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Yoga Passion's has teachers with diversity, skill and extensive experience

Lisa Ackerman

Lisa’s objective as a yoga teacher is to help students of all levels develop their own relationship with their 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. 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 Jivamukti and Ashtanga Yoga. This means a focus on the breath, bandhas (energy locks), dristi (gaze or focal point), intention and a lot of verbal cueing and hands on assisting to help deepen your practice.

Chelsea Andre

Raised in the Napa Valley, Chelsea found her love for movement on the Silverado track team. Soon after, she discovered she has scoliosis and was introduced to ballet from a close friend (completely unrelated then, or so she thought). Jumping into her first teaching job with ballet in 2006, she then attained a basic Mat certification from the Physical Mind Institute in 2009 as it transformed her alignment and strength for necessary for her rigorous ballet training, while dramatically enhancing the way she saw and taught ballet technique.

As it does, yoga called to her in a time of mental, physical and emotional turmoil. The inherent strengthening and lengthening qualities she knew so well blended with a necessary awareness of her nervous system and endocrine balance. In the summer of 2017 she received her 200-hour Kundalini Yoga & Meditation certificate and is happily exploring this new avenue of rewarding service. Her fascination with the inner-workings of our bodies lives on through her fusion of these disciplines in her classes. She is grateful to share with her community the awareness that ballet, Pilates and yoga have afforded the vitality of her spine and quality of every aspect of her life.

Remington Bain

Yoga is an exciting and integrative approach to wellness. Remington’s well rounded and slow-flow style of teaching emphasizes strength at any level and conditions the body towards a personal best and deep inner peace. After years of service in the United States Marines he began his yoga and meditation practice while living in Cambodia. Influenced by the many monks, gurus and healers he befriended during his travels, Remington was inspired to share what he has learned.

Remington is now an exuberant Professor of physiology at CIIS, Acupuncturist and Doctoral candidate. His deep understanding of the human condition helps foster an environment perfect for improving one’s physical condition as well as healing old injuries and preventing new ones. Yoga will meet you wherever you are. Remington’s classes are perfect for anyone looking to develop a life-affirming practice, deepen their meditation, and experience results.

 

Annette Barret

AnnetBarret“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.”

Kate Bock

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.

In addition to having earned a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology with a minor in Sociology from Western Washington University, Kate also completed the Yoga Alliance 200 hour teacher training at Rev Yoga in Napa, CA in true Vinyasa style.

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.

Jessica DeLasaux

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.

Joni Dittrich

Joan ‘Joni’ Dittrich, Ph.D., is the founder of Kali-Ki Reiki® and Kali-Ki Wisdom School®. She is a Reiki Master in four lineages (Kali-Ki®, Karuna® Holy Fire Reiki and Usui Shiki Ryoko).

She has been a teacher of meditation and asana since 1990 and is a clinical psychologist practicing in Napa, CA. Joni teaches and offers healing sessions in person and at distance.

Michelle Erbs

Yoga failed to impress me originally. That first class I took twenty years ago, 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.

Janie Falk

JanieFalkYogaPassionAs 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.

Nichole Golden

Nichole’s greatest passion lies in the transmission of the sacred offerings of Yoga to her students. She has been in humble service of this divine life-practice for a decade and is an eternal student to the art of being a yogi in the modern world.

After taking classes from Nichole, students often say of the experience: “It’s like coming home.” Her students love her for her authentic sweetness, for always holding them accountable to finding their personal edge of transformation and for seasoning ancient teachings with just the right amount of humor.

Nichole is registered with Yoga Alliance at the highest level, ERYT-500. As such Nichole has been leading and directing 200-hour teacher training programs since 2013. Nichole is a registered prenatal yoga teacher, PRYT. Nichole also has certifications as a Reiki Master, Holistic Nutrition Therapist and as a Doula.

Off the mat Nichole is an outdoor enthusiast, animal lover, writer and Broncos fan! When she isn’t teaching or practicing you can find her climbing fourteeners, traveling with her husband, snuggling with her puppies or enjoying quality time with her amazing family and beloved friends.

You can find out more about Nichole on her virtual home at:

www.nicholegolden.com

You can also practice Yoga with Nichole anywhere, anytime at:

www.gaia.com/nichole

Jayne Gonzalez

Jayne Gonzalez is a 200 RYT certified Yoga Instructor, artist, meditation teacher, and third generation native of the Napa Valley. She is passionate about making art, animals, books, adventures with her young son, and protecting the wild outdoors. She is especially excited in life about sharing the healing power of yoga. Mindfulness and meditation have been life-changing practices for Jayne. She hopes to help others live full and empowered lives by improving their confidence and capability through sharing her experiences and ever-expanding knowledge of the philosophy and practices of yoga.

Tony Howell

Yoga is about being in the present moment, and it starts with the breath.  Providing space for students (mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually) to allow them the opportunity to connect with their breath is an emphasis in my classes. The breath is amazing; allowing us to be stronger, calmer, more equanimous versions of ourselves.  Students utilize vinyasa (movement with breath) to create more space in poses, hold challenging poses longer, maintain stability/balance (physically and mentally), and to be more in the present moment all at the same time!

I showed interest in the body and the mind at an early age.  I naturally pursued educational degrees in psychology and kinesiology.  In addition to teaching and practicing yoga, I bring years of experience as an athlete, coach, and strength and conditioning specialist. I try to meet each student where they are while helping them to evolve into their truer selves.

 

Amy Martenson

Amy has been practicing yoga for almost thirty years. In 2015-16, she completed Mindful Schools’ Mindfulness Fundamentals and Educator Essentials courses to teach mindfulness to students. In 2016-17, she completed her 200-hour Advanced Studies and Foundational Teacher Training program at Yoga Community, a Yoga Alliance-certified school in Sonoma. Amy’s teachers, Barbra Brady and Lisa Murray, both trace their yoga lineage back to Swami Rama of India and the Himalayan Yoga Tradition. Amy’s training in Raja yoga has provided her with a well-rounded background in classical yoga that includes yoga philosophy, asana, pranayama, and meditation, which is what she enjoys teaching to others.

Rebecca McFall

Rebecca is a mother of two, and an independent childbirth educator, CD-DONA, certified doula, childbirth educator, (CMT) massage therapist and certified on pre and postnatal yoga.
Her teaching style offers a challenging but slower paced flow whether you are pregnant or not!  With attention to holding poses and focus on core and pelvic floor.

Marcy Nielsen-Berruezo

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.

Madhur-Nain Webster

Madhur-Nain-WebsterMadhur-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.

























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