Course Teachers

COURSE LEADER

Ruth Hartung (Sraddhasagar)
Hatha & Kundalini Immersions, Yoga Therapy Program, Chakra Intensive, Conflict Resolution
Co-founder & Director of  7 Centers Yoga Arts, Ruth taught yoga for 7 years in studios in Los Angeles and Seattle before moving to Sedona in 1998. Trained in Kundalini Yoga in LA, she initiated with the Bihar School of Yoga under Swami Niranjanananda in Mungyr, India in 1994. Her passion for bringing spiritual dharma into daily life has led to integrating the trinity of the teachings of Yoga, Ayurveda and Jyotish as foundation for the programs and community of 7 Centers. She also is a practitioner of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka for the past 16 years. She  has served as President of the International Yoga College, founded by Rama Jyoti Vernon, her mentor and teacher. In her role as Vice-president of Gardens for Humanity, she has volunteered in the local agriculture renaissance & sustainability movement and founded the Sedona Spring Planting Festival.

FACULTY

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Zac Occhiline
 Hatha, Kundalini Immersion,
Yoga Therapy Program, Intensives 

Zac has been studying and practicing yoga since 2000. He has been teaching Kundalini and Hatha yoga since 2004 including many of the basic Shatkarmas(yogic cleanses) and early sadhana. Zac has studied Ayurveda and integrated it as personal lifestyle through food and herbal healing for over a decade. Growing up in Sedona has given him a deep appreciation and love of wilderness, and the natural beauty of plants, animal and environs throughout the state.

Jeff E. Masters 
Hatha, Kundalini Immersion, Yoga Therapy Program

Jeff is the founder and director of Thunder Mountain Wellness Center in Sedona, AZ. He is a teacher of anatomy & physiology, as well as Myotherapy, licensed massage therapist and personal trainer who specializes in Swedish & Deep Tissue massage, Craniosacral , Neuromuscular,& Sports Therapy, advanced functional anatomy and assessment, and the treatment of chronic pain. He is an internationally published author, who was awarded an honorary Masters degree in Anatomy and Physiology, from the Open International University for Complimentary Medicine, Sri Lanka in 2006.

Debra Infante
Hatha Immersion

Debra is a practicing Vedic astrologer certified by The American College of Vedic Astrology as an approved teacher (Level I) in September 1999. She has been studying Vedic astrology since 1995 and been a professional astrologer since 1999. She is the co-editor of the recently published Path of Light, Introduction to Vedic Astrology (Volume I) and Path of Light, The Domains of Life, Volume II, written by James Kelleher. She has been sharing Vedic astrology to the students in the yoga immersions  at 7 Centers since 2002.

 

Melissa

Melissa Camacho
Hatha Immersion, Yoga Therapy Program

Melissa is one of alternative medicine’s most gifted practitioners. Intuitive and knowledgeable, she is a Licensed Acupuncturist, and certified in Ayurvedic medicine.  Trained in yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic cooking, she’s able to offer exceptional healing services including Acupuncture, Cupping, Acupressure, and various Ayurvedic body therapies.  She counsels on nutrition, exercise, meditation and lifestyle.  She is a graduate of Dr. Vasant Lad’s Ayurvedic Institute, and received her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Southwest Acupuncture College-Santa Fe.  Internationally trained and former Ayurvedic cook of 7 Centers, she feels blessed to return and contribute to Sedona, Arizona’s first and finest yoga studio.  She is a regular contributor to yoga and health periodicals, and teaches Ayurvedic workshops throughout the Southwest.

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Hatha Immersion

Sean was first introduced to yoga in Sedona in 2003 and further delved into its practice and philosophy as a student of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, he surrendered to the spontaneity of travel and life abroad in New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia where his understanding of yoga and meditation deepened through experience with various teachers. Sean returned to his childhood home of Sedona in 2012 and has increasingly committed himself to the integration, exploration and application of yogic philosophy to all aspects of life. As a teacher of Daily Classes, Training Programs and Private Yoga Therapy Sessions, Sean brings his sense of adventure to the practice of yoga as well as a passion for exploring the internal experience as thoroughly as the external world.

Lionheart 

The Temple Cat at 7 Centers Yoga Arts. In addition to his official temple duties, he also writes a monthly column for our newsletter, and assists with gardening and landscaping through control and eradication of pests. Lionheart enjoys practicing asana (especially savasana), researching, contemplating and teaching yogic philosophy and hiking in the red rocks of Sedona.

Xena (Warrior Princess)

The junior Temple Cat  who has shown great skill in training everyone to open the door for her multiple times daily with her haunting & plaintive voice. She is proving herself a formidable hunter of grasshoppers & lizards.