Hay ward yoga

Carl Babcock

Carl Babcock has practiced yoga for more than 25 years. He originally studied Raja Yoga for four months while living at Dr. Swami Gitananda’s Yoga Jivana Satsangha ashram in Pondicherry , India .

After receiving his teaching certification in Ashtanga Yoga in August 2004, Carl began teaching privately and at various studios in the East Bay . 

His classes emphasize a flow style, yet have a strong alignment component. Carl believes what allows you to move smoothly between asanas is knowing where you want to be in each posture. Carl (on the left) credits Zipper with showing him an ideal downward facing dog asana.
Prakash Hegde has been practicing Yoga for many years since his childhood. As a young child Prakash developed an immense interest for Yoga and got attached to a disciplined regular practice. He continued rigorous training under his teachers at Sri Raghavendra Yoga School an affiliate of Sri Vivekanda Yoga Center in India and got certified from there. His teacher is a BKS Iyengar Yoga exponent.

Prakash specializes in Asthanga and Iyengar styles of Yoga, he is a true believer in the fundamental philosophy of Yoga that “Yoga adapts to an individual rather than an individual adapting to Yoga”.

Prakash says he is leading a very fulfilled and happy life that can be entirely attributed to daily practice of Yoga and Pranayama (the yogic breathing techniques). Prakash has witnessed the real benefits of Yoga in his own life; the practice of Yoga has given him well rounded personality, flexibility, suppleness, vital energy and above all a deep passion for healthy living.

While away from the Yoga mat, Prakash can be seen scaling new heights hiking peaks in Yosemite and mountain ranges in India to be with the serene nature.

Prakash Hedge

Lori Maravilla

Lori Maravilla practiced yoga in San Francisco for ten years before studying with Bikram Choudhury in Los Angeles where she earned her teacher certification in 2000.

She teaches various yoga traditions incorporating all new challenging postures into one fabulous class.

“The more you expand the more you can learn” is her philosophy.
The class focus is on making a mind body connection. Breath is especially important in that relationship. New students are particularly welcome to Lori’s class which has many modifications to the Asana’s (postures) to help you on your journey.

Jamie McMaster practiced Iyengar Yoga in Asia where he lived for many years before returning to the U.S. and discovering Bikram (Hot) Yoga four years ago. He enthusiastically trained in Oakland, Houston, and Vienna, Austria and then studied with Bikram Choudhury in Los Angeles where he earned his certification in 2002.

More recently, Jamie completed Advanced Teacher Training at It’s Yoga in San Francisco and earned certification to teach
the “Rocket Series,” Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

Jamie teaches at a variety of Bay Area studios, leads Intermediate and Advanced Workshops, practices Aunsara Yoga, Vipassana Meditation and Kundalini Yoga with Guru OmDasji. Jamie’s emphasis is in the physiology of the asasnas with particular attention to breathing in the practice. He has a 14-year-old son, name Brooks.

Jamie McMaster

Karen Izzo

Karen Izzo has studied yoga for over six years and received her 200 hour Teacher Training Certification through San Francisco’s, Greenpath Yoga Studio in 2004. Her teacher, Clayton Horton, trained in India directly under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the living Ashtanga Yoga Master.

Karen believes yoga is for everyone. She teaches yoga from the heart with warmth and humor by inviting students to enjoy a mindful practice with awareness of breath in order to
experience yoga as a form of celebration and an opportunity to discover greater joy and freedom within one’s Self.

Karen’s light hearted and compassionate approach to yoga helps to create a supportive and encouraging environment where students may explore their full potential, both on and off the mat.

Kelsang Choyang is an ordained Buddhist nun within the Kadampa Tradition and a student of world-famous author and Teacher Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Her study and practice of Buddhism began over ten years ago in Toronto, Canada. She is Resident Teacher at Dzalandhara Center in Berkeley and is much loved for her warmth, good humor and lightness of touch. She makes Buddha’s teachings accessible and practical for people from all walks of life.

Kelsang Choyang

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