Specializing in Yoga for Scoliosis
Monique began her yoga journey while pregnant with her first child eleven years ago. Yoga is now an inseparable part of Monique’s life, and she thrives on sharing her knowledge with students of all ages.
Inspired by how yoga movement can change people’s health and overall life, Monique earned certification and began work as a Les Mills BodyBalance instructor. While teaching this fitness regime, which combines Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi, she strived for a deeper understanding of the benefits that yoga in particular can bring to the body.
Today, Monique tailors her attention to detail and precise method of teaching structural alignment to each of her specialized small-group and private classes.
Monique is an Iyengar influenced Certified Instructor. She completed the 200-hour Advanced Studies/Teacher Training Program in February 2017 at the Iyengar yoga studio, The Yoga & Movement Center in Walnut Creek, CA. In 2018, Monique furthered her studies with Elise Browning Miller and is now a Yoga for Scoliosis certified Teacher Trainer. Monique extends her studies in the Iyengar discipline via frequent workshops with Yoga Alliance continuing education providers.
Specializing in Restorative Yoga
Victoria is a graduate of The Yoga and Movement Center's Advanced Studies/Teacher Training Program, studying under Diane Valentine and Dennis Eagan. She completed further training with Judith Lasater and is a certified Relax and Renew® restorative yoga teacher.
Through her gentle and invitational approach to yoga, she meets each student where they are at, honoring their personal practice. She very much resonates with the quiet and calming poses found in Restorative yoga. These poses allow for deep relaxation and letting go, both in mind and body. Victoria finds her time on the mat as a precious opportunity to turn inward, notice and listen.
She is so grateful to be able to share this practice with others and hopes that her students feel more and more at home on their mat, and in the world.
Specializing in body and mind connection
Tatiana is the Holistic practitioner and yoga instructor who is providing variety of services to humans and animals. Her main focus is to create harmony between physical body and mind.
Tatiana’s approach to healing is based on ancient Asian and Indian methodologies and techniques, such as: Yoga, Ayurveda, Reflexology, Acupressure, Aromatherapy, Massages Tuina/Shiatsu and SuJok therapy.
She believes: “Acceptance is the key to harmony”
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Diane Valentine - is the former Director of The Yoga & Movement Center in downtown Walnut Creek named Diablo magazine's Best Yoga Teacher 2010. She is a passionate yoga teacher, yoga teacher trainer, Feldenkrais® practitioner and author. Diane has developed a deep understanding of the body, mind, and emotional connections through her work as a yoga teacher, and Feldenkrais practitioner. Today, her methods are aimed at teaching students to listen to their bodies through the fluid movements of yoga and Feldenkrais, as well as learning to practice “living in the present moment” by becoming aware of and acting on the wholeness of their mind-body-spirit connection.
Diane believes in providing a highly individual approach to her students both in classes and in private sessions. Her classes are grounded in the traditions of B.K.S. Iyengar Diane has trained and assisted Senior Iyengar teacher Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD. and she has received many certifications in the therapeutic and restorative aspects of yoga. Diane has also assisted and traveled with Judith for 10 years learning the finer points of working individually with students. Diane has been a teacher for over 30 years. She is a highly experienced RYT500 teacher, certified with The Yoga Alliance and the International Yoga therapist Association, as well as a certified Relax & Renew Trainer® in Restorative Yoga and a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®.
Workshops - Guest Teacher
Leslie Howard is an Oakland-based yoga teacher, specializing in all things pelvic. She leads workshops and trainings nationally and has written a book about caring for the female pelvis, Pelvic Liberation. She is a regular presenter for the Yoga Journal conferences and a regular contributor to Yoga Journal magazine. Her own struggles with healing her hips and pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history and energetics of this rich place.
Her teaching is informed by over 3500 hours of yoga study with senior Iyengar yoga teachers. She considers Ramanand Patel her most important influence and mentor. She has designed two very successful studies for UCSF on how to use yoga to alleviate incontinence and pelvic pain.
To learn more about Leslie or for some online education opportunities visit: www.lesliehowardyoga.com
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Dennis Eagan is a registered ERYT500 yoga teacher based in Coloma California. He has been studying yoga for twenty-four years and the natural world his entire life.
As founder and director of Wild Yoga, Dennis brings more than three decades of experience as a wilderness guide and outdoor educator to his teaching.
He graduated from Rodney Yee’s Advanced Studies Program at the Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, California in 1998 and has been teaching yoga ever since.
Dennis' classes are infused with an eclectic mix of sound bio-mechanical principles, breath awareness, earth dynamics, and yoga philosophy.
He offers workshops, trainings and wilderness yoga retreats throughout the west from Baja to Alaska.
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