Lynda Ferrara, Registered Yoga Teacher
Lynda’s intention when she sought recovery in 1988 was to stop the emotional pain and hopelessness that addiction had inflicted upon her life. One day at a time that darkness has turned to Light, allowing her to move forward on a beautiful journey of self-discovery. After building a solid foundation in 12-Steps for several years, she was introduced to the powerful practice of yoga. Lynda became a yoga instructor in 2009 under the loving guidance of Sheryl and Neil Edsall. She has since completed a 100 hr. training for “Yoga of Recovery” counseling and is also a certified Reiki practitioner.
The passion and compassion that yoga embodies is the place that Lynda teaches from. Her classes are filled with a comfortable weave of breath, sound, movement, and meditation, where students feel safe and supported regardless of their experience with the practice. She inspires them to tap into their own inner strength and courage that will allow for blissful balance on, as well as off, of the mat. With an open heart full of gratitude, Lynda is honored to be given the opportunity to share the hope that her path of yoga and recovery has so sweetly blessed her with.
Abhaijot Kaur, Kundalini Research Institute, IKYTA
Abhaijot has always had a deep passion for yoga, a born healer spiritual junkie she started practicing 21 years ago and never stopped. A Vegetarian for 21 years, and most recently a Vegan for the last 3 years. The union of the mind, body, and soul has helped her throughout her life live in a more compassionate heart filled abundant way. Her biggest joy in yoga has always been the Bhakti (devotion) of it. It was no wonder that through Bhakti her Shakti (essence of bliss) was revealed and that was service and Kundalini Yoga. Countless workshops with the great masters, Guru Dev Singh, Gurmukh, and devotional chanting with Gurunam eventually lead her home to the sacred land of India for her Kundalini Teachers Training through Golden Bridge Yoga with her teacher Gurmukh, and masters Gurushabd, Guru Dharam, and Guru Dev Singh followed with traveling the sacred land with her dear friend Gurunam. It was through Kundalini that Abhaijot was able to develop her born healing abilities even deeper to help others. Abhaijot is honored to serve others through the technology of Kundalini Yoga. Abhaijot is Kundalini Yoga Therapist, a Khalsa Way Certified prenatal teacher, Sat Nam Rasayan practitioner, is currently in Advanced Teacher's TherapyTraining with Guru Dharam, and a T.A. at Golden Bridge Yoga Teacher Trainings, she serves the Kundalini teachings to low income Women and Teens at Oasis in Paterson, NJ and teaches meditation in corporate offices. Her love affair and gratitude for Yogi Bhajan the master of Kundalini and all of its teachings continues to embody her heart, life and classes with healing love, depth, transformation abundance, and light. More information on Abhaijot and her services at www.IHeartKundaliniYoga.com.
Krishna Venkatesh, Registered Yoga Teacher
Krishna began his yoga journey in 2008 after unbearable pain from a back injury led him to an Iyengar Yoga Restorative class. After several months of learning to move mindfully and therapeutically under careful supervision, his love affair with yoga began.
Always seeking, he continued with the Iyengar practice, while also exploring Ashtanga and several other approaches. His search led him to Charlotte Chandler Stone, CYT, E-RYT 500, the founder and director of the Stone Center for Yoga and Health in Teaneck, NJ, where he immersed himself in the study of Stone Yoga, a therapeutic and highly adaptive yoga style accredited by the National Yoga Alliance, that helped him heal his back and see yoga and life in a new light.
Krishna successfully completed the Stone Yoga Teacher Training, and is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered yoga instructor. With a focus on precise yet adaptive alignment, pranayama, and above all, safety, Krishna is passionate about sharing what he learned, though he believes his students 'teach him' much more than the reverse.
His sense of humor and playfulness act as a counterbalance to how seriously he takes his commitment to clear, concise instruction. A professional composer and musician for almost 26 years, music has taken him all over the country and across the Atlantic several times. He has had the fortune of working with many well-known artists such as Herbie Hancock, Joe Strummer of The Clash, and the Blue Man Group, as well as yoga kirtan artist David Durga Das Newman on his album 'ReBliss' for White Swan, the premier yoga music record label.
Krishna composed the music for the popular yoga documentary feature film 'Enlighten Up! A Skeptic's Journey into the World of Yoga' which toured movie theaters nationally and is available at both Amazon and Netflix. Krishna is eternally grateful to his teachers, having studied and taken workshops with Charlotte Chandler Stone, Colleen Briscoe, Raji Thron, Senior Iyengar teacher Sri Arun, Sharon Fruchtman-Laffey and Ashtanga master teacher Tim Miller.