Adam La Pierre

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Adam La Pierre

The saying goes “when the student is ready, the teacher appears”. Accordingly, the teachings of yoga were revealed to me at the time in my life when I was particularly open to receiving them. The physical practice of yoga, including asana (postures), pranayama (breath regulation) and drishti (gazing point) had a profound effect on me from the early days of my practice, helping me find a place of stillness and surrender.

I find much inspiration from many teachers, and while it is impossible to name them all, here are a few that have been especially powerful for me: Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Gary Weber, Adyashanti, Rusty Wells, Stephanie Snyder, Jason Crandell and Keith Moore.

Multiple systems of Hatha yoga inform my offering of Vinyasa Flow Yoga; Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bhakti Flow and Jivamukti Yoga are just a few.

My aim is to create a supportive, energetic and challenging environment which enables practitioners to discover the life-changing power of the practice for themselves.

The purpose of this life is for our upliftment and the upliftment of others. At the heart of yoga is the realization that all is One.

Alli Brian

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Alli Brian

I discovered yoga over eight years ago, and I absolutely love it. For me, yoga has become a deeply powerful practice of self-discovery, self-expression, and self-love. I believe yoga can give us all a joyful love of life that comes from the inside out, as well as the space and calm to deepen our connection to ourselves and the world around us. I completed my 200hr teacher training at Yoga Flow SF, and my teachers are the wonderful Anna Hughes, Christie Marshall, Claire Stetina-Zurbrugg, Kate Holcombe, and Tom Lee.
During my class, you can expect a fast-paced flow, meditative sequencing, and plenty of lightness and love.

Alyssa Arroyo

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Alyssa Arroyo

A born and raised New Yorker, Alyssa has been sharing her passion for Yoga since 2009. Early on in her teaching career, she discovered an Ashtanga practice that would heavily influence her classes. Alyssa is 500 RYT certified and has over 1000 hours of training in Vinyasa, Hatha, Hot Vinyasa, Moksha, Yin, and Acro. She believes in a balanced practice that helps us to be present and to let go of our daily distractions and doubts. She finds that through a mentally and physically challenging practice, we can find a sense of calm and grow our practice by applying what we do on the mat, off the mat.

Alyssa teaches group classes at multiple locations in San Francisco. She also teaches private lessons and is available for corporate classes.

Andrea Mueller

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Andrea Mueller

 

While recovering from an overuse running injury, Andrea discovered and fell in love with yoga. She immediately noticed a physical and mental change; her body awareness improved, and she felt incredibly calm and grounded. Andrea was soon seeking out workshops to deepen her knowledge and practice.

Andrea completed her 200-hour teacher training in Vinyasa Flow at Aha Yoga in San Francisco. She continues to find new depths to her own yoga experience by learning from past, present, and future teachers and students alike.

Andrea encourages a practice that helps students grow stronger, more flexible, and fearless, both on and off the mat. She believes that the benefits from practicing yoga can be seen in all aspects of life and inspire us to live each moment more mindfully.

Anna Hughes

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Anna Hughes

When Anna Hughes first started studying yoga in college, it seemed a natural progression from the dance she  studied and adored for the first eighteen years of her life.  Anna completed her 500-hour Bikram teacher training in 2002, and began teaching full time immediately.  Since that time, Anna has explored Ashtanga Yoga extensively, studying with the wonderful David Swenson as well as Todd Roderick, one of the Southeast’s most renowned Ashtanga Yoga instructors.

It was in 2003 when she began studying Bhakti Flow with Rusty Wells that she was truly introduced to the idea of integrating the physical and spiritual practices of yoga and her teaching has evolved to embrace this concept. Anna’s study of various systems of yoga has led her to a greater understanding of yoga as a whole.

In her own teaching, she emphasizes a connection with the breath as well as mindfulness, contentment and a healthy sense of humor. Her experience with yoga has inspired her to infuse her teaching with the idea of finding joy in one’s practice while challenging the body, mind, and spirit. Her vinyasa classes are vigorous and playful, creatively sequenced, and always include a great soundtrack.

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.

Be prepared, but don’t be frightened, this class is not as hard as you’ve heard! We begin with mindfulness, increasing your awareness of this unique moment, one that has never happened before and will never happen again. Consciously letting go of before and after, your breath begins to deepen and your heart begins to lift, to open. The chant is a prayer of intention and the devotion is an offering, giving the practice a sense of meaning that flows through a constantly changing and progressive vinyasa sequence – all set to music.

You’ll be physically challenged as you’re offered a sense of awareness, reflection and acceptance. This attitude encourages the letting go of ego-driven striving, while still allowing for the exploration of what might be possible – right here, right now. Stay present, do your work, and you’ll find yourself in just the right place.

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.

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 with a nourished body, a full heart and an open mind.

Yoga Flow SF Teacher Training – 200 hours
Teachers: Annah Hughes, Christie Marshall, Tom Lee, Wah, Kate Holcombe, Dr. Paul Roche

Bhakti Flow Advanced Teacher Training – 100 hours
Teachers: Rusty Wells, Luke Ketterhagen, and Jason Crandell

Sadhana Immersion with Janet Stone – 50 hours

Advanced Assisting with Janet Stone – 50 Hours

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.

Courtney Harris

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Courtney Harris

You can expect a class that is playful and spiritual. You’ll leave feeling challenged, grounded, inspired, and reconnected with gratitude. This is “flow” where we connect movement with heart – utilizing good music, humor, down-to-earth sentimentality, and sacred texts to illuminate aspects of the spiritual journey in a hectic world.

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.

Jessica Ng

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Jessica Ng

“When we transform our physical shape with AWARENESS, we open the portal to transform our mind.”
Jessica first found Yoga through asana. As her practice deepened, a profound coalescence of asana, philosophy, and mantra began to unfold and has thus become the foundation of her offerings.

Following a philosophy of CIRCUITRY + CONNECTEDNESS, her classes are carefully curated to unify all aspects of the physical, emotional, and intellectual bodies in order to cultivate a positively charged circuit of energy within and radiating out. With a playful yet intentional approach to vinyasa, classes are dynamically sequenced and infused with yogic traditions and thoughtful teachings aimed to awaken and electrify.

For Jessica, the richest part of the practice continues to unravel off the mat. Her devotion led her to complete a 200hr teacher training at Yoga Flow SF and continue on to complete 100hr with Rusty Wells. She is eternally grateful for her teachers who not only brought her home to Yoga, but continue to inspire and support her down this path.

With an intention rooted in sharing and uniting in self discovery, Jessica proffers a yoga experience that enables the do-er to see into themselves; a practice that awakens greatness by courageously moving past fear to unveil unbridled brilliance.

Classes are intentional, expansive, and FUN so that we can tap into that place where transformation happens with a joyous and courageous spirit.

“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” B.K.S. Iyengar

Julia Lehrman

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Julia Lehrman

In 2010, Julia’s existing yoga practice deepened and expanded when she moved to the East Coast for graduate school. Julia spent 5 years studying, working, and living in NYC, where she also became a Yoga Alliance certified instructor and the head of teacher training at Prana Power Yoga. Julia is delighted to be back home in Northern California and looks forward to meeting you!

Julia’s teaching is rooted in compassion and inspired by the idea that yoga is a moving meditation which helps people connect to their breath so they can feel more present and at ease. In her classes, Julia aims to create a safe atmosphere for students to challenge and explore their physical and emotional selves and experience lightness of being. Julia infuses her classes with creative and dynamic sequencing while still honoring the importance of body alignment and the sacred, grounding aspects of the ancient yoga lineages. Expect to move, sweat, and have fun!

Julia is also a talk therapist and licensed clinical social worker. Her dharma, or life purpose, is to combine traditional mental health treatment with yoga and meditation. Julia’s intention is to empower people to discover and embrace inner strength, heightened awareness, and true joy. In her spare time, Julia can either be found outdoors or on Spotify making new upbeat music playlists for her yoga classes and travels.

Kat Karpati

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Kat Karpati

Kat was the anti yogi. Living on the east coast, preferring more strenuous fast paced activities like kickboxing and running. One bikram yoga class changed all that. She was hooked by the heat and soon thereafter began exploring other yoga styles before eventually falling in love with the creativity and challenge of heated vinyasa practice.

A few months in, she realized the benefits extended far beyond the physical. It provided a profound sense of calm and happiness that she had yet to experience elsewhere. A registered Yoga Alliance 200 RYT, Kat completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Aha Yoga in San Francisco.  She continued her education with a Dynamic Yoga Depth Intensive in France with master British yogi Godfrey Devereux where she dove deeply into the philosophy of her practice.

Kat believes that yoga extends far beyond the mat. It’s a mindset and way of optimistic living. The asana practice allows her to focus on connecting more clearly to her true self, and to embody the yogi philosophy of acting from that self, while trusting in the faith of a higher power lighting the way. Everything will work out as it’s meant to, one just needs to believe.

Her goal is to bring positivity and sense of playfulness to each of her classes, allowing her students to comfortably push themselves and find joy in their yoga practice both on and off the mat.

Kate Monzo

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Kate Monzo

Kate was first exposed to yoga was when she began practicing at Urban Flow Yoga back in 2009. It was then she fell in love with yoga, learning that it has more benefits than just physical. From this discovery, a spark lit inside of her and she knew this would be a life long commitment to something so Divinely profound.

In 2011, Kate came to Phoenix on a spiritual journey to learn more about the ancient tradition of yoga at the Spirit of Yoga in Tempe. She spent over a year studying yoga & nutrition and received a diploma in Yoga Therapy. Kate continues her spiritual quest to raise humanity’s vibration, to heal people’s lives, and to share the sacred wisdom of the body with others through her teachings of yoga, nutrition, & wellness.

After moving back to San Francisco in 2013, Kate has continued her studies with Stephanie Snyder, while teaching all over the Bay area. Staying true to the tradition of yoga with use of philosophy & breath work, Kate teaches a vigorous Vinyasa flow class that focuses on the importance of flexibility, alignment, strength, and balance.

Kate has over a 1200 hrs in yoga teacher training and is a holistic nutrition coach.
www.katemonzoyoga.com

Katie Shill

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Katie Shill

Yoga has been a part of my life for over 10 years. As a competitive dancer growing up, yoga was a part of my weekly training, but only ever in the physical sense. Thanks to a few incredible teachers on this path, yoga is now a powerful, ongoing practice of mine that has deepened my relationship with myself and with others.
 
My intention is to create a compassionate, supportive space for my students to move through their own practice. My classes aim to cultivate an awareness of the present moment so we can gain a better understanding of ourselves and feel better – mind, body and spirit.
 
I’m so grateful for the wonderful teachers and mentors who have guided me on my journey: Lori Austin, Tom Lee, Anna Hughes, Christie Marshall, Claire Stetina-Zurbrugg and Kate Holcombe. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Kay Ellis

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Kay Ellis

I was 20 years old when I stumbled into my first yoga class at the local 24hour fitness gym in West Los Angeles. I remember hearing a lot of Sanskrit words and a lot of cues to breathe. “Hummm, so this was all the rage?” Even though I was unsure, something always drew me back to give yoga another try, at a different studio, with another teacher. Ten years later, at the recommendation of a friend, I found myself in a Bhakti Flow Yoga class, and on that day everything clicked. Without having ever studied any yoga literature I found a deep understand of what yoga meant for me. I came to experience yoga beyond my mat, the postures, or any of the mantras. “If it does not make you more kind, more patient, and more reasonable, it’s not yoga” shared Rusty Wells who taught that Bhakti Flow Yoga class.

In 2011 after completing a Bhakti Flow Yoga teacher training course I started teaching Bhakti Flow yoga because I found instructing just as much a practice as doing the postures. It is my intention that students who attend my classes feel they can “come as you are” and allow the breath (the true teacher) to guide the experience. The physical benefits of yoga are undeniable and when we tap into the power of the breath we find the heart, mind and spirit are also wonderful guides. As a yoga instructor and Breathwork Healer I am honored to share Bhakti, the yoga of love and devotion, with anyone who happens to stumble into one of my classes.

ohkayyoga.com
IG: ohkayyoga
Certification: 700 Hours CYT
Mentors: Rusty Wells, Janet Stone, and Bryan Kest

Leanna Lynch

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Leanna Lynch

Do you find it challenging to stay physically-fit and mentally-sane in San Francisco’s fast paced work environment and social scene? Leanna firmly believes that a consistent yoga practice is your answer and she wants to help you find your balance through the practice. As a professional in the venture debt field, Leanna attributes her yoga practice to maintaining a healthy work-life balance and wants to give back to the yoga community in the way it has given to her.

Leanna grew up in Granite Bay, California and began her yoga journey practicing Bikram while attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Bikram lead to CorePower which lead to YogaWorks which eventually lead to YogaFlow. Leanna spent a year living in Los Angeles where she completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through YogaWorks. She is influenced by the teachings of Birgitte Kristen, Mira Valeria, Jason Crandell, Lindsey Foreman, Nina Jarnum & Tim Senesi.

P.S. she can’t stand the phrase “NamasteInBed” and encourages you to say “NamasteStrong” and join her on the mat J

Namaste!

Libby Murfey

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Libby Murfey

Libby discovered yoga in 2003 when a friend took her to a Core Power Yoga class in Boulder, Colorado. Originally going for the physical benefits, she later immersed herself in the spiritual teachings of yoga which inspired her to become an instructor. She seeks to share the knowledge and joy of yoga with others. Successfully completing CorePower Yoga’s teacher training in 2007, she has continued her training with numerous teachers including Baron Baptiste, Jonny Kest, Diana Vitantonio and Tami Schneider. Her classes are energetic, motivational, soothing and FUN! She likes to create both a playful and challenging practice that inspires self-exploration, balance and compassion.

Lindsay Foreman

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Lindsay Foreman

Lindsay comes from a background of playing competitive sports of soccer, snowboarding and rock climbing which focused on cross training in ways of only developing strength but not balancing the body with increased flexibility.

She was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga as another way to get a workout. Even though her tight hamstrings barely allowed her to touch her toes, she was inspired by the physical and mental transformation that was created through linking movement with conscious breath. At first Lindsay gravitated to the structured and disciplined practice of ashtanga yoga, but as her relationship with yoga deepened she was then drawn to the more creative fluid practice of Power Vinyasa Flow which elevated her into a dance of bliss with the breath and movement.

For Lindsay, yoga became a way of life as she resonated with the holistic view that our thoughts and actions as both individuals and as a community are innately intertwined physically and energetically to all living beings, the earth and the universe.

She journeyed through India practicing yoga in the Himalayas which lead her to Bali where she completed her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 with internationally renowned teachers with the School of Sacred Arts.

Since her first experience on the mat as a student, Lindsay continues to values breath as the primary part of the yoga practice and through her teaching she inspires her students to connect to power in the expansion and release one receives through pranayama ujaii breath.

Her class is built on a unique combination of maintaining roots in ashtanga yoga while adding a more creative intuitive power flow that builds upon strength, alignment, flexibility and balance that challenges students to play with their edge.

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!

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!
mpyogasf.com

Melanie Woodrow

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Melanie Woodrow

Melanie has been practicing yoga since 2009 and teaching since 2010. She was so inspired by her body’s ability to heal itself from the inside out that she got certified to teach so she could share her love for yoga with others. Melanie received her 200 hour RYT and an additional 50 hour vinyasa sequencing certification on the East Coast.
Melanie’s classes are fun and inspiring! She encourages breath first, proper alignment and listening inwardly for guidance while leaving plenty of room for playfulness and joy! Melanie believes above all else yoga should feel good! Her classes are always set to a rocking playlist.

Meredith Williams

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Meredith Williams

Meredith spent years thinking yoga wasn’t for her until she moved to San Francisco in 2011 and was introduced to the Vinyassa style. She quickly fell in love with yoga, and over time began to appreciate it as so much more than just a work out. Inspired by the practice and philosophies of yoga, she became a certified teacher in 2015. She loves the escape and freedom that she feels when on her mat, and wants her students to experience the same feeling. It is her mission to create dynamic and challenging classes that invite students to really let go of outside distractions and spend time with their inner thoughts and feelings. Her goal as a yoga teacher is to make sure that students leave class feeling happier, calmer and kinder, to their own bodies, to themselves, and to those around them.

Natasha Rosekrans

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Natasha Rosekrans

I grew up very active and athletic, playing competitive soccer most of my adolescent years.  While attending college in 2008 I was drawn to yoga as a way to stay physically fit, but right after my first yoga class I noticed how much more grounded and connected I felt to the spirit of my being.  I realized that all the physical benefits I was receiving from yoga were going deeper than the physical shell.  The yoga mat became a sacred space to investigate how I was feeling physically, spiritually and emotionally.  It became a place for me to rinse what was not serving me and reset.  I noticed that the benefits I was receiving from my yoga practice were translating to the way I was living life in general; with more balance, strength, flexibility and self love.  With gratitude for the emotional healing and spiritual transformation that yoga had brought to me, I cultivated a passion to teach yoga and help others along their journey of deeper self connection.  In 2015 I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica at the Sanctuary at Two Rivers.  In 2016 I completed a 100 hour adjustment/assisting workshop with Janet Stone at Yoga Tree Potrero.  In 2017 my quest for more knowledge brought me to Yoga Arts in Ubud Bali where I completed my 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training with emphasis on meditation, pranayama and yoga therapy.  I believe pranayama is a fundamental basis in yoga and maintain focus on breath throughout class.  My classes are based on traditional hatha-vinyasa alignment and are styled as vinyasa flow or power flow. I create unique fluid sequencing for my classes with carefully selected music.  My class participants describe my classes as fun, energetic, caring and challenging.

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.

Nina Kim

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Nina Kim

Nina holds compassionate space for students to move through a challenging practice to invigorate body, mind and spirit. Nina came to yoga 20 years ago and the practice has guided her through over a decade sitting at a desk as an engineer, through injuries and trauma and more recently through becoming a mother of 2. Nina believes yoga should be accessible to everyone. Her intention as a yoga teacher is for people to feel good in their physical body and to become more mindful and peaceful off their mats.
Nina’s practice and teaching is informed and inspired by: Les Leventhal, Rusty Wells, Ana Forrest, Stephanie Snyder, Christie Marshall, Tom Lee and Anna Hughes.

Tom Lee

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Tom Lee

The more I practice and teach yoga, the more I realize that this ancient art and science really is about a lot more than just pretty poses and a healthy body. These things reel us in, but they are just the first steps toward a clearer mind and a more balanced life. When I started my yoga practice ten years ago, I was at a crossroads in my life. I was burned out from my career, uncertain about the relationship I was in, and had gained twenty pounds from a decade without exercise. I was very unhappy with the direction I was headed.

One day, on a whim, I walked into a yoga studio, and before I realized what was going on, I had signed up for “10 classes in 10 days”. That first class kicked my butt so badly that I actually left before it was over, and vowed never to return. But over the next few days, a strange thing happened. I felt relaxed and cleansed for the first time in longer than I could remember. Plus, I had already paid for the whole ten days. I decided to go back. After surviving the second class, I was hooked. I went on to tell everyone how yoga was changing my life”!

Now, being on the mat is almost a daily ritual for me. Yoga is where I find refuge, discipline, a sense of balance, and a connection with my deeper self. And being part of a loving yoga community is just as important. Sound familiar? My story is like so many others. It’s not a cliché, but a universal experience that so many of us have. Yoga finds us when we don’t know where else to turn, and brings us back to a vibrant, meaningful life.

I started teaching in 2002, and my hope is to facilitate others on their own yoga journeys. See you in class.