Amazing Featured Yoga Instructors and Musicians from the 2013 Big Bear Yoga Festival!
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
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.”
Lindsay Wagner – Keynote Speaker
Lindsay Wagner has always been committed to the advancement of human potential. This has been evident not only throughout her highly successful acting career, but also in her personal life. She has chosen her films taking into consideration the effect they will have on the audience, and used her position as a public figure to highlight issues that are important to her, with the objective of helping people in their personal journeys.
Lindsay Wagner first came to prominence as a result of her iconic portrayal of Jaime Sommers in her Emmy award-winning role as The Bionic Woman. She also won a permanent place in the hearts of audiences around the world and became one of the most popular actresses in international television.
Once The Bionic Woman series had ended Lindsay went on to become the Queen of television movies with over 40 TV movies, 5 mini-series and 12 feature films to her name. Notable successes were ‘Shattered Dreams’ in 1990, which she co-produced on domestic violence; ‘A Child’s Cry’ in 1985 about child abuse; ‘The Taking of Flight 847′ on the root complexities of terrorism (1988); ‘Fighting For My Daughter’ in 1995 highlighting the problem of teen prostitution and ‘Four Extraordinary Women’ in 2006 on the emotional subject of breast cancer.
Lindsay is also a published author, having co-authored ‘The High Road to Health’, a best-selling vegetarian lifestyle cookbook and ‘Lindsay Wagner’s New Beauty: The Acupressure Facelift’.
Off screen Lindsay is passionate about the awakening of human potential. The study and sharing of holistic healing modalities, integrating mind, body and soul, is at the forefront of her mind. She has been the honorary Chair of ICAN (Inter Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect) for over twenty five years. She is also heavily involved in causes that are close to her heart, including animal welfare, domestic violence, the environment and the advancement of human potential.
From 2003-2006 Lindsay co-facilitated a support group for convicted batterers and their families in collaboration with the LA County Sheriff’s Department that offers more constructive and peaceful ways of relating to each other and oneself in order to help end the cycle of family violence.
More recently Lindsay has combined her personal experience and many years of study, both Western and Eastern modalities, to develop ‘Quiet the Mind & Open the Heart’ experiential workshops and retreats. These programs are designed to help overcome our own personal challenges, while accessing the peace and joy that is naturally within us. Lindsay offers these programs as a way of sharing, that which has greatly impacted her life.
Lindsay has presented her workshops in the US, Canada and Mexico, and in November 2008 took them to Europe for the first time holding programs for caregivers in England. In Spring 2009 she returned for a very successful three-month tour of the UK and Ireland. Her 2 and 3 day ‘Quiet the Mind & Open the Heart’ workshops and evening programs were held, not only for the public but included special programs for caregivers, those recovering from addictions and one for mental health practitioners from the UK National Health Service.
The UK tour also saw the release of her first meditation CD, ‘Open To Oneness’. This seven-track collection of original music, together with Lindsay’s powerful intention to awaken oneness (a profound sense of connectedness) makes her first CD a unique labor of love.
2010 and 2011 were especially busy years for Lindsay as she traveled extensively conducting her “Quiet the Mind and Open the Heart” Workshops and Retreats throughout the US, UK, Europe and Canada. 2012 saw Lindsay present a six-day retreat in Hawaii and a five-day retreat at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, together with a workshop in Toronto for people living with the HIV virus.
She has also been sought after as a keynote speaker by such organizations as the Woman Arising Conference in Sedona, AZ, Akasha Metaphysical Film Festival in Carmel, CA, Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, CO and the Mind, Body, Spirit Expo in Voorhees, NJ.
Lindsay looks forward to taking her passionate perspective of our extraordinary human potential to all corners of the globe, inspiring others to realize how amazing they truly are.
To learn more about the “Quiet the Mind & Open the Heart” workshops and retreats and to see Lindsay’s upcoming schedule please visit Lindsay Wagner International. To learn more about Lindsay’s meditation CD “Open To Oneness” please visit Open To Oneness.
Contact: Karen Stowe, [email protected]
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.
Tim Catching has been playing music his whole life, and since discovering yoga some years back, he has learned a lot about rhythm, not just in regard to music, but to yoga, and life as a whole. Tim brings his heart, and opens his soul to each performance, and he has really enjoys fusing his yoga and music into a new experience. Tim is looking forward to sharing his music and yoga with you. Tim comes to join us in the mountains from Las Vegas!
Donna Dunmire is a meditation coach, yoga teacher, and stretch specialist. She is also the creator of the Doprana Method (trademarked), a breath-focused, performance enhancement method for athletes and dancers. Donna believes that anyone can learn to meditate, but that exploration is key to uncovering the discipline of meditation that works best for each individual’s physical, emotional, and mental needs.
“ My goal as a meditation teacher is to guide my students to the realization that meditation is not all about trying to get to some peaceful place outside themselves, but instead, to find peace within themselves.”
In Donna’s Beginner Meditation Class, you will explore the history, techniques, and benefits of various disciplines of meditation including Vipassana, Zen, yogic, and guided meditation. At the end of the class you will be both better informed, and inspired to continue your own individual path of meditation.
A former professional dancer and showgirl, Cheryl Slader has been teaching dance and yoga for 30 years. Cheryl has been certified to teach yoga by Eric Schiffmann Jivamukti Yoga and Dough Swenson. Cheryl completed her 500 hour teacher training, which included an apprenticeship in New York City with Jivamukti senior teacher Ruth Lauer-Manenti. She recently assisted Eric Schiffmann’s teacher training in Venice Beach, CA. Cheryl is the yoga professor at the College of Southern Nevada and teaches at the Las Vegas Recovery Center, the spa at the Bellagio, Spa Aria and Redrock Casino. Inspired by rock star Sting to pursue yoga Cheryl emphasizes the philosophy of living the practice off the mat. Cheryl is the founder and owner of Blue Sky Yoga, Las Vegas, NV. A “pay what you can” donation-based studio. By the living the practice, trusting the universe, and extending kindness and compassion, Cheryl hopes to change the lives and share the sacred teachings of yoga to all people no matter what their financial situation is. Cheryl holds true that union is created by serving each other. Love is the key.
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.
Alexis’ journey as a yoga teacher and healer began when she dipped her toes in India, and ended up taking a full swim in the Ganges! Her first formal study was one-on-one in the ancient tradition in Rishikesh, at the base of the Himalayas. After her spiritual sojourn that took her twice to live in India, traveling through the U.S, and ultimately Crete over the course of 2 years, she returned home to Santa Monica where she continued her journey with Govind Das at Bhakti Yoga Shala, where she currently teaches and where she learned the gift of Bhakti yoga, the yoga of love. She is a heart-centric teacher who always comes from and returns back to, a place of deep gratitude and love while leading her classes through their own deeply personal and magical journey home. She has done her advanced study through the Dancing Shiva Society in Yoga and Ayurveda, India’s sister sciences that aim to bring our bodies and minds into perfect balance. Alexis uses the elements of Ayurveda and the practice of Bhakti to design playful, energetic sequencing that is not only suited for the climate and time of day, but is truly healthful and healing and full of love. Alexis Cox
Christina is a certified Prana Vinyasa Flow teacher, a grassroots community supporter, and an urban gypsy who has been sharing her passion for yoga globally since 2006 (her own practice growing since 1996.) Her classes inspire, creatively challenge students to shift boundaries, invite joy back into the fluidity of their lives, and open up community in what most now call their “yoga tribe.”
Christina receives inspiration from her teacher and mentor Shiva Rea (creator of Prana Vinyasa Flow) with whom she assists globally for trainings and classes. Calling upon her quilt-like background of corporate level training and development, studies in anatomy, psychology, ayurveda, and mythology to develop and creatively sequence classes, they are always unique and inventive. Most important is spending time in nature and staying connected with her amazing family. You can find Christina teaching at Living Yoga Center in Temecula, CA.
Cissy Brady-Rogers is a therapist, teacher and mentor. Her therapeutic work focuses on eating disorders, body image, and women’s spirituality. In addition to teaching graduate psychology courses at Azusa Pacific University, Cissy leads workshops and retreats on women’s health, beauty, sexuality and other body related topics. Cissy offers health coaching programs and spiritual direction practices that provide structured opportunities for women who want in-depth mentoring in more life-enhancing ways of being in their bodies and lives.
Cissy’s education includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in religious studies and theology as well as a master’s degree in marital and family therapy. Cissy is a clinical member of the California Association of Marital & Family Therapists and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. Cissy is a certified spiritual director and yoga teacher, bringing Christ-centered yoga to the Big Bear Yoga Festival! Cissy Brady-Rogers
The Third Eye Band
The Third Eye Band explores musical spirituality by any means necessary and through all necessary means
The Clapping Monkeys
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:
Claudia Eads, MD
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.
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!
Open your heart and sing your spirit! Coco’s yoga journey included spending time as part of the Big Bear Yoga community. At the Big Bear Yoga Festival, come join Coco and friends for an energetic all levels spirit flow class. Class will include pranayama, asana and mantra with live music. Coco will be accompanied by musicians Jay and Finbar of the Shanti Soldiers. Coco teaches Hatha Flow classes throughout Orange County and preforms regularly in classes, workshops and teacher trainings.
Titanya Monique Dahlin
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 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.
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.
Amy Wheeler is the Founder of One Source Yoga. She lives a life full of contentment in the mountains of Southern California with her husband and two dogs. Amy’s Dharma (life purpose) is to help educate students about yoga, psychology and wellness. She uses these tools to assist people in using their minds to heal themselves.
Amy has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and a Masters Degree in Health Promotion. She feels that her background in psychology and health promotion enhance her ability to do her work. She has also worked as a Sport Psychology Consultant and Yoga Teacher to many elite-level athletes, including the Professional Athletic Teams and five U.S. Olympic/ National Teams. One Source Yoga
Have you ever felt you wanted to get involved with yoga but didn’t know how? Well here is an incredible opportunity to come and join Calysta Watson for a yoga workshop at the Big Bear Yoga Festival designed to provide information and fun for beginners!!!
Calysta Watson, M.A., M.F.A., RYT-500, is an inspiring and energetic yoga instructor who grew up in South LA. She has long had an appreciation for arts, theater and movement. Calysta incorporates methods and principals of the Ashtanga and Iyengar styles of yoga into the classes she teaches which include vinyasa flow, restoratives, hatha, as well as classes designed for full-figured bodies. Calysta teaches public and private classes and workshops in the Los Angeles area and leads retreats locally and internationally. Calysta completed her advanced teacher training at YogaWorks under the mentorship of Jeanne Heileman, as well as the tutelage of Annie Carpenter, Jasmine Lieb, and Lisa
Calysta teaches at Goda Yoga, Golden Bridge, 24 Hour Fitness West Hollywood, U Studio Yoga & Yogaworks. Calysta’s Yoga Blog
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 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.
Siri Dharma Galliano
In 1975, Siri began teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditations by Yogi Bhajan, who gave her the spiritual name which means “Princess on the Path to Infinity.”
She became certified in Hatha Yoga in 1983 by Samata International, following the restorative tradition of D.K.S. Desikachar and was a member of the International Yoga Therapists Association, presenting at conferences around America. She appeared in LIFE 1986 as one of “Hollywood’s Healers” and has been featured in 15 domestic and international magazines.
Siri worked at the Khalsa Medical Clinic in Cedars-Sinaii Medical Center in Beverly Hills, teaching the patients breathing, stretching and yoga exercises for the immune system.
Adding a Pilates certification to her “movement as medicine” program, she has worked on the Matrix 2&3, Kill Bill 1&2, and many other feature films keeping the talent in alignment.
She currently teaches Breathing at the Men’s Central Jail, and holds Pilates Teachers Training events in Big Bear.
Siri Dharma Galliano is a beautiful member of the Big Bear Yoga community. At the Big Bear Yoga Festival Siri will leading meditation with gong and a Kundalini (the life force that resides and the base of the spine) yoga class. Her unique approach to fitness brings students an awareness of techniques and health traditions regardless of there age or physical condition. Her instruction incorporates a combination of focus, joy and a refreshing sense of humor. No to be missed! Siri
Annalisa Berns & Renee Fulkerson
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 Yoga, Svaroopa 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.
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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
Bien teaches a vinyasa flow style class with options to increase or decrease intensity. He teaches beginner yoga classes at The Yoga Room in Redlands, CA which have a slower pace and more gentle approach to vinyasa flow yoga. He likes to use a mix of music to set the environment, not usually that loud.
He is a seasoned veteran teacher who has taught classes all over the area including Cal State San Bernardino. He is a calming and soothing yoga instructor who will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged. The Yoga Room loves Bien!! The Yoga Room
Ivy did her first down-dog as a child of hippie parents in the 1970’s and has been drawn to yoga ever since. She completed her 200-hr teaching certification with Down Dog Yoga in Washington DC in 2004 and taught regularly in Bend, Oregon before she moved to the Inland Empire in 2012. She has benefited from study with teachers in many different yoga traditions including Iyengar, Ashtanga and Baptiste, and finds herself at home in the hot flow of The Yoga Room.
Ivy leads a grounded yet playful vinyasa practice based on a strong foundation in the breath and the postures. She encourages her students to challenge themselves safely and hopes to inspire them to keep coming back to their mat. She loves to practice with music, and traditional yoga tunes, eclectic independent artists, and lounge music often accompany her classes. The Yoga Room is grateful to have her on board! The Yoga Room
Being a gymnast most of her life, Nicole was instantly drawn to the physical aspects of yoga. It was not until practicing for some time at The Yoga Room and completing her 200 hour training and certification through Yoga Works, that she discovered the importance and relevance of the mental and spiritual aspects of yoga. She brings this passion for all aspects of yoga into her teaching. With gentle flows or more challenging classes, Nicole uses a variety of music to set the mood and find the balance between strength and ease in each pose. Overall, Nicole seeks to encourage students in the benefits and rewards a yoga practice has to offer. The Yoga Room
Lisa Ann Gold
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
Julisa loves to laugh! Julisa Smith is a certified Laughter Yoga instructor. She has been studying the health benefits of laughter since 2004 and passionately continues her research and sharing of the subject. A recent transplant to Big Bear, Julisa looks forward to sharing this love for healthy laughter.
Laughter Yoga teaches us to let the tensions and stresses of the day melt away as we learn to find joy in every breath. Julisa’s Lauther Yoga classes combine stretching, breathing, and laughing. During the class shed critical thinking, teach ourselves to laugh unconditionally, and leave with an increased sense of joy, hope, and a positive outlook on life. Big Bear Yoga
Lisa teaches a strong practice full of options to challenge students to find their edge. She loves to integrate a wide range of music into her classes to help set the environment as well as motivate. Music ranges soft to moderate in volume. Lisa is a popular instructor and has a beautiful personality that shines through her teaching. The Yoga Room
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.