Passion for and absolute dedication to health and wellbeing s shared by all on the team of Global Yoga.
We strive to share what yoga was intended to be in our teachings, and to balance the ancient wisdom of traditional practices with modern life.
What Yoga is today and what Yoga was thousands of years ago are two separate things. Today yoga is mainly a physical practice of asanas where teachers take students through all the postures and then include maybe a little breathing, chanting and meditation practice. But what Yoga was intended for according to the ancient seers is to become a lifestyle of spiritual living. This means Yoga and its philosophies should be applied to every aspect of our lives. To our diets, to our speech as we speak the truth with kindness, through our actions of non violence, through our intentions of peace or in our commitment to keeping the body and mind in a healthy condition so our soul can take its journey through this body.
We strive for the utmost in personal attention and absolute care. We believe each person is a unique individual and that their yoga practice should be appropriate, supportive and personal. Our highly trained instructors both nurture and challenge students and encourage exploration and individuality.
The Global Yoga Director and lead Teacher Trainer, Cassie Aitken, has a reputation for her unique ability to nurture students while challenging and inspiring them at the same time. Her passion and compassion is felt in every breath of a posture and her sensitivity to individual needs is a rare gift that fosters great comfort and growth. Cassie brings a playful yet grounded awareness to her classes, emphasizing lightness of spirit and a freedom from judgment and boundaries. This spirit is the guiding force at Global Yoga and will be the tone your experience with us.
"Yoga and Ayurveda is not my business., thankfully. Yoga and Ayurvea is my passion. Sharing the magic of these two sciences is my life because I belivieve yoga is a lifestyle practice and not and I could never imagine anyting else. In fact you could say I am married to Ayurveda and Yoga is my child, haha... And all the beautiful souls I have met, all of the teachers and all of the clients and students who.m I have met and grown to love over the past 20 years are my family. And what could be a greater blessing than that?" says Cassie. "I think the purpose of life is service. And teaching yoga and healing with Ayurveda is absolute service and must remain so to retain purity. So no yoga is not my business and I will never be in the business of yoga, but yoga is indeed my life."
Cassie is one of the shining international teachers known in communities around the world in the area of yoga. ayurveda and healthy living. Her clear understanding of the traitional yoga applied to modern day lifestyles and her very unique teaching style supports the idea that yoga's awakening powers-- physical, mental and spiritual-- are available to all- slowly, slowly, and through daily ifestyle practices.
Cassie is one of those rare people you meet with whom you feel an almost instant heart connection. There is a glint in her eyes that tells of an inner-wellspring of joy and a hint of girlish cheekiness. Her presence is one of yogic lightness developed through more than twenty years of regular yoga practice amd study.
Cassie directs and leads all the retreats and trainings and newly organized one on one remote cofferings of Global Yoga; and her passion for yoga and for teaching radiates from her. She inspires her students as she shares how to use yoga practice as a necessary tool in gaining ones highest potential for health and happiness. Cassie playfully guides students to fully accept themselves in their practice and to continually grow through their physical challenges-- all to their own degree.
By drawing on her own diverse education ranging from time studying wiht both Eastern and Western masters in Astanga yoga to Bikram Yoga to Vinyasa, Hot Power to Anusura, Cassie creates classes that are informative, engaging, friendly and alive with enthusiasm. Her now two decades of experience and her passion and compassion has lead her to be known as a teacher's teacher. Cassie has participated in a multitude of global intensives and advanced trainings with dozens of modern masters including: Erich Schiffmann, Baron Baptiste, Bikram Chudory, Annie Carpenter, Sean Corn, David Life, Sharon Gannon, Max Strom and Rolf Gates. Forever a student, Cassie plans to study and to each and to practice yoga for the rest of her life.
"I feel truly blessed by the opportunity to share the profoundly transformative aspects of yoga and to experience the kindness and compassion of so many Ii this beautiful community around the globe. My students will remain my greatest teachers. I give all of my love and gratitude to all of my students for teaching me about myself, the essence of yoga and the heart in all beings." ~
Cassie is the founder of Global Yoga and also the founder of Zen Yoga Bali, as well as Hot Yoga Jupiter, Hot Yoga Nashville, Yoga Plus and Yoga Brain. She has been the teacher to NFL teams, many College sports teams including those at Vanderbilt University, teacher to Song BMG Recording Artists, in Nashville, a few Special Olympics efforts, the Olympic Operating Committee, a few famous movie people Cassie does not like to mention about and even some canines as Cassie was invited to be a head liner at more than a few Human Society Doga (dog yoga) fund raising events. When asked who she likes to teach most of all, Cassie remarks she loves to teach the normal people and those in her local community and especially beginners or those who think they could never do yoga. Cassie also loves teaching new teachers and helping to inspire them to help others. This year, in 2017 Cassie is most excited about her one one one clients base and for adding therapeutic massage and yoga therapy . Cassie ia also actively pursuing efforts to target the 50 and up crowd in 2017 now that she is one of them....
Cassie is absolutely devoted to offering authentic and inspirational yoga and ayurveda teachings and training experiences, and she has a girt to uncover or create deeply special backdrops and enliven events with extraordinary settings. Maybe all she does is so remarkable because she is not in the business of yoga., or at least that could be something to think about.
Ashley began her Ashtanga practice in 2002 with Kathy McNames and Scott York of Yoga Vermont and has recently completed 200 hour certifications to teach Yoga. Over the last 8 years, she has come to deeply appreciate the connection and relationships she has created her body through a strong, honest, comfortable and happy yoga practice. By creating this initial connection with the physical body through yoga, Ashley believes that over time one naturally acquires the tools necessary to balance and overcome mental and emotional stresses of all kinds. Her classes range from a mild Vinyasa flow to a more rigorous Ashtanga-inspired power flow. Her teaching style stresses the importance of compassion and gentleness to one's own body and mind.
Rachel fell in love with yoga from the first itme she stepped onto the mat in 2003. Since then, she has explored various yoga styles from many great teachers. Her experience includes classical hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yogic Arts and Bikram. Many great masters including Sharon Gannon, David Life, Bikram Choudry, Ana Forest, Sean Corn and Stephanie Keach have influenced Rachel. She has been active her entire life and loves to study anything about health and well-being, She truly appreciates and respects the art of yoga, has a long-held interest in the mind-body connection and enjoys using those interests to help others. Her classes provide a calm, safe environment with focus on alignment and emotional anatomy. Additionally, her classes are known to be fun, uplifting and challenging; she encourages students to explore and listen to their own bodies.
Susan is a true believer of Yoga as an aid to mind, body and spiritual development, and is continually grateful for and amazed by her own inner, physical and spiritual growth since starting down this path. She enjoys continually learning from each experience as a student and as a teacher. Susan took her first yoga class in Oregon as a freshman in college. She was blessed to have an instructor that was passionate about sharing Yoga with others. The seed that was planted lay dormant until another teacher inspired and fostered it. Unable to afford classes in Chicago, Susan spent many years deepening her personal practice with nothing more than a DVD in her room and a willingness to grow and explore. Since then, Susan has practiced yoga with amazing teachers around the world and received her teaching certification in Bali with Caroline Klebl. She started Yoga Wave in 2009 and teaches at various locations in Saipan and is a distributor of yoga equipment. She attributes her love of ashtanga to Jo Ichihara and Rita Bonnici, and her fondness for Bikram yoga to Goeril Hagan.
Hannah exudes a deep passion and appreciation for gentle movement in her classes. She is enthusiastic, lighthearted and engaging. As a child, Hannah remembers watching her mom practice yoga and wanting to participate, which led to her own practice starting with teacher Cassie Aitken in Nashville, TN at age 16. Through an internship with Cassie at age 17, her love and passion for the yoga grew as well as her practice. Soon, her afternoons, which were previously filled with dance classes, were transformed into a daily yoga practice. She has since trained with Jimmy Barkan, Bikram Choudury, Erich Schiffmann and Bryan Kest. While Hannah's background stems from a Bikram practice, she also incorporates a strong blend of Vinyasa Flow into her classes. Hannah resides much of the year in San Diego where she teaches yoga and is working on her PhD in nutrition. Hannah brings a very down-to-earth approach to her yoga classes, coupled with a high level of integrity and grace. Although Hannah may be one of the most flexible people you will ever meet, she has a unique ability to understand and inspire those with less flexibility.