2021 TENTATIVE  Presenters

MC YOGI

MC YOGI

Yoga. Music. Art. From living in a group home to becoming known as yoga’s modern day ambassador to the West, hiphop artist, MC YOGI is on a mission to introduce yoga to large, mainstream audiences. His latest album, RITUAL MYSTICAL, made history by going #1 on the Electronic charts. His first book “Spiritual Graffiti” will be released through HarperOne in May. MC YOGI & his wife were honored by Michelle Obama's “Lets Move” initiative & have taught 3 times at the White House since 2011.

Seane Corn

Seane Corn

an internationally acclaimed yoga teacher and public speaker known for her social activism, impassioned style of teaching, and raw, honest and inspired self-expression. Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat, Into the World®. Seane also co-founded the Global Seva Challenge, which has raised over $3.5 million. Her first book Revolution of the Soul was published in Fall 2019.

Chelsea Jackson Roberts

Chelsea Jackson Roberts

Community Cultivator Celebrated instructor, educator, & passionate change agent skilled in the art of cultivating community through yoga. With 10+ years of teaching, she makes yoga truly accessible to a wide range of practitioners. Her energetic sequences, dope beats & signature smile have gained the attention of pop artist Janelle Monáe & she has graced the cover of Yoga Journal. Her Ph.D. in Ed. Studies has served as the foundation for her community program for teen girls at Spelman.

Janet Stone

Janet Stone

Embrace. Nurture. Inspire. Transform. As a global yoga warrior and servant to the breath, Janet is a student of this heart journey. She is based in San Francisco and lends a wealth of knowledge and yoga experience to create a unique, vigorous approach to vinyasa yoga.

Tracee Stanley

Tracee Stanley

Para Yoga A Teacher for over 20 years, Tracee is known for her inspiring & empowering teachings that guide students to their best life. She is known for sharing the yoga nidra, meditation, self-empowerment, sankalpa (intention) & self-inquiry. It is her passion to create sacred containers for transformation, self-remembrance & activation of inner radiance. She created Empowered Life Self-Inquiry Oracle, founded Sankalpa Shakti Yoga School and Co-Founded Empowered Wisdom Yoga Nidra School.

Chelsey Korus

Chelsey Korus

AWAKE Yoga Chelsey Korus is quickly becoming one of yoga’s foremost teachers & philosophers. She’s been featured in PopSugar, Yoga Journal, Women’s Fitness, Fitness Magazine, Shape, and is one of the top teachers on Yogaglo. Along with an exceptional depth of practice, Chelsey is a triple major with degrees in Dance, Theater, and Vocal Performance. A decade of learning & teaching around the world has led her to design, AWAKE - a “total package lifestyle” around Soul, Spirit & Environment.

Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

International yoga and meditation instructor, wellness philanthropist, movement motivator, healing guide, music head, and Spiritually Fly theorist.

DJ Drez & Marti Nikko

DJ Drez & Marti Nikko

Peacefully determined. Lover. Sound Ambassador. Hip hopper. Mind astronaut. Grateful. Beat maker. Student always. Sometimes teacher. Disciplined. Turntablist. From LA, Earth. Haiku D'Etat. Abstract Tribe Unique. Dreaming In Sanskrit. World Traveler. Dancer. Passionate. Compassionate. Yogi. Vishnu. Rasta. Friend. Father. Husband. Wildly calm. Love, respect and get off on what I do.

Nicole Cardoza

Nicole Cardoza

Entreprenuer. Investor. Leader. Teacher.

Tejal Patel & Jesal Parikh

Tejal Patel & Jesal Parikh

Yoga is Dead began as a revolutionary podcast with a refreshing critique of the yoga industry offered by Indian-American hosts Tejal & Jesal. They explore power, privilege, fair pay, harassment, race, cultural appropriation and capitalism in the yoga and wellness worlds. In addition to the podcast, they offer interactive workshops and teach teachers to continue the important discussions driven by the podcast. Join Tejal & Jesal as they expose all the monsters lurking under the yoga mat.

Amanda Giacomini

Amanda Giacomini

10,000 Buddhas Dedicated to uplifting people & creating beauty through yoga & art. From teaching yoga at the White House to presenting at some of the biggest yoga festivals, Amanda infuses the ancient teachings with creativity & joy. In 2001, she & her husband MC YOGI founded Yoga Toes Studio in Point Reyes, CA. She has been featured in Yoga International, Origins, Marin Magazine, & on the cover of Yoga Journal. She is now working on a project to paint 10,000 Buddhas.

Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson

Vinyasa Flow 500 RYT, Michelle desires to create space for others to understand, feel, know, & embody that we are enough as we are. In a world where we are told we are broken, damaged, & no good, where oppression causes some of us to be unseen - Her goal is to empower people to connect to their true self. Michelle's training, Skill in Action focuses on the intersection of yoga & social justice. She is also an ambassador for the Africa Yoga Project & a licensed clinical social worker.

Taylor Harkness

Taylor Harkness

On the mat, Taylor's teachings are upbeat, light, and playful. He encourages healthy, skillful movement. Off the mat, Taylor ~ a paramedic, anatomy teacher, and current emergency psychiatric nursing student— uses yoga with both his students and patients to illustrate new ways of thinking about their bodies and their lives. His passion for the way the human body works is contagious and his long-term goal is to move people toward a healthier life. Catch one of his upbeat classes on Gaia.com.

Octavia Raheem

Octavia Raheem

Restorative, Yin & Power For Octavia Raheem yoga is about honest connection. She’s been practicing 16 and teaching 12 years and feels like she is just getting started. Octavia co-owns Sacred Chill {West} and is the creator of Starshine & Clay Yoga Retreat for Women of Color. Her very real and everyday life as a partner and mama gives her a deep appreciation for the ongoing process of human development as well as provide her with tremendous raw material to study, teach & guide others.

Sean Johnson

Sean Johnson

& The Wild Lotus Band Bhakti On The Mat New Orleans-Asheville trio Sean Johnson & Wild Lotus Band (Alvin Young + Gwendolyn Colman) are celebrated as one of the guiding voices of bhakti yoga in America, sharing concerts and workshops year-round. This weekend they'll be offering inspiring events featuring storytelling, kirtan, live music and soulful vinyasa yoga guided by Sean.

DJ Sol Rising

DJ Sol Rising

Chill Electronic, Yoga Sol Rising’s original soundscapes evoke feelings of inspiration and bliss through an eclectic mix of electronic music, mid-tempo, downtempo, chill-trap, ambient and lo-fi. Now a successful Producer with 13 albums released, Sol Rising has licensed music for brands such as Apple, Clarks Shoes, Hotels.com, Snapchat and US Polo as well as a placement in Academy Award winning director Paolo Sorrentino’s latest film “Loro.”

Tymi Howard

Tymi Howard

Vinyasa 500 E-RYT, International Yoga Teacher, Certified Holistic Health Coach & Owner of Guruv Yoga Studios in Central Florida. Pioneering the Vinyasa Yoga movement in Central Florida. Tymi is known in the yoga community as a “Teacher of Teachers” and a skillful graceful practitioner. Students fall in love with her dynamic, playful style of teaching, artistic sequencing and music! Self proclaimed travel junky, blogger and animal rights advocate, she is a lover of God, Life and Yoga.

Carrington Jackson

Carrington Jackson

Over the past 15 years, Carrington has created a teaching practice built on a canvas of movement, meditation, magic, prayer, service and social responsibility. Her passion is helping students unify the pieces of self into the more powerful whole. Based out of Raleigh, NC she teaches internationally and is the Yoga In Action Coordinator for Off The Mat Into the World, regional leader for CTZNWELL, and a lululemon legacy ambassador.

Sierra Hollister

Sierra Hollister

Kundalini Sierra has been sharing yoga for 25 years. She is on the teaching staff of Warren Wilson College and Asheville Yoga Center. Sierra wholeheartedly believes the objective of yoga is the alchemy of love, compassion & kindness off the mat. Sierra founded Light a Path, a nonprofit that brings somatic practices to the incarcerated, youth at risk and the unhoused with the mission “connection creates resilience.” She is also a featured teacher on Yoga International.

Druminyasa

Druminyasa

Feel the vibrations of the drums as you connect breath, heartbeat, mind & body to your practice. As featured by The Washington Times, CBS, and Washington’s WTOP news, Brad Ellsworth of Druminyasa® has been playing drums and percussion for over 25 years. Brad is a yoga teacher and founded Druminyasa by connecting his love for rhythm, drums and movement. www.druminyasa.net

Cat Matlock

Cat Matlock

Therapeutic Yoga Founder of FreeBody Therapeutic Massage Clinic and West Asheville Yoga, Cat is a chronic pain specialist known for her deep knowledge of anatomy. She blends the use of therapeutic rolling with strengthening and opening yoga, breathing practices to soften the nervous system, and guided meditations for restoring balance and harmony at all levels of being.

Jean Jacques Gabriel

Jean Jacques Gabriel

Thai Yoga Massage Jean-Jacques Gabriel is a Haitian born artist and yoga teacher. He’s been practicing yoga since 2001, teaching yoga since 2006, and teaching AcroYoga since 2008. He has taught in public schools, prisons, nonprofits, businesses, and yoga studios. He loves sharing practices that foster power, presence and pliability.

Joe Taft

Joe Taft

Alignment & Flow Joe (E-RYT500) has a deep passion for teaching and love of people. He has been dedicated to the path of teaching yoga for nearly two decades and is a full-time teacher at the Asheville Yoga Center. His playful and uplifting classes are a synthesis of alignment and flow and incorporate a powerful and overarching theme to a funky, upbeat playlist. Joe's yoga videos are featured on Yoga International and the School of Wholeness and Enlightenment (SoWE).

Lisa Zahiya

Lisa Zahiya

Movement & Dance Lisa Zahiya travels nationally and internationally as a life coach, event facilitator, coach, and speaker. Lisa is based in Asheville, NC where she is the founder & owner of Studio Zahiya, four time winner of "Best Place to Take a Dance Class" in Asheville, NC. She also owns Zahiya Bellydance, a comprehensive Bellydance program, Asheville Bachelorette Parties, and BE HER, a coaching program for entrepreneurs.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Clearlight Yoga Ösel (Michael Johnson) composes music for maintaining steady ujjāyī breathing during yoga. Each one of Ösel's 12 albums are over an hour long and carefully timed for a yoga session that increases polyvagal tone and resilience. clearlightyoga.com.

Jocelyn Gordon

Jocelyn Gordon

Hoop Yogini Jocelyn is a mother, lover, yogini, dancer, world traveler, coach and birth keeper (doula) having most recently returned to living in the US after 4.5 years living in Bali.

Anna Levesque

Anna Levesque

Coaching for a vibrant, adventurous life through Ayurveda, yoga, whitewater kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and travel.

Rob Lenfestey

Rob Lenfestey

YogaSlacker & AcroYoga Rob Lenfestey is an educator and innovator in the world of radical, creative, superhuman self-empowerment through his practice of Creative Convergence. Rob’s passion is to give the gifts of knowledge, empowerment and health to all.

Tara Eschenroeder

Tara Eschenroeder

Great Abiding Yoga When you practice with Tara, you get more than a teacher on the mat; you gain guidance for your daily life. Inside the studio, no two classes or workshops are ever the same. Students are not told what to do, they are empowered to listen to their own bodies. Tara recently moved to Asheville from Richmond, VA, and is ERYT200, ERYT500, RCYT, YACEP and a Certified Coach and Mentor.

Luna Ray

Luna Ray

Conscious Kirtan A teacher of yoga, a workshop and retreat leader, kirtan musician & recording artist, & an activist for conscious & empowered community collaboration. As an advocate for wellness & spiritual growth, Luna works with the deep intention of inspiring & encouraging humans to cultivate an awareness of their inherent wisdom. Luna believes that by coming together, and using the tools of yoga, including mantra and meditation, we are led to our hearts deepest desires.

Tucker Shelton

Tucker Shelton

Longevity Yoga Tucker's teaching style is to guide students carefully & gracefully into their bodies, offering many levels of mental, physical, and spiritual practices according to the needs and openness of the individual. He teaches sequences that are safe & powerful for yogis/yoginis to practice sustainably for the rest of their lives. Tucker is a sensitive, kind, & playful guide for those on the yoga path. He imbues his classes with love & insight and seeks to improve the lives of others

Rian Harris

Rian Harris

I'm a full time instructor in Charlotte NC with 20 classes a week at 3 different studios. I love inspiring curiosity, play, and purpose in my students. My intention is to encourage my students to tap into their physical, mental, and emotional powers to bring their practice and their lives more alive.

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Michelle Johnson

Vinyasa Flow 500 RYT, Michelle desires to create space for others to understand, feel, know, & embody that we are enough as we are. In a world where we are told we are broken, damaged, & no good, where oppression causes some of us to be unseen - Her goal is to empower people to connect to their true self. Michelle's training, Skill in Action focuses on the intersection of yoga & social justice. She is also an ambassador for the Africa Yoga Project & a licensed clinical social worker.

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