Cheryl Walters has been teaching and sharing the gifts of yoga since 2001. She is a Yoga Therapist, certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists and has been the director and lead instructor for Yoga Intensive Studies Programs and Yoga teacher training for Yoga Alliance locally for over 13 years. She has trained over 100 yoga students to become yoga teachers, and continues to mentor yoga teachers and yoga students Worldwide. What separates Cheryl from other yoga mentor’s is her years of experience with teaching yoga to different populations( Yoga for Vets, 12 Step Yoga, Yoga for M.S, PTSD & Trauma survivors, Healing from Body Image & Disordered Eating through yoga) and her years of being a successful professional yoga teacher and studio owner. Her guidance is rooted deeply in the belief of everyone’s infinite potential for greatness, never doubting the power of LOVE and never forgetting that our birthright is JOY! Cheryl’s life has been deeply enriched by the many gifts of yoga and has study several styles of yoga, but always finds herself returning to the powerful method of AnusaraYoga. Cheryl’s knowledge is expansive covering yoga therapy, physical adjustments, universal principles of alignments, asanas and yogic philosophy. The business of yoga and yoga for special populations. Cheryl has been in the field of integrated therapies and body-centered therapies along with addiction counseling for more than 35 years. She has impacted hundreds of people’s lives on and off the mat. Her teaching style is straight from her heart and full of compassion, depth and grace. Cheryl shines with her joy for life and love of people. She is passionate about the transformation that exists for everyone within the practice of yoga. Cheryl has a remarkable gift for inspiring everyone around her to live and be their fullest potential, celebrating the beauty of life in all its diversity. www.lotusbloomyoga.com
CHERYL VAN DEMARK
Cheryl is a Yoga Therapist, certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a Yoga Teacher certified with the Yoga Alliance as a continuing education provider. Cheryl is also a practicing physical therapist with a Master’s degree in physical education and exercise science. She has enjoyed over 35 years of helping individuals optimize alignment, restore movement, build strength and cultivate a balance in body, mind, and spirit to pursue joyful living.
Cheryl’s perspective as a physical therapist and experience as a health educator enable her to adapt Yoga practices and explain philosophy to bring the many health benefits of Yoga into the mainstream. Cheryl received her initial 200 hr Yoga teacher training through Yoga Shala in Prescott with Yogi Cain Carroll. Her education and training as a yoga therapist was through the Integrative Yoga Therapy program, where she also served as faculty from 2010-2017. She continues to provide training in anatomy for yoga teacher training programs.
Cheryl received her undergraduate and graduate degrees through Northern Arizona University. She is a member of the Yoga Alliance, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, The American Physical Therapy Association and The International Association for the Study of Pain. Learn more about Cheryl’s s integrative therapeutic services by visiting: healthinmotionaz.com.
M.S., C-IAYT, E-RYT500
Donna is passionate about yoga. Her style of teaching is a mindful, alignment-based flow, suitable for all levels, with a dose of laughter mixed in! She grew up on the east coast in NJ, went to school in the southeast, met her husband and moved to California for 23 years, and has now happily landed in Prescott, AZ!
Donna holds a Master‛s degree in exercise and sports sciences, with an emphasis in sports medicine and athletic training. She has over 600 hours of formal yoga training and has been teaching yoga for over 13 years. She is a certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapy, an experienced yoga teacher registered through Yoga Alliance, a certified Relax and Renew Trainer® through Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., and a certified mat Pilates instructor through Pilates Academy International.
Over the past 7 years, Donna has focused on yoga therapy in a private setting, working one-on-one or in small group classes. Donna‛s deep understanding of anatomy and alignment and vast range of tools from her educational background give tremendous depth to her teaching and allows her to support and connect with her students. She also enjoys the energy and community of group classes and teaches at community colleges, yoga studios, and fitness centers.
RYT500, CYT, Certified LifeForce Yoga Practitioner and Trauma Specialist, Certified Health and Life Coach
Colleen received her 500 hour Yoga Instructor Certification at Lotus Bloom Yoga Studio, and has been teaching here since the studio’s opening in 2013 (is that year correct?). She is also a certified LifeForce Yoga Practitioner and Trauma Specialist, with a focus on yoga therapeutics for mood management and trauma related disorders. For over twelve years, she has immersed herself in the study of evidence-based, classical Hatha Yoga practices for radiant wellbeing. As a certified Health and Life Coach, she uses a holistic approach to help students achieve optimal mental, emotional and physical health, so they can feel calm and confident in living thet life they really, really want. Colleen believes in supporting students in cultivating compassionate self- awareness, so that they can connect to that which is most authentic within. Her offerings at Lotus Bloom include the LifeForce Yoga Flow class, which is accessible for all levels of practitioners.
RYT500, CYI, Yoga Health Coach, Author, Dancer, Body Activist
RYT 300 and co-author of “Women Challenge The Lie: 8 Radical Moves to Get Beyond Never Good Enough” Shinay Tredeau has been studying yoga since 2007 and teaching since 2012. She first learned about yoga as a spiritual practice at the age of eight. She learned about yoga asana in high school when she took her first public class. Shinay’s initial instruction in yoga was with teachers trained in the Anusara method, a branch of Hatha yoga that uses precise alignment principles and heart-centered practices.
Shinay completed her first yoga teacher training in 2012 with Christina Sell and Darren Rhodes. She went on to complete her next yoga teacher training with Bhavani Maki, who was authorized to teach by Aṣtānga Yoga Masters, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, South India, and Baba Hari Dass of Hardwar, North India in 1987.
Before studying yoga, Shinay studied dance and theater. She took her first dance class at age three and went on to train as a Pre-Professional Dancer in 2003, touring and performing in Northern Arizona. Shinay studied Modern Dance, Improvisation, and Flamenco at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff in 2008. She received her B.A. in Humanities from Prescott College in 2012 where her primary focus was dance, yoga and writing.
Shinay currently teaches a synthesis of Anusara, Ashtanga, and Iyengar styles of Hatha yoga where she fuses her knowledge of the body and alignment principles of yoga to teach students to find a deeper awareness of their physical body through intentional movement.
“The point of yoga, for me, is to cultivate awareness, grace, and learn to re-member myself through intentional practices. And have fun, I love the postures!”
“I believe in using the power of the body to heal the body,” Shinay says, “I aim to provide space for people to learn about themselves, grow, play, cultivate discipline, and build a sustainable practice for the rest of their lives, no matter their age.”
Shinay loves the interdisciplinary approach to yoga, encompassing more than “just” the yoga postures in her classes. Her love for creating sacred space is tangible. She is committed to her own practice of yoga through continuing her studies with her primary teachers Christina Sell and Bhavani Maki, as well as actively seeking out new teachers to learn from.
JULIE HEPPE (Swami Samudrananda)
E-RYT200, RYT500, YACEP
Julie has been teaching and studying all aspect of yoga since the late 80’s when she came upon the Temple of Kriya yoga in Chicago. It was there she became a devotee of Goswami Kriyananda and the teachings of Kriya Yoga. She has since been ordained as Swami Samudrananda, a spiritual name bestowed upon her after years of self-study and disciplined practices. It was during this time when she became passionate about the ancient philosophy of yoga and began to facilitate workshops & assist in spiritual guidance across the country. She recently arrived to Prescott via the west coast of Florida where she co-owed a yoga studio, lead teacher training’s, workshops, group & private classes with the most wonderful groups of people! You will find that Julie incorporates many styles of teaching into her classes. She has enjoyed the alignment of Iyengar, the discipline of Ashtanga, the energizing flow of vinyasa and the victorious breaths of Kundalini. Her classes are accessible to all levels of students and teachers.
E-RYT200, CYI, YACEP
Andie began practicing yoga in 2004. She enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 and began teaching right out of the gate. She loves being a teacher and a student! Over the past 16 years, she has attended countless yoga classes, workshops and emersions focusing on inversions, arm balances, backbends, anatomy and much more.
Andie’s passion for life and yoga are reflected in her teaching style. Her classes weave together Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Anusara methods, creating a well-balanced practice. She has a straightforward approach to teaching and crafts classes that are fun, challenging and packed with practical alignment cues.
Amy started her yoga training in 2015. She fell in love with not only how yoga helped heal her body, but also brought forth a sense of peace and calm to her busy mind. Amy is completing her Yoga Alliance 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Lotus Bloom Yoga, which will reach completion in August 2016. She is also a practicing Physical Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Education. For the last 21 years, Amy has found joy in helping individual’s access their physical environment through their greatest form of mobility and assistive technology. Amy attended Yoga of the Heart, Cardiac and Cancer Certification Training with Nischala Joy Devi, and became certified in teaching yoga to people living with heart disease, cancer, and other health impairments. She is inspired by the health benefits of Yoga practices and gains great strength in the remembrance of caring and honoring oneself that is rooted deep within its philosophy. She is grateful for the opportunity to share Yoga with her community.
Monica began practicing yoga in 2003. She started leading classes in 2008. She continues to stay current in her education by attending workshops, trainings, and retreats. Her best teachers have been her students and all of the face plants landed.
In August 2017 she relocated to Skull Valley from Surprise, Az. The simpler living and much slower paced environment bring peace and joy to her.
Monica Shares that the teachings of this science and art, we call Yoga, was not an instant fulfillment for her. Nothing happened quickly in her journey. She also shares that to enjoy the fruits of our practice, we have to commit to it. To be able to step onto our mat, even though we had a challenging day, does not come easy. To be able to slow the chatter in our minds. To arrange our bodies into an uncomfortable posture and work on becoming comfortable. To invite spaciousness and breath to the dark crevices in our body. To study ourselves in a deeper awareness. All of this requires commitment, even through uncertainty of the outcome. There are no promises and no guarantees.
Yoga welcomes patience, love, vulnerability, forgiveness, compassion, healing and dedication. Our mats hold space for us, to show up just the way we arrive. And through consistency and hard work, we slowly begin to chip away the layers that cover our true, divine nature. We begin to win on the battlefield of the mind.
Monica’s classes are inspired by Ashtanga, Anusara, and Hatha.
She incorporates into the practice of meditation, pranayama and visualization techniques. These combined work synergistically together to raise your vibrational energy. Leaving you feeling strong, powerful and open. As a yoga teacher, she wants her students to know that she is a student as well. And that the work of balance is a continuation of learning and healing herself.
Will has been formally studying meditation and scripture with his teachers for three decades. He teaches yogic and Buddhist philosophy throughout the world. Known for bringing humor and light-heartedness into his teaching style he strives to show the relevance of ancient scripture in our day-to-day lives. Will has completed almost four accumulative years of silent and solitary meditation practice. Learn more about Will by going to: willduncan.org
RAM DAS KAUR:
Ram Das Kaur received her Level I Kundalini Yoga KRI certification in June of 2000 and has obtained four of the five Level II KRI certified practitioner modules. She has taught in Phoenix and Prescott since 2000 and states, “I love Kundalini Yoga because this technology cuts through life’s confusion and distortion and has the potential to polish us and that creates happiness”. She is Reiki III trained since 2008, teaches and performs poi spinning with Breath of Fire poi spinning troupe and is a registered nurse.
AMRITA DASS KAUR:
Shelli Welch (Amrita Dass Kaur) is a Level One KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, 259 Hr. Yoga Alliance Certified R.Y.T., who also holds an additional 95 hour Specialization in Children’s yoga, and additional CEUs in Trauma Sensitive Practice. She has been practicing yoga for over 25 years, and teaching since 2010 both in mainstream classes as well as in private therapeutic sessions, special needs classrooms, day treatment programs, and wellness centers utilizing Kundalini and other forms of yoga to address mental/behavioral health, learning and developmental disabilities, trauma, chronic pain, injury and rehabilitation. Shelli first discovered yoga entirely on her own thru intuition without having ever been exposed to a class, book or teacher and she teaches from this platform that the path of yoga exists in the heart/soul and she as an instructor is simply leading you to your teacher within. Yoga has been her own path of healing and self transformation from what was a very traumatic childhood and it was for this reason she became inspired to become a teacher in order to share the power of yoga to help others to heal especially those who might never have access to public classes.
Rachel believes life is more interesting when we seek and find meaning in the small moments of every day. This kind of reverence for life leads us to a renewed appreciation for ourselves, our family and our community. Rachel is a connector, a conduit of wisdom between everyday living and life on the mat. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Yoga Health Coach and grounded lover of wild places. Rachel has a great gift of being approachable, inspiring and passionate about everyday living. She merges the wisdom of yoga and Ayurveda with lifestyle and habit evolution to support the actioms of your daily life with what matters most.