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!

Browse our tribe by section:

Yoga Teachers Artsy Types Hostess

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.

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.

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. To learn more about Dawn please check our her website, I AM.

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 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

Holly Twining

Holly became a Certified Yoga Teacher through the Namaste Institute training program back in 2011. She teaches a wide variety of yoga classes at Om Land Yoga studios and is also trained in Unnata Aerial Yoga, Paddleboard Yoga and Acro Yoga as well as teaching kids classes at Mantis Yoga and Color Me Yoga. Holly had an occasional yoga tv spot with ABC 7/Fox Bangor to highlight upcoming adventures and introduce viewers to different aspects of yoga, now she uses her own YouTube Channel for flowing & adventure clips. Her yoga classes are thoughtful, intuitive, and creative. She loves adventure and we are thrilled to have her leading retreats with us!

Holly is also an avid tennis player and rock climber, bird lover and nature enthusiast. She was a naturalist for Maine Audubon so be sure to bring along your best binos when on retreat with her and get ready for an epic 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, 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.

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.

Willis Johnston

Since a very young age, Willis has loved movement. He has a BFA in dance performance from SMU, has danced professionally in New York City and Las Vegas with the Metropolitan Opera, The Chase Brock Experience, and Cirque du Soleil. He found yoga in 2009 through navigating the physical and mental challenges of a professional dance career. Yoga seemed to shift and reorganize him. It soothed and strengthened my body and my mind, while giving his spirit a lift. Since his initial adventure into the artful practice of yoga, his relationship with the discipline has only grown stronger.

After the passing of his beloved mother, he decided to shift a few things in his life. So, in 2014, he left his dance career and big city life in the United States and moved to his soul-home of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where he dove heart first into his first 200-hour teacher training with his incomparable teacher Anna Laurita. He began teaching yoga shortly after and has since expanded his trainings, studying 300-hours with the dynamic and knowledgable Noah Mazé. Currently Willis is training for a 200 hour certificate in Katonah Yoga as well. He leads yoga classes, workshops, and retreats in Mexico and beyond.

Willis believes the practice of yoga offers up an incredible chance for humans to get into our bodies, mediate our circumstances, and expand into our full potential. Yoga has the power to create great change—not only on a personal level, but also on an interpersonal level as well. In his classes, expect to feel very welcome. He holds a space of non-judgement, where you are invited to explore all aspects of your self through breath work, meditation, and mindful, intelligent movement.

Artsy Types

Dawn

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.


HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST

Christina Dani Karo Martine 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!

Martine Racette

Adventurous, knowledgeable, charismatic and most of all fun! Martine will take you on a journey of discovery through Costa Rica’s most lush rainforest or through Peru’s most diverse and breathtaking landscapes. Martine has been leading small group retreats for over 15 years to off-the-beaten path locations mostly in Central & South America. Her expertise lies mainly in Costa Rica and Peru but she has explored many other countries expanding her knowledge of the vast flora and fauna which fascinate her the most.

Truth be told, it wasn’t all that exciting when she was a Master Social Worker in Toronto Canada but that was the path that led her on a much more exhilarating direction in life! Now Martine wakes up to the sound of howler monkeys in the distance and scarlet macaws instead of her alarm clock which lets face it, drove her nuts. She preaches to always follow your heart and when you’re not sure what makes you happy in life, to ask yourself what doesn’t and move towards a new direction. Life is meant to be about living and experiencing so throw out any fears and LIVE!

With Martine as your fearless hostess in both Costa Rica or Peru, you will discover the many wonders of each country!

In Costa Rica you will discover why National Geographic calls the Osa “the most biologically intense place on Earth”! Together you will explore, hike and see tons of incredible wildlife from 4 species of monkeys, to scarlet macaws to even wildcats if you are lucky! Now in Peru, you’ll sand board through endless sand dunes, climb up Inca ruins to incredible viewpoints, interact with the locals and feel their culture, eat avocados the size of your head and try foods that will make you understand why Peruvian cuisine stands out as one of the best in the world! Together with Martine, you’ll for sure live a truly unique and fun adventure!

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!