Kent Bond, creator of Willow Glen Yoga in San Jose, California, is a well-respected Yogi from the Bay Area. He has many years of Yoga teaching, practice and study in several lineages of Yoga. Kent has developed a singular teaching style that is informative, challenging and uplifting. He has extensive and ongoing studies in the White Lotus tradition with Ganga White and Tracey Rich, including advanced and undergraduate teaching certifications from this prestigious center. In addition, he holds certification from Erich Schiffmann and has trained with numerous emerging masters including Duncan Wong, Robert Brook, and Russell Kai Yamaguchi. Kent leads specialized workshops in the USA and Europe and is an ongoing member of the White Lotus Foundation teacher training staff. More on Kent Bond
Nathania Apple is a movement afficionado with more than a decade of yogic practice and teaching experience. As a certified Yoga Tune Up® instructor and YTU Therapy Ball Practitioner, Nathania brings a hands on, practical approach to classical asana and corrective exercise and relaxation techniques from the YTU lexicon. New and advanced students alike will appreciate Nathania’s ability to “teach beyond the mat,” finding relevance and context for the practice in their everyday lives. Nathania empowers her students to take their own wellness in hand, customizing the practice for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and levels of ability. In addition to her training at the White Lotus Foundation, Nathania is a certified Enneagram instructor, student of the Ridhwan School, and co-owns Purlescence Yarns, a fiber arts retail store in Sunnyvale, California, where she teaches knitting, spinning, and weaving.
Gabriel Benjamin is the son of Tri Yoga® Instructor Martha Posey, who quite wisely exposed him to the practice at the age of eleven. During young adulthood, Gabriel experienced chronic hip and back injuries that drew him deeper into the path of yoga and healing arts. Having witnessed the incredible healing power of yoga, Gabriel became inspired to teach and has since developed into one of the most advanced teachers and practitioners in the Tri Yoga Tradition. Gabriel has been teaching yoga since 2001 and holds four levels of certification. As a former competitive cyclist, Gabriel understands the needs of athletes and/or students dealing with injuries in yoga practice. Gabriel assists teacher trainings and teaches group and private classes, as well as workshops, in Santa Cruz, The Bay Area, and Southern California. Gabriel’s classes are designed to have equal parts strength and flexibility with an unbroken stream of breath awareness to create a challenging, healing, and meditative flow.Gabriel is ever grateful for his teachers Martha Posey, Shanti Golds Cousins, Tom Machado, Jasmin Jinn, Phil Lynch, and, of course, Tri Yoga’s founder Kali Ray. See more about him at www.yogawithgabriel.com.
Barbara has had a lifelong interest in eastern and western healing arts and movement, and has been fortunate to study with a number of great teachers . She is blessed to be guided on her yoga journey by master teacher Arkady Shirin. Barbara received her doctorate in Medical Qigong from Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson, with whom she also studied tai qi quan and bagua meditative movement and martial arts.
Barbara’s formal education also includes an undergraduate degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Oberlin College and Tunghai University. During her study abroad, she began her studies in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), including Medical Qigong, herbs, and acupuncture. She continued her studies at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, receiving an MBA that led her to a career in high tech marketing and management.
Her personal journey to health includes being blessed to receive a life-changing kidney and pancreas transplant 19 years ago. This life experience taught her the value of commitment to daily practice of the disciplines of eastern and western health and healing modalities that allow the body to flourish into a natural healthy state of balance and harmony. You can read more about her at medicineyoga.com
Robert Brook has been teaching yoga for nearly 20 years. For the past 15 years he has studied with Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Ramanand Patel and has studied and practiced Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda. Robert holds a degree as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist from The California College of Ayurveda and he is on staff at the college as a Master Teacher. Robert has also studied massage with renowned bodywork innovator Tom Hendrickson, D.C..
More recently Robert has been studying the work of Katy Bowman, MS. He has completed a training in Restorative Exercise™ to become certified as a Restorative Exercise™ Specialist.
Robert is co-founder of Alignment Lab where he specializes in using Yoga, Ayurveda and Restorative Exercise™ as therapeutic tools to address a variety of health challenges. Robert has worked successfully with clients with a variety of conditions ranging form low back and neck pain to urinary problems and chronic digestive ailments. A talented educator, Robert seeks to teach each student to use the power of these modalities to achieve optimal wellness and self transformation.
Robert lives with his wife and partner, Tiffany Turley in Sausalito. His other interests include cooking and alpine skiing.
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.
After more than two decades of practicing yoga as a life enhancer during her corporate leadership positions, Christina Enneking founded Heart Happy Yoga in 2010. A certiﬁed Yoga Alliance instructor and level II Reiki practitioner, Christina creates bridges between energy & rest, playfulness and intention, creativity and wisdom. While Christina holds vinyasa ﬂow close to her heart, her style reﬂects the inﬂuences of many yoga experiences and respected yoga masters across the globe. Christina is honored to provide the gift of yoga to willing participants in various classes including adult ﬂow yoga, corporate yoga, yoga for healing and kids’ yoga. Her heart-felt intention is to provide a safe and deep experience for students to grow and nurture balance, authenticity and compassion in their personal practice. Christina has also been known to do a wild shimmy to Michael Franti tunes with spouse John, daughter Carly and son Will. To learn more about her, visit www.hearthappyyoga.com
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.
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.
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.
Author of “Yoga and the Twelve Step Path” Kyczy was trained in the Himalayan Yoga tradition in IL with Sarla Walters. Kyczy is mentored by Nikki Myers, the founder of Y12SR – Yoga of 12 Step Recovery. She has also studied with Annalisa Cunningham as well as Durga and Yoga of Recovery at the Sivandanda Yoga Farm. Kyczy teaches yoga primarily to people recovering from addictions focussing on the use of breath in a slow mindful asana practice. She is a certified Yoga of Recovery counselor and a Y12SR Leader. You can read more about her at www.yogarecovery.com
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.
Sherry Keogh brings a contagious passion and energy to her teaching. Her classes are fun and challenging, offering options and modifications for students of all abilities. She believes that every-“body” can do yoga and creates a compassionate and inviting space that is inclusive and inspiring.
Sherry is an ACE-certified fitness instructor with a Mind/Body certification and extensive hours of continuing education in teaching yoga, fitness, and nutrition. In addition to yoga, Sherry teaches high-intensity interval training (HIIT), total body conditioning, circuit, water, cardio, and step aerobics fitness classes.
When not teaching yoga and fitness, Sherry plays soccer, runs, grows her own vegetables, and supports her local community. She is passionate about everything local, organic, and sustainable, and believes that each and every choice makes a difference.
I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years. It’s the one constant in my life. Coming to my mat is like coming home! The one place I can be with myself as I am at that moment. I’ve practiced Iyengar, Vinyasa, Hatha, Kundalini, and Bikram. In 2007 I was stressed out with a health crises and family issues. I was seeing my acupuncturist for help and he suggested I try Yin yoga for awhile, that perhaps my yoga practice was a little to Yang for what was going on in my life at the time. My first class and I was hooked! The meditative aspect of Yin allowed me to quite my mind and de-stress. The postures of Yin opened my body in ways I had never experienced before. Healing me physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Deepening my yoga practice tremendously. This is when I decided to teach Yoga. To bring to others the healing benefits that I received.
My practice now incorporates the softer Yang style of Gentle yoga along with my love, Yin. Adding in some Restorative for those days when I’m recovering from an illness or are emotionally depleted. We need both the Yang and Yin in our lives and our practice in order to stay balanced, strong yet flexible
Jill began her career as a youth outreach specialist for families and teens at risk, and as a recreational therapist (CTRS). She developed a unique compassion for all members of our community, and those who struggle to experience balance, vitality and connectedness in their lives. Since 2003, Jill discovered the potential for yoga to unify the body, mind and spirit through her Vinyasa practice, and its incredible potential for healing and personal enrichment. Her regular practice of yoga led her to the White Lotus Foundation (Santa Barbara), one of the first Yoga Teacher Training programs in the country. Here she received her Yoga Alliance Certification and since then has returned for advanced training in both the physical (asana) and breath (pranayama) practice. In addition to her training at White Lotus Foundation, Jill has also studied under Kyczy Hawk, Desiree Rumbaugh, Mark Stephens, Ganga White, Tracey Rich and Kent Bond. Jill’s joy is to help others bring about positive transformation, balance and a grounded sense of peace that can be drawn upon in life.
I have been taking yoga for over 15 years and teaching off on for the last 10 years. I have been blessed with wonderful teachers and I received my 300 hour certification from Joyce Anue through her YES Teacher Training Program. I also count Kent Bond and Cindy Walker as primary teachers and both have impacted my practice greatly. In my classes it is my hope that students will come and find a place not just to improve their yoga practice but also a place to let go, breathe, have fun and develop their inner teacher. I also hope it is a place to learn something new about yourself and body’s ability through the practice. Look forward to seeing you in class!
John’s philosophy encompasses the entire you; body, mind, and spirit. This includes a smart diet and diverse activity. He has participated in various activities over the years such as running, rock climbing, cardio, swimming, meditation, weight lifting, yoga, and hiking. John incorporated yoga into his life in 2003 when he realized how many benefits there were from the practice and started teaching in 2009. John received his RYT 200 hour certification from Yoga Works and continues to participate in other teacher trainings through Yoga Journal Conferences and various workshops. He is always looking for new places and ways to learn.
He enjoys expanding his horizons by taking classes and exposing himself to new experiences as well. Another part of John’s life is his dedication to helping people. He volunteers in many areas and has always loved teaching and helping others accomplish their goals.
Daniela Perone, Ph.D.
Daniela discovered the transformative power of yoga in 2006 while she was attending graduate school in psychology. From a lifelong commitment to self-awareness and personal growth, Daniela was drawn to the mental, physical, and spiritual challenges that yoga affords. Daniela completed her 200-hour teacher training at Nandi Yoga under the tutelage of Wendy Klein and Louis Jackson. Daniela continued on to participate in Nandi’s intern program and apprentice under the guidance of Jivamukti-certified teacher, Toni Cupal where she learned the art of safe and meaningful assists and the spiritual inspiration of the Jivamukti tradition. Daniela is also a licensed psychologist in private practice and often integrates elements of self-inquiry, empowerment, and personal growth into her yoga classes. She finds great fulfillment in supporting others toward healing and self-discovery.
Jennifer is a Vinyasa trained, certified yoga instructor as of 2012, registered through The Yoga Alliance. Her yoga journey began in 2007 with Iyengar and evolved to Vinyasa/Flow style yoga where she found her “home”. She also has a strong background in Ashtanga yoga and frequently blends these elements into her Vinyasa classes. With her energy and passion she deeply believes yoga opens us up to calmness, truth and strength, both spiritually and physically. She understands the importance of the breath and its power to change, evolve and heal. Her hope is for the calm and awareness her students experience on the mat will flow into their daily lives off the mat.
With humor and compassion, Lori empowers her students to heal and strengthen themselves. Her classes emphasize body mechanics as path to freedom from pain for all ages and experience. Her unique perspective and teaching style formed after an injury that required fusion of her lumbar and thoracic spine. She comes to teaching with the powerful combination of being a licensed integrated Yoga Tune Up® instructor with Jill Miller and a Certified Restorative Exercise™ Specialist with Katy Bowman. Lori also calls upon her training in Yin with Paul Grilley and Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater.
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.