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Susan Halet

Read About Regina


Tell us something about yourself. In my early twenties I was sick and tired of being shy, so I took an acting class at ACT (American Conservatory Theater) in San Francisco and I did some improvisational exercises with my class in the theater district in SF. Changed my life. When did you start doing yoga? I went to a cross-country skiing and yoga retreat in Lake Tahoe when I was 26. David Swenson was the yoga teacher who was leading the retreat. His brother Doug was the more famous one, but Doug was not there. David even cooked all the meals for us. The reason I went to that retreat was that my sister Kathleen and a mutual friend Judy saw a great deal…only $60 for yoga, cross-country skiing and meals, all inclusive for the whole weekend. There were eight or nine people at the retreat, located in a townhouse. The weekend inspired me to do more than what I was already doing. I was running a lot (at least five miles a day) and stretching some. I was also inspired by seeing a woman fold over completely while she was sitting in a chair and tying her shoes. After I saw that, I asked the woman, “How is that so easy for you; to fold yourself in half while tying your shoes?” She replied to Regina that she was a yoga teacher and had been practicing yoga for many years. I knew that it would take me some time to fold in half like her, but a light bulb went off that day for me. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Right now, I have many favorite classes. I like Ali’s Vinyasa class because it’s always changing. I like the vibe and fitness of Val’s class. I love the expertise and no stone unturned aspect of Robin’s class where the butt is never neglected. I also love everything about Maria’s class. Her level of fitness is extraordinary, and her wealth of knowledge is beyond beautiful. My favorite pose is forward fold; it’s the best. Forward fold stretches the entire backside of the body, from head to heels. Forward fold soothes the nervous system and encourages introspection, it also tones and stimulates the internal organs, increasing circulation to all the pelvic organs. Another favorite pose of mine is any headstand or inversion. Hanging upside down in Maria’s class from a rope is so great. It’s effortless traction. I feel like myself when I am upside down. I’ve been upside down my whole life. Plus, warrior 2 feels like a heart opening stance to me. I feel strength in the pose. I feel awesome in that pose. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? The people, the community, the excitement of so many people meeting and greeting and staying fit. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? At home we have a Multipoo named Prancer for the past five years. I was never a dog person, and now I am buying him raincoats and sweaters! My Favorite Quotes “Yes, you can.” “Being is the same everywhere.” “To know and not yet to do is not yet to know.”





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Kristi

Read About Kay


Tell us something about yourself. Yoga-wise, I am RYT 500 hrs. certified and registered yoga teacher and about to be designated as an experienced teacher with Yoga Alliance. Additionally, I am 800 hours certified with International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and feel excited to share all the goodness of yoga that makes this practice the ultimate methodology for self-care. I trained under BK Bose, PhD; Baxter Bell, MD; and Judith Lasater, PhD to name a few for my Yoga Therapist education. But my initial love for yoga comes from the starting point of 200 hours at SRI School of Yoga with deep dive Vinyasa style, sequencing the flow to restore and regenerate our vital life force - Sri stands for resplendent light within each of us and that, yoga practice helps us reconnect with. Born in New York, grew up mostly in Tokyo and East Bay, California; l now consider this San Francisco, Mid-Peninsula home. It's a fun hub for dreamers and innovators! I feel blessed to get to share this beautiful practice called “Yoga” even off the mat. I am a facilitator, a guide, family loving yoga therapist, and myself, always a student at heart. When did you start doing yoga? As an overwhelmed freshman at UC Berkeley, hearing yoga might be helpful tool for stress-management by a professor before finals, I sought out a yoga class at YMCA right off University Ave. I can't recall how I did on that final but I do remember well that residue of deep exhale and that sense of lightness from that yoga class very vividly. Since that first class, aspects of yoga have always helped me navigate each day with more joy and ... balance. After practicing for some time, I very seriously took up yoga in the last 10 years. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? All yin poses when I want flexibility, a good stretch, release, even an athletic edge… and the calm. It's a lovely self-exploratory practice that complements the yang practice. Warrior sequence when I need empowerment and fierceness. All restorative poses when I want rejuvenation and recharge. I mix and match a variety of classes to manage or boost my energy level. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? People, by that I mean students, teachers and staff, everybody. Teachers are dedicated and skilled; students are committed and loyal; staff are warm and so welcoming. Together, the vibe, the pranic energy is amazing. Kudos to the owners who care and are so committed to optimizing the students’ learning experience. I also love the fact that it's a full-service yoga studio that offers diverse variety of yoga styles. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? It's probably hard to imagine given my love for all things Zen today, I used to be high strung and stressed out, having risen up the corporate ladder to a pretty respectable level juggling the demands of work and family. As a result, I suffered from unhealthy eating habits, reactive personality, insomnia and migraines, fatigue, addicted to caffeine. So you can say that based on personal experience, yoga saved me from staying on that course of negative and unhealthy trajectory. I regained my wholesome health, clarity, and balanced life style focused on what's really important in life - aided by the tools and philosophy of yoga. I want to share that kind of yoga of quiet ... transformation. It's nothing dramatic - it's a subtle, nuanced and ... repeated practice of "loving kindness" that's forgiving and gentle. There's power in that approach. Check out my blog: www.wagayoga.com My Favorite Quotes In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few. - Shunryu Suzuki





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Read About Regina


Tell us something about yourself. In my early twenties I was sick and tired of being shy, so I took an acting class at ACT (American Conservatory Theater) in San Francisco and I did some improvisational exercises with my class in the theater district in SF. Changed my life. When did you start doing yoga? I went to a cross-country skiing and yoga retreat in Lake Tahoe when I was 26. David Swenson was the yoga teacher who was leading the retreat. His brother Doug was the more famous one, but Doug was not there. David even cooked all the meals for us. The reason I went to that retreat was that my sister Kathleen and a mutual friend Judy saw a great deal…only $60 for yoga, cross-country skiing and meals, all inclusive for the whole weekend. There were eight or nine people at the retreat, located in a townhouse. The weekend inspired me to do more than what I was already doing. I was running a lot (at least five miles a day) and stretching some. I was also inspired by seeing a woman fold over completely while she was sitting in a chair and tying her shoes. After I saw that, I asked the woman, “How is that so easy for you; to fold yourself in half while tying your shoes?” She replied to Regina that she was a yoga teacher and had been practicing yoga for many years. I knew that it would take me some time to fold in half like her, but a light bulb went off that day for me. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Right now, I have many favorite classes. I like Ali’s Vinyasa class because it’s always changing. I like the vibe and fitness of Val’s class. I love the expertise and no stone unturned aspect of Robin’s class where the butt is never neglected. I also love everything about Maria’s class. Her level of fitness is extraordinary, and her wealth of knowledge is beyond beautiful. My favorite pose is forward fold; it’s the best. Forward fold stretches the entire backside of the body, from head to heels. Forward fold soothes the nervous system and encourages introspection, it also tones and stimulates the internal organs, increasing circulation to all the pelvic organs. Another favorite pose of mine is any headstand or inversion. Hanging upside down in Maria’s class from a rope is so great. It’s effortless traction. I feel like myself when I am upside down. I’ve been upside down my whole life. Plus, warrior 2 feels like a heart opening stance to me. I feel strength in the pose. I feel awesome in that pose. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? The people, the community, the excitement of so many people meeting and greeting and staying fit. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? At home we have a Multipoo named Prancer for the past five years. I was never a dog person, and now I am buying him raincoats and sweaters! My Favorite Quotes “Yes, you can.” “Being is the same everywhere.” “To know and not yet to do is not yet to know.”





Brad

Read About Bill


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





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Bill

Read About Bill


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





Yoga Health Center teacher Bill Graham

Olga 

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.





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Charles

Read About Robin


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.





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Kelly Green

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.





Kelly Green _Teacher of the Month_ Aug.

Kay Ananda

Read About Kay


Tell us something about yourself. Yoga-wise, I am RYT 500 hrs. certified and registered yoga teacher and about to be designated as an experienced teacher with Yoga Alliance. Additionally, I am 800 hours certified with International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and feel excited to share all the goodness of yoga that makes this practice the ultimate methodology for self-care. I trained under BK Bose, PhD; Baxter Bell, MD; and Judith Lasater, PhD to name a few for my Yoga Therapist education. But my initial love for yoga comes from the starting point of 200 hours at SRI School of Yoga with deep dive Vinyasa style, sequencing the flow to restore and regenerate our vital life force - Sri stands for resplendent light within each of us and that, yoga practice helps us reconnect with. Born in New York, grew up mostly in Tokyo and East Bay, California; l now consider this San Francisco, Mid-Peninsula home. It's a fun hub for dreamers and innovators! I feel blessed to get to share this beautiful practice called “Yoga” even off the mat. I am a facilitator, a guide, family loving yoga therapist, and myself, always a student at heart. When did you start doing yoga? As an overwhelmed freshman at UC Berkeley, hearing yoga might be helpful tool for stress-management by a professor before finals, I sought out a yoga class at YMCA right off University Ave. I can't recall how I did on that final but I do remember well that residue of deep exhale and that sense of lightness from that yoga class very vividly. Since that first class, aspects of yoga have always helped me navigate each day with more joy and ... balance. After practicing for some time, I very seriously took up yoga in the last 10 years. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? All yin poses when I want flexibility, a good stretch, release, even an athletic edge… and the calm. It's a lovely self-exploratory practice that complements the yang practice. Warrior sequence when I need empowerment and fierceness. All restorative poses when I want rejuvenation and recharge. I mix and match a variety of classes to manage or boost my energy level. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? People, by that I mean students, teachers and staff, everybody. Teachers are dedicated and skilled; students are committed and loyal; staff are warm and so welcoming. Together, the vibe, the pranic energy is amazing. Kudos to the owners who care and are so committed to optimizing the students’ learning experience. I also love the fact that it's a full-service yoga studio that offers diverse variety of yoga styles. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? It's probably hard to imagine given my love for all things Zen today, I used to be high strung and stressed out, having risen up the corporate ladder to a pretty respectable level juggling the demands of work and family. As a result, I suffered from unhealthy eating habits, reactive personality, insomnia and migraines, fatigue, addicted to caffeine. So you can say that based on personal experience, yoga saved me from staying on that course of negative and unhealthy trajectory. I regained my wholesome health, clarity, and balanced life style focused on what's really important in life - aided by the tools and philosophy of yoga. I want to share that kind of yoga of quiet ... transformation. It's nothing dramatic - it's a subtle, nuanced and ... repeated practice of "loving kindness" that's forgiving and gentle. There's power in that approach. Check out my blog: www.wagayoga.com My Favorite Quotes In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few. - Shunryu Suzuki





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Kat

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





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Ali

Read About Kay


Tell us something about yourself. Yoga-wise, I am RYT 500 hrs. certified and registered yoga teacher and about to be designated as an experienced teacher with Yoga Alliance. Additionally, I am 800 hours certified with International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and feel excited to share all the goodness of yoga that makes this practice the ultimate methodology for self-care. I trained under BK Bose, PhD; Baxter Bell, MD; and Judith Lasater, PhD to name a few for my Yoga Therapist education. But my initial love for yoga comes from the starting point of 200 hours at SRI School of Yoga with deep dive Vinyasa style, sequencing the flow to restore and regenerate our vital life force - Sri stands for resplendent light within each of us and that, yoga practice helps us reconnect with. Born in New York, grew up mostly in Tokyo and East Bay, California; l now consider this San Francisco, Mid-Peninsula home. It's a fun hub for dreamers and innovators! I feel blessed to get to share this beautiful practice called “Yoga” even off the mat. I am a facilitator, a guide, family loving yoga therapist, and myself, always a student at heart. When did you start doing yoga? As an overwhelmed freshman at UC Berkeley, hearing yoga might be helpful tool for stress-management by a professor before finals, I sought out a yoga class at YMCA right off University Ave. I can't recall how I did on that final but I do remember well that residue of deep exhale and that sense of lightness from that yoga class very vividly. Since that first class, aspects of yoga have always helped me navigate each day with more joy and ... balance. After practicing for some time, I very seriously took up yoga in the last 10 years. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? All yin poses when I want flexibility, a good stretch, release, even an athletic edge… and the calm. It's a lovely self-exploratory practice that complements the yang practice. Warrior sequence when I need empowerment and fierceness. All restorative poses when I want rejuvenation and recharge. I mix and match a variety of classes to manage or boost my energy level. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? People, by that I mean students, teachers and staff, everybody. Teachers are dedicated and skilled; students are committed and loyal; staff are warm and so welcoming. Together, the vibe, the pranic energy is amazing. Kudos to the owners who care and are so committed to optimizing the students’ learning experience. I also love the fact that it's a full-service yoga studio that offers diverse variety of yoga styles. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? It's probably hard to imagine given my love for all things Zen today, I used to be high strung and stressed out, having risen up the corporate ladder to a pretty respectable level juggling the demands of work and family. As a result, I suffered from unhealthy eating habits, reactive personality, insomnia and migraines, fatigue, addicted to caffeine. So you can say that based on personal experience, yoga saved me from staying on that course of negative and unhealthy trajectory. I regained my wholesome health, clarity, and balanced life style focused on what's really important in life - aided by the tools and philosophy of yoga. I want to share that kind of yoga of quiet ... transformation. It's nothing dramatic - it's a subtle, nuanced and ... repeated practice of "loving kindness" that's forgiving and gentle. There's power in that approach. Check out my blog: www.wagayoga.com My Favorite Quotes In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few. - Shunryu Suzuki





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Fiona

Read About Robin


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.





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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.





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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





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Robin McDonald

Read About Robin


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.





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Lorraine

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





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Maria

Read About Maria


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





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Regina Bannon French

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Tell us something about yourself. In my early twenties I was sick and tired of being shy, so I took an acting class at ACT (American Conservatory Theater) in San Francisco and I did some improvisational exercises with my class in the theater district in SF. Changed my life. When did you start doing yoga? I went to a cross-country skiing and yoga retreat in Lake Tahoe when I was 26. David Swenson was the yoga teacher who was leading the retreat. His brother Doug was the more famous one, but Doug was not there. David even cooked all the meals for us. The reason I went to that retreat was that my sister Kathleen and a mutual friend Judy saw a great deal…only $60 for yoga, cross-country skiing and meals, all inclusive for the whole weekend. There were eight or nine people at the retreat, located in a townhouse. The weekend inspired me to do more than what I was already doing. I was running a lot (at least five miles a day) and stretching some. I was also inspired by seeing a woman fold over completely while she was sitting in a chair and tying her shoes. After I saw that, I asked the woman, “How is that so easy for you; to fold yourself in half while tying your shoes?” She replied to Regina that she was a yoga teacher and had been practicing yoga for many years. I knew that it would take me some time to fold in half like her, but a light bulb went off that day for me. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Right now, I have many favorite classes. I like Ali’s Vinyasa class because it’s always changing. I like the vibe and fitness of Val’s class. I love the expertise and no stone unturned aspect of Robin’s class where the butt is never neglected. I also love everything about Maria’s class. Her level of fitness is extraordinary, and her wealth of knowledge is beyond beautiful. My favorite pose is forward fold; it’s the best. Forward fold stretches the entire backside of the body, from head to heels. Forward fold soothes the nervous system and encourages introspection, it also tones and stimulates the internal organs, increasing circulation to all the pelvic organs. Another favorite pose of mine is any headstand or inversion. Hanging upside down in Maria’s class from a rope is so great. It’s effortless traction. I feel like myself when I am upside down. I’ve been upside down my whole life. Plus, warrior 2 feels like a heart opening stance to me. I feel strength in the pose. I feel awesome in that pose. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? The people, the community, the excitement of so many people meeting and greeting and staying fit. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? At home we have a Multipoo named Prancer for the past five years. I was never a dog person, and now I am buying him raincoats and sweaters! My Favorite Quotes “Yes, you can.” “Being is the same everywhere.” “To know and not yet to do is not yet to know.”





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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.





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





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