Welcome and thank you for stopping by! Wondering who we are? We are Honza and Claudine, the founders of YogaBeyond®, a global brand built on the practice of yoga, education and community. Our love story began from opposite corners of the world in 2007. True to our life philosophy of 'follow your bliss', overcoming 10,000 miles apart simply meant another exciting adventure on our journey toward finding each other. We finally met in New York in December 2007, and currently call Sydney, Australia our home away from home. Our collective experiences and combined career paths in yoga, wellness, business and art have brought us together in a powerful way... et voila, YogaBeyond was born.
The first chapter of the YogaBeyond evolution began in 2012 when our love for yoga, connection and each other, lead us to the creation of ACROVINYASA™, a highly transformative and inspiring practice that takes yoga from earth to air. Uniting elements of vinyasa, acroyoga and inversion training, this community based yoga stream offers a dynamic expansion beyond the traditional solo practice. It is formulated into a two level teacher training format. There are currently over 200 certified teachers from over 30 countries representing ACROVINYASA™ at yoga studios, festivals and online platforms all over the world.
Chapter two of our evolution lead us to opening a yoga studio in the heart of Sydney in 2013. After three years of sharing our yoga practice and nurturing a local community, we had an opportunity to co-create a new paradigm in the world of large scale yoga festivals. It meant saying good bye to our yoga studio and embarking on a whole new adventure called Wanderlust. We are proud and honored to have invested not only time and money, but more importantly our heart and soul into an idea that ended up bringing tens of thousands of likeminded people together, transforming countless lives, and creating magical moments that will be forever etched into our collective memories.
Over the last few years, our main focus has been channeled into education. We facilitate around half a dozen teacher trainings in various parts of the world every year. These are immersive residential style courses that range from 100 to 300 contact hours, and offer both RYT-200 as well as the advanced RYT-500 registered certifications. For anyone interested in practicing with us online, we teach classes, plans and teacher training modules on platforms such as YogaGlo and Codyapp.
Our desire to spread the message of yoga far beyond the existing yoga communities, led us to finding our voice within the world of social media. With daily inspirational and educational posts of our life and practice on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, we have attracted a worldwide audience of thousands of likeminded humans who resonate with our message. These creative virtual platforms allow us to connect with people from all corners of the world on a daily basis. We feel very blessed to have found a cosy home in both the physical and the virtual worlds.
When we became a family in 2016 and welcomed our beautiful little girl Sofie Phoenix into the world, we made a conscious decision to continue with our life as we knew it and simply find a way to make it all work. With nine months of the year spent on the road, it has been an incredible learning experience that we want to continue sharing with the world. What we have come to realize in recent times is that our voice can be a powerful instrument of change. On 1st April 2018, we launched a YouTube channel that features weekly documentary style videos capturing our life as it unfolds. We are using this platform to shed light on the many challenges humanity faces today, and doing our best to bring more awareness to people and organizations who are helping to resolve them. We invite you to join us on this #JourneyBeyond.
With love from earth to air,
Honza & Claudine Lafond
Our logo with the letters YB is made up of 7 circles using the so called "Golden Ratio". As with Phi (the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter), the digits go on and on, theoretically into infinity. Phi is usually rounded off to 1.618. This number has been discovered and rediscovered many times, which is why it has so many names — the Golden Mean, the Golden Section, the Divine Proportion etc.
Civilizations as far back and as far apart as the Ancient Egyptians, the Mayans, as well as the Greeks discovered the Golden Ratio and incorporated it into their own art, architecture, and designs. They discovered that the Golden Ratio seems to be Nature's perfect number. For some reason, it just seems to appeal to our natural instincts.
From architecture to art, music, human bodies, animals, plants and even the solar systems, there is nowhere the Golden Ratio cannot be found. Its widespread existence is astonishing. Whether ancient Greeks were unconsciously influenced by the presence of the Golden Ratio in their natural surroundings first and were led to develop toward that proportion, or whether they discovered its beauty first and then chose to model after it we will never know. In reality, we can not deny the greatness of the Golden Ratio, which has been carried on around the universe since the beginning of time and beyond.
“Imagination is everything, it is the preview of life's coming attractions."
Honza Lafond - Director/Co-Founder
An adventurer and a spiritual truth seeker, Honza has long sought to answer some of the deeper existential questions of the human condition. Over the last 15 years, his journey has taken him from humble beginnings in the Czech Republic, where he grew up, right across the globe to Australia, where he calls home. Paralleling his passions within our interconnected culture, Honza has turned his creative interests into entrepreneurial endeavours such as evolution of yoga within the global community, motivational education, art of social media, inspirational photography and more.
A teacher of movement, wellness and spirituality, Honza is known for his unique teaching style incorporating elevated thinking within empowering physical practice. The intention behind his class delivery is to inspire a spark within a person. His teaching explores the practices of hatha, vinyasa, yin and acroyoga, as well as life-coaching and fitness training. The desire to invite others to follow their bliss, has led Honza and his wife Claudine, to the creation of the brand YogaBeyond®, and the practice ACROVINYASA™, a highly transformative and inspiring stream of yoga.
Honza teaches with raw, yet playful and compassionate honesty to help bring your practice off the mat and into your daily life. He likes to be on his hands, upside down or on his back balancing a flyer. Expect inversions and arm balances in his classes, workshops and teacher trainings. In his own words, "The challenge that inversions and arm balances offer builds confidence and strength, but more than anything it excites the ever present child within all of us. To me, the playful nature of yoga is just as important as its more disciplined aspects. It is the balance between the two that makes yoga a blissful pathway of coming home.”
"We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”
Claudine Lafond - Co-Founder
Claudine believes that anything is possible. Her personal mission in life is to live a life of purpose, fueled by love, truth and courage. She has been drawn to movement and self expression for as long as she can remember. Claudine embodies compassion, warmth and kindness in all that she does. She celebrates in the unique light and beauty within everyone’s being. Her essential nature reflects lightness infused with depth and honesty. Her intention is to create an inclusive environment where students can move freely, feel good, have fun and experience the infinitude of possibilities within themselves. As she likes to say, "in every breath, there is opportunity for transformation. Yoga isn’t a practice contained to a mat, nor is it a practice available only to a certain group of people. It is a powerful tool for transformation and healing and should be available to everybody in the world."
Yoga found Claudine over 15 years ago in her hometown of New York City and and the practice immediately resonated. Since then, she has sought every opportunity to learn from teachers around the world within various lineages. Her teaching is influenced from Kripalu, Anusara, Iyengar, Forrest, Hatha,Vinyasa and AcroYoga as well as fitness, pilates and holistic health. She believes that above all, humor is an essential ingredient in yoga and that laughter is the best core exercise there is. Claudine's humble guidance points her students towards the wisdom and strength they already possess.
Holding deep gratitude for all of her teachers and students, she humbly acknowledges that we are all lifelong students. Through an extensive range of leaders, Claudine has forged an intuitive and playful teaching style. Her vibrant approach to life, courageous spirit, and open heart is infectious. Claudine contributes regularly to Women's Health Australia as the yoga expert and has recently been featured in Mantra Yoga and Health in the U.S. The desire to invite others to follow their bliss, has led Claudine and her husband Honza, to the creation of the brand YogaBeyond®, and the practice ACROVINYASA™, a highly transformative and inspiring stream of yoga.