Yoga, Movement & Presenters

Sean johnson

Yoga-Infuse yoga practice with imagination and depth -Bhakti On The Mat- weaving asana, storytelling & evocative live music.

New Orleans native Sean Johnson is the founder of the band and loves to inspire people through a creative integration of imaginative music, yoga, storytelling, and poetry. His passion for music ranges from a deep appreciation for the transcendental power of rock, Irish folk music, Indian and Sufi devotional music.  He’s been leading kirtan for the last seventeen years. His voice is equally influenced by his roots in New Orleans, vocal exploration of his ancestral Irish heritage, as well as study in Indian vocal music and love of the path of bhakti yoga– the yoga of the heart.




Katie Silcox

Katie Silcox is the New York Times Best-Selling author of the book, Healthy, Happy, Sexy – Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women. She was named one of San Francisco’s Best Yoga Teachers by Common Ground Magazine, one of “70 Yogis Changing the World” by Origin Magazine and “100 Trailblazers in Yoga and Ayurveda” by Spirituality and Health Magazine. She is also an internationally-recognized yoga teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, writer and inspirer of hearts and minds. She is renowned for her depth of study, her ability to present the complexities of yoga’s ancient wisdom in a practical, life-affirming manner, as well as her unique capacity to distill the teachings of yoga with southern-belle humor and grace.  Her signature teaching style blends classical yoga, vinyasa-based asana and life-changing Tantric/Ayurvedic philosophy.

David Newman- Durga Das

David Newman is a renowned sacred mantra artist, singer-songwriter, author, and inspirational teacher. David, also known as Durga Das, travels extensively sharing his music, and teachings on the path of love as a vehicle for spiritual awakening. He has released numerous chart-topping world music albums, and is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller The Timebound Traveler. David is also the founder of the Stay Strong Project and Yoga On Main. He has been featured on NPR, and in The Washington Post and Yoga Journal among many others. David lives with his family just outside of Philadelphia.



“David Newman is reminiscent of George Harrison, Dylan and Paul Simon when they are in soul mode.”

LA Yoga Magazine

Chelsea Jackson

Chelsea Jackson Roberts is an internationally celebrated yoga instructor, educator, and passionate change agent skilled in the art of cultivating community through yoga. With over a decade of teaching experience in both asana and meditation, Chelsea’s unique teaching style makes yoga accessible to a wide range of levels and her balance between sweat and sweet surrender makes her classes a favorite for beginners and regular practitioners.

Chelsea’s energetic sequences, dope beats & signature smile have gained the attention of international pop artist Janelle Monáe who practices with Chelsea and recently invited her to join her choreography team because of her musical taste and asana combinations. Chelsea has graced the cover of Yoga Journal and her enthusiastic and inviting way for sharing yoga also prepared her for the opportunity to teach yoga at the White House Easter Egg Roll in 2016.

Jeffrey Rama Cohen

Jeffrey Teaches yoga world wide. He has been called authentic, real, and funny. Since 2011, he has taught the international Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Trainings and certified and mentored hundreds of teachers. He is a dedicated student of yoga since 1995 and is known to inspire, nurture and motivate with a unique aptitude for revealing the mystical depths of the yoga teachings in a relevant, riveting way. He is a musician and recording artist with a new album due out this year. Check out his debut single, “Sometimes Angles” on Youtube. Michael Franti featured him on his “Artist Spotlight”. Music (Nada Yoga) is an integral component of his teaching. He can also be heard on WOHM 96.3FM hosting his radio show, “The Yoga of Music”.

Andrea Boyd

Her classes are challenging, fun, musical, creative and disciplined, with teachings grounded in ancient scripture and an emphasis on deep and equal breathing. The sequencing of her classes is fluid and reflects her knowledge of the body and rhythm through many years of dance and asana. Her love of yoga philosophy and chanting is contagious and students are quick to learn Sanskrit pronunciation with her. An Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher, she has been an integral part of the renowned Jivamukti teacher trainings for many years, mentoring hundreds of trainees, teaches all over the world, and is involved in fundraising for amazing organizations.

Twee Merrigan

Twee Merrigan,  Prana Vinyasa™, RYT500®
Twee infuses her Prana Vinyasa™ flow classes with the daily teachings as she lives her dream life in a world-renowned ski resort town they call home. Her newest adventures include balancing her daily yoga practice with snowboarding and co-owning and running Piante Pizzeria, a plant-based gourmet pizzeria, with her vegan chef husband.
My desire and purpose as a teacher and trainer of yoga is to inspire you to follow your passion and to manifest your own reality through the power of pure and positive intentions, thoughts, words, and actions, and to be ready and willing to recognize, receive, and integrate those manifestations into your daily living. It works… especially when you find God within and let go into the magical adventure called your life!”



Kaelyn Rogers

Kaelyn Rogers is a certified Occupational Therapist, Acro Revolution Teacher, Yoga Therapist, and Body Worker. She has travelled throughout the United States and globally teaching and providing therapeutic services.  Her teachings emphasize technique, communication, trust, and safety, and ensure that all participants will find an appropriate challenge, feel supported, and have fun.

Drishti Beats

Drishti Beats is the culmination of our own production of downtempo chill electronic beats, melodic live voice, rap/beatbox, percussion, saxophone, and vinyasa flow yoga. The body~mind connection is intensified using natural rhythms choreographed to interweave the symbiotic relationship between yoga and music, leaving participants with a blissful and energized experience. Come enjoy our class/performance or just come chill while listening to our music set. We are creative. We are Joyful. We are Drishti Beats. All yoga levels welcome.

Shaaron Honeycutt

Certified Iyengar yoga teacher Shaaron Honeycutt is passionate about the power and strength of yoga and the philosophy of the Yoga Sutras to transform and empower people’s understanding of themselves. Offering the “yin”and the “yang” of Iyengar yoga in all of it’s multiple facets combined with her dynamic and vibrant personality have created an international community of followers for her.

Jill Loftis

Jill began practicing yoga as a way to make peace with her body after childbirth. Her true spiritual evolution began when she discovered the teachings of Goswami Kriyananda and the Temple of Kriya Yoga. Her extensive training through the Temple had a profound impact, allowing her to find meaning, purpose and healing in her life and still being fully engaged in her dharma of mothering three children. While still in training she began teaching at Bethany Hall, a local drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. This work inspired her to open Uttara Yoga Studio in Roanoke, VA in 2008 with the vision to create a safe and sacred space to share the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the practice.Jill radiates a fierce, nurturing presence that will challenge you to explore the edges of your body and mind and yet feel supported and held in a safe space so you can meet yourself honestly and whole-heartedly.  She is known for her intensity, honesty and insight. Her yoga classes weave together Kriya Yoga with her studies with many gifted yoga teachers, particularly Kim Schwartz, Gabriel Halpern, Andrea Boyd and Jeffrey Cohen.
Keep up with Jill via her blog


Namaslay- The Radical Healer

Adrianne Burke is a change agent full inspiration and encouragement. An advocate for self-care as social justice, she adds her twist to yoga, by helping students re-create their world. She founded Yoga for Justice in response to the media’s coverage of race relations and embraces the nickname Namaslay to slay stereotypes daily.


Jagadisha  had the good fortune of spending time with the great meditation master, Swami Muktananda who started him on the path of yoga and meditation. From meeting him he was led to the great master  of North Indian Classical Music  Swami  Nadabrahmananda  ,whom he studied  extensively  with in the U.S and India. Jagadisha has been carrying on his master’s tradition of Nada Yoga , the yoga of sound  for more than 35 years: practicing, giving concerts, and teaching.  Swamiji  taught from a lineage in the oral tradition that goes back  thousands of years.  The songs Swamiji passed  down have many influences. Many  are from traditional Sanskrit texts, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, and old Hindi (influenced by Islamic music).



HawaH is an artist, author, educator, and non-profit leader. He tours internationally facilitating interactive workshops, performing poetry, and teaching yoga. Hawah has been teaching yoga for 16 years and has studied in various traditions including Sivananda, Iyengar, Jivamukti, and Ashtanga. In addition to his teaching, Hawah has authored 4 books, produced 3 documentary films and 2 musical CDs; he is the creator/ editor of “The Poetry of Yoga” book anthology and producer of the award-winning documentary “Fly By Light.” In the year 2000, he co-founded the non-profit One Common Unity, an organization that supports a movement for peace education and the building of a non-violent culture through music and art. Today he continues to serve as their Executive Director.

Ariele Foster

Ariele Foster is a doctor of physical therapy, teacher of happinessinspired yoga since 2001 and the founder of YogaAnatomyAcademy.com, an online mentorship for yoga teachers. Ariele believes in a non-dogmatic practice with the goal of safe, healthy bodies and more joy.

Jon Kameen

Jon’s passion for movement, flying, and the outdoors started at a young age as a competitive snowboarder and mountain biker and continues to this day as a husband, father, teacher, student, yogi, and adventurer.  This passion has led him away from his job in the corporate world towards a more simple and rewarding life of studying and teaching yoga. Jon is known for his high energy classes that lead students through dynamic Vinyasa sequences that focus on alignment, breath, yoga/vedic philosophy, chanting, exploration, and fun.

Alana Leia Jones

Leia Jones grew up in the beautiful mountains of Floyd Virginia. Her first experience of yoga and meditation was at Blue Mountain School as a child, where it was part of the daily curriculum. Her yoga practice is inspired by the beauty of the natural world and by observing our deep connection to all things on a fundamental level. She believes yoga can help cultivate love and compassion and help release stress, anxiety and unhealthy habits. Leia is an artist, dancer and yoga teacher.  She has a degree in Dance and Choreography from Hollins University, and is a certified 200 hr Hatha Yoga instructor. Her personal practice is rooted in the unification of yoga and dance. She has learned that mindful movement has the ability to quiet the mind while reconnecting us to our joyful-spirit. Her unique soulful teaching approach is an exploration of movement, intention and breath.

Soraya Sanchez

She’s had very dedicated teachers that have taught her the love of life with yoga!  “A work in, not a work out!” even though it feels like a workout at times!  Soraya is grateful for and deeply inspired by her teacher Terry Brown and the endless list of teachers that has had a great influence in her teaching career and the philosophy approached of alignment and therapeutic benefit of the yoga practice.
Soraya’s goal in teaching a class is to create a safe atmosphere for her students to become stronger physically, emotionally and spiritually, giving modifications and props that will allow each student to be successful in his or her yoga postures practice. Her classes flow with inspiration and motivation with an emphasis on alignment and breath. She is the founder of “Inquiring Within” Teacher Training Program and founder of
SUP Yoga Teacher Training Manual.



Feel the rhythms of the drums as you connect breath, heartbeat, mind and body to a vinyasa flow led by yoga instructor, Becky (Tara) Eschenroeder to the beats by percussionist Brad Ellsworth of Druminyasa.  Stripping away the distractions of everyday life, we will get back to basics, cultivating our ever present and universal truth that lies within.

Carolyn Keller

Carolyn Keller Sells, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT),  E-RYT 500 and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) and Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher (CLYT), Certified Yoga for Round Bodies Teacher (CYRBT)
Kripalu Yoga In Schools Certified Teacher (KYISCT).
Her goal is to share the wonderful benefits of Yoga and Pilates with others. Helping people  to reduce stress and improve their health by practicing yoga in a unique and fun way. Living a life that is well balanced, peaceful, joyful, and compassionate.



Narayani Noelle Whittington

Narayani (Noelle Whittington), ERYT500, is a seasoned international facilitator offering Bhakti Yoga and Kirtan since 2006. Narayani began her journey with Floyd Yoga Jam as part of Girish’s band in 2015. To find out more about Narayani or listen to her music, please  Facebook/Instagram:  NarayaniShakti.

Nathalie Rukmini Ando

Nathalie Rukmini Ando, E-RYT 200, B.S., started her Yoga journey 13 years ago. She is certified in the Basic and Intermediate Integral Yoga Trainings, Adaptive Yoga, and Yoga of Recovery. She is also a fine artist and currently serves as a graphic designer and program development director at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, VA.

Becky Eschenroeder

Most teachers know the asana and the message behind yoga. Becky Eschenroeder lives it. When you practice with Becky, you get more than a teacher on the mat; you gain guidance for your daily life.  Becky’s credentials, ERYT200/RYT500/RCYT, highlight her teaching capabilities. Beloved by her hometown in Richmond, VA, Becky has transformed countless lives through her teaching. Expanding beyond the river-city streets, she is on the road to share her gift with you and your community. Take advantage of this unique chance to practice with Becky Eschenroeder and observe how her presence to continues to impact your life even when her mat is gone

Krishna Jo

A Yogi with a big heart and a geeks mind spreading the light through the teachings of yoga.  Krishna Jo, a practitioner of Integral Yoga since 2012, a disciple of Swami Satchidananda and yogi for life.  He is currently the manager of Integral Yoga Distribution Yogaville, a wholesale supplier for all your practices.

Jamie Martell

Jamie Martell began teaching yoga in 2009 and teaches an eclectic blend of transformative yoga. Her yoga classes are influenced by intuition, humor, yogic philosophy and psychology, Ashtanga vinyasa and Iyengar alignment principles, and the specific needs of the students, creating a person-centered approach. Each student is encouraged to find personal relevance that can enrich their lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually while maintaining the freedom to enjoy the process. Jamie completed her 200-hour teacher training with Dave and Cheryl Oliver at Authentic Yoga Teacher Training (www.davesastangayoga.com) and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level (E-RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance. Jamie holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology.

Katie Wells

 Katie Wells is a professional dance improvisor and the creator of Interweave: Conscious Dance ®. Her performances and classes intend to create meaningful connection with self, with each other and with spirit as we shift into an age where our minds are in service to our hearts.  Since earning a B.A. in Dance from Columbia College Chicago and a M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, her performances and workshops have been included in festivals and venues in Europe and across the USA. Katie is a certified Realization Process Embodiment Teacher and is on the Dance Faculty at Radford University in Virginia. She continues to perform dances that explore the mysteries of the universe with musical groups such as: The Desert Dwellers, Lobo Marino, Leftover Salmon, and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Interweave Conscious Dance ® crafts over 30 years of movement experience along with psychology and spirituality to guide students deep into the heart of themselves finding connection with spirit and with one another along the way.  

Nitika Achalam

Nitika (ERYT 500) started the journey as a student of Yoga when she was a young child & began leading classes in 2000 after finding her teachers Sri Swami Satchidananda & Satya Greenstone, through the practice of Integral Yoga at Yogaville, USA. A Lifestyle Coach & Professional Organizer by day, Nitika pulls out a conscientious playfulness every time she unrolls a yoga mat. She brings variety to each class synthesized by an adoration of the natural world and a deep desire to break down the facade and learn to love what remains. Nitika’s students trust her to skillfully guide them through reflective yet exploratory movements that help build courage while finding balance between strength and flexibility.

Nicole Fitzwater Boyle

Owner of In Balance Yoga, in Blacksburg, VA, Nicole began practicing yoga in 2006. Ever since discovering yoga, Nicole has taken her practice around the world traveling to over 20 countries. Nicole grew up in Blacksburg, Va. and attended the University of Virginia, and after years of living away from the New River Valley has returned home to her roots. Nicole studied with D’ana Baptiste for two years at Centered City Yoga in Salt Lake City, Utah. She completed her Foundational 200-hour yoga teacher training with Becky McDaniel Crigger, her 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Sri Dharma Mittra in New York City at the Dharma Yoga Center, Life of a Yogi.  She completed her Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Colleen Dwyer and Level II/III Advanced Vinyasa Teacher Training with Jimmy Barkan. Nicole just started her Professional Mentorship and her 3rd 500 hour training underneath Kristin Cooper-Gulak, founder of Wilmington Yoga Center and Kunga Yoga. Nicole just recently returned from India on a service retreat working at the Homes of Hope Orphanage. 5% of In Balance Yoga’s net profits in their Kunga classes go to Homes of Hope Orphanage,

Swami Asokananda

Swami Asokananda, a monk since 1973, is one of Integral Yoga’s foremost teachers, having absorbed the wisdom of his guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda, since the age of nineteen. He is the primary instructor for the Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training programs taught around the world. He is currently writing a translation and commentary of the great Indian scripture, the Bhagavad Gita. In the past he has served as the President of Satchidananda Asham – Yogaville and Integral Yoga International. He is currently President of the New York Integral Yoga Institute.



J Miles

Yogi, martial artist, body worker, retired breakdancer, community activist, and the son of a Baptist minister, J Miles (ERYT 200-RYT 500) has been has been learning and studying eastern arts and philosophy for over 15 years. From the teachings of Swami Satchidananda and Integral Yoga, along with Ashtanga, Jivamukti and other prominent systems of yoga, Yogi J has crafted a style tempered by humor, relies on the importance of breath, and aims to create for each person a fluid, sustainable and enjoyable practice. Understanding that even ancient practice continues to evolve, the mantra continues to be “practice is effort toward steadiness of mind”.

Currently J Miles resides in his hometown of Richmond Va, loving four children while working to improve his community through his co-founded organization, Project Yoga Richmond (PYR). He teaches classes locally at PYR, and Om On Yoga, where he serves as lead ERYT for the Om On Yoga Teacher Training Program.

Sumati Govinda

Sumati Govinda was born with an intense desire to realize her true nature, a desire that was nurtured by growing up in Satchidananda Ashram ~ Yogaville. Before she entered kindergarten, her passion for classical yoga philosophy and meditation was ignited.
Sumati and her beloved husband, children and grandchildren reside in Yogaville

Rebecca Elsen

Yoga is for everyone and every class should be a safe place to practice without fear of judgement, believes Rebecca Elsen. This “Yoga Guide” and “Space Holder” is also the owner of Pranapiloga in Culpeper, Virginia, a studio that offers a smorgasbord of classes from Prenatal Yoga to Vinyasa Yoga. Rebecca’s studio focuses on commUNITY and encourages students to create and hold space in their yoga journey. Rebecca has taught over 20 years and opened Pranapiloga in 2015. She was named the Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year; and Best Yoga Instructor and Best Yoga Studio for the Culpeper Times “Best of the Best” in 2016. She also received The Good Egg Award from K Art & Design. When Rebecca is not teaching, you can find her outside hiking, sitting by the water and reading, or playing with her puppies.                                     ERYT500, YACEP

Erin Wheeler

The Lucky Cats are a collective led by partners Eric and Erin Wheeler from Tampa, Florida.The Wheelers teach a modern vinyasa style inspired by Prana-Flow Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and the Asheville Yoga Center. Musical in nature their classes range from Acoustic Flow, Dark Wave Yoga, Bhakti to Kid’s Yoga.

Eric Wheeler

The Lucky Cats are a collective led by partners Eric and Erin Wheeler from Tampa, Florida.The Wheelers teach a modern vinyasa style inspired by Prana-Flow Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and the Asheville Yoga Center. Musical in nature their classes range from Acoustic Flow, Dark Wave Yoga, Bhakti to Kid’s Yoga.

Rev. Brien Egan

Rev. Brien is an author, certified hypnotherapist, reiki master, karuna reiki master, pranic energy worker, EFT practitioner, sound healer, quantum touch practitioner, sedona method practitioner, chakra cleansing teacher, qi gong teacher, an ordained minister from the Essene New Life Church and has his B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Special Education. He has been practicing and teaching spirituality for over 14 years.

Grace Wood

Grace has studied with Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat-Zinn, & Harvard Spirit in Action _Program. Come walk with Grace. “We frequently walk with the sole purpose of getting from one place to another. But where are we in between? With every step we can feel the miracle of walking on solid ground. We can arrive in the present moment with every step.”  Practices include mindful walking, breathing, arriving requiring personal concentration.  Mindful walking increases the possibility of deep insight and joy in being alive.  TNH

Nick Atlas

Dr. Nick Atlas is a transpersonal psychologist, meditation teacher and consultant specializing in integrative approaches to sleep, dreams, and the art of relaxation. The Director of Evolutionary Education® and advanced 200-hour Yoga Psychology Teacher Trainings, he has been practicing and teaching various forms of yoga, qigong and meditation since 1998.

Shankari Bowmaster

Since 2009, Shankari has been on a journey of self discovery, connection and expansion in the universe. By allowing herself to move in time and space, while witnessing her actions, she has become a stronger Yogi. She understands the need to invoke the six paths of yoga, for not only herself, but her students. Trained in the lineage of Integral Yoga, she has spent years connecting to breath, body, strength, movement, and energy to inspire her own style of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Flow, which she calls Soul Flow. This style of Yoga draws in elements of her time training with Faith Hunter and Toni Bergins, as well as her primary training, at Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville. She is the Founder of Shakti Tribe, a group that is based on the principles of empowering women in sacred space, through yoga, self care, motivational insight and inspiration. She finds deep transformation, by being 1/2 of the magical Kirtan and world music duo, The Ascendants. She also leads her own Soul Kirtan events. In 2017 she founded the Black Yogi’s of Virginia group on Facebook! Join NOW! She encourages everyone to tap into their unlimited potential and spirit!

Carmen Sanchez

Carmen Sanchez is a Certified Yoga Instructor RYT 200 and Kids Yoga Instructor. Her foundation comes from her 27 years as a contemporary dancer. She took her first
yoga class 15 years ago, and felt at home and found the peace of mind that she needed before and after performances. Ever since then, she has been feeling the healing power of yoga in her life.  Her own words, & quote: Yoga is more about our inner shape, so let’s sculpt our mind”.
In 2012, Carmen received her Yoga Teacher Certification in Orlando-Florida and started teaching everywhere: schools, gyms, wellness centers, studios, privates lessons. Carmen has her own style where she combines Hatha, gentle and dance. She moved to Roanoke a beautiful valley in Virginia US where she continues  sharing her gift and passion for this way of life. Recently she was part of the Campaign from The Give Back Yoga Foundation by bringing a Giving Back event to her town now She is  getting ready for another beautiful cause as an official Kid’s Yoga Day Ambassador 2017, event created by Teresa Power.

Johnny Stowe

Johnny Stowe is a wildlife biologist, iconoclastic philosopher and yogi specializing in endangered species restoration.  His work centers on the multicultural heritage of people and land. His Earthdeist path began when he was a boy in Alabama, and he’s working with conservation partners in the Northern Rockies and on the Pacific Coast to restore the people-fire connection linking these two corners of the continent. His yoga centers on the deeptime-to-present parallels, patterns and pathways linking human ecology with the ecological integrity of land. Johnny’s Sahyindra is Gaia-Guided Imagery Meditation, yinyoga journeys through the cycles, connections and currents of Mother Earth.


Ekaterina Petrova

An SF-based writer yogini, Ekat offers a powerful flow with creative sequencing and clear cues. Her teaching is dynamic and soulful. Each class is strong and expansive, a steady moving meditation. In addition to teaching yoga, Ekat writes a yoga blog (at ekatyoga.com) and children’s fiction.


Annemarie Carroll

Annemarie Carroll is a licensed clinical psychologist and yoga teacher whose special interest lies in the integration of these traditions to help people make change in their lives. Annemarie has completed numerous trainings on the therapeutic use of yoga, including its role in the treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, chronic pain and insomnia. Annemarie is employed as Professor/Program Head of Human Services at Virginia Western Community College. In addition, she sees psychotherapy clients and teaches therapeutic yoga classes and workshops through her private practice, Inner Wisdom Yoga and Psychotherapy, in Roanoke, Virginia.


Alec Abbott

ERYT200 • RYT500 Certified Yoga Instructor

My yoga journey began in 2005, I wanted to relieve soreness in my low back. With patience and practice, I found relief through yoga and as an added bonus, an improved golf swing! My improved mobility inspired me to teach yoga for golfers classes. I share the gift of yoga, because in addition to the physical benefits, what I also received was a new outlook on life, more attunement to the breath, and the inner calmness that comes through a sustained practice

Sandy Jahmi Burg

Sandy Jahmi Burg coordinates all Focusing activities for Floyd Focusing, with wonderful support from our community of Focusers. She is currently the only Certified Focusing Professional in SWVA.  Sandy is committed heart and soul to increasing awareness about how beneficial the skill of Focusing is and to how much more empowering it is to practice in partnerships. Her vision is to seed Focusing skills within both SW Virginia and online communities.

From birth to death, our brains are actively interacting with what is going on inside of us as well as what is going on around us. Practicing our Focusing skills empowers us to live more confidently connected to our own inner knowing while we are engaged, to understand the essence of change, to evolve and live forward our life.


Katherine Chantal

Katherine’s life passions include her family of five sons, two daughters-in-love, and four grandchildren, writing traveling, yoga, good food, and, of course, sharing tea with friends.  She is a priestess and an herbalist, living in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She is a ceremonialist, using ritual to bring meaning and depth to her days.  From a simple cup of tea by herself, to the elaborate tea parties she creates, to guiding women’s circles, to offering ceremonies of life passages from birth, to coming of age, to weddings, to memorials, Katherine  offers these services that have manifested from her daily practices gleaned throughout many years.


Yoga with Nitya ™

Lydia Nitya Griffith has spent over ten years on a spiritual journey inspired by the teachings of her guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda.  Over the years Nitya has become a master in teaching children’s yoga throughout the Richmond community, by using her gifted voice and creative sense of storytelling to create a truly unique classroom format based in traditional hatha yoga. She also has co-created and is director of The Yoga with Nitya Kids Yoga Camp since 2006 for kids and teens. Nitya has launched her national brand of “Yoga with Nitya” with the release of her kid’s yoga DVD, book “A Child’s Journey into Yoga”, and new book “Yoga with Nitya Cookbook; Eating Local, Seasonal, and Vegetarian for a Healthy Life”. Nitya has been a certified Integral Yoga® Teacher since 2005 and her biggest passion is teaching children of all ages. Nitya’s goal in teaching yoga to young and old is to learn to Live Yoga ~ peaceful of mind, easeful of body, purposeful in our lives with grace, compassion and love for all. Nitya is an E-RYT200 with a CRYT and is registered with Yoga Alliance.

Sarah McCarthy

Sarah is a mother, artist, cyclist, nature lover, and childrens yoga teacher.  She has been practicing Zen meditation since college and attends Great Tree Womens Temple near Asheville, NC where family practice is encouraged and celebrated.  She loves sharing quiet time with kids and especially likes the practice of bowing .

Rob Lenfestey

Rob Lenfestey is an educator and innovator in the world of creative holistic empowerment and physical mastery. He’s the master of Slack Lining at the YogaJam. Join him as he leads us into Wilderness Yoga, a true Integrated Yoga Practice that takes the practice of Yoga Asana and expands the experience available with each and every breath and movement


jean-jacques gabriel is a Haitian born artist and yoga teacher. He’s been teaching yoga since 2006, sharing Thai massage since 2007, and teaching AcroYoga since 2008. He loves play that connects humans and asks us to grow, to heal, and to laugh.

Zach Surina

Zach has been teaching Budokon since 2011 and co-leading teacher trainings since 2012. Zach is a purple belt in the Budokon Academy of Yogic Martial and Living arts, a 600 hr certification, studying directly under Budokon founder Cameron Shayne. His desire for you is to find your inner beast, find the barriers keeping it in, and let it all go and be fully you. OSU.

Jenifer Turman Bayliss

Jennifer Turman Bayliss, RYT 200, RCYT, RPYT, has practiced yoga for more than 20 years and has numerous certifications. She has presented for Yoga Teacher Trainings, large and small festivals, health fairs and wellness days. She has facilitated and co-created wellness circles, Reiki shares and energy camps. Jennifer is the owner and director of the Sunshine Studio, director of the Winchester Montessori Schools’ Young Yogi program (2006), faculty for Vostrikovs Academy of Ballet since 2005 and has been adjunct faculty at Shenandoah University since 2004.


Justin Lowery

Justin is a skilled Acro Revolution teacher and dreams of traveling the world sharing this wonderful art.  Both as an acro yoga teacher, a performer.  He first tried Acroyofa  2011 as a flyer but soon realized it was all about the base!  He really loves acropeutics,  pops and whips and his most favorite thing about acro is the shared connection between partners!. He’s passionate about compassion and once walked over 800 miles down the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route , seeking to save the planet through prayer, mediation and community out reach.

Suzanne Burgess

Suzanne is a 200hr certified Kripalu yoga teacher sense 2012. She enjoys instructing others to come into the present moment. She uses careful language skills to help others go inward to their breath, posture, and senses. Suzanne lives in Asheville North Carolina and grew up in Floyd Virginia. She is a life long student of massage therapy, yoga, and the ancient science of Ayurveda. burgesssuzanne3@gmail.com

Kathryn Ashera Rose

Kathryn Ashera Rose is a community ritualist, certified mentor of the Dances of Universal Peace, Reiki Master, Interfaith Minister, and Sound Healing Practitioner. She and her partner Luke Staengl are vision holders of the Anahata Community of Floyd, a flock of songbirds invoking healing harmony for the individual, community and planet.

Brian Bayliss

Jeffrey Tiebout

Mary Furlo of Satya Yoga

Mary Furlo has a background in Elementary/Early Childhood Education (Penn State University) and Business (Seton Hill University). She is proud to call southwestern PA her home. Mary owned and operated Wisdom and Wonders, Inc. Child Care and Yoga Studio from 2004 to 2007, where she had the pleasure of bringing yoga into the lives of children and adults. Mary is an E-RYT 200 and RCYT through the Yoga Alliance. After years of working at various schools and Universities, Mary has returned to her true passion of teaching yoga to children. Mary co-founded Satya Yoga, LLC. in Greensburg, PA, and she is dedicated to sharing yoga with people of all ages throughout the community. Mary believes that our children are our future, and by bringing the practice of yoga into their lives, she is sharing peace, one child at a time, on and off the mat.

Michelle Keenan of Satya Yoga

Michelle Keenan, E-RYT 200 and RPYT through the Yoga Alliance, is a native of Southwestern PA and the owner and co-founder of Satya Yoga, LLC. in Greensburg, PA. She has 12 years of experience teaching students of all ages to learn about themselves and create community through their practice of yoga. Michelle’s teaching philosophy is that the breath is the tempo and the body is the dance. She encourages students to learn to trust the wisdom of their bodies, and that their true practice happens off the mat. Dedicated to service, Michelle volunteers regularly at an organic farm and a soup kitchen. She has a BS in Management from the University of Pittsburgh, and taught environmental education for a nonprofit organization. When she’s not practicing yoga, you can find Michelle playing outside or in the theatre.


Judith M. Toscano, ND, is a health professional with an extensive and diverse background. Known to her friends, colleagues and clients as “Jude,” she uses knowledge, experience and joyful cooking classes to motivate and empower people to create their own realistic and healthy lifestyle. She holds certifications in Green Live Food Cuisine, Conscious Eating and Expanding Culinary Joy.

Bart Westdorp

Bart owns Global Breath Studio in downtown Durham, NC. He also runs a 501c3 non-profit called LiveGlobally, whose mission is to create and support sustainable programs for the well-being of individuals and communities, locally and globally. He has completed 200 & 500 hour trainings with MindBodyCentering Yoga & Dharma Mittra. He loves headstands and power tools. He’ll be teaching “Yoga for Dudes” & “KIckasana: Yoga for Strength”

Amah Devi

Amah Devi is a staple in the Asheville, NC Bhakti Yoga community. She combines musical presence with an uncanny ability to connect with the heart of her students and musical companions. With a background in classical piano and West African Drumming, her chanting style expresses a diverse range of engaging flavors. Amah Devi’s passion for the Divine names drives her ability to bring together a room full of chanting and dancing yogis, losing themselves in expression of pure bliss. She tends and nurtures her garden of LOVE by teaching yoga asana, organizing regular kirtans, and by teaching others to incorporate chanting and playing the harmonium into their daily practice.


Lisal Kayati Roberts

Lisal Kayati Roberts is a Floyd-based certified labyrinth facilitator (Veriditas.org) is passionate about labyrinths. She has studied and used labyrinths for years. Lisal conducts labyrinth learning workshops at schools, churches and special interest groups. A permanent labyrinth is under construction at Bella La Vita Inn, a B&B she owns and operates with her husband, Matt.  email: lifeimajikul@live.com  FB page: The Labyrinth Life


Shelly Bullock

As the owner of Bristol Yoga, mother of two lovely boys and a registered nurse, Shelly has sought out balance through yoga and clean living. Shelly has a love of helping others. A natural caregiver, she spent over a decade in healthcare, nursing the sick and wounded. It became evident during her career that the wounds of the general public ran deep.  She felt as a whole we needed to get back to basics: essential movement and clean, sustainable foods.  Shelly’s life long journey into exploration of yoga, farming and holistic living has brought so much to her life she is dedicated to sharing with her community. Her studies have opened her eyes to the healing power of Yoga and Meditation, tools she embraced to begin healing herself on and off the mat. With her medical background as a registered nurse and her continued training in the science of yoga, she understands the balance that exists between eastern and western medicine. It is with a holistic view of the physical and emotional body, that she encourages all her students to approach their yoga practice. She founded Bristol Yoga with the vision that Yoga is for Every Body. She firmly believes that with this ancient tool in a modern world we have the power to heal ourselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.”  -George Eliot-



Ryley Harris

I am a botanist and avid outdoorsman. I have an interest in plant/animal interactions, as well as in ethnobotany, and also maintain Radford University’s Greenhouse. I also am in charge of the gardens at Selu Conservancy, the University’s greenspace. I will be co-leading with Beck Eschroeder Yoga Hike and will also lead a Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Identification.

Yogeshwar Darin Somma and Emily Gupta

Yogeshwar Darin Somma has been teaching yoga for over eighteen years, served for five years on HH Amma Sri Karunamayi’s US Tour and was blessed by HH to teach Sri Karunamayi Yoga, a profound and unique practice for accelerating one’s spiritual evolution.  Yogeshwar blends the wisdom of all world faiths with the discoveries of modern science in highlighting the essential and ecumenical truth of Vedic wisdom and has a special gift for crossing the East-West cultural divide, offering inspiring discourses at yoga festivals, universities, and Hindu temples alike.  He is the author of “Yoga is Union”, a guide to Yoga for the Western practitioner which has sold over ten thousand copies worldwide and received international praise as a profound and holistic exposition on the topic of Yoga.

Emily Gupta is an Ayurvedic chef and herbalist who infuses sacred intention, prayer, and ritual into all of her healing creations.  She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two cats. While she has studied with many great Ayurvedic luminaries, including Dr. Vasant Lad and Amadea Morningstar, her most influential teachers have been: 1) her mother, and 2) the challenges and opportunities of life itself. Emily is passionate about spices; herbs; smudging; Yoga; natural, home remedies; composting; and Divine Mother consciousness.

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