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Susan Halet

Read About Kristi


Looking for a new class to take? Kristi offers an amazing heated Vinyasa class and always has a wonderful story to share to set the tone for class. In her Bikram class you will always get a fun fact, which will make you want to come and learn more! Here are some fun facts about Kristi. Tell us something about yourself. I’ve been teaching yoga and fitness for a little over a decade after originally wanting to be a physical therapist. What brought you to the mat for the first time? I started yoga back in 2010. I had just had surgery and was looking for a different kind of exercise. I was actually doing the P90X workouts at home. On the seventh day was the yoga one and on the eighth day I put in the yoga, on the ninth day I put in the yoga, and by the 11th day I finally went to a studio to take my first class. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I absolutely love the rope wall classes. Such a great alignment-based class and Teacher Maria is so good at explaining everything. My favorite posture right now is astavakrasana (8-angle pose). It’s a tough pose and I’ve been working on it for quite some time. Who is your role model in life? Probably my dad. He's the most honest human being I know. He is always so genuine and I only can strive to be as good as he is. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I love that it is a mom and pop studio as opposed to a corporate one. They really let the teachers be creative and teach in their own unique way. I love the community that has been built there and the variety of classes. There’s something for everybody and there is a tribe waiting for you. What is a Fun Fact About Kristi? My journey actually started with the circus! I am an avid reader. And I like to read paper books, nothing online, all by hand. Favorite Quote? "Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life" - B.K.S. Iyengar You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. - Mark Twain





Kristi

Read About Kristi


Looking for a new class to take? Kristi offers an amazing heated Vinyasa class and always has a wonderful story to share to set the tone for class. In her Bikram class you will always get a fun fact, which will make you want to come and learn more! Here are some fun facts about Kristi. Tell us something about yourself. I’ve been teaching yoga and fitness for a little over a decade after originally wanting to be a physical therapist. What brought you to the mat for the first time? I started yoga back in 2010. I had just had surgery and was looking for a different kind of exercise. I was actually doing the P90X workouts at home. On the seventh day was the yoga one and on the eighth day I put in the yoga, on the ninth day I put in the yoga, and by the 11th day I finally went to a studio to take my first class. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I absolutely love the rope wall classes. Such a great alignment-based class and Teacher Maria is so good at explaining everything. My favorite posture right now is astavakrasana (8-angle pose). It’s a tough pose and I’ve been working on it for quite some time. Who is your role model in life? Probably my dad. He's the most honest human being I know. He is always so genuine and I only can strive to be as good as he is. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I love that it is a mom and pop studio as opposed to a corporate one. They really let the teachers be creative and teach in their own unique way. I love the community that has been built there and the variety of classes. There’s something for everybody and there is a tribe waiting for you. What is a Fun Fact About Kristi? My journey actually started with the circus! I am an avid reader. And I like to read paper books, nothing online, all by hand. Favorite Quote? "Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life" - B.K.S. Iyengar You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. - Mark Twain





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





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 Kristine


I'm a Bay Area (and Peninsula) native who loves to be around people and learn new ways to move my body. I'm also a brain-body nerd so I'm constantly fascinated at how adaptive and self-regulating our bodies are and I'm constantly reading up on the new neuroscience and meditation research. I love traveling abroad solo even though I've had my fair share of mishaps and stolen property. Something about the anonymity of it and the time alone gives me the opportunity to reset and reframe my intentions and perspective. I'm also a huge sucker for beers and like to hang out with my dog at Ale Arsenal often :) When did you start doing yoga? I took my first yoga class in college and had absolutely NO idea what it was. For some reason, I thought it was a water sport so I took off my glasses before going into the studio and ended up not being able to see a thing! This actually turned out for the better since it made me less self-conscious, I really couldn't see much except my own body and sweat on the mat. Before practicing yoga I was suffering from an eating disorder and had a very challenging relationship with my body. The practice was the first positive physical experience I had and knew it was going to be the first step on my path to healing. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I definitely go through phases of loving things. Currently, boxing is my favorite way of learning and moving my body. For yoga poses I would say, seated straddle. My hips love the feeling of being close to the ground and if I spiral my spine around it feels so juicy through the whole midline of my body. For standing poses, I would say triangle since I feel like there are so many nuances to explore, whether it be grounding through the legs and hips, rotating my trunk or just closing my eyes and finding balance. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? The community is incomparable. I've been teaching yoga on the peninsula for over ten years and I have not taught at a studio where everyone is so genuinely nice, receptive, and low maintenance. I love how people greet one another and truly welcome one another. I also love the variety of classes, levels, and styles offered, truly another testament to how open-minded the community is. I haven't tried the chai yet but I'm sure that's another highlight! Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I'm the tallest female in my family (both mom and dad's side) and also have a great grandmother who celebrated her 89th birthday last year. I have quite the genes! My Favorite Quotes “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as IF you were to live forever." -- Mahatma Gandhi Bio Kristine has an M.A. in Psychology and has been teaching yoga full time since 2008, specializing in injury prevention and rehabilitation. Her teaching style integrates the fields of Psychology, Neuroscience, Bio-mechanics, Physical Therapy, and Mindfulness Meditation. Kristine’s current research studies how practical applications of meditation and body awareness can help manage anxiety and create emotional resilience. She continues to engage her curiosity and kinesthetic knowledge by training in other forms of movement including; barefoot running, swimming, TRX, strength conditioning, power lifting, and boxing. Kristine’s trainings include:

  • Massage Therapy at Body Therapy Center (now McKinnon Institute)
  • Vinyasa Yoga with Mark Stephens
  • Yoga Tune Up with Jill Miller
  • Mindful Awareness Body-Oriented Therapy (MABT) with Cynthia Price
  • Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience and Movement Studies with Bo Forbes
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Meditation (MBSR) with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • IGNITE BK Boxing Certification





Olga 

Read About Kristine


I'm a Bay Area (and Peninsula) native who loves to be around people and learn new ways to move my body. I'm also a brain-body nerd so I'm constantly fascinated at how adaptive and self-regulating our bodies are and I'm constantly reading up on the new neuroscience and meditation research. I love traveling abroad solo even though I've had my fair share of mishaps and stolen property. Something about the anonymity of it and the time alone gives me the opportunity to reset and reframe my intentions and perspective. I'm also a huge sucker for beers and like to hang out with my dog at Ale Arsenal often :) When did you start doing yoga? I took my first yoga class in college and had absolutely NO idea what it was. For some reason, I thought it was a water sport so I took off my glasses before going into the studio and ended up not being able to see a thing! This actually turned out for the better since it made me less self-conscious, I really couldn't see much except my own body and sweat on the mat. Before practicing yoga I was suffering from an eating disorder and had a very challenging relationship with my body. The practice was the first positive physical experience I had and knew it was going to be the first step on my path to healing. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I definitely go through phases of loving things. Currently, boxing is my favorite way of learning and moving my body. For yoga poses I would say, seated straddle. My hips love the feeling of being close to the ground and if I spiral my spine around it feels so juicy through the whole midline of my body. For standing poses, I would say triangle since I feel like there are so many nuances to explore, whether it be grounding through the legs and hips, rotating my trunk or just closing my eyes and finding balance. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? The community is incomparable. I've been teaching yoga on the peninsula for over ten years and I have not taught at a studio where everyone is so genuinely nice, receptive, and low maintenance. I love how people greet one another and truly welcome one another. I also love the variety of classes, levels, and styles offered, truly another testament to how open-minded the community is. I haven't tried the chai yet but I'm sure that's another highlight! Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I'm the tallest female in my family (both mom and dad's side) and also have a great grandmother who celebrated her 89th birthday last year. I have quite the genes! My Favorite Quotes “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as IF you were to live forever." -- Mahatma Gandhi Bio Kristine has an M.A. in Psychology and has been teaching yoga full time since 2008, specializing in injury prevention and rehabilitation. Her teaching style integrates the fields of Psychology, Neuroscience, Bio-mechanics, Physical Therapy, and Mindfulness Meditation. Kristine’s current research studies how practical applications of meditation and body awareness can help manage anxiety and create emotional resilience. She continues to engage her curiosity and kinesthetic knowledge by training in other forms of movement including; barefoot running, swimming, TRX, strength conditioning, power lifting, and boxing. Kristine’s trainings include:

  • Massage Therapy at Body Therapy Center (now McKinnon Institute)
  • Vinyasa Yoga with Mark Stephens
  • Yoga Tune Up with Jill Miller
  • Mindful Awareness Body-Oriented Therapy (MABT) with Cynthia Price
  • Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience and Movement Studies with Bo Forbes
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Meditation (MBSR) with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • IGNITE BK Boxing Certification





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 Kristi


Looking for a new class to take? Kristi offers an amazing heated Vinyasa class and always has a wonderful story to share to set the tone for class. In her Bikram class you will always get a fun fact, which will make you want to come and learn more! Here are some fun facts about Kristi. Tell us something about yourself. I’ve been teaching yoga and fitness for a little over a decade after originally wanting to be a physical therapist. What brought you to the mat for the first time? I started yoga back in 2010. I had just had surgery and was looking for a different kind of exercise. I was actually doing the P90X workouts at home. On the seventh day was the yoga one and on the eighth day I put in the yoga, on the ninth day I put in the yoga, and by the 11th day I finally went to a studio to take my first class. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I absolutely love the rope wall classes. Such a great alignment-based class and Teacher Maria is so good at explaining everything. My favorite posture right now is astavakrasana (8-angle pose). It’s a tough pose and I’ve been working on it for quite some time. Who is your role model in life? Probably my dad. He's the most honest human being I know. He is always so genuine and I only can strive to be as good as he is. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I love that it is a mom and pop studio as opposed to a corporate one. They really let the teachers be creative and teach in their own unique way. I love the community that has been built there and the variety of classes. There’s something for everybody and there is a tribe waiting for you. What is a Fun Fact About Kristi? My journey actually started with the circus! I am an avid reader. And I like to read paper books, nothing online, all by hand. Favorite Quote? "Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life" - B.K.S. Iyengar You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. - Mark Twain





Kay Ananda

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





Kat

Read About Kristi


Looking for a new class to take? Kristi offers an amazing heated Vinyasa class and always has a wonderful story to share to set the tone for class. In her Bikram class you will always get a fun fact, which will make you want to come and learn more! Here are some fun facts about Kristi. Tell us something about yourself. I’ve been teaching yoga and fitness for a little over a decade after originally wanting to be a physical therapist. What brought you to the mat for the first time? I started yoga back in 2010. I had just had surgery and was looking for a different kind of exercise. I was actually doing the P90X workouts at home. On the seventh day was the yoga one and on the eighth day I put in the yoga, on the ninth day I put in the yoga, and by the 11th day I finally went to a studio to take my first class. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I absolutely love the rope wall classes. Such a great alignment-based class and Teacher Maria is so good at explaining everything. My favorite posture right now is astavakrasana (8-angle pose). It’s a tough pose and I’ve been working on it for quite some time. Who is your role model in life? Probably my dad. He's the most honest human being I know. He is always so genuine and I only can strive to be as good as he is. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I love that it is a mom and pop studio as opposed to a corporate one. They really let the teachers be creative and teach in their own unique way. I love the community that has been built there and the variety of classes. There’s something for everybody and there is a tribe waiting for you. What is a Fun Fact About Kristi? My journey actually started with the circus! I am an avid reader. And I like to read paper books, nothing online, all by hand. Favorite Quote? "Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life" - B.K.S. Iyengar You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. - Mark Twain





Ali

Read About Ali


Tell us something about yourself? I am just a fellow mover and shaker. Anything that encourages dance and flow...sign me up! I love sailing so I became a boat captain...now I'm able to bring my yoga community with me on these adventures! I'm a bi-coastal yogini that is completely obsessed with boats. I lost my last one in Miami to Hurricane Irma but am fortunate to have my "project" boat here is Brisbane. I spend a lot time fixing her up as my goal is to bring her back to her original glory. Her name is Thunder! When did you start doing yoga? When I was 14 a friend gave me a VHS of Bryan Kest's Power Yoga. Full disclosure: I tried the video because Kest was easy to look at and I loved his long locks! What started as a casual daily way to get my exercise soon evolved into a spiritual sadhana that became a lifestyle. I found local gurus to study under and eventually made my way into the world of Prana Flow, studying under Shiva Rea. She changed my practice because she changed my perception of yoga. For me, yoga is not static, it's in constant flow and always evolving. As practitioners there is always the next karma to work toward but there is no end to the journey. That is a beautiful concept. When we embark on the spiritual journey into ourselves through yoga asanas, we uncover layers of ourselves that have not been explored or we reawaken parts of ourselves that have been dormant. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? My favorite class is anything that gives me freedom to flow and move. I love ecstatic dance and Prana Flow. My favorite posture is Vashistasana - it feels like a surrendering of ego and an embodiment of inner essence. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I love YHC because the community accepted me with open arms. I feel supported by the energy of students and teachers and moved by the collective rhythm that ignites when we flow and breath together. I know we love routine and Prana Flow is just not that. It shakes things up and sometimes that is exactly what we need in life. I am grateful and inspired by the willingness of the YHC community to surrender to the dance! Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I was vegan for 17 years but could not resist the urge to eat turkey skin every Thanksgiving. My Favorite Quotes Flow can only be as great as our willingness to enter into it- Shiva Rea





Fiona

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Looking for a new class to take? Kristi offers an amazing heated Vinyasa class and always has a wonderful story to share to set the tone for class. In her Bikram class you will always get a fun fact, which will make you want to come and learn more! Here are some fun facts about Kristi. Tell us something about yourself. I’ve been teaching yoga and fitness for a little over a decade after originally wanting to be a physical therapist. What brought you to the mat for the first time? I started yoga back in 2010. I had just had surgery and was looking for a different kind of exercise. I was actually doing the P90X workouts at home. On the seventh day was the yoga one and on the eighth day I put in the yoga, on the ninth day I put in the yoga, and by the 11th day I finally went to a studio to take my first class. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I absolutely love the rope wall classes. Such a great alignment-based class and Teacher Maria is so good at explaining everything. My favorite posture right now is astavakrasana (8-angle pose). It’s a tough pose and I’ve been working on it for quite some time. Who is your role model in life? Probably my dad. He's the most honest human being I know. He is always so genuine and I only can strive to be as good as he is. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I love that it is a mom and pop studio as opposed to a corporate one. They really let the teachers be creative and teach in their own unique way. I love the community that has been built there and the variety of classes. There’s something for everybody and there is a tribe waiting for you. What is a Fun Fact About Kristi? My journey actually started with the circus! I am an avid reader. And I like to read paper books, nothing online, all by hand. Favorite Quote? "Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life" - B.K.S. Iyengar You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. - Mark Twain





Ciara

Read About Ciara


When did you start doing yoga?

I started doing yoga 9 years ago. I just moved to the US from the Philippines and was feeling lonely and homesick. After my first hot yoga class, I never felt so alive and at home!

Do you have a favorite class? Pose?

I love all the styles of yoga but Bikram, Dharma, and Power are my faves. I love pushing the boundaries of my body and mind in a safe, compassionate way. My fave posture is savasana.

What do you love about Yoga Health Center?

I could go on forever answering this question. I love everything! The vibe, students, the classes, the teachers and the owners.

Do you have a fun fact about yourself?

Besides yoga I love climbing, traveling, music and dancing. I love cleaning and organizing things so I can mess things up again. I am a creature of habit but I love spontaneity and surprises.

My Journey

I am currently about half way on an intensive year long yoga therapy course. Yoga therapy is a wholistic approach and just like ayurveda and chinese medicine uses different access points for healing. I hope to build a private practice, work with other healers to empower people and make them feel whole again. It is my vision to make healing accessible to everyone.





Kristine

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I'm a Bay Area (and Peninsula) native who loves to be around people and learn new ways to move my body. I'm also a brain-body nerd so I'm constantly fascinated at how adaptive and self-regulating our bodies are and I'm constantly reading up on the new neuroscience and meditation research. I love traveling abroad solo even though I've had my fair share of mishaps and stolen property. Something about the anonymity of it and the time alone gives me the opportunity to reset and reframe my intentions and perspective. I'm also a huge sucker for beers and like to hang out with my dog at Ale Arsenal often :) When did you start doing yoga? I took my first yoga class in college and had absolutely NO idea what it was. For some reason, I thought it was a water sport so I took off my glasses before going into the studio and ended up not being able to see a thing! This actually turned out for the better since it made me less self-conscious, I really couldn't see much except my own body and sweat on the mat. Before practicing yoga I was suffering from an eating disorder and had a very challenging relationship with my body. The practice was the first positive physical experience I had and knew it was going to be the first step on my path to healing. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I definitely go through phases of loving things. Currently, boxing is my favorite way of learning and moving my body. For yoga poses I would say, seated straddle. My hips love the feeling of being close to the ground and if I spiral my spine around it feels so juicy through the whole midline of my body. For standing poses, I would say triangle since I feel like there are so many nuances to explore, whether it be grounding through the legs and hips, rotating my trunk or just closing my eyes and finding balance. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? The community is incomparable. I've been teaching yoga on the peninsula for over ten years and I have not taught at a studio where everyone is so genuinely nice, receptive, and low maintenance. I love how people greet one another and truly welcome one another. I also love the variety of classes, levels, and styles offered, truly another testament to how open-minded the community is. I haven't tried the chai yet but I'm sure that's another highlight! Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I'm the tallest female in my family (both mom and dad's side) and also have a great grandmother who celebrated her 89th birthday last year. I have quite the genes! My Favorite Quotes “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as IF you were to live forever." -- Mahatma Gandhi Bio Kristine has an M.A. in Psychology and has been teaching yoga full time since 2008, specializing in injury prevention and rehabilitation. Her teaching style integrates the fields of Psychology, Neuroscience, Bio-mechanics, Physical Therapy, and Mindfulness Meditation. Kristine’s current research studies how practical applications of meditation and body awareness can help manage anxiety and create emotional resilience. She continues to engage her curiosity and kinesthetic knowledge by training in other forms of movement including; barefoot running, swimming, TRX, strength conditioning, power lifting, and boxing. Kristine’s trainings include:

  • Massage Therapy at Body Therapy Center (now McKinnon Institute)
  • Vinyasa Yoga with Mark Stephens
  • Yoga Tune Up with Jill Miller
  • Mindful Awareness Body-Oriented Therapy (MABT) with Cynthia Price
  • Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience and Movement Studies with Bo Forbes
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Meditation (MBSR) with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • IGNITE BK Boxing Certification





Robin McDonald

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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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Looking for a new class to take? Kristi offers an amazing heated Vinyasa class and always has a wonderful story to share to set the tone for class. In her Bikram class you will always get a fun fact, which will make you want to come and learn more! Here are some fun facts about Kristi. Tell us something about yourself. I’ve been teaching yoga and fitness for a little over a decade after originally wanting to be a physical therapist. What brought you to the mat for the first time? I started yoga back in 2010. I had just had surgery and was looking for a different kind of exercise. I was actually doing the P90X workouts at home. On the seventh day was the yoga one and on the eighth day I put in the yoga, on the ninth day I put in the yoga, and by the 11th day I finally went to a studio to take my first class. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I absolutely love the rope wall classes. Such a great alignment-based class and Teacher Maria is so good at explaining everything. My favorite posture right now is astavakrasana (8-angle pose). It’s a tough pose and I’ve been working on it for quite some time. Who is your role model in life? Probably my dad. He's the most honest human being I know. He is always so genuine and I only can strive to be as good as he is. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I love that it is a mom and pop studio as opposed to a corporate one. They really let the teachers be creative and teach in their own unique way. I love the community that has been built there and the variety of classes. There’s something for everybody and there is a tribe waiting for you. What is a Fun Fact About Kristi? My journey actually started with the circus! I am an avid reader. And I like to read paper books, nothing online, all by hand. Favorite Quote? "Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life" - B.K.S. Iyengar You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. - Mark Twain





Maria

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Looking for a new class to take? Kristi offers an amazing heated Vinyasa class and always has a wonderful story to share to set the tone for class. In her Bikram class you will always get a fun fact, which will make you want to come and learn more! Here are some fun facts about Kristi. Tell us something about yourself. I’ve been teaching yoga and fitness for a little over a decade after originally wanting to be a physical therapist. What brought you to the mat for the first time? I started yoga back in 2010. I had just had surgery and was looking for a different kind of exercise. I was actually doing the P90X workouts at home. On the seventh day was the yoga one and on the eighth day I put in the yoga, on the ninth day I put in the yoga, and by the 11th day I finally went to a studio to take my first class. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I absolutely love the rope wall classes. Such a great alignment-based class and Teacher Maria is so good at explaining everything. My favorite posture right now is astavakrasana (8-angle pose). It’s a tough pose and I’ve been working on it for quite some time. Who is your role model in life? Probably my dad. He's the most honest human being I know. He is always so genuine and I only can strive to be as good as he is. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I love that it is a mom and pop studio as opposed to a corporate one. They really let the teachers be creative and teach in their own unique way. I love the community that has been built there and the variety of classes. There’s something for everybody and there is a tribe waiting for you. What is a Fun Fact About Kristi? My journey actually started with the circus! I am an avid reader. And I like to read paper books, nothing online, all by hand. Favorite Quote? "Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life" - B.K.S. Iyengar You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. - Mark Twain





Regina Bannon French

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I'm a Bay Area (and Peninsula) native who loves to be around people and learn new ways to move my body. I'm also a brain-body nerd so I'm constantly fascinated at how adaptive and self-regulating our bodies are and I'm constantly reading up on the new neuroscience and meditation research. I love traveling abroad solo even though I've had my fair share of mishaps and stolen property. Something about the anonymity of it and the time alone gives me the opportunity to reset and reframe my intentions and perspective. I'm also a huge sucker for beers and like to hang out with my dog at Ale Arsenal often :) When did you start doing yoga? I took my first yoga class in college and had absolutely NO idea what it was. For some reason, I thought it was a water sport so I took off my glasses before going into the studio and ended up not being able to see a thing! This actually turned out for the better since it made me less self-conscious, I really couldn't see much except my own body and sweat on the mat. Before practicing yoga I was suffering from an eating disorder and had a very challenging relationship with my body. The practice was the first positive physical experience I had and knew it was going to be the first step on my path to healing. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I definitely go through phases of loving things. Currently, boxing is my favorite way of learning and moving my body. For yoga poses I would say, seated straddle. My hips love the feeling of being close to the ground and if I spiral my spine around it feels so juicy through the whole midline of my body. For standing poses, I would say triangle since I feel like there are so many nuances to explore, whether it be grounding through the legs and hips, rotating my trunk or just closing my eyes and finding balance. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? The community is incomparable. I've been teaching yoga on the peninsula for over ten years and I have not taught at a studio where everyone is so genuinely nice, receptive, and low maintenance. I love how people greet one another and truly welcome one another. I also love the variety of classes, levels, and styles offered, truly another testament to how open-minded the community is. I haven't tried the chai yet but I'm sure that's another highlight! Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I'm the tallest female in my family (both mom and dad's side) and also have a great grandmother who celebrated her 89th birthday last year. I have quite the genes! My Favorite Quotes “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as IF you were to live forever." -- Mahatma Gandhi Bio Kristine has an M.A. in Psychology and has been teaching yoga full time since 2008, specializing in injury prevention and rehabilitation. Her teaching style integrates the fields of Psychology, Neuroscience, Bio-mechanics, Physical Therapy, and Mindfulness Meditation. Kristine’s current research studies how practical applications of meditation and body awareness can help manage anxiety and create emotional resilience. She continues to engage her curiosity and kinesthetic knowledge by training in other forms of movement including; barefoot running, swimming, TRX, strength conditioning, power lifting, and boxing. Kristine’s trainings include:

  • Massage Therapy at Body Therapy Center (now McKinnon Institute)
  • Vinyasa Yoga with Mark Stephens
  • Yoga Tune Up with Jill Miller
  • Mindful Awareness Body-Oriented Therapy (MABT) with Cynthia Price
  • Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience and Movement Studies with Bo Forbes
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Meditation (MBSR) with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • IGNITE BK Boxing Certification





Yelena

Concha

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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





Read About Kristi


Looking for a new class to take? Kristi offers an amazing heated Vinyasa class and always has a wonderful story to share to set the tone for class. In her Bikram class you will always get a fun fact, which will make you want to come and learn more! Here are some fun facts about Kristi. Tell us something about yourself. I’ve been teaching yoga and fitness for a little over a decade after originally wanting to be a physical therapist. What brought you to the mat for the first time? I started yoga back in 2010. I had just had surgery and was looking for a different kind of exercise. I was actually doing the P90X workouts at home. On the seventh day was the yoga one and on the eighth day I put in the yoga, on the ninth day I put in the yoga, and by the 11th day I finally went to a studio to take my first class. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I absolutely love the rope wall classes. Such a great alignment-based class and Teacher Maria is so good at explaining everything. My favorite posture right now is astavakrasana (8-angle pose). It’s a tough pose and I’ve been working on it for quite some time. Who is your role model in life? Probably my dad. He's the most honest human being I know. He is always so genuine and I only can strive to be as good as he is. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I love that it is a mom and pop studio as opposed to a corporate one. They really let the teachers be creative and teach in their own unique way. I love the community that has been built there and the variety of classes. There’s something for everybody and there is a tribe waiting for you. What is a Fun Fact About Kristi? My journey actually started with the circus! I am an avid reader. And I like to read paper books, nothing online, all by hand. Favorite Quote? "Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life" - B.K.S. Iyengar You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. - Mark Twain





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