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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, David Roche, Tim Miller and
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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 ...


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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 and practitioner of healing arts since 1975 and has been teaching meditation and yoga in the Bay Area for many years. She is an environmental scientist/engineer, a transformational life coach, a Reiki Master and a Certified Healing Touch practitioner.

She has had the honor to study with the late Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji), his daughter Saraswati, and his grandson Sharath as ...


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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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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. ...


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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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Hana: I practice yoga because yoga has transformed (and continues to transform) my life. Yoga has given me tools to feel more trusting, empowered, and content in my relationships, my career, and in my own body. Through yoga, I am learning that I don’t have to always live and react from a place of fear or anxiety.

I teach yoga because I have the opportunity and responsibility to share this knowledge and experience with others. I teach because I want ...


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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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Karina started her transformational journey in yoga in the year 2000 and has been teaching since 2011. She has been a teacher of Israeli Folk Dance since 1988 and has been curious about movement, flow, and breath since becoming a dancer in her childhood. Karina was inspired by Chrissy Graham while taking an Anusara Yoga class and has studied with Kenny Graham, Samantha Brown, Daniella Coitreau, Desiree Rumbaugh, and many other Anusara teachers since then. Her ...


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Marti has been an influential educator of Yoga in the SF Bay Area since 1986. She joined the YIY teaching staff in 1999 and continues to build her loyalty to the practice and to this community. Most recently, she has earned acclaim for supporting the growing families at YIY. Her Prenatal Yoga and Baby & Me (Postpartum Yoga) classes fill the studio with joy and laughter each week.

Students new to the Yoga practice come to Marti’s quarterly “Intro ...


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Peach Friedman, E-RYT 500, has been studying the system of yoga since 1997, and began teaching yoga + other movement practices in 2001.

Peach’s classes emphasize skillful alignment. Her teaching style is clear, direct, and purpose-driven. She is known for challenging classes (expect to work hard!) that aim to balance the relationship between stability and mobility, as well as the relationship between the pose and the person.

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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 ...


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