|Barbara Adams, Owner
Anusara Certified Teacher
|Barbara, ERYT-500, has been the owner of Yoga Village Fountain Hills since 2003 and Yoga
Village Scottsdale since 2006. She has studied and practiced several
styles of yoga, but has enthusiastically embraced Anusara Yoga since
2003 and is Anusara certified. Barbara loves ALL that yoga offers and
has especially focused on alignment and therapeutic approaches in her
studies. She is deeply appreciative to her fellow teachers for daily
inspiration. Barbara has a MS in Counseling and Human Development and
worked in behavioral health for 15 years - she is delighted to see how
yoga can bring contentment to so many hearts and how the yoga philosophy
weaves seamlessly with her Counseling studies.
Barbara's husband, Wiley, and two grown children, Frank and
Mae, have been a constant source of support and offer sure and steady
help in running the studios and keeping it all fun. Barbara offers her
wisdom in a heartfelt way through her teaching.
Anusara Certified Teacher
|Paulette is a yoga and meditation teacher, a writer and an integrative professional coach. She is also a Reiki Master in the Usui method and is certified in the systems of Anusara Yoga and Integrative Yoga Therapy with a 500 hour RYT Certificate. She has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 15 years. Paulette has studied with meditation masters and Tantric scholars for over 20 years and she has a degree in Transpersonal Psychology. She continues to study and learn, which is what makes her such a great teacher and coach. Paulette is the founder of The Worth System – a program that helps women improve the quality of their lives. She wants every woman to wake up to her worth. Paulette leads immersions, teacher-trainings, retreats, tele-seminars, plus one-on-on coaching. You can visit her and download 4 guided meditations: www.paulettebodeman.com or at facebook.
Anusara Certified Teacher
|Angie Santucci began her yoga studies in 1995 at Arizona Art and Yoga with her most influential teacher, Desiree Rumbaugh, and has been teaching ever since. She furthered her studies with various styles of yoga in New York and Los Angeles, and is certified with Yoga Alliance RYT500 as well as Anusara. She teaches biomechanical alignment for therapeutic physical health and includes music and flow to achieve meditation and mindfulness with movement in hopes to create a space for clarity of heart and mind. Through the years of many yoga teaching experiences, working with athletes, seniors, and medical professionals, she understands the deep healing that occurs with a consistent yoga practice, so she strives to deliver classes that are safe and effective as well as fun and challenging.
In her life outside of yoga, she markets and manages her loving husband’s orthodontic practice, and is on the tail end of raising four amazing boys.
| Katrina Abrams
|A devoted student of Anusara yoga, Katrina
finds joy in her practice. Deeply grateful to all of her teachers, her
experience has been one of transformation that integrates body, mind and
soul. The study of Tantric philosophy has infused her spirituality with
a new vibrancy and the physical practice has helped facilitate and
maintain a 50 pound weight-loss. After completing the Anusara Immersions
and Teacher Training at Yoga Village, she began teaching in 2007.
Katrina believes there is a yoga practice available to every single
body, regardless of age or body type. Her invitation to yoga is
come-as-you-are. With her encouraging and empowering teaching style, she
endeavors to make every class a playful opportunity to explore and
| After many years of running marathons and competing in triathlons, Leslie
has taken a gentler approach to fitness. When a back injury forced her
to stop running, she opted out of surgery and instead expanded her yoga
practice; the results were so significant that she was inspired to
“spread the word” and become a teacher, training with Martin and Jordan
Kirk right here at Yoga Village. She has been teaching in the North
Valley since 2005, and received her 500 hour certification in June of
2013 under the guidance of Meg Byerlein. Leslie's
teaching reflects her Anusara training, with an emphasis on good
alignment, moving the breath, opening the heart, and also great humor.
She enjoys teaching all levels but especially likes teaching restorative
yoga and putting a different spin on it. Leslie is happy to have done a
360 and circled back to Yoga Village - “It is truly and honor and
privilege to be a part of the Yoga Village Kula.”
|As a former gymnast from Prague, Sarka's
natural path has always been exploring how the physical body alignment
and the mind work inseparably. She considers it a blessing that she
discovered Yoga a long time ago, and
is very pleased to observe how Yoga teachings have attained such a
well-deserved popularity. From her extensive studies of all aspects of
Yoga, Sarka learned about the broad complexity this way of life has to
offer. After 5 semesters of intense training, she
received her 200 hours certification in Yoga from Scottsdale Community
College, and has continued to study with Carlyn Sikes to obtain her 500
hours certification in Yoga instruction, as well as an Occupational
Certification in Yoga Therapy. She is excited to know and share how we
can use our own bodies to heal ourselves.
Anusara Inspired Teacher
|Mae began her yoga journey when she was 13. After many years of practice, she decided in 2008 to pursue teaching and has been in love with it since. Trained in the Anusara method she imbues her classes with thoughtful alignment, spontaneous humor, and heart. Mae is especially fond of deep back bends, but enjoys the well-roundedness of the practice. In addition to practicing Anusara Yoga, Mae is huge fan of Acro Yoga, which is a combo of traditional yoga, acrobatics, and Thai yoga massage. She has much gratitude for the teachers that have guided her along the path: Barbara Adams (mom and yoga teacher extraordinaire), Paulette Bodeman, Angie Santucci, John Friend, Noah Maze, Desiree Rumbaugh, and her many incredible Acro friends.
| Veda Spidle
was born in Lithuania and immigrated to the United States, at a young
age, with her family. Throughout her life she has been surrounded by
yoga, meditation, Reiki, and books. For three and a half years she lived
abroad in South Korea teaching English. This experience provided her
with the foundation for connecting to students, making learning fun, and
expanding her perspective for life. She also met her husband there,
with whom she moved to Arizona. Wonderful opportunities presented
themselves to her after the move, one being Yoga Teacher Training which
was a dream of hers to complete. She is now a 200 hour certified yoga
instructor. She teaches yoga to people of all ages and abilities
including rock climbers, seniors, and children. She is always reading
and studying to expand her knowledge in the ancient art of yoga, and
hopes to share her love for life, health, and harmony with others.
grew up taking ballet, and always had a passion for dance and movement.
But during college, workouts started consisting simply of running or
lifting weights, and became boring and unfulfilling. Discovering yoga
changed her life, as it sparked that passion for movement but also gave
her so much more in the process.
After taking yoga classes for many years, in 2010 she got
certified to teach by the Southwest Institute of Health and Healing Arts
(SWIHA), and has been teaching around the Valley since. She returned to SWIHA to receive certification in Yoga Nidra with Kamini
Desai, which she is proud to facilitate and share, knowing the
tremendous impact meditation has on our bodies and souls. Julie's
classes are centered around enjoying and having fun with the practice of
yoga - finding peace and joy even in the midst of challenge.
| John Bucur
is a 200 hours teacher, trained in the Anusara perspective. A graduate
of Yoga Village, he had most of his studies with Barbara Adams and
Paulette Bodeman, and has also trained with Jordan and Martin Kirk as
well as Denise Hatch at Yoga Sports Performance. John found his love for
YOGA unexpectedly, at his GYM where he still practices and teaches. He
describes his philosophy of yoga as "Simply Yoga Sport." His emphasis is
always on good Alignment, Strength, Flexibility, and Balance, but you
will be in for a very energetic flow practice, with sprinkles of party
poses and arm balancing throughout. John's classes are
must-try-and-see-for-yourself, mixed level, high energy, with lots of
beginner and advanced variations. His confidence level and strength are
contagious and will inspire you to try the unexpected - and most likely
succeed. John's secular job is in construction and remodeling when he is
not practicing or teaching yoga.
came to yoga in 2001 in order to find strength and flexibility. She
immediately noticed benefits beyond the physical, and began her search
for deeper meaning. Her yogic influences include Sharon Gannon and David
Life, founders of Jivamukti Yoga. An ethical vegan, Jennifer's personal
practice is focused on Ahimsa (non-harming) and Bhakti (devotion).
Trained at the 500-hour level (Yoga Pura, Phoenix, AZ),
Jennifer has been teaching since 2007. Her challenging classes include
philosophy, music, and a sense of humor that will leave you feeling
relaxed and inspired.
embraces the asana as a beautiful physical representation of how
different we show up everyday, and it is an honor for her to welcome
this awareness in her students. This young yogini
completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at The Spirit of Yoga
under the guidance of Laura McKenzie, and is now continuing on with
advanced studies under Izzi Sunnes
and Mary Bruce. You will hear her rejoicing with a “HALLELUYAH!”
bringing a lighthearted, fun loving feel to her practice with chanting,
dancing, and a few jokes to encourage her students to “lighten up.” She
began practicing 3 years ago, when she came across an Energy Flow DVD,
and her eyes have stayed open ever since. She recognizes that her mat is
the window into her world, and enjoys growing both physically and
mentally stronger. You can find Ashley teaching yoga in the park every
Saturday morning, with DiRTYOGA,
the all-donation-based yoga movement she co-founded in 2012. “It’s all
yoga!” she says when referencing the union between all things, seen and
fell in love with the practice of yoga at age 43. Her fist influential
teachers were Jordan and Martin Kirk with whom she studied for her 200
hour certification credentials. Lisa began teaching around the Valley in
2003 and has been a devoted student at Yoga Village since the cork
floor was laid and she helped to paint the walls. Anusara Yoga makes her
feel most "at home," and she credits the very talented Anusara teachers
who have shown her how to expand her heart, mind and body. She enjoys
taking a great flow class and loves to teach beginning students. Lisa
also holds a master level certification in Holy Yoga (M-HYI)
and offers classes using Biblical themes to local area churches. Lisa
is married and the proud mother of two great children. Her greatest
passion is inspiring people to reach their potential in mind, body and
| Valere Schlesinger
|Valere has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. She did her teacher training with Dave Oliver in Ashtanga. Valere
uses yoga as a way to energize and transform the body while calming the
mind, and she wants to share that experience with her students.
Her classes focus on opening your heart while linking the breath to the
postures with an emphasis on alignment, and provide a deeper sense of
self-awareness. She is inspired by her teachers, friends and family, but
mostly by her two children who help her to stay focused on what's
important and on being present.
|The inspiring Rasoul
brings a beautiful blend of experience to Yoga Village. He has over 20
years of experience as a martial artist and teaches Tai Chi and Chi Qung.
He is a registered yoga teacher and graduate of the Southwest Institute
of Healing Arts. Rasoul is also a graduate of the Scottsdale Community
College, where he received certification as a 500 hour Registered Yoga
Teacher (RYT), with a focus on yoga therapy and alignment. He is the
creator of Chi Yoga Do Witch, where he creatively blends yoga, Tai Chi
and Chi Qung into one fluid, yet meditative class. Rasoul has a weekly yoga program featured on online at www.timebroadcasting.com. To learn more about Rasoul, please visit www.chiyogado.com.
| Inspired by the teachings of John Kabbat Zinn, Dr. Joe Dispenza, and Austin Vickers, Jane came to yoga to find renewed balance and discovered so much more.
Learning to embrace the beauty of an open heart, the love of
community, the power of breath and the joy of being, have inspired Jane
to share the gift of yoga with others. An avid mind/body pupil and
researcher in human capacities, her lifetime passion is to encourage the
inherent possibilities that lie within each person.
|Elena took her first yoga class in 2004 and quickly fell in love with
it. As a dancer in high school and in college, yoga felt natural to her,
and she found herself very drawn to the practice. She started
practicing yoga at Yoga Village in 2009 and gained a great appreciation
for Anusara. Elena completed her 200 hour teacher training with Barbara
and Paulette. She is also certified to teach kids yoga, and is currently
teaching yoga to the kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Fountain Hills
several days a week.
| Lisa's yoga journey began as a newlywed and new transplant from New Zealand to the U.S. in the late '90s. Diagnosed with Crohn's disease as a teenager, she was drawn to yoga as a way to find healing, balance, ease, and to cultivate a keener mind-body connection. Lisa began teaching in 2003 after completing a 200-hour hatha yoga training at White Lotus in Santa Barbara. She has practiced various styles of yoga through the years, but after moving to Scottsdale, Lisa finally found her yoga 'home' in the vibrant Anusara yoga community here in the Valley. She adores Anusara's intelligent attention to alignment and the tantric philosophy which dives deeply into the heart of yoga - and life. Lisa completed another 200-hour yoga teacher training with Martin and Jordan Kirk in early 2011 and is grateful for all the fabulous teachers she has been fortunate to study with. Lisa is married with two young children, a cat and a dog, who remind her every day that yoga is not something only practiced on the mat.
|Dana is a local yogini
with a degree in film and a passion for cooking. Yoga began as just
another interest, but soon she was addicted, going to classes daily and
establishing a home practice in between, and trying out many different
styles. On a whim, she signed up for teacher training at Urban Yoga, led
by Dave and Cheryl Oliver. Truly life changing, she learned the
traditional Ashtanga practice, philosophy, and chants that transformed
her practice. Her classes blend traditional movements with creative, fun
sequences that will both challenge and inspire her students. She
believes in hands-on teaching, offering plenty of modifications and
adjustments, helping students along the way. She wishes for her students
to take what they learn on the mat and carry it with them into their