Martha's Vineyard Yoga Festival - Teachers
Heidi Michel Fokine
Heidi began her practice of yoga while she was dancing professionally in NYC. She has studied primarily in the Iyengar
tradition with teachers Genevieve Kapuler and Rodney Yee. She currently teaches at Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor, NY where
she is part of the faculty of Colleen Saidman and Rodney Yee's Yoga Shanti teacher training. She also teaches yoga at The Givingroom in Southold, NY
and on Shelter Island, NY where she resides with her husband and two sons. Heidi has studied meditation with Diane Goldner and Jim Owen and did the
Urban Zen Integrative Therapy training in 2010.
Lindel Hart is a certified hatha yoga instructor greatly influenced by the work of B. K. S. Iyengar. Infusing his teaching with compassion, joy, enthusiasm, and humor, Lindel emphasizes anatomical integrity and a constant dialogue between mind, body, and spirit. Through the practice of yoga, he encourages his students to explore and deepen their connection to themselves and to whatever they regard as divine. Lindel is the Owner and Director of Hart Yoga in Shelburne Falls, MA, where he teaches a wide variety of classes and workshops. He has taught throughout the northeast, including Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Martha's Vineyard Yoga Festival, and the Nantucket Yoga Festival, as well as in New York City. He leads annual summer yoga retreats on Monhegan Island, Maine -- The Magic of Monhegan -- and is the yoga teacher at Deerfield Academy, a private co-educational boarding school located in historic Deerfield, Massachusetts. And completely unrelated to yoga, Lindel and his family have appeared twice on The Real Housewives of New York City. No kidding.
Kristin Leigh and Barbara Verrochi
Kristin Leigh and Barbara Verrochi co-own and direct the shala in union square and ft greene. the shala (which means home or abode in sanskrit), offers traditional ashtanga classes and vinyasa classes that emphasize the connection between breath and movement from asana to asana. Over time the body becomes light and strong and the mind becomes calm and steady.
Megha - Nancy Buttenheim, M.A., founder and president of Let Your Yoga Dance®, LLC, directs retreats and trainings internationally. A 27-year trainer at Kripalu Center, Megha also leads Let Your Yoga Dance for Parkinson’s, Special Population, and Positive Psychologys. She is the author of two best-sellingyoga CDs, Moontides and Power & Grace, and a music CD of original music called Animal Songs
Malia’s eclectic style of teaching vinyasa draws from years of training and practicing with various master yoga teachers such as Baron Baptiste , Shiva Rea , Christina Sell , Simon Park, Seane Corn, Ana Forrest, and several other talented, passionate, skilled teachers.
Malia encourages her students to meet yourself right where you are, find and connect with the teacher "within",
dissolve the blocks and to find a balance of strength and ease both onand off the mat.
Her teaching style is a passionate concoction of energetic alignment, empowerment, empathy and nurturing with a splash of sass and fierce love. She enjoys teaching open-level classes that leave you feeling grounded, centered, empowered, and at peace in your mind and body.
Currently, she is a co-owner at SAY OM YOGA , currently teaches public group classes, workshops, private lessons and teacher training and personal development programs. In addition she leads LONG weekend yoga + lifestyle/adventure retreats and teaches at various festivals and conferences.
She loves spreading the yoga gospel and enjoys serving the Austin yoga commUNITY through community events and with local organizations.
Malia enjoys being a wife, a student at heart, a mama to two English Bulldogs, a graphic designer, an enterpreneur, a community leader and a creative catalyst.
In her free time she enjoys being a life student of personal development work, Astrology, Ayurveda and Shamanism. She enjoys reading, taking long walks, immersing in nature, designing, surfing, skiing, standup paddling, rockin’ out to live music and hooping.
Marni Sclaroff, MAT, ERYT 200 is an artist, bellydancer, yoga teacher, and a mother of twins. She has a vast background in yoga and dance that includes studies in; Anusara, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Tibetan Buddhism, Ayurveda, and Thai massage. Recently, she completed a 2 yearlong apprenticeship with her teacher, Sianna Sherman, where she deepened her knowledge of therapeutics, yoga mythology, sequencing, and energetics. In each class that she teaches, Marni holds the intention to create the space for each student to reach their highest potential in a light-hearted and playful way. She weaves stories and heartfelt themes throughout each practice, and she loves to share her passion for music through chanting and mantra. Marni has appeared on the cover of Yoga Journal Magazine, in the DVD, “Yoga for Back Care”, and you can read two of her poems in the book, "The Poetry of Yoga,Vol. I". In addition to teaching yoga, she teaches her signature blend of yoga and bellydance to women as a path of healing and radical self-love. You can read more about Marni by visiting her blog: www.marnisclaroff.wordpress.com
Marie Bailey, Psy. D., has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and spent many years in her first career as a psychologist. She has been practicing Yoga Therapy for nearly seven years. She is certified in the Amrit Method of Yoga Therapy and has completed two levels of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy training. She is an Amrit Yoga Teacher – CYT 500 hr, Vinyasa Flow CYT – 200 hr, and is a certified Amrit Method Yoga Nidra meditation facilitator.
Sarah Durham Wilson
Sarah Durham Wilson was a rock n roll journalist working for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, VH1, GQ and Interview Magazine. Lost in the debilitating fog of depression and addiction, her engagement to an indie rocker fell apart, she lost her job, and her dark night of the soul- which lead to a life-altering kundalini awakening- began. Sarah began to chronicle her intense spiritual awakening under the pen name DOITGIRL, when something magical and amazing started to happen- as she healed herself through her writing, she began to heal others as well. She now lives on Martha’s Vineyard where she teaches goddess- empowered yoga, leads healing women’s moon circles, practices reiki healing, and continutes to write about the incredibly vulnerable, visceral, and life-saving process of “waking up.” She believes that as we heal, we heal others, and we have to save ourselves to save the world. Her writing is her offering to the planet, as she wakes up and liberates herself, it is her authentic and earnest wish that women who read her writing will do the same."