TEJASVI GIRI MA / DEJA CROSS, E-RYT 500, Lead Teacher, teaches from the heart, sharing ancient wisdom and personal experiences from her many years of Yoga practice and study. Tejasvi Giri Ma has been living in Rishikesh, India – the Yoga capital of the world, where ancient to modern rishis meditate, and Ma Ganga, the eternal, sacred river flows – for five years, and is currently back in the USA, sharing her passion for Yoga and the benefits of integrating a personal practice into daily life.
Tejasvi Giri Ma is a student of Shri Mahant Mukesh Giri Ji Maharaj of Jhilmil Gufa in Shri Panch Dashnam Juna Akhara, in Rishikesh, India. Living in Uttarakhand, Dev Bhumi, “the Land of the Gods”, lends itself to deep sadhana and rituals – āsana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, silence, kriyā, pūjā, and aarti; yātrā to holy temples and caves, darshan, sacred ceremonies and festivals; and serving at bhandara, sitting at dhuni, daily bathing in Ma Ganga, surrounded by beauty, and living amidst the Yogis, Swamis, and Gurus.
Tejasvi Giri Ma has been practicing yoga since 1993. In the USA, she studied with Gary Kraftsow (student of the Krishnamacharya-Desikachar Viniyoga tradition) at the American Viniyoga Institute in Maui, Hawaii; and at the Eldorado Mountain Yoga Ashram (lineage rooted in the ancient Kashmir Shaivism tradition) in Boulder, Colorado.
Tejasvi Giri Ma is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level with Yoga Alliance, and has been the Lead Trainer for six 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs and several Yoga Retreats and Events around the world.
Education and Business Experience – MBA, BS Mathematics, with over 30 years of entrepreneurial experience in the hospitality, internet marketing, education, holistic living, spirituality, and creativity industries.
ANNALISA BERNS, E-RYT 200, Lead Teacher. Devoted to the spread of love and yoga, Annalisa is the founder of Big Bear Yoga and Big Bear Yoga Festival. A visionary that cares deeply about community, her achievements shine and inspire.
Annalisa began studying Iyengar yoga at Moscow Yoga Center in Idaho in 1998. After Annalisa moved to San Diego, California, she completed her teacher training with the Institute of Progressive Therapies. Annalisa also trained in a variety of holistic areas. She taught at Pacific Beach Yoga in San Diego and operated Yoga Utopia offering private and group classes. When she moved to Big Bear Lake, California, she taught at Equada Yoga, then transitioned it to Big Bear Yoga in 2010, taking on the role of studio owner. Inspired to bring yoga to the mountain communities, she founded Big Bear Yoga Festival. Held every year in October, the festival has grown from a dream to a successful event drawing students and teachers from around the world.
In her projects, Annalisa follows the values of community, belonging, inclusion, kindness, balance, and sustainability. She strives to encourage opening our hearts to self-acceptance and love without judgement. She genuinely cares for all beings, wanting them to be happy and free.
Annalisa is passionate about living a yogic lifestyle, travel and animal welfare. She especially enjoys the health benefits of yoga and believes the practice of yoga can profoundly influence personal growth.