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 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.
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 few years now. My aim is to make you feel your best, through yoga & meditation and to share what I have learned. A little bit about my background:
I’ve studied yoga at the Saswitha Teacher Training College for Yoga and Philosophy for three years, studying hatha yoga (300 hours). In 2018 I completed a second 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training with Balasz Heller in Vinyasa Yoga (Fityoga). 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. In 2020 I completed my Ayurveda training, my Vinyasa Sequencing and my Pregnancy Yoga training.
I am Yoga Alliance registered as an E-RYT and YACEP. This means that I continually 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. 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
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 and I am registered with Yoga Alliance International. At the moment I am studying Yoga Nidra.
As from 2019 I guide Yoga by the Sea sessions several times a week in Qbajjar Bay near Masalforn and at Satori Centre in Xaghra. 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 hiking around 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 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.