At Where is My Guru we are extremely blessed and fortunate to work with some of todays brightest lights and fire starters. We believe ourselves to be “a keeper of the teachings” and hold the role we play to be a platform to transmit and help communicate the wisdom from our faculty’s life work – to you. If you are interesting in teacher for Where is My Guru fill out this form and someone will get back to you!
World Class Teachers
Sarah Durham Wilson
Sarah Durham Wilson (a.k.a DoItGirl) is a modern priestess, writer, & women’s leader. She works with women worldwide to awaken the healer within.
Formerly a rock journalist, Sarah sped through a whirlwind five years at Rolling Stone, Vh1, GQ, Vanity Fair, and Interview magazines. She then moved to Omaha, Nebraska for love, and eventually to Los Angeles, where the constant life of partying and sleepwalking left her burnt out, bereaved, & broken hearted. Sarah’s seeking lead her back to her childhood island of Martha’s Vineyard, where she experienced a spiritual awakening. She immersed herself deeply on the path of the Goddess, into the deep & dark divine feminine, & travelled to Hawaii, the Kripalu Center, Amrit Yoga Institute, and finally back to the island where her healing writing began to flourish under the pen name DOITGIRL.
She leads courses and retreats to actively engage women in healing the self to heal the world, and the intention of the art she offers to the planet is to raise the energy of the feminine back in the bodies of men and women and therefore the body of the earth itself. She believes once a woman moves inside of herself to heal her own body, she rises to heal the body of the world.
Alanna Kaivalya believes Yoga is for everyone and with the right guidance, every student can develop the independence and self empowerment needed to embark on a personal journey to meaningful transformation. It is dedication to these principles that inspired Alanna to begin The Kaivalya Yoga Method, a fresh take on yoga that emphasizes the individual path of the modern person while honoring the time-tested tradition. Teaching students since 2001 and teachers since 2003, Alanna has written, developed, and lead teacher trainings around the world since.
Her ability to make the complex accessible and to enliven material with myth and story has lead top studios nationwide to commission programs for their own use. With TKYM, she teaches her own unique 200 hour training program via a comprehensive and revolutionary online platform in collaboration with YogaDownload.com.
She holds a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and has authored numerous articles and papers as well as three books: Myths of the Asanas: Stories from the Heart of the Yoga Tradition (Mandala Publishing, 2010) is a wildly popular go-to guide for practitioners who are interested in the stories of the origins of beloved poses. Sacred Sound: Discovering the Myth and Meaning Behind Mantra and Kirtan (New World Library, 2014) is the quintessential yoga “hymnal” for today’s most popular chants and mantras, illustrating their powerful role within our modern practice. Her third book, Yoga Beyond the Mat: How to Make Yoga Your Spiritual Practice, is the culmination of work in psychology, ritual, mythology, alchemy and her personal practice. It is written as a complete guide to developing yoga as a personal mythology in order to propel one toward the ultimate state of yoga: bliss.
Alanna has taught for Yoga Journal Conferences, The Omega Institute, Kripalu, and Esalen retreat centers. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Origin, Mantra Magazine, Yoga International, Sweat Equity, Mindful Magazine and many others throughout her years of practice. In 2007, she had the esteemed honor of being elected to Yoga Journal’s top 21 teachers under 40 list. Alanna has appeared on Fox’s Varney & Co., Walk the Talk Show on Elephant Journal, HuffPo Live! as well as many other media outlets. She regularly contributes to publications such as Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, and Well + Good. Her website, alannak.com, features an exhaustive body of content diligently compiled over many years to provide access to high quality resources and education for yoga practitioners in any location. In 2005, her first podcast, and the first by any yoga instructor garnered over 2 million listeners. She lives in New York City with her husband and Roxy the Wonderdog.
Teaching Philosophy: The Kaivalya Yoga Method unites the tools of modern psychology, mythology, ritual, alchemy and the journey of the hero with the tried and true practice of yoga to empower people to develop their yoga practice as a personal mythology. This creates consistent access to the psychospiritual state of yoga— complete integration and connection. Ultimately, yoga does not make your life better, but it does make you better at your life. If you follow yoga as your spiritual path and make yoga—enlightenment—your new “normal,” then your whole life reveals itself as an opportunity to continuously deepen your connection. This is the gold that reveals itself when we develop yoga as our personal mythology and spiritual practice.
Angel Grant is Co-founder of Drugs Over Dinner and Executive Director of Death Over Dinner. She is on the teaching faculty at Where Is My Guru and part of the Convivium Collective. She’s been traveling the globe for over a decade teaching yoga and meditation practices and sharing talks on how to reduce the many ways we suffer.
Angel served as Co-founder of Yoga in Common in coastal South Carolina, and has been leading teacher trainings since 2010 that interweave ultimate reality / non-duality with the physical reality work of deepening somatic and emotional intelligence. She facilitates workshops, retreats and works one-on-one with people to rewire mental patterns that limit their lives and relationships.
Much of Angel’s time is invested sharing meditations focused on waking up from conditioned mind, healing addictions, and death and dying. Recent meditations have been held at The NY Academy of Medicine, Peak Mind’s event with the Dalai Lama for his 80th birthday, The Conscious Dying Summit, Newport Academy and Summit Series.
Angel has engaged extensively with at-risk youth, from starting a yoga program in a socio-economically challenged school to teaching meditation while living in Pisgah National Forest as part of a wilderness therapy program.
She founded a project called The Yoga Bus – a project partially funded by her community – and traveled the country with her two dogs, living in a tiny RV that she helped build from the ground up. The project’s focus was yoga-based workshops for healing traumas of populations who would likely never make it into an emotionally healing setting. She furthered this work in South Africa though TRIAD Trust, an organization centered around HIV education and prevention, in a region believed to have a 40% infection rate.
“Meditation consistently teaches me that the ways we distract ourselves from pain inevitably ripen into deeper pain. The practices I live and teach create awareness, and awareness is freedom. I’ve learned from teachers across the U.S. and in northern India, all of whom I deeply honor. The teacher who blew my heart open, though, taught to love people, serve people and remember God. To me, this is yoga.”
Jai Uttal is a Grammy nominated pioneer in the world music community. His eclectic east meets-west sound has put his music at the forefront of the world fusion movement. As a child in New York City, Jai’s home was filled with music. He began studying classical piano at the age of seven, and later learned to play old time banjo, harmonica, and guitar. His musical interests encompassed a wide variety of styles, and over the years he experimented with many forms of musical expression. During his visits to India, Jai met his Guru, Neem Karoli Baba, and spent time with many great beings of both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. He became deeply absorbed in the practice of kirtan, the ancient yoga of chanting, or singing to God. This form of prayer became the core of his musical and spiritual life. Jai adds, “World music is music from everywhere. Music that creates bridges. Music that unites hearts and cultures. Music that brings peace.”
Zach Ward, founder and Chief Optimist of YesAndLife, owner and Artistic Director of DSI Comedy, founder and Executive Producer of the NC Comedy Arts Festival, has consulted and delivered programs internationally for clients including TEDx, Procter & Gamble, Comcast, Motorola, Cisco, Old Navy, and the YMCA. Zach has been regularly contracted as adjunct faculty at UNC Chapel Hill since 2008 and has recently started teaching improvisation as part of a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program. Zach has developed a passion for applied improvisation & comedy over the last 20 years, and, for more than a decade, an obsession with compassion, empathy, organizational development and entrepreneurship. In addition to speaking, coaching and team building, Zach provides comedy talent for events all across the country. He practices “Yes, And” with his clients, his own employees, and with his 4 year-old son, every day.
David Newman is a renowned sacred chant master, singer-songwriter, author, and inspirational teacher. David, also known as Durga Das, travels extensively sharing his music, and teachings on the path of love as a vehicle for spiritual awakening. He has released numerous chart-topping world music albums, and is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller The Timebound Traveler. David is also the founder of the Stay Strong Project and Yoga On Main. He has been featured on NPR, and in The Washington Post and Yoga Journal among many others. David lives with his family just outside of Philadelphia.
In 1993 Dawn began formal training of mediation and eastern philosophy. Admittedly, at that time her practice was balanced with late nights and wild ways.
By 2000 Dawn picked up yoga asana, the physical poses. She trained with many teachers and systems of yoga but credit Sri Dharma Mittra, GoSwami Kriyananda and Nevine Michaan with breaking all limiting thought patterns that may have held about her own physical and spiritual being.
After attending Ball State University for neuropsychology and Coastal Carolina University pursuing both business and the arts she experienced a paradigm shift and entered the Kriya Yoga Seminary her senior year and was the youngest female to be ordained Swami in her linage.
She opened her first studio in 2007 with the initial funds donated by her students. It was in that space she fined tuned her art of teaching, communication and running a successful business. Taking only a few days off in the first 7 years and sometimes working a second job at night.
In 2015 Dawn opened Shanti South in Litchfield Beach and only 2 months later in 2016 relocated the original and opened Shanti Yoga Center adding an herbal apothecary and classroom structure for training and retreats as well as healing modalities.
While Dawn is structured with regards to her business model she is fluid and free form in her charity work. In 2011 Dawn co-opened an outreach shelter in Michigan for emergencies relating to abuse or disruption in housing primarily for women and children.
HawaH is an author, yogi, non-profit leader, and social entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and executive director of One Common Unity, a non-profit organization that inspires a culture of non-violence through music and arts. In the past, he has served as youth representative to the U.N. World Conference Against Racism and as Director of Peaceable Schools at the largest public high school in Washington, DC. HawaH has been interviewed for his innovative approaches to peace building by multiple media sites, including CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, and XM National Satellite radio. He has authored 4 books, produced 3 documentary films, 2 musical CDs, and is the creator/ editor of “The Poetry of Yoga” book anthology that features Grammy award winning musicians and master teachers. His latest collaborative documentary film project, “Fly By Light,” has received wide acclaim, awards, and toured 13 international film festivals. In his spare time he enjoys: finding new foods to mix with chocolate, climbing trees and buildings, doing handstands on furniture, hiking through mountains with flip flops, body surfing ocean waves, making animal sounds and bird calls, enjoying a glass of wine at high altitude, lighting candles in dark rooms and traveling. Learn more by visiting One Common Unity and Hawah.
Minista Jazz is a powerful speaker, writer, educator, and master facilitator. She is committed to sharing the unifying principles of Peace, Love, and Respect for everyone through compassionate thought, action, and language. Minista Jazz has advanced the work of non violent communication by traveling to over 40 countries worldwide inspiring celebrities, change makers, and business executives to create a transformed world full of awareness, accountability, and empathy. Also a youth empowerment mentor, Minista Jazz designs customized experiences or ‘live games’ to support authentic connectivity inciting positive dialogue and the courage to explore topics on racism, violence, abuse, gender & sexual identification, and mental health. Minista Jazz has served as a community leader and organizer in several cities such as Brooklyn, Philadelphia, D.C.,and Orlando and uses her voice, insight, and personal experience of transformation to touch millions globally by radio and television appearances. Minista Jazz is the creator of HipNoticHop, positive affirmations set to Hip Hop music which renews the mind, body, and spirit in a easy and groovy way. You can learn more about her at MinistaJazz.com.
Chanti, MA, ERYT500, Certified Level 1 ParaYoga® Teacher, AYS Chanti’s passion is to inspire students to find their creative Self through movement, effortlessness and sadhana. She has been studying and teaching yoga in the Tantric Hatha Linage since 2005 initiated by her teacher Yogarupa Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga. Chanti has studied the art of Restorative Yoga & the practical applications of yoga therapy with Judith Lasater and she travels to India yearly, where she studies Sacred Art with Mavis Gewant and Pieter Weltevrede. Chanti has recently completed her Masters at Pacifica Graduate in Humanities with an emphasis on Depth Psychology. Chanti is a guide in weaving the practices of Tantra, Yantra painting and Depth Psychology; she mentors students to awaken to their most purposeful, creatively engaged life. www.yantrawisdom.com