Jade Ambassadors Continued
Studio: Soula Grove Yoga - Paso Robles, CA
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.
Studio: University of SC
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.
Studio: Plantation Key Fitness Islamorada, Florida Keys
Philosophy: I feel very blessed to be able to call this beautiful beach in the Florida Keys, "my studio." On this tiny island, we enjoy beach yoga year-round complete with swaying palm trees, gentle waves lapping the shore and a multitude of beautiful birds and wildlife. I strive to make everyone feel happy and welcomed no matter their experience level. My main goal is to teach my students how to live a long, healthy and happy life, not only through diet and exercise, but by making a total shift in their lifestyle.
Style: hatha, prenatal, kids yoga
Philosophy: I truly believe that yoga is for everyone. Yoga should be inclusive and available to all. I have personally seen the power of yoga transform lives including my own. My approach is more traditional and therapeutic, not based on how good of a workout the class is or what poses you can accomplish, its based on being healthy in your mind, body, and soul. I love to weave in anatomy and philosophy from the ancient texts. Kids yoga is also one of my favorites to teach as they need it too! They have fun and are very receptive to the benefits of yoga, especially on managing their emotions.
Studio: Ride and Reflect
Philosophy: 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
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.
Studio: Mountain Yoga Bozeman, MT
Philosophy: Reconnecting with ones truth through movement and meditation. challenging yourself to find your edge, get uncomfortable and feel into you.
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.
Studio: Birchwood Center for Yoga and Massage Nyack, NY
Philosophy: I enjoy teaching what I'd like to call a safe "slow flow", which is a combination of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga that focuses on alignment and connecting with breath through movement. I also have a deep appreciation for Yoga Philosophy which is integrated all throughout my teaching.
Style: Vinyasa & Ashtanga & Prenatal
Philosophy: When I am teaching I like to install a relaxed and welcolming atmosphere where my students can feel comfortable and cared for. I want them to find and develop their own capacities so that they can be more confident in their every day life. I focus on the synchronization between the breath and the movement and on suggesting variations of postures according to their own body.
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: ONLY DO WHAT IS TRUE TO YOU. By saying this while guiding others through a practice, I really want everyone to be doing what feels good for their body, their mind, their environment, and purpose in their life. What is true for you may look, feel, and and produce different outcomes of lifestyle choices and practices between one another. This is why I keep an emphasis on following your instinct, intuition, and sensations throughout a practice so one can be in tune with what feels organic and natural.
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.
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.
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: Wicked Rein Ely, NV
Philosophy: As a guide, I am a mirror held up for students to see their essential goodness and access their inner teacher. As a teacher, I study asana to prepare logical and fun sequences that increase strength, confidence and self-awareness. Because we're all community members of one shared planet, I include breath awareness and stillness practices in every class, and base every teaching decision on a foundation of ethics. Or simply, as my teacher Cyndi Lee says, "Why be a yoga teacher?" "To be helpful."
Studio: Carlisle Family YMCA, Carlisle, PA
Philosophy: 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
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.
Studio: Jiaren yoga- Santa Clara CA
Philosophy: 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
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 :)
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
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 :)
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.
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 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
Philosophy: 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
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.
Philosophy: My teaching philosophy is that yoga is for every “body” and that everyone walks into a yoga class with a different story. As a teacher it’s my role to provide a safe space for each individual to come to their Mat and practice. I honor where every individual is at in their yoga journey.
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!
Studio: Yoga Unwined Founder, New York, NY
Philosophy: I founded Yoga Unwined because I wanted to make both wine and yoga approachable. In cities like New York, people can be competitive and take things too seriously...even yoga! (And we all know how intimidating wine can be.) Using my background as a wine marketer, I came up with the concept to teach students entry-level wine facts while moving through creative yoga poses that are easy enough for beginners, but can be modified for the more seasoned yogi. We then teach students how to taste wine and give them tools they can take out into the world to taste more mindfully.
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
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.
Studio: Nomad Yoga
Philosophy: 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. While I was living in South Africa, I had the pleasure of taking a workshop with Simon Borg Olivier. Simon is the co-creator of a relatively new style of Yoga called Yoga Synergy. While I was at the workshop, I noticed that many of the things I was learning with Simon, were very similar to what I had learned from Kung Fu and Qi Gong. I could feel my energy and heat rise within my body during the workshop and I remembered how hot I would feel from doing some simple Kung Fu and Qi Gong exercises. The only difference was, that Simon was now telling me about how the process was happening physiologically. I had been doing Kung Fu and different Martial Arts for years and it had increased my fitness (both physically and mentally), energy and sense of well-being, but nobody had really explained what was happening within the body that made me feel that way. After the workshop with Simon, I had a better understanding of what was happening. Suddenly practices that have been around for thousands of years, had a new meaning. I had found a way to relate all of the things I had been practicing to make a better understanding of not only the physical body, but the energetic body.
I started to practice and combine what I have learned from Yoga, Martial Arts and Energy Work, to facilitate a unique practice that will make circulation, information, and energy, flow to it’s maximum potential. That is what I look forward to sharing with you.
Studio: Teacher in Toronto at York University
Philosophy: 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.
Studio: USA Fitness Center, IL
Philosophy: I believe every person of all ages and abilities can have a successful yoga practice, that allows them to live their fullest life.
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!
Studio: Restorative and Gentle Flow
Style: Downtown Yoga Shala in San Jose, CA
Philosophy: Bottom line is that I think of yoga as a journey, not a destination. And I think the asanas are part of the journey, but are certainly not the destination. No matter how much I move into a pose, it never feels as if I have completely achieved it, but rather as if I am inhabiting the pose temporarily. In my younger days, when I could do all sorts of advanced poses, I didn’t get the underlying component of the poses, the more emotional or vibrational aspect of moving in, achieving and then moving out of a pose. I just thought it was about hitting the mark and achieving the post. Now, as an ‘older’ Yoga Teacher, I come to my mat to explore, unfold and breathe, not so much as achieve. My hope is that I can give my students an experience of this.