A Lisa comes from a background in Kinesiology and is currently on her path to becoming a doctor of Chiropractic. She completed her yoga teacher training in 2009 in Hatha Vinyasa. Since then she has completed 2 more teacher trainings, in Ashtanga and Jivamukti, and several seminars. Years of study on the health and mechanics of the human body has helped her create safe and challenging flows that focus on alignment, balancing strength with flexibility and self reflection. Her goal is to empower her students by helping them realize the true potential of their bodies and minds. She believes that yoga is not just about the physical benefits and in coming to her class you may find yourself diving deeper into self and connecting to the universe around you on a different level.
Isabella instantly became captivated with the way Yoga allows expression, acceptance, and improvement in realms of the mind, body, and spirit. She felt as if she finally found what she had been looking for all along. The discipline and strength established and revealed through yoga is a parallel journey unfolding alongside the mat. She thrives on the possibilities that we create within and outside our own selves through the process of practicing yoga. She enjoys, most of all, the laughter and love that we begin to emanate when we undertake this journey.
Isabella’s classes are inspired by the dynamic energy found in her Ashtanga beginnings. From her Flow Vinyasa 200 hr Yoga Alliance training, she integrates fluidity, creativity, harmony of breath, and gives special attention to the needs of the body, mind and most importantly heart. She uses encouraging and knowledgeable language and themes to nourish the spirit with the wisdom of yoga. Beyond teaching flow vinyasa and Asthanga principles, she also loves to manifest all aspects of the practice offering gentle classes, kids yoga, knowledge of Pranyama, philosophy and chanting. Isabella is a student first and foremost always searching and learning to refine her own practice and her teaching heart. Outside of yoga, she loves travel, adventurous spirits, ice cream and octopi.
She wakes up everyday feeling blessed that she can manifest her passion through teaching. She hopes her classes leave you with a sense of having created poetry and connections with and through your body along with a deep appreciation to all that life has to offer.
Jessica’s Yoga journey began over 20 years ago with a gift from her stepdad. That gift was a videotape of actress Dixie Carter sharing her love of yoga. Up until that moment Jessica had never heard of yoga but she was hooked from that first practice. She began doing the tape daily, then twice a day. Without realizing it this yoga practice was slowly opening up a whole new world to her. She attended the National Holistic Institute of Massage Therapy where she would spend the next year learning as much as she could about Eastern and Western healing modalities, anatomy, various massage techniques as well as energy work. From there, Jessica’s path led her to the Berkeley Psychic Institute where she spent the next several years diving in to the Spiritual world, working her way from student, to Minister all the way up to a teaching position, all the while still practicing and exploring her own yoga practice. By now she had explored several different yoga styles and philosophies eventually settling on a love for an Ashtanga based practice. This love guided her to It’s Yoga of San Francisco where Jessica studied for her Teacher Training credits under the care of Larry Schultz before his passing. Jessica has always been intensely curious about the physical body as well as the spiritual body and for her, yoga encompasses both of these worlds. She is currently working on getting her Health Coaching Certificates through the Integrative Institute of Nutrition while continuing to teach yoga and spiritual awareness classes.
Hayley Croft believes in the healing power of yoga and seeks to help others take health to a whole new level. She has been practicing yoga since 2007, and became a certified instructor after completing a 200 hour YA teacher training. She is a student of Bhakti Yoga, an Ashtanga lineage, which employs vinyasa flows that are both restorative and challenging. Her classes focus on cultivating breath and connecting it with movement to create change in the body. She leads her students to discover strength in mind, body and spirit. She continues to take workshops to stay current with new yoga techniques, and most recently completed training in pre- and post-natal yoga. Hayley is passionate about empowering women to love and care for their bodies, and has devoted her life to building strong community and connection. She is currently attending college to become a doctor of Ayurvedic medicine to help others find vitality and healing by living a holistic lifestyle.
Stephanie has been practicing yoga for over seven years and teaching for four years. After an impasse in her career and life itself, yoga became a saving grace that propelled her through a difficult time. Stephanie became the recipient of mind, body and spirit benefits With this new found feeling of peaceful mind/spirit and strong/flexible body, Stephanie knew she wanted to share this euphoric and life changing experience with others. She received her 200-hour Ashtanga yoga certification from It’s Yoga in San Francisco, CA, under the caring guidance of Larry Schultz, who studied with guru K. Pattabhi Jois. Stephanie incorporates various yoga styles to bring diversity and accessibility to students who attend her classes. Increasing her practice, she continues to add to her teacher hours and received training in Prenatal yoga, Forrest yoga (with Ana Forrest). In addition, she studied Prana Flow yoga and Yoga Trance dance state-side and in India with Shiva Rea. Stephanie’s focus is on breath, alignment, and mindful care as grounding foundation. A dancer at heart, she weaves in a lighthearted, fluid energy —with “beats” to her teaching
Since he was a boy, Justin has acknowledged an affinity towards healing and an understanding of what pain really is. Born in San Jose, Ca and raised in Union City, Ca, he has always been a Bay Area resident. The journey of yoga began in 2012 with a taste of Bikram. It was a mental and physical challenge which left him in a state of being afterwards that fueled a passion for his current ventures. After diving into Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha, and various offerings of different yoga styles and classes, the fire had been lit. This excitement towards Yoga fueled this student to become a teacher.
Justin is certified under the Frog Lotus Yoga 200 hour program and has been teaching since February 2014. His classes offer a range of yogic philosophy, body alignment, breathing, and nurturing motivation. The goal is to be gentle but firm so all yogis may evolve in their personal practice. The belief is in building the quintessential, prime, or ideal yogi. Strategy, strength, focus, and determination are what drive his classes. His background in weight loss, fitness, and Crossfit are what build the class structure, but it’s always yoga at the foundation. His knowledge of the body has come from eight years of massage therapy as an occupation and he uses this as a tool to modify his classes to accommodate fluctuating diversities. For his personal life, Yoga has been the medicine of balance that keeps Justin primed for life’s ups, downs, and endeavors.
Eri Guajardo Johnson
Since 2008, Eri began the practice of Yoga and launched her journey into healing. In 2010, Eri completed her first 200hr teacher training with Pure Yoga in San Francisco. In 2012, she completed a 3 year Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Wellness Coaching certificate from Vedika Global in Emeryville, CA- a traditional Gurukula model of education. The rich emersion of simultaneously studying Ayurveda, Yoga, and Vedanta has given Eri a deep appreciation for the vast transformative power of these sister sciences. Rooting her spiritual practice in prayer, meditation, intentional creativity, yoga, and social justice – Eri is a student of the connectivity of life. Drawing inspiration from her personal practice, she strives to bring courage, healing, lightness, and laughter to her students through the physical and spiritual practice of Yoga.
Casey has been practicing yoga since 2001, at a time in her life that she was struggling with depression and anxiety, in a whirlwind of life struggles. She stumbled upon a vinyasa yoga video at the library, and started her daily practice. Yoga helped her to find a space she never knew she had inside, just for her. She had never felt such calm and peace. Through the physical practice of asana(the postures), pranayama(the breath control), and mindfulness, she found strength and calm to tackle life’s challenges in a healthier way. She decided she wanted to share this gift and her passion for yoga with everyone. Casey completed her 200hr teacher training in 2009 at Pleasanton Yoga, in the Iyengar tradition and has been teaching a blend of vinyasa and Iyengar ever since. Casey is a mom, an artist, a musician, and all around Renaissance woman. Yoga is what keeps her strong, yet flexible amidst the ups and downs in her life. She enjoys the “play” that she finds in the practice of finding space through the postures. Casey hopes to help you find space in your body-mind-spirit connection, with a kind and playful heart. “We need not take ourselves to seriously or we’ll lose the curiosity to discover and uncover truths of the self.”
A long-time contemporary dancer and choreographer, came to yoga ten years ago to expand and deepen her belief in the body as a vessel of healing and expression. Her classes are a combination of physical asana, chanting, and intention and meditation, with the goal of calling upon the unconscious and making it conscious. She brings her experience as a dance artist to her yoga classes through an invitation to explore the feelings that arise during practice, with an emphasis on processing and integrating those feelings as a path to knowing and loving oneself. She is a mother, and also teaches principles of non-violence through dance and theater at Destiny Arts Center. Meisha is currently pursuing a degree in Nursing and completed her yoga teaching certification at Laughing Lotus in San Francisco.