Gizella Donald, ERYT, Studio Director & Founder, yoga mayu of San Francisco

Gizella began her studies and practice in 1990 at the Sivananda Yoga Center in San Francisco. Since then she has practiced in different classical Yoga traditions as well as the more physical Ashtanga and Iyengar styles. Gizella integrated this wealth of experience into a process towards true and lasting transformation. In her classes, she emphasizes correct alignment of the body in yoga postures to minimize the potential for injuries and to maximize optimal energy flow. She teaches an energetic, challenging yet playful class, and excels in modifying poses so that they can be accessible to all levels of students. She inspires her students to extend the practice of yoga by encouraging them to bring the love of yoga into their everyday life.


Brenna Barry

Brenna is an activist, a philosopher, and a yogini. She has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. Before finding yoga, Brenna ran marathons and suffered several injuries that were aided by her yoga practice. She has been teaching yoga since 2011, and her proclivity for philosophy is present in her teaching. Her formal education focused on ethics and existentialism, but her passion for the Yoga Sutras is what continues to inspire her. Her classes focus on specific actions of the body and are challenging yet accessible. The commitment she has to her students is heartfelt and limitless. Brenna is a 500 Hr RYT with a major in Alignment. She has studied with Sean Haleen, Stacey Rosenberg, and Jessica and Stephane Dreyfus.



Faern Walks

As a yoga teacher Faern thrives helping people do things that they want to try or maybe think they cannot do. This does not mean fancy poses and sequencing – this means a simple, clear and direct approach to Vinyasa yoga. In her classes you will gain greater self confidence, a new view of how your body works and a more easeful approach to life. Faern’s classes offer a breath centered focus - working from the ground up with strength and ease. Expect to try new things, sweat and connect to gratitude.



Jody Hahn

Jody took her first yoga class in 2001 in Los Angeles, inspired by a friend who had demonstrated a handstand. She remembers that first class well - the physical challenge and the focus required, mixed with an exciting feeling of clarity. She did not do a handstand that day but she was hooked on yoga, and two years later graduated from The Center for Yoga Teacher Training Program in LA. She has been teaching ever since.

Her classes are infused with the philosophy that we are, all of us, engaged in a process at all times which can be illustrated by finishing any statement with "yet": "I can't do this (yet)"... "I'm not flexible (yet)." If one can be involved in the process and not focused on the outcome, then both the process and the outcome may be surprising and rewarding. We are explorers - discovering poses, discovering mental clarity, discovering how we deal with challenges and, maybe, discovering some spiritual awareness. Oh, yeah - and it helps to keep a sense of humor about all of it.


Karin Maria

Karin Maria Karlsson

Karin discovered yoga in 2006 in her native Sweden when she was recovering from an ankle injury. She began practicing hatha and vinyasa yoga and fell in love with the practice as she experienced the amazing benefits on her body and mind.

Karin hopes to provide a space for students to relax, flow and breathe together. Her classes are focused on mindfully combining breath with movement, and gradually building up to more challenging asanas. Through creative sequencing, her classes are designed to increase flexibility, build strength, and release tension. She encourages her students to connect with themselves and the present moment; opening up for inspiration, joy and peace.

Karin completed her Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Garden San Francisco in 2014, and her Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Marisa Torriggino



Kathryn Sullivan

Having taken dance classes since a young age, Kathryn first tried yoga in her college gym looking for a fun way to work out. Very quickly she discovered the physical and mental benefits of yoga and was hooked. She believes that yoga helps everyone find their connectivity to ease, energy and joy. Her classes are known for having humor, awareness and precision. She is grateful to have the gift to share yoga with others. But mostly, she finds it rewarding when she's helped students find their strength and ease in whatever asana they are presently in.



Laura Cohen

Laura Cohen is an all around artist with over 20 years of dance training and performance experience. Her proclivity for anatomy lead her to receive her 200 RYT certification from Yoga Mayu in 2014, and her 500 RYT in 2018 from Jason Crandell at Love Story Yoga (both in San Francisco). Proud to be a YMCA employee, Laura works with a wide range of students, many of whom are not native English speakers. Each class Laura crafts is designed to be enjoyable for all levels, offering a chance to cultivate a greater sensitivity to the connection between mind and body.



Logan Coffin

Logan is a yoga teacher whose dance, Pilates, and group fitness background inspire her to share the physical and mental practice of yoga with others. She has felt supported in the process of discovery and now loves sharing the kindness and compassion that is embodied in the modern yogi with others. Her classes are alignment focused with the inclusion of breath-work and mindfulness throughout. Logan has been practicing for 10+ years and has studied with many teachers whose backgrounds range in the traditions of Rocket, Dharma, and Prana Vinyasa.



Magdalena Hope

Meg is a lifelong dancer and began practicing yoga in 2006. It did not take long for her to notice the positive effects of a regular practice, and soon thereafter, she started teaching. She has had the good fortune to learn from mentors with backgrounds in a range of traditions including Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Iyengar. Meg also has specialized experience teaching yoga for those who've experienced trauma and yoga for couples trying to conceive. It is truly her heart's work to bring the many therapeutic benefits of breath and movement practices to students of all ages and abilities.

Meg's classes offer something for everyone. She creates a space where students can freely explore and challenge themselves to whatever degree they wish. Her use of clear, direct verbal cues draws students' attention to their own breath, to their own body placement, and to their own sensations. Meg presents her instructions as suggestions, encouraging students to cultivate an awareness of their own inner experience and to let that wisdom be their primary guide.



Marisa Toriggino, E-RYT200, RYT500, RPYT, Yoga Teacher Trainer

Marisa Toriggino, a leader in yoga education for over a decade, has designed an innovative curriculum for teachers of yoga worldwide. Students from across the globe, from the remote areas of Russia to urban centers in Europe and the Middle East, participate in her training.

Marisa’s teaching combines powerful techniques from diverse lineages into a sound yoga practice that supports a healthier lives for all practitioners. She has studied with the founders of the various yoga lineages, including BKS Iyengar & Geeta Iyengar (Founders of Iyengar yoga), Sharon Gannon (Founder of Jivamukthi Yoga), Dharma Mitra (Founder Dharma Yoga Center), Yogi Bhajan (Founder of Kundalini yoga), and Swami Kriananda (Founder of Ananda yoga). Marisa integrates these practices and her experience into her classes, applying a rigorous physical awareness to her teaching that leads to a deeply inward understanding of the spiritual essence of humanity.

Marisa wrote a certification program that is among the first to offer Yoga Alliance registration as a Prenatal Yoga School, giving her graduates an assurance of quality and the unique advantage of being a Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT). In partnership with Udaya ( she filmed 16 videos for Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga which will be released in Summer 2018.

Marisa earned a BA from UC Berkeley and is certified by the Rudolf Steiner college in Administration for Spiritually-based Organizations. As a lecturer, she advocates the promotion of yoga for everyone. She was one of the founders of Yoga Garden of San Francisco and co-owner from 2004-2018.

Marisa is a native Californian, residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. During the summer months, she and her two daughters live in her ancestral country of Italy.



Mark McCormick

Mark began his practice in his 30’s, 20 years ago, at the YMCA in Berkeley. Since then he has explored a variety of styles and had the opportunity to study with leading Bay Area teachers including Gizella Donald, Maria Stanford, Charu Rachlis, Rusty Wells, and others. In addition, he studied at the Iyengar Institute for 2 months in Pune, India. He holds a 200 hr RYS certificate from Centered Yoga in Thailand. He studies yoga philosophy with the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale Pennsylvania.

Mark is interested in all of the limbs of yoga, and believes that the science of yoga can bring happiness through self-awareness. Besides asana (poses), his personal practice includes daily pranayama (breath work) and meditation.



Michelle Martone

Michelle teaches classes that highlight purification, both physical and mental, through asana (postures) and pranayama (yogic breathing practices). She is passionate about guiding people toward a life long practice and creates well-balanced classes that leave the student feeling peaceful and defused. Her classes are taught from 15 years of experience practicing and studying the yoga sutras, asana, pranayama, and meditation. She honors yoga as healing beyond just the physical body, unifying mind, breath and spirit. As a teacher she creates a space for students to experience stillness and peace and carry that with them throughout their day.



Maria Schulman

Maria began practicing yoga in 2006, as a way to manage the stress of graduate school. Yoga quickly took over her life and in 2011 she completed a 200-hour Certification through Yoga to the People. She currently is at work on a 500-hour certification with Kripalu. In 2013, she completed a 50-hour Rocket Yoga training with It’s Yoga in San Francisco. Maria is also trained to teach the 26 hot postures. She loves learning and practicing different yoga styles and ultimately believes that these variants feed into a single practice: yoga is simply the process of focusing on breath. She hopes to bring her students heightened awareness of their own possibilities and power.



Nicole Tierre Thompson

Nicole has been committed to practicing and teaching yoga for more than 12 years. A devoted runner, Nicole began practicing yoga in Santa Barbara, California as a way to supplement her marathon training. Almost immediately, she recognized the time spent on the mat and with others in the yoga community were invaluable aspects of her life.

Nicole completed her teaching certification at Chicago-based yogaview and worked in various settings across the windy city to bring a yoga asana practice to individuals who sought a better and more thoughtful awareness of her/his body. Her teaching style is influenced by senior teachers in both Anusara and Ashtanga. For Nicole, it is vital to teach every student as they are and then encourage them to test their "edge" with kindness and compassion.

Nicole’s overall intention for her classes is to create an environment in which students discover something new about themselves through physical movement, connection to breath and clarity of mind. She has been in love with running for over 13 years and laces up her running shoes on a daily basis to get in her "moving meditation".



Pamela Williams

Pamela brings her knowledge as a doula and triathlon enthusiast into her classes: exposing the power of breath, movement, and rhythm as a mechanism to calm the body's internal and external chatter. Her role as a teacher is to provide an environment in which individuals can explore the personalized benefits that yoga holds. Trained in Dharamshala, India, Pamela pulls from a variety of yoga styles to construct classes to ensure that everybody and every body can feel safe and comfortable.


Shannon Bronson

Shannon Bronson

Shannon is yogini and artist. She’s dedicated her life to interweaving these modalities to live her truth, with the intention of inventing compassionately creative expressions to change the world in positive ways.

Shannon's life radically blossomed when she fully embraced yoga. She hit the mat hard and allowed yoga to be the safe space in which heal her own traumas. Yoga evolved into the foundation on which she has built a new life in the pursuit of happiness and freedom. Daily asana and meditation as well as a commitment to the 8 limbs of yoga gave her the courage to leave the Urban Design world. She believes it is her path to instead teach yoga, create her art and practice Reiki healing.

Shannon understands that to be a great teacher is to also be continual student. She has an RYT200 from Triveni Yoga and continues to advance her studies with her teachers and Triveni Yoga creators Jessica and Stéphane Dreyfus. Triveni is a vinyasa-based style of yoga that combines asana, meditation with a focus on the subtle body to profoundly transform the practitioner inside and out. She travels internationally with the Triveni team to teach teacher trainings and conduct art, yoga and meditation workshops. She also bows in gratitude to her teachers Elise Lorimer and Betty Roi for sending their light into her life.



Taylor Pangman

I believe that yoga is a tool to help us navigate life, to get to know ourselves a little better, and to connect with the world around us. A life with yoga is an enhanced life indeed. My classes will help you dive deeper into your practice, open your mind to new possibilities, relax your body from a busy day, and help you reconnect with yourself.



Usha Moss

Usha has been studying and practicing yoga for over 16 years. She began to teach in 2000, blending the fluidity of Vinyasa based yoga with attention to breath, proper alignment, and intelligent sequencing. She has trained with many senior teachers including Sarah Powers, Tias Little, and Nikki Estrada, and is a registered member of Yoga Alliance. Usha is a committed teacher and student of yoga. A San Francisco native and mom with a background in education, she welcomes students at all levels. Usha believes that to whatever degree one steps into yoga, yoga makes life better. The time spent on the mat allows space to be present. There is endless possibility within that space.