Julia Alexander

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.

Contact Julia: kuzlya@att.net


Shakti Assouline yoga instructor

Shakti Assouline

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


Betty Aten yoga instructors bio

Betty Aten

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.
Contact Betty: bettymaten@gmail.com


Julie Emden yoga instructor

Julie Emden

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.

Julie Emden, RYT-500, directs the Embodied Jewish Learning Initiative in San Francisco. A graduate of five fellowship and teaching certification programs related to her work as a Jewish educator, Iyengar-based yoga instructor and movement/expressive artist, Julie has nineteen years of experience guiding others in exploring Jewish wisdom, text and practices via the body in a variety of settings. Embodied Jewish Learning offers classes, workshops, on-line learning, retreats, teacher trainings, and strategic consultation and guidance for Jewish Wellness Initiatives throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Contact: julie@julieemden.com.
Contact Julie: jbemden@aol.com


jonothon gross yoga instructors bio

Jonothon Gross

Jonothon teaches a thoughtful, innovative, and energetic class designed in part to develop core strength. Yoga poses are presented in a series of slowly flowing sequences held together by a steady focus on breath and movement. Using core tone, sequences of postures are presented and held; these postures offer an opportunity to notice areas of strength and weakness. While the class has challenging moments, it is suitable for anyone having some experience with yoga, and a desire to bolster their strength, stamina, and flexibility. Those who have enjoyed being athletic in other arenas will notice a familiarity with gradually building skills and self-knowledge. All students are encouraged to learn more about the idiosyncrasies of their bodies and develop a yoga practice that is safe and engaging.

Jonothon has synthesized many years of taking classes with a host of different teachers; he has learned to teach a class he would want to take.

Additional benefits: Those willing to focus on and improve their physical well being may begin to notice a connection of outer body and inner life. A steady yoga practice is one way of learning to move through the world in a more agile manner.

Contact Jonothon: (510) 236-8612 or jonothong@comcast.net


Ariel Roland Holst yoga instructor

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.

Contact Ariel: ariella262002@yahoo.com


scotty mccauley yoga instructor

Scotty McCaulley

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.”
Contact Scotty: yogadiner@yahoo.com or (510) 649-1800


Pam McKernan yoga instructor

Pam McKernan

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.
Contact Pam: pamckernan@me.com


sybil meyer yoga instructors bioSybil Meyer

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.
www.sybilmeyer.com       sybil@sybilmeyer.com


Rosy Moon yoga instructor

Rosy Moon

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.
Contact Rosy: rosymoon1@gmail.com


Barbara Papini yoga instructor

Barbara Papini

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.

Contact Barbara: Bbpapini@aol.com


Sally Pugh yoga instructors bio

Sally Pugh

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.
Contact Sally: SallyPugh@comcast.net


Beth Greenfield yoga instructor

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 beth.greenfield@me.com


Deborah Saliby yoga instructorDeborah Saliby

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 Steiber yoga instructors bioBarbara Steiber

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.
Contact Barbarabarbsteiber@gmail.com


Don Tuttle yoga instructorDon Tuttle

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.
Contact Don: dontut@earthlink.net


Tania Varela-Ibarra yoga instructor Tania Varela-Ibarra

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:tvisanae@yahoo.com


Barbara Voinar yoga instructors bio

Barbara Voinar

Barbara Voinar, IAYT certified yoga therapist, teaches with extraordinary depth and expertise, integrating her 40 years of study and practice in established hatha yoga traditions. Her spiritual practices of Vipassana and Tibetan Buddhism have been guided by Sharon Salzberg and Rinpoche Anam Thubten. Her love of chanting and meditation, first kindled while living in Swami Muktananda’s Siddha Yoga ashram, inspired her to collaborate with many gifted teachers bringing yoga and chanting together. At times she can be found leading the yoga practice in Krishna Das’s chanting retreats when not teaching at her longtime established 4th St. Yoga studio in Berkeley, CA. She teaches yoga as a path of healing in the substance abuse recovery community and works therapeutically with MS, and ALS, Stroke and Cancer yogis. She has taught in prisons, specialized in pre-natal yoga, and supported programs for vulnerable youth.

Contact Barbara: barbara@4thstreetyoga.com


Nina Berne yoga instructor

Nina Wise

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.

Contact Nina: nina@ninawise.com


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