TEACHERS

January 2018 Ashtanga Intensive 

 

Tim Feldmann

Tim Feldmann is Director of the Ashtanga Intensive at Miami Life Center, with approximately 80 teaching hours throughout the month. He’ll be teaching the mysore class, anatomy, breathing, techniques and adjustment; apart from designing the entire program and the intention behind it.

He was set on the yoga path by his first teacher Lino Miele and is Authorized to teach directly by the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Method, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and his grandson, R. Sharath Jois. A practitioner of the Advanced A series Tim is dedicated to Ashtanga Yoga’s traditional method. A near fatal falling accident in 1992 led Tim on the yogic path. His teaching integrates extensive studies of F.M. Alexander Technique and sitting meditation with 20 years of experience as a professional dancer and an internationally acclaimed choreographer. His in-depth knowledge of functional anatomy, alignment as well as the idiosyncratic body and mind in stillness and in motion creates the platform upon which his solid understanding of the Ashtanga method rests. Tim’s humorous, straight forward yet profound teaching style makes him a cherished teacher, traveling extensively throughout Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas.

WATCH TIM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JThx59AFwE&t=14s

Kino MacGregor

Kino joins us for the Ashtanga Intensive to teach chanting and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjli. She also leads our students in Guided full primary on Fridays.

Kino is an international yoga teacher, author of four books, producer of six Ashtanga Yoga DVDs, writer, vlogger, world traveler, co-founder of Miami Life Center, co-fouder of Yoga Challenge and OmStars and co-creator of Yoga Pro Wheel. Kino’s dharma is to help people experience the limitless potential of the human spirit through the inner tradition of yoga. She is one of the few people in the world of yoga to embrace both the traditional teaching of India’s historic past and the popular contemporary social media channels. You can find her online on OmStars (www.omstars.com), teaching classes and workshops all over the world and on social media with over 2 million followers across all her channels. With more than 18 years of experience in Ashtanga Yoga, she is one of a select group of people to receive the Certification to teach Ashtanga yoga by its founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India and practice into the Fifth Series of Ashtanga Yoga.

WATCH KINO: https://youtu.be/x2unZeNCtC0 

 

 

Ajay Tokas 

Ajay is joining us for our January 2018 Ashtanga Intensive as a special guest. He will be teaching a mysore class, chanting, techniques and adjustments.

Ajay Tokas is a Level 2 authorized Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, having received the formal blessings of his Guru, Shri R. Sharath Jois to teach. Ajay was born and raised in a traditional Hindu family. Since childhood, his mother practicing Bhakti Yoga made a deep impression. Together they would visit Himalayan pilgrimages and seeing sages standing in yogic postures on sacred riverbanks, inspired him from an early age and sow a seed to pursue a yogic life. As he grew older, he started practicing yoga to lead a healthy and balanced life. He had an unquenchable thirst to learn more and travelled on his own to ashrams in the North and South of India. He spent a lot of time there; leading a simple life and got enriched in Bhakti and Karma yoga. During his travels he also come across different teachers from whom he learnt asanas for physical and spiritual well-being. On his return he engaged in Svadhyaya and moved deeper into yoga practice. Ajay found his Guru in Shri R. Sharath Jois and since 2010 has been visiting Mysore annually to study Ashtanga Yoga with his Guru. He has completed the first three series of Ashtanga Yoga and have started learning the fourth series under his Guru’s guidance. Ajay’s teaching is inspired by the integration of strength in the Ashtanga Yoga with the inner experience of spiritual discipline.Ajay believes that with disciplined yoga practice one can open doors to self-realization.

WATCH AJAY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n45GTN2TRSc

 

 

Chase Bossart 

Chase teaches the Bhagavada Gita to our Ashtanga Intensive students. Using an interactive approach, he brings in a real world application to this ancient philosophical text.

“All of the training I have received in Yoga has been in the lineage of Śri T. Krishnamacharya as passed on to his son Mr. TKV Desikachar. In total, I have spent more than 4 years in Chennai studying one-on-one with Mr. Desikachar and his wife Menaka (Vedic Chanting), observing therapeutic classes at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) and participating in group trainings by his son Kausthub and other long time students of Mr. Desikachar. It is impossible to put into words the immense gratitude I feel for them and for what I have received from them. In particular, I am deeply indebted to Mr. TKV Desikachar for the incredible personal care, kindness, dedication and skill that he put into my development as a person and as a teacher. Since 2003, yoga teaching has been my sole occupation. Though I live just North of San Francisco in Marin County, I travel frequently to give workshops and trainings on a wide array of yoga and yoga therapy topics. As as student and teacher, I am particularly drawn to the teachings of Patañjali’s Yogasūtra, meditation, prāṇāyāma and the therapeutic application of yoga therapy. And I absolutely love to lead experiential workshops that demonstrate yoga philosophy’s practical applications in daily life. I think of my teaching style as a warm, funny and engaging (with lots of practical examples) that (hopefully) appeals to every level of yoga practitioner from beginner to advanced. Śrī gurubhyo namaḥ! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
WATCH CHASE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAlbA-v6yFY

 

Eddy Rivero

Eddy teaches traditional vinyasa counting in our Ashtanga Intensive. He is an Authorized Level I Ashtanga Yoga teacher. He has practiced with the living Guru of Ashtanga yoga, R. Sharath Jois and says “I love and respect all of my teachers back home dearly, but no training can compare to going to the source of the lineage and experiencing the practice in its purest form.” Eddy has been to KPJAYI three times to practice with Sharath, and was authorized in 2016.

Eddy teaches the evening Mysore program at MLC. He firmly believes that in order for the practice to take full effect, the student must cultivate a balance between “focused effort”(Tapas) and the “discriminative wisdom”(Viveka Khyatih) to know when to surrender. Come discover Eddy’s gentle teaching style weekday evenings and Sunday mornings at MLC.

 

Alexandra Santos

Alex teaches traditional vinyasa counting in our Ashtanga Intensive. She  is a Level I Authorized Teacher from KPJAYI in Mysore. Sheis a devoted  practitioner of the traditional Ashtanga method and currently teachers the early morning Mysore program. Alexandra offers classes that help students detoxify the body and calm the mind, and her teaching emphasizes alignment, breathing, mind-spirit connection and self-discovery.

 

 

 

 

Joseph Armstrong

Joseph brings in his understanding of the vagus nerve and how that it can be applied to the pracitce by tapping into this power to experience increased connection to innate flow states and the relaxation response.

After finally overcoming a long struggle with addiction, Joseph began experimenting with Ashtanga Yoga. He understood quickly that the lineage was calling to him to deepen his practice. In 2016 he began a 2 year apprenticeship program at Miami Life Center, continuing his education under the supervision of world renowned teachers Tim Fieldman and Kino MacGregor. More recently he has completed 2 months of study in Mysore under Sharath Jois. Joseph teaches yoga because attempts to do any and everything else ended disastrously. But when he finally devoted himself to his passion, he became an asset to himself and others. He hopes his practice allows him to be ever more loving and to exist gently.

Jesus Caballero

Jesus teaches an introduction to Ayurveda during our Ashtanga Inte

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ve. He strives to present another side of life that many people are not much aware of: That life has to be lived as it comes but with full awareness of what is happening all the time. This means there is really not much that needs to be done in terms of accomplishing or changing, it is more a matter of realizing what is really occurring in the big picture, away from our daily personal dramas, unfounded fears, and outlandish desires. It is about continuous awareness, inner reflection, detached observation, sharp discrimination, and some silence. It is about flowing away from safe harbors and into the open ocean of consciousness. He strives to live life according to Mindfulness, which is basically what he share during his healing sessions and workshops. That is what he feels is truly important. And that is pretty much it. The rest is your own experience, which is the only important thing in a healing session or class.