Adriana Leiva

Adriana has dedicated her life to health, healing, body movement and bodywork. She has been a yoga teacher and massage therapist over the past 10 years and has shared her passion in several yoga studios, retreat centers, hotels, spas, fitness centers, kindergartens and schools all over Costa Rica. Since a young age she practiced contemporary dance and gymnastics that led her to develop a passion for body movement. In 2002 she started practicing yoga and in 2003 she got her first Yoga certification in Centro de Balance Integral Gaia, where she also got certified as a Massage Therapist practicing different…

Akal

Akal is the founder and director of Aquarian Yoga Center. Prior to becoming a Kundalini and Hatha yoga teacher, he journeyed on many spiritual paths, including teaching catechesis in a remote village of a South Brazilian Island. Later he studied parapsychology in Brazil at IPAPPI (Instituto de Parasicologia y Psicotronica), as well as metaphysics at the University of Metaphysics International and The Science of Universal Kabbalah in NY. Akal has been practicing meditation for years. He knows that this practice is essential to develop the real You, a true and magnificent spirit. He incorporates the yogic lifestyle in his classes…

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Alex Ryberg

Alex Ryberg is a modern yogic healer, nature lover, travel enthusiast, community organizer and artful human.  In the last five years, she’s accomplished over 2,000 hours of training in different systems of yoga and yoga therapy, her primary focus being SomaVeda Thai Yoga & Ayurveda.  She feels compelled to explore and express the medicinal aspects of yoga in a practical way, encouraging others to step out of fear and welcome the practice as is. When not traveling, Alex spends her days hosting private SomaVeda™ Thai Yoga Integrative Therapy sessions.  SomaVeda is a comprehensive system founded upon the principles of Thai…

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Alison Smith

Alison is known for her playful fire, inquisitive nature, and technical expertise. Her warmth and enthusiasm creates an engaging learning environment where students feel safe and accepted. Her down-to-earth approach makes the complexities of yoga easier to understand and relevant to your daily life. When you practice with Alison, you’ll receive clear and precise instructions to build skill and intelligence in your experience of yoga.  Retreats are consciously crafted to facilitate growth and transformation.

Annissa Coy

Annissa Coy is an amazing women coming from an abusive childhood and marrying as a young teenager with four children and now three grandchildren, she is a successful entrepreneur, speaker and educator.  She travels the country giving educational speeches in her chosen field. Her story of abuse, love and success is one of the most inspirational ones I have ever heard.  She is passionate about helping other women rise up and become loving and successful professionals.

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Arthur Banks

Arthur/Pema shares his study and practice of decades of a spectrum of Eastern traditions in a nurturing, flowing learning adventure. He brings and cultivates a purpose-focused joyfulness to each experience. Pema’s education and practice includes Raja Yoga with Swami Vishnudevananda, Tibetan Buddhism with Takster Rinpoche, Kriya Yoga, Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki, and Qigong. Pema has led many international and domestic Yoga and Personal Transformation retreats, mediation centers, served as administrator of a Buddhist monastery, and led education in personal leadership and principle-centered leadership for for individuals and organizations.

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ASHLEIGH BEYER

With thousands of hours of experience in classrooms in New York, Dominica, New Mexico, and Guatemala, Ashleigh is a Senior Vinyasa and Restorative Teacher. Ashleigh is passionate about teaching teachers how to teach; she co-created and teaches the 200 Aurafitness Flow-Based teacher training with Aura Garver at Aurafitness. Ashleigh completed her Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga Teacher Certification with Judith Hanson Lasater; she is also certified in prenatal yoga through Urban Yoga of Vancouver. Ashleigh is most inspired by where she lives, in the rural high desert mountains of Northern New Mexico. Her experience in this vast land has inspired her…

Brendan Hill

Brendan has always had a love for growth, whether his own or in the context of helping others.  In fact, he recently made the decision to leave a full-time career in Engineering in order to commit full time to his true passion of guiding and assisting others to achieve their fullest potential in life.  In addition to being a student of life, he is a spiritual Life Coach, a motivational speaker, a magazine entrepreneur, a body worker with a Reiki Master Certification, an Astrologer, and above all, possesses a fervent passion for the path of discovery and helping others find…

Carmel Calcagno

Carmel Calcagno began her practice in 1989 after a book fell on her head in a local bookstore. The book, “Initiation,” was not about yoga but reincarnation. In one of the lifetimes, the author was an Egyptian Princess and did yoga every morning. Carmel bought the book and took her first yoga class the same month. After practicing for seven years, her teacher asked her to teach for him while he was away, not her plan, but it was the beginning of her teaching experience. After 10 years of practicing yoga, Carmel met John Friend, creator of Anusara Yoga, and…

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Caroline Cooley

Caroline’s love for yoga began over 12 years ago. She practiced on and off for years. In her personal practice she has found yoga to bring healing and self-acceptance on a level she’s been unable to find in any other way. In 2015 she decided to pursue her 200 hour RYT, which allowed her to deepen her own practice and tapped into a deep calling to share this healing and acceptance with others.  Caroline has been teaching for close to two years, and her journey continues to nourish her life on a physical and spiritual level. She can’t wait to…

Charlie Lucas

Charlie found yoga as a means to strengthen an ailing lower back. It wasn’t long before he recognized in addition to the physical practice, there was a great benefit to yoga: the centering of mind, body, and spirit with the breath. An avid student of philosophy and meditation, this former DJ weaves affirming themes throughout his practice with uplifting quotes and thoughts set to well-crafted soundtracks. His playlist covers all genres, from Motown, Classic Rock, Reggae, Funk, New-Age, Soul and more. Charlie maintains a light-hearted approach to his teaching, encouraging students to smile, even laugh; to find joy within their…

Chris Yovanovich, B.A., E-RYT 500

Chris Yovanovich has dedicated her life to sharing the ancient wisdom of yoga fulltime over the past 12 years. Prior to her yogic studies and teachings, she was an avid meditator and served as social worker for various long-term care facilities assisting patients and their families at the end of life. This served as a platform to serve from a seat of compassion and heart-felt respect for the human condition. Chris received her 200- and 500-Hrs. trainings 12 years ago at Cityoga in Indianapolis, IN. and became a dedicated Kriyaban through Parmahansa Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship in L.A. in 2003. She…

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Christina Rairdan

Yoga Ambassador My yoga journey began 20 years ago with a simple New Year’s. After years of teaching fitness classes, I realized my body is a temple and it was time to treat it with respect and kindness. I quickly realized that through my yoga practice I found balance both physically and spiritually in my life. From this process of self-acceptance and spiritual growth grew a desire to share yoga with others, and I pursed my yoga certification in January 1999. I have witnessed how a regular yoga practice has helped many students with chronic pain and physical injuries. As…

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Cigall Eacott

A student of the transformative practice of yoga since she was a child, Cigall has found one of the greatest joys of her life in teaching and sharing this practice with others. Cigall teaches with the intention to create a space that invites students to find a deeper awareness and connection to our own selves, to each other, and to the surrounding world through the practice of uniting breath and body. Cigall and Josh lead retreats and trainings in India, Hawaii, Brazil, Central America, and the southwest United States.

COLE HOOLEY

YOGA, REIKI, FEMININE EMPOWERMENT & INTUITIVE HEALING GUIDE Brooklyn based Yoga Instructor & Reiki Healer, Nicole specializes in teaching Personal Empowerment & Self Healing inspired Yoga Classes, Workshops & Reiki Trainings throughout Brooklyn. Her Reiki & Intuitive Healing sessions have been called “an hour of unconditional love”.  Nicole has been highlighted by Huffington Post and Yoga City NYC. Nicole grew up outside of Philadelphia and is a natural spiritual skeptic. She had an intense love and curiosity around spirit from a young age, and it is no surprise she now lives a life dedicated to demystifying the spiritual process.  Her…

Colynn Vosburgh

    Colynn began practicing yoga in 2000 while also starting her career in nursing.  She has found a perfect balance between east and west to help her adapt a holistic approach to her patients while treating them with western medicine. More recently she has learned to use her western roots to pass on the eastern teachings to students interested in learning and practicing yoga. In 2014, after practicing for many years, Colynn chose to change to an eastern approach to her life as introduced to her in her Yoga Teacher Training at Parallel Yoga.  Her classes are unique and integrate her western and…

Dana Schulstad

Dana has been a yoga student since 2010 and in August 2014 she completed a 200 RYT training. It was the best decision she has ever made in her life. Dana teaches a gentle, approachable style of yoga with a focus on breath and alignment in the hopes to encourage people to find balance on and off of the mat. Along with teaching, Dana tries to remain a student, using wisdom from teachers who have taught her so much, pairing it with some good tunes and bringing good vibes all around! Yoga has made all the difference in Dana’s life,…

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Debbie Dixon

Debbie is a mom, a yoga teacher, a business owner, a lover of life, and an artist of the word who derives energy, fulfillment, joy and happiness from watching others begin to discover that the life of their dreams is within their grasp. As a yoga teacher and a guide, she reminds people how to view life as a series of miracles unfolding. Her teachings are strongly rooted in the foundation of “Stepping outside of your comfort zone,” with the belief that life is meant to be enjoyed. Debbie’s mission is to ignite spiritual health in others and remind them…

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Denise Westenhaver

Denise’s yoga journey began in 2004 when she started a home practice for physical fitness. She began to have a positive shift in her perspective and attitude, which she hadn’t expected. This intrigued her to and inspired her to delve deeper into her home practice and self study of yoga. On moving to Savannah, GA, in 2010, she joined Savannah Yoga Center and really thrived in group practice. She gained so much in self realization and connection to spirit through yoga that she was compelled to take teacher training. She received her RYT 200 hr in May 2017 at Savannah…

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Dhyana Masla

Raised on the path of Bhakti Yoga, Dhyana brings the depth of inquisition into her classes, offering opportunities to cultivate a relationship with our multi-faceted humanness while simultaneously taking a step back, a step deeper into the truth of who we really are; beyond the stories, the fears, and the limitations. Having a deep understanding of the nature of the mind and its relationship to the Self, her classes combine non-sectarian yoga philosophy with an integrated experience, sharing timeless Truths in an easy-to-apply and accessible way. After years of studing Ayurveda and multiple Yoga trainings, Dhyana received her Bachelors degree…

Djuna Passman

Djuna’s aversion to yoga quickly dissipated after she discovered the strong physical, emotional, and spiritual effects of a daily practice during atime of personal upheaval. A life long love of moving and firm belief inthe healing that comes from developing and deepening the mind-body connection have led her to successful careers as a dancer, choreographer, and dance/movement therapist. Feeling a strong desire to share the wondersof yoga with others she received her yoga certification through mang’Oh Yoga as part of their inaugural teacher training. Blending extensive knowledge of the body with choreographic skills and the ability to createand hold a…

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Douglas Bentley

  Douglas Bentley has worked with thousands of people from all walks of life, helping them on their journey inwards to discover the natural state of peace and joy that awaits within. Douglas has been deeply on his spiritual journey since childhood, leading him to live in India as a monk for 10 years learning directly from great Spiritual Avatars. After his own awakening, his Masters had asked him to travel back to the west to share the Sacred Wisdom of Spiritual Awakening with the world.

Dr. Suzanne Nixon

Dr. Nixon is the Owner, Founder and Director of Inspirational Journeys, LLC, a lifestyle-wellness-travel company and the Northern Virginia Integrative Therapy Center in Virginia. With expert training in counseling, psychotherapy, education, energy medicine, meditation, holistic health, and integrative health coaching spanning 34 years, she has helped thousands of people in their journey towards greater health, healing and optimal functioning in both their personal and relational life. She developed a keen interest in complementary & alternative therapies in the 1980’s which resulted in professional training in massage therapy, bodywork, energy medicine, healing, mindfulness & meditation. She is an Integrative Health Coach…

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Elizabeth Gross

Elizabeth (CATP, RYT) is a graduate from the 1025 hrSomaVeda® Thai Yoga Teacher program at the SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine: Thai Yoga Center. Elizabeth is also a 200-hour Ashtanga certified Yoga Teacher, and resides in New Paltz, NY. Elizabeth’s vision is to participate in the healing process of those who strive to deepen their connection to their own energetic body. Elizabeth focuses on creating safe spaces to release negative emotions and invite loving kindness into the present moment. Elizabeth is available for group or private Hatha yoga instruction, Somaveda® Thai Yoga Therapeutic Programs, and Somaveda® Thai Yoga Training and Certification workshops.

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Elyse Calhoun

Elyse received her teaching certification in Costa Rica through Frog Lotus Yoga in 2010, and she has been teaching ever since. She teaches a vinyasa flow class and sequences in a way that the poses flow naturally from one to the next. She emphasizes safe alignment, mindful breath, and longer holds in poses to create strength and flexibility. She sprinkles in yogic philosophy and wisdom, but also allows time for quiet reflection. She enjoys teaching because it continually inspires her to grow in her own practice and knowledge. Yoga, both in its physical practice and philosophy, has deeply impacted Elyse’s…

Felix Lopez

    Felix started to learn and practice Vipassana meditation at Wat Buddharangsi (Miami Buddhist Temple) under the guidance of the senior monk Ajarn Surachett. Felix is a Venezuelan-born and American-raised spiritual leader dedicated to bringing the practical path of healing, mindfulness and meditation in an accessible way. Drawing on an eclectic background as artist, musician, photographer, Pranic (energy) Healer and former Buddhist monk, Felix offers a healing possibility that taps into the creative power at the root of all existence. Felix dedicated himself to the study of Pranic Healing, Pranic Psychotherapy, Pranic Crystal Healing, Arhatic Yoga and became certified…

Flora Domenis

” Flora Domenis is a Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Therapist, specialized in Lifestyle and Nutrition. In 2008 she obtained her Yoga Shiromani title from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in Neyyardam, Kerala, India. In 2011 she graduated as an Ayurvedic therapist from the Academy of Ayurvedic Studies in Amsterdam. Her final thesis was on psychological trauma and its treatment in Yoga & Ayurveda versus modern therapies. Since the age of 12 she has been blessed with growing up in a Yoga conscious environment. Its teachings immediately suited her multi-ethnical background. Since then, influenced in a profound way, she has thrived…

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Gabrielle Douglas

Gabrielle, (or Gabby), has been practicing Yoga for 18 years and meditation for 12 years. She has been teaching Yoga and meditation for 8 years. She chose to dedicate herself to teaching Yoga full time after retiring as a hairstylist of 17 years. Due to chronic pain in her body from repetitive movement, she realized she had to make a positive change for herself. She obtained her 200 Hours certification in Vajra Yoga and Meditation, with Jill Satterfield in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and New York City. Over the years, she has accumulated many hours of study with various…

Gina Benson

Based out of NYC, Gina Benson is a Registered Yoga Teacher and certified Ayurveda Practitioner and Holistic Nutritionist. She has a deep respect for both practices and, in 2017, created Yogaveda Health & Healing with the mission to dedicate her life, studies, and career to bettering the experience of living for others. Gina’s vivacious personality, gentle heart, and strong faith make her the optimal healer. With her love of Yoga and Ayurveda (Yogaveda), as well as her specialty in women’s health, Gina believes she can change the lives of many by bringing them to a state of balance and peaceful harmony. Gina hopes…

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Gina Pulisciano

Gina Pulisciano is an HolistiCitiLyfe Wellness Specialist, licensed Esthetician with close to 10 years experience in the field of skincare and has worked for some of the top spas in the city and most recently, as an educator at the Aveda Institute of New York. Taking a more holistic approach to skincare, she believes mind/body wellness is essential for healthy skin. Many different factors makes us who we are, and this isn’t any different when it comes to the skin we’re in. Gina believes in treating each client on a very individual basis. Using an array of ingredients and essential…

Helene Russell, Ph. D.

Helene Russell, Ph. D., E-RYT 200, RYT 500 Helene s an Associate Professor of Theology at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. She is also an experienced Yoga teacher, teaching yoga regularly at the YMCA and other venues since 2010. Her yoga specialization is Viniyoga. Her publications include Creating Women’s Theology: Process Relational Feminist Theology (2012), Luce Irigaray and Søren Kierkegaard: On the Construction of the Self (2009) She is interested in the interface between Yoga, Christian theology, and embodied spirituality. She is teaching a YTT program that integrates Yoga and Spiritual Well-Being at Christian Theological Seminary.  

Holli Terrell-Cavalluzzi

Twelve years ago a friend introduced me to yoga and it’s become an integral part of my life. The practice has taken me deeper into my body, mind, and times my own heart. The practice feeds my life and informs the way I teach. I like guiding people to better connect with themselves. I’m an E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) and am certified in Hatha Yoga through Yoga Alliance (2004). I teach steady asana through alignment with flow. I’m passionate about yoga and believe, through awareness, it stretches who we are both off and on the mat.

Jane May Jones

From being told she wouldn’t amount to anything to excelling in the corporate world to being a multi-business entrepreneur, she has now been on a journey of enlightenment for the past 11 years or so.  She is ready to help you go from your ‘nice’ daily routines to being an exceptional women following her dreams.  If she can do it so can you! In the first 45 years,or so of her life, Jones was a wall flower, she had harbored feelings of inadequacy, guilt and other feelings for way too long! But now she has learned to relinquish these and…

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Jennifer Brewer

Jennifer is a Yoga Alliance registered E-RYT 500. She received her 200-hr certification from Asheville Community Yoga, with an emphasis on seva; and her 500-hr certification from Subtle Yoga in Charlotte NC with an emphasis on Yoga Therapy. Jennifer found transformation of her own anger and depression through yoga and uses her teaching to provide insight into the always present option of choice. Her teaching combines subtle physical postures, breath awareness and sense of humor to create a deeper understanding of the mind-body connection. Her classes aim to take this understanding and create empowerment off the mat. Jennifer currently lives in…

Jocelyn Farrell

Jocelyn initially began practicing yoga as a means to reduce stress and cultivate mindfulness, although she quickly became drawn to its spiritual and healing powers.  Having discovered a connection with Spirit through hikes in the woods and swimming in the Adirondack lakes as a young girl, Jocelyn is grateful to be able to deepen this relationship through the power and teachings of Bhakti Yoga. As a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher trained by Gopi Kinnicutt, Jocelyn aspires to nurture her students’ awareness of their true Self.  Her vinyasa flow style uses organic movement and thoughtful sequencing, with emphasis on the connection…

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Jodette Bentley

Jodette (200 YTT) is an enthusiastic yogi with a passion for helping other’s yoga journey. She is known for her choreography of breath with asana, finding deep expression of poses, honoring each individual’s journey on the mat. Her love for yoga shines as she encourages growth while providing a safe, creative space for her students to explore their own practice. Jodette was first introduced to yoga as a child when her mother studied Hatha Yoga with Ruth Bender. In 2013, Jodette received her 200-hour certification at Sacred Rivers in Glastonbury, CT studying with Paula Scopino. Since then, Jodette has been…

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Joelle McDonald

Well, it all started when I developed a very strong case of Meniere’s disease ( an inner ear disease that is much like vertigo but worse). After months and months of seeing the specialist and trying some of the exercises that he provided me to try to get my balance back I was finding nothing was helping…. I was off caffeine, salt and trying every exercise provided by him and nothing was changing and the disease seemed to take a stronger toll on me, the more stress I had, the worse it was as well. There came a point when…

Jonathan Damonte

Jonathan Damonte is a Bowen Therapist and Homeopath who brings over 20 years experience to his teaching. Known for his detailed teaching style and adaptability, he will make sure that each student is satisfied for each part of the course. Jonathan first learned Bowen Therapy from Ossie Rentsch (a long time student of the Founder, Tom Bowen) in 1997 and went on to create an online training system for Bowen Therapy called Bowen-Online officially endorsed by the Tom Bowen Heritage Foundation. Jonathan is also a trained and accredited member of The North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH) and a Certified…

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Josh Schrei

Josh Schrei has lived, breathed, and loved the profound traditions of India his entire life. Josh is the founder of three respected yoga schools, leads retreats and trainings around the world, and offers a practice that is steeped in the elemental and energetic vision of ancient yoga. Josh’s vinyasa classes are a deep dive into the sweetness and strength of the physical practice. His retreats are a balance of profound practice, cosmological and philosophical exploration, and adventure travel in unique destinations.

Julia Planine-Troiani

Julia Planine-Troiani (E-RYT 500) has taught in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. She has studied deeply with yoga, contemporary dance, meditation, movement therapy, and integral anatomy for over a decade. Julia offers a strong, clear, and compassionate practice with humor and grace. She welcomes those who are interested in taking a closer look, exploring the murky and sparkling seas of ourSelves, and rediscovering our own profound potential. Upward and onward with love!  

Kaila June

(Somatic Movement Educator) – Kaila June is passionate about movement education that promotes physical fitness, artistic creativity, and embodied expression.  With over two decades of experience devoted to helping people live healthy, joyful lives, she is determined to bridge the gap between exercise science and somatic education through integrated training design.  Kaila earned her BFA in Dance and Choreography at the University of Montana and her MS with a focus in Rehabilitative Science from California University.  She is a fitness coach and instructor and is dedicated to promoting dancer health and wellness.  Kaila believes in the transformative potential of opening, aligning,…

Karen Score

Karen began her yoga journey in 1999 as an effort to recover from illness.  Along the way, she fell in love with the practice of yoga, particularly in the tradition of Bhakti Yoga — the Yoga of love and devotion — and is continuously deepening her knowledge by embarking on a spiritual pilgrimage to India for several weeks each year. Karen’s classes are truly an offering from her heart.  She creates a nurturing space for her students to feel safe, and offers them the freedom to discover their own innate wisdom and become their own best teacher.  She understands that…

Keith and Michelle Baumgard

Keith and Michelle Baumgard are the dynamic duo behind My 1 Fit Life, One Fit Widow, Live the List Nonprofit and the new blog – Mending While Blending! After losing her husband in 2009 Michelle became engrossed in fitness not only as a lifestyle but also as a profession. After losing 80 pounds she decided that her love of fitness was more than just a pastime and she wanted to spend the rest of her life empowering those with loss to live their life to the fullest with the help of health and fitness. Michelle ended up leaving her corporate…

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Kelly Thayer

Kelly Thayer “AcroAnt” teaches the principals of building. Just as ants have their individual role they all work as a unit for a common goal. Certified in Partner Acrobatics, a background in gymnastics, and training around the world she shares her discoveries, tricks, and techniques to base and fly poses and transitions once thought out of range. I’m here to help find you that “ahha” moment. Follow Kelly on instagram.

Lila Ristevska

  Lila Ristevska (Lil) is a retired Olympic Level Freestyle Wrestler that competed in Olympic trials representing Australia and Macedonia, her countries of origin. She has 20 years experience as a Fitness Personal Trainer and is a Certified Yoga Instructor as well as a National Strength and Conditioning Coach. Lila is the creator of the OzzyBall System, which provides superior strength, flexibility and endurance. She lives in Palm Beach, Florida and enjoys morning walks on the beach. Lila laughs easily and often.   Certification/Experience Founder of the OzzyBall and the OzzyBall training system Bachelors Degree – Applied Science (Physical Education)…

Lilli Caporello

Lilli was born in Rome. She studied languages and travelled the world on cruise ships without treating her fibromyalgia, an ailment she was diagnosed with when she was only 22.  An injury forced her to stop this mundane life of always running. Lilli decided to move to Todi and teach Italian and English. This small town is far away from stress and the frantic life she had been living until then. In Todi, she met Jill Loftis, an American Yoga instructor, right at the moment she most needed a path to treat her disease. Jill opened the doors of this…

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Lily Dolan Kessler

Lily Dolan Kessler, Ed.Ms, Blooming Life Yoga Founder, E-RYT 500, Author, Artist   Lily is the founder of Blooming Life Yoga Studio + School, a community rooted, multi-style yoga house dedicated to making yoga accessible to all. Lily is fascinated by the ancient, living Yoga Lineage and it’s her calling to make Yoga’s vast and tangled roots accessible and recognizable in everyday life so one may claim their Divine Magnificence. Her soon-to-be-published book History of Yoga: Humanity’s Quest for Nourishment is her life’s work and serves as the foundation for her school 200 and 300 hour school named Story & Art of Yoga Teacher Training. Lily co-hosts BodyAwake…

Lindsay Fields

Lindsay Fields has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2009. With strong roots in the lineage of Bishnu Ghosh (otherwise known as Hot Yoga) and an ever-increasing knowledge of anatomy and the therapeutic applications of yoga, Lindsay’s curious nature and dedication to the practice has resulted in an expansive and creative approach to Yoga. At age 21 her life took an unexpected turn from an intended career as a classical musician to having to immediately cope with the onset of mental illness. With support and guidance from family and friends she sought treatment for depression and anxiety. The…

Liya Garber

Liya (Charan Kamal Kaur) creates a heart-filled, fun, joyful way to calm the mind and align with one’s inner truth. She brings a unique and special gift of laughter and humor to every class. Her yoga journey began in the heart of New York City where she lived a fast-paced life as a business executive. As the stress of this life began to affect her health, Liya turned to yoga and began to heal. The results were undeniable and she has been on a dedicated path of self healing and discovery ever since. In addition to yoga, Liya studied deep esoteric Kabbalah, including the…

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Loren Hardy

Loren (E-RYT 200, LMT CT#8835), is known for her unique style of teaching that seamlessly incorporates the physical benefits of yoga with its meditative and spiritual aspects as well. sincere desire to allow each student to make the most of their time on the mat is conveyed in every class she teaches. Her Vinyasa (or Flow) style classes encourage yogis of all stages of practice to compassionately and intuitively explore the space beyond their “comfort zone” to experience personal growth and certain transformation. Listen to your breath, become aware of your body, explore your edge, enjoy restoration, and find your…

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Lynda Schoberth

Lynda is a graduate in Communications from DePaul University, Chicago, IL. She holds a 500-hr certification in  Samapati yoga. Lynda spent 17 years working in the corporate world before she shifted completely to sharing the gift of yoga with her community in Chesterton, Indiana. In 2013, Lynda opened Bleu Lotus Yoga and offered her love of yoga to the community for six years.

Marco Mandrino

Marco is a E-RYT 500 registered Yoga Teacher, with a certification of Experienced Teacher by Yoga Alliance, Coni, MSP and CSEN. Through the Hari-Om Yoga School Teacher Trainings, Workshops and Retreats he teaches in Italy, Australia, India, Costa Rica and United States. Marco promotes an integral spiritual practice without boundaries of style and tradition. Marco is the founder of Hari Yoga, a non-dogmatic, inter-spiritual, intense yet light, approach with no center or goal rather than sustain the individual to fully live the wonderful simplicity of daily life. Marco Mandrino collaborates with different Yoga magazines and is the author of several…

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Maryjane Behforouz

Maryjane is passionate about connecting people across cultures and contexts. She often states, “The deepest understanding of “other” is when you immerse yourself into the life and thoughts of another person. By going to ‘their country’ literally or figuratively, you find shared truths and greater understanding. The distance between self and other diminishes while compassion grows.” She believes purposeful travel is a peace-building endeavor, which is why her travels have taken her to six of the seven continents with a concentration in the Middle East. As the founder of Pedal for Peace and a board member of a peace building…

Massimo Monti

Since an early age Max felt attracted and influenced by the vision and teaching of Mystics, Masters and Yogis like Rumi, J.Krishnamurti, G.I. Gurdjieff, R. Tagore andP. Yogananda, among others, which shaped the spiritual path to follow. By the age of 20 was traveling to India where he spent several years in the Osho Rajneesh Commune, participating in many workshops, seminars and meditations influenced by the Eastern and Western spiritual traditions, deepening the practice in the Jnan, Bhakti and Karma branches of Yoga. Extensive travels throughout India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Middle East, North Africa as well as the Americas,…

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Max Gilreath

Max Gilreath Retreat Leader and SPR Founder   After more than thirty (30) years of Executive Sales experience with Fortune 100 companies, Max Gilreath, SPR Founder experienced a layoff and became ill. The illness opened his eyes and mind to the poor state of his physical, emotional and spiritual being. While working with a Career Coach, he awakened to the desire to change his life and lifestyle choices, with a clear focus on life’s purpose, meaning, and priorities. He accepted his renaissance calling, for guiding, educating and inspiring people, to a complete and productive way of life, as he has…

Megan Marie Gates

Whether I am rolling out my mat, rolling in the dirt or dancing ecstatically, I feel more connected to my heart + creative spark when in motion and in song.   Coming from a background in theatre and dance, the fusion of creative + yogic practices opened my love for the healing arts; helping me find my voice as a sound worker, meditation guide, movement teacher + ritualist. I am a believer + practitioner of the meditative and ecstatic. I teach a fusion of movement + sound alchemy; working with vibrational + motion medicinals for activated creativity, health and embodiment.  I…

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Meghan Stepnowski Tolhurst.

Meghan Tolhurst ERYT 200, M.A. Literacy Education, Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Therapist Meghan is an educator and an explorer. She began practicing yoga almost 20 years ago and has been teaching for more than 10. She became interested in yoga because of the way the practice connects the body to the mind and the heart. Her classes combine her passion for empowerment through conscious connection and living a sustainable life with purpose. Her style is fluid whether in the studio or on a paddleboard, anchored by the foundations of alignment and pranayama. While she practices asana daily, she believes the…

Monica Moss

(Guest Yoga Instructor) – Monica has been practicing yoga for over 7 years and is inspired to share her passion with others in the hopes of facilitating a positive shift within another persons life. Her sequences are designed for all levels of yogis to achieve a sense of self-awareness, opening in the body and connection to breath while incorporating a theme of structured-playfulness through movement and meditation. Monica also loves to incorporate creative transitions into her flow using her dance background as inspiration for a fresh perspective on this traditional practice. Each day brings new experiences and I am very excited…

Nathania Stambouli

(Retreat Leader & Primary Yoga Instructor) –  Coming from a background in bodybuilding and circuit training, Nathania stumbled into yoga by accident in 2009 and what started as a purely physical adventure became a journey towards healing old wounds and experiencing a profound personal transformation. Through a dedicated yoga practice and a Master’s degree in Psychology, Nat unearthed a passion for helping others transform their lives, free themselves from negative behavior patterns and dare to be unapologetically real. She believes that yoga – and a healthy mind-body connection – is a gateway to self-love and understanding. Her classes are athletic and…

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Nicole Lynn Hooley

Brooklyn based Yoga Instructor & Reiki Master, Nicole Hooley specializes in teaching Personal Empowerment & Self Healing inspired Yoga Classes, Workshops, Trainings & Retreats. Her Reiki & Intuitive Healing sessions have been called “an hour of unconditional love”.  Nicole has been highlighted by Huffington Post and YogaCityNYC. Nicole’s offerings come from her connection to source. She takes from her Reiki practice, her life long astrological education, her background in eco-feminism, philosophy & religion, years of teaching yoga asana, a foundational understanding Ayurvedic Food Science and Chinese medicine, as well as her intuitive wisdom. Her goal is to create a sense…

Paul "The British Ninja” McCarthy

(Guest Martial Arts Instructor) – Paul has been studying movement and martial arts for over 20 years. He holds black belts in martial arts including Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), Hapkido (4th degree) and Taekwondo (1st degree) and is an instructor of Savate, Muay Thai and Jeet Kune Do. With an MS from Indiana University in Kinesiology and his experience coaching, teaching and managing various movement practices, Paul is fascinated by what makes the body ‘tick’. He is currently working with Neuroscience Professors at UCLA, University of Victoria and University of Illinois to study how martial arts movement patterns improve cognitive function. Paul’s philosophy is…

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Prema Bentley

  Prema is a loved teacher who has helped people from all walks of life heal and transform by her wisdom and her deep connection to grace. Prema has spent her entire life focused on spiritual growth and helping others. She has studied from several Awakened Masters leading her to living in India studying directly from great Spiritual Avatars. Prema was asked by these great beings to travel the world helping others on their journeys of awakening

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Priscilla Filipe

It’s Priscilla’s vision that we come to recognize ourselves with a new vibrancy and acceptance, loving unconditionally. Through her years in funeral service supporting individuals and families through the stress and grief of losing a loved one, and drawing from her own life experiences, she is able to lead with this vision from the heart with compassion and strength. She facilitates in both private and group settings, empowering her clients to step into their full worth through soulful intention. Mindfully guiding and creating space, her work encompasses the full being so her clients may know themselves intuitively, listen to their…

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Rebecca Niamtu

Rebecca Niamtu wants to bring the community together on their yoga mats with the intention of healing the planet from within. Having experienced the tremendous healing power of yoga, and the ripple effect through her life and community, it is her desire  to make yoga accessible to everyone. Teaching yoga since 2008, her approach to yoga is unintimidating, heartfelt, and playful. Influenced by Anusara traditions, Becca’s style is both grounding and heart opening, promoting alignment both on and off the mat. To amplify her knowledge and ability to help people find freedom in their bodies she became a massage therapist in…

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Riyaana Hartley

In her joy when teaching, Riyaana Hartley has shared the gift of yoga and standup paddleboard yoga from LA studios to hip hop music festivals, from prestigious San Francisco museums to the jungles of Costa Rica and afloat on the Aegean and Caribbean Seas! Stoked on yoga, music and travel she’s also worked with Wanderlust Festival for three years connecting yogis to some of the best events on the globe! Riyaana teaches with joy and curiosity, inspired by the mysteries and dance of life and our bodies. Her intention is to create a space for students to experience peace, self love and clarity in their practice.…

S. Ashley H

Ashley Hunt is a minimalist that lives in an off the grid tiny home built in a school bus. Her partner and wolf dog call Red River Gorge, Kentucky home and own and operate a desktop carbon filament winder company together. They are avid rock climbers and spend as much time in nature as life allows. She is currently writing her first book a creative collaboration with her professional photographer sister. Corporate Mindfulness Consultant Facilitating meditation, applied mindfulness and contemplation sessions with corporate marketing and design teams to change the conversation that frames how the maker and the consumer relate…

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Sally Brown Bassett Ph.D

Sally Bassett, Ph.D., EYT- 500 Sally’ enthusiasm toward life as well as her creative and spiritual approach to yoga have been keys to her success. Sally is an adjunct professor at Butler University, teaching yoga basics and philosophy. She is also the founder of Peace through Yoga Foundation, a non-profit where the mission is to make an impact through transformational yoga and service. After traveling to over 140 countries, Sally was inspired to open an International Center for Girls in the heart of the Costa Rican rainforest area. Sally is also the author of “Yoga through Christ: via the Eight…

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Sapha Arias

Sapha, 500RYT is a Houston based yoga and meditation instructor as well as a nutrition, health and wellness consultant. She extends her teaching in a global manner by leading yearly yoga retreats based on the power of alchemical changes found through self-awareness, connectivity and the many tools the practice has to offer. Her teachings revolve around the belief that in order to access creative change and powerful healing, one must first learn to ground down and open up. A paradigm that has lead her through many years of study and self-discovery, and which brings a unique voice and quality to…

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Sara Beth Force

Sara Beth Force has lead successful retreats in 7 countries to date. Samasati Retreat & Rainforest Sanctuary in Costa Rica is her favorite destination. She began her yoga career as a five-year residential staff member of the renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She returned to her hometown of West Palm Beach, Florida in 1989 and opened what became a thriving yoga studio. Sara Beth is the founder of Inner Force Yoga and Awesome Possum Yoga for Children. She leads Inner Force Yoga Teacher Trainings yearly and is currently teaching both adult and children’s yoga classes. Her classes combine…

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Sarah Lindgren

I practice and teach because yoga gives permission to be yourself, uncovered, and beautifully raw.  I love the honesty of the yoga practice and how it demands self acceptance, which is truly the heart of this practice.   I’ve been teaching yoga since 2015, gaining 200hr certification in 2016 from Moksha Yoga in Chicago, completing the program with 700 hours + of training.  My mission as an ERYT is to make the world of yoga more accessible to all through classes and workshops.  Showing students this is a practice to access the language of the heart not about touching your…

Sarah Templeton

Sarah Be is first and foremost a dedicated practitioner of holistic therapies and has been intimately connected with these practices since 1998. She believes in the innate wisdom that lies in the  body/mind connection and uses the framework of the breath to more deeply engage with all aspects of the self. Through the integration of body, mind, and breath client and practitioner work together to connect, release, and renew the essence self. Each session is an intuitively guided exchange to identify and release blockages in the body/mind in order to achieve a greater sense of connection and well-being. Sarah’s personal…

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Scott McKenzie

Scott McKenzie has traveled extensively to some of the Worlds most remote jungles where he has worked with scientific programs and animals such as crocodiles, cobras, bushmasters, primates, tigers, and others. Scott volunteers his time and resources to training wilderness first responders and equipping indigenous populations with lifesaving anti-venom. He has been the first responder on several would be lethal snake-bites and has had a 100% survival rate. Concurrently, Scott has participated in ecological surveys and trail mapping in Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra, the United States and Costa Rica. He has spent a cumulative of 6 years living in these…

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Scotty King & Leslie Medley

Hi! we are Leslie and Scotty, ambassadors for Living the Adventures of Life℠. We took a massive leap of faith and left our careers as a Critical Care Nurse and a Personal Trainer to live our dream life of traveling the world and being a catalyst for transformation. Some might call us “nomadic yogis”, we call it living life in our passions! We have studied yoga at the origin, the base of the sacred Himalayan mountains, working with masters and gurus from the East. We have been initiated into the ancient and healing teachings of the Paramahansa Yogananda lineage, and…

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Sheila Bunnell

  Sheila Bunnell started her Yoga journey in the Iyengar Yoga system over two decades ago. From the very beginning, she was fascinated by how this system of yoga could lead to a calm, clear state, both mentally and physically. Her goal as a teacher is to give this experience to others. Sheila began her studies with Joan White of the BKS Iyengar Yoga School of Central Philadelphia. She has been teaching for over fifteen years, she continues her studies with Joan White, as well as traveling to India to train with the Iyengar family. Sheila is certified as Junior…

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Stephanie McKenzie

Stephanie has studied different traditions of yoga that emerged from the teachings of Krishnamacharya including Ashtanga and Viniyoga. She has also immersed herself in the study of Anusara, Yin Yang, Therapeutics, Vinyasa, Murat Boran. Stephanie’s experience allows her to adapt her teaching to the needs of all who unroll their mats at Samasati.  She seamlessly provides modifications, assists and  gently advances each student according to their practice’s level. For each person, Stephanie sets her sights to create the yoga experience their body needs and their soul desires. Drawing from an eclectic background, she is able to bring the right style of yoga into your life so that not only…

Stephanie Neuwald, Dipl. Psychologist

I am trained in holistic psychotherapy, a concept which includes elements from behavioral therapy, systemic therapy, Gestalt therapy, analytic therapy, body-oriented and creativity therapy. With this global therapy concept I am free to respond to you and your problems in every way. As I’m also an alternative practitioner, I can offer you natural treatments like acupuncture, reflexology treatment, or detox treatments. I’m also trained in hypnotherapy, hypnoanalytic therapy, trauma therapy, relaxation techniques and energetic therapy. Since my studies of psychology in Trier und Munich from 2003 to 2008 and my license as alternative practitioner and psychotherapist 2004 I’m working in…

Steven Graves, Dipl. Psychologist

After a classic education as a banker I studied psychology with the focus on addiction illnesses – particularly on nicotin dehabituation. I am also a passionate sportsman and among other sports I do fitness and athletic sports. The regenerative power of sports for the psyche and wellbeing is long well known and proofed. For this reason I did several trainings as instructor in PRIMAL MOVE (mobility, flexibility and hardiness), PROGRESSIVE CALISTHENICS (Exercises with own body weight) and as RKC2 Instructor (athletics with kettlebell). Besides my work as a psychologist in different rehabilitation centers I also do group and personal trainings…

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Syama Masla

Syama Masla was raised in a family of Bhakti yogis and is very grateful for her teachers and life long inspirations, Srila Prabhupada & Radhanath Swami. She teaches yoga and Ayurveda in the New York City as well as 200 hr yoga teacher trainings and traveling retreats around the world with her sister, husband, father and brother bud! She loves animals and has been a lifelong vegetarian. Syama places a strong emphasis on tapping into the rhythm of breath as it guides movement. With over 1000 hours of certification in both Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, she keeps the practice rooted…

Terri McCollum

I was influenced early in life by the practice of yoga, my first classes were after school at 11 years old. In my adolescence and teen years I became very fascinated by different tools for self discovery and expansion of thought. This is what most certainly led me to pursue meditation and inspired interest in Indian philosophy. As a teeanger I found the practice of asana to be a great compliment to my other physical activities, and meditation a tool for calming and focusing my busy mind. At 19 I took my first trip to India to study more deeply…

Tim Hutchinson

Tim is a seasoned traveler to Costa Rica having discovered this beautiful country when his son was hired to run a Sea Turtle Nesting Conservatory Program on the Pacific Coast in 2006. Over the insuring years, Tim visited Costa Rica frequently and came to know this small country as his second home. Tim has been fortunate enough to explore this beautiful land as a native traveler, experiencing places off the beaten path, tucked between the lush tropical rain forest and Pacific. Practicing yoga in a studio on the Nicoya Peninsula, residing in a village surrounded by coffee farms and being…

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Tina Clay

Yoga Ambassador My love affair with yoga grew after it played an important role in my recovery from post-partum depression. I was practicing yoga postures, and working with the breath for a few years before I felt motivated by my own healing and decided to pursue teaching yoga in 2004. Over the years, I have taught yoga to a variety of different populations; from teens to seniors, and I have experience teaching a few different styles of yoga; from power yoga to the more restorative and gentler practices. After teaching for more than a decade, and experiencing many transformations of…

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Tina Porter

Tina Porter is a nationally recognized Yoga and Meditation teacher located in Denver, CO. She focuses on the psychology of Yoga and integration of breath into everyday life. She currently teaches in Denver, leads events, trainings and offers private programs. Tina has taught classes, workshops and retreats all over the world and has been noted in renowned publications such as Top of the Town, 5280 Magazine, Origin, Shape, Yoga Journal and The Denver Post. Learn more about Tina at tinaporteryoga.com/about-tina

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Ursula Sobieski

Ursula’s diverse experience throughout various cultures brought her to Naples/FL 20 years ago. Born in Warsaw/Poland, Ursula studied at the University of Vienna. Upon finishing her studies, she spent several years working and traveling as a translator. After setting down in Naples, and working in a family antique business, her personal journey brought her to Bikram Yoga, Yoga Nidra and holistic medicine. Her journey in the field of wellness began as a yoga instructor. She expanded her knowledge through massage and holistic nutrition. Visit her website here.

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Vanessa Codorniu

Awaken Your Intuitive Muse We all get hunches, gut feelings, a soul whisper or even a knowing… yet how do we learn to trust our inner world? Our Soul communicates to us through feelings, images, words and sensations that flow through each of our energy centers (the chakras) and hold the keys to healing, greater joy, freedom, awareness and pleasure. We are all born with this divine connection and at the Pura Vida Playshop we can play and explore, go deeper and laugh at the truths that arise! * What is intuition? * How can we tell the difference between intuition and fear? * Get PAST fear…

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Vanessa Faria

Vanessa has been trained as a Licensed Soul Therapist and as a Professional Past Life Regression, under the ongoing leadership of Deborah Skye of Soul Therapy School®. She has since deepened her skills as a spiritual healer and guide through an intensive 13 Wisdom Teachings Apprenticeship program and is now serving and creating profound healing platforms for her clients around the world. Vanessa is trained as a Reiki Master Teacher trained by Hillary Faye and attuned by Melanie Ollenberg as well as a Cranial Sacral Therapist under the direction of Dr. Robert Harris from the Cranial Sacral Therapy Centre. Currently…

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Xavier Bronlet

With 20+ years of Change Management experience in the Financial Industry in Europe, Xavier has built strong competencies in Organizational and People Development. Nowadays, Xavier’s practice is mainly based on the latest findings in the neurosciences, behavioral science and psychology to support individuals to embrace change. To support the Organizational Development, Xavier has built a framework, called Systemic Agility, to measure and flourish the business agility within the organizations. With this approach, Xavier helps organizations and individuals to experience business flow and personal balance, knowing that both need adjustments to reach this ultimate goal. Xavier’s customers are companies and executives…

Yaelle Wittes

Yaelle Wittes is a Level II Authorized Teacher from the K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India. Yaelle started attending yoga classes early in life with her mother, and was always drawn to Ashtanga for its tradition, intensity, and the many challenging aspects of the practice.  She began Mysore-style practice with KPJAYI Certified Ashtanga teachers Mark Darby and Joanne Darby, and completed their teaching training in 2009. Seeking to deepen her understanding of yoga and develop her practice, she began travelling to Mysore, India to practice at KPJAYI under Sharath Jois in 2010. As a yoga teacher,…

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Yvette Lyalyababaev

Yvette tends to be a connector, a wallflower and a photographer. Her deep interest in humanity and spirituality keep her busy learning about our unity despite outward differences. Behind all this is a love of peace and peace-making. Always beginning with oneself. For many years she has been dreaming-up a community center in Miami. However, her need to get out and travel, expecting to never return to The States, led her to settle in Costa Rica. While raising her daughter there, that passion for community began to reappear slowly as she started to connect with her surroundings. Since then she has…