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.
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.
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.
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.
In the past, Temple has taught a weekly yoga class through Ross Recreation, and she currently teaches the Tuesday and Thursday morning classes at The Yoga Garden. They focus on finding the alignment of mind, body, and breath, acting as a gentle way to start the day. Beginning with stretching and opening, the classes build to standing poses and a vinyasa experience, moving slowly and mindfully with the breath, and finishing with calming, inward-looking poses and restful relaxation.
Janice Gates, E-RYT 500
Janice discovered the power of meditation and was introduced to the practice of hatha yoga while living in Asia in 1988 and has been integrating the two ever since. For the past twenty-four years, Janice has continued to explore both soma and psyche and how the body and mind reflect and affect each other. While Janice’s studies span the traditional streams of the hatha yoga tradition (Iyengar, Ashtanga Viniyoga), over the years her teaching has evolved away from formulaic approaches to one that honors the intuitive wisdom of the body, integrating her studies in Buddhist meditation and Somatic Psychology.
Currently, Janice teaches retreats in California and Mexico, offers mentoring to yoga teachers and leads Somatic Yoga Therapy Trainings. She teaches at the Yoga Garden and Spirit Rock Meditation center where she is on the faculty of the Mindfulness Training for Yoga Teachers. Janice has served as President of the International Assoc. of Yoga Therapists, is author of Yogini, the Power of Women in Yoga, and has published widely in yoga magazines. Her classes are an invitation to move slowly and mindfully, challenge your edges and dive a little deeper into this experience of embodiment. For more about Janice, her retreats, events and writings, go to janicegates.com
Chris Strempek has been a high school and elementary teacher for 30 years in the Bay Area and abroad, and has had a yoga practice for the last 20 years. Originally trained in the Iyengar system, he was introduced to Kaiut Yoga at workshops in Hotchkiss, Colorado and continues his training and certification in the Kaiut method at workshops in the U.S. and during visits to Brazil. He is pleased to have an opportunity to bring the Kaiut method to the Bay Area.
TiNille’s journey with yoga began in 1999 while attending Massage Therapy School in Utah. It was there that she was introduced to the concept of yoga as a lifestyle. Practicing massage for the last 15 years has taught her valuable lessons about the body, its capabilities and limitations. After years of helping others through massage, yoga therapy seemed like a natural next step in her life.
In 2006, she sought out a yoga teacher training and obtained her RYT 200 hour teacher certification in Hatha Yoga.
Teaching the connections of breath, mind and body have been a true transformation for TiNille. Her “busy bee” personality has found yoga to be a centering, and grounding experience, helping her to be a kinder, more patient mother to her 3 children. Her favorite saying around the house is, “Be here now.” She hopes they are listening!
Her classes are nourishing, with a focus on challenging the body and mind to stay centered on positivity and gratitude. Join her on Monday nights at 7:30pm.
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.
Deeann Kelly is an experienced Yoga Teacher offering thoughtful sequencing, and a lighthearted yet thorough approach to her classes in a way that you can use in your daily life. Expect a well-rounded class with plenty of opportunities to improve balance, strength, flexibility and mood. Having completed level 1 yoga therapy training, Deeann will ensure modifications for all levels and abilities are made. She has a Bachelor of Science in Health Education, which complements over 500 hours of yoga teacher training. Deeann has additional training with Connected Warriors in trauma conscience yoga, Silver Sneakers Chair Yoga for seniors, Boxing and fitness for Parkinson’s, and is passionate about learning and sharing holistic means to enhance healthy lifestyles.
Lauren Ziegler is a Yoga Therapist helping people to feel better by resolving pain, anxiety, and low energy. In her classes and private sessions, she uses Spinal Release Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Meditation to support deep healing, transformation and illumination. From her eight years of teaching, her rigorous studies, and her own experience healing from chronic pain — she has developed a refined teaching style that is deeply compassionate, blissful and effective.
She considers herself a meditation companion in her online programs for those looking to develop a daily practice, deepen emotional intelligence and better enjoy their outlook on life. She also teachers through a channel on a Aura Health, meditation app, with over 70k subscribers and hundreds of guided, mindful moments. If you would like, you can learn more about Lauren by going here.
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.
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