Allison was captivated by yoga as a teenager and now finds it a part of everyday life. With a passion for helping others, she loves teaching as a way of giving back. Becoming a mother paved the way to begin teaching prenatal yoga in the Whole Birth style as developed by Robin Sale. She was later called to teach yoga with baby for new moms and apprenticed with Julliane Rice to learn her Yoga n’ Play approach.
In December of 2012, she completed the Joy of Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training in Los Gatos with Jennifer Prugh. Her style is warm and practical with a focus on the breath and alignment. She is also a piano teacher with a bachelor’s in music and her daughter Akira inspires and motivates her to continue the path.
Andi Martin has been practicing yoga formally for 4 years and teaching for 3. As a child, Andi practiced yoga constantly out of books, but then gradually tapered away from it in her mid teens. Andi rediscovered yoga in her late 20s while searching for a solution to long term debilitating chronic pain brought on my a kidney surgery in 2002. After 6 months of a very regular Bikram practice in addition to her own practice outside the hot room, she was able to cut her use of pain medication in half. This was very heartening and Andi continued doing doubles for the next 3 months before she decided to attend Bikram’s teacher training.
Andi attended Bikram’s teacher training in Fall 2008- and for the first time in 5 years, she was completely medication and pain free! Andi found Yin yoga after she’d been teaching Bikram for 2 years. After her first Yin class, her thighs felt like they’d been dipped in Icy-Hot for 3 days and she immediately knew she needed to teach Yin as well. In July 2011, Andi took Paul and Suzee Grilley’s Yin yoga teacher training and has been in love with teaching Yin ever since. She feels that Yin yoga is a wonderful and necessary contrast to her hot practice and loves to teach both styles.
Anuja started yoga as a kid when her father insisted on going through classes. Today she is grateful for that push. She went through her own internal journey to realize her passion – yoga and teaching. She got certified in 2006 under Linda Schlamadinger-McGrath and has been teaching since then. She taught at Yoga Source, Los Gatos, India Community Center and Mentor Graphics. Finally she decided to take the plunge to open her own studio in Almaden. Her dream realized with the help of her loving husband Ron Victor.
Anuja has studied under Seane Corn, her idol, Dharma Mittra, Eric Shiffman, Dana Flyn, Patricia Sullivan, Tracy Rich and Jill Miller.
Anuja brings in her class a combination of her Indian upbringing and her exposure to the western world of yoga. She is lively, caring and passionate about teaching yoga.
When not teaching she is finding ways to get Almaden residents to practice yoga at her studio, spending time with her husband and planning her next big dream
Barbara Branaman has had an interest in eastern and western healing arts and fitness since she was a teenager, and has been fortunate to study with many great teachers. She is blessed to be guided on her yoga journey by master teacher Arkady Shirin. Barbara is fortunate to have received her doctorate in Medical Qigong from Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson, with whom she continues to study taiqi and bagua.
Her personal journey to health includes being blessed to receive a kidney and pancreas transplant fifteen years ago. Since that time, she has committed herself to representing the concept of the body as a self-healing organism given the appropriate tools and attitude. As the president of a high-tech software services company in the Silicon Valley, Barbara brought yoga classes into the work environment by teaching in conference rooms, hallways and offices.
She is delighted to be teaching at Almaden Yoga. Currently Barbara’s passions include her company, medicineyoga.com, and continuing her studies in yoga, taiqi, bagua and fitness. As the CEO of Medicine Yoga, Barbara strives to provide the optimal integration of western and eastern healing, yoga, fitness and lifestyle coaching for people from all walks of life ranging from patients to elite athletes.
Deepa is an enthusiastic teacher who brings a lot of passion, energy and focus to her classes. She strongly believes that yoga is the greatest gift we can give ourselves because it provides us with physical, mental and spiritual health. It is also a gift we give others because when we are healthy our capacity to give and be supportive to others is greatly enhanced. Being a mother of 2 young boys and software engineer by profession, Deepa is acutely aware to ever demanding multi-tasking needs of life and she relies heavily on Yoga to bring balance to her life.
Deepa is a graduate of the Avalon Teacher training program. She has been exposed to many styles of yoga: Astanga, Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Yin, Anusara and Iyengar. Her classes borrow from all these different styles. She has a creative, methodical and holistic style which invigorates the mind as well as body, and her classes are accessible to all levels of practitioners. Come and enjoy the enthusiasm of yoga with Deepa.
As with most good things in Donna’s life, her path to finding yoga looks more like a circuitous mountain trail than an interstate. A former competitive soccer player, marathoner, and triathlete, current group fitness instructor and personal trainer, it was ultimately a series of injuries that led her to a consistent practice which allowed her to experience not only the physical benefits, but the mental and spiritual benefits as well. With a smile Donna recalls, “At first I just loved the idea of doing something barefoot even though I had no idea how to breathe or what I was supposed to do.” After a few years of practice, she decided it was time to share the joy and discovery with others and completed the 200-hour Power Yoga training with Linda McGrath and became a certified Yoga Tune-Up instructor with Jill Miller. Whether teaching Vinyasa or Yoga Therapy, Donna encourages humor, curiosity, and self-exploration in her classes and truly enjoys helping participants learn about their bodies.
When not on the mat Donna can be found teaching group fitness in Bay Area fitness centers, running the local trails, cooking up a storm or tackling a home improvement project. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and pets.
Iris has been practicing yoga for over 8 years and her teaching technique is inspired by her personal practice of Power yoga and Vinyasa Flow. Iris received 200 hour teaching certification in 2008 from Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja California, where her study emphasized Iyengar precision while fostering spiritual connectedness and extensive meditation guidance. After completing the 200 hour teacher training, Iris moved to Idaho where she taught and worked on continuing education hours and practicum at Shanti Yoga Studio. After moving back to the bay area, Iris completed a Pre and Postnatal Yoga teacher training with Jane Austin at the Yoga Tree in San Francisco in March of 2010.
She is currently earning her 500 hour certification through Mark Stephens in Santa Cruz. Aside from teaching, Iris has worked with Special Needs children, of all ages, for the past decade.
Jimiann began practicing yoga in June 2002. Her friend told her to prepare for it to be “hot and to bring a towel and a water bottle.” She had no idea what impact that yoga class would have on her life several years later. Having had two babies at the time, she craved for something to alleviate her emotional and physical fatigue. Upon taking flow yoga classes in 2005, she was completely smitten by this style of practice and has never looked back.
In her class, you will find a vigorous and light hearted flow, where students will be reminded to move with their breath and listen to their bodies. By gradually warming the joints and the body, she prepares you to move through your practice with strength and ease. She hopes to provide a safe and nurturing space to allow students to explore, to feel inspired and to leave with a sense of well-being.
Jimiann completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training with Linda McGrath at YogaSource Los Gatos. She is currently pursuing her 500 hour teacher training credential. Aside from working part time and raising four kids, she enjoys snow skiing, playing golf and watching the kids’ sporting events.
Joan Chanpong was first introduced to yoga in 2002. After finding that movement and breath awareness helped calm her mind and body, Joan felt the need to share her knowledge, so that others might also reap the benefits of yoga.
After receiving her teacher certification from Corepower Yoga, Joan set out with the goal of helping make yoga accessible to students of all levels. She has attended numerous workshops and seminars with influential yoga teachers such as Natasha Rizopoulos, Janet Stone, Seane Corn, John Friend, Kenny Graham and Samantha Shakti Brown. Joan’s willingness to incorporate ideas from a variety of yoga styles and diversify her knowledge and practice helps keep her classes fresh and dynamic.
Those who attend Joan’s classes can expect a focus on proper alignment, posture, and the awareness of how one’s breath deeply affects the body and mind. Her classes are at once playful, informative, and introspective, as she draws from the experiences from all her teachers, both on and off the mat.
Kathryn started exploring her passion for movement at age 3 through ballet dancing. While dancing professionally she was drawn to the quiet and introspection Yoga provided. The emphasis on community, stillness and uncovering inner peace was the perfect antidote from the competitive environment of dance. After dancing she naturally progressed to teaching. She has taught Yoga, Pilates and dance throughout the Bay Area, Santa Barbara and New York. She has certifications in both Pilates, through the Physical Mind Institute and Yoga through Mount Madonna Center under Baba Hari Dass. She likes to incorporate all three of her passions into her classes for students looking to build strength, flexibility, and proper body alignment. She is down to earth with her teaching style which allows students to feel comfortable regardless of experience or physical ability. Kathryn still continues her love of dance and movement in musical theater.
Kayla discovered grace on the mat as a way to counteract the strains of classical ballet and competitive dancing in 1999. Since then, her asana practice has revealed a path of discovery and possibility. It has become clear that the past is written and cannot be erased; the future has yet to be drafted; only in the present moment can we truly be alive.
Serving as a guide and student along the path of yoga, Kayla seeks to connect prana, awareness and movement to the stillness in between. Practices are infused with mantra, cadence and community; stimulating awareness through powerful yet nurturing sequencing paired with attentive guidance. An open invitation to make space for possibility, establish sustainable expansion and peer beyond all that which separates, binds, limits or constrains in order to truly experience life’s ebbs and flows with an open heart.
Lily began her love affair with yoga while getting her Masters in Building Construction at Georgia Tech when she was seeking ways to prevent burnout from her studies, job, and work in the green building community. Through years of experimentation and study of food as medicine, nutrition, meditation, exercise programs, detoxes, personal and spiritual development, and yoga, she has discovered her passion and love for helping people rebuild their health and personal lives.
When she got laid off during the downturn of the economy, she took it as an opportunity to embark on a teacher training so she hopped on a plane to India. After she completed her training in Dharamsala, she came home to study anatomy, smart sequencing, and adjustments under Mark Stephens, Jill Miller, and Jason Crandall.
Currently, she teaches alignment based vinyasa flow, hatha, gentle, & power yoga to students of all shapes and sizes and skill levels. Her travels throughout Southeast Asia, Bali, China, Nepal and India have enriched her life and her study of Yoga and human beings.
Almaden’s Nanci Tudish has been passionate about yoga since discovering it on a meditation retreat in 1990 while living in Los Angeles. She was truly blessed to study there with teachers Rod Stryker, Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, and especially Bryan Kest. She studied with Bryan Kest for over five years focusing on Power Yoga and Hatha flow. Moving to San Jose in 1998, Nanci continued her yoga training with more amazing teachers: Kent Bond, Julianne Rice, Scott Blossom, Paul Grilley, and Max Strom. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher and a member of Yoga Alliance. Nanci is an active member of Bay Area Birth Information (BABI) which supports and educates new families and mothers-to-be.
Nanci teaches weekly classes in San Jose and leads yoga workshops in the Bay Area throughout the year. (www.aatmayoga.com)
She understands the body/mind connection and how yoga can create and maintain balance in one’s life. “When people think of yoga, they often think of flexibility. Yoga is not so much about flexibility but about moving prana by way of the breath and creating space and lightness within to feel good in one’s skin.”
My mother introduced me to yoga when I was 16 years old. Ever since then, the practice has been a vital vehicle of transformation for me. In the body, soul, and mind, yoga creates the atmosphere for bad energy to exit the body so that good energy may enter and enliven it. This tidal flow of internal space, which moves through us like the cycling of moons and seasons, roots us in our being and allows us to be completely authentic and honest with ourselves and each other. I love how yoga can transform an individual into a healthier, happier soul, and I believe it can cure just about anything.
I received my 200-hour Flow Yoga teacher certification at Yoga Source in Los Gatos, and I’m currently working toward completing my 500-hour teacher training at Breathe, Los Gatos. I’ve also begun certification training in Triputi Yoga, with Lirio Ohlson. I teach a broad range of styles: early morning power yoga, Vinyasa, Hatha yoga, rhythmic flow, fusion, restorative- and wellness yoga, Yin yoga, and even more specialized practices, such as yoga for cancer survivorship, or Hot Tapas–a practice which integrates wellness techniques from Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine in its revolving, season-specific sequences.
I teach at Worlds Yoga, Almaden Yoga, and Breathe (in Saratoga, San Jose, and Los Gatos, respectively), and I’m also an employee of Western Athletic Clubs, at their various facilities in and around the Bay Area. I have tested clothing for lululemon athletica and served as an ambassador/fitness pro for Splits59 Apparel. In 2003, I received a B.S. from Cal Poly State University, where I devoted focus to the intersections between technology and creativity. Some of my other interests include swimming, water polo, dance, and acting—I even starred in the independent film Layla: Live or Die (2012). The rejuvination I feel from spending the day the beach, would have to be my ultimate release. Namaste~
Noell took her first yoga class in 2002 and fell completely in love. From the very first moment she stood in Tadasana, she knew that she had embarked upon something BIG. A decade later, she is still blessed to be in relationship with the practice of yoga.
Graduating college with a degree in Gender Studies, Noell spent her 20’s working as an advocate and activist in the movement to end human trafficking and domestic violence. Struggling to find the balance between working with survivors of gender specific trauma, and nurturing healthy relationships in her personal life, practicing yoga became her safe haven. Beyond the intimate breath and body connection, yoga connected her to a community of like-hearted friends and helped her to find simplicity in a chaotic world . She received her primary 200-hour teaching certification through the Yandara Institute in 2007, with the hope of bringing the potent healing power of yoga to survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. She spent 3 years as the director and resident yoga teacher for the Life Skills Empowerment Program at My Sisters’ Place, a ground-breaking legal advocacy and shelter organization in Yonkers, NY.
Inspired by the transformation that yoga offers to all people – men and women alike, Noell moved to California in 2010 with the intention of teaching yoga full time, and continuing her education. In 2011, she received her secondary 200 hours of training under Kenny Graham and Samantha Shakti Brown in Boulder Creek, CA. Noell is an E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance, and teaches public and corporate yoga classes across the South Bay. She remains dedicated to her work as an activist – raising funds through yoga workshops to support non-profit organizations that are committed to ending human slavery and intimate partner violence.
Noell’s classes weave the no frills spiritual with the physical, and focus on celebrating life. The playlists are rocking, the sequencing is smart, and the savasana is lavish.
Ron began his yoga journey in 2001. He is a Brian Kest fan and began his yoga practice at home following Brian’s Power Yoga instruction series. Being an avid mountain biker, road cyclist and swimmer, Ron immediately noticed the benefits that yoga brings in building core strength – critical in most sporting activities. The complete yogic experience of mind, body and breath, all working in sync towards a more calm, peaceful and focused meaningful existence, is what drove Ron towards becoming a Yoga instructor.
The person that seeded the idea that Ron could become a good yoga instructor was of course none other than his lovely wife, Anuja. Ron underwent his teacher training under Linda Schlamadinger McGrath of Yoga Source Los Gatos in 2010.
Vinyasa Flow and Power Yoga are yoga styles that come very naturally to Ron. He enjoys teaching these styles to both beginners and advanced Yogis alike. Besides Yoga, he loves mountain biking in the Los Gatos Mountains as well as road biking and swimming. He continues his passion for changing the world through his volunteer and non-profit activities while trying to invent the next big Silicon Valley technology startup.
Sara started practicing yoga in 2008 and was immediately drawn to it because of the many mental and physical benefits. As she developed her practice and began to notice a complete transformation in her life she felt the need to become an instructor and share the many benefits of yoga with others. She holds a 200 hour certification including training with Max Strom, Jason Crandall, and Maty Ezraty. Sara has a passion for teaching and helping others. She is also an ACE certified personal trainer and enjoys any type of physical activity. Sara was born and raised in Los Gatos, CA and lives with her husband and two kids in the Santa Cruz mountains.
While completing a degree in International Business at San Jose State University Sarah was introduced to Yoga by Lar Caughlan. She instantly fell in love with Yoga for it’s simplistic, complex, and rich beauty. Realizing it is a practice for everyone, she decided she wanted to share the many benefits with others.
Sarah has been teaching Yoga since 2006. Trained at The White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA in Thai Massage with Phoebe Diftler in the spring of 2007. During the winter of 2009 she enrolled in a teacher certification program at Open Sky Yoga in Rochester, NY . Under the expert guidance of Open Sky’s founder, Francois Raoult, she completed her 200hr certification through Yoga Alliance, and is working currently on her 500hr with Jennifer Prugh of Breathe Los Gatos, CA.
She has been blessed with many wonderful teachers and draws from that fountain of knowledge to share with others. Sarah’s teaching style focuses on breathing awareness and control though pranayama (breathing exercises), proper alignment, which can be aided through the use of props, and meditation. She believes through breath we can learn to tame the fluctuations of the mind and heal the body.
A Bay Area native, Shannon spent much of her childhood playing in the outdoors, whether it be hiking, camping, or riding her bicycle. After moving to Chicago and graduating college with a degree in Exercise Science, she knew she wanted to encourage healthy living but wasn’t sure in what realm. Shortly after returning to the Bay, Shannon began working for a nonprofit, Playworks, encouraging empowerment and physical activity through positive play to under-served elementary kids. During this time in an attempt to find more balance in her busy and demanding schedule, Shannon decided to give deep therapeutic yoga classes a try. It was in that class that Shannon met Sherry Han, her inspiration for the change that occurred in not only her body but her soul and mind as well. Shannon knew then that she too wanted to eventually share the beautifully empowering and healing gift of yoga with others. After relocating to Los Angeles with Playworks, Shannon found Julie Rader’s Mukti School of Yoga and completed 250-hours of training with electives in both Therapeutic Yoga and Yoga for Athletes. Recently relocated back to her hometown, Shannon is excited to share the gift that changed her life back in her hometown. Not only does yoga encourage health and life balance through movement, it also incorporates one of her other great loves, music. Shannon enjoys combining the two, along with her playful demeanor, to create a safe yet challenging that encourages people to find the best versions of themselves.
While training to run her first Marathon in 2000, a friend suggested Trisha try yoga to help supplement her training. She was hooked by the end of her first class! Eventually giving up running altogether in search of something much deeper within the four corners of her mat. In 2006 Trisha decided to take her practice further by completing the full 200hr course of study in Power Vinyasa Yoga, meeting the requirements of the Yoga Alliance under the expert guidance of Linda Schlamadinger-McGrath. It was there, that she discovered the joy of bringing Yoga to others.
Since her training in 2006, she has had the honor of studying with many; Dharma Mitra, Sean Corne, David Swenson, Ana Forest, Duncan Wong, Patrica Sullivan, Jill Miller, Cameron Shayne, Brock and Crista Cahill, Eric Schiffman, Saul David Raye, Ganga White, Trent Bond, Max Strom, Stephani Snyder, Rolph Gates to name just a few! Even traveling as far as Italy, to practice under the Tuscan Sun.
Trisha brings her zest of life, her athleticism and motherly instincts to those students she is blessed to teach. When not on her mat Trisha can be found spending time with her husband and three teenage children.
Wei initially started practicing yoga to maintain flexibility during her triathlon years in the early 2000′s. After later getting certified as a personal trainer and discovering the many incredible benefits that yoga could provide for her clients, she decided to get certified as a yoga teacher. Having already completed the 200hr Flow Yoga Teacher Training Certification with Linda Schlamadinger-McGrath at Yoga Source in Los Gatos, Wei is currently in the midst of completing another 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification with Mark Stephens, a highly respected teacher in Santa Cruz.
Wei sincerely enjoys sharing her love of yoga. Through her teaching, Wei shares a sense of compassion, love and gratitude with all of her students. She wishes to share with as many people as possible the boundless joy that can come from the inner peace reached from a dedicated and committed yoga practice.
When Wei is not teaching or practicing yoga, she enjoys time with her husband, hiking with her dog Roxy and hanging out with friends. You can learn more about Wei at www.healthywei.com.