About the Yoga
Our yoga classes are taught by highly experienced, accredited instructors, who will help you grown your practice and learn how to best incorporate it into your daily life. Join us for a Via Yoga vacation and practice your poses in an open-air studio, with the sound of waves as your background music.
Julie Andres: Julie has had a life-long love for the science of yoga. She has found purpose in helping people with their daily struggles through the use of breath and movement. Inspired by nature, Julie devotes her practice to a higher power: the changing of the seasons; the miracle of life and death; the ability to love and be loved. Influenced by Baron Baptiste, Eiric Orvid and Dee Hine, her classes reflect their unique styles of practice and sequencing, focusing on linking movement with the breath. As an instructor Julie is compassionate and nurturing as she teaches how to apply the principles found in nature and yoga to our daily lives. To learn more about Julie go to levityyoga.net. Next retreat: Nov 19 – 25, 2016 | Mexico & March 22 – 26, 2017 | Mexico
Andrea Arriaga: Andrea is Via Yoga’s senior yoga instructor. Raised in a bicultural family, she is a citizen of both the United States and Mexico and has resided between Nayarit, Mexico and Hawaii since first arriving in Sayulita to work for Via Yoga, almost a decade ago. Her connections and knowledge to the local community and culture serve as an invaluable benefit and comfort to Via Yoga guests.
Although Andrea considers mother nature and personal relations her primary teachers, She feels blessed to have had the opportunity to study, and practice under numerous powerful masters including Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Matt Pesendian, Mark Whitwell, Bryan Kest, Robert Svoboda, and Dharma Mittra. Andrea has a strong background in Ayurveda, nutrition, eastern and western philosophy and concepts of health and medicine. Andrea is a certified and practicing Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, experienced Vipassana practitioner, a certified Stott Pilates instructor, and holds a degree in exercise science and fitness through UC San Diego. Next retreat: 2017 Season
Crystal Borrelli: Raised by yogis and trained in India, Crystal is dedicated to her roots by teaching the old traditions and practices of yoga. She now lives and teaches in Vancouver, B.C.. Crystal offers a powerful practice of asana by delving into pranayama, mantra, mudra and philosophy. Her yoga classes are based in the Krishnamacharyas Vinyasa yoga style, linking the movement of your body with the flow of your breathing. You can expect an all levels class with opportunities to grow and challenge yourself through variations. Next retreat: Apr 22 – 28, 2017 | Sayulita, Mexico
Megan Costello: A student of yoga since 2001, Megan began teaching in 2008, her classes vary from gentle to vigorous flow using progressions accessible to all levels of students, from those just beginning their yoga journey to students looking for a deeper exploration of practice. Megan combines ancient yogic wisdom with shamanic teachings, energetic practices and a profound exploration of the subtle body. She uses creative sequencing to challenge students desiring to go deeper while offering accessible poses to those just getting started. One of Megan’s specialties is bringing sound into class through the use of crystal singing bowls, utilizing the power of vibration and yoga to access healing states. She incorporates meditation and breathwork geared toward accessing the pranic (energy) body and the chakra system. To learn more about Megan go to megancostello.com. Next retreat: TBD
Jill Griffiths: Jill is a self-proclaimed travel junkie. She’s lived in Costa Rica, Mexico, Europe, South America and Taiwan. Jill loves travel for the same reason she loves yoga, they both inspire the ability to shift your perspective, a wonderful tool for dealing with difficult poses, yes, but even more importantly life! Travel and yoga nudge us out of our comfort zones, and by testing our edges both on and off the mat we experience life in a whole new way, with brand new eyes.
Jill received her 200 hour yoga instructor certification with Corepower Yoga in 2009 and later completed her level I training with Baron Baptiste. She has had the opportunity to work with Philip Urso, Stacy Dockins, Bikram Choudery, and Bryan Kest. Borrowing techniques from both Hot and Vinyasa styles of yoga, Jill gravitates toward a dynamic sequence coupled with yin inspired poses for a challenging yet well-rounded practice. Jill resides in Naperville, Illinois where she is an ambassador for Lululemon and teaches at Corepower Yoga, Hot Yoga Naperville, and Family Focus providing yoga to pregnant teens. TBD
Mike Hardin: Mike is a highly experienced fitness professional and owner of mikefitness, a Seattle based personal training business. He believes,“ that with levity and playfulness, learning becomes natural, progress happens faster, and short-lived fitness goals turn into life-long changes.” Certified through the American College of Sports Medicine, Mike is recognized as leader in functional movement. As a co-instructor of our Yoga, Fitness and Surfing retreats he brings his highly effective “Outdoor Gym” class to Via Yoga, exploring the natural beauty of Sayultia – a virtual playground. Mike’s wide-range of expertise includes weight loss, strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, rehab, and sports specific performance training. Mike enjoys working with a diverse clientele, from the new mom to the professional athlete and believes that, “the ability to balance work, rest and play is one component of a successful program. The other is keeping it fun!” www.mikefitness.com. Next retreat: Nov 19 – 25, 2016 | Sayulita, Mexico & May 6 – 13, 2017 | Manuel Antonio, Cost Rica
Brenna Kramer: Brenna is a Yogi, a lover of eating and gathering, and an observer with a curiosity for the human spirit. She first began teaching over ten years ago and is trained in both the practice of Yoga and Pilates. She is an active cook and health coach. She guides clients to build a relationship with food that is enjoyable and delicious through farm to table cooking classes. Brenna’s Yoga classes encourage students to be curious, to move with integrity, and to always find beauty and grace in their practice. She strives to create a practice and lifestyle based in both art and science. Trained as a dancer as a child and young adult, her classes move with style, synced to rhythmic breathing. She couples a creative practice with directing students to have strong body awareness, and proper alignment. She believes that when we move with integrity, we can more genuinely create a beautiful, sustainable lifestyle on and off the mat. To learn more about Brenna go to liveborboleta.com. Next retreat: TBD
Troy Lucero: Troy has dedicated the last 28 years to the practice and study of yoga. He has developed a multifaceted technique that allows a person of any age, size, and lifestyle to tap the full potential of what a yoga asana practice has to offer. His primary yoga influences are Tim Miller, Pattabhi Jois, and Richard Freeman.
Skilled at drawing out the natural intelligence inherent in each student, Troy has the unique ability to assess and understand each student’s body and yoga practice with humor and patience. His hands on teaching style is simultaneously vigorous and contemplative. Known for his insightful and deeply therapeutic adjustments, he offers in-depth knowledge combined with the grace and ease that comes with years of experience. www.troylucero.com. Next retreat: 2017 season.
Armando Munoz (Kun): Born in Mexico City, Kun started practicing transcendental meditation at the age of 16. It was there that he found the key for all the doors. Meditation! After two years of daily practice, he crossed paths with two men juggling on the street and asked them to teach him. Through juggling he discovered the same sensation of meditation in movements and the infinite possibilities of exploration between the body, space time and objects.
To deepen his understanding he traveled to Berlin and joined the Circus School where he studied dance, theater, juggling, acrobatics and philosophy of movement. After 4 years in Berlin he spent another year traveling Europe performing and continuing his studies. From Europe he moved to Canada and expanded his education and experience to include acro yoga and thai massage while teaching in the Montreal Circus School and performing in festivals. Now back in Mexico, Kun lives and works on the beautiful beach of Tulum where he continues to perform and teach, sharing what he loves most. In addition to acro yoga, thai massage, juggling and meditation he spends his time playing his guitar and harp. Next retreat: March 5 – 11, 2017 | Sayulita, Mexico
Rebecca Jo: Rebecca Jo began her yoga practice 15 years ago in an effort of physical healing after experiencing trauma to her spine. She quickly understood that flexibility and strength were not simple matters of muscle and bone, but also a challenge to one’s sensibilities – a shift in perception that lit the path to inevitable self-discovery.
Through the experience of pain, she learned about the healing potential of the human body and has since dedicated herself to sharing that understanding. With an emphasis on re-focusing energy, Rebecca Jo is able to help connect the emotional stresses of her students to their physical goals through breath meditations, conscious alignment based movement, qi gong, self massage, movement theory and practices of presence. Trained in the arts of dance, gymnastics, visual imagery and design, hatha yoga and awareness through breath centered movement, she incorporates a lifetime of lessons into each class, encouraging her students to integrate practices of conscious flow into daily motion. Learn more about Rebecca Jo at rebeccajoyoga.com. Next retreat: March 5 – 11, 2017 | Sayulita, Mexico
Alisa Wyatt: Alisa has been teaching since 1999 when she left her high-powered publishing job to spread her passion for Pilates. A featured expert for Pilates Style Magazine, she’s also the creator of the DVDs, Advanced Pilates Workout and Pilates for Men. Classically trained by Joseph Pilates’ protégé, Romana Kryzanowska, Alisa currently studies with one of the last remaining teachers who worked for Mr. Pilates: Jay Grimes. A self-described movement junkie, Alisa explores any movement modality she can find the time for when she’s not dancing, hiking or surfing. She recently completed her Yoga Certification with Annie Carpenter and Kia Miller at Yogaworks in Los Angeles. In addition to teaching at retreats and conferences internationally, Alisa trains an exclusive private clientele at her studio in Los Angeles. Learn more about Alisa at www.alisawyatt.com. Next retreat: April 1 – 8, 2017 | Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica