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Our Yoga Teachers
Edward Clark is the creator of Tripsichore Yoga Theatre, the London based yoga group who have delighted audiences in Europe, North America and Asia with their sensual and lyric application of yoga to make serenely absorbing performance art. Tripsichore Yoga Theatre have been hailed as some of the most innovative practitioners of vinyasa yoga. Sequestered in their studio in London, England, the company has worked daily for the past 13 years to devise and refine yoga techniques of asana, pranayama, pratayahara, dharana, and dhyana, making excursions out to perform their creations to audiences worldwide. Until now, their techniques have only been taught to a very few.
In the summer of 1979 Paul Grilley was inspired to study yoga after reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. After two years study of anatomy with Dr. Garry Parker, he relocated from his home in Montana to Los Angeles to continue his studies at UCLA.
Gary Kraftsow, MA has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing and personal transformation for 30 years. He began his study of yoga in India with T.K.V. Desikachar in 1974 and received a Viniyoga Special Diploma from Viniyoga International in Paris, France in the mid 80’s.
Andrey Lappa is one of the most influential yoga masters of the post-Soviet countries. He has studied with teachers both famous and unknown, including BKS Iyengar and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and has practiced meditation in many monasteries and temples throughout the East. After many years of exploration into the most esoteric and challenging practices of yoga, Andrey developed the incomparably powerful and effective Universal Yoga, a comprehensive approach to spiritual evolution. Andrey is president of the Kiev Yoga Federation in the Ukraine.
A student of yoga since age 14, Jill Miller brings more than 23 years of expertise, including the moving arts of Modern Dance, Pilates, Bodytuning, Breathwork, Shiatsu, and Butoh. Her teaching playfully integrates the nuts and bolts of human movement coupled with yogic philosophy, creating a unique experience that builds conscious awareness within every aspect your practice. With a focus on removing tension from the body, releasing entrapments of the mind and reconnecting you to your core, her innovative approach strengthens you from the inside out.
Sri Dharma Mittra has spent most of his life in service to humanity, disseminating ancient knowledge for achieving radiant health and spiritual development. He was born in the late 1930's, and excelled from an early age at wrestling and weight lifting. After spending 7 years in the Air Force, Dharma began studying Yoga in 1958. He met his teacher Sri Swami Kailashananda in 1964, and after immersing himself in intense study and practice of the eight limbs of Yoga—especially Karma Yoga—Dharma was initiated as a sannyasi, one who renounces the material world while seeking God.
David Newman, also known as ‘Durga Das,’ is a practitioner of the ancient art of Indian Devotional Chanting known as Kirtan and is also a singer songwriter. David’s chanting brings forth the ancient Yogic tradition of sound as a healing path toward Self Discovery. His songwriting flows from his devotion and mystical revelations and communicates a message of Universal Love. It is both the spiritual intention and the unique merging of Song and Mantra which elevate the impact of David’s music. His lyrics carry a poetic grace that resonates with a timeless truth of Spiritual Oneness.
Sarah Powers began teaching in 1987. She interweaves the insights and practices of Yoga and Buddhism into an integral practice to enliven the body, heart and mind. Her yoga style blends both a Yin sequence of long held poses to enhance the meridian and organ systems, combined with a flow or Yang practice, influenced by Viniyoga, Ashtanga, and alignment based teachings.
For more than 40 years, Teja Bell has integrated the practice and teaching of martial arts, healing energy practices and the Dharma. He is a teacher of Aikido (5th degree Black Belt) and of the Chinese Internal Arts, and a fully ordained Rinzai Zen priest and lineage Dharma teacher. Concurrent with his martial arts training, Teja has trained across the three major Buddhist traditions: Theravadin, Mahayana Zen, and Trans-Himalayan Vajrayana. He is a bridge between the traditions of Buddhism and the Qigong and Yogic practices of Taoism.
Scott Blossom is a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner, Shadow Yoga teacher, and Ayurvedic Consultant. He has been studying yoga for over nineteen years and teaching for twelve. His primary teachers are hatha yoga master and founder of Shadow Yoga Zhander Remete, and Dr. Robert Svoboda, renowned Ayurvedic physician and scholar.
Leslie has been practicing yoga for over fifteen years in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently leads teacher trainings, annual yoga retreats, and therapeutic yoga workshops including her specialty, pelvic floor workshops for women. Her teaching is informed by over 2,500 hours of yoga study with senior Iyengar teachers. Currently she studies with Ramanand Patel, Manouso Manos, and Patricia Walden. Teaching women about their pelvis nationally is a result of her own struggles with hip and pelvic pain and working with physical therapists, Susanne Kemmerer and Lizanne Pastore.
Dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D., continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind.
Kimberly and Carol are co-directors of the pioneering Yoga for Seniors teacher training-offered at Duke Integrative Medicine and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and they specialize in teaching yoga to older adults and people with health challenges. Their mission is to safely and effectively advance the art and science of adapting yoga for older and medically-challenged bodies, minds and spirits.