WEEKEND TRAINING YOGA TRAINERS
Amanda Catherine Correa
LEAD TRAINER, EXPERIENCED REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER, REGISTERED PRENATAL YOGA TEACHER, YOGA ALLIANCE THOUGHT LEADER
Amanda Correa is an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500), the highest designation provided through Yoga Alliance, as well as a registered prenatal yoga teacher (RPYT) and continuing education provider (YACEP). To date, Amanda has taught 4,500 hours of yoga classes over the last ten years. She has attended five yoga teacher training courses and multiple continuing education courses, accumulating more than 1,800 hours of education in yoga. Her joy for learning is what inspired her to found Spira Yoga School in 2014, a Yoga Alliance registered yoga school (RYS 200), which to date has certified 46 yoga teachers.
As a yoga teacher, Amanda encourages and assists her students while sourcing from a variety of yoga styles in her teaching repertoire, including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha, Gentle, Restorative, Yin, Kundalini and Yoga Nidra. She enjoys emphasizing the breath-body connection and incorporating symphonic gong meditations into her classes. As a yoga teacher trainer, Amanda has been described as incredibly gifted and giving. She humbly shares her knowledge, aptly articulating and relating the material, and often interjecting humor to add a layer of lightheartedness to the rich, deep content studied in her courses. Amanda is the lead trainer for Spira's Yoga Teacher Training courses; discover what others have said of her teaching - reviews from our alumni.
Amanda's other yoga related accomplishments include teaching an internationally attended online continuing education course, hosted by Yoga Alliance, and contributing articles as a Thought Leader to their online platform. She has also managed various yoga studios throughout her teaching career, developed a yoga program for a health center in Northern California, and even taught yoga and meditation courses in the public school system to high school youth. Amanda believes in the physical, mental and spiritual healing abilities of yoga, and is repeatedly awed when hearing stories of transformation from students and colleagues. She is forever grateful for the bounty of gifts given to her by this practice and lifestyle, and is filled with gratitude to be following her path of spreading the love and light of yoga.
AYURVEDIC HEALTH COUNSELOR & CHEF, REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER
Tiffany Chen has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. After working as a Food Safety & Quality Assurance professional for several years, Tiffany heeded a deeper call to pursue a career in health and healing. Having a long-standing yoga practice, she enrolled in Yoga Tree SF's 200-hour yoga teacher training. While deepening her practice and learning how to teach yoga, she realized that she needed to first help herself in order to help others. Thus began her studies into Ayurveda.
Tiffany received her Ayurvedic Health Counseling (AHC) certification through the California College of Ayurveda in Nevada City after one and a half years of study and internship. Through the course of her studies and internship, she learned to heal herself while also healing others. Ayurveda has helped Tiffany understand, love, and productively channel her own uniqueness and talents, which allows her to help clients do the same for themselves. In her free time, Tiffany can be found shopping at local farmers' markets, biking or climbing in the mountains, taking photos of nature, practicing yoga, cooking, and definitely eating.
Katie Z Robinson
MEDITATION & REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER, REIKI MASTER, INTUITIVE EMPATH
Katie’s desire to understand the intricate workings of our body, mind and spirit led her to a year long intuitive energy healing course in her late 20’s. This program awakened a deeper passion for self-healing and exploration. In 2010, she advanced her training to the next level by becoming a Reiki Master teacher, furthering her education in breathwork, meditation, and intuition.
As Katie began to teach and inspire others to connect with their inner spirit, she continued her exploration and quest for knowledge. She enrolled in a Peace and Global studies program at a local community college and began exploring other aspects of our existence, including yoga. After a semester of diving into the various teachings of yoga, Katie realized she had found what she was looking for. Not only does yoga allow us to create an intimate relationship with our physical body, but it also encourages and supports our connection with our mind and spirit. Yoga facilitates the healing of our beliefs, allowing us to explore and transform both our inner and outer worlds. With this new understanding it became clear that Yoga was the path Katie had been on all along; she was home.
Through her own personal journey and relationship with yoga, Katie knows that some of the most important ways we can nourish ourselves is through breath, movement, and meditation. It is her mission to assist others in forming an intimate relationship with their body, mind and spirit. Using her training in both yoga and meditation, along with her intuitive gifts, Katie encourages and guides her students to their fullest potential.
VINYASA YOGA TEACHER, MEDITATION TEACHER & KIRTAN LEADER
Rex Stromness has been practicing yoga and meditation since his college days at Sonoma State University where he had the good fortune to be introduced at an early age. He has studied and practiced different traditions including Sivananda, Kali Ray's Tri-Yoga, Iyengar and, most notably, Ashtanga - which he considers his base practice. Rex began teaching in 1998 at health clubs around Chico and Paradise, and was hired to teach Yoga in the Kinesiology Dept. at CSU Chico in 2006. In 2014, he and Tom Hess founded Yoga Center of Chico which has been an ongoing successful studio in Chico. Rex has also led retreats worldwide for the past eight years, leading groups to Indonesia, Central and South America, on Rivers in the US and recently in Italy and France. He also co-leads Zen/Yoga workshops at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.
CERTIFIED INTERMEDIATE IYENGAR YOGA TEACHER
Tom Hess is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the intermediate level. He has studied under some of the best teachers in the world and has periodically traveled to Pune, India to study directly with the Iyengar family. Tom knows yoga has the ability to transform people’s lives as well as heal them on a very deep level. Tom works with individuals as well as groups to facilitate this healing.
ASHTANGA VINYASA YOGA TEACHER
Lisa has been practicing yoga since 1994. Her main teaching style is Ashtanga Yoga, which is the system of yoga developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. She has studied with numerous teachers of this yoga system to deepen her Ashtanga yoga practice, and has traveled to India three times. Twice to study under the instruction of Pattabhi Jois, and once to Kovalam to study with Lino Miele, a world renowned Ashtanga yoga instructor. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and currently has a private practice in Chico. Lisa recognizes the challenges of an Ashtanga yoga practice, and likes to teach with humor and energy to engage and support her students.
REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER, TRAUMA INFORMED YOGA TEACHER
Kristy Haber has been certified to teach since November 2014. Her foundation training came from Spira Yoga School in California and her advanced studies have come from Wisdom Flow Yoga in Maui. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW) and has been certified as a Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) facilitator.
Kristy has had the privilege to assist in Wisdom Flow Teacher training sessions. She has experience teaching restorative chair, gentle, and vinyasa classes. Due to her social work background, she also has experience offering classes to populations that may have limited access to yoga such as, homeless youth.
She is passionate about utilizing the entire yoga discipline of breathwork, asana, spiritual principles, and meditation in organizations that promote social justice. She has studied with Seane Corn and Off the Mat Into the World and is a certified Yoga in Action facilitator. She is also a dancer and has studied and performed West African and Afro-Brazilian dance styles. Her passion for yoga and dance led her to study briefly under Shiva Rea.
Kristy will continue to pursue higher education to bridge yoga with service, action, and wellness support. She has been told her voice and energy are very calming, she offers clear, detailed instruction, and her love of yoga comes through in her classes.
HOT YOGA TEACHER
Born and raised in Chico, Lisa started her journey with hot yoga in 2011 at the Hot Yoga Club studio. After her first class, she instantly became captivated by the Classic 90 series, and began to crave the heat. With her newfound love of yoga and motivation to deepen her knowledge and her practice, Lisa traveled to Koh Samui, Thailand in 2012. She studied the Absolute Hot Yoga series, and received her Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification.
Lisa has been teaching the Classic 90 and Classic 60 classes ever since, taking a short break to have her son, Aidan. She loves the discipline and determination the Classic 60 and 90 classes require, and how wonderful you feel after class. It is not only a great workout, but an amazing test of personal strength, and time to get out of your head. "There really is nothing like the high you have after a hot and sweaty yoga class!”
REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER
For Khaleela O'Neal, yoga started out as just another fun way to workout and she loved the effects on her overall mood and stress level after a great class. The more she kept coming back to mat the more she felt this sort of gentle invitation to something much greater that yoga had to offer. While still thrilled to receive all of the physical benefits of the practice, she appreciates the gifts of self-discovery and exploration above all. Committing to her daily yoga and meditation practice has sent her off on a journey for a fuller, richer, more authentic life. It has brought her closer to her truest self and expanded her capacity for love and compassion for others as well as herself.
Teacher training only deepened Khaleela's passion for yoga and ignited a desire to share this joy with the world. She has been blessed to have trained with some unforgettably inspiring and wise teachers and students along the way. Khaleela really loves a heart pumping, invigorating, Vinyasa class with good music! As a teacher, she is committed to offering classes that are fun and hold space for each student to come exactly as they are – no judgments or expectations, just love!
HOT YOGA TEACHER
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