Teacher Bios – Vinyasa yoga teacher training in Nepal (200 hour yoga teacher course)

Lizzie Hacker

Lizzie Hacker - teaching faculty and co-Director of Mahalaya

My yoga journey began in 2006 in London. Since then, yoga has accompanied me as I have travelled, providing a constant in many varied contexts.

I completed my 200 hour Yoga Alliance accreditation in Vinyasa and Hatha yoga in Nepal with Heather Elton. Yoga philosophy formed an integral part of this training, and I was privileged to also be taught by Emil Wendel, gaining insights into the underlying philosophical current of India and Nepal – two countries which I had grown deep connections with.

I have lived in Nepal since 2012, and am fascinated by the depth of yoga’s roots here, and the way it intertwines with modern day culture and society. I teach Vinyasa Flow and love the creativity and freedom of this style of practice. I also emphasise correct alignment during my teaching and the importance of connecting with stillness and silence as a way to improve wellbeing and to gain a greater understanding of the self. For me, yoga is an exciting adventure that allows for the exploration of the physical and the spiritual. It also provides a wonderful lens through which to further explore and understand the fascinating country of Nepal.

Annie Seymour

Annie is the founder of Mahalaya Yoga. She teaches Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow yoga through classes and retreats in Kathmandu, with a focus on understanding and experiencing the practices from perspectives of the workings of the mind and the physiological systems, and as a process for bringing the body, mind and spirit into alignment for greater health, happiness, gratitude and kindness.

Annie’s studies have included intensive training under Ashtanga and pranayama masters Paul Dallaghan and yoga anatomists Adarsh Williams and Andrew McGonigle, and she has assisted at multiple workshops, retreats and TTCs including those taught by Heather Elton, Emil Wendel and Ellen Johannesen. Her studies at the KPJAY Institute in Mysore and practice under some of the world's leading Ashtanga teachers including Tim Miller, Hamish Hendry, Lisa Shrempp and Iain Grysak have been instrumental in deepening her practice and teaching style. She brings an energy, warmth and accessibility to translating Yoga practice and traditions to students from all over the world and of all backgrounds.

For more detail on Annie, visit: www.annieseymour.org

Ellen Johannesen

Ellen Johannesen had studied and practiced Ashtanga for over 20 years. Becoming an advanced student under R. Sharath Jois, she obtained authorization Level 2, which allows her to teach Ashtanga yoga intermediate series.

Born in Norway and following a career in contemporary dance, Ellen discovered the practice of Ashtanga in 1994 at Jivamukti Yoga Center New York.

A keen practitioner ever since, she has studied with teachers worldwide, was authorized from KPJAYI, Mysore by Sharath Rangaswamy in 2006, and intensively studied for two years with John Scott.

She also founded the first and still the leading Ashtanga Yoga studio in Norway, Ashtanga Yoga Oslo, where she continues to guest-teach when in Norway and which hosts top international teachers during their Norway visits.

Over the last years Ellen has dedicated herself to Buddhist studies, living mostly in India and Nepal. She trained as a Tibetan translator at Rangjung Yeshe Insitute, Kathmandu, where she is currently continuing her studies. 

Matt Huy

Anatomy trainer and movement teacher

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Matt Huy was studying biology at university when he enrolled in a dance class upon the whimsical suggestion of a friend. Something changed in him during that first dance course: he discovered the joy of movement. He next enrolled in a yoga class and decided he wanted to study movement over biology.

Several years later, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from California State University Long Beach, a yoga teacher training at a Sivananda ashram in India and a matwork Pilates training with Power Pilates in LA.

Based in the UK since 2009, Matt continues to teach yoga, dance and Pilates. His classes are dynamic, challenging and un-rushed, with an emphasis on anatomy. He gives attention to body alignment while presenting the principles of yoga in a simple, down-to-earth way. He is a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals, leading the anatomy portion of several teacher training courses and providing mentoring and CPD workshops to current teachers.

In his anatomy studies, he has been lucky enough to study with Karen Clippinger, co-author of Pilates Anatomy, and Andrew McGonigle (DoctorYogi) who has acted as a mentor to him.

Having formerly danced professionally, Matt still has a strong yoga and movement practice which informs his teaching.