May we feed your soul, inspire your heart, and nourish your mind
Angelina Lucia, ERYT500, RYS200, YACEP, LMT, CHHC Owner and Director of Bindu Yoga Studio, experienced registered yoga teacher, Thai Yoga Therapist, body-worker, teacher trainer, retreat leader, Holistic Health Counselor and long time practitioner of meditation. My love in the healing arts began at a very young age, which ultimately led me on a journey to help others find the same sense of well being and peace. Teaching yoga and guiding students deeper into their own mysteries for the past 20 years has been a gift! I've had the honor and privilege to teach yoga in a youth runaway shelter, in homeless shelters, underprivileged communities, and persons recovering from addiction, to prominent athletes, political figures, and many high profile clients from the music industry to celebrities. Teaching to such diverse groups of people has given me great understanding in basic emotional, psychological, and physical human needs and the ability to work with all walks of life whether in group settings or privately. I've been blessed to have a large private clientele since the beginning of my teaching career, many with varying degrees of illness and injury which has in turn given me a broad approach to working within each individuals unique needs and desire for their practice. Deeply grateful to have studied with many amazing teachers, mentors, and guides who have had profound influences in my life. I humbly bow to all my teachers, some of whom I've studied extensively with and have had the honor to work side by side with. Find me at my studio teaching and training students, roaming the world leading yoga retreats, strolling in nature, or relaxing with my best friend (hubby), dog, and cat!
My classes are an organic journey of breath inspired movements. Always playful, encouraging each student to find their own edge and to listen carefully to what the body is communicating. After all, you are your own true guru!
Maureen Cardenas RYT200 has been a student of yoga for many years and just loves this incredible practice. Her passion for this practice really grew after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and was fortunate enough to be able to take a breast cancer yoga class that was offered where she received treatment. Maureen truly believes that participating in this class allowed her to heal even quicker by training the brain to understand the mind and body connection. Maureen received her 200 hour training with Scott Feinberg at Kula Yoga Shala in 2011. She has been teaching since then in Adult Education programs with the Palm Beach County School District and also at a private retirement facility in Jupiter. Maureen teaches Gentle yoga, Basic yoga, and Chair yoga. Maureen believes anyone and everyone can participate in this practice regardless of size, shape, or limitations. If you can breathe, you can do yoga!
Emily Large, PT, CYT, RYT500, is the founder of Living Large Therapeutics, which combines the science of physical therapy with the time-honored practice of yoga. Emily has practiced physical therapy since 1994 in various settings, participated in physical therapy research, provided continuing education for health care professionals, and been featured in the New York Times, Yoga Journal, Palm Beach Post, PT Magazine, and NBC WPTV News Channel 5. Emily received her Associate of Arts degree from the University of Florida, her Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from the University of Central Florida, and then attended Emory University for graduate studies in neuroscience and movement science.
Emily has practiced yoga since 1997 and her teaching is inspired by her teachers, Gary Kraftsow and Mirka Scalco Kraftsow. Completing the four-year, 1000-hour yoga therapy program through the American Viniyoga Institute, Emily is recognized by the Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level and a Certified Yoga Therapist. Currently, Emily is one of only two certified viniyoga therapist in the states of Florida and Georgia.
Kourtney Pulitzer RYT200 began her yoga practice nearly 20 years ago. It started as an avenue for this classically trained ballerina to move, stretch, and flow even after the grind of daily rehearsals had ended. What she found on the mat was so much more than she ever imagined. She found her Self, her hOMe, her way in this wild wild world.
Kourtney knew instantly that she wanted to be a yoga teacher. As her practice evolved and she tried on many different styles she kept returning to the authentic flow that Angel Lucia led. Kourtney's year long mentorship/training with Angel Lucia was completed in October 2015. Receiving her 200hr. certification is only the beginning for this yoginis life long quest to grow, learn and share!
Kourtney's goal as a teacher is to encourage students to enjoy the ride and illuminate their path. The path that saved her life on many occasions and possibly daily. The yoga path that takes us on the beautiful journey inward.
Ralph Iovino, USMC Vietnam Veteran, E-RYT 500, Ambassador Veterans Yoga Project. Began practicing yoga in 2006. Teaches Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Chair Yoga and Gentle Yoga to veterans and their families.
Meryl Yoss - Several decades ago, a thirst for a spiritual practice inspired Meryl to attend her first yoga class in New York City on East 79th Street with her friend, Nevine Michaan. While Meryl’s early Iyengar education focused on strength and alignment, Nevine took the hatha practice into another realm exploring and incorporating Taoist philosophy in an effort to understand form, function and flow naming the practice Katonah Yoga. It is through the harmony of the breath, the physical form of the asanas and the Taoist interpretation of nature, repetition of pattern and respect for the order and sequence of the universe that we can attempt a conversation and a dialog between our minds and our bodies working toward complete integration. Every effort has its purpose and the purpose of yoga is to achieve mindful self-awareness, peace and clarity. It is Meryl’s hope and intention to share this practice with those who are equally curious and thirsty.
Katrina Berard was introduced to yoga at a young age. Even as a young girl, Katrina became aware of the power of her breath. During a tough time in life, a yoga teacher said something powerful that changed her life "when all else fails, we always have our breath".
In June of 2014, Katrina graduated from the 200 hour teacher training at Kula Yoga Shala in Jupiter. She has been teaching yoga since September of 2014. Katrina's classes focus on bringing awareness to the power of ones breath. Her classes are a mix of yin yoga and a slow vinyasa flow.
Laurie Dean ERYT-500 is curious and passionate about learning, Laurie is immersed in studying Yoga and Ayurveda. At a day long Omega conference in 2003, Laurie began studying with Rod Stryker - founder of Parayoga. His reverence for his teachers and the teachings, along with a wicked sense of humor still inspire her 13 years later and she became a 500 hr certified Level 1 teacher in 2012. After a 2 year long mentorship program, Laurie became 1 of the few Parayoga teachers certified to teach Rod Stryker’s 4 Desires work.
Along with Rod Stryker, Laurie is grateful to be learning from Rod’s teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. Laurie became an Ayurveda Health Counselor in 2015 thru the 650 hr Himalayan Institute program with Kathryn Templeton and Dr Rosy Mann from Kripalu’s School of Ayurveda. This programs accredited by NAMA, the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Laurie is also an instructor in the HI Ayurveda Yoga Specialist program - helping yoga teachers to expand their knowledge and grow their ability to incorporate Yoga and Ayurveda into teaching and their work with clients.
Sharing the practical and life changing wisdom of Parayoga and Ayurveda is what inspires Laurie to teach! Have fun - love life - learn and grow!
Carmen Balan Manchester was first introduced to yoga while growing up in Germany. She began intensively studying yoga in 1995 while living in San Francisco. "San Francisco is a yoga heaven. There is a great selection of quality schools and some of the best yoga instructors coming from all around the world." She was drawn to the Iyengar method of yoga and finished her certified teacher training in 2002. She began teaching in 2003 with an emphasis on the Iyengar approach.
"it is fundamental to emphasize precision and form in order to maintain a balance between flexibility and strengthening for being attentive to the breath. Yoga should meet the unique needs of every student. A mindful yoga practice is accessible and beneficial to everyone."
Anna Barrett took her first yoga class in 2006 in Delray Beach, FL and has been hooked ever since! In 2011, Anna received her BA in Religious Studies from Naropa University in Boulder CO, and completed her 200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training led by Shannon Paige and Shelley Coughlin at Shakta Studio in Denver, CO. Shortly after, Anna fell in love with teaching. Anna has studied and apprenticed under teachers who offer in depth knowledge of Ayurveda, Holistic Healing, Mindfullness, and Breathwork. She has undergone intensive educational training in Somatic Psychology and Movement Therapy, and has a strong background in Vipassana and Tantric Meditation. At the heart of her experience, are her four years spent teaching private yoga therapy sessions on an integrative healing team at Harmony Healing Cherry Creek in Denver, CO. Ana is focused on deepening the practice of yoga both on and off the mat, she has completed a training through Off the Mat and Into the World and is currently working towards her Masters of Social Work at Barry University. Anna is thrilled to be a part of the Bindu family!
In Anna's classes you will find an emphasis on alignment and embodiment. She focuses on mobility, strength and flexibility through slow strong sequencing. Her classes cater to the unique individuals in the room while offering gentle adjustments to support your practice. Anna is an advocate of yoga-for-every-body, and welcomes all levels of practice, from beginners to advanced!
After moving to Florida, Dave became a certified SCUBA diver and found his way to yoga through a fellow SCUBA diver and part owner of a yoga studio. Breath and focus were the common links of these two activities, and yoga seemed to quickly become a new and important part of his life.
And so began Dave's regular yoga practice for the next five years. After being encouraged to pursue the path of certified yoga instructor, he earned his comprehensive 200 hour certification in Kripalu yoga in 2007. The teacher training course unexpectedly awakened a spiritual side and a deepening awareness.
Since then dave has taught at various venues in the West Palm Beach area, expanding his practice to incorporate vinyasa flow and power yoga in a fun, breath-centered adventure! A firm believer in the physical benefits of yoga, improving health, strength, posture, confidence and an overall well-being. Dave loves sharing yoga with all students, seeing them progress, and finding for themselves the joy it can bring. Namaste!
Kathy Ornish a certified yoga teacher (E-RYT-500) and certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT). She has her own studio, in East Lansing, Michigan, where she practices yoga therapy and conducts group classes. Kathy also serves as Senior Faculty at Gary Kraftsow’s American Viniyoga Institute where she teaches in the Viniyoga Foundations Program for Teaching and Yoga Therapy.
Kathy’s yoga therapy practice involves addressing individual’s structural, physiological, and emotional conditions. Her primary emphasis in all her teaching is the breadth of the yoga tradition using the appropriate application of the many tools of yoga in hopes that she can help people realize their highest potential. Visit her www.goodspaceyoga.com or Practice with her www.yogainternational.com/kathyornish