Atosa Babaoff is extremely grateful for coming upon this yogic path as an eternal student and enthusiastic teacher. She trained with the Laughing Lotus College of Yoga in 2008 and has been teaching non-stop since graduating. She aims to teach a grounding, nurturing and inspiring class that ties in elements of breath work, yogic philosophy with a sweet and heart opening vinyasa flow.
A transplant from France, Anne Barbaret made the San Francisco Bay Area her home in 1995. She received her teaching certification from the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco, the oldest Iyengar teacher-training program in the United States. Anne regularly attends workshops with senior teachers locally, and has studied in India with the Iyengar family.
Chris Fong has been studying yoga since 2003 and is continuously learning and growing with this living art, both on and off the mat. Chris trained to be a teacher with the It’s Yoga Ashtanga vinyasa yoga family and additionally completed an Intensive with John Friend, the founder of Anusara yoga. He is currently studying Shadow yoga and when he’s teaching he offers fun, alignment-based vinyasa flow classes. In class he focuses on stretching safely and mindfully while synchronizing movement […]
Chadwick has experienced profound transformation through yoga, both physical and spiritual, and is moved to share his love and respect for the practice. He teaches a grounded and applicable philosophy centered asana class, heavily influenced by Anusara yoga, with an emphasis on physical alignment, the breath, and self-actualization. He encourages his students to cultivate focus, engage deeply while honoring moveable boundaries, and to ultimately find the teacher within. Always a dedicated student, he strives to bring meaning to his classes […]
Monique has been practicing yoga for 10 years, and was inspired to teach as she discovered the inner peace that yoga can bring, and how this practice directly translates to how we approach our lives and relationships off the mat. Monique continues to find inspiration as the beauty of yoga unfolds in her own life, and is grateful to have the opportunity to share the gift of yoga with others. Monique teaches a blend of Hatha and Yin yoga, focused […]
Sammie has been teaching yoga for over 12 years and received her Hatha Vinyasa certification from the Yoga Tree Teacher Training Program in San Francisco. She was born and raised in Java, Indonesia, where her first introduction to yoga came at the age of seven as she watched her aunt teach Hatha Yoga. After coming to California, Sammie developed a passion for yoga. She has practiced and studied with many Bay Area instructors such as Gretchen Mehlhoff, Jamie Lindsay, and […]
In a nutshell, Melinda both practices and teaches Pilates because it feels good. It was love at first class, when she left her City College “Dance Conditioning” class feeling longer, lighter, and stronger than she thought possible in a single hour. After a semester of studying both the exercises and a bit of the theory and anatomy behind it all, her teacher encouraged her to pursue her certification. Two years later she had completed the Pilates Academy International Certification program on all […]
Magi was doing poses such as urdhva dhanurasana, sarvangasana and runner’s lunge as a teen growing up in Malaysia on the track & field team. Then she discovered the wider breath of asanas at the USF gym while getting her M.A. in Education back in 2002 as a way of balancing school with a hectic corporate life. It wasn’t until she attended classes at proper yoga studios around San Francisco that she started delving into the depth of what yoga […]
Stephanie came across yoga after enduring several knee injuries from playing vigorous sports and being a collegiate athlete. Stephanie immediately found that yoga was able to give her the balance that she needed in her life. She felt more calm and present with herself. She knew that she wanted to share yoga with others. You can find in her class fun and intricate flows guided through breath. Her influence is from a mix of styles of yoga including vinyasa, hatha, […]
Rebecca teaches Vinyasa (flow yoga) classes that are often described as strong, fun, and inspirational. She believes in the power of yoga to awaken each of us to a greater sense of purpose and intentional living, and to unite the yoga community around sustainability and social justice. Rebecca’s classes are intended to build strength, body awareness and flexibility through an integration of breathwork, creative sequencing and precise alignment. Classes are safe for newer students and challenging for more experienced yogis, […]
The yolk of yoga is woven into the veins of Allie’s being. She approaches both her practice and teachings as a tangible connection to the body, and an avenue for nurturing, transformation, and creativity. Allie began practicing at the age of 14, and became certified to teach as she graduated from High School. Over the past five years her teaching has evolved with a playful presence to acknowledge and respect one’s own being. Her Anusara inspired Vinyasa classes combine not […]
Amy Swart learned to teach yoga under the guidance of Swami Santhi Santhisprasad at School of Santhi in India in 2008. Her teaching style integrates the stimulating, creative, and meditative elements of Kundalini Yoga; strength and flexibility of Hatha Yoga; and the mindful introspection and listening of Yin Yoga. She also teaches Pre-Natal Yoga and received her training from Gurmukh in the Khalsa Way at the Golden Bridge studio in L.A. Alongside her passion for yoga, Amy also practices psychotherapy […]
Debbie Steingesser is an accomplished yoga teacher and dancer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Common Ground Magazine recently named Debbie “An Exceptional Bay Area Yoga Teacher Under 30″ for her creative approach to Vinyasa Yoga. Debbie’s inspired Vinyasa classes are an uplifting blend of playful sequencing, eclectic (often live) music, breathing techniques, humor, yoga philosophy, and kirtan. In her teaching, she expresses an infectious sense of enthusiasm, warmth, and positive energy. “Dansa Vinyasa™”, which Debbie teaches at local […]
Megan’s practice and teaching is rooted in the heartfelt belief that yoga is simply a good thing. Her practice began by accident nearly twenty years ago during the deep dark freeze of a Chicago winter. After stumbling blindly into an Iyengar yoga class in hopes of eluding the freeze, it was revealed to her that ‘living is much easier if you breathe whilst doing it.’ Over a decade and half later she is still trying to figure that one out, […]