contributing experts

writing for yogamint

Get to know the talented and dedicated folks whose words grace the pages of Yogamint. Meet our regular Contributing Experts who share their wisdom with Yogamint readers in our  In Depth and Cosmic Corner columns.

If you have a topic you are passionate about sharing, we invite you to contact our Web Content Editor at editor@yogamint.com to let us know of your interest in writing for Yogamint. 

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featured contributor - august 2012

Bruce Black is a writer, editor, husband, father and teacher who feels most at home on his mat practicing asana and writing in his journal. His book,Writing Yoga: A Guide to Keeping a Practice Journal, evolved out of his practice and is now used as part of yoga teacher training sessions around the country. His hope is that his book will inspire others to use a journal as a way of deepening their understanding of their practice. He is currently contributing his wonderful insights on the power of journaling as a yogi for Yogamint readers. 

in depth contributors

Allison Brewer left the corporate world in 2009 to be a full-time mom to her two boys. She writes a healthy living blog, Get Natured, to inspire others to live nurtured lives full of health, happiness, and simple pleasures. Allison's blog features wonderful vegetarian recipes. Her love for healthy food translates to her articles for Yogamint. In 2012, Yogamint readers will be treated to more of her tasty recipes and suggestions about cooking with love and intention.

Amrita Davidge is a Kundalini Yoga teacher and writer. She and her husband offer ongoing yoga retreats at the historic Sewall House Retreat Center in Maine. Amrita has produced several Kundalini Yoga videos with her husband, as well as a vegetarian cookbook. She shares her love for yoga and life through her wonderful, uplifting articles for Yogamint.

Kewal K. Khalsa is a mother, Birth Doula, and Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) and is passionate about supporting families in conscious parenting and birth. She has been teaching yoga since 1997 and is a DONA trained Birth Doula. Her contributions to Yogamint include her love for Kundalini Yoga, as well as parenting articles on travel with kids, postpartum care, and the wisdom of children. As the mother of two daughters, Kewal considers parenting to be one of her highest adventures in personal growth, service, and awakening of the heart. 

Linda Lara is a composer, musician, private school music teacher, and a certified children's yoga teacher.She is also founder of Musical Yoga Adventures, LLC, and has written and produced 2 kids' yoga albums with routines. The practice of yoga and teaching children has been a wonderful life-changing experience, which has inspired her to create music and routines for them. She also runs workshops for families and teachers, and continues to enjoy the abundant benefits of combining yoga and music. Her Yogamint articles inspire us all to find our inner child as well as teach the young people.

Lola Scarborough (aka Sat Avtar Kaur) joined Yogamint's Contributing Experts in 2010 with her fun and insightful article on Tongue-Wagging Yoga. She is an IKYTA-certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, a certified life coach and a Qi Gong Food Healer. She teaches aerobics, is a certified Reiki Master and is a co-creator of Yoga Lola Studios, LLC in League City, Texas. Lola has shared her love of acupressure with Yogamint readers in her Pressure Point A Day article and continues to take Yogamint readers on an exciting journey of self-discovery through yoga and meditation with her In Depth series on developing Nerves of Steel.

Melissa Costello, founder of Karma Chow, is Yogamint's Food & Flow chef and Contributing Expert on vegan/vegetarian cooking, nutrition and cleansing (featuring mouth-watering recipes!). As a Nutritional Educator and Wellness Coach, Melissa works with clients teaching them how to live a happier, healthier life through a plant-based, whole foods diet. She is the creator of The Vital Life 30-Day Food Based Cleanse. Her mission is to help educate the planet on healthy, whole food eating while working to keep our planet green for generations to come through vegetarianism and eco-conscious solutions. 

Narayan is the founder and co-creator of Narayan sacred healing beauty, inventor of FACEOLOGY and Mantra-Infused Beauty Blends. She did her Training of Kundalini Yoga @ Golden Bridge Yoga. She is passionate about these changing times and as an empath she enjoys the shifts taking place on a moment-to-moment basis. As a healer & teacher she loves encouraging her clients and students to opening their hearts and to live a spirit-driven life. Her Yogamint contributions inspire us to cultivate both inner and outer beauty.

GuruMeher Singh’s name means “compassionate teacher.” For over 30 years he has studied and taught techniques for growth, change and happiness. He offers transformational Kundalini Yoga teacher trainings worldwide and helps people transform their pain into peace in a variety of transformational trainings including teacher certification courses, group classes and private coaching, and written material. As a professional Life Coach and originator of Emotion: SOS – Senses of the Soul, he leads workshops and works one-to-one with this self-therapy for healing and inner-guidance. He is currently finishing a book companion to his many courses and contributing his wonderful knowledge about the healing power of emotions in his Yogamint In Depth series. 

Satmukh/Simeon Darwich started learning yoga as a child when his mother guided him to do shoulder stands. Satmukh is trained as a health and nutrition counselor and travels the world teaching various forms of yoga. His purpose in life is to uplift through laughter, joyfulness and making conscious choices, all of which he shares through uplifting articles like Men on the Mat

Dr. Sharada Hall is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and an Ayurvedic practitioner who offers a unique and comprehensive approach to preventing illness, correcting imbalances and achieving optimal health. Yogamint readers know her from her informative articles on Ayurveda, sharing methods for getting a good night's sleep and a recipe for a hearty Ayurvedic breakfast. 

Stacie Dooreck (Saraswati/Jaipreet Kaur) is a devoted yoga practitioner, lifelong vegetarian and Certified Sivananda Yoga Teacher since 1995. She is also a Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, Prenatal Khalsa way and Gentle Integral Instructor and Chair Yoga Teacher Trainer. Her contributions to Yogamint have taken us from Chair Yoga to becoming a vegetarian and she plans to enlighten us on how to make meditation fun in her new series on meditation. 

Skylor Powell is a health coach and yoga instructor who is fortunate to live in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon. She travels frequently to guide cleanses and help individuals overcome digestive tract disorders, weight problems and issues correlating with inflammation. Her website and blog, Sprout Health, exemplifies her passion for helping others cultivate healthier lifestyles. One of Yogamint's "founding" Contributing Experts, Skylor has written about food and lifestyle. We are excited that she is joining us again in 2012 to share her expertise about health, nutrition and wellness. 

Valerie Goodman (E-RYT) teaches yoga to private clients and groups. She does not consider herself a practitioner of one style of yoga, but an integrator of many. She is certified in Yin Yoga and Yoga for MS. She writes articles, films yoga clips, and has a website to share the details of yoga. Yoga got Valerie on the mat at age 40 and she has never looked back. She aspires for people to enjoy revelations a yoga practice and yoga mindset can manifest for a lifetime. We love her new Yogamint series on the power of yoga to reveal our Selves to ourselves. 

Bruce Black is a writer, editor, husband, father and teacher who feels most at home on his mat practicing asana and writing in his journal. His book, Writing Yoga: A Guide to Keeping a Practice Journal, evolved out of his practice and is now used as part of yoga teacher training sessions around the country. His hope is that his book will inspire others to use a journal as a way of deepening their understanding of their practice. He is currently contributing his wonderful insights on the power of journaling as a yogi for Yogamint readers. 

cosmic corner contributors

Paula Greenstein regularly contributes her Tarot for a New Age articles to Cosmic Corner. Paula has been reading the Tarot for almost 30 years and has been meditating since high school. She has traveled the world, studied most religions and philosophies and works on her path daily. Paula lives in Whitefish, Montana and is excited about the transformations and opportunities ahead.

Tisha Morris is a certified life coach, feng shui consultant, energy healer, yoga instructor, and the author of Feng Shui Your Life. Tisha has a unique ability to heal and transform spaces by blending traditional feng shui techniques and interior design aesthetics with healing energy. Yogamint readers are enjoying her recent series on the Feng Shui Five Elements.

Japa Kaur, our resident Astrologer, provides a monthly enlightened Astral Weather Report. It is one of Yogamint's most popular series - full of insights to guide you through the month. Japa Kaur is also a musician, yogi and performer, sharing her many gifts with the world. May her stars always align and may she continue to share all things astrological with the Yogamint community.

Joel Darshan Ingwaldson, is an avid gemologist, healer and Kundalini yogi. Darshan's Cosmic Corner articles enlighten Yogamint readers on the power of gemstones. She enjoys the process of combining Kundalini yoga kriyas and meditations with the specific qualities of the gemstones. As a yoga teacher and art consultant, she enjoys helping her students and clients to create spaces of beauty, prosperity and healing. Her writing process involves using her intuition and creativity; properities she enhances by wearing specific gemstones such as orange quartz (for creativity) and emeralds (for communication).

Meredyth Hunt shares her passion about Hand Reading, including her personal experience of the power of hand analysis to change her own life.  Meredyth's website, The Eloquent Soul, offers easy-to-read information on the art and science of hand analysis, as well as her hand reading services. Her recent Yogamint series on the Heart Line is a big hit!

Haridass Kaur/Thi Kim Hoang, PhD is classically trained in Shiatsu-Anma and understands the science of Qi flow and energy movement. She resides in Santa Monica, CA and is a regular Cosmic Corner contributor, writing about joyful acceptance and yogic travel. Her other passions include sharing her organic vegan chocolate (Fearless Chocolate) and her love of teaching, healing and vibrating the sacred sound current by managing musical world artists through her Infinite Goddess website.

Mehtab Benton's name means Light of the Moon, so it is fitting that he has become one of the most insightful and approachable vedic astrologers around. His readings, are uniquely tuned to each individual and can focus on anything from the spiritual to the practical decisions one needs to make in day to day life. Mehtab has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and is the author of 11 books, including the recently released Gong Yoga: Healing and Enlightenment through the Sound. His series on Vedic Astrology and articles on the Gong contribute to our Cosmic Corner offerings.

Agnidevi Agnese Mandetta, our Crystal Therapy Contributing Expert, is a long time student of Vedic and Buddhist spiritual philosophies. She has been blessed by true gurus and rimpoches, including H.H. the Dalai Lama, and initiated into various mantras and the stages of sannyasa. Agnidevi took the Bodhisattwa vow in 2007. She is a Reiki master, an angelic channeler, a crystal therapist and a yoga teacher, living on the Costa Brava in Spain. We are excited to learn about the wonders of crystals and healing stones with Agnidevi.

Kudrat Kaur Khalsa is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher who specializes in Naad Yoga, the science of sound, and in the ancient art of healing through gemstones, meditation, mudra and mantra using the mala as a meditation tool. She teaches workshops on the sacred science of Yoga, Mudra, and Mantra and the history and technology of the Mala (as taught by Yogi Bhajan). She also lectures on how to pick a personal mala, how to care for a mala, how to clear a mala and how to use it with mantra to enhance personal projection and deepen your experience with meditation. She designs and creates beautiful malas and writes about Mala Meditation for Yogamint.

Matamandir Kaur/Lyn Bradford is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. Her path of self-discovery has been enriched by decades of astrology study (Western and Vedic) and consultations coupled with tarot, kaballah, feng shui, Destiny cards and shamanism. She is a Reiki Master and healer. For Matamandir, the profound technology of a daily practice of Kundalini Yoga and meditation enlightens her every day. Her website, StepsIntoSpace was originally born in 1975 as a custom shoe salon and art gallery on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. She shares her wisdom about the daily guidance of the planets in our Cosmic Corner section.

Sandy Krzyzanowski has practiced Yoga for over 15 years and taught for over three years in studio, corporate and high school settings. She is a Certified Hatha Yoga teacher with two separate certifications: YogaFit® and TeriLeigh LLC. Sandy teaches Meditation/Breathwork classes, Facial Exercise classes, on-Site Corporate programs and Private Consultations and is also an American Council on Exercise (ACE ®) certified personal trainer and Reiki Practitioner. She is continuing on toward her 500-hour RYT certification as well as a Yoga Therapy certification and enjoys contributing her love of numerology and yoga through her Cosmic Numerology series.

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