As Pravassa's founder, I've been leading travelers around the world on wellness tours since 2009. Creating group and individualized itineraries for people and companies that are looking to restore productivity and creativity is my passion and my presence on-site enables clients to reach their full wellness potential by facilitating individual relaxation, stress reduction, and life-balancing education. When not on the road, I contribute to columns in The Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen and am a regular speaker at conferences around the country. My first book, Living Well on the Road, is now a #1 Amazon Bestseller.
While working in the stressful environments of advertising and finance, I started a yoga practice that benefitted my mind as much as my body. In 2005 I received my 200-Hour yoga teacher certification and began to set aside time for my practice wherever I was in the world and found I was able to more fully experience places like Nepal, Cambodia, South Africa and Australia. As a Well-Being Travel Specialist, certified through The Travel Institute, leading wellness travelers on a healthy getaways is fulfilling and energizing for all.
DR. & Holistic Health Practitioner
A Vitality Connoisseur & BioHacking Epigeneticist, Dr. Andréa Paige is a master of lifestyle medicine. Andréa travels the world empowering people to take health back into their own hands. She has been sent to remind you: you can heal yourself. Her robust educational foundation gives her a unique perspective in the healing world as a Natural Healing Doctor. Andréa spends part of the year leading yoga teacher trainings and teaches Anatomy, Physiology & Health on programs in five continents. Currently serving on the Board of Directors for Festival Medical (USA, non-profit) & The Vedary (India), Andréa is he Founder of the Micro-biome Think Tank. Teaching from a place of resonance - where you feel what she says rather than merely intellectualize it - she has great success with people actually employing the teachings in their life. Her lectures aren't mere points of "oh, that was interesting," but rather - they are portals of activation for greater shifts in your life. Andréa's students say just being around her makes you feel more alive. Live it up with her at www.liveforivtality.com.
PRAVASSA WELLNESS VACATION: Bali ('17)
In the early-1990s, Annette Tomei left a career in commercial real estate to pursue a life-long passion for all things food and drink. She graduated from The French Culinary Institute in 1994 and launched into a second career that has included cooking in some of the most prestigious kitchens in New York City, owning her own restaurant and private chef business serving the ski resorts surrounding Salt Lake City, Utah, and being a private chef catering to several exclusive wineries in the Napa Valley.
Intelligent, playful, and heart-based is how Bita describes her approach to yoga. Emphasizing awareness, breath, core principles, and alignment, Bita integrates these techniques in both movement and in stillness providing access to our true nature. Cultivating a sacred space to open the body, free the mind, and connect with spirit, she aspires to ignite the magic of our existence and the bliss of living this presence.
Diana Paschal is a New York City based yoga instructor, meditation teacher and life coach. She leads transformational classes and workshops, leading her clients to create more space in the body while connecting deeply with themselves and the world around them. She strives to leave her clients with a stronger inner awareness and peace. Her classes offer a thoughtful blend of yoga, meditation and pranayama, that is intelligently sequenced and emphasizes safe, proper alignment. Her practice is informed by her studies in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Katonah yoga, and Mindfulness Meditation.
Heather Anderson brings her extensive background in dance and movement to her clients as a way to deepen their appreciation to connection and form. A graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN, Heather spent years singing and dancing in New York and Los Angeles before following her passion into the fitness world four years ago. Now based in San Francisco, Heather focuses on empowering her clients to take ownership of their lives.
Community, healing and empowerment are the roots of Jennifer Colletti’s teaching. As a consummate student she studies Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Restorative styles of yoga. Jennifer teaches from an alignment perspective to all levels of yogi's. A former Fashion Designer, turned Certified Yoga Instructor & Wellness Expert with a special focus on Yoga for Women’s Health, Jennifer is also a Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach with the Integrative Institute of Nutrition, an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT), Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT), as well as an essential oil lover!
Jillian Pransky, E-RYT 500, is an international presenter and the director of Restorative Therapeutic Yoga teacher training for YogaWorks. Her Calm Body, Clear Mind DVD and Relaxmore CD have garnered excellent reviews from Dr. Mehmet Oz, Yoga Journal, and many others. Jillian is a featured yoga expert for Prevention Magazine. A student of Pema Chödrön’s work since 1998, Jillian infuses her yoga classes with mindfulness practices, compassion, and ease. Her seamless style of working simultaneously with the body, mind, and spirit, while attuning with nature and the environment, creates inspiring classes and an integrative healing experience. Her debut wellness book, Deep Listening, will be published by Rodale in fall 2017.
Originally from Siena, Italy, Sangeeta Laura Biagi is a Visiting Professor in the Italian Studies Department at Vassar College. She has been guiding cultural and spiritual tours in Italy since 2004. Her research is in the fields of Contemplative Studies, Performance Studies, and Italian Studies. Sangeeta has been the recipient, since 2010, of the Carolyn Grant Endowment at Vassar College, to bring contemplative practices to academia and is an active member of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.
Offering the ancient practices of mindfulness and meditation utilizing a fresh, modern voice is the essence of Lena’s work. As a Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapist, Meditation Instructor and Wellness Guide, Lena will teach you that “to journey in inward is your highest calling.” Integrating Eastern philosophy with Western neuroscience, Lena’s holistic healing work is grounded in Yoga for Mood Management, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Buddhist Meditation in addition to psychodynamic foundations. Lena has a mindfulness business based in Atlanta, GA where she sees individual clients, provides mindfulness corporate trainings, teaches personal growth workshops and guides meditation retreats. Raised in a hybrid Buddhist/Christian household, Lena was introduced to meditation as a young child. Today, this mindfulness foundation has grown into a deep passion to guide others on a journey towards inner peace, emotional balance and a felt sense of wholeness.
Finding ways to quiet and calm the mind in a fast-paced city like New York is no small task. Liza’s teaching grew out of her own desire to balance many competing demands on her attention while still feeling a sense of purpose and direction. She quickly found that she was not alone and that many men and women are struggling with the very same challenges. Liza turned to yoga for guidance over a decade ago.
Meghan is the co-owner of Atlanta-based Merge Health, Fitness and Nutrition. As a licensed psychotherapist and certified holistic health coach, she focuses on helping others reach their optimal health goals and improved emotional balance, naturally. Meghan is passionate about helping others create the life they want and guiding them to uncover their true, confident and empowered self.
Raised in Birmingham, Alabama by a Jewish mother and an Italian father, Melissa gained an early appreciation for food and its impact on a person’s life. While still in high school, she apprenticed with world-renowned chef Frank Stitt and was smitten with a passion for cooking. While attending Johnson & Wales University, Melissa had the opportunity to work for The Governor’s House Inn and at Cooking Light magazine in the test kitchen.
Moses Brown is a Certified Yoga Teacher who has been teaching throughout Maryland since 1991. He also leads Yoga Teacher Trainings and Yoga Immersion Programs where his teachings create an approach that is physically dynamic, mentally stimulating, and therapeutic. Moses brings focus, concentration, and mindfulness to his classes, weaving them together with playfulness, joy and FUN!
Sarah Anne brings her down-to-earth ‘wellness’ wisdom all the way from the Midwest. When her father cured cancer with alternative medicine, the experience sparked a light inside of her that was never put out. Twelve years and hundreds of hours of training later, Sarah is now based in NYC, where she founded Holistically Slim and co-founded Bliss Out Wellness. As a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner (AADP), her weight-loss coaching is focused on developing a unique mindset that embodies a lifestyle that is focused entirely on “wellness.”
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Serena completed the 200-Hour Pure Yoga Teacher Training and the 200-Hour Pure Yoga Mentorship Program, where she apprenticed under Kay Kay Clivio. To deepen her understanding of yoga, she completed the prestigious 300-Hour Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training with world renowned yoga teachers Sharon Gannon, David Life, Jeffrey Cohen and Jules Febre. Serena has taught for Nike and the Nike Training Club. You can currently find her teaching at Equinox in NYC, where her class style is based on the Jivamukti, Ashtanga and Vinyasa teachings. Combining power and flexibility with movement along with bandhas and breath to calm the mind and energize the body, Serena students find the path of yoga to heal themselves physically and emotionally and seek personal fulfillment in their lives.
For the last six years, Tommy Stracke, has established himself as one of San Francisco's most popular personal trainers. He received a B.F.A from the University of Central Florida and uses his dual passion for fitness and Fine Art as he combines cardio and resistance training as a tool to help others "sculpt" their desired physique. Tommy is a Master Trainer who helps train the new fitness instructors using his contagious energy, passion for effective fitness and a practical nutritional philosophy.