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. I started teaching Yoga in 1999. I am certified in the Jimmy Barkan Method Hot Yoga and Amrit Yoga Style.

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. 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. In 2012 I opened Laughing Buddha Yoga to share the gift of yoga.

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 attended my first yoga class to support a friend who had started teaching at a new school. Like many new 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 six years of practice I received my 200 hour Amrit Yoga Certification in September 2010. Letting go, breathing deep, and just being are now a part of both my classes and my life.

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

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.

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