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Experts in their Fields

Sharing their Knowledge with our Students

We often invite guest lecturers and experts in the fields to share their knowledge about Yoga Teacher Training and various other topics like anatomy and diet with our students.

Louisa Sear


A World Renowned Yoga Teacher Shares her Wealth of Knowledge

Shades of Yoga | Yoga Teacher Training School - Guest Lecturer - Louisa Sear

Louisa has dedicated her life to the practice and teaching of Yoga. She has studied many Yoga styles and has undertaken long periods of meditation with many different Yoga Masters. Louisa is the owner and Director of Yoga Arts based in Australia, and regularly joins Shades of Yoga Teacher Trainings to share some of her wealth of knowledge with our pupils.

Her slow flow vinyasa classes are world famous as is her ability to lecture on the fundamental principles of yogic philosophy.


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Simon Borg-Olivier


A Passionate and Regular Contributor to Our Courses

Shades of Yoga | Yoga Teacher Training School - Guest Lecturer - Simon Borg-Olivier

Simon has a MSc (Physiotherapy) and is a Co-Director of Yoga Synergy, one of Australias oldest and most respected yoga schools. Simon’s style is based on a deep understanding of yoga anatomy, yoga physiology and traditional Hatha Yoga.

Simon has been teaching since 1982. Simon is a registered physiotherapist, a research scientist and a university lecturer. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and is a regular contributor to Shades of Yoga courses.

Jolie Manza


A blend of creative sequencing, core strength and body awareness
Jolie Manza is an International yoga teacher, dancer, and personal trainer with a passion for world travel. Growing up in Boulder, CO she had access to an incredible community who inspired her from a young age to follow her passion for movement arts. This culminated in a BFA in dance and movement studies from The University of Colorado. Spending 8 years in NYC as a contemporary/modern dancer, and performer allowed her to study with a myriad of outstanding yoga teachers, deepening her studies in many different traditions of yoga including: Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Yin and The Yoga Works Method all cementing her love for the practice. She ventured to Bali to receive her initial yoga certification under Yoga Works and fell in love with the rich culture and spirituality of the island, returning yearly, soon to call it home.
Shades of Yoga | Yoga Teacher Training School - Guest Lecturer - Jolie Manza
Teaching yoga quickly took over everything and she began to share her passion for it anywhere she landed. During her time in South East Asia she became certified in Thai massage and began the journey into surfing. She is the co-founder of Surfin2yoga Retreats as well as running Yoga Teacher Trainings and Continuing Education Programs in all the places that she loves the most.
Her yoga classes blend her love of creative sequencing, with her continued studies in anatomy, safe alignment, and yoga as a modality to heal. There is a major focus on core strength and body awareness as well as dipping into the more subtle aspects of the practice.

Ian Weinberg


A Pioneer in the Application of Psychoneuro-Immunology

Shades of Yoga | Yoga Teacher Training School - Guest Lecturer - Dr Sujatha Kekada

Ian Weinberg is a practising neurosurgeon and a pioneer in the application of psychoneuro-immunology, PNI – the scientific study of the influences of mind states on immune function.

Passionate about human consciousness and its enhancement, Ian developed a comprehensive coaching programme in 1992 which has evolved to the present time. 

Based on the integration of the neurosciences with PNI, the programme is designed to enhance wellness, performance and leadership in the personal, clinical and corporate environments.

A further unique component is the online diagnostic (psychometric) which provides an accurate quantification of the user.

Ian continues to practise neurosurgery in his private practice as well as providing personal neuro-coaching (neuromodulation) in the clinical and corporate environments.

Additionally, Ian facilitates corporate-based workshops as well as workshops for the training of coaches seeking accreditation in the use of the programme. Ian has also facilitated Retreats at the Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo, South Africa, for the past ten years.

2019 is the year that Ian will be bringing his wealth of 30 plus years of research and knowledge to Bali Indonesia where he will be running short retreats incorporating the healing wonders that yoga and mediation has to offer .

Dr Sujatha Kekada


Sharing her Expertise on Ayurveda with our students

Shades of Yoga | Yoga Teacher Training School - Guest Lecturer - Dr Sujatha Kekada

Dr Kekada is a certified Ayurvedic doctor (B.A.M.S), who completed her degree in Karnataka, India, she has worked as Ayurvedic Doctor in one of the most respected and successful clinics in Kerala, South India.

She has also practiced as a consultant in Europe and at one of the top health retreats in Asia. Dr. Kekada’s knowledge of Ayurveda combined with her warm and caring attitude has facilitated deep healing for many people.

Dr Kekada is a guest teacher that lectures on Shades of Yoga’s “Yoga of Food” module.

As a mother of two, Dr. Kekada is also able to offer sound advice for pre-and post natal care, including appropriate medicines and treatments. 

 She uses her knowledge and practical expertise on Ayurveda to help our students gain a deeper understanding on this ancient Indian tradition that goes hand in hand with yoga asana.

I believe I made a right choice to attend this course because the instructors precisely taught me each item with clear objectives. The training location where many yoggies gather was great and made me excited.The experience I gained through this training will positively influence on my future Yoga life.

Chinami Sasaki
RYT200 Graduate

This was my first YTT and the beginning of a beautiful journey. Thanks to all the teachers & my fellow colleagues. Bali was the perfect spot to start the spiritual journey.

Irene Barbitta
RYT200 Graduate

Our instructors were incredible. They were professional, knowledgable and supportive. I recommend Shades of Yoga 300RYT to anyone who is looking to progress to the next level with their teaching and personal practice!

Carolyn Wiens
RYT300 Graduate

Justin Robertshaw


Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant & Yoga Teacher

Shades of Yoga | Yoga Teacher Training School - Guest Lecturer - Justin Robertshaw

Justin is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant/ Coach and Mentor, Yoga Teacher and Permaculture practitioner. He began practicing and studying yoga in a self practice format in 2004 and has been teaching since 2009.

He runs Yoga and Ayurveda retreats and also Ayurveda workshops, talks and 1-on-1 consultations and mentoring Internationally.

As a qualified Ayurvedic Lifestyle consultant he has continued his practical studies interning with the Indian doctors at a highly respected Ayurveda Pancha Karma centre.

His Yoga practice led him to being drawn to share his knowledge with others and in 2010 he completed a 2 year Yoga Alliance 500 hour RYT training and has since completed Matthew Sweeneys’ 300 hour Vinyasa Krama Level 2 Teacher Training.

Justin’s spent significant periods of study and training with highly respected teachers including; John Scott, Philippa Asher, Gingi Lee, Prem and Radha Carlisi and David Swenson.

For the past 3 years his main teacher has been Matthew Sweeney whilst incorporating the Advaita Vedanta pointings of Sri Mooji.

After completing a Permaculture Design Course in 2015 he spent 6 months interning at the Kul Kul Permacultue farm/training centre at Green School, Bali. Some other projects since include developing a garden at an Ayurveda Pancha Karma Centre in Bali, Managing the landcare at Mooji Sangha Bhavan ashram in Portugal, teaching Permaculture to local schools in South Goa, India and with a local Permaculture charity in Kashmir.

Justin’s practice and teaching embrace Ayurveda, Ashtanga yoga and other asana based practices, Meditation, Pranayama, applied work on consciousness and techniques in transformational life coaching. 

His wish is to empower and inspire people to lead and maintain a truly holistic life.