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.
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.
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.
As a dedicated yoga educator influenced by my prior career as a nurse, I am fully committed to fostering a safe and nurturing environment to help people grow, feel empowered, and inspired in their lives. I offer the wisdom teachings of yoga with clarity and integrity and strive to create an openhearted, non-judgmental, and supportive community. As an accomplished and adept teacher with a keen eye, I am skillful at meeting the needs and limitations of practitioners at all levels.
When you come to my classes, you can expect clear informative instruction, to be inspired to cultivate greater stamina, strength and flexibility and challenged to reach beyond your perceived limitations. Each class focuses on one category of poses, is organized around a specific nurturing theme and offers modifications for all levels. By using incremental teaching techniques, the class is progressively sequenced to ensure students build understanding, confidence, grow in their practice and have a positive, rewarding experience. Emphasis is placed on a steady meditative flow of breath to calm the mind to turn your senses inward to discover new depths within your heart.
Initially drawn to yoga for its physical aspects, I unexpectedly discovered a connection to grace, community, and a myriad of holistic benefits when I found Anusara yoga. Through specific techniques of alignment, I finally found the key to unlocking the places I felt painfully stuck in. My practice transformed and made seemingly impossible poses now comfortably accessible. This experience has provided me with the bio-mechanical knowledge and compassion to help others overcome pain and fear and embrace their innermost potential.
Being a fully devoted yoga practitioner and teacher since 1997, I am enthusiastically committed to continuing my growth and education. Combined with my 2005 certification in Anusara yoga and significant teaching experience, I achieved the highest credentialing through Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level. You can find me in two locations: Napa, California and Maui, Hawaii where I offer public classes to all levels, individual therapeutic sessions and specialized workshops.
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!
Marcy teaches in the Anusara tradition, inviting students to gain strength, flexibility, and balance while rediscovering their own inner grace. Anusara, which means “from the heart” or “flowing with grace,” integrates the science of biomechanical alignment, the awakening of inner body awareness, and the celebration of the heart.
Marcy has studied extensively with John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga, and with Desiree Rumbaugh, Senior Certified Anusara Teacher Trainer, and with other yoga masters. She has had over 800 hours of intensive training in Anusara and other yoga traditions, and more than 6700 hours experience teaching yoga. She has intensively studied Tantrik philosophy and Neelakantha meditation with Shaivite scholar Paul Muller-Ortega. In addition to her yoga experience, Marcy is a Reiki Master in three lineages, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development, a Master’s degree in Special Education, five teaching credentials, and thirty years’ background teaching students with special needs, attesting to her commitment to helping students go from where they are to where they are able to go, with patience, acceptance, and openness of heart. Her greatest joy is in awakening in her students a sense of their own marvelous possibilities.
Annie is an illustrator living and creating in Napa, CA. She tried yoga for the first time when she was 15, but truly fell in love with it a few years ago. She loves painting, gardening, and telling stories that help us discover ourselves. Annie is also an accomplished musician, you can find her tunes on Spotify!
Learn more about Annie here: www.annieruygtillustration.com
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.
Irene Tracey is a 200 RYT who has completed numerous workshops and trainings to not only deepen her own practice but teachings as well. While, vinyasa flow was her initial pull into the practice, starting off for merely the physical, she soon developed a deeper connection to slowing down and taking creating a more holistic approach. Her recent completion of a 200 hr Amba Movement training in Embodiment School of Yoga for Women has brought new transformation and structure into her course of study, creating deeper nourishment through breath and movement. Her creative, sometimes dance like flow will spark new openings and pathways. She has an eclectic love of music that is revealed through her creative playlist. Her goal with her students to is help them create a deeper level of love for themselves on and off the mat through the focus of being present. Irene has been fortunate enough to study under some admired teachers such as Bernie Clark and Meghan Morris.
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.