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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.
A well-known master of yin yoga, Paul brings a thorough grounding in Hatha and Ashtanga yoga as well as anatomy and kinesiology to his teaching, which integrates the Taoist yoga of martial arts master Paulie Zink and the Chinese meridian and acupuncture theories of Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama. Paul's book, Yin Yoga: Principles and Practice, explains how yin yoga can teach us to relax, be patient, be quiet, and focus on the skeleton and its joints—a necessary counterpoint to today's more ubiquitous muscular yoga.
Paul began to study yoga after reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. He holds a master’s degree from St. John's College in the study of the Great Books of the Western World, and he enjoys reading about esoteric subjects and science, continuously looking for ways to bridge the two.
Gary Kraftsow, the leading proponent of viniyoga therapy in the US, has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing, and personal transformation for 30 years. After studying in India with T.K.V. Desikachar and his father T. Krishnamacharya, Gary received a special diploma from Viniyoga International in Paris. In 1999 he founded the American Viniyoga Institute where he is currently director and senior teacher of the Institute's teacher and therapist trainings.
A graduate of Colgate University with a master’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Gary has developed protocol for two National Institute of Health studies: “Evaluating Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain” and “Yoga Therapy for Generalized Anxiety.” He is the author of Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation, which incorporate not only asana practices but also pranayama, chanting, mantra, meditation, prayer, ritual, textual study, and Ayurvedic concepts.
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.
Jill Miller is the co-founder of Tune Up Fitness Worldwide and creator of the corrective exercise format Yoga Tune Up®. With more than 28 years of study in fitness, yoga therapy and anatomy, she is a pioneer in forging relevant links between the worlds of fitness, yoga, massage, and pain-management. Her innovative techniques have catapulted her to a sought after leader in the field of mind-body fitness and pain relief wellness. Miller has presented case studies at the Fascia Congress and the International Symposium of Yoga Therapists and is a regular at fitness conferences worldwide such as IDEAWorld, Can-Fit-Pro, ECA, Inner Idea, Empower, and Yoga Journal. She is also creator of the RX Series Program that can be found at EQUINOX Fitness Clubs nationally. Her specialized Yoga Tune Up® teaching team includes hundreds of movement professionals and clinicians across the globe instructing her self-care programming to a broad range of clientele; from those with chronic illness to elite athletes. Her self-care fitness programs have become staples at fitness centers, spas, hospital-based gyms, CrossFit boxes, yoga studios and corporate wellness centers such as Equinox, Canyon Ranch, YogaWorks, Cedars Sinai, Occidental Petroleum, Apple, Google and more.
Miller and her work has been featured in O Magazine, Self, Shape, FITNESS, Yoga Journal, Fit Pregnancy, Natural Health, Huffington Post, The Today Show, Good Morning America, FOX and is a guest expert for the LA Times and on the Oprah Winfrey Network's OWN Show. In addition to Yoga Link, Jill’s critically acclaimed DVDs and self-care therapy products include Treat While Your Train with Dr. Kelly Starrett, Coregeous®, Yoga Tune Up® At Home Program, the Yoga Tune Up® Quickfix Rx Series, and Gaiam's Yoga for Weight Loss. Her first book, The Roll Model will be released fall 2014.
Jill's embodied anatomy program Yoga Link- Easy Access to an Ageless Art is designed to help you gain tactile knowledge of your body in motion and stillness so you can intelligently prime yourself for every category of asana. Throughout this encyclopedic series, Jill deconstructs a variety of poses into accessible, digestible units, the way a skilled mechanic disassembles an engine. Her approach empowers you with fluency in your own anatomy and a lifetime of healthy movement habits. A must-have for teachers in training and for students seeking to heal pain and injury.
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.
An internationally acclaimed master teacher, Sarah Powers weaves the insights and practices of yoga and Buddhist meditation in an integrated practice that seeks to enliven the body, heart, and mind. Her yoga style blends a yin sequence of long-held poses to enhance the meridian and organ systems, with a yang or flow practice influenced by Viniyoga, Ashtanga, and alignment-based vinyasa teachings.
Her Buddhist training in Insight Meditation includes many retreats with Spirit Rock–trained teachers, time spent in a Burmese monastery, and a dharma teacher training with Bhante Gunaratana. She has also sat a number of Zen and Chan retreats and studied transpersonal psychology at the graduate level. Her main influences over the last seven years have been the Dzogchen teacher, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Zen teacher Toni Packer.
Her book, Insight Yoga, offers a series of practices designed to identify, open, and strengthen the various physical and psychological components of one's experience
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.