Yoga Mountain Studio

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

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.

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.

Claire Stetina

Claire Stetina

Claire has taught over 2,000 hours of public classes and workshops. She has studied with many teachers in many lineages, and is known to blend elements of Anusara, Iyengar, alignment therapeutics, Bhakti, Baptiste and Shambava Hatha yoga into her classes. Each class draws upon her extensive practical knowledge of human anatomy and self-care practices towards the goal of optimal health and balance. Her mission is to deliver a safe, creative and progressive space for yogis to grow and come into their power.

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.