Mandy Lucchese

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.


Alaina Rose

community yoga

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.


Ashton Szabo

 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). 

 

 


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Barbi Joffe

 embodied yoga 

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).


Brooke Sullivan

 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

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.

 


Chandra Tracy

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.
 


Jemma Champeau

Iyoga 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.

 


Julie Franklin

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

 divine flow

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. 

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.


Natalie Edison

easy like Sunday morning

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. 


Shari Williams

fascia therapeutics

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.


Tia Iwasaki

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.


Trudy Collings

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. 
 

 


Tutku Tezveren

yoga for digestion I flow with passon

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.