Author Archive

Kristin Laak

Kristin Laak has dedicated the last 30 years to the practice and study of Yoga. Being devoted to the work of Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois, her teacher since 1994, she has tapped deep insight and knowledge of yoga. Her studies in India, with Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois, focus on traditional Indian Philosophy, Yoga Psychology, Ayurveda, Pranayama, Meditation, and the impact of lifestyle choices on well-being. Kristin is a board member of Sadvidya Foundation, and its US director of the Jivana Yoga Program.

Kristin teaches Jivana Yoga, a holistic system based in the ancient traditions of India. Through her heartfelt commitment towards truly understanding human nature and many years of personal practice, Kristin is known for helping others to realize their own authentic connection to a healthy lifestyle and Yoga.

Additionally, Kristin mentors individuals and yoga teachers. She has been instrumental in paving the way towards renewal, inner clarity, direction and vitality for many.

Vital Flow Healing is the therapeutic practice Kristin has established. Working with individuals to support well-being and health in their lives.

With heartfelt appreciation and humble respect to my teacher, Dr. K. L. Shankaranarayana Jois, whom holds true yogic knowledge and from whom my teachings spring, I wish to foster the journey of others on the Yoga path. It is an honor to be teaching and mentoring, supporting individuals in their innate inner depths and capacities. May we all gain insight and understanding through the inner wealth that is Yoga, paving the way to more effectively support ourselves and each other in experiencing our true nature.

Beth Robert

Beth Robert started her yoga practice in 2004. She completed her first TT at Yandara where she studied Hatha Yoga. After several more years of instruction, she went deeper into the practice with Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane studying the techniques and principles of different traditions and completing her Maya Yoga TT.  Once she found her home in the Ashtanga Vinyasa  Tradition she completed Tim Miller’s Primary Series TT, through which her practice and teaching style were infused with devotion. Beth continues to learn through her teacher John Smith and through her own dedication to the practice.

Sarah Jenness

Sarah EagleA 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.

 

Tessa Manning

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Tessa is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. She has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 2007 and received her teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. She travels annually to study with the Iyengar family in India. Tessa is dedicated to the Iyengar method because of its attention to alignment and the thorough change it brings about in the body.

She has specialized teacher trainings in Pre-Natal Yoga and Yoga for Scoliosis.

An avid practitioner, Tessa has used Iyengar Yoga to help treat her scoliosis. She teaches in a way that is safe, accessible, and compassionate – providing individual attention to each student. She loves to travel the world, cook, and garden.

Mirka Kraftsow

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Mirka Scalco Kraftsow has been a health practitioner and educator since 1974. In addition her role as Co-Director of AVI and Co-Teacher of the AVI Yoga Teacher Training Program, Mirka has been a Yoga teacher in the Viniyoga™ methodology since 1981 and a Yoga Therapist since 1988. Born and raised in Italy, Mirka traveled and studied different modalities of dance, movement, psychology and meditation in India, Europe and the United States. Over the years Mirka has helped hundreds of individuals develop and maintain a personal practice and manage challenging personal and therapeutic conditions.

Mirka served as consultant for several successful national yoga studies, and assisted the development of materials for Gary Kraftsows books “Yoga for Wellness” and “Yoga for Transformation. We are so thankful to support her work here at Westside Yoga Studio and welcome her to our family of teachers. Please support this wonderful opportunity to share yoga together with Mirka Kraftsow.

Contact Mirka at mirkayoga@yahoo.com or by phone at 415-246-8246.


Johnny Smith

Johnny Smith began his yoga journey over 25 years ago. In 1990, John met Tim Miller, who inspired him to pursue the Ashtanga method.

The next year, John made his first trip to Mysore, India, and thereafter made almost yearly excursions there to study with Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois. He is one of only a few practitioners in the world who has been certified by Pattabhi Jois and The Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute.

John is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga program at Westside Yoga Studio in Sebastopol California.

 


Erick Thuss

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Erick Thuss started learning yoga in 1996 under Gayna Uransky in the method developed by B.K.S. Iyengar. During that time, he met John Smith, a long-time student of K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, and was taught by him in the original vinyasa method. Erick studies under John to this day with great benefit. He also studied under Ed Modestini and Nicki Doane, where he learned to look and re-look, to explore tradition, and to always seek toward the quiet teaching from within.

Currently, Erick is under special study with Manouso Manos, and is working to digest what he can of the of sheer brilliance of Manouso’s teaching. He assists in Manouso’s class weekly.

He is a student of B.K.S. Iyengar, and his son Prashant and daughter Geeta in Pune, India, and is constantly mind-blown by the intense depth of insight emanating from them.

He is striving to embody essential elements of yoga science, and is devoted to learning from direct experience and study of what has come from the texts on yoga.

His teaching is a bright effort to reflect what he is learning and absorbing, with a trajectory toward opening out the vast learning ground within.