Meet Our Team


Alessandra  is the founder and director of Sannyas Yoga Academy. A passionate lifestyle entrepreneur, therapist, Yoga teacher, artist and philanthropist living in alignment with her life purpose and mission to explore, harmonise and empower the human spirit.

Alessandra was born in Milan, Italy, feeling the pressure of the stressful city lifestyle and seeing people living in the pursuit of an imaginary healthy and happy existence, she left home in her early 20’s to travel the world and discover what it has to offer, and what life is all about. During this time she met powerful teachers and learned from world masters such as Don Jose Ruiz, Osho’s successor, Louise Lynn Hay, Michael Beckwith and many more.

Alessandra’s passion is for music, natural medicine, growth and expansion, she strongly believes that everyone has the ability and potential to realise the deepest dreams and desires and live in harmony with all that is. Her unique heart centred teaching is all about self-love, intentional living, empowerment and lifestyle ethics.

Inspired by her studies, a PhD. in metaphysical humanistic science and vibrational medicine, her worldwide travels and life experiences, Alessandra supports her students and clients in removing limiting beliefs and blockages, reprogramming the mind and body for success from a place of understanding, clarity and love.

Through the practice of yoga, meditation, movement, introspection and music, Alessandra will focus her classes on bringing awareness into your present life to shift anything that is holding you back on all levels of your being; physical, mental and emotional.


Ana Lucía Fariña is native of Costa Rica, a musician and a yoga instructor graduated from Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica where she received her 500hrs certification in 2009-2010. She has also trained in Aerial Yoga in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A. and deepened her Yoga studies in India and the west with diverse teachers focusing mainly on Iyengar and Hatha and more recently yoga therapeutics.

Coming from a musician family, she has been playing piano, guitar and singing since early age. She currently practices bhakti yoga through devotional mantra chanting, kirtan and bhajans. Another talent of hers is playing the harmonium.

She has been teaching yoga, meditation and mindfulness related classes, training programs, workshops, delivering retreats and conscious yoga travel vacations in diverse parts of the world like Bali, India, Costa Rica, Guatemala and other exotic and sacred destinations.

Analu has an MBA from Costa Rica and a Masters in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University (a Buddhist inspired university) located in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.; where she also had the opportunity to deepen her spiritual practice in meditation, mindfulness and Tibetan Buddhism. She has dedicated the last decade of her life to studying self-inquiry through Advaita Vedanta and Buddhism. She has also studied and practised meditation in the Shambhala tradition, Vipassana tradition and the Zen tradition with diverse masters.


Thatja is a LifeStyle Entrepreneur, Transformational Coach, Holistic Yoga Teacher and Philanthropist. She has developed a fast growing Transformational Life Coaching Program. She offers private & group programs which has been transforming people’s lives all over the world. Her work reflects her intensive study of Yoga, Psychology, Healing Arts, Ayurvedic Medicine, Shamanism, Sound Healing, Reiki, Nutrition, Astrology, Tantra and other Eastern disciplines, which she blends with results-oriented techniques of Western Life Coaching.

Thatja believes every Human Being has the birth right to be EXTRAORDINARY impacting others as a reflection. She is passionate about supporting people to awaken to their own inner power. Following her soul calling for freedom of expression and joy through her work and lifestyle, and she now helps her clients and friends to do the same. Bringing awareness, shaping and rewiring minds to achieve it’s full potential – becoming the best version you possibly could be.

Thatja is a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher and she has been practicing yoga for the past 10 years. Her Yoga practice has largely changed her outlook in life, as it has awakened a strong desire for inner growth and transformation. Yoga has served as a technology that helped Thatja access the flow of inner peace, joy and abundance. “When I first practised Shamanic Yoga I felt something awakening inside of me. I felt my higher self being deeply activated. So I immediately knew that this was the type of yoga modality I had been looking for, and also one that I felt I needed to share with the world.”

Through the nurturing practices of Shamanic Yoga, meditation, visualisation, movement, mantra, and body acceptance rituals, Thatja focuses her classes on self-empowerment, self actualization and dharma (purpose). She will teach you how to love your body and live from a place of empowered self-esteem. You will awaken a self-love so transformational that you can live each day as if your body is a beautiful miracle.

Thatja believes that people are the best medicine for the soul. Connection is what we long for, the classes are an interaction from one higher self to another, creating nourishing connections between ourselves and others.


Jonathan Matahi Lefevre was born in Tahiti and grew up with hippie parents between Polynesia, Bali, and India.

Because of a lifelong interest in the more mystical side of reality he went to live and train with various shamans and mystics in countries across Asia. Eventually he also felt the need for more academic training and graduated from the Kimura Shiatsu Institute in Japan; the University of San Diego in California (Marine Sciences); and the British School of Osteopathy, UK.

This allowed him to blend in his work and teachings- Western science and rigor with Eastern spirituality while exploring the higher common threads linking all the various cultures he had been exposed to.

When not out surfing, Jono Matahi runs a private osteopathic practice in Bali and teaches workshops for various yoga teacher training around the globe, mainly focusing on anatomy, subtle bodies, fascia bodywork, meditation and Hindu & Buddhist philosophies.

Chef Gustavo

Gustavo was born and raised in Brazil, however, he is from an Italian heritage. From his father and grandmother, Gustavo inherited the Italian passion for cooking. Along the years, he become a world traveler, and a seasoned international Vegan & Vegetarian Chef. While living in Australia, he joined ‘TAFE’, a distinguished cookery school where he developed a huge range of culinary skills.

A big shift occurred in 2008 when Gustavo decided to become a Vegetarian. Soon after that, he was given the opportunity to take a position as a Head Chef in a famous holistic retreat Ashram in South of Brazil, a place called ‘Enchanted Mountain’. He also served as a volunteer at the AMMAS’s kitchen in India, and also during her retreats in Spain, France, Australia and the Netherlands.

His passion for travelling took him to Lisbon, Portugal, where he worked for a famous restaurant called ‘Garden of The Senses’, and also opened his first Vegan Bistro called “Oriental Rout”. 

Gustavo cooking creativity has become famous as his recipes become bestsellers. His work has featured in magazines, newspapers, and he has taken part in several TV shows.

At this moment, Bali is the place where Gustavo calls home, and we are so happy to have him as our in-house Vegan-Vegetarian Chef, here at Sannyas Yoga Academy.