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!

600 and 800 Hour
Yoga Program Instructors

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.

Rhonda Vroman – I Am Yoga TherapyTM/ Yoga Body Psychology

MBA, ERYT-500, YACEP

After sampling different approaches, Rhonda Vroman knew she had found ‘home’ with the lineage of Swami Kripalu, under the teachings of Kamini Desai and her father Yogi Amrit Desai. She is passionate about introducing this practice to people, to help clients heal and students learn how to guide in this modality.

Certified in Body Psychology/Yoga Therapy and Integral Breath Therapy, her training also includes Engineering and MBA degrees, RYT 500+ and practices inviting body/mind/heart/soul connection. Guiding clients and students as they access a place of inner knowing where wisdom is received is profoundly rewarding for Rhonda, for it is in this place answers previously sought externally are internally sourced. She is honored to be guiding the I AM Yoga Therapy™/ Body Psychology course at SWIHA.

Heather Indu Arena, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT, ALC, BS

Senior Yoga Trainer & Professional Yoga Therapist

Heather, also known as Indu in the Yoga world, has spent the last two decades in the study of and training others in the ancient science of yoga and meditation. Her desire to promote community prompted her to open and run her yoga studio for 8 years, which she sold to three of her students when moving to the larger community of the Amrit Yoga Institute to continue her training and work for them as Director of Programs and Senior Yoga Trainer.  She views the world as a global community where she trains yoga teachers in the practice of Meditation in Motion and supports individuals and groups through Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic based programs. It is her love and devotion to being a yoga practitioner first and her connection to the Amritji Lineage that enables her to reveal the wisdom of yoga in a joyful and powerful way.