Gerry is a Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT) and a registered member of; Yoga Alliance International (YAI), The International Yoga Federation (IYF) and The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). He also holds a 4th Dan in Shorinji Kempo. He started his Yoga practice with the Iyengar & Sivananda methods over 30 years ago. Gerry is a certified therapist with over 25 years of professional experience including many thousands of treatments. He is the founder and director of SYM-Ltd and has been teaching yoga, Shiatsu, Chinese medicine and related subjects in Europe
Massimo is a registered, certified yoga teacher as well as a professional Shiatsu therapist and teacher. He is also a qualified Kinesiologist and craniosacral therapist. In 1999, Massimo founded Holismos, a center for complementary health therapies and yoga in Poggibonsi, Tuscany, Italy. In 2016, he opened an additional Yoga and Healing center in Varese, north of Milan. Apart from his regular treatment and teaching schedule, he also teaches anatomy and physiology as well as bodywork and healing workshops on several Yoga Teacher Training courses every year.
Anna Leslie is a professional yoga teacher, having completed several yoga teacher training courses in the past 5 years. She graduated with SYM in 2014 and continued her energetic training in her yoga practice under the instruction of Gerry Rixen. She has been studying Japanese DO-IN, Meridian stretching and Shiatsu over the past 3 years, deepening her yoga by completing another Yoga teacher training course with the International Sivinanda Vedanta Center Ashram training in March 2018, in Argentina. Anna spent 6 months in India, in 2015, where she studied in several different yoga ashrams.
Mario Sarigu is a qualified massage therapist and has been practising in London for the past 15 years. He qualified as a yoga teacher with SYM in 2011 since which he has been teaching internationally and teaches on the SYM 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Courses. Mario has also studied various other approaches to therapy especially in Brazil and India. Mario speaks Italian, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
from United Kingdom, October 2018
An amazing opportunity to learn from very special teachers, sharing different styles of teaching yoga and their passion for practice. I really enjoyed the focus on the therapeutic benefits of yoga and how to make these accessible to all - there was a very inclusive ethos in the teacher training. Great company from coursemates, nourishment for the body from wonderful chef and nourishment for the bliss body from the mountain views and swims in the sea. Thank you all! x
from Ireland, September 2018
"Amazing experience in all ways "
The level of training was exceptional and far surpassed my expectations. Gerrys wealth of experience and knowledge in yoga and therapeutic practices meant we were always supported in developing our yoga skills and teaching abilities in a supported and inspiring way. I felt so lucky to have him as our teacher. Anna brought such beautiful energy to the overall experience and welcomed us with smiles and warmth. She is a fantastic teacher. Mario was wonderful and kind and nurturing and really helped us to be aware of our bodies and to deepen our practice. The town itself is magical and surrounded by beautiful valleys. The swallows and the sunrise welcomed each day. A truley wonderful experience.
from United States, September 2018
"Consciousness Expanding Experience"
The energy of this location is incredible. Gerry did a fantastic job of integrating yoga philosophy and psychology with modern neurophysiology and pracitcal application of asana, pranayama and shiatsu. Anna's goddesss-like leadership brought a divine synergy to the group--I learned so much from her and have the utmost respect and admiration for this woman! The wisdom of Mario's experience left impressions on my consciousness too numerous to measure. Nina, our chef, is probably one of the best humans on the planet and made all our delicious meals with so much love. I got so much more out of this training than I ever could have imagined when I booked.
from Thailand, August 2018
"Room for Improvement"
Cervera del Maestre is a sweet little village off the beaten path. The residents were welcoming and friendly. It is a wonderful setting to immerse oneself in yoga. Our off days and siestas were filled with sunshine. The instructional focus on alignment and basic principles was helpful.
from Australia, August 2018
"Sunny Days "
The location of the teacher training was in a beautiful, quiet village. The schedule allowed for laying out in the sun, or getting some sleep during the mid day breaks.
I also valued the opportunity to learn about Shiatsu among other alternative therapies.
Receiving instruction from multiple teachers gave variety to the days and exposure to different teaching styles.
from United States, August 2018
"Too much drama"
The villa with the pool was a nice, peaceful home, the village was absolutely filled with joyous people that were gracious to all of the attendees.
from Ireland, July 2018
"A disappointing experience in a beautiful place"
The village itself and the people are lovely. Fabulous views and quite peaceful. The villa (dorm) accommodation is in a quiet house. There is a pool in the garden, which was very nice during breaks.
from Romania, August 2017
An amazing experience that I would warmly recommend. The location is peacefull and beautiful, there is plenty of healthy and tasty food and the accomodation friendly. The teachers- Gerry, Iain and Anna are the best. 3 different styles, but each one really good. I am very happy for choosing this course, Yoga was serious, authentic. I learned a lot of things and I would come back for another course.
from Austria, August 2017
"Gem of a teacher training "
Truly exceptional training. Beautiful part of the world. Extremely knowledgeable but laid back and supportive teachers.
from Afghanistan, August 2017
"YTTC at Cervera del Maestre in Spain"
Instruction is great; very good yoga and very good quality of instructors. You learn a lot of interesting and useful things for teaching yoga, as well as for your personal practice. And the food is delicious....
The location is also really good, a self contained Spanish village full of nice people and very close to the coast.
from Mexico, August 2017
Inhoudelijk interessant. Verschillende docenten. Alle aspecten van yoga kwamen aan bod (zoals asana's, chanten, meditatie en filosofie). Ontzettend leuke en hechte groep studenten. Goed eten en accommodatie. Mooi dat we de vrijheid hadden en kregen om in het dorp ook onze eigen ding te doen.
from Belgium, July 2017
"Highly professional training , in a stunning environment"
High quality training, demanding but respectful , high quality food , stunning beauty of the countryside, perfect timing , very good logistics.
from Colombia, July 2017
I loved the location, the small Spanish village is just perfect for a retreat. I loved the quality of the teaching and the lessons we did at the beach! The food was just Amazing. I am not vegan however with the vegan food provided I haven't missed anything at all. I am going back next month to volunteer, I simply fell in love with this experience!
Sneha Rad United States
''Great people, great yoga, great food - overall an amazing journey with amazing people!''
Claire Bland Switzerland
"A Gem of a course with truly exceptional training. Beautiful part of the world.
Extremely knowledgeable but laid back and supportive teachers.".
Isabela Cosa Romania
"An amazing experience that I would warmly recommend. The location is peacefull and beautiful, there is plenty of healthy and tasty food and the accomodation friendly.
The teachers- Gerry, Iain and Anna are the best. 3 different styles, but each one really good. I am very happy for choosing this course, Yoga was serious, authentic. I learned a lot of things and I would come back for another course".
Francisco Calabuig Afghanistan
"Instruction is great; very good yoga and very good quality of instructors. You learn a lot of interesting and useful things for teaching yoga, as well as for your personal practice. And the food is delicious....
The location is also really good, a self contained Spanish village full of nice people and very close to the coast".
Alison Wisman Scotland
''My yoga teacher training with SYM was fantastic. The focus on alignment and a whole body approach ensures the course contents facilitate the learner with a safety conscious awareness when leading their own class.
Gerry, Anna and Ian ensured all lessons were detailed while providing individualised support where needed. Additionally they were supportive and encouraging at all times.
Thanks SYM for a great first step into becoming a yoga teacher.''