Guest Teachers at Sukha Yoga
Sharon Salzberg (born 1952) is a New York Times Best selling author and teacher of Buddhist meditation practices in the West. In 1974, she co-founded the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. Her emphasis is on vipassanā (insight) and mettā (loving-kindness) methods, and has been leading meditation retreats around the world for over three decades. All of these methods have their origins in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Her books include Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995), A Heart as Wide as the World (1999), Real Happiness - The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program (2010), which was on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2011 the follow-up Real Happiness at Work (2013). Her most recent book is "Real Love, The Art of Mindful Connection." Sharon will be a guest teacher during our 2018, 200-hour teacher training via Skype.
At a time when people need a safe space to do inner work or to take a step back from the intensity of the current climate, Kristin Leigh offers a tonic of a class. It is thoroughly steady in pacing, tone and generously meditative.
Co-owner of the Shala (with Barbara Verrochi, in Manhattan and Brooklyn), Leigh began practicing Iyengar yoga in San Francisco in the mid-1980s. By 1992, she was in New York at Jivamukti, where she was certified in 1998. Since 1997, she has been studying Ashtanga with Eddie Stern and has made periodic visits to India to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois. She also studies anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff and dance with Ronald K. Brown and Pat Hall.
Devoted student Julianne Moore said, “Kristin is the most special and patient of teachers. She has completely altered my relationship to my practice - she moves me forward imperceptibly, only as much as I am able, and exactly when I need to grow. She is supremely sensitive to rhythm and breath, and combines the physical, spiritual and intellectual aspects of yoga in a way that makes me crave her teaching and her presence.”
Lisa "Asha" Rapp
Lisa “Asha” Rapp is a certified Jivamukti Yoga instructor and advanced teacher in several methods of yoga specializing in philosophy, asana assists, and teacher mentorship. She is, above all, a teacher to teachers and has dedicated most of her life to cultivating a lineage of mentorship for yoga teachers across the nation. Her instruction is fueled by a strong blend of Eastern spirituality, vigorous asana practice, and passion for music all delivered with love and compassion for all beings. Lisa translates the modern relevance of yogic scriptures for every day life in all her classes. She currently offers fundamental and advanced teacher training programs.
Edwin Bryant, Ph.D.
Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University. He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Hindu philosophy and religion. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, published six books and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition. In addition to his academic work for the scholarly community, Edwin's Penguin World Classics translation of the Srimad Bhagavata Purana, the traditional source for the story of Krishna's incarnation, is both for Indology specialists as well as students and those interested in Hinduism from the general reading public and the yoga community.
As a personal practitioner of yoga for 35 years, a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly, Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigor with sensitivity towards traditional knowledge systems. In addition to his academic course load, Edwin currently teaches workshops on the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Hindu Philosophy at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the country. His translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) is specifically dedicated to contributing to the growing body of literature on yoga by providing insights from the major pre-modern commentaries on the text with a view to grounding the teachings in their traditional context.
Acharya Mangalananda is an American direct disciple of the great woman Saint of India, Sri Anandamayi Ma (1897--1982). He first went to India in 1973 to meet, Ma, and stayed and traveled through north India with her during 1973 and 74, receiving mantra diksha from her. He has been living in her ashrams in the US and India every since and been in close personal contact and training with some of her greatest disciples. He spent twelve years (2001--2013) living in her ashram in Omkareshwar, on the Narmada River in Central India, where he helped start a school for the local village children. He is an appointed Teacher (Acharya) of his ashram and a Teacher of Swakriya Yoga in the Swakriya Yoga Worldwide Sangha. For nine years he has spent several months a year touring Europe and the US, sharing kirtan and spiritual workshops. He holds a free monthly satsang for Anandamayi Ma at Sukha Yoga.
David Newman, also known as Durga Das, is a sacred mantra artist, singer-songwriter, author, and inspirational teacher. He has released numerous chart-topping world music albums, and is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller The Timebound Traveler.