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LIFESTRETCH YOGA — Teachers

Alecia: Alecia began practicing yoga in 2000. She found a love for the connection of body mind and spirit that it brought to her life on and off the mat. Her goal is to help her students find that connection.  She completed her yoga certification in the Ashtanga tradition at Greenpath yoga in San Francisco and is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. She has taken workshops with Tony Sanchez, David Swenson, Rodney Yee, Aadil Palkhivala, and Julie Gudmestad. Her class integrates the different styles of yoga she has studied to combine holding postures with flowing vinyasa. She likes to frame the beginning and end of her class focused on the breath to allow students to be completely focused, at peace, and reach their full potential both physically and mentally.

Allan: Certified Ashtanga Vinyasa Instructor from It's yoga in San Francisco in 2002, Allan is also a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Allan has been practicing yoga since 1999. Allan has practiced yoga at various places including the Omega Holistic Institute in New York, 7th Heaven in Berkeley, It's yoga in San Francisco and Claremont Club in Berkeley. Allan's yoga instruction is intended to weave breath (pranayama) with poses (asanas) to aid yoga students in listening to their inner teacher, bridging the connection with the Sacred.

Alice:Alice’s classes flow with grace, are alignment focused, and balance
effort and ease. She is currently studying Anusara yoga and uses the Universal Principals of Alignment. Alice's yoga journey began in 1997 with Iyengar yoga, and then years of Vinyasa flow yoga while getting her degree at Bennington College in Vermont. She completed two teacher trainings in Seattle and began teaching there in 2006. She offers something for every level of student, and she loves to bring yoga to all ages and abilities. Alice is thankful to many wonderful Certified Anusara teachers in this area, such as Stacey Rosenberg, Kenny Graham and Sianna Sherman.

Audrey: In the midst of postpartum depression after the birth of her first child, Audrey turned to yoga and found healing and strength in her practice. She completed her 200-hour certification at Mind Body Zone and now strives to help students practice mindfully and safely. Audrey enjoys exploring the foundations of postures and alignment alongside new students, introducing yoga as a tool to accompany pregnant women through each trimester, and challenging more experienced students with energizing flow sequences. She believes in both the grounding and invigorating effects of yoga and tries to strike a balance between these ideas in each of her classes. In addition to teaching yoga, Audrey is also a psychotherapist and mother of two. She hopes to pass on her love for yoga and the far-reaching impacts of the practice to her clients, students, and children.

Azra: Born in the Philippines, Azra relocated to California in 1979. Realizing that yoga helped her to live a more balanced life, she has immersed herself into the practice of yoga since 2000. She completed a teacher certification program with Avalon Yoga in Palo Alto, California and has taken workshops with Shiva Rea, Bryan Kest, Rod Stryker, Elise Miller, Sean Corn, Baron Baptiste, Rodney Yee and Sarah Powers. Azra's passion and mission is to encourage her students to challenge themselves while respecting and remaining aware of their physical limits. She guides her students to the technique of Vinyasa (flow) yoga which incorporates fluidity, strength and meditation in motion while combining discipline with intention.

Barbara: After practicing several styles of Hatha Yoga for years, Barbara came in contact with Kundalini Yoga and embraced it. She is now a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher taught under the guidance of Dr. Hari Khalsa and Sat Santokh Khalsa and is also member of The International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association, IKYTA. As a mother of three adult boys, Barbara understands the necessity to bring Yoga to as many people as possible to help them to go through life's fluctuating moments. She strongly believes in the combination of movement and breathing, chanting Mantras and meditation to energize your body, balance your glandular system and strengthen your nervous system to open your heart and tune your intuition so that you may attract opportunities that match your soul.

Colleen: Colleen brings a unique approach to her classes with an emphasis on enjoying and creating a peaceful experience. In teaching, Colleen incorporates her interest in restorative yoga with breath and gentle, flowing postures that increase vitality, deep relaxation and self-awareness. She encourages her students to adapt an attitude of self-acceptance while encouraging them each to listen to the needs of their own particular body. She is a certified ViniYoga instructor and certified in Restorative Flow Yoga after studying with Judith Lasater and Donna Belk. Colleen is a member of the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. Colleen originally came to yoga with a chronic back injury and discovered its profound healing benefits for herself. After becoming frustrated when she couldn't find yoga in our community, she decided to open Healthy-Human Yoga in April of 2003; now operating successfully as LIFESTRETCH YOGA.

Courtney: Courtney has been practicing yoga since 2003 and has experience in Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga while receiving her official yoga teaching certification in 2007 through the Avalon Teacher Training Program in Palo Alto. Courtney continues to closely study with her mentor, Anirudh Shastri from the teacher training program. She teaches a strong and vigorous class that focuses on all areas of the body and prepares the student for meditation. Courtney enjoys teaching students of all levels. Incorporating asana, pranayama and meditation, she encourages her students to maintain the principle of ahimsa (non-violence) during their practice.

Dawn: Dawn emphasizes the use of breath in guiding the body through a flowing sequence of postures that balance the need for strength and flexibility. She brings special awareness to the alignment of the spine while incorporating a challenging flow of postures that are strongly influenced by the Ashtanga, Yin, Kundalini, Iyengar and Restorative yoga traditions. She encourages students to surrender to their natural state of balance that is incredibly relaxing, deeply rejuvenating and that serves in promoting overall good health. In the over 10 years Dawn has been studying yoga, she has completed teacher training programs with both David Swenson and It's Yoga San Francisco in the Ashtanga tradition and Judith Lasater in Restorative Yoga and in June of 2006 she became a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher. In addition, Dawn has also studied the Iyengar and Yin systems of yoga for several years and is a certified massage therapist and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Dina: Dina has been practicing yoga since 2001 and received a 200 hour certification from Atmananda Yoga in NYC and a 300 hour certification from B Yoga in NYC. She also has certifications in Therapeutic & Pre/Post Natal Yoga and in Spinning from Mad Dogg Athletics. Since 2004 she’s been teaching yoga for private clients, in health clubs, yoga studios and at public events. She also teaches exercises to audiences all over the world on her weekly video podcast at getexercised.com. Dina’s classes move in a vinyasa flow to find power and flexibility while encouraging practitioners to engage their mind as well as their body.

Heidi: Heidi has been stretching and enduring intense athletics throughout her life. Finding traditional Hatha yoga in 2001, led her to believe that yoga is a life long practice to quiet the mind and find your true self. Soon after, she fell in love with the Ashtanga/vinyasa style thanks to Laura Camp and Tim Thompson of the Monkey Yoga Shala in Oakland. In July of 2008, Heidi became a certified yoga instructor through the Yandara Yoga Institute in Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico, where she studied alignment based Hatha, Kirtan/chanting, philosophy and Pranayama. Currently her yoga practice is shared with surfing, rock climbing, running and dance. Throughout her classes she incorporates fluid breath, graceful movements, and light-hearted fun into her teachings. As a yoga and elementary school teacher she is constantly acknowledging her students needs and giving them encouragement in a caring environment. Heidi wishes to challenge her students in a positive way allowing each student to find their true potential spiritually and physically.

Himmat: Himmat has been practicing Kundalini Yoga & Meditation for the past 10 years. She is a certified Kundalini Yoga & Meditation teacher for adults as well as a Radiant Child Yoga instructor for children. She has also been practicing Pilates for the past 13 years and teaches both reformer and mat pilates. Over the years, she has practiced Buddhist mindfulness meditation, Reiki, mantra healing, Ayurvedic Pancha Karma, art therapy, spiritual psychology and Sat Nam Rasayan healing. Himmat has taught and practiced in NY, India, Italy, France and CA. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.A. from New York University. After spending 9 years of critical and creative investigations of the body-mind-spirit triad through visual art, Himmat spent 2 years studying spiritual psychology with Buddhist psychiatrist, Mark Epstein. She was the Project Coordinator of a pioneering yoga study conducted with breast cancer patients at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NY). Thereafter, while living in India, she taught Kundalini Yoga & Meditation and studied Ayurveda, specializing in Pancha Karma healing. Himmat views all the above practices as tools for the lifelong journey of cultivating awareness, balance and graceful transformation.

Josie: When Josie began practicing yoga in 2008, she learned to love demanding poses that encouraged her to utilize inner strength while re-focus her energy on remaining calm both physically and mentally. Yoga helped Josie to discover a hidden strength, increase her self-confidence and brought balance into her life. She now feels the need to share this knowledge and experience so that others can benefit from the power of yoga. Josie is a Yoga Alliance Certified graduate of the Avalon 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program, where she mentored under Anirudh Shastri and Louis Jackson. Her flow class is gentle yet challenging and emphasizes proper alignment, breathing, and body awareness allowing students to gain physical strength and mental health.

Lorenzo: Lorenzo has always had an interest in eastern philosophy and martial arts, but living in a small town in Tuscany, Italy, didn’t have access to the many disciplines that strongly attracted him.He moved to California in 2003. Lorenzo started to practice yoga as a therapeutic response to heal chronic pain and minor injuries experienced since his teenage years.  He has studied and taken workshops under the guidance of numerous teachers, such as Kent Bond, Sharre Young, Mark Horner, Lorien Neargarder, Maria Alfaro and Mark Stephens. These are the people whose presence, words and writings inspired him to bring more mindfulness and variety into his personal practice, and follow his own journey through yoga as a teacher.

In March 2010 he participated in a yoga teacher training program at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara lead by Ganga White and Tracey Rich. Shortly after, he has also begun to study Wushu (Chinese Martial Arts) under the expertise of Sifu Ding Wei. Lorenzo has a fresh, holistic approach to his teaching, brings into his class functional techniques and ideas borrowed from several styles of yoga and other disciplines. He pays special attentions to details and alignment and gives effective adjustments, helping students to find and experience their own yoga, here and now.

Lynn: Lynn began her love and study of yoga over 20 years ago and has been teaching for since 1997. While her formal training is mostly in the Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions, her classes are eclectic, incorporating aspects from her teachers, intuition and personal study. Lynn’s teaching style emphasizes the importance of body alignment combined with the natural movement of the breath, inner awareness and the vision of the mind-body-spirit connection. Her hope for her students is to not only achieve their physical goals (strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination, stress relief…etc.) though asana (postures) and pranayama (breath techniques), but to also come to know, understand and incorporate other aspects of yoga in their lives. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT-200) with Yoga Alliance.

May: Yoga found May in 2005 and she immediately felt a desire to learn more about the mind body connection. May is on a journey to learn all about yoga and it's benefits, both physically and spiritually. In her classes, she hopes to inspire and encourage students to explore their personal yoga journeys. By using asana, along with pranayama, May hopes to create a relaxed, meditative environment that challenges the body, while quieting the mind.

Monica: Monica’s classes integrate breath centered movement and asana with meditation, visualization and relaxation. Her creative and engaging teaching style weaves together influences from contemplative traditions, western medicine and mind-body science. Beginners to experienced practitioners will find the opportunity to connect deeply with themselves during this mindful practice. Monica is a Certified and Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT) specializing in the therapeutic application of yoga to cultivate health and healing. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and part of the Editorial team for the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. Her specialized training includes: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as taught by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Therapeutic Application of Yoga, Duke University Integrative Medicine Center. Monica leads group yoga classes in public and corporate settings. She also offers personal instruction for beginning to advanced yoga practitioners and for people with health challenges.

Priya: Priya completed her teacher training at Avalon Yoga Center in Palo Alto after beginning to learn yoga in the Iyengar tradition in 2002. Later, she discovered the Ashtanga style and since then has tried many different styles of yoga. Priya believes that each style adds a unique dimension to her practice and teaching. She now practices and teaches Hatha yoga in the dynamic style of her mentor, Anirudh Shastri and believes that working the body hard is the simplest way to quiet the mind.


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