The Blue Crew
E-RYT 500 YACEP life continues to be the best adventure ever for Karin, her days are spent exploring, practicing, learning and teaching. Living a radiant life filled with grace not perfection, she continues to guide, motivate and inspire her students.
Certified in five different lineages of yoga and with over 1500 hours in yoga trainings, she has personally studied alongside some of the most influential Yoga Gurus of our time; Hot Yoga with Bikram Choudhury. Trauma Release with David Berceli, Ph.D. creator of Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE), Amrit Desai. founder of Kripalu Yoga and Amrit Yoga. Yoga Nidra Guru Kamini Desai. Kundalini Yoga with Senior teacher to Yogi Bhajan – Sangeet Kaur Khalsa, Structural Yoga Therapy with Guru Mukunda Stiles and Yin Yoga with Yin specialist Paul Grilley. Karin is grateful for each experience.
Experienced Yoga and Meditation Teacher Spiritual Life Coach
Amrit Yoga Method Certified Master Yoga Nidra Teacher
KRI Certified Aquarian Yoga Kundalini Yoga Teacher Structural Yoga Therapy Teacher
Certified Hot Yoga Bikram Yoga Teacher
For the last 22 years, Karin has shared her passion for life and yoga. She has been blessed to guide thousands of yogis in the the practice of Hot Yoga in Scottsdale and Tempe through their yoga practice.
One of the Valley’s most well loved, authentic and respected yoga teachers, her radiant style and whole-hearted approach to life, keeps students coming back for more!
Karin changed the way the valley practiced hot yoga, creating Hot Yoga University in 2012. After eight wonderful years it was time for a change so she sold the studio to one her students and took a well deserved year off sabbatical to restore and renew.
Today she is back healthier, happier and more passionate than ever. Her new innovative vision to bring community back together again with the amazing healing benefits of Infrared Hot Yoga, Coffee and Art has the yoga community buzzing.
Karin is so excited to be back at the front of the room guiding you through your practice!
January 2004 Bikram’s Yoga College of India’s Teacher Training -Bikram Choudhury
March 2007 Structural Yoga Therapy Training -Mukunda Stiles
July 2012 Founded and opened Hot Yoga University
October 2014 100-hour Amrit Method, Yoga Nidra training -Kamini Desai Ph.D.
October 2015 Yoga Masters Immersion training -Kamini Desai PhD – Gurudev Amrit Desai
October 2015 Kids Yoga Nidra Training with Renu Zagoria
January 2018 Kundalini Research Institute 6-month Aquarian Yoga Teacher Training -Jaap Kaur Khalsa and Sangeet Kaur Khalsa Sound Healing training, Symphonic Gong and Singing bowls March 2019 Yin Intensive with Paul Grilley
RYT 200 Over the course of his life, Greg has lived in six countries and a num ber of states. He moved to the Valley in 2017, after nineteen years in the Seattle area.
Greg was a long distance runner for decades. He turned to yoga to help repair injuries and strengthen underused muscles. It didn’t take long before he became hooked and developed a daily practice.
In 2018, he became a RYT200 yoga teacher. Greg is a big believer in the physical benefits yoga can bring to your life; no matter how often you practice. The hour you spend taking care of your body is also time for the mind to rest and let go.
A proud father of two sons, Greg enjoys backcountry hiking and taking his son’s dogs, Mela and Pesto, to the park.
He looks forward to meeting and leading you through your practice. He is excited to build community/family at Blue Buddha Collective.
RYT 200 Yumi loves adventure and holistic living! She is a former Muay Thai boxing competitor. She discovered Yoga as part of the low impact training. She fell in love with its mind and body connection right away..R
n 2018, she completed the 200 hr. Yoga teacher training in the jungles of Costa Rica. She was surrounded by monkeys, sloths, bugs and the beautiful ocean.
Yumi made a big transition from a 20-year finance career to pursue her passion – serving others and community as a Life Journey Guide. She utilizes Yoga as an effective life journey tool, to reset and transform her clients’ life, along with eastern philosophy, meditation, energy work, gardening, shinrin yoku (forest bathing), Muay Thai boxing, fitness, happy eating, and smart finance.
“Being a part of the Blue Buddha family is a manifestation of a long-time dream – building a compassionate community. Looking forward to connecting and guiding you, yogis!”
E-RYT 200 Artist, spiritual light bearer, veteran TV and film star – (Avatar, Polar Express, Titanic) Creator of Movement Meditation and Buddha Barre. 2005 Bryan Kest’s 200 hour Power Yoga Teacher Training. She also attended Vippasana Meditation. She is a student of Paramahansa Yogananda’s Self Realization Fellowship. She found find peace and healing while there.
For years she taught yoga in Hollywood. She had many students including Director James Cameron, 20th Century Fox Studio Executives, Computer Artists and Performers.
She was the ‘Spiritual Movement Designer’ for the Avatar film series and all its incarnations.
Her work research with Indigenous Tribal Shaman and Avatar gave her the insight to create some amazing classes.
Julene worked with Cirque du Soleil. She trained acrobatic artists in mindful audience connectivity and body language. She collaborated with Disney’s Imagineering to translate ‘Human Spirit’ onto a nine foot mechanical robot. The success of this sacred motion transcends the notion that we are merely physical form. It demonstrates how easily we may enlighten the heart of our collective.
Julene’s classes are nonaggressive, gentle, but physical. “I am beyond happy to join the Blue Buddha Collective and to be a part of something very special.”
RYT 500 Tanya is an Afro-Latina born in Florida with roots in the Caribbean. She boldly relocated to Arizona Fall of 2019 with her chihuahua, Daisy. She is committed to a new beginning after past traumas to live a trauma-free lifestyle.
Tanya is a trauma survivor, Certified Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher, Coach, & Wellness Facilitator. Her classes include deep restorative and strengthening flow for all yogis. Her mission is to support you in your vibrational alignment to authentic truth, mental & physical freedom, & exploration of your sacred body & inner child.
She shares wisdom on and off the mat to transcend your physical and mental body for healing & living a trauma-free lifestyle. She is also the host of the, No More Trauma Podcast and self-publisher of, The Happy Deck. A tool that can be used in your personal healing practice.
Fun Facts: Favorite Film- Dirty Dancing, Cinderella, & The Pursuit of Happiness Favorite TV Show: How To Get Away With Murder & Scandal Favorite Food: Thai, Ethiopian, & Puerto Rican Favorite Vacation: Home (The Bahamas) Favorite Book: The Heart Of The Soul Gary Zakuv Favorite Yoga Pose: Wheel, Tree, & Savasana Favorite thing to do: Laugh and spread joy.
RYT-200 Genevieve is a Native Arizonan. She has practiced yoga for over six years. She loves spending time with her family. Genevieve has a passion for making gemstone bracelets. In 2019 she completed the Yoga Studies 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training.
“I was one of the more “seasoned trainees’ if you know what I mean. 🙂 They say that becoming a yoga teacher is the beginning of a great journey. It has been that and I have been teaching yoga ever since.
I am happy to continue my yoga journey at Blue Buddha Collective. I can’t wait to meet you.
RYT 200 Angie is an avid hot yogi since 2012. She is a true advocate of its healing benefits. She loves helping others and in her full time gig she’s a registered nurse. She completed her 200 hour YTT and mat Pilates Certification in February. She is currently working on her 300 hour certification and is extremely proud of her yoga journey.
“I realized that a regular practice healed my body in ways I could have never imagined. I am excited to meet you and share my love for hot yoga with you!
RYT 200 Hello I’m Abi and from Flagstaff Arizona. I moved to Scottsdale two years ago. What I love most about yoga is that it is unique to each persons mind and body. When I’m not enjoying yoga, I am a student at Arizona State University studying Cellular Biology. I also enjoy traveling, hiking and all things Arizona!
I am looking forward t seeing everyone on their mats at the Blue Buddha Collective!
RYT 200 Hi I’m Ashley! I was born and raised in Minnesota and moved the desert in 2005. I began my yoga practice in 2012 and became a yoga teacher in 2018.
I am a proud wife and mother of twins and fur mama to an adorable dog and two precious cats.
My passion lies with the Hatha practice in particular, I also loves Yin, Kundalini yoga and Yoga Nidra.
I am an experienced yoga teacher and have guided classes from 7-70 yogis. I love that yoga brings people together, sharing energy and looking to improve the world by looking within first.
I am a coffee addict and love dirty chai lattes, cappuccinos and cold brew!
I am honored to all who trust in me to guide them through their practice. I cant wait t see everyone on their mat and to be a part of this Big Buddhaful community!
RYT 200 Hi my name is Indira. I am a passionate healer and teacher. My journey with meditation started at the age of five as a tool to help me overcome childhood trauma. It has impacted my life in the best way possible and given me the gift of the journey to self.
As I became older my curiosity and continuing healing journey led me to different modalities. My journey with Yoga started in 2015 after falling in love with sound healing and being introduced to my first Kundalini Yoga class. This fueled my passion into the wellness industry and I never looked back. Over the years I have accumulated multiple certifications in wellness.
I am a certified 200 HR Kundalini Yoga Teacher and also specialize in Yoga Nidra, Sound Healing, Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Breathe Therapy. Each modality is a form of meditation and can be used to find stillness in the midst of chaos.Meditation doesn’t require hours of our day but simply minutes of time in which we are truly able to be present.
My intention is to provide a safe and sacred space for you to journey within and meet your inner healer.
RYT 200 Hello Blue Buddha Family,
I am Ian Youngblood and this is my boy Kinje Blù Youngblood. I have been practicing yoga for well over 10 years and have enjoyed every little bit of it. You’ll find in my classes, as well as in my practice, I am about the breath. The breath is our life force. Yet many people go throughout their lives paying no mind to this beautiful thing we call breathing.
I challenge you to take a deep conscious breath each and everyday!
Kinje and I will see you in the studio.
RYT 200 Hi I’m Riley. I am from New York, I moved to Tempe Arizona four years ago to go to college at Arizona State University. On top of being a Yoga Teacher, I am also certified in Personal Training, Nutrition, and Reiki.
Throughout my fitness journey I learned that it’s not just about working out and eating healthy. Our bodies are very complex and there is a lot more that comes into play.
I believe that health and happiness is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind, and spirit.
My goal is to help you become a better version of yourself. You are worthy and deserving of living your best life.
I am beyond excited to be apart of the Blue Buddha Community. I am looking forward to seeing your beautiful faces.
RYT 200 I began my hot yoga journey over twenty years ago to compliment an active lifestyle. Originally from Arizona, I grew up an avid hiker, biker, and swimmer.
Channeling my inner desire to help others I became a yoga, Pilates and barre instructor. My experience and knowledge allows me to meet students right where they are and to see their true potential.
In my free time I enjoy paddle boarding, playing with my dogs and watching the moon.
I look forward to seeing you on your mat for Pilates and Hatha very soon!
RYT-200 Hi my name is Samantha and I’m a yoga addict. I began my yoga practice in 2012 and immediately was hooked. Within months, I went to teacher training and became certified to teach and went on to do so for four years.
In 2017, I decided to take a break from teaching, but continued to explore and deepen my connection to a power greater than myself. Through many spiritual techniques such as tracking the moon cycle, working with the chakras, tantric yoga practices, and Goddess worship and ritual, I experienced kundalini rising & spiritual awakenings that granted me a deeper understanding of myself.
In 2020 I began a journey of personal recovery, seeking to turn my will and life over to my God, to overcome past trauma, and to pursue deeper serenity in my life. Yoga means to join the finite self to the infinite self through breath, meditation and asana. Yoga is one of my daily disciplines of connecting to God that I am honored and thrilled to share with you. I look forward to seeing you on your mat!