Our Teachers

Dusty Snow

I have been teaching dance since before I could drive, have owned a dance studio, and traveled all over the world as a professional dancer. Then, my body said enough. I had a spiritual practice but never a physical one. I met Jimmy Barkan and fell in love with the asana practice and and all that came with it. Jimmy introduced me to Amrit Desai; that changed everything. I realized yoga was much more than the physical practice and began the work. In 2008, I was reminded that yoga never stops;  I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I have always been a “control freak” trying to bend life to my way. The moment I heard the words, “You have cancer,” I realized I controlled nothing it is all an illusion.  I try everyday to be present, and enjoy all the moments life has to offer. Those experiences have shaped who I am now and how I approach life and teaching yoga.  Although I bring humor to the mat and often the f-bomb, I take the seat of the teacher very serious.  I have made mistakes and continue to learn as I take the seat of the student/teacher and grow.

In 2012 I opened Laughing Buddha Yoga to share the gift of yoga and create community. I started teaching Yoga in 1999. I am certified in the Jimmy Barkan Method Hot Yoga and Amrit Yoga Style, and I have completed 20 hour Rewind Senior yoga teacher training 2016 and 15 hour Trauma informed outreach certification in 2017.

Robin Afinowich

For me yoga is spirituality, it is psychology, it is preventative medicine. It is a practice that allows me to shift my patterns and live beyond circumstance. Yoga helps me sit and find peace, compassion and acceptence within myself. It helps me feel connected to the world and our human process. Yoga has been with me through those rough teens years, through those wild college years, through relationships, parenting, cancer; it is a life long commitment to the wisdom of the teachings and the inspiration for how I live. Outside of teaching, I have a Tempe-based private counseling practice focusing on somatic therapies and mindfulness based psychotherapy. My work is rooted in 17 years of study dedicated to various schools of psychology, philosophies, restorative therapies, and holistic wellness. For more information: http://www.robinafinowich.com

Stephanie Serrano

I have been a student and a teacher in a classroom for as long as I can remember. I attended my first yoga class as a student to support a friend who had started teaching at a new school. At the time I worked as an instructor at the university while earning my PhD in English. Like many new yoga practitioners, I thought I would get a good stretch and relieve some stress. I had no idea that yoga is so much more than just this and yet it is really all about "just this."

After attending this first yoga class, I was hooked, although I am not sure I could have explained why. While I sensed that this practice is more than making funny shapes on a small rectangular mat, it took years of practice and life to illustrate that yoga provides a way to live that is measured and thoughtful, realistic and mindful, scientific and grounded. An asana practice represents only a small part of the whole that is yoga.

After six years of practice, I received certification from Amrit Desai’s 200 hour yoga teacher training in September 2010. I attended the training to deepen my own practice and yet should have guessed that I would also harness that training to teach in a yoga classroom. I continue to be a student—to learn from the practice and now realize that that separation between yoga teacher and practitioner, between breathing in and breathing out and between work and play was a fiction. Yoga, more than anything else, continues to teach me and to show me that the separation we create between one another and ourselves does not have to leave us feeling alone.

Reba Aronne

I am most comfortable when I am following my path and living my truest self. I am closest to this when I am in the yoga room. I feel whole, no matter if my postures are right, my body hurts, my mind doesn’t stay focused.. the yoga room, my mat brings me home to self. It is hardest to find the peace when all things are chaotic, I like to bring that into my teaching with stories from life and how can we practice yoga off our mat. I love to help others connect with their truest selves and remind them it is always a practice.

Reba became certified to teach Bikram Yoga in the spring of 2004, she was recently re-certified in 2009. She has currently obtaining her 200 RYS certification from Inner Vision Yoga.

Katie Galligan

For many years, Katie practiced yoga strictly for the physical benefits. She practiced mostly Bikram, hot flow, power flow, and other forms of vinyasa. In 2009, Katie discovered Ashtanga yoga and found that Ashtanga took her to physical, mental, and spiritual depths of the practice that she never dreamed were possible. She is the certified Program Manager and Southwest Trainer for the non-profit Yoga Gangsters, an organization based in Miami that empowers youth by addressing the symptoms of trauma with the science and practice of yoga. Katie’s passion is working with Yoga Gangsters to continue to bring yoga to group homes, juvenile detention centers, rehabilitation facilities, and schools in the Phoenix area; however, she brings a trauma-informed perspective to teach all populations to relieve stresses, both big and small, and to increase the love for life through the practice.

Rai Singh

Rai Singh has been practicing Kundalini Yoga since 2004, and has been a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher since 2007. He has a practical approach to yoga and teaching.

Rai Singh believes that we're all riding this wave of life together as perfect spiritual beings having a human physical experience. Yoga and meditation is a lifelong practice that we nurture and grow along our own journeys. His love of breath and sound are brought into class with the vibrations of the didjeridu.

Lesley Pelkey

I began a consistent practice of yoga in 2007. At the time I was an avid runner; however, due to a back injury I needed to seek out other methods of receiving the same meditational and physical benefits. It didn’t take long before I realized the practice was providing much more than I initially expected; it had a positively changed and influenced who I was.

My teaching style reflects over a decade of experience working as a coach and teacher of holistic health, wellness and personal development. Istudied with John Salisbury and received my 200 hr RYT certification. In addition, I have also completed Leadership and Trauma Informed Yoga trainings with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling. I believe that yoga is not only a way to strengthen the body but strengthen the self, to look beyond the physical on and off the mat. Currently I work as a Realtor, sees private clients for life wellness coaching and continues teach yoga at various studios.

Kim Gaziano

I was first introduced to yoga in 2007 when a friend began teaching her own yoga classes and needed friends to practice on and with. I immediately recognized the gifts of yoga and I never looked back. After practicing on and off for years, I found my passion for my practice in 2011. In 2013, wanting to deepen my practice further, I completed my 200-hour certification with Sumits Yoga. I have experienced myself the amazing growth, undeniable joy, and freedom that yoga can cultivate in one's life and I want to share that with every student on their mat. It's my hope that students leave feeling relaxed, revitalized, and at peace. Carrying this space and energy off the mat and into their daily lives.

Lindsey Ricken

Lindsey took her first yoga class in 2000, while pregnant with her first son. She immediately recognized the physical benefits of yoga and felt a joy like she knew as a dancer: moving the body while conscience of breath. As she continued with the practice, she discovered an amazing transformation beyond the physical --natural healing from anxiety difficulties. In 2011, she was moved to dive deeper into the teachings of yoga and enrolled in Yoga Pura's year-long 500 hr Advanced Teacher Training Program under Yogacharya Eric Walrabenstein. She completed certifications to teach kids yoga though Yoga Ed. and Yoga Nidra Facilitator Training through Yoga Pura. Now, a mother of 4, Lindsey attributes sanity, strength and a genuine happiness to her continual learnings of the authentic and ancient wisdom of yoga and is enthusiastic about transferring this incredible insight and clarity to others of all ages.

VIVIENNE SWART

I originally hail from the Midwest, and relocated to Arizona in early 2017. I began practicing yoga in 2011 as a way to reconnect with my emotions, cope with life stressors, and build a better relationship with my body. I pursued my teacher training shortly after, and subsequently completed a second teacher training primarily focused on yoga therapy.

Yoga continues to be a healing art for me, and my practice is a crucial component of my own self-care. In my classes I focus on the breath, making ancient philosophy relevant to today’s life, and using postures to reconnect with the body and make it home.

Connect with me: viviyoga.com

Weird Fact:
After watching any scary movie, I either watch Too Cute on Animal Planet or Youtube videos of corgis so that I can sleep that night.

Favorite Pose: Pigeon
Favorite Food: Sushi
My Fur Baby: Momo the cat (he might love the yoga wheel more than me)

LESLYN WIESE

Picture this: High School 1977 all the girls with their sweet Farrah hair-do's (including me)...when the choice in gym class is swimming or yoga..... I of course choose the option least likely to mess up my hair and thus the Universe brought me to yoga. From this ignoble beginning I was hooked and began a life long love of first, the physical practice and over time the internal practice of yoga. in 2007 I completed the 200 YTT program at SWIHA with the idea of deepening my own practice. The Universe again had plans for me and I have had the opportunity to share yoga with many groups of people including High-school athletes, DD Adults, Burn Survivors, Silver Sneakers participants, and Preschoolers. I have been able to work shop with and be influenced by many great teachers and have certified in Children's yoga, Yin and iRest( yoga nidra).

Off the mat I am Mom to 7 people that I really like, and Jama to 2 amazing humans, I am a Clinical Resource Leader at the Arizona Burn Center, I like to cook, I probably have too many pets, and I binge watch murder mysteries.

I count myself lucky to be a part of your yoga journey whether it be holding space while you sit in silence with your authentic self and the universe, or supporting you through a strong practice and great stretch, your practice your choice.

Cloe Premau

Cloe has been practicing hatha yoga and studying meditation since 2006. In 2013 she became initiated in Vedic Mediation and is training to become a Vedic Mediation Teacher under Thom Knoles. In 2014 she graduated from vertical soul yoga teacher training in hatha yoga. After discovering kundalini yoga in 2016 she knew she had to deepen her practice and spread her love of kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan by taking teacher training with Sevak Singh at Heart & Soul. Given the name Japa Anand Kaur, Cloe teaches to nurture and hold space to promote deep healing by guiding her students inward through their practice. Sat Nam ya’ll

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Tempe, AZ 85282
(Directions)

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480.664.2515

©2017 LAUGHINGBUDDHAYOGAAZ.COM
DESIGNED WITH ♥ AT HOUSE HELIOS