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Maggie Hopson E-RYT 500

Maggie Hopson, E-RYT 500, has more than 25 years of experience as a physical therapist. She brings to her students an understanding of the structure and function of each unique joint in the body and a sensibility that embodies the spiritual and meditative aspects of a yoga practice. She completed her 200-hour training with Integrated Yoga Therapy in 2001 and has been involved in integrating yoga practices with Western medicine since that time. Maggie owns an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy practice, completed her master’s degree in biomechanics, doctorate in physical therapy and is an orthopedic clinical specialist.

Instruction:  Yin Yoga, Yoga for Athletes, Slow Flow

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Malisa Bobbitt,  RYT 500-E

Master of Education since 1999, Malisa has taught many disciplines to many ages.  In 2006, she completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Tom and Trisha Kelly in Encinitas, California.  Since then, she has taught 1000s of hours and continued her education with Master Teachers Rod Stryker, Tim Miller, Leslie Kaminoff, and many others.  In February of 2011, she completed a Yoga Allliance, 500 Yoga Teacher Training that mainly focused on Yoga Therapy; Many of her teachers have studied directly with Desikachar himself.  She founded Vertical Soul Yoga in 2011 and is the Director of the Yoga Teacher Training.  Her passion is to make yoga accessible to all and to create a loving space to practice the art of yoga.

Instruction: Beginning Yoga,  Flow Yoga

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Joe Lang, 500 Hour RYT-E

As a young man Joe’s curiosity of eastern mysticism and philosophy attracted him to the practice of yoga in its many forms. Shortly after he found the Ashtanga Vinyasa system and so found his inspiration for sharing the practice of yoga with others. As well as having taught yoga for over ten years Joe is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage. He utilizes all of these tools to individually guide students towards sustainable lifelong practice.

Instruction: Ashtanga Mysore Practice, Vinyasa I, II, III

Alvaro Laguna

Alvaro has been teaching here in Flagstaff for over ten years.  In the early 2000’s he began taking yoga teacher trainings, the first with Baron Baptiste in Hawaii. A year or so later, he embarked on a year-long training with Noah Maze and Naime Jezzeny.

“I’d say that my teaching is definitely alignment based,” he says. “There’s an emphasis in teaching the actions required to bring about a certain result. What you need to do to get into a certain pose and then once you’re in it, what to do to deepen it. I like to get people to understand and to share the process that I went through. Having people understand the mechanics of their own body and how the body is linked with your spirit and your mind. Certain things will have certain effects on your body. Certain things will have an effect on your “Heart.” To me, that’s kind of the whole point of yoga; to open yourself up.”

Alvaro has studied the philosophy, alignment, and anatomy of Yoga extensively since 2001.  He offers classes that will challenge and grow your practice while encouraging you to know your Self.  Come to class with an open mind, a willingness to work and an eye to see what lies inside your heart.

Instruction: Intention and Focus

Wyatt Brown:

My Yoga Beginnings: I dabbled in yoga for several years to augment my daily rock climbing and trail running. Ulla Lundgren (Founder of The Yoga Experience) got me started with yoga asana back in 1999. Ulla had an Ashtanga Vinyasa background, and she was developing the Flagstaff Anusara community. In 2007 Geoffrey Taylor encouraged me to develop a vigorous daily practice at NAYC. With guidance from Steph Revering my asana practice deepened from a casual appendage to my other physical activity, to a dedicated practice.

Training: I have studied for the last 4 years with Tim FeldmanKino MacGregorTim Miller, and Steph Revering. I studied Recreation and Outdoor Therapy at Northern Arizona University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science. Training and learning never end, and I am constantly striving to expand my teaching skills.

Why Ashtanga Vinyasa? I was attracted to the Ashtanga Vinyasa system because of its emphasis on disciplined, self-practice. By emphasizing self-practice, one only relies upon teachers and studios to help refine their own, personal practice. Self-empowerment is part of the beauty of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system. The practice itself becomes the real teacher.

My TWO main teaching goals: 1.To inspire people to practice regularly, and 2. to give people the skills to develop a systematic, self-practice that they can take literally anywhere.

Instruction: Ashtanga Vinyasa: Full Primary Series

 

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Bruce Bowditch

I have authored four books about yoga and teach workshops both nationally and abroad. My teaching is alignment based, bringing students to a deep understanding of the body so they may flow safely and naturally in their practice. Yoga therapeutics is also an important component of my offering.

I think it was about 1978 when I took my first yoga class from my student advisor in high school. I loved it but only practiced sporadically. I was more interested in soccer, basketball and drawing at the time. It was also in this period that I started practicing a variety of martial arts. That brought me into contact with meditation and Asian philosophical systems. In college I studied fine art in Baltimore and Paris. I became an advertising Art Director for several years in multinational advertising agencies overseas. It ultimately wasn’t my calling but it did bring me back to yoga. One day while working in Melbourne, Australia, I stepped into a yoga class. I immediately sensed I had found something powerfully healing, heart-opening and beautiful. The atmosphere of loving kindness felt so nourishing! I had developed a lot of injuries over the years and was carrying a lot of pain in my body as well as my heart. Yoga began to bring joy and optimism back into my life. In 1996 I left advertising and began to pursue yoga in earnest. I studied several styles of yoga, most notably Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga, with master teachers of both styles. In 1999 another serendipitous event introduced me to Anusara yoga. Anusara merged my love for a graceful and powerful physical practice with a life-enhancing and heart-centered spiritual practice. After many years of apprenticeship I was certified in that style, though I am now independent. I currently live in Flagstaff, Arizona with my family and teach weekly classes at Northern Arizona Yoga Center.

Instruction: Hatha, Flow, Slow Flow, and Friday Flow

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My first yoga class was at NAYC in 2012. It changed my life! After that first class, I knew yoga was something I wanted to continue practicing the rest of my life. It gave me a gift of being able to find peace and has been a tool that I’ve been able take anywhere along with me. I wanted to explore and learn more about yoga, so I took the teacher training program at our studio in 2014. I hadn’t taken the teacher training so I could start teaching, but I ended up teaching a couple early morning classes that fall. Now it’s been almost two years since I started teaching yoga and I am so grateful to be able to do something so rewarding and healthy for myself and others. I am open to all types of yoga practices, but I am continually drawn to center my classes around the intention (and challenge) of extending the breath. Taking long deep breaths has helped me so much in my life and I’ve found it to be the most helpful tool to work through the physical yoga poses. I have continued my studies with Rod Styker, Leslie Kaminoff, and other teachers I’ve taken classes with. I’m committed to continue to learn so that my own teaching can grow and benefit from it. 

It’s also worth mentioning that I have been playing guitar for most of my life. I love being able to share this part of myself with people, so I always bring my guitar along and play a song or two of my own at the end of my classes!

Instruction: Beginning Yoga, Slow Flow

                                                   

Rene Collins

I, Rene Collins, CEO of my perfectly-imperfect family, understand the importance of taking some quality time for you.  A wise teacher once said, “When you know how to take care of yourself, then your qualified to take care of others.”  A running injury is what opened the doors of the Yoga world for me. A blessing in disguise. My mind, body and soul immediately found its truth. I received my 200 hour YTT from At One Yoga in Scottsdale in the spring of 2008 and completed the Yogaworks Bridge Program in 2010.

I Love teaching Basics and watching people challenge themselves to try something new. Then, when they are ready take them through a fun and ambitious Vinyasa Flow, linking breath with movement. Empowering students to “lift-off” in a Power class is truly one of my teacher pleasures, so that when they leave, they feel as great and supreme as they truly are.

In touch with the importance of achieving balance,  I do cherish the times that I am leading a deeply, healing restorative practice, followed by a guided relaxation known as Yoga Nidra the deep connection with consciousness is a blessing to witness. Guiding beings to explore, accept and embrace their truth is my passion, challenging them to step out of their comfort zone and discover the beauty of ones self… is my reward.  ~Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emmerson

I honor and respect all brands of Yoga, different strokes for different folks. Each and every avenue has its own unique value. No one way is right. Expressing your truth. Thats the importance.The world needs your light.

Instruction: Vinyasa Flow, Heated Vinyasa Flow, 500 Hour YT

Kori Moore

Kori became a student of Yoga in 2003. In 2010, her passion for the practice led her to seek out certification from Satya Yoga Teacher Training, led by Jodi Petlin (Ashtanga) and Julie Monro (Vini) in Whitefish, Montana. The 200 hour intensive program addressed asana, pranayama, meditation, Yogic philosophy, anatomy, and teaching methodology. In 2007, she studied the art and practice of silent meditation (as well as Yoga Asana) at the Suan Moakk Meditation Center in Thailand; the meditation technique learned was Anapanasati (mindfulness with breathing.) This experience lit a fire in her soul that has never quite extinguished. Kori is extremely grateful for the peace and many humble lessons her Yoga practice has provided her, she is an ever-evolving, life-long learner of the Sacred Science.

Kori is inspired by a melody of lineages, and is deeply dedicated to her personal practice. She wholeheartedly lives by Sri Swami Satchidananda’s teaching that “Truth is one, paths are many.” Her instruction aims to gently and joyfully facilitate the attainment of stillness and harmony in mind and body. Her teaching tools and techniques assist students in creating strength, flexibility, vitality, and self-awareness in the body, mind, and spirit. She loves to chant, and believes that the power of Mantra can elevate world-consciousness. She has experience teaching yoga to adults and children, and is a full-time 3rd grade teacher at a local, off the grid school. Mostly, she enjoys practicing Yoga in nature, where she can play in flowing creek beds, and on fallen trees, stumps, and rocks. She is currently attending Vertical Soul Yoga’s 300 hour teacher training, and is deeply grateful for her Yoga family. Finally, she is a creature of change, and thus will have dynamic and ever-evolving perspectives on the ancient science which is Yoga. All are welcome in her classes.

Classes: Harmony Flow