Studio Teachers Bio

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.”

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SADHANA (Lina) Vallejo

Sadhana is 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, she is a teacher of teachers, she has trained over 350 new teachers in the style of Skanda Yoga®️, which she co-created 11 years ago with her partner in life Ken “Anand” Von Roenn. She is the owner of the renowned Skanda Yoga Studio, elected ‘Miami’s Best’ (New Times Magazine 2015), while also one of the most sought-after spiritual teachers in South Florida.

 

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April Pullo

April is a seasoned yoga practitioner and teacher with Yoga Alliance ERYT 500 YACEP Certification.

Her journey started over 20 years ago after a knee injury. Yoga healed her and became the exercise of choice but….she instinctively knew there was more to it. After moving to Miami from NY in 2009 she wanted to deepen her practice, subsequently becoming 200 RYT certified. Yoga became a way of life. She found Skanda Yoga and knew this is where she wanted to practice and study more, receiving her second 200-hour RYT certification from Skanda in August 2017 and 300-hour certification in March of 2020. She is now an active 500 YACEP with Yoga Alliance and a Skandati. 🦚

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Claudia (PIA) Lopez

Claudia or “Pia”, as most people know her, is a registered Skanda Yoga teacher who decided to change her career in Marketing after years of working in corporate, and follow her heart and love for yoga.

She loves yoga because it not only gives her a calmness of mind and a spiritual connection but also helps her to keep her body healthy and strong. 

Her classes will be for all levels, as she always provides options for the more experienced practitioners as well as for the ones who are newer to the practice. She is very focused on alignment, providing detailed instructions on techniques, and on building strength on body, mind, and spirit. She is a very happy and fun person so her classes will be fun as well and charged with a lot of energy.

Expect to be challenged, to sweat and, most importantly, to finish her classes feeling empowered!

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Darren Weissman

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.

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Gaby Lugo

Gaby is from Venezuela, and moved to Miami about 20 years ago. She works for a French AdTech Company as CFO for the LATAM Region, which is a beautiful and very dynamic but at the same time very stressful and demanding job, that requires a lot of travel and working hours. By the end of 2017 Gaby decided to do yoga looking for something to help her with her lower back pain and stress relief.
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Jeff A.

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.

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Karen Padron

Karen comes from the advertising world and realized the need of including some kind of physical practice in her daily routine. She tried different disciplines, but among all of them, yoga was the most beneficial.

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Karina Gonzalez

when she took her first Skanda class.

Even though she had no idea what she was doing, she fell in love with the practice. She felt challenged every second and watching others around her was inspiring. She was falling over, breathing hard and sweating harder. Over time, she learned to control the breath, focus the mind and keep her balance — but she still enjoys sweating every class!

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Kurt Trammel

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.

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Maddison Saalinger

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.

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Victor Zuclich

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.

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