All my life I thought I was doing alright. In 2010 I was in an accident that put me in coma for seven days. I crushed my skull and broke my collarbone and a few ribs. After seven days in coma and being pronounced dead three times- for over 60 seconds, I faced the biggest challenge of my life: accept the fact that I needed the skull surgery and the rest of my bones to be tubed or self rehabilitation.
Anyone who knows me can tell you I don’t believe what I hear, so I had to see it for myself and try to get up on my feet on my own. It took me 9 months to learn to walk and gain my memories back, and I had a chance to get rid of the past at the same time, when I chased a memory that brought a smile to my face, I went deeper into it, but memories that gave me goose bumps I dropped them and as I far as I can I will never pursue to them. I even came up with a saying, “Keep the best, drop the rest” No drama…
But as far I could go still I wasn’t complete. I received B.K.S Iyengar’s book Light on Yoga. With it as my road map, I taught myself Yoga step by step, and I realized how unconsciously I was living my life. Like so many others I was breathing unconsciously, not moving right, not standing right and even the pattern of my thoughts were not observed or controlled by me. I took everything personally and anything others said about me or to me bothered me.
The eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga have been my lesson to learn and allow them to reflect on my life. Through them we learn to understand what life is about and we begin to live a life true to our nature.
Jackie completed her 200hr RYT training through Embody Truth in San Francisco, CA. She aims to provide a creative, playful sequence while also honing in on proper alignment. By bringing awareness to the breath and cultivating mindfulness, Jackie encourages her students to take the tools they learn on their mat, out into the world.
Caitlin began casually practicing yoga while studying theatre at the College of Charleston and found a deeper practice upon moving to San Francisco in 2006. Growing up a competitive swimmer and athlete, Caitlin fell in love with not only the physical part of yoga, but the the spiritual depth the practice brings to her life and psyche. Caitlin completed her 200 hour RYT certification through Pete Guinosso's 'Lighting the Path' training progarm supported by Yoga Tree in 2014 and also completed the 'It's Yoga Kids' program in 2015 and has been actively teaching for them.
Classes are taught in a vinyasa style with focus on breath and movement while maintaining proper alignment to make sure students move in a manner that honors their bodies and helps prevent strain or injury. Caitlin’s love for working with children (and being a self-proclaimed big kid) and passion for yoga brings a playfulness and lightheartedness fun to her classes while also teaching mindfulness and the core principles of the yoga philosophy. When she’s not on the mat, Caitlin can be found traveling and seeking out adventures while spreading messages of positivity and our connection to the natural world!
Ngan has had a love for movement since the age of 4 when she first stepped foot into a tap dancing class. Since then, she has branched out to a variety of dance forms. Ngan attended selective performing art schools in Florida including Bak Middle School of the Arts, Dreyfoos High School of the Arts, and The Academy of Ballet Florida. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Florida where she continued to dance however, found a love for choreography. Ngan choreographed for various student organizations including Kappa Kappa Gamma and the Vietnamese Student Organization. She later found her love for Yoga after college as it was a natural transition from dance.
Ngan has found yoga to bring peace and strength to her life. She has trained and obtained her Yoga teacher training in San Francisco, CA. She has practiced for many years and taught all over the Bay Area. She enjoys Vinyasa flow as it intertwines breath with movement. Ngan's yoga class will challenge your body to grow and gain awareness of self. She is known for her dynamic Vinyasa Flow classes to deep house, edm, and hip hop music. In addition, Ngan teaches yoga and has experience with individuals with mental disabilities and special needs. She has found it to be the most rewarding experience she has had as a yoga teacher.
Katrina was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Katrina has always been passionate about health and fitness. She is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher in Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Catholic University of America, where she played NCAA Division III volleyball. Katrina is an avid half-marathon runner and yoga practitioner. She enjoys traveling, discovering new restaurants and cuisines, and exploring the outdoors. Katrina is constantly challenging herself with new fitness goals. She hopes to encourage and motivate others to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Katrina believes that happiness can be achieved through yoga, healthy habits, and fitness.
My name is Vivek Nautiyal, I recently moved to the Bay Area from the beautiful country of Georgia in Eastern Europe. I am originally from Rishikesh India and have been a yoga practitioner for 10 years and yoga instructor for 5 years.
I started my yoga teaching at a yoga training center in Rishikesh with focus on mantra chanting, Ashtanga series, dynamic Hatha flow, vinyasa flow as well as Iyengar inspired alignment-centric classes. In 2014, I was recruited to join a prominent yoga center in Tbilisi where I became the headline teacher at the biggest yoga studio in Georgia. In addition to teaching at the yoga studio, I also went on national TV show regularly including a daily 5 minutes early morning yoga workout. I was also honored with the privilege to lead the first International Yoga Day class with over 300 participants.
As a yoga teacher, I like to infuse playfulness and lightness into my instructions to encourage my students to find inner happiness and eternal bliss. For me, yoga is not just about doing Asanas but it is a commitment to a lifestyle of balance and contentment. Yoga is not just a workout to get fit but the main idea is to find yourself comfortable in uncomfortable situations.
I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be a yoga teacher which enables me to help students find harmony, feel comfortable, and enjoy Yoga as a powerful tool to connect the body, mind and spirit.