YOJAM 2022 TEACHERS & PRESENTERS2022 Lineup
Amanda Giacomini is a gifted artist, storyteller and yoga teacher, best known for her 10,000 Buddhas street art project. Amanda has been teaching yoga for over 20 years at her home studio Point Reyes Yoga and at workshops and festivals around the globe. In 2020 she began singing with her husband, MC YOGI, and they formed a new band The Cosmic Mellow. Visit 10000buddhas.com
Alana Leia Jones
Leia is an artist, dancer and yoga teacher. She has her 200 hr in Hatha Yoga from the Breathing Space and a 300hr certification in Therapeutic yoga from the Wilmington Yoga Center; as well as a degree in Dance and Choreography from Hollins University. Her movement practice is inspired by observing our deep connection to all things on a fundamental level. Her unique soulful teaching approach combines an emphasis on breath, heart alignment and intention. Leia hopes to inspire more joy, freedom and peace through the healing practices of yoga, dance, song and meditation.
Becky came to energy healing first through Reiki 1 training in 2011. She continued on her Reiki path and is now a Holy Fire® III Karuna Reiki® Master.
In 2017 Becky received her 200 hours to teach yoga. She received her 300 hour training in Yin Yoga in 2020 from the Summers School of Yin Yoga.
In 2018 Becky began taking classes for Thai Bodywork and uses this energy healing modality in her studio.
In 2019, Becky received her level 1 in sound healing. She uses sound healing in all of her Reiki Sessions as well as in savasana in her yoga classes. She is currently working on getting her certification in level 2 sound healing.
In 2021, Becky received her 200 instructor certification in qigong.
She resides in Davenport, Iowa with her family and owns Illuminate Healing Studio. She offers qigong, Reiki, Reiki training, sound healing, Thai Bodywork, and yoga at her studio.
Devin J.B. Dausin
Registered Yoga Teacher 500
I’m originally from California but I’ve called Virginia home since 2008. I obtained my bachelor degree in biology from Eastern Illinois University and my master degree in counselor education from Clemson University. I initially began practicing yoga as an undergraduate college student but didn’t get serious about it until 2014 when I committed to making holistic wellness a focus in my life. I currently work as the Studio Manager for In Balance Yoga and I teach public yoga classes several times a week at the studio.
Gina Minyard weaves yoga’s wisdom and with life’s ever-unfolding process, bringing it alive and experientially embodied through breath, muscle, and bone, creating a rich and magically alchemical experience through her teaching. Dynamic alignment principles, intelligent sequencing, and thematic metaphor infuse her engaging instruction, with a presence that is weighty, compassionate, and inviting. A “pillar of Grace” in the Atlanta yoga community, she is sought out for her charisma and passion, breadth of knowledge, and mastery of alignment-based methodology. For Gina, yoga is a radical practice to bring our truest Self – its steadiness, freedom, truth, and love – into full manifestation. Practicing and teaching yoga since 1999, she is committed to disciplined work infused with laughter and light-heartedness. Gina is an E-RYT 500 and YACEP with Yoga Alliance, an Authorized Teacher of Neelakantha Meditation as taught in Blue Throat Yoga, and leads workshops and trainings in Atlanta and beyond. Visit www.ginaminyard.com for more info.
Johnny Stowe got into yoga about 15 years ago and has been teaching for a decade. Under Bren Schell, his first yoga mentor, and later when practicing with Kimberley Puryear, Johnny began recognizing and embracing profound parallels between yoga and his career as an ecosopher, author, lecturer, and lover and manager of wildlands. He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Wildland Fire for 3 years, and is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, SC Registered Forester, Wildland FireLighter (not fighter) and landowner specializing in human ecology and restoration of endangered species in longleaf pine savannas and other threatened ecosystems using human’s oldest landscape-sculpting tool — prescribed fire. He is the founder of Sahyinidra Yoga, which centers on human’s place as a part of Mama Earth and involves guided imagery centered on deep-time eco-cycling movement and meditation through sacred landscapes from the cosmic to the microscopic scales. Johnny has taught yoga to international audiences in many special places scatted across western and southeastern North America, and shares his Sahyinidra and other multicultural, pan-disciplinary ideas globally in his virtual yoga and meditation classes and through field trips, lectures and writings.
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).
Nada Yoga uses Raga (melody form) and Tal (rhythmic cycle) to help the mind be steady and the senses quiet. It is listening to the inner sounds that brings us back to the source.
Jennifer Turman Bayliss
Jennifer Turman Bayliss, E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, YACEP, has practiced yoga for over 25 years. She has presented at 10 Floyd Yoga Jams, the Radiant Child Teacher Training, and for many health fairs. Jennifer has created space for wellness circles, Reiki shares, vision board parties and energy camps for children, and adults, of all levels, and abilities.
Turman Bayliss directed the Winchester Montessori School’s Young Yogis, and Budding Ballerinas programs (2006-2018). She was, also, adjunct faculty for Shenandoah University (2004-2021). She is the director of the Sunshine Studio, and is on faculty at Vostrikov’s Academy of Ballet (2005).
This year she is particularly thankful for her family, ShirleyAnn, and every volunteer for creating such a special place to gather. She hopes everyone at Yogajam takes time to breathe in the mountain air. We really are closer to heaven out here.
Kaelyn is thrilled to be back at Yojam, offering the things she loves the most for you! Kaelyn is the founder of Upward Inertia, a mind-body based nonprofit which offers yoga therapy courses within prisons and for underserved populations. In addition, she has been teaching partner acrobatics, acroyoga, and handstands for a decade, and is also an occupational therapist. Kaelyn loves helping others move past perceived barriers, connecting to their bodies and their friends in a whole new way.
Liz Bowden is a breathwork guide, earth medicine facilitator, microdosing mentor, and member of the Decriminalize Nature team.
She has lived on off-grid permaculture farms, hitchhiked throughout Patagonia, taught yoga on palm-filled islands, sat with master plant guides, and led retreats in the jungle. Life’s rich experiences and time spent in nature are her greatest teachers.
Liz’s journey with breathwork has played an empowering role in healing deep-seated trauma, regulating negative self talk, integrating deep spiritual experiences, and reconnecting to body wisdom.
“We hold the wisdom within to heal ourselves. By quieting the mind and allowing space for Spirit, breathwork is key to unlocking this sacred knowledge.”
In addition to breathwork, her soul-centered business, ReWild Spirit, offers intuitive coaching and microdosing mentorship to help others shed old patterns and addictions, embody their wild, and live in full authenticity.
M. Mala Cunningham has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychologist from the University of Wisconsin / Madison. She has had a private psychotherapy practice in Charlottesville, Va. for over 30 years. Dr. Mala is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing where she teaches graduate level courses. She is the President of Positive Health Solutions and is the Founder and Director of Cardiac Medical Yoga Program and the Neuroscience and Yoga Program. She is a long time yoga practitioner and Yoga Teacher Trainer. Dr. Mala specializes in neuroscience, mindfulness yoga, and medical yoga. She is also an author, educator, and innovator — and is passionate about sharing healing concepts. Her website is: www.cardiacyoga.com.
My most favorite job is being a father to my teenager! I am a 17 year veteran of the US Military. One of my favorite things about the military was flying helicopters!! My yoga practice started in 2014 to help find peace and break the real patterns of addiction. At the beginning of my spiritual journey I suffered from anxiety, low back and neck pain, and emotional imbalances. Ifound healing, community and the desire to help others through faith and my yoga practice. In 2016, I finished my 200 hr. yoga teacher training and more recently my 500 hr. in Feb. 2020. I spent my 500 hr. yoga training in Bali, Indonesia where the focus was on yogic elemental applications and therapy. I spend my time now focusing on my son and helping others find healing and personal empowerment through discovering themselves. I am a licensed massage therapist (LMT) as well as a Certified Vedic Thai Bodywork Practitioner, 500hr CYT, Elemental and Spiritual Coach, and Reiki Practitioner. I also have a daily meditation and yoga practice. In my spare time I enjoy playing my guitar, dancing, riding my Harley and spending time with my son.
Narayani (Noelle Whittington): ERYT500, YACEP, is a Spiritual Life Coach, Yoga teacher trainer, Bhakti Yogi, and musician offering service-based Kunga Yoga Lifestyle Teacher Trainings, and mentoring for Yoga studios since 2006. Narayani is the creator of Soul Alchemy Course: an online Group coaching course and community helping people find their Soul’s true expression. Narayani’s offerings are a deeply meaningful and creative combination of breath, dynamic movement,Yogic philosophy, Mantra, Meditation, and Devotion. A former ambassador for Lululemon and Manduka, Narayani’s mission is to help others find freedom in their bodies and voices through creative expression in order to serve in their own way.
nina be started centering.life after dedicating 45 years to yoga, embodied psychology, movement arts, mindfulness & meditation.After studying, practicing & teaching what the best of the best have to offer us, I have SO much to share with you…I am so honored to BE sharing this centering life experience with YOU. through MIndbody Centering Yoga Method. nina be is the founder of MindBody Centering Yoga, one of the first trauma-sensitive yoga techniques.
Yogaslackers- Rob Lenfestey
Sarah was given the Bodhisattva Precepts in 2012 from Teijo Munnich at Great Tree Zen Temple near Asheville, NC where she is a sangha member and attends retreats. She is currently completing a Radiant Warrior 200 Hour YTT with Yoga Farm Ithaca. Sarah is fascinated with the intersection of Buddhism and yoga. She has been part of a transforming weekly Tonglen practice group from the start of the pandemic. Tonglen is a Tibetan Buddhist compassion meditation practice of taking in and sending out. Sarah is also a children’s yoga teacher and loves sitting down with a cup of tea 🙂
Teaching was Tara’s dharma long before she realized it. She grew up with a bow and arrow in her hands, learning to pull back with just enough aim and control to send her arrow into the abyss, knowing and trusting it would hit its intended mark. And so she enters each class, each workshop, each lesson.. Having prepared her body and mind to become that bow – that vessel – that let’s her lesson…letting that arrow fly… Weaving its way into the provided space and landing wherever it is intended.
When you practice with Tara, you get more than a teacher on the mat; you gain guidance for your daily life. Inside the studio, no two classes or workshops are ever the same. Students are not told what to do, they are empowered to listen to their own bodies. Tara recently moved to Asheville from Richmond, VA, and is ERYT200, ERYT500, RCYT, YACEP, self-published author, and a Certified Coach and Mentor.
Marni Sclaroff is an author, life coach, inspired storyteller, and yoga and meditation teacher, with over twenty five years of experience in the healing arts. She leads workshops, retreats, online courses, mentoring programs, and teacher trainings in support of radiant health and vibrantly creative living. She is a devotee of earth based spirituality, and a forever student of the mystery.
Alexandria Clark, or Alex which most people have come know her as, is an E-RYT 200 certified yoga instructor with southern Georgian roots. Though from Georgia, she was raised in Virginia Beach and spent most of her childhood at the beach and in competitive sports. After high school, she soon came to the realization that her body could no longer take the strain and constant impact that competitive sports required. In college, she began to explore different avenues of exercise and was dragged to her first yoga class in 2005. The practice was very different from any other activity she had done in the past. From a vigorous sport background, yoga wasn’t love at first sight. She found it a bit boring and had a hard time slowing down and connecting to it. However, she continued to go to classes and soon found herself to be less stressed, more energetic, and generally happier. It wasn’t until a severe car accident in 2006 that brought her closer to her practice and pushed her towards teaching.
In 2007, Alex received her 200-hour Yoga Certification at Chesapeake Hot Yoga with Arianna Gallagher. Since then, Alex has committed to a regular practice of multi-styled yoga and draws inspiration from a variety of lineages, including her gymnastics background. She completed her 500-hour Training in both Tantra Yoga and Yoga Therapy with high marks. Alex is the proud owner of TEALL Transformation Yoga where she continues to teach and encourages people to explore the yoga practice.
Alex’s classes reflect her own practice and personality. Her focuses in class are proper alignment, breath, and the adjustment of the thought form. Alex motivates her students, on a physical level, to find the balance between effort and ease where challenge meets victory. She also encourages her students to find calmness and balance in the mind and to truly understand the switch from thinking to feeling. She wants all her students to leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and motivated to continue practicing. Expect a twist of sarcastic humor and respectful seriousness in every class.
What to expect in TEALL Yoga Classes:
The Teall Method is whole-self wellness through innovative movement, breathwork, and meditations uniquely designed to strengthen your body, release stuck emotion, and give you more energy. A practice that incorporates traditions yoga asana, but sequenced in a way to fully connect the practitioner to all the elements around, and within. Movements that unlock your freedom of self-expression. Expect long holds – both passive and aggressive, traditional and non-traditional flows, sculpting movements, breathing practices, mindfulness meditations, all mixed with some “Oms”!
Avid gardener, forager, educator and fun-lover. Bodhi strives to be a steward, live in harmony with all beings & leave a loving footprint on the Earth. He also helps manage Plant Path Nursery, a regenerative farm/nursery and education center, and organizes other regenerative ecological projects in the community.
Yoga Instructor & Mindfulness Coach. Owns eat.Yoga.drink, offering yoga and midfulness experiences in nontraditional spaces. She loves teaching yoga as a complement to a typical, frenetic yang lifestyle, and as a way to settle into the natural loving presence of your whole body.
Grace Wood, MS– walked with Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum village on several occasions over a twenty year period.Using walking meditation has been valuable both during periods of immense personal questions, life changes as well as moments of wanting to slow down and savor life. As a teacher she believes in John Dewey’s philosophy—learn by doing. She has facilitated organization development workshops for forty years and has recently led the Labyrinth team at Unity of Roanoke Valley
Jessica is an Appalachian native who found yoga to help with her mental health as part of the healing journey. Jessica is 200 hr OM Yoga Teacher who is also certified in Restorative, Yin, and Cancer Trauma Yoga. She enjoys house plants, breakfast food, dogs, concerts, and living authentically. Jessica is dedicated to helping her community thrive and works in social work. You can often find her in colorful clothes and funky patterns passing out high fives and good vibes. Mental health and spiritual wellness practices are core components of her teaching style.
Joe Klein, LPC, is the creator and lead clinician of a mindfulness-based addiction treatment program in Radford, VA called Recovery Dojo. Joe also co-founded a national non-profit called Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (www.iBme.info) which teaches meditation retreats for teens, young adults and professionals. Joe also teaches a graduate course on mindfulness meditation at Radford University. Joe has been practicing meditation since 2000 and he brings playfulness, Earth connection and whole body engagement to his mindfulness teaching.
Katherine Chantal is walking into her elder years with wonder and curiosity. Some of her time has been spent as an herbalist, spiritual guide, priestess and life ceremonialist; offering ways and means to experience life’s sacred passages.
As a passionate writer, a philosopher after a fashion, she spends her time playing with all the above, as well as, exploring and navigating the days yet remaining.
Kendall Selfe & Monica McGee
Kendall and Monica opened The Elements Hot Yoga & Wellness in Charlottesville, VA. in 2016, and together they have accumulated over 10K hours of teaching multi-level classes, workshops, as well as 200 & 300-hour yoga trainings.
Since 2012, they have continually expanded their training and experience in Physical Yoga, Meditation & Reiki.
Their classes are sprinkled with wisdom teachings, raw life expression, and humor that reflect their life journey and passion for teaching.
Class Specialization: Stability – Power Yoga – Dynamic Meditation – Advanced Yoga – Specialized Workshops – Energy Healing
Lucas’ passion is to connect people with their breath and enjoy a more embodied way of life. As an event organizer, he loves bringing people together to share yoga, breathwork, dance, music, and meditation.Lucas’s first yoga class was on the grass under the sun at a music and wellness festival. He had no idea what to expect, and will never forget the feelings of peace, love, and clarity which arose from that class. It’s that energy which has kept him coming back day by day to the mat. He currently teaches mostly hot power yoga. However, his yoga journey began with buddhist style meditation practice over 10 years ago. This training guides the meditation accompanying sivasana. He has taught at jails, hospitals, festivals, studios, schools, and recently at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Jamison is a visual artist, yoga and meditation educator, holistic wellness coach and energy practitioner. She began her yoga education at Yoga on Main in Philadelphia in 2007 and began teaching yoga in 2013. She graduated from University of the Arts in 2009 with a BFA in Sculpture. In 2017, Lindsay experienced a spiritual awakening that led her to seek more metaphysical tools which lead her to shamanic practices and magic. She has studied core shamanism with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and is currently apprenticing with Salicrow, a Psychic Medium and Volva. Lindsay offers education that integrates creative self inquiry practices, metaphysical education and holistic lifestyle coaching with visual arts. For more information please visit her website at www.lindsayjamisonart.com
I attended my first yoga class because I was bored living in a new town and I stayed because of how amazing I felt afterwards! When I teach, I use smart sequencing and a grounding approach to empower students to build a strong practice and to make difficult poses within their reach. My teaching style is suitable for All-Levels, offering modifications for Beginners and challenging Advanced practitioners.
Trained in a mindful Vinyasa style with emphasis on purposeful sequencing, assisting with care and careful alignment
OM Yoga 200 hr YTT (2016)
Trained directly under Cyndi Lee
Nicole is a studio owner, yoga teacher, yoga teacher training (YTT) faculty leader for both 200 HR and 300 HR programs, and a retreat leader. Her studio, In Balance Yoga located in Blacksburg, Virginia is a service entrepreneurship business giving back to three non-profits each quarter: Homes of Hope Orphanage in India, Farm Sanctuary, and Yoga Village. Nicole has completed three 500hr Certifications with Sri Dharma Mittra in NYC, Jimmy Barkan in Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Barkan Method of Hot Yoga) and the Kunga Yoga School (Service Based / Accessible Yoga) in Wilmington, NC with Kristin Cooper-Gulak. Nicole has a love for Bhakti Yoga and is specialized in Ayurveda, Yoga for Seniors, Kids, Pre/Postnatal, Service Leadership, Trauma Sensitive Populations, Yoga for Cancer, Gentle & Meditation, Vinyasa, Power Flow, Hot Yoga Barkan Method, Detox, Business of Yoga, Restorative, Yin, and Aerial. She is certified in First, Second and Advanced Degree Reiki Master and Reiki for Animals as well as Thai Yoga Bodywork. She is currently studying Energy Medicine with Donna Eden.
Phoebe is an author, dancer, yoga/meditation/movement teacher, and guide. She has been on a path of service and sharing knowledge and wisdom for over 25 years. But it was after a year of extreme loss in 2013 when she found herself in the vast open space in between her old life and a new life, that she dove deeply into her practices and began her company. The nOMad Collective that guides seekers and curious souls through their own transitions and the spaces in between.
Throughout that time, Phoebe also developed her movement/somatic practice, Mvt109™ for students to fully embrace the freedom of moving in their bodies, transforming old and held patterns, and reclaiming the vibrations and stories they want to bring to life. Phoebe also finds joy in sharing her story to help others in their healing. You can learn more about Phoebe’s story on her TEDx Talk, her podcast The Space in Between, and now in her book, Dear Radiant One
Yoga is for everyone and every class should be a safe place to practice without fear of judgement, believes Rebecca Elsen. This “Space Holder” owns pranapiloga in Culpeper, Virginia, a studio that offers a wide variety of classes. I focus on commUNITY and encourage students to create and hold space in their yoga journey. Rebecca has taught over 30 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.” Rebecca is tree hugger nature lover. ERYT500, YACEP
Shylah Ray Sunshine
An Algonquin native of Canada, Shylah Ray Sunshine is an award-nominated influential vocalist, musician, mother, and Soul Voice Singing coach. Coming from humble roots, she dreamed of becoming a pop star and began her self-taught journey of singing, piano, and percussion at a young age. After years of honing her craft and singing at karaoke & open mics to develop her stage presence, a visit to LA resulted in a spontaneous and serendipitous band invitation. Shortly after, Shylah began her journey as a mother and gave birth to her first daughter at home at only 20 years old.
The transformation into motherhood became a powerful and definitive catalyst for her journey as a songwriter, and she began writing and sharing her music in the Los Angeles area in 2009. Her talent was quickly recognized, leading to her rapid success as a featured artist on several documentaries, albums, and social media platforms. Her initiatory momentum continued to grow, resulting in a multitude of celebrated singles, collaborations, and live performances.
Shylah’s musical sound and style are a blend of Neo-Soul, R&B, Blues, and Hip-hop, enrapturing audiences with her gospel-like voice, sensual tones, and ultra-moving lyrics. Inspired by her lifelong idols Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, Fela Kuti, and Bob Marley, Shylah’s music is most frequently compared to and influenced by the vocal style and spiritual deliverance of Alicia Keys and Erykah Badu.
namasterrie is Terrie Thoma, RYT-500 certified yoga teacher in High Point, NC. Terrie has been practicing yoga since 2005 and has trained at NETA, Village Yoga in Duck, NC, and the Asheville Yoga Center. She teaches Vinyasa, Restorative, and Chair yoga both locally and online at www.namasterrie.com.
J Miles is yoga teacher who has been dancing to the rhythm of life since childhood. Yogi, martial artist, body worker, retired breakdancer, community activist, and the son of a Baptist minister, J Miles been learning and studying eastern arts and philosophy for nearly two decades. But movement, creativity and exploration of the self through movement has always been a constant source of curiosity and confidence. Over the years J 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. His 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”.
Aida Atzintli´s bio
A centering metaphor for Aida’s world is that of nourishment and sustenance. Body food, soul food, sensual food, intellectual food, elemental food, spiritual food -these are her media, her loves, her offerings.
After experiencing an idyllic childhood in rural Mexico, Aida’s coming of age as a young adult in Mexico City brought her life’s purpose and the Earth’s needs into sharp clarity: feed the World goodness.
This has taken Aida far down the paths of buddhism, yoga asana, urban permaculture, biodynamic beekeeping and agriculture, Anthroposophy, Mexica and Lakota oral traditions, holistic medicine, cacao ceremony, red tents, yoni egg tribes and breathwork.
She is Guardian of the elements, seeker of Spirit and practitioner of the healing arts.
Aida is certified and trained as:
- Mexica Sahumadora by oral tradition “Grandmother Águila Moteada”
- Cacao ceremony facilitator by oral tradition
- Yoni egg facilitator
- Breather by Breath Guidance
- Magnified Healing® practitioner
- Shiatsu practitioner by the Buddhist Center of Mexico City
- Reiki and massage therapist by Colegio Mexicano de terapeutas profesionales en masaje y enfermería holística AC
- Biodynamic Teacher by the DEMETER Federation
- Biodynamic Beekeeper through Spikenard HoneyBee Sanctuary
- Anthroposophical Pharmacy practitioner and current student
I started teaching movement, yoga, and things for one simple reason…to make this moving practice accessible to everyone. To set you up for success. To help you feel. To help you move in your body, to explore…those of you who have taken my classes or trainings or traveled to far away places with me, I thank you.
Today you can find me teaching a few public classes, private sessions, Teaching YTT, and Retreats all over the world. As Mary Oliver said, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Director of Yoga Energy Therapy, Peace Hill Chateau, & One World Village
As a Certified Yoga Therapist, Carolyn is very eclectic in her yoga offerings from Yin to Laughter to Baby Goat Yoga, and everything in between! What is her favorite? Mostly Gentle and Restorative Yoga! She will meet her clients where they are and help them to remove the dust and Shine On into their best most healthy and joyful selves!
Darin Yogeshwar Somma
Darin Somma (Yogeshwar) has been teaching meditation and yoga for two decades in the Nation’s Capitol of Washington D.C. He is a certified yoga therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), and is an advisor on the board of Taksha University’s Institue of Yoga Therapy and Meditation (IYTM). He is also a yoga therapist and member of the teaching faculty for Vedic Health, Inc., based out of Rockville, MD.
He was blessed in 2010 by HH Bhagavati Sri Karunamayi Amma to teach a unique and profound yoga asana practice for accelerating one’s spiritual evolution suitable for all levels, and has taught this sequence in seminars around the country.
He is the author of Yoga is Union, a guide to viewing the full landscape of Yoga for the Western practitioner which has sold over ten thousand copies worldwide and received praise as a profound and holistic exposition on Yoga.
Darin has a background in science, holding degrees in Math, Physics, Philosophy, and Psychology. While he loved the analytical tools of science, he found the common worldview of scientists and the assumptions made severely lacking. He concluded, particularly from his study of Physics, that consciousness is at the heart of the universe, and this conclusion eventually led him to the teachings of Yoga and the vast sciences of consciousness which are recorded in the Vedic scriptures and are still living in the traditions of Sanatana Dharma.
Darin is passionate about the power of the authentic knowledge of the rishis to bring transformation to our world. He believes the science of Self-Realization can bring healing to our lives and to our world home. He has a special gift for crossing the East-West cultural divide, and seeks to make each class an offering of spirit that allows for a safe and intimate encounter with one’s own highest self.
Grace & The Zen Within
InStill Mindfulness SWVA
Our teachers at Yoga Jam:
Joe Klein, LPC, CSAC is the creator and lead clinician of a mindfulness-based Partial Hospitalization Program for addiction treatment in Radford, Virginia called Recovery Dojo. He began practicing meditation in 2001 and is a co-founder and a lead teacher of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme).
Lori Marsh, PhD is a math professor and former engineer who became interested in yoga and eastern philosophy after hiking the Appalachian Trail. She has completed a Yoga Alliance Certified yoga teacher training and taught yoga and mindfulness for several years. Her daughter was an ordained Buddhist nun in Myanmar, where they have spent months together in retreat.
Jamie Reygle is the executive director of InStill Mindfulness. He began studying meditation techniques in the late ’90s, and has been practicing mindfulness since 2003. Since then, his interest in mindfulness has led him to teach mindfulness in many settings, including public schools, businesses, independent workshops, and music festivals; and staff around a dozen iBme retreats.
jacquie (nariswansong.com) wandered this planet for 40 years before a serious accident brought her into a yoga studio seeking recovery from those physical injuries, and so much more. New adventures followed, from leaving a corporate career behind to opening her own farm to table restaurant, to a creative life of simplicity and sobriety at her rural homestead in the breathtaking Appalachian mountains. She is an insatiable student of the teachings of mama nature, Buddhas from all traditions, and her own wild experience in this body. Her aim is nothing short of relieving the suffering of all beings, starting with herself, and radiating that joy outwards in all directions as she travels, practices, sings, and writes. She weaves her own experience with 12 step recovery programs, wisdom traditions, and shared song into her offering of gratitude for the incredible beauty of this life when you learn to love yourself well, at any age.
Julie’s style to teaching yoga emphasizes the value of each individual’s unique sensitivities & perspective. Incorporating breath, restorative asanas and subtle body adjustments in her classes she invites and inspires you to play, move and express a practice as unique as you are, uplifting your mind, body and spirit. She has her 200 hr in Hatha Yoga from the Breathing Space and a extensive certifications from Asheville Yoga Center.
She currently teaches at The June Bug Center in Floyd and works with Individuals privately exploring their personal needs in their own body, and has a diverse background teaching a broad spectrum of styles including, hatha, vinyasa flow, yin, restorative & meditation classes.
When not found on the mat you can find Julie exploring, collecting plants, hiking, chasing her kids or creating jewelry, which are all a constant source of inspiration and flow in her life.
For over a decade, Jon has inspired people all around the world, teaching classes and workshops on empowerment, goal setting, forgiveness, emotional fluency, vocal expression and trauma healing. He has trained school teachers on how to build more meaningful connections with their students and facilitates weekly men’s groups. He has been hired by Radford university to help design courses on leadership and emotional understanding. He also runs multiple all-gender all-ages free sport leagues to promote healthy living, cooperation, and community building.\
Devoted to holding spaces for connected ways of being, Katie offers Mind, Body, Spirit Coaching with Life in Balance Counseling and Wellness Center, hosts community events with her husband on their land, Jewel Creek, and leads goddess retreats through her company, Interweave Conscious Movement®. www.Interweave.Love Katie Wells is offering Goddess Dance and Ecstatic Dance at Yoga Jam
Kevin May is an Author, Personal Development Coach, Musician, and Community Organizer from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He has traveled the world sharing his music and his book “Unlocking Our Superpowers.” He also leads fun workshops combining Poetry and the Interactive, Flow-State game called Peace Sticks.
Her Sacred Circle creator.
SoulShine Studios Co-Owner
Preston is a mindfulness educator and a professional photographer, as well as an outdoor enthusiast. She discovered her passions for yoga, photography and the natural world while teaching English in Thailand for two years after college. She moved to Denver in 2017 where she began to teach yoga, build a photography business, and host wilderness retreats several times a year. She currently teaches mindfulness, art and outdoor education to youth all over Richmond. She is passionate about pathways to health and healing through nature therapy, creative expression and movement, and the powerful foundations these practices hold for human joy.
Ravinderpal Gill (Ravi)
Shawn & Marie Nuthall
Together for over 20 years, Shawn and Marie are true partners in life, love, family, and business. Opening Fair Winds Wellness in 2019 presents a daily opportunity to bring yoga and the healing arts to locals and the surrounding communities near Cambridge, Maryland, and beyond.
MC YOGI is a recording artist, author, and yoga teacher. He’s taught yoga and performed at festivals across the globe including headlining at Wanderlust Festival in over 30 US cities as well as Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Korea. His unique style of music and teaching is joy filled and spiritually uplifting. His new band The Cosmic Mellow features a distinctly Northern California sound with a retro 70s psychedelic surf rock vibe. mcyogi.com
Hi! I’m Barri DeFrancisci, and I’m always on the move. From the time I was a young girl, I studied ballet intensively with renowned teachers across the US, Russia, and Israel. I received my BA in Dance at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, and performed professionally with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel and Dissonance Dance Theatre in Washington, DC.
I discovered Yoga in high school, and started practicing regularly. It not only improved my balance, strength, and flexibility, but also taught me tools to calm my mind, love my body, and ease the stresses of daily life. I received my 200 hour certification from international Ashtanga Yoga teachers Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldmann at Miami Life Center. In December 2019, I traveled to Mysore, India, where I studied for an extended time with Ashtanga Yoga Paramaguru, Sharath Jois. I take pride in not only dedicating my life to teaching, but also continually being a student.
Danielle M Stern
Danielle Stern (E-RYT 200) is a co-founder of Bhav Brigade, a donation platform of inclusive, accessible, and philanthropic yoga, based in Norfolk, Virginia. She began teaching yoga in 2015 following completion of her RYT 200 with Logan Taylor Tymoff of Satya Yoga Norfolk. Practicing yoga and satsang keeps Danielle grounded amidst the hectic pace and ego of academia. As a queer college professor of communication and gender studies, Danielle teaches inclusive, dynamic, slow, but strengthening yoga for all bodies. Danielle is also trained in trauma-informed yoga, as well as myofascial release, yoga nidra, and yin and restorative yoga styles.
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Hello! My name is Jennifer Hopper, I go by Jenn for short. I have been a yoga teacher for the last 12 years and practicing for 14 years. I love the practice of yoga and how it can be so helpful for so many people. I believe yoga is for every person’s body, not just everybody.
I am personally working on my supervision hours to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and desire to incorporate yoga, mindfulness and breath work into my work every day. I am hoping to begin a 300 hour yoga teacher training this year to build upon my 200 hour previous training. I am currently a substitute yoga instructor at In Balance Yoga in Blacksburg!
Join me for a fun, energetic, relaxing time at Floyd Yoga Jam. A weekend you will soak in all the love of yoga, people and all things peaceful. I never regret taking this weekend to just be.
Jill is an astrologer, mystic, yogi and mom. A recovering yoga studio owner, she founded Uttara Yoga Studio in Roanoke, VA in 2008 and moved on from that project in 2021 to create her current business, Nuit Astrology. She offers spiritual counseling services, astrology readings, yoga and tarot readings.
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Lee (she/her) is a yogi, healer and dancer. She has been studying and practicing yoga for over 15 years, and it is one of her greatest passions to share the practice with others. Lee completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yogaia in Louisville, KY. Lee went on to complete her 300 hour teacher training with Laughing Lotus in New York City, and was trained in their signature Lotus Flow. Lotus flow is a style of vinyasa yoga that leads students through a dancing, moving meditation. Lee traveled to Rishikesh, India with Laughing Lotus in 2018 and 2019. Lee is an experienced yoga teacher with over 1,000 hours of teaching experience. Lee co-lead a 200 hour teacher training with Maha Vira Yoga in 2019-2020. Lee inspires her students to take the lessons they learn on their mats into their daily lives. During Lee’s classes be prepared to smile, sweat, be empowered and leave feeling a little lighter. In her teachings she weaves movement, mudra, mantra, Hindu mythology and chakra work. Lee is also a mental health therapist and works with individuals and families at a holistic private practice in Louisville, KY. Lee believes that healing happens in the body, and she guides and inspires folx on their individual healing journeys.
Lori Marsh is a retired engineering professor with over 20 years of practice with asana, meditation and long- distance hiking. She is a teacher, facilitator and board chair of InStill Mindfulness, a non-profit organization that cultivates kindness, caring, and compassion through community, education, and action. In 2018, while hiking Kilimanjaro in Tanzania she was asked to lead a yoga practice. No one had mats and everyone had walking sticks, hence an idea was born. Walking Stick Yoga combines hiking, meditation, and asana to literally take the posture practice off the mat. Lori has published both a book and a video describing Walking Stick Yoga.
Meredith Eileen Fox Fire
In my current teachings of Yoga, I diverge quite a bit from the teachings of the ancient yogis. My own ancestral Celtic heritage is calling me back home with great urgency; my roots bleed from being ripped out of their sacred grounds. This emergence of ancestral knowledge begs us to restore our severed connection to Ourselves, The Land and All Beings who inhabit Her.
Nitya Griffith, E-RYT200 CRYT completed the Integral Yoga 200hr Teacher Training in 2005, then was certified to teach Yin Yoga by Biff Mithoefer in 2012, and is also a self-trained kids yoga teacher. Nitya offers mindfulness yoga programs for children, yoga retreats, and Nitya Living Kid’s Yoga Teacher Trainings. Her business, Nitya Living, has been offering yoga, astrology and feng shui programs and services for over 20 years. She is passionate about sharing the wisdom of living yoga on and off the mat. Her classes are deeply inspiring, rejuvenating, and spiritual.
Nitya has published “A Child’s Journey into Yoga”, “The Yogaville Coloring Book”, “The Nitya Living Cookbook; Seasonal, Local, Vegetarian Meals for a Healthy Family”, and “Musings from the Mat; Inspirations and Poetry”.
Ryley C. Harris is a biogeographer, botanist, and avid outdoorsman. Ryley regularly leads plant and tree identification workshops across the New River Valley, most notably at FloydFest and Radford’s Wildwood Park Summer Nature Series. This is Ryley’s fifth year teaching at Floyd Yoga Jam. Ryley received his undergraduate degree from Radford University in Environmental Biology and is currently a masters student at Virginia Tech, where he is studying landscape change in sensitive ecosystems.
Shelsea started her yoga journey in 2003 as a teenager. At first, she practiced yoga as a way to stretch and find more peace.
In 2006 she went to live at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram where she was introduced to Yoga Philosophy and the Vedanta tradition.This is when she really felt a connection with her highest self and realized the healing power of yoga.
After her time at the Ashram she started teaching yoga in New York, and then moved to Philadelphia where she led classes for professional athletes, recovering abuse victims, and people of all different backgrounds. Her time in Philadelphia was spent attending kirtan, learning different modalities, and building her teaching skills all over the city.in 2014, Shelsea got married to her husband Chris. Shortly after their wedding they moved to the Washington D.C. area. Shelsea taught at AOL and Yahoo Headquarters and many studios in the DC area. in 2016, after their first baby, Kalina, they moved to Myrtle Beach, SC where Shelsea purchased her first Harmonium. She fell in love with chanting and loved playing her harmonium in classes where people had never seen one before. In 2019, after having their second baby, Ayana, they moved to South Florida and 8 months later decided Myrtle Beach was home.Settling down in Myrtle Beach has been so fulfilling for Shelsea and her family. You can find her leading Yoga overlooking the ocean, under palm trees, in the forest, or on the lake.Her classes weave in storytelling, meaningful themes, humor and words of encouragement. As Ram Dass says “We’re all just walking each other home.” Shelsea strives to guide people home within themselves, to a place of self acceptance and deep bliss.
Om, my name is Sunshine Ray. I have been on a journey to heal my mind and body. My desire to heal has lead me to a true passion, to help others do the same. I am a certified Yoga Instructor and Life Coach with a Registered Yoga Teacher Certification from a Yoga Alliance (YA) recognized institute. I completed my Yoga Teacher Training in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala through School Yoga Institute. For me, teaching yoga, Life Coaching, and holding Men’s Circles is an honor and a privilege. I truly believe that healing is for everyone and anyone can find the magick within. I strive to help everyone find their power, leave ego behind, and ultimately discover the mind-body connection that is so beautiful in yoga and embodiment work.
Belly Dancers, Stilt Walkers, Fire Dancers, Awesome Clown Show, Puppet Show, The Color Project, Aerial Yoga, Cloggers, and more….
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Full Circle Flow Arts
River and Julia McDowell
Embrace your child-like learning nature and come play! See how movement and flow can increase your mental and physical stamina as well as happiness and attitude towards life. The Flow Zone is an interactive free-form play ground where you can try out a flow-prop like a Hoop, Staff, or Poi without time restraints, pressure or obligation. We can also offer on-the-spot free-form beginner instruction that is fun, exciting, and informative because it’s customized to you. So let go of your hesitation and come enjoy how good it can feel to dance and play in the Flow Zone.