Our 2015 Instructor line-up. More to come…
Rusty Wells (gopa) is a yogic messenger based in San Francisco and a world-traveled teacher of Bhakti Flow, a form of yoga wrapped in love and devotion. His teaching philosophy is based on the idea that through the practice of yoga, we can actually reduce suffering in this world, and at the heart of the individual yoga practice is the discovery of universal oneness. “If your practice doesn’t make you kinder, then you are not doing yoga.” Rusty’s classes are an experiential explosion of music, sweat, stillness, and energy that will open your heart and leave you overflowing with bliss. Rusty Wells or Urban Flow Yoga 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. Pete G. Yoga
MANOJ AND JYOTHI CHALHAM
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.
Sheela Bringi, a young Indian American multi-instrumentalist and singer, was raised in the rugged foothills of Colorado surrounded by American music, but singing the ancient melodies and mantras of her parents’ native South India. Her vocals and multifaceted talents on the harp, the Indian harmonium, and bansuri bamboo flute create a lush and evocative live performance rooted in the beauty of ancient tradition. As a young woman, Sheela trained in North Indian classical music, and later jazz and world traditions with world-renowned pioneers. Her ability to inhabit multiple musical worlds has won her a following in the yoga community, in the overlapping Indian and world music scenes, and made her a sought-after addition to edgier club music projects (she’s toured with Karsh Kale and DJ Drez, among many others). Sheela Bringi
Joan Hyman’s grounded teaching style creates space for students to deepen their personal journey while aligning with teachings of true yogic traditions. Her students emerge from their practice with the rich, bright energy that yoga offers.
Joan frequently shares her insight on the subject of health and wellness in national magazines and blogs including Elephant Journal, Mind Body & Green, Yoga Journal, ORIGIN Magazine and Women’s Health. She currently has a thriving career as a YogaWorks Senior Teacher (E-RYT500) and leads yoga retreats, workshops and teacher trainings all over the world, while maintaining a full yoga class schedule in Los Angeles.
Joan’s openhearted approach to teaching yoga keeps both her inner spirit and her students continuously evolving. Joan Hyman
A dedicated yoga practitioner, photographer Robert Sturman has increasingly focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana in his work. His portraits, whether set in the lively streets of Manhattan, the expansive beaches and canyons of Malibu, the timeless elegance of Walden’s New England, or the bleakness of Marin County’s San Quentin Prison, remind us that there is beauty everywhere. In Sturman’s own words, “I often think of Rumi’s words, ‘I can’t stop pointing to the beauty.’ That feels right to me.” Sturman’s honors include Official Artist of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, 2010 FIFA World Cup Artist Representing America, and Official Artist 2007 United States Olympics. In 2012 and 2013, Sturman was the subject of two separate New York Times articles celebrating his photographs of yoga from around the world.
Robert Sturman Studio
Marley Vigdorth began her yoga practice in 2001 and started teaching in 2006. Since that first taste of transformation she has been blessed to learn and train with many inspired teachers all over the globe. Strongly influenced by both the Prana Flow School and Forrest Yoga, she aspires to support acceptance, creativity, and awakeness in her classes by committing to them within her own practice. In 2011 Marley travelled to Cape Town, South Africa with Off the Mat Into the World’s Global Seva Challenge. The experience working for 2 weeks with OTM’s partners in CT was an initiation into the importance of sharing the principles of awareness and compassion accessible within the yoga practice wherever and with whomever. Shortly after she moved full time to Cape Town to develop and run a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training for South Africa’s largest yoga studio – YogaLife – for over 3 years. Currently living in Tampa, FL she continues to learn, teach, lead retreats, and practice Thai Yoga Massage.
One of the most well-known Kundalini teachers in the West, Kia has an ability to translate the subtle teachings of Kundalini Yoga in a highly accessible way. Kia’s study of yoga began when she was 15. She is certified in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga and teaches workshops, retreats and teacher trainings throughout the world. Kia’s passion is to share the Kundalini tradition infused with Bhakti. Kia’s classes are a powerful mix of Asana, breath, meditation and chanting that will leave you feeling uplifted and empowered. Kia Miller
SREEDEVI K. BRINGI M.SC., M.S., M.A.
Sreedevi is a long-term faculty member at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she teaches Yoga Studies, Yogic Meditations, Sacred Sanskrit and Hinduism. She received her training from her family elders and teachers in India, and also through the Bihar School of Yoga and Vivekananda Yoga Kendra. For three decades in America, Sreedevi has been offering classes, intensives, and trainings in yoga nidra meditations, Sacred Sanskrit, the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Hindu Tantra, Goddess Shakti Teachings, Yoga Sutras, and much more. She also conducts sacred Indian fire ceremonies and deity pujas.
Professionally, Sreedevi has graduate degrees in Chemistry, Atmospheric Sciences and Education. Prior to Naropa, Sreedevi has served on teh science faculty at CSU, Front Range Community College, and the Pouder School District in Fort Collins, CO.