Yoga Instructor Bios
The yoga that I practice is a reflection of years of passionate study and exploration. I pursued this path with many influential teachers – Shiva Rhea, Erich Schiffmann, Shandor Remete, Angela Farmer – and traveled the world on this journey. I became a Certified Integrative Yoga Therapist in 1997, and have honed my method of instruction both privately and at multiple studios throughout California and Nevada. Through gentle flowing movements, I bring together the structural alignment of the physical body with the energetic alignment of the subtle body; thus the “doing” of the Yoga discipline is balanced by the “being” and spacious openness.
On a personal note, having emigrated from the Soviet Union in the 70’s, I landed in San Francisco and found myself thrown into unknown territory. This required of me a constant exploration, intimacy and humility in experiencing life, and has led to many joyful discoveries along the way. The most important of them – the ancient and ever-alive teaching of yoga! Today, having recently returned to the Bay Area, I am delighted to share the gifts of yoga with people of all ages and levels of experience at 4th Street Yoga.
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Shakti was born in a yoga ashram in central France. She began seriously practicing physical yoga at age 13 and meditation at age 16 when she took her first trip to India. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College with a focus in psychology, she spent six years living between India and England, furthering her study and practice. In India and Europe she studied with many saints and true yogis. In Vrindavan, India she gained a Bhakti Sastri diploma, graduating with high honors. In the USA, she studied with Yogi Charu and has been teaching for four years in NYC, at PURE, Chelsea Piers, Stanton St and The Bhakti Center.
She has taught members of the FBI, the Department of Defense and KKR, heads of National Grid, Spotify, Next Jump, Beacon Pacific, Stonehouse and various celebrities. She has taught in India, France, Italy, the UK, and across the US.
Shakti began teaching Nidra Teacher Trainings in 2013 and has lead Nidra workshops and/or trainings in NYC at PURE, YogaMaya, OmFactory, Stanton Street Yoga and The Bhakti Center, and in Key West at the Sanctuary and Shakti Yoga. Contact: Shakti
discovered yoga after a long career in public education as a classroom teacher and principal. As a relative late-comer to yoga, herself, she specializes in working with older adults. Betty studied directly with Dr. Loren Fishman, co-author of Yoga for Osteoporosis to become the first Yoga for Osteoporosis-certified teacher in Northern California. Her Yoga for Bone Health class is based on the Fishman Method. See sciatica.org for more information about a long-term study demonstrating the benefits of yoga for bone health.
Betty is also certified to teach senior yoga through Silver Age Yoga.
In addition to her scheduled classes, Betty offers private and semi-private lessons on a limited basis.
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is an expressive arts practitioner (Halprin Practitioner), improvisational movement artist, yoga instructor, and educator. Julie is a graduate of certification programs in teaching the body and various movement disciplines: in Iyengar-based yoga from the Advanced Studies Program at the Yoga Room in Berkeley; in Yoga and Jewish Spirituality and in Dance Midrash from the Elat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality; and in Movement-based Expressive Arts Education and Therapy from Tamalpa Institute. She directs the Jewish Wellness and Embodied Jewish Learning Initiative at the Bureau of Jewish Education, teaches yoga at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and co-facilitates Sacred Dance Circles in Berkeley. She has loved to move and dance as far back as she can remember, and discovered and began to regularly practice Iyengar yoga over 20 years ago. For the past fourteen years she has guided, studied and learned from her students via the body, movement, yoga and the arts in a variety of settings.
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conveys his quiet passion for yoga in his ashtanga vinyasa classes. His yoga evolved from years of exploring (as a psychiatrist) the complex relationship between mind and body. Classes use flowing sequences of postures linked together by a steady focus on connecting breath and movement. Attention is directed to developing core strength and proper alignment while cultivating and sustaining an inner calm throughout a challenging practice.
Contact Jonothon: (510) 236-8612 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ariel Roland Holst, RYT 500
stepped in to her first yoga class twenty-three years ago while pregnant with her first son. After many years of dance, yoga offered a profound new way to learn about movement and well being. In recent years she has studied Buddhism and has taken part in silent meditation retreats at Spirit Rock. She is a graduate of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program.
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is a graduate of the Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program. He has been teaching Iyengar-style yoga for the past 10 years. Scotty was a late-comer to the practice of yoga and hence offers classes that are suited for both beginning through intermediate level students regardless of age. His intention is to teach classes which are available and welcoming to everyone. Scotty’s teaching motto has become: “IF I CAN DO IT THEN YOU CAN DO IT TOO.”
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I didn’t walk out of my first yoga class – I glided. I still have vivid sense memories of that first post-yoga class walk – sorry, glide home. Everything about me and my surroundings had transformed into substances much lighter, airier and fresher than before. The only way to describe how I felt is to say that I experienced a moment in time utterly without burdens – or even gravity. Many years later I became a fitness specialist and yoga teacher but it wasn’t until I experienced TriYoga that my meditation practice, spiritual seeking, and love of yoga found a home. After 20 years of teaching there is still nothing I would rather be doing than helping people discover their own glide home. Namaste.
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is a licensed psychotherapist (LMFT) and expressive arts therapist. She has studied, performed and taught various disciplines of dance and movement arts for most of her life. As a therapist, she has brought the healing and expressive aspects of those disciplines to clients and students in colleges, private studios, and clinical settings. Practicing Motion Theater since 2006 has strengthened her belief in the value and necessity of creative self expression. She sees the Motion art form as a way of addressing the profound need people have to be seen, heard, and witnessed in their efforts to make sense of our increasingly chaotic world; and to articulate their personal stories.
has enjoyed decades of yogic study and practice, first in the Ashtanga tradition and later in Tantric Hatha Yoga with Sophia Diaz, then Psalm Isadora’s Primal Core 200hr teacher training. Practicing and teaching through two pregnancies led her to study Active Birth with Carol Ironside in the U.K and discover her passion for supporting women in the transition to motherhood.
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has taught yoga for 30 years, was on The Yoga Room Advanced Studies staff for 12 years and has mentored many beginning teachers during this time. She studied with Geeta Iyengar in Pune, India. Donald Moyer is her primary teacher.
She began teaching at Fourth Street Yoga when it first opened, over 20 years ago. Barbara offers seasonal retreats, workshops and personal practice guidance on request.
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Certified Ananda Yoga Teacher/ Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance.
I have been teaching yoga in the Bay Area for the past 20 years and have extensive experience working with people of all sizes. My classes, workshops and retreats offer a safe, comfortable and grounded space for people of all sizes to connect and integrate body, mind and spirit through yoga, meditation and breath awareness. I continue to learn from my students, from personal practice and exploration and from study.
I am guided by the wisdom of the body, the power of the heart, and the joy of discovery. One of my great privileges as a teacher is to introduce beginners to the practice of yoga.
In addition to Yoga for Large Women, I hold yoga and meditation retreats at the Calistoga Spa Hot Springs for people of all sizes and genders, and co-facilitate with Ann Doherty, RN, CDE, “New Strategies for Managing Stress and Optimizing Health,” a Calistoga retreat offering CEU’s for RN, MFT and LCSW.
I also teach yoga for employees at Alta Bates, Summit and Herrick Hospitals and Restorative Yoga at the Claremont Resort and Spa.
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Beth Greenfield Rodgers
has been practicing yoga since 1982 and began teaching in 1988 while completing her Advanced Yoga Studies at The Yoga Room in Berkeley, CA. Beth studied and apprenticed with Rodney Yee for many years, and was one of his first students to become a teacher. Beth helped found the 4th Street Yoga studio with her yoga partners Clare Finn and Barbara Voinar. Beth studied Yoga in Balance with Jean Couch www.balancecenter.com while she was healing a back injury. Beth’s style of teaching blends precision of body alignment from her Iyengar training with gentle relaxation and skeletal re-alignment from her Yoga in Balance work. Beth’s classes are suited for back and joint care, for beginners and all levels. Beth guides her students carefully through the subtle nuances of a pose. Her classes are straightforward and humble. All are welcome.
Contact Beth: (510) 428-1860 or email@example.com
is a long time yoga practitioner and certified Iyengar yoga teacher with 34 years of teaching experience. She is a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco and teaches in the East Bay. Her instruction is clear and concise and accessible for all level of students. she has a calm, pleasant and easy going manner and always includes relaxation postures in her classes. She specializes in Yoga for Pregnancy and Hypnosis for Birthing. She presently teaches at The Yoga Room and 4th Street Yoga Studio’s in Berkeley. For more information go to her website at www.envisionings.com or call 510-541-1395.
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Barbara views yoga as a system of body movements that will help sustain and support the well-being of a person’s health and fitness, over the many years of one’s life. She has been a yoga practitioner for over 25 years, and teaching since 1996. She is a graduate of the Yoga Room in Berkeley. She is also a graduate of the School of Body Mind Centering (BMC), a 500-hour yoga training program of Embodied Anatomy and Yoga, and Developmental Movement and Yoga, and is a BMC certified Somatic Movement Educator. She is a licensed therapeutic massage practitioner. Barbara’s classes focus on a sequence of asanas/poses to maximize the body’s natural ease and aliveness. She works with students to bring about a sense of enjoyment and balance, as well as a deepening of the connection between the body and mind.
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has enjoyed a regular yoga practice since 1981. He has taught yoga since 1983 in San Francisco and Berkeley at the Yoga Room, the Berkeley Yoga Center, 4th Street Yoga and the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco as a teacher training faculty member. He has studied several times in India with B.K.S., Geeta and Prashant Iyengar. Classes center on learning useful foundation principals for the yoga asanas. Students learn core poses and sequences and learn to develop their personal practice.
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has been teaching yoga since 1999. She began practicing yoga in her early twenties as a way to supplement her modern dance pursuits but quickly found herself choosing her mat over rehearsals and by thirty had embraced yoga completely. During Tania’s first pregnancy she completed the Khalsa Way Prenatal training with Gurmukh in 2010 and shortly after the birth of her first son Hiro started teaching Mom Baby Yoga and Prenatal Yoga at Blossom Birth in Palo Alto. Tania loves sharing the practice of yoga with expectant moms and moms with their new babies. Tania’s other training’s include Integral Yoga, Om Yoga, Restorative Yoga and she continues to study and attend SmartFLOW workshops with Annie Carpenter to deepen her own practice and teaching. Contact Tania:firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara has studied yoga for over 40 years in diverse yoga lineages. Her teaching style is primarily infused from the traditions of Siddha, Iyengar, Anusara Yoga and the inspiring teaching of Angela Farmer. Her asana instruction is equally informed by her knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
Her passion for Bhakti Yoga was ignited by the teachings of RamDass, Baba Muktananda and Neem Karoli Baba. She embraces the power of chanting as a salve for the heart. Her spiritual practice of Mindful Awareness aligns most closely with the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of Rinpoche Anam Thubten.
She has taught in prisons, specialized in pre-natal yoga, supported programs for vulnerable youth, works therapeutically with MS, ALS, Stroke and Cancer yogis. She also teaches yoga as a path of healing in the substance abuse recovery population. Certified in Senior Yoga Therapy through Duke Integrative Medicine, she approaches aging with vibrancy and respect for the changes these later years bring to our practice.
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is known for her provocative and original performance works. Her pieces have garnered seven Bay Area Critics’ Circle Awards, and she has received, among other prestigious honors, three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Her written pieces (ninawise.com/writings.html) have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.
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