Our Amazing Tribe

Our incredible yoga teachers, pilates instructors, creative types, and hostesses 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!

Alison Burke

Alison is a huge believer that movement is medicine, that a focus on moving, aligning and challenging the physical body and connecting breath to movement will translate to changes in the subtle (energetic) body. She believes that quieting the mind can potentially lead to a full transformation of the Self. Alison credits yoga to helping her overcome many obstacles and challenges in life.

Alison’s yoga classes offer a fun balance of challenging, sweaty Vinyasa. She focuses on anatomical precision, mindfulness and restoration for a total body, mind and soul experience. She strives to guide students on their paths to their highest potential.

She is a wellness entrepreneur who teaches vinyasa yoga and owns a chain of organic markets in New York. Find out more about your ‘Wellth’, Alison’s coaching offerings and class schedule on her website.

Andrea Manitsas

Andrea (affectionately called “Anj”) is known for her bhakti-filled classes with a whole lotta soul and fierce flow. She warmly invites students on a sacred journey through her unique expression of the Vinyasa flow that is dreamy and dancey while also being smart and intentional. Recognized as a Lululemon ambassador in Berkeley, California, her classes have become synonymous with her love of chanting and her want for connectedness.

She has been learning from the best for over a decade. From the sweet song she learned while chanting with Jai Uttal to the cosmic dance of her Laughing Lotus teacher Jasmine Tarkeshi, from the sumptuous flow she fell for with Janet Stone to the intelligent alignment of Jason Crandell, Anj connects an ever-growing well of experience with impressive music and book libraries to inspire bodies to move and minds to still.

Find out more about Anj’s teaching schedule in the Bay Area on her website.

Anna Pigotti

Anna has completed 500-Hours of teacher training in Kriya Yoga and the Eight Limbs of Yoga specializing in Vinyasa at Thrive Yoga in Rockville, MD. She is currently pursuing sound bath training and healing through natural medicines.  Her teaching style incorporates a variety of styles from Hatha to Vinyasa and Restorative to Sound Baths and Yoga Nidras. She also has been trained in and teaches Senior Chair Yoga and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga.

Anna encourages the union of body, mind and spirit through conscious breath using thoughtful asana sequencing in her classes. She brings a peaceful and loving demeanor to her classes that radiates outward to her students. She offers a well-rounded practice to restore freedom of movement, ease stress, create mind-body awareness and to promote a sense of peace and joy knowing that this is a place that we can all come back to anytime if we only pause and look inward.

Yoga has inspired her to live in the present moment, grow stronger, flexible and fearless both on and off the mat. She believes that through yoga she is able to create space in her mind and body to free and release obstacles from life.

Cora Rosen

From a young age, Cora was drawn toward a spiritual way of living and the mind-body connection. She loved yoga right from the start, exploring many different styles. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that Cora started practicing Ashtanga/Vinyasa yoga and the fluidity, beauty and meditative qualities captured her heart. Cora had no intentions of teaching yoga. She wanted to immerse herself in a training to deepen her own personal practice. Little did she know the universe had other plans. Cora has studied with many renowned teachers and is always learning and expanding her experience and knowledge of this lifelong practice by continuing to learn from her most favorite and influential teachers of the past and present.

Cora has been practicing yoga for the past 19 years and teaching for 15. She decided to open Moksha Yoga Studio in Wellington, Florida shortly after her son was born due to the lack of yoga in the community. As the studio evolved, so have her teachings and practice. Cora not only teaches group classes incorporating intelligent and invigorating sequencing, good music and calming energy but she specializes in working one-on-one. She works with professional athletes, celebrities and the local community using yoga as a tool to help address, assess and work through physical injuries and imbalances and to foster a greater sense of awareness, healing and balance in the body and mind. She consistently continues her yoga education and is proud to be a part of the Yoga Medicine® community where the standards of education are raising the bar in the health and wellness arena. Cora strives to bring yoga into everyday life by doing, evolving and truly living it, allowing peace and joy to flourish within and spread to others. In her free time you will find her traveling with her family, at the bottom of the sea or on a paddle board enjoying the beauty and experiences this world has to offer!

Learn more about Cora’s studio, class offering in South Florida and more on her website.

Emma Saal

Emma is the owner of Epic Yoga DC in Washington where she fulfilled a lifelong dream of sharing yoga with others. Her intention is to create a cheerful and safe atmosphere, where she can share her love, passion, and knowledge of yoga, martial arts and dance with those that choose to step onto their mats and into themselves with her at the helm.

Her classes are sweaty, challenging and accessible, intelligently blending a Vinyasa flowing class with clear verbal and visual execution of the body’s foundation and healthy alignment; always leaving time to spoil the body with yummy stretches, and a deep restorative savasana. Her positive energy encourages her students to cultivate a practice that is personal and nourishing while exploring their edge. Her laid-back vibe allows one to listen to their inner-teacher learning to accept from a place of gratitude and love. She believes the body has profound inner intelligence that we access during yoga practice to bring us self-awareness and comprehension that ultimately reveals our true core.

Emma feels that stepping onto the yoga mat can be grounding. It challenges us and allows us to soften so that when stepping off the mat, we are lighter. We then can approach life with more ease, slow down and remain present. When we breathe better, we feel better. She believes that life is about evolution and transition, and how we respond.

Learn more about Emma and her studios and amazing classes on their website.

Heather Berg

Heather Berg, E-RYT, is a former Montessori teacher who has been a yoga practitioner since 1990 where, as a college student, she took her first “Intro to Sun Salutations” at NYU. She was eclectic in her seeking of different yoga traditions over her 20 plus years, but it wasn’t until her yoga training with Leslie Glickman, where she was formally trained in Vinyasa Krama (detailed science of sequencing) did she find her true calling.

Heather’s passion is to share her enthusiasm of yoga and to create a positive experience for her students. Her mission is an approach to meet the needs of individuals as well as to teach at a deeper level beyond the postures. Her teaching is an approach on how to create a sustainable practice for life. Heather is most interested in teaching others to be discerning practitioners who can then integrate information for themselves. This way, Heather’s students will truly learn to practice yoga as a way of life that breathes differently in every body.

Heather’s precisely cued invigorating Hatha classes focus on cultivating breath and body awareness while her Yin classes relax both the body and mind taking practitioners to a deeper level of sensitivity and stillness, both inside and out. Not only does Heather teach on land, but on a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) as well! The paddleboard takes the place of your mat, but since it’s an unstable foundation it will truly fire up your core! You will NO DOUBT need to work with more consciousness, honing your mindfulness skills.

She is always researching and exploring other respectable yoga teacher trainings and workshops so that she can continue her own growth to bring new concepts to her students. Some of the teachers who have paved her path are Elena Brower, Rod Stryker, Seane Corn, Jason Crandell, Sarah Powers, and J Brown. Heather is forever grateful to them and all of their teachers who have brought yoga along the ages.

Learn more about Heather’s teaching schedule and teachings on her website.


Jenn Poemer

A born and raised Jersey girl, Jenn initially found yoga in her 20s as part of a fitness regimen, but quickly discovered the power of the practice beyond just the physical. While juggling a demanding career in marketing and the stresses of city life, her mat became the anchor that kept her grounded, brought her back to herself and allowed her to live more fully present and connected to others.

Jenn completed her 200-hour teacher training at Five Pillars Yoga in New York City and her 300-hour advanced training at Yogamaya, also in NYC. Her classes are rooted in the yogic idea of “sthira sukham asanam,” which aims to find the balance between effort and ease. Expect flows that are powerful yet fluid, with an emphasis on breath to fuel the movement and foster mind-body connection.

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, in 2021, in her partnership with Yoga & Adventures Worldwide she will bring travelers to Morocco and beyond. These intimate getaways have the potential to change your life.

Jessica Apo

Jess is a yogi, a momma, and a free spirit. She has a passion for movement & stillness alike, yoga philosophy, and raising vibration. Jess began her journey into teaching almost 20 years ago where she spent the first part of her adult life teaching elementary school. Though she loved it, her spirit ached for something else. She decided to try out a yoga class for stress management and immediately knew that she wanted to pursue a career teaching yoga. That summer she completed a 200-hour intensive teacher training with YogaWorks and never looked back. Following that, she completed a Prenatal Teacher Training with Pranakriya and a 300-hour teacher training with ISHTA yoga. The last ten years have been spent sharing her passion for yoga. Jess teaches a variety of classes ranging from Vinyasa, Prenatal, Restorative, & meditation. She leads yoga teacher trainings at both the 200 & 300-hour level and nothing feeds her soul more than being a part of the trainee’s journey into yoga.

Her free spirit loves to travel and take yoga outdoors. When we allow ourselves to connect to our source, we tune into our inner wisdom, intuition, and divine heart guidance. It is her belief that love is at the center of all beings. Learn all about Jess on her website.

Maya Donovan

Maya began practicing yoga nearly a decade ago and has been teaching for the past 3 years in a studio and privately in the Los Angeles area. She has more than 550 hours of training in Hatha/Vinyasa and Yin Yoga and is currently studying at Loyola Marymount University to become a Yoga Therapist!  Maya offers sound healing during her guided meditations and leads classes with a special combination of gentleness and strength.

Maya believes there is magic within us all and that yoga gives us the tools to find inner abundance, happiness and peace. Her greatest desire is to share those pathways through her classes and retreats. She’s traveled all over the world to find the best teachers and most authentic sources to influence her teaching and it shows. Her ultimate goal is to provide students with these tools so they can become their own best teacher, with confidence on this journey of life.

She truthfully teaches from her compassionate heart, sharing inner wisdom as she leads a deeply nourishing Yoga Class. Thus, mindfully weaving an intentional theme throughout her seamless, smartly sequenced classes. Maya is receptive and truly cares for her students, setting a safe supportive space where students can drop deep into their bodies, creating an enriching experience.

Rosario Chozas

Yoga became part of Rosario’s life and journey when she was 18 and living in California. She avidly practiced Bikram, Ashtanga and some Hatha for the next 12 years, in both the US and her native land, Argentina. Before moving to Miami in 2013 she began falling in love with the creative expression she felt while practicing Vinyasa. It reminded her of dancing to the beat of breath and your heart. She solidified her Vinyasa practice at Dharma in the Gove and later went on to receive her 200-hour RYT Yoga Teacher Training from Paul Toliuszis and Amy Dannheim at Tropical Vinyasa in Miami.

She loves teaching Vinyasa flows, Power Vinyasa and Yin-Yasa. Since her relocation to Paris, she has been further cultivating her sequencing through trainings and workshops in Hormone Yoga, Katonah Yoga and Vinyasa adjustments. Rosario teaches from a place of celebrating acceptance and understanding of one’s body; how it moves and how it feels when doing so. Each class is a dance created by loving observation, movement and breath that will leave you feeling strong and very relaxed at the same time.

Sarah Waggener

Sarah has been dancing since she could walk, and fell in love with aerial arts and yoga a little over a decade ago. Since then, she’s completed a professional development program at the New England Center for Circus arts, a 200 hour teacher training with Richard Freeman, as well as his Advanced teacher training focusing on the correlation between yoga and Buddhism. She travelled to Mysore, India where she studied yoga with Sharath Jois, and has studied with several other advanced teachers such as Zöe Slatoff, Tim Feldman, Kino Macgregor and Sharmila Dessai. After spending a year assisting Zöe Slatoff at Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side in Manhattan, she moved to New Orleans where she started her own small studio which she strives to keep full of laughter, love and lightness. She continues to travel several times a year to Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side as a sub-teacher for Zöe as well as teach aerial classes to adults and children while performing regularly.

Sarah’s decade of experience with yoga as well as in circus arts, give her a wealth of insight into all different types of bodies as well as giving her class a sense of playfulness and fun. Sarah believes that yoga should be for all bodies, all age groups, and part of our daily lives on and off the mat. Breath and movement have such a tremendous power to heal and keep energy moving and flowing through the body and mind.

Have you always wanted to try aerial or have tried it enough to know you want more? This is a great opportunity for you to get in the air for the first time or expand on what you know, in a supportive environment with a knowledgeable teacher! We will work on aerial hammock, lyra, as well as silks during her Circus retreats. These classes will be a beginner/intermediate level, and Sarah will work with each person no matter the level of experience. Expand your aerial vocabulary, build stamina and strength, or just hang around and have a good time!

Sarah has been studying aerial silks and rope for 12 years, and teaching for the last six. She completed the professional development program as well as a residency program at the New England Center for Circus in Vermont, and has taught workshops and classes across the US, primarily in NYC and New Orleans. She works as an independent artist and has also been a part of several aerial productions that toured across the West Coast and beyond. She currently teaches at Fly Circus Space in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she regularly creates and performs.

Find out more about her schedule, Mysore style classes, and her skilz on her website.

Sherry Sidoti

Sherry’s vision is to provide a warm and welcoming environment for the teachings of yoga to find us in our everyday lives, to support a stronger and inclusive community, where we learn to honor and heal ourselves and our beautiful natural world around us, and mostly to be curious about and enjoy this journey called life in the process! She returns people to their inner earth and speaks not only to the person but to the soul within. She has a strong desire to “go there”, and lovingly urges others to go with her. Sherry believes greatly in the ancient teachings of yoga and how they seamlessly apply to modern living, our relationships and everyday life; and that the science of yoga in its fullness is a sacred path for healing, harmony, and balance.

Sherry teaches a soulful, fluid and dynamic practice linking breath to movement, stacking poses from basic to more complex, moving towards the balance between active and receptive selves, and seeking compassion, truth, and acceptance in body mind and spirit. Sherry has more than 2500 Yoga Training hours with specialty certifications in Atma Holistic Yoga, Yin, Forrest, Prenatal/PostNatal, Sivananda, Vinyasa/Hatha, Yoga for Healing Trauma, Yoga Psychology and Svaroopa Yoga and over 7,000 hours of yoga teaching experience. She gives thanks to her most influential yoga & spiritual teacher, Saul David Raye, with whom she guest teaches in his teacher training and immersions. She has extensively studied Shamanism and Mayan Mysticism in Mexico and Guatemala with Miguel Angel Vergara. She is most devoted to her greatest teacher, her son Miles, whose love, sensitivity, sense of humor, and wisdom illuminate her path.

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

Wendy Martin

Native to Huntsville, Ontario where she owns Sacred Breath Yoga studio,  Wendy’s teaching style is intimate and inclusive leaving you with an invitation to begin where you are in your body and allow the journey to unravel from the inside out. She weaves a tapestry of practical guidance, subtle details, and deep insight so that we all may access a pathway to self-discovery unique to ourselves.

Wendy is an RYT 500+ with 12 years of teaching experience. She follows the roots of the Hatha Yoga tradition yet continues to spin an eclectic web of various styles and teaching modalities into her classes. These teachings have been drawn from, the sensitive and body specific teaching of yoga therapy, to the uplifting and spirited style of Prana flow yoga, the inspired method created by Shiva Rea. When we create a yoga practice a different life begins and the body expresses an aliveness never felt before. This attitude inspires her teaching, inviting us all to uncover and reach continually for our most alive route to life.

To find out more about Wendy, her website is lovely and offers videos, book offerings, and her teaching schedule in Huntsville.

Artsy Types


Dawn Dafgek

Bone x Dawn is a contemporary lifestyle brand based in Los Angeles and specializing in vintage and handmade hats, as well as high-quality, handcrafted jewelry designs using pavé diamonds, fine metals, and semiprecious stones. Each piece of the line reflects the accessible yet elevated style of creator Dawn Dafgek.

Dawn is a New Jersey native who moved to CA over 13 years ago, chasing the siren call of better weather after finishing her degree at FIT in New York. She started her fashion career working in wholesale for a clothing line, where she learned the ins and outs of merchandising and design, before going on to be a buyer for a boutique in Manhattan Beach. It was during her time as a buyer that she began designing and crafting her own jewelry and hats, first for herself and then for others.

After receiving more and more requests to craft custom designs for friends and clients alike, Dawn realized she was on to something and got busy creating her first collection. Bone now includes a full-fledged line of necklaces, chokers, and earrings that can be worn solo or layered to your heart’s desire, as well as a fun and eclectic assortment of hats to suit any mood – from playfully paint-splattered to spiked to vibrantly colored, there’s a hat for everyone!

Dawn’s frequent global travels inspire her and souvenirs picked up along the way are woven into her designs, which are infused with her personality – a mix of East Coast edge with a touch of West Coast bohemian. She knows better than anyone that the modern woman is complex – she’s got a lot going on, and she can’t be easily defined. This is where Bone really stands out, in that the simplicity and versatility of the pieces allow you to play with many different looks and can suit a range of moods and styles.

The guiding force behind Bone has always been to support and inspire women to be independent and go after their dreams. Having been raised by a single mom and experiencing strong female connections throughout her life, empowering women is a cause close to Dawn’s heart and she recognizes fashion as a powerful agent in helping women access their inner strength and confidence.

Discover her beautiful jewelry, clothing, hats and more on her website.

Fitness Instructors

Chelsea Leah

Chelsea Colombo

Since moving from New York to Miami in 2009, Chelsea has taken a strong interest in the expanding and ever-changing health and wellness community in Miami. An avid enthusiast of movement and exercise since a young age, from Yoga to Barre to Boxing, she really fell in love with the way Pilates changed the length and strength of her body, along with challenging her mind, leading her to enroll in a teacher training program to become certified as a mat, reformer and tower instructor.

She is also currently a Teacher Trainer for [solidcore], instructing new and existing on coaches in the Southeast region of the U.S. Form and alignment are so important to her and she loves taking the classical elements of Pilates and adding twists and props to challenge the client and push them to reach their fitness goals. Chelsea has been practicing and loving yoga for more than 15 years, has a 200 hour training under her belt as well. Her retreats with us combine the powerful micro movements of Pilates with the gentle stretching of yoga to create the perfect exercise routine for a few days away.

Leah Zaccaria

Leah Zaccaria has a passion for life and for sharing yoga with her fellow yogis. After leaving her Corporate America CPA life of 15 years behind, she went through a personal transformation and in that process found yoga which helped her see her life for what it was and what she wanted it to be. In 2009 she decided to take a huge leap of courage and open her own yoga studio in Seattle, Washington called hauteyoga Queen Anne. A booming success led to a 2nd location and her studying to become a yoga teacher herself through Alchemy of Yoga and Yoga Psychology with Ashley Turner and continuing education with power yoga instructors like Sadie Nardini. She has been teaching for the past 8 years and holds teacher and leadership trainings at Sendatsu Evolution, another one of her creations.

Wanting to share her story with those interested in listening she wrote and published her memoir, Seen which launched in October, 2018.  She is a woman on a mission to help others see themselves, see others and see the truth that lies within. Don’t miss out on this incredible retreat experience! Find out more about Leah’s book, teacher trainings and yoga studios and classes on her website.


Leah also is a certified R3BAR instructor. The R3BAR Alpha Pro is a portable exercise training tool designed for athletic performance enhancement. This lightweight six pound bar with interchangeable resistance bands promotes pre-habilitation, rehabilitation, therapeutic & active recovery for improving overall freedom of mobility and movement. The R3BAR and its systematic and progressive programming will teach the user to properly stabilize and mobilize the entire Kinetic Movement Chain. Its primary purpose is to train and teach the fundamental mobility necessary to establish and maintain optimum safe, efficient and productive full body mobility and posture.

This combination of yoga and personal training increases your awareness of your body, builds strength, balance, agility, and taps you into limitless possibilities.  This retreat will have a unique blend of yoga and R3BAR.  Some classes will be yoga only, some classes will be R3BAR only, and some will have a little of both.  Come prepared to work, sweat and find a new found appreciation for your yoga practice. Don’t worry, R3BARs are provided on retreat!

Her assistant Ryan Cooper, a Seattle native and Brand Strategist for R3BAR Training will be joining us in Holbox for this specialty retreat. With an early age introduction to Martial Arts that lead to the spark for his passion in general exercise and wellness, and for maintaining functional mobility. Ryan believes his 15yrs of yoga practice and 6yrs of R3BAR Training has enabled him to compete competitively and injury free as a Professional Long Drive Golfer.


Christina Dani Karo 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 Studio, Yoga Adventures Tulum and Yoga & Adventures Worldwide offering unique, affordable retreat adventures in some of the world’s most facinating 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!

Daniela Savalli

Dani has been producing events from Argentina to Spain for the past 10 years and was our obvious choice to host retreats in Europe, where she is based throughout the year. A longtime travel fan, yogi, and kindred spirit we are thrilled to have her onboard. Her sweet personality and wit won us over years ago when we met in Tulum and she is the perfect addition to our Y&AWW team!  Look out for Dani in Morocco and beyond…

Karolina Radanovic

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!

Sofia Von Linden

A world traveler from a young age, Sofi, originally from Buenos Aires, has explored the globe with family and friends from East to West, and North to South. She has been hosting retreats with Yoga & Adventures Worldwide since 2014 where she effortlessly supported Utopia Guesthouse & Yoga Studio in Tulum and its guests for two years. Sofi was our obvious choice to expand the vision and lead our worldwide retreats.

You will get to know her online as you begin to book and plan your retreat and will also be on-sight for most retreats. She works very closely with Christina to make our adventures as exciting as ever. We know…best job ever!