Cynthia Joanne Naydani, Canada
Cynthia’s deep passion for yoga infuses every aspect of her life. Her teachings are full of joy, compassion, and an authentic desire to help students connect to their own limitless potential. Her dynamic vinyasa classes offer students the opportunity to go beyond what they thought possible, while also giving them the tools to meet those challenges safely and with enthusiasm. While teaching yin and restorative sessions Cynthia cultivates a nurturing environment that encourages deep relaxation and peace. In all her classes, Cynthia interweaves the ancient teachings alongside progressive creativity (and killer playlists).
Cynthia is the founder and co-owner of Ocean Sound Yoga, where she teaches a variety of classes to people from all over the world. She offers mentorship programs, leads workshops and retreats internationally, and serves as faculty on 200hr teacher trainings. Cynthia will always be a student first, and a teacher second, of this sacred practice. She travels around the globe to study varied lineages from master teachers, and is deeply dedicated to her own practice, both on and off the mat.
Above all, Cynthia’s studies, travels, and life experiences have shown her that the central tenet of yoga is absolutely true: we are all connected, and we are all ONE.
Oluwakemi (Ok) Oso, USA
After untreated stress manifested in a full-body hives outbreak, Ok turned to yoga to help manage her anxiety. She found that yoga offered a space where her mind could stop overthinking, and instead connect with her body & tune in with what she was experiencing. The practice taught her how to find serenity in the face of the unknown... with time, transforming every aspect of her life. As a Movement for Black Lives organizer in DC, Ok became a yoga teacher with the intention of bringing the practice as a form of self-care and resistance to organizers & activists. She believes in yoga as a tool of personal self-transformation that can trigger change in the world at large. She strives to create an inclusive environment in her classes, wherein all people of various identities & backgrounds feel supported. You can catch Ok around Koh Tao reading, writing (both computer code & fiction), on the beach, or gazing at the moon.
Gökben Bagci, Turkey
Gökben started her love affair with yoga while still working as a manager in a business development company. Spending all her days in a seated position, she bought her first yoga mat (to stretch her ailing muscles). Not long after (in the spring of 2014), she quit everything and started to cycle around the world, from France to Thailand.
Yoga was a major part of her life already but, with this trip, it became a daily routine. As much as her leg muscles were getting stronger from cycling, they were also getting shorter and more contracted. Yoga was the only cure for her cramps and contractions. Similarly, she realized that beyond the physical, yoga could help her stretch the brain as well. Successfully using yoga as a cure to relax her mind, she then started down a more mindful and spiritual path. Yoga wasn’t just a good workout and a physical release; it was a daily necessity to connect with her body, her soul and her environment.
Gökben gave her cycling journey a break in Koh Tao but you can join her as she continues her spiritual journey in Ocean Sound. She leads her classes with a joyful, encouraging, positive and variation-based technique.
Her approach to yoga (and to life) is: 'the only limit is in the mind.' An activity that can simultaneously stretch and strengthen your mind, body and soul... Yoga is the answer to all life’s questions.
"My only goal to make participants feel more peaceful in their heart, lighter in their mind and stronger in their soul at the end of every practice." – Gökben