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

Bikram Yoga AZ- Studio Owner, Teacher

Nicole took her first Bikram Yoga class in 1995. From the beginning she was hooked!

She attended San Jose State University on a golf scholarship where she earned WAC freshman of the year honors. She transferred to ASU her junior year, continuing her collegiate golf and earning her degree in Business, with a Computer Information Systems option. She graduated in 2005 and her passion for self-growth and Bikram Yoga grew strong. She went on to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in the fall of 2005 and has owned Bikram Yoga Paradise Valley since June of 2006.

Nicole says, “I am so grateful for the opportunity to provide Bikram Yoga to the Arizona community, seeing people improve their lives never gets old!”

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.

Kate Swarm

Walter Yoga

Kate is a Yoga Teacher from Oregon. She finds her greatest joy in holding space for other people, it is her gift. Before she was a yoga teacher she was a birth doula creating an atmosphere of kindness, encouragement, and education for women in labor. She guided pregnant mommas while they were in their most vulnerable state, and provided them with support so they could tune in and listen to their bodies. She feels that, as a yoga teacher, she holds the same space for people. Her goal is to create a safe, supportive, and loving place for people to come explore the boundless possibilities of their form. Kate believes yoga is a place to unite mind, body and soul. Yoga is that place where everything that came before, and everything that lies ahead, quiets. Yoga is the moment when world falls to a hush, and you exist in the NOW. Yoga is where all the pieces of who you are come together, and all the excess fades away. To do yoga, means to exist in the present moment; it is less about the physical asana, and more about fully experiencing the connection that happens between mind, body and soul while you practice. Besides being a yoga teacher, Kate teams up with Walter Yoga to produce extraordinary events, and guides movement at the “Walter Wake Up Call!” morning dance parties.

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 is a dedicated student and teacher of Astanga vinyasa, Sanskrit language, and Vedic chant. Through her teaching, she makes the recitation of the Veda, a powerful healing and meditative process, available to all, as a direct experience of tapas and dharana.  Cheryl offers workshops, teacher trainings and retreats throughout the United States and abroad.

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.

Gordon Ogden

Walter Yoga

Gordon was first introduced to yoga in 2000 when his wife Holly suggested he try yoga to compliment his passion for rock climbing. He immediately recognized the gifts of yoga and has never looked back. In 2014, wanting to deepen his practice, he completed his 200-hour teacher certification with John Salisbury. He has seen the amazing growth, undeniable joy, and freedom that yoga cultivates in one’s life and wants to share that with every student. Gordon’s classes provide a safe, fun and compassionate environment where students can use their breath, an open heart, and graceful movements to find their inner truth. It is Gordon’s hope that students leave feeling relaxed, revitalized, and at peace; carrying this amazing energy off the mat and into their daily lives. In addition to being a certified yoga teacher, Gordon teams up with Kate Swarm to co-produce extraordinary yoga events with Walter Yoga. He’s been a marketing professional since the mid-1990s, an avid rock climber, and lives in Phoenix with his wife Holly, and their daughter Willow.

Hamid Jabbar

Urban Yoga

Hamid is a healer and teacher who believes that it’s not what we can get out of life that makes life worth living, but what we can give to others. With this intention, Hamid compassionately guides others in how to unlock their true selves through yoga and meditation. Hamid’s classes are dynamic and often draw from various styles, such as Astanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, Yin, and Nada Yoga (the Yoga of Sound). Prior to teaching yoga, Hamid practiced law in both Los Angeles and Phoenix and was a partner in several firms and ran his own firm for years. And, even prior to entering the legal profession, Hamid went to music school in NYC. His classes will often incorporate live sound and music, which can be healing to both the body and spirit. Hamid first heard about yoga as a kid when he discovered an old book on his mom’s book shelf. It was not until Hamid found himself practicing law as a young lawyer in Los Angeles that he indulged his childhood curiosity and decided to delve into yoga practice. At first, Hamid’s motivation was to regain flexibility that seemed to quickly be vanishing while working a desk job. Practicing the physical yoga postures reconnected him with his body and opened the door to the other limbs of yoga and further studies of meditation and subtle body energies. Through regular practice over the years, Hamid has realized greater flexibility in all aspects of his life—physical, mental, spiritual and professional. Hamid began his more focused studies at Yogaworks in Los Angeles and with the Urban Zen program, which integrates Reiki and aroma therapy with traditional restorative yoga postures. He completed his 200-hour training at Urban Yoga with Sierra Campbell and Steve Schuessler and then went on to study at the 300-hour level with Dave and Cheryl Oliver in the Astanga style. Hamid’s goal as a teacher is to help every student find steadiness in their body, and in turn, steadiness in their mind through deliberate movement and conscious breathing. Hamid is registered with Yoga Alliance as an RYT500. In addition to his regular classes, Hamid co-directs the Urban Yoga 200-hour teacher training program with Tara Martell.

Tara Martell

Urban Yoga

200 hr Teacher Training Lead

Tara Martell found brightness through yoga. Yoga has transformed her body, and mind allowing for inner grace and spiritual growth. She wanted to share the gift of yoga and became a RYT at the 200-hour level at Southwest Institute of the Healing Arts, under the study of Anusara certified and Senior Para Yoga teacher Mary Bruce. Tara is passionate about yoga and its deeper aspects continuing her education with Rod Stryker in the Para Yoga tradition. In addition, she is working towards her 500 hour certification under the study of Dave & Cheryl Oliver. Her class infuses celebration of the heart, alignment principles and linking breath to movement. Her class welcomes her students to flow from one pose to the next, loosing themselves in the rhythm of yoga and finding the pulse within. “Only from our hearts can we touch the sky.” -Rumi

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

Angie has been practicing yoga for close to 20 years. She is tremendously passionate about sharing her love of the practice with her students. Angie has a deep love for the ancient teachings of yoga, and stays true to the sacred ancient teachings, but brings the teachings in a fierce, modern way. Her classes are very powerful where she blends together movement, pranayama, kriyas, and mantra in a beautiful dance of love and devotion. You will leave her class feeling like you went on a journey and an exploration of yourself.

Katherine Tina

Sumits Yoga Scottsdale

Katherine Tina believes yoga is not just what you do, it’s what you are. She calls the practice of yoga, the practice of love. Katherine teaches many styles of yoga, and incorporates this love into her classes by using breath and movement, intuition, and touch. Katherine completed her 200 hour YTT in 2014 and currently teaches at Sumits Yoga and The Village Health clubs.

Patricia Anne Vamos

Gainey Village Health Club

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 directing the Gainey Village Yoga studios. 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

Yin Yoga and Sumits Yoga Teacher

Penny is a Yin yoga teacher and Thai Massage therapist.  Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—five minutes or more per pose is typical. Its teaching in the Western world, beginning in the late 70s, was founded by martial arts expert and Taoist yoga teacher Paulie Zink.

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

I began teaching yoga in 2001, after spending many years as a natural competitive bodybuilder. The years of lifting weights began to take a toll on my body, with shoulder and hip pain, so I went in search of an alternative to the “pumping iron” scene.

Exit pain- Enter Yoga

I was so impressed with the positive effects yoga had on my life, not only physically, but mentally and spiritually as well, it became my passion to share this knowledge with others.

My themed classes offer a unique fusion of alignment, anatomy, and strength while delving into the deeper meaning of Yoga. I specialize in Therapeutic classes that target particular areas of the body or ailments, offering techniques and postures for healing.

All my classes are conducted with a healthy dose of humor while cultivating a calm and centered mind.
I am a Certified 500 hr Yoga Instructor, registered as an Experienced Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. I feel so much gratitude to my teachers for their generous spirits and sharing their knowledge of the Anusara and Parayoga principles and their creative forms of instruction.

I feel yoga has offered a beautiful transformation in my life, and I continue to embrace life as my teacher.

Ronee Kipnes

Anahata Yoga

Ronee is the owner and co-creator of ANAHATA Yoga and Sound in Scottsdale, AZ. Her desire to create a community of conscious connection was inspired through years of gathering tools, extensive study and practice in Kundalini yoga and the healing arts, and her desire to uplift those around her. ANAHATA was born from the realization that there was a need for more spiritually based yogic communities with a strong emphasis on balancing the mind, physical, and spiritual bodies through the sound of gong, crystal bowls, pranayama, and mantra. Ronee began teaching Kundalini Yoga in 2008 after falling wildly in love with the practice! Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, had a profound impact on her life by relieving anxiety and opening her heart to the beauty surrounding her. She is completing Level 2 training modules and studying under Sevak Singh Khalsa, Sangeet Kaur Khalsa, and Gurmukh, deepening both her practice and knowledge of this powerful technology, to share with all who she connects with! In 2013, Crystal Singing Bowls were introduced into her consciousness and quickly became a new passion. The high vibrational frequency and healing capabilities of the crystal alchemy bowls were a perfect addition to her Kundalini Yoga practice and classes. Ronee began studying with sound healing professionals around the country with a clear intention to utilize this technology uplift and transform herself and others in her community! Anahata Yoga and Sound Healing is the Phoenixs only Crystal Bowl Temple with over 170 Crystal Alchemy Singing Bowls. In addition to teaching several Kundalini Yoga classes and workshops at ANAHATA each week, Ronee leads several teacher trainings, workshops and community events in Mudra, Mantra, Meditation – The Sound of Yogaas well as Crystal Singing Bowl 101 and Immersion workshops. “Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” -Yogi Bhajan

 

Johanna Beekman

Johanna Beekman

Johanna Beekman

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.

Jamie Finnan

Core Power Yoga

Originally from Illinois, Yoga found Jamie in 2010 while living in Chicago. Through the persuasion of a dear friend, his love affair with yoga began at CorePower Yoga in Lincoln Park. With an active lifestyle, the immediate benefits of practicing yoga were physical, healing injuries sustained from soccer and other activities. The physical approach soon gave way to the spiritual side and has guided him ever since. After a few major life changes, Jamie hit the road and backpacked the western United States and after eight months, settled in Seattle, Washington in January of 2013. Here, he dove into his practice and began multiple teacher trainings withCorePower Yoga Seattle. To compliment his studio life, Jamie jumped on board with lululemon athletica, where his development and passion for community truly kicked in to high gear. As a work perk while at lululemon athletica, Jamie was gifted a Four Day Sage Pass to Wanderlust Whistler, unknowing of the major impact this festival and community would have on him for years to come. During Wanderlust Whistler 2013, Jamie absolutely settled into the Festival from minute one and discovered multiple disciplines of yoga that opened his heart and mind to boundless possibility. Thanks to a gentleman by the name Cameron Shayne, Wanderlust opened up the world of personal development and community that inspired him to do everything it took to make it back to Wanderlust. Jamie jumped on as a Wayfarer in Seattle for Wanderlust Whistler 2014 and the impact of Wanderlust continued to develop his growth. After making the decision to leave Seattle in February of 2015 to take on the role of Area Manager for CorePower Yoga Phoenix, Jamie quickly linked back up with the Wanderlust Family and became a Wayfarer for Wanderlust Squaw Valley 2015. In addition to Squaw and through the friendship of a lovely musician on the Wanderlust circuit, Hannah Theim, Jamie was able to experience Wanderlust Snowmass and brought everything he learned back with him to open the newest region of CorePower Yoga in the Phoenix area. Jamies passion for community, yoga, music and Wanderlust is applied each day as he facilitates multiple CorePower Yoga studio openings, teacher development and community growth in Arizona. When not on the mat, you can find Jamie outdoors with his Chocolate Lab, Atlas.

Nicole Ballantyne

Madison Improvement Club

Nicole Ballantyne is a truth seeker and transformational leader. Her unique Soul expression and inspirational classes, workshops and retreats have motivated many to deepen their own connect to Self, Soul and Purpose. Nicole uses yoga as a platform to fuse a dynamic moving meditation with breath and spiritual magnitude. She is often heard saying this Marianne Williamson quote, “Yoga allows you to get so in the body, you get out of body.” Describing the powerful connection to the Divine that is felt physically and energetically after experiencing a phenomenal yoga class.
Nicole resigned from her career as register nurse to serve others more holistically. She is trained in the sacred art of Thai Yoga Massage and loves working with the physical body to open up energetic pathways for healing. She is currently enrolled at University of Sedona getting her doctorate in metaphysical counseling and she is a soon to be minister in metaphysical science. To her metaphysical science is simply westernized yogic philosophy. Nicole is certified in auric clearing and karmic releasing and has the ability to help others in removing blocks and maximizing their life’s potential.

 

Jason Sani

Yoga Instructor
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.

Kim Ewan

Sumits Yoga & The Biltmore Studio

I have been blessed to be guided and influenced by great teachers. Sumit Banerjee, Bryan Kest and bunch of teachers whose names are not known by the world, but by the community they inspire. For a long time I thought yoga was the poses, but I have come to realize, as we all do, that it is about action. It’s about being present and mindful enough in the moment to have control over how you act. It’s easy to say you believe in peace, love, harmony, community, equal rights, and recycling. However, it is quite another thing for your actions to reflect those beliefs. So we practice each day to speak and act with mindful, compassionate awareness. Someday we fail miserably, at least I do, but each day I try to see my truth, to see my actions, like a witness, with clarity and I try each day to be better, not perfect, just better. Treat people as you wish to be treated, love like crazy and try to leave this world a better place for the generations to follow….that’s yoga! Peace!

Will Zecco

SWIHA

Wills journey into yoga has been a life changing experience. He complete his 200 teacher training in 2011 and just recently completed his 500 hour teacher training at the end of 2013. A graduate of the Spirit of Yoga/Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and had the honor of training with Mary Bruce. In addition to his yoga training Will has complete his certification in Hatha-Gongand is a certified gong master as well Transformation Yoga Coaching, Polarity 1, Yoga of the Voice / Kirtan. With experience in education for over 30 years, a singer and ordained minister, it is Wills vision to take Music, Movement and Meditation and bring it out into the world.

 

Beau Ash

Fit Republic

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. She trained with Yogacharya Eric Walrabenstein at Yoga Pura (Phoenix) and is currently an E-RYT200/ RYT500 and YACEP with Yoga Alliance. Suzanne is also Certified Yin Yoga Teacher and Yoga Nidra Facilitator, Certified Reiki I & II, Certified Essential Oil Specialist, as well as a Certified Katherine 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. 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. Suzanne offers support & loyalty in the hopes that others may come to realize their own strength. www.unwindyogallc.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 Salustro has truly been blessed by many wonderful teachers in his life who have guided him so kindly into the deeper explorations of Buddhism, Yoga, meditation, nutrition, and compassionate communication.

Mark was a serial entrepreneur who opted to pursue a spiritual calling after becoming the caregiver of his elderly Aunt Gina, now 95.

Now he focuses on teaching flow at Phoenix Bikram Yoga and volunteering. The Federal prison, homeless shelter, a charter school and hospice all receive his help, teaching whatever is appropriate to teach at the moment or sometimes just listening.

He is the owner of Asana Handyman Services.

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

Narsingh Khalsa

Ashley Colloton

Donna Martens

Drew McManus

Erin Schaad

Giselle Wyne

Nicholas Lashaw

Peter Gariepy

Siuking Lloyd

Veronica Clark

Vivian Carrasco

Paulette Bodeman

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

Ashtanga Yoga Teacher
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.