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Meet Our Teachers

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Kim was a professional makeup artist for over 20 years creating beauty on the outside. After taking a break and having three children, she had a spiritual awakening and followed her heart and became a Holistic Health Practitioner to help create beauty and wellness on the inside, the most important part, graduating from  Integrative Nutrition and The Institute for the Psychology of Eating.
 
Kim is a certified hypnotherapist, a Reiki Master teacher, and was also trained at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts to become a certified Yoga Nidra Facilitator. She has also studied Sound Healing and other healing modalities and is passionate about healing and bringing people to their highest level of awareness and enlightenment.
Danny is 66 years old and a recovering addict with 29 years clean. He is a combat Vietnam Veteran who served proudly in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 to 1970 with 13 of those months in Southeast Asia. He suffers from PTSD and fought this demon for more than 40 years. Over these years fighting PTSD he has tried counseling, psychiatry, and hypnoses which have helped to some degree. Then about 4 1/2 years ago he started a practice of meditation which changed his life. At first he was skeptical, wondering how by just closing one's eyes and breathing, that this could help. When asked, he will tell you that meditating takes him to a different world where he can let go of the lies the ego tells him so he can find his true spirit. Like anything else, this takes practice and doesn't happen overnight. Danny is now taking the meditation course Palouse Mindfulness, a mindfulness-based stress reduction course to further his journey in learning and getting his certificate.
Jeanene, Satjeet Kaur (her spiritual name), or as her students refer to her, “Yogini Jeanie" holds a 200 hr. yoga certification in Hatha from At One Yoga and a 200 hr. in Kundalini from Yoga Phoenix as well as a 500 hr. advanced yoga certification in Astanga from Dave’s Astanga Yoga. She has completed the Kundalini Level 2 Mind and Meditation module and will be participating in the Conscience Communication module in the Fall of 2015.

Enjoying and believing in the therapeutic effects of many different types of healing modalities, Jeanene went on to be trained in playing the Symphonic Gong, is a Reiki 3 (healing through the hands) certified healer, learned to play the Crystal Bowls through Ronee Kipnes and Tryshe Devheney and trained with Steve Price in Yoga Nidra (guided meditation into the deepest state of awareness). She will be attending Kamini Desai’s 100 hour Yoga Nidra training in January/February of 2016.

Jeanene is frequent a contributor to adult teacher training programs and brings over 25 years of experience in training teachers to teach kid’s yoga through her unique kid’s teacher training program, Fitness Fusion For Kids. You can find out more on her website at www.yoginijeanie.com.

Her current teaching schedule includes hot yoga, yin/restorative, Kundalini, kid’s yoga, yoga nidra and she plays the Gong/Crystal Bowls in many of her classes.

“Mindfulness means bringing our full, relaxed yet purposeful attention to each present moment. There is a deeper feeling of presence through immense love, joy, peace, beauty and harmony when we have this mindful connection in our lives.”

Originally from Germany, Petra (Jap Bhagti Kaur) has been practicing yoga and meditation for nearly 20 years. She moved to Phoenix AZ in 1998, continuing to practice various styles of yoga. Given her great interest in the many types of healing modalities, she graduated from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts as a licensed massage therapist in 2005, and went on to become certified in Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan), under the lead trainer Sevak Singh Khalsa in 2015.

Petra is also Reiki Level 3 certified through The Healing Source with Sangeet Kaur Khalsa. She is a true animal lover and proudly owned by her two dogs, five cats, and two horses.

“Let us fill our hearts with our own compassion - towards ourselves and towards all living beings.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

Jere Friedman, J.D., M.A., CMMI, is an Employee of the Universe – with full benefits! Jere is a practicing attorney and a Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor, having completed the 200-hour Meditation Teacher Academy at McLean Meditation Institute® in Sedona, AZ. Jere also holds a Masters’ degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, is a certified Breathwork Healer, and is considered one of the foremost gong players and sound healers in the world.

Jere teaches meditation and mindfulness, Spiritual Psychology, conscious leadership, spirituality, reclaiming your life from burnout, and related topics. He also regularly facilitates public and private gongbaths and Breathwork + Gong Healing Journeys in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area as well as nationally and internationally. Jere also is a Soul Centered Coach and an ordained minister. Jere is available for private and small-group sessions and does public speaking and leads classes, workshops, and retreats for the general public as well as in law firms and other corporate settings.

Jere has personally experienced the transformational rewards of reduced stress, increased inner peace and calm, enhanced relationships, improved focus and efficiency, heightened intuition, and living a more authentic life that become available when one adopts a daily meditation practice. Ask Jere – he’ll show you how easy it is to claim these benefits for yourself!

“As an attorney, I have experienced – and overcome – tremendous stress and burnout and I’ve witnessed many of my colleagues struggling with similar issues. For me, the real benefits of meditation come in the 23½ hours of the day that I’m not ‘sitting on the cushion.’ I am much more peaceful inside, more loving and compassionate with myself and others, and more focused on what is present in my life. And, when stressful things do come up, I’m better able to remain centered and respond to the situation instead of reacting.”

Born in Moscow, Russia, Yuri started practicing Qi Gong at age 15, learning from various Chinese teachers and mindfulness meditation from Buddhist monks. Since 1991, he has been a certified instructor of this ancient healing art. From 2011 – 2014, he led the Qi Gong Program at the Wellspring Cancer Support Center in Toronto.
 
Now living in Scottsdale, Yuri is eager to spread the benefits of Qi Gong, assisting individuals and groups.

Daniel studied in various fields of the human potential movement and received years of training in such varied fields as group dynamics, art therapy, socio-cultural animation and energy healing. At the center of his teaching is conscious breathing as a direct path to wholeness and the conscious, deliberate experience of oneness. He also pursued a career as a musician, studied and played north Indian tabla for more than 30 years and also loves the djembe, congas, and most recently, the didgeridoo. He teaches drumming as a mindfulness practice to connect with one's self and others.

“This is the time for us to co-create a new earth that is in harmony with the inner working of our true nature.”

Originally from Germany, Daniel also lived in Vienna and has resided in Phoenix since 1992. In addition to being a passionate drummer, he is also a long-time practitioner and teacher of conscious breathing.

After a blissful moment at the end of a yoga class in 2009, Julie was inspired to sign up for Yoga Teacher Training at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, and has since become certified in Yoga Nidra, an ancient, powerful meditation that she integrates with sound healing.
 
"By closing our eyes, we see."
 
Originally from the Midwest, Julie loves our sunny days and snow-free winters. She is determined to touch each continent at least once in her life.
Jennifer is a certified Life Coach specializing in women’s health and wellness. She is a graduate of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program and has been passionate about mindfulness for over fourteen years. After experiencing life altering benefits from her own personal mindfulness practice, Jennifer began teaching mindfulness meditation so that others could also learn to experience the benefits in their own lives.

“When we allow ourselves to release and let go, we return to who we are at the core and we are then able to get a taste of the inner peacefulness that is always there. The more that I practice mindfulness and tap into this inner beauty, the more I want to be in that state throughout my days."

Jennifer grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut and moved to Arizona seven years ago with her husband, their two teenage daughters, and their two miniature dachshunds.

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Our Center is located in two separate buildings:

Building A | Main Registration Building

10309 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Building B | Activities Center

10339 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

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