Vidya Heisel

Vidya Heisel

Vidya´s journey through yoga spans over five decades, reflecting a lifelong passion for yoga and Eastern philosophy. She's explored various yoga styles across continents, from Iyengar to Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Forrest Yoga. In 2002, Vidya founded Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training programs, sharing her deep understanding of yoga's philosophical dimensions with aspiring teachers worldwide.

A significant moment in Vidya´s life came with the creation of Suryalila Retreat Centre in 2011, a sanctuary of yogic exploration nestled in the serene landscapes of Andalusia, Spain. Recognised as the top yoga retreat centre in the Om Yoga Awards 2023, Suryalila mirrors Vidya's dedication to fostering spaces for healing and sustainable living.

Beyond her roles as a yoga teacher and leader, Vidya's journey inspires seekers of truth and fulfilment. Through her teachings, she encourages embracing yoga's transformative power and embarking on a journey of self-discovery. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or new to the practice, Vidya's wisdom offers practical tools for navigating life's complexities with grace and resilience.

Champion of Change Podcast with Vidya


Vidya founded Suryalila Retreat Centre with grand ambitions and created the largest yoga practice space in Europe. She talks to Kat about how she is educating the local farming community to change their intensive farming practices to use less water and reverse what seems as the inexorable march of desert through the whole of Southern Europe.

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Courses with Vidya

  • Crow Challenge
    Crow Challenge

    14 Steps

    Get strong, take flight and infuse the rest of your practice with strength and confidence.

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  • Start to Flow with Vinyasa Yoga
    Start to Flow with Vinyasa Yoga

    17 Steps

    Develop your understanding of Vinyasa Yoga and start to flow with this 17-day course.

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  • Yoga to Build Strength
    Yoga to Build Strength

    30 Steps

    Get strong in body and mind by building your physical strength and personal power.

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  • Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life 1
    Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life 1

    32 Steps

    This course introduces Patanjali's eight-limbed path.

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  • Strong for Summer
    Strong for Summer

    22 Steps

    Your essential collection of strengthening classes for the summer.

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