Presenters

Sumit Banerjee

Soulful Tribe

Sumit is the organizer and host of this yoga festival! 

He created Sumit’s Yoga based on his own years of experience practicing and teaching various yoga styles including Bikram and Vinyasa. His sequence and style of teaching reinforces his primary objectives as a teacher: helping others to realize the powerful wellness benefits of yoga including a stronger, toned and more flexible body and an improved state of mind encouraging relaxation, self-acceptance and awareness.

Sumit understands the healing aspect of heat. Its simple, he says, In a yoga class, you practice poses that require stretching and compression of the joints, muscles, ligaments and other supporting structures of the body. Your body naturally protects itself from physical exertion by generating heat from the inside muscles outwards. We start with the heat up frontproviding that extra protection from the very first poses. Another added benefit of heated classes is that your body burns fat more effectively. Its not uncommon for our students practicing regularly to lose inches of shape in a relatively short time.

Sumit encourages all students newcomers and experienced students alike to begin and maintain a consistent practice regardless of the style preferred. Youll benefit from class by your effort regardless of how far or deep you get. As long as you are feeling it and you are breathing calmly, youre practicing correctly.

Nicole Deacon

The Foundry AZ

Nicole Deacon is the owner and director of

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When she was in 12 her parents dragged her, kicking and screaming, into her first Bikram Yoga class. She has been sweating in a hot room ever since.

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She is a certified Bikram Yoga Teacher, faculty for Open Hands Institute Teacher Training and Founder of OHM School Teacher Training.  She facilitated Self-Awareness seminars for 10 years for the Omega Vector and is a transformational leader certified by Alison Armstrong.

Jeff Martens

Inner Vision Yoga

Jeff Martens has been teaching yoga and holistic principles since 1989. His understanding flows from diverse sources including a Psychology and MFA degree, a deep love of sacred stories, and a three year study of the world’s sacred texts. His classes combine timeless wisdom, internal adjustment, practical philosophy and inspiring affirmation in a dynamic flow unifying the teachings of Classical and Tantra Yoga. He teaches alignment in asana as a way to free ourselves of false identifications with past events while releasing old self-concepts.  Jeff is a writer who has published, among other things, ‘The Guru Question’ in How We Live Our Yoga and ‘Yoga for Men’ in Yoga in America.  He is also a teacher trainer directing 200 hour and the HEY (Healing Emphasis Yoga)™  Yoga Therapy Teacher Training, co-founder of the Yoga-Vision Yoga Conference, founder of the Student Yoga Program at Arizona State University and co-owner of Inner Vision Yoga in Chandler, Arizona.

Amy Solara

Amy Solara

Amy Solara has been training in various healing and spiritual practices for over 5 years.  Her teachers have come from many different traditions and paths, including traditional Eastern meditation and Vinyasa Yoga, Native American shamanic practices, European witchcraft, and traditional astrology and tarot.  She facilitates a monthly New Moon Women’s Circle in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, and offers classes and workshops on healing and connecting to the Divine Feminine. Her newest endeavor is helping women discover the natural healing benefits of Yoni Steaming and Moon Cycles.

Jenn Chiarelli

Anahata Soul, Life Power

Jenn is an E-RYT 500 and has over 10,000 hours of yoga teaching and training experience. She is the creator and founder of Anahata Soul and its 200 hour Yoga Teacher Program in Costa Rica. In addition, she helped to create the At One Yoga Teacher Training Program, in Scottsdale, AZ. Jenn teaches Yoga workshops, teacher trainings, classes and retreats nationally and internationally. She currently leads the LifePower Yoga Teacher Training Program in Phoenix, Arizona. Jenn has a deep spiritual practice rooted in Tantra Meditation and always has gratitude for her teacher, Swami Khecaranatha for his guidance along her journey. As a Master teacher, Jenn encourages her students to explore their own internal rhythms, their own personal practice through the postures, breath, meditation, music, and a wide open heart.

Beri Golding

Thai Yoga Massage

Beri Golding is a Registered Beri Golding is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS). If you’ve ever taken Beri Golding’s yoga class, you know she has some tricks up her sleeve… or should we say in her yoga bag. She serves up the perfect playlist courtesy of her iPod and gives A-MA-ZING adjustments, incorporating her Thai massage training. But her ultimate tool isn’t a prop or a potion; it’s her amazing attitude. To take Beri’s class is to love her class.

Cheryl Oliver

Dave’s Astanga Yoga
Cheryl Oliver, E-RYT500, has been teaching Sanskrit, vedic chant and yoga philosophy since 2004, and yoga asana since 1998. Cheryl’s teaching style is warm and compassionate, enthusiastic and patient.  Every class is experiential (and fun!) as Cheryl gently encourages students out of their comfort zone toward practice, understanding and transformation. Cheryl is blessed to count her late husband, Dave Oliver, Sonia Nelson, Menaka Desikachar and Nicolai Bachman among her many teachers.  She is one of only 30 Certified Vedic Chant Teachers in North & South America, and has passed the GCSE Examination in Sanskrit offered by Cambridge University. She has completed five trips to India to study ashtanga vinyasa with Rolf & Marci Naujokat, and Sanskrit & vedic chant at Sannidhi of Krishnamacarya Yoga (SKY) and the Krishnamacarya Yoga Mandiram (KYM). Cheryl owns Authentic Yoga Teacher Training (located at Dave’s Astanga Yoga in Scottsdale, AZ) offering Yoga Alliance Registered 200, 300 & 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training programs.

Patrick Reiner

Acro Yoga

Patrick began practicing acro yoga in 2009. After a few months of self practice with friends, he attended the first-ever acro yoga acrobatics immersion in San Diego that same year. He fell in love with the practice and has been an avid acro yogi ever since. He began teaching acro yoga in 2013 and in 2016 opened AcroBody, the first acro yoga studio in the United States. Patrick is a Forrest Yoga teacher and has been practicing yoga since 2008. He studied directly under Ana Forrest, creator of Forrest Yoga, and emphasizes deep breathing, living with awareness, proper alignment, and development of muscular strength. He completed his teacher training with Ana in 2012. Patrick received a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University followed by a M.S. in Financial Mathematics from Florida State University. After completing his graduate studies he began his career as a professional web developer and entrepreneur.

Anton Mackey

Yoga Instructor, The Madison Improvement Club/ Moksha/Modern Yoga
Anton is a soulful and experienced Vinyasa Yoga teacher based out of Phoenix, Arizona.  He is a faculty teacher for several teacher training programs. He travels all around the country teaching workshops and classes.  He leads yoga retreats all over the globe and is a presenter for multiple yoga festivals.

 

With a background in anatomy & physiology and a passion for seeking the truth, Anton skillfully bridges the gap between the physical and spiritual, giving students the freedom to experience the beauty of the ever changing divine feminine grace and the grounded inner masculine strength.

He is known for dynamic and mindful sequences that create a space for students to withdraw their senses and take the unique spiritual journey inward.

 

Anton continues to be a student of many different yoga styles, spiritual traditions, and shamanic practices and has found the most profound growth and heart opening in his most important teaching ‘gig’ yet- his role as a father to his growing family.

 

Hamid Jabbar

Yoga Instructor/ Thai Massage Therapist, Current Meditation
Hamid teaches meditation, yoga, and sound in Phoenix at Current Meditation and Urban Yoga. Since 2005, Hamid has been exploring the interconnectedness of various lineages from yoga to mediation, Buddhism, shamanic traditions, and Eastern and Western medicines. He holds a Bachelor of Music from NYU and a Doctorate from UCLA. Hamid received Gongmaster training from Don Conreaux and Angelo Surinder in Portugal and is a regular presenter on sound around the Phoenix area. He completed his 300-hour advanced yoga training with Dave and Cheryl Oliver, and his 200-hour training with Sierra Campbell and Steve Schuessler. He also co-created the Urban Yoga YTT program and co-directed the program from 2014-2017. In addition to yoga and sound, Hamid has studied Thai Massage in Thailand, holding certifications in Traditional Thai Massage, Thai Foot Massage/Reflexology, and Tok Sen (a rare style of Northern Thai Massage that incorporates sound and vibrational healing). For updates on Hamid’s teaching, visit www.hamidyoga.com. Hamid’s recordings are available from www.invinciblemusic.com.

Mary Bruce

Para Yoga Teacher Level 2

“The lasting effects of Mary’s classes are always profound”

Mary Bruce is an internationally beloved yoga teacher and educator who creates sacred space and presence for her students. Mary is a torch bearer. A beacon of light. A rare guide that is breaking the mold of the modern climate of yoga. Her teachings light us up and help us manifest our deepest desires. Through a deep connection with each of her students, Mary expresses and teaches in a way that has been described as “pouring the goddess” straight from her mouth. She has an organic, poetic language for her teachings so students find their own inner truth of yoga and living. By being gifted with the ability to be both rooted and wild, gentle and fierce, joyful and deep, Mary’s teaching style integrates all energies- so students can truly intersect light and shadow, the god and goddess. Her gentle and calming attention help her students find comfort in the moments of discomfort and to build confidence while challenging the edges of their self limitations. Mary teaches all levels with an emphasis on the philosophical teachings of yoga that remain true to her linage. You will not find her classes “dumbed down” or diluted. She trusts her students ability to understand the essence of yoga. While she pays honor to what has been passed on to her, she also stays true to herself and most importantly- true to each student, meeting them all exactly where they are at. She guides her classes through all layers of yoga- from the flesh to the bone to the soul. She brings attention to detail (alignment), awareness of breath (pranayama), connection with divine source (bhavana), intelligent sequencing (vinyasa krama),as well as, Ayurveda, visualization, meditation, mantra and more to each and every one of her classes.

Her wish for each student is that they practice expressing who they truly are. To radically em-body that truth. And that their truth bring greater peace, to themselves, to this world.

A yoga teacher since 1997, Mary considers herself a forever student and began her journey in 1995 with Julie Crutchfield. She was so inspired by what she learned with Julie she continued her studies with her Teacher Yogarupa Rod Stryker in 1998. Mary Bruce is now a senior student of Rod Stryker’s and is Level II ParaYoga® Certified, a Certified Four Desires Trainer and a member of the Para Yoga certification board. She is also a 500 hour E-RYT Yoga Alliance teacher, a Relax and Renew trainer under the mentorship of Judith Laster, a certified Yoga Nidra Facilitator and a Reike Master. Mary directed the Yoga Teacher Training program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Arizona from 2004-2008. She also co-directed the Yoga Teacher Training program at Practice Yoga in New York City in 2009 and co-directed the Yoga For Life 300 Hr. Master Immersion into The Yoga Tradition Program from 2011-2014. She currently trains teachers in Arizona, California and Switzerland. Mary has written for internationally known magazines such as Yoga International, Origin and Mantra Magazine, is featured on Gather Yoga. Mary occasionally travels with musicians such as Jennifer Nettles and the band Sugarland to bring yoga and wellness on tour.

Mary currently teaches throughout the United States and abroad, dedicating her life to spreading her love for yoga and all the ancient wisdom in a new and radiant light.

“After practicing with Mary, you leave with a stronger connection to your body and your true essence.”

Angie Hall

Yoga Instructor, Moksha Yoga

Angie fell in love with the practice of yoga almost 20 years ago.  She is tremendously passionate about sharing her deep love of yoga, and she brings the ancient teachings to life in a fierce, modern way.  There’s a sweet respect and reverence she delivers in her teachings, that is bound to peel your heart open and take you on a playful journey of joy.

For years, her practice and teaching background were in Vinyasa, and 3 years ago she became an E-RYT 500 Sattva Yoga Instructor, and most recently completed the Sattva Master Training with her beloved teacher, Anand Mehortra in Rishikesh India.   Her classes are very powerful, where she blends together movement, pranayama, kriyas, and mantra in a beautiful dance of love and devotion.

Angie worked in the corporate world for 16 years, and she just recently decided to follow her heart and devote her time to her love of yoga and the teachings.  When she’s not in India, you can find her teaching locally in her home town of Phoenix Arizona, as well as guiding international yoga retreats and teacher trainings all over the world.

Karli Horner

Yoga Instructor, Floo-id Yoga

My name is Karli Horner and I am a 200 ERYT graduate with a focus on vinyasa flow. I have always had a passion for soul work and meditation and after realizing my passion for the healing arts I became certified in Reiki healing. I have been a certified Reiki practitioner for over a year now, and use my gift for energy healing in my every day teaching.

Joette Maslyk

Yoga Instructor

Patricia Anne Vamos

TruFusion

Patricia Vamos began practicing yoga almost 20 years ago, and has been teaching for 17 years. With training in a variety of styles of yoga, her upbeat classes are largely based on the strong & fluid Astanga tradition with extra attention to alignment, breath & the meditative part of the practice.  While Patricia has taught in many different studios in the Valley, her primary focus is now as director at TruFusion. One of her favorite things about teaching yoga is introducing newer students to the practice. She finds great joy in assisting students as they begin their own personal journeys on the path of yoga.

Kimberly Kingsley

Energy Coach & Author

Happy people know that personal growth is a part of life. Embracing growth puts us on a path with momentum.  My job is to help people grow in the fastest way possible. As a counselor, I understand the human psyche, and as an energy coach, I understand the nature of life.

By looking at what life is trying to tell you, you can shift your energy and ride the wave rather than constantly trying to swim upstream. Sometimes this means getting tossed around a little before you land on the shore. The alternative is avoidance, which is okay for a minute, but doesn’t lead to long-term happiness. If you have a question about Coaching, send me an email! If you would like to explore a little first, download a copy of my Free Spirit Manifesto or read one of my books. Taking the Personal Energy Inventory is also a great way to assess the areas that need growth and the areas in which you are already creating happiness!

 

Penny Parker McAlpin

SUMITS YOGA AND SOUND MEDITATION
I am living proof that sound meditation works. Three and a half years ago I was struggling with finding my power and purpose. I started my journey to discover my true path and stepped into the Light. I moved from 7 years as a VP at the Entrepreneurs’ Organization in Washington, DC to living life on purpose by getting my 200hr YTT at Sumits, studying with a Thai massage master healer in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, teaching yin and hot yoga, guiding meditation with sound and starting an enlightenment Shine On series. And as my learning continues, I am standing before you as a messenger of the values and benefits of sound meditation and spiritual growth.

Lisa Cohen

Metta Yoga

Lisa has over 30 years of teaching experience. She is a student of yoga masters Sri K Phattabi Jois, Prem Carlisi, Tim Miller, John Friend, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and others. She is passionate about yoga being for every body. Her classes are appropriate for all students willing to try something new and step out of what they might think is possible, ordinary or routine. With guidance and love she challenges each student while nourishing the body with breath and awareness and clarity of alignment.

Rosa Rendon

Yoga Hangout

I started my former yoga practice in Mexico City in 1998 in the Iyengar tradition which taught me about the living architecture of the body and the profound yet mysterious experience of inner stillnessI fell in love. I did my Teacher Training through YogaWorks at Blissful Yoga Studio, a chain of studios that I founded, owned and managed. I have mentored many local instructors and currently offer Certifications on the Yoga Wall and TRIMbarre. I started teaching in 2004 and have never stoppedfalling in love every day, every class, every student and every breath.

I participated in the creation of Yoga Hangout in North Phoenix. My students enjoy my sensibility, my strength, my knowledge, my deep sense of alignment, my touch, my creativity, my sense of humor, my music, my tears, my smile, my experience and my mistakesI love that!

 

Donna Schnoor

Yoga4U, Ignite Yoga Studio

Donna’s themed classes offer a unique fusion of alignment, anatomy, and strength while delving into the deeper meaning of Yoga. She specializes in therapeutic classes that target particular areas of the body or ailments, offering techniques and postures for healing. All her classes are conducted with a healthy dose of humor while cultivating a calm and centered mind.

Donna is a registered E-RYT500, and has dedicated herself to the practice, study, and teaching of yoga since 2001, where she began her journey with Anusara yoga.

She is a native of Arizona and offers classes, privates, workshops, certifications, and teacher trainings in the West valley.

Andrew Huvaere

Anahata Yoga

Andrew Huvaere (Bhagat Gian Singh) initiated his yogic journey 2013 after experiencing a spontaneous kundalini awakening. Since that day, Andrew has been devoted to his studies in the yogic sciences and the holistic healing arts. His spiritual journey started out with studying Zen Buddhism, mindfulness meditation and practicing vinyasa yoga. In 2014, Andrew had the pleasure of experiencing kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan for the first time which blessed him with a life changing moment. He experienced the transformational power that kundalini yoga had to offer and listened to his inner calling to further explore this ancient technology in more depth.

In 2015, Andrew understood his true potential could be realized through a regular practice of kundalini yoga and sought a space that offered these teachings which led him to Anahata Sound & Energy healing studio. The community Andrew found at Anahata was exactly what he had been seeking for since he embarked on his yogic journey. The healing space that Anahata had created as well as the individuals that gave Anahata it’s unique personality brought forth this sense of feeling at “home”. Andrew immediately enrolled into Kundalini yoga teacher training and began his path of Self-Mastery with guidance from his teacher Sevak Singh.

Andrew is now teaching Kundalini Yoga & Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan a few classes per week throughout the valley. He is a Reiki Level 2 practitioner who has also been trained in sound healing through the vibrations of the gong. He is forever a student of life as he is constantly studying, learning, experiencing and practicing other modalities that compliment his journey. Andrew has embodied quite the transformation since initiating his path just a few years ago. He has overcome many self debilitating habits and unfortunate circumstances to rise anew like a phoenix from the ashes. Andrew is committed to holding space and serving his community so that they too may transform themselves towards their highest potential.

Johanna Beekman

Songstress, Kirtan Artist

Lisa Lipp

Lisa Lipp

Lisa Lipp

Gongster
My music is the spiritual expression of what I am — my faith, my knowledge, my being…When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hangups…I want to speak to their souls.

Steve Price

Steve Price

Steve Price

Meditation & Writing Instructor

Steve is a practitioner and teacher of meditation and mindful writing. He has taught at meditation centers, yoga studios and colleges throughout the valley, training students and instructors in ancient teachings and practices as given by Patanjali, the Buddha, Lao Tzu and various writing masters.

Steve has published numerous articles, stories and poems as well as seven books. To learn more, visit onemomentofpeace.org.

Haiku As Meditation with Steve Price

Sunday, Sept. 24 th

00:00 – 00:00

Haiku is a traditional Japanese form with three lines totalling 17 syllables. After a brief background with examples from Basho and other masters, Steve will guide you through a simple yet profound process of observation, reflection and insight. No writing expertise necessary; in fact, the less you have, the better! Just bring paper, something to write with, and a beginner’s mind.

David Tedesco

Anusara Yoga Teacher

David received his Yoga teacher training in Anusara Yoga, which is a unique

system of hatha yoga that integrates an alignment-based methodology with a

heart-oriented, spiritually inspired philosophy. He continued his teacher training

through YogaWorks and received training as well as taught, “YogaWall” classes.

He encourages his students to be mindful of proper alignment principles during

class, and strives to inspire a conscious awareness to grace & gratitude that

students can continue to practice outside of class and in their daily lives.

Nicole Ballantyne

Madison Improvement Club

Nicole teaches ashtanga inspired vinyasa yoga, with hands on adjustments to correct alignment and deepen the students experience. Expect to be guided through traditional sun salutations, core exercises and flow sequences. Arm balances, inversions and free time offered in every class to explore and be playful.

She also loves helping others expand spiritually through mystical teachings and interactive workshops. These playful workshops offer fresh material to stimulate the intellectual mind while simultaneously facilitating transformation and growth at the Soul level.

Nicole completed her 200hr Ytt in 2013 at Urban Yoga in downtown Phoenix. Her longtime teacher and mentor is Anton Mackey. Nicole resigned from being a registered nurse in 2015 to teach yoga full time. She leads both local and international retreats throughout the year specializing in Divine Feminine Power. Nicole believes yoga is the ideal discipline to go beyond the mind and body, reconnecting YOU to your Natural State of Happiness!

Jason Sani

Nutritionist, Trainer, Author
Jason Sani is a nutritionist, trainer, and author of Making Healthy Taste Good. He has been working in the wellness field for the last 10 years sharing his passion and helping empower others to live with more energy. From culinary workshops to coaching and speaking, Jason delivers his message with contagious enthusiasm mixing in entertainment and education. Jason’s message is about using a mindful and holistic approach to improve our relationship with food, health, and others.
Jason resides in Scottsdale, AZ where he can be found on channel 3 news, sweating, or in a kitchen near you.

Ericka Brian

Yoga Instructor, Author, Founder of Return to Yourself Wellness

Ericka Brian- author, founder, yoga instructor, meditation guide, GROOVE facilitator and nutritional therapist is a graduate from Arizona State University majored in Health Science (healthy lifestyle coaching). Ericka received her yoga teacher training at Chopra Center University. She is also a graduate of Health Science Academy as a Nutritional Therapist.
As founder of Return to Yourself Wellness, Ericka has worked in a variety of healthcare settings such as acute care physical therapy, outpatient physical therapy, psychiatric hospitals, health clubs, corporate events and various charities events.
Ericka recently released her first book, Pause Shift and Refresh, Seven Arts of Establishing Harmonious Oneness that is available to purchase at major bookstores.

Ingrid Hirtz

Community Cuisine
Ingrid Hirtz has studied with various teachers of NVC for the past 14 years. In her early adolescence and adulthood she explored many modalities of personal growth and therapy, including Gestalt Therapy, Bio Dynamics, Rebirthing and Psychodrama. After raising her kids she reentered professional life creating a business with a social mission (Community Cuisine). Responding to the needs of the community she is also starting to help spread NVC in Phoenix.

Sarah Chapman

Yoga Instructor
After being diagnosed with Scoliosis at age 12, Sarah discovered the benefits of Yoga in managing and gradually improving the curve in her spine.  After practicing in private for nearly two decades, she decided it was time to teach in 2010.  Seeking a quality teacher-training program, she found Zen Wellness Phoenix where she discovered the ancient art of QiGong and in 2011 obtained instructor certifications in both Zen Yoga and Medical Qigong.  Since then she has taught both at Zen Wellness and out of her own private home based studio. Sarah applies a holistic approach to health using these practices to cleanse & balance mind, body and spirit through breath and movement.  She sincerely hopes that through these practices, others may also create a place of peace within themselves where than can heal, find relief from all forms of suffering and shine their brightest.  Each class is an opportunity to create space for joy, growth & transformation, inside & out.  When she isn’t practicing various forms of Yoga, Sarah also enjoys being in nature, making music, and acting.

 

Suzanne Zupancic

Unwind Yoga, LLC

Suzanne embarked on her journey to yoga in 2008 in search of her “off switch”.  After 25 years in retail management all she knew how to do was be “on”.  Yoga had a profound effect on her life both physically and emotionally.  She felt compelled to harness this new vitality, this sense of wellness, and share the power with others.  In 2017 she took a leap of faith and opened Unwind Yoga in the heart of the art district in downtown Phoenix Arizona on Historic Grand Avenue.

She trained with Yogacharya Eric Walrabenstein at Yoga Pura (Phoenix) and is currently an E-RYT500 and YACEP with Yoga Alliance. Suzanne is also a Certified Yin Yoga Teacher and Yoga Nidra Facilitator, Certified Reiki Therapist, Certified Essential Oil Specialist, as well as a CertifiedKatherine Roberts’ Yoga For Golfers Instructor. As a YACEP, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, she teaches, trains, and provides continuing education credits for other yoga teachers. (You can catch her Yin Yoga Training at Mountainside Fitness THIS October 21-22!) Her classes focus on alignment with a profound, or not so profound, intention, a little humor, and a lot of realism.

As the author of YES: Your Empowered Self ® workshops & training modules, she incorporates the sister science of Ayurveda and the power of Améo essential oils into her practice for an overall sense of well-being.  She is also a published author; contributing to 365 Life Shifts & 365 Moments of Grace (https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/profile).

Suzanne offers support & loyalty in the hopes that others may come to realize their own strength.www.unwindyogaaz.com

Teri Undreiner

Yoga Instructor

Teri Undreiner has been a Yoga Instructor for 6 years and was certified with her 200 hour Holy Yoga, and numerous hours with other programs. Since then her passion has been in Trauma Sensitive Yoga.

Three years ago I became interested in learning about how Yoga would help our Veterans and First Responders and that knowledge began my journey into learning more about PTSD. I decided to take the Bootstrap Program with Eric at Yoga Pura, while at the same time signing up for the Give Back Yoga Program at the Sedona Yoga Festival. Since then, I have ventured into Teaching Recovery Yoga with the 12 steps and am currently writing a book called “From Limb To Him” (Jesus and the 8 Limbs Of Yoga), and creating a Contemplative Prayer Yoga series. My passion is themed based classes for faith-based and non faith-based Yoga and how the two can exist together as one, as people connect.

Teri is a singer/songwriter and owns and operates A Sacred Song Spa & Mobile Yoga Mobile Studio and is a Life Recovery Coach, LMT, and Yoga Instructor at Holistic Health Solutions in Phoenix.

A year ago Teri ventured into creating her own video and theme song (You’re Not Alone) about Trauma Sensitive Yoga and working with an Equine Therapist (Bella Luna) and her owner. You can watch that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mXLJYO-VPA

Emily Stooks

Yoga Instructor
Emily Stooks loves yoga and people. After the practice of yoga changed (saved) her life, it became her mission to share it with as many people as possible. Emily is a licensed massage therapist and Reiki master with a BA in dance from ASU, 200 hr YTT with John Salisbery & Gila Shire, and 500 hr YTT with David & Cheryl Oliver; Emily brings all these things to share. In Emily’s classes students learn to become comfortable in their skin as they explore breathing- pranayama, postures- asana, yoga philosophy and more. Emily encourages proper alignment, comfort and steadiness within each pose and invites the student to discover the body’s needs in each moment. With Emily, students enjoy a light-hearted session, a trip to bliss, and yoga tools to take away for the transformation of the self.

Mark Salustro

Yoga Teacher
Mark has been searching for the instruction manual to this Human life for over 20 years. This led him to Buddhism, meditation and yoga. He has been a practicing Yogi for 17 years and brings to his classes and workshops a combination of these teachings. Currently Mark teaches as a volunteer at a federal prison and other nonprofit platforms. Mark’s class can be described as a unique blend that is intended to expand the participant’s awareness.

Bryce Delbridge

Bryce Debridge
Bryce Delbridge began practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at the age of 15 to avoid full spinal fusion for severe scoliosis. He has traveled and studied extensively, including 1000hr certification through Integrative Yoga Therapy. Currently he is pain free. His deepest desire is to assist this world in healing & to be a medium for illumination.

Paul Benedict

Paul Benedict
Paul began studying and practicing rāja yoga in 2001, and gives classes on spiritual growth in Las Vegas, nationally, and internationally. In 2012 he co-wrote the book Ancient Wisdom for a New Age: A Practical Guide for Spiritual Growth, and writing has begun on his second book; a commentary on The Yoga Sūtras. Paul found physical yoga in 2008, and began a serious physical practice in 2011. Paul holds a teaching certification in ZFlow Power Yoga and advanced certifications in ParaYoga, SmartFlow Yoga, and the Himalayan Institute. He practices and teaches various other schools of hatha and vinyasa yoga as well, with an emphasis on prānayāma and meditation. Paul is a proponent of applying New Age teachings in his yoga instruction and his real estate business. Paul also writes and records music for guitar.

Narsingh Khalsa

Narsingh Kaur Khalsa was born into a 3HO ashram in New Jersey. She started teaching her first yoga class with her parents as a child in the Ashram. From there she went to India and attended the 3HO boarding school founded by Yogi Bhajan. While there, she practiced Yoga and Meditation as part of her daily routine. After graduating school in India, she moved to Espanola, New Mexico and worked several years directly under the tutelage of Yogi Bhajan as part of his secretary staff-in-training. During that time she traveled with Yogi Bhajan and participated in all his workshops at different Yoga centers and ashrams around the globe.
Narsingh Kaur comes in with a wealth of knowledge regarding 3HO, Kundalini Yoga, Sikh Dharma, Holistic pregnancy & birth, and raising conscious Yogic children.
Narsingh is a Certified Kundalini Yoga instructor working on becoming a teacher trainer for KRI
She is also a Waldorf teacher trainer, DONA doula, Bradley method childbirth Educator and Mandala Yoga instructor.
Narsingh KK is also an Author/ illustrator and has published a children’s book called RAAM The Adventures of Raam and Friends.

Ashley Colloton

Ashley Colloton Loescher
Born and raised in Albany, New York, Ashley is an E-RYT500 and director of RYS200 Ashley Colloton Yoga & Ayurveda (ACYA). She was first exposed to meditation as a teenager to promote emotional balance. She attended the American Mediation Institute where her teacher recommended trying yoga asana. From there Ashley explored and completed a wide variety of training including 500 hours at YogaVermont, Manju Jois’ Ashtanga Teacher’s Training at the Chicago Yoga Center, 650 hour Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Training and the 650 hour Ayurveda Health Counselor training at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. Her teaching style is combination of each beautiful approach and practice and she believes there are many options and many paths in achieving peace in one’s own life.  You can find out more about her weekly offerings in Phoenix, Arizona by visiting her website www.ashleycollotonyoga.com or following her on instagram @ashleycollotonyoga.

Donna Martens

Drew McManus

Erin Schaad

Giselle Wyne

Nick and Erin Lashaw

Nick and Erin Lashaw have been studying Yoga and Buddhist philosophy, meditation and asana for over a decade. Their teachers have included Geshe Lobsang Chundzin, Richard Freeman, and Dharma Mittra. Together, they travel and teach throughout the world. In their free time, they enjoy creating vegan meals and especially vegan ice cream.

Peter Gariepy

Siuking Lloyd

Veronica Clark

Vivian Carrasco

Paulette Bodeman

Paulette Bodeman, B.A.Transpersonal Psychology, E–RYT 500, Anusara and Integrative Yoga Therapy Certified, Certified Coach. Paulette’s gift as a teacher is to encourage her students to step fully into their lives through yoga, on and off the mat. She believes that yoga, in all of its aspects, is a gateway to living a joyful, rich, and meaningful life. Her asana classes are dynamic, inspiring and rooted in the philosophy that asana offers a way to access authentic wisdom and truth. She invites her students to show up fully, and do the work necessary to unlock the door to inner freedom and joy. Paulette leads workshops, retreats, immersions/teacher trainings, runs tele-classes, plus 1:1 coaching. She is the creator of The Mindful Meditation Method. Her unique program is a synthesis of yogic teachings that leads the individual to find clarity, peace and fulfillment. Paulette is the co-founder of http://mysticheartyogaretreats.com/ where she and her partner lead retreats in sacred lands around the world. Paulette is the author of the soon to be published, The BreakAway Girl-Secrets of a Tantric Yogi, and collaborator of the AnusaraÒ Yoga 60 Card Practice Deck. She is grateful to all of her teachers for the knowledge and wisdom they have graciously shared. And to her students who entrust her with their hearts, minds and bodies.

 

“Paulette invites you to go further in your practice, with a playful energy that will keep you wanting more.” KG

 

Tamra Blankenship

Ashtanga Yoga Teacher
Tamra Blankenship is an Awareness Advocate and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher helping thousands of people unlock the fears of pain and discomfort through non-asana.  Her unique approach to truth, transparency and support, gives people the ability to have the courage to be vulnerable without attachment, be present and to be intentional with communication. Transcending the belief that the uncomfortable is just the way it is, to seeing the gifts that are hidden in every experience.  Tamra’s path has led her to create Yoga Unity Community, The Shift Show Podcast, Emotional Wellness for Life, Tribal Roots Retreats, and countless workshops and programs to aid in personal discovery.

Dr. Manoj Chalam

PhD, Storyteller, Author
Dr. Manoj Chalam uses an entertaining story telling style using Hindu deities in his lectures and workshops to illuminate deep Vedanta philosophy. An Indian-born scientist with a PhD from Cornell University, Manoj helps individuals find their archetypes in Hindu Yogic deities and teaches the 4 ways to work with an archetype as a Vedantic practice. He has also compiled a book on the symbolisms of Hindu and Buddhist deities. Manoj presents workshops at yoga studios, keynotes at festivals, yoga journal conferences, ashrams, and universities.

Annie Glenn

Annie started on her yoga journey when she attended a yoga class suggested by her Mom in central Phoenix when she was 24 years old. Hatha yoga was her very first practice and she chose to study it at Seven Centers in Sedona, Arizona and received her 200 level certification in 2007. In Sedona, she attended a week long immersion course in Kundalini Yoga.

She now holds a 200 hour Hour yoga certification in Kundalini Yoga, with Sevak Singh Khalsa at Anahata in Scottsdale, AZ. In addition, she attends numerous workshops and trainings in order to learn new techniques and ways of teaching to bring back to her students to include gong training with Sangeet Kaur Khalsa , crystal bowl training with Tryshe Dhevney and breath of love with Julie Mikk.

Mankind is now living in The Aquarian Age. There continues to be a change in the Earth’s magnetic field; a new consciousness that humanity is navigating.

The previous, Piscean Age, was characterized by industry, hierarchies, machinery and ego. Mankind’s reality now is a pressure of information overload, lack of time and increased demands manifesting in depression, desperation, emptiness, insanity and pain. 

The space we’re moving through is mega-faceted and demands commitment, mental clarity, spiritual strength and a strong healthy nervous system. The best way to navigate this energy is through yogic techniques by which the body, mind and spirit can be enhanced. 

There exists a practical technology to generate the inner energy needed to survive and excel under the pressure of this time that can alter the frequency of the mind and the state of the brain. The technology of Kundalini Yoga provides a technique for inner-education in wisdom, self-control, and intuition. Kundalini, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is the yoga of awareness. Using Kundalini yoga and meditation is a process that takes us beyond the mind. It is the science of how to fulfill ourselves in the experience of being human and serving others from a heart centered space.

Laurene Hayden

LAURENE HAYDEN

LAURENE HAYDEN, CYT AHP, is a passionate and gifted teacher & practitioner who

believes that the human body-mind system has the innate capacity for healing and

health when properly supported according to each individual’s ever fluctuating needs.

She believes that her mission of empowering self care at all levels of the being, using

the traditional tools of the sister sciences of Yoga & Ayurveda, has the capacity to

ultimately eradicate the rampant manifestation of chronic disease in our current

culture.

 

With an emphasis on energetic balancing, she is certified by Dr. Vasant Lad of the

Ayurvedic Institute, both in 9-Phase Pranayama and in Marma Chikitsa, the healing art

of stimulating energy points on the outer body to activate one’s inner pharmacology of

natural healing. Her capacity as Reiki Level 3 Master positively weaves into her vast

toolkit, along with Ayurvedic aroma therapy, traditional breathing techniques, and

therapeutic yoga postures & movement.

 

Laurene has been using the complementary sciences of Yoga & Ayurveda to support

people in their pursuit of holistic health & well being since 1999. She is certified by the

Ananda Seva Mission (Santa Rosa, CA) in Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy & by New World

Ayurveda as a NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) Certified Ayurvedic

Health Practitioner.

Laurene is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and

the Independent Yoga Educators of America (IYEA). She has achieved an advanced

RYT-500 registration with the Yoga Alliance and all of her offerings are eligible for

Yoga Alliance CEUs under their Substantial Education & Experience criteria. She is

currently developing a Yoga Teacher Mentoring Program to empower yoga teachers

who wish to delve deeper into their root for a more authentic way of living and giving.

Adam Maielua

Ashtanga Yoga Teacher

“A healthy and happy lifestyle is practicing self-love and treating ourselves how we deserve to be honored. This is my addiction and my work.”

Born in Seoul, Korea, Adam spent early childhood traveling the Pacific Rim with his military family before settling in the states and following the path of Gen-X’ers. He obtained three college degrees while launching his career in corporate America. From finance to pharmaceuticals, Adam worked for over a decade without losing focus of his passions. Overlapping this period is almost 20 years of studying, practicing, and teaching every facet of movement he could grasp to feed his fascination for health and wellness. Then came his leap of faith.

Leaving behind a world of measurement of and obtainment, Adam now spends his days fostering environments to promote self-awareness and encourage self-change. Not because people need to improve themselves, but because we have the ability and the right to be enriched and to be happy. Through various methods he educates by sharing what he’s learned – both what he got right, but mostly what he got wrong. We may or may not learn anything from Adam, but a least we get to share his energy and enthusiasm for life.

Summer Peterson

Rana Nader RYT 200

Rana Nader RYT 200

Rana Nader RYT 200

Rana Nader RYT 200

Thirteen years ago, Rana Nader joined her mother, who has been making jewelry for over 30 years, and began creating her own line of jewelry beside her. She quickly expanded her fashion line to the Middle East and Europe before moving to Laguna Beach, California. Today she’s transformed her life and work to embody the intentions of a yogic life. Yoga has become a lifestyle for her and not just a physical practice. Having taught and practiced for years, she looks to bring her deep appreciation of yoga to her jewelry by sharing the beauty, peace and happiness it brings.

Her process for creating begins with a daily meditation at the beach, clearing the energy of each stone and crystal before she sets a new intention for the eventual piece. Along with her many creative lines, Rana’s one of a kind Mala beads are internationally recognized.

Andi Clothier

Carmen Jabbar

Spiritual Teacher

Annie Glenn

Annie Glenn

Annie Glenn

Tirzah Shiya

Tirzah Shiya

Tirzah Shiya

Tirzah Shiya

Tirzah is a devoted Yoga Instructor, Tantra Educator, Spiritual Healer, Intimacy Coach, Massage Therapist, Author and Love Enthusiast. She deeply resonates with the Tantric path as it continues to shift her consciousness in profoundly mystifying ways. She is eager to share this beautiful form of yogic spirituality with open minds everywhere.

 

She has been graced with over a decade of international yoga experience. She spent ten years learning and teaching in Hawaii. After completing Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher training, she received a vast array of spiritual wisdom from spending many seasons at Agama Yoga University; including 400 hours of yoga and meditation plus a wide variety of workshops on Naturopathic Yogic Healing, Tantra, Third Eye, Lucid Dreaming, a taste of Kashmiri Shaivism and silent retreats.

 

With great influence from the East, Tirzah’s instruction includes emphasis on organic alignment, breath awareness, energy sublimation and pure love! Her high vibes classes are designed to not only benefit on physical levels, but substantially raise vibrations while consciously connecting mind, body and spirit in a light-hearted fashion.

 

With an often playful authenticity and a spiritual objective, Tirzah encourages others to break through the veils of social conditioning to fully blossom. It is her soul’s purpose to benefit others in their evolution. She offers compassionate space to heighten physical, energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual well being…with a little bit of fun!

 

Tirzah considers herself a citizen of the world and has received the richest education through travel (external and internal). She adores cultivating spiritual knowledge while expanding her heart and consciousness with the support of the Natural world.


She is currently working on trusting her heart’s guidance, eliminating self-doubt and finding amusement in any situation. She feels most alive while illuminating herself and others in the vast ocean of boundless Love!

Prem Vidu

Prem Vidu

Prem Vidu

Prem Vidu

Blessed to be raised by musical parents, growing up on the sweet sounds of barbershop and dominant 7 chords, Prem Vidu was always interested in the intention behind the music. After gaining his BFA in Percussion Performance & Jazz Studies, life eventually led him to share his devotion through song and prayer. Guided to facilitate spirit-medicine journeys, he combines 10 years of leading ceremony with an 8 year practice of chanting. With a lifetime of musical experience, he now offers Kirtan, inviting all to share their voices together in devotion. He currently composes for, directs and leads The Band of Now, blending Sanskrit mantra and English lyrics, creating a sacred space for healing, peace and joy to cultivate.

Mariel Wilk

Annie Glenn

Annie Glenn

Mariel Wilk
Mariel has always had a passion for mindfulness and yoga, through her own self discovery/growth as well as sharing this gift with others in her community. She is an elementary school teacher and also leads self kindness programs including Kind Kids and Zen Kids, highlighting on acts of kindness and mindfulness. She loves all forms of yoga including acro, flow, hot, you name it, there is nothing she won’t dive into! In her community she teaches a wide variety of classes and is always looking for new opportunities to grow with her practice. She not only has a love for teaching the kiddos in school, but a passion for teaching on 

Whitney Zama

Whitney Zama

Whitney Zama

M.F.A. ERYT AcroYoga Mtl and YogaSlacker
Whitney Zamá M.F.A. ERYT AcroYoga Mtl and YogaSlacker, champions a community of like-minded people united in a new way of seeing through her teachings of AcroYoga, Slackline Yoga, Aerial Yoga, traditional yoga, and other modalities that require faith to leave the earth, to support and be supported and celebrate every day like it’s a bonus day! She unifies and empowers people through play by instructing various yoga modalities and fine arts since 2006. She enjoys photographing, traveling, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, and is spiritually connected to the ocean. Above all, she cherishes her children who share the same passion and energy for life.

Katelyn Ure

Katelyn Ure

Katelyn Ure

Katelyn Ure
Katelyn Ure was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and is Moksha home grown!!! She completed her 200 hour YTT with Mary Bruce at Moksha Yoga Phx, with an additional training for Kids Yoga. After moving to Phoenix and going to school at SWIHA and South West Institute of Natural Esthetics, she found Ashtanga Flow and the practice of Yoga in 2012 at Spirit of Yoga, and it has forever changed her life, and inspired her to become a teacher. She currently works at Spa 810 in North Scottsdale and specializes in Ashiatsu, Massage Therapy, and Esthetics. Teaching Kids Yoga at Moksha has taught her to stay curious and playful, always creating a safe and open environment for students to learn and advance in the practice of mindfulness and yoga. The endless benefits as a result include promotes self-expression, builds balance, coordination, confidence and positive self-image. Children are better able to manage and alleviate stress through breathing, awareness meditation, and healthy movement. Come play!

Brian Clement

Brian Clement

Brian Clement

Hippocrates Health Institute
A former guest on Oprah and an international speaker, Brian Clement, director of the Hippocrates Health Institute, will be leading a talk on plant based nutrition and his journey from being raised in an Irish household on the standard American diet to leading a vegan lifestyle. 
Brian will do a key note talk Sat and Sun 1 to 2 pm