Co-lead teacher & founder of Sutra Seeds Teacher Training Michelle Weintraub stepped onto her first yoga mat in 1996 and in all honesty, she didn't fall in love with the practice. She was tight, the room was hot and it wasn't "easy"...
She was "done" with yoga.
So she thought.. "When at first you don't succeed, try try again".
In 1999,Michelle discovered Anusara Yoga in Jersey City, NJ. It was there when she was introduced to the "sound" of Yoga - Krishna Das (pictured with Michelle above) whose chants you will hear during any of Michelle's classes as they continue to transform her life. It was here Michelle learned not to try to make her body take the shape of the poses; rather, let the poses take the shape of her body. And so became her relationship with Yoga.
Over 10 years passed when Michelle completed her 200 hour teacher training under the watchful and trained eye of Tara Madore, owner of Inner Light Yoga Center, Anusara Certified and Chiropractor. Currently, Michelle is an ERYT200 certified by The Yoga Alliance. She deepens her knowledge of the practice through regular trainings with teachers
Mark Holzman, Jason Crandall, Leslie Kaminoff & Krishna Das.
Michelle is also trained by Love Your Brain Foundation, an organization that is committed to bringing the practice of Yoga to people affected with TBI (traumatic brain injury) and concussion.
There is never a class where Michelle misses the chance to say the words,
"the pose is not the practice, the practice is life and Yoga gives us the opportunity to fall in love with our life and our body". Her classes are well-rounded and designed to fit all bodies.
In addition to practicing and teaching Yoga, Michelle owns forevergreen®, her company where she creates and hand makes natural soaps, candles, body and air care. To learn more about Michelle, visit her website www.forevergreen44.com or forevergreensoaps.etsy.com
Lisa Shakti Ferraro, co-lead teacher & founder at Sutra Seeds Yoga School and an ERYT200 is an ecstatic devotional singer, harmonium playing musician and a mantra-chanting yogini. She loves to connect with the divine and to awaken others to their inner radiance. Lisa's yoga practice was transformed with her first class at Laughing Lotus Yoga Studio. She then completed a 200-hour certification with Jasmine Tarkeshi and Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus NY in 2005.
She has been studying Sanskrit, mantra and nada yoga with her mentor, Russill Paul privately and in his Yogic Mystery School and has been teaching Sanskrit for yoga teacher trainings for the past 6 years.
She recently was certified in Y12SR with Nikki Meyers, which utilizes the 12 Step approach with yoga and trauma healing to aid in addiction recovery. She is also trained in prenatal yoga through Laughing Lotus and yoga for kids through Yoga Haven.
Additionally, Lisa performs as an actress and singer, holds a BA in Music from Westminster Choir College and chants with her band, Sonic Bliss Kirtan. She recently started Sonic Bliss Yoga School™ online, teaching the power of mantra and movement. Learn more about Lisa at www.sonicblissyoga.com or for courses at sonicblissyoga.teachable.com.
Carol Anne Patterson is a Reiki Master Teacher and Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience as a Physical Therapist. She has a holistic healing practice in Cranford NJ.
After identifying a gap between traditional healthcare and wellness, she completed a 300 hour yoga teacher training with Claire Diab at the American Yoga Academy in 2011 and a 500 hour Yoga Therapy Training in 2014 with Nancy Candea at Yoga Impact Institute.
Carol Anne believes in the healing power of yoga and is committed to helping yoga teachers understand the body and how it moves. She has a passion for teaching yoga anatomy in a way that is dynamic and interactive and strives to inspire a curiosity for continued learning and exploration.