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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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click Anne took her first yoga class in 2006, when she moved from Belgium to California. In 2011, she discovered the traditional ashtanga method, and has been practicing it daily ever since, under the guidance of her teachers Anne, Beata, Philippe, and Mojdeh. In 2014, she was given the opportunity to assist her teachers during the morning Mysore classes. She feels eternally grateful to be able to learn directly from them and pass that onto the students. In ...


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Beata is leading YiY morning Mysore program. She holds a level II authorization to teach the ashtanga yoga system that she received from KPJYI in Mysore, India. She has started her yoga adventure over 20 years ago in Poland in an Iyengar class. She practiced Iyengar and many other styles of yoga before completely dedicating herself to ashtanga.

In 2004 she tried her first Mysore practice and it happened to be with Tim Miller in Encinitas. It was ...


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Elaine and Ken became Ashtangis in 2001. After 12 years practicing the Ashtanga Primary Series (with a handful of postures from Intermediate), they learned the Adapted Series from David Roche in 2013. They have been practicing the Adapted Series as a daily practice since then. The Adapted Series has taught us how to modify our practice to make it work for our bodies given where our edges are each day. It is a more appropriate daily practice for us now, in our ...


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click Gina took her first yoga class in college and was initially drawn to the stress-relieving and restorative aspects of the practice. After dabbling in a variety of practices, she found Ashtanga Yoga in 2009 with her first teacher Marsha McNeight at Balance Yoga in Atlanta, GA. Ever since she has been drawn deeper into the practice and believes in its transformative powers over the body and mind. Over the years Gina has moved from coast to coast, continuing to ...


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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 began practicing Iyengar Yoga in 1998. As a graduate of the 500-Hour Teacher Training program of the Institute of Iyengar Yoga of San Francisco, she was certified as a teacher in 2015.

Yoon’s classes are based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, who was one of the pioneers that introduced modern yoga to the West. Mr. Iyengar believed that the benefits of yoga are available to all regardless of age, gender and physical ability. A typical Iyengar ...


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Vinyasa/Hatha


click Doris began practicing yoga in 1993 and studied with Senior Certified Iyengar teacher Ben Thomas for over 15 years and received her teaching certificate in 2004 at the Avalon Art & Yoga Center. She also studied with globally renowned restorative teacher, Judith Lasater at the Iyengar Institute in San Francisco and received her restorative teacher certification. For the past 10 years, she has been studying with Neuromuscular Therapist Joseph Negron to develop an ...


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click Elena grew up in a small Russian town of Kursk. As a child Elena was always fond of sports and in college she was trained as a semiprofessional athlete which later helped her with being disciplined and establishing her personal yoga practice. She also practiced dance and choreography where she learned about the grace of body movements.

Elena was introduced to the fascinating world of yoga 15 years ago. During summer vacation Elena's daughter Stacy took yoga ...


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Marti has been an influential educator of Yoga and Meditation in the SF Bay Area since 1986. A senior certified instructor, she joined the YIY teaching staff in 1999 and continues to build her loyalty to the practice and to our community.

She has earned popular acclaim for supporting the growing families at YIY. Her Prenatal Yoga and Baby & Me (Postnatal Yoga) classes fill the studio with joy and inspiration each week.

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Stephanie discovered yoga in 2008 while working as a traveling nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. She initially began practicing as an outlet for coping with the stress of caring for people suffering from cancer. She quickly found herself falling in love with the vast depth of the practice, experiencing inner connection, presence and peace like never before. In 2016, Stephanie completed a 200 hour teacher training at YogaSource Los Gatos and has been ...


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Thoa is an avid swimmer and yoga practitioner since 2000. She has been a student of yoga for years and is a graduate of the Avalon Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2009 under the mentorship of Anirudh Shastri. She has experimented with different styles of yoga with many great teachers in the Bay Area.

She discovered Ashtanga practice after her classes with Beata Skrzypacz and began her Mysore Ashtanga practice in 2010 with Anne Findstad, and has ...


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