Your Faculty Priest(ess)
All Programs Feature Adi Shakti, Usha Anandi, Ivanna Bilak, and Another Lead Priest(ess).
You can expect a rich diversity of Faculty Support mindfully crafted to ignite, challenge, educate and support you.
Adi Shakti, yoga teacher and conscious entrepreneur, commits to awakening the divine feminine, and she harnesses that power to support sustainable global projects and empower women on and off of the mat.
She is the Creative Director of Passion Yoga School owner of Costa Rica Travel Authority, Creative MasterMind of the Maha Shakti Center, and host of The Six Figure Yogi, a conscious business podcast and education platform.
Adi Shakti means primordial divine feminine energy. Mother of the Earth. Goddess of the Goddesses. Manifestation of energy. It is a name gifted to her by her teacher, Yogrishi Vishvketu, in Rishikesh India where she studied at his feet.
Born in Indianapolis, Adi has had the privilege of studying, leading groups, and exploring through India, Thailand, Cambodia, Guatemala, Ecuador, New Zealand, England, France, Panama, Nicaragua, and more. She lives in Costa Rica full time with her husband, and they live simply in harmony with the jungle.
Connecting women with the power of their inner intelligence and guidance is at the core of Usha’s offerings. Drawing upon her education as a Western holistic nutritionist, Usha encourages self inquiry and exploration as she takes her students on a journey of the body. She believes wholeheartedly in the body’s innate ability to heal itself, and facilitates space for students to connect with their own unique rhythm. She believes that developing a deeper relationship and understanding of the body is essential in supporting each person to come to their own definition of health. Usha combines her Western knowledge with Eastern inspiration passed on by her teacher, Yogrishi Vishveketu to offer classes that nourish the soul at every level.
Diving deep into the practice of yoga and yogic philosophy, travelling and exploring the diversity of different cultures, and empowering the divine in both men and women are central to what lights Ivanna’s heart on fire.
As a means to find calm in the business of city and student life, Ivanna turned to the practice of yoga and quickly found solace in its ability to be a tool for greater self-discovery, personal growth, and connection with the divine that rests within each of us. While travelling through Central and South America, destiny led her to stumble upon the team at Passion Yoga School and complete her 200 hour - YTT in the Akhanda Shakti method.
Sourcing knowledge from her education and research in Psychology, Ivanna provides emotional support for the students throughout their change and transformation at PYS. Her passion lies in creating supportive spaces for people to courageously dive into themselves in order to feel the electricity of their true authentic and empowered nature. When she is not busy with facilitating teacher trainings, she is travelling, leading yoga retreats, and connecting with the magical gifts that Pacha Mama has to offer.
Yoga began for Mallorie as a journey towards relaxation, which quickly unfolded into a spiritual path, a practice for deep core strength, and a connection to an expansive life philosophy. This newfound passion led Mallorie to the Akhanda Yoga 200 hour YTT (2010) with her teacher, Yogrishi Vishvketu. She went on to complete her Yin YTT, Restorative YTT and Vinyasa YTT, and became certified in Kundalini Yoga and Yoga Lifestyle Counseling during a 500 hour YTT in Rishikesh, India. The path and practice of yoga continue to support and awaken Mallorie to the vast and beautiful nature of this life, clarifying her purpose to teach and learn in the presence of compassion, uniqueness, and devotion.
Mallorie teaches in her home community, as well as internationally for yoga teacher training programs. She is forever a student on this path, and her joy comes from connecting to other creators who have chosen a path less travelled and who embark upon that which brings a higher state of consciousness.
Staraya finds grace in all forms. She started her journey as a dancer, gradually evolving her body and Self awareness through yoga and meditation. Staraya’s initial exploration into yoga was at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where she acquired her 200 RYT under the guidance of Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Edmunds. She then furthered her studies at Kripalu in order to obtain her 500 RYT, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist and Ayurvedic Counselor Certifications. In order to deepen her knowledge, Staraya attended the world-renowned Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM under the guidance of Dr. Vasant Lad, Maria Garre, Nomi Gallo and Jennifer Ayres, where she earned her Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Certification. Staraya loves the science behind Ayurveda and enjoys the creativity that yoga allows. The combination of both practices gives the opportunity to dive deeper in order to restore balance and strength. Her classes strive for a connection to the Universe, the body, and the breath, while exploring a blend of yoga styles with grace and flow.
Loren is a passionate Yoga instructor inspired by the spiritual traditions and Yogic teachings of India. She received her first certification deep in the Caribbean jungle of Costa Rica with the Passion Yoga School where she was provided with a well-rounded and holistic approach to traditional Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. She is currently undergoing additional certification with Yogaworks in Los Angeles, CA due to complete by February 2017 and will be completing a Prenatal certificate program in February 2017.
She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where she teaches studio classes, in-home private session and special event/workshops. Her teachings incorporate the spiritual traditions of India and biomechanical alignment of Kinesiology to create styles suitable for every yoga practitioner. Loren began her own Yoga practice in college where she studied Kinesiology and her fascination of the human body first stemmed. Throughout her journey of self-study and self-realization she’s found her true passion through the teachings of Yoga and creating a space of healing and compassion for the mind, body and spirit of others. She believes Yoga is a practice not only on the mat, but also off the mat, in the kitchen, in our relationships and in everyday life. As a yoga teacher and student of life, Loren strives to share her teachings and awareness of Yoga by guiding and supporting her students through their own personal practice.
Certified yoga teacher, trained in Passion Yoga School for her RYT 200 (2015) and RYT 500 (2017) under the Akhanda Shakti method.
Sharon discovered a space to blossom in the practice of yoga and conscious life style, combining her love for nature, yoga practice and stillness as tools for personal growth and connection with the divine.
Sharon recognizes that compassion is a feeling with which resonates every day of her life, is grateful for each experience, sharing joyful classes with a combination of self body awareness, conscious breathing, movement and energy.