Christine Thomas, ERYT500; Owner Yoga Breeze
Christine Thomas, a native of Arizona, graduated Magna Cum Laude from A.S.U. with a B.S. in Business Management and minors in both Latin American Studies and International Business. Over the years, Christine studied wellness programs such as herbalism, nutrition and yoga. Now an ERYT500 advanced yoga instructor, she has experienced how transformational yoga has been in her personal life, and it is her passion to bring this to others. She is the founder of an on-site corporate yoga program aimed at empowering employees to embrace a healthier lifestyle and owner of Yoga Breeze Healing and Wellness Center in Cave Creek, AZ. It is her dream to inspire and empower others to live to their fullest potential. She believes Yoga (movement and stillness, meditation, breathwork) and mindful living is the key to such. “We have the ability to heal ourselves”, she says. Christine continues to deepen her knowledge through teaching, workshops, and intensive certification programs including Tai Chi, Chi Gung, Yoga Nidra and Yoga Therapy.
Shanee Wolf, RYT500
Shanee began practicing yoga in 2005. She said, “I instantly loved how the practice aligns body, breath, and mind as a moving meditation.” Shanee completed her 200-hour training at Southwest Institute for Healing Arts as well as trained at the 500-hour level at Yoga Pura. “Yoga has opened the door to experience more freedom, balance, and peace in my life. It is a practice of love and compassion for ourselves and all beings. Yoga has transformed my life, it’s an honor and privilege to share the benefits yoga has given me.”
Gloria Allen, ERYT500
Gloria began practicing yoga over thirty years ago before yoga was popular. During a great time of stress in her life and on the advice of her doctor she began studying yoga seriously. This eventually led her to an ashtanga yoga Teacher Training. With an anusara practice and further study into the philosophies of the heart Gloria expanded on her knowledge of the yoga practice. She blends both Eastern and Western Philosophies in her teaching style. To Gloria, the physical practice of yoga is an amazing, beautiful and challenging journey from the head to the heart. As we release stress and blocked energy from our physical bodies, it reveals the light and healing of our Divine Essence and the perfection of the present moment. She has gone on to further practical and philosophical education and is currently studying in a Master’s Teacher Training Program with international teacher, Rod Stryker.
Gloria’s first love is yoga therapy. She has gone to study the therapeutics of yoga with Martin Kirk, Rod Stryker and Doug Keller. She is developing a breathing program for those with COPD and Emphysema using the yoga breathing patterns.
Rachel Albrecht-Rossi, ERYT500
Rachel began her personal yoga journey almost 10 years ago as a “reward” for running and a way to relieve stress. Soon this “rewarding” experience became a way of life, as she became certified at the 500-hour level through Yoga Pura and Yoga Aliliance. Rachel has taught all ages and abilities of yogis and yoginis- from preschoolers to retirees, and everyone in between In addition, Rachel has helped to train and mentor many yoga teachers from the greater Phoenix area, in her role as a mentor for a valley teacher training program. Her classes blend her love of philosophy with integration of YOGA into everyday life, and she holds a special place in her heart for alignment and moving students safely into and out of posture. Rachel’s love of this practice, yoga, and her students are clearly evident in each class she teaches.
Linsey Lane, RYT200
was 16 years old when she initiated her journey with meditation and mindfulness as a means to deal with peer pressure and stress. She met and studied with her mentor, Sadhguru when she was 18. Also at this time, she volunteered with Autistic children in an equine and sensory integration program. This program included yoga and meditation with horses and nature. At 24, Linsey traveled to India to continue her studies in meditation. This experience inspired her to deepen her spiritual journey and share her passion with others. She completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher certification and leads the Kid’s Yoga program at Yoga Breeze and their outreach program at Montessori School. In 2015 she was certified in Yoga Nidra, a guided relaxation technique. Her soft, soothing voice, simple, clear guidelines, calm demeanor and energy, accent her ability to communicate effectively with individuals of all ages and abilities. Linsey’s background and unique gifts make her an excellent role model and mentor for teenagers. Yoga has proven to be a very powerful tool for a solid foundation for life.
Colleen Meehan, RYT200
As an active runner and tri-athlete, Colleen also enjoys extensive hiking and the great outdoors. She began experiencing limiting knee pain and started a Yin practice to help mitigate the pain and heal her knee. This class gave her a sense of fulfillment and completion. And she began her lifelong journey with yoga. Colleen followed her passion and became certified in nursing while pursued certifications in 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Nidra. She has extensive training in energy healing work through the Quantum Pathic center, certified in levels 1-4, and in Divine Healing Hands with Doctor and Master Zhi Gang Sha.
Colleen works with Cancer patients , special needs and students that have challenges. Teaching is meaningful to her and she uses her gifts to empower her students to help heal themselves. She has also worked with large corporations in teaching associates healthy ways to distress. Colleen teaches Basics, Chair, Restorative, Yin and Yoga Nidra. She is capable of modifying to meet the needs of all in a diverse classroom. Yoga is and will be a lifetime study for her. She is pursuing her education in Kundalini , QI Gong and RYT-5oo Advanced Yoga Teacher Training. She is still active as a member of Team Arizona Outriggers and participates in long distance open ocean races.
Jennifer Marks, RYT500
Jennifer wanted a deeper meaning, a deeper understanding of what yoga was, and what it could do for her life. In 2011, she became certified as an RYT-500 through Yoga Pura Advanced Studies and Teacher Training. Embracing the Yoga philosophy has resulted in a transformation she had never imagined. You’ll find her classes to be challenging yet uplifting allowing you to explore the yogic tools to understand your journey with an emphasis on continued growth. Jennifer grew up on the sunny beaches of San Diego, CA. and water has always been her favorite thing to be near. After finding stand up paddle board yoga, she decided to venture through more training and received her SUP Yoga teacher certification. Now adding the combination of water and yoga, she has created her own company called Desert Lotus Stand-Up Paddle Boards, which operates out of Lake Pleasant. Jennifer joined the Yoga Breeze staff in 2016 and teaches the Monday/Wednesday Classic Level I class.
Rasoul Amin Sobhani ERYT500
Rasoul is a ERYT-500 and has been teaching yoga for 11 years. With 20 years experience in self defense, he is a 3rd degree black belt in Kung Fu and a royal Korean martial art called Kuk Sool Won. Rasoul is a certified Pilates instructor. He holds a certificate in Thai Yoga from the Arizona Institute of Thai Massage. Rasoul is currently the lead teacher at ASU’s yoga program and the Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Breeze Healing and Wellness Center. With a fierce passion for safe and proper alignment, body awareness and workshopping poses, he has been instructing Wall Yoga for over 5 years. He also teaches yoga and Tai Chi/Chi Gung on Persian TV weekly. Author and creator of several Yoga and Tai Chi DVDs suited for practitioners of various levels, Rasoul has influenced many with his calm demeanor, friendly smile and deep wisdom.
Tammy Gatten RYT500
Tammy is a graduate of Yoga Pura’s 500 hour teacher training, under the guidance of Yogi E (A.K.A Eric Walrabenstein). She has also attended continuing training and education at the Southwest Institute for Healing Arts with Mary Bruce, and her Yoga Nidra Certification through Yoga Pura. Her primary focus is on helping new students become engaged and educated on how Yoga can become an empowering tool for life. Tammy is committed to the well being of her students through mindful instruction, gentle adjustments, and connecting daily life into intentions to be applied on and off the mat. Whatever the class, students will be cared for and loved, mind, body and soul. When Tammy is not teaching Yoga, she enjoys every minute she can spend with her husband, two dogs, and two ‘adult’ boys.
Steve Price, ERYT 500, MFA
Steve is a master-level instructor in meditation, mindfulness and writing. He has taught at colleges, yoga studios, mindfulness centers and addiction recovery centers throughout the valley, and has been training yoga teachers since 2005. Steve is certified in Yoga Nidra, Yoga Therapy and Life Coaching. In addition to numerous articles, stories and poems, he has published six books: Crawling Back To Patanjali, A Bowler’s View of the Tao Te Ching, John Doe’s Diamond, Swami On Call, Clam in the Sky, and Can I Have One Moment of Peace?
Rajpal joins us with an integrated holistic approach to healing. A certified Kundalini teacher, she is also a Reiki Master, Massage Therapist, Cosmetologist and Gongmaster. Her healings and classes are performed using meditation and two sacred gongs – the Symphonic gong with a harmonic and universal sound structure, and the Jupiter Planetary gong whose vibrational sound enhances openness, trust, optimism, good fortune and a jovial spirit. Rajpal uses her Gongmaster talents to help you access deep states of consciousness, expand awareness and experience pranic healing.