Praveena is very passionate and an avid practitioner of pilates and yoga. Her philosophy towards teaching pilates and yoga is to pay attention to alignment and form, technique and breath work that help students develop a deep understanding of their bodies and movement patterns. She believes in providing a safe space for students to explore and strengthen their mind and bodies. She enjoys the variety that pilates and yoga can provide for fitness and wellness enthusiasts, or someone who is recovering from injuries, or seeking relief from chronic pain, or prenatal and postnatal mammas. She truly trusts in the transformational process of Pilates and yoga.
She completed her 500 hour Comprehensive Pilates Instructor training with Balanced Body. She continues her studies with Julie Lushington at Turning Point Studios in Walnut Creek. She is also a registered 200 hr yoga alliance teacher and is a certified restorative yoga teacher. She also holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature and Journalism from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. www.yogawithpraveena.com
With a background as a certified fitness instructor since 1988, Amelia added yoga to her repertoire after taking her first Bikram class at the Self Realization Fellowship in Encinitas, CA in 2003, which ignited her passion for yoga. In 2008 she began her journey as a yoga instructor, deepening her practice and training at Urban Yoga Spa in downtown Seattle.
Amelia is a Yoga Alliance certified 200hr RYT yoga instructor and has completed her Level One Journey into Power teacher training with Baron Baptiste, Level Two Sanyassin’s Journey teacher training with Paige Elenson, her Art of Assisting with Kiersten Mooney and Brandon Compagnon and has served on the assisting team for Art of Assisting in Seattle with David Farmar and Desirae Pierce. Amelia is also a certified YogaFit Kids instructor. She teaches Power Yoga, Yin Yoga, family yoga, and prenatal yoga.
Amelia brings her light and passion for yoga to her classes and believes yoga gives “any body” access to their personal power and peace.
I was either bound by my heritage or bound by my health, when I walked in to a beginner's yoga class room and...it did not change my life. I did not have any life altering experience in my first class. Instead, it was boring and made me wonder why I went there. Little did I know then, that even if yoga didn't need me, I would need it. My allergies had increased and with it the dosage of my medication. I was becoming lesser human and more of a being that I could not recognize. I was feeling very disheartened, sluggish and irritated. I knew that these were the effects of the medication. I knew, but did nothing until I joined to learn Yoga again. This time there was no expectation, no judgment: just exploration. That's it! I was hooked. There was a determination to learn everything I could and somewhere in the middle, the fascination to make others understand yoga like I did. It became an agenda to pass it on. I was ready to teach. I completed my 200 hour yoga alliance certification and began teaching. I have not looked back since. I have been teaching and learning for the past 3 years and I am enjoying every minute of it.
So come on to my class and hear what I have to say about yoga. Be open and you will enjoy the experience. Come with no judgment, no expectation, just exploration and leave the rest to me. What I love now about imparting and teaching is the Sanskrit language, the aphorisms, the poses and its physical, physiological and the mental benefits, as well. It amazes me that each pose a mastermind of an ancient yogi, can still be used for the same reason it was created for even after so many centuries. That makes Yoga fascinating to me.
My path to yoga as the centerpiece of my life wasn’t a straight one, but when I arrived there I knew I was home.
I’ve always been passionate about movement and music. Growing up, I practiced gymnastics, dance, and martial arts. I played a few musical instruments and majored in Theatre Arts in college. Yoga really has meant union for me, because the pleasures of all those activities are now joined together in practicing and teaching yoga the way I like best.
Yoga has helped me to find a non-competitive way to practice movement while helping to silence the mental chatter in my brain. Once I started practicing regularly, I began creating healthy habits for myself and meeting positive people in my classes who supported my healthy lifestyle and encouraged my spiritual journey. I experienced a wonderful sense of understanding, love, and support from the yoga community. This led to a greater feeling of love and acceptance for myself and an ability to let go of a lot of fear and anxiety. People began telling me how happy I looked and that I had a glow about me. That is truly how I feel when I practice Yoga - as though my heart is full of light. This has made me want to share my happiness with others.
Because I know how completely yoga has changed my life, I believe it can definitely change yours too. I love connecting with my students and seeing how each person experiences yoga differently. I tailor my classes to fit the needs and the energy of my students so that each class is unique. I love teaching Hatha and Flow Yoga as well as Yin. I recently received my Yin certification from The Yoga Fusion’s Yin master Carolyn Tracy. I look forward to meeting you on your mat!
As far back as I can remember I always had a great love of nature and all creatures. I was always called upon to save the spider before it was stepped on or nurse the kittens who lost their mother. I was truly amazed by the way the animals were able to evolve, adapt , grow and transform. As an adult I began to see that beauty in humans as well. I also observed that the instincts that animals so easily follow are sometimes lost in the human race.
I began to study different cultures and spiritual practices on how to bring my body back into its natural state and more in tune with nature, and that is where I found the practice of yoga. At the age of 19 I began a job working at a veterinary hospital and over 20 years later I still hold a position there as senior veterinary technician. At the age of 22 I began practicing yoga and into 2001 I became a Kripalu certified teacher.
In 2010 I began teaching at the Cancer support Community which is an absolute joy and I am inspired by the strength and courage of my students every week. I feel so fortunate to work in the areas I love, caring for pets , for others and for myself. What yoga have given me more than anything else is the ability to find my voice , to listen to my instincts and to never take anything too seriously.
My intention as a teacher is to provide a comfortable and safe environment where students can explore their strengths and weaknesses so they can learn how to move more naturally and efficiently both on and off the mat. My teaching style is authentic, fun and non judge mental . As I am very interested in biomechanics I give many alignment cues to assist the body in familiar and not so familiar movements. My next endeavor is to continue my studies of biomechanics and to join the certification course at The Restorative Institute late 2015.
So there I was in my 40’s, overweight and out of shape. I lost the weight through diet and exercise and got in great shape, but there was a problem. The stronger and lighter I got the more I tried to do with my new body (hockey, softball, waterskiing) and the more I got hurt. One day a personal trainer who had seen me working out and noticed I was always limping or nursing some type of injury asked me this question. “Do you know what is wrong with you?” To which I responded, yes I’m old. She replied: “no, you have absolutely no flexibility in your body".
She then challenged me to go to Yoga class with her. The teacher for that, my first Yoga class ever, was Gloria Persico. Gloria took one look at me and said, this is not going to be easy for you, but if you stick with it, it will be the best thing you’ve ever done for yourself. That was 14 years ago and I haven’t gone more than a few days at a time without doing Yoga since. She was absolutely right, both from a mental and physical standpoint. I have been teaching for the last 12 years. My classes tend to focus on fundamentals and I love to hold poses so they can be explored fully. So here I am, please come and join me for a class. Namaste
I found yoga during law school and never looked back. Yoga centered me through a busy career as a corporate lawyer, and today gives me strength, balance, and acceptance for myself and others. My yoga practice, and life focus, is all about finding balance on and off the mat – and if you've seen me in class, you know I love balancing poses! They force us to fight gravity, which literally draws us down; challenge our mind’s tendency to wander and lose focus; and find ease even as we engage our whole body to keep us steady. I've been fortunate to train with many great teachers around the Bay Area, including the wonderful community at the Yoga Fusion. I completed my 200 hour adult teacher training with YOGAthletica in Los Angeles, under the inspiring Shana Meyerson, as well as an additional children's teaching component with Mini Yogis. When not tightening my shoulders at the computer or releasing them on the yoga mat, I find balance with my two adorable small dogs and/or with my nearly as adorable husband. Come join me and have fun as we continue on this yoga and life journey together! Please visit my website and learn more about me: www.YogaToBalance.com/
Carolyn Tracy began practicing yoga in 5th grade while competing in gymnastics. A dynamic practice spanning 40 years, 15 of those Bikram, and now Yin Yoga's wise balancing of the fiery energies of a go/go lifestyle is what's speaking loudest to Carolyn. Her students describe her as soothing, healing and knowledgeable.
Carolyn’s compassionate teaching style coupled with her lifelong experience and expression of skilled body movement are growing a rapidly expanding following of enthusiastic Yoga Fusion students. One class with Carolyn and you’ll see why The Yoga Fusion is delighted to feature this dynamic and empowering teacher.
Carolyn brings a spunky playfulness into her yoga as she's passionate, too, about kids, animals and nature. When your body is ready for balance, for the tranquil calm that is it's birthright, then you'll seek Carolyn's Yin expertise.
Carolyn is also one of the most skilled and sought after Yoga for Kids teachers in the San Ramon Valley and we are proud to feature Carolyn's Yoga for Kids classes and workshops at The Yoga Fusion. Learn more about Carolyn's Yoga Kids expertise atwww.lettheyinbegin.com/
Rosalyn Lee is a teacher and an artist. She grew up in the Bay Area loving sports, dance, photography, nature and most of all adventures. After completely a double BFA in Photography and Graphics Arts from Cal State East bay she decided to leave and travel the world. She then became a well known photographer for musicians, bands and festivals. During one of her tours on the road her life drastically changed after suffering from a knee injury. For years she suffered from chronic pain and was looking about to get surgery when her path changed. What seemed to be a misfortune, turned into one of the biggest blessings of her life, she found Yoga. A yoga practice that helped her not only heal her body, but find a deeper love and openness in her heart, and a calmness in her mind.
After finding her love for yoga, she decided to begin her training in Los Angeles at YogaWorks studying with her favorite teachers Patty Asad and John Gaydos. She then decided to take her training deeper by complete the YogaWorks kids Yoga Program, The Mindful Fitness BarWork and Scultpwork Program. She is so grateful that she has found a perfect balance between her two loves; Yoga and Photography and it has led her to her deeper calling, to inspire, to help, and to heal others.By fusing different aspects of her life she has created fun, lighthearted, effective learning environments where music, movement and healing unite the mind, body and soul.
Kristy Menage Bernie, RDH, MS, RYT an Assistant Clinical Professor, Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences at UCSF is also an international continuing education facilitator for the dental profession. She began her career in dental hygiene as a pediatric dental hygienist and has brought yoga to countless dental colleagues since 2006. She is a certified yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and a 'kid at heart'. Located here in San Ramon, when not traveling, she enjoys spending time with her 'toilet trained' cats, Makena and KaiBlu! Learn more about Kristy at: www.EducationalDesigns.com/