Bill Ryan

Honesdale, PA

Bill Ryan

After a nearly 30-year career teaching in higher education, Bill moved to the Himalayan Institute in 2015 where he completed his basic and advanced yoga teacher training. He provides biofeedback services and teaches wellness seminars through the PureRejuv Wellness Center. He also teaches yoga classes and is on the teaching faculty for the 200-hour yoga certification program. Bill has always been drawn to practicing and teaching meditation. He spent six months in Switzerland learning to teach TM in 1975. It seemed a natural evolution to become a CVMT when the opportunity arose, and he is honored to be able to share this living wisdom with others.

Contact:

billryan6@gmail.com

Bryan Crigler

Winona, MN

Bryan Crigler

Bryan first found yoga and meditation through his martial arts practice (Shito Ryu Karate, Choy li Fut Kung Fu, MMA, Kick Boxing and BJJ) over a decade ago. He has continued exploring the depths of his physical, mental and spiritual practices through yoga ever since. His journey has led him to practice and explore many different styles of yoga across 5 different continents. Having a passion for acquiring knowledge and studying the ancient yogic scriptures, Bryan loves to integrate these teachings into his classes and expose students to this incredible wisdom passed down through the ages. Bryan is a dedicated practitioner of Raja and Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Vishoka Mediation, Qi Gong and the Wim Hof Method and brings a unique flavor of all the practices he embodies to the classes he teaches.

Carina Terra

Seattle, WA

Carina Terra

Carina has been studying yoga since 1992 and teaching since 2003. She concurrently studied yoga therapy under professor Marcos Rojo while pursuing a degree in Physics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. In the US, she met Shari Friedrichsen, who introduced her to the Himalayan tradition. Since then, Carina has continued to study under the guidance of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and the other amazing teachers at the Himalayan Institute.

Carina weaves both modern science and ancient wisdom into her classes. Her passion for teaching is evident in her breath-aligned classes, which are suitable for people of all levels and abilities. She is also a reiki master, sound healing facilitator, pranassage practitioner, and heart imagery instructor.

Carina is thrilled to be a CVMT! She feels grateful for the opportunity to share Vishoka Meditation with those who wish to experience it.

Contact:

Cosmic Roots

Claire Smith

Brussels, Belgium

Claire Smith

Claire’s yoga journey began in Japan 40 years ago, and has continued and deepened over the past 30 years as an American in Belgium. After completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Veronica Foody in the UK in 2009, she was fortunate soon after to be introduced to the Himalayan Tradition at the annual retreats led by Rolf Sovik in Brussels. This life-changing meeting led to Claire’s 300-hour teacher training at the Institute, frequent visits to Honesdale, and participation in the devoted sangha of practitioners in Belgium.

Claire continues to study in the tradition under the guidance of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Rolf Sovik, Shari Friedrichsen, Sandy Anderson and all the wonderful teachers at the Himalayan Institute. She finds that being able to share the joy, stability and serenity that yoga brings has brought richer, deeper meaning to her own life, and is grateful for having been led to the path of a living tradition.

Contact

Peaceful Mind Yoga
peacefulmindyoga@yahoo.com

Dale Kukielka

Dale Kukielka

Baline, MN
Dale Kukielka

Dale Kukielka

Dale started his yoga and meditation journey in the late 1980’s under the Himalayan tradition. Over the many years, he has practiced various other forms of meditation, such as Taoist, Buddhist, Mindfulness, and Mantra. All were very helpful, but he is extremely grateful for the experience with Vishoka Meditation, which brings him back into the fold of the Himalayan tradition. He looks forward to sharing this knowledge and experience with other seekers.

Contact:

http://dalek.massageplanet.com/
yogadale1963@gmail.com
(763) 350-1861

Eduardo Guedez

Flinstone, MD

Eduardo Guedez

Eduardo has been practicing Hatha yoga since 1994, teaching since 2007, and co-leading the YTT programs at Circle Yoga in Washington DC since 2017. He has been initiated into the Sri Vidya lineage of the Himalayan Sages and is most inspired by his master teachers Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, Yogarupa Rod Stryker (ParaYoga®), and Karthik Vilwanathan (karlakattai.co.uk). Eduardo’s teaching approach is grounded in the biomechanics of alignment, functional movement, pranayama, and yoga philosophy.

In addition to now being a Certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher, Eduardo is an E-RYT 500, YACEP and a certified Steel Mace instructor. He is also a dedicated student of Karlakattai (wooden Indian clubs), a functional practice of body-mind-breath conditioning developed by ancient Tamil warriors of southern India.

Eduardo holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and recently retired from Corporate IT after a 30 year career. He is the co-owner and executive director of StoneSong Awareness & Nature Center where he leads programs that integrate yoga, meditation, and forest stewardship in the Allegheny Mountains of Western Maryland.

Contact:

http://www.stonesongcenter.com/
(301) 802-1369

Filomena Duarte

Windsor, Berkshire, U.K.

Filomena Duarte

Filomena has been practicing and studying Yoga for over 25 years following a first career in Occupational Psychology, vocational guidance, and counseling. She left the latter to prioritize family life. She subsequently qualified as a Yoga Teacher with The British Wheel of Yoga. She has been teaching yoga since 2000.

Filomena’s focus on personal practice, self-study, and research is reflected in the themes presented in her sessions, workshops, and courses. These have included meditation; yoga sutra; breathwork; Chakras and subtle body awareness; and managing anxiety, anger, and sadness.

Filomena has facilitated and led workshops and courses for various organizations including: – The Himalayan Institute (U.K.), The British Wheel of Yoga; The N.H.S; The John Lewis Partnership; Age Concern Carers and Homeless Charities; Family, Youth, Adult Learning and Well-Being Services; Mental Health and Support Groups.

Filomena’s current teaching direction is to share Vishoka Meditation as the pure and simple method that allows us to explore, transform and expand the inner dimensions of life. Though she will consider herself ‘A work in progress’ she says “Vishoka Meditation has the potential to replenish, free us from any sense of limitation, and allow us to embrace our intrinsic source of vitality, joy, love, and equanimity. Life becomes purposeful, fulfilling, and complete.”

Contact:

duartedavies@hotmail.co.uk

Hannah Holland

Los Angeles, CA

Hannah Holland

Hannah has been studying and practicing yoga & meditation in many different forms for most of her life. In addition to now being a Certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher, Hannah is a Yoga Alliance ERYT 200, RYT 500, and YACEP. She is also a Yin Yoga Level 2 Teacher, a Reiki Master and a Feng Shui Practitioner, all of which have helped to create a strong foundation for the practice of Vishoka Meditation to stand on.

Hannah has also studied with the Self Realization Fellowship, the Vedic Healing Institute of Los Angeles, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi “Amma”, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga, and the Himalayan Institute (since 2013) where she continues to study with Pandit Rajmani Tignuait, Ph.D. For Hannah, learning, practicing, and now teaching Vishoka Meditation represents the culmination of a lifetime of inner search and study.

You can currently find Hannah teaching online as part of the yoga teacher collective, Yoga Tevana.

Contact:

https://www.yogatevana.com/
http://yogalivingcenter.com/
yogalivingcenter@gmail.com
(626) 422-1826

Jackie Le Brocq

Jackie Le Brocq

Moffat, Scotland
Jackie Le Brocq

Jackie Le Brocq

Jackie is a Yoga Scotland teacher, teacher training tutor from 2001-2018, TT assessor, On-Going training tutor and yogic Living and Teaching tutor. After searching for ten years for someone who could give her a mantra, she encountered the teachings of the Himalayan Institute through a chance meeting with the late Peter Glover (Himalayan Institute – London) around 20 years ago. Since then, meditation practice and teaching has been firmly established in her life and Jackie is grateful for the continued ever-deepening support from HI teachers and teachings.

Contact:

Jackie Le Brocq Yoga
jackie.lebrocq1@btinternet.com
(780) 929-0049

Jayne Bernasconi

Idlewylde, MD

Jayne Bernasconi

Jayne is an E-RYT 500 and the owner of Yoga On York in Baltimore, MD. Initiated into Sri Vidya, a living tradition of the Himalayan Masters, Jayne is thrilled to now hold certification as a Vishoka Meditation teacher.

Jayne has also completed 10 ParaYoga Master Trainings with Yogarupa, Rod Stryker and has made pilgrimages to India and Brazil to develop her spiritual growth. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters (Stacey and Talia).

Contact:

Yoga on York
yogaonyork@gmail.com
(443) 600-1305
https://www.yogaonyork.net

Joe Somodi

Joe Somodi

Ft. Collins, CO
Joe Somodi

Joe Somodi

Dedicated to realizing the full potential of the inner world, Joe values the accessible and profound approach to Vishoka Meditation. For him, the practice of meditation began nearly twenty years ago and the Vishoka system is a culmination point in learning how to embody the innate joy within. Joe is honored and humbled to be a steward of this great tradition and wishes to bestow this wisdom to as many who are willing to receive it.

Contact:

20/20 Yoga
http://www.2020yoga.com
joe@2020yoga.com
(212) 246-3874

Julia Kress

Julia Kress

Buffalo, NY
Julia Kress

Julia Kress

Julia has been teaching Yoga and Yoga Therapy since 1995 in group settings and for clients. Her greatest drive has been to create a practice that has meaning and purpose for individuals that inspires them to commit to the lifelong transformative techniques Yoga as a whole grants sincere practitioners.

Julia is a certified 200 and 500 hour Hatha Yoga Instructor through the Himalayan Institute, a certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and is the Administrative Coordinator and Senior Teacher for the Teacher Training Programs at the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo.

With combined training in Vishoka Meditation, Ayurveda, Trauma, Adaptive Asana styles, and continuous personal practice, Julia can lead students towards a practice that serves, supports, and honors their current needs and capacities while also finding great joy and incentive to gently challenge themselves and grow as she has.

Julia works with individuals privately to set up a practice regime with a combined attention to all aspects of lifestyle, yoga, and meditation through the Zoom platform or in person. She also works with groups in guided practice as well as in lecture and practicum format. Vishoka Meditation and Yoga practice has altered Julia’s personal experience of herself and the world in the most compelling and gratifying ways. She is forever inspired and supported by the techniques, theory, and mentors of the Tradition of the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy.

Contact:

Himalayan Institute of Buffalo/Yoga For Everyone
julia4yoga@hotmail.com
(716) 816-6802

Katherine Moore

Niwot, CO

Katherine Moore

Katherine “Kitty” Moore is the creator and director of Sadhana West Teacher Training programs, and has been teaching yoga full time since 1997. She received her first 200 Hour RYT certification from Patty Townsend at the Center for Yoga and Healing Arts in Amherst, MA. She then went on to study with Yogiraj Alan Finger and was later initiated into the lineage of Sri Vidya in 2003 by her direct teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, with whom she continues to study. In 2009, Kitty began studying with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, with whom she also continues to study, and is honored to be among the first group of Certified Vishoka Meditation Teachers.

In addition to now being a Certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher, Kitty is a Himalayan Institute 500 Hour ERYT, and a certified ParaYoga Four Desires Trainer. She’ll be offering Vishoka Meditation courses at her yoga studio, The Hidden Yoga Studio, in Niwot, CO. Kitty also teaches open classes, workshops and teacher trainings, and is available for individual private lessons.

Contact:

The Hidden Yoga Studio, Sadhana West Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Immersions
hiddenyogastudioniwot@gmail.com
(303) 709-6243
http://www.thehiddenyogastudio.com

Lisa Bertke

Geneva, IL

Lisa Bertke

Lisa is the founder and owner of the Prana Yoga Center, in Geneva IL, which she established in 2002 for the practice of authentic yoga and to create a community that supports the well-being and evolution of others through the mind-body-spirit practices of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Meditation.

Lisa is a passionate student, teacher, and leader, empowering those around her to live purposeful lives. She draws on the classical yoga texts and 20 years of study and practice under the guidance of Yogarupa Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Spiritual Head of the Himalayan Institute, and mentor Tricia Fiske.

Having experienced the transformative power of the practice, her life’s work is to bring these time-tested wisdom traditions to others. Lisa’s teaching style is an energizing and challenging blend of alignment-based Hatha with the energetics of Tantra Yoga. Each practice includes breath-centered movement, classical asana, pranayama, relaxation and meditation to access a state of deep inner awareness for greater positivity, clarity and courage off the mat.

Lisa is a graduate of DePaul University where she earned a BSBA in Human Resources. She lives in St. Charles, IL, with her husband of 29+ years and is extremely blessed with three incredible sons Jacob, Matthew & Michael. She loves cats, books, biking, camping and service.

Contact:

www.pranayogacenter.com
info@pranayogacenter.com

Maria Luisa Chea

Santo Domingo

Maria Luisa Chea

Maria Luisa has fully embraced the practice and teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda as a way of life. Through Yoga she has found a way to integrate her outer and inner worlds on a path of infinite growth and discovery. Her personal practice and teaching are nourished by the teachings of the Sri Vidya Lineage into which she was initiated in 2010.

In 2013, Maria Luisa founded Yoga Sangha, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic a Yoga Alliance RYS200 to share the teachings and gifts of yoga, meditation and ayurveda with the local community.

Maria Luisa is grateful to have received the gift of Vishoka Meditation from her teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. As a Certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher she will share this gift with enthusiasm and reverence.

Currently, Maria Luisa teaches 200 HR YTT and 500 HR YTT Affiliate Programs with the Himalayan Institute in addition to private and pubic Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda classes, workshops and retreats

Contact:

Yoga Sangha RD
marialuisa@yogasanghard.com
(849) 357-7499

Mary Johnston-Coursey

Salt Lake City, UT

Mary Johnston-Coursey

Mary Johnston-Coursey was introduced to meditation at age 15, and began a daily yoga practice at age 20. Over the years she explored various styles of yoga before meeting her main teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker. She has found her home in ParaYoga, studying with Rod and his teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. Mary is truly grateful to belong to the SriVidya lineage of the Himalayan Sages.

Teaching yoga since 1981, Mary is currently a member of the ParaYoga certification team. She teaches weekly asana classes, meditation courses, workshops, teacher trainings, and ParaYoga Master Trainings, as well as offering private sessions tailored to the individual’s needs. She loves how all the varied tools of practice ultimately contribute to a deepening experience within meditation, and is thrilled to be certified as a Vishoka Meditation Teacher.

Mary also holds an MFA in dance, and has performed as a dancer, storyteller, and singer.

Contact:

http://maryjohnstoncoursey.com/
mary@maryjohnstoncoursey.com
(801) 505-2903

Michael Nickel

Michael Nickel

Stuttgart, Germany
Michael Nickel

Michael Nickel

Michael started his yoga journey in 2009 after facing severe stress-related back pain and burnout symptoms. Yoga and yoga philosophy soon changed his life for the better. In 2012 he received his first yoga teacher certifications from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. In 2013 he began his studies with Yogarupa Rod Stryker, and in 2014 also with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute. Since 2013 he has traveled frequently from Germany to the US and India for extensive studies with his teachers as well as self-guided meditation immersions.

Michael aims at inspiring people through yoga, mindfulness, and meditation to live a balanced and fulfilled life. He is a yogi, yoga, and meditation teacher (E-RYT 500 & YACEP, ParaYoga Level 2 teacher). Living in Stuttgart in southern Germany, he is also an Entrepreneur and Scientific Consultant in the fields of Bionics and Evolutionary Biology. As a citizen of both worlds, the yoga, and the scientific communities, he aspires to bring together aspects and knowledge of traditional yoga and meditation techniques as well as today’s scientific worldview. Thus, he bridges the gap between the western mind and the ancient teachings of the Himalayan Masters to make this wisdom most accessible to modern seekers. For this, Vishoka Meditation turned out as a most valuable method. Michael also founded the publishing house “Agni Verlag” to serve this mission for a German audience. Consequently, in 2020 he translated and published the German edition of the Vishoka Meditation book.

Contact:

Santosha Yoga
https://www.santosha-yoga.de/

Mike Hayduk

Mike Hayduk

Chambersburg, PA
Mike Hayduk

Mike Hayduk

Mike has taken the road less traveled to become a Certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher. Joining the Marine Corps after High School, he deployed to Vietnam in 1970. After a 15-year hiatus, he joined the National Guard and deployed to Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm in 1990. He left service in 2004 and joined the Army Reserve in 2009 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010, finally retiring in 2012 as a Chief Warrant Officer 5. Mike also had a successful career as a Department of Defense civilian leader, is a survivor of divorce and the death of a son. He is now preparing for life’s final challenge and Vishoka Meditation is a key component of that preparation. Until that exciting day arrives, Mike leads an active life teaching, hiking, traveling, reading, painting, sculpting, cooking, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Contact:

Mindful at Any Speed
michaelhayduk@comcast.net
(717) 860-7636