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.
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
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.
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.
nOMbassador & nOMad Contributor
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.
nOMbassador & nOMad Contributor
Charlie has been studying and teaching Yoga asana, offering Thai Yoga Bodywork, Reiki and meditation at several locations around the world, including the Caribbean, Thailand, Mexico, and India during the past several years. He has also studied Budokon Yoga, Vinyasa Krama, Hatha, Ashtanga, and Universal Yoga, as well as many different forms of Meditation, Reiki Energy Healing, and Thai Yoga Bodywork.
He focuses in his teaching on correct alignment and how the body and mind feel when they are in connection with the breath. His knowledge of philosophy, art and practice of yoga inspires others to get where they want to go. He strives to teach you how to be your own teacher. A forever student, he loves learning and believes that every interaction holds a lesson.
Lara was instilled with the travel bug at an early age and has visited over 25 countries. Her mother’s job as a flight attendant enabled a childhood of exploring the world. Eight years attending the French International School outside of Washington, DC, taught her a second language and introduced her to friends who came from a wide diversity of cultures. Lara currently works as the Art Director for the branding firm, Belmont Inc. and is the founder of En Route Traveler, an online magazine that sparks wanderlust within the independent traveler. In her spare time, she also instructs Zumba classes, practices yoga, dabbles in photography and, of course, travels as much as possible.
Martin and Catherine
Martin and Catherine are a young married couple who consider themselves to be born nOMads. After taking several road trips in and out of the country, they both have decided to quit their jobs and hit the road longterm. Their mission is to truly enjoy life and do what they love instead of working entirely for money. Along the way both hope to find jobs that teach them new skills or to help achieve their true happiness. With no destination and no time restraint the possibilities are endless.
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.
Melissa has always had the desire to explore and travel the world. Since she was writing a penpal in Thailand in grade 5, to traveling to Greece in high school, she found travel to not only heighten life experiences, but fill her soul with that intangible energy like nothing else can do. To see how the world works as one, and how nature takes it course with timing and situations, everything seems to get accomplished. She has traveled to over 25 countries all over Europe, India, Nepal, and many countries in Asia, as well as the United States, Jamaica & now resides part time in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Kyla first began her yoga journey whilst recovering from a car accident injury during her dance career. A passionate performing athletic artist by nature, not being able to move in her true language was painful. Yoga allowed her the opportunity to reconnect with her body, mind and spirit and re diversify her true language of love. Movement. It’s the authentic dynamic of spirit for her and to ignite this openness in others has become her path. To facilitate this journey and experience for all who wish to share this deeply important ritual of soul body and self. She’s been teach movement in various forms for 10 years, is 200 hour certified RYT, level 2 reiki energy channel, NYS licensed esthetician fellow earthling and is always furthering her education in workshops, reading, personal experience and certification programs. In the summer she operates her own, Beautiful Yoga Company, yoga on the beach in long beach island.