Certified yoga instructor Joann Burnham thanks her lucky stars for the day she arrived at the doorstep of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in New York City. That was more than 20 years ago and she has been practicing Yoga ever since.
As it turns out, luck really didn’t have much to do with it. It was only a matter of time before she would grow weary of the corporate grind and find the path to her Yoga destiny.
With her practice firmly grounded in Classical Hatha Yoga she embarked on her journey. The path began at Sivananda, from there, an interest in Ashtanga brought her to The Shala, a studio owned by former Jivamukti teachers Barbra Verrochi and Kristin Leigh. She attended classes at many prominent studios throughout the city in search of inspiration. Ultimately, all paths led her to the Dharma Yoga Center. She received her teaching certification under the guidance of Dharma Mittra at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York City. She is an experienced registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance.
Joann is also a certified Yoga for Golfers instructor. The program helps students maximize their performance both on and off the course. She received this training in Arizona from the program’s creator Katherine Roberts.
She is responsible for creating, developing and teaching the annual Yoga program at The Sankaty Head Golf Club, a world-class, members-only golf club. She also teaches at The Westmoor Club, named one of 2009′s most distinguished clubs in America. In 2010 Joann created YogaFarm offering Yoga classes year round in the Hayloft at Bartlett’s Farm. In 2012 she and her husband Ted produced the first annual Nantucket Yoga Festival.
Joann is profoundly grateful to all the teachers along the way who encouraged her to follow her heart. In particular, she is thankful for the opportunity to have studied with Dharma Mittra, a true Yoga Master, who at 74-years of age, continues to teach daily with humility and love.
She lives on Nantucket year-round. It is her great joy to teach students of all ages and levels of ability sharing with them the many benefits of Yoga.
Ted’s practice has been a long and winding road. It began with an Asana practice at age 19, advanced meditation techniques years later, then more advanced practices nearly 20 years after that. In the end he earned a teaching certificate.
From his early teacher he studied the Vedas, including the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Ramayana, the Rigveda and the Upanishads. Through study and practice he developed a greater understanding of creative consciousness and the field of all possibilities. In 1990 Ted completed the Maharishi Advanced TM Siddhi program in Washington DC.
Ted is also an accomplished oil painter. He studied painting, anatomy and drawing at The Art Students League in New York with the iconic Frank Mason. The required in depth classes in anatomy gave him a solid understanding of body structure allowing him to often visually assess the needs of his yoga students. As a former athlete he has experienced his share of injuries and knows that his daily yoga practice not only has repaired his body but improved its flexibility, strength and balance.
He received his Yoga teaching certification under the guidance of Dharma Mittra at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York City. He is an Experienced Registered Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. He is also a certified Yoga for Golfers instructor which is known for its highly personalized approach to maximize athletic performance. He received this training in Arizona from Katherine Roberts the owner and creator of the program.
Ted teaches privately by appointment at the YogaBarn. As a rising Yogi he wakes daily before dawn to perform his practice, welcome the light and is ever appreciative of his joyful and selfless teachers Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Dharma Mittra.
Jai Guru Dev
Ieva Aldins has been practicing asana yoga for 13 years. She is a certified yoga instructor registered with the Yoga Alliance. Recently, she travelled to southern India where she lived in ashrams studying Sivananda and Siddha yoga. Sivananda is a sequence of specific hatha postures designed to increase flexibility and strength in the body as well as concentration and focus of the mind. Sivananda incorporates relaxation and breathing throughout the sequence. It is practiced in an inward, meditative fashion and is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.
Ieva originally began practicing yoga to help heal her lungs. She continued to practice over the years using it as a compliment to her running and surfing athletics. From there her practice evolved into a great love and passion that has gone beyond it’s bodily benefits. Yoga has led her down a road of good health and gratitude. She is experienced in Hatha, Ashtanga, Bikram, Anusura, Vinyasa, and Sivananda styles of yoga.
“I believe you can do anything you put your energy and efforts towards and I am grateful to the practice of yoga for opening this awareness. I am indebted to Ishwara Martin and Girija Ma for their teachings, and to Joann and Ted Burnham for giving me the opportunity to share this practice with you. May it bring you great peace, health and happiness.” -Ieva
In the spring of 1989, a profound experience at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts led me to choose a new path of study, practice and instruction. I became a Kripalu Yoga Instructor and began teaching in early 1990. I pursued further studies in the Iyengar and Anusara traditions and earned my certification in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. I have enjoyed my continuing study of Para Yoga with Rod Stryker, who has been my teacher since 2003. My study of Jin Shin Jyutsu, which began in 1997, continues to the present day and I opened my practice in 1999. After completing a two-year program at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, I graduated in 2009 as a Yoga/Ayurvedic Specialist and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach. By sharing the holistic practices of Yoga, Ayurveda and Jin Shin Jyutsu, I hope to provide my students and clients with pathways to greater self-knowledge and a more balanced life.
As the mother of four, Megan is drawn to the aspects of peace, balance and inner strength that are the byproducts of a committed yoga practice. As a teacher, Megan endeavors to pass these benefits on to her students by creating classes that are designed to settle the mind, challenge the body and open the heart to the present moment. She likes to bring a varied approach to her classes by blending the styles of the teachers that have influenced her the most– Rolf Gates, Sarah Powers and Jimmy Barkan. Megan has just completed her first year as a year round Nantucketer. Before relocating to Nantucket, Megan co-founded Island Wave Yoga in Pawleys Island, SC. She is e-RYT200 and RYT500 certified with Yoga Alliance having completed her 200 hour training in Virginia Beach and her 500 hour training at the Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC.
Joan Alison Stockman
Joan began practicing Kundalini Yoga in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst as a Phys Ed elective. A few years later, a serendipitous meeting in the hallway of her rent-controlled apartment building in Cambridge led Joan to her second Kundalini Yoga encounter. Only two blocks away, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa was teaching the long-standing and epic St. Mary’s class each week. After moving to Nantucket in 1994, Joan completed her 250 hour Level One Certification and began teaching. Over the years she also has completed specialty training in Immune Response and Prenatal Yoga, and is currently working on her Yoga Therapy certification. She had the great good fortune to recently study in India with Sunder Singh Khalsa.
“The process of self-healing is the privilege of every human being. Self-healing is not a miracle, nor is it a question of being able to do something that most people can’t. Self-healing is a process that occurs through the relationship between the physical and the infinite power of the soul. It is a contract, a union – that is the science of Kundalini Yoga.” – Yogi Bhajan – Master of Kundalini Yoga