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EMMA BONNICI
Founder of Kanga Yoga, Co-Founder of Kanga Soundscape & Pedal for Purpose Project.

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).

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CHETANA THORTON
Yoga Teacher & Therapist

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

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