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]

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]

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

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

Meg Artley

McLean, VA

Meg Artley

Meg’s physician suggested that she take up yoga to navigate a chronic illness. That was over 15 years ago. Not only did Meg find healing in the practice of asana yoga, she also found a new calling as a yoga teacher, receiving her 200 HR Yoga Teacher Certification in 2012 and her 500 HR Certification in 2018. When she took the Vishoka Meditation Master Course in spring of 2020, she finally understood why and how the mat and the meditative seat lead people to healing, wholeness and joy. As a yoga teacher at age 57, she is always teaching what she is learning.

Contact:

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

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/

Michelle Ostermyer

Toledo, OH

Michelle Ostermyer

Michelle Ostermyer is a E-RYT 500 HR Yoga Teacher who has been practicing yoga for more than a decade. Michelle started out as a dancer and studied yoga and dance in NYC with master teachers. She was amazed at how the practice of yoga helped to alleviate the stresses of city living and bring a sense of balance to her life. In 2015, Michelle earned her 200-HR Yoga Teacher Certification. Shortly after, she became certified in Aerial Yoga and bodyART (a functional and holistic movement program that combines strength, flexibility, cardio and breath work). She also has received specialized training in myofascial release for asana classes. Michelle is proud to have completed her 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification and Vishoka Meditation Teacher Training at the Himalayan Institute.

Outside of the yoga studio, Michelle loves to connect with nature. She is extremely passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and wants everyone to feel good in their body/mind. Michelle’s yoga and meditation classes focus on exploring inner awareness. She hopes that her students leave her classes feeling empowered and nourished with a deeper connection to themselves. Check out her instagram at www.instagram.com/belleyogi and website at

Contact:

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

Natalie Backman

Oak Park, CA

Natalie Backman

Devoted to the Divine Mother, Natalie shares what she knows of the wisdom of the sages as an unveiling of her heart. Rooted in the Himalayan Tradition, Natalie guides informed and embodied experiences of yoga asana, pranayama, yoga nidra, Vishoka Meditation, and Yoga Sutra based practices of contemplation and self-inquiry – all with the aim of generating true transformation culminating in ultimate freedom and lasting fulfillment. She also offers mentorship to those craving a personalized deepening in their practice and teaching. Based in California, most of Natalie’s offerings are now happening live, virtually, to an international community of seekers and practitioners. Held in grace, Natalie endeavors to live her life as an integrated offering to the Divine. Jai Maa!

Contact:

Natalie Backman Yoga
nataliebackmanyoga.com
[email protected]
(646) 262-4415

Natasha Dooley

Larkspur, CO

Natasha Dooley

Natasha’s yoga journey began over eighteen years ago, shortly after moving to Colorado. Natasha completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Adi Amar in Jackson Hole, WY and now practices and studies in the Himalayan Tradition with the Himalayan Institute.
Natasha was born in Yekaterinburg, Russia and now lives in beautiful Larkspur, CO on a small hobby farm, with her husband, and two dogs. Natasha currently teaches yoga, meditation, and Yoga Nidra at the Woodmoor Country Club in Monument, CO and to private clients.

Contact:

[email protected]

Nicole Taylor

Philadelphia, PA

Nicole Taylor

As a life-long seeker, Nicole Taylor has extensively studied and practiced Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation. In addition to being a newly certified VMT, Nicole is a NAMA-certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor and a 500-hour trained yoga teacher. She was initiated into the Himalayan Tradition in 2011. Her life’s purpose is to support people in claiming their innate joy, wholeness, and ability to thrive. She plans to share Vishoka Meditation in private sessions, group workshops, and corporate wellness programs.

Contact:

[email protected]
https://www.ajoyfulpause.com/
(215) 499-6154

Octavio Salvado

Octavio Salvado

Bali, Indonesia
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/
[email protected]

Rayne Watkin

Melbourne, Australia

Rayne Watkin

Rayne began practicing yoga at a young age. She also is a practicing Osteopath and feels that the two modalities were made for each other. Her main passion is to share the ancient teachings in order to empower her students. Rayne wants to help her students share their unique gifts with this world and assist them in creating an everlasting relationship with their inherent luminosity. It is with so much joy that Rayne shares this incredible meditation with her community.

Contact:

[email protected]
+ (614) 0812-8237

Regina Pietersen

Toms River, NJ

Regina Pietersen

Regina turned to yoga in 2013 as a means of warding off sports-related injuries from overusing muscles in triathlon training. She found yoga to have many other benefits – in managing her stress related to attending graduate school, having two young children, and a full time job. She soon found other healthful side benefits such as reduced stress, ability to think more clearly, a more positive outlook, and a sense of overall well-being and happiness. Regina is committed to sharing these benefits with others and is particularly interested in the mind-body-breath connection and Vishoka Meditation. She wants to bring a deeper, more subtle awareness to a student’s practice.

Regina Pietersen received her 500 HR Teacher Training through the Himalayan Institute under the tutelage of Panditji Rajmani Tigunait, Ishan Tigunait, Sandra Anderson, Judy Molton and Shiva Tigunait.

Regina is now a Certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher – having completed the Vishoka Meditation Master Course and currently enrolled in Sri Sukta and Sadhana Immersion, she looks forward to immersing herself into the Nexus of Sri Sukta and Vishoka Meditation to discover the unique intersection of these two ancient practices.

Contact:

Breathe Life Sangha
[email protected]
(732)-600-8030

Riccardo De Paolis

Rome, Italy

Riccardo De Paolis

Riccardo received his masters degree in Electronic Engineering in 2007, and after 8 years working for a major IT corporation, he decided to change careers. He realized his major passion was in holistic therapies, and thus, pursued training in yoga and therapeutic massage. He is both a yogi and a yoga and meditation teacher (E-RYT 500 & YACEP, Purna Yoga, Byron Yoga Center, Byron Bay, Australia). Riccardo teaches in several yoga studios in Rome, teaches for companies in Italy and in Europe, and usually runs international retreats and workshops. Riccardo is a qualified Mindfulness teacher having received a Master Degree in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Protocol (MBSR) at the Department of Psychology of La Sapienza University, Rome. He organizes MBSR protocol and workshops for corporations.

Riccardo’s vision is to make yoga accessible to everybody — he believes that yoga is also a moment of joy and fun, in which we are able to facilitate a deeper connection with our own true self. He is honored to share the deep and effective practice of Vishoka Meditation as a Certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher with his students.

Riccardo loves staying in contact with nature, surfing, traveling around the world and creating a positive connection with people and their different cultural backgrounds. Diversity and compassion is part of his personal path and for this reason it is also part of each of his classes and treatments.

Contact:

https://www.onebodymind.net
[email protected]

Richa Eland

Honesdale, PA

Richa Eland

Richa has a sincere desire to show all ages the benefit of the Vishoka Meditation practice, and is honored to be able to share stories of the sages who have preserved for us the wisdom of Vishoka—bringing us greater joy and contentment as we age. Being over 50 herself, and active in the Himalayan Institute for over 40 years, Richa’s teaching focuses on introducing her students to the profound tools of Ayurveda for better health, and meditation for improved well being. She is ready to show you the tools to improve the JOY in your life!

Currently living in residence at the Himalayan Institute campus in Honesdale, PA, Richa has over 40 years of practice and study with Swami Rama and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait in Honesdale, PA, Khajuraho, India and Rishikesh, India. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT), a Licensed Social Worker (LSW, state of MN), Certified Classical Homeopath with Council for Homeopathic Certification, a certified Jin Shin Do Bodymind Therapy practitioner and instructor, a Certified Reiki Practitioner Level 2, and a graduate of the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy, a four year program of Classical homeopathic remedies, philosophy and Materia Medica.

Contact:

[email protected]

Sarah Hutchinson

Mesa, CO

Sarah Hutchinson

Sarah, who has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years, is also a life-long student, fascinated with the interface between mind, body and health. As she grows older and wiser, her meditation practice of 20 + years takes on new meaning in creating vibrant health for herself, her family and her students. Sara is the founder of Yogabeyondtheposes.com, a mother and a delighted grandmother who makes her home in the wilds of Western Colorado.

Contact:

[email protected]
(970) 778-0253
https://yogabeyondtheposes.com/