Cheryl Walters is the owner and director of Lotus Bloom Yoga Studio. Cheryl has been teaching yoga for over two decades, is a Certified Anusara Teacher and has directed Yoga Teacher Training Programs locally for over 10 years. Cheryl’s life has been deeply enriched by the many gifts of yoga. As a result, she has been teaching and sharing these gifts in the Prescott, Arizona area since 2001. Her life was transformed when she discovered Anusara Yoga, falling in love with the unique blend of Universal Principles of Alignment and the philosophy of Intrinsic Goodness. Cheryl has a remarkable gift for inspiring her students to embody the practice of yoga, not just on their mats but in their lives – to truly live their yoga. Cheryl shines with her joy for life and love of people, and is passionate about the transformation that exists within the practice of yoga. Her classes enliven the body, mind, and heart; celebrating beauty in all its diversity. Cheryl honors all who have been a presence in her life, acknowledging everyone especially her students as her greatest teachers. Cheryl also has been in the field of integrated therapies and holistic healing arts for over 25 years, she has a local private practice as a Conscious Living Coach and as an Intrinsic Breathwork practitioner. RYT Teacher Trainer, yoga series and workshop facilitator.
Cheryl is credentialed with the Yoga Alliance at an E-RYT500 level as a Registered Yoga Teacher and Educator. As a Yoga Therapist, she serves as a faculty member for Integrative Yoga Therapy where she received her credential. Cheryl is also a practicing Physical Therapist with a Master’s degree in physical education and exercise science. She has enjoyed over 30 years of helping individuals optimize alignment, restore movement, build strength and cultivate a balance in body, mind, and spirit to pursue joyful living. Cheryl received her undergraduate and graduate education in physical therapy through Northern Arizona University. Cheryl’s uses her Integrative Health and Yoga training to empower clients with self-care to complement their health care. Her 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 under Cain Carroll. She guest lectures on anatomy for yoga teacher training programs. Cheryl is a member of the Yoga Alliance, the International Association of Yoga Therapists and The American Physical Therapy Association. Learn more about Cheryl by going to: healthinmotionaz.com or vidyayogaretreats.com RYT Teacher Trainer, yoga series and workshop facilitator.
Shinay’s love for the human is matched only by her love for travel. She is a woman who’s not afraid to tell the truth about herself. As a yoga teacher, dance teacher, and body activist, Shinay believes that the body is the way in not the way out. As a Yoga Health Coach, Shinay holds space for artists and entrepreneurs to recommit to a life of creativity without the burnout, stress, or hangover. Her question to you is, “How do you want to live in your body for this lifetime?” Through her work as a yoga teacher, yoga health coach, author, artist, dancer and body activist, Shinay explores such concepts as how to have a body, the body knows, yoga and psyche, food as medicine, and group work for personal transformation. Shinay loves asking hard questions. As a writer, Shinay tells true stories about herself and others, with the desire to breath more life into the world. Shinay loves yoga because it is an art and science of continual transformation and refinement at any age. Shinay has a “home base” in Northern Arizona with her husband, Jesse, where they enjoy cooking and playing outside. Together, and separately, they travel the world because the act of changing location broadens their perspective on life. Shinay is the co-author of, Women Challenge the Lie: 8 Radical Moves to Get Beyond “Never Good Enough.” Learn more about Shinay by going to: shinaytredeau.com
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.
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 14 years, she has attended countless yoga classes, workshops and emersions focusing on inversions, arm balances, backbends, anatomy and much more.
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.
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
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.
Rebecca has been dedicated to being of service to others, facilitating their personal development for over 30 years, working in the addictions field as a licensed counselor, economic development consultant abroad, and currently Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500) Registered Yoga School (RYS200 and 300) Registered Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) with Yoga Alliance and Registered Thai massage Therapist (RTT) with Thai Healing Alliance International.
Rebecca started practicing yoga in 2005. She had many years as an athlete prior to starting yoga teacher training so was allowed to start early on her yoga path. She was elated by the results of her yoga practice on her health issues she was facing (accidents damaging spine) which she had been to years of physical therapy for. She trained underneath the tutelage of Mary Beth Nehl, Yoga Loft (Willmar, MN) and Beryl Bender Birch, the Hard and Soft Institute for her RYT 200 hours. She completed her RYT500 in Arizona with Dave Oliver’s Authentic Ashtanga Yoga which included over a year study in vedic chant and Sanskrit with Cheryl Hall Oliver and Nial Mandall.
She currently combines her previous work as a licensed counselor, her studies and experience as an ordained minister in New Thought/Divine Science, and personal studies in yoga psychology and lifestyle to help people attain their optimum Mind-Body-Spiritual health and diminish the effects of trauma.
Mary Jo has been teaching yoga for over twenty years and began practicing yoga twenty-five years ago. She strives to improve the balance, strength and flexibility of each class participant to calm the mind and improve overall health and wellness. Mary Jo is E-RYT 500 certified through Yoga Alliance, the highest yoga teaching certification level. She is one of a small number of India certified Ashtanga yoga teachers worldwide through the kpjayi.org of Mysore, India. Mary Jo’s other yoga training and background includes teacher trainings & workshops with several world-recognized teachers from the Viniyoga/Desikachar and Iyengar yoga traditions, including Yoga Sutra study, Vedic chanting, and Sanskrit. Additional accomplishments include: Master of Arts in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM; Therapeutic Teacher Training for Seniors, Duke Integrative Health, Durham, NC; Yoga Works Teacher Training Program, Santa Monica, CA; Instruction in Exercise Science certificate from University of California, San Diego; current CPR/First Aid certified.
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.
Rachel is a Certified Yoga Teacher by the Yoga Alliance, was certified in Anusara Yoga in 2007 and is a certified and practicing Yoga Health Coach, certified through the Worldwide Association of Yoga Health Coaches. She has been studying and practicing asana since 1998 and teaching regularly in Prescott since 2001. She currently is teaching asana classes in Prescott and online courses in Ayurvedic Living. Her classes are inspiring, challenging and applicable to all domains of life. She continues to study with Christina Sell, Paul Muller-Ortega and Cate Stillman on her lifelong path as a student of yoga and ayurvedic living. Learn more about Rachel by going to: rachelpeters.yoga