During the week we'll offer a daily schedule of numerous workshops, classes and lectures.
Contact Angela if you're interested in leading a workshop: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoga and Healing Arts:
Angela discovered the magic of Yoga in 1999 as a student at Temple University. Drawn to the wisdom of Eastern Philosophy, she majored in both Anthropology and Religion, combining the two into an independent study of Comparative Eastern Religions and Culture. She has been a Yoga Alliance certified instructor since 2003 and has continued her education with teachers such as Sri Dharma Mittra, Sri Andrei Ram Om, Roger Cole, Michael Fukumura, Tim Miller, Kofi Busia, John Friend, Duncan Wong, and Ana Forest.
Over the years, her teaching has evolved into a unique style of vinyasa yoga, rooted deeply in ancient wisdom, but beautifully intertwined with the richness of her life experience and extensive practice. She describes her Vinyasa classes as a true moving meditation; linking organic movement, breath, and sound in a seamless energetic dance. towards the truest Self. She believes that by synchronizing our individual rhythms with the energetic pulse of the natural world, we begin to step away from the illusion of separation and into the awareness of our connection to all living things. As we connect to this unlimited source of energy and reveal the infinite possibilities of conscious expression, we can begin to experience the joyousness of truly being alive.
In addition to her regularly scheduled classes in Costa Rica, she is a social entrepreneur, freelance writer, event planner, and can be found teaching yoga worldwide. She is currently hosting both national and international yoga retreats, serves at a Brand Ambassador for Manduka Yoga, and is the Director of a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training at Montezuma Yoga Center in Costa Rica.
Banyan Gallagher has been closely studying the arts of movement since the age of 12. His background as an NCAA athlete contributed a strong discipline in his current practice, and a deep understanding of the limitless movements the human body has evolved to make. Banyan's yoga studies began as a search for flexibility to expand his performance art capabilities, but soon realized the benefits going on a far deeper level than the physical. He practices a form of Tantra-Hatha Yoga, a series of techniques designed to accelerate evolution and overcome our limitations on a subtle plane.
From the very start, Banyan has had the pleasure of studying with some of the world's most renowned teachers, from Tias Little to Andrey Lappa, Shiva Rea to Ana Forrest, Jim Bennitt to Rod Stryker. In his classes, he seeks to blend traditional teachings with modern analogies in the hopes of giving the Western practitioner direction, stillness, and balance.
After leaving Germany in 1996, Dagmar moved to Los Angeles, where she began practicing and studying yoga. After moving to New York she intensified her studies and trained with Anusara teacher Elena Brower at Virayoga NY. She arrived in Montezuma in October 2001 where she opened Montezuma Yoga center and began teaching and organizing yoga retreats. She is a 500-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher and also an Anusara inspired teacher. As a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC she compliments yoga with her work as a certified Holistic Health Counselor.
GABRIELLE BC (PLUM DRAGONESS)
In 1999, Gabrielle immersed herself in the Chinese medical practices of Taoist internal/martial art forms by training with Master Chik Quadir Mason , founder of the Spirit Wind Internal Arts Society She received certifications of study in various healing arts such as Kung Fu, Pa-Kua Chang, Tao Yin Yoga Level I & II, Chi Kung, Tai Chi Chuan, in addition to bodywork techniques such as Lin Zi Chi Therapy & Thai Massage, as well as participating in group collaborations, demonstrations & performances. In 2000, she earned her B.A. from Temple University's Department of Theater with an exploratory concentration in dance, music & voice. As an apprentice, Gabrielle was recommended by Sifu Mason to begin teaching his lessons & encouraged to integrate them along with the material she studied as a multi-disciplinary performance artist.
Gabrielle's work as a healing arts practitioner and instructor continues to intersect with her work as an inter-disciplinary performance artist through the incorporation of internal and martial arts forms in combination with dance, poetry and theater presentation (www.plumdragoness.com). Gabrielle is a certified yoga teacher, registered & insured through the Yoga Alliance. She has also studied Ashtanga Yoga with Miko-Doi Smith, Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers, Vinyasa Yoga with the Rasa School, Yang style T'ai Chi Chuan with Master Yang Jun, Taoist (Yin/Yang) Yoga with Master Pauli Zink & Thai Bodywork with Michael Buck. She facilitates private lessons, group classes/workshops & is available for Thai Bodywork sessions.
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LIANA CAMERIS, E-RYT
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Liana's love affair with yoga began over 15 years ago when her mom handed her a yoga video to help heal a fractured lumbar. Her dedication to the daily asana practice for three months convinced her of yoga's incredible healing power. Since then, this relationship morphed and evolved in different ways until 2005, when her desire to deepen her own practice led her to get certified through the stellar Dhyana Yoga training in Philadelphia, PA. A practitioner, teacher, and performer for over a decade, her practice is a balance of discipline and playfulness - a medley of Vinyasa Yoga, hoop dance, fire arts, mountain biking, and music.
Liana's has an uncanny ability to gently encourage the beginner student, challenge the seasoned practitioner, and inspire a loving and deep spirit connection. Her teaching style is a result of how she views life, gracefully accepting the terms upon which the universe operates and genuinely not being troubled by it's paradoxes and injustices. Her dynamic classes and personal practice are influenced by the incredible teachers she has studied with over the years, such as Sri Andrei Ram, Kofi Busia, Simon Park, Dhyana D'Amato, Marni Sclaroff, Renata Gregori, Sue & Naime Jezzeney, and Dharma Mittra. She teaches at festivals, events, private and group classes, and last year took her passion abroad to the Peruvian Amazon where she taught for several months while working with plant medicine. She is currently studying the Jaguar Path, a fusion of Peruvian and Yogic Shamanism.
Nancy Goodfellow is Pranamar's Yoga director and teacher and she is part of the Pranamar Family that makes this beautiful place home. She began her Yogic studies in the Ashtanga tradition under the guidance of her first teachers, Dominic Corigliano, Tim Miller, and Sri Pattabhi Jois. Following her dream of living a more simple life in deep connection with nature, she moved to Costa Rica and developed a strong self-practice, while continuing to study abroad with many international teachers of various traditions.
Nancy completed her official Yoga Alliance Teacher training with "Yoga Arts" and began teaching in 1998. Nancy has dedicated herself to Anusara's amazing principles of alignment, Tantric philosophy and Bhakti-filled practice. Her teachings are infused with a myriad of elements, which come together to create a highly educational, physically challenging, and deeply soulful experience.
Nancy has been practicing Yoga for nearly 20 years and teaching for over 10 years. She invites everyone to step out of the ordinary and into the EXTRA-ORDINARY pulsation of life within us...come and celebrate, sweat and enjoy the vital energy (Prana) of the sea (mar).
Bamboo Yoga Play
Blending yoga, dance, somatic guidance, and ritual performance Sofiah Thom creates environments for transformation and self-discovery. Integrating presence and expression, Sofiah combines movement and play in a fusion allowing conscious exploration of the self. Sofiah's mission lies in helping people access their divine beauty, wisdom and power in their bodies, and simply being in her presence one feels her grace, strength and sensuality as she invites you to get out of your head and into your body.
As a daughter of parents who are also healers and teachers, and as an interdisciplinary artist with a degree in Dance Therapy from Naropa University, studies at the Tamalpa Institute in Expressive Healing Arts, and a myriad of trainings in bodywork, Yoga and Dance. As a yogi, the inspiration for her work stems from Tantra and Vinyasa Flow; and her teachings go hand in hand with the alignment principles of Anusara. Sofiah created Embody Grace (which includes no predetermined postures, and is instead a guided journey in movement); Danyasa (a dynamic fusion of dance and yoga); and Bamboo Yoga (a fusion of Vinyasa flow focusing on Sofiah's bamboo principles of alignment). When it comes to dance, Sofiah fuses all of her technique background including ballet, modern, African, Indian and Belly Dance, to create what she calls Temple Fusion Dance.
Today, Sofiah combines dance, yoga, breath work, expressive healing arts and Tantric Buddhism into her work and has appeared as a performing artist and workshop facilitator at International events including the Bali Spirit Festival, Bhakti Fest, Earth Dance, Lightning in a Bottle, and Subud World Congresses, as well as many private workshops around the World for the last 10 years. She has been featured in Yogi Times and Elephant Journal. Sofiah lives and works on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, where she and her husband opened Bamboo ~ A Sanctuary for Living Artfully in 2007. She offers classes, workshops and retreats for individuals or groups in yoga, dance and the healing arts, specializing in working with women although her teachings hold something for all, and her clients travel from around the world to undergo what she calls "Graceful Warrior Training's – a modern day rite of passage" under her tutelage.
Attributes of Graceful Warrior:
Grounded and rooted in oneself
Know one's own precious value
Open to receive vital creative life force
Strong and powerfully connected to the core
Confident on one's path
Unified masculine and feminine energies
Able to withstand adversity
Armed to cut away that which does not serve
Open heart and wings to fly towards one's life calling
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