Our Amazing Team

Our Amazing Team

 

Our incredible yoga teachers and facilitators have been hand selected to lead our retreats around the globe. Each one offers their unique interpretation of yoga and its forms of expression. Here at Yoga & Adventures Worldwide, we believe that it’s ALL yoga hence our creative retreats incorporating art and yoga together. Our yoga teacher trainings offer new teachers a chance to earn their 200-hour training as well as seasoned yoga teachers to earn advanced teaching certificates in 60-hour increments. No matter which teacher or retreat you choose we are certain you will fall in love with our leaders just as we have!

Browse our tribe by section:

Yoga Teachers Behind the Scenes Hostess

Alicia Delaney

Alicia Delaney (E-RYT 200, YACEP) has a deep appreciation for quiet. A natural nurturer and teacher, she is steeped in the work of helping others cultivate more pause in their busy lives, and making their lives less busy in the process. Alicia’s nervous system-informed understanding of yoga and pranayama lend her offerings a consistent quality of gentleness. Gathering in circle to amplify these practices allows students to tenderly meet themselves with more compassion and grace again and again and again.

Her mission is to guide students toward ease and delight in their bodies through relaxed pacing, open choice sequencing, and invitational language. When practicing together, you can expect contemplation, curiosity, laughter, and empowering movement with only a little sweat. Her classes are an exploration of the slower and spiritual side of yoga, an opportunity to step out of our habits of rushing and performance so we can really hear what our bodies have to teach us. Uncovering what we so often hide about ourselves, from ourselves, can be a transformative experience. But doing so with the support of a group of like-minded friends in a beautiful setting on retreat? Life-changing.

Always seeking out the medicine of rest and ways to share it with the world, Alicia has studied with internationally-renowned yoga therapist, Jillian Pransky, is attuned as an Usui Reiki practitioner, holds certification as a yoga nidra guide from the Shiva Shakti School of Yoga & Healing Arts, and is trained in Hot Stone Restorative Yoga and its applications for deeper states of ease.

When she is not teaching in a studio in the heart of the midwest, Alicia is sharing the magic of relaxation through her platform, Slow & Steady Yoga. Join her to create a retreat rich with reverence, rest, reflection, and joy that’ll make your cheeks hurt from smiling.

Alison Buchanan

Alison’s motto is “strength comes from within.” By leading from the heart, and believing in our innate power, she feels that every one of our goals is achievable.

Alison brings this philosophy to her teaching, where she aims to create challenging, yet playful sequences. Her classes are holistic and mindful, and always tuned to what students need in the moment. Deep down, Alison is an alignment and anatomy nerd who loves to share her knowledge with the aim of helping people move better, and thus feel better, in their bodies.

Before moving to Seattle, Alison was a longtime teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has taught yoga professionally for 12 years, and continues to advance her yogic studies with dynamic asana and mediation teachers nationwide. During yoga retreats with Alison, you can expect her to be an engaged leader who offers a strength-focused yoga class in the morning, and a restorative/meditation class in the evening. She’ll be a person with whom you can authentically connect on-and-off the mat. She’ll also be an active participant, who’ll happily go adventuring with you, and then reminisce about it all over a glass a wine at the end of the day.

Come experience adventure, excitement, restoration and all-around fun with her on a life-changing retreat.

Amy Appel

Amy is a former elementary school teacher who graduated from NYU with a Bachelor of Science in education. She has been practicing yoga for over eighteen years. She decided to take her passion and train to share her love of yoga with others. She is known for her compassionate teaching and attention to detail. She is eager to help her students learn and work to their fullest potential. Amy is an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher who trained through Yoga Journey in Boca Raton, Florida. She has worked on the faculty to train students to become yoga teachers.

Amy has a way of keeping it real and fun while maintaining the integrity of the yoga practice. She blends the physical and the spiritual, sharing that we can take these lessons with us off the mat. She often works privately with her students for one on one instruction. Amy practices with a variety of teachers, attends workshops and travels to keep her ideas fresh. She is happily married, living in Boca Raton and the proud mother of four wonderful children and one precious grandson.

Andrea Manitsas

The Intro…

My beliefs are always shifting and deepening, as with everything. Right now, this is the ethos that drives my spiritual practices and my teaching:

Life is really hard sometimes. And tragic. And awe-inspiring.And easy. And outrageous. And insane. And boring. And beautiful. And mundane. It’s everything that it can be, revealing itself to us in each iteration as the moments unfold. Yoga evolves with the tides of our lives, and can offer us a thread to the sacred, a deep connection to ourselves as we wander the paths before us. A yoga practice, like many other things, is an invitation to commune with the self, to put down all the external stimuli and have an embodied experience. Honestly, we have never needed sacred, self-soothing and adoring practices more than we do now. I have found this great tending to the self essential to a meaningful life.

The Bio…

​Over the last 10+ years of teaching in the Bay Area, Anj has become known for a potent class with a whole lotta soul and a creative, whimsical flow. She believes that a yoga class is a powerful place to forget ourselves and remember ourselves all at the same time.

Anj is a passionate guide, weaving students through a rhythmic, music-filled, breath-guided journey on their mats, encouraging the whole tapestry of the human experience to be felt, held, honored. Her classes often incorporate mantras and chanting, philosophy, meditation, visualization, lots of sighing, essential oils, challenge and space for a personal unfolding.

Anj has studied a lot over the last 20+ years, and chronic illness/pain has led her to engage with many healing modalities that influence her classes, including nervous system regulation and brain retraining. She aims to create a healing, sacred space always.

Cathy Rosenberg

Cathy Rosenberg is an ERYT-500 hour yoga teacher. She found yoga when her children were babies and practiced daily. It has been the constant silver lining throughout her life. When son Dylan left for college, she felt called to take a 200 hour teacher training. It would be the first of 3; the 3rd most recently completed in Northern California, in June of 2023. Her love of learning keeps her practice fresh. The most recent training focused heavily on bhakti, the sacred texts and sequencing for all body types. She practices what she preaches; student first. Cathy’s classes are strong and steady. Her sequencing requires students to dig deep and fall in love with their own strength. So often we forget our own power. The magic is in how she weaves the messages we need to hear throughout. She challenges students to stay present, while noticing all of the feels, and somehow keeps it light, even when it’s heavy. The invitation is to continue to show up, both on the mat and off. This is how we unwrap the precious gift of yoga. Deep wounds can be healed and personal transformation can be seen as we shed new light on our view of the world. And just like that, the caterpillar becomes the butterfly. Who does she learn the most from? The people in front of her; the student becomes the teacher.

“We practice yoga on the mat, and we live it off the mat”.

Cathy took her 500 hour teacher training one on one and has logged more miles on the mat than off; though her trip to Bali to co-teach a month long 200 hr. training was the farthest she’s gone to roll out her mat. She was director of play after class and that was a role tailor made for her. Her students say, ”She is a modern day flower child, a truth teller, an animal rescuer, a student of life, a baker of sweetness, a human ray of sunshine and a wise old soul”. She sees the world through “rosie-colored glasses” and shares silver linings and life-changing insights, both on the mat and off. Cathy is gifted in stretching life’s subtle moments into magic, encouraging students to pause, breathe, notice and feel.

“We don’t practice yoga to get better at yoga, we practice to get better at living.”

Wherever Cathy goes, she fills the space with her generous spirit. Her love of adventure and appreciation for connecting with others, is the recipe for a retreat that will bring you peace and comfort. You can often hear her saying, “We are more alike than we are different.” Spending time with other inspired souls makes us more. “We all belong to each other.” Practicing yoga with like minded yogis is always time well spent. Enjoying days full of that very mindfulness, is life changing.

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Even you.”  Anne Lamott

Dawn Thie

Find Your True Self. It is Dawn’s highest intention to help guide students to a deeper relationship with Self. By moving our bodies and our energy, we free our soul to be seen and we can connect to parts of Self that are waiting to be explored.

Dawn carefully designs classes to clear the energetic channels within the body to create more space and open the path to inner peace. Incorporating the 8 Limb Path of Yoga, she invites students to explore something deeper within themselves using asana, breath work, intention and focus, in a way that meets students where they are. Feeling into the energy present in the room, Dawn uses her authentic voice offering clear and concise guidance, while weaving in yoga philosophy and heartfelt intention for both a physical and spiritual experience. All through a trauma informed approach.

When we connect to Self, we begin to experience the innate peace within and thus walk along this planet more peacefully. Dawn has been leading retreats nationally and internationally, as well as teacher trainings and workshops around the country. Originally trained in the traditional Sivananda Hatha style of yoga, Dawn’s classes offer a classical approach to yoga with a modern twist of accessibility. To learn more about Dawn please check our her website, I AM Dawn Thie Yoga.

Dee Boukouzis

Yoga has been the cornerstone of Dee’s personal evolution. It all started in Seattle back in 2000, amidst the trials of a challenging pregnancy, where she discovered solace in a prenatal yoga class. From that pivotal moment, her practice has flourished into a profound and deeply meaningful journey of self-discovery and growth. With over two decades of teaching experience, Dee approaches each class with a beginner’s mindset, embracing curiosity and playfulness. Her classes are described as playful, soulful, instructional, challenging, and transformative, each session tailored and safely guided.

Over the past 24 years, Dee has delved into various styles of yoga, including Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Anusara. Along the way, she’s had the privilege of studying under esteemed teachers like Richard Miller, Dana Damara, Michael Brian Baker, Stacy McCarthy, Mark Whitwell, Govid Das, and Aman, earning her RYT500 and ERYT200 certifications. Her exploration extends beyond traditional yoga, as she has also immersed herself in Shamanism, enriching her practice and her life as she aligns more closely with her soul’s purpose.

Beyond yoga instruction, Dee boasts over 30 years of leading group fitness classes and six years of offering health/life coaching. Armed with a master’s degree in Sport Psychology, she currently serves as an instructor at prestigious resorts and spas, as well as a sport and fitness consultant for a national youth-serving organization.

Yoga remains Dee’s constant companion, guiding her through life’s seasons of trauma, growth, and joy. It serves as her sanctuary, her muse, her teacher, offering spiritual connection, creativity, and self-expression. Through her practice, Dee has found salvation time and again, shaping her thoughts, emotions, actions, and beliefs. Now, she is driven to share these profound teachings with others, helping them find their way back to themselves, just as yoga has done for her.

Elizabeth Shelhart

Elizabeth Shelhart is a 500RYT Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Massage Therapist, a certified Birth Doula and currently a graduate student at Acupuncture and Integrative Medical College. She has always been deeply connected to the body and breath.  Elizabeth began studying dance when she was four years old and became a statewide competitive gymnast by the time she was nine. When she stopped training in gymnastics, Elizabeth came back to dance and eventually discovered yoga at the age of eighteen. Yoga was a perfect synthesis of her years of dance and gymnastics and around this time she began studying Buddhism and Eastern religions as well. When she was twenty, Elizabeth lived in India for six months and fully immersed herself in the land of yoga’s origins. This experience profoundly changed her life and her yoga and meditation practice deepened. Upon returning to the U.S., Elizabeth completed a yearlong Dharma Yoga teacher training. This approach emphasizes yoga postures as well as meditation and other Buddhist practices and philosophies. She also completed a Yoga for Injuries training, Prenatal Yoga training and received her massage therapy license. Over the last few years, Elizabeth has studied more in-depth aspects of yoga and meditation with many renowned teachers such as Sarah Powers, Thich Nhat Hanh, Janice Gates, Tara Brach and Paul Grilley. In the Spring of 2016 Elizabeth graduated from a two year Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga training at Spirit Rock which certified her to teach meditation as well. She also recently became a Yoga Alliance continuing education provider.

As a yoga and meditation teacher, doula, bodyworker, and soon-to-be acupuncturist, Elizabeth is passionate about creating optimal health and finds it rewarding to share this with her clients and students.  She models what she teaches and loves to offer what she has learned through years of personal and spiritual work.  Whole foods nutrition, herbal medicine, astrology, conscious dance and stress reduction coaching are other modalities in which she is well versed.  Elizabeth truly offers a holistic approach in her work. She loves guiding others to find their own understanding of presence, truth, joy, connection to their heart, and ease in their body, allowing one’s true nature to shine. To book a consultation with Elizabeth visit her website.

Genevieve Morin

Genevieve has been leading retreats internationally for the last 20 years.  She is passionate about worldwide travel, full immersion in different cultures, and the importance of broadening our understanding of one another.

As a trilingual yoga teacher, speaking English, French and Spanish, verbal and non-verbal communication are at the core of her interests.  Like cooking or creating music, moving the body, dancing and yogic expression are international, borderless forms of communication.  The potential of connection to ourselves, to one another, and to a universal energy is boundless.

Even when Genevieve travels on retreat to a place where common language is not spoken, sharing the language of yoga and movement is always possible.  Genevieve loves leading a group of people to unique destinations, especially those who may feel timid or shy in a foreign place.  To offer an opportunity for people to experience our human oneness is pivotal and life-changing.  We are all human beings with similar needs and desires, and despite borders or differences, we all yearn toward meaningful connections.  Genevieve is endlessly intrigued by how simple life truly is… and how simple and joyful our journeys can be.

Discover more about Genevieve on her website, Truro Yoga.

Heather Berg

Heather Berg is a certified Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and Buteyko Clinic Method Instructor in South Florida.

She has been a yoga practitioner since 1991 studying many ancient yoga traditions. In 2012 Heather began her journey teaching beyond the postures (asana) creating well rounded yoga sessions that always incorporate breath work (pranayama) and meditation to support her groups and individuals. Heather is most interested in guiding others to be self-aware of their habitual physical, mental and emotional patterns. Her intention is for her clients to become discerning practitioners who can then integrate information for themselves. This way, her students will truly learn to practice yoga as a way of life.

Heather leads Hatha, Yin, Yoga Nidra and Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) yoga classes (groups and privates) as well as at larger events such as: Okeechobee Music, Art and Yoga Fest; The Yoga Expo; and Campowerment. At Rancho La Puerta, in Mexico, Heather is a sought-out guest yoga and meditation teacher. She is also part of the yoga teaching staff at Yoga & Adventures Worldwide where she has led 2 retreats in Morocco, Cuba and Santorini in 2022!

She created a corporate wellness program, Practice to Pause, where she engages employees with evidence-based mindfulness tools to feel more present, enhance creativity, performance and improve overall well-being in and out of work.

In March 2020, Heather was introduced to the Buteyko method after reading James Nestor’s book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. Her love of diving deeper into different breath work modalities for her personal and professional practice inspired Heather to study with Patrick McKeown to become a Buteyko instructor. She continues to observe positive changes not only in her own health (better sleep, lessening of menopausal symptoms and more energy), but with her yoga and corporate clients. There are so many parallels between pranayama, the ancient yogic science of breath work and the doctor-developed, researched, functional breathing of the Buteyko method.

Heather makes it her priority to listen to her clients’ individual goals and unique circumstances to help them thrive! Movement, breath work, and meditation each alone can make powerful changes in people’s health, but together they create a transformational experience.

She is available for live and Zoom classes for Yoga (Hatha, Yin, Yoga Nidra), Meditation, and the integration of pranayama and the Buteyko method.

To learn more about Heather and what she offers, visit www.soulgardenyoga.com

Hilary Paris

Hilary has a long history with yoga starting back in 2008 with her first teacher training in Corepower Yoga. She then moved to India and trained at Swami Vivekananda Ashram for the entirety of 2009. It was there that she learned Bhakti Yoga and Yoga Nidra.

Since then she has experienced over 2000 hours of yoga teacher training from Los Angeles with Shiva Rea, Sean Corne, Bryan Kest, Paul da Silva and Toni Wilkey to her mentors in Seattle (Leah Adams (Yin), Leah Zaccaria (Vinyasa) and Nina Granatir (Hatha) and San Francisco (Janet Stone, Jason Crandell and Rusty Wells).

Hilary has over 15 years of teaching experience and her life’s purpose is to help heal as many people as possible through yoga, meditation and laughter. Humor and play are a big part of Hilary’s classes, as well as offering nourishment for the nervous system through a combination of Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin with some Yoga Nidra and meditation. She is known for her approachable demeanor and inclusivity.

Hilary has traveled the world extensively, having spent time living abroad in both Spain and India. She is fluent in Spanish, and is happy to translate for you whenever you join her on a retreat. Hilary lives with her two young boys near Seattle and she enjoys all things creativity and movement. She is thrilled to be a part of the team, and looks forward to meeting you on your next yoga adventure!

Jenniferlyn Chiemingo

Jenniferlyn is known affectionately by her students + friends as JL…and the words joy, love, and yoga surely describe her best!

Through yoga on the mat and in travel, JL’s goal is to provide her students with the opportunity to experience genuine joy, love, and connection (a.k.a. yoga). JL’s unique yoga teaching style is a creation all her own and an experience from which all can benefit. They are flowing, grounding, spiritual and inspiring. When you step away from one of her Vinyasa classes, you will feel more connected to yourself and the world around you. She provides loving support to newbies while continually challenging regular practitioners to find greater depths in their practice.

JL first experienced yoga in 2000 when she was looking for a way to escape the daily stress from her job as a TV news producer in northern California. That was when yoga started to change her life. Overcome by the power and benefits of yoga in her own life, JL decided to move her career from the newsroom to the yoga mat in 2002. With curiosity and ambition, she followed her dream and began her training at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health with an emphasis in Integrative Yoga Therapy. JL continued her training with Shiva Rea, embracing Vinyasa yoga. Through Vinyasa, she learned the powerful energizing and cleansing benefits of linking breath with movement.

JL is listed E-RYT with Yoga Alliance and has taught for more than 17 years in Seattle and the Bay Area. After more than 11 years leading international yoga retreats she partnered with Yoga & Adventures Worldwide in 2021 to bring travelers on our bespoke yoga adventures and beyond. These intimate getaways have the potential to change your life if you are open to the possibility…

Jess Cox

Jess found Yoga after 15 years in the corporate world navigating logistics. Knowing this wasn’t forever she delved into Holistic Health with the Institute of Integrative Health and found Yoga to combat her own health and growth, and soon developed a new found love in all things Yoga when she moved to North California from the UK in 2015.

She took her 200YTT in Vinyasa, Yin & Power Yoga in 2019. Since then she has been consistent and ever growing in the modalities of movement, health and healing, Paddle board Yoga certified and completing 300YTT in Alignment & Hatha with Amy Ippoliti in 2021, becoming a Reiki Master in 2023 and not stopping there with ongoing trainings in Yoga Therapy and Kundalini.

Becoming an Intuitive Healer and incorporating what she has learned along the way helps transform students that need to build strength, believe in themselves, be healthier and heal, whether that’s in a group class, private yoga, Reiki or during a retreat. By combining the modalities of Movement, Energetic Healing & Holistic Health Coaching Jess brings balance to create the healthiest being inside and out, energetically & emotionally.

Jessica Freeman

Jessica is living her life’s work in the service of others. She is down to earth, embraces simplicity and loves life. She has found her Dharma through yoga to passionately help people tap into their natural born gifts while learning how to live a happy, peaceful, and fulfilled life. She believes that YOU are your greatest teacher! She knows that we all have infinite potential waiting to be tapped into and she is here to help students discover how amazing they are on their own. Yoga to her means finding your truth and what makes you tick, as this is when one truly comes to life. Fear, worry, and doubt end up taking a back seat to understanding, love, happiness, experience, and connection. Everything begins with the breath, this simple and honest practice that is as challenging as it is rewarding is a constant balance between effort and ease.

Jessica has been a group fitness instructor for over a decade, teaching everything from barre to HIIT. But something deeper was missing. It was back in 2014 when yoga found her and a spark was ignited. Everything felt alive and she dove all in! Jessica is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and has taken over 750 hours of yoga teacher trainings under the Ashtanga and Vinyasa lineage of Jonny Kest as well as Yin Yoga and Reiki. Additionally she teaches 200- and 300-hour Life Power YTTs and has trained and certified dozens of yoga teachers over the years.

Jessica teaches weekly Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, and Yin yoga classes a Life Time in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Whether she’s teaching a hot Vinyasa or gentle stretch practice, Jessica helps students find their edge while inspiring students to tap into their own softness to find stillness. Her inspiring classes are filled with fun music and creative dynamic sequences sure to stretch the body and mind in new ways. Each practice is focused on the breath and leads students more into self-acceptance and to cultivate love and kindness to support their growth as a human being on a journey to heal and feel their truest self. She is enjoying her own journey and she is grateful for the opportunity to connect with you on yours!

Madison Fruitman

Madison fell in love with yoga at a young age, using mindfulness and movement to help cope with anxiety and stress. In developing her own practice, Yoga became the Yin to counterbalance the Yang of her fast-paced career in television production. Eventually turning her passion into purpose, Madison earned her YTT certification in 2016 and has been teaching and building community in her hometown of Toronto ever since. She looks forward to helping curate meaningful retreat experiences!

In her classes you can expect to cultivate a deep connection between breath, body, and mind, through a balance of intentional movement as well as dedicated stillness. She encourages you to work hard, push boundaries, while maintaining a connection to your individual needs, creating a safe and supportive environment with modifications and add ons always offered.  Morning practices are normally geared towards high energy Vinyasa Flows, taught from an anatomical lense. Madison loves combining creative sequences and curated music playlists, with a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration, to help deepen one’s practice. Afternoon/evening classes typically encompass more gentle Hatha, Yin & restorative practices. Along with meditation, breathwork, and journal prompts woven into the teachings, all linked together with thoughtful themes, to keep you reflective.  She offers one-on-one attention, along with hands-on adjustments.

“I believe that yoga is about calming the mind and nervous system, listening to the breath, and freeing the body on the mat, so that we can translate those benefits to life off the mat.”

Melanie Cordover

A native Floridian from Miami, Melanie grew up dancing and turned her love for movement into a prolific and promising yogic career. Melanie teaches dynamic yoga studio classes and traditional yin classes weekly. She has led retreats in South Florida and the Caribbean over the past 3 years, and truly loves the experience of connecting and creating memorable and meaningful moments. Melanie is a E-RYT 500 hour instructor with an advanced certification in Yin yoga.

Her yogic journey has been an incredible ride to empower yogis to find confidence and strength in their practice and to drive that beyond the mat. She aspires to inspire others by weaving thematic messages and creative flows in a mindful, beautiful and peaceful setting with her enthusiasm and invigorating energy.  Join Melanie for a journey within a journey to find your passion and purpose through love, light and liberty within.

Melanie Smith

Melanie is a licensed group exercise instructor based out of Silver Spring, Maryland. With more than fifteen years of teaching experience, Melanie’s classes have taken place in both the indoor and outdoor spaces and have included indoor cycling, cardio kickboxing, bootcamp, Zumba, and Pure Barre. During retreats you can expect a combination of active movement, stretching, meditations and journaling for a well-rounded wellness experience. Her Zumba and Barre classes are fun and just challenging enough but for all levels. Evenings will be more introspective with wellness aspects.

Pivoting with the times, in March 2020, Melanie transitioned her Zumba classes to a virtual format in order to maintain a connection and sense of community with her students. Her #zoomzumba classes were only supposed to last for two weeks but she’s taught more than 300 virtual classes to-date where all proceeds are donated to the National MS Society in honor of her aunt with the disease.

She has led group fitness fundraisers for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research and is active in her community offering wellness and fitness classes to a broad range of students. To learn more about Melanie give her a follow on Instagram (@moveswithmelanie) or visit https://recess.tv/@moveswithmelanie.

Nikki Rogers

Nikki is a passionate yoga teacher with over 2000 hours of yoga training and over 6000+ hours of teaching experience under her belt. What started out as a love of movement at a very young age turned into a career over 20 years ago.

Nikki grew up very active, dancing throughout grade school and high school, and eventually earning a BFA in Dance from the University of Alabama. Her last year of school earned her a full scholarship to the Harvard Summer Dance Program, and it was during that program where her body started to show signs of wear. After college she moved to Atlanta, Georgia and landed a job working for the Atlanta Ballet. They were a satellite location for the Pilates Studio of New York, and as an ex-ballet and modern dancer, she was naturally drawn to the Pilates method and the idea of building long, strong, flexible muscles. At first, she took over as studio manager, but Pilates was “new” and they were desperate for teachers, so she was quickly convinced to sign up for the 700 hour teacher training which was the beginning of her career as a teacher. She had found my calling.

Nikki began practicing Ashtanga yoga and was immediately drawn into the physical aspects of the practice. It was fantastically demanding but after a number of years she felt like there was something missing. Over the next 15 years she explored various styles to see what felt like a “fit” for her. Unfortunately during this exploration she experienced some injuries that had her questioning the safety of Ashtanga. Having suffered a debilitating neck injury while teaching pilates, and after living with chronic pain for over 4 years, a teacher friend convinced her to try a “new” method of yoga called Kaiut Yoga, a floor-based yoga practice that utilizes gravity to unwind chronic restrictions in the joints, and the rest, as they say, is history. After a few months of dedicated practice with this method, she experienced healing the doctors said wouldn’t be possible without surgery. Her pain was gone, and she regained full mobility. The anxiety that was a huge part of her life was now manageable. She was sleeping better and found a new and different appreciation of her body that she never had before.

Kaiut yoga is most easily comparable to Yin yoga in the sense that it involves long-held shapes and works with the joints. However, there are vast differences between these two styles of yoga. In Kaiut Yoga, poses are held and utilize finely-directed micro-engagements to release adhesions in the connective tissue, which both strengthens and opens the joints. Nikki has witnessed incredible, almost miraculous, changes in students’ bodies over the years and is honored to share Kaiut Yoga with anyone and everyone who is open to trying something new, and slightly less conventional.

Outside of the yoga world, Nikki can be found at home in Boulder, Colorado hanging with her family and fur babies, thrift shopping and planning my next trip to the beach!

She is honored to join you on your journey to health, mobility and longevity.

Sherry Sidoti

Sherry Sidoti is the founder and lead director of FLY Yoga School, a teacher training program and FLY Outreach, a not-for-profit that offers yoga and meditation with community non-profits on Martha’s Vineyard. With 20+ years of teaching experience leading yoga courses, trainings, and retreats globally she masterfully weaves her unique perspective and style into each experience. Sherry holds certifications in 500 E-RYT in Atma Holistic, Yin, Forrest, Prenatal & Postnatal, Vinyasa, Trauma Sensitive, Restorative, Somatic Anatomy Yoga, and is a Certified Labor Doula through DONA International, a Certified Recovery Coach through the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy©, and a Certified Somatic Attachment Therapist through Embody Lab.

Sherry is the author of A Smoke and a Song: A Memoir (2023, She Writes Press) and a featured author in various anthologies, including Art in the Time of Unbearable Crisis: Women Writers Respond to the Call. Her musings have been published by various magazines and periodicals; including The Martha’s Vineyard Times, Heart and Soul Magazine, Elephant Journal, and Anthropology and Humanism Quarterly.

She shares yoga with embodied humor, vulnerability, and insight, reflecting our ongoing quest for self-awareness and spiritual awakening. Sherry is most devoted to her greatest teacher, her son Miles, whose love, sensitivity, and wisdom illuminates her path.

For more on Sherry, her teacher trainings, and classes on Martha’s Vineyard check out her website.

Wendy Martin

Wendy’s teaching style is intimate, relatable, soft and inclusive leaving you with an invitation to begin where you are, in your body and life which allows the journey to unravel naturally from the inside out. She weaves a tapestry of practical guidance, subtle details and deep insight accessing intimate pathways to self discovery that is unique to all who practice.

Teaching for over 20 years and facilitating yoga retreats around the world, Wendy follows the roots of Hatha yoga and spins an eclectic web of various styles & movement teaching modalities into her class offerings. These teachings have been drawn from her work with taming hyper mobility & accessing mindful strength to calming the anxious mind while creating nervous system regulation and balance.

The practices Wendy shares are a spiritual approach to conscious embodied movement, meditation & breath work.

“I believe the body is a highly attuned instrument of intuition.  The inner work & commitment we share in the practice guides us into and through the evolution of self bringing us deeper into union and understanding of our innate wisdom. This is the work of becoming…”

To find out more about Wendy, her website is lovely and offers videos, book offerings, and her teaching schedule in Huntsville. Also don’t miss out on her amazing naturally hand dyed garments of Muskoka Tye-dye Botanicals, her snazzy creations when it comes to yoga pants and her seasonal Underwear Club too!

Behind the Scenes

JL Sofi

JL Chiemingo

Helping with all your email needs, inquiries and plans…JL is on the case! We are so grateful to have her helping out with our inbox. She’s taught most of our retreats so she knows the answers and we are thrilled to have her support.

Sofi von Linden

Sofi has been working with us since our original Utopia Guesthouse & Yoga Studio in Tulum back in 2014. She is our OG retreat facilitator and support staff for all things retreat.


HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST

Christina Karo Lynna Sofi

Christina Thomas

In 2008 Christina left her fancy, big city Interior Design career to follow her heart in the Caribbean of Tulum, Mexico. After many amazing (and bumpy) serendipitous turns, she has founded Utopia Guesthouse & Yoga Studios in Tulum, Havana and now El Cuyo, Yucatan. She started Yoga Adventures Tulum in 2008 and Yoga & Adventures Worldwide in 2010, offering unique, affordable retreat adventures in some of the world’s most fascinating locations.

Her passion for yoga began back in 1994 in a college Kundalini course. Since then she has studied and practiced with many well-known masters and aspiring ones. She acquired her RYT-200 in 2012 from the Institute of Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies with a focus on Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Viniyoga traditions. Although she greatly enjoys leading asana practices she prefers to be on the mat as a student. Hence, she is the creator and (sometimes) host during her bespoke retreats.

She has been planning and hosting retreats around the world since 2012 and traveling on her own since she was 5 years old. Each destination she chooses holds a special place in her heart. Join us to find out why!

Karolina Quesada

Karolina was born and raised in Bonn, Germany and has been traveling the world from a very young age. She has a plethora of talents and experience from restaurant owner, fashion designer, producer and stylist, hotel manager, and so much more. She speaks 7 languages fluently and has been working with us for years on the ground in Havana where she resides full time. We are so lucky to have her on retreats with us around the globe!

Lynna Hedli

Lynna has a passion for travel, a love for culture and language and a desire to practice all kinds of yoga. She is French by birth but currently resides in Barcelona enjoying the city, playing music and exploring art, architecture and cuisine.  We love that she speaks Spanish, English and French fluently with dabbles in Arabic as well. Her outgoing personality, attention to detail and friendly nature make her an obvious choice for facilitating retreats with us. Look out for Lynna in Morocco, El Cuyo and beyond…

Sofi von Linden

Sofi has been working with us since our original Utopia Guesthouse & Yoga Studio in Tulum back in 2014.

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sofi is a world traveler having lived in Tulum, Mexico for many years and now Barcelona, Spain for the past few years. She is our OG retreat facilitator and we are so happy to have her back at the healm leading retreats now in Europe and beyond. She is wise beyond her years, caring, compassionate, funny and focused. There is no doubt that while on retreat with Sofi you will be well taken care of in all the ways!