Y o g a C a m p S o n o m a
Co-creating a spiritual experience in nature, a community of presence, and a platform for change!
September 29th -October 1st 2017
Shanti Devi, RYT 500, Yoga Therapist, Health Transformation Coach
Students of all levels, particularly those looking for a full spectrum, attainable approach to their yoga and health practices, enjoy working with Shanti Devi. With a deep passion for preventive medicine and self care, Shanti encourages her students to discover their way to foundational health by taking an Inner Journey. Using clear, concise instruction and demonstrations students are guided to practice in a way that fits their individual abilities and needs, encouraging curiosity in the process, seeking progress in place of perfection. Being a total health nut since her early teens Shanti became a Certified Fitness Instructor at the age of 20 and Personal Trainer at 25. When she discovered Yoga she fell in love with this ancient practice and wanted to share it with the world! Shanti gained her foundational yogic teachings through the Sahaj Tradition, then amplified her skills by becoming a TriYoga Basics Instructor. As a teacher, healer and seeker of knowledge and wisdom she also holds certifications in Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda.
Named Gayatri by a yogic nun, Gaya devotes herself to the beauty of nature. Her most profound experiences have been outdoors and away from cities. In her yoga practice as a teacher and yoga therapist, she helps people to cultivate a deeper connection to inner and outer nature guided by physical sensations, feelings & thoughts, and the inputs of the senses. Her aim is to help people strengthen their intuitive centers by touching the expanded field of the universe. She trained and got certified as a Yoga Teacher (E-500RYT) & Yoga Therapist through Ananda Seva Guru Kula (a modern yoga school based on the yogic teachings of P R Sarkar). She is also deeply steeped in the wisdom school of Ridwhan (also called Diamond Heart Approach.. a school which blends sufism, buddhism and western psychology).
Cyrelle McDonald recently received her 200 hour Ayurvedic Yoga certification from The Dhyana Center in Sebastopol. Passionate about bringing yoga into the local community where we can learn from each other and help each other to reach the heights of our fullest, greatest potential. She especially loves bringing yoga into the lives of kids so they can learn the deep spiritual principals of Mediation/ Deep Breathing/ Mindfulness practices.
She attended Bauman Holistic Nutrition College in Penngrove, where she became a Natural foods Chef/ Health Educator. Currently she is teaching Culinary Arts/ Nutrition Programs with the youth in Sonoma County, within the Schools, as well as at local Farmers Markets & Community events. She offers personal chef services for local families and for individuals that seek food that is nutritious and delicious.
She will be offering two yoga classes (for kids) during our time together at Yoga Camp . These classes will be about having fun, proper body alignment, working together in a supportive, nurturing team environment, and understanding the mind/ body/spirit connection. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to become more grounded and present in their bodies.
Teacher Biographies & Class Descriptions
And announcing new teachers this year....
Tiffany MacNeil has been a student of yoga for almost 20 years, and a teacher of yoga for 10. Her greatest inspirations are holistic healing, music and horses, and she loves to help others find their “verticality” – a connection that honors both the power of being grounded with the freedom of accessing the energies all around us.
Karen Sapper has been leading public walks for over 12 years, for the State Parks, and schools, as well as many clients over the years through her business Gaia Guided Hikes who have enjoyed the blend of historical stories, science and plant uses/folklore offered in an informal sharing of points of interest. Her deep appreciation for nature and its intricacies comes through, as well as a sensitivity to letting the group enjoy their experience amid the beauty along the trail. Her work as a naturalist with the schools, and a background in botany add dimension to the information shared.
She is a credentialed State Parks Docent, certified practitioner with the ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy), as well as WFA (Wilderness First Aid) certified.
In recent years the practice of Shinrin-Yoku has become a primary offering. Also referred to as Forest Bathing, this walking practice enhances our presence and sensory awareness in order to accentuate one's receptivity to the beneficial aspects of nature. This restorative walking practice originates in Japan, and has extensive documented research quantifying the beneficial aspects to our physiology, psychology and emotional well-being. She is currently helping to coordinate the Forest Therapy Series as part of the State Parks Rx Program.
Gabriel says, "I want to bring levity to the practice, that is my mission right now.” His approach allows room for the beginner and more seasoned practitioners to engage in new tools, receive hands-on support, and align what each individual is cultivating. Much of the practices he shares focus on fundamental connection and restoring the body back to wholeness. Gabriel also offers private training for those who seek to develop a personalized path and refine tools for their practice.
Discovering yoga after a professional dance and theater career, Gabriel completed his 200hr training with YogaWorks in 2010. His diverse and growing practice led him to study with many inspiring teachers thereafter. In 2013, he developed OMNI PRANA, an outdoor Youth Yoga program for all ages and unique needs. He is a contributing editor and Instructor for the Smiling Dog Yoga Teacher Training program in San Luis Obispo, since 2014. He is currently teaching in the East Bay and San Francisco.
Chrys Johnson is a NorCal native passionate about daily Yoga and Mindfulness practice. He teaches from an existential mindset and encourages students to start here, now by accepting and working with what is present. Chrys leads from a place of genuine interest in the human experience and enjoys uncovering humor amidst life's constant change and paradox.
Chrys teaches a strong, yet playful Power Vinyasa Flow class that seeks to strengthen, expand and integrate the physical body and our ethereal sense of being through breath work and dedicated deliberate action.
Chrys received his 200 RYT from the Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher program at the dhyana Center in Sebastopol CA under Tirza Dawn & Swami Kriyananda and has also done some intensive study with Anna McLawhorn of Three Dog Yoga (Santa Rosa) and Lesley Desaulniers at Sukha Yoga (Novato).
Brenda Kobrin has loved practicing yoga for over three decades and has been trained in the Sahaj style with Ananda Seva Mission of Santa Rosa. She was also trained in Restorative Yoga at the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. She brings to her teaching style a deep appreciation for these bodies that we live in and she inspires her students to love, honor and care for their bodies no matter how they are showing up. She helps guide students to a deeper awareness of their bodies and minds and to practice at whatever level is right for them at the moment.
Trish Pascual 'Prema' (E-500RYT) has been a yoga practitioner in Santa Rosa, CA with a loyal clientele for over 8 years . The majority of whom participate in her structural yoga classes, food is medicine workshops, living yoga retreats, and bi-weekly meditations that focus on yoga psychology and ethics. She came into teaching first as a high school social studies teacher with her B.A in History and M.A in Education. What propelled her into teaching the ancient science of yoga was her innate calling to empower individuals to reach their highest potential! Helping people embody their most true, divine essence or ATMA is core to her work. In so doing, she says: We as a species reach our highest expressions of love and community! It is from this divine love that she was given the name 'Prema'.