In  2015 Basunti’s Yoga programme continues to expand. We welcome Helle Lumbye and Wendy Loughlan to Basunti. They join returning teachers – Sandra Sabatini, Michal Havkin, Duncan Hulin, Bridget Woods-Kramer, Kerry Morgan, Gill Mitchell, Su Sareen, Sheila Baker, Bristol Maryott, Monica Voss, Lucy Roberts, Mandy Grant and Diane Donovan.

To find out more about the varied and different programs available, follow the links in the schedule below or email us via the Contact Page (or email us on

Basunti also continues to welcome inquiries from Yoga teachers who would like to hire Basunti for their own groups and yoga retreats.  If you are a teacher wishing to enquire about future availability then please e-mail us.

Yoga Schedule 2015

Date Teacher Style More Info Contact
Spring 2015        
March 12 - 19 Private party with Bristol Maryott Jivamukti Yoga Private party.  
April 4 - 11 Sandra Sabatini & Michal Havkin Scaravelli inspired Yoga
Autumn 2015        
September 23 - 30 Amy Landry Hatha
October 3 - 12 Bridget Woods-Kramer Anusara Yoga
October 15 - 25 Wendy Loughlan Anusara Yoga
November 1 - 11 Helle Lumbye Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative
November 14 - 23 (dates at Basunti + 2 nights in Amritsar + 3 nights in McLeod Ganj) Monica Voss Scaravelli Inspired


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Wendy Loughlan

Wendy LoughlanWendy holds a Sports Science and Environmental Science Degree MSc (hons), is a Yoga Alliance 500hr RYT yoga teacher and ultimate student of life. She has been practicing yoga for 14 years. Wendy is a visionary artisan who weaves Anusara yoga alignment, mythical, dynamic yoga flows, tantric philosophy, mudra, mantra, meditation, pranayama, soul quests, somatic movement and practices which embody consciousness through invoking the great elements of Mother Nature. She awakens shakti, wild hearts, treasured Souls and optimal energy channels of her dedicated students.

Wendy’s teachings convey yoga’s beautiful power with love, intelligence and commitment. She teaches with a deeply respectful knowledge of alignment and therapeutics to truly enhance students’ on their journey towards a stronger, flexible, more confident body; allowing each unique Soul to function according to their own optimal blueprint. Sessions are weaved with philosophical themes inviting you to live through the ears of your heart’ s desire and explore your own potent potential now. Guaranteed is fun, encouragement, serenity and a journey to a beautiful secluded place of transformation within your body, mind, heart and soul.

Helle Lumbye

Helle LumbyeHelle has been teaching yoga in Denmark since 2009 in addition to working with body therapy and massage since 2003. She first encountered yoga on her travels to Nepal in 2002 and from then on yoga became a journey in itself. Helle completed two 200-hour teacher’s training courses in both Vinyasa Yoga and Hatha Yoga in addition to courses in alignment, yoga therapy and restorative yoga. Her training and experience inspire her teachings and she helps students with ‘letting go’, or just being themselves. Alignment is also part of the teachings. The atmosphere in Helle’s classes is light hearted and there is always room for everyone. “Yoga is my way of living life and a great source of inspiration, gratitude, challenge and letting go. I will always live life from the heart, spreading joy and self-love. I want to cultivate the will within us, the will to life, the will to go all the way, even when the light in the darkness can be hard to see. Let us do what we do best again and again, to the very core of ourselves.” Helle Lumbye.

Mandy Grant

Mandy Grant has been teaching yoga for the past 15 years. She founded Juluka Yoga Studio & School, in New Jersey in 2005. She came to yoga after many years of step aerobics, boot camps and various  “gym trends of the day”. “Yoga truly transformed me. Physically and mentally in the beginning & then after a while I felt the subtle spiritual changes.  My weight stabilized, I got more toned and stronger that I had ever been. Yoga calmed me down and continues to keep me grounded. It has given me the tools to navigate the challenges of life. I feel it is my dharma to share the gifts that yoga has to offer. “

Mandy ‘s yoga school is Yoga Alliance recognized, and she has  certified over 50 fabulous yoga teachers over the past 7 years. She teaches workshops in the United States and Africa and loves to host retreats in exotic lands.  She was a travel agent before she became a full time yoga teacher. “I believe that travel and yoga are a natural partnership, as they both transform the inner spiritual self through outward experiences.”

Mandy teaches hatha yoga with Vinyasa flow. She emphasizes the importance of alignment in asanas, so as to deliver the optimum benefits of this ancient system.  She also includes the vital limbs of pranayama and meditation in her teachings.



Lucy Roberts

Lucy RobertsI started both Yoga and travels in Asia at age 21, with a desire to know more of the world, both inner and outer, than seemed possible from where I stood back then, in the suburbs of Brisbane, Australia.

Seventeen years later, these are still my primary interests and the unfolding that is Yoga my greatest passion and curiosity. And now life, in her generosity, let’s me share both with others.

Since 2001 I’ve been running retreats, leading workshops and classes, and working as part of the Yoga Arts team to prepare and present Level 1 & 2 Teacher Training Courses in Bali, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Australia and the Middle East.

My practice, and therefore teaching, seeks to nourish and enliven body, mind and heart in equal measure. For the body – both dynamic and restorative yoga asana in a fluid vinyasa style, and guided movement/dance meditations; for the mind – meditation, pranayama, mantra, and the philosophy that binds them all together; and for the heart – sweet music, kirtan, puja, community, and the aspiration to align my life and will as much as possible to that which feels like wisdom and love.

Gratitude beyond measure to all teachers, guides, and friends-upon-the-way, and to the timeless teachings of all the great wisdom traditions, particularly Hindu and Buddhist. Special mention must include Louisa Sear, Rose Baudin, Clive Sheridan, and beloved South Indian saint Sri Sakthi Amma who is slowly but surely teaching me what Love is.

Monica Voss

Monica VossMonica Voss began her yoga studies in 1978 with Esther Myers, trained to teach with Esther, and has been teaching at the Studio since 1981. She came to yoga with a background in drama and movement and has degrees in English Literature and Education.Monica studied with Vanda Scaravelli from 1986-1998. Moving into the poses using the rhythm of the breath and the support of the ground resonates deeply for her and she continues to draw inspiration from Vanda’s and Esther’s teaching, from the natural world, from complementary modalities, from study, and from interaction and dialogue with students and colleagues. Monica has received additional tutelage from Mary Stewart in London, England, Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten, Edward Espe Brown, and has attended retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh.Monica has taught adults, children, families, special needs students, pre- and post-natal women and students with cancer, in classes and privately.Monica has been training teachers since 1986. In addition to teaching weekly classes in Toronto, she offers workshops, retreats and teacher training in Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Costa Rica. She co-owns and directs Esther Myers Yoga Studio and its 750-hour Teacher Training Programme and 250-hour Graduate Teachers’ Programme with Tama Soble. For more info, see –

Bridget Woods Kramer

Bridget is Anusara’s UK representative and main certified Anusara teacher having studied with John Friend, the founder of the Anusara school of Yoga since 1994. She travels all over Europe giving Anusara immersion workshops, Teacher training’s, and in depth study courses. Anusara Yoga is a uniquely integrated approach to Hatha Yoga in which the art of the human spirit is powerfully blended with the science of bio-mechanics. Anusara means ‘Flowing with grace’ (going with the flow, following your heart).
Nominated for Business women of the year and a leading light in the fitness industry for more than two decades Bridget launched one of the UK’s leading fitness facilities and Health Spas, ‘The Fitness Centre’ as well as world renowned and ground breaking day spa, ‘The Sanctuary’ in Covent Garden.Bridget is known for her dynamic style of teaching with close attention to alignment detail. She is extremely dedicated to the many students of all abilities who attend her classes.
Following the success of her 2010 & 2011 retreats, Bridget will be returning to Basunti to lead an Anusara based 10 days retreat in November 2012.
To read more about Bridget and her many activities around the world please see –

Gill Mitchell

Gill has been teaching yoga internationally for over 15 years.  She qualified with The British Wheel of Yoga, UK and Erich Shiffman, Los Angeles.  Gill has also studied with many yoga masters from a variety of schools of yoga; she is looking forward to sharing her experiences with you.   You will practice of an eclectic mix of moving and static meditations, pranayama, chanting, asanas, kundalini and yin yoga,  gaining the physical, mental and spiritual benefits yoga has to offer, whatever your level.   At the heart of asana practice lies vinyasa yoga flow, the emphasis on alighnment and breath.   Breath empowers the transition between postures and alignment creates a slow yet powerful dance in which our entire bodies become supreme mudras.  Mudras have powerful impact on our positive state of mind and well-being.     Yoga is not about touching your toes, it is about the awareness and attention you pay to yourself whilst practicing.   Gills’ aims on her yoga holidays are to offer you personal expansion from yoga, peace when you want it, enjoyment and fun when you don’t.

Sandra Sabatini

Sandra Sabatini, is one of the foremost teachers of the Scaravelli approach to Yoga. Sandra studied with the legendary Vanda Scaravelli, author of Awakening The Spine, for some 17 years and has been teaching internationally for some 20 years.

It is Vanda Scaravelli’s gift of yoga with its emphasis on breath, gravity and the spine that is at the heart of Sandra’s unique teaching style. Through its simplicity and subtlety it brings students to an inner stillness that enables a deep unwinding of the tensions that so often hold us back, both mentally and physically. Sandra, who is the author of two books, Breath: The Essence Of Yoga and Yoga Through The Seasons, has taught every year at Basunti since it opened in 2005. A recent account of her 2009 visit entitled “Surrounded by Beauty” was published in Yoga & Health magazine.

For more information about Sandra visit her website.

Sarah & Paul Stephen

Sarah and Paul have been practicing Yoga for 16 years and teaching for 5 years they are both British Wheel of Yoga teachers. They have trained and have worked with many inspiring teachers.
They practice the oldest form of yoga “Hatha Yoga”, which includes Panayama and Meditation. They teach together as a team and where Sarah loves the strength in postures Paul enjoys the stretch. Working together enables them to help and adjust students to get the best from their postures.
They will be accompanied my Michelle Jansen an accomplished yoga teacher and fitness instructor in the southeast of England.
They are all working with David Sye, who has a big influence in their teachings, so you can expect to experience some inspiring yoga moves. For more info click here


Su Sareen

‘Scaravelli-inspired’, Su teaches a gentle yet highly effective form of hatha yoga that develops attention, works closely with the breath and utilises gravity. It’s practice leaves you more focused, stronger and more relaxed. The emphasis is on encouraging the body to soften in acceptance rather than forcing it into uncomfortable positions.  We immerse ourselves in the inner experience and use a variety of visualisations to help us in the postures (many from my book). The workshops are appropriate for all levels from beginners to teachers.  Su Sareen has been practicing yoga for over 30 years and teaching for over 20. She is the author of “See how yoga feels” a book of visualisations to help the practice of yoga. She is also a regular columnist for Yoga and Health Magazine and writes for Spectrum – the British Wheel of Yoga magazine.

Sheila Baker

Sheila Baker has been studying and teaching yoga for over 30 years. She is a registered BWY and aYs senior teacher and trained as a Viniyoga teacher with TKV Desikachar in Chennai and UK, and with Paul Harvey in UK. She is currently studying with Peter Hersnack in France and UK.

Sheila is also a designer and has taught design undergraduates at

several universities for many years, with special interest in colour

and symbolism.

Sheila’s retreats are theme-based and use postures, breath, chanting and imagination (bhavana) to deepen and focus in a meditative way.

In addition to regular retreats and classes in the UK, Sheila has facilitated retreats in Mysore, south India, during the last 12 years. In September 2014, Sheila will return to Basunti to run her third 2 weeks residential retreat.

For further information about Sheila and courses and other activities which she currently runs please click here.

Duncan Hulin

Duncan is the founder, director and principle teacher of the Devon School of Yoga. He is a practising Yoga Teacher/Therapist, Shiatsu Practitioner and is qualified in Ayurvedic Foot Pressure (Chavutty Thirumal) massage. Duncan healed himself of asthma using Yoga Therapy and has now been practising and teaching Yoga for the past 30 years. Trained in the early eighties t by the late Dr. B. P. Pillai, former director of the Government recognised Yoga Therapy Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala,  Duncan brings a wealth of experience to his holistic Yoga Teaching and Courses. He has worked with teenage students with learning difficulties and has led practical stress management programmes in schools and major corporations.

For information about Duncan, the Devon School of Yoga, Holidays & Retreats and other activities please see –

Bristol Maryott, M.Durand Schabort, Carrie Cooper

Bristol is a certified Jivamukti and prenatal yoga instructor. Teaching for the last 7 years, she draws strongly on the tenets of Jivamukti as well as her studies of the Anusara, Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga methods. Her practice and teaching are informed by the light and grace of her teachers, Sharon Gannon and David Life.

Michael is an Ashtanga teacher from Cape Town, South Africa. Having studied in Mysore, India and in Cape Town with his teacher Shimon Ben Avi, he aims to combine the rigor of classical Ashtanga with compassion, humour and spirituality.

Carrie was certified by Stefanie Pappas, with whom she appeared in the best-selling book Yoga Postures & Assisting. Carrie then apprenticed with Ashtanga teacher Kim Neitch and completed David Swensen’s teacher training. Carrie has enjoyed studying Ashtanga further with such renowned teachers as Lino Miele, Nancy Gilgoff, Bobbi Rae Misiti, Kino MacGregor and Lou Gaccione. She will offer her expertise in Ashtanga, flow and gentle classes during the retreat.

Their retreat at Basunti will feature a synthesis of Jivamukti, Ashtanga and gentle yoga together with daily meditation and chanting. Jivamukti is a flowing vinyasa style of yoga characterized by creative sequencing, hands-on assists, uplifting music and a strong connection to yoga philosophy. During the Ashtanga practice, both primary and intermediate series will be explored, focusing upon certain poses or alternatively immersing in the flow.