Erika Abrahamian teaches an exacting vinyasa practice based on the principles of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Her classes are exploratory, meditative, and light-hearted; mixing fundamental elements of Ashtanga with therapeutic strength-building postures and energetic actions. She asks her students to move through the intensity of the experience with compassion and a sense of humor. She is a dedicated ashtanga vinyasa practitioner. Learn more about her here: http://erikaabrahamian.blogspot.com/
Scott began practicing yoga in 1994 with Bill Atkins in NYC at American Academy of Dramatic Arts. During his 16 year competitive freestyle snowboard career, competing and coaching, he taught yoga to athletes he trained at various snowboard academies throughout Vermont. Scott received his 200hr tt at Yoga studio Tahoe and has trained with Seane Corn, Susan Sterling and Hala Khouri during Off The Mat into the world’s Yoga Leadership training, as well as Yoga Journal live/OTM’s Game Changer’s confrence, and Seane Corn’s Yoga of awakening training. During his journey Scott has had the privilege to practice with, attend workshops and be influenced by world renown teachers such as Rod Stryker, Sean Corn, Janet Stone, MC Yogi, Eion Finn, Christopher Hareesh Wallis, Dr. Manoj Chalam, Shiva Rhea, Gurmukh and many others.
Renee teaches yoga with the hope and intention for each student to feel completely at ease -- never worrying or wondering, always accepting and honoring where the body is throughout the practice. Renee did yoga for over 15 years before taking Mark Stephens’ 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2014. Some of her early influences were Erich Schiffmann, Baron Baptiste, Bryan Kest and Steve Ross. Renee is now a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and has been teaching yoga in Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz for the past 2 years. She has worked with students who are completely new to yoga as well as seasoned yoga practitioners and finds joy in all areas of the spectrum. www.reneeallenyoga.com
Danielle is a 500 RYT, RPYT Alliance certified yoga instructor who is devoted to her practice. Yoga changed her life by opening and healing her heart and her body. As the seed that was planted so many years ago, became more nourished with compassion, love and so many teachers along this path, her spiritual and asana practice deepens with every breath. Danielle encourages her students to move from their own truth, from the heart, finding healing, removing blockages and striving to awaken their highest self. Through basic and challenging asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breath work), meditation, mudra, mantra, union, surrender and laughter she guides classes that allow each practitioner to become present and find freedom. Every class is unique, filled with playful transitions that challenge every student. She teaches from her authentic heart for the benefit of each individual and the collective group. Danielle believes that we can work out our challenges on our mats so that we can create a gratitude & love-filled life off the mat. The ripple of the work we do in our practice is potent. Her greatest teachers being her two children. She gives so much to her community in many ways and students find ease with her presence.
Believing that anyone can begin their own yoga journey at any time, I try to teach each class to the level of the students that are present. I am forever growing in my own practice as a student and a teacher, and love the sense of yoga as always evolving and bringing new insight.
Yoga has greatly enhanced my wellbeing over many years as a student. I'm excited and inspired as a teacher to share the remarkable benefits of yoga with others. In gentle Yoga, I present options, modifications and ways to breathe that allow the postures to work best for your body, making it a safe, sustainable and mindful practice. I have learned so much from all my teachers, especially Mark Stephens. In 2012, I completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification with him and I'm currently enrolled in his 500-hour certification program. It is deeply satisfying and meaningful to me when students say, "That was just what I needed." Discover for yourself the power of yoga to increase your awareness and aliveness!
Influenced by the late Sri K. Pattahbi Jois, Sarah Powers, David Swenson, Srivatsa Ramaswami and Mark Stephens, her teaching blends aspects of Ashtanga Vinaysa, Yin Yoga, Pilates, Chi Gung and Reiki training.
Irene's classes emphasize moving into deeper inner peace through breathwork and asanas (poses).
Codi is a California native who found yoga at a young age, and never looked back! She trained with Mark Stephens and became a 200 Hour certified yoga instructor in 2016. Her Vinyasa classes focus on breaking down the basics, creating space in the mind and body, and diving into the essence of the practice. Her goal as a teacher is to support and inspire students, and to awaken them to the infinite potential within!
Elizabeth’s classes are open to pure beginners, as well as more advanced students who want a slower paced class. She invites students of all ages, sizes, and abilities to explore their bodies, relax their minds, open their hearts and tune in to their breath as they create more space, energy and compassion together through this powerful practice.
A native of Brazil, Dani has studied deeply with Edi Lisboa in Rio de Janeiro, & with some of foremost teachers in the world: Dharma Mittra, Richard Freeman, Lino Miele, Kino McGregor & Mark Stephens, with whom completed her teacher training. Dani has also traveled to India to deepen her experience of yoga, to study Indian philosophy, & to complete a teacher training in Iyengar-style yoga. A happy mom of two beautiful boys, she also simply a delight to be around.
Sean began his yoga practice after years of martial arts training and endurance running. While continuing to participate in other passions, yoga has increasingly taken a central place in Sean’s life, leading him to deepen his practice. Motivated by his undergraduate and graduate studies in Psychology and Kinesiology, and a desire to achieve a greater balance in his body mind, he has developed a more holistic approach to training and personal development which guides his approach to teaching yoga
Denise Kirpal Lapides, E-RYT 500, IKYTA Level II, C. Ayu.
Denise's classes are alignment based slow flowing vinyasa and restorative founded in the Krishnamacharya lineage, that the yoga must be fit to the individual. An abundance of compassionate cues, keen observations from over 16 years on the mat, humor and vibrant encouragement make each class a unique and uplifting experience. Within you is that Divine Light that desires to be fully shining. Rooted in compassion and heartfelt understanding, Denise Kirpal knows these practices give us a way, a place and a means to uncover that inner light, that inner balance to live fully and wholly, in exactly the way we are meant to live. The key is accepting us as we are, beginning where we are and seeing the Light in all. Experience how to create and maintain balance, peace and more love in your life. Choose from a myriad of ways to begin to heal and harmonize with classes, yoga teacher training, ayurveda or a private holistic yoga session.www.divinelightyoga.com
Nick Loffree is a certified Qigong, Tai Chi and Tao Yin Instructor, as well as a certified Medical Qigong Practitioner and Blissology Yoga Teacher. He is a Senior Instructor with world-renowned Energy Medicine school, Holden QiGong, and is an on-staff Qigong Teacher at 1440 Multiversity. His passion for the healing arts began with his own health crisis in adolescence, with several severe chronic conditions being diagnosed as incurable by traditional western doctors. A deep, decade long dive into Buddhist, Yogic, and Taoist Mind-Body Practices, alongside herbalism and nutrition, led him back to balance and vitality of mind, body and spirit. This journey, and the transformations of others he has met along the way, have fueled his vision of sharing the tools of self-healing and empowerment with the world.
Rachel finished her 200hr-YTT with Mark Stephens in the summer of 2015, becoming the youngest teacher to have graduated his program at the age of 17. Rachel holds a deep respect for the philosophical side of the practice as well as the physical. She believes in using the practice to bring the body, breath, and the mind into a balanced harmonization. Above all she wants her students to gain the most out of their personal experience and have fun while doing it.
During my college studies I came to yoga to find more presence and calm away from my over-stressed mind and body. Yoga and meditation have been my medicine ever since; for times of anxiousness, heartbreak and seeking clarity in my life. I hope to bring what this practice has gifted to me, to my students who show up on their own mats with their own experiences. I strive to make all who attend my classes feel comfortable and welcome, no matter your age, physical ability, or background. I believe it is essentially YOUR practice, I am just a supportive and loving guide. My desire is to get my students into their bodies and deeply into their breath to soften and quiet those "stories" of the mind that we become so attached to in this life. I wish for my students to realize and remember that, that sense of peace and contentment is ALWAYS accessible inside. I am grateful for my teachers and my inspiration including Mark Stephens, Eoin Finn of Blissology, Stephanie Snyder, Puja Chance and my students.
Michelle’s flow sequences are unique and creative with a dance-like quality. She believes deeply in the power of music to create a certain vibration and energy in the room, as well as in it’s abilities to stir up emotion and center one’s mind and body during practice.
Michelle teaches vinyasa flow infused with yin, meditation, pranayama, a bit of humor and A LOT of gratitude. She uses inspiration from daily life to build fun, heart opening classes, emphasizing strong alignment, and connectedness. "The connection to ourselves, others, nature and those things that truly nourish us is an important part of this practice for me." Michelle draws her knowledge and inspiration from a variety of teachers including Nancy Goodfellow, Mark Stephens, Sarah and Tai Powers, Noah Levine, Jason Murphy, Rusty Wells, Eoin Finn(just to name a few) as well as the great ocean, mountains, and mother nature!
Laura’s yoga philosophy: Yoga is about adaptability, not flexibility. Listening to one’s body and honoring oneself. Laura incorporates this philosophy into her classes by teaching students how to mindfully tune into their body and breath while flowing in and out of asanas(postures). She encourages the use of props to assist with proper alignment in order to lengthen one’s body with ease. Laura completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Mark Stephens in January 2014. She is currently studying with Mark for her 500-hour yoga teacher certification, with an emphasis on how a regular yoga practice can assist students who are afflicted with arthritis
Reema Prasad completed her Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Teacher Training and began teaching in Santa Cruz in 2014. She is currently on the path of completing her 500 Hour teacher training. Besides expanding her own yoga practice, she has been involved with the Santa Cruz Adaptive Yoga Project as a volunteer and is also an Acro-yoga enthusiast. Besides teaching yoga locally in Santa Cruz, Reema is also a systems engineer and architect for Cisco Systems. Given her academic background in Physics and Astrophysics, Reema is also continually curious about how energy can be guided within the student’s body for physical and mental benefits.
Dana Rivkin offers breath focused, fluid movement yoga classes with alignment cues that explore, anatomy, personal development and playful discovery of the self. Her yoga journey began in 2005 when she walked out of her first vinyasa class feeling like she was floating on clouds. Dana completed her 200hr teacher training at Yoga Union in Portland, OR and is certified as a Street Yoga teacher, sharing the gift of breath and body awareness with homeless and at-risk youth. Continually inspired by the wisdom, strength, and gifts of her teachers, friends, and family, Dana believes yoga is a life-long study on and off the mat.
Described by Yoga Journal as "the teacher's teacher," Mark Stephens (E-RYT 500) is the author of the international bestsellers Teaching Yoga (2010), Yoga Sequencing (2012), and Yoga Adjustments (2014), which are available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Czech, Japanese and Chinese.
Practicing yoga for over 25 years and teaching for over 20 years, Mark has trained over 2,000 yoga teachers worldwide. He founded Yoga Inside Foundation (1997-2005), a non-profit that established yoga programs in over 300 schools, treatment centers and prisons across North America, receiving Yoga Journal's 1st Annual Karma Award in 2000 for his leadership with Yoga Inside. He also founded L.A. Yoga Center and Santa Cruz Yoga.
With a rich background in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow, Tantra, and Yoga Therapy, Mark brings an eclectic perspective to the practice that's all about making yoga more accessible, sustainable, and deeply transformational. He lives and teaches yoga in Santa Cruz, California. Learn more at www.markstephensyoga.com
Debbie was introduced to gymnastics and dance before she was able to walk. Her boundless enthusiasm for all things movement guided her to a path of studying and performing many forms of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, modern, hip hop, and West African. When she was 16 years old, Debbie was introduced to yoga as a way of cooling down at the end of vigorous dance classes. She never looked back.
Debbie holds her Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher certification at the 500-hour level with the Yoga Alliance. She was named one of the Top Yoga Teachers in the Bay Area by Common Ground Magazine in 2008 and has been a featured presenter at Yoga Reaches Out, Bhakti Fest, and various International retreats and trainings. She has completed yoga certifications in Power Vinyasa with Baron Baptiste, Yoga Therapy and Thai Massage with Saul David Raye, Anatomy with Denise Kaufman, and Sequencing with Seane Corn. Debbie is also a certified Crossfit Level 1 trainer and has completed Kelly Starrett’s Movement and Mobility Course. Currently, she is an ambassador for lululemon athletica, Manduka mats, and MeSheeky clothing.
Debbie’s mission is to guide individuals towards a deeper sense of strength, balance, and personal power through yoga and movement. She is the creator of Dansa Vinyasa ™, which combines traditional West African Dance with Vinyasa Yoga and live percussion as well as YogiWOD.com, a website and interactive community bringing accessible yoga practices to CrossFitters and athletes. Her classes and workshops are fun, challenging, inspiring, and open to all experience levels.
Anne has been teaching yoga for 8 years and has studied with Yoga Works, Mark Stephens, Leslie Kaminoff, Kofi Busia and others. Her teaching style focuses on helping students learn how to support their bodies as they develop both their strength and flexibility, while navigating their practice in a compassionate way.
Laura Walker is a lifelong dancer who discovered yoga in 1999. Spirituality & movement are deeply connected in Laura's life and she believes that the focus and physical discipline that comes with a dedicated yoga practice is the gateway to the mind-body connection. Laura completed her 200 hour National Yoga Alliance training in 2008 and is currently completing her 500 hour certification with Mark Stephens. Laura also holds certifications from the Suhaila Salimpour School of Dance, Carolena Nericcio's Fat Chance Belly Dance in San Francisco, and a BA in Humanities from San Francisco State University. Laura strives to create a supportive environment in her classes, while providing a meditative and vigorously focused practice.