TEACHERS

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.

www.davidnewmanmusic.com

 

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

Druminyasa

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.

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

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

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.

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

 

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.

 

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

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.

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!”

 

 

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.

 

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.  

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,

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.

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.

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.

 

 

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

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.

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

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.

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!

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