Ayurveda Yoga Journey believes that seeing the world is a powerful tool for self growth, and we seek to make that experience as achievable as possible for communities everywhere. Often, group travel with like-minded people of the same community, is a terrific way to make off-the-beaten-path locations, and new experiences, more accessible


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Meet Our Team

Meet members of our team who work behind the scenes to make every retreat a successful journey

Amazing Team

``No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.`` – H.E. Luccock

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Owner The Studio Cleveland

Sara Nadia Syed, Owner at The Studio Cleveland, has dedicated her life to practicing and teaching yoga, meditation and healing for the past 12+ years. Sara has helped hundreds of yoga students around the world. She received formal Advanced Yoga Instruction Training in Mysore, India, and in Cahuita, Costa Rica. She holds a 500 E-RYT, M.S Education from the University of Akron and her B.S Psychology from John Carroll University.

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Fanoula Asser

Sound Healing, Cyma, Reiki Practitioner

Fanoula Vasilia Asser is a sound practitioner, Cyma, reiki practitioner, and yoga and meditation teacher who began her yoga teacher training journey in 2012 with her beloved instructor Jan Hauenstein, with Try 4 Life Yoga, trained her in YTT200 & attuned her to every degree of Traditional Usui Reiki I II III, Animal Reiki, and in 2013 Kundalini Reiki.

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Shilpika Devaiah

Owner Ayur-Shilpi Ayurveda & Wellness

Shilpika Devaiah is the owner of Ayur-Shilpi Ayurveda & Wellness and a certified Ayurveda doctor through NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) and AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America) organizations. She received her Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine, and Surgery (BAMS) which is a 5-year program from Rajiv Gandhi University Of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India, and Diploma in Panchakarma from Ayurdhama Ayurveda Hospital and Yoga Retreat Center in India. Shilpika also has a 200 hour Yoga Teachers Training Certification from the renowned Sivananda Yoga Ashram, India specializing in Hatha yoga. She is also certified as an Ayurveda Yoga Therapist by NAMA.

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Adriana Markov

Yoga and Reiki

Adriana Markov is a reiki practitioner and yoga and meditation teacher who finds expression in blending the universal teachings of health and healing of eastern philosophy together with shamanic ceremonial practices that maximize the discovery and connection to our inherent and divine nature. She completed her B.A. in international relations with focus on psychology from Cleveland State University. She is a CYT, receiving training under the direction of Sara Syed, owner of the Studio Cleveland, and studied reiki under the Usui lineage from Cleveland-based shamanic practitioner Hank Setala.

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Massage Therapy & Owner Intuitively Rooted

Vonree Mao is a healing practitioner with many modalities under her belt.<br /> She has been a massage therapist for 9 years and a certified yoga instructor for 3 years. She specializes in deep tissue, Swedish and Traditional Thai Massage.</p> <p>Vonree blends the knowledge she has learned with her intuitive skills of touch to create a calm and nurturing experience. Vonree also offers Manual Lymphatic drainage,