Instructors from richly diverse backgrounds, highly educated and competent in their fields of expertise. All Zuna Yoga® facilitators are graduates of our training programs.
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Our teachers have decades of experience in practice, teaching, training, business and yoga studio management. Our mission is to empower you by sharing our knowledge fully, without reserve.
"If we haven't the strength to impose our own terms upon life, then we must accept what it offers us." - T.S. Elliot
Everett Newell has been involved in the energetic arts since 1978. His practice of these arts began with Hapkido, a Korean martial art that led him to one of his most revered teachers Grand Master Bong Soo Han with whom he studied and had a close relationship with for more than 20 years. Everett taught at the International Hapkido Federation® Headquarters in Santa Monica, CA for over 10 Years.
His exploration of Yoga began in 1992 and has been a journey through many traditions such as Tantra, Hatha, Anusara Yoga®, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Taoism and more. Everett's journey has also been influenced by the mastery of many teachers such as Swami Rama, Panditji Rajmani Tigunait, Gary Krafstow, Yogi Bhajan, Dr. Glen Morris, Rod Stryker and the many gifted masters of the Bihar School of Yoga.
A life long fascination by the relationship of fear and the obstacles to success has led to an intensive study through a variety of modalities, including martial arts, yoga and success seminars with Fortune 500 CEO's, former US presidents, and sports and entertainment personalities. His realization: "Many philosophical systems teach us how to embody the traits of success, where as spiritual systems focus primarily on the achievement of fulfillment. Success does not necessarily lead to fulfillment, but in order to experience fulfillment in this worldly plane we must experience success......We are not just here to transcend suffering nor to enjoy the fruits of our labor; we must also fearlessly add to the tapestry of humanity."
Everett was cofounder of Divine Motion Yoga® Los Angeles (2001- 2009) which was three times voted "Best Los Angeles Yoga Studio" via an audience poll on City Search.com. A second location was opened in Mt. Shasta, Ca in 2006. In 2010 he moved to New York City's Upper Westside where he taught at the one of the City's premier yoga studios, Pure Yoga® and NYLovesYoga. Everett is currently devoting his efforts to the debut of his own synthesis of yoga known as Zuna Yoga®, which he shares through workshops, trainings and retreats internationally.
"I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart." - Vincent van Gogh
Originally from the UK, Katherine Girling was awarded the prestigious Chancellor's Scholarship and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Environmental Science and French and a BSc in Chemical Engineering. She was awarded academic scholarships for study abroad in France and China. She completed a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Northwestern Switzerland, with graduate work in Hanoi funded by UNIDO. Katherine has over 15 years experience in engineering, sales, marketing and training. She has traveled extensively, is fluent in French, German and English, has studied Chinese and Spanish, and spent nearly 20 years living abroad.
She has been in love with movement and sports her whole life, from soccer to softball to martial arts to snowboarding, mountain biking and running. Her first yoga class - almost 20 years ago - was in a gym, and was a purely physical introduction to the practice. While working as a radio DJ in Switzerland, she interviewed visiting teacher Doug Keller, who inspired her to pursue yoga on a deeper level. After a solo yoga expedition to Costa Rica, she was hooked, and wanted to learn more about this empowering practice.
She completed her first 200 hour Teacher Training with Alanna Kaivalya and Kay Kay Clivio at Pure Yoga® NYC in 2010. The same year, she was introduced to the Tantric Hatha style of Zuna Yoga® and was inspired by its depth. She left her job as an executive in the corporate world in 2013 to join the Zuna Yoga® team. She now travels internationally, coordinates and co-teaches Zuna Yoga® events, connecting with beautiful souls all over the world.
Teachers and scholars who have inspired her include Doug Keller, Rodney Yee, Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati, Georg Feuerstein, David Frawley, Jill Miller, and Sensei Tim Hoover. Katherine's classes encourage the development of calm, centered strength, and always end with meditation.
"From this hour I ordain myself loos'd of limits and imaginary lines,
Going where I list, my own master total and absolute,
Listening to others, considering well what they say,
Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating,
Gently,but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me.
I inhale great draughts of space,
The east and the west are mine, and the north and the south are mine.
I am larger, better than I thought,
I did not know I held so much goodness." - Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road
"Be in love with your life, Every minute of it."- Jack kerouac
Malaika is originally from the State of Rhode Island in the US. She attended The University of Vermont in Burlington and graduated with a BS in Social Work in 2006. After graduation she worked for many years in Social Services in the Burlington Community assisting children and families, refugees and immigrants as a Behavioral Interventionist and case manager.
From a young age Malaika was active, explorative, and related to life through movement and sports. A competitive gymnast from ages 3-18 she was also involved with many other sports. From 2006 to 2011, Malaika was an avid marathon runner and ran in over a dozen marathons, including "The Great Wall Marathon", in Beijing 2010.
Malaika has been practicing Hatha yoga since 2003. Her formal study of Hatha Yoga began with Piper Petrie Abbott, of Burlington Yoga Studio, and continued a long relationship with on her journey through the Tantric Hatha Yoga tradition leading her to complete her RYT200® certification. Malaika has also studied with Jennifer Reis of Kripalu, with whom she completed the Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra Teacher Training. In the fall of 2014, She met Everett and Katherine of Zuna Yoga while traveling to Ubud, Bali and was inspired to complete her 300hr advanced studies with Zuna Yoga®.
Her life is dedicated to empowering others through sharing the science of the Tantric Hatha Yoga tradition and is especially passionate about the transformative art of Yoga Nidra. She has been leading and guiding others in their yoga practice and journey since 2009 in and around the Burlington VT area. In addition to a full-time teaching schedule at Burlington Yoga Studio she also teaches at after-school programs with children, Yoga in the workplace at various businesses, one-on-one sessions with clients in their homes, SUP yoga, aerial yoga, and special events and workshops including several events at Wanderlust festivals. Malaika is also a certified Personal Trainer.
Her truth: "I teach in loving honor of those who have shown me love and kindness".
"The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep! You must ask for what you really want. Don't go back to sleep!" Rumi
Since discovering yoga in her early twenties, Mona Lisa Godfrey has been committed to bettering the world through the teaching of yoga. Her years of extensive training and participation in the yoga community have garnered recognition internationally, carrying her practice and teachings around the globe. Originally from the former USSR (Riga), Mona relocated to Stockholm, Sweden with her family at the age of five, and began learning English as her third language at an international school. In her mid teens, she and her family relocated once again, this time to Orange, California. The discomfort, juxtaposed with the simultaneous highs brought about from constant culture shock and flux, led Mona to theatre, movement, music, and writing for refuge and self-expression.
It also brewed an unwavering hunger for different cultures, exploration, and travel. In 2013, Mona resigned from her position as regional studio director for The Yoga Mat OC locations in California, and with one rucksack, set out on a two-year adventure through South East Asia and Oceania. In result, Mona has launched and directed various studios and retreat centers in the US, Australia, and Indonesia. While in Australia, Mona serendipitously stumbled across Zuna Yoga, and felt immediately compelled to further her studies with Everett Newell and Katherine Girling in Bali, Indonesia.
The initial deepening of Mona's practice began under the strict guidance of Diana Pipaloff and Jnanan Nanda Bjarati in Irvine, California. There, she also completed the extensive Yoga Shakti Wellness Center Post Graduate Mentorship Program with mentor Shanti Walling. It was this challenging and thorough mentorship program that inspired and gave her the confidence to start sharing yoga full time.
With an extensive background in Marketing, Graphics, Photography, and Performing Arts, Mona still finds way to incorporate art and creativity in all her work. She is the co-founder of the London-based company Om River Limited and for the last 4 years has been a key instructor for the online yoga studio Yoga Today. Dedicated to living her yoga with heart, and to teaching with a commitment to the ancient traditions of yoga, Mona believes that with dedication and enthusiasm, the practice has the power to raise the vibration of the collective, starting from the inside, one awakened heart at a time.
"The quieter you become, the more you can hear" - Ram Dass
Residing in New York City for the past 11 years, Anna Rhein is originally from the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where she attended Colorado State University, studied journalism and played basketball.
After a few years of living in California, where her interest in surfing and golf began, she spent 9 years working as a broker in the Manhattan commercial real estate industry. Living in NYC sparked her love of art, attending openings and enjoying painting on her own as a means of relaxation and expression.
Health and wellness has always been a priority to Anna. Her love of yoga began over 15 years ago, when she began to explore her spirituality, which in turn led her to her first yoga class. Since then, she has studied many different styles of yoga under the instruction of various teachers, including David Silverberg, an ISHTA certified teacher in New York.
Her ongoing passion with the practice of yoga combined with the desire to travel moved her to seek out a teacher training program abroad. She selected the Zuna Yoga® teacher training, as it encompassed everything she loved about the practice. Her experience and enthusiasm of the program led her to become a member of the Zuna Yoga® team in 2014, where she hopes to inspire people to live a life full of freedom and courage, one they are proud of.