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 has been given to him, he also leads classes for seniors and disabled adults.
Britany ParadisLearn More
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.
Daniela RizzaLearn More
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 GemerenLearn More
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.
Johanna ButterworthLearn More
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 last May in 2018 from The Boston Conservatory and found that yoga helped ground her during that intense progress. 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 JayneLearn More
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Neil WadhawanLearn More
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.