Founder of Yoga Mountain Studio. As a Certified Yoga Therapist by IAYT she has published a Yoga Therapy article and online video series in Yoga Journal. She has appeared in Yoga Journal articles 3 times. Teaching in the Bay Area for 18 years she has studied extensively with Gary Kraftsow, John Friend, Christina Sell, Georg Feuerstein & Babaji Harihar Ram and influenced by TKV Desikachar. She incorporates Iyengar, Anusara, and Viniyoga teaching methods as well as physical therapy techniques to improve the health and function of the body. She practices yoga, meditation, chanting and ritual daily ~ it is what informs her teaching and dharma in life. www.siennasmith.com
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.
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.
Ford is a Certified Senior iRest Trainer, Mentor, and Supervisor. He has managed, assisted, and taught at numerous iRest Teacher Trainings, as well as retreats with Dr. Richard Miller. Ford fell in love with Yoga and Meditation in the late 90’s and subsequently spent a year and a half in India, studying and practicing intensively in the tradition of Advaita (per Ramana Maharshi) as well as the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
He is considered a master bodyworker certified since 1999 in SHEN Therapy — a modality of energy work that helps release and heal emotions directly in the body. Ford also completed graduate studies in Counseling and Depth Psychology and is currently a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, providing both individual and couples counseling in Marin County.
Elizabeth RYT500 has been practicing yoga and Buddhist meditation for over 20 years and has been teaching since 2001. She has studied many different forms of yoga such as yoga therapy, prenatal yoga, Ayurveda, Iyengar yoga, yin yoga, and yoga nidra. Her classes blend a moderate paced flow linking breath and movement as well as poses that work with the subtle body and mind. She views yoga as a healing experience and her classes can accommodate those with limitations as well as seasoned yogis. She recently added to her experience by completing an 18-month training at Spirit Rock.
Nubia shines a new light on the ancient traditions of Hatha and Bhakti Yoga. Her unique and universal perspective on yoga, and her 26 years of experience teaching worldwide, culminates in a fusion of authentic teachings, creative movement, embodied wisdom and devotional experience. In each class we will tap into an oportunity to work with our physical bodies, both strengthening and opening, while awakening the awareness of our energetic and spiritual realms. All levels are welcome.
Amber is a certified yoga educator, world-wide wanderer and life-long experience seeker. Through a self-nurturing and explorative approach in mindfulness, meditation, breath and movements, Amber incorporates traditional and creative yoga postures, to create a fun, supportive and alignment based class. By combining movement and breath with intention and grace, she fosters the experience of deep inner connection, listening to inner wisdom and peaceful connection to all. Amber grew up locally in Woodacre and has been practicing yoga since 2004. She holds certifications of over 600 hours through the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, including: 200-hr Interdisciplinary Yoga, Restorative yoga, Yoga Anatomy, Children’s Yoga and Advanced. She has also trained with the Alaya School of Yoga and Somatic Experiencing. Amber has a deep love for children, yoga, family, travel, nature, community and simply connecting with and supporting others. When not guiding others in the journey of yoga, you can find Amber surfing in Pacific ocean and co-directing the Devoted to Children Foundation, a small non-profit caring for orphaned children in Haiti.
Linda Prosché C-IAYT, E-RYT500 has been teaching in the US and internationally since 1987. Originally from Chicago, Linda completed her certifications as a yoga and T’ai Chi Chih, moving meditation instructor. Along with her colleague, she helped create and publish Developmental Yoga™ a combined therapeutic form of yoga, talk and touch therapy.
She is influenced by many alignment-based disciplines and is certified in Baptiste Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Viniyoga and a recognized Yoga Therapist through International Association of Yoga Therapists I.A.Y.T. and her work with Gary Kraftsow and Aetna Mind-Body Stress Management Programs. Read more
In the early 2000s, Jessica was a stressed out east coast transplant living in San Francisco. She discovered yoga and it immediately and profoundly changed her life for the better. Now a California girl through and through, Jessica has been a devoted Yoga teacher and student for over ten years. She strives to help students become more grounded and discover compassion for themselves and others. Jessica’s challenging and joyful Vinyasa classes reflect her spiritual journey towards health and harmony and feature unique sequencing, upbeat music, hands-on assists and skillful alignment instruction. She is thankful for her many teachers including Clayton Horton, Rusty Wells, Geoffrey Roniger, Jane Austin and most recently Lesley Desaulniers. She is beyond grateful to her children Wyatt and Farrah for always reminding her to stay present and notice the beauty and wonder in every day.
Marina is a lifelong Bay Area resident, yogini mama and lover of all that is wild. Her classes, workshops and retreats invite students to explore the details of all experiences with the utmost passion and curiosity. For marina, yoga asana is an embodied ritual which has the capacity to uncover our most vibrant, potent selves. Her slow moving vinyasa classes are alignment-rich, highly creative, and meant to honor and celebrate each student’s unique connection to yoga. Her teachings integrate elements of somatic movement, follow the rhythms of nature and include various meditation and pranayama techniques and ritual. Her major influences have been Rod Stryker, Bryan Kest and more currently Abby Tucker, with whom she’s studied extensively. Before yoga found Marina, she received her BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, where her continued passion for social justice blossomed. Her day to day life is spent mostly at home rearranging furniture for fun, in the woods collecting leaves with her tiny human, mountain biking, and gardening. Join her in enlivening your senses through yoga, travel, connection, knowledge and play!
Sarah has been delighting in the discoveries of yoga since first stepping onto a mat in 1998. She began teaching in 2003 and soon after became a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Using yoga philosophy, mindful sequencing, breath practices, and a bit of humor, she creates classes to encourage students to build awareness both on and off the mat. Her practice and teaching are deeply rooted in the joyful expression and alignment principles of Anusara yoga, having studied with its founder, and she has been a long-time student of Ulrika Engman. More recently, Sarah has expanded her studies of alignment-based yoga under the guidance of Sienna Smith and Prajna Yoga teachers Tias Little and Djuna Mascall.
Sweet and grounded; precise and powerful. Hy Long shares the traditions of yoga by leading students into stillness. With a clear guidance through alignment and dynamic movement, he encourages students to practice to their own steady edge. Developing a safe, yet vigorous experience to open the body and one’s purpose to life.
Rachael Breeze is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Ayurvedic Health Counselor at EarthSpa. She is trained in Yoga Therapy by Integrative Yoga Therapy and Standing Wave Yoga and in Clinical Ayurveda and Pancha Karma from the Dhyana Center of Health Sciences and The Ayurvedic Institute. She has certification & extensive training in various modalities of Bodywork including Ayurvedic Massage and Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Therapies. With over 3000 hours of training and 20 years of experience, she is a seasoned guide focused on rebalancing, restoring and rejuvenating her clients health & well-being. Earthspa.com.
Jennifer is a 2nd generation Yoga Instructor to B.K.S Iyengar as she was a direct apprentice of Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Ali Dashti for over fifteen years. She has been practicing and teaching Yoga internationally for over 20 years and has 10,000 + hours of training.
Jennifer’s teaching has been described as having the depth of detail, the refined art of seeing, and intensity that she brings to her private tuition, classes, workshops and training’s.
Jennifer’s approach to Yoga is that it is medicine guided by the grammar of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Muriel’s yoga classes are highly informative as she draws upon her education, using detailed alignment and therapeutically applied anatomy in relation to yoga asana in a lighthearted, soulful, slow style with strength and spirit.
Muriel teaches using Iyengar alignment principals, Hatha, Vinyasa, Self Awakening (Feldenkrais inspired movements) Qigong and Yoga Nidra. These practices combined leave you feeling relaxed, strengthened and nurtured through the intelligence of your own body.
She holds an E-RYT 500 Yoga Educator with Yoga Alliance with 15 years of teaching experience and 25 years as a Bodywork/Massage Practitioner. She loves teaching and it shows!