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.

Betsy Peterson

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Betsy Peterson

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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 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.

EYRT – 200

Jessica Whelton

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Jessica Whelton

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Johanna Butterworth

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Johanna Butterworth

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!

Kaitlyn Stratton

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Kaitlyn Stratton

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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.

 

Liza Lichtinger

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Liza Lichtinger

Everyone has a different reason for landing on the mat. Liza shares each cherished moment on the mat by teaching the importance and joy daily movement brings by means of yoga.

Liza Lichtinger, M.S.

While directing a recovery center in 2009, Liza developed a Human Capital Program including Wellness, Nutrition, meditation, yoga, software and more focused on whole human resilience. It was clear that yoga, mobility, and breathing, were essential for recovery of individuals, groups, and organizations. Integrating mental presence with MMA (mixed martial arts), dance, anatomy, and physiology, later to invest in, train with, and teach Mindful Mind Science alongside her students, teachers, mentors, and global sangha was based upon prior years where Liza practiced yoga as a way to avoid surgery for her decade long chronic back and hip pain after a car accident in 1999. Without her yoga practice, Liza would have never regained full mobility and range of motion. Liza’s initial attraction was for the clarity of mind, mental focus, and gratitude the practice instilled in her. As the pandemic emerged, reflecting on various setbacks preventing positive evolution for society, Liza recalled teachings received during trips to the Himalayas, in the jungles of Peru, various ashrams worldwide, and chose to share the practice with the intention to encourage people to adopt practices that serve the greater good.

Liza is a psychologist, keynote speaker, entrepreneur, works on various projects at the Stanford Behavior Lab and assists Martin E. Hellman working on peace policy, advises Wellness Tech companies, is certified in Jivamukti, Integral, Budokon, Raja, Hatha, Vinyasa, amongst other schools and has extensive experience in and has been influenced by the traditional Tae Kwon Do belt system, trained in Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi (northern praying mantis style), Iyengar, Dharma Mittra, Bikram, Barkan, Bhakti, Shadow Yoga, Quantum, Ashtanga, etc. Liza holds an M.S. in Counseling Psychology and Mental Health Psychotherapy with a Behavioral Neuroscience focus, graduate level Mindfulness degrees, computer and data science training, a BS/BA in Psychology, Philosophy, and Slavic Languages, and attended and received a certificate from the ILR school at Cornell University in Human Capital Development, Labor/Law/ Human Relations/ Human Resources.

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

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Raquel Benson

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Raquel Benson

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

Tara McLaughlin

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Tara McLaughlin

Tara McLaughlin teaches a vinyasa based class with an emphasis on proper alignment and movement to breath while weaving mindfulness throughout the practice. Tara completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at YogaWorks in New York City and has accredited E-RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance, having taught over 1,000 hours. Tara has completed her level 1 Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher training, Mindful Schools Mindful Educator training, Stand Up Paddle board Yoga Teacher training, Reiki 1 certification and a trauma sensitive training with the Art of Yoga project.

Tara’s intention is to create an empowering class that fosters a sense of coming home in the body and mind.