This directory contains the names and contact information for yoga teachers and studios who offer Yin Yoga classes and workshops.
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name; location: Country/State/City; contact information including: web address/Facebook name/Instagram contact; email address; phone; studio name and web address where you are offering Yin Yoga classes;
a short bio or description of your Yin Yoga teaching (100~150 words); a small head & shoulders picture.
María Eugenia Amorín Buenos Aires
María Eugenia has been practicing Yoga since 2002. She is a certified Hatha Yoga teacher Satyananda style (Hastinapura Fundation) since 2005. She has practiced and studied different traditions of yoga; Hatha Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Meditations in Upanishads and Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Eutonía and Yoga Therapy. She started to practice Yin Yoga in 2009 (Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers styles). She teachs classical Hatha yoga, Yin Yoga and Prenatal Yoga in group and individual classes.
Dhanashri Townsend has taught Yoga for fifteen years, including Yin Yoga for three years. Dhanashri studied the meridian system and oriental healing exercises twenty years ago, so incorporating Yin Yoga into her classes was a natural progression. Dhanashri has completed Level 1, 2 & 3 with Paul and Suzee Grilley. They run classes in five different locations.
Peter Townsend has been teaching Yoga for six years, and Yin Yoga for two years. He has completed Level 1, 2 and 3 with Paul and Suzee Grilley. Working many years in the health and fitness industry, he finds Yin Yoga a wonderful compliment to his strong fitness training. He lives in Fernleigh, Northern Rivers NSW with his wife Dhanashri. They run classes in five different locations.
Mel has been teaching yoga for 11 years, specialising in Yin Yoga for 3 of these. She has completed 200 hours of additional training with Paul and Suzee Grilley and is enjoying helping more Australians discover the magic of Yin.
Mel has found that Yin Yoga has profoundly changed her own life as well as that of many of her clients, bringing them relief from pain, a greater range of movement and a sense of peace and wellbeing. She teaches group classes, offers a range of workshops and also offers private Assisted Yin Yoga Therapy sessions.
Bree Naomee is a 200hr Hatha Vinyasa & 150hr qualified Yin Yoga Teacher based on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Bree has been practicing Yoga for over 10 years and teaching Yin Yoga for over 5 years. She is very passionate about what she does and is on a mission to help, share and heal around the world through the deep healing benefits and practice of Yin Yoga and meditation. Bree attends anatomy, chinese meridian & meditation workshops and trainings every year around the world and is continuosly inspired by other teachers and her students. Bree is well known for her unique, warm & authentic approach to teaching Yin Yoga funcionally.
I am originally from Belgium, where yoga is still taught in the traditional vein, with the asana practice as one step in the 8-fold yoga path, so I practiced for 30 years with truly mindful and compassionate teachers. It took up teaching yoga in 2010, after studying in Australia, India, Belgium and The Netherlands. Through the last years I realised that my own yoga practice was always yin, to counterbalance my yang nature (or pitta constitution). I then trained with Jo Phee (who acknowledges her lineage with Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers) and I now teach yin yoga, alongside hatha yoga classes, in Brisbane's bayside area.
Michael is a qualified acupuncturist and yoga teacher from Brisbane, Australia. He teaches a gentle style of yoga with an emphasis on cultivating spaciousness throughout the body and the mind. Michael has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2008. He completed his 500hr yoga teacher training at the Byron yoga center in Australia and has done extra studies and training in Oki-Do Yoga (Japanese Yoga), Oriental medicine, yin yoga and insight meditation. He is influenced by the teachings of Peter Masters, Masahiro Oki, Moshe Feldenkrais, Paul Grilley and Jessie Chapman. His classes and workshops are gentle, therapeutic and calming.
Tahnee has been teaching Yin Yoga for five years, and has studied with Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers. She weaves her interest in energetic and structural anatomy and Taoism with her work as a chi ne tsang (Taoist abdominal massage) practicioner and herbalist to enrich her own and her student's practices. She runs workshops in Byron Bay and Newcastle, NSW.
Being one of the fortunate beings on this planet to learn yoga, it is my purpose, passion and absolute joy to share it with others in a way thats evolving and relevant. I love sharing the benefit of balancing yin and yang, as well as the esoteric foundations of yoga and self realization. Our school in Fremantle follows the non-dual teachings of Ramana Maharshi, where we embrace stillness, the self and presence interwoven with the loveliness of yin and other asana styles of practice. Join us for a class, free meditation, or silent meditation retreat.
Since 2005, Judes Yang has been an International yoga teacher who has lived and taught in the USA, Canada, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia. She has trained Yoga teachers from 2009-2013, and is currently a Level 3 Registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia and IYTA. She is trained in Shiva Rea's Prana Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, Synergy Partner Yoga, Lagree Fitness, Bikram Hot Yoga, Barre+, NLP, Vedic Meditation and is a Mind Detox Practitioner.
Judes teaches a strong but light hearted and compassionate class, focusing more on mindfulness and functional anatomy over what a pose "should" look like. She inspires her students to embody their fullest potential in every given moment. She is ever present and connected with them in their journey and her passion is fueled by watching the evolution and growth they experience from their yoga practice. Her classes have been described as 'taking a magic carpet ride'.
Aimee has been practising yoga for ten years and three years ago found the practice of yin yoga. Aimee has been teaching yin yoga for two years and recently completed her yin yoga teacher training with Jennifer Crescenzo. Aimee feels that through her exploration of yin yoga her teaching style in all yoga has changed. Connecting the students to their sensations their feelings to explore their yoga, feels wonderful.
After 19+ years of regular yoga classes, Dawn found her ever-growing interest in body, mind and spirit drew her towards a more in-depth study of Yoga and became a fully qualified Yoga teacher. She attained her 500YTT as well as Level 1 & 2 in Yin Yoga teaching with Jennifer Crescenzo and further 200hrs of Yin Yoga training (Post Grad) with Mysan Sidbo. Dawn continues attending regular teacher trainings, constantly increasing her knowledge and experience so that she may share it with others. Sharing her passion for Hatha & Yin Yoga Dawn’s classes are about breath, movement, anatomical awareness & inner calm. Her aim is to help people find their own journey with Yoga and connect to self in order to feel alive mentally & physically and encouraging them to find balance both on and off the mat.
I first fell in-love with yoga over eighteen years ago through studio and pre-natal classes and pursued my passion through attending classes, retreats and study of the 8 fold path of Yoga both in Bali and Australia. I discovered the practice of yin yoga five years ago in Bali and knew then, that this was my calling. I completed my Diploma of Yoga Teaching, 500 Hours, with The Victorian Institute of Yoga Teaching and Training (VIYETT) and am an accredited Yoga teacher with "Yoga Australia". I currently teach weekly Yin classes in Cheltenham, Victoria and will be offering YIN retreats in Rye, Victoria in 2015. I look forward to bringing my love of YIN and the 8 fold path of Yoga to my students and sharing with them this beautiful journey inwards.
Fredrika Akander has been teaching in Vancouver since completing her teacher training but moved to Melbourne, Australia in 2014 and is now teaching yin yoga, power yoga and hot yoga at various studios.
Hugh is a graduate of the Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching a 2 year fully accredited course founded by Leigh Blashki, in Melbourne. He began teaching in 2008, assisting and co-teaching with his mentor Andrew Mournehis on Yoga retreats in India, Bali and Australia. In 2013, Hugh trained in Yin Yoga with Paul and Suzee Grilley (100 hours Level one) and in 2015 trained with Sarah Powers "Insight Yoga" Yin Teacher Training 60 hours. Hugh came to Yoga and Meditation in 2002 as tools for healing after years of suffering from depression and anxiety. He has found Yin Yoga to be immensely nourishing and healing mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You will find Hugh teaching Yin Yoga classes at various Yoga studios in Melbourne. He facilitates Yin workshops, retreats and Yin Yoga teacher trainings through out the year.
Jennifer has been at the forefront of Yin Yoga in Australia, teaching Melbourne's first Yin classes and leading Yin Teacher Training in Australia and internationally. In addition, she facilitates Yoga Alliance certified 200 Hour Teacher Trainings in Melbourne and is the co-creator/facilitator of Anatomy for Yoga teacher trainings. Since 2009 Jennifer has been mentored by Yin Yoga founder Paul Grilley, completing his foundational courses and advanced studies in the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali. She has additional Yin training with Sarah Powers. Seeking greater understanding of the human form, Jennifer studies with leading fascia researcher and educator Tom Myers and dissected a human cadaver under the instruction of Gil Hedley.
Jennifer is a life-long athlete and loves movement in all forms, from the quiet stillness of Yin to the explosive power of weightlifting. Her classes combine fluid movements and still postures and she loves to find new ways to use props!
Kirsty adores teaching Yin Yoga, it is her passion to create a relaxing, restful, calm space for Yogis to turn their attention inwards, to explore their inner terrain, to understand the benefits of stillness and to leave feeling replenished. A Yin class with Kirsty includes various modalities ranging from mindfulness techniques, breath work, Qigong and meditation. She guides Yogis to understand and appreciate their physical body, while unwinding tension, softening the body and creating flexibility. She invites students to observe their thinking, to acknowledge arising emotions and to fully experience the breath in the body.
She completed her 200hr Yin Yoga TTC in Bali with Jo Phee and Joe Barnett. Kirsty has furthered her Yin Yoga study attending silent retreats of Yinspiration founder Sarah Powers. Kirsty draws on the practice of Yin Yoga personally in the fast paced world as a tool to maintain peace, clarity and a sense of self.
With a background in wobbly handstands against cupboard doors and jala neti as a child, it is no wonder that Leonie would eventually seek to deepen her yoga practice. She has completed Level 1 and Level 2 Yin Yoga teacher training with Paul and Suzee Grilley and shorter trainings with Jennifer Crescenzo and Mysan Sidbho in Australia.
Leonie's background as a qualified remedial massage therapist, heavily influenced by the slow stillness of myofascial release techniques and whispers of Thai massage, provides an excellent anatomical and energetic base to assist her students to explore the pleasure of Yin Yoga in a safe and comfortable manner. She runs Yin workshops across Melbourne and owns Flowing Life Yoga, bringing yoga into homes and workplaces. Yin is a practice that fits with Leonie's philosophy of "you don't have to fit the yoga, the yoga fits you."
Shannon Barry Melbourne (Richmond, St Kilda, Mornington)
Grass Roots Yoga Director Shannon Barry (ERYT-500) opened the door to his first Melbourne studio in May 2012, and since then has grown the business significantly to offer over 110 classes across three studios in Melbourne & the Mornington Peninsula.
Shannon, a hot yogi at heart, has moved closer and closer to the inner practices of mindfulness meditation as an integrative way to approach his own yoga practice. This has resulted in more mindfully led hot yoga classes at his studios, and also was instrumental in creating the Mindful Hot Yoga teacher training and Yin Yoga teacher trainings. Shannon teaches hot yoga, various vinyasa styles, yin yoga and meditation classes. Shannon's passion for yin yoga has accelerated since becoming part of the Insight Yoga institute run by his teachers and mentors Sarah & Ty Powers.
Sherlyn fell in love with Yin Yoga in 2015 as she was looking for a way to manage the stress of working in a corporate environment. For Sherlyn, Yin Yoga is like the nutrients for her soul; allowing her to be in touch with her inner voice and the divine feminine within. It was Yin Yoga that ignited a strong desire for her to share her practice. Sherlyn completed her 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training in May 2016 and further pursued her interest in Yin Yoga by completing the Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Bernie Clark in February 2017. As a yoga teacher, Sherlyn is passionate about holding space and delivering sparkle of inspirations for her students as they navigate through their own unique Yin Yoga journey.
Allicia is particularly passionate about yin yoga, having immersed herself in study under the tutelage of Jo Phee. Allicia teaches and practices with a focus on it's benefits of slow, mindful movement, connection of breath and in honouring ones own body to allow for space and balance. She hopes to encourage her students to look beyond the physical asanas and to discover the practice as a place where we can observe ourselves and learn true self-acceptance and compassion.
Paula first became interested in the practice of yoga after a trip to India 15 years ago. Drawn to the syncrinisation of breath with movement, the appeal quickly also spread to the philosophies and teachings of yoga. Deciding to become qualified and focus on yin yoga, Paula believes that yoga has something to offer everyone and that the physical and mental benefits can be found both on and off the mat.
Teaching yin yoga is my passion. I love seeing the transformation of my students during a class - both physically and mentally. Having studied under Mysan Sidbo, I teach from a very anatomical, scientific perspective to help students tune into their bodies, as well as guiding them to discover something deeper about themselves whilst in the poses and afterwards. I am also using yin yoga in my 1:1 work with students suffering from chronic pain and trauma, to great effect
Such was the impact that Yin Yoga style of practicing had on Mel's old car crash injuries and subsequent pain and issues from that, she felt the need to experience for herself 3 years ago and study deeply, the anatomy and physiology of yin (Paul Grilley) modern meridian theory (Dr. Motoyama) and offer it as a compliment to a stronger vinyasa style flow that is so popular. Thrilled that Yin is now gaining in popularity she has developed a 100HR training course for teachers that incorporates all aspects of Yin Yoga - plus what she found helpful to teach that effectively in the broader sense of physical, astral and causal bodies, including Modern muscle meridian theory, the chakras, fascia research and of course an alternate look at anatomy and physiology.
Mysan comes from an athletic background that from years of hard training caused her injury, which eventually guided her to practicing and teaching yoga. Hatha yoga was her first yoga adventure, completing 500 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher training, commencing to teach and spread good health and happiness. Due to over a decade of chronic back and knee pain, she started to experiment with longer held poses, feeling the healing magic they provided, Mysan got more curious about it. She connected with Paul Grilley and his teachings to learn what Yin yoga is all about. Now, after completing the four main levels of Paul's Yin teacher training, Mysan continues her training with Paul as well as assisting him in his teachings.
Mysan's home base is Sydney's Northern Beaches, where she teaches weekly classes and monthly workshops. She also teaches 100 hour Yin Teacher Trainings as well as Yoga Anatomy courses in Sydney and internationally.
Trish spent many years dancing professionally and choreographing various projects both overseas and in Australia. In 1989 Trish began her journey with yoga when she became pregnant with her first daughter, and continued practising yoga for a number of years. In 2004 she studied to become a teacher at Samadhi Yoga in Sydney and the rest is history. Since meeting Sarah Powers in 2007 at a teachers' workshop Trish realised her true calling in Yoga as a teacher of Yin Yoga. Trish has a student base that includes school students, gym yogis, professional footballers, dancers and private clients from all walks of life.
Trish believes that life without Yoga is one without light and shade, a life without the amazing tools to experience life to the fullest, with joy. "The greatest lesson that Yoga has taught me is the ability to find stillness and calm within you, a place where there is no judgement and no anger. I have found a place where I can feel safe and peaceful with myself and a place from where I can begin to accept, nurture and grow as a person. To be happy is a choice we can all make and give back to the Universe."
Tina has been practicing yoga for 10 years and teaching for 4 years. Her training includes 2013 in Hatha Yoga (Bikram method) and with Jo Phee, attending specialist Myofascial Therapy Release & Spine 50hr course in 2016. Tina is about to complete Sarah Powers online Meridians, Mindfulness & Yin Yoga course. In 2017 Tina will attend Jo Phee's Chinese Medicine & Hip 50hr course. Tina loves yoga and sharing this amazing gift.
Chrys holds a business degree, various yoga teaching certificates, permaculture design certificate and Findhorn flower essences certificate, and has worked for multinational corporations in Australia, Germany, Indonesia and Singapore. She quit corporate world to be a full-time mother in 2000 and to teach yoga in 2004. She is internationally certified to teach bio-psychology yoga and meditation, Raja yoga, hatha yoga and Yin yoga. Chrys conducts her classes and workshops in the beautiful Yarra Valley. Inspired by her study in the Tao and Tantra, her teaching is based on heart-centered living, a cultivation of harmony within oneself, with others and the environment and the Cosmos. She is currently learning internal and external Qi Qong, among other healing arts. She also owns and manages an organic well-being shop and building her food garden. Chrys finds regular Yin yoga practice has been beneficial in inducing clarity prior to meditation and conscious physical preparation prior to internal/ external Qi Gong practice.
I was first introduced to Yoga in 1999 in California. I started out with Vinyasa Yoga and Bikram Yoga and have completed several Teacher Trainings over the next years. Starting to teach in 2002 in Vienna, I practiced furthermore with Tony Sanchez in San Francisco and Mexico (Yoga Challenge Teacher Training), in India at the Bishnu Gosh College (Kalkutta), and got the Hot Vinyasa Flow Certificate (by Jimmy Barkan, in Fort Lauderdale). I am registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT 200, and with more than 1,000 hours of Teacher Trainings).
I discovered Yin Yoga at around 2004. It became an important part of my own personal practice, and finally in 2010 I completed the 100hours Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Paul and Suzee Grilley in Hamburg. Ever since then my Yin Yoga practice has deepened and I like to pass it on in my classes. Generally I teach Vinyasa with Yin Yoga Elements, that's why I like to call it "YinYogaFlow". I am deeply grateful for Yin Yoga and its effects on my whole Yoga and Meditation practice and in my classes.
For Manu, Yin Yoga is a possibility to find stillness and space in an active and turbulent life. It's the renaissance of "il dolce far' niente" - the sweetness of doing nothing. Manu came to Yoga in the year 2006. Because of the approach of exemption from performance her interest grew deeper and she decided to become a Yoga teacher. She completed her teacher training for Hatha Yoga in 2014 and developed her interest for Yin Yoga in the same year. She attended her Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Markus Henning Giess and gives classes weekly.
After more than a decade of practicing&teaching Yang Yoga disciplines I discovered my passion for the quiet, subtle and still powerful practice of Yin Yoga. I did Yin teacher trainings with Paul and Suzee Grilley in California, Istanbul, Thailand and Germany as well as with Bernie Clark in Vancouver. I love to contribute in spreading Yin as a valuable tool to complete and balance Yang activities.
Nathalie started with Hatha yoga in 1992 at a Buddhist center in Brussels. For over 18 years she studies Integral yoga of Sri Aurobindo for which she yearly goes to India. In addition, she deepen her yoga teachings by regularly following teacher trainings: 500-hrs Raja yoga; Yin/Yang yoga with Sarah Powers, Joe Barnett, Anat Geiger & Marcel van de Vis. She is now finalising a 200-hrs teacher training in Therapeutic Yoga.
Nathalie invites you to practice yoga with mindfulness, gentleness and respect. She encourages you to look inside and work on yourself, so you come to balance both physically and mentally.
'One Yoga Karel' stands for deep physical, mental and energetic (re-)charging through blissful, healing and achievable practice for all. Already in my childhood yoga came to me naturally through my father who was (and still is) a passionate practitioner. Later during my education and profession as a concert violinist and professor, alignment of the body and purity of mind and energy became important themes in my life. In the recent years I followed several professional yoga courses. There were also meetings with D. Chopra, Amma, Sadhguru etc. In 2017, I did a specialization in yin yoga with Bernie Clark in Vancouver. It is my intention to keep on following yoga- and meditationcourses and pass the best of it to other people!
Dace started to practise yoga in early 2005 as part of upgrading her quality of life after moving to Brussels. For a few years she enjoyed the flow and effort of Ashtanga practise, then was led to investigate and appreciate other yoga styles - Iyengar, Anusara, Kundalini and Somatic yoga. She feels fortunate to having followed workshops with such teachers as R.Sharath Jois, Donna Farhi, David Swenson, Gurmukh and Jayendra Hanley. A major turning point in her practise was teacher training on Yin yoga and anatomy with Paul and Suzee Grilleys in 2010. Having completed two more teacher training courses with the Grilleys in 2013, Dace is looking forward to sharing this insightful yoga style with interested yogis in Belgium.
Devananda started Yoga in 1995 and experienced different yoga styles. He discovered in 2013 the benefits of Sampoorna Yoga on the body and mind and became a regular practitioner. He wanted to share the benefits with other people and became Sampoorna Yoga Teacher in 2015 after being trained by Shri Yogi Hari (200H RYT). He's also a Thai Yoga Massage therapist as the connection of body, mind and breath is vital in yoga.
In 2016 he followed a Yin Yoga Training course by Joe Barnett to bring Yin Yoga into his classes. He's so proud to be able to share Sampoorna and Yin Yoga Joy, Bliss and Happiness with his students. Regular practice and teaching allows him to achieve balance and remain happy and positive in life.
I have been practicing yoga for the last 15 years following serious eyes problems that forces me to stop with ballroom and Latin-American dances. Yoga helped me to accept this situation and to improve little by little my sight and vision. Convinced that this experience could be useful to other people, I did a four year training in hatha and kundalini yoga and specialized in yoga for the eyes. I attended a post-training in Yin Yoga at the International School of Yoga and Movement (Poland); degree recognized by the Yoga Alliance and since then teach more and more yin classes. What I like in yin yoga is that it makes yoga reachable to everybody: you learn to live the present moment, discover how to let go and release stress, practice breathing in order to stretch and empower all your body respecting you! I teach in French, English, Spanish and Dutch.
Lindell discovered yoga in the eighties through her parents and uncle who practiced Hatha Yoga. Intrigued by the yoga books at home, she loved to try out the postures. During her school years she took classical dance classes. She came back to yoga as a tool to find space, freedom and peace of mind.
After years of practice, including a disciplined home practice, Lindell enrolled in a Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. She fell in love with the principles of Yin Yoga and completed a 200 hours Yin Yoga Teacher Training. She keeps studying by practicing and training with teachers that inspire her.
- 200 hrs Hatha Yoga with Yogalife, - 30 hrs Yin Yoga Fundamentals with Joe Barnett, - 200 hrs Yin Yoga with Jo Phee & Joe Barnett, - 65 hrs Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release with Jo Phee.
Tracey found yoga in 2007 when she was burned out and in need of a life overhaul. The physical and mental practice of yoga brought her back to her body and into health. As a teacher, she supports you in learning to tune into your own body again; to feel and listen to the incredible intelligence of your body. Tracey wants the health and feel-good benefits of yoga to be accessible for every body, all ages and all abilities. It doesn't matter how flexible or fit you are, what matters is that you move and work with what you've got. Tracey trained with Markus Henning Giess and Karin Michelle Sang of Yin Therapy and will further her studies with Paul & Suzee Grilley in 2018.
Christel has been practising yoga since 2006 and teaching yoga since 2009. A certified yin yoga, power yoga, vinyasa yoga teacher and Reiki therapist, Christel has her own yoga studio in Gent, Belgium where she gives group yoga sessions and Reiki treatments. She also teaches yin/power/vinyasa yoga classes at several body & mind centres in the Gent area. She has studied with Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, Bryan Kest and Louisa Sear.
Sally Haggerty, RYT, has been a yoga and meditation practitioner since 1990 and a Kripalu Certified Teacher since 2000. She has integrated Yin Yoga as taught by Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers in her practice and teaching since 2003. She specializes in sessions to reduce stress, cultivate a meditative practice, to keep the body and mind supple - and to bring lightheartedness to the practice of yoga. Sally has had training in comparative anatomy, positional therapy, Phoenix Rising, yoga for children, and assorted other areas of yoga interest, and is a learner in Buddhist teachings and qi gong. She has offered classes since 2000 in Harpswell (near Brunswick and Bath), and continues teaching classes at her home and in the greater Brunswick area, as well as on Caye Caulker in Belize, Central America.
Andrea Wellbaum opened the first Hot Yoga studio in São Paulo, Brazil, which offers traditional Hot Yoga styles and also styles which are considered the evolution of Hot Yoga. She has 700 hours in Hot Yoga training and studied Yin and Meditation with Sarah and Ty Powers. Andrea teaches Yin Yoga in a warm environment and uses these classes to explore aspects of yoga like breath enhancement and meditation techniques, which are easier to learn in quiet, long floor postures. If you are visiting São Paulo or living in the city, give Warm Yin a try!
Fe has been practicing yoga for 14 years, teaching yang yoga styles for 4 years and Yin yoga for 2 years. She took the Yin yoga teacher training with Bernie Clark in Vancouver. Yin practice complements her outdoors sports and yang lifestyle. A yin practice can be powerful and challenging, yet relaxing and gentle at the same time. During her yin yoga classes, Fe focuses on the meditative and quiet aspects of yin practice so students can be at peace even where there may be challenge. Currently Fe guides yang/yin workshops and teaches yin yoga classes both in São Paulo and Ilhabela-Brazil.
Alan is a Senior Yoga Teacher who has been teaching Yoga since 2001. He has in excess of 3000 training hours. He teaches a flowing style of Yoga with influences of Astanga, Iyengar, and Moksha (Hot) Yoga.
Alan’s first Yin Yoga class was when he attended a weekend workshop with Paul Grilley in 2007 at Yoga Passage. He began to further his exploration of Yin Yoga by attending Bernie Clark’s 60 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Whistler, BC. May 2013. He now has over 300 Hours of Yin Yoga Trainings. He has completed Yin trainings and workshops in Yin with Joe Barnett, Carly Forest, Sarah Powers and most recently a 100 Hour, 16 day Yin Yoga Training with Paul Grilley in Soquel, California in May of 2017. He is going back to study with Paul Grilley’s, Unit 2 Advanced Anatomy in July 2018.
Alan has been teaching Yin Yoga since 2013, and in April 2015 he started Teaching Yin Yoga Trainings in Calgary at Yoga Passage. Alan is known for his detailed level of instruction, sense of humour, approachability and non intimidating teaching style.
I was introduced to yoga on my first trip to India in 1996. Ashtanga Yoga was my passion for many years, the beauty and intensity of this practice was what my body and mind seemed to crave. Four babies later, my body and mind both crave something different. Today my passion is yoga in general, just being in my body, connecting to my breath and slowing down. I love Yin Yoga - I really love the stillness that comes during practice, the connectedness that is only possible through that stillness, the peace and serenity that you can reach when you aren't living in the mind.
Connecting to the present moment through my practice is one of my most treasured and greatest gifts. This is a place that I teach from, as, in a sense, it saved me. Letting go of the past, not worrying about the future, but being right here, right now, in this moment.
Debby has a 300 Hour Advanced Studies Diploma from internationally acclaimed master teacher, scholar and Yin Yoga Founder Paul Grilley. Debby not only has a deep understanding of skeletal differences and the theory and practice of Yin Yoga but a passion for the practice that has healed her and transformed her life. Debby also holds a 300 Hour Certificate from the Yoga Studio College of Canada. She has been teaching yoga classes and workshops since 2006. Debby also teaches Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings.
The beauty and power of Yin Yoga has changed my life, my practice and my teachings. It is my joy to pass this knowledge onto my students. I focus on energy meridians and chakras in my classes to move my students into a deeper yoga experience. My knowledge of skeletal differences allows me to individualize the poses for my students keeping them safe and inspired.
Deborrah has been enjoying Yoga since her early teens and has felt the positive benefits of the practice throughout her life. In addition to her Yin Yoga teacher training with Bernie Clark, Deborrah also received training through The Yoga Studio College of Canada (Iyengar) and Physical Yoga (fitness-based yoga). But she feels learning is a life-long endeavour. She is an ardent reader and strives to continually add to her knowledge base through self-learning, workshops, retreats and courses.
Deborrah enjoys sharing her passion for both Yin and Yang styles of yoga with her students and stresses the importance of maintaining a balanced life, both on and off the mat. While encouraging the safe practice of the asanas (poses), which is the physical facet of yoga, Deborrah also champions the attainment of self-awareness and an attitude of joyful curiosity and positivity. Deborrah has been teaching yoga for over 10 years and teaches private classes.
Yoga has been a part of my life since I first stepped onto my mat in 2003. My personal practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. I completed my 200 hour Elemental Vinyasa Flow teacher training in Calgary, as well as a 50-hour intensive yin training with Bernie Clark in Vancouver. I will always be a student of the practice and am so deeply grateful for the loving wisdom each of my teachers have shared with me. In my classes you can expect a peaceful and gentle approach giving you the time necessary to really allow your body to melt into each pose. In today's society I feel it is so important for people to be able to find a quiet and calm space where they can truly unwind and quiet that endless chatter of the mind. My hope is that you step off your mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.
Janis owns and teaches at My Body Couture, a private, one-on-one studio in The Devenish Building. She specializes in working with high achievers with pain and injuries that hold them back from accomplishing what they desire in life. Her focus in on helping her students interpret the sensations in their bodies. She received her Yin Teacher Training with Paul Grilley in Soquel, California. She is also certified in Yamuna Body Rolling, STOTT Pilates, and has training in Critical Alignment Therapy and Yoga
Jenelle Kitto started exploring yoga, nutrition and meditation in 1999. She studied herbal medicine at The Wild Rose College of Natural healing and graduated with honours from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2004. In 2010 she travelled to the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Meenakshi Ashram near Madurai City in India. There she completed the 200hr yoga teacher training and began incorporating yoga instruction with her work. February 2013 she completed the 50 hour Yin Training in Vancouver, BC with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts and has over 1000 hours of teaching experience on your mat. She teaches hatha, flow and yin, while sometimes stepping outside the box to incorporate different music, mantras and even vinyl records in her classes. Jenelle facilitates many yoga retreats, but her home base is in Calgary where she assists Amy Thiessen in a 200hr YA teacher Training annually.
Leah found yoga after going through a very challenging time in her life, she finds it to be an amazing way to ground herself and keep a balanced lifestyle. Yin yoga in particular has offered her the opportunity to get to know herself on a much deeper level than she ever thought was possible and she is passionate about sharing that experience with her students. Her calm energy and grounded nature can seen and experienced with every class she leads. One of her goals is to support others on their own yogic journey towards cultivating the best possible relationship with themselves through leading a healthy and well balanced life.
Although Meena has been practicing yoga for over a decade, after her cancer diagnosis in 2011, yoga became a healing element integrated within her health journey. In Spring 2015, after re-igniting her passion, Meena has begun privately teaching guided meditations and Yin Yoga. Meena has taken her Yin Yoga training with Stephanie Staniforth, who was directly mentored by Sarah Powers and Insight Yoga Institute. Her interests lie in the sharing infinite benefits of mindfulness meditation within the practice of life.
Melody Young RYT and Reiki Master, teaches a complete and gentle style of yoga with an emphasis on cultivating spaciousness throughout the body and the mind. After discovering the profound effect of yin yoga, Melody refined her skills through extensive teacher training with Bernie Clark. Melody takes the theory and the practice of Yin Yoga to a new level in each yin class.
Paolo has been practicing yoga since 2010 and teaching yoga since spring 2014. He took his 250 hour teacher training at Yoga Passage, Calgary, as well as the 50 hour Yin program with Diana Batts & Bernie Clark, in Vancouver. Paolo's passions include teaching Yin, Aerial Yoga and kid's yoga at several Calgary studios.
Stephanie has been practicing yoga since 2003, and teaching since 2009. Although she is a strong yang practitioner, her passion lies in Yin Yoga. Stephanie has taken her Yin Yoga training with Bernie Clark and is currently mentoring under Sarah Powers with the Insight Yoga Institute. Stephanie has a special interest in insight and mindfulness meditation and how it can be integrated with the Yin Yoga practice.
My love & passion inspired yoga journey, began in 2010.I knew my path to renewal was calming my Sympathetic NS through breath work & stillness, blending Iyengar, Yin & Restorative Yoga. I am certified by the Yoga Studio College of Canada, Yin Yoga-Paul Grilley, C.A. T & Yoga-Gert van Leeuwen, Somatic Excercise Coach; Level 1-Martha Peterson & NeuroKinetic Therapy; Level 1 training-David Weinstock. My educational curiosity lies in the body's access through NeuroKinetic Therapy & Somatic Education tying Yin & Restorative Yoga with its' focus on relieving & releasing stress/tension.
I share a level of compassion & hope with my students from pre & post chronic pain. I maintain light & flavourful classes, with a sense of personal reflection and inner body spaciousness.
Katherine has studied classical hatha & ashtanga yoga for 23 years, receiving Sivananda Advanced, Dharma Mittra 800 hour certifications and Second Series Ashtanga training with both Richard Freeman & David Swensen. Deep concentrated long holds were part of her classical hatha training & practice, but loves the contemplative & meditative aspects that Yin has brought to these holds. She has found a new LONG and DEEP passion and loves sharing it with others!
Carleen owns and operates Matters of Heart Yoga, a small, community yoga studio in Belgravia, Edmonton AB. She teaches from a strong anatomical background and encourages presence, harmony in body/mind/spirit, light heartedness and community spirit. Carleen teaches a range of class styles including Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Pre-natal and Restorative as well as offers private classes and those for rehabilitation. She loves those places where life seems to come together in a single moment and practitioners experience a new sence of being. "The path is not somewhere in the sky, it is in our hearts." Buddha, Dhammapada
Ruth decided to try this "yoga thing" almost 10 years ago for a lark and has not looked back since. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and came out to Alberta just over a year ago to practice as an attorney. Upon moving to Edmonton she discovered Moksha Yoga Edmonton and found in it a second home and wonderful yogic community.
From the moment Ruth took her first yin yoga class she immediately felt a deep connection to the practice. It marries the physical and meditative benefits of yoga perfectly. She has just completed a yin yoga training course at the Sea-to-Sky Retreat Centre in British Columbia lead by Bernie Clark. Ruth is excited about sharing her passion for yin yoga with her fellow yogis at MYE.
Studio:Moksha Yoga Edmonton 14927-111 Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T5M 2P6
Zachary Ayotte Edmonton
I came to Yin Yoga as a balance to my more active Yang practices. I was quickly drawn to the still, meditative practice and have come to find so many benefits from the practice on and off the mat. As a teacher, I strive to create a safe and relaxing space for people to practice and discover what yin yoga means to them.
Sharon was introduced to yoga at age 18 living in a one horse town in Saskatchewan with 2 TV stations through Kareen Zebroff's show. She has practiced yoga for over 30 years, and a Certified Instructor for 10. She is a Yoga Association of Alberta intermediate level Instructor, is RYT-200 Yoga Alliance certified working towards 500 hours, a Certified Pre-natal yoga instructor, and a level 1 iRest Practitioner. She trained with Marla Erickson of Empower Me Yoga in Ottawa to receive Yin Yoga certification in Module 1 and Module 2, completion of Module 3 will bring her Yin hours up to 100.
Gifted with Sarah Power's Yinsights introduced her to Yin Yoga which she promptly resonated with, leading her to training with Marla and attending other Yin workshops. Sharon teaches Yin Yoga regularly, believing it is about creating balance on all levels of our lives, including our yoga.
I practiced Sivananda yoga in the 70's to relive stress during university days in Montreal. When I moved out west, Iyengar was popular, but it was really Ashtanga that enticed me to keep a steady practice and take teacher training in 2009 with the Yoga Alliance certified, Trinity/Gaiatri program. At the moment I am teaching Ashtanga basics, Flow, and senior's yoga.
My day job as an entomologist, involves hours sitting at a microscope. Since discovering and practicing Yin yoga, I have noticed that the lower back ache that I had developed has disappeared! More importantly, the long held meditative poses have encouraged present mindedness, increased flexibility and profound relaxation.
In May 2013, 60 hours of Yin Teacher Training was completed with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts, and I look forward to passing along this ancient, yet upcoming practice.
I started doing yoga seventeen years ago. In 2008 I embarked on my 200 hour teacher training. In 2010 I started studying yoga with Rod Stryker of ParaYoga learning the energetics of yoga and other benefits beyond strengthening and stretching the body. Our life journeys allow us to grow, evolve and adapt to our situations and I can say that I have greatly benefited from my own yoga practices. Yoga has taught me to overcome obstacles, be present, and learn that guidance comes when we seek stillness. Life has many paths and yoga can be a very beneficial tool to help along the way. I now qualify as a 500 hour yoga teacher and I simply love teaching and practicing. I recently certified to teach yin yoga and am thrilled to start teaching this wonderful type of practice.
I completed my 200 hour hatha yoga teacher training in December 2009 and have been teaching ever since; with a special interest in yin yoga. In 2011 I completed my 50 hour yin yoga teacher training with Bernie Clark at the Semperviva Yoga Studios in Vancouver. Since then, yin has been a big part of my life and my teachings. I have really embraced the yin energy of stillness, allowing and accepting, on the mat and off. In a high paced yang world, my passion is to inspire others to find stillness, peace and mindfulness through yin practices.
Yin Yoga got me hooked ever since I stepped into my first yin class! I did not know what to expect at all, the only thing I noticed was that my body and my mind were craving for this type of yoga. Yin yoga changed my style of teaching, my personal practise. After completing my 200 hours TT with SOYA South Okanagan Yoga Academy, I took my first 35hr. yin yoga training in 2011. The 50hr. training with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts in 2013 totally opened new perspectives and was definitely a huge enrichment.
As Bernie says, "Yin is in"; I look forward to sharing this beautiful yoga style with everybody. Bring some yin into your daily lives and balance out some yang.
Andrea's teaching style is an infusion of mindful alignment and intentional breath. Andrea is a certified Yoga Teacher with over 2000 hours of training and teaching experience, a certified Advanced Mat Pilates instructor, and a certified Yin Yoga teacher.
Having practiced yoga casually from childhood, I became committed when yoga contributed greatly to my recovery from a car accident, helping to heal injuries & bringing relief from chronic pain through relaxation & breathing techniques. Although a dedicated hatha yoga practice helped to strengthen and increase flexibility to my whole body, it was Yin Yoga that finally opened up the area of soft-tissue injury 11 years post-trauma.
I trained as an instructor with Swami Ramananda in the Integral Yoga tradition in 2005, with Kit Laughlin in Stretch Therapy (2008 & 2013), with Susi Aldous Hately in 'Yoga for Cancer Survivors' (2009) & Bernie Clark for Yin Yoga (2011). I am currently training in Acupressure with Michael Reed Gach which I find is a beneficial and interesting addition to the yin yoga practice.
I currently teach 2-3 yin yoga classes/week at my studio: Breathing Space Mind & Body Studio in Brentwood Bay BC (just north of Victoria on Vancouver Island)
Cheryl is a Stunt Actor, Singer, and Martial Artist. With the internal balance, dedication and focus that she acquired with her martial arts training, her transition to yoga was a natural progression. After years of study, healing past injuries, and much gratitude for yoga, Cheryl fully realized her ambitions to become a YA certified yoga instructor. After training at Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh, India in 2010, she holds a RYT200 Hatha/Prenatal, 80 Yyoga hot and 50 Yin training with Bernie Clark. She embraces the true energy she emanates and Yin yoga especially was the perfect fit for her style of teaching and spiritual journey. By embracing movement and growth at every level in her life, she is a living demonstration of forward motion. Her infectious energy is from the place of compassion, and gratitude. For Cheryl, life is about healing, and sharing the gift of yoga.
Debbie is Yoga Alliance certified (YRT200-Hatha) with additional certificates in Yin Yoga and Prenatal Yoga. A yoga practitioner since 1999, with a firm belief in healing through wholeness, Debbie believes each of us has the ability to help ourselves return to original design. Having experienced the benefits of Yin Yoga on sports injuries first-hand, Debbie is passionate about teaching this method to others.
Birgit has a strong background in Kinesiology and has been teaching Fitness and Pilates classes and Fitness Instructor Training courses for 20 years. An avid Yoga practioner for many years she became a Yoga teacher in 2002. She is trained in Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa style and has just recently included YIN in her repertoire. Birgit was fortunate to take the Yin teacher training with Bernie Clark and feels that this style complements all other activities and provides a beautiful balance. Her education and her passion provide her students with a safe and comfortable environment for practice.
She is presently teaching vinyasa style and YIN classes at the Recreation Centre in Comox, the Kingfisher Spa and at Island Pilates and Fitness in Courtenay.
Sheron has been teaching relaxation techniques for over 20 years, Yoga & Meditation since 2004 and Yin Yoga most Friday nights since 2006. She provides an environment that is safe and accepting to all and a place to discover "your yoga".
I began practicing yoga in 2008 and quickly realized that yoga was so much more than just stretching. Strength. Flexibility. Stress release. Confidence. Balance. Then Yin Yoga complimented my hatha practice by providing a deeper sense of myofascial release and meditation; which has helped me with my everyday life. I thoroughly enjoy the yin/yang styles of yoga and look forward to sharing their benefits with you.
A yoga teacher since 2013, here are my qualifications: RYT 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher - September 2014 (Namaskar Yoga Studio, Saskatoon, SK); Yin Yoga Teacher Training: 50-hr 7-Day Intensive Teacher Training with Bernie Clark (February 2016 and November 2014; total 100-hr); Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Joe Barnett - 18-hr (January 2013); Yin Yoga Teacher Training - 18-hr (May 2013, Namaskar Yoga Studio); Yoga Nidra Teacher Training - 18-hr (September 2013, Namaskar Yoga Studio); BCPRA Certification: Fitness Theory and Group Fitness; First Aid and CPR C
Cathryn is a Registered Nurse and holds a degree in Occupational Health Nursing Specialty as well as the Canadian Certification in Occupational Health. She has thirty years of experience in health promotion and case management, working with health care workers and assisting their recovery and return to work from illness and injury. She is also a trained health coach and offers telecoaching to employees to assist them in making healthy lifestyle changes. She completed her 200 hour YTT at Kushala Yoga in Port Moody, 50 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training and 35 hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training at Semperviva in Vancouver. Her own midlife experience led to a curiosity to learn more about womens' midlife transition and a passion for helping other women understand this mind body revolution that has the most capacity for growth since adolescence. In her spare time, Cathryn likes to stay active with yoga, curling, cycling and travel.
My Yin teaching is focused on encouraging the students to get to know their body, truly. Offering many layers to each pose and then leaving the final choice to the individual as to what feels good in their body that day. I love to see students developing confidence on their mat to design their own personal practice with the tools I am providing. The breath is truly integral in all my offerings, as well as clear cueing in and out of poses and many many moments for stillness and quiet. Bliss!
A Yoga Alliance 500 RYT who brings his enthusiasm for life to every class. His passion is in developing classes and programs that challenge students of all levels and provide a positive outlet for relief of stress. By focusing on the creed that Yoga is truly for everyone, he is able to motivate people to achieve higher levels of personal development, physically, mentally and spiritually.
Shona has been teaching yin yoga since 2009 in Fernie, BC. I have been able to combine the anatomy knowledge of 30 years as a physical therapist with the meditative and energetic elements of the yin practice - and have seen the positive changes in my own body, and in particular in my students.
Studying the writings and DVD's of Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers and Bernie Clark culminated in completing the yin yoga 50 hr teacher training with Bernie Clark in the summer of 2012. This intensive training deepened the theory and practice of yin yoga to a new level - which I now take passionately to my yin classes.
I graduated from Prana Yoga College in Vancouver with RYT 500 certificate. I've studied Yin yoga and Restorative yoga under the direction of Bernie Clark and Wendy Eyton respectively. Currently, I'm teaching traditional Hatha yoga and Yin yoga from my relaxing home studio in Fort St John, BC.
Trent stumbled upon Yoga as a way to calm his mind from the busy professional career that occupied his days. Through Yoga there was a stillness of his mind that was not previously known to exist to him. He completed his 200 Hour Vinyasa Teacher training with Randelle Lusk at Blacksmith Yoga Community. Nine Months after the 200 hour training, he found himself amongst other Semperviva classmates in front of Bernie Clark and Diana Batts for his Yin Yoga Teacher training.
He offers a safe and grounding space to draw the mind inward, all while guiding students to safely deepen their practice. Relaxation through pranayama is focused upon as well as encouraging a mind/body awareness. His intention is to encourage a deeper mind-body connection within everyone whom attends one of his classes. He truly believes that there is something to be learned from everyone whom he crosses paths with.
Dalia Yanai brings her love and knowledge of Yoga, Ayurveda, Reflexology, herbs and cooking into her practice of Holistic Health. She believes that treating the whole person rather then just separate symptoms is the key to real, profound healing. Dalia has been studying Yoga since 2000 and Ayurveda since 2002; she was certified as a Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Practitioner by the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM. She traveled throughout India and South America, and wishes she could travel even more!
Dalia is a CD(DONA) Certified Birth Doula, and feels extremely fortunate to be present at that moment when a new life enters this world. As the Co-director of Golden Lotus Ayurveda, Dalia offers Gentle Flow Yoga classes, Pre-and-Post Natal Yoga classes, and Yin Yoga. She also offers Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Diet consultations, Reflexology treatments, Ayurvedic Cooking classes, and various lectures and seminars.
Natalie began practicing yoga in 2001, and has been teaching yoga in the community for over 7 years. She is a Kinesiologist and ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist, providing rehabilitation and exercise therapy to those with injury and chronic disease. She will be completing the Yoga Therapy Program in 2014.
"Even after so many years of study, I simply cannot stop learning. I am a sponge! A recent venture to India led me to an Ashtanga intensive and opened my eyes wider Ayurveda and the therapeutics of yoga in healing the body. Upon my return, I studied Yin with Bernie Clark, and am now working through the Yoga Therapy Program and offering both Yin and Yang classes to provide a wonderful balance for my students."
Natalie offers a unique Freestyle Flow, Yin classes and workshops. With a kinesiological approach, Natalie focuses on assisting individuals to find the optimal asana for their individual body, providing education and guidance, helping students to deepen their practice and have fun!
Alison is the proud owner of a small and lovely yoga studio in the heart of downtown Ladysmith BC. At her studio she is deeply committed to creating a safe atmosphere where students of every level can mindfully challenge themselves, accept their edge and celebrate their unique abilities. Although she loves every kind of yoga, Alison has a special relationship with Yin Yoga. She loves teaching Yin and is convinced of it's ability to help heal and restore so many different issues on both the physical and emotional plane. Alison believes truly and passionately that yoga allows us to create an intimate connection to our bodies through breath and movement that can lead to a higher understanding of Self and, ultimately, a path to Joy.
Lisa trained with senior Yoga Teachers in the Kripalu Yoga tradition to attain her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher certification, and will complete her 500 Hour certification in June, 2011. She received her Yin Yoga Certificate of completion from Semperviva Yoga College. Lisa is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Allliance and the Canadian Yoga Alliance, and is a member of the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association.
A committed yoga practitioner, her practice began by exploring the disciplines of Sivananda and Iyengar Yoga, followed by the Kripalu style of Hatha Yoga. Kripalu Yoga is characterized by the emphasis of co-ordination of breath with movement and alignment, while honouring the wisdom of the body by working according to the limits of individual flexibility and strength. This training is integrated into her Hatha and Yin Yoga classes.
Candice discovered yoga while traveling in India in 2003. She practiced everyday on the beach for a month and loved the mind body connection the practice brought. Upon returning to Canada, she discovered Bikram Yoga. Yoga made Candice feel mentally, emotionally, and physically better than she ever has so she wanted to share the practice with others. In 2004, Candice went to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training. After teaching all over the Lower Mainland for a few years, Candice opened her first studio in Langley, BC. She currently runs the Bikram Yoga 360 studios. She has continuously seen and experienced the amazing healing benefits of yoga. She loves expanding her knowledge and sharing yoga with others. Candice is also certified in Ghosh Lineage Master Core Yoga, Kids Yoga, Synergy Partner Yoga and Yin Yoga. Come take her Yin Yoga classes in Langley, Maple Ridge, or Surrey locations of Bikram Yoga 360.
I teach Yin Yoga as well as Hatha, Hot, Yogalates, Pilates, Yoga for runners and many other styles. We also incorporate many of the yin yoga poses in our yoga for runners and in our gentle and restorative yoga classes.
Rockridge 13354 237 A. St. North Maple Ridge V4 R 2V9
Thornhill 26098 102 Ave East Maple Ridge V2W 1K4
Canada, British Columbia
Lisa Papez RYT500 Maple Ridge, B.C.
Lisa, The Fat Yogini, began practicing Yoga in 2001. Fairly early on in her practice, Lisa was delighted to discover that Yoga not only made her feel great physically and emotionally, but also completely transformed the way she felt about herself and her body. Lisa joyfully shares her passion for Yoga and the journey to self-acceptance, self-care, and self-love with all of her students and with Yoga teachers looking for continuing education.
Lisa is a registered yoga teacher with over 1000 hours of teaching experience and over 600 hours of yoga teacher training including training in Hatha, Yin, Prenatal, Chair, and Restorative Yoga as well as Restorative Therapeutics, Yoga Nidra, and advanced anatomy studies. Lisa is also an active partner in the Yoga and Body Image Coalition - an organization committed to body love by developing, promoting and supporting yoga that is accessible, body positive and reflects the full range of human diversity.
Shauna is a Registered Dietitian who has had a life-long passion for healing and developed a love of yoga over the past 10 years. She has over 700 hrs of training and certification in Hatha, Restorative Yoga, Aryuveda, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Power Yoga and Yin Yoga. She owns and operates a small home yoga studio near the ocean where she offers private and small group classes for adults with a goal of helping people maintain mobility and wellness at any age.
Drea Phoenix has been teaching and practicing Yoga for 20 years. She lives in Nelson BC in the heart of the mountains and her intent is to bring joy and healing through the practice of Yoga -- to guide people in the true connection of their inner being. Drea incorporate breath, sequencing and asana and meditation in my teachings. She is a certified Yin teacher and did her training with Bernie Clark.
In class, focus is on the 3 principles of Yin Yoga. Coming into a pose, finding stillness, and holding it for a while. I aim at helping each student safely find their edge, offer education on the processes happening in the body in these poses, and encourage students to explore their whole self and surrender, as they marinate in the poses.
Jocelyn is a yoga enthusiast, artist, nature lover, musician, and reiki practitioner. She has been practicing yoga for about 9 years, completed her 200 hour training in Fernie BC in 2008 and just recently completed a 50 hour yin training with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts (feb 2014). She has a passion for the anatomy of the human body and also energy centers and pathways, finding inspiration through Bernie Clark and Gil Hedley. She is very excited to share with her students the ability to turn inside, slow down and gain awareness about the bodies we each inhabit, and begin to understand that we are our best teachers!
Certified in classical Hatha yoga, Yin yoga, Prenatal yoga and Personal Training, Lori has 17 years of experience teaching fitness and yoga. Her SFU studies of kinesiology, health and fitness, along with world travels and a caring nature, have her guiding students through safe and enjoyable classes. Inspired by teachers such as Sarah Powers, Shakti Mhi and Bernie Clark, Lori leads by example and loves to diversify teachings by incorporating positive lifestyle ideas, yogic inspirations and some philosophy into her classes.
Nicholas has been practicing Yoga since 1998. His passion for this ancient practice grew into becoming a certified Yoga teacher in Hatha, and recently completed teacher training in Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark. He is also the Director of the Soma Yoga Retreat in Greece, where he teaches and tour guides in the Greek islands.
While in Vancouver, Canada, he teaches at the Body Harmony Studio as a Yin Yoga instructor. Since his first Yoga class, he realized he wanted to share his experience and teach others the wonders of Yoga. Join Nicholas on your next Yoga Holiday on one of the Aegean's most beautiful islands, Nisyros. He presently travels between Canada and Europe, teaching the amazing benefits of Yin and Hatha Yoga.
Tracy originally came to yoga to help with chronic lower back and hip pain. Now twenty years later and pain free she knows how beneficial yoga is. Tracy became a RYT200 in 2010, and a Restorative teacher in 2012 with Prana Yoga College. In November 2012 Tracy completed her Yin yoga teacher certification with Bernie Clark. She has also had the privilege to study with many inspiring teachers including Sean Corne, David Magone, Sarah Powers and Brad Waites.
The philosophy that she brings to teaching yoga is one of inclusion with a focus on self-awareness, safety and alignment. Tracy creates a gentle flowing class that feels beautiful to move through.
Sanaz was born and raised in India. She started practicing yoga and meditation from the age of twelve. Her teaching style focuses on the mental, emotional and spiritual side of yoga rather than just the physical side. Her classes consist of guided meditation, breathing exercises, and gentle yoga movements with longer holds all while sharing eastern philosophy, Indian mythology, poetry and stories from around the world.
Sandra has been practicing and studying yoga for more than a decade. She loves teaching yin yoga and is also a certified hatha and kids yoga instructor. In addition to her dedication to yoga, Sandra is a registered holistic nutritionist, natural health journalist and speaker, and whole food nutrition teacher. She works with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, the alive Academy of Natural Health, and is on faculty of the Canadian Initiative for Elder Planning Studies. Her health and yoga articles are read nationally in health magazines such as Health Action magazine, alive magazine, Health'N Vitality, Natural Living, and Good Life Connoisseur. She is a member of Health Action Network Society, EarthSave and the Western Wilderness Foundation. Sandra is also an avid backcountry hiker and skier, an ocean kayaker, and enjoys organic gardening and photography. Go to her website for more information about Sandra, her classes, or to read her published articles.
Born in Kanagawa, Japan. Met Yoga in 2003, Ayumi felt great after taking her first yoga class, and knew that this is her path. Start teaching yoga in 2008, and completed various styles of yoga training including yin yoga with Bernie Clark. Currently teaching in Vancouver BC, offers various levels and styles of yoga classes with both English and Japanese, to share her knowledge and experience to guide students to find their truth, health and happiness.
Carine's B.A. in Criminology, studies in acupuncture, and interests in different arts are reflected in her classes. Expect a little pokiness when you step into her yin class while you connect with your meridians in meditation. Try some criminally insane postures in her power class and feel your playful vitality, or flow fluidly like the water element in flow class. Hatha to Hot, kids to adult, yoga is available to all. Connecting to your mind, body, and spirit from moving in a deeply cellular level. Always moving from organs, and from breath and from the truth within each and everyone. Each practice ends in "ananda" or bliss in the infinite cycle on or off the mat.
Carine is CYA-RYT 200 certified and holds certifications in Yhot with Alex Atherton and Kristin Campbell, Prenatal with Janice Clarfield, Kids with Maalaa, and Yin with Bernie Clark.
Josee Fontaine, Creator/owner of Shala Yoga in beautiful Squamish, BC. Life, mountain and ocean enthusiast, and Yoga Teacher certified with Yoga Alliance (ERYT-200, RYT-500), I teach Hatha, Yin and Meditation from the heart, wishing to help all of us awaken to our highest potential and find freedom from the busy anxious mind. When slowing down, we become aware, sharper. We can observe ourselves, our impact on the planet, on others and on our own lives, therefore we can change our ways. We heal. We act. We flow. We create. We live. We transform. We detach from our stories to reconnect with our true nature. A higher state of being and consciousness. Of course, some of the side effects of the practice are expanding prana (life force, energy), focus, strength and flexibility, rejuvenation of the body, health, true happiness and much more. Enjoy the journey! Namaste.
A student for nearly a decade and passionately teaching since 2013, I am also a Birth Doula (CD DONA) and a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. I recently completed my 50 hour Yin Yoga training with Bernie and Diana in Vancouver. I teach Hatha, Pre/Postnatal, Yin, Yoga for 60+ and Flow. I strive to make yoga accessible for all walks of life, no matter the age or physical ability.
Linda is a BCRPA and YMCA certified Yoga Fitness Instructor, and has Yin, Restorative, and Nidra Yoga Teacher Training certifications. Her Hatha classes are designed to provide a well-balanced combination of flowing poses meant to invigorate, strengthen and restore, and include balance, strength, and flexibility training. Her Yin classes offer postures designed to lengthen muscle fibers, stimulate the circulatory and energy systems of the body, and strengthen the joints and supporting tissues. Her Restorative classes provide a relaxing environment where full body restoration can take place bringing the body back to a condition of wholeness and wellness.
Sarah first found Yin yoga as a way to stretch after running, but it became so much more than a physical practice when she started to feel subtle changes in her mind and heart. She felt a deep connection to the practice of Yin and fell in love with the space she found to let go of her thoughts, and connect with her breath, body and heart.
Sarah completed her Yin yoga teaching certification with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts in 2014, and is a RYT-200. She teaches yoga to share her passion for something that has truly been such a positive influence in her own life. Sarah strives to give her students space and connection to their heart, to their voice, and to their own unique passions. She believes that taking the time to be still, to breathe, and to listen will enable us to tap into our own innate and intuitive wisdom.
Bernie has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1998. He has a bachelor degree in Science from the University of Waterloo and combines his intense interest in yoga with an understanding of the scientific approach to investigating the nature of things. His ongoing studies have taken him deeply inside mythology, comparative religions and psychology. All of these avenues of exploration have clarified his understanding of the ancient Eastern practices of yoga and meditation. His teaching, workshops and books have helped many students broaden their own understanding of health, life and the source of true joy.
Bernie's yoga practice encompasses the hard, yang-styles, such as Ashtanga and Power Yoga, and the softer, yin-styles, as exemplified in Yin Yoga. His meditation experience goes back to the early 80's when he first began to explore the practice of Zen meditation. During those days, while he struggled with the conflict between practice and theory, Bernie also worked as a member of the executive team of one of Canada's oldest and largest Hi-Technology companies.
Bernie is the creator of this website, and the author of several books, including The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga. To learn even more visit the About Us page.
Diana has been practicing yoga since the late 1980's and teaching for over ten years. She discovered Yin Yoga through her friend Bernie Clark and took his first teacher training in 2004. Since then she has studied with other Yin Yoga teachers including Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley and Paulie Zink. She is inspired by the yoga of B.K.S. Iyengar, which she continues to study. Her style is a quiet meditative practice with variations and the use of props to meet the needs of each student and his or her unique body. Since 2005, Diana has assisted Bernie in his Yin Yoga teacher training courses.
I first tried yoga back in 1999, shortly after I moved to Vancouver. I have to admit that it was not love at first sight. But over the years, I realized that yoga was repeatedly something I found myself coming back to, until eventually I never left. My classes are aimed at anyone who wants to get on a mat and maybe a few of you who aren't quite sure. Educational, challenging and fun. Learn a pose and maybe learn a bit about yourself at the same time. Yoga provides physical, mental and spiritual benefits but I encourage students to take what resonates with them and leave what doesn't. Strengthen, lengthen, stretch, grow, balance, be happy, find peace.
Ara enjoys teaching students in classes & trainings how to use the system of yoga to 1. Meet themselves where they are 2. Create a yoga practice that supports their life 3. Take this awareness off the mat to find perspective & balance with greater ease at home, work, alone & with others. She weaves in breath & meditation techniques to support the mind resting in the unfolding present. Ara has been teaching classes, trainings & practicing yoga for 20 years (E-RYT500, YACEP, 5000+ hours training/teaching yin, restorative, qigong, hatha, flow, meditation, anatomy, kundalini, prenatal, reiki).
There are many ways to aim the arrow of awareness towards our own centre and yoga is simply one of them. Ben's hope is that you find that arrow for yourself and allow it to change when it feels right. An explorer at heart, Ben encourages students to embrace the unknown. It takes courage to be curious and connect with ourselves and our community. In his classes, Ben likes to guide students through a meditative, dynamic and lighthearted practise, giving the students opportunities to deepen their connection to their body, mind and spirit.
He believes: If you can breathe, you can practise yoga. If you can close your eyes, smile and breathe, then you are already practising yoga. If you can do all three of these and laugh at yourself, then you are teaching yoga! Come laugh, smile and breathe with me!
Yogi (and Yoga Teacher), Martial Artist, Energy Enthusiast, Skateboarder, Snowboarder, Skim boarder, Surfer, Writer, Rocker, Amateur Astronomer and Voracious Student of The Great Mystery - Cameron has always sought the less-traveled path in his lifelong pursuit of enjoyment and insight. Upon recieving certification to teach Hatha Yoga, he has been passionately sharing in his Search with students. Drawing from his experience in Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Power Yoga, Martial Arts and Meditation, in each class Cameron devotes his energy to creating a space for students to access their own innate presence through posture, flow, breath and awareness. Whatever your walk of life, Cameron invites you to come experience for yourself the liberating and life-affirming bliss that is YOGA...
If you can not get to a live class with Cameron, check out his videos at Gaia Yoga.
Catherine made sure there was space for yoga in her daily life ever since her first yoga class, ten years ago with Grant Couture from Wandering Yogis. As by magic, all fell into place in her life. She started teaching four years ago to respond to her need to share her discovery: the inspiration that flows in and enables her to embrace life fully.
Always learning and deepening her practice, one of her workshops was with Bernie Clark where Catherine enjoyed the deeper connection and understanding she felt she acquired with her body during Yin yoga classes. Now she encourages her students to try and include Yin yoga classes to deepen their weekly yoga practice.
Danielle Hoogenboom is the founder of Love Light Yoga and praises the art of yoga as the origins of her physical healing and the source of her spiritual strength. She has been practicing for 9 years and is certified in Hatha, Yin and Prenatal Yoga. Danielle strives to share the beauty of Yin Yoga that teaches us how to restore the balance in your own lives through personal awareness and devotion to inner freedom from habits and repetitive nature. Learning to approach our bodies and minds creatively, passionately and mindfully is our greatest challenge.
"My teaching is a creative expression of my life and an extension of my artistic practice. I share a fusion of my studies, interpretations and experiences to help people find their radiance again and continue to shine it bright. Yoga is love in action and a powerful tool for social change"
Danielle currently teaches in numerous studios in Vancouver.
Deborah attained her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher certification with West Coast Hot Yoga, and is currently working towards her 500 hour certification with Semperviva Yoga College. She received her certificate as a Prenatal Yoga Teacher for Conscious and Sacred Birth with Janice Clarfield. Since completing her Yin Certification with Bernie Clark, she has become even more passionate about Yin Yoga and strongly believes that Yin is imperative to help heal and restore so many different issues on both the physical and emotional level.
Elle is a curious cat. She is constantly seeking and investigating life at all angles and yoga has been an integral tool in her self-discovery. Elle continually draws on inspiration from Buddhist teachings, meditation, daily life and the sheer joy of being present and in the body she was given. She enjoys bringing insight into her classes where each student can find a seed for their own growth and development emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Elle's specific Yin training consists of 100hrs Yin & Anatomy training with Paul Grilley and various workshops with Sarah Powers and Bernie Clark. Elle strongly believes in on-going professional study and most importantly - seeking the little lessons in every day life.
Julie has been teaching Yin yoga for the past year, and loves the stillness and quiet that balance the craziness of the Yang world around us. She recently completed the 50 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Bernie Clark, and continues to learn as much as she can about the practice. Julie hopes to always balance her classes with information and meditative guidance with silence. And don't be surprised if she pulls out her favourite poetry to sweeten some of those long hip openers!
Julie teaches Yin and Yin/Yang yoga at East Side Yoga Studio, which she co-owns with Coco Finaldi, and Highgate YYOGA in Burnaby, BC.
My love for yoga began in 2005 when I took my first hot yoga class at Bikram yoga North Vancouver, BC. A few years into my practice I decided I really wanted to teach and went to Bikram Yoga in Teacher Training in Fall of 2011. After a few years of practicing yoga I also discovered Yin Yoga and found it an excellent compliment to my practice and decided to do Bernie Clark's teacher training and became a certified Yin Yoga teacher. I am loving being a teacher, but I am first and foremost a student, always learning from my teachers and fellow students. I look forward to many more years of Yin/Yang teaching and practicing at many studios in this wonderful world of ours!
Kelly began practicing yoga and meditation in 1997 with the intention of finding peace in her busy life and challenging job as an editor of an up and coming magazine based in San Francisco. She took her first Ashtanga Yoga class at It's Yoga Studio and fell in love with the grace and fluidity of the practice. She was soon managing the studio and teaching full-time as well as becoming an integral part of the studio's Teacher Training Program. Her training has been influenced by many eclectic teachers including Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, Sarah Powers, Larry Schultz, Paul Grilley and David Swenson. Kelly's teaching style is Vinyasa Flow, fusing together elements from Ashtanga, Hatha, Power and Yin Yoga
Kristin has been practicing and teaching Yin yoga since 2004. Her path led her through the doors of a yoga studio in Winnipeg over a decade ago and thus began an exploration of yoga that she hopes will be a life long journey. A self-described 'yoga omnivore', Kristin embraces everything from the sweaty Ashtanga based vinyasa practices to the quiet challenge of Yin. In her teaching, Yin yoga has grown to be her passion, thanks to the influence of teachers such as Paul and Suzee Grilley and Sarah Powers. She strives to create an atmosphere of acceptance and learning in her classes, rooted in a respect and admiration for students' unique bodies and anatomical differences.
Lori teaches all levels of Classical Hatha, Yin, Prenatal, Baby & Me, and Kid's Yoga throughout the Lower Mainland, and privately. She believes that yoga is for everybody, and has a great passion for working with pregnant women and their families. Lori's classes provide a warm and supportive, down to earth environment in which students can feel safe to connect with their body wisdom. She is also a Birth Doula, a member of the Doula Services Association, and a member of the Yoga Association of BC. You can take a class with Lori in the Yaletown, downtown, Mt.Pleasant and East Vancouver areas.
Roundhouse in Yaletown at the corner of Davie & Pacific 604-713-1800
Canada, British Columbia
Lucy St. John Vancouver, B.C.
Lucy has been a student of yoga since 1998. She practices and teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, Acroyoga, Yin Yoga and PFilates. Yoga in all its forms is the place I go to connect with myself. My class theme varies from Vedic storytelling, yoga philosophy to all the benefits of yin yoga. I like to offer a sense of spaciousness and perceptivity while breathing together in community. Playing on the edge of Sthira and Sukha - Effort and Ease is where we find the still point. I've been blessed to learn from great teachers and lineages: Shankracharya, Vedanta, Anusara, Dharma Mittra, Transcendental Meditation, Leslie Kaminoff, Janet Stone, Bernie Clark, Ashtanga Yoga Montreal and One Love Yoga. I teach special workshops in Ayurveda, Mula Bandha, and Vedanta in the Caribbean, Cost Rica, Mexico, the California coast and British Columbia.
Nathalie has been practicing yoga and meditation for more than 15 years. She has taken her first Hatha Yoga TT in 1999 and has been teaching yoga since that moment. Her exploration went from Sivananda to Ashtanga, until she found Anusara in which she has trained for more than 1000 hours in the past 5 years. In the summer of 2011 she added to her practice as well as her teachings Yin Yoga and she is very enthusiastic to share it with all her existing and new students. Nathalie gradually and constantly integrates the knowledge she is gaining from her experiences and studies. She is also teaching Deep Meditation in private or in small groups which supports her strong desire to spread the experience of Inner Peace that Yoga is.
Philippa has practiced Yoga for over 30 years. She was inspired to teach because Yoga positively impacted her own life. Her practice brings students into an awareness of Yoga for improved health on many levels. Yin Yoga with its quiet focus on deeper tissues is the Hatha style that resonates most for Philippa, who has 200-hour certification to teach Hatha Yoga, 50-hours certification in Yin Yoga (Bernie Clark/Diana Batts) and 35-hours certification in Chair Yoga (Annette Wertman). Her teaching is inspired by Max Strom, Paul Grilley and other recognized teachers. Philippa has taught Yoga at: Semperviva Studios, BC Immigrant Services, Vancouver Native Education Centre, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, Karma Yoga and privately. She is currently teaching a Gentle Hatha and Yin series. Philippa studied Art and Archaeology and has a Master's degree in Canadian Studies. Interests include: choirs, writing, environmental activism, and bicycling. She has three children, three grandchildren and two adorable 12-year old felines
Robyn became a yoga teacher after exiting the corporate world, in 2005. She has received her 200 and 500 hour hatha yoga teaching certifications and certification in yin yoga. She continues to expand her knowledge of yoga and teaching by attending workshops with master teachers throughout North America.
Inspired by "feeling good" Robyn's light-hearted and common-sense approach to teaching yoga helps students learn the foundations, while encouraging playfulness and having fun in class.
She teaches at The Yoga Practice, Sweat Co. Studios and Fit City for Women. Robyn's yin classes are meditative and introspective in nature, allowing students to strengthen the mind while allowing for flexibility in the body.
Sandy Wu offers a diverse selection of classes as she continues to study and teach yoga globally. Sandy studied Traditional Hatha and Kundalini Yoga under Yogrishi Vishvketu in Rishikesh, India, and continued her studies in Yin Yoga at Semperviva with Bernie Clark in Vancouver, Canada. Sandy studied Ayurveda and Indian Marma Point massage, as well as Vinyasa Flow and Restorative Yoga with Shakti Spirit Yoga in Ubud, Indonesia. Sandy was certified as an Ascenesion Yoga instructor through the Shanti School of Yoga in Montezuma, Costa Rica, which uses suspended swings to explore supported inversions and a therapeutic and anti-gravity approach.
Sandy intertwines her background as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, delivering a welcoming space to practice and explore. She is inspired by the transformative power of music and sound, and the magic of the surf and the mountains.
I am a person who has overcome unbelievable odds to radically change my own life. I am not just a person who talks the talk, I genuinely walk the walk. My own personal struggles have given me a deep empathy, compassion and genuine understanding for individuals who are working to overcome adversity.
As a Holistic Life Coach, I use yoga to help people transition into a healthier lifestyle. I find that yoga, combined with my counseling and sports nutrition background, is a powerful vehicle for change. I offer yoga on its own, or in combination with coaching and nutritional counseling.
I offer private, corporate or small group sessions in the Kerrsidale & Kitsilano community.
Certified in hatha yoga, prenatal and yin yoga. I encourage students to practice yoga with mindfulness, integrity and to be curious about the body, mind, and breath. I aim to create a warm, inclusive environment where students can let go of tension, anxiety, tiredness and leave feeling energised and refreshed. I am inspired by the wonderful teachers around the world including Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley and Donna Farhi.
Angie is a YAA Senior Teacher with 21 years of practice/study/training in various styles of Hatha & Raja yoga. Her worldwide practice/teaching led her to Yin in Vietnam. She was overwhelmed yet intrigued by the physical, emotional & mental intensity of the practice. Although Paul Grilley trained, her unique Pure Yin--a Yin with no Yang style--guides you through a deep meditative journey with self while honoring the principles of Yin. She believes YIN is an advanced practice that is not suitable for yoga beginners or people with certain knee/hip/back issues.
Angie specializes in yoga for adults of every age/ability while training instructors how to teach safe/effective classes. She is a dedicated, passionate, teachers teacher. Her vision is that teaching yoga will become a profession, not a pastime. Angie is the Director of Education & Standards for YogaBC & owner of Breathe Yoga School (RYS) where she offers Hatha and Yin training.
Carly has been teaching yoga in and around Victoria since 2002. She has studied in residence at the Sivananda Ashram in California and has studied Yin yoga with Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley. To further her study and practice, Carly completed the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. This program has deepened Carly's grounding in the philosophy and practice of both Yoga and Buddhism.
Carly's style provides her students with a range of Mindfulness-based philosophy woven through the asana practice. With warmth and encouragement, Carly provides a safe and nurturing environment for her students to explore the deep physical, emotional and energetic releases possible with a yin style practice.
Julia Breese's journey into yoga began as a method to prevent injury from the active and extreme sports she had been involved in. Once she had established a regular yoga practice she realized how important the gentle yogic approach was for herself, both in her physical practices and in other parts of her life. Carly Forest's Yin Yoga classes in particular showed her the value of quietness and stillness, in contrast to the busy high paced life she had previously been living. In 2011 she received certification as a Professional Hatha Yoga Teacher through Ajna Yoga and is currently working on a 500 hour Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga certification. Her classes are gentle, relaxing and accessible to all people regardless of age and physical ability.
Katie has been practicing yoga for over 7 years and completed her 200 hour Teacher Training with Natalie Rousseau in early 2014. Katie completed her Yin Training with Bernie Clark in August 2014 and now teaches yin and vinyasa styles of yoga at multiple studios in and around Victoria, BC.
Katie holds a degree in Environmental Science and strives to incorporate mindfulness and gratitude for nature into her teachings. She loves spending time outdoors and you can often find her practicing yoga in a park, on the beach, or in the forest.
Nyk Danu is the creator of "Real Yoga For The Rest Of Us." In 2004, I completed the 300 hour Teacher Training program at the Yoga College of Canada, then in 2012 I completed 200 hours of Yin Yoga Teacher Training. I fell in love with Yin Yoga in 2007 after taking a weekend workshop with Paul and Suzee Grilley and it has been a huge part of my practice ever since. I am grateful and honoured to share this life changing practice with my students. I'm also currently studying to receive my Doctorate Of Traditional Chinese Medicine program. My specialties include working with people who are not flexible or have Back Pain.
I am a certified with Yoga Alliance, having completed my teacher training @ Moksana Yoga Studio and Yin Teacher Training, with Bernie Clark. What brought me to Yoga was, at first, a way to heal and help repair my body from 30 years of distance running. I discovered that Yoga presented, not only a physical practice, but one that enriched my spiritual awareness.
In my classes, whether it be Yin or Hatha, I try to integrate pranayama and mediation along with challenging poses in a fun dynamic class that it suitable for all levels. My teachers include Bernie Clark, Elizabeth Peckham, Padma Nair and Vishvi Ji. I have spent 5 months in India deepening my personal practice, which I hope will expand my teaching abilities. The styles of yoga that have influenced me are Yin, Sivananada and Akhanda.
Sangita grew up in the beautiful Alps in Austria. She dedicated her life to the yogic path in her teenage and was asked to teach in North-America. Later on she immersed herself in the non-dual approach (Advaita), offering satsang. In 2008 Sangita took the yoga teacher training from shakti mhi and is currently available to offer Yin Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Kundalinii Yoga and Yogic Meditative Healing classes. She is offering meditations three times/week and Retreats in Nature. Her focus is on holding the space to allow others to uncover their authentic Self.
Erin has been working in the alternative healthcare industry for over 10 years. Her background consists of studies at the University of British Columbia in the Human Kinetics Faculty of Preventative Health and an extensive array of treatment therapies in the Healing Arts. As a teacher of both Yin and Yang Yoga, Erin began to blend movement, meditation, and massage as a means to create balance and clarity to guide others along this path. A joy for living and desire to diversify led her to healing centres all around the globe. Teaching and studying in SE Asia, Europe, Hawaii, and Ireland has given Erin an outstanding view of wholistic therapy.
Atlantis Therapies strives to manifest a nurturing, supportive, and therapeutic environment to cultivate this awareness for each client's individual needs.
Lauren is a Yoga Alliance certified Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher with certification in Yin Yoga and is currently undergoing the extensive Anusara certification. Lauren has a deep connection to the healing benefits of her Yoga practice. Many surgeries and complications, resulting from being hit by a car, lead Lauren to seek out a practice to help her find her way through pain and back to herself.
"Through my practice I've learned to listen to my body - to search through every inhale and exhale, and examine my every thought. My breath connects me to my heart. I want to inspire people through yoga - inspire them to connect with their breath and look deep within their hearts."
Graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education. Sheena went on to complete her 200 hour certification at Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre, in India. She has also completed her restorative and pre/post natal yoga instructor certifications. She own Harmony Tree Studio and has been teaching since 2004. Sheena completed her yin teacher training in Feb. 2016 and is currently offering classes in southern Manitoba
My yin classes are based on the three basic principles. Find an edge, be still and hold for time. These classes are meant to be a time to focus inward and pay attention. All classes have a beginner track, intermediate and advanced. All students begin at the first step of each pose and can progress as their bodies allow.
I personally love the benefits of this style of yoga. Quiet stillness is not something I find frequently in my life and practicing yin yoga allows me to create stillness intentionally.
David Quiring began practicing yoga in 2009 to support his meditation practice. Since, he has studied with eminent teachers in the Yin and Ashtanga communities, as well as with vipassana meditation teachers under the S.N. Goenka lineage. Personal study led to attending teaching workshops, and David received the blessing to teach yoga from Paul Grilley in 2012. Since 2013, David has also been leading Kirtan with Adrienne Shum. Bringing his percussion rhythms and voice, he supports the growing community in monthly events. With a strong personal yoga and meditation practice, David embraces the opportunity to teach yoga and share the lessons from his own journey.
My name is Tiffany Barrett. I am a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher - Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, BC, a certified, Prenatal Yoga Teacher - Mamata Yoga, AB, and a certified, yin yoga with Bernie Clark.
I love 'being' in my little studio and I look forward to sharing yoga with you! At Be Yoga we practice the art and play of finding balance. I believe that a yoga practice is a good antidote to life's frantic pace and pressure for perfection. Time on your mat is rehabilitating to your muscles, tissues and joints as well as your mind and spirit. I am delighted to offer flow, yin, and restorative yoga to help you find your balance, your blessings and your happy.
Stephanie Calhoun has been practicing Yoga for over twenty-five years now. Her practice has evolved from one of a vigorous physical nature, to a deeply spiritual, meditative practice emphasizing the transformational power of Yin energy.
After struggling with physical limitations due to injuries, her Yoga practice took on the role of rehabilitative therapy, and through consistent practice of Yin Yoga, she has had life changing results. As a result of this, she has been studying consistently with her main teacher, Paul Grilley and his wife Suzee Grilley, since 2007, and continues to do so today. With her teacher's encouragement, she has developed the Satori Yoga Teacher Training Program to bring these benefits to others; both teachers and students of Yoga.
Stephanie is very committed to continuing her own professional development, and continues to study with her teachers on an annual basis, and is an international teaching assistant for Paul Grilley's Yin Yoga Teacher Training programs, as well as a teaching assistant for the Kripalu School of Ayurveda.
Karen Zebroff, TV Yoga Instructor of the 70's is how it all started for me as I practiced alongside my mother at an early age. Throughout my adult life I would often attend yoga class however it wasn't until I developed a deep meditation practice that I came to incorporate yoga as a daily ritual.
Coming from the corporate world I truly realize the need to connect and de-stress. As a yoga teacher I strive to create a comfortable environment for students to develop a yoga practice that honours their individuality and time constraints. I encourage students to take the time to breath and find ease amid life's challenges. My goal is to help students experience wellness through yoga, moving towards mental and physical balance. I received my Yin Yoga Certification with Bernie Clark. As the Founder of "Yoga Now With Val" I currently teach adult, children corporate and senior citizen classes
Learn yoga or develop your practice in classes with a focus on safe, mindful movement that works for you - your body, your needs. As well as completing a Yoga Alliance recognised 300 hour teacher training in mindful Hatha Vinyasa (Yang) and Yin Yoga, Brigitte has an additional 13 hour certification in Chair Yoga. She is also a qualified classroom teacher, and has experience of working with families with babies and young children.
Brigitte's emphasis on mindful body awareness is calming and builds focus while also helping students listen to their bodies and practice yoga safely. And thanks to SYTT's focus on anatomical and skeletal variation, which acknowledges that every body is different, Brigitte provides options to fit her Yin Yoga and Yang Yoga students' needs.
Since Brigitte is an art teacher and writer too, customised workshops and retreats combining the benefits of Yin and Yang Yoga and mindfulness with stress-reduction, art and writing are also available.
An intuitive and compassionate teacher, Erica's intention for her students is to simply leave the room feeling a little better than when they came in. She promises to bring a little humour, lots of authenticity, and plenty of detailed alignment cues to each class. Erica studied Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark in 2014. She also teaches Moksha Hot Yoga. Erica is a devoted, life-long student of yoga, a bookworm, an animal lover and dog-mom, a musician, a nature lover and avid hiker, an amateur chef, a recovering perfectionist, and an aspiring gardener. She is so grateful to all of her teachers and students, past and present, for their love and support.
After coming home to yoga a few years ago, I completed an inspiring RYT course with Shakti Studios in 2012. I have been sharing my love of yoga teaching karma classes at the St. John's Farmer's market, Nova Yoga, Shakti Studios and with the Travelling Yoginis. Through my own personal experiences, I believe in the transformative healing benefits of yoga. I have a passion for the peaceful, balance of the ancient practice of yoga. I consider teaching a privilege and design my classes with metta (loving kindness) to be accessible and enjoyable to all.
I also hold certificates in Thai Yoga Massage (Lotus Palm Institute/Sivananda Vedanta center). In addition I have completed workshops in Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Detoxification and Yoga Therapeutics at Shakti Studios as well as Anusara workshops with Robin Golt and Barrie Riseman of Shri Yoga Center in Montreal. I continue my studies in Living Ayurveda.
I started my yoga career in 2000 with a six-month philosophy and posture intensive with Guru Dayanand M.S while living in Europe. He has been a guide as well as a close friend and I've been dedicating my life to my practice ever since. I trained to teach at one of North America's largest Yoga Centres and have regularly been adding to my Hatha training with specialties in Yin Yoga, Power Yoga and meditation. As a teenage athlete and competitive tower diver I developed a strong sense of discipline and body awareness. Years later, I completed a Master of Arts in the Philosophy of Religion and a Bachelor of Education. The result of these physical and intellectual pursuits is a balance between both sweat and serenity- in my life and my teaching. Yoga changes both body and mind.
Certified Yin Yoga Teacher with Bernie Clark in November 2013. I have been practicing yoga regularly since February 2010, and teaching public and private yoga classes in Vancouver, British Columbia since June 2011. I teach Yin Yoga, Bikram 26/2 series, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Kids' yoga in both hot and regular-temperature indoor settings, as well as outdoors. I also offer yoga classes in Mandarin Chinese. My teaching style is based on students' physical conditions and mental readiness, guiding them through a series of safe and balanced Yin-Yang yoga asanas so that students can gradually achieve physical, mental and spiritual harmony in their lives. I believe that yoga is a life-long journey to self-exploration and self-realization, accessible to everyone. In order to become a great yoga teacher, one must be a student first, who not only practices on a daily basis, but also keeps learning and expanding one's knowledge on yoga and human anatomy in order to share the joy of yoga with the public.
I am a St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador based Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Certified Yin Yoga Teacher(2013); Since 1998 I have been designing and delivering Yoga Classes to the Community young and old, able and disabled; and in recent years Yoga for Workplaces, in Health Care Settings, for Mental Health, for Autism, for Fertility and Yoga in Schools...
I am extremely enthusiastic about teaching Yin Yoga because the role it plays in accessing Whole Health cannot be denied. It is in essence an integral part of what makes up the whole. Yin Yoga, like my personal yoga style that I call Relaxation Yoga, both fit the simple description of what I hope to accomplish in my offerings as a teacher and that is to offer a practice that ALWAYS MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER!!
Helen Fong is a Certified Yin Yoga Teacher, Certified Hatha Yoga teacher and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader who started practicing yoga in 1998 and has instructed yoga sessions since 2006. She has received yin yoga training under the guidance of internationally recognized yin yoga teachers Bernie Clark, Biff Mithoefer, Diana Batts and Stephanie Calhoun. She has appeared on Eastlink TV, CBC, CTV and regularly collaborates with local groups making a difference in her community such as the Halifax Public Libraries through laughter yoga.
Helen teaches weekly Yin Yoga classes at Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio and offers 2-hour Yin Yoga workshops seasonally in different locations in the Halifax area.
Maryse has been sharing yoga for over 15 years. She is a Sivananda yoga teacher, a Trance Dance Ritual facilitator, a certified herbalist, a Thai massage therapist, an ecstatic body posture practitioner and artist/musician. Maryse sees herself as a motivator. She likes to bring people on an inner pilgrimage that explores nature from inside-out and from outside-in. She encourages intuition, nurturing of the self, surrender, empowerment and introspection; which are qualities generated also while practising yin yoga, so that a sacred space within can be created in order to immerse oneself into meditation.
Christine "Lil*Bear" Lamothe, originally from Ottawa, moved to Canada's arctic in 2006. She opened a yoga studio in Iqaluit so that she could help bring healing to those who need it. She started practicing yoga in 1998 through a Bikram practice. This then opened the door to years of Kundalini yoga, Ashtanga, Kripalu and then vinyasa. Trying her first Yin class in 2008, she realized that this was an important practice to compliment her intense lifestyle as a bgirl (break dancer), skateboarder, snowboarder and over all adrenaline junkie. Lil*Bear finally got her vinyasa YTT in 2011 and has been making a point to learn different specialies each year, such as: Envision Yoga 2012, Yin Yoga with Bernie 2013, Forrest Yoga - Advanced YTT 2014.
"In a world where we are asked to produce and think all the time, it's important to connect to yin qualities regularly. My students get so much out of it and I'm so thankful that I can offer this to my community."
I completed my 200 hr RYT Yin Yoga TT with Jo Phee and Joe Barnett through Yinspiration in Ubud, Bali in 2013. I'm a registered Yin Yoga Instructor with Yoga Alliance. I am also a prenatal yoga teacher. I am practicing yoga for over 15 years. In my studio I teach yin yoga, yin/flow classes, yin for men, yin for people with disabilities. I use yin yoga and the meditative approach also as a form of yoga therapy, where I offer classes specifically for people who experience anxiety, depression, lifetime changes and adjustment issues.
Type A personality meets yoga. That best describes my entry into the yoga world. Cycler, spinning instructor, RPM instructor and runner for the past 20+ years; I finally admitted that some yin was needed with my yang. Yin has been my passion in yoga since 2012. I touched on Yin in my RYT with Spynga in Toronto. I pursued more Yin training right away and began to share through teaching it. I loved it so much I recently added this fantastic intensive with Bernie Clark & Diana Batts at Semperviva in Vancouver, BC. I have been sharing my passion for Yin in the Burlington/Oakville/ Mississauga Goodlife Gyms for many years. Come join me for class or private coaching.
William (Doug) Lawson, Yogi, Lover of Love. I've been practicing yoga all of my life, but just came to the conscious awareness of a formal practice around the year 2000. Since then I have been dedicated to pursuing knowledge through practice and observation. I am blessed to have the ability to teach what I have learned and what I continue to learn on a moment to moment basis. I have successfully completed the Moksha Yoga 500 hour teacher training, a 40 hour Yin Yoga teacher training with my loving teacher Tracey Soghrati, and a 200 Hour Sivananda teacher training in India. Spreading peace and love through service to others, is my Karma.
Recovering from an unexpected mental health crisis, Andrea credits her daily yoga practice for instilling courage in her to finding the inner strength stand up for her beliefs and to build a life she loves. Yoga gave her focus, space and confidence to unlock her true authenticity. For almost 20 years Andrea was on the corporate hamster wheel and enjoyed a successful career. However, Andrea was disconnected from herself, exhausted from the everyday grind and felt broken. In 2016 Andrea became an RYT200 and studied under Darlene Maclachlan, E-RYT500. Andrea loves teaching yoga and believes yoga is accessible to every-BODY, regardless of any limitations. Andrea practices body positive yoga and has mastered the art of modification. Andrea teaches Hatha, Yoga Nidra, Hot Yoga, Children's Yoga and Yin Yoga. Andrea works with a variety of private clients, and groups. Please e-mail or call for more information.
Jennifer believes Yoga is for Every-Body not just the naturally flexible. Her passion for Yoga has included many Hatha/Vinyasa teachers along the way. Workshops with Rodney Yee, Eion Finn, Ken Nelson and Sarah Powers have carved her towards the Yin side. Inspiring her to get her 200 YTT and onto 50 hrs Yin Training with Bernie Clark in Vancouver. Jennifer encourages followers to stay on their mats for a Mindful and Egoless Practice. Super excited to bring Yin is In!
Wendy is a certified Hatha, Kundalini, Yin and Yoga Thrive Yoga Teacher. With a background in Massage, Meditation and Aromatherapy, she integrates breath and body awareness into all of her classes. Her skills are currently extending more into integrated health and teaching Yoga for those with Cancer, Arthritis, Chronic Pain and Injuries. She teaches in her own Studio, east of Ottawa in the rural community of Embrun as well as in other rural areas in the community.
Anne is a Harley Davidson riding, fibre artist, Yogini. She has transformed her life with her daily Yoga and meditation practice. She shares her love of practicing Yoga by offering Private Yoga Instruction, Beginners and Karma Classes and Yin Yoga & Yoga Nidra at her home studio.
Joanne is a graduate of 500 hours of teacher training at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre in Toronto, as well as advanced trainings in restorative, yin and yoga nidra. In addition to teaching in the Moksha community, Joanne has guided yoga classes in mental health care settings to assist people dealing with anxiety, depression and/or eating disorders. All of these trainings and experience have deepened Joanne's understanding of alignment, breath, compassion and mindfulness, as well as how to make her classes more accessible to all students. Joanne encourages students to move mindfully according to their own needs, while bringing a sense of exploration, playfulness and compassion to their own practice. Joanne has benefited greatly from studying with Toronto teachers, Pat Harada Linfoot, Scott Davis, and Cathy Keenan, as well as from internationally known teachers and authors such as Amy Weintraub, Thich Nhat Hanh and Pema Chodron.
Educated as a nurse, Gayle has repeatedly witnessed how yoga complements western medicine and empowers practitioners to take responsibility for their own health and wellness. After a 20 year career in health care, Gayle now focuses her efforts on healing through yoga.
Gayle brings a nurturing gentle energy to the class creating an environment where students can go within to discover their true selves and make positive life changes from the inside out. Knowing that each student is their own greatest teacher, she simply guides them on their quest for union of mind, body and spirit. Gayle is a Registered Hatha Yoga Teacher (RYT) with over 1000 hours of teaching experience and the owner / operator of Bodhi Tree Yoga. She teaches Hatha, Senior's, Back Care and Yin Yoga classes.
Steph’s yoga journey began as a physical practice to support the many actives she enjoys such as mountain biking, cycling, cross country skiing and hiking. She soon realized the meditative, calming benefits that each yoga class could offer and has maintained a practice ever since. She is a 200 RYT, and it was through her 200 hour program that she discovered a love for yin yoga. With limited classes available in the area Steph relied on one of workshops and online resources to develop her yin practice which eventually lead her to complete her 50 hour Yin yoga training with Bernie Clark. Steph is passionate about the yin practice and loves the calming yet energizing effects the practice has on the mind, body and spirit and is thrilled to be able to pass the gift of yin yoga on to others.
Storme is currently teaching at the Vinyasa Studio in North Bay, Ontario. She has trained with Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers at White Sulphur Springs in CA and with Sarah again at Kripalu. She is a registered teacher in the Kripalu methodology and has studied and participated in Vipassana.
Cat's extensive teaching experience and happy joie de vivre offer students mental clarity, physical wellness and an enhanced, joyful practice. Cat believes that the first step to living an inspired and ever-evolving life is to unroll the mat.
Having taught full-time since 2011, Cat completed her 500 hour training in Brazil and 50 hour Yin training in 2014. She has exceeded 4,000 teaching hours in studios in Canada and abroad. Cat’s an excellent connector and enjoys learning about her students, from their practice to their lives. She blossoms in yoga communities. Cat is a globetrotter who loves people and places far more than "stuff"; she’s been to over 30 countries. A lifelong learner, she holds a BSc in biology and psychology. Outside of yoga, Cat shares passions for reading, running, scuba diving and leading a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
Kassandra Reinhardt is a 200 hour teacher training graduate currently studying for her 500 hour certification. She has been teaching Yin Yoga classes for over five years in person as well as online through her youtube channel and website. Her aim is to create accessible classes that students can practice in the comfort of their own homes no matter where they are in the world.
Marla is a versatile and spirited presenter who thrives on empowering people through the fusion of fitness and Yoga. She has just launched her first DVD "Yoga Inspired Functional Fitness" which blends the Yin and Yang Taoist forms with ashtanga based vinyasa. In the fitness realm, she is creatively pioneering the mind-body movement while honoring the ancient practices of Yoga and meditation. In her role as a Yoga instructor, her classes respect the principles of functional fitness training. Marla was recognized as Presenter of the Year in 2002 by the Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals. Marla is on the advisory council for Can Fit Pro, a member of IDEA, part of the NIKE Elite Fitness Training team, and manages her career through Empower M.E. Lifestyles, an Ottawa-based entrepreneurial venture in LIFE!
From the boardrooms of her professional career to the many yoga studios she has seen in her 30 years of practicing yoga, Darlene exchanges the yang of her busy daily life for a more balanced approach in teaching Yin. Darlene's journey into yoga naturally progressed to the completion of yoga teacher training at Upward Dog Yoga Centre, Ottawa, as a means to assist others transform their lives. During her journey she has been blessed to have trained nationally and internationally with yoga and ayurveda teachers who have provided various insights and perspectives, which has shaped her approach to yoga and to life in general. Specifically, it was her introduction to Yin Teacher Training that has had the most profound affect on her.
Hello, my name is Barbara and I am certified to teach the following styles of yoga: yin, restorative, chair, yoga for seniors and, laughter yoga. I believe in the importance of good health, mental wellness and, the enjoyment of life. After working 35 years in the corporate world, I decided that it was time to refocus my goals on family, friends and life. Students have commented that my calm and enthusiastic teaching style helps create a peaceful and relaxed environment in the classroom. I enjoy spending time with my students in understanding their needs and helping guide them towards their intentions.
Galina is Certified Yoga Teacher, who completed her teacher training at Blue Door Yoga Room in Toronto. Galina hopes to transfer her knowledge to students through her yoga classes, which inspire students to embark their own path of learning. Through her classes, students will be able to tune into their inner spirits and work on developing their mind-body connection, while learning how to bring yoga into their everyday lives. Classes will include breathing exercise, coupled with asana practice in classical Hatha tradition, with focus on breathing and healthy alignments. Elements of meditation will be introduced as well to promote spiritual and mental awareness. During her teaching Galina loves to introduce usage of props to suit every asana to physical limitation of a student.
Also Galina is fond of long distance running. She completed two half-marathons, 30K run Around the Bay and her first marathon distance in October 2011.
Colleen Dolce, a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher 500HR has completed a 9 day Yin/Insight Yoga Teacher training with Sarah Powers in 2010 and in 2014 completed the 50 hr Yin Yoga Teacher training with Bernie Clark. Yoga is both my work and a way of life for me. I am continually expanding my knowledge of yoga, teaching skills, and life with ongoing teacher training and retreats. My major influences on my teaching are the gentle meditative practices of Kripalu Yoga and the sweet surrender of Yin Yoga. I have been teaching classes and running retreats and workshops in Thunder Bay since 2002.
Tracey's vision is to share yoga philosophy & practice in a manner that is authentic, accessible and applicable to modern day life. Her classes are grounded in a sound knowledge of the physical body and a humble perspective on the power of the mind. She seeks to incorporate self-inquiry as a tool of self-realization in every practice. She specializes in delivering classes (yin & vinyasa) that are healing and invigorating for all levels of the body.
Tracey has the honour of co-directing Spynga's 200-hr yoga teacher training with Sari Nisker. As well, she is the director of Toronto's first 40-hr yin yoga teacher training program. Tracey has completed over 1000 hours in yoga teacher training of various lineages (Jivamukti, Yin, Prenatal, Yoga Therapy) and her primary influences include Sharon Gannon & David Life, Bernie Clark, Sarah Powers, Susi Hately Aldous & Jeannine Woodall. Her formal education includes post-secondary studies in molecular biology, nursing, critical care nursing, parenting/child development education, perinatal care, swedish massage and thai yoga massage.
First introduced to yoga at age 6 by her mother, Alex began teaching yoga after ten years of practice and a 500 hr teacher training program at Octopus Garden Yoga Centre in Toronto. She has studied intensively with leading Yin yoga teachers, Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley and believes deeply in the healing potential of the practice. She is currently studying at the Insight Yoga Institute (IYI) in San Francisco weaving the traditions of yoga, Buddhism and Transpersonal psychology into her practice and teaching. Alex is the founder and director of the Yoga Project, a community yoga centre in the West End of Toronto.
An intuitive feeling as a child revealed that there was much more to life and to who we are than meets the eye. Instructed by what was originally a self-taught practice I have learnt so much from what comes through me. While my initial Yoga Teacher Training was in a Yang oriented style, I always taught at a slow to moderate pace with more of a Yin attitude of approach. So, coming to Yin Yoga was very much like a "duck to water" experience for me.
My own practice and inquiry which began in 1984 have been more recently influenced by teachings from Richard Miller, Angela Farmer and Sarah Powers. I teach Mindful Yoga & Meditation which includes Yin Yoga as a significant component. I have taught in Toronto for 11 years and am a guest teacher at Rancho La Puerta, Mexico. I also lead an annual week-long Retreat in Tobago amongst other Workshops and Retreats locally and abroad. I have created a Mindful Yoga DVD and a Guided Relaxation CD "Travelling Inward".
I have studied yin yoga with Sarah Powers, Elle Basten, David Fife and Bernie Clark. The practice fascinates me - both for its physical and emotional potential. I teach three to six yin yoga classes a week, assist Cathy Keenan and YYOGA in their yin yoga teacher training programs and recently released a series of online yin yoga videos. I will continue to educate myself about this practice and how I can help students achieve their goals through stillness in yin yoga.
Cathy has been practicing and studying yoga for over 10 years. Her introduction to yoga came about by chance when her father (an ordained Buddhist priest) painted The Yoga Sanctuary just before their doors opened in 1999.
After completing her yoga teacher training in 2003, Cathy continued to seek out the teachings of many internationally respected practitioners. It wasn't until studying with Paul Grilley that she took a serious interest in learning more about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In pursuit of a deeper understanding of the mind/body connection and an interest in holistic therapies Cathy has completed over 2600hrs of study in acupuncture and TCM and continues to study with many inspiring practitioners. Cathy has completed Bernie Clark's 50 hour Yin Yoga teacher training in Vancouver.
Balancing an acupuncture practice with her teaching curriculum has been an amazing learning experience but nothing has taught Cathy more about the essence of yoga and being mindful than her 2 1/2 year old son, Ethan. Cathy enjoys threading her love and knowledge of TCM into her yoga classes to offer students a unique, refreshing and integrated practice
Courtney Sunday was lucky enough to do her 50 hour training with Bernie himself in 2015. She has her 500 hours as well as specialized training with older adults, prenatal women and chair yoga. She loves working one to one but offers great rates for group classes.
Debra Black specializes in teaching yin yoga and meditation as well as restorative yoga to small, intimate private classes. She also teaches a number of yin workshops which incorporate Buddhist themes and has organized and taught a number of retreats. A former reporter at the Toronto Star, she left her newspaper career to begin sharing her knowledge of yoga and meditation. Aside from studying yin with Bernie Clark in Vancouver and Tracey Soghrati in Toronto, she is also doing her 500 hour certification with Sarah Powers' Insight Yoga Institute, based in California, and has done yin and meditation training with Sarah and Ty Powers as part of her course work.
Effie began practicing yoga in 1999 and fell in love with its healing and strengthening ability. She subsequently set out on a journey to help others, obtaining a degree in biology and a Masters in Social Work. She became a certified yoga teacher, which enhanced her psychotherapy practice. Effie began teaching various lineages of hatha yoga in 2010. She then completed Bernie Clark's Yin Yoga teacher training at Semperviva Yoga and is excited to bring this incredibly healing yoga to others!
Effie is endearing with a burst of energy and a compassionate demeanor in every class. She brings her diverse background and passion to her teaching to create an environment that inspires healthy bodies, minds and spirits. Her soothing voice and calming meditations will leave you relaxed and at peace with yourself. Effie's warm personality and smiles welcome you!
Jessica is a certified yoga instructor with specialized training in restorative yoga, yin yoga, yoga for anxiety, stress, trauma, and PTSD, and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TSY). She is currently studying yoga therapy. Jessica's passion for teaching is complemented by her commitment to improving mental health and wellness through the sharing of yoga and other mind-body techniques. She is known for her calm and competent teaching style and is skilled at creating a safe and non-judgmental environment for people to explore
Joshua is a yoga practitioner and teacher known for offering classes that encourage safe and compassionate inquiry into the pulsating experience of life. His calm and supportive guidance is sought after by students of all level, age and life circumstance, knowing that he teaches humbly and with deep respect for each individual's personal practice. He believes passionately that we are practicing for life and that each class is an opportunity to heal, grow and transform.
Joshua completed his 250 hour teacher training in 2009 at The Yoga Sanctuary under the guidance of Cynthia Funk and Karusia Wroblewski. Soon after, he became one of the first teachers in Toronto to be certified in yin yoga by Tracey Soghrati. He has studied restorative yoga and philosophy with Hali Schwartz, as well as yin yoga with Cathy Keenan. He draws inspired influence from his teachers, including Sarah Powers, Saul David Raye and Pema Chodron.
My yoga practice is a balance of Yin and Yang. After a steady Yang practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga for 3 years, I realized a Restorative session was needed. During my Advanced Yoga Teacher Training, I studied Yin yoga with Cathy Keenan. Now my weekly practice is a combination of Ashtanga, Restorative and Yin. The Yin has been particularly warming and beneficial. This approach is reflected in my multi-discipline style of teaching: adapting the style, pose and sequence to my student's needs.
My Yin Yoga practice has evolved with my Karma Yoga. I volunteer to help abused and unwanted dogs find a new, loving adoptive home. I found that meditation and Yin yoga helps to calm and relax the dog when she first comes into my care. The dog responds to the quiet, gentle stillness of the Yin pose. I relax into a Butterfly or half-Dragonfly, resting my head softly on a little breathing body.
Lavetta first practiced Hot Yoga in 2013 and having experienced deep, significant benefits, hasn't stopped since. Recently having completed her Hot Yoga Teacher Training (300 HR) and Yin Yoga Teacher Training (50 HR), Lavetta brings to her teaching a genuine joy for life and passion for wellness. She believes yoga to be accessible for everyone and that, with regular practice, will transform your life - body, mind and spirit.
Always grateful for the opportunity, Lavetta looks forward to guiding students towards a deeper experience of wellness and well-being through the compassionate practice of yoga.
Margo McLaughlin was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. She has been living in Toronto since 1980. She was trained intially in Classical Hatha Yoga at the Yoga Studio in Toronto in 2002. Since then she has be adding to her teaching skills with particular interest in Yin Yoga with teachers such as Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, and recently with Bernie Clark. She wants to teach Yin Yoga privately in her students' homes or in the High Park area. She has been teaching Gentle Yoga at Bliss Yoga Studio in the Royal York area of Toronto since 2005. Her other career is that of Mental Health Worker working with the homelessness population of Toronto in supportive housing projects.
Maureen began her yoga journey at age 13 when first introduced to 'stretching' as part of her school physical fitness program. The key fit the lock! ... the door opened ... and the rest is history!
She is a well-known international presenter and has presented annually at Canada's premier CanFitPro Conference since its inception 17 years ago. Maureen's main yoga teacher is Erich Schiffmann of Santa Monica, California. Angela Farmer, of Greece, and T.K.V. and Kausthaub Desikachar, both of India, have been instrumental in broadening the scope of her yoga studies.
Maureen's Yin studies, with Paul Grilley where he so diligently explains his intelligent approach to skeletal variation, have cast new light onto the physical aspects of teaching asana. Every body IS different! And Yin Yoga honours that.
Meg is a Certified Yoga Therapist/Ayurvedic practitioner under the Sri. Krishnamacharya lineage, and teaches yin meditation group classes throughout the week. While teaching, she encourages students to privilege the breath, layering the postures on top of the breath work while weaving yoga philosophy, psychology and mindfulness based teachings into the instruction.
Megan took her first yoga class in 1999, and since then she was hooked. She quickly immersed herself in a variety of Yang practices and finally found herself at Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in the fall of 2012. After completing the nine week intensive program, Megan couldn't help but take her newfound teaching skills and hit the road to teach around the world, including studios in Indonesia, China, Norway, the United States, and Canada. During her travels she was introduced to a much needed yin practice, which helped calm and ground her from the daily chaos of constantly being on the move. Continually being drawn to her Yin practice, she decided to complete her 50 hour Yin Yoga training, followed by the Blooma Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, in the spring of 2015. Megan is a compassionate and enthusiast teacher, who aims to provide a safe space to grow and learn.
Teaching yoga since 2007, Michelle brings ease and enjoyment to all her classes. Michelle received her 200 hour vinyasa and hatha training from YogaSpace, Toronto and did her yin training with Bernie Clark. One of her endeavors that Michelle is most proud of is the creation of the Eat Well Feel Well Program; a 6-week program that combines the principles of holistic nutrition and yoga. The program has been running since 2010.
Michelle is known for her warm and friendly personality, and strong and comforting hands-on assists. Her classes are infused with inspiration and insight, giving students space to release and connect within.
An IT geek since she was young, Patricia believed she would do nothing else in life but follow this passion. Living in Bermuda and randomly practicing yoga on its beautiful beaches, she realized that as much as she loved city life, she resonated with the peaceful practice of just being. Patricia wanted to slow down her practice and Yin Yoga was the answer! In constant pursuit of adding to her knowledge and skills to improve her own well being, as well as those of her clients, Patricia became a yoga teacher and the learning and studying has not stopped there. Patricia continues to seek out opportunities to learn more about herself, improve her skills and expand her knowledge of yoga and other health disciplines.
She is excited to share her talents, energy and passion with the members of the yoga community in the pursuit of their wellness goals.
Premadasa believes in the power of slowing down one's practice in order to bring balance to body, breath, mind, intellect, and spirit. He incorporates aspects of meditation, visualization, and breathing techniques during his Yin Yoga classes. His background in Kriya Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy informs his delivery of the Yin practice which is accessible to all levels of practice as he provides the option to modify or deepen one's experience based on their level of aptitude and/or present situation while in the practice.
Born and raised in Bali, where Yoga is a devotional lifestyle, Savitri's teaching style is infused with Bhakti Yoga and influenced by her initial Yoga teacher training program (760 hours) at Esther Myers Yoga studio. She has completed more than 1300 hours of Yoga teacher training in various traditions: Hatha, Kundalini, Pre & Post-Natal, Kids, Restorative, Yin and Yoga Therapy. Savitri weaves the physical aspect of Yoga and Yoga philosophy with daily spiritual discipline, making this ancient wisdom relevant today. She is grateful for Cathy Keenan for introducing the delightful Yin Yoga to her, when she was in need of a supportive and nurturing practice.
A holder of BA (Hons) and BEd, Savitri has more than 25 years of teaching experience. Savitri is a member of Yoga Community Toronto, Canadian Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance.
Sheila Cullen is a certified yoga teacher and has been living and practicing yoga for over 20 years. She teaches yin and hatha yoga classes based on mindful breath and alignment awareness. Sheila was drawn by the meditative quality of the yin practice and had the fortunate opportunity to study and be certified with Sara Powers. Sheila specializes in working with middle aged & older (but still fantastic!) bodies. She is passionate about sharing the practice of yoga and finds the slow, deep, contemplative nature of the yin style practice to be very beneficial in balancing the yang physical demands created by urban living. She creates a compassionate atmosphere that nourishes the body, mind, heart and spirit of her students. Sheila has had the honour of being the student of Hart Lazer, Nichala Joy Devi. When Sheila is not teaching yoga, she works as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in one of Canada's largest trauma centre's.
I practice yoga because it offers me time for self-reflection and re-charging. By coming to the mat, I can focus on my breath instead of all the thoughts in my head. Mindfulness through yoga is something I strive to carry over into each day.
I'm living my yoga while continuing with my "other life" as a small animal veterinarian. I've created downwarddogdvm.com so I can express my two passions, veterinary medicine and yoga. Being a vet is a great profession, but it can be stressful. My hope is that by offering gentle, alignment-based or meditative Yin classes and writing about my yoga journey, it will inspire people to bring what they learn on the mat into their everyday lives.
Through many wonderful teachers, I have learned guidelines for asanas that helped me develop my body awareness. I want to share this powerful knowledge with others and make it accessible to everyone.
Catherine started her fitness journey in a gym, teaching cardio classes. She was then drawn to Pilates and Yoga. After doing a lot of Yang practice & teaching, she had the call to go to the Yin-side. In her own practice, the meditative side of the Yin is what really speaks and resonates with her, even though her teaching is more down to earth and functional. Catherine did her 200 hour teacher training with YogaWorks and her Yin Teacher Training with Bernie Clark.
It was during a research trip to Texas that Amélie Beaumont had her first Yin class and it changed her life. The pace of the class, the long held postures, and the physical and mental requirements brought her to a deeper level and allowed her to calm down and relax in a way that she had never experienced. She knew right away that she wanted to teach it in her own studio. Up until then, Amélie had been teaching Bikram Yoga but Yin Yoga not only changed the way she saw the discipline, but also inspired her to teach both Hot and Yin Yoga. Amélie wants her students to connect with themselves and to find balance both in their lives and in her classes. Amélie studied with Master Teacher Bernie Clark and she truly believes that Yin Yoga is a positive influence that can make your body healthier and change the way you see life.
Massothérapeute depuis 7 ans, je guide mes clients à relâcher, respirer et à faire des étirements pour qu'ils retrouvent leur flexibilité dans leur corps. J'ai travaillé dans un centre d'entrainement et par la suite, j'ai découvert le yoga et j'ai accroché sur le yin yoga. Je suis partie a Vancouver suivre le cours avec Bernie Clark pour en savoir plus et apporter une différence à mes clients. Ensuite, je suis partie visité l'Inde du Nord où j'ai approfondi mes connaissances. Depuis que je suis de retour, j'enseigne et je partage le yin yoga pour le bien-être que cela apporte au corps et a l'esprit.
During her professional training in contemporary dance, Audray experienced a multitude of injuries. Then, a burnout a few years after. She started practicing somatic education, pilates and different styles of yoga to heal herself physically and emotionally. When she discovered Yin Yoga, it was a revelation! It felt like home. Audray attended group classes and practiced by herself almost everyday for two years, which was very therapeutic for her. She then completed the Yin Yoga teacher training with Paul and Suzee Grilley (100 hours), and she had the privilege of participating in a weekend workshop with Master Paulie Zink. Audray also studied Therapeutic Yoga (180 hours), Restorative Yoga, Vipassana Meditation and Reiki Usui. She has been teaching Yin Yoga full time since 2010, in Montreal and in Quebec City. She is now offering a 40 hours training to anyone eager to dive deeper into this practice.
Yin Yoga got me hooked ever since I stepped into my first yin class! I did not know what to expect at all, the only thing I noticed was that my body and my mind were craving for this type of yoga. Yin yoga changed my style of teaching, my personal practise. After completing my 200 hours Hatha yoga at Yogabsolu and 40 hours of Airyogalates , I took my first 50 hours yin yoga training in 2014 with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts totally opened new perspectives and was definitely a huge enrichment. As Bernie says, "Yin is in"; I look forward to sharing this beautiful yoga style with everybody. Bring some yin into your daily lives and balance out some yang.
Marie-Michelle Faber Quebec City & Around the World
Marie-Michelle has been an acrobat-aerialist with Cirque du Soleil since 1998. Prior to her journey with the Cirque, she practiced elite performance in gymnastics for 12 years. Her journey around the world brought her to India to initiate herself into her first yoga teacher training in traditional ashtanga yoga of Patanjali. Not long after, Yin yoga entered into her life through Bernie Clark & Dianna Batts; it changed her way of communicating with her own body. She found great healing and the ability to maintain balance in her busy life style as an acrobat. Creative in her mind, today, Marie-Michelle is working on developing a new style of aerial yoga & pilates. She is co-founder of the AIR YOGALATES with Genevieve Berube. Constantly in research & development, exploration & creation, Marie-Michelle keeps questioning herself to offer the best of her knowledge to others.
I have practiced yoga for more than 10 years. I started yoga to prevent injuries and to enhance my triathlon skills. I have more than 700 training hours and I mostly give therapeutic group classes, Yin yoga and Stand up paddle yoga classes (in french) .
Je pratique le yoga depuis plus de 10 ans alors que je faisais du triathlon afin d'améliorer mes performances sportives et prévenir les blessures. J'ai accumulé plus de 700 heures de formation en yoga dont près de la moitié en yoga thérapeutique et plus de 150 heures en Yin yoga. J'offre des cours de yoga thérapeutique, de Yin yoga et de Stand up paddle (SUP) yoga (yoga sur planche de surf).
I began practicing yoga while on a quest for flexibility after years of running. The classes and home practice evolved to include study and teaching. When I retired from a career in adult education, I took up teaching yoga and fitness for older adults.
I am certified with Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation to teach Group Fitness, Exercise for Older Adults and Fitness Yoga. I have completed several training events with Maureen Rae of Maureen Rae Yoga Studio in Toronto. I completed Bernie Clark's 50 hour Yin Yoga teacher training in August, 2011. On average I teach 200 hours of yoga per year.
I offer a blend of Yin and Vinyasa Flow, a Yin Yang Fusion. My students range in age from late teens to older adults and the Yin poses are popular with everyone. We all thank Bernie!
Emma Korkola is the owner/director of YOGA MALA, an Ashtanga Yoga studio in Regina, Saskatchewan. She has been a teacher of Ashtanga yoga since 1999. Emma is a student of Sharath Rangaswamy, grandson of Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, having travelled to India in 2009. She is an ongoing student of Tim Feldmann and Kino Macgregor of the Miami Life Centre. Emma has also received her Second Series Ashtanga certification with David Swenson, in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2006, and has studied with many other highly skilled instructors. In May 2011, Emma completed her YIN training with Paul Grilley in Chicago.
After over 4 years of being a yoga student, I took my first teacher training in 1999 at the Sivananda yoga ashram in the Bahamas, and returned in 2008 to do the advanced training. I have attended workshops, trainings and conferences with teachers such as Rod Stryker, Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, Gurmuk Kaur Khalsa, Anna Forrest, Michael Stone, Ram Dass, Bhagavan Dass, Baron Baptise, and so on... One of the most valuable teacher trainings I have had was with Bernie Clark near Whistler, B.C. Learning to slow down has been the greatest tool for all my yoga classes. I teach many types of classes from hot to Sivananda to vinyasa flow, but I must say the yin yoga is my favorite. A beautiful blend of meditation and posture.
Patricia's lifelong interest has been in studying and teaching different body modalities that view the body as a vehicle of consciousness. After graduating from the Yoga Room's Advanced Study Program in Berkeley, California she continued to explore yoga which emphasizes "working from the inside out, and from the outside in."
After experiencing several workshops based on Thomas Myers "Anatomy Trains," Patricia focused many of her yoga classes on exploring the inner body through the felt sense of balancing the different myo-fascia lines in asana practice. The next obvious step was to delve beneath the muscles to an awareness of deep connective tissue and joints by practicing Yin Yoga as a complimentary style of yoga. Recently, she certified with Bernie Clark. In addition she is a certified as a Relax an Renew Trainer with Judith Lasater, and Critical a Alignment trainer (level 4) with Gert van Leeuwen.
Karen's first downward dog was on Salt Spring Island in 2000, under the guidance of a yogi friend. She got hooked of course, but like many people, Karen initially liked doing yoga postures for the physical benefits - it made her feel stronger, healthier and more flexible. As the years went on, she began to realize that yoga could also help relieve stress and calm her "monkey mind" (a life-long work-in-progress). This, in turn, got her interested in balancing more active styles of yoga with quieter types, like restorative and yin.
Karen did her first 200 hours of yoga training in India in 2012 and she did 40 hours of yin training with Bernie Clark in Nov. 2015. Karen teaches regular restorative, yin and Ashtanga classes in Whitehorse and continues to study anatomy and yoga in her free time.
Ariel is a Yoga Alliance's RYT500 teacher and has been teaching yoga since 2009. Given her ballet and jazz dance background, Ariel was hooked by the fluidity and expressiveness of vinyasa yoga when she first started yoga. And after training under prominent Yin Yoga teacher - Paul Grilley, she was deeply touched by the quietly challenging yin practice. Ariel loves to explore (and laugh!) with her students. Forever curious about the human bodies and our infinite potential, she is also an integrated therapist who practices Reiki, CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulations. Her teaching is a delicate balance of yin and yang; anatomy and spirituality. She is deeply grateful for the teachings of her teachers Paul Grilley, Janet Lau and Janice Clarfield. You can follow her on Facebook - Ariel Tang Yoga, Healing, Writing or Yoga ALoHa.
Yoga Teacher & Therapist: Ms. Fanny Cheng has been practicing different kinds of yoga for the past 11 years, and the practice she loves the most and finds suitable for herself is yin yoga. She has completed Yin yoga teacher trainings with Bernie Clark and Sarah Powers. And in 2015/16, she completed a Certificate in Yoga Therapy CYT500 under the guidance of Dr. Satyam, who is a Yoga and Integrative Medical doctor and researcher. She finished prenatal & postnatal (RPYT) trainings, Ashtanga practice with Kino, Chair yoga, and other styles. As a therapist and yoga teacher, she has been very grateful that she has a chance to share what she has learned with her patients and students. Today, most people have a stressful lifestyle: yin and yang yoga is a very good way to allow them to relax and release their stress, and have a healthy life.
Fione has been practicing and teaching yoga for the past 6 years, ever since she was introduced to yoga through dance, 10 years ago. In 2003, SARS brought health to her attention. In 2004, she received a Yoga Instructor Certificate, which started her teaching journey.
She is a qualified 200 hours Yoga Arts (Australia) & Yoga Alliance teacher. Also she has Yin Yoga Teacher Training, Prana Flow Yoga Teacher Training Certificate, Pilates Certificate from POLESTAR Pilates Education (USA), qualified Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer(AASFP), Sport Massage and Fitball Personal Trainer. She draws her influence from various styles of yoga, and other fields: Pilates, Fitball, Feldenkrais Method, Gyrokinesis, Tai Chi Dowing, and Partnering Dance Technique. Fione believes everyone can have a peaceful, healthy lifestyle.
Hazel has completed a Diploma in Teaching Yoga and studied Pranayama, meditation, Yoga Philosophy, anatomy, Hatha, Yin and Hot yoga. She is a qualified Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer, Fit-ball instructor, BOSU Balance Trainer, Foam Roller of Myofascial Therapy and Judo Coach.
Hazel teaches Hot Foundation Series, Basic Hatha, Yin yoga, Mom & Baby yoga, Kids yoga, Pre-Natal Yoga, Aerobics Fit-ball Class and Personal training. She currently teaches at various homes, studios, health centers, work places, mYoga, and California Fitness across China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Queenie Wong is a certified teacher of Yin and Hatha yoga. She seeks balance on the Yin and Yang styles in her practice, as she understands that Yin and Yang are always to be sought in balance. Over the years of yoga practice, she has been amazed at how yoga has changed her life physically, mentally, and spiritually. The balance of Yin & Yang practice not only improves health, but also enhances the quality of life, which are the foundation for a happy and joyful life. She believes teaching yoga is a continuous process of growing and evolving together with her students.
Dedicated to all things yoga, Claire has been teaching Yin Yoga as well as Hatha and Vinyasa for two years and has personally been practicing yoga since 2007. She did her initial teacher training in Kerala, India in 2016 and has just recently completed an advanced Yin Yoga teacher training with Sebastien and Murielle at Taksu Studio in Bali. Claire embraces yoga on and off the mat and loves sharing what it has done for her with others. It has quite literally transformed her life. Living in China has given her a special affinity for Yin with its Daoist roots and TCM aspects and she finds Yin Yoga a perfect complement to the ultra-yang, Shanghai life. She is currently teaching part-time at a community based yoga collective, Community Yoga. She is also very happy to offer workshops, private classes and group classes ad hoc. Please feel free to contact her for information.
Originally from Malaysia, Josephine Ong is the founder of Shantih Shala Holistic Arts, an open platform promoting empowerment through the healing arts. With over 10 years of teaching experience, Josephine is a skilled Energy Healer, Reiki Master and Yoga Teacher internationally recognized by Yoga Alliance, Yoga Arts Australia and the Sivananda Vedante (Institute) Training Academy of Chennai (India). She is also a Personal Trainer certified by ACE (American Council On Exercise).
Josephine considers working and empowering people from all walks of life and backgrounds in achieving their goals a privilege. Her work is a fusion of various disciplines that includes Yoga, Energy Healing, Reiki, Counseling, Meditation, Ayurveda, Feldenkrais, physical exercises, Music, Art and Dance.
Minami engaged in yoga in Y2001, since then, Yoga has been a significant part of her life. At present, Minami is a fulltime yoga teacher, who is qualified with multiple yoga instructor certificates, and has more than 3000 hours teaching experience.
Minami is one of the earliest Yin yoga teachers in China. In addition Minami is a Yoga Alliance Certificated Teacher (Hatha Yoga 200 hours) and is qualified by KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) as a Kundalini Yoga teacher. She currently teaches at various homes, studios, health centers in Shanghai.
I am currently teaching at the Lotus Yoga studio in Zhuhai, Guang Dong Province, China. Zhuhai city is adjacent to the South China sea, borders Hongkong and Shenzhen to the east by 36 nautical miles, and Macao to the south by land. I have been practising yoga since 1993. I studied under, and have been inspired over the years, by Peter Scott and Michel Besnard. I gained my teaching qualification in October 1998 after graduating from the Australian Training Fitness Pilates Institute and Australian Yoga Alliance under instruction from an Ashtanga school. I have been studying and practising Yin yoga with Michel Besnard since September 2002 and have been teaching in China since May 2004. My aim is to introduce yoga to my students in the hope that they can experience the benefits as I have over the past 14 years.
I had my first yoga class in 2003 in India in the classical Hatha Yoga style. The journey continued to the yang styles of Ashtanga and Vinyasa, which I have practiced since 2011. Parallel with these styles, I discovered the beautiful and delicate style of Yin Yoga, which became part of my regular yoga practice. I have completed 200 hours Multi-style Teacher Training (2014) and 100 hours in Yin Yoga with Sebastian Pucelle and Murielle Burellier (2015)
As life is all about balancing energies (male - female, shiva - shakti, yin - yang...), so is my yoga practice (both in teaching and practicing). Regardless of style (yang or yin), I put special emphasis on practice of mindfulness and stillness (sthira sukham asanam). I currently work as a freelance Yoga teacher and give workshops in yin yoga.
Romana has experience and training in a variety of yoga styles including Power Yoga, Ashtanga, Children's yoga and now Yin Yoga. She attends and participates in a variety of international workshops and trainings, which allows her to bring the latest ideas and trends to the Czech Republic. She received a certificate of proficiency as a Power Yoga instructor from Vaclav Krejcik. In October 2014 she graduated from an Ashtanga teacher training program (the first series) and gained a Certificate of Completion Teacher Training Course from Manju P. Jois. She completed a Power Vinyasa training in Vancouver, Canada with Clara Roberts Oss and in August of 2015 obtained her Yin Yoga Certification from Bernie Clark. She is now ready to pass along her experiences to clients and students in Brno, Czech Republic.
Yoga is an integral part of Sarka's daily life or rather her way of perceiving the world. She started practising in 2004 and inclined rather to the dynamic styles of yoga, which she learnt in Europe and India. During her 500h Yoga Teacher Training in Prana Yoga Teacher College in Vancouver, Canada she discovered the enormous potential of Yin Yoga and was excited to be able to receive Yin Yoga certification from Jolene Bayda. After returning to the Czech Republic she is enthusiastic to share her passion for yoga with her students in Prague and Ceske Budejovice. She focuses on classical Hatha yoga, dynamic Prana Vinyasa Yoga, and deep and meditative Yin Yoga. Her way of teaching encourages the students to bring full awareness to the present moment, inspires them to peacefully connect through their body and breath with their true self and thus discover their own immense life potential.
Been following Victor Chng since 2010. Today assisting him in his 100h yytt. Received over 500h yytt and holds a 500 YAL yoga therapy. NLP and mindfulness instructor. Teaches regular classes, conduct yoga workshops for gymnastic and sports people. Working with TCMs, osteopaths and doctors. Focus is holistic health working with improvement of the 3 yin instruments.
I love the meditative aspect of yin yoga and strive to teach as unobtrusively as possible, allowing students to deepen into their own experiences and listen to what their bodies need. I encourage students to find their own perfect postures rather than pushing or forcing into an aesthetic ideal. My aim is for students leave my yin yoga classes de-stressed and relaxed - ready to re-enter their active yang lives!
Maiken is a yin yoga devotee having studied with Paul & Suzzie Grilley, Bernie Clark and Anat Geiger. She was initiated into the yoga tradition in India where she became certified in Hatha and Astanga yoga, and Ayurvedic Yoga therapy. Now she combines the ancient yogic philosophy, psychology and therapy with the functional approach to yin yoga. She teaches classes and workshops in studios and private, and works with people suffering from eating disorders, anxiety and self injury. Aside her yoga practice, she studies psychomotor therapy, movement and dance, and SUP Yoga.
Trine is an endorsed Insight Yoga Teacher and IYI mentor. She has studied with both Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley. She lives in central Copenhagen with her family, where she runs the Yogini Yoga Studio, and teaches weekly classes, workshops and retreats. Trine is a devoted student of Yin Yoga, and she is welcoming you on the yoga mat.
I teach weekly yin yoga classes in Aarhus, Skanderborg and Ry and do workshops, retreats and private sessions. I also teach courses in yin yoga and mindfulness as tools to alleviate stress, anxiety and depression.
I have studied with Biff Mithoefer, have 20 years of experience practicing yoga and have taught yin yoga since 2012. My focus is on body consciousness and building a healthy relationship with the body, based on sensitivity to, respect for and kindness towards the body. My approach is one of patience, gentleness and presence. The first time I tried yin yoga, I fell in love with this specific form of yoga and I feel privileged to be able to share my passion with yoga students.
Mariam Sobhy is a certified Yoga teacher & a life coach. She is the founder of Beit Mariam studio for spiritual/life transformation. Mariam started her yoga journey in 2010 as a regular yoga practitioner. Practiced many yoga types, trying to find her own way & changed her life to the life she dreamed of. Yoga and coaching was her way out to transform. She found her passion in practicing Ashtanga & YIN yoga. She found the magic of balancing between the two styles, the best of the two worlds were merged. She believes in Yoga & Coaching as two side of the same coin, both helps in transformation & learning about oneself.
Vilma has studied yin yoga with Victor Chng since 2014. She has a base on RYT-200 training in flow yoga and she has also completed a hot yoga teacher training. After finding yin yoga helping her wellbeing tremendously, it became her priority to share this practise with others.
By the year 2017 she has already completed two 50 hours yin yoga teacher trainings, took part in 3 yin yoga teacher's retreats plus attented several immersions and master classes with her teacher. She continues her studies of yin yoga regularly in different parts of Asia.
Vilma offers yin yoga classes suitable for everybody in different locations in Helsinki, southern Finland. Classes are taught in finnish or in english.
Yoga is a lifetime journey, teaching us step by step the art of "sama" which is about finding balance between the body, mind and spirit. I started Yoga learning Hatha Yoga in France. It's in Mexico, under the guidance of teacher Amado Cavazos, that I fell in love with the Ashtanga Yoga practice. I have since had the opportunity to study while travelling with internationally renowned ashtangis such as : Michael Gannon, Sharat Rangaswamy, Danny Paradise, Baptiste Marceau, Rolf Naujokat , Chuck and Maty and many more.
While practicing the very Yang Ashtanga style of Yoga, I found myself in deep need of balancing this practice with different spiritual paths. I have since started practicing Vipassana meditation and a more gentle yoga such as Yin Yoga. I had the great chance to train with Bernie Clark. Through my teaching, I share my experience of Yoga as an integral and balanced approach to reach wellbeing and inner peace. I am dedicated to helping my student to find and develop their own great potential and power.
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Christine Balastegui Lons et Pau
I met my Yoga Teacher at the right time to change my life forever, and I became a teacher few years ago. I fell in love with Iyengar style and following the steps of my former master, Giky, during 8 years one with Faecq and Corine Biria in Paris then travelling to Bangkok, I explored others Yoga styles such as Asthanga, Anusara Yoga, Yoga Therapy. I met 2 teachers who definitely have had a huge part in Yin Yoga: Victor Chng and Sebastian Pucelle. The more I practice Yin, the more that it improves my Yang practice. Now I mix them both in my classes and of course some classes are completely dedicated to the Yin practice. I noticed in our stressed life in Paris, people are in need for Yin Yoga. Recently, I came to Semperviva studio in Vancouver to deeper my practice and teaching by attending a 50-hours Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Bernie Clark.
I started teaching yoga after I completed 200h hatha training at Sivananda in India. I quickly realized that the style I've learned was not accessible to everyone and I started seeking for some tools that would allow me to work with people who might be a little bit challenged. My husband is an armless person and he got interested in practicing yoga. He became one of my biggest inspirations: to learn a style of yoga that would provide me tools to work with people like him.
I completed a 50h Yin Yoga Course with Sébastien Pucelle et Murielle Burellier in Geneva, Switzerland and it just deepened my desire to learn more about this practice. One year later I went to Vancouver, Canada to follow another Yin Yoga 50h Course with Bernie Clark who is one of my biggest influences. My mission is to make yoga accessible to the largest public. Nobody should be deprived from the benefits of this beautiful practice! It's yoga that should adapt to the student and not the other way round.
As a passionate and certified yoga teacher, Anne-Gaëlle is well aware of the implications of living a stressful life, driven by meetings, phone calls and documents for yesterday... with no space to grow and shine!
As she discovered yoga she discovered a practice which gave her tools to get more energy and serenity, bringing back together body and mind. She followed her hatha yoga teacher for 4 years and got a 200hrs RYT vinyasa and hatha yoga teacher certificate at the French federation of yoga. As balance is one of her favorite subject to dig on she also followed 210hrs RYT yin yoga certifications and she keeps on studying on many subjects (yoga philosophy, anatomy, reiki...).
Her teachings are a melting pot of all these experiences and bring together masculine and feminine energies, movements and immobility... Anne-Gaëlle is sharing with passion during her classes and workshops in studios, companies and hospitals.
Elaine discovered yoga when she was a professional contemporary dancer, bringing her from her native Canada to New York and Europe. A certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Yin and Vinyasa Yoga teacher and Thai yoga massage therapist, Elaine has a yoga therapy clinic in Paris, France where she receives clients in individual sessions. She has studied yin yoga with Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley, is a registered Group Facilitator of the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Stress Reduction Program and teaches Yin Yoga Workshops and Stress Reduction Programs in France. Her experiences in art, science and spirituality naturally have brought her to the emerging field of body-mind therapies. As a therapist and yin yoga teacher, Elaine proposes a unique blend of mindfulness-based practises, Buddhist psychology and the holistic yoga system for the body, mind and spirit.
Philippe has been composing music on the kantele, the national instrument of Finland for the last few years. After completing his 200hr yoga teacher training in Hatha and Ashtanga yoga in 2014 in India at Rishikul Yog Shala he focused on Yin yoga and took a training with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts. He has done extra studies/training in Body Talk System and Reiki. His classes and workshop emphasize music and opening the lower part of the body. Philippe believes in the power of yoga to calm the mind, to increase energy/work efficiency and to bring wisdom and peace in life. He runs a group on meetup.com called Yin Yoga Paris and teaches Yin in English and French wherever he is traveling!
Ricardo Mello was born in São Paulo, Brazil. From an early age, he followed his passion of Brazilian classical jazz guitar and computer engineering, where it has taken him from Brazil to the United-States, Italy and France. Ricardo has a rich and diverse understanding of cultures influenced by his many travels throughout the world, learning languages, playing music, reading and discovering general sciences. He was first introduced to Bikram's yoga in the US in 2002, where he enjoyed the intensity of heat and it's purification effects. Since 2007, he has developed his practice of Hatha Yoga with Diana Senichenko, where he continues on his life journey with music as well as deepening his understanding of mind and body through the practices of Yoga. Ricardo recently finished a 50-hour Yin Yoga training with Bernie Clark.
In 2007, after 10 years of being a dancer, an educational kinesiologist and a teacher for 3 years or so I started wondering which practice would help me increase my personal journey of my body and mind. And this is when Yoga came!! In 2009, I went to Vancouver to complete my Yin Teacher Training with Bernie Clarck and it was the most wonderful experience for me.
After this, to further expand my practice I went to London and completed another Teacher Training with Sarah Powers in 2010, and since then I have followed Simon Low's workshops to further deepen my journey. Today I am very grateful to the universe and my teachers who have helped me to not just teach Yin Yoga but keep me connected to my passion and share this gift with my students every day.
Yoga has been with me for over 20 years. It was there and was not there. It absorbed me completely after I gave birth to my second son, in 2015. I was diagnosed with diabetes and Yoga was a crucial component to recover completely! I decided then to make it a part of my life and to share it with others. I did several trainings in India and in France and I am certified Yoga Alliance Teacher in Hatha Yoga and Yin. I am certified Laugh Yoga teacher too. I practice Yin, Hatha, Kundalini and Ashtanga Yoga. I work with disabled old people, children and adults.
Yin yoga teaches you to accept things the way they are, to connect to bigger thing. You are more flexible, more peaceful, more respectful with your body and with others. I teach in French and English.
I mostly teach Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga and Yoga restorative. I love to incorporate psychology and spirituality into the practice and to make it accessible to all. I truly believe in the ability of Yoga to change our lives for the best, both on a body point of view and on a spiritual level. Yin Yoga is a perfect way to complete a more dynamic practice. It's a beautiful way to bring meditation to the mind through the body and the breath. So welcome on board if you'd like to come to my classes in Strasbourg (France)!
Sylvia Stuck Bonn, Germany Yoga instructor for spinal health and well-being
Sylvia Stuck came from a dancing- modeling background and finished her career with a wrecked spine. Grateful for a recovering Yoga journey, she started studying Yoga on regular basis in 2006. Impressed by how yoga connects physical and mental aspects also experiencing the calming and supporting benefits of movement and breath, she started transcending the practice off the mat into her daily life routines.
Her teaching method offers gentle support, which enables her students to experience their yoga journey in a safe manner. Her Inspirations and Guidelines were given throughout several TTs: Yin-Yoga (Semperviva Yoga College, Vancouver with Bernie Clark); Vinyasa-Yoga (Yoga South, Boca Raton); Aerial-Yoga (Dana Aerial Yoga Institute Hamburg); Spine Yoga (WoYo-Club Munich). One of her favorite experiences was teaching Yoga for PTSD Veterans (connected warriors) in the USA. Now she is offering Classes, Workshops and Yin Yoga Teachers Training in Germany.
I live, practice and teach Yin & Yang Yoga in Aachen, Germany. My yoga journey started with practicing Power Yoga and continued with a Sivananda - based Teacher Training in Cologne, Germany. It was then enriched by a Yin Yoga Teacher Training after the concept of Paul & Suzee Grilley and continues now with a mix of Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga. The Yin Yoga TT allowed me to grow and find the balance I was searching for in my daily practice. I feel blessed and I am grateful for this wonderful path I am on, the Yoga path.
Christina is a teacher who always tries to meet the individual needs of her students. Every body and soul is unique and thus a modern yoga class has to take care of individuality. For Christina, the teachings of Yin yoga are like the missing peace of the Yang-styles. Yin takes care of every anatomical shape and every spiritual being. The classes offer space for deep meditation, reflection and innerness while nourishing the body and leading the individual back to balance. Fascinated by the possibilities to deepen the practice through Yin, Christina completed her Teacher Training with Jo Phee and studies the findings of anatomy and fascia research with great enthusiasm. Her students can be sure to be taken care of in their uniqueness and to leave classes more balanced.
Dagmar completed a 200 h Yin Yoga teacher training with Markus Hennig Giess (a Paul and Suzee Grilley student). She's an experienced Ashtanga Yoga teacher (trained with John and Lucy Scott) and a Yoga Therapist (trained with Ganesh Mohan and Günter Niessen). She's offering traditional Ashtanga Yoga and Yin Yoga classes in her yoga studio in Aachen.
Being a yoga teacher and a social worker is the perfect balance for me right now. I'm a Vinyasa Flow Teacher, as well as a Yin Yoga Teacher. I developed my skills to teach Yin Yoga in the Teacher Training with Biff Mithoefer and Marta Mezzino. Besides my focus on a mindful and healthy practice, I also like to add the philosophical aspect of daoism in my classes. Sometimes i integrate live music and sounds to enable my students to dive deeper. It's important for me to create a safe space for them to have their own experience in a meditative Yin practice.
To me, Yin Yoga is Moon Yoga. When the moon faces the reflection of itself on the surface of water, it shines upon itself. Over time, the clarity of water will unveil what's been sealed in its depth - bit by bit. Practicing Yin Yoga, we similarly remain in stillness: letting go of muscular effort, we make a choice not to release creative activity.
We rather stay and watch, listening to what's being released from deep underneath our skin, layer by layer. It may not be that comfortable, as we're likely to step into an avoidance zone. However, releasing cellular memory will have a long-term gain as the effect of Moon Yoga is simply nourishing. Explaining how the energetic levels in our body work and correlate, I refer to Chakras & Prana, as well as the 5 Elements and Meridians of TCM. My sequences are aligned with the seasons of nature and astrologic constellations.
I have been practicing yoga for over fourteen years. I fell in love with yoga: with standing still and sweating, with not moving but moving, with needing nothing but my body, mind, breath, with becoming more and more and always more aware of myself and of life. I was first attracted to the physical side of yoga and how through the asana practice my busy mind and heart can find peace and stillness (even if that peace and stillness doesn't always last long). With time, as my practice evolves and deepens, I am finding that it is also slowing down. I am drawn more and more to Yin Yoga, to stillness, to holding postures and watching how they work on the body, mind and spirit.
In 2007, I became a certified yoga teacher training with Dave Curtis in Cork, Ireland and began immediately teaching yoga full time on Gozo. In June 2010, I did a 100 hour training with Paul and Suzee Grilley on Yin Yoga and Anatomy. Since September 2009 I have been enjoying teaching yin and hatha classes in Berlin.
Namaste, my name is Sunny. I teach a 90 min and a 60 min Yin-Yoga class. I also teach a 60 min Dragon Dance Class before, so practitioners can experience both Yin and Yang. I like to focus my classes on, for example, one part of the body, an emotion to balance or to balance a change of season. I studied dance and different styles of yoga and meditation and like to share my knowledge with the students. Our studio provides all kind of yoga props to help the practice of Yin-Yoga. Classes are relaxing and energizing. Beginners welcome
Sandra Devi started her Yoga practice over 10 years ago, experiencing and exploring a variety of different Yoga styles and teachers. She received her certification (200 hrs, RYT) in Ubud, Bali, the beautiful island of the gods located in Indonesia. For about 3 years Sandra taught and gave Yoga in the north of Bali and was loved and appreciated by her students, both beginners and advanced Yogis and Yoginis. Though she experienced and learned from different teachers throughout the years she always felt most deeply connected to those styles that followed the lineage of Krishnamacharya, the yoga of the heart. During her journey she started to combine different yoga styles and blend them together to create beautiful intuitive flow and Yin Yoga classes, deeply sensing the needs and potential of her students. Her openhearted being and gentle touch of Yoga offers a deep experience for every student on every level. Release, Relax and enjoy...
Several years of teaching Pilates and strenuous bodywork finally led me to Yin Yoga. A Yin Yoga session is cheer bliss at the end of the daily high dose of yang infused stuff. Calming down and feeling how each minute holding a pose releases the stress level of the body more and more is a wonderful experience, as it dissolves all forms of stress on a physical, emotional as well as mental level. It helps to cultivate awareness of ones inner silence.
I was taught Yin Yoga by Markus Henning-Giess, who in turn was taught directly by Paul and Suzee Grilley. To complete my training, I also visited Workshops by Biff Mitthoefer and James Earls (Anatomy Trains/ Tom Myers). MY Yin Yoga classes take place at Heinsberg and Meerbusch (close to Dusseldorf). Come and join the joy of Yin Yoga.
Markus completed a 350hour power yoga teacher training with founder Bryan Kest before encountering the other half - Yin Yoga with Paul and Suzee Grilley. Since then he is a dedicated yinster having completed several teacher trainings with Paul & Suzee as well as assisted them on their own training. Before Markus discovered yoga, he worked for 16 years as a professional dancer, musical performer, choreographer, teacher and presenter in Europe. He is also a professional Thai masseur and Reiki master and teaches Thai massage training, meditation workshops and courses.
With over 20 years of teaching experience, Markus is passionate about bringing together his vast and varied knowledge to offer yin yoga training & workshops in a relaxed atmosphere while making yoga anatomy highly entertaining. Based in Germany and New Zealand, he offers Yin Yoga trainings, workshops and retreats in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia.
Ever since I have been able to think, I have loved to "move". Dancing, classical ballett and Voltige (ballett on a horseback) accompanied my childhood intensively. Followed by any type of "outdoor sport" and aerobics instructor my life went on until I became a mommy, in 2004: that's when my life changed. I fell in love with the slow, intense and devoted moves of Yoga. I did my 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training at Planetyoga in Zurich and started to teach Vinyasa and Yin Yoga in Planetyoga in 2009. Soon I will finish the Hatha Yoga teacher schooling of Doris Echlin, BDY/EYU.
Yin Yoga gives me the feeling of melting my being, on and off challenged by daily routine, in one. The stillness in the asanas and the concentration on my breath cleans my mind and restores my body.
Sarah loves yin yoga and guarantees that you will too! Originally from California, she now lives and teaches yin yoga classes in Germany. Her yoga teaching style is gentle and clear, with a bit of humor sprinkled in. She has a tendency to show too much enthusiasm when talking about the bones, joints, and fascia of the body. Sarah is an E-RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance and has also completed a yin yoga teacher training. She graduated from university with a Bachelor's in Kinesiology, resulting in a deep understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body.
I have been teaching yoga since 2009, along with my husband, in a little studio in Ludwigsburg, Germany. We mainly teach Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga. The year 2014 has been an exciting year for me, as I can now say I'm qualified to teach Yin Yoga! This quiet, peaceful yoga practice has touched me as yogini and yoga teacher. In body, mind and above all my heart. I completed my training in Mental Yin Yoga with Karo Wagner (owner & principal of VINYASA Yoga Academy) and Tasja Walther. Tanja Seehofer trained me in the workshop and with Josh Summers, I found a yoga teacher who really touched my heart with Yin Yoga. With him I was able to deepen my experience of Yin Yoga and meditation. It would be my pleasure and joy to share this knowledge and experience with you!
Birgit Löbsack RYT 500/E-RYT 200 Mainz and Wiesbaden
In 2011 I discovered Yin Yoga for the first time in Munich and as a perfect balancing to Vinyasa Yoga, it became an important role of my own personal practice. The more I practice, the more I fell in love with the calm and deep way of Yin Yoga. In June 2011 I was pleased to obtain my Yin Yoga Teacher Training certificate with Josh Summers in Zurich/Switzerland.
I'm teaching Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga in different studios in Mainz and Wiesbaden with a focus of feeling deeply the poses, inner understanding and positive thinking.
In my studio I practice and teach YinYoga in Paul & Suzee Grilleys style. We have regular courses and intensive workshops. It is a wonderful "counterbalance" to our daily yang-oriented practice: ballet, modern dance, GYROKINESIS, Pilates and floor barre. Everyone is welcome, pros and new entries: just come and try! Namaste.
Starting my Yoga practise in 2000, I did my first TT in Barcelona (2007) in a dynamic Hatha Style. During my 5 years in Barcelona I started practising Yin Yoga with my dear friend Jose de Groot, finding peace in the troubled city in the long held postures. Coming back to Germany in spring 2010 I was surprised to find no Yin Yoga Classes at all being offered! So I decided to take off to California to take part in my first 100 hrs YYTT1 with Paul & Suzee. I am currently continuing the Grilleys' 500 hrs Training. Whenever possible, I take trainings and workshops with other Yin Yoga teachers, attending courses with Sarah Powers, Josh Summers and Biff Mithoefer. I am happy and grateful to be able to help spreading the Yin Yoga practise in Germany through information I offer on my blog and through the classes I share. I offer regular Yin Yoga Classes, Workshops & Retreats in different Studios in Bavaria (South Germany) and Europe.
I got to know yin yoga, by chance, through a workshop given by Sarah Powers and was inspired instantly. Up to that moment, I had been practicing and teaching vinyasa and power yoga and now I learned, what a great balance yin yoga offers for the body and the mind. After I discovered the benefits of yin yoga, including the cure of my back pain, I got the chance to take teacher trainings with Sarah Powers as well Paul and Suzee Grilley, which I am all very grateful for. In my classes I focus on blending the anatomical aspects of the training with meridian theory and mindfulness meditation.
Heike has been a yoga practitioner for over 5 years. She has learnt and continues to learn from various reknown teachers like David Williams, Shakti Mhi and also Yograj Dr Kajal. To deepen her practice and understanding of yoga, she completed her 200-hour level teacher training recognised by Yoga Alliance. She pursued her teacher training in Yin Yoga and is focusing her teaching on Yin/Yang classes. She truly believes that each student is a unique individual, and that this uniqueness is a cause for celebration. Through honest feedback she encourages the students to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and provides them with the knowledge to bring balance between them. Principles of alignment and technical precision are used to ensure a safe practice.
As a Physiotherapist, trained and experienced Yoga teacher in different Traditions and Ayurveda, Thai Massage, Lomilomi and Structural Integration Michael is interested in Health and Mind-expanding Techniques since very early days. He has been on an educational "Round-the-World-Travel" for a period of 16 month visiting countries and places like Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Bali, Thailand and India. Further interests are Raw Food, Superfoods, Nature and Rewildering, Music and all other beautiful Aspects of a wonderful life He has done a Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Paul and Suzee Grilley, Sarah Powers and Biff Mithoefer. And his is teaching Yoga since twenty years in Germany. He is the Author of the Yin Yoga Book published at G & U in Munich, Germany.
After practicing Tae Kwon Do for more than 10 years I had to quit because of too many injuries. I discovered Yoga in 2003 and realized it had a healing effect on my body. I wanted to pass on what Yoga did for me so I did my Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at the Institut fuer Yoga und Gesundheit in Cologne in 2006/2007. Since then I have been doing workshops and Teacher Trainings with teachers from all over the world. Teaching only yang orientated yoga styles for the last few years I really found what I was looking for when I discovered Yin Yoga. I did the Teacher Training with Paul and Suzee Grilley in Hamburg in 2010 and it was the most wonderful experience for me. The Yin Yoga practice made me feel so easy and full of happiness. In my studio I am now teaching a variety of of yin and yang classes hoping to make Yoga accessible to everybody respecting the needs of each individual.
I teach vinyasa flow style yoga as well as Gyrotonic & Gyrokinesis for many years. Completing the Yin Yoga & Anatomy Teacher Training in 2010 in Zurich with Paul & Suzie Grilley has had a profound impact on my own yoga practice as well as on my teachings. Practicing Yin Yoga provides the body with such a greater sense of ease and freedom as well as calming and balancing mind and emotions. I teach various classes around the Tegernsee area, as well as pirvate classes.
Aïda was born and grew up in Lithuania, surrounded by forests, meadows, rivers and lakes. Since her twenties she lived as a traveling yogi for about ten years and is has recently moved to Crete to settle down. She has been practicing yoga in various places in Europe and Asia till she visited India and learned the traditional approach to Hatha Yoga which became her main practice. The first Yin Yoga class experience in Thailand remained deeply in her memory. And later on Aïda attended a Yin Yoga teacher training with Biff Mithoefer. Since then she gives Yin classes in a very poetic and subtle way.
Nicholas has been practicing Yoga since 1998. His passion for this ancient practice grew into becoming a certified Yoga teacher in Hatha, and recently completed teacher training in Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark. He is also the Director of the Soma Yoga Retreat in Greece, where he teaches and tour guides in the Greek islands. While in Vancouver, Canada, he teaches at the Body Harmony Studio as a Yin Yoga instructor. Since his first Yoga class, he realized he wanted to share his experience and teach others the wonders of Yoga. Join Nicholas on your next Yoga Holiday on one of the Aegean's most beautiful islands, Nisyros. He presently travels between Canada and Europe, teaching the amazing benefits of Yin and Hatha Yoga.
Lívia has been practising yang yoga styles since 2010 on daily basis, she turned to Yin yoga in 2012. She has been teaching this style of yoga for more than a year now. She is also experienced in spine, hatha and flow types. She encourages her students to switch their mind on the practice, and keep the effects of yoga as long as they can, also in the everyday life. Lívia likes using props on the classes to help to reach the deepest surrender and mental-spiritual recovery. She also writes a blog where yin sequences are also published.
Adrienn has been practicing yoga since 2005. She has studied in depth several disciplines including Bikram Yoga 2007, Yoga for Kids 2009, classical hatha yoga 2010, yoga therapist 2011, Rainbow Family and Community Yoga 2013. She has been teaching Yin yoga since 2011. She merges classical and modern approaches to bring the teaching alive in a tangible way. Her teaching method has been shaped by the inspiration of Bernie Clark, Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers and her own. She is the founder and the owner of amaSole Joga Studio in Budapest, Hungary, opened in 2012.
Ajay is passionate about the inner engineering of the body and mind. Athletic and adventurous, he experienced several physical injuries, and was able to heal them by following the Ahimsa approach in asana practise. He served as a voluntary teacher at Sivananda Centres before beginning independently with Sapna, his wife and Senior Teacher at Shoonya Shala, their Urban Yoga Studio in India. Ajay initiated with Sivananda Yoga tradition and followed with teacher trainings and education in other disciplines, Krishnamacharya, Ashtanga and Yin Yoga. Personally enjoys practising and teaching a non traditional (discipline) sequence and Yin Yoga.
Ajay's classes follow a Yin approach to Hatha Yoga, integrating the unique features of various disciplines and teachers he has worked with. Yin or Yang, he likes to term his personal practise and class teaching as moving meditation. He returns to his Primary teachers regularly and pursues continuing education in Yoga and assisting teacher trainings.
Beta Lisboa is the founder of Beta Lisboa Yoga and Bodywork and Yoga Swaha Kids, where she combines her vast knowledge of the physical body and movement, as well as the more spiritual aspect of yoga and meditation. As a yoga teacher, a Myofascial Release therapist and meditator, Yin yoga became the main focus of her teachings. Inspired by her teachers Sarah Powers and Simon Low.
Beta has a Masters degree in Health and Wellness with a BS in Physical Education and sports. While working on her undergraduate degree, Beta began studying Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and as a tri-athlete, educated in anatomy, physiology, and sports massage, she was at first drawn to Power yoga. She also had a great interest for massage, ayurveda and healing bodywork. Beta also became a Reiki master at this time. Later on Beta has been trained in Bioeletric matrix Craniosacral therapy with Dr. Adolf Brown.
Noga has been teaching yoga for over a decade. She has been a devoted Iyengar practitioner for a decade prior to that, until she added Yin and Viniyasa to her life in 1995. Her passion for anatomy and alignments as well as her professional approach made her a highly valued teacher in her community of Ubud, Bali as well as world wide. The soft, human, maternal approach she brings into her classes makes her students hearts open, as well as their bodies.
Discovering Yin Yoga in his early years in London with Sarah Power, Sebastian undertook a 170 hours T.T.C in Yin Yoga with Victor Chng. Lately completing a 130 hours Yin-Yoga Alliance teacher training with Paul Grilley founder of Yin-Yoga (Singapore-Koh Samui). With extensive training and practice in a the broad spectrum of yogic disciplines. Sebastian's teaching blends both Yin & Yang sequences with guided breath-work and meditation. To create session that ranges from intense and vigorous to relaxing and deeply meditative.
Based in Asia Sebastian give workshop throughout the continent and from Summer 2012 will teach in Europe to familiarize people with the practice and teaching of Yin Yoga.
Completed 200hr hatha flow yoga teacher training with Esther Ekhart and yin training with Joshua Summers. I have also attended workshops with Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley. Noreen loves to make yoga accessible to everybody so they can feel the great joy that yoga can bring and show them how to accept and love their bodies just as they are.
As a trained primary school teacher and part-time lecturer Eimear Beardmore is passionate about teaching and sharing the benefits physically, emotionally and psychologically that Yoga has to offer. Eimear believes that connecting body and mind is at the heart of a yoga practice, practising in this way the opportunities for insight and self-reflection are endless providing fuel for a lifelong yoga practice that is adaptable and practical. She believes Yoga should be a creative and fun process. Whether teaching Yin or Vinyasa Flow Eimear is a conscientious teacher who aims to empower students to deepen their practice each time they arrive on their mat.
Grace discovered yoga in 2007 and has been continuously exploring her practice since. Her first training (Bikram) was in 2013 and she has been teaching Yin since 2015, counting Mysan Sidbo, Sarah Powers, and Josh Summers as her mentors thus far. Grace's personal approach to Yin Yoga is a perfect marriage of anatomy and awareness. Firmly rooted in functional Yoga her teaching is infused with mindfulness techniques. Grace's approach to yoga is summed up nicely in the best-loved children's book, "We're going on a bear hunt: there is no going over or under any of our experiences in this life; we have simply got to go through them."
The practice of embracing what arises for us on our mats, and the opportunity this presents to befriend our sensations, thoughts, and emotions, are possibly yoga's greatest gifts to those of us willing to embark on the journey.
Starting 15 years ago as a personal trainer, I was dragged into vigorous physical activities such as cycling, running and climbing: very "yang-like" practices, always carrying inside of me the feeling that something is missing. Of course, my body "talked" to me. That's when my yoga journey started, and it deepened in one year of further learning and exploration through India and Thailand. Today, with much awareness and care bringing balance to my body and life, I am implementing the missing part, the "Yin-like" part, both to my own personal practice and my teachings. I'm a certified yin instructor, hatha, meditation and fitness guide and I love to share what I picked up along the way. As I believe that we as humans are part of nature, I encourage students and groups to join my outdoor classes in order to reconnect with nature, and also offer office yoga and private lessons.
I am the founder of Yoga Brixen in 2008, Italy, Europe. YinYoga teacher since 2011. Yoga Brixen offers drop-in Yin Yoga classes 3 times a week, all year round, for everybody. For Yin Yoga, I give thanks to Sarah Powers, and lots of beautiful Yin yoga teachers i meet regularly in Ubud, Bali every year.
Marco began practicing yoga in Barcelona in 2005 and has been teaching yoga in Italy and Spain for over 8 years. He has a bachelor degree in Arts and he's an enthusiastic traveler and explorer of different cultures, beliefs and hearts. He discovered yin yoga in Sweden with Biff Mithoefer and Prema Mayi and immediately fell in love with his mentors and the practice of surrender. In may 2012 Marco has opened his own studio in Milan offering daily classes of vinyasa krama, yin yoga and since 2015 he’s hosting Biff’s training module I, II, III. He is teaching workshops, intensives, retreats and certified 250H teacher training (Yoga Alliance Italia) in Milan and around Europe. His ongoing studies have taken him deeply inside philosophy, mithology, bio-mechanic, ayurveda and bhakti yoga.
My own experience of practicing Yin Yoga and the reactions of my students after a Yin Yoga class are the reason why I keep offering Yin Yoga classes! I also teach Vinyasa Flow and I offer classes in outdoors, in nature - also in English. I have trained with Joshua Summers.
I was introduced to yoga in 1990 by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda spiritual teacher of Siddha Yoga. I took my training and certification at Synergy Center for the Healing Arts registered with the Yoga Alliance in Miami Beach, Florida in the year 2000. I am an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance trained in various styles of Hatha Yoga which include; Iyengar, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Sivananda. I am also trained in Qigong, Yoga Therapy, Prenatal Yoga and Yogassage. My teaching style is Called ZenTao a contemporary spiritual tradition with ancient roots a blend of Zen Buddhism, Taoism + Yoga. My Yin Yoga classes which I call "Lotus Yin Flow" works on visualization, deep listening, inner guidance and introspection. I create retreats and seminars in the Venice area, other parts of Italy and in the USA. My therapeutic holistic approach allows deep connection with the heart. It is about awareness in body, mind and spirit for total unlimited wellness.
As a personal trainer and martial artist, I met Yoga in Whistler and Vancouver, BC. Practicing various styles of Yoga (Hatha, Jivamukti, Yin, Raja) under masters such as Bernie Clark, Tina James, and Nakul Kapur helped me feeling a strong connection between Yoga and Zen principles. Now, as a certified RYT-200 yoga teacher, I teach Hatha, Yin, pilates and weight training in Osaka and Hyogo, Japan. Combining all the science and traditions, I aim to guide students to balance their physical, mental, and spiritual talent by continuous practice and effort in the quiet, attentive manner.
Yukie has been teaching yoga from 2006. Yin Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga. She grew up Zen temple when she was a child. Then she is getting something like yoga naturally. And she noticed it is similar as Yin Yoga when she met Sarah Powers. Yukie is always working as karma yoga to give good education for helpless children. Then she lives in India half of a year. And all of her classes are charity. Spredding True Love is her mission. Yin Yoga is one of the best way to grow up Love and Compassion.
Megumi graduated from Semperviva Yoga Studio in Vancouver with RYT200 certificate and completed the 50 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Bernie Clark. She brings a nurturing gentle energy to the class creating an environment where students can go within to discover their own experiences. Knowing that each student is their own greatest teacher, she would like to be a tour guide (not teacher :-) so that the students can enjoy their own journey. Megumi currently teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin yoga in Niigata Japan.
I started practicing yoga about 10 years ago. Since then I have been practicing several kinds of hatha yoga in Tokyo and other countries. I teach Ishta yoga, Anusara yoga, restorative yoga, prenatal yoga and Yin Yoga.
I am a qualified yoga alliance teacher and certified therapeutic massage & body worker. I have completed a teacher training course with Sarah Powers in 2007. Since I started practicing and teaching Yin Yoga, my yogalife has totally changed. Yin yoga makes us calm and peaceful, important in a busy city like Tokyo.
Hyeyoung completed her Sivanada yoga 200-hour training at Sivananda Vedante Uttarkashi (India) with Mano Haran, as well as a certified Yin Yoga Teacher 50-hour course at Semperviva Studios (Canada) with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts. She continues to practice many kinds of yoga all around the world as a yogi, and also to be a better teacher. During her yoga classes, she focuses on the meditation and benefits of yoga with her positive energy and consideration.
Milidi has completed 200 hour Integrative Yoga training with Shilpa Ghatalia at Yogshakti in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and 100 hour Yin Yoga training with Sebastian and Murielle of With-Yin Yoga. She believes the practice of yoga is a tool for embodiment and a path home to our true nature. Milidi is loosely based in Rapid City, South Dakota and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance.
Hannah began practising yoga and Buddhist meditation in 2000 as a means to introducing calm and balance into a hectic British lifestyle. After completing the Yoga Alliance certification programme, Hannah was drawn to studying Yin Yoga specifically, as a means of easing the joint stiffness experienced after a combination of long-distance running and long meditation sittings.
Hannah now practices and teaches yoga centred around the complementary principles of Yin Yoga and Vipassana meditation techniques. Hannah's classes focus on encouraging balance, harmony and ease in lifestyles, and yoga classes are tailored in order to meet these aims. She hopes to raise awareness of Yin exercise principles, whilst making yoga accessible to all.
Allison is an international teacher of yoga, Reiki and meditation. To date, she has trained over 800 yogis to become empowered and inspired yoga teachers. Allison's teaching style springs intuitively from the heart, supported by extensive background training in Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Yin Yoga, Tantra and Chakra Yoga Therapy.
Maria was introduced to yoga in 1985 in her native Venezuela. At that time her interest awakened a desired to explore the practice further. During the years she has had the privilege of developing her own practice in classes, workshops and teachers trainings with internationally known teachers. She has been teaching since 2004, she is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E200-RYT500 and, she is the Director of Teachers Training Program at Yoga Vallarta studio.
Maria guides intuitive, flowing Vinyasa and Yin sequences from beginner to advance levels. She is known to experiment by incorporating and fusing techniques from her various trainings backgrounds such as: Yin-Taoist, Iyengar- Restorative, Asthanga-Vinyasa and, even Laughter Yoga. Her practice focuses on breath awareness and emphasizes proper alignment to maximize performance and to prevent injury. Her goal is to provide a safe, effective environment that meets the needs of each individual.
Maria leads public and private yoga sessions at studios, spas and private events in Puerto Vallarta and Rivera Nayarit, Mexico.
A profesional dancer and actress discovering in one of my tours to china yin yoga and reflexology , besides my ashtanga practice I found in yin yoga another way to explore the body to have my own lab. I look for mr Paul Grilley, I contact him read his material. Bernie Clark's material, Dr. Motoyama's material and start a new adventure in the body. I own a studio where I teach yin yoga and this summer I will take the teachers training with mr Grilley
Yogi Ram is the head teacher and director of Arhanta yoga ashrams with teaching experience of 18 years and teacher mentor of over 1800 yoga teachers worldwide. He is a Yoga Alliance registered ERYT 500 with over 40,000 teaching hours of experience.Born and raised in India, his yoga and vedic philosophy education started at the age of 8 years as a part of his primary school education. He has in-depth knowledge of various ancient scriptures like Vedas, Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika as well as Anatomy and Physiology.
Yogi Ram studied Yin Yoga with Biff Mithoefer and teaches Yin Yoga in Netherlands.
Daphne is an experienced teacher based in Auckland and teaches full time. She teaches yin and vinyasa and is a senior teacher under Paul Grilley. Daphne is also yin trained with Sarah Powers and Bernie Clark and is a registered teacher with the Yin Yoga Institute. Along with her regular classes she often travels overseas conducting yin yoga workshops and teacher trainings. She has been teaching in New Zealand for ten years and before that taught yoga in Europe. Her classes focus on empowering students to find their own practice and unique style in each pose respecting skeletal variation and anatomical uniqueness.
Fiona is a highly experienced yoga teacher, specializing in Yin and Yin Yang styles. She also enjoys teaching Vinyasa Flow and Hatha classes. There is always an aspect of meditation in her classes no matter what style it is. You'll leave feeling inspired and peaceful. For Fiona, "The on-going self-inquiry of yoga allows me to look deep inside and be clear of what I need on and off the mat. Yoga helps me open to life's limitless opportunities and live with a more open mind and an open heart." Fiona is passionate about yoga therapy, helping people awaken their body and mind through yoga and is encouraging of the potential discovery of peacefulness, calmness and strength practice brings. Fiona is fascinated by how our human bodies are so different and respect the differences in a group classes and highly capable of working with individuals.
Karin's first introduction to yoga was in 1999 while working as a professional dancer in Germany. She went on to complete a 350 hour teacher training with Power Yoga founder Bryan Kest, followed by a yin yoga teacher teacher training with Paul Grilley. Since then, she has completed several trainings with Paul and Suzee and is a certified yin junkie dedicated to spreading the gospel of yin. She believes yin yoga is the perfect complement - the other half to not only yang forms of yoga but also to our fast paced yang lives.
Her classes focus on discovering the meditative aspect of yoga through melding the breath with the asanas, with a strong emphasis on respecting the unique anatomical, emotional and physical states of the student. Together with her partner, Markus they offer German and English teacher training, workshops, retreats and classes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia.
Markus completed a 350hour power yoga teacher training with founder Bryan Kest before encountering the other half - Yin Yoga with Paul and Suzee Grilley. Since then he is a dedicated yinster having completed several teacher trainings with Paul & Suzee as well as assisted them on their own training. Before Markus discovered yoga, he worked for 16 years as a professional dancer, musical performer, choreographer, teacher and presenter in Europe. He is also a professional Thai masseur and Reiki master and teaches Thai massage training, meditation workshops and courses.
With over 20 years of teaching experience, Markus is passionate about bringing together his vast and varied knowledge to offer yin yoga training & workshops in a relaxed atmosphere while making yoga anatomy highly entertaining. Based in Germany and New Zealand, he offers Yin Yoga trainings, workshops and retreats in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia.
A Canadian abroad in her second home of New Zealand. Lauryn discovered yoga in 2000 and has been captivated ever since. As she began to feel her own transformation and witness the benefits she felt inspired to share yoga with others. She has completed numerous trainings over the years and has traveled to teach and practice in studios across the world including Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and Nepal. Her yin classes are an opportunity to let your body melt, fill your heart and find your release. Lauryn's hope is that you leave class feeling inspired, refreshed and balanced
Jude has been practicing yoga for many years and teaching for about the last ten. She did her yoga training with Yoga Aotearoa, the International Yoga Teachers Association of New Zealand. She has done a lot of workshops and trainings since then, including Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark. She teaches Hatha yoga, Yin yoga, and Pilates. She particularly likes the mindfulness aspect of yin yoga.
When teaching Yin, I introduce alot of mindfulness and breath meditation througout the practice. I keep reminding students to stay with the breath throughout the entire practice, allowing them to stay present in the now, which allows them to switch off their busy minds and find stilness within, while they simultaniously excersise their connective tissues, ligaments and joints. I motivate students to let go of their egos and invite the attitude "less is more". Thanks to the teachings of Paul Grilley (studied with Jo Phee) my understanding for skeletel bone variation has trimendously helped me to finaly understand the true meaning of "proper alignment" so I am now able to guide my students into a safe yoga practice.
Dedicated to assisting individuals open to Grace, Jessica Powers teaches an intuitive, organically integrative practice where body and spirit meet and move together. Drawing from nearly 1000 hours of training and study in a variety of traditions, including Viniyoga, Vinyasa, and Yin, her teaching focuses on heart-centered movement, breath-work, and meditation. Jessica's training as a Reiki Master, schooling in holistic and Thai massage, dedicated inquiry into Goddess spirituality, and an ongoing study of aromatherapy, complement and combine with the physical practices to offer an energetically nourishing container for the process of Yoga to unfold within.
Yoga has been a life-long practice for Rachel. She has been practicing yoga since the 1980s and teaching since 2011. In yoga, as in life, she seeks balance between strength and flexibility, movement and stillness, body, mind and spirit. So after years of emphasis on the physical challenge of power yoga & vinyasa, she felt drawn to the slower, more introspective practice of Yin Yoga. She studied with Mysan Sidbo in 2014 and Bernie Clark in 2015. Now an E-RYT500, she uses Yin Yoga as a powerful tool to balance the more active, heating, Yang aspects of the practice, both in group classes and one-on-one.
Amanda, a passionate yoga teacher, believes that our bodies are designed to keep moving. Yoga, with all its benefits, is a wonderful way to keep healthy, fit, strong, balanced, peaceful and loving. Amanda started teaching yoga in 2007 and has grown through teaching and practising yoga as well as developing her teaching skills through teacher's courses and continuous development through reading, workshops and attending as many different classes as she is able to. Amanda loves teaching yin and has a regular weekly class - she has taught over 100 yin classes over the last two or three years and has facilitated very popular yin workshops. She embraces the wisdom that comes with learning life through yoga. Her dream is to start her own studio - in Wellington or somewhere in the world where her heart may take her.
Ina has been teaching since 1998 and has over 5000 teaching hours. She found her way to the holistic traditions in 1989 when she started studying homeopathy, and continued with acupuncture, Medical Qigong and Taoist yoga studies. She travels to China to practice acupuncture at Beijing University Hospital and deepens her knowledge in Taoist yoga and Qigong at the Red Cross hospital and the Shaolin Temple. Ina has practiced Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Taoist and Yin yoga and has done workshops on yoga extensively all over the world. She has trained in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Prenatal and Pranassage - yoga massage.
Ina's teaching blends both yin yoga sequences of floor poses and yin flows of Taoist subtle-energetic movements to stimulate and harmonise the Qi/Prana flow of the body, mind and spirit, with a mindful alignment-based dynamic vinyasa practice. Ina offers teacher training in Yin Yoga, and Yin/Yang Yoga TT RTY200-hours.
Janne is already certified RYT and RPYT (pre/postnatal teacher) from Yoga Alliance registered schools. She later discovered yin yoga through her resident yoga knowledge center, Sattva Yoga in Copenhagen, when living there. Janne brought her new yin view on yoga, inspired by Mari Nordstroms, Paul Grilleys and Simon Lows teachings, to Norway when moving back to her roots, and she is now a dedicated yin yoga teacher in the beautiful mountain areas of Telemark in south-eastern Norway. She runs her own yoga venue (retreat- and workshop based) in the middle of the Norwegian wood as well as teaching classes and workshops in studios which seek her easy-going, gentle and sincere teaching style.
Emily is dedicated to sharing and teaching whatever she can to inspire freedom in people. She teaches several forms of Yoga asana, from AcroYoga to Yin Yoga. Emily loves the subtleties that the Yin practice reveals, whether in the mind the or body, and appreciates the balance that the practice brings into her nomadic lifestyle. She has always had a passion for movement and body awareness. This coupled with her strong background in anatomy manifests in her teachings as clear, precise, thoughtful instruction. Emily continues to study, travel, teach, play and laugh wherever she may find herself.
In summer 2009 I was travelling in Thailand with the purpose to get knowledge in practicing new ways of Yoga, such as Yin Yoga, Detox Yoga, Yoga Asana. I've got permission from Paul Grilley to start developing Yin Yoga in Vladivostok (the far-eastern part of Russia). With years of life and practice I understood that it's such a big thing "to overcome yourself", and what it means to change yourself in better side. I started doing Yoga in February, 2006.
In the beginning of 2010 I wrote my own book about Yin Yoga. That book includes two parts: informative and practical ones. Informative part tells why is necessary to train yourself in Yin Yoga Level, what positive effects it can give to your body, and what healthful work your ligaments can get. Practical part includes 26 postures. Each asana has detailed description and picture (or 2-3 pictures). As bonus, you can read about usual and medical effects you get after doing Yin Yoga.
Nona travels to teach, gives classes, workshops, corporate events and teacher trainings.
More than 15 years ago when I first attended yoga class taught by an Indian Master from India, I found peace on the yoga mat. In 1998, I completed my first Hatha teachers' training and have continued to study with The Institute for Vedic Studies, Yoga Education & Research India. I was also keenly interested in the various type of yoga such ashtanga, yin yoga, pre-natal and have learned with David Swenson, Matthew Sweeney, Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley. Yin Yoga and its philosophy is greatly a part of my life now. There is a never-ending depth and constant wealth of knowledge to be learned from it. I am also professional certified for Reiki, Usui Shiki Ryoho master level and hypnotherapy. I view the world as one big unity with interconnecting relationships and desire for peace, harmony, joy, happiness and equanimity.
Jo holds two 200hrs and a 500hrs teaching certificates and is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 teacher trainer. She has studied many times with Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley and continues to assist them in their teacher trainings. One of the first certified Yin Yoga teacher in Asia, Jo has been instrumental in popularising Yin Yoga amongst hundreds of students and teachers. She currently devotes her teachings primarily to the mindfulness practice of Yin Yoga.
A Brit, living in Singapore, currently working for the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA - a not for profit yoga teacher training association that celebrates 50 years in 2017, based in Sydney Australia but with branches internationally). She is part of a faculty of 20 senior teachers who develop, teach and audit their postgraduate programmes for Pre and PostNatal Yoga; Back Care Yoga; Yin Yoga; Advanced Practices Workshops.
She has been teaching Yin Yoga since 2005 and Yin teacher trainings in Shanghai (2007); Singapore (2014) and Australia (2017).
She trained with IYTA Australia (1996); IYTA Back Care (2001); Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark (2005); Chinese Tuina (Therapeutic Massage) and Reflexology Training (2006); Yoga Therapy with the Indian Yoga Institute (2010). She has more than 20 years of hatha, yin, backcare and pre and postnatal teaching experience. A focus in holistic, nurturing and supportive yoga. She teaches yoga classes at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape (Singapore).
Victor has been practicing and teaching yoga for the past six years. He drew his influence from various styles of yoga from classical to modern yoga systems. His style is goal oriented and precise. He believes a complete practice requires exploring both the polarity of Yin and Yang yoga to bring oneself back to "centre". Only by experiencing the two extremes will one be able to come back to the "middle". Therefore, Victor emphasizes on being awareness of the changes that takes place throughout the practice and being in the moment.
Victor met Paul Grilley in 2004 Dec and has completed a teacher training with Paul on Yin Yoga. Paul has given Victor his full support to teach Yin Yoga in his own capacity. Victor holds gratitute to his teacher on giving him permission to teach Yin Yoga. Since 2005, Victor has been teaching Yin Yoga in Singapore and China.
Zuzana visited her first yoga class in 2009 in Vancouver and yoga became part of her life. After five years of yoga practice, in January 2014, she discovered Yin Yoga and immediately fell in love with this style of yoga. She has completed Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Sebastian Pucelle and Murielle Burieller. Zuzana teaches Yin Yoga and Yang to Yin Yoga Classes.
In my classes I aim to provide a space where students can take some time to look a little deeper inside, to feel and explore their bodies, whilst allowing the "buzz" of daily life to take back stage. Discovering that Yin time is as valuable as the more active and dynamic approach in every aspect of life can be a remarkable discovery and physically softening and unwinding tensions, allowing the mind to settle and clear, and finding a way to be at ease even with discomfort, can be a wonderful first step taken towards meditation.
Elena is a yoga teacher with a passion for the quieter spiritual practices that, like Yin yoga and Vipassana meditation, invite us to explore our innate wisdom and inner peace. However, she also enjoys the challenges and opportunities for growing available to us through the more active type of practices, like Vinyasa yoga. She is a +500 h Yoga Alliance-certified yoga teacher, a Chavutti Thirumal body worker, and has studied and continues to study with Sarah Powers, Jose de Groot, David Lurey, Mirjam Wagner and Helen Noakes.
She is the founder of the yoga-themed journal Yogagenda. Inspired by the following words attributed to the Buddha: "The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you grow there?", in her Yin and Yang yoga sessions, she encourages participants to practice with sincerity, humility, and discipline, acknowledging their uniqueness, to plant and reap seeds of joy.
I started practicing yoga in 1987 as a high school student and went on to do Iyengar yoga teacher Training after University in Leeds, UK. After a year in Thailand, attending some Vipassana courses, I developed a strong affinity with meditation. I have always felt that body-work, and meditation are deeply interwoven practices. Discovering Yin yoga via a yoga buddy in 2002 I took to this approach with much enthusiasm, seeing a very obvious and clear demonstration of what I always felt to be the case.
I was fortunate then to go on and do some workshops with Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers to help develop and give confidence in teaching this method. I teach around Valencia, mainly in Spanish. In my classes, which are largely based on the Dynamic yoga form (Godfri Devereux) I blend a more Yin approach. In retreat and workshop contexts the Yin yoga poses provide an easy gateway to experiencing oneself more deeply and reaching into those nooks and crannies other forms of yoga simply cannot reach.
Nienke teaches Yin Yoga in the province of Málaga, around Cortes de la Frontera. Check her listing above.
Juliette Snijders Åhus, Sweden
My teaching is playful. I want students to explore the breath, body and mind. In pure yin classes I usually talk about meridians targeted and posture benefits. It is important for me to let students understand the benefits behind the postures.
Sometimes I tell a story, sometimes I am quiet. I do physical adjustments if needed and if students are ok with that. When I teach vinyasa classes I teach yin/ yang principles and we usually do one or two yin postures even in my vinyasa classes.
Katie's classes are peaceful and accepting and give you the opportunity to explore the vast world within. While taking you through the still practice of yin yoga, she holds the space gently to enable complete awareness of body, breath, emotions and mind, and guides you as you embark on the inward journey that comes with this practice.
Kim is a devoted student of yoga since 1999. Studying and teaching is her way of life and she has taken more than 1000 hours of yoga teacher training. She is trained extensively in yin with Sarah Powers and Biff Miethoefer, and also teach restorative and womens yoga. Additionally, she has studied yoga philosophy and history at Masters level (Lund University) as well as Gender Studies, Social Work and Sanskrit (Kathmandu university). Currently she co-runs a studio in Malmö, Sweden. With her vast knowledge and devoted passion, she is known for her gentle and yet powerful way of teaching yoga.
"Having practised yinyoga since 2005 and teaching it since 2009, my style has grown to become more meditative. The yin classes consists of longer holds with as many props as you need and classes are always themed; either philosophical or physical.
Qualifying as a teacher in the UK 2003 I have taught yin and hatha classes since. Also offering pregnancy yoga, yoga for men and an exciting Hatha Yin mix that has grown very popular. I am always respecting the yogic heritage but focusing on a safe practise for enjoyable and long lasting effect."
AnneSophie Sjöblom is an experienced yoga teacher. She runs a well known yoga studio in Stockholm, Sweden, where she teaches classes, runs workshops and also offers appreciated teacher training in Yin Yoga. Her mentor and main teacher in Yin Yoga is Biff Mithoefer, whom she also assists at his classes and trainings in Sweden. Her way of teaching is known as compassionate and humble and are based on a deep knowledge of yoga. She is continuously studying and deepening her own practice in many ways. Her passions are Yin Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Pranayama and Ayurveda.
Magdalena is one of the first yin-yoga-teachers in Sweden and has international certificates in yin-yoga, hatha and ashtanga. She is also the writer of the very popular book on yin-yoga called Vila dig i form med yinyoga (soon in English). Her style is soft, nourishing and mindful. Since Magdalena is also a meditation teacher in the vipassana/mindfulness-tradition, she mixes the two ancient traditions in a wonderful fusion of inner alignment and relaxation. She gives workshops and teaches in Stockholm and around Europe.
Former police officer and elite athlete. Full time yoga teacher, trained in Hatha Yoga, Advanced Therapeutic Yoga and Yin Yoga. Trained with Paul Grilley. Leading 50 and 100 hours Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings in Sweden. Student of Chinese Medicine.
Lisa's teaching encompasses yoga practices that nourish, strengthen and revitalize the body. Each class provides insight into the essence of yoga, from its ancient roots to its relevance in a modern lifestyle.
She teaches yin yoga in a meditative style, allowing students to sink deep within themselves. This practice will greatly increase a student's flexibility of body and stamina of mind. Lisa offers private lessons in yoga and Ayurvedic consultations in and around Uppsala and Stockholm. Each yoga class is tailored to the student's individual needs and intentions.
Thomas started practicing Yoga in 2003. He's a certified Yoga Alliance RYT-500 yoga teacher (BYV, EFYTA) and founder of the Früschluft-Yoga (which means "Fresh Air Yoga") in Aarau. His background is Sivananda Yoga, but many teachers influenced his style of teaching yoga. One of his main teachers he's studying with is Max Strom.
Thomas first found Yin Yoga in books and practiced it on his own, which gave him a beautiful balance to the more yang oriented yoga, as well as all the yang in daily life. After studying with Joshua Summers, he also started teaching Yin Yoga as well as other forms like Yin Flow Yoga, Yin & Yang. He added it more and more in his own classes and now regularly teaches open classes and workshops. His classes also include breath work and meditation and are based on deep mindfulness and stillness.
First introduced to yoga in New Zealand in 1995, Dani has practiced, taught and studied yoga in India, Canada, Asia and Europe. She is passionate about sharing yoga with others because of the transformational nature of this practice and it's ability to connect us with every aspect of life. Her classes creatively fuse the essence of classical Indian hatha yoga with Tibetan Buddhist traditions and Asian healing arts, so that students can awaken to their inner teacher and develop a flexible and peaceful body, mind and spirit through breathe awareness and energy flow.
Renata Zaczek Indacochea Basel and Saint-Louis, France More...
In today's fast-living "Yang-centered" world, I realized that a restorative Yin Yoga session is more than needed to find your own self and to come to inner peace again. By encouraging the students to practize yoga with mindfulness, integrity and curiousity about their body, mind and breath I help students reach a state of inner peace. Using singing bowls, Tibetan meditation techniques, and hot stones in my lessons I create a warm inclusive environment where they can let go of tension, anxiety and tiredness, leaving the class energised and refreshed. Having been educated and trained in Yoga myself in India, Thailand, Hong Kong and San Francisco I am inspired by teachers such as Simon Low, Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, Josh Summers and others.
Adam has been practicing yoga for 5 years and teaching for 3 years. Adam originally turned to yoga due to numerous sports injuries that were beginning to degrade his quality of life. After trying numerous medical professionals, Adam turned to yoga as a final resort and finally found the relief he had been in search of for so long. Adam is a qualified Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin yoga teacher in Chiang Mai Thailand seeking to help others improve on their quality of life through yoga.
Jade teaches 5 Element style Yin Yoga and Assisted Yin for yoga studios and osteopathic centres, specialising with people recovering from injury and trauma and facilitating deep relaxation. She leads Integrated Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings globally with her teaching partner and anatomy expert Emily Baxter. Her passion is the beauty of variation within each living person as the tides of life express themselves through the subtle dance of the elements. She is a former circus performer and upside-down extraordinaire who graduated with the School of Sacred Arts RYT 200 and has studied with Paul Grilley ~ when she was introduced to the practice of Yin she felt like she had come home and breathed a sigh of relief! She integrates her knowledge of TCM from her background as a Shiatsu and Chi Kung practitioner and continues to enrich her classes with her study in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. Jade's aim is to aid people in discovering and honouring what their yoga is.
Remco has been practicing Yoga for more then 20 years and teaching for the last 12. He teaches many different styles from strong Vinyasa to Hatha flow. Around 8 years ago he came across Yin Yoga through Paul Grilley. Since then he has been adapting the style into his own practice and also into his teaching. In almost all his classes there is the influence of Yin. And once a week (on Friday night) he teaches a full Yin Yoga lesson.
Sara is a Phi Beta Kapha and Summa cum Laude graduate of Columbia University's Barnard College, as well as an Anusara-Inspired Yoga Teacher, RYT 500, and Director of The Living Yoga Initiative, a RYS 200 based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she lived from 1999-1008. Now based in Boulder, CO, Sara teaches internationally. Sara integrates Buddhist Insight Meditation, Yin Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Viniyoga, and feeling awareness into an individualized, breath-centered and poetic approach to practice that inspires students to move and live from their hearts. She specializes in women's and pre/postnatal yoga and is also a freelance writer, Sara's work has been published in Fit Yoga, Yogi Times, Yogi Times Business, Pilates Style, Natural Solutions, The Huffington Post, and Yoga Journal.
I have been studying yoga intensely since 1996 and the more I study the more Yoga seems to expend and unfold. Different styles offer diferent approaches, and with an open mind we can always find one that will suit us at any given time and need. The main purpose in my classes is to reduce constriction, physical, mental or otherwise, and create a feeling of presence and well being that can maybe be carried out of the class and into the world.
I studied Classical Yoga with Tersa Caldas, Centered Yoga with Dona Holleman and Yin Yoga with Paul and Suzee Grilley, and am co-founder of the YogaGarden studio in Amsterdam.
José was inspired by yoga's healing effects on a physical, psychological and emotional level. After a Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in 2006, she started teaching but not until Jose took her first Yin Yoga class did she realize what her true calling was. Amazed by its softening, calming and deep opening effects on all levels, Jose started to integrate more and more Yin into her own practice and teachings, until finally teaching complete Yin classes since 2007. She deepened her knowledge of Yin Yoga and anatomy mainly with Paul Grilley and also Sarah Powers; moreover meditation styles like Kriya Vajra Yoga, Vipassana and Chakra meditation influence José's teachings.
José guides her students in a clear, direct and compassionate way, adapting the practice where necessary to the specific personal needs of each student. Jose offers Classes, Workshops, Retreats and Teacher Trainings (YA) in Holland, Spain, Finland and France.
Skadi started yoga in 2003. In 2004 she completed an Ashtanga vinyasa teacher training. She traveled to India in 2005 where she met a Yin Yoga teacher, Gabriel Azure, with whom she practiced for one month. She took many workshops and retreats with Sarah Powers and followed those with teacher trainings with Paul Grilly (level 1 and 2). She is very grateful because Paul gave her a lot of inspiring wisdom, which influenced her own teaching.
My interest in Yoga goes back a long time. After taking lessons for many years, I started the Yin-Yoga teacher training. I did this at Yoga4U, where I met Emrik and Catherina. With these great teachers I finished the Yin-Yoga teacher training 1, 2 and 3 as well as Chakra Yoga. Starting early 2012, I've been teaching Yoga myself. The results are very rewarding and inspiring. Meanwhile I started a teacher training for Power Yoga. I did this with Tonnie Goes, following the Baron Baptiste method. So now my lessons are more Yin an Yang, combing the Yin and Power Yoga. I stay open for other disciplines, like the Do-In style. My journey goes on, care to join me?
After many years of experience in giving various group lessons at the gym in Enschede (RPM, Body Pump, Bodybalance, Bodyvive and X-CO) I came in contact with Pilates and yoga. The conscious, concentrated way of moving in Pilates and yoga appealed to me. By practicing yoga and Pilates I changed my body and my life. Physically and mentally I became another, more positive, person. I completed an Ashtanga vinyasa teacher training in Amsterdam. And then I discovered Yin Yoga. I did the yoga teacher training level I, II and III, by Emrik Suichies and Catharina van Bemmel. Yin is a wonderful supplement to our yang way of life. Come and try it!
Catharina van Bemmel has worked for the past 15 years as a chakra psychologist, herbal medicine, naturopath and dance teacher. In 2012 she completed art academy and she now is also working as an art- and creative director at the Health care centre in Sneek. She started her yoga practise 20 years ago and her extensive yoga studies have included teachers like Paul Grilley, Anodea Judith an Manju Patthabi Jois. Catharina teaches yin yoga teacher training level I, II and III. In this training Catharina explains the working of the chakra system and energetic layers of the human bodyfield, including how to recognize deficiencies and excesses in this system and teaches yin yoga and chakra yoga sequences.
"We have all been placed on this earth to discover our own path, and we will never be happy if we live someone's else idea of life. Yin yoga is an appropriate way to discover your own path."
Emrik Suichies has worked the past 27 years as a manual therapist, physiotherapist, functional osteopath, biophysical health practitioner, international trainer of NES health and Yin yoga teacher. He teaches Yin Yoga Teacher Training level I,II and III. He has been following the teachings with Paul and Suzee Grilley in California and loves to teach about Yin and Anatomy in that `"fuzzy way."
During his work as a practitioner he teaches yoga teachers and physiotherapists in how to bring healing and Yin together. Emrik is the director of a healthcare centre (clinic) in which physiotherapists, osteopaths, medical doctors, acupuncture therapists, naturopaths and many other professionals work together to increase the self-healing power of the patient or client.
"Global Healthcare will increase her power when everyone in the world feels and can move their Qi in the right way, with the right flow and the best intention! Enjoy every day as if it is your first one!"
I studied voice on the conservatory and worked as a vocal teacher for 16 years. After this period of time, teaching 35 students each week began to drain me emotionally and physically so I went looking for a different way of working with people. I still work as a vocal teacher, fewer students, teach Yin Yoga, and perform as a singer.
I started Yoga in 2009. From the beginning I was very active and followed Yoga classes around 3 to 4 times a week. Amongst the various disciplines I practised, I liked Hatha and Yin the most; especially to vary between them. In may 2011 I completed level 1 and 2; the first Yin Yoga Teacher Training in the Netherlands. I hope to help people discover for themselves the physical, psychological and emotional effects yoga can have and to find wholeness and balance in their lives.
Nienke also teaches Yin Yoga in Spain in the province of Málaga, around Cortes de la Frontera.
After the first teacher training with Pamela Hollander in California, "yoga for kids' Pauline did the 500 hour Hatha Yoga teacher training at the Temple of Kriya, Chicago, and kept on studying with her teachers from the Temple, William Hunt and Kim Schwartz (therapeutic yoga). Pauline lived in California for 2 years and 6 years in Chicago, she trained with many well-known teachers. In the spring of 2011 Pauline took the yin yoga teacher training with Paul and Suzy Grilley. The yin training was a whole new perspective on practising and teaching yoga. After that, her restorative classes in the Northshore of Chicago made a shift towards yin and became a place for people to grow into better habitants in their bodies and mind.
In the summer of 2012 Pauline moved back to her home country The Netherlands, where she teaches hatha yoga and yin yoga.
Lilian is a yoga practitioner for many years. In 2013 she became a yoga teacher for both hatha and yin yoga. She is a trained and certified Sivananda yoga teacher as well as a trained and certified Yin yoga teacher. She completed her Yin Yoga training with Sarah Powers. In Leusden (near Amersfoort), Lilian has her own yogastudio: lillian yoga. Besides weekly classes , she gives workshops and coaches people individually. Lilian says: "yoga gives me the opportunity to stay close to myself. My daily practice helps me to stay flexible in both mind and body. I love to share this with others and give them the same positive effects of yoga as I experience". You are very welcome to follow a class or workshop!
I started my work on Yin Yoga in 2005. In 2006, after a 100 hour-long training, I received my "Yin Yoga and Meditation Teacher's Training Certificate" from Sarah Powers. I attended the 20-hour trainer certificate program the same year, again by Sarah Powers. In 2007, I attended the "Yin Yoga, Anatomy and Meditation Trainers Certificate" program of 100 hours organized by Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers and completed 220 hours on Yin Yoga.
After receiving my Hatha Yoga Trainer certificate from the Vivekananda Yoga Institute (India) in 2003, I started teaching yoga. I have worked with various trainers on different techniques, which led me to Anusara Yoga. In addition, I became a certified Yoga Bugs teacher in 2005 and have been teaching yoga to kids ever since. I have a published book and articles on children's yoga.
I am happy that Yin Yoga is a part of my yoga practice, both as a student and a trainer. I believe that Yin Yoga and its philosophy, shows the way to freedom, peace and happiness for the benefit of all beings.
Between 2006 and 2007, I attended the yoga teachers training with Zeynep Aksoy and David Cornwell at Cihangir Yoga. Following a 200 hours training, I have received the certificate acknowledged by Independent Yoga Network (IYN). In 2007 I have received the certificate for completing the Yin yoga teachers training from Sarah Powers. After the teachers training on Yin Yoga and Anatomy with Paul Grilley, in 2009, I started practicing more intensively Yin Yoga.
Attending intensive training workshops with Tias Little, Sharon Gannon & David Life, Peter Sterious, Godfrey Devereux, I continue teaching and learning from my practice. Being also a Reiki instructor, I started my Reiki training in 2002 with Gülcan Arpacioglu. In 2005, I took the training on original Reiki techniques with the Reiki Master William Lee Rand. In 2003 I have completed my training in emotional freedom techniques (EFT).
Having begun to practice yoga in 2005 with prenatal yoga, Lebriz began teaching yoga after completing Berra Sertel Yin Yoga 200 hours Teachers Training in 2013. She had participated in Richard Freeman's Essence of Yoga and Hart Lazer's 100 hours Teachers Training. She also participated in Osho Family Constellation training and Zen therapy with Svagito Liebermeister, Diamond Breath and Meditation and Universal Energy sessions with Devapath and Dwari.
Yoga enables you not only see but also experience the beauty around you. You will feel that you are connected to anything, anyone around and appreciate the grace that everywhere surrounds and enriches your life. With yoga she encourages participants to explore their own breath, light and true love. Offering also behavioral, quality, leadership training sessions in her professional life, Lebriz shares the happiness and unconditional therapeutic joy of yoga on her mat. . .
Nazli is a lawyer and a yoga instructor from Istanbul, Turkey. She and her three friends opened their studio, NIPDA (Nirmal International Personal Development Academy), in July of 2012. She fell in love with Yin Yoga in 2010 and has been practising Yin Yoga and meditation regularly since then. She considers herself as a lifelong student of yoga. Her yogic beliefs are based on Patanjali's eight-fold path.
She listens to her students and structures her class according to their needs. Nazli's classes take you on a journey of re-awakening, healing & freeing the body from muscular stiffness. Nazli's philosophy is to allow students to practice mindfulness and listen to their body through the breath. Her classes incorporate meditation.
Following her love for Yoga, Semra Weathered became a certified yoga teacher in 1996 in California and began teaching for the Orange County MS Society. After completing a Masters Degree in Wholistic Health and Nutrition, in 2000 got her Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy. In 2003 "Inner Balance The Center for Healthy Living" was opened in Istanbul where Semra's education and experience from the States and ERYT500 Yoga Certification enabled her to guide people toward lives of balance and health through hypnotherapy, meditation, yoga and reflexology. Her association with the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, and Swami Rama Ashram in Rishikesh, Semra mentors students of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition Teacher Training Program. Attending Paul and Suzee Grilley's Yin Yoga workshop led her to complete Insight Meditation & Yin Yoga workshops with Sarah Powers and a workshop with Dr.Hiroshi Motayama in 2010/2011. A retreat with Alan Wallace followed by an 11 day meditation retreat at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu in 2012.
Georgina Bassford has been teaching yoga since 2001 and has recently been drawn to the powerful quiet and stillness of yin yoga, training with Norman Blair in London. She has a deep interest in understanding modern myofascial anatomy (training with Gary Carter of Natural Bodies) and is a fan of demystifying yoga, empowering students to find their own inner voice to guide them, keeping the practice of asana yoga simple and clutter free with no movement being inherently good or bad. She believes that what's important is that students develop minds and bodies that are responsive and resilient and allow them to live the life they choose!
Richard is a co-founder of LoveLightYoga. He teaches Yin Yoga - in the style of Paul Grilley & Biff Mithoefer - Ashtanga & Rocket Yoga and Kids & Family Yoga. His life-goal is to create a space for all people, of all ages, from all walks of life to heal, become empowered and find their path.
Richard began practicing Yoga whilst studying East-Asian philosophies at University in 2009, when he also encountered and integrated Buddhist meditation practice into his life. In 2011 Richard began intensely practicing QiGong, and is currently undertaking a Shamanic QiGong training programme with Master Wu Zhongxian. Richard began practicing Yin Yoga in 2014, following Paul Grilley & Biff Mithoefer's teachings, and is working toward training with Paul and Suzee Grilley. In 2014, Richard achieved his Yoga Alliance 200hr training with Larry Schultz's school, It's Yoga. He seeks to bring life to his dreams.
Mikaela is an established yoga teacher in Brighton, England. She teaches Yin Yoga using Paul Grilley's methodology and Hiroshi Motoyama's chakra and meridian theory. She also directs the Brighton Yoga Festival and teaches other forms of yoga such as Rocket, Power and Hatha. Her Yin Yoga training was with The Yoga People.
Andrea has been practicing yin yoga since 2004 when she first met Sarah Powers and completed her training in Wales in 2007. She has been teaching yin yoga ever since, alongside being an Advanced certified Jivamukti teacher and Restorative teacher. She teaches and leads retreats, workshops in the U.K and abroad as well as classes in Cambridge.
Janine has spent the past 10 years developing her personal practice through daily asana, pranayama and study. She feels deeply blessed to have met Jude English and Isaac Pena 8 years ago, and has studied with them through their Sankalpah Teacher Training, many focused workshops, and practice. Through their guidance and support, she has developed a deeper understanding of sequencing, alignment while incorporating breath work and meditation.
Janine has expanded her yoga study and teaching to include the Yin Yoga teaching certification with Sarah Powers, her Therapeutic Yoga teacher certification with Cheri Clampette and Arturo Peal, as well as becoming a licensed health counselor with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She continues to study with Sarah Powers, Arturo Peal and Cherie Clampett. She is so thankful for all of her teachers' generosity of spirit and insight.
Kim discovered yoga while leading a very hectic life in Milan. She was looking for balance and found that in Hatha Yoga. After over 5 years of practise she decided to deepen her knowledge and went to India where she completed her 200 hours Hatha Yoga teacher training. She practised Yin for the first time on a trip abroad and fell totally in love with it. The stillness, the bliss and the connection with the inner self, it felt like it was exactly what she had been looking for all these years. She attended a 50 hours Yin Yoga TTC with Bernie Clark which was followed by a Level 2 TTC with Sarah Powers. She now teaches both Yin and Hatha Yoga classes in Cambridge. Kim is registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals in the UK.
The experience as a scientific researcher Rebecca has gained over the last 20 years has helped her form an rich approach and style of teaching and communicating matters Yoga. She holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Cambridge and is a chemistry graduate of Imperial College, London. What drives her in life, yoga and chemistry is a deep sense of enquiry for getting to the truths underpinning the Universe -- the inner and the outer.
Her teaching certifications include the Yin/Yang Yoga & Mindfulness Level 1 training and the Mindfulness & Inner Practices of Yin Yoga Level 2 both with Sarah Powers. In addition to Yin Yoga, Rebecca also teaches Vinyasa Flow and Hot Yoga - at studios in Cambridge and independently.
Sally teaches 9 classes a week in Cambridge and Hauxton. She trained with Mary Stewart and started teaching in 1999. Mary worked with Iyengar in the 1970s and then with Vanda Scaravelli. Sally is registered with the Association of Independent Yoga Practictioners, and accredited with the British Wheel of Yoga. She started her interest in Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley's book in 2005 and has been working this way in her own practice regularly since then. Sally started a Yin Yoga class in January 2009, following a teacher intensive with Sarah Powers in September 2008.
During a class the body, breath and mind are sensitively integrated through fluid and rhythmic movements of steady vinyasa flow and passive long held yin poses, linking breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation practices. There is an emphasis on the internal energetic system, to nourish and bring vitality to the organ and meridian systems. Thus allowing the body, breath, mind and spirit to connect and restoring a sense of well being, balance and harmony. Experimenting with these "tools" of yoga will enhance our physical and mental health, whilst cultivating a deeper sense of awareness and inquiry.
I am particularly fascinated by the energetic and internal systems of the body and how with the right tools can bring a sense of "wholeness" and well-being. My practice of Yin Yoga, meditation and fascination with Chinese medicine has led to further studies with Sarah and Ty Powers - both very inspirational teachers, whom I have completed my teacher training in Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation.
Louise holds a British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma and has practised many forms of Yoga, with a particular interest in Yoga Therapy. Regular classes are taught on a Monday Evening at the Medway Centre in Bakewell and soon to have classes in North Staffordshire. the class is a Dymanic Hatha Yoga class which incorporates both Yin and Yang poses. These classes are drop in. All levels welcome. Louise also runs weekend Workshops specifically in Yin and Yang Yoga where we are guided in to a deeper practise. Email or call for more details.
I am about to commence Yin Yoga classes in various locations in West Dorset. My interest in yoga began with Ashtanga classes in 1993 and I realised that I would never progress past the Primary Series because of my tight hips! I started my teaching career in 2006 with a qualification in Freestyle Fitness Yoga and have taught a mixture of Sivananda, Ashtanga, and Yin at a UK weight loss retreat for 3 years. I was pleased to obtain my Yin Yoga Teacher Training certificate with Josh Summers in Boston MA in April 2011.
I fell in love with Yin Yoga in Edmonton, Canada and felt an immediate deep affinity with this beautiful yogic practice. I flew to Chicago to do my Yin Yoga and yoga anatomy teacher training with Paul Grilley and later with Sarah Powers in London. I started teaching at one of the yoga studios in Edmonton and within a treatment centre for women recovering from eating disorders, knowing the profound capacity of Yin to help us re-inhabit our bodies, to come home to ourselves, to listen deeply to our bodies and respectively respond. I have now returned back to the UK and feel honoured and privileged to share the teachings I have received at Shambhala Studios in Leigh on Sea and in Southend. I teach purely Yin Yoga and utilise soft music in my classes, sharing information about Yin Yoga, Taoist philosophy and meridian theory interspersed with periods of silence.
Jessica's Yin Inspired Yoga style incorporates relaxation; breathing; active and strengthening postures - so called Yang postures; more passive Yin postures - gentler postures, held for longer, often with support from blocks or bolsters; and meditation.
My Yin Yoga sessions are monthly workshops held at The Yoga Space. I have been teaching for 8 years and practicing for 20 years and hold certification from The British Wheel Of Yoga and Yoga Alliance UK (500 hrs). My teaching style reflects my interest Astanga, Vinyasa Flow, Hatha and Yin Yoga.
Rachel Williamson YRT500 Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
Hatha yoga classes at various locations in and around Letchworth. Monthly Yin class at the Evergreen Wellness Centre. Also runs Yin Yoga workshops and special classes, and invites guest teachers to do the same: details on the website.
Rachel was brought up in a household where yoga was practised, has herself been practising since the 1970s and started teaching in 2008. She enjoys a variety of approaches to yoga and her regular classes reflect her own eclectic practice. Rachel has attended a variety of trainings and workshops over the years. She discovered Yin yoga in 2007, added it to her home practice and teaching, and completed a Yin Yoga Intensive training with Norman Blair in 2014.
I have been teaching yin yoga for several years, hosted many workshops, I have a genuine love and passion for sharing the benefits of yin yoga, I've seen it help my students with everything from a bad back, to assisting healing the trauma of bereavement, it's a magical healing practice. I am a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher, Traditional Yoga meditation teacher, have also studied with British Wheel of Yoga and taken many yin intensives over the years with Norman Blair, Jackie Quayle and Sarah Powers. I teach several yin classes per week.
Rose's background includes work as a breastfeeding counsellor for the NCT in which encouraging people to release with support had many parallels now with her yin encouragement of softness, stillness and steadiness.
Rose truly believes that the experience of yin should be accessible to all and through her affiliation with Macmillan Cancer, consultancy with premiership football clubs, and projects with the NHS continues to guide people towards gaining greater "yinsight" of their bodies and empowering themselves through surrender and the liberation yin can offer. Rose has an truthful love hate personal relationship with her daily yin practice and feel this honesty enables her to offer an affinity to her students and lighten without diluting this deep practice she is passionate about.
A dedicated student since 2000 and an enthusiastic teacher since 2009, Amanda's journey started studying Ashtanga with Alex Medin while working as a corporate professional. As Yoga was one of the main causes for her itchy feet, Amanda decided to leave the city job behind for a sabbatical year. The sabbatical year extended to 8 years of travelling the world and studying yoga with inspiring and world-renowned teachers such as Jason Crandel, David Keil and Annie Carpenter. Amanda has since come back to the corporate world but this time as a yoga teacher to share her biggest life passion. Highly experienced Amanda is a qualified Relax and Renew teacher with Judith Lasater, a Yin yoga teacher trained with Bernie Clark and a certified STOTT Pilates trainer. Her teaching style reflects her wealth of knowledge, her enthusiasm and her passion for yoga and anatomy. Amanda teaches groups and individuals in classes, workshops and retreats.
I have been practicing yoga since 2001 and teaching for six years. I am authorised to teach through and registered with Yoga Alliance. I have 500 hours accreditation. I have been studying with Sarah Powers since 2006 when I was introduced to the Yin yoga practice. Yoga is for everybody who has a body it is an inner and outer practice. Yin yoga promotes growth, clears energetic blockages and enhances circulation.
Regular yoga practise develops our awareness within and increases our ability to live in and appreciate the moment fully. We start to realise the subtleties within and notice detail that we may never have paid attention to before. We learn to really listen to and hear ourselves. We begin to live our life in better harmony with our needs and surroundings. I teach Yin and Hatha Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation. I aim to guide students to feel effects of poses for themselves and to develop an inner understanding and knowledge of how their own bodies work. I have studied with, amongst others, Paul Grilley and Maarten Vermaase.
I offer yin (aka slow) yoga classes in south-east London. The classes started life as my own approach to yin yoga as taught by Paul Grilley, and continue to incorporate many aspects of this style of yoga. Also central to my approach are bodymind principles from Phoenix Rising yoga therapy and from somatic movement practices, so there is an emphasis on looking inwards and fostering awareness of what's happening in the whole person through the body. The classes are also informed by restorative yoga, in which the parasympathetic nervous system is accessed and profound physical and emotional healing may occur.
I have been practising yoga since 1981 and teaching since 2003. I am a Registered Yoga Teacher, a Yoga Register Teacher, a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist.
Living Yoga brings Yin Yoga to you -- in the comfort of your home. Private 60 and 90 minute yoga classes are being offered at discounted rates in the London areas of Hampstead, Belsize Park, Primrose Hill and Swiss Cottage.
Your yin yoga instructor is qualified under yoga master Victor Chng, having completed a yoga TTC in Malaysia, and continued yoga practice in Singapore. She is registered as a Yin Yoga instructor under YogaInAsia. The yoga classes will combine some elements of Yang Yoga to warm up the body, but will focus mainly on the Yin Yoga practice.
I have been practicing yoga since early 1990s and teaching for more than ten years. I was introduced to yin yoga in 2001 and have been studying with Sarah Powers since 2002. I teach four weekly yin yoga classes and last Saturday of each month there is a four hour session. Through significant periods of training with teachers such as Hamish Hendry, Richard Freeman and Sarah Powers I have the Yoga Alliance 500 hour accreditation.
I believe that yoga is accessible to all of us and through regular practice we can experience profound changes in our mind and body. My experience has taught me that yoga is an enjoyable way to release and make available energetic potential to enhance our lives. Yoga can help us to become more flexible, physically stronger and improve our stamina, focus and awareness.
Inspired by her mother's 30 years of practice and teaching, Nova/Karuna has passionately devoted herself to Yoga since she was a child. Having studied with many of the foremost names in Yin and Vinyasa, today her unwavering commitment and focus have earned her an extensive and growing reputation as an innovative and inspirational Yin Yoga teacher (RYT500).
Nova currently runs a private Yoga Therapy practice in London, where her clients have included many prominent people and organisations. She also runs regular yin workshops, retreats and classes across London. She was also lucky enough to work with the Canadian Armed Forces to teach yoga and meditation to cultivate calm and relaxation post-tour, and the Canadian Olympic Swimming Team commissioned Nova to teach Yin Yoga, Pranayama and Mediation sessions prior to competition. Nova's unique sequences and fun style have inspired students across the world, and at her studios in Koh Tao, Thailand and Kensington, London UK.
Sarah Perry trained and continues to train under the British Wheel of Yoga. Her credits include 60hrs Foundation course with Tara Fraser and 500hrs Yoga Teacher Training with Sadhana Mala (BWY). Sarah has also completed 260hrs of Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Paul and Suzee Grilley and she continues studying with the Grilleys around the globe (California, London, Thailand and Germany).
Sarah was introduced to Yin Yoga in 2006 and found it the perfect complement to her predominantly Yang lifestyle and then current yoga practices. Yin Yoga not only influenced Sarah's self practice and teaching, but more importantly her lifestyle choices too. She embraces the opportunity to share with others the lessons that she has learnt and to encourage a healthy balance of both Yin and Yang in one's yoga practice and life. Sarah teaches Viniyoga, Yin and Yang Yoga in London and can be booked for private, small groups, workshops, courses or corporate work.
Sonia fell in love with yoga ten years ago and has been teaching since 2004. She teaches a blend of traditional Hatha and Yin Yoga to share a beautifully rejuvenating practice. Sonia's classes take you on a journey of re-awakening, healing & freeing the body from muscular stiffness. The heart of this practice is to find stillness, create space, and allow the necessary time in held postures to replenish and stimulate the flow of chi through the body.
This is the perfect practice to complement more active forms of exercise such as running, swimming, football, weight lifting, etc. It is also the ideal yoga for those suffering from all forms of chronic fatigue and living a high-paced stressful lifestyle. Yin yoga brings yoga back to its meditative essence and has profound physical, emotional and energetic benefits.
Mariko discovered her passion for yoga in 1995. After relocating from Tokyo to Singapore in 2002, she qualified as a yoga teacher. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, yoga was a key influence in her journey to recovery. Mariko teaches Yoga at two locations - London and at her own private studio in the Cotswolds. She offers a variety of yoga classes as well as private sessions, suitable for all levels; Yin Yoga; Therapeutic Yoga and CalmSteadyStrong, a yoga therapy designed specifically for those going through, or having finished, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Savira enjoys teaching not only a yang style but also Yin. Emphasizing on creating space and connection with the whole body. Her gentle voice grounds her students while they are on the yoga mat to explore the hidden possibilities that exist within each of their pose. Her understanding of the anatomy and the fact that each body differs from another is what enables her students to explore their own physical body with safety. The fire of her conviction instills in them the power to explore these possibilities in their day-to-day life. Her encouragement goes beyond the yoga studio.
I am a friendly yoga teacher based in Bolton and Manchester in the UK. I teach compassionate and playful Hatha Flow and Yin yoga classes for beginners and intermediate students. Having practiced various styles of yoga over the past five years, I began teaching others in 2013. My teaching combines flowing Hatha yoga and Yin yoga with Buddhist mindfulness. I encourage you to use yoga as a chance to explore and enjoy the capacities of your own body and find greater freedom and inner peace. My primary motivation as a teacher is in helping people find strength, ease and comfort in both their yoga practice and their daily lives; I teach movement that encourages functional fitness through cultivating an open, loving and accepting attitude to your body.
Mathew Godebski has been teaching Yoga and Mat-Work Pilates in Manchester and the North West for several years. He has led numerous workshops and courses at various locations around the UK.
Mathew has completed yoga teacher training courses with Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley (YinYang Teacher Training January 2004), the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, David Swenson (1st & 2nd series Ashtanga Yoga) and John Scott. He has qualified to teach Pilates with Northern Fitness (Modern Pilates) and East Midlands and Pennine Training.
Mathew holds regular Yin Yoga classes and workshops.
My love of yoga has been constantly growing since 1999. I have a busy life as a paramedic, but as life become more and more hectic, I craved stillness and inner contemplation. I first experienced the magic of Yin yoga 12 years ago, and over the years it has become closer to my heart. Yin yoga became a balm to my busy life. I enjoyed a weekend intensive with Sarah Powers in London, and fell in love with the magic of a Yin yoga practice. I completed the Yin Yoga TTC with Bernie Clark in Vancouver in Nov 2013, and am happy to share my love of yin yoga with everyone!
I have a 500hr British Wheel of Yoga Diploma, and am currently studying Pregnancy Yoga and Tibetan Buddhist Meditation courses. I have thrown myself into Ashtanga courses with Greg Nardi and John Scott. I teach Hatha and Yin yoga, hold workshops, UK Yoga weekends and Yoga holidays in Bulgaria.
Sadhana Ali is a qualified Yoga and Pilates teacher and has completed her Yin and mindfulness meditation teacher training with two wonderful and inspiring teachers Sarah and Ty Powers.
"Teaching and practising Yin Yoga allows me to explore the relationships between the body, breath and stillness and their yoga."
Sadhana Ali's philosophy is to allow students to practice mindfulness and listen to their body through the breath. Her yogic beliefs are based on Patanjali's eight-fold path and her Islamic and Bangladeshi background. Her classes incorporate posture work, mudras (symbolic hand gestures), pranayama (breath expansion techniques), bandhas (energy locks), meditation and stillness. Sadhana Ali is a British Wheel of Yoga teacher.
Sarah Lo is a Senior Yoga Teacher and experienced Yin Yoga Teacher Trainer who is also an Assistant to Sarah Powers having studied with her for many years. She leads her own 50 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance) as well as ongoing workshops in Milton Keynes having taught internationally in America, Singapore and Sydney and London. Her main influences today are the mindfulness based teachings of Sarah Powers who she continues to study with and is mentored by the Ty Powers. The principles of Chinese Meridian Theory come naturally to her with her English and Chinese Heritage and having lived and experienced life in the East for 20 years, these are reflected in the balance that she brings to her teaching. Sarah is living her dream as a yoga teacher and has inspired students and teachers that it is possible, under all circumstances to find their way to a more fulfilling life
Senior Yoga Teacher -Yoga Alliance UK RYT 200 & 500 hours Yoga Alliance USA & Australia Yin/Yang yoga Certificate - Insight Yoga, Sarah Powers Member Insight Yoga Institute Leslie Kaminoff Anatomy course CELTA & CELTA YL - University of Cambridge BA (Hons) Business Studies Birthlight Certification Pregnancy & Baby Yoga
I have been practising yoga since the seventies when at univ. I have been a qualified adult education teacher for 17 years adding a Hatha Yoga Teaching Diploma (BSY) in 2004 and teaching hatha yoga for the Adult Education Authority in Greater Manchester. I began practising Yin at the Manchester Yoga Shala in 2004 and also run my own studio at the Mind & Body Centre, Bury in North Manchester. I currently run yin yoga and hatha sessions at the centre and also at a modern gym complex in Rochdale.
My studio is at the Mind and Body Centre Bury Greater Manchester - visit the website for class details and times.
Caroline has been practising yoga for 14 years and teaching for 5. She holds A C.H.Edu Dip.Yoga and is a Yoga Register Teacher. Originally from a classical dance background, Caroline worked within the flowing yoga styles yoga of Vinyasa and Ashtanga. In 2002 she discovered Yin yoga during a weekend workshop with Sarah Powers. The weekend was a turning point in both her teacher training and her own practice. The attraction to the passive Yin style was immediate. Here was a calmer and more reflective style which, complemented perfectly the more active forms. Caroline went on to study the work of both Paul Grilley and his teacher Paulie Zink. Paulie has been a particular inspiration and Caroline continues to study the medical aspects of QiGong as well as other forms of energy practice.
The classes taught by Caroline combine both passive Yin and active Vinyasa (Yang) sequences to provide a balanced practice cultivating breath, rhythmic movement with inner reflection and stillness. She believes passionately that yoga is for everyone, whatever age or fitness level. Yoga has no end goal, the prize is in the journey.
Mike's love of Yoga began in the early 1970's, when Yoga was much less popular than it is today. His current style of choice is Yin Yoga. Mike's discovery of the work of American Paul Grilley and of Yin Yoga has been a revelation to him. Mike believes that a key aspect of Yin Yoga is that it is non-dogmatic in that it allows the practitioner to access poses according to their unique individual structure--that it is simple and direct and is accessible to everyone--and that it works. Yin Yoga is therefore a truly universal Yoga. Mike also believes that in the fullness of time, Yin Yoga will gain increased recognition for the superb practice that it is and will become as well known and as well practiced as such established and distinguished Yang styles as Iyenga Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga. Mike became a certified Yoga teacher in 2003. He is a Yoga Register Teacher (YRT) with the Independent Yoga Network (IYN) and a member of the British Yoga Teachers Association (BYTA).
Penny Roberts has been teaching yoga for over 15 years and trained with the British Wheel of Yoga and also has a Yoga Therapy Diploma. Penny completed the first Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Paul and Suzee Grilley in July 2008.
Penny teaches Yin Yoga and also specialises in Prenatal Yoga, Baby Yoga and 1-1 sessions (Therapy or private class). She is also a Senior Therapist at the Yoga Therapy Centre in Islington, London, and a mentor for trainee Yoga Therapy students.
Yin Yoga classes are held on Mondays 7.30 - 9pm in Hurst Green, Oxted, Surrey, UK; on Wednesdays at 9.30 - 11am in Limpsfield, Surrey and 8 - 9.30pm in Caterham, Surrey.
Karen has been practicing yoga since 1999 when she was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. With dedication the practice completely turned her life around and aided a quick and full recovery. As a result, Karen wanted to influence others lives the way her yoga teacher had influenced hers.
In 2005, Karen qualified as a Hatha Yoga teacher after completing a 3 year diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga. Karen subsequently qualified as a Pregnancy Yoga teacher, a Thai Yoga massage therapist and a certified teacher in Yoga for Chronic Fatigue.
Karen has also trained with Sarah Powers and is now an Insight Yoga instructor and dedicated practitioner and teacher of mindfulness meditation. Her Yin Yoga classes incorporate Taoist philosophy, meridian theory, mindfulness and positive thinking.
Amy is a Sports Therapist and Yoga teacher who has practiced Yoga since the late 90's. With a keen interest in musculoskeletal disease and stress on the body, Amy uses yoga as a therapeutic tool both in her therapy clinic and on the Yoga mat. With a strong belief that yoga is an accessible physical practice for any and everybody. Coming to Yin initially suffering from injury, Amy quickly found the benefits of the meditative aspects spill over into daily life. Having initially completed Yin training with Sarah Lo, Amy has continued to develop her training with Bernie Clark.
Having an eclectic background in Feldenkrais, movement practices, Yoga and physical therapy - drawing from these influences ensures the needs of her students on the mat each day are met. Amy teaches weekly classes and holds regular workshops in Sheffield in: Yin, therapeutic body ball rolling and Hatha Yoga.
Catherine has been teaching for 5 years and practicing yoga for 10 years. Her style owes much to Andy Thomas of Shanti yoga where she trained initially and could best be described as classical indian . Her interest in yoga began with the physical but now fully incorporates the mental and spiritual aspects. Enthusiasm for yin culminated in completing teacher training with Paul Grilley in 2011 and she feels it is the perfect complement to a busy life and compatible with all other styles of yoga. She is registered with IYN ( Independent Yoga Network) and BSY (British School of Yoga). The other main influence on her philosophy is meditation and mindfulness in the manner of the Zen Buddhist Thich Nhat Hahn.
Catherine teaches classes in South Nottinghamshire (Bingham, Scarrington, & West Bridgford)
Regina Kerschbaumer is a Senior teacher with Yoga Alliance UK, a Reflexologist and a practicing Bowen Therapist with over 3 decades of body-work experience. She qualified as a yoga teacher at the Ruth White Yoga School (RYT500) in 2005. Her first Yin Yoga training began with Paul Grilley in 2006. Since then she regularly attends annual training courses with the Grilleys and Sarah Powers to keep her Yin Yoga teaching inspired and up-to-date.
Regina teaches with warmth and enthusiasm - ensures clarity in her explanations - enabling the students to visualise and work with the Chakras and Meridians within the inner body. She has several weekly Yin & Yang Yoga classes in Purley and Croydon, Surrey and presents regular Yin workshops (CPD with YAUK), Yoga weekends and holidays in the UK, Ireland, South-Africa, Morocco, Goa and Greece.
Yin provides a deep stretch yoga that targets different areas of the body in each practise session. Lydia teaches innovatively with progressive postures and weekly themes, providing an intelligent mix of mind-body evolution. Modern and traditional techniques with western and eastern philosophies create an interface with which to centre, grow and transform. Each practise session will thoroughly explore your flexibility and Lydia's passion and individual attention will help you find an appropriate edge with which to yield and awaken in a fluid and satisfying program. Lydia's unique classes calm and challenge, invigorate, and inspire you to freedom of movement and thought. Yoga Evolving, movement for the moments of a journey.
United Kingdom, England
Gillian Cawte South Yorkshire: Belton, Doncaster
Gill has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years, teaching for 10. She completed her teacher training at The Life Centre, London (now Yogacampus). Her interest in Yin Yoga was fuelled by training with Paul Grilley. She has completed his 500 hrs teacher training over the last 7 years and continues be a student. She is also over half way through 500 hrs training with Sarah Powers at Insight Yoga Institute.
Her love of yoga, anatomy and TCM influences all aspects of her life and she encourages her students to take yoga off their mats and into their daily lives. Gill emphasises the fact that all bodies are unique and students should respect their own limitations. She teaches Hatha, Yin yoga and meditation in her own studio, as well as workshops on Yin Yoga/Anatomy and retreats throughout Europe.
Caroline Walker has practiced yoga since 1997, and has completed Yin and Mindfulness meditation teacher training with Sarah Powers. She is currently a student teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga. Caroline is also a certified Budokon instructor, one of only two in the UK, and feels that the two practices complement one another perfectly, both physically and philosophically.
Jackie is the founder of The Yoga Bank in Cheshire. She has a British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma (500 hour), and a further 500 hours in vinyasa flow. After getting her certification with Erin Fleming in 2009, Jackie has been teaching yin regularly for 7 years, in workshops, weekly classes, and retreats, and also offers yin courses for those who wish to deepen their yin knowledge and practice.
Jackie has seen first-hand the effects that yin yoga has had on her students over the years, and is a huge advocate for this beautiful, quiet practice, encouraging people to try it at least once. She brings in to her yin an invitation to be still, to explore the body and minds' edges, to open slowly and gently, offering quiet words of acceptance for ones self, and lots of wonderful props. She looks forward to meeting you on the mat.
A Senior Yoga Alliance U.K teacher, I have 10 years teaching experience in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. I found Yin Yoga to be an excellent compliment to my dynamic practice. This style of yoga also helped me to recover from major surgery. I have been teaching the Yin Style for 6 months and am beginning to adapt to the challenges of instructing this excellent form of yoga.
I have lived the last 20 years in Asia. And since 2011, I have been supporting people to take care of themselves with tailored training in self-care, physical health and mindfulness. My teaching aims to inspire. I teach Hatha Vinyasa Yoga and slow rejuvenating Yin Yoga. Why do I teach? Quite simply because I love yoga. I have learnt so much and got so much joy out of yoga I want to spread the good. After practicing Taichi and slow death by office sitting, I came to yoga and got hooked on the uncanny powers of breath, power and movement and the profound and lasting effects yoga has on both mind and body. I am a RYT-500 level Yoga Alliance Teacher which allows me to teach those new to yoga, teach focused workshops and teach new teachers. Come join me...
I love Yoga! I have been a yoga practitioner for over thirty years and have recently trained in lovely Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga approaches. They have deepened my practice immeasurably, especially as I am well over fifty and my body soooooooo appreciates the gentleness and quietness of these two practices. My background is psychotherapy and I enjoy now being able to bring a more holistic way of working with clients and classes. we truly are body-mind and spirit being
I was initially drawn to yoga as a 15 year old struggling to cope with the stress of school exams. Over the years, yoga has continued to help me manage life stresses. I have completed a 200-hour teacher training in both Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. I trained in Yin Yoga with Josh Summers who studied Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley and trained in Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers.
My yang teaching style, influenced by Vinyasa Flow and Iyengar, is creative, alignment-orientated and light-hearted. I teach a series of Vinyasa threads (sequences of breath-linked postures), tailored to the needs of the group or individual, helping students advance their practice, safely and with awareness. I also like to teach a Yin and Yang class which begins with a Yin sequence of long-held poses to prepare the body for a more dynamic Yang flow, followed by a wind down and relaxation.
I had my first experience of Hatha Yoga in about 1991and started teaching Yoga in 2004. I feel privileged to be able to share yoga with the people who come to my classes and workshops. Because I have also trained in massage and anatomy, I bring this into my teaching to guide students through a safe, yet personally challenging asana practice. More importantly, however, I hope to help people discover for themselves the transformational power of yoga and to find wholeness and balance in their lives.
I took my first yoga teaching diploma at the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres Ashram in Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India in 2004 and returned to the UK to take a further Diploma in Astanga Yoga with Union Yoga in Edinburgh. I completed the British Wheel of Yoga Module in Yoga for Pregnancy in 2009 and a training intensive in Structural and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy™ with Mukunda Stiles in 2010. I studied Yin Yoga and Yoga Anatomy with Paul Grilley in 2005 and have been teaching dedicated Yin Yoga classes and workshops since then. I am registered with the Independent Yoga Network .
Katie is Level 3 Forrest Yoga teacher, a Yin Yoga teacher and Yoga Nidra teacher having training with world renowned teachers Ana Forrest and Bernie Clark. With a background in coaching and counselling skills, Katie’s passion is to help her students take the stillness and skilfulness they develop while practicing yoga, back into their daily lives. Through her yoga classes, Katie invites you to join her in the self-care practice of slowing down, deepening your breath and being present with your physical, emotional, mental, and energetic body.
Katie teaches regular group classes and workshops at Merchant City Yoga in Glasgow. She is also loves working with people one-to-one, and is available for private classes following an initial consultation to fully understand your intention for the practice and needs.
I first trained as a Hatha Yoga teacher in Edinburgh in 1991/2 with The Scottish Yoga Teachers' Association, then discovered Paul Grilley and Yin Yoga in 2004. I've studied with Paul in Edinburgh, London & California and as well have completed several of his Yin Teacher Training Courses, gaining my 500 hour Yin Yoga TT certificate, with more trainings planned. Additionally I have trained on Bernie Clark's Yin Yoga TT Course in Vancouver and done some study with Sarah Powers. My Yin classes are strongly based on an understanding of skeletal and muscular anatomy, plus modern meridian theory.
Jill offers classes, one to ones & seminars in Scotland, and Yoga holiday retreats abroad
Janet turned to yoga in desperation after a long period of ill health and discovered it’s amazing benefits. In April 2013 she went to India and completed 300hrs teacher training and she is an accredited teacher (Chartered Level 1) with Yoga Alliance Professionals UK. As she delved more deeply into yoga she discovered the therapeutic benefits of Yin Yoga and how it brought mindfulness to her practice. This inspired her to delve deeper and she has taken additional Yin Yoga Teacher training with both Bernie Clark and Josh Summers. She firmly believes that practising yoga has had such a positive effect on her health and well-being and would recommend it to everyone. She is the founding teacher and owner of the boutique 'Yoga Studio' in the centre of the historic City of Carlisle on the Scottish Borders. Her classes are accessible to everyone and she believes that you are never too old to start.
Kate has been practicing Yin, Vinyasa and Bikram Yoga since 2008. She attended Bikram Yoga teacher training in 2009. She is a runner, cyclist and Iron Tribe (functional fitness) athlete, but her true passion is Yoga.
Kate is a native of Nashville, TN. She attended Loyola University in New Orleans and earned a bachelor's degree in Music Therapy. Kate has made Birmingham home since 2004. She attended Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2009 in Palm Desert. Later, she attended Bernie Clark's Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Vancouver in 2014. She is a member of Church of the Highlands and keeps her style of teaching Christ-centered. She is also proud to be a 4 year lululemonathletica ambassador.
Kate maintains a strong connection to her Indian reservation - Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. She has created a non-profit called Native Strength Revolution: a program teaches yoga/ fitness/ nutrition to Natives on the reservations of the Southwest and eventually through all of North America.
Michelle teaches hot yoga, vinyasa with weights, Pilates and yin, incorporating mindfulness, encouragement and compassion in every class. Since 2011, Michelle has practiced hot yoga. Though she has integrated other styles along the way, hot yoga has continued to be a passion. In June 2015, she earned RYT 200-hour certification from Sterling Hot Yoga Teacher Training in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, where she took her first yin class and found it a welcome balance to not only the hot yoga practice, but also to life itself.
In May 2016, Michelle completed a 50-hour intensive and training with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts in Vancouver. She is pleased to offer students the challenge of embracing a yin practice, relaxing into its postures, and deepening their connection between mind, body and breath. Michelle is committed to her personal practice and professional development, believing that empathy, experience and knowledge can be the best teachers.
Harumi has been practicing Yoga since 1997 and has 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She registered with the Yoga Alliance and member of the Kripalu Teachers Association. Yoga with Harumi is an opportunity to explore the mind-body connection.
Michele Dante is dedicated to teaching relaxation and meditation to help people find peace within. Her compassion and heart-felt teachings are supported by a rich inner wisdom and a keen observation of physical and energy anatomy. She is a nationally registered yoga teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist, trained and certified Thai Yoga Therapist, Co-director of yoga teacher training programs, Co-Owner of Inner Vision Yoga and the Co-Founder/Director of the YogaVision Yoga Conference.
A serious injury led Aaron Goldberg to study the art of Yang and Chen style Tai Chi with Master Jin Hung Lee. After many more years of trying to heal his body of chronic pain he began studying Yoga. Within eight months the pain that had plagued him for sixteen years was gone. Aaron is a co-owner of Inner Vision Yoga. He teaches each class in a flowing style that encourages students to move past old limitations with discipline and compassion.
Aaron Goldberg has studied extensively with Paul Grilley and has been teaching Yin Yoga for four years. He is thoroughly trained in anatomy and the energetic effects of poses. Aaron believes in the therapeutic effects of Yin Yoga and teaches the healing effects of Yin Yoga.
I was first introduced to the practice of Yin Yoga in 2001 when attending a workshop on yin yoga with Jeff Martens. The following year I met Paul Grilley through the Yoga Vision Conference in Tempe, and have attended a workshop with Paul at every opportunity since that time. I have been fortunate that my studio has offered a variety of yin yoga classes since that initial introduction in 2001, and I have studied consistently with Kat Myers, Aaron Goldberg and Jeff Martens throughout that time. In 2004 I was offered the opportunity to begin teaching yin yoga classes at Inner Vision Yoga in Chandler, Arizona.
The practice of yin yoga drew me in with its wonderful hip-opening and lower back-strengthening poses -- areas of my body that need its nurturing attention. Once involved in the practice, I became aware of the delightful meditative and contemplative quality of the slow, deep movements, which speak to my soul as much as to my body. It is my priviledge and pleasure to be a yin yoga instructor, and offer this beautiful practice to my students.
Jeff Martens has been teaching yoga and holistic principles principles since 1989. His understanding flows from diverse sources including a Psychology and MFA degree, a deep love of sacred stories, and a three year study of the world's sacred texts. His classes combine timeless wisdom, internal adjustment, practical philosphy and inspiring affirmation in a dynamic flow unifying the teachings of Classical and Tantra Yoga. Jeff is a writer, teacher trainer, co- founder of the Yoga-Vision Yoga Conference, founder of the Student Yoga Program at Arizona State University and co-owner of Inner Vision Yoga in Chandler, Arizona.
In addition to an extensive education in anatomy, physiology and biology (including psychoneuroimmunology), Jeff has studied with Paul Grilley and practiced yin and yin related disciplines for over a decade, using the techniques to heal and align his own body by balancing yin and yang practices.
Stacey Coffey has been practicing yoga since 1997 and decided in 2006 to share her love of the practice with others. Stacey is a certified teacher trained in Yin Yoga, Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Meridian Yoga, Prana Flow and Yoga Nidra as well as a practicing Reiki master. Studying with Paul & Suzee Grilley, Shiva Rea, Daniel Orlansky, Johnny Kest, and at the Kripalu center several times a year, Stacey is a dedicated student as well as inspirational teacher.
As a former runner and weight lifter, Stacey has brought many strengths and overcome many weakness in her own personal practice. After over working the body and dealing with several injuries, Stacey was able to create a unique style of teaching... one of strength, focus, compassion and fun.
Jan's delight in life is to inspire humans to laugh easily more often and to truly enjoy their Spirit experience on the physical plane. Her playful and friendly instruction is perfect for those seeking a fun and sacred space to use for transformation and positive self discovery. Jan weaves yin poses with heart loving Reconnective Healing energy and divine guidance.
Donna initially began practicing yoga and exploring Eastern Philosophy at the age of twelve. Her life path allowed her to return to the formal study of yoga in October of 2000, and she completed teacher training with At One Yoga in the spring of 2002. Donna is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and a Licensed Psychologist.
Donna has studied Yin yoga with both Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers, and David Life and Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti Yoga influence her vinyasa teaching style. Donna recommends her Yin class as a needed balance for more energetic yoga practices and for athletes and others looking for deeper opening through long holds.
I was drawn to yoga for something deeper and more meaningful in life; during the height of the progressive movement in the U.S. Yoga has given me a fulfillment in my life that I hadn't experienced before. My introduction to yoga was in 1970; at that time we held our poses longer, similar to the Yin practice. I've studied the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda and was inspired by The Secret of the Golden Flower by Carl Jung.
My first love is mediation and by joining a spiritual group I was able to find peace and contentment. There have been challenges, but the benefits have been immeasurable. I've embrace all my teachers and experiences life has given me. I've practiced Yin for five years. Yin maybe is new to some; however, it has a long history. I feel blessed that the universe has introduced me to Bernie Clark.
Pamela Joy is certified in CranioSacral, yoga and meditation therapy. She has been teaching yoga classes and conducting private yoga therapy sessions since 1998. Her wellness yoga classes are therapeutic in nature, with gentle yin poses anyone can do, regardless of age, health status, or flexibility level.
Ashley began practicing yoga in 1997. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at the Yoga Connection in 2004 and has been teaching yoga ever since. She was an AFAA certified personal trainer for five years. In addition to Yoga, she also teaches the Pilates Method, which she learned in a 450-hour mentorship program through BodyQuest Pilates. Most recently, Ashley attended a 30-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training program with Joe Barnett and Michelle Marks. Ashley has nearly nine years of teaching mindful movement, strengthening and flexibility from a wide variety of methodologies and brings this vast experience into her teaching. She is also an experienced astrologer and meditation teacher. She was initiated into the Kriya lineage by her Guru, Sri Goswami Kriyananda, in 2009.
Gabrielle Pietrangelo is a musician and yogi who incorporates chanting and mantra in her teaching. She has been practicing yoga since 1998 and began teaching in 2008. She received her official yoga teacher training at White Lotus Foundation in 2014. She incorporates concepts from Chinese meridian theory, chakra theory and Buddhist meditation into her yoga classes. Her yin yoga teaching is influenced by Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley and she received her Yin Yoga Teacher Training from Joe Barnett in 2011. She currently teaches several classes at Tucson Yoga Studio in Tucson, Arizona and leads regional kirtans in the Bhakti yoga tradition.
Joanna's path to yoga began while she was in high school, searching for an alternative to gymnastics and dance. She has been practicing yin yoga for over 10 years. Joanna completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Priscilla Potter at The Yoga Connection in Tucson, and has continued to further her yoga teacher education with yin yoga trainings. She teaches her yin classes infused with yoga nidra, syncing body, mind, and spirit.
Joe Barnett has extensive training and experience teaching Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin and Taoist Yoga. His primary teachers are Paul & Suzee Grilley, and he works as their teaching assistant at 100-hour Yin Yoga teacher trainings. He also specializes in teaching yoga to people with cancer, studying intensively under Jnani Chapman, a leader in the field of yoga for cancer patients and survivors.
Joe's teaching is infused with a passion about organic alignment. In addition to teaching Yin Yoga and Yang-style Vinyasa classes at Tucson Yoga, he is the director of the Yoga department at Miraval Life in Balance Resort in Catalina.
Michelle teaches from all that she has absorbed as a student embodying the natural flow of life. She is inspired by the eternal flow of movement, exploration of the sacred, the subtle body, poetry, and music. Michelle's classes are creative and dynamic. They invite a turning within, an opportunity for contemplation and a waking up to all aspects of ourselves. She believes in the wisdom of the body, the guidance of the breath, and the experience of the heart, and that through yoga and meditation one can hear their own divine teachings.
Michelle has been teaching since 2001. She teaches yin yoga and vinyasa classes, as well as prenatal yoga and trance dance. She has done teacher trainings at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta ashram and at Wake Up Yoga in Philadelphia. Her teaching is deeply inspired by her studies with Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley and Shiva Rea.
Pam came to the practice of Yin Yoga through happenstance and her teaching hasn't been the same since. Drawn to the deeper and meditative qualities of the practice, Pam incorporates traditional Chinese meridian theory as well as her background in Hatha and Kriya yoga. Her classes are intense, reflective and releasing. As an E-RYT, Pam also guides 1 or 2 yin teacher trainings a year, growing the practice she loves with each new generation of teachers! In addition to guiding Yin classes, Pam has been teaching variety of yoga classes and styles for over seven years. A constant student, when not on her mat, you'll usually find her with her nose in a book or with a pen in her hand.
Sharon is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, having completed her 250-hour training in Hatha Yoga at The Providence Institute in Tucson, AZ. Her specialized certifications include Yoganesha Training (Yoga for Kids) with Anne Van de Water and Prenatal Teacher Training certification from renowned Prenatal Yoga instructor, Janice Clarfield. She completed her specialized teacher training in Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers at Santa Barbara Yoga Center. In addition, Sharon has attended classes at many well-known yoga havens including Jivamukti Yoga (New York), OM Yoga (New York), and Bikram Yoga (NYC and Tucson) and has participated in workshops given by prominent instructors such as Ana Forrest,Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, and Arun Deva. Sharon has served as a board member of the Arizona Yoga Association, and was Editor of the quarterly publication Arizona Yoga from 2005-2008.
After years of practicing more than a dozen forms of modern yoga, breath and mindfullness is practiced in every form. Intriqued to share his learnings, Michael received his certification in Yoga Foundations from renown teacher Patrick Creelman. But it was Yin that changed everything. Besides greater flexibility, Yin forced Michael to slow-down which provided time to connect the mind with the body. He also found Yin improved his meditation practice.
Michael teaches pranayama and meditation in his Yin and Hatha classes that focus on breath and connecting the mind to the body throughout the class. Yin classes are fantastic for beginners and mature students. Long holds that maintain stress in the pose help students learn mindfullness and be present in the practice. This provides students the time to connect their mind to their body. Michael offers challenging alternatives for experienced yogis so all students find their edge during practice.
Rena received her RYT200 with Courtney Butler at Balance Yoga & Wellness and is currently earning her 300 hour yoga registration also with BYW. Recently, she has studied with Seane Corn, Amy Ippoliti, Bernie Clark and Diana Batts. She has experience teaching several styles of yoga, including Yin, restorative, hatha, vinyasa flow, hot yoga, private individual and corporate classes, yoga therapy and has led intensives in Chakra-Balancing Yoga, Detox Yoga, and Stress Relief Yoga. She is passionate about teaching and sharing the benefits of a yoga lifestyle and enjoys helping people help themselves by opening the door to connections among mind, body, and spirit. She strives to teach others how to incorporate yoga and meditation into their daily lives to cultivate peace, calm and balance. Rena is also a professional singer/songwriter and enjoys vegan living and supporting animal rights.
Alexis Mulhauser Berkeley, Oakland, and Walnut Creek
As an artist of mindful living, Alexis is passionate about healing, the creative process, and empowering people to find the life that most wants to live through them. She has studied with mentors in the dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts, including Paulie Zink and Sarah Powers as her primary Yin/Yang yoga teachers. In addition to teaching Yin yoga, Alexis is also a Blue Belt Nia Instructor, and offers Reiki healing sessions. "Discovering and developing these sensational tools for living in balance with nature and all beings, my life?s work is a labor of Love."
Alexis teaches Yin Yoga from her home in Oakland, California. Please email for full teaching schedule.
Cherie Carson (Siri Gian Kaur) Berkeley, California
Cherie Carson (Siri Gian Kaur) has been teaching yin yoga since 2000. She has taught classes, workshops and retreats in yoga, meditation and yoga for dancers around the US, Scotland and Costa Rica. Cherie is a performer and choreographer whose training has included understanding body mechanics through kinesiology, Pilates Technique, Tai Chi, Dance Therapy and Alexander Technique. Cherie focuses on the healing aspects of yoga in her classes.
Kendra believes in the transformational power of yoga as a path of self-discovery, healing and joy. She's continually in awe of the deep personal, physical and spiritual healing available through yoga, pranayama, ritual and meditation. As a yoga teacher, PhD in transpersonal psychology, energy healer and massage therapist, she teaches yoga from an integrative lens combining these healing modalities in a grounded and accessible format. Her aim as a yoga teacher is offer the technologies of yoga in practical ways, empowering modern yogis to connect with their deeper wisdom and live extraordinary lives. Her classes are also accompanied by the soothing sounds of harmonium.
R.Y.T., founder of Yoga Luna has practiced yoga for the last 7 years in various studios around the country. She opened her first studio in March of 2003, as a respected business person and friend to her yoga students. She is worthy of the respect and kindness she receives from them. She listens to their needs and administers to them the same respect and kindness bestowed upon her. She displays a calmness to her students that flows into the studio creating an even more relaxed atmosphere to practice Hatha yoga
Erin's enthusiasm and devotion to Yoga began twenty years ago following an extensive dance career. Her primary instructor training was with renowned Yoga teachers Sarah Powers, Erich Schiffmann and Paul Grilley. While living in England, Erin was certified by the prestigious British Wheel of Yoga in 2000.
Erin draws her inspiration from a blend of the essential aspects of Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Viniyoga, Anusara, and Yin Yoga practices, as well as Mindfulness meditation traditions. Her classes are a creative, mindful synthesis of flowing postures and breath awareness. Erin leads customized yoga retreats (nationally and internationally), workshops, teacher trainings, group and private classes.
Melissa Christensen ERYT500 Costa Mesa (Orange County)
Melissa Christensen is an E-RYT500 Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher, with an emphasis on teaching yin yoga. She is devoted to sharing her passion for yoga and the gift this transformational practice offers to all of her students. With well over 4000+ teaching hours under her mat, she has embarked on a journey to spread the practices and lessons of yoga through local teacher trainings in Orange County, CA and yin yoga teacher trainings nationwide. Melissa has studied with and is forever thankful to her teachers, Paul Grilley, Joe Barnett (senior teacher for Paul Grilley), Sarah Powers, Ray Long, MD FRCSC, Bernie Clark, and Yogacharya Eric Walrabenstein, and to her friends for guiding and encouraging her as she continues to deepen her own practice and teachings.
I've practiced & rotated through various asana styles since 2009. I considered myself an Ashtangi at heart, and enjoyed the sweatier side of yoga until one evening during a Power class, I experienced my first emotional release while holding Frog pose for what felt like forever. I didn't know such a reaction and release was possible during yoga, but this experience allowed me to awaken to the deeper side of physical asana work. Later on I would take my first Yin class and learned that Frog was considered a "Yin" posture.
Since then I invited more Yin into my lifestyle, while sharing the knowledge and practice with others. I believe Yin gives us the tools to become our own teachers as it forces us to slow down and pay attention. I completed my 50-hour Yin Yoga Training with Bernie Clark and am currently teaching in the South Bay Area of California.
My yoga practice started in 2001. I received my 200 RYT from Avalon Yoga in Palo Alto, have trained with essential figures in Yin Yoga in the US and Canada, Sarah Powers of Insight Yoga Institute and Bernie Clark, teacher and author of the Complete Guide to Yin Yoga and received certification in Aerial Yoga from Pik Chu Wong, TYS, Campbell. I look forward to our practice together!
Linda Ananda Taylor is a RYT-200 Certified Yoga Instructor since February 2015. She went through the training with the vision of teaching a more meditative yoga style. Her background in energy-healing has proved invaluable in allowing these mindful aspects to be expressed. Teaching since March, Linda continued to expand her own practice and discovered a deep resonance with Yin Yoga. In attending a Level 1 Yin training with Addie deHilster in September 2015, her love for Yin was increased and the desire to share this beneficial style was born and destined. She started teaching Yin Yoga classes in early November 2015. Linda began her advanced 300 hour YTT in November with Stella Fly from Stella Luna Yoga in Cypress CA. and will attend the next Level 2 Yin Yoga teacher training with Addie deHilster in 2016. She is available for private sessions and instruction.
Jean Friendly has been practicing meditation and energy work since 1991. Since 2001, her active asana practice has been based on Ashtanga, as taught by John Berlinsky and Lea Watkins, and it has been complemented with a Yin path, introduced to her by Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley. Since completing her yoga teacher training with Sarah and Paul, Jean has continued her studies with many distinguished teachers, most notable being Ashtanga founder, Pattabhi Jois, Iyengar masters Ramanand Patel and Kofi Busia, and spiritual teacher Adyashanti. Jean's teaching style synthesizes all these influences ? bringing awareness of energetic flow and core grounding to expand a student?s sense of physical presence in each moment. Each class is an invitation to remember. An invitation to awaken into the moment - into the truth of what is.
I dabbled in Yoga as a compliment to my competitive running and cycling career, and totally fell in love with it in 2007. I obtained my 200-hour RYT under Laurie Gallagher, Kelli Barnett, and Suzanna Spring in 2010. Suzanna also sparked my interest in my practice of Yin Yoga; eventually I pursued Yin teacher trainings with Christy Brown of Yoga Works and Lisa Jang of The Yoga Company.
I appreciate the Yang and dance aspect of a more vibrant Vinyasa/Flow practice, as I so love the focus, movement, and activity of it. In our busy, and sometimes just plain hectic, present day lives, it is important to unplug, and go deeper. A Yin practice allows for that; not only to target deeper tissues in the body, but also to deeper inside oneself, and discover one's true essence. I see Yin as a tonic for the soul
After years of intensive practice in the Ashtanga and Iyengar systems, David Kim embraced the balance, grace, and stillness of Yin Yoga, by deepening his studies with Paul & Suzee Grilley and Sarah Powers. A Senior YogaWorks Teacher Trainer, David teaches Yin and mindfulness in his workshops and retreats all over the world, and will be leading his Yin Yoga TT in several locations in 2015.
Specializing in a Restorative practice to honor the yin flavored, lunar side to yoga, Kali explores the Five Elements along the Yin meridian system for deep restoration and healing. In balance, she uses the Five Vayus (the five functions, or "winds" of Prana) and the Five Elements (the five foundational energies of the universe) to invoke and embody a fresh and funky Vinyasa. She cultivates Mandala (circular) style movement to honor the cyclic nature of the universe, and challenges practitioners to think outside the realms of their four-cornered mat. Kali is an internationally recognized teacher; see her latest appearance in Rolling Stone for her Yin Yoga class at Envision Festival (Costa Rica) listed as one of the seven most transformational festivals in the world. She's lead workshops and retreats around the world, including Arise Festival (Colorado), Strings n Sol (Mexico), Healing House, (Sacred Valley Peru), KiCHIC (Mancora),Yoga Forest (Guatemala) and more.
Sasha teaches yoga as a wisdom tradition that awakens the body, heart, and mind. Her classes offer a healing blend of yin-yang asana, philosophical depth, and compassionate awareness. Sasha has been deeply immersed in the study of Insight Yoga (Yin Yoga, Yang Yoga, Meditation, and Psycho-Spiritual Practice) with Sarah Powers for the last five years, and now assists Sarah in workshops and trainings.
Her teaching is also deeply influenced by her practice of vipassana meditation, and by the psycho-spiritual work of John Welwood and Jennifer Welwood, whose work brilliantly integrates western style psychological inquiry within the framework of spiritual practice. Sasha is also a graduate student in East-West Psychology at CIIS in San Francisco. She teaches private sessions, ongoing classes, workshops and retreats in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Areas.
Michelle Kronenberg has been a yoga teacher and facilitating health and wellness for more then 20 years in the Los Angeles area. Her therapeutic approach uses Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Somatic Experiencing and Iyengar Yoga. Michelle is a Yoga Therapist in private practice specializing in stress reduction, trauma, cancer, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.
Michelle has studied Yin Yoga with Paul and Suzee Grilley. She has studied extensively since 1990 with some of the worlds top teachers including the Iyengars and Pattabhi Jois. She trained at Yoga Works in 1998. She is mostly influenced from the practice of Vipassana Meditation and her studies with Lisa Walford, Erich Schiffman and Dona Holleman. She currently teaches at her studio in Malibu, Yoga Works and The Serenity Trauma Healing Center.
I trained initially with Yogafit, followed by The White Lotus Foundation. I have been teaching Hatha yoga since 2001. Since then I have undergone three shoulder surgeries, not always successful. No more salutations, down dogs or arm balances for me.
Now I devote my teaching and personal practice to Yin Yoga and have found increased self-acceptance and serenity. I do not have specific Yin training but I have studied publications and DVD/audio, including work by Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers. I teach Yin Yoga at The Double Eagle Resort & Spa, June Lake, CA [www.doubleeagleresort.com] and at Snowcreek Athletic Club in Mammoth Lakes, CA
Diana has been practicing yoga since the mid 90's and teaching now for over 15 years. Her love of the mountains and spending long days skiing in Tahoe led her to the quiet practice of Yin Yoga. Having studied with the Yin masters over the past 7 years, Paul Grilley, Sara Powers, and Bernie Clark, Diana has established an extensive and distinguished Yin practice in the Bay area where she teaches privately and in the classroom setting. Diana also teaches monthly half day yoga retreats in Napa and Point Reyes and week long retreats in Baja and Vermont.
By combining creative sequences, poetry, coaching tidbits, and music, Diana creates an amazing container for her students to practice and connect to their center.... and by listening into that center receiving greater insight and vitality.
I am a certified Yin Yoga Teacher and Business/Life Coach. I discovered Yin Yoga in a time when I needed to reestablish balance in my own life. Today, my teaching practice revolves around facilitating equilibrium on and off the Yoga mat by fusing the different areas of my expertise to design a program that fits your needs. As a Yin Yoga teacher I aim to create an environment where you can safely connect to yourself and explore your capabilities and boundaries free from judgment or competitive thought. I believe Yoga is what happens within. Yin is a wonderful practice to cut through the daily noise and return to stillness and truth in the present moment. All of my classes incorporate a meditation and mindfulness practice. I am very much looking forward to meeting you on your personal Yoga and Life journey.
Afrooz is a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Certified Yoga Instructor with a PhD in Kinesiology and a current professor at UCLA and George Washington University. She is a published author of several books on health promotion and prevention of bone/muscle loss. She is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Spine as well as a frequent reviewer for the Journal of Yoga & Physical Therapy. Afrooz combines her passion for yoga with extensive knowledge in anatomy, exercise physiology, and nutrition to provide a truly transformational experience in a peaceful space where students can practice yoga without judgement, ego, or expectation but with a focus on learning and improving. Afrooz is especially interested in teaching the yin style of yoga because it gives her the flexibility and time to share her knowledge during class while also guiding students with the poses. She has been teaching yin weekly since April 2016.
Andrea has been practicing Yoga since 2009. She acquired her 200 hour teacher training certificate in 2015. Andrea teaches Ashtanga and Yin Yoga. She has a passion for meditation and incorporates techniques to help find stillness in all of her classes. You will find a quiet and peaceful space to practice and learn about your mind and body under her guidance.
Yoga has been a source of deep healing for me. I strive to offer ways to feel healthy and resilient, vibrant and enlivened, and spacious and relaxed through the classes that I teach, whether quieting yin or vigorous vinyasa. Moving and stretching the body helps to move the emotions and helps us to release trauma held in the body. Further, we can become more mindful, more loving, more accepting, and more R E L A X E D! Yin yoga is an especially powerful way to release tension and open up space in the body, mind, and heart. It's also a gentle way to slow down and encourage a more accepting, poised presence in our lives. Sometimes we need to sweat through a moving meditation, building strength through flowing yoga, so I love to teach vinyasa as well. There's a yoga for every situation!
Heart based teaching describes the tone of both her Yin and Vinyasa classes, Joanie brings a depth of understanding that has been cultivated for more then 25 years under the guidance of many master teachers. Currently, Joanie is studying with the Insight Yoga Institute, founded by Sarah and Ty Powers, incorporating Yin and Yang Yoga, Meditation, Buddhism and Psycho/Spiritual Inquiry. On the completion of this two-year, graduate level program, she will qualify as an Insight Yoga Instructor. She is intuitive and caring as a Yoga teacher and consciousness-based healing practitioner, Joanie is available for public, corporate and private instruction.
Lorraine Tam E-RYT 500 Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Menlo Park
Lorraine began teaching yoga in 2004 after many years as a dancer and choreographer. She has studied extensively with Suzee and Paul Grilley. Other influential teachers include Ganga White, Tracey Rich, Sarah Powers and Jai Uttal. Lorraine teaches Yin and Vinyasa group classes at several studios in the Silicon Valley and offers Assisted Yin Yoga to private clients. She enjoys sharing the therapeutic and calming benefits of Yin with students of all ages and abilities. She hopes students will use yoga to get more in touch with their bodies and increase awareness of what goes on in the mind.
Mimm teaches with joy, humility and humor. Introduced to yoga in 1984 she began teaching alignment-focused classes in 1994. After being certified to teach Yin in 2010, Mimm shifted her attention from pure alignment and now draws from several yoga traditions to build safe and reflective practices. Mimm teaches at several yoga studios in the Bay Area. She also shares the healing power of Yin with chronic pain clients through a nationally known functional restoration program. Her teaching role models include, in addition to the Grilleys: Gary Kraftstow, Katie Holcomb and Judith Hanson Lasater.
A writer and artist, Mimm's health and wellness essays have appeared in India Currents and Yoga Living Magazine. She is a massage therapist who has studied anatomy with Gil Hedley. Mimm is beginning work toward her yoga therapy teacher training credential at Niroga Institute in Berkeley. She will complete her masters degree in transpersonal psychology with a specialty in transformational life coaching early next year.
Shannan DiSanto has been practicing traditional Hatha, Yin yoga and meditation since 1994. She is a graduate of the Cloud Nine Yoga Teacher Training program and studied Yin yoga with Paul Grilley. In 2002 she opened and operated Peninsula Yoga Center in Rolling Hills Estates, California. She currently teaches Yin yoga at Equinox Palos Verdes and throughout the South Bay. She and her husband live on the Palos Verdes Peninsula with their three children. Shannan turns to Yin yoga to manage her Fibromyalgia, and has an authentic love for the practice.
Shannan's classes are quiet, with a mindful focus on surrender, acceptance and compassion. She holds a safe and gentle space for each individual to experience yoga uniquely. Her teaching experience is broad and extensive as she has studied under some of the World?s foremost teachers and teacher trainers.
Addie deHilster E-RYT 500 Pasadena/Glendale/Los Angeles
Addie deHilster has studied Yin Yoga in Vancouver, BC with renowned teacher, Bernie Clark, as well as in workshops and retreats with Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers. Also a dedicated practitioner of Vipassana (Insight) Meditation, she continued her studies in the Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, in which Yin Yoga is included as an embodied meditation practice. Having earned her 500-hour credential in the therapeutic Yapana Yoga style taught by Leeann Carey, Addie brings a therapeutic perspective to the practice of Yin Yoga. The study of anatomy and the biomechanics research (especially of teachers like Jules Mitchell) is also a significant influence in her approach to Yin Yoga. Addie teaches Yin Yoga classes and leads Yin Yoga teacher trainings regionally, as well as leading the 200-hour teacher training program at Spiral Path Yoga Center, where she is Co-Owner. She also offers private sessions at the studio and at her home in Sierra Madre.
Debbie Daly is a longtime yoga and voice teacher and a senior level yin yoga instructor with extensive studies under Paul Grilley. She leads her classic yin yoga style in classes locally and in teacher trainings nationally. Before moving to Point Reyes, California, she was director and founder of Tucson Yoga, awarded best yoga studio every year and serving over 20,000 students under her direction. See schedule of classes and trainings at www.debbiedaly.com.
I overcame stage 3 ovarian cancer in 2002 and know the importance of yin yoga: rehabilitation after trauma, surgeries, and a sedentary life linked to recovery, or otherwise. My personal experiences over death, broken bones, chemo, and missing body parts, gives me compassion, appreciation, and a drive to serve those who face similar situations and/or desire to create a better life. Yin Yoga is a beautiful opportunity to heal and grow in wholeness. I share my insights and wisdom with physical guidance and spiritual exploration, while fostering a safe and supportive environment. With joy being just as sacred as peace, we discover the stillness during our yin holds, an honor to the Divine, and the beauty of the moment with space to cry, laugh, and let go as needed. We are all on this journey together and it's my pleasure to share in this with you and yin yoga.
Valarie is a full-time yoga instructor. Her passion is simple: helping her students feel good, physically and mentally. She teaches yin, restorative yoga, meditation, as well as other more active styles of hatha yoga. Valarie teaches throughout the Inland Empire at multiple studios, corporate locations, 55+ communities, and private lessons. She has been teaching since 2014 and has been practicing since 2003.
Her first yoga instructor, Ingrid Dahlgren, influenced and inspired Valarie greatly—she is the oldest woman to swim the Oresund channel between Sweden and Denmark! Ingrid said yoga and meditation played a huge role in that accomplishment and from that moment, Valarie was hooked. She lives her life with intention, and she loves to help others do the same.
Formerly a ballet & modern dancer, Annetta began practicing yoga in 1999. She was immediately hooked, due to its calming, strengthening, meditative and transformative power in her life. Throughout her yoga journey she has studied & practiced: Bikram, Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Yin and Restorative yoga. Annetta's classes are fun, intuitive, thoughtfully sequenced and well balanced, with an emphasis on breath & alignment to encourage students to develop a safe, sustainable and transformative practice. She teaches Yin yoga classes to all levels and ages. Her teaching is inspired by her own therapeutic practice, which she uses to build energy, heal injuries, restore balance and connect more deeply to herself, others, and to the divine.
Her goal as a teacher is to truly see her students and to perceive and teach what they really need. To Annetta yoga is a lifestyle, which leads to greater self love, freedom, health, happiness, contentment, peace, and bliss.
Scott Miller began practicing yoga from a book at age twelve. Along with asana and meditation instruction, the book Be Here Now included the teachings of Neem Korali Baba. His message about experiencing life as a loving, present moment engagement is what continues to inspire Scott to this day. It was the inspiration behind opening Inland Yoga Centers, and it continues to inform his personal yoga practices. The physical aspect of Scott's practice, however, is also heavily influenced by two opposite styles:
Having connected with "Ashtanga" master Pattabhi Jois in the early Nineties, Scott later traveled to India in order to receive more instructions from him, and though Scott teaches Ashtanga in a Neem Korali inspired, Be Here Now, manner, he continues to honor the sequencing taught to him by Mr. Jois. But Scott also balances the "yang" half of his personal practice, with a "yin" style yoga that he learned from Paul Grilley, and his teacher Paulie Zink. Called "Taoist Yoga," this style connects perfectly with the Be Here Now approach, and the connection is what inspired Scott to begin practicing and later teaching "Slow Deep Stretch." Plus, it is these two yin and yang yogas that became the hallmark of Inland Yoga, and while the studio is now able to offer other wonderful styles, we continue to be all about present moment balancing.
Evelyn, has been practicing yoga for 10 years including Bikram, Vinyasa Power, Yin Yoga, Ashtanga and Kundalini. She completed her teacher training at White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara and has gone on to study anatomy and yin yoga with Paul and Suzee Grilley at Sarah Power's Insight Yoga Institute in Corte Madera. Also, she has taken Therapeutic Yoga Training with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal in Santa Barbara.
Most recently she has completed Deepening Your Practice Teacher Training at White Lotus Foundation and has studied with and continues to take workshops with Sarah Powers, Doug Swensen, Paul Grilley and others. She has a strong interest in anatomy, the restorative benefits of yoga and the belief that yoga is accessible to anyone. Involvement with outreach in the community has been a major focus in her life and the practice of yoga...both with adults and children. "Yoga has opened my body, life and spirit in ways that I could never have imagined and through teaching yoga I just want to share this experience."
Dawn started practicing yoga in 2006 and from the first day she stepped on the mat, she fell in love with the mind, body, and spirit connection. She is certified in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, and completed her Yin yoga certification with Bernie Clark, and is currently pursuing her 500 hour certification with Semperviva in Vancouver, BC. She is a lifelong student and teacher and her classes focus on self-care, mindfulness, and bringing balance to life both on and off the mat. She loves to share her passion of yoga with others and teaches both group and private classes in San Diego County
Julie Quinn is a certified Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher and Herbalist. As the owner of Quinntessentials Organic Essential Oil Products, she blends her diverse interests and expertise to create a vibrational healing experience. Julie grew up in Nebraska and trained early in life to be a dancer. She discovered Yoga in 1999 and explored several different styles, such as Bikram, Hatha, Anusara, Acro, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa, completing seven unique teacher trainings, including a 200 hour certification with YogaWorks.
Her classes range from restorative Yin to challenging Vinyasa flow with a focus on alignment and self-inquiry. Julie is passionate about sharing a creative yoga practice that is enjoyable and accessible for all people, beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Her approach is to uplift and uncover the light within, by encouraging healing on the physical, emotional, mental, and subtle vibrational levels through asana, pranayama, meditation, aromatherapy, and reiki.
Kelli began her yoga experience in 2003. With her love for yoga Kelli began teaching in 2009. Kelli received her credentials from the Natural Healing institute of Naturopathy in Encinitas, CA and Yin Yoga certification from Paul Grilley. She specializes in Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga and Budokon Yoga. Kelli teaches Vinyasa Flow, and its perfect counterpart, Yin Yoga, a meditative, deep, intense stretch of the connective tissues. Her classes will engage your mind and senses by bringing a new level of awareness to your practice, allowing you to discover new ways of seeing, acting, responding, thinking and moving. Her teaching style is uplifting, supportive, and creative.
Shauna MacKay B.P.E., C-IAYT, E-RYT San Diego, California
Shauna MacKay is an inspiring and passionate leader, known to bring a depth of knowledge and intention to her classes that take students far beyond the physical practice. With a background in athletics and trained in therapeutics, students from a wide variety of levels find a place in her class.
Wendy Harp is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance and has been practicing yoga since 2000. In the past, Wendy was an avid triathlete. Fitness was a part of her daily life, but something was missing in her life. In 2000, Wendy was introduced to Bikram Yoga and immediately knew that this was her path. After six years of practicing Bikram Yoga, she attended Bikram Teacher Training in 2006. In 2009, she opened her studio, Bikram Yoga Rancho Bernardo, now called Wela Yoga. She has attended countless workshops to continue her yoga education. Wendy has a bachelor's degree in Accounting and is trained and certified in Bikram Yoga, Inferno Hot Pilates, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Reiki First Degree. Yin Yoga Training with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts was a grounding and transformative experience. I enjoy sharing the peace and joy of Yin Yoga with my students.
Alexander Rosan has taught yoga for more than 6 years. He trained in multiple modalities ultimately falling in love with Yin. He had the fortune of growing up where yoga, and meditation were common practice in the household, understanding the various challenges, and immense gifts a solid practice offers. Using a comprehensive understanding for anatomy, and the subtle energies of the body Alex teaches how we can utilize our bodies to aid our health. Alex teaches his students to start with a solid foundation from which one can realize the great potential each of us possess. He believes that when we participate in each posture with an honest surrender, becoming aware and grounded in our body, we can more decisively walk our path with sweetness, focus, contentment, and well being.
Selected as the "Best classic Yoga teacher" in SF by San Francisco Magazine for 2007. Dina Amsterdam began teaching yoga in 1994. She is certified by Kripalu (1994) where she gained her spiritual yogic roots and by Rodney Yee (1998) with whom she studied alignment oriented Iyengar yoga intensely for 3 years in his Advanced Teacher Training program. Since 1998 Dina has been practicing and studying Buddhist meditation and Yin yoga with Sarah and Ty Powers as well as other renowned teachers in the Buddhist lineage.
Dina is a certified Yoga Therapist and works with individuals and groups on transforming psychological and physiological constrictions. Her approach with clients is guided by healing principles from the yogic and Buddhist therapeutic traditions. She did her graduate research in physiological psychology at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention and values an integrated approach of eastern and western modalities for optimal psycho-physiological and spiritual well-being. Dina leads yoga retreats (many of which are held in the Buddhist tradition of silence) in beautiful places in nature around the world. If you can not get to a live class with Dina, check out her videos at Gaia Yoga.
Mimi is co-creator (with her husband Alan) and teacher at Giggling Lotus Yoga. Twenty-six years ago, she discovered the poetry of Yoga and how it is a path on which all of our vehicles can navigate. Yoga's radical openness has continued to draw her in more deeply and into the complimentary practice of meditation. Mimi began her path of Yoga as a result of a low-back injury from dance that was debilitating. Yoga helped her heal over the following months and she became absorbed in its power to heal the body, the heart and the mind. After experiencing the life-devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, she began meditating eleven years ago to more skillfully navigate the waves of impermanence that we call life. Learn more about her Yin Yoga teacher experience at her recent blog post: Why I Love Teaching Yin.
Sarah Powers began teaching in 1987. She interweaves the insights and practices of Yoga and Buddhism into an integral practice to enliven the body, heart and mind. Her yoga style blends both a Yin sequence of long held poses to enhance the meridian and organ systems, combined with a flow or Yang practice, influenced by Viniyoga, Ashtanga, and Iyengar teachers.
Sarah feels that enlivening the physical and pranic bodies, as well as learning to open to our emotional blockages is paramount for preparing us to deepen and nourish insights into our essential nature--a natural state of awareness. She draws from her studies in Transpersonal Psychology, as well as her in-depth training in the Vipassana, Tantric and Dzogchen practices of Buddhism. She teaches trainings and silent retreats internationally with her husband Ty. For more information on her please see her dvds: Yoga, Yin and Vinyasa and Insight Yoga (see our Links page) and go to www.sarahpowers.com.
My classes are warm and mindful. My exploration of the overall yogic tradition is multi-faceted and progressive. My voice is often characterized as poetic, lucid and down-to-earth. I see my interactions with other practitioners as co-creations and co-productions. My teaching of yin yoga originated from the challenge I experienced while learning to ground and meditate. I'm guided by the idea that we practice effortlessly opening and toning our bodies, but also mining for our inner gold and polishing the lens through which we view our life.
I was introduced to Yin by my first teacher during the eighties in Athens, GA. She called yin poses "ragdoll shapes." My own practice is now a primary influence and laboratory. Studies with Sarah Powers and Erich Schiffmann have especially illuminated my particular yin pathway and have provided infinitely valuable tools. Yet, every teacher and every unique approach I've embraced throughout the years has somehow inspired my Yin teaching.
Lorien blends her knowledge of dance, fitness, meditation, yoga and engineering for a logical, intuitive and blissful class. She teaches Hatha flow, Vinyasa, Yin, and Yin & Yang yoga classes. She holds a 200-hour yoga teacher training certification and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, and loves walking the path that blends both disciplines!
Lisa Jang developed a more significant relationship with group fitness and yoga when she moved from Vancouver, BC Canada to the Bay Area 16 years ago to help her cope with being homesick and the decline in her mother's health. It only took her a few years to realize that she wanted to promote longevity of life and share steps to good health and wellness to others. Lisa started teaching group fitness and yoga in 2001. After completing her training in vinyasa yoga, she went on to a yin yoga teacher immersion with renowned teacher and author, Bernie Clark at Semperviva Yoga College. She has also studied functional anatomy with Yin Yoga master teachers, Paul & Suzee Grilley. Lisa continues her studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine at McKinnon Massage Institute, specifically in acupressure. Lisa is also co-teaches the 200 Hour Teacher Program at The Yoga Company and leads the Yin Yoga Teacher Training Program at both The Yoga Company and Yoga Shala San Jose
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Misako Matsuoka Santa Clara, California
Misako is a lifelong student of yoga, holds degrees in Biology and Engineering, and is a certified yoga instructor registered with the Yoga Alliance. Misako?s first Teacher Training certification came from Avalon Yoga under the mentorship of Samantha Shakti. Misako has since completed an advanced immersion in Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley; has been certified in Restorative Yoga with the founder of and best-known specialist in Restorative Yoga, Judith Hanson Lasater; and has studied the Shadow yoga style with Scott Blossom.
Her vinyasa style is influenced by Max Strom and Janet Stone, with a strong emphasis on the breath while keeping the flow playful with varied sequencing. Misako is an Anusara Inspired Teacher, and continues to study Anusara with internationally known Anusara teachers and Anusara?s founder, John Friend. Misako hopes to share her belief with her students that yoga can offer opportunities to discover the healing and vitality of the body and to open the heart and mind.
Sean Guinan, L.Ac., is a pediatric acupuncturist, yin yoga educator, & natural living expert. He is founder of Holistic Yogi, offering yoga teachers ancient wisdom for modern wellness. Sean is creator of Yin Yoga As Medicine, a teacher certification program where yogis become healers. When he's not busy making sauerkraut, hanging out with his 3 kids, or playing in the woods, you can find Sean over at www.holisticyogi.com, or facebook.
Lori Furbush is inspired by the energy-balancing practices of Qigong, Yoga, and Reiki. Since 2001, she has been leading group classes, private sessions, trainings, workshops, and retreats around the world in places such as Bali, Costa Rica, and Bhutan, and is the author of Elemental Moves: Simple Yoga and Qigong Practices Inspired by Nature. Lori teaches weekly in her private studio and in locations throughout Sonoma County. She deeply loves the practice of Yin Yoga and is influenced by her studies in Yin Yoga with Erin Fleming and Sarah Powers.
Via has been teaching Yoga classes, privates, and workshops since 2004. Her specialty certifications include Yin Yoga (with Sarah Powers), Yoga Tune Up (with Jill Miller), Gentle Yoga (with Lanita Varshell) and Yoga in Chairs for MS (with Liz Franklin). She is also certified by BASI (Body Arts and Science International) to teach Pilates Mat and Pilates on the Apparatus. Via's Yoga emphasizes fun, functionality, self care, and fitness forever. Her goal is to make the benefits of Yoga (and Pilates) available to all ages, shapes, sizes, and fitness and flexibility levels. Start where you are and watch what happens. Her classes blend stretch, breath, movement, posture, and meditation. Via lives in Torrance in the midst of native plants and an organic vegetable garden with a deep-felt and daily gratitude for the grace that has given her the opportunity to practice Yoga and make its teachings and benefits available to others.
Serving the Yoga Communities of Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas and Glendora
Doug is a true yoga mutt. He has studied numerous styles and schools of yoga. He has distilled from each and fostered an eclectic yoga style that is his own. He gives thanks to those who have inspired him along his path including: Sarah Powers, Erika Faith Hattingh, Tias Little, Eoin Finn and Shiva Rea. He holds certifications from numerous yoga schools including Santa Barbara Yoga Center (Sarah Powers), White Lotus Foundation and Erika Faith Hattingh. Doug owns Green Tara Movement Arts Studio. Doug is Director of Green Tara Yoga School.
Jill Hines is one of the founders and directors of Ebb and Flow Yoga Studio. She draws upon a lifetime of experience seeking out mind/body connections through her personal yoga practice, a deep love for dance, body work, and meditation...not to mention her thousands of hours teaching yoga, attending workshops, trainings and certifications in vinyasa yoga, yin yoga, massage therapy, pilates and barre. Her love for the body, anatomy and functional movement pave the way for mindfully crafted and carefully designed classes. You will find the space Jill creates to be warm, inviting and approachable. Jill holds certifications with yoga alliance, AFAA, and most recently studied under Bernie Clark in Vancouver, Canada at Semperviva Yoga.
Paul Grilley has been teaching Yoga since 1980 and his special interest is the teaching of Anatomy. He practices Yoga postures in the style of Paulie Zink and patterns his philosophy on the writings and researches of Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama ?a Yogi and scientist from Tokyo, Japan. This philosophy integrates the Taoist Meridian and Acupuncture theories of China with the Yogic and Tantric theories of India. Paul lives in Ashland, Oregon with his wife Suzee.
Suzee Grilley, choreographer, performer and educator, has studied and taught yoga since 1980 and credits Yin Yoga for longevity in her athletic career as well as peace and patience in her mental attitude. With her husband, Paul Grilley, she presents anatomically based Teacher Training programs all over the world.
A dedicated practitioner and teacher for the last decade, Sony Trieu was classically trained in Vinyasa Yoga. This training provided her with a firm foundation of alignment, which led to indepth study of various styles of yoga. Having found a beautiful marriage between Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative Yoga styles, Sony is known for her intuitive ability to develop sequences which allow students to go deeply inside their practice and to trust in their own inner teacher.
Cheryl became interested in yoga after sustaining debilitating spinal injuries. She earned her first yoga certification, and began teaching in 2003. In 2011, she completed her 200-hour teacher training at White Lotus Foundation, and is registered with Yoga Alliance.
Cheryl wholeheartedly believes consistent yoga practice promotes healing, as evidenced by her own personal experience. Recently this journey led her to the discovery of Yin Yoga. After being amazed and delighted by the effects of Yin Yoga in her own practice, she began offering the class to her students, and it has been met with fantastic enthusiasm!
Cheryl is committed to making yoga accessible to people of all body types, helping them to manage stress, increase in strength and flexibility, and correct muscular and structural imbalances. It is her goal to make every class a truly positive experience for her students, and Yin Yoga has made that goal infinitely more obtainable!
Bari Ablon Campbell is a Certified Registered Yoga Instructor with over 500 hours of training inYin Yoga (restorative), Vinyasa Yoga (power/flow), Hot Yoga (Bikram), Yoga with Weights, and Yoga for Athletes. She is grateful to have studied Yin Yoga with both Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers. Bari continues to study and work with yoga masters and anatomy experts around the country as she strives to bring even more perspective and expertise to her teaching and practice--a journey which began in 2002. Her goal in teaching yoga is for each person to find exactly what their body, mind, or spirit needs. She holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Southern California.
Ina planted the seeds of her personal practice in the mid-nineties, while in high school in Austin, Texas. As a competitive athlete, she was naturally drawn to disciplined, tapas inspired practices of Bikram, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow. In her early twenties, injury and the waves of life led her to dive deeper into the exploration of Kundalini, Yin, Viniyoga therapy, pranayama and meditation. A devoted student to the flow, and teaching since 2003, she is founder of Sahaja Vinyasa Yoga, and has practiced Vipassana meditation since 2008. She teaches in and around Boulder, CO where she is pursuing degrees in Religious Studies (Buddhism and Tantric Traditions) and Sanskrit at Naropa University.
Laura has been practicing yoga since 1995 and teaching since 2002. She has completed many teacher trainings, including yin yoga training with Paul Grilley and a 1000 hour certification in yoga therapy. In addition to teaching classes Laura enjoys working privately with people who have injuries, illness, or disease, including special needs children. Her style is compassionate, encouraging, and attentive. Laura is honored to share the healing path of yoga with others, and is especially delighted to offer yin classes to all the wonderfully yang people in Boulder!
Mary teaches yin and hatha yoga, and was born and bred in Atlanta, GA. She did her first sun salutes while in a theatre secondary school in 1985, and taught her first hatha yoga class in Taos, NM in 1992 by magical happenstance. In her yin classes, Mary invites self-discovery, togetherness with the inner and outer cosmos, and spoonfuls of wishful thinking. Mary has studied and practiced yoga in the US and in India. Her background includes: Body Knowledge Pilates, Body Mind Centering, wilderness guiding, dharma art dance, massage and leadership. And, she earned an MFA in Theatre: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in 2007. Mary believes that the interplay of sweet yin and sweet yang helps us rediscover our deep nature.
Sara Avant Stover, E-RYT 500 and Teacher Training, is Founder and Director of The Way of the Happy Woman?. She helps modern women balance their femininity with their busy lives to connect with true and lasting personal happiness through yoga, meditation, and balanced living. She leads retreats, trainings, and workshops around the world that inspire women to live their truth and their passions with confidence and authenticity.
From 1999-2008 Sara lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand and served as one of the yoga pioneers in that part of the world. To date she has taught thousands of students in over a dozen countries and currently calls Boulder, CO home. Also a prolific writer, her work has been published in The Huffington Post, Fit Yoga, Yoga Journal, and more. Her approach blends Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Creativity, and Insight Meditation for Women. For more free articles, videos, and resources, including a Free Yoga for PMS CD, please visit her website.
Heidi discovered yoga in high school when she came across Jane Fondas yoga VHS. She only practiced yoga a few times on the hard concrete basement floor, until life circumstances forced change in her life in 2004. From the moment she stepped onto her mat, she knew teaching yoga was her destiny. Her portfolio of continuing education includes Hot Yoga, Hot Power Fusion, Power vinyasa, Yin Yoga w/Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers, Pranic Breath work with Darren Main, and Yoga for Cancer Survivors w/Laura Kupperman. Her latest training is through Integrative Yoga Therapy where she has received her 500 hour Yoga Alliance certification as a Professional Yoga Therapist.
Jessica came to her love for Yin yoga during yoga teacher training. With life often being so fast paced and hectic, she found it to be a wonderful way to shut out the world, tune into the body and nourish the soul. She hopes to help others slow down and recognize how beneficial incorporating a yin practice into their daily lives can be.
Denise Cook began her journey on the mat for healing almost two decades ago and started teaching in Denver in 2000. Her most influential teacher has been Baron Baptiste as well as the countless students who she has guided throughout the years. Through Yang she traced back to Yin Yoga about 7 years ago under the tutelage of her Qui Gong teacher and embraced the stillness and peace it brought her mind and emotions. She realized the resilience of the mind is where the true practice can be developed and it begins with being. "How we do anything is how we do everything!" Her style has been described as playful, challenging, insightful and always expansive. Her accolades include being in-flight yoga for Frontier Airlines, Yoga Journal, presenter at Yoga Rocks & Friday Night Yoga Club, studio owner, Teacher Trainer and her most pivotal roll... mother of two beautiful children: Harrison and Teagan-Blue.
Studios: The Freyja Project Body, Mind Energy Healing Center
Elise Fabricant Denver, Colorado
Since 2002 Elise has offered accessible and fun yoga classes for all levels. She now specializes in Yin, savoring the luscious openings available in this balancing practice. See her web site for studios that she teaches at.
After a near fatal car accident, Kate devoted herself to an attitude of gratitude, emphasizing steadfastness in nutritional, yogic, and meditative practices. Influenced by Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, Baron Baptiste, and more, Kate completed her 200 hour certification at the Cincinnati Yoga School in 2008. Concentrating in yin yoga, she has since been blessed to volunteer for Yoga Bear, a national 501 (c)3 that connects cancer survivors with yoga studios. In 2011, Kate became a Master Nutrition Therapist at the Nutrition Therapy Institute of Denver, specializing in digestive and neurological disorders, food allergies, and autoimmune conditions. Currently, she works alongside Dr. Marie Starling at The Healing Center in Greenwood Village, CO providing people with access to their full potential. She believes that a happy heart and an open mind are tantamount to healthy meridian and organ systems. Get to know Kate better by check out her website/blog.
Alan trained with John Childers, Erich Shiffmann, Sara Powers, Paul Grilley and others while living in California. He went through Paul Grilley's Teacher training, which included Yin Yoga and Anatomy for Yoga. Although he practices both Yin and Yang (Vinyasa flow) styles of yoga, he especially likes to teach Yin yoga because the deep stretching and long holds provide a meditative practice that really opens up the body and provides a space to explore the body's inner landscapes. Alan also likes to include some functional anatomy in his classes so people can better understand their strengths and limitations.
Jill has been teaching yoga for over 8 years and practicing for over 20. Her advanced training is with Paul and Suzee Grilley. She has a particular passion for yin yoga. With the knowledge of the anatomy, in particular joints and connective tissue has helped keep her students safe in both yin and yang practices. The understanding that we are all unique in how we are built has made yoga more accessible to all students. She is discovering that yin is keeping her students from injuring themselves in other activities and keeping them healthy to pursue a healthy lifestyle for life! Hopeful for the future of yoga as a way of life because she has students as old as 91 still practicing!!!
Kelli began her Yoga journey over 8 years ago, ultimately finding her passion in Yin Yoga. Inspired by a local teacher, Kelli envisioned someday she would teach Yin yoga. She is passionate about sharing with others the magic ingredients: time, stillness and finding YOUR edge! She brings awareness to students that every body is different! Kelli recently completed a Yin intensive with Bernie Clark. She has a desire to inspire students to become aware of how each body is assembled differently. Equipping students to gain knowledge and understanding of functional vs aesthetic asanas. If you feel it, you are indeed doing it! Focuses are on allowing the body to receive the postures. Looking inward, cultivating breath. Paying attention to intentions! Achieving optimal health, wellness and examining what healing is. Exploration of the body's meridians and organ health. Kelli's classes are interactive, often asking the student what are you feeling?
Charity is a Registered Yoga Teacher, certified in the Day-Star Method of Yoga, a gentle style of Hatha yoga. Her classes focus on using breath and gentle movement to relax the body as well as the mind. Her latest passion is Yin Yoga which offers deep, slow stretching for everyone: bendy or more tightly put-together. You'll love it. Charity enjoys sharing yoga with children as well as adults. As both a yoga instructor and a mother, she believes that introducing yoga to children in a fun environment provides a foundation for building a life-long yoga practice.
Roberta has been a yoga practitioner since 1992 and a yoga teacher since 1998. She is a certified yoga instructor with Inner Connections Yoga & Whole Life Center and is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. She has studied yin yoga with Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers and has studied Hatha yoga with Erich Schiffmann. Roberta's teaching style combines Hatha, yin, and Vinyasa (flow) techniques to exercise and nourish the body and mind. Her gentle style and intuitive nature encourage students to cultivate awareness about their bodies, minds, and emotions so that they may achieve physical and emotional balance and peace of mind.
My wife convinced me to go to my first yoga class. I was skeptical at first but walked out of that first class humbled and hooked on yoga. After a few years of devoted practice at the Telluride Yoga Center, the positive changes in my body and mind were undeniable. My wife and I quit our jobs and traveled to India to attend a yoga teacher training at the Shiva Yoga Peeth Ashram on the banks of the Ganges. From there, we embarked on a year of travel and inner exploration. During this time I completed a Yin Yoga training at the Myoshinji Zen Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Japan. I began teaching yoga in Bali and France and finished my Yin training in London exploring Traditional Chinese Medicine with With-Yin Yoga. Now back home in Colorado, I aim to help bring peace and balance to people's lives through a fun and creative yoga practice.
Liza has studied a variety of Yoga styles and philosophy for 20 years. During 7 years travels to India and Thailand, her interest in Yoga focused on therapeutic aspects of Yoga and Thai Yoga Therapy, but equally on the cultures of those remarkable countries. One season, in need of some "therapy" herself from too much traveling, Paul Grilley's small & potent green primer on YinYoga became a deep source of exploration & inspiration, studying with Paul & Suzee Grilley a couple of years later at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. It is in the melding of kinesthetic, energetic & healing principles between YinYoga, Thai Yoga Therapy and the ancient cultures "knowing" of rest & relaxation that Liza draws on in her offerings to counter the modern, too often never-slow-down world in which we live.
Julie's Yin classes allow the student to turn inward and explore the physical, emotional, and spiritual practice of Yin. Students have opportunities to experience quiet, stillness, and further exploration of the body and mind. Most classes include pranayama, Yin asana, and meditation. They are perfect for those new to Yin Yoga as well as those more seasoned yogis. Julie brings her own life experiences, sense of humor, and knowledge of meditation and yoga asana into the class and fosters a sense of community within each class. She has attended workshops with Sarah Powers and is greatly influenced by the work of Paul Grilley and Bernie Clark.
Erika playfully weaves alignment, therapeutics, and creative sequencing with poetic offerings and Tantric philosophy that embraces the fullness of life. You will find her Yin and Prana Flow classes accessible yet challenging. Erika leads monthly Prana Flow workshops to support community gathering and living yoga through group movement, sharing and journaling. She is also available for private yoga sessions.
"I think that yoga is a way of being, seeing and experiencing the world around us. The practices help us to release that which no longer serve us and integrate gratitude for the plethora of beauty that surrounds us. My intention is to combine everything I learn about yoga, ayurveda, massage, motherhood and life to help others pause and remember what's really important in life: that we love one another, that we care of one another and that we live in a way that allows the divine current to be expressed beautifully through us in all we create.
Dennis and Kathy Lang are both certified instructors of Yin Yoga. They were drawn to Yin Yoga via Paul Grilley and have been hooked since. They have practiced yoga for over 8 years and bring a different perspective to yoga instruction by co-teaching and incorporating demonstration with personal adjustments for proper alignment. The Lang's were certified in Yin and Vinyasa Flow at the Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC. They are passionate about sharing their love of yoga and how it has transformed their lives and improved their health. In addition, they promote the many benefits of practicing yoga through special charity based events throughout the Jacksonville area.
The married couple brings an abundance of knowledge and experience to the practice drawn from their attendance of many national workshops across the country with Rodney Yee, Baron Baptiste, John Friend, Shiva Rea, Sean Corn, Paul Grilley and others. Their style is influenced by the traditions of Jivamukti, Ashtanga, Yin and Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Dennis and Kathy travel extensively participating in yoga classes wherever they go including New York, Phoenix, Washington DC, San Diego, Miami and Vancouver.
Danielle loves challenging her students and has chosen to dedicate her life to inspiring others to venture outside of their comfort zones. She is passionate about the practice including Vinyasa Flow & Ashtanga, which she recently studied in India. She is also certified as a Continuing Education Provider through Yoga Alliance. She has taught and practiced different styles of yoga all over the world. She introduced a Power Flowing Vinyasa studio to Western Australia, and it was there that she ironically developed a love for Yin yoga.
She has found yoga to be a moving meditation that is essential in balancing a happy and healthy lifestyle. She has a background in personal training and loves to add fitness elements into her Vinyasa classes. She thinks yoga should be about having fun, non-judgment, and growing as a person. She loves teaching and feels it is her calling to share the yoga experience with others.
Tammy's Yin classes encourage students of all levels to work deeply while honoring and working with their body's abilities. Tammy's approach is with the structural differences being the most important aspect of each asana - if one feels compression while in the pose, adjust to move away from the compression in order to be safe. She guides her students to have no judgement - continually reminding them that no two bodies will look the same in the poses. Tammy loves how Yin Yoga can help her students get into a deeper Triangle pose, but it is so much more to her than that. Her mother, sister and niece all have Lupus, which brings an awareness to her teaching regarding arthritis, and the extreme benefits Yin Yoga has to the joint's health, especially when a disease is present.
Tammy holds 3 weekly Yin Yoga classes and also teaches Yin Workshops for yoga students and Yin Yoga teachers.
Upon taking her first yoga class, Lynda fell in love with how good she felt after practicing yoga. She was drawn to the Yin style of yoga because it complimented her regular asana practice and she really enjoyed the quiet and stillness the practice brings. Lynda believes that yoga is a practice for all the seasons of life and the benefits go beyond physical strengthening. As a yoga instructor, Lynda wants to inspire others to live a more balanced, peaceful, and happy life. She is blessed to be teaching yin yoga at two studios, one in Bonita Springs, Florida and one in Ft. Myers, Florida.
I have been teaching for over a decade with an emphasis on students over 50, round bodies, and/or age related challenges. (I am all of these things). I teach different styles, using props to aid each student, but I come to Yin more often than not, even in chair yoga.
Alice's journey into yoga evolved about 7 years ago. Yoga quickly became a passion and has become a daily part of her life. She is also an avid runner and has completed several marathons and other races on the East Coast. Having completed her 200 hr. Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification with Laurie Greene at Yoga Nine in Smithville, NJ, she attributes much of her inspiration and desire to teach and deepen her practice to Laurie. Continuing her training she became certified to teach Yin Yoga in 2011, studying with Corina Benner of Wake Up Yoga in Philadelphia. Alice is currently teaching Hatha and Yin Yoga classes at several venues in the Central Florida area. Alice seeks a path for continual mutual growth with her students, sharing energy, spirit and love of yoga. Her classes will inspire you to stay focused and flow with your breath.
Lizzy specialized in teaching Yin Yoga Certifications in Ft. Lauderdale and Coral Springs, FL. She also teaches individual classes at the Original Hot Yoga Studio in Ft. Lauderdale as well as at Fusion O2 Yoga in Coral Springs. Lizzy has been teaching Yoga for over 30 years and has been teaching Yin Yoga Certifications since 2006. Call us or view our website for the next Yin Yoga Class or Yin Yoga Certification near you.
I am the proud owner of Simply Yoga of Delray Beach in sunny Florida, we have been established since June of 2006. Our studio offers more then 40 creative Hatha Yoga classes of which include, Yin, Restorative, Hatha Flow, Healthy Backs, Open Yoga, Kundalini & a Yoga Alliance School of Hatha Yoga, Teachers Training Program. I have been practicing over 20 years and teaching since 2002. The practice has changed my world and I am blessed to wake up everyday to give to others the amazing gifts of Yoga.
E-RYT 200, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Licensed Massage Therapist. I teach a gentle, slow-flow, yin, restorative practice believing the importance of allowing the connective tissues to lengthen and release in their own time. I studied YOGA at Duke University School of Integrative Medicine, am a Certified Silver Age Yoga Teacher and I volunteer teaching yoga to veterans with PTSD. Currently studying the healing benefits of Neurogenic Yoga.
Elizabeth received her Yin Teacher Training 40 hour certificate in 2015 from Joe Barnett, senior student of Paul Grilley. She received her 200 (240) hour Hatha Yoga certification from The Himalayan Yoga Academy, RYS, in Rishikesh, India and teaches a variety of styles and students, including kids yoga, chair yoga, vinyasa yoga, yin yoga, workplace yoga.
Julie Kanara is a certified 200hr eRYT and has furthered her yoga education by taking Tim Miller's Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training and studying extensively in NYC under anatomy specialist Leslie Kaminoff. Currently Juls is honored to be apprenticing with her mentors Tim Feldmann, Kino MacGregor and other esteemed teachers at Miami Life Center in Miami Beach, FL. Over the years, Juls has taught Ashtanga and Yin Yoga in Scottsdale, AZ; NYC, NY; Naples, FL; and Miami Beach, FL. It has been her privilege to introduce Ashtanga and Yin Yoga to numerous studios and watch the power of the practices ignite students' desires for more than just a physical journey. On a daily basis she is inspired by the integrity, spirituality and humility of her teachers and students. It is her humble and heartfelt wish to serve others so they may experience peace.
Sammi began practicing yoga in 2009 while in college when she needed to fill her electives. She immediately felt the effects of yoga in her first class. Being a distance runner throughout her school years, Sammi's need for yoga was physically beneficial and necessary. Not only did focusing on the breath and the great affects of stretching release her body, she saw that through this practice, she found her true self.
Sammi is a Naples native and her dream of becoming a yoga teacher presented itself at no better place than her hometown. Joining Yoga Loft's first teacher trainee group, Sammi's desire to share this practice with others was born. She believes the secret to being happy is accepting where you are, smiling and making the most out of it everyday. Sammi hopes to guide and help others discover all the benefits of finding their true self through breath and movement.
I have been teaching Yin Yoga classes for 5 years in Central Florida and workshops for 3 years. I have 60 hours of teacher training with Joe Barnett specific to Yin Yoga in addition to my 200 hour comprehensive teacher training certificate. I am currently working towards receiving my 615 hour certificate in alignment based yoga. I love sharing the benefit of yoga for connective tissues with students in my classes and workshops. I am available to teach workshops for Yin Yoga for spine, pelvis and easing stress. Please contact me for more information.
In 2000, Carrie Anne took her first yoga class and immediately fell in love with the unity between breath, body, mind and spirit. After more than a decade of practicing, Carrie Anne decided to broaden her horizons and share her knowledge by becoming a yoga teacher. She graduated the 2013 Dragonfly Yoga Teacher Training with Laura Tyree; during that year, Carrie Anne took her first Yin Yoga class and fell in love all over again! In August 2015, she completed 50 hours of Yin Yoga YTT with Bernie Clark. The physiological, energetic, and mental benefits of the practice, both Yin and Yang, are what drive her passion to share with others. Her overall intention is to guide others to find the grace and stillness that yoga can continuously provide on and off the mat.
I teach at Yin style yoga at Serenity Now Yoga studio in Longwood, Florida on weekends. I also teach a Hatha yoga class at Body In Unity during the week in Oviedo, FL. In addition, I OFFER PRIVATE SESSIONS (one hour or half hour) in both Hatha and Yin styles. My journey began five years ago when I first stepped onto the mat. From there my interest in teaching yoga blossomed into what I am now pursuing as a full time yoga teaching career. I fell in love with Yin and all the benefits it offers to the body and mind. The main one being able to lie still and focus on the pose and the breath enough to calm the body into the posture it's in; foregoing all responsibility and mind chatter by surrendering to 'the moment'.
A true yoga mutt, Kellie is an avid student + practitioner of mindful movement in many forms: from Ashtanga to Yin Yoga to Tai Chi. Kellie had the good fortune to begin a yoga practice early in her life + seamlessly interweaves her training in yoga therapeutics, mindfulness, + Ayurveda into her classes, workshops, + teacher trainings. Kellie received her Yin yoga training from Sarah Powers in an intensive immersion: a heart-opening experience that grounded her love of Yin yoga even more deeply. She trains teachers, conducts private classes via her virtual studio, + runs a yoga school from her home in Central Florida.
MyLinda began practicing yoga in 1994 and has been devoted to the service of yoga ever since! MyLinda has over 8,300 hours of yoga teaching experience and thousands more in personal practice. In addition, MyLinda has extensively studied Therapeutic Alignment Yoga, Power Yoga, Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Philosophy, Meditation, Energy Healing, Energy Medicine and Medical Intuition. MyLinda founded, owns and directs Altamonte Springs Yoga & Yoga University of Florida both located in Orlando, Florida.
After beginning yoga in 2012, Yin quickly became my preferred practice. After receiving my Kripalu teaching certification in 2014, I knew that I wanted to teach Yin. I teach in a manner that promotes self acceptance and fosters the students ability to observe themselves and relax the body and mind.
Diagnosed with scoliosis as a child, it was not until her 20’s that Whitney discovered yoga could help alleviate her back pain and poor posture. She has now been practicing yoga for 17 years and is certified through Yoga Alliance as a 200RYT. Whitney fell in love with the mindfulness of yoga and teaches from a deeply inspired heart and mind. In 2011 she formally received the 5 Mindfulness Trainings from Thich Nhat Hanh, receiving her Dharma Name Clear Water of the Heart.
Whitney brings to her classes a sense of compassion and understanding for each student’s individuality, as she believes yoga is for everyone and should be made accessible to all. Her classes focus on unifying the mind and body while strengthening both. Whitney’s mission is to maintain a safe and sacred environment for you to learn and grow in your physical and spiritual practice whether you are new to yoga or an experienced practitioner.
I am a certified yoga teacher/studio owner and have been teaching Hot Yoga/Vinyasa since 2010. Since discovering Yin Yoga I have come to appreciate an entire new approach to energy work and the anatomy of the spine & hips. Yin Yoga has been my answer to balancing out all of the yang energy I have been creating in my body and my classes. I cannot go even a week without practicing Yin and I love introducing my students to this practice!
Jason discovered asana practice in 2009 and completed his teacher training in 2013. Although his interests in yoga are eclectic, he has a deep appreciation for yin yoga and its benefits for the deeper tissues. His yin yoga background includes teacher training by Diana Batts and Bernie Clark, and a workshop with Sarah Powers. Having lived and traveled to places with population densities similar to New Mexico and Tibet, his practice is inspired by the wind, the moon, the sun, and the stars. He joyfully agrees with an assertion that when you gaze upon a mountain range, ancient trees, or the Milky Way on a crystal clear night, know that you are just as vast.
I am 220 hr RYT yoga instructor and working my 500 hr certification. I believe yoga is a gift you give yourself and it is my passion to have others experience that gift. The beauty of yoga is that it is all about you and honoring the body that we have been given. Our body will honor us back with flexibility and radiant health.
Ever the inquisitive soul, Akai began her yoga journey by exploring and practicing community yoga at the local library. As her practice has matured into a deep passion and respect for eastern philosophy, she has completed Classical Yoga Teacher Training and is registered with Yoga Alliance. As a Certified Thai Yoga Therapist she incorporates Yin Yoga, deep muscle compression, energy work and soft tissue manipulation to create a delightful rhythmic dance. The results are profound! One of a select group of registered prenatal instructors in the state of Georgia, she serves the birthing community as a Child Birth Educator, and Labor and Postpartum Doula. Akai is the owner at Embrace the Lotus Yoga and Bodywork, and as an ongoing dedication to her craft, she will complete Professional Yoga Therapy certification training October 2014.
I have been studying and practicing yoga for 20 years. I have been teaching since 1999. Originally I came to yoga because of back pain, and having a medical background, I was interested in the physical benefits. After years of practice I decided to share yoga with others, becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher. In my personal journey I was drawn to the more meditative side of yoga, and discovered Yin. I have now been teaching yin along with more yang styles since 2002. I have studied with Paul and Suzee Grilly as well as Sarah Powers. One of my students favorite days is "Yin Day" at Etowah Valley Yoga.
I have studied, practiced and taught yin yoga over the past several years as a balance to the yang practice of vinyasa in which I was originally trained and certified. I am an experienced practioner and teacher of tai chi and chi kung as well as taoist meditation: therefore yin yoga has been a perfect compliment to my ongoing endeavor toward balance and my desire to assist my students in cultivating balance. I am the owner and director of The Yoga Room in Marietta, Georgia.
Kays yoga journey began in early 2010 when a friend gifted her with a 10-day pass to a Bikram Hot Yoga Studio in the Seattle area. After completing the 10-day challenge, she knew that she wanted to pass along the life changing benefits of this healing practice by becoming a certified instructor. Instead of returning to corporate America after becoming an empty nester in the fall of 2013, she attended the world renowned Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles, CA. She then began sharing her heart-felt passion for Bikram Yoga with students in studios across the United States until recently opening her own studio in Milledgeville, GA. In the fall of 2016, Kay attended Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher training in Charleston, SC and also traveled to Vancouver BC to study under Yin Masters Bernie Clark and Diana Batts. Yin and Aerial are now part of her studio offering.
Christy has been studying and practicing yoga for over 15 years. She is a registered teacher at the 500 level and is on track to graduate as a professional yoga therapist and Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner in late 2014. She came to yoga for relief from migraine pain and found healing and so much more and now enjoys sharing the gift of yoga with others. Her philosophy to teaching is that all yoga is therapy and should create space in your body. She encourages students to listen to their bodies, to let go of ego, and to honor wherever they are on any given day. She loves teaching Yin as it completes the more traditional Yang practices we see most often in the western world.
I received my 200 and 500 hr YTT certification in the Kripalu tradition from Discovery Yoga, St. Augustine, FL, and have been teaching since 2002. I love the Yin practice because it is the perfect antidote and balance to our yang-like lifestyle and the chaotic society in which we live. Watching the transformation in students as they discover the benefits of this quiet, meditative practice is rewarding. Having initially studied Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers, I have continued my studies with Paul Grilley and follow Bernie Clark's in depth teachings. My passion for Yin Yoga has led me to create and present workshops on Yin Yoga to teachers and yoga practitioners. It is an honor to share Yin Yoga. Yin will always have a place in my yoga teachings and my personal practice. Thank you, Yin!
To witness the transformative healing powers of yoga upon the body mind and spirit, one need only look to Ruby "Amasharan" Wong. With the heart and determination of a peaceful warrior Amarsharan has lived through and overcome cancer, a childhood spinal defect, numerous operations and a myriad of consequent health challenges. Amarsharan's perseverance has been an inspiration to others. With her gift of both Yin Yoga & Kundalini Yoga , Amarsharan's classes combine her love for the healing arts with the patience and awareness unique to the experience of radiance beauty from the inside out.
Through her dynamic infusion of offerings Ruby provides diverse and comprehensive services for transforming one's health and well-being. She has developed programs for numerous clients in the public sector such as the Departement of Veteran's Affairs, Maui Golf and Country Club, and clients with issues related to eating disorders, anger management, and disabled athletes. Her training as an Advanced Hair Stylist with Vidal Sassoon, both in London and the U.S. has her involved with the Look Good Feel Better Program with the American Cancer Society and other organizations such as Department of Veterans Affairs, American Lung Association and several others. Ruby has also taught in international settings such as Hong Kong, Brazil and the San Juan Islands.
I have been teaching Yin Yoga since 2009 as I continued studying with Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley. With a foundation of Iyengar and Ashtanga practices since 1998 and teaching yoga since 2004, Yin Yoga has become my primary practice and offering. I follow scientific research on connective tissue and fascia and am passionate about healthy aging. I teach both athletes and those healing from illness or injury, and offer free classes to cancer patients through www.pacificcancerfoundation.org. If you live on or visit Maui, please join me in our beautiful spaces, outside by the ocean and tranquil yin-doors.
Teaching Yin yoga has opened up a new door to Self study. The practice of yin, Ayurveda and yoga psychology has been life changing. The ability to slow down and observe mySelf has made all the difference. In my teaching, I include dharma talks that speak to Self study, awareness, living with purpose and finding truth. Please join me at Sage Yoga & Wellness.
My love of yoga began with my first class in college over 15 years ago. Many things have changed in my life, but yoga is the one constant I can rely on to keep me focused and connected to what is important. I specialize in gentle Vinyasa, Restorative and, Yin inspired yoga. My classes are designed to be stimulating, yet peaceful. I aim to keep class accessible and fun for everyone. Yoga is not just for those who are already flexible, it is available to everyone who is looking for balance and stability in their lives: physically; mentally; and, emotionally.
Debra teaches Paulie Zinks style of Yin/Yang Yoga. She has completed the teacher training courses through him and has attended workshops at Kripalu. Along with achieving better health for all, Debra is committed to having her life and teaching inspire the enlightened child within us all.
Linda has immersed herself in the study and practice of the complete path of classical yoga and meditation for over 15 years, cultivating a breath-based, heart centered yoga practice. She has over 1000 hours of training both in the United States and in India, studying yearly at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. Linda has also completed Yin Yoga teacher trainings with both Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley, who told her: "I am very gratified to know you are presenting a broad view of yoga and sharing with people more of the philosophical and spiritual sides of yoga." Linda was one of the first yin yoga teachers in the Chicago area and is humbled and honored to have introduced yin yoga to the Arusha, Tanzania yoga community in 2010.
Liz began her yoga journey several decades ago when she lived in South America. While in Chile, she had the amazing opportunity to take private hatha classes taught in the middle of a fragrant eucalyptus grove. After practicing different styles of yoga over the years, Liz discovered Baptiste yoga and experienced an immediate connection. She completed her Level One training and Art of Assisting in 2012 and Level Two in 2013.
In addition to her Baptiste training, Liz received a certification in children's yoga from Global Family Yoga in 2014 and enjoys offering family yoga workshops. Liz also holds a certificate in Therapeutic Yoga for Children and completed a Yin Yoga teacher training in the spring of 2014. Liz is a practicing attorney, the mother of two grown children and the grandmother of three budding yogis
Irene walked into her first yoga class in 2009 with knee joint damage, flexibility issues, and despondent. Yoga helped with the physical issues, but what kept bringing her back to her mat were the mental and emotional benefits. Irene feels passionately about all aspects of yoga - beyond the asana. Naturally she gravitated toward Yin Yoga for the meditative aspects, as well as the ability to slow down and breathe.
Irene started teaching a Yin style restorative yoga class in November 2013 and followed up with additional training with Bernie Clark in May 2014. Irene is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher and is certified in Vinyasa, Yin, and Hot yoga. She is currently working on her aromatherapy certification and starting at Ayurvedic Institute in the fall of 2014.
Jim started out a REALLY STIFF GUY and he encourages you to take a yoga class even if it seems difficult. It is a great thing getting to know your body even if it seems at first you are at odds with it. Yoga will help to transform your body and bring balance to your life.
Jim completed Level 1 and 2 Teacher Training with Suddha Weixler as well as teacher training programs with Paul Grilley and Richard Freeman & an intensive workshop with Sarah Powers. He has been to India twice for extended stays to study backbending, pranayama and meditation.
Sarah Elizabeth Helt has been an avid yoga practitioner for nearly 10 years. It wasn't until her multi-style YTT on the Island of Bali in April of 2011 that she discovered Yin yoga and it's insurmountable benefits; mind, body, and soul. Sarah has trained with Gabriel Halpern, Peter Clifford, Sunny Richards-Glasser; taken cyber-Yin from Paulie Zink, Bernie Clark, and Ekhart Yoga. Sarah now teaches Power Vinyasa, Sculpt, and more importantly Yin Yoga across the city of Chicago to all people. Primarily to endurance athletes who need the slow-moving, mind-calming, non-competitive practice most of all. With intuition and humor Sarah's classes will help you discover your individual habitual patterns of body and mind, when to hold on, and when to let go.
Ceily has been practicing and studying the art, science and philosophy of yoga since 1992. In addition to yin, she teaches hatha and restorative yoga, yoga nidra and meditation. She completed her hatha teacher training with Suddha Weixler of the Chicago Yoga Center, yin yoga teacher training with Paul Grilley, Insight Yoga with Sarah Powers and meditation with Elesa Commerse. She is co-director of Touching Earth in Evanston, Illinois.
Bruce Symonds received his Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification in 1994. Bruce received most of his Yin Yoga Teacher Training from Josh Summers and along with a deep personal practice and workshops with Paulie Zinc and others, he finds Yin Yoga the perfect compliment to his more energetic hatha teaching and practice.
Chuck has studied Yin Yoga with Paul & Suzee Grilley and Paulie Zink. Chuck brings to his classes a feeling of spaciousness and lightness and offers the student the time to fully explore the inward journey during asana practice. He endeavors to uplift, inspire, and bring joy to the yoga experience. Chuck's background as an athlete brought him into contact with yoga a number of times during his life ? as an Olympic style archery competitor and as a competitive cyclist. But he truly opened and committed fully to the practice in order to help rehab from a serious cycling accident. Not only did yoga "bring him back" from a broken body, but also helped to heal his mind and spirit.
For Chuck, the inward journey during asana practice is a beautiful meditation which brings him fully into the here and now, accepting the present and all that it offers. Yoga is now a calling for Chuck and the more he practices the more he grows to love and embrace it.
Teresa is a 200hr RYT with a 50 hr Yin Yoga Certification from Bernie Clark. In her former life, she was a full-time high school English teacher. She currently tutors part-time, designs malas, and teaches Yin, Hot Yin, and Prenatal yoga classes. She helps her students climb into Yin and deepen their practice by incorporating mindfulness meditation, pranayama, and poetry as tools to still the chattering mind.
Candy is a 200hr RYT with a 50 hr Yin Yoga Certification from Biff Mithoefer and is working toward her 300 hour certification in Taoist Yoga at You Do Yoga, Cincinnati. She owns Tree House, a yoga refuge and soul sanctuary in downtown Indianapolis, where she enjoys teaching Yin yoga classes, workshops and trainings.
Laura is a 200hr RYT with a 50 hr Yin Yoga Certification from Biff Mithoefer. She's working toward her 300 hour certification in Taoist Yoga at You Do Yoga, Cincinnati. She enjoys teaching Yin Yoga workshops and trainings (with CEUs) on a variety of topics and teaches two weekly Yin Yoga classes.
Michelle is a dedicated student of Yin & Vinyasa yoga as well as the teachings of meditation and mindfulness. She has devoted herself to absorbing the vast amount of knowledge from her many master teachers over the years. As a registered yoga teacher at the ERYT-500 hour level, she has completed over 700 hours of training in Yin & mediation with Sarah Powers, Bernie Clark & Jo Phee in addition to 700 hours in more vigorous forms of yoga with various esteemed teachers. Furthermore, Michelle lead's three unique 50 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training modules in Indianapolis.
I am a 200 hour RYT, finishing my training the summer of 2009. I have practiced yoga for 4 years and yin for a year using Paul Grilley's videos and other sources to learn about yin including practice with a yin teacher. I am a retired school teacher-librarian who obviously loves to read, in addition to biking, exercising and traveling. I am also available for private or corporate instruction
I emphasizes both the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga practice, beginning with centering and ending with savansana each with an inspiring quotation. I discovered yoga in the fall of 2005 as I was rediscovering my own body and its workings. Yoga covers so much of what we all need in today's hectic world: flexibility, strength, and stress reduction allowing practitioners to begin to discover their inner strengths and truth. As a retired teacher, I find yoga a way to stay involved, excited about and contributing to my community.
After 25 years in Corporate America, I attended a yoga class in an effort to reduce job related stress From the first class, I felt like I was "home". The classes not only reduced my stress level, but also changed how I breathed and provided a window in which to view how I was living my life and how I could live it more mindfully and healthfully. I knew that I wanted to share what I was experiencing through the study of yoga.
I received yoga teacher certification in Colorado in 2004. After teaching there for a year, I moved to Des Moines and began teaching at Fitness by Design in the fall/winter months and my Minnesota studio, Twin Pines Yoga in the summer. I studied therapeutic yoga at White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara in 2007 and received my 500 hour yoga teacher and 300 hour yoga therapy certification from Ananda Seva in Santa Rosa, CA in 2009. My teaching style is healing and nurturing and the Yin Yoga practice informed by Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers allows for a contemplative, surrendering practice designed to release connective tissue and support joints, energy channels, immune system and emotional well-being.
I received my training with Lexington Healing Arts Academy. I have practiced yin yoga using Paul Grilley's videos and other sources to learn about yin including practice with a yin teacher. I am the owner of Ageless Yoga Studio and opened my studio in 2013, in honor of my daughter who passed away form cancer in 2010. I emphasize both the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga practice, beginning with centering and ending with savansana each with an inspiring quotation. Yoga covers so much of what we all need in today's hectic world: flexibility, strength, and stress reduction allowing practitioners to begin to discover their inner strengths and truth. As a Yoga teacher, I find yoga a way to stay involved, excited about and contributing to my community. I am also a Thai Acupressure Bodyworker and Reiki Master and Certified Crystal Healer.
Michael Morton is a long time practitioner of Hatha Yoga and completed his Teacher Training in 2006. He is registered through Yoga Alliance (ERYT) and maintains the Red Cross CPR certification. Michael studied and trained with Jonny Kest of Birmingham, MI. and studied Yin with Paul Grilley ( with a deep focus on anatomy and it's place in yoga asanas). He also received his certification in Anatomy Biomechanics from the Cooper Institutes of Aerobics Research. After retirement from Chrysler Corporation, he and his wife, Lydia Morton, an ERYT with Yoga Alliance opened the Lafayette Center for Yoga in Lafayette, LA. In addition to Yin, the center also has classes in Slow Flow, Astanga and Vinyasa.
Stuart Cormier has been teaching yoga since 2016. He is certified in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, but has taught Yin more regularly since finding it to be the perfect balance for his busy life as an elementary educator. Yoga Y’all studio is where he was certified and now teaches Slow Flow and Beginner level classes in addition to Yin.
As a lifelong educator and M.Ed., Sagel is passionate about teaching and believes anyone can do yoga and benefit from it. She teaches with the intention of empowering her students to be more at peace in their minds and at home in their bodies, and her hope is that they each experience the happiness they deserve. Sagel's meditative approach to Yin Yoga provides deeper access to both body and mind and enhances our physical and emotional attention and intention on and off the mat.
Sagel has completed two 200hr Vinyasa teacher trainings with Amy Figoli and Master Teacher Jacqui Bonwell. Her desire to offer a complete practice led her to practice and teach Yin yoga, and she has taken two Yin teacher trainings with Josh Summers. She has studied meditation with Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and enjoys sharing her studies with students, particularly around Mindfulness practices.
Sally Haggerty, RYT, has been a yoga and meditation practitioner since 1990 and a Kripalu Certified Teacher since 2000. She has integrated Yin Yoga as taught by Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers in her practice and teaching since 2003. She specializes in sessions to reduce stress, cultivate a meditative practice, to keep the body and mind supple - and to bring lightheartedness to the practice of yoga. Sally has had training in comparative anatomy, positional therapy, Phoenix Rising, yoga for children, and assorted other areas of yoga interest, and is a learner in Buddhist teachings and qi gong. She has offered classes since 2000 in Harpswell (near Brunswick and Bath), and continues teaching classes at her home and in the greater Brunswick area, as well as on Caye Caulker in Belize, Central America.
I believe that the practice of yoga provides a means for everyone to powerfully access spiritual ways of being. I have come to know that yoga can enlighten our lives in the full spectrum of mind, body, and spirit. Yoga is a powerful tool for uncovering the unique gifts and divine light of our individual souls and each precious moment of lives. I teach from the grounded physicality of the earth and the body to the limitless possibility of the universe and back down again to the Self. I am a lover of the light and enjoy sharing the messages I am learning on this ongoing yogic journey.
Recent intensive studies in Yin Yoga are bringing me to see how we as teachers must bring yoga in an adaptable manner to each individual student, body and soul.
Adele Muir has been practicing Yoga since 2001. She completed her 200 Hour Level Yin Yang Yoga Teacher Training with Tina Lanzoni in 2011 and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She also completed an additional 50 hours of Yin Yoga with Biff Mithoefer in 2014 and trained with Sarah Powers in 2015. Adele teaches Yin Yang Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa, pranayama (breathwork), meditation techniques, and methods of self-cultivation of Qi (Chi). She also studies Chinese Medicine and is in the process of earning her Master of Acupuncture degree at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Adele is passionate about wellness and holistic health care. She also loves cooking, travel, art, nature, hiking, jogging, music, and comedy. She lives in Annapolis with her husband Andrew and cat Lily.
Donna has trained in Vinyasa & Yin yoga. Both are her passion! Leading a healthy life; physically, mentally and spiritually are important in all areas of Donna's life, on or off the matt! She loves the meditative aspect that yoga brings to herself and her clients - quieting the mind in this chaotic world is truly a gift.
Lisa's interest in yoga began over 15 years ago as a way to find some quiet space as a new mom. Over the years, her practice has evolved as her family has grown. Yoga has not only helped her manage her own chronic illness, but also live life in a more holistic way, allowing smoother navigation of the hectic and often complex paths of a working parent and caregiver. Lisa currently teacher yin and yin/yang classes at Shakti Studio on the Broadneck peninsula and small group classes at Evolutions. As an early childhood teacher and consultant, Lisa also uses yoga with her young students and with her teaching colleagues. When she is not practicing yoga, Lisa is keeping up with her two active teens, writing her blog/book, or finding time to be on the water or in the mountains.
Tina is a mother, teacher, wife, animal lover and devoted friend. Her teaching style is a collective expression of the many teachers with whom she has had the honor to study with, including, Beryl Bender Birch, Paul Grilley, Baron Baptiste, Seane Corn, Doug Swenson, Leslie Kaminoff, Cindi Lee, Rolf Gates Mukunda Stiles, Sarah Powers and Kim Manfredi. In her classes, she infuses meditation and pranayama into a flowing meditative vinyasa based practice. Her yin teacher training with Paul Grilley is incorporated into most of her classes, as she is passionate about the physical and meditative benefits of yin. She encourages others to go into their own experience of this ancient tradition and to feel as well as listen to their own inner guidance.
Machelle Lee E-RYT 200, MA, CMT Kensington & Silver Spring
Machelle is a certified and experienced registered yoga instructor, massage therapist, and has earned a masters degree in mythology and depth psychology. Since 1991 Machelle has led therapeutic movement demonstrating the complementary relationship between the yoga asana and Chinese meridian theory as a form of self-acu-pressure. Machelle weaves modern psychology, imagery, story-telling, and poetry through Yin Yoga in a creative and grounded approach to supporting body structure and psychological self-development.
Erin completed a two-year internship at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health where she participated in over fifty educational and experiential workshops with subjects ranging from energy healing to trauma treatment on her way to obtaining a 200 hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Certification. She is also a JourneyDance, Shake Your Soul, and Yin Yoga teacher. She loves sharing the healing power of yoga, dance and the mind-body-spirit connection through her yoga classes, private bodywork, life coaching and workshops. She created the website and blog TheYogaShift.com to help people find fuller expression in their lives using the principals of yoga.
Margaret enjoys the slower, introspective aspects of Yin asana as well as the energy benefits which result from an intense practice. She is certified by Paul and Suzee Grilley as a teacher of Yin Yoga. Margaret also teaches hatha yoga. She received her yoga teaching certification in 2007. Margaret?s classes are presented in an informal leadership style, and her teaching incorporates methodologies from several styles of hatha yoga. She uses myths, stories, anatomy and personal experience to explain postures in a way that is meant to be technical, historical, and entertaining.
Mo has been working as a professional massage therapist for 14 years, specializing in deep tissue, sports massage, pre-natal massage and Thai Yoga massage. Mo began practicing yoga in 2001 with Ashtanga teacher and fellow bodyworker, Cary Perkins and fell in love with the practice. Being a competitive cyclist, her practice evolved to include more Vinyasa flow styles and Yin Yoga to compliment the intensity of year-round training and racing. She has studied Anusara-Inspired yoga intensively with with Lauren Worsh and Elizabeth Brown and Yin Yoga with Josh Summers and Carolyn Little.
Aileen has been discovering yoga for over 25 years. After studying Hatha and Iyengar yoga in the early 90s, she soon became inspired by rigor and discipline of Ashtanga Yoga. Guided by her mentor, Erica McHugh, Aileen’s passion for the benefits of Ashtanga led her toward teaching. In recent years, she has been greatly influenced by the teachings of: A.G. Mohan on creating a personal integrated yoga practice, Paulie Zink and Sarah Powers on the benefits of Yin Yoga, and Sogyal Rinpoche on Tibetan Buddhist meditation. Aileen has found Yin yoga to be a necessary balance for herself physically and mentally to yang forms of yoga. She is always excited for the chance to share it's benefits with students.
Girish stumbled across yin yoga in 2007 and found it to be a necessary and irresistible complement to his physical lifestyle. Since then, yin yoga has nurtured and balanced his growth in not just his yoga practice but also in life. He also has a deep interest in vipassana meditation and uses insight meditation as a tool to navigate yin yoga. Today, he teaches yin yoga as means to bring balance to one's physical, emotional and mental well-being. He is very grateful to his primary teacher, Josh Summers.
Inspired by the healing benefits of yoga, Joanna welcomes the opportunity to be introspective and listen to the intuitive wisdom of her body on and off her mat. She came to yin yoga after developing a strong yang practice, and needed more balance in her life. She was drawn to yin yoga and has developed a passion for practicing and teaching it.
Joanna completed her yin yoga teacher training with Joshua Summers, her 200-hour teacher training at South Boston Yoga, and her restorative teacher training with Judith Hanson Lasater. Joanna is eternally grateful for all the teachers who have been part of her journey.
Josh began studying Yin Yoga in the late nineties after a long training in Iyengar yoga. He is grateful to his teachers James Murphy, Patricia Walden, Sarah Powers, Sayadaw U Pandita and Ajahn Amaro. As his interest in vipassana, or insight meditation, has deepened, so too has his interest in more contemplative forms of asana practice. With a professional background as an acupuncturist and a personal passion for the dharma, Josh fell in love with Yin Yoga as a beautiful synthesis of the two.
Wendy fell in love with yoga during a 10-day silent Vipassana retreat in a forest monastery in Thailand in 1987. Already a teacher of Slow Flow Vinyasa since 2001, she trained in Yin with Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers in 2005. Observing that most people's nervous systems are in overdrive and depleted, she has seen the balancing and rejuvenating effects of a Yin practice. She loves introducing Yin to yogis who have only practiced yang styles of yoga. She has seen many a person squirm, look restless and confused for the first 30 minutes of class, only to be blown away by the depth of their experience by the end. Wendy shares her curiosity around many themes including anatomy, breath, mindfulness, kinesthesia etc, yet her favorite theme, is encouraging students to be their own best friend. With a nursing degree from a lifetime ago, she is also a freshly trained Alexander Technique teacher.
Chris has been practicing yoga and meditation since the mid-nineties, and was introduced to Yin Yoga in 1999, by her first yoga teacher, Janine Grillo-Marra. In 2007, she began teaching, having been inspired to do so by the recovery of her husband, Mike Maguire, from 3 strokes and brain surgery. She and Mike both know that it was through dedication to the practice of Yin and Mindfulness that he was able to heal, and regain his health-physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thus, Chris founded the studio now known as Santi Yoga, located on the North Shore of Boston in the small town of Boxford, Massachusetts, a space dedicated to sharing the benefits of the practice with students, with the community, and with the world.
Chris is particularly grateful to her teachers, Sarah Powers and Paulie Zink, without whom her love of Yin Yoga, and her dedication to the Dharma would not exist. Chris is also grateful to Thich Nhat Hanh, for his inspirational teachings and gentle spirit. Chris now teaches Yin Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation, and Mindful Flow Yoga (a practice combining elements of Yin and Vinyasa flow with Buddhist wisdom and meditation), as well as workshops, retreats, and Chakra balancing, always, still, remaining a student herself, cultivating a beginner's mind. Chris dedicates any merit arising from her efforts to the benefit to all living beings, that all may feel peaceful, happy, and free from suffering.
Liv teaches an inquiry-based style of vinyasa yoga that blends fluid posture sequences with meditation, breath work, and guided relaxation. She also teaches Yin classes that nurture the joints and connective tissue while facilitating deep release and quiet contemplation. Her practice is influenced by her cherished teachers, Patricia Walden, Elizabeth Brown, and Josh Summers (and many others!). Off the mat, Liv writes for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and holds degrees in journalism (M.S.) and environmental studies (B.A.).
In 1999 Jennifra made a New Year resolution to attend 8 yoga classes in 8 weeks. That was the start of a lasting love affair with the practice. Since then she has studied extensively and diligently in the Iyengar & Kripalu traditions.
In 2006 she completed her 200 hour teacher training at The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and has been teaching ever since. Jennifra is also a certified Yin yoga teacher as well as a traditional Thai massage therapist. With more than 2,000 hours of teaching experience and 23+ years of clinical experience as a neuromuscular therapist her teachings are based in safe alignment, precise & skillful movement and the development of discerning intelligence to realize your full potential. In addition, her studies include Ayurveda, Buddhism, meditation, Okinawan karate and pranayama (yogic breath practices). Any free time spent walking her dog, Chip, on her bike or on the water is considered time well spent.
Anne Dries, founder and owner of Buddha Nest Yoga, first found her foundation in western roots with a degree in Cardiovascular Health and Exercise from Northeastern University and has worked as a Personal Trainer, Exercise Physiologist, Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist, Athletic Trainer, Aerobics Director, Prenatal Fitness Coordinator and Fitness Center Director. After receiving a 200hr yoga certification in Pranavaya/Fluid Yoga she began focusing on integrating eastern philosophies into teaching mindful yoga classes, meditation, restorative yoga and yin yoga. She has completed intensive trainings in Restorative Yoga with Sudha Carolyn Lundeen and has completed in-depth trainings with Sarah Powers of Insight Yoga, a yin and yang practice emphasizing Tibetan Buddhist meditation and mindfulness training. Anne currently hosts and assists 200hr teacher trainings at her studio and offers a 15hr Yin Yoga Intensive training for teachers.
Through guidance, grounding and support from her teachers and the development of a consistent personal practice, Lori was inspired to share her knowledge with others - to create a safe class to unwind, find breath and feel good without judgment.
Lori is registered through Yoga Alliance and has completed a 200 hour teacher training program. She has completed additional trainings in Yin Yoga, chair, vinyasa and dance yoga and is a pretzel kid?s instructor and a Reiki practitioner. Come join Lori Dougherty at Willow Rock and explore the benefits and practice of Yin Yoga, a more meditative practice that stretches the connective tissue.
Kim Tompkins, M.A, R-DMT is a yoga and meditation instructor and Life Coach/Counselor who integrates Iyengar, Kundalini and Kripalu methods into her Yin approach to yoga practice. Individual and small group sessions promote self-knowledge, interconnection, expression and open inquiry to deepen the experience of life-long learning. She began her yoga studies in 1996 and journeyed through a variety of methods before landing her formal studies at Anahata Integrated Yoga Teacher Training. Kim holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and Dance Movement therapy from Antioch University. She has 17 years of experience guiding people of all ages and abilities toward their own inner resources of wisdom, creativity and vitality.
Ken Nelson, PhD, is a senior program director at Kripalu Yoga Center and leads retreats internationally with his partner, Lesli Lang. Ken teaches Yin and Kripalu Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Shiatsu, Thai and Kripalu bodywork, as well as meditation (www.SacredHealingArts.net). Ken is grateful to Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, Paulie Zink and Bernie Clark for inspiring his love for Yin. Ken's CD, Yin Yoga, is a Kripalu best-seller. His other passion is for preparing the next generation of experiential leaders (www.PowerfulWorkshops.com). Ken has many teaching awards and was supported by Kripalu as a Scholar-in-Residence. He is writing a book about tools that link the heart and mind, creating the conditions for group wisdom.
Yin Yoga CD Review: "Yin Yoga at it?s best. After taking a few of Ken?s classes at Kripalu and loving his approach, I was thrilled to find a CD of a guided Yin Yoga class. He is so knowledgeable and explains the postures, with alternatives, very clearly. Ken?s guided breathwork through the postures are so relaxing and healing. I whole-heartedly recommend this CD for anyone who wants to delve deep into the fascia and release bound energy and chronic tension. Fabulous!" - Lisa Zechiel
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health?A world of yoga, holistic health, and self-discovery in breathtaking Lenox, Massachusetts. Kripalu Center is an institution where people can come to discover what it means to be fully human and fully alive through a nonsectarian and nondogmatic approach to yoga. We are dedicated to the honest and unfettered inquiry into, and pursuit of, all philosophies, techniques, and approaches that produce thriving in the individual, the family, the institution, the business, the community, the society, and the planet?all at the same time. Kripalu often has Yin Yoga programs and workshops offered by teachers such as Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers. Check their web site for the latest schedule.
Susan Maier-Moul, MA, E-RYT500, IAYT, is a favorite Kripalu Yoga and meditation teacher. She lives, writes, and teaches in New York City and leads Healthy Living and Retreat and Renewal workshops, teaches yoga, and offers her own weekend programs at Kripalu Center. Her down-to-earth classes feature Kripalu, vinyasa, and yin styles of yoga as well as inspiration and techniques for home-based, personal practice. Susan's graduate work in the physiology of self informs her popular workshops on self-talk and self-experience, the nature of reality and perception, and the everyday benefits of yoga.
Donna is a 500 hour certified Kripalu Teacher who has been teaching for over 13 years. She is also trained to teach Yin Yoga through a certificate program with Josh Summers, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra with Jennifer Reis and Restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky. Donna creates a safe supported space for her students to explore their body through postures that access their own healing powers. Donna offers individual private teaching and group classes.
Heidrun came to yoga in 2002 when she tried a yoga class just because there weren't any Pilates classes offered on that particular day, and, as has happened to so many before, she was hooked immediately. Initially feeling drawn towards more athletic yoga styles, her body started signaling her at some point that it was longing for a slower, more meditative practice where poses could be held for long periods of time and really taken in. At the beginning of 2011, as part of her 200 YTT training, she attended a Yin Yoga workshop - and knew this was it! She completed a Yin Yoga teacher training with the amazing Josh Summers in May of 2011, and has since embarked on a journey to learn more about Eastern and Western views of our bodies as well as meditation.
I have been practicing yoga since 2007. I hold my certification through The Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute, and have completed Yin Yoga Teacher Training Level I and II with Josh Summers and Module I with Biff Mithoefer. I gratefully share the Yin Yoga practice at Ashtanga Yoga Northampton.
Yin Yoga's introspective, meditative and receptive qualities were all that it took for Lynne to be hooked from the first class! Lynne completed Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings with Christine O'Shaunessy, Sarah Powers, and Josh Summers. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Diane Lagadec at Maha Yoga Center. She is immensely appreciative to all of her teachers for sharing their wisdom and guidance as she journeys along her Yogic path. Yin Yoga led Lynne to a deep interest in Vipassana meditation and a passion for studying and practicing the dharma, which she weaves into each class. Stressing that yoga is very personal and individual, she encourages students to listen deeply, understanding that our edges change constantly. By bringing kindness and acceptance to how things are for us in each class and developing mindfulness of body, heart, and mind, we encourage a deeper understanding and compassion for ourselves and the world around us, allowing the innate peace and wisdom within to shine!
A licensed physical therapist (B.S. McGill University, 1983), Reiki practitioner, certified Shake Your Soul™ teacher and certified fitness trainer, Janine augments her classes with aspects of therapy, healing, and fitness for an integrated experience. Janine began her own yoga practice in 1992. Since then, she has participated in yoga teacher-training led by Sarah Powers in California and regularly enhances her practice with workshops, extended retreats and inner work. She teaches both a yin and yang style of yoga, as well as meditation. In 2009 Janine met Daniel Leven, founder of Shake Your Soul™ and the Leven Institute, and immediately knew that she wanted to offer another type of movement class focused on creativity, fun and great music. Shake Your Soul™ classes were the perfect fit.
Janine is committed to the path of healing and transformation in her own life and helps others through retreats, Reiki and private sessions.
Stacey is a registered dietitian and yoga instructor with over 15 years of professional experience. Stacey's most recent trainings have included the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training program at the B Yoga Center in Melrose, MA and specialty teacher trainings in the areas of prenatal yoga and yin yoga. In surprising contrast to a life of constant movement - a working mom with 2 young children, Stacey's personal yoga practice has gravitated towards yin which has been very balancing for her constitution. She currently teaches a gentle "yin flow" class at Coldbrooke Yoga Studio in Scituate, MA at 8pm on Wednesday evenings. The class takes a different meridian of focus each week, begins and ends with long-held yin asana and meditation, and follows a gentle cooling flow throughout the middle of class.
Char is a Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Reiki Master, Sound Healer and a Health, Wellness & Fitness Professional with a background in dance, fitness and competitive sports. In addition to teaching complementary and integrative therapies, she works in the fitness industry as an Education Specialist & National Master Trainer. Char has been a longtime practitioner of Hatha & Power Vinyasa Yoga and teaches both in neutral and heated rooms. She is also trained to teach Yin, Gentle and Restorative. As well as Yoga for Breast Cancer & Recovery, Chronic Pain and Chair Yoga. She has also trained to teach various forms of Pranayama, Mindfulness and Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Practices. Char's contemplative studies combined with her training in yoga have helped her to appreciate the beauty of stillness. This has helped her to easily transition into teaching Yin Yoga.
Kari incorporates her training in Forrest Yoga, Yin Yoga, CranioSacral Therapy, and Mechanical Engineering to teach her students how to find, listen and attend to their inner wisdom, facilitating a yoga practicing that is dynamic and healing.
Malú received her 200hr yoga teacher certification from The Kripalu Center of Yoga & Health under the guidance of Devarshi Steven Hartman and Suddha Carolyn Lundeen. She has continued her studies with Devarshi Steven Hartman and recently completed a year long intensive to become a yoga Acharya, one who teaches the deeper aspects of yoga from life experience. Through her studies she received her 500hr certification from Zen Spot Institute. Malú often assists programs at Kripalu and teacher trainings. As a Reiki master she often includes therapeutic touch in her yin classes while drawing on aspects of many wisdom and healing traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoist, and Shamanism. Expect to feel welcome, nurtured, and encouraged to self discover, in her compassionate approach to yin yoga.
Shari is a registered 200 hr yoga teacher with a specialty in Yin yoga. She received her 200 hrs through Yoga for Life with Abby Schwab and Yin Yoga with Josh Summers. In her class Shari emphasizes the meditative quality of yin yoga and creates a practice that renews the body.
Patty received her 200 hour training through YogaSpirit, and completed two yin yoga teacher trainings with Christine O'Shaunnessy and with Josh Summers.
Patty leads a devoted group of "yin-ners" every week in yin yoga classes. In each class, participants explore a variety of yin poses. Patty encourages each participant to find their edges and then find a way to settle into them. The classes emphasize offering our bodies and minds time, patience and kindness, to allow ourselves to slowly open up, unwind and untangle from the inside out. It is a challenging, yet calming and meditative practice. Come join us!
Susie is extremely passionate about yoga, and is very excited about sharing its many gifts with children and grown ups. Susie completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at B Yoga Center in Melrose with Krista Basis. Additionally, she holds certificates in Children?s Yoga and Prenatal Yoga, through Finding Inner Peace Yoga School. She also holds a certificate in Yin Yoga from Josh Summers. Susie received a Bachelor?s Degree in Human Development from Boston College and a Master?s Degree in Special Education from Salem State College. In addition to teaching yoga, Susie is also a special education teacher and a certified spinning instructor. Susie offers weekly Yin Yoga classes for adults: check the web site for details.
I have been practicing yoga daily practice 2002, mostly Vinyasa and Ashtanga, and later Yin. I received my certification in Canada, in June of 2008, and began teaching at local studios there. I now teach in Ann Arbor, Saline, and the surrounding areas, both private and public classes.
I came to Yin Yoga in 2008, when I spent a weekend studying with Paul Grilley and started to appreciate the benefits and possibilities for all types of students as I started to unwind old tightness in my body. Since then I practice Yin regularly to balance my 'Yang' activities . I love teaching Yin, as students have that 'aha' moment and start to appreciate for themselves how much they needed it and didnt realize it. My students also report sleeping like babies after an evening class. I am a registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance, and CPR/AED certified with American Red Cross. I am continually studying and looking for ways to expand my practice not only for myself but for my clients. I have studied with internationally renowned teachers including Paul Grilley.
Nicholas Nahat is registered with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200. Formal training was completed through the Center for Yoga in Michigan. Much gratitude to Yin Yoga teachers Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers for the development of this practice and their deep learning and sharing. Yin Yoga is a special discipline which opens the mind/body in unique ways over time; classes center on the use of this yoga to discover and support the deeper Self in its physical, mental, and spiritual aspects usually overlooked in the clamor of everyday life.
Yin Yoga and other yoga classes are currently offered in private sessions in Southeast Michigan.