Anna HughesLearn More
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 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. 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.
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!
Julia LehrmanLearn More
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 KarpatiLearn More
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 Yoga Flow 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 SondagLearn More
Kate grew up traveling from place to place and always relied on yoga to help find “home.” Yoga became her touchstone, allowing her to find community in times where she was living in the unknown. It was her way to create home both internally and in the outside world.
In addition to her yoga practice, Kate works on contemporary paintings. Like the way she approaches a painting, she believes yoga is a balance between structure, fluidity, and energetic expression. In her class, she provides space for free movement to reconnect with the creative child that lives inside us all. She curates space by sequencing a class that invites her students to get out of their minds and into their bodies. Kate received her 200 hour training at YogaWorks in New York City and continued her education at YogaFlow under Erin Gilmore. Join her on the mat to breathe, play, and find home.
Katie ShillLearn More
Leslie GleserLearn More
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.
Libby MurfeyLearn More
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.
Martin ScottLearn More
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 PolizzottiLearn More
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 WoodrowLearn More
Meredith WilliamsLearn More
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 at Yoga Flow 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.
Raquel BensonLearn More
Raquel began practicing yoga in 2005 when a friend took her to a Baptiste Method Yoga studio. It was the arm balances and inversions that originally attracted her to yoga. In 2011 she discovered the power of Bhakti Yoga practicing with Rusty Wells learning from his teachings that we can best serve others and heal ourselves through unconditional love and devotion. To further deepen her practice and share her teachings Raquel became a RYS by completing a 200-hour YTT with Yoga Flow San Francisco. She leads a vigorous vinyasa flow incorporating balances, inversions, and challenging sequencing to an explosion of music to build energy and get you sweating. By generating internal body heat with active movements Raquel will open your heart and leave you overflowing with a yoga high. Her classes will help you feel uplifted, energized, and more positively connected to the world around you. Stay in touch for workshops, retreats, self-care, and more with Raquel at www.united-yogi.com
Tom LeeLearn More
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.