Jade Ambassadors Continued

Irina Astrom

Studio: Soula Grove Yoga - Paso Robles, CA

Style: Hatha

Philosophy: 

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.

Angela Still

Studio: University of SC

Style: Power

Philosophy: 

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.

www.karunaprisonyoga.org

 

 

Denise Springer

Studio: You Power Yoga

Style: Power

Philosophy: 

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.

 

Holly Anne

Studio: Enchanted Bliss Yoga  Vernon, NJ

Style: Vinyasa and Kundalini

Philosophy: 

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.

Cecilia Garama



Studio: 

Nour Yoga - Mombasa, Kenya
Style: Hatha


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.

 

Joy Arnold

Philosophy: 

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! 

Her classes are a dance for the spirit, fun and playful with a soulful vibe.  She guides you through this yoga dance with mindfulness, intent and purpose including infusion of chanting, breath work, essential oils, and heart.  This creates a sacred space for you to feel...not only your body but your feelings allowing you to cleanse and heal on every level.

 

Cheryl Oknefski



Studio: 

Peaces of Me Wellness Studio
Style: Hatha

 

Alison Krywucki

 

Studio: StillPoint Yoga Studio

Style: Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Yoga-Meditation Combination Classes 

 

Alison Mackie

 

Studio: Naval Bases in Naples, Italy

Style: Vinyasa

 

Susan Verde

 

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.

 

Lena Hershey

 

Studio: Carlisle Family YMCA, Carlisle, PA

Style: Vinyasa

 Philosophy: 

Do no harm. Assist, encourage and support.

 

Elise Antonio

 

Studio: 8 Limbs Yoga

Style: therapeutic/restorative

 Philosophy: 

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.

 

 

Wern Cheen Chang

 

Studio: Yoga at Cindys, Sunnyvale CA

Style: Vinyasa Flow

 Philosophy: 

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 :)

 

 

Jasmine Creighton

 

Studio: Claremont Yoga, Claremont, CA

Style: Hatha

 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

 

Jessyca  Canizales

 

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.

Jennifer Stewart

 

Studio:  Rise Power Yoga, Princeton NJ

 

Style: Vinyasa

 Philosophy:  

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 :)

 

Lori Coffey

 

Studio: Hendricks Regional Health Yoga Studio Danville, IN

Style: Hatha and chronic conditions

 Philosophy:  

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.

 

Nicole Ilaw

 

Studio: Spa Le Mergiot, Santa Monica

Style: Yin Yoga

 Philosophy: 

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.
"The judgement: you are now before Yama, King of the Dead. In vain you will try to.. Deny or conceal the evil deeds you have done... the mirror in which Yama seems to read your own past is your own memory, and also his judgement is your own. It is you your who pronounce your own judgment..." - Gautama Buddha

 

Ashley Battersby

 

 Wanship, UT

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

 

Anton Brandt

 

 Studio: Sacred Fig  New York, NY

 

 

 

 

Denise Springer

Studio: You Power Yoga

Style: Power

Philosophy: 

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.

 

Courtney Gable

Studio: Abington YMCA

Style: Hatha Vinyasa

Philosophy:  .

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.  

 

Wendy Weeks

Studio: Kindness Collective Denver, CO

Style: Heated Power Yoga

Philosophy: 

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!

 

Lily Pike

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.

 

Genevieve Harris

Studio: Keep It Moving Yoga & Barre West Metro Atlanta

Style: BUTI Yoga

Philosophy: 

 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.

 

 

 

 

Jane Manning

Studio: NBalance Hot Yoga and Fitness

Style: Fusion of Hatha, Vinyasa and Power Yoga

Philosophy: 

Yoga has the potential to transform a person's life. It begins with synchronizing the breath with movement, which can then lead to the cultivation of a deep sense of focus, purpose, and empowerment in one's personal practice. Lessons learned on the mat, through personal struggle and perseverance, can then be applied off the mat; thus creating yoga as practice of life.

 

Lexi Traub

Studio: Moksa, Ubud; Honeymoon Yoga, Ubud

Style: kriya, hatha, iyengar, vinyasa, yin

Philosophy: My philosophy is one of play, joy, laughter, and connection. I believe in aligning the body, to align the nadis (energy channels through the body). As well, with my newfound passion for Sattva Yoga, the incorporation of tantric and vedantic breathwork, mantras, and kriyas to generate electricity and give students the tools to master their own breath, bodies, energy, and life, is deeply profound for me.

 

 

 

Sarah Werkin



Studio: Better Buzz Yoga Denver, Co


Style: Strala Yoga

Philosophy: I believe in natural movement, that yoga cures & there is an easy way to do anything more effectively. 

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. 

 

Krista Power



Studio: YMCA Edmonton, LA Fitness Edmonton


Style: Hatha, Flow, Yin, Vinyasa

Philosophy: 

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. 

Annu Gaidhu



Studio: Parivartan Mississauga Hot Yoga Studio, Brampton Hot Yoga Wellness Centre, Chakra Wellness Centre


Style: Vinyasa/Hatha Flow

Philosophy: My message is simple; I encourage getting out of your comfort zone and to just breathe. It is easy to focus purely on what comes easy to us and what we are good at. Things are difficult for a reason and we hold the most tension in the parts of the body we don’t usually focus on because we shy away from pain. Know what pain is and acknowledge it is here and needs to be here; it is how we move forward. The resistance you feel is important. Let this go when you step on your mat and focus on your least favorite poses they are the keys to the evolution of your soul.

Alysha Pfeiffer



Studio: The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem
Style: Restorative Yoga

Philosophy: Yoga makes life better and yoga is for everyBODY. Just a few minutes on your mat everyday can change your life and the world around you for the better. 

Sara Sleeper



Studio: Healing Elements

Style: Vinyasa/Anusara


 

Keri Lincoln

Studio: Keri Lincoln Yoga
Style: Primal Yoga® Flow, Vinyasa, Yogalates 

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. 

 

Andrew Papke

Studio: Nour Yoga - Mombasa, Kenya

Style: Hatha

Philosophy: 

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.

 

Baljinnyam Chinzorigt

Studio:Tomi Healthy Lifestyle

Style: Vinyasa Flow

Philosophy: 

 

Nikki Head

Studio: YogaPod Lodo, Denver, CO

Style: www.fireflyyoga.com

Teaching Philosophy: 

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

Style: Hatha

Teaching Philosophy: 

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.

 

 

Patty Sassano and Stacy Fritz

 

Studio: FIT2ORDER

Style: Hatha

Teaching Philosophy: 

www.FIT2ORDER.COM

 

Carmen Sanchez



Style: Hatha Yoga

Philosophy: Carmen has her own style where she combines Hatha, gentle and dance. She moved to Roanoke a beautiful valley in Virginia US where she continues  sharing her gift and passion for this way of life.

 

Mariela Powsang

Studio: Yoga Cise, Quakertown, PA

Style: Vinyasa, Restorative

Philosophy: 

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! 

 

Sojourner Williams

Studio: Embrace Yoga DC, Relax Zen Yoga

Style: Vinyasa

Philosophy: 

I believe we are all divinely inspired, creative beings- the masters of our greatest selves.

Turning inwards, we can learn to connect with our authentic selves and ignite that internal fire, that ushers forward the radiance of our inner light.

 

Nami Patel

 

 

Studio: Yoga Life Westchester, NY

Style: Vinyasa and Ashtanga

Philosophy: 

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.

Charlotte Kilbourn



Studio: Thunderbolt Power Yoga Atlanta, GA
Style: Heated power Vinyasa and AcroYoga

Philosophy: . 

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.

 

 

Jen Martin

 Studio: Art of Balance Yoga, Fredericksburg, Va

Philosophy:  

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



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.

 

 

Ali Cellini

Studio: Purusha Yoga School

Style: Vinyasa

Philosophy: 

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.

 

Samara  Andrade



Studio: 
Style: Vinyasa, Yoga Tune Up, Trauma-Informed


Philosophy: 

 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.


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