Prabha brings the highlest level of wisdom and experience to her Friday Night Meditation and Spiritual Studies class at 7:30pm. Prabha has written more than 30 books on the art of raising consciousness through the science of Self Realization as taught in the ancient scriptures. Prabha Duneja is a rare gem, give yourself the gift of experiencing her and her extraordinary teaching.
Bliss has been practicing and studying yoga for over eleven years and is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor. She is a graduate of the Yoga Movement Center's Advanced Studies/Teacher Training program in Walnut Creek, CA and enjoys teaching classes (individual and group) as well as workshops throughout the East Bay Area. Her classes offer all who come to play, a retreat from their daily activities with the invitation to access the peace which naturally resides within. Through the syncing of asana, vinyasa, and pranyam, Bliss inspires and motivates students to challenge themselves, both physically and mentally, within their individual abilities - leaving them with the sense of ananda (bliss) that accompanies personal growth, in addition to feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Bliss also holds two degrees from UC Berkeley, one in Psychology, the background that drives her ongoing interests and explorations into to the mental and spiritual realms of yoga. Email Bliss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Praveena, Yoga was a way of life growing up in India. Learning the art of pranayama, asana and meditation at the tender age of 11 was a priceless gift. She is a certified 200 hour Yoga Alliance teacher and studied with master teachers Donald Moyers, Mary Lou Weprin and Kate Coughlin. She is also a certified Judith Lasater's Relax and Renew restorative teacher. She completed her training for the Balanced Body 500 hour Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Training Course and is currently working towards her hours. Praveena holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature and Journalism from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth.
Her philosophy towards teaching 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 Yoga and Pilates 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. Being a mother of a nine year old, she appreciates teaching both movement healing modalities that fits perfectly into her busy life as a full time mom. She truly trusts in the energetic in her classes and life, and has faith in the transformational process of Yoga and Pilates. www.yogawithpraveena.com.
Someone once posted on Facebook the following sentence starter: “A yogi is…..” to which I promptly replied: “waiting to be discovered in all of us.” My discovery started over 12 years ago with a simple home-based practice, which was the perfect respite from a busy life as a mother, elementary teacher, and high school tennis coach. It wasn’t until 2008 that I wondered into a class in Singapore and found my yoga “home”. After a two-year immersion of daily practice with my Sivananda yoga teacher Asokan, including teacher training through S-VYASA University of Bangalore, the journey began. Since returning from Singapore, I have crossed paths with many more gifted teachers including our Yoga Fusion founders Gloria Persico and Greg Riley, Shiva Rea, Mark Stephens, Pete Guinosso, and Stephanie Snyder. My classes will be infused with teachings and wisdom from the different styles of yoga asana, with emphasis on breath work, core strengthening, and an inspiring dose of mantra.
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.
Leslie has worked in Early Childhood Development (ECD) as a preschool teacher since 1998 and has been practicing yoga since 2001. She has Associates of Arts degrees in ECD and Liberal Studies as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development emphasis in ECD from CSUEB. While studying at CSUEB she was drawn to yoga even more intensely as she balanced her studies, family, and work, but more importantly as she became aware of the benefits yoga offers children in all areas of development and with varying learning modalities. While finishing up her Bachelors degree she started her training with YogaKids International finishing her Certified YogaKids Teacher (CYKT) training in April 2011. She continues her yoga studies, practicing daily, adding yoga into her preschool classroom, and sharing her knowledge with children, parents, and fellow teachers.
Leslie enjoys kids yoga as it brings together aspects of movement, nature, art, stories, music, and social contexts, developing the whole child, giving a good root base for a life full of observation, learning, and wisdom. For questions concerning your child and participation in Leslie's classes, you may call our Yoga 4 Kids Hotline at (925)549-2550 to speak with Leslie directly. Please visit Leslie at her website www.yoga2sprout.com.
Ran "Loan" Dorst was born in Viet Nam (Ho Chi Minh City). She graduated Economic University with a Bachelors Degree. She worked for JICA (Japan international Corporation Agency) as a Project Assistant for Forestry and Environment in Viet Nam. She moved to Japan in 2000 and lived there for eleven years. Loan was introduced to yoga in 2003. She found that yoga helped center herself during the difficult transition in her life. She would go to the studio to practice yoga daily. Yoga provided an anchor to secure her as well as the sail to help her move through life with grace. She never stopped practicing yoga ever since.
She moved to Bay Area in July 2010. Due to her love of yoga, she continued to study. Loan graduated from Leah Gillman Barefoot Movement Flow Yoga Training in Oakland, California, December 2010. She continues to participate in classes and workshops in various traditions, including; ashtanga, vinyasa, yin and prenatal yoga. Loan completed professional yoga teacher training with Yoga Works in 2014. Loan completed 150 hour acupressure training at Berkeley Institute of Acupressure. She has excellent knowledge of anatomy for guidance and safe practice for students.
As a teacher, Loan shares yoga as a day by day, movement by movement practice of well being. In her classes she guides you through dynamic sequences of movement while providing subtle alignment cues of the posture. Loan's classes are always fun and interesting. She draws your awareness to the quality and presence of your breath. In a yoga class with Loan, students are physically challenged while also feeling a sense of being one with nature, safe and supported with a connection between body and mind.
I have been practicing yoga for eight years while completing my Yoga teacher training certification. I had the benefit of having Gloria Persico as one of my first teachers and with her considerable influence, I was hooked immediately. While going through my teacher training, it became clear to me that my path was to teach restorative and gentle yoga in order to help people who are intimidated by the practice. I believe that the body can be gently coaxed into realizing the amazing benefits yoga has to offer. In addition to yoga, I enjoy all things equestrian, riding and training horses and performing on the rodeo circuit. I love the healing arts and include herbology and energy work in my therapeutic approach. I love to seek out the positive while politely shying away from negativity.
Jody comments on her teaching approach at The Yoga Fusion: "I am very excited to bring my “Plus Yoga” class to The Yoga Fusion. For so many, the thought of Yoga conjures images of lean and muscular people shaping their bodies into perfect poses. This intimidating image of Yoga prevents countless potential Yogis from reaping the benefits available to all shapes, sizes, and abilities. I get the greatest satisfaction by helping new friends become Yogis by adapting traditional Yoga postures to accommodate all body types, whether you’re hyper-flexible or stiff as a board. Above all, you do not have to be thin to enjoy the benefits of Yoga! I create a relaxed atmosphere in my class which encourages those who tend to shy away from physical activity to participate in a safe and progressive program of movement without overexertion or threat of injury. If this class description speaks to you, I eagerly look forward to meeting you at The Yoga Fusion!”
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
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.