Cathy Connors

Dr. Cathy Connors loves yoga and has dedicated her life to sharing this powerful practice with others. She started her career as a psychologist and began her spiritual journey in her early 20’s. But it wasn’t until 2009 that she started teaching yoga and the practice “took over her life”. She took multiple vinyasa teacher trainings, opened a studio, and based on an “intuitive hit” traveled to India in 2014 for a kundalini teacher training with Kia Miller. It was there that she the first locked eyes with Master teacher Anand Mehrotra - tears filled her eyes and she knew she was home. Since that first visit she has traveled back to India 6 additional times to study the powerful practices of Sattva Yoga.

Her greatest joy is to teach. She loves combining the freedom of Vinyasa Flow with the power and grace of the Sattva Yoga Kriyas. She never quite knows what will arise when she teaches, but she trusts in the beauty of the moment, knowing it will be authentic, raw, connected, and full of grace.

She also loves creating community so when the name “Awake Yoga and Meditation Sanctuary” dropped into her mind during a meditation last year she knew without a doubt that it was her dharma to open AWAKE. She hopes that when you walk in the doors you feel welcomed, supported, uplifted, empowered and at home.

Anything is possible! For all of us! All you have to do is take the first step….

For more on Dr. Cathy Connors, Psy.D, 500 hr EYRT trainings, retreats or private yoga/meditaion/life transformations contact her directly by clicking here or visit her website.

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Padma Diamond

Padma Diamond, M.A., NCBTMB, Somatic Educator

Padma specializes in integrating the MInd/Body through her work as a Somatic/Depth Psychologist and as a Yogini through Kundalini Yoga. Fundamentally trained as a Bodyworker; she fuses asana, kriya,  pranayama and mantra to move the Energy that gets blocked in the Body. Her personal daily practice with Meditation, Movement, and Breath informs her teaching and ability to connect authentically with her students and clients. She is inspired by her Spiritual teacher Mata Amritanandamayi, known as the beloved AMMA.  

Padma’s classes are held with deep awareness and grounding, providing a safe place for those looking to explore edges of Self. Her classes are crafted with the consciousness of Trauma Informed language and behavior. All abilities, genders, ethnicities...ALL Humans…. are welcomed in her classes.


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Bajrang

Bajrang, a Sattva Yoga and Master Meditation Teacher, has been on the yogic path for many lifetimes.  Bajrang (Hanuman) is a spiritual name given by his guru.  In this lifetime, he reawakened to yoga over ten years ago. 

His first teacher training workshop, with Jonny Kest in 2009, fueled his desire to go deeper in discovering his true self.  For his 200 hour YT training he studied with Master teacher Cathy Connors founder of Awake Yoga Studio, and began his training in the Sattva teachings.

Bajrang has studied extensively with his guru Anand Mehrotra at the Sattva Yoga Academy in Rishikesh, India, where he completed his 300 hour YT, Master YACEP Teacher Trainings as Initiator to Advanced Sattva Meditation and Initiator to the Dasha Mahavidyas, and Warrior of Wisdom course.

In 2018, on a motorcycle pilgrimage into the Himalayas with his guru and fellow yogis, he journeyed across many of the highest motor-able roads in the world, meditating and practicing at ancient monasteries, temples and sacred spaces in Northern India.  This Sat Chit Ananda experience in his evolution deepened his devotion to sharing the wisdom of the Sattva practice with others. 

In transcending from a karmic (conditioned) life to a dharmic (evolutionary action) life, he shares with prospective students the only mistakes you can make in yoga is not starting and not going all the way!

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Sukhbir Kaur Collins

Sukhbir was introduced to Kundalini yoga in 1997 as an aid to help her with panic and anxiety. She found out through a six week series that it had a significant impact on her overall mental health and well being. So convinced of it’s effect she decided to dedicate herself to a teacher training and a trek through Nepal. In 2000 she was certified to become a teacher and since then has owned the first yoga studio in midtown, gone through 2500 hours of training, and recently landed here in El Dorado Hills.

She is excited to bring Kundalini Yoga and it’s powerful results into El Dorado Hills where she knows it can help stabilize people’s nervous systems, introduce proper breathing techniques and help people to feel more comfortable in their own skin.
Sukhbir brings humor and a love for mantra into her teachings. Aside from Yoga, she enjoys owning a restaurant, quality time with her hubby, helping to raise three kids, Bruce Springsteen, animals (especially DOGS), and taking long walks in nature.

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Trena Suhr

Yoga saved my life! My yoga journey began twenty years ago. In the beginning I was not consistent in my practice. However, I always had the habit of finding my way back to my mat. Especially in times of turmoil. In 2011 and 2012 several life changing traumatic events occurred in my life. This is when I truly began to understand the benefits of my practice and what keeps me showing up for myself daily. My mat has given me the space to understand the importance of allowing myself to fully surrender. To always practice compassion, self love and self care. I’ve come to discover that my happy place is when I’m on my mat. I’m so passionate about this practice and can’t get enough of the teachings. I have taken Cathy Connors 200 hour Vinyasa RYT, Cathy Connors 20 hour Kriya Intensive Training, James Kapicka’s 25 hour Yin RYT and I am currently finishing up my 300 RYT with Cathy Connors. My love for this practice continues to grow. I am so passionate about sharing this practice with others. I want to share the healing benefits that this practice offers with as many people as I possibly can in my lifetime. The world is full of hurting people. It’s time to begin your healing journey today. Don’t put off this amazing love affair with yourself for another second. Make the investment. You are deserving, you are love, you are light! I look forward to seeing you on your mat.

Om Shanti Shanti

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Justina Lambert

What began as an outlet for stress and an alternative for physical fitness, quickly grew into a passion that continues to influence my life in many positive ways. Yoga has had a profound impact on my overall mindset, enhancing gratitude, self awareness and being present in life. My journey led me to study Sattva Yoga under Cathy Conners and Yin under the guidance of James Kapicka. I am devoted to continuous learning and expanding my studies.

I offer a mix of asana, kriya, pranayama and mantra. I love opening up opportunity for others to move and play in a way that is calling to them. This and meditation have all been apart of a healing path for me. I am a wife, a mom of two girls, and a full-time working girl. I am passionate about sharing yoga, creating space for others, and connecting with community. Let us both challenge and inspire one another!

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Stephanie Weyer

I started attending Power Vinyasa Yoga classes about three years ago. I fell in love with yoga and the way it made me feel. I dove into Teacher Training six months later and had no idea what to expect. I knew it was going to be a physical push, but I didn’t know it was going to be a spiritual awakening. Yoga started in the studio for me and now I find yoga everywhere in my life. Yoga is the way I taste, see, hear, feel, and smell (especially after a good class, ha!!). I love the yoga community and I love teaching and spreading joy and acceptance. I’m excited to meet the Awake community!

Namaste

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Alicia Kortas

My yoga journey began in the Summer of 2009 after attending my first class at Moksha Yoga Studio in Chicago, IL. I fell in love with every aspect of yoga and found my body, mind and soul craving it when I was away form the studio. 

In the Fall of 2012, three days after giving birth to my son, I graduated (with over 600 hours) Moksha Yoga Teacher Program under the guidance of Darien Friesen. Through the year long training process I was fortunate enough to study with such Master Teachers as Aadil Palkhivala, Kathyrn Budig, Saul David Raye, Leeann Carey, Gabriel Halpern and many others.

In 2013, I was diagnosed with Graves Disease and began to look to yoga therapy to help ease my symptoms and nurse my body,mind and soul back to health. In these recent years through my own illness, yoga, meditation, sound healing and Shamanic Apprenticeship I have found my true calling to hold a safe space for others as they explore and heal all aspects of their being. 

In my classes you will find a very nurturing energy that allows students to gently work deeper within the body, mind and spirit to collectively begin to heal and elevate. My hope is to give my students a set of techniques and tools they may use in and out of the studio to achieve optimal health and self care routines. I look forward to meeting you and hearing your story. 

"Your purpose is hidden within your wounds."

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Malinda Stumbos

Yogini, traveler, and healer; Malinda Stumbos has a passion for connecting and helping others. She began her yoga path in 2010 at the young age of 17 and has been exploring all aspects of the practice ever sense. She has completed Zuda Yoga’s 200 hour Teacher Training, as well as Baptiste Institute’s Level One and Level Two Teacher Trainings. Malinda teaches both Vinyasa inspired flows and Yin for deep opening. No matter what type of class she will challenge you both mentally and physically to step outside of your comfort zone to explore, discover, and grow. In May 2018, she completed her B.S. in Kinesiology at CSU Sacramento where she expanded her knowledge in the human body and body mechanics. Malinda utilizes her degree in her classes by teaching alignment for each students body in order for her students to really own their pose. Her passion is teach students how to utilize their body as a gift and a way for them to heal.

Malinda is a passionate athlete, swimming and golfing since childhood. Into adulthood, she has coached swim for the last 4 years, both for teams and private students. Coaching for competitive and recreational swim teams inspired Malinda to introduce and teach youth and teenage athletes to the healing benefits of yoga and meditation. Malinda ultimately teaches youth athletes how to connect their breath with their body and exercise their mind-body connection in a different way.

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Gina Sandigo

My yoga journey started after a running injury and wanted to heal my body. After my first vinyasa class I was hooked. Because I loved yoga so much, I signed up for an assisting workshop.
I assisted two times a week for three years. My body healed, but more importantly the reflection of myself. I was seeing things differently patience was showing up, grace that was not there shined through like the sun after a storm. Before yoga I thought my life was fine—my faith my relationship with God, but I was wrong. I wasn’t participating with all of me, I was just getting it done, everything. My practice became a prayer an offering of surrender. I welcomed child’s pose as often as a needed, which symbolized submission to my strong-willed spirit. I eventually signed up for TT and my journey completely changed. It wasn’t the asana that changed me it was meditation, things became so clear for me. I struggled with stillness at first, but then with practice & lots grace, my heart and spirit opened—flourishing into the real ME.

I knew that I wanted to share hope, teach, inspire, create space and personal growth for others to return HOME to what is real. To participate in a beautiful journey so we leave behind a legacy for others.

My wish:
BE STILL & KNOW

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Hope Habersack

I started practicing yoga when I was a teenager, I did a lot of ballet and it was a great way to cross train. Fast forward to last year and I fell in love with yoga, mind, body and soul. I could feel myself changing physically and mentally, I had teachers that truly changed my life with their teaching and advice. I felt that I was being led to teach, to share the things that I was experiencing with other people. 

I went into a 200 hour teacher training in Power Vinyasa through Corepower in San Mateo. That journey truly changed my life, it changed how I  saw myself and how I saw the rest of the world. I was fascinated not only by what I learned about my physical practice, but what I started to learn about spiritually as well. I was like a sponge for knowledge and I just wanted to learn more and more, the history of yoga, the 8 Limbs, the Chakras, there was so much out there! Today, I am still a sponge, I always want to learn more and expand myself as a person and as a teacher. 

This journey brought me to my meditation practice, and opened my eyes to the possibility of what life can be like when you start to live yoga, not just practice it. When I had the honor to start actually teaching students, I found a new kind of love and peace. Teaching fills my heart, I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to touch other students lives and have a positive impact on other people. I am humbled and honored to lead you through your practice, let's live yoga together!

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Gloria Rodiguez

Gloria began her yoga practice at home trying to learn new poses by watching youtube videos and eventually started going to studios to build a more structured practice and get to know others in her community who shared her passion. She earned her 200 hour RYT through Cathy Connors and her 30 hour Prenatal RYT through Julia Piazza. She is excited to share & inspire others in this yoga practice she loves so much!

1. Favorite Yoga Pose = Gomukhasana & Blooming lotus Kriya

2. Favorite Food = any Vietnamese food

3. “Guilty” Pleasure = Salted caramel raspberry cookies

4. Favorite spot in EDH = Cameron Park Lake

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Becky Hobgood

Becky Hobgood is a newly retired dance Educator of 34 years…from Elk Grove Unified School District.   A person who was blessed with the opportunity to” Love what I do...Do what I love…” to live and share her passion; and to watch dance provide the spark for passion, drive, determination, with in her students that allowed them to go out into this world and find their place; and help make this world be a little brighter.   

During her career;  she was able to start dance programs In two different high schools; watch Elk Grove Unified School District grow to allow programs in all of the now 11 high schools in some capacity.   Becky Hobgood was involved in  professional organizations in many capacities.  CAHPERD  (VP OF DANCE 97-98) CDEA  NDEA  Participated in THIS workshop “ Dance and Movement” since 97-98 as participant; faculty; and director (2008) 

Hobgoods decision to retire in May of 2016 was one of the hardest decisions of her life thus far…   But after facing some extreme personal loses in Fall 0f 2015 and much sole searching…. It was her time to pass on the torch…. And start her new journey of self exploration; much yoga; and time with family,  home, and dogs.     The most glorious part thus far has been the opportunity to travel!!!, and a new sense of freedom. 

Becky’s new passion is Yoga;  She has been practicing for 10 years; and has participated in many trainings.

Before retiring Hobgood had incorporated Yoga into her dance classes as well as providing opportunities for her schools faculty to practice .    Since retiring she has had the opportunity to return to her high School for Yoga Master class sessions; provided yoga training to the top state ranked men's basketball team, and returned once a month to guide faculty yoga sessions. Opportunities to instruct CAHPERD conference sessions, workshops, etc.    Becky Hobgoods  practice is  most frequently in Power Vinyasa Flow; along with a newly introduced style entitled “Breathless Yoga”   

Her personal philosophy is that Yoga is for everyone….  That through the practice of asanas, breathwork, challenges, and savasana, we can find a path inward; a path that can help us heal, become stronger, more open….  A path to bring  love...compassion..and kindness… into our life & into the world around us. 

During our sessions together Becky Hobgood will provide a Vinyasa Flow Practice that can be used with your dance classes and your personal practice;   She will introduce ways in which to bring in meditation and intention that help bring meaning and focus into to the practice.

 

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Jodi Nunn

BEGINNINGS. Born and raised in California, my yoga journey began in early childhood. Surrounded by art, philosophy, travel, and family, yoga was infused into my being. 

EXPLORING. As a young adult, I explored Europe and found myself deeply rooted in art, energy movement, and yoga. I sought out yoga teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. I was drawn to his precision of body alignment and deep wisdom.

AWAKENING. As my practice evolved, and deciding to move to Southern Switzerland, I found myself in the nurturing presence of Christiane Piano, owner of THE SPACE, in Lake Como, Italy. My yogic journey with Christiane was an exploration of Mind-Body integration. Upon completion of Free To Breathe and my first 100 hours of teacher training at THE SPACE, I found myself in motion to return to California. 

HOME. Upon arrival, I discovered the sacred Kriya teachings of Cathy Connors and my Sattva yoga Sangha. Rich in gratitude, I completed my 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training at Awake. I began to blend together Mind-Body integration, Vinyasa, Kriya, and the works of B.K.S. Iyengar. 

SHARING. I teach from a place of acceptance. Accepting those who arrive as they are. Connecting from a place of openness. Creating space to rest the mind and breath from the soul. 

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Heather Willis

Heather has a deep love, passion and gratitude for Sattva, Slow Flow and Yin. She has layers of training, coming from the healing arts such as Intuitive Energy Bodywork, Acupressure and other holistic modalities.  She infuses Kriya, Pranayama, Meditation into Vinyasa, Slow Flow and Yin classes, building connection to self and body. She has taken both her 200hr & 300 hr Teacher Training from Cathy Connors at Awake and has 45 hrs Yin Training. 

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Monique Riofrio

Monique’s journey into yoga started seven years ago when she started her exploration of Vinyasa. Feeling very connected to the philosophy of yoga and the mind-quieting effects of the practice, she decided to take a 200 hour teacher training from Cathy Conners initially just to have a better home practice with no intention of teaching. 

The transformation that took place with the learning of Sattva Yoga was all encompassing to her very being, and she wanted to learn more after being transformed and broken open to her true self. Realizing that she had the tools to heal herself of life long traumas, she also realized that she could in turn also help others discover this too. The path led her to find a way to help others, a thing that she was searching for.

After her 300 hour training, Monique started teaching at Awake in El Dorado Hills, CA with a focus on Kriya’s, Arm Balances, and Inversions. She also is a multi medium artist, and enjoys Pugs and Traveling. 

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