Yoga Instructors

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Audrey - Castro Valley San Ramon Yoga InstructorsAudrey Allen

Audrey is a graduate from The Yoga Company class of 2003. I began my practice of yoga in 1997 when I took my first class and was hooked for life. I was drawn to teach yoga through a deep desire to share the joy and many benefits of the practice with others. As co-owner of The Yoga Company, I see and hear amazing stories of transformation through yoga every day. My intention for my classes is that they be a safe place for students to come and discover their own inner strength and peace. I truly want people to understand that they are their own best teacher, and that you only need to quiet the mind, to reveal the answers within you. My classes focus on moving the breath consciously through the body, moving from and strengthening the core, a bit of sweat and some lighthearted fun.

Antonella Dalla Muta Anto- Castro Valley & San Ramon Yoga Instructor

– graduate of  The Yoga Company Teacher Training
I started yoga when I was pregnant as a way to stay active, improve my fitness and remain calm and peaceful. And it worked! It helped turn my pregnancy into an easy and wonderful experience.  I’ve been practicing yoga ever since 
with passion and love for the body. Yoga has enabled me to connect with my physical self and channel my inner strength. It also helps me conquer the everyday anxieties we all have. When I’m in a yoga class, I forget  my troubles, fears, and worries, and enter a world of comfort, harmony and balance. It’s a place where I remember to be myself, listen to myself and heal myself. For me it’s all about the journey. Everyone wants to get to the top of the mountain, but the happiness comes while you’re climbing it.

Certified teacher 200 hours and 40 hours yin from The Yoga Company and took and taught various classes in Italy. I’ve been teaching Yoga since 2011 with almost 500 hours of teaching experience.

 

Shabana Azeez graduate of The Yoga Company Teacher Training  yoga instructors Castro Valley

I took a variety of yoga classes over the years but never found one that I wanted to return to. After a series of debilitating injuries, I happened to take a class at The Yoga Company where I felt yoga finally resonated with me on a molecular level. In yoga, a muscle is considered healthy if it both strong and flexible and that the asana practice is about using the poses to get into our bodies.  My personal philosophy regarding yoga is to better understand our physical and metaphysical health at any given point in our lives; providing our mind and body the attention, love, and care it deserves. Yoga is not just about beautiful poses and arm balances; it is about looking at life’s challenges and breathing through them, using our practice to delve deeper into our bodies in order to strengthen and heal ­ mentally, emotionally and physically. As a wife and mom of two, we are always juggling tasks and chores for everyone else and rarely have a chance to focus on our own individual needs. My fitness background along with my yoga practice has made me realize that as moms we need to put ourselves and our health first in order to be there for everyone else. Therefore a healthy, balanced lifestyle where yoga plays a major role is key to being a better mom, wife, individual.

As a Personal Trainer with certifications in Bootcamp, TRX, and Tabata, I love high intensity workout but Yoga has a special place in my heart since it nourishes both body and soul. Come try my Yoga classes which integrate the mind-­body connection while working on making our muscles both flexible and strong.

 

Mia Armas Castro Valley and San Ramon Yoga InstructorsMia Armas

After taking my very first class more than 8 years ago, I recall leaving the room, long before savasana, ready to pass out. With encouragement from my sister, I stuck it out, really giving yoga a true chance. Three classes later, I was hooked. Yoga became my hour long safe haven, to escape the demands of my hectic corporate and family life. Flowing from asana to asana, almost like an effortless dancer. When faced with the need to leave that corporate life behind, I decided that yoga would give me the freedom to be available to my family, while sharing my passion and making a difference in people lives, and happily jumped into teacher training. Influenced by various teachers throughout the years, peers, students, culture and travels, I strive to empower each class with the mental and physical strength yoga offers. My classes focus on cultivating breath and connecting it with movement to create change in each individual. More often than not, you can expect a playlist laced with amazing beats, helping propel your pranayama. The goal is to be gentle, yet firm, so all yogis may evolve in their personal practice.

Candice Niccole (aka: Jaia Chandra =Victorious Moonlight)

I’ve been studying and teaching yoga for over a decade.  While living in NYC, my initial Yoga experience came from the urging of my mother who was at the start of her own yogic transformation.  And so I dabbled, and it was love at first “Savasana”!!  And since then, I have studied various schools of thought including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Sivananda, Jivamukti, Power and Anusara Yoga.  I have been blessed with the teachings of many “leading lights” such as Pattabi Jois, Dharma Mitra, David Swenson, Dr. Jeffrey Migdow, Shiva Rea, Bryan Kest, Sean Corn, Sharon and David Life, Baron Baptiste and Ravi Singh.  I have a 200-hour certification with Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA, I also have an Ashtanga certification from David Swenson, Burlington, VT and a Pre-Natal certification from Janice Clarfield at Kripalu.  My class is focused on synchronizing breath or “pranayama” with movement or “flow”.  In my classes you will sweat, focus, laugh, and evolve as you link postures or “asanas” together with beautiful music, insights, and poetry.  You should be prepared to strengthen and lengthen your muscles, align your ligaments and joints, cultivate self-awareness and honor your inner wisdom.  Come with an open mind and leave with a lifted spirit!

Gloria Castro Yoga InstructorsGloria Capron

I love teaching yoga!  Our bodies are the vehicles we use to traverse these busy, sometimes hectic lives. Through the practice of yoga we revitalize our bodies and minds and enhance every aspect of living.  Yoga is not a religion but for some it provides an avenue for our spiritual exploration. I have been studying yoga since 1995 and teaching yoga since 2000. My certification is from the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco at the 500 hour level. Some of my additional certifications and studies include Yoga Trance Dance Teacher training with Shiva Rae, studies at The Chopra Center, Prenatal Teacher Training Certification , Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique training,  AFFA, OmCycle, Barre, TRX and Reiki.  Music has profound healing properties and the music I use in class is an eclectic blend of soft rock, jazz, new age, and various  pieces of healing instrumental music.. My intention is that we leave class feeling joyous and uplifted.
Audrey Allen and I share the ownership of The Yoga Company and I am grateful to say that I also have the privilege of being the Director of Teacher Training.

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I became dedicated to yoga while living in Los Angeles, where I turned to it to alleviate the stress of working in the corporate side of the entertainment industry. Immersing myself in class after class, yoga became a way of being for me: a way to bring balance, spirituality, and introspection to a life that, admittedly, was lacking in those areas. And there was no going back. Since then, I try to live out the idea of “leading with the heart” in all aspects of life, and encourage that in my class. Though I left the showbiz world, I still direct and choreograph community theatre, because it’s a passion of mine to cultivate others’ self-expression. Expect a calming, focused practice that invites you to find your own self-expression in each pose, to work toward your individual places of well-being.

Karen Heller-Graduate of the Yoga Company Teacher TrainingKaren Heller Castro Valley San Ramon Yoga Instructors

I completed my teacher training with Clayton Horton of Greenpath Yoga at The Yoga Company in 2003 and have been teaching ever since.  My teaching is based in the Ashtanga tradition without adhering to a set sequence of poses.  We flow from posture to posture being mindful of our alignment and breath.  Music is both modern and traditional.
One of Clayton’s instructions was, “Give them something new and something they can do.”  I often think of this in my teaching and strive to create a welcoming and playful practice.

 

   Castro Valley & San Ramon Yoga Instruction Lisa Jang

 

My journey began when I moved from British Columbia to the Bay Area in 1999. As a way to stay healthy and to meet new friends, I joined a local gym. Tired of treadmills and elliptical trainers, I started to take various group fitness classes – from strength to cardio kickboxing. My newfound group fitness friends invited me to take a yoga class with them. Needless to say, my passion for yoga ignited.

I have been teaching group fitness and yoga for a decade now. I am Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Group Fitness Certified, and am RYT certified through the Yoga Alliance in the Hatha Vinyasa style. Additionally, I study and practice the style of Yin Yoga under the guidance of Yin Yoga teacher, Bernie Clark. My vinyasa classes are athletic, uplifting and playful. On the opposite spectrum, my yin classes are more passive and softer, with an emphasis of unfolding a harmonic balance in the body’s life-energy or “qi”. My playlists range from zen-like to downtempo; chill-out to world fusion. My classes weave the no frills spiritual with the physical, with a keen focus on making sure my students cultivate an optimum practice for themselves.

 

Jennifer K Castro Valley & San Ramon Yoga InstructorsJennifer Keenan is a graduate of The Yoga Company Teacher Training

I have been an athlete all of my life.  I played competitive sports in school and earned my BS in physiology at UC Davis.  It was only natural that I become a certified exercise instructor, and take my “love for working out” and share it with others.  I love to sweat.  I want to inspire and encourage others the same way.  My goal is to unveil the strength that is inside all of us.  I want everyone to be aware of all parts of their body, not just the ones we can see.  We are only as strong as our weakest part. In both my barre fusion class and yoga class, you will sweat!  In Barre Icombine  pilates, yoga, ballet, and athletic moves, to give you an all over body workout.  Because there is deep, yoga stretching between moves, your muscles will not only get stronger, but longer as well. My Yoga classes are tailored for each participant and I encourage you to feel and access your best.

Alexandra Leny – graduate of The Yoga Company Teacher Training
Alexandra Castro Valley & San Ramon Yoga Instructors

I am a certified Health Coach and Yoga Instructor and have been practicing yoga for 15 years. I accidentally met yoga when I moved to England from France. I had a gym membership but never enjoyed working out in a gym, finding all these machines complex and cumbersome. I gave yoga a try and was instantly hooked. Yoga is a complete practice: you stretch, tone and relax all at the same time. I had practiced ballet and jazz for years and to me, it was a perfect way of expressing my body and mind freely.

I have been studying yoga with Gloria Capron and Audrey Allen as part of their Teacher Training. I teach yoga on various styles of music (alternative, new age, classical, opera, rock, pop, etc.). I like my classes to be soothing and nurturing, yet challenging. I focus on breath, proper alignment and flow. I have a holistic approach to life (healthy eating, natural healing, green living) and yoga is a necessary part of it: it nourishes my body, mind and spirit. You can find me at www.alexandraleny.com.

 Trina Morrow –  graduate of The Yoga Company Teacher Training trina3rdtry

My yoga journey began quite accidentally as I started looking for a way to balance and counteract the stresses from my High Tech job in 2011.  I knew immediately that yoga  was already in my body; in my soul; and in my mind. I am thrilled to be RYT200 certified through the Yoga Alliance so I can share my knowledge and passion for yoga with others and help them find the yoga inside of them.I also dance hula, which provides a mediative connection to the mind, body and the land as stories are told through the movement of the body, hands and mana (energy).  I was also an avid volleyball player.  Both of these are complimented quite nicely with the yoga practice.

My vinyasa classes concentrate on breath work to help you through challenging asanas with a strong focus on proper alignment and muscle activation to help you find the perfect balance between ease and effort.  In my yin yoga training, I’ve studied poses and modifications for many different body types and abilities. I bring this knowledge to my yin yoga classes to help you find your own edge for long passive holds that target the connective tissue inviting you to surrender into the pose to receive the most benefits.  I believe yoga is for anyone and everyone.  It offers you a way to connect to yourself – whatever you need on that particular day, whether it is your mind, body or soul.

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Jan Miller – graduate of The Yoga Company Teacher Training program

I started doing Yoga in the early 70’s. I read Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda when I was 17 years old. That was the beginning of my meditation practice that I have continued and still find very valuable to my well being. I earned a BFA in Ballet Pedagogy. After I finished dancing I got into the fitness industry. I taught group exercise (aerobics, toning, stretch classes) for 20 years. The last six years, of which, I added personal training. I am a licensed massage therapist. My massage training included the study of Tai Chi. I consider everyone a teacher and I have had many inspiring teachers in Yoga. Technique is an integral part of my teaching to assure longevity and safety of the practice. Dance was very inspiring to me, I missed that when teaching fitness, I have found that inspiration again in Yoga. I love teaching and I learn so much from my students. Yoga is about finding freedom, opening up, finding self. Bring an open mind, heart, and body to class and bring a towel.

 

Katie Potts Castro Valley & San Ramon Yoga InstructorsKatie Potts -graduate of The Yoga Company Teacher Training program. 

I have been singing, dancing, and acting since I was 12 years old and have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. I love the connection and energy performing brings to my life. I seek to bring the challenge, energy and exuberance of performing into classes when I teach. OmCycle allows us to engage our body, mind and spirit removing the barriers that keep up from connecting with our true bliss and the beauty of the world around us.  I bring a mix of music styles into my OmCycle classes including rock, pop, world, R&B and the occasional showtune to keep it fresh and fun!

 

 

 

Katarina Polychroniou- graduate of The Yoga Company Teacher Training program

Growing up in Greece I was always very interested in sports and I loved exploring gymnastics. The mindful concentration and discipline of gymnastics captured my interest in learning how to develop myself. It was a sport that calls upon me to be the best I can be independent of what those around me were doing.
I started practicing yoga in 2001. I still remember how drawn I was to yoga and its ability to have me feel both revitalized and strong while peaceful and serene in my mind. At the end of yoga class I was so calm and revitalized at the same time.
I am first and foremost a student and I recognize that a big part of teaching is constantly learning and evolving.
Teaching has been a passion for me. It is my way to inspire and help others find their inner strength.
As a yoga instructor I encourage students of yoga to be the best you can possibly be rather than being better than the person on the mat next to you. The motivation to go inside and find your own inner guidance and strength will help you attain what you want in life. My class is taught in a moderately heated room and I encourage you to explore your strength while in this safe supportive environment. I offer many variations when we do some of the more challenging poses. My goal is to help you understand your body, mind and come closer to your own truth.

Karen Rice

karen rice Castro Valley & San Ramon Yoga Instructors

 

After more than 15 years of yoga practice, I followed my heart graduating from the Yoga Company Teacher Training. I had dabbled with yoga years prior and thought it not for me. A friend encouraged me to give it a go once again and to my surprise, I not only found my peace, I was drawn to practice as much as I could as I had never felt so empowered. My intention is to share this joy by leading welcoming, warm, and challenging classes which bring well-being along with self-care to fellow yoga practitioners. All classes incorporate Vinyasa, Power, Flow, and Ashtanga with a background of interesting and inspiring music.
Ultimately, my passion has evolved as I became a certified Integrative Nutritionist. I am thrilled to be a Mind-Body consultant empowering people to live a whole healthy life with greater joy and wellness!

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