Yoga Mountain Studio

Teachers

Sienna Smith

Sienna Smith

Sienna Smith is the owner of Yoga Mountain Studio, a registered yoga therapist, Yoga Journal Contributor, and Yoga Alliance teacher trainer E-500 RYT. She has taught in the SF Bay Area for 12 years, and studied extensively with Gary Kraftsow, John Friend, Sianna Sherman, Georg Feuerstein, Maritza and Lama Palden. Her daily yoga and meditation practice brings compassion and insight to her teaching. She enjoys guiding students toward optimal alignment to improve their physical health, and create a life of freedom and joy. Sienna has appeared in Yoga Journal three times, Gary Krafstow’s top-selling Yoga for the Low Back DVD, and has produced two home practice DVD's. She has two children, enjoys playing the harmonium and crafting raw chocolate treats.

Sarah Badorine

Sarah Badorine

Sarah just completed an advanced yoga training with senior flow teacher Janet Stone. Sarah leads a strong slow flow yoga class to build strong, long muscles. Do you want to move, strengthen, stretch, break a sweat and be challenged yet supported ? Ready to recharge and smile? Sarah's classes are for you ! Make room for more light and good energy, develop a clear focused mind and a joyful disposition with this unique, fun style of yoga. All levels are welcome~ Sarah is happy to give different options for each posture, depending on how you feel in your body that day.

John Berlinsky

John Berlinsky

John began teaching yoga in 1995, after discovering the practice as a teenager and studying with Sharon Gannon, Amy Cooper and Rodney Yee, amongst others. He received authorization to teach from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India in 1995. John has been to Mysore for extensive study 5 times and continues to explore asana, sanskrit and yoga philosophy. He incorporates a connection with the breath, development of awareness, and attention to form and alignment in his teaching, all in hopes of realizing great enjoyment in one's practice!

Rachael Freedman

Rachael Freedman

Rachael began her journey as a yoga teacher in order to heal herself. She graduated from architecture school with debilitating pain and found Yoga Therapy truly helped. She has completed her 500-hr through Stress Management Center of Marin. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor and is studying to become an Ayurvedic Practitioner at Mount Madonna Institute. Rachael’s teaching mainly draws from Viniyoga, connecting breath with movement and Yin Yoga using props to allow the body to soften and release on a deeper level. Her integrated approach is mindful, focusing on utilizing the breath as the main tool to restore and renew. Rachael loves nature, Ayurveda, and travel.

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.

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.

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.

Nubia Teixeira

Nubia Teixeira

A Brazilian-born yogini Nubia has devoted herself to teaching different aspects of Yoga for the past 22 years. Perceiving Yoga as a Healing Art, Nubia's refinement and devotion to this ancient practice is reflected in her unique teaching, overflowing with heartfelt compassion and inspiration. A longtime dancer in the classical Indian dance tradition Odissi, Nubia joyfully infuses her classes with its' symbology and sacred geometry. She is the author of the CD Pranayama: May Breath Be Our Prayer released by Sounds True.

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.