Our Teachers

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Greg Nardi has studied yoga and eastern healing arts extensively since 1996.  Since 1999 he has studied at the KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, South India.

In 2004, Greg was authorized to teach by his guru, Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois.  In 2009, at the age of 94, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois passed away leaving behind a legacy that has touched countless lives around the world.  Shortly after Guruji’s passing, Greg attended an authorization level 2 training course in Mysore with Sharath Jois. Greg is committed to honoring his teachers by spreading the ashtanga method, which has been such a blessing in his life.

He is an internationally renowned teacher of workshops in Yoga asana and philosophy. He and his husband Juan Carlos founded Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide a Yoga shala in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. in the United States.

He is an autodidact who perpetually studies Sanskrit chanting and indian philosophy. He counts Georg Feuerstein, Dr. M.A. Jayashree, Narasimha, and Vyass Houston amongst his influences in this field. He teaches yoga philosophy and Sanskrit mantra chanting as a faculty member of John Scott Yoga.

Greg’s view on yoga respects the indian roots of the Yoga tradition and the parampara method of transmission while making these traditions intelligible to the western practitioner. His style of teaching assists students in finding the approach to the practice that is most beneficial for them.


3E1B4808_smallJuan Carlos Galán started practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 2008.  After years of grad school hunched over a computer, the practice was a powerful and healing revelation.

Juan Carlos has studied closely with KPJAYI level 2 authorized teachers Greg Nardi of Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide and Fiona Stang of Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver. He is a graduate from The University of Texas at Austin and has a Master’s degree in Industrial Psychology.

He travels regularly to Mysore, India to continue his journey as a student of yoga under the guidance of his beloved teacher Sharath Jois.  Juan Carlos has been blessed with the authorization to teach from Sharath.

Juan Carlos co-founded Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide, where he teaches Mysore style daily.  He travels nationally and internationally teaching Ashtanga Yoga workshops.  He celebrates his devotion to his teachers and fellow students around the world by honoring the tradition of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois.  He believes in the energetic and healing aspects of this practice.  His intention is to share this yoga with anyone inspired to seek it.


IMG_033616 years ago Amanda Palermo met yoga when she walked into her first Ashtanga yoga class. Initially drawn to Ashtanga’s elegance, she was quickly fascinated by the practices unyielding challenges. However, a move took her away from her Ashtanga practice. She spent many years exploring various styles of yoga, following her intuition along a path that’s inspired in her an ever growing curiosity and passion for the practice. Amanda is a 200 hour E-RYT through Corepower Yoga in Southern California. The last few years have been spent teaching and sharing yoga in south Florida. She has now made her way back to her Ashtanga yoga roots and has recommitted herself to the practice. Her teachers are Greg Nardi, Angelique Sandas and when she visits her native Southern California, David Milliotis. Amanda’s passion is supported each day by her greatest teachers: her husband and son.

 

 


As a life-long athlete, Courtney began practicing yoga in 2004 to rehabilitate numerous sports injuries. Amazed by yoga’s power to heal, she became a certified Bikram yoga teacher in 2007 in order to help others receive the same physical benefits. After teaching and practicing hot yoga for several years, she became interested in finding a deeper mind-body practice and found what she was looking for in Ashtanga yoga.

In 2015, Courtney attended Miami Life Center’s Ashtanga Intensive, earning Yoga Alliance’s 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certificate. The following year, she began apprenticing with Greg Nardi at Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide to deepen her knowledge as a teacher. Today, she teaches in her hometown of Cocoa Beach as well as assisting at Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide.

In addition to practicing yoga, Courtney also surfs and freedives. She loves reggae music, traveling with her husband, and growing organic vegetables in her home garden in Cocoa Beach. You can find her blogging about Ashtanga yoga with three of her close friends at findingisvara.com.