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Founder of EYR

Gayle Olson

With 25 years expertise in the world of yoga and wellness and a passion for travel, Gayle founded Exotic Yoga Retreats to be the ultimate luxury yoga retreat and travel company. After years living a strict yogic and meditation life-style, Gayle sold her yoga studio in Western Massachusetts and moved to old world Italy, there discovering an entirely new perspective on health, joy and balance. She calls her retreats holidays for the healthy hedonist — where good health blends naturally with good living.

Founded in 2012, Exotic Yoga Retreats has expanded worldwide with a portfolio of personally curated luxury yoga holidays led by a highly qualified team of world class yoga teachers. Gayle retired from teaching yoga in 2016, but continues to scout new locations and when possible, come by retreats to meet and mingle with the guests!

  

 
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Client Relations

Be Swart

A techie-gone-foodie with over 15 years of experience in business and web development, Be assists with the operations and client management of Exotic Yoga Retreats from her sustainable organic farm on the Pecos River in beautiful northern New Mexico, where she enjoys few things more than receiving photos from enthusiastically relaxed EYR retreat-goers upon their return home, and the sparkle in her canine friend’s eyes when she utters the ever-exciting word, “food.”

 

Classic Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga

Josie Sykes

Deep into yoga philosophy and with harmonium in hand, European based yoga teacher Josie Sykes teaches classic Hatha Yoga, pranayama, chanting, alignment and slow flow Vinyasa Yoga. Breathing practices and healthy postural alignment figure strongly in Josie's yoga classes. Her bright spirit and devotion to yoga as a way of life shines through in her bouyant presence and engaging teaching.

Join Josie on our June 2018 Exotic Morocco Yoga Retreat!

 
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Dynamic Vinyasa Bakti Yoga

Neil Wadhawan

San Francisco based Neil Wadhawan teaches spirited and dynamic vinyasa yoga classes artfully weaving live drumming, music, breath, asana and flow into a mystical yoga experience. As a professional musician with a B.A. in Philosophy, Neil passionately and powerfully blends his two loves – yoga and music. 

Join Neil on our July 2018 Exotic Tuscany Yoga Retreat!

 
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AshtangaVinyasa & Yin Yoga

Nina Butler

South African yoga instructor Nina Butler has a mission: to bring the healing and empowering aspect of yoga into our daily lives. While her practice is strong, her teaching is sensitive and heart-oriented, always supporting students to find their personal rhythm and pace in their practice. She teaches along the spectrum of challenge, from dynamic vinyasa to yin yoga. Nina is a writer and blogger on the topics of yoga and social change, and the founder of YOGICOMM, an app for connecting students with teachers worldwide. 

Join Nina on our August 2018 Exotic Bhutan Yoga Tour & 2019 Africa Yoga Safari!

 
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Hatha Yoga & Meditation

Sylvia Ferguson

Ireland based yoga instructor and meditation teacher, Sylvia Ferguson, has been featured in RTE Nationwide as a yoga teacher who “exudes the calmness she aims to instill in her students.” her classes gracefully blends hatha yoga, ashtanga vinyasa, yin yoga and mindfulness meditation. Sylvia is certified as a Mindfulness meditation teacher and has developed and leads corporate Mindfulness programs for Facebook. She writes articles for Yoga Therapy Ireland Magazine and has launched an active array of Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra and 'Mindfulness Online' courses. 

Join Sylvia on our August 2018 Switzerland Hike, Spa & Yoga Retreat and September Umbria Wine, Dine & Yoga Retreat!

 
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Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga &Mindfulness Meditation

Hillary Wright

NYC based yoga instructor and certified meditation teacher, Hillary Wright designs yoga teacher training programs and mindfulness programs that have been featured on MindBodyGreen and in Elephant Journal. She is an expert in Sivananda yoga, vinyasa yoga and Ashtanga vinyasa yoga, and her online yoga course has been named Top 5 Kick-Ass Online Yoga Classes by 42 yogis! Her extensive background in the different yoga lineages allows her to offer a class with a mix of sequencing, internal depth, breath work and challenging movements. Hillary believes there is no “one-size-fits-all” yoga and she encourages each student to find their own path. 

Join Hillary on our 2018 Exotic New Years Retreat in Mexico!