asana, pranayama, teaching practice
François first felt the call to yoga at age 19, on a pilgrimage to sacred sites of India. Then he completed a masters degree in ethnomusicology. In addition to directing Open Sky Yoga Center, François teaches regularly throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Mexico. A graduate of the Ecole Nationale de Yoga in Paris and a certified Iyengar Instructor, he has taught yoga since 1975 and studied meditation with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Ayurveda with Dr. Robert Svoboda, and anatomy with Thomas Myers.
yoga history and philosophy
Douglas is a professor of religion and chair of Asian Studies at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. One of the world's leading scholars of Hindu Tantrism, he earned his doctoral degree from Harvard University's Center for the Study of World Religions. In addition, he lived for many years with his Guru in India, receiving a classical Sanskrit education.
Carla began training in 2001 at Shakti Yoga Center in NYC. She completed Essential Teacher Training and Advanced Teacher Training in 2007 at Open Sky. In 2009, she was certified as an Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher. Carla is an experienced doula and prenatal yoga teacher. Carla teaches the advanced class at Open Sky Yoga.
ayurveda, subtle anatomy, mantra
Sonam has maintained a clinical practice combining Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine for 20 years. He is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Sonam has studied extensively with Dr. Vasant Lad and is a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture. He also is a long-time practitioner of yoga and T'ai Chi.
Michael is a licensed Physical Therapist and a Registered Yoga Teacher. He completed Opening Yoga/Adaptive Yoga Certification with Matthew Sanford. Additional studies includes Relax and Renew® certification, Pranayama, Fascial Release. Michael synthesizes his knowledge of anatomy, physiology, neuromuscular function to help yoga students and physical therapy clients discover their inner-sense of freedom, connection, and well-being.