Instructors


 

 Vicki Howie

Vicki Howie – E-RYT

Vicki fell in love with yoga over two decades ago, and has been teaching it since 2000. As a Sedona newbie (recent L.A. transplant), she is beyond ecstatic to be teaching here and experiencing the sacred beauty and energy of the red rocks every day. A daily practitioner, Vicki finds peace of mind and heart on her mat and has even reversed much of her scoliosis over the years! She has taught almost every style and level of yoga, and has become a huge chakra enthusiast. She’s the Creator of Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™ and offers chakra info and products on her website, chakraboosters.com. Vicki loves sharing yoga with her students. It has been the single most transformational force in her life, and she’s hoping it will do the same for you! _________________________________________________________________________________

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Carrie Konyha –  RYT 200

Carrie is a certified hatha yoga instructor & professional dancer/dance instructor who has been practicing raja yoga for nearly 25 years and teaching both yoga & dance 15 years. Being a life long spiritual seeker, she has studied many branches of yoga including classical hatha yoga, medical yoga, vinyasa, yin & bhakti yoga with a specialized focus in the areas of meditation & intuitive development. Carrie is an experienced teacher with a 30 year career in dance & personal development coaching. Her classes are rooted in a solid asana practice & encompass teachings that support self-healing, increased mindfulness & spiritually centered, holistically balanced living. You can find more on Carrie and her offerings at HolisticPsychic.com , MyHolisticSpirit.com and SedonaBellyDance.com. _________________________________________________________________________________ 5-4-15

Rukmini Devi –  RYT-200, 500

(Danielle Gray) “The practice of Dharma Yoga found Rukmini in 2010, and after her very first class, she began to immerse herself in it. She discovered, through deep self-practice, that this tradition of yoga is an incredibly powerful tool for transformation – like nothing else she has ever experienced. After observing the way her life began to shift for the better in every aspect, she naturally felt a deep calling to share this practice with others. She participated in Dharma Mittra’s 200-hour “Life of a Yogi” teacher training program in June 2011 (completing her certification the following May), and she completed her 500-hour certification in May 2013. She will be studying extensively with Sri Dharma Mittra this summer, attending his advanced 800-hour training in August. Additionally, she has over 18 years of experience studying dance & movement, which greatly informs her yoga instruction, especially in the aspects of anatomy and alignment.


 

UnknownTamara Faust

Since the turn of the century, Tamara has been passionately involved in the healing arts as a path to empowerment, inner and outer strength, radiant joy and compassionate love. In her healing sessions, whether in a group class or one-on-one, Tamara incorporates a variety of techniques including Ayurvedic healing, Thai massage, neuromuscular massage, cranial sacral therapy, energy work, mindfulness meditation and yoga. Her integrative approach to yoga blends many styles including traditional Hatha, alignment based power yoga, Yin yoga, Restorative yoga, free flow Vinyasa and Intuitive movement. Tamara is experienced helping people with a variety of needs such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, insomnia, PTSD and other nervous system disorders, digestive imbalances, women’s health, perimenopause and hormonal balancing. Coming from former career paths as a landscape architect, organic farmer, canyoneering guide, rape crisis counselor, and “Safe Touch” community educator, Tamara’s eclectic background contributes to her ability to serve diverse populations and their unique needs. Her current vocational focus includes supporting the journeys of women who are in major life transition (such as a “midlife crisis”), where they are called upon to redefine their identity and reach towards their soul’s purpose in life. Tamara lives and works in Sedona, AZ. For more information, visit www.tamarafaust.com


IMG_2903Donica Tomko

A KRI Certified Yoga Instructor, with 5 years of personal experience. In her classes, she weaves mantra with music, and other fun surprises throughout the series. Kundalini Yoga is all about freeing energy flow in the body to experience the totality of life. Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan has accelerated her spiritual growth exponentially, and given her the grace and restored her power to serve and uplift others on their path of awakening. This massive healing and shift has brought her from the darkest times to the brightest, where she now stands strong and radiates her love of the divine connection within all. Her passion is to share this technology to serve, inspire, and uplift others to live in their highest excellence, divinity, and joy!

 It is your birthright to be happy, healthy, and holy!

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Bryan Huseby CPT, CES

Bryan served in the Marine Corp from 1995 – 1999 and was a full contact “semi-professional” Kick boxer when introduced to yoga.  In 2005 while working as a personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist, Bryan had a near death experience that turned his life inside out. It was during his recovery that he was introduced to a new world of energy healing, advanced spiritual studies and consciousness development.  Bryan found his life purpose of awakening through Yoga and Healing and has devoted his life and practice to God, the Universal-Self, and service to all of life. His teaching and healing is based on an expert working knowledge of anatomy, physiology, energy and the various expression of mind into body that has been established through more than 16 years of personal training, corrective exercise, advanced spiritual studies, consciousness development, yoga, meditation and much more. His personal yoga practice extends over 14 years with 7 years of teaching in Sedona.

Bryan is a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports medicine.  He is currently completing a Bachelors of Ministry in Metaphysical Sciences through the University of Sedona and is in the process of attaining 200 RYT.


 

Darcy CavenaughDarcy Cavanaugh – RYT 500

For Darcy, teaching and Yoga are all about connection.  How we can more deeply connect, to our breath, body, spirit, and each other. She has always prioritized movement and spirit, but when she found Yoga it was official.  Her background includes Buddhism and Psychology, and after her first YTT in Colorado,  she discovered the teachings and students of Baba Hari Dass.  As a student of Babaji, she completed her advanced YTT500 at Mount Madonna Center, where she lived for several years before discovering the magic of Sedona.  She’s also a Licensed Massage Therapist, whose focus is helping others find ease in their own bodies. She draws from the principles of mindfulness and somatic awareness, having studied Ashtanga Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa, Restorative Yoga, Mantra, Ayurveda, and many modalities of somatic therapies.  A student of many traditions, her focus is on Classical Yoga, and connecting our modern lives with the power of these ancient teachings.  At the end of the day, she’s often busy trying not to take herself too seriously :0).

 


 

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Aya is a celebration artist and yogi, known as the creator of the StarWheel neo-mandalas. The founder of the non-profit StarWheel Foundation and of the online School of Sacred Geometry, Aya holds the vision of an international School of Celebratory Arts. Moving to Sedona, Arizona, in 1997, Aya has been involved with sacred arts classes & events, mandala creation, Sedona guided tours, labyrinth making and Sacred Geometry teaching. Aya has presented several StarWheel art exhibits, has sponsored community awareness events at the Sedona Library, has developed, in collaboration with Gardens for Humanity, the Peace Garden arboretum at the Sedona Creative Life Center, was a speaker at the Sacred Geometry Conference (Sedona, 2004), co-designed several labyrinth sites (The Lodge at Sedona, Magosʼ Ranch…), and was on the management team of the Raw Spirit Festival in 2006 – 2008. Aya’s visionary dream, supported by his non-profit educational organization, The StarWheel Foundation, is the co-creation of an international eco-village “The School of Celebratory Arts” that would be a green environment encouraging young people of all nations to develop their creative consciousness and thus contribute to a new, spirited, life-respecting global civilization on Earth. (www.starwheelfoundation.org). Since 2012, Aya is dancing the body divine, after his re-discovery of Yoga, Partner Yoga and AcroYoga. Aya is currently the AcroYoga.org Jam coordinator for Sedona and a teacher of yoga swing asanas.


Rachelle Martinez

Growing up between the mountains of Colorado and heat of the south, I have had different cultures to learn and evolve from. Starting my asana learning as a teenager in my room from books and dvd’s, I soon graduated from high school and decided to get more actively involved with something i loved to do. In 2006 I went to a small intro into teaching yoga. From there I started teaching family, friends, and free classes. By the end of that year I took an other small training to gain more knowledge to help with anatomy and physical asana. At that time I started teaching in a local gym in Alabama and got my personal training certificate as well as other group fitness certifications. The beautiful thing at this time of teaching was that my drive to help and expand my students minds and bodies with yoga was exponential! I soon wanted a more deep practice of my own and would travel to larger cities to take workshops of all different practices. I then took a small weekend intensive with a Anusara teachers Martin and Jordan Kirk that really changed my life. I then searched for a more in-depth training and found Mount Madonna Institute. I took a 200 hour training in 2010 with amazing teachers in Philosophy, Ayreveda, teaching methodologies, techniques of Ashtanga practices and much more. Having the first several years of teaching before this training really helped in my learning at this temple. Our guru Baba Hari Dass is a beautiful and pillar of knowledge that we would meet with at lease once a week in our program. The depth of knowledge and tradition the center held was truly powerful for me to experience. Since then I have taught in Nashville studios for 4 plus years and then moved back to the colorado mountains to teach and be back where I truly loved to be (high mountains). Then transitioned to Sedona to be with my partner and have a beautiful baby girl. I am truly grateful to share what I have learned with others and hold space for others to heal, restore, and gain empowerment through yoga. Bringing love, compassion, and depth to all my classes so when you leave you feel like the pure and highest Self that you are.

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Sean-Neesley Sean Neesley – RYT 500

Sean Neesley is a 500hr RYT with an emphasis in Hatha and Yoga Therapy. He has been practicing for over 12 years and began teaching in 2013. Raised among the Red Rocks of Sedona, Sean brings his passion for exploration and adventure to yoga and applies it in equal force to the internal realm. Incorporating therapeutic benefits, mythology and symbolism his classes balance discipline, patience and a little humor to build a strong foundational practice with an eye for the bigger picture. For Sean, teaching yoga is a blessing and an honor as it is demands the culmination of the whole being into the present moment.


 

Renée Bogard, E-RYT®


Renée started out in the Fitness Industry in 1989 teaching aerobics, then a few years later, Personal Training.  After a knee injury in 1999, she shifted exclusively into yoga and was immediately hooked!   She then began teaching yoga full-time and owned a Yoga Studio/Wellness Center in Indianapolis (her home town).  There, she led group yoga classes as well as several Corporate and Private Individual Yoga Classes.   She served many diverse populations from executives to teachers, college athletes to children, to those with health challenges and previous injuries and everyone in between.  She led seasonal yoga retreats in Indiana, taught yoga to children in Malawi, Africa as part of a volunteer humanitarian trip, as well as coordinated and led her own Yoga Humanitarian Service Trip to Costa Rica. 

Renee is Registered Experienced Yoga Instructor with Yoga Alliance (2005 to present), a Certified Reiki Master and Certified Vegan Raw Foods Facilitator. 


 

sedona-az-kirtan-valerie-ironsValerie Irons – Sound Healing Practitioner & Kirtan Artist

Valerie Irons is an artist, sound alchemist and kirtan wallah living in Sedona, AZ. She founded Bhakti Tribe Sedona in 2010, bringing kirtan and devotional music to the Red Rocks of Sedona. She is dedicated to divine healing through the arts. She is inspired by divine love and is deeply grateful. You can find more on Valerie and her offerings at ValerieIrons.com


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Sedona resident Riitta Thrall is a Crystal Bowl Sound Practitioner, Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master, Teacher and Ordained Minister. Originally from western Michigan, Riitta resided in Southwest Florida for 10 years where she studied Buddhism, opened her own healing center, Heart and Soul Spiritual Center and continue to create one of a kind gemstone jewelry. She is passionate about sharing the healing powers of the Crystal Bowls and bringing balance back to those who seek her assistance


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Barbara Korte – Sound Healing & Energy Practitioner 

Sedona resident Barbara Korte is a Sound/Energy Practitioner, Reverend, Counselor, Life Coach,Teacher and Intuitive Reader. She has travelled the world to teach, seek and heal those in need of her service. Barbara is here to help her clients release blocks at a cellular level, clearing the way for a life filled with passion and love.