Deep Yoga


This class is taught by:

Kelley Denison


I began studying Ballet at the age of 3 and twenty years later found my way to Pilates. Body mechanics always fascinated me. Movement and artistry always inspired me. It wasn't until 2012 that I found Yoga. Actually, Yoga found me. I had experienced a scary life altering event and my friend invited me to a yoga class. We were in camel pose and all of a sudden tears started to pour down my face. It was in that moment that I realized how powerful Yoga can be. And so my Yoga journey began. I am a student of life, a student of yoga and a mindful living enthusiast. I completed my Pilates Certification through Balanced Body and my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification through Just Be Yoga. I have a private Pilates practice downtown Walnut Creek where I teach clients how to "plug in" to their center. I am THRILLED to be a part of Just Be Yoga and the inspiring community.
 

Why Yoga?
I describe yoga as the umbilical chord that attaches my soul to every day life. It feeds me the nutrients that I need in order to show up and live my most authentic self. Yoga is my teacher of health. It's the thread that ties my mind, body and spirit together. The study of yoga both on and off the mat is a life long journey. The alignment that it offers me keeps my curiosity engaged in a way that no other practice has been able to do. I am a lifelong student of Yoga.

 

Who or What Inspires You?
Compassion, kindness, joy, fear, forgiveness, trust and faith ALL inspire me. I'm inspired by life and the feeling of being ALIVE.

 

Three Adjectives that describe you and your teaching style?
Loving. Fluid. Uplifting.

 

Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in your life?
When I am living from my heart instead of my head. When I am strumming on my Uke or moving my body in a creative way.

 

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
When I was a kid, I HATED waking up early. I had a bit of an attitude. ;) My Dad was brave enough to wake me up every morning by saying good morning to the trees and the birds outside my window before he would wake me up. Now, I wake up to experience the magic of 4am every day because I choose to. Thanks Dad! :)

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.

Jenna Wade Stewart


Why yoga?
I discovered yoga a decade ago while living the dorm life my first year in college and struggling with who I was, where my life was headed, how I needed to look, act, and feel. I remember my first vinyasa class, looking around the room at all the crazy shapes people could make with their bodies. I thought "Nope. I will never be able to do that." But something brought me back. Again and again and again. Suddenly I began to feel freedom from all that was dragging me down. I began to escape external struggles in my everyday life by working through internal struggles on my mat. Life is a constant practice of self-reflection, self-exploration, self-awareness, and self-love. Through consistent practices on my own yoga mat, these elements have begun to weave into my life off the mat. And I want to continue this weaving pattern that I have come to love.

 

Who or what inspires you?
After becoming a registered nurse and living abroad in Australia, I decided to come back to my roots in the Bay Area and delve into my passion for sharing yoga, which brought me to Just Be. I completed Just Be Yoga 200-hour TT fall of 2015. I will forever consider myself a student. Right now currently studying for a Master of Arts in Holistic Health Education with Nutrition Specialization and working at a wellness clinic in East Oakland. Access to healthy lifestyle choices for vulnerable populations is what drives me.

 

Three adjectives that describe you and your teaching style:
Healing. Caring. Serving all.

 

Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in your life?
I have grown aware that a culture of 'wellness' in our country translates to being thin. I am a strong believer that wellness doesn't start with the shedding of fat tissue. It starts in the shedding of social influence, attitudes, self-blame, alienation from resources or a sense of community, and the feeling of hopelessness created in socio-political struggles. I try to incorporate this awareness into the choices I make, the ways in which I teach, interact with others, and talk to myself.

 

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
People are usually surprised when they see me eat kiwi's whole, skin and all. I surprise people when I say F*@& for the first time. Or tell stories about what a rebellious teen I used to be. I am grateful to have grown out of that phase in life... But I still enjoy bending rules.

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 :)

 

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:

  • Tue Oct 24 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Kelley Denison
  • Tue Oct 24 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Aislinn Coleman
  • Wed Oct 25 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Jenna Wade Stewart
  • Thu Oct 26 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Kelley Denison
  • Sun Oct 29 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Nicole Harrow
  • Sun Oct 29 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Aislinn Coleman
  • Tue Oct 31 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Kelley Denison
  • Tue Oct 31 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Aislinn Coleman
  • Wed Nov 01 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Jenna Wade Stewart
  • Thu Nov 02 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Kelley Denison
  • Sun Nov 05 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Nicole Harrow
  • Sun Nov 05 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Jenna Wade Stewart
  • Tue Nov 07 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Kelley Denison
  • Tue Nov 07 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Aislinn Coleman
  • Wed Nov 08 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Jenna Wade Stewart
  • Thu Nov 09 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Kelley Denison
  • Sun Nov 12 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Nicole Harrow