Meet our Mind Body Teachers
Yoga. Tea. Adventure. Connection. Human Potential. These interests have taken me from my hometown of Vienna, Virginia to study in Spain, work in China and practice yoga in India. I have a background in events and corporate team-building, completed a 200-Hr Hatha YTT in Rishikesh, have studied LifeForce Yoga, teach mindfulness in the public schools and am the co-founder of The Mind Body Project in China and the US. My teaching style combines traditional yogic practice with modern neuroscience, to facilitate personal evolution and thriving. I believe that when you do science with your brain and body, any activity can be your yoga.
Since 2009, Shankari has been on a journey of self discovery, connection and expansion in the universe. Trained in the lineage of Integral Yoga, she has spent years connecting to breath, body, strength, movement, and energy to create her own style of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Flow, which she calls Soul Flow. This style of Yoga draws in elements of her time training with Faith Hunter and Toni Bergins, as well as her primary training, at Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville. She is the Founder of Shakti Tribe, a group that is based on the principles of empowering women in sacred space, through yoga, self care, motivational insight and inspiration. She encourages everyone to tap into their unlimited potential and spirit.
A scholar by day and yogi by night, I have been a student of yoga philosophy and meditation for 8 years, and have been teaching what I have learned, in different capacities, for over 5 years. My special focus is on the philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita as well as musical mantra meditation (kirtan). I have received instruction in yoga philosophy from Professor Graham Schweig, an American teacher of Yoga philosophy. Apart from my yoga practice, I spend the rest of my time as a graduate student at the University of Virginia where I study 20th century environmental history.
Dana is a Creativity Consultant and founder of Khakkhara (https://khakkhara.com/), a compassionate coaching practice for individuals and owners of heart-centered businesses. In 2016, she organized Charlottesville's first annual Retreat Week, an 8-day mindfulness event featuring classes and seminars on yoga, meditation, and wellness. The unifying principle of her work is a love of connecting with others, of finding points of understanding, and working toward healing from anxiety and trauma.
Her class, Meditation for Anxiety, interweaves traditional contemplative practices with alternate methods for calming our minds and feeling grounded in our bodies.
Geoff is the creator of Acu-Integral Healing Systems and co-founder of The Yellow Door. He is a licensed acupuncturist, qi gong teacher, functional movement specialist, Certified Integral Professional Coach, and a certified personal trainer. For the past decade, Geoff has trained extensively in Qi Gong martial arts, primarily through the study and practice of Ba Gua Zhang, as well as Tai Chi, Medical Qi Gong and Tibetan Energy Yoga. Geoff has also spent the past decade studying, practicing and teaching meditation and is a meditation instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.