After coming back from India, Gillian opened Steadfast and True Yoga in Nashville, Tennese, in August 2010. She wanted to create a studio and space that held tightly to values of right action and less distraction to create healthy reactions. Gillian wanted to create an extended family and she succeeded. Steadfast is constantly growing and evolving, but it has been and will continue to be an amazing journey for her.
Abby Tucker is a dedicated yoga student and teacher who is known for integrating the fullness of yoga practice - asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, mudra and mythology, into her classes for more than a decade. Abby’s classes offer precision biomechanics within a variety of contexts, including strength and stamina-building, slow empowered flow, or workshop-style depth.
Known for his joyful energy, skilled touch, and sense of humor, Pete creates a spiritual yet light-hearted environment for his students to uncover the deeper benefits of yoga. Pete’s ability to compassionately guide students of all levels through a vigorous asana practice makes his classes amongst the most dynamic in the bay area. Pete is a great teacher for newcomers and advanced practitioners yearning for a new adventure and challenge.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Gina is the founder and director of the Colorado School of Yoga, with affiliate locations throughout the state. She has a deep and sincere passion for yoga education and empowering teachers to make their unique offerings far and wide. A Vinyasa Flow teacher, she feels it is essential for your yoga practice to feel less like busy work and more like a powerful, embodied celebration. She came to the mat from the office chair so she has a keen ability to really speak to the modern-day householder yogi.
German-born and raised, Alexa was a science and sports educator who turned to be a Hatha Vinyasa and Kundalini yoga teacher, author of The Clean Yogi, speaker, and coach. Alexa engages a wide audience globally with her relatable and encouraging approach to yoga and mindful, soulful living. Alexa believes in the refinement of movement, space, and stillness. Her mission is to inspire a passion for yoga in a way that is inclusive, inviting, and empowering.
Chelsey Korus’ teaching and movement philosophy come from her passion for life and her inspiring nature that allows her students to live their best life. As a perennial student herself, she approaches her life through the lens of constant learning and is able to share her wisdom to help other achieve their brightest and best futures. A notable yoga instructor based in Los Angeles, Chelsey infuses her classes with the movement knowledge she has gained through over a decade of alignment-based yoga asana immersion, classical ballet, capoeira, and daily acrobatic training.
Kerri Kelly is a force of nature. She is a skilled yoga teacher, motivating students to effect change in their lives. She’s a fierce coach, whose ability to turn ideas into purpose and action is a gift. She plays big by straddling the mindfulness and political worlds so that the social change makers, the visionaries, she works with can mobilize and organize effectively. Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, an emerging movement to mobilize people into a powerful force for wellbeing for all. She spent seven years as executive director of the non-profit Off the Mat and is currently the board chair.
Jason Bowman is a writer and yoga teacher in San Francisco. His practice and teaching have been greatly influenced by Ashtanga Yoga as he’s learned it from Richard Freeman and Maty Ezraty and Vipassana Meditation as he’s learned it from SN Goenka. He has completed several trainings and silent retreats as well as years of practice with all three teachers.
Marina is a life-long Bay Area resident, yogini mama and lover of all that is wild. Her classes, workshops and retreats invite students to explore the details of all experiences with the utmost passion and curiosity. For marina, yoga asana is an embodied ritual which has the capacity to uncover our most vibrant, potent selves. Her slow moving vinyasa classes are alignment-rich, highly creative, and meant to honor and celebrate each students unique connection to yoga. Her teachings integrate elements of somatic movement, follow the rhythms of nature and include various meditation and pranayama
Ashley loves breathwork because she can see how quickly and powerfully it gets straight to the heart of what so many people are seeking. People want to feel less stress, to feel more present, and to have more confidence as one moves through this world. Breathing moves your energy, so you can access the level of clarity that helps you connect to your spirit, to others, and accelerate your life. Ashley has been practicing yogic breathwork for many years. Learning to use the power of her own breath to clear, heal, and empower every aspect of her life is why she is called to share these practices.
Liya (Charan Kamal Kaur) creates a heart-filled, fun, and joyful way to calm the mind and align with one’s inner truth. She brings a special gift of laughter and humor to every class. In addition to yoga, Liya studied deep esoteric Kabbalah, including the sacred tree of life and dream work, in Los Piramidas Del Ka, a school in Guatemala. She is certified in both Hatha and Kundalini yoga and is a registered KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) instructor. She took her Level 1 and 2 training with Gurmukh and Gurushabd in India.
David Harshada Wagner has been teaching meditation and self-empowerment to people all over the world in all kinds of venues for more than 20 years. Classically trained in the Indian wisdom traditions of yoga, Bhakti, Vedanta, and Tantric Shaivism, his teachings come from his decades of personal transformation and his experience serving others to find their authentic path to deep happiness. David serves on the faculties of YogaGlo, Kripalu, and Omega Institutes and travels widely working with people from all walks of life. His teaching style is bold, dynamic, and unique, approachable to students from all walks of life. Most recently, David has taken on the mission of serving the transformational needs of men.
Adriana Rizzolo is a traditional yoga and meditation teacher, Kirtan leader, hair stylist, and facilitator of women's circles. Through her work supporting women to uncover and embody their soul voices. Adriana is a devoted student of Ram Dass and Bhakti yoga, and is of kashmir shaivism lineage. She studies and mentors with many amazing women such as Laura Amazzone and Mirabai Starr. Adriana's teaching and facilitation are known for its earthy, light-hearted, and fun approach. Her work comes from over 10 years of training in India and in New York.
Sara has been a student of yoga since 2000 and has more than 500 hours of training (ERYT-500). She is known for leading fun, strong, and intelligent Vinyasa flow classes (Forrest and Iyengar-influenced). Sara draws from her dance background, as a former ballet and modern dancer at the elite level to create intelligently sequenced classes that gracefully synchronize breath, posture, and alignment. She challenges and playfully invites her students to wake up to their most authentic selves.
Matt Champoux has been a student of yoga since 2000 and is an internationally recognized teacher with more than 500 hours of training (ERYT-500). Based in San Francisco, he directs a Mysore-style Ashtanga program at The Mindful Body and teaches Vinyasa at Yoga Tree and YogaWorks. He is also a lifelong student of both Hindu and Buddhist yoga philosophy and the shamanic traditions of Amazonia. These traditions inform and color his teachings on Vinyasa and Ashtanga, which are offered in a safe, dynamic, and inspiring way.
Kelsey Patel is a certified Reiki master, yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and specializes in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). She also owns Pure Barre in Beverly Hills and co-own I Am Vibes Activewear. Her healing corporate workshops and one-on-one sessions are designed to blend her corporate experience and spiritual trainings to help those in need stand in their own truth, release old patterns, and begin leading authentic and fulfilling lives. Through healing these past wounds, her clients can then step into lives filled with peace, purpose, and true fulfillment.
Aleksandra Dubov is a professional singer and transformational performance artist who has been chanting in different sacred languages for over 20 years. She is excited about sharing chants and sound healing to enhance and deepen your practice.
Aditi Shah is a yoga teacher based in New York City who has been learning and practicing yoga from a young age. Aditi has many hours of teacher training in both India and the US. She continues her studies under the guidance and mentorship of Nikki Costello. As a yogi and teacher, Aditi values discipline, creativity, self-discovery, and alignment. Aditi's goal is to create an experience that is deeper than something physical. She teaches a flowing vinyasa class threaded with alignment and structure, and she loves to explore playful ways to experience the practice.
Jess embraces letting the beauty you love be what you do! She first began teaching yoga in remote villages in Mongolia and was amazed at yoga’s universal ability to inspire and heal. She enjoys guiding her students toward a celebration of the heart, an awareness of the intuitive body, and a deep sense of belonging. She embodies the belief that until you give adequately to yourselves, shining light into your own souls, only then can you find the wealth of energy to give with true intention.
Lindsay Hilscher is an authorized level II Ashtanga yoga teacher. She teaches at Eddie Stern’s Brooklyn Yoga Club and also works privately with students who are working through injuries and health issues. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Lindsay moved to New York after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase College. She has been practicing with Eddie since 2012 at AYNY. In 2015, Lindsay took her first trip to Mysore, India to study under Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois and was given her level II authorization in 2017.
Ashley Matthews is a Pilates instructor and co-founder of the elevate cooperative. Ashley specializes in movement re-education and has worked with the healthiest of clients looking for a fitness-oriented experience as well as clients dealing with chronic issues such as disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, osteoarthritis, Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, joint replacement and repair, scoliosis, spinal fusions, and more. When not at the studio, Ashley is studying at the Swedish Institute to become a licensed massage therapist and is expected to graduate in April 2018.
from United States, November 2017
Location is amazing, glamping facilities were top notch and yoga on the deck outside was divine. Programming was loose enough that there was time to do things on my own. Shannon, the local rep, was very helpful prior to the retreat and on the ground in Moab.
from United States, October 2017
Kimber’s amazing wisdom and guidance
Food was incredible - locally sourced and delicious
Venue was great - on site massage was divine
from United States, August 2017
This retreat far exceeded my expectations. The place and accommodations were beautiful. The food was off the charts delicious and creative and beautiful. The Yoga was a nice combination of earth philosophy and movement. The men and women who participated were varied and interesting and friendly.
Where to start?! The retreat far exceeded any expectations that I had. From the time I landed in Bali until it was time to leave the center, everything was completely taken care of and planned with precision. I loved the intimacy of how small our group was. The accommodations were stunningly beautiful. Having a gluten allergy was of no issue and I was completely taken care of and the food was so fresh, healthy, and delicious. Each of our excursions were exciting and interesting. From the cooking class to the sunrise hike and visiting sacred temples, I enjoyed it all! We were lucky to visit during the Balinese new year and the local festivities were so much fun! The locals were kind and welcoming. Daily yoga was such a treat and some days three practices! Alexa, our instructor, is a gifted teacher and brought some deep thought and insight into our practices. I couldn't have dreamed up a better trip! What a beautiful group of people that I left feeling as kindred spirits! I feel honored to have practiced with Alexa Nehter! What a gifted instructor. Such a calm and solid energy who made learning fun. I felt challenged in new things, yet capable of all our practices. I loved that we practiced two times daily and she even fit in a couple short practices/workshops in between. If only I had the same people cooking for me at home!!! Every meal was everything I could want! So fresh and healthy. I had zero stomach issues and the chefs were overly accommodating with my gluten allergy. There is nothing I would change. Leah was the most organized, the most in time, the most helpful. Add in nurturing and warm. She's the best!
Such a beautiful experience. I grew so much physically and spiritually over this week. Bali is a place I will carry with me for the rest of my life. The classes were informative, challenging and spiritual. I learned so much about my practice which I have brought back with me and started incorporating into my weekly routine. What would you change? No idea. I thought it was perfect. Food was always on time and amazing. Favorite Moments: Sunrise volcano hike followed buy a swim in the hot springs. Everything i wanted from a yoga retreat in Bali plus more! The yoga on the Bali retreat was exactly what I was looking for. Alexa switched up the classes enough to keep things interesting. She had a great balance of spiritual and physical components throughout the retreat. I would definitely take another retreat with her in the future. Our host was very organized, professional and fun! I would love to take another trip with Leah she took care of absolutely everything.
My sister and I attended this retreat together. It was a beautiful experience to be surrounded by so many interesting, lovely women. Claire, Naomi, Ashley, and Emily were fantastic. I felt so comfortable and cared for. The yoga space was so lovely and I really enjoyed Claire's instruction. I felt like the offerings were unique and deeply restorative, with a little challenge in the mornings. Naomi was also a fantastic assistant! Her adjustments made the experience even better for me.Favorite moments: Our circle sharing. Spending time with Claire and Naomi during the tarot card reading on our last night. Recognizing that although the other group participants varied in location, generation, etc.-we all have the same struggles and very similar needs. The retreat, overall, was humbling for me and deepened my compassion for my sisters all over the world. I hope to have many more experiences like the one you created.
The total experience was nothing like I imagined. I feel so much better and I'm so happy I chose this specific escape. I really liked that Claire took the time to explain how important digestion is and what the ayurvedic lifestyle is about. I learned so much and I'm going to continue learning about it. Naomi and her team must have spent a lot of time on putting this together because there were so many details that were so specific and made me feel comfortable in a totally new and unknown environment. The cleansing kit, the beautiful dress I asked for, the delicious food that had a vegan option and setting with the decor gave me the impression that they didn't just see me as another random person on a retreat. They took a lot of time to get to know each individual and cater to their needs. Very unique and extremely appreciated experience. I really enjoyed the yoga exercises. I have never taken the time to slow and learn these breathing techniques. The massages were a big help too.The food was really delicious. The timing and consistency were spot on. I'm glad I learned about this cleanse and how easy it is to cook. My favorite moment was probably when the snow started to melt and we went on a hike. It was great to get out and explore how beautiful the area is.
The team of women at this retreat made the experience so wonderful. They brought so much warmth and love to Earth Dance! The little things- like pumpkins, lights, and fresh flowers...to how lovingly our yoga mats were folded for us each day brought so much to the experience. I felt very welcomed and like I was visiting friends. I also really enjoyed the hypnosis! That was entirely new to me and I learned a lot. I absolutely enjoyed our lunar workshop as well. The morning journal time was so cozy! I looked forward to that each morning and woke up earlier and earlier each day to get more out of it. It was also extremely fun to have a beauty bar for us with natural skincare! A lot of favorites but really- this was a great trip! Wonderful! I enjoyed the way the Claire gave us time to really prepare ourselves to practice. Stretching and focusing on our connective tissue was such a relief and brought a lot of ease to my mind as I had not been on the mat in quite some time. I appreciated the pace as well. I did not feel overwhelmed. The music was fabulous!Our meals were clearly prepared with so much love! The type of foods we ate were perfect for the goals of the retreat, and I very much appreciated the addition of eggs for added protein. I left the retreat feeling very refreshed and with such a greater understanding of how eating according to Ayurvedic principles can help my digestion. Favorite moments: Our closing ceremony around the campfire was so special! I also loved when we first arrived and got to settle into our rooms. It was so fun to receive items chosen just for me and then have tea and a snack with ladies as they arrived. Such a nice way to start things off!All in all I am so grateful to each person who put in the time and effort to make this trip great for us. We had a group of over 30 completely unique women and it was amazing to see how from so many different paths in life we all were there to unite and honor ourselves and each other.
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