YIN


This class is taught by:

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. 

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.

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!

 

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 :)

 

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.

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.

 

In our non-heated Yin classes you will experience postures done on the floor or against the wall with supportive blocks, blankets,and bolsters. Poses are held for a longer period of time allowing you to stretch connective tissue. You may experience guided meditation woven into the class. Expect to leave feeling balanced, connected, and whole. Great for all levels.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Apr 27 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Natalie Shapiro
  • Fri Apr 28 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Michaela Kissinger
  • Sun Apr 30 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Courtney Clark
  • Mon May 01 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Nicole Harrow
  • Mon May 01 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Michelle Posey
  • Tue May 02 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Misha McNair
  • Wed May 03 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Nicole Harrow
  • Wed May 03 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Caramia Tambornino
  • Thu May 04 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Natalie Shapiro
  • Fri May 05 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Michaela Kissinger
  • Sun May 07 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Kelli Barnett
  • Mon May 08 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Nicole Harrow
  • Mon May 08 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Michelle Posey
  • Tue May 09 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Misha McNair
  • Wed May 10 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Nicole Harrow
  • Wed May 10 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Caramia Tambornino
  • Thu May 11 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Natalie Shapiro
  • Fri May 12 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Michaela Kissinger
  • Sun May 14 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Courtney Clark
  • Mon May 15 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Nicole Harrow