Amanda Serene Dozal Owner/Studio Director
Creative Hatha Blend
"The emphasis of my teaching is using the ancient wisdom traditions in a practical way to help build a meaningful and harmonious life as a solid foundation for awakening"
In 1997 at the age of 18, I began practicing devotionally during my pregnancy. Without ever stepping into a yoga class room I knew it was my calling to teach.
As a devoted student of many paths and over a decade of teaching, Amanda has a unique way of blending her eclectic asana style and knowledge of yoga philosophy into her teachings. Her classes reflect her love, devotion and passion to the practice. Her deepest gratitude goes to her son Bear. You have shown me unimaginable beauty . OM namah shivaya firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna- Thea / Vinyasa
Anna-Thea has a degree in Dietetics. In 1997 yoga became her passion and she has been
a dedicated practitioner ever since. She is certified in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi
Bhajan and is a certified Spiritual Sexual Educator.
Anna-Thea’s Kundalini Flow yoga class is an inspirational class that combines principles
of Kundalini and Vinyasa Flow. You will leave the class feeling more open, energized
and connected to your body. Using principles from her extensive studies in yoga,
nutrition, psychology and the DF Institute she coaches women on developing their
feminine strength and confidence.
As a woman’s advocate she supports women in deeply honoring their bodies and as a
human advocate she is a pioneer in shifting the attitudes men and women have regarding
intimacy. Her yoga classes, workshops, educational products, and presentations are fun,
powerfully educational, and experientially transforming.
Chelsea Dobosh/ Kundalini
I discovered kundalini yoga in 2006. Kundalini yoga was the first yoga class I ever took.
I found a unique authenticity with kundalini yoga that resonated with me. The personal healing experience of this ancient yogic practice has been profoundly transformational.
Kundalini yoga inspired me to become a teacher. In 2011 I completed the level 1
Teacher training with Harijiwan and Tej. I also recently completed one of the level 2 trainings
with my amazing teachers. I am a certified teacher through IKYTA.My classes incorporate
posture, breath, mantra, and meditation. Allowing students to develop their meditative mind and have an elevated experience. They're fun, playful, heart-opening, and supportive.
"May you fall in love with your beauty, your grace, your honor, your courage, your strength." - Yogi Bhajan
Deborah Hill/Hatha Blend
Deborah has been teaching since 2007. She joins us from Santa Cruz and holds a 200 hour YTT in Astanga Yoga. Recently she completed a apprenticeship with the Adaptive Yoga Project, which focuses on Yoga Therapy.
Deborah also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Psychology, and has a strong therapeutic background. She blends yoga therapy with Hatha principles into her classes. Deborah believes that the healing benefits of yoga are a key for everyone.
Divya Devi / Svaroopa®
Divya Devi C.S.Y.T., has been practicing and teaching yoga and
meditation for over 30 years. Divya is a certified Svaroopa® yoga instructor,
meditation teacher, and Embodyment® yoga therapist. She is a graduate of
Master Yoga Institute with over 800 hours of training, including special
training to support students with physical limitations. Divya also offers
individual yoga and therapy sessions which greatly supports and deepens
one’s personal yoga practice and healing.
Indeera John/ Gentle Yoga
Indeera Johnn is an internationally established instructor of yoga, dance,
embodied anatomy, and Body-Mind Centering®. She teaches regularly in
Nevada City, the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as across the county and
around the world. Her classes, workshops and private sessions offer body
awareness, and the creative process of blending embodied movement,
healing and spirituality. Indeera’s students range from dancers, yoga students
and teachers, somatic psychologists, educators, actors, architects, bodyworkers
and people interested in healing, movement and personal growth.
The richness and depth of her experiences in her private practice and teaching
of Body-Mind Centering® and CranioSacral Therapy has led Indeera to develop
several unique forms of healing movement therapies including Anatomy and
Asana, an embodied approach to yoga. Her current teachings concentrate on
training dancers and yoga practitioners in optimal alignment and movement
potential, developmental movement therapy for parents and infants, autistic
children and young adults. 530 478 1418 indeerajohnn.com
Isha McCaskey/ Acro
Love. Laugh. and Live outside the box! This is my recipe that I live and
teach by. I find that there is no deeper therapy than getting out of the
mind and into the body, the temple of our soul. My zest for life and passion
for dance, yoga, and adventure are expressed through my teachings. I
teach because I love what I do, and I strive to share it with whomever is
open to exploring themselves, their bodies, their vulnerabilities, as well
as their interactions with the world in a playful manner!
My journey started with an extensive training in gymnastics that brought
me to a deeper understanding of the mind body connection. My background
consists of various modalities of massage therapy, injury rehabilitation, and
somatic healing. I graduated from the California College of Ayurveda four
years ago, which is where many of my beliefs draw from, finding balance
in ourselves in relation to the world around us. I studied with Saul David
Raye for my yoga training which blends the the beauty of Bhakti yoga,
the yoga of devotion, with the innate wisdom that each of our own body holds.
My most recent passion is Acro yoga, a form of yoga that blends therapeutic
and dynamic movement. It is a partner practice that is steeped in trust, strength,
and communication. This amazingly fun and inspiring practice teaches me so
much about myself and my relation others, and builds a strong sense of
community based on playful exploration! I am a mother of three, and have
found through my experiences with them that building confidence in ourselves,
our bodies, and our mind, we have the ability to accomplish anything
in a loving joyful manner!
Jackie Gerster/ Yoga Sculpture
My first yoga teacher had just returned from India where she studied
with B.K.S. Iyengar. This was 1977. I still feel her influence and love
spending time with a pose, discovering it's nuance. All of my teachers
have contributed to who I am as a teacher today, however my teacher
certification was with Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley.
As a teacher at WMYC the last 8 years, one of the things I love most is
developing a theme or focus and knowing I can take any posture and apply
the focus I have chosen. Whether it be shoulders, spine, feet, rooting and
grounding, Breath, etc.
For the last 5 years I have competed in Natural Bodybuilding and have brought
an awareness of the qualities of strength into my yoga teaching. There is a huge
amount of commitment and discipline involved in this sport and my yoga practice
has given me the inner strength (I call it my yogini heart) to train with commitment
and integrity just as I believe each yoga pose should be practiced. 916-747-1415
Jacquie Weills/ Restorative Yoga
Jacquie Weills has been a teacher all of her life,,,public school, Waldorf School, handwork,
gardening, preschool (Garden Fairies Preschool) and for the last 13 years, Yoga. For the
last 8 years, she has gone to Hennessey School and Pleasant Ridge School and taught
a class for the teachers after school. At Wild Mountain, she teaches an afternoon restorative
class, taking her students through some long held stretches, breathwork, and nice relaxing
restorative poses...and If you're lucky, maybe even a foot rub at the end of class.
Her passions are yoga, gardening and children..Come by at 3:30 on Mondays and join her class.
Jai Dev Singh / Kundalini
Jai Dev is a yogi, teacher and practitioner of Ayurvedic Medicine. He has been teaching
Kundalini Yoga for over ten years and possesses great knowledge and experience of the yogic
and ayurvedic sciences. He is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and formerly served as the
Clinical Director at the California College of Ayurvedaas well as the director of the college's
Pancha Karma Center and Ayurvedic Spa.
Jai Dev lives in northern California with his wife, Simrit Kaur, and their son.
He teaches live classes and workshops regularly, as well as online and audio courses.
Jai Dev's classes are powerful and effective. He carries a striking wisdom and clarity
with him as his teaching presence is direct and authentic mixed with a unique sense
of humor and artistic subtlety.
Jenny Bath / Acro
Jenny has been teaching yoga for the past 3 years. Her classes offer a joyful
exploration of yoga asana and philosophy through vinyasa flow, breathwork,
and partner play. Her studies began with traditional Ashtanga in India in 1999.
As she became steeped in a personal practice she completed a teacher training
with the Samarya Center of Seattle, WA where she also studied Integrated
Movement Therapy. Jenny is a certified thai and table massage therapist
which contributes a knowledge of anatomy and alignment to her yoga teaching.
More recently she has begun practicing Acro Partner Yoga and incorporates this
acrobatic/thai massage/yoga fusion into her classes.
Jeffery Williams/ INU
Jeffery is a life long explorer of transformation and the founder of Lifestyles of Light.
He has studied with the worlds leaders in ancient and modern transformative movement,
breathwork, sound healing, nutrition, hands on healing and new science. He currently
trains students in transformation as artistry and works with the community of Nevada City
through Alphabiotics, sound healing & breathwork. He is the lineage holder of
EDGU: evolutionary spinal maintenance & the founder of INU: rapid transformation
movement, breath, and sound practice.
He holds a BA in anthropology, doctorate in Alphabiotics, certifications in soul voice,
rebirthing breathwork, reichian breathwork, acupressure, massage, kundalini yoga,
EDGU, and chi Kung.
Joseph Braccio is certified by the Yoga Alliance as a Hridaya meditation and yoga instructor and is also a tantric yoga practitioner. He studies with Sahajananda Trandafir, whose teachings are inspired by the late Ramana Maharshi. Joseph completed both The Gateway and Guidelines Programs at the Monroe Institure in Faber, Virginia. He has a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa as a Natural Resource Management Agent.
Kat Sun / Hatha Blend
Kat Sholan Sun leads a fluid, intelligent practice weaving together breath and movement in a conscious flow. Her classes aim to unravel excess binding in the body, quiet the mind, and calm the senses so that we may focus our energy and awareness back inwards towards our internal balance, innate wisdom, and connection with the divine. She blends aspects of Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, and Restorative yoga, with pranayama and meditation, and accentuates her classes with lightness, joy, and the play of exploration.
Kat has been exploring her personal journey on the path of yoga since 1996. She has studied with an array of teachers and styles, including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, and Yin. She has completed a +700-hour Advanced Studies Teacher Training in the Iyengar style of yoga at Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, CA, with Rodney Yee, Richard Rosen, Maritza, and Clare Finn, and has completed a 100-hour Advanced Studies Training in the Anusara style of yoga with Maritza in Mill Valley, CA, and assisted the same training a following year. Most recently, she’s studied with senior-Iyengar teacher Ramanand Patel in San Francisco, CA, and is currently completing her 200-hour Teacher Training with Tias Little at Prajna Yoga, Santa Fe, NM. She is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, and offers both public and private classes. Kat works as an apprenticing Ayurvedic Therapist at Blue Sage Ayurveda in Nevada City, CA, is an artist of mandala paintings, and a current student of Ayurveda and Jyotish. She holds a Bachelor in Architecture and a Masters in Landscape Architecture, and with over 20+ years of professional training and experience in these two design disciplines, she now enjoys employing this skillset towards creating beauty, harmony, and sanctity into the tapestry of our daily living.
is a singer, composer, voice teacher and facilitator of singing workshops with more than 30 years of musical experience. She guides people of all abilities and experience to sing as a transformational personal practice, healing art and community-building activity. She has been on the regular faculty at Esalen Institute since 2006 and leads workshops throughout the United States. www.thebirdsings.com
Mandy Lucchese /Yoga Kula
My classes are called Yoga Kula.
"Kula," by definition, is community; a family or clan
of like-minded individuals. For me, yoga is about the personal relationship that one creates
with their self and then the collective community that forms among the individuals. Each
class shows my love of sequencing designed as a map to explore and celebrate each
person's edge and potential. Every class offers clear alignment details, and has a strong
commitment deeply grounded in self-honoring. My classes are accessable and welcoming to
everyone just as they are. As a teacher I am committed to honoring individual needs and intentions. I view yoga as a life long apprenticeship with your True Self.
There are no shortcuts.
My love of yoga is shared with my husband building our solar home.
Certified and teaching for the last eight years. Continued study with senior
teachers, personal research and practice continue to inform my teaching. With so much
to draw from, each influence becomes a part of a collage that colors my teachings.
Mary Jane Ryan-Connelly / Yoga Sanctuary & Meditation
Strengthens body AND spirit by linking the one-pointed attention of yoga to alignment, breath with
movement, consciousness and compassion, as preparation for meditation practice and
graceful meeting of life’s everydaychallenges. Her classes reflect her experience in
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, yoga philosophy study, and meditation. 530-272-4152
Maya Cordes/ Pre-Natal
It is an honor and a pleasure to share the practice of yoga with others. I am always
humbled and amazed at the myriad of ways that yoga has moved me. I began practicing
bodywork and yoga in 1996. Working with the body has given me insight & understanding
that has deepened my own practice, and that I hope can help to deepen your's, as well. I have
been blessed to study with many amazing teachers, most importantly to me, Rod Stryker,
Karina Ayn Mirsky, and Melissa Spamer (and, of course, my beautiful son).
I have also studied women's health, am a doula, and was fortunate to massage many women
throughout their pregnancies. I bow eternally to the wonder of pregnancy and childbirth.
And i bow eternally to the wonder of each of us, man and woman, as we walk this planet earth.
Thank you for showing up...
just as you are. May we all learn to deepen our connection to the greatest
source within and around us.
Nancy Shanteau/ Happy Hour
Nancy loves yoga for its ability to open our bodies to greater feeling, flexibility & connection.
With a strong base in Ashtanga and Vinyasa-style flow yoga, Nancy’s classes are full of
laughter and fun. She is a writing coach, a somatic bodyworker and coach certified
through Strozzi Institute, and a Skills for Change Coach certified by Julia Kelliher.
Her yoga teachers include:
Tim Thompson, Laura Camp, Dennis Eagan, and Katie Carter.
Seren Ruben/ Hatha Blend / Happy Hour
From a very young age I have always had a deep love of movement, and grew up exploring
the realms of gymnastics, dance and competitive rockclimbing. After a serious climbing injury
and graduating high school I took time off to travel, and somewhere along the way found myself in my first yoga class on a little balcony on the banks of the Ganges River in India.
I was immediately intrigued, and upon returning home dove
headlong into the practice and study of yoga. Over the past ten years I
have practiced various styles, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bikram and
Anusara, and have been blessed by thegraceful guidance of my teachers,
Aimee Nitzberg, KK Ledford, Sianna Sherman and Paul Muller-Ortega.
I consider the practice of Yoga to be an ever-unfolding path of gifts,
forever leading us back home to ourselves. Along the way it bestows
us with countless blessings, including abundant health, steadfast
self-love, fierce power, lighthearted playfulness, succulent joy, a
deep connection to our own inner guidance and a steadfast sense of
faith in the great mystery of our beautifully chaotic lives. I am
honored to have the opportunity to guide my students on this path of
sacred movement and joyful discovery.
Shari Williams /Hatha Blend/Yoga Basics
My background includes a holistic approach to Athletic Fitness, many styles
of yoga, as well as a victorious personal healing journey. Her teachers include
Beth Shaw, Baron Baptiste, Katie Carter and Roxanna Cohen. Her classes create
a safe, caring, heart-centered atmosphere to explore magic through movement.
Sharon Cummings began her yoga journey after a childhood of dancing, and an innate desire to mix movement and meditation. After studying alongside an inspiring line-up
of Bay Area yoga teachers, she completed a 200 hour teacher training with Shiva Rea
in Los Angeles. She also holds a certification teaching family and children's yoga.
Sharon's classes are fluid and intuitive; blending balance and strength with inner awareness
and outer focus. She credits her youngest students as her greatest teachers.
Simone Star Weit/ Creative Hatha Blend
has been a dedicated yoga student and practitioner for 12 years. She is honored to have studied with many of the world's most gifted teachers in both the Ashtanga and Anusara yoga traditions. Simone completed her Anusara teacher training under the skilled tutelage of Sianna Sherman, but feels that she will never stop learning how to be a better yoga instructor. Her present focus of study is in the field of Trauma Informed Yoga which she offers to at-risk girls in Juvenile Hall and other settings as a therapeutic tool for the management of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She thanks her 4 year old son and all of her students for being her greatest yoga teachers.
Spencer Ozmun/ Coherent Energetics
From early in life, Spencer took interest in competitive sports. His passion for movement
and mechanical awareness took root early in life and led to many opportunities on and off the playing field. Countless hours spent in practice and performance, led way to numerous
injuries. Spencer went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas. It wasn't until finding EDGU, breath work, and various yogic practices, that
Spencer began to develop the concept of Coherent Energetics. Using these principles, Spencer began teaching at the Dallas YMCA before moving back to California to share Coherent
Energetics with greater Nevada County family. For the past 3 years, Spencer has been
working 1 on 1 and in small group settings to share his experience from an injury prevention
and rehabilitation perspective. He can also be found logging the miles with his local running group.
Steven Gracia / Vinyasa
Steven began practicing yoga in 2000 as a form of physical therapy. He taught the Bikram
sequence in 2004 as well as training with Simone Elliot to teach Vinyasa Flow. In 2006
he began teaching the Vinyasa Flow sequence at number of studios in San Diego.
His primary Teacher is Rebecca Kovacs, owner of the Yoga Hut In Pacific Beach.
His sequences are influenced by Sri Dharma Mittra and focuses on returning the body
back to its natural movements and awareness. Steven’s class approaches the practice
with breath, alignment, and awareness, making adjustments for the student’s individual
needs, body type, or injuries. He believes that with breath, a positive attitude, and an
open heart and mind, anything is possible. So keep it light and have fun!
Pre-natal / Vinyasa
Usha fell in love with yoga after taking her first class in upstate NY in 1999.
Her passion for yoga and herdesire to share this transformative practice with
others led her to complete her teacher training in 2005 and eventually to travel
to India in 2007 to further study these ancient teachings. She has studied with
many amazing teachers in a variety of traditions including Ashtanga, Anusara,
Forrest, Jivamukti and Sivananda. She most recently has been inspired by her
studies with Anna Forrest and completed her Continuing Education for Yoga
Teachers Training in January 2012.
Usha believes the greatest benefits of yoga are achieved when we allow our
asana practice to become a moving meditation through integrating the rhythmic
flow of the breath with the mindful movement of the body. She guides her students
through a grounding practice with creative sequences, offering funand challenging
poses with attention to healthy alignment and finding ease in the body. Students are
encouraged to listen deeply to their body’s inner wisdom with curiosity and compassion
in order to developa personal practice rooted in authenticity and truth.
Usha studied prenatal yoga with Jane Austin in San Francisco and continues
to steep herself in learningabout the pregnancy and birth experience through
her studies and practice as a massage and craniosacral therapist. A licensed
body worker since 2006 with well over 1000 hours of training, Usha specializes
in Prenatal Massage and Craniosacral Therapy for Infants. Her valuable
knowledge of anatomy and physiology greatly complements her understanding
and teaching of yoga asanas and alignment. Using a compassionate touch, Usha
enjoys offering mindful adjustments to students when appropriate.
With joy and gratitude, Usha feels honored to share this healing practice
with others. To learn more about
Usha please visit her website: www.usharose.massagetherapy.com
or contact her at 914-204-0433 or