YOJAM 2019 TEACHERS & PRESENTERSLooking forward to 2019 !
Jules Febre was born and raised in a section of New York City known as the Lower East Side. At the age of 13, Jules spent three months in India; two of which were spent in Mysore studying Ashtanga Yoga with Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. During that time he was invited to share satsang with Swami Nirmalananda and Shyam Das, two radical yogis that have each contributed greatly to the progression of yoga in the West. At the age of 16 Jules began working at the Jivamukti Yoga School helping to clean, and is now considered one of the leading teachers of the Jivamukti Yoga method, teaching the method world wide as well as facilitating at the very highly regarded teacher training programs.
Jules travels and teaches for a major part of each year, including Europe, Australia, Asia, and more. His classes offer a wide range and depth of understanding of Yoga Asana as well as Meditation, Chanting, and Yoga Philosophy.
Teaching yoga is Jules’ passion. He is grateful to his teachers, Sharonji (Gannon), Davidji (Life) who he has had the privilege of studying with for over 15 years, for igniting his devotion to the Jivamukti Yoga practice and for inspiring countless students around the world.
Amanda is a dedicated Yogini with over 20 years of practice and fifteen years of teaching. She teaches weekly classes other studio which she co-founded in 2001 with MC YOGI, Point Reyes Yoga in Point Reyes, California.
A Yoga Love Story
Amanda met her husband Nicholas, aka MC YOGI at a yoga teacher training at It’s Yoga in San Francisco in 2000. The two fell in love, traveled to India the following year and then opened their own yoga studio inside Nicholas’ family barn in Point Reyes Station, CA. When they started out, they each worked a handful of jobs to float the rent. Amanda worked part time at her sister’s dog hotel and did freelance graphic design, and Nicholas loaded hay at his family store Toby’s Feed Barn and worked at the local pizza parlor. For the first seven years of their yoga studio, they taught all of the classes, and were open seven days a week, 364 days a year, with one day off for Christmas.When MC YOGI released his first album ELEPHANT POWER, they started to get invitations to perform and teach across the country. As a visual artist, Amanda helped MC YOGI to create a visual show that they could preform live to go with his unique style of yoga inspired Hip-Hop. It was a mash up of sacred Indian art, Bollywood, graffiti and vintage breakdancing footage from the 80s. As artists and yogis, they continue to travel, teach, and perform together all over the world.
Your teacher, Ariele, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, founder of
YogaAnatomyAcademy.com, a long time yoga teacher, and an advocate
for depth and quality in yoga practice and instruction. For more
information on Ariele, see http://sacredsourceyoga.com/ or https://
Leslie began practicing yoga in 2008 with Nancy Allen, her primary teacher. She continued her studies and practice of yoga with Desiree Rumbaugh, Cyndi Lee, Lila Brown, Paul and Sommer Sobin, and other wonderful teachers. She graduated in 2014 from the Thousand Petals Yoga Program in Chapel Hill, N.C. Leslie hopes to inspire voluptuous women like herself to have a more positive relationship with their bodies. Her classes incorporate gentle movement in sync with the breath and emphasize proper alignment for both freedom and stability.
Yogi J Miles
I am a Yogi, martial artist, body worker, retired breakdancer, community activist, and the son of a Baptist minister, and have been learning and studying eastern arts and philosophy for nearly two decades. But movement itself, and creativity and exploration of movement through dance has always been a constant source of curiosity and confidence. From learning how to headstand at five from my father, to walking on my hands and tumbling as an adolescent, to playing sports as a teen, to poppin and lockin, I’ve always been moving. These all came together for me in the Brazilian art of Capoeira, with its precision and elegance, freedom and beauty. That inexplicably led me me to Hung Gar kung fu and my first real Teacher, who unknowingly led me to yoga. From books by Muata Ashby, to the teachings of Swami Satchidananda and Integral Yoga, along with Ashtanga, Jivamukti and other prominent systems of yoga, my “style” has crafted a style tempered by real life and humor, and relies on the importance of breath as a guide and a source of strength. My classes aim to create for each person a fluid, sustainable and enjoyable practice, that hopefully will prove to be beneficial over a lifetime. And even as this ancient practice continues to evolve, the mantra continues to be “practice is effort toward steadiness of mind”.
Anton Holmes Mackey
With a background in anatomy & physiology and a passion for seeking the truth, Anton skillfully bridges the gap between the physical and spiritual, giving students the freedom to experience the beauty of the divine feminine grace and inner masculine strength.
He travels around the globe teaching workshops and teacher trainings, presenting at festivals and leading yoga and meditation retreats
Jon has a business degree from Concordia University, and has studied Coaching for Transformation, Non-Violent Communication, and Robbins-Madanes Training, among many other disciplines. He co-created Awakening Harmony, a musical connection retreat that promotes emotional empowerment and vulnerability. He was the director of Montreal’s largest children’s day camp for 6 years and was a team building coach for high performance athletes for 5 years. Jon has been coaching and counseling for more than 10 years and enjoys yoga, authentic relating, music, acrobatics, gardening and woodworking. He lives in Asheville, NC with his wife and friends on a co-owned community land project.
From living in a group home for at-risk youth to becoming a renowned yoga teacher and musical innovator, MC YOGI is on a mission to bring good music and good energy into the world. Having grown up immersed in hip hop culture before finding yoga in his teens, he naturally began to integrate the two, setting yogic wisdom to hip hop beats.
Alana Leia Jones
Leia is an artist, dancer and yoga teacher. She has a degree in Dance and Choreography from Hollins University, and is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor. Her personal practice is rooted in the unification of yoga and dance. Inspiring creative expression and empowerment through this combination. She has learned that mindful movement has the ability to quiet the mind while reconnecting us to our joyful-spirit. Her unique soulful approach is an exploration of movement, intention and breath. Leia begins her 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in the Yoga Therapy Track with the Kunga Yoga School at Wilmington Yoga Center July 2017.
Kate Waitzkin is a yoga and meditation teacher recognized for her accessible and potent approach to guided meditation and creating vinyasa classes with a blend of breath-centered flow, inspired sequencing, and purposeful moments of reflection. Kate has taught yoga + meditation since 2005 and co-leads the 200 + 300 hour training programs for Wanderlust Austin. Formally trained through YogaWorks in New York, her primary teachers today are Rod Stryker and Elena Brower with whom she travels to study annually.
Adrianne is a social change agent focusing on using yoga and conscious movement as a means to promote
peace and overall well being. She sees self-care as an integral method to help people truly re-imagine, and
re-create the type of world we want to live in. After spending more than 7 years as a communication
strategist for progressive nonprofits, and running her own consulting firm for three years, Adrianne shifted
her focus to life coaching and full time healing advocacy as a means to be of better service to her
colleagues–especially in our changing political climate. She wanted to find a way to link social justice work
and healing work together, as her self-care practice contained tools that had helped her find peace in her
own life, while also embracing the fire so true to her being. A life filled with constant resistance was making
her feel helpless as she was watching her colleagues get more and more burnt out. At the same time, her
connection to all things spiritual was becoming greater. Social justice is spiritual work, and so she started
Yoga for Justice in 2016 as a response to the media’s coverage of police brutality and race relations
currently dividing the country. Adrianne has continued her socially conscious yoga work by focusing on
creating inclusive spaces for people of color and college students to practice yoga, and also helping people
adapt to climate change and work toward environmental justice. Embracing the nickname Namaslay,
Adrianne uses reiki, creative movement, music, activism, yoga philosophy and continues to “teach
kickboxing like a yoga teacher,” all while encouraging others to slay the ego and allow the true self to heal.
Instagram : http://instagram.com/_namaslay
Website : http://adrianneburke.net
Bart is the owner of Global Breath Studio in downtown Durham, NC, which donates at least 30% of its profits to LiveGlobally, a local non-profit focused on creating and
supporting sustainable programs for the well-being of individuals and communities, locally and globally. He has completed 200, 500 & 800 hour trainings with MindBodyCentering Yoga & Dharma Mittra. He also loves headstands. And loves power tools.
I’m a Life Purpose Enthusiast, teaching from a heart space, encouraging students to find the “Quiet between the noise” with an archeologist approach to digging deep into discovering authentic self. Three decades into this lifestyle, the excitement is still alive, I’ve learned so much with my commitment to always be a student and understand now, that pain was my greatest teacher. All my research to heal thy self from years of chronic anxiety motivated me to study and train in a plethora of holistic practices which naturally put me onto the path of the Healing Arts practicing as an Integrative Life Coach, Reiki Master, Massage Therapist and Yoga Teacher. Awakening into my soul space and out of my head space with countless teachers who guided and influenced me on the journey has been a gift so I can be of service to others. Visit our sangha, started in my home back in 2004, evolved the studio onto the Occoquan River for many years to now planted in Northern VA, close to the Washington DC, Maryland region