Guru: “One who dispels the darkness”


Jaime Sanchez – Founder

Passionate about teaching the skills necessary to practice yoga safely and effectively, Dr. Jaime Sanchez founded West-East Yoga in 1997. He is also the founder of a number of other yoga and wellness centers in Venezuela and the United States and is an international lecturer for East-West Natural Healing, Inc. speaking at events in Spain, China, and across South America and the United States.

Jaime started practicing yoga at the age of eight in Venezuela and became a yoga teacher in 1967. He has taught yoga at Saint Louis University and Christian Hospital for over 10 years and is certified at the 500 E-RYT level recognized by Yoga Alliance. He is extensively educated in the Solar, Iyengar, and Sivananda methods as well as yoga philosophy and Sanskrit. A naturopath doctor since 1995, Jaime also studied acupuncture in China at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Siri Atma Kaur – Instructor

Siri Atma completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at University of Missouri Saint Louis in 2005. In 2012, she completed Yoga Teacher Training through West-East Yoga and graduated with a 200-hour certification recognized by Yoga Alliance. In 2013, she continued her studies and began Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at Sat Tirath Ashram in Kansas City, MO.

Siri Atma teaches Hatha & Kundalini Yoga classes and private instruction throughout the St. Louis area, works with healing those with addictions, and has served as the administrator of the programs at West-East Yoga.


Dr. Daniel Fazio – Anatomy

Dr. Fazio completed his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration at University of Missouri St Louis in 2001, during which he double majored in Management and Organizational Behavior and in Marketing. In 2005, he continued his studies at Logan College of Chiropractic, where he studied Human Biology, Chiropractic, Nutrition and Acupuncture. There, he received a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology in 2007 and a Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2009.

Dr. Fazio provides chiropractic and acupuncture treatments as well as nutrition and lifestyle counseling at Roots of Wellness Chiropractic & Holistic Therapies and has been providing anatomy instruction at our Yoga Teacher Certification Courses for four years.



Sue, Professor, School of Social Work Saint Louis University has centered her research around family caregiving. As a social worker for more than forty years she has worked with diverse family configurations and lately her research , knowledge and skill training has taken her into using yoga in the healing process. She is a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Level Two and holds a Certificate of Completion in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors from Duke Integrative Medicine. She has offered a number of presentations and workshops on how to incorporate yoga into mental health care.

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Johanna Avery – Instructor

Johanna instructs the 200-hour program at West-East Yoga and has been involved in the yoga community for 15 years. She is certified in YogaFit I, Integrative Yoga for Seniors, and is a level 500 E-RYT with Yoga Alliance. Johanna is passionate about the relationship between the body, mind and spirit and hopes to aid others in finding their love of yoga. She is especially skilled in offering modifications and challenges alike for her students so that they can achieve their personal goals. Johanna strives to provide a safe, loving, and positive energy in her classes to help improve the mind, body and spirit of all her students.