David Leyba discovered Ashtanga yoga fifteen years ago at Richard Freeman’s Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. He has been a dedicated student in the Westside Ashtanga/Mysore program since it opened in 2009, practicing daily under the guidance of teacher John Smith.
David regularly teaches the Mysore class when John is traveling, and has been teaching at Westside for over 5 years. As an engineer, David brings an analytical eye to the practice, while providing quiet instruction and supportive, gentle adjustments.
A devoted student of yoga and philosophy since 1994, Kathleen Carroll has been teaching yoga for 20 years. Her teaching style reflects her studies of the Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar traditions. Kathleen’s teaching encourages students to deepen their awareness of the present with a strong focus on the internal forms of yogic alignment and breath. Through pregnancy and mothering her two sons, Kathleen has learned to modify the practice where necessary.
Kathleen has had the great fortune of studying extensively with her primary teacher Richard Freeman since 1999. She has also been blessed to teach and practice in the Ashtanga program at Westside Yoga Studio with John Smith for the past 8 years. Kathleen traveled to India in 2003 where she practiced under the guidance of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy in Mysore.
As a teenager, Evelyn was drawn to the physical practice of yoga as a way to manage stress. Inspired by how yoga supported the cultivation of healthy habits in her life, she continued to pursue her exploration of the mind/body connection in both formal and alternative educational settings.
Evelyn has studied yoga with Mirka Kraftsow, the Heart of Yoga Association, the Mount Madonna Center, Mark Stephens, and Natalie Hanson; Structural Integration with the Hellerwork School of Structural Integration; Ayurveda with DeAnna Batdorff of the Dhyana Center; and Cognitive Science at UCSC.
Her current personal practice and teaching style is inspired by Viniyoga, principles of natural movement, and the perennial teachings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra.
Rebecca is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) and Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Alliance for Yoga Therapists (IAYT) studying with Iyengar teachers: H.S. Arun, Cynthia Bates, Carolyn Belko, Anneke Faas, Jessie Holland, Rebecca Lerner. Michael Lucey, Carrie Owerko, Heather Haxo Phillips, Lois Steinberg and Patricia Walden.
Having worked in mental health services since 1994 with a focus on family therapy, depression and attention deficit disorder, I am well acquainted with a variety of healing modalities. Nonetheless & ONLY after delving deeply over the past 6 years into the practice of asana (poses) and pranayama (yogic breathing) within the Iyengar tradition, do I now feel empowered with a veritable toolbox of practices for physical and mental health that positively enhance quality of life. These practices are a gift to share with others searching for grounding, inspiration and an overall sense of wellbeing.
With 5 years+ experience teaching the Fundamental series, Level I and Level I/II asana classes and 3+ years conducting private one-on-one sessions, it’s been my privilege and education to witness myself and others with unique bodies, histories and ailments develop greater health from the inside out with the kind of substantive growth you can see and feel.
A graduate of Sri Swami Satchidananda’s Integral Yoga Institute, Sarah Jenness has completed Piedmont Yoga’s Iyengar-based Advanced Studies Training, and is a certified “Relax and Renew” restorative yoga teacher through Judith Lasater’s accredited program.
Sarah leads sound healing and gentle and restorative yoga for seniors, and for the cancer support community at St. Joseph Health. She has over 20 years of experience in various alternative healing modalities, and presently continues her study in the Krishnamacharya yoga lineage through the inspiring practice of Viniyoga. She is grateful to her teachers Swami Divyananda, Anodea Judith,PhD, Donald Moyer, Judith Lasater, and presently- Mirka Kraftsow.