school yoga institute visionaries

For almost 20 years, we have been dedicated to providing exceptional experiences that leave our potential students and alumni ready to make a change in this world, our facilitators feeling inspired, and our hearts left forever grateful in seeing the impact our trainings are having on people throughout the globe. We love what we do and feel grateful to be the team that makes up the foundation of School Yoga Institute.


We are honored to serve you and continue to strive each and every day to make sure you know how important it’s to have you as part of our growing global family.


With beaming love and light,

The SYI Family & Sacred Lotus Productions




Co-Owner, Dream Maker, Gourmet Vegan Chef

keri pennell owner school yoga institute

Keri is a modern mystical momma who grew up in Roseburg, Oregon. She spent her childhood in the wild, playing outside with her brothers, and becoming a lover of all things athletic. Upon graduating high school, she went on to Oregon State University where she met her beloved husband Jed Pennell and earned her masters degree in Exercise Science and pedagogy. Keri and Jed quickly became well loved Health and Physical Education teachers in Point Arena, California. It was there that their first child Kalani was born. Keri instantly realized that her life passion was to be a mother! Since then, Keri has become a mother to 3 more children Phoenyx, Orion, and Lotus Jewel!! Keri and Jed now travel the world, spreading the love and light of yoga through yoga teacher training courses! When they are not traveling, they make home base in Ashland, Oregon.

Keri is also a vegan chef, where she has cooked for many of School Yoga Institute’s Yoga Teacher Training courses, in Costa Rica, where they resided for many years. She finds her inspiration in home birth, vegan food creations, conscious living, nature walks with her family, and fermentation!! You can find Keri, Jed and their 4 beautiful children on a sports field or hiking trail, making yummy vegan treats together in their kitchen, or at a Yoga Teacher Training in Guatemala, Peru, Costa Rica, or Bali!


What’s your favorite yoga pose?
Seated Twist


What’s your favorite quote?
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive
out hate; only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.


Development & Coordination

Meet Trisha - School Yoga Institute Innovator

Trisha’s journey with SYI began in 2014 when she completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training in Peru! She was on a quest to find the tools to heal her body from a snowboarding accident that had turned into chronic pain. School Yoga gave her those tools along with a fresh perspective on life as she continued her path in the corporate world. Working for multiple resorts in Canada and North America’s largest ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb, Trisha developed a love for positive leadership and the integration of wellness and mindfulness in the workplace. She is certified in Mental Health First Aid and advocates for self-compassion and self-care. When she’s not in the mountains hiking and skiing, you can find her cooking, practicing yin yoga, and playing her guitar!


What’s your favorite pose?

Butterfly pose for at least five minutes :)


What’s your favorite quote?

As a bee seeks nectar from all kinds of flowers, seek teachings everywhere. - Tantra of Z'oquen.



Communications & Web Content Goddess

yoga alliance 200 hour teacher training with syi innovator brooke a

Brooke is a California-native currently living in Palo Alto, CA. She completed her first 200-hour teacher training with School Yoga Institute in Bali in 2017 and was blessed to return for an additional 200-hour training in Peru in 2019. Her trainings with SYI have transformed her personal practice and she is honored to now be teaching mystical yoga flows to her local communities. Brooke is also co-founder of the Sacred Sister Collective, where she facilitates healing, transformational women’s retreats and workshops. Brooke feels honored to serve individuals as they uncover the radiant perfection of their true nature and step into their power. She finds medicine in connection, vulnerability, shared tears, seeing and being seen, healing touch, and colorful expression. Brooke is dedicated to humbly learning from other’s unique life experiences and forever remaining a student of life. She is currently enrolled in a trauma-informed training with The Art of Yoga Project, and is well on her way to becoming a National Board-Certified Health and Well-Being Coach with YogaMedCo. Brooke’s life mission is to remain in service to all beings by holding a space of unconditional love for the entirety of each individual’s unique process.


What’s your favorite pose?

Sleeping Pigeon


What’s your favorite quote?

“What I want to say to you, my dear, is this: Just for today, live the passionate truth of who you are. Stop looking at what is undone, what you haven’t achieved, where you’ve fallen short. Look, instead, into your own full heart. If your journey brings you to a choice between love and fear, choose love. Vulnerability is its own grace and its own gift. Offer it. Be brave enough to be vulnerable. Allow yourself to be seen – dancing, and falling, and failing, and trying again. You are loved, and all that you have to offer is deeply needed. Your own presence is a force for healing. Be present. There is more going on than you know, more guidance and support surrounding you than you can even begin to imagine. Trust it. Your own strong roots are in place – in your own body, in the earth, in the ongoing story of your life, just as it is. Put your faith in those roots and allow yourself to go with the flow. Let go and breathe into the goodness that you already are. Move with the current, not against it. Resist nothing. Let life carry you. You have work to do. Begin it.” – Katrina Kenison


What inspires you in your practice?

My practice is inspired by the power yoga holds to heal on an individual and collective level. A teacher of mine in Peru said that the only path in life is the path of healing ourselves. I agree full-heartedly. The emotions that we struggle with the most, are the ones that are trying the hardest to heal us. And when we heal and deepen our relationship with ourselves through this sacred practice, we heal our families, we heal our friends, we heal our communities, we heal the world.


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Digital Marketing Innovator

Juan Carlos - School Yoga Institute Digital marketing Innovator

Juan Carlos found Yoga when he was going through a hard time in his life. He was studying and working way too hard and in turn was exhausted physically and emotionally.


One day he saw a little yoga studio and decided to take a class. It was weird, different, uncomfortable, but at the same time he felt good, relaxed, and happy. Yoga wasn’t what he thought. It required concentration, strength, connection between mind and body. He definitely wasn’t prepared for that. So, he gave it a chance and signed in for a month.


A couple years later, he is completely convinced about the benefits of this practice. He has taken 2 Yoga teacher trainings: 200hr Yoga and Biomechanics YTT & the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Guatemala with the amazing School Yoga Institute. He also co-created a beautiful Yoga Studio in Quito, Ecuador. He now works on the SYI innovator team, managing marketing and website details.


Find him on Instagram @juankaguilera333



What's your favorite pose?


Malasana. It keeps me grounded to my body, with the earth and the moment I’m in.


What's your favorite quote?


“In this life, let’s dance all night long, let’s cry with no fear, let’s hold on to our dreams and let’s sleep with clear conscience. Let’s enjoy life with cheekiness and laugh at ourselves, because the idea of being bitter is just too boring.


Let’s learn that life takes many twists and turns, that is too short, and that is up to us how we live it. Let’s enjoy the small details, celebrate the precious moments, congratulate others without envy and let’s fill our lives with smiles.


What inspires you in your practice?


My emotions. My body. The possibility to connect with myself on a deeper level.





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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
― Mary Oliver



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