Luis Briceno

Energetic, focused, dynamic and challenging, Luis welcomes all levels, including those with specific needs. He promotes a safe and secure practice, striving to be both inspiring and accessible. The postures are guided by breath and culture, rooted in Ancient practices from Iyengar’s precise method, and Ashtanga Vinyasa traditions. Luis pays attention to details, listens to the body and offers insights from his own life, practice and study.

 A Health Educator, practitioner of Bodywork, student of Anatomy and Philosophy, Luis is interested in cultivating and creating a deeper connection to mind, body and spirit through breath and movement.  His greatest passion is exploration of the world and the people in it.  Influenced by dance and martial arts, Luis began practicing Yoga in 2008.  In 2011, under the guidance of Nicole Koleshis, he earned a Next Generation Yoga for Kids certificate. Then by 2014, he completed a 200hour teaching training course under Richard Schachtel and in 2019 he soared through a 900 hour Massage Therapy and Health Educator course at National Holistic Institute of California.  In the present, he practices with love and enthusiasm under some of the most compassionate and capable teachers: Johnny Smith, Erick Thuss, Liz Levi and Tessa Manning.

Torey Halim

Yoga has been a part of Torey’s life since 2002, where at first attending class was both mysterious and frustrating but the yoga kept calling her back.  She completed the 200-hour teacher training here at Westside Yoga in 2017 with teachers Eddie Modestini and Kristin Bosteels.  Their modality of “yoga on the inside” was deeply healing for Torey and she continues to be inspired and awed by the spiritual and physical teachings of yoga.  

Torey wishes for her students to experience class feeling more grounded in their bodies and a deeper connection to their inner world.  She loves sharing the endless gifts of yoga and continues to be a dedicated student in the Iyengar tradition, currently apprenticing with Tessa Manning.  

Raising two sons with her husband, Torey loves life in Sebastopol.  

Evelyn Fortgang

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 Haralabatos

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. ArunCynthia BatesCarolyn BelkoAnneke FaasJessie HollandRebecca LernerMichael LuceyCarrie OwerkoHeather Haxo PhillipsLois 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.  

Kristin Laak

Kristin Laak has dedicated the last 35 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.

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.