Alanna Kaivalya: New York City
Alanna Kaivalya, founder of The Kaivalya Yoga Method, is an artistic, and inspiring teacher of yoga. Born with a hearing impairment, Alanna learned through vibration at a young age and was then naturally drawn to the cosmic practice of yoga. Listed as Yoga Journals top 21 Yoga Teachers Under 40 (March, 2008), Alanna leads retreats and teacher trainings all over the globe along with weekly classes in New York City. She is known for her spot on adjustments, live music and deep philosophical teachings in her classes. In addition to making her classes available through live podcasts, she has produced her own album (Shine) and written the book Myths of the Asanas (Mandala Press) which is becoming a go to for yoga teachers and students alike. If you enjoy the deep practice of yoga and direct experience with the heart, Alanna's classes will uplift your spirit. To learn more about Alanna, please visit her website at www.alannak.com.
thoughts on tanya-b:
"I love my tanya-b pants. They are absolutely my go-to pant every time I'm about to walk into the studio. They look great, they feel great, and I can't kill them. They look the same as the day I first put them on, and oh, did I mention, they make my ass look fabulous? Tanya has thought of the modern active yogini in her design, giving them a super hip flare leg (if you're not rocking the legging) and just enough rise to not look like your mother's yoga pants, but to avoid that annoying phenomenon of showing everyone your Hanky Pankys. The material is durable, breathable and comfortable. They're simply what I always reach for - I call them my "default" pant. It's rare you'll catch me teaching without them."
Deborah Williamson: Wisconsin
Internationally known Deborah Williamson (ERYT-500) is a Master Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, Yoga Life Coach™, and founder/owner of Midwest Power Yoga. Deborah's experience includes multiple certifications in yoga (from Kriya and Iyengar to Ashtanga and Power Yoga), as well as extensive experience in personal training and wellness coaching. She regularly leads retreats, teacher trainings, and workshops around the globe in locations such as Bali, Mexico, India, Australia, Costa Rica, Italy and presents regularly for Yoga Journal Conferences. Best-loved for her style, humor, & deep humanity, Debbie’s classes are challenging, heart-pumping, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Debbie has served people living in impoverished areas of Africa and low-income families living in North America as well as coached & mentored famous athletes in multiple sports with a mission to support others in being the best they can be.
More information on Deborah is available at www.deborahwilliamson.com.
thoughts on tanya-b:
"I've never looked better than when in my tanya-b gear. It's comfortable, durable and flattering for every shape. I love the long pant & tissue tee - my favorite combo for teaching or when out and about! I thought for years that I was a "blacks only" gal, but tanya-b clothing is so gorgeous & slimming that I'm slipping into bright & vibrant colors every day! I LOVE these clothes and recommend them to friends all around the world…mainly because they keep asking, "where did you GET that?" Absolutely fabulous! Thanks, tanya-b!"
Tannis Kobrinsky: Los Angeles CA
Tannis began ballet studies at the tender age of four. By 16 she was dancing professionally and teaching ballet and jazz. She’s taught movement and fitness in Los Angeles for over 30 years. A certified BASI Pilates instructor, she studied directly with Pilates Master Rael Isacowitz, and has taught Pilates for 11 years. She is also a GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® instructor, certified by Juliu Horvath. Her classes blend together healing energetics, dance stretch, core strengthening moves and yoga breathing. Her students range from novices to dancers and athletes. Find Tannis teaching in Los Angeles at ATP Specific Training, two YMCAS, Silver Lake Yoga, Brazilian Yoga and Pilates, and USC. New this year she’s returned to her dancer roots. Come “Dance Around the World with Tannis” at HM157, and learn a new dance from a different country and era each class.
Through her company Health Habitravels Tannis leads international mind-body-spirit holidays. Accompanied by her students, she’s zip-lined in Costa Rica, truffle hunted in Italy, swam with aquatic penguins in Galapagos, and participated in sacred rituals in the Andes. She’s been a visiting presenter in Mexico at Rancho La Puerta and Sagrada Wellness Retreat; at The Poppy Farmhouse in Italy; and in Costa Rica at Pura Vida Spa and Samasti. In 2011 travel with Tannis: May 1-7 at Sol Yoga Retreats in Costa Rica, August 28 – September 5th she returns to The Poppy Farmhouse, and October 27 – November 11th journey with her through Bhutan. Tannis is also a produced screenwriter and her articles on travel and mind/body practices have been published online and in national magazines. A lover of life and people, Tannis brings a joy of reciprocal learning to everything she does, and seasons it with a touch of humor and heart. To contact Tannis, learn more about upcoming trips, or order the “WELL worked out” DVD visit www.healthabitravels.com.
thoughts on tanya-b:
Canadian born mind-body-movement expert Tannis, who is the star/creator/producer of the well received Pilates fusion DVD “WELL worked out with Tannis” loves the look and feel of tanya-b.
Kellie Lin Knott: Wisconsin
In 20 years of performance & songwriting, award-winning singer-songwriter & yoga teacher Kellie Lin Knott has released 5 CDs and performed her original songs in festivals, house concerts, colleges, yoga studios & listening rooms nationwide. Songs from her most recent solo CD, Comfortable, (folk-rock) won multiple awards and media mentions. Knott is also a certified vinyasa yoga teacher, and performs live original music for yoga classes and does workshops on songwriting, yoga & creativity. Her newest CD in progress is a collection of light-hearted and fun pop songs that speak to her experiences on the yoga mat and off. Knott believes the yoga mat represents real life. Her yoga songs are universal, fresh & fun. Kellie Lin believes that teaching yoga and writing and singing original songs both come from the same place - the place where possibility exists and thrives and transformation is available to all. She often collaborates with yoga teacher and Yoga Life Coach™, Deborah Williamson on special events around the world. More information on Kellie is available at www.kellielinknott.com or www.theyogasinger.com.
Heather Lilleston: New York City
originally from northern california, heather has been living and teaching jivamukti yoga in new york city since 2003. she completed the jivamukti teacher training with sharon gannon and david life while finishing her bachelors at new york university. she then completed her 800-hour advanced certification in 2008. she has continued her training, exploring a more iyengar based approach with rodney yee and colleen saidman yee at the yoga shanti 300-hour teacher training in 2010, which she now assists as a mentor. she has trained numerous new teachers at pure yoga in her personally designed mentorship program and has been a guest teacher at the shala teacher training program in new york city.
her classes integrate creative vinyasa sequences with meditation, chanting, good music and spiritual philosophy. weaving scripture from both the yoga and tibetan buddhist traditions into the asana practice, her goal is to create a space for practitioners to realign themselves with conscious intention: the determining factor for all present and future happiness. she is known for her sweetness, passion and authenticity. heather has studied with a myriad of teachers: sharon gannon, david life, his holiness the dalai lama, gurumayi, geshe michael roach, lama christie mcnally, rodney yee and colleen saidman.
thoughts on tanya-b:
"Why do I love tanya b? First of all, the best leggings ever! I love tanya b because she is not afraid to use bright stimulating colors and great fabric that allows you to breathe but also makes you feel held and supported. These are clothes designed by people who actually practice yoga, understand a womans body and know how to make bright orange look good on anyone!"
Jennifer Pastiloff: Los Angeles CA
"You can't take yourself too seriously." That is what Jennifer Pastiloff, a
yoga teacher based in Santa Monica, Ca. tells her students. In fact,
her rule of "if you fall, you MUST laugh" is strongly enforced. Having a
sense of humor is key in her teachings as well as finding your own
inner joy. She is the creator of "Manifestation Yoga": causing
Breakthroughs in Your Life Through Your Yoga, and travels the country
leading "What are you Manifesting in Your Life?" workshops with wine
tastings after. She also leads retreats to the Ojai valley twice a year
and to Italy. Jen has studied extensively (and probably will be for the rest of her
life) with the amazing Annie Carpenter, who is now at Exhale in Venice,
Ca. Jen is also a writer, a poet, and a featured columnist for 'Elephant
Journal' and 'LA Yoga".
The most important misson in Jennifer's life right now is G.A.M.E. or Gifts And Miracles Everyday: Free Yoga for Kids with Special Needs. She created this organization after she learned her nephew had a rare genetic disorder called Prader Willi Syndrome.
“Jennifer is an awesome creature. I was like four planks of wood nailed together haphazardly before I started with her and she has somehow fashioned rubber from wood. Well, I can touch my toes now anyway. As patient and delightful a teacher and person you could hope for. She’s deaf as a post though so be prepared for some confusing discussions whilst in down dog. If she can fix me, she can fix anyone.” – Gary Lightbody, lead singer, Snow Patrol
She is nearly deaf and wears a hearing aid in both ears! You can find her at Equinox, Sports Club LA, Liberation Yoga, Yogaco and Fred Segal Yoga as well as private instruction. And on the east coast at Dhyana Yoga in Philadelphia and NJ and Equinox in NYC.
To learn more about Jen, private sessions, group schedule, G.A.M.E. Yoga, retreats or writings visit www.jenniferpastiloff.com.
thoughts on tanya-b:
"I have a body. I have a booty and a bosom. (Bosom is so old fashioned but it seemed to fit here. I am a poet, after all). Tanya's clothes flatter my body in a way that none other do.. I am convinced that she made them just for me. Although I doubt that because when I see someone else in her gear they also look amazing. I get stopped constantly when I wear her stuff. And do I wear it! I wear it to teach, to practice and to go out at night! What's great is I literally LIVE in yoga clothes because I work so much, so to find clothes that suit me in all areas of my life is priceless. Her colors are so brave and so unique and conversely, when I wear her stuff I actually feel that way. My teaching is all about self-expression and joy and in Tanya-B I have found just that."
Twee Merrigan: New York City
Twee is a globally recognized senior trainer of Prana Flow® yoga whose vinyasa flow classes are inspired by a recently ended three-year nomadic teaching tour (landing her in a different country every 2 weeks) inspiring, empowering, and pollinating change; her teacher, Shiva Rea (founder of Prana Flow®); Tantra; Ayurveda; 10 years of corporate sales experience; surfing; inherent truth; and yoga activism. She resides in New York City and offers teacher training retreats in Bali.
thoughts on tanya-b:
"when i walk into the room wearing tanya-b's tie-dye halter tops i know it's not just my teachings that the students are clapping about!...it's definitely the hot top and the way i walk into the room feeling like a goddess (that i am.... and that we all are) when wearing these gorgeous tops! get one or a few and adorn your body temple with tanya-b!"
Claudia Whitney: Hong Kong
Claudia began practising yoga in New York City where she worked as a make-up artist and hair stylist. She was hooked after her first class and had no reservations about changing her career path. After her first teacher training, Claudia taught in New York for a year, and has since spent the last 6 years travelling and teaching throughout Asia. She has studied various types of yoga styles and has completed teacher trainings with Bikram Choudhury (Hot yoga), Michael Gannon (Ashtanga yoga), David Swenson (Ashtanga yoga), Ana Forrest (Forrest yoga), and Sarah Avant Stover (pre-natal yoga). She is very passionate about Anusara yoga and is grateful to her teacher and biggest influence Patrick Creelman here in Hong Kong.
thoughts on tanya-b:
"I LOVE the fuchsia leggings, the long pant with the flare leg cut, and can’t live without the sports bra. It’s my little bit of sunshine on a cloudy day. More than the clothes I have to say the two fabulous women behind tanya-b rock my world. They sponsored me in 2010 when I raised money for Off the Mat, Into the World and have continued to show their support by donating loads of tanya-b Tissue Tee’s for the kids in South Africa that I’ll be visiting in February 2011- tanya-b is seriously more than just a pretty face and a hot pair of pants. They create amazing clothes that work on and off the mat and they give back over and over again. Thank you Tanya and Karin."