F A C I L I T A T O R S
Helen Blaaker has studied, practiced, and taught Raja Yoga Meditation, a form of meditation mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita for gaining understanding of and control over self, for more than 15 years. Helen's professional practice, The Easy Yogi, offers consultations in Ayurveda, an ancient system of preventative health, meditation instruction, and practical spirituality. While working in the financial industry, Helen maintains a dedicated meditation practice, blogs about spirituality, and helps people find ways to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives.
A lifelong student of soul science — the intersection of spirituality with every branch of knowledge — Cynthia Gomez blends spirituality, philosophy, and the sciences to help facilitate quantum healing and conscious living. She is trained in Reiki and other intersectional energy work modalities, and is a certified master life coach. She is also a writer and entrepreneur. She owns The Gaia Revolution, as well as Light Rising Publishing and StoryTime Me, which offer unique publishing solutions to produce content that facilitates empowered personal storytelling, meaning-making, and wisdom sharing to ultimately expand consciousness and connectedness, and inspire kinder living.
Laura Aleksandra Pravs
Laura Aleksandra Pravs is the founder of Ayamveda, a center for Vedic Education. In addition to her background in psychology and the healing arts of massage therapy and herbalism, she has been practicing and applying the Vedic sciences of Ayurvedic traditional medicine and Jyotish astrology for well over a decade, and thoroughly enjoys sharing this ancient wisdom with others, both to help them find health and balance within themselves, and also with the world and universe at large.
Maria Schaedler-Luera is the owner of Atomica Arts. She is a Reiki Master, Applied Theater facilitator, Chopra Certified Meditation teacher and an Ayurvedic Health Counselor. She grew up in Brazil and moved to the United States 16 years ago to pursue her love of theater. Little did she know that in studying theater, she would embark on a journey of self-discovery and self-knowledge, after all “theater is a mirror.” Maria teaches workshops and offers private consultations and classes in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. She is a player of roles and thrives in guiding people to see how they are also the players and protagonists of their own lives.
Jill Douglas helps soulful, modern women integrate practical spirituality into their everyday lives with the wisdom of yoga and Ayurveda. She helps people get to know themselves better, trust their instincts, and turn challenges into opportunities. Her work is an exploration of how the ancient teachings can be made practical and relevant to navigating the everyday. She calls this approach everyday evolution. Jill holds a BFA in writing and literature, along with her massage therapy license and the highest-level yoga teaching credential. She has also studied Reiki, prenatal yoga and massage, craniosacral therapy, and is nearing the completion of her Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification.
Denise O'Dunn, founder of Balance & Bliss® Ayurveda and Yoga, is an Ayurvedic practitioner and instructor, licensed massage therapist and Yoga teacher, who began studying Yoga in 1969. Denise received her degree in Ayurveda from the Ayurvedic Center for Well Being - Florida Vedic College in 2005. She is the founder, director, and primary instructor of Ayurveda at the Florida Academy of Ayurveda, a post-secondary school for professional education in Ayurveda that began operating in 2011. Denise is a founding member of the Ayurveda Association of Florida and the National Council of Ayurvedic Education. She is a certified Ayurvedic practitioner member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and she is registered with Yoga Alliance as an experienced teacher at the 500-hour level. Denise lives in Florida, but her online practice, offering Ayurvedic consultations, classes and programs as well as private yoga sessions, serves clients across the country.
Cori Puls has been an esthetician in Florida since 2002, a Florida licensed massage therapist since 1998, and an Ayurvedic counselor since 2014, having graduated from The Florida Academy of Ayurveda. Through her many years in the wellness industry, Cori has developed a comprehensive approach to skincare and bodywork. She has curated many treatments that have incorporated Ayurvedic principles, as well as Eastern medicine influences. With compassion, education, and nurturing treatments, she leads her clients on a path to deeper beauty and wellness. "I've found that by listening to my clients' concerns and guiding them with a personalized program, they become empowered to achieve results. Intuition comes through the heart and gets transferred through our words and actions to those we treat," she says.