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 nicer person, and I continue to work toward encountering the Self through sharing the practice. 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.
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.
Liam Bowler, LMT, RYT-anatomy and physiology
I’m Liam Bowler, a licensed massage therapist, structural bodyworker, musician and rock climbing guide (among other things, of course). My background is largely as an educator, beginning in high school with teaching taekwondo to all ages (though the most memorable, for sure, was the 4-6 year old class). I’ve also spent many years taking people into the mountains and up rock faces as a wilderness educator (largely with Outward Bound, a really wonderful program). And it was largely injuries and the associated pain from taekwondo, climbing and shlepping around a too-heavy backpack that led me to wanting to, needing to, better understand bodies in general and my own in particular. Like … why does my knee hurt so bad when I’m only 24? In my search, I found manual therapy to be an amazing part of my healing, particularly for old shoulder and forearm injuries that had plagued me for years. I began to practice a bit with techniques that I’d experienced or read about, first on myself and friends, and finally officially going to school for massage therapy. It’s really cool to see how all my life experience has seemed to line up perfectly to bring me here, doing the work I’m doing. I rely hugely on the kinesthetic awareness I gained from the martial arts, and the touch sensitivity from rock climbing, in my practice every day.
Steven Prestianni-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.