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 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.