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Yoga teacher, retreat leader, owner and co-founder of ONEWORLD retreats Iyan Yaspriyana lives his life with passion. He has no doubts that he will reach his dreams and is using many tools and techniques to make them come true.
Iyan was trained and certified as yoga teacher in 2001 by Louisa Sear, owner of the Australian Yoga Arts School. Originally biology teacher in Jakarta, Iyan moved to Bali in late 90’s and founded an Indonesia Language Teaching program for the expat community. But yoga and leading retreats soon became his full time life. He is now one of the most well-known yoga teachers and retreat leaders in Southeast Asia.
On his spiritual journey, Iyan early on discovered his ability to give massage therapy – a unique combination of Reiki and Ayurvedic massage – which became the next step on this path to becoming a retreat and workshop leader.
Iyan’s method of teaching yoga reflects his view of life: one moment at a time and continually evolving. He is very happy to share from his vast knowledge and life experience.
Creating and offering happiness is Claude’s life mission. He and co-founder Iyan aim to show another image of life, one without pressure.
Claude himself went through a process, leaving the day-to-day secured life to embark on a one-year spiritual journey in 1992 which led him to live a life on the road less travelled for almost 8 years. The conclusion was the realization of a dream to share his experiences with others by setting up a retreat centre where people get the opportunity to re-evaluate their lives and re-discover their true selves and values; without pressures and in an unpretentious yet comfortable and enjoyable way.
"Bali has great therapeutic power to calm and heal with its magical nature, colours and people. For as long as you manage to blend in this diversity you would find inner peace."
The region of Ubud is very special on this small island; the depth of the Balinese culture began around Ubud while the deepest roots are in Java. It is this immersion of a different way of life that Claude wants to share through ONEWORLD retreats.