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Kelly Blaser
Jim Gallas

Gail Lampert-Thomas
Samantha Matthews
Debora Cohen
Jennifer Prugh

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In addition to creating our own retreats, we offer our event planning consulting services to a select group of yoga teachers. These instructors are excellent and offer retreats of a more basic format than the ones we offer. Although we may have assisted them at sometime in one capacity or another, we have not been involved in all aspects of these programs, nor will we be managing the retreats. Therefore we are recommending the retreats, but we are not responsible for them. As well as leading their own retreats these teachers also assist with staffing our retreats. For additional information on each teacher, please check their website.

Kelly Blaser


Kelly Blaser began studying Iyengar Yoga in 1989, and kelly blaser
completed the Mt. Madonna Teacher Training in 1997.

She is grateful to her beloved teacher, Kofi Busia, for teaching her patience and faith. While her style of teaching depends on what springs up each moment, Iyengar is her primary influence. She is deeply inspired and enlivened by the practice of Yoga, which is infectious to her students.

Her constant reminder is: Watch the mind, focus on the uninterrupted flow of the breath, and delight in the Great Web of Being. Kelly provides ample personalized attention and adjustment, addressing the concerns of individuals while guiding the class in a deep and transformative practice.


Jim Gallas


Jim is a certified yoga instructor, a Chi Kung and shiatsu massage
and a certified hypnotherapist.

He has been leading inspiring, informative, and fun workshops since 1992. He teaches at Esalen Institute, is a long time staff member and senior instructor at Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in Santa Cruz, CA, and a natural health educatorat the University of California. He has taught seniors, children, and high risk teenagers, the chronically ill and the vibrantly healthy, corporate hot shots in Silicon Valley and villagers in foreign countries.

Jim is currently working on a series of instructional videos, is a member of a theater improv troupe, a published photographer and the past owner of a successful vegetarian restaurant in New Zealand.



Gail Lampert-Thomas, CMP, HMCC, RYT

GailAs a Certified Meeting Professional and yoga instructor, Gail has over twenty years of producing and marketing events of all kinds. She has run the parent company of Unique Yoga Retreats, which is Lampert Technical Communications, Inc. for over 20 years. In the capacity of designing technical and marketing materials, and creating scientific and medical conferences she has developed an affinity for producing relaxing and enlightening programs for people in these disciplines. Through her years as a meeting planner and in the hospitality industry she has learned what people in these fields like to do for rest and relaxation, and has the inside scoop on finding great places to retreat to.

Gail is active in MPI (Meeting Professionals International), and is a member of HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International). Community organizations such as the Commonwealth Club are also on her participation list. Ms. Lampert volunteers, and occasionally works as a meeting planner at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. In addition to designing yoga retreats, and helping other yoga teachers to market their retreats, she currently consults to a variety of companies on how to find their client niche and market to that niche.


Samantha Matthews


SamanthaSamantha Matthews has more than 13 years experience with the yogic arts. Her interdisciplinary approach to teaching is derived from the Hatha Yoga disciplines of both Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar. Samantha also has in depth education in Kriya Yoga and pranayama. Samantha has studied and taught yoga throughout the world and received her yoga instructor's course at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India. Her teaching style is enhanced by her studies in sacred mythology, eastern psychology and human anatomy and physiology. Samantha holds a BA in Religion and Anthropology, a Masters Certificate in Chakra Energy, and she completed the Deepak Chopra Center's Creating Health program.

Samantha is dedicated to continuing the vision of her teachers by facilitating the integration of body, mind and spirit through providing appropriate classes for all ages and abilities. Her classes are a challenging yet playful journey based in asana with the incorporation of mantra, pranayama, mudra and bandha.


Debora Cohen


DeborahDebora is a graduate of San Jose State University with a Bachelors and higher education in Psychology including two published journal articles as sole author. With 19 years of experience in the field of health and wellness, Debora is certified by The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Her wide range of yoga studies includes Bikram, Iyengar, Ashtanga, White Lotus, and restorative Yoga.

In addition to an extensive education in psychology, yoga and fitness, Debora has completed the Basic, Intermediate, Advance and Master-Teacher Training in Integrated Energy (IET). Her passion for energy healing is supported by a compassionate supportive and gentle style that enables individual growth and self exploration. Her non-judgmental and unconditional love gives strength to others to realize their own power. Debora will align herself to your intentions, and highest potential. She will assist you through stressful circumstances and inner discovery.


Jennifer Prugh


JenniferJennifer teaches public classes and corporate workshops in yoga and meditation, private instruction, and retreats. Jennifer owns Breathe Yoga Studio in Los Gatos. Jennifer brings to her yoga practice eight years as an Associate Professor, twenty years of study of mythological, contemplative and cultural traditions, and twenty years as a professional artist. Certified in the Baptiste tradition, her classes integrate the emphasis of form and alignment of Iyengar Yoga with the flowing style of Vinyasa yoga while attending to the specific needs of each individual. The site demonstrate the breadth of passion and pursuit that contribute to her work with clients and in her classes.