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Our Yoga Practice

Come join our community at The Yoga Garden, a hidden gem in the heart of Marin County. We invite you to share our peaceful studio, take refuge from the demands of daily life, and focus on what has true and lasting value: health and inner peace. Each class is an opportunity to gather your energy and nourish your body, mind, and heart.

Our Teachers


Trinity Silipia

Trinity was introduced to yogic breath and asana at the age of 12 and it has continued to be a central part of her life for the last 25 years. Her teaching is deeply influence by her study of Qi Gung, Feldenkrias, Ayurveda and 19 years of being a professional massage therapist. The foundation of her classes is built on the profound principles of synchronizing the breath, body and mind and learning to move with the natural intelligence inherent in our form.  Her classes are an exploration of our own unique embodied life, where we connect deeply with ourselves, and this can be truly joyful.


Patricia Craves

RYT 500, has spent most of her life as a dancer. She began studying Yoga in 1979. She graduated from the teacher-training program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco and has a BFA and MA in dance. Patricia is gifted at working with a wide range of students, making the practice accessible to all. Her teaching reflects years of personal practice, a depth of knowledge of the philosophy of yoga and her interest in Ayurveda.


Janice Gates

Janice discovered the power of meditation and was introduced to the practice of yoga while living in Asia in 1988. She has continued to study and explore soma and psyche and how the body and mind reflect and affect each other for over 30 years. She has taught and facilitated programs at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, San Quinten Prison, UC Berkeley and at businesses and retreat centers around the globe. Janice currently works as a teacher, mentor and coach, is on the mentoring faculty of Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach's Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training program (produced by Sounds True and Berkeley's Greater Good Foundation), is a past President of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and author of Yogini: the Power of Women in Yoga. 


Temple began her yoga practice while living in London in 1999. After moving to New York with her husband and exploring yoga at a deeper level, she became involved with the Institute for Extraordinary Living at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, from where she received her 200-hour certification in 2012. Also a Board member, she supports the mission of empowering both individuals and communities to realize their potentials through transformative wisdom and yoga practices.

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Veronica Geretz

Veronica Geretz is committed to promoting peace, first within one’s own self and then in our communities, through her work as a yoga teacher. Veronica teaches a variety of classes throughout Marin including a non-harming, breath and alignment based Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal/Postnatal,  Mom and Baby as well as Family Yoga. Her classes offer fluid sequencing with a calm intensity and gentle reminders to stay deeply connected to one’s own unique rhythm. Veronica began her yoga practice at the age of fourteen and maintained her practice as a curious and committed student for ten years.  It was not until the summer of 2010 that she delved into her role as a teacher by offering yoga to former child combatants in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and helped found Yoga Strength Sierra Leone. Since then she has not stopped training and honing her offerings as a teacher.  Her training includes studying with Jolie Cash, Sienna Smith, Alison Smith, Hala Khouri, Nubia Teixeira, and Ashley Sharp through Corepower Yoga, Nature’s Whisper Yoga, Yoga Mountain Studio, Namaste Yoga Studio, Prison Yoga Project and Yoga for At-Risk Youth. Veronica holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology, and an M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies. She is also certified in Conflict Resolution and Mediation and trained in Non-violent communication.


Eileen is a level 1 KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, and teaches Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She trained at the Guru Ram Das Ashram in San Francisco. Her classes are geared towards practicing how to manage the nervous system and balancing the glandular system. Eileen’s passion is playing the 40” symphonic gong, and all classes close with a ten minute gong relaxation. Her classes are perfect for those who are interested in improving motor skills and making deep brain function changes. Eileen has had great success with students who have neurological disorders, PTSD, MS, and addiction. All levels are welcome, and classes can be done seated in a chair, lying down or seated on a mat.


Teja Bell

Throughout his lifetime, Teja Bell has been a committed practitioner of the Dharma and the Tao, integrating qigong, martial arts and healing energy practices.

He is a lifelong practitioner and teacher of Aikido (6th degree black belt) and of Chinese Internal Arts with a special emphasis on the healing and restorative aspects of qigong and meditation.

Roshi Teja Fudo Myoo Bell is a recognized Zen Master from the Rinzai Shu, or Rinzai Zen lineage.  As a qigong and dharma teacher he teaches and leads retreats and trainings internationally and is a regular visiting teacher on residential retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he has taught over 100 retreats since 1999 with many teachers in the Vipassana Insight Meditation tradition, including Jack Kornfield and Robert Hall. He leads annual in-depth study and teacher-training programs and teaches ongoing classes, daylongs, and retreats. for mor info please visit:


Ron Bushner

Ron Bushner first discovered yoga when he was twenty-five.  He was immediately attracted to its physical side and to the calming effect it had on his mind. He integrated what he learned from his yoga experience into his wellness practices over the next thirty years but did not explore yoga further until 2006 when he intuitively turned to yoga as part of a life transformation. Practicing yoga turned into study which has included a 200-hour certified teaching training, 450 hours of certified therapeutic yoga training, and hundreds of hours of immersions and retreats with teachers including Richard Freeman, Leslie Kaminoff, Richard Miller, Paul Grilley, Maritza, Nikki Estrada, Kaya Mindlin and Meredith Ann Hart. 

Ron's studies have ventured into many corners of yoga philosophy, especially Tantric and Vedic scripture and commentaries.

He is a certified Svaroopa® Yoga Instructor, having completed the Foundations of Svaroopa® and Level 1 and 2 teacher training at the Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram.


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Melissa Bornia

Our goal is to offer a sanctuary to
renew the mind, body, and soul. 

Our goal is to offer a sanctuary to
renew the mind, body, and soul. 

Awards & Recognition

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