Mandy Lucchese

basics I restorative I creative sequence

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 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, learning what is working, and what can be let go of.  

Mandy is the founder of Kinfolk Yoga Studio in Northern California.  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 expresses love through graphic design and clay sculptures. Her life of art touches all aspects of her practice and teaching.


I believe in the Yoga, that through its practice we come home to ourselves. Yoga reminds me of my place in the world... in this body with this breath. That I'am safe and whole onto myself. I feel that when we cultivate and intimate relationship to body and breath, we expand our capacity to move through life with more presence and therefore grace. I believe that yoga is more than what happens on the mat or in meditation, but touches every area of our lives. Yoga offers us a greater understanding of our ability to be with it all and draw serenity from within ourselves and shine it out in the world. I cherish the opportunity to practice and teach yoga with others. To use poetry and self reflection as a doorway that opens us up to yoga is a gift that I share joyfully. It is my hope and intention to offer practitioners the chance to take time and go deep within themselves and infuse their practice with a connection to source. Using asana and pranayama as a mode of transportation to realms within, and as a lightning rod to call our highest good to us and through us. I hope to share my practice with you and that it feeds and nurtures you as deeply as it does me. I have practiced and studied yoga for many years and just recently decided to step into the role of teacher. My 200ytt was achieved through the Wild Temple with Brooke Sullivan and my ongoing muse and inspiration is Mandy Lucchese of Kinfolk.

Alana Flores

hatha heart


Annie Woodward

yoga brunch

Yoga for me is conscious action throughout everyday life. Cultivation of this in practice helps to emanate that feeling tone.
I seek to empower and nurture the body/soul and facilitate connection to oneself in the practice of yoga. My yoga is influenced by tantric hatha yoga techniques, wise sequencing, pranayama, ayurveda, restoration, and the cycles of nature. I took my first yoga class in 2010 and this was truly the beginning of an ongoing journey to heal my self, body-mind-spirit. In 2014, I took a 200 hr hatha training with Kim Miller in Colorado. Coming to Grass Valley in 2016, I discovered the teachings of Brooke Sullivan and began studying at The Wild Temple in 2017. These teachings greatly influence my current practice and I am ever grateful for the krama(steps) that ground and cradle me sweetly as they continue to lift me higher. I have completed 200 hr RYT with the sage apprenticeship and I am in the process of completing 300 additional hours. 

Forever grateful to my many teachers, my community and family for the support on this journey. Feeling the flow of life, ever-changing and ever growing. We can always choose to show up, practice and breathe.


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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 temple 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. 
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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.

 


Camille Craft

moonday flow

Yoga, to me, helps us redefine what it is to be alive. Through sacred and intentional movement, we realign ourselves with our receptivity and the deep well of wisdom that is inherently within us. Focusing on the nourishing connection between each pose, I teach to unite mind, body and spirit by balancing the elements of our being with the powers of the cosmos. Using astrology,ayurvedic insights and tantric philosophies, I intertwine ancient knowledge with the practices of the modern mystic to weave a practice that potentizes our embodiment of life itself.

My personal journey with yoga began synonymously when I began my journey as a seeker.

Thirsting for a deeper connection to myself, my yoga practice blossomed as I began to unearth the gem of my inner knowing. Helping me to shed the layers of uncertainty to unveil my innate wisdom, yoga has become my yellow brick road home I take time and time again to bring me home.


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.
 


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Elena Rayo

QiGong

Elena Rayo began her healing journey 23 years ago upon moving to Nevada City. Through her studies of singing and Qigong, she has learned the true meaning of healing from within using energetics and sound.  Elena's strong desire to share her love of the transformative power of the ancient art of Qigong has led her to teach workshops both locally and abroad. She also has a private practice as a certified Medical Qigong Practitioner.



Eric Davis

resonate flow

I grew up being taught to look outside of myself for affirmation, answers and acceptance. When I found yoga and vipassana Meditation, my journey inward began. Yoga continues to give me the tools to adapt to the changing nature of life. My meditation practice informs an approach to my teaching. One which emphasizes mindful movement and a recognition that to be a present, productive and compassionate member of our community. We strive to cultivate an inner awareness. I offer an intentional Vinyasa flow class with emphasis on the transitions and awareness of the subtle body, informing, recalibrating and softening into the present.
I have been fortunate to have yoga in my life for the past 20 years. Inspired and guided by the deep well of yoga,I completed a 200 YTT with Balanced Rock Yoga in Yosemite.I hope to honor the insights and benefits I have gained from this practice and share them with others.
Resonate Yoga-The practice fuses Yoga, Music and meditation to provide a space to resonate with your inner landscape. The pace of the class is set to a crafted soundtrack of ambient, electronic and experimental rock.Sometimes the music can be moody and relaxing, at times heavy and relentless or melodic and revitalizing. Come ready to explore musically inspire, intentional-flow movement to help liberate our unique self- subtle, dynamic and vibrant. 


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

Sanctuary as a yoga tapestry of classical hatha, tantric kriya and elements of your personal divine embodied as a tool for mindful self-discovery. Gentle stretching, balancing and strengthening movements (asana) woven with breath (pranayama), focus (dristhi) and guided visualization (yoga nidra).

Within the temple of heart the wisdom of self is harnessed. We will safely expand this awareness of the quantum energetic hologram and Self. 
All levels of experience and flexibility benefit, especially you seeking inner peace and therapeutic stretching. Designed for the student looking to develop a solid foundation.

Lotus Levin (BA, e-ryt500) is a yogini, ayurvedic and massage bodyworker offering a lifetime of compassion and passion in the healing arts. 

Lotus' childhood roots developed in the fertile grounds of Bhaktivedanta and Sivananda Vedanta Centers, Chicago. She is a Yogananda Kriyabahn with SRF and received Hatha Certification through Temple of Kriya Yoga, Chicago. As Owner/Director of Ajna Yoga (Chicago) and Lotus Healing Sanctuary (Nevada City), Lotus explores the yogic paths with bhakti for self-realization and healing.



Natalie Edison

easy like Sunday morning I nourishing the nervous system

I teach yoga to be in service. My classes nourish and relax the nervous system to help decrease stress & anxiety and heal grief. The techniques restore the body, calm the mind and connect us to our Higher Wisdom. This gives us the courage to meet & embrace whatever arises and to move through our emotions rather than getting swept away or stuck in them. 

A safe space is created for internal reflection, playful expression and heart centered awareness. An integrative approach is offered to bring the soul back into the body for an embodied experience. 

My offerings are inspired by Tantra, Transcendental Meditation, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Restorative, Ayurveda, Vinyasa and flowers. 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! 


Savannah Mendoza

the adaptive yogi formerly known as essence of yoga

In service - to support a life of quality for every sentient being - I hold space for self-healing, inner stillness, and undiscovered truths to unravel. I devote my practice to gently flowing with the natural rhythm of creation; to learn the steps so that I may with effortless ease dance with constancy. With a joy-filled heart and a dash of vivacity, I offer these gifts to all depths of experiencers & seekers of their essential selves.

Savannah achieved her 200 hour certification through YogaWorks, in 2016, and is trained in trauma-informed yoga through FireFly International. Currently she is preparing for an IAYT accreditation with teacher and mentor Amy Wheeler, and is continuously inspired by the study and work of Gary Kraftsow. Patience, compassion, and radical forgiveness are the three pillars of her dharmic foundation.





Shari Williams

fascia therapeutics

It is the fascination of the human body, somatic discovery and self-care that fuel my desire to teach. My yoga & movement journey began over 40 years ago with spiritual study, meditation, asana and a varied assortment of bodily approaches.

My passion is helping you connect to & move better in your body, increase your overall strength, decrease pain, and step into wholeness. I invite you to the inner sea of felt experience, resulting in a deeper understanding of your embodied form. I hold unconditional space for all beings and all feelings are welcome here.

My teaching is based on my expertise as a Certified Yoga Therapist, Integrated Yoga Tune Up® and Roll Model Method ® Instructor & practitioner. Classes will challenge your brain and body in new pose orientations, and joint explorations, then woo you into bliss with delicious myofascial release work.


Suzy Ganer

Up Vibes Yoga

I believe in authentic and whole-hearted living. Yoga is the greatest tool I have to support this aim. I always teaches authentically from my own yoga practice. Right now, my main practice is mothering my baby boy, Bowie. I aim to find grace, patience, and surrender in the small moments of each day and honor the sacred in the mundane. My career as a therapist and path as a yogi as shown me that all beings are interconnected in our desire for liberation from suffering and desire to love and be loved. My Up Vibe Flow class is a vinyasa class set to music, with loving hands-on adjustments, and an uplifting vibe designed to set your soul free for a superb Sunday morning. 



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

flow with passon

Tutku’s devotion to the path of Yoga began more than a decade ago in her home country, Turkey. Through a deep calling to heal her herniated disk which had left Tutku paralyzed for many months which was caused by unresolved depression, she devotedly began delving into practices that brought focus and healing to her body and naturally profound healing to her heart and spirit.

Through her dedicated studies and practices of traditional yogic lineages, in India, Nepal and USA, Tutku now offers private and communal healing practices designed with intention & focus to bring transformation to the physical, psycho-spiritual and emotional landscapes.

She believes through the power of our breath and focus, the cultivation of life force can repair our bodies and souls beyond limits, transcending into embodied expressions of freedom, peace and wisdom.