Our 2014 Yoga Instructors were amazing. Our 2015 line-up will be coming out later this year.
Jason Crandell was recently named one of the “next generation of yoga teachers” (Yoga Journal), for his skillful, unique approach to vinyasa yoga. Jason is the creator of many best-selling Yoga Journal dvds, an early teacher at Yogaglo.com, and is one of the US’ most in-demand teachers for national and international conferences. Considered a “teacher’s teacher” he is a contributing editor for Yoga Journal and has authored over 25 articles, many of which have been translated in international editions. His primary teacher is Rodney Yee. www.jasonyoga.com
Rusty Wells is a yogic messenger in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. He infuses his joyful, energetic, and often mind-blowing classes with his belief that we can best serve others and heal ourselves through unconditional love and devotion. To this end, he passes along his profound gratitude for breath, body, and mind through yoga’s time-honored practices. An experienced instructor and humble student, Rusty teaches exclusively at Urban Flow in San Francisco, a donation-based studio which opened January 2010, and leads teacher trainings, retreats and workshops around the world. His classes are an experiential explosion of music, sweat, stillness, and energy that will open your heart and leave you overflowing with bliss. www.rustywells.com or www.urbanflowyoga.com for more information.
After thirty years of running, cycling, and competitive sports, Pete Guinosso was astonished to learn that his biggest challenge and adventure would happen on a yoga mat. Known for his joyful energy, compassionate guidance, and sense of humor, Pete creates a spiritual yet light-hearted environment for his students to uncover the deeper benefits of yoga. Powerful sequences are designed to create a fluid practice of meditative movement, while also cultivating an awareness of alignment. Pete is a preeminent teacher in the Bay area, and travels internationally teaching workshops, conferences, and adventure yoga retreats. www.petegyoga.com
Nick himself is as devoted a yogi and truth-seeker as you’ll find anywhere. He reads the Bhagavad Gita every day, follows Gandhi’s humble practice of not speaking a word on Mondays. The rest of the time is split between creating art, running the couple’s yoga studio, and of course, the music.
Here’s where the story gets…colorful. A tranquil early childhood was cut short by a surprise family implosion that led Yogi to all kinds of messy rebellion: dropping out of school, graffiti punkdom, pre-teen drug abuse, stealing cars, lashing out at everyone and everything and not quite knowing why. Hey, it happens.
It all led to the honor of being kicked out of no less than four schools by the time he was 17 before finally, by way of an unexpected introduction to yoga and classical Hindu philosophy, a complete rediscovery of self, of the yogic path, of the true meaning of music, love and the million faces of God. www.mcyogi.com
Yogi and kirtan musician, Sean Johnson is the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga in New Orleans. He is also the founder of Soul School– an interdisciplinary yoga and spirituality teacher training that focuses on bringing skill, soul, and imagination to the art of teaching yoga, and the BHAKTImmersion– a bhakti yoga intensive held in New Orleans once a year with The Wild Lotus Band. Sean has a Master’s degree from The Naropa Institute with a focus on teaching chant as spiritual practice, is a Yoga Journal contributor and presenter, teaches at yoga conferences and festivals internationally, and is the co-curator of Putumayo’s music for yoga series.
In his signature “Bhakti On The Mat ” classes Sean weaves the emotional power of bhakti yoga with the sensuality of hatha yoga to free the spirit and bring more love, creativity, and depth to our lives. His playful classes focus on opening the heart through imaginative language, ecstatic chant, storytelling, mythology, creative vinyasa flows, mystical poetry, and enchanting music.
Sean’s class will be accompanied by the live soundtrack of The Wild Lotus Band, percussionist Gwendolyn Colman and bass/guitar player Alvin Young. Sean and the band tour worldwide and are regarded as one of the guiding voices in western kirtan music. They are the first kirtan band to ever play The New Orleans Jazz Festival and their music has appeared on Putumayo World Music, Nettwerk/Nutone Records, White Swan, and Sounds True. www.wildlotusyoga.com
GOVINDAS & RADHA
Govindas and Radha are California-based kirtan singers, and as their spiritual names suggest -”servants of the divine”. They are the directors/owners of Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica CA. They are a husband and wife team and their commitment to love, service, and devotion is the essence which is reflected and transmitted through their music. Through repetitously chanting the names of God/Goddess from ancient India, Govindas and Radha will guide you on a musical meditation and yogic ritual deep into the essence of Bhakti—the yoga of the Heart, the yoga of Love and Devotion. Their music is best described as a “trance inducing mandala where voices open, hearts expand, and meditation, devotion, prayer and music merge together as One.” They lead evenings of kirtan, bhakti yoga workshops, and transformative retreats throughout the world. www.bhaktiyogashala.com or Govindas & Radha on Facebook
The Denver Post and 5280 (Denver’s Premiere Magazine, Top of the Town) considers Tina Porter “One of Denver’s most sought-after instructors”. Life with 2 young children is what nourishes her daily practice thus fueling her classes that are a true example of her integrity and devotion. Tina has taught classes at The Yoga Journal Conference, The Telluride Yoga Festival and continues to travel and teach workshops worldwide. Her style of yoga combines the foundations of Power Yoga with the traditional alignment of Ashtanga. Her teacher of 11 years, Bryan Kest (LA) is the one who suggested she take her passion off the mat to teach which she has done for over a decade! www.tina-yoga.com
Tricia Heimbach, a self-described “perpetual student and alternative healing nerd,” is certified to teach Core Power Hot Yoga and Power Yoga as well as restorative yoga, and has studied with Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, Gary Kraftsow, Judith Hanson Lasater, Darin Main, Tias Little, Janet Stone, John Friend and others. Tricia is currently working toward the completion of a 300-hour Bhakti Yoga Teacher Training with Rusty Wells. Besides filling the heart up with love, Tricia believes in a challenging asana practice that focuses on strength, refinement and simplicity. “Students have the power to take hold of the present moment, it’s rarity to pause, I hope that each class I teach provides a space for students to pause, feel warmth from the inside, true deep love and lightness of the spirit.”
Patrick Harrington sees teaching yoga as one of the most satisfying parts of his life, and as one of the highest services to our culture—the facilitation of opening up and letting go. Along his path, Patrick has trained with gifted teachers such as Bikram Choudry, John Friend, Ana Forrest, Amy Ippoliti, Madhuri Martin and many more.
Founder of Kindness Yoga Studios, the culture of Kindness began more than 15 years ago in the original Cherry Creek location, where Patrick acquired his first studio, Yoga Energi. Throughout its evolution from Yoga Energi to Vital Yoga Cherry Creek to Kindness Yoga, Patrick has remained committed to providing a warm, welcoming environment for all who cross our threshold—whether student, teacher, seeker, or all of the above. www.kindnesscollective.com
MIKE & ROBIN KONRAD
Robin and Mike Konrad offer a spiritual and challenging practice. They provide a space for their students to take each step forward on their yoga path with strength and courage. Their classes combine the beauty of the breath, sweat, and love to swirl together in a dynamic and fluid transformation. They are both vinyasa teachers with a combined experience of 15 years. Their inspiration comes from Janet Stone, who is their mentor and teacher. Yoga is the foundation of Robin and Mike’s union; yoga is where they met and it’s a vital part of their everyday lives together.
Dawnelle Arthur is co-owner of Qi Functional Training Centers where she leads a community built on the exploration of movement in mind and body. Dawnelle conducts 200 hour Yoga Alliance Approved Teacher Trainings and has created an array of programs based on her inspirations of gymnastics, martial arts and dance. She believes in the “Asana” practice and that through the physical practice we become more aware of our “self-teaching” yoga practice off of the mat. www.qidenver.com or find Dawnelle on Facebook. You can also check out Dawnelle’s streaming yoga videos at www.qi-unlimited.com and find out info on her current projects on instagram @qiunlimited.
Kumi Yogini’s passion for yoga is evident in her ability to challenge, motivate and guide students into new thresholds of personal potential. Often “maya” or illusion prevents us from discovering and exploring the power of our own authentic self. Breaking down these boundaries and recognizing the unlimited potential that lies within is what Kumi strives to teach her students both on and off the mat. Not only are her classes physically demanding but they are wrapped in a heartfelt love for the essence of the ancient yogic teachings.
“Every day I am amazed at how much I learn from students and get to share with others my experience. Teaching and affecting the lives of others has had a profound impact on my own spiritual growth. I want nothing more than to pass onto others that which has brought love, compassion and understanding into my own life. May we continue to learn, grown and share together in the light of yoga!”
Lokah Bhakti is a certified yoga/dance instructor and chef in Miami, Puerto Rico and LA. He was born with a natural enthusiastic energy towards music and arts which were deeply influenced by his Vedic upbringing. In his early years, he became especially attracted to “BHAKTI”, the yoga of love and joy. After so many performances in different festivals and yoga studios in South America and US, he was inspired to create a special mix of yoga asana and unique dance technique designed to awake the bliss that resides within the heart of everyone. This high energy class will excite and liberate your soul.!!!
“Just share love everyday that’s the only way to be happy and free”.
Serving up the joys of Yoga since 2003, Ina’s inner-nomad has lived and taught from Austin to Calgary, Denver to Portland– even on a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand! Integrating her diverse Yogic education with intelligent Prana Flow® sequencing, sessions with Ina draw out your unique gifts, creativity and zest for life.
With university degrees in Religion and Sanskrit, the cornerstone of Ina’s life is Passionate Gratitude. Ina teaches ongoing Yoga classes from the hub of Boulder, Colorado, and offer Embodied Sanskrit®, a revolutionary somatic method of learning the essentials of Sanskrit for Yoga, in teacher trainings, festivals and online.
Piper Rose came to Yoga out of desperation and now stays out of devotion. She has been teaching Tantric Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin for almost 5 years and practicing for over a decade. Piper was inspired by her own yogic journey of self-love, healing, and strengthening to reach out to others through teaching. She graduated from Corepower’s 200 hour YTT in 2009 and has gone on to complete over 600 additional hours of physical and emotional therapeutics, Tantric philosophy, advanced Vinyasa, Thai Massage, and more. She has studied with Hareesh Wallis, Psalm Isadora, Bast, and Shiva Rea. Piper Rose teaches Yoga in a way that is creative, inspired, loving yet challenging, and wildly primal in all the right ways.You can find her managing and teaching at Kindness Yoga.
Bast began a passionate exploration of sacred dance forms in 1990 and hatha yoga in 1993. In 2004 she completed the Interdisciplinary Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at the Nosara Yoga Institute. In 2005, she founded DakiniTemple and was named “Best Tantric Yoga Teacher” in SF Weekly’s Best of the Bay issue. In 2010 she completed the Anusara Yoga Teacher Training through Katchie Ananda. An eternal student, she continues to study teachings of the Sri-Vidya sakta tantra tradition through Psalm Isadora & Janice Craig. Bast is co-producer of the annual Nouveau Devadasi Fusion Temple Dance festival in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Bast’s signature style, Svātantrya BLISS Yoga, weaves together meditation, mantra, kirtan, nada yoga, pranayam (breathwork), asana, kundalini kriyas, tantric sutra & philosophy, shamanism, art, and bhakti yoga. Bast creates blissful and empowering yogic journeys with a compassionate and celebratory approach. As a performance artist and Fusion Temple Dancer, Bast brings playful artistic expression into all her teachings. Yogini Bast
Manoj Chalam uses humor and personal anecdotes in his lectures and workshops to illuminate Hindu mythology. An Indian-born scientist with a PhD from Cornell University, Manoj helps individuals find their archetypes in Hindu Yogic deities and teaches the 4 ways to work with their archetype. He has also compiled a book on the symbolisms of Hindu and Buddhist deities. Manoj presents workshops on Hindu symbolisms and Tantra at yoga studios, ashrams, and universities.
Jyothi Chalam is a scholar of Vedanta, the philosophy of self realization. Jyothi teaches workshops on the Upanishads at ashrams, yoga studios and yoga conferences. Jyothi is also an accomplished musician of the South Indian Classical tradition. Her music is the culmination of both her philosophical meditations and deep spiritual devotion. More info at Unique Ashanti
Christen Bakken is uncertain if she found yoga, or if yoga found her, but since 1998 the yoga mat has been Christen’s refuge. Through movement and breath, she began to see the mat as a place to let go, and, only then, strengthen and soften in all areas of her life.
In 2006, Christen took her first power yoga teacher training. She has done many trainings since then; her most recent string of trainings in 2011, 2012 and 2013 with Rusty Wells in San Francisco. Christen loves teaching yoga of all kinds, to all people. Bhakti, the devotional practice of yoga and Christen’s style, asks students to look past their tight hamstrings and hips, and really begin to see what is magnificent about their bodies. Christen’s joyful vigorous flow classes can transform not only the way you move on the mat, but the way you move through your life.