Emma Bonnici is the founder of Kanga Yoga, Soundscape and Unite For Purpose. She has been studying Yoga and Ayurveda and organising events for over 12 years.
She teaches with absolute enthusiasm, care and attention to detail, whilst also bringing knowledge gained from her own personal practice, and providing strong encouragement and support within her classes.
Since 2006, Emma has been traveling annually to Africa and India. Her Yoga practice has always been very inspired by her Indian teachers of Ashtanga Vinyasa, Sivananda, Iyengar Yoga & Ayurveda. During her travels and studies, she discovered the true essence of adapting yoga to the individual and also learned the positive healing power of music. Emma believes our energy changes according to the environment we exist in, along with connected seasons and lifestyle. With this in mind, Emma focuses on the energy of her students, whilst also incorporating music and elements of different yoga practices into each class.
Upon her return to the UK in 2009 when running Kanga Events (a wellbeing events company), her classes became remarkably referred to as ‘Kanga Yoga’ by studios and events in London. Soon after, Emma then followed the advice of a wise women in the Sivananda Centre in Putney, and ‘went with the flow’. Others then resonated with the practice and Emma began to train more teachers in Kanga Yoga. In 2011, whilst teaching Yoga in Madhya Pradesh, Emma also wrote a weekly yoga column for The Hindustan Times national newspaper.
An avid traveller, Emma enjoys learning about various cultures and bringing people together. She is dedicated and passionate about improving people’s lives and supporting communities through the teachings of Yoga & Ayurveda. Today, Emma is actively involved in community outreach projects across East Africa and India. She also leads the Kanga Yoga Teacher Training Courses, Retreats, Festival Spas & Soundscape events.
Emma regularly returns to India to practice with her teacher at the Sivandana Kutir ashram, the Yoga Study Centre (Bramacharya Rudra Dev), Patanjala Yoga Kendran (Usha Devi) and Tattvaa Yogashala (Kamal Singh).
Michelle Cade is the co- founder and producer of Kanga Soundscape, a London based electronic music producer, DJ, vocalist, certified Ayurvedic Massge therapist.
She trained in Bali with the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Institute and in London with Dr Anil Alexander founder of Soukia Ayurveda (Healing Sparsh). Michelle believes the environment and small details of a massage treatment make all the difference so she strives to create the ultimate relaxing experience using aromatherapy and carefully chosen sounds & music. Michelle is fascinated with sound therapy and healing frequencies and is studying further so she can incorporate this into her massage treatments. Michelle’s love for music and dance began very early growing up in her home of South Africa. Michelle is fascinated with different cultures, their traditional musical instruments and rhythms and incorporates these different genres in her music. Tribal roots and the effect of nature have had a powerful impact not only on her music but on the person she is today.
Stephanie’s massage background stems from Oesteopathy, Indian head massage and Reiki. She holds a Holistic Massage diploma from the University of London. Stephanie has studied with tutors from backgrounds. She finds integrating her knowledge of a more western anatomical background in Osteopathy complemented her understanding of the more energy focused eastern background of Reiki. Stephanie offers Indian Head and Chair Massage/Acupressure as onsite treatments at offices, events and festivals. Stephanie continues to collaborate with Kanga at a number of wonderful festivals around the UK offering onsite treatments within the Kanga Spa. “Kanga Spa is a lovely space and atmosphere – I look forward to being back in the field together again!
Lucy promotes positive energy, a fresh perspective and self-empowerment for those seeking her guidance in this fashion. Lucy’s specialist area is helping those working with depression, anxiety or stress, however, her clients also include those affected by conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Crohn’s Disease. Having mastered Massage, Lucy was called to become formally attuned to the healing art of Reiki. Through working with Reiki, Lucy has been able to help clients dealing with a variety of physical and psychological issues. Lucy’s personal practice of Yoga as a means of looking after her own wellbeing led her to pursue it professionally, seeing it as a natural extension of her therapeutic work. As an additional string to her therapeutic bow, Lucy has studied the ancient wisdom of the Tarot, viewing this as another healing art. Lucy’s approach to Tarot is to use it as a practical life-coaching tool, not purporting to predict the future but using the cards as an objective medium through which to begin a constructive conversation about her clients’ current situations. Lucy works closely with Kanga throughout the year. Whether she is working in a festival field, a packed office or the tranquility of her therapy room, Lucy continues to find beautiful and inspiring synergy between all of these magnificent and interconnected therapies. “My mission is to help people to feel happier, to be healthier & to experience a sense of healing.” – Lucy Wilson
Elena first discovered yoga almost ten years ago, when she joined yoga classes in secondary school. Fascinated by the abilities and especially the healing processes of the human body, she remained interested in yoga and bodywork in general and studied Hara Shiatsu from Tomas Nelissen at the Hara Shiatsu School in Vienna, Austria. Thanks to the holistic principles of this massage technique, she was able to gain a deeper understanding of Asian philosophy, such as Taoism and Zen Buddhism, as well as a basic knowledge of the principles of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) and yoga, which she developed a deep passion for during these three years. Elena then followed her dream of travelling. She joined different yoga classes in Central America and later in Thailand. Her natural curiosity enabled her to experience various yoga styles such as Yin Yoga, Luna Yoga, Acro Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and, of course, the classical styles of Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa Flow and Iyengar. Elena loves to combine and to find connections between all her interests. It is her desire to gain a variety of knowledge that led her to 200hrs Multi-Style Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India, which she completed in March 2015. Excited about her growing understanding of yogic philosophy and life style, Elena is more than happy to have joined the Kanga Yoga Team and to incorporate the Kanga Style into her own practice and teaching. She feels honored by the possibility to share her knowledge and to help people on their way to a more balanced and harmonised life.
Helen is yoga teacher, massage therapist, Reiki healer, dancer and hula hoop performer and teacher. She performs and teaches internationally. Helen is a strong and natural teacher and provides a caring, calm and encouraging environment in which to develop the yoga practice. She incorporates peace, energy, balance and strength into each class. She nurtures a compassion for the dynamic yet passive pace of the Kanga Yoga asana practice and the integration of movement with music. With a background and a passion for dance Helen understands the importance of breath leading movement and flows through sequences with an emphasis on extension and alignment, delivering graceful movement with an awareness of our bodies and a calming of our minds. Helen completed her initial Yoga training in India and stayed in India to teach and embrace the practice and the culture. She truly feels that the setting for the practice is important, for her Kanga yoga classes are like stepping back into India; the sounds, smells, colors and the teachings. Her spiritual approach and understanding of practitioner’s needs make her classes appealing to all levels. Helen uses a very integrated approach also to her treatment, which often involves getting the whole body in better balance so that the body is able to heal it’s self. Helen loves being a part of the Kanga family and continues to offer treatment in the Kanga Spa at a number of UK festivals, teach Kanga Yoga training courses, workshops and classes in internationally. “Travelling whilst gathering and sharing happy healing practices is a way of life”. – Helen Rooney
Chetana continues to incorporate the eight limbs of yoga into her teachings since she first studied in India at the age of 17. Chetana’s teaching guides her students into their internal bandhas (energy locks) to facilitate core strengthening. She creates fluid transitions through the asana practice facilitating to music. Chetana has a vast knowledge of the meridian system and self-acupressure massage, working to harmonize the five elements of students’ unique constitution. She aims to thread yin & yang calibrations together with hatha (sun and moon) – asanas. In the words of Chetana – “Together we allow the body to speak its unique dialogue unraveling on a somatic psychotherapeutic level, opening an inner listening, open dialogue with your body to unravel it’s wisdom and healing potential, embodying yoga into daily life and living.” Chetana discovered Kanga Yoga by grace; she has been pleasantly surprised to discover real authentic yoga, offering the dynamism and power of Asthanga, the Bhakti transmission of Sivananda Yoga and the grounding attention to alignment in the Patanjali tradition of Iyengar – the foundations of all yoga today. Chetana feels really aligned to Kanga Yoga’s humanitarian vision to the embrace of yoga as a devotional practice and as a sacred science of body mind and spirit. She feels honored and blessed to be a part of a company of such remarkable excellence in their teaching ethics “walking the talk “of yoga in life. ~ Chetana Thornton