Teachers

Brandi Allen

Yoga Instructor


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Brandi feels that her journey with yoga is continually beginning anew. It has been a joy for her to share her love of yoga with everyone from infants up to 80-year-olds. After practicing for more than 20 years, she continues to study all aspects of yoga so that she may bring to her students the freedom and peace she finds in her own practice.


 

Charlotte Bell

Yoga Instructor


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Charlotte Bell began practicing yoga in 1982. Inspired by the smoothness and peace of mind she felt after practicing, she studied intensively, apprenticed in classes, and began teaching in 1986. In 1989, she traveled to India to study with B.K.S. Iyengar, and was certified to teach his method upon returning to the U.S. Donna Farhi has profoundly influenced her teaching philosophy and style, as have Judith Hanson Lasater, the late Mary Dunn and Elise Miller. Charlotte’s teaching style is peaceful and non-competitive, emphasizing the fluid interweaving of breath and movement and the importance of being present to each moment of each asana.

Mindfulness meditation is the foundation of Charlotte’s yoga, music, writing and life practices. Charlotte attended her first silent vipassana (insight) meditation retreat at the Last Resort Retreat Center in 1988. Since then she has attended more than 15 silent retreats of up to 30 days with her mentors, Pujari and Abhilasha Keays, as well as with Joseph Goldstein, Guy and Sally Armstrong, Michele McDonald, Steven Smith, Gregory Scharf, Sylvia Boorstein, James Baraz and Annie Nugent.

Charlotte is the author of three books on yoga, both published by Rodmell Press (now Shambhala Publications): Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life; Yoga for Meditators and Hip-Healthy Asana. She has written for Yoga Journal and Yoga International, and she currently writes a yoga column for Catalyst Magazine. She also edits and writes for Hugger Mugger Yoga Products’ and Yoga U Online’s blogs. Every year she writes a feature story for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s programs.

A lifelong musician, Charlotte plays oboe and English horn with the Salt Lake Symphony and Red Rock Rondo, whose 2010 music special won two Emmy awards and an award from the National Educational Television Association.


Michael Berger

7th Degree Black Belt Master of Classical Martial Arts


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With over 35 years of training experience, including over 7 years residence in Japan in China, Berger Sensei trained in Japan with the JKA for several years in the 1980s & 1990s, beginning in 1983. While there, he trained at multiple locations that included both Takushoku and Komazawa Universities as well as the JKA Headquarters Dojo, where he was awarded his shodan in 1984 by then Chief Instructor Nakayama Sensei.  He has placed in numerous tournaments in the US and Japan in both JKA and mixed-style events, and is a two-time All Japan and three-time World Tournament participant. He has produced several books and videos and has taught martial arts and law enforcement techniques worldwide, to such agencies as Los Angeles Police Dept. He has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers, books, films and television news features worldwide, some of which include the following: Fox News Television (2013),”That’s China- Zhejiang” Magazine (China)(2012), Hangzhou Daily Newspaper (China)(2010),”Karate Masters”(Empire Media 2010), Masters Magazine, San Pedro Magazine, Acupuncture Today (2013), Shotokan Karate Magazine, Shotokan Way Magazine, and others. He also studied various martial arts in China while there pursuing an advanced degree in traditional Chinese medicine. He currently operates a dojo in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he also practices acupuncture and Zen Buddhism, as well as trains MMA fighters.


Donna Dinsdale

Meditation Teacher


For the past two and a half decades Donna has practiced and studied with great Buddhist teachers and meditation masters in Nepal, India, and North America. She is a member of the Ngöndro Gar, an international community of students practicing Ngöndro following the teachings of Dzongsar Khyenste Rinpoche, and is a former Director of the Salt Lake City Shambhala Meditation Center. Donna’s professional life has spanned the fields of public education, integrative health, and massage therapy. She currently is in collaboration with the faculty and students of the Garden of Peace School in Kurumbapalayam Village, Tamil Nadu, India to develop an education and human rights well-being program.

Donna earned her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology, Biology and Secondary Education from the University of Utah. She has studied and earned certificates from Duke Integrative Medicine at Duke University, California College of Ayurveda, and Utah College of Massage Therapy.


Anne Doubek, CMHC, RYT-500

Yoga Instructor


Anne is a licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Registered Yoga teacher who works with individuals in a private practice setting with a variety of mental health issues. She also teaches yoga and yoga-based therapy techniques to individuals and groups.

Anne knows that the most effective work in psychology terms is done when the body is brought into the picture and that the best yoga classes address the psyche and philosophy of yoga as well as the physical practice.

Anne has worked with some of the most challenging settings including prisons, substance abuse treatment programs, and with institutionalized youth. She has also a highly skilled yoga teacher who has taught in numerous yoga studios throughout Alaska and Utah.

Anne earned her yoga teacher training at the 500-hour level through Lynne Minton in Anchorage, Alaska and is firmly rooted in the Hatha tradition through Lynne’s training with BKS Iyengar. Anne has studied with Abhijata Iyenger, and in addition has studied and taught Yoga Nidra as a specialty for over five years in yoga studios, physical therapy clinics, and therapy offices. She is a licensed Mental Health Clinician in the State of Utah. She has previously been a licensed clinician in the state of Alaska.

Anne holds an M.A. is Social-Behavioral Sciences from Bastyr University in Seattle. She in a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level with Yoga Alliance.


Marlena Lambert

Yoga Instructor


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Marlena’s yoga practice dates back more than 35 years, but she only began teaching yoga in 1998, about the time she began to practice insight meditation. In 2000, she decided to study bodywork to improve her teaching. Since 2002, she has been a professional body worker (LMT) as well as a teacher of yoga and insight meditation. Her passion is the continuing study of anatomy and physiology as it relates to wellness.

She holds a Master of Science in Anthropology, with an emphasis in South Asian culture, and worked for over a decade in science education at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Marlena is also recognized by the National Yoga Alliance as “E-RYT-500,” an experienced registered yoga teacher with over 500 hours in training. In truth she has more than 10 times that in education and experience.

Marlena’s knowledge of yoga and her meditative style bring incredible sensitivity to her bodywork practice, and her knowledge of the body brings unusual depth to her understanding of hatha yoga and insight meditation, as does her background in education and South Asian studies.


Dana Levy

Yoga Instructor


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Dana Levy has been teaching alignment-based hatha yoga since 2004. With a background in dance and martial arts, she was drawn to Iyengar Yoga, with its depth, precision, clarity, and awareness of mental, physical, and spiritual alignment.

Dana first studied, then began teaching, alignment-based hatha yoga in the Iyengar tradition with Dominica Serigano at SHIZEN Yoga Studio in Tokyo from 2004-2009.

In 2005, Dana opened FURLA Yoga in Aoyama, Tokyo, in cooperation with the esteemed Italian leather goods brand, FURLA, and SHIZEN Yoga Studio. For 10 years, she has managed, taught at, and directed the studio, developing curriculum and programming. Dana’s bilingual English/Japanese alignment-based yoga classes, prenatal & postnatal yoga classes were well attended by both Japanese and international clientele.

In 2014, Dana relocated to Salt Lake City, where she teaches alignment-based yoga classes, workshops, and private lessons, and assists in local teacher trainings. She is fortunate to continue directing FURLA yoga, and travels periodically to Tokyo to work with the instructors and staff there.

Dana has studied with senior Iyengar instructors Gabriela Giubilaro, Marla Apt, Paul Cabanis, Ramanand Patel, and others. Her main teacher, Dominica Serigano, has been a guide, friend, and collaborator for over 12 years.

Dana’s background in modern dance, bodywork, anatomy and kinesiology, and martial arts influences her teaching style. Using yoga as a vehicle for transformation, she combines ease, efficiency, and coordination of body, breath, action and movement with precise awareness of alignment and structure. Dana offers challenging, innovative, fun, and instructive classes with an emphasis on meeting each student’s needs. Using props such as blocks, belts, bolsters, chairs, and walls, she creates a yoga practice for every body, regardless of age, size, or ability, and encourages practitioners to develop a lifelong practice.


 

Jendar Marie Morales

Yoga Instructor


Jendar Marie Morales was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2008, she started to experience pain on her knees. Looking for a less strenuous workout to help her knee, Jendar began to practice yoga. She immediately fell in love with the practice for how it made her feel both physically and mentally.

Jendar has received yoga training at the University of Utah and at the Association for Yoga and Meditation in Rishikesh, India. She holds a 500 E-RYT from the Yoga Alliance. Her focus as a teacher is on alignment-based Hatha while incorporating the eight limbs of yoga. In her classes, Jendar applies principles from the Iyengar style of yoga, which focuses on alignment and use of props.

Jendar is currently completing a yoga therapy training at Inbody Yoga Academy in Salt Lake City. In addition to her yoga studies, Jendar holds an MA in Museum Studies from New York University and has worked in the arts for over a decade. She is an Associate Instructor of yoga at the University of
Utah School of Health and trains students to become yoga teachers.


    Roz Newmark

    Yoga Instructor


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    Roz Newmark was first introduced to transcendental meditation (TM), and Swami Vishnudevanananda’s yoga in 1972. As a lover of movement, Roz has found balance through both seated and moving meditations. She has quieted the chattering mind with thousands of hours and miles spent in swimming, bicycling, and dancing. Over the past 35 years, Roz has studied with many senior Iyengar, Anusara and Para yoga teachers, completing several teacher training sessions. Donna Farhi’s work has been a strong influence, with its clarity in how to integrate the richly informed studies of Body Mind Centering (BMC) with yoga.

    In her own teaching, Roz enjoys blending the concise structure of the Iyengar tradition with BMC and her own kinetic insights developed as a professional dancer.

    She has served a wide range of populations, from children to seniors, athletes to injured, and corporate to casual. It is her belief, that through merging breath with intelligent asana practice, while listening to the body’s deeper wisdom, one can prevent injuries and find greater ease in movement and stasis.


    Cathy Pollock

    Yoga Instructor


    Cathy Pollock received her certification by the American Society for the Alexander Technique from the Pacific Institute for the Alexander Technique in Chico, California in 1994. She is an RYT-200 Certified Yoga Teacher and holds a black belt in Aikido.

    In addition to Cathy’s private practice, Cathy is the co-director of Salt Lake City Alexander Technique (SLCityAT.com), a three-year teacher training certification program recognized by the American Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (AmSAT). This is the first, and only training course in Utah.

    Cathy has presented the Alexander Technique to the University of Utah Physical Therapy, Music, Modern Dance, and Theater Departments, Weber State University Music and Voice Departments, Idaho State University Music Department, the Utah Symphony-Utah Opera Company, Suzuki Flute Festival, the National Choral Director’s Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  In healthcare facilities, at the University of Utah’s Physical Therapy Department, ARUP Labs Fitness Program, The Spine Clinic in Salt Lake City and the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Utah. She has conducted workshops for yoga and martial arts groups and has taught young performers at Dancer’s Workshop in Jackson, Wyoming, the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts, The Waterford School, and Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City.

    Cathy uses creativity, intuition, and humor to help her students learn to refine their body awareness and movement strategies. Cathy’s love of music, yoga, outdoor sports and martial arts create a teaching atmosphere that is both fun, and practical. Cathy is devoted to empowering her students towards self-awareness and self-care.

    Visit her private practice website at: TheEmbodiedWay.com

    For information about Alexander Technique Teacher Training in Salt Lake City: SLCityAT.com, 801-230-7661



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