island Yoga Malta

our dedicated teaching team is here to share their passion for yoga and is always ready to help you with your yoga journey

Island Yoga Team
Rosita Jan
Rosita Jan | Studio Director

E-RYT 500 Registered Trainer / YACEP Provider – Hatha Yoga Cert (200hr)
Vinyasa Yoga Cert (300hr) – Pre & Post Natal and Children & Teens Yoga (30hr)
SUP Yoga Cert (25hr) – Budokon Yoga Cert (50hr) – Thai Massage Level 1 (30hr)
Yoga Trapeze® Cert (50hr) – Yoga Trapeze® Trainer Cert (25hr)
Awakening Yoga (20hr) – Advanced Course & Awakening Yoga Academy (50hr)

International master yoga trainer, all-things-yoga business entrepreneur based in Malta. Rosita’s yoga teaching journey began in 2013 which eventually lead her to quitting her job in the corporate world to pursue teaching yoga full time. What started as a fun exercise, progressed into a series of all-encompassing workout systems inspired by yoga, calisthenics, cross-fit, mixed movements, trapeze yoga and SUP yoga. Rosita has trained with a number of internationally acclaimed pioneers like Briohny Smyth, Dice Iida-Klein, Honsa & Claudine Lafond, Lucas Rockwood, Mackenzie Mille, Mathieu Boldron, Cameron Shayne.

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Lexi Gatt | Studio Manager & Senior Yoga Teacher

RYT 200 Registered Trainer – Yoga Cert (200hr)
Yoga Trapeze Cert (50hr)
Wheel Yoga Cert (20hr)
SUP Yoga Cert (20hr)

Meet Lexi. From a young age, Lexi used to practice yoga with her grandmother and always found it very intriguing. Over the years, Lexi had attending a few yoga classes, but never had the time to fully commit to regular practicing due to university studies. She finally had the time to rediscover her passion for yoga after graduating as a Kindergarten Teacher, which led her to applying for the 200hr Teacher Training at Island Yoga, improving her knowledge and personal practice, and qualifying. Not only does Lexi love the physical benefits of the movement of yoga, however she strongly believes in the positive effects yoga brings for someone’s mental health. 

Jael Persiano | Senior Yoga Teacher

RYT 200 Registered Trainer – Yoga Cert (200hr)
Yoga Trapeze Cert (50hr)
Flexibility Yoga Cert (50hr)

Meet our instructor Jael, born and raised in Malta. Jael started her yoga journey when a friend recommended they attend classes together. With each class she attended she became more eager to learn and develop her personal practice, as well as learn more about the various styles of yoga. This journey has led her here, to becoming a certified yoga and trapeze yoga instructor with Island Yoga. Yoga has become a crucial part of her life, it provides many benefits on and off the mat. Which is why she wants to share her passion and knowledge with others, to help them develop along their own personal journey. When not practicing yoga, Jael practices pole dance fitness.

Sarah Abela | Yoga Teacher

RYT 200 Registered Trainer – Yoga Cert (200hr)
Aerial Yoga-Slings Cert (30hr)
SUP Yoga Cert (25hr)

Hailing from a background in classical dance, Sarah is not new to the performative element of sport. Following an injury, she let go of ballet and movement altogether until a friend introduced her to Yoga in 2015. She has completed her 200hr Vinyasa Yoga teacher training with Island Yoga, during which time she discovered a passion for aerial slings, a sport that reignited the performative and creative elements that were thought lost. When she’s not on a mat or hanging from a sling, you’ll find her in the water riding waves or basking in the sun with a book in hand.

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Ceren Imge Altinok | Yoga Teacher

RYT 200 Registered Trainer – Yoga Cert (200hr)
Aerial Yoga-Slings Cert (30hr)
SUP Yoga Cert (20hr)

Meet Ceren. Ceren started her Yoga Journey 2 years ago while working in a cooperate world and living in a foreign country for the first time. She fell in love with yoga at Island Yoga studio and decided to follow her instant connection to this practice. Ceren was a professional swimmer for 6 years while still in high school and was always into physical activities which led her to apply for Aerial Slings Yoga Teacher Training at Island Yoga studio. Her journey continued with 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training. She always believed that we, as people are stronger than we think, and we just need to take that first step to start one of the best journeys of our lives – yoga.

Aoife Johnston | Yoga Teacher

RYT 200 Registered Trainer – Yoga Cert (200hr)
Aerial Yoga-Slings Cert (20hr)

Meet Aoife. Originally from Ireland and relocated to Malta. She has a background in
Occupational Therapy with over 6 years’ experience in both physical and cognitive rehabilitation.
This has massively helped her understanding of how individual bodies differ and move.
She was introduced to yoga in 2007 and obtained her 200hr teacher training in 2018. She is
passionate about how yoga can benefit people both physically and mentally. Aoife was
introduced to Aerial slings in Island yoga where she fell in love with the practice. She is keen to
share her passion with you.

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Lilly Carvalho | Yoga Teacher

RYT 200 Registered Trainer – Yoga Cert (200hr)
Wheel Yoga Cert (20hr)

Lilly is a qualified English teacher who started deepening her yoga journey during the pandemic in order to keep mind and body healthy. Every yoga class was (and still is) a new journey of self-discovery and learning which led her to grow passionate about it. All this passion grew more and more till she decided it was time to take her teaching experience to another field and share the wonders of yoga with other people.

Lilly completed her 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Island Yoga studio and joined the teaching team soon afterwards.

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Elif Bukan | Aerial Slings Yoga Teacher

Aerial Yoga-Slings Cert (20hr)

Meet Elif, who became a yoga enthusiast after attending classes on and off since her teenage years. After being relocated to Malta, she got to discover her love for Aerial Slings. Although she really wanted to, she never found the time or courage to take her journey further than occasionally practicing until she had experienced health issues due to unbalanced lifestyle and stress. She discerned the importance of mind, body, spirit connection and finally decided to dig deeper into her interest in yoga which made her sign up for Aerial Slings Yoga Teacher Training at Island Yoga studio. She is excited to share her passion for this beautiful practice with new students.