Looking for someone specific? Instructor bios are arranged alphabetically, by first name.
Alek came to yoga in her late teens, and since then has been exploring and experimenting with the physical and mental practice as a way to stay curious, humbled, and connected. With a background in modern dance and improvisational movement, yoga has provided her different perspectives to approach and refine the subtle body and mind.
Alek is currently pursuing her 500-hr certification with Leah Gillman at Barefoot Movement in downtown Oakland. With her teaching philosophy rooted in authenticity, kinesthetic awareness, and question-asking and answering, her intention is for her students to walk out of her classes feeling as though they have a deeper sense of their inner-landscape with which they can dive deeper, intellectually, spiritually, and physically. She strives to facilitate an experience for the practitioner to become more familiar with the subtle body- allowing them to hone awareness, drop in, and gain more mindful insight into their own unique personal practice. www.alektrail.com
Ananda Mendoza is originally from El Salvador, Central America. She’s been in the Bay Area since 1991 developing her career as a dancer, choreographer and yoga instructor. As a dance instructor for ballet, modern and jazz she has been teaching at both Laney College and Ballet Arts studio in Oakland, CA. Ananda has been practicing Bikram yoga for over 10 years and currently practices Flow Yoga at Barefoot Movement where she completed the Flow Yoga Teacher Training program in 2010. Ananda believes that yoga can be taught in any language to all communities.
Brian was introduced to yoga 10 years ago while studying at Auroville in India. Auroville is one of largest intentional communities in the world and was founded with the purpose of being a place where human unity is realized. He is interested in the practice of yoga as a means of realizing unity: Unity with body, mind, and consciousness.
Brian is drawn to yoga as a tool for uniting with a more expansive identity than the dominant cultural paradigm encourages and for its health benefits. Brian is a student of vipassana meditation, an intersubjective (group) meditation called WE practice, and a modality of awakening called Waking Down in Mutuality. Brian studied yoga at an ecovillage in Guatemala through the School Yoga Institute and has been involved in the Barefoot Movement’s Yoga Teacher Training since January 2012. Prior to his introduction to yoga, Brian trained in classical dance (jazz, tap, ballet), tai chi, and basketball. He is studying to become a psychotherapist.
Carrie came to yoga via a circuitous path. Her first occupation was as a student of Nature. This grew from a childhood love, where she raised a wide variety of critters in her very tolerant parents’ garage and yard, into a passion and a career in Marine Science. A combination of a deep belief in the interconnectedness of nature and a love of dance and movement led Carrie try her first yoga class in 2001. Since then she has been been a dedicated practitioner, and received her first teaching certification in 2002. In 2006 she became a certified Anusara Yoga teacher. Carrie is an instructor in the Flow Yoga Teacher Training, Level II program here at Barefoot Movement. Carrie has taught people of all all ages and levels of fitness in a variety of locations in the Bay Area, including studios, senior centers, the Berkeley Public School System, and the YMCA. She believes in the power of yoga to change people’s lives, as is grateful to be able to offer back what she has so graciously been given from her teachers. Carrie lives in Berkeley, with her husband, a 14 year old son, and a Guinea Pig. In addition to practicing and teaching yoga, she enjoys telemark skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, and dancing of any kind.
Christie Pitko began practicing yoga in 2001, and since then, yoga has inspired nearly every aspect of her life! After receiving her 200 hours of training, she started teaching right away. She has led classes in studios, corporate offices, schools, and therapeutic spas. She loves to inspire others to heal through the power of yoga. She leads workshops and weekend retreats that integrate yoga and energy work. She is a reiki master teacher, who teaches and attunes students to all levels of reiki. She was the resident reiki master at the Las Vegas Recovery Center for over 4 years, helping addicts heal from substance abuse. She is also a nationally certified massage therapist. www.shiftingandinspired.com
Danny Kennard has been exploring movement through yoga for the last 5 years, having finished the 200-hr Flow Yoga Teacher Training program at Barefoot Movement in 2013. With a background in mixed media, Danny finds a yoga practice a way to unfold deeper expressions of art by finding new awareness in the body and mind. His classes are rigorous, yetmeditative, allowing students to find their own rhythm and breath in their practice.
Emily, a native of Scotland, received her teaching qualifications with Leah Gillman and is a certified teacher with Yoga Alliance. Her career as a dancer and teacher of classical ballet drew her to the disciplines of Yoga but in particular Vinyasa Flow Yoga where the synchronization of the breath and movement come together giving your practice strength and fluidity. This is a prominent feature of Emily’s class along with emphasis on alignment and posture. In addition to teaching Yoga at Barefoot Movement Emily is a member of the faculty at Contra Costa Ballet Centre.
Emily Packard is finishing her Level I (200 hr) teaching training with Leah Gillman and the amazing team of Barefoot Movement teachers. She came to yoga while in college in Boulder, CO in the early 2000s and has been practicing ever since. A perpetual beginner and explorer of many styles, including Ashtanga, Iyengar and Kripalu, Emily is especially drawn to Vinyasa Flow and offers creative classes in this style that engage the body and breath while remaining accessible to all ages and bodies. She was so inspired by her pre-natal and post-natal class experience at Barefoot that she decided to take on teacher training and hopes to continue on to teach both pregnant mamas and family classes. Emily is a professional violinist by trade, playing in many area orchestras as well as her band Jack O’ The Clock. She has taught private and group music lessons for the past 12 years. She lives in Alameda, CA with her husband, cat and 2 year old daughter, who usually starts her day with Happy Baby pose and then offers mindfulness reminders all day long!
Faith Cornwall is a guide who teaches her students how to communicate with the greatest yoga teacher they will ever have: their own bodies. Whether confronting physical, emotional or mental challenges, or simply wishing to stay in shape or feel more relaxed, Faith believes that knowing our unique anatomy is a great tool. She encourages her students to explore and experiment in her yoga classes, rather than teaching a standard one-size-fits-all “correct” form for each posture. Having lived with many health problems, Faith loves to teach modifications, as she intimately understands how empowering it can be to find our needs met in each pose. She teaches an attitude of gentleness and love towards the body in the context of a physically challenging class. A Certified Massage Therapist, she also incorporates selfmassage into her classes, to assist in understanding one’s body and broaden the possibilities within each posture. Always interested in the variety yoga offers, Faith has taken workshops with such noted local and international teachers as Judith Hanson Lasater, David Swenson, Gary Kraftsow, Jnani Chpaman, Leslie Howard, Bo Forbes, and Baron Baptiste.
Genevieve Griesau Although it was years before I’d realize there was a name for it, I started practicing yoga around the age of 4. After observing and imitating my mother’s living room asana and seated meditation practice, I would sneak in little snippets of what I liked into my daily life: a plow pose here, a seated twist there; perhaps a little breath awareness to get through a difficult moment. When I was 15, a teacher came from the Kripalu Yoga Institute to my high school’s first ever Wellness Day and did an asanas and pranayama workshop with us. So… I began to discover that not only were other people doing this stuff too, but they had any number of approaches to offer.
With my interest in mind/body practices piqued, I continued to seek out teachers and experiences in various disciplines that would expose me to an array of possibilities. During a physical theatre skills retreat, I discovered qi gong. Drawn to the deliberate movements and focus on balance and flow of energy in the body, I began to explore different forms of qi gong and t’ai chi. I led a t’ai chi practice group at an eldercare facility in Seattle in the 90’s. After relocating to Oakland, I explored the realm a bit more and found Dayan (Wild Goose) qi gong, which I currently practice. Other teachers and traditions came forth with their offerings, and elements of hatha, kundalini, and tantric yoga as well as self-acupressure techniques found their way into my eclectic practice. As I delved into more approaches to increased awareness and comfort in my own body, I got excited about wanting to share what I was learning I began to facilitate intuitive self-care massage and movement sessions with my friends. Noticing how rewarding it was to transmit these teachings, I set my intention on a path to develop my own vocabulary for offering the practices I draw from. Impressed by the precision, simplicity, and approachability of Leah Gillman’s teaching style, I became a Certified Yoga Teacher through her program in 2009.
I invite you, my students, into an organic exploration of your own practice/s, bringing stillness and dynamism through an array of modes. Throughout class, I present modifications for students from beginner onward. The starting point is the union of breath and body: from there we may explore anything from a more vigorous ashtanga flow to qi gong influenced exercises to nurturing restorative poses or kundalini-infused breath work. Come to class with an open mind and heart and let’s see what’s possible!
Hanna Malm Hanna Malm had taken yoga on and off for 15 years before the birth of her first child, Mia. That life changing event brought her deeper into yoga, and after the birth of her second child, Max she took the Barefoot Movement Flow Yoga Teacher Training. Once she completed her training, Hanna spent a year sailing in Mexico, living on her boat with her partner and two children. During that time, she sought out and found multiple teaching opportunities in different foreign ports, including getting studio time at cruiser clubs and marinas like Club Cruceros in La Paz and Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz. She was lucky enough to be able to do yoga on deserted beaches with her children. Teaching yoga allows Hanna to share her experience with the practice: one that connects all aspects of self – body, mind, and breath – and that by connecting to oneself on a deeper level we also connect to the world around us in a more true way. It is her belief that incorporating the elements of yoga into daily life in small ways, even just taking the time to focus on breath for a moment or remembering posture, leads to a positive change in peoples lives. Hanna’s teaching style is encouraging, supportive, and honest, creating a space where you can get to know your body and expand its capabilities, a safe and grounded environment in which to grow and learn. Talar Svenska!
Henry Lu Henry Lu is a dedicated yoga practitioner with a committed regimen since 2004. With a strong martial arts background, he truly has a lifetime of body discipline and awareness. His passion now lies with practicing yoga as well as teaching it. He is a certified Hatha yoga instructor with extensive teaching experience in both studio and corporate environments, and is currently pursuing his 500 hour certification at Barefoot Movement. Henry strives for challenging but not overly-rigorous classes. He gives clear and specific instruction, while simultaneously encouraging students to treat the instruction as invitation and make the practice their own. Even during rigorous flow sequences, he encourages students to stay present. And he always allows for moments for observation and checking in on sensations, bringing a strong mindfulness aspect to his teaching.
Jennifer Martin has been practicing yoga for over twelve years, starting in her late teens. Yoga has been a touchstone and a balancing force for her ever since she was introduced to it. Foremost in her practice, yoga serves as a spiritual grounding force that always provides a new and fresh perspective, keeping her in line with the real truth of a changing life, body and world. It gives her great joy to share this practice with others. Jennifer’s classes are meditative, creative, and her sequences build strength and stamina, while inspiring movements that give a sense of freedom and ease. Her classes are focused on linking breath with movement, while maintaining awareness of proper alignment and effort during a class. She encourages students to be their own teachers and find their edge; to celebrate their strengths and push gently against their limitations.
Hace más que doce años que practica yoga Jennifer Martin, empezando cuando tenía dieciocho años. La yoga ha sido una fuerza que la ayuda a balancear en cuerpo y en mente desde que la primera vez que la practicó. Yoga sirve como una fuerza espiritual también, que siempre provee una perspectiva nueva y abierta, ayudándola a ver la verdad de una vida, cuerpo y mundo que siempre cambian. Le da mucho felicidad compartir esta practica con otros. Las clases de Jennifer son meditativos, originales, y las secuencias de los movimientos crecen la fuerza y stamina, mientras que inspiren movimientos que tienen una sentido de libertad y facilidad. Sus clases son enfocadas en la combinación de la respiración y los movimientos, mientras dan atención a la alineación correcta del cuerpo y el nivél de la esfuerza durante la clase. Jennifer anima a las estudiantes que sean maestras mismas y que les encuentren y celebren sus fuerzas y que les empujen con cuidado sus limitaciones.
Jen’s yoga philosophy is focused on feeling good in the body you are in, promoting gentle stretching and a mind/body connection above all else. Her specialties include Plus Size, Prenatal, Postnatal, Restorative and Gentle Flow. A native of Los Angeles, Jen has been a Bay Area resident for 20 years, where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Women Studies from San Francisco State University, and in 2011 trained to teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Leah Gillman at Barefoot Movement. Jen is a 200 hour Register Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, and has received a specialized certificate to teach Prenatal and Postnatal classes. Jen leads mindful and gentle yoga with humor and an emphasis on balanced living through the inner strength of mind, body, and spirit. She has a passion to share the tools of yoga to help lead the way to a healthy body image; these tools have proven so beneficial in her own life. When not practicing yoga Jen is a freelance Personal Assistant who enjoys vintage shopping, live music, creative writing, getting pedicures, occasional tiki drinks and San Francisco Giants baseball.
Raised by a yoga teacher, Jovida was introduced to asanas at an early age. Contorting into shapes with animal names was a fun game as a child, and she practiced casually through adolescence and college. As an adult, she turned to yoga as a grounding practice in the midst of personal and professional transitions. Through regular practice, she discovered that, beyond stress relief, yoga supports us to fully come alive. She approaches vinyasa flow as a dynamic meditation, guided by breath. In her instruction, she draws on alignment cues to increase internal awareness and support students to find the full expression of each pose. Jovida completed the 500 hour certification through Barefoot Movement’s Flow Yoga Teacher Training II in early 2014. Outside of her yoga practice, she shares her nonprofit management expertise as a consultant, trainer and coach.
Movement has always been a part of Julianne’s life. She grew up in the Bay Area playing soccer, swimming and camping. After an an injury in her 20’s, she discovered yoga as part of the recovery process. She has since embraced the benefits of the mind and body connection, and incorporated her yoga practice into her interest in running. Julianne came to Barefoot Movement to deepen her understanding of yoga principles and philosophy. She is interested in the importance of the breath in movement and has an affinity for Ashtanga and restorative practice. She is excited about the opportunity to share the benefits of yoga beyond the mat and into everyday life.
In 1980 Karen used crutches to walk into to her first yoga class. It was a great type of physical therapy that led her to a career in barefoot movement and modern dance. She studied at Cal State University Long Beach, winning a Dance Magazine award and an A.D.F. national title. After leaving Los Angeles to live in the Bay Area, she received her degree in the LEAP program at St. Mary’s College then studied with Leah Gillman in her first flow yoga teacher training. Karen loves the way yoga allows the mind to find itself inside the body, awakening the physical to allow the practice of mindfulness and the letting go of judgment. Her classes honor the moments between asanas as opportunities to deepen the breath and be fully in each moment. She connects the poses in a playful manner with the goal to guide others through their journeys in a non-intimidating and fun environment. When Karen isn’t practicing inversions and half moons she is happy making messes as an art teacher at Lakeview Preschool and Redwood Day School.
KaRon moved to Oakland in 2006 after receiving her MBA in Marketing. Because of the state of the economy, her job hunt proved to be very stressful. She found herself needing to practice yoga more and more just to feel balanced. Her desire to lead a peaceful existence led her to get serious about yoga. She practiced on her own for a while, but decided to learn more about the discipline. KaRon began her journey to become an instructor. She completed her certification in yoga from the Barefoot Movement training program in Oakland and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. To KaRon, yoga is both a mental and physical practice. She believes yoga can help cleanse your body and your mind & with regular practice, your entire being can become lighter and leave you feeling energized. She is also a certified Life Coach and a Health/ Wellness Coach.
Kendall began practicing yoga in 2002 at UC Santa Cruz as a college athlete and avid swimmer. Over the years yoga has remained a constant in her life, providing her with a crucial physical, emotional, and spiritual outlet.
Kendall approached yoga as an athlete and continues to hone her practice as such, working to understand and integrate the subtle physiological relationships that present themselves as her practice deepens. Kendall hopes to help her students develop the stamina, strength, and flexibility that will allow them to access challenging poses and develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for their bodies. Kendall learned to teach yoga with Barefoot Movement’s Flow Yoga Teacher Training.
Lauren teaches a vigorous Vinyasa flow class that will make you sweat but leave you feeling energized, centered, and relaxed. Leah Gillman was her first Ashtanga-based yoga teacher and she is also thankful to have studied with David Moreno and Thomas (Skanda) Murphy who exposed her to Jivamukti sequencing. Lauren invites students of all levels to come explore the edges of their practice by challenging their bodies and surrendering to the divine.
Leah Gillman is the founder and director of Barefoot Movement. She began using the name, ‘Barefoot Movement’ in 2004 to encompass her yoga teaching as well as her Barefoot Bodywork practice (a form of massage where the practitioner uses her feet to work on the client’s body). In 2010, Leah opened the current Barefoot Movement studio at Broadway and 17th Street in Downtown Oakland and in 2013 remodeled and expanded the space. Leah has focused practices in: Ashiatsu (a.k.a. Barefoot Shiatsu), from which Barefoot Bodywork was developed, with Edward Spencer, since 2000; in White Crane Silat, a form of Indonesian kung fu, since 2008; and in yoga with Mark Horner, since 2010. In her earlier years, Leah pursued a career in modern dance and choreography. She began practicing yoga in 1994 and in 1999 she began teaching yoga classes and studying massage. In 2006 she began teaching Barefoot Bodywork and in 2008 she began training new yoga teachers. Leah’s Flow Yoga classes have evolved to include elements from kung fu and dance to better prepare the body for traditional yoga asana. The focus for Leah’s yoga and Barefoot Bodywork classes is on taking students, efficiently, into a clearer state of physical and mental being while expanding their abilities and awareness. For beginners, the focus is on the gross-level placement and movements of the practitioner. Over time, as the blueprint of the modality becomes increasingly inherent, the focus of the practice shifts toward more subtlety and receptivity. Leah lives in Berkeley with her two, delightful, teenage daughters, Naomi and Olivia.
Leonora Willis established her connection to Yoga during a major transition in her life. During this time, Yoga provided an anchor to secure her, as well as the sails to help her move through life with grace. This experience fueled her desire to become a Yoga instructor, not only to enhance her own continued Yoga practice, but also to help others move through the every day and unexpected transitions of life with awareness, strength and flexibility. Leonora recognizes individual students’ needs and knowledgeably meets those needs in a myriad of ways: with helpful guiding directions, hands-on adjustments, keen Vinyasa sequences. Leonora teaches Yoga classes in the Vinyasa Flow Style, which links the breath to the body’s movement, not only within a pose, but also in the transitions between poses, thus moving students through sequences that challenge the body, aiming to balance mind and spirit. In a Yoga class with Leonora, students are physically challenged while also feeling a sense of being nurtured, safe and supported, which encourages the connection between body and mind, self and universe. By incorporating pranayama, meditation and chanting, Leonora provides her yoga students with a balanced practice that fuels and reenergizes the mind, body and spirit. www.leonorawillis.com
Lindsey found yoga in the midst of a stressful year of graduate school in 2006 and has had a consistence practice since. Yoga has helped her to balance a demanding day job (she is a licensed architect in the state of California) with her day-to-day life. She completed the 200 hour teacher training program at Barefoot Movement in 2013 and is currently completing the Apprenticeship Program with Leah Gilman. Lindsey is especially interested in the ways that posture and alignment can make all the difference between repeated injuries and a healthy and sustainable yoga practice. Her experiences have been primarily in Vinyasa style yoga, although she has recently taken to Ashtanga classes. Through her classes, Lindsey hopes to bring the joy and balance she has found through yoga to others and to help raise her student’s bodily awareness in alignment and focused breathing.
Mary Beth (MB) has been exploring yoga as a philosophy and physical practice for many years. She has studied with wonderful teachers and participated in classes and workshops in various traditions including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, and Anusara. She is especially drawn toward the moving meditation of a vinyasa style of practice and since 2006 she has been a dedicated student of Ashtanga Vinyasa in the classical self-paced Mysore tradition of Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. As a teacher MB wishes to share yoga as a day-by-day, moment-by-moment practice of well-being. In her classes she guides you through dynamic sequences of movement while you play with the subtle alignment cues of the postures, and most importantly tune your awareness to the quality and presence of your breath during both exertion and stillness. Through the practice she encourages you to discover balance between effort and ease, to develop your own inner and outer strength and flexibility, and hone a more graceful engagement with your everyday life. In this way “yoga” can become a daily practice both on and off the mat. www.mbryoga.com
Melissa embraced yoga while recovering from acute physical stresses, including repetitive stress injury and chronic back pain exacerbated–in her last life–by long hours in a high stress office setting. By discovering physical balance followed by an awakening of the body, she found herself on a path for emotional well-being through asana, breath and meditation–a path that continues through her teaching.
Melissa’s philosophical and practical approach to yoga is intertwined with her recovery from deep emotional and physical childhood trauma. Yoga has brought her lasting, sustainable well-being, and she employs yoga as a way to continuously undo patterns in mind and body. She sees yoga as an essential tool for undoing the myriad, internalized effects of trauma each of us may carry, and for achieving the (sometimes elusive) balance that brings aliveness and peace to our daily lives. Melissa has an affinity for and extensive background working with people of color, and would like to bring a culturally sensitive practice of yoga to individuals and communities of color as a path to personal transformation.
Michelle has been studying yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2002. She began taking classes once per week with Rodney Yee, and after several months, began to realize the practice was bringing her an inner peace that helped her manage the stresses of working, raising children, and living in the hectic Bay Area. She found yoga to be mediation in motion, and believes the practice of yoga is essential to well being. She has studied Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Krama, and Restorative Yoga with many well know teachers in the Bay Area. She is a graduate of Niroga Teacher Training Program, Tim Miller’s Ashtanga Teacher Training, Leah Gillman’s Barefoot Movement Flow Yoga Training, Mark Horner’s Vinyasa Krama Teacher training, and Judith Lasater’s Restorative Teacher Training. She is a Yoga Alliance certified practitioner and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Michelle’s background as a health practitioner gives her the ability to incorporate her knowledge anatomy and physiology into her practice. Her classes focus on body mechanics and alignment, emphasizing safety. She incorporates the depth and strength of longer held poses, using props and modifications for all body types. She has teaches in a variety of settings, including private classes and workshops for those suffering from chronic illness. Her goal is to bring yoga to those who believe “yoga they can’t do yoga”, but want to try. All classes include pranayama and meditation.
Natalie began practicing yoga as a 16-year-old high school athlete. Yoga was a way to maintain strong muscles, decrease risk of injury, and increase endurance by learning more effective ways of breathing. In fact, she still uses yoga for all of those things, but over the years yoga has become so much more. For Natalie, yoga has become a method of self-exploration in addition to providing a framework for tackling life’s twists and turns. She has traveled to Costa Rica, India, and Thailand with her mat and has had the privilege of practicing under the guidance of several talented teachers. Her classes combine vigor and playfulness with the intention of providing a space for each student to meet their edge. onthenat.wordpress.com
Natalie empezó a estudiar el yoga a los dieciseis años. Durante ese tiempo, era una atleta y yoga fue una manera en que pudiera mantener los musculos fuertes, reducir el riesgo de lastimarse, y aumentar su resistencia a propósito de respirar más profundamente. De hecho, el yoga todavía la ayuda a hacer todas estas cosas, pero a través de los años también se a convirtido a ser muchísimo más. Para ella, yoga ha sido un método de autoexploración y también le dió una esquema para superar los giros y vueltas de la vida. Ella ha viajado con su mat a Costa Rica, la India, y Tailandia y ha tocado la privilegia de practicar bajo la dirección de una variedad de instructores talentosos. Sus clases combinan el vigor y la jugueteo con el intent de proveer un especio en que cada uno puede enfrentar sus límites. onthenat.wordpress.com
Pamela Perry, se habla español
Pamela has been a serious student of both Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga for over 15 years. She was certified to teach Vinyasa yoga in 2012 through Barefoot Movement and is currently pursuing the 500 hour advanced teaching certificate. She has a PhD in Sociology and years of experience as a modern dancer, is an advanced white-water kayaker, and the sole parent of a boisterous little boy.
As a yoga teacher, Pamela enjoys guiding students into a deeper awareness of their bodies, towards greater mental and emotional well-being. Her desire is for students to leave her class feeling renewed, invigorated, and enthusiastic about their practice.
Pamela ha sido una estudiante seria de ambos Iyengar y Vinyasa yoga por más de 15 años. Fue certificada como maestra de Vinyasa yoga en 2012 por Barefoot Movement y ahora estudia para lograr el certificado de enseñanza avanzado de 500 horas. Ella también tiene un doctorado de Sociología y lleva años de experiencia como bailarina de danza moderna y deportista al aire libre. Es la madre única de un niño energético.
Sarah Brett dabbled in Yoga since high school and through college, but found a deeper connection to her practice when she returned to the Bay Area after her undergraduate degree. Since then she has practiced several styles of Yoga both here and abroad. She now teaches a Vinyasa Flow style, focusing on proper alignment and linking the poses through careful attention to breath and transitions to create a graceful, powerful flow. For Sarah, Yoga has been a constant source of strength and peace in an ever-changing, turbulent world. It provides a space for moving meditation and serves as reminder and opportunity to be mindful and present.
Sarah strives to share her love of Yoga as a tool for personal and social awareness, healthful living and longevity in a fun, supportive and inclusive atmosphere. She is especially interested in helping make Yoga more approachable and accessible to people who might not think that Yoga “is for them”’ since all people, no matter their skill-level or experience, can benefit from a regular Yoga practice. Her Flow Basics class therefore focuses on the fundamentals and building blocks of Yoga while challenging students physically in order to help them unlock their latent potential.
Sarah believes passionately that yoga is a powerful tool for self-healing of both the body and the mind. She began practicing yoga in 2008, but it would be years later that a very difficult season would have her truly dive head first into her personal practice. In this time, Sarah’s yoga mat became a place of profound self-transformation as she gained strength and learned to posses a flow, through both her yoga practice and her life off the mat. She is currently working toward her 200 Hour Teacher Training Certification at Barefoot Movement under Leah Gillman, and attends weekly community meditation sitting groups at East Bay Meditation Center. Her teaching is dedicated to positivity, self-love, and mindfulness in order to discover the deeper benefits of yoga and self-awareness.
Sarita took her first breath when she was born, and first Chaturanga Dandasana at summer camp when she was about 12. While she didn’t put it all together until a couple decades later, she has been steeped in body movement of many kinds since childhood, and practicing yoga regularly for over 10 years. She is also trained in the field of landscape architecture as she is inspired by restful outdoor environments. Contrary to the end result, the practice of design often involves long hours indoors, behind a computer while in unfortunate body mis-alignment. Her philosophy: Move forward and put yourself back together. Yoga is a never-ending practice of full body maintenance, much like a garden itself.
Today, her practice has a focus on classical yoga with a straight forward approach, influenced by Hatha, Ashtanga and Iyengar styles. She has completed a Pre & Post-Natal Yoga training with Cybele Tomlinson of Berkeley Yoga Center. Class emphasis is on training the breath to work through body re-alignment resulting in graceful and thoughtful flow. Further, she would like to extend her intrinsic belief that yoga can sustain internal health, mental focus, and slowing-down in a fast urban environment.
Theresa is a Montana native and loves what the Bay Area has to offer! She graduated from Barefoot Movement’s Level I Teacher Training Program in the Spring of 2011 and has been teaching steadily ever since. She received her Kid’s Yoga certification through mini yogis® in Spring 2012, completed Barefoot Movement’s Level II teaching training (500 hour certification) in May 2013, and also has training in pre- and post-natal yoga. The path of yoga instruction has opened many new opportunities and now, Theresa is an instructor for Barefoot Movement’s Advance Studies and Teacher Training Programs. Theresa finds incredible joy in teaching and draws from all her experiences to bring a well-rounded class to her students. Yoga has brought a positive transformation to Theresa’s life and she hopes her classes bring some transformation to her students as well. She ends each class with “May the best part of your practice follow throughout you day” and she really means it!
Yael is trained as a Vinayasa Yoga instructor specializing in pre and postnatal yoga. She has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and teaching for 3 years. Yael is the Director of Family Programs at Barefoot Movement. Yael received her 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training and Pre and Postnatal Yoga Certification in 2010 from Barefoot Movement in Oakland, CA. She also completed the Mama Tree Advanced Level Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Jane Austin from Yoga Tree in 2013. Yael has a Masters in Social Work and was a social worker for many years. She is also a trained doula and childbird educator with Childbirth and Postpartum Prefessional Association (CAPPA). She completed her doula training through DONA (Doulas of North America) and through Sacred Birth Place in Oakland, CA. www.Lunalotusbirth.com
Yael se formó como instructor de Yoga Vinyasa y se especializa en yoga pre y postnatal. Ella ha estado practicando yoga desde hace más de 12 años y lleva 3 años enseñando. Yael es la Directora de Programas de Familia de Barefoot Movement. Yael recibió sus 200 horas de Formación de Profesores de Yoga y su Certificación de Yoga Pre y Postnatal en 2010 de Barefoot Movement en Oakland, CA. Ella también completó el Nivel Avanzado de la Formación de Profesores de Yoga Prenatal con Jane Austin de Yoga Tree en 2013. Yael tiene una Maestría en Trabajo Social y fue una trabajadora social por muchos años. Ella también es una doula y enseña educación para el parto. Ella fue entrenada por la Asociación Profesional de Parto y Posparto (CAPPA). Completó su formación doula a través Doulas of North America(DONA) y por Sacred Birth Place en Oakland, CA. www.Lunalotusbirth.com
Yukari began her journey to Yoga in 2008 at a transitional period in her life and she instantly fell in love with the mind-body connection in Yoga. Since then her practice grew with increasing commitment through the workshop with Rolf Gates in Costa Rica, the one month Yoga Pilgrimage and practice in India, and various workshops with amazing teachers. After exploring different styles from Hatha to Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar, etc., she is especially drawn toward Vinyasa Flow, the marriage between breath and movement.
Her passion and love for Yoga and desire to share her experiences led her to complete the 200 hour Teacher Training program with Barefoot Movement in Oakland in June, 2011. She will be delighted if she can open the door to Yoga for the ones who may think Yoga is just a stretch or to “turn ourselves into pretzels” and share with them her wonderful experiences: Yoga has not only awakened her body but also provided a path to inner peace of mind. Yukari will also offer yoga classes in Japanese.
年人生の転機を迎えヨガと出会い、ヨガのからだだけでなくこころとの繋がりに深 く傾倒する。以降、アメリカ国内外の各種ワークショップに参加し、インドでの一ヶ月に わたるヨガ巡業を行う。ハタ、アシュタンガ、ビクラム、アイエンガーなど様々なスタ イルを経験後、呼吸、動作を同調させた流れを重視するヴィンヤサ ヨガを中心に実践。2011年6月、カリフォルニア州オークランド Barefoot Movement にて、全米ヨガ アライ アンス認定ヨガ インストラクター RYT 200 プログラムを終了。ヨガ初心者から経験者まで多くの人とともにヨガを実践し、こころとからだの変化を一緒 に経験できるクラスを目指す。日本語での指導も行う。