Christophe has been studying and practicing yoga since 1994. He originally trained as an Iyengar teacher in the late 1990s, but his practice and teaching have since been influenced by a number of other yoga styles, particularly ashtanga vinyasa and the atma vikasa style of Venkatesh, his main teacher for a number of years.
Pranayama has also been an important part of his practice from early on.
More recently, his quest for a more balanced practice led him to study the teachings of Sakyamuni Buddha, whose teachings on ethics and mindfulness he found to complement and enrich his hatha yoga practice.
Christophe is certified by the Independent Yoga Network as a senior (1000 hours) teacher and teacher trainer and, having taught more than 500o hours, as a “yoga elder”
Ciara Cullen is the co-founder of Sati yoga. She has been practising yoga since 1995 and teaching since 1999. She has completed more than 1000 hours of training in yoga and has taught more than 5000 hours.
Ciara practiced ashtanga vinyasa yoga for over fifteen years, studying with a number of leading international teachers. She was also influenced by the Atma Vikasa style of Acharaya Venkatesh (from Mysore, India).
Since 2005 her practice has evolved into a mindful integration of asana, breath work and meditation. She is inspired in her studies by her teacher, Rossella Baroncini, who was a long term student of Vanda Scaravelli. In turn, as her meditation practice became more embodied, she began to explore secular mindfulness. In 2014 she completed a mindfulness teacher training course with Martin Aylward and Mark Coleman of the Mindfulness Institute (UK and US). Recently Ciara has found her ‘home’ in Secular Dharma, a contemporary approach to early Buddhism with its emphasis on ethics and practice, completing a two year intensive course in 2017 with Stephen Batchelor and Bodhi College.