Category: Bliss Army Teacher Feature

Carrie Varela

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.

Name:
Carrie Varela

Where in the world you can find me! Town/Studio:
I teach weekly classes in Denver, CO at three amazing Denver yoga studios: The Freyja Project, Yoga Pod and Kindness. I lead international and national yoga retreats from the mountains of Colorado to the magical island of Bali, Indonesia. I can guide you through the experience of becoming a Reiki practitioner from beginner to Master level!

What originally drew me to yoga?
I took my first yoga class when I was 16 and I remember seeing my teacher touch his head to the floor in a wide legged forward fold. In that moment, something moved inside me. I knew that I wanted to become a yogi right then and there! I have been practicing yoga ever since. 🙂 

Blissology to me is…
A movement to inspire us to the one of highest teachings of yoga—bliss! Blissology’s dedication to community and nature encourages us to remember it is not just about our individual “I-ness” but “Us-ness”…what we can create as collective of people on fire for connecting to each other and the importance of honoring and revering our beautiful Earth!

My life mission is…
To learn and grow.

The most important thing yoga has taught me is…
Freedom in the body = freedom in the mind.

When I’m not on the yoga mat, I’m…
Chilling with my amazing partner, Jonathan Bloch and our kids Ella and Jai! We are always creating something: a new integrative medicine healing center, international and national retreats, workshops, re-designing our home as an AirBnB and trying to make a positive impact for the environment in our community and world. My favorite downtime activity is definitely working on a puzzle!

The cause/project I am most passionate about is…
Environmental sustainability. Just doing my part  to make the world a better place for the not only our generation but the generations after us. I am also very passionate about mental health!

I am learning to…
Be a mom!  I just had a baby four months ago. It has been a season of growth for me as I learn how to juggle motherhood, family life and a non-traditional career. A wonderful journey for sure.

What I want to teach others (through yoga) is to…
Since the name of my yoga business is Carrie Varela Healing Arts, I guess I mainly feel inspired to offer yoga as a healing practice. But not healing in a dull or boring way, but healing in a life-giving way! I am passionate about helping people find good energy. Good energy happens when we are in the flow, connected, inspired and filled with purpose. 🙂

Most inspiring yoga related experience:
Seems a little bit off topic but I think it was giving birth to my son Jai. My yoga practice prepared me so much for the whole journey from the learning how to practice in my body as pregnant, going through a safe and healthy delivery of our kiddo and healing my body with yoga post pregnancy. During the whole process, I experienced the magic of Shakti as the energy of creation inside of me. Holding my son in my arms during the first weeks of his life were some of the most blissful experiences of my life thus far. I am so grateful for this life!

Favorite yoga pose: 
Is it okay to say all of them? Haha. I just love yoga and I love vinyasa. Threading flows together in the most blissful ways is one of my favorite creative outlets. I guess if had to chose one pose right now it would probably be Natarajasana? They are all amazing though!

Best way to fuel up after yoga:
I am a big fan of Purium products. Purium is a full spectrum nutritional program with amazing certified organic non-GMO, gluten free, soy free, dairy free and vegan products—clean health for me and the environment. I know it doesn’t end there though. I am learning how to apply more of the wisdom of Ayurveda in my diet via counselling sessions with the one and only Insiya Rasiwala-Finn.

Yoga and music are…
When they are in sync with one another it feels like we are flying through the practice.  Yoga and good music is so fun. I love the experience of live music and yoga as well. I also recognize that at times music is a total mind distraction and it is also wonderfully soothing to do a practice without music.

I create community with Blissology by…
Getting to know my students names, including them in the process, encouraging them to see each other, not being afraid to make the practice light hearted and fun. I also love to incorporate nature in almost every class. Creating a circle of light for my students is a great skill that I love to use not necessarily every class but when it is right. 🙂 I am so wonderful blessed to be a part of the Blissology tribe!

I am most grateful for… 
Everything! Gratitude is the fuel of positivity in my life and I try to express it everyday. Top on my list is my beautiful family, yoga, Reiki, my community of friends and students who light me up. Truly, my superpower is Reiki and it inspires me to do all the things I do in life. I wouldn’t be where I am without it and it is my mission to share Reiki with the world.

What advice do you have for aspiring yoga teachers?
Look closely at the pay you are being offered to teach. If you are being offered $25/class that might seem like a lot from the outside but $25/class will rarely be enough to cover your expenses. Many studios still pay you around $4/mat. That variability of income is a money pit for a new teacher. Think about the time it takes to just make enough to earn back the investment you put into your YTT, Think about the time it actually takes to teach a 60-75 minute yoga class. I will likely include 20+ minutes of driving there and back, you must be 20 minutes early and stay 20 minutes (+/-) after. That is about a 2.5-3 hour commitment of your time to teach one class. If you use 2.5 hours of your time to teach one class at $25/class you will be making $10/hour. That is before taxes, gas, other car expenses, teaching insurance, yoga alliance fees and in the case for moms, childcare costs. You will be hard pressed to make a profit at all at $25/class (if not just lose $$).  So if you are trying to make additional income from teaching yoga make sure to think about these things. If you are trying to make a living from teaching yoga, you will need to teach a whole lot and it will almost always feel like you are losing financially… For most of us who teach yoga to make a living, the teaching yoga is one way to meet new potential clients and to invite them to participate in our other offerings (in my case Reiki, yoga teacher trainings, retreats but for others it could include massage, counselling, life/health coaching etc). Making $50k a year in yoga might seem like a lot but with all of the expenses rolled into teaching you will likely only take home about $15k in actual profit.  You will never get ahead financially at that rate. Hope that helps you!

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More about Carrie and how to connect with her on her Bliss Army teacher profile.

Steph Winsor

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.

Name:
Steph Winsor

Where in the world you can find me! Town/Studio:
I live between New York City and Denver, Colorado! I teach for CorePower Yoga and The River. 

What originally drew me to yoga?
I think I was first tricked into doing yoga as a injure prevention approach during my childhood ski racing days. I was later attracted to the community and wellness aspects in college.

Blissology to me is…
A system of yoga that was organized by Eoin to help us channel the gifts of Eastern philosophy and practice with Western mysticism to better handle our modern lives and health challenges. It has most importantly also been a collection of humans that make me feel at home, safe, and inspired to grow.

My life mission is…
To live and heal through science and Spirit!

The most important thing yoga has taught me is…
How to set up the conditions to connect within and with others.

When I’m not on the yoga mat, I’m…
Studying at Columbia University, skiing, exploring NYC or spending time with loved ones.

The cause/project I am most passionate about is…
Legitimizing yoga and spirituality as a tool for healing.

I am learning to…
Pray and connect with God/Spirit/Source/The Universe.

What I want to teach others (through yoga) is to…
Heal and Connect.

Most inspiring yoga related experience:
I always have the best time at the Blissology training on Vancouver Island. Tofino and Ukee are very charging for me!

Favorite yoga pose: 
Double pigeon.

Best way to fuel up after yoga:
A cold coconut in Bali with Ellie Mercado!

Yoga and music are…
Both tools to create the conditions for embodiment! They inspire so much emotion and movement within me. 

I create community with Blissology by…
Maintaining deep friendships with my bliss sisters and brothers. I’m also grateful to support our community through supporting Eoin as a training assistant. 

I am most grateful for… 
My parents.

What advice do you have for aspiring yoga teachers?
I know the asana can be exciting, healing and fun. But please see what you can do to gift connection and healing to your community by showing them how yoga creates space to be spiritual. This is what the practice is about at its deeper levels and I know you have such a beautiful access to this gift if you are a Blissologist! Teach safe and nurturing movements, this doesn’t mean easy, make it challenging, connected and thoughtful!

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More about Steph and how to connect with her on her Bliss Army teacher profile.

Arielle Rabier

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.

Name: 
Arielle Rabier

Where in the world you can find me! Town/Studio: 
I live in North County, San Diego. Encinitas, to be exact! Where Swami Yogananda created the Self-Realization Fellowship as mentioned in his book, The Autobiography of a Yogi. You can find me at Yoga Six in Solana Beach + Carlsbad, Equinox in La Costa and Yoga+Bergamot in Leucadia.

What originally drew me to yoga? 
As a dancer I loved the flow of Vinyasa. But I was also training in aerial silks at the time, and the practice was necessary to ease my muscles. But I have Lululemon Athletica to thank, as an employee there I was introduced to yoga for the first time.

Blissology to me is… 
Finding your bliss! Being honest about what makes you happy and being steadfast in pursuing it. And inspiring others to do the same!

My life mission is… 
To inspire full self expression.

The most important thing yoga has taught me is… 
How to bring kindness and mindfulness off the mat and into my life.

When I’m not on the yoga mat, I’m… 
Walking my dog Charlie on the beach.

The cause/project I am most passionate about is… 
This month I am partnering with Manduka and Susan G. Komen to battle breast cancer. Join me and one million yogis and find a class near you.

I am learning to… 
Listen, and not fill the awkward silence.

What I want to teach others (through yoga) is to… 
Realize they can be whoever they want to be. There is no “one way” to live this life, rather an expression of your truest self!

Most inspiring yoga related experience: 
I recently co-led my first yoga retreat in Joshua Tree and the result was better then I could have dreamed of. Now I’m inspired to lead more, all over the world! Next stop, Mexico!

Favorite yoga pose: 
Handstand, hands down!

Best way to fuel up after yoga:
Mmm… poke bowl from Fish 101!

Yoga and music are…
A fusion that creates flow—on the mat and in life.

I create community with Blissology by…
Remaining friends with the bliss babes I’ve met along the way. I’m the bridesmaid in Christine Rahman’s wedding this summer, we met at YTT four years ago in Bali!

I am most grateful for…
My Encinitas yoga community. I have found my people!

What advice do you have for aspiring yoga teachers? 
Practice, practice, practice. Learn from mistakes, and try again.

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More about Arielle and how to connect with her on her Bliss Army teacher profile.

Luke Graeber

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.

 

Name:
Luke Graeber

Where in the world you can find me:
Shanghai, China at Pure Yoga.

What originally drew me to yoga:
I worked as an accountant at that time and Yoga was a way for me to get out of my head and more into my heart. I was instantly drawn to the physical practice and it is what I use still today to keep my body, mind are heart feeling alive.

Blissology to me is…
a supportive community of people that not only share the benefits of Yoga with the world but protect the world they live in.

My life mission is…
to inspire with my practice and empower with my teaching.

The most important thing yoga has taught me is…
the only person that can transform you, is yourself.

When I’m not on the yoga mat, I’m…
taking photos, drinking coffee, reading Iyengar books or playing Acro Yoga.

The cause/project I am most passionate about is…
spreading the benefits of Yoga that has been passed to me through my teachers.

I am learning to…
take Yoga photos. I love capturing people in their full state of awareness.

What I want to teach others (through yoga) is to…
live more in alignment with our true self. Many distractions pull us away from living from this place; Yoga is a way to not only fully understand our true self but to reconnect with our true self through practice.

Most inspiring yoga related experience:
2015 Vancouver Blissology Teacher Training, at that time I just left the corporate world and was looking for my calling. The training was inspiring on many levels but the most inspiring part for me was seeing how Eoin created an environment where people felt safe to deal with any issues they had.

Favorite yoga pose:
Scorpion, I love inverted backbends because they show balance in a practice. The combination of strength, flexibility and balance.

Best way to fuel up after yoga:
Meditate.

Yoga and music are…
a way to realise our true self and also a way to express our true self.

I create community with Blissology by…
creating a connection between people. Each class I do partner work to create this connection. Also share a little bit of my Blissology experience before I teach each class.

I am most grateful for…
the chance to share the benefits that I have received through Yoga with others.

My advice for aspiring yoga teachers:
Don’t wait, when you finish your training teach straight away.

You will feel you will not be ready but that feeling gets stronger the longer you wait, go and share the love!!!

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Connect with Luke:
Instagram: @lukegraeber
Facebook: Luke Graeber

Linda Cruse

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.

 

Name:
Linda Cruse

Where in the world can we find you? 
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia with a boot full of yoga mats I have been heading out to teach at community halls since my YTT in 2014, it has been a great way to grow as a teacher.  This Spring I will be starting practices at Fit Hot Yoga and Yoga North Hobart to join a collaboration of teachers for different backgrounds, with different styles. I feel very passionate about sharing the Blissology philosophy, what I have learnt from Eoin and my journey, in a space where I have the freedom to share in my own way.

What originally drew me to yoga?
This Canadian guy….and Power Yoga for Happiness

Blissology to me is…
Everything that keeps my energy centres balanced… Love, Yoga, Meditation, Nature, High Prana foods and my Blissology family

My life mission is…
To share the gift of yoga

The most important thing yoga has taught me is…
Yoga has taught me many things… the most important thing is love, being open to give, receive and the freedom to be 100% Linda without fear of judgement.

When I’m not on the yoga mat, I’m…
In the water or my garden and thinking about where my practice will take me next, physically and spiritually

The cause/project I am most passionate about is…
Changing someone’s life through yoga.  The transformation it brings has a ripple effect that I believe is changing the world.

I am learning to…
Accept, forgive, love and live in the present moment.

What I want to teach others (through yoga) is to…
Be patient, accept who you are, your limitations, honor the feedback you receive from your body and love yourself, the rest will come.

Most inspiring yoga related experience?
A student in my practice sharing that yoga has changed her life…

Favorite yoga pose?
At the moment Upha Vishta Konasana. Because it has been one of my best teachers, there have been times when I pushed to find the pose and I hurt myself. There is no rush, we should slow down and listen to our bodies when moving into a pose and be patient, everything comes in time.  When you let go of the fight and be in the pose regardless of the depth, it brings freedom and the acceptance that this is me and that’s ok.

Best way to fuel up after yoga?
Can I say beer?? But seriously, just water and uncomplicated food, anything green.

Yoga and music are…
An opportunity to let go, find freedom and yourself…

I create community with Blissology by…
Sharing a practice that opens the door to yoga on and off your mat, encouraging a connection with nature, kindness to yourself and others and keeping things simple.

I am most grateful for…
Every single breath and recognising how important it is to stay open to love and spiritual growth.

What advice do you have for aspiring yoga teachers?
Be you! Lighten up and have fun…Get out of your head, come into your heart and it’s always ok to fart

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You can contact Linda at:
veayoga@gmail.com
facebook.com/lindacruse
facebook.com/veayoga

Donna Williams

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.

 

Name:
Donna Williams (more commonly known in blissology circles as Donna Prana!)

Where in the world you can find me?
At the Canadian Club in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where I’ve just arrived; at  Innercityoga (www.innercityoga.com) when in Geneva; and always at Emergencyoga (https://emergencyoga.wordpress.com) on vimeo and soundcloud wherever you are!

What originally drew me to yoga? 
Meditation. I meditated for years before I even knew what an asana was.  I think I liked the idea that I could enjoy my mind more, be a more peaceful person.  Then I took a yoga asana course at a local buddhist centre when I was working a job where it felt like I fired someone every day.  I really did just turn up for the savasana in those days.

Blissology to me is…
Family, it’s also peeling away the layers to really, deeply connect with each other and with our planet, it’s the place, the way I feel “the most me” version of me

My life mission is…
World peace, one love at a time. I believe it to the very depths of my being that every moment we increase the amount of love in the universe, whether that be with ourselves or with any other living thing, we take a step towards world peace.

The most important thing yoga has taught me is…
That the still place inside me is always there, unchanging, untouchable by others, waiting for me whenever I need it.

When I’m not on the yoga mat, I’m…
Outside as much as possible enjoying whatever our planet has to offer wherever I am. I’m also spending my days as a humanitarian working for the Red Cross.

The cause/project I am most passionate about is…
Two things: Emergencyoga which is a project I started with my friend Nicola to bring free yoga classes to humanitarians working in tough places.  You can take these classes online and I’m just about to try live streaming a class from Sri Lanka with my Red Cross colleagues working in Central African Republic, Gaza, Yemen, Myanmar and Syria.

I’m also a big advocate for women’s safety and our right as women to walk the streets confidently without fear of being harassed, catcalled or worse.  My two favourite organisations right now are ihollaback.org where you can report street harassment and Rape Crisis Counselling which is a start up developing an app to teach people how to support others immediately after they have been raped or sexually assaulted.

Given your work in humanitarianism, what has been the more unlikely location you have taught a yoga class?
The thing about teaching yoga with humanitarians is you have to be willing as a teacher to offer bite size, accessible yoga whenever you have a chance.  Generally humanitarians are a group of people who are too busy helping others to look after themselves and so you have to take your chance to inject some yoga whenever the opportunity arises.  This has included pranayama in Malaysian meetings, mindfulness moments in Jordan, asanas in Sudaese living rooms and out in the Israeli desert, pool side yoga classes in Thailand and roof top yoga in Sri Lanka.  One of my favourite moments was when I ran a yoga ‘team building’ session for United Nations colleagues.  Let’s just say that the Blissology dance party was more than welcome.  Giving people that space to let go and be free and vulnerable is crucial in a world where you spend your days being strong for everyone else around you 24/7.

How does yoga benefit those in your profession?
In so so many ways.  Working in the humanitarian sector usually means we are experts at serving others.  Yoga offers a time and space for us to serve ourselves in a way that is accepted in our humanitarian world.  It’s ok to tell someone you’re heading out to see your yoga teacher, less cool to tell colleagues you’re going to your therapist.  We know it shouldn’t be taboo to seek help from clinical professionals but the reality is that admitting you need support is still not widely accepted in the humanitarian world.  Yet how can we be there for the world’s most hurt and vulnerable people if we never take the time to look after ourselves? Yoga provides a safe space to look after our bodies, minds and souls and a place where we can create community and connection when we are away from home and family.

I am learning to…..
Live in a new place and the tropics again after many years in Europe. Hello frizzy hair and mosquito bites!

What I want to teach others (through yoga)…
Is to love and accept ourselves more so that we can feel more confident and capable of spreading that love and the peace that goes with it across the planet

Most inspiring yoga related experience…..
When someone I don’t know walks up to me in my humanitarian (work) world and says ‘thank you for being my yoga teacher in ….(insert crazy war torn place here)’ It’s incredible and humbling and yet inspiring to think that people feel such a connection with you and the yoga you offer even when you’ve never met.

Favorite yoga pose? 
Usually meditation is my favourite yoga ‘pose’ but I just found a new yin prep for getting into grasshopper so all of a sudden this complex arm balance has become more accessible to me and it feels like so much fun, like being a kid again – kinda how handstands always make me feel, like I’m 8 years old and back in the school yard

Best way to fuel up after yoga? 
Post morning yoga is fruits, eggs and a real Italian coffee, post evening yoga is quinoa, greens with toasted seeds and coconut oil

Yoga and music are…
What will together bring you to a high level of consciousness and connection that you never thought possible

I create community with Blissology by….
Hugging my students and making space for them to hug or connect with each other and by deliberately incorporating nature’s cycles and seasons into my classes and how we practice together.

I am most grateful for…
Life.  I had a moment once where I thought it would be taken from me. Every day I wake up grateful to be alive, for all that life brings me, the people I share it with, the choices I have, the planet for supporting me.

What advice do you have for aspiring yoga teachers? 
In the words of Oscar Wilde, ‘Be yourself, everyone else is already taken’.  And on a more practical note nail your asana sequencing so people feel awesome and finish your class on time. Oh and finally—you are perfect just as you are.

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More about Donna and how to connect with her on her Bliss Army teacher profile.

Ann Green

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.

 

Where in the world we can find you?
This SHiNE filled yogi / mermaid can be found in Barrie, Ontario, Canada and around the world teaching,leading, loving and surfing her BLiSSOLOGY vibe! I teach at BLiSS Ann Green Yoga in Barrie, Ontario. You can find me surfing my groove on the mat most everyday in studio unless travelling to teach in NY or Mexico, Costa Rica or Nicaragua. I teach loads of Yoga Teacher Trainings, foundational and graduate work, when not wandering in the love + lust of adventure and travel.

What originally drew me to yoga?
The breath, the movement, the shape change. I started yoga at a really young age to cope with stress, for training and because I was drawn to the beauty in the anatomy.

Blissology to me is…
A humble happy approach to aligned yoga that infuses love! Blissology to me is a pathway for my SHiNE; pure free love in action.

My life mission is…
My life mission is to be a conduit of SHiNE…to serve happiness in neighbourhoods everywhere! This is closely supported in the cross pollination of SHiNEE … sharing healthy integration naturally elevating education!

The most important thing yoga has taught me is…
To be myself. And that myself is incredibly diverse, talented and beautiful all in the simplicity of being. There is no attachment to outcome needed. I’m liberated in my own authenticity. Not because of any achievement or job…simply being me.

When I’m not on the yoga mat, I’m…
Educatin’ Elevatin’ Celebratin’. I am working towards my own compilation/book which will illustrate my approach to yoga and my personal philosophy, as well as video and digital experiences to compliment this. I am teaching at Education Conferences, continuing to develop student and youth athlete programs, spreading the good in my community, loving nature, life and my family. I continue to do research and support the spread of integration with and for a life of playfulness and humble healing leadership complimenting therapeutic yoga – MiYoga.

The cause/project I am most passionate about is…
Service… To be a light to others to overcome adversary and make health available to all!
and…Water appreciation and providing clean water for all beings. Go with the flow!

I am learning to…
…create and keep the space. To take things less personally and embrace the amazing lessons of bliss and grief the universe administers through and with me. And to keep the glow!

What I want to teach others (through yoga) is to…
…have freedom and ease in the body. Be able to open your heart and tissues, to move freely without restriction or pain.

Most inspiring yoga related experience…
There are so many moments in yoga that have rocked my bliss. But, I would have to say while on a retreat in the Catskills, I was in absolute nature appreciation when a mamma deer and her two babes decided to sleep beside my tent for a series of nights. I was scared so incredibly at first but when I realized the grace of the family beside me, it was amazing. She was protecting me. I found my space, invested in my exhale and enjoyed the now of the experience completely. This was the first time I had been away from my child, my son of two years old at that time. It was truly the power of nature connection in tapestry and cross-pollination of the miraculous + love. Oh, and I met the Dalai Lama that retreat too. Absolute mind blowing the ecstasy of yoga.

Favorite yoga pose: 
Handstand. Inversion love affair. Getting upside down on land in air under water and all the relations in nature getting my hands so Mother Earth can support!! Best way to fuel up after yoga A delicious smoothie or medjool dates, pitted and almond butter stuffed inside…yummm!

Yoga and music are…
Intereconnected. Yoga is the music of the body and music is the expression of how your body is feeling and moving. A song of the soul

I create community with Blissology by…
I share Blissology with my community through my teaching and my leadership. I lead with love and insight, ahimsa, inclusivity and celebration for all. I love this life and I am filled with gratitude and humbleness, beyond the reaches of the universe, for souls such as Eoin, my friend, my colleague, my teacher.

I am most grateful for…
My life, my family and, most importantly, my son.

What advice do you have for aspiring yoga teachers?
Teach from your heart and your experience. Be open to seeing by observation all the powerful lessons your teachers (students)bring you. That you are incredible being present teaching from your heart. That is enough. You are powerful beyond measure in your authenticity.

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You can contact with Ann:
ann@anngreenyoga.com
shineology.com
facebook.com/shineology
twitter.com/anngreenyoga
instagram.com/shineologist

Leanne Hembrow

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.


Where in the world can we find you? I am fortunate to live & cruise the Pacific on board our Catamaran “Song Lines” You can find me on the Australian coastline, offering my Yoga Classes ashore in various anchorages from Little Ships Club North Stradbroke Island Qld, Dux Anchorage South Stradbroke Island to annual Women Who Sail Australia Gathering Port Stephens NSW through to Sydney.

I sail from Australian shores to beautiful Fiji for Sun Surf & Yoga ashore at Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina & various Fiji locations.

April: Women Who Sail Australia Gathering Port Stephens NSW
June & October: New Caledonia
July – September: Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina Fiji & Various Fiji locations
December – May: Queensland – NSW Australia Marina’s & Anchorages

What studio do you teach at?
My studio is always in Nature : Find me on a Island or Anchorage  I share my practice at Musket Cove Resort Island Resort & Marina ~FIJI

Time & Location: Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina, Fiji Facebook Page / VHF Radio channel 68 @7am in Fiji  or VHF Radio channel16

Various other locations in Fiji : Nanuya Island Resort: Blue Lagoon ~ Yasawa Islands

Cloud9 : Fiji, located in the amazing Ro Ro Reef it is a boat ride to this special location and a shared practice will be held prior to daily operation 8:30am – 10am.

When weather permits times will be posted on my Facebook Page.

What is your life mission? 
“My Life’s Mission” is – “Learn, Grow & Smile” meaning ”Learn everything this wonderful world has to offer, Grow from these experiences and Smile/Embrace/Share the lessons/Rewards/knowledge learnt” Travelling the world, immersing in different communities, taking the time to listen & learn, you obtain tools/knowledge to help self & others.

What are 3 projects that you are up to?
Building a yoga community within Sailing/Cruising Clubs.
Supporting my husband create a new International Down Under Rally New Caledonia to Australia.
A personal goal to STAND & ride my SUP or surfboard on Fiji surf breaks before I am 50 (1 year to go) still dropping to my knees when I see reef below Ahhh!

What does Blissology mean to you? 
Blissology means to me “An Outlet for Love” Immense gratitude for Life, Nature and Communities. Eoin is our “Conduit” we harness to his connection and allow his teachings to flow through us and spread it out into our communities.

What are 2 of your favourite songs for Yoga? 
Silence ~ (Sanctuary Mix, featuring Sarah McLachlan) Delerium. If this is playing in Kaptasana I often see my husband tapping his fingers makes me smile. “Forgotten Temple” Savasana it reminds me of Bali, and my teacher training, it’s calming and it helps me instil this in my closing practice.

What books are you reading? 
I am often picking up Anatomy of Movement & constantly reading Yoga literature online.
Awakening the Spine ~ Vanda Scaravelli
I am always a sucker for a romance novel, Nora Roberts novels, my favourite presently, sometimes I just need to check out & shut off my brain!

Why do you Yoga? 
I love the feeling of “Lightness” both physically & mentally—this is what Yoga gives me.

How do you share Blissology with your community? 
When your still place inside is filled regularly with moments of awe, I wake to the ever changing lagoon or ocean, surrounding landscapes that take my breath away, this creates peace in my life, it is easy to radiated this into my relationship and cruising community. So Grateful I share my life & love of yoga with my partner John. My sailing/cruising community travel the globe & we help support each other daily, I give back through my yoga teachings, love sharing my Blissology Inspired Yoga with them.

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More about Leanne and how to connect with her on her Bliss Army teacher profile.

Shelly Prosko

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.

 

Where in the world can we find you? 
I currently tour primarily across North America offering specialty PhysioYoga workshops and trainings, speaking and presenting at medical conferences, yoga festivals and teaching medical therapeutic yoga at universities. You can also visit my website at  www.physioyoga.ca

I also can be found assisting and teaching at Blissology YTT’s.

My home base is Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada. I spend much of my time in Western Canada offering individual Physical Therapy/Yoga Therapy (PhysioYoga) treatments in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.  My schedule and calendar of events (including my workshop & conference/festival schedule and Blissology schedule)  can be found HERE  and www.physioyoga.ca

What studio do you teach at?  
As previously stated, my tour schedule and calendar of events is HERE. When I am at my home base in central Alberta, Canada, I teach yoga classes at Studio Upstairs Yoga + Wellness in Sylvan Lake, AB.

What is your life mission? 
“To promote CONNECTION to self, others, and our environment through truth, love, wisdom and JOY!”

What are 3 projects that you are up to? 
1. “Overcome Pain with Gentle Yoga” videos have just been released this spring 2015. This DVD has been a project I’ve been working on with Neil Pearson of www.lifeisnow.ca (another physical therapist & yoga therapist) for the past year. It includes 7 different practices involving different themes and includes meditations, mantras, mudras, visualizations, breathing methods and physical movement practices suitable for all levels and unique to people suffering from persistent or chronic pain. It is also appropriate for anyone looking for a gentle yoga practice.  More details about the practices are HERE

I am also working on my first “PhysioYoga for Pelvic Health” DVD to be released in early 2016.

2.  Plans to collaborate with E oin Finn and Blissology Training in bringing therapeutic yoga specialty topics , such as Pelvic Health & Life is Now Pain Care Yoga , as part of the specialty modules in Yoga & Mind-Body Medicine.

3. I am currently working on bringing Ginger Garner’s  Professional Yoga Therapy Studies for Health Care Professionals to the first Canadian University (University of Saskatchewan) as part of continuing education programming for health care professionals at the College of Medicine, School of Physical Therapy in 2016.

It is the only Medical Therapeutic Yoga Program in the world that is exclusively for health care professionals.

What does Blissology mean to you? 
Blissology, to me, is the art and science of Connection. Connecting to my ‘true self’ or to that ‘space’ within in me that is the same space in my loved ones, community and surrounding nature.  Ultimately it is an honest expression of living love healthy and allowing our natural JOY BODY to emerge!

What are 2 of your favorite songs for yoga? 
Silence & sounds of nature: birds, ocean waves & breath.

What books are you reading? 
“Ask & It is Given”, “Untethered Soul.”

Why do you yoga?  
To help me live and carry out my life purpose or dharma to my highest potential. Yoga helps me live in the present and connect with that space inside that is love, truth, self, source (or whatever you want to label that feeling as) and therefore feel the connection with the world around me so that ultimately I feel & share love, joy, health and truth.

I’d like to also share “My Yoga Journey” that explains why I first started practicing, and how the reason has evolved over the years.

How do you share Blissology with your community? 
I connect as authentically as I can with my community and continually practice being fully present & loving with any interaction I have, whether it be while teaching a blissology inspired yoga class, guiding a meditation practice, educating about food awareness, working with a client one on one helping them optimize their health or recover from an injury or imbalance, interacting with the sales clerk at the grocery or bank teller, or offering one of my workshops or being a guest speaker at an event where I discuss the true meaning of health and wellness and how yoga, meditation, nature appreciation, bringing more joy into your life, gratitude and nourishment are all essential parts of living a healthy lifestyle.

With the work that I do in the community and abroad, I passionately share the message of what overall health and well being really means: addressing all of our koshas: physically (includes food high on Pranameter!), mentally, emotionally, energetically & spiritually; sharing the many ways that people can incorporate nourishing these layers in their lifestyle.

Gratitude, Nature Appreciation, Hammock Enlightenment, Dancing, Hugging and encouraging and promoting more Joy Body in our lives are all a part of my offerings whether it is during work related activities or in social settings.

Blissology Living is always a part of my message, no matter where I go, what I’m doing, or who I’m with.

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More about Shelly and how to connect with her on her Bliss Army teacher profile.

Rebecca Agent

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.

 

Where in the world can we find you? 
When not gypsying around the world and/or chasing Eoin’s wanderlust for hosting 500hr YTT modules in tropical surf locations you will find me settling back into New Zealand after many years of living abroad in Europe and North America! I’m so blessed to be the first Blissology inspired teacher in Aotearoa (Said Aotea—roa). This is the Maori word for New Zealand, which is often translated as the Land of the Long White Cloud)…!’

What studio do you teach at? 
I’m teaching corporate yoga at several locations around town and have just picked up a class one of New Zealand biggest Universities (www.facebook.com/rebeccaagent). When I’m not teaching I’m working on Mala Earth (www.malaearth.com) and exploring many of the amazing studios and teachers around Auckland, supporting and learning from all these talented guides we have down-under!

What is your life mission?  
To love fully and live an inspired life…!! .. If I’m honest, it feels so strange to see this in print! I have begun to chase my dreams, which it’s not always glamorous but is incredibly fulfilling to live with purpose and passion and at the end of the day I want to inspire others to do the same in their own lives, from this place collectively we can change the world

What are 3 projects that you are up to? 
This is an interesting question because as an ex-corporate and Project Manager by ‘trade’ I always gravitate to having a few projects on the ‘go’ at anyone time. Right now a few biggies are: 1) Mala Earth www.malaearth.com An online store with of beautiful Malas sourced from my travels around the world. We are based in Auckland, New Zealand and shipping worldwide – Mala Earth is a concept inspired by a love for yoga, sustainability, living an authentic and mindful life. This is jewellery for your soul. 2) Build my knowledge as a Yoga Teacher www.facebook.com/rebeccaagent This is totally inspired by Blissology and my deep desire to live a healthy sustainable life, also the connection and love I have to nature when practicing yoga outside. 3) Rebecca Agent www.rebeccaagent.com yikes! This is my attempt to get online figure out the world of social media and blogging…

What does Blissology mean to you? 
Nature, Connection, Love, Community, Exploration, Learning. Blissology for me has been a cracking open from the inside out… I carry with me daily Eoin’s mantra of “Nothing to prove, everything to share”

What are 2 of your favorite songs for yoga?
– ‘For What it’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield’ – A track I first heard played by Dj Drez in a Meghan Currie flow class at Wanderlust Whistler 2011, it’s continues to be a favourite
– ‘Gooey by Glass Animals’ – A track that continues to bring me back to the amazing journey that was my Blissology yoga teacher training in Bali 2014.

I love that music is a thread that can take you back to so many memories, happy, sad and otherwise and becomes a new thread creating new memories within this moment… How lucky we are in our work, where we become the mixmaster that can thread these experiences and memories together for ourselves and our students…

What books are you reading?
– Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso, a Christmas present from my brother. Written by a kickass female entrepreneur who is the head of a $350m fashion empire, and started her entrepreneurial journey as a young rebel selling used vintage clothing on eBay.
– Pilgrimage by  Paulo Coelho, I’m re-reading a book which inspired the naming of one of Mala Earth’s beautiful Rudraksha and Turquoise Malas called the Pilgrimage Mala (http://www.malaearth.com/collections/necklaces/products/pilgrimage-mala). This piece protects us on our travel adventures and represents the spiritual journey of life.

Why do you yoga? 
I practice yoga because I’ve realised that I am happiest when I move my body. I love to ski, surf, run, swim and play so yoga infuses all these elements and provides permission for me to be an explorer of a deeper realm of both outside and inside of myself.

You can find contact info and more from this lovely yogini at www.rebeccaagent.com and www.malaearth.com

Victoria Williams

Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.

Where in the world can we find you? 
Hood River, OR (in the Columbia River Gorge one hour from Portland).

What studio do you teach at? (your schedule please!)
Root Down Yoga.  I currently teach 5 classes a week, including power vinyasa and a slower flow called “Unwind.” You can find schedule details at gorgepoweryoga.com

What is your life mission?
To inspire presence and courage to make meaningful connections with each other and nature.

What are 3 projects that you are up to?
1) Learning to surf a shortboard. It is so humbling and a constant reminder of the importance of balancing effort and surrender.
2) Converting a van my husband and I just purchased into a mobile camper for snowboard and surf missions (see Project 1!)
3) Developing a yoga class series for victims of trauma (to be co-led with a friend who is a mental health counselor).

What does Blissology mean to you?
So much more than yoga!  It’s recognizing the possibility of peace and happiness in each of us, and an approach for connecting to that peace and happiness through mindful, intentional living – the asana is simply part of that approach.  And importantly it’s not just a “close your eyes and find zen” philosophy; Blissology celebrates interconnection, not isolation.

What are 2 of your favorite songs for yoga?
Finding and choosing music for class is an aspect of teaching I really enjoy.  I discovered East Forest when he played for Eoin’s class at Wanderlust and his work is fantastic (especially live!). I use Toad Lick often, but he has countless other songs perfect for a more mellow mood and savasana.  Another current favorite for vinyasa is Blood Flow by Ritual.

What books are you reading?
I’m in the midst of re-reading two favorites. The Fear Project by Jamal Yogis is a really interesting examination of the ways we experience and overcome fear (with an emphasis in the context of surfing).  The other is fiction: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. It’s a beautifully written heartbreaker about the power of love.

Why do you yoga?
When I first came to yoga I was a stressed-out attorney and my mat was my escape and way to find calm and grounding.  As my practice and lifestyle have evolved (I no longer practice law), I see the calm and centeredness as my true nature, not just a fleeting feeling I only experience for hour-long pockets of time.  So I yoga regularly to stay in touch with that essence.  That gives me greater clarity about myself and others, and then I’m in a mindset to really appreciate what I’m doing and what’s around me, be it riding powder through trees on my snowboard or walking my dog in the rain.  I can see the practice ripple out in my relationships and I value how powerful it is.

How do you share Blissology with your community?
Through my practice and my teaching, which are both very Blissology-inspired.  I’m lucky to live in a place where nature appreciation is easy – when we find tadasana in class we can actually look at a mountain, and feel fluidity in our movement like the river that flows before us.  And I really try to foster a Blissology vibe in class – we laugh, smile, high five and appreciate who we’re practicing alongside.

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More about Victoria and how to connect with her on her Bliss Army teacher profile.