KATA HOT YOGA STUDIO OWNER &
TEACHER TRAINING LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Owner of Kata Hot Yoga, and Certified Bikram Yoga Teacher since 2007, Govert has built a thriving hot yoga community in Kata Beach since 2009. Prior to that, Govert has lived and worked in Holland, California, Greece and Germany. He was the owner and director of a highly successful contracting business which earned him a lot of money but did not make him happy and ultimately left him with an overworked and stressed body. Govert eventually made a radical change to his life. It took courage to give up everything he once had and was doing. With the help of stillness by living in the forest and hot yoga, he healed his body and created a new way of living. Govert’s personal inner journey was the driving force to travel in Thailand and find his place in Kata Beach. He is a passionate teacher and he teaches and practices nearly every day of the last ten years.
KATA HOT YOGA TT DIRECTOR/STAFF TEACHER
YOGA BUSINESS & CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Certified Bikram Yoga Teacher, Grace began practicing yoga in Boulder, Colorado, while studying Journalism and French at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Because of physical injuries from sports, as well as a degenerative spine condition, Grace found her passion for mind-body connection, healing modalities, and personal development. Since leaving her former career, working for L.A. based entertainment companies, Grace committed to a daily yoga practice and experienced an awakening of her creative and intuitive channels. Along with teaching the original hot yoga at studios around the world, including working directly with her teacher Bikram Choudhury, Grace is a medium and energy healer. Grace believes 26 & 2 is 100% responsible for the joy and health she enjoys today. Kata Hot Yoga is Grace’s favorite studio in the world!
KATA HOT YOGA TT STAFF TEACHER
Certified Bikram Yoga Teacher and yoga competitor, Erik graduated from Bikram Choudhury’s Teacher Training in Fall of 2009 and was named "Best Yogi" out of the 300 trainees. Erik has since worked all over the world, including spending time on staff at Bikram's TT, and he has also competed many times in the World Championship of Yoga Sports, winning multiple awards including: 3rd in the World (2015) European Champion (2015) and Swedish Champion (2014 and 2016) to name a few. Erik is currently based in Sweden, with his wife and daughter, teaching regularly and maintaining his daily yoga practice. Even though Erik's personal yoga practice consists of much more than 26 & 2, he still holds that class with the highest regards and loves teaching that series, practicing it on daily basis, and hosting 26 & 2 beginners workshops worldwide. Erik will be teaching classes and offering in depth explanations and demonstrations of postures at the first Kata Hot Yoga Teacher Training this June.
KaTA HOT YOGA TT GUEST LECTURER
BODY ORIENTED PSYCHOTHERAPY
A renowned psychotherapist in Holland, with a PhD in Psychology, Kes has a practice in Amsterdam and extensive experience in mind-body integration. Kes believes in the healing benefits of the 26 & 2 classes at Kata Hot Yoga and often travels to Kata Beach with her clients to work with Govert for short periods of time. Kes works with clients to bring long time problems and deep rooted issues to the surface in order to look deeper into one’s psyche and take a psychological approach to one’s physical existence. Kes has found that once problems are opened up, or brought to awareness, great insights can be found; instead of suffering, there is clarity and one can better understand who they really are at a soul level. At this year’s Kata Hot Yoga Teacher Training, Kes will be practicing hot yoga with trainees and teaching mind-body integration through her series of lectures. Kes will discuss how practicing hot yoga not only works on a physical body but also opens up deep structures and layers in the emotional body.
KATA HOT YOGA TT STAFF TEACHER
EASTERN SCIENCE & MEDICAL APPROACH OF HATHA YOGA
Certified Bikram Yoga Teacher (Spring 2012) with additional, formal, yoga studies including: Hatha Yoga (2016) Yin Yoga (2018) Vedanta Yoga Philosophy School (2018, 2019) while traveling and teaching yoga around the world for almost a decade. Rupi has also studied: Sikh Shabad Kirtan and prayer recitation with her Sikh teaching guru since 2000, Mantra chanting or Vedic Hindu chants with her guru Manish, in Rishikesh India since 2016, and Sikh mantras (basic and advanced ) and prayers with her mother since a young age. With a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in Race and Ethnic studies from the University of California Riverside, Rupi brings a breadth of knowledge and wisdom to Kata Hot Yoga Teacher Training Team. She enjoys hiking, walking, earthing, poem reading, learning Vedic scriptures, writing, traveling, markets, temple pilgrimages (and chanting there), star gazing, singing bowl sound meditations, floral therapy, meditation, and teaching 26 & 2 class!
KATA HOT YOGA TT STAFF TEACHER
ANATOMY & MEDICAL BENEFITS OF POSTURES
Certified Bikram Yoga Teacher since 2012, Jib
currently resides in Bangkok where she practices and teaches the 26 & 2 class. Jib has travelled extensively and taught at many studios around the world including Phuket, Amsterdam, Nijmegan, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Bologne and Liverpool. With her PhD in Pharmacology, Jib’s educational and professional background in Science and health related subjects has only strengthened her belief in the therapeutic benefits of yoga, especially the original hot yoga series. While obtaining her undergraduate degree from Leiden University in the Netherlands, Jib practiced yoga regularly and continued to maintain a regular yoga practice while working at Kalmar University in Sweden. Her studies then led her back to the Netherlands where she eventually completed her PhD in Molecular Pharmacology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Because of her passion for travel, Jib has completed postdoctoral work in various countries, and is still committed to her yoga practice.