Why Is Your Yoga Practice Important to You?

Yoga is a lifelong journey – I’m on board for life and always refining.

Balance, peace, health, truth, and clarity.

It accelerates the pace of my personal evolution, in all ways.

Because it keeps me peaceful and healthy and in alignment with my soul and purpose.

Because it connects me deeper to humanity and to the practice off-the-mat

It helps to keep me somewhat sane.

life. peace. freedom. humility. compassion. awareness.

It is the pathway to my own growth and awareness.

Yoga is among my most important self-care and personal therapy practices.

It’s a blueprint to being comfortable in my own skin

It keeps me alive.

Yoga is everything

My Yoga practice is my inner sanctuary where I reconnect with poise and serenity in the middle of life’s demands.

Yoga is my pathway toward Divine guidance on a daily basis.

keeps mind & body flexible, steady & open

My yoga practice always brings me back to my center in the present moment.

The energetics of my practice is a part of my life; the art is inseparable from my way of being in the world.

It informs my path and purpose and helps me be congruent with what I’m teaching.

My yoga practice brings me both peace of mind and the fire to create an action (karma)

My yoga practice gives me the balance of mind, body, and spirit to be able to serve humanity from a grounded, whole place of love, and devotion for our collective healing and transformation.

Yoga brings peace and comfort, especially during difficult periods.

I practice yoga because it allows me to elevate my consciousness and character

Yoga is a practice for how I want to live my life.

Yoga provides me with tools that enhances my personal and professional development.

Because practicing yoga confers benefits on the body, nervous system, and mind all at the same time.

My being wants freedom and my heart needs stillness.

Practicing doesn’t mean I get it perfect every time; it actually means we need more practice.

Governing Council for Qualifications

Purpose:

Creating this system of delineation is taking yoga out of the box and embracing the full breadth and scope of the practice while leveling up the field and profession. In tandem with ethical guidelines and community investment may we elevate the profession through recognition, inclusion, nurturing, support, and clear pathways.

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"I believe in processes changing and growing along with the world. I believe it is time for change and growth in the yoga industry. The tides are shifting and Yoga Unify embodies philosophies I believe in."

– Dana Damara

Anticipated Outcomes Fall 2020:

Founding Council  

Ana Camacho-Hansen

Ana Camacho-Hansen is the author of Yoga for Big Hearts & Little Hands: A Handbook of Yoga Poses for Children. Ana is also the founder of Growing Peaceful Hearts, Minds & Bodies, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to peace studies and peace education. Ana’s Sedona Sol Yoga, located in Sedona, Arizona, is her collaborative project with her twin sister, Melissa Camacho, where she leads Yogic Studies workshops and Rasayana yoga classes. Ana has specialized in teaching peace curriculum, children’s mindfulness, and children’s yoga since 2003. Ana has been training children’s yoga teachers for about a decade and finds it her most important legacy. Ana loves her life and shares her joy for teaching in her yoga classes. Ana has a happy family with her husband and son, Eric and Jaidon, and lives in Cornville, Arizona.   

Anne Minter

Anne Minter, MS, RYT-500 teaches Yoga and Meditation at varied universities, medical centers, non-profit organizations and yoga studios. She is a faculty member for national Yoga Teacher Trainings and at Miami University, where she teaches Anatomy & Physiology to undergraduate students.

Teaching and researching the science of Yoga and Meditation has been Anne’s focus since 2012, including work experience as a medical researcher at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She is the recipient of multiple program and research grants given to accelerate the use of Yoga and Meditation as an evidence-based therapeutic treatment for psychiatric disorders.

Anne has been practicing Kundalini Yoga for 15 years and is a Certified Yoga Instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute (via Yoga West Los Angeles, CA), Radiant Body Yoga (Kia Miller), and RaviAna Yoga (Ravi Singh and Ana Brett). Additional training includes Tantra, Hatha, and Trauma-Informed Yoga. Anne continues to expand her yogic education in Addiction and Recovery with Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path to Recovery based in Toronto, ON with Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY) at The Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute (JRI) in  Brookline, MA, and in Kundalini Yoga Therapy at the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine and Humanology in Espanola, NM.

Dana Damara

Dana Damara is a Master Teacher and healer with Shaman roots. She began her yoga journey almost 20 years ago which has included working with prenatal women and new mothers, owning a successful yoga studio in the NW, writing and running Embody Truth Yoga School, creating Youth and Girls Elevate (a yoga program for middle and high school adolescents), facilitating Moon Circles, and leading workshops, training and retreats around the world. As a spiritual Ninja, walking this mystic path with practical shoes, Dana Damara is a mother, author, coach, teacher of teachers, speaker, and servant of the heart. She exudes a balance between the mystical realms and realities of motherhood.

Eric Paskel

Eric has devoted 34 years of his life to understanding how human beings can rise above their dysfunctional tendencies and control their emotions instead of being controlled by them. This skill is especially useful in a crisis.

As part of that life mission, Eric has earned a masters degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Marriage, Family, and Child therapist.

Eric has taught tens of thousands, including other Yoga instructors. He has written 3 books and has led countless seminars.

Eric’s most recent release is The Emotional Survival Kit, an online video course on personal crisis management.

Greg Nardi

Greg’s teaching draws from his 24+ years of personal practice, ongoing self-study in current academic research in contemporary and traditional Yoga. He also draws deeply from his studies of sanskrit chanting and yoga philosophy in Mysore, India and asana at the KPJAYI. He is the director of Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide, teaching yoga practice, theory and philosophy internationally.

In 2019 Greg chose to resign his authorization from the KPJAYI to be in integrity with his core values about teaching, learning and life. He now works with his colleagues at Amāyu yoga developing an organization and learning pathway for Ashtanga teachers that is consent driven, practitioner centered, and based in practitioner empowerment.

“I believe in the healing power of yoga for all. My style of teaching assists students in finding an approach to the practice that is most beneficial for them.“

Lea Kraemer

Lea Kraemer is a former professional modern dancer and choreographer from the East Coast. She performed and toured throughout the USA and in Asia, bringing this vitality and enthusiasm into her classes. Yoga began to enchant her in the late 1980’s, together with the lifestyle of non-violence, vegetarianism, and fierce compassion. Since then her extensive studies have taken her to India from Mysore where she studied with Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, to Dharamsala where she received Tibetan Buddhist teachings. In the U.S. she completed training with a major, international ashram in Hatha Yoga and numerous certification programs in Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga, tremendously enjoying teachings from master Yogi Bhajan. She has studied classical Ayurveda, the ancient, Indian “science of life”, since 2004 through Kerala Ayurveda and the DINacharya Institute directed by Dr. Bhaswati Bhatttacharya, where she is also a faculty member.

Lisa Faremouth Weber

Lisa Faremouth Weber is the founder of Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, Chicago Yoga Project, and The Illuminated Soul 200 Hour and Advanced Yoga Teacher Trainings. CYP offers trauma-sensitive yoga, lifestyle, and nutrition to adjudicated youth She produced the Yoga for Pregnancy DVD and the documentary short film “The Future of Yoga: Your Pathway to Happiness” which is showing on OmStars online yoga platform. Lisa has traveled internationally as a teacher trainer in the mind/body space for over 35 years. She presents Ashtanga for Everybody, Chakradance, Kundalini, Radiant Child Yoga, PreNatal. Yamas and Niyamas, Yoga Lifestyle & Nutrition for Optimum Health, Pilates/Yoga Fusion, Yoga Nidra, Reiki. Lisa graduated from Northwestern University, is currently on their Mind/Body teaching staff Lisa is a weight loss and optimum health coach for foodfuels.com

Marc TItus

Marc currently works for the Nevada Division of Forestry as the State Lead for Fire Adapted Communities; he returned to his roots as a wildland fire manager to advocate for communities at risk to catastrophic loss due to wildland fire.

He met his beloved wife Heather in Sedona in 2012 while planning the innagural Sedona Yoga Festival, and they went on to get married and co-create Aumbase, Inc which consisted of SYF, Aumbase Sedona Yoga Studio, Aumbase Adventures and an assortment of smaller spiritual and yoga ventures in Sedona, AZ.

During that time, Marc battled with PTSD and found salvation in his practice and the teachings.  He was fortunate to ‘sit with the masters’ and queried them from the lens of suffering.  What he found, over time, led him through the pain and his injured nervous system healed.  He and Heather cohosted an annual Yoga for PTSD teacher training at SYF and Marc is currently obtaining a Masters in Psychology from Arizona State University to better advocate for mental health in the first responder community.

Marc has practiced Traditional Hatha Yoga for 20 years and has been influenced by many teachers and lineages.  His dharma lies with the traditions and he hopes to see yogis unite to ensure the teachings remain sanctified in the years to come.

He lives in Carson City, NV with Heather and their dog Boon.  Occasionally, when not working or studying he gets to ride his Trusty Steed on the mountain highways in the beautiful Sierra Nevadas… Motorcycle Mantras, anyone?

Mary Irby

C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, CTP, YACEP
Mary is a Certified Yoga Therapist with IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and an E-RYT 500. She has been practicing and teaching Yoga for over 38 years. She completed her yoga therapy training in India, where she studied Thirumoolar’s Ashtanga Therapeutic Yoga. Mary is a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) and Certified Thai Practitioner (CTP). Her teaching style is highly influenced by her Thirumoolar lineage.

Mary holds a graduate degree in Education from Colorado State University and an undergraduate degree from MTSU with a double emphasis, one of which is in Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

Peter Sterios

Peter Sterios is an internationally recognized author, yoga teacher (ERYT-500), and architect based in San Luis Obispo, California, USA. He is the founder of LEVITYoGA™, MANDUKA™, and creator of the popular yoga DVD series “Gravity & Grace” which is one of YOGA JOURNAL’s “top 15 yoga DVDs of all time”. For three years (2011-2013) Peter taught yoga at the White House for Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity initiatives. In 2018, he was invited to the Pentagon to share his ideas about yoga’s therapeutic effects for the US Marine Corps.

He also co-founded KarmaNICA, a charitable organization for underprivileged children in rural Nicaragua. Peter’s first book “Gravity & Grace: How to Awaken Your Subtle Body and the Healing Power of Yoga“ published by Sounds True is now available.

Rama Jyoti Vernon

Rama Jyoti Vernon, internationally acclaimed Yoga instructor, peace mediator, and author, was one of the first Yoga teachers in the United States. In addition to her extensive background in asana and the Yoga Sutras, Rama Jyoti is extremely well versed in the philosophy, lineages and healing benefits of Yoga. Her distinctive method emphasizes opening the body by extending and breathing into each pose as a deeply spiritual offering.

For nearly 50 years, Rama Jyoti’s extraordinary knowledge has shaped the foundation of contemporary Yoga. Her unique approach to teaching yoga evolved from years of study and practice with many great Masters. Rama Jyoti was a dedicated student of B.K.S. Iyengar in India, hosted him on many visits to California, and sponsored the migration of many swamis and gurus from India to North America.

Rama Jyoti founded California Yoga Teachers’ Association whose newsletter was the original Yoga Journal. She has devoted much of her life to peace missions throughout the world including the Soviet Union, Israel, and Central America.

Rama’s work in Yoga is codified in the ultimate Yoga practice book, Yoga: The Practice of Myth and Sacred Geometry. This is an impressive volume with over 200 pages of photos and instructions, with myths and therapeutic benefits associated with the asanas, and much more. Recently published are her yoga philosophy commentaries, Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras, Gateway to Enlightenment.

Ravi Singh

Ravi Singh has 45 years teaching experience, co-author of 26 bestselling DVD’s and an incredible new book, The Kundalini Yoga Book: “Life in the Vast Lane. He’s been called the “Teacher’s Teacher” and continues to lead teacher trainings around the world. Ravi has taught at many international yoga conferences, Yale University, NYU and has been featured in publications such as Yoga Journal, Self, Vogue, People, and more. He recently participated as an advisor to the Yoga Alliance Standards Review Project on Teacher Training Qualifications.

Sara Ivanhoe

Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe, M.A. is the Director of YogaUSC, a program designed to support the campus life of both students and faculty at the University of Southern California.  She has been teaching yoga since 1995 and has been the Yoga Spokesperson for “Weight Watchers,” “Yoga for Dummies,” “Crunch Yoga,” and appeared as a series regular on “Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab” as the therapeutic instructor.  She served as the yoga columnist for Health magazine for three years and has written and appeared in almost every yoga and health publication.

Twenty years after graduating with honors from NYU, Ivanhoe completed her master’s degree in 2015 from Loyola Marymount University as part of the inaugural class in Yoga Studies where she served as Senator of the student body for Bellarmine College. 

Most recently she partnered with Oprah Magazine to co-create the “Just Breathe” brand of yoga and meditation now taught on Holland America Cruise lines internationally.

She currently serves as the Yoga and Meditation Content Curator for Glo, teaches at LMU in the Yoga Studies department, teaches an ongoing class called “Sleep” for the MindfulUSC program, and presents at corporations and conferences internationally.

Selena Isles

Where I’m from
I used to think yoga was something my mom did to keep cool, calm, and present in the face of me and my sister, and to some extent maybe that is true.
Yoga made its presence in my life via my mother and because of a traumatic injury that ended my athletic career, in 1995/6 and this experience forced me to rewrite my whole story, and what I had believed to be true of myself.
I learned to surrender back then, I had to lean into the hard stuff (before Brene Brown made it cool) and touch the face of vulnerability to “Touch what is coming up and let it go”.
I found Tantric Buddhism (again), around this time and it lifted me slowly out of depression and I vowed at 19, to commit myself to some sort of path, to “surrender” so naturally moving across the globe made a lot of sense to my 19-year-old mind. Fast forward twenty-odd years, here I am an ordained monk, yoga +meditation teacher, speaker, writer, and also known as international artist DJ Seriousblack.
I am a little boy mama, an Aquarius, a lover of all things soulful and analog, basically an analog girl in a digital world.

Stacie Dooreck

  • Author of SunLight Chair Yoga: Yoga for Everyone! & Yoga for Everyone! books and ebook
  • Instructor for online yoga, gentle yoga and meditation courses
  • Instructor and creator for an online 35 hr Chair Yoga Teacher Certification training
  • Certified Yoga Instructor since 1995 (Sivananda Yoga, Kundalini KRI certifies, Gentle Integral Yoga certified and took the Iyengar
  • Advanced Studies Training 
  • Stress Management Specialist for the Ornish Heart Disease Reversal & Preventive Lifestyle Medicine Institute and Alzheimer’s Research Study (2018-2020)
  • Yoga and meditation instructor at at Bay Area, CA companies including hospital staffs since 2000 and most recent for an NFL team front office staff (2019-2020)
  • Marketing Manager for Yoga Journal Magazine (1998) and Studio Partner Program Manager for Yoga Journal Conferences (2012-2014)
  • A lifelong vegetarian, now vegan, committed to help animals

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