Vinyasa Flow - All Levels


This class is taught by:

Kelli Barnett

 
Why yoga?
I love living my life around a system of health. And yoga always has something for every phase of life. Athletic, contemplative, healing, creative. Whatever your interest, or ability, yoga has a branch growing in that direction. One can be introspective and calm or externally manifested. With study and the teachings all can be expressions of a healthy body and mind.
And It's fun to feel your life. It's fun to help other people feel their lives.
 

Who or what inspires you?
All aspects of the natural world when it is free and unfettered. I believe when we love the vivid blue of the sky or the white of snow we are loving ourselves and feeling the sensation of gratitude for our lives. Then I try to invite that feeling of space, and sensation of gratitude to the shapes and postures that are within my reach to teach.


Three adjectives that describe you and your teaching style:
Slightly unpredictable. Spontaneous. I don't know another adjective but I do know the phrase I've heard the most over the years is "I never know where I'm going in your class, but I like where I end up"

 

Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in your life?
When I've done my homework and I call sincerely to the "teachers' and then I just wait for the words and sequence to flow. In short- when I'm waiting and fully expecting the sparks of creativity to fly.


What is something not a lot of people know about you?
I really want to go to cheese making school.

 

Mellara Anzenberger

 
I’ve been teaching yoga in my native Australia, throughout Los Angeles, and the Bay area of San Francisco since 1998. I teach a compassionate conscious practice, taught in the lineage of Channa Dassanayaka, my beloved teacher. My heartfelt gratitude that I have for Channa is carried forward, and his profound teachings are shared.

One of the biggest self-realization in my own healing, is being kind to my body, and having enough awareness to grasp the meaning of it.
When I first became certified as a Hatha Teacher it was from the Center for Yoga, in Los Angeles, where I expanded my knowledge of the yogic way through training and assisting, Steven Freedman, Steve Walter, and Diana Beardsley. I went on for further study in 2005, with Erich Schiffmann, and Saul David Raye.
Incorporating both the physical and spiritual teachings of yoga in a modern context, I teach to all levels of beings, ages and abilities. The love and compassion that I feel to all students, be it in a group setting, or private one-to-one session, is very present.

 

Why yoga?
Because yoga is for everybody, no matter what size, age, race or financial means.
We are all incredibly interconnected, like a link in a chain, or a spoke in a wheel, and why beings like my beloved teacher, Channa Dassanayaka have been gifted to us, to remember who we really are, and to realize who we are not- from all of the conditioning.


Who or what inspires you?
The realization that living in consciousness, is the only way to live.

 

Three adjectives that describe you and your teaching style:
Compassionate. Conscious. Nurturing

 

Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in your life?
When I'm teaching, and waking to the early morning of practice, and being aware of all the great blessings I have in my life (but not as ownership), and in that moment be a witness to my body, heart and mind feeling content, with everything that is known, and anything that is unknown.

 

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
I grew up in Queensland, Australia, and we always lived close to the ocean, and inside of the miraculous, and warm, salt water waves is where I experience deep harmony, and being only on the mat have I ever come close to matching it's healing effects.

 

Natalie Shapiro

 
As a 200-RYT, Natalie applies yoga as a therapeutic practice for the mind, body and soul. Eight years ago, in an attempt to access warmth through heated yoga while living in the Netherlands, Natalie very quickly learned yoga offered much more than heat, and it soon became a consistent and deepening practice. After years of a personal practice, Natalie received her training under Megan Whitney and Jenn Bobbitt at Yoga Centre SLO. Her teaching style is designed to safely align her students in order to offer them the freedom to make it their personal practice. She teaches asana, pranayama and meditation as platforms to move deeper into one’s self and as a means for healing and transformation. In addition to teaching yoga, Natalie is a Strategic Coach working with women to find peace with food and their bodies. She is a healer at heart and is always seeking to offer her students and clients the experience of meaningful freedom.
 
 
Why yoga?
Breath. Embodiment. Freedom. When my body meets the mat, everything drops back to center. The mind releases its restraints and I come back to soul. Finding the balance between strength and ease in the body and mind is a beautiful part on the journey. 

Who or what inspires you?
My teachers, guides, and mentors inspire me daily. These guides have taught me how to live with more compassion and wisdom - learning how to let go while also standing firm.

 

Three adjectives that describe you and your teaching style:
Grounding, opening, home-coming. 

 

Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in your life?
This is an ongoing journey. But at the moment, I feel the most fearlessly authentic when it comes to my voice and how I use it. Feeling more and more clear that what comes through me has value and is worth sharing.

 

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
Hmmm. Naps are my favorite. 

Anthea Pressler

Why Yoga?
At this point, I truly can’t imagine my life without it. Yoga came into my life as a form of physical exercise, nothing more than a good sweat with the added benefit of gaining flexibility. Slowly, its teachings and way of life crept its way into my world and changed everything. Yoga has, and continues to, pull me out my lowest times, remind me of my own strength, deeply connect me to my body, and challenge me to grow in all areas of my life. My mat has become my safe space, a place I return to day after day to play, process and grow - physically, mentally and spiritually.


Who or what inspires you?
The women I’m currently surrounded with! I’m constantly in awe of, and inspired by, the connection of the tribe I’m surrounded by. Uplifting and supporting one another in a way I never dreamed of. Living and moving from the HEART.

 

Three adjectives that describe you and your teaching style…
Connected. playful. passionate.

 

Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in your life?
Is it silly if I say that right now it’s on my mat? On my mat I don’t play small. I’m not fearful of being judged. I explore what’s possible, play and experience. I take rest when I need it and I’m not afraid to cry. On my mat I show up exactly how I am in that moment. Yeah, on my mat - and that’s okay, I know it creeps into all other areas of my life.

 

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
I moved A LOT growing up. Every two years or so. I’ve lived all over the US, in Switzerland and in Australia. One day I’ll make it back to Australia!

Dara Karnofsky

 
My love for yoga has grown naturally and progressively over the years. I used to practice because my body physically needed separation from high intense functional training. As I practiced more and more, I realized it was the only thing I needed to create unity between my mind, body and spirit. My desire to teach came from wanting to pass on the beautiful and ancient philosophies of yoga, and wanting to make an impact on my community like my teachers did for me. I feel whole and complete when I'm on my mat both practicing and teaching.
 
 
Why Yoga?
I cannot imagine a way of life that offers more than yoga does.
 

Who or what inspires you?
My teachers and my students inspire me in every way imaginable. The prospect of living in a world where every person lives to their fullest potential inspires me.

 

Three adjectives that describe your teaching style:
Authentic. Empowering. Humbled.

 

Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in you life?
When I'm driving in the car, I sing at the top of my lungs and I don't hold back one bit.

 

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
I don't think there's anything...I'm an open book!

Courtney Clark

 
Courtney received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification in 2015 from Yoga Six in San Diego, California. Her second training was a 200-hour with Just Be and her thrird a 300-hour with Bryce Yoga in Thailand. She is currently  pursuing a bachelor's in Psychology. A natural teacher and leader, she is passionate about the immense amounts of growth that yoga brings: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. She is dedicated to helping others reach their best self. Without yoga, Courtney would not be who she is today. At first, she fell in love with yoga for its physical benefits. Growing up a competitive athlete, she craved the physical challenge. Then she began to notice subtle changes. She felt that while getting an amazing workout, she was also feeling more relaxed in her daily life. This led to an inquiry of yoga as a way of life, and how it can positively transform us into happy, confident, loving human beings. She absolutely loves people and wants to impact as many lives as she can through yoga.
 
 
Why yoga?
It inspires me more than anything ever has. It makes me feel a way that I have never felt before. It has changed my life in the best ways possible and I cannot imagine life without it!


Who or what inspires you?
People inspire me. People's unique stories inspire me. Seeing other's passion, creativity and determination. Music inspires me. Food inspires me. Practicing yoga inspires me!


Three adjectives that describe you and your teaching style:
Passionate. Genuine. Inspiring.


Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in your life?
I am the most fearlessly authentic in my pursuit to live a completely non-average life. I am determined to be inspired by something every single day. And I am committed to making a change if I am not satisfied with where things are. I want to learn continuously and be the best I can be in all that I do.


What is something not a lot of people know about you?
I have a wiener dog named Moose, and he is my best friend!

 

Malia Hill

In 2004, Malia Hill was dragged to a yoga class by a friend in Hawaii. She felt overworked, overweight, overstressed, and very disconnected from her body. Through yoga, she made changes to her life that she had always been afraid to make. She learned to deal with stress and challenge in healthier ways. Malia left corporate America and became a yoga instructor to help spread the benefits of yoga and living in the present moment to as many people as possible. She completed her Teacher Training in 2009 and has been teaching for seven years all over the Bay Area. Malia’s yoga class is a spiritual and challenging playful flow, mixing vinyasa, power, and ashtanga styles and co-leads Teacher Training at Just Be Yoga. She is the co-founder of SupAsana East Bay which runs BOGA Yoga Stand Up Paddleboard classes in Pleasanton, California. Malia has taught at The Wanderlust Festivals in Oahu and Squaw Valley, at Yoga Reaches Out Bay Area, at several retreats and at Yoga Rocks The Park. She has had the honor of being a lululemon ambassador for five consecutive years and a BOGA Yoga ambassador for BOGA Paddleboards. Malia was the co-chair for Yoga Reaches Out Bay Area which has raised over $200,000 for childrens' charities through yoga events. She is the proud mother of a beautiful daughter, Kalea.
 
 

Why yoga?
To shift and move stuck energy. To get me out of living in my head all of the time. To actually let go of what happened and stop having anxiety about what could happen. To be in the the present moment. When I practice I am able to create space and then I get to choose what I do with that space. To breathe and to respond rather than react. To feel gratitude for everything exactly how it is.

 

Who or what inspires you?
The ocean, my teachers, my students, my Mom whom I miss every day, my Dad, my daughter who can find laughter in any situation, Michael Ondaatje, Pema Chodron, Bono, Hafiz, Rilke, Alan Watts, HONY, Pablo Neruda, Yates, Osho, Star Wars, the shadow and the light.

 

Three adjectives that describe you and your teaching style:
Inclusive. Fluid. Edgy

 

Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in your life?
I try to do that all of the time, although it's pretty challenging. I feel most raw and vulnerable when I'm taking or teaching yoga. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I never pretend to have anything figured out. We are all in this together.

 

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
I was in some tabloid magazines in my 20's- bwahahahaha.

Nicole Harrow

 

To Nicole, Yoga is a powerful and mystical tool for unearthing your highest potential. An experienced teacher and practitioner, Nicole’s classes are an alchemy of movement, stillness, breath and awareness. With the current cultural climate and busy lifestyles there are many challenges for the modern yogi. Nicole offers thought provoking sentiments to deal with these challenges, drawing upon yogic texts including Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Most importantly, Nicole holds a space that is safe and free of judgement for students to explore and expand their connection to their own inner wisdom and teacher.
 

Why Yoga?
I had no idea how disconnected I was with myself, until I started practicing yoga. I would get these tiny glimpses while I practiced. It felt like I was uncovering this sacred space that was within me, and that I could be a better daughter, friend, partner, and overall human after class. Over the last 16 years I have felt awareness quietly flowing in. It started from the outside - my limbs. It moved into my breath. Then into my mind, and then to the more subtle aspects of energy and spirit. My yoga practice is deeply connected to how I choose to live my life every day.

 

Who or what inspires you?

The warm sun on my skin. That feeling when you jump into water. Trees blowing in the wind. Seeds. My kitty’s rumbling purr. The space between my inhale and exhale. My husbands eye color in both my boys. Feathers. Being still. Animals. Bodies of water. Dancing. Dogs….dancing dogs = even better ;)The strength and beauty of the human spirit. My teacher Lakshmi Norwood. Patanjali’s yoga sutras.

 

Three adjectives that describe you and your teaching style:

Open. Creative. Deep

 

Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in your life?

When I am uncomfortable, whether it is physical or emotional..instead of pushing it away..I am learning to lean in and observe without judgement. When I am outside of my comfort zone, I learn and grow the most.

 

What is something not a lot of people know about you?

I love pie..everything about it…eating it…making it…thinking about making it… smelling it….a bonus to practicing yoga is that I can eat more pie :)

 

Heidi Rydman

 
Why yoga?
Yoga is my greatest teacher, without I would be a huge asshole. Some days I still am but at least I can see that I am. Every time I come to the mat it's like coming home. I feel the most inspiration when I am moving and breathing. Yoga is a vacation from my mind, we could all use more breaks from the monotony and repetition of our thoughts.
 

Who or what inspires you?
My teachers. My husband. My children, the possibility of who they will become and how they will become it. Sunsets, and sunrises. The unpredictability of the universe. Music that you can feel in your bones!

 

Three adjectives that describe you and your teaching style:
Honest. Surprising. Fun.


Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in your life?
In my marriage.

 

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
Lately I can handle changes surprisingly well!

 
Dynamic flow-based yoga. Recommended for those having a familiarity with Sun Salutations A and B.

Power Vinyasa flow is a rigorous, sweaty yoga practice stemming from the ashtanga tradition. Poses are held for shorter periods of time and will link one breath with motion, creating a dynamic and fluid ‘meditation in motion.’ This is a hot, sweaty fun practice often set to fun, fluid, dynamic music. You will leave inspired and ready to shine off the mat!

Room heated to 85-88 degrees.


Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Jul 25 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Michelle Posey
  • Tue Jul 25 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Kelli Barnett
  • Wed Jul 26 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Mellara Anzenberger
  • Wed Jul 26 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Natalie Shapiro
  • Wed Jul 26 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Tiffany Sun
  • Wed Jul 26 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Michelle Posey
  • Thu Jul 27 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Natalie Shapiro
  • Thu Jul 27 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Anthea Pressler
  • Thu Jul 27 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Misha McNair
  • Fri Jul 28 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Misha McNair
  • Fri Jul 28 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Dara Karnofsky
  • Fri Jul 28 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Tiffany Sun
  • Sat Jul 29 7:45 am - 9:00 am with Courtney Clark
  • Sat Jul 29 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Dara Karnofsky
  • Sun Jul 30 7:45 am - 9:00 am with Malia Hill
  • Mon Jul 31 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Nicole Harrow
  • Mon Jul 31 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Malia Hill
  • Tue Aug 01 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Heidi Rydman