Meet our nOMadsour nOMad contributors, teachers, and nOMbassadors
nOMad Founder & Teacher
At first glance, you might see Phoebe as the girl next door. Go deeper and meet a woman who has lived several lives within this lifetime. The stories she will share with you, both on and off the mat, are awe-inspiring tales of strength, resilience, grace, hope, and gratitude.
Phoebe has always been a nOMad in a sense that she is “an individual who roams about, a wanderer.” Her family moved around throughout her childhood, which taught her a great deal about freedom. It also taught her not to rely on firm roots in a place but rather in people and the heart.
As an adult, Phoebe found a home for 11 years in New York City. But even then she was a wanderer, searching for the deeper meaning of life as a student and teacher of yoga. Since 2004, when she began her yoga career, Phoebe has been fortunate to travel to several special places in the world as an explorer, dancer, and yogini.
Phoebe finds gratitude in the magical, simple, and even the tragic moments in life. She sees that all of these are gifts from the universe to guide us in the discovering of our deepest treasures and desires.
Some have said that Phoebe leads a life full of alchemy, creating something out of nothing, but she believes we all have this power. Phoebe teaches that if we take time to step back, look a little closer at our roadmaps, observe our interconnectedness, and dig a little deeper, we all have the power to create a magical life.
nOMad Senior Teacher
Corinna at 17, had moved 15 times. While each move was painful and shook her little life right up, time has given Corinna the space to see that continual uprooting forced her to unearth and tap into an inner resilience. The confidence that’s resulted has helped her to walk forward in life with more certainty that “as you start to walk out on the way, the way appears” (Rumi). As far as yoga is concerned, Corinna was first introduced as a child when her mom taught her downward facing dog, child’s pose and the importance of self-reflection. In 2011, seeking to eliminate the severely negative thought patterns and subsequent stress she’d been living with, her regular practice was born.
Having experienced the powerful transformation invoked by both the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga, Corinna felt compelled to dive deeper. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2014 at the Yoga House in Kingston, NY and began teaching right away. She has since earned her 500-hour certification from Satya Yoga Center and continues to immerse herself in the practice. While reminding you to treat your body right – if you can’t breathe or smile while holding a pose then back off – Corinna’s classes are meant to challenge you into surprising yourself and to surprise you into shedding the fear of trying something new.
Juan Carlos Piñeiro
nOMad Senior Teacher
Juan Carlos has been an agent for positive social change for over 15 years. As a Spoken Word Poet and Certified Yoga Teacher that has traveled the world, performing, speaking and teaching he encourages his students, readers and listeners to cultivate their own inner teacher & practice nonjudgmental, compassionate, self-awareness. Infusing positive energy in a down to earth manner Juan Carlos uses humor, story-telling, yogic tools and poetry to empower and motivate his listeners to run towards their dreams, create their own inner truth and realize their own importance in the world.
After meeting thousands of individuals from around the globe and being opened up by the immense and innumerable beauties of this planet Juan Carlos has made a conscious decision to learn, educate and repeat as much as possible. Whether it be learning the reason not to walk up to a moose in Alaska, why one should ask permission prior to performing on the strip at Venice Beach, or the meaning of nalma from the director of an orphanage in Kerala, India he seeks to learn with the purpose of sharing as much knowledge as possible in the service of others. To learn more about Juan Carlos check him out via www.JuanCarlosOM.com, via Facebook or Instagram.
nOMad Senior Teacher
Samantha has been on a continuous journey, both physical and spiritual, since she was old enough to remember. After she graduated college with her masters in physical therapy, Samantha spent the first few years of her career working for a traveling medical company. She got to work in and live in different locations throughout the states. This job scenario enabled her to experience different ways of life, from the medical field, to eating and movement habits, to yoga communities, to family and societal cultures. Samantha returned to her roots in the Hudson valley when she wanted a family of her own. She is now a mother of 2, wife, pediatric physical therapist, yoga student and teacher, and an ongoing spiritual seeker.
nOMad Beacon Teacher
Erin’s teaching style has been described as thorough, confident, inspiring and compassionate. She utilizes the philosophical teachings of the ancient practice to guide students to stay mindfully present in their asana practice, and encourages taking this practice out into everyday life. She has a strong understanding of and love for anatomy, and places a strong emphasis on the importance of safe alignment before moving deeper in any pose. She asserts that how a student feels in a posture is more important than finding the fullest expression of a pose. With a deep respect for the differences between each student, she is able to hold space for all bodies, and encourages students to observe themselves in their practice with playful curiosity and without judgment.
nOMad Beacon Teacher
Liz discovered yoga in her early 20s and didn’t particularly care for it. However, something kept pulling her back to the practice and over the years yoga became the main mode for destressing and relaxing in her life. Interested in learning more, Liz embarked on her teaching journey in 2016 and is now a RYT-500 completing her latest training through nOMad always at OM. As an Army brat and member of the military, Liz has found the practice of yoga to be beneficial not only to herself, but to other service members as it provides a way to center oneself and give life a bit more focus. She hopes to be able to share the gifts of yoga with others through her teaching. Liz’s main focus in her teaching is merging breath with movement and finding stillness in this busy world.
nOMad Beacon Teacher
Emily is a student and teacher, of yoga in the Hudson Valley of New York. She comes to yoga with a mindful and holistic focus. Upon beginning her practice more than 10 years ago, she immediately responded to the power of yoga to unite the body, mind and spirit, leaving her feeling physically and mentally at peace. Emily’s focus is to help students experience the benefits of yoga through a creative vinyasa flow and meditative approach, which clears the mind and paves the way for inner awareness and spiritual calm. She is particularly passionate about the ability of yoga to help people living with serious illness, depression or addiction, and focuses her efforts on providing a compassion-centered, mindful yoga practice to people facing these challenges. Teaching yoga is her way to help others achieve the physical strength and inner peace that she has found from her practice. It is the healing spiritual essence of yoga that she wishes to share with her students. Learn more about Emily.
nOMad Teacher & nOMbassador
Lori has been practicing yoga since 2008 and has been teaching since 2015. She has her 200hr RYT from Vitality Yoga in New Paltz, NY. In 2014, she joined Phoebe on her very first nOMad retreat in Jaco, Costa Rica. This initial taste for exploration and adventure along with the philosophy and wisdom of all of her past teachers has been the catalyst to allow her to pursue her dreams of travel; living the true nOMadic lifestyle. She quit her jobs and purged her life of many of the unnecessary material possessions. She carries with her only one suitcase, a road bike, a yoga mat and whatever necessities she can squeeze into the extra space between her helmet, tires and tools of her bike box. She loves the free fall, the never knowing what is next, but allowing the wind to blow her in whatever direction it chooses. She’s realized home is wherever her yoga mat is, and that home is always here for us to tap into whenever we need it- residing in the openness of our heartspace, not only when we step onto our mats, but through our daily lives. You can find out more about Lori and read about her journey at LoriBeers.com.
nOMad Guest Teacher
Elizabeth spent her childhood believing she could summon the wind and much of her adulthood remembering the truth of that. Along the way, she has devoted herself to helping other women reclaim their magic powers as well.
Through energy healing, body work, yoga, and ceremony, she helps women open their bodies to release their personal emotional history and embody more of their rightful radiance and vitality. She’s the founder of Energy Yoga Therapy and the author of the forthcoming book, The Path with Heart: How to Use Yoga Alchemy to Awaken the Goddess Within.
Elizabeth lives in an enchanted church in the Catskill Mountains where she gets plenty of practice calling the wind. Elizabeth serves up all sorts of energy and yoga alchemy secrets at her website www.energyyogatherapy.com. Come on over, leave your name and get a taste of what she’s cooking up.