Allison’s love for creativity and spontaneity shines through in her classes. She strives to create a meditative experience that allows people to go within while moving in a flowing dynamic way that balances strength with flexibility. Her classes are a fusion of Tantra yoga as influenced by John Friend’s Anusara and vinyasa style. Allison started teaching yoga in 2002. Her love for the practice and to dive deeper has brought her all over the world. Recently she spent time in India and Thailand studying Tantra with her teachers Manu Akshoba and Monika Nataraj. Allison has over 500 hours of yoga training, works as Registered Nurse, and is trained in women’s mystical dance instruction.
Truth: Agni Devi is way too rajasic – a fireball of energy racing at light speed to that space, that place, where she is floating, free of body, free of mind, aware of all, knowing of all, and at peace with all. Agni, STOP. Breathe. That space, that place will always be. So enjoy the journey. Five deep breaths. Count them, slowly. Sit, breathe and be…. Yoga. Agni is a graduate of the North Carolina School of Yoga under the guidance of Chandra Om, senior disciple of Sri Dharma Mittra.
Courtney Schroeder teaches yogis and yoginis of all ages, from toddlers on up. She recently received her 200-hour Asthanga certification at The Yoga School in Ithaca, and loves Asthanga- based flow for its intensity and inward focus, which she feels prepares the mind for stillness. She is also a Buddhist practitioner, writer, and mother of three. Courtney is so grateful for the opportunity to continue her teaching journey within the OmShala community.
David Sandercott is a Meditation Teacher and Spiritual Coach trained by Steven S. Sadleir founder of the Self Awareness Institute. David has been training at the Self Awareness institute since 2006. In 2012 David officially started teaching Shaktipat and Kundalini Meditation and in April 2015 received Advanced Yoga Teacher recognition and honors.
Let go & let love. As an empathetic & compassionate healer, Edie’s energy fosters a safe & nurturing environment in which her yoga is a healing practice. Inspired by Forrest Yoga, Edie’s classes are based on love and light; and are focused on healing, and trusting your intuition.
My first yoga class ever was in a glass-walled fitness studio aboard the Princess Dawn. Which at that moment was anchored at Glacier Bay, Alaska. My first yoga teacher training, shortly thereafter, was with Yogi Hari, a guru from India of Sivananda lineage. I’ve had the opportunity to train with, experience and learn from amazing teachers and leaders in the the western expansion of yoga. Baron Baptiste, Sadie Nardini, Peggy Profant, Naveena Bird, Sean Bertsch, April Martin, Sasha Elizabeth, Janine, and the list keeps growing. I’m honored and humbled to be a part of the amazing phenomenon of yoga in Humboldt county.
Ferryn Collett began practicing yoga in 2012. What started as a means to just workout, soon evolved into a mindful, breath-focused, more spiritually centered practice. She moved to Humboldt at the start of the year, following her love of the Redwoods and her passion for alternative health and living. She came to Laughter Yoga as a way to meet new people but it quickly turned her life around. She had been suffering from depression and anxiety, but laughing kicked that and allowed her to grow and expand her wings. It uncovered her childlike spirit and encouraged her to just be silly and enjoy what is in the now. She is now fully out of her box and loving every minute of life. In her free time, you may find her wild crafting herbs, making medicinals, meditating in the forest, spinning fire, or doing cartwheels through the plaza. Her passion is in education and spreading health unconditionally to all humans. She is in the process of cofounding a nonprofit, made up of a sustainable food truck and traveling eco-lodge, that brings nourishing food, healing medicine, useful education, and a loving community to people of all walks of life, on a free or donation basis. She is certified as a Reiki Level II practitioner and a Laughter Yoga instructor. She will also be double certified as an herbalist by Rosemary Gladstar and Jane Bothwell in November 2015. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a private health consultation or check out her GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/ga26tdjc to see what she’s up to.
4:00pm - 4:45pm Laughter Yoga
Heather began on the path of Yoga,12 years ago, in the mountains of New Mexico. She has completed teacher trainings with Max Strom: Vinyasa Yoga, Robyn Smith: Anusara Yoga, and Baron Baptiste: Power Vinyasa Yoga. She spends her free time practicing Yoga at home next to a hot wood stove.
Janine Melzer teaches Forrest Yoga as a way to support and inspire students to become their most genuine selves. She is passionately committed to getting people turned on to embodying spirit in their yoga practice and in their lives. Janine asks her students to bring a willingness to work honestly at their edges without struggling, clearing the way to find delight in every breath
Jodie DiMinno is a certified instructor of Kripalu Yoga and has been a student of yoga for more than ten years. She spent three years as a resident staff member and facilitator of yoga and self-discovery programs at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts, one of the premier centers for yoga in the country. Through the practice of yoga, Jodie has found a deep sense of peace and grace within; it is one of her greatest joys to share this gift with others.
Kara’s classes are designed to be accessible and beneficial for students of all levels and ability. Offering modifications and many hands-on adjustments throughout, she draws from her eight years of experience as a Massage Therapist incorporating methods of muscular integration and holistic healing into each class. Kara has been an avid yoga practitioner since 2004 and embarked on her journey as a teacher after completing her first 200-hour Teacher Training in 2012. Most recently, she completed Peggy Profant’s Yoga Immersion/Teacher Training program in the spring of 2014. Honoring the lineages of her teachers, Kara blends yoga philosophies and alignment principles the draw from the school of Hatha Yoga, and more specifically the influence of Anusara and Iyengar. Enjoy a class that combines heart-opening themes and focused structural alignment techniques.
4:00pm - 5:15am Community Class
Kristen was first introduced to willPower & grace in 2010 at a Fitness Convention. She loved the idea of building up foot strength in a fitness class. It also balanced out her love for Yoga with her love for fitness classes & music. Over the last 3 years Kristen has worked hard to become first a Phase I then a Phase II instructor. She has been teaching Fitness classes for 25 years & practicing yoga for much of that time too. Presently, Kristen teaches a variety of classes at Humboldt State University.
9:00am - 10:20am willPower & grace® All Levels
Lucy Snow is a seasoned yoga instructor. She is devoted to a path where she fide the presence of frequent signs of all forms of yoga. She lives in the flow of grace from a widening, branching, living river of teachers. She brings a contemplative awareness and integrated experience to her classes.
Meka teaches beginning yoga with an emphasis on alignment. She assists you as you flow through meditation, warm up and gentle postures followed by deep relaxation. Meka's class is great for beginners, people returning to yoga after a break from practice, or those who just want to experience a gentle class with refreshers on the basics. Meka has been teaching at Om Shala Yoga for almost 2 years after studying Anusara yoga with Peggy Profant and Robyn Smith. Meka's love of yoga has been a blessing in her life in many ways thanks to her wonderful teachers and now she is happy to be able to share this passion as a teacher at the beautiful Om Shala!
Michael has been ecstatic dancing for many years. With 3 others, he founded and co-leads the “Sacred Wave Dance” once a month on Sunday morning in Arcata. He is passionate about mixing musical soundscapes that facilitate dancers in their own journey. Michael is a teacher in the Universal Sufi tradition of Inayat Khan, and has been teaching the Dances of Universal peace for 15 years. He strives for attunement to the mystical traditions of Sufism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Michael is a professional geomorphologist and works nationally and internationally in climate change and water.
8:00pm - 9:30pm Inside Out Ecstatic Dance Journey *Formerly WA
Peggy Profant discovered yoga as a teenager in Santa Barbara and continues to live and learn from it's wisdom. She has been an explorer of wilderness and culture and has traveled the world to experience the many flavors of life. Formerly a wilderness guide, her journey into parenthood has settled her in the Arcata area to become a massage therapist and yoga teacher. Peggy co-founded World Family Yoga, retreats which combine the three things she most loves: family, yoga and travel. Teaching since 1997, she has been influenced by Iyengar, Ashtanga Yoga and her travels in India and is now a certified Anusara Instructor. Based in Tantric philosophy, Anusara offers a heart-centered, life-affirming approach to hatha yoga, with an exquisite attention to alignment. She is owner, (steward) of Om Shala and has been leading yoga immersions and teacher trainings since the opening year 2008. It is Peggy's joyful passion to share the teachings of yoga with her students.
9:00am - 10:30am Anusara I/II
10:35am - 10:50am Pranayama/Meditation
9:00am - 10:30am Anusara I/II
10:35am - 10:50am Pranayama/Meditation
9:00am - 10:30am Anusara I/II
10:35am - 10:55am Pranayama/Meditation
11:00am - 12:15am Anusara I
Sasha Elizabeth’s exuberant love for yoga shines through in every class she leads. She began her yoga journey in 2004 and in 2012 became a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher under the direction and teaching of Lori Snyder. Sasha is also an experienced birth doula and holds a B.A. in Wellness and Alternative Medicine. She incorporates her knowledge of holistic health into her classes, as well as into her work assisting babies into the world. She can often be found doing handstands in the redwoods or at the beach. Her Ashtanga-influenced Vinyasa classes are fiery yet grounding, featuring intentional sequencing set to upbeat, joyous playlists carefully mixed to awaken the power of the heart. Appropriate for all levels who enjoy a physical challenge that leaves you feeling whole and alive.
Shemaia "Skywater" Lucas – Certified yoga teacher/performing artist/
vibrational healer. As a dancer/poet/seeker, Shemaia came to yoga with a curiosity for its beauty and deep mystery. Her practice over more than two decades had a huge impact on her body/mind fitness approach as a trainer/teacher.
Shemaia has been teaching yoga since 1988, and her influences and teachers are wondrously varied; Kundalini, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Taoist yoga and now, especially, Anusara make up the threads of her Yoga tapestry. Widely known teachers she has trained with have been Erich Schiffmann, Shari Friedrichsen, Ana Forrest, Paul Grilley, Judith Lasater, Tim Miller and, most currently, Sarajoy Marsh, Mary Pafford, and Anusara’s founder, John Friend.
Shemaia’s compassionate, supportive teaching reflects her reverence for this practice and its capacity to facilitate awareness, health and the profound recognition that our core essence IS pure luminosity!
7:30pm - 9:00pm Kirtan: Devotional Singing with Shemaia Skywater
Veneta Nikolova is a playful teacher who loves to empower the individual and create community. Her hatha inspired yoga classes enchant the hearts of both adults and kids who may be trying yoga for the first time or those who are looking to reconnect to a mindful, balanced practice. Her love for yoga asana started 15 years ago in the perilous pursuit of the “yoga booty.” Yet, life’s curves have blessed her with many deeper lessons in injury, grief, anxiety, depression and countless existential battles with herself and the world. This colorful life journey has allowed her to experience the more profound healing benefits that a yoga practice can offer. She has a degree in Psychology, a Chi Universe Kid’s yoga training, Biofeedback training, over 15 years of on the mat practice, 8 years of a diverse array of yoga and personal development workshops, 3 years of sharing her knowledge as a teacher and most recently, the completion of her 200 hr yoga certification with Saul David Raye. Her intention as a teacher is to guide you to hear the language of your body and to inspire you to listen to the teacher within yourself. Aside from yoga, she is also an artist, spiritual guide, and continuous student of life. She enjoys working with kids, families, couples, women’s empowerment, and reconnecting people to their inner spark. For more info check out her website at: VforVeneta.com