Brandon's teaching philosophy is a combination of all forms of yoga - along with Vinyasa flow, he utilizes principles from meditation and breathwork for those who are seeking personal transformation along with physical and mental balance.
He began practicing yoga in the form of meditation in 2012 as a means to relieve his mind of anxiety, stress, tension, and constant worry. Starting with 10-20 minutes a day, then gradually increasing length, he was able to free his mind. However, his body was still out of balance, and Brandon decided to go to his first Vinyasa class. This is when he had an incredible Kundalini awakening experience. Since then he has made it his purpose to share this gift with others, while continuing to learn and grow with each passing moment.
Brandon guides groups of various sizes through full Vinyasa flow sequences incorporating breath, movement, alignment, adjustment, and music beginning from balasana (child's pose) to savasana (corpse pose) with balancing, twisting, stretching, and strengthening poses in between.
Asana/pose alignment and adjustment - pranayama/breathing techniques.
Exercise physiology for yoga.
chakra balancing, kundalini, ayurveda, human anatomy for yoga, hot yoga (Bikram variation).
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.
An RYT-200, she finds herself spending most of her time salivating over food, daydreaming about lessons she's learned , adventures she plans on having and unique ways to get her sweat on.
A long string of corporate jobs left Elizabeth depleted and without a trademark spark in her eyes. Practicing vinyasa flow and loading up on a bevy of self-improvement books, TED talks and inspirational workshops, got her back on track to empowering herself and overcoming self-imposed obstacles to life, love and happiness.
With her mantra of "Passionate and Fearless", Liz is on the relentless pursuit of growth and self-discovery.
Kaitlyn is a certified vinyasa and kundalini teacher in San Francisco and has been practicing both styles of yoga for 3 years. Her vinyasa classes follow a Prana Shakti Flow yoga style and have a very specific and deliberate sequencing method that focuses on the energetic qualities of each posture. Her sequencing brings awareness to the wisdom of the body, allowing students to open their hearts in deliverance to their own intuitive flow. Her classes combine meditation, physical exercises, breathing techniques and mantra, with the aim to elevate frequency of consciousness.
In 2009, I found yoga on a whim as a way of stretching. I was trying to lose weight and give my body some shape. I wanted to feel better. I was just shy of 29 years old. I weighed 157 lbs.
I am now over 40 lbs lighter, and as an added bonus - I lightened up my life.
I love better. I live better. I am better. Yoga gives me the tools to find space in all aspects of my being.
I came to yoga for the physical, and I stayed for the emotional.
I practice some sort of yoga every day, and you can find me in a studio class about five times per week. I am a devoted Forrest Yogi, but I'll change it up with vinyasa flow to keep things interesting.
I feel most at home in Warrior II, and I'm challenged by dolphin.
My favorite pose is handstand.
I teach yoga now, but I will always remain a student first and foremost.
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!
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.