Teachers

Lisa Krylova

 

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 Guzman

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 Fretas

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.

 


Sean DeLima

 

I started practicing yoga in my teens. After only a few classes, I had learned to stop listening to many self doubting, self conscious thoughts. After a only a couple months I learned to feel my body and find precise control over movement and placement. After only a few years I learned the expansive powers of the breath. This practice has helped me become a fuller person and I am extremely grateful that I can share these profound benefits with others.


Stephanie

Stephanie Wilson

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


Justin HeadshotJustin Toland

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.


Catrina Aguilar

Catrina was brought to her first yoga class by her mom and sister 6 years ago. She loved how strong yoga made her feel, and soon noticed how yoga had also begun to change her mind and spirit, allowing her to find peace and balance on and off her mat. Driven by the desire to deepen her own practice and the passion to share yoga transformative powers with others, she enrolled in a Teacher Training program. Catrina is certified through Frog Lotus Yoga, and is registered with Yoga Alliance. Catrina classes are a playful combination of strength building asanas with proper alignment and breath work using upbeat playlists. Her classes build strength and stamina while lengthening tight muscles and will allow students to develop mental and emotional strength. Off the mat, Trina enjoys baking, Tahitian dancing, reading, hiking, traveling and spending time with her husband and their dog Pasta


Shamekia Goldsmith

 A childhood interest in exercise lead me to personal training in 2007. I first attended yoga classes in 2008 as another way to “work out” and attended on occasion. Over time ignoring body signals lead to various injures and eventually back to yoga late 2014.  I found freedom to quietly explore movement and heal more than my body. My spirit spoke and in 2015 I completed a 200-Hours Yoga Teacher Training.To understand others we must remain open to understand and accept ourselves. Yoga is an unending process of self-study and self-transformation (Mark Stephens). I continue to learn “I am enough” and hope to pass this truth about themselves to practitioners. Classes are eclectic, balancing structure with freedom while offering guidance for safety and space to play and grow.


Meisha Bosma

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.


Simona Gimbutiene

I found yoga through curiosity, it sounded so mystical and unknown to me. I dared one day to try it out and loved it from the very first class. I felt happier, more alive, and more in tune with myself. Through a regular practice I started seeing results in my life not only on the mat. I became more grounded, less affected by the stress of life, and more at peace. As a former gymnast I had a good awareness of my body, but yoga connected my mind, body, and breath in a profound way.Students in my classes will explore this connection while getting a good workout. Classes will flow in vinyasa style yoga, but some poses will be held for a bit longer to build strength, have time to explore emotions, and connect the mind with the body. I am excited for students to discover the benefits of yoga. See you on the mat!

Phil Engelhardt 
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Mindful Meditation…
Is the observation of breath as we witness external and internal sensations.  Generally one can do this for a few moments before the mind gets bored.  Images may arise from the past and hook your attention in a chain of associated thoughts, either as images or internal dialogue.  Meditation practice teaches how to access the alive stillness within.
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