Instructors 2017-09-01T19:48:56+00:00

Neesha Zollinger

Neesha Zollinger

Owner/Instructor/RYT-500 and E-RYT-500 Certified Anusara Yoga® Instructor, Certified Continuing Education Provider with Yoga Alliance and owner of Akasha Yoga brings 19 years of yoga and dance experience to her classes.  She teaches a life affirming philosophy that includes a heart centered approach to an elegant set of biomechanical alignment principles.  Neesha began her Anusara® studies with Margot Snowdon in 1999 and has studied with its founder, John Friend for 9 years.   Neesha’s teaching has taken her around the globe several times and is also a featured instructor on yogatoday.com She hopes to share the joy of expansion of your whole being through this empowering practice. www.neeshazollingeryoga.com

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Vanessa Sulzer

Vanessa Sulzer

Vanessa has been studying yoga for 15 years and has taught for 11.  She has studied various styles, Ashtanga vinyasa, Anusara and Iyengar.  Her interest has always been with the therapeutic aspects of yoga and in 2004 she took her first 200 hour teacher training with the Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Program.  Since then she has continued doing therapy trainings with Sara Joy Marsh, Noah Maze, Naime Jezzeny, Jasmine Lieb, Neesha Zollinger and Anthony Bogart.  In 2010 she completed a second 200 hour teacher training with then Certified Anusara Teachers Christina Sell and Darren Rhodes.  Currently she is continuing her studies with Neesha Zollinger and Mary Obendorfer, a Senior Iyengar teacher.  In her group classes she balances a strong emphasis on alignment, humor and love of flow.  She offers privates and semi-privates for yoga therapy, yoga basics, a private guided practice or for the exploration of deeper poses.

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wannaWanna Camcam Johanssen

Wanna has 18 years of yoga practice and is an ERYT-500 Instructor. She is from the Philippines and moved to Europe as a refugee, where she was raised. She came to the US in 1993 earning a B.A. in Communications, and worked in the film industry as a camerawoman and graphic designer. She found yoga in 1998 as a relief from a back injury, pain and emotional trauma. In 2004 she managed psychosocial programs for refugee camps for  the International Organization for Migration in Sri Lanka, then returned to the US in 2009 and opened a yoga studio in Portland, Oregon, becoming an Anusara-Inspired teacher. In 2014 she found Embodied Flow™- a yoga practice that integrates the biomechanics and alignment of the Anusara background with the philosophy of Tantra, embodiment practices inspired by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Embodied Anatomy and Somatic psychology. She is the first generation of Embodied Flow™ teachers and part of their core team. She has all gratitude to all her teachers: Tara Judelle, Scott Lyons, Emil Wendel,Tony Guiliano, Kenny Graham, Todd Tesen, Naime Jezzeny and Sue Elkind. Her classes are unique, engaging, dynamic and fun. Off the mat she’s sliding down a hill on a snowboard, lost in the mountains, diving in the ocean, drawing in ink, or cooking you a meal.

Elizabeth Drapela

Elizabeth Drapela

Elizabeth discovered yoga in 1997 while attending massage school in Florida. After moving to Jackson in 1998 she deepened her practice and recognized that yoga keeps her grounded  and  enables her to live more fully in the present moment.  She is grateful  to her teachers  Neesha Zollinger, Cate Stillman and Bridget Lyons with whom she completed her teacher training. Her classes incorporate a focus on alignment, spirituality and playful joy. She believes the transformative power of yoga helps us navigate the world beyond the mat with more skillful awareness and clarity. In addition to yoga, Elizabeth also teaches various massage classes and maintains an active massage practice. 

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Rachel Holmes Yoga Instructor Akasha YogaRachel Holmes

Rachel has been a professional dancer since 2004. She has performed and taught throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has worked with Joan Miller’s Dance Players, Elisa Monte Dance, Nejla Yatkin NY2Dance, Mazzini Dance Collective and Contemporary Dance Wyoming. She spent the last two years teaching yoga, dance and directing the school at Dancers’ Workshop at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, WY.  She began studying yoga in 2006, and later received her certification from Sonic Yoga in NYC. She continues to study yoga and dance so that she can share more than one perspective with her students and continue her own growth.
Rachel practices yoga because it brings her closer to the truth, and is grateful to share yoga with others. Her goal is to create an environment where people can release, discover and leave feeling changed in some way.

   

Amy Manhart

Amy Manhart

Amy’s yogic path has its seeds at Akasha Yoga where she started a deeply committed practice leading her to teaching classes– all springing from the studio. She is deeply indebted to Neesha Zollinger, Kristina Pao Cheng, and Bridget Lyons for being guiding lights. Her classes are playful and challenging with a spiritual thread woven into every class.

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Lisa Laurie

Lisa received her first 200 RYT with Adi Amar and Angela Tong at Teton Yoga Shala in 2011, followed by a 200 RYT with Neesha Zollinger, Bridget Lyons, and Cate Stillman of Akasha Yoga and Yoga Tejas.
She teaches an Anusara influenced style including a blend of knowledge from studies with Eddie Modostini, Nicki Doane, and Iyengar instructors.
Lisa currently enjoys continuing education at Akasha Yoga in Neesha Zollinger’s “Boost Your Teaching” course 2016.
In her classes Lisa likes to enliven the heart and body with the nourishing benefits of yoga.

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Margaret Thompson

Margaret is an Anusara Inspired RYT-200 focusing on alignment, pranayama, meditation and spiritual connection in her yoga classes. She is deeply committed to humanity’s Awakening into higher states of consciousness. She began her yogic journey in 2011 at the Oneness University, a spiritual school in southern India. Margaret is a transformational coach, specializing in spiritual growth and expansion of consciousness through the spiritual technologies of Oneness Deeksha and Yoga- especially Hatha, Bhakti, Mantra, Dhyana and Kriya Yogas. She is deeply grateful for the mentorship of Neesha Zollinger and Vanessa Sulzer on her yogic path and in discovering the profound transformational practice of Hatha Yoga.

Maryt Fredrickson

Maryt Fredrickson is a practicing lawyer and a yoga teacher. She has been practicing yoga for about twenty years, seriously for six, and began teaching Vinyasa Flow yoga in 2012. She has since received additional training with teachers from the Sivananda and Satyanada traditions in India as well as training in Ashtanga Vinyaysa. Her teaching style uses elements from each school with a goal of providing a well-rounded practice tailored to the needs and goals of her students. As a practicing lawyer, Maryt is especially interested in helping her peers manage their reactions to stress and offsetting the physical impacts of office work. In addition to teaching privately and in group settings, Maryt teaches Yoga for Lawyers at various conferences around Wyoming and currently writes the wellness column in the Wyoming Lawyer.

Missy Falcey

Missy Falcey

Anusara Yoga has been a guiding light in Missy’s life since 2006. She credits her resilience, optimism and joy for living from the strength and awareness she derives from her practice.
Initially drawn to yoga for conditioning and flexibility Missy soon discovered the profound centering and meditative benefits. Her intention is to connect the student with the life long rewards of an asana practice and aims to be accessible to everyone and fun.
Appreciation is an inadequate word to express Missy’s deep gratitude to her teachers at Akasha, specifically Neesha, Sundari and Vanessa.
When not in a yoga studio, Missy can often be found on a river.

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Joan Lapham at Akasha YogaJoan Lapham

Joan has been working in the fitness field for 35 years as a certified group fitness instructor, personal trainer and yoga teacher.  As a medical exercise specialist, her focus has been helping clients with their post rehabilitation needs.  In 2003, when Joan became a regular yoga student, she discovered a passion and wanted to deepen her experience through practice and study.  In 2010 she completed her first 200 hour training with Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini.  Joan continued her studies with Neesha Zollinger and Vanessa Sulzer and found her home at Akasha.  In the spring of 2015, she completed her second 200 hour training with Neesha and Vanessa.
Joan welcomes students of all levels to her classes.  She focuses on offering a safe, playful and energetic space to explore.

Hope BHope Buchbinder

Holistic health mentor and founder of Modern Embodiment.
Hope’s passion for exploring ultimate human potential has led to decades of immersion in diverse ancient and modern healing techniques. She has accumulated over two thousand hours of intensive study and practice of yoga, bodywork, meditation, movement, nutrition, spirituality and coaching. Hope has developed the tools and unique ability to integrate multiple modalities to support others to experience physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Her practice is characterized by a respect for the intelligence of the body, joyful effort, and a spirit of playfulness.

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Sophia Frasca

Forever a student of yoga asana and meditation, Sofia embraces the gift to share the magic of yoga asana with those she loves and those she is yet to meet. As we dance through our lives, Sofia teaches students to flow from the heart through their physical bodies; a guide to find and deepen the connection of mind, body, and spirit within each of us. While working in Manhattan, she found yoga as a ritual to stay grounded. Seeking a greater connection with herself and nature, she moved from Brooklyn to the Tetons. RYT-200 certified, Sofia has studied with Neesha Zollinger, Wanna Camcam, and Hope Buchbinder at Akasha Yoga. Her practice has also been strongly influenced by some of her first teachers, Ania Lesniak, Jes Allen, and Kiersten Cregger. With infinite gratitude for her teachers, Sofia’s intention is to create a space for growth through movement, breath, and presence on the mat and beyond.

Ann Johnson

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Kim HindmanKim Hindman

Kim is a 16 year student of Anusara Yoga, who finally stepped up to share her passion of Yoga with others by completing her RYT-200 Certification with Yoga Alliance through Akasha Yoga in the Spring of 2017. Kim also loves long distance running, and to date has successfully completed five marathons and two 50K races. She hopes to share her passion for both endeavors by offering a Yoga for Runners class. She believes that Yoga is for everyone, that it can help prevent injury in all athletic adventures by teaching proper body alignment, bringing individual awareness to each part of the body, and opening the heart to expand and deepen the breath. When not in the studio or on a run, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband, Jon, running rivers in the summer and backcountry skiing in the winter. Otherwise, you’ll find her hard at work in her office running her accounting business.

Laura GarrardLaura Garrard

Laura Garrard is a proud 200-hour Anusara student of Neesha Zollinger and Wanna Camcam Johanssen. Movement has always been an important aspect of her life, as she studied ballet and modern dance in her youth and ballroom dance in her adulthood. She began learning yoga in the 1990s, mainly Iyengar Yoga. Now she is happy to teach at Akasha Yoga, where she has found strong community and a creative platform for teaching. In addition, Laura teaches Reiki and operates a bodywork practice with focuses also in lymphatics, CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release. She is a visual artist and writer as well as a nature lover, and aims to bring inspiration and fun into her classroom.

Pontier Sackrey

Ponteir Sackrey

RYT-500 Ponteir was first introduced to hatha yoga in her early 20’s through her affiliation with the Nityananda Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, an organization dedicated to the study of Kashmir Shaivism. Later she delved into the Anusara yoga teaching system to further her path of discovery and reflection. Ponteir approaches her practice with humility and joy, and encourages that spirit in her students.

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Bekki Zalewski

Bekki Zalewski

Bekki Zalewski is a devoted yoga student, yoga teacher, Registered Nurse and lover of outdoor adventure especially if it involves skiing, rock climbing or surfing. She primarily practices the Ashtanga Yoga method but doesn’t like to consider herself stuck in any one system of yoga. Her classes although very influenced by her own practice of Ashtanga Yoga weave in alignment cues, therapeutic postures, asana research and humor from various yoga traditions. She has studied and lived in Encinitas, CA for 2 years practicing under the direction of Tim Miller, the first American to bring Ashtanga yoga to the United States. She has done teacher trainings with Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini of Maya Yoga, who draw upon both Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga systems. Her other beloved teachers include Bhavani Maki, Adi Amar, Angela Tong, Marne Green and Neesha Zolinger. She is looking forward to doing a month long intensive with Richard Freeman during the summer of 2014.

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Sundari

Sundari Lacey

Yoga experienced with Sundari connects you to the source of your own inner radiance, that vibration which reflects your own divinity.  Sundari has been practicing and teaching for 30 years and specializes in advanced therapeutic health in the art of yoga.  She has studied under some of the most influential teachers of Yoga spending her primary years in the Iyengar tradition and former years in Anusara. Her gift in sensitivity, humor, and expertise holds the highest intention for the students to reveal their own inner beauty and true nature.

 

Nadia Kimmel

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Brian

Brian Hayden

Brian teaches Anusara influenced classes with an emphasis on love and finding inner peace. He has been practicing Anusara yoga since 2007 and Vinyasa flow for 2 years. He is a RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance. Brian welcomes students of all levels and abilities, and his classes are mixed with humor, alignment, a dash of flow and acceptance on being okay with who you are at the present moment.

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Edie Bennett

A long-time student at Akasha Yoga, Edie has in recent years been pursuing her spiritual path at the Oneness University, a humble spiritual school located in southern India. This school brings together ancient wisdom and powerful inner technologies to help people worldwide from all religions, cultural backgrounds, and socioeconomic levels to heal, grow, and to awaken to the truth of who they are and to their personal relationship with the Divine. It is Edie’s passion to participate in the current global evolution of consciousness, where people are returning to what might be called the “natural state.” This is a state of Oneness with all life and an unconditional experience of love within each individual’s heart. As a Certified Oneness Trainer, she is dedicated to sharing the teachings, meditations, and spiritual practices that, combined with the transfer of Divine energy called Deeksha, catalyze an accelerated process of awakening into Oneness.

Joni Madere

Like many of her own teachers, Joni never planned on being a yoga teacher.  After a decade+ of practice, she completed a 200-hour training through YogaWorks headquarters in Santa Monica, CA to first, classically “deepen her practice” and second, to share a much greater vision of what yoga, self-awareness and holistic health can do for you… ultimately leading you to optimal performance and experience in all realms.
Living in Jackson for a decade beginning in 1993, she was handed a Rodney Yee yoga video from an Olympic Gold Medalist neighbor circa 1998.  Joni then formulated a regular practice with a move to Boulder in 2002 between the Power Yoga movement of that time period and Richard Freeman’s classic Ashtanga studio.  Living in Venice/Los Angeles for several years then introduced her to far too many world-renowned teachers in various disciplines to name.  But she quickly found her every day practice in this methodology firmly rooted in Ashtanga and Iyengar offering precise alignment and skillful sequencing simultaneously linking breath with movement building strength and endurance as well as balance and flexibility.
As a certified holistic health coach through The Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC, Joni is also Founder and Director of Après Coaching which offers holistic health coaching, life coaching and business coaching services.