Teachers & Artists

Stockholm Yoga & Dance festival is proud to present 50 teachers and artists from around the world that come to the festival with their knowledge and warmth.
Welcome to the warmest weekend this fall.

Stewart Gilchrist

Stewart Gilchrist is known throughout London for his popular, innovative, authentic dynamic classes. He infuses his high energy and challenging teachings with yogic knowledge, as well as his unique charisma, politics and humour. His classes include an emphasis on breath, vinyasa and philosophy with strong physical adjustments. Stewart applies the original teachings of yoga to the modern world to create a thought-provoking class.

Jo Hardy

Jo Hardy has explored and taught conscious dance and embodied movement for over 22 years. She teaches workshops in many places, with a focus on regular programs in China. She is a faculty teacher and mentor with The School of Movement Medicine, a 5Rhythms teacher (Waves and Heartbeat Level) and an Open Floor Teacher. 
She is passionate about dancing deeply, embodied inquiry and exploring what truly facilitates transformation.

Amir Jaan

Practicing for almost two decades, Amir was classically trained in the Spiritual Art of Kundalini Yoga under the close observations of a host of world renowned and internationally revered Guru mentors. Having conducted in excess of 30,000 public and private classes in London and across the world, Amir brings a reassuring calmness into any learning environment, be it group or one to one.

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.

Davide Swarup

An Italian by birth, a traveler and a world citizen. His unique approach to combine meditation and improvisation, together with the beauty of the HandPan, creates unique compositions in the present moment that will be "heard" straight in your heart.

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.

Peter Appel

Peter Appel is trained in Satyananda yoga, Kundalini yoga and Yin & Yang yoga. Has also attended Donna Farhi's Advanced Yoga teacher training and is Dancing Freedom facilitator.
In recent years he has created Movingness based on natural moments, but since he has a background in yoga, dance, Feldenkreis and other healing methods, the program is much softer, much friendlier, and, yes, meditative in nature.

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”.

Jonas Klingberg

Jonas Klingberg: is a trained Open Floor movement teacher, He is also an accredited 5Rhythms® teacher by Gabrielle Roth since 2005, with a M.A. in social & education science, certified massage therapist and studies in dance therapy.

Fia Gavner Agoo

Fia has given and gives open and private Jivamukti classes in her own studio Shala Agoo and Altromondo, Pranama, Nytorgsfesten, Non-Violence Run and Animal Rights. She has also worked with yoga for several years as market manager at lululemon in Scandinavia. She gives classes around the world when she travels with her husband to create photo art together with thousands of children for the art charity project ABC Charity.

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.

Helena Wintre

With a background in basketball , martial arts and many years as a group fitness instructor at the fitness center chain SATS it’s yoga that has taken a stable place in her life. Helena teaches classes, workshops and retreats . The teachers Helena furthers her training with is mainly Sianna Sherman, Doug Keller and Neesha Zollinger. She studies philosophy and practices meditation with Paul Muller Ortega as her teacher.

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.

Lisa Josefsson

Lisa Josefsson, dance teacher and performer, believes that dancing is that moment when there is nothing else but your body, the rhythm and the dancers around you.
Dancing in its original form is an expression of an emotion rather than something created for the stage. Lisa works with different dance forms such as traditional African dances, Blues and Swing, where dancing is a shortcut to feeling free.

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.

Monika Vasic

Monika Vasic runs the yoga studio MoYoLo in Enköping. With the body we take the impressions and make the expressions. This can be done through movement in dance and yoga or through sound.
Monika inspires with her energy and empathy.

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.

Caroline Fladvad

Caroline has ten years of practising oriental dance from Egypt and Turkey and is also trained in Global Yoga, Embodied flow, Body Mind Centering, Yin yoga with focusing on traditional Chinese medicine and Creative Dance. Her classes are characterized by creativity, playfulness, presence and emotion.

Joseph Wallin

Joseph Wallin is a master in rhythm. He is traveling the world teaching about the sacred space of wordless communication: Music, through drumming, With a big smile and an openness to welcome all that is, will he greet you into his circle with open arms and embrace you - however you are at this moment.

Eva Lindblad

Eva is a sparkling, loving and encouraging yoga teacher who is excellent at lifting the yoga students and holding space for each and everyone present. Her flows are seamless, fluid, inventive and gracious, challenging yet comfortable with room for all levels and all bodies.

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.

Anibadh Rudinger

Anibadh, devoted meditator, passionate dancer, Certified Holistic Counsellor and Body Movement Coach.
Works in prison with dance, yoga and mindfulness. Halv german half Hungarian, former landscaping architect and wine producer, adventurer, former ashram inhabitant. Holds a black belt in karate and plays the trumpet. Creator of Chakra Dance Meditation and leading the Chakra Breathing meditation and AUM meditation.

Sophie Von Matérn

Sophie is a singer-songwriter who transforms emotions and life events into music. She channels heart-opening and soulful texts that come with deep emotion and sweet vibrations. She performs songs about all aspects of experiencing life here as a human being on earth. Her lyrics and melodies convey messages that allow us to land deeper into ourselves, retrieve and connect with each other.

Annica Avinasha Dahlin

Annica Dahlin is a trained and passionate Tantra Yoga & meditation teacher. Over the past twenty years she has worked with her own and others’ development. She is a trained therapist, coach and Bodyworker who actively deepens and refines her knowledge. She regularly holds courses, trainings and provides individual and couples sessions, as well as group workshops.

Kerstin Åkesson

Kerstin Åkesson with Movement to ART has since 2003 inspired with individual classes / consultations & groups in Images & Art and Movement & Art and her own painting under ArtoRent.
Kerstin classes focus on each one's unique expression and possibility to grow and develop according to their needs both individually and in groups. Her love for nature is growing every day and Kerstin wants to bring in curiosity, playfulness and beauty in what is offered through Movement to ART.

Helen Larsson

Helen has practiced and studied yoga for almost 25 years. She leads yoga for all ages and specializes in yoga for children. She organizes yoga camps and other activities in the school holidays. Helen also hosts children's yoga workshops and programs, aimed at both school and preschool staff and for yoga teachers and private individuals. She is also the author of a book about barnyoga, "Yoga with Children" (Lava Publisher).

Johanna Wickström

Johanna is an adventurous person with a great interest in yoga. She took her first yoga teacher training with Yinyoga and from there she has continued to explore many different yoga forms and meditation techniques around the world. She is a certified instructor in Yinyoga, Viryayoga and Prana vinyasa flow. Johanna is also a writer and has written the book Yinyoga - Less stress and a healthier body.

Tobias Strollo

Tobias Strollo is an inspiring teacher who offers a playful and physically challenging alternative to other yoga. Along with Gabriella Bergbäck he founded AcroYoga Stockholm in 2009 and has been teaching prominent regular classes and workshops since then. Tobias has studied thaimassage with the renowned Sunshine network, and acrobatics with many teachers in all over the world.

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.

Beatrice Nilsson

When Beatrice heard the healing sounds of the Gongs she got gonged!
Since then she leads pujas, gong therapy, gong healing, yoga Nidra with gong, YinYoga with gong, Sama Yoga , Medi Yoga, qigong - always with the Gongs. She also playing singing bowls, crystal bowls, drum, flute, tank drum and many other instruments.

Astrid Wildner Wybert

I started to dance when I was three years old, classic dance. Then became a dance teacher after 7 years of formation on the national dance school of Buenos Aires. Learning different types of dance like contemporary, classic and local folk dance.
After studying a few years of medicine without dancing I felt the necessity to move my body with art and went to Maria Fux study for several years and became a dance therapist with her method having her as a teacher.

Songs of Eden

What does rhythmic yoga music, soothing piano pieces and relaxing tunes have in common?
The Swedish composer Måns Ek creates music that touches under the artist name Songs Of Eden. Dance to North African or Brazilian rhythms. Yoga to calm or uplifting tones or meditate on relaxing piano music. Songs Of Eden draws its inspiration from all over the world. All the music of the world has its own personality and he embraces everything and creates his own personal interpretation.

Music for the Heart

We all long for more love, we all long for more connections with other people, and we all have a longing to contribute with something positive to the world. We sing and play music together from many different spiritual traditions as well as our own songs. When we sing with our hearts, we remind ourselves what we really are - and every time we do that, we sow a seed for a better world!

Rasmus Schröder

Rasmus Schröder is an Osteopath, TRE-instructor and Meditation Guide. His deepest intention is to aid true healing and transformation in others, as in himself. His work expands in many directions, encompassing all parts of the body, posture, trauma and emotional work, energetic healing and spiritual and psychological guidance. Rasmus is a devout meditation practitioner and leads groups with New Dharma Stockholm.

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.