Adam Sewell has been involved professionally in the wellness industry since 1990, once owned his own fitness center in Colorado, and has written several fitness manuals. He has trained various "special populations" from children to para-Olympic athletes to seniors. Having spent many years training with Billy Blanks, training in TaeBo and Karate, Adam spent years focusing on martial arts style fitness programs but has now gravitated to Tai Chi and Yoga for his own personal fitness/wellness training. He practices Tai Chi for health and as a martial art. Adam's original training in Yoga came via Dao Yin and Iyengar Yoga, which he used to rehabilitate a back injury. He received very strict Iyengar training without the usual props commonly used in that style.
Adam's self-described teaching style is to "keep your ego out of the studio and just have fun with your students," which is why he calls it 'playing' Yoga. He is quoted as saying, "I'm not a teacher. I just play Yoga... some people follow."
Being an animal lover, Adam enjoys supporting various international animal charities and can frequently be found chatting with dogs on the streets of Los Gatos where he currently resides.
Agustina Villar Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Agustina has been exposed to yoga almost her entire life through her mother Virginia, a yoga teacher herself. It was not until living in San Francisco, however, that she formalized her yoga education and went through the 200-hr Yoga Certification with Purusha Yoga School. Agustina has also completed her 500-hr RYT and enjoyed a Forrest yoga intensive, now Forrest inspired certified. Agustina is well known for her gentle assists and working with students with injuries. Purusha is the Sanskrit term for "true self," so the style of yoga accommodates to each person as an individual and seeks to teach each person in a way that suits them best. This style resonates with Agustina's heart-calling for self-exploration and is transfered into her teaching as she believes that the practice of yoga can benefit anyone regardless of their ability, age, or flexibility.
Alison has been practicing yoga for more than a decade, but it wasn't until she experienced a Baptiste Power Vinyasa class that she truly realized yoga extended far beyond the physical practice. Through breath, movement and connecting to our inner being, Baptiste Yoga empowers students to reach their full potential both on and off the mat. Alison has completed more than 200 hours of training (RYT-200) with her teacher, Baron Baptiste, and has also attended many additional workshops with renowned teachers such as Bryan Kest, Ana Forrest, Sri Dharma Mittra and Stephanie Snyder. Her classes are both challenging and light-hearted. You will definitely break a sweat and find yourself smiling along the way. Outside the studio, Alison spends time with her amazing family, which includes trying to keep up with her with her two little boys.
Beth Covey has been dancing and performing since the age of three. Her training is mostly in ballet with jazz and musical theater experience. Having her mom as an educator has given her the skills and love of teaching children of all ages. For the past 10 years, Beth has been sharing her love and passion for dance and theater arts to kids all over the Bay Area and we are very excited to have her join Studio Rincon.
Anthony LoCascio - After being a part of the international hit Tap Dogs, as a lead for 8 years, Anthony's focused heavily on teaching, and creating everything tap..."performing tap for 3000 people is fantastic, but teaching 3 people how to tap is inspiring" . Anthony has been published and seen in places like Dance Spirit Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, On Tap Magazine, and most recently Studio Beat Magazine... With a style that ranges from 70's Funk, Traditional Tap, and Tap Dogs- to his trademark Lyrical style tap, Anthony's grasp of the evolution of tap dance is one of the hottest directions tap has headed since the great movie musicals of the past.
Charlotte Orr Charlotte has 10 years dance experience including extensive training in Hip Hop, Jazz, Pom and Modern. After winning multiple State Championships with Evergreen High School Dance Team and teaching at UDA Summer Camps, Charlotte went on to professionally dance for the Florida Marlins Dance Team. She has been teaching dance for 6 years including choreography for two Texas State Winning Performances. She is very passionate about dance and loves sharing her love for the arts with her students.
Christine grew up in Des Moines, IA and has a Psychology degree from Central College in Pella, IA. She also spend all 4 years on her college dance team, gaining experience performing and choreographing. After moving to the Bay Area in 2008, she began teaching Adult Jazz in Redwood City, and her teaching career took off from there. She is a licensed Zumba Instructor and has her Primary Group Exercise Certification through AFAA. She is currently teaching Adult Hip Hop, Jazz and Zumba, as well as Youth Hip Hop & Zumba all over the Peninsula. She enjoys performing on stage and teaching kids because she's always learning from them.
Courtneyrose Keller Courtneyrose has been practicing yoga for over 10 years, and is Hatha yoga certified and also a Crossfit trainer for over two years. She believes that true wellness encompasses the body, mind & spirit in harmony. She enjoys bringing a unique approach to her programming by fusing a variety of styles in poses, balance work, and meditative relaxation, into every class. The result is a transcendent experience that leaves her clients feeling rejuvenated and restored from the inside out.
In her spare time Courtneyrose loves exploring the outdoors with her dog Alfie, cooking delicious and healthy meals, rock-climbing, doing CrossFit, serving the world, and relaxing.
Ben began his studies of yoga in 1996 with his primary teacher and mentor, Yogacharya Ben Thomas. Throughout his journey, he has also had the good fortune to study with many other wonderful yogis in a variety of different traditions. Some of the yogic training courses he has attended over the years include a year of study in the Iyengar Yoga Institute Advanced Teacher Training program, teacher training with Doug Swenson, as well as living and practicing at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Grass Valley for several months as staff. In addition to his practice of yoga, Ben has been engaged in the practice and study of taiji and qigong since 1999 and has had the opportunity to study with many different masters, including Master Wong Wai Yi, his primary sifu. In his yoga classes, he draws from a variety of different yogic practices including asana, pranayama, meditation, relaxation, chanting, and yoga philosophy.
Essentially, Ben is most interested in what is here, allowing life to unfold naturally in this timeless moment. He is devoted to the light of wakefulness shining in the heart, and it is this wakeful presence which naturally guides and inspires his life and offerings. For more on Ben and his offerings you may visit www.wakefulway.org
Christian Perez (Salsa)- Born in Venezuela but raised in the American Midwest, Christian wasn't introduced to dance until later in life. He joined the collegiate ballroom dance team in college, and after moving to the Bay Area, began dancing salsa at clubs and with performance groups. Thus began a lifelong journey that has grown into an obsession, one that has allowed him to connect with his Latin heritage and meet many amazing people that dance in and around San Francisco. As a member of Afinkao Dance Company out of Oakland, he has performed dozens of times around the Bay, including evening showcases at both the '08 and '09 SF International Salsa Congress. He was also the Director of Los Salseros de Stanford, the University's salsa performance group, and has been teaching workshops and private lessons for 3 years. Besides dancing and teaching every chance he gets, his days are consumed with his research as he pursues his Ph. D. in Physics at Stanford. His advice to beginners: "Never let age or inexperience deter you from learning to dance. I know from my own life that all that is required to achieve your dreams is passion and persistence."
Davi Proudfoot has studied dance, art and musical theatre most of her life. Not afraid to push the boundaries in performance, Davi studied puppeteering, and apprenticed under puppeteer Jeanie Geyser in Southern California. Davi found a perfect combination in dance, theatre, acting and art through the colorful world of animation. Davidova holds a B.F.A. degree in Film/Video with a minor in Dance from the California Institute of the Arts. In 2002/03 she served as a dancer and Board Member of Shipp Dance Theatre in Santa Clara, California. She has performed in several projects for various dance companies in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2003 Davi found herself back on Stage with Theatre Works in Menlo Park, California. Through a generous grant from Theatre Works and Stanford Hospital, she served as a teaching artist with the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, teaching puppeteering and movement theatre. She is also an active member of the Northern California Dance Alliance. Davi is currently teaching at the Academy of American Ballet, The City of Palo Alto (Children's Art Program) and works for a Video Game Company in the Bay Area. Using all of her experiences, she hopes to someday create dance and art inspiring children's books and interactive entertainment for people of all ages.
Carey (RYT 200hr) began her personal journey with yoga over 15 years ago in San Francisco. In the beginning, yoga healed her injured runner's knee while bringing a sense of connection, calm, and clarity into her life. Along the way, she recognized a desire to share the benefits of the practice with others and became a certified power/vinyasa instructor. She has enriched her skills by completing teacher trainings with Maty Ezraty, Chuck Miller, Jason Crandall, Sally Kempton, and Kathryn Budig to name a few. She is currently enrolled in the 500 RYT training program under the direction of Linda McGrath at Yoga Source, Los Gatos. Carey is particularly committed to making yoga playful and accessible to her students. Her classes focus on breath, alignment, and finding a connection to oneself. Off the mat, she enjoys horseback riding, kickboxing, organic foods, and time with her family.
Deb Stevens-Sterling is a renowned dance/fitness instructor and personal trainer located on the Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her career has span over fifteen years and she offers a wide variety of experiences to her clients.
Her career began as a CardioFunk instructor at numerous health clubs and city recreation centers located on the Peninsula, but it has evolved into so much more. Deb's unique style, DebGroove, which she incorporated into HipHop, led her to be sought out by dance studios and gyms throughout the Bay Area. She has choreographed and taught teens and adults for various dance classes, recitals and competitions. Besides HipHop, Deb also teaches many Zumba and Body Sculpt classes around the area, putting her own DebGroove in each class. Clients get an incredible work out and keep coming back for more!
Deb is not only a group exercise dance teacher. She has choreographed routines for clients competing in Miss Fitness competitions as well as up and coming singers and song writers. Deb also has founded her own performing HipHop dance crew, PRIME crew, which performs locally around the Bay Area. As a personal trainer, her training sessions are customized to each individual: size, shape, age, and fitness level doesn't matter—Deb makes sure that every client works toward their overall fitness and personal goals. She's going to push you to work hard in whatever capacity you work with her, but you are guaranteed to leave satisfied and with a smile on your face because you had fun!
Jos Bols, RYT. Being an avid outdoors person, Jos has spent most of his adult life vigorously pursuing his passions including kite boarding, mountain and road biking. As an extremely active person, Jos found himself in the Yoga studio during the rainy season and quickly became equally as interested and dedicated, finding parallels and passion for both the physical and spiritual benefits. Jos' classes are fun, active and feature great music and will leave you invigorated and refreshed!
Kathleen Schulte is Balanced Body certified in Mat, Reformer, Chair, Barrel, and Tower/Cadillac. She has been practicing since she was sixteen-years old under the guidance of her mother (also Balanced Body certified). She has attained a Minor in Dance from San Jose State University and is currently completing her teaching credential for 6-12th grade English. Beyond the traditional certifications, Kathleen has attended multiple Pilates on Tour workshops such as, "Pilates for Dancers", "Kathy Grant's Pilates and Props", "Progressions and Variations on the Reformer", Kathy Grant's Cats on the Apparatus", and "Dynamic Group Reformer Harmony". For the past five years, she has taken her ever-growing knowledge of fitness and education to work as a Personal Trainer and Group Instructor.
Fi Verplanke has been teaching classes in the fitness industry for the past 6 years, though she has been an avid advocate by spending a life time keeping fit from routine daily gym regimens to mountaineering and climbing 14,000 feet peaks. She is often being asked "Where do you get your energy from?". She believes exercise and movement should be part of daily life, the more variety the better overall fitness. Fi teaches Cardio Kickboxing, Bootcamp, and Zumba. Her classes are popular for high energy intensity, positive fun attitude and great music playlists which she creates and customize for each class offering. Her promise is to push you beyond your limitation, feeling great and coming back for more.
Jazon Escultura Jazon Escultura holds a B.A. in dance from San Jose State University, where he trained in Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Tap. He has performed throughout the bay area with companies such as University Dance Theatre and Visual Rhythm Dance. He has been at The American Dance Festival in Sacramento and San Francisco and has performed at Dancin' Downtown in San Jose. Jazon has also been an ensemble member for Cabrillo Stage's production of Guy's and Dolls and Kiss Me Kate. He was also sanctioned to perform a famous work by Donald McKayle , "Shaker Life" at De Anza College. He loves to dance and share his experiences with those around him to help dance become a universal language. Zumba has brought his passion of dance and fitness into one and is always ready to party Zumba style...are you?
JD Dimalanta has devoted his life as an an all around fitness and dance advocate and professional since 1997. He graduated with a diploma in Physical Education, a bachelor's degree in Linguistics and master's degree in Physical Education major in Dance. He worked as a university assistant professor for 8 years teaching Sports Philosophy and History, Sport Sociology, Fitness Dance and other human kinetics courses. He also initiated and taught basic and advanced street dance and fitness-based physical education courses in the university. He is the founder and artistic director of the U.P. StreetDance Club, a university-based dance group that won numerous accolades and championships including the Skechers Streetdance battle for four successive years and other inter-university competitions in the Philippines. He is also one of the founders and executive board member of the country's National HipHop Federation. He is now active as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor and dance teacher in the bay area.
Johanna Claassen has trained at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco. Her teaching style is precise, intuitive, empowering and fun. Reconnect with your inner strength and joy in one of her deeply satisfying classes. Johanna calls her class a SlowSoulFlow! Enjoy.
Ravi Machado is a Certified NASM personal trainer with specialties in corrective exercise, performance exercise enhancement and fitness nutrition. He is a certified Spinning and Kettlebell Concepts Instructor. Ravi's philosophy is that getting fit is the first step to a healthy lifestyle. Ravi has always lead an active lifestyle including biking, surfing, capoeira, and working out. Ravi has been teaching indoor cycling, kettlebell exercises, group fitness training and personal training since 2007 in the Bay Area. He worked as a Master Trainer at 24 Hour fitness for over four years. He specializes in weight loss, muscle gain, injury prevention/recovery and posture correction.
Lynn Marrin, Lynn Marrin, MA, MFT, is a Certified Yoga Teacher trained in the Anusara method. Lynn is also a Registered Yoga Teacher. She started her journey into movement and the healing arts as a competitive gymnast. Lynn went on to run track during her college years. After finishing her graduate studies in Counseling Psychology, she became a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in working with children and teens. After she had her twins, Lynn dedicated herself to a daily yoga practice.
Lynn has helped students reduce anxiety, find joy and fall in love with their yoga practice. Her work helps students gain confidence and trust in themselves. Lynn teaches students to honor themselves as they listen deeply to the feedback and wisdom of their body. At the same time she knows that a yoga practice needs to be fun and challenging to last a lifetime. Take part in her class and let the yoga poses release tension from your muscles, your mind, even your bones so you can find relief, ease, steadiness, joy.
Inspired by how worthy yoga makes her feel, Lynn offers a yoga class that will help you spend more time in your heart. Join her for a vinyasa class that emphasizes healing alignment. So whether your challenges are with parenting, work or school, come join her on the mat and re-charge, breathe in positive energy, get strong and flexible, and enjoy the community of like minded yogis.
Mary McKee - Mary practiced Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years, and a knee injury during this art martial practice brought her to discover the healing power of Yoga. Since this transition, Mary has been practicing and teaching Yoga in the Bay Area. Mary completed her training and certification with Bikram Choudhury in 2001. In addition to Bikram, she enjoys studying other Yoga styles. She teaches Yin, Flow, Bikram, and private classes weekly.
Maralle Fakhereddin From a young age, Maralle has been drawn to movement and self expression. Starting with ballet, basketball, then swimming and crew, she has enjoyed moving, breathing, being active, around friends and nature.
When Maralle rediscovered yoga in 2007, she found home. Maralle is a Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher (RYT) and a Certified Yoga Life Coach. Maralle teaches around the Peninsula; Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Redwood Shores, and has coached beautiful beings from Jordan, Turkey, Canada, UK and around the US. She has trained with and assisted Baron Baptiste in many teacher trainings and programs. She is also an experienced guide and coach for the 40 Days to Personal Revolution program.
As a student and teacher of yoga, Maralle is always reminded of the powerful practice of removing the blocks from our way of being and living our True and Fullest expression of our Selves. "I believe that the power in power yoga is all about listening in and connecting to our inner power and wisdom to empower everyone around us. Everything that we are seeking; happiness, love, richness... is already within each one of us! Through the practice, we connect to our True and Whole Self and share and express from that source out into the world fearlessly!" Maralle's teaching is filled with self expression, inquiry, community, fun and sweat!
Marion Vu - After many years of the mundane gym workout, Marion found yoga as her new go to for staying fit. What she found was more profound than a mere "workout." From the physical practice emerged a new state of well being. After receiving her 200 hour certification from Frog Lotus International with Edna Barr, Marion continued her education and received her Level 1 Certification in Yoga Tune Up® with Jill Miller. Marion's class ranges from all levels Vinyasa to Restorative.
ERYT 500 Michelle Myhre -For over a decade teaching yoga has been my full-time career. Prior to this she was a licensed massage therapist with a degree in Health Science and a love for Chinese Medicine. Thus far, sjhe has completed over 1200 hours of certified teacher training & have taught well over 10,000 hours of yoga classes. She lead group and private classes in Silicon Valley and led more than a dozen teacher training programs for Pure Yoga at Equinox and Yoga Garden SF.
For years she practiced Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga then attended Bikram, Jivamukti and Maya yoga teacher trainings. A strong meditator, the physical practice is her favorite way to clear the mind and she takes pride in leading soulful classes that allow students to "go inward". She continues to learn and grow as a yogi through leading yoga teacher trainings, studying with yoga masters, obsessing over yoga teachings like Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and writing Devi Wears Prana.
Rebecca Snowball - Anusara Inspired Yoga - Rebecca Snowball fell in love with yoga in1996. In 2000 she completed her Vinyasa yoga teacher certification program at the White Lotus Yoga Foundation. In 2002, Rebecca was introduced to John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga, while attending the Yoga Journal Conference in Colorado. John was teaching a workshop called, "Growing a Lotus." By applying the "Universal Principles of Alignment " of Anusara, Rebecca grew her lotus and sat with ease in padmasana, a pose that never seemed available. She then devoted the next several years to studying this life-affirming hatha yoga.
Steve Schmidt - Power Yoga/Yoga Flow - After practicing Bikram for several years, Steve discovered Baron Baptiste's Power Vinyasa Yoga. He was drawn by the integration of body, mind, and spirit in a powerful practice that applies on and off the mat. Steve's love of the practice inspired him to share it with others by teaching. Steve has completed Level I and II Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste and is an Associate Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher. He is also certified in hands-on assisting. Outside of the studio, Steve is an avid biker and also enjoys hiking the bay area.
Courtney Harris - Courtney Harris is certified in the Hatha yoga tradition. Teaching a vinyasa style of yoga - a moving meditation linking postures with the breath - she leads a vigorous, fitness-based class with an emphasis on fun and flexibility. Based on the teachings of Baron Baptiste with influences of Jivamukti yoga, her sequencing is designed to strengthen and tone the muscles of your body and mind, and is sure to take you to your own edge. As a certified nutrition and wellness coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Courtney feels her personal yoga practice has grown into a passion for the health and welI-being of others. She uses humor and down-to-earth sentimentality to illuminate aspects of the spiritual journey in a hectic world. Her goal is to put those practicing at ease and encourage them to try new things to improve their practice, on and off the mat.
Courtney teaches at some of the best studios in San Francisco & we are very lucky to have her teaching down on the peninsula - come visit her classes ASAP.
Courtney Ronca (E-RYT 500) - Courtney first discovered yoga while living overseas in Japan, Once she moved back to the states in 2005 she began to deepen her practice. By developing a consistent yoga practice, she saw many incredible benefits in her life and decided to take her practice deeper.
Upon her move to California in 2007, Courtney met her teacher and mentor Anirudh Shastri and completed the 200 hour teacher training program in Avalon. Feeling drawn to tradition, she later completed both her 200 and 500 hour teacher training programs with Sri Dharma Mittra. Courtney feels extremely lucky and grateful to be able to learn and study with such incredible teachers. She continues to devote her life to the practice and discipline of yoga, integrating it into her life and sharing it with her students.
Courtney has a knack for making the impossible possible for students. With a specialty of breaking down complex poses, and making them attainable.
John Rettger - John teaches Restorative, Yin, Prenatal and Vinyasa styles of yoga. He graduated from Yoga Tree San Francisco's 200-hour teacher training program, where he studied under the guidance of Les Leventhal, Elise Lorimer, Stacey Rosenberg, Christopher Tompkins, Jane Austin and his Restorative Yoga mentor, Darren Main, among many other amazing teachers. John is continuing his yoga teacher training with the 500-hour advanced training at Yoga Tree and is being mentored in Vinyasa yoga by Les Leventhal. John also has immense gratitude for Pete Guinosso and Dina Amsterdam, who are incredible teachers and mentors for him as well. John has a diverse training background, having completed Restorative Yoga teacher training with Judith Lasater,PhD, PT, and continuing education trainings focused on teaching yoga to beginners with Jason Crandell. He is certified from It's Yoga Kids in San Francisco to teach yoga to children aged 3-13. John has extensive training in mindfulness-based approaches to stress reduction, wellness and psychotherapy. He completed a 7-day Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training retreat in early 2009 with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli of the UMASS Medical Center; a "Teaching Mindfulness to Teens" training with Gina Biegal, M.A., LMFT at El Camino Hospital; and is currently advancing his mindfulness training through the Mindsight Institute's online programs. In addition, John has trained with Hala Khouri, M.A. on teaching yoga and mind-body practices to those living in at-risk communities. John is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level.
Off the mat, John works as a clinical researcher and lab manager in the Stanford University Early Life Stress Research Program, where he is accruing post-doctoral research and clinical psychology training hours. John's current research is focused on developing mindfulness and yoga-based wellness programs for youth, teachers and mental health and wellness professionals. John received a PhD in clinical psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He has taught mindfulness in a variety of settings including professional development groups; a legal firm; an International Workgroup on War, Violence, and Trauma at Stanford; the Stanford School of Medicine's Residency program; local school district staff development trainings; and psychology clinics.
Toni Cupal Recently moving back to the bay area, Toni was the co-director of The Jivamukti Yoga London.
Jivamukti Yoga offers vigorously physical and intellectually stimulating yoga classes. Classes include Vinyasa (flowing asana sequences), hands-on adjustments, Pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, Sanskrit chanting, Yogic philosophical teachings and deep relaxation. To keep the practice inspiring, asana sequences are ever-changing with music playing an integral role in the class.
Lauren Binkoski Lauren Binkoski was born in Boston, Massachusetts and began dancing at the age of two. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, acrobatics, lyrical and musical theatre to just name a few styles. Eventually moving to Connecticut, she started competing in dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, and scholarship pageants and never looked back.
Lauren won a number of dance competitions and pageants as well as being crowned Miss Connecticut National Teenager. Offered 8 college dance scholarships, she chose to become a dance major at the well respected Oklahoma City University under the director Jo Rowan.
She went on to dance professionally throughout the United States and Europe. Opryland Theme Park, Disney World, Radio Disney, America's Got Talent, ABDC NYC Top 5, Glam For A Cause, USA World Tap Team Champion, NBA Seattle Supersonics Dancer, and B.Kat Productions are just some of Lauren's highlights. A very creative choreographer, she has won numerous awards for choreography throughout the US and can be seen teaching master classes and judging various conventions. Lauren is also a certified fitness trainer and excited to fill in for upcoming Boot Camp Classes and Zumba! (adult/teen classes).
Lauren Gruenstein After playing a wide variety of intense sports for over eight years, and after six sprained ankles, Lauren gave up the jersey, threw on her yoga pants, and rolled out her mat. Needless to say, she probably won't ever look back. Her mom brought her to her first yoga class at the age of thirteen. She has since completed a 100-hour Anusara workshop with Kenny Graham, a 200-hour Teacher Training Course at Avalon Art and Yoga Studio under the mentorship of Anirudh Shastri, and is a certified Stretch.Play.Yoga children's yoga instructor. Lauren is also a certified personal trainer through NASM(National Academy of Sports Medicine) giving her a more in-depth understanding of how the body works and how certain movements and exercises affect specific body parts. Yoga started out as a supplement to her sporting activities but has grown to become part of her daily life. It helps clear the mind, free the mind, and work the body. These specific benefits make teaching the art of yoga the biggest joy for Lauren. She is truly grateful to have found yoga in a sense that it can be done anywhere (even outside), it is wonderful exercise (for mind and body), it allows one to express his or her creativity, and it can be done by anybody (no age limit here!). She loves to share with others what she has learned and what she continues to learn from so many of my wonderful teachers. In yoga, there is always more to learn. Therefore, everyone is always still a student.
Kristine Tom began practicing yoga in 2001 when her doctor advised taking up a low impact form of exercise due to overstressed knee tendons from years of running. On a recommendation, she began studying with Bryan Kest in his Santa Monica studio. It is because of this studio's donation based concept, she was afforded the opportunity to practice with many wonderful instructors. While she had spent most of her life enjoying sports and physical activity, in yoga Kristine found something that blended her love for movement with an overwhelming feeling of calm. Rather than being drawn to the mat by just the physical benefits, she found herself more open and aware to the energetic, emotional, and psychological gifts of being connected to her body through the breath.
In 2006, Kristine studied massage therapy and anatomy at Body Therapy Center (BTC, now McKinnon Institute). In 2008, she completed her Vinyasa Teacher Training with Mark Stephens and began teaching Vinyasa, Power and Pre Natal yoga to the peninsula community. Kristine's style is a strong, dynamic, fluid flow. Classes focus on building strength, while cultivating patience and balance by emphasizing awareness on the breath. Through this practice we can cultivate acceptance, mindfulness, and with reflection, we can seek to free the mind from the constant chatter, while freeing the body of physical tension and holdings. Students of all levels are encouraged to explore their practice based on their individual needs.
"Above all else I hope to inspire others to have more gratitude, both on and off the mat."
संस्कृतम् = saṃskṛtam - gratitude
Nova Lee has been practicing Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan since 2001. She received her 200 hour yoga alliance teaching credentials in 2007 from Kundalini Research Alliance in New Mexico. She also practices Qi gong and Vinyasa yoga as a part of her daily spiritual practice. Early on Nova's interests included gymnastics and dance which kept her strong and flexible and made for a natural transition into yoga. Off the mat Nova have been a massage therapist since 1992 and was certified in Thai Massage also known as, lazy man's yoga, in 2000. She regularly incorporates self-massage in her yin yoga classes and thai massage into her savasana routine to help students deepen into relaxation.
Rachel Pike began practicing yoga in 2009 while she was living in Cambridge, England. The practice turned into daily respite from the process of writing her PhD, and hasn't let go of her since.
Rachel grew up in Mill Valley, California. She has always spent time in the studio; before yoga, she danced at Marin Peninsula Ballet, Roco, Marin Academy, Foster Dance, and Bodywork Company Dance Studios. At Northwestern University, Rachel co-founded Fusion Dance Company, where she started teaching public dance classes.
After yoga grabbed hold, Rachel began studying vinyasa and Ashtanga. Rachel completed her teacher training with Stephanie Snyder, and also studies with Magnolia Zuniga and Deborah Burkman. When she's not practicing, Rachel works at venture capital firm DFJ.
Libby Shelton (RYT 200hr) began her yoga journey in 2012 at Studio Rincon. A long-time swimmer and athlete, Libby was looking for something to compliment sports and found that yoga was so much more than stretching! She finds calmness, clarity and fun on the mat - come on out and support Libby and enjoy her adventure, cOMmunity! Libby finished her teacher training at Studio Rincon with Edna Barr the same month as graduating High School with Honors! We are so proud of her - beyond words.
Julieann Blenkhorn completed her 200 hour teacher training program through YogaWorks under the guidance of Hillary Skibell. The YogaWorks training combines teachings from both the Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar traditions and focuses on alignment with breath, fluid movement and thoughtful sequencing. Julieanne began her yoga practice 15 years ago in her hometown of Vancouver, Canada, where she tried many styles of yoga and found her passion with Vinyasa Flow. She also loves combining music and yoga to help calm and focus the mind and energize the body. In addition to yoga, she is an avid runner having completed the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco in 2010 and the Vancouver International Marathon in 2011.
Taissia Belozerova (RYT 200hr) is thankful to have found yoga through a group of friends and it was love at first class. As an avid runner, hiker and cyclist, she realized that yoga strengthened her athletic abilities and allowed for quicker injury recovery. At Studio Rincon, she was inspired to deepen her practice which led her to become an instructor. She believes that yoga is the best way to refresh your mind and get energized.
Vanessa Kuly Through the practice of yoga, Vanessa wishes to inspire students to connect with their own personal wisdom, achieve strength of mind and body and open up to their own expansive potential. She discovered Yoga in 2006 as a powerful way to connect body and mind and has been studying intensely ever since. As a dancer for most of her life, she found yoga integrated movement with something deeper; a natural flow of the body with the breath that she found profoundly healing and energizing. She completed her 200-hour teacher training with Linda McGrath and is also an ACE certified group fitness instructor. Vanessa uses her knowledge of the body through years of training to build strength, flexibility and self-awareness in class. There is nothing more rewarding to her than sharing her love of yoga and dance with people of the community and creating something beautiful with them. In class she creates a very fun and relaxed, yet challenging atmosphere.