Teachers

Sienna Smith

Sienna Smith

Sienna Smith is owner of Yoga Mountain Studio, Founder of Shri Yoga, 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, Manuso Manos, 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. As a Yoga Journal contributor she created an Office Yoga video and published Desk Yoga in 2011. She appears in the publication regularly and is featured in Gary Krafstow’s top-selling Yoga for the Low Back DVD. She has two children, two cats, loves green tea and has a passion for the harmonium.

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.

Stephanie Ingrid Phalen

Stephanie Ingrid Phalen

Stephanie’s personal practice evolved into a pathway of service and teaching following life-altering events. Sincere devotion led to earning a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, five Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainings and continuing study with renowned psychologists and Yogi scholars. Lesley Desauliners, a Jivamukti certified teacher and Peggy Orr a 30-year veteran teacher are mentors influencing her journey. Stephanie ultimately calls LIFE her greatest teacher. She focuses on the breath as a pathway to; steady the mind, open the heart and to experience clarity and inner calm. www.innerlightshine.com

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.

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.

Lesley Desaulniers

Lesley Desaulniers is known for her energizing, soulful and inspiring classes.

Her gift for storytelling and passionate connection to music and art make each class a dynamic journey of sound, spirit, and soul. She was trained in yoga under the expert guidance of Sharon Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti Yoga and is one of Northern California’s most in-demand teachers. Click here to read more about Lesley.

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.

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 has been teaching in the US and internationally since 1987. Her initial training was at the Temple of Kriya in Chicago.  She acquired certification in T’ai Chi Chih, moving meditation and in 1990 she began her studies in Shiatsu and Tai massage incorporating these disciplines into a therapeutic form of yoga called, Developmental Yoga™.

She became certified in Baptiste Power of Yoga in 2001 and completed her Master Feng Shui certification in 2004. Her continued interest in Yoga Therapy led her to Gary Kraftsow and Viniyoga certification through the Krishnamacharya lineage and YT500 hr Yoga Therapist certification.

Her company, yogacancure.com was formed in 2010 where she offers individual consultation in Yoga Therapy for Chronic disease and injury.

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!