90 C Eureka Square Shopping  |  Pacifica, CA 94044  |  (650) 355-9642

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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.

 

 

A 200 hour California yoga alliance registered yoga teacher, Sarah is a resident of Pacifica where she enjoys teaching private, partner, and group classes – tailoring the experience to the needs and level of her students. She is well versed in many styles of yoga, creating a unique approach to energize, heal, and integrate the body and soul. With a background in psychology and behavioral therapy, Sarah has years of experience working with children affected by DD and ASD, with a specialized certification for Autism spectrum diagnosed children through YEAS Yoga. She also specializes in working with athletes, singers (check out her website sarahfletchersoprano.com), as well as individuals experiencing illness or injury to the musculo-skeletal and neuro-muscular systems.

Renee has been practicing yoga with mentors in a variety of traditions since 2004. It was the balance, beauty, and stillness that she wanted to share with others that led her to become an instructor, receiving her 200 hour RYT credential in 2010. She then purchased the studio where she received her training, Pretzel’s Yoga School, and opened Yoga Fountain, which remained in operation until 2014. Since then she has continued as an instructor, drawing inspiration from her students, her teachers and the Eight Limbs of Yoga.
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!

Robyn is a yogini, mother, dancer, artist and lover. Living in Pacifica she can see the Pacific Ocean as she brews tea and washes dishes. From this idyllic spot she spends time with her young son playing, painting and cooking and practicing yoga. The foundation of yoga in her life has led her to be more patient, compassionate, joyful and kind.
Her classes empower people to move with intention and attention. Leading fluid vinyasa and infusing the poses with mindful alignment and sequencing, Robyn creates a class well balanced between the practical and the philosophical. Using the time on the mat to wake up and refuel the self, she creates her classes with the experience she gets in her own daily practice of Yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, as well as all the knowledge she has gleaned from her teachers: Harvey Deutch, Rusty Wells, Elise Lorimer, Janet Stone, Darren Main, Stephanie Snyder, Elena Brower and Jane Austin.
Robyn has been a student of yoga since 1997. Steeped in 12 years of practice before the need to pass it along became strong and she participated in her first teacher training. Her hunger to know more and to serve her students keeps her forever a student. She has studied in depth vinyasa, bhakti, prenatal/postnatal, and therapeutic yoga.
 
As a lifelong dancer, Samantha Corsiglia was introduced to yoga in 1997, and grew to appreciate its balancing ways; not only physically, but spiritually and emotionally. Being exposed to Kripalu yoga, inspired by Rodney Yee, and venturing through various types of yoga over the years, she realized how valuable yoga had become - how it was the ‘glue’ that kept her together, as a mama, as a practitioner, as a human… that moment of mindfulness, noticing the breath, bringing calm to the mind, the spirit and being present.
In continuing to dedicate herself to the service of Women, Children and Families, in her Women’s Integrative Health Practice - Samantha went on to Yoga Tree’s Lighting the Path Yoga Teacher Training with Pete Guinosso, (Anna Forrest Inspired Vinyasa Flow), and continued to study Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga Teacher Training with Jane Austen.
Samantha is honored to guide the Mamas of the Coast through the dance of Pregnancy and Postpartum health through yogic movement and beyond.

Samantha has worked in the alternative health field since 1991. When working with Samantha, you receive the benefit of her experience and training in massage therapy, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Holistic Lifestyle Counseling, Reiki, Polarity, Cranial Sacral, Reflexology, Hospice patient care, The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal TherapyTM, Birth/Postpartum Doula and Midwife Assistance, Yoga, Dance, Spiritual Healing, Motherhood, and home birth.

Please visit her website at www.earthdancerwellness.com for more information about her services.

Neil Wadhawan was exposed to yoga by his father at a very young age. He grew up learning about eastern philosophy, which eventually led him to receive a B.A. in Philosophy. He also studied western and eastern music at an undergraduate and graduate level. As a way of life, Neil discovered yoga through sound. As a professional musician Neil first met his teacher Rusty Wells when he found himself playing and singing along side him. After practicing in Rusty's class, Neil quickly fell in love with Bhakti Flow, the yoga of love and devotion, and soon after, he enrolled in his first teacher training. Since then, Neil has been a teacher in several trainings in San Francisco and all over the world. He continues to share his love for the practice locally and beyond. Neil believes that in any art or discipline, one can only be a great student and never a master. There is always something new to learn and the only way to continue to grow is to remain a student. Through music, sweat, laughter and flow, Neil's playful and challenging classes will help inspire you to find the beautiful rhythm of Bhakti Flow.
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

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

For me... yoga has truly been a transformational life practice. In such a profound way, yoga continues to lead me on a nourishing and spiritual journey of self-discovery and connectedness. Everything about the yogic path resonates with my heart, and as I witness this practice day-in and day-out, I fall in love with it more and more.
I wholeheartedly believe that yoga is for everyone and can beautifully
compliment any walk of life. It's so simple... you just have to keep
showing up and within sweet surrender all will unfold.

On the mat, I encourage students to build a new and profound relationship with the mind, body and spirit. My classes are intentionally created to provide a safe space where students of all levels can sink deep into a challenging, dynamic and rejuvenating flow. You'll find that my teaching style is infused with a Bhakti sweetness where chanting, mantra and dharma are delicately interwoven into the practice. I hope that each experience on the mat will provide a platform for students to take the practice into their everyday lives.

In an ever expanding universe of divine beauty... every moment of this incredible journey will be different, forever changing...but the one thing that will remain constant is our connection to each other and this beautiful manifestation of life, love and truth.

www.britanyparadisyoga.com

Molly is an educator who combines yoga, mindfulness, and playful learning into her practice. She began a personal yoga practice as a teenager. Yoga was a welcomed escape from a busy lifestyle. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with her teaching credential and Masters degree in Elementary Education. She began teaching 2nd grade in 2011 at a wonderful school in the San Francisco Unified School District. To meet the needs of her diverse student population, Molly studied and embraces Mindfulness through Mindful Schools in Berkeley. She began to include movement in her teaching practice, so Molly found Next Generation Yoga and completed their 2-7 and 8-13 year old trainings. Using a growth mindset approach, her classes include a creative theme, cooperative games, and social emotional learning.
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.
Having grown up in Utah, Tierra was familiarized with religion, but not with any spiritual practices. It all began when reading a book on astral travel, and self-induced OBE. As her curiosity for esoteric philosophy grew, it became apparent that her life path was to be one immersed in spirituality. One day Tierra and a friend were looking through a local magazine and found an advertisement for yoga teacher training. Having dabbled in yoga at home, finding that it fed not only her desire for spiritual growth, but the need for physical exertion, cultivated by a life time as a dancer; this was a truly pivotal moment. Tierra's whole world brightened up; she had found her dharma. On the day of her first yoga class in 2011 she signed up for teacher training. This helped deepen her understanding and appreciation for her practice of yoga. Since beginning to teach, Tierra has grown in all aspects of life. Teaching yoga has challenged Tierra to never be afraid of being herself, as well as serving as a vessel to share her innate love and kindness with others. Apart from teaching Vinyasa, Hot yoga, and Yin yoga, Tierra specializes in chair yoga for senior citizens as a group, and private sessions with post surgery patients. Complimenting the spiritual/physical practice of yoga, Tierra also practices Kriya meditation and energy healing. These are but the first doors opened for her in what she hopes to be a long and illustrious career of aiding humanity through deeper understanding of the mind, body, spirit connection. In her spare time Tierra enjoys reading and spending time with friends. While residing in California, traveling to Utah to visit family remains top priority, and source of great joy.
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

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.
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