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Love in a big way, be vulnerable, and be powerful.
An internationally renowned and loved guide of Yoga, AcroYoga, Meditation & Life. As a meditation practitioner for over 30 years, he brings presence, compassion, and tender lightheartedness to everything he does. Helping people release the self-doubt, fear, unworthiness and shame intrinsic to the human condition, and re-connects them to their childlike, playful nature and sense of belonging. Through retreats, workshops, festivals, and private healing sessions, he has touched the lives and hearts of thousands of people around the world.
His students call his positive energy “awe inspiring,” and that "his courageous heart" encourages them to “love in a big way, to be vulnerable, and to be powerful.”
He is a featured presenter at conferences around the world, such as the Wanderlust Festivals, Korea Yoga Festival, South Africa SpiritFestival and the Divine Play AcroYoga Festival.
His work as a preeminent yoga photographer has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Yoga Journal, Origin Magazine, Mandala Magazine, Common Ground Magazine, Mantra Magazine, YA El Mercurio & LA Times Magazine.
Kadri is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT500, YACEP,Senior AcroYoga Teacher, Yoga/Meditation Teacher Training facilitator & the founder of Luminous Heart Institute. As a body worker, he is influenced and draws upon his exposure to Structural Integration, Polarity, Cranio-sacral, energy work, and Thai massage.
His Classical Yoga Practice began 35 years ago with Gurumayi Chitvilasananda of Siddha Yoga and has studied with many gifted masters since. His current meditation practice is in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition under the tutelage of revered teachers such as Daniel Brown PHD, Tulku Rohob Rinpoche, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
He is currently touring around the world leading retreats, workshops & Teacher Trainings. When he isn’t teaching, you can find him behind the lens of a camera, hugging somebody, or on his surfboard.
Nancy began her Yogic studies in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition in 1992 before moving to Costa Rica to follow her dream of living a more simple life in deep connection with nature. Nancy has completed over 500 hours of Yoga Alliance Teacher trainings and has been influenced by various methods and traditions. Yet it has been the challenge of overcoming one of life's greatest tragedies and losses that opened up the inner-door to her heart and has allowed Nancy to infuse and channel her teachings with great compassion, confidence and joy.
Her “Shakti Flow” classes contain a myriad of elements including Tantric techniques and modern expressions of yoga arts, which come together to create a highly educational, physically challenging, and deeply soulful experience. Each class explores not only creative vinyasa sequences guided by principles of alignment, but offers Tantric practices of Mantra, kirtan, pranayama, and other techniques for awakening our inner fire and stabilizing the mind.
Nancy has been practicing Yoga for over 20 years and teaching for more than 15 years. She and her family own and operate Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat on the beach in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica where she teaches daily yoga classes, workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats.
Chantal is passionate about sharing the teachings of yoga, as a daily practice which invites us to embrace life as a sacred gift. Having studied yoga for over 16 years, her yogic studies began in 2001 in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition, which led her on a journey to Costa Rica, where she met her first Anusara teacher and now dear friend, Nancy Goodfellow. Falling in love with Tantric philosophy, Chantal went onto to become Anusara Inspired and apprenticed with senior certified teacher Sianna Sherman from 2010-2012. She has since completed over 800 hours of teacher training, including extensive studies in prenatal yoga, yoga therapeutics, trauma sensitive yoga and tantric philosophy.
Today, Chantal is a faculty member at The Vancouver School of Yoga, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and founder and director of The Well, a yoga and holistic living studio on Bowen Island in British Columbia, where she currently resides. She is also runs the yoga and nutrition program at The Orchard Recovery Center, teaches workshops throughout Canada and Europe, leads retreats around the world, and has recently published her first bestselling book, Wildfire Within.
When not teaching or writing, she can be found gardening with her husband and son, reading by the fire, or travelling the world in search of good waves, healing foods, and nourishing conversation.
From a very young age, adventurous French Canadian Laurie was exposed to the wonders of the world and nature. After receiving her bachelor degree in Communication, Writing and Multimedia, she decided it was time to have some fun and spent 2 years on the road. On a solo mission she travelled throughout Central America immersing herself in cultural diversity, while learning spanish and falling in love with surfing… She then caravanned around Europe and spent a winter on the snowy hills of British Columbia only to come to the conclusion that winter was just not her thing.
After a short time in a 9-5 office job as a modern North American business women - Laurie had only one thing in mind: move to a place that offered freedom, creativity, sun, ocean, good food and a healthy lifestyle. She took the leap of trust in 2008 and landed on the beaches of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica as her new home. Her passion for the ocean grew even stronger as surfing, free diving, scuba diving and sailing ultimately became a major part of her life. She now combines dance, yoga, acroyoga, tai chi and meditation for a healthy tropical mermaid lifestyle.
An Ecstatic Dance Leader and certified KRI Kundalini Yoga Teacher as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Both disciplines have supported her thru many challenging life experiences. In their own unique way they have inspired her to embody her divine creative energy and bring more joy into her life. Her deepest desire is to guide others to experience their True Power.
Laurie is the Luminous Heart Institute Director. Anyone who has the pleasure to cross path will be moved by her timeless wisdom, delighted by her lighthearted joy and comforted by her powerful grounding presence. Her smile will be sure to wash all of your worries away and warm your heart. Immediately after meeting her, you will know you are in good hands while she masterfully holds and creates safe space for your journey.
Alicia is passionate about yoga, teaching, traveling and living a holistic lifestyle. Innately sensitive and intuitive, Alicia’s found dedication to living a conscious life and serving others as her life’s work.
Originally from New Hampshire, Alicia now resides and teaches in Lake Tahoe, CA. Her yoga journey began long before she even realized and came to fruition during her time living in New York City. When her driven, passionate 23-year-old self graduated college from Fairfield University and moved to NYC is when the shift of her life’s purpose really occurred. It was the first time she didn’t have her safety net of family, friends, and nature nearby. She was bombarded with the sensation of feeling alone in a very big city and was anxiously working to build a career in the fast-paced, high-powered production industry. Eventually she started seeking something that would ease her anxiety and feel support within herself, similar to the feeling she experienced from being in nature.
Alicia found sanctuary in a tiny Brooklyn studio which became the escape from city life and the place where she found what she was searching for. This is where she completed her first 200hr yoga teacher training and became a Yoga Alliance certified teacher. Soon after, she quit the job that was toxic for her soul and moved to California.
Since then she has been teaching regularly in North Lake Tahoe and recently completed the 200hr Luminous Heart Institute yoga teacher training with Kadri Kurgun and Nancy Goodfellow in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica in September 2018.
All in all, she is the happiest when she shares yoga and her life experiences to help others find balance, cultivate authenticity, and be their best emotionally and physically.
We are delighted to have Alicia on our team as lead support and staff liaison for the September LH Training.
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We invite you to push the bounds of your foundations, summon the compassion, courage and confidence of your inner warrior, and step wildly into the light-hearted expression of your own personal Superpower – your most valuable gift to share with the world.