Yoga Mountain Studio

Teachers

Sienna Smith

Sienna Smith

Sienna Smith is the owner of Yoga Mountain Studio, a registered yoga therapist, and senior Yoga Alliance teacher (E-RYT500). Teaching in the bay area for 14 years, she has studied extensively with Gary Kraftsow, John Friend, Sianna Sherman, Georg Feuerstein, Maritza and Lama Palden. Her classes, workshops and trainings are opportunities for learning and practice of an intellegent healing system of alignment-based yoga rooted in the Krishnamacharya tradition. Sienna created an online Office Yoga video with Yoga Journal, has appeared in the publication three times, and in Gary Krafstow’s top-selling Yoga for the Low Back DVD. She has two children, loves to sip green tea and hike.

Chad Corradini

Chad Corradini

Chad began his journey into holistic health and wellness in 2001. He is a recent addition to Marin County, moving his practice here from Aspen, CO. He is a certified Rolfer body worker, personal trainer and yoga teacher for over 10 years. He specializes in functional movement and flexibility that enhances stability, range of motion, and joint integrity. Chad is the founder of The Authentic Self in Fairfax. Learn more about him and watch a video of him in action on his website TheAuthenticSelf.co

Rachael Freedman

Rachael Freedman

Rachael began her journey as a yoga teacher in order to heal herself. She graduated from architecture school with debilitating pain and found Yoga Therapy helped to heal. She completed her 500-hr and prenatal yoga training through the SMC of Marin. Rachael also studied Ayurveda at Mount Madonna Institute and is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. Her teaching draws from Viniyoga, connecting breath with movement and Yin Yoga using props to allow the body to soften and release on a deeper level. She uses breath and mindfulness as the main tools to restore and renew. Inspired by her students, she is grateful to share the teachings of yoga.

Veronica Geretz

Veronica Geretz

Veronica was introduced to Hatha yoga when she was just fourteen. She specializes in Vinyasa Yoga and has trained with Corepower Yoga, Jolie Cash and Hala Khouri. She will guide you through a flow to awaken your own body and prana while offering subtle reminders that all of yoga is intended to prepare for meditation in order to realize our interconnectedness. She also holds an M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies and enjoys guiding students to experience more peace and calm in their life.

Suraya Keating

Suraya Keating

Suraya teaches yoga, dance and drama to children, teens and adults throughout the Bay Area. As a dedicated yogini, an Expressive Arts & Drama Therapist, and a trained actress and theatre director, Suraya's teaching style is heart-centered, imaginative and eclectic. She has been inspired by her yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram in India, an Anusara Immersion and Teacher Training with Katchie Ananda, Jane Austin's Perinatal Yoga Teacher Training, and Five Rhythms dance. She has an MFT and facilitates the Marin Shakespeare Program at San Quentin State Prison. She is passionate about the connection between yoga, creativity and well-being.

Jo Lewzey

Jo Lewzey

Jo studied with Yolanda Bain, Rod Stryker, and over 400 hours with her most influential teacher, Maritza, who has deep roots in the Iyengar and Anusara yoga. The most important thing Jo wants to bring across to students of her yoga classes is self acceptance and love; to truly embrace and enjoy the journey of yoga and life. Her classes are precise and passionate, and they are developed for students of all levels.

Charlene Lowe

Charlene Lowe

Charlene is inspired by her passion to teach and nurture others. Her classes flow with breath and with an emphasis on safe alignment. With love and compassion she eases her students into a mind-body connection, helping them find a quieter state of mind and therefore a deeper sense of relaxation. Her certifications include Yoga Alliance 200RYT with Ana Forrest, Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers, Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater, Yoga Alliance 500RYT with Yogaworks. She is grateful to her teachers, John Berlinsky and Lea Watkins for their love and support in her own daily practice.

Barbara Merz

Barbara Merz

From her first lion's breath as a child, Barbara fell in love with yoga. She began training in Iyengar style in the early 1990s. Her practice grew into a deep fascination with alignment and intuitive body intelligence. She earned her teaching certificate at The White Lotus Foundation. For the last 7 years, she has lived in Australia and worked with indigenous communities. In August she returned home to the US. Through her daily practice, Barbara explores how to find our center on and off the mat anew each day. She is delighted with Yoga Mountain’s diversity of teaching styles and a community that encourages compassion. Her sunrise classes are a vigorous, heart-opening, in Vinyasa flow style.

Jennifer Murphy

Jennifer Murphy

Jennifer’s classes combine conscious flow with specific alignment instruction, and include dynamic sequences designed to warm and energize as well as longer holds allowing for deeper exploration of poses. She emphasizes the importance of practicing inner awareness during both the active and still portions of a class, and provides the space and framework for students to tune deeply in to their personal practice, while enjoying the support and community of a public class.

Elizabeth Shelhart

Elizabeth Shelhart

Elizabeth lived in India and studied classical yoga and meditation in her 20's. She has also completed a yoga therapy training in the US. Having experienced first-hand the transformative powers of yoga, Elizabeth helps to foster this passion and wisdom in her students. Her classes focus on allowing the prana, or life energy, to move more freely in the body and the mind. Consciously flowing through postures and progressing into deeper, quieter postures toward the end of class, students receive a balanced practice that helps restore energy, strength, and peace of mind.

Alison Smith

Alison Smith

Yoga is ancient wisdom for harmonious living in the modern world. Alison's teaching is infused with passion and play as well as powerful technical knowledge. Her classes offer clear instructions with precise alignment principles as well as principles to help you relate to your breath, calm your mind, and carry your body with grace. Alison's practice and perspective of yoga is deeply rooted in the Anusara lineage. She has studied with Anusara Founder, John Friend and Sanskrit scholar Christopher "Hareesh" Wallis. Currently she is studying with Noah Maze.

Elana Vollen

Elana Vollen

Elana has been practicing yoga for 25 years and teaching for 11 years. Her integrative approach to yoga is about balancing Yin and Yang principles - The Yin aspects of nurturing, listening and softening, with the Yang aspects of engaging and building Tapas (heat, energy), while honoring the steady presence of the breath and proper alignment of the body. She weaves in pranayama (breath work) in her classes, and chants melodic mantras during Savasana. She has a soft spot for nature and enjoys surfing and connecting with the dolphins.