David Moreno has taught at international conferences, festivals, universities, retreats, and teacher trainings programs worldwide. He has worked privately with clients in the fashion and entertainment industries, and has trained world-class athletes, including the coach of 2004/2008 Olympics U.S. Men’s Swim Team. David is a pioneer in the Men & Yoga movement and has taught retreats and workshops just for men for the passed 15 years. His articles and commentaries on yoga have been published in various yoga journals and periodicals, including LA Yoga Magazine, Yoga International, and Yoga: Body & Spirit and his dance criticism and dance reviews are featured on Culturevulture.net. He has served as a Product Advisor and Community Representative for Canadian based, Lululemon Athletica, and a certified Pilates instructor.
David began practicing yoga in the late 70's learning the Iyengar and Ashtanga styles of yoga before studying the Anusara and Bihar methods. He continues his studies in Ayurveda and Tantra, delving deeper into the primordial tantric roots of the yogic tradition. David is known for his keen sense of humor and timing, making classes both playful and informative. When not traveling, David teaches in the San Francisco Bay
DR. MARK SCHILLINGER
Dr. Mark Schillinger, DC is a physician, musician, educator and expert in personal growth. His work with males emphasizes the innate biological wisdom and spiritual strength of masculinity.
In 1999 he synthesized thirty years of studying Yoga, quantum physics and transpersonal psychology into the RIGHT Way®, an integral method of spiritual development that guides people to discover their authentic enlightened philosophy and transform it into positive beliefs and productive behaviors.
He is the founder of the non – profit, Young Men's Ultimate Weekend, a non-religious, modern rites of passage initiation for young men ages 13 – 20. He is the creator of the RIGHT Man Weekend™, which shows men how to fulfill their true potential, and the Ultimate Mentor Training, which teaches men how to mentor young men to be respectful and resourceful. He is the co- leader of The RIGHT Team, a bimonthly gathering of men whose purpose is to help men increase their wisdom and life skills.
His yoga studies began in the 1960’s where he was influences by the teachings of Swami Rama and Sri Chinmoy. He was initiated into Shabda Yoga in 1983 by Master Thakar Singh and in 2000 Mark attended the Maha Kumbha Mela in India which was the largest spiritual pilgrimage in the history of the world. He immersed himself into this month-long congregation with the intent to bring the blessings and wisdom of the saints back to the West. He auspiciously met and intensively studied with the Mahatma, Paharibaba Taragiri, who initiated him into the Advaita (non-dual) Yogic tradition. One year after his return from India he created RIGHT Yoga™, a practice of asanas, meditation, yoga philosophy and spiritual development.
While In India he met Dr. Ishak Adizes, founder of the prestigious Adizes Institute, an international firm that guides management teams in resolving performance and productivity issues. He was fortunate to spend 7 years studying his business technology and then combined it with The RIGHT Way® to show people how to enjoy relationships that are more respectful, resourceful and results oriented in the corporate world.
He has presented over a thousand workshops, keynote speeches and musical concerts.
His articles have been published on topics that range from stress management, nutrition, yoga and personal growth to parenting, business development and leadership mastery. Mark’s music CD, Ethereal, recharges the listener’s nervous system and is used by yoga and meditation teachers to create a restorative healing response. His self-help book, Moving Your Life in the RIGHT Direction, will be completed in 2012.
Lucas Roy Lehman
Lucas Roy Lehman is a men's group leader, co-active coach, certified tantra educator, and sexual intimacy expert. He has been practicing yoga, meditation and martial arts for over twenty-five years.
After working for the past decade as a sexual healer with women, his main focus now is sharing all the insights he learned with men, for the purpose of empowering men to create more love (and great sex) in their lives, and in the world. His direct and humorous style is captivating and inspiring, and his powerful presence creates a solid container for men to do their deepest work. He works with clients in his studio in Santa Cruz, and all over the world via telephone and Skype.
Carl Speizer, MD, MPH, FACEP
Dr. Speizer received his masters degree at the UCLA School of Public Health and his M.D. at New York Medical College. After practicing acute emergency and trauma care for 25 years, he become interested in occupational and preventive medicine. He currently is the medical director of Occupational Medicine and Employee Health at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa California. He became interested in yoga in the mid 1990’s. His yoga training and learning has been influenced by Margit Jacobs, J. Krishnamurti, Georg Feuerstein, Harvey Deutch, thomas Fortel, Ganga White and Tracey Rich. Dr. Speizer received his yoga instructor certificate from the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara. He teaches yoga classes, conducts workshops, lectures on yoga as therapy, and provides individual yoga therapy for patients with terminal and chronic medical conditions.
Scott Blossom is a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner, Shadow Yoga teacher, and Ayurvedic Consultant. He has been studying yoga for over eighteen years and teaching for twelve. His primary teachers are Zhander Remete, founder of Shadow Yoga, and Dr. Robert Svoboda, Ayurvedic physician and scholar.
Antonio Sausys (BA Psychology, MA Somatic Psychotherapy) is a somatic health practitioner and yoga instructor specializing in one-on-one yoga therapy for people with chronic and acute medical conditions as well as emotional imbalance.
He incorporates specific yogic applications working with individuals to create a “Yoga Sadhana”; a specific routine that best serves the individuals’ needs and abilities, integrating mind, body and spirit to fully embrace the experience of life.
He studied with Yoga masters and teachers such as Indra Devi, Swami Shankaradevananda, Swami Ekananda, Babashi Singh, Ram Dass, Swami Pragyamurti and Larry Payne. He has continued his professional development with training in Foot Reflexology, Swedish Therapeutic Massage, the Degriefing Process and Reiki.
He created a ‘Yoga for Grief Relief’ program presenting five sections: breathing exercises, body movements, cleansing techniques, relaxation and mental reprogramming. The program is intended to provide practitioners with tools to better understand and cope with loss and aid individuals in the transformation of grief into a conscious source of self knowledge. He also developed a ‘Yoga for Cancer’ program based on the premise ‘Spirit can’t have Cancer’ that provide practitioners with tools to address cancer, its symptoms and the secondary effects of treatment.
Both programs draw elements from Yoga and Psychotherapy to integrate techniques, thoughtful insights and pertinent information emphasizing the relationship between the physical techniques and their mental and spiritual correlates to empower those practicing them towards personal realization.
Antonio teaches and lectures at U.C. Berkeley, California Institute of Integral Studies, Kripalu and College of Marin; has been a faculty member at the International Yoga College and former Honorary Secretary of the International Yoga Federation for USA. He is a member of the World Yoga Council, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and the US Delegate of International Yogatherapy Association. His work has been published in several health related national and international journals.
Antonio Sausys resides in Marin County with a thriving yoga practice throughout the Bay Area. In addition to speaking engagements and workshops, he is a radio host, a TV Producer and host for his own show YogiViews, and the founder and Executive Director of ‘Yoga for Health’ the International Yoga Therapy Conference. Antonio is fluent in Spanish, English, Portuguese and Italian.
RAMA JYOTI VERNON
Rama Jyoti Vernon, internationally known Yoga teacher, is founder of the International Yoga College, the California Yoga Teachers' Association and Unity in Yoga International. In addition to her extensive background in asana and the Yoga Sutras, Rama is extremely well versed in the philosophy, lineages and healing benefits of Yoga. Her unique approach emphasizes opening the body by extending and breathing into each pose as a deeply spiritual offering. She is one of the originators of the Yoga Journal and has devoted much of her life to peace missions throughout the world including the Soviet Union, Israel, and Central America.
Mukunda Stiles, one of the American pioneers in Yoga Therapy, created his Structural Yoga Therapy system in 1976 following his training in Krishnamacharya's lineage of teachers; most notably Rama Jyoti Vernon, BKS Iyengar and Indra Devi. He has a BA in religious studies with a thesis on Yoga Sutras and did graduate study in kinesiology and therapeutic exercise. His served on the staff of four ashrams under the guidance of his spiritual teacher. He is the author of the best seller Structural Yoga Therapy, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. Mukunda trains spiritual mentors with the Claritas Institute, headed by Joan Borysenko. He is on the Board of Advisors for the International Association of Yoga Therapists. His website - www.yogatherapycenter.org describes his offerings throughout the US and Europe.
Sherri Baptiste is an inspirational teacher at the forefront of yoga training in the United States. She was born into a rich heritage and family of pioneering teachers; her parents, Magaña and Walt Baptiste, established yoga on the West Coast in the mid-1950s. Sherri has been teaching yoga since her teens and is the founder of "Baptiste Power of Yoga," a nationally recognized yoga method, as well as a yoga with weights teacher-training program and a yoga teacher certification and advancing studies program recognized by Yoga Alliance.
Sherri presents classes and workshops throughout the United States and hosts retreats around the world. She's a presenter for Western Athletics' Bay Clubs, Gold's Gym, Nautilus, Equinox, IDEA World Fitness, Body Mind Spirit, ECA, AFPA, and offers many yoga retreats, including retreats at Kripalu, Omega, Haramara, Green Gulch Zen Center, Rancho La Puerta Spa, and Feathered Pipe Ranch. A radio and television personality, she is featured in video, dvd, and cd programs that include "Power of Yoga" and "Power of Meditation". Sherri is the author of 'Yoga with Weights for Dummies' (Wiley) released nationwide Jan. 06".
ELLEN SALTONSTALL, RYT
www.mohiniyoga.com Ellen Saltonstall, RYT with Yoga Alliance, has studied with John Friend since 1992 after a background in Iyengar Yoga, and she was certified to teach Anusara Yoga in 2000. She teaches therapeutics, mixed level and intermediate classes and privates in her home studio at Union Square in NYC. Other offerings at the studio include Kinetic Awareness, a bodywork method using rubber balls to massage specific tight spots (great for yogis), Anusara Yoga immersions, teacher trainings, and workshops. Ellen has recently co-authored two books with Dr. Loren Fishman published by WW Norton: Yoga for Arthritis, March 2008, and Yoga for Osteoporosis, November 2009. She is currently working on an anatomy book for Anusara Yoga practitioners with Martin and Jordan Kirk.
www.breathingproject.org Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is an Internationally recognized specialist with thirty years’ experience in the fields of yoga, breath anatomy and bodywork. He has led workshops for many of the leading yoga associations, schools and training programs in America. Leslie currently practices in New York City and Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He is the founder of the yoga list, “e-Sutra,” and “The Breathing Project,” a New York City yoga studio dedicated to the teaching of individualized, breath-centered yoga. Leslie teaches The Breathing Project's unique year-long course in yoga anatomy, and is the author the bestselling book, “Yoga Anatomy” published by Human Kinetics.
Alison West, Ph.D., ERYT
Alison, founder of Yoga Union (1996) and co-founder of the innovative Yoga Union Center for Backcare and Scoliosis (2007), is known for her dynamic and precise instruction. She offers both group and private Yoga classes in New York City at Yoga Union Backcare and Pure Yoga. Her specialties include Yoga for Backcare (Herniation, Scoliosis and other issues), Anxiety and Depression. She and her partner, Deborah Wolk, oversee a rich program at Yoga Union Backcare of alignment-based classes, master classes and workshops for students of all ages with back pain, disk herniation, spinal curvature, surgical fusions and other problems.
Alison has studied extensively both Iyengar and Astanga Yoga. Now one of New York City’s most highly regarded teachers, she began her Yoga studies in Munich in 1983, continuing in New York where she has worked for many years with all the leading Iyengar teachers. She has also studied Astanga Yoga with Sri K. Patthabi Jois in Mysore and with her friend and colleague Eddie Stern in NY. From this practice she has retained a strong sense of the power of the breath to support a deep Yoga practice. Alison spent September 2004 in Pune, India, studying at the Iyengar Institute in both the general Yoga and medical classes with B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, and Stephanie Quirk. She began her studies in Yoga for scoliosis in 1998 with Bobbie Fultz, a pioneer of Yoga for scoliosis, and was certified by another pioneer in this field, Elise Miller, as a Yoga for Scoliosis teacher in 2005.
Sonia Sumar started teaching Yoga for children with special needs after the birth of her second daughter Roberta, in 1970. Roberta was born with Down Syndrome, a Genetic disorder characterized by mental retardation and other developmental delays. The changes Sonia saw in Roberta lead her to attend a Yoga Teacher Training program and in 1972 she received her certification. One of Sonia's dreams by that time was to travel to India to find a flesh-and-blood Guru to help her deepen her Sadhan. It was not till 1988 that Sonia went to India for the first time, visiting many holy temples and ashrams, and had the honor of being in the presence of many holy teachers. However, she did not feel that spiritual touch she was expecting and although she had learned so much from her first pilgrimage to India, she went back to Brazil feeling frustrated having not found her Guru.
She then met Mataji Indra Devi and later on, in 1990, not in a cave in India, or walking on the banks of the Ganges river or at the feet of the Hymalayas as she had dreamed... but on the stage of a Yoga Congress she met her guru, Swami Satchidananda. Since then and as per indication of her guru, she’s been helping the world's special children to achieve their full potential and become active and productive members of society.
Sonia has taught and conducted workshops for many special education programs and symposia in Europe, Asia, United States, Oceania, Canada and South America. In 1980 she founded the Integral Yoga Center of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, which is now headed by her daughter Renata. In September of 2001 Sonia opened the National Headquarters for Yoga for the Special Child, Satchidananda Yoga Center in Evanston, Illinois. Her book Yoga for the Special Child has been translated into Portuguese, English and Chinese while Dutch and Spanish versions will be forthcoming soon. The English version was translated with the supervision and assistance of Jeffrey Volk.
Sonia is a member and recognized by: Yoga Alliance; IYTA - Integral Yoga Teachers Association; YREC - Yoga Research Educational Center; & IAYT - International Association of Yoga Therapists. DEBORAH QUILTER www.rsihelp.com
Deborah Quilter is an internationally-recognized expert in repetitive strain injury (RSI) and an author, consultant and certified yoga teacher. She has written 2 books, The Repetitive Strain Injury Recovery Book and Repetitive Strain Injury: A Computer User's Guide, and has made many appearances in the media.
Ms. Quilter has presented her work in both the U.S. and abroad, and has helped many people with RSI recover more use of their upper extremeity without exacerbating pain. Ms. Quilter studied Ergonomic Guidelines for Computer Use at the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Biomechanics of Human Movement at M.I.T. She founded a program to teach yoga to senior citizens at the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. This class has been featured on both the Martha television and radio shows and was given a Diversity in Teaching Yoga grant by Kripalu for for this program.
Ms. Quilter is on the faculty of the Rocky Mountain Institute for Yoga and Ayurveda, and she teaches master classes in addition to her practice in New York City. She is currently working on another book.
NINA PRIYA DAVID (Priya Ma), M.A., E-RYT 500 www.ninapriyadavid.com www.creativeyogatherapy.com
NINA ‘PRIYA MA” DAVID is founder/director of Healing Arts, Inc. and Creative Yoga Therapy. Priya Ma is also a senior presenter at Integral Yoga Institute in New York City. Among the many organizations she has helped develop Therapeutic Yoga programs and contributed holistic care to are: Beth Israel Medical Center, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Hospital for Special Surgery’s Integrative Care Center, Visiting Nurses, The New York City, Northern California and Nevada Alzheimer’s Association Chapters, schools systems throughout the Northeastern and Midwestern United States, Brazil and Italy, religious communities throughout the United States and Brazil, Fordham University, Satchidananda Ashram, the International Yoga Therapy and METRO conferences and in private practice. Sree Priya Ma is known for her innovative integration of Classical Tantra in treatment and curriculum planning and her down-to earth, inspirational pedagogical training.
Rita Trieger is the editor-in-chief of both Fit Yoga Magazine and Fit Magazine, and the author of “Yoga Heals Your Back” [Fairwinds, 2005], and “Tranquil Mind,” a meditation CD. She has studied with some of the world’s most renowned teachers including, Baron Baptiste, Cyndi Lee, Shiva Rea and Rodney Yee and she incorporates these traditions into her inspiring and challenging flow-style classes. She lives, practices, and teaches yoga in New York City at OM Yoga and Levitate Yoga, and in Connecticut at Stamford Hospital’s Health and Fitness Institute and the Bennet Cancer Center. Her dedicated students are truly a testament to the kind of person and teacher she is. Take this opportunity to discover why Rita has touched so many with her genuine and spirited style.
YOGACHARYA DR. ANANDA BALAYOGI BHAVANANI
Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani is the Chairman of the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research at the Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, South India . A Fellow of the Indian Academy of Yoga, he has authored ten DVD's and six books on Yoga as well as published two dozen papers and abstracts on Yoga and Yoga research in national and international journals. He is a Gold Medalist in Medical Studies (MBBS) with postgraduate diplomas in Family Health (PGDFH) and Yoga (PGDY). He is a Carnatic Vocalist, Mridungist, Music Composer and Bharathantyam Choreographer in addition to his duties as a medical officer in the Village Health Programme of the Auroville Health Centre. He has traveled to Italy, Germany and Switzerland as the Cultural Ambassador of the International Yoga Federation and is Advisor of the World Yoga Council and Member of the International Council for Yoga Sport.
Joel Kramer is an influential innovator of physical and mental yoga who is
regarded by many as the father of modern American yoga. His evolutionary
vision of yoga is foundational for many of today's leading yoga teachers. His seminal Yoga Journal article “Yoga as Self-Transformation” describes his widely used principles that aim at freeing yoga from its authoritarian roots. He did post-graduate study in philosophy and psychology and was a resident teacher at Esalen Institute (1968-70). He is the author of The Passionate Mind and co-author with Diana Alstad of The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power.
Dr. Marc Halpern is the founder and director of the California College of Ayurveda (www.ayurvedacollege.com and a founding director of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. He has written dozens of articles in national magazines and sits on several international advisory boards. An internationally recognized teacher Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Yoga, Dr. Halpern can be reached though the College's website
LARRY PAYNE, PhD
Larry Payne Ph.D., is the founding president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and co-author of international bestseller Yoga for Dummies and Yoga Rx. He was selected as a Yoga expert by Web MD, The World Economic Forum, Reader's Digest, Yoga Journal and named "One of America's most respected Yoga teachers" by The Los Angeles Times. He is also Co-founder of the Yoga curriculum at The UCLA School of Medicine, and Director of the Yoga Therapy Rx certification program at Loyola Marymount University. Larry has been a student of TKV Desikachar since 1980.
Jnani Chapman is a nurse and clinical specialist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She has been a yoga teacher since 1975 and a massage/acupressure practitioner since 1986, specializing in helping people with cancer, heart disease and chronic illness. She is a senior staff member of the Cancer Help Programs at Commonweal in Bolinas, CA and the Smith Farm Center in Washington, DC. She is a past executive director for the International Association of Yoga Therapists (1995-98) and was a stress management specialist for Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart
SAT BIR SINGH KHALSA, PhD
Sat Bir S. Khalsa, Ph.D. has been involved in the practice of a yoga lifestyle for over 35 years and is a Kundalini Yoga instructor. He has conducted neuroscience research for over 25 years and is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and is also the Director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. His current research is on the effectiveness of yoga and meditation practices and includes studies on yoga for insomnia, music performance anxiety and public schools among others. He has traveled internationally meeting and collaborating with yoga research scientists and assists in coordinating the research component of the annual Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. He is the author of a comprehensive review and analysis of yoga therapy research and he also teaches an elective course at Harvard Medical School in Mind Body Medicine.
Amy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT (500), author of Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books) and founding director of the LifeForce Yoga® Healing Institute, leads professional certification trainings in LifeForce Yoga® for Depression and Anxiety for mental health professionals and Yoga teachers. She is also a senior Kripalu teacher and Mentor. Amy is featured on the CD, Breathe to Beat the Blues and the first DVD home Yoga practice series for mood management, the award-winning LifeForce Yoga® to Beat the Blues. She leads workshops and CEU trainings throughout North America at such venues as the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, the American Holistic Medical Association Annual Conference, the Integrative Psychiatry Conference, Kripalu Center, Omega Institute, the Crossings, Mount Madonna Center, and the LA Times Festival of Health and Fitness.
Amy was a 2007 Colloquium Speaker at the Boston University Graduate School of Psychology.
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Neil Pearson is founder and director of life is now, a company that focuses on pain management and pain science education, through yoga, physical therapy and workshops. Neil works as a certified yoga therapist and a physical therapist, combining his extensive experience working one-on-one with people with persistent pain and working in multidisciplinary pain management clinics, with therapeutic yoga.
Neal is a passionate and brilliant educator. His workshops include Anatomy/Physiology for Yoga as a component of yoga teacher and yoga therapist training programs, and Yoga and Chronic Pain. He is a clinical faculty member at the University of British Columbia, and he teaches post-grad courses for health care professionals in pain science, prevention, treatment and self-management. His book, Understand Pain, Live Well Again is popular with health care professionals to assist with educating their patients. Neil has also developed pain management courses for the public, titled Overcome Pain, Live Well Again. Pilot study findings, from his research team, support the effectiveness of this education for changing pain beliefs, negative thinking and self-efficacy, all of which are barriers to recovery.
Neil is founding chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Sciences Division, provides consultation services to OrionHealth Pain Clinics in Canada, and lectures internationally.
NICOLE DeAVILLA WHITINGwww.expandinglight.org
Nicole DeAvilla Whiting has been teaching yoga for 24 years. She was a research assistant at the Center for Sports Medicine, Saint Francis Hospital, San Francisco, and was a chiropractic physiotherapist. She currently specializes in yoga therapy teacher training and private lessons. She also writes and researches for publications such as IAYT Journal, AYTA, and online for iyogalife.com and its affiliates.
Lyn Prashant, a Certified Grief Counselor from the John F. Kennedy University's Graduate School of Professional Psychology, has over 22 years experience in the field. Her training in bereavement counseling and her knowledge of somatic health care practices as certified yoga instructor, massage therapist and teacher has led her to develop a unique and successful approach to grief counseling called "Degriefing". Unlike many existing treatment approaches, the Degriefing® process employs both verbal and physical techniques to relieve an individual's emotional distress, mental anguish, and physical discomfort.
In addition to her private practice, based in San Anselmo, CA, Lyn coordinated and still teaches in the program "Changing Paradigms in Loss and Grief" at U.C. Berkeley, toured for the University of Arizona, teaches Degriefing for Bodyworkers at Alive and Well Institute of Conscious Bodywork, in Marin County, CA. She is an approved provider of Continuing Education courses (CA) for healthcare practitioners, and is the author of the first Degriefing manual. She has spoken on radio, written and nationally published a 4-part series on Degriefing. She presents her work at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, offers 5-day Degriefing national certification trainings. She is known to be a captivating storyteller and engaging speaker to both English and Spanish speaking audiences that includes humor and light-heartedness in her presentations.
BIDYUT BOSE, PhD
Bidyut (BK) Bose learned Yoga from his father beginning in childhood, and later studied Yoga and Meditation with monks in the Himalayas. A teachers' teacher, his classes, workshops, and retreats are an exercise in mindfulness, facilitating deep introspection while gently enhancing health and well-being.
BK earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, and worked in Silicon Valley for many years; his research interests have shifted to the scientific application of Yoga Therapeutics for many common chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, asthma, insomnia, and stress, as well as special populations such as incarcerated youth, seniors, people battling addiction, and cancer survivors.
BK is Founder and Executive Director of Niroga Institute, a non-profit Center for Integral Health and Development based in Oakland, California. LISA WALFORD
Lisa Walford holds a senior Iyengar teaching certificate and has been teaching yoga in Los Angeles since 1982. She is the curriculum director for the Teacher Training Program at Yoga Works and was instrumental in its development. She is on the advisory board of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Yoga Studies program at Loyola Marymount University.
Lisa is co-author of The Longevity Diet, now in its fourth printing, and The Anti-Aging Plan. In her words: Yoga brings us from the finite to the infinite; from pain, to purpose and passion, and from dis ease to discriminative awareness. Our body gives us the most immediate and intimate tool to develop this awareness.
SOPHIA REINDERS, PhD, MFT, REAT
Sophia’ teaching of yoga is inspired by her training and practice as a certified Iyengar yoga teacher as well as by her work as a Jungian oriented psychotherapist and expressive arts therapist. She emphasizes the intimate interplay of the physical body with the mental-emotional-spiritual body, to bring all dimensions of embodied being into conscious, joyous belonging. Sophia is faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where she teaches courses and public workshops in yoga as psychospiritual practice, creativity, and Jungian psychology. MAETREYII MA NOLAN, PhD
Dr. Nolan has been a practitioner of yoga and meditation for over 39 years and has a deep personal understanding of spiritual emergence and how to assist people in the process of spiritual opening. She holds a doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology and is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. Maetreyii is the former director of the Spiritual Emergence Network and a founding board member of the Kundalini Research Network. She is president of Ananda Seva Mission, a co-founder of Ananda Seva and co-director of the Guru Kula Training Institute of Ananda Seva.
Graduated as a Bachelor of Business Administration - Commerce in April 1985 - Hyderabad
Subrahmanyam - fondly referred to as Subbuji - started his career as an aggressive businessman successfully executing high-pressure office-interior contracts and set up computer education centers in India. Although he had tasted success early in life, he didn't feel satisfied and content. In 1999, life changed for him suddenly, when he suffered three major heart attacks that gave him a near-death experience, inducing him into a more contemplative mode about nature, life and the reason for living. After this brush with death, he decided to do meditation on doctor's advice.
Soon thereafter, he came into contact with Sri Somanatha Maharshi who taught him the powerful Manoyoga Sadhana (Application of Nature's Basic Power) technique, which enabled him to deal with the stress, anger, depression that were the major causes of his heart condition. Sri Somanatha Maharshi has researched this unique technique- Manoyoga Sadhana for over 40 years and this has been scientifically proven by various scientists and doctors.
Subrahmanyam came to realize that Sri Somanatha Maharshi is a very powerful saint and researcher and therefore decided to approach Him to cure his illness. Subrahmanyam feels that Sri Somanatha Maharshi has given him a new birth through Manoyoga Sadhana and therefore considers Maharshi as his Guru. He has decided to dedicate his life and work towards disseminating Sri Somanatha Maharshi's Manoyoga Sadhana and Philosophy through out the world. Due to many mystic experiences he had during this Sadhana (spiritual practice), Subrahmanyam developed an immense zeal for meditation and embraced it to find out the truth and the real purpose of human birth.
Representing Sri Somanatha Maharshi and Somanatha International Central Trust at the yoga conferences:
- Faculty member for yoga and Manoyoga meditation for integrated medicine conducted by Apollo Education Foundation.
- Conducts Manoyoga workshops on Stress Management in many corporate offices in India, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.
- Teaching Memory skills using Manoyoga more than 120 schools in Hyderabad India.
- Teaches Manoyoga on the Internet and taught to more than 2000 people from about 28 countries.-
Completed various stages of Manoyoga from basic to the highest stage and plays important role in teaching Maharshi's philosophy in many retreats both in India and abroad.
ARDEN SUNDARI PIERCEwww.yogaforwellbeing.com
Arden is a certified Structural Yoga Therapist who is passionate about helping others evolve and overcome their limits with lightness and joy. Arden was Sivananda certified to teach yoga in 1992, and in 1997 she traveled to India and began her research in yoga therapy. Since 2000, Arden has been a student of Structural Yoga TherapyTM with founder Mukunda Stiles and has authored a thesis on neck muscular pain. Based on Structural Yoga TherapyTM and Krishnamacharya lineage principles, Arden conducts specialized workshops for neck pain and several other topics. Arden also works as a birth doula and teaches prenatal and postnatal yoga programs. ALEX THEORY, PhDwww.mysticvibration.com
Alex Theory has been using music as a tool to promote healing, spirituality and higher consciousness since moving to the Bay Area in 1992. Drawing upon extensive training in psychology, shamanic practice and sound design, he fuses ancient wisdom with cutting-edge technology. As director of the Sound Health Center at the California Institute of Psychoacoustics, he is responsible for researching and integrating new modalities in sound therapy. When he is not teaching, or conducting private therapy sessions, he can be found performing in yoga classes, workshops and music festivals. His music has received international airplay on film, radio and television commercials and he has published articles for numerous music industry magazines. Currently, Alex loves to travel and organizes a variety of sound healing retreats throughout the year to places such as Egypt, India, Russia, Hawaii and Mexico.
Janice Gates is a longtime yoga practitioner, teacher and yoga therapist. She has worked as a yoga therapist in both private practice and clinical settings, is President of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, founding director of Yoga Garden in San Anslemo, California and author of Yogini, The Power of Women in Yoga. In addition to her private practice and classes, Janice teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and leads workshops and retreats worldwide.
DR. ROBIN MONRO, PhD
The Yoga Biomedical Trust's research programme is directed by Robin, a Cambridge-trained biochemist, who worked at the cutting edge of research into the mechanism of protein biosynthesis in the 1960s.
As a post-doc at the Rockefeller University, New York (in Fritz Lipmann's laboratory), he discovered the supernatant-ribosome-linked GTPase and resolved this from another soluble protein factor (*).
As staff member at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge (in Francis Crick and Sydney Brenner's Laboratory) and the Instituto Biologia Celular in Madrid (in David Vazquez's Laboratory), together with several other co-workers, he discovered and characterised the catalytic centre on the larger ribosomal subunit, at which the peptide bond is formed in protein synthesis. He developed a model assay system for this reaction, dependent on the presence of ethanol, which years later led to the discovery that the catalytic centre is composed of RNA, not protein (*). This remarkable finding has provided the key to what was probably one of the most crucial steps in the origination of life on Earth (the establishment of the nucleic acid/protein system, upon with the heredity and evolution of all organisms is based).
In 1969 he left research in molecular biology in order to dedicate the second half of his career to philosophical and ethical problems associated with science. After spending a year studying history and philosophy of science at Cambridge University, he joined Maurice Wilkins in the Department of Biophysics at King's College London, and spent several years developing a course for science undergraduates on the Social Impact of the Biosciences. This gave him the time to develop his interests. He became interested in Thomas Kuhn's concept of paradigms, and the way in which the dominant theories in science, at any one time, tend to exclude other forms of knowledge and experience. This seemed very apposite in relation to the way in which molecular and cell biology were coming to dominate medicine.
In 1980 he decided to go in for research into forms of medicine which were largely unrecognised by modern medicine but which were in his own experience effective. After carrying out a survey of complementary medicine (*) (it was this survey that introduced the term 'complementary medicine'), he focused specifically on yoga therapy, and founded the Yoga Biomedical Trust.
Richard's teachings come out of his direct experience of living truth as echoed in the timeless teachings of nondualism found in Advaita, Zen and Chan. He is recognized as a leader in the field of nondualism, honored by Yoga Journal and featured in American Yoga and Will Yoga and Meditation Really Change My Life? Richard is the founder and director of the non-profit Center of Timeless Being, co-founder and co-president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, and co-founder of The International Association of Yoga Therapy. Richard is the author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga as well as numerous articles including "Welcoming All That Is", in The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy.
NISCHALA JOY DEVI
Nischala Joy Devi is a master teacher and healer. For over 30 years she has been highly respected as an international advocate for her innovative way of expressing Yoga and its subtle uses for spiritual growth and complete healing. She was graced to study wtih Yoga Masters in U.S. and Indiand worldwide and was a monastic disciple of the world renowned Yogiraj Sri Swami Satchidananda and spent over 25 years receiving his direct guidance and teachings. During her time in the monastery she began to blend western medicine with yoga and meditation. She then offered her expertise in developing the yoga portion of The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease where she subsequently served for seven years as Director of Stress Management. She also co-founded the award-winning Commonweal Cancer Help Program.
Nischala Devi produced the "Abundant Well-Being Series" CD's to allow these simple yet profound Yoga and stress-relieving techniques to reach more people. Her book "The Healing Path of Yoga," now in its sixth printing, also expresses these teachings. With her knowledge of yoga and her experience in assisting those with life-threatening diseases, she created Yoga of the Heart, a training and certification program for Yoga teachers and health professionals designed to adapt Yoga practices to the special needs of that population.
Nischala Devi is now directing her energies to bringing the feminine heart perspective back into spirituality and the scriptures through her new book, The Secret Power of Yoga, a woman's guide to the heart and spirit of the Yoga Sutras, Random House 2007.
Anodea Judith holds a doctorate in Health and Human Services, with a speciality in Mind-Body healing, and a Master's in Clinical Psychology. Her best-selling books on the chakra system, marrying Eastern and Western disciplines, have been considered groundbreaking in the field of Transpersonal Psychology and used as definitive texts in the U.S. and abroad. With approximately 500,000 books in print, and translations in 12 languages, her books have won her the reputation of solid scholarship and international renown as a dynamic speaker and workshop leader.
Patricia began her yoga practice in 1970. She studied in India with BKS and Geeta Iyengar in the 80's and thought teachers-in-training at the San Francisco Iyengar Yoga Institute through the late 90's. She has taught nationally and internationally for over twenty five years. yoga has guided her life decisions since the beginning of her practice.
Her teaching springs from a broad study of the yogic tradition. Breathing practices, Sutra study, directing the flow of energy through the body , and meditation and play a part in her classes. Patricia has also been a student of the Buddhist tradition of meditation and the practice of compassionate mindfulness in living. This influence results in a teaching style that is non-dogmatic and non-judgmental as well as exacting in form and methodology.
An accomplished sculptor, Patricia's classes are imaginative, exploratory and continuously evolving. she emphasizes process rather than end result, curiosity rather than 'knowingness', and always brings to her classes a feeling that yoga is not only a vehicle for self -transformation, it's fun. By weaving these three streams o practice: precise knowledge, gentle awareness, and artistic innovation, Patricia's classes offer us the opportunity to explore the deep, subtle , and life altering force that is Yoga.
FRANK and SERPIL GOLE-ISZAK
Frank was born in Hungary in 1931. He attended University of Chemical Engineering and in 1956 he escaped from Soviet occupied Hungary. Immigrated to the US in 1957, he worked for a chemical company in Berkeley, California. After five years he switched to journalism then to publishing.
After temporary retirement he became a private investigator, still active in handling investigation of a variety of cases. He practiced and taught martial arts, earned his black belts in shotokan and kung fu. In 1994 his yoga experience began, first as a practitioner then three years later as a teacher. His lineage is Indra Devi style. He also got certified as a Pilates mat instructor, and teaches Pilates using the Reformer. He is an E-RYT500 registered teacher and director of a Yoga Alliance approved teacher training school (RYS200) called Essential Yoga Training. He and his wife Serpil founded Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach in 2004, with a mission to deliver the benefits of gerontology based yoga practices - Silver Age Yoga - to needy seniors at no costs.
KARIN SCHOLZ GRACE, MS
Karin Scholz Grace, M.S. is the developer of Somatic Yoga Therapy, a safe, gentle style of yoga focused on inward sensing and mindful engagement in movement. Based in Sausalito, California, Karin works holistically with individuals and groups to restore balance of body, mind, and spirit. Having used Somatic Yoga Therapy to recover from her own debilitating spinal injury, Karin embodies this healing practice from a place of personal experience and deep compassion.
Trained in yoga and Hanna Somatic Education, as well as in coaching, psychology, and group facilitation, Karin holds an MS from Stanford University. Karin’s classes offer a safe and inspiring space for personal exploration and transformation; each client is empowered with the tools to make dramatic shifts within her own body and her own being. Karin can be reached at 415.331.9950, or at email@example.com.
CAROL HINCE, MSPT, RYT
Carol Hince, MSPT, RYT, has over thirty years experience as a physical therapist, and as such has also taught in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, S.F.City College, and at UCSF. In addition to her regular yoga classes, she is now teaching numerous workshops and seeing private clients where she combines physical therapy with yoga. She has taught the use of the Neti cup in various settings and is always pleased to introduce it to new people, this time along with asanas and more emphasis on breathing techniques.
LYN DAVIS GENELLI, MFT, RYT
Lyn Davis Genelli is a licensed somatic psychotherapist, a yoga teacher, life coach, and a certified iRest yoga nidra teacher with the Integrative Restoration Institute. She has studied extensively with Richard Miller, Ph.D., the originator of iRest, and often teaches with him at trainings. Lyn’s other major yoga influences include Janice Gates, Amy Cooper, Lynn Weinberger, Aadil Palkhivala, Gary Kraftsow and Mirka Scalco Kraftsow. Lyn’s deep knowledge of the human psyche comes from her many years of training in encounter, Gestalt therapy and bodywork at Esalen Institute, where she was a staff member, her years of teaching professional trainings in Integrative Body Psychotherapy, her work with hypnosis and Neuro-linguistic Programming, and more than 35 years of study with Oscar Ichazo and the Arica Institute, best known as the source of the enneagram teachings. Lyn is also a devotee of Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms dance practice, and a committed yoga practititoner.
iRest is an essential element of Lyn’s work with private clients, as well as her classes for the public, ongoing groups, and with special populations such as the homeless or the chronically mentally ill. She leads workshops and trainings in iRest for yoga teachers and others. Lyn is known as an inspiring, clear, accessible and humorous teacher. Her joyful and caring approach have guided many in their journey to self-transformation.
Nadiya Nottingham is a Healing Arts practitioner who began her meditation practice over 35 years ago in her native Ireland, where the beauty of the land and water were her first inspirations. Now as a citizen of New York City she blends her early Irish teachings with Yoga, Qigong and Shamanic Womb Healing.
Her studies of Yoga began in the early nineties at The Integral Yoga Institute, where she is now a senior teacher. www.iyiny.org The spiraling movements of Qigong are a key component of her style. Nadiya is certified to teach Wisdom Qigong by Masters Liu Dong & Liu He of Seattle, who are the grandchildren of the physician of the Last Emperor of China. www.linggui.org
Nadiya`s Shamanic influences are based in her personal work and with teachers Kathi Von Koerber, Nando Villa and Janice Zwail. She has done her own deep work and self-healing in the forests of Costa Rica, Brazil and in these United States.
Nadiya’s abiding passion is to grow through forgiveness and letting go. Through movement and ritual she has helped many seekers of this healing work to find a new sense of wholeness and self respect.
Donna Amrita Davidge has over 25 years of experience studying and teaching Yoga, first Kundalini Yoga with Yogi Bhajan and since 1999 also with Dharma Mittra and Eddie Stern ( Ashtanga). She teaches winters in NY City and workshops in Yoga Centers from upstate New York to new Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.Her articles on YOGA have been published in EverythingYoga´s newsletters as well as other publications, Since 1997 she has owned and operated Sewall House Yoga Retreat with her Swedish husband, musician (and chef!) Kent Bonham. The retreat is in an historic home where Donna´s great grandfather taught Theodore Roosevelt, among others, the healing attributes of nature. The retreat is open from mid June to Columbus day in northern Maine,near lakes, hikes, Baxter State Park and Mt Katahdin. Donna has taught at both the summer and winter solstices for 3HO, also at Puravida in Costa Rica and Nu-age Health Spa and is certified by 3HO and (500 hr) Yoga Alliance, Kent and Donna have produced 2 Kundalini Yoga DVDs together, with Kent´s music and her teaching. Donna perceives yoga as a path for healing and alive living for the mind, body and soul.