Ocean Teachers

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 has truly been a transformational life practice. In such a profound way, yoga continues to lead me on a nourishing and spiritual journey of self-discovery and connectedness. Everything about the yogic path resonates with my heart, and as I witness this practice day-in and day-out, I fall in love with it more and more.

I wholeheartedly believe that yoga is for everyone and can beautifully compliment any walk of life. It’s so simple… you just have to keep showing up and within sweet surrender all will unfold. 

On the mat, I encourage students to build a new and profound relationship with the mind, body and spirit. My classes are intentionally created 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 a Bhakti sweetness where chanting, mantra and dharma 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. 

http://www.britanyparadisyoga.com

Chelsea Beauford

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Chelsea Beauford

Chelsea discovered yoga at the age of 15 and immediately fell in love. She began practicing more and more throughout the years. Growing up as a gymnast and dancer she found it a way to reconnect the mind and body. It was shortly after the birth of her son where she discovered vinyasa flow. While struggling with postpartum, she found this moving meditation a way to quiet the mind, connect with breath to bring her to the present moment. Yoga has been life altering for Chelsea, therefore she wants to share with wold one breath at a time. Chelsea is also a certified Pilates instructor, Barre teacher and avid runner.

Erin Shredder

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Erin Shredder

Erin Shredder is a yogi, performance artist and all around bad ass woman! Few can do the things she can do! Born and raised in California, Erin Shredder has an active and curious spirit that encompasses her humble and present appreciation for life. Yoga has helped her open up to life’s gifts, the breath, the moment, kindness, and being of service to others. She is devoted to providing safe, compassionate, and empowering guidance for anyone who chooses to listen. All of her teacher trainings have been designed and lead by the lovely, Rusty Wells and his incredible Bhakti Flow Team. Erin’s personal practice has been in motion for nearly 15 years, and has provided a multi-dimensional foundation for her profession as a circus artist/aerialist/fire dancer/coach and massage therapist. She is beyond grateful to have been inspired by teachers such as Rusty Wells, Stephanie Snyder, Lauren Slater, Jason Crandell, Wah!, Andrea Maltzer, and so many more beams of light across the globe. Privates and semi-privates are available, specializing in hand balancing, breath work, and correctional release therapy.

Holly Burwick

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Holly Burwick

Holly grew up competing in as many sports as possible, including soccer through college. Upon graduation, Holly fostered a passion for endurance sports, particularly running and biking. To balance these activities, she sought out yoga for injury prevention and recovery, but quickly fell in love with the mind body connection she found in a vigorous vinyasa flow. She completed her 200 RYT at Yoga Flow SF and loves to learn and grow as both a teacher and student every day. Holly also works in business development at a mental health startup and is passionate about spreading mental wellness not just through her day job, but through the practice of yoga.

Jason Serafino-Agar

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Jason Serafino-Agar

Jason believes that a regular yoga practice has the power to remake mind, body and they way we move through the world. He found yoga looking to heal physical pain from bicycling, skateboarding and surfing. He also found that Yoga helped him make better decisions off the mat, in life and parenting his two young children. His classes focus on cultivating mind-body awareness, strength, and flexibility.

Lauren Pisano

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Lauren Pisano

Lauren’s class emphasizes concentration, steady rhythm and equanimity. She is firm and direct, forgoing non-essentials and cutting through to the core of the teachings. Many students find her style peaceful, balanced and encouraging; a supportive space to dive deeply into their practice. Lauren studies yoga and meditation with Adi Vajra and Stephanie Adams of Hood River, Oregon. Her personal practice is also influenced by Vipassana meditation as taught by SN Goenka. She has been teaching yoga since 2011. Learn more at www.laurenpisanoyoga.com.

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Leanna Lynch

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Leanna Lynch

Yoga is Leanna’s passion and she loves sharing it through teaching.
Leanna grew up in Granite Bay, California and began her yoga journey practicing Bikram Yoga while studying at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She spent a year living in Los Angeles where she completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through the original YogaWorks in Santa Monica.
Since then, Leanna has completed the 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in San Francisco with Jason Crandell. Other teachers that have influenced her include Anna Hughes, Martin Scott, Birgitte Kristen and Tim Senesi.

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.

 

Mary Polizzotti

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Mary Polizzotti

I have practiced yoga since 2002 and completed my 200 RYT at Yoga Flow. My goal is to get others on the journey to feel better – body, mind, and spirit. I teach a vigorous vinyasa flow that will focus the breath, calm the mind, strengthen the body, and leave you feeling better than you did when you arrived for class. I trained as a classical ballerina as a child and an amazing vinyasa flow reminds me of a dance – fluid, graceful, and strong. I am committed to growing as a teacher so I can impart the same amount of joy to others that yoga gives to me. Music is a big part of my class, and you will break a sweat!

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.

Nhi To

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Nhi To

I found my passion for yoga around 2000 after taking my first yoga class. I walked out of it with a profound sense that I had just encountered a turning point in my life. And, indeed, I had. Almost immediately, my yoga practice gave me a sense of belonging, an interconnectedness with other beings and the environment, which, in turn, began enriching my life with health, compassion, and peace. In late 2007 I left my corporate job and took a teacher training program and began teaching yoga since then. In 2011, through the suggestion of a friend I tried Astanga yoga and have find it more than what I wanted or hoped for. The simple, precise and disciplined in these traditional, lineage methods have changed my outlook in the yoga practice that I have stopped seeking any other forms of yoga and devoted myself to this ancient yoga practice. I have been blessed to study with a few extraordinary masters that hold an advance B, 4th series issues by Guruji Sri K. Pattabhi jois such as Peter Sanson, Mark Robberds, Richard Freeman. I want to share with my students my increased love and passion of this practice through my power, astanga vinyasa flow that I currently teach at varies studios in the bay area.

Rowena Mittal

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Rowena Mittal

Rowena teaches bhakti flow, a blend of vinyasa, ashtanga, power, restorative and bhakti yoga. With acclaimed playlists and voice, students leave Rowena’s classes feeling stronger, energized, restored, and at ease with knowledge empowering them beyond the four walls of the studio. Half Indian and a Doctor of Biomedical Engineering, Rowena’s yoga practice began in 2008 after being diagnosed with chronic pain, inflammation, and shallow breath. Yoga and physical therapy improved her understanding of the body, mind, and spirit in ways that a formal education and athletic background could not. Rowena became a certified yoga instructor in 2014 with her teacher Rusty Wells at Urban Flow to demystify the western practice and share her discovery of yoga with her community while respecting Indian roots and scientific minds. She’s been teaching across SF/Bay Area ever since. Rowena is RYT 410 hours and inspired by teachers Rusty Wells, Jason Crandell, Neil Wadhawan, Wah!, and mentor Stephanie Snyder. She is available for private coaching, group celebrations, and corporate wellness sessions.

Rusty Wells

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Rusty Wells

Rusty Wells (Gopa) is a Yogic Messenger in the San Francisco bay area and beyond. He infuses his joyful, energetic, and often mind-blowing classes with his belief that we can best serve others and heal ourselves through unconditional love and devotion. To this end, he passes along his profound gratitude for breath, body, and mind through yoga’s time-honored practices. An experienced instructor and humble student, Rusty teaches his unique brand of devotional vinyasa, called Bhakti Flow, in the San Francisco Bay area and leads teacher trainings, retreats and workshops around the world. His classes are an experiential explosion of music, sweat, stillness, and energy that will open your heart and leave you overflowing with bliss.

Stephanie Litberg

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Stephanie Litberg

Steph’s yoga practice began as a compliment to her full-time schedule of teaching indoor cycling and boot camp classes. Her practice has carried on since 2008 and she continues to learn the benefits of consistently showing up to her mat. Today, her practice keeps her grounded, humbled and courageous. Steph teaches yoga because she wants everyone to experience the gift that her practice has given her: SELF-CARE. Steph hopes to share the benefits of yoga in order to co-create a growing and supportive community that is inclusive and caring. Her gentle (yet fierce!) approach invites all beings to move with the natural rhythm of their body and find strength by knocking down mental limitations in order to reach the goals they truly desire. Steph’s philosophy: Yoga is ALWAYS a good idea!

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.