Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching. Featured in commercials, magazines, NPR, and Oprah.com, Seane now utilizes her national platform to bring awareness to global humanitarian issues. In 2005, she was named “National Yoga Ambassador” for YouthAIDS, and in 2013 was given the “Global Green International Environmental Leadership Award.” Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat, Into the World®. Seane has spent time in the US, India, Cambodia, Haiti and Africa working with communities in need- teaching yoga, providing support for child labor and educating people about HIV/AIDS prevention. Seane is also co-founder of the Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours, which have raised roughly $4.5 million since 2007, getting the yoga community involved in fund and awareness raising efforts across the globe. Her self-authored dvds are available through Gaiam and Yoga Journal, as well as her most recent ground-breaking 3-dvd set “The Yoga of Awakening” through Sounds True. She is currently working on her first book. www.seanecorn.com
Legendary yoga teacher Sri Dharma Mittra first encountered yoga as a teenager before meeting his guru in 1964 and beginning his training in earnest. Sri Dharma founded one of the early independent schools of yoga in New York City in 1975 and has taught hundreds of thousands the world over in the years since. Sri Dharma is the model and creator of the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures, the author of ASANAS: 608 Yoga Poses, the Life of a Yogi Teachers' Manual and Yoga Wisdom, has released two DVD’s to date – Maha Sadhana Levels I and II, and recently captured classes are available for streaming on CodyApp.com. Sri Dharma continues to disseminate the complete traditional science of yoga through daily classes, workshops and his Life of a Yogi Teacher Trainings at the Dharma Yoga New York Center and around the world. For more information on all things Dharma Yoga, please visit: www.dharmayogacenter.com.
MC YOGI is a world renowned performing artists. From living in a group home for at-risk youth to becoming one of the most well known and beloved yogis in America, MC YOGI is on a mission to bring good music and good energy into the world.
His latest collaboration, RITUAL MYSTICAL (feat East Forest), made history by going #1 on iTunes Electronic charts — Aug. 2016. In 2015, his ONLY LOVE IS REAL album debuted #12 Billboard Heatseekers + #24 iTunes Hiphop — featuring guest performances from Matisyahu and Trevor Hall. MC YOGI is on tour throughout 2016, which includes headlining all Wanderlust Festivals & 108 events—teaching and performing to over 200,000. To date he and his wife Amanda Giacomini (founder of the 10,000 Buddhas Project) have taught yoga and performed to over half a million people world wide.
Recently, MC YOGI signed with HarperOne to release his first book “Spiritual Graffiti” (April 2017).
Coby Kozlowski, MA, faculty member for the Kripalu School of Yoga, has been featured on the cover of Yoga Journal and Mantra Yoga + Health, and was named “one of the seven yoga teachers who have changed the practice of yoga.” Her vibrant style as a life coach trainer, yoga and meditation educator, and speaker is infused with intelligence and heartfelt humor. Coby is the founder of Karma Yoga Leadership Intensive: A One Degree Revolution (check out her Tedx talk One Degree Revolution: Small Shifts, Big Changes), the evolutionary program Quarter-Life Calling: Creating an Extraordinary Life in Your 20s, Souluna Life Coach Certification, and Lahari 300hr Yoga Teacher Training. She is a trainer for the Radiance Sutras Meditation Teacher Training. Coby is faculty for Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, where she leads her month-long program The Art of Skillful Living: Leadership, Love and Freedom.www.cobyk.com
Dana Trixie Flynn is an Internationally celebrated yoga figure, social activist and co-creator of Lotus Flow, the soul-powered yogic movement system that frees you to move like You.Dana is the co-founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga Centers in NYC, SF, BKLYN and Lotus' first Nonprofit in New Orleans, The Church of Yoga. She was named one of Yoga Journal's top 10 Influential Teachers who have shaped Yoga in America and is featured in the book, Yoga Bodies. Her devotion to activism and creating change has led her to partner with incredible organizations like Africa Yoga Project, Project Peaceful Warrior, Lineage Project and inspired her open a pay it forward donation based Center in the heart of New Orleans. Dana's raw and generous spirit has inspired teachers and students around the globe to spread a message of love, devotion, service and community.
Todd Norian, E-RYT 500, teaches yoga with the heartfelt intention to awaken others to their inherent potential for unlimited joy, vitality, and fulfillment. Founder of Ashaya Yoga®, Todd's style is one of precise therapeutic alignment infused with heart. He excels at making deep philosophical teachings accessible and relatable. With warmth and humor, Todd creates a sanctuary of sublime transformation in which students step into the power of their own heart. A student of yoga since 1980, Todd studied many styles of heart-centered and alignment-based yoga. He continues to study extensively with several Tantric scholars, including Paul Muller-Ortega and Professor Douglas Brooks. Todd teaches workshops and trainings internationally and is a talented musician who has created several CDs of music for yoga. www.ashayayoga.com.
Larissa Hall Carlson, E-RYT 500, former dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, directs Yoga Teacher Trainings, guides transformational retreats, and provides Ayurvedic consultations across the country. Named one of the "100 Trailblazers in Ayurveda and Yoga," Larissa is passionate about empowering and encouraging people to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature through the time-honored teachings of yoga, Ayurveda,
and Mindfulness. Regularly presenting at yoga and Ayurveda festivals, Larissa has been featured in Yoga Journal, Shape, Men’s Journal, More, Elephant Journal, Spirituality & Health, InStyle, Origins, NY Yoga + Life Magazine, Mantra Magazine, Yoganonymous, Prevention, MindBodyGreen, and
Dr. Oz: The Good Life. www.larissacarlson.com
John Smrtic, JD, E-RYT, is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Teacher based in Albany, New York. He has spent nearly 1,000 hours studying directly with his teachers and Jivamukti Yoga creators, Sharon Gannon and David Life, in addition to diving deep into the bhakti (devotional yoga) tradition with living masters. Utilizing these teachings and traditional yogic scripture as a foundation, John blends wit, groovy music and challenging, intelligently sequenced asana from a vinyasa format to make each class a lively opportunity for deep spiritual investigation and transformation. His approach supports his belief that a single yoga class holds the potential to be more than a workout, but an actual, unique experience, where devotion, compassion, expansion and revolution can naturally unfold. John is at the cutting edge of incorporating live music into ecstatic class experiences, working intimately with some of the best musicians, kirtan artists and beat makers in the world. He has crafted a unique series of Jivamukti-based extended format classes and workshops which are road tested and in demand. He is a mentor at the acclaimed Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training program and teaches globally, including leading annual international yoga retreats with more exciting plans for the future. Find Your Groove. www.bhaktigrooveyoga.com
Kirtan Soul Revival (KSR) is New York City’s funkiest devotional mantra music experience. Since 2011 they have been fusing traditional Sanskrit mantras, original music, and music from around the world to create a unique, dynamic sound that merges guitar-driven funk, rock, gospel, rhythm and blues, world grooves, and chants. Soul-stirring vocals and three part harmony add fullness and depth to their sound. Calia Marshall, Helen Styring Tocci, and Todd Keller with drummer Terrence Pompey, are all longtime yoga practitioners and musicians. They have created a singular sound in the growing genre of mantra music. KSR brings the connecting power of harmony and a fusion of Eastern and Western sounds to a public craving more positivity, love and community in its music and life.
Aya and Tyler fuse elements of jazz, R&B, soul, and electronica in a multilayered soundscape for meditation, yoga asana, and ecstatic dance. Aya has collaborated with Blue Six, Sade, and Lenny Kravitz. Tyler is co-founder of Didge Project and has performed at Wanderlust Festivals.
Aya and Tyler released their first album "Oshuns of Love" in 2015 which was recorded live in collaboration with Elena Brower, Kevin Courtney, Tara Glazier and Eric Stoneberg.
Strong advocates of the transformational power of sound, Aya and Tyler have created Sing.Yoga, a program that empowers individuals to connect with their voice and use it for self expression and healing.
Aya and Tyler host the weekly event Friday Night Sacred Soundbath Meditation at ISHTA Yoga NYC.
HariPrakaash teaches Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Gong Sound Healing. In 1 996 she began her practice in Woodstock, New York. She has been a teacher of Yoga since 2006
HariPrakaash brought Kundalini Yoga and the 'Gong Movement" to the Hudson Valley in a very grass roots way, by teaching out of her living room. She has inspired and guided dozens of people to take KRI teacher trainings and become teachers. Along with inspiring the countless individuals she teaches daily. She holds an International KRI certification in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhaian. HariPrakaash has attended and is certified in dozens of KRI Level 1 , Level 2 and Level 3 trainings with her teacher Hariiiwan. More about at HariPrakaash.com
Mark is an investigator; approaching all experiences in life with an attitude of curiosity & Self-Inquiry. As a teacher, he empowers students to discover this same sense of Inquiry in their own lives, by leveraging practices of Yoga, Mindfulness, and Meditation as opportunities for understanding the nature of the Self, mind, & identity. When we cultivate this Awareness, we truly begin to see with clarity, the people in our lives and the world around us. We begin to observe the world as it is, instead of living within the stories and fears we’ve constructed in our minds. We become more resilient, more compassionate, more patient, and better listeners. Kinder to ourselves & others. And we discover Stillness.
Stephanie Pappas has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation since 1992, and has certified over 300 yoga teachers since 1999. Stephanie is the author of the book, Yoga Posture Adjustments and Assisting, now available in Spanish, and Yoga at Your Wall.
She is also a licensed massage therapist for 25 years, and a Somatic Experiencing Trauma therapist trainee in her advanced year.
She is a ERYT 500, and YACEP Yoga Alliance continuing education provider
Adi has been a life long student of practicing yoga off the mat in all shapes and forms especially when it involves being outdoors. Her passion for movement and the environment have taken her on countless adventures around the world and she currently travels and teaches as part of the YogaSlackers & created the Redefining Balance series and retreats to share the modalities of shifting perspective through yoga, slacklining, AcroYoga, climbing, surfing, mountain biking and just about anything else you can think to do on the Earth’s terrain. Traveling & teaching often times with her car as a home base, you can find her somewhere in the vicinity of an ocean, climb site, mountain or legit climbing tree as she works with students on and off the mat to discover a new sense of balance, strength and focus in whatever their form of practice might be.
Adi’s adventures and environmental awareness endeavours have been featured in The New York Times, Yoga Journal, Outdoor Japan, New York Magazine, National Geographic, L.A. Yoga, Yoga + Joyful Living, Urban Climber, elephant journal, Current TV and TIME for CNN. www.adicarter.com
Katherine Hamer is a certified singing bowl practitioner & teacher. She is a graduate of The State University at New Paltz with a BA degree in Art History, Art & Earth and Physical Sciences. She studies with Master Teacher Suren Shrestha and is certified through the Atma Buti Sound Healing & Vibration Institute & Lineage. Katherine is also a certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner as well as a SQ Wellness Practitioner & Teacher of the Rising Star Healing System & Prema Birthing modalities. For more information or to book a private or group session please visitwww.KatherineHamer.com. "The most powerful healing is done from within".
Johnny Scifo, RYT-500, has been a devoted yogi for over 10 years. Founder of THAT.YOGA, his musicianship and passion for yoga create powerful, mystical experiences for his students. A mixture of modern science, ancient wisdom, and raw love, Johnny is a living example of the power of yoga for positive change and the ability to fulfill one’s dreams and dharma.
A lifelong musician, Johnny released an album of meditation music entitled Meditation EP in April 2016. Inspiring thousands of meditations worldwide, his 10-minute instrumental meditation Saturn received a 4.5 star rating on the meditation app Insight Timer; and the album has been featured as a teacher’s resource on Elena Brower’s TEACH.YOGA.
Johnny currently teaches workshops and immersions in New Jersey and New York, as well as classes at Ramapo College and Yoga Synthesis in New Jersey.
Meg Allen, E-RYT-200, RYT 500
Meg is known for her empowering and creative Vinyasa classes. Her teaching style is inspired by both the Ashtanga and Iyengar lineages, with a heart of Bhakti interwoven through it all. In her classes, Meg encourages her students to move past the physical practice into other aspects of yoga; breathing, harnessing of the senses, shifting perception, detaching from the busy mind and connecting with their Divine within.
Meg’s hope is that her students take a deeper look into their practices past the mental noise that crowds our minds. While cultivating physical and mental energy, her intention is to guide her students into a balanced center in presence. Meg reminds students of the tools they already have to take their practice off their mats and into their lives.
Meg is grateful for her wonderful teachers and for all of the people in her life that have guided her towards her spiritual practice. She urges her students to find gratitude for all of the teachers in their lives, too, including the ones that did not appear to be teachers at the time.
Meg lives right outside of Albany with her beautiful six-year-old son, Judah and her husband, Dustin. She and Dustin own a yoga studio right in the heart of Albany called JAI. She enjoys practicing and studying yoga, cooking, traveling, hiking, enjoying nature, and most of all, her time with her family. Meg loves making connections and building community in this wonderful world of yoga.
Steve Cosimano began yoga practice at the age of 20 under the guidance of Paramahansa Yogananda with the Self-Realization Fellowship and began Taoist practice in 1993 with Master Mantak Chia. Since that time he has continued to learn different energy healing practices, in gratitude, from various teachers. His main concentration is in Medical and Spiritual Qigong, Neigong and Longevity Practices. As a form of gentle exercise, Taoist Yoga or Qigong is composed of movements that are typically repeated, strengthening and stretching the body, increasing fluid movement (blood, synovial, and lymph) and improving balance. It is suitable for all age groups and all physical conditions. Qigong, Tai Chi and Bagua Practice creates an awareness of and influences dimensions of our being that are not part of traditional exercise programs. Classes provide general healing practices and individual practices to improve posture and respiration, reduce stress, induce the relaxation response, cause favorable changes in blood chemistry, and improve self-awareness and concentration. Research suggests that Qigong may be beneficial for Asthma, Arthritis, Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Headaches, Pain, and a wide variety of common ailments, while revitalizing the endocrine system, and reprograming the Body/Mind for continued health, longevity and spiritual development.
Steve may be reached at 518.333.0506 and more Qigong info is available at www.albanycomplementaryhealth.comor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve has taught classes at Yoga Studios, Plaza Fitness, No Limits Fitness, Yoga Festivals, The Albany NanoTech Park, MVP HealthCare, the YMCA and National Health Conferences and has a studio in Albany, NY.
Experienced teacher and studio co-owner Leigha Butler teaches playful but challenging classes. She takes joy in bringing students out of the realm of fear and into the realm of adventure, often turning things upside down and inviting practitioners out of their comfort zones. Her classes can get downright riotous as students reach new heights in their physical practice and cheer each other on, but they're always grounded in her knowledge of subtler alignment points and in the belief that no single posture really matters more than another. She believes in asana as a celebratory art and in yoga as a means to liberation. Her greatest goal is to guide students as they free themselves of obstruction–bodily and mentally–on the mat and in life–creating space for freedom, love, vibrancy, and little daily ecstasies.
Bio of Esta Kaftan, JourneyDance NJ with Esta
JourneyDance has been described as a “barefoot, freestyle celebration of the human spirit” and is the perfect movement practice for Esta as she has been dancing barefoot since the day she was born! As a licensed psychotherapist and a certified JourneyDance Facilatator, Esta is aware of the powerful healing connection between movement, music and body, soul and spirit. JourneyDance NJ with Esta offers workshops, presentations and dances all over the country. For more information about JourneyDance and Esta please go to www.journeydance.com