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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!”
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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
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 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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Core Power Yoga
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.
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!
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 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 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 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 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.