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Susan Halet

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When did you start doing yoga? I started doing yoga 15 years ago to help with my triathlon training. It has also helped me with recovery and increases my flexibility. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? My favorite class is anything heated. The hotter the better! My favorite pose is standing bow pose or triangle. Anything with balance and strength together. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Yoga Health Center is a place where I can go and feel peace. I love how Regina and Bob have created an extension of their love for yoga into their studio. It is a place where everyone can come and feel welcomed. Regina makes me feel so supported and special. The members and staff are also so supportive to each other. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I am the mother of two lovely girls who make each day exciting and challenging. My Favorite Quotes Do what you love. Love what you do.





Kristi

Read About Lorraine


When did you start doing yoga? Started practicing traditional yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation) about 16 years ago, but have been an avid stretching enthusiast my whole life, not knowing it was yoga. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Have always loved Vinyasa in the last few years have really seen the value of a relaxing Yin practice to counter that yang energy. In our fast paced world a practice such as this is so needed and connective tissue), not the muscular system and slow it way down. It’s a meditative practice, turning inward, longer holds, and so much benefit for mind and body. You leave feeling so open and relaxed. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Where to start...Yoga Health Center is so welcoming, it’s a community of warm, friendly, helpful staff and owners Bob and Regina, that are hands on and so approachable! They go to great lengths to make the student experience the best it can be by making sure the highest cleanliness standard is upheld, offering a wide variety of unique classes with experienced and knowledgeable teachers, and encouraging that sangha /community feel with Saturday morning chai and the overall feel of lots of staff to take care of your every need! Do you have a fun fact about yourself? Since becoming an “empty nester” a few years back, with my sons in college, I have rediscovered my love of adventure travel! In the last few years I have traveled to India to study yoga, Nepal to help with a 3-week yoga retreat, Europe, British Isles, England and France, a family trip to Peru to lead a yoga adventure retreat, and just returned from leading a yoga adventure retreat in beautiful Bali. I feel so blessed to be able to be living my dream! Next up is a yoga adventure retreat in the Galapagos Islands... stay tuned! My Favorite Quotes “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -- Gandhi

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -- Hippocrates





Read About Lorraine


When did you start doing yoga? Started practicing traditional yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation) about 16 years ago, but have been an avid stretching enthusiast my whole life, not knowing it was yoga. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Have always loved Vinyasa in the last few years have really seen the value of a relaxing Yin practice to counter that yang energy. In our fast paced world a practice such as this is so needed and connective tissue), not the muscular system and slow it way down. It’s a meditative practice, turning inward, longer holds, and so much benefit for mind and body. You leave feeling so open and relaxed. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Where to start...Yoga Health Center is so welcoming, it’s a community of warm, friendly, helpful staff and owners Bob and Regina, that are hands on and so approachable! They go to great lengths to make the student experience the best it can be by making sure the highest cleanliness standard is upheld, offering a wide variety of unique classes with experienced and knowledgeable teachers, and encouraging that sangha /community feel with Saturday morning chai and the overall feel of lots of staff to take care of your every need! Do you have a fun fact about yourself? Since becoming an “empty nester” a few years back, with my sons in college, I have rediscovered my love of adventure travel! In the last few years I have traveled to India to study yoga, Nepal to help with a 3-week yoga retreat, Europe, British Isles, England and France, a family trip to Peru to lead a yoga adventure retreat, and just returned from leading a yoga adventure retreat in beautiful Bali. I feel so blessed to be able to be living my dream! Next up is a yoga adventure retreat in the Galapagos Islands... stay tuned! My Favorite Quotes “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -- Gandhi

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -- Hippocrates





Brad

Read About Charles


I was born and raised on the Peninsula, and feel incredibly blessed to have grown up in such a beautiful and diverse environment. I’m the hero of my own story. I married my best friend in the whole universe, and spend my days cultivating calm as I juggle the responsibilities of parenting our three children, trying to make a living in the Bay Area, and staying grounded on my spiritual path. Yoga helps a lot. I love to play games, find comic books to be the perfect story medium, and still roll around on my skateboard. As they say, you’re only as young as you feel. When did you start doing yoga? Somewhere around 5 and a half years ago, my lovely wife Katriona found her yoga practice. Being utterly inseparable, it was only a matter of time before her fervent wish that I follow her down a path of wellness was realized. Despite my protests that skateboarding was plenty of exercise, and a healthy fear of what a heated room would do to my ego, I finally accompanied her to my first Bikram class. It was everything I needed in mind, body, and spirit. Hot yoga opened up my lungs in a way that nothing had in years, and began to heal and strengthen parts of my body that I had long been neglecting. I spent about three years practicing Bikram style yoga anywhere from twice a week to once a month. It wasn’t until Kat found Yoga Health Center that I started to really take my practice seriously. I took more classes in that first month than I had in the entire year leading up to it, and it changed everything. Introducing a regular practice into my routine centered me in ways I hadn’t even imagined, and within the year I had once again followed my best friend’s lead. I went through teacher training, became certified as a yoga instructor, and began to teach. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Hot Fusion is my favorite format. The combination of Bikram and Vinyasa really fits my needs, but my favorite classes are the ones where I get to practice next to my wife. It’s been said that the hardest part of yoga is making it to your mat, and both of us practicing at the same time can be a challenge with our family’s schedule. But when we do get the chance, it’s like riding a wave of grounding energy to have her there, flowing with me. Thank you, teacher Kat. Supta Baddha Konasana is probably my favorite pose. I could use more restorative yoga in my own practice. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Yoga Health Center is a pretty magical place. As a student, I find the teachers to be a source of inspiration, well balanced in skill and temperament. The variety of classes is superior. If you look at the schedule, you will find a class that fits your needs, and a capable and kind teacher to guide you. As a new teacher who just finished up my first year in October, I find the students to be of the highest caliber. Whether brand new to yoga, or seasoned practitioners, students at YHC have proven to be kind, curious, dedicated, and the best teachers I could hope for to guide my early journeys as an instructor. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I’ve been volunteering as an elementary school art teacher for 12 years now. I teach an art class about every three weeks. Favorite Quote? “You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.” -Indira Gandhi





Bill

Read About Kelly


Tell us something about yourself. I have been teaching group fitness classes since 1988 and love every minute of it! Whether you are a fitness fanatic or a beginner, I try to welcome and engage all levels. When did you start doing yoga? I started teaching group fitness in 1988 and was instantly hooked! Keeping fresh with certifications such as cycle, kickboxing, Body Shred and Barre help me grow in knowledge. I have a certification to work with cancer survivors in a program called Living Strong Living Well…this reminds me of how beautiful and fragile life is. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I love being the student in yoga here at YHC! I especially love Hot Vinyasa and Bikram classes. My favorite pose is toe stand because I am very challenged by it! What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I love Yoga Health Center for many reasons but especially because it is a place where everyone feels like they belong. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. Regina has built such a loving community here at YHC - it is a hard to describe, but it is clear when you first walk in the door that everyone belongs here no matter what age, background, or fitness level. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I am a Drama and Character Education Teacher and also have been coaching cheerleading for 25 years! Being a teacher has brought me joy and has taught me so much through the years. I have learned patience (haha), empathy and an understanding that all people are different and beautiful. I have watched my students grow up into adults and some students take my classes now as grown adults. In fact, I was Kristi’s 4th grade teacher! My Favorite Quote I have always struggled with body image and self-esteem even though on the outside I appear confident, so my favorite quote is: “You are enough just as you are."





Olga 

Read About Concha


I am a California native Certified Yogi, uplifter and a healer who is super passionate about intuitively guiding people through conscientious movement toward their own internal harmonic balance. My very first yoga class was a Bikram Yoga class in 2010. My good girl friend had kept telling me I "had to try". I was super hesitant at first, but after one class, my body was floating, my cells were vibrating and I was hooked. I immediately began a 60-day challenge, and then another one, and another one immediately after - through this dedication I had become aware of my body, like I never had before; I started noticing changes in my physical body. My hips were coming back into alignment after being very imbalanced and my skeletal structure was forming back to health - my body was healing. Then my mind began to change, I released pain and traumas from my past and began to re-member the wholeness of who I AM. I developed compassion for everyone and everything around me; my body, my Being and began again to instill value of compassion for myself, my journey and who I am.

After time in the corporate world, as a cultural ambassador and recruiter, I realized my passion lies in connection - connecting people to each other and THEMSELVES. Yoga has brought this to me and I now love to hold massive space for those who desire change, like I did.

My teaching style has a large focus on using breath as a catalyst to FEEL the movement of the body, while also utilizing it to clear and revive the mind and spirit. I am certified for over 400 hours in yoga, and currently working toward another 500-hour certificate from the Sri Yoga Tantric program, founded in the SF Bay Area. "Sri" = resplendence! It helps students discover their most resplendent self and recover the life that is inherently ours! This includes deep knowledge of our body's Chakra + Nadi energy system, Kundalini and bio-energetics, to help move the body in the most delicious ways. I love to intertwine crystal bowl sound healing and also have the clairsentient capacity, to literally feel what you need to get into alignment. In my class, you will expect to walk away feeling empowered, balanced and energized!

You can find me teaching yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15 pm. Namaste, Concha





Charles

Read About Charles


I was born and raised on the Peninsula, and feel incredibly blessed to have grown up in such a beautiful and diverse environment. I’m the hero of my own story. I married my best friend in the whole universe, and spend my days cultivating calm as I juggle the responsibilities of parenting our three children, trying to make a living in the Bay Area, and staying grounded on my spiritual path. Yoga helps a lot. I love to play games, find comic books to be the perfect story medium, and still roll around on my skateboard. As they say, you’re only as young as you feel. When did you start doing yoga? Somewhere around 5 and a half years ago, my lovely wife Katriona found her yoga practice. Being utterly inseparable, it was only a matter of time before her fervent wish that I follow her down a path of wellness was realized. Despite my protests that skateboarding was plenty of exercise, and a healthy fear of what a heated room would do to my ego, I finally accompanied her to my first Bikram class. It was everything I needed in mind, body, and spirit. Hot yoga opened up my lungs in a way that nothing had in years, and began to heal and strengthen parts of my body that I had long been neglecting. I spent about three years practicing Bikram style yoga anywhere from twice a week to once a month. It wasn’t until Kat found Yoga Health Center that I started to really take my practice seriously. I took more classes in that first month than I had in the entire year leading up to it, and it changed everything. Introducing a regular practice into my routine centered me in ways I hadn’t even imagined, and within the year I had once again followed my best friend’s lead. I went through teacher training, became certified as a yoga instructor, and began to teach. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Hot Fusion is my favorite format. The combination of Bikram and Vinyasa really fits my needs, but my favorite classes are the ones where I get to practice next to my wife. It’s been said that the hardest part of yoga is making it to your mat, and both of us practicing at the same time can be a challenge with our family’s schedule. But when we do get the chance, it’s like riding a wave of grounding energy to have her there, flowing with me. Thank you, teacher Kat. Supta Baddha Konasana is probably my favorite pose. I could use more restorative yoga in my own practice. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Yoga Health Center is a pretty magical place. As a student, I find the teachers to be a source of inspiration, well balanced in skill and temperament. The variety of classes is superior. If you look at the schedule, you will find a class that fits your needs, and a capable and kind teacher to guide you. As a new teacher who just finished up my first year in October, I find the students to be of the highest caliber. Whether brand new to yoga, or seasoned practitioners, students at YHC have proven to be kind, curious, dedicated, and the best teachers I could hope for to guide my early journeys as an instructor. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I’ve been volunteering as an elementary school art teacher for 12 years now. I teach an art class about every three weeks. Favorite Quote? “You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.” -Indira Gandhi





Kelly Green

Read About Charles


I was born and raised on the Peninsula, and feel incredibly blessed to have grown up in such a beautiful and diverse environment. I’m the hero of my own story. I married my best friend in the whole universe, and spend my days cultivating calm as I juggle the responsibilities of parenting our three children, trying to make a living in the Bay Area, and staying grounded on my spiritual path. Yoga helps a lot. I love to play games, find comic books to be the perfect story medium, and still roll around on my skateboard. As they say, you’re only as young as you feel. When did you start doing yoga? Somewhere around 5 and a half years ago, my lovely wife Katriona found her yoga practice. Being utterly inseparable, it was only a matter of time before her fervent wish that I follow her down a path of wellness was realized. Despite my protests that skateboarding was plenty of exercise, and a healthy fear of what a heated room would do to my ego, I finally accompanied her to my first Bikram class. It was everything I needed in mind, body, and spirit. Hot yoga opened up my lungs in a way that nothing had in years, and began to heal and strengthen parts of my body that I had long been neglecting. I spent about three years practicing Bikram style yoga anywhere from twice a week to once a month. It wasn’t until Kat found Yoga Health Center that I started to really take my practice seriously. I took more classes in that first month than I had in the entire year leading up to it, and it changed everything. Introducing a regular practice into my routine centered me in ways I hadn’t even imagined, and within the year I had once again followed my best friend’s lead. I went through teacher training, became certified as a yoga instructor, and began to teach. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Hot Fusion is my favorite format. The combination of Bikram and Vinyasa really fits my needs, but my favorite classes are the ones where I get to practice next to my wife. It’s been said that the hardest part of yoga is making it to your mat, and both of us practicing at the same time can be a challenge with our family’s schedule. But when we do get the chance, it’s like riding a wave of grounding energy to have her there, flowing with me. Thank you, teacher Kat. Supta Baddha Konasana is probably my favorite pose. I could use more restorative yoga in my own practice. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Yoga Health Center is a pretty magical place. As a student, I find the teachers to be a source of inspiration, well balanced in skill and temperament. The variety of classes is superior. If you look at the schedule, you will find a class that fits your needs, and a capable and kind teacher to guide you. As a new teacher who just finished up my first year in October, I find the students to be of the highest caliber. Whether brand new to yoga, or seasoned practitioners, students at YHC have proven to be kind, curious, dedicated, and the best teachers I could hope for to guide my early journeys as an instructor. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I’ve been volunteering as an elementary school art teacher for 12 years now. I teach an art class about every three weeks. Favorite Quote? “You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.” -Indira Gandhi





Kay Ananda

Read About Lorraine


When did you start doing yoga? Started practicing traditional yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation) about 16 years ago, but have been an avid stretching enthusiast my whole life, not knowing it was yoga. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Have always loved Vinyasa in the last few years have really seen the value of a relaxing Yin practice to counter that yang energy. In our fast paced world a practice such as this is so needed and connective tissue), not the muscular system and slow it way down. It’s a meditative practice, turning inward, longer holds, and so much benefit for mind and body. You leave feeling so open and relaxed. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Where to start...Yoga Health Center is so welcoming, it’s a community of warm, friendly, helpful staff and owners Bob and Regina, that are hands on and so approachable! They go to great lengths to make the student experience the best it can be by making sure the highest cleanliness standard is upheld, offering a wide variety of unique classes with experienced and knowledgeable teachers, and encouraging that sangha /community feel with Saturday morning chai and the overall feel of lots of staff to take care of your every need! Do you have a fun fact about yourself? Since becoming an “empty nester” a few years back, with my sons in college, I have rediscovered my love of adventure travel! In the last few years I have traveled to India to study yoga, Nepal to help with a 3-week yoga retreat, Europe, British Isles, England and France, a family trip to Peru to lead a yoga adventure retreat, and just returned from leading a yoga adventure retreat in beautiful Bali. I feel so blessed to be able to be living my dream! Next up is a yoga adventure retreat in the Galapagos Islands... stay tuned! My Favorite Quotes “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -- Gandhi

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -- Hippocrates





Kat

Read About Concha


I am a California native Certified Yogi, uplifter and a healer who is super passionate about intuitively guiding people through conscientious movement toward their own internal harmonic balance. My very first yoga class was a Bikram Yoga class in 2010. My good girl friend had kept telling me I "had to try". I was super hesitant at first, but after one class, my body was floating, my cells were vibrating and I was hooked. I immediately began a 60-day challenge, and then another one, and another one immediately after - through this dedication I had become aware of my body, like I never had before; I started noticing changes in my physical body. My hips were coming back into alignment after being very imbalanced and my skeletal structure was forming back to health - my body was healing. Then my mind began to change, I released pain and traumas from my past and began to re-member the wholeness of who I AM. I developed compassion for everyone and everything around me; my body, my Being and began again to instill value of compassion for myself, my journey and who I am.

After time in the corporate world, as a cultural ambassador and recruiter, I realized my passion lies in connection - connecting people to each other and THEMSELVES. Yoga has brought this to me and I now love to hold massive space for those who desire change, like I did.

My teaching style has a large focus on using breath as a catalyst to FEEL the movement of the body, while also utilizing it to clear and revive the mind and spirit. I am certified for over 400 hours in yoga, and currently working toward another 500-hour certificate from the Sri Yoga Tantric program, founded in the SF Bay Area. "Sri" = resplendence! It helps students discover their most resplendent self and recover the life that is inherently ours! This includes deep knowledge of our body's Chakra + Nadi energy system, Kundalini and bio-energetics, to help move the body in the most delicious ways. I love to intertwine crystal bowl sound healing and also have the clairsentient capacity, to literally feel what you need to get into alignment. In my class, you will expect to walk away feeling empowered, balanced and energized!

You can find me teaching yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15 pm. Namaste, Concha





Ali

Read About Lorraine


When did you start doing yoga? Started practicing traditional yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation) about 16 years ago, but have been an avid stretching enthusiast my whole life, not knowing it was yoga. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Have always loved Vinyasa in the last few years have really seen the value of a relaxing Yin practice to counter that yang energy. In our fast paced world a practice such as this is so needed and connective tissue), not the muscular system and slow it way down. It’s a meditative practice, turning inward, longer holds, and so much benefit for mind and body. You leave feeling so open and relaxed. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Where to start...Yoga Health Center is so welcoming, it’s a community of warm, friendly, helpful staff and owners Bob and Regina, that are hands on and so approachable! They go to great lengths to make the student experience the best it can be by making sure the highest cleanliness standard is upheld, offering a wide variety of unique classes with experienced and knowledgeable teachers, and encouraging that sangha /community feel with Saturday morning chai and the overall feel of lots of staff to take care of your every need! Do you have a fun fact about yourself? Since becoming an “empty nester” a few years back, with my sons in college, I have rediscovered my love of adventure travel! In the last few years I have traveled to India to study yoga, Nepal to help with a 3-week yoga retreat, Europe, British Isles, England and France, a family trip to Peru to lead a yoga adventure retreat, and just returned from leading a yoga adventure retreat in beautiful Bali. I feel so blessed to be able to be living my dream! Next up is a yoga adventure retreat in the Galapagos Islands... stay tuned! My Favorite Quotes “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -- Gandhi

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -- Hippocrates





Fiona

Read About Lorraine


When did you start doing yoga? Started practicing traditional yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation) about 16 years ago, but have been an avid stretching enthusiast my whole life, not knowing it was yoga. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Have always loved Vinyasa in the last few years have really seen the value of a relaxing Yin practice to counter that yang energy. In our fast paced world a practice such as this is so needed and connective tissue), not the muscular system and slow it way down. It’s a meditative practice, turning inward, longer holds, and so much benefit for mind and body. You leave feeling so open and relaxed. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Where to start...Yoga Health Center is so welcoming, it’s a community of warm, friendly, helpful staff and owners Bob and Regina, that are hands on and so approachable! They go to great lengths to make the student experience the best it can be by making sure the highest cleanliness standard is upheld, offering a wide variety of unique classes with experienced and knowledgeable teachers, and encouraging that sangha /community feel with Saturday morning chai and the overall feel of lots of staff to take care of your every need! Do you have a fun fact about yourself? Since becoming an “empty nester” a few years back, with my sons in college, I have rediscovered my love of adventure travel! In the last few years I have traveled to India to study yoga, Nepal to help with a 3-week yoga retreat, Europe, British Isles, England and France, a family trip to Peru to lead a yoga adventure retreat, and just returned from leading a yoga adventure retreat in beautiful Bali. I feel so blessed to be able to be living my dream! Next up is a yoga adventure retreat in the Galapagos Islands... stay tuned! My Favorite Quotes “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -- Gandhi

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -- Hippocrates





Ciara

Read About Lorraine


When did you start doing yoga? Started practicing traditional yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation) about 16 years ago, but have been an avid stretching enthusiast my whole life, not knowing it was yoga. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Have always loved Vinyasa in the last few years have really seen the value of a relaxing Yin practice to counter that yang energy. In our fast paced world a practice such as this is so needed and connective tissue), not the muscular system and slow it way down. It’s a meditative practice, turning inward, longer holds, and so much benefit for mind and body. You leave feeling so open and relaxed. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Where to start...Yoga Health Center is so welcoming, it’s a community of warm, friendly, helpful staff and owners Bob and Regina, that are hands on and so approachable! They go to great lengths to make the student experience the best it can be by making sure the highest cleanliness standard is upheld, offering a wide variety of unique classes with experienced and knowledgeable teachers, and encouraging that sangha /community feel with Saturday morning chai and the overall feel of lots of staff to take care of your every need! Do you have a fun fact about yourself? Since becoming an “empty nester” a few years back, with my sons in college, I have rediscovered my love of adventure travel! In the last few years I have traveled to India to study yoga, Nepal to help with a 3-week yoga retreat, Europe, British Isles, England and France, a family trip to Peru to lead a yoga adventure retreat, and just returned from leading a yoga adventure retreat in beautiful Bali. I feel so blessed to be able to be living my dream! Next up is a yoga adventure retreat in the Galapagos Islands... stay tuned! My Favorite Quotes “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -- Gandhi

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -- Hippocrates





Kristine

Read About Lorraine


When did you start doing yoga? Started practicing traditional yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation) about 16 years ago, but have been an avid stretching enthusiast my whole life, not knowing it was yoga. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Have always loved Vinyasa in the last few years have really seen the value of a relaxing Yin practice to counter that yang energy. In our fast paced world a practice such as this is so needed and connective tissue), not the muscular system and slow it way down. It’s a meditative practice, turning inward, longer holds, and so much benefit for mind and body. You leave feeling so open and relaxed. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Where to start...Yoga Health Center is so welcoming, it’s a community of warm, friendly, helpful staff and owners Bob and Regina, that are hands on and so approachable! They go to great lengths to make the student experience the best it can be by making sure the highest cleanliness standard is upheld, offering a wide variety of unique classes with experienced and knowledgeable teachers, and encouraging that sangha /community feel with Saturday morning chai and the overall feel of lots of staff to take care of your every need! Do you have a fun fact about yourself? Since becoming an “empty nester” a few years back, with my sons in college, I have rediscovered my love of adventure travel! In the last few years I have traveled to India to study yoga, Nepal to help with a 3-week yoga retreat, Europe, British Isles, England and France, a family trip to Peru to lead a yoga adventure retreat, and just returned from leading a yoga adventure retreat in beautiful Bali. I feel so blessed to be able to be living my dream! Next up is a yoga adventure retreat in the Galapagos Islands... stay tuned! My Favorite Quotes “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -- Gandhi

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -- Hippocrates





Robin McDonald

Read About Charles


I was born and raised on the Peninsula, and feel incredibly blessed to have grown up in such a beautiful and diverse environment. I’m the hero of my own story. I married my best friend in the whole universe, and spend my days cultivating calm as I juggle the responsibilities of parenting our three children, trying to make a living in the Bay Area, and staying grounded on my spiritual path. Yoga helps a lot. I love to play games, find comic books to be the perfect story medium, and still roll around on my skateboard. As they say, you’re only as young as you feel. When did you start doing yoga? Somewhere around 5 and a half years ago, my lovely wife Katriona found her yoga practice. Being utterly inseparable, it was only a matter of time before her fervent wish that I follow her down a path of wellness was realized. Despite my protests that skateboarding was plenty of exercise, and a healthy fear of what a heated room would do to my ego, I finally accompanied her to my first Bikram class. It was everything I needed in mind, body, and spirit. Hot yoga opened up my lungs in a way that nothing had in years, and began to heal and strengthen parts of my body that I had long been neglecting. I spent about three years practicing Bikram style yoga anywhere from twice a week to once a month. It wasn’t until Kat found Yoga Health Center that I started to really take my practice seriously. I took more classes in that first month than I had in the entire year leading up to it, and it changed everything. Introducing a regular practice into my routine centered me in ways I hadn’t even imagined, and within the year I had once again followed my best friend’s lead. I went through teacher training, became certified as a yoga instructor, and began to teach. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Hot Fusion is my favorite format. The combination of Bikram and Vinyasa really fits my needs, but my favorite classes are the ones where I get to practice next to my wife. It’s been said that the hardest part of yoga is making it to your mat, and both of us practicing at the same time can be a challenge with our family’s schedule. But when we do get the chance, it’s like riding a wave of grounding energy to have her there, flowing with me. Thank you, teacher Kat. Supta Baddha Konasana is probably my favorite pose. I could use more restorative yoga in my own practice. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Yoga Health Center is a pretty magical place. As a student, I find the teachers to be a source of inspiration, well balanced in skill and temperament. The variety of classes is superior. If you look at the schedule, you will find a class that fits your needs, and a capable and kind teacher to guide you. As a new teacher who just finished up my first year in October, I find the students to be of the highest caliber. Whether brand new to yoga, or seasoned practitioners, students at YHC have proven to be kind, curious, dedicated, and the best teachers I could hope for to guide my early journeys as an instructor. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I’ve been volunteering as an elementary school art teacher for 12 years now. I teach an art class about every three weeks. Favorite Quote? “You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.” -Indira Gandhi





Lorraine

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When did you start doing yoga? Started practicing traditional yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation) about 16 years ago, but have been an avid stretching enthusiast my whole life, not knowing it was yoga. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Have always loved Vinyasa in the last few years have really seen the value of a relaxing Yin practice to counter that yang energy. In our fast paced world a practice such as this is so needed and connective tissue), not the muscular system and slow it way down. It’s a meditative practice, turning inward, longer holds, and so much benefit for mind and body. You leave feeling so open and relaxed. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Where to start...Yoga Health Center is so welcoming, it’s a community of warm, friendly, helpful staff and owners Bob and Regina, that are hands on and so approachable! They go to great lengths to make the student experience the best it can be by making sure the highest cleanliness standard is upheld, offering a wide variety of unique classes with experienced and knowledgeable teachers, and encouraging that sangha /community feel with Saturday morning chai and the overall feel of lots of staff to take care of your every need! Do you have a fun fact about yourself? Since becoming an “empty nester” a few years back, with my sons in college, I have rediscovered my love of adventure travel! In the last few years I have traveled to India to study yoga, Nepal to help with a 3-week yoga retreat, Europe, British Isles, England and France, a family trip to Peru to lead a yoga adventure retreat, and just returned from leading a yoga adventure retreat in beautiful Bali. I feel so blessed to be able to be living my dream! Next up is a yoga adventure retreat in the Galapagos Islands... stay tuned! My Favorite Quotes “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -- Gandhi

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -- Hippocrates





Maria

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I am a California native Certified Yogi, uplifter and a healer who is super passionate about intuitively guiding people through conscientious movement toward their own internal harmonic balance. My very first yoga class was a Bikram Yoga class in 2010. My good girl friend had kept telling me I "had to try". I was super hesitant at first, but after one class, my body was floating, my cells were vibrating and I was hooked. I immediately began a 60-day challenge, and then another one, and another one immediately after - through this dedication I had become aware of my body, like I never had before; I started noticing changes in my physical body. My hips were coming back into alignment after being very imbalanced and my skeletal structure was forming back to health - my body was healing. Then my mind began to change, I released pain and traumas from my past and began to re-member the wholeness of who I AM. I developed compassion for everyone and everything around me; my body, my Being and began again to instill value of compassion for myself, my journey and who I am.

After time in the corporate world, as a cultural ambassador and recruiter, I realized my passion lies in connection - connecting people to each other and THEMSELVES. Yoga has brought this to me and I now love to hold massive space for those who desire change, like I did.

My teaching style has a large focus on using breath as a catalyst to FEEL the movement of the body, while also utilizing it to clear and revive the mind and spirit. I am certified for over 400 hours in yoga, and currently working toward another 500-hour certificate from the Sri Yoga Tantric program, founded in the SF Bay Area. "Sri" = resplendence! It helps students discover their most resplendent self and recover the life that is inherently ours! This includes deep knowledge of our body's Chakra + Nadi energy system, Kundalini and bio-energetics, to help move the body in the most delicious ways. I love to intertwine crystal bowl sound healing and also have the clairsentient capacity, to literally feel what you need to get into alignment. In my class, you will expect to walk away feeling empowered, balanced and energized!

You can find me teaching yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15 pm. Namaste, Concha





Regina Bannon French

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When did you start doing yoga? I started doing yoga 15 years ago to help with my triathlon training. It has also helped me with recovery and increases my flexibility. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? My favorite class is anything heated. The hotter the better! My favorite pose is standing bow pose or triangle. Anything with balance and strength together. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Yoga Health Center is a place where I can go and feel peace. I love how Regina and Bob have created an extension of their love for yoga into their studio. It is a place where everyone can come and feel welcomed. Regina makes me feel so supported and special. The members and staff are also so supportive to each other. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I am the mother of two lovely girls who make each day exciting and challenging. My Favorite Quotes Do what you love. Love what you do.





Yelena

Concha

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I am a California native Certified Yogi, uplifter and a healer who is super passionate about intuitively guiding people through conscientious movement toward their own internal harmonic balance. My very first yoga class was a Bikram Yoga class in 2010. My good girl friend had kept telling me I "had to try". I was super hesitant at first, but after one class, my body was floating, my cells were vibrating and I was hooked. I immediately began a 60-day challenge, and then another one, and another one immediately after - through this dedication I had become aware of my body, like I never had before; I started noticing changes in my physical body. My hips were coming back into alignment after being very imbalanced and my skeletal structure was forming back to health - my body was healing. Then my mind began to change, I released pain and traumas from my past and began to re-member the wholeness of who I AM. I developed compassion for everyone and everything around me; my body, my Being and began again to instill value of compassion for myself, my journey and who I am.

After time in the corporate world, as a cultural ambassador and recruiter, I realized my passion lies in connection - connecting people to each other and THEMSELVES. Yoga has brought this to me and I now love to hold massive space for those who desire change, like I did.

My teaching style has a large focus on using breath as a catalyst to FEEL the movement of the body, while also utilizing it to clear and revive the mind and spirit. I am certified for over 400 hours in yoga, and currently working toward another 500-hour certificate from the Sri Yoga Tantric program, founded in the SF Bay Area. "Sri" = resplendence! It helps students discover their most resplendent self and recover the life that is inherently ours! This includes deep knowledge of our body's Chakra + Nadi energy system, Kundalini and bio-energetics, to help move the body in the most delicious ways. I love to intertwine crystal bowl sound healing and also have the clairsentient capacity, to literally feel what you need to get into alignment. In my class, you will expect to walk away feeling empowered, balanced and energized!

You can find me teaching yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15 pm. Namaste, Concha





Read About Concha


I am a California native Certified Yogi, uplifter and a healer who is super passionate about intuitively guiding people through conscientious movement toward their own internal harmonic balance. My very first yoga class was a Bikram Yoga class in 2010. My good girl friend had kept telling me I "had to try". I was super hesitant at first, but after one class, my body was floating, my cells were vibrating and I was hooked. I immediately began a 60-day challenge, and then another one, and another one immediately after - through this dedication I had become aware of my body, like I never had before; I started noticing changes in my physical body. My hips were coming back into alignment after being very imbalanced and my skeletal structure was forming back to health - my body was healing. Then my mind began to change, I released pain and traumas from my past and began to re-member the wholeness of who I AM. I developed compassion for everyone and everything around me; my body, my Being and began again to instill value of compassion for myself, my journey and who I am.

After time in the corporate world, as a cultural ambassador and recruiter, I realized my passion lies in connection - connecting people to each other and THEMSELVES. Yoga has brought this to me and I now love to hold massive space for those who desire change, like I did.

My teaching style has a large focus on using breath as a catalyst to FEEL the movement of the body, while also utilizing it to clear and revive the mind and spirit. I am certified for over 400 hours in yoga, and currently working toward another 500-hour certificate from the Sri Yoga Tantric program, founded in the SF Bay Area. "Sri" = resplendence! It helps students discover their most resplendent self and recover the life that is inherently ours! This includes deep knowledge of our body's Chakra + Nadi energy system, Kundalini and bio-energetics, to help move the body in the most delicious ways. I love to intertwine crystal bowl sound healing and also have the clairsentient capacity, to literally feel what you need to get into alignment. In my class, you will expect to walk away feeling empowered, balanced and energized!

You can find me teaching yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15 pm. Namaste, Concha