The Team

Annette Arndt

Founder, Yoga & Meditation Teacher

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Annette was born in Germany and has been living in Fuerteventura for over 15 years. Initially she came for the great waves and staid.

Annette holds a university degree in Communicational Design from the University of Würzburg. She has worked as a publicity designer and event manager. But her true passion is teaching. In 2003 she cofounded the O'Neill Surf school in Fuerteventura. And from 2013 on she started to organize unique Yoga Retreat experiences on the island.

Annette is an avid surfer and passionate about healthy eating and healthy living. Yoga lifestyle is a crucial pillar in her life. She is happy to live with her partner Miguel, son Max and two doggies in the natural beauty and warm surroundings of Fuerteventura.

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Annette started her Yoga practise at the age of 18. She got hooked on the positive effect of Yoga on body and mind. Yoga has proven to be a natural and ideal progression for a sports fan with background in Tennis, Volleyball, mountain climbing and surfing. She is a qualified Yoga, Tennis and Surfing instructor and teaching comes natural to her.

Annette teaches Hatha Yoga with a teaching style that puts emphasis on natural breathing, the development of natural movement patterns, body awareness, alignment through kinestesia and meditation. Her intention is to present the physical and mental techniques of Yoga in a simple yet engaging way.

Annette immerses herself regularly in Vipassana Meditation, which means "seeing the things as they really are", practicing the teachings of the very pure lineage of Sayagyi U Ba Khi, as tought by S.N. Goenka.

Her hope is to contribute that we open and unknot our bodies and hearts, join together and send out love and compassion to all beings, including our planet.

Annette is registered with Yoga Alliance (US) as an E-RYT-500, she studied for her 500h qualification with Cyndi Lee and holds a diploma from OM Yogacenter NY.

One of the biggest influences in her Yoga practice are the instructions of the reknown Yoga teacher Donna Farhi.

 

Miguel Aguirre

Founder, Yoga & Meditation Teacher

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Miguel is originally from mainland Spain. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.


He is a dedicated surfer since early age and travelled extensively four continents searching for waves.


Miguel enjoys designing and developing beautiful houses in Fuerteventura since 2001. www.aguirrecasa.com

He skillfully designed and build our beautiful retreat center Casa Yogafriends.

YOGA

Miguel started practicing Yoga during his studies in California, 1993.

He was a Dharmma Bum in India and South East Asia for two years in the late 90´s. There, he learned Yoga and Vipassana meditation. Miguel took Hatha Yoga Courses at Vedniketan Ashram, Rishikesh, International Yoga Academy, Varanasi, Sivananda Ashram, Kerala. He worked at Kalighat, Calcutta.

Miguel has been a Yoga Pioneer in the Fuerteventura. He started teaching in 2000. In 2005 he founded the Casa Yoga studio, and since 2013, he is supporting Annette at Yogafriends.

Danielle Yeo

Yoga & Meditation Teacher

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Born in the Caribean and raised in England, Danielle is passionate about sustainability, corporate responsibility and the environment and her ambition is to make a difference.

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Danielle is a creative, innovative and conscientious Yoga teacher. She has a great passion for teaching Yoga for all abilities. Having practiced yoga for over 19 years, she has explored a variety of styles, focusing on Ashtanga Yoga for a few years in her personal practice, and later moving to mostly Hatha and Jivamukti Yoga. Danielle teaches active Hatha Yoga. Her classes are friendly, relaxed and down to earth, with application to daily modern life, making Yoga accessible and safe for practitioners of all ages and abilities.

Danielle is always learning and keeping her Yoga fresh, by attending Yoga workshops and retreats with different teachers of varying styles on her travels and reading Yoga literature.

Giulio Urbani

Inhouse Chef

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Born in 1989 in a small town in northern Italy Giulio has been deeply in contact with cooking since a very young age, helping granma´ rolling gnocchi and papa with risottos.

After school Giulio went on to study Economics and Management at the Ca´ Foscari University of Venice. After acquiring his degree he decided with all his heart to turn back to the kitchen, this time with a professional approach.

Since 2012 he has been travelling the world, passing from China and the far East, to the south of Italy working in some of the best kitchen and learning the culinary art from the Masters. It is probably thanks to this unconventional formation that his focus has always been on food that not only tastes and looks good, but is also healthy and nutritionally valid.

About his cooking here at Casa Yogafriends Giulio says:“ Seeing food only taste wise is myopic. Taste is only a volatile experience of a few seconds, sure not secondary, but not more important than the experience of digestion and further absorption of food. Essentially it all comes down to the very famous phrase 'you are what you eat'.“

This is the core of our kitchen at Casa Yogafriends, where we provide you with the best soul food, using only the best, freshest - whereever possible - local ingredients.

 

Guestteachers

Naomi Sturdy

Yoga & Meditation Teacher

YF guestteachernaomi 700Naomi has been teaching for over 10 years. She originally qualified as a Physical Education teacher with a great interest and passion for exercise, activity and a healthy lifestyle. After practicing Yoga and Pilates for many years Naomi set up her own business teaching both disciplines full time. Naomi has many years expeirence with physical training and balances this with a deep appreciation and experience in mental training to create an holistic approach to fitness and health.

When not on her mat or teaching, Naomi loves getting outdoors and rock climbing!

"At the core of my own practice and teaching is the concept of challenging ourselves to grow and learn. I feel that through taking time to connect to ourselves we can gain greater understanding, clarity and appreciation for ourselves and others. I believe that we each have a wealth of resources to deal with our lives effectively and live the lives that we love and enjoy.

My overall philosophy is that we can experience great happiness and this starts with ourselves. Through taking care of both our bodies and our minds we can really begin to live to our full potential."

 

 

E-RYT 200 & RYT 500