basics I restorative I kinfolk yoga
I teach because it feels natural. Being at the front of the room is comfortable because it allows me to create. I am recognized for my love of sequencing and creativity designed within the framework of a class. There is nothing flashy, trendy, or incredibly innovative about it, except that I am constantly present with what I am teaching, constantly looking at my own practice and seeking out what is valuable and potent and offering that out. My teachings may stretch beyond traditional yoga with the influence of other forms I study which inspire me; sculpture, poetry, therapeutic body work, pilates, travel, and so much more. Regardless of what I teach, what style, level, or form, I am always trying it on , questioning, learning what is working, what is skillful, and what can be let go of. This organic approach to my teaching is accessible and welcoming.
Mandy is the founder of Kinfolk Yoga Studio in Northern California. She has taught at yoga festivals such as Wanderlust, California Spirit Festival, and Honey Root. She facilitates teacher trainings, teaches workshops and retreats. She has completed teacher trainings in Astanga, Anusara, Restorative and Therapeutics, and Tantric Hatha Yoga. She has a Master's Degree in Art and sculpts life-size figures in clay. Her life of art touches all aspects of her practice and teaching.
I am I am deeply inspired by the teachings of Anusara yoga and I teach from the heart. My classes are Vinyasa style with a focus on breath, alignment, music, poetry, and play. My approach is supportive, loving, nurturing, and grounding. I completed my first 200 hour YTT at Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico in 2009. My second 200 hour YTT was completed at The Yoga Dive in Nevada City, CA in 2018. Most recently I have studied with Emily Burton, Kenny Graham, and Siri Peterson Cavanna. My highest intention as a yoga teacher is to assist students in discovering the light within themselves and to share that light joyously with the world.
easy like sunday mornings
My relationship with yoga began on a quest for self healing. My daily practice has strengthened my faith, deepened my connection to Spirit and it has expedited my healing! I share this practice because I know with conviction and certainty that it works! Yoga has transmuted darkness into light, grief into love and fear into faith!
I create a safe space for playful exploration and inward reflection. My intention is to meet individuals at their comfort level, honoring where each of us are along our paths.
Bring your whole self to life!
My classes are inspired by vinyasa, restorative, ayurveda and trauma-informed yoga trainings. I'm also trained in Transcendental Meditation.
power yoga I alignment focused flow
I’m a yoga teacher, an educator, a story teller, full blown anatomy geek, a podcaster and I want to help spread the transformative powers of yoga and self exploration.
Ashton has been studying and practicing yoga for more than twenty years, having first been introduced to yoga when he was twelve years old by his Japanese Ju Jitsu Sensei, Steve Copping. He has taken teacher trainings with Peri Ness (Synergy Yoga), David Goulet (Chakra Yoga), and Leeann Carey (Leeann Carey Yoga), as well having studied with numerous other teachers and guides. He is a 200hr E-RYT through Yoga Alliance, and an LMT (having studied massage for the same two decades).
A long-time explorer of the wisdom & practice of Yoga, Barbi draws inspiration from many lineages including classical Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga and more recently "Embodied Flow", a continuum of movement and expression. Within her own practice and in her teaching she aims to facilitate a sense of ease, strength and connectivity in the human form, which in turn empowers an expanded & integrated awareness through the body-mind-spirit. Her classes explore the dynamic of finding stillness in movement, and movement in stillness.
She teaches yoga and singing between her two homes of Nevada City (CA) and Byron Bay (Australia).
tantra yoga I wild wisdom school
Brooke (BA,e-ryt500) is a senior teacher of ParaYoga® (a system that embodies Classical Yoga, Ayurveda and Sri Vidya Tantra) and a student of the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science & Philosophy. Her passion is to embody the sacred while having fun! Brooke’s classes focus on energetics, sequencing, sound therapy, breath & powerful tools to shape the mind. Her dedication to yoga and the healing arts is driven by 15 years of experience in the yoga, herbal, midwifery and dance communities. She has a deep desire to understand and connect to the beauty and joy in all life and in people, being inspired and inspiring others with the ancient and mystical wisdom that lights all hearts.
Brooke Van Buren
rise'n shine I mindful vinyasa
To me, yoga is one of my most sacred and effective practices in self-discovery. The magic of what happens on the mat, in a space of listening and receptivity, is nearly ineffable. It’s my intention to share the inspiration I’ve received from both my personal practice and my teachers with my students.
I teach a grounded yet playful alignment based vinyasa, encouraging students to practice tapped into the fountain of love that dwells within the space of the heart.
All levels of practioner will benefit from this class, as modifications are offered to suit individual needs.
experiential yoga psychology
I believe in the inherent gift of yoga to illuminate our authentic embodied presence. Within a world of chaos, over stimulation and distraction, we all seek something greater, something that will bring us back inside, to our center, to our heart. My practice of yoga has transformed over twenty years, from a spiritual practice of strength and flexibility, to a more therapeutic practice of learning to pay attention to what my body truly yearns for. And now, I have added the component of psychology, to fuse body awareness, mental clarification and heart connection. In this way, we learn to integrate our yoga practice on and off the mat, and out into the world, with embodied awareness. I hope you will join me in this exploration.
After so many years of living an unhealthy lifestyle I decided a major change was in order and I reached for that change. In October 2010 I walked into Yo'Garage, a studio in North San Juan, and my life changed forever. I didn't know what yoga was but I felt profoundly better after the first time on my mat. After a few weeks of yoga lessons the physical change was remarkable. What I never expected however, was the emotional change I felt. Beyond the physical activity I was much more content. I was without being conscious of it, being drawn towards better life decisions that included not only myself but my family and community as well.
In 2012 I attended a New Year's Retreat at The Mount Madonna Center. I saw a very spiritual, inclusive, loving side of Astanga yoga. I enrolled and completed a 200 hour training that summer.
In October 2014 I completed a 230 teaching certificate in Tantric Hatha yoga under the guidance of Kelly Golden of Vira Bhava yoga. Part of that extensive training lead me through a community outreach named, "The Karma Yoga Project". I faced many personal fears that first day of our self chosen project when we walked into a local care and rehabilitation facility to teach chair yoga. Now I beam with pride when I think and speak of my chair yoga classes - I continued the program on my own and it thrives to this very day and always leaves me feeling like a better yoga teacher and a well rounded person. In May 2015 I completed a specialized yoga teacher training for trauma survivors with a local yoga teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner and CMT Skylar Meyers and added another direction to my practice and teaching.
While I strongly believe in and teach proper breath, posture, alignment, safety and tradition, I am excited and considerate of the personal potential and direction of all people both on and off the mat. I strive to make a first experience fulfilling and leading to more. As well, I will happily accommodate those seeking more challenge.
yoga brunch/ nourish + nidra
Inspired deeply by Tibetan dream yoga, dance and kundalini, Jaya creates unique vinyasa flows focusing on spinal alignment, hip opening and womb clearing, with a touch of mantra, mudra and meditation. Jaya believes that gently pushing towards the edges of one's physical limits parallels with a limitless mind; encouraging her students to find this 'edge' by consciously feeling the subtleties of the body as well as listening to the quite yet powerful voice of the breath. Jaya believes her imagination is her greatest gift and her favorite part of yoga is translating this imagination into creative movements. She strives to hold space for her students to express their own imagination through free-flowing movements while simultaneously providing in-depth, postural alignment cues to tap into the deep-healing benefits of even the most simple asana.
mindful vinyasa I yoga for grief + loss
“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.” – anon
Jemma is passionate about sharing her love of the healing power of Yoga. As a professional dancer with an eclectic performance career spanning a decade, Jemma studied and performed all over the world. From her love of dance and movement and the feelings of connection and unity she felt through movement, came a fascination with the mind, body and soul connection. This has led to intense self-study and formal training in Pilates, Yoga, Manual Therapy, Energy Healing and Counselling.
Jemma (RYT 200) is a qualified Transpersonal Counselor, a certified Pilates teacher and Reiki Master level practitioner.
With such a varied and colorful background Jemma’s teaching style is rich in love, compassion and gentleness. Her classes are in the style of a flowing Vinyasa with a more deliberate pace so there is much time for inward focus and having a deep experience of the breath. She infuses restorative and Yin poses along with chanting, mudra and pranayama for a holistic and expansive class experience.
Jemma feels blessed and is extremely grateful for the opportunity to share her love of Yoga with Kinfolk.
slow flow yoga
I discovered yoga when I was 18 and it was the beginning of a lifetime love affair. Growing, changing, learning and deepening; it is a friend I have relied on my whole adult life. Different times in my life have drawn me to different kinds yoga from a teacher training in anusara style, to exploring kundalini, to a powerful vinyasa, to dabbling in bikram, and more. My most intensive study was my trip to India where I lived in an ashram and all I did was mediate and do yoga for a 5 month stay. Every different teacher and class has been a gift to me. Even classes I did not necessarily 'enjoy' offered me insight to myself and my yoga teaching.
I offer an energetic depth to my flow class. Classes are infused with knowledge from my private practice of the acupressure meredians and the Craniosacral system. I believe residing in our true heart is the key to a fulfilling life. My intention as a teacher is to help my students open the channels to discover and bring forth what deep treasures reside in their heart. Playfulness, balance and depth are important to me in my life and as a yoga teacher.
Lotus Levin (BA, e-ryt500) is a yogini ayurvedic bodyworker offering a lifetime of compassion and passion which took first sprout with the Bhaktivedanta and Sivananda Vedanta Centers, Chicago.
Lotus' metamorphosis as a teacher followed an embodied Awakening upon being rear-ended by four automobiles. Empowering an alchemical transformation, her understanding of self-healing with Yoga became crystallized.
Within the temple of self, Lotus' workshops with Masters (in both the Ashtanga and Iyengar lineages including Sri K Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar and Erich Schiffmann whose video Live2 she is featured in) blossomed into experience she shares.
As owner of Ajna Yoga (Chicago) she created a signature style helping pave a path of embodied potential from a gentle heart.
She is a Yogananda Kriyabahn with SRF and received hatha Certification through Temple of Kriya Yoga, Chicago. She has led thousands of classes for both large groups and one-on-one therapeutic sessions in settings including retreat centers, studios, health clubs, festivals, outdoors in nature, hospitals, convalescent homes, government facilities and more.
Lotus Levin (BA,e-ryt500) is a yogini ayurvedic bodyworker offering a lifetime of experience beginning with Bhaktivedanta and Sivananda Vedanta Centers, Chicago. Being rear-ended crystallized her understanding of self-healing with Yoga leading to many trainings with Masters in both the Ashtanga and Iyengar lineages including Sri K Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar and Erich Schiffmann whose video Live2 she is featured in. As owner of Ajna Yoga she created a signature style reflecting embodied transformation from a compassionate heart. A Yogananda Kriyabahn with SRF and Certification through Temple of Kriya Yoga, Chicago.
Lotus weaves deep asana (movement), pranayama (breath), dhyana (meditation) and guided visualization freeing personal power and expanding awareness of the energetic hologram.
All levels of experience and flexibility benefit through releasing out of sync patterns returning to Pure-Self through therapeutic classical hatha Yoga.
yoga tune up
It is the intrigue of the human body and passion for yoga that fuel Shari’s desire to teach. Her yogic journey began over 30 years ago with spiritual study & meditation as well as asana. Her presentation of instruction is firmly rooted through education of kinesiology and Yoga Therapy, inspired by Yoga Tune Up®, Anusara, Sri Vidya Tantra, & Iyengar.
Shari’s offerings are biomechanical, alignment and strength oriented and often include surprise smatterings of myofascial release, neurological challenges, and corrective applications of Yoga Asana. All is suffused with the philosophy of yoga.
Shari’s work in the world is to serve and help humanity achieve a richer experience of their time here on earth. To assist students to feel better in their body, with their past story, or situation whatever it is. Shari holds unconditional space for all beings, and all feelings are welcome.
morning medicine flow
As far as I remember myself I was involved in some kind of physical activity. This inherent interest
in the human body led me to studying physical Education for my BA (Israel,1996). After teaching many different classes I decided to cross the ocean and landed in NYC, where I continued to study for my Masters in Exercise science and personally trained for 6 years. About then (around 2002) I realized that I'm longing for something deeper. India opened a new door to my life and with that yoga!
I came to Californi a 2 years a gowith my husband and 3 kids after living 6 years in an alternative community in Costa Rica, which was all about transformation. There I taught yoga as another tool to discover the gross and subtle movements in our body/mind/spirit and through that transform.
What I love about yoga is that it’s ageless, endless and full of possibilities. It is a healing journey which keeps unfolding and revealing more and more...
My journey with yoga began, initially, as a way to loosen my ever stiffening body. However, as my journey began to unfold I realized that asana was an invitation for me to venture inwards and begin cultivating a relationship with Self, through mind, body, soul integration and communication. Now yoga and meditation is an essential part of my daily self-care and well being.
Since stepping onto my mat, 8 years ago, my personal growth and expansion has been exponential as I humbly uncover layers to Self. Last summer I furthered my practice and studies by completing my 200hr RYT training with Brad Hay in Denver, Colorado. I am grateFull to have yoga and Ayurveda as a resource and tool to help me better navigate this life experience.
rise n shine I gentle
As a yoga teacher, my intention is to create a space where students can return back to the physical body in order to cultivate peace and awareness in both their inner and outer worlds. In my life, yoga has been a positive driving force and I hope to share this energy with others.
My classes are uplifting, down to earth, gentle yet strong and creatively inspired by the seasonal rhythms of nature. I have been trained in: hatha & vinyasa flow, restorative yoga, Ayurveda and Sri Vidya Tantra. I am passionate about working with yogis in all levels of their practice but particularly enjoy working with beginners & seniors.
Yoga began to become an important aspect of my life five years ago while living in San Francisco. Since then, I have completed trainings at Yoga Tree of San Francisco, Sivananda Yoga Farm and I am currently completing my 500 hour advanced teacher training through Vira Bhava Yoga.
I am forever grateful to my guides lighting the way: Swami Sivananda, Swami Vishnudevandna, Swami Sitaramananda, Mandy Lucchese, Kelly Golden, Annie Hopper, Chrisandra Fox Walker, Pete Guinosso and Dina Amsterdam.
fire flow I studio manager
I believe Yoga is the very bridge that connects our mind’s highest truth to our soul's deepest integrity.
The practice of Yoga is to get acquainted with our deepest wisdom with the tools of the sages, through everyday human challenges in order to transform into free, equanimous, compassionate beings…
My devotion to the path of Yoga began about a decade ago, in my home country, Turkey. Hearing the calling of deep need to heal my unresolved depression and as a consequence, a herniated disk on my lower spine guided me to delve into practices that were more physical and tangible. They benefited my body so much, but I wanted more than just that. Feeling within the transformative power of Asana (posture), I began to delve deeper into the Pranic (energetic) aspects of Yoga and since then consistently have been practicing yoga and meditation. I have begun to see through breath and focus, cultivation of life force can repair our bodies and souls beyond limits and transcend into freedom, peace and wisdom.
With Honor and Homage to my ultimate teacher Krishnamacharya and All my guides and teachers, I have studied and completed certified trainings under Classical Hatha Yoga, Traditional Astanga Yoga (Mysore Style), and Intensives in Traditional Iyengar Yoga, basic Ayurveda in the Himalayas, Northern India.
I have completed trainings under Tantric Hatha Yoga and still am a devoted practitioner and currently a student of Sage Apprenticeship program, a system that embodies Lineage of Sri Vidya Tantra & Para Yoga (which weaves Ayurveda, Tantra, Classical Hatha Yoga) with my dear teacher Brooke Sullivan in California which a lot of my teachings currently are inspired from.
vinyasa I ganesha flow
I practice and teach yoga because it makes me feel alive and connected to the universe. Seeing people's energy shift so much in 90 min. is truly one of the most rewarding things in the world...With each breath and mindful movement we have the capacity to heal ourselves. Connecting with our hearts and becoming more whole through each practice makes yoga so rewarding and healing to the soul.
I have recovered from multiple injuries and traumas. I understand the need to put everything into our lives and bodies to heal them. It is so rewarding to give back a bit of "health" to the community as a precious gift. Always humble and grateful, I feel so blessed to share the gifts of self awakening and I really love helping people feel better. Extracting as much nectar out of our lives and our practice is something I live by. A devoted hatha yoga practitioner, I am so grateful for my teachers:
Emily Burton, Kelly Golden, Mandy Lucchese, and Perry Cohen. Living with a sense of purpose and a strong commitment to consciousness and bliss I am in service to all.