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.
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 HathawayLearn More
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 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 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 BurkhartLearn More
Laura is an E-RYT 500 International teacher and featured online yoga teacher for Yoga International, Om Stars, Grokker, Yoga Vibes and My Yoga Work. She is a three-time cover model for Yoga Journal Italy, Yoga Journal Singapore and Om Yoga and Lifestyle Magazine, and has been a regular contributor for Yoga Journal USA.
Laura sought out yoga to help combat serious health problems due to a decade of stress and insomnia. She gravitated toward yoga because it reminded her of the similar meditative movement she found when she use to dance. The healing, grounding benefits she received from yoga was so profound that she decided to change the course of her work to help others find the same relief and peace she found through a fluid, meditative vinyasa practice.
Laura teaches smart, creative, well-rounded and intelligently sequenced classes. Her classes are invigorating with a smooth, rhythmic flow. She is adept at catering to different levels and abilities, ensuring that all of her students feel welcome and at ease. Her extensive studies under primary teacher Jason Crandell, and trainings under Shiva Rea, Yoga Works and Senior Iyengar teachers, taught her smart sequencing and precise alignment, as well as the benefit of fluid movement and creativity, all of which influenced her eclectic instruction style.
In recent years, after experiencing a significant hip injury, surgery, plus other injuries due to repetitive stress from 15-years of dance and two decades of asana practice, Laura has become passionate about teaching teachers and practitioners safer alignment and sequencing while keeping classes interesting and fun. She is a strong advocate of practicing in a way that will last a lifetime. She is also passionate about helping teachers find their unique path and giving them the tools to make their dreams a reality!
For over a decade, Laura has contributed to national and international teacher trainings and co-led a 200-hour teacher training with Jason Crandell. Her main focus the past few years has been guest teaching and leading 200 and 300-hour teacher trainings, as well as mentors teachers in creating successful public and online teaching careers.
In addition to her collaborations with Yoga Journal and Om Yoga and Lifestyle Magazine, Laura has been featured in Mantra Magazine, Origin Magazine, SELF Magazine, and has written for publications such as Yoga Journal Australia, Yoga Magazine Holland, Greatist and Refinery 29. She has taught many international workshops as well as presented at The Yoga Journal Conference, Mammoth Yoga Festival, The Bali Spirit Festival, Om Yoga Festival Manchester, Yoga Festival Milan, Stockholm Yoga and Dance Festival, Wanderlust 108, Yoga For Hope and Yoga Rocks the Park and worked as the Yoga Director at the San Francisco Bay Club’s Mind/Body Center.
Learn more at LauraBurkhartYoga.com @LauraBurkhartYoga
Laura JayneLearn More
Laura is a Yoga Alliance 200 hour registered yoga teacher with over 500 hours of training, and has been teaching since 2012. She 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. Before finding Vinyasa, she found most styles of yoga to feel rigid, but fell in love with Vinyasa movement because the flow, and ability to be creative with sequencing reminded her of moving freely in the dance studio. She teaches a light hearted, yet challenging, Vinyasa 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 teachers 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.
A California native, and dog lover, Laura enjoys spending her free time outdoors, in nature, and can be found most weekends either hiking in the redwoods, barefoot at the beach, or taking groups out for hiking and yoga adventures!
Mark MorfordLearn More
Neil WadhawanLearn More
Neil Wadhawan was exposed to yoga by his father at a very young age. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy and studied western and eastern music at an undergraduate and graduate level. Neil’s classes are playful and fluid, with the heart of each class featuring Neil playing a Djembe drum while simultaneously instructing. The Djembe plays the rhythm of the breath called Ujjayi, an ancient yogic breathing technique, which allows the practitioners to breathe and move in sync. Neil has been a teacher in several trainings in San Francisco and all over the world. He continues to share his love for the practice locally and beyond. Neil believes that in any art or discipline, one can only be a great student and never a master. There is always something new to learn and the only way to continue to grow is to remain a student.
Patsy LeungLearn More
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”.
Pudji LestariLearn More
I strive to share the benefits of yoga with adults and children, to nurture the body, mind, and spirit through yoga practice that is safe, challenging, informative, and fun. My personal yoga journey began in a small apartment. That tiny physical space was the starting point for my inner journey. I want to help every student find the key to their own yoga room and fall in love with the practice.
My style is Hatha and Vinyasa Flow, focusing on mindful movements, Pranayama breathing and alignment. I am an experienced, 500-hour Certified Teacher with Yoga Alliance through The Mindful Body San Francisco and Jason Crandall Yoga Method, as well as a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher with Trauma-Informed Focus through Yoga Ed.
Rachelle BanaresLearn More
I’ve always felt connected to the beat and movement. As life brought on its challenges it was this place I felt most whole and free. With the commitment to do the inner-work, I immersed myself in preventive health and self-development. This led me to find yoga, taking my love of movement to a whole other level.
Yoga is a major part of my own healing process. Although it wasn’t love at first stretch, through consistent practice I began to feel the healing magic of yoga. It was on the mat I first breathed deeply, found the sweet solitude of a quiet mind, connected breath and movement and found the beauty in the challenge. All these experiences led me to pursue a degree in Psychology, Health Education, and eventually aspire to be a yoga teacher. In 2019 I pursued my teacher training at Yandara in Mexico and furthered my studies by joining The Advanced Mentorship Teacher Training at Yoga Flow, SF.
I’m excited to provide a supportive space along with great beats and even greater vibes, merging my love of music and movement.
Let’s learn together, breathe, stretch, sweat, challenge ourselves and have a good time. Hope to see you on the mat!