Sonya Luz Hinton Costanza
YOGA FOR Immune Support, Morning meditation
For Sonya, yoga is a way of life and a means towards interconnection with all living beings. By deepening the mind, body, breath connection through yoga asana and pranayama, we can depend on our awareness and connection to the world around us, and live a more deeply integrated life in relationship with other cultures and species we share the planet with.
With gratitude and reverence to all of her teachers, and the lineage they uphold, she is honored to share her experience of yoga. Her first mentor, Jose Santos, of Taos, NM, encouraged her to start teaching in 1996. Her further studies led to Ashtanga yoga, which provided a strong foundation in the devotion and discipline the yogic path requires. Her two trips to India in 2000 and 2004, where she studied yoga asana and philosophy with Ashtanga’s founder, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sanskrit with Dr. M.A. Jayashree, instilled in her a deep respect for the culture and tradition from which yoga comes. Since 1999, Annie Pace, of Crestone, CO, one of Jois’s senior students, has provided much guidance and inspiration for Sonya, bridging the gap between traditional and westernized yoga.
In 1998 Sonya began her tutelage under Tias Little, of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM. Sonya has completed ten teacher training courses with Tias, continues her studies with Tias and Surya Little, and is on the path to becoming a Prajna Yoga teacher.
To manage her own asymmetries and help others, Sonya became certified to teach Yoga for Scoliosis in 2007 with Elise B. Miller, of Palo Alto, CA, a senior student of B. K. S. Iyengar. She has also completed Elise’s advanced training and has assisted her in six Yoga for Scoliosis teacher trainings at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, CA.
Sonya’s classes offer the student a safe place to heal, grow, explore, and most importantly, find contentment with exactly who we are right here and now. Self-inquiry and compassion are woven into each session. To learn more about group classes, private instruction, and her Peruvian Cultural Tour and Yoga Retreat visit www.sonyaluz.com.
Yoga Hour, Not Over The Hill, Studio Manager
Coming from a career as an Occupational Therapist, then dedicating her life for 20+ years to Zen Buddhism, Liz brings a strong background in anatomy, and a deep understanding of injuries, treatment, and prevention, and the foundation of a committed and consistent spiritual practice to her teaching. As a former champion equestrian, Liz’ repertoire of injuries inform her firm belief in the healing powers of yoga. Liz began her yoga practice in 1998, while living in a Zen Center in Salt Lake City. She saw how yoga could help with physical issues that arose in an intense meditation practice. (Only later did she learn that asana practice was developed to support a meditation practice!!) Upon moving to Taos, she practiced with Aura Garver for 8 years, appreciating her emphasis on safety and inclusion, and fell in love with vinyasa. She completed her 200 hour flow based teacher training at AuraFitness with Aura and Ashleigh Beyer in 2014, and her Senior Yoga certification at High Desert Yoga in June 2018. E-RYT-200. Since coming to Shree, she has mentored with Genevieve Oswald, finding the Anusara approach a way to balance the elements missing from a vinyasa practice. As a self described “recovering vinyasa teacher,” Liz brings the elements of flow to a class, infused with alignment and body mechanics, encouraging students to discover, and more deeply listen to, their inner wisdom. Her classes are playful, dynamic, and challenging, yet accessible. For many, a yoga class can be an emotional experience. Let’s make sure one of those emotions is joy.
Yoga Hour, Level I/II
Willow began physical asana practice at a community gym in Florida around age 12. This early connection to body and self was the seed that would grow to an interest in this ancient philosophy as a post school human. From 2015-2018 the world was Willow’s classroom as she traveled New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Denmark and Indonesia working on organic farms, hiking, and practicing and learning various styles of Yoga. After travels there was a spark of something deeper than the adventure: a need to expand and share wisdom. In 2018 she received her 200 hr certificate with a Baptise Affiliate studio in Dunedin, Fl. The training was centered on Hot Power Vinyasa style as well as Yin and Restorative. Eager beaver Willow set out to teach full time and in just over a year of teaching has gathered just under one thousand hours of teaching experience. “I have worked with injured and chronically ill, disabled, elderly and sensitive populations giving me a wide spectrum of experience. Being able to do the deepest expression of the pose doesn’t make you a better person. Attempting the physical posture with an open mind and willingness to experience something different will help us learn to move through life with ease.”
In August 2019 Willow completed her 300 hr certification with Bodhi Movement in Boulder, CO. Willow is SO inspired by the owner/operators of this establishment, Irene Papas and Sam Vetrano. This training was focused on philosophy and history of Yoga as well as expansive training in working with injury, functional range conditioning, animal flow and so much more! Her teaching style is intent on bringing students into their body in an effort to “still the chatter of the mind”, the goal of Yoga. Chitta Vritti Nirodha- in Sanskrit. “In my classes we use the postures, the movements and the physical experience to observe the fluctuations of the mind and ultimately cultivate a place of inner stillness so we can take the Yoga off the mat into the world. Yoga is wholistic path for mind, body and spirit. The philosophy and lineage of this tradition is an integral part of my teaching style.”
Level I, Level I/II
Kari’s yoga path began as a physical practice to compliment an active lifestyle. Later explorations led to a fascination with the ‘so much more’ that yoga has to offer. It was the intrigue and misconceptions about yoga from family and friends that lead her to teach. Kari studied in Mysore, India under Yogacharya Barath Shetty – a disciple of B.K.S. Iyengar – in the IndeaYoga style, earning her teaching certificate in 2012. IndeaYoga combines Hatha, Ashtanga and Iyengar styles including elements of meditation, pranayama and Patanjali ‘s Yoga Sutras. Beyond her practice, Kari works for a non-profit organization focused on improving human and environmental health in the developing world. She is honored to be part of the Shree family.
Hollie Laudal Salazar
Hollie has practiced vinyasa and Ashtanga style yoga practices since 2003, and she received her 200-hour teacher training in vinyasa style yoga in 2010 at Corepower Yoga in Denver, CO. Some of her favorite teachers along the way have been Marley Vigdorth, Dakini Jaeger, and Tunde Borrego–all powerful teachers who combine deep body strengthening with a big emphasis on mindfulness, compassion towards oneself, and breath. Hollie loves all types of practice, and has a particular love for a good powerful flow sequence to move stale energy and tone the body. She has an almost 20 year history with Buddhist meditation as both student and teacher in the Tibetan tradition, and is a certified Mindfulness Instructor in that lineage. Her meditation experience influences her yoga by giving a strong emphasis to body awareness and breath, especially in restorative postures. Hollie was also a hospice chaplain for over 5 years, during which time she applied her yoga and meditation training to her work with the dying. Hollie has also been a teacher in various school settings since 2004–she has taught music, acting, and most particularly mathematics and physics to all different ages. She currently teaches mathematics at the University of New Mexico in Taos.
LEVEL I/II , Level II, YOGA HOUR
Working in massage, yoga and dance has been a great gift for Nadine, a way for her to connect with others and to encourage their health and happiness. Nadine believe in a balance of body, mind and spirit to bring about peace in ourselves and our community. The more awake or aware we can be to ourselves, we can transform everything around us.
Nadine began studying yoga in 1996 as part of a dance therapy program in college. Her formal yoga practice began in 2000 with Miguel Latronica in Chicago studying Astanga Yoga. After a year of practicing with Miguel, she began teaching for him and assisting with his teacher trainings. Nadine had taught Pilates for many years and eventually moved on to teaching yoga full time while developing her career in massage therapy. After extensively studying Astanga Yoga, she branched out into other styles, eventually finding her way to Iyengar Yoga. Nadine’s classes are influenced by the flow found in Astanga and the alignment detail of Iyengar, lighthearted with an educational focus to promote posture awareness, injury prevention and tools for healing from injury. As an active performer and dance teacher she brings this creative influence into her teaching style. Nadine enjoys leading workshops for teachers either through a teacher training or as continuing education in hands-on assisting, use of props, yoga ethics and working with injuries. www.movementlab.dance
Rob is a yogi, artist and licensed massage therapist. He serves as adjunct faculty and yoga program advisor at UNM-Taos, through the Holistic Health and Healing Arts department. Rob signed up for his first yoga class in 1996 as an art student at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. This initial experience had a profound effect on his life that still resonates. A dedicated student of yoga, Rob completed his 200-hour training in 2000 at The Chicago Yoga Center, through the guidance of his teacher Suddha Weixler. He has subsequently gone on to complete an additional 300-hour therapeutic yoga training through UNM-Taos. Rob draws inspiration from various Yoga systems such as Ashtanga, Anusara, Iyengar, and more recently Myofascial Yoga with Dr. Kirstie Segarra. He combines elements of these practices with his knowledge of yoga philosophy, functional anatomy, structural alignment, and breath work. This combination, designed to prevent injury and promote healing, invites the student to expand and explore a deeper mind-body connection in an uplifting and safe environment. Rob has taught in the Taos community since 2001.
LEVEL I/II, LEVEL II
Phoebe is blessed to not remember a time when yoga was not a part of her life. As a child, she began by mimicking shapes in her body and exaggerating her breath while watching her mother, a yogi of 40+ years. Phoebe became a more serious practitioner in her late teens as she sought relief from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and GI issues. She attributes not only the physical practice, but also the emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga in helping her heal. While studying at CU Boulder, she frequented the Yoga Workshop taking classes with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor. After graduation, she traveled to Thailand to complete an Ashtanga Yoga teacher training in 2009 with Paul Dallaghan. To further her practice in Ashtanga she spent time in Mysore, India studying with Sharath and Saraswathi Jois, daughter and grandson to the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and Prem and Radha at the Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Center. With the desire to become a more skilled teacher, Phoebe completed an Anusara Yoga Immersion and teacher training during 2012-2013 with Robyn Smith and Patrick Harestad. As she approached her thirties, she got more serious about working with the subtle energies and meditation, which led her to complete a teacher training in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan 2017-2018 with Guru Jagat, Harijwan, Tej, Gurujas, and more. She enjoys teaching a range of styles and abilities. Her light-hearted teaching style emphasizes moving with the breath, raising your vibration, cultivating feelings of self-love and acceptance, and above all healing. For more visit phoebeelliottyoga.com
While traveling in India in 2010 to deepen her study of yoga, Phoebe happened upon the Santosh Puri Ashram where she learned the ancient art form of sacred geometry known as Yantra design. As an artist and yogi, this art form touched into and combined her deepest passions. Yantra design is an art form that utilizes geometric shapes in particular combination with color to create a visual vibration.
Phoebe splits her time between Taos, New Mexico and Mt. Desert Island, Maine. She teaches yoga retreats internationally that include yoga and the guided practice of yantra design. She is a certified herbalist and enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband, son, and two little doggies.
As a yoga instructor, Rachel’s focus is in prenatal and postpartum practice. Mama Yoga is more than simply asana poses. It is about a deep listening to one’s own body; a dance between effort and surrender and learning to soften. Rachel graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Holistic Health and the Healing Arts with a concentration in Integrative Massage Therapy and yoga teacher training. She has been a practitioner of yoga for over 20 years. Under the training of expert instructors, she has studied various yoga styles, including kundalini, vinyasa, hatha and ashtanga yoga. As a trained dancer, Rachel has strong foundations in movement and the mind-body connection. Mama Yoga can help with pain management during labor through connecting with the breath and harnessing the inner power of your voice. Some of its benefits are increased circulation and lymphatic flow, strengthening and toning of muscles and connective tissue, while instilling you with the confidence, focus, strength, peace and relaxation you will need for labor, delivery, and recovery. Rachel is the mother of 2, a birth doula, and prenatal/postpartum care provider.
Coming from a background of cattle ranching and training horses, transitioning to the executive world of managing large offices to owning and operating 2 B&Bs in Southern Arizona, Lisa shifted to the world of yoga in 2002. After hosting two yoga retreats at her B&B, she became a convert! Arthritis and back injuries had prevented her from continuing her previously physically active lifestyle and she found yoga helped her regain more movement. She studied Ashtanga at Purple Valley retreat Center in Goa, India and Iyengar yoga in Paros, Greece, received her 200 hour yoga training with an emphasis in Kriya yoga from Priscilla Potter/Swami Maha-Trananda in 2013; 180 hour Hatha training at Yandara Center in Baja California and a 200 hour YIN certification from Biff Mithoefer in 2015. She took a workshop with Jon Cabot Zinn on Pain Management at the Yoga Connection in Tucson and Kids with Trauma workshop at High Desert Center in Albuquerque.
Lisa has lived in Taos since 2006, did some extensive traveling before dedicating herself to becoming a Yoga Teacher in 2016. Her philosophy is “anyone can practice yoga”. Learning to modify her poses so they would become accessible to her body, she believes in the power of breath, intention and mindful movement. She tries to “live yoga” daily with a peacefulness, enjoying the beauty of Taos, sharing her yoga with her students and continuing to expand her knowledge of yoga practice.
Born into a family of yogis, Reema Datta first learned yoga philosophy and pranayama from her Grandfather, Ayurvedic nutrition and cooking from her Grandmothers, and songs and rituals tied to the yoga tradition from her Mother. She has taught yoga and Ayurveda worldwide since 2002. In 2015, Reema founded Yatri Yoga, to offer yoga sequences focused on overcoming kleshas, the Sanskrit word for “destructive emotions.” Major kleshas include anger, anxiety, attachment, depression, shame and loneliness. For more on Yatri and on Reema’s books and music, visit yatriyoga.com.
Suki is a yogini who allows intuition and humor to lead the way into insightful, potent practice. She teaches asana as a powerful tool to unlock the gates of creative energy and enjoys assisting people with clearing pain, calming a hectic and fuzzy mind, and sourcing joy from the everyday. Her studies in yoga began as a child and continue to be refined and deepened. With focus in alignment, therapeutics, and generally feeling better, she has enjoyed a 200 hour Teacher-Training with Noah Mazé and Naime Jezzeny, Level II Teacher-Training and Advanced Therapeutics Training with John Friend, and lately is inspired to by the Yin Yoga practice. She is grateful to be one thread in the lineage tapestry of teachers and bows deeply to all teachers everywhere. She enjoys playing in the dirt. ERYT200.
As an Anusara Inspired E-RYT 200 yoga teacher, Genevieve Oswald loves to live her yoga. In 2006, many years after sustaining a serious break and subsequent fusion to her lumbar spine, Genevieve found the practice of yoga enabled her to regain much of the physical prowess she had previously deemed gone for good. Surprised to experience a newfound and extraordinarily spacious sense of physical well-being, self empowerment, and the life enhancing qualities gained through open hearted willingness to face life with courage and optimism no matter how it presents itself, led Genevieve to complete a 200 hour Anusara Teacher Training with Bea Doyle in 2009. Genevieve’s classes inspire open hearted willingness, mindfulness, presence, and the integration of one’s physical, mental, and emotional bodies to enhance self-awareness and improve the overall quality of one’s life. Because a happy life is one worth living. She is currently taking a sabbatical from teaching, as she opens a new business.
Rounding out our crew…
We are proud to offer an incredible team of trustworthy, well-trained, and inspiring substitutes. You will experience their teaching styles and presence when our regularly scheduled teachers are away or unable to make it to class, for whatever reason. We are confident that our subs uphold the standards of excellence, safety, and delight that we hold so dear at Shree. Please enjoy your experience, even if it is a surprise!