I used to think that Yoga was something my parents did to embarrass me in front of my friends in junior high.. But 20 years ago, recovering from a back injury, I began practicing asana and discovered something I had been seeking for years: the manifestation of meditation through motion. Over the years, I developed a signature style which integrates the breath based flow of Ashtanga and precision of Iyengar into a deep, sweaty and transformative mind/body experience. Opening Kula was my attempt to bring a little California vibe to the mean streats of NYC. Abundant love and thanks to the Kula family who have mad this a REAL kula or intentional community – as well as the coolest hang out in the world for my three daughters, who will no doubt find my excruciatingly embarrassing in about 10 years.
My mission is to help yoga students bridge the gap between ancient yoga wisdom and our modern lives. My passion is to help students in the worldwide yoga community achieve personal breakthroughs on and off the mat
Based in Los Angeles, Marla is a Senior Intermediate level Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. Her 20 years of experience have made her a prominent instructor both throughout the United States and abroad where she leads workshops, intensives, retreats and teacher training programs.
Marla teaches at Iyengar Yoga Institue of Los Angeles (http://www.iyila.org/)
Janet’s personal yoga journey began in 1996 when she traveled to India, the birthplace of her grandfather, where she met an inspired yogi and became dedicated to a conscious evolution through yoga. She blends a wealth of knowledge and experience to create a unique, vigorous-yet-sumptuous approach to Vinyasa yoga that melds awareness with movement, breath, heart, and humor. She teaches workshops, retreats, and teacher training around the world.
Janet is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, having completed the 200-hour & 500-hour E-RYT program. (E-RYTs are qualified to train teachers and to conduct continuing education trainings). She leads a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified vinyasa yoga teacher training program structured around the 5 elements, as well as a 500-hour advanced training.
Sean Johnson – Founder of Wild Lotus Yoga, and Soul School: Wild Lotus’ Interdisciplinary Yoga and Spirituality Training Program
Sean is a proud native of New Orleans. He has been teaching yoga in New Orleans since 1999 and opened Wild Lotus in 2002. He shares an integrative teaching style that weaves the emotional power of bhakti yoga with the sensuality of hatha yoga to free the spirit and bring more love, creativity, and depth to our lives. His classes focus on opening the heart through creative vinyasa flows, chanting, storytelling, mythology, poetry, and enchanting music.
Sean’s unique yoga education began with intensive, experiential, interdisciplinary study of yoga and related spiritual traditions in college and in graduate school. He received a Master’s Degree in Creation Spirituality from The Naropa Institute where he apprenticed with South Indian teacher and yogi-musician Russill Paul. Sean is also gratefully inspired by his friendships and study with many heart-centered yoga teachers including his college mentor and first yoga teacher Doranne Crable; Dana Flynn and Jasmine Tarkeshi founders of Laughing Lotus Yoga; holistic yoga teacher Saul David Raye; kirtan singer Jai Uttal; and Soul School collaborator Mitchel Bleier.
Sean was named one of New Orleans’ outstanding achievers in Gambit Weekly’s 40 Under 40. He is the first Louisiana-based yoga teacher to teach at Yoga Journal’s Conferences and also teaches at other yoga conferences and festivals internationally.
Sean and The Wild Lotus Band are celebrated as one of the guiding voices in Western kirtan music, and tour internationally. To find out more about their music visit SeanJohnsonAndTheWildLotusBand.com. He is also the co-curator of Putumayo Yoga World Music’s yoga releases and a contributing writer to Yoga Journal.
“My intention is for Wild Lotus to be a warm and welcoming place where you can come and reconnect with the authenticity, wisdom and creativity of your own soul.”
Maty Ezraty was the original founder of Yoga Works in Santa Monica California and directed the Teacher Training Program there for over 16 years. She has studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois 5 times in India , and during 5 of his American tours as well as once in France .Maty wrote the Yoga Journal Asana Column in 2001. She is known for her joyful, engaging and determined approach to teaching correct form. Teaching since 1985 Maty has been a student of many senior Iyengar teachers which reflects in her practice and how she teaches.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center is dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the vipassana tradition. The practice of mindful awareness, called Insight Meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. We provide silent meditation retreats, as well as classes, trainings, and Dharma study opportunities for new and experienced students from diverse backgrounds with a willingness to develop their own practice.