As a Moksha/Modo Teacher Training Manager, she is honored to support our community of teachers from the application process, to their journey becoming certified Moksha/Modo Yoga teachers, and beyond.
When Ella Luckett first discovered yoga in her 20’s she felt an instantaneous shift in her mind and body that changed her forever. That deep internal change of perspective and physical embodiment feeds every class and teacher training she leads today.
Ella is an E-RYT500 Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor with 15 years of professional teaching experience and over 800 hours of advanced training. Ella first became certified in Ashtanga Yoga in 2001 with Larry Shultz at one of the first yoga schools of San Francisco, “It’s Yoga.” In 2004 she obtained 300 hour certification in Jivamukti Yoga with world renowned teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life, and later, completed her advanced certification in “Prana Vinyasa” and “Trance dance” with her beloved teacher Shiva Rae. Ella studied Mantra Meditation with Gadahara Pandit, “Urban Monk,” and studies and practices meditation regularly at the Kadampa Buddhist center with Kadam Morten.
She has over a decade of Vedantic Yoga studies at Ananda Ashram in New York, the Yoga Society of NY. Ella began leading YA certified Teacher Training Programs in 2008. In 2011, she opened her New York City based Yoga studio, Jai Yoga Arts, and now leads teacher trainings there, and all over the world.
She is eternally grateful for her journey which has been filled with amazing inspiring teachers, and equally as inspiring students with their open willing hearts.
Jess grew up on a farm with her hippie yoga parents in a community guided by her primary teacher Baba Hari Das. She studied yoga from 18-23 before teaching. She is trained to teach Bikram, Sivananda, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Power Yoga and Kirtan. Her greatest learning comes from being in nature and from practicing every day, even when she doesn’t feel like it!
Before teaching yoga Jess worked in the not-for-profit sector with Amnesty International, EarthSave, and the Canadian Association for Community Living in Panama.
Ted Grand created the Moksha Yoga sequence by drawing upon his many years of yoga experience and more than one thousand hours of training in yoga therapy, yoga teaching, and traditional yoga. Approaching this task with patience and tireless research, he modified and perfected the sequence based on the opinions of a wide range of experts and peers in the yoga community.
He has studied under Acharya Yoganand Karandikar, Georg Feuerstein and Bikram Choudhury. He has also studied pre-natal yoga with Janice Clarfield, Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley, yoga philosophy with Rod Stryker, Anusara Yoga with John Friend, Iyengar Yoga with Patricia Walden, and Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater. Ted feels very strongly that yoga is a vehicle for becoming more socially engaged and compassionate, and is excited about seeing more people care about the planet, those less fortunate and other species.
More yoga brings more peace. More peace has us make better decisions. Better decisions makes a more healthy, vital and loving world. Ted is co-owner of Moksha Yoga Montreal, Moksha Yoga Halifax and Moksha Yoga St. Catharines. He is also the co-founder of Yaletown Yoga in Vancouver, Moksha Yoga Uptown (Toronto) and Moksha Yoga Danforth (Toronto). He supports both beginners and experienced students by helping them find a practice that is inspired, intelligent and fun. His love for the practice is infectious and can be felt in each and every class he teaches. Ted is also a proud husband and father, an organic farmer, and an environmental/social activist.
Anthony Alcalde began his journey as a healer and teacher in 1998. He currently teaches various styles of Yoga in Nicaragua and Internationally. As a certified yoga, acro yoga instructor, Thai yoga practitioner and movement educator, he finds balance through giving and receiving. Thus celebrating the spirit of connection, empowerment and playfulness in his life. He embodies the beauty of trust through his practice of yoga, acro yoga, Thai massage and meditation. His services offer an opportunity to reconnect with your inner light and grow the ability to heal from the inside out. Anthony is also known as an accountant, public speaker, and an award winning documentary filmmaker. He is from a multi-ethnic background, grew up in the Atlantic Northeast (New Jersey/New York) and currently lives in Nicaragua.
ANTHONY IN THE NEWS
- CBS NEWS Video – Acro Yoga Better Than Couples Therapy
- WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS (Anthony Alcalde Documentary)
- TEDx (Anthony Alcalde on Therapy of Healing )
Taylor MacGillivary (E-RYT 500)
Taylor’s curiosity of Yoga practice came quickly after doing his first Teacher Training with Moksha Yoga in 2011. Taylor feels a close connection with the traditional practices of Yoga, practicing and teaching with Sri. T. Krishnamacharya’s lineage as his guidelines, approaching Yoga practice as medicine for your body and your mind. Staying true to Yoga’s origins while keeping practice light and accessible is what he strives for in his classes.
Taylor draws on 700+ hours of study, ranging from contemporary Canadian teacher Ryan Leier, who has served as Taylor’s main teacher over the last 4 years, to his latest study with traditional Indian master Srivatsa Ramaswami, a 30+ year student of Krishnamacharya.
Uriel MacGillivary (E-RYT 500 Hr.)
Founder of Shanti Hot Yoga Uriel has spent most of her career life in management and coaching people. She is the founder of Shanti Hot Yoga Studios and is passionate about the countless benefits that Yoga brings to students of all ages. An entrepreneur at heart she is thrilled to be building a Yoga School in Atlantic Canada that is innovative, interactive, and raises the bar on how we develop our students to become great teachers. Uriel has completed over 1000 hours of study and practical training. She has a deep interest in the academic research of Yoga and has embarked on a 3-year/800 hour adventure on the History, Literature, and Philosophy of Yoga with the late Georg Feuerstein’s School of Traditional Yoga Studies. In June of 2014 she completed an advanced teacher training with an inspiring international teacher, Ana Forest. Uriel looks forward to sharing her knowledge and love of Yoga during the Teacher Training!
Kyla MacKinnon (E-RYT 500)
Kyla MacKinnon (E-RYT 500)
Kyla is inspired by the act of leading others and empowering them to live their truth. She believes in the power of connecting breath and movement with those around her. Throughout her life, she has enjoyed coaching people and creating a space where they feel comfortable and confident in order to reach their full potential. From her 800 hours of training, she vows to keep the tradition of Krishnamacharya’s yoga lineage alive thanks to one of her great teachers, Ryan Leier. Kyla will incorporate a balance of strength and serenity into her teachings during the program. Her compassionate nature makes her a perfect fit as the Yoga Teacher Training student liaison. She gives herself fully to new trainees who need guidance and support during the training.
Hillary Hollman moved back to San Juan del Sur in April 2016, and has been teaching at Zen Yoga since then. Before her move, she lived in Atlanta, Georgia, and taught yoga classes and workshops at a local studio, where she also worked as the Studio Coordinator. She is a YA certified teacher, and completed her 200hour yoga training here in San Juan del Sur under the instruction of master yogi Peter Sterios. She is also certified in Restorative Yoga, and enjoys teaching Power Yoga, Yin/Restorative, and Slow Flow classes.
Her teaching style is derived from Hatha, and uses creative, fun, and challenging sequencing and poses to soften and strengthen the whole body during each practice, and to develop a stronger connection between the mind and body. She also uses alignment, breathwork, and hands on adjustments to help students access poses and different areas in the body that they might have thought were challenging or even inaccessible. She believes yoga should be fun, explorative, and challenging for both mind and body, but most importantly that yoga should be, and can be, accessible to every person.
She is grateful to be able to be teaching and living in such a beautiful place in the world, and enjoys getting to teach and connect with so many interesting people that are living and traveling through Nicaragua.
Julie Speier is a mother of three young children, the director of San Juan del Sur Day School and a yoga teacher at Zen. Julie has been practicing yoga since 1998 and became a certified yoga teacher in 2007 through Radiantly Alive in Bali, Indonesia. She has been a teacher with Zen since we opened our studio in 2011. She loves teaching a good powerful flow class or a calming restorative class. She applies the teachings of yoga to her daily life, especially Karma Yoga (service to others). She loves assisting her students in attaining the “aha moments” on their mats or in the classroom. Julie is full of gratitude for her life and the fact that she gets to teach Yoga at Zen!