TEACHERSYoga, Movement & Presenters
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.
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 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.
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 RogersKaelyn 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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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
Grace WoodGrace 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
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.
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 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.
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 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’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.
Sarah McCarthySarah 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 LenfesteyRob 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 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 LoweryJustin 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 BurgessSuzanne 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. email@example.com
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org FB page: The Labyrinth Life
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-
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.