FOUNDER OF FUNKY YOGA / CHARITY AMBASSADOR
Juliano discovered yoga at the end of the year 2001, when he came by accident inside a near-by studio looking for a friend . He did not find his friend but instead he found the typical peace, harmony and sense of sacredness that old fashion yoga studios (shalas) have. After that visit he came back for a donation based community yoga class and fell in love with yoga. During the last decade Juliano became him self a yogaholic, thus coining this term circa 2007. He had the chance to practice almost every kind of yoga available in the USA and also studied to be a Yoga Teacher of a new modality called “Skanda Yoga”. Just before the end of the year 2009 he felt the need to express his passion for yoga and the holistic field by starting his yoga inspired t-shirt line called “Funky Yoga”. Since then hundreds of people, studios and spas have enjoyed this fun line of garment
YOGA TEACHER / WELLNESS COACH / CHARITY AMBASADOR
Caro Franceschi is a wellness coach, detox expert, writer and a yogi passionate about inspiring people to thrive through a simple and natural lifestyle. Her interest in charity and philanthropy started at an early age through her mother who would do events to bring food and toys to the poorest neighborhoods in Colombia. After moving to the U.S. and graduating from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition she did a Masters in Detoxification and spent two years in Colombia as the Wellness Director of Niños Por un Nuevo Planeta a nonprofit organization that shelters over 150 children who been rescued from abuse. She is Holistic Health Coach and 200 Hrs certified Yoga Teacher whose mission is to inspire people through her events and workshops worldwide.
YOGA TEACHER / FYA MARKETING DIRECTOR / KIRTAN ENTHUSIAST/
Since early years my life was marked by intense search for spiritual connection. During my childhood and young adult years I had many mystical and transformational experiences , but nothing could compare to what I discovered later in life – YOGA. Yoga is the science, the technique, the magic and the blissful way that connects us to our higher self and to the Universal Soul a.k.a God. Yoga is the means and the expression of higher awareness and bliss. It is both the practice and the spontaneous taste of higher knowledge through the experience and not merely through belief. Reducing personal whims, conﬂicts, disharmony, which imprison and limit awareness, yoga makes the mind a perfect reﬂector of experience and then under this circumstances one can awaken his full potential, elevate consciousness and experience true well being. In my yoga class the primary focus is on developing of the inner awareness and on mastering mind and body. Just as Asanas are used to balance, harmonize, strengthen and purify the body; mantras, music and meditation are used to balance, harmonized, strengthen and purify the mind. And that is the reason, why in my yoga classes, as well as in my personal yoga practice, music , mantras and meditation play a very important role. In addition to my Hatha Yoga practice I am a fearless, compassionate and dedicated Karma Yogini. I believe that true happiness can only be achieved through making others happy. Funky Yoga Ambassador program is my dream come true work where I can help others create happiness and abundance for themselves and others in need around the world.
PHOTO & VIDEO DIRECTOR - MASSAGE THERAPIST
Jorge Otero is a natural born artist and healer with 18 years of experience in massage therapy. His earliest studies include psychology and relationships, and world religions. In addition to healing arts; Jorge also has developed his more artistic practices in the field of photography starting at age 16 and also digital painting.
"Ever since I was a boy I've had but one passion: art. Over the years, the favorite medium became photography. I capture moments creating true connections with my subjects. It is in the telling of this stories that I find joy in this art resonating in subtle energy. I'm interested in the 'feel' of a photo."