Zoe Mantarakis leads challenging and uniquely sequenced vinyasa yoga classes. She infuses her teachings with tantric philosophy, harmonium music, and mantra. Zoe creates innovative collaborative events blending vinyasa yoga classes with live music in a community-centered atmosphere. Having over a decade of yoga teaching experience, she is able to share a depth of knowledge with the seasoned yoga practitioner, Yoga Teachers, as well as those just beginning their paths. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley and is the loving mother of two beautiful boys.
Chelsea hover loves helping others. A lifetime of service, a degree in broadcast journalism, and a love of world travel has made her who she is today…spreading awareness, love, and joy through the practice of yoga. Yoga has been part of Chelsea’s life since she was 13 years old, but she never could have guessed it would become such a big part of her life! Her classes flow like the ocean, taking you on a ride into your inner world, organically showing you what needs to be revealed in the moment. Chelsea believes that the world would be a better place if everyone practiced yoga, whatever that means to them. She is thrilled to be teaching at her favorite spot in Austin, Sanctuary Yoga! Learn more at: www.yogawithchelsea.com.
Growing up in San Diego, Allie Burnitt began her yoga practice at the age of 11 and has practiced daily ever since Allie believes that yoga is the key to bringing balance to the mind, body, and spirit. She focuses her classes on the belief that tapping into all five senses creates a centered and simple lifestyle. Allie offers all level classes in her group lessons in addition to her niche yoga classes. She has taught yoga to students at local Austin schools and currently teaches classes to children in local shelters. Allie feels that all children should be taught yoga at a young age in order to conquer the challenges of life. In addition to her kids’ classes, Allie offers classes for athletes. Being an athlete herself, she believes that yoga helps athletes to not only strengthen their bodies physically but also mentally.
Kristin Sundburg is fascinated by transformation. She views Yoga/Qigong as guides and containers for our divine work in personal transformation. With a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine, from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Vedanta style Yoga Illumined training with Kristina Lanuza, and a background in acrobatics and dance, she brings a unique blend of these elements to her classes.
Dani Whitehawk loves to be upside down, and loves to get everyone else upside down too. As a Forrest yoga teacher, she uses the skills acquired in her 200-hour teacher training, to inspire students of all walks. She is passionate about inversions and arm balances, and is infinitely intrigued by the human body. Dani is very excited to teach people how to use the tools provided in her classes to heal themselves on both a physical and emotional level. Small but mighty, Acro Yoga is one of her many hobbies that keep her present in her body, she routinely balances people twice her size on her feet. Some of her other passions are rock climbing, surfing, biking, and camping.
Brian Henderson came to yoga in his late teens, as a way to channel his energy and explore the body’s limits. It immediately called to him as something very sacred, yet very real and exciting. He kept up his practice during the following ten seasons of a competitive collegiate and professional baseball career. Brian loves how yoga promotes a space of peace and calm, even when the outside whirlwind is all around. Since moving to Austin, he has found a wonderful array of studios and teachers, and credits his teachers Tolo Perry, Osho, Iyengar, and Sumukhi for shaping his style and philosophy. Expect a calm, peaceful, yet challenging and focused hatha and/or vinyasa flow.
Navvaratri (Ayesha) has 28 years of yoga teaching experience through the Bihar School of Yoga & Satyananda Yoga Teachers Certifications (post grad university level accreditation, above 500 hour of Yoga Alliance recognition). Navvaratri also holds a Bachelors in Sociology & Psychology and post graduate degree in Art. Navvaratri has been contracted to teach Yoga at the City of Austin for 7 years & AISD. She has Held yoga classes at Brackenridge & Seton. She teach yoga to kids, teens, adults, pre-natal, therapeutic, corporate, seniors & special needs.
Amelia Turner is a Louisiana native and has been living in Austin for the last five years, working as a teacher and artist. A self-proclaimed biophiliac, Amelia spent most of her life as an actor, mime, movement artist, and visual artist, and has consistently throughout the last decade turned to yoga for creative insight, emotional stability, physical strength, and spiritual nourishment. She finds that yoga creates an efficient path to softness, sweetness, and a deep appreciation for all life. After suffering spinal injuries from an accident in 2010, her practice became the prominent vehicle to recovery, and through this process she decided it was time to devote herself to sharing the healing power of yoga.
Jessica Stephans is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher and member of the Yoga Alliance and is currently enrolled in the 500 hour training program. She has been practicing yoga since 2007, when she was drawn to the intense styles of Hatha Flow and Vinyasa at her gym. She loved the way it made her body feel, but it was not until she began the 200 hour Hatha teacher training course that she realized how good yoga is for the mind. Yoga made everything in life better – relationships with family and friends, waiting in line at the grocery store, even sitting in traffic. Peace of mind was found on the yoga mat, and it extended into the rest of life. Yoga was very grounding, but it also made life a lot more fun.
Joni Newfrok’s mission is to increase the well-being, love and positive energy on this planet. She feels the practice of yoga, both on and off the mat, gives one access to this health, peace and love. Her intention is to lead you to a space of total presence and awareness. “I find that yoga is a way to transform stuck energy into productive energy.” Joni’s teaching style is gentle, yet challenging; safe, yet liberating; mindful, yet spontaneous and above all, fun. The hope is that your experience will be a rewarding one; one in which you are inspired and find fulfillment at the same time. Joni loves the Vinyasa style as it allows the body and breath to awaken through fluid movement. “The sensation of feeling the channels of the body open is both soothing and empowering.” Joni Newfrock is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and a 200-hour Certified Yoga Instructor and is “always in a state of learning. I gain wisdom equally from my teachers, students and my own practice.”
Donna Bonner is on a journey with yoga and she invites you to join her! Although the strength and flexibility offered by yoga have long appealed to Donna, only in 2008 when she began suffering the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder did she begin delving more deeply into yoga’s healing powers. Today, Donna’s yoga practice includes invigorating yoga routines, peace-filled meditations, healthful breath-work, and enlivening work with sound and mantra. Yoga classes, Donna believes, should be fun and effective! Donna received her certification as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher from Yoga Yoga in Austin Texas. She is currently working on certification as a Hatha Yoga teacher, while simultaneously pursuing her 500-hour advanced certification in Kundalini Yoga!
Jeremy Devens is a student of life. Jeremy sees his classes as an intersection of the ancient wisdom traditions, the modern sciences, and the evolving art of every day life. Keeping classes empowering and practical, students are invited, moment to moment, to choose their most empowered response, to move beyond their limitations, plant seeds of new intention and connect to something bigger than themselves.
Mimi Curry began studying Anusara yoga in 2000, which led her to India to study at the roots of Yoga for 4 years, and her life has forever been changed from this experience. Her intention in sharing her yoga practice in the Unites States is to be a part of raising the planet’s consciousness through physical and energetic balancing and healing.
Sara Fritsch’s Yoga practice begin in Austin, by way of curiosity of the unknown. Her first experience was a Kundalini class that left her wide-eyed and slightly stunned, and with sparked interest to learn more. From there, a vigorous Vinyasa practice carried her through the next several months and noticeable changes began their daily occurrence in Sara’s life. Her physical strength entertained her, but the development she felt mentally was too obvious to ignore. Within the first year, Sara had decided to become a Yoga instructor so she could share this gift with others. She received her 200 hour certification in Hatha Flow from Yoga Yoga, where she was introduced to the Spiritual realm of the practice. You see, Yoga is a continuous path of learning and growing.
Ashley Cheng is an associate Forrest yoga teacher and also certified to teach Vinyasa yoga. She approaches her teaching practice like a fine meal – taking each pose one bite at a time and savoring every breath as a nourishing, decadent experience. Her classes emphasize thoughtful alignment and artful sequencing. Students can expect a combination of pranayama, meditation and heat-building postures while also fostering the sweetness of flexibility and relaxation. She’s passionate about providing a deliciously playful space for students of all ages and levels to cultivate their own healing practice.
Laura Joy DeBolt: I suffered from chronic low back pain for years. I was ready to give up and accept that I would have pain for the rest of my life. I decided to try yoga as a last ditch effort to find some relief, and I fell in love! I had to work hard and modify twists and bends for the first year of my practice, but I was able to return every single day because yoga was purely fun for me. I know that it is the never ending, constantly evolving core strength and spine flexibility that allow me to live pain free and feeling super. Eventually, I could look beyond the vast physical benefits, and I realized that I was already well on my way along a spiritual journey. Yoga is now my exercise, my therapy, my family, my school, and my church. The intense dedication I felt toward my own practice slowly evolved into my passion for teaching, and I am so grateful to be able to offer my instruction at Sanctuary Yoga. I love sharing my success story, and I hope it encourages you to jump on your mat with me!
Jenny Kaweki discovered yoga five years ago in her hometown of Chicago. She was so touched by her regular practice of yoga that she decided to share it with others. She studied under the guidance of master teacher Daren Friesen at Moksha Yoga in Chicago. Jenny’s classes are taught in the vinyasa yoga tradition and inspired by her personal practice of Ashtanga yoga. Utilizing the principles of alignment and breath synchronized movement, Jenny’s classes will inspire you to live your yoga. It’s not just about the postures but more the lessons you learn on the mat that you carry with you throughout your daily life.
The Youth of The world!
All proceeds of Sanctuary Yoga benefit The Amala Foundation. The Amala Foundation encourages youth to lead and serve with a heart-centered, global perspective, living in recognition that sustainable peace begins within. All of Amala’s youth programs are a place for empowerment and healing. Many of the youth we serve, including refugee and immigrant children, have experienced poverty, religious persecution, child labor, gang violence, and neglect; some have witnessed the atrocities of war and have literally run for their lives; many have been uprooted from their native cultures and struggle to integrate into an entirely foreign world. Amala provides a safe space for these youth to heal, express themselves, share their stories and connect with a loving and supportive community.