Jiva Teachers

 

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SUZANNE VIAN

E-RYT200, 500RYT, RCYT, YACEP


 
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Robin Shepard

Robin Shepard is a certified Yoga Alliance instructor with a special focus in Children’s Yoga. She enjoyed teaching the young and the young-at-heart. She was a preschool teacher and program leader for seven years in an international school environment, teaching both mainstream and special needs children. Her goal then and now is to inspire curious, confident, and creative kids and she brings a wealth of practical classroom knowledge and experience to her children’s yoga classes.

For anyone who has not attended a children’s yoga class, they are very different from the adult experience. They tend to be more playful, experiential, sensory-based, and chaotic in a good way. The children haveinput into the flow and direction of the class and this allows them to really “go with it”, deeply immersing themselves in movement and imagination. While each age group has specific developmental needs and different approaches, the goal is always to address the whole child. For Pre-K, the focus is on building body awareness though discovery, music & movement, and repetition most often anchored in songs, games, and story books. For Primary aged kids, the focus is on building breath and body awareness through imaginative adventures, story telling and celebrating strong bodies and minds through challenges and games. For Preteens, the focus is on exploring who they are and who they are becoming through personal expression, physical postures, breathing, and mindfulness practices.

At the same time, Robin also enjoys teaching yoga to grown-ups. As a long time Ashtanga yoga practitioner, Robin has personally seen and felt the difference that a regular yoga practice can make in a person’s life. Her classes combine vinyasa, balance, and core strengthening postures with breath work, strengthening the mind-body connection, and sharing yoga heritage. She sees yoga as a doorway, beginning with asana and progressing from there into meditation and other mindfulness practices. She sees yoga as a doorway to self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-understanding which helps us manage and overcome some of the hazards of the modern world. She hopes you will walk through that doorway with her.

 

Angelita Steiger

I am a certified E-RYT200 Yoga Alliance instructor. With an extensive background in dance and fitness I believe that in nowadays lifestyle and trough our whole life it is important to feel connected with our body. Yoga is a great opportunity to build the relationship and connection between body, the mind and the breath. I started teaching professionally in 2016,  focusing on Postnatal Yoga, which has given me the opportunity to develop my autentic, non-judgmental style of teaching. Focusing on the correct alignment of my students, preventing injuries by understanding each individual needs and the anatomy of the body, I deepen and strenghten my students practice with every lesson. My Yoga classes encourage the growth of the physical and spiritual self of each student – both on and off the mat. 

 

Hieu K. Nguyen

My name is Hieu. I was born in Hanoi but spent my adolescent years in Poland and the States. A journey of self-inquiry and discovery brought me back to Vietnam over 4 years ago, just another soul on a path.

The practice of yoga, to me, is like a walk into nature - my own nature. A balanced practice of meditation, pranayama and asanas can bridge gaps and connect or reconnect us to our bodies, minds and souls. This walk within is the beginning of many meaningful journeys to come. With the idea of “less is more”, my focus is bringing myself and yogis back to basics, connecting breaths and movements, and taking the time to enjoy our practice.

Having trained with Suzanne, I am all for ‘yoga for wellness’ and would like to dedicate my practice to your well-being and the healing, restorative nature of this very idea. Imagine your life fully lived in contemplation of simple things, making each moment counts with one breath at a time.