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.


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16 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 Wolfgang 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.

 


 

 

Emily Tull was introduced to yoga in2012 when she walked into a class at a gym. At first she was drawn to the physicality of the practice, but it didn’t take long for her to realize that yoga is so much more than a workout and she began to experience the mental, spiritual, and emotional benefits of the practice. Emily joined a local yoga studio in her hometown of Brookfield, Wisconsin and in 2013, completed a 200 hour teacher training program. She spent the next 3 years teaching at various locations in her hometown.

Emily discovered Ashtanga yoga in 2016 when she took her first Mysore style class. She immediately fell in love and realized this was the practice she had been looking for. Less than a month later, Emily moved to Fort Lauderdale and found Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide as it was just opening. She became a part of the work study team right away. She is eager to continue to learn and grow as a teacher and practitioner. You can find Emily teaching guided Ashtanga Flow classes.

 

 


 

Silvie Gausman is a native of Czech Republic and holds a Degree in Art History from Ostrava College.    After teaching Hatha Yoga and Power Yoga for a few years , she eventually found her path in Ashtanga Yoga.  For the last eight years Silvie has been deepening her knowledge of Ashtanga through the studying of the anatomy of the human body, the energy channels (bandhas), the breath control (pranayama) and the importance of the poses (asanas).  She is a certified Yoga teacher since 2004, and has trained as an Ashtanga teacher with Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldman in Miami.  She has worked with Lino Miele in Milan, Italy, and attended workshops with David Swenson and Andrey Lappa in Miami.  She has been to Mysore, India twice to study directly with Saraswati and Sharmila of the Jois family.

She also learnt different meditation techniques, studying activation of energy centers and work as an Intuitive Life Coach.  Silvie’s teaching is particularly effective for individuals who understand the importance of Yoga not only as a lifestyle but also discipline.


Esther Liberman has been practicing yoga since 1997. After sampling an array of methods and disciplines, she connected most to Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and has maintained a traditional practice for the last 15 years. She has practiced on her own, in her house, on the road, been made to feel welcome at various Mysore programs around the world, studied under the guidance of talented American teachers, and been honored to travel to Mysore, India to learn from Guruji, Sharath, and Saraswati.

Esther credits yoga for keeping her more or less sane, healthy and centered through the peaks and valleys of human experience, including recovery from injury, general stress, beating unhealthy habits, the pursuit of her Ph.D., two pregnancies, and the daily wrangling of her two young kids. Her husband also practices Ashtanga and that’s awesome. She has been teaching since 2004.