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Our Teachers

All of our teachers are highly respected and well educated in various styles of yoga. Many of them have a blend of backgrounds that may include Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Yin and Restorative while some of our teachers focus on just one of these styles. More importantly, they have personalized the practice to reflect their own studies, and their classes will reflect this dynamic quality.

  • San Francisco

    • Alissa Lamb

      Alissa Lamb

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      Alissa is a student of movement. As a runner, swimmer, dancer, and explorer of nature, Alissa has always been on the move. Her yoga journey began 12 years ago, the same time she discovered her love for the study of human anatomy and physiology. Having experienced the trans-formative power of yoga as medicine at a young age, Alissa firmly believes that yoga can be for every body. With a desire to integrate her yoga practice with her western scientific interests, Alissa teaches a unique blend of hatha yoga infused with mindful body alignment and therapeutic movement.Since earning her Bachelor’s of Science in biology in 2009, Alissa has worked closely with physical therapists expanding her understanding of body mechanics and how to safely move through injury in the body. Alissa is also a certified Yoga and Thai Massage Therapist and teaches anatomy and physiology to yogis in training.

    • Amanda Moran

      Amanda Moran

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      Amanda Moran spent 10 years in New York city where she studied and eventually taught at the Jivamukti Yoga Center. She is a graduate of the Jivamukti Teacher Training Program, class of 2000 and also received an Advanced Certification from her teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life in 2005.

      After trying just about every outward avenue in the quest for physical and mental peace, she finally found Yoga in 1992. At the time she suffered from chronic recurrent bronchitis worsened by her stressed out job managing tours of large theatrical productions. Through Yoga practice & a vegan diet she’s been bronchitis free for the last eight years.

      Her classes are Jivamukti style, consisting of challenging vinyasa sequences grounded in traditional and contemporary spiritual teachings, Sanskrit chanting, meditation, hands-on alignment adjustments, and relaxation. Classes include challenging variations for more advanced students, and accommodation for newcomers. She continues the tradition passed on to her by her teachers Sharon Gannon, David Life & Ruth Lauer Manenti, which emphasizes that Yoga practice leads to liberation. Amanda lives in San Francisco with her boisterous toddler Jackson and beautiful chef/yogi husband Jeremy.

    • Andrea Manitsas

      Andrea Manitsas

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      Andrea has been yoga-ing her way through half of her life. From the moment her classes begin, they are imbued with a heartfelt mélange of her favorite teachings. From the sweet song she learned while studying under Jai Uttal to the cosmic dance of her Laughing Lotus teachers, from the sumptuous flow she fell for with Janet Stone and the intelligent alignment under Jason Crandell, Andrea connects her well-rounded experience with her impressive music and book libraries to inspire bodies to move and minds to still… Expect to always have an opportunity to fall on your face with just a little bit of grace.

    • Annika Williams

      Annika WilliamsAnnika Williams

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      Annika Williams is a devoted Anusara yogini, Singer, Song-writer, Poet, Dancer, and Artist of the Performing and Visual Arts, and she weaves music, creative choreography, mantra, meditation, and pranayama into her fun, flowing classes. Annika has always resonated with movement as a liberating medium for allowing us to Be the joy & bliss of our free-spirited, authentic Essence within. Her classes provide a balance of challenge, strengthening vigor, and playful fun, with grounding, expanding, trans-formative tranquility. Annika’s eloquent instructions make postures more accessible to all levels of students.

      Annika celebrates and delights in the unique light and beauty within everyone’s being, and her classes reflect this celebration of the Self in the service of Love. Her classes open and inspire the mind-body, heart, and spirit, providing a space for us to physically open, heal, restore, connect, expand, play, and awaken to our own inner peace, freedom, and empowerment.

    • Ariel Howland

      Ariel Howland

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      Ariel has studied movement since a very young age. She believes that movement is not a particular form or body shape, it is an entire human experience. This belief led her to yoga and she has been a dedicated student to the practice for 10 years. She got certified to teach in 2002. She has studied various styles with many gifted and knowledgeable teachers. Her class is a fusion of vinyasa, dance inspired inspection of the lived experience. As a way to practice Karma Yoga, in the year 2000 she joined the Peace Corps which took her to South Africa and Tonga. She created a women’s yoga class focusing on embodied being. She has her MA in Somatic Psychotherapy and has a practice in Noe Valley. She is also a certified massage therapist.

    • Beayah France

      Beayah “Pretzel” France

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      Pretzel was born and raised in Hungary. Her background includes studies in gymnastics, dance and theater. She has been teaching yoga since 1988. She was the owner of Pretzel’s school in San Francisco for 20 years. Her teachings incorporate Bikram, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Meditation and Pilates. She brings warmth, energy and poetry to her class for you to carry home.

    • Brenna Geehan

      Brenna Geehan

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      Brenna began her journey with Yoga, Tantra, and Ayurveda in 1998. Originally from New York, then Chicago and now San Francisco, Brenna Geehan, ERYT, is a Level II Certified ParaYoga® Instructor. She currently assists Yogarupa Rod Stryker in ParaYoga® teacher trainings and travels nationally offering Yoga seminars. Brenna has over 700 hrs of training and over 7 years of full time teaching.

      Over the past 10 years, Brenna has had the great fortune of learning from other master teachers including Pandit Rajmani Tigunait , Yogiraj Alan Finger, David Life, Shiva Rea, Doug Keller, Beryl Bender Birch, Tias Little, Ana Forrest, Tim Miller, Gary Kraftsow, Andrey Lappa, Gabriel Halpern, and Judith Lasater.

      Brenna believes that we all have the right and capacity to realize a life brimming with joy, meaning and purpose. In her classes, she offers a Tantric- Vinyasa practice that encourages an “inner listening”. Her mission is to help transform students’ bodies to be stronger and more flexible and also aid in removing mental and emotional obstructions so they may have a more balanced and healthy energy flow. Her classes include pranayama and meditation practices that encourage students to find clarity of mind and peaceful dispositions. Brenna teaches public classes in San Francisco and is a respected mentor to other teachers.

    • Britt Fohrman

      Britt Fohrman

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      Britt’s greatest joy is found in sharing her love of yoga with a wide variety of people. She encourages her students to approach yoga as a way of life, to practice with a beginner’s mind, with loving kindness and with sincerity. Her unique style of teaching places a strong emphasis on alignment, sequencing, breath and inner awareness, while her approach is imbued with warmth, humor and honesty. Since 1993, Britt has studied primarily Iyengar Yoga, though she weaves influences of other traditions, especially Viniyoga and Vipassana (Buddhist Insight) Meditation, into her teaching.

      Her specialty lies in working with pregnant women and new mothers, where she also employs her skills as a photographer, birth doula, and body worker. Along with being an avid surfer, Britt loves to do headstands on mountaintops and beaches all around the world. After witnessing tremendous healing within herself through Restorative Yoga, Britt was inspired to become certified to teach Restorative Yoga by Judith Lasater. Though she now enjoys an active practice as well, Restorative Yoga continues to be the foundation of her well being.

    • Buddy Macuha

      Buddy Macuha

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      Buddy Macuha is a leading master trainer with more than 20 years of teaching experience in the fitness industry. Movement and performance have been an integral part of Buddy’s professional life, and today he trains, motivates and inspires his students to greater physical well being. Drawing from his experience as a gymnast, dancer, personal trainer, competitive athlete, holistic body worker, martial artist, and actor; he applies this diverse background to create a rigorous vinyasa class that challenges students.

      His current certifications include The National Academy of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, Aerobic and Fitness Association of America, YogaFit teacher training, Certified Massage Therapist, Tang Soo Do, and various kickboxing, cycling and aerobic modalities. Most recently, Buddy was the Program Director at a top health club in SF from 2002-2006.

    • Chani Nicholas

      Chani NicholasChani Nicholas

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      Chani is a yoga teacher, counseling astrologer and Reiki practitioner. Her classes are specific, slow, steady and challenging vinyassa- style classes that are designed to help focus the mind and strengthen the body. She believes that humor is an essential ingredient in yoga and that laughter is the best core exercise there is. She was initiated as a teacher by Saul David Raye’s 200 hour Holistic Yoga Program and his Thai Yoga Massage program in 2007.

      She is a certified Yoga Therapist from Loyola Marymount University, the first University-based yoga therapist training program and clinic in the country. Chani completed year-long internships with both nationally renowned chiropractor and associate director of the Yoga Rx Therapy program, Dr. Rick Morris, and author of “Walk Yourself Well”, Physiotherapist and Yoga Therapist Sherry Brourman. She has taught yoga in cancer centers, recovery homes, group homes, homeless shelters, seniors centers, gyms, parks, private homes, classrooms, office buildings and everywhere in between. She holds a B.A. in Integral Studies from CIIS and is currently studying there to become an Expressive Arts Therapist. For astrological musings, free monthly horoscopes and class schedules please go to or

    • Charu Rachlis

      Charu RachlisCharu Rachlis

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      Charu Rachlis, born and raised in Brazil, has been teaching yoga in San Francisco since 1997. She teaches in a Bhakti lineage. She has over a 20-year history of Tibetan Buddhist meditation; her teachings incorporates Meditation, Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga), Iyengar Yoga, Asthanga Yoga and a MA in Psychology from Brazil.

      Through the practices of Yoga and Meditation, one reaches a more subtle and refine state of being. Layers of stress and unhappiness are released – presence, clarity is born.”

    • Chrisandra Fox

      Chrisandra FoxChrisandra Fox

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      Chrisandra is a dedicated student of hatha yoga, tantra, meditation and Ayurveda. Her teaching skillfully weaves the practices of hatha yoga to awaken fire and remove obstacles within so that you may remember your natural state of meditative awareness and ease of heart.

      Her Teachers

      Practicing since 1996, Chrisandra was granted a certificate to teach by Piedmont Yoga Studio under the guidance of Rodney Yee, Richard Rosen, Clare Finn, and Patricia Sullivan in 2002. She has trained in Universal Freestyle Yoga with Ukranian yoga master and mentor, Andrey Lappa, and spent five years in the Shadow Yoga School with Zhander Ramete and Emma Balnaves.

      She bows to all the teachers who have greatly inspired her path and revealed the gems of dedicated sadhana and deep surrender – Krishna Das, David Nichtern, Arlene Griffin, Thomas Fortel, Jamie Lindsay, Peter Sterios, Richard Freeman, Ana Forrest, Angela Farmer, Dharma Mittra, Gary Kraftsow, Tony Briggs, Sarah Powers, Paul Muller Ortega, Robert Svoboda, Scott Blossom, Chandra Easton, Rinpoche Choje Phunsok of Lekshy Ling Monastery, Katie Silcox, Jill Leslie and Barbara Gabriel.

      She studies presently with great devotion and gratitude to Yogarupa Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga.

      Chrisandra is the founding Mama of The Heart of Renewal Retreats which informs and inspires life-affirming transformation through relationship to practice, food, Nature, creativity and community.

      She is an E-500 RYT registered with Yoga Alliance and trains and mentors aspiring teachers. Chrisandra models and writes for Yoga Journal, and is the voice of Yoga Journal’s Livemag. You can practice with her in Gravity & Grace DVD with Peter Sterios and Yin Yoga DVD with Paul Grilley.

    • Cindy Meiri

      Cindy Meiri

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      Cindy began learning about the power of the body-mind connection, and the potential for healing as a gymnast and dancer at age 5. Years later, while attending the University of Illinois attaining her BFA in Dance, she suffered a herniated disc in her lower back. Through receiving bodywork, energy work and practicing meditation, she completely healed, and went on to dance professionally. She was a founding member of Scott Wells and Dancers Modern Dance Co. here in San Francisco 20 years ago.

      Cindy is a 1995 graduate of the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in New York City – the oldest massage therapy school in the country. The focus of her practice is to support each person’s optimal health, and to facilitate the highest level of harmony in one’s body, mind and spirit. Her work aims to help each person communicate with their body, and their being, at a very deep level, facilitating vibrant health as well as deep peace and tranquility. She is also a lifelong student of Yoga and Meditation, continually exploring and learning on an inner level.

      Cindy has training and experience in the following modalities: Therapeutic and Sports massage, Medical Massage, Pre and Post Natal Massage, Shiatsu, Reiki Master Level, Acutonics®,Himalayan Bowl Healing, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and Zero Balancing. In addition, she is a Certified Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Facilitator, offering private and semi-private sessions.

    • Daniel Scott

      Daniel Scott

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      Open up to the yoga of trust, burn away fear, and let life take flight! Daniel Scott is yogi provocateur offering a fresh alternative to the traditional “yoga voice”. His classes are a lively mix of balance and improv, strength and flexibility, breath and body. With a light heart and open mind, expect to be guided into postures, not through them. A globally renowned ashtanga-vinyasa teacher and certified AcroYoga instructor living in bay area, Daniel enjoys barefoot running, street art, good coffee, large quantities, and great qualities. Forever striving towards community by inspiring exploration and trust, Daniel Scott is a Wellness Expert for MindBodyGreen, inspirational columnist for the Huffington Post, and champions tasty deliciousness with Fearless Chocolate. With every breath, Daniel Scott strives to answer the ever-present question: Are you moving, or being moved?

    • Darcy Lyon

      Darcy Lyon

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      Darcy Lyon (MA, MFTi, RYT) is a Certified Anusara teacher and Expressive Arts therapist. After many years studying dance and theater, Darcy fell in love with the grace and intelligence of Anusara Yoga in 1998. Reflecting an exuberant playfulness and passionate love for movement, her classes are based in Anusara’s Principles of Alignment which support body, mind and heart to live with deep strength, wisdom and ease. Students can expect a non-competitive environment where we all support each other towards our personal best.

      In 1996 Darcy formed her company: Heartfire Arts for her work with healing, hope and transformation. She has been hired by the Federal Emergency Management Association to create a puppet show for traumatized children, developed a yoga program for an eating disorder clinic and developed a six month intensive that blends yoga and psychology. Her teaching equally reflects a depth of understanding in psychological change and bridging of eastern and western wisdom traditions.

      Darcy teaches public classes, leads retreats nationally and internationally, mentors new teachers and runs workshops for teachers and students.

    • Darren Main

      Darren Main Darren Main

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      Darren Main is a hatha flow and restorative yoga instructor and author. His books include Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic, Spiritual Journeys along the Yellow Brick Road, The Findhorn Book of Meditation and Hearts and Minds: Talking to Christians about Homosexuality.

      In addition to his writing, he facilitates workshops and gives talks on yoga and modern spirituality throughout the United States and abroad, and is the director of the Yoga Tree Teacher Training Program.

    • Dave Ford

      Dave Ford

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      A lifelong athlete, Dave Ford discovered yoga in the early 1990s. He is a graduate of the 200-hour Yoga Tree Teacher Training and of the 100-hour Bhakti Flow Teacher Training. His Vinyasa Flow classes are by turns challenging, restful and irreverent. “Having a sense of humor is as important in yoga as in life,” Dave says. Injuries, he adds, have taught him the most about maintaining a mindful physical practice, “so I help and encourages students to remain safe and non-competitive on the mat.”

    • Debbie Steingesser

      Debbie Steingesser

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      Debbie Steingesser is an inspired Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher and creator of Dansa Vinyasa ™. Common Ground Magazine recently named Debbie “An Exceptional Bay Area Yoga Teacher” for her dynamic and innovative teaching style.

      Debbie’s heart-opening Vinyasa classes are infused with musicality and breath awareness. Her fluid sequencing, nurturing adjustments, unique playlists, and sweet savasana lullabies connect students to their inner sense of joy and rhythm. Her classes often feature live musicians and unite the practice of yoga with an authentic connection to daily living.

      Dansa Vinyasa ™ is Debbie’s original blend of Flow Yoga, Traditional West African Dance, Kirtan, and Live African Percussion. She has been a featured presenter of Dansa Vinyasa ™ workshops at a variety of studios and conferences including: Earthdance, Harmony Festival, Yoga Tree (SF), Exhale Center for Sacred Movement (LA), Wild Lotus Yoga (New Orleans), and Bhakti Fest.

      She is certified with Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level through Saul David Raye and the Ritam School of Healing Arts. She continues her studies of yoga, kirtan, harmonium, and West African dance, with her mentors Jai Uttal, Dana Flynn, Baxter Bell, Denise Kaufman, and Alseny Soumah.

      “The shining spirit known as Debbie Steingesser is an activated and soulful being who will inspire you to find your inner light and wisdom, because she has found hers! Her positive healing spirit is infectious and I recommend her work to all those seeking healing, joy and playfulness.” –Saul David Raye, Master Yoga Teacher and Sacred Activist

    • Deborah Lee

      Deborah Lee

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      Deborah Lee celebrates the diversity of yoga and offers a well-versed study in the best that Vinyasa yoga has to offer. Since her first teacher training in NYC with Alan Finger (ISHTA) in 1999, she has achieved over 1,000 teacher training hours and has studied with a long roster of yoga luminaries including a 200-hour certification from YogaWorks, over 300 hours studying with Anusara founder John Friend, and an Anusara Teacher Training certification from ViraYoga in New York City. She has also studied with and is influenced by Rodney Yee, Tias Little, Baron Baptiste, Sianna Sherman, Vinnie Marino, and Annie Carpenter. She has trained in and taught Pre and Post Natal Yoga, Ashtanga, and Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. Deborah is registered with Yoga Alliance RYT-500.

      Deborah emphasizes mindful attention to alignment and breath in a challenging and vigorous flow. Her classes are set to engaging music and her sequencing is intended to strengthen the body and mind while connecting the heart and spirit. Deborah honors that most modern day yogis don’t have a lot of free time, so her classes are a thorough combination of nurturing spirit, physical conditioning and mental de-stressing: a soul practice.

      Deborah adds over 10 years of prior professional fitness teaching to her yoga classroom experience. Before moving to the West Coast in 2007, she was a popular fitness teacher in New York City and an instructor at East Coast yoga studios including the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute and Exhale. She teaches in San Francisco at Yoga Tree, Aha, Urban Flow and YogaWorks, as well as to private clients. She welcomes brand new students and experienced yogis alike to her classes.

    • Dina Amsterdam

      Dina AmsterdamDina Amsterdam

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      Dina Amsterdam began teaching yoga in 1994. She is certified by Kripalu (1994) where she gained her spiritual yogic roots and by Rodney Yee (1998) with whom she studied alignment oriented Iyengar yoga intensely for 3 years in his Advanced Teacher Training program. Since 1998 Dina has been practicing and studying Buddhist meditation and Yin yoga with Sarah and Ty Powers as well as other renowned teachers in the Buddhist lineage. Dina is a certified Yoga Therapist and works with individuals and groups on transforming psychological and physiological constrictions. Her approach with clients is guided by healing principles from the yogic and Buddhist therapeutic traditions. She did her graduate research in physiological psychology at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention and values an integrated approach of eastern and western modalities for optimal psycho-physiological and spiritual well-being. Dina leads yoga retreats (many of which are held in the Buddhist tradition of silence) in beautiful places in nature around the world.

      Dina listens to her body more accurately and sensitively than almost anyone I know. This connection, combined with her great communication skills, makes her a phenomenal talent in the world of yoga. I give Dina my highest recommendation to anyone looking for a yoga teacher.”

      —Rodney Yee

      Dina skillfully guides people toward a richer inhabitation of the emotional life . . . while leading them toward the potent art of meditative awareness.”

      —Sarah Powers

      In her public yoga classes, Dina weaves together mindfulness, alignment, strength and softness in a slow paced flow practice. She guides students in a rhythm that allows them to move in harmony with their breath and to discover the obstacles / opportunities that are waiting to be met. Her teaching blends together the Hatha yoga traditions of yin, Iyengar, vinyasa, and restorative yoga with the wisdom of the Buddhist path and invites students to cultivate a courageous and kind presence of wakefulness within themselves on and off the mat.

      Best Classic Yoga Teacher in San Francisco for 2007
      —The San Francisco Magazine (p.138)

      Featured Teacher Profile in Yogi Times 5 Year Anniversary Issue
      – July 2007.

    • Elise Collins

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      Elise Collins is a graduate of Rodney Yee’s 2-year teacher training and has a Relax and Renew certificate from Judith Lasater. A student of many healing modalities, meditation, and visualization for the past fifteen years, Elise teaches an integrative Hatha yoga style utilizing precise alignment and inner focus. As the mother of a five year old, she finds the journey of bringing a child into the world one of great spiritual transformation and enjoys supporting mothers in developing strength, flexibility, and connection. She teaches workshops and classes in pre-natal yoga, mom and baby yoga, yoga for young children and restorative yoga. Currently Elise is writing a book about healthy yoga drinks for Conari Press, which will be published in the summer of 2005. She has contributed to Yoga Journal, writes a monthly column on health and spirituality for Psychic Reader Newspaper and has been a guest on the Seeing Beyond Radio Show talking about Restorative Yoga. Elise lives with her son, Krishna, and partner, Ragi Dindial, in San Francisco.

      Articles by Elise Collins:
      Prenatal Yoga
      Restorative Yoga

    • Elise Lorimer

      Elise LorimerElise Lorimer

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      Elise Lorimer teaches workshops and teacher trainings, as well as travels worldwide, exploring her own boundaries inside and out. Blending graceful flow with healthy alignment, Elise’s classes are anatomically mindful while infused with a playful spirituality that empowers students to openly explore and find freedom. She inspires a greater compassion for the self, cultivating a strong and flexible foundation, enabling students to live fully within their juicy potential. Based in the Bay Area, she continues her yoga study with Shiva Rea, Ramanand Patel and more, inspired by the array of gifts Life continues to offer, wherever she is.

    • Elizabeth Rosser

      Elizabeth RosserElizabeth Rosser

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      Elizabeth feels most at home in the outdoors. She finds inspiration for her yoga practice while connecting in with the natural world. Her classes offer a rigorous blend of creative sequences designed to warm and open the body while uplifting the spirit. She has been teaching yoga throughout the bay area since 2001. Initially influenced by her Ashtanga roots, her teachers also include Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, and Steph Snyder. Dancing, singing, and acting since she was young, Elizabeth brings a melodic blend of chanting and flute playing to her classes. Come prepared to breathe, sweat, and open.

    • Estee Fletter

      Estee Fletter

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      Estee Fletter is a compassionate and inspired Vinyasa Yoga Teacher based in San Francisco. For Estee, the practice of yoga was initially a reminder to quiet the mind and simply be still. Over time, it transformed into a moving meditation of gratitude and devotion. Estee’s classes are a graceful experience blending chanting, music, and intelligent sequencing with emphasis on safe alignment and breathing techniques. Estee’s grounded and motivating energy provides all levels of practitioners the opportunity to work safely towards their edge while exploring their own unique possibilities. Estee has completed over 500 hours of teacher training and has been teaching yoga since 2007. Eternally a student, Estee continues to find divine inspiration in all of life’s many teachers, both seen and unseen.

    • Ethan Savage

      Ethan Savage

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      Ethan’s exploration into Eastern arts and culture began more than 10 years ago when he started studying traditional Japanese Karate. That interest took him to Japan where he lived and trained for more than three years. After obtaining his 3rd degree black belt and teaching license, Ethan returned to the United States to begin a Masters program in East Asian Studies.

      It wasn’t until a serious back injury that led to surgery that Ethan began to practice yoga. Ethan says, “I started practicing yoga to help recover from back surgery; little did I know that yoga would become an integral part of my daily life and something that I’m extremely passionate about.” Thus his journey as a yogi began.

      Ethan is grateful to his teachers: Janet Stone (Radiant Flow), Dijon Carew (Integral Yoga) and Shiva Rea (Prana Flow). He has also been inspired and influenced by Stephanie Snyder (Vinyasa), Scott Blossom (Shadow Yoga) and Jason Crandell (Vinyasa). “I’ve been extremely lucky to be surrounded by wonderful teachers since the beginning of my journey as a yogi. They inspire me to not only become a better yogi but a better teacher and a better person.”

      Ethan teaches a vigorous but mindful style of Vinyasa Yoga. He incorporates meditation, yogic philosophy and pranayama (yogic breathing) into his classes. In the true spirit of traditional Hatha Yoga, Ethan believes that yoga without a spiritual connection is just exercise and misses the more profound point. “First and foremost, I hope that people have fun in my class, and if they leave my class feeling grounded, aware, and content then I’ve done my job.”

    • Jane Austin

      Jane AustinJane Austin

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      Passionate about yoga and the transformative power of motherhood, Jane specializes in working with pre and postnatal women. She has been involved with the birthing community since 1990, working as a homebirth midwife, doula (labor assistant) and childbirth educator. Jane is a certified yoga teacher and enjoys working with all populations. Her teaching has been influenced by many teachers and traditions, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Anusara. She continues to study asana (postures) with Tony Briggs and yoga philosophy with Kate Holcombe. Among her most inspirational teachers have been the many hundreds of pregnant women and couples she has worked with over the years. Her own children and her experience of motherhood have been a huge influence on her teaching as well. She weaves her experience into her classes in a humorous, yet thoughtful way.

      Jane teaches the pre and postnatal component of the Yoga Tree teacher. She has developed a teacher training for those interested in specializing in prenatal yoga instruction. Jane also volunteers at here daughter’s elementary school, teaching a weekly yoga class to the teachers and staff.

      As a lifelong student, Jane continues to study the many facets of yoga. Although yoga provides the framework for her spiritual practice, it is her life as a mother that has given her true opportunity for spiritual growth.

    • Janet Stone

      Janet StoneJanet Stone

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      In 1996, Janet Stone traveled to India, the birthplace of her grandfather, where she met a powerful yogi and became dedicated to a conscious evolution through yoga.

      As one of San Francisco’s premiere yoga instructors, Janet blends a wealth of knowledge and yoga experience to create a unique, vigorous-yet-sumptuous approach to Vinyasa yoga that effortlessly melds awareness with movement and breath. Her classes are often strong, sweaty and deeply nurturing, full of great music, humor and lots of heart. Based in San Francisco, she also teaches workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats all over the world.

      Janet surrounds herself with impassioned teachers like Shiva Rea, Max Strom, Scott Blossom, and Dharma Mittra and delights in the teachings of many other wonderful guides. She currently follows the teachings of her two young daughters, India and Lilianna, who shed the light on all things profound and wondrous.

    • Jason Crandell

      Jason CrandellJason Crandell

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      Jason Crandell was recently named “one of the next generation of teachers shaping yoga’s future” by Yoga Journal for his skillful, unique approach to vinyasa yoga. Jason is the creator of Yoga Journal’s newest dvds: Yoga for Wellbeing; Yoga for Morning, Noon, and Night; and, The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Yoga. He is a contributing editor for Yoga Journal, has authored over 20 articles for the magazine and website, and is a regular presenter at several national and international yoga conferences. Jason has recently partnered with Yoga Journal to continue creating instruction-rich, home-practice DVDs and Podcasts.

      Jason’s steady pace, creative sequencing, and attention to detail encourage students to move slowly, deeply, and mindfully. Take a class from Jason and you will leave feeling grounded, clear, and content—and more informed of the nuances and habits of your body and mind. Jason credits his primary teacher, Rodney Yee, as well as ongoing studies in Eastern and Western philosophy for inspiring to him bring greater alignment and mindfulness to vinyasa yoga.

      “It is teachers and practitioners like Jason that will take the art of yoga and teaching yoga to its next step.” — Rodney Yee

    • Jeremi McManus

      Jeremi McManus

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      Jeremi McManus is a passionate lover of life and it shows in his exuberant, playful, and wholehearted teaching style. He is also a Relationship Coach and holds a Masters in Counseling, which he draws on to fuse mindfulness and a connection to the whole self in his classes. Jeremi loves mentoring new teachers and finds it is one of the greatest ways to stay curious and maintain a beginner’s mind. His union with yoga began in its birthplace of India, where he spent 10 years as a child, so don’t be surprised if you hear him chatting with someone in Bengali. “I am incredibly grateful to my many teachers, including Keith Borden, Jasmine Tarkeshi, Darren Main… and my five year old niece.”

    • Jeremy Simon

      Jeremy Simon

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      Yoga connects us to all beings everywhere, starting with ourselves. So that we see the light in each other’s eyes, live the love in our hearts and take flight on the joy of being alive. Jeremy’s classes are playful, engaging and open to everyone. May we all find the healing potential within, just waiting to be awakened.

      In 2003, Jeremy began his practice and intensive study of Anusara Yoga® while living in Los Angeles. Through this practice he experienced a revelation – with right effort life can be easier, more aligned with our true desires and delightfully fun. Totally inspired, he completed his first Anusara teacher training in 2005 and taught his first public yoga class in 2006. Jeremy is now proud to be a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher.

      In 2007, Jeremy became an AcroYoga teacher. He is so grateful for Acroyoga, it’s the first practice that has holistically provided a safe, sacred space to explore trust and deepen connections with all beings. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join us as we turn the world into our playground. Jeremy currently teaches Anusara Yoga and AcroYoga classes, workshops, immersions at Yoga Tree San Francisco and around the country. Jeremy enjoys acrobatics, playing the harmonium, practicing thai massage and watching the sky.

      Jeremy offers immense gratitude to all his teachers that have shared their love and light so that he can take flight: Sianna Sherman, John Friend, Ross Rayburn, Jenny Sauer-Klein, Jason Nemer, Janet Stone, Ajan Supron Mukomla, Master Lu Yi, Tim and Tara Dale and so many more.

    • Jill Abelson

      Jill AbelsonJill Abelson

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      Nationally recognized by Yoga Journal, teacher/author Jill Abelson joined Yoga Tree in 2009 after moving to San Francisco from Washington DC where she taught yoga alongside a busy career in environmental advocacy.  Her training and teaching spans Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Jivamukti Yoga, and she is renowned for her expertise in hands-on assisting.   Jill is on Yoga Tree’s 200 and 500-hour Teacher Training faculty, and she is passionate and generous about sharing Yoga with students of all levels, from beginners to aspiring/experienced teachers.   Her book series is called Extra Love: The Art of Hands-on Assists.

      Teachers wanting to work with Jill can find her in Yoga Tree’s new Mentorship Program.

    • Jody Greene

      Jody Greene

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      Jody Greene came to the practice of yoga in 2000, and her path to teaching continues to unfold daily through practice, study, and the karma yoga of assisting. She is deeply blessed and enlivened by her root teachers, Mark Stephens and Janet Stone. In 2001, Jody began studying Zen Buddhism, and has practiced in both lay and monastic settings throughout the past decade. She is currently especially interested in exploring the intersections and diversions of Zen and Tantric Philosophy, under inspiring and inspired teachers Daijaku Kinst, Paul Haller, and Hareesh Wallace.

    • Karl Erb

      Karl Erb

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      With over 23 years experience in yoga Karl is one of Yoga Tree’s most senior teachers and brings to bear a wide range of expertise, training, generosity, and integrity to illuminate each student’s individual experience.

      Most deeply influenced by Yogacharya Shri BKS Iyengar’s approach to Hatha and Ashtanga yoga, Karl draws on years with teachers from many systems. His practice and teaching are deeply informed by not only western anatomy and physiology, but by principles of Ayurveda and the nature of Prana, or energy – life’s vitality. Karl encourages deep attentiveness in practice, imbued with a spirit of compassion and adventuresome, playful exploration.

      “So much Wisdom, so much Heart!” ~ RM
      “I feel like I just went to a spiritual chiropractor!” ~ DS
      “You are the first yoga teacher I have ever had, I have been to a lot of classes, but I don’t feel I have ever really been taught before. Thank you for that.” ~ LK

      “Karl Erb knows what he is talking about, a true gem we should take advantage of weekly. His grounded sincerity, sense of humor, and face-value way of being has made him virtually the only way I use my 10-pass at Yoga Tree. No foo foo! No cliques! Equal and honest personal attention.” Audrey Mei, Certified Rolfer

      “A grace that hardly seems possible…When I have a question, when I’ve reached a plateau in my practice, when answers in words will not suffice – I take Karl’s class.” Jonathan Reynolds, Yoga Instructor

      The Experience
      Classes include Karl’s unique approach to teaching core strength and Mula Bhanda, largely influenced by his primary teacher of over 17 years, Ramanand Patel. Each week, building on a foundation of learning, students will progress to a deeper understanding of how Mula Bhanda touches not only the muscular body, but the layer of breath, energy, and awareness. Classes will cycle between an emphasis on standing poses, backbends, twists, inversions, and arm balances. His unique ability to see each individual makes his classes challenging for the experienced student, and encouraging for the beginner. All levels welcome.

      For the Seasoned Students
      Karl also teaches a compelling Advanced class at Yoga Tree Hayes Saturdays at 4:30 pm for TWO Hours! In this class Headstand (Sirsasana) and Shoulderstand (Sarvangasana) are practiced regularly and practitioners are challenged in both endurance and depth of action, or immersion in a truly integrated body-mind experience, ultimately revealing the essential nature of the heart and soul. Each class Karl builds upon refining awareness of breath, awareness, and action in each posture. Revealing principles of breath and energy that are the source Principles of Alignment developed by Iyengar Yoga and now taught in the Anusara method, students move beyond alignment to Essential Actions. Karl weaves chanting and principles of yoga philosophy into each practice making each class an enriching and rejuvenating adventure.

      Karl began yoga in 1983 with Julie Kimball in Santa Cruz and then completed the 500 hour, 2 year teacher training program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco. Karl went on the apprentice with Evlaleah Howrd in public and therapeutic back care classes; Karl now continues ongoing study and apprenticeship with Ramanand Patel. Karl has also completed numerous advanced trainings with senior teachers from many styles including but not limited to: Judith Lasater, Roger Cole, Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Shandor Remete, Erich Schiffman, Ramanand Patel and Evlaleah Howard. Karl also studies Vedant with Swami Dayanadanda Saraswati and North Indian classical and devotional music with Pandit Mukesh Desai.

    • Kerri Kelly

      Kerri KellyKerri Kelly

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      In the late 90s, Kerri found yoga, and with it found a powerful tool for healing her own body and a spiritual tool for changing her life. Yoga led her to a risky next step: leaving a successful, high-powered marketing career to dedicate herself to empowering others through yoga. Kerri is the founder of Yoga Catalyst, a movement-inspired coaching program to help individuals reshape their body and reignite their life. Since joining Off the Mat more than five years ago, she has been instrumental in building the community around yoga and activism and mobilizing the global community to create positive social change.

    • Kiko Nascimento

      Kiko Nascimento

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      Kiko began his study of yoga in 1996 and received his teaching certificate at the Dharma Mittra Yoga Shala in 1999. This Brazilian transplant is fiery and has energy to spare! Kiko’s vast background in fitness (Hatha raja flow, Ashtanga, Restorative, Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Cross fit – and as a Capoeira dance teacher) gives him a unique understanding of the blend of mind and body. He teaches a powerful yoga class that is suited for those who wish to blend their spiritual practice with an active asana practice. Join Kiko for a fun, high-energy exploration of your edge.

    • Kim Sin

      Kim Sin

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      Kim teaches an approachable, deep style of Vinyasa that safely challenges the body and soothes the mind. She presents a strong attention to alignment in a modern, easeful way. A steady focus on breath, layered with alignment promotes an inner relaxation through body and mind connection. She studies extensively with her main teacher and mentor, Jason Crandell, and is influenced by her studies in the Iyengar and Ashtanga tradition. In her class, you will breathe deeply, laugh hysterically, and move rhythmically into stillness.

    • KK Ledfrod, MA

      KK LedfordKK Ledfrod, MA

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      Growing up on an organic farm in East Texas, KK has been involved in Earth-based Spirituality and meditative practices since childhood. Her deep connection with Nature and comfort with the Feminine Divine mysteries, Shaiva-Shakta Tantra, and Herbalism infuses her teachings. She began studying intensively with her teacher John Friend and teaching Anusara Yoga in 1998. She has over 15 years of study and practice of the yogic arts and philosophies. A Certified Anusara yoga teacher, KK’s classes are poetic and powerful, inviting authentic embodiment and radiant expression of wild wisdom.

      KK’s WildMoonWisdom also includes courses and private sessions for yoga therapy, Women’s Spirituality, Embodiment and Ecology, and life passage rituals.

    • Laura Burkhart

      Laura Burkhart

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      Laura’s creative and intelligently sequenced flow classes are known for being challenging, with a smooth and rhythmic flow. She incorporates strategically selected music organized to create a specific cadence and theme for each class. Laura is conscientious about catering to different levels and ability to ensure that all feel welcome and comfortable.

      Laura’s extensive studies, primarily under Shiva Rea and primary mentor Jason Crandell, have helped forge an intuitive, spontaneous and eclectic instruction style.

      Laura worked as the Yoga Director at the San Francisco Bay Club’s Mind/Body Center, has appeared in numerous online videos by Yoga Journal and Yogaglo, and was the June 2010 master class model for Yoga Journal Magazine. In addition to teaching yoga classes, Laura is the founder of Yoga Reach International, a company that specializes in yoga travel-adventures with a philanthropic intent: to help the communities that it touches through both hand-on projects or donations. Yoga Reach fosters a platform to bring well- being, adventure-travel and service together to benefit both communities in need and enrich the lives of those participating in the retreat.

    • Lauren Slater

      Lauren Slater

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      Since 1998, Lauren Slater has been a joyful practitioner of yoga, and continues her studies with Arkady Shirin in the Krishnamacharya lineage. Past teachers include Jennifer Morrice in Restorative and Stephanie Snyder in Vinyasa styles, as well as Ashtanga and Iyengar lineages with teachers throughout California. Currently an Ambassador for lululemon and The Art of Yoga Project, outreach within various populations is a passion to spread the joys of yoga to all. Another passion is wildlife rehabilitation, in which Lauren has been an active advocate, volunteer and intern with WildCare Bay Area since 2007.

      A trained Classical dancer since childhood, Lauren danced professionally with the San Francisco modern dance company, LEVYdance and uses her knowledge of dance, Pilates, and physiology to enrich both vigorous and passive teachings of asana.

      “I believe anyone can be transformed through yoga, with each path unique and to be cherished as a gift of an enlightened life.”

    • Les Leventhal

      Les Leventhal

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      Yoga with Les is a vinyasa/flow yoga practice. Les is one of San Francisco’s most popular and sought after teachers around the world. Les’ classes, workshops and video podcasts are filled with all the basic technique and alignment cues you will need to get your yoga practice started. They are also filled with lots of variations and occasional longer sequences to challenge the more seasoned practitioner. The prana (life force) comes from within. So be prepared to sweat and let the rasa (the sap and the juice) flow freely.

      Les’ studies and ceremonies are steeped in Forrest tradition, having completed Ana Forrest’s teacher training. Les has also assisted Ana’s teacher training and studied many additional hours with her. Also, Les has completed several trainings with Tias Little and has learned much of his alignment and technique cues from Tias, as well as a firm foundation in the 8 Fold path of Buddhism which compliments the asana practice with a sense of grace and elegance that allow you to take classes whatever your yoga experience and whatever traditions you have in your own life.

      Les pays careful attention to weave in the 8 limbs of yoga and keep the traditional styles and intentions of yoga a part of his classes while making great strides into opening a window into our global cultural shift. Les’ yoga will give you an opportunity to heal your heart and laugh, cry, dance and just let go. Some classes flow freely, while others will explore holding postures a bit longer. Many classes have music. Most of all, is that in Les’ classes, you have an opportunity to modify and do what you need to do in order to take care of your practice and that in learning to take better care of yourself, you can then take better care of those around you and they might then take better care of those around them.

    • Maralle Fakhereddin

      Maralle FakhereddinMaralle Fakhereddin

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      From a young age, Maralle has been drawn to movement and self expression. Starting with ballet, basketball, then swimming and crew, she has enjoyed moving, breathing, being active, around friends and nature.

      Maralle is a 500hr Certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher and a Certified Yoga Life Coach. She has completed over 500 hours of training and apprenticeship with her beloved teacher Baron Baptiste. In September 2012, Maralle has continued her journey by starting her second 500hr certification with Yoga Master Sri Dharma Mittra. Maralle teaches yoga in San Francisco and the South Bay, and has coached beautiful beings from around the world. She is also an experienced guide and coach for the 40 Days to Personal Revolution program.

      As a student and teacher of yoga, Maralle is always reminded of the powerful practice of removing the blocks from our way of being and living our True and Fullest expression of our Selves. “I believe that the power of yoga is in cultivating a deep listening in and connecting to our inner wisdom to uplift everyone around us. Everything that we are seeking; happiness, love, richness… is already within each one of us! Through the practice, we connect in to our essence, and share and express from that source out into the world fearlessly and generously!” Maralle’s teaching is filled with breath, self expression, devotion, community, fun and sweat!

    • Marissa Nasca

      Marissa Nasca

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      Marissa (RYT-500, MSW) has a background in dance and has been practicing yoga for many years. She has studied several styles of yoga including Vinyasa and Anusara yoga. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2008 and has continued her studies with several notable teachers including Sianna Sherman and (this fall) Katchie Ananda. Marissa also works closely with the Art of Yoga Project and deeply believes in seva.

      Marissa has found much healing through her own yoga practice and enjoys helping others connect with their body and mind. Anatomy, philosophy, and heart felt enthusiasm are at the core of her classes. Marissa’s light spirit provides a playful atmosphere for her students to build confidence and expand.

    • Mark Morford

      Mark MorfordMark Morford

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      Mark has been practicing a fluid, energized style of Vinyasa yoga since way back 1997, and teaching since 2000. He’s been blessed to study with a wonderful variety of powerful, luminous and generous teachers, and has been inspired by — and workshopped with — many of the premier instructors normally name-dropped in this kind of bio, so he’ll just avoid doing that here and merely say, he’s had a wonderful ride. And it still feels like it’s just beginning.

      Mark’s popular classes and workshops are an athletic, challenging and often deliciously irreverent blend of focused breath and strength-building movement (asana) set to great music, all designed to invigorate the body, calm the frenzied urban mind and bring you more fully into the present moment, as you discover — or, more accurately, remember — a more profound notion of Self, one that will doubtlessly enjoy more of your personal attention. He strives to weave in luminous-but-practical threads of yoga philosophy and the 8 limbs into his classes, as well tantalizing tastes of Shivaic Tantrism and Buddhism et al, to infuse/inspire our collective intention and more fully experience spanda, that subtle pulse/tremor of the cosmos.

      Mark’s yoga will give you an opportunity to crack open your heart, peel away layers of urban anxiety, sweat out toxins and bad text messages, drink in spaciousness, build strength and stamina, look tastier in a bathing suit, sample some divine rasa (nectar), find connection and stability in your daily life, and slide through the world with more authentic grace and flexibility. He promises you will never leave his class feeling, breathing, or moving in quite the same way you came in.

      Bring a towel. Leave your baggage. Peel off your stress, your expectations, your self-imposed limitations. Come for the sweat, stay for the consciousness. It’s so good you’ll forget you’re actually defying gravity.

    • Michael Alexander

      Michael Alexander

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      Michael has found his calling in teaching yoga. He brings his positive spirit and encouraging style to each class. He is recognized by other teachers for having particular skills with beginners and non-traditional students and for challenging more advanced students to deepen their practice. He has completed intensive programs in Costa Rica and Hawaii and graduated from Yoga Tree’s 200 hour and 500 hour Teacher Training programs. He has ventured to India three times and sponsors children at Mother Miracle School in Rishikesh, India. He is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT-200 (Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher) and RYT-500 certified teacher and has received additional training in restorative yoga and pranayama. Michael finds freedom in encountering and celebrating the divine within each person.

    • Michael Richardson

      Michael Richardson

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      Michael began practicing yoga in 2003 as a way to relieve pain and tension in his body from years of sports injuries. What unfolded during that process became something much deeper and redefined his life in every way. Since then, he has dedicated himself to the deeper understandings of yoga through practice, study and teaching. His classes are Flow/Vinyasa based and focused on breath and movement. Each class ranges from mild to vigorous, the choice is always yours.

      Teaching yoga was a natural transition for Michael to share the practice of yoga with others. He truly believes that there is a place for yoga in everyone’s life regardless of your age, size, strength, or flexibility. His philosophy is simple; show up, practice yoga, honor yourself and see what unfolds.

      His greatest teachers are the students that dedicate themselves to the practice of yoga and are open to the process. “I am always truly humbled by the individuals that climb onto the mat and open themselves to anything. It is a constant reminder that we are all students in this life; together.”

      He studies with Janet Stone, Rusty Wells, Michael Watson, Jay Kumar and Gary Grimes.

    • Michelle Bouvier

      Michelle Bouvier

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      Yoga first found Michelle in 1994, and her passion for the transformational power of sadhana in her own life led to teaching in 2000. An athlete and dancer for most of her years, Michelle believes movement is pure artistic expression of the deepest parts of our soul, as much as a method to find our way to a greater source within. This spanda, or pulsation, reflects the natural movement of the Universe on all levels of Consciousness~ inward/outward, contraction/expansion, inhale/exhale, and is a guiding principle in Michelle’s classes. She believes we are best able to ‘drop in’ to meditative presence through connection to our unique inner rhythms; that it is in this state of ‘flow’ where we are most deeply nourished in body, mind, and heart. On the mat, Michelle is devoted to serving this intrinsic rhythm of life with graceful strength, a playful spirit, sweet sweat, and a smile toward our evolution!

    • Pedro Franco

      Pedro Franco

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      Pedro Franco is a Yogi, Physical Education Professional Physiotherapist, Yoga therapist, and Personal Consultant. Pedro has practiced Martial Arts for 22 years. His Yoga journey started in 1992 and since then he has practiced, studied and is certified by Teachers and Masters from various lineages and traditions around the world. Pedro also carries certifications in Pilates, technical skills for rehabilitation, wellness, and fitness. He has developed a practice that blends effective tools with a broad holistic perspective, and has a teaching style that adapts to all levels for the maximum development of students’ inherent abilities.

    • Pete Guinosso

      Pete Guinosso

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      Connect into your inner yogi with Pete Guinosso. Known for his joyful energy, compassionate guidance, sense of humor, skilled touch, and spiritual yet light-hearted approach, Pete creates an environment for his students to uncover the deeper benefits of their yoga practice.

      Pete began his own practice after thirty years of running, cycling, and contact sports. Motivated by a desire to connect his mind, body, and spirit through movement and breath, he spent several years and over 600 hours training with Ana Forrest, including assisting her 24-day Foundation Teacher Training course.

      It is through this experience that he learned how to compassionately guide students of all levels through a vigorous asana practice with integrated breath work and awareness. Pete resides in the Bay Area and makes yoga and the depth of the practice available to students in group classes, workshops, and retreats. He is also available for private consultations.

    • Pradeep Teotia

      Pradeep Teotia

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      Born and raised in a small village outside of New Delhi, Pradeep is an internationally certified yoga teacher who draws mostly from his training in India. He has practiced and studied yoga his entire life – starting with his grandmother in his early years. He is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners through the integration of meditation, yoga philosophy, nature’s vitality, spontaneous humor, and joy. His unique teaching style brings alive the holistic nature of healing in a way that is simple, powerful, and accessible – allowing people to connect more deeply with their own authentic power and spirit.

    • Scott Blossom

      Scott BlossomScott Blossom

      Scott Blossom is a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner, Shadow Yoga teacher, and Ayurvedic Consultant. He has been studying yoga for over eighteen years and teaching for twelve. His primary teachers are Zhander Remete, founder of Shadow Yoga, and Dr. Robert Svoboda, renowned Ayurvedic physician and scholar.

    • Sean Haleen

      Sean Haleen

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      Sean Haleen (RYT-500, ERYT-200) is a celebrated Hatha yoga teacher and practitioner. Having practiced yoga from a young age, his understanding of the practice runs deep both on the physical and philosophical levels. Having taught thousands of hours of public classes and workshops, yoga is his full time job and passion.

      Sean’s classes are noted for their humor and depth. Focusing on alignment, students wishing to learn about their bodies and the different concepts of yoga philosophy in detail will enjoy his public classes.

      Sean teaches classes, workshops, and privates across the Bay Area and beyond. He has taught yoga to a variety of people including high schoolers, homeless groups, recovering drug addicts, and queer youth. He offers deep gratitude with each class to his main teachers, Katchie Ananda, Christine Price Clark, Chris Chavez, Brent Kuecker, and Paige Faraci.

    • Stacey Rosenberg

      Stacy RosenbergStacey Rosenberg

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      Yoga radically transformed Stacey’s life, which is why she’s passionate about offering the practice to others. Over years of practice and teaching, she has helped her students become more comfortable in their own skin. Students describe her classes as “dynamic, playful, and joyfully expressed.

      She is known for creative and coherent sequencing; clear and precise instruction; and a light-hearted, down to earth attitude. She leads classes, immersions, retreats, and trains teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Stacey is also a columnist for Origin magazine and has contributed to Yoga Journal.

    • Tara Dale

      Tara Dale

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      Tara, along with her partner Tim, is the founder of Yoga Tree San Francisco. She teaches a tantric based hatha class with emphasis on going at your own pace and being in the present moment. Students will be guided through sun salutations, standing, seated, and inverted asana sequencing. Tara encourages her students to focus on their breath and to nurture a centered and grounded practice. Throughout her class, Tara highlights alignment. Tara has been teaching hatha yoga since 1995 and has been studying Iyengar, Anusara and Tantra since 1995 and has been in the fitness and wellness industry since 1987. Her teachers are John Friend, Shiva Rea and Judith Lasater.

    • Tim Floreen

      Tim Floreen

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      Tim first came to yoga looking to add a little stretching to his gym routine, but he soon found the practice transforming his life in ways he never expected: he felt healthier, more relaxed, and more in touch with himself than he ever had before. He began teaching yoga full-time in 2000. He’s taken teacher training programs with Bikram Choudhury, Baron Baptiste, Rusty Wells, Janet Stone, and Dharma Mittra, he’s been on the teaching staff at studios in Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston and San Francisco, and he’s appeared as a yoga model in several publications, including Yoga Journal.

      Tim teaches a vigorous flow class, but always with the understanding that students should modify and take breaks as needed. Two more ingredients he likes to incorporate into every class: a sense of fun and a good soundtrack.

    • Wendy Yalom

      Wendy YalomWendy Yalom

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      Wendy K Yalom practices yoga because life is much more fun when she’s dancing, singing and sweating. Her playful, vigorous flow classes encourage students to tap into their own creative potential and to have a good time NOW. The insight of teachers from Rumi to Rusty Wells to BKS Iyengar infuse the practice with devotion & tradition.

      “Everytime I unroll my mat and step on to it, I’m reminded that this short, sweet life is a celebration! Join me and see what is possible in your life right now!”



  • Berkeley

    • Abby Tucker

      Abby Tucker

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      “What do I teach? I teach a yoga that is about fully embodying into the practice and into life. This embodying uses the tools of refined alignment, empowered flow, pranayama and meditation. I teach YOGA. I teach a yoga that EMPOWERS students into their experience rather than relying on external factors to make the experience for them.”

      Abby Tucker is a dedicated yoga student, teacher, and lover of life. Passionate and down-to-earth, Abby’s bohemian heart radiates through her life in all its aspects — at home, as a student and as a teacher. She doesn’t differentiate between the practice of yoga and the practice of life, believing that yoga is how you do something, not something you do.

      As a teacher, Abby creates an atmosphere of keeping it real while challenging students to their highest potential in the moment. She speaks from the authentic place of her own heart’s experience and is renowned for her unique ability to make the practices of yoga pertinent to the full spectrum of life experiences. Her classes are a profound and authentic offering of dynamic alignment, embodied flow, and skillful refinement. Students are encouraged to work diligently while honoring their own boundaries. Abby believes in empowering students through deep inquiry and skillful application of a pulsation of dynamic alignment principles. Each asana class also includes the essential grounding practices of pranayama and meditation.

      Abby spent much of her childhood in a mystical field behind her home in Tennessee. It was there that she first learned that all of nature—including our own human nature—had a pulse, a rhythm and a cycle. She became enchanted by yoga at the age of 10, and began exploring Eastern religions and philosophies in high school and college. It was in 1998 that she finally came to the practices of yoga and, finding her entire life transformed by its alchemy, she left her full-time career in public relations and in 1999 turned her life over to yoga, becoming a full-time yoga student for the next four years. She began teaching in 2002, earned her Anusara certification in 2005, and now holds an E-RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance. Abby is deeply appreciative of all her teachers, past and present. She studied and apprenticed with Anusara founder John Friend, from whom she learned the beauty and art of teaching and the importance of opening to what the Universe serves up in every moment. She has studied tantric yoga in the Rajanaka lineage with yoga scholar Dr. Douglas Brooks for many years. Above all, Abby is a student of the Divine MahaShakti, the highest flow of life and Consciousness and with complete devotion she continues to fully immerse herself in her yoga studies and in the essential practices of asana, mantra, pranayama, and meditation.

      Beyond the “yoga” world, Abby has many delights, interests, and courses of study. In particular, Abby aligns and follows the druidic and shamanic traditions of many cultures, particularly those of her heritage, which includes Native American and Celtic blood. She is deeply moved by the poetry of Walt Whitman and John O’Donohue and is no less moved by the poetry of a baseball game, a thoughtful meal, or skiing down a mountain with her beloved family. You’ll often find her under a redwood tree in the Berkeley hills or up the plum tree in her backyard.

      Abby lives in Berkeley, CA, and teaches public classes, workshops, as well as advanced studies programs in the Bay Area, nationally and internationally.

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    • Ai Kubo

      Ai Kubo

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      Through Yoga Ai Kubo learned to speak from her authentic self, emerging out of her Japanese cultural upbringing. Now with over a decade of teaching experience, she devotes her life to helping busy people find balance, improve wellness, and live their lives to their fullest potential. She offers a space for students to move through their physical and mental limitations that have become habitual and even confining. Students often quote Ai’s teaching as “calm, focused, exquisitely clear and precise about her language, while remaining grounded and peaceful.”
      Ai has over 800 hours of teacher training in Ashtanga, Forrest, and Anusara Yoga. When Ai is not on a yoga mat, she is a mother of two young girls, an epidemiologist (PhD from Columbia University), and a wellness coach.

    • For more information visit Ai’s website

    • Alexis Azzam

      Alexis Azzam

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      Alexis discovered yoga as a respite for her work as a psychotherapist with underserved children and families. Originally a tool for her own relaxation and stress-management, yoga became a practice of play and interconnection Alexis used with her clients as well. A practitioner of Adult Yoga for over 10 years and a teacher of Child and Family Yoga for 4 years, Alexis is passionate about the practice and effects of Yoga on children, both as individuals and as members of family and community. Alexis completed a 200 hour Child and Family Yoga training with Mira Binzen of Global Family Yoga and a 200 hr adult training with YogaView in Chicago in 2008. Alexis recently received her Masters Degree in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Having developed a commitment to the health of families in her work as a child care provider, teacher, hospital chaplain, and counselor, she incorporates the creativity of play, the exploration of expression, and the sense of connection fostered within Child and Family Yoga, in her role as a marriage and family therapist.

    • Alisa Kameshvari Thorp

      Alisa Kameshvari ThorpAlisa Kameshvari Thorp

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      Kameshvari was introduced to Yoga at age 18 and has studied with instructors in several methods – including Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar and Anusara Yoga. In 2003, Kameshvari had the great fortune to meet her Root Teacher, Dharmanidhi, with whom she continues to train in Hatha Yoga and Classical Tantra. With over 1500 hours of instructor training and more than 2300 hours of teaching experience since the year 2000, Kameshvari brings confidence, grace and a well-rounded knowledge of the practice to her classes. Working with students to develop the foundations of a personal practice is her favorite aspect of teaching. She is especially focused on the integration of the Yogic path with daily living. In 2000 she also received a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Columbia University. Kameshvari is a certified Adi-Yoga instructor.

    • Carla Koopal

      Carla Koopal

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      Carla welcomes you to her 30+ years expertise in Multi-Lineage Multi-Level Yoga, Yoga Therapy & Natural Therapeutics, 25+ years Advanced Pain Relief Bodywork/Massage, and degrees in education and nursing. Carla’s unique “AllOneYoga” classes are joyful journeys that focus on holistic health and are customized to the needs of each class. She specializes in do-able accessible sequences with deep balancing benefits for each body system. Carla looks forward seeing you in class!

      As a young teen Carla developed her own way of stretching, leading to 7 years of University Yoga studies. Then after her education and nursing degrees, and an additional 7 years of Iyengar Yoga studies, Carla journeyed blissfully through 15 teacher trainings: Integrative Yoga Therapy 500hr, Kripalu Yoga 500hr, Ananda Seva Yoga Therapy 500hr, Dr. Lad’s AyurYoga, Anusara yoga, Iyengar yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Svaroopa Foundations, Yoga of the Heart, Yoga Meets Dance, Yoga Movement, Joy of Life Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Mini Yogis, and Pilates/Fusion. TM, Tibetan and Insight Meditation teachings have provided a precious parallel path. Carla continues to study Adi Yoga, Angela Farmer Yoga, Bihar Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Shadow Yoga, ViniYoga, TriYoga, and Yin Yang Yoga. You’re in good hands!

    • Charles Ekabhumi Ellik

      Charles Ekabhumi Ellik Charles Ekabhumi Ellik

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      Charles Ekabhumi Ellik is a graduate of Yoga Mandala’s Teacher Training Program. After a 9-month internship with David Moreno and studying Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Anusara, Bikram, and Shadow styles, he went on to teach Hatha Yoga full-time and to develop Yoga Mandala’s popular Youth Yoga Program. An award-winning poet, teacher/coach, and community organizer, he brings to his practice and classes a rich background in creative and physical arts: poetry performance, public speaking, publishing, painting, music, martial arts, and modern dance.

    • Darshana Weill

      Darshana Weill

      My approach to yoga supports those students wanting to integrate both holistic health and spirituality into their every day lives. As a former dancer and musical theater actress I always knew the body was my instrument, yet something was missing. In 1993 I met Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti Yoga and she began to show me how to bridge the gap between my body, my soul and my spirit! I earned my first certification as a yoga instructor at the Kripalu Yoga Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. I continued to on with additional teacher trainings with John Friend of ANUSARA yoga and Erich Schiffmann.

      Knowing that mindfulness is at the root of everything I have also practiced and sat on many retreats at Spirit Rock Vipassana Meditation Center and lived at the OSHO commune in Pune, India.In addition to being a yoga teacher I’m also a Food Freedom Coach. I am the founder of the food freedom programs. I lead groups and work one-one with women all over the world to help them liberate from compulsive eating through the tools of mindfulness, yoga and health whole foods.

    • David Moreno

      david morenoDavid Moreno

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      David Moreno ERYT-500, has taught at international conferences, universities, and retreats worldwide, and is frequently a guest instructor for yoga teacher training programs. He has worked privately with clients in the fashion and entertainment industries, and has trained world-class athletes, including the 2004/2008 Olympics U.S. Mens Swim Team coach. His articles and commentaries on yoga have been published in various yoga journals and periodicals, including LA Yoga Magazine, Yoga International, and Yoga: Body & Spirit. David is known for his keen sense of humor and timing, making classes both playful and informative. When not traveling, David teaches at Yoga Tree Berkeley, where you can also find his instructional dvds!

    • Eric Shaw

      Eric Shaw

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      Eric Shaw is a scholar and yogi. He shares his unique and innovative style of asana and lecturing on the history, philosophy and science of yoga with dynamic multimedia presentations worldwide. Eric offers students knowledge of the ancient yoga tradition attuned to the modern experience in upbeat, energetic classes informed by excellent knowledge of posture, meditation and breathwork. With certifications from Kripalu Yoga and Yogaworks, he is an E-500 Registered Yoga Teacher. A PhD candidate in Hindu Studies, Eric also has an academic background in graphic arts and was a special education teacher for nine years. He is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal and other magazines, and consults, researches and writes for movies, phone apps, yoga teacher training manuals, and other worthy projects in the field.

    • Isaac Milder

      Isaac Milder

      Isaac’s classes are a healing journey into the depths of your wild, sensuous and spiritual body. Weaving together fun and challenging poses, breath, bandhas, and more, Isaac helps students feel whole, alive, and embraced. Studying yoga in India for over two years, Isaac completed a 3,000 hour teacher training. With a Master’s Degree in Somatic Psychology and a Certificate in Integrative Medicine, Isaac embodies a clear understanding of the connections between the physical body, psyche, and spirit. Isaac playfully invites you back into your true nature.

    • Hannah Franco

      Hannah Franco

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      Hannah Franco is a yoga teacher and designer for Athleta. She began her exploration of yoga during her first year of art school at Pratt. The incredible feeling of presence and ease that unfolded after her exposure to yoga led her to direct every aspect of her life towards it. She took a transformational trip to India to deepen her studies in Hatha yoga and Tantra, where she was certified. Her focus as a teacher is to bring community together and harmonize the way we all interact with compassion and love. Her classes are a blend of Hatha yoga and Vinyasa, and are suitable for all levels with an emphasis on creativity, steadiness and presence. She is infinitely grateful to all the wonderful teachers who have inspired her in her path; Pedro Franco, Skanda, Katie Silcox and many more. Lets shift our focus together and live in light. JAI MA!

    • James Ryder

      James RyderJames Ryder

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      James Michael Ryder is a dedicated student of meditation and hatha yoga, trained primarily in the Krishnamacarya lineage during the 2 year/500-hour teacher training offered at the Iyengar Yoga Institute, San Francisco.  Over the past six years, James has consistently offered public classes and workshops.  At essence, hatha yoga with its array of practices aims to bring us back to ourselves, to an embodied wisdom and an undefended heart.  Founded in this intention, James brings students through flowing series, and into concentrated investigations of postures and the rhythmic changeability of the breath.  Students will experience intelligent sequencing, earnest yet playful encouragement, and a true desire to help each yogin in the room discover greater ease and freedom.

      James recently graduated from the 18-month Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation teacher training offered by Spirit Rock Center, Marin Co.  Prior work as a theater artist and actor imbues James’ teaching with precision, playful curiosity and a love for evocative language and story.

    • John Rettger

      John Rettger

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      John graduated from Yoga Tree San Francisco’s 200-hour teacher training program in 2010, where he studied under the guidance of Les Leventhal, Elise Lorimer, Stacey Rosenberg, Christopher Tompkins, Jane Austin, and Darren Main, among many other amazing teachers. John deepened his knowledge of Restorative Yoga at Yoga Tree through an apprenticeship with Darren Main. He has completed continuing education training focused on teaching yoga to beginners with Jason Crandell, and is certified from It’s Yoga, Kids in San Francisco to teach yoga to children aged 3-13. In addition to yoga teacher training, John has completed training on teaching mindfulness through a 7-day Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training retreat in early 2009 with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli of the UMASS Medical Center. John has also completed training on teaching mindfulness to teens with Gina Biegal at El Camino Hospital. John is currently deepening his understanding of the neurobiology and application of mindfulness through online classes with the Mindsight Institute.

    • Julie Rappaport

      Julie RapapportJulie Rappaport

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      Author of the widely enjoyed book, “365 Yoga, Daily Meditations,” Julie has spent many years training in the Krishnamacharya lineage of Vinyasaa yoga in India with Sri Pattabi Jois ((Ashtanga) T.K.V. Desikachar (Viniyoga) and Senior Iyengar teachers here in the Bay Area (Rodney Yee, Ramanand Patel). She studied with Dharma Mittra in his NYC studio for many years, and was mentored by the founders of Jivamukti Yoga during the establishment of their yoga school. She enthusiastically and humbly creates a playful field to explore flowing asana sequences wrapped in intelligent alignment, breathing, mindfulness.and sound. Yoga is offered as a mirror through which we gain self-knowledge, grow compassion, and learn to love. Julie has a private practice in Psychology/Yoga Therapy ( MFT 36095) and is adept at helping people heal physical and emotional conditions. She provides integrative somatics and counseling to a wide range of people, and is the mother to a delightful 4 year old who provides her with extra learning opportunities.

    • Lucid Dawn

      Lucid Dawn

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      Lucid believes in Yoga! She champions that these time tested and ever evolving practices of awareness, breath, movement, meditation and sound, have profound benefits for every aspect of life.

      She came to yoga in 1994 @ the Integral Yoga Institute, NYC while in recovery from a dis-eased body and mind. Since then she has delved deeply into many different forms of Yoga and pulls from these disciplines for various applications.

      For 20+ years she worked an actress and circus performer wherein her yoga practice was essential to condition body and mind. As a mother Lucid began to dive more deeply into Yogic studies and committed to teacher training at Yoga Tree. Due to the immense impact of cancer on the world and the fine tutelage of Jnani Chapman, RN/RYT she learned and studies still about this disease, its causes, effects, and the effects of treatments. She is trained and experienced in how to guide people dealing with this illness in caring for the body mind and spirit with yoga. She is strongly activated to help conquer the sources of this disease. Lucid’s Anusara teacher training informs her strong focus on the graceful energizing of proper alignment, immersion in Nondualist Tantrik Philosophy studies with Hareesh Wallis among others, nourish her teachings from the ground that all beings are whole and perfect at their essence. From there comes the love of Vinyasa / flow, & dance to leave the mind behind as we ride the waves of breath into maha discovery of the fullness of life in a body!

      Lucids classes start slow and mindful, focusing on breath and alignment and then move into a more vigorous and playful flow. She winds down to a restorative ending of pranayama, toning or chanting and meditation. Her inspirations and teachers are her sister Eve Isbell, Janet Stone, Sianna Sherman, and Desree’ Rumbaugh among others. Lucid is an avid reader of ancient yogic scripture and modern yogic thought. She thrives on learning, adventure and research. She also brings in her theatrical experience to lead wildly fun and unique “party time” yoga classes with her beloved, & transcendental musician EEnor as Nona Fender and the BEnders! It is her goal to help all beings feel fully alive and at ease in their bodies!

    • Kat Atkinson

      Kat Atkinson

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      Kat brings a professional background in life sciences, 25 years of movement practices, and her own experience of childbirth to her classes. She studied under renowned prenatal instructor, Jane Austin, in San Francisco. Kat’s prenatal classes provide a supportive environment for expectant mothers where they can take deep breath and embrace both their inner nurturer and their inner warrior simultaneously.

    • Kiko Nascimento

      Kiko Nascimento

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      Kiko began his study of yoga in 1996 and received his teaching certificate at the Dharma Mittra Yoga Shala in 1999. This Brazilian transplant is fiery and has energy to spare! Kiko’s vast background in fitness (Hatha raja flow, Ashtanga, Restorative, Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Cross fit – and as a Capoeira dance teacher) gives him a unique understanding of the blend of mind and body. He teaches a powerful yoga class that is suited for those who wish to blend their spiritual practice with an active asana practice. Join Kiko for a fun, high-energy exploration of your edge.

    • Pete Guinosso

      Pete GuinossoPete Guinosso

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      Connect into your inner yogi with Pete Guinosso. Known for his joyful energy, compassionate guidance, sense of humor, skilled touch, and spiritual yet light-hearted approach, Pete creates an environment for his students to uncover the deeper benefits of their yoga practice.

      Pete began his own practice after thirty years of running, cycling, and contact sports. Motivated by a desire to connect his mind, body, and spirit through movement and breath, he spent several years and over 600 hours training with Ana Forrest, including assisting her 24-day Foundation Teacher Training course.

      It is through this experience that he learned how to compassionately guide students of all levels through a vigorous asana practice with integrated breath work and awareness. Pete resides in the Bay Area and makes yoga and the depth of the practice available to students in group classes, workshops, and retreats. He is also available for private consultations.

    • Rachel Shaw

      Rachel Shaw

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      Rachel Shaw began her study and practice of Hatha yoga in 1992, at the original Jivamukti Yoga Center in New York City, where she regularly studied with Sharon Gannon and David Life. Her scholarship then lead her to receive teaching certification through the Sivananda lineage. Rachel has been blessed with many strong teachers, in the styles of Kripalu, Astanga, and Iyengar methods. Her personal practice is most recently inspired by the teachings of Ana Forrest, and the Anusara method developed by John Friend.

    • Sarana Miller

      Sarana MillerSarana Miller

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      Trained by master teachers including Rodney Yee, Ana Forrest, and Sarah Powers, Sarana draws on Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara and Forrest Yoga traditions. She studies Insight Yoga with Sarah Powers, a practice that encompasses Yoga, Buddhism, and psychology. Sarana is a student of the body. She studied physical therapy with Harvey Deutch, PT and Thai massage in Chang Mai, Thailand. Her travels have also taken her to India where she studied yoga and Indian classical voice. Sarana loves to lead kirtan, Indian devotional call-and-response chanting and has trained with American kirtan master Jai Uttal. Sarana is a staff teacher at Yoga Journal magazine and leads retreats throughout California, Alaska and Mexico.

    • Sean Feit

      Sean Feit

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      Sean’s teaching is dedicated to the integration of yoga and meditation, and draws on nearly two decades of practice in both streams. Primary teachers include Jack Kornfield, Eugene Cash, & Sylvia Boorstein (Insight Meditation, vipassana), David Moreno & Alice Joanou (hatha & vinyasa yoga). Sean was ordained a monk in Burma in 2002, is an advanced student of Somatic Experiencing, and a longtime dancer & musician.

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    • Alison Smith

      Alison Smith

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      For Alison, Yoga is ancient wisdom for harmonious living in the modern world. It’s an opportunity to move your body, clear your mind, and connect as community.

      Classes with Alison are infused with passion, play, and powerful technical knowledge. You’ll receive clear instruction with precise alignment principles. And you’ll develop a practice that is healing, strengthening, and intuitive.

      Alison’s practice and perspective of Yoga is deeply rooted in the Anusara lineage. She has been blessed to study with Anusara Founder, John Friend and Sanskrit scholar Christopher “Hareesh” Wallis.

    • Anna Hughes Nicoletto

      Anna Hughes Nicoletto

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      When Anna Hughes-Nicoletto first started studying yoga, it seemed a natural progression from the dance she had studied and adored for the first eighteen years of her life. But yoga opened a window that allowed her to integrate the physical with the spiritual. Anna believes that the physical body is the temple and vehicle to experience ourselves as spiritual beings.

      Anna completed her 500-hour Bikram teacher training in 2002, and began teaching full time immediately after. She began studying Bhakti Flow with Rusty Wells in 2003, and considers him her biggest yogic influence and inspiration.

      In her own teaching, she emphasizes mindfulness, patience, compassion, and connection with the breath. Her experience with yoga has inspired her to infuse her teaching with the idea of finding joy in one’s practice while challenging the body, mind, and spirit. Her classes are vigorous yet playful, creatively sequenced, and always include a great soundtrack. For more info on Anna, visit

    • Beayah France

      Beayah “Pretzel” France

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      Pretzel was born and raised in Hungary. Her background includes studies in gymnastics, dance and theater. She has been teaching yoga since 1988. She was the owner of Pretzel’s school in San Francisco for 20 years. Her teachings incorporate Bikram, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Meditation and Pilates. She brings warmth, energy and poetry to her class for you to carry home.

    • Dana Damara

      Dana Damara

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      Dana Damara has embraced yoga as a lifestyle both on and off the mat. Through her children, writing, yoga, and fulfilling relationships, Dana radiates that power of soulfulness and spiritual awakening through yoga, both for others and herself. She has studied with Seane Corn, Johhny Kest and Sienna Sherman, building on their philosophies, creating a flow that opens the heart, quiets the mind and exudes a balance of strength and grace.

      Her passion is proper alignment with powerful breath and effortless flow. Her belief is that the mat is a sacred space that we arrive at to find more meaning, depth, authenticity and integrity in our lives off our mat. Her secret? EQUANIMITY, TRUST, INTUITION and UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. Come and play with this spiritual warrior…your life will shift immediately.

    • Karyn Holland

      Karyn Holland

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      Karyn Holland is well known for her enthusiastic and inspirational approach to teaching yoga, always emphasizing the positive. Her classes offer a “good vibe” Vinyasa Flow with precise attention to alignment and masterful sequencing in a light hearted and inviting way. Karen’s expertise grows out of her studies with many prominent Iyengar and Anusara teachers, who have influenced her greatly. Layered onto her strong foundation of yoga training is the passion for spiritual growth and personal transformation. It is this melding of the wisdom of the practice and its practical relevance in every day life that make her classes both uplifting and physically challenging. Come be inspired, nurtured and transformed through the power and movement of yoga.

    • Laura Burkhart

      Laura Burkhart

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      Laura’s creative and intelligently sequenced flow classes are known for being challenging, with a smooth and rhythmic flow. She incorporates strategically selected music organized to create a specific cadence and theme for each class. Laura is conscientious about catering to different levels and ability to ensure that all feel welcome and comfortable.

      Laura’s extensive studies, primarily under Shiva Rea and primary mentor Jason Crandell, have helped forge an intuitive, spontaneous and eclectic instruction style.

      Laura worked as the Yoga Director at the San Francisco Bay Club’s Mind/Body Center, has appeared in numerous online videos by Yoga Journal and Yogaglo, and was the June 2010 master class model for Yoga Journal Magazine. In addition to teaching yoga classes, Laura is the founder of Yoga Reach International, a company that specializes in yoga travel-adventures with a philanthropic intent: to help the communities that it touches through both hand-on projects or donations. Yoga Reach fosters a platform to bring well- being, adventure-travel and service together to benefit both communities in need and enrich the lives of those participating in the retreat.

    • Leigh Threlkel

      Leigh Threlkel

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      Leigh’s yoga roots were found in the breath and movement of Ashtanga Yoga. While in India studying with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Leigh fell down a flight of marble stairs causing extensive back injuries. With time and a consistent therapeutic yoga practice, her back healed and her attention shifted towards a safer, yet challenging yoga practice. With extensive study of Iyengar Yoga, Leigh has woven the ideas of technical alignment with the beauty of breath and flowing movement. Leigh always holds a safe and friendly environment for students to explore their breath, deepen their yoga experience and be nourished while developing strength, flexibility and calmness of mind. The result is a moving meditation where one can be attentive to the body, the mind, the heart and the soul.

    • Sianna Sherman

      Sianna Sherman

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      Sianna Sherman is an internationally celebrated yoga innovator who shares her passionate voice with devotion, deep practice, and soulful teaching. She is known as an inspired storyteller and as a community activator of conscious and collective collaboration. Her initiation into the fires of yoga occurred in 1989 and she has been immersed in the practices ever since. In 2008 she was featured in Yoga Journal as one of the 21 talented young teachers shaping the future of yoga worldwide. Sianna weaves alignment, therapeutics, potent sequencing, mythology, Tantra and the power of the practices with accessibility for everyday transformation. Her Mythic Yoga Flow offerings have garnered a global following where she pours mythic consciousness into the embodied art of yoga with unhindered creativity and love.

      For 15 years Sianna served as a leading Anusara yoga teacher. She credits these years as being a tremendous source of her own growth as a teacher and always holds the Anusara community with great affection. In her extensive apprenticeship with John Friend, she cultivated deep understanding for the therapeutic application of bio mechanical principles of alignment always connected to the highest remembrance of opening to Grace. Some of Sianna’s other primary yoga influences are Ashtanga yoga with Richard Freeman and Sri.K Pattabhi Jois, Vinyasa yoga, Iyengar yoga, and Kundalini yoga. Her primary orientation of Yoga philosophy is Tantra and her most influential teachers are Paul Muller-Ortega and Douglas Brooks.

    • Sienna Smith

      Sienna Smith

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      Sienna is passionate about alignment and uses traditional and creative yoga poses to awaken the body, mind and spirit. Feel energized, aligned and free through dynamic and precise breath guided movements.  Enjoy rich and expansive classes, workshops and retreats that are  infused with life-affirming yoga philosophy and humor.  She is a Yoga Journal Contributor, certified senior Yoga Alliance teacher trainer, Anusara-inspired and Viniyoga teacher, yoga studio owner, and registered yoga therapist. Teaching for over 12 years her main teachers are Gary Kraftsow, John Friend, Sianna Sherman, Maritza, Georg Feuerstein and Lama Palden.  Along with yoga, her daily meditation practice brings compassion and clarity to her teaching and her life.  Sienna has appeared in three issues of the Yoga Journal, created and appeared in a Yoga Journal video for office yogis, appears in Gary Krafstow’s top-selling Yoga for the Low Back DVD, and has created two home practice DVD’s.  She has two children, makes raw chocolate, and loves hiking and biking in Marin’s beautiful open space.

    • Susan Hauser

      Susan Hauser

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      Susan Hauser was recognized this year by Lululemon as a 2012 Ambassador. In addition she is an influencer for Athleta and a Zobha Circle of Grace member. Susan was recently voted “Best Yoga in Marin” by Marin Magazine.

      She teaches a fast paced, dynamic flow, focusing on toning, strengthening and stretching, while bringing greater clarity, control and peace to one’s emotional state of mind. Susan swam for University of Miami on a full scholarship. Her class is all levels, but geared toward athletes. Susan’s class has the feel of an amazing workout of challenging yoga poses that are set to an incredible motivating music. She brings her love of yoga and of people to the studio with her everyday, and, as a result, has amassed a large and devoted following of students, Susan has become a strong presence in the Bay Area yoga community. If you haven’t had the pleasure of taking one of her classes, you should definitely do so — but be prepared to work and sweat.

      She studied with Baron Baptise and completed her teacher training in Baptise power vinyasa. She furthered her education and studied anatomy, physiology, methodology, sequencing and ethics completing Yoga Tree’s yoga alliance training 2011. Her class consist of challenging vinyasa sequences following the Baron Baptise Vinyasa style.

    • Tara Dale

      Tara Dale

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      Tara, along with her partner Tim, is the founder of Yoga Tree San Francisco. She teaches a tantric based hatha class with emphasis on going at your own pace and being in the present moment. Students will be guided through sun salutations, standing, seated, and inverted asana sequencing. Tara encourages her students to focus on their breath and to nurture a centered and grounded practice. Throughout her class, Tara highlights alignment. Tara has been teaching hatha yoga since 1995 and has been studying Iyengar, Anusara and Tantra since 1995 and has been in the fitness and wellness industry since 1987. Her teachers are John Friend, Shiva Rea and Judith Lasater.