TEACHERS & PRESENTERSYoga, 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.
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.
Jeffrey Cohen 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”.
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.
Rob Lenfestey is an educator and innovator in the world of creative holistic empowerment and physical mastery. He’s the master of Slack Lining at the YogaJam. Join him as he leads us into Wilderness Yoga, a true Integrated Yoga Practice that takes the practice of Yoga Asana and expands the experience available with each and every breath and movement.
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”.
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.
Katherine Devine-Originally from Providence, RI, Katherine received her undergraduate degree in art from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and her Master’s degree from Hollins University. She received the Woman of Achievement Award in Art from DePaul Community Resources in 2011, and the People’s Choice, Top Three Best Local Artists, from the readers of City Magazine in 2013. She has over twenty years experience exhibiting and teaching in a variety of media to all ages and has been a guest artist participating in community art projects at Floydfest, Floyd Yoga Jam, the Roanoke Greek Festival, Roanoke Parks and Arts Program, and many other festivals and events. She has created logos, murals and commissions for many area businesses and private collections. Katherine currently works and teaches in Old Southwest, Roanoke ,VA.
Mary Furlo has a background in Elementary/Early Childhood Education (Penn State University) and Business (Seton Hill University). She is proud to call southwestern PA her home. Mary owned and operated Wisdom and Wonders, Inc. Child Care and Yoga Studio from 2004 to 2007, where she had the pleasure of bringing yoga into the lives of children and adults. Mary is an E-RYT 200 and RCYT through the Yoga Alliance. After years of working at various schools and Universities, Mary has returned to her true passion of teaching yoga to children. Mary co-founded Satya Yoga, LLC. in Greensburg, PA, and she is dedicated to sharing yoga with people of all ages throughout the community. Mary believes that our children are our future, and by bringing the practice of yoga into their lives, she is sharing peace, one child at a time, on and off the mat.
Michelle Keenan, E-RYT 200 and RPYT through the Yoga Alliance, is a native of Southwestern PA and the owner and co-founder of Satya Yoga, LLC. in Greensburg, PA. She has 12 years of experience teaching students of all ages to learn about themselves and create community through their practice of yoga. Michelle’s teaching philosophy is that the breath is the tempo and the body is the dance. She encourages students to learn to trust the wisdom of their bodies, and that their true practice happens off the mat. Dedicated to service, Michelle volunteers regularly at an organic farm and a soup kitchen. She has a BS in Management from the University of Pittsburgh, and taught environmental education for a nonprofit organization. When she’s not practicing yoga, you can find Michelle playing outside or in the theatre.