Geni Donnelly - Yogamour USA
Geni Donnelly is a registered Prana Flow® yoga instructor E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 Advanced Yoga Therapist. Further credentials include a certification in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for PTSD founded by David Emerson of the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts, as well as Yoga for Cancer (Y4C) Teacher Training with Tari Prinster. As the co-founder of Yogamour which is a non-profit organization offering yoga-volunteer retreats, fundraising trips and community services locally and globally, Geni promotes the organization's philosophy of, "yogis for selfless service" with co-founder Rebeccah Bartlett. "I am forever grateful for those whom I have had the honor to guide through a practice as my students. They forever gift me with gems of wisdom as my honored teachers. Some of the gifted educators who have shaped my thoughts and methods of teaching include Maria Garre, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, David Emerson, Max Strom, and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, as well as my functioning dysfunctional fun family and fabulous dogs! Teaching the intelligence of Prana Flow® for me, has ignited a passion for movement, creativity, playfulness and mindfulness."
Laurence Gilliot- Yoga Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Life Coach and Yogamour Ambassador
Growing up in a bilingual family in multi-cultural Belgium, Laurence learned from a young age how to bring people from different backgrounds together and let them connect as human beings. Soon after she completed her Master’s degree in Business, Laurence chose to follow a path of adventure and service to others. For 5 years, her work in an international non-profit organisation allowed her to facilitate deep community conversations in remote villages in DR-Congo to slums in the Philippines to violent neighborhoods in Papua New Guinea.
Along the way, Laurence started to practice yoga, which had a profound impact on her life. She saw that she could greatly contribute to this world by transforming her own emotional luggage and by sharing her practice with others.
With 6 years dedicated practice to yoga with a wide variety of styles and gifted teachers, Laurence now sees yoga as a journey home, reconnecting us to the deepest parts of ourselves, with our breath, humour and self-love as travel companions. Her classes are inspired by Anusara, Vinyasa, Restorative yoga, Yin yoga and Ayurveda.
Meditation in motion has been a common denominator in Laurence's life. Besides the practice of yoga, she completed a 5-month walking meditation in the Himalayas, facilitates the dance of Compassionate Communication and is a certified facilitator of Dance Mandala, an ecstatic dance expression, where participants listen and follow the body's intuitive wisdom.
Since 2006, Laurence has studied Buddhist mindfulness meditation on several retreats with Zen-master Thich Nhat Hanh and she co-facilitates a weekly meditation group in Chiang Mai. She combines this Eastern practice of Buddhist psychology with the Western practice of Non-Violent Communication to coach both individuals and groups towards more fulfilled and joyful lives.
Rebeccah Bartlett - Yogamour Global
Beccah discovered yoga at a young age from her aunt, a yoga teacher who had done her training at Kripalu. However, she didn't embrace yoga until she was 22, when she began to take classes from a local studio that was sponsoring a 5k Beccah was involved in. The gates opened, and yoga became a complete healing process, both physically and mentally. Deciding to explore the world and her love for yoga, Beccah ended up volunteering at a school in a “slum” of India. The children were restless and it was hard to get them to come together and focus on learning, so Beccah involved the entire school in an early morning practice of yoga before each school day began, which did wonders for the kids’ attention spans. It seemed to Beccah that she had found her place. Upon returning to the U.S., she decided the next chapter of her life was going to be yoga teacher training. The training (RYT 200-hour) only confirmed that she had made the right choice.
She is now deepening her practice and has been amazed by the doors it has opened. Including her move to Chiang Mai, Thailand where she is involved with continuing support for our Yogamour Seva Projects through out the years. She has gone on to deepen her study of yoga with influence from teachers such as Seane Corn, Shiva Rae, Sarah Ivanhoe, Faith Hunter, Kathryn Budig, Coby Kozlowski, Rosey Mann and more. She has developed a unique style of playful vinyasa to open your heart and mind as we move our practices from the form of yoga asana into the flow of life. Her ultimate passion is to intertwine her yoga community with volunteerism.
Maggie Lile- Yoga Teacher and Yogamour Ambassador
Maggie is a certified Vinyasa Yoga teacher. Looking at the asana practice as a continuous exploration of breathe, body, mind, and spirit Maggie’s mission is to give practitioners the opportunity to think and move in harmony with their surroundings. Maggie was introduced to yoga as an incredibly stiff collegiate athlete seeking functional flexibility. She would drop in to the occasional class enjoying relief in the physical body. It wasn’t until a car accident in 2011, when feeling broken and bruised, that Yoga became an integral part of her life. It was a combination of Iyengar Yoga and the Sivananda Ashram that initially gave her tools to heal her physical body and reconnect to her spirit. She has since then grown to enjoy a more vigorous Vinyasa flow. At the moment she passionately creates flows that balance effort and ease, which are challenging and grounding, focused and fun!
Christiana Michelle Lang- Yoga Teacher, Life Coach and Yogamour Ambassador
Christiana received the nickname “Ana” growing up playing soccer in southern California that stuck through captaining the University of Hartford women's division one team. At the age of 18, Ana attended her first yoga class at CorePower Yoga in Huntington Beach, CA as a way to cross-train. Two years later with a position at lululemon athletica, she tiptoed into as many different disciplines and lineages of yoga as she could, enamored with the spiritual and energy aspects of yoga. Influenced by teachers on both the east and the west coast, Ana decided to pursue her 200 hour yoga teacher certification at Kripalu School of Yoga in the Berkshires, Massachusetts in 2013. Landmark education, igolu life coaching trainings, libraries of personal development books and company goal coaching exercises allowed Ana to begin goal coaching co-workers, friends, corporate teams and international leadership groups. Christiana is currently living and working in rural Thailand on a 27 month youth and community development assignment through the Peace Corps. Her favorite project is “10 Villages Yoga and English Project”- a program that began as a recreational class and will end in an occupational yoga teacher training and sustainable community health initiative.