Betsy Peterson

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Betsy Peterson

Betsy is known for her dynamic teaching style, her feel-good assists, as well as her careful attention to alignment and sequencing to decrease risk of any strain and promote healing on multiple levels. Betsy is also interested in some of the more fun/esoteric aspects of the practice, such as chanting and yogic philosophy. Whenever possible, she brings these aspects in to her teaching in a way that is accessible and fun. Betsy is known in particular for her strong voice. She loves to lead chanting, and uses her voice to help students find their own voices, helping them connect more deeply with themselves, with the practice, and with each other. Betsy encourages students to show up as authentically as possible, and then let the practice meet them where they are – making space for the things to unfold uniquely each day, in each moment, with each breath.

Brad Brockbank

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Brad Brockbank

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 has been given to him, he also leads classes for seniors and disabled adults.

Edin Golomb

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Edin Golomb

I started practicing yoga without any ideas of what to expect or explore. I stumbled upon a local, hot Vinyasa studio and was instantly hooked. My type A brain found an outlet to match the intensity and fire that was going on internally. It gave me the space to fully wring myself out and reach a clear and honest head-space. It didn’t take long before 3 times a week turned into 4, turned into 6, turned into every day.

What I discovered was a vibrant and supportive community that taught me patience, acceptance, spirituality, as well as coping mechanisms for letting go of control and not taking life so seriously. Since then, I’ve gone on to get my RYT 200 HR certification and supplemented that with ongoing education on intrinsic assisting (and a hint of Thai massage).

What you can expect from my classes are hands-on assists to help deepen your postures and work on alignment, challenging sequences to get you building up internal heat and breathe, and strong energy.

Erin Gilmore

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Erin Gilmore

Erin is a yoga and meditation instructor. She is originally from Cape Cod where she grew up swimming and dancing year round. Yoga tapped into her love of fluid movement, and she began a dedicated practice 10 years ago while studying fashion at FIT in NYC. After relocating to San Francisco she began teaching in early 2011 incorporating multiple trainings with Yoga to the People and Rusty Wells at Urban Flow. Through her own struggles with an eating disorder and body images issues, Erin used yoga, meditation, mindfulness and above all cultivating self love to heal. Now it is her mission to spread the tools she used to gain her wellness with the world.

Jane Austin

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Jane Austin

Jane Austin has worked with pregnant women and their families since 1990. She is a certified yoga teacher and trainer. Jane is the founder and director of Mama Tree, a prenatal yoga school dedicated to educating yoga teachers, doulas and midwives on how to use the tools of yoga to support pregnant women and new moms in all stages of the childbearing year and beyond. She weaves her experience as a midwife, doula, childbirth educator and mother into her work.

Lane Kennedy-Levy

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Lane Kennedy-Levy

Lane Kennedy a seeker, always reaching to harness the power of human potential. She became a graduate of the Neuroscience Academy of Australia.  Was one of the first graduates of well known “bio-hacker’, Dave Asprey’s Certified High-Performance Coaching program, and was first up to complete Dr. Sara Gottfried’s practitioner course, The Hormone Cure. She then dove into Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to compliment her decades-long meditation practice. She discovered a not very popular, yet ancient form of meditation called Yoga Nidra, sometimes referred to as Yogic Sleep. She enrolled in two separate programs to become a certified Yoga Nidra teacher. Yoga Nidra is the deepest, most profound, form of meditation she has yet to experience. It has given her her freedom — freedom from overthinking, freedom to rest, and the space to allow more love into her life. In service to others, she shares meditation with everyone. Her clients include Department of Defense, The SF Police Department, Homeland Security, Zuckerberg General Hospital, and many private clients. She is honored with helping others tame the mind, destress, eliminate anxiety and sleep more deeply.

 

Leslie Gleser

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Leslie Gleser

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.

Neil Wadhawan

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Neil Wadhawan

Neil Wadhawan was exposed to yoga by his father at a very young age. He grew up learning about yoga philosophy which eventually led him to receive a B.A. in Philosophy. He also studied western and eastern music at an undergraduate and graduate level and loves to explore how many of the Indian Arts are related. Neil fell in love with Bhakti Flow after he found himself playing and singing along with Rusty Wells. Since then, Neil has been teaching in San Francisco and all over the world. Neil believes that in any art or discipline, one can only be a great student and never a master. Through music, sweat, laughter and flow, Neil’s playful and challenging classes will help inspire you to find the beautiful rhythm of Bhakti Flow.

Nikki Vlasic

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Nikki Vlasic

Nikki became serious about yoga when she noticed that moving with her breath and mindfully challenging her body can quiet her anxious mind. As she has gotten deeper into the practice, she has come to see yoga as a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. 

 

Nikki combines her yoga experience with her mental-health background to create a supportive, empowering environment and to meet each student where they are. She loves teaching creative, upbeat flows and encourages light-hearted playfulness with postures. 

 

Nikki is constantly humbled by the practice and is always reminding herself that it’s not about nailing the pose, it’s about the journey as you work to get there!!!

Rachelle Banares

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Rachelle Banares

Sydney Waters

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Sydney Waters

Yoga meets us where we are. All we are asked to do is show up. We roll out our mats and make space for it all, the good and the bad. We arrive, unapologetically ourselves. Yoga wasn’t easy for me when I started. As a stranger in my own body, meeting myself on the mat was not as simple as I was expecting. Yet my fear wasn’t only of coming into my body during these classes, but that I was facing my mind, each thought and emotion. For some reason, as uncomfortable as it was, I committed to the practice and never went back. Every class was a sweaty, tearful journey. My classes are rooted in compassion. We come together for a grounding, intentional and challenging flow, using every breath and movement to strengthen our mind, body, and spirit connection. A seamless experience emerges as we move with our breath, finding steadiness and ease in every pose. I give great thanks and gratitude to all my teachers who have held a safe space for me and my journey, and taught me how to do that for others. Thank you.

Zoe Evans

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Zoe Evans

For me, yoga is a journey of self-discovery and self-friendship. My goal as a teacher is to offer my students of all ages opportunities to use embodied movement and breathing to get to know themselves better through fun, down-to-earth, authentic experience.

My primary training is vinyasa flow, and I have an additional training in providing yoga for youth and for populations with trauma. For adults, my classes emphasize flow, alignment, and sound, incorporating language that emphasizes choice and interoceptive awareness. With kids, I bring in more play and games, thematically structured around core yogic philosophy such as kindness, presence, and joy.

For all ages, I believe in compassionate care, meeting the student wherever they are in that moment.