Yoga Teacher Training 2020
Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat, Costa Rica
Meet the Luminous Heart Teaching Team
Nancy Goodfellow-lead teacher
Kadri Kurgun-lead teacher
Laurie J. Comeau -manager/assistant
Nancy Goodfellow E-RYT 200 YACEP
Nancy began her Yogic studies in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition in 1992 before moving to Costa Rica to follow her dream of living a more simple life in deep connection with nature. Nancy has completed over 750 hours of Yoga Alliance Teacher trainings and has been influenced by various methods and traditions. Yet it has been the challenge of overcoming one of life's greatest tragedies and losses that opened up the inner-door to her heart and has allowed Nancy to infuse and channel her teachings with great compassion, confidence and joy.
Her “Shakti Flow” classes contain a myriad of elements including Tantric techniques and modern expressions of yoga arts, which come together to create a highly educational, physically challenging, and deeply soulful experience. Each class explores not only creative vinyasa sequences guided by principles of alignment, but offers Tantric practices of Mantra, kirtan, pranayama, and other techniques for awakening our inner fire and stabilizing the mind.
Nancy has been practicing Yoga for nearly 30 years and teaching for more than 20 years. She and her family own and operate Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat on the beach in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica where she teaches daily yoga classes, workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats.
Kadri Kurgun E-RYT500 YACEP
An internationally renowned teacher and guide of Yoga, AcroYoga, & Meditation. As a meditation practitioner for over 30 years, he brings presence, compassion, and tender lightheartedness to everything he does. He helps people release the self-doubt, fear, unworthiness and shame intrinsic to the human condition, and re-connects them to their childlike, playful nature and sense of belonging. Through retreats, workshops, festivals, and private healing sessions, he has touched the lives and hearts of thousands of people around the world.
His students call his positive energy “awe inspiring,” and that his courageous heart encourages them to “love in a big way, to be vulnerable, and to be powerful.”
He is a featured presenter at conferences around the world, such as the Wanderlust Festivals, Korea Yoga Festival, South Africa SpiritFestival and the Divine Play AcroYoga Festival.
His work as a preeminent yoga photographer has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Yoga Journal, Origin Magazine, Mandala Magazine, Common Ground Magazine, Mantra Magazine, YA El Mercurio & LA Times Magazine.
Kadri is a E-RYT500, YACEP, Senior Level 2 AcroYoga Teacher, and Yoga/Meditation Teacher Training facilitator. As a body worker, he is influenced and draws upon his exposure to Structural Integration, Polarity, Cranio-sacral, energy work, and Thai massage. His meditation practice is in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and he is blessed to have studied under revered teachers such as Daniel Brown PHD, Tulku Rohob Rinpoche, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
He is currently touring around the world leading retreats, workshops & Teacher Trainings. When he isn’t teaching, you can find him behind the lens of a camera, hugging somebody, or on his surfboard.
Laurie J. Comeau
From a very young age, adventurous French Canadian Laurie was exposed to the wonders of the world and nature. After receiving her bachelor degree in Communication, Writing and Multimedia, she decided it was time to have some fun and spent 2 years on the road. On a solo mission she travelled throughout Central America immersing herself in cultural diversity, while learning spanish and falling in love with surfing… She then caravanned around Europe and spent a winter on the snowy hills of British Columbia only to come to the conclusion that winter was just not her thing.
After a short time in a 9-5 office job as a modern North American business women - Laurie had only one thing in mind: move to a place that offered freedom, creativity, sun, ocean, good food and a healthy lifestyle. She took the leap of trust in 2008 and landed on the beaches of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica as her new home. Her passion for the ocean grew even stronger as surfing, free diving, scuba diving and sailing ultimately became a major part of her life. She now combines dance, yoga, acroyoga, tai chi and meditation for a healthy tropical mermaid lifestyle.
An Ecstatic Dance Leader and certified KRI Kundalini Yoga Teacher as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Both disciplines have supported her thru many challenging life experiences. In their own unique way they have inspired her to embody her divine creative energy and bring more joy into her life. Her deepest desire is to guide others to experience their True Power.
Laurie is the Luminous Heart Institute Director. Anyone who has the pleasure to cross path will be moved by her timeless wisdom, delighted by her lighthearted joy and comforted by her powerful grounding presence. Her smile will be sure to wash all of your worries away and warm your heart. Immediately after meeting her, you will know you are in good hands while she masterfully holds and creates safe space for your journey.
Join Us This September
September 5-26th, 2020
Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat, Costa Rica
We invite you to push the bounds of your foundations, summon the compassion, courage and confidence of your inner warrior, and step wildly into the light-hearted expression of your own personal Superpower – your most valuable gift to share with the world.