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.

Sean Haleen

Sean Haleen

Sean Haleen (500-ERYT) is a Hatha yoga teacher and practitioner. He began teaching in 2007 and since then has taught over 10,000 hours of trainings, workshops, and classes. Sean’s classes are noted for their humor, depth, and precision. Focusing on alignment, students wishing to learn about their bodies and the different concepts of yoga philosophy in detail will enjoy his public classes, workshops, and trainings.

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

Maritza K Maritza K

Maritza K

Inside a mindful and rigorous asana practice that centers around activating the radiant energy within the spine and works to balance strength, flexibility and alignment -Maritza weaves her life-long passion for the interplay between physical, psychological and spiritual forces, to offer students the opportunity to unfold multi-layers of self-awareness, while exploring the subtle, profound and life altering force that is Yoga. A dedicated yogini for 3 and 1/2 half decades and a well-loved Senior Teacher -Certified in both Iyengar and Anusara Yoga Maritza is a catalyst for transformation, known for her articulate deft instructions, inspiring presence and deep organic sequences.

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.

Jennifer Newcomb

Jennifer Newcomb

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.

Ford Peck

Ford Peck

Ford has taught yoga since 1990 and has a master in counseling psychology and is a certified teacher, supervisor, and senior trainer of iRest Yoga Nidra.

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 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.