Hamilton Arjuna Garces is a New Jersey Native and Marine Veteran with 3 tours, including Afghanistan. After 4 years of service, it wasn’t easy living with PTSD after combat. Seeking the mental & physical benefits of yoga, he took on Teacher training at Integral Yoga Institute Fairlawn, NJ – certifying for more than 200 hours studying Asana & Pranayama by Rev Premajyothi Devi & Rev Jagadesh, including intensive training at Yogavilla in Buckingham, VA. Mentored By Garuda Buss Army Helicopter Pilot Veteran whom was Swami Satchidananda’s personal pilot and good friend. Garuda is a Yogi with over 50 years of experience teaching through the Arts of Integral Yoga & teacher training. Hamilton is also a Healing Arts Practitioner utilize the Native American Flute, Crystal singing Bowls, Didgeridoo & more. Literally being “bathed” in Sound, frequencies and vibrations while using crystals to help balance the body, mind & spirit. Every cell will vibrate at a higher rate as you feel renewed, recharged & rejuvenated. Releasing tension & stress that no longer serves you. As you journey inward to the sacred heart space to observe inner peace breath by breath.
Freya Farley is the Executive Director and an Acupuncturist at the Wellness Center at Evergreen. Her practice focuses on Women’s Health and Fertility, which at its essence is the manifestation of balance and health within the body. The presence of yoga throughout Freya’s life has influenced and informed her ongoing path of health and wellness.
Leslie Orndoff is a mother of three, a writer, and a former fitness instructor. She found yoga five years ago and soon realized how much it enhanced her already strict fitness regime. She also felt its profound effect on not only her physical but mental well- being. Because of its deep effect on her she sought to obtain her 200 hour certification so she could help people improve and enhance their lives through the practice of yoga. She learned the Iyengar style of yoga, and through its emphasis on proper alignment, incorporates the other limbs of yoga into her practice and teaching.
Howard Parks teaches All Levels Yoga as well as Tai Chi at Evergreen. Howard’s interest in martial arts started at age of ten, learning judo under the tutelage of the late Robert Smith. In addition to judo, Smith had a broad knowledge of other asian martial arts and was the primary collaborator with Cheng Man Ch’ing of one of the first books about Tai Chi (taiji quan) in the west. Smith also had an extensive collection of knock-knock jokes, which Howard to his chagrin has mostly forgotten.
S.D. Swan met her teacher, Dr. Vijayendra Pratap, at age 20 and began a lifelong study of Classical Yoga, practicing and teaching under his continued guidance through the Yoga Research Society in Philadelphia. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist with extensive training in Movement and Kinesiology, Ayurveda, and Body–Mind Therapy, having studied with other preeminent teachers, Ilana Rubenfeld, Wataru Ohashi, Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. David Frawley, Bri Maya Tiwari, Robert Svoboda. Swan is a Founding Board Member of Evergreen.