Gentle Flow


This class is taught by:

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!

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 :)

 

Melissa Cordova

  Melissa was a gymnast as a young girl growing up in San Francisco. Retiring from gymnastics at the age of 16, she went on to pursue other forms of exercise, including dance and aerobics. She was a member at a large gym when she noticed the serene expressions on the faces of people exiting the yoga classes. She decided to open the door and lay out a mat one day. That day forever changed her life and her path. Shortly thereafter, she quit the gym and joined the Just Be Yoga community as a student. Melissa soon felt called to assist and participated in Just Be Yoga's assisting workshops in 2014. As she deepened her practice and her ties to the community grew, her path led her to Just Be Yoga's 200 hour teacher certification program, which she completed in December 2014. Melissa has a special love and intuition for providing hands-on assists in class. Whether it is to help a student find a pose, deepen a pose, or just spread some love, assisting brings her as much joy as practicing and teaching.     Why yoga?
Like many yogis, I found yoga during a difficult phase of life. It soothed me, helped me heal, gave me hope, taught me to shift my perspective, taught me to let go, and most importantly taught me to love myself. And that was just the beginning. Over the years my mat has become my heart's home. It absorbs my sweat, my tears, bears witness to my struggles, my accomplishments, and growth. There is no ceiling to hit in yoga, the lessons are endless.

Who or what inspires you?
My teachers, my students, my son, my mom, my friends, my Joe, books, nature, people who have faced and conquered their fears and people who strive to make the world a better place.

 

Three adjectives that describe you and your teaching style:
Loving. Playful. Encouraging.

 

Where are you most fearlessly authentic in your life?
In my relationships with people and on my mat.

 

What is something not a lot of people know?
I used to smoke cigarettes.

Michaela Kissinger

Michaela found her path toward yoga shortly after moving to the US in 2000 from Germany where she was born and raised. Never having been an athletic, bendy kind of person she didn't think yoga was it for her. As life in a new country threw one curveball after another at her she got invited to step onto the yoga ride by a friend and never looked back. Inside the cocoon of a cozy, dimly lit yoga room, Michaela felt as though she finally slipped into her body. Over time and with practice she was amazed at how strong and reliable her body and mind were. Yoga gave her the courage to embrace life's challenges in another way, from fierce warrior to peaceful goddess. Originally trained in the Ashtanga style, Michaela is fascinated by the various styles of yoga and considers herself fortunate to have studied with experienced teachers of Iyengar, Yin, Restorative, Flow and prenatal yoga. About to complete her 250 hour massage practitioner certification, Michaela likes to incorporate her knowledge of acupressure/meridian massage and hands-on adjustments. Yoga and movement is an integral, healing part of her daily life. She wants her students to experience yoga for themselves just as they are for whatever their need is in the moment. There's a yoga style and teacher for everybody at any age. When you come to Michaela's class be prepared for a fun vinyasa blend that will challenge and empower you. You'll leave smiling, centered and ready to tackle the world.
  • Astrological sign? - Leo
  • Favorite food - anything fresh, homemade and GMO free/organic
  • Favorite vacation spot - somewhere in the mountains or by the ocean
  • Why yoga? - it's my way back home to my body. It grounds me and allows me to fly - all at the same time
  • What brings you back to your mat? One day OFF my mat!
  • What are you most grateful for? Health, Beauty, longtime friends and family who know me like nobody else and the choice I made over 10 years ago to follow my heart
  • What makes you tick/light up? Following my passions
  • What are your guilty pleasures? SCHOKOLADE, hands down!
  • Share something about yourself that others would be surprised to know? I'm a native German and CANNOT stand beer!
  • If you had one wish for the Just Be Yoga community what would it be? That we find true connections with other students and teachers, that we get to know each other beyond the color of our mats and that we find comfort and support for our life's paths as we practice in each other's company.

Stephanie Eistetter

 
I'm an East Bay native and started yoga just over three years ago. My first class was on a paddleboard! In the Fall of 2015 I completed my first 200 hour teacher training with Just Be. Such an incredible experience! I've been teaching and assisting since the beginning of January and love every minute of it.
 
 

Why yoga?
The physical practice has given me an opportunity to fall (repeatedly) and pick myself up in a safe space which has led me to feel emboldened in my everyday. That moment when I experienced my first arm balance, or the first time I got into headstand were so joyous and exciting. I have so much room to grow through the asanas. There are so many poses I can't do...yet, and it feels so good to know there are so many poses to look forward to. Yoga also tricked me into figuring myself out and becoming a much better friend to myself. The journey continues...

 

Who or what inspires you?
I'm inspired by people who are self aware, who are willing to do the sometimes-ugly-but-always-worth-it process of personal growth.

 

Three adjectives that describe you and your teaching style:
Humorous. Genuine. Supportive.

 

Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in your life?
I'm most authentic when I'm on my mat and when I'm connecting with my family and close friends

 

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
I love NFL football and Paul Rudd.

 

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. 

Caramia Tambornino

Caramia began practicing yoga in 1979 in Minnesota at Shanti House, a home for homeless and recovering teens. Throughout her adult life, she felt compelled to connect and give back, she served as a wellness advocate and found herself in the Bay Area as Director of Marketing for Brown & Toland Medical Group, a prestigious San Francisco Medical Services organization.

Due to a busy social and career life, along with parenting two children, her yoga practice (along with other things) slipped to the side. In 2007, with an urgent need to heal and transform, coupled with a burning desire to help those in need of REAL health care, she made a bold decision to return to the mat, and enrolled in YogaWorks teaching training program.

Guiding her students to physical and inner strength, Caramia began sharing and teaching the transformative power of yoga immediately upon completing her initial training and went on to complete the YogaWorks 500 hour advanced studies program.


  • Nickname (s) Mama Mia and Car.
  • Astrological sign? Pisces - Fishee Girl
  • Favorite food: Cherries!!!
  • Favorite vacation spot: Maybe Palm Desert, or Lake Tahoe - The happiest memories of my life so far were being in these places with my children when they were little.
  • Why yoga? My skin fits better and everything makes sense after practice.
  • What brings you back to your mat? Ultimately, the desire for self exploration, acceptance and freedom.
  • What are you most grateful for? My children, clean air, clean water, humor, and my children.
  • What makes you tick/light up? The evening sky and dancing.
  • What are your guilty pleasures? Getting lost on day long city walks that span into the evening, (sometimes with a friend, sometimes alone) that include good coffee, light delicious meals, art, and.........shopping for lipstick, jewelry ....anything pretty.
  • Share something about yourself that others would be surprised to know? I smoked filterless Camels and drank straight whiskey when I was an androgynous punk rocker.
  • If you had one wish for the Just Be Yoga community what would it be? To not get corporate and cliquey.

Laura Perkins

I have been on a lifelong journey with Yoga, beginning when I was a child, right here in the Bay Area, with a PBS TV show Lilias Yoga and You. After that introduction my Yoga laid dormant, for decades, until the 1990's, when I began taking classes at a local gym. I immediately fell back in love with the feeling of feeling, and practiced regularly for years. In 2007 I decided teaching might be for me. I took my first yoga training that year and then my second in 2016. I am a believer, and I get such a deep sense of gratitude when I am able to share Yoga with others.
 
 

Why yoga?
Yoga transcends my mind into my body, and lets me feel. I love the feeling of energy moving and flowing, with no expectation of outcome.


Who or what inspires you?
Life's ups and downs inspire me to be my best, and show up in the most authentic way possible. To be of service, and to love fully.


Three adjectives that describe you and your teaching style:
Dynamic. Friendly. Personal.

 

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
I love to spend time talking to the angels.

Claudia Edwards

I started teaching when I was 21 years old, as a Tae Kwon Do Instructor for all ages and levels. I taught in that discipline for nearly 8 years. I love to watch my students on their journey toward goals, be it a daily goal or a long term goal that could take them years. My love of teaching brought me to yoga teacher training, and since graduating the program I have made teaching yoga my full time career. Spreading the knowledge and wisdom of yoga, as passed down from my teachers lineage, so that others may find their own path of discovery is my passion.


Why yoga?
Yoga has brought to my life the balance that I was so desperately searching for. It has shown me how to ease my mind, to clear from my life the clutter that had collected there. It taught me how to gently clear the paths that were laid out before me, to navigate this world with purpose and gratitude. Without these tools I was stuck in a life that was comfortable, safe, but was on an endless loop with no clear way out. The physical practice of yoga gives me the strength, flexibility, and satisfaction the asanas provide, and by moving my body it clears my mind in the process.


Who or what inspires you?
My family inspires me the most. Not one person in my family has chosen the path of least resistance, or the easy way out. I have watched them succeed, struggle, and fail their way through their own journeys in this life; and no matter what happens they are all there for each other each step of the way.


Three adjectives that describe you and your teaching style:
Caring. Fun. Grounded. 


Where are you the most fearlessly authentic in your life?
When I am on my mat personally practicing , or teaching class. It’s where I feel at home and connected to something greater, where there are no walls guarding my heart.


What is something not a lot of people know about you?
I am a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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.

 

Gentle Flow is offered in a non-heated room. This blissful practice focuses on moving slowly into basic yoga poses while using the breath as a tool to remain present and mindful. The slow pace of this class allows you to enjoy each pose. Expect lots of stretching and lengthening with a heavy dose of relaxation to wrap up your practice and leave you feeling great. Classes are suitable for beginners as well as advanced students. Non-heated class.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Nov 22 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Anthea Pressler
    at Danville
  • Wed Nov 22 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Nicole Harrow
    at Walnut Creek
  • Fri Nov 24 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Melissa Cordova
    at Danville
  • Fri Nov 24 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Michaela Kissinger
    at Walnut Creek
  • Sat Nov 25 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Stephanie Eistetter
    at Walnut Creek
  • Sun Nov 26 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Anthea Pressler
    at Walnut Creek
  • Mon Nov 27 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Natalie Shapiro
    at Danville
  • Mon Nov 27 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Caramia Tambornino
    at Walnut Creek
  • Tue Nov 28 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Laura Perkins
    at Danville
  • Wed Nov 29 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Anthea Pressler
    at Danville
  • Wed Nov 29 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Nicole Harrow
    at Walnut Creek
  • Thu Nov 30 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Claudia Edwards
    at Danville
  • Fri Dec 01 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Laura Perkins
    at Danville
  • Fri Dec 01 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Kelli Barnett
    at Walnut Creek
  • Sat Dec 02 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Stephanie Eistetter
    at Walnut Creek
  • Sun Dec 03 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Anthea Pressler
    at Walnut Creek
  • Mon Dec 04 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Natalie Shapiro
    at Danville
  • Mon Dec 04 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Caramia Tambornino
    at Walnut Creek