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

Jenna Hedstrom

Jenna Hedstrom’s spiritual journey began with a dark, shadowy gift – the gift of tragedy. However, this experience led her to yoga and cracked her open to infinite possibility and her Soul’s Purpose – living a life of Divine Service. The sacred practice of yoga provided an outlet for her grief, and created a profound alignment of body, mind and Soul. Yoga became her life, and her medicine – and then she discovered breathwork. The Breath of Love has allowed Jenna to transform her own traumas into the powerful healing presence she brings to her sessions and workshops.

Jenna is RYT-200, KRI-200 (Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan® ), has completed a certification through Radiant Roots Yoga for Kids Yoga Teacher Training, a 35 hour certification for Trauma-Sensitive Yoga through Holy Yoga as well as a certification to teach 12 Step Yoga for Recovery. She has completed a year-long apprenticeship with Julia Mikk to become a Breath of Love Practitioner, and, being a forever student of life, has decided to continue on with a year-long Advanced Apprenticeship for Breath of Love Practitioners. Her extensive background in studying the effect of breathwork and yoga on trauma and addiction recovery, mindfulness and meditation allows profound breakthroughs for her clients.

Kassandra Koester

Yoga to me is all about connection. Connection to breath, connection to self, and connection to those around us. It is such a powerful tool, that reminds us that there are no barriers between us.

I’m a small town gal, born and raised in Nebraska. I’ve lived in Arizona for four years. I moved here for a change of pace. And you can bet your bottom it was a huge change. I am currently a senior at ASU and graduate in May 2019. My major is nutrition/dietetics. I completed my 200 hour RYT at Laughing Buddha Yoga. I’m passionate about the healing power of food and movement. The human body amazes me. We get so caught up in the small stuff in life, but there is a whole universe within us. It protects us, it takes care of us and it allows us to do things we do.

Kaitlin O’Neil

Yoga has empowered me to ground myself on and off the mat, serving as a constant through all of life's unexpected changes. Feeling compelled to take my yoga journey further, I received my 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification at Laughing Buddha Yoga. I have practiced yoga in Seattle, Austin and Oklahoma City, but it wasn't until I found Laughing Buddha Yoga that I knew a true yoga community. As a yoga teacher and member of the LBY community, my goal is to create a safe and joyous space where all are invited to explore, practice, and grow.

"There is no way to happiness - happiness is the way" -Thich Nhat Hanh

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.

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.

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Tempe, AZ 85282
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480.664.2515

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Tempe, AZ 85282
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[email protected]
480.664.2515

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