Franzi Boehn

Franziska Boehn teaches on LYI’s 200-hr hatha yoga teacher training and co-directs the 100-hr trauma sensitive yoga teacher training together with Eleonora Ramsby Herrera. 


Franziska hold a BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Occupational Psychology, a PgDip inCognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as further BPS diplomas in psychometric, personality testing. As a psychologist and psychotherapist Franzi is working with individual clients and groups privately as well as in a clinical programme for alcohol and substance misuse and a council outreach centre with severely disadvantaged and marginalised clients. She sees clients for an array of problems e.g. depression, trauma, anxiety, ocd, eating disorders, substance use.


Franziska works under the ethical framework and adheres to the professional conduct of the BPS ‘British Psychological Society’ and BACP ‘British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’. Franziska combines her clinical therapy practice and yoga by joining the two when applicable in a holistic format of body psychotherapy. In her role as a yoga teacher she mainly teaches hatha, restorative, pre-natal, yoga-nidra and mindfulness in different studios across London as well as on yoga alliance accredited teacher trainings with course director Eleonora Ramsby Herrera in both London and Lisbon. For more info on Franziska and her work, visit 

Laura Gomez

Laura co-directs LYI’s 100-hr teacher training in trauma sensitive yoga together with Eleonora Ramsby Herrera and Franzi Boehn.


Laura is a trauma specialist and a qualified yoga teacher who in addition holds a certification to facilitate Trauma Centre, Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY-F) as an adjunctive treatment for developmental/complex trauma. She has significant years of experience working with women and girls affected by gender-based violence and providing vocational training to a wide range of professionals, for example the Metropolitan Police Service, health practitioners, social services workers, on ways so they can develop awareness of, and capacity to respond effectively to survivors of sexual violence. Specifically, Laura delivers trauma/gender training covering the intersections of yoga, mental health, sexual violence, societal trauma, and community advocacy. 


Laura holds a Master’s degree in Gender and Social Policy from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and has attended specialised training courses on the articulations between body, trauma and memory and on specific areas including, child sexual exploitation, criminal justice system, suicide intervention skills, as well as on how to support survivors with NRPF (‘No recourse to public funds’) and women affected by FGM (‘Female Genital Mutilation’). She has worked full-time for Solace Women’s Aid (specifically the North London Rape Crisis Centre) since 2014.

Dr. Bruno Alvarenga

Dr. Bruno Alvarenga teaches anatomy on the advanced teacher training courses together with Eleonora Ramsby Herrera.


Doctor Bruno Alvarenga is a portuguese-brazilian whose experience in health care goes back 20 years. He works in Lisbon , Portugal since 2009. His knowledge and skills provide a wide range of treatments to all kinds of patients, from those  who have never engaged in physical activities to high-performance athletes  (football ,judo and surf), dancers,fashion models and others. His patients include many elderly and children. His work extends to international level with private practice within high-performance sports events such as the Olympic and the Paralympic Games, the FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) World Cup, as well as events related to health care, dance, fashion and enterprise.  Additionally he has worked in Brazilian and Portuguese football clubs.

At present he devotes his time to clinical practice and to Post-doctoral research, more precisely of the innovative development of three-dimensional biomechanical models and the validation of instruments and techniques, related to Rehabilitation Medicine applied to high-performance athletes. Dr Alvarenga has been a guest on television shows such as «Faz sentido», SIC Mulher (Portugal) and has given interviews on radio and in magazines.

Having  received international awards for scientific research he has appeared at congresses, where presenting his work he established contact with the most renowned professionals in their field. He´s the author of several articles published by key scientific magazines. In 2019, he started a translational project that includes work within and contributes to scientific research as well as specialized programs for post-graduates and professionals. Dr Alvarenga is a dedicated professional, a pioneer with an excellent career. Driven by passion, he’ll continue the «quest»  towards more knowledge to the benefit of all.

Anna Ashby

Anna Ashby is a guest teacher that teaches the restorative yoga teacher training at the Lisbon Yoga Institute. 


An experienced teacher, she holds the highest level of certification by the Yoga Alliance Professionals - Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT) and Yoga Alliance (US) E-RYT-500. She also holds a B.A. (hons) in Modern Dance which she gained from Mills College in California in 1991.


Anna’s teaching style has evolved over the years from her study of dance, in-depth training with established, classical yoga systems that focus on alignment, and a dedicated meditation practice that developed while she lived for 12 years in a yoga ashram in upstate New York. Her style reflects precise instruction that combines healthy alignment and intelligent sequencing with an appreciation for flowing artful movement. Her approach is methodical and accessible and incorporates the teachings of yoga in a way that is practical and makes sense in modern context. Classes and retreats are focused on learning and the environment open and friendly.


Anna also specialises in teaching restorative yoga, a style of yoga that is passive, introspective and breath oriented where the body is supported on bolsters and blankets and still for longer periods of time than in an active class. The purpose of this type of practice is shift the nervous system out of ‘fight or flight’ into a deeply felt relaxation response.  


Anna teaches at triyoga in London and is one of London’s leading yoga teachers. She is a founder and senior faculty member of the  triyoga™ teacher training programme , one of the most comprehensive and rigorous training programmes in Europe. Anna regularly leads retreats and trainings in the UK and Europe. Visit her website for more information.


Anna is a registered SYT teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. This accreditation demonstrates excellent standards as set by Yoga Alliance Professionals.

Dr. Ari Badaines

Dr. Ari Badaines is a visiting guest teacher who teaches weekend intensive workshops in personal development and therapeutic methods.


Dr. Ari Badaines obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the United States. In 1980 he was awarded a one-year Post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, DC where he completed his certification requirements to be a psycho- dramatist. In 1984, Ari qualified as a Trainer-Practitioner-Educator by the American Board of Examiners, the highest level of certification in psychodrama and group work.


In the 1980’s Ari undertook training in Gestalt Therapy and from 1985 to the present he has been a member of the faculty of various psychodrama and Gestalt therapy training institutes. He also runs experiential and training groups in the USA, UK, Europe, and Sydney each year. Ari studied group therapy and Family and Couple Therapy. Later he did further training at the Institute for Family Therapy in London; both these courses had a component on sex therapy. Ari did additional training workshops and he then began presenting workshops on Sexual Problems: Assessment and Treatment in the UK and Australia. In addition to the training and experiential workshops that Ari runs, he also maintains a private practice in Balmain (Sydney) ; is a supervisor to individual and group therapists in training; and has published several articles on psychotherapy and psychodrama.

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