In honor of National Yoga Month this September,                                  we’d like to get you acquainted with our extraordinary guides.


Erin Lindbergh 

Instructor in Hāna

Q: How long have you been practicing yoga?
A: 30+ Years. But I was probably practicing poses when I was a kid and just didn’t call it yoga. I was always climbing trees, balancing on river rocks, and imitating the animals in my world. Tree, Mountain or Cobra; the landscape I grew up in influenced the way I interacted with people and places, and how I perceived my reality.

Q: What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
A: Each posture has unique energies, characteristics and benefits, and every individual enters into a yoga pose with their own life force, accumulated experiences and thoughts. Honestly, my favorite yoga moments are often the pauses between poses; the most subtle and transformative shifts occur in this space. Lately, I’ve been exploring balancing twists; Camatkarasana, or ‘Wild Thing’ pose, has captured my attention.Camatkarasana can be translated as “the ecstatic unfolding of the enraptured heart”, and who can resist that?

Q: What is your favorite benefit from practicing yoga that you share with guests?
A: Empathy; it’s a beautiful thing to recognize the self in the other.

Q: What is the biggest myth/misconception you’ve heard about yoga?
A: Yoga has exploded into the western world. Yes. It’s become a fad, a tabloid, a super-hero-super-food-retro-hip-double-dip-instagram-package. Ok. But that is all fluff. Yoga takes root and moves from the inside out. It’s an ancient, artful practice of planting seeds, tending sprouts, harvesting and sharing the fruits from the garden of delights with others.


Susan Anderson

Certified Life Coach & Instructor in Austin

Q: How long have you been practicing yoga?
20 years! (Didn’t even realize this… Whoa?!)

Q: What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
My favorite pose is always changing, as I change and the seasons of my body change. Right now I am really loving a supported Bridge Pose. Using a block underneath the lower back, one is able to relax into the back bend without contracting too many muscles. It’s relaxing, and an effective way to relieve back pain.

Q: What is the biggest myth/misconception you’ve heard about yoga?
People often feel skittish about trying yoga because the feel they are not flexible. In actuality, if you practice yoga, you will become more flexible with time and repetition.

Q: What is your favorite Travaasa activity besides yoga?
Hatchet Throwing. There is something very therapeutic about throwing a hatchet and having it stick to the target! It also requires some breath awareness.


Cynthia Johnson

Instructor in Hāna

Q: How long have you been practicing yoga?
I have been practicing yoga for 40 years. I completed my first teacher’s training in 1984. It has been one continuous learning experience.

Q: What is your favorite benefit from practicing yoga that you share with guests?
I always share with guests the importance of breathing deeply into your lower lungs. Your lower lungs have over a liter of blood the upper lungs have a tea cup full. So, if you are not breathing deeply into the lower lungs your whole body doesn’t work as well as it could. Also, looking at your phone squishes the lower lungs. Besides hurting your neck you are starving your body.

Q: What is the biggest myth/misconception you’ve heard about yoga?
The biggest misconception of yoga is that you are too stiff to do it.

Q: Favorite Travaasa program/activity besides yoga?
So many amazing things to do in Hana it’s difficult to choose. Bamboo pole fishing is fabulous. I love to fish.


Ivonete Carothers

Instructor in Austin

Q: How long have you been practicing yoga?
Since I was 18 years old, now I am 63 years old. 45 years.

Q: What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
Dancer, because works on balance and flexibility and it is the best way to stretch your psoas, iliacus and quadriceps standing. We can do it anywhere.

Q: What is your favorite benefit from practicing yoga that you share with guests?
Keeping my mobility and gracefulness of movement as I age.

Q: Favorite Travaasa program/activity besides yoga? 
Footcare foam roller class.