Yogi Surya Om – Yoga Instructor RYT-200, 500, 800hr
Yogi Surya Om is a devoted student and disciple of Sri Dharma Mittra. She has completed the 200hr, 500hr, and 800hr “Life of a Yogi” teacher trainings at the New York City Dharma Yoga Center. Her dedication and perseverance in preserving these yogic traditions has allowed her to spend countless hours immersed Sri Dharma’s presence. She has currently branched out from the New York City in order to spread the legacy passed on to her directly from the source. Her recent completion of the 300hr Maui Hot Yoga teacher training in the winter of 2012 has added knowledge of Bikram and Astanga traditions to her practice and teaching.
Through this practice, Surya offers students an authentic, pure, and clear transmission of teachings that have been preserved in this tradition of masters from the east. This oral tradition passed on directly from teacher to disciple has proven successful for many yogis of the past.
Surya steadily challenges students to go beyond inherited limitations while holding space for unlimited growth spiritually, mentally, and physically. You can find more on Yogi Surya Om and her offerings at YogiSuryaOm.com and DharmaYogaCenter.com.
Carrie Konyha – Yoga Instructor RYT 200
Carrie is a certified classical hatha yoga instructor (registered with the yoga alliance) who has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching since the year 2000. 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 & the development of intuitive intelligence. Carrie is experienced teacher with a professional background in dance & as as a transformational guide, spiritual mentor & holistic wellness coach. Her classes encompass yoga practices & teachings that support self-healing, increased mindfulness and encourage spiritually centered, holistically balanced living. You can find more on Carrie and her offerings at HolisticPsychic.com , MyHolisticSpirit.com and SedonaBellyDance.com.
Näthan Gangadean – Yoga Instructor
Näthan (Saith) Gangadean is a musician, singer, music producer, yoga teacher, and spiritual hike guide in Sedona as well as the creator of the Saith Yoga style. He also comes from a lineage of Yoga teachers including his grandfather Dewan Gangadean who pioneered Yoga in the United States since the early 1950′s.
Näthan began teaching yoga at age 19 having absorbed Yoga philosophy throughout his life and topped it off with an official certification in Ashtanga Vinyasa through It’s Yoga in San Francisco. Beginning his teaching career in his own studio (Devi Yoga, opened with his two siblings Devan and Sonali) Näthan had the freedom to immediately begin exploring the primal power of Yoga outside of the confines of any established school or approach.
Through countless hours of teaching and years of pushing the boundaries, Näthan developed a unique and liberating approach to the practice of Yoga called ‘Saith Yoga’. In addition, as a Fellow of the Global Dialogue institute, Haverford College, Näthan has extensive experience in cultivating the art of Deep Dialogue across worlds and traditions. This training was enriched by years of exploring diverse philosophical and spiritual texts situating Saith Yoga in a Global light for a Global age. You can find more on Nathan and his offerings at SaithYoga.com and SaithMusic.com.
Valerie Irons – 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.
Sean Cooke – Yoga Instructor
Sean has lived in the Sedona area for over 40 years and began practicing yoga in 2000. Keeping it simple with intentional breathing and quieting the mind’s agitation are key to Sean’s style. Facilitating classes gives him the joy of sharing the ongoing experience and being part of the growing web of yoga across the world.
Sean received teacher training in Astānga and Raja based Vinyasa Flow Yoga in 2003 from Devi Yoga in Sedona and has continued his education with Doug Swenson, Darren Rhodes and other fabulous Yogis and Yoginis.
You can find more about Sean and his offerings at SedonaYoga.com.
D.Henri Richanbach – Yoga Instructor
David Henri Richanbach is a fully certified Yoga teacher in the worldliest of ways, and yet, through the lens of the vast and rich tradition of Yoga he remains an intrepid explorer of the boundless golden threads, which weave together unnamable truths. Henri holds a bachelor of the arts with the Evergreen State College, where he created a self-designed major focused on consciousness studies, somatic psychology and the parallels between contemporary Shamanism and community enrichment. He is classically trained in Raja Yoga with the Mount Madonna Yoga School In Monterey California, and has spent countless hundreds of hours sweating on the mat with the World class “Radiantly Alive” Yoga school in Ubud, Bali. In this ripe time in the legacy of now Henri is excited to share the gifts that can only come through direct experience.
There is a saying, “The truth cannot be said, it can however be heard” In this Vinyasa Flow Yoga class the aim is always towards creating the conditions for the innate truth of who we are to be heard and shine ever more fully. We will utilize the techniques of Yoga Asana ~Posturing~ and Vinyasa ~the seamless linking of breath with movement ~ to create a sometimes physically demanding yet balanced holistic movement practice which leads to strength, grace and joy in the body and harmony with the mind and spirit. As one great Yogi Patahbi Jois said “Yoga is 99% practice 1% Theory.” Basic instruction will always be offered to accommodate all levels and provide consistent insight into the fundamentals of a beautiful Yoga practice, which can be infinitely drawn upon. All the while the orientation is towards the highest potentials of Yoga: Radiant health, Bliss and Oneness.
Linda Whittington – Yoga Instructor
Linda was first introduced to yoga in 2002. With that first down dog she felt a connection to the Divine and knew that yoga would become a big part of her life. For the first time she truly connected to her breathe and was opened up to a lifelong journey deep within. The physical benefits were lifesaving as well. Having suffered from back issues all through her 20′s, Linda was amazed to find that once she started stretching her body on a regular basis her back issues disappeared. Linda’s journey with yoga continued to deepen and in the late summer of 2011 while hiking by herself in Grand Teton National Park she felt a deep calling to become a yoga teacher. By October 2011 she graduated from a 200 hour Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training through the Teton Yoga Shala in Jackson Wyoming. Yoga has changed Linda’s life in every aspect and has brought her more into the realm of LOVE. Her passion is to share that love and her journey with her students because the more we open up to one another the more we open up to connection. While attending the 200 hour yoga teacher training Linda was guided to share the joy of yoga with adults and children. She has been working with children of all ages since 2001 in many different aspects and likes to think that the children she works with teach her more than she teaches them. In May of 2011 Linda traveled to Boulder Colorado and completed a kids yoga teacher training through Rainbow Kids Yoga.
Ajita began her practice and study of Yoga in the late 80′s under Indian born Selvarajan Yesudian, who was the founder of the first Yoga school and retreat center in Europe. The taste of the East had gotten to her and for several years she traveled many times to India, to learn and deepen her understanding in techniques of mediation and yoga. On this path of self discovery, she was privileged to have met some wonderful and inspiring teachers over the years.
Ajita holds the E-RYT 500hr yoga teacher training certificate with focus on Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda. She as well is trained and experienced in teaching the Great YogaWall, using innovative techniques on spinal extension and Iyengar based alignment techniques.
Ajita’s classes are alive and playful, yet she is encouraging students in finding an inner space of calm and rejuvenation. “My passion in teaching Yoga is to facilitate and help finding the right alignment in a pose, the joy to experience the stillness and oneness – this moment when you just know, you are home!”
Joey Philo – Yoga Instructor
Joey received her Yoga Certification from the White Lotus Foundation and offers an Intuitive Invigorating Flow to awaken the senses and increase body awareness for ultimate health and well-being.
While teaching form and alignment she encourages freedom and creative self expression in her teaching style. Her background as a Pilates Instructor brings deep connection to the core muscle groups
for increased balance and stability. She loves sharing her passion for all movement, asana, breathwork and yoga styles. Joey believes yoga is a tool for life which fine tunes all systems of the body,
strengths the spirit, brings peace and confidence for everyone to thrive and reach their full potential on and off the mat.