Dawn Summers was initially drawn to yoga in 1983 for inspiration and support during a major personal transition. She also wanted to improve certain spinal imbalances with the practice of yoga. She discovered yoga provided a source of comfort and stability, as well as improving her back and producing an overall feeling of well-being. She deepened her commitment to the practice of yoga and became a teacher in 1985 through Swami Satchidananda's Integral Yoga. Continuing her dedication, Dawn became certified again in 1992, successfully completing a two year teachers training program by Gary Kraftsow in the Viniyoga tradition of Krishnamacharya and his son, T.K.V. Desikachar. In 2001, she was the first to be certified at the most advanced level through American Viniyoga Institute - as a Yoga Therapist. She continues to study with her teacher, Gary Kraftsow (author of Yoga for Wellness, and Yoga for Transformation); and assists him with teacher's training programs.
Iris Campion is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Certified Yoga Teacher. She graduated from California College of Ayurveda and completed additional studies at the Ayurvedic Institute. She was trained in Sivananda yoga (Classical Hatha) and her teaching style is influenced by Anusara and Vinyasa. She has had private Ayurveda practices in Los Angeles and Redwood City. She has taught yoga in the Bahamas, Los Angeles, Mexico, Albuquerque and Redwood City.
Kristin is a Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor and Massage Therapist. She encourages her students to honor themselves and discover their yoga practice with fun and laughter. Kristin discovered her passion for yoga in 2001 and completed her teacher training in 2004. Along with a strong foundation of Hatha yoga traditions, Kristin has college degrees in exercise science, psychology, and integrative health.
Alika Medeiros is the founder of Kilo Lani Yoga, a flowing vinyasa style that integrates yoga with the ancient wisdom and movement of the Hawai’ian Islands. Alika is the author of the forthcoming book Aloha Life and Kilo Lani Yoga: Guide to Yoga with Aloha!, and has starred in Aloha Life, the Kilo Lani Yoga and the Massage Made Simple DVD series. He also recorded the recently released CD Aloha Meditation: Guided Meditations for an Aloha Life and contributed a track for Na Oli Aloha with musician Reid Kapo Ku.The word yoga means “union” in Sanskrit, and in Hawaiian Kilo Lani means to “reach or look toward Heaven”. Thus Kilo Lani is a union of the body, mind and spirit with the ultimate goal of reaching Heaven (or nirvana). Kilo Lani focuses on body alignment while building strength, combined with elements of Tai Chi and movements from the Hula. As in the Hula, there is an intense emphasis on core strength and placement of the hands. Much of the instruction focuses on breathing while maintaining balance. His teaching will leave you calm and refreshed, putting you in touch with your true potential while transforming your health and well being in the process.Alika has studied with many top instructors at the Yoga School of Kailua, Hawaii, Dharma Mittra’s Yoga Center in New York City; and has received additional mentoring from By Area instructor Stephanie Snyder, Howard Sum Tom, Ralph Stephens, and Richard Diehl. He is a member of the International Yoga Federation and also holds licensure in Massage Therapy in Hawaii and California. He is a regular speaker at colleges, universities, mind/body stores and holistic centers across the country. He blogs regularly on the GAIA community at http://alikamedeiros.gaia.com/blog.He teaches Kilo Lani workshops nationwide as well as weekly yoga classes at Ocean Yoga in Pacifica, California. He currently resides in both the Bay Area, California, and Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information on Kilo Lani Yoga, visit the website at www.KiloLani.com.
Quynh's classes are restorative and rejuvenating. She has experience teaching gentle yoga, prenatal yoga, and private yoga lessons for people who are recovering from injuries or illness. Her classes are great for beginners and anyone needing a gentler yoga practice. Quynh has studied Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Iyengar Yoga, Reiki, Acupressure, and Energy Meditation for the past 10 years. She integrates this diverse experience to give students a blended class that is targeted towards releasing stress and bringing back vitality.