Hayley is both a yoga teacher and wellness practitioner, self-described artist and scientist. As such, she offers her students a path to strength, self-confidence and awe for the miraculous mechanics of the human body by exploring the body-mind from the inside out. In addition to being inspired by the latest myofascial and neuroscience, her teaching is infused with the wisdom traditions of Tantric Buddhism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, guided visualization and somatic psychology. http://www.exploringbodymindfreedom.com/
Ainka Joy Fulani is a holistic coach who supports people to grow. She is a certified PMA Pilates Instructor, NASM Personal Trainer and RYT-500 hour Yoga Instructor, currently in Year 2 of a Yoga Therapeutics certification. Her teaching emphasizes alignment, breath work and the use of movement to alleviate pain, heighten self-awareness and encourage inner/outer strength.
Baxter Bell, M.D. has been studying Hatha yoga since 1994 and teaching since 1999, both public classes and specialty back care classes. He is a graduate of the Piedmont Yoga Studio's Advanced Studies 2000 program, and has studied regularly with Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden and Erich Schiffman. He teaches a nurturing style of yoga, with a strong emphasis on re-awakening our innate curiosity about ourselves and our world. Baxter offers periodic workshops and retreats, with more info available on his website at www.bellyoga.info. He also offers private yoga instruction, as well as incorporates yoga asana and pranayama in his medical acupuncture practice. http://www.baxterbell.com/
Anja Borgstrom has taught yoga since the early 90's. She graduated from The Yoga Room teacher training program in 1996. Anja teachers mixed-level classes grounded in the fundamentals of Iyengar-style Yoga. Anja helps provide a safe haven where you can benefit from the grounding, stress-reducing gifts of yoga. Anja is also a visual artist who creates yoga-inspired art. She shows her work regularly throughout the Bay Area.
Ann Dyer is the owner/director of Mountain Yoga. Her teaching is built on a solid understanding of postural alignment and bio-mechanics as result of her early training in Iyengar Yoga and a B.A. in Dance from Mills College. Over the years classes have become more energetically-oriented as she freely draws frrom numerous schools of yoga,movement and personal experience. Ann's area of expertise is Sound Yoga, which she teaches as a faculty member of the teacher training programs of Piedmont Yoga in Oakland and Naada Yoga in Montreal. Ann believes yoga is the perfect antidote to the challenges of 21st century. www.m-yoga.org/ann-dyer.html
Ursula is a Bay Area native who was introduced to yoga at the age of 9. Yoga has remanded a constant in her life, serving many different purposes. As an adult she attended the Piedmont Yoga Studio 300 hour advanced training program. When she first started yoga, she studied with Iyengar teachers, learning about alignment principals. In more recent years, she has focused on the body's intuition and working to create a sense of freedom in the practice of yoga. Her classes include alignment principles, mixed with a gentle exploration of our individual intuition and wisdom.
Patty Hirota-Cohen has been practicing yoga for 24 years, and teaching for 14 years. She completed teacher training programs at Piedmont Yoga Studio and Yoga Mendocino. With an Iyengar alignment-based foundation, she works from the inner body and encourages exploration through use of imagery, poetry and breath. In addition to teaching in Chinatown and Piedmont Yoga, she has taught adults with disabilities for over 10 years. She is student of Mary Paffard and Donald Moyer, and believes that meditation is at the core of yoga practice. She has been involved with supporting yoga teachers in Cuba, and believes yoga can be a force for world peace.
A Southern California native, Bethany Hobbs discovered the healing properties of yoga in her early 20s. She began teaching at Mountain Yoga in 2010, and her classes are a deep integration of body and spirit. She teaches chair yoga and meditation in senior living communities, as well, and reads novels, hikes, and studies tarot cards in her free time. Read Q&A with Bethany. Find more at redtoweryoga.com
Elyse Hochstadt revels in the joys of yoga as a holistic, integrative practice bringing together mind, body and spirit. She’s found yoga to be a profound and transformative practice that fosters a deep union with the rhythms and intelligence of all life on our planet. Elyse received her 200 RYT in Mysore, India. She has studied with Jason Crandall, Ana Forrest, and her beloved teacher Alice Joanou.
Sara Kenward is the Manager at Mountain Yoga, and began regularly practicing Yoga in 2003 when she began work at the studio. Sara's main teachers have been Mountain Yoga's own Anja Borgstrom and Ann Dyer, but she feels fortunate to have learned and practiced with many of the talented teachers on staff. She is a graduate of the 2009 Piedmont Yoga Studio 200 hour Advanced Training program. Sara's classes are a mix of fun, focus, breath awareness and poses practiced with a mindful approach to alignment. Sara is an avid hiker. Read her blog of her recent hike at
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Kate received her teacher training at the prestigious Himalayan Institute in Pennsylvania, and continues ongoing study with Rod Stryker in his Parayoga program. Kate teaches with three touchstones in mind: Tejas (light of transformative capacity), Vinyasa Krama (wise progression), and Smarana (remembrance of the best Self), to create a deep experience accessible to students of all levels. Her favorite pose to teach is savasana, in which she leads guided systematic relaxations and holds the space for the students to fully rest.
Sallie is a native Northern Californian, and has been practicing yoga since 1999. She completed her 200 Deep Yoga Program at Piedmont Yoga and is currently enrolled in the Piedmont Yoga 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training Program. While her main teacher is Richard Rosen her teaching style is also informed by the teachings of Ann Dyer and Leslie Howard. Sallie’s focus is bringing a thoughtful practice of yoga to those who are 50+, especially those new to the practice and to the benefits of yoga. Her motto is “live and grow and become older with awareness.” In addition to Yoga and Pilates, Sallie’s interests, past and present include: hiking, photography, flying her single engine Cessna, horseback riding, and scuba diving.
Lilia received her 200 hour Teacher Training and 300 hour TT both from YogaWorks Studio in San Francisco. She is also iRest Yoga Nidra Level I, Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga and Prenatal Certified. She has taken numerous workshops on different styles of yoga and has studied Qigong with Dr. Roger Yahnke, among others. At times she might combine some Qigong element in her class. Lilia has teaches English and Spanish, and speaks conversational Portuguese. She has volunteered at homeless centers, bringing yoga to underserved communities.
Gail Wallace has always had a love of “things that make sense.” Analytical sense, as evidenced in her training in philosophy and law, and heart sense– which inspired 20 years of educating her daughters from kindergarten through high school. Gail has studied extensively with Rodney Yee, Mary Paffard, JinSung and Ann Dyer and is a graduate of the 2010 PYS Advanced Studies Program. She enjoys studying ways in which Western and Eastern philosophies resonate, exploring what yoga reveals of the play between bodies and minds, and finding ways to teach students as individuals.
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