2022 Festival Teachers

Kamini Natarajan


Kamini is a Kirtan and Indian Classical Singer based in LA area. She blends Mantras and Chants with Indian Ragas to create Kirtans that are traditional and extremely meditative. Her Kirtans are composed in specific Ragas that leave the participants feeling serene. She is also the author of Kirtan eBook Indian Ragas for Kirtans. Kamini’s Kirtans bring out her deep spiritual background. They are extremely mystical and magnificently divine. People are left mesmerized by her angelic voice, her intricate improvisations, her odd meter rhythms and most importantly her radiant warm smile. For more information and to stay in touch, visit her website KaminiMusic.com or facebook page KaminisMusic.

Elaine Slivka


I have been teaching Yoga for 50+ years and Travel to the Caribbean and Mexico teaching and sharing my passion for Yoga Health and Wellness. I am Vegan and practice Ahimsa. I love the festival and have led "Yoga Hikes" and taught in the classrooms. I am extremely active and believe age is just a number. I am currently busy with my new passion Sound Baths. I love sharing my passions with my fellow Yogis.

Reina Prado


Reina Prado (ellxs/they) is a bi-lingual bi-cultural Love Conscious Coach (aka Love Madrina) and Holistic Energy Practitioner. Their practice Healing Queen, established in 2013, is based in unceded Kizh/Tongva territories (Southern California). Their offerings reflect practices from their ancestors many of who were Curanderas, Mid-wives, Herbalists, and Sobadores and combines it with energetic therapeutic modalities as experienced in their signature offering: Love Limpias. Their mission is to help folks activate divine love in their body & field so that they may experience living a more joyful and love filled life. Prado resources teachings from their indigenous heritage, sacred and metaphysical tools such as plant medicine, crystals, and the elements to support their clients on their journey. Prado is the author of Spring Into Love (Balboa Press, 2021). Follow them on Instagram @healinqueen_. Check out their guided experiences and podcast Activating Divine Love on Soundcloud. To access it go to linktr.ee/healingqueen and click on the cloud icon. Their website has more detailed information about the range of services and trainings they offer www.healingqueen.org.

Nancy Rascon


Nancy has been practicing yoga for 25 years and teaching yoga since 2006. She incorporates her love for life and adventure into her teachings. As a nature enthusiast, she enjoys many outdoor activities such as hiking, scuba diving, snow skiing, and mountaineering. Other hobbies include world travel, meditation, and intuitive hands-on healing practices such as Reiki.

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

Olga Mysse


I have been teaching in LA, Rancho and online bio to come

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

Michael Taber


Michael is an Astrologer, Ashtanga Yogi, Tai Chi Chuan & Reiki Master, and Sound Healer Globally & currently in the Los Angeles and Orange County area. Trained in Ashtanga Yoga by Caroline Klebl, Michael has wonderful experience assisting 200 hour Certifications, as well as teaching groups and individuals locally and at Resorts in Montana, Sedona and South Dakota. Classes taught include: Ashtanga & Vinyasa Flow, Meditation, Astrology, Tai Chi, Sound Healing, Reiki Certifications and Yin/Restorative Yoga. In addition, as an actor, who graduated from San Diego State’s Bachelor of Arts program in Theater, Michael has eight plus years experience working with kids in schools and private coaching's. His training developed not only the many tools for acting and physical movement, but also for living and teaching a positive, passionate and motivating life. Recently he has been guiding and teaching yoga at Custer State Park Resort in South Dakota where he has been immersed in the Love of the Land. He also volunteers through CoachArt; teaching children with chronic illnesses yoga and theater. Michael has a true passion for guiding others on their journey within and without. Through his light hearted humor and calming energy, he has learned to be effective at communicating, organizing, and working with and inspiring both kids and adults to remember their inner child within.

Karen Elaine


Karen Elaine has shared her INTRO TO ACRO YOGA classes for nine years in the Southern California area. Ms. Elaine also offers a12‐video online training program that focuses on the conditioning exercises needed for optimal freedom in the team sport that is partner yoga.

All participants in the acroyoga portion 2022 BBYF AcroYoga workshop will get complimentary video access to Volume #1 of the INTRO TO ACRO YOGA online training package (a $310.00 value)!

Frank Ortiz


Frank attended his first yoga class in April 2015 and from then on he was hooked. He began yoga as a way to stay fit and healthy while easing the impact on

his knees and ankles. He soon found that yoga was so much more. Frank believes yoga is a way of life, a method, a thought process, a feeling you carry with yourself all day everyday.

In June 2016, Frank completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training under the guidance of Jared McCann at Lighthouse Yoga School. Through that experience he deepened his understand of asana, pranayama and meditation.

Frank began teaching at Reveille Yoga in October of 2017. His love for advanced asana is shared through his advanced classes. His ultimate respect for calmness and learned flexibility is brought in through his Yin classes.

When Frank isn’t at the studio sharing his love for the yoga practice, he is traveling with his husband or is home with his dogs, cats and tortoise.

Lemia Astarabadi & Joshua Bowser with The Conscious Groove

Teachers & Musicians

Through aromatherapy, yoga, vibrational healing, meditation, energy work, nutrition, plant-based living, massage therapy, live music, and laughter, Lemia and Joshua are inspired to share these empowering tools with all who desire to learn. They are enthusiastic teachers passionate about health, the environment, and the conscious evolution of all life. This is what has inspired them to start their own essential oil company, "Sacred Scents Aromatherapy". They play positive and mantra music in their band, "The Conscious Groove", and believe that music and nature are the greatest examples of how to connect and find harmony and joy in this amazing life we get to live.

Amy Madrid


Amy is best known for giving out free hugs and “making you do weird things” in class. Her intention is to blend Yoga's sacred philosophy with modern day movements so you can function in everyday life. Her teaching style is lighthearted but heart filled. While she loves to teach energizing & empowering classes, her true passion is Yin Yoga. The long holds, soft tension on the joints, and quietness has helped her calm an anxious mind. You can expect to breathe, move (or surrender in Yin), and rest in her classes.

Yoga has been in and out of Amy’s life since the early 2000s but did not make an impact until 2013. She attended classes at different yoga studios and became enthralled with Yoga philosophy. She sought out many teachers, tried different styles, and read dozens of Yoga books. She couldn't soak up enough to understand the grand scale of it all. Hint, hint-she is still on that quest! It is one reason she loves Yoga, the learning is never ending. She realized Yoga was not a workout but a way to evolve into the best human possible.

In 2017 she studied under Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500 and received her 200 hour Hatha certification. She found mentors to study with and continued to further her Yoga education over the years. Covid-19 luckily provided Amy the time to “Zoom” into Rishikesh, India and earn a 500 hour mutli-style certification. Teaching has always been in her veins, but through Yoga is where she found her teaching path. She would be honored to walk next to you on your journey.

Dana Andrews


Dana Andrews is the owner of Mountain Yoga in Big Bear Lake, CA. She has been practicing yoga for 25 years and teaching for 20. She was certified in 2002 at the Ashtanga Yoga Center with the internationally renowned