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Each Yogascapes retreat is handcrafted from the ground up to offer you a yoga retreat like no other. Our small team of wellness experts combine today’s most vibrant and influencial yoga and wellness teachers with in-tune guides, local culture, incredible food, inspiring adventure and a crew of similar minded fun-loving people from around the world. Best of all, the adventure always goes down at one of our hand picked, off-the-beaten path destinations amidst breathtaking natural beauty.
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YOGASCAPES is redefining social adventure and experiential travel for yoga and wellness enthusiasts worldwide. Each one of our unique yoga retreats is handcrafted and built from the mat up – fueled by the practices of yoga and a commitment to living a healthy and inspired lifestyle. Our mission is to bring a small group of individuals together in a beautiful natural setting who feel the same way, and have the time of our lives.
Each trip is designed with six elements in mind:
Inspiring Destinations & Venues – Tasty Local Cuisine – Wanderlust & Cultural Exploration –
Self Inquiry and Exploration Curated by Our Amazing Teachers – An Open, Inspiring and Supportive Community to Travel With – Radical Rest, Relaxation and Rejuvenation
Each of these elements stem from our core values.
A playful & open environment – Diverse offerings & Diverse Participants – Safe & Supported experiences – Open & Honest Community – Affordability & Accessibility – Clarity of Expectations Attention to detail & Customer Service – Honoring Curiosity
Leah, a certified Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor describes yoga as a “natural and essential component” of her humanity, a practice that is “beautiful and effective because it taps us into our parasympathetic nervous systems and allows us to rest, reset, heal and digest to feel calm and nourished.”
Leah teaches weekly classes to providers at Washington’s top Cancer Care Hospital, is serving as a faculty member for a CME (continuing medical education) course of Seattle’s Virginia Mason Hospital, and has also lead mindful yin classes at the University of Washington Mindfulness Project. In her classes she encourages students to find connection to their inner wisdom, healing, creativity and joy. She believes that every choice, every day, in every way, can add restored vitality and mind-body balance into our lives. Leah has spent fifteen years working in fashion, advertising and yoga retail as a stylist, buyer, sales representative & model for companies including Volkswagen, Evian, Crest, Chanel, Semperviva Yoga, Pyrrha, hauteyoga and A Peace Treaty. As a stylist Leah spent years lugging around heavy items. After one too many an instance of carrying dozens of boxes of shoes all at once, she began yearning to be kinder and gentler with herself. As Leah started to explore the relationship between yoga and her other creative passions, yoga resonated with her and became a practice she began to cherish deeply and implement into her lifestyle with devotion.
Leah is a passionate student of Ayurveda and is a certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor and has completed a NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) approved course of study. She incorporates this as well as Meditation, Chinese Medicine Meridian Theory, Western Science, and Nature into her teaching, bringing her love of yoga and her ever-growing knowledge of it to share with others.
Leah, has had a dedicated yoga practice since 2010 and has been a registered teacher since 2013. She has taken some 1600 cumulative hours of various yoga, ayurveda and bodywork training courses with Master Teachers including Yin Yoga teacher trainings with Bernie Clark and ongoing annual in residence Yin/Insight Yoga training with Sarah Powers. Leah is the founder of Lumi Ayurveda, a line of organic skin care products inspired by ayurvedic wisdom. Through her study and practice of yoga and Ayurveda, across three continents she’s learned that living in alignment with nature is the ultimate form of self-care.
Yoga & Ayurveda Teacher
Breathwork is the practice I love because I see how quickly and powerfully it gets straight to the heart of what so many of us are seeking.
We all want to feel less stress, to feel more present and to have more confidence as we move through this world.
Breathing moves our energy, so we can access the level of clarity that helps us connect to our spirit, to others and accelerate our life.
I’ve been practicing yogic breathwork for many years. Learning to use the power of my own breath to clear, heal and empower every aspect of my life is why I am called to share these accessible and life changing practices with as many women as possible.
My hope is my work helps women feel their purpose, find depth in their joy and reflect the light of who they are back out into the world.
Breathwork Guide & Yoga Teacher
Taylor is a superfood imbibing,kundalini yoga teacher, spiritual counselor and organic perfumer. Between blissful bouts of healing and leading, you can find the urban yogini traveling to connect with different communities and cultures, writing, creating art projects and serving tea. Guided by the clear intention of feeling more vibrancy, joy and clarity in her every moment, Taylor’s ever unfolding yogic path has led her to the very forefront of the wellness movement, guiding others toward self mastery by way of this inspiring new health paradigm.
Taylor offers her students the opportunity to work deep and strong on a physical level, while combining an integrated spiritual and psychological component within the technology of Kundalini Yoga. Her classes focus on energy-altering and enhancing postures, alignment, mantra, visualization, consciousness expansion and mastering and moving prana. She shares Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, with deep reverence as not only a teacher but a deeply dedicated practitioner to the dharmic path. She is a 500+hr certified Yoga Instructor with Yoga Alliance and a 250hr certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher with KRI. She is drawn to yoga for its powerful ability to heal the body, clear the karma and expand ourselves greater so our higher selves can ever and always be more present and masterful over our reality.
Taylor’s offerings extend from the outer most subtle sensory system to the inner most cultivation of the soul. You have the ability to work with her in one on one spiritual counseling sessions or kundalini yoga in order to develop your self mastery and path on the planet, you can join her on one of her many retreats around the world and you can have a full sensory experience with her aromatic botanical perfumery line. Any means in which you choose to connect with Taylor, her intention always leads back to living in the full expression of the self and the souls purpose.
Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Counselor and Herbalist
Trailblazer, creator & master in movement, Rebecca Halls (B.F.A. Dance Concordia 2009), is a Canadian professional dancer, choreographer, yoga teacher, and hula hoop artist based in Los Angeles, California. She travels the globe to teach, speak and perform.
Rebecca and filmmaker Marites Carino, were commissioned by EMPAC Dance Movies to create the dance for camera short “HOOP”, which has been featured internationally at Film Festivals across the U.S., Canada and Europe. As a choreographer, Rebecca was the first in Montreal to integrate hula hoops into a contemporary dance piece, Pi.r.squared, (2007) at Espace Tangente who commissioned her to return from Europe to perform her solo “Spin”(2012) at Place des Arts in Montreal.
Curiosity, creativity, courage and a strong work ethic, have enabled Rebecca to break new ground continuously. She founded the annual HOOPURBIA dance festival and education platform (2012-2014 Berlin and Prague), invented the first Laser Hula Hoop. She works in collaboration with DJ’s, video artists, and choreographers to create, direct and perform artistic videos and events in Iceland, Great Britain, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.
When overcoming injuries, Rebecca became certified in GYROTONIC® which enables her to support others healing. This work led her into inquiry in Nutrition and Meditation to enhance her healing and support of her students and clients.
Yoga & Hoop Teacher
Molly was introduced to yoga in 1993 in Tucson, Arizona while on a journey to keep herself healthy as a dancer. Although in coming from a dance background she connected immediately with the asana practice, Molly found herself intensely inspired to learn more about yogic philosophy. Molly’s interests in Taoism and Buddhist philosophy have shaped many of her endeavors, including her pursuit of studying Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Yoga was a healing resource both for life as well as for the duration of Molly’s professional dance career with River North Chicago Dance Company in Chicago, where Molly lived and taught for many years. Once she finished medical school, Molly began to pursue her formal training as a yoga instructor in order to share more knowledgeably the beauty of yoga. She has studied under acclaimed teachers in both the Ashtanga and Anusara traditions and now studies traditional Hatha yoga in Kerala, India. Although her teaching has its foundations in traditional Hatha yoga, Molly has a unique style of teaching incorporating elements of Chinese Medicine as well as the fluidity of dance.
The concept of fluidity is pervasive in Molly’s approach to teaching, whether it is in dance, Chinese Medicine or yoga. There is not any part of life that is static, so naturally studying, exploring and experiencing life through movement makes sense. When we exhibit fluidity, we have the opportunity to ebb and flow, choose calm or excitation, connect with joy and experience clarity. In a state of fluidity, we have the ability to respond to life, rather than to react to it. Molly believes that the stillness that many seek is not lack of movement, but rather an experience of living in which the energy of the body is uninhibited so that we might experience vibrance without chaos.
German born and raised science and sports educator turned Hatha Vinyasa and Kundalini yoga teacher, author of The Clean Yogi, speaker and coach Alexa Nehter engages a wide audience globally with her relatable and encouraging approach to yoga and mindful, soulful living.
Alexa believes in the refinement of movement, space and stillness. Her mission is to inspire a passion for yoga in a way that is inclusive, inviting and empowering. Alexa offers yoga retreats, classes, courses and workshops online and in person world wide.
Kate has practiced many styles of yoga over twenty five years including: classical Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Forrest, Ashtanga and Bikram. She completed Hot Yoga Teacher’s Training in December of 2008. She went on to train with Ana Forrest in October of 2009 which she considers one of the most pivotal experiences of her life. Ana Forrest reminded Kate of the healer she was meant to be, by providing a space for Kate to take a deep and honest look at the protective barriers that held her back in life, until that point. Kate’s great love of Forrest Yoga has significantly impacted her practice, life, and spirit and has taught her a greater understanding of the healing power of breath and movement within the physical, emotional and spiritual layers of the human body. The teaching Kate provides, will truly help you unlock your barriers that hold you back from walking a path of vibrancy in this life. Kate is a leading Forrest Yoga teacher and is truly honored to be able to bring her great passion for this art of healing to all that cross her path at all the studios she teaches at including: Yoga Pod, Radiance Power Yoga, and Amana, in Boulder Colorado as well as Tula Hot Yoga Studio in Denver.
Kate is in formal mentorship with Native trained teacher, Trudy Welty. They continue in-depth studies from a Native perspective about the Universal Circle and Healing as a part of the cycle of life. Her teacher Miss Trudy is a very seasoned teacher in the Native Ways. Trudy is known as a Wisdom Holder in her tradition and she has spent thirty years teaching people how to heal and live more peacefully in this world. Kate considers it a deep honor to have been blessed with these teachings from Miss Trudy, and considers these teachings as the guiding force in supporting Kate to teach people to heal themselves through balancing the relationship between their body, mind and spirit. Kate also facilitates many healing circles in her community, using the Seven Directions, Elements, and relationship to the Natural World.
Yoga Teacher, Healer
Rebecca believes everyone has the potential to thrive in the world, and that wellness is at the forefront of this global change. With an undeniable passion for empowering others to take charge of their wellbeing, one of her greatest strengths is establishing meaningful connections with others to collaboratively make the world a healthier place.
After taking her first class nearly 15 years ago, Rebecca has continued investing in the practices of yoga and meditation as student and teacher both. Rebecca seeks to create a sacred space for students to connect within themselves more deeply through breath and posture, with a unique teaching style most influenced by Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yin yoga, and Vipassana meditation.
Rebecca has been providing customized health coaching and education for the past decade. She has partnered with individuals, communities, startups, and corporations to share her expertise in wellness that is fused with mindfulness practices, health behavior, and habit design. Rebecca believes the most invaluable investment we can make is in our health, and is passionately committed to imparting knowledge and providing a support system for those ready to improve the world from the inside out.
Registered Dietician and Yoga Teacher
Mark Silva is a Yoga Teacher and Software Developer. He loves to cultivate wonder in the surrounding world, pulling us into a deeper connection with Consciousness. Initial experiments and forays into yoga classes, have grown into a life-long love affair with yoga practice and philosophy, and all that it can offer us. Yoga and Meditation practice have held a place in his heart for over 10 years. His teachers have included: Richard Rosen, Abby Tucker, Sianna Sherman, and Noah Maze. His children teach him something everyday. Mark’s playful classes give best results when full attention to the mind and body are given!
Mark is certified E-RYT 500, and teaches regular public classes, workshops, and retreats. He frequently collaborates with his partner, Ai Kubo.
“I am a yoga teacher, mother and a scientist. I teach busy people to dive deep inside their heart to find what is most important to them so they can align their lifestyle in order to live their lives with full potential.”
Ai is a yoga teacher, mother of two girls, and a scientist. Now with over a decade of teaching experience, she devotes her teaching helping busy people find balance, improve wellness, and live their lives to their fullest potential. Ai is also a scientist. She received PhD in epidemiology from from Columbia University, and has about 30 scientific publications in peer-reviewed medical journals. Her research has been focused on the effects of life-style related factors such as diet on cancer. She also conducted a study on yoga, “A pilot intervention study of yoga for multiethnic patients with heart failure,” published in International Journal of Yoga Therapy (2011). Currently, she is developing studies to see if meditation and mindfulness can reduce stress among cancer patients and their partners. When she is not teaching yoga or working as a scientist, she enjoys spending her time with her two young daughters, gardening, cooking, hiking, biking, and being in nature. She loves the idea of ‘locavoire’- she grows many types of vegetables in her backyard so she has always super-fresh ingredients on the family table. Her two daughters are her best yoga teachers, constantly reminding her to live in the present moment, and to enjoy life fully.
The most basic questions are often the hardest to answer (or maybe just over used). where are you from? what do you do? what type of yoga do you teach? who am i? where am i? everywhere, someone…i came from the cosmos and i just teach yoga. somehow that doesn’t satisfy the curious mind…
Consider me an eternal student, a free spirited explorer diving into the depths of my own being, searching the globe for guidance and inspiration. i am a natural born healer, an intuitive mind with a strong connection to the energetic rhythms of life. as are you. through the experience of pain i’ve learned about the healing potential of the human body and have since dedicated myself to sharing this understanding. i hope it helps.
Trained in the arts of dance, gymnastics, visual imagery and design, yoga and awareness through breath centered movement, I incorporate a life time of lessons into each class.. encouraging my students to integrate practices of conscious flow into daily motion. i personally believe there is no one size fits all style of yoga practice for everyone.. and hesitate to even use the name yoga these days because of the divisions we have created within this holistic practice. my own personal routines vary by day and mood, mixing meditation practices, pranayama, qi gong, self massage and acupressure with acrobatics and traditional hatha practice. we are all unique in our needs, every day of our life and our daily devotion to ourselves should reflect these shifts.
Beyond movement and breath my interests include natural plant medicine, art and music therapy and being the best human i can be for all of the four, six and eight limbed creatures that roam the earth. i make natural remedies and beauty products from my kitchen, give foster care to stray animals and gladly share space with spiders. my intention is to live a simple life, filled with love, laughter and beauty…to learn more about my journey to now:
Aleksandra Dubov is a professional singer and transformational performance artist who has been chanting in different sacred languages for over 20 years. She is excited about sharing chants and sound healing to enhance and deepen your practice.
Singer & Transformational Performance Artist
Crystal Dawn Froberg
Having completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at the blissful Laughing Lotus in San Francisco, and further studying advanced trainings under Elena Brower in NYC, Crystal Dawn Froberg offers yoga that holds space for real healing, a place to tune into the rhythm of one’s own heart, to deeply nurture your beautiful body and help amplify your capacity to love and be loved. Crystal is also a certified vegan chef and baker. She invites you to bring magic back into everyday life, to live out your wildest dreams, and to embrace the simple beauty of each moment.
Crystal Dawn Froberg
Claire Ragozzino is a certified yoga instructor, natural foods chef and holistic wellness educator. She founded Vidya Living with the mission to provide a resource for women to reconnect with the ancient wisdom of self-healing through food, breath and conscious movement. Blending Ayurvedic principles, plant-based nutrition, and yogic philosophy, her work aims to cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant living. You’ll find her leading personalized coaching programs, guided seasonal cleanses, transformational workshops and retreats around the globe.
Yoga Teacher & Holistic Chef
Yoga forms the framework of Mischa’s life; bringing her strength, flexibility and discipline both on and off the mat whilst reminding her to stay present, open and compassionate. It has taught her to find space between thoughts and actions and to see lightness in the dark moments, cementing both awareness and gratitude into her life which has transformed her perception of the world. Mischa teaches a heartfelt practice with strong steady flow, creative sequencing and a deep focus on breath and alignment. Her classes also include a quieter restorative and yin element to restore and bring stillness. Her intention is to both challenge, strengthen and restore whilst holding a space for individuals to open, reflect and absorb.
Mischa draws her understanding from a number of styles and traditions. Her classes are woven with philosophy, myth and stories as well as including carefully curated soundtracks, mantra and ritual. She is inspired by the potential of the practice to transform, expand and heal and is committed to her own study and practice as the foundation of her teaching. Having been based in London teaching at some of the leading studios there, she is now a travelling yogini who spends her time between Asia and Europe. Mischa’s teaching is passionate and knowledgeable, taking you on a journey of self inquiry and unfolding.
Maggie Harrsen is an Energy Medicine Practitioner, a modern-day medicine woman, inspiring beings to uncover their true nature and supporting them in a lifestyle of harmony and in rhythm with Pachamama, Mother Earth. She was initiated into the Andean path by Juan Nuñez del Prado in the Inka tradition and is a Mesa carrier of the Q’ero lineage of the Andes. Maggie began studying the healing arts in 2008 and today her work integrates a range of nurturing practices including Andean Mysticism, Shamanism, Usui Reiki, Sound Healing, Nutrition, Medical Radiesthesia and Flower Healing. She currently lives and works on the East End of New York, offering ceremony and individual healing sessions for women, men and children. Maggie holds the sacred space for healing, working within the subtle energy field to access ones natural state of wellbeing. She supports the human body’s innate capacity to heal itself.
Maggie’s purpose in creating PUAKAI HEALING is to connect human beings with the Earth’s wisdom and the Cosmic healing forces, encouraging a sacred relationship with the natural world through Shamanic Healing, Energy Medicine and Ceremony. Her love of Mother Earth naturally extends into healing and caring for the land through her reverence of Biodynamic Agriculture. You can find Maggie on local farms in her community and the lands she travels, communing with the plant kingdom, regenerating the soil with her hands and holding ceremony in these sacred places of nature. She is a member of the Biodynamic Association and the Flower Essence Society.
Energy Medicine Practitioner
As a movement therapist, postural coach, massage practitioner and yoga teacher, my broad study of eastern, western and esoteric anatomy provides me with a complex lens through which to understand the human body and spirit. My role as both a teacher and a bodyworker is to empower you to heal your body-mind from the inside out.
Healing touch is not a luxury but an imperative aspect of preventative and alternative medicine. As a therapeutic massage therapist whose toolbox includes modalities from both eastern and western healing lineages, I invite my clients into a participatory exploration into empowered self-healing. Softening, relaxing, letting go, sinking into the flow of your body is actually a radical act. The journey of taking care of your body positively affects everyone in your life and, by extension, everyone in their lives, and on and on. Investing in our own well-being is one of the most imperative ways we can be of service to others.
The ancient wellness tradition of hatha yoga teaches us that the wisdom of the body can be accessed through the realm of pleasurable and intentional movement. Through a conscious examination of our habitual tendencies, both postural and psychological, we cultivate resilience and balance while connecting to a larger purpose. In both my private and group classes I offer a plethora of tools that are easily taken off the mat and translated into a life of greater calm, confidence and peace.
During the process of pursuing my M.A. in Integrative Health at The California Institute of Integral Studies, I honed my interest in and passion for wellness and holistic business as a path to social transformation. I’m inspired by creating spaces for human beings to come together to explore, practice and experience optimal well-being in community and in alignment with nature.
Spirit is the space where the body and the mind meet. Greater freedom in the body-mind means greater meaning and happiness in all areas of your life. There is no end to this journey, no destination, just ongoing fearless (and very often pleasurable) exploration.
Rachelle Tratt is a Los Angeles based yoga instructor, community leader, and Soulful entrepreneur who created The Neshama Project, a yoga inspired, socially conscious jewelry company that gives back. Rachelle teaches from a very intentional place and truly offers her students an opportunity to fall back in love with their body and their life though her unique style of teaching yoga. Rachelle is also known for her thoughtfully curated playlists with rhythm and beats to help transform her classes into truly a musical experience. With a constant appetite for travel and meaningful experiences, Rachelle leads workshops and international yoga retreats & adventures around the world. Please visit www.theneshamaproject.
Chelsey Korus’ teaching and movement philosophy comes from her passion for life and her inspiring nature that allows her students to live their best life. As a perennial student herself, she approaches her life through the lens of constant learning and is able to share her wisdom to help other achieve their brightest and best futures. A notable yoga instructor based in Los Angeles, Chelsey infuses her classes with the movement knowledge she has gained through over a decade of alignment-based yoga asana immersion, classical ballet, capoeira, and daily acrobatic training. Her powerful yet down-to-earth approachability is a compelling combination that has landed her on Live! with Kelly and Michael and PopSugar as well as Fitness, Shape, and Women’s Health Magazines. Having traveled the world as an AcroYoga performer, Chelsey is looking forward to the blend of movement, culture, and spiritual studies that have yet to unfold. “Practice and all is coming.” Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Chelsey is grateful for her training from numerous guides on her path, including the teachers and students at Vira Yoga NYC, NYU’s CAP21 program, Capoeira and Ballet schools all over the U.S, and master Lu Yi. She continually immerses herself in the practices of martial arts, classical and modern dance, gymnastics, and acrobatics, and brings aspects of these styles to every class she teaches. Chelsey has become a renowned name in the Acro Yoga world, taking it from the streets of New York City to international performance venues, commercials, print work, and corporate events. Clients include Wanderlust Festivals, Mercedes Benz fashion shows with Venus Williams and Vivienne Tam, Under Armour, and Intel. Over the course of her fitness and modeling career, she has been featured on PopSugar and the Kelly and Michael Show, and in Prevention Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Shape Magazine, Women’s Health, Yoga Journal, and GNC’s “Respect Yourself” campaign.
Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, an emerging movement to mobilize people into a powerful force for wellbeing for all. She spent seven years as Executive Director of the non-profit Off the Mat, Into the World and is currently board chair. She is relentless in her commitment to elevating leaders, groups and projects to next-level social change makers through her work with The Catalyst Collective, an innovative consultancy designed for mission-based individuals, groups, and organizations that want to be successful and make a difference in the world.
Kerri Kelly is a force of nature. She is a skilled yoga teacher, motivating students to effect change in their lives. She’s a fierce coach, whose ability to turn ideas into purpose and action is a gift. And she plays big; straddling the mindfulness and political worlds, so that the social change makers—the visionaries—she works with can mobilize and organize effectively.
Kerri was on the fast track in the marketing world until 9/11 hit, when she lost her stepdad, a NYC fireman. That was the wake up call that got Kerri off the “should” path and into purpose. To her surprise, yoga was the most powerful source of healing and transformation during that time. She took the leap and has been on a crusade ever since to elevate wellbeing and help others discover their greatest potential.
Kerri is recognized across communities for her inspired work to bridge transformational practice with social change and politics. She’s been instrumental in translating the tools of wellbeing into practical application and social action in the public sector, working in collaboration with community organizers, spiritual leaders and policy makers. She is a commitment to personal transformation that leads to powerful social change.
To learn more about Kerri Kelly and her work in the world go to thecatalystcollective.com.
Anne Marie Kramer
Anne Marie Kramer
Gina’s passionate and inspirational style of teaching is a balanced fusion of informed, vinyasa flow yoga with attention to holistic alignment, personal evolution and humor. Always with a nod to Hatha Yoga’s austere roots and intelligence, she feels its essential for our yoga practices to feel less like busy work and more like a powerful, embodied celebration. She came to the mat from the office chair so has a keen ability to really speak to the modern-day householder yogi and encourage the dissolution of the self-construed storylines that do nothing but hinder our continued growth. She’s a rousing, empathetic teacher known for her clear and playful style of encouraging you to fearlessly navigate your edge, open your heart to what’s possible and boldly dive in!
Gina is the Founder and Director of the Colorado School of Yoga in Boulder, CO with affiliate locations throughout the state. She has a deep and sincere passion for yoga education and empowering teachers to make their unique offerings far and wide.
Jason Bowman is a writer and yoga teacher in San Francisco. His practice and teaching have been greatly influenced by Ashtanga Yoga as he’s learned it from Richard Freeman and Maty Ezraty and Vipassana Meditation as he’s learned it from SN Goenka. He has completed several trainings and silent retreats as well as years of practice with all three teachers. The impression they’ve left can be felt in his strong ability to teach the physical practice alongside the philosophical with insight and character.
Jason has excelled in teaching teachers and providing continuing education to various yoga communities. He has led several Yoga Alliance Certified teacher trainings as well as regular immersions, workshops, retreats and guest lecture series both at home and around the country. He is well known for his ability to be thorough while maintaining a light-hearted sense of humor. His classes encourage a personal examination of the space between theory and direct experience and his love for the practice shines through in his ability to teach with a concrete yet creative voice. Jason has a keen eye for detail and his classes are consistently fun and challenging while always in tune with the underlying internal inquiry that makes the practice so beautiful.
Gillian St. Clair
Nomadic from birth being raised by traveling minster, seriously with my older siblings, two cats and a dove, we traveled all over Europe and the US listening to my mother teach (I would say preach but she didn’t, she taught.) It’s funny how “traveling” “sitting” and “listening” have become such a huge part of my adult life. The sitting and listening part took me a long time to come to terms with.
I started my asana practice in 1999. I came from a life of dancing (ballet & contemporary) didn’t know how much I relied on the physical to take care of my emotional state until the day I quit dance. I had no knowledge of where I was storing all my feelings (my life) until then. So when I took my first Ashtanga yoga class I felt completely clear again, it was magic! I felt whole.
After coming back from India, I opened Steadfast and True Yoga in Nashville TN in August 2010. I wanted to create a studio and space that holds tightly to values of right action and less distraction, to create healthy reactions. I wanted to create an extended family. I succeeded. Steadfast is constantly growing and evolving, but it has been and will continue to be an amazing journey for me.
I am very passionate about truth and integrity and ask for that in my yoga classes. I ask the yogi to seek the knowledge of breath and asana before the fluidity and vinyasa. Having said that, I teach very strong alignment based Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha classes. When you come to my class know that you are safe and supported in the journey we take together. It’s important to understand that everything in yoga is attainable although its process that needs to explored.
I ask the students to focus on what their true needs are and let go of wants. That way they (we) can stop being so needy and stop wanting what isn’t ours. “Contentment before bliss, peace is in the middle.” I think I’m funny and love when people laugh at my jokes. I adore and thank the universe daily for my husband Jason and our daughter Sydelle.
Gillian St. Clair
With movement, holistic health and the arts being at the forefront of Aarona’s healing journey, she’s deeply inspired to share her growth and tools with others. Inspired by 20 plus years of yoga, 12 years as a yoga teacher and wellness adviser, a BFA in photography and mixed media arts, and a love of writing and globe trotting – Aarona shares her passion on and off the mat. Her classes combine various yoga and meditation disciplines where she invites you to safely explore your edge and enliven the wisdom of your senses. She’s the founder/creative director/author of ‘The Moon Deck’ (an intuitive oracle deck filled with inspired offerings to stoke the powers of intention and ritual), curates and teaches ‘Yoga Soundscape’ (a live music and sound concert combined with a thoughtfully orchestrated moving meditation practice), and created the music modules for the Kula Yoga and Wanderlust teacher training programs.
Born in LA and brewed in NYC, she teaches public yoga classes, facilitates global adventure yoga retreats, leads empowering women’s workshops, mentors new yoga teachers and offers private coaching. Aarona has been featured in the New York Times, Self Magazine, National Geographic Traveler UK, The Weather Channel, Wall Street Journal, Fréttblaðið of Iceland, Times of India, Origin Magazine, the cover of FitYoga, NBC, Elephant Journal, Yoga Journal, AlignYo, Well+Good NYC, and Co-Creator Radio.
Yoga Teacher, Wellness Advisor, Creative Curator
Jessica Bellofatto, founder and director of KamaDeva Yoga, is best known for her easy laughter, radiant energy, and matchless knowledge of the body. A mother, yogini, doula, surfer, triathlete, and avid stand up paddleboarder (and now SUP racer), Jessica has inspired thousands of students in their journey to better understand themselves and their world. She herself has been a dedicated student of Hatha Yoga for the past twenty years. Her interest in Yoga was piqued at the age of 18, while she was majoring in Dance at New York University. She completed the intensive year-long Teacher Training Program at the Jivamukti Yoga Center with beloved teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1996 and has been teaching ever since. First and foremost a student, Jessica has studied extensively with many notable and amazing teachers, and has been most deeply influenced by her Jivamukti roots, along with the intensity of the Ashtanga Yoga system as taught by Sri K. Patabhi Jois, and the beauty, clarity, and intelligence of the Iyengar system.
A former dancer, Jessica teaches from a deep understanding of movement as art, movement as play, movement as therapy, and especially, movement as a spiritual practice. She is also interested in the stillness within and between the movement; the spaciousness of silence.
In 2011, Jessica was chosen to be one of Athleta’s Sponsored Athletes, and writes regularly for theATHLETA CHI BLOG. In 2012, she was chosen to be an ambassador for the Boga Yoga Paddleboard(a board designed specifically for yoga).
Yoga & Sup Teacher
YOGASCAPES works with exceptional yoga teachers from around the world. It’s our vision to provide the highest quality yoga experience for both beginner and experienced travelers. Our retreats are all levels and there’s nothing more important than working with experienced teachers that can offer a unique and powerful teachings that integrate your experience as a whole into the yoga practice and radiates from your yoga practice back into your daily life. Each one of our teachers custom creates the classes and themes to suit the location, time of year and especially the unique set of students that find their way to our retreats.
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Sophie Jaffe is a Los Angeles-based health and wellness expert, who is certified as a raw food chef and yoga teacher. Sophie founded her company and wellness brand, Philosophie, with the goal of making it easier, more inspiring, and more delicious to attain optimal health and radiant wellness.
Through her holistic approach to wellbeing, Sophie has learned that total wellbeing begins with total nourishment, which is why she created her unique line of cleanses and superfood products. These healing products have helped everyone from George Clooney to Sophie’s own dad, and have become essential components in the lives of thousands more.
When Sophie isn’t crafting revolutionary products from the world’s most potent superfoods, she is sharing her insights on how to live a life full of unbounded energy, bliss, and balance on the Philosophie blog and savoring every moment with her two beautiful children and loving husband.
teacher, chef, trainer, mother...
Nicole Lindstrom is a travel writer based in New York City. She is the creator and editor of the online travel guide GLDMNE and co-author of Wanderlust, A Modern Yogi’s Guide To Discovering Your Best Self.
Working as a tour guide in the streets of Barcelona while simultaneously diving deeper into his yoga practice was the inspiration that eventually led Ben to merge the world of yoga and travel into what is now a collection of some of the most unique adventures on earth. Bringing together his passion for yoga, food, travel, community, healing and adventure was the original drive behind Ben’s passion for leading yoga retreats, however, the life changing transformation that takes place as a result of this coming together of these things is what truly inspires him.
Living in Oakland, CA, Ben now splits his time between the behind the scenes creation YOGASCAPES experiences and being the onsite retreat guide. He is also very much involved in the vibrant food scene of the Bay Area and can be found on weekends hosting Wildsoul’s monthly mouth watering breakfast clubs and farm to table yoga retreats.
Drawing from a vast amount of teachings and life experiences, Dan aims to present the ancient lessons of yoga with a fun, accessible, and modern day approach so that all may enjoy.
Dan first stepped on the mat to find some balance in his “Rock & Roll” lifestyle and became instantly hooked. In addition to perusing an advanced certification with his primary teacher Shiva Rea, he has traveled the world studying many different styles of yoga with celebrated teachers such as Joan White, Dharma Mittra, and Richard Freeman. He has traveled with and assisted Simon Park, and is a full fledge member of Brock & Krista Cahill’s Flight Club. When you walk into one of Dan’s classes you can expect creative and intelligent sequencing, great music, plenty of time going upside down, a solid dose of comic relief, and an overall great vibe.
Co-Founder, Yoga Teacher / Guide
As Lead Experience Designer at Yogascapes and Wildsoul, Leah designs transformative and creative experiences that deepen holistic connection to self, community, and planet. Leah’s personal Vinyasa-based yoga practice is informed by her exploration of movement as a dancer and welcoming attitude towards challenge as a rock climber and Acroyogi.
Leah is a student of natural medicine and Ayurveda, and received a B.A. in Sustainable Development and Environmental Justice at UC Berkeley. Before arriving to Yogascapes, she most recently served as Programs Director and Strategic Developer at Bay Area Green Tours, and consulted for clients including the Institute of Environmental Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Pure Water, and Global Inheritance. Leah is based in the Bay Area, but can often be found in far corners of the world seeking new flavors in food and adventure.
Guide, Lead Experience Designer
Marina is a life-long Bay Area resident, yogini mama and lover of all that is wild. Her classes, workshops and retreats invite students to explore the details of all experiences with the utmost passion and curiosity. For marina, yoga asana is an embodied ritual which has the capacity to uncover our most vibrant, potent selves. Her slow moving vinyasa classes are alignment-rich, highly creative, and meant to honor and celebrate each students unique connection to yoga. Her teachings integrate elements of somatic movement, follow the rhythms of nature and include various meditation and pranayama techniques and ritual. Her major influences have been Rod Stryker, Bryan Kest and more currently Abby Tucker, with whom she’s studied extensively. Before yoga found Marina, she received her BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, where her continued passion for social justice blossomed. Her day to day life is spent mostly at home rearranging furniture for fun, in the woods collecting leaves with her tiny human, mountain biking, and gardening. Join her in enlivening your senses through yoga, travel, connection, knowledge and play!
With a yoga teacher for a mother, Ashleigh began her dedicated exploration of yoga at an early age in pursuit of healing a spine condition from birth. Now, living free from pain, Ashleigh is dedicated to sharing the healing power of yoga. She is the Global Yoga Trainer for adidas, was honored to be the youngest Certified Anusara Yoga Instructor in the world and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level. Ashleigh is the co-director of Danyasa Yoga Arts Trainings in Costa Rica and a regular presenter at the Wanderlust Festival and Lightning in a Bottle Festival. Ashleigh regularly films online yoga classes with My Yoga Online/GAIAMTV and Grokker Inc., and has contributed to Mind Body Green, YOGANONYMOUS, Latin Women’s Health and German Yoga Journal. Ashleigh strives to make the profound teachings of yoga appealing to as many people as possible and is known for her clear, concise and extremely accessible teaching style.
Fifteen years ago Kimber Simpkins gave up being a lawyer and dove into the intensive study of yoga, with barely a glace back. Since then, yoga has brought more joy and delight to her life every day.
The wisdom of Buddhist and Tantric philosophy, the insights of physics and psychology, storytelling, and music continuously resonate through Kimber’s teaching and the experience of her students on the mat. She comes from a long line of lay preachers, teachers, singers, and healers and is happy to be walking a path that blends all of these roles. Kimber is the author of the Silver Nautilus Award-winning memoir Full: How one woman found yoga, eased her inner hunger, and started loving herself out in March 2015 from New Harbinger Publications.
Currently Kimber is working on a second book, 52 Ways to Love Your Body, based on the yoga workshop in which she shares with women the tools that led her from loathing her body to loving it. In addition to her work around body image and eating, Kimber finds herself drawn to the question of how yoga can help our innate connection to nature stay vibrantly alive while living in an urban environment. When not on her yoga mat, you may find her playing, meditating, dancing, writing, or hula-hooping in her backyard garden. She teaches weekly classes, immersions, workshops, and retreats year round and supports the Health At Every Size (HAES) movement, welcoming students of all sizes and levels in her classes.
Kimber received her teaching certification through Anusara Yoga in 2008 and has found much inspiration from wonderful teachers, including Katchie Ananda, Sianna Sherman, Noah Maze, Pema Chodron, Carlos Pomeda, Wes Nisker, Kevin Griffin, and many others. A long-time Bay Area resident, she lives with the love of her life, son, dog, and cat in Oakland.
Yoga Teacher, Author, and Teller of Compassionate Truths.
My name is Emily Perry, MTOM, L.Ac., E-RYT-200. I am a Yoga Teacher, Acupuncturist, & Herbalist based in Santa Cruz, California. A student of yoga and meditation since 1994, and of Chinese Medicine since 2000, I teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga, mindfulness and Holistic Health. As often as I can, I study with my teachers Janet Stone, Jody Greene, Christopher Wallis, and Christina Sell, and have studied and trained with Mark Stephensand others in the vinyasa flow tradition.
Weaving together five element theory, energetic alignment, non-dual philosophy and Classical Chinese Medicine, my vinyasa flow classes explore energetics, mudra, chanting, and pranayama. I teach workshops, retreats and trainings around the world. Find me during my weekly classes at DiviniTree Yoga in Santa Cruz, and at Breathe Los Gatos in Los Gatos, CA, or connect with me online: on Facebook, on Instagram @emilyperryyoga, or with the contact form below. You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. OM!
Yoga Teacher, Acupuncturist, Herbalist
Abby Tucker is a dedicated yoga student and teacher, who is known for integrating the fullness of yoga practice – asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, mudra and mythology – into her classes for more than a decade. Abby’s classes offer precision biomechanics within a variety of contexts, including strength and stamina-building; slow empowered flow, or workshop-style depth. Often described as a “teacher’s teacher,” Abby’s classes both nourish and empower students at every level of practice, from raw beginner to experienced teachers. Abby’s chief mission in teaching is to help students unveil their internal wisdom and power and to educate them into the depth of practice so that it is sustainable over time. She often says to her students, “What I’m interested in is teaching you so well that you no longer need me as a teacher.”
Shannan Hansen (RYT500) loves to work with people who are new to yoga or who are exploring using yogic principles in their everyday lives. She believes that yoga should be accessible to everyone and gives students space to discover their abilities and boundaries through alignment based classes that are challenging, fun, but ultimately restorative. Teaching yoga on the Moab Retreat gives Shannan the opportunity to fuse her passion for yoga and the outdoors. You can surely expect to connect with and find reverence for nature in her classes in the red rock! As a Certified Yoga Therapist, Shannan works with clients across a broad range of challenges, including weight loss, structural injuries, grief, anxiety/depression, chronic pain, and heart disease. She teaches yoga in Salt Lake City, Utah and enjoys rock climbing, skiing, swimming, and biking.
Trip Guide/Guest Instructor
Born and raised in Yellowknife, NWT Jazz grew up with a massive appreciation for the wild outdoors. Every day, her family would bundle up and brave any arctic temperature and go play outside. Trudging through the snow, canoeing on the lake, climbing on the rocks or skiing through the trees was the cure to any and all problems. Movement was always a big part of her life, but it wasn’t until she stumbled onto a yoga mat that she understood why her mother rushed her out of the door at -40 degrees in the dead of winter. At the most basic and primal level, we all crave one thing: Connection. We want to feel connected to something greater then ourselves. The truest and simplest ways (I have found) to feel connected is by being in nature or by practicing yoga.
Yoga is the practice of self love and self discovery. These shapes we bend, stretch, bind, jump and twist our bodies into exist purely to show us our true nature as magnificent beings. The clumsy athlete I was 6 years ago would have just rolled her eyes at that statement. Yoga found me in my last year of varsity basketball when my body was at its wits end. It was the first time I ever felt graceful and beautiful in my body. And it was the first time I was moving just to feel good rather then to improve my stats. This practice has opened my eyes and heart repeatedly to my pure potential beyond what I ever thought possible. Every time we come to the mat, we are given a chance to fall in love with ourselves over and over again. What a gift that is! No matter how scattered or torn in all directions we may feel, that connection to self is what pieces us all back together, it brings us home.
Jazz teaches vinyasa flow style yoga that offers something for every body. You are given space to challenge yourself and be playful, as every sequence creatively brings you closer to your true self. Mantra work, pranayam, heartfelt intention, soulful music and a sense of community are all important elements of her classes. Through play and adventure, you flow into a deeper understanding of your own body and ultimately wake up to your own divinity.
Amber Campion is an inspirational Yoga Instructor and Personal Development & Leadership Coach inspiring growth-minded, heart-centered Seekers, Creatives, and Entrepreneurs to align with their soul purpose and truth, empowering them to come alive to their highest potential in life and business.
She is also the creator of Yogaeira® & Dynamic Release Method™ and the creator and lead trainer for the transformational 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and Personal Development Immersion, The Alchemy of Body, Mind, & Soul.
Amber teaches & leads retreats, workshops, and trainings worldwide in Yoga, Bodywork, & Personal Development.
“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” ~Dalai Lama
Empowered. A word I live by.
All of us have the ability to overcome things in our lives. Defining moments in our “story” give us a choice, the courage to either become our truth, or live in a lie.
Before yoga came into my life, I was a young mother, strapped to a corporate job, with laundry list full of guilt, shame and baggage from a turbulent youth. Fitness goals led me to yoga, and yes, I became physically strong, but slowly I began to notice changes occurring in my actual nature. The baggage from my past started to slowly get stripped away. I began to realize who I was deep down, and deep inside beauty started to unfold where there was once only pain.
My past does not define me, but I know the challenges I have been blessed with in this life are so I can empower others with the knowledge that all we have to do is look inside for the answers.
That is what yoga does for you. It strips away what is not real, replaces it with Love, and gives you back what you truly are at your core, your spirit. And it’s never too late to start.
Katie Silcox is the New York Times Best-Selling author of the book, Healthy, Happy, Sexy – Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women. She is also an internationally-recognized yoga teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, writer and inspirer of hearts and minds. She is renowned for her depth of study, her ability to present the complexities of yoga’s ancient wisdom in a practical, life-affirming manner, as well as her unique capacity to distill the teachings of yoga with southern-belle humor and grace. Her signature teaching style blends classical yoga, vinyasa-based asana and life-changing Tantric/Ayurvedic philosophy.
Katie was named one of San Francisco’s Best Yoga Teachers by Common Ground Magazine in 2009, one of “70 Yogis Changing the World” by Origin Magazine in 2014, and one of “100 Trailblazers in Yoga and Ayurveda” by Spirituality and Health Magazine in 2015. Katie has written extensively on the topics of yoga, Ayurveda, sexuality, herbalism and women’s health in such publications as Yoga Journal, Common Ground Magazine and Origin Magazine. Her best-selling book has been translated into multiple languages around the globe.
She studied with Krishnamacharya’s living legacies, A.G. and Indra Mohan in Chennai India, and later went on to work with her current teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, within the Sri-Vidya ParaYoga lineage. She also apprenticed with Ayurveda expert and author, Dr. Claudia Welch and currently studies shamanism with Sheryl Netzky, a senior teacher within The Four Winds Society.
Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Writer
Chrisandra is a dedicated student of hatha yoga, tantra, meditation and Ayurveda. Her teaching skillfully weaves the practices of hatha yoga to awaken fire and remove obstacles within so that you may remember your natural state of meditative awareness and ease of heart.
Her Teachers Practicing since 1996, Chrisandra was granted a certificate to teach by Piedmont Yoga Studio under the guidance of Rodney Yee, Richard Rosen, Clare Finn, and Patricia Sullivan in 2002.
She has trained in Universal Freestyle Yoga with Ukranian yoga master and mentor, Andrey Lappa, and spent five years in the Shadow Yoga School with Zhander Ramete and Emma Balnaves.
She bows to all the teachers who have greatly inspired her path and revealed the gems of dedicated sadhana and deep surrender – Krishna Das, David Nichtern, Arlene Griffin, Thomas Fortel, Jamie Lindsay, Peter Sterios, Richard Freeman, Ana Forrest, Angela Farmer, Dharma Mittra, Gary Kraftsow, Tony Briggs, Sarah Powers, Paul Muller Ortega, Robert Svoboda, Scott Blossom, Chandra Easton, Rinpoche Choje Phunsok of Lekshy Ling Monastery, Katie Silcox, Jill Leslie and Barbara Gabriel. She studies presently with great devotion and gratitude to Yogarupa Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga.
Chrisandra is the founding Mama of The Heart of Renewal Retreats which informs and inspires life-affirming transformation through relationship to practice, food, Nature, creativity and community. She is an E-500 RYT registered with Yoga Alliance and trains and mentors aspiring teachers. Chrisandra models and writes for Yoga Journal, and is the voice of Yoga Journal’s Livemag. You can practice with her in Gravity & Grace DVD with Peter Sterios and Yin Yoga DVD with Paul Grilley.
Known for his joyful energy, skilled touch and sense of humor, Pete creates a spiritual yet light-hearted environment for his students to uncover the deeper benefits of yoga. Pete’s ability to compassionately guide students of all levels through a vigorous asana practice makes his classes amongst the most dynamic in the bay area. For newcomers and advanced practitioners yearning for a new adventure and challenge, let Pete be your guide!
We continually form partnerships and affiliations with other organisations that share our philosphies and objectives. Each one of our unique excursions is handcrafted and built from the mat up – fueled by the practices of yoga and a commitment to living a healthy and inspired lifestyle. Our mission is to bring a small group of individuals together in a beautiful natural setting who feel the same way, and have the time of our lives.
We are so excited to have Kamala Collective representing us in the press and directing all of our PR so thoughtfully and effectively!
Bursting with creativity, we at Kamala Collective are fresh thinkers; a new breed of professionals who mindmeld over fresh -pressed juices and practice yoga to clear our heads so we can offer clientele the most innovative, saucy ideas- and have fun while we do it.
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