Teacher Faculty

  • Allison Eaton, E-RYT 500, YACEP®, Reiki Master Teacher

    Allison is an international teacher of yoga, Reiki and meditation. To date, she has trained over 2000 yogis to become empowered and inspired yoga teachers. Allison’s teaching style springs intuitively from the heart, supported by extensive background training in Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Yin Yoga, Tantra and Chakra Yoga Therapy. In addition to teaching Hatha Yoga with precision alignment, Allison focuses on yogic practices that deepen the connection to our healing life force (prana)...

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  • Amber Young, E-RYT 500

    For Amber, yoga is a way of life rather than a practice. As well as being a devoted yogini on all levels, Amber is an inspired surfer. She has learned to surf the waves of the ocean as well as the waves of life as yoga teacher, a householder, a loving mother to her daughter Coral. Amber's first yoga teacher was her mother, Mercy Ananda, a long time yogini and kirtan musician and part of the Yandara faculty. Amber describes her mother as "one of the most inspiring women she has ever known."

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  • Anne Dinsmore, E-RYT 500, YACEP®

    Anne teaches from a great depth of understanding and inquisitiveness of the human experience and endeavors to assist her students to recognize their own inner beauty and greatness using yoga and yoga philosophy as a modality to access the dimensions of the Self.

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  • Christopher (Shane) Perkins, E-RYT 500, YACEP®

    Christopher is the co-founder of Yandara and has over 20 years of meditation and yoga practice. Christopher has the gift to bring his students through fun and challenging flow sequences while cultivating the shared awareness that is Yoga. His style is dynamic and intuitive, mixing creative movement with a powerful asana practice. His passion for yoga philosophy and yoga psychology is a part of his daily life and weaves naturally into his teachings...

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  • Craig Perkins, E-RYT 5000

    Craig is registered with Yoga Alliance with over 45 years and 15,000 hours of yoga teaching and yoga teacher training. In 1968 Craig trained under Yogi Ananda Bhavanani (a follower of Swami Sivananda) in Vancouver, Canada, and became a certified Sivananda-style yoga instructor. At this same time, he began his 30-year meditation study with both Sant Kirpal Singh, and later with his successor Sant Darshan Singh, he also studied, and became initiated in, Tibetan Buddhism, and furthered his Hatha Yoga studies...

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  • Douglas Leff: Experience Manager & Retreat Administrator

    Douglas graduated from our 200 hour program in 2021 and fell in love with Yandara so much that he never left! With years of experience working in luxury hotels, Douglas brings a fresh perspective and elevates the Yandara experience for our yogis. He is the first one to greet you when you arrive and always makes himself available throughout your stay. Although a lot of his work is behind the scenes, Douglas loves getting to know everyone who visits Yandara and even offers some of his yoga classes and handstand workshops too.

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  • Hawley Kobayashi, E-RYT 500, YACEP®

    Hawley's journey into yoga began later in life. Despite initial reservations, it was a vinyasa class at the age of 40 that truly captivated her, transforming indifference into a profound love for yoga. This experience profoundly shaped her teaching philosophy, which eschews a one-size-fits-all approach in favor of a more personalized and exploratory method. She teaches yoga not merely as a physical practice but as a holistic lifestyle, promoting strength, mobility, stability, flexibility, and sustainability. Her classes are designed to foster mind and body health and longevity, encouraging serenity through a balanced blend of breath, movement, and stillness.

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  • Kelly Wampler, 500 E-RYT, YACEP®

    Like many before, Kelly sought out yoga for the exercise and to increase flexibility, but as she began to practice in 2008 she realized that yoga went much deeper than she originally thought. She has been so incredibly blessed with wonderful teachers along this path that have instilled all of the aspects of yoga in their classes, teaching her that yoga is not just a physical practice but so much more. Making the decision to become a full time yoga teacher in 2017, was a scary one on many levels, but she felt the call and decided to follow it.

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  • Laina Florio: Spiritual Life Coach & Retreat Manager

    Laina spent 18 years in the corporate world of fashion in New York City learning about people development, business building, and achieving success in the physical world. After a trip to Nepal in 2010, she began to see life through a new lens - one of deeper meaning, purpose and value. From that point, she made a big decision - to leave the grind of the fast paced hustle in service to more meaningful and purposeful work in the world.

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  • Nicolina Sandstedt, PT, E-RYT 500, YACEP®, Administrator

    Nicolina Daya Nam is trained in Traditional Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Kundalini Yoga. Her inspiring presence and teaching style is authentic, refined, and infused with grace. Through a transformative combination of asana, breath, meditation and chanting, she guides you to develop a peaceful and intuitive mind; leaving you uplifted and inspired. “To me the ancient teachings of Yoga are an invitation to be deeply curious about our true nature. It is a practice of moving through any stagnation, so that awareness can permeate our entire being.”

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  • Sarasvati Young, E-RYT 500

    Sarasvati brings an open mind and an open heart to the mat. A lover of the Ocean and the Elements, she often ties her classes into the themes of nature. She loves exploring Yoga as an expression of the joy and abundance all around us. Sarasvati has been studying and teaching with Yandara since 2009, and has had the pleasure of studying mantra and kirtan with her mother, Mercy Ananda. Her receptive and joyful nature invites exploration on the mat and a playful outlook on life...

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  • Yandara Administrator: Jon Perkins

    Jon brings a unique business perspective to Yandara. He has shaped the operational side of Yandara to make our YTT accessible to many students from the past, present and into the future. Focusing his talents into the yoga industry is important to him because it brings so much benefit to world around us.

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