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200 Hour Yoga Program Instructors

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Laura McKinzie, E-RYT 500

Laura fell in love with yoga over 15 years ago and has returned to her mat over and over for the peace, stillness, and joy she finds in that space. She has discovered a way of living and being that brings so much fullness to life and this is what she shares with her yoga students. Through her years of training, she supports her students in navigating the individual path they are on. With a nurturing and loving spirit she guides each student to open up to their own uniqueness and inner strength. Laura has been teaching yoga for over a decade and is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an experienced teacher at the 500 hour level (E-RYT 500). She is currently a lead instructor for the 200 hour “Unity” Yoga Teacher Training Program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona. She is also a certified Yoga Nidra Facilitator. Through her years of experience, she creates and adapts classes for the individual student, making yoga accessible to all bodies. Watching students shift from practicing their yoga into Being Yoga is one of the greatest gifts. Laura creates space for students to connect to the peace and joy that they truly are!

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Will Zecco, E-RYT 500

Will stared his journey in yoga as a path to find focus and balance in his life. Not long into his training the realization came that it is his calling to be a yoga teacher. With that realization the desire to train the teachers was born. With over 40 years of teaching experience under his belt the it seemed to be the perfect fit. Completing his 600 hr. Yoga Teacher training, Will is currently Yoga Alliance registered as an experienced Yoga Teacher 500 level. (E-RYT 500). Currently as Lead Instructor for 200 Hr Unity of Yoga Teacher training Program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts – Spirit of Yoga. Will also teaches Business Yoga for the Advanced program, He is a Gong Master and offers a Sound Healing Training that includes Yoga of the Voice, Crystal Singing Bowls and Gong Healing. Will is also Co-Owner of Yoga Rocks the Park Nationally and Phoenix events. He has the honor of presenting at the Sedona Yoga Festival, The Flagstaff Yoga Festival. Will is a certified trainer for Broga Yoga and as well as Yoga Nidra and Hathagong and Co–Owner of YogaManwear getting ready to launch in 2016 a line of men’s yoga clothing.. Will is also an ordained Minister with the Universal Brotherhood and is Manager of the Entrepreneurial Division / Success Center. Serving as a teacher, mentor and business coach for our on campus and online students, offering support and guidance in building and running a business and provides support and guidance to move the students to the greatest expression and discover their gifts. A singer, business coach and a motivational speaker, Will’s greatest passion is to serve others with an open heart and supporting individuals to Find their Voice. Namaste!

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Kate Shipp, E-RYT 500

Kate’s yoga journey began when she was 12 years old, when a shaman healer came into her family’s life and transformed the way they lived. It was not until 14 years later that Kate would take her first asana class and discover that what she had learned all along was the philosophy and energy of Yoga. The asana is what helped her to embody the teachings. Yoga as a life-path has helped Kate heal, transform, and live her life in a spiritually embodied way. Through a consistent and regular yoga practice she realized that peace, joy, and love exist within and around her at all times. Although life is bound to give obstacles, you get to choose how you respond to them. She believes in spiritually-embodied living; where through our humanness, we share our expression of spirit to bring love and compassion into the world. It is her passion to guide students into their hearts, so they may become clear on how they can best serve in the world.

Kate serves as the Director of Yoga Education & Yoga Advisement for the Spirit of Yoga at SWIHA, and is also part of the Yoga Teacher Training Team. Prior to, she co-owned a yoga studio in the NW Phoenix Valley for 5 years, and has her own private practice; learning through experience the meaning of running a yogic business. She is an E-RYT 500 with certifications in Yoga, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, and Yoga Nidra. She is also a Reiki Master Teacher, an Intuitive Medium, and a certified Mind, Body, Spirit Practitioner. She earned her B.S. in Marketing from Arizona State University.

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Lisa Grunwald, E-RYT 500

Lisa Grunwald is a certified yoga teacher, having completed her training toward her 500 RYT credentialing through the Yoga Alliance. She is also a certified Yoga Nidra practitioner under Kamini Desai, and received specialized training in: Restorative Yoga with Mary Bruce, Kids Yoga, and under the mentorship of Duane Armitage, is also certified as a Hatha Gong™ Master. After studying under Elizabeth Titelle, Lisa has been a Reiki Master from Dr. Usui’s lineage since 2008, as well as a practitioner of 5 Element Aromatherapy and Reflexology for Emotional Release. Lisa’s yoga journey began in 2001. She initially sought yoga with the hope that it would be a helpful tool to help her deal with anxiety and depression. With practice, persistence, and a lot of patience, eventually she became free from panic-attacks. Her practice and teaching is rooted in the belief that this world is a unique expression of the divine, and that we are part of it; many of the workshops and classes that are taught by Lisa are focused around themes that bring awareness to this natural link. The freedom that she has found through her yoga practice, and continues to explore, is steeped in the awareness of the infinite support and flow of love that is each person’s birthright. She looks at each class as an opportunity to share and gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be created by bliss, for bliss, and to experience bliss.


600 and 800 Hour Yoga Program Instructors

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Will Zecco, RYT 500, Hatha-Gong™ Master, Transformational Coach

Will’s journey into yoga has been a life changing experience. He complete his 200 teacher training in 2011 and just recently completed his 500 hour teacher training at the end of 2013. A graduate of the Spirit of Yoga/Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and had the honor of training with Mary Bruce. In addition to his yoga training Will has completed his certification in Hatha-Gong™ and is a certified gong master as well as Transformation Yoga Coaching, Polarity 1, Yoga of the Voice/ Kirtan. With experience in education for over 30 years, a singer and ordained minister, it is Will’s vision to take Music, Movement and Meditation and bring it out into the world.

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Lisa Grunwald, E-RYT 500

Lisa Grunwald is a certified yoga teacher, having completed her training toward her 500 RYT credentialing through the Yoga Alliance. She is also a certified Yoga Nidra practitioner under Kamini Desai, and received specialized training in: Restorative Yoga with Mary Bruce, Kids Yoga, and under the mentorship of Duane Armitage, is also certified as a Hatha Gong™ Master. After studying under Elizabeth Titelle, Lisa has been a Reiki Master from Dr. Usui’s lineage since 2008, as well as a practitioner of 5 Element Aromatherapy and Reflexology for Emotional Release. Lisa’s yoga journey began in 2001. She initially sought yoga with the hope that it would be a helpful tool to help her deal with anxiety and depression. With practice, persistence, and a lot of patience, eventually she became free from panic-attacks. Her practice and teaching is rooted in the belief that this world is a unique expression of the divine, and that we are part of it; many of the workshops and classes that are taught by Lisa are focused around themes that bring awareness to this natural link. The freedom that she has found through her yoga practice, and continues to explore, is steeped in the awareness of the infinite support and flow of love that is each person’s birthright. She looks at each class as an opportunity to share and gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be created by bliss, for bliss, and to experience bliss.


Specialty Program Instructors

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Kamini Desai, PhD, E-RYT 500, Yoga Nidra

Yoga Alliance approved Teacher.
Experiential teacher welcomed in over 10 countries around the world ~ developer of the core program curriculum of the Amrit Yoga Institute – including the Yoga Nidra Professional Training ~ committed to combining mindfulness-based techniques with modern psychology.

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Duane Armitage, E-RYT 500, Hatha-Gong™

E-RYT 200, RYT 500 has over 2,000 hours of teaching experience. He obtained his 200 hour certification at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts Yoga Teacher Training Program and completed the 500 hour Master Teachers Program at Inner Vision Yoga. He currently teaches one of the 200 hour (YTT) programs at Spirit of Yoga in Tempe, Arizona. Duane also teaches Philosophy and Energy Anatomy in the schools Advanced Program.

Having created the innovative practice of Hatha-Gong™ in 2010, Duane introduced it to the public in January 2011 at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. The response has been so enthusiastic that currently there are regularly scheduled Hatha-Gong™ classes being taught throughout the Phoenix area and Southern California. www.Hatha-Gong.com