Kent Bond 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 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 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 Branaman 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 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.
Christina Enneking 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
Kyczy Hawk 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
Sven Holcomb Sven Holcomb was first introduced to yoga at age 12 and has for many years been a student of Ganga White and Tracey Rich at White Lotus Foundation. He completed his teacher training in 1989 and has since had ongoing advanced training at White Lotus with these world renowned instructors, and he serves as a lead instructor at the White Lotus teacher training programs. Sven has also traveled extensively studying Yoga and Hindu traditions in India, Nepal and Thailand, and has taught in Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. “Yoga is a re-awakening and re-balancing of the body, mind and spirit. It brings about personal transformation and profound self-understanding, much needed in our age of distraction and uncertainty.” “Sven is a much beloved, sensitive and insightful yoga instructor. He was surrounded by artists, yogis, and the White Lotus lineage from an early age. Sven is a musician, photographer, and recording engineer, trained in many fields and many disciplines, all of which inform and inspire his yoga teaching. He is one of our leading instructors who is able to communicate the perspective we honor and share at White Lotus.” — Ganga White and Tracey Rich
Teresa Lee In 1985 while attending college in Santa Cruz I discovered yoga at Kali Ray Yoga Studio where I practiced under Kali for nearly a decade. I loved the way in which I found yoga to calm yet energize my mind, body and soul. With a background in dance and gymnastics I developed an awareness of alignment and how injuries could be sustained without it. I began practicing with Kent at Willow Glen Yoga in 1997 and have been honing my practice ever since under Kent’s incredible guidance and humor. Other teachers that have made an impact on my practice are Bhavani Matki, Ganga White, Tracey Rich, Shiva Rea, Janet Stone, and Kimberly Paul. After 25 years+ developing a consistent practice I quit my tech job and received my 200 Hour YRT certification through the White Lotus Foundation. With hands to heart center I look forward to continuing and enhancing a life long practice of yoga for myself and for others.
Jared Levenson Jared’s journey began in high school when he stumbled into meditation. In college Jared befriended a zen priest, started an on-campus zen and meditation club, sat silent vipassana retreats, and lived in various monasteries. After completing his degree in economics and contemplating a research career, Jared did a 180 and moved to Tassajara, a zen mountain monastery off the California coast. Gaining exposure to yoga in his 1 year stint in the wilderness, Jared took a liking to the ancient practice. He now attends Santa Clara University as a graduate student in psychology, and teaches yoga. I strongly feel that what’s taught on the mat is applicable to life off the mat. Personal transformation is possible – we all have tremendous untapped resources lying within us. I want you to enjoy class, and hopefully we can both learn more about what it takes to live a heartfelt and authentic life.
Sherry Keogh 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.
Patty Kent 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 Lacher 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.
Jenny Niklaus 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 Nadler John has made exercise and healthy living a part of his life since the mid 1970s. He understands you can only perform well in life when you take care of yourself. 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 Rhodes 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.
Lori Robbins 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. Personal sessions for Restorative Exercise or Yoga available. Contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org or at her website: yogirelease.com
Judith Steger Judith has loved the transformation that takes place on the mat ever since she took her first yoga class in 2003. Besides becoming stronger in body, the most important transformation is the one of the mind which happens every time she practices yoga, making her feel present in the moment and at home in her body. Yoga helped Judith to stay focused on her work as a hardware engineer and to experience giving birth to her daughter, with full awareness and joy, yet without medication. It took a few years into motherhood for her to allow herself to let go of her engineering passion and follow her other passion to become certified as a yoga teacher. Judith earned her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification at Avalon Art & Yoga Center in Palo Alto, California in 2009. In 2015 she completed her 500 hour certification through Jennifer Prugh’s “Joy of Yoga” teacher training at Breathe in Los Gatos, California. During her 500 hour training, she also assisted in yoga for cancer survivorship classes taught by Lorien Neargarder. This experience expanded her ability to adapt the practice to include students with a variety of abilities and physical limitations. Judith’s yoga classes focus on alignment and breath, and encourage development of individual body awareness leading to a safe practice for her students in a nourishing way.