A little bit about us. We are Monique van Bemmelen and Nop Koch and we moved to the island of Gozo, Malta several years ago from the Netherlands. Monique has been a regular guest on the island of Gozo since 1993, when she first came here on a diving course. She immediately fell in love with the people, nature, the sea, the sun and the tranquility. The same thing happened to Nop when he first set foot on the island in 2011. What better place to unwind and practice yoga? So we kept coming back to Gozo, sometimes up to 8 times a year, until we felt it was time to move to Gozo and make it our home.
The past four years we have organised lots of activities, from daily group classes, to individual yoga, yoga holidays and one-day retreats. To make all of this possible we work with the best professionals on the island.
Nice to meet you! My name is Monique and with lots of love I have been teaching outdoor yoga, meditation and private classes here in Gozo for a several years now. My aim is to make you feel your best, through yoga & meditation and by sharing what I have learned. That is why I also offer Yin Yoga, Meditation and Hatha Flow teacher training to teachers and advanced practitioners.
I tend to focus on the energetic benefits of our yoga practice. I studied Chakra Yoga, Yin Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation and I love to mix elements of all styles together. I am certified for all of the above yoga styles, as well as for Pregnancy Yoga, Adaptive Yoga, Slow Flow, Yoga Nidra Restorative Yoga, Ayurveda and Nutritarian Studies.
I studied at Saswitha Teacher Training for Yoga & Philosophy in the Netherlands, Balasz Heller in Malta, Arhanta Yoga Ashrams in the Netherlands , My Vinyasa Practice in Austin Texas, The New Yoga School of Amsterdam and at Joel Fuhrman in the USA. At the moment I study Yoga Therapy at the Yoga Therapy Institute of Amsterdam.
I am Yoga Alliance registered as an E-RYT 200, RYT 500 and YACEP. This means that I continuously educate myself further and I comply with the highest quality standards in yoga education. Also, as a YACEP I offer Continuous Education to other teachers and more advanced yogis.
Right now I teach several group classes and private classes every day, which I enjoy immensely. Next to that I take people from all over the world out into nature on my yoga safaris. And I teach my Yoga Teacher Training program four times a year. I love to meet new people and learn new things, so I keep studying to learn more about yoga and about a healthy lifestyle. Every once in a while I share what I learn on my blog and on Instagram and Facebook
In my free time I love to go on long hikes. That is why I am really happy to include hiking in all our retreats. Find about more about our retreats here.
Namaste! I am a yoga teacher with a background in physical education. I have studied Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga at Arhanta Yoga Ashram in the Netherlands. I am registered with Yoga Alliance International as E-RYT 200 and YACEP, which means that I also teach in our teacher trainings. At the moment I am studying Yoga Nidra and I recently enrolled in a 300-hour teacher training at My Vinyasa Practice in Texas. Vinyasa Flow is my thing and I invite anyone to come to my Flow classes if you are on the island.
As from 2019 I guide Hatha Flow and Vinyasa Flow Yoga by the Sea sessions several times a week in Qbajjar Bay near Masalforn. I combine cardio, strength and flexibility in my work-outs and in my yoga sessions. I love to teach outdoors, because being in contact with the elements adds a lot of extra energy to every work-out I guide. Next to that I offer guided tours in which I combine yoga and hiking in the most beautiful places on the island.
Next to my yoga sessions I work as a personal trainer and I am the retreat manager for Yellow Rock Yoga Retreats. Should you want to know more about our retreats, please visit Yoga, hiking and meditation retreats