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.
Ashley Turner is a beloved yoga-meditation instructor, licensed psychotherapist and writer.
She is the founder of Yoga Psychology an innovative training program for teachers and dedicated students fusing yoga, depth psychology, mindfulness and neuroscience. She is the co-founder of Urban Priestess, a modern-day mystery school for women, creator of 9 best-selling yoga dvds and co-author of Aroma Yoga.
Ashley has graced such lists as MindBodyGreen’s ‘100 Women in Wellness to Watch’, Sonima’s ‘100 Most Influential Yoga Teachers in the US’ and DETAILS magazine 'Top 6 Trainers’.
Known for her charisma, depth and accessibility, Ashley is a sought after speaker, facilitator and presenter. She works with therapy and coaching clients worldwide via Skype and leads transformative events to power points around the globe. Ashley lives by the ocean in Marina del Rey, CA. www.AshleyTurner.co
From living in a group home for at-risk youth to becoming known as yoga’s modern
day ambassador to the West, hiphop artist, MC YOGI is on a mission to introduce
yoga to large, mainstream audiences. His latest album, RITUAL MYSTICAL (feat East
Forest), made history by going #1 on the Electronic charts — Aug. 2016. In 2015,
his ONLY LOVE IS REAL album debuted #12 Billboard Heatseekers + #24 iTunes
Hiphop — featuring guest performances from Matisyahu, Trevor Hall, and Dominic
In September 2017, MC YOGI released his first book “Spiritual Graffiti” with
HarperOne. In 2011, MC YOGI and his wife Amanda were named ambassadors
by Michelle Obama for her “Lets Move” initiative and have taught yoga at the White
House five times since. Additionally, they have performed and taught yoga
at Stanford University, The Smithsonian, San Francisco Asian Art Museum,
and Dallas Asian Art Museum.
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 excavator, beyond birth and death. He is prana hunter, animal friendly, transcendence in training, born to give - to live today; full contact fighter, devours durians, loves to chant, likes a challenge, servant of the servants, harmonium hugger, conscious of Krishna.
Raghunath born Ray Cappo was a Lower East Side hardcore-punk singer songwriter icon, touring the globe in his teens. In a decadent music scene infested with hard drugs, negativity and intoxication he was an anomaly and a light propounding 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 Buddhist Sutras, The Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. He started practicing yoga in NYC in 1987 with the esteemed Sri Dharma Mittra 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 deeper into the lifestyle and spirituality of India. He became a celibate monk at a Krishna Bhakti Ashram for 6 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 diksha or the sacred thread, for his study. Now, 23 years later, he's an accomplished yogi in many styles, and married with five children. He leads retreats, workshops and yoga teacher trainings around the world. He is an expert at taking the esoteric yoga philosophy and making it understandable and practical for the contemporary world.
David Nichtern is a senior meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. David has been the Director of Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont (USA), Director of Buddhist Studies and Practice at OM Yoga Center, and Director of Expansion for Shambhala Training Int’l.
He teaches meditation workshops and teacher training programs online and around the world. His book “Awakening From The Daydream: The Wheel of Life” was released by Wisdom Publications in October 2016. David is also an Emmy winning, Grammy nominated composer, guitarist and producer.
Amanda Giacomini has dedicated her life to uplifting people and creating more beauty
in the world through yoga and art. From teaching yoga at the White House to
presenting at some of the biggest yoga festivals, conferences and Asian Art museums
in the world, Amanda infuses the ancient teachings with creativity and joy. Her journey
in yoga began in 1994, and she continues to study with many great Indian and Western
masters. To learn more, visit http://10000buddhas.com
Wah! is a legend in the yoga world, creating high energy concerts of Sanskrit mantras using electronic keyboards, drums and bass. If you’ve taken a yoga class in the last five years, you have no doubt heard her music. Wah! has been on the leading edge of developing yoga music, cultivating her sound and reinventing the traditional kirtan of India. In 2011 iTunes featured her with a compilation titled "Greatest Yoga Music Ever." www.wahmusic.com
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
Nina Rao learned traditional chants (bhajans) from her grandfather in a village in south India when she nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. Her childhood was spent living in and moving between many countries around the world and when she settled in New York her working life began in the banking world, switched to organizing and leading photographic wildlife safaris in Africa and India, and now for many years, is Krishna Das' business manager and assistant.
Nina tours with Krishna Das, playing cymbals and singing with him, and was honored in 2013 to accompany him at the Grammy Awards webcast performance. In 2007, she recorded the track 'Nina Chalisa' on Krishna Das' CD "Flow of Grace - Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa". In January 2013, she released her debut album, "Antarayaami - Knower of All Hearts". The double CD includes devotional kirtan, bhajan, and a variety of Hanuman Chalisa melodies including a duet with Krishna Das. Nina regularly leads kirtan, chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa, and sings for yoga classes in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY and beyond.
Keli Lalita dasi ERYT-500,
Director of Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Mandali in Saratoga Springs, NY. Owner of Mantralogy- A Record Label that brings sacred music to the world, Keli also teaches yoga philosophy, Yin and Vinyasa Flow in the Hudson Valley and Beyond.
Garth Stevenson is a Brooklyn-based film composer and double bassist. Raised in the mountains of Western Canada, nature became his primary inspiration and the common thread between his life and music. In the past four years, Garth has released two full-length solo albums, informed by his experiences carrying his 150-year-old double bass to the woods, the beach, and the desert. His most recent and critically acclaimed release, Flying, is a seventy-five minute homage to a recent life-changing trip to Antarctica. Of Flying, iTunes praises, “Garth Stevenson joins the likes of Brian Eno and Sigur Rós as a practitioner of this ethereal yet accessible genre… ‘The Southern Sea’ offers the aural equivalent of effortlessly swimming underwater without ever needing to come up for air.” Flying was recently featured on WNYC’s New Sounds radio program along with Ben Frost and Yo-Yo Ma and was featured on the main page of iTunes.
Stevenson introduced his music to the yoga community at the Wanderlust Festival in 2009 where he improvised during classes and led large groups of hikers into the mountains to perform his solo music. He has performed at Wanderlust every year and partnered with the festival for the release of Flying. He collaborates regularly with teacher Elena Brower at Virayoga, her studio in New York. Together they have led classes at Wanderlust, MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum, Mexico and at the world’s largest yoga class in Central Park for 13 000 people and for France’s largest yoga gathering in history for over 3000 people in front of the Eiffel Tower. His latest album, Flying, is designed to follow the arc of a yoga class is being used by teachers all over the world. Flying was featured in Yoga Journal, Origin Magazine, Yoganonymous, and Flow Yoga Magazine. His song Hourglass was recently featured in a video produced by lululemon. He has also collaborated with Schuyler Grant, Amy Ippoliti, Kia Miller, Tommy Rosen, Kelly Blaser, Kate Greer, Richmond Dickson, Sianna Sherman, Stacey Rosenberg, Kenny Graham, Tara Glazier, Kevin Courtney.
Prajna Vieira is the lead singer of the Mukti Kirtan Ensemble and is also known for her work with Jai Uttal and other artists. She was introduced to kirtan as a young child when her father returned from a spiritual journey in India and began taking her to a local satsang. She has dedicated her life to studying, practicing and sharing traditional yoga practices and Bhakti arts. Prajna lives in the SF Bay Area, where she teaches yoga asana, yogic philosophy, and harmonium.
THIS. IS. HÄANA.
Los Angeles-based sound artist HÄANA has been featured in Vogue, and special appearances include opening for The Rolling Stones with Kanye West, performing for Michael Jordan’s wedding, and for President Obama’s Inaugural Ball. Her original music utilizes cutting edge electronic sounds, and she counts Massive Attack, Björk, and Trentemøller as influences in crafting her production. The resulting sonic palate takes listeners on a journey whose destination is a crossroads between classical and contemporary, organic & man-made, familiar and mysterious. HÄANA has shared the stage with numerous musical giants (Bassnectar, MOBY, The National, EOTO) & appears on releases by Irma Thomas, Beats Antique, Random Rab, An-Ten-Nae, Desert Dwellers, Dimond Saints, among others.
“Sonic stardust.” (Vogue) "Rather breathtaking." (Clash) “Luminous frequencies & violin instrumentation tied with foreign Icelandic lyrical messages are found in her voice...” (Afro Monk) "It has the ability to seep into your soul in ways only orchestral & electronic music can.” (Infectious Magazine) “Majestic” (Nothing But Hope & Passion)
HÄANA is also deep in the yoga/music/meditation scene, and performs her original orchestral and intuitive scores at numerous yoga festivals and studios around the world, including US and Canadian Wanderlust Festivals, collaborating with lauded teachers Elena Brower, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Eoin Finn, Aarona Ganesan, Jill Knouse, and many others. She facilitates meditation experiences with her project DEEPSØNØS.
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
Practicing Yoga since 1977
Teaching yoga since 1990
Founder and owner of the Metta Center and Spencer Yoga Centers in Central Mass, 1999-2012. Retreat leader in Belize, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and domestically since 2006.
Director and Lead Teacher of Yoga Vidya, a Yoga Alliance registered yoga school at the 200 and 300 hour level, and also a CE provider.
Internationally Certified Yoga Therapist with private practice since 2003.
Philosophy: Practice is the greatest wellspring of a yoga based lifestyle that promotes well being, health and happiness. She brings the Old School into the NOW.
Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price make up the indie folk band Lobo Marino. The band has been touring nationally for six years and has recorded seven records. Their music carries the message of humanity’s need to find balance with native. Mystically political and whole heartily grassroots this DIY band finds themselves playing on large festival stages as well as at the backyard fire pits of intentional communities across the country. In their home town of Richmond,Virginia, they founded their own community space called “Earth Folk Collective” where they open the space for gatherings and donation based workshops on all types of topics of wellness and sustainability. They also are the founders of Fonticello Food Forest, a public orchard intended for community gleaning
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.
Erica Garcia is becoming a celebrated Latina Powerhouse yoga figure. Hailing from the Bronx, NY and with a yoga history back over 28 years, she is the owner of Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness, the Founder, Director of Teaching training of the A.L.M.A Institute in Yonkers, NY and the Founder, President of Ceiba Soul Foundation which is a non-profit organization hosting yoga and wellness mission trips for disadvantaged communities local and abroad. Ceiba Soul's first mission trip is helping the people of Puerto Rico in February 2019. She has been named by NY Yoga+Life magazine as one of their favored “Inspirational Teachers in NY,” as well as featured in Mantra Magazine. As a 9/11 survivor, she learned to tap in the rawness, reality, beauty and zest for life and has a way to breathe that prank and inspiration back in to everything she does. She teaches from the heart with skill, precision, in depth knowledge of the yoga sutra, mindfulness and love for musicality. Erica is currently working on her first book and is also a YACEP Yoga Alliance continuing education provide, holistic health coach and doTERRA Leader. When not teaching in her studio, leading workshops or 200 hours teacher trainings in the NY/NJ Tri-State area, you can find Erica leading classes in yoga events and festivals such as a featured presenter at NYC’s first SoulFEST NYC.
Meg is known for her empowering and creative Vinyasa yoga classes. Her teaching style is physical, technical, safe and intelligent. A heart of Bhakti yoga is interwoven through it all, making her classes approachable and lighthearted, without lacking depth. In her classes, Meg will encourage you to move past the physical practice into other aspects of yoga; the breath, harnessing of the senses, shifting perception, detaching from the busy mind and connecting with your Divine within.
Meg’s hope is that her students take a deeper look into their practices past the mental noise that crowds our minds in this busy world. While cultivating physical energy and mental clarity, her intention is to guide her students into a balanced center in presence. Meg reminds students of the tools they inherently 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. Meg lives outside of Albany, NY with her two beautiful children and husband, Dustin. She teaches at JAI, right outside of Albany, NY. One of her greatest joys is teaching yoga and directing JAI’s 200-hour teacher training, Terra Firma. Meg enjoys practicing and studying yoga, good healthy food, enjoying nature, and most of all, her time with her family. Meg loves making connections and building community in this wonderful world of yoga.
Cindy Beers, founder of Red Head Yoga, creates a place for people of all ages and body types to practice yoga and meditation in a safe, inviting, and authentic environment. Students experience a class which is tailored to the students’ ability, sprinkled with compassion and a touch of laughter that leaves them feeling content and at peace. Cindy’s teachings are informed from her extensive training and life experiences. She spent 18 years in the US Armed Forces and therefore has a special understanding for teaching yoga to veterans, teens, and adults living with anxiety and trauma. Cindy’s work with anxiety culminated in her recently published books, “Mindful Yoga for Teen Anxiety” and “Mindful Yoga for Adult Anxiety.”
After having experienced a near death episode, Cindy views life as a gift and unabashedly lives it with zest, love and quirkiness.
Cindy, 500 E-RYT is a member of Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT). She received her training with Mary Irby of White Crow Yoga who was trained by Thiramoolar's Therapeutic Ashtanga Yoga in India. She is also trained in: Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans, Healing Trauma Through Yoga, Aqua Yoga, Prison Yoga, Yoga and Meditation for Military Sexual Trauma, Sexual Trauma, Y12SR, Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Thai Yoga, Yin Yoga, Biomechanics, Somatics, Egoscue, Chakras, Ayurveda, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Reiki Master, and Body Rolling. She is also an expert on different types of meditations such as Yoga Nidra, Mindfulness, I Am, Vipassana, Body Image, and Third Eye. Cindy practices Transcendental Meditation daily. Her university degrees include a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership and Professional Communications and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Philosophy from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. www.RedHeadYoga.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".
I fell in love with Yoga after my very first class with Heidi Ruehlmann somewhere around 1998 and am blessed to be working with her all these years later at the Mountain Breeze Yoga studio. I received my teaching certification in 2008 from The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute with Beryl Bender Birch.
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.
Meredith’s mission is to help people to feel better in their bodies! She began her yoga teacher training in 2009, after yoga helped her to heal from anxiety stemming from her youngest child’s health crises. She now uses yoga, mindfulness, mindset and lifestyle upgrades to manage her own health challenges. Meredith is also a certified Yoga Tune Up® teacher, trained by Jill Miller in 2015. This innovative modality combines classical yoga with corrective exercises, breath work, conscious awareness, and self-massage with Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls. In 2017, she became a Neurokinetic® Therapist, which she uses in private sessions to help people improve musculoskeletal function and get out of pain. In addition to teaching yoga, Meredith works as a Certified Lifestyle Design Coach, specializing in helping women with autoimmune conditions and chronic pain to vibrantly.
Mindra Sahadeo, a master musician and singer is naturally blessed with the special ability to play the harmonium, dholak and tabla from childhood. He thrived amongst amazing Classical Indian Musicians and Singers. As a young man, he studied Indian Classical Music under the direct tutelage of Masters like Pandit Haricharan Verma, Dr. Sunil Kumar Sathpathy, Sri Upendramohan Patnaik, Pandit Govind Prashad Chakraborthy and Pandit Pooran Maharaj Ji.
Mindra began performing at Temples, Cultural Programmes and Events, throughout Guyana and abroad, as a child and continues to do so in New York City, where he currently resides.
Music is his vocation, his love affair!
Mindra repairs all types of harmoniums, especially scale changers.
MADHURA, is his brand harmonium, which he handcrafts and customizes to suit the voice/tone of the singer/player. He also designs the BHAKTI Range which features the Portable, Standing, Folding and Bhakti Baby Harmonium.
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
Man Hue Duong was a toddler when her family escaped from the Fall of Saigon in 1978. After crossing the South China Sea to Malaysia, she nearly died of a fever in a refugee camp; two years later, her family immigrated to the U.S. and began a new life in Utica, NY.
Man graduated with her AS in Fine Arts at Munson Williams Proctor Institute and continued to work her way through the University of New York at New Paltz, earning a BFA in ceramics and BS in art education and later, a Masters in art education from Queen’s College.
Man received her 200 hour yoga training at the acclaimed White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA. and has also trained at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA., Yoga Sanctuary in Las Vega, NV, and has recently returned from a month long yoga training in Bali with Noah Maze. She is currently completing her Labor and Postpartum Doula certification through CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association).
She has spent the last decade in Las Vegas, producing unique ceramic art and teaching art and yoga to children and adults of all ages. She has recently relocated back to central New York and is excited to continue sharing her passions in art, yoga, childbirth/family care, and the exploration of the human potential.
Formerly obese, Jeff became a dedicated seeker of yoga in 2009. Known for dynamic strength building, approaches to functional movement, and precise attention to alignment, his classes are loved for their authenticity, joy of movement, sense of humor and all inclusive environments. He is blessed with wonderful teachers, including Raghunath, Ame Wren, Alex Auder, and, most treasuredly, Sondra Loring. The winner of the 2016 American Heart Association Olivari Lifestyle Change Award, he derives great joy from inspiring the fire of change in teachers and students on and off the mat. He is the Director of Education at In Bloom Yoga in Utica, New York, and the lead trainer of 3 yearly teacher training programs, including a 200hr and 300hr Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training. He studies, teaches and leads retreats around the state and beyond.
DJ TAZ RASHID brings a high vibrational energy to any room instantly by mixing the beats and rhythms of Love, Ancient New World, House, Kirtan, Devotional, and all the cosmic sounds. His vision is to be a channel to cause the expansion of all those around by tapping into the creative wisdom of the body and allowing them to feel, let go and awaken.
Taz has been producing and part of creating mindful events globally over the last few years and as a musician, he plays guitar, keyboard, Native American Flute, didgeridoo and hand percussion. He takes these instruments and connects to the Divine and what comes through has the ability to move his crowd to connect to their Divine higher selves. Recently he has been performing and DJing at events such as Yoga Journal Conference, Wanderlust Festivals, Hanuman Fest, Arise Festival, Bhakti Fest, The Zen Cruise, Bali Spirit Fest, Global Mala, and many more high vibrational gatherings.
With his expertise in producing and playing music for yoga and meditation, Taz's mission is to help others to create inspiring music playlists in their classes through breath beat sequencing and other novel techniques that foster a sound healing classroom experience. Taz's yoga music workshops assists teachers to create the soundscape for their classes which enriches the yoga practice and also supports the instructor to develop their own unique sound. His workshops are designed to empower the participants to cultivate the yoga dj extraordinaire within themselves. For a Free Gift of music txt on your phone LOVEYOGA (one word) to the number 44222 or visithttp://bit.ly/1QiKmuZ
Charanpal Kaur, M.A. is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher, vocalist, and intuitive counselor. Her lioness nature and inspirational energy brings healing laughter and spontaneity to her classes. She teaches on two international online yoga communities; Kundalini Lounge (London, UK) and Kundalini Live (Monterrey, CA). Many know her from her viral youtube video, The Keep Up Spirit. She is a multi-instrumentalist with three mantra albums to date. Her last release, JALA, charted #3 on iTunes charts. Charanpal has a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology and thrives living in the redwoods of Santa Cruz, CA, with her husband, percussionist and producer, Ghansham Singh. The duo also create mantra, meditation, and dance music under the name AkalStars. For more information, visit www.CharanpalMusic.com.
Gina Benson, RYT, AADP Ayurvedic Practioner, AADP Chakra Healer
Gina Benson is a fulltime Yoga Instructor, Ayurvedic Holistic Health Counselor/Nutritionist, and Chakra Healer in New York City. She started a Yoga and Ayurvedic service called Yogaveda Health & Healing, after making the decision to dedicate her career path to her passion. Gina has made it her mission to spread the traditional knowledge of Yoga and Ayurveda to help others heal in a holistic way. Including ways to heal the body, soothe the mind, and enlighten the soul, Gina incorporates her studies and love into her work. Her vivacious presence, gentle heart, and strong faith make her the optimal healer and educator. After completing her 200hr TT with Gopi Kinnicutt in 2015, she searched for other ways to broaden her knowledge of ancient practices. She branched out to learn more about Ayurveda and studied under Dr. Naina Marballi, completing her training in 2017. With her love of Yoga and Ayurveda (Yogaveda), Gina believes she can change the lives of many by guiding them to a state of balance and peaceful harmony through the two complimentary practices.
Johnny is a RYT-500 advanced certified yoga and meditation teacher and has been a devoted yogi for over 10 years. Trained in diverse healing modalities, his energy practices and multi-instrumental sound healing invoke powerful experiences for his students. A mixture of modern science, ancient wisdom, and raw love, Johnny is a living example of the internal power we each possess for positive change and the ability to fulfill one’s dreams and dharma. He is an active contributor to the #1 meditation app Insight Timer, inspiring thousands of meditations worldwide with his healing music. His first musical meditation release, The Meditation EP, was featured as a teacher’s resource on Elena Brower’s TEACH.YOGA for its unique blend of rhythms influenced by neurological principles. Johnny has taught sound healing for Lululemon, NY Yoga Magazine, The Rubin Museum, and educational institutions including Ramapo College and SUNY New Paltz. Johnny currently teaches workshops and immersions in New Jersey and New York. His sound healing music (free downloads), mix tapes to support asana practice, and meditation resources are available at JohnnyScifo.com.
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 efficient 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 movement 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 and more Qigong info is available at www.albanycomplementaryhealth.com or Email: email@example.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, and is a certified corporate wellness and
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.
I have been a Spirit Seeker for most of my life. I will spare you all the details of my life journey but will share with you how I came to commune with the stars.
After 3 years of healing and learning with the sacred plant she let me go and guided me to the stars, she took me outside on a cold December night and pointed my eyes to the night sky. I had no relationship to the stars and constellations at the time. I just know on that night I received a lot of information from the Orion Constellation. I did my research for the next few days and realized the information given to me was true and it was ancient, ok so now at this point I was kinda freaking out. I went out and bought a telescope so I can further look into the night sky. I spend countless cold nights on my NYC rooftop observing the brighter objects, planets and moon. I later moved into a darker sky site and started taking astrophotos and developed a love for the ancient fire side stories of the cosmos.
It wasn't until my life started shifting again that I tried to figure out what's happening by looking at the planets and constellations they were transiting. I found myself confused when the astrology websites gave forecast that didn't match what I was observing with my telescope. I was even more shocked when I started asking my astrologer friends if they also saw this discrepancy through their telescopes. None of them owned a telescope or have ever looked through one.
There was a time when Astrology and Astronomy was one science, one healing art of self realization and akashic wisdom. What happened? This is now my journey, to restore this missing link between us and the stars.
Bringing the stars to my people and my people to the stars.
Albany New York native Katie Collins journey of yoga began when she volunteered at one of the very first yoga festivals ever created in Vermont. It was here that she was called to witness the impact of cultivating connections with like-minded people, learning about body awareness, intuition and living yoga, not just performing. Katie’s RN degree and focus on "safer" yoga has allowed her to work privately with many bodies, injuries, division one and professional athletes. She now works in Integrative Medicine marrying these two passions.Katie also has a deep connection to water and teaches her SUP liquid yoga across the country and has her own home floating studio in Saratoga Springs.
Over the last few years Katie has been traveling extensively- first to India with one of her beloved teachers realizing many things but most of all how yoga can truly change and, ultimately save your life. Just a few short months after India Katie found herself in an ICU after being diagnosed with a serious injury that almost took her life. Katie now credits the path of yoga for saving her, teaching her intuition and body awareness. For the past two years Katie has studied many different forms of meditation to help heal her own body and post traumatic stresses that come with facing mortality.
Today Katie remains humble of this gift and is learning how to share with others to help them on their own path as well.
Katie is ecstatic to be joining the Ahimsa family for third year. Join her in class to learn more about your own body, its gifts and potential!
Teela grew up in a tiny river town in the driftless region of Northeast Iowa, though she's spent most of the last ten years in Ecuador. Six years ago, a bout of Bell's Palsy left half of her face temporarily paralyzed. During this experience, Teela heard the voice of her body for the first time and was overcome with a felt sense of her own animal wildness. Suddenly, she had access to an infinite amount of wisdom that had been available in her body her entire life. From that point on she's been guiding others toward a greater sense of embodiment and communion with the voice on their own innate, wild wisdom through yoga, Wild(her)ness coaching, Reiki, international retreats, and "soul-shaking" immersion experiences.
Teela's main objective is to welcome her students back into their own skin. She teaches body awareness, but more than that, she teaches body love and loving the present moment, just as it is. Through a blend of vinyasa-flow yoga and trauma-releasing techniques, her instruction allows students an opportunity to clear a space inside of themselves big enough for their truth to bloom into. Her students leave class feeling more whole, alive, free, and worthy of the space they take up.
She has a background in trauma-focused psychology, crisis counseling, and is a +500 Yoga Instructor with more than ten years of yoga experience. She's the founder of Wild(her)ness, a movement connecting as many women as possible with their own wild roots.
Together, she and her partner James create an immersive, body-awakening experience, sure to drum up some divine inner wisdom from the long-muted depths.
James fell in love with the drum as a child. He played professionally and toured nationally for eight years before leaving the music scene to travel the world and experience new cultures. Upon his return, he went headlong into the business world, climbing his way up the corporate ladder to Vice President of a prominent Chicago-based technology company. And that’s when everything changed.
He realized he had achieved his dreams and felt completely unfulfilled. Worse, he felt numb to the world and to himself. After a series of jarring experiences, James left the corporate world and looked inward. His journey eventually took him to South America, where his passions were rekindled and he encountered the ancient traditions of shamanic drumming and sonic healing. At last, the many facets of his life came together and he answered the call.
After unwittingly using the drum as a form of self-healing for 26 years, James founded Resonada and began working with sound in a new way. The primary intention he holds in his work is to reconnect himself and others with something long forgotten and essential - the primal self.
Colleen is ) former profession)l competitive bodybuilder with )n extensive b)ckground in fitness. An AFAA certified person)l tr)iner )nd group fitness instructor, Colleen h)s continuously sought out the opportunity to sh)re her p)ssion for fitness with others. In 2013, the physic)l stress of ye)rs in the gym brought Colleen to seek out something to he)l her body )nd reg)in some flexibility )nd mobility lost through ye)rs of he)vy weight tr)ining. It w)s )t th)t point th)t she discovered yog) )nd immedi)tely fell in love with it. The physic)lity of the pr)ctice took ) b)ckse)t to the spiritu)lity )nd ment)l b)l)nce th)t it uncovered
within her )nd her p)ssion grew. She knew th)t she h)d to introduce others to )ll of the benefits of yog), so in 2015 she took her 200 hour TT so th)t she might sh)re th)t p)ssion with others. She is currently in the process of obt)ining her 300 hour )dv)nced te)cher tr)ining )nd focusing her studies on yog) for )nxiety )nd depression; )s well )s using yog) )s ) tool for he)ling. Colleen just completed her Yin Yog) tr)ining )nd pl)ns on )dding th)t to the wide v)riety of cl)sses th)t she te)ches )t In Bloom Yog) in Utic), NY, which )lso include: viny)s) yog), )eri)l yog), )nd Y12SR (the yog) of 12 step recovery).
Colleen speci)lizes in yog) for empowerment )nd strength )nd tr)nsl)ting those pr)ctices off the m)t for use in re)l life.
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
Jyoti (Jody Kessler) has been practicing yoga for over 35 years, and she is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. She is also a performing songwriter and recording artist, a leader of devotional and ecstatic chant, and an ordained Interfaith Minister. A former schoolteacher, she holds a Master’s Degree in Education. Jyoti has led transformational workshops in spirituality and music at retreat centers and faith communities, and has been on faculty at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. She regularly leads Kirtan and global ecstatic chant with her band, ONE LOVE.
Jyoti is a 500-hour certified teacher and a member of the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association. She is also a certified instructor of Let Your Yoga Dance ® , a chakra-based fusion of yoga and dance.
In her classes, Jyoti weaves together her gifts as a motivational speaker, teacher, troubadour, and yogini to create a truly unique and inspiring body/mind/spirit experience.
Joe Smellow is a multi-instrumentalist and master of improvisational music. A longtime member of the kirtan band One Love, he also offers inspiring music to support yoga and dance.
Corinne Gervai- Founder and Director of Euphoria Yoga in Woodstock New York has over eighteen years of teaching experience in New York City and Woodstock NY.
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 elements 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 in the heart of Woodstock. She is thrilled to bring her passion for Yoga to all that are interested through a dynamic and deep flowing, fun Vinyasa Yoga practice infused with yogic teachings and music, aimed to inspire you with the transformative power of yoga on your journey to the realization of your fullest potential.
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.
Kristen C. Blinne, Ph.D., is a certified meditation and yoga teacher and Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at SUNY Oneonta. She facilitates sound meditation sessions in the central New York region through Good Vibes of Oneonta.
Greg Hummel, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at SUNY Oneonta and has been radiating energy since 1981. He practices mindful meditation and running energy, engaging in workshops with queer spirit communities.
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.