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

Jevon Rowden

San Luis Obispo, CA

Jevon Rowden

Jevon Rowden has worked in the fitness and wellness industry since 2015, teaching kickboxing, yoga, and meditation—he holds that MOVEMENT is a gift, and MEDITATION is where we shift.

Jevon’s journey began in 2015 at the Expanding Light Meditation Center; he received his 200 YTT certification from the Himalayan Institute (2020) and has been a Certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher since 2022.

What he has learned has reinforced the idea that we can truly create any life we want for ourselves through mindset, connection, community, self-development, and inspired action…knowing too that this all takes time. It’s a lifelong process of healing, resting, digesting, and uncovering layers and layers of what keeps us from the truth: the truth of our gifts and how we can bring them to life.

Jevon’s personal shift into this process began at an early age. Moving from self-medicating to self-empowering, he now holds space for others and shares the tools he found along the way, as he continues to learn and grow with new discoveries! Jevon currently lives in San Luis Obispo, from where he continues his practice and studies on California’s central coast.

Contact:

[email protected]
(775) 560-4481

Joe Falco

Asheville, NC

Joe Falco

Joe Rocco Falco is a practitioner and devoted teacher of Yoga, Meditation, and the Vedic Sciences. He is the co-founder of Yoga Veda Center and Ahara.life and has over 7,000 hours of teaching experience. Joe seeks to spread the teachings of the Masters of Yoga through classes, private transformations, yoga teacher trainings, and masterclasses for advanced students of the yogic arts.

Contact:

Ahara
https://www.ahara.life/
[email protected]
(954) 309-3127

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

June Hunt

Quakertown, PA

June Hunt

June’s belief in the transformative power of yoga and meditation fuels her. “The changes in my life have been profound, and I want to share it.” She believes that everyone can benefit from practicing, and is passionate about finding new ways to make yoga/meditation accessible to all. Vishoka Mediation is one of the tools which make living a life of joy accessible to everyone.

Contact:

Moondog Yoga Studio Inc
https://www.moondogyoga.com/
[email protected]
(267) 374-4046

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

Kirsten Joy Burch

Dallax, TX

Kirsten Joy Burch

Kirsten began yoga as a practice for fitness and stress relief at 19 and found her way to yoga therapy and meditation when she lost her husband to brain cancer. She then devoted herself to study and earned her 500 HR ParaYoga Certification from Yogarupa Rod Stryker in 2014.

She continues her studies with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and the Himalayan Institute, a living tradition rooted in the Yoga Sutras and the traditional texts of Yoga philosophy and Ayurveda.

She is humbled and honored to offer the teachings and practices to others through public and private classes, workshops, and events. She is the owner of Living Yoga Dallas and PraniLife Consulting. Kirsten teaches at Central Commons near Highland Park, and Atma Bhakti near Lakewood in Dallas, Texas.

Contact:

PraniLife Consulting & Living Yoga Dallas
https://www.pranilife.com/

Laura Mellencamp

Downers Grove, IL

Laura Mellencamp

Laura Jane Mellencamp is the founder and owner of Yoga Among Friends (1998-Present) in the western suburbs of Chicago. Laura has been teaching yoga since the late 80’s, first in LA and later continued her study in the lineage of Krishnamacharya with the late T.K.V. Desikachar at the KYM in Chennai, India. She is proud to be a C-IAYT yoga therapist, combining her work as a counseling psychologist (MA,) with the tools of yoga. Her passion has led her to study under Pandit Rajmani Tigunait beginning in 2011 and, as of 2021, is a Certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher. As a practitioner and teacher, she shares Vishoka Meditation with her students and her community.

Contact:

[email protected]
(630) 960-5488

Léa Fritsch

Plano, TX

Léa Fritsch

Léa began to study and practice yoga in 2003 to support her recovery from cancer. Léa found that the slow, inwardly focused, breath-aligned asana (as taught by Vanda Scaravelli and Gentle Somatic Yoga) to be most healing. Because she loves the practices so much, Léa became a teacher. She loves helping others along their journey to a whole body and mind experience. Léa prepares her students to build a body awareness that fosters self-inquiry and a deepening trust of one’s own perceptions. When the physical body can move freely with fewer restrictions, the mind’s capacity to explore an inner realm is enhanced. Léa practices daily to befriend her mind as well as create a positive body awareness to live more pain-free.

Contact:

[email protected]
(469) 449-7468

Leah Kinsella

Cranford, NJ

Leah Kinsella

Leah Kinsella is a mom, educator, coach, and entrepreneur. She has been teaching for over a decade and practicing for twice as long. She is the author of The Pregnancy Deck, the first oracle deck for pregnancy. Leah took her Vishoka Meditation Teacher Training while she was pregnant and believes meditating daily during that time was a tremendous benefit. Today Leah is honored to share the numerous rewards of Vishoka Meditation with others.

Contact:

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

Leslie Robinson

Hamden, CT

Leslie Robinson

Leslie has been a nurse-midwife for 40 years. Her practice of women’s health and her yoga studies inspired her to teach. She has taught prenatal yoga for many years at Your Community Yoga Center in Hamden, Ct, (hired by Kitty Moore and then by Jennifer Brosious). She has worked with women and couples to incorporate yogic breathing and movement into their preparation for labor, birth, and parenting. Leslie was introduced to the Himalayan Institute by Kathryn Templeton and the late Sue Neufeld, and began to study with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait via the Living Tantra series. Through the Himalayan Institute, she has completed her 500 HR YTT, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist Certification, visited India twice, and continues to study the Yoga Sutras and Sri Sukta with the faculty. After taking the first class of Vishoka Meditation, the depth and accessibility of the practice drew Leslie to go deeper, to become a certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher, and to share this practice with others.

Contact:

[email protected]

Leslie Ross

Breckenridge, CO

Leslie Ross

Leslie, always a seeker and student of life, discovered yoga in the early 90s and continues to dive deeper into this ancient science and practice. Orienting her compass over the years through the body and the natural world as a backcountry guide and outdoor enthusiast led her to the mind-body-spirit aspects of yoga which continue to draw her in further. Leslie completed her 200 HR YTT in Jan 2010 (after taking a brief detour into Tai Chi, Qigong, and Reiki) and shortly thereafter, opened a studio with her husband: Yoga Shala in Breckenridge, CO. Leslie began studying intensively with Rod Stryker, and through the Para Yoga Community, was introduced to Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. She shifted her focus to studying with the amazing team of teachers at the Himalayan Institute. In 2018 Leslie and Jason sold their studio to create more space for personal practice, deeper studies, and the next evolution of their yoga offerings… Vishoka Meditation.

Contact:

Empower, LLC
[email protected]
(970) 389-9654
https://www.summitcelebrant.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
[email protected]

Lisa Hartjen

Honesdale, PA

Lisa Hartjen

Curious to the core, Lisa Hartjen started her spiritual journey around the age of 9 when she began to explore temples, Friend’s Meeting Houses, and churches looking for meaning. Still seeking, Lisa began her meditation practice in 1998 with a weekly Buddhist session at Willow Street Yoga in Takoma Park, MD, where she completed her 200 HR YTT. In 2001, Lisa followed her heart to the Himalayan Institute to study Sri Vidya with her spiritual teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD. Soon after joining the HI Creative Services Team in 2015, Lisa completed her 500 HR YTT and Ayurvedic Specialist certification from the Himalayan Institute.

For Lisa, the practice of Vishoka Meditation helped her find the answers to spiritual questions she began asking as a 9 year old. The answers to her many questions often flow lovingly from the gentle silence engendered by the practice of Vishoka Meditation – a profound practice that Lisa is very inspired to share with her students.

Contact:

http://www.lisahartjen.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
[email protected]
(849) 357-7499

Marilyn Granger

Winston Salem, NC

Marilyn Granger

Dr. Granger has become very much aware of the relationship between the body, mind, and spirit. She seeks to discover new ways of applying the ancient teachings of yoga in the modern world of medicine.

She has been interested in yoga as the science of human consciousness. Vishoka Meditation arises from this science to train the mind to open to the greater awareness of our essence which is joyful and luminous.

Contact:

[email protected]
https://www.somalumina.com/

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/
[email protected]
(801) 505-2903