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Susan Halet

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Tell us something about yourself. My husband, George and I have been together since we were 19 years old. We are complete opposites. He eats salad; I eat french fries. He reads Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari; I have a subscription to US magazine. He is the love of my life. When did you start doing yoga? I began doing yoga many years ago. I have practiced many styles of yoga but Bikram is my favorite. The consistency and the heat help me to build a foundation to explore deeper expressions of other postures. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I don’t have one favorite class, but I do have a favorite pose—savasana—because it reminds me of lying on the couch with my dog having a nap…pure bliss. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Regina and Bob, because without them there isn’t a YHC. They are the brains, the heart and soul of YHC. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I love to run; it is my moving meditation. One of the most fun runs I have done is Bay to Breakers. Dressed as the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, my friends and I made it to the final stage for Best Costumes. We lost to the Fruit of Loom Underwear group! My Favorite Quote If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but by all means keep moving. -- Martin Luther King Jr.





Kristi

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What brought you to the mat for the first time? I took my first Bikram class in 1998 in the City. I liked the challenge and how I felt afterward. Completed Bikram training in the Fall of 2000 and taught my first class at YHC on 1/2/01. I've done many other trainings over the years (over 1200 hours) that have broadened my practice and my eye as an instructor. So, I've been at it for a while. How long have you been practicing? With many years of experience, I feel my method of leading classes has evolved. Though the timings of the postures remain consistent, I don't teach from a script. I prefer to lead the person in front of me. I read the students in class and tailor accordingly. I work a lot with the breath to expand postures and allow students to better "feel" its effect. Some classes are more meditative, others more instructive. It's not always serious and I do my best to make the classroom experience fun, yet challenging. What's your favorite pose or style of yoga? One of the best parts for me as an instructor is seeing or hearing when students "get it" and can break through to new dimensions in their practice. That, and when an injury, physical ailment, or state of mind improves as a result of their practice. As I like to say, "better is a good direction in which to trend". What do you love about Yoga Health Center? The best part of YHC is the community that Regina and Bob have cultivated over the years. Like any organization, the energy flows from the top down. YHC is a wonderful place and I'm sure the many student practitioners and instructors will attest. If you're new to the studio or are contemplating joining, come on in for a warm welcome!





Read About Val


YHC'S Master trainer Val Pryor is a Jack of All Trades. He is a fitness group instructor, personal trainer, boxer/boxing coach, movement coach, strength and conditioning coach, extreme calisthenics coach, and all-around essentials sports and athletics coach. Val grew up in San Mateo near the Martin Luther King Center and enjoyed playing various sports, experiencing many training methods by his coaches. He began studying kinesiology and became a certified personal trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) while living in La Jolla. After moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area, he began training high school and college athletes as well as working as a flooring contractor.

YHC owner Regina French saw Val first at Burlingame High School where he was training a young athlete, then by chance took a boxing and core class at B Street Boxing where Val was the instructor. She was intrigued by his teaching style and thought he would be a perfect addition to her newly developing studio. BTW he said No at first!

Since being at the YHC, Val has been an outstanding fitness motivator. His mission is to help everyone become creative in their fitness. By making his classes fun and innovative, he continuously "shocks" the body so that it will never get stuck in a fitness plateau. Val believes "the world is our gym", meaning we can work out anywhere and that "workouts don't have to be boring". Tell us something about yourself. Movement is my life. I appreciate the value of mobility, not just to look good, but to move well. Many years ago I learned from Master Roshi the four fundamentals of the Turtle Hermit Way which is what I live my life by: 1) learn well, 2) move well, 3) eat well, and 4) rest well. I am always wanting to learn something, whether it’s by watching a documentary or choreographing my next class while listening to music in my car. Right now I’m the process of writing a book about how I am living the Turtle Hermit Way. When did you start doing yoga? When I was a kid growing up in North Central San Mateo, we idolized all forms of movement as a way to express our athleticism and as a way to succeed and get off the streets. There were three choices I saw as a way out: 1) become an athlete, 2) become a musician, or 3) become an entertainer/performer. I played all sorts of sports on the streets, in leagues, and in local parks—basketball, football, baseball, soccer, boxing, and gymnastics. The world is my gym because you can work out or train anywhere. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Meditation is my favorite class because it’s what I need and it’s a part of martial arts. (Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan are big inspirations to me.) Crow is my favorite pose because it’s from gymnastics and it makes your core lock up. To do the pose you have to rely on core, arm strength and control of breath. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? All the beautiful people. It’s a classy and elegant place, a high-end yoga studio. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? My middle school PE teacher and vice-principal Mr. Ford changed my life in 7th grade by giving me a muscle adaptation lesson. I was weight lifting and my chest got really sore from working out, so the next day I asked Mr. Ford if I could rest and he said to lift again and told me I’d feel less sore the following day. I didn’t believe him, but I did what he said. Changed my life. I was amazed at the ability of my muscles to adapt so fast. From that point on I knew that my way to power was by being in the best shape possible. I relearned that lesson later as a teenager, after thugging on the streets and almost destroying my potential, I remembered that the way out was to get fit. I remember me and my ex-pen buddies pushing heavy weights in garages and basements. Although I wanted to get huge and was offered steroids, I was never tempted because I wanted to stay natural. Later on I went to San Diego to get my NASM certification and became a personal trainer. Do you have a favorite quote? Be like water. – Bruce Lee Learn well; move well; eat well; rest well. – Master Roshi Make them miss and then make them pay for missing. – Eddie Croft





Brad

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What brought you to the mat for the first time? I took my first Bikram class in 1998 in the City. I liked the challenge and how I felt afterward. Completed Bikram training in the Fall of 2000 and taught my first class at YHC on 1/2/01. I've done many other trainings over the years (over 1200 hours) that have broadened my practice and my eye as an instructor. So, I've been at it for a while. How long have you been practicing? With many years of experience, I feel my method of leading classes has evolved. Though the timings of the postures remain consistent, I don't teach from a script. I prefer to lead the person in front of me. I read the students in class and tailor accordingly. I work a lot with the breath to expand postures and allow students to better "feel" its effect. Some classes are more meditative, others more instructive. It's not always serious and I do my best to make the classroom experience fun, yet challenging. What's your favorite pose or style of yoga? One of the best parts for me as an instructor is seeing or hearing when students "get it" and can break through to new dimensions in their practice. That, and when an injury, physical ailment, or state of mind improves as a result of their practice. As I like to say, "better is a good direction in which to trend". What do you love about Yoga Health Center? The best part of YHC is the community that Regina and Bob have cultivated over the years. Like any organization, the energy flows from the top down. YHC is a wonderful place and I'm sure the many student practitioners and instructors will attest. If you're new to the studio or are contemplating joining, come on in for a warm welcome!





Bill

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What brought you to the mat for the first time? I took my first Bikram class in 1998 in the City. I liked the challenge and how I felt afterward. Completed Bikram training in the Fall of 2000 and taught my first class at YHC on 1/2/01. I've done many other trainings over the years (over 1200 hours) that have broadened my practice and my eye as an instructor. So, I've been at it for a while. How long have you been practicing? With many years of experience, I feel my method of leading classes has evolved. Though the timings of the postures remain consistent, I don't teach from a script. I prefer to lead the person in front of me. I read the students in class and tailor accordingly. I work a lot with the breath to expand postures and allow students to better "feel" its effect. Some classes are more meditative, others more instructive. It's not always serious and I do my best to make the classroom experience fun, yet challenging. What's your favorite pose or style of yoga? One of the best parts for me as an instructor is seeing or hearing when students "get it" and can break through to new dimensions in their practice. That, and when an injury, physical ailment, or state of mind improves as a result of their practice. As I like to say, "better is a good direction in which to trend". What do you love about Yoga Health Center? The best part of YHC is the community that Regina and Bob have cultivated over the years. Like any organization, the energy flows from the top down. YHC is a wonderful place and I'm sure the many student practitioners and instructors will attest. If you're new to the studio or are contemplating joining, come on in for a warm welcome!





Olga 

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Tell us something about yourself. My husband, George and I have been together since we were 19 years old. We are complete opposites. He eats salad; I eat french fries. He reads Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari; I have a subscription to US magazine. He is the love of my life. When did you start doing yoga? I began doing yoga many years ago. I have practiced many styles of yoga but Bikram is my favorite. The consistency and the heat help me to build a foundation to explore deeper expressions of other postures. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I don’t have one favorite class, but I do have a favorite pose—savasana—because it reminds me of lying on the couch with my dog having a nap…pure bliss. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Regina and Bob, because without them there isn’t a YHC. They are the brains, the heart and soul of YHC. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I love to run; it is my moving meditation. One of the most fun runs I have done is Bay to Breakers. Dressed as the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, my friends and I made it to the final stage for Best Costumes. We lost to the Fruit of Loom Underwear group! My Favorite Quote If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but by all means keep moving. -- Martin Luther King Jr.





Charles

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YHC'S Master trainer Val Pryor is a Jack of All Trades. He is a fitness group instructor, personal trainer, boxer/boxing coach, movement coach, strength and conditioning coach, extreme calisthenics coach, and all-around essentials sports and athletics coach. Val grew up in San Mateo near the Martin Luther King Center and enjoyed playing various sports, experiencing many training methods by his coaches. He began studying kinesiology and became a certified personal trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) while living in La Jolla. After moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area, he began training high school and college athletes as well as working as a flooring contractor.

YHC owner Regina French saw Val first at Burlingame High School where he was training a young athlete, then by chance took a boxing and core class at B Street Boxing where Val was the instructor. She was intrigued by his teaching style and thought he would be a perfect addition to her newly developing studio. BTW he said No at first!

Since being at the YHC, Val has been an outstanding fitness motivator. His mission is to help everyone become creative in their fitness. By making his classes fun and innovative, he continuously "shocks" the body so that it will never get stuck in a fitness plateau. Val believes "the world is our gym", meaning we can work out anywhere and that "workouts don't have to be boring". Tell us something about yourself. Movement is my life. I appreciate the value of mobility, not just to look good, but to move well. Many years ago I learned from Master Roshi the four fundamentals of the Turtle Hermit Way which is what I live my life by: 1) learn well, 2) move well, 3) eat well, and 4) rest well. I am always wanting to learn something, whether it’s by watching a documentary or choreographing my next class while listening to music in my car. Right now I’m the process of writing a book about how I am living the Turtle Hermit Way. When did you start doing yoga? When I was a kid growing up in North Central San Mateo, we idolized all forms of movement as a way to express our athleticism and as a way to succeed and get off the streets. There were three choices I saw as a way out: 1) become an athlete, 2) become a musician, or 3) become an entertainer/performer. I played all sorts of sports on the streets, in leagues, and in local parks—basketball, football, baseball, soccer, boxing, and gymnastics. The world is my gym because you can work out or train anywhere. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Meditation is my favorite class because it’s what I need and it’s a part of martial arts. (Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan are big inspirations to me.) Crow is my favorite pose because it’s from gymnastics and it makes your core lock up. To do the pose you have to rely on core, arm strength and control of breath. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? All the beautiful people. It’s a classy and elegant place, a high-end yoga studio. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? My middle school PE teacher and vice-principal Mr. Ford changed my life in 7th grade by giving me a muscle adaptation lesson. I was weight lifting and my chest got really sore from working out, so the next day I asked Mr. Ford if I could rest and he said to lift again and told me I’d feel less sore the following day. I didn’t believe him, but I did what he said. Changed my life. I was amazed at the ability of my muscles to adapt so fast. From that point on I knew that my way to power was by being in the best shape possible. I relearned that lesson later as a teenager, after thugging on the streets and almost destroying my potential, I remembered that the way out was to get fit. I remember me and my ex-pen buddies pushing heavy weights in garages and basements. Although I wanted to get huge and was offered steroids, I was never tempted because I wanted to stay natural. Later on I went to San Diego to get my NASM certification and became a personal trainer. Do you have a favorite quote? Be like water. – Bruce Lee Learn well; move well; eat well; rest well. – Master Roshi Make them miss and then make them pay for missing. – Eddie Croft





Kelly Green

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What brought you to the mat for the first time? I took my first Bikram class in 1998 in the City. I liked the challenge and how I felt afterward. Completed Bikram training in the Fall of 2000 and taught my first class at YHC on 1/2/01. I've done many other trainings over the years (over 1200 hours) that have broadened my practice and my eye as an instructor. So, I've been at it for a while. How long have you been practicing? With many years of experience, I feel my method of leading classes has evolved. Though the timings of the postures remain consistent, I don't teach from a script. I prefer to lead the person in front of me. I read the students in class and tailor accordingly. I work a lot with the breath to expand postures and allow students to better "feel" its effect. Some classes are more meditative, others more instructive. It's not always serious and I do my best to make the classroom experience fun, yet challenging. What's your favorite pose or style of yoga? One of the best parts for me as an instructor is seeing or hearing when students "get it" and can break through to new dimensions in their practice. That, and when an injury, physical ailment, or state of mind improves as a result of their practice. As I like to say, "better is a good direction in which to trend". What do you love about Yoga Health Center? The best part of YHC is the community that Regina and Bob have cultivated over the years. Like any organization, the energy flows from the top down. YHC is a wonderful place and I'm sure the many student practitioners and instructors will attest. If you're new to the studio or are contemplating joining, come on in for a warm welcome!





Kay Ananda

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What brought you to the mat for the first time? I took my first Bikram class in 1998 in the City. I liked the challenge and how I felt afterward. Completed Bikram training in the Fall of 2000 and taught my first class at YHC on 1/2/01. I've done many other trainings over the years (over 1200 hours) that have broadened my practice and my eye as an instructor. So, I've been at it for a while. How long have you been practicing? With many years of experience, I feel my method of leading classes has evolved. Though the timings of the postures remain consistent, I don't teach from a script. I prefer to lead the person in front of me. I read the students in class and tailor accordingly. I work a lot with the breath to expand postures and allow students to better "feel" its effect. Some classes are more meditative, others more instructive. It's not always serious and I do my best to make the classroom experience fun, yet challenging. What's your favorite pose or style of yoga? One of the best parts for me as an instructor is seeing or hearing when students "get it" and can break through to new dimensions in their practice. That, and when an injury, physical ailment, or state of mind improves as a result of their practice. As I like to say, "better is a good direction in which to trend". What do you love about Yoga Health Center? The best part of YHC is the community that Regina and Bob have cultivated over the years. Like any organization, the energy flows from the top down. YHC is a wonderful place and I'm sure the many student practitioners and instructors will attest. If you're new to the studio or are contemplating joining, come on in for a warm welcome!





Kat

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Tell us something about yourself. My husband, George and I have been together since we were 19 years old. We are complete opposites. He eats salad; I eat french fries. He reads Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari; I have a subscription to US magazine. He is the love of my life. When did you start doing yoga? I began doing yoga many years ago. I have practiced many styles of yoga but Bikram is my favorite. The consistency and the heat help me to build a foundation to explore deeper expressions of other postures. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I don’t have one favorite class, but I do have a favorite pose—savasana—because it reminds me of lying on the couch with my dog having a nap…pure bliss. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Regina and Bob, because without them there isn’t a YHC. They are the brains, the heart and soul of YHC. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I love to run; it is my moving meditation. One of the most fun runs I have done is Bay to Breakers. Dressed as the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, my friends and I made it to the final stage for Best Costumes. We lost to the Fruit of Loom Underwear group! My Favorite Quote If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but by all means keep moving. -- Martin Luther King Jr.





Ali

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When did you start doing yoga? I started yoga in my mid-twenties in Argentina and I fell in love with it. I felt so good after the class, that I wanted to have more of it! I felt the positive effect right away. I began a teacher training there and soon after I was asked to teach. I was already teaching physical education so teaching was in my path. I noticed yoga helped me to relax and quiet my nervous system and active mind. In 1996, I discovered Iyengar Yoga and after a few years I went on to complete the teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of SF. I began teaching Iyengar yoga in the year 2000 and this has been my full time job ever since. I continue to study at the Iyengar Institute at Pune, India for a month or two at a time, including last December. Do you have a favorite class? I haven't tried them all, however, all I have tried were very nice and fun. I think the teachers are up to what they teach, all of them are friendly, fun, relax, encouraging, inspiring. There other classes and teachers I wish I can take but can't do it all for various different reasons. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Lot of things! Super friendly and welcoming environment to begin with. Dearest Regina and Bob, the owners, have created a warm and caring community that feels like a big family. And not only them, but everybody there, from the front desk to the teachers and students! The space is clean, comfortable and spacious and has the element the classes need. The unique feature of YHC - the divine chai that Regina's offers! Absolutely delicious, as well as her cookies too. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I do have a lot of fun with myself, just finding simple errors or confusion on my side can be fun and I laugh at those. I remember in my early days with yoga, I was working so much and riding long distances on the bike daily, that when I arrive to the yoga class, I was so tired I was in a reclining position flat on my back, but with legs together extended up vertically. Not sure how long that was, but I did wake up with the sound of my legs falling to the floor. Embarrassing!





Fiona

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When did you start doing yoga? I started yoga in my mid-twenties in Argentina and I fell in love with it. I felt so good after the class, that I wanted to have more of it! I felt the positive effect right away. I began a teacher training there and soon after I was asked to teach. I was already teaching physical education so teaching was in my path. I noticed yoga helped me to relax and quiet my nervous system and active mind. In 1996, I discovered Iyengar Yoga and after a few years I went on to complete the teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of SF. I began teaching Iyengar yoga in the year 2000 and this has been my full time job ever since. I continue to study at the Iyengar Institute at Pune, India for a month or two at a time, including last December. Do you have a favorite class? I haven't tried them all, however, all I have tried were very nice and fun. I think the teachers are up to what they teach, all of them are friendly, fun, relax, encouraging, inspiring. There other classes and teachers I wish I can take but can't do it all for various different reasons. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Lot of things! Super friendly and welcoming environment to begin with. Dearest Regina and Bob, the owners, have created a warm and caring community that feels like a big family. And not only them, but everybody there, from the front desk to the teachers and students! The space is clean, comfortable and spacious and has the element the classes need. The unique feature of YHC - the divine chai that Regina's offers! Absolutely delicious, as well as her cookies too. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I do have a lot of fun with myself, just finding simple errors or confusion on my side can be fun and I laugh at those. I remember in my early days with yoga, I was working so much and riding long distances on the bike daily, that when I arrive to the yoga class, I was so tired I was in a reclining position flat on my back, but with legs together extended up vertically. Not sure how long that was, but I did wake up with the sound of my legs falling to the floor. Embarrassing!





Ciara

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Tell us something about yourself. My husband, George and I have been together since we were 19 years old. We are complete opposites. He eats salad; I eat french fries. He reads Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari; I have a subscription to US magazine. He is the love of my life. When did you start doing yoga? I began doing yoga many years ago. I have practiced many styles of yoga but Bikram is my favorite. The consistency and the heat help me to build a foundation to explore deeper expressions of other postures. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I don’t have one favorite class, but I do have a favorite pose—savasana—because it reminds me of lying on the couch with my dog having a nap…pure bliss. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Regina and Bob, because without them there isn’t a YHC. They are the brains, the heart and soul of YHC. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I love to run; it is my moving meditation. One of the most fun runs I have done is Bay to Breakers. Dressed as the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, my friends and I made it to the final stage for Best Costumes. We lost to the Fruit of Loom Underwear group! My Favorite Quote If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but by all means keep moving. -- Martin Luther King Jr.





Kristine

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When did you start doing yoga? I started yoga in my mid-twenties in Argentina and I fell in love with it. I felt so good after the class, that I wanted to have more of it! I felt the positive effect right away. I began a teacher training there and soon after I was asked to teach. I was already teaching physical education so teaching was in my path. I noticed yoga helped me to relax and quiet my nervous system and active mind. In 1996, I discovered Iyengar Yoga and after a few years I went on to complete the teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of SF. I began teaching Iyengar yoga in the year 2000 and this has been my full time job ever since. I continue to study at the Iyengar Institute at Pune, India for a month or two at a time, including last December. Do you have a favorite class? I haven't tried them all, however, all I have tried were very nice and fun. I think the teachers are up to what they teach, all of them are friendly, fun, relax, encouraging, inspiring. There other classes and teachers I wish I can take but can't do it all for various different reasons. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Lot of things! Super friendly and welcoming environment to begin with. Dearest Regina and Bob, the owners, have created a warm and caring community that feels like a big family. And not only them, but everybody there, from the front desk to the teachers and students! The space is clean, comfortable and spacious and has the element the classes need. The unique feature of YHC - the divine chai that Regina's offers! Absolutely delicious, as well as her cookies too. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I do have a lot of fun with myself, just finding simple errors or confusion on my side can be fun and I laugh at those. I remember in my early days with yoga, I was working so much and riding long distances on the bike daily, that when I arrive to the yoga class, I was so tired I was in a reclining position flat on my back, but with legs together extended up vertically. Not sure how long that was, but I did wake up with the sound of my legs falling to the floor. Embarrassing!





Robin McDonald

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When did you start doing yoga? I started yoga in my mid-twenties in Argentina and I fell in love with it. I felt so good after the class, that I wanted to have more of it! I felt the positive effect right away. I began a teacher training there and soon after I was asked to teach. I was already teaching physical education so teaching was in my path. I noticed yoga helped me to relax and quiet my nervous system and active mind. In 1996, I discovered Iyengar Yoga and after a few years I went on to complete the teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of SF. I began teaching Iyengar yoga in the year 2000 and this has been my full time job ever since. I continue to study at the Iyengar Institute at Pune, India for a month or two at a time, including last December. Do you have a favorite class? I haven't tried them all, however, all I have tried were very nice and fun. I think the teachers are up to what they teach, all of them are friendly, fun, relax, encouraging, inspiring. There other classes and teachers I wish I can take but can't do it all for various different reasons. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Lot of things! Super friendly and welcoming environment to begin with. Dearest Regina and Bob, the owners, have created a warm and caring community that feels like a big family. And not only them, but everybody there, from the front desk to the teachers and students! The space is clean, comfortable and spacious and has the element the classes need. The unique feature of YHC - the divine chai that Regina's offers! Absolutely delicious, as well as her cookies too. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I do have a lot of fun with myself, just finding simple errors or confusion on my side can be fun and I laugh at those. I remember in my early days with yoga, I was working so much and riding long distances on the bike daily, that when I arrive to the yoga class, I was so tired I was in a reclining position flat on my back, but with legs together extended up vertically. Not sure how long that was, but I did wake up with the sound of my legs falling to the floor. Embarrassing!





Lorraine

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Tell us something about yourself. My husband, George and I have been together since we were 19 years old. We are complete opposites. He eats salad; I eat french fries. He reads Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari; I have a subscription to US magazine. He is the love of my life. When did you start doing yoga? I began doing yoga many years ago. I have practiced many styles of yoga but Bikram is my favorite. The consistency and the heat help me to build a foundation to explore deeper expressions of other postures. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I don’t have one favorite class, but I do have a favorite pose—savasana—because it reminds me of lying on the couch with my dog having a nap…pure bliss. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Regina and Bob, because without them there isn’t a YHC. They are the brains, the heart and soul of YHC. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I love to run; it is my moving meditation. One of the most fun runs I have done is Bay to Breakers. Dressed as the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, my friends and I made it to the final stage for Best Costumes. We lost to the Fruit of Loom Underwear group! My Favorite Quote If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but by all means keep moving. -- Martin Luther King Jr.





Maria

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When did you start doing yoga? I started yoga in my mid-twenties in Argentina and I fell in love with it. I felt so good after the class, that I wanted to have more of it! I felt the positive effect right away. I began a teacher training there and soon after I was asked to teach. I was already teaching physical education so teaching was in my path. I noticed yoga helped me to relax and quiet my nervous system and active mind. In 1996, I discovered Iyengar Yoga and after a few years I went on to complete the teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of SF. I began teaching Iyengar yoga in the year 2000 and this has been my full time job ever since. I continue to study at the Iyengar Institute at Pune, India for a month or two at a time, including last December. Do you have a favorite class? I haven't tried them all, however, all I have tried were very nice and fun. I think the teachers are up to what they teach, all of them are friendly, fun, relax, encouraging, inspiring. There other classes and teachers I wish I can take but can't do it all for various different reasons. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Lot of things! Super friendly and welcoming environment to begin with. Dearest Regina and Bob, the owners, have created a warm and caring community that feels like a big family. And not only them, but everybody there, from the front desk to the teachers and students! The space is clean, comfortable and spacious and has the element the classes need. The unique feature of YHC - the divine chai that Regina's offers! Absolutely delicious, as well as her cookies too. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I do have a lot of fun with myself, just finding simple errors or confusion on my side can be fun and I laugh at those. I remember in my early days with yoga, I was working so much and riding long distances on the bike daily, that when I arrive to the yoga class, I was so tired I was in a reclining position flat on my back, but with legs together extended up vertically. Not sure how long that was, but I did wake up with the sound of my legs falling to the floor. Embarrassing!





Regina Bannon French

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YHC'S Master trainer Val Pryor is a Jack of All Trades. He is a fitness group instructor, personal trainer, boxer/boxing coach, movement coach, strength and conditioning coach, extreme calisthenics coach, and all-around essentials sports and athletics coach. Val grew up in San Mateo near the Martin Luther King Center and enjoyed playing various sports, experiencing many training methods by his coaches. He began studying kinesiology and became a certified personal trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) while living in La Jolla. After moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area, he began training high school and college athletes as well as working as a flooring contractor.

YHC owner Regina French saw Val first at Burlingame High School where he was training a young athlete, then by chance took a boxing and core class at B Street Boxing where Val was the instructor. She was intrigued by his teaching style and thought he would be a perfect addition to her newly developing studio. BTW he said No at first!

Since being at the YHC, Val has been an outstanding fitness motivator. His mission is to help everyone become creative in their fitness. By making his classes fun and innovative, he continuously "shocks" the body so that it will never get stuck in a fitness plateau. Val believes "the world is our gym", meaning we can work out anywhere and that "workouts don't have to be boring". Tell us something about yourself. Movement is my life. I appreciate the value of mobility, not just to look good, but to move well. Many years ago I learned from Master Roshi the four fundamentals of the Turtle Hermit Way which is what I live my life by: 1) learn well, 2) move well, 3) eat well, and 4) rest well. I am always wanting to learn something, whether it’s by watching a documentary or choreographing my next class while listening to music in my car. Right now I’m the process of writing a book about how I am living the Turtle Hermit Way. When did you start doing yoga? When I was a kid growing up in North Central San Mateo, we idolized all forms of movement as a way to express our athleticism and as a way to succeed and get off the streets. There were three choices I saw as a way out: 1) become an athlete, 2) become a musician, or 3) become an entertainer/performer. I played all sorts of sports on the streets, in leagues, and in local parks—basketball, football, baseball, soccer, boxing, and gymnastics. The world is my gym because you can work out or train anywhere. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Meditation is my favorite class because it’s what I need and it’s a part of martial arts. (Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan are big inspirations to me.) Crow is my favorite pose because it’s from gymnastics and it makes your core lock up. To do the pose you have to rely on core, arm strength and control of breath. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? All the beautiful people. It’s a classy and elegant place, a high-end yoga studio. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? My middle school PE teacher and vice-principal Mr. Ford changed my life in 7th grade by giving me a muscle adaptation lesson. I was weight lifting and my chest got really sore from working out, so the next day I asked Mr. Ford if I could rest and he said to lift again and told me I’d feel less sore the following day. I didn’t believe him, but I did what he said. Changed my life. I was amazed at the ability of my muscles to adapt so fast. From that point on I knew that my way to power was by being in the best shape possible. I relearned that lesson later as a teenager, after thugging on the streets and almost destroying my potential, I remembered that the way out was to get fit. I remember me and my ex-pen buddies pushing heavy weights in garages and basements. Although I wanted to get huge and was offered steroids, I was never tempted because I wanted to stay natural. Later on I went to San Diego to get my NASM certification and became a personal trainer. Do you have a favorite quote? Be like water. – Bruce Lee Learn well; move well; eat well; rest well. – Master Roshi Make them miss and then make them pay for missing. – Eddie Croft





Yelena

Concha

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YHC'S Master trainer Val Pryor is a Jack of All Trades. He is a fitness group instructor, personal trainer, boxer/boxing coach, movement coach, strength and conditioning coach, extreme calisthenics coach, and all-around essentials sports and athletics coach. Val grew up in San Mateo near the Martin Luther King Center and enjoyed playing various sports, experiencing many training methods by his coaches. He began studying kinesiology and became a certified personal trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) while living in La Jolla. After moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area, he began training high school and college athletes as well as working as a flooring contractor.

YHC owner Regina French saw Val first at Burlingame High School where he was training a young athlete, then by chance took a boxing and core class at B Street Boxing where Val was the instructor. She was intrigued by his teaching style and thought he would be a perfect addition to her newly developing studio. BTW he said No at first!

Since being at the YHC, Val has been an outstanding fitness motivator. His mission is to help everyone become creative in their fitness. By making his classes fun and innovative, he continuously "shocks" the body so that it will never get stuck in a fitness plateau. Val believes "the world is our gym", meaning we can work out anywhere and that "workouts don't have to be boring". Tell us something about yourself. Movement is my life. I appreciate the value of mobility, not just to look good, but to move well. Many years ago I learned from Master Roshi the four fundamentals of the Turtle Hermit Way which is what I live my life by: 1) learn well, 2) move well, 3) eat well, and 4) rest well. I am always wanting to learn something, whether it’s by watching a documentary or choreographing my next class while listening to music in my car. Right now I’m the process of writing a book about how I am living the Turtle Hermit Way. When did you start doing yoga? When I was a kid growing up in North Central San Mateo, we idolized all forms of movement as a way to express our athleticism and as a way to succeed and get off the streets. There were three choices I saw as a way out: 1) become an athlete, 2) become a musician, or 3) become an entertainer/performer. I played all sorts of sports on the streets, in leagues, and in local parks—basketball, football, baseball, soccer, boxing, and gymnastics. The world is my gym because you can work out or train anywhere. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Meditation is my favorite class because it’s what I need and it’s a part of martial arts. (Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan are big inspirations to me.) Crow is my favorite pose because it’s from gymnastics and it makes your core lock up. To do the pose you have to rely on core, arm strength and control of breath. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? All the beautiful people. It’s a classy and elegant place, a high-end yoga studio. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? My middle school PE teacher and vice-principal Mr. Ford changed my life in 7th grade by giving me a muscle adaptation lesson. I was weight lifting and my chest got really sore from working out, so the next day I asked Mr. Ford if I could rest and he said to lift again and told me I’d feel less sore the following day. I didn’t believe him, but I did what he said. Changed my life. I was amazed at the ability of my muscles to adapt so fast. From that point on I knew that my way to power was by being in the best shape possible. I relearned that lesson later as a teenager, after thugging on the streets and almost destroying my potential, I remembered that the way out was to get fit. I remember me and my ex-pen buddies pushing heavy weights in garages and basements. Although I wanted to get huge and was offered steroids, I was never tempted because I wanted to stay natural. Later on I went to San Diego to get my NASM certification and became a personal trainer. Do you have a favorite quote? Be like water. – Bruce Lee Learn well; move well; eat well; rest well. – Master Roshi Make them miss and then make them pay for missing. – Eddie Croft





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When did you start doing yoga? I started yoga in my mid-twenties in Argentina and I fell in love with it. I felt so good after the class, that I wanted to have more of it! I felt the positive effect right away. I began a teacher training there and soon after I was asked to teach. I was already teaching physical education so teaching was in my path. I noticed yoga helped me to relax and quiet my nervous system and active mind. In 1996, I discovered Iyengar Yoga and after a few years I went on to complete the teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of SF. I began teaching Iyengar yoga in the year 2000 and this has been my full time job ever since. I continue to study at the Iyengar Institute at Pune, India for a month or two at a time, including last December. Do you have a favorite class? I haven't tried them all, however, all I have tried were very nice and fun. I think the teachers are up to what they teach, all of them are friendly, fun, relax, encouraging, inspiring. There other classes and teachers I wish I can take but can't do it all for various different reasons. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Lot of things! Super friendly and welcoming environment to begin with. Dearest Regina and Bob, the owners, have created a warm and caring community that feels like a big family. And not only them, but everybody there, from the front desk to the teachers and students! The space is clean, comfortable and spacious and has the element the classes need. The unique feature of YHC - the divine chai that Regina's offers! Absolutely delicious, as well as her cookies too. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I do have a lot of fun with myself, just finding simple errors or confusion on my side can be fun and I laugh at those. I remember in my early days with yoga, I was working so much and riding long distances on the bike daily, that when I arrive to the yoga class, I was so tired I was in a reclining position flat on my back, but with legs together extended up vertically. Not sure how long that was, but I did wake up with the sound of my legs falling to the floor. Embarrassing!





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