga journey began when he landed on the idyllic island of Gili Meno in 2014 for the Zuna Yoga® 200 hour yoga teacher training. It was here that he experienced a level of consciousness that he never considered possible. His Yoga practice up to this point had been predominantly focussed on the physical body. It was a great leap for Anthony to discard his scepticism of meditative practices, and he's so very glad that he did.
Upon his return to Australia, Anthony has assisted local yoga classes and workshops, and also a retreat in Bali. He has taught both private and open classes around Perth and in Collie. He particularly enjoys teaching Yoga outdoors, his favourite and most successful being the free summer sunset classes in South Perth which he has run for the last two years.
After attending the 300 hour Zuna Yoga® teacher training in 2016, Anthony's expectionally intelligent and charasmatic approach to yoga was rewarded with an with an invitation to join the Zuna Yoga® team. We're confident you'll find him an invaluable addition to the training staff.
"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.
"The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge." - Bertrand Russell
Michaella has spent much of the last decade enthusiastically pursuing her studies of yoga, applied anatomy, physiology and pathology while gaining practical experience in manual manipulation and healing. After graduating in 2010 from a two year Complementary Therapies HNC program at Perth College in Scotland, Michaella started her first job as a therapist at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews, Scotland. In 2011, she obtained her Diploma in Sports & Remedial Massage, before moving to Canada where she worked as a Sports Massage Therapist, treating skiers in the winter and golfers in the summer. Returning home to Scotland in 2012, she joined the staff at Dundee Chiropractic Clinic while earning a Diploma in Sports Event Massage before moving to New Zealand. In NZ, Michaella worked alongside other Sports Therapists, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Acupuncturists in a well established clinic in Queenstown. She completed Level 1 & 2 certification in Dry Needling in Auckland in 2014 and also received her 200 hour yoga teaching certification with Zuna Yoga® in Bali. In 2015 Michaella qualified as an Advanced Remedial Therapist. Still a dedicated yogi, she progressed onto her 300 hour Zuna Yoga® teacher training in Cambodia in 2016.
Having established her own business in 2013, Michaella is continually building a community of health and wellness in her hometown in Scotland. As a yoga teacher, Michaella incorporates her significant knowledge of anatomy into her hatha vinyasa yoga sessions. Ever thirsty for more knowledge, she is currently studying a five year curriculum of Osteopathy in Switzerland.
An avid runner, Michaella has completed numerous half marathons and is always training for something new. This helps her relate to her patients and their injuries. Michaella treats a wide range of athletes, from beginners to extreme runners, cyclists and tri-athletes, including the world champion All Blacks, Super 15 Australian, South African Rugby Teams and Scotland 7’s.
Michaella is also qualified in SUP Yoga, Reiki, Swedish Massage, Hot Stones Massage and Reflexology.