Alison Capstick

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Alison Capstick

Alison is thrilled to be a part of the growing community of Vishoka Meditation Teachers and Practitioners. Through her light and approachable teaching style, she encourages others to remain curious and open to infinite possibilities when yoga is embodied off the mat.

Alison is a professional holder of space, with various titles such as a massage therapist, traditional birth keeper, yoga and meditation teacher. A clear thread weaves these beautiful pieces of her life into a healing and compassionate fabric. Alison is also a seeker, a sailor, and a student of life. You can find her in her seaside village on her paddleboard, sailing the ocean blue, or walking in the forest with her two young children.

Contact:

[email protected]
https://alisoncapstick.wordpress.com/

Anna Withrow

Fort Myers, FL

Anna Withrow

Anna is a grateful student of the Himalayan Institute and the director of Yoga Bird in Fort Myers, Florida. Her teaching focuses on exploring the uplifting ideas of yoga and then finding that same intelligence in our bodies and in our breath. She leads asana classes, philosophy and lifestyle study groups, and life-long education for yoga teachers.

Contact:

[email protected]
(239) 839-7899
https://yogabirdstudio.com

Betsy Afton

Olean, NY

Betsy Afton

Betsy has received both her 200-HR and 500-HR Yoga Teacher Certifications from the Himalayan Institute and has taught yoga for over 25 years in a variety of venues including the Olean YMCA, Jamestown Community College, St. Bonaventure University, the City of Olean, and the Olean Meditation Center. She has had her own yoga business since 2000 and has taught integrated hatha yoga to hundreds of students in the western New York/Pennsylvania areas.

Contact:

http://www.yogabetsy.com/
(716) 372-5850

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:

[email protected]

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

Carol Daly

Mt. Vernon, IA

Carol Daly

Carol grew up in a home with yoga and meditation which has carried over into her adult life. Carol completed her 200 hour YTT in 2016 and received her 500 HR YTT Certification from the Himalayan Institute in 2018. Carol’s approach to teaching yoga draws from the Himalayan tradition and her experiences as a physical therapy clinician, administrator and educator. Carol’s strongest held belief is that yoga is accessible to all who are interested in giving it a try.

Carol is deeply grateful to her teachers at the Himalayan Institute and for this opportunity to share the life changing experience of Vishoka Meditation.

Contact:

[email protected]
https://firststreetccyoga.com/

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
[email protected]

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/
[email protected]
(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

Ellen McNally

Hamden, CT

Ellen McNally

Ellen McNally is an E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher and certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga instructor. Ellen took her first yoga class in 1975 and in 2002, found two special teachers who inspired her to practice regularly and to study at the Himalayan Institute, where she now has a home in the Sri Vidya tradition.

Ellen teaches classes for cancer survivors at Smilow Cancer Center in New Haven and has worked extensively with veterans at the local VA. Ellen currently teaches at Your Community Yoga Center in Hamden, CT.

Ellen’s work outside the studio includes Peace Corps service in Senegal. West Africa, family mentoring through the Connecticut Tibetan Resettlement Project, and working with Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven to recruit volunteers and support Habitat families.

Her personal motto: “It’s all yoga practice.”

Contact:

[email protected]
https://ellenmcnallyyoga.com/

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:

[email protected]

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/
[email protected]
(626) 422-1826

Jackie Le Brocq

Moffat, Scotland

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
[email protected]
(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
[email protected]
(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
[email protected]
(212) 246-3874

Julia Kress

Buffalo, NY

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
[email protected]
(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
[email protected]
(303) 709-6243
http://www.thehiddenyogastudio.com