Deep Yoga

This class is taught by:

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!

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!


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.

Jenni Wendell

Jenni has always been someone who loves to connect with and inspire others. Her classes take you on a journey to discovering your inner power and connection to the magic that exists within and around you. Her teaching style is described as loving, empowering, and magical.
She felt at home when she discovered yoga as a young adult. Like many others, she found herself experiencing depression, anxiety, and the common burnout. She credits yoga for bringing back peace to her mind, health to her body, and joy to her spirit.
Jenni left her corporate job in sports marketing to share the teachings of yoga, ThetaHealing® and create a community gathering place known as Just Be Yoga™. Just Be Yoga has become a well-known and respected yoga and healing community in the San Francisco East Bay Area. The vibe is warm & welcoming. The tribe of teachers are Fearlessly Authentic and touch hearts beyond the yoga mat.
She has had the honor of being a lululemon ambassador since 2013. She co-created and co-facilitates the 200 hour Just Be Yoga teacher training program that encompasses the teachings that have been passed along from her inspirational and masterful teachers.
She graduated with a BA in Public Relations and Marketing from Chico State. She has completed yoga trainings through ZUDA Yoga (Ann Marie Kramer & Jessica Micheletti) and Jason Crandell. She is a certified Basic & Advanced ThetaHealing® Instructor. ThetaHealing certifications include: Basic and Advanced DNA, Manifesting and Abundance, Game of Life as well as Intuitive Energy Therapy.
Why yoga?
Yoga has been one of the most effective practices to ground, balance, clear, and awaken me to the best version of myself. I come back to my mat over and over to feel lighter, brighter, and more connected. The trainings and intensives light up my soul and empower me in endless ways.

Who or what inspires you?
I am most inspired when I am creating and co-creating with others who are equally passionate about passing along the wisdom and teachings that lead to breakthroughs and awakening.

Three adjectives that describe you and your teaching style:
Flowing, spiritual, and empowering.

Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in your life?
On my yoga mat & in a ThetaHealing® session. These two practices have gifted me with tools to be authentic and fearless and clear the self-limiting bullsh*t. It’s a practice, a daily practice, that I bring into my life as a teacher, mentor, leader, wife, sister, and friend. Living and sharing the teachings requires me to be fearlessly authentic over and over again.

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
I spent 10 years working in the sports industry. I was a professional cheerleader for the San Jose Saber Cats during my junior and senior year of college then went on to work for the Sacramento River Cats in Corporate Sponsorship Sales & Marketing.


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.


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.

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 Aug 22 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Dara Karnofsky
  • Tue Aug 22 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Maris Degener
  • Wed Aug 23 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Jenni Wendell
  • Thu Aug 24 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Kelli Barnett
  • Sun Aug 27 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Mellara Anzenberger
  • Sun Aug 27 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Aislinn Coleman
  • Tue Aug 29 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Kelli Barnett
  • Tue Aug 29 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Aislinn Coleman
  • Wed Aug 30 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Jenna Wade Stewart
  • Thu Aug 31 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Kelli Barnett
  • Sun Sep 03 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Mellara Anzenberger
  • Sun Sep 03 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Aislinn Coleman
  • Tue Sep 05 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Kelli Barnett
  • Tue Sep 05 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Aislinn Coleman
  • Wed Sep 06 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Jenna Wade Stewart
  • Thu Sep 07 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Kelli Barnett
  • Sun Sep 10 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Mellara Anzenberger