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Jean Marie Briddell


aaahhh...the journey of a yoga practice. 

Each of ours is unique and powerful...empowering enough to bring us to teach and share with others.  This space, know yoga know peace, organically grows and evolves from the energy of all who enter.  In 1998,  I walked into a Bikram studio  in order to try to heal my lower back pain.....years later I trained and  became certified under Bikram Choudhury. I love this practice, the power and healing aspects of it can not be ignored.  My thirst for more led me to the lineage of Dharma Mittra with certification in Traditional Hatha Raja Yoga.  So much gratitude for this opportunity ~to see people open to yoga, heal through yoga and brighten! with this beautiful art and science of yoga.  ~peace

Allison Distler

Allison has been teaching yoga in Bloomington since 2006 and is pursuing certification in the Rolf Method of Structural Integration (Rolfing).  She’s studied the Hakomi Method with Ron Kurtz and Body-Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen.  She has a background in Soto Zen meditation, Aikido, and other movement arts.  In conjunction with teaching, she maintains her own private practice in yogic and somatic counseling.  She is the founder of the Movement School and enjoys embodied learning.  More information about Allison and her practice can be found at


Jonna Schwarz


My yogic journey began at a Bikram studio in Spokane, Washington.  I signed up for a 30-day trial, attended all 30 days, and became hooked. I worked the front desk of the studio in exchange for monthly unlimited yoga for the next three years.
When I arrived in Bloomington , I found Know Yoga Know Peace, and felt the same "at home" feeling I had felt at my previous studio. I attended Bamboo Moves 200-hour certification and now delight in the balance my body experiences while practicing Bikram paired with vinyasa-style classes.

Laura Swinford


Looking back, different limbs of yoga have always run through my life. As a child I began my journey as a protector of animals as I cared for local strays and wildlife. In college, I became a vegetarian, traveled, and found myself interested in spiritual practices of other cultures. As an adult, I worked to bring peace and shelter to children and families in their communities. Along the way, I have experienced several styles of asana practice and I love how each of them offer a unique way to join mind, body and spirit. I believe there is yoga for everyone and I am filled with joy to be at Know Yoga Know Peace where I can share and encourage others on their journeys.


Gopinaath Kannabiran

Born and raised in Tamilnadu (India), my own spiritual practice has been inspired and influenced by multiple cultures, religious traditions, and teachers.
I do not identify with any specific religion but do borrow, acknowledge, and share what I find useful for my own personal growth.

I have been practicing meditation for more than 20 years and teaching 'Guided meditation sessions' and 'Active meditation workshops' for over 2 years.
My meditation practice can be simply summed as practicing 'non-judgmental awareness of the self'.
Placing emphasis on the body and being present in the moment, my guided meditation sessions provide auditory (musical and verbal) cues in a relaxed ambience to help practitioners ease into their own inner sense of peace, silence, and non-judgmental awareness.

I am currently pursuing my PhD in Informatics at IU.
I am also a amateur henna enthusiast, self-taught masseur, foodie, and mural artist.
I love to draw, cook with friends, and drink chai lazing in the morning sun.

Jyotidev (Jo-tee-dev)
(Joseph Cadiff) 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, my yoga practice began two years ago in the fall of 2012 when I turned to yoga to heal my back, which had endured years of abuse from playing high school and college football. I committed to a daily practice and within a couple months my back was healed, and I had awakened to a new and dazzling spiritual experience of life. The transformative power of the yoga practice inspired me to plunge deeper into the practice and I set out (more like "in") on a fervent spiritual journey that led me this past summer to Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Northern California where I completed their month long, 200hr teacher training course. Being at the ashram, and teaching in Los Angeles in months after, I knew that I had found my true path, and was at last living blissfully in my dharma.

Trained in classical Raja Yoga, I strive to bring the authenticity of the Sivananda practice into the studio with an hour long Hatha yoga practice that includes pranayama (vital energy/breath work), asana (physical postures), deep relaxation, and meditation. I also love to sing Kirtan and play the harmonium with fellow lovers of the light in us all. I have witnessed the incredible healing power of yoga again and again, and my gratitude to the masters who brought us this divine practice is boundless; may we all find the eternal peace that lies within our hearts!

Kim Crane


I have been a Crossfit trainer for the past four years, and taught Pilates classes before that. Though I have enjoyed both of these healthy endeavors, something seemed to be missing. A fellow crossfitter invited me to a "bring a friend" yoga class at KYKP. It was there, on a borrowed mat, that I found the missing element.

Combining mindfulness, breath, and movement, yoga transforms more than just the body. This has been true for me. Practicing yoga, especially at KYKP, has brought me peace and rejuvenation on a level previously unknown to me. This is why I attended a YA certified 200 hour teacher training through Bamboo Moves. I simply can't imagine life without sharing the gift of yoga with all who are interested.

I can't wait to meet you.


Michelle Gaona

I was a student at Indiana University when I first found Know Yoga Know Peace. My yoga journey began when my roommate and I tried out the ten day challenge. It wasn't until a couple years later during my last year of college when I found myself landed in the studio once again, yet, for a 31 day challenge. At this time in my life, yoga made more sense to me and made me feel whole. Several months later, I completed a 200-hour instructor training course through Bamboo Moves by Know Yoga Know Peace. Moving forward, continuing my practice and learning from many teachers, I am very grateful to be able to share the science and philosophies of yoga and all its beauties it endures. In my classes of Hatha Flow, we will work to practice mindfulness to embrace and integrate peace and love so that we all can discover the light within ourselves.

Om Mani Padme Hum

Rick McClung

Yoga has had a huge impact in my life. After running for many years I had to stop because of injuries. For four years I couldn't find anything that compared to the feeling I got from running. I had given up on ever feeling that good ever again. I thought we all have to get old someday, now its my turn. Reluctantly I came to a hot Bikram class figuring what do I have to lose. To say the least I was totally blown away. I felt like I had ran five miles. And I also felt like I had got a massage. I knew I had found something amazing and something I would do for the rest of my life. I can do things that I used to do in Jr high again. No longer do I have leg or back pain. It has been an awesome journey and look forward to possibly helping others find something as rewarding as yoga has been for me. I look forward to continuing the journey.


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