Welcome to the Inner Domain. My name is Neva and I offer myself as your guide on the journey of Self Discovery, Purification, Empowerment and Fulfillment. As my beloved teacher Maharaji says, “What you are looking for is within you.”
We are based in the Washington DC area. Please view my online schedule for upcoming classes, workshops, immersions, trainings and retreats featuring Ayurvedic and Yogic teachings, as well as other healing modalities. You may also contact us to work with you in your location. We work both individually and in groups.
Life is too short not to explore your ultimate potential for experience and manifestation.
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Blessing on your journey. We hope to meet you soon.
Watch this video introducing Maharaji
My deepest gratitude goes to Prem Rawat (honorary title, Maharji). His wisdom and kindness inspires me daily and has done since I first heard him speak in 1975. The inner experience he helped me feel nside myself, has been my guiding light, passion and grounding. This experience brought to life and understanding all of the great teachings of the ages.
Thank you Maharji
August 8, 2011
SynergyDance originator Charmaine Lee is a uniquely accomplished dancer, teacher and Certified Polarity Educator who, over a lifetime of study, travel and intense personal interest in movement, music and especially the healing arts, has evolved the hybrid system of self-healing movement known as SynergyDance.
Charmaine Lee; photo by Louis Myrie
SynergyDance is designed to involve the body as well as the mind and emotions in movement (or “deep play,” as scientist and “Molecules of Emotion” author Candace Pert has called it). Drawing its structure from the energy systems of Polarity Therapy — itself a hybrid of Indian yogic traditions, Eastern martial and healing arts and Western holistic approaches to personal wellness — SynergyDance also incorporates world dance and music with this focus on self-healing.
Charmaine was a professional ballet soloist while still in her teens in her native South Africa and performed with three of the four state ballet companies there before joining the British company Ballet Rambert in London. At London’s Royal Academy of Dance and in Lesotho, South Africa and Washington, D.C., Lee has studied ballet, modern, jazz, tap, Spanish, belly dancing, African, classical Greek and other styles. To develop SynergyDance, she has merged her accumulated knowledge of the art and anthropology of dance with her extensive studies of healing arts. A practicing registered polarity therapist who studied with James Z. Said, Chloe Wadsworth and Franklyn Sills, Lee has also studied and practiced Educational Kinesiology, yoga (certified by Iyengar), qi gong and tai chi, deep-muscle massage, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Laban theory and cranio-sacral therapy.
“Years ago at Ballet Rambert, we had machines that were similar to Pilates, and we practiced structural alignment, muscle integration and corrective movement,” says Charmaine. “But after studying polarity it was clear that if you focus on the physical, you’re focusing on the effect. If you’re working with the life force, on balancing the mental, emotional and physical, then you are getting at the cause.”
After settling in Washington, Lee has devoted most of her time and energy since 1986 toward the development of SynergyDance as a resource for all who actively seek the self-healing qualities of world dance and music. Lee teaches SynergyDance and Still Motion classes at several locations in the Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville areas, as well as SynergyDance and Polarity Therapy professional training courses, and has taught introductory and advanced Synergy workshops at American Polarity Therapy Association conferences in Los Angeles, Washington and Burlington, Vt. and has been presented to attendees at Family Therapy Network annual conferences and a Walter Read Army Medical Center’s conference on alternative medicine.
SynergyDance and Charmaine have been featured in the books Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d by Candace Pert and Magic at Work by Carol Pearson, as well as in The Washington Post, Pathways magazine, Natural Health magazine, Dublin’s Image magazine and Allure, Vogue and Self magazines as well as on Washington’s WUSA-TV/Channel 9 and WPFW-FM (89.3).
Edemir is a Brazilian healer, teacher and intuitive. His mission is to help people regain their power, connect with their Divine essence, and achieve a life of joy and happiness.
If you have ever felt held back from manifesting the very best you can be, Edemir is here to assist.
Imagine being guided to an energetic flow that has only your best interests in mind and that can carry you along to manifest your highest potential.
You do not need to hold any particular beliefs for Edemir's treatments and seminars to be effective; all you need is to show up and remain open.
Gregory E. Woods, President
Song of the Wind, Inc.
Gregory E. Woods, "Flaco", is an experienced teacher/facilitator who works with small groups, couples, individuals, and corporate groups, using ancient wisdom teaching, music, and story telling as facilitation tools. Problem (conflict) resolution is an area of expertise. In addition, Mr. Woods facilitates character development of "at risk" urban youth through a Rites-of-Passage program. "My work," he says, "uses my perspectives as a man, father, grandfather, teacher, and entertainer, to weave stories, rhythms, traditions and truths into a framework for mental and spiritual growth." He draws on his African-American/Native American heritage for insight, as well as his personal travel experiences and study in the Orient, North and West Africa, and North America.
A significant portion of his life was under the tutelage of his grandfather -teacher, Ojuku, an old Ethiopian rabbi. His maternal grandfather, a black Crow Indian, passed along his knowledge of "the People" and the essence of being Crow. This period of initiation into ancient spirituality gave him the foundation to share insights into life. Regarding the concepts that shape his approach to living, Mr. Woods said, "I see a concept of time in which the past and future are superimposed on the present in a moment of truth, a moment of revelation, and a moment of decision.
Mr. Woods is a Maryland resident. He is a professional musician with a formal background in classical European music. While studying at the Université de Mohammed Cinq in Morocco, he worked as a radio announcer on his own (top rated) show, "Vibrations". He has studied and worked as a hand drummer and percussionist in Arabic, American, Haitian, West African and South American music. He has studied drama and worked as a street actor and played and toured with off-Broadway plays including, "I'd rather have Jesus". Currently he is a Rites-of-Passage facilitator with Progressive Life Center. His consulting firm, Song of the Wind, Inc., serves the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Annie started her life in Virginia, where in her teens she found both of her passions, dance and yoga. She followed her heart to New York, initially studying, and eventually performing, and teaching for the Martha Graham Studio. Annie loved the rigorous discipline and athleticism of Martha’s technique. However it was Martha’s vision of the moving body as an expression of the soul within that echoed many of the beliefs Annie had developed in her study of yoga. She traveled extensively at this time, mainly to Europe and Asia, performing and teaching.
Annie loved the energy and intensity that enveloped the New York Dance Scene, but also sought the quiet and introspection that her yoga provided. For this reason, Annie found herself at Integral Yoga’s ashram as often as possible and found her first true Yoga teacher, Swami Satchadananda.. The emphasis on community, stillness and uncovering inner peace was the perfect antidote for the competitive world of dance. In her thirties, Annie taught modern dance at Butler University, while studying Movement and Gestalt Therapies, earning an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. She created movement rituals for small groups, especially for those healing from disease, specifically HIV and different types of trauma. Annie found this type of work particularly rewarding bringing together yogic principles of self-study and compassion with her love of movement. She continued to choreograph, exploring multi-site pieces and working with a mix of professionals and pedestrian dancers. During these years, Annie studied Iyengar yoga and began to shift her daily practice and teaching away from dance and towards yoga-asana.
In 1995, Annie took a sabbatical to study at Yoga Works with Maty Ezraty and Chuck Miller, the founders of YogaWorks. She continued her studies and attended the teacher training with Lisa Walford and Maty. Maty invited her to teach at Yoga Works soon thereafter and she never looked back! Annie has been fortunate to study with Dona Holleman, Gabriella Guibilano, among others and with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois several times in the United States and 2 amazing months in India in 1997. She continues to study, especially with some of today’s best Meditation teachers, including InsightLA’s Trudy Goodman. Annie’s teaching has evolved into an intelligent, yet organic SmartFLOW reflecting her love of movement and rigorous discipline. Having studied anatomy, kinesiology, and developmental movement as a dancer, her classes are informed by the body’s structure and evolution. With a great passion for creativity and metaphor, Annie loves to play with sequencing in order to take her students into a deeper understanding of a pose and, ultimately, of themselves. She believes that focusing on alignment is not just safe, but provides “points of dharana” — gateways to inner stillness and meditation. Over the years her teaching evolved into an inspired method, SmartFLOW Yoga.
After almost 15 years of teaching at YogaWorks, and 7 years leading the Teacher Trainings there, Annie moved to Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, CA in 2010 to work in a more creative milieu. She now leads her SmartFLOW classes, workshops and her 200 and 500 hour Teacher Trainings at Exhale. Annie continues to travel to festivals, confererences and studios throughout the world sharing her passion and knowledge of yoga. Annie is the author of Relax DEEPLY, a CD and Yoga for Back Care, a DVD produced by Yoga Journal. She is a contributing editor at Yoga Journal. Respected widely in the yoga community, Annie has a distinctive way of being direct and intense, as well as compassionate, playful and loving.
Lauren Peterson is a well-respected yoga teacher living, and teaching, in Malibu, Calif. She is a student of Iyengar yoga, and an advanced (fourth series) ashtanga yoga practitioner. Lauren has been featured in the television series Healing Quest, and in Yoga Journal Magazine, for the yoga program she started at the Monte Nido Eating Disorders Center for women dealing with eating disorders. For more information on eating disorders go to: Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center . Lauren is also the creator of "The Yogi's Companion", a yoga practice CD, which was picked "editor's choice" by Yoga Journal Magazine. As well as teaching private and group classes in Malibu, she teaches both ashtanga and vinyasa workshops nationwide.
Micheline Berry's work in yoga and somatic dance integrates apas (water) and agni (fire), flow with dynamic stillness, power with surrender, challenge with skill. Her classes bring you into alignment with your own personal potential to thrive both on and off the mat by teaching you how to source deep, transformational states of 'pranic. To learn more about Micheline, visit her website www.zendancing.com.
Svastha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga
David became certified to teach Transcendental Meditation in 1972 and has been teaching something ever since. In 1998 David traveled to Mysore, India to study with Pattabhi Jois the founder of Ashtanga yoga. David has also spent time with the addvita sage Ramesh Balsekar. I the past few years he has been spending time with A. G. and Indra Mohan in Chennai. David is the first certified Svastha yoga teachert in the area.
Healing with Plants – Herbs/Aromatherapy
Sarah Cahill, has been a student of yoga for the past 15 years and a teacher for the last 4. She has completed her 500 hour training under the guidance of her teacher, Neva Ingalls. Sarah loves to share the incredible journey of yoga with others, incorporating aromatherapy, music, breath, and meditation. Her connection to the plants is woven into her teaching as a source of healing and a constant reminder to surrender to the simplicity and beauty of life.
Vedacharya David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is a western born teacher in the Vedic tradition. In India, Vamadeva is recognized as a Vedacharya (Vedic teacher), and includes in his scope of studies Ayurveda, Yoga, Vedanta and Vedic astrology, as well as the ancient Vedic texts.
In India, Vamadeva’s translations and interpretations of the ancient Vedic teachings have been acclaimed in both spiritual and scholarly circles. He has worked extensively teaching, writing, lecturing, conducting research and helping establish schools and associations in related Vedic fields over the last more than three decades.
Vamadeva sees his role as a “Vedic educator” helping to revive Vedic knowledge in an interdisciplinary approach for the planetary age. He regards himself as a translator to help empower people to use Vedic systems to enhance their lives and aid in their greater Self-realization.
Vamadeva has worked in several different healing and scholarly fields, with some degree of specialization over certain periods of time. Yet he has endeavored to approach each with a degree of specificity, providing both the background philosophy and practical teachings. For a good overview of his work and background, it is best to examine his book Yoga and the Sacred Fire: Self-Healing and Planetary Transformation (2005). Presently Vamadeva is working on new book on the Vedic Yoga.
Phillip Goldberg in his popular book American Veda (page 223) recognizes Vamadeva (David Frawley) as one of the main acharyas of Vedanta-Yoga in the West today, as well as noting his influence in India as a Vedacharya. Note various comments about his work below.
“Those who know (vidvaamsah) will confirm that the works of Shri Vamadeva Shastri are distinguished by their authenticity. This is so because they are based on (1) his personal quest and experience (2) deep dwelling into the texts and (3) oral learning received from many authentic teachers who are experts in their areas of knowledge. Shri Vamadeva Shastri (Acharya David Frawley) has done this great service to many that he has offered access into knowledge that was often hitherto inaccessible to an average western seeker.”
Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh
“David Frawley is one of the most important scholars of Ayurveda and Vedic Science today. I have great respect and admiration for his knowledge and the way he has expounded the ancient wisdom of the Vedas.”
“Frawley is an Indian in an American body. The ease with which he enters into the spiritual of the Indian tradition and renders its deeper concepts in terms of modern thought shows an unusual familiarity with this ancient wisdom.”
M.P. Pandit, Secretary of Sri Aurobindo Ashram
“Certainly America’s most singular practicing Hindu.”
Ashok Malik, India Today
“David Frawley is a formidable scholar of Vedanta and easily the best known Western Acharya of the Vedic wisdom.”
Ashish Sharma, Indian Express, the Express Magazine
Motilal Banarsidass India Author’s Page
Pandit and Vedacharya Vamadeva
Vamadeva received a Pandit award as part of a special Brahmacharya Vishvanathji yearly award in Mumbai in 1994. His role as a pandit and Vedic teacher (Vedacharya) has been honored by many groups in India, where he has frequently lectured and taught. These include Swaminarayan (BAPS), Arsha Vidya Gurukulam (Swami Dayananda), and the Chinmaya Mission (Swami Mitrananda). Such a traditional title as a Pandit and Vedacharya implies having written and taught on the four Vedas and Upanishads, which Vamadeva has done in his many Vedic books that include many original translations from the Sanskrit, particularly from the most ancient Rigveda itself, over the last thirty five years.
Acharya Frawley’s work in India was honored in the book The Mind of the Guru, Conversations with Spiritual Masters (Viking, India, 2003) by Rajiv Mehrotra of the Dalai Lama Foundation, Delhi, India, which featured twenty modern teachers, mainly from India, with a foreword by the Dalai Lama. In India in Sept. 0f 2012, as ‘Vedacharya Vamadeva Shastri’, he was made one of the patrons of the Dharma-Dhamma conference hosted by the government of Madhya Pradesh in India for the starting of a new Buddhist university at Sanchi. He was one of the two speakers for the closing plenary session. He has been asked to be a visiting professor to Sanchi university for its department of Vedic studies.
Reviving Traditional Ayurveda
Vamadeva is a proponent of ‘traditional Ayurveda’, the older Vedic or Vaidya approach which incorporates Yoga, Vedic astrology, and Vedanta into its teachings. He is working to revive traditional Ayurveda both in the contexts of modern Ayurveda in India and popular Ayurveda in the western world. He is more than an ordinary Ayurvedic doctor or practitioner but a master educator in the field of Ayurveda and Vedic studies. Vamadeva has helped start a number of Ayurvedic schools and organizations, and his innovative teachings on Ayurveda have been used extensively by Ayurvedic groups throughout the world, including Ayurvedic schools in India. He is recognized as one of the most important Ayurvedic teachers and acharyas today.
Vamadeva’s main teacher of Ayurveda was Dr. B. L. Vashta of Bombay and Pune (1919-1997), note photo left. For ten years he remained under the guidance of Dr. Vashta, visiting him regularly in India. Dr. Vashta, a graduate of one of the first Ayurveda programs in India in 1941, wrote many books on Ayurveda and helped formulate Ayurvedic products for Ayurvedic companies. Vashta was also a leading journalist in the state of Maharashtra and became an important guide for Vamadeva. Vashta taught him the value of traditional Ayurveda.
In America, Vamadeva studied Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad, noted Ayurvedic teacher and author. Vamadeva taught with Dr. Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in 1983-1986 and has remained on the visiting faculty. Along with Dr. Lad, he wrote the Yoga of Herbs (1986), which was probably the first book published integrating western herbs into Ayurveda. Lad remains an important influence on Vamadeva’s work. They share a similar orientation to Ayurveda and the Vedic sciences.
Vamadeva’s main areas of specialization in Ayurveda are herbal medicine, Ayurveda and the mind, and Ayurveda and Yoga. He has written many books on Ayurveda including the Yoga of Herbs, Ayurvedic Healing (foreword by B. L. Vashta, 1989), Ayurveda and the Mind (1996), Yoga and Ayurveda (1999), Ayurveda, Nature’s Medicine (with Subhash Ranade, 2001), and Ayurveda and Marma Therapy (with Ranade and Lele, 2003). Vamadeva’s Soma in Yoga and Ayurveda (2012) is his longest and most detailed book on Ayurveda in recent years, and opens up a wide field of new applications, as well as deeper Yoga practices, including new secrets of Ayurvedic herbs.
Work with Ayurvedic Organizations
Vamadeva works with Deepak Chopra and has been a faculty member of the Chopra Wellness Center in San Diego since its inception twenty years ago. Note picture of Vamadeva, Deepak Chopra, and Yogini Shambhavi to the left. He has helped with their Ayurvedic and their mantra and meditation programs. Vamadeva is now one of the main master educators and advisors for the Chopra Center University, helping with advanced training and course development.
Recently (2013), Vamadeva has become an Academy Advisor for Kerala Ayurveda, one of the largest and most innovative Ayurvedic companies and educational centers, and helps with their work in India and in the West. He visits their Ayurveda Gram center in Bangalore on a regular basis and contributes to their publications. He will join in special training programs with them.
Vamadeva has been closely associated with the California College of Ayurveda (CCA), founded by his former student Marc Halpern, with whom he helped establish the school twenty years ago. Vamadeva has been a teacher for the Kripalu school of Yoga and Ayurveda, since its beginning. He is one of the four members of the advisory board for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), as well an advisor the Ayurvedic Practitioner’s Association of North America (AAPNA), and the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM). His work aims at improving the range of Ayurvedic education. He received a lifetime achievement award from the National Ayurvedic Medical Association in Nov. 2002.
Vamadeva’s Ayurvedic teachings are represented by a number of associated groups throughout the world, who use it as part of their own trainings. Aldo Lubrano has developed a Spanish version of his teachings, used as part of classroom training in Mexico as well as distance learning throughout the Spanish speaking world.. The Vedic Center, Ruegen, Germany (Maxim and Sergej Kuschpel) has developed German and Russian course versions, which are now developing classroom instruction as well. His work in Brazil is represented by Dr. Jose Rugue and his Sudha Dharma Mandala, who offers extensive training in Yoga and Ayurveda, including classroom and clinical instruction. His work was previously represented in Europe by the European Institute of Vedic Studies under Atreya Smith.
Yogini Shambhavi is a mystic Yogini, guide and teacher rooted in the ancient teachings and traditions of Shakti worship. As an important woman teachers in the Shakti tradition of India and the Himalayas, she aims to draw one to the deeper ‘Yogic Reality’, helping to awaken the universal power of nurturing within us.
Shambhavi’s teachings reflect a deeper bhakti bhava rooted in Vedic principles, reinforcing the Shakti perspective through inner yogic practices. Her Shakti Sadhana flows through her direct and uncompromising expression as well as her ability to inspire. She unfolds the bliss of well-being through sacred rituals, fire ceremonies, mantra chanting and meditation. She teaches the deeper spiritual aspects of traditional Tantric Yoga rooted in Sri Vidya, Dasha Mahavidya and the worship of Durga.
Yogini Shambhavi has guided many sadhaks on the spiritual path, especially women seeking to discover the Shakti or Goddess power within themselves. She has taught programs with Sivananda, Kripalu, Yogaville, the Chopra Center, the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), the California College of Ayurveda, the Council of Vedic Astrology (CVA), the American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA), the British Association of Vedic Astrology (BAVA), and Sudha Dharma Mandala Brazil. She is on the Advisory Board for Tathaastu magazine and the California College of Ayurveda. She has spoken before various Hindu temples, ashrams and associations in India and in the West. She maintains her own practice of Vedic astrology for selected students.
Eminent people on Yogini Shambhavi:
The transformational power of the feminine is revealed in Shambhavi’s remarkable exploration of Goddess Kali. At this juncture in humanity, awakening the feminine offers hope that we can re-establish the balance of forces on Earth for the benefit of all. - Deepak Chopra
Experience the transformative grace of the Goddess in your own hearts through Shambhavi’s luminous vision of Ma Kali in as the Universal World Mother. - Professor Lokesh Chandra, recipient of Padma Bhushan
Shambhavi writes with the heart of a devotee, the soul of poet, and the insight of a sage. Meditating on the names and qualities of KALI she carries us into the living presence of the Dark Goddess. Kali’s awesome glory and unstoppable grace reverberate from every page. - Linda Johnsen
Yogini Shakti Dharma, which Shambhavi teaches, draws in seekers to the deeper experiential teachings of Devi Tantra, Jyothisha (Vedic Astrology), Raja Yoga, Mantra Yoga, and healing Ayurveda.
With Sadguru Sri Sivanandamurtyy
Shambhavi is connected to Sri Sadguru Sivananda Murty, who she regards as one of India’s greatest living gurus and yogi.
Yogini Shambhavi has authored two books on the Mother Goddess in India as well as two powerful Mantra chanting CDs in the traditional style.
Yogini Unfolding the Goddess Within by Wisdom Tree India
Yogic Secrets of the Dark Goddess by Wisdom Tree India
Yogini Bhava Shakti Mantras Invoke the Divine Within, CD by Lotus Press, USA
Jyotir Bhava Shakti Mantras for the Nine Planets, CD by Lotus Press, USA
Yoga Shakti Retreats – Celebrating Shakti
Ma Ganga Yoga Shakti Retreat
The Yoga Shakti Retreats immerse sadhaks in sacred rituals and mantras through Bhakti Yoga, Vedanta, Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, and Yoga Asana. The Yoga Shakti retreats are held in different places of special natural beauty and spiritual power worldwide, especially India, and are hosted along with various associated Yoga and Vedic groups and their centers, under the guidance of Shambhavi and Vamadeva. Yogini Shambhavi herself personally guides these retreats and they are a great place to experience her energy and her teachings.
2013 will have a special Yoga Shakti retreat in Turkey November 18-25 at Adrasan, with 2014 at Ayurveda Gram in Bangalore, India in March or April. followed along with Ayurvedic training and treatment. Please join Yogini Shambhavi for these unique events.
My prayer is for everyone to embrace the flow of Shakti into their lives as Divine Grace.
Jai Ma Guru!
Jeneen Piccuirro (aka Zalya!) is an artist, bellydancer, yogi, Buddhist, sound-healer and earth-loving, free-spirited visionary. She has been teaching classes, exhibiting artwork and performing, locally and internationally, for the past 24 years. It is her passion to open others to their true nature through sound, movement and art.
Zalya's Joyful Bellydance resonates with the ancient origins and energetic healing of this life-affirming tradition. The feminine principal is beautifully articulated through the rhythms, movements and forms of Middle Eastern bellydance. Through wave-like motions, undulations and spirals, stuck energy is vibrated and shifted. The shimmies offer further release moving the released dis-ease off the body. Above all, Zalya teaches us to Dance and unlock our inner Joy as we celebrate the Goddess!
Robert Boustany has instructed yoga classes and seminars internationally for over forty years. He is a physicist, who is known for a details understanding of the anatomy of poses, and offers energetic, and therapeutic reasons for alignments. His background is primarily Ashtanga, Iyengar, Forrest and Sivananda yoga.
Though he has studied extensively many esoteric forms of yoga, tai chi chuan, qigong, and a variety of self care and therapeutic modalities, which lead to his extensive understanding of therapeutics and self care. This is the base from which he has trained yoga instructors since the early 1970’s. His philosophic perspective is Advaita Vedanta based on physics, detailed observation and understanding perception and language, as expressed by Dr. Vijay Shankar.
He has trained with many prominent yogis and swamis, including BKS Iyengar, numerous senior Iyengar teachers, Ana Forrest, Dr. Vasant Lad, David Swenson, Doug Swenson, Swami Muktananda, Swami Ranganathananda, Vethathiri Yogiraj Maharishi, and Swami Satchitananda, and now the compassionate path of Buddhism Robert has also studied Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong with various world-renowned masters.
David began practicing yoga at a very early age. His older brother Doug was his first teacher. They practiced hatha yoga from whatever books they could find.
David's introduction to Ashtanga came in 1973 when he met David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff in Encinitas, California. In 1975 David and Nancy brought K. Pattabhi Jois to the U.S. for the first time and Swenson was fortunate enough to be there. He then initiated studies directly with the master. Swenson made his first trip to Mysore in 1977 and learned the full Ashtanga system as it was originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois.
David Swenson is recognized today as one of the world's foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga Yoga.
Pat Miller has been teaching yoga since 1974. She studied in India for 3 years with T. Krishnamacharya and for 7 years with his son, T.K.V. Desikachar. Their tradition emphasizes pranayama with asana, and on its own, vinyasa (sequences of asanas), and study of the Yoga Sutras, the ancient exposition of the principles of yoga. She will teach one class on the first chapter of the Sutras, and one on the second chapter, and a class on asana and pranayama as meditation
Lisa Johnson leads the anatomy courses of the Inner Domain 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher tranings.
Revitalize yourself with the oldest system of personal development in the world along with the newest developments in physical fitness. This process is both a journey and a destination. Best of all, you will lose pounds, gain muscle mass, have FUN and find peace.
Let me show you ways to get there with a balance of effort and ease just right for you. Whether you are seeking to calm your mind, lengthen your spine or align with the Divine, my classes offer practical tools that are highly effective and accessible to all. The only requirement for practice is an open mind and a willing heart. Everyone is welcome, young and old, basic to advanced practitioners, tight or flexible. There is no one who cannot be served by yoga, fitness and dance.
My instruction is influenced by over 800 hours of training in Anusara, Ishta and Vinyasa styles combined with my extensive training and teaching background in fitness, pilates and dance techniques. I offer corporate/business, private and public classes, plus workshops and yoga teacher training programs in the DC area. So enjoy some deep breaths, energize your body, open your heart and celebrate your life!
Lisa is a certified Yoga Instructor registered at the RYT-500 level through the National Yoga Alliance with an extensive background in movement and wellness. She is passionate about health, enabling students to understand and experience their innate ability to bring themselves into balance on every level. Her light-hearted approach to healthy body mechanics combined with mindfulness and spiritual connection fosters a dedicated clientele.
Additionally Lisa is trained in Performance Pilates and is currently offering small classes in this equipment-based core strengthening curriculum through Potomac Pilates. She also teaches the Beyond Barre fitness method. The emphasis on cardiovascular movement and use of a glide board, resistance bands, weights and ballet positions makes it the perfect compliment to yoga!
She has taught yoga, dance and fitness for the local and business community in the DC area for many years through public classes, therapeutic movement workshops and yoga teacher trainings. Her private practice serves both athletes and beginners through concentrated physical training and energy-balancing bodywork. Clients can expect to increase vitality, restore muscle balance and reduce stress.
Lisa earned a BFA in dance at University of California and studied therapeutic massage in Santa Barbara before settling in the D.C. area for a professional career as a dancer and mother of four children. She discovered yoga in 1990 and began incorporating it into her fitness, therapeutic movement and dance classes. From 1996 to 1999 Lisa reached out to a larger community by directing the wellness component of a national at-risk youth program before deciding to focus exclusively on teaching the art of yoga and pilates.
Angela Farmer and Victor Hooten
Everything we teach is about helping people move inside and experience their Yoga in a way that gives them a deeper and warmer sense of themselves.
We always get inspired by whoever is in the class and what comes up and what their needs are. We are 'creative creatures' and never stick to plans and rules for long ... it kills the Spirit! Each class is absolutely unique and different from any other. New things come up. We invent and create and the group evolves. I think we are known for our agility and adaptability to the moment, using our back-pack of forty years experience, as and when needed.
Do you know how you will make love to your Beloved three months from now? Our work is a "love affair", with all its ups and downs and uncertainties, that keep it alive and juicy! One could say, "be prepared for some surprising experiences"!
"Thanks for sharing all this 'good stuff' that gradually makes all the previous meaningless teachings of yoga fade away and be replaced by what makes so much more sense for me and makes me feel wonderful!" -Nice
Workshops facilitated by Angela and Victor are among the more unusual in the world. Students develop an entirely new perspective on their yoga. See this article from Yoga Journal
Angela and Victor teach primarily at their Yoga Hall at Eftalou, near Molivos on the Greek Island of Lesvos. Do consider a two or three week workshop with them there this year. For a complete schedule of future workshops taught by Angela and Victor, click on workshops.
Angela and Victor are world-renowned Yoga teachers, having influenced many of the leading Yoga teachers in the West today. They inspire students to reflect inward and reconnect with deep springs of wisdom, energy and creativity that lie within. They invite students to go beyond prescribed techniques of structural movement to allow the creative and intuitive spirit to emerge. Their classes are an oasis for those seeking a more internal and meditative approach and offer a wealth of poetic imager, playful exploration and creative movement... all geared to help students find their way back to their own inner substance, guidance and wisdom.
"Your contribution to me is so great, it will take a lifetime to fully integrate, assimilate it all. My body thanks you. My heart loves and laughs with you."
Angela and Victor began teaching together more than 30 years ago and have been traveling around the world to share with students their understanding of the physical and energetic interplay in yoga. Their approach is more somatics-based than much of what is found in traditional yoga teaching; instead of teaching poses to the body, disciplining the body with external commands, they help their students to enliven their bodies in a way that the Asanas evolve from an inner need to explore further and so unwind old blockages and holdings. While their teaching style is accessible and seemingly formless, they remain devoted to all the tenets of the practice of yoga and emphasize body-mind-spirit involvement in asana.
Angela and Victor van Kooten joined their teaching explorations and started to travel together in 1984, emphasising an inner approach to Yoga without dogma or restrictions and giving voice to a personal, deeply creative practice. Angela has held many Retreats for women and has developed a unique way to access 'lost', injured and traumatised parts of ourselves with healing guidance.