Yoga, Dance, and Movement Instructors

UNIFY FEST is bringing forth and showcasing dozens of leading edge yoga, breathwork, tai chi, qi gong, Feldenkrais, and movement instructors during this empowering 4-day music, yoga, art, and transformational festival in “the land of enchantment” Santa Fe, NM September 22nd-25th, 2016. Don’t miss out on this highly anticipated event. Get your tickets here early and save.

Known for his meditative voice and transformative transmission, Ananda offers Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with live music provided by Jaya Lakshmi (and other musicians if available).  Ananda has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan for over 9 years. He has attended nine, nine day Kundalini Yoga summer solstice intensives in New Mexico as well as been a daily practitioner for over 10 years.  Their classes are designed to open the heart and tap into one’s infinite creative potential. Their inspiration is to offer tools to live an inspired and fulfilled life that overflows with bliss and abundance. Their classes promote inner alchemy to uplift and heal at profoundly deep levels. Come experience the transformation that Kundalini Yoga and these two so consistently deliver.

Maria's passion for fitness led her to purchase the Frederick Fitness Center which she owned and managed for five years. During this time she was introduced to both Yoga and Pilates and began a formal teacher-training program with Janine Galati in both disciplines at Alternative Health and Fitness in Philadelphia.  She studied full time for two years in Yoga and Pilates and then pursued a Masters Degree in Education at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. Maria has been studying with Shiva Rea since 2000 which led her to coordinate Shiva’s International Yoga Teacher Training Program and served as the Prana Flow Affiliate Certification Coordinator for five years.   She has been involved in health, Yoga and Pilates instruction for over 15 years.

Koya is know as a “transformational specialist” when it comes to helping people reach their goals. Her life changing 3-10 day mind and body detox retreats, inspiring fitness and nutrition plans, and book “Koya’s Kuisine: Foods You Love That Love You Back!” help people make positive lifestyle changes that maximize their ability to cultivate self love, lose weight, increase energy, reverse life-threating conditions and experience optimal health through a holistic and active lifestyle.

Michael Brian Baker is a student of compassion and humility and the founding member of The Breath Center. He travels extensively facilitating groups and individuals in the realization of self-mastery through somatic release, breathwork, and natural plant-based detox. He supports people in their own growth, freedom, and discovery of the bodies innate intelligence to heal from within. His humanitarian efforts served the underprivileged populations by developing “not for profit” volunteer-based outreach programs. He has implemented Eastern holistic, healing modalities in Western medical treatment settings.

Juan Pablo Barahona has been immersed in learning from the spiritual, shaman and healing realms since the age of nine. His brother was diagnosed with epilepsy, and as the family traveled to various healers around the world searching for answers his interest was ignited, eventually turning to a passion for deepening an understanding for all sacred arts. Now certified in forms of Yoga, Holistic Nutrition, Tantric Philosophy, Energy Medicine, Master Reiki, Sound Healing, Shamanism, Chinese Medicine, Holistic Therapies and others, he blends all into a unique expression for maximum impact. For more than 15 years, he has taught globally in diffrent festivals, trainings and immersions. He is the co-founder and co-director of Lamat: School of Yoga Healing Arts and the director and main teacher of the Conscious Living School, where he leads 200 hrs and 500 hrs Shamanic and Holistic Yoga Teacher trainings and the Conscious Living Coach Trainings Every healing session and class he channels is unique and customized, inspired by the energy of the group and the needs presented. He combines the technical details of  biomechanics with the subtle, intuitive dimension of transformative practices. With this method, the he provides a doorway for creating a sacred space where participants can generate their own bliss and inner harmony. His classes are always inspiring, creative, empowering and full of holistic tools to reach the Natural Joyous State of Being!!!

From her birth under a double rainbow to her rise on the big screen, this actor, author, and innovator has left imprints of her inspiring story around the world. With an irresistible glow, Rainbeau motivates and heals every time she steps into a room. She has a natural ability to guide individuals on a journey to a greener, healthier lifestyle. From her numerous magazine publications, upcoming book release, and onscreen appearances, there is a way for everyone to benefit from Rainbeau’s wisdom and nurturing spirit.

In addition to offering yoga teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats worldwide, Shawn mentors others in Prana Vinyasa, a sacred embodiment system created by her beloved teacher, Shiva Rea. She is the Director of Programs for the nonprofit Anahata International, bringing trauma-sensitive wellness trainings and resources to conflict-affected communities in places like Rwanda and the West Bank. And, she also co-founded the DC Global Mala – part of a worldwide event raising awareness and funds for issues such as global warming, fair trade, and equal education opportunities. Shawn's work has been featured in publications ranging from Yoga Journal and OmYoga to SHAPE Magazine.

Shari holds a masters degree in physical education (with an emphasis in environmental education & outdoor recreation and did post-graduate studies in rehabilitation counseling). As an avid athlete with a passion for teaching, Shari launched a career as professional alpine ski instructor in the winters and taught windsurfing during the summers.  She discovered Feldenkrais® the hard way. Skiing took a toll on her body and a back injury left her in chronic, debilitating pain. When traditional physical therapy didn’t work, she sought out the Feldenkrais Method. Seeing its potential to get her life back, and to help others as well, she fully immersed herself and immediately began the 4-year professional teacher training program. She studied with Dr. Frank Wildman and many others who studied directly with Dr. Feldenkrais. Soon she was teaching Feldenkrais at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), doing presentations at health conferences, corporate wellness programs, health clubs, senior centers, career training programs, and for a variety of organizations.

 

Emily says, “For me, yoga is all about heart. The love and bhakti/devotion to the divine spirit within each of us feeds this ancient practice. An alignment with grace supported by a continuous vinyasa flow that gets you out of your head and into your heart during these challenging times. The spirited and heated sequencing will ground you, create space and worship in your life. I use music as a way to tune you back into your own natural vibration of creativity and light. The sound and rhythm heals – relaxes our bodies, brings us joy and compassion. I sing to the Divine Ma, join our voices together in song to contain the practice – let it inspire and amplify the rest of your day.

Jeff Eichen specializes in Black & White Photography. He studied with Ansel Adams and Brett Weston in the 1970’s. Jeff went to the University Of Oregon in 1976 -1980 to study Photography and then-2 Years in the Netherlands as an exchange student and a teacher of Photography. Jeff moved to Southern California (LA), next to spend the next 20 years as an Artist-Entrepreneur-Dj and Professional Photographer focusing on Architecture. In 2003 Jeff moved to Port Townsend, WA to live and carry on in his traditions and focus on ART & Maritime Photography. Jeff teaches a New-Concept-Experiential-Yoga-Creative Class called: PHYOGA – See for yourself), plus he has other classes and tutoring available at his web-site.

Brittany L. Brown or Bee Inspiral, founder of Inspiral Dance and Inspiral Dance Medicine Tribe is a visionary dance artist whose lifes purpose is to spread the empowering medicine of dance through the activation of moving light language in prayerformance, workshops and ceremonies.  She began studying dance and other fine arts disciplines in 2001 and graduated Columbia College Chicago in 2012 with a B.A in Dance-Making. In 2010 Bee began to activate in the awareness of dance as a power and untapped healing art. It was at this time that she began to channel in Liquid Lotus Dance Meditation Technique. Shortly after this a series of spiritual experiences lead to a vision quest that delivered her the download of the Gridosphere and the GCT philosophy in 2011. Since then Bee has been actively developing and presenting these philosophies in performance, choreography, workshops and ceremonies across the Americas. As a choreographer and generator of vis ionary art Bee has Brown was a member of Laboratory Dancers Dance Company from 2009 to 2012.

Näthan Gangadean is a musician, singer, music producer, yoga teacher, and counselor in Sedona as well as the creator of the Saith Yoga approach and Founder of The Awakening Life Arts. Näthan began teaching yoga at age 19 having absorbed Yoga philosophy throughout his life but also gained a certification in Ashtanga Vinyasa through It’s Yoga in San Francisco. Beginning his teaching career at Devi Yoga in Sedona, Az, opened with his two siblings Devan and Sonali, Näthan had the freedom to immediately begin exploring the primal power of Yoga outside of any established school or approach.

Anjali is an E-RYT200 Yoga Instructor with over 1,000 hours of experience with instructing yoga. Her certification is in Integral Yoga Hatha, from the Satchidananda Ashram, but she teaches an entire eclectic range of movements from Yin to Vinyasa. She is also the co-director of Santa Fe Community Yoga – the only non-profit yoga studio in Santa Fe. While teaching, she emphasizes verbal instruction and encourages students to experiment with the limits of their own individual bodies. All of her yoga classes are taught as all-levels, with room for adjustments and advancement when needed.

Arjuna Ra was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and comes from a lineage of traditional New Mexican healers. Arjuna, guides people through a specialized holistic method that he has named “Sacred Activation” which is an ancient technology that focuses on breath awareness, core strengthening, balancing and opening the chakras. Deeply rooted in the teachings of Kundalini Tantra Arjunas' main focus is to guide his students in safely awakening and cultivating the Kundalini energy which helps target specific problem areas in the body that need healing leading to pain reduction, pain eradication, strength building, flexibility, fat loss, increased range of motion, stress relief, and spiritual awakening.

Sedena, award winning author and co-founder of AgeNation is a wellness and organizational consultant, and transformational speaker. Her Enlivened Ageing programs offer dynamic life/energy strategies for living and aging well and beautifully at any age.

Brian Ritter integrates a broad range of disciplines and esoteric practices into simple, easy to understand lessons & profound experiences. He is certified to teach Qi Gong, Taiji,and Breathwork, bringing experience from a number of different styles. These include 4 forms of taiji, body talk, access consciousness, eft, energy medicine, auricular accupressure, reflexology, superfoods, nutrition, angel therapy, color light therapy, medical qi gong, yoga, budakon, flow arts, many forms of martial arts meditation and shamanism.

Serena is an E-RYT 500, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Ayuryoga Wellness Consultant, Professional Yoga Therapist, and an international yoga teacher trainer. With a Bachelor of Education and Masters in Holistic Therapy, she is dedicated to life-long study of Yoga and Ayurveda; completing programs of study with Integrative Yoga Therapy, Shunyata Yoga, Prajna Yoga, Chakrapani Ayurvedic Clinic and Research Centre, Mount Madonna College of Ayurveda, Vedika Global, and the world-renowned Ayurvedic Institute, with Dr. Vasant Lad.

SanSkritA DeleVin DellErba first discovered yoga as a young teenager seeking a practice to propel her along an inward spiritual journey she had already begun. Somewhere between perfecting the foreign poses and memorizing the names, she managed to fall in love. In the summer of 2015, SanSkritA completed a 200-hour Hatha/Iyengar alignment-based yoga teacher training, catapulting her into the world of professional yoga practitioners. Besides the intensive training aspect of the course, it also took her on an inward creative journey into self-discovery and an honest examination of her beliefs, limitations, motives, and potentials. Today, SanSkritA continues the practice of yoga for both its physical and spiritual benefits. She has an in depth understanding of asana practice (safety first), pranayama techniques, proper alignment, modifying poses and adjustments, prop use, anatomy, sequencing building blocks, working with different body types, hands on adjustments, practice teaching, role playing, Sanskrit translations, exploring different types of yoga, Ayurvedic health, dealing with special needs, the history and philosophy of yoga and the business aspect of yoga.

Jennifer has been inspired by the joy and wonder of childhood for over fifteen years, through her work as a preschool teacher and children's yoga teacher in Vancouver BC. Her most recent projects have included working at the Bali Spirit Festival in Indonesia, overseeing the children's programming and offering storytelling yoga workshops to children from all aver the world. Jennifer is inspired by art, nature, music, story and dance and incorporates these elements into her yoga classes for children of all ages. She believes that through a fun, playful and meaningful yoga practice, children experience joy and freedom, build self esteem, confidence, connection to themselves and others, and a healthy body and mind.

Kirn Moved to the USA from the Netherlands in 1975 and started her journey of self discovery with Kundalini Yoga. For many years she assisted Yogi Bhajan in the running of camps for children and women, the Espanola ashram and a boarding school in India. This unique opportunity of studying directly with a master of kundalini yoga left her with many gifts to share. In collaboration with her husband, Dr Guruchander, they have identified a system for self awareness and self mastery based on ancient yogic teachings of 10 Body Numerology combined with The Purusharthas, an Ayurvedic life management system. They teach this system during their kundalini yoga classes and special workshops. Kirn and Guruchander are the founders of Purest Potential which operates Yoga Santa Fe and GRD Health Clinic since 1987

Ashley Cottrell is known for her inspirational style of teaching that incorporates not only the physical aspects of yoga, but also the spiritual. Found on social media as The Yoga Couple with her husband Mathew, Ashley shares her love of yoga with the world through live and recorded classes. She has been a featured writer for both Elephant Journal and Yoganonymous, as well as a presenter for Yoga Alliance. Inspired by a personal testimony of recovery through holistic healing, Ashley has become a devoted practitioner of yoga for the past 10 years. She has since opened two yoga studios in Las Vegas and continues to travel and teach spreading her passion of yoga and self realization. With direct training from Master Teachers such as Annie Carpenter, Ashley has has been inspired to integrate dynamic vinyasa flow with practical alignment, meditation, and breath awareness in order to guide her students down the path of self-inquiry and back to a life of wholeness and happiness.

Johanna is a kirtan artist and songstress loved for her rich, soulful voice, her radiant spirit, and her inspiring chants and songs that tap deep into the collective soul. She is equally comfortable performing sacred kirtan music for top yoga festivals and classes with world renowned teachers, dreamy chants and songs for her unique Lullaby Yoga sessions, rhythmic world-beat grooves for dancers, and soulful ballads for concert audiences. Heart Beats One, Johanna’s long-awaited kirtan album, has been described by reviewers, musicians, kirtan artists, and yoga enthusiasts as stellar… stunning… gorgeous… magical… mystical… sweet… healing… haunting… amazing… extraordinary… and more.

Lady Love is a Performance Healing Artist, Playshop Facilitator, and Bodyworker who lives to learn, play, joyfully connect, express and empower. Engaged with grace in the main practices of Laughing, Singing, Dancing, and the Healing Arts, she is in sacred silly service to remind us of our integrity and ability for self mastery. The experiences and activities associated with her private sessions, playshops and retreats help to catalyze emotional, energetic, and expressive alchemy, bringing us deeper into the reverence, development, and knowing of self.

Thank you so much for your interest in sharing your gifts with us at Unify Fest 2016. We acknowledge the amazing amount of talent that our greater community wants to contribute this year, but our line up of presenters, artists and speakers are completely full at this time. We highly encourage you to still come participate, receive and be present with this growing community at this impactful and meaningful gathering. There will certainly be opportunities to network and connect with 1000’s of of other like minded allies. 

With Warmth,
The Unify Fest Team