Vivienne has been practicing Iyengar yoga from a young age and has maintained her practice as the owner of Centro La Paz, LLC. teaching Sampoorna Hatha Yoga (500 RYT), Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Modified Primary Series (200 RYT), Restorative Yoga (50 RYT), Ashtanga Vinyasa Rocket Yoga (50 RYT) & Kids Yoga (15 RYT) since 2010 as a member of the Yoga Alliance. A massage therapist since 2006, Vivienne focuses her work on a therapeutic experience. Working with each individual she integrates Swedish, Deep Tissue, Rolfing, Shiatsu, Chinese Acupressure, Cupping and Aromatherapy into her sessions. She is licensed through the Puerto Rico Massage Board and a professional member of the AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) since 2006. Vivienne is a Certified Doula (Birth & Post Partum) with Doula Caribe of Puerto Rico since 2013. Certified in Mat Pilates with Power Pilates as of 2016, as a compliment to current therapeutic work. Vivienne was one of the founding members of the Rincón Farmers Market in 2008, she started the organic school garden at Escuela Genoveva Perez, Rincon in 2015 and is co-owner of the agroforestry conservation project, FINCA HEKITI, in Las Marías. Vivienne is in constant action within her life, diet and holistic lifestyle choices.
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Caitlin graduated from the University of North Florida in December of 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication. It was in college where Caitlin discovered yoga and quickly fell in love with the mind-body benefits of the practice. After finishing school she received her RYT-200 through an official Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Studio. Caitlin believes that yoga and surfing go hand-in-hand and credits both practices to teaching her how to truly live life in the present moment. When there are no waves, Caitlin enjoys writing, painting, snorkeling and paddling. Caitlin is a certified SUP Yoga teacher through Paddle Into Fitness and holds her WPA Level 1 and USLA/First Aid Certifications. Keep up with Caitlin and her adventures over on her blog: Sunburnt & Salty.
Lisa is a classically trained painter and sculptor living Rincon, Puerto Rico, where she owns a small hotel. She first encountered Jivamukti Yoga while visiting NYC to attend the lectures of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2010. This was the first time she had practiced yoga where there was an essence of promoting human values and spiritual ideals within the yoga class.
A free spirit, Lisa has had many questions on the path, and found the profound combination of teachings at Jivamukti gave her the freedom and confidence to find the answers that lie within. Upon having the opportunity to study with co-founders David Life and Sharon Gannon at Omega, Sharon-Ji encouraged Lisa to attend the upcoming teacher training in India in 2017. This calling was a life changing adventure for Lisa for which she is most gracious. Upon completing the 300 hour training, Lisa continues to study with her beloved teachers, incorporating their vast knowledge and devotion practices daily in her own classes. She believes what Sharon-ji teaches, “Don’t wait for a better world,” and is committed in the path towards creating peace and harmony here, right now, because this must be the place.
In 2012 Thespi traveled to Costa Rica to receive her 200 hr Teaching Certification and after falling love with Costa Rica, she decided to stay and continue her 300 hr Training. This past year, she ventured off to India to take a course on Tantra and Kundalini near the foothills of the Himalaya mountains. Shortly after this incredible experience she traveled south to Mysore and practiced Ashtanga. For the past four years her home base has been in Puerto Rico, where her heart is full of joy. Yoga has been and will always be apart of her life, mind, body, & soul as she continues to learn and grow with each practice.
JESUS BANCHS LOPEZ
My yoga journey started on 2012 with Sampoorna Yoga. Since 2013 I started practicing other yoga styles such as Power Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Rocket Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Hot Yoga and many other. I completed my first yoga teacher training on 2015: a 500hrs Power Vinyasa Yoga. I have two additional YTT a 200hrs Vinyasa Yoga teacher training completed in 2017 and an Ashtanga Yoga teacher training completed in 2018. Yoga is definitely one of my passions and I love to share the things I have learned and the bliss I have found in it with my students.
I was born and raised on this beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I started my inner journey in 2005 with the Ishayas Meditation Techniques which gave me the base for my practice in yoga. From there, I continued with my inner search by practicing Energy Medicine and Certification in Adamantine System in 2008, Merkaba Meditation in Sedona Arizona March 2008, Reiki Level 1 2009, Integrated Energy Therapy Advanced Level October 3, 2010 and acquiring a Certification of Life Coach with PNL at Sinapsis Center, Arecibo, P.R. May 2, 2012. Since then, I have been practicing Ashtanga Yoga and in February 1, 2014 received Immersion in Progressive Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga 100 hrs with David Kyle, San Juan P.R., expanding my practice with 20 hours training in Yoga For Kids in March 29, 2015. I also participate in Aero Yoga with silks, a practice that I really love and enjoy and Acroyoga with Laura Vazquez as I continue to expand and explore the universe.
VISITING / SEASONAL TEACHERS
A local from the exquisite town of Rincon, Puerto Rico, Cristina was fortunate to grow up by the lush palm trees and ocean. An avid surfer, she was naturally a child of the sun and sea. Inspiration by her wonderful mother and growing up on this gorgeous island has led Cristina to follow her heart and intuition to live her life as authentically, beautiful, and healthy as possible. With growing awareness over physical and spiritual balance, Cristina was motivated to explore mindful eating, yoga, and detoxification of the body. In 2014 Cristina became a certified Colon Hydrotherapist through Network Colonic School in San Antonio, Texas and in 2016 became certified by I-ACT (International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy) Foundational Level 1. Through Colonics, Cristina has personally enhanced her health and well being and is grateful to offer this rejuvenating and cleansing service to anyone seeking to detoxify their mind and body in a natural and drug-free way. Cristina is also a PADI dive master and a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher.
COLLEEN HENNESSY (Seasonal)
Colleen is a student and teacher of yoga and meditation through the lineage of Paramhansa Yogananda. She is passionate about the practice and its power to transform people into happy, healthy, conscious beings! She has studied all over the world and is elated to be sharing this knowledge with the community of Rincon. Colleen feels extremely blessed to have landed in this beautiful paradise and can be found around town playing music, snorkeling, and enjoying the many gifts of Puerto Rico!
KATHLEEN MUMMA (Seasonal)
Kathleen’s goal as a yoga instructor is to help students live better in their own bodies. She teaches with focused cues on breath, alignment and anatomy. Kathleen enjoys teaching to all levels and especially helping beginning students develop their practice. Her class is a safe and compassionate place to cultivate awareness.
Kathleen has completed 450 hours of training and mentorship at PURE Yoga in New York City and is honored to have studied under Tanya Boulton, Kay Kay Clivio, Yogi Charu, Dana Slamp and Kate Kuss. She has also completed Gil Hedley’s Somanautics program and Level 1 training in Jill Miller’s Yoga TuneUp® method She is currently studying to become a Restorative Exercise Specialist with bio-mechanist Katy Bowman. Kathleen is inspired and humbled daily by all of her past and present teachers and student.
Adi has been a life long student of practicing yoga off the mat in all shapes and forms especially when it involves being outdoors. Her passion for movement and the environment have taken heron countless adventures around the world and she currently travels and teaches as part of the Yoga Slackers & created the Redefining Balance series and retreats to share the modalities of shifting perspective through yoga, slack lining, AcroYoga, climbing, surfing, mountain biking and just about anything else you can think to do on the Earth’s terrain. Traveling & teaching often times with her car as a home base, you can find her somewhere in the vicinity of an ocean, climb site, mountain or legit climbing tree as she works with students on and off the mat to discover a new sense of balance, strength and focus in whatever their form of practice might be.
Adi’s adventures and environmental awareness endeavours have been featured in The New York Times, Yoga Journal, Outdoor Japan, New York Magazine, National Geographic, L.A. Yoga, Yoga + Joyful Living, Urban Climber, elephant journal, Current TV and TIME for CNN. www.adicarter.com // www.redefiningbalance.com