Yani Daes, RYT 500,
E-RYT 500, YACEP
My Mantra: So 'ham सो ऽहम् "I am He I am That"
Favorite Pose: Baddha Konasana बद्धकोणासन
Favorite Food: Fresh salads
On my free time I like: Read, enjoy the ocean and connect to the sun
Born in Caracas Venezuela on December 17, 1965, Yanira began studying Architecture at the Central University of Venezuela. She is passionate about art, and continued studies of Fashion Design, which supported her way of life for the next 25 years. At age 47 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and this is where her spiritual awakening became her priority.
Starting Yoga classes to return to her physical life rehabilitation, she was inspired by the teachings of Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois and culminates RYT 500 hours of teacher training ready to awaken the love for the Yoga that not only changed her life but is now part of her daily practice.
Dave Costen Jr., RYT 200,
My Mantra: OM Auṃ or Oṃ, Devanagari: ॐ) is a sacred sound and a spiritual symbol in Hinduism, that signifies the essence of the ultimate reality, consciousness or Atman.
Favorite Pose: Sukhasana बसुखासन
Favorite Food: You are what you eat, I guess I am an acai bowl.
On my free time I like: Reading, busting through the minds many illusions, spending time with my beautiful family, yoga and meditation.
As an Air Force Veteran, Dave served 11 years honorably all around the world meeting all walks of life. He then thought college would enlighten him, so graduated from Devry with a BS in Computer Information Systems, and spent the next 16 years in the hustle and bustle of corporate America. That constant Beta brainwave environment presented him with 'burnout' and it was a blessing in disguise as he woke up to an opportunity to reinvent himself, or become what he always has been, but just forgot. A passionate yoga and meditation instructor, philosopher, teacher, lecturer and alchemist. "I teach people how to find their off switch."
His personal meditation practice eventually led to lucid dreaming and third eye awakenings. Lucid dreaming goes beyond the theta brainwaves which is where most meditation teachers stop. Theta is a blissful place, but you can go further and enter delta REM sleep, and find yourself with clear perception and understanding in your dreams. Delta meditations are done within the realm of your unconscious mind. The unconscious mind is also the gateway to the universal mind, or as Carl Jung called it, the collective unconscious. Tibetan Buddhists call this nighttime meditation practice dream yoga, and it has been practiced for thousands of years as a full path to enlightenment. These teachings come from the Buddha and in the 8th century AD they were brought to Tibet by the Buddha Siddha Yogis, or the enlightened ones. Think of dream yoga as lucid dreaming, but with the higher spiritual purpose of Self discovery. This is the topic he loves to share in his lecture series, workshops or at some random time and place.
RYT-200, E-RYT 200, Cosmic Kids Yoga, Pre/Postnatal Yoga, Veterans Yoga Project, AFAA Practical Pilates Course, Barre Intensity Course, SilverSneackers
My Mantra: Love yourself and what you do, everything else will fall in place.
Favorite Pose: Chakrasana चक्रासन
Favorite Food: Justine’s dark chocolate and peanut butter cups
On my free time I like: Spend time with my family, read, do food styling and cake decorating, skateboard, enjoy the beach, and stay in a constant state of learning.
Sarah Casperson, has been practicing yoga since 2001, when she and her mother started their lifelong journey of bonding and bending! She is a 200 hour certified teacher through Yoga Alliance from Native Yoga in Juno, Florida. She is certified in Cosmic Kids Yoga since 2016. She is an Air Force Veteran and a Mindful Resilience yoga instructor with the Veterans Yoga Project, and always looking for ways to give back to the veteran community. She has also completed the AFAA Practical Pilates course, the Barre Intensity Instructor course, the AFPA Cycle Instruction course, and the ACE Group Fitness Instructor course. Her true passion in fitness is to create an environment for children and parents to enjoy Fitness and bond simultaneously. She has been working with children and in fitness since she was a teenager. She currently coaches kids sports, Substitute teaches, and teaches kids and family yoga anywhere she can! Yoga has changed her mother, herself, and her son’s life in a positive way and she hopes to share that with everyone!
Jessica Orejanera, RYT-200
My Mantra: Om Mani Padme hum/the protector from danger and the representation of compassion
ॐ मणिपद्मे हूँ
Favorite Pose: Camatkarasana is translated as the ecstatic unfolding of the enraptured heart.
Favorite Food: Pasta and salad
I am originally from Venezuela, I’m passionate for animals, and love vegetarian food. I have always loved sports and practiced for many years tennis but with time I felt that something was missing (back then I did not know what was it ) Yoga came into my life 8 years ago, when my second son was born, completely transforming my perception and finding a perfect unification of what I was looking for.
I started practicing Vinyasa Yoga and then I also became passionate about Yoga for children, taking my first international certification with Rainbow Kids Yoga in 2014 in Caracas, Venezuela and started teaching classes for children and families.
Moved into the United States 4 years ago, my passion for Yoga kept growing and in 2016 I decided to take my 200-hour teacher certification with Yoga Alliance as a Power Vinyasa instructor in Colorado. Graduated as a Reiki Teacher in 2008, I share my love and passion to help my community.
I am passionate about partnering in the process of the transformation of being from being, I love to connect with the energy in my classes and I enjoy the processes one by one, I feel an infinite gratitude and my desire is to continue to evolve in this lifetime.