India Instructors & Guides

Uschi followed her lifelong dream of working with women in India to the sacred City of Varanasi, on the banks of Ganges river. Originally from Germany via Ojai, California, Uschi left a career in the high fashion world to study Yoga, eventually teaching at her dear friend Kira Sloane Ryder’s studio in Ojai. Immersing herself in deep study of the Hindu texts with her teacher Ravi Ravindra, Uschi’s Asana teaching & practice have transformed into the Yoga of Pilgrimage as she shares her beloved India with others. Meeting her partner Rakesh in 2007, they shared a vision of hosting groups and creating a solid network to provide a unique and safe experience for guests to the India they Love. To date Rakesh and Uschi have guided more than 175 people on their first Indian Pilgrimage. Uschi, Rakesh, and their sweet son Varun live in Varanasi for most of the year.

 

KIMBERLY VEST

Kimberly has been practicing, studying and teaching yoga for the past 25 years. She grew up in Salem and lived in Seattle, Washington for many years where she owned her own yoga studio. Kimberly teaches many different styles of yoga with her foundational training rooted in the Integral yoga tradition founded by Sri Swami Satchidananda.

While living in Seattle, Kimberly trained and studied in the Viniyoga tradition. This approach to yoga evolved out of the teachings transmitted by T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar of Madras, India. Vini means to adapt and through this training, she became very skillful at adapting classes to the needs of her students. Most recently, Kimberly has completed a 9 month yoga immersion in Anusara yoga, as well as completed trainings in Somatics and Yin yoga. These trainings continue to expand her understanding of the energetic and spiritual nature of the practice of yoga.

Kimberly loves working with women and supporting women during the birthing process by acting a doula. She is a certified pre-natal, labor and delivery, and post-natal yoga instructor.

Kimberly also is a belly dancer and has been belly dancing for 15 years. She enjoys working with women of all ages, shapes and sizes, by teaching them the art of belly dance. She creates a safe environment where women can explore their creativity through movement and body awareness.

GABRIELLE KIDD

Gabrielle began her yoga path 4 years ago after being gifted a mat and DVD from a loved one.  She began a gentle home practice and attending classes. Yoga began to unveil a whole new level of gratitude for life, spirit, and the physical body. It was the beginning of a powerful healing – giving praise, love, and honor for what the mind and body are capable of instead of what is lacking.

In 2013, Gabrielle was exploring the idea of pursuing yoga teacher training but became pregnant which brought distance to her yoga practice and unfortunately her relationship with the Divine. After giving birth to her son and learning to survive as a new mother, she knew she needed to return to her practice and her spirituality.  Reestablishing a home practice and attending class became a blessing of “me time” along with discovering and journeying into breath work. She was led to the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda and, soon after, everything started falling into place. She realized how yoga was saving her life as a newly rebirthed & struggling mother, mending her relationship with God. She knew deepening her understanding of the path and practice would lead to a reawakening of her soul.

Her inspiration and gratitude come from her son, who transformed and realigned her life; her devoted teachers who speak their truth,; momma Earth; culture, art; and the sacred Kriya lineage.

She is a graduate of the Uttara Yoga 200 hr Kriya/Tantra teacher training and is registered with Yoga Alliance.  She has also studied bioenergy with Mietek Wircus and Barratt Breathwork with Kathleen Barratt. Her intention is to grow alongside her students, guiding them from their hearts while also in return, receiving their teachings in this garden we call Life.