Yoga Teacher Conf Inspire

TED Talks for Yoga Teachers


Yoga Teacher Conf

An online conference for yoga teachers to find inspiration and motivation.

Being a yoga teacher is not all fun and games – especially right now.

But you can persevere.

Things are heading in the right direction, but there are days when inspiration is hard to come by.

What you really want is to…


Overcome your self-doubt and imposter syndrome

Innovate and go your own way

Regain stability/control of your business

Learn how to make your failures work for you

Be optimistic about the future of your business and teaching

Learn just how much you are truly capable of

You can have all of these things.

The best part: we’ve got something to help.

INSPIRE – Yoga Teacher Conf


Our talks will inspire you with the real-life stories of yoga teachers.

Because when you’re inspired, you inspire the world.

15 experts over 5 days will teach you strategies you can use to get unstuck, find your passion again, combat overwhelm and get back to your practice.

Maybe you’re feeling…

  • Out of control
  • Unmotivated
  • Like you’re not strong enough
  • Like you’re never going to get there

Whatever it is for you, it’s time to get INSPIRED in your yoga teaching and business!

Who is this conference for?

Yoga Teachers of Every Level  •  Yoga Entrepreneurs and Visionaries  •  Teachers Who Want to Help their Students

The 5 Days

Day 1


Conversations on dreaming big and the early days

Day 2


Conversations on self confidence and self doubt

Day 3


Conversations on innovation, going your own way and artistic integrity

Day 4


Conversations on failure, giving up and lessons learned the hard way

Day 5


Conversations on perseverance and stamina

It’s like TED Talks for Yoga Teachers!

Meet Your Teachers

Now for the part you’ve been waiting for. Here are the amazing speakers you’ll hear from at the INSPIRE Yoga Teacher Conf.

Ava Taylor

Ava Taylor

Ava Taylor, Founder of YAMA Talent, is a tenacious entrepreneur & avid yogi. Committed to running an ethics-based business, her personal mission is to be a Catalyst for Better Living, bringing the tools of wellness to communities of all kinds.

Since 2010, Ava has pioneered the development of the booking, management, & consulting business in the yoga space, and is a sought-out media contributor known for having her finger on the pulse of this rapidly expanding industry. 

Linda Sparrowe

Janet Stone

Janet Stone’s yoga journey began at 17 under Maharaji, her meditation teacher, whose reverence for simplicity and joy live on in her practice and teachings to this day. She shares from the depth of her own sadhana (sustained practice), her studentship in the eight-limbed path, her creative approach to asana, and her reverence for bhakti (devotional, heart-centered yoga, including chanting mantra). With over thirty years in studentship to the practice and twenty years of teaching, Janet offers classes that challenge students to investigate what they think they know, to hold compassion for what they discover within themselves, and to remember presence, the long view and the radical depth of our interconnectedness.

Kaya Mindlin

DJ Cavem

When DJ Cavem coined the term eco-hip hop in 2007, he didn’t know it would sprout into a global movement. His mission to rap about climate change, food justice and plant-based foods spread far beyond his Denver hometown. Having performed at the Obama White House and been featured in Oprah Magazine and on the Rachael Ray Show, Dr. Ietef “DJ Cavem” Vita became known as more than just a rapper — but an activist, educator and vegan chef. Now, several years after the release of The Produce Section, his award-winning album that fused hip hop with lessons on eco-friendliness, Cavem has shifted his focus to new material. His latest project BIOMIMICZ is being released as an album/seed pack to get people involved and spur listeners into action.

Matt Giordano

Matt Giordano

Internationally renowned yoga teacher Matt Giordano is known for his unique ability to guide students deeper into their yoga postures while provide an element of anatomical education and clarity. Students say his techniques provide greater access to postures they never imagined possible for themselves. Matt teaches monthly immersions, 200 and 300 hour teacher trainings online.

Linda Sparrowe

Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. In 1998, she founded the OM yoga Center in NYC, which became a mecca for yogis worldwide. One of the most influential teachers in the U.S., Cyndi’s teaching work is now focussed on yoga and meditation, and the resiliency that arises when we practice these methods in a sustainable manner.

Michael James Wong

Michael James Wong

Michael is the founder of Just Breathe, BOYS OF YOGA and Krama Yoga, and is a leading voice in the global movement for modern mindfulness and yoga. He is an author, speaker, community leader and teacher who is dedicated to expanding the conversation around the mind and mental health. Michael is internationally recognized for his work as a teacher, advocate and entrepreneur.

He writes books about hope and is the voice behind the Just Breathe meditation app. Michaels work is dedicated to helping students find a practice with purpose and shares through 200hr & 300hr teacher trainings, online courses, programs and more.

Sri Dharma Mittra

Sri Dharma Mittra

Legendary yoga teacher Sri Dharma Mittra first encountered yoga as a teenager before meeting his Guru in 1964 and beginning his training in earnest. Sri Dharma founded one of the early independent schools of yoga in New York City in 1975 and has taught hundreds of thousands the world over in the years since. Sri Dharma is the model and creator of many yoga books and DVD’s. For more information on all things Dharma Yoga, please visit:

Gwen Lawrence

Gwen Lawrence

Gwen is the yoga instructor for many teams over the years including the NY Giants, NY Knicks, NY Mets, NY Redbulls, NY Rangers, NYC FC and members of the NY Yankees, several major colleges like: Columbia, Yale, Manhattan, UNC and many more.

Gwen has been a practicing fitness professional since 1990. Her current practice includes private yoga trainings, class instruction, team instruction and her Power Yoga for Sports, sports specific training, International travel to teach, TV appearances, Writing, Workshops and radio contributions.

Kaya Mindlin

Bryan Kest

Bryan Kest created and Power Yoga; although Power Yoga has now become a generic term usually used to describe a vigorous yoga class. Bryan’s Power Yoga has much more depth and nuance to be described generically as simply a vigorous class. Within Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga, you will find different types of classes from gentle to vigorous, yin and restorative classes to prenatal and kids’ yoga, relaxation and of course meditation. Bryan’s definition of Power is broader than most as he understands the definition of Power lies not only in the masculine qualities of strength (yang), but also within the feminine qualities of gentleness (yin) and real health comes from a proper balance. 

Sid McNairy

Sid McNairy

Sid McNairy is the Architect of the Art of Peaceful living, healer and a relationship coach. Sid has transformed himself to help others find the relationship(s) to connect to your highest and best self. Sid is here to help us move through the understanding of our relationships to discover how to access happiness in every way on our journey to the Art of Peaceful Living.

Sid McNairy is a Coach to Coaches, Teacher of Teachers, Healer of Healers and Guide to Shamans, Inspirational Speaker, and a Connector of connection to your highest. Sid’s work is widely known internationally through his six best selling books.

Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter is a globally recognized thought leader, yoga and meditation teacher, author, and SheEO. Always eager to learn, explore, share, and build true community, Faith has been mentoring and teaching yoga and meditation since 2003 to practitioners of all skill levels around the globe.

All of Faith’s companies are Spiritually Fly™ spaces where yoga and wellness meet the culture, where ancient and sacred meet modern tech.

Spiritually Fly is a philosophy that celebrates every moment of life and uses the technology of breath, movement, sound, and stillness in a fresh and modern way to encourage students to live an epic life. The movement is influenced by kundalini yoga, vinyasa, and various forms of meditation.

Allison Rissel

Allison Rissel

After becoming a yoga teacher in 2006, Allison completed her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology.  She advanced her yoga training by taking a deep dive of over 2,000 additional hours studying yoga, yoga therapy and Vedic studies under the guidance of her teacher Hansa Knox. She is a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, former president of Yoga Teachers of Colorado, and has founded three yoga conferences. She has trained over 100 yoga teachers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado.

Allison’s inspiration and desire for helping other yoga teachers is boundless.  She harnesses this passion to encourage and motivate other yoga teachers in overcoming self-doubt and burnout. Incorporating her considerable knowledge, skills, and experience to guide yoga teachers along their yoga-teacher journey, Allison supports them through the mental, spiritual, and physical challenges they face.

Erica Garcia

Erica Garcia

Erica Garcia E-RYT, YACEP, with nearly a decade of teaching yoga is one of the most celebrated Latin Powerhouse yoga figures. Her breath of knowledge and skill also shapes her and separates her as a teachers’ teacher and often sought after yoga mentor. 

Erica Garcia’s Nueva Alma™ Flow will leave you feeling like your chakras did the cha-cha. Heavily influenced by Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa traditions, this workshop-esque experience typically includes aromatherapy, mindful meditation, dharma talk, and sound healing—practitioners have said that “you may not get the yoga you wanted, but you will definitely get the yoga you didn’t know you needed.”

Sadie Nardini

Sadie Nardini

Sadie Nardini, ERYT 500, is Harvard – certified in anatomy, Stanford-certified in exercise physiology, and founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga®, an anatomy-enhanced yoga style, and The Yoga Shred®, a joint-safer HIIT + Yoga fitness style.

Her mission is to inspire and empower students of all ages and abilities to disrupt the norm, rebel against “you should”, and rock who they are.

She is a leader in digital wellness courses and a social media guide for fitness / wellness Creators everywhere, as well as the lead singer in her band Sadie & The Tribe – and the proud mom of three kitties, Bowie, Freddie, and Annie.



Raghunath is…
Ex-punk, ex-monk, husband, father of five, inversion ambassador, bent on Bhakti, detox junkie, evolution assistant, coalesced by kirtan, cacao consumer, puranic story teller, reciter of Gita, potential excavator, beyond birth and death.

He started practicing yoga in NYC in 1987 with the esteemed Sri Dharma Mittra as well as Shivananada Yoga. The pettiness of the business of music and the untimely death of his father led him to India in 1988 where he dove deeper into the lifestyle and spirituality of India. He became a celibate monk at a Krishna Bhakti Ashram for 6 years where he intensely studied, meditated and lived the ancient yogic texts. In 1991 in the sacred village of Vrindavan he was awarded the name Raghunath and two years later in that same holy town awarded diksha or the sacred thread, for his study. Now, 23 years later, he’s an accomplished yogi in many styles, and married with five children. He leads retreats, workshops and yoga teacher trainings around the world. He is an expert at taking the esoteric yoga philosophy and making it understandable and practical for the contemporary world.

Don’t miss this incredible lineup sharing never-been-heard-before stories told for the very first time!

The Price

The Details


If you’re reading this then you already missed us live. But don’t worry – sign up now and you’ll get lifetime access to all the replays PLUS a Digital Swag Bag!


Tune into the summit from anywhere with Internet access!


Each day, there are three 20-min presentations for you to feel inspired! Plus, there’s a daily panel discussion with our presenters where we got to hear their real-time struggles and successes! The panel discussions were real and raw and students told us it was their favorite part!


After registering, you’ll get lifetime access to all presentations plus a digital swag bag full of FREE course access, coupons & memberships to our yoga teachers’ online programs. It’s a value of over $1,500!!!

The Digital Swag Bag

Sadie Nardini
Faith Hunter
Bryan Kest
Janet Stone
Yama Talent

One Free Year Membership to Sadie Nardini’s Online Studio The FIT + FIERCE Club

(value $129)

14 Days Free to Faith Hunter’s Online Membership – ELEVATE

(value $29)

30-Day Membership to

(value $22)

One Month Free on Just Breathe App

(value $8)

Free Practice Bundle with Janet Stone

(value $15)

Free Online Course – the reBUILD series

(value $97)

50% off Just Breathe Meditation 101 – Foundations of Practice

(value $125)

30% off Yoga Trade Membership

(value $22)

One Free Month to Yogi Approved Classes

(value $25)

50% off Hands-On Assisting Course with Krama Yoga

(value $95)

Free 30 minute Coaching Call Around Love of Self and/or Relationship

(value $99)

Free Online Course – Dream Business

(value $129)

Free e-Book: How to Create Your Ideal Life by Setting Goals

(value $25)

$10 off beYogi Insurance

(value $10)

An Excerpt from Dharma Mittra’s Yoga Wisdom Book

(value: priceless)

30% off Teaching Pranayama: The Basics Course on Yoga International

(value $69)

Free Yoga Essentials Pack with Matt Giordano

(value $74)

50% off Yoga Philosophy Course with Krama Yoga

(value $234)

CREATE Challenge to Foster Peace & Love

(value $99)

$50 coupon to Yoga Teacher Conf – ELEVATE in Denver

(value $50)

$100 off a Basic Power Yoga for Sports Training

(value $100)

It’s Time To STOP…

  • Fearing failure
  • Feeling alone in the struggle


  • Believing in yourself
  • Taking action
  • Tapping into your own uniqueness
  • Taking control of your yoga business

Meet Your Hosts

Allison Rissel

Allison Rissel

Allison is passionate about helping yoga teachers become professional and powerful leaders. She is the founder of the Yoga Teacher Conf, the ONLY conference just for yoga teachers. The Yoga Teacher Conf helps elevate, educate and inspire yoga teachers around the globe through affordable continuing education, community support and connection. Allison is a C-IAYT yoga therapist with over 2,000 hours of formal yoga training and has been teaching since 2006 so she’s very familiar with yoga teacher burnout. Allison is an extroverted optimist and she loves hiking, skiing and connecting in nature with her husband, Sean.

Ava Taylor

Ava Taylor

As a business manager for many of the world’s top yoga teachers for well over a decade, Ava is privy to the behind the scenes reality of what it takes to really succeed as a yoga teacher and it ain’t all fun and games.  The pandemic provided a unique moment in which all yoga teachers shared a common struggle – she thought, what could be more inspiring than showing in this great time of need, that even the most successful among us, have struggled before and risen above?

“Thank You” to:

Our Amazing Partners & Sponsors

Yogi Approved Classes
Wellness Living
Yoga Trade


We’ve got A’s for your Q’s

Is this only for yoga teachers?

Anyone can join but yoga teachers will get the most benefit out of this event!

When is this whole thing happening?

If you’re reading this then you already missed us live. But don’t worry – sign up now and you’ll get instant access to the replay!

How long will the videos be available?

You’ll get lifetime access to all of the videos and a digital swag bag worth $1,200!

Are the presentations live?

To avoid tech glitches, save my sanity, and keep things easy for the speakers, the daily “TED Talks” and Panel Discussions are pre-recorded and you’ll receive instant access to all of the material.

Are you still accepting speakers?

All of our speakers for this Conf have been hand-picked and our slots are currently full. However, we’re open to additional affiliates or potential speakers next year’s Conf. If you’re interested in being considered for INSPIRE or our other in-person Conf, ELEVATE email!

I still have questions!

No problem! Send an email over to and we’ll get back to you within 3 business days.


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