Yoga, to me, is the most beautiful expression of the Self. At age 14, I began this amazing and profound journey when my mom took me to my first yoga class with Aimee Nitzberg in Santa Cruz, CA. This journey continues wholeheartedly today and everyday. I’ve trained extensively with Sri Dharma Mitra in New York City. He continues to be one of my main teachers and inspirations along with countless others… I love the lightness of heart yoga practice brings as well as the sacred space of diving to the inner most landscapes of the soul. The richness and true creativity that I find through practice keeps me on my mat everyday. Om xx.
Nick Kesha Fikes, Ph.D., is the owner/founder of the Center for Sensorial Bodywork & MovementTherapy in Los Gatos. She is a retired anthropologist who dedicates herself fulltime to mind-body/somatic exploration. Kesha is a certified Somatic-Psychoeducator of the Danis Bois Method (DBM). DBM is somatic practice that evolved from osteopathy and sensory perception studies in France. She is currently the only certified, active practitioner in the US. As a DBM therapist she offers private sessions, classes and workshops on DBM manual therapy, somatic movement and meditation. Kesha’s background is enriched by studies in Body-MindCentering® and certifications in Level 1 and Beginner 2 Gyrokinesis®, from the Gyrotonic Expansion System®. She enjoys the sun, dabbling in raw vegan “cooking”, hiking/being in nature, gardening, and traveling. She loves working with people of all ages and abilities.
Nick Fortino has formally studied anatomy, physiology, and psychology. He has practiced Yoga for several years. Nick is amazed at how effectively practicing Yoga can enhance physical and mental well-being and he is honored to bring the teachings into others’ lives.
Mark stumbled into a yoga class 10 years ago when the spinning class he intended to attend was full. Mark was immediately struck by the physical challenge along with an unexpected feeling of calmness. A real passion for yoga quickly followed. While managing to be a competitive runner for 40 years, and having a successful career as an executive in the semi-conductor field, the positive impact of the physical and mental aspects of yoga was immediate in both areas. He has completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification at Breathe in Los Gatos. Mark has been influenced by many excellent teachers, including Kent Bond, Tom Abrehamson, Mark Tanaka, and Jennifer Prugh.
Suzanne Kay is a graduate of The Healing Yoga Foundation and is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor (500 hrs). She teaches both yoga and meditation classes with an emphasis on gentle dynamic movement coordinated with the breath. Self-discovery and the inner journey has always been important to Suzanne and she finds that yoga offers practical tools to help individuals find joy and peace in their daily lives. In 2009, she had the privilege of discovering the teachings of Sri T. Krishnamacharya when hearing his son, T.K.V. Desikachar, at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Her mentors are long-time Bay Area teachers Chase Bossart, Kate Holcombe and Norma Hoshide. Suzanne believes that yoga should be accessible to everyone and often shares the teachings to people of all faiths through outreach efforts and classes for beginners, the visually impaired, seniors, the homeless, and those suffering from cancer, MS and PTSD.
Pam Lozoff is a trained social worker and yoga instructor who specializes in holistic youth development as a means of fostering physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. She has 6+ years of experience in youth development and yoga teaching, and currently teaches young women in juvenile hall with the Art of Yoga Project and young men in juvenile hall with Niroga Institute. She is the Founder/Director of Spirit of Youth Yoga which aims to build social-emotional skills, community, and leadership with youth and the change-makers who work with youth. She is honored to offer yoga workshops and classes for the whole child!
As an instructor certified to teach both Yoga and Pilates, I was instrumental in the evolution of Slow Flow Yoga, and in placing an emphasis on developing core strength within the practice. My classes continue in this vein, unscripted and meditative, with an objective of balancing flexibility with strength. Yoga has been an important part of my life for 20 years. I love teaching yoga because I love sharing the multitude of benefits that a regular practice brings. It is deeply rewarding when, through my work with a student, I am told that I have helped them feel better. Follow my blog at http://deepslowflow.blogspot.com/
Master Teacher Influences: Baron Baptiste, Rolf Gates, Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, & Tias Little. Marta’s experience spans 23 years of service in the wellness industry and she guides physical, mental, & emotional energies; Marta is committed to healing & inspiring. Her teaching style focuses on integrating yoga philosophy, fundamental postural alignment, BREATH and movement that support all levels of practice. Let’s create more well-being in this world- practice yoga and create healthy communities! Learning from yoga masters has been one of the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher. Marta continues to honor their trainings in her own teaching and adds new techniques for an authentic yoga experience.