Metta Yoga Studio Corte Madera Marin County San Francisco Bay Area
 
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ABOUT METTA YOGA

Amy and Rachael created Metta Yoga to bring a yoga studio to Marin that is edgy and fun, but still deeply rooted in yogic tradition.  In the spirit of metta, or loving kindness, we created a beautiful space for our community to come together and explore the practice of yoga – both on and off the mat.  We hope that Metta Yoga inspires you to live vibrantly, compassionately and joyfully. 

explore your edge. transform your body. fuel your soul.


STUDIO DETAILs

Pre-registration

We encourage you to pre-register on MINDBODY, but please remember to also check in when you arrive at the studio. If you are new to Metta and did not pre-register, please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to class to sign in and purchase a package.

PARKING

Parking is plentiful.  There are multiple FREE public parking lots within one block of the studio on Montecito Drive (the lower lot is hidden and almost always empty!)

entrance

Our main entrance is along the side of the building through the breezeway.  Please take your shoes off and store them on the rack or under the bench.  You are also welcome to carry them with you to place in a cubby.

Mats/Towels

We encourage you to bring a mat, but we do have a limited number of mats available to rent for $3.  You will sweat! We suggest bringing a towel - we do not have towels for rent.

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teachers

  Jill Abelson    Teaching for almost 2 decades, Jill Abelson AKA Janaki (500E-RYT) found yoga through her lifelong interest in all things spiritual and many years studying classical dance. Moving to the Bay area in 2009 from Washington DC, she joined the senior training and teaching faculty at Yoga Tree where she’s a lead trainer in the 200- and 500-hour TT programs. In DC, SF, Marin, Napa and the Peninsula, she teaches at and maintains strong ties with a number of studios and venues including Flow Yoga Center, Yoga Tree, Flow Yoga SF, Avalon Yoga, Ekam Yoga and Wellness, Yoga Works and Grace Cathedral. Her classes offer a challenging flow (you will sweat!), matched with artful sequencing and spiritual commentary that students often say make these otherwise physically demanding classes feel uplifting and utterly devotional. An Advanced Certified Jivamukti teacher and international TT Mentor, she travels and teaches throughout the US and abroad. Her writing, teaching and environmental work have been featured by Yoga Journal, Common Ground, Yoganonymous, the International Association of Yoga Teachers, Women’s Movement, YogaCity NYC and the Washington Post. She lives Marin with her husband Jeff and 2 siamese rescue cats, Panda and Mookie.     www.yogaofliberation.com

Jill Abelson

Teaching for almost 2 decades, Jill Abelson AKA Janaki (500E-RYT) found yoga through her lifelong interest in all things spiritual and many years studying classical dance. Moving to the Bay area in 2009 from Washington DC, she joined the senior training and teaching faculty at Yoga Tree where she’s a lead trainer in the 200- and 500-hour TT programs. In DC, SF, Marin, Napa and the Peninsula, she teaches at and maintains strong ties with a number of studios and venues including Flow Yoga Center, Yoga Tree, Flow Yoga SF, Avalon Yoga, Ekam Yoga and Wellness, Yoga Works and Grace Cathedral. Her classes offer a challenging flow (you will sweat!), matched with artful sequencing and spiritual commentary that students often say make these otherwise physically demanding classes feel uplifting and utterly devotional. An Advanced Certified Jivamukti teacher and international TT Mentor, she travels and teaches throughout the US and abroad. Her writing, teaching and environmental work have been featured by Yoga Journal, Common Ground, Yoganonymous, the International Association of Yoga Teachers, Women’s Movement, YogaCity NYC and the Washington Post. She lives Marin with her husband Jeff and 2 siamese rescue cats, Panda and Mookie. 

www.yogaofliberation.com

  Robyn Cohen    Robyn is a long time fitness expert and teacher since 1986 in San Diego, Central Coast and San Francisco. Yoga bloomed for her in 2012. Robyn's newest passion is teaching a musically- charged and nurturing flow with a strong emphasis on strength,alignment and breath. Teaching and practicing on the Mat is her safe haven for a peaceful, spiritual, and ritualistic lifestyle where she shares her true self with her students. Robyn earned her B.S. degree in Kinesiology and minor in Psychology in 1993 and holds certifications combined with 500 hours in American Council of Exercise and American College of Sports Medicine, Keiser Cycle and CPR Certified. Robyn is grateful for her advanced teacher trainings and apprenticeshipwith mentor and teacher Lesley DeSaulniers. When Robyn is not teaching/practicing Yoga-Cardio/Strength-Cycle classes, she is volunteering at schools and spending time with her Friends, Husband and three Teenage boys!

Robyn Cohen

Robyn is a long time fitness expert and teacher since 1986 in San Diego, Central Coast and San Francisco. Yoga bloomed for her in 2012. Robyn's newest passion is teaching a musically- charged and nurturing flow with a strong emphasis on strength,alignment and breath.
Teaching and practicing on the Mat is her safe haven for a peaceful, spiritual, and ritualistic lifestyle where she shares her true self with her students.
Robyn earned her B.S. degree in Kinesiology and minor in Psychology in 1993 and holds certifications combined with 500 hours in American Council of Exercise and American College of Sports Medicine, Keiser Cycle
and CPR Certified.
Robyn is grateful for her advanced teacher trainings and apprenticeshipwith mentor and teacher Lesley DeSaulniers.
When Robyn is not teaching/practicing Yoga-Cardio/Strength-Cycle classes, she is volunteering at schools and spending time with her Friends, Husband and three Teenage boys!

  Gillian Confair    Gillian first found yoga after years of competitive sports and dance left her with knee injuries. The resulting change of pace provided much-needed clarity, allowing her to look within for contentment instead of without for validation. This path of presence and self-love led her to pursue her passion - creating a space welcoming all yogis to the practice, regardless of age, shape, or size. Through a combination of challenging and unique flows, her classes get you out of your head and into your body. The goal is to leave worries at the door and plant seeds of positive thought to carry throughout the day.    You can find her online at  https://theaverageyogi.com/ , on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/theaverageyogi , and sharing photos of her life, passions, and her friend’s corgi, Edward, on Instagram  @gconfair

Gillian Confair

Gillian first found yoga after years of competitive sports and dance left her with knee injuries. The resulting change of pace provided much-needed clarity, allowing her to look within for contentment instead of without for validation. This path of presence and self-love led her to pursue her passion - creating a space welcoming all yogis to the practice, regardless of age, shape, or size. Through a combination of challenging and unique flows, her classes get you out of your head and into your body. The goal is to leave worries at the door and plant seeds of positive thought to carry throughout the day.

You can find her online at https://theaverageyogi.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theaverageyogi, and sharing photos of her life, passions, and her friend’s corgi, Edward, on Instagram @gconfair

  Grace Costes    Grace Costes grew up in the pristine Kootenay Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. All her life she has been physically active and has experienced nourishment from nature. Yoga immediately appealed to Grace as she discovered body awareness in movement. Grace has found her passion in yoga and found her calling in sharing this practice. Grace has her 200H RYT with Yoga Alliance and has taken further courses in the study of the Inner Goddess and Yoga Mudras which she incorporates in her teaching. Grace’s teaching style is fun, energetic and playful. She brings to her teachings awareness of what yoga can do for the body, mind, and spirit. Grace enjoys working with people of all ages and appreciates diversity.

Grace Costes

Grace Costes grew up in the pristine Kootenay Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. All her life she has been physically active and has experienced nourishment from nature. Yoga immediately appealed to Grace as she discovered body awareness in movement. Grace has found her passion in yoga and found her calling in sharing this practice. Grace has her 200H RYT with Yoga Alliance and has taken further courses in the study of the Inner Goddess and Yoga Mudras which she incorporates in her teaching. Grace’s teaching style is fun, energetic and playful. She brings to her teachings awareness of what yoga can do for the body, mind, and spirit. Grace enjoys working with people of all ages and appreciates diversity.

  Jessica Cox    After years of intense athletic training, Jessica Cox was seeking to increase her flexibility and range of motion and regain a sense of freedom within her physical body. She developed a profound interest in body alignment and the energetic effects of yoga on the mind/body relationship. Her inspiration came from her amazing teacher, friend and mentor Lisa “Asha” Rapp. Lisa introduced Jessica to Jivamukti yoga.

Jessica Cox

After years of intense athletic training, Jessica Cox was seeking to increase her flexibility and range of motion and regain a sense of freedom within her physical body. She developed a profound interest in body alignment and the energetic effects of yoga on the mind/body relationship. Her inspiration came from her amazing teacher, friend and mentor Lisa “Asha” Rapp. Lisa introduced Jessica to Jivamukti yoga.

  Carolina Grace Lorenzo    Carolina is a handstand enthusiast and holds a deep reverence for the medicine that yoga infuses in her life. She feels so lucky to share this ancient practice with others and she is humbled by her commitment to lifelong learning on this path. She enjoys lifting the vibration of the room with her songs, her stories, and asana; she is committed to bringing playful and inspired flows to her students.  She has a strong dance and embodiment practice background and brings a great deal of energy, fun, transformation and spiritual mindfulness to her teaching practices.  She is super stoked to be part of this new community!!!  Carolina was first certified in 2005 in Rishikesh, India, where she connected closely with the roots of yoga in this city nicknamed "the yoga capital of the world."  Since then, she has completed several trainings including Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Level 1, Kids Yoga 3 levels, Yoga Ed for yoga in schools, Advanced Vinyasa, and Prenatal.    She has a Masters Degree in Body Psychotherapy from Naropa, where she deeply explored the mind/body connection. In her Psychotherapy practice, The Return, she shares her full tool belt of knowledge and her deep intuitive guidance to support the transformation of each individual she works with for trauma, addiction, releasing negative beliefs, and finding one’s voice.    To find out more about her work and her events: thereturncounseling.com          

Carolina Grace Lorenzo

Carolina is a handstand enthusiast and holds a deep reverence for the medicine that yoga infuses in her life. She feels so lucky to share this ancient practice with others and she is humbled by her commitment to lifelong learning on this path. She enjoys lifting the vibration of the room with her songs, her stories, and asana; she is committed to bringing playful and inspired flows to her students.  She has a strong dance and embodiment practice background and brings a great deal of energy, fun, transformation and spiritual mindfulness to her teaching practices.  She is super stoked to be part of this new community!!!

Carolina was first certified in 2005 in Rishikesh, India, where she connected closely with the roots of yoga in this city nicknamed "the yoga capital of the world."  Since then, she has completed several trainings including Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Level 1, Kids Yoga 3 levels, Yoga Ed for yoga in schools, Advanced Vinyasa, and Prenatal.  

She has a Masters Degree in Body Psychotherapy from Naropa, where she deeply explored the mind/body connection. In her Psychotherapy practice, The Return, she shares her full tool belt of knowledge and her deep intuitive guidance to support the transformation of each individual she works with for trauma, addiction, releasing negative beliefs, and finding one’s voice.

To find out more about her work and her events: thereturncounseling.com

 

 

 

  Natalie Hadler    Yoga found Natalie as a physical practice with the desire to find balance after several knee surgeries. With the intent to bring aspects of Yoga into her personal training field Natalie was drawn into a deeper study of the tradition, she in turn found a balancing of soul and body. This balance has turned into a passion propelling Natalie into teaching and studying of all things Yoga. Natalie teaches a supportive alignment based flow leaving room for your own authentic creativity.    https://www.nataliehadler.com    

Natalie Hadler

Yoga found Natalie as a physical practice with the desire to find balance after several knee surgeries. With the intent to bring aspects of Yoga into her personal training field Natalie was drawn into a deeper study of the tradition, she in turn found a balancing of soul and body. This balance has turned into a passion propelling Natalie into teaching and studying of all things Yoga. Natalie teaches a supportive alignment based flow leaving room for your own authentic creativity.

https://www.nataliehadler.com

 

  Sky Hegedus    Sky was introduced to yoga when she moved to the Bay Area from Germany (where she was born and raised) in 1998. She has been on a healer’s path for over 15 years and her background includes Bodywork, Pilates, Nia, Mindfulness/Meditation, Life Coaching and Intuitive Energy Healing. In her classes she loves to bring all of herself into her teaching connecting with students on a deeper level. She is continually inspired by yoga’s transformative power—both internally and externally - finding it to be a source of love and strength and is excited to share this with others. Sky believes the mind, body, soul connection is a sacred one, and one that should be nurtured and her intention is to hold space for all students to experience whatever transformation their body, mind and entire being are ready and open for. She strives to bring a sense of fun, freedom and compassion to her vinyasa-based classes and hopes to provide students with a space of comfort in which students feel safe to explore and expand within their own body and consciousness.

Sky Hegedus

Sky was introduced to yoga when she moved to the Bay Area from Germany (where she was born and raised) in 1998. She has been on a healer’s path for over 15 years and her background includes Bodywork, Pilates, Nia, Mindfulness/Meditation, Life Coaching and Intuitive Energy Healing. In her classes she loves to bring all of herself into her teaching connecting with students on a deeper level. She is continually inspired by yoga’s transformative power—both internally and externally - finding it to be a source of love and strength and is excited to share this with others. Sky believes the mind, body, soul connection is a sacred one, and one that should be nurtured and her intention is to hold space for all students to experience whatever transformation their body, mind and entire being are ready and open for. She strives to bring a sense of fun, freedom and compassion to her vinyasa-based classes and hopes to provide students with a space of comfort in which students feel safe to explore and expand within their own body and consciousness.

  Victoria Heron    With over a dozen years of yoga practice, I have come to understand and appreciate how yoga promotes balance and healing in the body, clarity in the mind, and spiritual growth. I can’t help but want to share what I have learned, and continue to learn, about this incredible discipline with others! Through flowing intentionally with the body, mind and breath, I encourage students to experience peace, freedom and their innate wholeness, and bring those experiences out of the yoga studio and into the world. After living and studying yoga on both coasts, I currently reside back in my native Marin County with my wonderful husband, Jess. I am so grateful to him and all of my teachers for their love, support and inspiration

Victoria Heron

With over a dozen years of yoga practice, I have come to understand and appreciate how yoga promotes balance and healing in the body, clarity in the mind, and spiritual growth. I can’t help but want to share what I have learned, and continue to learn, about this incredible discipline with others! Through flowing intentionally with the body, mind and breath, I encourage students to experience peace, freedom and their innate wholeness, and bring those experiences out of the yoga studio and into the world. After living and studying yoga on both coasts, I currently reside back in my native Marin County with my wonderful husband, Jess. I am so grateful to him and all of my teachers for their love, support and inspiration

  Anna Hughes    Anna has been teaching since 2002 and in all honesty, is simply in love with all things yoga. Influenced by various styles of yoga, she landed squarely in the vinyasa tradition thanks to its mash up approach and the space it allows for creativity and spirituality. Anna believes in the infinite possibilities of this practice and will always, always be a student first and foremost.  She considers Rusty Wells her greatest yogic influence but truly feels she takes something from every teacher she has had the honor to practice with.   Her intention is to keep her classes and her teaching as real and balanced as possible and she is a big proponent of a healthy sense of humor.  In a nutshell, yoga helps Anna be her best, most authentic self and she is honored to share these tools to help others do the same.

Anna Hughes

Anna has been teaching since 2002 and in all honesty, is simply in love with all things yoga. Influenced by various styles of yoga, she landed squarely in the vinyasa tradition thanks to its mash up approach and the space it allows for creativity and spirituality. Anna believes in the infinite possibilities of this practice and will always, always be a student first and foremost.  She considers Rusty Wells her greatest yogic influence but truly feels she takes something from every teacher she has had the honor to practice with.   Her intention is to keep her classes and her teaching as real and balanced as possible and she is a big proponent of a healthy sense of humor.  In a nutshell, yoga helps Anna be her best, most authentic self and she is honored to share these tools to help others do the same.

  Olivia Huls    Olivia's love affair with yoga began in her first strong Vinyasa Flow class. Through the intense physical and mental challenge, she was able for the first time in her life, to turn off the constant background anxiety she had always walked around with. She would leave class feeling strong, empowered, happy, and at peace.     Olivia has been teaching since 2001, her classes  are vigorous, breath driven, with a focus on alignment...and having fun. Olivia believes the yoga mat is the perfect, safe place, to be challenged, practice equanimity, self care, and to build skills for real life.    When not on her mat, you can find her at the ceramic studio, on the salsa dance floor, or at the beach.     http://www.oliviahulsart.com   http://www.oliviahulsyoga.com

Olivia Huls

Olivia's love affair with yoga began in her first strong Vinyasa Flow class. Through the intense physical and mental challenge, she was able for the first time in her life, to turn off the constant background anxiety she had always walked around with. She would leave class feeling strong, empowered, happy, and at peace.


Olivia has been teaching since 2001, her classes  are vigorous, breath driven, with a focus on alignment...and having fun. Olivia believes the yoga mat is the perfect, safe place, to be challenged, practice equanimity, self care, and to build skills for real life.

When not on her mat, you can find her at the ceramic studio, on the salsa dance floor, or at the beach.

http://www.oliviahulsart.com
http://www.oliviahulsyoga.com

  July Johnson    Seeking out yoga as a graduate student, July found release, escape, joy and peace. She quickly became a devoted and humble student of yoga and has been practicing for over 16 years learning various techniques from world-renowned teachers.  She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher certification at Yoga Tree Corte Madera in 2014.

July Johnson

Seeking out yoga as a graduate student, July found release, escape, joy and peace. She quickly became a devoted and humble student of yoga and has been practicing for over 16 years learning various techniques from world-renowned teachers.  She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher certification at Yoga Tree Corte Madera in 2014.

  Kate   Monzo    Kate was first exposed to yoga when she began practicing at Urban Flow Yoga with Rusty Wells & Stephanie Snyder back in 2009.  It was then she fell in love with yoga, learning that it has more benefits than just physical.  From this discovery, a spark lit inside of her and she knew this would be a life long commitment to something so Divinely profound.    In 2011, Kate went to Phoenix on a spiritual journey to learn more about the ancient tradition of yoga at the Spirit of Yoga.  She spent over a year studying yoga & nutrition and received a diploma in Yoga Therapy.  Kate continues her spiritual quest to raise humanity's vibration, to heal people’s lives, and to share the sacred wisdom of the body with others through her teachings of yoga, nutrition, & wellness.       After moving back to San Francisco in 2013, Kate has continued her studies with Stephanie Snyder, while teaching all over the Bay area.  Staying true to the tradition of yoga with philosophy & breath work, Kate teaches a vigorous Vinyasa flow class that focuses on   the importance of flexibility, alignment, strength, and balance.     Kate has over a 1000 hrs in yoga teacher training and is a holistic nutrition coach.

Kate Monzo

Kate was first exposed to yoga when she began practicing at Urban Flow Yoga with Rusty Wells & Stephanie Snyder back in 2009.  It was then she fell in love with yoga, learning that it has more benefits than just physical.  From this discovery, a spark lit inside of her and she knew this would be a life long commitment to something so Divinely profound.  

In 2011, Kate went to Phoenix on a spiritual journey to learn more about the ancient tradition of yoga at the Spirit of Yoga.  She spent over a year studying yoga & nutrition and received a diploma in Yoga Therapy.  Kate continues her spiritual quest to raise humanity's vibration, to heal people’s lives, and to share the sacred wisdom of the body with others through her teachings of yoga, nutrition, & wellness.   

After moving back to San Francisco in 2013, Kate has continued her studies with Stephanie Snyder, while teaching all over the Bay area.  Staying true to the tradition of yoga with philosophy & breath work, Kate teaches a vigorous Vinyasa flow class that focuses on the importance of flexibility, alignment, strength, and balance. 

Kate has over a 1000 hrs in yoga teacher training and is a holistic nutrition coach.

 
 
 

FounDERS

 
  Amy Greywitt    With a legal career taking her from Chicago, to New York, to D.C., to San Francisco, Amy's yoga mat was her constant; a sacred space to find peace and ease.  Amy completed her first yoga teacher training with Les Levanthal at Yoga Tree SF. She was hooked - mind, body and soul were lit on fire. In 2016, Amy’s second teacher training was joyfully interrupted by the early birth of boy girl twins. Amy firmly believes in the importance of yoga to balance our stressful lives. She teaches a dynamic and graceful, yet challenging flow inspired from her background as a dancer and athlete.

Amy Greywitt

With a legal career taking her from Chicago, to New York, to D.C., to San Francisco, Amy's yoga mat was her constant; a sacred space to find peace and ease.  Amy completed her first yoga teacher training with Les Levanthal at Yoga Tree SF. She was hooked - mind, body and soul were lit on fire. In 2016, Amy’s second teacher training was joyfully interrupted by the early birth of boy girl twins. Amy firmly believes in the importance of yoga to balance our stressful lives. She teaches a dynamic and graceful, yet challenging flow inspired from her background as a dancer and athlete.

  Rachael Koss    Rachael wandered into her first yoga class a few years ago, without expectation, just wanting to move her body. That class awakened Rachael to so much of herself that had been pushed aside while raising children and developing a career. Rachael's continued yoga practice has reignited her creativity, and reminds her to let go, to play and to listen. Rachael completed her teacher training in 2016. Rachael is passionate about making yoga and mindfulness an accessible, light-hearted and fun practice.

Rachael Koss

Rachael wandered into her first yoga class a few years ago, without expectation, just wanting to move her body. That class awakened Rachael to so much of herself that had been pushed aside while raising children and developing a career. Rachael's continued yoga practice has reignited her creativity, and reminds her to let go, to play and to listen. Rachael completed her teacher training in 2016. Rachael is passionate about making yoga and mindfulness an accessible, light-hearted and fun practice.