OUR TEAM

We are a world-class team of teachers who are all committed to the Sri Vidya Traditional lineage.

At The Practice, our hearts and commitment belong to the Sri Vidya Traditional lineage. Our senior teachers have received formal Mantra initiation into the Sri Vidya path – a path dedicated to bringing more beauty and goodness into the world.

We live and breathe Sri Vidya’s sublime worldview and using the ancient methodology of Traditional Hatha Yoga, we seek to empower ourselves and our students to use every moment of life to express gratitude for the gift of this existence.

OCTAVIO SALVADO

CO-OWNER & PRINCIPAL YOGA TEACHER

“By the grace of my teachers, the Masters and my heavenly Mother and Father, my mission is simple: to share Yoga with the world in the way that it was intended – as a spiritual science designed to awaken us to our highest potential. Everything I teach is lineage-based, handed down from teacher to student for thousands of years in an unbroken chain of personal transmission.

Since I began teaching in 2006, my only wish has been to serve humanity by sharing this great science and simultaneously honor my teachers and the long line of dedicated Yogis that came before them.”

Octavio began practicing the science of Kriya Yoga at age 19 and was eventually initiated into Kriya Yoga at 27 in Northern India. He pilgrimaged for a decade across India, deepening his understanding and practice of Yoga and Tantra; things that can’t be learned from books.

He has accumulated dozens of certificates over the last two decades, but to him they matter very little. As the Masters say: ‘Only direct experience matters and how committed we are to daily practice’.

Now, with the unshakable resolve to educate people on the truth about Traditional Hatha – about what it is and what it isn’t – and to make it more accessible and meaningful for the masses, Octavio has committed himself wholeheartedly to the lineage of Sri Vidya, the knowledge-stream of the Himalayan Masters. This sublime lineage, above all else, is dedicated to bringing forward more light, wisdom and beauty into the world by the virtue of committed personal practice.

With his relentless studentship and unwavering commitment to self-practice, Octavio hopes to help all dedicated students find more purpose, self-reliance, joy and freedom in their daily lives and ultimately, achieve the highest goal – Self Realization.

He believes that when practiced correctly and with the right guidance and attitude, the potential for Yoga and Traditional Hatha to deeply transform all aspects of our lives is limitless.

Check out Octavio’s 108 days MoonSunFire App on this link.


EMMA SALVADO

C0-OWNER, TRAINING COORDINATOR & YOGA TEACHER

Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s remembering who you are. Yoga has without doubt brought more stillness into my life. Stillness in the way I parent, the way I teach and the way I navigate my life. I have found elegance in the pauses that I once needed to fill. There is no separation between my practice and “the rest of life” it’s all one and the same. Life is my storybook and I read the chapters back again as I teach.” 

Emma is a devoted wife, mother, traditional Hatha yoga teacher, and mentor. She began practicing yoga during her pregnancy with her first child Maya, almost twenty years ago, and really started to count on yoga to bring her a sense of calm at a time in her life when she was struggling emotionally. She started attending regular classes and began recognizing the benefits of a committed asana , pranayama and meditation practice.

After the death of her mother when she was four years old, Emma gravitated towards healing and spirituality as a way of understanding who she was and why she was here and was fascinated by life’s bigger questions. She found herself isolating from her peers because she felt like she didn’t fit into her friendship groups, after suffering such a monumental loss at such a young age.

In a culture of scarcity where nothing is ever enough, yoga gave Emma the courage to be seen, the freedom to speak her truth, and connect to her intrinsic feminine strength and
intelligence. The more she started showing up for herself from a place of authenticity, the
more she healed. Not only was she breathing consciously, but she started living more
consciously. Yoga showed her a way to take all of her broken pieces and make them beautiful. This led her to where she is now, understanding that she had the capacity to heal herself, and helps others do the same.

Emma knew from the very beginning of her yoga journey, that she was destined to share the teachings with others. They had such an impact on her own life, that she knew that this was medicine for the modern world. She trained and studied under the Hatha Yoga teachings of B.K.S Iyengar and Vanda Scaravelli. Emma is now a dedicated student of the Sri Vidya Lineage. She truly believes that our spiritual practice is reflected in our family dynamic.

“I am the sovereign queen, the treasury of all treasures, whose breathing forth gives birth to all the worlds and yet extends beyond them – so vast am I in greatness.“ Devi Sukta ( Praise Hymn of the Goddess from the Rg Veda)


AMI EFFENDY

YOGA TEACHER & GENERAL MANAGER

“I feel so connected with this vast and profound science for exploring consciousness and realising life’s ultimate aims. Traditional Hatha Yoga provides one of humankind’s most effective systems for achieving enrichment and happiness in every aspect of life. These powerful lineage-based teachings and traditional practices have transformed my life immensely. I am very grateful that my journey has brought me into this path.”

Ami grew up in Malang, East Java and moved to Bali 20 years ago after graduating from Business School. She first discovered Yoga 12 years ago while looking to find activity that gave her mental and physical benefits from the daily grind of a corporate environment.

Since graduating from university, Ami immediately jumped into the corporate world of public relations, marketing and events and retail management, until she finally met her teacher, Octavio Salvado who introduced her to Traditional Hatha Yoga. She never looked back after finding her journey home.

She feels extremely honoured and humbled to be part of this wonderful team and able to share this beautiful wisdom and tradition with the rest of the world.


DEA PUTRI

YOGA TEACHER

“Yoga has helped me deepen my relationship with something bigger than myself, the Omniscient Being, the One that created the universe and everything in it. I see yoga as a spiritual practice, a practice that supports me in unifying my spiritual fulfilment and worldly success. And this is the message that I want to share with the world, that the moment we start to acknowledge our suffering and take positive actions to change it, we will realise that the Omniscient Being lives within us, and there is nothing that can stop us. The energy will be flowing from the inside and everything that surrounds us is beauty and goodness.”

Dea began practising yoga at the age of 20 in her hometown of Jakarta. She had no idea at the time that yoga was a spiritual science that could change her life. All she knew was that yoga was her safe haven, an oasis where she could find peace and tranquillity in the midst of the hustle and bustle of big city life. She continues to deepen and expand her yoga practice in Bali, where she has completed several yoga teacher training and has been teaching for the past 6 years both in Bali and Jakarta. After learning the various types of yoga available today, she is certain that the only way to see yoga is as a spiritual practice. And to reap the full benefits of yoga, she must engage in a complete practice involving Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Mantra and more. That is her belief, and it is reflected in her teaching.

She also believes that everyone can fulfil their spiritual needs while living day to day life in this world. Whether you have a corporate job, an artist, a scientist or a yoga teacher, with the commitment to practice and learn, the Divine will always showering their love and guidance on everyone. No one is left behind.


MATTIA TASCHERA

YOGA TEACHER

“Those who depart from this world without knowing who they are or what they truly desire have no freedom here or hereafter. But those who leave here knowing who they are and what they truly desire have freedom everywhere, both in this world and in the next.”

At the age of 18, Mattia left his hometown of Udine, Italy, and worked as an executive pastry chef in Sydney for several years. Although he thrived in the fast-paced corporate world, the hectic environment and long hours in the kitchen left him living in a constant state of anxiety and a complete lack of awareness. Looking to find more meaning in life, Mattia soon developed a deep interest in Chinese medicine, Qi-Gong, and Yoga. Mattia left his career in pastries and moved to Bali 7 years ago to work as a General Manager. In 2019 he began working at a clinic, helping people overcome trauma and addiction through nervous system regulation.

During this time, Mattia continued to practice yoga daily and met Octavio Salvado at The Practice. He was shocked to discover just how powerful of a healing tool yoga can be and was amazed at the vast array of knowledge just waiting to be uncovered and shared. The love for the practice and the desire to keep this tradition alive and free from modern corruption pushes Mattia everyday to devote his life to these sacred teachings and share this incredible knowledge with the world.


JASON WINTERS

YOGA TEACHER

“Who am I? What is my ‘purpose’ in this lifetime? How do I ‘know’ I am on the correct path, making the best choices?”

Like every one of you, Jason has asked himself one or all of these questions many times throughout his life. Yet, from his very first words, actions, & desires, his soul was showing him glimpses of the answers. But were he listening? Not at first… but now, he is!

Creativity was always been his connection to ‘Source’, yet that gift was not something he understood until much later in life. For over 20yrs, Jason used his artistic expression & passion to a seek out experiences, information, wisdom, & meaning to everything that was happening around him & within him. This lead to an intense study of Bikrim Yoga in his 20’s, which served him well in a career as a professional Contemporary Dancer, Choreographer, & Visionary. Still, he was craving a deeper meaning within the physical expression of Asana which propelled him towards a further 15yrs of training at many yoga centres in the U.S. & Australia with a focus on Ashtanga-Vinyasa, & the many current variations. Yet after what seemed like a lifetime, one question that kept arising from deep within was… ‘where does all of this Yogic wisdom originate from, what is the source? With so many different styles/teachings how do they connect into a cohesive understanding of the whole? How do we apply it to our lives TODAY?’

Little did he realised that the answer to those questions held the answer to ‘ALL’ the questions. Gifted to him by a choice he made to drastically change his life, The Practice 200hr YTT presented itself in 2018 during a 2yr journey of self discovery that started on the east coast of AU & ended in Bali. Once back in AU with one foot in the dense rain forest & the other in the crystal clear waters of the Pacific Ocean, he began to understand & assimilate these incredible teachings of Hatha Yoga as the one true ‘source’ of all Yoga. 

As his birth number of 6 (Yantra) foretold, he is here to teach & nurture those that have come to learn, for we are all equally deserving & capable of knowledge for the purpose of transforming & creating the life we are born to live. This spark of enlightenment was beautifully revealed to him through a more advanced course of study, again at The Practice 300hr YTT, in 2021. So now as he enters into my 25th year of ‘teaching’, he is humbly reminded of his Mahad (spiritual mission), to remain the eternally grateful ‘student’ yearning to pass on this golden knowledge to each and every person… in this lifetime & beyond.

We need an ‘education revolution’ on what it means to live a purposeful, empowered, loving, light-filled Life… And Hatha Yoga is precisely the way we will do it!