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Certified Teachers

Bryan Crigler

Winona, MN
Dale Kukielka

Dale Kukielka

Blaine, MN

Eduardo Guedez

Flinstone, MD, USA

Hannah Holland

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Jackie Le Brocq

Jackie Le Brocq

Moffat, Scotland
Joe Somodi

Joe Somodi

Ft. Collins, CO USA
Julia Kress

Julia Kress

Buffalo, NY USA

Lisa Bertke

Geneva, IL, USA

Mary Johnston-Coursey

Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Michael Nickel

Michael Nickel

Stuttgart, Germany
Mike Hayduk

Mike Hayduk

Chambersburg, PA USA
Octavio Salvado

Octavio Salvado

Bali, Indonesia
Shanti Nolen

Shanti Nolen

Haslet, TX USA
Shauna Gilsdorf

Shauna Gilsdorf

Swanton, Ohio
Sondra Harper

Sondra Harper

Longmont, CO
Suzanne Manafort

Suzanne Manafort

United States
Tania Ashworth

Tania Ashworth

Perth, Australia

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

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

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

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

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.

Contact:

http://youtube.com/user/bryancrigler

Tania Ashworth

Tania Ashworth

Tania is a seeker and a student first. The practices of Hatha yoga, yoga nidra, and meditation have been consistently the transformative edge and anchor points of her inner and outer life for 30+ years. She holds great respect and trust in these systematic processes for accessing and listening to your own inner wisdom: that place that guides you in finding peace, joy, and resilience through the timeless wisdom gifted to us in the philosophies passed down by the sages. In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali writes in Sutra 1:36, of ‘the heart and the light beyond all sorrow’: Vishoka. In 2020, through the loving instruction and guidance of both Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Ishan Tigunait, Tania experienced and continues to embody the profound practice of Vishoka Meditation. Now as a teacher, she humbly offers others the same opportunity, making the commitment to honor the tradition of the Himalayan Masters to the best of her ability.

Contact:

http://www.kaviyoga.com.au
tania@kaviyoga.com.au

Sondra Harper

Sondra Harper

Sondra is a 200-hour RYT and a Feng Shui practitioner. Living and teaching in Colorado for nine years, she has taught Feng Shui courses and meditations as well as led satsangs. Sondra has been training with the Himalayan Institute since 2010—her primary teacher being Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. She has also studied with many other teachers from living traditions such as Liu Ming Taoist monk, Puma Quispe Singnoa from Peru, and Alex Stark. These extraordinary teachers have all contributed to instilling in Sondra the value of personal practice, personal devotion, and personal love for life.

Sondra is a passionate student, teacher, and leader, empowering those around her to live powerful, purposeful lives. She is actively involved in her community through the chamber of commerce, and the Body, Earth Soul women’s group, as well as many other professional affiliations. She can occasionally be found teaching at the Hidden Yoga studio in Niwot, CO.

Contact:

sondrarocks@gmail.com
(720) 985-0061

Shauna Gilsdorf

Shauna Gilsdorf

Shauna discovered her passion for the spiritual discipline of meditation and yoga at a young age. Born into a family who believed in the power of the mind/body/spirit connection, she was intrigued and compelled to learn all she could. Shauna became a yoga teacher over a decade ago and has since received her 500hr training from the Himalayan Institute. Dedicated to a life of service, Shauna is a Mental Health Professional and works on an adolescent inpatient psychiatric unit where teaches yoga and meditation to youth in crisis. This work led her to take additional trainings in yoga for trauma, which led her to teaching meditation to recovering addicts in long term residential treatment. Shauna also leads teacher trainings, yoga classes, and workshops while teaching from her heart. Constantly inspired by her teachers and students, Shauna continues her study of yoga and believes the best teachers remain lifelong students.

Contact:

shaunagilsdorf@aol.com
(419) 376-4793

Octavio Salvado

Octavio Salvado

By the grace of God and the Masters, Octavio’s mission is simple: to share Yoga with the world in the way that it was intended—as a spiritual science designed to awaken humanity to its highest potential. Everything he teaches is lineage-based, handed down from teacher to student for thousands of years in an unbroken chain of personal transmission. He considers Vishoka Meditation the culmination of decades of dedicated study, practice and teaching.

Octavio is a relentless student above all else—with unwavering commitment to self-practice. As a teacher, his firm resolve is to help other dedicated students find more purpose, self-reliance, joy and freedom in their daily lives. He currently lives with his wife, Emma, and their beautiful family in Bali, Indonesia where together they run The Practice Yoga Institute and share the sublime teachings of Yoga and Tantra with the world.

Contact:

The Practice
thepracticebali.com/
octavio@thepracticebali.com

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

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/

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

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

Suzanne Manafort

Suzanne Manafort

Suzanne is the Founder and Director of Mindful Yoga Therapy. For at least a decade, Suzanne has worked with veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress. This work led her to study and learn the practical aspects of what benefits Veterans in a yoga program receive. Her experiences along the way have taught her that teachers require additional training tailored to the specific needs of Veterans and others recovering from Trauma.

At the Himalayan Institute, Suzanne has attended the Living Tantra program and the Sage Program taught by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. She has studied extensively with Beryl Bender Birch at The Hard and The Soft Yoga Institute and with Patty Townsend in the Embodyoga Teacher Training programs, and is now on faculty at both schools where she teaches in teacher training programs.

Suzanne co-authored a book, the Mindful Yoga Therapy Practice Guide. She also produced two CDs—Yoga Nidra by Suzanne Manafort and “Breathe In Breathe Out”, a group of short breathing practices designed for Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress.

Contact:

Mindful Yoga Therapy
http://Mindfulyogatherapy.org
Suzanne@mindfulyogatherapy.org
(860) 712-4448

Shanti Nolen

Shanti Nolen

Shanti has been practicing meditation for 28 years and has been teaching meditation and yoga asana for 20 years. Contemplation, meditation, and pranayama have been the main focus in her personal practice as well as in how and what she offers as a teacher. She has trained in Ashtanga Yoga, and received her 500hr training from the Himalayan Institute. Due to a number of physical injuries and surgeries, she has a special skill in working with meditation and breathing for healing and overcoming pain. Her life long passion for a higher consciousness infuses every aspect of her life and teaching. Shanti is honored to have been trained and certified to teach Vishoka Meditation through the Himalayan Institute. She is the owner of Keller Yoga studio and leads teacher trainings, workshops and classes to uplift and enrich the lives of everyone seeking to come into a deeper understanding of their Self through yoga.

Contact:

Keller Yoga
http://www.kelleryoga.com/
kelleryoga@gmail.com
(817) 591-1702

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

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