Crew

Alana Roach 

Owner and Director of Explorations of Self, Yoga Instructor, Integrative Nutrition Coach, Reiki & Shamanic Energy Worker, Intuitive Healer, Meditation & Dharma Teacher


Alana’s love for yoga came from firsthand experience with just how powerful the practice is. “In 2009, Yoga found me. Inside the studio, she experienced a deep sense of belonging, but the most profound part was what happened after. “I felt as though I was at true peace. I finally knew what the word meant. Until that moment, I had just understood it cerebrally. There is something profound to be said about peace dropping into the heart.” With a background in ballet starting at the age of 2 that continued through age 15, Alana realized that She had been doing yoga even then. “The girls in the dance studio and I used to see who could hold full lotus the longest when I was just 4. I realize now that I have been training to practice and teach yoga my whole life”
In 2012, her journey took her to India for 3 months where she trained with incredible locals near the Himalayas and fell into a rhythm of practice that felt sustaining. She knew that when She returned from the East, she would begin in creating a life as a teacher of Yoga to help others journey to find whole health and well-being in the mind, body, and soul. She has been teaching ever since. CYT and E-RYT certified in Vinyasa with a focus in Ashtanga Yoga and her personal studies of many holistic modalities including integrative breathwork, pranayama, plant based nutrition, and various yoga theory and practicum ranging from restorative to advanced vinyasa and everything in between, Alana teaches all levels and all ages. “I want to reach you at the level of your needs, and I try to communicate with you on a mind, body, soul level to find out what that is. We co-create a beautiful practice together. My students are my best teachers. In that light, we are co-teaching each other in every moment. It is really a beautiful experience.

Alana Rene Quattro

Alana is an RYT-800 yoga instructor living in the mountains west of Boulder, CO. She trained in Baptiste and Forrest-based styles of power vinyasa yoga, having graduated her first training in Connecticut in 2013. Alana found yoga in 2004 during the early years of a long and intense eating disorder, seeking a new and healthy way to move her body after dealing with an exercise addiction. It quickly became an important outlet for her, instrumental in her eventual recovery, and by 16, she was aiding her teacher and mentor in teaching yoga classes at private schools in CT. Over the years, Alana witnessed yoga culture go from one of self-acceptance and non-judgment, a space to find release from the harsh critic and perfectionist within, to one of comparison – in status, looks, flexibility, “nailing poses”, wearing the right clothes, going on trendy cleanses and diets, having the “yoga body”, and being used as a way to burn calories (she never thought she’d find herself doing mountain climbers in between chaturangas!). This saddened her and she began seeking others that noticed the same cultural shift and wanted to change it back into a practice of self-love, one in which people learn to accept themselves as they are versus changing themselves to fit the “yoga mold”. In her search, she found Chelsea Roff, the founder of an innovative program called Eat Breathe Thrive whose aim is to overcome negative self-image, body image issues, and disordered eating through an integrative mind-body approach based in yoga and neuroscience. She began the program in April 2017, and continues to work the program to this day, studying again with Chelsea at the Omega Institute in New York in August 2017. She has realized over the past four years that it is her calling as a yoga instructor to utilize the practice to help others recover from emotional issues and low self-worth, and to create a strong community of individuals that lift each other up.

Over the past two years she has co-led yoga and nutrition retreats in Bali, Indonesia and Crestone, Colorado and has fallen in love with how the format of these retreats allowed students to find safety in being vulnerable, created beautiful connections between students, and helped students develop a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. She comes equipped with a listening ear and, through workshops that she passionately leads, provides tools to help students lead a more empowered life post-retreat.

Kate Grove

Yoga Instructor, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga Instructor, PaddleFit Level 2 Instructor, World Paddle Association Class II Trainer, Indo Yoga Board instructor, Precision Cycle certified and a Lululemon SUP Yoga Ambassador

Kate has been leading fitness classes throughout Annapolis for the last fifteen years and is the owner of Sunrise SUP – a Stand Up Paddleboarding business providing SUP Yoga, fitness, lessons, rentals, kid’s camps and group events since 2013. She is a Yoga Instructor, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga Instructor, PaddleFit Level 2 Instructor, World Paddle Association Class II Trainer, Indo Yoga Board instructor, Precision Cycle certified and a Lululemon SUP Yoga Ambassador. In February 2016, she became the co-owner of YogaVibez Edgewater – a waterfront yoga studio located at Pier 7, next to Sunrise SUP. Together, they provide both the land and water experience to build a strong yoga community and spread good Vibez. They launched FLOWGA (SUP Yoga) teacher training in May 2016. She has trained children, exercise enthusiasts and athletes in Stand Up Paddleboarding, Yoga, Indo Yoga, Triathlon skills, core strength, cardio conditioning, endurance and flexibility; she has coached group training for beginner triathlon, master swim programs and youth fitness and SUP camps during the summer. Kate competes in SUP racing, Triathlon and running events Yin Yang Yoga 200 RYT in 2015 Indo Yoga Board Instructor, teaching since 2014 SUP Yoga Certification with Lazy Dog in April 2014 PaddleFit – Level 1 & 2, April 2013 WPA Class II Trainer

Julie Martin

Communications Manager of Explorations of Self, Yoga Instructor, Meditation Teacher, Transformation Coach, Marriage and Family Therapist

Julie is Yoga Instructor, Meditation teacher, and Transformation Coach with a passion for utilizing the body’s wisdom to heal emotional trauma and access the limitless source of inner peace and divine power that we all possess.  Julie’s yoga journey began in 2001, when a friend encouraged her to join in a power yoga class to help supplement her vigorous competitive swimming workouts.  She immediately realized that yoga was much more than a way to build physical strength and flexibility, but a key ingredient in developing a deeper connection with herself and learning to find a place of calm in the midst of chaos.  After ten years of working in the mental health field, earning her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and going through a period of personal tragedy, Julie found herself again turning to her yoga mat to access a source of healing that went much deeper than any modality she had been trained in as a therapist.

While it had always been a dream to one day treat clients in a retreat setting, it wasn’t until truly diving into a devoted yoga and meditation practice that she realized that the time was now to share the tools she had utilized to heal and transform her own life.  After moving to Bali to help run a yoga ashram and retreat center, she set her sights on India, where she studied yoga and meditation in Rishikesh, on the banks of the Ganga river.  Julie is a certified Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor, and utilizes a combination of Hatha, Restorative, Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra and guided meditation to help students to heal, grow, and transform.

Julie is a passionate teacher and healer with a serious travel addiction, and cannot wait to support you in your epic journey with us!

 

Magda Procner 

Yoga Teacher, Retreat Guide for Peru, and Owner of the Parinamaya Yoga Studio in Goa, India 

 

Magda Procner has been practising yoga for over fifteen years and has been living, studying and teaching in India since 2011, where she co-founded Parinama Yoga Studio in Goa.

She has completed 500 hr TTC as well as a variety of other trainings, workshops and CPD courses, including yearly trainings in Mysore with her teacher Vinay Kumar, meditation training for teachers with Sally Kempton, course in yoga therapy with Doug Keller, and trainings in pranayama, backbending, vipassana meditation, Reiki healing and more.

She has been teaching internationally since 2011, conducting Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha Flow classes as well as modules for TTC courses, and organising workshops and retreats all over the world, including India, Sri Lanka, UK, Poland, Spain, Italy and Costa Rica.

She approaches yoga in a holistic way, treating the body as a multidimensional vessel which needs every-day care and attention in order to stay healthy and nourished. She treats each student
individually, helping them to understand their bodies, with all their needs, tensions and limitations, and creating a safe space for physical as well as internal exploration. Her classes combine scientific knowledge of the body gained during extensive studies of anatomy and yoga therapy with eastern wisdom gained throughout all her years of living and studying in India. The result is an intuitive blend of creative, alignment-based and anatomy-specific sequences including asanas, breathwork, meditation, mantras and more.

A strong believer in the power of smile and laughter and the importance of growth and expansion, she tries to live her life trusting her instincts, following her dreams and appreciating every moment, while helping others unlock their own power and potential.

You can read more about her on her websites: www.magsyoga.com and www.parinamayogastudio.com

And follow her on Instagram: Magsyoga

 

Cara Provenzano

Yoga Teacher & Retreat Guide for Peru

With over 15 years of practice in a variety of yoga disciplines (Yin, Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Hot, Bikram, Restorative and Kundalini) Cara travels the globe spreading her love of yoga through Peru, Goa, Mumbai, Bali, Egypt, Thailand, New York, New Mexico and Los Angeles, recently completing her first 100 hour mat pilates training.

she received her first 200 hour certification in Ubud, Bali in 2013 and completed her 500 hour Ashtanga certification in 2015 while studying in India.
Cara is humbled and honored to teach what she has learned through her vast studies. Always remaining a student of the practice and super grateful for her yoga journey as a new life path has presented itself to her.
Her approach to teaching is focused on relieving anxiety and learning acceptance with what is, while other lessons may focus on balancing the mind and body.
Although like most of us she can be found running from place to place or trying to do too much in too little time, what makes her happiest is when she is deeply rooted in nature connecting with her soul and mother earth.
The philosophy of her yoga instructions is to bring people into their own beautiful movement capabilities and personal growth. To reveal your own personal practice, using your own proper alignment. Journey towards your authentic inner light and let it expand through strengthening and stretching to the fullest potential, using your breath as your yoga tour guide through every asana.
Her passion to uplift, inspire and nurture radiate in her mindful articulation of this ancient and healthy practice.

 

 

 

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