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. _________________________________________________________________________________
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!
Carrie Konyha – Yoga Instructor 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.
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. Brining love, compassion, and depth to all my classes so when you leave you feel like the pure and highest Self that you are.
Valerie 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.
Danielle Gray - Yoga Instructor RYT-200, 500
The practice of Dharma Yoga found Danielle in 2010, and after her very first class, she began to immerse herself in it, feeling a deep calling to share it with others. She participated in the 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. 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.
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 currently studying massage therapy here in Sedona. 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).
Ajita Petra Morano - Yoga Instructor RYT-200, 500
My Yoga Journey: I began my practice and study of Yoga in the late 80′s under Indian born S. Yesudian, the founder of the first Yoga school and retreat center in Europe. I continued my education in yoga and meditation over time, deepening my understanding of body-mind-spirit connection. I studied a variety of healing modalities and completed E-RYT 500 Yoga Therapy teacher training, which is greatly based on Iyengar’s teaching of aligning. About the class: My passion in teaching Yoga is to help students find the right alignment in a pose and to create a relaxed environment to experience joy, stillness and oneness. Through attention to proper alignment, weaker parts of the body will be strengthened and stiff areas of the body can release, thus awakening and realigning the whole body. An added benefit of an emphasis on correct anatomical alignment can be the diminishing of aches and pains and improved posture. As the body moves into better alignment, less muscular effort is required and relaxation naturally increases. _____________________________________________________________________________
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
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.
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.
Leah Meleski’s path has been influenced by many teachers from the Boston area since she began practicing in 2008. In 2013 she completed her teacher training at South Boston Yoga. Shortly after completion, she lived and volunteered at Kripalu for six months where she learned the importance of radical self-compassion. Leah encoura
Bryan Huseby CPT, CES
Consciousness Centered Healing & Yoga Bryan’s yoga and healing embodies the core values of Self-awareness, compassion and patience with an expert working knowledge of anatomy, physiology, energy and the mind-body relationship that has been established through more than 14 years of energy healing, consciousness development, advanced spiritual studies, yoga, meditation, personal training and postural corrective exercise. Each class and service are sure to support and inspire you toward the ultimate purpose of knowing the Self while attaining your personal health and life goals. Bryan is a certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He has toured the East Coast for the past eight years offering healing services and spiritual guidance for the purpose of knowing the Self. Bryan is currently enrolled in the University of Metaphysics of Sedona and is in the process of completing his Bachelors in Ministry.
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.