Susan has been a yoga practitioner for over 40 years. She was drawn to yoga by her love of movement and curiosity about healing the body. With a strong background in Kripalu Yoga and Yoga Therapy, Susan has continued to study the art of yoga so that she can be in an ongoing state of evolution and service. She has also studied shamanic practice for over 10 years and is thrilled to combine these embodied healing arts, creating Soul Journey yoga. Susan believes in the creativity and the power of community who sees life as en ever-evolving possibility.
Suzanne Parkhurst is a certified Qigong teacher, having studied with Master Li JunFeng and Master Mingtong Gu. She is also a certified herbalist in Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is a Reiki practitioner and, as a musician, includes Native American Flute music in her qigong sessions. Qigong is the action of slow, gentle, rhythmic movements designed to stimulate the flow of chi (qi) or life force through the body, clearing the meridians, the emotions and the mind. Suzanne's combined skills create richly woven classes that open us to learning how to heal pain within our bodies, whether it is a physical, mental or emotional. There is a distinct, long-lasting transformation from negative experiences and feelings into positive emotions.
Kelly received her teacher training at Canyon Spirit in 2003. Since then, she has continued to hone her skills as a teacher through study with Paul Grilley and others. Kelly believes that a physical practice grows to a spiritual practice, which in turn allows you to find your voice and live from your heart. She knows that through time, practice and dedication, yoga can truly change your life.
Rene loves teaching at Canyon Spirit Yoga Center because it is a warm, welcoming, safe, loving, and inspirational space to be and grow. In her classes she blends strength and focused attention with awareness of the breath to create a peaceful, inner silence. This creates a powerful energy woven through with thoughtful messages for personal transformation. Rene's intention is for students to leave class having found ease in the body and feeling a bit lighter. She invites you to surrender to the yoga practice to find that place where life becomes effortless.
Laura believes in honoring and awakening the sacred aspect of the Self through dance and movement. Her passion is to help others bring their hearts, imaginations, and spirits into full presence in their bodies through the process of Scalar Heart Connection, in which she is certified. Through these practices, Laura has seen her students reclaim and reconnect to their full aliveness of joy, pleasure, feeling, creativity, strength, love and the vast range of possibilities and wisdom of being fully embodied. Laura has a BA in Dance, is a Nia Blue Belt instructor, and has taught and practiced Nia movement for 10 years. She has a vast background in various movement forms and is also a licensed massage therapist. Her classes are joyful and deep, and she is an excellent guide in healing lost connections.
Kim has been practicing yoga and meditation for thirty years. After retiring from his first career as a manager and executive in high-tech companies, his love of yoga led him to White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, where he became certified in 2002 and continued advanced studies. Now in the third act of life, he is passionate about yoga as a seminal practice for maintaining vitality as we age. Kim's class is designed for accessibility for those continuing their practice as well those coming to yoga for the first time. He also coaches people in life-transitions (particularly mid-life and retirement) and leads workshops in this area. Kim lives in the foothills with his wife of 48 years, Gloria. He enjoys cycling, fishing, quilting, woodworking and caring for his draft horses, dogs, cats, and chickens.
With a BA in Theater and Movement Arts, Isel has explored many aspects of movement. She has been a Guild Certified Feldenkrais practitioner since 2005 and is also a certified yoga instructor with a joy and passion for both practices. She skillfully invites students to reconnect, regenerate, and re-integrate with their deeper selves. In her private practice as well as in her classes, Isel loves to guide, support and witness the transformative quality that movement with mindfulness can offer. You'll leave her classes feeling connected and free.