Our Yoga Practice
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.
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.
Ann brings to her yoga practice a love for learning. As a runner, hiker, cyclist, and swimmer she appreciates all the body can provide and acknowledges the limitations we all experience. Ann believes yoga has something to offer everyone – from loosening tight hamstrings and releasing low back strain to addressing more serious life challenges. As a perpetual student, she regularly attends classes, workshops, and certification programs to heighten what she can offer others. Ann teaches a variety of classes with an alignment-based focus. She has worked with the LiveStrong Cancer program, Hospice organizations, and offered therapeutic-focused classes, meditation retreats, and restorative workshops. In addition to yoga, Ann is a writer who keeps a blog at think-yoga.com. She is a recent transplant to the Bay Area and is enthusiastic about being a part of the Yoga Garden community.
Nina Holle is a researcher, writer, and yoga teacher in San Francisco. She completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training at the Yoga Tree in San Francisco, immersing herself in asana, pranayama, and philosophy with teachers Janet Stone, Jason Bowman, and Judith Lasater. Her interests in precision and safe alignment have also been greatly influenced by her studies at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Berlin.
Due to her research background, Nina also closely follows emerging scientific insights on yoga, meditation, and neuroscience. She subtly interweaves ancient wisdom, modern positive psychology, and scientific research in her teaching, culminating in new ways to foster physical health, mental well-being, and resilience, both on and off the mat.
Rachael Breeze has been sharing yoga for over twenty years. She was trained in Integrative Yoga Therapy and has been teaching Yin forms of yoga since 1996. She also studied Standing Wave Yoga closely with its originator, Hal Meyer, for three years in the early 1990s. Rachael is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Ayurvedic Counselor, as well as the founder of the EarthSpa Yoga & Ayurveda Rejuvenation Center in Fairfax. She is a seasoned guide focused on supporting her students and clients in rebalancing, restoring, and rejuvenating their health and well-being.
Read more about her work here at www.earthspamarin.com
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.
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