Ana has been teaching yoga for over 10 years. She has a B.A in Psychology and is a Certiﬁed YogaWorks intructor and certiﬁed Power Yoga Instructor with Baptiste Yoga Institute. Some of her training has been with Seane Corn, Sarah Powers, Shari Baptiste, Siana Sherman & Desiree Rumbaugh. Her Style draws from her studies in Vinyasa ﬂow, anusara, power and Iyengar traditions, as well as Hatha yoga. Anaʼs goal is to inspire you to move the body, with breath and intension. She teaches from the heart with grace and humor. She welcomes you to sweat, laugh, and open your heart to all the possiblities of a healthy mind and body.
Barb received her teaching certification in Power Yoga from Yoga Source inLos Gatos, has completed a teacher training bootcamp with Baron Baptise, and most recently spend a week in Italy immersed in the teachings of Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini. Her teaching style is spontaneous and high energy, and her classes are a fun mix of movement and relaxation. When not teaching or practicing yoga, you may find Barb out and about training for the next triathlon or marathon. Find renewed energy and strength with Power Yoga. This intense yoga class is perfect for anyone with a desire to add strength, flexibility, and balance to their everyday lives. The continuous flow of poses is designed to work your entire body, with greater emphasis on strengthening and coordination.
Elin took her first Pilates class in 2002 when she was pregnant with her first child. She loved the calming nature of Pilates, and received her Pilates certification at the Center of Balance in 2006. With the desire to become a better Pilates instructor, she received her 200-Hour Yoga certification in 2012 from Yoga Center of Carmel. Elin believes that all women, especially mothers, should take time out of their day and do something for themselves.
Jenn recently moved here from Austin, Texas. She has been a fitness instructor for 25 years teaching everything from Aerobics, Step, Kickbox, BodyPump, Cycling, Pilates, PiYo, Stott Pilates Reformer and Yoga. As far as Pilates and Yoga, her first certifications were completed in 2003 through AFAA. Since then she completed many further certifications and trainings including a Stott Pilates Reformer (on the machine) training in Texas. It was then that she truly developed her love for the blend of both Pilates with Yoga. She truly believes they complement each other and flow together beautifully! She began teaching Pi-Yo type classes by combining isolated deep core training movements with various asanas (or postures) through a vinyasa flow with proper form and techniques. It soon became her “signature” class and her own personal favorite to teach. Her classes build strength, endurance, balance, flexibility and deep relaxation. Her goal is for everyone to leave her classes or one on one personal training with a feeling of overall well-being – physically, mentally & emotionally.
She is married to her husband of 25 years and has 2 teenage children whom she loves spending time with. She is excited to be teaching at YogaBella and is looking forward to this new journey!
Julie is a certified yoga therapist, completing a 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training certification with Ananda Seva. Other certifications earned by Julie are pre and post natal certification at the Lyengar Institute studying with Judith Lasafer and recently completing “Yoga of the Heart” cardiac and cancer training with Nischala Joy Devi. Julie enjoys teaching students to love and understand their body, mind and spirit in a quiet, gentle way.
Karin just happened to walk into a yoga class one day in 2003 and fell in love with the feeling of peace, lightness and joy that stayed with her. In 2006, she took the 200 hour Advanced Studies and Teacher Training at Yoga High Studio in Salinas, intending to deepen her own practice, not to teach. But, after repeatedly being asked to teach, she began. Now, she can’t imagine not sharing the beauty of yoga. Her classes are a celebration of life, kindness and self-acceptance. She continues to further her knowledge by attending many yoga conferences and workshops from a variety of gifted teachers and yoga styles, most recently at Yoga Teacher Training and Advanced Studies at the Yoga Center of Carmel. In addition to her adult classes, she enjoys introducing the playfulness of yoga to children and teaches in several schools. She is also certified in PiYo and Mat Pilates. She hopes to encourage others to listen to their inner teacher, their inner wisdom and to bring balance, energy and peace to their lives through yoga, discovering the beauty within.
Kathy discovered Pilates in 2010 when looking for ways to expand her fitness regimen. She has been a devoted practitioner ever since. After completing her training at Agile Monkey in Santa Cruz she joined the yoga Bella family in 2013. Her goal is to share the benefits of strength, flexibility and increased balance that she herself has come to enjoy.
Lindsay Fortino has been in the fitness arena for the past 6 years. She started by receiving for Personal Training certification through NASM, and loved teaching a variety of group exercise classes. She has her B.A in Sociology with a double minor in Personal Fitness and Exercise and Health. Through her fitness journey and career at lululemon athletica, she began a "love- love" relationship with Yoga and felt inspired to complete her 200 Yoga Teacher Training at Mount Madonna Center in July of 2014. Her style is drawn from Astanga Yoga taught by Baba Hari Dass. Lindsay's goal is to bring the practice of yoga to the Gilroy community in a big way. She feels everyone can benefit from the practice of yoga and wants to spread her learnings of love, peace, and self acceptance with her community. She practices with love, focus on proper alignment, great music and a few giggles alone the way. Lindsay is honored to begin her Yoga journey at Yoga Bella Gilroy and brings the practice of " teaching to learn" to every class.
A native of Charlottesville, VA, Lucy Jay began practicing yoga and teaching skiing in 1998 after a move to New England. Since completing her first teacher training in 2001, she has been sharing her love of the awesome healing powers of conscious movement. She currently has a YTT200 in Anusara Yoga and while she no longer holds to the exact Anusara curriculum, continues to draw upon her intensive training in precise and subtle alignment. She particularly loves to work with students who have sustained injuries and need a careful approach to their yoga practice. Her strongest influences include Sara Rose, Amy Read and Deb Neubauer. She made the leap to the west coast in 2012 with her husband Roman, who does physics research in renewable energy. Lucy Jay also holds a BS from MIT and brings both a scientific and spiritual approach to every class. Off the mat, she continues to teach skiing, plays the double bass with the South Valley Symphony and offers private sessions in Crystal Resonance Therapy. For more information about her other work, please visit www.lucyjay.biz
Marie Parker Watson
Marie is an RYT 200 instructor. She has been teaching in the South Bay Area for 10 years. She has a BA in Psychology, an MA in Counseling Education and earned her certification in yoga at the White Lotus Foundation. Since then, she has studied with Rolf Gates, Sherri Baptiste, Sean Corne and Anodea Judith. Marie's teaching style is dynamic and transformational. She integrates vinyasa, Astanga, Iyengar and Yin into her classes. Her holistic approach synthesizes breath to movement, alignment principles, poetry, philosophy and magic. Marie believes that the practice of yoga is an expression of art and beauty which empowers us to open our heart, access our innate truth of love, and courageously bloom into our authentic selves.
Human beings have an incredible potential for kindness, beauty, grace, efficiency, and power. Practicing Yoga actualizes those potentials in a profoundly effective way. My name is Nick Fortino. My formal education and professional work have always involved learning about what one must do, and how one must be, in order to achieve optimal physical and mental health. Istudy psychology, anatomy, and physiology. I am trained to teach Ashtanga Yoga, which is an eight-limbed system designed to cultivate stability, strength, and flexibility in the body and the mind. My intention as a teacher is to be sensitive to the demands of the students in front of me and to care sincerely. I bow inside to the wisdom of Yoga, and it is an honor to bring the teachings into others' lives. Please feel free to contact me and/or come to a class if you feel my guidance in your Yoga practice may serve you.
As a Yoga Teacher I look to create an open, loving, accepting space. Somewhere students can explore the profound science of Yoga and experience greater overall health and wellness.
As a Yoga Student, I absolutely love the practice of asana (posture portion of Yoga). There is something so satisfying about regaining comfort of movement in ones own body. There can be great deal of accomplishment as well, when we strive for these “landmarks” of flexibility, strength, balance and then make them. I started like so many people do, trying to heal my body from some relatively serious injuries and once those began to dissipate I ended up discovering so MUCH more. Finding a little more consistency in my practice has resulted in me diving deeper and deeper into this stillness that exists in me (and in all of you!). As I dive deeper this sense of peace permeates through me and I feel nothing but love. Om
Paula Goldsmith is a certified Kali Ray TriYoga Instructor who first experienced TriYoga in 1987, and immediately recognized the transformational nature of TriYoga Flows. She has been teaching since 2001, after completing training with Kali Ray and staff at the TriYoga Centers in Santa Cruz and Malibu.She is honored to share the flow with her students.
Sandy first discovered and fell in love with yoga in 1998 and began practicing almost daily. She graduated from a 100 hour Anusara teacher training twice, once in 2001 and again in 2007. She also received her certification in teaching Yoga for beginners in 2002. In 2013, she received her certification to teach Restorative yoga from renowned teacher, Judith Hanson Lassiter. She is the co-owner of Satori Cellars with her husband, and mother to their son Riley.
When we can slow down and go inside everything wonderful springs forth from the body, and when your mind, body, and spirit are aligned, the magic and miracles in life are possible. Sandy believes that coming home to your body is one of the most powerful tools we have as humans to live a wonderful life! Through a regular practice the mind becomes calm and undesirable thoughts diminish. The practice of yoga purifies the body and the mind for the purpose of happiness. Sandy believes through proper alignment principles, deep breathing, and letting go we can experience the divine through ourselves.