Namaste, this page is dedicated to acknowledging tomorrow’s most promising leaders within our health, wellness and yoga communities.
Check out the interview’s below and find someone you can relate to, someone you might like to practice with, or someone who inspires you.
Shawna Schenk Yoga With Shawna + San Diego Yoga Festival, Founder San Diego, CA
I am the founder and creator of one So-Cal's largest yoga festivals (San Diego Yoga Festival) and the owner of one of the only donation-based yoga and meditation studios in the country. I also started the first community Reiki Clinic offering $25 Reiki sessions. I have created and lead 9 yoga and reiki certification programs and have written the book Yoga For Teens which is published in two languages.
Joan Varini OM Movement Studio Sun Warrior Yoga, Founder Miami, Florida
I have been teaching yoga and doing energy work and spiritual counseling for over 10 years. I am currently teaching the Yoga Teacher Trainings as OM Movement Studio and I have participated and taught 13 other teacher trainings at various other studios. I earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Miami. I trained extensively under Tate Mahinto Wi, a Sioux medicine women, I have continued my education in the areas of Body Talk, Thai Massage, many different forms of yoga and various other healing modalities such as Akashic Reading and Chakra balancing.
Alexandra Pullen 200 hour RYT, 30 Hour Katonah Training Healthy Ballerina, Founder Los Angeles, CA
I think that yoga is for everyone! My dream is to make yoga a more accessible practice. It breaks my heart when someone comes to my class and admits that they’re intimidated. Especially in LA, yoga can feel very shiny and elitist. I try to promote an open and accepting environment in all of my classes, so everyone feels that they are in a safe space free of judgment.
Gretchen Graham Lightfoot Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, Blooming Life Yoga Studio + School Zionsville, Indiana
A Yoga Alliance RYT-500, Gretchen Graham Lightfoot trained with Carmen Fitzgibbon, Thomas Taubman & Gigi Snyder of YogaWorks in Los Angeles. Gretchen’s teaching experience includes group classes at Quest for Balance, Crawfordsville Parks & Recreation, Finish Strong, Center Pointe, Goorus Yoga, YogaWorks, Neutrogena, and Fancy Feet Dance Studio among others.
Liz Conner Chief Executive Peacock, The Prancing Peacock Studio Owner Reiki Master, E-RYT 500, RCTY Yardley, PA
Now, at 62, yoga has helped me to break free from the limiting social construct of age, especially as a woman. My life experience is held in my body, and all 62 years have resulted in strength reflected in my muscles and my generosity, beauty in wrinkles that reflect my perseverance and dedication, and power in the ability to claim it all as my own.
Hillary Wright Y7 Studios Director of Continuing Education New York City, NY
Yoga is a tool for growth, equality, and change. There is nothing more important than that at this point in time. With the present fight for racial and gender equality yoga is a tool for social justice, for those who have not had a voice to begin to be heard, and for the forward progression of our society towards true and lasting equality.