Shannon Sharma ERYT 500
Years teaching: 17
Power animal: Matriarch Elephant
Why I am a yoga girl: Yoga is the way to physically experience God and unconditional love. It is my compass through the challenges and joys of life.
What gives my life meaning: Supporting others to succeed beyond their expectation.
Heroes: Eknath Easwaren, Tony Robbins, and Hazrat Inayat Khan
Favorite yoga pose: Baby Crow
Musical influence: DJ Cheb i Sabbah, Steve Gold, and Girish
Sean Fm ERYT 200, RYT 500
Years teaching: 15
Power animal: Wolf
Why I am a yoga and pilates guy: Yoga and pilates are two of the greatest tools to tame the ego.
What gives my life meaning: All aspects of understanding, kindness and compassion.
Heroes: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King
Favorite yoga pose: Eka Pada Bakasana (One-Legged Crane Pose)
Favorite pilates exercise: Open Leg Rocker
Musical influence: Saul David Raye, Bob Marley, and Saul Williams
Alisa Boutin RYT 500
Years teaching: 3
Power animal: Dolphin
Why I am a yoga girl: Because it makes me look good naked :) Seriously, I just love it. It helps me to cope with the difficulties of life while providing an abundance of food for my insatiable mind and reminding me to slow down.
What gives my life meaning: Passion about the things I love.
Hero: Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in the outer space
Favorite yoga pose: Handstand
Carlos Yapura RYT 500
Power animal: Falcon
Why I am a yoga guy: Yoga is a great path to developing self-mastery.
What gives my life meaning: All life experiences lead to understandings.
Hero: Dharma Mittra
Favorite yoga pose: Eka Pada Bakasana
Musical influence: Wah!, MC Yogi, and Krishna Das
Donna Martin: RYT200
Years teaching: 7
Power animal: Red Fox
Why I am a yoga girl: It drives my journey towards clarity. I know when I can see all that truly is, I will find the compassion this world needs.
What gives my life meaning: Yoga is one of many paths to clarity. It is the path I have actively chosen to cultivate and share my experience.
Hero: My 5-year-old son, Noa. His name is Hawaiian and means freedom. Noa believes that, just like Kung Fu Panda, there is no secret ingredient—it’s just you
Favorite yoga pose: Eka Pada Koundinyasana
Musical influences: Michael Franti, Sting, and John Lennon
Years teaching: NEWBY
Power animal: White Tiger Angel
Why I am a yoga girl: I believe in the healing that yoga teaches us. The purity, stillness, strength, power, calmness within ourselves. To me, yoga is balance. The alignment of yoga empowers one to embrace life to its fullest.
What gives my life meaning: Love! To embrace every moment; to hold, comfort, and teach others to be free and live life to its fullest; to shine and help others do the same.
Hero: God and all who stand for the good of mankind.
Favorite yoga pose: Warrior III
Musical influence: Deva Premal
Magaly Carmouze RYT 200
Years teaching: 3
Power animal: Panther
Why I am a yoga girl: Yoga helps me be the best person I can be mentally, physically, and emotionally.
What gives my life meaning: Being with family, giving and receiving love, and being compassionate to all living beings.
Heroes: My mom, Dalai Lama, and Oprah Winfrey
Favorite yoga pose: Headstand
Musical influence: Krishna Das, Mc. Yogi, and CC White (Kirtan)
Sabina Broadhead RYT 200
Power animal: Butterfly
Why I am a yogi: I believe that yoga is an immensely powerful healing modality and a profoundly wise practice that can help people attain an astonishingly high level of physical, mental as well as spiritual health. And it's FUN, too!
What gives my life meaning: Assisting my patients and students in their journey toward ever-improving well-being and wholeness.
Heroes: Close to home: my husband, a deeply committed and compassionate physician who works incredibly hard every single day to make the life of his patients and their families better in every way he possibly can. Not so close to home: Nelson Mandela, who, despite 27 years of harsh imprisonment, was able to stay free within and not lose hope and faith and strength in himself and others.
My favorite yoga pose: Tree Pose
Musical influences: Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, and W. A. Mozart
Leila Navab RYT 200
Years teaching: 1
Power animal: Eagle
Why I am a yoga girl: Yoga makes me comfortable with who I am. I love me when I practice yoga.
What gives my life meaning: Sharing my heart with others
Heroes: Omar Khayam and Shannon Sharma
Favorite yoga pose: Royal Dancer
Musical influences: Niyaz, Freddy Mercury, and Azam Ali