Teachers at Stockholm Festival 2019-05-22T08:05:03+00:00

Meet Your Yoga Teachers

Meet our lovely team of many brilliant Yoga & meditation teachers, and speakers.

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Mattias is a talented Gong Master and MEM Gong-Yoga teacher at his own company “Feel The Vibes – Gong, Yoga & Meditation”.

Mattias was shown images by Shervin Boloorian on how cells and cancer cells are affected by sound (research from the 80’s by Fabien Maman).
It was stated that some sounds caused cells to light up energetically and some sounds caused cancer cells to dissolve.
This planted a seed, and Mattias, a few years later, took the decision to begin his sound-journey with offering Gong Relaxation.

Mattias has now played Gong for over 4 years and plays regularly in Nynäshamn, in Stockholm and at yoga festivals all around in Sweden.

The sound of the Gong affects the mind so that you can end up in a state between sleep and awakeness, which stills the mind.
The vibrations, which goes deep into the body, helps the body’s self-healing ability to solve tension and stress.
After a Gong Relaxation, you often feel relaxed and can take care of things with new energy!

Contact : Website

Kriti Sachdeva

Kriti is a Yoga teacher from India currently based in Poland. Kriti was born and raised in a Yogic environment – her first Yoga class was at the age of 6! She trained in Indian classical dancing, Kathak, for 10 years and also participated in Sanskrit literary conferences during her early life. However, she renounced Yoga in her teems only to be reunited with it at the age of 25. She is a Yoga Alliance International certified teacher and teaches Yoga philosophy and Integral Hatha Yoga. She has taught at teacher training programs as well.

Kriti has been living a vegan life from the past 8 years and has given talks on the subject at various events. She is also the founder of Yogific and aims to make all Yogis vegan. Kriti is involved in a number of voluntary projects in Poland and India. She will give a talk about Philosophy of Yoga and teach Bollywood dancing at the festival.

Korrina Staunton

Korrina found yoga after getting diagnosed in 2012 with rheumatoid arthritis. She injured both knees, and her physical therapist recommended yoga as rehabilitation. She instantly became hooked and since has explored many forms of yoga including bikram, vinyasa, ashtanga, aerial, yin, acro and kundalini.

She recently traveled to India to receive her 200hr vinyasa yoga teacher certification in late 2018. Even though she’s a newer teacher, she uses knowledge from all the previous teachers and class styles to create a unique vinyasa flow.

Her favorite quote she loves to tell her classes is,
“Yoga isn’t about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down.”



Since as far as I can remember I was interested in everything. World seemed such a fascinating place. So much to do, so much to explore! I have tried so many different things; from knitting to martial arts and all in between.

About 5 years ago I have been introduced to a rising movement culture that caught my attention. Body awareness was at the core of it. That quickly led me towards yoga. My very first Yoga class was a strong Power Yoga routine based on Rocket Yoga philosophy crossed with Ashtanga and a flavor of Pilates. It was exhilarating! I hated it a little as it exposed my weaknesses, but loved it even more!

Since then I’ve tried as many different styles and approaches as I could. Did my RYT 200 hrs teacher training and started looking for my own flow. It is still a work in progress and I don’t think I will ever settle on one style.

So if you have an open mind, want to explore your body’s abilities, challenge yourself, increase body awareness, find your breath – I believe my classes will help you to get there.

Rita Vithlani

Certifierad Yoga lärare
Diplomerad Hudterapeut
Diplomerad Ayurvedisk terapeut
Berätta lite om Dig själv!

Ursprungligen kommer jag från Indien och Mumbai. Flyttade till Sverige och Stockholm pga av kärleken. Bor idag i Saltsjö Boo tillsammans med man och två barn.

Vilken utbildning har Du?

Yogainstruktörs utbildning har jag genomfört i Indien på flera olika ställen:

1. Svami Sivananda Saraswati i Bihar
2. BKS Iyengar i Pune
3. Yoga Vidya Gurukul (Indiskt Yoga Universitet).

Utöver det har jag en universitetsutbildning i Ayurveda som också kan praktiseras inom hudvård.

Har jobbat som Yoga instruktör, Ayurvedisk hälsorådgivare och hudterapeut i totalt 27 år. Kompletterade mina kunskaper från Indien med en utbildning som SPA- och hudvårdstereapeut med en Cidesco examen från Elisabeth skolan.

Besök gärna också www.ritashudvard.se


Mazen Haber

I teach Hatha Yoga in its purest classical form. I think that using classical teaching methods the way Yoga was taught for more than 10,000 years is important to recognise the depth and dimension of what Yoga is. “If Yoga is taught in a proper atmosphere with a certain sense of humility and inclusiveness about the whole process, it is a really fantastic process of shaping your system into a fantastic vessel”*.

I have undergone a 1750 hours intense training at Isha Yoga Center in India. The teacher training includes aspects such as human anatomy and physiology, Yogic physiology and the science of Siddha Medicine as well as yogic principles and lifestyles. I was initiated into yoga in 2008 and have since then undertaken intense practices including hatha, kriya and meditation.

I am certified to teach the following practices: 1. Upa Yoga 2. Angamardana 3. Surya Kriya4. Yogasana 5. Bhuta Shuddhi
in addition to Surya Shakti , Pranayam, Bandhas, Mantra Yoga, Nada Yoga, Bhakti Sadhana and Guided Meditations.

The teaching methodology I use allows you to practice those different yoga technics on your own after the completion of each specific workshop. which is essential to cultivate full awareness and refine the quality of your practices. I also offer a support platform that addresses any uncertainties about the practice taught, this includes regular individual and group correction sessions that look at the quality of your practice.

Contact : Website

Lauren Crowder

I have practiced yoga for over four years including Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga. Having my passion grow each year for yoga I decided to do my YTT in India (Goa) and obtained 300 hours in Ashtanga & Vinyasa Flow. I was then offered a position to teach in India as a Karma Yogi!

Since returning to the UK, I have gone self employed and travel around the Northwest helping to give back to people what I had whilst I was in training.

I allow my students to use the breath through exploration of movement, helping them gain focus and allowing them to believe that they can get into difficult postures when sometimes it seems maybe overwhelming.

I specialise in dynamic and creative ashtanga & Vinyasa flows and my favourite things to do are inversions, your’ll most probably see me upside online!

Shantonu Deva and MAA माँ Team

Maa is a symphony of artists and musicians dedicated to share happiness and the essence of togetherness through Chants, Kiirtan, Sadhana and Songs of Heartfullness.

We have been working with Mantra, Chanting, Kiirtan and Songs of Heartfullness since my childhood, grew up with Bhakti Yoga Traditions in India with a wide range of repertoire.

Since moving to Europe, we find it interesting to share and experience the oneness of Mantra Music and Kiirtan as an Uplifting experience.

We have been conducting Indian Classical music , mantra and chanting workshops and dynamic Bhakti Concerts where everyone can join and Sing along or listen.

Contact : Website


When I was 14 years old I tried yoga for the first time and I hated it. I did not understand the Darth Vader like breathing or the slow movements. 30 min into the class I picked up my mat and left the room. It would take some time and a trip around the world before I would try it again.

5 years later I went to Asia for the first time.

Between the wild raves in the Thai jungle, spirituality slowly started growing on me. Yoga became a more familiar concept but I still had no idea it would become a way of life.

At 21 years of age I fell in love with a small and family run Thai boxing gym called Kobra Muay Thai. Mr Kobra himself invited me in to his family who became a big part of my life for the next 6 years to come. Mr Kob was a humble Buddhist and amazing Muay Thai boxer and he suggested I would make more time for my yoga practise. For the flexibility to kick higher, I thought. For the flexibility and calming of my mind, he meant.

I met Mira, a woman from America who had just finished her first yoga teacher training. Ashtanga yoga turned out to be a very disciplined and physically demanding type of yoga and it fitted my young body and immature mind like a glove. She took me under her wing and enthusiastically wanted to teach me everything she knew. Mira was humble, kind and very giving. She made me a pair of modest yoga pants in cotton that I could move properly in and did not have to correct after every single pose.

I spent several hours a week with Mira in what time she set the foundation for my practise, more then she probably knows. Thank you, Mira!

Yoga eventually took a bigger part of my life and pushed me out of the boxing ring. I started a guesthouse across the road from my Thai-family but when that soon turned into the loudest pre-party hellhole on the strip, I sold my share in the business and dove deeper into yoga. In 2013 I completed my first teacher training in Ashtanga yoga and soon started to teach on a platform on the beach.

I created “bootcamp and yoga”, early morning yoga classes and high intensity interval training in the afternoon. Stretching out the body at sunrise and flipping tyres at sunset. Yin and Yang, I thought.

Soon I would need more Yin. Ashtanga demand an intense amount of discipline and muscles strength and I needed something softer to compliment the rest of my life. I started to explore Hatha Yoga, the foundation of all physical yoga, and another world opened. To build a sequence based on mood and what my body and mind crave feels amazing.

Today I teach modified Ashtanga, Vinyasa Krama and classical Hatha yoga. My own practise consists of a mix of it all and I am currently investigating the surrendering art of Yin yoga. Most of all I try hard to stick to a daily meditative practise. That is really where the magic happens.

Contact : Website

Irini Dougias Andersson

Irini Dougias Andersson is a devoted Dance & Yoga teacher. She is the Founder & Owner of Yogansa, a true space for connection, collaboration and the expressive arts. Irini is dedicated to living her truth through playfulness and channeling her inner child. Her Passion in this life time is creating the space for others to grow though self empowerment. By radiating joy, Irini hopes to inspire others to live their passion by being authentic and Brave.

Contact : Website


Madhava started practising yoga and meditation as a teenager and has been a dedicated yogi since then. Today he is mainly teaching people with mental illness at rehab centers how to heal naturally with yoga, meditation, and plant based food. He is the co-founder of Stockholm’s first Raw vegan cafe: Bliss.

Madhavas yoga classes are easy and anyone with a human body can join, no matter age. He believes that small simple habits are the key for great changes.

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