YOGA PHILOSOPHY FOR MODERN LIVING
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. 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.
Jacqueline’s yoga journey took roots in 2006 in Boulder, Colorado. Since stepping into her first class, she has been fiercely committed to the practice as a way to stay grounded. In class, she encourages her students to work at their own pace while focusing on breath and alignment. Harnessing the relationship between mind, body, and spirit allows space for authenticity. Jacqueline is thankful to her teachers Stephanie Snyder and Anna Hughes who continue to be agents of grace in her yoga journey.
Robyn is a long time fitness expert and teacher since 1986 in San Diego, Central Coast and San Francisco. Robyn teaches 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 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 athttps://theaverageyogi.com/, on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/theaverageyogi, and sharing photos of her life, passions, and her friend’s corgi, Edward, on Instagram @gconfair
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.
Pulling from many styles of yoga, Katy infuses her classes with a fun, challenging flow to strengthen muscles as well as deeply restore, allowing time to truly connect with the breath and open the body and mind. Katy is aware that every body is different and does not expect you to have the perfect pose (there is no such thing in her book!) Expect to be challenged physically, mentally and even spiritually.
Katy has been teaching yoga since 2009. She owned a yoga studio and teacher training program in Massachusetts for many years before moving to California. She is happy to have found her new yoga home at Metta. She has been blessed with many great teachers and studied many styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Restorative, Yin, Anusara, Pranavayu, post natal and children's yoga. Katy is also a certified Reiki Master Teacher.
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. Sky believes the mind, body, soul connection is a sacred one, and one that should be nurtured. Her intention is to hold space for all students to experience whatever transformation their body, mind and entire being they 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.
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 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.