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 Prenatal Yoga + Postnatal Yoga
Sandi is a Licensed Midwife and prenatal educator who began her work with mamas-to-be at the same time she began practicing yoga, in 1992. She combines two of her passions, yoga and serving expectant and new mamas into her Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga classes. She believes that the female body is strong and powerful, yet benefits from nurturing and compassion, especially during the season of gestation and change. Helping women connect with their bodies and their growing babies, focusing on the breath and finding balance, discovering the strength within, while learning to let go are interwoven into her classes.
Sandi first began studying with Diane Valentine as part of a healing regime after back surgery, and completed her 200 hour certification at the Yoga & Movement Center. She has received teaching certifications in Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Healthy Aging, and completed the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction program for Health Care Providers. She integrates yoga and mindfulness principles into her childbirth education classes.
When she is not working or practicing, you can find her in the garden, on the trail, in one of her women’s groups, at the movies or reading a good book. She is married and has 2 adult children.
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 Yomassage
Victoria's passion and curiosity for muscle and movement medicine, yoga and intuitive healing started her on a journey of discovery. It lead her to enriching her life with an array of healing modalities. She is an Intuitive Healer, Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Yomassage Therapist (Honors) and Reiki Master.
Victoria has been very fortunate to have been mentored by Spiritual and Wise Medicine Women Maria Haswell, Alice Hiatt & Rosario Sykes. She has a daily Yoga and Meditation practice in which she incorporates her trainings of Yin Yoga and Chair Yoga. She’s excited and honored to be able to share with you all that she has learned in an uplifting, safe, nurturing and caring environment.
Victoria's intention for each Yomassage session is to be guided by breath, intuition and intentional touch, to reconnect you with self and create a whole-body mind spirit healing experience unique to you and your body.
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”
Specializing in gentle and accessible yoga, meditation and Ayurveda
Monica is a retired engineer bringing you a well-rounded perspective to mind, body and spirit with a blend of certifications in yoga, meditation and ayurveda. Her journey began when her father taught her to meditate and self-heal when she was just eight years old. As an adult, she looked for ways to balance out the stresses of an engineering career and learned more about meditation, discovered coaching and yoga and learned different healing modalities. She is a Chopra Certified Coach and Instructor and a RYT500 focusing on creating a safe space for healing.
Workshops - Guest Teacher
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.
Workshops - Guest Teacher
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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