Deep Yoga


This class is taught by:

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.

 

Maris Degener

I'm an 18 year old who completed the JBY 200 hour teacher training the fall of my Junior year of high school. My practice has brought me many things- confidence, courage, and passion being among them. Inspired by my teachers, who are unendingly supportive of me and everything I do, I chose to seize the opportunity to find my own voice through a teacher training course.

Many people ask if I hope to make yoga my career, and I never have an answer. All I can say is that it's what I love. You can call it a hobby, you can call it a passion, but at the end of the day, it's my safeplace. My mat is my home and my closest confidant. I only hope that I can encourage more people to turn to yoga for support and relief from the challenges life throws at us.

Being able to create classes that are fun, creative, and allow opportunity for growth is such an honor- I hope to see you on your mat!

Namaste!


Why yoga?
Yoga not only changed my life, it saved my life. This practice inspires authenticity, mindfulness, and gratitude in all aspects of our lives, and makes growth and self-improvement fun and accessible for everyone.

 

Who or what inspires you?
The Just Be community inspires me! The students are so willing to be open and vulnerable, and the teachers are all masters at holding space and sharing the lessons they've learned with others.

 

Three adjectives that describes your teaching style:
Authentic. Creative. Empowering.

 

Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in your life?
Either on my mat or when I write. Both are times where I am forced to be honest and face who I am and what I am going through.

 

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
I love to read! My favorite books are non-fiction like "Quiet" by Susan Cain and "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan.

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.

 

Aislinn Coleman

 

For Aislinn, yoga is far more than a physical practice. It has been a lifestyle, a loyal friend, a healer and a confidant. Yoga continues to change her life for the better every day, and it is her absolute pleasure and privilege to guide you through this transformative practice as your yoga instructor. Her intelligently sequenced classes are never the same experience twice; each features a unique blend of deep alignment, functional movement and accessible spirituality designed to leave each student feeling strong, clear-headed, balanced and joyful.

 

Why yoga?
Yoga started as a way to help me sleep and keep me sane during a painful period of recovery. It's since become such an integral part of who I am and how I interact with the world that at this point, I simply can't imagine life without it; yoga saved my life, and continues to enrich every aspect of that life, from my relationship with my body, to stress management, to how I make decisions of all sizes.

 

Who or what inspires you?
The human body in its seemingly limitless potential inspires me, as well as my teachers both on and off the mat.

 

Three adjectives that describe you and your teaching style:
Focused. Playful. Refreshing.

 

Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in your life?
When I practice at home. I laugh at myself, I fall (a lot), I cry shamelessly, I celebrate goofily, I practice being kind to myself... It's a safe haven for me to try, to fail, to try again, and to just be completely myself with no spotlight syndrome, editing, toning down or apologizing.

 

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
I'm an introvert at heart, and find alone time deeply restorative. I'm very outgoing, but that's actually more a reflection of social skills developed when I skipped a grade and attended three different middle schools than an intrinsically extroverted personality. I really savor time spent on my own, and need lots of it to feel rested and whole.

This dynamic class is designed to connect you to your physical body and your spiritual ethereal body. Come prepared to witness your experience in this class, because each class is different, we are guided to drop our expectations of yoga and of ourselves. These classes are a unique exploration of how yoga impacts our physical and mental forms both on and off of the yoga mat. You will leave feeling connected, strong, and inspired. Classes are done in a heated or non-heated environment depending on the teacher. Great for all levels.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Jun 25 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Mellara Anzenberger
  • Sun Jun 25 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Maris Degener
  • Tue Jun 27 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Kelli Barnett
  • Tue Jun 27 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Aislinn Coleman
  • Wed Jun 28 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Aislinn Coleman
  • Thu Jun 29 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Kelli Barnett
  • Sun Jul 02 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Mellara Anzenberger
  • Sun Jul 02 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Aislinn Coleman
  • Tue Jul 04 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Kelli Barnett
  • Tue Jul 04 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Aislinn Coleman
  • Wed Jul 05 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Aislinn Coleman
  • Thu Jul 06 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Kelli Barnett
  • Sun Jul 09 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Mellara Anzenberger
  • Sun Jul 09 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Aislinn Coleman
  • Tue Jul 11 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Kelli Barnett
  • Tue Jul 11 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Aislinn Coleman
  • Wed Jul 12 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Aislinn Coleman
  • Thu Jul 13 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Kelli Barnett