2022 Festival Teachers

Elaine Slivka

Teacher

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.


Nancy Rascon

Teacher

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

Teacher

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

Teacher

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.


Crisanto Santa Ana

Teacher

Crisanto Santa Ana is a DJ , Music Producer and Yogi hailing out of Orange County, California. From DJing clubs to festivals and other conscious gatherings, Crisanto continues to spread good music and positive vibes around the world. He innovatively spins at major music & yoga festivals such as Lightning In A Bottle, Shakti & Bhakti Festival, Lucidity Festival, Sedona Yoga Festival. Crisanto continues to explore the fusion of music and yoga, creating a union of healing, through self-realization and sound. At any given time, Crisanto can instantly transform any party into a dance marathon for all ages. His array of music selection is boundless, crossing musical genres as he intuitively reads what the crowd is craving for. Crisanto is currently working with world renowned music artist MC YOGI producing music in the studio and touring the globe.


Karen Elaine

Teacher

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

Teacher

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

Teacher

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

Teacher

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 Tim Miller. Traveling multiple times to India since 2000, Dana has studied with Ashtanga guru, the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, his daughter Saraswathi Jois and grandson R. Sharath Jois. In 2017, Dana completed a 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Medicine with Tiffany Cruikshank.

Dana's well rounded classes include strength, balance, stretching with a focus on linking breath and movement to create a moving meditation. She believes that yoga can help manage daily stress and leave you with a positive mindset. Dana's goal with every class is to leave her students feeling relaxed, yet energized, with a clear and calm mind.


Bombay Rain - Eddie Young, Nick Young and Davey Chegwidden

Teachers & Musicians

Nick Young has been exploring consciousness and spirituality through music on the sitar for over three decades. When Nick was 16 years old he was given his beloved instrument as a gift. It has been a conduit for his creative energy, a companion on his journey into inner realms and a vessel to contain his thoughts, feelings and emotions. Nick fuses eastern traditional music with contemporary sensibilities to create a unique blend of music that is beautiful, mysterious, transporting and enchanting. Nick has traveled to China three times to play concerts and participate in spiritual workshops. Nick has played for countless yoga retreats and festivals.


Jill Rooks

Teacher

Jill’s fitness journey led her to yoga. As she navigated her way through significant weight loss and raising two children, she knew that to maintain health, purposeful movement and true nourishment of the body, mind, heart, and soul were necessary.

Jill has offered group exercise ranging from aqua aerobics to yoga to Pilates to cycle, TRX and weight training since 1998.

She’s hosted meditation events including weekly live group sessions as well as personal “learn how”, and has guided on-line workplace meditations and movement to Loma Linda Medical Center and University Hospital staff and physicians.

Jill’s yoga experience includes teaching yoga for the Multiple Sclerosis Association, as well as for several pre-schools and junior high programs. She has a way of threading every fitness training or class she offers with yoga philosophy and aspects of the practice.

Yoga has been a part of Jill’s life from a young age with early-yoga-as-a-fitness-modality in classes with her mom, then on videos, until she began attending conferences and learning from Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee.

In 2011, she created The Energy Lab, a fitness and personal training studio she owns and operates in Redlands, CA. This past year the opportunity to create a dedicated yoga space directly next door to The Energy Lab was presented. The Fort at The Energy Lab was born to offer yoga and Pilates and mindset in a very soothing and calm, while also playful and inviting atmosphere. The intention of The Fort is like that of childhood blanket fort creation providing a home “on your mat” to disappear to. It is a place to “not have to take yourself too seriously”, allowing nervous systems to be calmed, quieted and restored, while fortifying the mind, body and heart from the inside out.

Jill’s passion and energy and work ethic set her apart. She thrives on program creation, teaching and serving populations of every age the tools and skills to live vibrant and health-full lives.


Nicole Walter

Teacher

Nicole guides her sessions and trainings under the loving belief that each person can be their own healer. She empowers each client and student to embrace a purposeful, balanced life through the lineages of Reiki, yoga, and breathwork.

She began her own healing journey 20 years ago to help navigate her crippling anxiety and stress. Feeling calm for the first time in her body on her yoga mat, Nicole later embraced Reiki to help further heighten her innate intuition. These practices were so transformative in her own life, she committed herself to helping others experience their own unique evolution.

Earning her registered yoga teacher accreditation under the guidance of master yoga teachers and studying alongside multiple Reiki Masters helped her develop a unique perspective and deep understanding of these sacred practices. She holds certifications in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Karuna Reiki, DivinePeaceHealing, and breathwork, as well as multiple mastery certifications in Usui Reiki Ryoho.

As a former college English teacher, she has learned and practiced proven methods to increase accessibility and retention in learning environments. Her practical, approachable manner has brought her teachings into multiple studios, with private clients, and in yoga teacher trainings. Nicole is most passionate about offering her clients and community the peace, calm, and balance Reiki and yoga offer.


Kyle Cicali (Atma Hardeva)

Teacher

Atma Hardeva is classically trained in Kundalini Yoga and Yin Yoga. He has deep personal practice in breath work and Pranayama. A daily sadhana practice has allowed him to heal a chronic mystery-illness of 18 years. Atma Hardeva has true faith in yoga and its capacity to heal the mind, the body, and the spirit. He believes deeply in the power to command the neurology of the body to produce a more ideal state of being. Trained in the lineage of Yogi Bhajan, he uses breath, movement, and mantra to access the sound current and connect to the Golden Chain of masters. Kundalini Yoga and Yin Yoga allow us all to brighten the 10 bodies, become radiant, and to magnetize ideal destiny. Sat Naam


Aja Whitten

Teacher

I am a souljourner, a mind body spirit worker, a tripped out traveller, a woman warrior growing with the ebbs and flows while exploring my wildish nature. I’m a motherdaughtersistaloverfriend, a bit corny sprinkled with moments of genius, an awkward innovator and collaborator in this dance called Life. My 15 year relationship with yoga has revealed that it is quite simply an enlivening system of balance and liberation. I have studied with Purusha Hickson through the Iyengar rooted lineage of Turiyasangitananda (also known as Alice Coltrane). I was initiated into Kemetic yoga through Yirser Ra Hotep of the YogaSkills method and have been facilitating classes that incorporate these two traditions since 2016. Ra Sekhi Kemetic Reiki Level 2 practitioner with Kajara Nekhebet Yaa. I have innovated and facilitated holistic healing through energy work and yoga for children and adults. Appearances include Black Yogi Day L.A. 2016, L.A. Yoga Fest 2016, Disclosure Fest 2019. RYT 200 hr.

I'm humbled, awed, and grateful to share an ancient, yet futuristic tool of mind, body, and spiritual wellness: the healing serum of Kemetic Yoga.


Tina Winters

Teacher

Tina Winters is a native Californian, born and raised in Newport Beach, CA.

She is the mother of four, grown daughters that have brought about some of Tina’s proudest moments in life. In her free time, Tina enjoys traveling, cooking, and gardening.

In college, Tina studied classical ballet, jazz and theatre. Her passion for fitness, yoga and Pilates grew from understanding the importance of conditioning outside the dance studio to not only become stronger but to prevent injuries and reduce stress on the body and mind. She has been teaching dance, yoga, and Pilates combined for over 25 years.

She currently hold certifications in Pilates and Dance conditioning from Orange Coast College, Yogafit 200hr E-RYT in Vinyasa and Hatha styles of yoga, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Nutritional Coach from National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Tina has a deep love for the journey of motherhood and is currently studying to become a DONA Certified Doula. Teaching pre & postnatal yoga brings a tremendous joy to her life’s work.


The Third Eye Band

Musicians

The Third Eye Band played BBYF in its second year I think it was, and we have been playing kirtans locally for decades. We have a new lead singer and drummer that will make it extra fun!


Scott Miller

Teacher

I have been teaching and directing Western Yoga College locally for twenty-five year. I taught at the first couple BBYFs. I've been yoga friends with Lisa Ann I think since she first started teaching up in Big Bear.


Edith Arias

Teacher

Edith Arias is a wellness practitioner. She is dedicated to bringing wellness to the community and individuals in a preventative, healing, and fun way. She is a yoga teacher, wellness coach, and therapist working with children and families for over 15 years. She enjoys sharing yoga with kids, teens, and families with lightheartedness and playfulness to introduce them to the benefits of yoga.


Laura M Cueva-Miller. PhD

Teacher

I have been a licensed psychologist for 16 years and was a licensed marriage and family therapist for 12 years prior to that. I began formal training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in 2015 and have had a regulation meditation practice for over 30 years. Mindfulness is such a valuable and cherished practice to me, I hope to be able to share with others for the rest of my life.


Marvin Cira

Teacher

I have been a compost master for 20+ years. I love teaching about the wonders of making dirt. I believe composting is a fun and sustainable activity that the whole family can enjoy. I would love to share my talents with the yoga community.


Ashley Yau

Teacher

Ashley Yau is a spiritual counselor, energy healer, and yoga practitioner. Her goal in life is to spread happiness, positive thinking, creativity, and loving energy. Ashley specializes in creating an inviting yoga practice to help every spirit follow their life purpose. She believes life is a beautiful journey guided by the universe learning to connect the body, mind, and spirit. Ashley has deep gratitude to yoga for guiding her exploration of herself toward inner peace.

Ashley's training is rooted in Ashtanga and has blossomed to include Aerial Yoga Certification, chakra balance, Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, and restorative yoga. She has been teaching various styles of yoga for 10 years after completing her training in Taiwan. Ashley also offers healing and guidance through Reiki, angel therapy, guided meditation, and breath work workshop. In the summer you can find Ashley teaching paddle board yoga on the lake!

Most importantly, beyond the physical discipline of yoga, Ashley offers Soul Counseling and Spiritual Guidance to everyone. Her passion and delight is guiding people along their inner journey to awaken their soul to their life’s dreams, challenge, and purpose. Using many resources Ashley provides support to connect with your Guiding Angels to discover your soul’s path.


Kim Ureta

Teacher

I’m Kim, I am pleased to share holistic coping skills with my community. Teaching others to Find relief from pain and suffering of physical and emotional pain. I am a recovering Alcoholic, codependent and my life’s work is creating a community to support recovery and prevention of addiction.


Daniel Head

Teacher

Daniel has been teaching for 25 years and has developed a unique style that helps capture the students attention with the vocal fluctuations and music choices. He believes creating the right atmosphere is vital to helping students have a unique experience. He teaches a variety of styles, all different levels as well as teacher trainings and retreats.


Kimberley Grant

Teacher

My yoga journey began in 2014 in the wonderful city of Manchester (UK), where I stumbled across Reggae Yoga and never looked back! In 2019 I delved into seven months of training to become a registered Yoga teacher (200hr RYT) at Indra’s Grace Yoga & Meditation studio in Texas, US.

Now based in Los Angeles, something close to my heart is cultivating a sense of community and connection in all that I do.

This is one of the main reasons for offering live classes outdoor (local to LA).

Expect classes to be playful and nourishing - everything we do should be enjoyable and make us smile!

You can also expect to experience traditional Hatha Yoga techniques and philosophy during my classes to ensure that I am always honoring the roots of the sacred practice.


Lillian Jacobs

Teacher

Lillian is a Los Angeles based Ayurvedic Health Coach, Women's Hormone Health Coach, E-RYT 200, RYT 500hr Yoga Instructor AcroYoga Instructor and Lagree fitness instructor. Her health journey began at an early age when I was diagnosed with a mysteriously long list of food allergies causing a whole host of health issues .Up until this point I had pretty much been eating the Standard American {kids} diet (read: goldfish, cupcakes in bright colors and soda). As a result of my food allergies, all processed food had to be eliminated from my diet. Guess what happened? After a short period of time my illnesses began to disappear.

Coincidence? I think not.

Food is medicine AND food is poison. It just depends on what we eat. This is where the seed for a career in wellness was planted.

Lillian has been a yoga teacher since 2011 and a holistic health coach since 2013. She currently teaches yoga in Los Angeles and sees Ayurvedic health coaching clients nationwide and leads virtual Ayurvedic cleanses.


Evelyn Starlight & Dru Ali (Sacred Liiight)

Teachers & Musicians

Evelyn Starlight (of Sacred Healing Sessions) & Dru Ali (of Liiightspace), come together as Sacred Liiight — a compassionate collaborative duo, merging Sacred Sounds + Light Technologies to help evolve Consciousness on the planet. They travel around leading group Light & Sound Meditation Journeys, as well as, collaborate with other Teachers — providing seamless real-time DJ mixes & Sound Healing overtones during Yoga Classes. They also have an Energy Wellness treatment space on Balboa Island, CA called The Liiighthouse where they facilitate Private Sessions, Group Workshops and Trainings.


Brian Shaheen

Teacher

Brian Shaheen (E-RYT 500) has been practicing yoga and incorporating its philosophy into his life since 2010. He has studied with Leeza Villagomez, Saul David Ray, Janet Stone, as well as Shiva Rea and many more. Brian has traveled to India, Bali and has spent time at the Esalen Institute practicing this ancient science of balance (Yoga). He continues to practice and teach a blend of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa. Brian's kind and gentle manner is well suited to leading students of all levels. When teaching he hopes for students to find balance mentally, physically, and spiritually providing them with a practice that they can embody in their daily lives off the mat. You can find Brian teaching all over Southern California and online.


Liz Blake

Teacher

Sat Nam! I'm Self Heal with Liz aka The Play Priestess. I am a guide offering Self Healing Energy to remind your innate wisdom and Divine Self that you are a soul having this human experience. I teach Self regulation of your nervous system, playful vulnerability & deservingness with my Surrender, Intend & Trust System. (S.I.T. System) using Self Healing modalities such as yoga, breath, meditation, body awareness, and frequency alchemy.


Christie Hall

Teacher

I am a teacher with no woo-woo. 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. Since then, I have studied continuously with senior teachers of Iyengar yoga. I specialize in assisting students struggling with physical problems. My personal physical problems have given me a particular interest in anatomy in the context of yoga and in studying therapeutic yoga modifications. But far beyond the physical, yoga has transformed my life in a journey of discovery that continues every day.


Krystal Souza

Teacher

Krystal Souza is a entrepreneur, award winning yoga instructor, and world class coach, who has helped hundreds of people through her various programs reclaim their essence in both life and business. Helping you build the life of your dreams from the inside out.


Michelle Kearney Lopez

Teacher

Michelle is a yoga and mindfulness coach, an elementary school teacher, a holistic practitioner, and a published author of a children's book called Animal Magic a Yoga-Tale of Love and Unity. She blends her knowledge and love of yoga with social emotional learning in the classroom with her students. She calls it "The Heart Centered Classroom." The Heart Centered Classroom is a heart centered approach to learning that infuses the 8 limbs of yoga into everyday learning. She also teaches after school yoga at her school and in her local community of Redlands. In addition, she is a holistic coach and reiki healer. She utilizes astrology, oracle cards, crystals, reiki, sound tools, as well as Ayurvedic practices to facilitate healing in her clients. She will be teaching children's yoga at the festival this year and will have a vendor booth as well. Stop by and say "hello."


Dr. Christie Smirl

Teacher

As a Doctorate of Ayurvedic medicine, Master of Science, Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of acute care medical experience, Reiki Master and ERYT-500 Yoga Teacher Trainer, Dr. Christie Smirl believes that all humans are capable of multidimension healing and transformation. She teaches the science of Ayurveda and Yoga as a University Professor as we as the owner and operator of Healthier Vibrations Yoga Teacher Training Program. Christie has authored and published numerous books as well as recorded several albums as a bhakta musician under the moniker Kali Samadhi. Her moto is "Heal yourself. Help heal another. Begin healing the world."


Michelle Soth

Teacher

Michelle Soth is an E-200HR Certified Yoga, Meditation and Reiki Teacher living life in the Northwest. Her Mother and family migrated from the Philippines to Chicago, IL where Michelle was born. She is now calls the Pacific Northwest hOMe.

She first studied Yoga and Meditation in 2000 while earning her BA in Interior Design at Arizona State. The joy, peace, strength, and comfort that Yoga brought to her was life changing. She loves to share these gifts with others. She furthered her Yoga studies in San Diego, CA with Yoga Jai Ma. She is certified in Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Usui/Tibetan Reiki. Her passion is to spread the light that fills her heart with class offerings that combine strength, balance, mindfulness, and fluidity of movement and breath.

She loves spending her time outside climbing up volcanoes or forest bathing amongst the trees. Michelle also is the co-owner and one of the Chefs of #SŌTHKITCHEN, a food cart located at Mt. Hood Winery in Hood River, OR. When she’s not on the Yoga mat you can often find her in the garden, up in the mountains, out on the trails, or in the kitchen cooking up her favorite Filipino eats.


Pedro M

Teacher

Pedro Morelos began his Kundalini Yoga practice in 2014 and became a certified instructor in 2016. Since then, he founded "Heal from Within", an outdoor yoga studio that holds weekly classes in Long Beach & Los Angeles. His love for teaching comes from his own experiences of growth and transformation.


Olivia Dominguez

Teacher

My name is Olivia Dominguez and I am a breath work facilitator. I teach a variety of techniques that helps regulate our parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system. I love creating a community around breath work by providing a safe and non-judgemental environment. My goal when teaching breath work is reminding people come back home to themselves; to connect their own life force.