Jade Ambassadors Continued
Studio: Soula Grove Yoga - Paso Robles, CA
I believe life is a personal journey and my goal is to encourage growth and understanding of the self through yoga, where students can create a vision, discover their own sense of spirituality and find a holistic balance in their everyday lives. I am as much a student as I am a teacher, embracing the process all along the way. We should all take a moment, close our eyes and just breathe.
Studio: University of SC
Being a yoga instructor is about nonjudgment and compassion, and my Karmic duty is to bring yoga to the underserved. As a prison yoga instructor, I seek to empower the powerless and give inmates a tool for self-healing and self-love. Whether we are an inmate or not, we all have our own unique struggles and histories that make us the people we are today. Sometimes just having one person believe in us makes all the difference. Yoga teaches us to embrace all we are in the present moment and to realize there is a better way.
Studio: Ride and Reflect
I like to teach honoring all body types and fitness levels. I enjoy teaching with a combination of humor and vigor while ending the class with a Mantra for them to carry with them.
Studio: Bodhi Seed Yoga, Mt. Clemens, MI
Style: Vinyasa & Ashtanga
Philosophy: My focus as a teacher is to explore the harmony between body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is so much more than just the physical practice. It is the combination of the physical body working in sync with breathwork and finding your Self. The root of my classes rise from Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga and inspire students to make the practice their own. Students can expect a safe, creative space to practice and flourish physically, mentally, and spiritually in their own unique way.
Studio: You Power Yoga
I love building connections with students and seeing them become happier, healthier, more loving and relaxed. My prayer is for You Power Yoga students to experience the joyful, lasting transformation yoga brings. Come as you are – large, small, happy, not so happy; leave better. It really can be just that simple.
Studio: Enchanted Bliss Yoga Vernon, NJ
Style: Vinyasa and Kundalini
My philosophy of teaching yoga is to help others find their inner bliss. As everyone knows, yoga isn't just about getting the pose down, it's more like an accomplishment for yourself to better yourself both physically and mentally.
Philosophy: Yoga has been an amazing teacher and friend ever since it came into my life. Through yoga I have been empowered to follow my dreams and do what I love. I believe yoga offers people the tools to find balance in life, and that’s what I want for my students. I put emphasis on the mind-body-breath connection in all of my classes. I am very passionate about my continent- Africa, and I believe yoga can bring a lot of healing to Africa’s children. My philosophy is that yoga is everyone. There is nothing more beautiful than people from all walks of life coming together to move and breath as one.
Philosophy: As a Yoga Practitioner, Wellness Expert, and Ayurvedic Specialist, Amber's intentions are to facilitate improvements in all dimensions of health and wellness. She embraces assisting individuals in self-regulation techniques that improve adaptability and foster greater resiliency in the mind, body and spirit. Through her intentional blending of yoga, pranayama, Ayurveda, and wellness wisdom, she truly makes transformation attainable- as her mantra implies- wellness made simple and easy.
Joy is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer, Reiki Master, with a formal education in nutrition and dietetics. This eclectic background lends to her unique style and expression of teaching. Her gentle sincere approach and playful spirit allows you to believe in yourself, igniting the fire within and awakening your spirit!
Studio: StillPoint Yoga Studio
Style: Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Yoga-Meditation Combination Classes
Studio: Naval Bases in Naples, Italy
Studio: East end Long Island, camps, schools and privately
Style: Vinyasa flow
Philosophy: I am a certified kid's yoga and mindfulness instructor for pre-school through teenage children and a children's book author. I teach Hatha yoga with a mixture of stories, games, asana, pranayama and specific mindfulness activities. My teaching often includes expressing creativity through journaling and art and a reading of my latest book I Am Yoga.
Studio: Carlisle Family YMCA, Carlisle, PA
Do no harm. Assist, encourage and support.
Studio: Synchronicity Studio, Clapham, London
Philosophy: Pukka (पक्का) in hindi means 'substantial'. In British english, it figuratively means 'genuine' and 'authentic'.
I aim to make yoga accessible to everyone, regardless of what level they are. I incorporate movement with the breath, main style of teaching is Vinyasa with a nod to Ashtanga.
Studio: 8 Limbs Yoga
I believe in holding space for people to heal, grow, and discover connection through yoga. The more we are connected with our own minds, bodies, and spirits, the more we are open to connecting with others and the natural world. I'm simply a humble guide providing the space and a little instruction to others wanting to connect to their center, become filled with wonder again, and/or discover other magical and mysterious occurrences awaiting them on the mat.
Studio: Jiaren yoga- Santa Clara CA
My teaching philosophy is to guide students through a practice that their mind and bodies need, but also provide tools to use off the mat in self-acceptance. Students can expect a well-rounded physical challenge in addition to some humor and playfulness.
Wern Cheen Chang
Studio: Yoga at Cindys, Sunnyvale CA
Style: Vinyasa Flow
I believe in making yoga accessible to everyone. It is much more than just asana but a practice of living life by building awareness of your body, mind and breath. Eat, run, play and yoga :)
Studio: Claremont Yoga, Claremont, CA
Philosophy: Jasmine became a teacher so she can service women in the pre and postnatal pregnancy stages as well as beginners and those seeking an alternative for healing purposes. Her overall goal is to make yoga accessible to everyone, especially in minority communities.
“I believe yoga is a one size fits all practice, meaning it’s for every one.” – Jasmine Creighton
Studio: Pran Lounge Colombo
Style: Vinyasa, Restorative
Philosophy: Jessyca Canizales has been an international educator for over 15 years, helping learners obtain goals in a variety of areas including movement, improv, dance, networking, web design, as well as extensive experience as an elementary and special education, teacher and administrator. She teaches between 5-10 hours regularly each week to both children and adults as well as offers private instruction, monthly workshops and retreats in Asia. Currently in Battaramulla, colOMbo in the sacred land known as Sri Lanka. She is connecting and growing with the yoga community there.
Studio: Rise Power Yoga, Princeton NJ
I love making yoga accessible and real. It's for real people living real lives. There's no perfect image of what a yogi looks like, it's in ALL of us. Every class may be a little different as we arrive differently on our mats each time. I love to create a space for individual's to come together...find themselves and find a community. Self love is key. I try to live this every day, on and off my mat. And yoga inspires me to dig deep and explore the inner most version of me, my true self. As I connect better with myself, I'm able to better connect with the realness in my students. We are all doing the best we can every day...some days may just be better than others, but that's okay. It's an ongoing effort. My class is a place for everyone, no matter their skill level, gender, age, size, color, religion, diet, etc. Like a great mat, it serves everyone :)
Studio: Hendricks Regional Health Yoga Studio Danville, IN
Style: Hatha and chronic conditions
Lori Coffey was introduced to yoga and meditation after a back injury in the late 90's. It has been the benefits of the ancient practice of body-mind union that has helped her with pain management, flexibility, strength, stress reduction and many other benefits these ancient practices offer. From her own yoga practice, Lori brings to her students the a union of breath and movement to focus the mind and bring awareness to the alignment, balance, and strength for each asana while being very present in the moment. In addition to the physical benefits of yoga, Lori aims to teach students to appreciate the non-physical benefits of practice by returning to lessons learned on the mat in to their daily lives off the mat.
Studio: Spa Le Mergiot, Santa Monica
Style: Yin Yoga
When we take ourselves outside of our minds, we are able to see our surroundings. What our surroundings are telling us and observing without judgement.
Ashley is a professional skier, former US Ski team member, Xgames and Dew tour Athlete. Now certified yoga teach, spin instructor and owner of A-bomb Apparel (www.abomb-apparel.com)
Style: Vinyasa and Restorative
Studio: Sacred Fig New York, NY
I started practicing yoga because I was unhappy with my life. I simply wanted to feel connected to who I was beneath the surface, so that no matter the situation, that couldn't be taken from me. I turned to teaching as a reflection of that, to help people reconnect. I teach Classical and Tantra yoga philosophy and meditation techniques to help students create and deepen their relationship with their personal divinity and higher self. I also bring biomechanics into classes, offering a lot of alignment cues and anatomy tips to help students clear pain and to gain a greater understanding of their bodies in order to prevent pain.
Studio: Abington YMCA
Style: Hatha Vinyasa
I teach "open level" classes. My intention as a teacher is to create a safe space for every body at every level. Expaniding flexibility of mind, increasing our capacity for joy and compassion, and developing patience for ourselves and others are core principles in the practice I have the great honor of leading.
Studio: Kindness Collective Denver, CO
Style: Heated Power Yoga
I practice and teach yoga to synchronize the heart's passions with the power of the mind and body to co-create a journey of courage, positive energy and wonder. Simply put, let's step into love and see what sprouts. Root to rise!
Studio: Yoga Loft Studios, Chicago, IL
Style: Core Vinyasa Flow, Beginners Yoga
Philosophy: “If you build it, they will come”
- Field of Dreams (1989) Deep breath in, deep breath out. Life is instantaneous, so it is a privilege to learn from it while I can. Be it travelling locally or nationally, I am thrilled to explore new styles of practice, meeting spiritual leaders and attending workshops to enhance my personal yogic journey and enlightenment. By continually enlightening myself, I hope to inspire others. Maybe a little cheesy, but honest, I believe Field of Dreams nails it on the head – if you build your practice and truly let it become an extension of yourself, people will want to come and practice with you.
Studio: Keep It Moving Yoga & Barre West Metro Atlanta
Style: BUTI Yoga
I opened a yoga studio because I wanted a living that would include my family and give support to special needs families. We have a special needs child. Yoga is a practice that introduces a person to their true self, just breath and the mat. There are no status, standards and labels in yoga. This is PURE life
Educate. Encourage. Support.
Studio: Nomad Yoga
Many people know that I have been practicing Yoga on a daily basis for about ten years, and teaching Yoga for about the past five years. But what most people don’t know is that before I found Yoga (or Yoga found me), I was practicing many different styles of martial arts for years. I have a black belt in Hap Ki Do, a second degree black belt in Kung Fu and have worked extensively with the ancient energy activities of Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
Studio: Teacher in Toronto at York University
I believe in creating an inviting and comfortable environment in which students feel safe and part of a community. I mostly teach university students which is important to me because I think that is a stage in life when a lot of people get lost. I believe my purpose as an instructor is not to make students fall in love with my way of teaching but to fall in love with the practice itself.
Victoria Garcia Drago
Studio: Exhale Spa, Top Floor Fitness & Wellness and Boston Sports Club, Boston MA
Style: Slow Flow Vinyasa
Philosophy: I teach my students about respect, compassion, acceptance, tolerance, unconditional love, truthfulness/authenticity and patience to name a few life enhancing qualities and to cultivate these qualities through their practice. I remind them that it is important to start feeling these qualities toward them and to then witness how they can radiate them to others and to every sentient being!
Every body is different, I am not here to correct or fix or judge others, merely here to guide you back to what you already know to be true.
Everyone belongs in Yoga. It’s important to me that everyone feels welcome in my classes, regardless of age, size, shape, experience or abilities. My classes are very breath-focused as I believe that learning to work with the breath is a vital part of Yoga. Yoga is non-competitive, and as such, I encourage my students to practice mindfully and to be guided by their bodies and their breath, not their egos. I have immense respect for the history and traditions of Yoga and I am honored to call myself a Yoga Teacher.
Studio: Keri Lincoln Yoga
Philosophy: My main aim is to spread joy and greater understanding of the body and its capabilities. I believe Yoga is for everyone and can provide so much knowledge into how you can heal and aid your body. I teach a style that combines Vinyasa with Martial Art's (Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Kung Fu) With an emphasis on breath, fluidity and intelligent alignment-based sequencing, Primal Yoga® Flow harmonises yin and yang energy and taps into our body's own innate wisdom to unlock the healing potential within.
Studio: Nour Yoga - Mombasa, Kenya
My philosophy is that yoga practice has a lot to offer everyone. What I as a teacher give to my students covers all elements physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Through asana, students achieve physical and emotional balance, which gives way to greater mental clarity and eventually deeper spiritual connections. I love having students open up about their yoga experiences and the benefits they receive.
Studio:Tomi Healthy Lifestyle
Style: Vinyasa Flow
Studio: YogaPod Lodo, Denver, CO
Firefly Yoga is a balance of challenge and playfulness, stepping out of your comfort zone yet respecting and honoring your body, making your practice a time to build physical strength as well we mental awareness.
Stacie Jaya Balaguer
Studio: Jaya Yoga
I believe in teaching a style that offers a holistic approach to the practice, ranging from Gentle to a more challenging Hatha Flow. All classes of my classes incorporate breathing (pranayama), poses (asanas), deep relaxation (yoga nidra) & meditation. A complete workout for mind, body & soul. I come from a background of injury and am a walking miracle proving the healing powers of yoga. I live my life sharing this with others.
Studio: Lemon Balm Yoga & Wellness, Indianaola, MS
Philosophy: Melissa wishes to assist her students in becoming “light-filled”, connecting to the One True Source, and letting go of darkness, despair, and other low vibrations. She teaches her students to realize who they truly are and radiate energy and vitality...and to ascend, and emit God’s enlightment through their entire being so others can learn the true joy in the opportunity to live on this earth!
Patty Sassano and Stacy Fritz
Style: Hatha Yoga
Studio: Yoga Cise, Quakertown, PA
Style: Vinyasa, Restorative
One of my greatest passions is helping others to find balance on and off the mat with a particular emphasis on the breath, and enjoyment of the present moment and connection to their inner self. I came to the mat 8 years ago after the sudden death of my father not really sure what I was seeking at the time of sadness. I found a soft place for my body and sweet place for my heart .Yoga brought me contentment, balance, love, joy, strength, rest, and peace. And I just wanted to pass it all on, I love teaching flow classes to fun music with a balance between effort and surrender! I also love the many benefits of Restorative Yoga which I have experienced them in my own practice. I am so grateful and honored to be able to share my love and passion for yoga with others on and off the mat!
Studio: Embrace Yoga DC, Relax Zen Yoga
I believe we are all divinely inspired, creative beings- the masters of our greatest selves.
Studio: Yoga Life Westchester, NY
Style: Vinyasa and Ashtanga
The calmness and the oneness in the yoga room means true peace. Everyone is at a different stage of their lives. If they can experience true peace through asanas, they are all great yogis without exception. Bring out the inner-self with your breath to shine.
I believe that yoga is for everyone who wants to practice it, regardless of age, weight, gender, or any other attributes. I firmly believe that yoga should be the perfect balance of challenging and fun. I love to empower my students to try something new, something scary, with no guarantees of success, and that messing up and learning is much better than not trying. I end every class with "Be Brave, Be Weird, Be Unequivocally You" and my classes and energy attest to that. I love when people break down their barriers that yoga is scary and serious, and they finally embrace the power in not taking their practice so seriously. It's a practice -- an excuse to get messy and to fall, and to pick yourself back up.
Studio: Art of Balance Yoga, Fredericksburg, Va
Yoga is an amazing tool. Our yoga mat is our space to practice and to observe ourselves. In this space we practice listening, observing and feeling whatever comes up. Here we have the opportunity to accept ourselves, have compassion for ourselves and love ourselves exactly as we are. As we practice, we remember our goodness and we move from that space and we shine. Others can feel this love and it can inspire others. As a teacher, I hope to move from my inner light, and inspire my students to move from their inner light.
Alexis Villegas of @travelandstretch is a devoted student of the Ashtanga yoga tradition, she has made two trips to Mysore, India to practice at KPJAYI and has also studied extensively under Boonchu Tanti in Bangkok, Thailand and Eilleen Hall in Sydney, Australia. Alexis believes that by living with passion, optimizing your health, and travelling often, that everyone can find the path to living their best life.
Studio: Purusha Yoga School
I strive to offer a place where everyone can come as they are and discover their own practice and expression - a place where everyone is open and welcome to learn. My own philosophy in yoga is in short – sweat, breathe, focus, surrender. To me yoga is a dance; it is an expressive bodily language of gratitude, of surrender and of love. I love it mentally and physically. I believe in hard work and strive for precision – that is where I find the sweet spots. My practice and teaching exist around this opportunity for clarity and expression and I try to channel this way of seeing to others.
Studio: Empower Yoga, The College of New Jersey
Philosophy: I’m not trying to convert the world, nor am I critical of other people’s paths. Philosophy is inside; it’s not something you just read and memorize, and get right or wrong. Everybody's yoga practice is their own practice, and that is what is most important to me. I want to lead people into their own direct experience, and that process is very personal to each individual.
My teaching focuses on mindful vinyasa flow, connecting the body, mind, and breath through dynamic and creative sequences, Yoga Tune Up® with therapy balls, and trauma-informed yoga. I like to start and end class with breathing and mindfulness practices designed to relieve stress, re-center, and connect in with one's higher self so students leave the mat feeling refreshed, renewed, and ready to take on life’s next journey. My classes are known for a divine tune down and aromatherapy Shivasana.