As a teenager in the 1970s, Donna Lanni first began yoga movement in front of her stereo while listening to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Initiated and named Devaki by the Acharyas of Ananda Marga, Donna began teaching yoga and leading kirtans from her home in the late 1980s. In 1991, she was asked to teach yoga at a women& martial arts retreat which led to 20 years of martial arts training in both Kung Fu and Shudokhan karate. Years of studying movement and trainings brought her to her Maha teacher, Shiva Rea, founder of Prana Flow yoga with whom the rivers of her trainings blended into an ocean of discovery. She is blessed and grateful for the teachings of Dr. Charles Scott and yoga and movement mentor, Teri Vierick. Her other influences have been through the works of Emily conrad, Gabrielle Roth and Beth Rigby, creator of Yoga Meets Dance (TM).Currently, she holds a 4th Dan in Shudokhan karate as well as a 1st Dan in Kung fu. She has a 100hr certification in Yoga Meets Dance. She has her 200hr certification to teach Prana Flow® yoga from Shiva Rea and the Samudra School of Living Yoga . Through this work , she is also certified to teach Yoga Trance Dance an integrative fusion of yoga merging to free flowing dance. Always the student, Donna is currently enrolled in the 500hr teachers training program with Shiva and the Samudra tribe. www.shivarea.com She is also certified 200 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance. In the Summe of 2014, Donna further advanced her knowledge by becoming certified to teach stand up paddle board yoga (SUP) through Lazy Dog Paddle Boards out of Key West Florida. Having always been a "water baby", she has floated, paddled , taught and trained students on the Alaskan waters surrounding her home and in the warm waters of Florida. Her favorite yoga board is the Glide Lotus but her true love is to SUP remote lakes on her Glide inflatable Quest board! Donna lives in Fairbanks with her beloved, Ron and blended family of five children. She is a lover of 3 dogs and an Amazon parrot. She brings to her classes humor and the spiritual alchemy and integration of seasonal, solar and lunar rhythms, poetry, and music.
Marsha began her yoga journey in 1975 with Richard Hittleman's book 28 Days of Yoga. Taking the book to live in the bush with her husband, Jim, she established a daily practice of yoga and meditation that has served her to this day. After moving to Fairbanks she became involved in several Mind-Body disciplines. She has studied the art of Shudokan and Gosoke Ryu karate for 22 years and holds a 6th degree blackbelt in Shudokan karate and 3rd degree blackbelt in Gosoke Ryu. She has enjoyed Tai Chi for about 13 years and the past couple of years had made time to practice the ancient art of Qigong. She has been able to present Spring Forest Qigong in workshops in Fairbanks and Juneau. In addition to her passion for the martial arts, she has returned to pursuing yoga passionately for about 10 years, instructing the last 5. She has taught yoga classes at the International Karate Association, one summer as a twice weekly private instructor, for seniors in the OLLI program and currently conducts weekly classes at the Senior Center. Her teacher training has come about primarily through Sundari's Anusara teacher trainings and Lynn Minton. She is grateful for the influence of Susanne Lyle and Teri Vierick. Her certification process has been through White Lotus Yoga with Ganga White and Tracey Rich. She is an RYT 200 and E-RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance.She brings to her classes a love of alignment, the beauty of a quiet center, and the joy of inner discovery.
Molly’s yoga experience started in 1999 in upstate New York, where she spent her first years of practice delving deeply and whole heartedly into the alignment-based, detail-oriented styles of Iyengar and Anusara yoga asana, traditional yogic philosophy, and meditation; learning from several experienced teachers. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology, a move out west to California in 2004 for work with the park service in the Sierra Nevadas opened her world to all sorts of new possibilities, including big mountains and Ashtanga yoga. She then landed in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2007 to earn a master’s degree in Snow Hydrology, and subsequently, to Crested Butte, Colorado for work as a snowboard instructor and forest ranger. Living in the vibrant and spiritual yoga community of Colorado further deepened her practice in Iyengar, Anusara, and Ashtanga yoga, and she also discovered Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow and loved it. Colorado was also the place where Molly began practicing Shambhava Yoga in Fort Collins, with short visits to both the Shoshoni and Eldorado Ashrams near Boulder. In 2010, she traveled to Mongolia as a Fulbright Scholar to study Snow Hydrology, and she was invited to teach her first yoga classes in Ulaanbaattar’s first Hatha yoga studio. She then moved to Alaska for work as a hydrologist in Anchorage, and eventually made her way up north for a PhD degree in Snow Hydrology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has studied at the Central Institute for Buddhist Studies in Ladakh, India; and has taken took vows with, and is an active member of, the Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist group here in Fairbanks.
Molly also found her way to the wonderful yoga community at Heart Stream Yoga where she has been teaching yoga since 2013. She also studied Shambhava yoga and meditation at the Konalani Ashram in Hawaii and is a certified RYT-200 hour yoga instructor through the Shambhava School of Yoga. She is also self-taught in Yin and Restorative yoga, and continues to develop her knowledge and teaching skills in this style; including work with Yoga Nidra meditation. Molly teaches an eclectic style of yoga, integrating detailed instructions on physical alignments, elements of Eastern philosophy, and either an invigorating vinyasa flow or a deep healing practice of yin (depending on the class). With an emphasis on physical practice as a means to quiet the mind and body for meditation, she offers a challenging but sustainable yoga practice. She hopes to help students discover the possibility for connection with the divine universal consciousness, to find joy in their practice, and to not take themselves too seriously! She has an appetite for Alaskan backcountry adventures in her spare time, like climbing mountains, snowboarding, nordic skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, canoeing, and trail running.
Daralyn Canterbury is a long time Fairbanksan (since 1974) who is a retired school counselor/P.E. teacher and grabbed an interest in yoga about 15 years ago. At that time, she trained in Ashtanga Yoga with Bryan Kest in Santa Monica, CA. Over this past 15 years Daralyn has developed her own class that includes various yoga experiences and she began teaching yoga at that time and has not stopped since. Her practice and training has also included Kundalini yoga. Daralyn developed her class based on various yoga experiences and self training. Her background and degrees include a Masters of Education in School Counseling and a K-12 teaching certification in Physical Education. Daralyn currently still teaches Jazzercise. She also studies Tibetan Buddhism. All, this wide array of training and experience have allowed Daralyn to develop her own class to incorporate various levels of pilate type exercise and Ashtanga Yoga primary series with a sprinkle of Kundalini breath. Daralyn is currently teaching yoga at UAF, Infinite Yoga of Alaska, Heartstream Yoga and at the Jazzercise studio.
Everyone has their own perception of what yoga is. That’s the beauty of yoga. Yoga is yoga is yoga is yoga is yoga. I want the world to know, feel and resonate with (in their own special way) peace, love, compassion. It just so happens, I connect with these qualities through my body, breath and soul in yoga. My practice, and by extension, my classes revolve around classical yoga philosophy and simple vinyasa. Balancing the traditional with the modern is a yoga practice I've been exploring, on and off the mat. A little sweat, pranayama, mindfulness and yogic philosophy is what you can expect from our time together. I fell in love with yoga in 2008: in 2012 I completed 200hr Yoga Teacher training in Chiangmai Mai, Thailand through Wise Living Yoga Academy. WLYA is associated with The Yoga Institute of Santacruz, Mumbai, India and is accredited by the International Board of Yoga.
I am in the pursuit of a natural and sustainable way of living. I provide opportunities for people to learn about and experience essential oils in my yoga classes, over tea or coffee, and through online education.
Life provides challenges to assist us in seeking new solutions, even if the lived experience of this idea seems a little different. If there is something you can do, to allow some of the weight of transition to be shifted, or some tension can be released, would you do it? Yoga can assist us as we learn to adapt to life now, in the new normal. Frequently, I find a common thread, or an intention, that lends to the use of particular essential oils that I offer in practice.I am certified through the Golden Heart School of Yoga, RYT 200 and teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga with a focus on the breath, alignment within one’s own body, and a balance between work and stretch with options for modification to advance or draw back. See you on the mat.
Nicole is passionate and optimistic about helping yogis find freedom and release in their lives through practicing yoga. Her dream is to inspire others to bring about connection and comfort with the mind, and body.
Regular yoga practice has, more recently, truly changed her life. Her deep passion for life, including the practice of yoga, is shown through her teaching. Expect her classes to be moderately vigorous-yet inclusive, and playful. She is very focused on a well balanced practice with all seven classes of Asana. She is non authoritarian, and will provide comfortable hands on adjustments for safe and healthy alignments. Nicole's style is influenced by Ashtanga and the original flow yoga founded by the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA, were she graduated from, in March, 2016. Her mentors are Ganga White, Tracey Rich, Sven Holcomb, and James Morrison. Certified 200hr instructor since 4/20/2017, and practicing yoga since she was 20yrs old. Namaste
Laura's love of movement started young here in Fairbanks with a lifelong passion for ballet. Admittedly, the first few times she tried yoga she thought it really wasn't her jam - but once she found the teachers and styles that clicked with her, she was hooked. She first discovered Ashtanga in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2012, and during her years working as a wildland firefighter she found a regular practice integral to helping her body, mind, and breath achieve their fullest potentials during challenging situations. She recieved her 200-hour certification in Ashtanga from All Yoga Thailand in 2014. She now enjoys exploring all styles of vinyasa, finding her practice a valuable counterpart to her pursuits in dancing, fitness, and life in general. Laura enjoys leading an energetic, Ashtanga-based vinyasa practice, and hopes that through sharing her enthusiasm for moving, stretching, and sweating, she can help others like her discover their own hidden love of yoga.
Kinlee Hawkins is one proud Alaskan Yogi. After completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2010, she began teaching, promoting and practicing yoga all over the world. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, she attended University Park Elementary, Monroe Jr. High and graduated from West Valley High School in 2003. After high school she studied at Southern Oregon University, majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Holistic Health, and has since worked for Dr. Beth Laughlin at The Holistic Medical Clinic as well as White Palms Wellness Studio.In 2013 Kinlee traveled to Bali, Indonesia in order to complete a 10 day Raw Food Chef Certification as well as 16 hours of Women's Rebalancing at The Yoga Barn. In 2014 she continued to build on her education completing Yin Yoga and Prenatal Yoga intensives at The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona. Just recently, she earned a certification in Hand and Foot Reflexology through the Healing Arts Connection in Phoenix, AZ and loves incorporating this ancient practice in her yoga classes. She is currently teaching private yoga classes in Fairbanks, Alaska and hopes The Alaskan Yogi will help connect the world to Alaska's teachers, yoga retreats, conscious businesses and artists.
Taryn found her yoga path after the birth of twins in 2007, practicing at her home in the small rural community of Tok, Alaska. Yoga enabled her to keep active while being closely tied to home, tending to her young family’s needs.Practicing yoga evolved into a curiosity about the link between physical practice (asana) and life away from the mat. Taryn found her yoga manifesting in an increasing desire to serve her community, so she began a grass-roots effort to bring yoga to the people in Tok; guiding small groups through basic sun salutations in her basement. As her life began to take shape around her yoga practice, she felt an ignited passion to attend Yoga Teacher Training.In January of 2014, Taryn began her 200 hour Prana Vinyasa™ teacher training; traveling from Tok to Fairbanks to study with Coral Brown, a widely respected yoga teacher with deep roots in Hindu philosophy. Prana Vinyasa™’s fusion of slow-moving transitions, long holds, and connection of breath to movement resonated strongly with Taryn. She completed her training in January of 2015, having been personally and professionally transformed by the experiences drawn from her training.Taryn has been living and teaching in Fairbanks since June of 2015. She joins Heart Stream Yoga with nearly 500 hours of yoga instruction, and in 2017 will complete guidance with Off the Mat, Into the World, a training program with focus on yoga as it applies to social activism.Taryn’s teaching philosophy is strongly rooted in the theory that mindful movement connects yoga practitioners to our own humanity. As a teacher she seeks to serve the community of Fairbanks by fusing her practice with her appreciation for the diverse people and the unique customs of the city that expanded her roots as a teacher and a person.
I first came to yoga in 2011, motivated to use it as a tool to gain strength and flexibility. As a runner and dancer I was constantly dealing with injuries. Through yoga I hoped to loosen my tight muscles and find a physical practice that would be good for my body with minimal risk of injury. I tried and enjoyed several different styles of yoga from various Fairbanks teachers. Then I was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, which was both physically and mentally challenging. The Ashtanga Vinyasa system links breathing with posture, and uses the same sequence of postures to enable the movements to become instinctual so the mind can focus. In this manner your practice becomes a moving meditation. I quickly grew to appreciate the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of my Ashtanga Vinyasa practice and became a devoted practitioner. Since that time I have observed myself change to become a more focused, balanced, peaceful, and accepting person. This positive experience made me want to share the benefits of yoga with others, and motivated me to pursue my yoga teacher certification. I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training in October 2015 through combined programs by David Kyle (Ashtanga Yoga Puerto Rico), and Edwin and Catarina Lacayo (It’s Yoga Nicaragua), who teach Modified Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga following the philosophy and methods of Larry Shultz (a former student of Pattabhi Jois). I was attracted to Larry Shultz’s “It’s Yoga” teaching system, which is based off the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa system, but offers modified and creative routines to make Ashtanga Vinyasa accessible and challenging to practitioners with various skill levels, body limitations, time constraints, and motivations. As I teacher, I follow the It’s Yoga philosophy and strive to provide a positive and supportive studio environment, where beginners can feel welcome and advanced practitioners can feel challenged. Most importantly, I aim to share my love of Ashtanga Yoga with others and hope to inspire others to find their better selves on and off the mat.
Russell finished the Feldenkrais Training Program in 2017.
He discovered the Feldenkrais Method during various explorations with other practices such as Qigong and yoga and feels that Feldenkrais as greatly improved his life and says, "It makes everything better."
The Feldenkrais Method: Awareness Through Movement emphasizes the coordination of muscle movement rather than the typical regimen of stretching and strengthening. Moving in an enjoyable way allows someone the chance slow down and learn something new without the strain associated with repetitious exercise.
Barbara Jacobson is a yoga teacher and body worker in the Fairbanks area. Her passion for teaching yoga stems from her joy of being a student. She feels that the practice of yoga can serve not only as a way to improve our physical bodies in our lifetime, but also to expand our awareness of who we are and what our purpose is. Barbara has a daily yoga practice that is deeply rooted in the Ashtanga yoga method. She teaches with a focus on breath, mindfulness, and self introspection. As the key principles of experiencing yoga postures.