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.
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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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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 finished his doctorate degree in clinical psychology with a focus on mindfulness and 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.
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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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Clarkia discovered yoga at the age of 50 while trying to find spiritual guidance during difficult time and changes in life. Through the combination of spiritual and physical practice she found a guiding and healing path. Clarkia only dreamed of becoming a yoga teacher, but did not think she could master the thoughts of fear and disbelief to actually become the path she chose to walk.
With over 500 hours of work study under her belt including two 200-hour certifications plus completion of Yoga Belly 70-hour program, Clarkia is humbled, honored, and grateful for the opportunity to share the love and healing power of yoga with others.
Clarkia believes that long term dedication to the practice can give many opportunities to blossom.
And in her spare time, Clarkia could be found designing and creating yoga fashion that she proudly wears to class.
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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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.
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Elena truly believes that yoga is a practice, and that we all continue to improve our practice with each class we take. She loves working with students who are new to yoga, especially those who are a bit hesitant in the beginning. Her classes are a combination of movement, music, and fun with focus on breath. One of her major goals is to de- mystify the practice, so that everyone can leave feeling refreshed, relaxed, and a little more flexible.
Elena currently lives in Los Gatos, enjoying many of the wonderful California outdoor activities, such as running, cycling, swimming, hiking, and fishing. She also loves spending time with her family, including her two Pugs. When Elena isn't busy leading awesome classes, you will find her designing her own line of handmade clothing.
After many years thinking of herself as 'not a gym person,' Eme changed her mind. This decision lead to at least two cool discoveries: (1) the joy of getting a sweat on at 6am, (2) yoga. After getting past the initial frustration of not knowing how to do anything, she settled into a regular practice and got hooked on the movement and the stillness. Eme was in the first class of Yoga Belly teacher training grads, earning a 200-hour Frog Lotus YTT certification. She hopes each student leaves her class a bit sweat-soaked and with a sense of well-being.
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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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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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Joshua is a certified Yoga Tune Up teacher with over 15 years experience practicing yoga. His yoga classes are a hybrid of Baron Baptiste style vinyasa flow and techniques of Yoga Tune Up designed to help counteract the problems associated with people who work at a computer most of their day. He affectionately refers to these types of students as desk warriors, and enjoys helping them open up their shoulders, hamstrings, hip flexor, psoas muscles, and strengthen their core. He is also a big proponent of improving hand, wrist and forearm strength and flexibility, neck alignment, and other postural issues.
As a professional educator with a Masters of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies, Joshua believes in serving his yoga students fully, by getting to know them as individuals, and working with them to develop their personal practice. His most influential yoga mentors are Jill Miller, William Cristobal, Aaron Goodnow and Jeffrey Lang.
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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.
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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 mere "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.
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Summer took her first class at Yoga Belly in 2011. She had tried many studios over the years and did prenatal yoga during her pregnancies with her daughters, but didn't really "get" yoga until she found Yoga Belly. She came to the studio to mix up her workouts and fell in love from the very first class. Not only because of how great it made her feel, but also how much fun she had and the amazing energy of the Yoga Belly community. What followed was a wonderful transformation. As Summer gained the strength and confidence to do challenging poses and arm balances that once seemed so daunting, she gained so much more. Yoga has enriched her health, outlook, and total being. She wanted to share the joy she experienced so she completed Yoga Belly's Teacher Apprenticeship program and has begun her journey in sharing the incredible benefits of yoga so others, too, can have fun while experiencing their truly amazing transformations. Summer encourages her students to break out of their comfort zone and grow to realize their full potential both on and off the mat.
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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.
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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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