Meet the Aumbase Teachers

Aumbase (pronounced ōm-bās) offers a full schedule of yoga classes from many of Sedona’s best yoga teachers. Styles and practices offered by these experienced teachers and teacher trainers include and are influenced by Hatha, Dharma Yoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Tantra, Vinyasa, ViniYoga, Yin, Restorative, Flow, Yoga Nidra, and Meditation. The underlying thread of the practices at Aumbase Sedona is that you will be guided by experienced teachers to awaken your unique yoga and develop an intimacy with your own being.

Aumbase Co-Founders and Sedona Yoga Festival Directors Marc & Heather Titus

Heather Shereé Titus

Tantric Prana Flow | Total Relaxation

The What: A keen interest in intelligent sequencing is the thread that moves through a practice layered with breathwork, asana, mantra, visualization, contemplation and meditation. An intuitive sense of the channels of the physical and pranic body, a compassionate sense of the mental and energetic state of the room, and a commitment to refining and purifying my intuitive body leads to a class designed for those who show up on the mat that day, and is always instructed in a way that is open to all levels – can be as challenging as you are willing to make it, and as simple as linking the breath and the body… The Intention: for students to develop their own home practice by providing snackable takeaways and to experience the profound power of the science of yoga by the skillful means provided to me through my teachers so that the intention to commit to the practice grows in the hearts and minds of each student. Help you discover your inner guru and awaken your unique yoga. The How: 200 hour 2010 with Open Source Yoga: Daniel Clement (Ashtanga Vinyasa) and Elissa Gumushel (Anusara) in BC, Canada. Currently completing 300 hours training with Parayoga (200 hours complete) for 500 hour. Influences: Tibetan Buddhism, Jeet Kun Do, Anusara, Jivamukti, Heart of Yoga, Sri Vidya, Trainings: ChildLight, Anusara, Prison Yoga Project, ParaYoga and my daily practice of Yoga. The Who: Heather runs Aumbase, inc together with spouse, beloved Marc Titus. Creating platforms and nurturing relationships that facilitate awakening yoga is the mission. Namaste

Marc Titus

Energy Flow Yoga, Awesome Yoga, Rise & Shine

Marc has studied and taught yoga in a wide variety of settings for nearly 2 decades after finding yoga to heal himself from what Dr’s said would surely be a lifetime debilitation.  Yoga has been a steady friend over the years, providing Marc with the tools to manage some of life’s unique challenges and circumstances.  Using the tools and studying with Master Teachers Mark Whitwell, Rod Stryker, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Steve Ross and more, Marc has successfully battled and overcome PTSD from his career as as a Wildland Firefighter. He is an advocate for Trauma-Informed Yoga and annually sponsors a Yoga for PTSD Teacher Training at the Sedona Yoga Festival.

He founded the Sedona Yoga Festival in 2012; currently he and his wife, Heather not only produce and direct the annual pilgrimage, but they have opened Aumbase Sedona, a Center for Consciousness Evolution and have  been promoting their beloved Sedona, AZ as a yoga destination for nearly 5 years.  They both know that one of the best things to do is YOGA and sharing that with the world is, to them; Dharma… Service in Action

Geoffrey Taylor

Geoffrey Taylor

Integral Vinyasa

Geoffrey Taylor is a Vinyasa Yoga teacher from Flagstaff who began practicing there as a child and teaching there years later in 1998. The next year he began classes in Sedona. Starting soon after that he was invited to teach around the US and abroad while maintaining Northern AZ as a base.  In 2005 he started using Integral Vinyasa as the title to his classes, based on synthesizing the various forms of Vinyasa: Ashtanga, flow yoga, power yoga, etc. In 2006 he Created and opened the Northern Arizona Yoga Center in Flagstaff. The next ten years of teaching were spent refining his system and method, training teachers, and collaborating on several Yoga projects around the globe. Geoffrey is a teacher that inspires all levels of students and abilities, yet his classes are difficult and therefore rewarding. Students are taught compassion instead of competition, which leads to greater levels of health, wellness, and awareness. He is grateful to be training teachers and offering weekly AM classes in Sedona, and grateful to the outstanding Yoga community here.

Dani Gray

Dani Gray

Dharma Yoga

Dani has studied many different forms of yoga & movement practice from a very young age; but after she found her way to her first Dharma Yoga class in 2010, everything changed. Through her experience of heartfelt self-practice, and intensive studies with Sri Dharma Mittra (and his senior teachers), she has discovered the unique potency of this lineage of yoga: an unparalleled set of tools for embodied empowerment, a playful approach to dissolving blockages (both physical and mental), and a living teaching which demonstrates the presence of Grace in all things.

She participated in Sri Dharma Mittra’s 200-hour “Life of a Yogi” teacher training program in June 2011 (achieving certification the following May), and she obtained her 500-hour certification in 2013. In 2015, she completed Sri Dharma’s advanced 800-hour training program.

Sara Woolsey

Sara Woolsey

0G ascensi0n y0ga f0r real, Wisdom Meditation Embodiment

Fellow Master of the Universe; Loving Sister in Yoga; Terrific Earth Wisdom Warrior; Sun Gazing Truth seer; Spirited fairy kingdom dancer; Mother Nature celebrating; Colorful Cosmic Co-Creator; Peace Teacher power; joyful elemental student; Eternal Light Life servant; Consciousness cooling; Transformation’s space; Compassionate Quantum Queen; Experienced Experiment-or of Self-Realized Reality; NAMASTE Geometry Generator; Artist of One; Zero-pointed Fun.
Heart energy informs – collective integration as the new norm!

12 years yoga instruction adventures; 200 hours Sri Sri Yoga | 400 hours Art of Living Foundation; BA Comparative Culture, Sophia University, Tokyo; Zumba instructor; Streed Cred; Tribal Hip Hop; Japanese and Spanish Fluent; Sanskrit enthusiast.

Chris Latham

Chris Latham

Ashtanga Primary Series

Chris has been living in Arizona and practicing yoga since 1994 and took his 200hr teacher training in Flagstaff Arizona in 2015 after discovering the Mysore style of Ashtanga Yoga at a Tim Feldman workshop. In August of that year he began practicing under level 2 authorized teacher, Lisa Schrempp, and immediately decided that this was the way yoga was meant to be conveyed. He quickly transitioned from general vinyasa style yoga to exclusively Ashtanga and began commuting to Phoenix weekly to practice under Lisa. Chris began training as Lisa’s Mysore assistant in February of 2016 and continues to do so currently. Chris has traveled extensively, practicing Mysore style Ashtanga yoga under more than a dozen other authorized and certified Ashtanga teachers, including Saraswathi and Sharath Jois in Mysore, India. He believes that Ashtanga yoga is accessible to bodies of all ages, sizes and abilities, and loves to teach those that are new to yoga and to Ashtanga. Chris’s intention is to convey the Ashtanga yoga method to students the way that it was taught to him by Lisa and the Jois family in the tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. You will usually find Chris assisting Lisa in the Mysore room in Phoenix or holding Mysore and Led classes in Flagstaff and now Sedona at Aumbase. He can be reached at 520-237-8714 or flagstaffashtanga@gmail.com

Lynn Matthews

Lynn Matthews

Yoga for Your Life, Yoga Nidra

Lynn’s personal experience of yoga’s transformative, healing powers started her on a journey impacting the lives of others with this gift.  She brings compassion and humor to her teaching, enriching students’ experiences by weaving breathwork, meditation, alignment and chanting into her classes.  Her intention is to improve the quality of her students’ lives, physically, mentally and spiritually.  Lynn’s classes are skillfully designed to relieve the cumulative effects of stress while toning the body, quieting the mind and rejuvenating the spirit.  She enjoys sharing the profound practice of Yoga Nidra, helping students relax and reduce stress.  Lynn has been teaching since 2000 and training yoga teachers since 2006.  Her Masters degree (Instructional Systems Design) allowed her to combine her love for yoga with her desire to teach in the creation of creative, comprehensive, college-level yoga teacher trainings.  Lynn also combines her passion for teaching with her love of nature in unique Yoga Vacations which provide a deeper experience of yoga than weekly classes.  E-RYT500, Level II Certified ParaYoga teacher, Certified Amrit Yoga Nidra Facilitator, YACEP
Sam Samadhi

Sam Samadhi

Dharma Yoga

Samuel Magaziner, more commonly known in the yoga world as Sam Samadhi, has spent over a thousand hours studying various styles of yoga, ranging from yoga therapeutics to Dharma Yoga as taught by master teacher Sri Dharma Mittra. Sam is known for his devotion and spontaneity which reflect in his intuitive, heart-centered teaching style. He utilizes a unique understanding of the postures along with powerful, hands-on adjustments and verbal cues to effectively guide students into the depths of yogic sadhana. He often describes his personal introduction into the sacred science of yoga as a “remembering” of something already known deep within. As such, Sam attributes most of what he has learned to the earnestness and fiery devotion inside of which he has practiced.
Although Sam exhibits a considerably advanced practice, his humility, selflessness, and ability to teach students of all levels is remarkable. Regardless of Sam’s wide range of explorations and involvement in various traditions and practices, his heart lies at the feet of his beloved spiritual master, David Spero, who has awakened Sam to the infinite Bliss of Consciousness through profound transmission of Para Bhakti (Supreme Devotion), Divine Light, and Kundalini Shakti (Divine Energy). As a result of sitting with David, Sam has come to realize that it is through Grace, and not merely one’s own efforts, that one awakens to the nature of the Divine Consciousness.
Sam currently holds a 500-hour certificate in Dharma Yoga and teaches locally in Sedona, Arizona where he lives with his girlfriend and co-teacher, Dani Gray.

Jeannette Okie

Jeannette Okie

Hatha Yoga Flow, Restorative

All roads lead to Rome. For Jeannette that road is yoga, which has been part of her life since 2003. Born and raised in Germany, her exploration of various styles of yoga, and a dedicated personal practice have led her to love this ancient system as a life-long tool for gaining insight, finding deeper meaning behind the seemingly mundane, and for ultimately transforming into the best version of ourselves. Inspired by her studies with Rod Stryker, Jeanne Heileman and Annie Carpenter, Jeannette’s down-to- earth approach emphasizes inquiry, exploration and the art of slowing down. Her teaching style is informed by alignment-based vinyasa flow, Iyengar, tantra, viniyoga and restorative yoga.

Patricia Blum

Patricia Blum

Yoga For Your Life, Total Relaxation

Pat took her first yoga class with a coworker and friend who was recovering from cancer in 1998.  She never left.  Yoga changed her life as she raised a family and worked for the local school system in Montgomery County Maryland.  Completing RYT 200 and RYT 500, she continued to practice at Willow Street Yoga Center in Maryland and to teach there as well.  She has taught yoga for people with injuries and special conditions, yoga at sunrise, gentle yoga, yoga for round bodies as well as yoga 1/2.  She has lead Gayatri Mantra chanting and taught the course on The Four Desires.  On June 25, 2016, their 50th wedding anniversary, Pat and Charlie moved to Sedona, Arizona.
Pat first met Rod Stryker at a workshop in 2002, continuing to study with him in Maryland Massachusetts, Missouri, Colorado and Mexico.  Yogarupa accepted Pat as his student on April 16, 2005.  She is now a senior teacher with Para Yoga.
In this Himalayan tradition, Rod;s Teacher’s thoughts on Sri Vidya guide Pat:  “The world is a beautiful place,  Maintain this awareness.  Cultivate this attitude and the techniques to maintain this experience.  Knowledge is full of joy and beauty.”  She keeps these words in her heart and continues the journey to learn about the tradition from her teacher and from the kula.  With her husband, her children an grandchildren, she lives and works in the world guided by a sense of fairness, love, ease and balance.  She believes that we become our path–our actions–not just big things–small things create destiny.
Helena Bacellar

Helena Bacellar

Yin Yoga

Helena Bacellar has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2003. Her initial teacher training was in the Anusara tradition where she graduated from the 400-hr Willow Street Yoga Teacher Training Program in Takoma Park, Maryland. Through 2007 she added more than 100 hours of Yoga Therapy Training mostly in the Anusara Tradition, with Jenny Otto, Doug Keller, Kathleen Hogan and others. She has also studied some Para Yoga with Rod Stryker. More recently in 2017 Helena completed a 50-yr Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts in Vancouver, BC. Helena is a massage therapist focusing on releasing restrictions in fascial tissue, which she does through Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy, in addition to Yin Yoga. Helena is very dedicated to embracing the yogic path and healing the body-mind- heart-soul connection.

Aya Schiff

Aya Schiff

Anjali Vinyasa Flow, Partner Yoga

Aya is a 500 RYT yoga teacher (with a background of both Western and Eastern yoga wisdom tradition), a community-oriented Partner/Acro Yoga teacher and a cosmic artist, the creator of the StarWheels Mandalas and the online School of Sacred Geometry. Aya has developed a style of “Anjali Celebration Yoga” that he now teaches at various festivals and yoga studios.
In the classes he offers, Aya shares his passion for dancing life and celebrating consciousness through Breath activation, Vinyasa Yoga flows, Partner & Acro Yoga, Kirtan chanting, group creativity and the deep silence of Meditation. By grounding the body, opening the heart and jump-starting the energy currents, we come back home to the bliss of our original love nature. Know yourself, surrender to existence, smile beyond your mind and re-weave community.
The founder of the educational non-profit StarWheel Foundation, Aya holds the vision of an international School of Celebratory Arts for yogis-yoginis of all ages and galaxies…

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