Meet your teachers: Chuck Burks, Karol Trejo, Tricia White, David Wolgin, Jo Opsahl, Barry Raccio and Margaret Wilcox!
Chuck is from Little Rock, Arkansas and has been teaching yoga since 1991. He has taught Hatha, Iyengar Restorative, and Vinyasa flow classes in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and on Maui. Chuck completed yoga teacher training with Rod Stryker of PARA YOGA and has completed 200-plus hours of massage training. Chuck’s professional background is in dance and musical theater, and he brings the grace and joy of these experiences to his classes. His intuitive sequences and gentle, encouraging instruction help yogis find their personal connection to healing through yoga. In addition, Chuck leads weekly yoga nidra, meditation and chant classes, teaching yogis to use these ancient techniques to self-heal.
As a yoga instructor I enjoy sharing the knowledge of Hatha Yoga and its physical benefits. I trained at the Western Yoga College and became Yoga Alliance certified in 2009. In addition I participated in Flow Yoga Ashtanga workshops and have been a Vinyasa and Bikram yoga practitioner since 2003. I have been teaching gentle and beginning yoga as well as power yoga around the Coachella Valley since 2010. I enjoy meeting the needs and expectations of yoga students and in helping them cultivate their personal yoga experience. I believe yoga adjusts to our individual body’s needs. My greatest reward as a teacher is helping students understand and know their bodies in order to maintain their fitness, wellness, and happiness.
Tricia received her 200-hour teaching certification at The Expanding Light/Ananda Yoga school in Northern California and delights in sharing this spirit-centered practice with her students. In addition to Ananda, Tricia teaches Gentle Yoga, Intermediate and Ashtanga-inspired yoga classes around the Coachella Valley. “I believe yoga is more than just a physical exercise. Every class is like a treasure hunt, you never know what new thing you’ll discover about yourself. You try a challenging pose for the first time and learn you’re stronger than you thought you were. You come to practice tired and anxious; you leave astonished at how good you feel. I think of yoga as a moving meditation, and I want to help my fellow yogis and yoginis experience each movement, each breath as another clue to uncovering the hidden treasures that lay within.”
DAVID WOLGIN, Ph.D
David Wolgin, Ph.D came to the world of yoga and meditation via the world of psychology. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1994 and has worked in the psychotherapy field since 1995, eventually specializing in trauma and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). This work led to a growing interest in mindfulness meditation and holistic approaches to wellness. He discovered the benefits of Ashtanga Yoga and the Primary Series in 2011, becoming a registered yoga teacher at the 200-hour level in 2014 with Yoga Alliance, studying with Kelly and Evan Harris at Tapas Yoga Shala in Rock Island, IL. David’s thoughtful sequences are a hybrid of Hatha and Vinyasa styles and address various aspects of the human condition. As a practitioner and teacher, he enjoys blending the physical and meditative aspects of yoga, approaching each moment in class as an opportunity for self-discovery, self-exploration, and self-improvement.
Margaret Wilcox had the good fortune to discover yoga when she was still in high school. As her experience in the practice deepened, she was moved to begin a serious Kundalini practice, and in 1999 became certified as a Reiki Master. In 2002, Margaret opened her own studio, Moondancer Studios in New Orleans, La. A certified TriYoga® instructor , Margaret also teaches Prenatal and Mom & Baby Yoga. Since 2012 she has been a teacher for the Yoga Teacher Training program at Yoga Loft in Tampa, Fl and conducts workshops that specialize in energy release and Chakra balancing. With an easygoing, compassionate style, Margaret uses her healing and intuitive talents to help her students find balance both on and off the mat.
Barry Raccio is a fun, creative yoga teacher who studied with world-renowned teachers such as Yogi Bhajan, Shiva Rea and Gurmukh Khalsa. Having experienced the amazing benefits of yoga to overcome self-imposed limitations, Barry has dedicated himself to sharing the teachings of yoga with others. Barry’s warm personality and creative music selections allow students to feel comfortable while building a deep core connection through the practice of Vinyasa Yoga and the technology of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. “Barry’s teaching presence exudes passion, love and enthusiasm. His classes reveal a profound message that is deeply embodied by everyone present. His full heart and dedication to the well-being and growth of his students is motivated by his sincere desire to serve and uplift humanity.” — S.S. Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa, D.C.
Jo’s yoga journey is one of profound healing and transformation. “My journey began while recovering from a eating disorder many years ago by having to come to a deeper, more honest and accepting place within myself. Through that process – I had many forms of therapy; but I really believe most of my healing has been done on my yoga mat – we move inward and from a better place of balance we move out into the world. Coming to my mat my intention is always to ‘make peace with my body’ It is through breath, postures, awareness and developing consciousness that We come to the softer, kinder, more loving place. I was certified in 2002 to teach Hatha Yoga through Sivanada Yoga. That ignited my passion …this yoga journey has me study many therapeutic forms with wise teachers. I feel blessed. I am grateful to Peace Love Yoga to share some of this wisdom with you..”