Lama Nyugu (secular name R.D. Fierro) is a disciple of the Venerable Lame Lodu Rinpoche and has studied under his guidance for 15 years in the Shangpa and Karma Kagyu lineage traditions. He has received from Rinpoche many teachings and empowerments, also accompanying him on pilgrimage to India, China, and Tibet. He has also received teachings and empowerments from H.H. the 17th Karmapa, H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche, H.E. Trangu Rinpoche, H.E. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, and H.E. Yangsi Kaly Rinpoche, among others. In 2005, under the retreat master Venerable Lama Lody Rinpoche, Nyugu was able to put these teachings into practice by entering a traditional three year retreat in the Shangpa Kagyu tradition at the KDK retreat land in Laytonville, CA. He successfully completed the retreat in April 2009. He assists with Question and Answer at the Sunday Practice and Study Group.
Katie teaches traditional yoga based on Patajanali’s yoga sutras, T. Krishnamacharya, B.K.S. Iyengar, and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She received her teacher training in Ashtanga-Vinyasa yoga from Juliet Smith in 2011. In addition to studying yoga for the last 13 years, she has a Master’s of Science in Natural Resources. She studies and teaches classical piano following the Suzuki method. Additionally, she is a Master Gardener and offers landscaping services specializing in edible and medicinal plants. Please check out healthy-living-everyday.com for more information.
Rick Moorehead is a practitioner of Daoist internal arts and medicine. He received his degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine and has been practicing since 2001. He has trained in the Internal Chinese martial arts since 1998 and most recently has trained and been authorized to teach with Damo Mitchell of the Lotus Nei Gong School of Daoist Arts.
Courtney Schroeder, mother of four (toddler to teen), founder of Little Buddhas Yoga, has 18 years experience working with children and families in a variety of secular, spiritual, and therapeutic settings. With more than 400 hours of certified training in yoga and mindfulness, Courtney has studied with Kaivalya Yoga Academy, Amy Saltzman, Mindfulness Education for Children, Yoga 4 Classrooms, Karma Kids, and more. Courtney is dedicated to bringing yoga to children and families everywhere, and has been offering a Teacher Training program since 2011. She is committed to the Buddhist and yogic paths; her mat and her cushion are always home.
Jennifer has traveled the world as a performer, teacher and creative force celebrating the mad, beautiful, sexy, and silly that makes us feel alive. Through leadership and a deep vulnerability to the creative process, Jennifer has learned much on and off the stage. Jennifer is both Kundalini & Hatha Yoga Certified, with over a decade of teaching and performance experience. As a poet, dancer, and yogi, Jennifer’s strong creative sensibility maintains a safe container for you to experience yourself as a free, connected, and vital part of the whole.