Erika 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/
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
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.
MARCIA GRACE CHARLAND
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!
My classes strike a balance between building strength while maintaining softness. As a psychology major, I strongly believe in the power of meditation and the effects it has on the brain. I began my yoga journey at age 20 with a free week trial at Corepower Yoga. I knew my anxiety driven life had the potential to change. And it did, tremendously. For the first time in years, I felt my true self. Since then I have been propelled into the realm of holistic healing. I have studied many different modalities, from yoga for trauma recovery to the anatomy of asana. I am passionate and driven to continuously learn and grow this practice of yoga. When I’m not teaching or practicing yoga, you can find me studying psychology or buddhism, sticking my toes in the sand, ecstatic dancing, hiking through the forests, or making epic meals with friends. My hope is to inspire students to tap into their boundless potential on and off the mat.
Drawing on his 23 years of yoga study and experience, Kenny Graham teaches yoga in a way that is accessible, intelligent and inspiring. His classes are taught as “form and flow” which blends breath work, meditation, movement and music. He honors the fact that each body is unique, and that alignment is a personal journey. His teaching helps to free limiting mental patterns, lighten the heart and increase body awareness.
Kenny teaches with a focus on equanimity of movement to counter modern-day imbalances, which helps restore the body to its natural fluidity and balance. Through the functional applications of posture, breath and meditation, he helps students to discover their own unique alignment in the world.
Dawn began to study yoga in 2001 and began teaching in 2005. She is a Senior Prajna Yoga Instructor and completed her 500hr teacher training with Tias & Surya Little, the founders of Prajna Yoga. Her classes are influenced by somatic movements, exploration of form, vinyasa yoga, functional movement approaches, and the connections between practice and life. Dawn’s classes emphasize breath, flow, and form as keys to unlocking basic and advanced postures. The breath is always a foundation that we flow from, and the mechanics or actions of a pose will build from the breath. Some classes will find more steadiness and holding of poses to build strength and stamina. Other classes will find more fire as grace and breath meet in the practice. Expect to build up to new things and break down a pose or two each class.
Dawn finds that contemplative practice is an important part of her daily practice and her classes. Yoga practice is not limited to asana alone, and taking time for contemplation and meditation is important in our fast-paced and connected world. www.dawnhayesyoga.com
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.
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
Daniela found a tool for a balanced life at her first Yoga practice in 1996.
She has been teaching in USA since 2008, where she tries to pass on to her students the importance of balanced self and life also an attitude of Yoga, showing that the practice goes far beyond physical work.
She is a regular Ashtanga practitioner and in her Vinyasa classes you will find principles of Ashtanga Yoga from sequencing, to philosophy, pranayama, and meditation.
She recently traveled to Mysore, India, the home of Ashtanga Yoga to deepen her practice with her teacher Sharath Jois at the KPJAYI.
Dani is honored to share her experience in California, contributing to a happier and healthier community.
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!
Over the last 10 years or so, yoga and meditation has been my salve in times of anxiousness, heartbreak and seeking clarity in life. I hope to bring what this practice has so generously gifted me, to my students who show up on their mats with their own experiences and life stories. I strive to make all who attend my classes feel comfortable and welcome no matter age, physical ability, or background. I believe it is essentially YOUR practice, I am just a supportive and loving guide. I wish for my students to realize and remember that that sense of serenity, contentment and above all, love, is ALWAYS accessible within. I am beyond grateful for all of my teachers and inspiration including Mark Stephens, Eoin Finn of Blissology, Stephanie Snyder, Cora Wen, Puja Chance, Lulu and my students.
Michelle teaches creative, gracefully fluid classes with a clear aspect of safe alignment. One of her favorite parts of teaching is creating thoughtfully laid out music playlists to heighten the experience and move things even more on a spiritual level
Sarah has studied therapeutic yoga and meditation at the 200-hour level in Hilo, Hawaii. Designed for all skill levels, Sarah's teaching is creative, dynamic and projects the concepts of creating space, safety and sweat. Her classes empower students to express themselves through the body and unplug the mind with a rediscovery of intention and grace. Come prepared to move, connect and reawaken a wave of awareness to the consciousness of slowing down in the most individualistic way. After all the practice, just like life, should flood in smiles, laughter and imperfection with lots of room to keep your heart door open in the process. To learn more or share with Sarah directly visit her website: www.hisarahsimon.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.
Jessica first discovered yoga when she was 12 in her hometown, Santa Monica, when her mother took her to her first yoga class at YogaWorks. In High School, she attended by donation classes at Bryan Kest's Power Yoga studio weekly after school. Continuing the practice of yoga into adulthood, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 with Joan Hyman and Carmen Fitzbibbon of YogaWorks Center for Yoga in Los Angeles, where her love affair with yoga and the urgency to share it with others deepened. Continuing her education over the years, she's studied with Maty Ezraty, Tiffany Cruikshank, Janet Stone, and Tias LIttle, and recently traveled to the motherland, India, to dig her feet into yoga's geographical source. Recently completing her 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Mount Madonna Center, where she lived and volunteered in the Ayurveda and Yoga Teacher Training departments for 2.5 years, immersing herself in the teachings of Baba Hari Dass and Classical Aṣhțāṅga Yoga, Jessica feels a whole-hearted commitment to honoring and sharing the teachings of yoga. Jessica's classes are a balanced blend of form and flow, of strengthening and softening, of effort and relaxation. With focused attention on structural and energetic integrity and breath, she empowers her students to rediscover their relationships to their bodies, and move through obstacles that cause discomfort, dis-ease, and disconnection. Her aim is to allow the practice of yoga to guide us all towards wellness and freedom.