In the late 90s, the practice of yoga lured Michael Gannon away from chaotic deal making in the American advertising and music industry. He subsequently spent 10 years studying in India with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915 - 2009) learning the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd series of the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa system. Authorized directly by Jois in 2001 to teach, Gannon has taught in over 50 countries on five continents.
Having trained over 500 teachers worldwide in Ashtanga and Power Vinyasa Yoga, his unique teaching style makes the transformational powers of yoga accessible to all with the desire to learn.
Gannon additionally uses a broad range of meditation and breathing practices to guide people in transcending their self perceived limitations.
Taking on the playful moniker long ago, “The Yoga Dealer”, he founded the Yoga Dealer Brand in 2005. His live teachings have been extended over the years via many DVDs, the first ever Ashtanga Yoga App on iPhone/Android, and the online video platform yogadealer.com/practiceonline. His first book, Ashtanga Yoga Made Simple — A Practice For All Levels, was published in 2018.
On his home beach in Mexico, Gannon designed, built, and directs one of the most beautiful yoga schools on the planet, Yogaloft Playa del Carmen. When he’s not traveling, it is here that he spends time at the feet of his three most powerful gurus — his daughter and two sons.
Originally from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ellen moved to Playa del Carmen, Mexico in 2001. In Playa del Carmen is where she did her first Yoga practice and right away felt that this was her life changing moment. She embraced the practice and science of Yoga daily and became an E-RYT with the Yoga alliance and has been, and still is, studying with many great teachers. As they say; always the student.
Ellen's uniquely designed Vinyasa Flow has become highly popular, drawing students from around the world to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, where Ellen is based. Renowned in her field for her strength and helping her students to find their own strength Ellen will challenge you in class, but not without a special focus on safety, alignment, breath and meditation. Bringing into the practice that Yoga is not only asana but a great journey to take and if you let it a way of life.
Having trained with teachers such as Baron Baptiste, Erich Schiffman, Dharma Mitra and Bryan Kest. Ellen now continues her studies with Para Yoga founder Rod Stryker who, amongst other things works in finding “ supreme accomplishment” both in yoga practice and in life.
Susana started on the path 17 years ago. Her first introduction to yoga was a Bikram Yoga class and fell in love immediately with the practice. Her path took her to get her first certification in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in Hot Yoga Flow in 2003. She has also studied under Yogi Nasser, in Petra Yoga. Her love for the practice took Susana to different cities and study with various teachers in different styles including Edward Clark, and Bryan Kest. In 2012 Susana moved to Playa del Carmen Mexico and started practicing under the tutelage of Michael Gannon at Yogaloft when the school opened. She is a certified GPVY instructor. Her love and passion for power yoga reflects in her flow giving students a deep and strong practice.
Diana started exploring different styles of yoga in 2012. An ashtanga teacher trained by Michael Gannon recommended she move to Playa del Carmen to practice with Michael at Yogaloft. Diana has since spent 2-years studying with Michael and completed his GAVY 200 Ashtanga Certification in 2016.
Diana now teaches the evening, guided ashtanga program at Yogaloft and she asisted MIchael during the GAVY 200 2017 Teachers Training.
Ana is a girl from Mexico City that came to the Caribbean with a backpack and a dream. A dream she started to realize the day she started practicing yoga in 2014. Her new life perspective brought a calm heart, a peaceful mind and inner happiness.
This first yoga practice was at Yogaloft and her first teacher was Michael Gannon. Ana has since certified as a Gannon Power Vinyasa Yoga teacher and feels honored to be teaching in this same yoga school that started her yoga journey.
Teshia teaches yoga with a selfless passion and sees great potential in everyone that comes to class. She believes teaching is her dharma and celebrates the opportunity to lead students on a journey of self discovery. Teshia has been combining Yoga and Holistic Nutrition since 2006. She was the Hatha Yoga Champion of Eastern Canada in 2011 and then became a yoga host of BodyRockTV.
In 2016 Teshia began teaching a royal family in Dubai which included constant travel. In 2018 Teshia decided to make Playa Del Carmen her new home. She's beyond stoked to be part of the Yogaloft team and share her energy and love of yoga.