Guest yoga teachers
Here are the guest teachers we're delighted to welcome to our studio this year.
Since a young age, Laruga has been fascinated with mind/body connections and spiritual philosophy which later attracted her to the practice of yoga in early 1996 after a sincere connection and study of yoga philosophy. It wasnʼt until she stumbled upon Ashtanga Yoga when she fully immersed herself into a devoted practice a few years later in 1998.
Since then, she has continued to draw inspiration from her daily visit to the mat, along with long term studies with her teachers, the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and now his grandson R. Sharath Jois, of Mysore India. An advanced level practitioner and student of yoga, as well as, a Level 2 Authorized Teacher from KPJAYI of Mysore, India, Laruga entered into teaching after many years of sustained practice and brings with her over 20 years total experience instructing body movement. In turn, she is dedicated to teaching the method of Ashtanga yoga to its fullest capacity, cultivating transparency to the tradition, and the deeply rich lineage the practice originates, otherwise known as parampara.
Through it all, Laruga teaches as an act of deep sharing and love for what yoga develops in each individual; facilitating space to open, challenge, and inspire those to step into the center of their own being, and experience their inherent potential.
Currently Laruga heads the Mysore program at Yogayama in Stockholm, Sweden and teaches workshops and retreats internationally.
Julie has devoted her professional life to integrating the healing benefits of yoga with her medical training as a physical therapist. She has integrated decades of patient care experience with 40 years of yoga teaching into a unique teaching style, and teaches workshops throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, often focusing on the anatomy of asana or therapeutic applications of yoga. She owns a combined PT and Yoga studio in Portland, Oregon, and has published over 45 articles and columns in publications such as Yoga Journal and Yoga International.
For the past 10 years I consider myself a circus artist and performer. In 2005 I joined the cast of Le Reve, a Las Vegas circus spectacle, and have since performed more than 3200 shows in a unique and challenging performance environment. After a long lasting gymnastics career, in which I competed in Israel and internationally, I had found a new path and career. It has allowed me to continue a similar lifestyle of professional athlete, only now I express my self on stage as a performer and an artist.
Along the way I have rediscovered a new passion for handstands, and have been committed to become a performing solo artist in this fascinating circus discipline. I have studied immensely and continue to search out the guidance of some of the best teachers and practitioners around the world. During the process of mastering my own practice, I have been continuously sharing my knowledge and teaching handstands to individuals and groups around the world.