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.
Danimal PadillaLearn More
I am a yoga teacher, mentor and creative lover/adventurer with an intense value for playtime. I feel very passionately that working hard can incorporate just as much playfulness as it does studiousness. As inherently creative creatures, it’s important to cultivate these aspects within our day-to-day’s; our lives and practices can have that balance as long as we continue to seek, observe, and take action toward nurturing our needs.
Take a chance on yourself, and LET’S PLAY!
Jessica WheltonLearn More
Jessica has always been interested in physical fitness and the way it grounded her into her body and mind. Her journey with yoga began as a teen exploring ways to increase flexibility to help her perform better in sports, but her passion was sparked by strengthening the mind/body connection and feeling supported by a community. This is apparent in her dynamic vinyasa flows where she incorporates balances, inversions, and challenging sequencing to a journey of her curated playlists to build energy and get you sweating.
Jessica’s goal is for students to leave class feeling strong, balanced, and grounded. Jessica took her 200-hour teacher training with Advanced Yoga Practices, where she focused on all 8 limbs of yoga and went through the YogaFlow Mentorship program. She is also a NASM certified personal trainer and loves to share her knowledge of anatomical alignment and functional movements in the classroom.
Keisha CourtneyLearn More
Keisha found yoga when she was in a high-visibility, high-stress career as a TV news reporter. Her yoga practice helped her cope with anxiety not only in my job, but also in her daily life. She says she is thankful for her practice every day as it reminds her not to take myself too seriously, to breathe, and to be present.
She received her 200-hour training certificate from Namaste Yoga and Wellness Center, and has been trained by alignment instructor Whitney Walsh, who her classes are heavily influenced by.
Students who attend her alignment-focused vinyasa classes can expect a high energy class that will pique their curiosity about their own movement. Also, many of her students say her playlists tend to be the icing on the cake!
Keisha is an E-RYT 200 teacher, YACEP, and founder of The Driven Yogi, a continuing education platform that trains yoga teachers how to become safer, more effective, and inclusive instructors.
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.
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!
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
Steph VuLearn More
Steph leads intentional, creative vinysa flow. Be prepared for unique sequences and transitions. She began her training with Patrick Beach and she specializes in vinyasa flow.
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.
Tom LeeLearn More
I’ve been teaching yoga asana since 2002 with a focus on intelligent sequencing balanced by both challenging and restorative poses. Most of my classes are practiced in moderate heat to help the body warm up and prevent injury. With upbeat custom playlists and a strong sense of community, I hope to create a space where everyone is invited to find a deeper connection with themselves in a warm, welcome environment.
While my first yoga training experience was in the Bikram style, in the years since I’ve studied with Baron Baptiste and closely with Rusty Wells, and have been influenced by the teaching of Stephanie Snyder as well. In recent years I’ve expanded my studies at the Academy of Intuitive Medicine learning more about chakras, meditation, and self-healing and have incorporated these aspects of the greater practice of yoga into my teaching.