- Teacher Training
- Workshops & Retreats
2807 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Earthy. Ethereal. Enlivening. These words are infused into every atom of space in our Telegraph studio.
Our classes, workshops and teacher trainings are taught by the best instructors in the Bay Area for Vinyasa, Hatha, Anusara, Jivamukti, Prenatal, Restorative and AcroYoga. Whether you practice cradled by the cozy, grounding elements of our front studio or enveloped by the delicate, uplifting essence of our Peacock room, you will feel as though you are being nurtured and loved by the spirit of Berkeley itself.
While waiting to begin your journey inward, browse our personally handpicked selection of inspired jewelry, clothing and books, or picnic and chat with friends while you soak up a little extra sun and fresh air. Restore and exhilarate your soul in this delightful environment.
Yoga 101 Workshop
with FREE week of classes:
$35 – Buy In Studio
Applies to select classes
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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.
For more information on Abby’s schedule, visit www.yogabohemian.com
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 at aikuboyoga.com
Yin & Candlelight Yin & Gentle Flow
Carla’s unique “AllOneYoga” offers of joyful yoga journeys customized to the needs of each class. She specializes in accessible do-able yoga with bountiful benefits for each body system. Her goal is to help heal sentient beings, and to help align each heart-body-mind with our One Planet * One People * One Peace :) Her teaching style is rooted in 30 years multi-lineage multi-level Yoga/Therapy, and informed by 25 yoga styles, 30 years Advanced Bodywork & Natural Therapeutics, plus Degrees in Education & Nursing.
Desiring to be an open-minded (dutch) Yoga Teacher &Therapist, Carla continues to grow her yoga tool-box as any one style does not fit all! “Herstory” started at 11 when she spontaneously started stretching, leading to 7 years of Hatha Yoga classes & Transcendental Meditation. After degrees in Education, Nursing, Bodywork and 7 years of intensive Iyengar Yoga, she started her series of 15 Yoga Teacher Trainings (2000 hours): Ananda & Integrative Yoga Therapy * Anusara & Iyengar style * AyurYoga & Kripalu * Sivananda & Svaroopa * Yoga of the Heart & Joy of Life Yoga* Yoga Meets Dance & Yoga Movement * Laughter Yoga & Mini Yogis * Pilates Mat & Fusion. Parallel paths in Tibetan & Insight Meditation validated her vision, so she went on to explore Adi & Bihar Yoga, Farmer & Freedom Yoga, Kundalini & ViniYoga, Shadow & TriYoga, and Mindful Yin/Yang Yoga: all very valid variations of One Yoga! :) You’re in good hands!
Carla is available for private sessions & workshops * http://BayAreaHolistic.com * email@example.com
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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!
Emma Pearson first came to yoga eighteen years ago when she was pregnant with her first child. This journey began when doctors told her that her scoliosis and accompanying pains would cause her great difficulties during her pregnancy. Emma did not let this deter her; she was motivated and determined and began her discovery and learning about yoga. Through yoga she was able to ease these discomforts and have a healthy and active birth. This began her continual belief in life-long learning.
Emma believes that obstacles that come into our lives can be the motivation that we need to find space and time to create change, and that finding opportunities and humor in all situations can lead us to healing and transformation. Yoga provides a continual practice that helps us find this time, stillness, and space for rejuvenation, and a safe and inspiring place to create community.
Emma has completed her teacher training(200 hours) through Yoga Tree, prenatal yoga training with Jane Austin, “At Risk” yoga training with Hala Kouri, and “Theraputics” with Harvey Deutch. Emma is deeply grateful to her mentor Janet Stone. With Janet, she completed her “Assist” and “Sva Dharma” trainings, and she recently took a trip to India to study with Janet Stone and Christopher Wallace. Emma is also inspired by her three years of studying homeopathy, the holistic health benefits of organic food, and tending her garden.
Emma is passionate about the power of opportunity in a woman’s life when she is pregnant and journeying through motherhood. Pregnancy is a wonderful period for the initiation of change, growth, health, and inner awareness. Her classes offer a nurturing and safe space to continue and strengthen this transformative journey.
Emma is inspired everyday by both her children.
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Eric Shaw, E-RYT 500, is known for his unique insights into the yoga tradition and his creative approach to yoga posework and sequencing. His 25-year background in the movement and meditation arts is supplemented by graduate degrees in Education, Religious Studies, Art, and Asian Studies. He is the creator of Prasana Yoga and Yoga Education through Imagery, and teaches yoga philosophy and practice worldwide. See his writing in Yoga Journal and other publications. www.prasanayoga.com
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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!
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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.
Restorative with Hot Stones
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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.
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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
Prenatal & Postnatal
Sarah Kobrinsky completed her first teacher training at the Sivananda Seminarhaus in Reith bei Kitzbühel, Austria, in 2007. Since then she has studied with many wonderful teachers, including restorative yoga with Judith Lasater and perinatal yoga with Jane Austin. Sarah has been working with pregnant women and new mothers for four years. Her own experience as a mother feeds her teaching. She loves to empower women, to help them prepare for birth and motherhood, with candidness and laughter. She is also a writer.
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. www.saranayoga.com
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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.
The closest Bart Station is Ashby. It’s a 20-minute walk to Telegraph studio.
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There is two-hour metered parking available directly in front of the studio on Telegraph Ave. (make sure to have adequate change, studio does not have change; 10 mins per quarter) or free two-hour residential parking (Areas B or J) available within one block from the studio on any of the cross streets. Please read signs for street-sweeping days.
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