TRIBE

JOLIE MANZA

BOULDER, CO

Founder / Head Teacher

PHOEBE WATERS

MELBOURNE

Head Teacher 

ROB UNDERWOOD

SYDNEY, AUS

Surf Guru / Media

LAUREN KOEPPE

LOS ANGELES

Marketing / Events

MEL PRETORIUS

SOUTH AFRICA

Head Teacher

CECILY SMITH

NEW YORK

Teacher

BRUCE CHUNG

CANADA

Guest Teacher

NICHOLA SPAIN

AUSTRALIA

Assitant Teacher

AURELIE POLES

FRANCE

Teacher

Get to know our tribe.. 

Mel, when did you first find yoga in your life?

For as long as I can remember I have been in love with the human body's ability to find expression, and joy, through movement - from early memories of a tiny girl twirling around with a ribbon in her hand, to the thrill of running on the track field as fast as I could. But it was only until later, working as journalist in a fast-paced newsroom, that I saw how movement coupled with mindfulness could become really profound, life-changing medicine.

Yoga finally caught up with me on my late nights at home.After working an anxiety-filled deadline shift at the newspaper, I found the practice calmed me, re-centred me, and silenced my ninja-brain... and it just felt so damn good.

Lauren, what do you love about yoga?

  

Yoga is a universal language

that is felt, taught and practiced

all over the world. The lifestyle creates a community that is

focused on love, acceptance 

and presence of mind, and practicing allows me time to internally channel my energy

and find out what I am in

need of. Yoga is a constant 

that will remain in my life forever. 

Jolie, why do you love to teach?

 

I have been teaching to my

toys since I was 3 years old.

It’s always been a natural

calling for me. Communicating

my passion to people,

especially to those who share

the same interest is my favorite

way to pass the time. I consider teaching a great responsibility

and one that comes with a lot

of hard work and discipline.

It’s an honor to hold the space

for people and pass on information.  I always remember what a great teacher once

told me: “All the knowledge we now hold, is the sum product of information attained by people who’ve previously influenced us. Nothing we teach is new information, no knowledge is owned or reserved or innately yours.”  “Once you ride the

elevator of knowledge it’s

time to send it back down.” 

Rob, where has surfing

taken you around the world?

I consider myself blessed to

have taught and worked in

some of the most beautiful

and remote places this earth

has to offer. It all began in

Sydney, Australia at the world renown Manly Surf School,

as well as teaching up and

down the East coast of Australia.

I have taught kids the art of

wave riding in County Kerry, Ireland. Surfed both the east

and west coast of America,

Mexico and Costa Rica and

even ridden wave pools in

Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. I have surfed in the Beautiful Fijian islands and

I was privileged to be invited to Japan to work as a professional lifeguard on their busy beaches.

I have spent the last 6 years working with “ The Perfect Wave “ managing operations on their

high-end exclusive surf resort

on The Maldives, as well as

guide surf charter boats for lucky guests throughout the island

chain. I have managed surf

camps in Bali and surfed my

way through Indonesia where I believe the waves cannot be compared to anywhere else

in the world. 

Phoebe, what do you

believe Yogakoh can

pass on to the world?

 

YogaKoh is a collective

of people who all crossed

paths travelling and have

been working together

for years all around the

world. 

We are driven by passion

a for travel, we say yes to

any adventure and we are

open to learning every step

of the way, this is what

we can pass on to the world.