Adelene is originally from Malaysia, she moved to London since 2005 where she teaches and lives with her husband. She enjoys music and chocolate, only second to being in Savasana. Adelene currently teaches classes and workshops throughout London United Kingdom and offers private sessions on Yoga for Scoliosis / Back Care and Restorative Yoga.
At the age of fifteen, Andrea tried her first yoga class. She was immediately drawn to the practice and spent many evenings in her messy teenage room figuring out new poses from books! This joyful and inquisitive beginning grew to an appreciation for the inner peace, happiness, and calm that a mindful yoga practice can bring through all of life’s challenges. Andrea completed a degree in Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Guelph and graduated with honors. She also studied in Toronto and Paris, France. During university she was a youth support worker for young women without homes. At this time she helped to develop retreats and classes for teenage girls in health, yoga, and creativity. Andrea now teaches yoga in Toronto, Ontario. She trains teachers in Restorative Yoga as part of the Downward Dog Yoga teacher training program. There she also teaches Restorative and Ashtanga Yoga. Andrea assists Judith Hanson Lasater at in the United States and Canada. In addition she has completed her Advanced Certification in Restorative Yoga. Andrea is grateful to Judith for her kindness, wisdom, and brilliant teaching. She is also blessed to have studied with Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty, Ron Reid, Diane Bruni and Marla Joy, David Robson, and Matthew Remski in Ayurveda and with many other teachers such as Matthew Sweeney, Ramanand Patel, and Lauren Peterson. When Andrea is not teaching, she loves to write, work on environmental causes, play guitar, garden, and take time with her adorable niece.
Ann is an avid yoga practitioner and instructor who began her yoga career in 2004 teaching Vinyasa Yoga. Over the years she has studied various yoga lineages to broaden her personal awareness, knowledge and heart. She brings real-world education to her students drawn from diverse spiritual traditions and personal life experiences.
Earning her 500 hour teaching certification from Bhakti Warrior Yoga in Sacramento, California she presently teaches public and private yoga classes as well as Yoga Studies Programs and Teacher Training. With the intention of teaching yoga to heal body, mind and spirit, she has helped many people regain their sense of well-being and balance.
Ann specializes in Yoga Therapy and is a Relax & Renew Trainer available for private sessions. She is also a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Ann is the Founder and Studio Director of Rise Wellness.
Yoga is a design for living which draws from the wisdom of teachings spanning over thousands of years. Yoga is not about the body. In fact I believe we are not our bodies. However we must live in them so making them a comfortable place to be can be a healthy first order. My first workshop with Judith was on the Yamas the Niyamas. I was mesmerized by her use of language and have been studying with her ever since. My primary teachers are John Schumacher Judith. The laundry list of my studies is long, instructors are not one's only pedagogy, anything and everything can be your teacher. The eight limbs of yoga are essentially about integration. They work when you combine your studies with a pursuit of knowledge of the self while maintaining a steady and courageous personal practice. Like the old saying goes, leading someone through a series of exercises is like giving someone a fish for that day. Sometimes that is all that is necessary. However, teaching them to fish is the beauty and gift of this practice. I prefer it when my students fish for themselves and come back looking for me when they are out of bait. I live in Washington DC, a city brimming with new fishermen and several bait shops. It matters not what style you practice, asana is about balance. The art of one's yoga practice is about striving for that balance: Stillness vs Movement, Strength vs Flexibility, Wellness vs Disease. The body is designed to move, yet it is from stillness we emerge. We need to be strong yet flexible as it helps us to adapt to this ever changing world in which we live in. Our wellness comes from acceptance, understanding, and integration.
Britt's greatest joy is found in sharing her love of yoga with a wide variety of people. She encourages her students to approach yoga as a way of life, to practice with a beginner's mind, with lovingkindness and with sincerity. Her unique style of teaching places a strong emphasis on alignment, sequencing, breath and inner awareness, while her approach is imbued with warmth, humor and honesty. Since 1993, Britt has studied primarily Iyengar Yoga, though she weaves influences of other traditions, especially Viniyoga and Vipassana (Buddhist Insight) Meditation, into her teaching. Her specialty lies in working with pregnant women and new mothers, where she also employs her skills as a photographer, birth doula, and bodyworker. Along with being an avid surfer, Britt loves to do headstands on mountaintops and beaches all around the world. After witnessing tremendous healing within herself through Restorative Yoga, Britt was inspired to become certified to teach Restorative Yoga by Judith Hanson Lasater. Though she now enjoys an active practice as well, Restorative Yoga continues to be the foundation of her well being.
Easing into forward bends and upward bows in the living room with Mom and Richard Hittleman (courtesy of PBS), Carol learned early the joy of being in the body. Yoga remained a hobby through college and in the early years of a law practice and into motherhood. Then life took its twists and yoga became a way of life. Bolstered (no pun intended) by Judith Lasater, Elise Miller, and many other outstanding teachers, Carol learned to use yoga to enrich and accept all aspects of her life. Her plate was full and yoga allowed all of the flavors to be tasted. Seven years ago, she naturally drifted to teaching her passion, becoming Relax and Renew™ certified, and sharing her joy in the body and breath. Carol teaches at various gyms, clubs, schools and studios on the Peninsula.
Yoga is such a wonderfully important part of my life. I began practicing yoga 25+ years ago, and have been teaching for 6 years. I love how yoga keeps me strong and flexible in both mind body. It has carried me through difficult times, and has elevated my life in ways that I could not have ever imagined (allowing me to find myself while also meeting so many amazing people). When I was first introduced to restorative yoga in one of Judith's workshops, I was immediately struck by the profound simplicity and transformative power of this form of yoga. I am consistently impressed by its ability to deeply nourish and heal mind, body and spirit. I always look forward to the moment at the end of a Restorative class where I can look around and see expressions of peace and bliss on everyone's face! Since adding restorative yoga to my regular practice, I find I approach life differently. I have greater peace of mind, sleep better and am more focused throughout the day. I have since completed my Advanced Restorative Certification and have taken numerous workshops with Judith. I love her down to earth nature and greatly appreciate her compassion and depth of knowledge. Currently I teach yoga at various studios and in the Sacramento / Auburn, CA area, as well as private sessions. I also offer yoga-related events that are fun, friendly and innovative experiences. My events cover various topics from Women's Issues, to Stress Reduction to Yoga Live Music celebrations. My most important goal is to deliver a unique experience where everyone can just have a good time! Please visit my website for more information.
Cora Wen took refuge in the Buddha over 30 years ago, and has been committed to practicing Yoga with compassion since 1995. After a stressful Ivy League education and fervent career as Vice President of a bank, she left Corporate America finding her passion in yoga, and has been leading workshops and retreats internationally since 1998. Cora is an avid and focused practitioner of Hatha yoga, and has been influenced by many senior teachers including Judith Hanson Lasater, Erich Schiffmann, Patricia Walden and Ramanand Patel. She has worked with Erich, Judith and Rodney as student, apprentice and assistant in workshops and trainings throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. From 1996-2003, she benefited from personal teaching apprenticeship with Erich Schiffmann, and since 1998 continues to assist Judith Hanson Lasater in Relax Renew teacher trainings and therapeutic workshops. Featured in many regional newspapers and magazines, Cora has attained Experienced RYT500 status with Yoga Alliance and is one of the first Advanced Relax and Renew Trainers of Restorative Yoga. Many students have discovered the complimentary path of meditation with yoga practice through Cora’s passionate and enthusiastic guidance.
Diane Valentine, RYT-500, CFT is the owner and director of The Yoga and Movement Center in Walnut Creek operating since 1997. She teaches weekly classes, workshops and retreats in Iyengar-based Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement lessons. She has been studying Yoga for more than 30 years and teaching for the past 20. She has studied with and assisted Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD. in working with the therapeutic aspects of Yoga and restorative practices. Diane has written articles on Restorative Yoga for Menopause and Yoga and the Feldenkrais Method® for both the Feldenkrais Guild and International Association of Yoga Therapists. As a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, Diane offers individual, private sessions using therapeutic methods she has developed over the years that are designed to release tension as well as alleviate chronic and debilitating conditions and help us live our lives fully. Diane has developed a deep understanding of the body, mind, and emotional connections through her work as a Yoga teacher; massage therapist, and Feldenkrais practitioner. Her own life situations have given her deep insight into the way our body’s work. After being diagnosed with a debilitating illness many years ago, she found deep healing in Yoga's restorative practices and continues to help and teach students learn to listen to their body's own natural wisdom. Today, her methods are aimed at teaching beginning and continuing students to listen to their bodies through the fluid movements of Yoga and Feldenkrais, as well as learning to practice "living in the present moment" by becoming aware. Diane places emphasis on developing and maintaining postural alignment to support the organs and the internal functions of our bodies, allowing us to be fully aware, awake, and alive. Both Yoga and Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement classes are suitable for all body types and ages. You can find out more about Diane’s workshops and retreats, and her private practice of yoga lessons and Feldenkrais Functional Integration®, on her website at dianevalentine.com or yoga-movement.com. 925-938-9642
I began practicing yoga regularly in 1999, ten years after falling asleep in savasana during my first yoga class!
In 2007, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Ana Forrest and continued to study with Ana Forrest for the next few years. In 2009 I met Judith Hanson Lasater for the first time and knew I had met my next teacher. I continue to study with her whenever possible and assist her in both Relax and Renew Yoga Teacher Trainings and Experiential Anatomy workshops. I am an Advanced Relax and Renew teacher, certified in prenatal yoga, trained in yin and registered with Yoga Alliance.
My teaching style is a blend of what I have learned from my various teachers. I believe we are all an integration of our experiences. My classes focus on breath and alignment, and are paced to allow you to feel the benefits of each pose.
In addition to yoga, I am a certified Ayurvedic Nutritional Counselor and have a bodywork practice specializing in Craniosacral Therapy in New Haven CT.
I began my yoga practice in New York City in the early 90’s. At that time, I was primarily working as a corporate spokesperson and a professional singer. Shortly after taking a 200 hour training at the Integral Yoga Institute, I began teaching there and also teaching a weekly class to the visually impaired at the Jewish Guild for the Blind. During that time I studied with Judith Hanson Lasater in two separate workshops focusing on the Shoulder and on Yoga for Woman. I was completely hooked by her intelligence and compassionate communication. I decided to take the Basic Relax and Renew® training. Since that time, Judith has been a major influence in my work as well as a mentor, guiding me through the Advanced Relax and Renew® training which I completed in 2007. It has been a privilege to assist Judith on the East Coast for numerous Relax and Renew® trainings. Currently I work one-on-one with people in Manhattan, using yoga therapeutically. In addition to the Relax and Renew® trainings, I hold certifications in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Stress Management. My business is called Resilience for Life® I am a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, the Yoga Alliance (RYT500) and the Integral Yoga Teachers Association. My articles have appeared in Yoga Therapy in Practice, Integral Yoga Magazine, NSA's Health and Wellness Newsletter, and NAMASTE. I love traveling and reading and still work as a spokesperson and singer, even as my private practice continues to grow. Currently, I am in an Advanced Yoga and Ayurveda training with Dr. David Frawley. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be on this infinite path of learning and for teachers like Judith, who so generously share their wisdom.
JoAnn holds an Advanced Relax Renew Trainer Certificate, and has assisted Judith at her annual retreat at the Feathered Pipe Ranch, in Helena, Montana, among other retreats and workshops, for the last six years. She credits her current teachers, Donald Moyer of The Yoga Room in Berkeley, California, and Judith Hanson Lasater with helping her put herself back together again from a very old injury that left her dealing with chronic pain for several years. Since 1996, she has been sharing her love of yoga in classes for people with disabilities. Her teaching is grounded in her observation and knowledge of the body, and her intuitive awareness of both the needs and potential of her students. JoAnn offers workshops and apprenticeships on teaching yoga to people with disabilities as well as private sessions and her public classes.
I began taking yoga when I was working in Silicon Valley as a Product Marketing Manager with an MBA at Intel about 30 years ago. Over time, I became more involved with yoga and left Silicon Valley. My path lead me to Judith Hanson Lasater and the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco. I graduated from the Institute's teacher training program in 1989 and became a Certified Iyengar Teacher in 1989. While at the Institute I assisted in Judith's classes twice a week for three years and also traveled with her for workshops in other locations for about 5 years. Her classes in anatomy and kinesiology were extremely helpful as well as her class on the philosophy of the sutras combined with restorative poses and pranayama. Since 1990 I've taught yoga in Seattle. Until 2004 I had the Community Yoga Circle with several teachers, located in the University District. That year I moved my classes to my home. This year (2006) I'm changing the name to Iyengar Yoga with Joanne Pearson. Since I have been practicing yoga for about 30 years and teaching about 20 years, I've been around for awhile and noticed how people slump, lose bone density, lose range of motion, and muscles lose tone. Although these phenomena are part of getting older, do we have the ability to fight against the inevitable changes. I'm finding it is possible to make positive changes against the path of nature. I'm going along with Clint Eastwood's philosophy that as you get older you need to do more, not less. For example, one pose we do in almost every class, with care and support of a belt, is chaturanga dandasana, to build up our upper body strength. Don't you wish you were there?
Kate's yogic path sprouted amidst the rice seedlings of rural Japan in 2000. In 2007 she accompanied Judith back to Tokyo to introduce Relax and Renew to Japanese yoga teachers, completing her Advanced certification later that year. Kate's teaching practice cultivates moment-to-moment experience. Her classes layer awareness with conscious invitation of breath to deepen resonance of spirit in movement and stillness. As a current candidate for a Master's of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine, her teaching is influenced by this wisdom tradition as well ayurveda, vipassana meditation, kirtan, and her work as a physical therapist's aide. Kate is grateful for the marvels of both practicing and teaching restorative yoga as well as the gifts inherent in continuing to study with and assist Judith. Kate's practice is additionally guided by teachers, Kristie Home, with whom she has taught at UCSF's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and Scott Blossom, with whom she studies Shadow Yoga.
Lisa Sandquist has been practicing yoga since 1997. She completed a hatha yoga teacher training course in 2002 and another in 2005. In 2004, she left a corporate job in national technology sales and began teaching yoga full time. She has been most influenced by Judith Hanson Lasater but has also gained insight from other teachers in the hatha, Iyengar, and Anusara traditions. Lisa specializes in restorative yoga and is a certified Advanced Relax and Renew® teacher. Lisa is interested in encouraging her students to integrate attention, ease, and compassion into their yoga practice and their lives. In 2005 she began apprenticing in a therapeutic yoga class for those with chronic pain, injuries, and post-operative conditions. She also has experience working with people suffering the effects of stress as she teaches yoga to members of the Chicago Board of Trade. Lisa regularly volunteers for a yoga class for those with developmental, physical, emotional disabilities and/or mental illness. Lisa studied art history at Northwestern and the Sorbonne and has traveled extensively throughout the world. In addition to practicing yoga, she enjoys learning languages and is studying the Asian “canon” at the University of Chicago.
Louise's yoga study has included Sivananda, Integral Hatha, Iyengar, Kripalu, Vinyasa, Hot, Restorative, and Yin styles. She started teaching in 1996, when her teacher needed a last-minute substitute. Her teaching is a synthesis of what works in the moment. Louise grew up in a big family in a small town in Massachusetts. She worked in publishing as an editor, book packager, and literary and licensing agent in Boston, Madison, WI, New York City, and Mystic, CT. She currently teaches Restorative and Hot yoga in Minneapolis. Other passions include cycling, gardening, bee keeping, music, knitting, two sons, and her husband.
Growing up in South Texas I knew nothing about yoga. I have been a hairdresser for 23 years. I found yoga about 10 years ago after visiting a massage therapist repeatedly for shoulder and neck problems due to my profession. My therapist suggested that I try yoga, after weeks of skeptic thinking a found a class at a local gym. It only took one class and I was hooked. I started attending workshops and conferences where ever I could. I desperately wanted to teach after 2 years of practicing. I received my 200 hour certification at White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara California. My first class with Judith was at Estes Park Yoga Journal Conference. It was about 3 years later that I had an opportunity to take the Relax Renew teacher training in Seattle. It was at this training that I learned that Judith was a fellow Texan who visited in my area every year. I invited her to Corpus Christi to have workshops for the South Texas Yogis. Through these workshops I have gotten to know how genuine Judith is. I am so fortunate to have her as a mentor and friend. In 2009 I traveled to New York to take the Advanced Relax and Renew training and to Dallas for the Experiential Anatomy. My first yoga teacher, Gretchen and I founded Crossroads Yoga where I teach Hatha and Restorative Yoga. I assist Judith when she is in Texas and thoroughly enjoy the experience. I ‘m still a hairdresser with less aches and pains, I enjoy travelling, spending time with my family, playing with my 2 Bichon Frise puppies, and being “Tia Paula” to my nephew, Hayden. The wonderful world of Yoga has helped me through the up and downs in my life. Yoga helps me keep a positive attitude and take things as they come. I have met wonderful people and have made some great friends from all over the country.
In 1999, when I first tried yoga, I took only restorative classes for a year—to recover from decades of burning the candle at both ends as a social justice activist. Since then, my passion for the lifelong learning and healing offered by yoga has led me to study with many senior teachers, to transform my work life, and to follow the teaching path. I’m also a vipassana practitioner, and I weave insight and mindfulness practices into my offerings. In studying and teaching yoga, I incorporate movement, stillness, meditation, breath, and song. In 2008, I completed Judith’s Relax and Renew® and Advanced Relax Renew® restorative yoga trainings, and I have assisted the basic Relax Renew® training every time it’s offered in San Francisco since then. At this time, I teach restorative and gentle Hatha yoga and mindfulness practices that support major life cycle events, stress reduction, coping with chronic conditions, and healing. What’s at the heart of what I do is remembering how to go slowly, tend to the body, and listen deeply. When I’m not on my mat, bolsters, or meditation cushion, I love to walk around Bernal Hill, sing with the SF Threshold Choir, grow my garden, collage and letterpress, cook vegan soups, read fiction, and play with my niece.
I have taught yoga for 5 years, and am learning everyday from the wonderful,inspirational students that I am privileged to teach and meet. It makes me know that every day is like a garden, always growing-- learning is endless andbountiful-- reaching for the universe, living NOW. How did I discover yoga? I was a marathon runner with excess energy that needed to be expelled, I practiced Ashtanga yoga till the universe brought my life to a moment where I could not walk, or sit without pain due to a car accident. I clung tothis, thinking this was living . The emotional space I was in was dark. (I did not realize this till a work colleague told me she was taking a teachertraining course for yoga.) I experienced an awakening and a pull at my heart. For years people asked when I was going to become a yoga teacher. I could notimagine it, for I am shy and fear large groups of people....but this it what the universe has brought forth. We all are in search of more goodness and less suffering. We all have tomake choices every day; we need to learn about space, boundaries, within those, if you choose to you can find freedom . The main light to life and livingis the Breath. (pranayama) I educate from my heart, spirit and soul. I bring laughter and my wonky sense of humor to my teaching. I have been graced with wonderful students and inspiring teachers who have come forth with their passion of yoga and living NOW. I am overwhelmed with love and gratitude in my heart for the safe, sacred, intimate and peaceful studio space that i share with my students to practice Living, Life, Breath and YOGA. THANK YOU to the students, the teachers I have learned from and the Universe.
I started taking yoga in 1980. A friend had been to Feathered Pipe Ranch to study with Judith and on her return wanted to teach. I went to be supportive and stayed because I liked how I felt. The next year my husband had a heart attack while we were on vacation in the mountains of Colorado. Yoga was the path I chose to handle the stress. I began to go to every workshop I could find in my area. I also started going to Feathered Pipe Ranch to study. All of my teachers have been Iyengar teachers. I have had the privilege of going to India twice to study with Mr. Iyengar and Geeta. I have studied with many teachers, but find I always come back to Judith. I have taken Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga and I have also taken the advanced Relax and Renew. I teach in downtown Missoula, Montana, at the Yoga Fitness Center. I teach on-going classes for all levels. When not teaching or working, I enjoy gardening and encouraging the dog to take me for walks.
Solveig Santillano attended the Juilliard Conservatory for Dance, and her performing career included many dance and theatre companies, most notably MOMIX, with whom she toured internationally and performed for six years. Solveig is currently a teacher and academic at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. She is researching and documenting the experience of dancers with yoga in their work and lives. She welcomes the thoughts of any yoginis or yogis who have ideas or stories to share to email her: email@example.com. Susan Braham, a dancer/bodyworker/yoga therapist and teacher, introduced Solveig to yoga in 1995. The effect was quick and deep. Solveig is now engaged in manifesting her conscious commitment to share the fruit of the tree of yoga through teaching and life practice, and her research is one aspect of that mission. Teaching yoga in her tiny studio is another. Solveig is deeply grateful for many teachers, and in particular for the ongoing mentoring of Judith Hanson Lasater that provides daily inspiration and understanding physically, intellectually and spiritually. Peentz Dubble, Francois Raoult, and George Russell have also been delicious and deep influences on her. Solveig and her husband Mark Santillano have formed their own dance company, SoMar Dance Works. Their partnership, along with their daughter, Ella, sweetens her journey and keeps her mindfulness and gratitude fresh and concrete every day.
Tianne came to yoga after a long career as a high performance athlete. She brought her passion and commitment as a dedicated athlete to her yoga practice. As her love of yoga grew, Tianne began teaching. After a serious car accident Tianne’s yoga practice became her pathway to healing. Restorative yoga and Yoga Therapy provided tools to help her heal both physical and emotional traumas of the accident. In gratitude, Tianne now devotes her teaching to sharing these powerful tools of healing and transformation. Tianne is honoured to share this knowledge and experience through classes, workshops and teacher trainings, locally in Vancouver, Canada and throughout the world. Tianne is a certified yoga therapist, (International Association of Yoga Therapists), registered yoga teacher and teacher trainer, (E-RYT500, Yoga Alliance).