New Teachers at HDY!

Nishtha began her yoga journey in 1975, detouring on a long and circuitous route through a variety of movement and energy practices – including Tai Chi, Qigong, Hanna Somatics, Feldenkrais, and Aston Patterning – before returning to her yoga roots in 2007. She completed her 200 hour teacher certification with Nob Hill Yoga in 2010 and the 500 hour advanced teacher training at High Desert Yoga in 2013. Nishtha has been a licensed massage therapist for nearly two decades, and brings a deep knowledge of human anatomy and curiosity about body awareness and internal organization to her instruction. In addition to yoga classes for “regular folks,” she has taught classes for people with multiple sclerosis since 2011. Nishtha is passionate about learning and considers her students her greatest teachers. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as RYT-500, eRYT-200.

Visit Nishtha’s website: photo 200p

Easter teaches Yoga according to Ayurvedic principles specific to an individual’s constitution and what is needed for balance. In a class environment, all doshas and elements are addressed to allow your Yoga experience to be nourishing and balanced. In Yoga, Easter holds qualifications for and teaches in the disciplines of AyurYoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, Mom and Baby Yoga and Pre/Post-natal Yoga. She has been the Yoga Coordinator at The Ayurvedic Institute teaching the AyurYoga curriculum for the 1st & 2nd year students, and for Panchakarma clients during their cleansing therapies. Easter also practices as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, Marma Therapist and Jyotishi.


Ashley Serrao has been practicing yoga since college and teaching yoga since 2007. She is a certified with the Yoga Alliance as a 200hr Hatha Yoga Teacher, a 500hr Viniyoga™ yoga instructor and is currently undergoing training for a MA in Yoga Therapy with the American Viniyoga Institute. Ashley has extensive experience working with Seniors or those with special conditions of the body or mind. She facilitates a safe and supportive environment where students are encouraged to adapt the yoga practice for themselves to create freedom in the body, fluidity in the breath and ultimately liberation of the mind. Ashley is a dedicated practioner herself and continues to evolve and transform from this ancient tradition. She brings a sweetness of nature and a wisdom of the yogic tradition that encourages her students to delve deep into their practice and promote self transformation.

Kleopatra’s career in Middle Eastern Belly Dance began in New York City, subsequently taking her all over the world as a performer and teacher. She ultimately moved to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry while pursuing a MA in Mythological Studies & Archetypal Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. The burgeoning fusion of Rock and World Music gave Kleopatra the opportunity to work with artists such as Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Aerosmith, Peter Gabriel, The Isley Brothers and U2, among others. As a student in the Teacher Training Course at High Desert Yoga, Kleo welcomes a deepening Yoga practice. Her introduction to Yoga occurred after reading Paramahansa Yogananda’s, The Autobiography of a Yogi, After studying for several years, she was initiated as a Kriyaban Yogin. The heart of Kleopatra’s artistic and academic pursuits focuses on the ancient esoteric traditions of Egypt, Greece, India and Meso-America. Currently earning a Ph.D. in Mayan Cosmology and Pre-Columbian Art, Kleo combines her devotion to Sacred Dance, Mythology, Poetry and the Maya under the rubric of the “Feminine Divine,” which she encounters in each discipline, and enthusiastically shares with her students in The Cosmic Belly Dance.

Kleo Revised (594x471)

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s