AboutHi, welcome to Regi & Leona’s Holistic Yoga and Therapies.
I am Regi, of Dutch nationality and of Indonesian descent. I have been a fully qualified practitioner of various forms of interrelated massage since 1996. This has been part of my lifetime vocation as I have been practicing since I was a child. I have very fond memories of being shown the magic and art from my grandfather. I believe I have inherited a natural touch from a long line of ancestry.
This has also been crystalized and complemented with robust professional and academic study. Post qualifying, I have worked extensively in a wide range of settings to a varied demography of people. This has included, health spas, nursing homes, clinics, and private practices and cruise liners.
In 2007 I received an award for my ‘Excellent Services on Princess Cruises.’ In 2010 I was promoted to the shore-side office in Miami and had the pleasure and responsibility of cascading advanced training to the professional staff team. The skills, ethical considerations, philosophies and practices were based upon a plethora of converging schools of massage as well as other complimentary therapies. In all, I have trained hundreds of therapists and delivered thousands of massages.
After years of being a student in the art, in 2014, I decided to widen my professional portfolio and became a teacher of Yoga. I traveled to and stayed in India to complete this. I then spent the best part of a year upgrading my Thai Massage skills in Thailand and left as an affiliated teacher of TMC: the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai. I now teach the TMC curriculum and Reiki at About Balance in Brighton, East Sussex. U.K.
As far as I can remember I have always had the goal of wanting to support people in their healing, growth and development. I believe I achieve this with my attitude, sense of ethics and the wide skill base I synthesize into my bodywork and alignment practice.
Thai Massage Teacher | Reiki Master | 200 RYT Yoga Teacher | Registered Thai Therapist | AquaWellness Liquid Bodyworker | Life Coach | Bodyworker
I am Leona and I discovered yoga 21 years ago ,when I joined a yoga class at Brighton Buddhist Centre. I was fascinated with the benefits of my daily practise which raised the question: “where does the body end and the mind start? “
Yoga practise became an essential part of my life. My job required 70% of travelling which was taking its toll on my health, so Yoga became my healer for my health issues of migraine headaches, muscle tension, sciatica, digestive disorder and lower back pain. I would not miss a daily saddhana regardless of any circumstances. By walking the yoga path I started to realise that there is a much higher purpose in life than the “regular life” could unveil. I decided to quit my job and fully embrace the path of yoga.
My journey started in Nepal where I completed my first 200hr YTT in Satyananda yoga practise .Then I continued travelling to Rishikesh India, where I completed my second 200hr YTT in Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha yoga practise.I started giving private classes in Goa and Ubud Bali, while still exploring other yoga styles.
The final confirmation for my teaching technique came when I entered Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre. The Yoga Master Sharat Arora, a formal student of BKS Iyengar thought from his heart. With 36 years experience and research in the field, he developed a unique approach of teaching the foundations of yoga practise in the simplest and most effective way, working with alignment and specific therapeutic attention and guidelines. This technique provides a deep exploration within. His yoga therapy courses were life changing and that inspired me to choose this method to teach. This method is accessible to absolutely anyone regardless of body flexibility or any health imbalances .
I completed my third TTC in Shanti Ashram with Himalayan Iyengar Yoga and straight after started to assist in 5 day courses and yoga therapy courses alongside my teacher Sharat Aurora. From June 2015 I became a formal teacher in HIYC in Daramkot and Goa centre.
What is yoga for me?
“When I started yoga, it was making my body flexible. I use to do lots of sports and together with my stressful job my muscles were tense. So the first couple of years it was about breaking the tension thinking that yoga is about flexibility. I was an extremist and liked to achieve perfection, so I adopted yoga as another achievement in life. Until I experienced my first meditation course and found the power of silence and its effect on health issues. Discovering that the state of not doing has a powerful impact on body and mind imbalances was fascinating me.
Then I started to look at Yoga from a different angle and noticed that the western approach to yoga is driven on achievements rather than feeling .
After many years exploring Yoga and studying Yoga sutras of Patanjali (the yogic bible) I entered Himalaya Iyengar Yoga Centre in Dharamsala and met my teacher Sharat Arora. Experiencing his practise which is evolved from classical Iyengar method brought only one though to me ………..FINALLY!
His teaching is based on how to do asanas without doing .
As per Sharat words “the do-ership”, me doing, comes when the mind is there and Mind is Ego. When I put myself into the doing, I am not doing yoga practise. How do you get mind out of the picture? By discovering certain elements which are essential. As a teacher it is very important to check the students, take them from the mind to their body and make them present .
Teachers also learn from students. Students are a reflection for the teacher .
I am happy I dedicated 2,5 years to my own yoga exploration and teaching yoga in Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre under guidance of my Guruji .
The extensive daily self practise (5 hours a day minimum) thought me how to teach from my body, not from collected knowledge. Only from our own experience we can find the truth about ourselves and about life.
I will always be grateful to my teacher to showing me the path and gave me priceless guidance and I am excited to share this wonderful method with YOU.”
200 ERYT Yoga Teacher | Life Coach | Nutrition Coach
Regi is a true professional Massage therapist that quickly recognises problematic areas and applies appropriate techniques to bring a fast relief. His knowledge, experience and authentic concern make him a highly desired expert. I would also recommend Regi as a Thai Massage trainer – patience, dedication and precision make his trainings a high quality learning experience.Ewa Długołęcka
If you need a massage, I highly recommend you go to Regi. His massages are awesome in so many ways. I can tell you all about it, but my advice would be to go and experience one. Regi is a very skilled massage therapist and his love for: travelling the world, people and yoga make the perfect combination for creating massage magic. I’ve been to a lot of massage parlors and have experienced a lot of good (and also a few not so good) massages in my life. What makes Regi stand out from the rest are his allround skills and his natural way of being that translates in a natural way of giving the massages. So, if you are in for a good massage? Contact Regi.Share Lebacks
Regi is one of the best masseurs I have ever experienced. He works intuitively, but with so much knowledge of his craft. It’s a powerful combination, and one that I will always return for when I can track him down!Tim Ellis
I took a foot reflexology course with Regi a couple of months ago.
Regi knows indeed how to create a pleasant and fun atmosphere to learn serious things. I had great fun learning A LOT in a short time!
The course was focusing on the practice itself, with of course taking into account some theoritical aspects. Cause isnt it mainly through the practice that we can developp some skills as a massage therapist? Through this course, we experienced, we practiced, practiced more, in order to get the basic that will help us to grow towards more professionalism.
Concerning the theory, Regi provided us copies of books with some visual elements to make things clearer; No time wasted in trying to take notes… We went through all the notes with verbal explanations from him.
Regi was always open to answer questions and clarify doubts.
He seemed enthousiastic to share his knowledge, always with a smile. I was very happy to receive from him, I keep a great memory of this course. I totally recommend it! and again: Thanks Regi!