Leigh Evans, E-RYT500, director and co-founder of Yoga Sukhavati, is a yoga teacher and dancer dedicated to awakening creativity and aliveness in the body. Leigh has been teaching yoga for 18 years. Her classes focus on healing and transformation by blending a strong vinyasa practice with gentler restorative asanas, meditation, and chanting. Her emphasis is on developing mindfulness through the yoga practice, inviting you to witness the shifting sensations of the body and attune to the inner unfolding of each asana. Since 1985, Leigh has practiced Yoga in the Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Viniyoga traditions in the U.S. and India. Her classes are influenced by her studies in Ayurveda, Insight meditation and Thai massage, as well as Indian Odissi dance and Butoh. Her dedication to Asian forms of healing and dance arises from her desire to share the meditative and transformative states of consciousness awakened through these practices. She is grateful for the guidance of her teachers, Dharma Mitra, Sarah Powers, Rodney Yee, Lisa Walford, Barbara Benagh, Mary Paffard, and Ramanand Patel. Leigh is the Director of the Greenhouse Holistic Teacher Training Program in Brooklyn. She teaches workshops and retreats nationally and internationally.
Summer Quashie, co-founder of Yoga Sukhavati, is trained in Hatha Yoga by Jeff Midgow, MD and Priti Robin Ross. She assisted in Prana Yoga teacher training and workshops with Jeff at Kripalu and in NYC from 2002-2006. From a dedicated home practice to experience in asana and meditation the search for more understanding in meditation practices came. Since 2007 she has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism in the Palyul Tradition under the guidance of the kind Khenchen Tsewang Gyastso and attends annual month long retreats in upstate NY. Summer has studied Yoga Sutra and HYP through the YSI courses, kirtan with Jai Uttal, prenatal yoga with Janice Clairfield and continues to deepen her studies in Ayurveda and yogic philosophy. Summer is the founder of sacred shape prenatal yoga teacher training, nyc's first yoga alliance certified 85hr prenatal training. she co-teaches and co-wrote Greenhouse Holistic's 200 hr teacher training and is honored to work closely with Leigh Evans. As a lover of creativity, beauty and sacred geometry, Summer organizes classes with philosophical and heart warming themes. The asana presented are simple and clear, with space to be experienced fully. Humor is often embraced and a sacred space is created for participants to go beyond the physical.
James H. Bae is a NY State licensed Acupuncturist,herbalist and nutritional counselor. While the medical traditions of India, China and Japanare among his primary influences, James continues to draw from his background in manual therapy, including tuina, shiatsu, marma-chikitsa/abhyanga, polarity therapy, cranio-sacral and visceral manipulation. He is also an author and researcher in thefields of East Asian philosophy, and mythology. He has trained in various contemporary and traditional approaches to yoga, with an emphasis on textual research and the practice of Hatha Yoga and Buddhist contemplative traditions. In 2002, James worked as a curriculum developer and research intern at Yoga Research and Education Center, under Georg Feuerstein. James is also a practitioner of Ayurveda and East Asian medicine, with a general family practice and community clinic in Brooklyn. His interest lies in the interface between Indian, Chinese and Japanese medical traditions and the therapeutic applications of yoga.
Nishanga Bliss, MS, L.Ac. has been practicing in the holistic health field for over 20 years. She is an acupuncturist, herbalist, integrative nutritionist, and assistant professor of Chinese medicine at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, California where she grows, cooks, ferments, savors, teaches and writes about sustainable food.
Jo Brill studies Sanskrit with Vyass Houston of the American Sanskrit Institute. She teaches through ASI, having received her teacher training there. Jo was led to the beauty of Sanskrit by her yoga practice of 20 years. She is certified as a teacher by the Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation and trained at Yoga for Well-Being in Goshen, NY. Jo continues her yoga studies with Mia Azcue. In addition to ongoing study with Vyaas, Jo is studying Sanskrit at Columbia University. She attends courses taught by Dr. Ram Karan Sharma whenever she can. She also benefits from classes offered by Bharati Balmes.
Jason Brown, E-RYT500, LMT, has been teaching yoga since 1998. He created Zenyasa Yoga in 2007 as a way to synthesize his interests in Zen Buddhism, vinyasa yoga, and mindfulness-based conditioning exercise. Prior to opening the Zenyasa Yoga & Wellness Studio in the Fall of 2010, he taught Zenyasa at Pure Yoga, Yoga Works & Reebok Sports Club; vinyasa yoga at OM Yoga and Equinox; and hatha yoga at the Integral Yoga Institute. Jason was on the teacher training faculty at OM Yoga from 2002-2005, has taught the anatomy component of yoga teacher training programs at Yoga Works and Pure Yoga, and is the creator of Anatomy Studies for Yoga Teachers & Movement Professionals (ASFYT), a comprehensive, 108-hour course in musculo-skeletal anatomy, injury prevention, and the anatomy of yoga asana. In addition to teaching yoga, Jason enjoys offering therapeutic massage and 5-element shiatsu, studying, practicing and sharing the teachings of the Buddha, and spending quality time with his wife, Frances and their two adorable kids, Gabriel and Mikaela.
Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University. He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Hindu philosophy and religion. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, published six books and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition. In addition to his academic work for the scholarly community, Edwin's Penguin World Classics translation of the Srimad Bhagavata Purana, the traditional source for the story of Krishna's incarnation, is both for Indology specialists as well as students and those interested in Hinduism from the general reading public and the yoga community. As a personal practitioner of yoga for over 30 years, a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly, Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigor with sensitivity towards traditional knowledge systems. In addition to his academic course load, Edwin currently teaches workshops on the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Hindu Philosophy at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the country. His translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) is specifically dedicated to contributing to the growing body of literature on yoga by providing insights from the major pre-modern commentaries on the text with a view to grounding the teachings in their traditional context.
Vasudha Gupta founded American Ayurveda in 2005 in NYC. Vasudha was conferred the Degree of Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) after graduating from R. A. Poddar Medical College affiliated to the Mumbai University in India. She was among the few students who had the opportunity to study both Modern Medicine along with Ayurveda during her training. She spent one year learning to read and write Sanskrit in which the original Ayurveda texts are written so that she could interpret the texts first hand.She learnt Pulse Analysis from one of her professors who was kind to bless her with this gift though it was not part of the curriculum. She has excellent understanding of the Indian Herbs and their properties and is always working on new herbal formulations for her clients. In the US, Vasudha works as an Ayurveda Consultant and Health Coach educating and training people in the art of this ancient science of Ayurveda. She is actively involved in day to day operation of American Ayurveda.She has conducted seminars at NYU Medical Center, New York and other various institutions to teach people about Ayurveda and inculcating its principles in everyday life. She is on the faculty at Open Center and Dinacharya Institute at New York. She has appeared in several live TV shows on ITV to discuss Ayurveda and offer suggestions on Ayurvedic approach on various health conditions. She enjoys working with women and helping them with their health issues. She feels that there is no other joy greater than having a child and is always eager to help couples with fertility problems and walking the prospective mother through a healthy pregnancy. With over 18 years of experience and using her amazing knowledge in herbology she specializes in customizing herbal formulations according to the health issues and the body type she finds during the consultation.
Annie Kunjappyis a graduate of Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts and has taught in their Chef's Training Program for several years. She works as a private chef providing health supportive, innovative cuisine to individuals or groups using organic, seasonal ingredients. Her approach to food and healing is informed by the principles of Ayurveda and the Chinese 5-Phase Theory, as well as western nutritional science, while never losing sight of the basic principles of pleasure, beauty and community. She cooks regularly at Heathen Hill Yoga Retreat Center, designing menus for seasonal yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation retreats. She also teaches workshops at various yoga studios, including the Yoga Room, and at the Park Slope Food Co-op. She currently teaches workshops at Magpie's Kitchen in Milton, NY.
Ira Joan Macner, LMT, is currently an instructor of kinesiologyat The Finger Lakes School of Massage, Mt. Kisco campus. She has been a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist since 2003. Ira also teaches the anatomy portion of Greenhouse Holistics 200 hour yoga teacher training program. Ira has also pursued additional studies and practice in Feldonkrais, Dynamic Embodiment, Qigong and 5 Rhythms Dance. Yoga has been a part of Iras life since she was a small child when she and her father would sometimes practice together. Ira sees all bodies as containing their own wisdom, and perceives a perfect marriage between the sacred geometry of the asanas and the architecture of our joints and skeletal muscle. She is honored to participate in this program which provides a more thorough and detailed understanding of the physical body and how to help those compromised by injury. Ira is also a practicing Nichiren Buddhist.
I am Anjula Saraswati Prasad. That has come to mean many things in this lifetime, so many illusory things. Most important about my kirtan is what I have come to not be.
I know there is no higher Guru than the Guru within.
In kirtan, I am committed to holding that space for you, that space where you may safely experience the deepest crevices of your existence, that place where you may be without your ideas of you, without your ideas of me.
In kirtan, I am committed to that space between the sounds we create, that place where I am you and you are me, to raising the vibrations so high that we hear those sounds they say are inaudible to the human ear.
In kirtan, I am committed to helping you find your highest voice, the voice of your Guru within . . . and spreading as much love as possible along the way.