Carmen Curtis – AIReal Yoga

Carmen Curtis – AIReal Yoga

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Carmen Curtis-owner and founder
AIReal Yoga™ uses a looped fabric (hammock), that swivels freely on a single point taking you to higher level. It allows you to deepen your stretch, correct your alignment, refine postures and safely perform inversions. The hammock further serves as a prop you can hold on to for balance and as a spotting device which safely guides you into yoga postures you might of thought impossible. However, this new form of yoga is equally beneficial for beginners and advanced students alike. You will be practicing your yoga in the air, defying gravity, moving freely, releasing fear, and floating into a deeper understanding of your wellness. You will leave an AIReal Yoga™ class feeling taller, leaner, and quite literally higher. AIReal Yoga™ has the honor of being the first and only brand of aerial yoga accredited by the Yoga Alliance, offering a 200 hour YA certified teacher training, a 50 hour immersion for certified yoga teachers and hammock installations for studios. Founded by Cirque artist, and international yoga instructor Carmen Curtis. For more information check out: www.AIRealYoga.com

Daniel Head

Daniel Head

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Daniel Head, born and raised in Redlands, CA has always had a love for his community and a dream to bring Power Yoga to this area. He has been teaching yoga in the Inland Empire for over 15 years now, during that time he has taught thousands of people. His classes are packed full of students (50-120 students a class) and attracts students from all across Southern California.

He loves to incorporate different music styles and genres into his classes. He has been very creative with the play lists he has organized. Daniel’s intuitive gift to feel the vibe of the room results in a unique and powerful experience every time. His music can be loud at times, but will often be followed or replaced entirely by the soothing sound of his voice, showing his talent and one of a kind versatility.

Daniel brought Power Vinyasa Yoga to the Redlands community when he opened The Yoga Room in 2003. The passion to share what he believes, to live the healthiest lifestyle, has inspired this community and many of his yoga students to follow their dreams and live life to the fullest.

He is grateful to all the wonderful instructors that he has learned from and continues to learn from. “Much love to Bryan Kest, Nora Mangiamele, Erika Burkhalter & Sarah Reese.”

Danile is bringing Tribal Yoga Rave to the Big Bear Yoga Festival – come get your groove on! The Yoga Room

Nick Young

Nick Young

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In Nick Young’s childhood home playing music was as natural as breathing. As a young person along with vocals, guitar and bass guitar Nick began to study the sitar. in his 20’s he formed an improvisational music group with his dad and other friends called BombayRain. The band has been actively performing and recording for over twenty years. Nick also writes inspirational New Thought music and performs weekly at the Inspirational Living Center of Orange County in Huntington Beach, CA. Somewhere along the line Nick added the Japanese bamboo flute (bansuri) to his arsenal of instruments. Specializing in improvised music with voice, sitar, flute and bass Nick translates the energy of his spirit into sounds that inspire and delight.

Elliot Glasser

Elliot Glasser

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“Elliot Glasser (Little Planet) is an experienced DJ and producer. He studies Music Technology at California Institute of the Arts, and has almost 10 years of experience DJing at raves and clubs in the Southern California area. Over the past 2 years he has been working closely with Daniel Head to develop an electronica DJ performance to match the dynamic style of Daniel’s Vinyasa Flow. A practicing yogi himself, Elliot has found great fulfillment discovering relationships between breath, physical movement, and music. His performance will span a wide range of musical tastes, from ambient, folk, trip hop, hip hop, future beat, house, techno, and drum and bass.”

Jivan

Jivan

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Jivan is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and percussionist who lives on Kauai with his lovely wife and 2 awesome teens.  He leads kirtan weekly on Kauai, and performs his original songs and cover tunes weekly at Center for Spiritual Living Kauai where he is Musical Director.  He has recorded and self-produced 3 cds to date: Skyclad, Bhajanananda, and Chant Your Heart Open.  He is currently finishing up his 4th cd, Love Garden.  His music is spiritually uplifting/healing,  full of gorgeous melodies and rich harmonies, and contagiously smile-producing and heart-opening.  Blessed be! www.jivanfree.com

Jim Beckwith

Jim Beckwith

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Jim Beckwith (Hanuman Das) is an accomplished musician and songwriter. His love of music and yoga inspired him to focus on bringing live music to yoga classes. Jim’s music is soulful and evocative of healing and inner awakening. He mixes mantra chants and English lyrics with a melodic and accessible tapestry of sound, exotic instrumentation and undulating rhythms. A compelling lyricist with a voice that soars from high to low with the greatest of ease, Jim is a devoted yogi and musician who focuses on Bhakti – the great yoga of the heart. Jim has played with many of the world’s top teachers; (Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Desiree Rumbaugh, Amy Ippoliti, John Friend, Sianna Sherman, Janet Stone, Kia Miller and Tommy Rosen, among others). He has shared the stage with with many great kirtan artists such as Jai Uttal, Bhagavan Das, Govind Das & Radha, Brenda McMorrow, C.C. White, David Newman, Kirtaniyas, Aykanna, Shantala & Saul David Raye. Recently appeared at Bhakti Fests, Hanuman Festival, Floyd Fest, Esalen Yoga Festival, Prana Fest, Yoga Journal Conferences, and many classes and workshops. “Jim Beckwith is a sound healer and shaman. He opens healing doors with his beautiful voice and array of musical talents. He can cover such a wide range through his music that it’s always inspiring and great fun to play with him. I highly recommend Jim’s soulful music, voice and vibe with all those seeking healing conscious music.” ~ Saul David Raye, Yoga Teacher

Cali Conscious

Cali Conscious

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Cali Conscious blends Roots Reggae, Alternative, Folk-Rock, Jazz, and RnB with melodic choruses, 3-part harmonies, upbeat rhythms and conscious lyrics to create an energetic live experience that makes your soul groove. In 2013, they ran a beach clean up every 3rd Saturday of the month in Huntington Beach, raised $5000 from live performance tips and donated it to build a water well in Ethiopia thro…ugh the non-profit charity:water, and completed “High Times,” a full length studio album. Listen to the album, check out some pictures, sign up for the mailing list, watch some videos: http://www.caliconscious.com/ and connect with us to stay up to date with all that 2014 has to offer for these talented musicians!

Gillian Larson

Gillian Larson

Teacher

Dream it, Believe it, Prepare for it, DO IT !! Gillian Larson has never satisfied her appetite for adventure and travel despite her wide array of experiences throughout her 66 years. She has traveled through 46 countries and all but a few U.S. states, much of it backpacking. This adventurous “granny” can climb and rappel 4,000 foot mountains and swim with the Great Whites. Not only is she versatile, but she is competitive by nature and feels as though she was a perfect fit for the game of SURVIVOR, she applied 15 times, went to 2 Open calls and had 3 interviews and never gave up . She always believed she would one day be selected and was for Gabon…She is an inspiration to young and old alike.  Her  audience of any  demographic,  walk away being inspired and motivated, with a new flame burning in their hearts to go for their dream, because “they can”. Married 43 years to her husband, Ron, Gillian has three married daughters and seven grandchildren. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, She was awarded several academic and athletic honors. Gillian met her American husband in Germany and moved to the United States. The couple has relocated 18 times and currently resides in Temecula, Calif. since 2001. Her proudest achievement is her awesome family. Retired after working as a registered nurse for 41 years in many fields she now devotes her time to making a difference in people’s lives where she can. Speaking engagements, charity work, community networking, Medical Crew for Susan G Komen and producing Reality Rally. Her selection to play Survivor was always driven by her desire to do more with it and when asked “why” her answer was always “ Because I can. We live in the most awesome country where everything is possible if you just reach out and grab it. We have the freedom to do it and our ability is our own to decide. We should always remember that. ” We are the masters of our fate. Survivor gave her a spring board to do good. She is involved in many fund raising events, has organized many and has developed Reality Rally which is a trademarked fund raising business to raise funds with other Reality Stars. www.realityrally.com tells it all. She does Motivational Speaking engagements to schools, faculty and students, Service groups, Organizations, Corporations and other groups. Testimonials from some of her 399 to date speeches can be seen at Gillian Larson Her focus is her motto and her 12 “P’s” of success  Dream it, Believe it, Prepare for it, DO IT !!!!  She relates each of these principles to her entire Survivor experience and is inspiring, powerful and entertaining.  Be the best you can be no matter your age, live life and love life   “If I can reach only one person in each group and they make a positive change, my message is heard” and she obviously reaches hundreds as she gets hundreds of emails attesting to it.

Christie Hall

Christie Hall

Teacher

Suffering from joint and disc degeneration, I began studying yoga in 1995. The pain relief brought on by regular practice led me to want to share the gift of yoga and to start teaching in 1997. I have studied continuously with certified Iyengar teachers since 1997, starting with Karin O’Bannon. (I am forever grateful to have known Karin, who died June 10, 2013.) In September 2005, I had the great good fortune to study under BKS Iyengar and senior teachers at the Yoga Journal Conference in Colorado. I attended the National Iyengar Yoga Conventions in St. Paul, Minnesota, in May 2004 and in Las Vegas in May 2007, where Geeta Iyengar led all instruction. In July 2007, I found my practice transformed further through the Iyengar Intensive at the Yogacharya Festival taught by the world’s top Iyengar teachers. I study regularly with Manouso Manos. I take workshops and specialized classes at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles. I attended the regional Iyengar conferences in 2012 in Washington, D.C., and in 2013 in San Diego.
I am an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) at the 200-hour level with Yoga Alliance. I completed my master’s degree in human movement in November 2009.
My classes are excellent for prenatal students. I specialize in assisting students struggling with physical problems. I understand the fear of re-injury that often results. Both my hips are artificial implants. Many vertebrae in the lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine are unstable, and as a result, several spinal discs have disintegrated. I have mild scoliosis and fibromyalgia. The joint disintegration was first diagnosed in my knees in 1984. The physical problems have given me a particular interest in anatomy in the context of yoga.
But far beyond the physical, yoga has transformed my life. I have found the person within through yoga: I found someone courageous where I had always been fearful; I found someone who could be content after decades of longing and frustration; I found someone who didn’t have to be angry all the time. And the journey of discovery continues every day. Christie Hall currently shares her gifts at Fun Yoga Studio
Julie Jackson

Julie Jackson

Teacher

Julie Jackson opened Breathe Yoga Studio in Redlands, California in 2009.

Julie has had a desire to share love since she was a child. When Julie was a two year old child, she would ask visitors who came to her home what kind of love they wanted. Then, she would embrace them offering love from her heart, using her limited vocabulary: offering the love of strawberries, numbers, or flowers. This path of sharing and teaching love has been her passion since she can remember.

After studying Education at USC, and Religion at Princeton, Julie taught in the public education system, as a professor at The University of Redlands, and currently teaches the practice of yoga.

Julie has studied and practiced a variety of different styles of yoga for 16 years. Her reverent and joyful, unique style of teaching allows her yoga students to accept all their personal truth, connecting and aligning with their own bodies, minds and spirits.

In her class, you will find physical alignment assistance in a flow based series, with an opportunity to remember and honor the “inner-teacher.”  Her classes create a vibration of love, release and freedom, as a personal and communal experience.

Her classes often have live music, or high-vibrational recorded music. Her musical choices during her yoga sessions reflect her passion of how music can support the brain and body for optimal health and joy. Her master’s thesis focused on the importance of music in Education. Her DVD, Yoga Music Union, which combines devotional music and yoga, has won numerous awards.

Yogi Ramesh

Yogi Ramesh

Teacher

Yogi Ramesh is one of the finest laughing yoga teachers in the world. His ability to bring tears of laughter to all those who practice with him is truly a gift from the heavens. He began Yoga at the age of five, and has been practicing every day for over forty years. Yogi Ramesh has been teaching his knowledge of Yoga for the more than a quarter century. He is a member of the California Yoga Teachers Association, and the founder of the Universal Yoga Center. He produces the television show “Universal Yogi” which has been airing for the past twelve years. He has also appeared on NBC, CBS, and ABC on programs such as Oprah and the Roseanne Show, where he promotes the healing benefits of Yoga. He has been featured in numerous publications as well, including the Los Angles Times (“Ramesh Pandey A Better Body by Boreathing”) and the US News (Ramesh Pandey – Universal Yoga Guru)music, or high-vibrational recorded music. Her musical choices during her yoga sessions reflect her passion of how music can support the brain and body for optimal health and joy. Her master’s thesis focused on the importance of music in Education. Her DVD, Yoga Music Union, which combines devotional music and yoga, has won numerous awards.

Leeza Villagomez

Leeza Villagomez

Teacher

Born and raised in Corona, California formerly a Ford Model, having lived in more than 15 countries, it is by no coincidence yoga came to be a way of living for Leeza. Yoga is what kept her balance, grounded and healthy. The progression from student to studio owner is a manifestation of the power of persistence. She has now been practicing for over 30 years, teaching for 19 and is the proud Owner of Yoga Den Health Spa and 500 hour E-RYT Yoga Alliance Certified. Her background with Yoga Fit International Training Systems and Yoga Works played a role with their flowering as industry titans. Leeza is a model of “MAKE IT MATTER, because WE MATTER” and is driven to help everyone understand the Art that is Yoga.

Leeza Villagomez

Leeza Villagomez

Teacher

Born and raised in Corona, California formerly a Ford Model, having lived in more than 15 countries, it is by no coincidence yoga came to be a way of living for Leeza. Yoga is what kept her balance, grounded and healthy. The progression from student to studio owner is a manifestation of the power of persistence. She has now been practicing for over 30 years, teaching for 19 and is the proud Owner of Yoga Den Health Spa and 500 hour E-RYT Yoga Alliance Certified. Her background with Yoga Fit International Training Systems and Yoga Works played a role with their flowering as industry titans. Leeza is a model of “MAKE IT MATTER, because WE MATTER” and is driven to help everyone understand the Art that is Yoga.

Carol Treadwell

Carol Treadwell

Teacher

Carol Treadwell, LCSW; EEM-AP is a certified Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) Advanced Practitioner www.innersource.net and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, www.timeoutwithin.com

Carol has worked in the Social Work and Mental Health Fields since 1984 and 1993, respectively. In 2009, Carol began training in Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) which is a practice rooted in Ancient Chinese Medicine; specifically, Acupuncture and Qigong.

While in training, Carol began teaching Energy Balancing Classes that serve to organize six of our nine identified energy systems, balance emotions, and restore overall wellness and joy. Throughout the class you will use your hands to move energy in and around your body by tapping, massaging, tracing, and stretching the energy systems. Her classes conclude with a 10-15 minute guided meditation that will continue to balance and stabilize your energy to further create a relaxed energy state and enable you to continue throughout your day feeling rejuvenated.

Carol was certified in EEM as an Advanced Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner in 2012, after a four year training process. She continues to teach two classes a week, one at the Big Bear Yoga Studio in Big Bear City, CA, on Tuesdays at 1:15pm, check www.bigbearyoga.com for further information. The other class is a private, invitation only class. Carol offers individual Energy Balancing sessions and family/group sessions by appointment only through
her Time Out practice . Contact information – email : Carol@timeoutwithin.com or call 909-878-4388.

Carol is a longstanding supporter of Big Bear Yoga, Big Bear Yoga Festival, healing, well-being and peace in the Big Bear Valley.

At the Big Bear Yoga Festival 2017 Carol will teach Energy Balancing. This class offers something for all levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced as it is an introduction to several energy systems that serve our bodies, minds, emotions, and energy. Energy balancing is a movement class in which participants will use various
techniques to move energy through the body: breathing, tapping and massaging specific acupuncture points, stretching and tracing energy systems using electromagnetic energy in your hands to move energy through the body. The class is designed to release stagnant and congested energies in the body and to organize energy systems to best serve the physical body. The movements and techniques are based upon Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) and Qigong. Both modalities involve processes of working directly with the body’s energy systems to help create health and wellness.
They are rooted in Ancient Chinese Medicine; such as, acupuncture and other indigenous cultural practices. These modalities work in harmony to organize your energy, release emotional energy that accumulates in the body, and open channels to restore joy and radiance in your life. There are five sets of exercises within a class session. The session concludes with a guided meditation designed to further relax your energies and increase stamina.

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Zach Jenkins

Zach Jenkins

Teacher

Zach Jenkins was born and raised in the fertile green of Louisiana. During his time at Louisiana State University, Zach began to practice meditation at a local Zen Buddhist Temple. Following the recommendation of a friend, he found the practice of yoga and enjoyed the synergy between the two. As his interest grew, he started to study the philosophy of yoga. As a Literature student, he began to devote more of his reading and research to yoga related topics, crafting a self-study in the union between myths, stories, and philosophical traditions of both the East and the West. Soon, Zach found himself inspired to learn more.

After graduating from LSU, he left Louisiana to learn more about many different wisdom traditions. Following his inspiration and heart, he traveled to the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York. Through this work-study program he was introduced to many spiritual teachings. In the midst of these teachings, Zach felt called to become a yoga teacher.

Zach answered this call by traveling to India. An influential Kundalini teacher had told him of an Ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas. It was there along the banks of the holy Ganga that Zach fell in love with Yoga all over again. He completed his first Teacher Training program at Parmarth Niketan Ashram. Following his training, Zach left for Dharamsala where he practiced Karma Yoga as an English teacher and first started to teach Yoga. Practicing high up in the mountains in the shadow of the Dalai Lama’s temple, Zach listened to the wisdom of many teachers. Feeling called to share this wisdom, he returned home.

Once home, Zach wished to listen more closely to the reverberations of the teachings. He had learned of the roots, the traditional yogic teachings from India; but he wished to learn more about what the teachings have grown into here in the United States. So, he decided to take another teacher training at Wild Lotus. After completing Soul School, he was asked to apprentice and then begin teaching at Wild Lotus.

Zach’s prayer is, “May this heart lead me from division to a vision of the sublime singularity, the union. May every heartbeat and every breath act as an offering to the benefit of all.”

Lemia Astarabadi

Lemia Astarabadi

Teacher

Lemia is a passionate artist and teacher – sharing her love and devotion to oneness consciousness with the world in a field of unconditional gratitude.  She brings a blend of soft vocals, groovy percussions, healing didgeridoo melodies, and bowls, gongs, and chimes to her yoga classes and live concerts.  Lemia is dedicated to serving all life through music and Divine Spiritual Wisdom with compassion, grace, and an open heart.

Lemia Astarabadi is passionate about spreading the message of Love through Naam Yoga, Shakti Naam, Medicinal Essential Essences, Holistic Health, Live Music, and Kabbalistic Astrology. She is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Harmonyum Practitioner, Birth Doula, Singer/Songwriter and Percussionist in “The Conscious Groove”, and is a Certified K-8 Teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education. Lemia utilizes her diverse background to bring a universal approach to self-healing in all of her classes, workshops, and trainings. Her deep connection to Mother Earth and love for music and sound therapy has been an inspiration for Naam Yoga & Shakti Naam set to live music with essential oils. In 2013, she co-created the first “Love Takes Flight Festival” in Irvine, California.  As a member of the Naam Yoga Teacher Training Team, Lemia is committed to sharing this transformational and heart-opening practice with all who come to learn.

Cass Bartlett

Cass Bartlett

Teacher

Originally from Australia, Cass had a very active lifestyle growing up with a background in gymnastics and running. She was initially drawn to power vinyasa yoga due to its acrobatic nature, but it’s the deep mental and emotional release that keeps her coming back for more.
To Cass, a yoga practice isn’t about trying to change what you do not like about yourself, but rather, taking an honest look inside, and being content with what you find there. She has an intense passion to teach and an even greater desire to help others develop, and improve upon their own practice. Her warm, kind-hearted spirit will always make you feel welcome.
Cass’ teaching style is very focused on the breath, which is a reflection of her own practice. She is a lovely mix of firmness and sweetness. She loves to incorporate a wide range of music into her classes, as well as frequent options for students of all levels. You will regularly find arm balances, inversions, and restorative yin style poses built into her routines.
Be prepared to sweat, fall, breathe, laugh, and let go. Cass Bartlett currently shares her gifts at Breathe Yoga Studio.

The Conscious Groove

The Conscious Groove

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The Conscious Groove shares their heart’s passion with joy and the intention to unite beings as One through music.  Through love, unity, and the conscious evolution of humankind, all dreams are possible.  Vibrating positive lyrics and mantra from many different traditions and belief systems, The Conscious Groove serves to spread the frequency of love and devotion, helping listeners connect to the Creative
Life Force that lives within the heart.  Music unites people together, and as we all “meet at the beat”, all perceived barriers break down, and the heart opens to a new reality of unconditional love.  As we all find our unique instrument in the orchestra of life, the most beautiful harmony is born.  Through Love, we find truth, and through music, we find peace.  May peace, love, and truth live in our hearts for eternity!

Joshua Bowser

Joshua Bowser

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Joshua is a practical spiritual lover of music and yoga.  He loves to share with all people the positive effects of sacred sound through guitar, drum, native flute, Tibetan bowls, and voice.  His intention is simple: collective community consciousness of love via music and heart to heart communication.

Joshua Bowser is a Holistic Health Practitioner, a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, and Naam Yoga 1, 2, & 3 Instructor, and a Harmonyum Healing Practitioner. Joshua graduated from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in the spring of 2007, and has since been on the path of truth and healing through Naam Yoga, meditation, Harmonyum Healing, nutrition, plant medicine, massage therapy, and laughter. He is an enthusiastic teacher and is passionate about health, the environment, and the conscious evolution of all life, and he shares his passion for teaching as a member of the Naam Yoga Teacher Training Team. In 2013, he co-created the first “Love Takes Flight Festival” in Orange County, California.  Joshua is a rhythm guitarist, singer, and songwriter in the band, “The Conscious Groove“, and believes that music is the greatest example of how to flow and find harmony and joy in life.

Kartar Kaur

Kartar Kaur

Teacher

Karen May’s spiritual name is Kartar Kaur, translated as “Lioness/Princess of God’s deeds” — an active, creative principle, applicable to her life, work, and spiritual practice. She took her first Kundalini Yoga class in 1987, and has been teaching since 2004 as a K.R.I. certified instructor, honoring the tradition of Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan®.  Each class offers insight into a particular theme, connecting the body, mind, and spirit, and linking the finite with the infinite. She completed a two year certificate course in the ancient Indian healing modality called Ayurveda, and often integrates these healing principles into classes.

Jennifer Sparks

Jennifer Sparks

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Jennifer Sparks – voice, flute, harp, guitar, piano and harmonium – is a classically trained musician with a degree in music performance from UCLA and a certificate in Voice Pedagogy from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She developed a love for devotional, spiritual music at church, singing and playing many instruments for services. Her love for devotional Sanskrit chanting started when she met her Guru in 1995. With her Guru’s blessing, she began her daily practice of yoga, chanting and meditation. She did music seva for several years singing and playing harmonium; leading morning chants and leading chants for Satsang. Currently, as a kirtan musician, Jennifer joins kirtan artist Girish, Jim Beckwith, Jim Gelcer, and Saul David Raye. Jennifer feels so blessed and so honored to have several live music offerings at Breathe Yoga in Redlands. She leads the Devotional Chanting and Meditation group on Sunday evenings at 6:00pm, performs live music Monday mornings at 9:00am with percussionist Marcus Miller and enjoys joining many guest musicians for special events at Breathe Yoga.

Jennifer is a former Cal State San Bernardino and University of Redlands adjunct professor. She is the owner and one of the music instructors at the 6th Street School of Music, an active music school in Downtown Redlands.

Christie Smirl

Christie Smirl

Teacher

Christie Smirl believes that the power of healing resides inside everyone, this power only needs to be awakened! During her lifelong journey as a healer she has combined her skills as a Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science, Yoga Teacher – RYT 500, Meditation Facilitator, Doctoral student of Ayurvedic Medicine, Reiki Master and Mother. Her passion is to help guide people from darkness to brilliance and inspire inner harmony.

Lisa Aniello

Lisa Aniello

Teacher

Lisa began practicing yoga in 1998 and has been a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance since 1999. As a lifelong learner, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Humanities. Lisa focused her Master’s studies on Eastern Philosophy and Religion which allowed her to incorporate her love of yoga into her academic studies by writing a thesis on the contributions of Paramahansa Yogananda on the humanities. Lisa has a great passion for the eight branches of yoga and blends yoga theory from these branches into her classes as she guides her students through asana and pranayama. She believes that yoga is a lifestyle to be practiced on and off the mat and that it can positively enhance your life. Lisa shares her yoga practice at Inner Evolution Yoga in Redlands, CA.

Eddie Young

Eddie Young

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Eddie Young has been playing music since the late 60’s… First it was Rock music, (Guitar, then eventually Bass Guitar) then over the years Jazz and World Music became new challenges. In 1995 Eddie (Cello, Bass and Flute) and his son Nick (Sitar, Bansuri Flute and Bass) formed a group called, “BombayRain” which played improvised World Music, with and Indian influence, all over Southern California. In 2001 Eddie discovered Kirtan, by way of the Siddha Yoga Meditation Centers in Long Beach and Los Angeles. There was no turning back. Eddie has played Kirtan with several popular bands a have dozen States across the country, India, several countries in Eastern Europe. Eddie also specializes in recording Kirtan music in his home recording studio.
Eddie has also been a Commercial Artist, specializing in humorous Illustration since 1985, and more recently, Video Production.
The Third Eye Band

The Third Eye Band

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The Third Eye Band explores musical spirituality by any means necessary and through all necessary means.
The Clapping Monkeys

The Clapping Monkeys

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The Clapping Monkeys kirtan band marries the contemporary sounds of cello, banjo and guitar with the more traditional sounds of the tabla & harmonium.  Their expression of chanting the sacred mantras will take you out of your head, into your heart, & connect you to your most Divine Self.  The one phrase that people always seem to use to describe this band is:  they are so much fun!!! Want to listen? Check out:

http://www.soundclick.com/TheClappingMonkeys

Claudia Eads, MD

Claudia Eads, MD

Teacher

On leaving her medical practice in 1989, at a time of great stress and loss, yoga found Claudia. For the first time, she began to enjoy experiencing her body and quieting her mind, learning to release stress and relax, gradually letting workaholism go.

A couple of years later, on moving to Big Bear Valley, she looked for yoga classes, without success.  When a retreat leader suggested she take a teacher training course, she was dubious, to say the least!  But she did (has completed seven trainings, in fact!)  Since May 1994, Claudia has been teaching twice weekly classes at Park and Rec in Big Bear, CA. Claudia is a member of the Big Bear Yoga Community, sharing her love of yoga to all.

Claudia borrows from many sources for her classes, adapting to the needs and abilities of her students.  She teaches easy-does-it hatha yoga, sometimes easy, sometimes more challenging.  At the Festival, she will be teaching iRest Yoga Nidra, meditative, relaxing, very healing,  a profound transformative practice that can lead to lasting physical, psychological, and spiritual healing.

Colin Schour

Colin Schour

Teacher

As an athlete, student, teacher and outdoor enthusiast, Yoga came quite naturally to Colin… sort of.

After years of football, basketball, baseball, rock climbing, road cycling, mountain biking, surfing, skiing, wakeboarding, and “running through the woods,” Colin had more than a few  injuries. However, it wasn’t until Colin’s discovery of Yoga that he began to become intimately aware of his misalignments and imbalances that were both the cause and result of his many bodily problems. The physical practice of Yoga proved quite challenging for Colin.  His multiple surgeries, chronic asthma and active lifestyle left him tight and closed. However, with dedicated practice, Colin managed to wean himself off three different asthma medications, open his body to places he never thought possible and improve his performance in each and every aspect of his life. Yoga was to Colin what steroids were to Mark McGuire. (This is not a perfect analogy…)

Having diagnosed many of the misalignments of his body, Colin’s studies of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali inspired him to turn his attention to the “fluctuations of the mind” (e.g. ego, fear, attachment, hatred, chocolate chip cookies, etc.) With two Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in English Literature and Philosophy, Colin had extensively studied the philosophy of the mind, ethics and metaphysics. However, the personal nature of Yoga helped rein in the abstract tendencies of philosophy so as to apply it directly to himself. What he previously viewed as objective and intellectual became subjective and experiential. He began to discover the subtle power that ego, attachment and fear claimed over his own life as he began using the “Eight Limbs of Yoga” to calm the noise.  His studies into Yoga continue to impress his philosophical mind with the concrete results they provide.

As Colin continued to witness the tremendously positive changes that Yoga produced, he began sharing his experience with others.  This sharing quickly evolved into a desire to teach.  Already a California certified school teacher, guitar instructor and certified waterski/wakeboard instructor, teaching Yoga came quite naturally.  Beyond his inherent patience, understanding and respect for the learning process, Colin’s firm belief and ongoing study in the practice of Yoga make him an ideal instructor.

Colin now brings an understanding of nature, movement and healthful living to his yoga classes. His supportive teaching style links the Iyengar and Ashtanga methods so as to encourage comfort and stability, while still challenging students to progress in their practice.  With an eye towards alignment and the breath, Colin’s classes aim to advance concentration, body awareness and bliss.  Ultimately, Colin hopes to inspire curiosity and understanding of the self.

In addition to teaching yoga, Colin is also a school teacher, rock climbing guide, wakeboard/waterski instructor and professional musician. He attributes any and all success in these professional endeavors to his constantly evolving Yoga practice.

Colin is honored to have received his training from Olivia Barry and Tim Senesi. He is forever grateful for their teachings and inspiration.

Colin is a long-time supporter of Yoga in Big Bear and the Big Bear Yoga Festival. Thank you Colin for your love and support!

Titanya Monique Dahlin

Titanya Monique Dahlin

Teacher

Titanya Monique Dahlin is the creator of Energy Medicine Dance! Energy Medicine Dance is a form of creative healing movement based on the work of holistic healer and her Mother, Donna Eden.

All her life, Titanya has studied many forms of sacred world dances, as well as being a lifelong student in the Esoteric and Healing arts. As an International Middle Eastern dancer for 30 years, Titanya has created Five Element Bellydance incorporating the ancient Chinese Five Elements. She and her sister, Dondi, teach these popular workshops, while empowering women in their own divine spirit at Omega Institute every year.

Titanya has been called “The Story Dancer”, as she is a professional Storyteller and Sacred Dancer who uses dance and stories to connect to her audiences. Her own one-woman shows, Scheherazade ~ The Veil behind the Blade and The Transcendance of Inanna have enamored packed audiences all over the world.

Titanya brings a unique radiant joy to her Organic Energy Medicine Dance classes allowing her students to find their own Divine Energy within.

Always striving to bring programs that bring beauty, peace and healing to our ever changing world. Titanya’s joyful and healing offerings are explored at Awaken Divine Energy and Titanya Spirit.

Gina Decker

Gina Decker

Teacher

Gina Decker is a master yoga teacher and the studio director at Green Tara Yoga in Upland, CA.  Gina began the practice of yoga 17 years ago. A doctor had recommended she look into yoga to gain more flexibility. She went on to teaching yoga and later to teaching others how to teach this amazing practice. Gina has been teaching in the Inland Empire since 2001.  She completed her 200 level teacher training with Devi Yoga in Claremont, Ca. After completing two other teacher trainings including YogaWorks and YogaFit, Gina received her 500 level teacher training with Cloud Nine Yoga under the direction of Erika Faith.

Gina continues to be a student by expanding her education through various workshops and yoga conferences. She is also a Reiki Master. Gina retired as a Deputy Sheriff in 2011 and began working full time at what she loves to do- help others.  She also received her certificate as an Ayurvedic Practitioner from the American University of Complimentary Medicine this year. Gina has experienced the healing of yoga on the mind, body and spirit and loves sharing the gift that was bestowed on her so many years ago. She currently shares her gifts at Green Tara Yoga. 

Lisa Harris

Lisa Harris

Teacher

Lisa Harris has practiced and taught hatha yoga since 1998. An avid learner, she has received training and certifications in many styles of yoga. Lisa is a certified Yoga Tune Up® instructor, and also draws regularly on training which emphasizes precise alignment, therapeutic practices, and yoga as a way of connecting to your heart. In this way, she creates classes that are beneficial to the body and the spirit. Her experience as a first grade teacher by day, but a yoga teacher in the evenings and on weekends, has made her skillful at breaking down and communicating the intricacies of yoga poses in a very clear, concise and transformative way.
Lisa will be offering “On the Balls – A Guided Self Massage Session” using the Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls. This workshop will help you to massage out and soothe areas of the body that may have been overused during the festival, and relieve aches, pains and restrictions that you carry in your tissues in general. Lisa teaches a class utilizing the Yoga Tune Up® method at Breathe Redlands Yoga.

Alona Smith

Alona Smith

Teacher

Alona began practicing Yoga over ten years ago. A knee injury received after running a marathon led her to her first class. There she received more than just a workout. It was spiritual and emotional and a sure introduction into what would then become her way of life.

Alona’s intentions as a teacher and as founder of the Anam Cara studio are to be compassionate, empowering, and inspiring, and to create a safe and fun environment where students can learn to listen to, honor and respect their bodies, achieve more balance in life, reduce stress, and increase flexibility. She holds true that continual physical movement, meditation, mind/body awareness and good nutrition are the road to well being and happiness.

Her classes emphasize a balance of strength and ease in the body, with attention to alignment and safety. Alona’s personal style is Vinyasa flow with an influence of the various styles she has practiced over the years. She enjoys working with people of all ages, body sizes, shapes, abilities and genders, helping them feel comfortable with yoga and themselves.

Alona will be offering a beginner to intermediate Vinyasa Flow class at this years festival. Alona’s classes are spirited, energetic and flowing – synchronizing breath with movement while emphasizing strength and flexibility, breathe, sweat and invigorate your mind and body! Alona is the beautiful owner of Anam Cara.

Nancy Rascon

Nancy Rascon

Teacher

Nancy Rascon is a beautiful light of energy and joy! At the Big Bear Yoga Festival she will be offering Transformational Breathwork.

Nancy is a holistic health practitioner. She is a yoga instructor, a breath work facilitator, a psychic, and a healer.

Nancy incorporates her love for life and adventure into her teachings. She teaches at Breathe Yoga studio in Redlands, California.

Scott Miller

Scott Miller

Teacher

Scott Miller is the founder of Western Yoga College, a beautiful offering of teaching teachers how to teach! After studying for years with the world’s most renowned Ashtanga teachers, including Jois, Scott brought this form of hatha yoga to Riverside and has been teaching it in the Inland Empire for over a decade.

Scott is also a member of Yoga Das, a musical offering that is not only beautiful to listen to, but also great to dance to! Scott is the primary teacher at the Western Yoga College  and teaches weekly at Anam Cara.

Annalisa Berns & Renee Fulkerson

Annalisa Berns & Renee Fulkerson

Artists

Annalisa and Renee are soul sisters and the two beauties behind the scenes of the international Big Bear Yoga Festival. They collaborate to make the California yoga festival shine. They met in Big Bear, California via yoga at Renee’s yoga studio, Equada Yoga and over the years have realized that they are a perfect match for bringing dreams to reality.

Renee first had the idea of something big in Big Bear. She saw a spark of possibility, but life called her to Hawaii. She wasn’t sure if it was a yoga retreat, yoga festival or yoga gathering. She passed the torch and inspiration to Annalisa.

Renee is all about love. She practices love towards herself, her beloved family, friends, all beings including animals (and especially the cats of Hawaii), and towards the creation of the Big Bear Yoga Festival. She treats the festival like a small child to love and look after. To support, nurture, and see grow. Renee volunteers with her family to help animals in need. She has spent time volunteering at Best Friends Animal Society in Utah with her family. Renee is drawn to the spiritual practice of yoga, and her heart sings when learning from teachers who share wisdom and inspiration about the ancient teachings. Renee attends Shakti Fest and Bhakti Fest every year in Joshua Tree, California and loves the music and spiritual teachers. She loves to learn from Syamarani, a master of Bhakti art. Her physical practice recently included a teacher training program with YogAlign.

Annalisa’s life purpose is to help animals. She is an animal advocate, speaking up for those who have no voice. Annalisa helps to find lost pets and speaks at conferences about lost animal behavior and to educate pet professionals and pet owners alike to keep pets safe and what to do when they go missing. She is a foster home for special needs animals, right now she has two feral dogs and is helping to rehabilitate them. Two of the dogs came from an extreme hording situation. Annalisa’s love is her friends, family, community and spreading the word about the healing properties of yoga. Her studies have included Iyengar YogaSvaroopa Yoga and general Hatha. She attends Shakti Fest every year in Joshua Tree, and enjoys studying with Sean Johnson.

When Annalisa got the divine inspiration to have the first Big Bear Yoga Festival, she was in Ojai attending the Ojai California yoga festival and retreat, Lulu Bandha’s Ojai Yoga Crib. She attended Sean Johnson’s intensive workshop there where he shared the story of Hanuman, the flying blue monkey. The story goes that there was an epic battle between Lord Rama and evil Ravana and his army. It was a devastating battle. Lord Rama’s beloved brother Lakshmana fell in battle, and the only way to heal him was 3 magical herbs brought from the mountains high in the Himalayas. Hanuman flew (as monkeys do!) all the way to the snow-covered mountains. But, by the time Hanuman got there it was in the middle of the night and the monkey couldn’t find the herbs. In a moment of frustration, fear and inspiration Hanuman actually picked-up the entire mountain and carried it on his shoulder all the way back to the battle zone. The flying monkey returned as a hero, saving Lakshmana. After the amazing retreat Annalisa was so inspired by the experience and the story of Hanuman bringing healing with the mountain, and she could see the vision that it was possible in the San Bernardino Mountains too with creating an international yoga festival, and a great yoga festival in California.

The first time Renee and Annalisa brought the Big Bear Yoga Festival to life was in 2013. The festival has grown to be one of the most delightful yoga festivals in the US. What Renee and Annalisa enjoy is bringing people together, sharing new ideas and experiences, and opening their beautiful community of Big Bear to others.

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Karen Russell

Karen Russell

Teacher

Karen Russell, producer and host, has always been a rare talent, an innovator and a leader. Her career began at the age of six in Erie, Pennsylvania at a local dance studio. By the time Karen was fourteen years old she was teaching dance and on her way to working professionally. Karen’s credits include performing with Madonna, Bette Midler, Michael Jackson and Alice Cooper.

She has danced on Broadway, performed in over twenty feature films, television commercials and has enjoyed two recording contracts with major labels. All the while, yoga was an integral part of Karen’s life.

She received her first yoga training in her early 20’s at a local New York City gym. Years later in her career, a dance injury lead her to a serious yoga practice that she continuous to enjoy to this day. Yoga was the one path that provided positive benefits to both her body and mind. Karen enhanced her yoga training by studying the Anusara teachings with John Friend and the flow techniques of Vinyasa.

She has traveled all over the world to continue her studies, conducting creative and exciting classes, retreats and workshops. Karen owned and operated the Yoga Groove yoga studio in North Hollywood for three years. She built an impressive clientele and then sold it to pursue her Yoga Groove production company. As a producer Karen created the Yoga Groove Double DVD set, The Introduction to Meditation CD, co –created the new dance manual and class called Danceworks for Yoga Works, joined forces with Doctor Hakimi to create the most innovative weight loss / life changing program called Vitox, and is now in production for her own health network show, which she will host this winter.

Karen has been embraced by many international and local Los Angeles companies such as an ambassador for The Lululemon Company, created the yoga / wellness classes for the Walt Disney Company, produced successful fundraisers for The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, The Woman’s Care Cottage and The Global Mala events, she has contributed to articles in the Los Angeles Times, La Yoga and wholelife Times.

Karen has witnessed how this practice of movement with mind, body and spirit truly heals people, and it is her mission to continue to reach out to the community, offering the gift of yoga / wellness and dance to everyone regardless of age, race, religion or financial status..It is only natural that Karen’s life experiences would lead to the creation of Yoga Groove.

Yoga Groove is the culmination of over 18 years of her professional dance, music and yoga training. Karen has merged her love for these arts into one by creating the Yoga Groove Products and productions. The Yoga Groove DVD, Meditation CD, future dance/ yoga / fitness programs and TV show are informative, effective and fun! Move, Groove, laugh and just let go! Yoga Groove

Lisa Ann Gold

Lisa Ann Gold

Teacher

Lisa Ann Gold is in love with helping find the best of yourself. She is versed in most physical forms yoga incarnates. Through our experience of breath, movement and stillness yoga becomes our inner language, to deliver the expanding and contracting energy of life itself. Lisa Ann is one of Big Bear’s beloved teachers, sharing her gifts in the beautiful mountains.
Lisa Ann utilizes common sense in sharing mindful gems all yoga leads one to. She would love to give that to you, do join her for a blissful practice!
What students have to say about Lisa Ann:
“Lisa Ann is an incredibly knowledgeable teacher. She understands the body, movement and breath. She has a clear natural ability to guide students to strength and healing in a gentle way. If you have any sort of injury, pain or are in recovery, she can show you how yoga can help! I love her classes!” Big Bear Yoga
Kathy Bolte

Kathy Bolte

Teacher

Kathy Bolte is a Kirtan musician, singer – songwriter, yoga teacher, mantra teacher and facilitator of women’s wisdom circles. She recently spent 2 months in Rishikesh, India studying Nada Yoga: the yoga of sound. She is a member of two Kirtan bands, “Kathy Bolte and Bombay Rain” and “Akashvani”. The Chants she offers are all Original compositions set to ancient mantras. There is nothing she loves more than the feeling of becoming one with a community of people through Kirtan. Whether teaching yoga and mantra, teaching Kirtan, or leading women’s circles Kathy’s passion is to help people open to their full, whole hearted potential.