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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 influential 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
I teach Vinyasa (flow yoga) classes that are often described as strong, fun, and inspirational. I believe in the power of yoga to awaken each of us to a greater sense of purpose and intentional living, and to unite the yoga community around sustainability and social justice. Classes are intended to build strength, body awareness and flexibility through an integration of breath work, creative sequencing and precise alignment. Classes are safe for newer students and challenging for more experienced yogis, and include hands-on adjustments, descriptive cues, and individualized attention.
I have been practicing and teaching yoga for more than fifteen years. Dedicated to promoting peace, well-being, and sustainability on a global scale, I have a masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, with a focus on Sustainable Development. I have taught human rights to high school students, trained Peace Corps volunteers, volunteered in an indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon, worked with Fortune 500 companies to reduce their environmental impact, and managed a leadership, international service and fundraising program aimed at mobilizing the global yoga community for greater social and environmental justice.
I currently manage the Journeys Program for the Pachamama Alliance, which are purposeful, transformative travel immersions that go well beyond traditional eco-tourism or adventure travel. We journey at the request of our indigenous partners in Ecuador who invite us to visit and learn from their ancient cultures and pristine rainforest so that we may carry their wisdom and message home.
Thoughtfully designed and informed by 20 years of experience, each Pachamama Journey is an extraordinary opportunity to step away from the familiar and immerse yourself in an expansive new way of seeing the world.
At 17, Desirée Pais moved to New York City to study fashion journalism at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Bold and ready to learn, Desirée landed opportunities working for/alongside some of the best in the industry: BPCM, Natalie Joos, BlackBook Magazine, Refinery29, Medium Concepts, Isaora.
In 2010, Desirée became fascinated with the mind-body connection and began studying Yoga. She completed a 200hr certification followed by an advanced training in Hatha Yoga + Tibetan Buddhist lineages. Along the way, through a synchronous encounter with Daoist Grandmaster Sung Baek, he inspired her to begin studying Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
In 2014 she found Kundalini Yoga + Meditation, which was life changing to say the least. Two years later, Desiree completed her third yoga Teacher Training, Level 1 Kundalini Yoga + Meditation with Harijiwan, Tej, Guru Jagat, and Gurujas in Los Angeles.
She currently teaches Kundalini Yoga + Meditation classes and workshops around the city and is a Beauty Editor for Herbivore Botanicals
Yoga Teacher & More
Lauren Lee is an E-RYT 500 teacher and a dedicated student on the path of yoga. She has a fierce desire to learn and share the gifts of yoga with others.
Lauren’s intelligently sequenced classes are inspired by Hatha, Vinyasa and Anusara, and invite practitioners explore all of their layers through body, mind and heart. Her classes are accessible, empowering and inspire each individual to step into their strength, grace and wisdom to encourage an awakening of the collective.
Connection to the heart and community is central to her teaching.
Lauren is inspired by life’s experiences (both beautiful and challenging) that create the platform for us to practice our yoga of the mat and integrate deeply into the totality of our being. She follows her heart and shares her journey through her many projects and collaborations, leading immersive retreats and trainings worldwide. Lauren is founder of Raise Your Beat (online platform for inspiration through holistic living) Wild Vibes (celebration of music, yoga & art through festivals and retreats that give back to charity) and devoted assistant to Suzanne Slocum-Gori (Ibiza based yoga instructor, owner of One Yoga in Vancouver).
Yoga Teacher & More
Growing up in Los Angeles, I often wondered what my purpose was. In many ways, the external world was dictating my life, and I felt rudderless. I spent most of my days buried in books, communing with nature, or lost in music. I would read about the possibility of life through others’ experiences. When yoga found me, I was just out of college and working in the music industry. I was burning myself out climbing the ladder of “success” and losing myself moreso in the process. My Ashtanga practicing boss suggested I try yoga. After my first Savasana, it was as if something deep inside of me finally exhaled. I felt more embodied, capable and clear. I then practiced as much as I could, taking class at every opportunity. I began to have more sustained moments of grace and understanding of my purpose. My yoga practice eventually led me to a different career, reshaped my relationships, and helped me find my voice.
As a dedicated student, I have studied various yoga traditions(Ashtanga, Bhakti, Anusara), with my primary focuses being Ayurveda, Yogic Philosophy, and Hatha practices. In 2007, while completing the YogaWorks 500hr Professional Program, I met my current teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, and began studying ParaYoga (Tantra/Sri Vidya lineage). In 2015, I completed my Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor training.
I am Yoga Alliance registered at the E-RYT 500 level, YogaWorks certified, and lead 200 and 300-hour level teacher trainings, workshops and retreats around the world. My classes are an intentional intermingling of ParaYoga, Hatha, Philosophy and Ayurveda with principles of mindful sequencing and alignment awareness, to help the practitioner feel at ease in their bodies and at home within themselves.
Yoga has helped me know the truth of who I am. It has been my companion through sadness, indecision, joyful and peaceful times. The more I practice, I become more connected to my spirit and remember the interconnection of all of us. Each day through my practice, I have found and continue to learn the possibilities of my life.
Sara has been a student of yoga since 2000 and has 500+ hours of training (ERYT-500). Based in San Francisco and Marin, Sara is known for leading fun, strong, and intelligent Vinyasa flow classes (Forest and Iyengar influenced). She draws from her dance background, as a former ballet and modern dancer at the elite level, to create intelligently sequenced classes that gracefully synchronize breath, posture, and alignment. Through these key elements, students are supported to explore each pose in depth in order to encounter their full, transformative potential. Sara challenges and playfully invites her students to wake up to their most authentic selves.
Matt Champoux has been a student of yoga since 2000 and is an internationally recognized teacher with 500+ hours of training (ERYT-500). Based in San Francisco, he directs a Mysore-style Ashtanga program at The Mindful Body and teaches Vinyasa at Yoga Tree and YogaWorks. He is a lifelong student of both Hindu and Buddhist yoga philosophy and the shamanic traditions of Amazonia. These traditions inform and color his teachings on Vinyasa and Ashtanga, which are offered in a safe, dynamic, and inspiring way. He often uses props to ensure the practice meets a student where they are at (physically and mentally) in order to ensure their sustainable growth into the best practitioners possible.
Ashley Matthews is a Pilates instructor and co-founder of elevate cooperative. Ashley specializes in movement re-education and has worked with the healthiest of clients looking for a fitness oriented experience as well as clients dealing with chronic issues such as disc herniations, spondylolisthesis, osteoarthritis, Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, joint replacement and repair, scoliosis, spinal fusions, and more. When not at the studio, Ashley is studying at the Swedish Institute to become a Licensed Massage Therapist and is expected to graduate in April 2018.
Ashley grew up in Pittsburgh, PA training in classical ballet at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Here she discovered her love for movement and the physical experience. After graduating from NYU in 2009, she pursued a dance career while attending the Kane School of Core Integration studying with mentor, Kelly Kane.
Shortly after the completion of her Pilates mat and apparatus certification, she began teaching at Kinected in Chelsea, NYC eventually becoming a teacher trainer for the Kane School. After several years at Kinected and the Kane School, Ashley made the leap into studio ownership co-founding elevate with fellow instructors and teacher trainers, Dianne Wise and Kathryn Comperatore.
When not teaching and studying movement, Ashley practices Ashtanga yoga at the Brooklyn Yoga Club with Eddie Stern and gets her classical ballet class fix when and wherever she can!
Pilates & Movement
For most of his life, Trevor Exter has been a professional singer and cellist with his own approach to all aspects of composing, songwriting, producing, performing and touring. He makes music for nighthawks and dreamers, mixing acoustic pop, American soul and restless rock energy with an itinerant vision all his own. You may have seen him with De La Guarda, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, James McBride’s Good Lord Bird Band, DJ Tasha Blank, his band XVSK, the Wanderlust festival and Broadway’s “Waitress” band. Find him at www.trevorexter.com.
Evan Soroka is a type 1 diabetic and yoga therapist based in Aspen, Colorado. Her classes and private work have been greatly influenced by Samkhya philosophy, the teachings of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and his son, TKV Desikachar as well as the tantric spiritual path of Sri Vidya all learned from her teachers Rod Stryker, Gary Kraftsow and Leslie Kaminoff. She has completed considerable training with all three teachers as well as assisted and is a Certified Viniyoga Therapist. The impact of these experiences can be felt in her ability to powerfully transmit spiritual depth and physiological subtly in a context that is accessible and honest. Evan shines in her dedication and compassion for education and service. She has lead Yoga Alliance certified teacher trainings and numerous workshop style experiences at home and abroad.
She is known for her transparency, dedication and patience. Her classes and private sessions are like receiving a hug from a long lost friend. They are laser-focused, challenging yet light-hearted and nurturing. Evan believes that yoga is a means of both physical and spiritual transformation. Working with Evan you will gain the tools to become your own masterful conduit for change. She attributes her own health and wellbeing to the science of yoga therapy discovered through her own personal journey with type 1 diabetes and guidance from her masterful teachers.
Master Zhenzan Dao
Master Zhenzan Dao, the founder of the practice tradition of MogaDao, is a MogaDao Daoist monk. They live deep in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico, in a small cabin—in cliff-top disposition and structure remarkably like the cabin depicted on The MogaDao Monastic Path page of this website—where they follow a monastic schedule of training in all five of the MogaDao disciplines, the manual labor of rustic husbandry, meditation and prayer, religious study, and the writing of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction on subjects pertaining to aesthetics, Daoism, and human flourishing. They are also a horse trainer, farrier, and a blacksmith.
Master Zhenzan Dao
Adriana Rizzolo is a traditional yoga and meditation teacher, kirtan leader, hair stylist and facilitator of women’s circles. Through her work supporting women to uncover and embody their soul voices, she acts as a guide to the wild and windy path of the authentic heart, and illuminates the power of choosing unconditional love above all else as the way to transform hardship into spiritual growth. She helps others learn how to not only hold safe spaces but brave spaces of realness and depth.
Adriana’s teaching and facilitation is known for its earthy, light-hearted and FUN approach with the ability to take you into places where transformation can occur. Her work comes from over 10 years of training in India and in NewYork. Her expertise is in uncovering the Divine Feminine presence within—a path that manifested organically many years ago when she began a women’s circle in her living room, and it grew to be an internationally known movement.
Yoga Teacher & More
Jess embraces letting the beauty you love be what you do! She first began teaching yoga in remote villages in Mongolia and was amazed at yoga’s universal ability to inspire and heal. She enjoys guiding her students toward a celebration of the heart, an awareness of the intuitive body, and a deep sense of belonging. She embodies the belief that until we give adequately to ourselves, shining light into our own souls, only then can we find the wealth of energy to give with true intention. With that concept in mind, Jess’s classes are full of playfulness, optimism, forgiveness, empowerment, and humor; reminding her students that anytime we link the mind, body, and soul and give selflessly with intention, on and off the mat, we are practicing yoga.
Devon Sweeney is a yogini, bodywork artist, and writer based in Colorado. Through unique postural sequences, guided breathwork, and creative soundscapes, Devon‘s practices are an experience of integration and creative expression. She is known for her direct and balanced approach to modern vinyasa from the perspective of a bodyworker. Her teaching method is centered around serving the intelligent flow of life through movement and somatic guidance to nurture oneself and develop greater awareness of individual well-being. She challenges students to explore ways they can connect to their own experience of body wisdom and sustainable living with asana and lifestyle practices to optimize their day-to-day experience. Her background lies in systems-based research on the behavioral psychology of holistic well-being coined as the ’Sustainable Personality’ and Shaiva Tantra. This multi-dimensional exploration of life through the unified lens of a modern yogic practice is what inspires her students to expand their creative and diverse presence in the world. Devon is also a Licensed Massage Therapist in Colorado with a specialization in Breathing Dysfunction and Diaphragmatic Restructuring.
Devon is an affiliate teacher trainer for the Samudra Global School of Living Yoga alongside her teacher Shiva Rea and offers trainings and classes in Denver regularly. Teaching at a variety of festivals, events, and studio settings, Devon‘s unique ability to lead group practices with graceful clarity shines through. Her vinyasa classes are delicately balanced experiences of rhythm and flow, subtle cueing and unique movement patterns. She teaches the pathway of Krisnamacharyan based Prana Vinyasa® yoga and it’s Tantric philosophy towards Yin Yoga, meditation, and gentle vinyasa. She leads full spectrum vinyasa flow practices to suit the needs of any body in an intelligent and evolutionary methodology of mindfulness and fluid movement. Devon also has a background in Eastern Religious studies and is a constant student of the changing paradigms of modern behavioral psychology, movement therapies, and neurological/physiological stress management techniques.
Hayley offers a path to strength, self-confidence and awe for the miraculous mechanics of the human body by creating a motivating environment to explore our body-minds from the inside out. Hayley’s commitment to radical self-care and the natural world permeate her juicy flow class, inviting you into intimacy with all parts of yourself through the vehicle of the breath.
As a passionate body nerd and philosophy student, she can either be found with her head in a book about human anatomy and technologies of liberation or out in nature, on the TRX or on her mat exploring her own. She encourages her students to be somanauts on and off the mat, intricately exploring where their bodies and minds are balanced and fluid as well as where they get tight and stuck. This intimacy with our inner body translates as greater peace, more easeful relationships and fluidity and joy of movement in class, at work and at play.
In addition to being inspired by the latest myofascial and neuroscience, her teaching is infused with the traditions of Tantric Buddhism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, earth wisdom, archetypal mythology, guided visualization and somatic psychology. Each class is based on the cycle of the moon and the seasons through a combination of unique sequencing, challenging asana, meditation and pranayama. As a celebrated massage therapist specializing in chronic pain, she’s able to translate the intricacies of healthy movement and how to correct imbalances through restorative alignment with an attitude of compassion, curiosity and playfulness.
Born in Spain, I have had the pleasure to live and travel around the world. Yoga found me many years ago when I was living the hectic London life. The healing properties of the practice, both on and off the mat, lead me to India where I lived for seven months having the chance to study different disciplines with great masters and experience the roots of the practice. After these months of profound realizations, the magic of life guided to Mexico, where I am currently based.
RYT-500, I have also broadened my teachings studying different taoist and tantric techniques such as zhineng qigong level 1, Yin yoga, and Tantra yoga, which have enriched my awareness of the subtle body and allowed me to have a more holistic approach to the practice.
I throw Yin yoga teacher trainings in Mexico, and workshops internationally, I have had the pleasure to work with different clients and events such as opening the Forbes Forum Powerful Woman 2017 in Mexico and appear regularly on TV to share the teachings.
My classes are rooted in Hatha yoga, deeply connected to conscious movement and a strong sensitivity for the subtle body and the energetic field. Providing always a safe space to deepen into the journey of the Self and for alchemy to happen.
Mari Sierra has an ability to harmonize matters of the heart and body with that of the head – with solid theoretical foundations. As a Mexican woman she balances a mezo-american connection to the earth with a unique ability to embrace and communicate elemental truths to a technology-obsessed western world via alchemical combinations of dance, yoga and experiential travel – reminding people that they too are nature.”
Teacher, Designer, Innovator, Artist
On paper, you will learn that I am a certified reiki master, yoga instructor, meditation teacher and that I specialize in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). I also own Pure Barre in Beverly Hills, and co-own I Am Vibes Activewear.
What my credentials don’t tell you is that my calling in life is to help people stand in their own truth, release old patterns, and begin leading authentic and fulfilling lives.
My healing corporate workshops and one-on-one sessions are designed to blend my corporate experience and my spiritual trainings to help those in need stand in their own truth, release old patterns, and begin leading authentic and fulfilling lives. Through healing these past wounds, my clients can then step into lives filled with peace, purpose and true fulfillment.
Reiki Master, Yoga Instructor and Personal Coach
David Harshada Wagner
David Harshada Wagner is an author, meditation teacher, and transformational guide who has dedicated his life to the path of spiritual practice, human transformation, and selfless service. He is the founder and director of Living Meditation, based in Ojai California, and travels widely training yoga teachers in the philosophy and inner practices of yoga and working with people from all walks of life from all over the world. Wagner is on the faculties of Kripalu and Omega institutes where he regularly offers retreats and workshops, is a meditation teacher on YogaGlo.com.
Harshada is classically trained in the wisdom traditions of India, and is a master of inner yoga practices, but his teachings come from his many years helping people transform their lives and his own personal process of transformation. He is a perfect combination of a traditional spiritual master and a modern, down-to-earth man. He lives in Ojai, is a proud father of two, and is currently authoring a book based on the teachings from the Bhagavad Gita.
David Harshada Wagner
Catharine Brook Anderson
My mission is to whole heartedly facilitate you in the discovery of your personal power to live as the vital, successful, centre of your life you have always been destined to be.
his may sound simple, yet mastering the art of listening has been one of the most valuable lessons of my life.
What began as a personal discipline became a drive to study different mind-body practices that could facilitate this process for others.
Over the last ten years I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from teachers at the leading edge of craniosaral work, conscious movement practices, transparent communication and transformational coaching.
Your craniosacral system is made up of the bones, connective tissues, nerves & fluids of your cranium (skull) & spinal area. Visionary Craniosacral Work® is a holistic healing practise in which I use light touch to balance the craniosacral system of your body.
Catharine Brook Anderson
Liya (Charan Kamal Kaur) creates a heart-filled, fun, joyful way to calm the mind and align with one’s inner truth. She brings a unique and special gift of laughter and humor to every class.
Her yoga journey began in the heart of New York City where she lived a fast-paced life as a business executive. As the stress of this life began to affect her health, Liya turned to yoga and began to heal. The results were undeniable and she has been on a dedicated path of self healing and discovery ever since.
In addition to yoga, Liya studied deep esoteric Kabbalah, including the sacred Tree of Life and dream work, in Los Piramidas Del Ka, a school in Guatemala. She is certified in both Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga and is a registered KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) instructor. She took her Level 1 and 2 trainings with Gurmukh and Gurushabd in India. Currently, she assists Jai Dev Singh’s immersion courses in California where she lives.
Liya is gifted with a special energy for creating sacred space in which humans can elevate and reconnect with their hearts and destiny. With sincerity and grace, she creates a special connection with each of her students. Her goal is to reach as many humans as possible in this life time.
Her highest values are authenticity and honesty with herself and others.
She currently holds weekly classes, day-long immersions, and monthly workshops at Yoga Tree Telegraph, YogaWorks Mill Valley, as well as other inspiring, high-vibration venues.
Kundalini Practitioner & Instructor
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.
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
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
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
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 the inspiration she finds from nature. She approaches life through the lens of constant learning and loves to share the wisdom she’s gathered along her journey in hopes of helping others become AWAKE; to be aware and present in their own lives.
She began teaching yoga at age 15 and is proficient in numerous movement practices: Anusara, Power Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Acro, as well as martial arts, free form dance and ballet. Aside from an exceptional depth of practice, Chelsey is a triple major with degrees in Dance, Theater and Vocal Performance.
A decade of learning and teaching around the world has led her to design, AWAKE with Chelsey Korus — a “total package lifestyle” around SOUL *︎ SPIRIT *︎ ENVIRON MENT — “The concept of AWAKE is a driving force in my life… I don’t want to live another second asleep. These are the practices I’ve designed to help people awaken to their moment, and have the tools to step into their wholeness.”
“She has an incredibly powerful presence, it’s contagious. You cannot help leaving her classes feeling like you are ready to take on anything.” — Yoga2Life Radio
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
Gloria Baraquio, E-RYT 500, is a bhakti yogi from Hawaii who began her practice in 2003 when she began suffering from stress and anxiety. After experiencing her ujjayi breath for the first time in a yoga class, she finally understood the importance of breathing and how it could calm, center, and ground her life. She began teaching in 2006 and embarked on a journey through vinyasa, ashtanga, Iyengar, hatha, bhakti, kundalini, somatics, ecstatic dance, Nia, Rolfing, acupuncture, physical theater, and natural foods, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the body, mind, voice, movement, and nutrition. As a teacher and Director of Yoga/Wellness at The Springs in Downtown LA, Gloria’s desire is to help others cultivate an intimate relationship with themselves and their surroundings so that they can live more fully, with love, peace, gratitude, and well-being.
Gloria’s background is in education, performing arts, film production, and community building. While working as a TV host, writer, and actor in Hawaii, she taught K-12 students in public charter schools (Language Arts, Math, Digital Media, and Yoga). Living both on and off the grid of the Big Island for 7 years was her greatest training in spiritual practice, yoga, natural healing, and community building. She is certified to teach vinyasa and aerial yoga, and she is a Lead Teacher Trainer for Shivakali Yoga. She continues to host Teacher Trainings and retreats in places like Hawaii, Bali, Nicaragua, and the San Diego Desert.
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 the co-author of Wanderlust, A Modern Yogi’s Guide To Discovering Your Best Self, Founder and Editor of the online travel site GLDMNE, and Community and Content Director at Aspen Yoga Society. 5 years with Wanderlust, Nicole has practiced with the world’s top yoga instructors and has worked with leading musicians, artists and experts in health and wellness. Today Nicole lives in Aspen, Colorado, where she teaches yoga through AYS and local studios.
Starting in the realm of partnerships at Wanderlust, Nicole expanded into event production, writing / content editing. In 2014, she created GLDMNE, an online travel guide + inspiration board. Today GLDMNE continues to grow as an online community of travelers, thinkers and artists who share their experiences of worldly explorations.
In 2010, Nicole completed her first 200 hour training in Vinyasa / Hot Yoga. She then went on to New York City where she became well versed in Schuyler Grant’s alignment-based vinyasa, Kula Yoga. In January 2014, YogaWorks hired Nicole to complete their 200 hour training in Bali, where she deepened her understanding of the body and posture alignment.
With experience teaching in her Greenpoint neighborhood, instructing sunrise grounding meditations and hikes at Wanderlust Festival, and teaching friends all over the world, Nicole’s focus is to create an informed foundation for her student’s, so that they may further their own depth of understanding in their personal practice and transform the way they approach their life.
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.
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 email@example.com. OM!
Yoga Teacher, Acupuncturist, Herbalist
Abby Tucker is a beloved teacher, priestess and mystic, who is known for integrating her two paths — the practices of yoga — asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, mudra and mythology – with mystical earth-based and gnostic wisdom. Abby’s classes offer dynamic biomechanics—gleaned from nearly 20 years of practice and study– 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 advanced practitioner. 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 they can thrive in practice and life for the long-term.
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.
In 2012, Abby heeded the call of the sacred work of the priestess. She formally entered these practices in 2014 and is now an initiated priestess of the mysteries of Avalon through the lineage of Awakening Avalon. The Sovereign Path is the integration of Abby’s yoga studies and her mystical practices.
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!
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