Our experienced yoga instructors offer a wide range of classes in an open and peaceful setting surrounded by gardens with views of the Red Rocks and hiking trails nearby.
Ruth Hartung (ERYT-500) 7 Center’s Director & Course Leader, Ruth began her journey into yoga in 1991 with the study and teaching of Kundalini yoga in Los Angeles. In 1994 she initiated with Swami Niranjananda in the Satyananda Saraswati lineage through the Bihar School of Yoga in Mungyr, India at which time she was given the spiritual name of Sraddhasagar (Ocean of Faith) While on that five month long pilgrimage she met Rama Jyoti Vernon leading a Yoga for Peace conference in Jerusalem and began studying with her in Hatha Yoga, the Yoga Sutras and Conflict Resolution in 1999. Rama’s mentorship of asana and pranayama as a way of practicing the yoga philosophy of the Sutras is foundational in all immersions. In addition, Muhammed Faust & Viskashananda of Nepal have been important teachers of transmission for kundalini yoga and the deeper understanding of yogic philosophy. Ruth has also been a practitioner of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka for the past 25 years
Alongside the growing of 7 Centers and the teaching of yoga as spiritual lifestyle, Ruth has a love for ongoing study that has included folk medicine and practical herbalism. More recently in 2008, Ruth became involved in the local food, agriculture and sustainability movement as an extension of the social consciousness movement that yoga is all about. Joining the local Crescent Moon Community garden and creating a Medicine Herb Garden at the center, led to the founding of the Spring Planting Festival, now an annual event in Sedona and her two year work with Gardens for Humanity as Vice-President. Integrating the growing of food & herbs as part of the yoga teacher trainings, she feels that yoga has an important role to play not just for the individual’ s health and well being but also for our local and global communities. (Kundalini Yoga, 5 Elements, Chakra Yoga,Vajrayogini)
Hari Jap is the founder of The Center of Divine Awakening, a Kundalini yoga studio in Phoenix, Arizona. He has dedicated his entire life to the pursuit of spiritual knowledge and sharing it with others. 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. He has been teaching Kundalini Yoga for over 30 years.
Ana Hansen began her studies in yoga and Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras in 2001. Her first yoga class was a video with Patricia Walden,given to her by her twin sister, Melissa. In the summer of 2003, she recieved Yoga Alliance’s 200 hour level teacher certification. Since being with 7 Centers Yoga Arts she has met many of her gurus of yoga: Rama Jyoti Vernon, Shraddhasaggar, and Ambaya. Shortly after receiving her 200 hour level training, she worked at 7 Centers Yoga Arts as a yoga instructor and an ayurvedic chef for the teacher training programs. She received darshan from Sri Karunamayi, an embodiment of divine motherly love. Also, she reveived darshan from Ammaji, the hugging saint of India. Ana Hansen continues to study them as examples of holy women. In 2005, Ana completed her Yoga Alliance 500 hour level teacher training program with the International Yoga College. (Restorative, Yin)
Naomi Rose was first introduced to yoga when she was 13 years old. It had such a profound impact on her way back then, that she has been studying and practicing it ever since. Her spiritual path as led her into many traditions and explorations. Over the last many years, she’s devoted much of her time to writing and illustrating Tibetan wisdom tales for children. To her surprise, she felt the call to teach yoga several years ago. Now she’s been teaching classes at various Sedona locations for almost two years. For Naomi, teaching yoga is a journey of awakening and presence. Her classes allow students to gently follow the wisdom of their own practice, to clear the way to greater presence, to open to their true natures, and to awaken. She draws on various traditions, including Hatha, Flow, and Kundalini. Students appreciate Naomi’s spiritual and transformative teaching. She teaches from her heart, gives clear guidance, and creates a loving, supportive atmosphere. (Gentle Hatha and Kundalini Yoga, Community Classes)
Uta Klara Gschirr discovered her love for yoga at 7 Centers some years ago and has graduated from the 500 hr program. She has had a passion for working with different healing modalities most of her life. Uta was a social worker in Germany, with a strong background in Psychotherapy. She arrived in the United States in 1998. Living and working at the Esalen Institute for 9 years shifted her emphasis and interest in working with people more and more to movement/dance and the expressive arts for the purpose of healing and transformation. During those years she started to train with Anna Halprin and was introduced to dancing with nature and the environment which became a passion. After her graduation from Tamalpa Institute, she became a staff member of the Esalen Movement Program, teaching awareness through dance and movement. Uta claims she has been lucky and blessed for many teachers coming her way, reinforcing the concept that there is only one constant in life: movement and change. The path of yoga and ayurveda weaves together her love for moving the body mind and spirit and her reverence and interest in healing plants and nature at large. She is happy to share what she has learned so far. (Therapeutic Hatha & Yoga Nidra, Hatha Yoga Sanctuary)
Taylor Kurz (RYT-500) , 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. (Sun/Moon Flow, Candlelight Restorative, Kundalini Yoga)
Jeremy Benn (200hr CYT) completed his training with Ritam Healing Arts. He continues to work with and learn from his teacher, Saul David Raye. Attracted to Shaman and Eastern modalities of healing, he discovered the 5 Rites of Rejuvenation as a young adult. By the time he attended his first yoga class New Years Eve six years ago, his heart, mind, body and soul found refuge in the Yogic space of co-creation. A father, artist, poet, musician, athlete, counselor, teacher, herbalist, student and lover of life for Jeremy “Yoga is for spiritual beings having a human experience to have it with strength, grace and beauty. Let’s share yoga, our desires, expansion and healing.” (Sunday Sadhana, Yoga with Cats)
Marnie Mills (RYT 200) discovered yoga in 1990 while taking a World Religions course. When the curriculum ventured into eastern theology, her professor introduced the topic with a yoga class. The experience was so profound she immediately sought out more yoga and her formative teachers: Rodney Yee, Erich Schiffmann, Shiva Rae, and Judith Lasater among others. She became a certified teacher in 2002 with Erich Schiffmann through the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, California. In 2005, she studied Kriya Yoga under Pricilla Potter, Swami Maha-tarananda, at Yoga Connection in Tucson, Arizona. From 2004-2011 she merged beauty, the healing arts and yoga as the owner of Monsoon Face and Body in Bisbee, Az. She developed her signature chakra aroma skin care line, Monsoon Nectar and incorporated the organic aroma into all the facets of her work. Various travels through Asia have integrated her East meets West approach to spirituality, teaching, and lifestyle. Marnie presents energy healing workshops, retreats, and private sessions harnessing the vibration of aroma, sound, and yoga to explore the chakra system. Her practice emphasizes The Oneness that all lineages lead to and she is grateful to all of her teachers and students. (Chakra Aroma Flow)
Joe Yewdell (RYT 200) began his spiritual journey as a child of the 50’s watching yoga on public television and was doing headstands and squat (malasana) as a young boy. In college, Joe studied yoga and began a meditation practice but family and career put the spiritual journey on hold until 1995 when his corporate life ended and the true spiritual journey began. Joe discovered 2 special teachers who continue to influence him today. The first, Elizabeth Sheffield, a wonderful Iyengar teacher in New York brought discipline and freedom together to illustrate the true dance of yoga. And Alan Finger, creator of ISHTA, Yoga Works and Yoga Zone, with influence from Paramahansa Yogananada’s lineage integrated Hatha Yoga, Tantric philosophy and Ayurveda in a joyful, yet serious manner that rang true for Joe and provided the spiritual spark of a true yoga master. It was with Alan at ISHTA Yoga that Joe completed the 200 hour yoga certification that initiated his path as a teacher.
For Joe, Teaching has provided him with his happiest and most joyful moments. His classes include an asana practice tailored to each student’s ability, detailed breath work and a guided meditation to enable students to find THEIR personal pathway to stillness. “I believe that meditation is the key that unlocks the pathway inside to Spirit and that yoga students at every level are capable of beginning this journey right now!”
(Gentle Yoga/Breath Work/Meditation)
Margareth Suzette teaches Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. She has been practicing this modality for over 10 years in it’s pure and authentic form. Each class includes all 8 limbs of yoga (awakening of spirit, deep meditation, concentration, synchronization of senses, control of Life Force, postures for health and meditation, five Disciplines, five Restraints). Each class is a complete set – It is a precise and scientific technique and is for anybody who wants to have an accelerated spiritual growth and physical and emotional balance, stability and strength. Margareth is also a Reiki master, and a certified clinical Hypnotherapist. She is a tour guide and owner of Red Earth Adventures facilitating Medicine Wheel ceremonies since 1998 in Sedona, also nationally and internationally. She has facilitated the ceremony as a communication tool for Palestinians and Israelis, as well as for corporations. She is born in Turkey, grew up in Israel, lived in Germany and Asia and speaks 6 languages. “I am blessed to serve humanity through my work”. (Kundalini Yoga & Meditation)
Joelle Cogliati (RYT-300) comes to us from Jackson, WY where Winter is long and Hot Yoga is popular! She studied with Absolute Hot Yoga Thailand on the island of Koh Samui; her training in 2010 was the most globally represented class – 33 Women from 25 countries! Her personal practice began in ’96 evolving from Ashtanga, Anusara, Hot (not Bikram), & Restorative. Joelle infuses her yoga instruction and adjustments with anatomy & physiology from an orthopedic massage practice(23yrs), personal training & fitness(15yrs), ball therapy(20yrs), and yoga(5yrs). She likes to focus on a “Less is More” style of Yoga, the anatomy of movement, yoga therapy infusions, a slow heart centered breath option, foot care, feather light adjustments of symmetry, and authentic alignment from the feet up in all asana’s. Imagine that your breath and Savasana is all you really need! Therapy Balls may be present for myofascial opening of posture and body. (Sunday Sunset)
Monica Garland was called to the yogic path in 2009 when she was pregnant with her first son. Adopting a dedicated prenatal yoga practice that combined asana and pranayama was instrumental in the gentle births of her two boys, and helped her to find balance on and off the mat as a mother, wife, friend, and business-owner. A lifelong lover of sports, dance, and movement, she discovered that yoga not only helped her to heal old physical injuries, but it also brought her great peace and tranquility. She returned to Seven Centers’ 200-hour Hatha Teacher Training Program to deepen her personal practice and share her love of yoga with others. It is her hope that her passion as a yoga student may inspire other students, so that they may unravel the peace and happiness available through a dedicated practice. (Prenatal Yoga)
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