After several years of practicing yoga then opening up Yoga Belly, Aaron chose to take his journey further and earned his 200-hour yoga certification. Standing at 6'2, Aaron has always described his practice as "big boy yoga" and proudly represents those who may think they are inflexible, unable to touch their toes, or simply feel they don't fit the mold of the yogis. Breaking all stereotypes, you can find Aaron teaching the most advanced inversions and arm balances (could someone say eka pada koundinyasana?), to coming up for upward facing bow (aka wheel), to throwing down the basics in the signature Yoga Belly classes. Aaron believes everyone can move with grace and ease through the practice based on his own efforts in getting into those binds, arm balances and inversions that he's learned along the way. He invites you to check out his classes and experience purposeful movement, personal awareness, self-love, and determination of spirit. And slap on some of the coolest 90's hip hop & pop hits, you got yourself an Aaron Goodnow experience. In his own words: Whatever you do, I encourage you to add yoga to your life. As we grow older we are in a use it or lose it type situation with our bodies in how we move through this life. Embracing movement and the power of breath into your existence will propel you to another level throughout this lifetime. The yoga practice is a journey of a lifetime and it begins with taking that first journey to your mat and being willing to participate. I invite you to practice with me and share in that journey together.
Adam has been involved professionally in the wellness industry since 1990, once owned his own fitness center in Colorado, and has written several fitness manuals. He has trained various "special populations" from children to para-Olympic athletes to seniors. Having spent many years training with Billy Blanks, training in TaeBo and Karate, Adam spent years focusing on martial arts style fitness programs but has now gravitated to Tai Chi and Yoga for his own personal fitness/wellness training. He practices Tai Chi for health and as a martial art. Adam's original training in Yoga came via Dao Yin and Iyengar Yoga, which he used to rehabilitate a back injury. He received very strict Iyengar training without the usual props commonly used in that style. He has also practiced Yoga with John McAfee, the yoga guru and creator of McAfee software at his Relational Yoga Mandiram in the mountains above Colorado Springs. Adam's self-described teaching style is to "keep your ego out of the studio and just have fun with your students," which is why he calls it 'playing' Yoga. He is quoted as saying, "I'm not a teacher. I just play Yoga... some people follow."
Being an animal lover, Adam enjoys supporting various international animal charities and can frequently be found chatting with dogs on the streets of Los Gatos where he currently resides.
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Alika's passion for yoga started from his obsession with surfing and fitness. Growing up on the island of Oahu was such a blessing. It taught him about unconditional love and infinite wonder. Being so close to the land also taught him about how sacred it is and how much we need to protect it.
With this realization Alika's Yoga path took on an amazing journey. One of the search of truth and liberation. His first deep immersion into the depth of yoga was with Dharma Mittra, who changed his life, and opened the door to other influences including Rod Stryker and his master teacher now Arkady Shirsin. His classes are very unique, one of preliminary exercises, joint opening, and coordination techniques that open the body naturally like a blossoming lotus. His approach to yoga is one of deep appreciation for life, having fun and not taking anything too seriously.
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Amber Henzi is a RYT 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified instructor with 125 hours of Bhakti training. She has a non traditional, creative and playful vinyasa style. She emphasizes on moving from the heart from a compassionate place within. Through the practice, Amber helps students find joy and laughter even through the most vigorous practice. Her commitment is to bring awareness into the community. "By loving ourselves, being joyful, and feeling better physically and spiritually we are better equipped to be the change in which we hope to witness on this earth."
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Andrew first attended Yoga Belly on a dare to venture outside his comfort zone in the gym. He was so impressed by the quality of workout and community engagement that within a month he joined the check-in crew and within a year completed Yoga Belly's teacher apprenticeship program.
Andrew brings to his class a diversity of experience. He has trained in the Japanese martial art of Aikido and has performed for over a decade as a professional musician. He currently is finishing a doctorate degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis on stress reduction. Andrews background makes his classes rhythmic, psychically elevating and physically challenging. His instruction provides students the opportunity to identify their boundaries and extend them a little farther. Most importantly, students are encouraged to have fun and hopefully take their practice off the mat and out into their daily lives.
Barbara came to Yoga through the health and fitness doors of various gyms where she found boundless possibilities in each class she attended. She practiced yoga off and on for many years and in 2009 made the decision to enroll in a 200 hour HathaYoga Teachers Training at Mind Body Zone. During her teachers training, she realized that yoga was unique and something she could take beyond the physical practice on the mat and extend into her day-to-day life. For her, Yoga presented this beautiful opportunity to accept where you are and acknowledge the opportunity for growth. She's grateful for the amazing teachers she's been blessed to practice with and continue to learn from.
Barbara has been a part of the fitness industry for over 12 years. She's a certified Personal Trainer Counselor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She provides private and group training sessions in addition to teaching classes in Gliding, Mat Pilates, Body Sculpt and Indoor/Outdoor Bootcamp. Her experiences tell her that deep learning comes from teaching experiences in which "students" are also "teachers" that helps cultivate your practice. Her yoga philosophy is simple "every single person can do yoga; they just need to show up".
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Cady got hooked on yoga when she first started her practice in 2007. She became a certified teacher in 2010 at the Mount Madonna Center in Classical Ashtanga. While living in Thailand for one year, she studied and taught yoga, Reiki, and Traditional Thai massage. Cadys classes, as well as her personal practice, are Vinyasa-inspired. Her classes are challenging and fun, suitable for multiple levels, with cool music, and hands-on adjustments. Her favorite teachers include Nathan Johnson, Philip Urso, Terileigh Schmidt, and William Cristobal.
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Charina is a dedicated teacher, active practitioner and life time student of Yoga. Charina began her yoga practice in 2004 in a desire to find calm and equanimity in her fast paced life as a designer, business owner and mother of two daughters. From her very first practice on the mat, Charina found how yoga provided an unparalleled reprieve from stress and reminded her of the opportunity for calm and reflection during difficult times.
For the past 9 years, Charina's relationship with Yoga continues to evolve through a vibrant and varied practice, daily study of Asana and Yoga traditions and continued studies with her teachers.
Recognized as a mindful communicator, compassionate instructor and creative thinker, Charina is known for her playful, flowing sequences inspired by her teachers past as well as her students. Charina's classes are focused on initiating movement with breath and utilizing progressive, intuitive, challenging and core strengthening sequences as a form of mindful, moving meditation. Charina is passionate about sharing the healing and rejuvenating powers of yoga and she encourages her students to connect with the practice in all its dimensions to find freedom and space both on and off the mat.
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Courtney first discovered yoga while living overseas in Japan, Once she moved back to the states in 2005 she began to deepen her practice. By developing a consistent yoga practice, she saw many incredible benefits in her life and decided to take her practice deeper.
Upon her move to California in 2007, Courtney met her teacher and mentor Anirudh Shastri and completed the 200 hour teacher training program in Avalon. Feeling drawn to tradition, she later completed both her 200 and 500 hour teacher training programs with Sri Dharma Mittra. Courtney feels extremely lucky and grateful to be able to learn and study with such incredible teachers. She continues to devote her life to the practice and discipline of yoga, integrating it into her life and sharing it with her students.
Courtney has a knack for making the impossible possible for students. With a specialty of breaking down complex poses, and making them attainable.
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Courtney discovered yoga in 2002 as a perfect companion to her athletic lifestyle. She quickly fell in love with the mental & physical challenge, breath and most of all, the heat. Being ever drawn to the heat, Courtney followed the sun to Costa Rica where she had the opportunity to practice flow with yogis from around the world. After returning her practice to her hometown and YogaSource, Courtney was encouraged and inspired to further develop her practice and learn to guide others.
She completed her 200 hour teacher training at YogaSource Los Gatos in 2012. Currently she teaches Power & Vinyassa at TotalWoman Gym in Saratoga & barre fitness at The Dailey Method in Los Gatos, CA.
In the studio, Courtney encourages her students to quiet their minds and challenge their bodies by being mindful of alignment and getting cozy with holds. She likes to mix it up with some non-traditional poses while reminding her class to play.
While not on the mat, Courtney can be found spending time with her daughter, their cat and dog...
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From an early age, Dustin was heavily involved in acrobatics and tumbling. Nothing deep or philosophical, it was mainly just good fun. After realizing that to progress further he would need to compete, he soon dropped these activities, never quite taking an interest in competitive sports. During his freshman year in high school, Dustin attended his first yoga studio that was really nothing more than a standalone room apart from the local gym with ten space heaters and no humidifier (In Hawaii humidity was never a problem). He took a scorching Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary class full of other local odd yogis, wandering Rastafarians, and strange travelers. The air felt like fire, the flow was intoxicating, and the breathing was liberating. This is when Dustin really fell in love with Tantra, with movement and breath. Chasing his love of yoga, Dustin moved to San Jose in the summer of 2010 in order to take Mark Stephens 200 hr yoga teacher training in Santa Cruz.
Drawing his biggest inspiration from exploring the human form, Dustin tries to spread the passion for discovering the potential of the human body in every class. Dustin is currently a Massage Therapist in training at National Holistic Institute College of Massage Therapy.
Elise came to yoga in 2009 and since then it has become the center of her workout life. She appreciates yoga for the mental edge and endurance it has given her, and hopes to provide a safe space for others to be able to explore their physical and mental limits as well. Coming from years of sports, her classes have an athletic flavor by simultaneously providing a workout and a recovery session. She focuses on building strength in underused muscles while providing plenty of opportunities to increase flexibility.
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Fiona was a Certified Public Accountant in Hong Kong before moving to the US. Because of the stress at work, her best friend introduced hot yoga to Fiona in 2004. After 7 years of practice, she has learnt about the importance of dedication, appreciation, and acceptance not only on the mat but also in life. Her body, mind, and soul stay calm, relaxed and peaceful since her first encounter with yoga. In June 2009, Fiona moved to the US. It took time for her to adapt to the culture, environment, and language. She had no direction in her career, but she strongly believed that she could find her way in the US. With the support of family, Fiona decided to take a 200-hour yoga teacher training program at Avalon Art & Yoga Center in August under the mentorship of Kelly McGonigal Ph.D. Yoga has turned Fiona into a confident, courageous, and considerate person. She would love to share her thoughts, energy, and smile with others through yoga. Fiona likes to begin the class with gentle stretches and breathing exercises. Sun Salutation, core work, and arm balances are the focus. Hand-on-adjustments and choice of modification are given throughout the class to cater for the need of beginners and experienced practitioners. Deep stretching together with piano music are her favorite way to end the class. And though Fiona may seem gentle in her approach, she is one of Yoga Belly's power house instructors.
Jackie is excited to join the Yoga Belly team! Growing up she was a ballet dancer and this was when she first became interested in movement. After graduating from Penn State University in 2008, Jackie began to explore yoga. When she found power yoga, she knew she wanted to share her joy of this style of yoga with others. While in physical therapy school in Philadelphia, she also completed her first yoga training with Bill Raup at Power Yoga Works and has her 200 RYT with Yoga Alliance. She has most recently completed her Level 1 and 2 teacher training with Baron Baptiste and is working on her certification with the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute. With Jackies background in physical therapy, she brings a lot of anatomy fun to her classes. She hopes to inspire others to sweat, play, and get curious about their practice.
Jeff Lang is a certified Yoga Tune Up® instructor in the San Francisco Bay area. His focus is on therapeutic alignment, musculature balance, and exploring range of motion. He brings a very anatomical and physiological awareness to the classical mechanics of hatha yoga. When fun and intelligence combine with breath and compassion, Jeff leaves us with a very real deep connection to well-being and peace.
He trained at the Avalon Art & Yoga Center in Palo Alto, and has studied under Jill Miller since 2008. Jeff brings a wide variety of experience from Shadow Yoga, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Classical Hatha, and Iyengar to plyometric exercises he gleaned during his hockey-playing days and physical therapy exercises. His intense self-study gives him an authentic voice whether presenting a meditative insight or a new sequence. You will have fun, learn, and feel welcome in any of Jeff's classes.
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Jen began her yoga journey at the beginning of 2011 with a New Year's resolution to get off the couch and create a more active, healthy lifestyle. Unlike many New Year's resolution this one stuck. Jen has been a part of the Yoga Belly community since 2011 as a student and is very happy to have completed her 200-hour teacher training through Frog Lotus Yoga with Edna Barr at the studio. She looks forward to sharing a strong, flowing practice with peers at Yoga Belly.
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Jennifer first turned to yoga as a way to alleviate stress, but quickly realized it was a complete mind and body transformation. What started as a means for effective exercise soon also became an opportunity for personal exploration. As such, Jennifer's classes are original representations of her mind and soul. From her rigorous strength-building flow and breath-focused challenging sequences, to her eclectic music selection and a teaching style that promotes individuality and expression, Jennifer strikes a humble balance between traditional yoga formats and individual creativity.
Jennifer is Yoga Alliance certified and completed her 200 hour Power Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training under Linda Schlamdinger McGrath at YogaSource in Los Gatos. She has also trained under Paul Grilley, Ana Forrest, and Mark Stephens.
Jennifer's students have much to look forward to: a chance to breathe and be completely present, while also exploring his or her edge in a fun and supportive environment.
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John is a graduate of Yoga Tree San Franciscos 200-hour teacher training program where he studied under the guidance of Les Leventhal, Elise Lorimer, Stacey Rosenberg, Christopher Tompkins, Jason Crandell, Jane Austin, and his mentor, Darren Main among many other amazing teachers. John is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance. Johns teaching and practice are influenced by yoga philosophy, as well as his research on psychospiritual integration in the context of mindfulness and yoga-based approaches to stress reduction and well-being enhancement. John received the Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in 2011.
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Lisa's journey began in the movement arts at a very young age when she was drawn to it's sense of expression and loving power. She is a 200 hour RYT certified by Mark Stephens of Santa Cruz Yoga. In addition, she is a certified Hoopdance Trainer by Hoopgirl, Inc., and is also currently working on her Usui Reiki certification. Lisa believes that aligning with who you are from within is where your light and love begin. Her classes will guide you from this place of grace and trust and empower you to discover a greater sense of self awareness where you can be fully expressed in acceptance, well-being, and self-love. Her guidance will invite you to explore the infinite corners of your soul and leave you feeling more peaceful and connected. Get ready to connect with the magic you already are!
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After a lifetime of bending, balancing and flipping as a gymnast and coach, Loran moved to California and fell in love with yoga. Yoga has become a big part of her life. It impacted her in such a meaningful way that she wanted to learn how to share the benefits the practice offers with others around her. She completed her teacher-training program in 2012 and has been teaching around the peninsula ever since. She has her 200 hr. certification through Frog Lotus and is registered with Yoga Alliance.
Loran's classes focus on the core, have upbeat music, and a smooth flow. It's great for all levels, and especially those who are just starting to get into yoga. The poses are very accessible and the class structure follows a similar pattern each time. Core work, standing flow, balancing, and cool-down. With a passion for creative sequencing and moving with the breath, her classes are very dynamic and engaging. You will get a fantastic workout and build a strong foundation for your Vinyasa flow practice.
Lorenzo: I have always had an interest in yoga, eastern philosophy and martial arts, and a strong desire to help those in need, and transmit his passion for a healthy lifestyle to others. But living in a small town in Tuscany, Italy couldnt access the many disciplines that strongly attracted me until after I moved to California in 2003. I began to practice yoga intuitively as a therapeutic response to heal chronic pain and minor injuries experienced since my teenage years. Since then I have studied and participated in workshops under the guidance of several well respected bay area instructors, such as Kent Bond, Mark Stephens, Maria Alfaro, Sharre Young, Mark Horner, and dedicated many hours to self study, devoted to the cultivation of a strong, steady personal practice at home and outdoor, in Californias beautiful surroundings. In March 2010 I participated in a yoga teacher training program at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara lead by Ganga White and Tracey Rich. I have a fresh, holistic approach to my teaching, I bring into my class functional techniques and ideas borrowed from my own experiences and other disciplines, such as qi gong and martial arts; I am capable of giving effective adjustments, and deliver my concepts and thoughts with passion and a hearty sense of humor. I teach vinyasa flow and restorative yoga, focusing on achieving a higher awareness of our body and a deeper, more conscious breathing.
After many years of the mundane gym workout, Marion found yoga as her new go to for staying fit. What she found was more profound than a mire "workout." From the physical practice emerged a new state of well being. Marion's classes incorporates strength training with stretching thrown in with a few jokes to keep the practice light and fun. Marion is one of Yoga Belly's first graduating class of teachers.
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Sean began practicing yoga somewhat skeptically, reluctantly coming along with his wife. As a long-time member of our studio staff, he has since become independently interested and passionate about his practice. He is excited about making the poses and practice accessible to all -- particularly those who are just starting out or may not see themselves as stereotypical yogis. His yoga practice is a constant balance between accepting what is while also striving for more just like the rest of his life. Sean is a sports nut who will jump into any type of pickup game, and loves the great cross-training for strength, flexibility, and balance that a yoga practice provides. Sean completed his introductory teacher training here at YB with William Cristobal. He also works as a product manager for an online banking software company in the Bay area.
Stacey began her yoga journey in 2002 and instantly fell in love with the challenge of balancing the unification of movement and breath with the art of stilling the mind. Within 6 months of discovering yoga, Stacey began teaching Bikram, which she taught for 5 years. As her practice evolved, her desire to expand her knowledge of yoga deepened, and she decided to shift her focus to Power Yoga. Stacey became Yoga Alliance certified in 2005 through the 200 hour Yoga Source Power Flow Program and the Level One Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Program. In addition to her certifications, Stacey has been greatly influenced and inspired by teachers such as Linda McGrath, Jill Miller, Stephanie Snyder, Janet Stone, Gabriella Walters and Rusty Wells.
Stacey teaches a dynamic Power Yoga class that builds strength and flexibility while paying close attention to form and alignment. She teaches a deliberate Power class with long holds and likes to sprinkle in non-traditional movement with the intention of revitalizing the conventional asana. You will be challenged, both mentally and physically, and will leave the class feeling invigorated and alive.
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Thoa van Seventer
An avid swimmer and yoga practicioner since 1999, Thoa completed the Avalon Teacher Training program in Palo Alto under the mentorship of Anirudh Shastri and Birgit Reimer. She has also studied many different yogic styles with a number of highly skilled teachers in the Bay area. Thoa tends to lead her classes toward the dynamic side of Vinyasa, focusing on alignment principles and breath control, but she offers lots of modifications to accommodate students at all levels and aims to encourage her students to flow with awareness and an open heart and to practice with integrity and grace. Thoa's love for Ashtanga paved the path for her teaching Power Yoga at Yoga Belly and we proudly call Thoa "Ash-Thoanga!"
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Through the practice of conscious movement Vanessa helps guide students to connect with their own personal wisdom, achieve strength of mind and body and open up to their own expansive potential. She discovered Yoga in 2006 as a powerful way to connect body and mind and has been studying intensely ever since. As a dancer for most of her life, she found yoga to integrate movement with something deeper; a natural flow of the body with the breath that she found profoundly healing and energizing. She completed her 200-hour teacher training with Linda McGrath and is also an ACE certified group fitness instructor. Vanessa uses her knowledge of the body through years of training to build strength, flexibility and self-awareness in class. There is nothing more rewarding to her than sharing her love of yoga with people of the community and creating something beautiful with them. In class she creates a very fun and relaxed, yet challenging atmosphere.
William got hooked on yoga instantly when he first started his practice in 2004. He deepened his yoga experience by becoming certified through Yoga Alliance in Power Yoga, which is based on Baron Baptiste's sequence. With so much gratitude to Christina McLeod of YogaSource, he has been teaching throughout the Peninsula ever since. His inspiration comes from his love of being with people, enjoyment of physical movement, and his love for really cool pop music. Inspired by his favorite gurus Mary Lynn Fitton, Linda McGrath, and Rebecca Bara, William's style focuses on ujjayi breath, core work, tons of vinyasas, and lots of laughter. So if you are looking for a challenging fast-paced practice, building/maintaining core strength, and you're not afraid to sweat while flowing to infectious grooves--or if you're just looking to have a fun power yoga experience, then William's class would be perfect for you.
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