YOUR FACULTY — past & present
High Vibe Yoga has acquired an excellent reputation for having a world class international faculty. Each Yoga Training and Women’s SelfCare Training is unique depending on how the faculty is curated by Emily Kuser.
Emily Kuser– Founder of High Vibe Yoga
Emily has spent over a decade on teaching, research and personal experience to create the highest level courses possible. She has a sincere curiosity about healing methodologies and spiritual systems and wholeheartedly investigates their practicality for everyday people with everyday lives. Emily has studied with masters around the world in Asia, Europe and North America. Her work is deeply influenced by the fields of Classical Tantra, Hatha Yoga, Somatics and Integrated Sexuality. She is dedicated to offering a fresh and honest approach to spirituality. Emily has lived in Ubud, Bali for over 10 years and teaches her Yoga Trainings and Women’s SelfCare Trainings internationally.
A dedicated meditator for forty years, he passionately teaches meditation throughout Italy and internationally to people of all levels. Through his intimate contact with the internal realm he engages with his students and the world powerfully, effectively, and with great love. Additionally, Andrea has extensive knowledge of both sacred scriptures and the human body allowing him to guide students into an experience of meditation that is accessible, dynamic, and profound.
I have been teaching at the Yoga Barn in Bali for eight years and living in Asia for thirteen years. I teach a wide range of styles (vinyasa, yin, restorative, power, hatha, acroyoga) and yet at the core of it all, I simply share my intimacy with “Yoga”. As the Yoga Barn has expanded into a huge studio, I have had the privilege of teaching hundreds of teachers in training and working with thousands of practitioners from all over the world. No-one is the same. The bodies/minds that stream through my classes are all unique in their expression of life. My students, along with my incredible teachers (who include Denise Payne, Emil Wendell, Mariella de Martini, Vijay Amar Sen and Mark Whitwell) have taught me that Yoga cannot be simplified into a set of postural cues or alignment. Yoga is enormous. It is ancient, it is wise, it is diverse and what I share is a humble attempt of what my dedicated study has revealed to me. I grew up in the highlands of Scotland although my home quickly expanded to the myriad of cultures, mountains, waterfalls, ocean and deserts that I have been so blessed to be immersed in. I graduated with a Mphil in Development studies from Oxford University and dived into work in conflict areas and areas of extreme poverty. I learned the hard way – that no amount of research or presentations was going to solve the wars or end the hunger. I moved from external development to “inner development” and have spent the last decade exploring all that lays in between. My fascination of Yoga History and Philosophy has helped to inform my understanding of the wisdom tradition of Yoga beyond the modern day yoga studios. My trips to Tibet, Nepal and India have left me with a reminder that much of what is now sold and advertised has little in common with the wealth of Yoga waiting for us to each individually activate. My education and life journey and love for Yoga has equipped me to move into the field of Yoga Activism. I have established Freedom through Movement Yoga projects in Kolkata, Kathmandu and Palestine. Everything is in constant motion and transformation. Music, dance, Angola capoeira, surf, friends, creative writing, Nature, my family, late night laughter and early morning sunrises are a few of what keeps the light within shining bright. Come and join me. Together we journey. freedomthroughmovement.org
Originally from Madrid, Spain, Carlos has been steeped in all aspects of the yoga tradition during almost 40 years of practice and study. He spent 18 of those years as a monk of the Saraswati order, under the name Swami Gitananda, which included 9 years in India, at the Siddha Yoga ashram, studying and practicing under Swami Muktananda and Gurumayi
Chidvilasananda. During this time he learned the various systems of Indian Philosophy and immersed himself in the practice of yoga, becoming one of the senior monks of the tradition and teaching meditation and philosophy to tens of thousands of students around the world. He combines this experience and traditional training with his academic background, which includes two Masters Degrees: one in Sanskrit, from U.C. Berkeley (where he has taught) and another one, in Religious Studies, from U.C. Santa Barbara. He is currently working on his Ph.D. dissertation on the Krama school of Kashmiri Tantrism. Carlos currently lives in San Francisco, California, and travels extensively around the world conducting a variety of retreats, courses, seminars, workshops and lectures on the Wisdom of Yoga and related subjects. As a teacher, Carlos is renowned for the breadth of his knowledge and the clarity with which he conveys it. His great love of the Indian yoga traditions, his insight, his humor and his deep connection with his audiences give him the ability to transmit the deepest scriptural teachings in a way that is clear, meaningful and applicable. Studying with Carlos is an enjoyable and transformative experience. www.pomeda.com
Camille is a meditation mentor, dancer, and writer internationally renowned for her integrative energy practices and innovative performance trainings. Camille is the author of the groundbreaking Meditation Secrets for Women and Meditation 24/7, both written with her husband, Dr. Lorin Roche. She gives global teleseminars and teacher trainings, with a specialty in women’s spiritual empowerment and embodiment, and travels worldwide to give performances, workshops, and retreats.
Kamini is the Executive Director of the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida. Over the past 30 years Kamini, author of Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep and Life Lessons Love Lessons has created an exciting and unique bodyof teachings incorporating western psychology and eastern philosophy. Considered an expert in the science of Yoga Nidra, Yoga Therapy, relaxation, and artful living, her practical and accessible teaching style has been welcomed worldwide. In 2012 she was awarded the title “Yogeshwari” (woman of Yogic Mastery) for her keen ability to bring ancient illumination the genuine challenges of the human experience. Kamini has been featured on the cover of Natural Awakenings, in Dutch Cosmopolitan, Fit and Healthy magazine, and has published numerous articles in the United States and Europe. For more information visit: www.kaminidesai.com or www.amrityoga.org.
Now 69, Lorin has been meditating since age 18, when he signed up to be part of a research project on the physiology of meditation. He was a control subject, and received no instructions whatsoever – they paid him to just sit in a totally dark and silent room in the lab every day for two hours a day for several weeks, and measure his brain waves. With no instructions, and never having heard of meditation (it was 1968), Lorin simply attended to the total silence and darkness, and entered entered a state of wide-awake sensory alertness combined with a level of relaxation he had never even conceived of. This gave him the feeling that meditation is a spontaneous and natural human experience, and he has spent the last 50 years researching and teaching this approach. Lorin received his Ph.D. in Social Science from the University of California at Irvine in 1987. His doctoral dissertation was about the language meditators come up with to describe their experiences. In other words, the maps they make to navigate their inner worlds. His Master’s Degree work focused on the hazards of meditation and the crisis points in a meditator’s development. Lorin trains meditation teachers around the world in a system he has developed that is based on human individuality. Interview data reveals that we each have our own unique approach to meditation, unique pathways into our inner worlds. We also need several different techniques to match who we are in our hearts and mind, and how we manifest in our outer life. meditationtt.com
Mai Lai Swan
Falling in love with the path of self-inquiry and personal evolution in her teens, Mei Lai has been studying eastern philosophies and meditation for nearly 20 years, and yoga for 15 years. A senior yoga teacher, Mei Lai is a certified Embodied Flow™ teacher, with years of study and practice in Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Anusara yoga. From Melbourne, Australia, but now based on the road, she teaches in-depth workshops, retreats and on international teacher trainings around the world, with a special focus on nada (sound) yoga, somatic and trauma-informed practices. With a BA in International Development and a Master of Social Work, Mei Lai spent many years working in remote Aboriginal communities running community development programs, before returning to Melbourne to offer psychosocial programs for people seeking asylum. She has trained in somatic-based trauma therapy and counselling, and combined these skills with yoga to deliver individual counseling, group work programs, and specially-tailored yoga programs for asylum seekers, refugees, disadvantaged youth, and people experiencing chronic pain and trauma. A trained Doula, she is the founder, previous CEO and ongoing board director of Birth for Humankind, a non-profit organisation providing free birth support to women in disadvantaged circumstances. She is now the director and lead teacher of Yoga for Humankind, a yoga school and social enterprise specialising in trainings in contemporary hatha, trauma-informed and community based yoga. Mei Lai is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT500 and Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). www.meilaiswan.com
A teacher of 15 years, Marc is dedicated to evolving People and Planet through Ayurveda, Hatha Yoga, Meditation and Yoga Health Coaching. Calling both Paris and Los Angeles home, he teaches both internationally and online: he is an original faculty member of YogaGlo, one of the first Yoga websites created for the virtual community. Originally certified as an Anusara Yoga teacher, his teaching has now evolved to include a number of styles that have influenced him greatly: the movement of Vinyasa, the precision of Iyengar, the dance of Kundalini, his deep love for mantra, meditation, and Ayurveda. As an Ayurveda practitioner his true passion lies in coaching through his Dinacharya Habit Changing program – a 10 week course designed to guide students into daily routines that bring them into deeper alignment with nature. www.marcholzman.com
Mark is interested in developing an authentic yoga practice for the individual, based on the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, with whom he enjoyed a relationship for more than twenty years. Mark’s teachings clarify the profound passion and relevance of ancient wisdom to contemporary life.Mark has taught yoga for over three decades throughout the US, Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and is the editor and contributor to TKV Desikachar’s book The Heart of Yoga. www.heartofyoga.com
Based in Bali, the healing capital of Asia, she travels to yoga schools across the globe to educate yoga students in the importance of human and functional anatomy encouraging them to develop their self-awareness, teaching and to enlighten others. She combines her extensive knowledge of sports therapy, osteopathy, Pilates, yoga and experience into a unique interactive anatomy and movement class, that is both engaging and fun. As word spread about her detailed holistic approach she has had the privilege to teach with internationally renowned yogis, including: Les Leventhal, Tara Judelle, Kaya Peters, Tanya Kaps, Cat Kabira, Emily Kuser, Denise Payn, Bex Tyrer and Tina Nance. As well as being an Osteopath and a qualified pilates teacher, Rachel is also trained in dry needling, cranio-sacral osteopathy, Garuda mat, pediatrics, wuo thai, zen thai shiatsu and recently Thai Vedic Yoga and the thai massage circus. Over the last two years she has started to incorporate sound healing. www.theanatomyschool.com
For over 27 years Tara has experimented with all forms of movement flow, from dance to Tai Chi, to movement improvisation and ultimately yoga. An English degree from Barnard College, post-graduate studies in theatre directing and a foray into film writing and directing brought her finally to the study of yoga and meditation. Certified in the Anusara™ method, Tara has taught yoga extensively, both nationally and internationally, for 15 years. She has been inspired by the Body Mind Centering® works of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and has studied and taught with Carlos Pomeda and Sally Kempton.For the last 7 years she has been a featured teacher as part of the yogaglo.com team, allowing the yoga conversation to stream around the globe. In 2010 Tara moved from her home base in Los Angeles to direct a yoga program and retreat center in Bali, Indonesia. Since the close of 2011, she has had no fixed base, leading to her current schedule facilitating workshops, retreats and teacher trainings worldwide. www.embodiedflow.com