Tirza Dawn is a co-founder of both the Ayurveda Yoga Teacher Training and the Body Temple Yoga programs at the dhyana Center. With over 20 years experience practicing and teaching yoga, she offers in-depth instruction from many styles and perspectives, including Iyengar, Tri Yoga and Vinyasa.
Through asana, satya, and pranayama, her teaching focuses on the mind/body-connection, and finding pathways to self love and the devotional heart.
Akiva Satnarayan is an intuitive healer, Business Coach, and a teacher’s trainer of Naam Yoga Therapies. He skillfully guides with his mastery of Tantric Numerology, and kabbalistic Astrology. Raised in Israel then immigrating to North America he discovered Kabbalah, subtle body Yogic practices and Numerology. Applying his natural traits of creativity, optimism, pragmatism, endurance and healing with these practices handed down from Eastern mystics, Akiva wisely counsels others to “recognize then accept their unique life experiences (past and present) to take charge of their true destiny.”
Steeped in the practices of Ayurved and yoga, Hari Darshan Kaur supports the sacred flow of divine potential within the beingness of human experience, through breath, asana, mantra/meditation, and the practice of elemental science. Her practice of yoga began with the choice to celebrate life in ways that support clarity and authentic joy. Through the ebb and flow of life she continues to experience that “only by the guru’s grace am I carried,” and feels true happiness comes from the depth of love that emerges from the knowing of self.
Iris started teaching yoga in 1972 in Sausalito, California. Her first yoga teacher was Swami Satchidananda, who will always be in her heart, but Ashtanga Vinyasa became her asana practice. She had the opportunity to live yoga in ashrams, deepening her experience of the yoga tradition. More currently Iris has also been inspired by Anusara Yoga, specifically Desiree Rambaugh, and Shiva Rea. She has taught classes and yoga teacher trainings in Ashland and Bend, Oregon, Santa Cruz, US Virgin Islands, Thailand, Costa Rica, Mexico and now here in Sebastopol. Visit www.irieyoga.com for more biography info.
Quiana has developed a fun, warm-hearted and creative blend of the best of what she’s found in nearly 40 years of Yoga practice. Each of her classes is a unique creation that honors the needs and wants of whoever is present. Quiana welcomes students of all levels to begin wherever they are and find their own place of self-discovery through integrated movement (asana) and breath (pranayama) along with deep relaxation (savasana) and stillness (meditation).
Quiana approaches Yoga as a beautiful pathway to fully embodying one’s Spirit with joy. All those who are sincerely interested in feeling great on all levels of their being – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually – will find their lives enhanced with Quiana’s teaching. She also brings a respectful awareness of a professional body worker & massage therapist (CAMTC), the insights of spiritual counselor and the broad perspective of a certified professional life coach (CPCC).
Quiana is a registered Yoga teacher (RYT 500) with the Yoga Alliance with over 800 hours of teacher training. Quiana has been a student of Yoga since 1975, and has taught thousands of fulfilled students since 1982. Through her ongoing training and dedicated personal practice, Quiana continues to open to the richness that Yoga has to offer. Trained in numerous divergent styles, her primary influences include: Iyengar, Vini-Yoga, Partner Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga and Vinyasa / Flow.
The healing vibrations of a crystal bowl, bamboo didgeridoo, cedar flute, the wind of a feather, and the subtleness of the bells are unforgettable. I love sharing these sounds with others and encourage you to do whatever you need while in class: laugh, cry, sigh, sleep, breathe, stretch, lay down, it’s all good. You can also find me coordinating events and yoga at the dhyana Center, or as a student practitioner in the Treatment Center sharing my natural love of bodywork.