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Ashley Wynn

Founder: The Grateful Yogi
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Ashley is in deep gratitude to all of her teachers both in and out of the “classroom.” She began dancing when she was 3 years old and has been studying yoga since she was 15. Over the past decade, Ashley has studied many aspects of the 8 limbs of yoga described by Patanjali as well as other forms of eastern and western philosophies. It is Bhakti yoga, the yoga of the heart, which has spoken to her the loudest. Visiting the Santosh Puri Ashram in India was Ashley’s deepest personal experience to date. That experience created the foundation of her personal practice. “I feel being a student, and always being aware that I am indeed a student, even when I teach allows for oneness and union that embodies yoga and takes the experience way beyond a mat.” Her teaching philosophy is also based on Krishnamacharya's fundamental principle that yoga must always be adapted to an individual's changing needs in order to derive the maximum therapeutic benefits. She began with her first teacher training in 2003 and has never stopped studying. While Ashley’s class format is always different, you can expect that her classes will include elements of bhakti & hatha vinyasa, dance, meditation, pranayama, self-love, community-building exercises like kirtan and devotion, as well as gratitude. Her commitment, self-love and her own truth can be felt in each class she teaches. Come to Ashley’s class to let go of stress, have fun, be inspired, and dive into any fears that have prevented you from living your truth. “Love and honor this body it’s your temple, treat it the way you would treat a lover! The body, mind, heart, and soul are all ours to enjoy. Live life passionately, and CONNECT...yoga is a tool to apply to our - REAL LIFE not just something we do 90 min. on a mat in a studio. But something that just blends into our entire being and existence and just becomes part of who we are.”
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Eileen Lorraine

Teacher: The Grateful Yogi
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Eileen Lorraine’s passion for sharing yoga as an instrument towards personal and spiritual growth is known the moment you step into one of her classes. From her very first class at the young age of 17, Eileen knew that she’d stumbled onto something big that would define her life’s path and dharma. She learned the practice from Jack England, her first of many teachers and mentors, who introduced her to the ancient science of yoga compelling her to complete multiple 200-hour teaching trainings and workshops. As a certified 500RYT Dharma Yoga teacher, Eileen teaches in service to Sri Dharma Mittra. Eileen’s yoga teaching career began at the age of 19 teaching for Club Med, followed by many years teaching throughout Florida’s east coast. She later relocated to Las Vegas in 2001 for new opportunities on and off of the mat. Now with a long-time career in the corporate world, a yoga and meditation instructor, writer, and community activist, Eileen is able to offer insightful and practical application of yoga postures, breath work, meditation, and “good-living” philosophy for a modern, hectic world.One of Eileen’s core beliefs is that through Seva, selfless service, our own happiness is found. She is founder of Underground Yoga Movement, a grass-roots yoga outreach effort that leads weekly free yoga classes at HELP of Southern Nevada’s Shannon West Homeless Youth Center and Las Vegas Rescue Mission. Eileen’s work in the yoga has been covered by Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Rebelle Society, and various local publications. Her classes are taught from the heart, offering light-hearted, nurturing, socially conscious, and authentic experiences for each one of her students. Living a life of honestly, authenticity, integrity and love are Eileen’s core values and she is grateful and humbled for the privilege to share the way of Self-Realization with others.
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Dominique Laniel

Teacher: The Grateful Yogi
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Dominique Laniel, born and raised in Montreal Canada. Even though it was the mystique of the philosophy and the seductive aspect of the mythology that initiated me into yoga, it was the physical side that got me hooked. I started practicing yoga in early 2000 , after getting a book and dvd of Rodney Yee and doing it while shaking in my living room I discovered the joy of practicing in a group when my best friend took me to my first bikram class in Montreal. I moved to New York in 2000 working as a model and found that yoga was not only a great tool for the body but also for the heart! My career brought me to Europe where I got to live and experience beautiful people and culture. Dominique invites you to challenge your body and open your heart with invigorating sequencing in her vinyasa and will find some intentional mudra and mythology woven in your practice. My intentions when practicing are often to make me feel so super good that the whole world can feel it as we are all connected.
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Amber Hawley

Teacher: The Grateful Yogi
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This Vermonter found her way to Vegas nine years ago to get out of a rut. After trying on a few jobs and not finding anything she was passionate about, Amber stumbled across yoga while between jobs and instantly fell in love. Lost on what direction she should go, it was yoga that helped her through the stress and confusion of job searching. One day at the gym, the yoga instructor didn't show. The frustrated class of about 20 students, all nominated Amber to teach. Amber stepped up and taught the class. That's when she realized what her passion truly was.Amber completed her 200 RYT Vinyasa Flow course in March of 2012 with additional, ongoing training in restorative yoga. In addition to her yoga certification, Amber is a certified Reiki III practitioner (a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing). She is eager to put together a blend of restorative flow infused with Reiki to help those who want to try yoga, but want a more gentle flow. Amber's other passions include hiking and camping, gardening, singing, music, jewelry making, cooking, wine tasting and running the occasional obstacle courses or marathon. You'll find your challenge in Amber's class and you'll find her to be full of inspiration while she leads you through a fun and spiritually enriching class.
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Amy Raven

Teacher: The Grateful Yogi
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Amy Raven was first exposed to yoga at an early age when dragged to a Saturday 6am class to be supportive of her mothers best friends new endeavor. At that time she wasn’t aware that this moment would shape her life in a deeply positive way. Growing up in California gave her many choices of yoga styles to practice, ( so many limbs to the tree). In 2006 She completed her 200hr YA in Hatha yoga at All About Yoga with Kathleen Grace Santor, It was then she discovered the true jewel of yoga was not just asana. During this time she studied with Paul Grilley at the bodies exhibited, did tons of workshops & yoga conferences exploring her own personal practice.Amy Raven discovered her passion for pole dancing & aerial arts around the same time. She soon combined the passions and started to teach workshops that liberated women “The Dance of the Divine Goddess”. With the love of travel she has taught and performed around the world. She has furthered her support to woman by becoming a dula with Birthing from with in and teaches prenatal yoga.Thirsty for more “Satya” or “truth” of this ancient practice called yoga she journeyed deep in the jungle of Bali to find her teacher Uma Idler. The School of Sacred Arts, where she add 3oo hrs YA in Tantra, Hatha, and Ayuerveda this gave her understanding of peoples needs with practice & nutrition. Meditation chanting & breath work took her to a whole new level of connection.She realized healing her self would create ripple effects in her family and community. She discovered healing through sound from Guy Douglas. The experiences were so profound she invest in a set of gold quartz crystal sound bowl to share the healing vibrations in her our community. Her first sound bath collaboration was at Evolution yoga and since has expanded.She studied meditation at Esalen Institute, Thai yoga therapy in Ojai, She volunteers at Bhakti/ Shakti fest in the kitchen, performs at transformational festivals, is a raw food chef, Acro yoga enthusiast, and loves getting out doors!Her life’s mission is to radiate light from the heart to illuminate darkness within her self.
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Jaime Peterson-Ayoub

Teacher: The Grateful Yogi
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My first yoga class was in 2003. At the time, I was simply looking for an exercise class. What I ended up finding was a deeper connection to myself. Through the asanas and vinyasa flow, I experienced a meditation in motion, clearing space for me to connect with self. I felt at home on my mat and have been practicing consistently ever since. Over the years, I have had many amazing teachers and through them have found what resonates most for me, Bhakti. Bhakti Yoga is a path of love, devotion, service, truth and gratitude. These principles have guided and inspired me in my practice of yoga. My hope is to share what has been given to me through this practice. My intention for teaching is to create a supportive space to explore and connect, where one is invited to find balance, joy, healing and connection with mind, body and heart. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. I completed my 200 hour training at The Grateful Yogi in Las Vegas, NV."The loving light in Jaime encourages the light in anyone she meets in a way that's inspiring and free of judgment." - Amanda F
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Erica Noelani

Teacher: The Grateful Yogi
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Aloha! I began practicing yoga and meditation in 2012, where stepping onto my mat became my therapy, safe haven, and a way out. Over the course of the last 5 years, I have regained much that I had lost: Self love, respect, hope, worth, happiness and more. For me, yoga and meditation is much more than a workout, it is an opportunity to reconnect with our bodies, our minds, and above all, our Souls. After a few years of practicing daily, I quit my day job, gathered all of my savings and flew home to Hawaii (this time, The Big Island) to complete my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification on an Ashram overlooking the ocean. This was my first introduction to Kirtan, Chanting and mala mantra meditations. Upon receiving my Hatha Yoga certification (along with Pranayama and Meditation), I returned to Vegas a lot lighter, much brighter and with a cracked open Heart. I have taught around various studios in the city, guiding heated and non-heated classes, Hatha, Vinyasa, Bikram-style Set Sequences, yin, prenatal, Kids yoga and more. My greatest intention is to provide students with an opportunity and a safe space to discover who they truly are, reveal their inner potential and live in their highest truth. While I continue to dabble in many different styles, Bhakti and Kirtan have without a doubt become two of my absolute favorite ways to connect deeper with Spirit, Love and the Community. I am forever a student, always learning and growing, and will continue to practice daily, teach often and radiate the LOVE within that is our deepest truth and our highest gift. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to create and connect with The Grateful Yogi family of heart centered and loving, conscious souls. Namaste.
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Angela Castagnola

Teacher: The Grateful Yogi
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What inspired Angela first about yoga was the immediate and relaxing effect pranayama had on the brightening of her soul. She began her in-depth practice with a focus on restoratives and deepening experiences with the myriad techniques of pranayama. Through these techniques she embraced a daily devotional practice. “I am drawn to the spiritual side of yoga, especially the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and Kirtan, and I love that I can come to my mat, let everything go, and be present with the breath’Angela is certified in Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, through Golden Bridge Yoga in Las Angeles. She has also received certification in hatha yoga Level One and Advanced Teacher Training programs at Yoga Bindu San Pedro CA with Rosie Good. She has studied with her main teachers, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa , Hari Jiwan Singh Khalsa, Sada Sat Kaur and Sada Sat Singh , as well as Tej Kaur Khalsa and Rosie Good , for over 15 years .Her teaching emphasizes healing and individual alignment technique developed by over 35 years of dance experience (I have been dancing since I was 3!) She has danced in several L.A. based companies as well as performed in several movies and danced at Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. She has co- produced work in her own company Distraction Dance , However her true love is combining the devotional energies of Kundalini yoga and Krishnamacharaya influenced hatha yoga “ If yoga was a liquid I would like to bathe in it “
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Stephanie Jensen

Teacher: The Grateful Yogi
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BioStephanie Jensen is an avid enthusiast of movement medicine (yoga) and radical self-love. She lives and shares her passion of yoga in Las Vegas. When teaching, she becomes a blank canvas for creative, healing energy to pass through. She intuitively connects with every student and does her best to translate the teachings in an effective yet playful way. She wants to remind her students that yoga comes in many forms. Sometimes one’s yoga is a sweaty, challenging physical practice and sometimes it’s practicing non-violence in five o'clock traffic. Sometimes it’s getting up early and drinking green juice and other times yoga is staying up late eating your favorite cacao bar in bed. Stephanie’s intention is to inspire other’s to get back to their authentic selves and to find balance in whatever ways feel natural to their lives. When she isn’t in the studio, you can find Stephanie sipping tea out of her favorite mug, frolicking around in nature, or spending her time with any furry critter that crosses her path!
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Ashley Flaig

Teacher: The Grateful Yogi
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Ashley Flaig is a creative soul and local Las Vegas native who found her path to yoga during a rough patch in her life in 2012. After her first yoga class she was hooked and knew that she wanted to devote her time to sharing this healing practice with as many people as possible. She is a selflove enthusiast and enjoys creating a safe space for students, free from judgement, where they can be authentic, explore themselves on a deeper level and safely learn about yoga through different types of movement. Ashley is passionate about helping others connect inwards and outwards through the teachings of breath and body awareness, promoting peace, health and happiness, just as it has taught her in her own life. Connecting with her students and holding space is one of Ashley’s favorite parts of being a yoga instructor. Although she has been an instructor for over 3 years, remaining a student and exploring the many facets of yoga keeps Ashley inspired. When she isn’t expressing herself through movement and yoga, she uses her love of photography to direct her creative flow as a Natural lighting photographer in the valley. Mindfulness and love fuels her passion to teach and express the healing benefits of yoga. Ashley looks forward to meeting and connecting with you here at The Grateful Yogi.
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Ziya Nicole

Teacher: The Grateful Yogi
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Ziya is a passionate and nurturing woman and mother. She has practiced yoga on and off throughout her adult life, but really fell in love with it while she was pregnant with her son. The deeper connection to her child, her body, her self and the clarity that yoga brought was a beautiful blessing. Ziya is now a 200-hour yoga instructor and is certified in kids yoga, prenatal yoga and trauma recovery yoga. Ziya also specializes in instructing yoga classes for children and young adults with special needs. Ziya’s passion for helping others lead her to become a Reiki Healer and an Inspiration Coach. She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a background in behavior modification. The marriage between psychology and yoga allows her to facilitate a deeper connection with the self and with all living beings. She hopes to inspire and enhance the lives of others by teaching and being an example of awareness, compassion, respect and love for others and for ourselves.
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Jahnava Chan-Edwards

Kirtan Singer, Web Programmer: The Grateful Yogi
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Sarasvati dasi

Kirtan Singer/Violinist, Artist, Logo/Website: The Grateful Yogi
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