Course Teachers

COURSE LEADER

Ruth Hartung (Sraddhasagar) ERYT-500
200 Hour Hatha & Kundalini Teacher Trainings,  300 Hour 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. Ruth has been a practitioner of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka for the past 25 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

Debra Infante
200 Hour Hatha Teacher Training

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
200 Hour Hatha Teacher Training, 300 Hour 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.

ErinErin Koenig LMT, NBCMT
200 Hour Hatha Teacher Training, 300 Hour Yoga Therapy Program

Erin is a Nationally Board Certified Massage Therapist and Instructor at ASIS Massage School. She graduated from National Holistic Institute of Massage Therapy in 2000, and immediately had a full time practice in a Chiropractic office for 5 years, focusing mostly on Injury Rehab and sports massage. She was on the US Open Field Track and Field Championship Sports Massage Team at Stanford University in 2003, and was the official Massage Therapist for the Cesar Gracie Fight Team out of Concord, CA from 2004-2005.

In 2005, she took time off to get married, have a family, and travel. She moved to Arizona with her family in 2010 and began teaching Kinesiology at ASIS Massage School in Clarkdale. Over the years she has taught Injury Rehab, Sports Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Anatomy and Physiology. She keeps a small part time massage practice, a full time mommy practice, and loves to facilitate learning in others. She has always used Yoga in practice, and firmly believes in it’s role as a healing and balancing practice of achieving overall health, strength, flexibility and stability in the body.
She currently lives in Cottonwood, Arizona with her Singer/Songwriter husband and their 2 children.

 

Taylor Kurz (RYT-500)
200 Hour Hatha Teacher Training

Taylor, a Sedona local, has been a student of yoga since 2002. She was initiated in the Sivananda linage, receiving her first 200 hour Hatha certification in Uttarakhand, India, in 2010. Upon returning to the United States, she had the honor of being a karma yogi at Seven Centers, to later study and complete their 200 hour Hatha certification. Her studies continued with the center, completing her 500 hour certification, with an Ayurvedic and therapeutic emphasis. Taylor is an outdoor enthusiast, perpetual student, hiking guide, and artist. Her studies focus on plant medicine, Eastern philosophy, astrology, and various healing modalities. The foundation of her classes is Hatha-based, sharing from her personal experience to bestow an integral approach to teaching. In pursuit of sharing sacred knowledge, we can use this spark to illumine the brilliance of bringing balance to the physical and esoteric bodies. There is a cyclical interplay of working with the body to gain control of the mind and prana, to experience the unchanging truth that is within each of us eternally. She is honored to be both a vessel for the teachings, and a student of her students. (Integrative Hatha)

 

Hari Jap
200 Hour Hatha Teacher Training, 200 Hour Kundalini Teacher Training

Founder of the Center for Divine Awakening, a Kundalini Yoga Center, Hari Jap has been teaching Kundalini Yoga since 1983. In addition to his study with Yogi Bhajan, he has studied with several other Master Teachers from numerous traditions including Taoist Master Lee, Mantak Chia and Sunyata. Hari Jap has extensive training in Kundalini Yoga along with training in Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Tantra, Kinesiology, Martial Arts, and Shamanism teachings.

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.