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.
Danni Pomplun, General Manager
We all have our own stories—mine has some twists and turns through a tough childhood and late teenage years blurred by frustration, drugs, alcohol, and a near-death brush with cancer, but I credit yoga with making me healthy and opening my eyes to a world of positive opportunities that I’m now truly grateful to be able to share with others.
My students—of power, vinyasa, yin/restorative, sculpt, and hot yoga—resonate with my functional, but down-to-earth approach and my ability to combine the mentally restorative aspects of yoga with the functional physical work that it entails.
I know firsthand how strengthening the mind and body together can enhance one’s efforts in other physical endeavors including rock climbing, snowboarding, cycling, surfing, skateboarding, and swimming. It also provides the balance and space to pursue my other passions for music and volunteering with at-risk high school kids. www.DanniPomplun.com
Alana has been teaching movement since 1996. She has a way of making all formats of classes fun! From gymnastics, diving, dance & cheer to Yoga, Acro yoga, Pilates, acrobatics, martial arts & fitness- barre, TRX Suspension trainer, TRX Rip trainer & more! Alana has a wide array of experiences & knowledge & knows how to customize a training program based on each individuals needs. She can kick your butt, in a good way, with a smile. Her joy is sharing her passion for mind-body awareness with others & helping to make the world a better place one deep breath at a time. Alana recently relocated to the SF Bay Area and is available for group classes & Private instruction.top
A born and raised New Yorker, Alyssa has been sharing her passion for Yoga since 2009. Early on in her teaching career, she began an Ashtanga practice that would heavily influence her classes. Alyssa is 500RYT certified, and has over 1000 hours of training in Vinyasa, Hatha, Hot Vinyasa, Moksha, Yin Yoga and Acro Yoga. She believes in a balanced practice that helps us to be present and to let go of distractions and doubts. She finds that through a physically and mentally challenging practice, we can find a sense of calm and grow our practice by applying what we do on the mat, off the mat.top
Anne Sophie Leary
Anne-Sophie holds a BA in Holistic Healing and Nutrition and is RYT 500 certified. Her roots are in Vinyasa flow with a Forrest yoga influence. She has trained with Les Leventhal, Janet Stone and Ana Forrest creatrix of Forrest Yoga. Her intent in teaching yoga is to help give the tools one needs to heal themselves by listening to their body, as this is what yoga has done for her. She seeks to inspire people through her love and passion of yoga by igniting power, as well as joy and lightness in her classes.top
Brenna has a background in dance, sports, and marathon training. Since she has sustained multiple injuries from this fascination with intensity, she has become more interested in cultivating results, both physical and mental, from a place of mindfulness. Brenna teaches a class that will challenge you, but not at the cost of alignment. Also, she believes a yoga class should be fun! She loves music and changes her playlist daily, and she tries to be creative with sequencing so that you’ll get something new each class. She tends to focus on one body part or theme for each class and she likes to incorporate her B.A. in philosophy to share quotes that are inspiring and motivational. Brenna has been teaching for four years. She started out with hot yoga, and transitioned into vinyasa and later more Iyengar-based yoga. She is a 200 hour RYT.top
Courtney is an endurance athlete and workaholic by training, but a sensitive nature-lover at heart. Through stressful corporate jobs and grueling training schedules, yoga had always been there in the background as a way to relieve stress and avoid injury. Eventually the practice evolved in to much more. Yoga became the perfect outlet to practice expressing all parts of herself. In an effort to cut out distractions and focus on her practice, Courtney completed her 200-hour RYT training at the Yoga Garden Advanced Studies Program in San Francisco. She uses the building blocks of Iyengar Yoga and alignment to teach strong, conscious and light-hearted Vinyasa classes. She hopes to share her journey with others by consistently holding a safe and compassionate place to practice yoga...and life.top
Diana is an in-it-for-life yogi. Born and raised in the mid-west, she has an affinity for simplicity, small acts of kindness and the freshest food ever. The practice of yoga is her grounding force in an ever-changing world. She rides her bike everywhere, plays disc golf, marathons good sci-fi and is also a novice runner. Diana teaches yoga but will always consider herself a student of life first. In her class you will find a strong, methodical and balanced sequence that meets each student where they are at. She has a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Community Development and for all the plans she’s created, she loves the spontaneous plot twists of life.top
A classically-trained dancer and a writer by hobby, Ekat offers a dynamic flow with creative sequencing and clear cues. Her teaching is sometimes serious, sometimes sassy -- always soulful. Each class is strong and expansive, a vigorous moving meditation.
Ekat’s passion for teaching is fueled by the power yoga has to awaken our consciousness and transform us spiritually. She appreciates that yoga isn't something you DO but rather PRACTICE. Her goal with each class is to help others drop in deeply in order to more closely align with their highest selves and discover who they really are.top
Eni was first introduced to yoga in 2000 and since been practicing yoga to find her mind and body balance and was inspired to bring the positive benefits of a yoga practice to her students as well. Her arrival in San Francisco in 2010 allowed her to deepen her practice and opened up the possibility to teach yoga. Eni is teaching vinyasa flow, restorative and kids yoga classes and recently received her certification in prenatal yoga as well. She substitutes community classes with corporate wellness programs in San Francisco.
Her teaching style is focused on the breath, a steady rhythmic vinyasa flow where the mind can relax, a class that feels both grounding and centering. In her classes, students can explore basic, connecting postures in more detail paired with a focus on alignment, improved flexibility and risk-free yoga. Students who are in need of some Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) often turn to Eni asking her for advice on various aspects of yoga and how to incorporate it into their everyday life on their journey towards better health and wellness. www.eniyoga.comtop
Greg teaches Prana Vinyasa Flow offering intelligently designed, challenging yet fluid sequences. Each open level class provides energetic alignment within the framework of a breath driven, creative flow.
Greg arrived at his Yoga practice in 2004, after years of Reiki and Meditation practice, as part of his own journey healing from scoliosis, chronic pain and depression. He views Yoga as a practice of compassionate self study, awareness and growth. How we practice Yoga informs how we live our lives. With practice we develop more skill to fully engage our potential and live in our purpose.
Greg studied Veda Yoga with Mas Vidal and continues to study Prana Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea. He currently assists Shiva Rea and is a mentor in the Prana Vinyasa Flow teacher training community. Greg also teaches Reiki and Meditation and practices a natural healthcare system called BodyTalk. He is the Founder of The Resilience Project - a Reiki Certification & Lifestyle Enhancement Program integrating Meditation & Yoga. To learn more about Greg and his practice please visit www.gregwieting.comtop
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.top
In 2010, Julia’s existing yoga practice deepened and expanded when she moved to the East Coast for graduate school. Julia spent 5 years studying, working, and living in NYC, where she also became a Yoga Alliance certified instructor and the head of teacher training at Prana Power Yoga. Julia is delighted to be back home in Northern California and looks forward to meeting you!
Julia’s teaching is rooted in compassion and inspired by the idea that yoga is a moving meditation which helps people connect to their breath so they can feel more present and at ease. In her classes, Julia aims to create a safe atmosphere for students to challenge and explore their physical and emotional selves and experience lightness of being. Julia infuses her classes with creative and dynamic sequencing while still honoring the importance of body alignment and the sacred, grounding aspects of the ancient yoga lineages.
Julia is also a talk therapist and licensed clinical social worker. Her dharma, or life purpose, is to combine traditional mental health treatment with yoga and meditation. Julia’s intention is to empower people to discover and embrace inner strength, heightened awareness, and true joy. In her spare time, Julia can either be found outdoors or on Spotify making new upbeat music playlists for her yoga classes and travels.top
Katharine teaches her students to honor them selves in this moment. She has come to find that the Yoga practice is constantly changing, as we all are, and asks her students to experience where they are in this inevitable process of things. Katharine invites her students to use the tools of the Yoga practice: ones relationship to their breath, the ancient body shapes, liberating the voice through chanting, and sitting in stillness; as a means to awaken to their true nature.
Katharine welcomes all levels to her class and looks forward to continuing to share the healing practice that she loves. Katharine was certified to teach at the Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in New York City in 2005.top
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Katie started practicing yoga in 2003 during her first year in college. She was drawn back to the class time after time not only by how great the physical practice made her feel but also by the calm and content she experienced at the end of each class. After exploring many styles of yoga she found what resonated with her most were Hatha and Vinyasa style classes. Later while living in Australia, she fell madly in love with Yin Yoga as well. In 2009 Katie completed her 200-hour teacher training at a Satyananda ashram in Nashik India. After finishing her teacher training, she decided to move to Sydney Australia and ended up staying to teach there for five years. During her time in Australia, she had the pleasure of studying under and working with some of Sydney’s best yoga teachers including Kate Kendall, Melanie Mclaughlin and Murray Hatton. Katie’s philosophy is that yoga is for every body and every individual practice should be unique to the person practicing. The most important part of the practice is not how flexible you are or how many amazing arm balances you can do, but how much you can let go of all of that and instead find peace in being yourself.top
Lamat embarked on the yogic path in her dear friend's backyard during a beautiful spring day. From that moment on, yoga grew to be one of her deepest passions and continues to evolve with the ebb and flow of life. What started as a fun physical challenge has become a sacred space for meditation and self-reflection, and through teaching yoga, Lamat hopes to spark curiosity about what lies underneath the world of physical forms. She enjoys a yoga practice that balances yin and yang energies, and so gives her students the opportunity to feel not only the vigor of slow vinyasa, but also the calm after the storm, both within and without. Lamat appreciates simplicity, and especially loves city biking, wilderness hiking, delicious vegetarian eats, and reading in the park.top
Lynn gravitates towards a balanced practice that engages the mind, spirit, and whole body. Amidst the chaos of daily life, yoga encourages presence and grounding, and awareness of the body in space. Her breath-driven vinyasa practice is informed by the Ashtanga traditions and sequences. She supports her students through strong classes that are rooted in breath and healthy alignment, offering hands-on adjustments to deepen each posture. Lynn was certified by Yoga Mayu, and shares their belief in strong foundations. You can learn more about Lynn on her website: www.noblelynn.comtop
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.top
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".top
A classically trained dancer from Singapore, with over a decade of experience in professional dance, teaching and choreography, a non-practicing lawyer and Registered Yoga Alliance teacher, Roy's classes are about taking the blinders off and giving oneself the radical permission to honestly explore what one's mind and body are capable of. A testament to the transformative, grounding and healing power of the Yoga practice, Roy's mission is to encourage an inner intuitive listening and to raise one's consciousness to embrace all aspects of the human experience freely. With a mindful practice, he supports people in honoring and appreciating themselves and provides a safe and non-judgmental space for them to discover their inherent greatness. Drawing also from the disciplines of qigong, martial arts and ballet, Roy teaches a dynamically sequenced yoga flow that encourages a holistic awareness of breath and proper alignment; strength and flexibility; functionality in movement and conscious co-ordination. "It's about bringing the necessary consciousness into everything we do. The practical mind training aspect of Yoga is an invaluable tool to help one to first, be aware of the obstacles to freedom and then allowing these obstructions the unhealed mind makes upon reality to be gently removed. Steady determination and a sustained yoga practice will help one to ground in unqualified awareness... to allow the human being to live a loving, healthy, abundant and fearless life." - http://www.roygan.comtop
Ryann believes yoga has the power to heal and transform. She draws from her experience as a counselor and advocate to create a safe and empowering space. Through creative sequencing, attention to alignment, and mindful adjustments, Ryann both grounds and empowers her students. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training through Yoga Tree in San Francisco, and her Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Jane Austin of Mama Tree. Ryann is fascinated by the patterns of tension our bodies hold, and the way that mindful movement and breath help to unwind them.top
Tracie Joy Burleigh
Traci Joy (TJ) Burleigh is a long-time yogi, Vipassana practitioner, health educator and coach, Ayurvedic practitioner and bodyworker. She loves yoga for it’s dynamic and uniting practices of body and heart.TJ’s experience of yoga is unbranded and inimitable. She brings a passion for anatomy, breath, biomechanics, feeling great, poetry, and permission to her teaching. TJ is certified at the highest level with Yoga Alliance, E-RYT and is a member of IAYT.top
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.top