Kendra Potter, E-RYT 500-Lead Trainer
I began practicing yoga asana in 1999. My yoga practice has helped me navigate life from Missoula to Los Angeles to New York City, through my transition from single woman to wife and now mother. It helps me remember that eternal, unchanging Self. In 2014, I found myself elated to be back practicing in the mountains of Montana after a decade in cities. My fascination with yoga began with the revelation that one can move while in prayer, and continues through the joyous exploration of Sthira Sukha, the balance between exertion and ease, and sankalpa (intention). Yoga has made me a kinder person, and I continue to work toward encountering the Self through sharing the practice. My own practice of yoga stretches far beyond the physical postures, and it is through this training that I aim to expand student teacher’s understanding of the depths of where their practice can take them. After facilitating several teacher trainings, including Greenhouse Holistic in NY and Anahata Yoga in Missoula, MT, I am elated to be offering my dream training. It is my deepest honor to bring my own teachers in to bless us with their knowledge, and include us in their lineage. Thank you for showing up. It is through teaching that I best learn. See my certifications and trainings here.
Tracee Stanley, E-RYT 500- the four desires, guest instructor
I have been studying Yoga and Tantra since 1995. My introduction to yoga was through the practice of Kundalini Yoga where I was fortunate enough to practice with Yogi Bhajan on several of his visits to Yoga West in Los Angeles. Being in the presence of this great teacher gave me a glimpse into the true power of Yoga. Soon after I was introduced to the practice of Hatha yoga and became passionate about sharing how yoga had changed my life with anyone who would listen. At the time I was a high level executive in the film industry and my practice provided the balance, clarity and perspective that I needed to stay calm in the midst of chaos. After reading a translation of the Yoga Sutra's, I went on a quest for a teacher who could impart the deeper teachings and the promise of Yoga. It was then that I met my teacher Yogarupa Rod Stryker and was initiated into the lineage of Sri Vidya.
Since 2001 the focus of my teaching has been empowerment, sankalpa (intention), self-mastery and healing. The teachings are sourced from my many years of practice with Yogarupa, study with Gary Kraftsow and my personal journey and study. As a ParaYoga® Level I Certified Teacher and a Certified Four Desires Trainer I utilize the unique practices of the ParaYoga® and the Himalayan traditions to guide students towards the door of awakening to their true nature, creating positive momentum and accelerating the trajectory towards fulfilling their destiny for an empowered life that is full of purpose and joy. I enjoy sharing the profound practices of Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Self-Inquiry informed by wisely sequenced asana, mantra and kriya practices to create a fertile environment and safe container for transformation and growth. It is my greatest honor to be on the faculty of Esalen Institute and to teach at festivals like Wanderlust, Symbiosis, Lightning in a Bottle and Bali Spirit Festival. I love leading teacher trainings, retreats and holding space for you to remember your radiance and power!
Angi McLure, LMT-anatomy and physiology
Angi Purinton McClure is a Movement Coach and has been working with bodies for over 15 years. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Chinese Medicine and Qigong enthusiast, Certified Pilates, Qigong, and Fitness Instructor, Angi is out to help students make the investment of their life. Through her body longevity business called Body401k®, Angi has created classes and workshops to educate the masses on body awareness through Eastern and Western movement.
AnandaBhairava-classical hatha yoga, guest instructor
ANANDABHAIRAVA aka Steven Prestianni began studying under the guidance of Sadguru Sri Mahayogi Paramahamsa, founder of the Mahayogi Yoga Mission, in 1996 and has since taught at the Mahayogi Yoga Mission for 8 years; 6 years at the Kearny Correctional Facility with incarcerated women; 7 years for the Multiple Sclerosis Society with wheelchair bound, chair ability, and mat capable members; 6 years at the Earth School with primary school children; 5 year with AHRP for those mentally-handicapped, including training the staff at AHRP to work independent of his person; 14 years and running with a community class run by donation at the Sixth Street Community Center in the Lower East Side of New York City.
Adrienne lecoure-trauma informed training, guest instructor
I have been a spiritual seeker for as long as I can remember. As a child I was star struck, overwhelmed by the beauty and inherent magic in the world around me. I was hopeful, full of love and found joy in simplicity. This boundless joy slowly unraveled as I entered my teens and early twenties. Heartbreak and loss hardened my spirit and in time, the world became a dark place and fear permeated my being. I lost the vibrancy and wonder that I had once existed in. Most of us have had similar experiences of losing touch with that childlike wonder and limitless love. The last decade of my life has been a quest to reclaim the boundless joy I came into this world with.
I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Dharmsala, India with Chandra Yoga International. I completed my 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Mysore, India with Ayur-Yoga Eco Ashram. Both of these trainings were intensive month long immersions that emphasized classical Hatha practices and traditional yogic philosophy. Throughout my journey with yoga, I have continued to deepen my knowledge and understanding of the practice. My additional training includes a 3 week immersion at The Sivananda Ashram in Madurai, India, a 2 week Ashtanga Intensive with Ellen Johanson in Sri Lanka, 2 week Ashtanga intensive with Joanna Darlington in Montana, USA and extensive study and experience in trauma sensitive yoga. I have co-facilitated several 200 hour teacher trainings and have hosted various workshops and retreats throughout the world. I have taught in the United States, Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Greece, England, Spain and Israel.
I am truly honored to be able to share the gifts I have received on the mat with students around the world. My teaching experience has ranged from luxury retreats to refugee camps. My heart lies in the work I am doing out of the studio and in the trenches, bringing yoga to the sick, the elderly and those who have experienced trauma. I am deeply passionate about utilizing yoga as an instrument to empower marginalized communities and provide healing for physical and emotional wounds.
My classes have a strong emphasis on self empowerment, connecting movement with breath and the practice of ever-refining our postures. I believe that our physical practice of yoga is the corridor to the place within each of us that has never been wounded. It is the crucible that dissolves separation and opens us to the divinity in all things. I integrate pranayama and meditation into each practice. They can physically challenging, but delivered with a soft, flowing grace and choreographed to the melody of the breath.
jess mathiae-yoga for children, guest instructor