Yoga Teachers

Ashtanga


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Philippe Alexis started practicing Ashtanga in 1995 with John Scott in London. Since then, he has studied yoga with many teachers including Dena Kingsberg and Lino Miele. He started teaching at YiY in 2000.

Philippe was teacher of the month in ...

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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 six trips to India over 12 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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
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Doris Palmer: After graduating from Tufts University in Massachusetts with a degree in International Relations, I continued my studies in academia and received my Masters in Mass Communications. However, as I journey through life I realize that practicing and teaching yoga is my dharma and my path. Yoga has changed my life, and I find great joy from my own practice and from my students. I began practicing yoga in 1996. I have studied extensively with Ben ...

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Martha is a Yoga Alliance RYT certified teacher who has had 1,000 hours of teacher training. She has taught at studios and companies in San Francisco and on the Peninsula as well as private clients. She has also co-taught over 350 public and private classes with Tom Abrehamson. Martha started studying Iyengar-style asana and pranayama in 1995 when she was a real estate developer in Silicon Valley. Almost from the beginning she made it a daily home practice, ...

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Tom teaches an eclectic style of yoga, drawing on his knowledge of several types of Hatha Yoga. Tom is an experienced, certified yoga teacher (E-RYT) who has taught over 6,000 classes in Silicon Valley since 2000 and has mentored over a dozen apprentice teachers. He has taught at Yoga is Youthfulness since 2004 Tom’s mixed-level classes allow both beginners and more advanced students to work at their own levels. He combines precise instruction with ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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Jana has a passion for connecting people to their true potential through movement, food, play in nature, living fully every day & helping others to learn to do the same. She has been teaching since 2000 and is an E-RYT 500 Vinyasa Yoga Teacher with 9 years in the Anusara yoga system. Her background in Meditation, Philosophy, as a Holistic Health Practicioner, Integrative Massage Therapist, Reiki Master and Ayurvedic Chef give her both a depth and lightness. ...

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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 ...

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Katie teaches yoga to help people actively allow space for their true selves with a focus on compassion, playfulness, strength and community. She took her first yoga class in 1996 when studying Ecology and Conservation of the Rainforest abroad in Costa Rica. Over the years she has explored many different types of yoga and is a registered Hatha Yoga Instructor with Yoga Alliance. Katie received her yoga teaching certificate from Kenny Graham and Samantha ...

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Marti Foster joined our teaching staff when we first opened our studio in 1999. She enthusiastically returns to teach Intro to Yoga, Baby & Me Yoga, and Prenatal Yoga for Labor and Delivery. Her skill set is diverse and highly respected in the SF Bay Area. Since 2003, Marti has been a Yoga Teacher Trainer for Avalon Yoga in Palo Alto, Yoga Works International and Yoga Educational Seminars in Los Gatos. Most recently, she has joined the Nada Yoga movement ...

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Thoa is an avid swimmer and yoga practitioner since 2000. She is a graduate of the Avalon Teacher Training Program where she apprenticed with Anirudh Shastri and Birgit Reimer. She has also studied many different yogic styles with a number of highly skilled yoga teachers in the Bay Area. She has been practicing Mysore Ashtanga and also attended intensive workshops with Chuck Miller, Tim Miller, Nancy Gilgoff, and David Roche. Thoa tends to lead her classes ...