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A little bit about us. We are Monique van Bemmelen and Nop Koch and we moved to the island of Gozo, Malta in 2018 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 two years we have organized 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.

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About Monique

I am a yoga teacher from the Netherlands. I’ve studied  yoga at the Saswitha Teacher Training College for Yoga and Philosophy for three years, studying hatha yoga. I have been teaching yoga several times a week since 2017, both in the Netherlands and in Gozo, whenever I was on the island. In 2018 I completed a second 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training with Balasz Heller in Vinyasa Yoga (Fityoga). Fityoga is a fusion of hatha yoga and vinyasa yoga and it combines strength, flexibility and cardio, together with meditation. In spring 2019 I got certified to teach Yin Yoga at Arhanta Yoga. Yin yoga is the perfect practice to calm down the nervous system and to recharge your body and mind. In October 2019 I became a certified Meditation, Yoga Nidra and Slow Flow teacher by the New Yogaschool of Amsterdam. Those courses are part of my Advanced Yoga Studies.

I am Yoga Alliance registered and a member of the VYN, the Dutch Yoga Association. This means that I continually educate myself further and I comply with the highest quality standards in yoga education.

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. I love to meet new people and learn new things, so I keep studying to learn more about yoga and about a healthy lifestyle. At this moment I study prenatal and post-natal yoga at Bliss Baby and I have recently completed an intensive course in plant-based nutrition at the Nutritarian Educational Institute (NEI) and Ayurveda at Arhanta Yoga. I will share what I learn on the News & Blog page if you are interested. Ayurvedic or nutritarian advice and life coaching is available for clients with a yoga card. Follow me on Facebook to learn more!

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About Nop

I am a yoga teacher and physical education teacher from the Netherlands. I have studied at the Teacher Training College for Physical Education for 4 years, after which I worked with great enthusiasm as a PE teacher and manager for Sports Education for many years. I guided recreational GetFit session for grown-ups and worked as a speed skating trainer for many years. As from 2015 I am a regular and enthusiastic yoga practitioner. Savasana is my favorite pose! I have been teaching yoga since 2018, and mixing fitness with yoga and pilates is my favorite yoga style. In 2019 I got certified as a Yin Yoga teacher at Arhanta Yoga in the Netherlands.

As from 2019 I guide Yin Yoga, Fityoga and GetFit sessions several times a week in Qbajjar Bay near Masalforn. I combine cardio, strength and flexibility in my work-outs and in my Fityoga 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 hiking around the most beautiful places on the island.

If you want to know more, please follow me on Facebook. Next to my group 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 retreats.

Talking about retreats, in our retreats you will also meet some of our yoga friends, like Antje and Lina. To learn more about both teachers, click here.