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.

Britany Paradis

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Britany Paradis

For me… yoga is a transformational life practice. In such a profound way, yoga continues to lead me on a multifaceted and expansive journey of discovery and connectedness. I believe that yoga, in its many forms, when applied and practiced appropriately, has the potential to complement any walk of life.

On the mat, I encourage students to build a new and profound relationship with the mind, body, and spirit. My classes are intentionally designed to provide a safe space where students of all levels can sink deep into a challenging, dynamic and rejuvenating flow. You’ll find that my teaching style is infused with authenticity and sweetness whereby the teachings of yoga are delicately interwoven into the practice. I hope that each experience on the mat will provide a platform for students to take the practice into their everyday lives with a nourished body, a full heart, and an open mind.

www.britanyparadisyoga.com

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 up 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 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 sometimes all we want to accomplish during our time on our mat is simply to feel good. You can follow along during class, or do something completely different: you do you! What I do hope you take from my classes is a reconnection with your intuitive self—an invitation to listen to what you and your body really need in the moment.

Erika Van
Gemeren

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Erika Van
Gemeren

I teach vibrant and devotional public yoga classes all around the Bay Area​. Classes include heat built from the inside and often include live music from masterful artists.Expect mantra, asana, flow, and incredibly supportive assists.

These public classes are soulful, sweaty, and nurturing. I teach a Vinyasa Bhakti class that is fluid, sensual, vigorous, grounding and fun. Bhakti is a form of devotion and love expressed by mantra and chanting, so you’ll have the opportunity to dive right into the heart.

Janel Hathaway

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Janel Hathaway

Everyone has their own journey with their practice. I came to yoga in search of sustainable form of fitness. Coming from a high impact sport, gymnastics, I know how important it is to cultivate a balanced presence both mentally and physically.

For me, yoga opened up a direct path to listen to my body in a way I hadn’t previously known. I was surprised after practicing for a few months how much my body was telling me that I had not noticed before.

And yoga not only opened the door to a more spiritual and mindful way of being in my body, but also opened the door to a wider, supportive community grounded in this beautiful shared practice.

Now, I look forward to sharing the benefits of this practice with as many people as I can.

Johanna Butterworth

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Johanna Butterworth

Johanna Butterworth received her 200-hour certification in April 2018 from the JOY of Yoga School. She has been teaching full time for the Google corporate office. She received her BFA in Dance in May 2018 from The Boston Conservatory and found that yoga helped ground her during that intense process. She loves to play music and find the balance between breath and movement in her classes. Johanna loves to smile and finds the joy within doing yoga and teaching yoga!

Laura Jayne

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Laura Jayne

Laura Jayne

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Laura Jayne

Laura Jayne came to yoga after a 20+ year background as a dancer and dance teacher; after sustaining several injuries in the dance studio she had to find a new physical outlet and fell in love with the Vinyasa style of yoga because the flow, and ability to be creative with sequencing, reminded her of moving freely in the dance studio. She teaches a challenging flow that encourages students to reframe their thoughts, focusing on gratitude, and searching for the lessons in life’s day to day challenges. She believes there is always something to learn, and deeper to dive, if you can still the mind and get out of your own way (both on, and off, the mat).
A forever student, she has trained with many instructors over the years including Pete Guinosso, Jane Austin, Rusty Wells, Mark Stephens and Dana Damara. She finds those who show up on the mat in her classes to be both her greatest inspiration, as well as her greatest teachers.

Mark Morford

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Mark Morford

One of the Bay Area’s premier yoga instructors *and* most singular writers, Mark Morford has been leading fiery Vinyasa classes, workshops and retreats in San Francisco and around the world (and, most recently, via Zoom) since 1999. He’s also a father, an author and was, for more than 20 years, an award-winning senior contributor at the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate.com (currently excommunicado).
Mark’s yoga is both physically challenging and acutely reverential, a sinuous combination of the body’s most ecstatic cadences and Shaiva Tantra’s most lucid metaphysics, all designed to tonify the flesh, guide the frenzied Self toward liberation and burn away toxic text messages and reckless illusions. He was raised by long-eyelashed callipygian wood nymphs and spoon fed dark chocolate, ethereal bourbon and Shiva-Shakti mantras until he could fly.

Nia Johnson

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Nia Johnson

Patsy Leung

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Patsy Leung

I am 500hr+ certified and have studied with amazing instructors such as Jason Crandell, Briohny Smyth, Dice Ilda-Klein, and Jane Austin. My range of studies include Advanced FitFlow, PTSD, to Prenatal/Kids yoga. You can find my classes to be focused on alignment, breath, mindful movements, and an overall strong Vinyasa based flow. I’ve been told that I have great verbal cues, am very welcoming, have a strong clear voice, good pacing, and have a great playlist!

How did yoga come into my life? One year I started experiencing massive headaches for months. I felt like my head would explode every time I worked out; eventually, I had to stop. Long story short, that is when I found yoga or yoga found me. I tried several yoga classes and finally found an instructor that I connected with and most of all loved their style of teaching.

I got certified to deepen my practice; with no intentions of teaching. Soon after, my friends were referring people to me and I started teaching private lessons; needless to say, the rest is history.

The biggest blessing within my yoga journey are my students. When people tell me how I have impacted them and/or their practice, it means the world to me. That is what inspires and motivates me to keep teaching and become a better instructor.

As the saying goes, “Teaching is rewarding”.