Burlington Yoga's instructors are all Yoga Alliance certified, many through our own Teacher Training program.
Piper Candra Prabha
Piper (E-RYT-500+, IYT, YACEP, IAYT, Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Yoga Practice and Therapy) began her lifelong study of yoga as a psychology student at UVM in 1993. She sought the balancing and meditational aspects of this ancient practice as a compliment to academics, running, climbing and skiing.
She was immediately impressed with the ability to calm and focus her mind, and has been a deeply devoted student ever since. Her classes are intelligently sequenced to encourage moment-to-moment awareness, optimal breathing, and the flow of vital life force energy.
(E-RYT-500) Emily’s yoga practice evolved from a lifelong pursuit of motion. She was a three-season college athlete in college, became a competitive runner in graduate school and now makes space daily for recreational running, biking, or swimming. Her yoga practice began in 1996 when her sister gave her yoga videos and a mat for Christmas.
Kari Stevermer (RYT 200) started practicing yoga as a natural extension of her love for dance and movement. After graduating from the University of Minnesota-Morris she came to Vermont to teach dance at a summer camp. During the winter when she wasn’t dancing she began to look for a physical outlet which led her to Burlington Yoga.
Rachel Leslie Morrison (RYT-200) first discovered yoga in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA in 2007 and was immediately drawn to the deep, spiritual and emotional connection she found on her mat. While working in several high-stress jobs after college, she struggled to maintain balance, but always found refuge in yoga.
Sakshi, RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher), PRYT (Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist), IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists), has been a dedicated student of yoga since 1992. She first engaged with a path of meditation, service and study, which grew to include a full embrace of Yoga Asana Practice.
Saja (RYT-200) first dove into yoga in April 2020, but immediately fell in love. It combined the flow and grace of her dance classes with the challenge and discipline of the martial arts of her childhood. Yet, nothing else she has pursued in her life has brought the inner and outer strength that yoga has gifted her.
Grace (RYT-200) first used yoga as a therapy for recovering athletes. She studied athletic training and nutrition at UVM and found yoga as a gentle way to improve flexibility and alignment throughout the healing process. She began to deepen her personal practice in graduate school, studying exercise physiology. The ability of the mind and body to work together to reach new goals was inspiring.
Elsa Crocket (RYT 200) took her first yoga class at Burlington Yoga in high school ten years ago. At the time she used yoga to gain strength and flexibility to complement competitive figure skating. Elsa continued to practice throughout college and graduate school.
Talia fell in love with the practice of yoga when she started taking regular classes during her pregnancy back in 2019. This practice has so many benefits but the mindfulness piece really drew her in, learning to regulate the breathe and just be with your body was new and fascinating and made her want to continue on this path of yoga.
Molly (RYT 200) fell in love with yoga in 2017 when it was suggested to her as a way to tap into self love and strength. She has been practicing ever since. As a teacher, Molly believes that yoga is for everybody and every body and finds power in both restorative and therapeutic postures as well as in flow.
Jesse (she/her, RYT 200) is a cisgender, able-bodied yoga teacher who offers a versatile flow class, including pranayama, yogic wisdom, and freedom to explore the asanas in different variations. She encourages students to find whatever movement their body is craving on that given day, whether that be adding vinyasas to build heat, or taking a rest and breathing in a child's pose to cool down and come back home to self.
David Curtis (RYT 200) has practiced yoga on and off for nearly twenty years. In 2013, he completed the 200 hour teacher training at Burlington Yoga, and then taught at the studio, and led local community classes while also organizing winter yoga retreats. Active and encouraging, he favors accessible sequences which challenge students to develop an awareness of the body in space.
Taylor (she/her) approaches yoga similarly to how she approaches everyday life: through an intentional lens of joy and gratitude. Taylor found yoga, specifically Burlington Yoga, in 2013 through the encouragement of a dear friend to help balance her highly active lifestyle in board sports. She pursued her RYTT-200 at BY in 2014 in order to deepen her own practice before moving to a yoga retreat center on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica to grow fruits and vegetables as the head gardener. Although she initially never intended on teaching yoga regularly, it was during that long period in the jungle that Taylor discovered a passion for holding space.
Astrid (RYT-200) started practicing yoga regularly as a high school student to supplement her dancing. She was attracted to the discipline of the physical aspect of yoga, and the healing and meditative qualities of the practice.
Valerie started her yoga journey in college and has continued to find it a gratifying and nourishing part of her way of being. As a psychotherapist who specializes in relational trauma, Valerie began a certification program in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in April 2017.
Originally from New york, and ever a wanderer, Craig would say yoga has saved and changed his life. Sharing this practice in its many forms is a way of bringing meaning into our lives and the world. He has chosen to focus on Yin Yoga as a balance to living in the chaos of the modern age.