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Philippe Alexis started practicing Ashtanga in 1995 with John Scott in London. Since then, he has studied ashtanga yoga with many teachers including Dena Kingsberg, Lino Miele, Tim Miller and Kirsten & Mitchell. He was given the opportunity to start teaching at YiY in 2000 by the studio's owner, Joseph Hentz, for which he will always be grateful.

He first traveled to India in 2009 and again in 2012. During that time he studied with Sharath Jois, Pattabhi Jois' grandson. He established a pranayama practice in 2011 and has been practicing Zen meditation since 1998 at Kannondo.

Here's more about Philippe in the January 2012 teacher of the month article.

He runs his own company which does web development.

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Anne Finstad started yoga in 1996, unable to touch her toes. After four years of practice she set off to India where she had the honor to study with Shri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath in the intimacy of the original shala. She has made seven trips to India over 15 years time, and maintained a daily practice since her first trip to India. She had the honor of receiving the authorization to teach this method from Shri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath, an honor currently granted to less than 100 people in the United States. She has been teaching mysore style Ashtanga classes in the manner she was taught in India for over ten years, and she has witnessed first hand the powerful transformation and healing available to practioners of Ashtanga yoga with patience, practice, and time. In her desire to further bring a sense of the depth and beauty of this practice to south bay practitioners she has worked to bring many amazing senior teachers to Yoga is Youth for special workshops, including Dominic Corigliano and Saisha Peterson, David Roche, David Garrigues and Nancy Gilgoff. She has further helped to bring Lino Miele, Tim Miller, and Peter Sanson. She is thrilled to have seen so many folks return again and again to the special ashtanga community that exists at this studio. You can find her own website at www.sattva-yoga.com, and most days you can find her at Yoga is Youth.

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Beata: My first yoga class was with the only teacher in Poland, at that time, trained by B.K.S. Iyengar. And as most of people I had no idea what yoga was about. I definitely didn't expect that it would become my life.
Since I moved to California I have experimented with different styles of hatha yoga and studied with many wonderful teachers like Anirudh Shastri, Ben Thomas, Erich Schiffmann, Max Strom and many more amazing yogis, to whom I am very grateful for showing me yet another facet of yoga.

Thanks to my dear friends Anne Finstad and Philippe Alexis I was introduced to traditional ashtanga practice as taught by Sri Pattabhi Jois. And after inspiring practice with Tim Miller in Encinitas, ashtanga become my practice. For the last couple of years I have been studying repeatedly with such amazing Ashtanga teachers and practitioners like Tim Miller and Dominic Corigliano, as well as Rolf Naujokat, Kirsten Berg, Guy Donahaye and more when attending workshops or just visiting the town.

In 2005 I had finally chance to practice directly with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath during their World Tour. Recently I returned from 2 month study with them in Mysore, India, where I'm planning to get back as fast as my life allows me.

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Mojdeh has been a student of Healing Arts for the past 20 years. She has been trained in several healing modalities with emphasis on meditation and visualization. She started the practice of Ashtanga Yoga in 2000. She has completed David Swenson's Teacher Training program and studied and attended workshops with many advanced Ashtanga Yoga teachers including Lino Miele, John Berlinsky and Tim Miller. She is a dedicated student of this practice and believes in the magic of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

Iyengar


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Betty Strain began her study of yoga with Charles Horn in 1964. She has continued to further he education with Ann Erikson, Felicity Hall and Larry Hatlett over the last 40 years. She advanced her understanding of yoga during a 1983 course in India with BKS Iyengar, as well as a 1991 workshop in Greece with Angela Farmers and Victor Van Kooten. She also did 5 years of formal teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco.

The yoga Betty teaches works to bring one's physical, psychological and spiritual countenance into harmony. Her classes develop suppleness, strength and coordination with additional instruction of how to achieve these attributes in every aspect of life. You can find out more about Betty in this article of the Palo Alto Weekly.

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Yoon: I took my very first yoga class 15 years ago, which happened to be taught by an Iyengar Yoga teacher, and never looked back. In 2014, I have completed the 500-Hour Teacher Training program at the Institute of Iyengar Yoga of San Francisco and am working toward full certification in 2015.

My classes are based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, who is widely regarded as the father of modern yoga in the West. Our system’s driving force is Mr. Iyengar’s belief that benefits of yoga are available to all regardless of age, gender and physical ability. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iyengar_Yoga) He invented and freely shared props in part to help his students in yoga poses. We also insist upon detailed instruction, correction and focus on proper alignment of the body, mind and the spirit.

Yoga poses (Asanas) that most people think of as yoga are simply one element in the elegantly rich and complex philosophical system that originated in ancient India. My passion is to share my knowledge in this subject with my students as well as work together to improve their physical and emotional well-being.

Yoon: I am a lifelong student of history and civilizations and hold a double B.A. in Classics and Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University and a Master of Philosophy in Ancient Greek History from Lincoln College, Oxford University. When not thinking, talking, dreaming or practicing yoga, I am out riding horses or Irish set dancing.

Vinyasa/Hatha


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Aska is a registered Hatha Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, a Therapeutic Yoga Teacher certified by Cheri Clampett, a Certified Massage Therapist, a Certified Esalen Massage Practitioner, and a 3rd Degree Reiki Practitioner.

Since 2007, based on her belief, “Anyone breathing can enjoy yoga practice,” she has been teaching yoga to those who think that they are not fit enough for yoga due to their stiffness, injuries, or other various issues. Her strong and comprehensive knowledge of body, mind and their connection, from her over 2,500 training hours from various styles of yoga, bodywork, energywork, and psychosomatic fields, enables her to serve both beginning and experienced students evenly in a mixed or all level classes.

Aska invites students to play their own physical and emotional edges, not somebody else’s edges, in a safe and fun class environment, so that they can cultivate deeper self-awareness and self-compassion on the yoga mat. Then, she keeps reminding them that the most important yoga practice happens off the mat; yoga is all about how to apply what we learn on the mat to our daily life. If you have any specific concerns regarding your yoga practice, please talk to Aska prior to the class. Yoga Trainings Aska has completed: • 200 hours Hatha Yoga Teacher training at YES with Joyce Anue • Over 1500 hours Anusara Yoga trainings with various Anusara-certified teachers • Pre/Post-Natal Yoga Training with Mark Stephens • Dynamic Anatomy Series with Deane Juhan • Anatomy of Yoga Training with Paul Grilley • Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training with Cheri Clampett & Arturo Peal More info on Aska is available on her website (www.LotusSeedsTherapy.com) and on her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LotusSeedsTherapy). Since 2007, based on her belief, “Anyone breathing can enjoy yoga practice,” she has been teaching yoga to those who think that they are not fit enough for yoga due to their stiffness, injuries, or other various issues. Her strong and comprehensive knowledge of body, mind and their connection, from her over 2,500 training hours from various styles of yoga, bodywork, energywork, and psychosomatic fields, enables her to serve both beginning and experienced students evenly in a mixed or all level classes. Aska invites students to play their own physical and emotional edges, not somebody else’s edges, in a safe and fun class environment, so that they can cultivate deeper self-awareness and self-compassion on the yoga mat. Then, she keeps reminding them that the most important yoga practice happens off the mat; yoga is all about how to apply what we learn on the mat to our daily life. If you have any specific concerns regarding your yoga practice, please talk to Aska prior to the class. Yoga Trainings Aska has completed: • 200 hours Hatha Yoga Teacher training at YES with Joyce Anue • Over 1500 hours Anusara Yoga trainings with various Anusara-certified teachers • Pre/Post-Natal Yoga Training with Mark Stephens • Dynamic Anatomy Series with Deane Juhan • Anatomy of Yoga Training with Paul Grilley • Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training with Cheri Clampett & Arturo Peal More info on Aska is available on her website (www.LotusSeedsTherapy.com) and on her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LotusSeedsTherapy).
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Dorothy took her first yoga class over 10 years ago. She was amazed at the way it melted away stress and relieved chronic pain. When Dorothy moved from Massachusetts to San Diego, CA, she left behind a 10 year career as a Special Education Teacher, deciding to start a new career helping people find health through yoga. She received a Classical Eclectic Hatha Yoga Certification in 2008 and has been teaching uplifting yoga classes ever since! Dorothy is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance and has had formal training in Instructing Children’s Yoga, Silver Age Yoga (Chair Supported Yoga for Seniors), and Elise Miller’s Yoga for Scoliosis. Her Master’s Degree in Education from Boston College helps her to give clear and thoughtful yoga instruction, reaching all types of students from beginners to advanced practitioners. Dorothy’s classes are typically a blend of flow and alignment-based yoga with a bit of restorative yoga to help balance it all out. Her supportive teaching style helps students strive to challenge themselves in a safe and playful way. Students develop strength, balance and flexibility while finding joy in their practice, freedom in movement, and peace in their hearts and minds.

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Julianne Rice has been teaching Hatha Yoga classes in the Bay area since 1984. Her teaching style includes elements from Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Dance. She taught and served as manager of the Hatha Yoga program at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (www.csecenter.org) in San Jose for over twenty-five years. She has taught at the Oracle Corporation, SRI, Stanford University, the Harker School, Willow Glen Yoga, Los Gatos Park and Rec, corporate Power Camp retreats, American Musical Theater, and many local gyms, small companies and schools in the Bay area. She has been on the faculty of Yoga Educational Seminars, a yoga teacher training program founded and directed by Joyce Anue. She has produced a guided Hatha Yoga instructional audio CD called Gentle Yoga for Every Body (juliannerice.com)

Her classes challenge and nourish the body, mind and spirit. Her communication skills, commitment to her own spiritual and physical development and her creativity have contributed to a long-standing reputation. She is also a facilitator of a system of improvisational self-expression called InterPlay (interplay.org)

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Marti has been a passionate and influential educator of Yoga since 1986. She often shines a gigantic grin when YIY students remind her . . . she was their first yoga instructor when she joined our staff in 1999. Currently, she teaches Introduction to Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Prenatal as part of our weekly class offerings. She credits her teaching style to the combined certifications and mentorship from Dr. Walt Baptiste, Dr. Judith Lasater, Shiva Rae, Eric Schiffman and Ganga White of The White Lotus Foundation. In 2015, she earned public recognition from the City of San Jose as a successful “Yoga Business Entrepreneur”. This included bringing the benefits of Yoga and alternative health education to corporations, local hospitals, birthing centers, chiropractic clinics and public schools. She often states, “Let your yoga practice be what it is each day. Allow the experience to help you, learn, grow and have FUN.”

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Patricia is a Wellness Coach, Monday Vegetarian Dinners Manager, and Hatha Yoga Teacher at Stanford University, with great enthusiasm for life, love and health. She blends a playful style with alignment principles which help her students discover their own potential to enjoy and grow their practice. Known for her passion, clarity and joy, Patricia’s teaching style is a blend of challenge and gentle inspiration. For Patricia, yoga plays a key role in her physical and emotional well-being. With longtime studies in the macrobiotic lifestyle and Anusara yoga, she brings 25 years of practical experience and creativity to her ever-evolving teaching. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance RYT®, and was recently named one of “17 Yoga Trainers and Experts You Must Follow Online.”  When not in the yoga studio, Patricia also likes “yoga hiking,” bicycling, vegan cooking and enjoying her friends. She has recently produced a Radiant Wellness Online Class Series - learn more at her blog / website at www.YourHealthandJoy.com.

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Thoa is a yoga practitioner since 2000 and an avid swimmer. She is a graduate of the Avalon Teacher Training in Palo Alto in 2009. She has practiced different yoga styles and was inspired to practice Ashtanga while studying more about yoga during her teacher training program. She has been practicing Mysore Ashtanga and also attended intensive workshops with many advanced Ashtanga Yoga teachers including Chuck Miller, Tim Miller, David Swenson. Thoa tends to lead her classes toward the dynamic side of Vinyasa, focusing on alignment and breath control. She offers lots of modifications for advanced practitioners to reach their exhilarating poses safely and for less advanced practitioners to build up their strength and flexibility, without neglecting the meditative side of yoga practice. Besides her passion for yoga, she loves cooking, baking, and traveling with her family in France and in Chautauqua (New York State) every summer where she teaches Vinyasa yoga.