Sherrie’s love of yoga, her smile and her great sense of humor keep her students coming back for more. Her many life experiences have taught her the importance of letting go, of using breath work for slowing down and calming the nervous system, and also being mindful of the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual self during a yoga practice. Maintaining balance is key to living a happy and healthy life!
Astra is a 5oo RYT, Pain Relief Specialist, and founder of Broken Tusk Wellness Education. Astra came to yoga through the Ayurveda program at Mount Madonna Center and was later also certified in Clinical Somatic Movement. In the process, she found a combination of practices that helped her with chronic pain and anxiety. Astra teaches people practical skills and techniques to relieve themselves from physical and emotional pain and find ease in their bodies and minds.
For more than 30 years, yoga has helped me connect mind, body, and spirit as I strive to find presence and balance in my life. In my classes, I emphasize attention to alignment and to the gentle opening of tight or restricted areas. I try to guide each person to find a depth of practice that fits their individual needs and provides them with the most benefits.
My classes offer yoga basics in a way that is available to everyone, regardless of our age, size, or ability.
We do gentle stretching and mindful breathing at a comfortable pace.
When we feel “at home” in our bodies, we take better care of ourselves. When we’re balanced, we make calmer decisions.
The classes always end with deep relaxation, leaving you rested and ready to step back into your day.
When I was 11, I spent time deciding what kind of life I wanted to have. Do things that are interesting, and that have value to other people, and keep growing, don't get stuck. Yoga meets all these criteria. I'm most interested in teaching restorative and gentle yoga, with attention to alignment and patience. Have studied simple fundamental techniques of pranayama, with a view to careful safe teaching. Also am highly interested in the history and teachings of yoga. Trained at Mount Madonna Center in the traditional eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga. Practical mysticism on the hoof. If it's not fun, it's very likely not worth doing.
Lucy began her practice in 1998, as a way to bring back flexibility and strength to an overly stressed and physically broken down body. During her journey, she discovered that there is more to yoga than physical and spiritual practice. Yoga is a way of life. Her desire to bring not only the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga to her students, but also to teach them to bring yoga into their daily lives. She believes that yoga is the key to the balance, not only of the body, mind, and spirit, but of the world around us.
Jen Ghastin, a grad from Seaside Yoga Sanctuary's Yoga Teacher Training, first rolled out a sticky mat in college at UCSC in 2000. After a traumatic injury in roller derby, Jen sought a balanced approach to cultivating health and wellness and returned to her yoga practice. Jen studied breathwork with Mahendra Briksha and asanas with Laura McKinnon, and received her certified RYTT in 2019. Through yoga, Jen finds profound bliss in physical, emotional, and spiritual alignment and seeks to share this joy with others.
As an instructor, Lauren enjoys teaching ways to integrate the mind-body connection into daily life. She practiced yoga during both pregnancies which helped her connect, listen and honor her changing body. Yoga has taught her, as a mother of two boys, how to respond instead of react. Lauren's classes will show you how to fill your entire body with compassion and power. Discover how yoga can transform life today. "Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self." - Bhagavad Gita
Allison believes that yoga is so powerful it can help shift major physical, emotional, and mental patterns in our lives from just one class. Allison’s classes are anatomically sequenced to keep you safe and balanced in your body. Her vinyasa flows help "burn off" excess energy before leading you into a cooling, restorative end of practice where you can find your own bliss. She incorporates aspects of yoga she is passionate about such as anatomy and physiology, somatics, the energetic body, the Yoga Sutras, and more.
Yoga has always been a place where my mind and body come back to equilibrium. Since taking my first course in college, I have steadily gathered that yoga is a medicine for my body -- healing its injuries sustained from avid cycling, and for my mind--resolving anxiety through mindfulness. In the summer of 2019, I began my YTT in Bali, Indonesia which was both a sensational and magical experience that has solidified my connection to this practice for life. My plans are to continue my YTT when the time arises for safe in person training to begin again.
I have been practicing yoga since 2005, and have been a certified yoga instructor since 2008. My teaching style emphasizes proper body alignment and movement with the breath in order to undo the obstructions and limitations in the body and the mind. I enjoy passing on to my students all that I have learned through my years of practicing and teaching yoga with the intention that walking out of class students feel better than when they walked in. My hope is that they carry with them a greater sense of calmness, well being, and the knowledge that they are enough.
Dana is a RYT 200, Certified by Mount Madonna Institute, in 2019-2020 following the unique perspective of Baba Hari Dass. Specializing in Prāṇāyāma (Breath techniques), Dhyana (Meditation)and Āsanas (Postures) and more. Dana began her practice in December 2017, after wanting to have a more active and healthier lifestyle. After the first classes, she fell in love with Yoga and started to get curious and fascinated with the effects of the practice as well as the philosophy and spirituality involved in Yoga.