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 practise 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. Which is what we did last summer!
The last nine months we have developed a lot of activities, from daily group classes, to individual yoga, to yoga holidays, hiking and detoxretreats and one-day retreats. To make all of this possible we work with the best professionals on the island.
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.
Right now I teach eight to ten classes a week, which I enjoy immensely. Next to that I teach personal yoga both in Gozo and on Skype. 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 Yin Yoga at Arhanta Yoga and I have recently completed an intensive course in plant-based nutrition at the Nutritarian Educational Institute (NEI). I will share what I learn on the Blog page if you are interested. Or follow me on Facebook to learn more.
In 2019 we will organize several yoga retreats as well, visit our Yoga retreats page to learn more about this.
I am a 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. In Gozo I have been covering for Monique several times as a yoga teacher, which I enjoyed very much.
As from 2019 I guide GetFit sessions two times a week in the Qbajjar Bay near Masalforn. I combine cardio, strength and flexibility in my work-outs. 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 with personal coaching. While hiking we talk about inspiring self-discovery questions for personal development. The aim is to recharge in nature while exploring the island and personal goals.
If you want to know more, please follow me on Facebook. Next to my group session 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.
Antje is a regular co-trainer at Yellow Rock Yoga. Originally from Germany, Antje has lived on the island for more than 15 years and has her own Freediving & Yoga company, http://www.gozofreediving.com. Antje teaches classical hatha yoga and as a freediving instructor she is specialized in breathing techniques. Together with Antje we organize one-day retreats as well.
Our co-trainer Lina is originally from Slovenia but she has been on the Maltese islands for five years now. She started her yoga journey in 2014 with Lyengar yoga and noticed the shift in body and mind on and off the mat. Her passion for yoga led her to do a teacher training in Hatha Yoga in Thailand and Lina is now Yoga Alliance registered and certified. She loves to spread her knowledge and the joy yoga brings, especially on the Gozitan cliffs near the sea. Apart form that she is passionate about sustainable living and she loves to travel.