435 EspaÃ±ola Way
Miami Beach FL 33139 USA
Our passionate, gifted teachers are dedicated to their paths of self study and to empowering their students and the community through the ancient teachings of yoga and other healing arts. Remember: every great master of anything was once a beginner.
Benjamin has been teaching since 2003 and has 200 and 500 hour certification from the Dharma Yoga Center in NY where he was an assistant to Sri Dharma Mittra and the center.
Carolina was born in a small country in South America (Uruguay), where she studied five years of Psychology-psychoanalytic oriented carrier. She always has had a great curiosity about human behavior, the mysteries of the mind, the paths of the subconscious world, the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects that make up our subjective experience of being alive. After traveling around for a while, she moved to Miami Beach in 2003 were she started taking yoga classes quiet frequently. She discovered a state of peaceful mind she never had felt before, the answers within the inner self, the deep connection between, body-mind-soul. “Om mani padme hum” The jewel on the lotus of the heart- The spark of divinity within each human being. She recognized at last the magnitude of our divine essence, the internal source of our powers that leads the path to become a global universal family: the power of LOVE. After her consistent practice for more than 5 years she moved to Chicago were she finally decided to become a yoga teacher and share the gift of yoga with others. Carolina is an RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance, certify yoga teacher. She studied with Amy Beth Treciokas at Yoga Now. She is being trained in Ashtanga-Vinyasa B.K.S Iyengar and Sri.Krishnamacharya oriented style, she had completed a Yoga Kids training foundations being able to empower, educate and exercise with children trough yoga and an intense Street Yoga training that had help her to mindfully approached to the needs of the people and communities she works with. Carolina believes in the benefits of integrating movement/posture-Asanas, breath control- Pranayama and music (the power of Sound) in her classes. As a musician, she believes the vibration waves of different rhythms complement and stimulates the connection with our “inner sound” during our practice. In her classes, she incorporates contemporary Indie Rock music, Downtempo chill/ House, Reggae, African rhythms, Bossa nova, Flamenco guitars and traditional Hindi music (sangeet)
Originally from Washington, D.C., Christy began her yoga journey in 2009 while living on a small island in the South Pacific. She ventured abroad to practice nursing and learn to surf, and what she found was yoga. There she was inspired to begin a daily self-practice of basic asana, a gentle flow that introduced a new state of peace, well-being and desire for knowledge. Upon her return to South Florida, Christy began guided classes, and discovered the joy of Vinyasa Yoga under instructors Shiela Mandell & Mateo Lizarazo. Yoga became an expression of gratitude to the Divine, every practice an opportunity to discover more and share with others. As her commitment deepened, she began practicing Ashtanga Yoga with instructor Monserrat Romero. In 2012, she set off into the mountains of Mcleodganj, India for 200hr Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with respected instructor Vijay Amar, creator of the Universal Yoga Center.
Christy currently lives & practices in Miami, both as registered nurse & yoga instructor. Her knowledge of Western & Eastern healing approaches has given added depth to her instruction. She loves that yoga can be at once empowering & calming, highly individualized yet universally inspirational, and wishes to create a practice space honoring this tradition. When not away on international emergency nursing air transport trips, she teaches local Vinyasa & Ashtanga classes. Her approach is joyous, soulful and challenging; she believes the physical intensity of the practice can heal and strengthen the body, while liberating and uplifting the soul.
Born in Hungary, get Master Degree in Art in Romania . In my searching for God, I began doing yoga on the beach, and find IT . A year later, 2005, complete the teacher training with . Gaia Budhai at Synergy, than began teach on the beach, later at the studio, Also teaching in Miami Dade County Public School – Adult Education Community Services./ serving seniors . “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own”.- Corinthians 6:19 “Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. – Romans 6:13
Irma has had a passionate interest in transformation for over 20 years. Exploring this subject in psychology, zen meditation and yoga. In 2008, she began a practice of kundalini yoga and found a powerful technology that supported her spiritual evolution. On her first kundalini class, she experienced the same level of physical sensation in her body and the same level of clarity of insight and mindfulness that she experienced after two or three full days on a silent meditation retreat. She knew it was for her. In 2010, she enrolled in teacher training and completed her certification.
Classes include a kundalini kriya yoga set, pranayama, meditation and deep relaxation.
HAPPINESS IS OUR BIRTHRIGHT
Jacqueline (Jai Gopal). She started practicing yoga for the past 18 years after several injuries to her back and neck through exercises. Once she took her first Hatha yoga class, she realized how much her body and mind needed it. Then 4 years ago, she discovered Kundalini yoga through which she experienced the energy transformation in her.
Under the guidance of Deva Kaur Khalsa who trained with Yogi Bhajan for 30 years, Jacqueline (Jai Gopal) became a Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She attended many trainings and workshops to deepen her experience and understanding of the science of Kundalini Yoga.
“I am now more aware of my body, the home of my soul. I take better care of myself. I appreciate life and live more in the moment. I am so grateful for the transformation that I am experiencing, that I want to share this sacred science of Kundalini Yoga.”
Jennieke Janaki is founder of Sharanam Yoga; An Integral Hatha Yoga.Its mission “Healing through Surrender”. Certified yoga teacher and initiated in the Sivananda lineage. Practicing yoga since 1989 and teaching since 1999.As yoga has always felt very balancing, calming and energizing to me, I love to share this ancient healing art with you in a non competitive, personal way.
Jennieke Janaki fell in love with yoga, while traveling as a topmodel for 12 years around the world. She recalls this experience as a final homecoming. She is mother of two daughters, Cloe ( 16 ) and Serena (12). She published in dec 2012 a little poetry book called ” Divine Sweetness by Jennieke Janaki “. In which she shares intimate photographes, yogic poems, from her travels as a model, yogini and mother.
Jennieke uses her intuition and sensitivity to assist you in achieving your highest potential of Light, Love, Peace and Joy, Bliss in Health.
Namaste; we are one. The Light in me sees the Light in you and the Light in you sees the Light in me.
She was born in Colombia, in a city located on a valley between the Andean Mountains. She spent her childhood and early adolescence traveling around South and Central America, where she discovered a deep heartfelt connection with nature and the indigenous cultures. These journeys were the source and foundation of her earliest passions; the Arts and Spirituality. At age 14 her family moved to the United States where she continued her education mainly focused on the Arts and Mysticism. Her love and connection to different civilizations has made her travel around the world to more than 15 countries on 3 different continents, learning substantially about diverse customs and belief systems. In the midst of her college studies majoring Art History and Commercial Arts, she decided that if she was going to dedicate her time and energy to something, it would be to her lifes main passions; Arts and Spirituality. Afterwards she enrolled herself in many workshops and certifications on Prenatal Yoga, Reiki, Astrology, Tarot, Crystal Healing, Angelology, Shamanic Studies, Dahn Yoga, Meditation, Reflexology, Thai Vedic Massage, and many more. She is a vegetarian with a huge love and respect for all animals and the Pachamama. Jimena Lujan is an Artist and a Healer currently residing in Downtown Miami.
Johanna began practicing yoga in her hometown of South Beach at the age of 16. After walking into her first yoga class Johanna left feeling better than she had in years. Her body mind and spirit were at last settled momentarily in the same place. She has practiced various styles, including Power Yoga, Jivamukti, and Vinyasa but has found that the Ashtanga method as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois resonates with her most and has committed to that tradition. In 2010 she took her first 50 hour Kids Yoga training at Green Monkey, a (Yoga Alliance) certified school with Suzanne Albertson . Shortly after, she took a 200 hour Power Yoga teacher training with Paul Toliusziz of Green Monkey, Miami.
She has studied Ashtanga yoga extensively with Tim Feldmann, Kino Macgregor, and Patrick Nolan who assisted her in creating a strong foundation for her practice. Johanna made her first trip of many to come to Mysore, India in 2012 to study at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute with R. Sharath Jois. She continues to study and fuel her passion for the practice with senior teachers in workshops and conferences. Johanna believes that the practice itself is her greatest teacher.
Johanna teaches a class that is inspired by the power of breath, softening/opening of the heart, and trusting in ones own strength, while being compassionate, intentional and present. Yoga has inspired her to share its benefits with the whole community, regardless of age, weight, body type, skill level, injury, etc. Everybody is different and every body can benefit from yoga. Her classes are a safe space for students to move deeper into their bodies, desires, and even minds using a mixture of creative sequencing, verbal and physical adjustments, and life affirming themes.
Johanna teaches kids and adults all over south florida in different studios and schools.
Katie Patino Turrisi
Katie was first introduced to yoga in 2008 through the fascinating practice of tai chi and meditation, influenced by the East Asian understanding of life energy. As well as the energizing physical effects, she found that yoga changed her thought patterns and habits in a profoundly positive way. She eagerly found her way to her mat, day after day, until today.
Thanks to the support of her wonderful yogi community in Chicago, Katie completed her teacher training with a 200-hour RYT Certification. She has enhanced her teaching skills through various trainings and workshops in Chicago, Arizona, New York, Colombia, and Miami. She loves to teach a challenging vinyasa flow with an alignment focus accompanied by a relaxing savasana and meditation, leaving the whole room in a positive vibration. Her love and studies in art and music inspire her teaching and make each one of her classes completely unique.
We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds
Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras
Lucy Caso, is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, (BBSH) the world’s premier teaching institute of personal transformation and hands on healing. It is the first college worldwide where you can earn a Bachelor Science Degree in Brennan Healing Science. Founded in 1982 by Dr. Barbara Brennan former NASA physicist and world-renowned healer educator and spiritual leader, author of the best selling books “Hands of Light” and “Light Emerging”. The school offers a four-year intensive certification program and Advanced Studies Program, Lucy is currently enrolled in the Advanced Program. BBSH graduation requirements include at least 875 class hours, over 100 documented client sessions, a senior thesis, oral case presentation to the faculty, university level Anatomy and Physiology and a minimum of 72 sessions of personal therapy. She is a board member at the alumni advisory committee at BBSH.She is an Internationally Certified Senior Trainer and Facilitator for the Transformational Breath Foundation, and studied Rebirthing with Sondra Ray. Holds certifications from California University, and Bandler and Associates as Licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP). Over the past 14 years Lucy has studied a variety of Healing Techniques and Spiritual Practices, including Reiki getting her Masters Degree in the Karuna Reiki System, as well as in the Usui-Tibetan Reiki System, Primordial Sound Meditation developed by Dr. Deepak Chopra, Shamata Meditation with Tibetan Monks, Sacred Geometry, Pranic Healing, DNA Activation, Matrix Energetics, Mexican Healing Traditions among others. Ordained Healing Minister by the Universal Life Church.Lucy has over fourteen years of experience in the holistic field, and has conducted workshops, lectures and retreats on self-empowerment, using these cutting edge technologies, she has developed a unique understanding and mastery to integrate Breathing with Energy Healing providing all her clients with a very powerful and transformative healing process.She combines these powerful tools to create long lasting change in others lives, bringing years of experience in a variety of healing modalities to her private practice. She addresses distortions in the Human Energy Consciousness System also called aura, which cause physical, emotional, mental and spiritual disease. She facilitates the dissolution of these distortions and supports the client in their magical journey of remembering who they really are.One of Lucy’s gifts is her ability to analyze and correct any restricted breathing pattern. Her knowledge and experience with a full spectrum of modalities serve as catalysts during the healing process in creating change that leads to transformation.”I believe that whichever healing modalities one chooses, breathing should be the central element in that complement, for there is nothing more integral to life and true healing than conscious breathing. The breath knows no boundaries, it addresses all issues”.Lucy is available for private sessions and group sessions. Long distance healings are also available. She speaks Spanish and English.
After practicing Yoga for almost 20 years, Marlene became a yoga instructor in Vinyasa Krama under the guidance of Ruslan Keytman at Anahata Yoga Studio. Marlene’s background in Psychology has helped develop her approach in guided Chakra imagery meditation, facilitating her students to bring light and healing into themselves.
Her previous work as a therapist for children at CHARLEE Homes for Children has enabled her to teach yoga to children in a fun and therapeutic way. She holds a certification from Rainbow Kids Yoga. Marlene also worked with the elderly for five years as a Director of Therapeutic Activities at the Hebrew Home of South Beach, which facilitates her innovative approach in teaching yoga to the young at heart. Marlene also holds a Certification in Vedic Thai Assisted Yoga, which she incorporates in her practice.
Marlene’s life quest to peace and enlightenment is a never-ending one, inspired by each and every teacher, healer, practitioner and student she encounters.
Chakra Flow & Vinyasa-Inspired yoga teacher & RYT 200, Mateo Lizarazo currently resides in Miami Beach, teaching at venues all around the Miami area. Deeply rooted in the eastern folk & culture, his primary inspirations include teachers of the Jivamukti & Ashtanga tradition. His love & studies in music, dance & devotional chanting also influence his teachings. His classes are celebration of life, kindness and self-acceptance.
A Miami Beach native and artist, Neil Fenn has been doing Yoga all of his adult life. Always an avid swimmer, runner and gym goer, Yoga was always an activity on the side. After returning to his hometown several years ago after 30 years in Los Angeles, Neil found many opportunities in Miami and Miami Beach to practice Yoga outdoors in parks and at the beach. After intensifying his practice, he decided to take the leap to become a Yoga instructor. In 2012 he completed the 300 hour training with Gaia Budhai, founder of Synergy Center for Yoga, one of the first Yoga studios in Miami Beach. He is now certified to teach a Hatha Vinyasa flow type of Yoga. His classes are suitable for beginners, yet challenging enough for regular practitioners. Combining movement and breath, Neils classes will guide you and help you take your Yoga practice to a new level.
Radha-Krishna Lila (Cristiane Silva) has an extensive background in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary modern (Lester Horton technique), modern-afro (mix Brazilian culture- samba and capoeira) and musical theater dance studies with the finest teachers of her native country, Brazil.. Ms. Silva has also toured internationally as a lead dancer throughout Japan, Korea, USA in the very popular “Brazilian Follies Tour” and “Brazilian Show”. Currently, Cristiane resides in South Florida where she continues to perform professionally with the Brazarte Dance Company as well as teaching classes to children and adults in ballet, jazz, and modern. Prana Yoga teacher training taught her balance of spiritual activism and physical action. She has being teaching at Synergy for over 2 years and she is 500 hrs Yoga Alliance Certified teacher with her beloved and amazing master Sri Dharma Mittra.
Sadhu feels that teaching yoga is one of the greatest blessings and sacred responsibilities on Earth! He has been studying and teaching Better Breathing, Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Heart-Centered Living since 1997. Sadhu has traveled & studied extensively around the world including multiple trips to India, Thailand and Tibet. He received his name directly from Yogi Bhajan while in India and has also studied in person with the Dalai Lama, Pattabhi Jois & Deepak Chopra. Sadhu has been teaching publicly & privately in the Miami and Miami Beach areas for 9 years, was the first Director of Yoga at The Standard, Miami in 2004 and a resident Breathing, Meditation and Kundalini Yoga Teacher at Canyon Ranch, Miami Beach for 2 years. He resides in Miami Beach and travels internationally leading workshops & retreats promoting conscious, heart-centered living.
Victoria Brunacci was raised in Brazil in a mountain town where since little she learned to understand and respect the laws of nature and Divinity. She has been on the path of yoga for many years, and got certified in Argentina with Yogakai, which is part of the National Organization of Yoga teachers AAPY, and international through http://www.wooyt.org/. She recently returned from an extended journey across India where she studied the Ashtanga system, at Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Yoga Shala, got certified as a Reiki Master level III, trained in Acupressure and Emotional Freedom therapy in Mysore, India. In Thailand she got certified on Thai Massage and Reflexology. She just completed her training in the Radiant Child Level III with Shakta Kaur Khalsa and aspires to teach children the gift of yoga. Today, she experiments with Jivamukti and Ashtanga yoga, but she is committed to sharing her love of Bhakti yoga with her students, bringing them closer to the awareness of their supreme higher selves. She is also an animal activist vegetarian, by honoring Ahimsa, encouraging the actions of non-violence to all sentient beings. As one of Synergy Yoga South Beach’s new partnering managers, she feels an immense gratitude and blessed to take on this role in her life, as it has become an amazing opportunity to develop a sacred space where all healers, students, teachers and Gurus can come together with the community and share something that goes beyond the mat. Victoria’s vision for Synergy is to provide all with an inspiring center where her community can grow through with teachings, lessons and experiences that will allow members to transcend and receive benefits throughout all aspects of their personal and spiritual lives. Victoria is passionate about yoga and believes that the most important truth to remember is to be aware of the energy that surrounds us, always in connection with the Heart center.
Once upon a time there was a young boy who wanted to integrate three very important aspects of his life; body, mind and spirit. The search began when one good day he found a book about metaphysics in his native Puerto Rico. The information provided by this book and others was so amazing that it opened up a whole new way of thinking in his mind, reminding him how powerful the human being is.