Sienna Smith is Owner of Yoga Mountain Studio, Registered Yoga Therapist, Yoga Journal Contributor, Certified Anusara-Inspired and Viniyoga teacher based in Marin. She began her yoga studies in 1995, and has taught in the SF Bay Area since 2000. She has studied extensively with Gary Kraftsow, John Friend, Sianna Sherman, Georg Feuerstein and TKV Desikachar. She teaches group classes and offers yoga therapy guiding people of all levels and abilities toward optimal alignment of being to improve their physical health, and create a life of freedom and joy. Sienna has produced two home practice DVD’s and appeared in Gary Krafstow’s top-selling yoga DVD, Yoga for the Low Back, Hips, and Sacrum. She has two children, wants to start a vegetable garden this year and considers herself a yoga nerd.
Elizabeth Shelhart, Studio Manager
Elizabeth discovered yoga over ten years ago after many years as a gymnast and dancer. She lived in India and studied classical yoga and meditation and also completed a training in yoga therapy in the U.S. Elizabeth has an in-depth knowledge of how to apply yoga to work with injuries and limitations. She instills a respect for the body and its ability to change and heal. Having experienced first-hand the transformative powers of yoga, Elizabeth helps to foster this passion and wisdom in her students. Her Mindful Flow classes focus on allowing the prana, or life energy, to move more freely in the body and the mind. The class emphasizes meditation in motion. Consciously flowing through vinyasa and standing poses 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.
Ivy Mayer Lavie
Ivy Mayer Lavie MFT, She brings a wealth of expertise to her teaching, including 14 years experience teaching yoga, her mindfulness-based somatic psychotherapy practice, and work with the Somatic Experiencing and Hakomi methods. www.ivylavie.com.
Nubia Teixeira has spent the past 19 years teaching yoga, first in her home country of Brazil and for the past 8 years in the United States. She began her studies with Bhakti and Hatha Yoga and has since been deepening her practice through books, pilgrimages, workshops and teacher trainings around the world including India where she studied both Yoga and Classical Indian Dance. Borrowing from different traditions, teachers and cultures, she has developed a teaching style that is flexible, spontaneous, and sensitive to the needs of her students. In 2005 Nubia released her first CD called Pranayama.
She personally trained and became certified by Cyndi Lee, founder and director of the OM Yoga Center in New York City. It was here at OM that Katie was also first introduced to Buddhist meditation. She was trained as a teacher to apply Buddhist principles to the practice of yoga. Katie has since fully embraced the Buddhist path, and attempts to apply it to every aspect of her daily life including teaching. Katie was inspired by her training with Shiva Rea to create dynamic flowing sequences in all her classes. Katie is as passionate about teaching as she is about the practice of yoga. Her classes are at once mindful and precise, with great attention to detail in alignment, as well as dynamic.
For Alison, 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. In classes with Alison, you receive clear instructions with precise alignment principles. You develop a meaningful relationship with your breath to calm your mind and carry your body with grace. You become strong and centered - physically and emotionally. You feel supported and empowered so you can access your full potential. You'll walk out of class with a lightness of body, clarity of mind, and strength of spirit. Alison's practice and perspective of Yoga is deeply rooted in the Anusara lineage. She has been blessed to study with Anusara Founder, John Friend and Sanskrit scholar Christopher "Hareesh" Wallis.
Djuna Mascall R.Y.T. 500, has been a dedicated student and teacher of yoga since 2001. Her primary inspiration comes from her on-going work with Tias and Surya Little and her teaching is a reflection of their focus on mindfulness in asana, anatomy, and wisdom training. She is a graduate of the Prajna 500 Hour Program as well as a Prajna senior teacher. Djuna has assisted Tias at numerous trainings and teaches Prajna Yoga workshops nationally and internationally. She has presented at studios throughout the country and is a regular presenter at the Canadian Yoga Conferences.
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.
I offer Meditation and Yoga classes that are grounded in kindness, and that foundation always begins with ourselves. I am delighted to begin teaching at Yoga Mountain and join this alive community in my new hometown of Fairfax. Join me for this supportive investigation into our hearts and minds. I've been practicing Meditation and Yoga for nearly 20 years and teaching both of these wisdom traditions for the last 13 years. I currently teach at Spirit Rock Meditation Center throughout the year as well as offering my own Mindful Yoga workshops and retreats locally and beyond. I have completed several Yoga Teacher Training's and studied with many Yoga masters. I am trained in Meditation through Spirit Rock's Dharma Leaders training as well as my studies in India and Thailand. I am also an ongoing student of the Diamond Approach work. I owned and directed Santosha Yoga Center in Seattle, WA for 10 years and have had the pleasure of teaching Yoga and Meditation retreats in Mexico, Costa Rica and beyond.