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Ben Crosky
Ben Crosky

Working as a tour guide in the streets of Barcelona while simultaneously working for a yoga studio was the inspiration that eventually led him to merge the world of yoga and travel into what is now a collection of some of the most unique adventures on earth.From the Founder: Most people rarely get a chance to pack their bags and set out on an epic adventure. The way I see it, you can either visit a place, be happy and come away with average tales of a far away land, or you can explore more deeply than average. You can be blown away on a daily basis, fill your time with breathtaking moments and authentic adventures. You can come away knowing you’ve just tasted magic. You can leave feeling more alive at the very core of your being. Curating these moments is what makes me feel more alive. The opportunity to do so over and over again with SolYoga is a gift that I do not take for granted, seeing every trip as if it truly were each participant’s once in a lifetime chance to have an epic journey.

Ashley turnerAshley Turner

Ashley Turner, M.A. is a yoga/ meditation instructor, writer and therapist/ life-coach in private practice based in Los Angeles and New York. Recently, named “Who’s Who in Power Yoga” by Yoga Journal for the 2nd year in a row, Ashley has the unique ability to rigorously challenge, inspire and nurture students simultaneously. On the faculty at Kripalu, she also co-leads Teacher Trainings at Dhyana Yoga in Philadelphia and is producing a “LIVE” yoga DVD series. Spotlighted as a mind-body expert in numerous print and online publications including Outside magazine, Women’s Health, Hampton’s, Whole Life, Yoga Journal, Health and GAIA NY, Ashley is also a spokesperson for Zobha clothing line. She recently designed a limited-edition line of custom yoga mats available at YogaMatic.com and is a featured teacher on Gaiam/Lime TV’s YogaMates.com.

With a Master’s in Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, she is a passionate leader in the synthesis of Eastern and Western philosophy, known for her intelligent fusion of spirituality, psychology and modern science. Inspired by a year-long Priestess training, Ashley incorporates Feminine Spirituality, Tantra, Advaita Vedanta and Insight Meditation into her multi-dimensional practice. Dedicated to guiding clients beyond the pull of opposites to a more truthful, joyful way of life, her discerning clientele includes renowned musicians, models, Hollywood creatives and distinguished business leaders. She consults companies, couples and individuals, lectures in academic settings, leads transformative workshops and retreats worldwide.

For more information about Ashley, visit her website: ashleyturner.org

katie silcoxKatie Silcox

Katie Silcox, recently named one of San Franciscoʼs Best Yoga Teachers Under 30 by Common Ground Magazine, has studied with the world’s pre-eminent teachers, scholars and visionaries in the world of mind-body health. She is a senior student and assistant to Yogarupa Rod Stryker, one of the worldʼs most well-respected yoga and meditation teachers today. This style of practice, known as Para Yoga, blends the three rivers of Tantra Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda and the Yoga Sutras into one comprehensive study.Katie was also taught yoga in south India, in the home of the yogis A.G. and Indra Mohan, authors of Yoga for Body Breath and Mind, and two of Krishnamacharyaʼs last students. She is a certified Ayurvedic Wellness Educator and Bliss Therapist from the country’s most recognized school of Ayurveda, and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Hindu Religion and Philosophy. Her Ayurvedic studies includes personal mentorship with Devi Mueller, President of the Ayurvedic Medical Association. Katie currently teaches local classes, workshops in the San Francisco Bay area, and periodically teaches on a national and international scale (www.yoginiwarrior.com).
Check out her website for more information and insight: www.parayogini.com.

RachelRachel Meyer

Rachel Meyer is a San Francisco-based yoga teacher and writer with roots in musical theater, theology and the arts. She’s an RYT who’s written for Yoga Journal, trained with Rusty Wells and Bikram Choudhury, and studied toward a Masters in Systematic Theology under groundbreaking radical theologian (and badass grandma) Rosemary Radford Ruether. Long before that, though, she grew up on the Great Plains, so she’s always had a real thing for big sky. Rachel’s bhakti flow vinyasa classes are a music- and philosophy-infused blend of athleticism, dance, and song, rich in spirit, sweaty with hard work, and celebratory in tone. You can expect creative sequencing, advanced backbends, arm balances, inversions, and maybe a vertical split or two along the way. She hopes you’ll laugh as much as you sweat, and leave feeling a little stronger, a little softer, and a lot more balanced.

You can find Rachel at www.rachelmeyeryoga.com/, and further ramblings on yoga, meditation, the arts and more at her literary practice mat, rawrach.blogspot.com

Abby-TuckerAbby Tucker

Abby Tucker is a dedicated yoga student, teacher, and lover of life. Passionate and down-to-earth, Abby’s bohemian heart radiates through her life in all its aspects — at home, as a student and as a teacher. She doesn’t differentiate between the practice of yoga and the practice of life, believing that yoga is how you do something, not something you do.

As a teacher, Abby creates an atmosphere of keeping it real while challenging students to their highest potential in the moment. She speaks from the authentic place of her own heart’s experience and is renowned for her unique ability to make the practices of yoga pertinent to the full spectrum of life experiences. Her classes are a profound and authentic offering of dynamic alignment, embodied flow, and skillful refinement. Students are encouraged to work diligently while honoring their own boundaries. Abby believes in empowering students through deep inquiry and skillful application of a pulsation of dynamic alignment principles. Each asana class also includes the essential grounding practices of pranayama and meditation.

Abby spent much of her childhood in a mystical field behind her home in Tennessee. It was there that she first learned that all of nature—including our own human nature—had a pulse, a rhythm and a cycle. She became enchanted by yoga at the age of 10, and began exploring Eastern religions and philosophies in high school and college. It was in 1998 that she finally came to the practices of yoga and, finding her entire life transformed by its alchemy, she left her full-time career in public relations and in 1999 turned her life over to yoga, becoming a full-time yoga student for the next four years. She began teaching in 2002, earned her Anusara certification in 2005, and now holds an E-RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance. Abby is deeply appreciative of all her teachers, past and present. She studied and apprenticed with Anusara founder John Friend, from whom she learned the beauty and art of teaching and the importance of opening to what the Universe serves up in every moment. She has studied tantric yoga in the Rajanaka lineage with yoga scholar Dr. Douglas Brooks for many years. Above all, Abby is a student of the Divine MahaShakti, the highest flow of life and Consciousness and with complete devotion she continues to fully immerse herself in her yoga studies and in the essential practices of asana, mantra, pranayama, and meditation.

Beyond the “yoga” world, Abby has many delights, interests, and courses of study. In particular, Abby aligns and follows the druidic and shamanic traditions of many cultures, particularly those of her heritage, which includes Native American and Celtic blood. She is deeply moved by the poetry of Walt Whitman and John O’Donohue and is no less moved by the poetry of a baseball game, a thoughtful meal, or skiing down a mountain with her beloved family. You’ll often find her under a redwood tree in the Berkeley hills or up the plum tree in her backyard.

Abby lives in Berkeley, CA, and teaches public classes, workshops, as well as advanced studies programs in the Bay Area, nationally and internationally.

JenniferJennifer Jarret

After graduating from The University of Notre Dame, Jennifer left her home state of Indiana to pursue a “real” job in Chicago. She quickly returned to school to attain her Masters in Education. It was in the midst of academic and real-world pressures that she discovered yoga. This discovery lit an internal fire that allowed her to quiet the mind and open to love, devotion and gratitude, sending her down a path of conscious transformation. This path carried her through a few years of teaching Spanish and History to high school students during which her time on the mat increased significantly. Eventually, the fusion of her two passions, yoga and teaching, became inevitable. She attended Baron Baptiste’s Teacher Training in 2007 and continues to study Bhakti Flow with Rusty Wells after fulfilling 300 hours of training with him in April, 2009. Inspired by her passion for life, her classes are a vigorous, yet nurturing, celebration where movement, awareness and the breath merge to create a balance between peaceful surrender and energetic devotion.Contact Jennifer: Jenniferjarrettyoga.com

Pedro-FrancoPedro Franco

Pedro Franco is a Yogi, Physical Education Professional Physiotherapist, Yoga therapist, and Personal Consultant. Pedro has practiced Martial Arts for 22 years. His Yoga journey started in 1992 and since then he has practiced, studied and is certified by Teachers and Masters from various lineages and traditions around the world. Pedro also carries certifications in Pilates, technical skills for rehabilitation, wellness, and fitness. He has developed a practice that blends effective tools with a broad holistic perspective, and has a teaching style that adapts to all levels for the maximum development of students’ inherent abilities.Yoga Teacher Training Certification Coordinator · at San Francisco State University
Yoga teacher at Namaste Lakeshore
Yoga teacher @Yoga Society of San Francisco Brahmananda Ashram
Yoga teacher @ Bay Club – San Francisco

Elizabeth-RosserElizabeth Rosser

Elizabeth feels most at home in the outdoors. She finds inspiration for her yoga practice while connecting in with the natural world. Her classes offer a rigorous blend of creative sequences designed to warm and open the body while uplifting the spirit. She has been teaching yoga throughout the Bay Area since 2001. Initially influenced by her Ashtanga roots, her teachers also include Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, Steph Snyder, and Rusty Wells. Dancing, singing, and acting since she was young, Elizabeth brings a melodic blend of chanting and flute playing to her classes. Come prepared to breathe, sweat and open.

Chrissy-GrahamChrissy Graham

Chrissy Graham has been a student of yoga for 15 years, and is a Certified E-RYT Yoga Instructor. She presently teaches public classes, workshops, Immersions, and Teacher Trainings throughout the Bay area, and abroad.Chrissy brings a lighthearted dynamic, and supportive energy to her classes that blend philosophy, therapeutics, and insightful wisdom from her own life experiences. Her personal studies are rooted in traditions of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Bon-po..Visit Chrissy’s wesbite: chrissygraham.com

Sadie-YogaSadie Chanlett-Avery

Sadie Chanlett-Avery, holistic fitness trainer, yoga instructor, and writer, was named a 2013 Athleta Sponsored Athlete. As the In-house Yogi at Clif Bar & Co. she directs the yoga and perinatal programs, trains with kettlebells, and serves on the Wellness Team.
Sadie received her teacher certification from Ana Forrest and has immersed for months in the jungles of Costa Rica with Master Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Glenn Black. Her M.A. in Holistic Health Education and multiple fitness certifications lends antomical depth to her innovative and playful classes.
She appreciates the diverse expression of the human genome with the belief that people of all ages and sizes can benefit from exercise and heal with yoga. Teaching for over ten years, she applies ancient yogic principles to individual needs and modern lifestyles.Sadie blogs at www.activebodystillmind.com

Jasmine-TarkeshiJasmine Tarkeshi

Jasmine Tarkeshi is the co-creator of Laughing Lotus Yoga Centers in New York City and San Francisco and signature Lotus Flow vinyasa yoga. Jasmine was born into a mystical heritage: Eastern philosophy, spirituality, and creativity have saturated her whole life. Her teachings are inspiring, passionate, devotional, and infused with the wisdom, humor, and creativity that comes from a lifetime of spiritual exploration of yoga’s great traditions and teachers and daily practice where the transformative blessings of yoga come alive. Her teachings reveal and express each student’s true essence as an instrument of divine love to help serve and heal the world as her teachers have awakened within in her.

David-MorenoDavid Moreno

David Moreno has taught at international yoga conferences, festivals, universities, and teacher training programs worldwide. He has worked privately with students in the fashion and entertainment industries and has trained world-class athletes — including the coach of the 2004/2008 Olympics U.S. Men’s Swim Team. He has also served as a product advisor and Ambassador for the Canadian athletica company, Lululemon and is a certified Pilates instructor.His yoga commentaries have been published in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, LA Yoga Magazine, and Common Ground. His dance criticism and dance reviews featured in Culture Vulture. He is also the creator and producer of yoga DVDs and electronic books.David began practicing yoga in the late 70′s studying the Iyengar and Ashtanga styles of yoga before studying Anusara and the Bihar methods of yoga. He continues his studies in Ayurveda and Tantra, delving deeper into the primordial tantric roots of the yoga tradition. David is known for his keen sense of humor and timing making his teaching both playful and informative. When not traveling, he teaches in the San Francisco bay area.

Emily-DillofEmily Dillof

Emily Dillof has been practicing yoga since 1998, and teaching since 2007. She is one of the Bay Area’s very few 800 Hour Certified Jivamukti Yoga teachers. She is also certified to teach through Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in San Francisco (200 hours) and is an Ambassador for Lululemon Athletica. Prior to teaching yoga, Emily was a family lawyer, specializing in contested child custody cases in Tucson, Arizona.Emily teaches Jivamukti Yoga which amazingly blends the physical, philosophical and spiritual aspects of Yoga practice. Jivamukti Yoga was created by Sharon Gannon and David Life in New York in 1984. The name Jivamukti is created by the fusion of two Sanskrit words: jivan, meaning individual soul or person, and mukti, meaning liberated, free. A jivanmukti is a person who is freed from the constraints of their body and mind…freed from suffering in this lifetime. Each class emphasizes the importance of practicing with an elevated intention and includes challenging, creative, and safe vinyasa sequences (vinyasa = ordered placement of intention, breath and movement), with modifications for all levels, as well as chanting, meditation, and beautiful (sometimes rocking!) inspiring music. Practitioners leave class feeling invigorated, open, uplifted and strong.In addition to her studies with Jivamukti Yoga cofounders Sharon Gannon and David Life, Emily is hugely influenced by Lisa Schrempp and Kate Donovan, her teachers in Tucson, Arizona. She also studied vinyasa flow with Shiva Rea in India for two weeks in 2006, and completed teacher training at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in San Francisco under the guidance of Dana Flynn, Jasmine Tarkeshi and Keith Borden. In 2008 Emily traveled to Mysore, India for a month of study with Saraswati Rangaswamy, daughter of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute. Emily continues to study for several weeks a year with Sharon and David in New York, and to study locally with senior teachers of many lineages.

Kimber-SimpkinsKimber Simpkins

Kimber has been blessed to receive teacher training from eminent Anusara® Yoga teachers Katchie Ananda, John Friend, Ruthie and Jim Bernaert, Sianna Sherman, and Noah Maze. Kimber became a Certified Anusara® Yoga instructor in 2008. She has also trained with Judith Lasater as a Rest and Renew Instructor, to offer restorative yoga to her students. She is continually inspired by and grateful for her teachers, her students, and that great teacher of us all, LIFE. Kimber would like to offer a deep and endless thank you to her main teacher, Katchie, for her guidance, inspiration, wisdom and friendship.A resident of the Bay Area for more than 16 years, Kimber moved to Berkeley to attend law school, and eventually became a lawyer. After practicing civil rights law for a couple of years, Kimber decided to pursue a more spiritual path that left time for family life and began practicing yoga intensively. She comes from a family of lay preachers, teachers, singers, and healers and is happy to have found an occupation that seems to blend all of these roles.When not on her yoga mat, Kimber may be found playing, working, writing, or hula-hooping in her backyard garden.

Vickie-Russell-BellVickie Russell Bell

Vickie Russell Bell was born and raised in Ohio, and is a journalist by education. She teaches yoga because she loves to. Her intention is to help her students increase their level of daily awareness through their body, breath and experience. She is a graduate of the Piedmont Yoga Studio Advanced Training Program and is a certified “Relax and Renew Trainer” through Judith Lasater’s accredited program.Vickie does a bit of short story writing, belts out an occasional jazz or country tune, and walks with her Rhodesian Ridgeback in the redwoods. She reads a lot, and adores her friends and Oakland. She is also part of the core faculty for the Deep Yoga Program at Piedmont Yoga Studio.

Daniel-Scott-yogaDaniel Scott

Daniel Scott is yogi provocateur offering a fresh alternative to the traditional “yoga voice”. His classes are a lively mix of balance and improv, strength and flexibility, breath and body. With light heart and open mind, Daniel focuses on moving into postures, not through them. An E-RYT 500 globally renowned ashtanga-vinyasa teacher and Certified Level 2 AcroYoga instructor living in San Francisco Bay Area, Daniel enjoys barefoot running, street art, good coffee, large quantities, and great qualities. As a Wellness Expert for MindBodyGreen and inspirational columnist for the Huffington Post, he is deeply dedicated to sharing in the immense journey from self-conscious to self-aware. With every breath, Daniel Scott strives to answer the ever-present question:

Are you moving or being moved?
Daniel’s Website: http://www.danielscottyoga.com/
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-scott
MindBodyGreen: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/wc/daniel-scott

RachelRichelle Morgan

Richelle Morgan is a wander-lusting yoga teacher, animal lover and the creator of Pure Bliss Yoga. When not pairing chocolate with wine or snuggling with her four-legged partners in crime, she can be found planning her next adventure. Follow her yoga adventures on her blog or catch her at a her next yoga retreat..Find Richelle at Pure Bliss Yoga.

Jenn PiciJenn Pici

Jenn is a Yoga Alliance certified Power Vinyasa instructor with 10 years of practice and close to 5 years of teaching under her belt. A former collegiate distance runner, Jenn turned to yoga for guidance and balance. She believes in the healing power of yoga and welcomes people of all levels to be challenged and inspired by it. She creates her “flow” series for the day depending on the students’ energy, the moon cycles, and her own creative inspiration. Jenn uses music to guide the flow of each class and says teaching yoga is her favorite and most fulfilling part of each day.Check out her blog for more information or insight: jpiciyogini.blogspot.com.

Jorja Rivero

Jorja Rivero, LMSW, is an Anusara-Inspired™ Yoga Teacher, has a Masters from NYU, and formally trained at the Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy. She completed her teacher training with Zhenja la Rosa, extensively studies with Elena Brower, and has engaged in formal mentorship with Ross Rayburn – all Certified Anusara® Yoga Teachers. She is endlessly fascinated and inspired in facilitating people in their self-discovery process with an intention that always honors the universal and personal. When you acknowledge, engage, and align your physical, mental, and emotional life: you become your ultimate expansion. For more information please visit Jorja’s website at http://www.mindbodyexpansion.com.

Skylor PowellSkylor Powell

Skylor began practicing yoga 4 years ago in Colorado Springs during her pursuit to understand the human mind through psychology at Colorado College. After only a year of practicing at Corepower, Skylor came to a new understanding about her path in life: why only study the mind in psychology, when she can learn how the mind works in conjunction with the body through yoga? Shortly after, Skylor completed her teacher training and began teaching right away. Since then, Skylor left the beautiful mountains and snow in Colorado to pursue her work in one of the more community based cities in the country, not to mention the yoga capital of the States. Skylor is dedicated to helping her students develop a strong foundational practice so that they have the freedom to build onto their own practice in a way that suits their individuality. When Skylor is not at the studio, she is a holistic health counselor, helping individuals to alleviate stress in their lives, remodel their diet and increase exercise in their daily routine. In the words of Harold Kushner, “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.” Skylor is honored to be part of a community that is so strongly dedicated to taking care of the individual so that we are more capable of making the world a more peaceful place to be! Contact Skylor for more information about yoga or health counseling or visit her website at http://myyoganutrition.com/.

HeatherHeather Lilleston

Originally from Northern California, Heather has been living and teaching Jivamukti Yoga in New York City since 2003. She completed the Jivamukti teacher training with Sharon Gannon and David Life while finishing her bachelors at New York University. She then completed her 800-hour Advanced Certification in 2008.Her classes integrate creative vinyasa sequences with meditation, chanting, good music and spiritual philosophy. Weaving scripture from both the Yoga and Tibetan Buddhist traditions into the asana practice, her goal is to create a space for practitioners to realign themselves with conscious intention, leading to both an inner and outer transformational experience. She is known for her sweetness, passion and authenticity.She has studied with a myriad of teachers: Sharon Gannon, David Life, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Gurumayi, Geshe Michael Roach, Lama Christie McNally, Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman.Contact Heather for more at http://www.heatherlilleston.com.

AaronaAarona Pichinson

Aarona’s life was shaped by a wide array of experiences, people, and places which tinted her love for movement, adventure and travel – putting her on a continual (sweet) search for balance. With 18 years of a personal yoga practice, a life of dance, and a ‘past life’ as photographer and holistic health coach, Aarona has a deep sense of how to shape a nourishing experience that also invites you to explore your edge. In her vigorously graceful classes, global retreats, live music ‘Yoga Soundscape’ events, and empowering workshops, Aarona is a thoughtful and inspiring guide. Her classes infuse a wide range of movement disciplines within an alignment based vinyasa style, encouraging you to be more in tune with the strength and alignment of your body, the brilliance of your breath, the spontaneous nature of well-being, and the power of feeling your senses. Currently based in New York City, Aarona teaches at Kula Yoga Project, YogaWorks, and Park Slope Yoga, plus works with people privately and teaches retreats and festivals around the globe. She’s been featured in the New York Times, Self Magazine, National Geographic Traveler UK, Wall Street Journal, Origin Magazine, the cover of FitYoga, NBC, Elephant Journal, Yoga Journal, Well+Good NYC, and Co-Creator Radio.Contact Aarona

stephanieStephanie Sandleben

Stephanie Sandleben was first hooked by yoga in her teens through her mother, a Kripalu style Hatha yogini, along with inclusive spirituality and awareness of breath from her father, a Sufi Sheikh. After several years of exploring different styles and teachers, and a mind-blowing trip to India, she completed her 200-hr teacher training with Alison West at Yoga Union in NYC. Stephanie is currently inspired by the precision of Iyengar yoga, the freedom and creativity of Vinyasa, the poetry of Anusara, and continues her studies with Tias and Surya Little.She teaches a slow, steady, and intelligent vinyasa class. Her aim in the practice is to build heat to open the body, along with balancing the nervous system, so that each student can begin to observe their own internal dialogue. Each class is sequenced with care and attention to alignment.Stephanie is also a certified Reiki Master by her teacher Vanessa Gonzalez. She started on this path three years ago as a way to understand the subtle play of energy in the practice and the communication of touch. Her experience with both Reiki and Yoga instilled the importance of Seva (self-less service) as part of her practice and she’s excited to share the gift of giving with others.For more info visit samayoga.com

DayshaDaysha Hampton

Daysha has been a student of yoga for over 9 years. She has lived in a spread of countries around the world (New Zealand, Spain, Thailand, Ghana, India) and traveled to well over thirty other countries. In her near year-long trip to India, she stayed in an array of ashrams, studied with many gifted teachers, and completed her full yoga teacher certification at Yoga Vidya Gurukul through the Bihar School of Yoga tradition (along with exploring her way around India from the deep south, to the Rajasthani desert, to the heart of yoga in India, Rishikesh, and up into the Tibetan Himalayas). She also went trekking in Nepal along the Annapurna mountain range that converges with Everest.Daysha has been teaching yoga for over three years, initially in Idaho, then in Boston, and now in Washington, DC (though she still returns to teach in previous cities). She teaches kids to seniors, privately and in masses, in schools, studios, gyms, corporate classes, government agencies, and in nature. Daysha teaches classes ranging from meditation and traditional yoga to a creative advanced Vinyasa and Hip Hop yoga. She also studied Ayurveda in India, Yoga Therapy in Idaho, and took her Bodhisattva vows at the 14th Dalai Lama’s Spring Teachings in 2007 in Dharamsala, India. In 2005, Daysha began her study of Buddhism in Thailand with her primary teacher, Dr. Chatree. In 2007, after a two week silent meditation retreat in southern Thailand with the Abbot of Chatree’s home monastery, Suan Mokkh, she was told she should teach meditation. Daysha is grateful for her many teachers in meditation and in yoga. Daysha teaches meditation through multiple traditions including Yogic, Theravada (Vipassana), Tibetan, & some Zen. Daysha also incorporates Iyengar style yoga into her teaching, as she studied with Master Iyengar yoga teacher Patricia Walden while in Boston. She puts on a number of workshops each year, sometimes traveling to do so.

In teaching yoga full-time for the past few years, Daysha has taught more than the required number of classes to qualify her for an E-500 RYT certification through Yoga Alliance. And with degrees in International Business (B.S.) and International Development (M.A.), Daysha is combining the best of the best in travel knowledge, international studies, and yoga instruction for her part in SolYoga.

To find out more please visit Daysha’s Website

DagmarDagmar Spremberg

Dagmar Spremberg moved from Germany to Los Angeles in 1996 and began practicing and studying yoga. After moving to New York, she intensified her studies and trained with certified Anusara teacher Elena Brower at Virayoga. She moved to Montezuma, Costa Rica in 2001 and founded Montezuma Yoga, where she began teaching yoga and organizing yoga retreats with international renowned teachers of all styles.. In addition to teaching Vinyasa flow yoga classes, she continues training and completed an Anusara Teacher Training with Lois Nesbitt from NY. Dagmar is a 500-hour certified E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance and an Anusara inspired teacher. As a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC she compliments yoga with her work as a certified Holistic Health Counselor and teaches lifestyle immersion programs within the Montezuma Yoga 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Trainings.Dagmar believes that yoga is more than just bringing the foot behind the head. It is about re-connecting and feeling good about ourselves. It allows us to remember our own strength and beauty and re-align ourselves with something that is bigger than us. Through yoga we can get out of the mind and into the body and heart. We learn that we are free to make choices, so instead of turning away from the world, we engage with it in a conscious way with a new set of tools and new awareness and clarity. Our goal is to create balance and remove any blockages that keep us from living with joy. When we are living our truth and free from fear, we will inspire others to do the same.

Please visit Montezuma Yoga for more information:http://www.montezumayoga.com/.

RobynDiane Hudock

Teacher, Owner Ahmanda Flow Yoga®, spokesperson for the Hamsa Children’s FundDiane Hudock is a leading and recognized yoga instructor known for her inspirational style of teaching, humor, and hands-on approach bringing together the expansive and healing principles of yoga within a dynamic and spontaneous Vinyasa flow. She has developed her own unique philosophy: “do a consciously challenging and heart-centered practice, that shifts you out of your comfort zone, in order to remove fear, expand the mind, and create the greatest freedom in the physical body.” Ahmanda Flow Yoga® is a ‘bliss movement in action’ — a creative vinyasa focusing on the three C’s: concentration, connectedness, and completeness. “I teach what I want to cultivate for myself and pass on to others. I want people to feel like they have taken a complete journey from when they arrive on the matt to when they end their practice. It that sense, it is a perfect mandala. They have made a complete circle from the inside out.”Diane first discovered yoga in the mid nineties when it was offered as an extra-curricular class at Sarah Lawrence College. She left with a sense of well-being and mind-body connectedness she had never quite experienced before. From then on, she was drawn to this path for healing and self-inquiry. She continued her yoga studies in NYC, as well as, learning intensively in mind-body medicine, Reiki mastery, and bioenergetics. She moved to Los Angeles in 1999 and trained with some of the most renowned teachers including Mark Blanchard, Steven Earth, Frank White, Anna Forrest, Guru Singh, Chris Chavez, Anthony Benedetti, Noah White, and John Friend.Her work has evolved with great appreciation and respect towards her greatest “teacher”, Himalayan Yoga Master – YogiRaj Gurunath who has served as her most prominent and influential guide along the path. She has travelled to his ashram in India learning the ancient techniques of meditation and self-mastery more deeply and remains a fervent speaker on his behalf, spreading his message of ‘Earth Peace through Self Peace’. In loving gratitude, she received the honorable accreditation of Hamsacharya by her master in 2008 and is a passionate spokesperson for the Hamsa Children’s Fund in Pune, India.

Carrie-tylerCarrie Tyler

Teacher, Founder of Rasamaya Carrie Tyler has been teaching movement and seeing private clients for structural issues for the last 20 years. It is Carrie’s personal mission to teach adults to play and specializes in women’s health and sexuality in her private practice. As the creator of Rasamaya® Method she is known for her playful style of teaching, her strong knowledge of anatomy and alignment and her deep understanding of yogic philosophy and subtle energetics. Rasamaya is often tagged “intelligent movement” and offers classes and teacher trainings in the modalities of yoga, Pilates, aerial arts, barre, and structural therapy.Carrie owns several studios and regularly presents movement, anatomy and women’s empowerment workshops, teacher trainings and retreats both in the US and abroad. She is honored to have been a Boston Yoga Journal presenter and to most recently have Rasamaya featured in the July/August 2011 Pilates Style Magazine.In her spare time she is a visual and performing artist and co-owns Iron Heart Circus – a cabaret & burlesque circus troupe that challenges conceptions of human sexuality and gender and donates part of its proceeds from each event they host to Breast Cancer Research through the Save-the-Tatas Foundation.Carrie considers all forms of movement & complimentary healing therapies to be preventative medicine, and that self-care and regular practice can reconcile many imbalances and dis”eases” of the body. Visit her website at Visit her website www.rasamaya.com

DaniellaDaniella Rosales-Friedman

As a life long learner, bookworm and science nerd, Daniella never thought of herself as the athletic type. In fact, her introduction to yoga coincided with her introduction to her very own body. Daniella arrived at her mat over 10 years ago with her curiosity and her not yet discovered flexibility. There she found a playfulness, an inner focus, and a strength that came when she wasn’t even looking. Many exhales later, she continues to swoon over yoga’s charms.Daniella has trained with Sadie Nardini, founder of Core Strength Vinyasa, and Schuyler Grant, Director of Kula Yoga Project. In the sacred space of Kula, her practice has evolved profoundly. She has the deepest gratitude for teachers of all kinds, and for the students that inspire her every day.

For more information about Daniella, visit her website: Daniellaviva Yoga.

John BabbottJohn Babbott

Travel Writer Extraordinaire John Babbott is a freelance writer. He tells stories that spring from an eclectic range of experience. His work includes travel writing on experiences in rural Sierra Leone, essays on American urban public education, reports and dispatches for the Minneapolis-based NGO OneVillage, articles on adventure travel and yoga, a collection of original short stories, and a 3rd grade level children’s novel.To find out more, visit John’s website John Babbott Adventures

newmmheadshotMelina Meza

Melina has been exploring the art and science of yoga and nutrition for over 20 years. She combines her knowledge of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, whole foods nutrition, and healthy lifestyle promotion into a unique style called Seasonal Vinyasa. Her devotion to yoga and eating well, to teaching and nutritional counseling, and to traveling and experiencing different cultures combine to create a colorful and hopefully enlightening perspective from which to share that which she loves about yoga in its entirety. Meza is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and Yoga for the Seasons – Fall Vinyasa DVD. www.melinameza.com

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