Scott counts his blessings as a devoted father, author, yoga teacher and Embodied Insight Coach. Inspired by the deep & beautiful wisdom teachings within Yoga's ancient roots, Scott began practicing yoga in 1998 and teaching in 2002, Scott is an E-RYT 500 hour level teacher with over 20,000 teaching hours and has trained and mentored over 500 yoga teachers since 2009 as the Director of Kula's 200 Hour YTT.
Scott has launched yoga outreach and community service initiatives in over 100 cities across the world through his non-profit work. He has been a presenting faculty member at The Omega Institute, The Caribbean Yoga Conference and The Omega Yoga Conference. He is the author of the book: Reverse Graffiti, The Sacred Art of Unbecoming.
He loves exploring the creative boundaries of yoga having co-led inter-disciplinary retreats and trainings in Peru, Tuscany, Maui, Costa Rica, Jamaica and The Gulf Coast (post Katrina) blending yoga with community service work, the creative arts, mantra, eco-adventure and Enneagram. He is inspired by people who live their live’s boldly and on purpose and most of all, he thoroughly enjoys supporting people in stepping into their authentic Self.
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I remember my first ever yoga class….it was almost 15 years ago. At a time that I was exploring my substance use and what being sober would mean/look like for me.
We were seated on our mats, waiting, impatiently. Anxious, nervous, crawling out of our skin, scared.
The teacher instructed us to “relax our eyes”.
RELAX MY WHAT!?
How in the world do I relax my eyes? Don’t they just open and close!??
And. I WAS relaxed. My eyes didn’t need relaxing. (They did, in fact, need to relax. My entire being was wound tighter than a top).
I wanted to bolt. Just like I had been doing for most of my life. Running.
So….although I didn’t know or understand most of what the teacher was saying… I stayed on my mat. For the first time in my life. I stayed.
I left that space soon after, but brought something home with me….Me.
I believed something had always been missing….needed fixing….if I could just find the thing (and I tried all the things) I would be ok.
I never found “the thing”.
What I did find was a way back….inside. Where I remembered I was always, already whole and complete.
I was learning that what had been “missing” was my own Presence. That every time I looked, reached, stepped out and away from myself, I was getting lost deeper in the woods.
My yoga mat/practice became my way home. Or maybe it was one of the guides on the path that my own heart was laying out before me. My heart atlas.
Which led me to Kula Yoga Shala where I’ve been practicing as a student ever since.
My studentship eventually shifted from taking classes to embarking on the magic carpet ride that is Kula’s Yoga Teacher Training. And so in the Spring of 2019 I graduated from my 200 hour YTT and forever changed the trajectory of my life.
Since that time I was invited to be Kula’s social media coordinator, given the great honor and privilege of being a mentor in the subsequent teacher trainings, completed The Brilliance Academy Empowerment Coach certification with Amy Lombardo, host the women’s group “Wonder for Women”, and in early 2020 stepped into the role as Studio Manager. (What a year!!!)
My process has not been linear….it has taken a while to get my bearings….like walking out of the darkness into the sunshine. And. I am so very grateful to those that have walked along side me with their flashlights (literally, their heart lights) as I made my way home.
My hope is that I may be a flashlight for you when you need it.
Dana is a certified Qoya teacher and has been a practicing licensed massage therapist for over 10 years. She has a passion for healing intuitive bodywork and for dance. Her path includes many wonderful practices such as yoga, qigong, dance, breathwork, and meditation.
Qoya weaves it all together and makes the movement simple, meaningful, and so fun! Dana truly feels that movement is medicine and a powerful healing modality that gets us back into our bodies, frees us from restrictions, opens our hearts and our minds, and reminds us of our true essence that is wise, wild, and free. She believes in the wisdom of Qoya and invites us to tap into the freedom to be ourselves, to play, to let go and move the way our bodies want to move – “If it feels good, you’re doing it right!”
Taylor fell in love with yoga while she was pregnant with her son. Through the physical asana she found a sense of connection to her most authentic Self. Ever since, she has committed to share with others how to live Yoga embodied; taking their practice off the mat and connecting with their truth.
This, for her, is the greatest gift of yoga. Taylor is passionate about living an active lifestyle, and believes in the power of nutrition to heal the body. She is a NASM certified personal trainer, and registered with Yoga Alliance as a RYT-200 through Kula Yoga Shala. She says the greatest gift of teaching is guiding others to their truth, and in turn, raising the vibratory field one conscious practice at a time!
With a background in Art, Human Rights and Social Work, Pao’s approach to yoga is one that integrates heart, emotion, thought and action into the discovery of one’s greatness. Her classes include philosophy, breath work, chanting, meditation and movement, guiding her students into the discovery of their own talents, to uncover their own power and to connect to all life with a kind, compassionate and loving heart.
Her intention is to bring the essence of yoga into a simple practical way of living through the cultivation of awareness, food education and soulful practices. Pao especializes in teaching: Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Corporate Yoga, Kids Yoga, Meditation and Plant Based Lifestyle coaching, she works with groups and private clients.
Buckley Griffis is a world percussionist who has been playing music and teaching drumming for over thirty years. From the Bolivian Andes and Amazon rainforest to a small fishing village in northern Quebec Canada, Buckley has worked with people from birth to ninety years old. He has a BA. in Phycology and a master degree in education. His primary intention in the drum circle is healing and self-awareness. These goals are central to all of Buckley’s programs for both children and adults.
The medicine circle is an ancient healing practice that has been a vital part of communities all over the world. In this circle we play drums and other percussion instruments with the clear intention of healing ourselves and others. The circle includes three rounds. The first round is a release of those things which no longer serve our higher self. In the second round we invite new manifestations into our life that we want to create and enjoy.
In the final round we focus the energy of the circle wherever it is needed. To a loved one or group people. Maybe to a situation in our lives or a part of the Earth that needs healing. No musical experience is needed to enjoy this medicine circle. Drums and small percussion instruments will be provided, however anyone is welcome to bring their own instruments.
A Florida native, lover of all things nature, mother of two daughters, and practicing Occupational Therapist for 25 years, Tina was first introduced to yoga about 18 years ago at a YMCA gym. She was immediately reconnected to her innate love of embodied movement, breath, and spirit, which ultimately took her down the path of becoming a certified yoga teacher through training at Kula Yoga Shala.
She considers it a great honor and privilege to join this experienced and diverse group of teachers at Kula. Tina loves to combine her experience as a therapist and training of yoga to help others gain insight into how to move both intentionally and safely through specific cues, intelligent sequencing, and eclectic inspiration. It’s important to her to provide an encouraging and supportive space for her students to explore with curiosity and integrity yoga as a healing, transformative practice, and be able to take this out of the studio and into everyday life.
Tina truly believes that the greatest gift she can offer as a yoga teacher is to empower others to know that “The best teacher is the one that resides inside yourself!”
Jassany has this quiet way of sharing this deep wisdom that springs from within her spirit. She can be described by her students and teachers as an ancient soul that has returned to share this in her classes.
She is patient. She is compassionate. She is present as a teacher tapping into what the needs of her students are.
She teaches the online yin yoga practice on Wednesday mornings, holding space for you to be on an adventure of yoga within the comforts of your own personal environment.
I started my yoga journey in 2017. I was randomly invited to a heated power yoga class. When practice was over it hit me that my mind was completely quiet during shavasana. Maybe for the first time ever. When I walked outside the sky was more blue, there trees more green, and overall the world was just more vibrant.
From their I continued regular practice, traveled to India and got to practice just outside of Rishikesh. The following year I completed yoga teacher training and have been spreading this practice everywhere I go. Yoga allows us to slow the mind, be the observer, and move from a still center, instead of letting life drag us around. Join me on the mat as we cultivate love, compassion, understanding, and most importantly self discovery.
Dara has a passion for yoga and healthy living. She has been teaching yoga, registered with Yoga Alliance (200RYT), since July 2017. She teaches a variety of styles including Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin all over south Florida. With a background and education in the fields of Social Work and Nutrition, she has a deep appreciation not only the physical benefits of yoga asana, but also the mental and spiritual healing benefits of a holistic yoga practice; and strives to incorporate all of these aspects into each class she leads. She finds so much joy, love, and light in her yoga practice, and hopes to be a part of bringing the same to others through their practice. Outside of teaching yoga, Dara is a fourth grade school teacher, nature lover, and enjoys spending her free time at the beach, on the water, doing acro-yoga, and traveling as much as possible.
Jennifer DiTerlizzi Basing
Jennifer is a 2019 graduate of Kula’s YTT 200 hour course. Jennifer found her passion for Yoga through a tumultuous time in her life, which became the practice that created her love for yoga. Yoga became a life force for her that changed her life for the better and kindled her desire to become a Yoga Teacher. She wanted to be able to share the transformative gift of Yoga to others.
“Yoga is such a powerful practice that helped me begin a deeper healing journey. Being a Yoga Teacher is inspiring my students to create an atmosphere of self-inquiry. To find those deep spaces we tuck away and hold the space for each student to look deeper within and discover that everything we need is within us. Through my Training to become a teacher, I discovered my singing voice, my personal strength and power and self-love.
I offer a space of practice and healing for every student to deep dive into their personal journey and meet each and every student where they are at. Yoga is truly the journey and discovery of self, Namaste.
Jennifer’s Yoga practice is to bring the healing activation of Yoga and the Magic of crystal Singing bowl energy through Asana practice and sacred song. You will find her singing Sanskrit Mantras in every Shavasana to bring the vibration of song to ease stress, and help achieve inner healing, connection and higher levels of consciousness.
Yoga has heightened my level of awareness to its teachings and has given me the emotional intelligence to reflect, and to be less reactive to situations that dont serve me. Yoga encourages me to take more moments of pause. Coming from a therapy background, my perception of yoga was narrowed and viewed from an anatomical and structural point lacking its purpose of connection to mind, body, and breath. Through its teachings, I’ve learned to connect all as one with discipline and practice on and off my mat. For the past 20 years, I have worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant and I am proud to have completed the YTT of 2020 from Kula.
I am humbly grateful to all of my supporters including my teachers, mentors , and family for embracing me throughout my growing process.
I strive to be diverse in my practice by implementing therapy techniques , and creative sequencing with a purposeful push, all while respectfully honoring you where you are .
I embrace the unknown and uncertainties of life with faith in my heart, and will forever remain a student.
Emily first stepped onto a yoga mat amidst a dance training program in 2007, and it became the golden thread that led her on the path ever since. Her background in dance, Alexander Technique, and fitness complement her yoga practice, which has helped her learn to truly embody herself with freedom, loving-kindness, and contagious playfulness. After graduating with a degree in Dance Performance and an exercise science minor, she added to her movement credentials with Kula’s 200-hour RYT in 2020. She teaches a creative, invigorating, heart-centered flow, and is committed to remaining a student as well as a guide in this ancient practice. Informed by her background in modern dance, performance art, shadow integration, and a deep love for mystic philosophy, you can expect an organic, whimsical class, with a healthy, down-to-earth dose of dharma.
Hi! My name is Sarah Hopkins. It is an honor to share the practice of yoga with you! I have been practicing yoga for about 5 years and it has changed my life in so many ways. Yoga has helped to overcome physical ailments, as well as connect me to the deepest part of my spirit. I am passionate about the human body and learning the connections inside that help us heal. With accountability and patience, I manage a health condition similar to arthritis. Yoga and proper nutrition have helped me to accomplish this. Yoga is so much more than a physical layer; it is a window into the soul and I am so honored to take the seat as a teacher and share the knowledge that has been passed onto me. If you come to one of my classes you can expect a gentle yoga flow with light meditation and breathwork! I can’t wait to connect with you and myself even deeper as this journey continues 💫
Jacquelyn’s interest in yoga started when she was 16 years old. She didn’t know at the time what drew her to a yoga practice besides that it helped calm her anxiety. She realized that breath and movement were powerful tools then but didn’t fully understand what was happening at a deeper level until much later. Throughout her twenties, she meandered through life’s ups and downs and found herself always coming back to her yoga practice. It wasn’t until right before she turned 30 that she wanted to dive deeper into understanding the experience she was having on the yoga mat and to really be able to learn how to take yoga off the mat. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training in 2019 at Kula Yoga Shala. Since then she has been teaching yoga and meditation in a corporate wellness setting. In addition, she has furthered her education by taking a pre-natal yoga certification course and a yin training course.
Jacquelyn has been a personal and group fitness trainer since 2012. She feels that her background and knowledge in this profession help her keep her yoga classes safe and fun. She is also the owner of Total Wellness Within, a company that specializes in offering her wide variety of services in the corporate setting.
A spiritual awakening in 2006 led Jennifer to discover yoga. Impressed by how much lighter she felt at the end of class than she had felt when she walked in, she decided to delve deeper into the study of yoga. Jennifer realized that yoga is a lifestyle that brings balance and provides many tools to help us rise above the obstacles we are faced with in everyday life. In 2013, Jennifer received her 200RYT from So-Yoga in Miami, FL. In 2016 she studied Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson-Lasater through her Relax and Renew Level I training in Lisle, IL. Jennifer's commitment to growth and healing has led her to complement her studies by participating in various workshops and trainings in other healing disciplines, including Reiki and Sound Bath Meditations, Mindfulness, and Yoga Nidra.
Oona began practicing Kundalini Yoga in 2016 and immediately noticed a power positive shift in her life. In 2017 she completed teaching training at the RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science and has since participated in half a dozen teacher trainings in Los Angeles, Mallorca, New York, and Russia. Oona brings lighthearted, accessible energy to all her classes.
Dakota has developed a deep connection with the practice of yoga over the last 8 years; experiencing the many mental, emotional, and physical benefits. Now he shares these ancient teachings of the yoga tradition with you. His classes take a grounded and heart-centered approach as you are encouraged to drop into the present moment and recognize the true essence of yoga which lies in the meaning of the word; union. Empowering a sense of union within the body and mind is fundamental to his teaching. Meditation, mindful movement, sound healing, breathwork, and philosophical concepts are often explored to give you an array of tools and practices to inspire a sense of union within the many aspects of yourself (mental, emotional, physical, intellectual). Dakota’s classes are open to all levels and ages, the only requirements are an open mind and beating heart!
I came to yoga in a slightly different way, through plant medicine and breathwork. It was after a profound experience with the plants that I was introduced to yoga. The ceremonies were deeply healing, but I knew that I needed something that I could use as a daily or weekly practice to integrate these experiences and embody them. I started practicing meditation and breathwork, it was through these practices that I could tap into this healing source whenever I needed it without the assistance of the plants.
It was 5 months after starting my own yoga practice that I came to Kula Yoga Shala for the yoga teacher training with Scott. I felt the call to dive deeper. I was very interested in the history and philosophy of yoga but the main draw was that I wanted to learn more of these ancient techniques to enter into these altered states of consciousness where I had done so much healing.
Going through that teacher training was one of the best things I have done for myself and my own growth. My passion for yoga has led me to other teacher trainings that involved Breathwork training and Nidra training. Although I do love all types of yoga Breathwork and Nidra are where I found myself being called. My intention for teaching is to hold a deeply healing and safe space, a space where a person can dive as deep as they need to heal, rest, and receive. It would be an honor for me to meet you in that space to support your process.
Celena Kriti Pirela
I learned about yoga after facing health issues in midlife. “Can we talk?” Something had to be done because I wasn’t going to continue moving into the next phase of my life without yoga. Practicing and attending yoga regularly allowed my mind, body and spirit to align. I adopted a Vegan/plant-based lifestyle and authored my first book. I fell in love with yoga, wanting to help others heal, while also finding my tribe. I attended Asheville Yoga Center in NC and graduated in January 2019. Looking back, it was one of the best decisions I made in my life
I started teaching yoga in small groups and coached private clients. The opportunity to help others embrace yoga, receive healing in unique ways, along with knowing that yoga is for every BODY, is a huge reason why I came to this planet. I embrace my Afro-Rican self, honoring both cultures in my unique teaching style. There are no substitutions for human connections made through community. Love, peace and light.
After experiencing the immense physical and emotional healing that the practice of yoga offers, Matt received his 200-hour yoga teacher certification at Kula in June of 2016 in order to share his newfound love with others.
A lifelong learner, artist, and musician - Matt’s passion for yoga, meditation, and music soon found him exploring the path of Bhakti - the devotional yogic path and practice of heart opening mantra and sacred chant. You’ll rarely find him teaching without his harmonium or a guitar in tow.
Matt's goal as a yoga teacher is to help students find their own personal practice and to encourage everyone to dive deeply into themselves through the healing application of yoga philosophy, movement, breath work, meditation, and mantra.