Course Teachers

COURSE LEADER

Ruth Hartung (Sraddhasagar) ERYT-500, C-IAYT
200 Hour Hatha & Kundalini Teacher Trainings,  300 Hour Advanced Yoga, Chakra Intensive, Conflict Resolution
Owner & Director of  7 Centers Yoga Arts, Ruth taught yoga for 7 years in studios in Los Angeles and Seattle before moving to Sedona in 1998. Trained in Kundalini Yoga in LA, she initiated with the Bihar School of Yoga under Swami Niranjanananda in Mungyr, India in 1994. Her passion for bringing spiritual dharma into daily life has led to integrating the trinity of the teachings of Yoga, Ayurveda and Jyotish as foundation for the 200/ 500 hour yoga teacher trainings and community. Since 2001 Ruth has been course leader for over 70 month-long teacher trainings as well as many shorter courses. She has served as President of the International Yoga College, founded by Rama Jyoti Vernon, her mentor and teacher. Ruth has been a practitioner of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka for the past 25 years.

Feeling that it is important to serve in the community,  she has volunteered in the local agriculture renaissance & sustainability movement, working as  Vice-president of  non-profit Gardens for Humanity. Currently she is involved in partnering with Farashe Yoga studio in Ramallah, West Bank to train Palestinian yoga teachers to serve in their community.

FACULTY

Taylor Kurz (RYT-500)
200 Hour Hatha & Kundalini Teacher Trainings, 300 Hour Advanced  Yoga  Training

 has been a student of yoga since 2002 and is currently studying as an Ayurvedic Practioner with an emphasis in Pancha Karma and clinical yoga therapy. Taylor leads sadhana along side of being a coteacher in Seven Centers yoga teacher trainings. As an initiate into the Sivananda linage, she received her first 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher certification in Uttarakhand, India, in 2010. Upon returning to the United States, she had the honor of being a karma yogi at Seven Centers, to later study and complete their 200 hour Hatha program. Her studies continued with the center, completing her 500 hour certification, encompassing an Ayurvedic and therapeutic emphasis; this was followed by a 200 hour Kundalini teacher certification. Taylor is an outdoor enthusiast, perpetual student, plant and animal lover, hiking guide, chanter, and artist. Her passions lie in yoga, Auyrveda, plant medicine, Eastern Philosophy and Vedic Science, astrology, and somatics. The foundation of her classes, depending on what style is taught, are either Hatha-based, or Kundalini, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, and Tantric Kundalini, as taught by Swami Satyananda Sataswati. She values sharing from her personal experience to bestow an integral, and Sattvic approach and discipline to practicing and teaching. In pursuit of sharing sacred knowledge and integrating the teachings, we can use this spark to illumine the brilliance of bringing balance to the physical and esoteric bodies. There is a cyclical interplay of working with the body to gain control of the mind and prana, to experience the unchanging truth that is within and without each of us eternally. She is honored to be both a vessel for the teachings, and a student of her students. (Sun/Moon Flow, Kundalini Yoga)

Melissa

Melissa Camacho
200 Hour Hatha Teacher Training, 300 Hour Advanced Yoga Program

Melissa is one of alternative medicine’s most gifted practitioners. Intuitive and knowledgeable, she is a Licensed Acupuncturist, and certified in Ayurvedic medicine.  Trained in yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic cooking, she’s able to offer exceptional healing services including Acupuncture, Cupping, Acupressure, and various Ayurvedic body therapies.  She counsels on nutrition, exercise, meditation and lifestyle.  She is a graduate of Dr. Vasant Lad’s Ayurvedic Institute, and received her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Southwest Acupuncture College-Santa Fe.  Internationally trained and former Ayurvedic cook of 7 Centers, she feels blessed to return and contribute to Sedona, Arizona’s first and finest yoga studio.  She is a regular contributor to yoga and health periodicals, and teaches Ayurvedic workshops throughout the Southwest.

Hari Jap
200 Hour Hatha Teacher Training, 200 Hour Kundalini Teacher Training

Founder of the Center for Divine Awakening, a Kundalini Yoga Center, Hari Jap has been teaching Kundalini Yoga since 1983. In addition to his study with Yogi Bhajan, he has studied with several other Master Teachers from numerous traditions including Taoist Master Lee, Mantak Chia and Sunyata. Hari Jap has extensive training in Kundalini Yoga along with training in Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Tantra, Kinesiology, Martial Arts, and Shamanism teachings.