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Franco was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga in January 2001 in San Francisco where he, following the tradition, committed to a daily Ashtanga Mysore practice and never looked back. Later in 2011, when practicing daily with senior teacher Tim Miller in Encinitas, he was introduced to the Ashtanga 3rd Series which remains a work in progress up to this day.
In 2007 Franco became a full-time teacher in the Bay Area where he worked for Yoga Works among other studios, including Ocean Yoga when it opened for business. After a few years away, in Encinitas followed by the East Coast, Franco returned to the South Bay and is now offering his ‘Ashtanga Improvisation’ classes once again at Ocean Yoga.
Come join Franco in this Ashtanga-inspired, comfortably heated, and non-groovy class where students will get a taste of the Ashtanga tradition in a slower pace while being exposed to some Iyengar yoga tricks to boost the student’s awareness and refinement. Franco’s classes usually offer a focus/topic to explore in a progressive way. Also, students should expect significant core work throughout the class in order to build the much needed strength for their practices.

Andrea has been belly dancing since 1996. She has trained with the best belly dancers in the SF Bay Area and in Egypt. She's performed all over the Bay Area, produced sold-out dance events, and created numerous choreographies for her troupe. She enjoys sharing the dance with experienced dancers as well as newbies. She is dedicated to making belly dance accessible to all levels and having the most fun while working up a sweat.

Chandra aims to create a safe space for students to make a connection with Self. Classes are rooted in meditation and breath control. Postures are taught with an emphasis on safe alignment via clear and balanced joint space through consciously organized pathways of weight. Students are encouraged to root their practice in breath to create steadiness and ease in every pose, rather than "win" the pose. Chandra teaches without judgments and students are supported to explore their personal edge mindfully through a practice of presence and Self-inquiry to promote transformation. Visit her website for more information or to stay in touch; www.chandralovejoyyoga.com
Chelseah went to her first yoga class with the expectation that it would a gentle class of light stretching, however, by the end of that class she was sweaty, out of breath, and surprised at how challenging she’d found the class to be. Yet despite the challenge, she lay in Savasana feeling nourished and connected to her breath and body in a way she’d never felt before. It took several years to develop a regular practice, and during that time she realized how much more to yoga there was than just asana. It was the many benefits that extend far beyond the physical, that inspired and ignited her true love of yoga. The desire to share that gratitude and love is what inspired her to become a teacher.
In Chelseah’s classes you can expect a Vinyasa flow that is challenging, yet accessible for all. Students will learn to link breath and movement as a form of meditation.
She is deeply grateful to her amazing teachers: Anna Hughes, Christie Marshall, Tom Lee, Kathleen Holm, Stephanie Snyder, Kate Holcombe and Wah! Chelseah hopes to share their sacred insight with all.

Claire discovered yoga after a car accident left her with debilitating injuries and pain. The first yoga class she stepped into changed the course of her life, yoga and meditation gave her the power to take her healing into her own hands. Many years later, Claire is humbled to have found this path. Yoga is not just a practice, but a lifestyle.

Claire is an innovative yoga instructor whose classes are a balance of mindful flow, pranayama (breath work), and accessible meditation techniques. Her classes are challenging and playful...as she draws from many traditions. She teaches alignment based, creative flow classes with the intent to cultivate a deeper realtionship with the breath, body and energy.

Claire has taught over 2,000 hours of public classes and workshops. She has studied with many teachers in many lineages, and is known to blend elements of Anusara, Iyengar, alignment therapeutics, Bhakti, Baptiste and Shambava Hatha yoga into her classes. Each class draws upon Claire's extensive practical knowledge of human anatomy and self-care practices towards the goal of optimal health and balance. Her classes are often thematic, and aim to integrate both subtle and nuanced alignment cues with breath awareness allowing for a deeper state of body awareness. Her mission is to deliver a safe, creative and progressive space for yogis to grow and come into their power. For more info visit: www.clairestetina.com

After working in the corporate world of hospitality, travel and entertainment for most of his adult life, a reality came over David that while he was living a wonderful and exciting life, he was doing little to touch, support and be of service to others. A calling he always "felt", but didn't fully understand how to share until he found yoga (David actually believes that yoga found him)! Of course, this awareness changed his own journey as well. Having been an endurance athlete and taking part in triathlons, marathons and endurance races, David is very aware of how ones body acts and reacts as well as the potential for injures as it relates to sports. His classes focus on the wellness of the muscles, injury care and prevention and syncing up the breath, heart and mind to allow for stillness.

With awareness comes change and soon David made the shift from "Wall Street to Wellness", receiving his 200 hour Hatha Yoga Certification in 2006. His calling to wellness continues to expand and David now holds additional certifications in Thai Yoga Bodywork and Reiki Energy Healing. To read more about David visit www.yogawithdavid.com

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.
Jackie Rosenheim was first introduced to yoga in 1997 while studying both dance and Pilates. She has always had a love for movement and has been a teacher of Pilates for over 10 years. Her yoga practice began with Iyengar, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and she took her first Anusara class 4 years ago. Since finding Anusara she has become a dedicated student and is deeply inspired by this heart-oriented hatha yoga style. Jackie's teaching style is in alignment with the Anusara method and she has a passion for helping students work through chronic body pain using yoga therapeutics. Her classes are a safe and empowering space for all levels of yogis and she strives to help her students expand in all areas of ones being- body, mind and heart.
Jane Gunther has been a serious student of Pilates for over 15 years. She was fortunate to have had many years of private instruction from teachers with training passed down directly from Joseph Pilates, which has provided her with a deep appreciation for the classical Pilates method. Jane’s teacher training started in Ellie Herman’s San Francisco studio (now called EHS Pilates) where she has completed the full Balanced Body University teacher training program encompassing exercises on the mat and all equipment. As a teacher, Jane tailors her classes to the needs of her students by incorporating both peel-backs and challenging versions of classical and contemporary Pilates exercises.
 
Jane discovered the practice of Garuda while seeking ways to increase the challenge of her mat classes with additional movements performed seated and standing, adding more cardiovascular and balance benefits. She has completed 100 hours of training in intimate class sizes in Garuda mat and apparatus fundamentals, seated and standing mat, and barre work with Garuda creator James D’Silva and senior trainer Erin Baker. James D’Silva is a professional dancer, yogi, and chi gong practitioner that has been the trainer for fitness conscious Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Trudi Styler.
As a lifelong athletic overachiever in running, mountain biking, adventure racing, and team sports, I found myself with a host of soft tissue injuries in my mid-20s. Seeking to avoid chronic pain, I came to yoga as a fully-fledged skeptic. After a few classes of trying to “win” each asana, I slowly realized that not only was yoga healing my injuries, it was also teaching me patience and a new way of approaching sports and life.

Since then, I’ve studied with numerous wonderful teachers in a variety of yogic disciplines, and I enjoy sharing their wisdom with my students. My classes incorporate elements of Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Qigong into a flowing vinyasa practice that provides options to engage everyone from the new yogi to the advanced practitioner. I’ve taught yoga on both coasts and recently returned to California after ten great years in New England.

As a massage therapist, I also use a multidisciplinary style with a focus full-body function. I’m trained in Swedish, sports massage, deep tissue, neuromuscular, and trigger point release. My massages incorporate the elements and styles that suit the client’s specific needs and requests.

I’m thrilled to join the great people at Ocean Yoga and look forward to joining the Pacifica community on this shared journey to optimum health!

Klaus Lehrach is a playful yet sincere student of yoga. He lives in the Half Moon Bay area with his wife Amanda and two cats.

He has been teaching since 1992. He has studied with some of the top American yoga teachers including Richard Freeman (yogaworkshop.com) and John Friend (anusara.com) and gives thanks each day for their generous guidance. He brings humor and lightheartedness into his classes, yet reminds his students that yoga is a spiritual practice that can help us awaken to our True Nature. Klaus has detailed knowledge of alignment principles and therapeutic application of yoga, respect for each student, and encourages awakening to what is. Classes are geared to reflect the abilities and diversity of the students.

Klaus’ studies have included the fundamental texts of yoga philosophy; The Bhagavad-Gita, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and the Upanisads. He has also been influenced by his studies of Zen Buddhism with the San Francisco Zen Center.

Although Lauri has been a yoga practitioner for many years, her passion was truly ignited in 2010 when she embarked on a major life change and yoga helped her find greater health, peace, joy and balance in life. This passion led Lauri to pursue her yoga teaching certificate through Yoga Tree in San Francisco to not only deepen her own practice but learn how to share the amazing gift of yoga with others. She completed her 200 hour certification in summer 2013 and her 500 hour certification in summer 2014. Lauri infuses her classes with love and humor while focusing on the flow of movement with safe, strengthening alignment and connection with breath. She frequently includes music to help set the mood and focus of the class, and she loves to chant.
Leigh Anne is certified in teaching American Tribal Style® (ATS®) belly dance by the famous FatChanceBellyDance creator, Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman. With a B.A. in Theater and history of performance art throughout the Bay Area, Leigh Anne is a veteran of the FatChanceBellyDance® school since 2004. She led the FCBD® student troupe Nefer Tem from 2007 to 2008 and founded her own professional troupe, Al-hambra Tribal Dance, in 2009. Leigh Anne earned her FCBD® General Skills certification in 2010, FCBD® Teacher Training in 2010, and additional certification in 2016. Leigh Anne’s dance training includes years of study of modern cabaret by Nanna Candelaria, folkloric Middle Eastern dance by Asia Arabesque, tribal fusion by Cera Byer and Ariellah, Salimpour and Jamila format by Andrea Sendek, and World Fusion by Wendy Marlatt.
Lindsey's classes are beautiful and grounded. She incorporates a unique blend of breath awareness into each movement of the body while using sound healing techniques, such as mantra and singing crystal bowls. Her flow is designed to awaken an intentional sense of presence to the physical, mental and emotional bodies. She encourages a focus on body acceptance, which creates room for a positive space and deeper healing. She also strives to encourage and guide others to find and connect with their own inner light; the light she believes connects us all in our truest essence.
Born and raised in Germany, Marianne discovered the seeds of yoga, meditation and bodywork while traveling extensively in Asia. She has been studying and practicing yoga and meditation for over 20 years. In 1994, she was certified with the Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Society in Austria and continued her studies in the Iyengar and Astanga Vinyasa traditions, completing the teacher-training program at the Iyengar Institute in San Francisco. Marianne has been a student of Shandor Remete for over ten years and his Shadow Yoga greatly influences her practice and teaching. Her study of T'ai Chi and Qi Gong has also deepened her awareness of and connection to the presence of the universal life force energy. Marianne’s asana teachings draw from the essential elements of many great teachers such as Shandor Remete, Ana Forest, Andre Lappa, Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, Doug Keller, S.N.Goenka and Adyashanti, as well as from her own experience as a Bodyworker and from her study of the Nature of Mind.

Marianne’s classes provide a supportive and light-hearted atmosphere where students are encouraged to learn to explore the harmonics of postural alignment and the connection between body, breath and mind. At the beginning of the month Marianne creates and offers a new vinyasa sequence, where one's focus on transitions, the "going in to" and "coming out of" a posture is as important as being in the posture. The practice becomes a meditation in motion. Marianne designs her classes with experienced beginners and intermediate level students in mind, although beginners and all sincere students are welcome. Marianne has been a certified Bodywork Practitioner since 1996. She offers Shiatsu, Therapeutic Thai Massage, Deep Tissue, Chi Nei Tsang, Prenatal Massage, and On-Site Chair Massage. Marianne is also available for Somatic Yoga Therapy and Private yoga coaching sessions.

 

 

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