Vira Bhava Teachers

Kelly Golden,  E-RYT 500 and Level 1 Certified Para Yoga Teacher, Program Director

Kelly has been a student and practitioner of yoga for over 20 years. Through the exploration of the physical, philosophical, and meditative practices, yoga has touched every aspect of her life in a positive way. She infuses her teaching with the passion that she has for the practice of yoga, both on and off the mat.

In asana practice, Kelly pays close attention to the work of the body (anatomy and physiology), as well as the more subtle work of energy embodied in the mind and spirit of each individual student. For Kelly, Yoga class is a meaningful conversation between students and teacher that leads everyone closer to alignment with their integrity and awareness of their essential nature. 

Kelly teaches philosophy, energtics, pranayama, meditation and asana refinement in the training.

Kelly is a Yoga Alliance Registered E-RYT 500 and a Level 1 Certified Para Yoga Teacher. She studies and teaches in the lineage of Sri Vidya Tantra as taught by Para Yoga. She has been teaching for 14 years, and her specialty is teaching teachers.

Kelly has written for and Yoga Journal, and is the co-facilitator of Neighborhood Yoga Teacher Training program in Boone NC and was the director of teacher trainings at The Glowing Body in Knoxville, TN from 2010-2012. She is currently the the director of Vira Bhava Yoga which leads teacher trainings and retreats in Northern California and the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Kelly loves to share the passion and power of yoga with others.

Amy Joytir, LMT, RYT, Anatomy & Asana Specialist

Amy has been practicing yoga in one form or another for much of her adult life, and the practices of asana, meditation, and breath have kept her grounded, centered and real in the midst of life's ups and downs. 

Somewhere around 2006, after being "kicked out of the nest" by her teachers, Amy began teaching yoga, drawing on her years of personal study and practice, and learning apprentice style from teachers and students alike. Seeking a deeper experience of teaching, she went on to complete her 500 hour certification through Vira Bhava Yoga, and she continues to learn and grow with ongoing education and practice. 

Amy comes to yoga with a strong background in anatomy and physiology, and a long career in massage therapy, structural integration, and fitness. She taught Anatomy and Physiology to massage students for many years, and recently brought that expertise to the Vira Bhava yoga teacher training programs. She teaches anatomy from a functional perspective, bringing anatomy into asana, and asana into anatomy. This allows students to embody the anatomy lessons, and provides insights into better alignment and injury prevention.

Amy's yoga classes are informed by her deep studies in buddhist and tantric traditions, and infused with a deep sense of presence. Learning and teaching with an open heart, she believes learning should be fun as well as informative. Her classes are unique, safe, and light hearted, and are created to be accessible for all bodies. 

Amy teaches our anatomy & asana portions of the training.

Along with her experience, Amy brings a love of yoga and an open heart, and she believes that learning should be light-hearted and fun, even if it is intense.  

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We have many other skillful teachers & staff joining us in the Teacher Training Program.

You will receive a full list of teachers and bios for your training session upon registration.