Gilbert has combined his knowledge of anatomy and an extensive love of music with his passion for yoga to create a more modern, unique, and ever changing approach to yoga. Although Gilbert is continuously challenging himself and enhancing his teachings, he offers classes designed for all levels. His classes focus on alignment, strong yet basic postures and he adds some classical advanced postures as well. Gilbert’s kind and humbling spirit make classes light hearted, fun, and challenging to both the mind and spirit. Gilbert found yoga to be energizing both mentally and physically and he has made yoga an essential part of his life. When Gilbert is not in the yoga studio he enjoys traveling, art, live music, surfing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, and spending time with friends and family. Gilbert says, “Yoga has given me the perfect balance between physical activities and mental rejuvenation, I have better body awareness and it has helped me to become a better surfer, but really yoga has helped grow through all aspects of life.”
Ashley’s love for yoga started years ago with a desire to start meditating. Ashley feels yoga has given her the tools for self-discovery, personal growth, acceptance, & mostly a connection to a more conscious way of living. Ashley’s completed her 200 hour teacher training under, world renowned Noah Mazé, in April 2013, along with various yoga courses with yogamazè. When she’s off the mat; Ashley enjoys connecting with nature, traveling, snuggling with her dogs, gardening, making jewelry, Acro yoga and sharing holistic health and wellness tips. She believes we reveal our true selves in our practice and our practice will pour into our everyday life. Ashley strives for a therapeutic approach to her classes. She loves the use of props, and reminds her students to stay connected with their breath, tune into their bodies, and reconnect with their heart, true self.
Shannon found yoga over 9 years ago in New York City and has grown to love every part of it. She teaches because it has helped her on her path so much that she can’t help but share the many benefits with others. Yoga is a way to freedom in the body and in thought, it is simple and available to everyone. Her classes focus on steadily progressing, being gentle in our thoughts, and strong in our intentions. Shannon lives a yogic lifestyle and loves to help people transition to healthy eating.
Her Favorite Pose Is: Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand) This pose is my favorite because you literally can’t think about anything else or you will fall. It helps me be in the now and breathe. Oh and it improves your complexion.
Favorite Activities: Hiking, contortion, and making up raw food dishes. And frisbee, can’t forget frisbee.
Her Teaching Style: Uplifting, motivating, rejuvenating, educational, new
What she loves about yoga: Yoga gives me energy, removes body aches, and empowers me to be an observer of my thoughts so I can steer my life in positive directions. Yoga provides a community of amazing friends and helps me embrace challenging situations by taking the practice off the mat.
Lexie Dorren has been practicing yoga on and off for 2 years, but her journey really began in 2012. An aspiring singer and songwriter, Lexie surrounded herself with music and books growing up and never participated in anything physical. “I was the kid who hid or sat on the field picking grass during P.E.” she says. She had wrongfully accepted that she could never get fit and would be forever battling grueling diets in order to stay at a desired weight. When she suddenly dove into her yoga practice in May 2012, she was so inspired by the results that she couldn’t stop. Lexie decided to participate in the 200-Hour Teacher Training Program at CorePower and continued with Extensions. “I want to show people who feel the way I used to that anyone can do it. You don’t have to run, play sports, or lift weights to get fit and you don’t have to be flexible, skinny, or vegan to do yoga,” she says, “I’ve never loved myself and my body more than I have since I found yoga.” Lexie received her Associate of Arts, but is taking a break from school to pursue her dreams in music and teaching yoga. When she’s not teaching or practicing yoga, Lexie is singing with cover bands at local clubs.
I left my hometown, a small suburb of Columbus, Ohio, and traveled to Boston for college where I took my first yoga class almost twelve years ago. By the time I moved to San Francisco in 2006, practicing yoga weekly had become second nature to me. I respect all types of yoga including Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Bikram, but the style that speaks to me the most is Hatha Yoga–the practice of mindful awareness for the body, breath and mind.
I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) through the National Yoga Alliance, and I was trained at the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco. My practices are inspired by the Integral (Hatha) yoga belief that everyone longs for true and lasting happiness. I focus on leading practices that encourage my students to let go of the past and future and experience the present through the flow of breath and Hatha postures. Students will experience a moving meditation as I guide them through a series of gentle Hatha yoga postures including basic balancing poses and inversions. Students will strengthen and tone both the body and mind, and ultimately realize the peace that dwells within each of us.
Robin started practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in San Francisco in 2004. While living in The Netherlands, she became certified to teach in 2009 and has been leading yoga classes ever since. “For me, yoga is about strengthening the mind / body connection. While moving through the postures and linking the breath, my focus is on the NOW. The worries of everyday life seem to float away. I like that after savasana, you actually feel lighter and more at peace ~ almost as if you have left your troubles on the mat. Yoga practice is different for everyone. Some seek a good workout; some relaxation, some greater knowledge of the teachings. But, everyone is in the same class. We are all working on the same asanas. We are all both students and teachers. The rigorous asana sequence also makes me both physically and mentally stronger on and off of the mat. I want everyone to be able to experience the way your body can surprise you in the poses and the way your mind can focus – letting thoughts just come and go”.
With 8 years of practicing meditation and yoga, and 5 years experience teaching yoga and meditative practices, Kelly has created a life of honoring truth and presence. Yoga has become her method of finding balance of the mind, body, and soul throughout her life’s journey. She completed a 200-hour Ashtanga teacher training certification in the beginning of 2007. With the combination of a B.A. in Cognitive Science; she integrates her knowledge of the mind, brain, and body with the principles and science of yoga. She instructs vinyasa flow classes with her intentions set in sharing positivity and peace, building strength and flexibility, while establishing presence and awareness through the unity of breath and movement.
Carmen Davalos spiritual name: Jot Nirjan Kaur is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher through KRI. Her passion for healing and higher levels of consciousness lead her to Kundalini Yoga. She holds the space for her students and clients to feel safe and comfortable through the process of connecting mind, body, and soul. She Also loves teaching, and is passionately devoted to expanding the awareness of compassion for all through expressive and healing arts. Developing the neutral mind is of great importance to her teachings and practice. Guiding students by intuition and facilitating soft yet very grounded classes. She is also a Master Level Reiki Practitioner. Through years of practicing and seeing transformation in her own life she has a great desire to share this technology.
After watching hoop dancers at various music festivals, Melissa decided to purchase a plain black hoop in November 2011 to try it out. After one week of constant frustration on trying to keep the hoop up at the waist, something finally clicked. Joy and Happiness, and the determination to learn new tricks began to grow exponentially each day. Five years prior, Melissa had been in three car accidents which resulted in chronic back pain and muscle spasms. For the longest time, certain physical activities seemed far fetched, but when hooping was introduced it became really apparent. There were no more back pain and no more muscle spasms!! Hooping two (2) hours a day, every day for one whole year and completely self-taught, learning everything she knows on YouTube; Melissa began to teach her co-workers how to hoop and now finally teaching private lessons, hosting hoop jams at the park and teaching regularly at Underground Yoga. In early February 2013, Hoop Dimensions was formed. Melissa created this website to share all things hooping related. Inspiring hooping YouTube videos, a shop to buy uniquely designed hoops and LED hoops, and a schedule of hoop workshops. This website is constantly growing, and soon hoop tutorials will be added to help you progress. Hooping definitely is a fun and exciting way to strengthen your body, loose weight, and it gives you the freedom to let go and express yourself in dance. So come join us in this magical experience and give it a spin.