Teachers & Artists

Here are our first teachers to this years festival.
Stockholm Yoga & Dance festival is proud to present 60 teachers and artists from around the world that come to the festival with their knowledge and warmth.
Welcome to the warmest weekend this fall.

Esta Polyesta

DJ Polyesta creates a party with Global Beats and Ethno House. Polyesta is well known for her World Music and Balkan Beats sets, but because of her love for electronic music, she truly enjoys merging beats with ethnic music into a funky feel-good mix. She blends music from Africa, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Europe like there are no borders, connecting cultures and people in dance. Polyesta’s style is flowing and feminine, uplifting and fun. “Dance is a celebration.”

Magnus Fridh

Magnus started meditating in his teens and through studies in Tibetan Buddhism and university studies in indology, has deepened the subject. He teaches groups in ashtanga yoga, mindfulness and meditation and is also one of the founders of the Mindfulness App.

Josefin Wikström

Josefin has practiced and studied yoga for the past 24 years.She has many years of experience working with children and adults who have undergone trauma both in India and in Sweden. The classes are designed from this practical work and her own experiences that yoga and dance are incredibly simple, effective and joyful methods that can be used by everyone.

Jethro Rahajaan

Jethro has a great passion for dance. He started breakdancing at age 13 and learned many other dance and movement styles along the way, like popping, locking, contemporary dance, classical ballet, acrobatics, capoeira and contact improvisation.
Nowadays he teaches his fusion style called Contemporary Breaking in Amsterdam and he can be seen on stages either solo or in theater shows.

Isa Khalwati

Creator of LET GO and life long music mix maker. Passionate about supporting people to step out of the personality and find the courage to be real. Isa holds a degree in psychology from the University of Stockholm as well as a degree from Swedish Acadamy for Psychoterapist Education (SAPU). Part of creating Baravara and Urban OM. 

Ingemar Sköld

Ju-jutsu champion Ingemar Sköld is one of Sweden's foremost athletes. For many years he has worked as a senior physician at the Maria Dependence Center in Stockholm. He introduced mindfulness as a way to prevent relapse in Sweden and, as a doctor, has participated in several television productions.
Ingemar has extensive experience of meditation as a tool in healthcare, in the treatment of stress, depression, drug abuse, adhd and anxiety.

Patrik Hadenius

Patrik Hadenius is a linguist, publisher and a frequently engaged lecturer and moderator. He was the editor-in-chief of Forskning & Framsteg (Research and Progress), Sweden's foremost popular science magazine until the spring of 2018, and for Språktidningen (Language Journal), which he founded in 2007.
Recently released the book Paus - konsten att göra något annat (Pause - Art of doing something else).

Anne Grundel

Dance inspirator since 1992 – pioneer in Sweden.
In 1993 she founded the Creative Dance Academy and developed the Freeing Dance in combination with mindfulness / awareness of presence. As a leader she is especially appreciated for creating a safe atmosphere, which inspires a conscious presence and allows the participants to find their own path to development and healing through the dance.

Veronica ‘Vevve’ Jäderlund​

Veronica 'Vevve' Jäderlund's classes are often described as strong, playful and invite to introspection whether there are faster flows or calmer classes she's holding. In finding her own flow, she says: "We find yoga for different reasons, and need different aspects of the practice in our own journey. Let go of thinking that there is a right way, and yoga in your way instead."

Mateusz Krawiec

Today Mateusz is teaching Kundalini, Hatha and Vinyasa and Yin in different studios around Stockholm and arranging yoga festivals abroad. Mateuesz is also inspired by contact improvisation, dance and movement culture.

Angelica Nanda Schäfer

Angelica Nanda Schäfer is the creator of the Freemove Yoga concept. She has been teaching on full time basis for the last 15 years and she runs her own yoga studio in Sweden. With passion for movement and fascination over different ways to still the mind she likes to explore the language between body and mind and she invites you to be creative and playful on the floor. ”It s all about finding the freedom within”.

Eva Seilitz

Eva Seilitz holds a Masters in religion and inter faith studies degree in Religion and Life Sciences, and is a certified Hatha yoga teacher. She has previously worked as a public health coordinator for the municipality of Norrtälje, and for eight years she laid the foundations for the National Defense Agency's national yoga concept.

Pavel Cassius

Pavel practiced kung fu in his teens but started dancing after high school. He dropped out from a professional dance education program because of an injury and subsequently graduated as a physiotherapist in 2006. About the same time he also took his first yoga teacher training course for Ulrica Norberg.
Since 2013 he has also taught his own group-training concept FloMo®.

Hanna Backman

Hanna found yoga almost 20 years ago and her road has been long and winding. She has studied for several different teachers and practiced in many different countries. She has fallen out, questioned and come back and is today burning to carry the yoga tradition further in a way that is relevant to people today.

Daniela Schütt

Daniela Schütt came to yoga almost 20 years ago with a keen interest in understanding the functions of the Eastern techniques through modern research, especially in the body's stress and recovery systems.
Daniela has over the years been diving deeply into many yoga styles such as Ashtanga yoga, kundalini yoga, Hatha and yin and would like to spread the yoga from the perspective of being curious bodynauts.

Eva Smoczynska

Eva Smoczynska is a yoga teacher and social worker. She teaches Vinyasa Flow and Inside Flow (yoga practiced to the beat of music). Her classes are known for being strong, with creative transitions and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Susanne Nilsson

Susanne tried her first 5 Rhythms class in 2003 and fell in love with this practice and has since then had 5 rhythms as her meditation, life-tool box and her joy.
She has traveled and met dancing friends around the world and is now working as a 5 Rhythm teacher in Stockholm.

Mattias Sundman

It began with Mattias being shown images of Shervin Boloorian on how cells and cancer cells are affected by sounds (research from the 80's by Fabien Maman). It was alleged that some sounds caused cells to light up energy-efficiently and some sounds caused cancer cells to dissolve. This sowed the seed for Mattias who, a few years later took the decision to start playing Gong.

Livia Wanntorp

”Feeling in the asanas through mindful movement” is my philosophy!
I have a 500- hours licence (RYT-500) in Virya Yoga including several specialties such as Virya Rehab Yoga, Virya Vinyasa, as well as Virya Strength and Mobility.

Tony Puustinen

Tony Puustinen is a former inmate who today is a trained yoga teacher inspired by embodied flow; Anusara, the basis being from the classic Hatha yoga and being a Reiki healer. He is currently educating himself to be a relationship coach.

Carin Carbonnier

Carin met Thai Yoga Massage for the first time in 2012, when she dived deeper into the studies of this technique it started out as a compliment to AcroYoga and giving adjustment in yoga classes. Though she quickly got hooked, this soft massage form fascinated her, both giving and receiving, it started a healing journey of an unhealthy body image and continuously gives her a deeper understanding of how different bodies move, where stagnation can occur and how to give more space for energy to flow.

Samir Sabri

Samir Sabri is a highly appreciated and experienced lecturer and yoga teacher who through his strong history raises many emotions. In order to make people able and willing to turn their lives, cooperation, willingness and understanding between the individual and other actors are required.

Mauri Malfert

Mauri found yoga 18 years ago having had a great passion for movement and activity throughout his life. Constantly exploring and searching, he eventually also found SOMA MOVE and Animal Flow; two types of exercise where you only use your body as resistance.

jOjo Norell

jOjo is a yoga and meditation instructor and has for many years had meditation, yoga and running as a big part of his life. He founded Running Yoga in 2009, which is an exercise form that combines meditation, running and yoga. It's not about how fast you move your body. It's about how slow you move your mind. jOjo´s love of music is given space through his role as a Dj as in the Freemove class.