Sunrise 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.

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.

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.
Dynamic flow-based yoga. Recommended for those having a familiarity with Sun Salutations A and Sun Salutations B. Vinyasa flow is a rigorous, athletic yoga practice stemming from the ashtanga tradition. Poses are held for shorter periods of time and will link one breath with motion, creating a dynamic and fluid ‘meditation in motion.’ Expect all vinyasa classes to include sun salutations, pranayama (breath control), flow sequences, focused core work, standing balances, backbends, and hip-openers; intensity of poses will vary depending on class level and instructor. 60 minute class
Room heated to 85-88 degrees.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Aug 22 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Kelley Denison
  • Thu Aug 24 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Kelley Denison
  • Mon Aug 28 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Aislinn Coleman
  • Tue Aug 29 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Kelley Denison
  • Thu Aug 31 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Kelley Denison
  • Mon Sep 04 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Aislinn Coleman
  • Tue Sep 05 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Kelley Denison
  • Thu Sep 07 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Kelley Denison
  • Mon Sep 11 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Maris Degener
  • Tue Sep 12 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Kelley Denison
  • Thu Sep 14 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Kelley Denison
  • Mon Sep 18 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Michaela Kissinger