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Oct - Dec 2014

Yoga with Sandra

Sandra will be joining us again in 2014 for the fifth consecutive year! One of our most loved yoga instructors, Sandra teaches in a calm and supportive atmosphere.

Sandra's retreat dates in 2014.

11th - 17th October 2014
1st - 7th November 2014
6th - 12th December 2014

I am French Swiss, fluent in English, and for the last 25 years I have lived in Asia where I have met the Buddhist Dharma and the joys of Yoga.

I have been studying and practicing Yoga for more than thirteen years. My teaching emphasises alignment and breath awareness, and is nourished with heart and joy. I am influenced by the great Masters BKS Iyengar and Sivananda, and introduce Vinyasa flow inspired by Sharon Gannon and David Life from the Jivamukti. All my classes are adapted to the capabilities of the students and I offer safe and encouraging support to deepen your ability.

Over the years I have taught in variety of locations such as Goa in South India, Switzerland, Thailands premier health resort Chivasom, the Four Seasons in Chiang Mai, Basunti in India, and for six years at the Yoga Studio, Chiang Mai. I now participate in Yoga Teacher Trainings at Dance Yoga in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and am always delighted to come back to Talalla Retreat, my home in Sri Lanka.

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Testimonials from Talalla guests


To Lovely Sandra,
Just a little note to say thank you for helping to make my stay at Talalla so special. Your classes have been wonderful - your calmness, serenity and sense of humour are inspiring and so is your bendy-ness !
I really hope we meet again.
Lots of Love
Emma xxxx Dec. 2013

Dear Sandra,
Thank you so much for your classes. Not having done formal classes for quite some time, I always found your classes challenging. Your quiet confidence, clear explanation of Asanas and breathing and your gentle encouragement made the exercises worthwhile.
And what a setting ! The grounds, the crashing of surf in the background, both of the yoga pavilions are all simply splendid. not forgetting the chorus line of squirrels behind you and the soundtrack of the bakers van, birch, dogs and squirrels only adding to the experience.
Once again, thank you.
Simon Martin 5/12/2013

Hello Sandra,
We have been enjoying your classes sooo much. I know, I shouldnt but I feel sad that our treatment with you is heading to the end. Weve learned a lot, indeed. Especially, me-Alena, because fan of Iyengar yoga. I found it very useful and these helpful thing as blocks, stripes, cushions, even the wall and chair.
You are doing really good/excellent job. We like all your explanations and your effort to adjust us if we did something wrong. Now, the rest is on us... practise, practise, practise :-)
Thank you very much. I just wish you teach yoga nearby us, so we could attend your classes regularly.
Thank you,
Alena + BK, 7/12/2013

Dear Sandra,
Talalla and your yoga retreat will definitely be in the highlights of 2013 !
No matter how much one practices and no matter how much one reads/studies, there is always more room to grow and more knowledge to be added. In other words you learn something new every day. And for this I thank you.
Your openness, sharing, neutrality and free spirit made this retreat rather special. I also would like to mention that I enjoyed practising with our group.
People is really what makes a place memorable. And I am grateful, thankfull and very happy that I am taking with me not just a stretch out body, a soothed soul but also a few new friends.
:-) until we meet again !
xoxo Alexandra 8/12/2013

In the Beginning...
I am in awe of the human body. Having read and heard of all the possibilities did not prepare me for this experience.
Dear Sandra,
This is my thank you note.
Thank you for stretching my body to the outer limits,
Thank you for building my strength in my muscles.
Thank you for the air & energy that flowed through my channels.
Thank you for the quiet & peace so needed in my mind.
Thank you for the control that comes with so many tires.
Thank you for never giving up on me.
Thank you for pushing me when I needed to give more.
Thank you for holding back when my body cried.
Thank you for your faith and positive energy.
Thank you for opening my eyes and my sould to the universe.
This is my beginning and I am looking forward to seeing you again when it is right.
Have a good stay and all the best in your journey.
With all my Love.
Njeri 8/12/2013 Namaste

I very much enjoyed my time at Talalla & learnt a lot from the retreat (I just hope I can remember it all!) What I enjoyed the most was all the stretching & sun salutations. I also liked how every class we worked on something different. I was very uneasy at first about doing the headstand as Ive had a bad experience with it in the past, but Im happy to say I did it & now thanks to you will be more confident when trying again. When it came to the meditation my favourite one & the one Id like to do more of is the Yoga Nidra. I thing the guided meditation was very peaceful & maybe you could use that more if others also like it. Only other suggestion would be that perhaps in the morning class when theres not so many people we could face the pool & beautiful scenery. Would make the sun salutations even more enjoyable.
Wishing you all the best.
Ashley, 7/12/2013

This is my first yoga retreat and I really enjoyed it. I have done stretches of yoga in the past and was unsure if I would get bored doing 2 to 4 sessions a day. I wasnt, every class was new and interesting and my meditation ability actually improved for the first time in my life.
The yoga philosophy was even interesting (for a while :-) and all in all I think this will be the first of many retreats. Thank you,
Andrew, 7/12/2013

Dearest Sandra,
This week has become more than I imagined. I came with a strong need to see myself in a healthier way and to focus away from the rush and important  things I need to do. I fond I could treat myself to more acceptance and to trust you with my yoga practice, and I have learned very
much. The tools I will bring with e include acceptance of myself and the minutes of life as they come to me. The beauty of this place and the generosity of you and the other people here helped me recognize that I do not need to isolate to protect my heart. God wants me to experience every person every bite of food, even fly, and everything on her Earth. I cannot
thank you enough for the attention to me and the trust and hope for a more balanced life. Love be with you (and Stryder)
Jill Kelley 10.11.13

Dearest Sandra,
It has been an AMAZING week...
The retreat is exactly what I needed ! In fact. I got more out of it than I expected. Your classes were structured very well and they were well planned and thought out. The classes were challenging on a physical and mental level. Before I came, I wasn’t sure I could survive 1 week of 2 asana classes a day but now, at the end of the retreat, not only have I survived but I feel mentally, physically and emotionally stronger than ever!
You are an excellent teacher and a wonderful woman ! Im so thankful to have met you and I hope our teacher-student relationship as well as our friendship continues to grow over the years!
This yoga retreat is really one of the best things Ive ever given myself and I am so grateful to you for such a wonderful experience. You hae helped me to take my sadhana to another level!
And Meditation wow dont get me started on that! Ive already written too much ! :-) Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I have learned so much and will apply all that I have gained back home and incorporate it into my daily life. You are a real inspiration! Merci beaucoup pour tout ce que tu mas donne.
Har OM tat Sat. Namaste
Shehnaz Majid
p.s. I dedicate all my Urdhva Danurasanas to you!
Talalla, 12 October 2013

I will always be very grateful for having the opportunity to come to Talalla and meet Sandra. I have great respect for her not only as a teacher, but also for the kind and lovely human being she is. Coming to her at a time when I was finding my practice (and progression) irregular and lacking, I found her classes to be a huge source of comfort; they inspired and nourished me and rekindled my love of yoga. Sandra has such a wonderful energy: her smile, laugh, voice and touch all radiate warmth and compassion. Her classes are always diverse and challenging, while encouraging students to be patient and non-judgemental, and most of all, to have fun and enjoy themselves. There is no doubt that her knowledge and wisdom make her a talented teacher, but it is her loving, gentle guidance and deeply uplifting spirit that make her exceptional. I am returning home with deep gratitude for having met Sandra and experienced
her beautiful yoga classes. Food for my soul! Thank you Sandra. I will miss you!
Mandanna Daemi, 21 October 2013

Dear Sandra,
I have had a wonderful time here at Talalla. Thank you so so much for all your advise, guidance and kindness you have sharm me over the past week. It has really taught me to finely tune a lot of the asanas. The group were all lovely and I thoroughly enjoyed relaxing, chatting and getting to know new people and of course, most importantly, the Yoga! I will return to London refreshed and energised!
Thank you again.
Liz Ollosson 4 November 2013

Merci beaucoup Sandra pour cette (trop) petite semaine de yoga au paradis. Le resort est superbe, le cadre vraiment exceptionnel. j’ai beaucoup apprecie echanger avec toi lors des delicieux repas. la pratique elle-meme est tres interessante et permet dapprofondir des points cles (jai beaucoup aime les back bends), et aussi la structure des seances est tres pratique et
je pense lappliquer a ma pratique personnelle. Nous quittons la retraite bien avant la fin et cest bien dommage! Bonne continuation, bon courage, nous restons en contact et nous te donnons notre avis sur Ulpotha, ainsi que nos contacts de Kundalini.
Tres chaleureusement,
Frederique Prevost, 8 November 2013

Dear Sandra,
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom on all things Yoga
Your calm and gentle approach has enable me to be more comfortable and accepting of the meditative state and I have learnt so much more about the meditation and pranayama aspect of Yoga that I will continue to incorporate into my current practice. Once again, thank you for a wonderful and inspiring retreat and all the best in the future. Hope to see you again here or in India.
Karen Chohan Nov. 9th 2013

The Yoga has been fabulous. I have learnt so much in such a short period of time. You are quite an inspirational teacher and so readily approachable.
Thank you for a wonderful week. Good luck with your Vipasana in India.
Perhaps our paths will cross again someday.
Toni Lewis, November 2013

Dear Sandra,
Thanks for a wonderful week of yoga. It has pretty much been what I was after – a relaxing and yet challenging (physically) week of yoga.
Talalla is a fabulous place for a retreat – love the animals and all the greenery and it is great to be able to be in the midst of all this whilst practising yoga...and smelling the sea.
You have a very calming voice – even the dog things s !
Once again thanks / merci beaucoup !
Annelise Bonnici 9 November 2013

Hello Sandra,
Je tenais a te remercier pour cette merveilleuse semaine. Tous mes objectifs initiaux ont ete atteints et au-dela, ma quiete to be happy and free a progresse de facon considerable et je compte l’immortaliser, ou du moins l’encrer/ancrer en moi :-)
Apres plusieurs annees de pratique du Yoga, je sentais qu’il me manquait quelque chose, un element que je n’avais pas encore reussi a cerner, ... la meditation. En effet, la meditation a vraiment ete LA Revelation de cette semaine. Je ne pensais pas pouvoir le faire ni meme imaginer ce que cela pouvait mapporter. Je saurai desormais quoi faire dans le metro :-) Tout
cela pour te dire MERCI. Pour ce beau voyage, pour ta patience, ta connaissance, ton experience, toute cette belle inspiration que tu m’as donnee et que j'espere, nous continuerons d’echanger. Je garde en moi le secret espoir de pouvoir un jour enseigner et partager cette passion du YOGA! comme tu le fais. J’espere a tres bientot, somewhere en Asie ou en Europe.
Namaste. xoxo Benedicte, 9 November 2013
p.s. Merci de m’avoir prise en modele et de m’avoir mise a la place du prof :-)

Merci Sandra,
Tu as fait de ce sejour a Talalla un pur moment de relachement et de relaxation. Pour moi qui n’avais pas reellement fait de Yoga avant, je repars de cette magnifique retraite avec de solides bases et une connaissance de la pratique et de l’esprit yoga qui me sera utile pour continuer ce travail de mon corps et mon esprit a mon retour. J’avais pour but de retrouver un equilibre et une certaine quietude et cet objectif est pleinement rempli... reste a pouvoir le garder.
Je sais que lors de mes prochaines seances ou meme lorsque j’en essentirais le besoin, je repenserais tres souvent a nos seances, a tes conseils, a ton etat d’esprit, a toutes ces petites phrases/poemes que tu as pu nous dire/lire et qui permettront, lorsque necessaire de retrouver
cet equilibre. J’aurais aussi appris ce qu’est rellement la meditation durant cette semaine, tres interessant egalement et lorsque je prendrais 10/15mn pour oublier tout ce qui m’entoure je suis sure que je finirais avec une grande pensee pour toi. Mille merci !!
Juliette Nevers Dimanche 10 Novembre 2013

Dear Sandra,
Thank you for a wonderful week ! It has been a time in which all my senses and muscles have been heightened !
The yoga and meditation sessions have stretched my mind and body and given me inspiration to continue when I return home. On top of all that the surroundings are lush and beautiful creating the perfect setting in which
to practise. Thank you for all your patience, guidance and enthusiasm, you truly live the lifestyle you promote.
Sarah Algate, 10 November 2013


Dear Sandra,
Thank you so much for this past week. Daily practice with you has helped to draw our bodies and minds back into shape. Your approach felt very thoughtful and personal, your teaching both gentle and challenging. We really appreciate the time and patience you have given to nurturing the start of hopefully a long yoga practice.
Very best wishes to you.
Jacky and Greg, October 2012

Dear Sandra,
Thank you for a stunning week of yoga. It has been a while since I practiced everyday but your wonderful instruction ensured that I enjoyed a really fulfilling practise.
Thank you especially for developing a tailor made practise for my whole family. I know this was a challenge, 2 + 4 year old was ambitious !! they really loved it, so thank you.
I will look forward to returning to enjoy a retreat and a few more laughs.
Kind Regards,
Rebecca Geer, October 2012

Dear Sandra,
Thank you very much for past few days when I learnt so much. I have been practicing yoga for few years, yet thank to you I have found new areas to work on and your lessons also taught me things I have been doing wrong for so long . You also told some great yoga tips and mainly about roots of yoga which enlightened my attitude to life and people, although especially myself! Thanks to rediscovering meditation. I have realized how beneficial, nurturing, relaxing and spiritual it can be. I am still looking forward to some classes here however I can say already thank to you, Sandra, yoga retreat was just what I expected and what I needed.
Hopefully I will have another chance to attend some classes with you around the world.
Wishing you all the best
Zusana, Yoga retreat 24th October 2012

Sandra Namaste,
It has been such a pleasure to get to know you both as a yoga, meditation & pranayama instructor and a little bit as a person. Your kind gentle approach has been new and very much enjoyed throughout the yoga retreat. I will take many valuable lessons from you from this short time together. You have taught me about silence, the importance and benefits of sitting still and focusing inwards. I will leave here with an intention to increase my level of focus and dedicate more time towards quieting my mind, sitting still and breathing. I have also enjoyed your practice and teaching of holding the poses for longer periods than I am used to with my ashtanga flow practice. I have learned many ideas for teaching beginners about the use of props, walls and people and about breaking down poses to simplest form. Thank you. Merci Beaucoup pour tout que vous avez emporte a moi.
Amanda Williamson, Yoga retreat, 10 November 2012

Dear Sandra,
For this nice and well exercising time it is easy to say thank you. You do a more than well done teaching and combined with your beautiful heart. The lessons made me progressing personally. A lot of thanks even to Tara who gives you, and because of that either to me, a spiritual impetus bringing the red and the white close together. I wish you good health and that time and space may fulfil your dreams.
Yours Steve, Yoga retreat, 10 November 2012

Dear Sandra,
Thank you for sharing YOU with us. The meditation and breathing session helped me to connect with myself at a deeper level. Your openness and gentle manner helped me to feel comfortable with the level I am at. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Participating in your classes has helped me to commit time and my daily life to Yoga.
Namaste, Diamondbrook, Yoga retreat, 10 November 2012

Dear Sandra,
Thank you so much for a wonderful retreat. I feel I have learnt so much in a short space of time. You have been amazing with us as beginners and have helped us so much to have such a great experience. Your calm manner is inspiring and the knowledge you have is fantastic. Your lessons have always been fun and I know we have all had such a good time learning new things and challenging our bodies and minds. I will take a lot away from this experience and thank you again for such a great time. I hope we can visit you again some time.
Best wishes
Lydia, Yoga retreat, 10 November 2012

Dear Sandra,
Thank you for making this yoga retreat so fun at the same time as being so interesting. This week has helped me understand what yoga is really about and I feel I have learnt so much which will help to keep me motivated and focused to continue when I get back to my day to day life. Thank you also for helping (together with the masseuse) to sort out my shoulders this week, I think they may just about be touching the floor now when I lay down ! I will be trying to keep them that way in the future.
I hope to visit Talalla again some time in the near future and hopefully my yoga will have improved once again by then
Best wishes.
Jo x, Yoga retreat, 10 November 2012

Dear Sandra,
I arrived here as a complete stranger or more likely a newborn baby, who is just about to take the YOGA WORLD.
And indeed, I did learn from the beginning how to breathe, stand straight, walk and of course stand on my head.
My body and my mind experienced feeling through, until now unknown words, such as relaxation and meditation !
Only because of you, your mind, genuine and supportive introduction and guidance I feel motivated and inspired again.
Therefore THANK YOU for being here for us, who are still discovering this beautiful and empowering world of yoga.
Looking forward seeing you around the world again soon.
Wishing you all the best
Ivana, Yoga retreat, 25th November 2012

Dear Sandra,
I arrived 8 days ago in this beautiful peaceful spot feeling like a jellyfish, and a total novice to Yoga !
Your inner beauty and generosity have shone forth and warmed my heart, and your patience and encouragement have given me confidence in my body !
I leave here sadly, but with my batteries recharged and the belief that where there are ruins, there may well be a hidden treasure!
My wish for you is that you believe in yourself as much as I believe in you !
Thank you
Loraine, November 2012

Dear Sandra,
It was an amazing week of yoga practice with you. Thanks for this wonderful teaching provided with such generosity and patience to all students whatever level. Your lessons were very precious to go deeper in the yoga practice with being gentle with myself. The breathing lessons also were so nicely explained and brought more consciousness in my yoga practice. Thanks to you Sandra, I understood more deeply how yoga is so essential to our lives, connecting body, mind and soul.
I will never forget this week and the beautiful soul that you are.
A million thanks and hope to be able to come again to a yoga week with you.
Xoxo Sofia, 30 November 2012

Dear Sandra, thank for your wonderful (painful but helpful) Yoga lessons.
We appreciated and learned a lot.
Wishing you all the best for your future journey. Hopefully we see you again next year, your Dream team boys
Hans + Ian

Dear Sandra
It has been a pleasure to meet you and attend your yoga classes at Talalla. For two weeks I have been attending and with each lesson I am amazed at the possibilities of my physical being! With your gentle encouragement and excellent coaching I have been inspired to continue with yoga as a lifestyle and not just a holiday activity. The benefits are obvious. To top it off I have thoroughly enjoyed our chats and take a great deal of pleasure in letting you know here and that no matter where in the world I am, you are stuck with me as a friend (+hopefully from time to time a student as our paths cross again).
Hugs and love, Tammy, 10 December 2012
P.S. Strider Rocks !!!


Dear Sandra,
Thanks for an amazing yoga retreat!
It was just what I needed.
Thanks for your soothing voice and confidence in us to perform quite challenging asanas, that I didn't think I could do! Well done for trying to make me sit for so long
All the best for the future and may our paths cross again
Caroline Coetzee - 21.10.11

Thanks Sandra for making this Yoga Retreat very informative, challenging and nurturing!
My hamstrings will remember you for a long time to come. :)
I hope we meet again soon,
Amanda, 22.10.11

Dear Sandra,
We really enjoyed our practice with you.
We both feel like we improved a bit from last time. Thanks to your kind encouragement and patience! Also, like to thank you for the different meditation sessions. Lastly we really appreciate the time spent chatting with you during dinner. We hope to see you again either in Sri Lanka or even India...!? You are a real inspiration!!
Warm regards,
Michino & Don, 7.11.11

Dear Sandra,
I have learnt a lot more about yoga this week in our classes with you. The week has helped to open and lengthen my body - especially my back which was in bad shape on arrival!
I have also learned how much further I have to go. Imagine if I only did yoga once a week?
Nothing would happen I will follow up your recommendations in Bali and stay in the yoga path in Australia. Thank you for both pushing me and respecting my limits. You are gently strong & kind. I look forward to the next time we meet wherever that may be.
Best wishes
Louise, 7 November 2011

26th November 2011
After a long period of not listening to my body and losing the connection to it, I now got the feeling that I am much more confident and in tune with it again.
I'm full of energy to transport this awareness into my world back home to live my life with a more relaxed point of view.
So THANKS A LOT - you are the best teacher I could imagine to teach me this new way of thinking.
All the best for you.

Dear Sandra
Thank you so much for a wonderful week of yoga. I haven't practiced for a long while and already feel a lot stronger, refreshed and energised.
Thanks for helping me overcome my fears over inversions! I have always avoided these but am now confident to keep doing them. I will miss the classes when I leave!
All the very best.
Charlotte x

Sandra, thank you, I have thoroughly enjoyed the retreat. I feel stronger and ready to practice regularly again. I particularly enjoyed the therapeutic lesson and hope to remember all the useful advice you gave.
All the best. Karen

Dear Sandra
Many thanks for an educational and motivational yoga retreat. Although I have practiced for a while you have given me a great overview of the "complete picture" which I was missing and needed to understand. Armed with this knowledge I am motivated to continue my practice and learn more.
Feeling flexible and fit. I look forward to our paths crossing again sometime soon.
All the very best.
Jacquie Quinn

Dear Sandra,
I'm practising yoga again after more than 3 years and I sincerely appreciate your style of teaching and encouragement which has got me to a point where I know I can and need to practise again regularly. So, thank you very much indeed.

It has been great learning much more about what yoga truly is and how to incorporate it into our daily lives.
I hope I can take a good part of this learning back with me and see a change.

All the best and maybe see you soon!
Best wishes
Janet Geddes

Dec. 14, 2011
Dear Sandra,
It was truly a pleasure spending so much time with you over the last two weeks! You greatly enhanced my experience here. Your wisdom, kindness, and encouragement took my practice to a higher level. Found your classes unique and uplifting. Your energy gave me compassion for my body as well as the confidence to try some postures I never thought I could do! I will certainly miss the "high" your classes give me. I wish you continued success in inspiring others. I hope we meet again!
With gratitude,
Jamie McCarthy, Canada
p.s. Thank you so much for all the yoga teacher training info! I'm going to do it!

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