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"Who we are in no particular order

except for the big kahuna first" ~Mike

 

 

Charlotte "Sakti Devi" Matsumura,YA 200hr E-RYT, is co-founder of Pranava Yoga Center in Colorado Springs, CO. and is co-director of the PYC Teacher Training program. She has been a student of yoga since taking her first class in New York City in 2001. The practice of yoga and asana have been constants in her life ever since. She is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, and has her 200 hour E-RYT YA certification. Charlotte continues to delve more deeply into the practices of yoga and has taken workshops with Seane Corne, David Swenson, Ana Forrest, and Manorama, to name a few. Forever a student, Charlotte is dedicated to her yogic journey and to continuing to learn as much as she can. Her studies have continued with her teacher, Manorama, (director of the School of Sanskrit Studies in NYC) through the Path of Luminous Shabda (this path combines Sanskrit, meditation and yoga philosophy), who also gave her the Sanskrit name Sakti Devi.


Charlotte was born in Houston, Texas, but spent much of her growing up years in the small Texas town of Brenham. She graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in Geography….thinking that she might become a cartographer. Oh how plans change! In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, reading…mostly fiction, spending time with her dog, Luna, and she loves learning do-it-yourself projects. She enjoys living a vegetarian lifestyle and is constantly striving to live more consciously in all aspects of life.


It was through practicing at yoga studios in NYC, where Charlotte first experienced sadhana (spiritual practice). She spent the next five years practicing yoga in NYC, primarily at Jivamukti, but also took classes with Duncan Wong (Yogic Arts), Dana Flynn (Laughing Lotus), Dharma Mittra, as well as other teachers. It was through her experiences in yoga class that she first began gaining a deeper understanding of the human body and the connection between body, mind and spirit. She found a true love for yoga and for all the amazing gifts of a steady practice.


During her time in NYC, Charlotte also studied at the Swedish Institute, earning her A.O.S. degree in massage therapy. Her studies at SI deepened her knowledge of anatomy and have given her an even greater understanding of how the human body works. She is trained in various massage modalities, including Swedish, Shiatsu, perinatal, and sports massage techniques, and is a licensed massage therapist in the states of New York and Colorado.


As a yoga instructor, Charlotte strives to inspire her fellow yogis to live a more balanced, peaceful, and happy existence. She is a compassionate and sincere teacher. You will find her classes challenging and her presence warm. And there is usually some chanting included too! Charlotte’s classes are shaped from her years of practicing in New York, and from all her teachers and inspirations from the past and the present.

 

Charlotte will be one of the presenters for the Telluride Yoga Festival in July 2013 and Austin Yoga Conference in May 2013!

 

 

 

Mike Matsumura, YA 500hr E-RYT - In March of 2002, Mike walked into a yoga center in the Lower Eastside of Manhattan wanting to get into an exercise class. That yoga center was Jivamukti Yoga Center. He didn't know exactly what he was getting himself into but he thought it would be a great place for light stretching and a workout. What the class had for him was nothing he had ever experienced in his life. At first, everyone just sat there and the yoga instructor started preaching some stuff that he didn't understand at all, and then the class started chanting the word "Om." He was confused and initially, he didn't like it at all. He didn't know anything about yoga, meditation, chanting, or spirituality. At first, he was turned off by this chanting and mediation stuff. He felt it was not his thing but kept doing it anyway. He tried to keep an open mind and then he started to understand it little by little. "If you allow yourself, you can learn anything and everything from anyone and everyone." That was the beginning of his Yogic Path. In 2004, Mike met his guru (teacher), Sri Dharma Mittra, with whom he studied in NYC at Dharma Yoga Center. Mike eventually became a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 hour advanced certified teacher in Dharma Yoga Level 1-3 and also became initiated as one of Sri Dharma Mittra's disciples right before he left NYC for Colorado Springs to be with his wife. Sri Dharma Mittra gave Mike the Sanskrit name "Sadhu Om," which means the righteous and holy. Mike is constantly continuing on his yogic journey , keeping his teachers and their teachings with him along the way. Besides working on this yogic path, Mike also practices being a vegetarian. Mike currently teaches at Pranava Yoga Center and presents workshops in different states.

 

More on a personal side, while Mike grew up mostly in Northern New Jersey and in New York City, he was born just outside of Tokyo, Japan and lived there until he was 7 years old.  Mike’s first job was dishwashing at a restaurant at the age of 12 where his father once managed. Through his teens and young adulthood, Mike worked as a dishwasher, a bus-boy cleaning tables, restaurant server, hotel bell staff, hotel front desk clerk, and bartender. He later worked as a property manager and personal assistant for a well known celebrity for 16 yrs before moving to Colorado. During this period, Mike also had a career in theater as a stage actor in New York City performing in Off-Off Broadway plays; he is a lifetime member of the worldly renowned, The Actors Studio and the Screen Actors’ Guild. Before opening Pranava Yoga Center with his wife Charlotte. Mike worked at the Broadmoor Hotel working in the room service department for a short period and taught yoga in Colorado Springs and Denver area.


Since residing in Colorado, Mike has been very involved with the Colorado yoga community. He was guest teacher for the events Spark The Fire in Denver, Yoga Rocks the Park in '09 and '10, Yoga Rocks Mountain Fest ’09 at Lyons and '10 in Snowmass, Colorado, and Friday Night Yoga Club in Denver. Mike was one of the presenters for Telluride Yoga Festival in July 2012 and 2013, Austin Yoga Festival in October 2012 and Austin Yoga Conference in May, 2013. Mike “Sadhu Om” Matsumura is the Co-Founder of Pranava Yoga Center in Colorado Springs. Mike enjoys helping everyone to find their own teacher inside their heart. Mike is also the ambassador for Manduka Yoga Mat.

 

Mike will be one of the presenters at Telluride Yoga Festival in July 2013 and Austin Yoga Festival in October 2013!

 

 

Would you like Mike to present a workshop at a studio,

be involved in your teacher training program,

conference or an event?

 

Email: info@pranavayogacenter.com

 

 

Pranava Yoga Center's Mike Matsumura was in Om Yoga Magazine! Click here to check out photographer Charlotte Geary's website and other photos.

 

 

 

Gloria J., YA 200 hr E-RYT

Gloria is a dynamic, compassionate teacher with a gentle spirit.  Her rich background of experience in behavioral health, education, and rehabilitative services has given her a strong platform from which to teach yoga. Gloria has worked with special needs children, seniors, folks with terminal illness, clients with biomechanical issues and injuries, and most recently with active duty service members suffering from PTSD and/or related symptoms.


Fascinated by the miracle of the human body and the strength of the human spirit, Gloria was drawn to the practice of yoga in the Fall of 1999.  Inspired by the teachings of the Baptiste Power Vinyasa tradition, she received the highest level of training with renowned yoga master, Baron Baptiste.  Gloria became the first teacher to introduce this transformational style of yoga to the Colorado Springs community.   In addition to her training with Baron, Gloria has also received additional training with Tom Stiles in Structural Yoga Therapy and is currently seeking advanced certification in Yoga Nidra with Richard Miller, Ph.D. through the Integrative Restoration Institute.


“Teaching yoga has given me a strong sense of purpose.  I’ve learned that the power of the human spirit is stronger than our deepest fears or perceived limitations.”

 

Pranava Yoga Center is honored that Gloria is part of our

Teacher Training Program.

 

 

 

 

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Doug J., YA 200hr RYT, was conceived in Colorado Springs, born and raised in Illinois, then found his way back to Colorado Springs by way of mountain bike. He is a Pro mountain bike racer, but enjoys long rides in the back country that start before dawn just as much. Doug coaches runners and cyclists alike. In the mid-90‘s Doug found sun salutations to be a reasonable way of “stretching”. “It seems improbable but the practice of yoga does help immensely with riding a bicycle for hours on end and 'just sitting' to connect with all that you’ve been searching for... the later of which is much more challenging!" Doug completed his 200 Yoga Teacher Training at Pranava Yoga Center. “As part of the process both teacher and trainee are continually being taught.”

 

Pranava Yoga Center is honored that Doug is part of our

Teacher Training Program.

 

Hethyr P., YA 200hr RYT,her path toward yoga was a gradual but very natural one.  She found herself in many asana poses as a child (crow, wheel, handstand, headstand... you get the idea) without knowing anything about yoga.  She was enrolled in gymnastics at an early age and continued to use many of those skills through high school.  During college and most of her 20s, she got into hiking and dropped the upside-down stuff for a while but eventually found her way back to it through a series of medical issues.  Food sensitivities caused Hethyr a lot of joint pain beginning in her late 20s and she turned to yoga as a way to ease some of that pain.  Although she started with asana as a purely physical practice, it led to a much deeper interest in all eight limbs of yoga.  Now you can find Hethyr at Pranava Yoga Center either teaching or practicing most days of the week, and when she's practicing you'll probably find her in poses she couldn't even do as a kid. 

 

When she's not at the studio, she loves to hike, bike, camp, cook for her clients (oh, yeah - she's also a personal chef) and hang out with her wonderful husband, Jon, and her crazy mutt, Garr.  As a yoga instructor, she believes that it's important to make yoga accessible to all levels of practitioners because it has such a positive, transforming power.  She is so excited to share this amazing practice with you!

 

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Jaclyn R., RYT, completed her first sun salutation as a dance performance warm up in 2000.  Soon after, she began practicing yoga to reduce injuries by balancing natural flexibility with functional strength.   Practicing meditation and mantra began to unfold a spiritual journey of self acceptance and  inner peace, leading her to Shoshoni.  She completed her 200 hr yoga teacher training in 2008 and continues her studies towards 500 hour certification.      


When Jaclyn began teaching dance at the age of 13, she embarked on a lifetime of education.  She currently teaches 8th grade physical science and coaches cross country and track in Manitou Springs.  Jaclyn's background in yoga, physiology and physical science provide a unique perspective for understanding the physical, subtle and causal bodies.  When she isn't practicing, Jaclyn can be found rafting, running, biking, swimming, racing and relaxing with her family. 

 

Pranava Yoga Center is honored that Jaclyn is part of our Teacher Training Program.

 

Samantha H.,YA 200hr YA RYT - Having always been in awe with the culture and history of India, Samantha Hart's passion for yoga was a natural and instinctual eventuality. In 2003, after an injury during Pilates, Samantha turned to yoga for rehabilitation. Despite a first few awkward sessions, she fell in love with the peace she experienced, not only with herself, but with her family and others around her after each class. This peace further inspired her to explore further into the philosophy of yoga. In 2007, she received her YogaFit level one certification and began teaching yoga at a gym in Green Bay WI, where she was already employed as a personal trainer. Following her relocation to the Springs in 2010, she found herself immediately falling in love with Pranava and the transformation it has to offer it's students through asana and the 7 other limbs of yoga. She has recently graduated from the PYC 200 hour teacher training and is excited to share her love of yoga with beginners and experienced practitioners alike. She brings her knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology into every class to provide a safe environment to her students. Her goofy, genuine character is reflected in her teachings, and she hopes to impart to her students that we all have something to learn and yoga is one of the greatest teachers.

 

 

 

Julie R., YA 200hr RYTfound yoga simply out of curiosity. Walking down Weber Street, Pranava Yoga Center consistently stood out until she finally picked up a schedule. After attending her first class, yoga quickly became a way of life. She has such fun during yoga classes, she proudly calls Pranava her second home!

 

Speaking of home, Julie originates from the Midwest with roots in Cincinnati and Terre Haute. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Elementary Education. Yet again, curiosity was a guiding force moving her to Boston as well as in trekking cross country, which brought her to Colorado Springs in 2007. She is grateful to have the opportunity to compassionately teach students at Centennial Elementary in District 2.

 

Curiosity continues to guide her in exploring, teaching and learning about yoga on and off the mat through the eight limbs of yoga! Julie is graduate of the Pranava teacher training program in Colorado springs (Yoga Alliance 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher).

 

 

Alison N.,YA 200hr RYT - She teaches in the Vinyasa tradition, which is a flowing style of yoga that links breathe with movement and teaches principles of alignment, as a therapeutic approach for the body.  She understands yoga to be practiced on and off the mat and is always looking to find ways to convey that in class.  It is Alison’s joy to share this lifelong practice that brings so much balance, fulfillment and vibrant health.

 

 

Pranava Yoga Center is honored that Alison is part of our

Teacher Training Program.

 

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Marianne M., YA 200hr RYT - Through her teaching, Marianne strives to help others discover the benefits of yoga and find their balance.  Marianne discovered yoga in 2000 when a troubling thyroid issue drover her to seek out more holistic methods for relief.  The thyroid issue lead to total exhaustion, which the doctors were unable to resolve with medication.  Her first yoga experience was at a local church where Bharat Gajjar, a Sivananda yoga instructor, guided the handful of people through some basic poses and discussed pranayama.  Marianne bought his notebook of poses and began to practice daily on her own.  The small daily practice brought her relief from the exhaustion and helped create a balance in her life.  Since then, Marianne has deepened her exploration of yoga, which lead to her completion of the Yoga Alliance 200-hour RYT certification at Pranava Yoga Center.

 

Nicole B. , YA 200hr RYT-First put her big toe into the waters of yoga in 2000 after moving to Portland Oregon.  Born and raised in rural Montana, there was not always a lot of opportunity for yoga.  Finding a love of the natural world and finding her spiritual self, yoga introduced her to just that.  After a brief introduction to yoga, life became busy and it was not until the Summer of 2010 that Nicole’s love for yoga was reborn.  Nicole found Pranava Yoga Center through a groupon, the rest is history.  Nicole completed the 200 hour RYT Teacher Training Program and is excited to share her love of yoga in its entirety to everyone she meets.

 

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Kim R.,200hr YA RYT ,has spent most of her life living in the west and the far northwest.  She has been Practicing yoga since 2002 introducing its joy and benefits to her husband, daughter and grandchildren.She is always reminded that defining moments happen with every practice.  Kim believes there is a Yogi in all of us and that yoga is ageless.  By practicing pranayama, asana’s and meditation, one creates space and harmony both on and off the mat. 

 

In her spare time, Kim enjoys writing, playing guitar, customizing walking sticks and hiking and biking with family.  Kim is most grateful for the journey that led her to the door of Pranava Yoga Center and the completion of the 200 hour RYT.  She is registered with Yoga alliance and feels honored to share her love for yoga with those practicing at PYC and elsewhere.

 

 

Stephanie F.R., YA 200hr RYT, is an Oklahoma transplant, but after living in Colorado for nine years thinks she is here to stay.  In 2001, she resigned her position as an art historian to became a full-time mom and householder. This was also the year she experienced her first yoga class. She has been a student of Ashtanga ever since, adding other styles along the way. Her practice is also influenced and informed by many years of workshops and intensives with diverse teachers, such as David Swenson, Shiva Rea, Desiree Rumbaugh, Rodney Yee and the YogaSlackers. Her main goal as a yoga instructor is to make the practice accessible to everyone and to pass along the physical and spiritual gifts that yoga has brought to her life. Stephanie holds a Yoga Alliance RYT 200 certification.

 

Outside of yoga Stephanie nurtures many interests including gardening, cooking, art and jewelry design, hiking, slacklining, acrobatic yoga and running. Raising two amazing young boys, Patrick and Ian, keeps her busy, enchanted, and humbled.

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Justin E., YA 200hr RYT is the co-founder of River Lotus Yoga in Canon City Colorado. Being physically active is a big part of his life.fsd He is a Raft guide, a kayaker and general lover of the outdoors. He loves hanging out with his two dogs and his wife enjoying Colorado. He is a Master Plumber by trade and very mechanically inclined. When he discovered yoga it quickly became a passion for him. After graduating from the Pranava teacher training program, teaching became a part of that passion. He brings a light hearted, fun attitude to his classes." Yoga is fun! " Justin is a Yoga Alliance 200 RYT(Registed Yoga Teacher).

 

 

Robin B., YA 200hr RYT is the co-founder of River Lotus Yoga in Canon CityColorado. She grew up in Colorado and currently lives inetr Canon City.  She loves getting outside and experiencing all that Colorado has to offer… biking, rafting ,climbing, and hiking with the dogs are some of her favorites. Singing is also a great love in her life. She performs in the summer with "The Highside Command " a reggae/ cover band. With her 9 year career in massage therapy, body work has always been a part of her life. She found her way to yoga in an effort to get healthy and help her clients do the same. She was inspired by the research on how Yoga can help heal the body, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, among other benefits."Practicing yoga brings joy and freedom to my life, and who wouldn't want to share that!"Robin is graduate of the Pranava teacher training program in Colorado springs (Yoga Alliance 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher).

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Edward R., YA 200hr RYT, came to yoga like most, looking for a fix for the many past sport injuries, but what he found was that and much, much more.  This experience has pushed his understanding of himself and inspired him to become a teacher of yoga and the yogic philosophy of balance and a more humanistic approach to the complexity in each of our lives.  Edward has been a practicing yogi since 2007 and his yoga philosophy is to exclude none while challenging all, physically, mentally, and intellectually.

 

Edward completed a certification from corepower and more recently finished Pranava’s 200 hr certification program.  This most recent experience has led him deeper into Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga.  In addition to this training, Edward has attended many workshops focusing on different styles and practices of yoga. 

 

Edward received his BSBA in Marketing from Wayne State University where he specialized in International Markets graduating Cum Laude.  He attended Webster University in the evening and has completed the course work for a dual MA is Management and Leadership and Training and Development, graduation Cum Laude. It has been said that Edward is an example of compassion, integrity, friendship, and support in the work place.

 

Edward and his wife, Marsha have four adult children and five grandchildren and live an active and healthy lifestyle enjoying cooking, gardening, and riding motorcycles. 

 

Laura W., YA 200hr RYTAfter practicing yoga for several years on the Canadian prairies, Laura moved to Colorado Springs with her husband and made the commitment to obtain her Yoga Alliance 200-hour RYT certification at Pranava Yoga Center. She has a keen interest in all eight limbs of yoga and how we can relate to them both on and off the mat. When Laura is off the mat, she enjoys graphic design and pottery, as well as outdoor activities like cycling, camping, and hiking. Laura's approach is welcoming and laid-back, striving to help you bring a sunny, yet sweaty smile to your day.

 

Mike K., YA 200hr RYT,moved to Colorado in 2006, for our beautiful mountains and the adventures they provide. A machinist and engineer turned stay at home dad, Mike loved yoga from his first class back in Cleveland Ohio over 15 years ago. After practicing on and off during those early years, he became increasingly aware that yoga does change lives. Seeking out more knowledge led him to practice Iyengar yoga, and eventually realized that he has been living a yogic lifestyle most of his life. Wanting to share his love of yoga and its benefits, Mike has continued his education at Pranava and the Teacher Training Program. He brings a calm, compassionate voice to his classes.


When not in the studio, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife, two children, and dogs in the mountains camping, skiing, or hiking. Also an avid photographer, Mike enjoys landscape and nature photography.

 

Kandee K., YA 200hr YA RYT, grew up in Northern Minnesota along the rivers, the lakes, and the mosquitoes.  She has had her hand, foot and/or other parts of her body in the fitness field for the past 20 years.  After fourteen years as a die-hard athlete she found her way to yoga.  The start of her yogic journey came from yoga certifications and she continued by advancing herself through personal practice and self-guided study.   After witnessing fellow yogis following the whole yoga philosophy, she took the hint and moved in that direction by completing Pranava’s 200 hr. yoga training.  She considers herself a lifelong leaner and student and looks forward to continuing her studies and certifications.


Education has always been a high priority and she continues with that love as a physical education teacher at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, CO.  She started a yoga program at the high school three years ago that offers leveled yoga classes to all age students.  She brings to her 200+ students a love of the physiology of the body but also that of the mind and spirit.  When not practicing, Kandee enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, coaching, and reading a good book.  Kandee and her husband, Jason, are looking forward to the August arrival of their first child. 

 

Kim E., YA 200hr RYT - is a Colorado native, born and raised in Northern Colorado and then later moved to Southern Colorado in 2000.  Kim is an active mother & wife and has two young daughters and a black lab.  Kim first experienced yoga in 2004....When lifting weights at a gym, a friend dragged her into a yoga class.  Since then, she has practiced various styles of yoga and attained her 200hr RYT at Pranava Yoga Center. Kim fell in love with Sanskirt and the history of India, and continually studies as much as she can on the subjects.  Asana is waht first brought Kim to yoga, but Meditation and Pranayama have deepened her roots in the practice. 

 

Kim also loves boating, wake boarding, gardening and taking rides with her husband on his Harley.  She is a stay-at-home mom with her two daughters and often practices yoga with them.  She doesn't take herself too seriously and loves to laugh as much as possible!

 

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
-Mahatma Gandhi

 

Stephanie H., YA 200hr RYT, was introduced to yoga in 2002 after several sports related injuries.  At first she wasn’t thrilled with the huffing and puffing of the others and somewhat odd poses; she laughed throughout the entire class.  It was suggested she attend a Yoga 101 class and she became addicted.  Learning the proper alignment, breath control, and focus made the practice resonate for her. 


As a massage therapist who works primarily with athletes, she often found herself recommending yoga to her clients.  It seemed a natural transition to begin her yoga instructor certification.  She started a Yoga 101 class to introduce the basics of yoga to the running and biking community.  To her surprise, 26 “mature/active” adults showed up.  This situation jumpstarted her passion to learn more about this great gift of yoga.  Yoga is clearly for every BODY. 

When not practicing yoga, Stephanie enjoys time with her husband, kids, and dogs.  She has retired from running but stays active with hiking, biking, and in the summer…holding down a pool chair.  She loves to read and learn new things. 

 

 

Alison K., YA 200hr RYT - Alison first experienced yoga in college and has practiced since then, but she really fell in love with it when her family relocated to Colorado Springs a few years ago. She continues to study as much as she can about the 8 Limbs of Yoga and how to fully practice yoga on and off the mat. Alison initially completed PYC’s Yoga Teacher Training Program to deepen her own practice, but somewhere along the away, she realized how much she loved sharing yoga with others. She feels that she has received a wonderful gift when she attends a great yoga class and aspires to give that same gift to each one of her students.

 

Originally from Oklahoma City, Alison has had the opportunity to live all over the U.S. and some of Europe. She is the mother of two young daughters, an Army spouse, and a part-time Speech-Language Pathologist.

 

Guest Teachers

 

Linda Sparrowe has a long and varied career as a writer, editor, teacher, and mentor in the holistic healing arena, with a special emphasis on women’s health and yoga.

 

As the current editor-in-chief of Yoga International magazine, Linda has been instrumental in bringing the authentic voice of yoga to thousands of yoga teachers and practitioners who are ready to take their practice to the next level.

Previously, she served as editor-in-chief of Natural Solutions magazine; managing editor, acting editor, contributing editor, and consultant to Yoga Journal magazine; and as a consultant to several other consumer titles. As the former director of two Mind-Body Centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Linda mentored dozens of up-and-coming yoga teachers.

 

Linda has lent her writing and editing skills to a variety of book projects and has authored several books of her own including: A Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness (with Patricia Walden), which teaches women to support themselves with yoga no matter what condition they face or stage of life they’re in; Yoga for Healthy Bones; Yoga for Healthy Menstruation; and Yoga: A Yoga Journal Book, a coffee table book which chronicles the history of yoga and showcases more than 350 photographs of awe-inspiring yoga poses (by David Martinez).

Outside the office, Linda has continued her commitment to holistic health. She was instrumental in launching retreats for women with breast and reproductive cancers, where she co-leads programs focusing on yoga, meditation, and nutrition. She also leads workshops for yoga teachers on how to embody the ancient teachings in their own lives and move them into their teaching.

 

Please visit Linda's website: www.lindasparrowe.com

 

Pranava Yoga Center is honored that Linda is part of our

Teacher Training Program

 

Manorama, Columbia Graduate,the director of the School of Sanskrit Studies in NYC, Manorama leads workshops on the Path of Luminous Shabda, a path that combines Sanskrit, Meditation and Yoga philosophy. She leads workshops nationally, as well as internationally.


Manorama's mix of earthy charm, deep scholarship and humorous teaching style were born from years of close study with her Guru, Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati.  She is a graduate of Columbia University.  In 2005, Sanskrit Studies released the acclaimed Learn to Pronounce Yoga Poses, an invaluable tool for yoga teachers & students.  Manorama is committed to affecting the world in a positive way through Sanskrit, language of awareness and love.
www.sanskritstudies.org

 

Pranava Yoga Center is honored that Manorama is part of our

Teacher Training Program.

 

Giselle Mari is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and E-RYT500 whose yogic path began in the early '90s. She was drawn to the Jivamukti Yoga method early on in her practice. Soon thereafter she began her extensive study with her gurus Sharon Gannon and David Life, and joyfully assisted them throughout the western United States. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Giselle currently teaches at studios, yoga conferences, and festivals around the globe. She is known for her dynamic classes that have a down to earth approach to the practice of yoga. Each class infuses funky eclectic music, Sanskrit chanting, skillful and intuitivehands-on assists, an insightful topic for mind, body and spirit and an asana practice that will light your fire and send you home glowing. She's appeared on the cover of Yoga Journal and Yoga International and has been featured in many of their articles. She is also featured in Kathryn Budig’s book “Women’s Health: The Big Book of Yoga” published by Rodale. She is an ambassador for Gaiam, a columnist for Origin magazine, serves as an advisor for The Art of Yoga Project and served on the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training faculty as a mentor.

 

See what Giselle is up to: funkyjiva.com.

 

Hansa, YA 500 E-RYT,is an ongoing student of Kripalu Yoga.  Over the years, she has studied with many teachers who have offered insights and depths into the path of yoga.  The blessings of all the wisdom holder offers her a unique, unfolding experience of yoga.  She has developed the belief that the body is the silent communicator of the Spirit and use yoga, yoga chikitsa, ayurveda and massage to facilitate Spirit connection.  She has taught in many locations and now has her own studio, the PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala in Denver.  She teaches yoga classes, yoga teacher training programs and a Yoga Therapy Training. Hansa is a past president of Yoga Alliance and Yoga Teachers Of Colorado and served on the Board of Kripalu Center, Sanga, International Yoga College and is currently on the Standards Committee for International Association of Yoga Therapy.

 

Pranava Yoga Center is honored that Hansa is part of our Teacher Training Program.

 

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Aubrey Hackman,RYT, is a certified Jivamukti instructor and founder of the Telluride Yoga Festival. With a strong devotion to the practice of yoga, Aubrey has made it her life’s work to find the best teachers and to bring that quality of instruction to others whether through her teaching or the actual festivals. Her teachers, Sharon Gannon and David Life (founders of Jivamukti Yoga), have illuminated a passion for non-violence and conscious living along with a strong foundation in Yogic philosophy, Asana, Sanskrit, and Vedanta. She also has studied Ashtanga for years with various teachers and completed a 5 week program in Mysore, India with B.N.S. Iyengar and Sheshadri. Though Jivamukti yoga includes a somewhat rigorous vinyasa practice, Aubrey ties in the alignment principals found in different styles of Hatha Yoga and offers therapeutic or restorative classes as well.

 

 

 

Pranava Yoga Center is honored that Aubrey is part of our

Teacher Training Program.

 

 

 

Bill Kemp, who has been an Iyengar practitioner for 23 years and certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor for 17 years, has taught at various yoga studios and fitness centers in the U.S. He has studied with B.K.S Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar at theRamamani Iyengar Yoga Center in Pune India and many other venues over the years. Bill taught at the Full Circle Yoga Bookstore and Yoga Institute in San Diego, and later studied with Patricia Walden for many years in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a staff teacher at Patricia's studio (BKS Iyengar Yoga Center of Somerville) for years as well. Bill Billbrings that knowledge to his teachings.

Bill is happily married and a father of three wonderful girls and also works as an electrical engineer. Yoga has been an integral aspect of his physical and spiritual life since shortly after he began practicing at 24 years old. Bill believes that yoga will always be an integral part of who he is and what he does. He teaches Yoga as an act of love to give back a small portion of the physical and spiritual bounty Yoga has given himthrough practice.

 

 

 

Pranava Yoga Center is honored that Bill is part of our Teacher Training Program.

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Anais Spitzer has a Ph.D. in comparative world religions, and has been teaching Eastern religions and philosophy for the past 7 years. She has held positions at Hollins University, The University of New Mexico, Prescott College, and The College of Santa Fe, and has published numerous scholarly articles in addition to a book on philosophy and myth. She enjoys yoga, mountain biking, and sharing her passion for teaching and learning.

 

Pranava Yoga Center is honored that Anais is part of our Teacher Training Program.

 

 

Annie Freedom has committed her life to awakening and healing self and others through meditation, yoga, holistic nutrition, bodywork, Reiki and other intuitive healing practices for almost twenty years now. She remembers being drawn to books on these topics in high school, enjoyed Pre Med studies in college and through the years has studied and practiced many different healing modalities as well as yogic and meditation practices. She enjoyed a successful bodywork and intuitive healing practice for years before founding the prestigious Samadhi Center for Yoga in uptown Denver, which she currently still owns. Annie is passionate about providing people with the tools they need to lead healthier, happier and more peaceful, balanced and fulfilled lives. She invites you to come join in the discussion and continue to make steps in creating a more abundant and harmonious life.

 

 

Pranava Yoga Center is honored that Annie is part of our Teacher Training Program.

 

 

 

Kreg Weiss, a senior 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.

 

With over 18 years of teaching experience, Kreg feels privileged to be able to empower students with practices that are educational, engaging and accessible. Through integrity-driven classes, Kreg aims to provide students with the tools to pursue a unique, confident practice where asanas, pranayama, and meditation interact collectively to rejuvenate and heal the body and mind.

Please visit Kreg's website Click here!

 

Pranava Yoga Center is honored that Kreg is part of our Teacher Training Program in 2014.

 

 

Siri Karam EarthTree has been teaching Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) since 2002. She strives to teach classes that inspire practitioners to take the radiance of their practice out into the world, uplifting others through their mere presence. She intends to guide others toward moving past their perceived limitations and blocks, enabling them to expand into their true selves and live from this state. Siri Karam was fortunate to attend lectures from Yogi Bhajan during her training and treasures having been in his presence. Siri Karam currently assists in the Teacher Training program at Crestone Healing Arts Center.

Having studied with the brilliant Dr. Katyayani Poole, Siri Karam is also a Vedic Astrologer. Through studying Vedic Astrology with Dr. Poole, Siri Karam has gained insight, compassion and clarity in her own life and in working with others. These studies have greatly informed her teachings, bringing attuned awareness to the subtle energies at work in a yogic lifestyle.

 

 

Pranava Yoga Center is honored that Siri Karam is part of our Teacher Training Program.

 

 

"The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness." - Dalai Lama