Alia Kaneshiro has been practicing various styles of yoga for 15 years. Since completeing her teacher training in 2014 she's been primarily teaching Yin & Restorative, however her love for movement and strength along with flexibility is coming through as she branches out to teaching vinyasa flows to find balance in her teaching as well as her personal practice.
Veronica Culpepper has been a practicing yogi for over fifteen years. She has studied under Kent Bond and Alyssa Prettyman and recently completed her yoga teacher training at Willow Glen Yoga studio. She now holds an RYT200hr certification. Veronica primarily teaches Vinyassa flow and welcomes all levels to her classes.
With a Ph.D. in Physics, Michael finds yoga philosophy & asana to complement his stringent scientific profession. By assimilating his scientific background with yoga physiology and meditation, he presents a new grounded perspective on the practice. His approach to teaching will develop awareness, flexibility, strength, and confidence.
She is respected as a teacher’s teacher. Julianne is committed to being present to the possibility of love, healing, and creativity, and this commitment informs her work on all levels. It is what she most hopes to share with her students and her community. Read more about her at http://jwww.juliannerice.com/about/.
Kathleen is an Experienced Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher and Continuing Education Provider. In her classes, she draws from her vast studies and practices of the 4 branches of yoga, some of which include: Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa, and Restorative. Kathleen offers workshops as well as private lessons to help students deepen their practice, studies, and overall well-being. For more information on Kathleen please click here: Kathleen Callan
Kent Bond, creator of Willow Glen Yoga in San Jose, California, is a well-respected Yogi from the Bay Area. He has many years of Yoga teaching, practice and study in several lineages of Yoga. Kent has developed a singular teaching style that is informative, challenging and uplifting. He has extensive and ongoing studies in the White Lotus tradition with Ganga White and Tracey Rich, including advanced and undergraduate teaching certifications from this prestigious center. In addition, he holds certification from Erich Schiffmann and has trained with numerous emerging masters including Duncan Wong, Robert Brook, and Russell Kai Yamaguchi. Kent leads specialized workshops in the USA and Europe and is an ongoing member of the White Lotus Foundation teacher training staff. More on Kent Bond
Denise Wendler’s classes draw faithful students who appreciate her encouraging spirit and patient instruction. She enjoys teaching students of all abilities and ages. Denise is a certified Yoga Therapist and an Intermediate Junior Iyengar certified teacher.
Kyczy was trained in the Himalayan Yoga tradition in 2006. She teaches a somatic gentle style, and holds monthly Y12SR classes. You can read more about her at www.yogarecovery.com, and Kyczy Hawk on FB.
Alyssa Prettyman has been teaching yoga in the Boston area for 11 years. In fall of 2017 she landed in San Jose, by way of an RV, and is excited to share her perspective on the practice. In her classes expect an experience to satisfy all levels of yogi / yogini, diverse playlists, a keen focus on alignment and functional movement, as well as a joke or two. Does she have "the" Boston accent? You'll have to check out her classes to find out!
A long time practitioner, Amanda began yoga alongside her mother in 1998. Since then, she has been influenced by teachers: Kent Bond, Jason Crandell, Dee Dussault, Jill Miller and the greatest teacher of all...Father Time. Amanda's offerings are a mixture of breath-work and conscious movement with a special focus on aligning the lessons learned on the mat with a more mindful lifestyle. She hopes that after practicing together, you feel energized from the inside out.
Jill began her career as a youth outreach specialist for families and teens at risk, and as a recreational therapist (CTRS). She developed a unique compassion for all members of our community, and those who struggle to experience balance, vitality and connectedness in their lives. Since 2003, Jill discovered the potential for yoga to unify the body, mind and spirit through her vinyasa practice and its incredible potential for healing and personal enrichment. Her regular practice of yoga led her to the White Lotus Foundation (Santa Barbara), one of the first Yoga Teacher Training programs in the country. Here she received her Yoga Alliance Certification and since then has returned for advanced training in Thai Yoga Therapy and Therapeutic Yoga. In addition to her training at White Lotus Foundation, Jill has also completed the Oakland based Niroga Institute's Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy School. Jill’s joy is to support others in bringing about positive transformation, balance and a grounded sense of peace that can be drawn upon in life.
Judith has loved the transformation that takes place on the mat ever since she took her first yoga class in 2003. Besides becoming stronger in body, the most important transformation is the one of the mind which happens every time she practices yoga, making her feel present in the moment and at home in her body. Yoga helped Judith to stay focused on her work as a hardware engineer and to experience giving birth to her daughter, with full awareness and joy, yet without medication. It took a few years into motherhood for her to allow herself to let go of her engineering passion and follow her other passion to become certified as a yoga teacher. Judith earned her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification at Avalon Art & Yoga Center in Palo Alto, California in 2009. In 2015 she completed her 500 hour certification through Jennifer Prugh’s “Joy of Yoga” teacher training at Breathe in Los Gatos, California. During her 500 hour training, she also assisted in yoga for cancer survivorship classes taught by Lorien Neargarder. This experience expanded her ability to adapt the practice to include students with a variety of abilities and physical limitations. Judith’s yoga classes focus on alignment and breath, and encourage development of individual body awareness leading to a safe practice for her students in a nourishing way.
Kaye Lathe is a librarian and a mom. She has been practicing yoga for many years, but after becoming the mother of twins, it became a daily practice, and eventually a way of life. Kaye has her RTY 200, and is a Yoga for All certified yoga instructor. As a larger bodied yogi, Kaye is a proponent of Health at Every Size and believes that everyone should incorporate joyous movement into every day. She is also a supporter of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. For more information, please follow her blog found on www.kaphayogi.com.
Lori empowers her students to heal and strengthen themselves using body mechanics as path to freedom from pain for all ages and experience. Lori has been teaching for 10 years and brings the powerful combination of being a Certified Restorative Exercise™ Specialist with Katy Bowman, a Yoga Tune Up teacher with Jill Miller and a Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher with Elise Miller to her classes. Contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org or at her website: yogirelease.com
Nick Loffree, a Canadian who discovered QiGong's healing power as a remedy to chronic illness and injury in himself. He now lives in Santa Cruz where he is a senior teacher at the world famous Holden QiGong school. He teachers classes and workshops around the Bay Area including the new 1440 Multiversity. www.petricorehealingarts.com
I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years. It’s the one constant in my life. Coming to my mat is like coming home! The one place I can be with myself as I am at that moment. I’ve practiced Iyengar, Vinyasa, Hatha, Kundalini, and Bikram. In 2007 I was stressed out with a health crises and family issues. I was seeing my acupuncturist for help and he suggested I try Yin yoga for awhile, that perhaps my yoga practice was a little to Yang for what was going on in my life at the time. My first class and I was hooked! The meditative aspect of Yin allowed me to quite my mind and de-stress. The postures of Yin opened my body in ways I had never experienced before. Healing me physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Deepening my yoga practice tremendously. This is when I decided to teach Yoga. To bring to others the healing benefits that I received. My practice now incorporates the softer Yang style of Gentle yoga along with my love, Yin. Adding in some Restorative for those days when I’m recovering from an illness or are emotionally depleted. We need both the Yang and Yin in our lives and our practice in order to stay balanced, strong yet flexible.
“My mission is to assist others in their healing through; nourishment, movement, and subtle body energy work. Then a shifting of lifestyle, leading ultimately to the place of remembering, that we hold the key to our own healing” ~Stephanie
Stephanie is an Intuitive Wellness Practitioner. With a focus on the Mind Body Soul connection, she assist clients as they return to Wholeness………..
As a Health Coach, she walks beside clients; assisting them to realize that we all have our own answers to our journey within. Yet, we may require another to light the path from time to time, as we travel through the twists & turns of life. She guides clients to create & set sustainable goals around nourishment, movement, and relationships (especially the one with the self).
With this framework, the intention ultimately leads to optimal mind, body & soul healing. The ways in which she supports her clients is with her knowledge & guidance utilizing her Studies & Certifications from; The Institute of Integrated Nutrition, Masters Yoga Institute , doTerra Essential Oils Advocacy and, the healing art of Reiki Energy Work, as well as her own Intuition.
Teresa's lineage in yoga is Hatha based and explores a fusion of Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa Flow focusing on integrity based alignment. If Yoga is the resolution of self-limiting thoughts, emotions and tendencies, then self-awareness and getting free is the key!! The body is not what needs to be flexible to practice yoga, but rather the mind. Teresa appreciates Yoga as an evolving science and avidly believes that Yoga is the art of transformation and finding peace in mind, body and spirit.
John incorporated yoga into his life in 2003 and started teaching in 2009. John holds an E-RYT 200 hour certification from Yoga Works and teaches a slow mindful Vinyasa flow, focusing on alignment, which is available to all students.
Nate grew up playing sports year-round. Although he always took care of his body it wasn't in a particularly mindful way. After being introduced to yoga he started approaching fitness and well-being from an entirely new angle. He found that looking good did not necessarily make one feel good, but feeling good will most likely make one look healthy and radiant. This is how Nate sees yoga. It's a way to connect with the body, mind, and soul. As this connection builds the practitioner starts to experience subtle changes that, with consistency, will lead to a more balanced and caring life.
Sherry Keogh believes that every-“body” can do yoga and creates a compassionate and inviting space that is inclusive and inspiring. An RYT-200 yoga instructor (Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, Alignment-based) and an ACE-certified group fitness instructor, Sherry brings a contagious energy to her teaching. She is passionate about everything local, organic, and sustainable, and believes that each and every choice makes a difference.
Mary Ellen Hannon, co-owner of Willow Glen Yoga, is a Certified Holistic Health Coach with a BA in Health Science – Somatics and she focuses on nervous system regulation. She believes the most fundamental form of medicine lies in our daily attention to our mind-body connection. Her goal is to teach students how to stay out of pain, improve posture and to move through life with more ease. Mary Ellenis also the author of Complementary Alternative Medicine a movement medicine book for relief and the prevention of chronic physical and emotional pain (2018). Learn more at maryellenhannon.com
Introduced to meditation at the age of 14, Sima felt the same serenity and curiosity then, as she did roaming the paths of her grandfather’s garden when she was a toddler. Sima took her first yoga class two years later, at 16, and felt it all connect - the curiosity met by a path toward true serenity. Sima began teaching yoga in 2014, having received her initial training from Angie Poon and Noell Clark. Since then she has continued to practice and study on and off the mat with a keen interest in anatomy, philosophy, and self-transformation. Inspired by Meghan Currie, Erika Abrahamian, and Marc Holzman, roaming the garden within herself, Sima is in the midst of her 500-hour training under the tutelage of Mark Stephens.
Sarah first discovered yoga in 2008, when she was surprised by the joy and delight she felt during a challenging vinyasa class led by Jennifer Prugh. Her love for vinyasa continued on, however she really deepened her yoga practice after becoming a mother and struggling through injuries. Her physical hardships, including healing a diastasis recti and mending a broken wrist, were the ultimate teachers, pushing her to find new ways to practice that included more self-care and biomechanical awareness (on and off the mat). She studied under Kent Bond and completed the Willow Glen Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training in 2019.
Paige’s yoga journey began in 2017, and she obtained her 200 hour certification from Almaden Yoga in 2019. She encourages her students to practice compassion and curiosity within the self, both on and off the mat. A lover of creativity within sequencing and safety in alignment, Paige looks forward to being a part of your yoga journey too.
From her first ballet class at the age of 5, she has been captivated by the joy of movement. As a student of the non-violent martial art Aikido in her twenties, she began to understand the power of movements that embody an energetic practice and philosophy of life. As a yoga teacher, her goal is to provide the student with a practice that will help them meet their needs of the present, whether it is physical well being, enhanced strength and mobility, or inner peace.