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Meet the Team

Keith Allen teaches Vinyasa Yoga and meditation internationally and online. He regularly leads 200-hour teacher trainings, workshops and retreats worldwide and is a featured teacher on YogaDownload.com, a top online yoga channel. Keith is also the co-author of The Yoga Fix book. His teaching and work has been featured in Yoga Journal, Gaia, YogaDownload, New York Yoga & Life Magazine, Colorado Yoga Magazine, and Elephant Journal. 

 

For Keith, yoga is about connecting deeper to who we truly are and using the practice to enjoy our lives more. His classes balance a meditative focus with safe alignment. Breath, presence, and leaving space to let the practice feel good in our bodies is a priority for Keith. He has studied extensively from different teachers, lineages, and styles around the world and remains a passionate and dedicated student of yoga and meditation. In addition to yoga, Keith is passionate about travelling the world, producing videos, skiing, and art. 

Lead Teacher

Keith Allen

Lindsey graduated with Honors from the University of Oregon in 2007, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Sociology, with an emphasis is Environmental Sustainability. She spent the first two years out of college volunteering her time with AmeriCorps, building and restoring trails in national parks before pursuing her passion for teaching yoga.
 

It all started with a yoga meditation ‘retreat’ in 2008. Lindsey fell in love with Yoga science and philosophy and went on to receive her 200 hour teacher training from Rasa School of Yoga in Costa Rica, studying the art of Power Yoga under Carolina Vivas. After a couple  of years teaching, she was drawn to the Astanga practice and made her way to India to study with Mark Anasari to receive her second 200 hour training certificate. While grueling, Lindsey feels some of her greatest advancements within her practice stemmed from this time honored traditional practice.

In 2016, Lindsey traveled to San Diego to Buddhi Yoga in San Diego working with Carolina Vivas once again and the fabulous Goldie Graham. Lindsey began co-leading teacher trainings in San Diego, CA and Ashland, OR along with offering Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Workshops under her YACEP certification. In 2017, Lindsey completed a 300 hour certification with Zuna Yoga in Bali where she studied Hatha, Tantra, Kundalini and Yoga Nidra extensively with renowned teacher Everett Newell. Combining all of her trainings, her teaching and training style has become a progressive combination mix of Astanga, Hatha, Tantra and Power Flow Yoga. She now travels the globe teaching workshops, retreats and teacher trainings.

Lead Teacher

Lindsey Holy

Leah Sugerman is a yoga teacher, writer, and passionate world traveler. An eternally grateful student, she has trained in countless schools and traditions of the practice, and teaches a fusion of the styles she has studied with a strong emphasis on breath, intelligent alignment, and anatomical integrity. 

 

Leah is an E-RYT 500 whose classes are grounded in precision and detail. She offers a mix of both challenging and relaxing practices, specializing in hatha, vinyasa, restorative, and yin. Passionate about sharing the practice, she has been featured as a writer in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Prevention Magazine, and more. Leah teaches workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings both internationally and online.

Lead Teacher

Leah Sugerman

Laura is a Jivamukti Yoga 800-hour certified teacher and holds the highest accreditation available through the Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 500, YACEP. She has been practicing yoga for more than 25 years and studied for 10 years directly under David Life and Sharon Gannon, founders of Jivamukti Yoga, before completing their last year-long teacher training program in 2001.
 

Laura taught at the main Jivamukti center in New York City for 5 years, and has been a guest teacher at the centers in Munich, Germany, and Charleston, SC.Later, she lived in coastal North Carolina, where for 10 years she taught at various yoga centers and pioneered Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga with WrightsvilleSUP. Laura recently moved to the mountains of eastern Tennessee and currently teaches at Blackberry Mountain, an exclusive rustic boutique resort.

 

Laura founded and directed Avatar Yoga Retreats, leading yoga retreats all over the world, in the early 2000s. In 2015, she traveled throughout Central America, teaching at local studios as well as leading retreats, teacher trainings, and SUP Yoga classes and certification courses. You can learn more about her at www.LauraGoldenYoga.com.

Lead Teacher

Laura Golden

Jessica is an E-RYT 500 trained Yoga teacher, Ayurveda Yoga Therapist, and the Founder of the Atman Yoga School which leads teacher trainings that are RYT 200 and 300 hour.

She teaches and lectures at yoga festivals across the US and Europe including the Bhakti Fest, Portugal Spirit Festival, Copenhagen Yoga Festival, Sedona Yoga Festival, Helsinki Yoga Festival, Oslo Yoga Festival, and the Arctic Yoga Conference, and leads workshops and teacher trainings in Europe. Jessica is known for her creative and unique Vinyasa flow sequences, and her ability to make yoga philosophy accessible and relevant to the modern yogi.

She strives to live her yoga off the mat by embodying her yoga through acting with integrity, kindness, and compassion. Her most intrinsic practices includes cultivating stillness and clearing space for radical self-inquiry. She is fascinated by the process of meditation that uncovers the layers of our spiritual being while bringing us closer in connection with Source.


Recently, Jessica launched the first yoga podcast in Norway called One Sacred Pause, which is available on iTunes, Pod Bean, and Spotify. Learn more about Jessica at www.jessicawinderl.com

Lead Teacher

Jessica Winderl

It was 2004 when Ania decided to step to Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga studio in Santa Monica, California. As a longtime athlete she was looking for new challenge and reboot after stressful entertainment job. Barely surviving the first yogic experience, her competitive mind was motivating her to come back for more, and still comes to Bryan’s class today. 

Addicted to “torturous” power flow she signed for her first 200 hours training in National Yoga Institute in 2008. This was a starting point in her pursuit to become a yoga teacher. The same year she graduated in Yoga for Kids from Mini Yogis Foundation and Thai Yoga Massage with Saul David Raye, followed by additional 200 hours at Yogaworks. During that training she was  introduced to Ashtanga Krama Vinyasa Yoga that became her primary practice. A daily self-inquiry in Mysore style led her to many influential teachers like Jorgen Christiansen, who not only taught her asanas but ingrained commitment to self-practice. The following year she accomplished her first Teacher Training in Ashtanga with David Swenson, who has been a huge inspiration in her personal practice as well as approach to teaching since.


In 2012 Ania returned to Yogaworks to advance her teaching skills and gaining 500-ERYT certification. Years of the practice later open to new modalities she stumbled upon Budokon. Zen-like movement that combines mixed martial arts, yoga, mobility and animal locomotion. She travelled to Miami to mentor with Cameron and Melayne Shayne, founders of the movement, and in October of 2017 received her first certification. She continues to train and is currently working towards her yellow belt in Hapkido.


It has been a decade since Ania began sharing her wisdom. She describes herself more a suggester than a yoga teacher allowing her students to find their own yoga. She is a senior teacher for Athletic Department in University of California in Los Angeles and works with private clients helping them develop new ways of how to become more functional mover. 

Lead Teacher

Ania Mechlinska

Spiritual Teacher, Author and Master Hypnotherapist since 1992, Kristen Eykel CHt. trained in Shamanism in the Amazon Rainforest, and is an Usui/ Karuna Reiki Holy Fire lll Master Teacher, Birth Doula, IKYTA, and E-RYT Kundalini, and Pregnancy Yoga Expert in Calabasas, California.

She is the founder of Sacred Circle Teachings with a devoted and loyal following dedicated to her yearlong mentorship program, Awesomeness Training. Her signature book  and 6-week program, “Yoga for Transformation – Beyond Asana into Awareness”  expertly weaves the ancient science of Mudra, Mantra, Pranayama, Meditation and Intention into a throughly modern approach to mindfulness.

Kristen has taken yoga out of the studio and into the homes for millions as the creator of 6 Yoga DVDs, including the best seller, “Yoga for your Pregnancy” made with Yoga Journal and Lamaze. Her career ran simultaneously as an international Supermodel and TV Host, including her own lifestyle show for the Oprah Winfrey Network, and has been featured for her unique expertise in Maxim, Yoga Journal, Fit Pregnancy, Health, and is a contributing voice to Elephant Journal, Cafe Mom, We Blog the World, and the Chicago Tribune among others. She is honoured to contribute her practice at events worldwide including the Sedona Yoga Festival, Imagine Yoga Music Fest, Sat Nam Fest and the Science and Non-duality conferences in San Jose and Italy, find out more at www.KristenEykel.com

Lead Teacher

Kristen Eykel

Melissa has been practicing yoga for 20 years and has been teaching since 2012.

Her mission is to create healthier and more compassionate communities by making yoga accessible and by adapting classes to different abilities, and decreasing the financial barriers to access.

She has owned several yoga studios and currently runs yoga teacher trainings and retreats as well as mindfulness-based stress reduction classes. Her goal is to make yoga accessible and affordable, teaching students how to modify their yoga postures and practice to their own personal needs. Melissa has completed training programs through Mindful Yoga Academy, Mindful Academy International, Blooma, Connection Coalition, Sunlight Chair Yoga, and Yandara Yoga Institute.

She is a combat veteran, recovering corporate professional, and entrepreneur. In her spare time, she likes gardening, cooking, hanging out with her husband and dogs, and traveling. You can follow her at mindfulyogonline.com or thesmartyogateacher.com.

Assistant teacher

Melissa Leger

Kaity is the founder of Wild Earth Yoga Therapy and co-owner of LC Yoga in Loveland, Colorado. In addition to teaching yoga, she works privately with clients suffering from anxiety and chronic pain.


Kaity guides students in deepening their connection with body, mind, nature, and life-force. She integrates Ayurvedic medicine, meditation, breath work, functional movement, life-coaching, and tantric teachings into her offerings.


She offers global yoga retreats, teacher trainings, and yoga therapy in addition to her workshops and classes. She specialises in trauma-informed yoga therapy, yoga for stress resiliency and anxiety, and functional movement therapy.


She has received her advanced credentials from Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurveda, Integrative Yoga Therapy, and Naropa University.

Writer

Jessica Winderl

Drawn to yoga for its healing qualities, Bryony found the yoga mat to become her sanctuary during difficult and conflicting times. The mat brought her a sense of peace, acceptance and clear perspective. 

She began to travel and leave the city life behind and listening to a calling within obtained her 200h teacher training through "Yogaworks" with Alicia Cheung and Olvier Reinsch followed by her first Vipasana course.

She continued to travel and teach across the world. She was grateful to work again with her teachers to graduate in Yin and Myofascial Release Yoga, which brought an even wider appreciation for the profound effect yoga has on the body and mind. Bryony is now a 600 hour certified yoga teacher as she completed her advanced teacher training in Yogasana under her mentor Stewart Gilchrist. She has run yoga events, retreats and managed studios. She Is currently in Athens, Greece where she is Lead Trainer and Assistant Manager of Inner Hive. 

 

Bryony draws upon her background to create her unique style of yoga, a style that challenges and develops both mental and physical strength. Her passion for the philosophy of yoga is integrated in her classes, as she feels the power of yoga moves beyond just the asana. Bryony believes that yoga can deeply enhance the lives of those who choose to let it, and she hopes to share this with everyone she meets. 

Assistant teacher

Bryony Giboin

Laxmi was born into a yoga community in Catalonia, near Barcelona. Growing up amongst yogis, yoga was never imposed on her but naturally accompanied her and was there for her to delve into throughout childhood. It was at the age of 12 when she did her first proper yoga class and she realised it was something she would do for the rest of her life. Alby studied at an alternative school in England founded by the Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti. He received 1:1 Hatha yoga lessons daily from the age of 13, which kicked off his practice.

 

More recently Laxmi and Alby have frequently traveled to India, they became certified teachers in Hatha Vinyasa and Ashtanga Vinyasa, and they currently share their practice in weekly classes around Catalonia and host retreats and workshops across Europe. 

 

Through observation and exploration of the mind, body, and spirit, they see yoga as an invaluable tool we have to connect with the true self, and to manifest the life we want to live.

Writers

Laxmi Valls and Alby Glaister

Director and founder of the Yoga space, Leeds U.K. Nichi has been teaching yoga for over 18 years. Nichi practised Ashtanga Yoga for many years, eventually discovering that Vinyasa Flow suited her creative temperament and her body much more. She completed her 250hr Yoga Alliance Training with Brian Cooper in 2003. She is registered as a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK. In 2013  Nichi qualified as a Yamuna Body Rolling Practitioner which she finds is invaluable both in her practice and in her teaching. She is now a Yamuna Teacher Trainer and will be offering trainings in this from 2019. 

 

Having assisted her own teacher on teacher trainings for 10 years she now runs her own Teacher Training Programme in Vinyasa style Yoga. Nichi has mentored and trained many teachers who are now teaching in Leeds, Yorkshire and the U.K. 


Over the years she has found her students and her practice to be her greatest teachers. Before opening the Yoga Space Nichi worked as a Dramatherapist and has an interest in creative arts therapy, Yoga and the release of emotional blocks as well as trauma in the physical body. Nichi believes that through Yoga, both its physical and spiritual aspects, there is a real potential to heal ourselves. She has found that a deeper interest in philosophy, meditation and chanting has evolved naturally over the last few years and she attributes this to simply getting on her mat. Her love and fascination for all things Yogic is apparent in her teaching and she strives to deliver this enthusiasm in her classes. Since 2013 she has been a regular teacher on popular online Yoga site www.ekhartyoga.com

Writer

Nichi Green

Phoebe comes from a strong movement background. She received her BFA in Modern Dance from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she studied technique, anatomy, kinesiology, and pedagogy. As a professional dancer in New York City, her studies continued and she earned her Pilates certification from the Kane School of Core Integration, 500 hour Certification (ERYT500) from YogaWorks and Restorative/Therapeutics training with Jillian Pransky.

Teaching at various studios/programs in New York City since 2002, Phoebe made the move to the Hudson Valley in 2010.  She founded and directed the yoga program, Yoga at the Roundhouse as part of the boutique hotel, The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls in Beacon, NY.

In 2014, she founded  nOMad always at OM that brings new experiences on and off the mat by  offering teacher trainings (200/300 hr, CECs), mentoring,  yoga retreats, the podcast, The Space in Between , and Phoebe’s new movement class/workshop, mvt. 109.   Most recently, she has started a relationship with the US military by offering teacher training to the cadets of West Point along with veterans and active duty.  
 

Her mission through her nOMad offerings is to give her students the tools to live a fuller life with more joy, gratitude, confidence, and connection.

Phoebe’s training focuses on the importance of alignment, breath, and mindfulness. Through her teaching in a supportive  atmosphere, students gain a more profound understanding of their own body and mind. Phoebe demonstrates that with practice, patience, courage, and compassion, yoga can open a world of greater possibilities and deepen the connection to one’s core being.

Lead teacher

Phoebe Miller

Namita Kulkarni is a Yoga teacher and writer living in Mysore, India. She has been teaching internationally for 9 years. She sees teaching as a way of sharing of her own practice, guiding students to experience Asana as a breath-focussed, moving meditation.

Her Yoga journey began at age 12 in school, but the turning point was a home practice Yoga book she stumbled on at age 17 at the Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India. Leaving behind a hard-won law degree and a gold medal, she eventually chose to pursue her calling in Yoga. Her formal Yoga training began at the oldest Yoga school in the world, The Yoga Institute, Mumbai, and continued with various internationally acclaimed Yoga teachers. Always looking to deepen her knowledge and practice, she has acquired 9 Yoga certifications over the years, including 610 hours of Yoga Alliance certified training, a month-long Pranayama intensive with BNS Iyengar in Mysore, and a 6-week course in Yoga Sutras with Judith Hanson Lasater. Her latest training was the Heart of Yoga Advanced Teacher Training with Mark Whitwell.


Her biggest lessons, she believes, come from self-awareness on and off the mat, and the most ‘advanced’ Yoga to her is a calm mind and a joyful spirit. She travels solo every year to explore new corners of the world and is grateful to Yoga for the internal explorations it propels her into. She writes about her inner and outer expeditions on her Yoga & travel blog Radically Ever After — www.radicallyeverafter.com, ranked one of the top 50 Yoga blogs worldwide and one of the top 5 solo women travel blogs in India.

Writer

Namita Kulkarni