ANAND (Ken) Von Roenn III
Ken “Anand” von Roenn III (E-RYT 500) is the creator of Skanda Yoga (RYS), and is the director of the Skanda Yoga Teacher Training program. A practitioner for 20 years, Ken founded Skanda Yoga in 2009 after studying many hatha yoga traditions. Ken holds a B.A. In Philosophy, is a Level III Reiki Master, and is certified in Iridology. He was an Honors graduate in 2000 from the Yoga East Teacher Training program. He has led 19 teacher trainings in Miami and has published two books: “The Practice of Skanda Yoga,” and “Classes of Enchantment.”
SADHANA (Lina) Vallejo
A teacher in the word’s most profound sense – throughout all aspects of life – Lina Vallejo meets each individual that approaches her with absolute attention, compassion and integrity. A teacher of teachers, she has educated over one hundred new yoga teachers in the style of Skanda Yoga®, which she co-created with her husband and asana master Ken “Anand” von Roenn. She is the owner of Skanda Yoga Studio, elected ‘Miami’s Best’ (New Times Magazine 2015), while also one of the most sought after one-on-one private yoga instructors in South Florida.
Assia Kojo left a corporate project management job to pursue the rewarding journey of learning and teaching Yoga. Her love and dedication to the practice has revealed her true course: to devote her life to serving her community mentally, physically and spiritually.
Alissa Stein began practicing yoga regularly after attended a yoga Journal conference in celebration of her 50th birthday. suffering from chronic low back & shoulder pain, as well as TMJ, she found that through yoga her symptoms diminished considerably.
A Colombian born and raised. Since her early years in life Alma enjoyed the connectivity she has always felt around the natural wonders of the world. Rivers, mountains, waterfalls and agricultural life surrounded her upbringing in the rural area of Los Llanos in Colombia. This relationship with nature was interesting but yet unexplored until later. It was not until she discovered through yoga a path for transformation and connectivity with the higher self and the universe around.
Astrid’s aim as a yoga teacher is to become an assistant to practitioners so they can see that yoga is a great vehicle for healing, evolving and creating space, not only physically, but mentally and spiritually as well. She started practicing different styles of yoga in the year 2000 in Caracas, Venezuela, then she continued her practice while living in Thailand, Panama and Indonesia.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Chael was always involved in sports and wellness playing soccer from the age of four, enjoying surfing and skateboarding as a teenager.
As a college and professional soccer player he suffered many injuries and had to go through two knee surgeries which affected his soccer practice and overall wellbeing.
Carlos “Charly” Diaz
Claudia (PIA) Lopez
Claudia practiced yoga for the first time in 2011 looking for something to help her calm her mind, but it wasn’t until she tried a power yoga class in 2013 in her hometown of Cali – Colombia, that she got really involved into this practice. She has always been an athletic person, practicing basketball during her childhood, going to the gym during her twenties, and being active in general in different physical activities. Nowadays she just basically does yoga which not only gives her a calmness of mind, and a spiritual connection, but also helps her tone her body and to maintain it healthy.
Claudia was very attracted to yoga but coming from a small city, Cartagena, Colombia, there was no yoga around. In her twenties she found a group that practiced Kundalini yoga and joined for a while but missed more physical movement. Then she started home practice with videos, and took private classes.
Catherine (200 hrYt) is a spiritual seeker and long distance runner who is constantly studying how to enrich her practice and lead her students towards a full yoga experience. She set foot in her first yoga class at the age of 20 and instantly she was drawn by the physical and mental demands that comes with the yoga practice.
After completing her Masters of Mechanical Engineering Degree, she discovered yoga and immediately fell in love with the practice. She first began yoga to add variety to my exercise routine. However, what started off as a physical activity quickly became a mental and spiritual experience through the physicality. She not only noticed an improvement in flexibility and strength, but her stress and anxiety started to fade away.
Darren Weissman is a passionate teacher from Miami, FL. He is a personal trainer, private basketball coach, run coach, and owns a non-profit. For the last 20 years, Darren has helped people reach and surpass their fitness and sport related goals. He first began his yoga journey in 2012 when he took his first yoga class at a community event. In 2013 he broke a Guinness World Record for running the fastest marathon while dribbling two basketballs making him famous as Doctor Dribble.
Dahyana’s goal has focused on the evolution of the spiritual path. She believes that you can transform your life within your heart, connecting with the true essence of love and light. Since she started practicing Skanda yoga, she was able to identify her fears and challenges in life, having the power to overcome them. Dahyana’s teaching is based on her own experiences, connecting students with the real nature of yoga, where body, mind, and spirit can be projected in and out of the mat.
Ernesto graduated from the Skanda Yoga Teacher training program in 2010. He currently lives in Sweden and is the owner of Ananda Yoga Studio.
352 46 Vaxjo, Sweden
Certified Skanda Yoga and Jivamukti Yoga teacher.
My first yoga teacher training was with Skanda Yoga in 2011. I had practiced daily and studied kriya meditations for a couple of years by the time I took the training, and started teaching full time shortly after. It was a big break with my previous life growing up in Sweden, working as a journalist, coming to New York for the first time in 2004 as a young travel reporter.
Gabriel Axel, MSc., E-RYT 500, is a yoga teacher, neuroscientist, musician, writer, and leading innovator in the fusion of yoga and neuroscience through the Neural Active™ framework. Gabriel is known for skillfully presenting the perennial wisdom of yoga with a scientific understanding. He is the Founder and CEO of Neural Axis™, an integrative platform that unifies neurological and yogic sciences for advanced functioning and development. Gabriel holds a Master’s degree in Neuroscience & Cognition from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and has trained extensively in the yogic sciences, including raja yoga, kundalini yoga, tantric yogas, qi gong, nei gong, alchemy, Skanda Yoga®, OmGym® Suspension Yoga™, and a number of meditation systems. Gabriel holds in his intention a path of complete personal and spiritual development and aligns his practice accordingly.
Gloria found Yoga in Miami in the summer of 2010. After trying her first style of Yoga she was hooked to Power Vinyasa. She quickly enrolled in a teacher training program completing her first 200 hours. After practicing committedly for three years she found Skanda Yoga through a fellow Yogini.
Jeff A. is a certified Skanda Yoga Teacher. The aim of his class is to help the practitioner challenge their body and breath in a manner which encourages them to recognize the patterns prevalent in the way in which they address personal challenges, and inspire them to overcome self-imposed obstacles.
Kelly Raspberry’s aim as a yoga instructor is to serve as a guide for her students to connect with the teacher within. Kelly teaches from the principle that “you are your best teacher” and sees her role as one of inspirational guidance, to foster more awareness of the inner voice on and off the mat. Kelly is a passionate practitioner and it is her personal practice that inspires her teaching. In 2015, this passion for yoga led her to quit her academic research job and to pursue teaching full-time.
Her story with yoga began when a close friend would cancel plans to practice yoga; feeling curious about this, she decided to give it a try. Safe to say, she got hooked. The practice gave her a feeling unlike other physical activities, something indescribable… a release of mind and spirit. She liked the uncompetitiveness of it, the fact that, in yoga, you’re racing yourself, building yourself; it’s a slow process and Maddison felt encouraged and driven by this phenomenon.
Maria Ignacia Arrasate
MIA likes challenges. That’s the reason why she loves to climb mountains and practice all kind of sports. As an architect, this desire has guided her to get involved in many different projects and fields related to this discipline. In the personal realm, she decided to start a family (with twins!).
Nina was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has made Miami her home for the last 4 years.
She pursued her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating with a B.S. in
rehabilitation science in 2013. She continued her educational journey at the University of Miami,
achieving her doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016.
Rocio Reyes is a meditation and yoga instructor. Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, she discovered yoga at the age of 13 and completed her first yoga teacher training at 17. Over the years, she has acquired more than 600 training hours in Vinyasa, Hatha, and Restorative Yoga.
Born and raised in Venezuela, Tania took her first yoga class in 2000 when she moved to Miami, and immediately fell in love with the essence of its teachings. While trying different teachers and methods Tania found a true connection with Lina Vallejo, as well as Ken Von Roenn before they established Skanda yoga.
Born and raised in Miami, FL of Colombian background. Sofia currently works in finance and teaches French to children. She lived in Miami until She graduated high school from MAST Academy then went to University of Florida to complete both her BA and Master’s degrees in French Literature. She once called the following places home: New York, Luxembourg, France, Colombia and Australia. The languages she speaks on a regular basis are English, Spanish and French.
Victor has been a practitioner for almost two decades and in 2015 took his Skanda Teacher Training. He first discovered yoga after a debilitating cancer surgery at the age of 20 and credits his recovery, in part, to the cumulative benefits of a quality yoga practice. A true native Floridian, Victor moved to Miami in 2006 to continue his career as a Park Biologist and Wildland Firefighter. Having been raised with a deep connection and fascination of the natural world, he felt instantly connected to Skanda’s synchronistic fusion of energy and nature.
Virginia’s genuine curiosity of the body-mind-spirit connection, and natural attraction to
eastern philosophy drew her to yoga at an early age; the practice became a medium for self-discovery and healing. Ever since, Virginia has been a committed practitioner and advocate of this ancient discipline as a tool for general wellbeing and spiritual connection.
Abigael is constantly in motion. The aim of her class is to draw the student’s focus to the two most important yoga asana poses: inhalation and exhalation. Her classes are infused with joy, a willingness to play, and a strong attention to physical alignment.
Kurt has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and has explored many styles. After taking a Skanda Yoga class by chance, he was immediately drawn to the style and dedicated himself to the practice.
Having always held an important space for physical exercise in her life, Zelmira (a once avid runner and soccer player) first found yoga when searching for a new and more holistic form of exercise to improve and sustain her physical well-being. Since then, she has not let go of her yoga practice and has only ventured deeper. Fresh out of her first 200 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India (summer 2018), she found the next step to deepen and enrich her practice in Skanda Yoga, completing her Skanda teacher training that same year. Yoga has not only vastly supported and developed Zelmira’s physical, mental and spiritual vitality, but it has also heightened her connection with self and the world, and her love for life!