decades, began taking yoga classes in 2002 after a very serious automobile accident that left him with severe back & neck pain. He learned that yoga was not only a means to heal himself but also a path of empowerment to gain control over his life.
Lazriel studied yoga with the Art of Living & Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, getting involved with the organization’s Hurricane Katrina humanitarian projects to help with the devastation. As well as learning to teach trauma relief to hurricane victims he also studied laughter yoga, developed by Dr. Kataria with Laughter Yoga International, while living in New Orleans.
He later studied yoga & yoga therapy at the Amrit Yoga Institute where he deepened his understanding of the “Integrative Amrit Methods or I AM” practices pioneered by Yogi Amrit Desai in the 60’s. These slow & controlled yet powerful practices are
more meditative & gentle forms of mindfulness.
Combined with his magnetic charisma, energetic personality and creative improvisation, Lazriel loves
to merge the healing power of yogic techniques with modern day understandings to bring a practical “real world” approach to yoga.
His favorite pose is the warrior series, as it reminds us that Yoga is a symbol of health, vitality and centered strength in these modern fast paced times.
Lazriel is a certified RYT-200 Yoga teacher in the Integrative Amrit Method, as well as certified in The Amrit Method of body psychology (Yoga Therapy), trauma relief teacher, certified Laughter Yoga teacher, Kirtan/Musical artist & Reiki Master.
Jill finds it very satisfying to teach people ways to incorporate Traditional Chinese Medicine into their life. She love the outdoors, arts, crafts, swimming, Qigong, and animal watching with her 3 year old son
This ultimately led her to a Master’s degree in Dance Pedagogy for Social and Cultural Animation from the University of Zielona Gora, followed by certification as a Dance Movement Therapist from the Polish/English Institute of Dance Movement Therapy. Within a year of arriving in the United States in 2007, Paulina became certified as a Stott Pilates instructor and, a year after that, as a licensed massage therapist. Paulina’s certification in Active Release Technique further expanded the menu of healing modalities she offers. Through workshops and continuing education, she constantly strives to further her understanding of a whole person.
Paulina teaches Pilates, Barre and Zenga (a combination form that includes yoga poses, Pilates core, and flow). She uses props to support or challenge, and increase understanding of biomechanics of stability, mobility, coordination, and endurance. In her work you can see the influence of Feldenkrise, Alexander Technique, and Laban Movement System. She believes in touch as a feedback and guidance.
If someone walked into her class for the first time, Paulina would want to say to them “be open minded, fearless of heart, here there is no right or wrong and it’s great to be exactly where you are.”
Appointments with Paulina can only be booked over the phone or in person.
Erin East brings multiple talents and skills to the Touchstone team as both a massage therapist and a yoga instructor.
Originally from Anderson, Indiana, Erin discovered her love for yoga at the Mount Madonna Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California where she lived for five years. She grew up doing dance, gymnastics, cheerleading but when she started practicing yoga around 23 years old it felt like coming home.
She holds a 200hr certification and teaches a class based on Ashtanga, the eight limb system. She considers yoga an art and a science that connects us to our greater source. Her asana classes always include other facets of the eight limb practice. The asanas are done as a meditation in motion that are mindful and nurturing experience for the body, mind, and spirit.
If someone walked into her class for the first time, Erin would say “Welcome! Listen to your body and do what feels right to you.”
Erin moved to Bloomington in 2011 to attend the Associates of Integrative Health for certification in massage therapy. In 2013 she received Level 1 and Level 2 training in lomi lomi, the sacred art of Hawaiian massage. In 2016, Erin also certified in Myofascial Release and added a new layer of knowledge to her bodywork.
She loves being a massage therapist because it is a career path that embraces lifelong learning, wellness, and acceptance of others wherever they are at in their journey.
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Deb practices Gentle Hatha Yoga because she finds Hatha Yoga to be gentle and kind to the body, while increasing flexibility and strength. Her favorite pose in her practice is down dog. It takes her out of her normal positioning and requires her to be mindful of her entire body’s placement.
One thing that she would want to say to a student walking into her class for the first time is “please hear my words, but listen to your bodies.”
If Deb was a season, she would be autumn. She loves the settling, cooling and observing all the exciting colors.
My spiritual and healing journey began when I started taking some of my first yoga classes in 2002. I enjoyed the stretching and strengthening, as well as being able to find some peace and relaxation. I nearly fell asleep in final relaxation, savasana, which had never happened before. So this was quite an experience. I also started meeting different healers and a spiritual mentor that blew me away. They had this sense of calm and ease, an openness, and a power that was truly inspiring. So, off I went in search of healing, heart opening, calm, empowerment, truth and to find my center.
Here I am many years later, finally able to offer the world some of the same gifts I received. I continue to grow into finding and living in this sacredness. It has not always been easy, but it has been through these challenges that that I have been able to find some of my greatest gifts, my strength, and empowerment. I have a beautiful life I have created. I have 4-year old son who amazes me, stretches me, strengthens me, empowers me and helps me grow. He’s kind of like a yoga class everyday. I love being a mother. I love the art of creation. I love being with family and friends. I love teaching and sharing yoga. I love feeling like I am creating a sacred life with connection and meaning. I love helping people on their journeys to feel better in their bodies and their lives. I am so grateful at this time to be able to share my gifts with you and to be a part of your journey.
Thank you! Namaste, and Love and Light to you
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David prefers the vinyasa style of yoga. Although he was first introduced to the more classic style of holding poses for longer periods, he finds the flowing vinyasa style works better for seniors who generally find that moving into and out of a stretch several times is just as effective as the longer holding but easier for them to accomplish. Also, the YogaFit version of vinyasa style includes more muscle strengthening poses and exercise leading to better muscle tone in a shorter period of time.
David’s preference for vinyasa style, leads him to like a flow rather than have any particular favorite pose. A flow he likes is a Downward Facing Dog to a Plank to Crocodile, back to Plank and then Downward Facing Dog using a chair for support. This flow stretches and strengthens the back while it strengthens the abdominals, legs and arms.
Growing up in Bloomington, David left for 17 years after graduating from IU. His Navy and training career took him many places in the world before his return to Bloomington with a family. His yoga training has taken place in Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Hamilton, Ohio.