Scott counts his blessings as a devoted father, writer, yoga teacher and Inner Activism 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 loves pushing 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.
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.
Workshops & Trainings Coordinator
Lisa first began her yoga practice almost 20 years ago. Slowly the physicality of the practice grew within her an understanding of the emotional and mental benefits that accompanied it. Now as a teacher, Lisa hopes to show students that what you find within your mat practice, can be an extension of what you practice within your life.
The guiding principles of breath, awareness, discipline, compassion and attention to heart at the core of our yoga practice are essentially principles that help cultivate a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us.
Lisa is blessed to be a graduate of the Kula Yoga Shala Teacher Training program directed by Scott Feinberg in Jupiter, Fl where she also served as a mentor to trainees in the program once she began her teaching career. Most recently she’s entered into studies in the Himalayan Yoga tradition under the guidance of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Rolf Sovick.
With a background in massage therapy and a strong interest in alignment and accessibility, with each class she strives to create a safe environment for everyone to practice asana but also explore the deeper dimensions of the yoga tradition. She teaches vinyasa, yin and restorative classes as well as conducts teachers' trainings, workshops and specialty classes. She is beyond grateful for each and every student that allows her to be a part of their practice.
Holly has been a student of Yoga since 1999. At first she was VERY frustrated by how inflexible and weak she felt – it was incredibly humbling for her. Soon she started to feel stronger, healthier, centered, more balanced and peaceful.
Her life began to change in wonderful and unexpected ways. Holly finally saw the beauty in patience, discipline and being still inside. Somewhere along the way she found her voice and began to use it. Then things became clearer for her on many levels. Now she realizes she was waking up. She began to listen to her intuition and later trust it. Even now, she believes that every day brings a new lesson. She was asked to teach in 2001 and absolutely loves it. Holly LOVES having anything to do with people getting into Yoga and having their lives changed as a result.
She has completed many work shops and teacher trainings in conjunction with YogaWorks, Integrative Healing Strategies, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and the Institute for Advancement of Human Behavior.
Her training reaches Vinyasa, Sivananda, Vini, Bikram, Ashtanga and Pre-natal Yoga and various types of meditation and energy work. She is certified with the prestigious and international YogaWorks and is a YogaWorks Teacher Trainer Ambassador. She is also certified for Advanced Reiki. On the personal side, she grew up in Kansas and has two amazing children. Holly thinks a little sense of humor can go a LONG way. She trusts that the Universe guides us when we pay attention and stay present. Holly believes energy medicine is VERY powerful stuff. And she thinks people should use Yoga in their lives however it suits them.
Chris first began his yoga practice like the rest of us with his first breath. A number of years later Chris found his way into a hatha yoga class. Instantly noticing a difference in his state of mind after class he was drawn to start studying the philosophical and physical side to yoga.
After completing a 200 hour teacher training with Kula Yoga Shala, Chris is now an RYT certified teacher with Yoga Alliance. Chris has been hugely influenced by the principals of alignment from the Anusara tradition to open a safe space as he guides his students though a practice.
Chris adds elements of kundalini, yin, restorative and partner yoga as well as pranayama, meditation and mantra to many of his classes to create an all around balance for his students.
Chris has a big passion for teaching kids yoga, which helps him stay connected to his inner child. As a release from traditional yoga, Chris loves practicing yoga on a slack line, which incorporates much breath and body awareness alongside focus, concentration and balance.
Chris is also a ceramic artist working mostly on the potter’s wheel and has an understanding and passion for the process of building from the ground up. Wherever your practice is, Chris is interested in meeting you where you are and creatively expanding your practice.
RIP Forever In Our Hearts
Rob’s passion for Yoga became a part of his daily life after his last deployment to Afghanistan 2012-2013. After being injured in Operation Enduring Freedom, he was diagnosed with PTSD along with permanent physical injuries, which were severely debilitating. After connecting with other Veterans in the local area, Rob found Connected Warriors Yoga. The Yoga helped manage pain levels, anxiety and depression. “I really believe in the practice of Yoga which led me to become a Yoga Instructor to share the practice of Yoga”. Rob grew up in the local area and has retired from the US Navy. He is a certified Yoga instructor after taking his teacher training at Kula Shala Yoga (RYT 200hrs) and Connected Warriors Yoga teacher training to work with other disabled veterans suffering from disabilities.
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Ashley Patrice is an adventurous south Florida native whom has traveled around the world beginning 10 years ago where she found yoga in Thailand. She saw yoga as a way to practice self-care and begin a journey towards good health.
She is passionate about spreading her love for yoga and helping others in their journey. Her teaching style is refreshing and light, she incorporates precise cues and pose breakdowns to help students understand the movements of their bodies and the path to personal growth.She has a keen sense for embracing the connectedness of the body, mind, and breath.
Ashley is an entrepreneur who is passionate about her work ranging from being a realtor, a philanthropist for foster children and a certified yoga instructor.
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!
William (aka papacrock), began his path to yoga in 2012, after various body aches and pains, and an experience with cancer. Growing up in Florida, he was always active in fitness and surfing. His first real yoga classes at Kula were restorative, where he was able to tune in to his body, breath and spirit.
He now teaches a gentle and mindful yoga practice, emphasizing breath, alignment, and posture, through multiple poses to help those, with aging gracefully. William says the practice of yoga has definitely enhanced and extended the quality of his life, and his passion is to share this gift with others.
One word that comes to mind when describing Lauren is “joyful.”
She is full of passion and so extremely honored to be part of the Kula Yoga Shala community as a teacher. She looks forward to continuing her education in yoga as she learns and progresses with each class.
In December of 2014, Lauren’s dream came to life as she graduated from yoga teacher training. She is overwhelmed with joy and love for yoga and for life. She is honored to have the opportunity to share this with her students. She exudes the most joyful, nurturing energy that you will feel as her student. We are blessed to have her as a teacher in our Kula.
Originally from New York, and mom of two teenage boys. Alison, who has a Masters in Elementary Education took her love for children and teaching skills out of the traditional classroom and into the yoga studio. Starting Kidding around Yoga with Ali after becoming certified to teach babies, toddlers and children through Kidding Around Yoga in 2015,
Alison teaches all over the county in schools and yoga studios bringing yoga to our youth. Alison received her 200 hour RYT through Haute Yoga in 2016 and 85 hour RYT Prenatal Yoga in 2017 through Jaya MA. “I love children and wanted to give them the tools to live life through their heart and be able to find that sense of calm and peace inside themselves that we are always searching for as adults. Maybe just help them discover that spiritual light that we all have inside of us and don’t usually find until later in life.
Marissa first discovered yoga, more specifically Kula, after she moved to Jupiter in 2015. Throughout her adolescent life she trained as a competitive dancer and naturally fell in love with the practice of yoga as it mirrored her warm ups with the exception of one thing; the breath. The inclusion of breath would be the element that granted her the freedom to navigate deeper into her spiritual practice and acted as the catalyst for her curiosity. Having been captivated by practice she craved more and knew that the best way to understand something was to study it. She decided to embark on the OMazing journey known as yoga teacher training and graduated from Kula’s Teacher Training program in June of 2016. Marissa is also a graduate of Florida International University with her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and thoroughly enjoys blending the teachings of yoga with the studies of the mind. She looks forward to guiding you through your practice not only on your mat but off it as well.
Cynthia is a nationally certified teacher at the RYT500 level and Reiki I with specializations in Pranayama and Yoga for Mental Health. For the past fourteen years, her degrees in Criminology and Legal research have gifted her with the ability to assist victims of crime and those suffering from disabilities. However, something was always missing. Early on she noticed the help she was able to give lacked the spirit of true recovery and complete wellness. Additionally, difficulties in her own life and the work she was involved in began taking a toll on her health. In 2008, a desire to try something new and find stress management techniques led her to yoga. Continuing a healthy home practice, she began to attend workshops throughout the state. Slowly, she realized the journey she was on was not unlike the journey of those she had been seeking to assist through the legal system. The missing link was Yoga! This inspired her to further her practice personally and professionally.
As a graduate of Kula’s 200 hour teacher training program and AUM hOMe Shala’s 500 hour training program, she is honored to give all that she has learned back to our community. Cynthia continues delving into the study and accessibility of yoga and is in her last year and clinical portion of an IAYT accredited Yoga Therapy training. Her deep love of asana, pranayama, and meditation,combined with a belief in the healing accessible through yoga, leads her to share yoga as an offering of wellness to you.
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.
Christina is a passionate practitioner of all things health and wellness. Her yoga journey began as a means to heal while dealing with grief. What started as a physical practice grew into a much deeper practice of self discovery, mindfulness and introspection all of which now serve as a daily foundation of her balanced and fulfilling life. Practicing Yoga is an essential part who she is, bringing her balance, peace, strength and a wonderful sense of community all of which she wishes to share with others through teaching. Christina received her 200hr RYT at Kula Yoga Shala and is also a registered Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Her intention is to connect the two worlds of yoga and nutrition together creating a mind/body connection to allow students and fellow practitioners alike to optimize their wellness experiences and live happier, healthier lives. Nothing fills her heart up more than being able to share her love of this practice with others.
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.
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.
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.
Danice De La Cruz
The universe has blessed me with a scared space to call home in Kula as a forever student of yoga.
I feel it is my duty as a human spirit to bring the gift of yoga to others just as it has been gifted to me. Yoga encompasses all that I have ever loved, everything that I have been interested in, and everything that calls out to me from the universe. The messy/beautiful uncomfortable inquiry into self, history, knowledge, devotion, meaning, connection and the everchanging mystery of the miracle that is the human body.
Yoga is sacred to me and I practice it (and seek to teach it) as such.
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.