Meditation/Pranayama

Jace Maxwell, is the owner and lead teacher training at the Roanoke location of Studio Samadhi, and is well-loved there for her bright energy and compassionate spirit.

Sunnye’s approach to yoga is to find the best version of a pose for each individual and to honor the ever-changing landscape of our bodies from day-to-day.  Whether desiring improved mobility, recovering from an injury, a desk jockey or an athlete, her approach is to meet your needs.  She looks for non-intrusive ways to use the body to heal and restore through gentle stretching, myofascial release techniques and breathing.  Face Yoga Method is used to lift and strengthen muscles in the face with the added benefit of reducing tension.

Jeff Masters LMT, C-IAYT, MPCT, Msc. (Hon.), is the founder and director of the Masters Institute, an organization dedicated to vibrant health, wellness and the realization of our fully actualized potential.

Luke Ketterhagen graduated magna cum laude from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. He then moved to the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy to study under the guidance of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait where he would spend over 7 years in residence.

Melanie was inspired to try yoga in 2006 when training for a triathlon. Her instant realization that the practice went far deeper than just a way to tone led her to explore the philosophy and history of yoga. Melanie received her 200-hour RYT certification in 2012. The studies proved to be a ‘game-changer’ in her life; the first step was to open her heart to learn what made her ‘tick’ in order to live a life full of compassion, love and acceptance. Melanie will always think of herself as a student, always grateful for the lessons yoga teaches her each time she steps on the mat.

Claudia Carballal is a certified registered yoga teacher (RYT500) since 2013 through Yoga Alliance with formal training on prevention issues, life skills, self-development, mindfulness, and more recently psychotherapy and counseling. 

A graduate student of mindfulness-cognitive therapy and multicultural clients, she is the founder of InnerWellbeing, a personal development company that combines the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of Asian yogic techniques and mindfulness practices used in traditional healing and contemporary psychology. She offers personal development workshops, life coaching sessions, wellness consultations, yoga classes, mindfulness and meditation classes, and life skills workshops for teens and adults.

Over the course of seven years, she has deepened her yoga and meditation practice exploring Hatha yoga under international yoga instructor Chidanandi Sheri Cherokee; Tibetan yoga and meditation with senior teacher Luis Vilela at Tashi Delek Yoga Center in Spain; Hatha yoga and meditation under Spiritual Master Dr. Acharya Shree Yogeesh founder of Siddhayatan Spiritual Retreat; Vipassana meditation with Amber Bemak; and Buddhist meditation with resident teachers Gen Kelsang Menla and Gen-la Kelsang Jampa at Kadampa Meditation Center. 

Dr. Christopher Willard, (PsyD) is a renowned author, international speaker, and Harvard Medical School lecturer on mindfulness and psychology. He is the author of many books including Growing Up Mindful (2016) and, the soon to be released, Raising Resilience (2017).  He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and is the President of the Mindfulness in Education Network.

​Mary Bruce is an internationally beloved yoga teacher and educator who creates sacred space and presence for her students. Mary is a torch bearer. A beacon of light. A rare guide that is breaking the mold of the modern climate of yoga. Her teachings light us up and help us manifest our deepest desires.

Amber Bemak has engaged in a formal meditation practice for twenty-four years. She was raised attending family retreats at the Insight Mediation Center in Massachusetts and began her own practice at the age of fourteen. She studied with Michele McDonald for many years and practiced in the Therevadan tradition until 2001, when she was exposed to Tibetan Buddhism and met her teachers Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche. She then embarked on the path of Vajrayana practice and has been on this path ever since.

David began his journey into yoga in 1993. David started studying under one of Dallas' finest certified Iyengar instructors, Fred Dowd. He has now taught yoga extensively and has visited India numerous times to visit sacred sites, to study meditation under the Dalai Lama, and to study yoga with many contemporary yoga luminaries including B.K.S Iyengar and T.K.V. Desikachar.

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