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.

Ajeet Kaur is a fresh new presence in the world of sacred chant. Growing up in a musical and spiritual home, her discovery of sacred music and yoga practice to heal began at a young age. Inspired by her practice of yoga, music and healing, Ajeet has released three albums of sacred music. Her most recent album Darshan was celebrated as #1 on the iTunes world music chart, and her music has been featuring on the Billboard Top 10 for new age music, reaching many hearts and bringing with it a sense of healing and peace. 

Sondra fell in love with yoga while dancing professionally in NYC and that led her to India to study Ashtanga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois – a life-changing trip.  She opened Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation in Hudson and then Satya Yoga Center in Rhinebeck.  She teaches students all aspects of yoga, including teacher trainings she directs, and those she co-directs with Raghunath, (of Flight School fame).  Her classes emphasize a graceful flow of movement, a quality of devotion and a place for people to come together in community.  Sondra lives on a small farm with her son, Mateo and their rascally dog, and crazy cat.

Raghunath is …Ex-punk, ex-monk, husband, father of five, inversion ambassador, bent on Bhakti,  detox junkie, evolution assistant, coalesced by kirtan, cacao consumer, puranic story teller, reciter of Gita, potential excavation, fixed on elevation, take a deep breath. beyond birth and death. Prana hunter, animal friendly, transcendence in training, born to give, live today,  full contact fighter, devours durians, likes to chant, likes a challenge, servant of the servants, harmonium hugger, conscious of Krishna.  Raghunath born Ray Cappowas a Lower east sidehardcore/punk singer songwriter icon, touring the globe in his teens. In a decadent music scene infested with hard drugs, negativity & intoxication he wasan anomaly and a lightpropounding clean living,positive attitude and vegetarian lifestyle, inspiring tens of thousands of fans internationally. Since his youth he was fascinated with eastern thought and took his inspiration from Emerson, Ghandi, Thoreau,  The Bhuddhist Sutras,  The Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. He started practicing yoga in NYC in 1987 with the esteemed Sri Dharma Mitra as well as Shivananada Yoga.  The pettiness of the business of music and the untimely death of his father led him to India in 1988 where he dove deeperinto the the lifestyle and spirituality of India. He became a celibate monk at a Krishna Bhakti Ashram for6 years where he intensely studied, meditated and lived the ancient yogic texts.  In 1991 in the sacred village of Vrindavan he was awarded the name Raghunath and two years later in that same holy town awarded dikshaor the sacred thread, for his study.  Now, 23 years later, he’s an accomplished yogi in many styles, married with four children he leads retreats, workshops and and yoga teacher trainings especially in Los Angeles and New York City. He is an expert at taking the esoteric yoga philosophy and making it understandable and practical for the contemporary world.  He is an inspirational force in the community by livingyoga andtaking the esoterica of yoga philosophy and making it practical and understandable in contemporary life.

Keli Lalita Reddy ERYT 500, Certified CE Provider and Columnist for Mantra Magazine and Thrive, Owner of Mantralogy Records www.mantralogy.com Keli was first introduced to yoga at age 7 by her mother who studied with the disciples of Sri Rama Krishna at the Vivikananda Vedanta Vihar, an ashram in the foothills of the Catskill mountains. She has been teaching yoga asana for a 14 years, though her dedicated study of Bhakti Yoga began when she was still a teenager. Keli is a student of Ayurvedic Body Work at Kripalu, and works with Edwin Bryant, PhD, translator of Yoga Sutras, and Professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University. She has lead and assisted retreats both here in the US, in Costa Rica and in India, including a retreat with Robert Thurman and Krishna das. Her students describe her as filled with knowledge, love, compassion and joy. Her teaching specialty is yoga philosophy, though she is well loved as a teacher of Yin Yoga and Vinyasa Flow as well.

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

KELLY'S classes are musical, poetic, and deeply spiritual. She is known for her storytelling and her ability to make the philosophy of yoga relatable, to bring big subjects into an every day perspective. Expect a challenging and creative flow, plenty of great music, a dose of philosophy, a bit of chanting, and definitely some laughter! She is honored to study with and be influenced by many great teachers including Dana Flynn, Raghunath Cappo, Joshua Greene, Cyndi Lee and Douglas Brooks. She is also endlessly exhilarated by poetry, clouds, the Bhagavad Gita and the deep wisdom of her 8 year old guru Milo.

It is often said that our yoga practice doesn’t really begin until life gets hard, and Kelly has experienced that first hand. Her goal is to help people see that our greatest struggles can actually be our greatest strengths. She combines the power of movement, music, and myth to help others move through life transitions with grace and ease. 

Founder and Director of Euphoria Yoga has over thirteen years of teaching experience in New York city and locally.

She received her Yoga Teaching certification from the Jivamukti Yoga School in the year 2000 after completing the full one year intensive certification program lead by Sharon Gannon and David Life.

Corinne taught all levels at The Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City from 2000-2005. Prior to that Corinne taught the Lotte Berk Method which incorporates element of Yoga, dance and therapeutic stretching in New York city and the Hamptons.

In 2005 Corinne received her Advanced Jivamukti certification. Upon moving to Woodstock full time in 2005 Corinne taught locally until 2009 when she opened Euphoria Yoga. She is thrilled to bring her passion for Yoga to this studio and to serve the amazing community she has found here. Corinne offers much gratitude to her main Yoga teachers Sharon Gannon, David Life as well as to all the wonderful teachers that she takes classes and workshops with which continue to inspire her. Corinne offers deep thanks to her beloved students, family and friends that enhance her life daily and her aim is to do the same to the lives of as many beings as she can reach.

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". 

Nicole Sansone  "I received my teaching certification in 2008 from The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute with Beryl Bender Birch  and continue to explore different teachers, styles of yoga, and new experiences to further my growth as a lifelong student and teacher. 
I fell in love with Yoga after my very first class with Heidi Ruehlmann in beautiful Windham NY somewhere around 1998 and am blessed to be working with her years later as the director of the Mountain Breeze Yoga studio. 
My classes are alignment based, fun artistic expressions that combine various styles and techniques of yoga woven together with the transformative power of the breath. Students are encouraged to move from where they are, go inward throughout the practice, and fully explore with gratitude all that is.  
 As a teacher one can have many hours of instruction on the teaching and learning of yoga, but the best experience comes from spending time on your mat, exploring the mantra of breath, and moving your body with the intention of deep listening. I am inspired by the limitless places one can go."

Erica Garcia is becoming a celebrated Latina Powerhouse yoga figure.  Hailing from the Bronx, NY and with a yoga history going back over 28 years, she is the owner of Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness and the Founder and Director of Teacher training of the A.L.M.A Institute in Yonkers, NY.  She has been named by NY Yoga+Life magazine’s as one of their favored “Inspirational Teachers in NY,” as well as featured in Mantra Magazine.  As a 9/11 survivor, she has learned to tap in the rawness, reality, beauty and zest for life and has a way to breathe that prana and inspiration back in to everything she does. She teaches from the heart with skill, precision, in depth knowledge of the yoga sutras, mindfulness and a love for musicality.   Erica is currently working on her first book and is also a YACEP Yoga Alliance continuing education provider, holistic health coach and doTERRA Leader. When not teaching in her studio, leading workshops or 200hr teacher trainings in the NY/NJ Tri-State area, you can find Erica leading classes in yoga festivals such as recently features as one of the headlining presenter at NYC’s first SoulfestNYC.  This will also be her second time at Ahimsa Yoga and Music Festival. 

 

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: steven@albanycomplementaryhealth.com

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.

Leigha Butler

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.

 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

Albany, NY native Katie Collins’ journey of yoga began over four years ago when she attended one of Wanderlust’s first yoga festivals. It was there that she knew she wanted to teach. Fast forward two years, and Katie was introduced to SUP yoga through the teachings of Rachel Brathen. Katie is now a 500-hour certified yoga instructor, BOGAYOGA stand up paddleboard instructor, and registered nurse. She teaches and shares her passions of strong vinyasa yoga, yoga for athletes, SUP yoga and conscious living to the world. Katie completed her 200-hour YTT in the summer of 2013 and her 300-hour YTT in the of spring 2015 under the guidance of Justin Wolfer and quickly learned what it meant to embrace her practice with mind, body and spirit!
Along with the physical practice and teachings of yoga, Katie also has a passion for holistic living, health and wellness and many of her students find her nursing and anatomy background helpful when dealing with chronic illnesses. Part time mermaid, Katie teaches her SUP liquid yoga across the country and has presented and assisted yoga festivals such as Wanderlust Stratton Vermont. Katie is a firm believer that yoga is to be lived, not just performed. Join Katie in class to learn more about diving deep into a yogic lifestyle, a path that cultivates infinite love and service.
 

Linda Lalita Winnick’s focus is the cultivation of Shakti or Inner Power. A certified yoga teacher, with an M.A. in Ayurvedic Medicine and Yoga Philosophy, Linda’s teaching of yoga integrates her 30 years of  experience as a yoga practitioner and teacher with the principles of exercise physiology and the energetics of Ayurveda. Her classes reflect the attunement of time, place, season, and group dynamic. Shaping her offering with joy, Linda creates an inclusive space that challenges each person to feel free to do what they can to foster their own strength and wellbeing through the art of yoga.
Linda Lalita is owner of three Shakti Yoga Studios in the Hudson Valley New York. She was a popular workshop instructor at the Omega Institute for a decade. Linda trains yoga teachers in her methods. (200 Hour and Advanced 300 Hour) She is invited to teach in programs around the country and in Europe.
She started  her yoga teaching ( in 2000) at Kingston Hospital where she was a Chemical Dependency Specialist. This is where she gained additional insight for her Master's thesis: Using Ayurveda and Yoga to Treat Addiction.  Her undergraduate studies  was in Psychology.
 

Jeff Percacciante, CYT 900
Co-Director of Driftwood Yoga School 200hr Teacher Training

Trainings:
From Advanced to Master: 200hr Teacher Training with Raghunath and Sondra Loring
Bringing it Together: 500hr Teacher Training with Sondra Loring
From Advanced to Master: 500hr Teacher Training with Raghunath and Sondra Loring
Learning to See with Ame Wren
100hr Continuing Education Series with Ame Wren, Kevin Courtney, Zach Dacuk
 

Laura Harrison is the founder of the Natural Yoga Method; yogini, (raw) vegan chef, artist, dancer, poet, writer, holistic life coach, nature-lover and free-spirit. She is the director of Enlighten Yoga + Community Center in Amsterdam NY.  She lives a love-centered life and empowers her students to live consciously as the ultimate yoga practice. She invites them to use mindfulness to tune in to the heart, body and conscience as the only guide they truly need to become free and to live their fullest potential everyday. 

She also specializes in yoga practices designed to serve specific medical needs, such as disc problems, back pain, PTSD, eating disorders, fibromyalgia and lupus. She teaches people to understand their experience, as everything is energy, and enabling then to balance their energy to find real harmony- building self-respect and love and alleviating the effects of body dysmorphia and self-consciousness. 

Casey Shields
Casey's journey began along the south shore of Long Island. Whether it was running the Long Beach boardwalk, boarding in the surf, or meditating and practicing yoga in the sand, a deep connection formed with the waves. The rhythmic teachings of the ocean allowed for the perfect backdrop to quiet reflection of Self. Through this harmonious kinship with the salt and sand, Casey has journeyed farther to unite mind, body, and spirit with our great mother.
Through her introduction to Global Tea Hut she discovered that the marriage of water and leaf had a profound effect on her routine. The incorporation of tea to her mediation practice has truly centered her. Additionally, she pulls inspiration and influence from the writings and lessons of Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Saul David Rave, as well as Wude & The Global Tea Hut Family. 
It has been through the incorporation of tea into her daily meditation that Casey has found her truest self. 
The concordance of the leaf and the feminine divine is one of great importance and Casey strives to help all individuals find a connection with feminine intuition and to follow their true path.
 

Jeanne Licurse is the founder of Abeille Consultant’s inc., a non-profit company devoted to teaching yoga, mindfulness and natural gourmet culinary classes in schools in NY and CT. As a Montessori teacher she recognized and valued the intelligent conversation, the nurturing environment and the remarkable sense of well being that yoga provides. In 2009 she completed her 200-hour YATT at Saraswati’s in Norwalk, CT. Jeanne completed her Yoga in the Schools  TT at Kripalu and is presently studying for her 500 hour YTT at Kripalu.  Her new company, Yogatelier specializes in creating the perfect natural gourmet getaway in a beautiful French country farmhouse 2.5 hours north of NYC. Custom themes and health and wellness nourish your zen-party spirit as you un-plug in the beauty of this magical, mountain landscape. 


 

Dana Leonard is a self-taught hoop dancer from Cooperstown, NY. She began practicing hoop 4 years ago as an outlet for creative expression & movement. Dana performs with fire hoops, multiple hoops and has taught classes to students of all ages.    


 

Johanna Beekman is a multi-genre recording artist, songstress, and kirtan leader who is  loved for her rich, soulful voice, her radiant spirit, and her evocative, inspiring songs and devotional chants that tap deep into the collective soul. She is equally comfortable performing sacred kirtan music for yoga festivals and classes, rhythmic world-beat grooves for dancers, and soulful ballads for concert audiences. Johanna’s music is central to movement-meditation-based RhythmAsana workshops and her own unique Lullaby Yoga classes.

Tomek Regulski is a composer, sitarist and meditation teacher. A senior student of Acharya Roop Verma, he teaches monthly Sitar classes at Ananda Ashram. He also plays regularly for yoga and meditation classes and has performed on stage with many leading Kirtan artists. Music composed by Tomek has been performed throughout the United States as well as in Europe and in Mexico.

She has been practicing various forms of yoga and meditations for 50 years. Practicing and teaching Raja Yoga with the Brahma Kumaris for 32 years. 
    Her background starts in the field of Education, with a BAE from the University of Florida. She taught in the Memphis City Schools, Tennessee, USA, from 1967-1970, and collaborated on writing the Social Studies Curriculum for Memphis City Schools. From 1970- 1971, she taught in Holly Hill, Florida. 
    From 1971-1975, Dorothy entered the world of Radio, as an account executive, where she excelled at the top of her field. But soon after her financial success she realized that money was not the answer; quitting her job, she ventured off to Israel, to find God and the meaning of life.
    Disillusioned, Dorothy ventured back to USA and became a business entrepreneur in retail from 1979-2002 in the lucrative business of blue jeans. 
    Still searching for truth, she stumbled to the doorstep of the Brahma Kumaris, in Tampa, Florida in 1986. She soon assumed responsibility of directing the affairs of the Brahma Kumaris center locally, overseeing the opening and functioning of the Brahma Kumaris first Spiritual Museum, outside India and she continued conducting her business. 

    In 1999, Dorothy was invited to take responsibility of Director, Programs by Brahma Kumaris at their first retreat centre in the US, known as Peace Village Retreat Center, located in the Catskill Mountains (2 hours drive from New York City). She has facilitated retreats for thousands that are seeking self development and improving the quality of their lives; she also acts as one of the main spiritual resources for Peace Village. She also travels nationally and internationally representing the Brahma Kumaris. She is a Board Member of the Brahma Kumaris USA Board and the Society of Universal Seared Music. 
     Dorothy has a unique way of balancing her spirituality and yet maintaining lightness with a touch of humor. 
 

Veronica Perretti is a yoga teacher, a spiritual business coach, and a dōTERRA wellness advocate. She is a believer in the power of a spiritual practice and essential oils, therefore she encourages her students to utilize both in their daily lives. With a background in business and management, it is her mission to inspire yoga teachers to take an unapologetic approach to making money while transforming people's lives. Veronica has been teaching Vinyasa yoga in New York City since 2008 and more recently began teaching Kundalini Yoga & Meditation. You can find her teaching at YogaWorks and learn more about her signature online course for yoga teachers on her web site: VeronicaPerretti.com.
 

Edmond was born on the sunny Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago and immigrated to New York at age 15. He began his Yoga career after learning the Transcendental Meditation technique in 1978 and has been a regular meditator since.  He graduated from Maharishi School of Management (formerly known as Maharishi International University) in 1987 with a BA in Computer Science, and a year of advanced study on the Student Purusha program, which provided additional research and deeper experiences of consciousness.  After studying Hatha Yoga with Yogi Hari for a year, he moved to the city of Binghamton in upstate NY where he has been teaching a unique blend of yoga that includes Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation and Satsang since 1992.  Edmond co-owns the Vishnu’s Couch Yoga Studio in Binghamton NY.  His personal goal has been to bring enlightenment to the Southern Tier by enlivening the unified field of consciousness through his programs and classes.

Contact information:  e_cotton@yahoo.com  or 607.232.6410 

Website:  Vishnu's Couch Yoga Studio

AmericanReal podcast: Roger L Brooks interviews Edmond Cotton.  

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