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 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 enjoyed Tai Chi for about 13 years and currently tries to find 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 returned to pursuing yoga passionately, instructing since 2003. She has taught yoga classes at the International Karate Association, as a private instructor, for seniors in the OLLI program and currently conducts weekly classes at the Senior Center and Heart Stream Yoga. 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 was 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.
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 has taught or is teaching yoga at UAF, Infinite Yoga of Alaska, Heart Stream Yoga and at the Jazzercise studio.
Deven has a deep love and appreciation for the body and expressive movement. Having received little to no formal training, Deven has focused primarily on the communication within her body, and with her body, the music and the other energies around her. Aside from purely expressive movement, Deven has been practicing on-body hooping for several years and now in the last handful has started to learn more tricks with the lighter hoops. She finds it is a representation of the other, the partner, the one with which we are having a dance. Her approach to dance and movement is not one of perfecting moves, but of deepening the communication within oneself and with the forces around oneself. Asking the questions: Where do we find inspiration? How do we begin to move? What happens when we change our focus from our mind to our body? Where do the two meet and communicate? Who is deciding? Where and when do we stop? How big is the space I am in? Deven hopes you will join her for hoop and dance.
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.
I took my first yoga class as a Freshman at the University of Memphis, almost 20 years ago now. I didn't even have a mat, but from the first movements, I felt a sense of "Ah! This, this is what I've been looking for!" - and I've been practicing ever since. As I've moved through the years, I've grown to really love and understand the reason behind calling yoga a practice. As the stages of our lives move forward, our needs, experiences and relationships change - but a yoga practice can be the thread throughout it all. It has been that for me, a thread binding me together, through my changes. The physical practice of yoga gives me joy, strength, resiliency and flexibility in my body, and the spiritual practice of yoga gives me these same gifts, so that I can access them as a wife, as a mother, as a teacher, as a friend, as someone moving through the layers of themselves in order to connect with that which connects us all.
My initial introductions to yoga were through Hatha and Iyengar classes in my hometown of Memphis, TN. In 2015, I trained under yoga teacher and OT Lindsey Lieneck of Yogapeutics, in Austin, TX, studying mindfulness techniques, therapeutic tools and methods of sensory integration for teaching children, utilizing yoga hammocks for an aerial yoga practice beneficial to both bodies and brains. In 2016, I received my certification through the Golden Heart School of Yoga, here in Fairbanks, as a 200 hour RYT. In 2018, I received valuable training in Trauma Informed Yoga under Jody Hassel. That same year I also received the gift of training with renowned instructor Lynne Minton. Today I find great joy in teaching to families and kids, at Heart Stream Yoga, and in different school settings in Fairbanks. I teach an adult class each week in my awesome community of Two Rivers as well. In all of my classes, my goal is to safely offer a practice that will give my students the knowledge and confidence to begin or deepen their own home practice. .
Jessica was first introduced to yoga while studying theatre in high school over 20 years ago. Her practice continued with her through University theatre training at the University of northern Colorado. Utilizing chakra study to help find depth to character work in theatre, her yoga practice quickly moved to include both the physical and the spiritual aspects of yoga. After graduating Jess found herself in Alaska working on a organic farm and studying Capoiera, a brazilin martial art. Yoga helped to maintain a healthy balance of strength and flexibility during the hard physical work.
After she became pregnant and birthed her children she was drawn to helping women to have an empowered birth and labor experience so she began her training as a Pre/postnatal exercise Specialist through AFPA then her birth Doula training through Childbirth International. This is when she began to work for Heart Stream Yoga teaching Prenatal yoga and kids yoga.
Heart Stream then offered their 200hr yoga teacher training program and Jessica became a certified 200hr RYT through their school. She has now been teaching Yoga for over 6 years.
She is the owner of Parvati Birth and Wellness, a homeschool mama and farmer.
I was introduced to yoga when I was 13, but officially started my yoga journey as a sophomore in high school in California, around 7 years ago. I primarily practiced Bikram yoga, as I enjoyed the heat that relaxed my tense muscles, and I valued being able to practice the same poses every class to better feel and connect with the changes in my body. I attended Miami University in Ohio, where I studied zoology and environmental science and was introduced to Vinyasa yoga. This is where I got trained to teach Vinyasa, and where I got my RYT 200. Safety is the most important part of my classes, as I want everyone to reap the benefits of yoga without injury. I also believe the meditative, mindful aspect of yoga is key to a strong practice, as yoga is the union of mind and body. Vinyasa helps bridge this union, as it deeply connects you to your breath throughout the entirety of the practice. Other than yoga, I am very passionate about nature, conservation, and sustainability. Customers have questions, you have answers. Display the most frequently asked questions, so everybody benefits.