" When you're inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations; your conciousness expands in every direction; and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever believed yourself to be." -Pantajali,
I’m a little bit gypsy, a little bit hippie, and a little bit rebel. For the past twenty years you could usually find me with a camera in one hand, my passport in the other and yoga mat strapped to my back. In fact I never intended to be a yoga teacher and I definitely didn’t plan on founding a yoga studio. I first got into yoga in my late teens/early twenties. I suffered from insomnia and for whatever reason was drawn to Eastern Philosophy. The books I read late into the night kept referring to yoga and meditation, and I thought, “So where do I get some of that?” And so my yoga journey began. I’ve practiced all over the world, with a ton of different and wonderful teachers, for many years. I’ve played with a number of styles and explored everything from Iyengar to Mysore, but Skanda Yoga is my yoga tribe and Anand KF von Roenn III and his partner Sadhana are my teachers. Yoga has changed my life. I am lucky and fortunate to be able to share my love for yoga with others. I never planned on being a yoga teacher, but I'm really am thankful that I am. Come practice with me. Come play. There is a very good chance that we will do things that you’ve never done before, that you’ll feel pushed and possibly even uncomfortable, but you’ll leave feeling empowered and stronger and lighter in both body and spirit. Skanda isn’t for everyone, and I don’t expect it to be. Some people love arm balances and inversion and handstands, and if you’re one of those people, YOU WILL LOVE SKANDA. Iyengar once said, “Yoga releases the creative potential of life. The light that yoga sheds on life is something special. It is transformative. It does not just change the way we see things. It transforms the person who sees.”
Amberly has studied and practiced yoga for many years but decided to transition into teaching in 2012. She has completed studies in Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Kundalini, Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, and Reiki. She trained in Yin yoga with Bernie Clark in Vancouver, BC and went on to complete her 300hr training there at Semperviva Yoga School. Her teaching style incorporates the gentle and nurturing aspects of Hatha and Reiki healing as well as strong breath work to build internal heat and help bring balance back to the body. She creates a calm, safe space for students to flow deeper and more thoughtfully, incorporating proper alignment and breath in creative ways for a stronger, more balanced practice. She resides in Crescent Hill with her significant other and a menagerie of cats and dogs.
Abica grew up as an endurance athlete and is, first and foremost, a swimmer. She was taught to hold her breath as breathing would slow her down and keep her muscles from reaching their full potential. She carried this out of the pool and into her life for years to come, feeling increasingly stressed out and tense, and it wasn’t until she was required to take a yoga class in college that she really began to breathe. This was a game changer. “I can get a workout AND breathe?”
She began experimenting with different styles of yoga and eventually got her 200 E-RYT in Vinyasa Flow in Los Angeles, CA in 2013. She has been teaching others to breathe ever since. As a full-time Vinyasa Flow teacher in LA, there was a lot of focus on strength in a practice. While Abica is the first one to tell you how much she loves to sweat, invert, and play on her hands, she also understands the importance of balance between strength and mobility. Too many chaturangas later, Abica became certified in Yin and Restorative yoga, learning how to be still and open. This was a great gift that allowed performance in all aspects of her life to improve. She began teaching Yin in combination with her strong flow to help others find that beautiful balance that yoga gave to her. When Abica isn’t on the mat you can find her (still) swimming, running and backpacking with her fiancé and two heart-crushingly adorable Black Labs. It's a balance… right?
Lee first discovered yoga in 2005 while completing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Dance at Indiana University, Bloomington. After being in a serious car accident in September 2011, Lee’s yoga practice began to deepen as she practiced Bikram yoga for two years, as a way to combat back/neck pain and anxiety. Her passion for yoga increased even more when she started to study Vinyasa Flow. Through Vinyasa Flow, Lee discovered a way to pair breath and movement into a dancing, moving meditation. Lee completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yogaia in Fall 2015. Lee loves being a student and has studied many styles of yoga including: yin, Kundalini, restorative, Bikram, Skanda and power vinyasa. Lee is a licensed professional clinical counselor working in the community mental health field with children and adolescents. Yoga and meditation have become Lee’s primary source of self-care, and she encourages her students to find a consistent practice to combat stressors and improve their overall well being. She also encourages students to take the lessons from the mat and into into their daily lives. Lee is the proud mama of two pugs and a cat.