ANDI SHLUKER RYON
Yoga Instructor and Creator of Yoga Utila. Style: Vinyasa/Asthanga Inspired Breath Centered Practice.
Andi teaches a kind, welcoming practice emphasizing mindful conscience breathing, yoga traditions, alignment, and integration of energy flow into the physical postures.
Andi is a strong advocate that yoga practioners understand that Yoga is more than postures, but a system as described in Patanjali’s 8 limbs, and her classes reflect that. Incorporating Vinyasa and Ashtanga inspired based sequences, with attention to alignment and body mechanics, her classes gently bring you in to your practice and emphasize being present throughout.
“While of course yoga has helped me physically with flexibility, strengthening and balancing of my body, it is the magical part of it all that keeps me connected to it -the strengthening , opening, and balancing of our mind heart and spirit, which allows for amazing positive and calming energy to flow”
Andi’s outdoor and dock classes include time to take in the surroundings; hearing the waves and the water lapping under the dock, the rustle of the palm trees, looking up into the blue sky above, feeling the wind on our bodies, and really connecting with the world around us.
She also excels at being able to really connect with newcomers and beginners, bringing them into (or back to) yoga.
As for the startings of Yoga Utila: “I took the yoga teacher training course last Fall 2011 at Davanna Yoga to deepen my personal practice and be able to better able to share Yoga with others- primarily on my weeklong kayak/snorkeling trips I lead in Belize. Through the encouragement of others on Utila, I learned there was an interest in having classes start here on the island. Being a new teacher, I really wanted to keep my teachings on a grass roots, informal, non-profit level, while I better learned the intricacies of teaching over the next few years- and that’s when Yoga Utila Community Yoga was born. I feel very lucky for this opportunity with Yoga Utila to share yoga with others as I begin my teaching journey and to be able to learn from our students and the other instructors at Yoga Utila”
Vinyasa Flow yoga instructor, 200hr Yoga Alliance certified
I have been practicing yoga for 8 years and my interest for it has only been increasing when I realize that Yoga was much more than a profound physical exercise but that I could see the obvious benefits in my health, mind and lifestyle. I practiced yoga in different studios in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) where I live, haven the opportunity to practice with international guest teachers coming to the island. My great teachers for years, David Lurey & Mirjam Wagner, have been such an inspiring influence in my yoga path and brought me in a beautiful and profound way to become the teacher I am today. My love for practice grew in a passion for sharing. I enjoy Ashtanga style as a personal practice but have found my ways through Vinyasa Yoga which contains Hatha & Ashtanga influences, but also ables me to bring a creative aspect to my teachings, bringing a fresh focus-on flow sequence at each class.
Yoga for me is a gift to humanity that takes us into the knowing of our true self. I believe Yoga is a confrontation while also a reconciliation with our bodies and ourselves as individuals.
At every posture we face our limits and we face them with our breath, that life force that dwells in each one of us waiting to be mobilized and directed from our heart to create what our minds are capable to imagine knocking limits little by little. The main master we have is our own body and yoga becomes a guide for us to meet with this inner master, putting us away from falling into the error of following pre-established doctrines or paths that rob us our own authenticity and freedom to choose a satisfactory lifestyle. Therefore I teach classes with the intention to empower the practitioner and consciously nurture the connection that each one has with the Self. Through the asanas an inner space is opened to achieve this connection and a bridge is built so the practitioner communicates with her/his own inner wisdom.
RACHAEL SERENA YOUNG
Rachael Serena Young was introduced to Anusara Yoga twelve years ago in Vermont, and has continued both her practice and learning trajectory since. She received her teacher certification in 2010 through Prescott College, in Prescott, Arizona. She is also a conservation biologist, a cosmetologist, a Divemaster, a devoted gardener, baby snuggler and activist. She is committed to the integration of all parts of life to inspire a challenging and fun class for all student ability levels.
Style: Vinyasa / Fusion
Lisa was introduced to yoga in Thailand in 2001 and then dipped into numerous yoga styles such as Anusara, Asthanga, Bikram and Iyengar before doing a classic Hatha Teacher Training in Australia in 2010.Her classes vary from gentle, slow paced Yin Yoga to more vigorous, faster paced Vinyasa Sequences with inversions and balances weaved into.
With freediving being her 2nd passion, she is very aware of the power of breath and often adds some pranayama (breathing exercises) as well as specific asanas (poses) to classes – perfect for scuba and free divers to extend bottom times and feel even more relaxed in the water.
Lisa also is a promoter and teacher of raw foods on www.rohtopia.com, and also a freediving instructor (diving on a single breath) at Apnea Utila.
Styles: Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Kids, Meditation
Rachel joins us from Australia, coming in our 9th Session of Yoga Utila and planning to stay through mid December. She brings a warm open heart, and a great selection of new offerings to Utila as well as continuing in our Vinyasa offering. Rachel is also a trained massage therapist and is available for appointments.
Rachel was first introduced to Yoga at 17 in her hometown of Melbourne Australia were she regularly attended Oki-Do, Hatha, Iyengar and Bikrim yoga classes. On moving to Cambridge UK in June 2010 Rachel was excited to discover CamYoga studios and was amazed at all the different styles of yoga available. Inspired by this she decided to complete her Teacher training at CamYoga. “I love to apply yoga like food for the soul drawing to different types of yoga depending on my energy levels & mood” she particularly enjoys Vinyasa flow, Yin, Jivamukti and Restorative yoga.
Rachel is also a qualified massage therapist obtaining a Diploma of Health Science (Remedial Massage) at Victoria University, Melbourne Australia and loves working with the body through yoga and massage. She is passionate about sharing the qualities and abundance of benefits yoga has on the body plus a laugh or two as well along the way! She enjoys balancing her time working as Yoga teacher & Holistic Massage therapist. Rachel is available for one-one yoga session and massage appointment as well.
Style: Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Kim Johnson has been practicing yoga for fifteen years, exclusively Ashtanga for the last three years. Sharing yoga and Ashtanga, has been her true calling, Kim has been pleased and honored to be teaching since 2008.
Completing teacher training on the Primary series with Kansas City Ashtanga teachers Kathleen Kastner and Wade Mortenson, Kim followed in their footsteps by taking teacher training from senior Ashtanga teacher, Tim Miller of Encinitas, California. In 2012 Kim completed both Tim’s Primary and Second Series Teacher training courses. She was also able to spend time studying with senior Ashtanga teachers Rolf and Marci Naujokat in Goa, India. Kim plans to continue to return to study with her teachers both in Encinitas, CA and Goa, India.
As a former massage therapist Kim has through understanding of anatomy and physiology. Combining this knowledge with learning from her own injuries, Kim is able to understand and teach Ashtanga as a healing modality to students who may be in the process of healing themselves while keeping the practice traditional and light hearted. Truely sharing “Yoga Chikitsa” or Yoga Therapy. Her goal is to inspire students to connect to all eight limbs of Ashtanga for a full and devoted practice.
“The first time I practiced Ashtanga primary series, I didn’t know what I was walking in to, I just showed up for a class. When we started I had this flash of recognition of “Oh yeah! Here it is! This is what I was looking for, without even knowing I was looking!”
“Learning from Tim has been invaluable, deepening and changing my practice in a way that increases my understanding and ability to pass on a true and timeless knowledge of Ashtanga to anyone with a heart open to the practice.
Amber joined us in our 9th and 10th Session of Yoga Utila
I have been practicing yoga for 10 years, and became a dedicated student while attending graduate school in New York City. After moving to Los Angeles, I was exposed to a wonderful variety of yoga styles and teachers, and decided to pursue my teacher training. I received my 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in Santa Monica, CA in 2010.
Growing up in dance classes, I was drawn to yoga for the physical exercise in a non-competitive environment. It has given me more than I ever anticipated, and every time I step onto the mat, I learn more. Aside from the strength and flexibility gained from the physical practice, yoga has given me balance, contentment, perspective, and the tools to move more peacefully through my day to day life. Yoga has brought me to many wonderful places and people, and I am thrilled to be here, sharing my practice with you. My classes are generally in the Vinyasa style, and the goal is to leave feeling better than you did when you arrived. We will focus on breath and creating space in the body, all the while maintaining a sense of humor.
In addition to yoga, I am an informal science educator and avid environmentalist . I have worked in a number of places teaching children of all ages about the natural world, particularly the importance of our ocean and how we can protect it. I am currently travelling through Central America, practicing my Spanish and exploring this part of the world.
Being here in Utila is an incredible combination of my love of the ocean and yoga, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach here.
Caitlin began her yoga journey in Montreal, Canada in 2002. She is currently traveling spreading her light and love for yoga through Central America.
Caitlin is a 200 hr Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor. She did her training in Interdisciplinary Yoga with Don & Amba Stapleton at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. This type of yoga is a unique form that draws from diverse styles of yoga currently being practiced in the West. It is constantly evolving as understanding and research into the mind/body/spirit connection continues to unfold. It is based on the ancient traditions of yoga, but is not limited to the past.
Caitlin has been influenced by many different styles of yoga throughout her journey including Ashtanga, Anusara and Moksha Yoga. She teaches an every changing Vinyasa Flow class as well as Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Partner Yoga and Self Awakening Yoga.
Caitlin uses postures, breath and music in her classes to support students in finding space in their bodies and stillness in their mind.
Caitlin joined us in our 4th session at Yoga Utila, and taught through our 7th session with: