Avianna Castro is an entrepreneur, intuitive medium, awareness mentor and meditation teacher. She is a Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher with the McLean Meditation Academy in Sedona, Arizona as well as a Chopra Center Certified Instructor in Primordial Sound Meditation. She is also currently a member of the online faculty at SWIHA (Southwest Institute of Healing Arts) teaching mindfulness and guided imagery courses. Avianna recently received her Past Life regression certification with Dr. Brian Weiss at the Omega Institute and is actively offering regressions and progressions for her clients. Avianna’s latest, most passionate, endeavor has been the opening of her new meditation studio, Still Studio, in Flushing, Michigan, January, 2018. Bringing consciousness to the community is her dharma and now she has a beautiful studio to share her love of life. She is passionate about helping others cultivate inspirational change through intuition, awareness, mindfulness and meditation. Avianna empowers others to live awake and authentic, creating a reality that is spiritual and meaningful. Avianna works with adults and children, businesses, physicians, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University to encompass mindful awareness and meditation into daily life integrating presence, clarity, guidance and peace.
Her passion for teaching both the art and the science of yoga is fueled in part by her own experience recovering from deep grief as a bereaved parent.
For Desiree, yoga has been a life-saver emotionally as well as physically. With longtime studies in Iyengar and Anusara yoga, she brings 30 years of experience, experimentation and creativity to her ever-evolving, outside-of-the-box style of teaching. She incorporates real life stories and “kitchen table” wisdom into her workshops to remind herself and her students that the key to their happiness and freedom from suffering lies only within the boundaries of their own mind.
Desiree travels the world full time sharing her compassion and her joy with others interested in the transformational power of yoga.
She has produced a DVD series entitled “Yoga to the Rescue” and is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal, having also appeared on its cover. Desiree supports the Art of Yoga Project serving teenage girls in the juvenile justice system.
She and her husband Andrew Rivin are both certified Anusara teachers currently living in southern California.