Erika, who has been practicing yoga for 18 years, uses a variety of styles which integrate her experience of Iyengar, Astanga, Yin/Yang, Kundalini and Restorative yoga, emphasizing awareness of mind, body and breath whilst focusing on correct alignment. Erika believes that, while yoga does make our bodies stronger and more flexible, yoga's greatest gifts lie in helping us to heal on the inside by helping our minds to become more peaceful and by opening our hearts to grace.
Paul Grilley has been teaching Yoga since 1980 and his special interest is the teaching of anatomy. He practices yoga postures in the style of Paulie Zink and patterns his philosophy on the writings and researches of Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama —a yogi and scientist from Tokyo, Japan. This philosophy integrates the Taoist meridian and acupuncture theories of China with the yogic and tantric theories of India.
Paul's interest in yoga was sparked by reading the "Autobiography of a Yogi" in summer 1979. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1982 where he studied kinesiology at UCLA and taught hatha yoga until 1994. Paul was awarded an Honorary Ph.D. from the California Institute for Human Science for his efforts to clarify the latest theories on fascia and its relevance to the practice of hatha yoga.
200-hour teachers training by Zeynep Aksoy and other CY teachers. The intensive training included various Hatha Yoga poses, pranayama techniques, teaching methods, yoga pilosophy, anatomy and chakras.
Michael Saunders has studied Yoga at the Kavailydharma Institute in Bombay and Lonavla, India. He has taught in London for 30 years, as well as being a guest teacher at Canyon Ranch, Tucson, USA. He has regularly conducted classes privately and with groups in Munich, Kitzbuel, Cannes, Crete, Istanbul, Nantucket, Colorado, and Sri Lanka.
Jason Crandell was recently named one of the next generation of teachers shaping yoga's future by Yoga Journal for his skillful, unique approach to vinyasa yoga. Jason's steady pace, creative sequencing, and attention to detail encourage students to move slowly, deeply, and mindfully into their bodies.
Desiree Rumbaugh is an internationally recognized yoga teacher with unquenchable enthusiasm for life, love and healing. She blends playful humor with an authentic inquiry into the nature of being to help her students discover their own power, courage and beauty.With longtime studies in Iyengar and Anusara yoga, she brings 25 years of experience, experimentation and creativity to her ever-evolving, outside-of-the-box style of teaching.
Chris Chavez first began the practice of Iyengar Yoga in Ireland, where he was touring as a professional musician in the mid 1990’s. While traversing the globe playing music and studying various other methods of yoga, Chris imparted the knowledge and the gift of yoga upon everyone he met. In 2001, Chris landed in Los Angeles, California, where he submerged himself into the practice and study of yoga and began to teach and build community.Certified as an Anusara Instructor between 2006 and 2012, Chris is known for his extensive studies, his vast working knowledge of the mind and body, and his great personable demeanor.
Laura began practicing yoga in 1985 and went on to develop a practice with Iyengar-trained teacher Judith Hirt in San Francisco. She studied Astanga Vinyasa yoga, completing teacher training with the late Larry Schultz, an early pioneer of Ashtanga-based "power" yoga in the U.S. She later began studying Pilates with Amit Younger of Pilates Performance at the Royal Academy of Dance. She also has a certificate in Sport Yoga™ from the National Exercise and Sport Trainers Association (USA) and has completed Christine Felstead's specialized Yoga for Runners™ Teacher Training Certification Programme.
She has done workshops with masters such as Shiva Rea, Dharma Mittra, David Swenson, Kausthaub Desikachar, Tias Little, Pattabhi Jois, Jason Crandell and Cyndi Lee.
An avid runner since the 1980s, she has completed 8 marathons.
Mimi began her yogic journey at 12 years old in Baton Rouge Louisiana. A ballet dancer since age 4, Mimi began exploring yoga in her teens then reconnected with it after moving to DC in her 20s. Mimi is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (2003) and received her yoga certification from the Ashtanga Yoga Center under her teacher David Ingalls in addition she is also received Rocket Vinyasa Yoga under David Kyle, Its Yoga Puerto Rico. Mimi believes in encouraging and helping students push past their existing barriers to explore new physical paths. Mimi teaches mind body fitness full time and trains privates/semi-private clients in yoga, martial arts and Budokon.
David Swenson began practicing yoga in 1969 at the age of 13. David started Ashtanga in 1973 and he started working with Pattabis Jois during his first US visit. He made his first trip to Mysore in 1977 and began working directly with the master. Today, David Swenson is recognised as one of the world's foremost practitioners and instructors in Ashtanga yoga.
Claire Missingham is a leading teacher of vinyasa flow yoga, she is known for her passionate, dynamic and inspirational style of teaching yoga. Her classes integrate deep asana with application of alignment, meditation, intention and prayer to enable us to create confidence, deep awareness and passion. Clarie runs a vinyasa flow teacher program in London.
The "Magic Ten" warm-up, kriya, pranayama, asana, relaxation, and yoga massage--all under the guidance of two pioneers of yoga in the world today.
Sharon is best known for creating, along with David Life, the Jivamukti Yoga Method—a path to A student of Brahmananda Sarasvati, Swami Nirmalananda, and K. Pattabhi Jois, she is a pioneer in teaching yoga as spiritual activism and is credited for making yoga cool and hip—relating ancient teachings of yoga to the modern world
We delvde into the source of how we give and receive love: through our words, bodies, thoughts, and actions. Through a soft yet grounded vinyasa flow sequence focusing on backbends, forward folds, shoulder openers and hip openers, we addressed the issues of the fourth chakra and how they play into our realm of loving and being loved.
Leslie Kaminoff shared teaching techniques he's developed over the past 34 years of working therapeutically with groups and individuals. We explored verbal cuing of breath-centered alignment adjustments; advanced techniques for breath release; principles of individual modification, adaptation, and sequencing; and shifting teaching language from a form-oriented to a function-oriented foundation.
Jivamukti Yoga class with focus on bird poses. Eagle, Peacock, Crow (or Crane), and Pigeon, was practiced. We also saw how assuming the vibrational essence of another being helps our own awareness grow.
Bo Forbes is a yoga teacher, integrative yoga therapist, and clinical psychologist with over 22 years of clinical experience in mind-body healing. She has distilled her passion into the development of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics, a system which uses the most therapeutic tools of the yoga and mindfulness traditions to help people with general wellness and stress resilience, as well as mind-body issues such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, grief, chronic pain, immune-related disorders, and performance-related issues in athletes