Daniela Rizza

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Daniela Rizza

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 Padilla

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Danimal Padilla

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!

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.

Frances Belleza

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Frances Belleza

Growing up in San Francisco, Frances always found joy in being active, whether it be playing sports, dancing, exploring the city or venturing into nature. Her relationship with yoga began in Northern Virginia, right after high school, when she took her first Vinyasa class. From then on, she quickly realized that yoga was an outlet for her own well-being and mental health. She continued to practice on-and-off for the next four years, till she decided that yoga was also a route for her career. At that time, she began to re-evaluate her life’s work and direction, deciding to hold off on transferring to a four-year college from community college (where she was studying Psychology with a minor in Philosophy).

Frances is a holistic wellness practitioner who utilizes yoga and energywork in her practices and offerings. She has studied Classical Hatha Yoga, and is an avid practitioner of Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga. Her classes are rooted in the 8-Limbs of Raja Yoga, and she aims to consistently interweave yogic philosophy in all her classes and offerings.

Frances is currently working on becoming a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). She has studied and practiced yoga in the Bay Area (CA), San Diego (CA- Virtually), Asheville (NC), and Knoxville (TN); under teachers: Antonio Sausys, Judith Hanson Lasater, Kristen Williams, Tejal Petal, Rachel Goudey, and Brain Dorfman.

Through her studies and practice, she has been able to gain wisdom and knowledge from a range of perspectives. Her focuses are in somatic & mental health, yogic philosophy, BIPOC accessibility, and anatomy.

Through Frances’ experiences, perspectives, and education in yoga, she is a deep believer in yoga, and its overall benefits to our physical, emotional, and personal/spiritual health.

Follow her journey on Instagram: @francesbelleza or read more about her at belleza-wellness.com/herstory

Kaitlyn Stratton

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Kaitlyn Stratton

Bio coming soon.

Martin Scott

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Martin Scott

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!