Teachers

Sienna Smith

Sienna Smith

Owner 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. 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 studies chanting and ritual to feed her heart and soul.

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.

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.

Ford Peck

Ford Peck

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 Shelhart

Elizabeth Shelhart

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 Teixeira

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.

Erika Trice

Erika Trice

Erika Trice is an E-RYT500 Yoga Alliance certified teacher and teacher trainer. Teaching for over 20 years she leads classes that are a combination of precise alignment instruction, flow with breath attention, philosophical insights and playfulness. Erika is also a student and teacher of Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan.

Charlotte Hamilton

Charlotte has been a practitioner of yoga for 25 years and a teacher for 10.  Her yoga teachers from London and NYC have taught her in Iyengar and Vinyasa styles with attention to physical adjustments, clear verbal cues, and sensitivity to the traditions of yoga.  Her three small children have given her humility and respect for the human body; empathy with the vulnerable and the strong times in our lives. Charlotte has over 1000 hours of teacher training and 12 years of teaching experience first at Jivamukti and then at Kula Yoga Project (NYC).  She is currently being mentored in the 9 month “Art of Teaching” program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco.

Amber Charne

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

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

 

Jessica O’Connell

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.

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 many teachers along her path, including her yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram in India, an Anusara Immersion with Katchie Ananda, Jane Austin’s Perinatal Yoga Teacher Training, as well as by an ongoing Five Rhythms dance practice. As an MFT and a Registered Drama Therapist, Suraya also facilitates the Marin Shakespeare Program at San Quentin State Prison, and is passionate about the connection between yoga, creativity and well-being.

Marina Guastucci

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 Steen

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.

Hy Long

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

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 Popken

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.