Brad BrockbankLearn More
Brad’s path to the practice of yoga was initially about healing. A “do or die” attitude in surfing, motorcycles and hockey had left him with chronic pain. Like many people, this became normal, and it impacted him emotionally as much as it did physically. Yoga was his last-ditch effort, a Hail Mary that seemed unlikely at best – but the way things progressed surprised him. He felt less pain, had more range of motion, and soon, moving his body actually started to feel good. This process became transformational, leading to unprovoked smiling, spontaneous kindness, and even a growing sense of happiness. Because yoga was never easy for him, he developed a deep compassion for those who fall down, seeing that it’s not only getting back up that matters, but also how you get up. How you treat yourself affects how you treat the people around you. Combining this attitude with many years of apprenticeship with his teacher, Rusty Wells, has left him with an understanding of what it takes to undergo this amazing process and what it takes to support it. Brad was one of the founding teachers at Urban Flow Yoga, and his classes have been described as joyful, loving, and intense – full of cool music, nuanced alignment cues and hands-on assists. In an effort to offer back what
I love to move. I spent more than half of my life dancing, leaping across the floor, spinning til I was dizzy, and trying my hardest to lift my damn leg as high as I could, all while trying to look like I wasn’t lifting more than a finger. Those years spent trying to force my body into shapes that it didn’t really want to be in left me in physical pain. The culmination of injuries, college, and life brought my dancing career to a halt. It took me a few years to realize there was something missing: the freedom that comes from getting lost in movement.
During my last semester of college (the most stressful semester yet), a classmate invited me to her yoga class and I was instantly hooked. Not only did I find my sense of freedom, but I also discovered that THIS was my way of coming back to a place of quiet and calm, far away from the stress of school. It felt good.
Fast forward 10 years, and I’m still here: learning, practicing, and sharing everything that yoga means to me. While I’m big on proper alignment for the safety of our bodies, I also understand that every individual body is different — and that sometimes all we want ti accomplish during our time on the mat is simply to feel good. You can follow along during class, or do something completely different: you do you! What I hope you take from my classes is a reconnection with your intuitive self— an invitation to listen to what you and your body really needs in the moment.
Danimal PadillaLearn More
Hi – I’m Danimal,
I am a yoga teacher, mentor and creative lover/adventurer with an intense value for playtime. I feel very passionately that working hard can incorporate just as much playfulness as it does studiousness. As inherently creative creatures, it’s important to cultivate these aspects within our day-to-day’s; our lives and practices can have that balance as long as we continue to seek, observe, and take action toward nurturing our needs.
Take a chance on yourself, and LET’S PLAY!
Leslie GleserLearn More
Leslie Gleser is a San Francisco-based yoga teacher who teaches a powerful Vinyasa flow. Leslie’s athletic background informs the pace of her classes which are challenging, lighthearted and set to upbeat playlists. She invites students to shake it all up to settle it all down.
Leslie has been a student of yoga since 2002 when she fell in love with the practice — both the freestyle sequencing of vinyasa and the humble heart of Bhakti yoga. The sum of her experience with many styles of yoga — Ashtanga, Baptiste, Iyengar, Hatha — influences her personal practice and creative sequencing. Her deep appreciation for the philosophy, physical benefits and moving meditation are integral to how she approaches sharing the practice and creating an environment for students to find connection.
Leslie received her RYT 200 at Love Story Yoga and has completed two advanced trainings with Rusty Wells. She is grateful for all the generous teachers in her life: Anna Hughes, Kate Holcombe, Rusty Wells, Stephanie Snyder, Susannah Freedman, Nichol Chase, Andrea Maltzer, Tom Lee and every teacher past, present and future.
Breath. Move. Sweat. Focus. Fall out. Come back. Repeat. Find your flow. Come practice.
Martin ScottLearn More
I’m Martin & I love yoga. I teach Vinyasa Yoga and every class based on Love, Compassion, Joy & Equanimity, verse 1.33 of The Yoga Sutras. This keeps me open and grounded so that the teaching comes through clearly. My classes are focused, fun and creative. No matter how challenging the practice may be, it only makes us better. Who I am shows in every piece of my teaching. I am traditionally non-traditional. My classes are joyful, purposeful and intentional. I believe in the transformative powers of regular practice and see it as a one-way ticket to freedom and happiness. I love to laugh and play while still maintaining drishti. Yoga makes us happy!
Mary WalshLearn More
“I create classes that play with the duality of yoga- combining playfulness and seriousness, challenge and relaxation, strength and flexibility, and funky transitions with thoughtful movement. I hope to teach my students the power of connecting to your body, breathe, and how awareness can shape your practice and life.
I found yoga at the age of 15 and I’m in awe of how it has served my life throughout the years and life’s many ups and downs. After teaching for 8 years, I continue to get inspiration from seeing yoga influence my students’ lives. Aside from teaching yoga, I love writing, reading, and my pug Chunkie.”
Natalie DonnellLearn More
I found yoga as a new mom and thought I was just getting some awesome exercise and tight abs and maybe some mad handstand skills. Little did I know that by stepping onto my mat every day, I practice being a loving and compassionate human being in the world, to myself and to every living being. My teaching style is a sweet blend of physical exercise and a moving meditation. We focus on breath, presence and listening to our inner wisdom as it pertains to healthy movement and strength building. My intention as a teacher and a student is to create a space to discover the body, our habits and tendencies as we move through the practice and stay curious and engaged. To link movement with the breath. To stay soft but strong. My mantra as a teacher/student/human is “peace is this moment without judgement”. My teachers are Lauren Pisano, Yvonne Kingsley and Jason Bowman. Oh, and I still can’t do a handstand :).
Rafaela BustamanteLearn More
Hello! My name is Rafaela and I love teaching and practicing yoga! I first found yoga when I was in college 9 years ago and have been in love with the practice ever since. I completed my 200hr training in San Francisco under the study of Caroline Kelly and Matt Champoux.
My favorite styles to teach are Vinyasa flow and Vinyasa power with some ashtanga influences. I also place a strong emphasis on alignment encouraging the use of props with every class regardless of level. I hope to create a fun and safe space with carefully curated music and sequences that allow to you dive deeper into your self and explore your practice, pushing the boundaries of what you are capable of on and off the Matt!
Rebecca RogersLearn More
I am an experienced yoga instructor who has been teaching for 12+ years and whose classes are often described as fun, sweaty and soulful. My teaching style combines a strong Vinyasa Flow intended to build strength, flexibility and body awareness with creative sequencing and precise alignment.
Sheana O'SullivanLearn More
I also weave in the practices of Jin Shin Jyutsu® to balance the energetic body, and the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine for organ health and vitality.
A great practice of those curious to develop their yoga practice beyond the physical body or those depleted who may desire a more gentler approach.
I look forward to being your guide 🙂
All levels welcome.
Sunny GrossoLearn More
Sunny is a happiness coach and global culture consultant on a mission to inspire others to live BIG by being true to their (weird) selves and following their purpose.
She has 700 hours of training with teachers from SF to India to Bali plus 10 years of studying wellbeing as a happiness consultant. Expect to sweat, reflect and be in community in her athletic, bhakti inspired classes.