Meet Your Teachers – ELEVATE
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May 21-23, 2021
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Founder of Mastering the Business of Yoga (M.B.Om)
Amanda Kingsmith is a 500-hour RYT, a yoga business coach, the host of the Mastering the Business of Yoga (M.B.Om) podcast, and a world traveler. She blends her background in business with her love of yoga and is passionate about helping yoga teachers create careers that they are passionate about and that are sustainable. Amanda is also the co-host of The World Wanderers, a podcast on travel and travel as a lifestyle. When she’s not practicing or teaching yoga, you can find Amanda traveling the world with her husband, Ryan, hiking mountains, or curling up with a cup of tea and a good book. You can learn more about Amanda at www.mbomyoga.com.
Amanda’s Class: Create a Successful Long-Term Business
Founder of Marketing Yoga with Confidence
Amanda McKinney is a Marketing Coach whose passion is helping yoga teachers find the tools and the confidence within themselves to build a thriving yoga business. She does this through her podcast: Marketing Yoga with Confidence, online courses and membership. Learn more about Amanda at: https://www.
Amanda’s Class: Elevate Your Yoga Marketing
Founder Yoga Teacher Conf
My passion and inspiration for helping yoga teachers is contagious and I harness this to inspire other yoga teachers to overcome self-doubt and burnout. I am dedicated to assisting yoga teachers to connect with their authenticity, enabling them to become powerful leaders of transformation in their yoga communities.
I became a yoga teacher in 2006. In addition to my master’s degree in exercise physiology, I have completed over 1,700 hours of formal yoga and yoga therapy trainings. I use my knowledge and experience to guide yoga teachers along their yoga teacher journey, supporting them through the mental, spiritual, and physical challenges that they face.
I am the co-founder of the North Dakota Yoga Conference, the 406 Yoga Conference and the Yoga Teacher Conf.
I’m an extroverted optimist and I love hiking, skiing, and connecting in nature with my husband, Sean.
Allison’s Class: Chakras for Yoga Teachers – Beyond the Colors
Co-founder of Offering Tree
Alex Haley is a meditation teacher and former co-manager of a donation-based yoga studio. Alex’s work and expertise has been featured on The Big Know, MN Public Radio, Mashable.com and numerous podcasts. He is also one of the co-founders of the public benefit corporation OfferingTree, which provides an all-in-one platform for wellness professionals to build a website, manage scheduling, take payments and coordinate communication.
He completed an intensive four-year teacher training program through the Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Insight Retreat Center. He has also been trained by the Center for Mindfulness, the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, and the Coaches Training Institute. In addition to his background in the yoga and meditation spaces, Alex is also trained in business, law and cognitive science.
Alex’s Class: Online Teaching Essentials
Ava Taylor, Founder of YAMA Talent, is a tenacious entrepreneur & avid yogi. Committed to running an ethics-based business, her personal mission is to be a Catalyst for Better Living, bringing the tools of wellness to communities of all kinds. Since 2010, Ava has pioneered the development of the booking, management, & consulting business in the yoga space, and is a sought-out media contributor known for having her finger on the pulse of this rapidly expanding industry. She’s the creator of The Catalyst: Online Business School for Yogis and the author of Your Yoga Business Catalyst by Human Kinetics, Spring 2022.
Ava’s Class: reBUILD Your Yoga Business
Candace’s Class: Build Your Business Toolbox
Yoga Teacher Trainer at Denver Yoga Underground
Derik first encountered yoga in 1991, on a rogue trip to India just after High School. There he met Baba Hari Dass, a life long adept yogi. This introduction opened the gate for what has become a lifelong personal, professional and spiritual pursuit. He has studied asana extensively with world renowned teachers including: Ramanand Patel,Tias Little, and Richard Freeman. In 2011, he began his primary study with Yogarupa Rod Stryker, who taught him the metaphysical science of hatha yoga and Tantric cosmology and practice. He regularly serves Rod as an assistant here in Colorado. In 2003, he established Denver Yoga Underground, a safe haven for dedicated yoga students to study traditional yoga methods and philosophy in greater depth. He also is a professor at Metro State College and finds great joy in instructing the next generation of yogis at the cusp of their greater life journey. Learn more about Derik at http://www.denveryogaunderground.com.
Derik’s Class: Bandha and Mudra Practice
Founder The Zestful Movement
Ericka has always loved individual, mindful movement since she was a child. Her love for love movement led her to study Dance at the University of Kansas. After the birth of her first child, she discovered yoga for her own personal wellness, and instantly fell in love with the practice. She became an avid student, and eventually became a teacher that sought to empower her students with their own practice of movement, body and breath awareness. She feels it is important to expand the idea of who can benefit from practicing mindful movement, along with wanting to create a more diverse student base. Ericka’s work with Chair Yoga gave her the distinguished opportunity to be a member of the Yoga Body and Image Coalition, as well as being a distinguised Guest Teacher for Yoga International during the entire of June in 2020. She believed in the practice of Chair Yoga to such an extent that she was able to bring the unknown practice to the City of Lenexa beginning with one class per week, which has grown to five, weekly, ongoing practices. Ericka loves sharing yoga, but her first love is her family. Outside of yoga, she enjoys gardening, writing, traveling, the outdoors, exploring new EATS in Kansas City, and being with her family and friends as often as possible! Learn more about Ericka at https://chairyogawithericka.com.
Ericka’s Class: Supported Movement with ZEST!
Hansa Knox Johnson
Yoga Therapy Trainer and Owner PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala
Hansa is an ongoing student of Kripalu Yoga. Over the years, she has studied with many other teachers who have offered insights and depths into the path of yoga. Hansa developed the belief that the body is the silent communicator of the Spirit. She utilizes yoga, yoga cikitsā, āyurveda, massage and homeopathy as venues to facilitate Spirit connection. She has taught in many locations including universities, hospitals, churches and at other studios, yoga training programs and yoga centers. She has her own studio, PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala in Denver, where she teaches yoga classes, yoga teacher training programs and a yoga therapy training program. Hansa has served as past president of Yoga Alliance, Yoga Teachers of Colorado, served on the Board of Kripalu Center and American Yoga College. She served on the Standards and Accreditation Committees for the International Association of Yoga Therapy and currently serves on their Board. Learn more about Hansa at http://www.pyamandala.com.
Hansa’s Class: Yoga for COVID Longhaulers: Rebuild
Ayurveda and Yoga Therapist
Indu Arora, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapist considers herself a student for lifetime. She has been sharing about Yoga philosophy, Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda since 1999. She is inspired by and taught under Kriya Yoga, Himalayan Yoga, Kashmir Shivaism and Sivananda Yoga lineages. She has studied both Yoga and Ayurveda in a traditional Guru paramapara setting.
Her teaching style is rooted in empowering and inspiring students to awaken the inner Guru. Her core philosophy is, ‘Nothing has the greatest power to heal, but Self!”
Mudra: The Sacred Secret
Yoga – Ancient Heritage, Tomorrow’s Vision (known as The little Red Book on Yoga)
SOMA – 100 Heritage Recipes for Self-Care
Indu’s Presentation: The Yoga of Self Care for Yoga Teachers The Call of 2021 and Beyond
Yoga Nidrā Teacher Trainer
Jeremy’s interest in mind and body began with martial arts and meditation and was his doorway into yoga in 1993, beginning his formal study in 1998. In 2006 he received his 200hr teaching certification in Nasik, India in Classical Yoga and in 2013 his 500hr certification with Rod Stryker’s school of ParaYoga. With certification and/or formal training in the Bihar, Himalayan, iRest and Amrit Methods of Yoga Nidra, and based in Denver CO, he teaches locally and internationally for classes, workshops/immersions and in multiple 200 and 300hr teacher-training programs as an E-RYT 500 and YACEP. He is also a reiki master in the Mikao Usui Tradition, and a label DJ for France’s Ultimae Records. In the form of a contemplative and grounding style of yoga, his classes and teachings seek to embody the ancient lineage of yoga as a deeply transformational and holistic spiritual practice. Learn more about Jeremy at https://jeremywolfyoga.com/.
Jeremy’s Class: Yoga Nidrā
John Cottrell, Ph.D. is a yoga instructor and certified yoga therapist in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He has been teaching yoga since 2000. John is originally from Oakland, California earning his Master of Science and Ph.D. from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, California. His clinical practice led him to child and adolescent psychotherapy, drug and alcohol treatment, psychological and neuropsychological testing, and group/couples therapy. John continues his devotion to sharing health and well being through his business, mbody, from which he offers private and group yoga classes, yoga therapy, workshops, retreats, written yoga articles, and a men’s yoga clothing line. IAYT, ERYT-500. Learn more about John at www.mbody.org
John’s Class: How To Sequence A Vinyasa Yoga Class
Owner Online Supreme Release Yoga Studio, Yoga Educator and Vedic Counselor
Yoga Therapist and Educator for 20 years, Kaya Mindlin works with dedicated practitioners and teachers seeking depth. Her students resonate with her mothering approach to philosophy, technical pedagogy, and emphasis on nourishing practice. Kaya weaves the full spectrum of the Vedic Tradition: Storytelling, Yoga Therapy, Vedanta, Tantra, Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, and Sanskrit. Kaya is committed to re-establishing a value for the “softer side of yoga” and upholding yoga’s roots, thanks to her brilliant teachers. Her work is accessed in her Online Yoga Classes, Private Vedic Counseling, Teacher Sangha, Mantra Classes, Bhagavad Gita Program and Yoga Nidra trainings. Her own teachers include Dr. Sarita Shrestha, Hart deFouw, Swami Dayananda Saraswati. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Vedic Astrologer Michael Manzella and their children. Learn more about Kaya at https://yogawithkaya.com/.
Kaya’s Class: What is Bhakti: Love as a Path to the Self
Kourtney de la Luz
Principal, Elevate Your Life Coaching and Consultancy Group
Kourtney de la Luz is a personal and business coach, visionary, keynote speaker, consultant, and yoga teacher who is committed to guiding people and organizations to reach their highest potential.
With roots in broadcast journalism, her calling has always been to share messages that inspire, transform, and elevate life.
Kourtney’s coaching areas of expertise lie in leadership, personal development, yoga-based life skills, and work-life balance, with an affinity for women’s issues.
A self-described global citizen, she has collaborated on humanitarian and community yoga projects with SAATH Nepal, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living, and organizations throughout Latin America.
Skilled in the creation and enhancement of community, she is the founder of the East Meets West Yoga Event, and principal of Elevate Your Life Coaching and Consultancy Group.
Learn more about Kourtney at https://www.elevateyourlifeconsultancy.com/
Founder Anatomy Bites
Libby is a licensed Physical Therapist and Certified Yoga Therapist. She has enjoyed teaching yoga for 15 years, training yoga teachers for 10 years, and practicing Physical Therapy for 8 years. She loves how this combination allows her to blend biomechanics with a commitment to the inner experience of yoga. She draws most of her Yoga inspiration from the tradition of Desikachar. Libby was fortunate to study at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in 2008 and has immersed herself in this tradition ever since. After many years of chronic injury and pain related to her yoga practice, her interests have led her to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy which she completed in 2011. Libby specializes in the treatment of injured yogis, hypermobility spectrum disorders, low back/sacrum/hip issues, and chronic pain. She loves helping yoga teachers upgrade their anatomy knowledge through her monthly membership program called Anatomy Bites. Learn more at www.AnatomyBites.com
Libby’s Class: Yoga for Bendy People
Author Woman’s Book of Yoga & Health and Yoga At Home
As the former editor-in-chief of Yoga International and past managing editor of Yoga Journal, Linda Sparrowe has been instrumental in bringing the authentic voice of yoga to thousands of practitioners and teachers, who are ready to take their practice to the next level. A long-time yoga teacher from OM yoga/NYC, she’s a popular guest presenter at yoga teacher trainings in the States, helping teachers embody the teachings both in their lives and their classes. Her talks and practices on body image, women’s health, and on anxiety and depression appear on yogaanytime.com and YogaUOnline, as well as in audio and video interviews online. Linda has written several books on yoga, including the perennial favorite, The Woman’s Book of Yoga & Health, and the award-winning Yoga At Home. She currently hosts a writing course called Your Voice, Your Story, Your Book to help aspiring writers find their voice and share their gifts. Learn more about Linda at www.lindasparrowe.com.
Linda’s Class: Finding Your Voice
Co-author of The Yoga Almanac
Lisette is a writer, yoga teacher, and content director. She’s a member of the founding leadership team for Yoga Unify, a new yoga non-profit, and the co-author of The Yoga Almanac, a book Elena Brower called “an indispensable compendium… to developing a practice of clarity, presence, and alignment with integrity.” Lisette completed her 200-hour training in Brooklyn and her Reiki attunement in India. She has furthered her studies with Leslie Kaminoff of the Breathing Project, Tiffany Cruikshank, and Andrew Holecek. She also attended a three-day discourse with the Dalai Lama in 2012, and completed her end-of-life doula training in 2019. A filmmaker in a past life, Lisette has made videos with community leaders such as Dharma Mittra, Eddie Stern, and Eoin Finn. She lives with her husband and animals in the Hudson Valley, NY. Learn more about Lisette at http://www.lisetteileen.com.
Owner of the Yoga Teacher Resource
Mado Hesselink, C-IAYT and E-YRT 500 helps yoga teachers integrate their heart-centered mission with practical business & teaching strategies so that they can make both an impact and a living. Mado has been teaching yoga for 15 years and since 2018 has transitioned her business entirely online. Through her podcast, “The Yoga Teacher Resource” and online courses and memberships, Mado shares relevant stories, practical tips, and down-to-earth advice to guide participants to leverage their unique perspectives, talents, and vision to build a sustainable career that makes an impact. Learn more about Mado at www.TeachingYoga.net
Founder of Mooka Movement
Monica is an educator, yoga teacher, and small business owner. It was in the classroom as an elementary teacher, noticing herself and her students filled with stress, when Monica felt pulled away from teaching reading towards teaching breathing. Combining her knowledge of the classroom and learning development with foundational yoga practices, Monica brings these simple resiliency tools to students in public schools, child care centers, and on tv! You can find her work at www.mooka.org
Monica’s Class: Kid Yoga for Yoga Teachers.
200-hour Teacher Trainer: Yoga Training for Life Enrichment
Nancy Ruby began studying and teaching an eclectic blend of hatha yoga, mind-body fitness, massage therapy, and holistic health in 1979. Moving to Montana in 1983, she was a pioneer in the field of Yoga and Wellness Education. With the opening of Bozeman’s first Yoga Studio in 1998, Nancy launched her signature 200-hour Yoga Training for Life Enrichment. Thus far, she has conducted 52 trainings, 100’s of retreats and 1000’s of classes, both locally and internationally. As a lifetime student and educator, she now focuses on empowered aging through Yoga, Ayurveda and Plant-based Nutrition. Her Registered Yoga School offers both 200 and 300 hour certifications with both live and online options. For recreation, Nancy enjoys gardening, hiking, kayaking, x-c skiing, ping pong, and traveling to tropical locations with her daughter and sisters. Sacred rituals that uplift humanity by honoring the Earth and the Divine feminine fulfill her spiritually. Learn more about Nancy at https://www.yogamotion.com/.
Nancy’s Class: Art & Science of Presentation
Raakhi Siva Mohan
Author of Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers & Students
Siva is a big picture person. An integrationist. A pattern seer. As a UN Social Affairs Officer focused on Women’s Health, and after working with private clients for over 10 years, Dr. Siva realized that women from every walk of life are missing the basics of wellness. Across cultures and continents, women are leading lives set up for chronic disease. Siva’s international Public Health background pushed her to reassess how to best show up for women all over the world – how to “teach them to fish.” The answer came from her background Ayurveda – help women establish the three pillars of health and happiness: food, sex, and sleep. Her book, Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers & Students (Singing Dragon Press, July 2019), guides modern yoginis into these basics of energetic awareness, and self healing. Siva’s unique “MD meets spiritual yoga” FoodSexSleep.com platform continues to support women cultivating lives which support this practice. Learn more about Siva at https://members.ayurvedabysiva.com/siva/.
Owner Rachel Scott Yoga
Rachel helps yoga teachers and studios around the world create transformational education experiences so that they can thrive in their business, share their passion, and inspire more people to practice yoga. Her extensive knowledge and experience include earning two master’s degrees, authoring five books, leading over twenty 200-hour teacher trainings, building a teacher training department for a national yoga studio, and working in studio management for more than fifteen years. She combines her extensive practical experience with her academic expertise (Masters in Instructional Systems and Learning Technology) to help teachers and studios develop quality, transformational in-person and online educational programs. As a yoga expert, she has written for periodicals such as Yoga International and the Huffington Post, made appearances on TV and numerous podcasts, and presented at venues such as Wanderlust and the Omega Institute. She exuberantly shares her knowledge and skills through coaching, her blog and YouTube channel. Learn more about Rachel at https://www.rachelyoga.com.
Rachel’s Class: How to Create an Online Course
Owner Sunlight Yoga Center, President/Co-founder The Quad Cities Yoga Foundation, Podcast Host Working In Yoga
Rebecca Sebastian (she/her/hers) is a 20 year yoga teacher, 10 year yoga therapist, and lifelong rebel.
Owner of Sunlight Yoga Center, president and co-founder of The Quad Cities Yoga Foundation, mentor through Inner Peace Yoga Therapy, and host of the podcast Working In Yoga; Rebecca is a big believer in the amazing complexity of humans and the power of a steady yoga practice.
She loves that she gets to share her life with so many wonderful human beings, a couple of whom she birthed into the world. She is located in Davenport, Iowa along the Mississippi River, which is part of a mid-sized metro area that shares space with bald eagles in the winter, an abundance of nature to roam in the summer, and is located on the native land of the Sauk and Meskwaki people.
Owner Shri School of Yoga
Shauna’s quest for the wisdom of the ancient art of yoga led her from the beaches of Thailand to the Pagodas of Japan, all the way to the sacred Ashrams of Rishikesh in India. Every step of her journey led her closer to her true self. Shauna knew that teaching the traditions and wisdom of yoga would be the natural progression of her journey. What can you expect from a class with Shauna? To feel grounded, calm well as invigorated and energized. Shauna expertly guides her students deep inside their own bodies and minds, where they will discover their own inner wisdom and true teacher, themselves. Shauna is one of the owners of the Longmont Climbing Collective and it’s full time program director as well as yoga teacher. She designs programs for youth and adults in climbing, fitness and yoga with the expert help of her coaches and teachers. Learn more at https://www.longmontclimbingcollective.com/.
Owner Root to Rise Yogis
Sheri Fisher received her M.A. in Transpersonal (Spiritual) Psychology from Atlantic University and her B.S. in Business from Colorado State University. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2010 and has been practicing, teaching and studying yoga since. Sheri is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT® 200 and a YACEP, completed her Budokon Yoga Certification, and has completed numerous yoga classes, trainings and workshops. As an intuitive life coach, she helps people, individually and in groups, to create their best lives. Sheri’s upcoming book, Root To Rise: Your Evolutionary Journey of Teaching Yoga, helps new yoga teachers bridge the gap between their 200-hour YTT and teaching exceptional classes. Fisher is an experienced presenter of many yoga and life coaching workshops including multiple yoga topics (arthritis, YTT, meditation, alignment, using intuition), and specializes in teaching The Five Pillars of Powerful Teaching to yoga teachers and fitness instructors. Learn more at http://RootToRiseYogis.com.
Sheri’s Class: Intuitive Yoga Teaching
Founder and Lead Wellness Instructor of the Nahi Wellness Global Community
Sid McNairy is the founder and Lead Wellness Instructor of the Nahi Wellness Global Community, as well as the creator of The Art of Peaceful Living. He is the international bestselling author of Yoga and Life Empowerment and The Warrior Within. His latest book, Those Who Know God, published on November 11th, 2020. Sid McNairy is a keeper of the light for all who come to move forward together. His work around the world has been in many forms and is known as a Shaman, a Medicine Man, a leader in meditation, yoga instructor, coach, inspirational speaker, and giver of the Sacred Medicine Spirit. Sid answered the call to go from collegiate football coach to bringing peace, love and light to the world. Sid McNairy is here to help you reach your highest in every way.
Sid’s Class: Live the Practice. The Art of Peaceful Living
Owner of Transitions Yoga, Transitions Yoga at Balancing Goat & Transitions School of Yoga
Sigrid began her yoga journey in 2001 after being recruited by friends who were trying to gather enough people to get a class started. Barely able to touch her toes and never really “exercising” before, she took the bait and joined. Little did she know how Yoga would change the course of her life.
After teaching at various studios and fitness centers across the country since 2007, she opened Transitions Yoga in 2015. Starting her own studio created opportunities to expand her teaching and mentoring of students and teachers. The small 6 person studio has since expanded to a new space, added a regional 200 hour Teacher Training, retreats, and an additional aerial-based studio at Transitions Yoga at Balancing Goat in February 2020.
Sigrid’s mission is to encourage others to be the best version of themselves, to dream a little bigger and make you laugh with one of her terrible jokes. She believes that as business owners we are stronger together. If COVID taught us anything, it’s that we need to learn to collaborate, be creative when thinking about how business runs and that business as usual is unusual during challenging times.
And in case you’re wondering, Sigrid can now touch her toes, completed her first Ironman and survived a heart attack.
Owner of Transitions Yoga, Transitions Yoga at Balancing Goat & Transitions School of Yoga.
Owner SirenaNow, Astrology Yoga Teacher Trainer
Sirena is an E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP Yoga Student, Teacher, and Trainer located in Longmont, CO. She holds accessible workshops on Astro-Yoga, Astro-Wellness and “Astrology for Yoga Teachers” to help yoga students and teachers tune into the natural cycles and energies of the Universe. Sirena has been studying astrology for over 20 years and is completing her Hellenistic Certification Course through Chris Brennan. She is a member of The Organization of Professional Astrology. Astrology and Yoga are ancient sister sciences that work together to help you navigate your place in this world, find your purpose, and help you understand the cyclical shifts in your life. Sharing her passion for Astrology, she builds this into her classes as themes and flows, following the moon phases, current Sun Sign, and seasonal shifts such as Equinoxes and Solstices. Students leave her class feeling supported, inspired, and understood. Sirena engages in deep connection with her students and clients, encouraging them to embrace their own practice for where they are in their own journeys on and off the mat. A co-founder of Yoga in the Church, she conducts spiritual workshops exploring themes in Yogic Philosophy and Christian Theology with an offering of a book being published Spring 2022. As the Bhagavad Gita states “Yoga is a journey of the Self, Through the Self, To the Self”. Every person’s yoga journey is different, peeling away the layers and discovering their true nature, Sirena encourages this self-discovery through compassion, kindness, understanding, and love. Learn more at http://www.sirenanow.com.
Sirena’s Class: Astrology for Yoga Teachers
A new paradigm for the future of yoga
Yoga Unify is a new non-profit working to preserve the tradition and steward the forward evolution of yoga. Built on the values of mutual accountability and peer review, all members are invited to participate in Governing Councils, and help to sculpt an organization of yogis for yogis. Our aim is to help move yoga out of the transactional marketplace of the last decade, and return it to a field of practice and study. We are committed to supporting the student of yoga in lifelong study, and the yoga teacher in continuing to embody the path of a teacher. We will do this through an emphasis on qualification instead of certification, creating equitable and accessible pathways to learning, establishing ethical standards and reporting mechanisms, and investing in the community we serve. Learn more about Yoga Unify at https://yogaunify.org/
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