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BYC Yoga Teacher Features

2013 BYC PRESENTERS

Becky Groberg

Mountain Kids Yoga

Becky Groberg is a ChildLight Certified Yoga Instructor who loves helping children find peace, balance, and fun through yoga. She’s also a Head Start Early Care Advocate and Vermont Licensed Educator. A graduate of Champlain College’s Early Childhood Education program, Becky lives with her husband Dave and kitten Effie in Burlington’s Old North End. Visit Becky’s Website


Brenda McMorrow

Kirtan Artist

Warm and inviting, crystalline and pure, Brenda McMorrow’s voice expresses the soul of a lifetime seeker and musical pilgrim. In recent years, Brenda McMorrow’s rich and diverse musical career, spanning folk, jazz and bluegrass, has become focused on the spiritual power of sound and, in particular kirtan. Her singer-songwriter background gives her a unique approach to these sacred chants, and has led to her being invited to perform with such celebrated kirtan artists as Jai Uttal, David Newman, Guruganesha Singh, Shyamdas, Wah!, Girish and Dave Stringer, as well as Grammy-winning cellist David Darling. An inexhaustible touring artist, McMorrow has shared her vibrant blend of folk-inspired melodies, world beats and Sanskrit-inspired chant on theater and festival stages across North America and large swaths of Europe. When not on the road, she resides in Guelph, Ontario. McMorrow is a featured artist on White Swan Records — the Colorado-based label well-known for its roster of high-profile, yoga-inspired artists like Deva Premal, Donna De Lory and MC Yogi – and with them has released two recordings (both produced by Ben Leinbach), AMEYA and LOVE ABOUNDS.
Visit Brenda’s Website

Coral Brown

Senior Teacher Trainer of Prana Flow® Yoga

Coral Brown, eRYT , LMHC As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Coral practices Holistic Counseling, a model which demonstrates an integrated body-mind-spirit approach to mental-health counseling. She draws on her extensive experience in yoga, philosophy, and holistic counseling to provide fertile, open space for the processes of healing and transformation. Her integrative yet lighthearted approach invites students to unite mind, body, and spirit to transcend physical asana and create space for conscious evolution. Students are invited to recognize, honor and synchronize with their natural rhythms. Coral is also a senior teacher of Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow Energetic Vinyasa Yoga, the director of 200 and 500-hour teacher training programs, and the founder of Turnagain Wellness, a holistic healing collaborative. She leads retreats and workshops worldwide, and is honored to be a Bali Spirit Festival and Yoga Journal Conference presenter as well a contributor and cover model for Yoga Journal magazine. Check out Coral’s video series on Yoga Journal due for release in April 2013. Visit Coral’s Website


David Magone

Founder of Pranavayu Yoga

In addition to teaching PranaVayu classes and workshop worldwide, David serves as a faculty member at the Kripalu center for health in Lennox MA and teaches Mangalam Yantra Yoga under the guidance of Harvard University Buddhist Chaplain Lama Migmar Tseten. David has been featured regulaly in the press with mentions in the Wall Street Journal, Self Magazine, Women’s Health,Travel+Leisure, Boston Magazine, Shape, and many other publications. He is also a regular contributor to Huffington Post’s Healthy Living section. Visit David’s Website


Devarshi Steven Hartman

Dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga

Devarshi Steven Hartman, E-RYT, Dean of the Pranotthan School of Yoga, Founder of LifeQuest Intensive, Co-Founder of Acharya Intensive, faculty member of Nosara Yoga Institute’s Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum and Senior Kripalu Yoga Teacher Trainer. A student and teacher of yoga and yoga philosophy since 1974, Devarshi was a longtime Kripalu Ashram resident, former Dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga, and has dedicated his life to the study and practice of the art and science of yoga. Devarshi is the creator of the best-selling audio series The Essence of the Bhagavad-Gita, leads workshops and retreats throughout the country and, in addition to teaching yoga, is a Healing Arts Practitioner, Spiritual Coach, and Teacher of A Course in Miracles. www.stevenhartman.com Visit Devarshi’s Website


Diana Whitney

Founder: Core Flow Yoga

Diana Whitney teaches a dynamic, Ashtanga-inspired vinyasa flow that strengthens the body while opening the heart. For 12 years, she has led students through a creative asana flow that integrates core strength, breath and self-compassion. Diana is a lifelong athlete, and her teaching is informed by her experience in sports, creative writing, and motherhood. She writes a parenting column for two Vermont newspapers and blogs candidly about life with young children. Diana raced on the Varsity cross-country ski team at Dartmouth College, and rowed competitively both at Dartmouth and the University of Oxford in the UK, where she completed her Master’s degree in English. Diana has studied with renowned yoga teachers Beryl Bender Birch, Tim Feldmann, Nancy Gilgoff, and Christine Hoar, among others, and is certified to teach Pilates Mat through Power Pilates. Diana integrates aspects of Pilates core work into her yoga flow, and just completed a year-long training in the Rasamaya method, a fluid, dance-like form of vinyasa yoga.
Visit Diana’s Website


Dominique Dodge

Harpist

Dominique Dodge is a harper, singer, and yoga instructor based in Burlington, VT. She is deeply grounded in the music and song traditions of Ireland and Scotland. Her repertoire spans the Atlantic with lively dance tunes, haunting airs, and songs from Ireland, Scotland, and Appalachia. Dominique spent last year at the University of Limerick on a Fulbright Scholarship, where she earned an MA in Irish Music Performance. She also holds a BA honors in Scottish Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Ten years ago, tension and repetitive strain injuries led Dominique to a Kripalu yoga class. The many benefits of her yoga practice included relief from injury and increased focus and energy for her music. In 2010, Dominique became a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher (200 hrs) through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Dominique has been performing, recording, and teaching in New England and abroad for over ten years.
Visit Dominique’s Website


Durga Ahlund

Babaji’s Kriya Yoga

Durga has been practicing and studying Yoga since 1967, and teaching Yoga for over twenty years. She teaches Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Kriya Yoga and also practices as a Phoenix Rising Yoga therapist. She created a two year self-study course of Yoga, meditation and one self called “The Grace Course,” and wrote, acted and produced the video, “Kriya Hatha Yoga: Self-realization through Action with Awareness.” She has written articles on Yoga for Pure Inspiration Magazine since 2006 and written books on Kriya Yoga, “Deepening Your Practice,” and Insight Along the Path” with her husband, Marshall Govindan. She developed and teaches a Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course at their Kriya Yoga Ashram in Quebec, and in India, Brazil and Europe. She has been involved in the editing of many books on Yoga for Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas (India) and Kriya Yoga Publications in Canada. She was inducted into the teaching Order of Acharyas of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga in Bangalore, India in January 2003 and gives Initiations into Babaji’s Kriya Yoga in Canada and the U.S.A. Visit Durga’s Website


Elysabeth Williamson & Lisa Cannizzaro

Principle-Based Partner Yoga™

Elysabeth Williamson is an internationally recognized Yoga teacher and founder of Principle-Based Partner Yoga™. She is the author of ‘The Pleasures and Principles of Partner Yoga’ a seven year undertaking, and recently released ‘Partner Yoga Touch’, a state-of-the-art iPhone app, both award winning projects. Elysabeth has had a lifelong connection with Yoga and experienced spontaneous, intuitive movement into yoga postures throughout her childhood. She began formal studies at the age of seventeen, including many diverse Yogic traditions such as Kripalu, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, Kundalini, Kriya, and Power Vinyasa Yoga. Certified as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Elysabeth incorporates a wide variety of healing modalities into her teaching including Thai Yoga massage, Cranial Sacral, Shiatsu and various meditation techniques. Elysabeth has been teaching Yoga for over 25 years and is accredited through Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500, experienced, registered, Yoga teacher. Elysabeth resides in Santa Barbara, CA and is the mother of two children.Visit Elysabeth’s Website


Emily Garrett

Owner, Co-Founder: Laughing River Yoga

Emily is the owner of Laughing River Yoga where she co-directs the Laughing River Yoga Teacher Training and leads annual yogasurf retreats to Costa Rica and Maine. Grounded and warm, she brings to her classes a thorough understanding of alignment, patience, and an invitation to compassionately explore one’s self. It is the deep inner stillness she hopes to share with her students, the sense that they are perfect as they are.Visit Emily’s Website


Gillian Comstock

Founder, Metta Earth Institute

Gillian Kapteyn Comstock, Co-Director of Metta Earth Institute, Inc., is dedicated to creating sanctuaries for others to experience vibrant presence. With a passion for discovering the wild in mind, body, and earth, she has led yoga retreats, wilderness quests, and trainings in nature sanctuaries around the world. A yoga practitioner for more than 30 years and long time yoga guide, she is certified in Kripalu, Jivamukti, and Advanced Interdisciplinary Yoga. She is a founding member of the Green Yoga Association and serves on the Green Yoga Council. As a holistic psychotherapist in private practice for nearly 20 years, Gillian also offers mentoring, quest guiding, and leadership trainings. She holds an MA in Counseling Psychology and a BA in Human Ecology, and is certified as a Wilderness First Responder. Inspired by wholesome service, her teaching is infused with ways to find balance and a deepening quietude. For nearly two decades she has been a participant in the Assisi Institute community, which engages in a highly dynamic interdisciplinary investigation of Jungian psychology, creative process, mythology, and the new sciences. She is a mother of three grown sons, weaving family and community sustainability with the contemplative path. Visit Gillian’s Website


Jane Jarecki Lanza

Co-founder of Burlington Yoga Conference & Liberate Music & Yoga Festival & Laughing River Yoga

Jane, E-RYT, began to study yoga and Buddhism in 2004 following a trip to Northern India. She was asked to teach by one of her yoga teachers in 2006 after being certified in the Kripalu method. Jane is grateful to practice Kripalu Yoga and Babaji’s Kriya Yoga. Jane draws on wisdom from (what the great teacher Gangaji calls), many unique “lifestreams,” of one great ocean. Jane’s inspired by the connectivity of the intelligent universe, through yoga practice, her great teachers and students. Jane’s mission is to transmit yoga through consciousness and love. Read Jane Yoga blog.


Jennie Date

Single Track Mindfulness

Jennie started mountain biking seventeen years ago, as a way to improve her college education in Montana, and found it so satisfying that she never stopped. Finding the keys to fitness, community, and personal development through experiencing the outdoors on two wheels, she brought her passion to the singletrack trails of Vermont in 1997. In 2000, she encountered the empowering and rejuvenating practice of yoga. She soon found that the grace of yoga transferred powerfully into mountain biking, enhancing her ability to find the flow of the trails. She has since spent her time exploring trails, instructing youth, learning carpentry, leading bike tours, teaching yoga, and witnessing the evolution of singletrack in Vermont. In all her spare time, she creates intricately painted driftwood pieces, abstract landscape drawings and herbal medicinal concoctions. She also enjoys studying astrology, cooking delicious local meals, and building bike jumps. She is currently investigating new styles of riding to expand her knowledge of the sport.Visit Jennie’s Website


Jenn Childress

Single Track Mindfulness

Jenn has been a mountain biking enthusiast since 2005 when she lived in Chicago. She started commuting on the bike path and remembered how much fun she had as a kid riding her bike. After reading about a hut-to-hut trip in Colorado, she decided to give mountain biking a try and started her exploration. She was astounded by the joy she got from it. As her passion continued to grow, she explored many avenues of the sport including commuting, road riding, downhilling, dirt jumping, cross country riding, and all mountain epics. Upon moving to Vermont, she began instructing kids and adults in her free time. Jenn eventually found yoga and experienced first hand how yogic principles translated into more confidence, balance, and overall success on the bike. Currently, she is exploring yoga through her own practice and studying with Jivamukti and Vajra teachers. She obtained her yoga teacher certification in October. She is a public educator in her eleventh year as a middle school literacy specialist who loves to read, play guitar, and travel.Visit Jenn’s Website


Jill Campbell

AcroYoga

Jill Campbell is based in Montreal. Certified Acroyoga and Yoga teachers, their classes are fun and engaging. Their experience combines acroyoga with yogic knowledge, circus techniques, creative exploration and body work to promote play, exploration and communication is a safe environment. Get ready to fly! Read a special interview with Jill by BYC


John de Kadt

World percussionist, Spoken-word artist

John de Kadt is an international percussionist, poet, and storyteller. He has studied and played ethnic hand percussive instruments for 30 years and plays drums from India, Ireland, Brazil, Egypt, Switzerland, Africa, Cuba and more. He’s studied with percussion masters around the world, taught drumming on PBS and live nationally on NBC. He’s performed with David Darling, Subash Chandran, Ganesh Kumar, Jai Uttal, Robert Bly, Baba Olatunji, Colman Barks and many others. John has played on many recordings and has released three CD’s “This Rhythm Is Not Mine” and “Rhythms of the Infinite” and “One River” co created with Benjy Wertheimer. John travels internationaly performing his unique and powerful blend of poetry, story and percussion. John also loves to teach both privately and in groups and creates a safe space where learning is fun and easy. Visit John’s Website


Joni White-Hansen

Journey Dance
Joni White-Hansen is a lover of dance, yoga, play, art, people, and an adventurer of the inner and outer landscapes of the body, mind and spirit. As a teacher of JourneyDance and Yoga Dance for over 6 years, as well as an Art Educator, Enrichment Teacher and Circus Artist in Residence, Joni finds joy in inspiring others to tap into their divine, beautiful and playful selves. “Love Yourself….You Are Amazing” is one of her life mantras….and she believes that the gem that resides within ourselves calls to be ‘buffed’ and shined, on a daily basis. Joni aspires to inspire, creating sacred space in her dance classes and events.To learn more about Joni and JourneyDance™, Visit Journey Dance’s Website


Julia Howe Sullivan

Laughing River Yoga

Julia is a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher who has been benefiting from the boundless gifts of the practice for ten years. She took her first yoga class at age sixteen, and since then has been a devoted practitioner and student of asana, pranayama, and meditation. Yoga planted the initial seed on Julia’s journey toward self-discovery, love, and compassion. Her classes emphasize a deep appreciation for all that we are, both as individuals and as a collective consciousness. Through a rigorous asana practice, she aims to ignite and nourish self-inquiry and love as students move through a flow of postures linked to breath and intention. Students are encouraged to tap into their own, unique body wisdom as they allow the mind to quiet and the heart to open. Whether it’s your first time stepping onto the mat or something you do daily, Julia’s priority is to create a safe and sacred space for your practice.Visit Julia’s Website


Kalpana Reddy

Founder of Wholistic Care at AHMC, Malone, NY

Kalpana Reddy, RYT 500, owner and founder of Wholistic Care at AHMC in Malone, NY, is a native of India and has made her home in the foothills of the Adirondacks for the past 35 years. Kalpana is drawn to teaching the importance of healing and empowering the individual as a whole; body, mind and spirit. Through her personal experiences and various teachings and trainings, she promotes recognizing one self as part of the whole in one’s own well being and healing. Kalpana is a certified yoga therapist specializing in yoga and cancer care, meditation teacher, hatha yoga instructor – svaroopa style, certified empowerment life coach, certified group facilitator and certified in death, grief, loss and transition studies. She is also a Reiki Master and trained embodiment therapist. Kalpana has offered numerous workshops in the northern New York region as well as Montreal, Canada in hope of instilling the promise of yoga and experiencing the power of grace and living in that grace.


Kathy McNames

Co-Owner and Co-Director: Yoga Vermont

Kathy McNames has been practicing, teaching and playing with Yoga since 1983. “I find Yoga to be a very personal effort toward Peace and equanimity. There are many, many practices to help this come about. Revisiting meaningful and lifelong philosophies is my main focus, while Ashtanga Yoga, Vedic Chanting and standing on my hands, all tie for second.”Visit Kathy’s Website


Kreg Weiss

Co-Founder: My Yoga Online

Kreg is a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher, international presenter and kinesiologist (exercise science). All of his classes integrate a purposeful, meditative quality to allow for an experience of connection and reflection while the body explores expansion and renewal. Kreg acquired his Yoga certification in 2002 following several successful years of venturing in the wellness industry as a personal trainer, group fitness trainer, and national competitive athlete. Kreg has been able to complement his teaching practice with additional studies in Kinesiology and Health Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Striving to share his passion for Yoga, Kreg was inspired in 2004 to co-create MyYogaOnline.com, which has grown to become a thriving production company and the leading global resource for online yoga videos. Visit Kreg’s Website


Lauren Rudick

Avigna Yoga

Lauren’s love of yoga has taken her around the world. She has studied, taught and practiced across 4 continents and in over a dozen countries. She draws inspiration from the individuals, scenery, foods, and astonishment she encounters on her adventures. Lauren’s dynamic and upbeat classes are infused with humor, positivity and joy helping her students build confidence on and off the mat. Hailing from Montreal, Lauren has found a unique niche in the Canadian market, teaching “Yoga for Hockey Players” designed to help improve strength and flexibility in areas often problematic for athletes. When not teaching yoga, Lauren expresses her creative side through her jewelry line and contributes articles to MindBodyGreen, MyYogaOnline and Elephant Journal. Otherwise she can be found, snowboarding, beachbumming, hiking or snuggling her dog Julius. Lauren is certified with the international yoga alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500. Visit Lauren’s Website


Lindsay Foreman

Center For Mindful Learning

Lindsay is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. She has been practicing yoga for six years and meditation for eleven years. As a yoga and meditation teacher her primary focus is to create a container for people to come home to their true selves with deep compassion and acceptance. Her students describe her approach as gentle and welcoming. Influenced by the teachings of Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh, Lindsay offers students practical ways to incorporate mindfulness into daily living, to encourage balance, connection, and wellbeing. For six years Lindsay served as a case manager and advocate in the social services, interweaving mindfulness practices into her work with women and youth. Lindsay has also led classes on compassionate communication, conflict-resolution, and stress-management. In 2007 she co-founded the Gentle Heart Sangha, a mindfulness group in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. She is currently establishing a program to bring yoga and mindfulness tools to under-served populations. Through the support of her own Yoga and meditation practice, Lindsay continues to open her heart to her own struggles and to those around her. Visit Lindsay’s Website


Lisa Buell

Journey Dance
A certified life and business coach for 13 years and an entrepreneur for 30, Lisa embarked on a journey to embody her spirituality several years ago, beginning with full immersion into a transformational movement practice called JourneyDance™ and a trip to India. Since then she has expanded her path of facilitating self-awareness/empowerment and supporting conscious entrepreneurship, to include intuitive process painting – Painting from the Source™ , and nature-based learning – Vision Quest guiding. Lisa’s friend, Daniel, once responded to her voicemail – “You’ve reached Lisa Buell, CreateJoy Coaching and Do Something Worthy” (a coaching program helping people uncover and tap into their own greatness and unique contribution) ) – with a message that she adopted as her bio. He said: I hope to connect soon. Meanwhile, I trust you are being Lisa Buell (engaging in the relentless pursuit of self-awareness, growth, and connection with Source), creating joy (expressing and tapping into the joy and beauty that exists in the world and inside of us), and doing something worthy (her driving passion to contribute to the evolution of the planet). To learn more about Lisa and JourneyDance™, Visit Journey Dance’s Website


Lyn Sellars

Dharma Yoga

Lyn Sellars received her 200hr certification in Vinyasa Flow through Frog Lotus Yoga. She practiced and studied with many teachers until being introduced to Sri Dharma Mittra. Dharma Mittra is a true yoga master and is known as the teacher’s teacher. Dharma yoga integrates true classical yoga through the form of hatha-raja yoga leading you to the ultimate goal of yoga, Self realization. Hatha the union of physical mastery. Raja the union of mental mastery. Lyn has received her 500hr and 800hr certification through the Dharma Yoga Center. Learning from Sri Dharma has changed her practice, her teaching, and her life. Through his grace and guidance, her practice has become an act of devotion and has reached all aspects of her life. Dharma has taught Lyn that practice is built upon Yama and Niyama especially Ahimsa, non-violence. By following the ethical rules all else will fall into place. Lyn is a devoted student thrilled to serve her guru and share his knowledge with others.


Martha Whitney

Evolution Yoga

Martha offers a mindful, inspiring and welcoming yoga environment that fosters an enhanced self-acceptance and embodied well-being. Her in-depth training in anatomy, movement and breath allows her to artfully guide postures that access body ease and aliveness. Martha compassionately meets her students where they are while encouraging them to stretch beyond what they have known and to experience more fully who they truly are. Students leave class feeling more comfortable, confident and resilient in themselves and in their lives. Martha has been studying yoga and body-mind therapy since 1991. In addition to group and private yoga classes Martha is in private practice supporting life change through Hakomi, a body centered psychotherapy. Martha’s other great passion is long canoe trips in the open landscape of Labrador, where, as in yoga, she feels vastly alive. Visit Martha’s Website


Megha Nancy Buttenheim

Founder: Let Your Yoga Dance®

Megha Nancy Buttenheim, Kripalu senior teacher-trainer and national presenter, is the creator and founder of Let Your Yoga Dance: Grace in Motion®. Her focus is in healing body, mind and spirit through the joy of yoga dance, meditation, and compassionate yoga. A lifelong singer, dancer and actress, Megha brings great passion, enthusiasm, and love to her work and to her students. She directs Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training, Kripalu Yoga Dance Teacher Training, and Intro to Yoga and Meditation at Kripalu Center, and Let Your Yoga Dance® Teacher Training and Moontides Yoga at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. Megha offers weekly classes in Let Your Yoga Dance for Parkinson’s in western Massachusetts as well as on the road. In her work with Yoga Dance and Parkinson’s she brings together people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers to create a deeper understanding of living and moving gracefully with PD – through dancing yoga. Visit Megha’s Website


Melissa Capezzuto

Dharma Yoga

Melissa has devoted her life to realizing the Supreme Self while living in the everyday world. After years of study, she was accepted and initiated by Sri Dharma Mittra as Brahmani Om ( the benevolent aspect of the Divine Mother). She is known for her devotional teaching style, compassion, and humility. The Yamas and Niyamas are taught as the core component of this ancient science. She encourages students to connect with their spiritual hearts, finding their inner Truth, and Self through the first Yama, Ahimsa (non-harming) to all living beings. Her classes embody the eight limbs of Yoga, from the physical to the esoteric. When she is not teaching in San Francisco and Vermont, Melissa is extremely grateful to be assisting and mentoring for Sri Dharma’s 200, 500, and 800hr Life of a Yogi teacher trainings in NYC. She leads Dharma workshops worldwide and owns a Dharma Yoga retreat center in Vermont, which offers immersions and workshops helping students realize their higher Selves.Visit Melissa’s Website


Myra Lewin

Founder: Hale Pule, Kauai

Myra Lewin has studied and taught Yoga, Ayurveda, nutrition, meditation, and energy management since the early 1990s. Previously, Myra had a diverse career in the fields of medicine, executive management, and business consulting. For over a decade, Myra has conducted Yoga teacher trainings emphasizing a harmonized approach to Yoga and Ayurveda. Hale Pule, her Yoga Alliance registered school, is located on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.Myra offers individual counseling, meditation retreats, teacher-trainings, workshops, and conference presentations around the globe. She is also an organic farmer, mediator, and minister in The Church of Aesclepion Healing. She works with people in any stage of life, including the elderly and those recovering from addiction. Her in-depth knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and psychology enables her to approach people at their level, encouraging the integration of healthy balanced practices as a foundation for life. With her focus on growth and service, Myra also enjoys world travel, surfing, hiking and playing with her dogs. Student’s benefit from the example of her joy-filled life as much as from her teachings. Read a special interview with Myra by BYC | Visit Myra’s Website


Russell Comstock

Founder, Metta Earth Institute

Russell Comstock, Co-Director of Metta Earth Institute, Inc., has given his life to living, learning, and loving. As stepfather of twenty five years to three grown sons, Russell is dedicated to fathering, family, and community life. Always moved by the soul of earth, he holds an MA in Contemplative and Ecological Leadership and a BA in Human Ecology. A practitioner of yoga for more than twenty years, he is certified in both Interdisciplinary and Jivamukti Yoga, and brings to all his teaching a spirit of embodied devotion. Russell is a founding member of the Green Yoga Association and serves on the Green Yoga Council. With extensive experience directing programs in wilderness, adventure, and experiential education, Russell integrates a steady intention to help humans connect more compassionately with earth and with each other. He has trained as a quest and wilderness guide with Earth Rise Foundation, School of Lost Borders, and Outdoor Leadership Training Seminars. He has been a nationally certified Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) for many years, and now maintains a Wilderness First Responder certification. He has recently completed a handbook called: Metta Earth Yoga – Contemplative Ecological Practices for a Sustainable Future. Visit Russell’s Website


Scott York

Co-Owner and Co-Director: Yoga Vermont

Scott York has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga at Yoga Vermont since 2001. “We experience the world in a different body everyday. Through consistent practice we realize that we must approach the day and the day’s work from where we are. Yoga provides a framework and structure to lead a happy, healthy life, in an ever changing world. Find yourself on your mat.”Visit Scott’s Website


Vidhya Sherry Ryan

Founder: Providence Healing Arts

Sherry Vidhya Ryan LMT, RYT is the founder of Providence Healing Arts, a Yoga Studio & alternative healing center in Providence, RI. She has over 20 years of experience in the study of Traditional Five Element Theory and Ayurveda. A Student of Hatha, Kriya & Kundalini Yoga for nearly 40 years, Vidhya is a certified 500 hour yoga instructor facilitating retreats and trainings throughout the world. Vidhya is presently completing her training as an Acharya of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga. She received her Sanskrit name Vidhya meaning knowledge or wisdom, in Vyaas Gufa, the 5000 year old cave in the Himalayan Mountains, where the Bhagavad Gita was written. “a brilliant, compassionate & humble teacher!” – Kripalu retreat attendee. Visit Sherry’s Website


Sofi Dilof

Laughing River Yoga

Sofi is an advanced certified Jivamukti Yoga instructor who has been teaching Yoga since 1997. Since her earliest experiences with the Yoga, Sofi has felt the profound transformative benefits of the practice and continues to use it on a daily basis to meet the emotional and physical challenges she experiences in her life. Sofi brings to her teachings the wisdom and psychology of Yoga philosophy derived from her many years of scriptural study as well as the ancient art of Vinyasa Krama – the sequencing of poses linked together with breath and intention in order to move the practitioner to greater states of happiness and freedom. Sofi is the Co-Founder and Director of the Vermont Community Yoga Project, an organization that brings the healing practices of Yoga to the under served populations of our community, as well as an active member of Off The Mat Into The World. Sofi teaches both private and group classes in the greater Burlington area and travels nationally and internationally to teach workshops. She is also co-director of the Laughing River Yoga teacher training. To learn more about Sofi visit her web site.
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Sudha Carolyn Lundeen

Kripalu School of Ayurveda

Bio – Sudha Carolyn Lundeen, 500-ERYT, is an RN and senior teacher at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Lenox, MA. She leads 200 and 500 hour level Kripalu Yoga Teacher Trainings and is on the faculty of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She leads workshops and trainings internationally, for individuals, groups and in corporate settings. Sudha’s personal experience with breast cancer combined with 12 years in clinical nursing (Rehab, Recovery Room, and Oncology) lends a sensitivity and broad knowledge base to her teaching style that is described as welcoming, humorous and healing. Her passion for supporting women back to wholeness and health is inspiring. Read more about Sudha in this BYC blog. Visit Sudha’s Website


Tim Whitney

Core Flow Yoga
Tim Whitney is a sculling coach, psychotherapist and longtime yoga practitioner. He loves play and exercise, and integrates them into his therapeutic work with both children and adults. His work in the mental health field has taught him that nothing is better than exercise and movement for helping people settle into a natural, relaxed state. Tim has coached sculling for students of all ages and abilities for more than 10 years, at the Long Beach Rowing Association, the Craftsbury Sculling Center, the Putney School, the Putney Rowing Club, and Row-BOC. He was the captain of Wesleyan Crew and went on to become the 2001 National Champion in the men’s single sculls, placing 13th at the FISA World Rowing Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland. Tim is a lifelong athlete, and his many sports include: cross-country skiing, hockey, speed-skating, surfing, baseball, running, and cycling. Mindful yoga has always been part of his athletic training and race preparation. He recently completed a year-long instructor training in the Yoga of Energy Flow. Visit Tim’s Website

Yogi P and the Funky Shanti

BYC Afterparty: Cosmic Love Party Kirtan

Yogi P and the Funky Shanti, Burlington’s premiere Kirtan band, offers a Kirtan practice that is refreshingly earthy, deeply meditative, and delightfully uplifting: a campfire singaglong in Sanskrit, with influences from Maha Mantra to Marley and Motown. Yogi Patrick McAndrew, chant leader, guitar, and harmonium, is a Kripalu-certified yoga instructor, lifelong musician, and longtime meditator in the lineage of Nityananda (“forever in bliss”), who loves to build community and celebration through music. His sparkling guitar riffs, warm presence, and lighthearted devotion guide the Kirtan ship. Heidi Champney, violin and vocals, is the anchor, leading the response choir. Her powerful vocals, flowing fiddle lines, rooted spirit, and inspired encouragement remind all that your singing voice is a birthright. In addition to Kirtan, Yogi P and the Funky Shanti offers devotional concerts, music and yoga workshops, and live accompaniment for yoga classes.


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