Lisa’s objective as a yoga teacher is to help students of all levels develop their own relationship with his or her practice as the needs arise. One day it’s physical, the next emotional, spiritual or intellectual. She creates and holds a healing space for her students that welcomes more than just asana and the physical benefits. Lisa believes that yoga is magic, but it is also hard work. Our yoga practice may hold the key for our total well-being and as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali tell us: “Yoga is the control of the fluctuations of the mind, and once we control the mind, there is nothing in this world that can bind us”.
Her teaching style is inspired by the breath as a bridge to the body and mind, alignment, anatomy, and the structure of each pose for our individual bodies. Can you meet yourself where you are?
You can also visit her at lisasitayoga.org
“I consider myself an un-likely yogi. No background in ballet or gymnastics – just an ex long distance runner who ended up in a yoga class because my car ran out of gas and I missed the spin class at the gym. The only class available was a yoga class – I tried it and it was love at first down-dog. That was over a decade ago. Over the years I have practiced and participated in workshops and retreats with many fantastic teachers from a wide variety of yoga styles. I am inspired by all.
Yoga heals. It is that simple. My practice has helped me heal physical injuries and has eased me through traumatic emotional events in my life with a peaceful mind. Yoga is for everybody. Every body. I decided to become a teacher to help those who say ‘I wish I could do yoga , but I am not flexible, fit, young,….’ whatever is holding people back. I encourage my students to be open to what can happen on the mat, watch the magic unfold and have fun with it.”
I used to be a ballet dancer in France and I like to describe myself as a movement lover.
Meditation and yoga found me when I needed the most: I was living in Paris, constantly under a lot of stress and pressure. It was time for a change, a change called yoga.
I had the chance to move in California and received my yoga teacher training. Since then, I decided to share the beauty and joyfulness of yoga through my teaching.
Drawing inspiration from my background in dance, I aim to provide students with inviting and inspiring practice, comforting hands-on assists, challenging exercises and a peaceful environment. My yoga classes are based on constant flow linked with breath, a nice playlist and most importantly, helping each of my students to fully access their strength & mindfulness!
Kate began her yoga journey in 2004 when nothing in the world seemed to make any sense, yet she found Satya through yoga and a purpose to develop & strengthen her practice deeper. While she has experienced and enjoyed a variety of yoga classes and styles from Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Forrest, Vinyasa and Iyengar, her heart and body rejoice with a good ol’ Vinyasa flow. What yoga offers to the body, spirt and mind is not like any other physical work out or practice that Kate has personally ever experienced. While she’s tried many other forms of “exercise”, Kate finds herself always going back to the mat because yoga brings strength, focus, and challenges us to be truly present in the moment.
Kate has personally felt the spiritual, therapeutic and uplifting power of yoga and has an infinite desire to bring this to others so everyone can experience the powerful healing and love that yoga has to offer. Kate can’t wait to greet you with light and love, on the mat. Let’s flow.
Tori Canonne started her journey as a yoga teacher by delving into a teacher training in India after three years of personal practice. The teacher training in India was traditional and spiritual and it evoked a deep desire within her to share that experience with others through yoga classes. Tori followed up teaching for three years with a second training in Nepal discovering further techniques of pranayama and meditation. This training enhanced her offerings as a teacher to each of the students she feels she has the honor to guide in their practice.
Her goal is to inspire people to find happiness and purpose within themselves through their yoga and meditation practice.
Early and intensive dance training led Audra to yoga, with the sole purpose of rehabilitation following an injury at the ripe age of 17. Gradually yoga began to garner her attention and she found herself choosing to be on her mat, rather than at the ballet barre. Her practice has taken on many forms through the years and she remains grateful for its deep influence – the gentle reminders, to be kind, compassionate, curious, at peace, with yourself and others.
As a teacher (20 years after that serendipitous injury!), she wishes to communicate that lightness and joy that yoga has to offer and to create meaningful shared space.
Through each yoga asana sequence I aim to unite the physical and mental aspects of the human form. Linking every movement to one breath guides our body toward homeostasis. The common goal of yoga is to reduce suffering, recent studies have shown how a consistent yoga practice will break the cycle of adrenal fatigue and chronic stress. My curiosity only grows as I develop my own body awareness and learn more about the inner working of our extraordinary human form in relation to our spiritual and energetic yoga practice. I have been a student of yoga since my early twenties and in 2015 received my yoga teacher training from Janet Stone and additional training in therapeutic yoga techniques from Harvey Deutch.
Yoga failed to impress me originally. That first class I took– 20 some-odd years–bored me.
A year later, however, I found myself in a beginners’ yoga series at a local community center in Southern California. My life-study then began. My practice and teaching style is a distillation of alignment and flow. I believe that yoga makes you not only flexible but strong–simultaneously calm and energized.
Come to my class…really! It doesn’t matter whether you can’t touch your toes, or whether you touch your toes behind your ears. Leave feeling like the person your inner child wants you to be.
As a Nurse Midwife, I am dedicated to helping women maintain their health throughout their lives, especially during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum periods.
Now, through teaching Prenatal Yoga, I have the time to share my knowledge at a deeper level. I can help women increase their comfort and grow self-confidence by assisting them to tap into their innate wisdom as they travel on their path known as Motherhood.
I am honored to be involved in The Sacred Journey.
I’ve been practicing yoga since 2008 but became more serious about my practice a few years ago when work and life both got hectic, and I needed something to help manage the chaos. Through my yoga practice, I have found a deeper sense of self and comfort in my own skin. As a lifelong athlete, I believe that movement of any kind helps bring peace to your mind and purpose to your body.
My classes incorporate creative transitions and challenging sequences, while exploring poses that increase flexibility, concentration, and strength. I also focus on linking breath to movement, and because of my background in competitive gymnastics and collegiate diving, I tend to take an athletic, yet purposeful approach to teaching.
I did improv comedy for a number of years, so there usually is a little humor mixed into my classes. We only have one life, so we should enjoy every moment of it!
Lorene has always enjoyed being active and living a healthy life style. She was introduced and began practicing Pilates in August of 2014, using the Reformer and Chair equipment, and added Mat Pilates to her practice in 2016. Having experienced the benefits of Pilates first hand lead her to study it more closely. Her goal was to bring awareness to this extremely effective method of exercise that can be done at any age and for various fitness levels. After completing a Stott Pilates Intensive Mat Instructor training program in spring of 2019, she then began teaching Mat Pilates in October of 2019. She continue to practice Pilates regularly and also enjoy biking, yoga, and hiking with her family.
Susan Branum Rousseau, ERYT has studied and moved through 25 years of dance, yoga and Pilates (i.e. lots of anatomy study). She earned a B.F.A. in Modern Dance from TCU, and served apprenticeships under many teachers including Rama Jyoti Vernon, Judith Lasater, Elise Miller, and Tom Hendrickson. She has owned 3 Yoga/Pilates studios in northern California and continues to teach yoga, Pilates and anatomy courses. She honors Angela Farmer, Mercy Sidbury, her family, many clients & students, as her gurus. She is featured on Angela Farmer’s two videos and has assisted in her women’s retreats.
Yoga has been an integral part of my life since 1975, when I picked up a little book called: “Richard Hittleman’s Yoga: 28 Day Exercise Plan”. It was basic instruction of Hatha yoga, the physical aspect of yoga practice. In addition to my training in Mr. Iyengar’s system, those asanas, the poses, informed the rehab work I did with patients in my chiropractic practice, has been the primary tool I’ve used in healing from my own injuries and while teaching yoga for the past dozen years here in Napa. My main focus is to teach the basics of Hatha yoga and the value of staying present in the moment. The therapeutic application of Hatha, is to learn to stay within our comfort zones, allowing our body’s wisdom to guide us, even as we challenge ourselves to explore our boundaries.
Jodi has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher of bodywork and holistic therapy for over 12 years. She is passionate about helping people find balance and renewal – body, mind, and spirit.
After several years of taking yoga inconsistently, Jodi attended an Introduction series for beginners in 2014. She describes this as her “light-bulb” moment, the first time, yoga really made sense. Diving into her practice, she had a fire to do more, learn more, practice more. In 2017 she completed a Kid-Yoga teacher certification, and began teaching yoga to 5-9 year olds. Of that she says, “I love engaging the kids, teaching them how to find strength in their bodies, techniques to calm their minds, and tools to be mindful in a world full of stressors.”
Inspired to deepen her practice, and share more of the beauty that is Yoga, she completed an intensive teacher training, in early 2019, to receive her 200-hr certification.
“I wish to guide students of all ages in cultivating a relationship between breath, energy, asana, meditation, and stillness.“
Madhur-Nain Webster’s entire life has been centered on the spiritual traditions and practices of yoga. Born in Amsterdam as Madhur-Nain Khalsa to accomplished yoga teachers. Her name, meaning “lotus eyes” in Punjabi, was given to her by famed Kundalini Yoga Master and close personal family friend, Yogi Bhajan.
Madhur Nain’s genuine love of humanity and fascination with the human mind and behavior inspired her to pursue a career where she could influence people and enrich their lives.