Discover the Spirit of Yoga
Flexible. Affordable. Transformational.

Located in Tempe, Arizona, Spirit of Yoga is owned and operated by Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA), offering state licensed and nationally accredited Yoga Teacher Training certificates and diplomas. SWIHA’s YTT programs allow successful graduates to become registered as yoga teachers through the internationally-recognized Yoga Alliance® Organization.

We offer regularly scheduled drop-in yoga classes to the community with a comprehensive class schedule of diverse yoga styles including Yin, Ashtanga, Hatha and Yoga Nidra, empowering you to customize your individual yoga practice. We invite you to explore the benefits of a consistent yoga practice in an inclusive and supportive environment, with your first class being complimentary. Join our conscious community to grow in mind, body and spirit!

Determination / Spirituality / Strength

Get Started on Your Yoga Journey

  • Yoga Teacher Training - 200 Hours
  • Yoga Advanced Teacher Training - 600 Hours
  • Advanced Yoga Teacher & Healing Arts Practitioner - 800 Hours
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Meet  Our Staff

We Are Here To Support You Along The Way!

KC Miller, E-RYT 200 - Founder of Southwest Institute Healing Arts; Owner of Spirit of Yoga; Spiritual Director of UNITY Yoga Teacher Training; Author & Creator of Transformational Yoga Coaching; Innovator for CoreIntention-HathaTone; YTT 200 teacher; with over 25 years of personal yoga practice; Author of Toe Reading: Are You Walking Your Destined Path? Life Coach, Ordained Minister. KC’s yoga classes are varied from deeply spiritual to outrageous wild and fun; she is committed to her personal lifelong mission of touching people and freeing souls in everything she does!
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KC Miller

Founder
Will’s journey into yoga has been a life changing experience. He has been here on the teaching staff of Spirit of Yoga for the past 9 years and a member of the SWIHA staff since 2006. Currently serving as Director of Yoga Education he is co teacher of the 200 hr. Yoga teache training program and part of the Advanced Yoga Teacher training program In addition to his yoga training Will is a gong master having trained with Mehtab Benton founder of Yoga Yoga Austin Texas ,as well as Transformation Yoga Coaching,, Shamanic Reiki practitioner, In the spring of 2019 he trained at Atma Buti Sound Healing and Vibrational School in Boulder Colorado. This training has expanded his vision into the healing benefits of Sound Healing. Will also serves as part of the Success team of Coaches at SWIHA. With experience as an educator for over 40 years, a singer and ordained minister, it is Will’s vision to take Music, Yoga, Meditation and Sound Healing and bring it out into the world.
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Will Zecco

Director of Yoga Education
Laura’s passion and dedication to the practice of yoga was the catalyst to her becoming a Yoga Teacher over 15 years ago. She is an experienced teacher at the 500hr level (E-RYT 500) as well as the founder of It’s a Succulent Life, which inspires people to live their best life now through the practice of Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Since 2012, Laura has led the 200hr “Unity” Yoga Teacher Training Program at SWIHA, teaching hundreds of students the ancient science of yoga. She is a Yoga Nidra Facilitator having completed the Advanced Amrit Yoga Nidra Training Program and is a part of the Amrit Yoga Nidra Teaching Faculty at SWIHA as well as an Amrit trained Yoga Therapy/Body Psychology Teacher and Facilitator. As a student of yoga for close to two decades, she feels the true gift of yoga is carrying the peace and joy found on the mat into every aspect of life. Through her years of experience, she creates and adapts classes that inspire students to open up to their own uniqueness and inner strength. Laura has discovered a way of living and being that brings so much fullness to life and this is what she shares with her students. “We are all just walking each other home” – Ram Dass
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Laura McKinzie

Senior Lead Yoga Instructor
Dekim Yay is a dedicated Yoga Instructor, practitioner, and Studio Manager at Spirit Of Yoga. The life-changing practices of Yoga have created very dramatic and positive shifts in his life, and he enjoys nothing more than offering these same timeless tools to students. His passion for Yoga overflows into the Studio Manager Role at Spirit Of Yoga, where he supports the students, teachers, and teachers in training, while also assisting with the teacher training program. Dekim Yay is particularly fond of Yoga Nidra and the vibrational healing power of the Gong. He teaches a wide array of different styles of Yoga. Dekim Yay has nearly 1000 hours of Yoga Teacher Trainings and is an RYT-500. “May you find home everywhere you go, and may Love lead you there.”
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Dekim Yay

Studio Manager

For Yoga Studio Questions call (480) 567-0695 or email Dekim Yay at dekimy@swiha.edu

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Hear From a Yoga Teacher Trained at Spirit of Yoga 

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“Having my own holistic business means showing up in the world for myself and those I want to support. It means picking myself up from the comfort of an office desk, going into the world and sharing my story. I have had to learn how to break out of my shell and get comfortable with being uncomfortable, and it has only paid off…I am excited to see where life leads me!” says Harsha Bippin, founder of Mindful With Harsha and graduate of the Mind-Body Wellness Practitioner program with concentrations in Yoga and Holistic Nutrition. Harsha took a leap of faith when she chose to leave her previous career as a software engineer, citing the need to explore her own health and wellness. She now teaches a variety of public and private Yoga classes, from Yoga Nidra at senior centers to fitness-based Yoga at a gym.

~ Harsha Bippin

Hear From a Yoga Teacher
Trained at Spirit of Yoga
 

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“Having my own holistic business means showing up in the world for myself and those I want to support. It means picking myself up from the comfort of an office desk, going into the world and sharing my story. I have had to learn how to break out of my shell and get comfortable with being uncomfortable, and it has only paid off…I am excited to see where life leads me!” says Harsha Bippin, founder of Mindful With Harsha and graduate of the Mind-Body Wellness Practitioner program with concentrations in Yoga and Holistic Nutrition. Harsha took a leap of faith when she chose to leave her previous career as a software engineer, citing the need to explore her own health and wellness. She now teaches a variety of public and private Yoga classes, from Yoga Nidra at senior centers to fitness-based Yoga at a gym.

~ Harsha Bippin