MEET THE TEACHERS OF THE ATMAN YOGA SCHOOL®
The teacher training faculty of the Atman Yoga School® are devoted, authentic, and experienced teachers and dedicated practitioners of yoga who live an ayurvedic + sattvic lifestyle. In addition to the core faculty, each training is supported by various local teachers who are acknowledged for being inspirational standouts in their community. Each member of the core teaching staff has taken yoga teacher training at the 500 hour level or above, and has done hundreds of hours of additional trainings, workshops, and studies. The Atman Yoga School® faculty has taken advanced studies with master teachers such as Shiva Rea, Tias Little, Dharma Mittra, Noah Mazé, and Elena Brower, among others. We are a multi-lineage Vinyasa Flow training school, and we live by the philosophy that we are students first and teachers second- we strive to consciously live our yoga off our mat and in all areas of our life.
And beyond being deeply rooted in the practice, all of our core faculty members bring a strong experience of the business and industry of yoga to our trainings. Our faculty has opened and operated several successful yoga studios, created and launched extensive programming world-wide, led international yoga retreats, served a multitude of ambassadorships, taught at yoga festivals, hosted various workshops, and have collaborated on and taught yoga in a variety of settings.
JESSICA MUIR WINDERL
Jessica is an American yoga instructor (E-RYT500) and Ayurveda Yoga Therapist based in Oslo, Norway. She leads workshops internationally and teaches at yoga festivals in the US and Europe, such as the Bhakti Fest, Sedona Yoga Festival, Arctic Yoga Conference, Copenhagen Yoga Festival, and the Portugal Spirit Festival.
She is the Founder/Lead Instructor for the Atman Yoga School® and the Atman Yoga Festival, and is known for her creative and unique vinyasa sequences, and her ability to make ancient yoga philosophy and ayurveda accessible and relevant to the modern yogi. Students often comment that they connect to Jessica’s teachings because of her compassionate and encouraging personality, and her authenticity in transmitting the teachings. She strives to embody her practice of yoga daily, both on and off her mat. When teaching, Jessica draws on knowledge and inspiration from the Power, Iyengar, Anusara, and Bhakti traditions. Jessica believes that yoga works, and that the practice meets you where you are. It is a lifestyle that brings physical, mental, and spiritual peace to your body and soul.
To learn more about Jessica, visit her website at www.jessicawinderl.com.
SEA MARIE BILADEAU
The co-founder of Karmic Earth, an organization based on collaborating and supporting each other in community to create positive change in the world. She is passionate and dedicated to teaching mind-body tools such as yoga to show up as an active leader of seva. She helps engaged people to transform their purpose and passion into action through leadership workshops, teaching yoga, and leading adventure service retreats. Sea Marie also co-leads yoga teacher trainings in Aspen, Colorado.
Her background includes a bachelor’s degree in resource recreation management and leadership. She started studying yoga in 1998 and has been teaching since 1999 in many various settings and countries, and at Cornell University. She has guided adventure tourism trips since 2005, been facilitating yoga workshops since 2010, and she is blessed to have studied Iyenger yoga, Kripalu Yoga, and Dharma Mittra yoga with master teachers Mary Dunn and Dharma Mittra.
She is currently based out of Aspen, Colorado and touring around the world guiding yoga retreats and service trips. When she is not teaching, you can find her somewhere in the water (rivers, oceans, and hot tubs). She loves to be in nature, participate in her local CSA (community supported agriculture project), and is in the process of creating a global organization based on mind-body tools, service, and adventure.
Astrid found yoga in 2008 when she studied dance. In the beginning, she used the practice as a tool to breath and to increase her flexibility in dance. When she first understood that there was a philosophy behind the asana-practice, her interest for yoga increased. When she discovered Vinyasa yoga, she totally felt like home. Creativity, movement, music, singing, and philosophy – everything sewed together in one package.
She completed her 200 hour yoga training with Atman Yoga School® in July 2017. After graduating from AYS, she has been teaching at Cama Yoga and Magnat Performance Center (groups and private), as well as assisting in festivals like Movement and Arts festival in Oslo, Yogaweekend in Geilo and held classes at conventions.
Astrid graduated from the Atman Yoga School® 340 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.
My name is Kristine – and I am a Norwegian yogini. I am so happy you found your way to this little corner of yoga love, passion & living.
I’m a certified 200 hour yoga teacher, registered with Yoga Alliance since 2016, after graduating from the Atman Yoga School. I teach vinyasa flow classes – powerful & slow like honey, as well as restorative yoga and yoga nidra classes.
I am passionate about bringing fun & play back into your yoga practice & creating a safe space where you can practice and unfold. In doing so, hopefully you’ll shed any ego that is holding you back.
I graduated from the Atman Yoga School® 340 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.
TENDAI ANGELA ROKKONES
Tendai is a Zimbabwean born 200hr certified yoga teacher living in Trondheim, Norway; her journey into yoga began in 2003. This culminated to her work in Zimbabwe where she led workshops, classes, discussions’ and programs for diplomatic agencies, children’s homes, a film for Fashion Revolution, Tamba Africa Circus, TEDXHarare, women’s groups and her community.
Tendai believes that yoga is embodied on and off the mat as a lifestyle that is accessible to any one and by using the tools yoga prescribes one can lead a fulfilled life. Drawing from the teachings of the sutras by Patanjali, Yogananda, BKS Iyengar, David Frawley and the Bhagavad Gita Tendai weaves in ancient wisdom, self inquiry, subtle body anatomy and modern scientific research into her vinyasa, yin and yoga nidra classes that have been described by students as ‘deeply inspiring, nourishing and emotional’, ‘returning home to your self with clarity’ and ‘not simply a class but an experience that explores the whole; body, mind and soul’.
Johanna is a Yoga Alliance RYT200 certified Vinyasa Flow teacher from Austria, currently living in Norway.
When Johanna lived in Brussels in 2012, she found comfort and balance in yoga during the rainy winters. During the last years she deepened her personal practice, took workshops with different teachers around Europe, completed the 200 hour teacher training with the AYS and is enrolled in the 340 Hour Advanced Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at the Atman Yoga School®.
Johanna’s vinyasa flow classes and workshops are playful and heartwarming. Her classes are designed for students of all levels, so that everybody feels welcome and free to find their own practice. Johanna studied Scandinavian Studies and Development Studies, loves languages, reading, travelling and drawing. In her daily life Johanna lives Yoga off the mat by practicing kindness, compassion and being of service.
CECILIE LASSEN SVEUM
Cecilie is a longtime yoga practitioner. She is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance (RYT® 200 and RYT® 500). She completed her first 200 teacher training in Mallorca, Spain 2018 and has since graduated from Atman Yoga School® 200 Hour, 340 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and our Restorative + Yoga Nidra training.
She teaches weekly Vinyasa classes at two Yoga studios in Oslo, as well as Restorative & Nidra workshops in Oslo and Bærum. During summer, she also teaches private classes and small groups in Mallorca.
Cecilie loves to teach beginners courses and is passionate about introducing yoga to people of different age and levels. Cecilie is warm and compassionate and strives to make the yoga space a safe and inclusive environment, where every student is seen and accepted. She strongly believes in yoga as experiential science and as her life journey. In addition to Ayurveda she incorporates as much as she can into her daily life. She is also a certified Psychotherapist and coach and finds many similarities in yoga philosophy and Gestalt theory.
Laura is a neuroscientist and a yogi-wannabe from Lithuania, currently living in Norway. Laura is currently finishing up her PhD degree at the University of Oslo. Her field of research is sleep and “brainwashing” – clearance of toxins and waste products from the brain.
This process is crucial to prevent neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and also very important to keep up our cognitive functions as we age. Laura got her Bachelors degree in Biochemistry, and then she moved to Copenhagen where she did her Masters degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. She worked at a BioNanoTech laboratory, and completely fell in love with yoga and meditation during this time.
Finally, love for a modern norwegian viking brought Laura to Oslo where she is currently sciencing and yogaing. Laura joined the Atman Yoga School® as a neuroscience consultant in April 2019 where she combines her two passions – science and yoga – and teaches brain anatomy and science behind meditation, yoga asanas, pranayamas, yoga nidra and sleep.
“I want to thank you, Jessica, for being a wonderful mentor to me. I learned so much from you and admire you and your passion for the yoga practice. I hope one day I can be as much of an inspirational yoga leader as you are. Thank you for your patience and the time you have spent enhancing my teaching ability. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
– Megan S.
The Atman Yoga School is based in Norway and offers several different yoga teacher training programs and mentorship programs in Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen and around the country. The AYS has 200 hour and 340 hour teacher trainings that are registered with the Yoga Alliance, along with Restorative + Yoga Nidra, Ayurveda Intensive, and Teacher Mentoring programs that provide official CEUs (continuing education units) through the Yoga Alliance.